Thursday, January 31, 2008
Here's how we did:
Groceries and Walgreens type stuff: $139.55
Clothing, After Christmas sales, perscriptions: $143.41
Grand total for the month: $330.80
This is the best I've ever done with our food/Walgreens budget! Now, I just need to trim back in other areas.
I feel like we eat out too much and are wasting alot of money in that area. Our gas spending is way up for January and Feb. since I'm commuting back and forth 4 days a week, but we know that it's just temporary.
How did you'all do with your grocery spending/budgets this month?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Ever since I started using the Betty Crocker Bridal Edition Cookbook- my cookies have turned out perfectly, and it's all because of the butter.
This cookbook is amazing because it shows you what 'just soft enough' butter looks like. I can't get my scanner to work, but I thought I'd share w/ you'all.
Perfectly softened butter:
The butter still looks just like the stick you set out 30 minutes ago, until you press your finger on the top. It is just right when you are able to easily leave a finger imprint. It's too melty when you begin to see butter run off @ the base of the stick.
When you cookies come out flat, it's due to the butter being too melted.
Here's the recipe for the Choc. chip cookies I posted on Monday: http://onefrugalchick.blogspot.com/2008/01/photo-28.html
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or stick margarine softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 lg. egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 bag choc. chips
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat sugars, butter, vanilla and egg with mixer on medium speed (I use speed 2 on my KA).
Mix in flour, baking soda and salt. (The dough will be very stiff)
Stir in choc. chips.
Drop dough by rounded tbsp's about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes until light brown but the center is still soft. Cool 1-2 minutes, remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
(1 cookie- 135 calories, 8g fat and 1g fiber.) Makes about 4 dozen
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Pd. $4.99 for these shorts, sold for $20.23 and $5 shipping (shipping will only cost me about $3 to the winners address)
Pd. .89 for this skirt, sold for $1.99 with $4 shipping (same as above)
Pd. $2 for this dress, sold for $3.99 with $4 shipping
Pd. 2.25 for this outfit, sold for $4.25 w/ $4 shipping
So, all and all I did ok- the only thing I made a huge profit on was the shorts. I still have a few auctions left on ebay, so we'll see how those do.
I'd really like to keep up with what clothing is selling well on ebay, and try finding it @ the thrift/consignments stores around here. Any little extra $$ is good!
My friend Allison did a WFMW post about thrift shopping for ebay, and I wouldn't have been able to do any of this without her help! Here's the link:
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Supplies were a little bit more expensive than anticipated- thank goodness Hobby Lobby runs 40% off coupons! Here's all my supplies/goodies for the class:
I plan on posting my cake photos here every week. I'm really excitied to learn more and be able to not only make better cakes, but decorate them for our birthdays, etc. And, when we have kids- I'll be able to make theirs too! :)
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I was wanting/needing a space heater for upstairs, and have secretly always wanted a smoothie/drink maker! Ever since my friend left a spoon in my mixer, it hasn't worked the same.
I got both of these for $10 total! :) The smoothie maker has never been used, and they let me test out the heater.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Every 2 weeks, Target posts new coupons on their website. Here's the link to the current ones:
Even though the coupons don't expire for at least a month, they are pulled from the target website when the next 2 week cycle of coupons is published on Sunday.
One of my favorite coupon sites, http://www.hotcouponworld.com/ has created a coupon generator where all the un-expired Target coupons are stored. (You have to create a user name to access this portion of HCW, but it's free and no spam, I promise! Once logged in, go to Coupon Resources, and on the drop-down menu you will see 'coupon generator')
Once you are in the coupon generator, you can pick how many coupons you'd like to be printed. (ex- I want 4 dole salad coupons, so I enter 4 next to Dole Salad, and click 'get coupons'.) You can print multiple coupons at once, saving on paper and ink!
Also, you can print the current, online coupons at Target! Go to the kiosk where you print registry information, and click 'Target.com'. Go to the bottom of the page, click 'Super Target Coupons and Specials', select your coupons and print on Target's blue paper using their ink! :)
What great deals have you gotten using Target coupons? Or what deals do you have planned?
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Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
'They' are really trying to make downtown Tulsa like Bricktown is in OKC....it's not there yet, but maybe one day.
Anywho- here's our friends Karen, Will and Audri @ dinner....and then Brandon and I enjoying a quite tasty (and strong) margarita!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Here's what I keep in my folder that is of great help to me in my couponing endevors:
- store coupons (ex- Bed, Bath and Beyond 20% off, etc)
- the current grocery ad's (great to have handy if I need to price-comp @ Wal-Mart)
In the middle/bradded area, in clear page protectors:
*Sale Price Cheat Sheet- I suck @ math, so this really helps!
(the info. from HCW is on the very 1st post on this thread, just highlight and print!)
*Sales Cycles- this has helped me know when to stockpile (see my previous post about this) and when to wait to purchase larger home items.
(same as above, go to the 1st post, highlight and print)
*Experation Date information- maybe I don't need to carry this sheet w/ me to the store, but it's nice to have in my folder and to reference back to.
*Can I freeze it?- this took some time to read through, but really opened my eyes to what could and couldn't be frozen. Maybe it's not the best to print, but its helpful and informative.
*Corporate letters from Target and Walgreens, explaining their coupon policies- these are great to have on hand, especially when you have a mis-informed cashier who tries to refuse a legal coupon.
(I can't find my link right now....I'll post it later!)
*Copies of my rebate forms that I have already mailed in. Once I receive my rebate, I remove the form and throw it away.
In the back pocket:
-My past month's excel spreadsheets. On my spreadsheets I keep track of the date, store, before coupon total, afer coupon total and $ saved. I also note type of shopping and the price of something I stockpiled. At the end of every month, I total my expenses and print these out for my records.
It's Works for Me Wednsday over at http://www.rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/ - go over and check it out!
Also, feel free to check out my other couponing threads about price matching @ Wal-Mart and stockpiling :)
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
On a lighter note- Here's how I did @ Homeland yesterday: (remember, they double up to $1!)
- 4 packages of kraft shredded cheese (on sale for $2, then used .55/2 coupon)
- 2 packages of keebler cookies- free!
- 2 juicey juice- free!
- doritos (no coupons! Brandon just wanted them)
- Pork Roast- 1.99/lb
- St. Ives lotion- .99 after coupon
Friday, January 11, 2008
This is what I got for $52.20: (that includes tax!)
yellow long sleeved shirt- 2.69
orange fleece jacket- 5.99
2 sweaters- 5.84 and 4.49
short sleeved button down-3.99
3 pairs of boxers- 1.57 each
For baby gifts:
2 outfits- 2.02 and 2.69
2 boxed pj sets- 2.23 and 3.14
For more frugal tips, check out today's frugal friday post over on http://www.moneysavingmom.com/
She is talking about 5 painless ways you saved $100 last year. Here's how Brandon and I have saved way over $100!
- shopping for clothes when they are on sale- and avoiding the mall unless we really need something!
- cutting coupons and shopping at stores that double 'em
- using the Wal-Mart card to save 3 cents on gas
- only eating lunch out once a week
- when we go out to eat for supper- using coupons and eating when they have a 'special'. (ex- the mexican place I love has 3.99 enchiladas on Wed. evenings- so we go then!)
Off to grocery shop....we'll see how I do!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I bought this paperwhite tulip thing @ Target for 2.49 during their 75% off Christmas sale. (it came w/ 4 blubs, dirt and the pot!) Look at how much is has grown in a week and a 1/2....
Photo #9: Last night I had dinner in Stillwater w/ my good friend Mallorie. Her fiancee, Mark- had just gotten his new Ugg's in and was so excitied! My Brandon would get that excitied over a Playstation 3 or a new car, Mark- it was a pair of shoes! It was just too funny! Thus, my photo of the day :)
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Here's what I got for $6.44 (including tax)
Monday, January 7, 2008
No fun coupon deals for me today....but just wait, I'll be back on my 'A' Game tomorrow :)
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Alson, we went by Walgreens to run some of their deals, and this is what I got:
- 3 Robitussin's- $6 each
- 3 Christmas take out containers- .33 each
- 1 Excedrin- $3
- 2 magnetic notepads- .75 total
- Leap Frog puzzle- 3.99 (all toys on sale now)
- 2 Cover Girl mascaras- $7 each
- 2 renyolds foil & 1 wax paper- .75 each
- $15 perscription
Total spent after coupons, rebate and RR: 19.21
Overall- a wonderful Sunday! Hope yours was great too!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Since I've been out of school for Christmas break, I've had alot of free time, which I used to run to Target. :)
I called yesterday morning @ 8am to see if the Christmas stuff was 90% off, the operator told me no, and sure enough, it was!
So, a friend called me about 2pm and told me to get up there.
I am a little upset that I 'missed out'- but in retro-spect I got everything I wanted/needed @ the 50-75% off price. Just because it's 90%, doesn't mean I need it all!
Hobby Lobby- Christmas @ 80% off
Total Spent: $9.25
Total Saved: 36.96
2 packets of Christmas scrapbooking stickers, 1 package of winter scrapbooking ribbon, Let it Snow plate, 'Joy' and 'Merry Christmas' wall hangings that you make w/ your scrapbooking supplies, 3 pk. of scotch tape and 2 gift bags
Target- Christmas @ 90% off
Total Spent: $5.45
Total Saved: $50.42
This week my Homeland grocery bill looked like this:
Total Spent: $18.72
Total Saved: $20.53
Deals: (remember, my store doubles coupons up to a $1!)
.99 Borden gallon of milk
.89 Freschetta Pizza
.24 for 3 2-liters of Fresca
.99 4 lb. bag of sugar
FREE dole salad mix
And, here's my project 365 photo for the day: I'm w/ the gals from our Sunday School class at the crop last night! We are going to now do it @ Scrapbooks Galore every month!
Friday, January 4, 2008
But, tonight's going to be different!!!! I pre-planned my pages, and brought only the papers I need.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Then, I went to Target. Now, I was just going in for groceries for supper- but look @ all I got!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
My friend Micheal-Ann puts her's in alphabetical order in a clear rubbermaid shoe box thingy w/ a lid. On HCW, some people have 3 ring binders w/ baseball card type clear holders.
I put my coupons into 2 of these 13 compartment expandable check folder thingys.....found right now @ the dollar spot @ Target! (mine are from this summer, but they have 'em out again!)
I have 2 folders, one for food (which I carry in my purse) and one for cleaners, etc. which I keep in my car. Within each folder, I have my coupons organized by categories, such as frozen, dairy, canned goods, snacks, baking, drinks, etc.
The trick to couponing is this:
**always have your coupons w/ you!
**Look at your local grocery store ad (see my homeland ad in the photo?) and circle the deals you plan on getting. I match up my coupons to these deals before I ever leave the house. It makes it easier to get through the store, and I'm not fumbling for my coupons all the time!
**Keep your grocery ad's so that you can price-comp @ Wal-Mart.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I hope it's ok for me to copy you Allsion! But it sounds like such a cool idea!
** Why I am doing project 365?
to document my travels, accomplishments, couponing accomplishments/pitfalls, and relationships. This year is going to be a crazy one with my completion of graduate school, etc. (see my previous post)
And hopefully, I'll become a better photographer through this experience! How cool would it be to put all these photos in a scrapbook? :)
So, here's my photo for Day 1:
This is my 'future speech pathologist' shelf. Over the past year and a half, I have accumulated all these childrens books, board games and speech path tools of the trade.
What's so exciting about this is that in May, I can hopefully move all of this to my new office, and start using it!
What happened in 2007......
*Brandon graduated college
*we moved back to T-Town
*Brandon started his career
*my in-laws moved to Texas
*we unexpectedly now have a nephew
*I started my addiction to couponing
*we joined a new church, made new friends
*we said goodbye to old friends
What will happen in 2008?
Brandon and I talked about our hopes/plans/resolutions over dinner last night.....
-continue saving for a down-payment on a house (hopefully we can buy one this year!)
-I graduate w/ my Masters in May!
-I'll be starting my career
-we'll get OSU football season tickets
-we might try to have a baby
-we'll join the local community college gym and stay active
-eat out less
-I'll cook more
-continue to be involved @ church
-hopefully, take a vacation in May