Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Forgot all about taking photos of my meals. And had no time to update our menu for last week...here goes a quick one (no time to calculate costs either, but I'm sure they're not too bad)
1. The pic above is of Black Beans and Quinoa. And salad. Very good stuff!
2. Hot Dogs and Sauerkraut, soup
3. Fried Rice (Super simple and mighty cheap)
4. Pork with spring beans. Stir fry Cabbage and carrots. Rice.
5. Chicken with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and spring beans. Rice
6. Leftover Thai pork, Stir Fry Chinese Vegetables, Fried Eggs with mixed vegetables. Rice
7. Homemade Pizza
8. Slow-cooked chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots and onions, with bread.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
You can try too!
$150 worth of free coupons at Oikology (I love the definition of this)
$100 worth of free coupons at saving and giving
Frugalrimama having her first giveaway. All You coupons. Real good stuff.
And Coupon Coup has some great deals to share. Aside from my Suddenly Salad turning from $1 to $0.20, I'm sure she has more deals!
This is what I REALLY hope to get: Couponizer!! from Frugal Mommy of 2 girls
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Our trips to the drugstores does not bring back a whole wagon full of stuff but very fruitful! Mostly because the stuff we get are stuff we need and at really good value!
Puffs Tissue - 3 for $0.89 each, $1 Q off
Dawn Dishliquid - 2 for $0.99 each, $1 Q off
Shredded Cheese - $1.50
Ivory Soaps - $2, $1 Q off
Zest Soaps - $2, $1 Q off
Newspapers (My newspapers still didn't come today. They are just ridiculous with my subscription)
Milk - $3.39, $0.50 Q off
Paper plates - $0.99
$1.50 RR off
We went to Wag again in afternoon, cos I forgot the milk and to use my Register Reward (Cash for Wag). Then I realized I have 2 coupons for the milk, which won't work, so I have to grab a "filler", I got the paper plates, cos I'll need them anyway and they're on sale (almost forgot to ask the cashier to scan the Wag coupon, good thing I checked)
Carefree Pantiliners & O.B tampons - $9, $5 ECB back, and I have $0.50 Q
Kotex Lightdays, $1.49, $1.49 ECB back, and I have $1 Q
Playtex Sport tampons, $4.99, $3 ECB back, and I have $1 Q
Then I have CVS $2 off $10 coupons and $8 ECB from last week.
OOP (Out of pocket): $3.44, ECB back: $9.49 (for next week)
Pert Shampoo - $2.99, $2 single check rebate, $2 Q off (money maker: $1.01!)
Conair clipper set - $19.99 (to save money cutting my son's hair)
Baking soda (not in the pics) - $1.29 for 2, I have $1 Q off, so $0.29 for 2 boxes! yeh!
And oh! We got the Johnson's Buddies Soap at Target $1.09, $1 coupon, so cost us $0.12 after tax.
Total spent: $37.08, $9.49 ECB, $2 rebate
OR $25.59 after ECB and rebate.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Oh oh, in case you can't see it, that's SEVEN packs of Ronzoni pasta there (enough to last many pasta meals) and we even bought two packs of meat (chicken and minced pork)
I cannot believe I used a total of $18.20 on coupons this week. Gosh. I've never used such an amount of coupon before. Thanks to double-couponing at Stop & Shop, I love them!
For eg, without coupon Suddenly Pasta Salad (Betty Crocker) is $1 at S&S this week. Pretty good deal, but with $0.40 coupon (that doubles to $0.80), each box is $0.20. $0.20!!!! That's amazing to me!!
Other things, after coupons, frosting is $0.40, Chex is $0.80, Pop corn is $1.40 per box (that's $0.46 per pack), and check this out...Ronzoni's new pasta (with extra calcium and fiber) is $1.50 without coupon (it's on sale!) I have $1, so it's $0.50 per pack! I collected a lot of coupons from the coupon/circular pack we get every Wed. We even asked an old uncle if he can spare those. Usually people throw them away. I collected 7 and happily used them.
My adrenalin is HIGH HIGH. But we were at the self check out, and it's kinda embarrassing to hear "Scan another coupon" like 17 times. But hey, we saved the money!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
This is one of them.(newlyweds) You stand to win a CVS $25 Card. Just comment or link for an entry!
This is another. (Savin'Maven) to win a CVS $25 card.
Merrimom has coupons valued at $60 to give away. Ends Wed (tomorrow!)
Monday, August 18, 2008
No catch. Go to http://picasaweb.google.com/anncsu/FreeCoupons
Pick out any (or all) that you like, give me your email on the comments and I'll contact you for the method of retrieval, whether via a pre-stamped envelope or you pay normal first-class postage (via paypal) plus $0.20 for envelope and efforts.
First come first serve. If this works well, I might do this periodically.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
We spent $43 this week. That's including some "indulgences"...like seltzer water, breakfast meat, individually packed yogurt (two of them is one serving of a meal!!) But we saved on cereal and veg (cos some good veg on sale). I still need to get eggs and pepper...so I might go slightly beyond $45.
Let's see how CVS, Wag and Rite-Aid will treat us this week. ;P
But we have coupons $1 off cheerios, and we have $0.55 off cinnamon toast crunch (which can be doubled...that means $1.10 off each one).
SO...we had $3.60 for 8 boxes. $0.45 each box. How about that.
We'll no longer buy cereal more expensive than $0.75 per box.
SO, more cereal for our breakfast and Ian's favorite cheerios.
Home-Made Pita Bread
$0.75 per serving
Thai Pork(A dish learnt from R & N)
Minced pork, garlic, tomato and red curry paste (that's the main ingredient!)
$1.08 per serving
Homemade Vegetable Soup
(Broccoli, carrots, celery, corn in chicken stock)
$1.19 per serving
Stir Fry Diced Chicken, mushrooms and tofu
Stir Fry bok-choy in oyster sauce
$1.44 per serving (I cannot believe this is the most expensive meal of the week)
Corned Beef Hash Casserole
My own concoction: Stir Corn beef, julienned potatoes, cream of celery soup, corn, frozen mixed veg, eggs, milk together. Bake at 375 deg, top with cheese and corn flakes.
$1.14 per serving
Sardines with onions and fresh cucumber
Slow Cook Bitter melon with pork rib, fermented black beans and tofu (a real yum)
$1.14 per serving
Cabbage Soup with Quinoa
(Cabbage, celery, carrots, bacon, corn, chicken stock, quinoa all boil together, simmer for 1 h)
Home made Foccacia
$0.63 per serving
Fri (Dinner at the park)
BBQ Pork sandwiches
$1.44 per serving (So expensive because we got expensive rolls)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Here's our CVS trip this week. We learnt from some websites that people actually EARN money from shopping at drugstores. This is a completely out-of-the-world concept to us. Cos things at drugstores are SUPERDUPEREXPENSIVE. Yet, we learn. We already got some good stuff from Walgreens, and then Rite-Aid and now CVS, the king of drugstores. Why I say that? cos everyone doing drugstore shopping stands by CVS. People even do not need to spend a cent on household stuff, because they use great strategies at CVS!
Here's our first "official" trip. (we got a couple of toothpastes, toothbrushes before...big deal...look at this one)
That's how we did it.
Transaction 1 (hubby got them near his work, which has horrible sales since it's in the city):
2 Infant's Advil (no, we do not use this, but it's a money-saver for future use and we can donate/sell this) - $11.58
$2 out of $10 CVS coupon
2 $1 Advil MC (Manufacturer's coupons)
$5 ECB from last week (ECB is like CVS cash voucher)
Paid out-of-pocket: $2.58, but gained back $11.58 ECB.
Transaction 2 (this is a little more complicated):
3 Johnson's head-to-toe wash
1 Johnson's buddies (which we're returning today, cos it's a wrong deal)
1 playskool wipes
1 alavert (medicine for allergy, which we don't use either)
1 Skin effects facial cleanser
$2 out of $10 CVS coupon
3 $1 JJ Coupons
$2 CVS Skin effects coupon
$4 Alavert MC
$11.58 ECB from last transaction
Paid out of pocket: $5.75 (after our return of JJ buddies, maybe less), gained back $8 ECB.
We were trying to get towards buying $25 worth of baby products and get $5 ECB back, but that will not work after a lengthy discussion with hubby (and what I will write in detail later). And also this particular CVS is horrible at taking internet coupons (though legitimate), so we are stopping here for this week.
SOOO...if we get to return the buddies,
We paid out of pocket total: $3.99 and have $8 ECB back for next purchase. So we actually "earn" $4.01 this week at CVS with all the items above. Not too bad for a newbie.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Then the Staples glue with hubby got. We even got some for my FIL. ha.
We started our CVS deal today. Will talk about the deal with it's all done.
And CVS gave us a free gift. ANOTHER toothbrush.
You walk in the store and there's a whole basket of Elmer's Glue. The are regularly priced at $0.99 each and with the current sale, you get $0.99 instant savings, which means it's free.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Cornflaked Chicken (Chicken breasts coated with cornflakes and baked)
Oven Fried Fries
$1.33 per serving
Cold Noodles (with grated cucumber, carrots and peanut sauce)
$0.45 per serving
Stir Fry Shanghai You Cai 油菜
$0.84 per serving
Thai Gourmet (by R)
Mixed Vegetables Omelet
$0.90 per serving
Mashed Tofu with pork, carrots and zucchini
$0.96 per serving
Rebate came through for the OneTouch at Walgreens and So, we saved $35.42 for pre-Aug. Actually more. Cos I went to buy more papers at $5 and this is going to come back. We would have spent $6 on them. So, that's a total of $41.42 for pre-Aug.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Then we bought 2 boxes of blueberries on sale for $1.79 per lb.
Then we bought CEREALS!!!!! Wag has cereal sale: 4 for $10 (but you get back $5 Register Rewards, almost like Wag cash, which you can use at Wag) and with 2 manufacturers' coupons (that I got by buying a $1 paper, totally worth it), I saved $2 more per 4 boxes.... Then I did that one more round in the afternoon.
So...we have 8 boxes of cereal (not including 3 that we got from another supermarket onsale for $1 each) at...$0.70 per box! Usually, even at a sale, I'll have to spend anywhere from $1.50 to $3 per box!
Just on cereal alone, we saved $6.42 today. And these boxes are going to last us quite a while.
This week for groceries and household, we spent (+some deals at CVS tomorrow, more stock up on colgate and toothbrush!!)...$45.20
Usually we would have spent $60 just on grocery alone. Happy Happy.