Sunday, October 31, 2010

November 1st---Hyde Park, NY --Great Candy Exchange

Great Candy Exchange!
2:30-6:30 pm Monday, November 1

For every pound of candy donated you will receive a great prize.  All candy goes to our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and to the VA Hospital in Fishkill, NY.

4178 Albany Post Road  
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Friday, October 29, 2010

Shopping Trips wk of 10/23-10/29---Over budget for October, but pleased none-the-less

I'm still trying to get back to photos, but life has just been too busy.  
I'm pleased if I can get my groceries put away these days!
This week I spent $52.29 and saved $183.36 or 78%.
This means I went over budget for the month of October, but there is a good reason!
There was a fabulous sale on chicken breast at Adams.  It was only $1.29/lb if bought in 10lb bags.  At that price I had to stock up!

Here are the final numbers:
October's budget (October 2-29) = $160
Week 1-3 Spending = $125.44
Week 4 Spending = $52.29
Total October Spending = $178.03
Over Budget by $18.03

How did October go for you?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Two nice Freebies for Shoprite Printable Only Match-ups 10/31-11/6

FREE- Bestlife Spread 99c- $1/1 IP 
27c- Hefty Trash Bags $1.27- $1/1 IP (90210)
40c- Yoplait Greek Yogurt $1 - 30c/1 IP
50c/ each WYB2- Chex Mix 2/$3 MB2 - (2) 50c/1 IPs
(possibly 25c/each if you use Cellfire - note: I've had some problems with cellfire Qs not always deducting)
$1.99/2- Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal $1.77 - $1/2 IP and 55c/1 Cellfire (thanks to the tip from and anonymous reader!)

Free- Swanson Hungry Man $1.77 - $2/1 IP (facebook)
27c/each WYB2- Barilla Whole Grain 77c- $1/2 IP

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

$1.29/lb 1lb Bag Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast at Adams!

It's still on sale!

Extra Value Savings
10lb bag of boneless, skinless chicken breast for only $1.29/lb!!!

For the full ad visit Adams website!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day--- Use your resources wisely!

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One of the most valuable things in life is time.
This means that we have to add that factor when deciding whether a deal is good.
One of the best resources is the internet.
A quick search of the internet can render all sorts of information instantly.

I used to stop by a local chain, (Adams) where I love to buy produce, a couple times a week to check out the sales.  This extra stop could take anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes.  That's a lot of time for browsing a farm market.  I then discovered that Adams ads were available online. Adams is a small store, so it's a simple 1 page PDF that takes me about a minute to peruse.  I can then decide whether the sales are worth my time and compare the prices with Shoprite.  I don't know why I never checked for a website with sales, but I'm certainly glad I eventually came to my senses!
Use your resources wisely!

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 28th- Rhinebeck, NY -- Fall For Local Produce

6:30pm Thursday, October 28th
Roufia Payman, Director, Outpatient Nutrition Education at NDH
Ms. Payman will discuss how to prepare and enjoy healthy meals utilizing the best local ingredients for your health. A portion will also be dedicated gluten free diet options.
Registration is required. Call 1-877-729-2444 to register. 
All lectures begin at 6:30 pm and are held in the NDH Lower Level Conference Room.
Contact: Gina D’Angelo-Mullen
Phone: 845-871-3500
Fax: 845-871-3508
6511 Springbrook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572


Shoprite Printable Only Match-Ups 10/24-10/30

Sorry to post this so late and sorry that the deals are pretty slim, but here's what I've got!

14c- Butterball Turkey Franks $1.64 -75c/1 IP
25c- Zatarains Rice $1 - 75c/2 IP

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Menu Plan Monday wk of 10/25-10/31

MONDAY- Leftovers (we had a ton, so we'll eat them up!)
TUESDAY- Tilapia with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
WEDNESDAY- Hot Dogs and French Fries
THURSDAY- Spaghetti with Meatballs and Salad
FRIDAY- BBQ Chicken with Baked Potatoes and Carrots
SATURDAY- Tacos with refried beans and rice
SUNDAY-  Leftovers

I'm always looking for quick and easy meals, so please share your ideas and links here!

Friday, October 22, 2010

New Similac $3 Off Any Coupon!

For those of you who use formula, 

Shopping Trips 10/16-10/22---A Great Week!

Well, I still didn't get back into the Full Swing of pictures, but I did have a great week of shopping and managed to snap a picture of today's trip to Shoprite!
This trip was $0.24. I used a few of the Catalinas from the recent Smart Ones deal to buy all of this!
And here are the overall numbers for the week:

Total Spending = $48.69
Total Savings = $396.07 or 89% Savings!

October's budget (October 2-29) = $160
Week 1 & 2 Spending = $76.75
Week 3 Spending = $48.69
Remaining October Budget = $34.56
How are you doing as we near the end of October?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day---Prevent Bacon from Shrinking!

Rinse Bacon under cold 
water before frying. 
This reduces the amount 
that bacon shrinks 
when cooked by up to 50%.

This is one of the first tips I posted 
as part of Wednesday Tip Day.  
I thought it was worth repeating!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Menu Plan Monday wk of 10/18-10/24

When it's a busy week I turn to my old standby...Chili. 
A huge batch at the beginning of the week and we can add things to it later to change it up a bit.

MONDAY-Chili with rice and green beans
TUESDAY- Hot Dogs with chili
WEDNESDAY- Chicken Nuggets with French Fries and Broccoli
THURSDAY- Sausage with Pasta and Zucchini
FRIDAY- Pizza and Salad
SATURDAY-  Chicken with Baked Potatoes
SUNDAY- Leftovers

What are your favorite go to meals when you know you'll have a busy (busier than usual) week?

October 18th--Ellenville, NY ---Tango?

Shall we ... TANGO!
6:30pm Monday, October 18
Ever wanted to Tango? Anita Maria will help us learn “the dance of love”. Come alone or with a friend. 
Please sign up at 647-5530. 

& Museum
40 Center Street
Ellenville NY 12428

Shopping Trips 10/2- 10/15---A Quick ReCap

I have been running around like crazy and decided to take a break from photos.  These posts just aren't the same without the pictures, so I know I'll be taking them again very soon.
I have been tracking receipts though and wanted to share an update.

Week 1 Spending = $45.46
Week 1 Savings = $236.08 or 84%

Week 2 Spending = $26.89
Week 2 Savings = $151.96 or 85%

October's budget (October 2-29) = $160
Week 1 & 2 Spending = $76.75
Remaining October Budget = $ 83.25

How is your October shopping so far?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Printable Only Match-Ups wk of 10/17-10/23 Shoprite

 FREE- Bailey's Creamers 99c- $1/1 IP
FREE- Campbell's Soup $1 each- Buy 3 -$1.50/3 IP and $1.50/3 Cellfire 
41c/each WYB2- Green Giant Steamers $1.66- (2) 50c/1 IPs and 50c/2 Cellfire
50c/each WYB4- Cheerios 4/$8 - (4) 75c/1 IPs- DND5 YMMV
79c- Colgate Total Toothbrush $1.79- $1/1 IP
99c- Mrs T Pierogies $1.99 - $1/1 IP
$1/each WYB2- Skippy Peanut Butter 2/$4 MB2 - (2)50c/1 IPs
$2.75/2- Gogurt 2/$5 - 75c/2 IP and 75c/2 Cellfire
$2.99- Wonderful Pistachios $3.99- $1/1 IP here or here
$2.99- New England Coffee $3.99- 50c/1 IP  
$11.88/each WYB2- Duraflame Logs 5-7lb $16.88 - $10/2 IP
Did you find any great printable match-ups that I missed? 
Please leave a comment and I'll add them to the list!

$1.39/LB Chicken Breast at Adams!

There's a great sale on Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast now thru Monday at Adams Farms.

It's only $1.39/lb!!!  Now that's a stock up price!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day- "Fix-a-Dent"

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 In the November 2010 Good Housekeeping, Heloise of "Ask Heloise" offered this tip for removing furniture dents in carpeting.
"Hold an iron on the "steam" setting a few inches above the area (do not let it touch the carpet); press for a burst of steam.  The carpet fibers should absorb the steam and swell.  Fluff with your fingers when cool."
Thanks, Heloise!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Adams Farms Fall Festival- Kingston, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie!

Kingston Store
Saturday, October 9, 2010
10:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.

Poughkeepsie Store
Sunday, October 10, 2010
10:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.

Newburgh Store
Saturday, October 16, 2010
11:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.

For more information visit Adams website!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Germantown- Oktoberfest-Fall Festival---October 8th-10th

50 Palatine Park Rd
Germantown NY 12526
Phone 518-537-6687
Fax 518-537-6001

Next week at Shoprite....29c Smart Ones!

Attention Shoprite Shoppers!
Here's a little preview for next week!
Catalina Deal:
Buy 10 Smart Ones at $1.69 = $16.90
Use (1) $4/10 IP
$12.90 OOP
Receive (2) $5 ONYO Cats
Final Cost after Qs and Cat = $2.90/10 or 29c each

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day---Heat only the space you occupy!

If you live anywhere in the Hudson Valley
the cool weather has arrived.
We live in an older home with old windows ( I'm saving up to replace them), which makes for cool drafts.
This time of year the house is usually comfortable during the day, but it can get pretty cool at night.
Since we are usually in the bedroom by the time it gets cold, we use a small space heater in the bedroom(s) rather than turn up the heat in the whole house.  Despite the slight increase in our electric bill, this is still much more economical than heating the whole house.
Here are the things I try to do to stay warm on a budget.

1. Heat only a small area using a portable heater.
2.  Bundle up.  We overlayer and underlayer
as much as possible to stay warm.
3.  Use cooking heat to warm the house.  With little kids it is not always possible to leave the oven open after cooking,
but when it's safe we do just that. 
4.  Add insulation when possible. 
Even simple things like closing curtains can help.

How do you save money on heating?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Menu Plan Monday wk of 10/4-10/10

Well, I'm hoping that the change of season will help spice things up a bit around here because I am bored of the same old same old.  Every time I try and come up with something new, I am missing an ingredient or too tired to give it a go and it's back to the usuals. At least with the change of seasons comes a bit of a change of "regulars".

MONDAY- BBQ Chicken in the Slow Cooker with rice and cauliflower
TUESDAY- Roast (some kind of crock pot recipe), baked potatoes, and carrots
WEDNESDAY- leftovers
THURSDAY- Pasta with Sausage and Peppers
FRIDAY- Tilapia with Couscous and Zucchini
SATURDAY- Homemade Pizza with Salad
SUNDAY- Chicken Yassa

I'm welcoming ideas for my Roast!!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

FREE after Catalina Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast at Shoprite!

There's a new 50c/1 IP (only allowing one print per computer) for Fleischmann's Pizza Yeast.
I happened to notice it was on sale 2/$3 at Shoprite, so I grabbed 2 packets and was pleasantly surprised to receive a $1 ONYO Catalina from Fleischmann's.  There wasn't anything advertising this, so I don't have any specific details.  For the time being here's the breakdown:

 Buy 2 Fleischmann's Pizza Yeast Strip @ 2/$3 = $3
Use 2 50c/1 IPs = $1 after doubling
Receive $1 Onyo
Final Cost = FREE!!!

Shoprite Printable Only Match-ups 10/3-10/9

Here's a peak at the printable match-ups for next week!
I'll add more as I find them.
Don't forget to leave a comment if you find a great deal!

*new*Free- Progresso Beans 99c- 50c/1 IP here or here
Free- International Delights Creamers 99c- 55c/1 IP
Free- Fiber One Yogurt $1.99 - 50c/1 IP and $1/1 Cellfire
*new*50c- Chex Mix or Bugles 2/$3 MB2 - 50c/1 IP
79c- YoPlus Yogurt $1.79-50c/1 IP

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Why I'll pay 9c for a can of beans I could possibly get for Free!

Have you printed the 50c Progresso coupon available here or here?

I printed out several of these and was excited since they go well with the 99c Progresso beans sale at Shoprite (10/3-10/9).  So, combined with the sale and doubling these coupons can make for FREE beans.  Here's the catch...the local Shoprite has newer registers that do not double when something should double to Free.  At least, they don't always double.  So, when a Q allows you can get a manager to over-ride the system and force the doubling to get your free item(s). This usually means a bit longer at the register, but is generally not a problem.  However, this is a DND 5 Q, which means it clearly says DO NOT DOUBLE.  If the register doesn't cooperate I have no recourse to discuss this with a manager.
This means that I may get the beans for FREE or I may pay 49c.  Now, 49c for a can of beans is not the best price in the world, but it's not too bad either. 

Since I work near a Stop & Shop and plan to stop in there for a few other deals, I checked out their price on these Progresso beans and they are $1.09.  The registers there will double just fine despite the DND 5 and I am guaranteed a 9c can of beans.  I'll take the sure thing for two main reasons: Less Hassle and Hey, 9c is still a great price for a can of beans!

Friday, October 1, 2010

A two week shopping trip round up and a month end total--- Not to mention a BIG sigh of relief!

Wow!  I finally sat down to look at my receipts from the last two weeks and was expecting to have gone way over budget. I was so relieved to find I managed to stay under budget for October!
Adams: $3.00

Shoprite: $6.89

Adams: $4.24
Aldi: $9.24
Rite Aid: $13.62

Stop & Shop: $2.00

Shoprite: $4.94

Shoprite: $10.01

Price Chopper: $0.18
Shoprite: $5.61 (grapes and plaintains missing from picture)

Shoprite: $0.94

Shoprite: $19.51

Shoprite: $1.16
Stop & Shop; $0.00

Shoprite: $1.21

Shoprite: $10.28

Total Spending = $92.83
Total Savings = $454.60 or 83% Savings
September's Budget (September 4-October 1) $40/week or $160 for the month

September's wk 1-2 spending = $64.27
September's wk 3-4 spending= $92.83
Total Spending for September = $157.10
$2.90 Under Budget!!!

October's Budget will follow the recent trend of $40 week or $160 (October 2-29).
I'm hoping for some good sales on proteins and definitely need to start buying more vegetables now that our garden is not producing much.

How are you doing with sticking to the budget?

Adams Farms Deals 10/1-10/4

99c/lb- Green Beans
99c/lb- Red Peppers
99c/lb- Broccoli Crowns
$1.49/lb- Boneless Pork Butt

Head on over to the Adams website for the full sales ad!

Harvest Family Festival at Roeliff Jansen Park - October 2nd

A Chili Contest will be one of the highlights of the Harvest Family Festival at Roeliff Jansen Park October 2. Area residents who believe they make the tastiest chili are invited to bring two quarts of their homemade chili to the festival for tasting by festival attendees who will vote for their favorite. The chili cook receiving the most votes will win $100 and bragging rights.

The Festival will be a “party in the park for the whole family!” It will also feature lawn games for kids, hay rides, face painting, a Nature Fun program with outdoor educator Fran Martino, a DJ in the teens only Boogi Barn, bluegrass music by the Marty Jimmons Band and other live entertainment, a Meadow Muffin event and more. It will run from noon till 6 pm and is a free event.

The Hillsdale Fire Department will be roasting a whole pig at the festival and will also be selling hot dogs and hamburgers. Local boy scouts will be selling hot chocolate, apple cider and fried dough and other local organizations will be selling other food and drink to raise money for their organizations.

Directions to Park

The park is located on Route 22, about 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23 in Hillsdale, New York.  Look for our entrance sign on the east side of Route 22, just below small bridge that crosses the Roeliff Jansen Kill. Driving address: 9140 Route 22, HIllsdale, NY 12529.