Friday, May 28, 2010

Weekly Shopping Trips 5/22-5/28----Ended the Month 83c Under Budget!

Well, I wasn't sure I could stay within my May 1-28 budget of $140 since I only had $17.01 left for this week, but I DID IT!!!!

May's Monthly Buget = $140
May's Actual Spending = $139.17
May's Total Savings = $862.38 for an average savings of 86%!

I wasn't up to a lot of running around so we ate up the produce we had, which means next week will REQUIRE some produce shopping for sure!  I did make a few trips to get in on some great freebies/super cheap items and a mini stock up at the Bread Outlet and spent $16.18 this week.  I was very excited to find the NO HFCS bread on the discount table (that means each loaf was 90c!) and picked up 4 loaves.  I also got 8 packages of Turkey Hot Dogs for 38c/package, 3 Angus Hot Dogs for 19c/package and 9 Al Fresco Chicken Sausages for 49c/package!  I'm excited to have something in my freezer besides cheese and ground turkey!

Aldi: $1.61
Friehoffers: $1.34

Walgreens: $1.53
I didn't feel like doing any "deals" and had RRs that were expiring, so I had fun!

CVS: $0.64
Stop & Shop: $0.60

Shoprite: $3.06

Friehoffers: $5.40
Shoprite: $0.41

The only thing missing is the Organic Sugar I had my husband pick up for $1.54 at Walmart.

Total Spent = $16.18
Total Saved = $197.94 for a savings of 92%!!!

Were you able to stay in budget this month?
What great deals did you find this week?
Check back next week for June's Budget goals!

May 29th----Two Great Programs at Forsyth Nature Center(Kingston, NY)! Composting and the 3 R's!

Composting 101 10:00am Forsyth Nature Center

Learn how to turn yard waste and food into valuable organic matter! See a demonstration on how to create valuable high quality compost. FNC staff will discuss methods of containment, processing dos and dont's and best practices. One lucky patricipant will go home with a free backyard composter!
845-331-1682, ext 7336

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rethink 11:30am Forsyth Nature Center

Leaern the basics of Recycling, Reusing and the other 2R's in an effort to reduce your waste. The program will provide the recycling rules and regulations as well as provide literature and recycling stickers. Bring the whole family!! 845-331-1682, ext 7336

For more information about Forsyth Nature Center and their programs visit their official website.

Adams Farms Deals 5/28-5/31


69c/lb-Large, Florida Tomatoes
79c/head- Romaine Lettuce
99c/box-Grape Tomatoes
99c/lb-Green Beans
99c/lb-Large Vidalia Onions

75c/lb-Grade A chicken drums and thighs

For the full ad visit Adams Website!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

10% Discount for Military at HOME DEPOT


**Redeemable for a 10% discount on a single receipt in-store purchase at The Home Depot® U.S. stores only. Maximum discount $200. Present valid military ID to cashier at time of purchase to receive your discount. Offer does not apply to installation products or services or to John Deere, Cub Cadet®, Honda, Toro®, Echo®, Little Giant Ladder Systems®, Dacor®, Viking®, Fisher & Paykel®, Sharp Insight™, Delonghi®, Buckhaven, Weber, Lynx, Alfresco, OCI, Marvel, Bertazzoni, Aga, and Vent-A-Hood products and trade styles and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Memorial Weekend Rummage/Yard Sales in the Valley!

As any reader who lives in the Hudson Valley (and perhaps many other Tri-State/New England towns) knows, Memorial weekend kicks off yard sale season!!!

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Start out in Fishkill, NY on Friday the 28th from 9am-7pm:

Parish House
Trinity Episcopal Church
1200 Main Street
Fishkill, NY

On Saturday you can head to Kingston, Marlboro or Verbank for some more sales!

Saturday, May. 29, 2010
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Big Red Barn
209 Tongore Road
Kingston, NY
Giant Tag Sale in the Big Red Barn. Antique furniture, cabinetry, chef's stove, tools, outdoor equipment, sports equipment, electronics, clothes, handbags, baby items, toys toys toys and much more! All proceeds will benefit UlsterCorps. Rain or shine.

Saturday, May 29th
Christ Episcopal Church
RT 9W and Old Post Road
Marlboro, NY
Fourth Annual yard sale will be held Rain or Shine!
Saturday, May 29th
9:00AM-4:00PMVerbank United Methodist Church
On-the-Green, off Rt82
Verbank, NY
Community Rummage Sale

Do you know of a great sale taking place in the Hudson Valley Memorial weekend?
Share the sales you find and any great deals you want to brag about in the comments!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day----Getting Creative with your Cereal!


June's issue of "Family Circle" had a great little snippit with ideas for cereal. 
I thought this would make a great tip post since we are always finding great cereal deals!

1.  Stir 1 cup bran flakes, 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup softened butter until crumbly.  Sprinkle over top of muffin batter before baking.

2.  Combine 2 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch, 1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds and 1/4 cup granulated sugar.  Coarsely crush. Roll 1 pint of ice cream in mixture and refreeze before serving.

3.  Mix 2 cups Rice Krispies with 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning.  Dip, one by one, 4 thinly sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts in beaten egg; dredge in cereal to coat.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

What are your favorite ways to use cereal in your recipes?

This post is linked to WFMF!!

Friday, May 28th---Local Food Pantry Benefit and more

Poets John Kenselaar and Guy Reed. Benefits local food pantries. Donations accepted.

Friday, May. 28, 2010
7:00 PM

Boughton Place
150 Kisor Rd.
Highland, NY

Make Your Own 1920s Dress Pattern. Attendee's will leave with a paper pattern for a flapper dress.
Free, but Registration is required.

Friday, May. 28, 2010
6:00 PM

Red Hook Fabric Shoppe
33 West Market Street
Red Hook, NY

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Lifesavers Hard Candy Bag 75c/1 IP = 17c at Shoprite!!!

Use this new 75c/1 IP to get some cheap lifesavers at Shoprite!

$1.67-75c/1 IP doubled = 17c after Q!!!!

Menu Plan 5/24-5/30

MONDAY- Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and zucchini
TUESDAY- Lasagna with salad
WEDNESDAY- leftovers
THURSDAY- Chicken & Rice Casserole
FRIDAY- Hamburger/Hot Dog BBQ
SATURDAY-  Dinner Out

What do you add to your salads to liven them up???

Sunday, May 23, 2010

May 25th---Art in Saugerties, NY and Baseball in Red Hook, NY

Free Art! Drop-in Tuesday

Tuesday, May. 25, 2010
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Muddy Cup/Inquiring Mind Bookstore
(corner of Main and Partition streets)
Saugerties, NY

845-246-5577 or

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Tuesday, May. 25, 2010
7:00 PM

Baseball in the 1920s. Baseball historian John Thorn, author of numerous books and historical consultant on Ken Burns' documentary Baseball, will speak about the sport's connection to The Great Gatsby and the 1919 World Series, commonly known as the Black Sox Scandal.

Red Hook Public Library
7444 South Broadway
Red Hook, NY

Friday, May 21, 2010

Only $17 left for May!

I started this week with $57.32 of May's budget left to last thru May 28th.
I spent $40.31 this week and here's where it went:

Adams: $5.16
Shoprite: $4.12

Shoprite: $5.77

Target: $15.83
(plus I got back $15 in GCs!)

CVS: $1.48

Aldi: $1.42
Freihoffer: $1.34
Shoprite: $1.11
Walgreens: $0.80

Shoprite: $1.79

Shoprite: $1.47

Total Spent = $40.31
Total Saved = $240.99 or 85% Savings!

Original May Budget $140
Remaining Budget $17.01

Check Back Next week to see if I managed to stay in budget!

May 24th! Chess Club- Gardiner, NY---Play/Learn for Free!!!

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Chess Club. Kids of all ages and levels welcome. Grouped by level, experienced players learn new skills. Come learn to play chess! Meets every Monday.

Monday, May. 24, 2010
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Gardiner Library
5 Station Square
Gardiner, NY

Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 22nd Annual Wildflower Festival @ Catskill Native Nursery---All events are FREE!

Celebrate our area's native wildflowers, herbalism, gardening, and land preservation.
Kerhonksen, NY
For more information visit the official website or call:

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day---Defrosting Your Freezer....speed it up!


I recently defrosted my upright freezer and did a quick search on the internet for tips. 

 Would you beleive this is the first time I've done this!?!  

One thing I kept coming across was the following suggestion:

Put a pot of boiling water in the freezer and close the door.

Steam is hot and will melt the ice faster than just room temperature. The more boiling water, the faster the ice will melt.
It was recommended that I replace the pot of water every 15-20 minutes.  I followed this recommendation and was disappointed at first.  However, after about 3 pots of boiling water, I began to really see the "work" that was being done!
***Use caution that you do not melt any plastic in the freezer if the pot is too hot.

After about 4 hours, I was ready to restock!

It's pretty amazing how much more room there is without all the ice build-up!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May 22nd 2-3pm Cooking Demo and Tasting With Patience Kamen --Hopewell Junction

Professional Chef Patience Kamen will cook some delicious and nutritious dishes and teach participants how to navigate the grocery store for the healthiest and freshest foods. A tasting will follow.

Adult Program-requires Registration
Beekman Library
11 Town Center Blvd. Hopewell Junction, N.Y. 12533
(845) 724-3414

Monday, May 17, 2010

Menu Plan wk of 5/17-5/23

MONDAY- Ropa Vieja w/ salad
TUESDAY- leftovers
WEDNESDAY- Chicken Parmesan
THURSDAY- Wild Rice & Chicken Casserole
FRIDAY- Leftovers
SATURDAY- Chicken & Vegetable Stew over rice
SUNDAY- Turkey Stroganoff over Egg Noodles with salad

Have you tried any new recipes lately that are worth sharing?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Shopping week of 5/8-5/14-----Lots of fresh foods and staples!

My monthly budget of $140 thru May 28th is quickly dwindling down.  We bought a lot of fresh veggies this week and some other staples (salt and black beans), so that has made our spending a little on the higher side.  I'm resolved that it's ok if we end up going over budget by a little this month, as long as we've gone over for buying fresh, healthy food!

May's Budget: $140-$40.38(week 1) 
$99.62 of budget remaining at start of week 2

Aldi: $3.13
Shoprite: $4.18
Walgreens: $0.00

CVS: $0.76
Shoprite: $4.60

Aldi: $8.30

Sorry this picture is sooooo DARK. You can't even see the black beans :(
Mother Earth's: $7.60
Walgreens: $1.00

Adams: $4.25
CVS: $0.63
Walgreens: $2.12

Aldi: $3.10
Shoprite: $3.93
 (will submit for $5 Sorrento rebate, but you know the drill....I don't count it until I get it!)

Total Spent = $42.30
Total Saved = $171.81 for a savings of  80%

$57.32 Remaining in May's budget!!!
It's going to be tight!

How did you do this week???

May 15th Sylvia and the Magic Trunk-Kingston Library

Saturday, May 15 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Join us as amazing ventriloquist Sylvia dazzles us with puppet characters and song.
For more information on The Magic Trunk head on over here!

Kingston Library ~ 55 Franklin St. ~ Kingston, NY 12401 ~ (845) 331-0507

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Adams Deals 5/14-5/17

Hooray! There are finally some good deals on fresh veggies!

99c/lb-Green Beans
99c/lb-Roma Tomatoes
99c/lb-Broccoli Crowns
99c/lb-Vidalia Onions
99c/lb-Green Peppers
99c/head-Romaine Lettuce

 For the full ad head on over to the Adams Fairacre Farms website!

Shoprite Printables Only Match-Up 5/16-5/22

As always, I will ad new match-ups as I find them!  Please leave a comment with any great deals I might have missed!!!

FREE- San Giorgio QUICK COOK Pasta 3/$3 MB3 - 50c/1 IP when you register
50c/3-Stonyfield Yogurt 50c - 50c/3 IP when you register
29c- Heluva Good Dip $1.29-50c/1 IP
49c-Sunny D 99c- 25c/1 IP
99c- Heluva Good block cheese $1.99-50c/1 IP
99c- Fisher Peanuts $1.99-$1/1 IP
99c- Smart Balance Eggs $1.99-50c/1 IP

Unilever Catalina deal: Buy $20 get $5 ONYO

49c- Suave Invisible Solid Deoderant $1.99-$3/2 IP
99c-Dove Invisible Solid Deodorant $2.49-$1.50/1 IP
$1-Wishbone $2-50c/1 IP when you register
$1.40-Skippy 2/$4-60c/2 IP
$1.75-I Can't believe it's not butter 2/$5 - 75c/2 IP

General Mills Catalina:
Buy $10 get $2 ONYO

Buy $20 get $5 ONYO
Buy $40 get $10 ONYO

39c-Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad $1.19-40c/1 IP DND5 YMMV
$1.20-Gogurt 2/$4 - 80c/2 IP

The following cereals are also included:
cocoa puffs, cinnamon toast crunch, cookie crisp, and honey nut cheerios $2.49
The $1.50/2 IP here is good for all of the above excluding the Honey Nut Cheerios.

Buy ANY 3  8oz or larger GM cereals and get an ONYO for FREE(up to $3.75) milk!

4 Day Price Break (wed-sat)

59c each WYB3- Totino's Pizza Rolls 99c- 60c/3 IP


May 15th Kingston Library Book Sale---Kingston

Friends of Kingston Library Book Sale

Saturday, May 15 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Join the FoKL for their annual book sale in the library basement! There are thousands of books available, with low prices of $1.00 for hardbacks, audio books,CDs, and DVDs (3 for $2.00); 50 cents for paperbacks, videocassettes, audiocassettes, and LPs; and 25 cents for all children’s items, including videos.

Kingston Library ~ 55 Franklin St. ~ Kingston, NY 12401 ~ (845) 331-0507

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May 15th Millbrook Book Festival---All events are Free!

"A celebration of authors, books and the joy of reading!"

Millbrook, NY 10am-5pm
Meet the authors and check out the panel discussions, speakers and readings on a wide variety of genres!
For more information visit the official website.

50c/1 Quick Cook Pasta IP

Same Great Pasta in Just 3 Minutes!
Head on over here to print a 50c/1 IP for Quick Cook pasta.

You can select from the following brands :
Ronzoni, Creamette, American Beauty, Skinner & San Giorgio

If your store doubles this will likely make for some Free or Cheap Pasta!

Wednesday Tip Day----Freeze your Cheese!?!

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Need to shred some (a lot ) of cheese.
Put your brick of cheese in the freezer for 30 minutes.
The slightly frozen cheese will be easier to shred!

What other shredding tips do you employ in the kitchen?

This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 13th Air Force Band of Liberty----Peekskill--FREE!!!

Join the United States Air Force Band of Liberty for an unforgettable evening of musical entertainment. This outstanding group of professional musicians comes from Hanscom Air Force Base just outside Boston and tours throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey. No matter what your musical tastes, from the classics to pop, from Broadway to swing, the Band of Liberty will certainly delight and entertain.

Admission is Free, tickets must be picked up at the Paramount Box Office. (Please limit 6 per person).
For more information call 914-739-2333 or head over to the Paramounts site!

May 13th-May 17th The Wall that Heals @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts...Open to the public Free of Charge

Half-Scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC
200 Hurd Rd Bethel, NY
For more information head over here or call:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Adams Farms Deals 5/11-5/13

59c/lb-seedless watermelon
99c/lb- fresh green beans

For the full ad head on over to Adams website!

Woodstock Chimes Warehouse Sale-May 13th-16th!!!!!!!!!

Our spring Warehouse Sale will be

May 13, 14, 15, & 16, 2010

Thursday through Sunday

9am - 5pm each day

Huge Selection Of

Chimes, Drums, Spring Products including

Garden Bells, Kid's Instruments, Beautiful Wooden Ducks,

Discontinued Products and much more!

Up to 80% off Many items below wholesale!!!