Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day---Clean the grill!!!

image courtesy kidprintables.com

Sprinkle dry baking soda on a damp brush, scrub,
then rinse to get your grill sparkling!

June 2010 All You

Adams Farms Deals 8/31-9/2

79c/lb- lg hydroponic tomatoes
99c/lb- local McIntosh apples (new crop)
$1.79/1 lb box- strawberries

Find the full sales ad here!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Menu Plan week of 8/30

I'm trying two new salads this week!

MONDAY- leftovers
TUESDAY- pasta with sausage
WEDNESDAY- chicken quesedillas

THURSDAY- turkey burgers and whole grain rotini with asparagus & snap peas
FRIDAY- pizza on the grill
SATURDAY- Pollo A La Extremena
This is a recipe from a cooking seminar we took with Chef Ef Martinez several years ago!
SUNDAY- Tilapia with Indian Potato Salad

Coupons.com RESET!!! = more string cheese deals at Shoprite!

Many coupons have reset on coupons.com including the Frigo 55c IP.

It's on sale again this week, so you can print again and get some more cheap string cheese!

$1.39- Frigo String Cheese $2.49-55c/1 IP

Crayola Color Wonder Give-Away (ends 9/1)

To say I was excited when I was contacted to review Crayola Color Wonder products would be an understatement.  As a mom to little ones, I was thrilled to receive these super Crayola products to help entertain and inspire my kiddos. 
They arrived just in time for a short (3 hour) road trip.  I grabbed some of the paper, markers and lap desk and loaded them into the car with my 4 year old.  By the time we reached our destination she had created several works of art with none of the usual bonus (ie: messy) art that can accompany traditional markers. 
Crayola allows me to breathe a little easier while my kids enjoy their craft time!

Crayola and MyBlogSpark are also offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Color Wonder gift package.

Summer travel and Color Wonder are a perfect combination. With a variety of Color Wonder activities, children are free to express themselves and have mess-free fun whether they’re in the backseat of the mini-van or up in the wild blue yonder.

Kids love the way the colors magically reveal and moms love that there’s no clean up involved. Color only appears when the markers or paints meet Color Wonder paper, so there are no clothes to wash or hands to clean when you reach your final destination! 

From purple mountain majesty to the pacific blue ocean, we want you to show us the wonders of America using Color Wonder as you travel this summer. The great Crayola Color Wonder products that you can take along on your summer trip include:
  • Crayola Color Wonder Lap Desk provides a large, hard-top surface for kids to create on the go. The sturdy desk has a built-in handle and a soft detachable pillow that can be used as a storage unit for Color Wonder markers and paper. The Lap Desk is equipped with 12 re-stickable pieces of Color Wonder paper to keep kids’ drawings in place and 5 Color Wonder mess-free mini markers in red, orange, yellow, green and blue.
  • Crayola Color Wonder Fingerpaints & Paper make the once impossible possible – fingerpainting in the car! The set includes clear, fast-drying gels that feel just like traditional fingerpaint. The set comes with 5 mess-free colors (red, yellow, green, blue and orange) in a hand-shaped storage container, a built-in finger cleaning sponge and 12 extra-wide sheets of Color Wonder paper. When kids are finished painting, they simply snap the fingerprint lids closed and paint stays fresh and ready to use again!
  • Crayola Color Wonder Markers and Paper includes 5 Color Wonder markers and a 24-page Color Wonder drawing pad where your kids can create anything they want while you’re on the road!
  • Crayola Color Wonder Stow & Go Studio provides a solid, compact drawing surface with stay-put clips that can secure a single piece of paper or an entire Color Wonder activity book. Kids will enjoy creating with mess-free Color Wonder markers that make colors magically appear on special paper and reveal special hidden surprises.
  • Crayola Color Wonder Story Stampers includes 5 Color Wonder markers in red, blue, green, purple and orange, a Color Wonder stamp pad, 6 sea creature stamps, and an 18-page coloring pad with undersea background settings. Each setting is unique, so every page will inspire a different fish tale just waiting to be told! Kids’ imaginations will take them beneath the sea as they stamp color sea creatures using the colorless Color Wonder stamp pad to create innovative stories and scenarios then can then color in. It's like high tide for your imagination!

To enter leave a comment sharing your favorite
Crayola Color Wonder product.

You can receive an additional entry by Following Frugality in the Hudson Valley and leaving a comment letting me know you do so!
Don't forget to include your email, so I may contact you!

This contest will end on September 1st at 11am EDT.
The winner will be selected by random.org and contacted via email and must respond by September 2nd at 11am EDT or a new winner will be selected.

The gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided from Crayola through MyBlogSpark.
All opinons are my own.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Congratulations to Mari on winning the $25 Walmart Gift Card!

Mari is a Frugality in the Hudson Valley follower!

Shopping Trips wk of 8/21-8/27----The week of pasta and cheerios!

I managed to get in on some great pasta/macaroni deals this week, but my favorite deal of the week was the unadvertised sale on the Muir Glen pasta sauce.  It was only 49c a jar after sale and Q!!!  The timing couldn't have been better!!!

Price Chopper:  $0.65

Aldi: $5.20
Stop & Shop: $0.10

Shoprite: $15.58

Shoprite: $7.33
Stop & Shop: $0.07

Adams: $5.25

Shoprite: $3.11

Stop & Shop: $1.31

Shoprite: $1.67
RiteAid: $0.36
(I had a free diapers Q and used it for the diapers, but also got the $2 UP reward!)

Total Spent = $48.86
Total Saved = 297.12 or 86% Savings

August's Budget (July 31-September 3) $40/week or $200 for the month

August's wk 1-3 spending = $95.84

August's wk 4 spending = $48.86

August's Total Spending = $144.70

Remaining Budget for August = $55.30

Box Tops for Education and a Walmart Gift Card Give-Away!!!

When I was contacted by MyBlogSpark and selected to receive a $25 Walmart gift card to use to purchase my favorite participating Box Tops items, I was excited about the freedom to purchase items of my choice.  Since I live in the land of doubles and often find things FREE or very close to cheap, I don't find Walmart to be the best bargain in the overall scheme of things.  So, I came up with a plan!
I headed over to a few websites that offer coupons for BoxTops items.

I printed out some coupons I thought I might use and headed to Walmart.
I spent a little while checking out prices and decided on some Juicy Juice and Gogurts.  Finding deals on juice is hit or miss and my kids love Gogurt, so I thought that would be a nice treat for them.

(4) Juicy Juice bottles @ $2.36 = $9.44
(1) Gogurt @ $2.25 = $2.25
Total before Qs = $11.69
- (1) $2/4 Juicy Juice IP
Total Spent on Giftcard = $9.69

The Box Tops for Education program is an easy solution and this year Walmart is making it even easier! From Aug. 3 - Aug. 31, head over to your local Walmart to find 4 Box Tops on participating General Mills products and earn more cash for the participating school of your choice. As your one-stop destination for all your needs this back-to-school season, Walmart is helping you save more and earn more with the Box Tops for Education brands you love.
With over 20 great brands and more than 40 products participating, here are just a few favorites that include 4 Box Tops that you can find at Walmart this August: Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, Pillsbury Toaster Strudel pastries, Trix Yogurt, Hamburger Helper skillet meals, Totino’s Pizza Rolls snacks, Nature Valley Granola Bars and Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-Ups snacks. Be sure to keep an eye out for Box Tops on great products from Kleenex, Ziploc, and Hefty too!

General Mills and MyBlogSpark are also offering one lucky reader the chance to win a $25 Walmart Giftcard. 

To enter leave a comment sharing your favorite Box Tops Items.

You can receive an additional entry by Following Frugality in the Hudson Valley and leaving a comment letting me know you do so!

Don't forget to include your email, so I may contact you!

This contest will end on August 28th at 11am EDT. The winner will be selected by random.org and contacted via email and must respond by August 29th 11am EDT or a new winner will be selected.

The gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided from General Mills through MyBlogSpark. 
All opinons are my own.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Free Friendship Sour Cream Next Week (8/29-9/4) at Shoprite!

Head on over to the Friendship site to print a 75c or 55c coupon!
Once you click the print coupon button you will be prompted to answer whether you currently use Friendship products.  If "No" you will print a 75c/1 IP, if "Yes" you will print a 55c/1 IP.

Here's your deal at Shoprite (8/29-9/4):

FREE-Friendship Sour Cream $1.49-75c/1 IP
39c- Friendship Sour Cream $1.49-55c/1 IP

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Shoprite Printable Only Match-Ups 8/29-9/4

29c- Heluva Good Dips $1.29 - 50c/1 IP
49c- Quaker Rice Snacks 99c- $1/2 IP
49c- Malt O Meal Cereals $1.99- 75c/1 IP
3/$2.50- Hamburger Helper 3/$4 - 75c/3 IP
6/$5- Progresso World Recipes Soup 3/$4 MB3-
Buy 6, use 3 50c/2 IPs
99c- Friendship Sour Cream $1.49-$1/2 IP
$1.49- Newman's Own Pasta Sauce $2.49- 50c/1 IP 
$1.49 each WYB2-Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs $1.99 - $1/2 IP
$1.50- Over the Moon Milk $2.50- $1/1 IP
$1.89- Johnsonville Brats $2.99- 55c/1 IP
$2- Northland Cranberry Juice 2/$5 MB2- $1/2 IP

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day- Be open to "deals"

Be open to finding gifts or deals in places you least expect them!

On a recent night we took an unplanned detour (ok, we were lost) into the Adirondack Mountains. 
As we meandered through the backroads looking to reconnect with reality my husband yelled out, "Free Vegetables!"  He certainly caught my attention.  He had spotted a basket in someone's front yard full of summer squash, zucchini and cucumbers.  I turned the car around and he jumped out to grab a few of the veggies. 

Shoprite Weekly Printable Only Match-Ups!

FREE- Multi Grain Cheerios $1.50- 75c/1 IP here, here , here (YMMV-DND5) or here
FREE- French's Dipping Sauce $1.50- 75c/1 IP
49c-Muir Glen Pasta Sauce (select varietes-closeout?) $1.99 - 75c/1 IP here or here
$1.39-Frigo String Cheese $2.49-55c/1 IP

Buy 4 Get $2.50 CAT
Fiber One Bars $1.99- 50c/1 IP here, here, or here
Buy 4, use 4 Qs
$7.96 - $4 = $3.96
Receive $2.50 CAT
Final Cost = $1.46/ 4 boxes or 37c/box

29c- Barilla Whole Grain Pasta 79c - $1/2 IP

Adams Farms Deals 8/24-8/26

79c/lb- Green Peppers
99c/lb- Broccoli Crowns
59c/lb- Whole Legs or Thighs
$1.99/lb- Bell & Evans Bone in Chicken Breast
$2.49/lb- Shoulder London Broil

Monday, August 23, 2010

Menu Plan Monday (NIGHT)

MONDAY-  Spaghetti with meatballs/sausage
TUESDAY- Caribbean Nights with brown rice
WEDNESDAY- brown rice and beans with collard greens sweet potatoes
THURSDAY- shepherds pie
FRIDAY- leftovers
SATURDAY- Chicken Tamales with rice and refried beans
SUNDAY- Chicken and vegetable tomato stew

I'm not crazy about the sudden onset of cool weather here in the Hudson Valley,
but it does make me want to cook a little more!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Weekly Shopping Trips Round Up- a TWO week summary!

I wasn't able to get my weekly shopping post up last week, so here's a wrap up for the past two weeks.
I had a big spending week the first week of the month.  I must admit I was a bit nervous that this month's budget would be a struggle.  Well, I've just added up my receipts from the past two weeks and I am no longer worried!

Shoprite: $0.61

Aldi: $4.66
CVS: $4.68

Price Chopper: $0.39

Shoprite: $6.86

Hannaford: $0.98 (pizza dough-not pictured)

Total Spent = $18.18

August's Budget (July 31-September 3) $40/week or $200 for the month
August's wk 1 spending = $77.66
August's wk 2 & 3 spending = $18.18
August's Total Spending = $95.84
Remaining Budget for August = $104.15

We've been eating a lot from our pantry and freezer, so I am confident we can survive the next two weeks and stay within budget!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day---Find Inspiration in a Book!

I'm not a senior, but I am frugal and love to learn from my elders, so I picked this up from the library to peruse.

I haven't tried any of these tips yet, but these were fun and original!

1. Keep grapes fresh longer by pouring orange juice over them.

2. Revive stale crackers by spreading them on a baking sheet and heating in a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes.  Once they cool you can store them in an air tight container.

3. Use your shower water to heat your home in cold weather.  Instead of letting your hot water run down the drain, plug it up when you are showering and only drain once it has completely cooled. This must also help with humidity in the dry winter months!

4. Clean your chimney with salt.  Throw a handful of salt (sodium chloride) in the fire. Salt combined with the water released from the wood forms an acid that can help dissolve light creosote.
This one makes me nervous, so please check with a professional before giving it a go.

Do you have a favorite book that teaches something about frugality?

Monday, August 16, 2010

A quick Give-Away with 2 winners!

I finally got around to my Parents magazines and found the Hot Amazon 20% and Free 2 Day Shipping Codes.  I have 2- one expires 8/31/10 and the other 9/30/10.

No sense in letting the codes go to waste.. so simply become a "Follower" and leave a comment telling me you've done so.  If you already "Follow", just leave a comment letting me know!
 I will select a winner Friday, August 20th at 9:30 a.m. EDT.
The first number selected my random.org will receive the 9/30 exp and the second number will receive the 8/31 exp.

Menu Plan week of 8/16-8/22

I've been really bad at sticking with plans of late and my menu plans have been no exception.

MONDAY- Grilled Chicken with tomato tart & brown rice
TUESDAY- Leftovers
WEDNESDAY- Spaghetti and Meatballs with Salad
THURSDAY- Chicken and Rice with Zucchini
FRIDAY- Family Style Chinese Restaurant Outing 
SATURDAY- BBQ at Mom and Dad's house
SUNDAY- Hot Dogs and Potatoes

How do you refocus when you're getting off track?

Friday, August 13, 2010

I'll be back to posting soon!

Life keeps happening, but I think things are finally settling into a "regular" schedule. 
I'll be back to posting on a regular basis very soon!
Thanks for stopping by and hanging around!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Shopping Trips wk of 7/31-8/6---Big Spending Week!

Are you ready?  Are you sure?  You're really ready?
I spent $77.66 this week!
Do you want to see what I spent that on? 

Dollar Tree: $3.00
Shoprite: $10.51

Shoprite: $1.29

Aldi: $4.39
Family Dollar: $3.67
Shoprite: $2.57

Adams: $49.77
($1.79/lb ground beef; $1.69/lb boneless, skinless chicken breast)

Not pictured here is 5lbs of Sugar for $2.54.

Total Spent = $77.66
Total Saved = $175.93 or 69%

If you recall, I've set August's budget (July 31-September 3) at $40/week or $200 for the month.

We're stocked up on chicken/beef, so that should keep this week's spending low!
I'll be picking up a few things that are on great sales with q match-ups and some fresh veggies.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Shoprite Printable Only Match-Ups wk of 8/8-8/14

Here's a start to next week's printable coupons!
I'd love it if you share the printable deals you find!

74c-Reynolds Recycled Aluminum $1.99-$1.25/1 IP
$1.34- Angel Soft 12pk $2.34-50c/1 IP
$1.49 each WYB2- Arm N Hammer Detergent $1.99-$1/2 IP

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day----Get more Magnesium the Natural Way

photo credit : pantrydiaries.com

Who couldn't use a little memory boost?!
Adding magnesium to your diet can improve your memory. 
It is suggested that magnesium reaches the brain better when absorbed through the foods we eat.  Recent studies suggest that supplements are less effective. 
So, pack in the magnesium by adding more broccoli, beans, nuts and spinach to your diet.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Menu Plan 8/2-8/8

MONDAY- Leftover Chicken BBQ
WEDNESDAY- Hot Dogs and French Fries
FRIDAY- Spaghetti & Meatballs
SATURDAY- Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Kabobs, lots of side salads
SUNDAY- Leftovers from the cookout

What are your favorite pasta salad recipes?

Leaf Rubbing Identification Stick and Elastic Book - Gardiner, NY-- August 3rd

Tuesday, August 3rd
133 Farmer's Turnpike
Gardiner, NY 12525
(845) 255-1255
Join Laura Conner, Minnewaska State Park Preserve Educator and Nicole Lane, children's librarian, and learn to identify common leaves, hone your observation skills, play games and make a beautiful leaf identification book to take home. (7 - 12 yrs old)