Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Our weekend plans include a visit to a local art fair. One of the nice things about fall, at least from a frugal standpoint, is that there are plenty of free or low cost activities. Some suggestions:
- Check your local daily or weekly newspapers for a list of festivals in your area. In my corner of the Midwest, there's usually something going on every fall weekend either in my city, or a nearby one. (There's lots of festivals around the state, but let's face it, $3-plus gas does put a damper on travel.)
- Do you have high schools or colleges in your area? I've been checking the calendars of the area colleges for free/low cost performing arts events. Also, most of my area's colleges have football (one only charges $5 for admission), so we can take in the occasional Saturday afternoon game without breaking the bank.
- Take a walk. Do you have parks or walking trails? That's a great way to check out the turning leaves and get some exercise at the same time. Just don't forget to wear the proper shoes and take along some water.
What do you like to do during the fall?
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
- 2 Progresso light soups, $1.25; 50 cents off 2 coupon, doubled: 75 cents each.
- 2 Kraft Easy Macs, 79 cents each; $1 coupon off 2: 29 cents each
- 1 lb package Oscar Meyer honey ham, $6.39; free with Kroger Catalina coupon
- Kraft salad dressing, $1.69; free with All You coupon (with 2 Kool-Aids and the ham.) Oscar Meyer beef hot dogs, $4.29; free with All You coupon (with 3 Kool-Aids)
My out of pocket cost: $10.83; savings of $14.17 with coupons.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Upromise program isn't a bad deal ... heck, I have one of these accounts, and I don't even have kids. (though admittedly, I don't have a lot in it.)
The money doesn't have to go into a college account .. I know of folks who use it for other educational expenses. Personally, I'm seriously considering going back to school, so I'm planning on taking my $$ out then. Maybe I can buy half a book ;)
Odds and ends ...
P&G sent the coupons they promised when I took their Everyday Solutions survey. It appears to be this Sunday's coupon insert. That's something new .. but hey, I don't turn down coupons.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I bought some inexpensive microfiber-type cloths and cut them into sixths. At the beginning of the week, I take the number I need, pop them in a zippered sandwich bag and douse them with rubbing alcohol.
The used cloths go into the washer and dryer with my towels ( or they can be hand washed). I've found they can last for months before they finally start to shred. ...
The savings are startling: Three month's supply of wipes can cost nearly $10. Using reusable cloths costs around $3 ($1 for the cloths if bought at the dollar store and $2 for 2 bottles of alcohol.
Oh, BTW, the store-bought wipes be washed out and "reloaded." Depending on how sturdy they are, I can get one or two extra uses out of them...
Saturday, September 20, 2008
How it works: When you buy any of the Campbell's Labels items at Kroger, the school - or schools - you choose automatically gets 1 point for every item purchased. (that doesn't mean you shouldn't clip labels, though)
I'm a bit puzzled as to what schools are included on this list. I tried to choose a school in a different city than mine -- it wasn't listed, though several other schools in the city were. And I'm positive this school participates in the regular program. Then I tried the elementary school in my neighborhood -- no luck there, either, even though other schools in the district were listed.
I did finally pick a couple of schools ... I'll keep an eye out to see if my first choices ever make the list.
Thanks to Saving Our Cents for the heads-up
Friday, September 19, 2008
My best deals:
- 2 Green Giant Valley steamers: $1 each, had $1 coupons. Both free!
- 8.9 oz box regular Cheerios: $1.98: had $1 coupon. 98 cents
- 12 oz box Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, $3.69. $3.25 coupon, 44 cents. (I think there was a screw-up here. The coupon was for a free box, but it ran up the price of regular Cheerios. On the other hand, I won't argue with 44 cents.
- Frosted MiniWheats, Blueberry Muffin: $3.89, $1 coupon, Free after rebate - $1 overage.
- 2, 12-double roll Scott Tissues: $.4.99, $1 coupon. $3.99 each.
After the rebate, my total will be $15.57. I still have more "regular" groceries to buy this week, but this wasn't bad for a stock-up.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
This is one of those areas that has me beating my head against a wall. Over the past few years, we've tried to cut back on the amount of gas we use. Our house is insulated, as are the windows. We've turned the thermostat down. We caulk. We use plastic and window quilts to cut out extra drafts. We even suppliment with wood heat.
So, the usage goes down, and our bills go up. .. Sigh.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
They're also selling DanActive at 2 4-packs for $4 .. another opportunity to use those $1 coupons in the 6/24 SS.
I did pick up the soap that's 4 for $1. Noticed that they're downsizing the bars from 4.5 oz to 4 oz. Think I grabbed the last 8 bars of 4.5 oz soap ...
Oh, and if you're doing the DanActive challenge, keep a close eye on the package when you buy yogurt. The eligible packages have the two-week challenge logo ... some of the newer packages don't have that. I had to do some hunting....
Monday, September 15, 2008
Anyway, it was a good day to do some cooking. Not wasting food is a big priority these day, so Sunday was a "clean up the leftovers day."
DH made croutons with the leftover (and now stale) bread.
We also had pizza that used up some leftover ham, some garden produce and a few stray .. green beans. Actually, it wasn't bad .. under the cheese, it sort of had the consistancy of a green pepper. Maybe if you chopped them real small, you could pass them off as peppers. :)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I'm posting this as part of this week's BeCentsAble's Grocery Gathering. Central Indiana Krogers are having a big 88-cent sale. Among this week's deals:
- 1 dozen medium eggs
- 1lb California peaches or necatrines
- bunches of fresh spinach, green or red-leaf lettuce
- Correction .. a sign in the store says the price is 88 cents per pound, not bunch
- 16 oz Nesquik chocolate milk
- Armour LunchMakers, or 6 oz sausage links
- 14 oz SpaghettiOs
- 15 oz VO5 shampoo or conditioner
8 oz Eckrich bologna or loves
$1 on 2, 8/10 SS.
$1 on 2, 9/14 SS. (also a possibility for those of you using the All You coupons for free Kraft and Oscar Meyer products)
For those of you doing the DanActive yogurt challenge
2 4-packs for $4.
Use the 6/15 SS. coupon for $1/1
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Powerade (free with coupon)
Purina Natural cat food (FWC)
Biore scrub, lotion
Dove shampoo/conditioner (2)
Glad trash bag
Kotex tampons, pads
Orville Reddenbacher popcorn cakes
Snuggle fabric softener
Update: So far, the news is good on everyone's safety. I do hope everyone filled their gas tanks before the storm hit: I just read a news report that prices are up to $4.99 per gallon in Knoxville. It's up to $4.15 in my neck of the woods.