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Who Am I? Family of 3 adults plus 1 pet kitty on 1 income trying to live like I have an unlimited budget & I have to STOP!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


In the weekly ads in the mail came a coupon for a free bottle of coke at Target as they were advertising that the local store was now selling more foods/produce/meats like a neighborhood market..:O)
So I got the free bottle of coke while shopping for a few other things I was told about a few more deals from an employee :O) Score.. they got their containers of mushroom shipment but it was the wrong size too big so they needed to sale/move them asap 46 cents a for 16 oz grabbed 2 :O) then I was also able to grab for 46 cents as well coleslaw mix :O0 perfect for wraps for me...

While I was at Safeway today as well I grabbed another 1/2 gallon of Lactose milk for dd $4.79 regular price 50% off $2.39 found a $1.00 off coupon got it for $1.39 :O) score into the freezer into mason jar it went...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Clearance Deals and What Knot

Stopped by my local Safeway to grab some milk I saw on sale in the weekly flyer $1.59 per gallon since I was out.. While bopping around the isle in the cold area I came across a few deals...

  • 2 half gallons of Lactose Free Milk for dd $1.79 each 50 % off I quickly grabbed 2.

Went to Walmart and grabbed a case of quart size mason jars for the milk to be froze in the freezer for use later...$8.60..plus they are reusable so super score LOVE MASON JARS

  • 1 half gallon of 2 % milk for me for 88 cents
  • 2- 32 oz bags of Asian Stir Fry veggies $8.49 each but was 50 % off
  • 8 containers of individual yogurt $69 cents each 50 % off tossed this in the freezer for making shakes later :O)

Other Store deals

44 oz of Arm and Hammer Laundry Soap was $5.99 Buy on get 2nd free plus I had $1.00 off coupon so got 2 for $4.99

Wheathin Crackers $1.88 but they had a coupon for free Ritz snack crackers on them so I bought 3 boxes and got 3 boxes for free crackers :O)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Once A Month Meals Day 3

Ground Turkey was the meat challenge as well as trying to locate the meat on sale....
Well I got super lucky....I was able to pick up 16 lbs of ground turkey plastic tubes for 92 cents each..:O) Yippie......Off to cooking I went...

  • 11 Baked Ziti in mini bread loaf pans (2 servings)
  • 12 Taco Wontons wraps
  • 7 mini bread loaf package of Meatloaf (2 servings)
  • Enchilada sauce to freeze for quick meal prep

Friday, June 10, 2011

Drawstring Produce Bag


I have been using re-usable grocery bags for months LOVE THEM...The reasons way...
  • No Breaking issues- got tired of having to double or triple bag items
  • Easier to bag and carry
  • Less plastic bags taking up my house-I do get some for the kitty litter :O)
  • Less bags needed I have 6 bags and that is usually all I need :O)
But on a recent trip to the produce to department I grabbed a few plastic-thin bags to get produce and things keep falling out of the bag so yet again I had to double and triple and I remembered seeing crocheted produce bags online.. I figured I could find a pattern and give it a whirl and this is what I got.........


Update: 5-14-2011

After crocheting the first orange bag I decide to create one more with a bowl/hat like style bottom due to I wanted to prevent produce like grapes from falling threw the large bottom holes so by doing the bowl effect and the holes on the top it allows for both :O) very happy with this pattern I created... I will also hold 4 balls of 2.5 oz crochet yarn as well lol.. I didn't have any fruits or veggies to put in it for a picture....

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Once A Month Meals Day 2

I have 2 crock pots cooking 4 huge packages of chicken breast to make the following meals...

24 Chicken Cheese Enchiladas
9 (16oz ) containers Chicken Lentil Chili
7 (16 oz ) containers of Chicken Pot Pie
2 more meals of just chicken breasts

Spending June 11

Fry's-Spent $31.94 Saved=$14.15
Fry's-Spent $15.91 Saved= $1.07
Fry's- Spent $33.22 Saved= $1.19
Fry's- Spent $5.45 Saved= $1.60

Trader Joe's Spent $17.91
Smart and Final Spent $12.76
Smart and Final Spent $7.87
Walmart Spent $9.89
Bakery Outlet Spent $4.56
Sprouts Spent $ 24.18
Lee Lee Oriental Market Spent $5.77
Dollar Store Spent $ 24.00

Total Spent $193.46

Update 5-14-11

Walmart Spent $17.88 & $20.89
Trader Joe's Spent 20.23 &12.65
Smart and Final Spent $4.08
Ranch Market Spent $2.37
Basha's Spent $4.44
Fresh and Easy Spent $10.35

Total for this week----$92.89

Update June 20th,11

Safeway Spent $3.97 and $31.11 but got $8.97 back in refund
Walmart Spent $8.60
Safeway Spent $15.90
Sprouts Spent $16.84

Total for this week $ 41.34

Totals $327.69

Monday, June 6, 2011

Once A Month Meals

Well my story starts with a small disaster my full size freezer accidentally was unplugged....Lost my bulk meals/meat supply/ extra freezer items....I figure around $300 or so plus time and lots of energy... What did I do to fix this mess.. Broke out my Dinner meal planner I created 2 weeks ago that listed all the meals we like I got close to 30 I was very surprised....since I usually can't figure out what I what for dinner...

Step 1 Figure out which meals could be made cheap and freeze well plus use what I have in the pantry as well.....

Step 2 First Cooking Session as small due to I did the shopping and the cooking all in day one...( that is was pushing it but had to be done)
  • 6 bread loaf size Lasagna
  • 6 1 cup portion Chicken Sloppy Joe's
  • 30 Southwestern egg rolls
  • 11 baggies of shredded chicken for wraps
  • 2 meals of chicken breasts
  • 3 quarts of Chicken Noodle Soup
1 quart baggie of shredded carrots &1 quart baggie of celery
for another batch of soup later next month....

I went shopping for the above items and still have more planned to make tomorrow just my brain is tired and so am I.....