Saturday, January 21, 2012

Who needs takeout?!

This was dinner tonight ...I will post the recipe was a combination of a few recipes I found online. :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Free Publix Gift Card!

I found this great giveaway on one of the Blogs that I frequent...nothing better than a FREE Publix giftcard :)

Check it out at the link below!!

Frugal Follies - $20 Publix Gift Card Giveaway

Friday, August 19, 2011

Quick Publix and Walgreens Trip!

I now have a pretty good stockpile going so I have made it a new goal to spend under $25 a week on groceries.  If I keep on having trips like today then I will make that goal with no problem!  :)


Everything I got was BOGO except the Chef Boyardee which were on sale for $0.89 and I had a 2 coupons for $0.50/3. My total was $19.97 with a savings of $53.67!! That's a savings of 73%!


The total for all of this after coupons came to $9.74, then I used $5 in register rewards so my total out of pocket was $5.74 AND I got $5 in register rewards back!  So it's like paying $0.74! Retail for all of this is $34.15.  It has taken me some time to coupon at Walgreens...but I sure am starting to love shopping there!

PS if you need a break down of anything that I got let me know in the comments! 

50% off Lakeland Ledger!

I was thrilled to see this offer in my inbox this morning from for reduced rate on Sunday Paper delivery if you don't already get it!

Check it out!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Go-to Quick Meat Sauce

This is a dinner that I make very often during the week when I want to make something quick but something with substance. And all the ingredients I usually always have on hand. Bonus: this makes enough for leftovers to take to work the next day :)

  • 1 to 1.3 lb ground beef
  • 1- 28oz can whole tomatoes
  • 1- 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 cup red wine (whatever you have on hand)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • Red pepper flakes to taste (I add about 2 tsp)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 lb pasta of choice
  • Grated cheese for garnish (I prefer Locatelli)

    Fill a large pot up with water and bring to a boil while you prepare the sauce.

    Heat up a big skillet at medium-high heat, once it's hot add the oil and the ground beef.  Salt and pepper the beef as it is browning.  Once the beef is browned (about 5 minutes) then add the onion, pepper, garlic, oregano, and basil to the pan.  Let that cook until the onion is translucent which should be about 5 minutes. Carefully add the wine while scraping the bottom of the pan...this will deglaze the pan getting up any of the yummy brown bits from the beef!  Let that cook for a few minutes to burn off the alcohol then add the two cans of tomatoes and some salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.  Turn the heat down to low and let simmer while you cook the pasta.

    At this point you want to add the pasta to the boiling water with a handful of salt to the water.  Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box (I always cook mine one minute less to make sure it stay al dente!)

    Serve the pasta with sauce topping with grated cheese.

    White Watermelon Sangria

    This is a cocktail that I threw together last summer when I had a bunch of watermelon left over that I didn't know what to do with!

    I always make this with a bottle of "Southern White Wine"  that is from a local winery in Clermont, FL called Lakeridge Winery (I buy it at Publix).  It's a very sweet wine that has a distinct flavor that comes from the type of grape they use.  If you use another white wine it will be just as good, you just may want to up the amount of sugar to your taste.

    • 1 Bottle of sweet white wine
    • 1/4 cup simple syrup (recipe below)
    • 1/4 of a small watermelon cut into 1 inch pieces
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • Fresh mint (optional)
    So I typically cut the watermelon the night before and put half of it in the freezer so it acts like ice.  The rest of the watermelon put in a blender until it is smooth, then strain it before adding to your pitcher.  Then make the simple syrup by putting equal parts sugar and water into a small pan and bringing up to a simmer...once the sugar dissolves you are done!  Just let it cool before adding it to the pitcher.  Once it is cool add the simple syrup, the lemon juice, the frozen watermelon, mint, and bottle of wine and stir!

    When you pour into the individual glasses you will get some frozen watermelon that you can eat when you finish your drink...yum!  :)

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    Walgreens and Publix SAVINGS!!

    So I have no intention on making this an exclusive couponing blog...I have two recipes that I will be sharing this weekend.  But for now I would like to show off my awesome savings today!  Check it out!


    Today I spent $77, but saved $98!  You will notice that there is $50 worth of Gas cards....Publix had a coupon in their weekly ad for buy one $50 gas card save $10 when you purchase $25 in if you take that out then on the food alone I spent $37 and saved $88 which is a 70% savings! My best trip yet by far!

    Here is the breakdown:

    • 6 Freshetta Pizzas - BOGO and had 6 $1 off coupons
    • 4 Barber Stuffed Chicken - BOGO and had 4 $1 off coupons
    • 4 Bagelfuls - BOGO and had 4 $0.55 off coupons
    • 2 Ocean Spray Sparkling Juice - BOGO and had 2 $1 off coupons
    • 2 Progresso Chicken Broth - BOGO and no coupons
    • 2 Philly Cooking Creams - Had printable Publix BOGO coupon and $0.75 off Publix coupon AND 2 $0.75 off Manufacturer Coupons!
    • 4 Nabisco Cookies - BOGO and had a Target B3G1 free coupon AND 2 $0.75 Manuf. Coupons
    • 2 Soft Scrubs - BOGO and had 2 $1.50 off coupons
    • 2 Cheez-its - BOGO and had $1/2 coupon
    • 2 $25 Shell Gas Cards (they let me get two $25 ones since they were out of $50 ones) with $10 off coupon
    BTW all the coupons were printable except the soft scrub and nabisco coupons which were from last weeks Sunday paper :)


    I got all of this after going to 3 different Walgreens on my way home from work today (so I would not clear any shelves!)I spent $32 and saved $70! Plus I have $4 in register rewards to use next time :)  All four Splendas were FREE...they were on sale for $2.99 and I had coupons for $3 off!

    Let me know if you have any questions about any of the coupons I have used...or even share your coupon success story!  :)

    Saturday, August 6, 2011

    $114 for $48 at Publix :)

    I got a BUNCH!  Oh and yesterday I saw on some blogs that Sams Club is having an open house, which means that all this weekend people who are not members can shop in any Sams!  You just have to go to the customer service desk before you shop to get a pass.  I don't typically like shopping there, BUT the few things I recommend stocking up there are: chicken, ground beef, rotisserie chickens, Sams pizzas, and wine.

    Anyway, here is the breakdown for my Publix trip:

    4 Skippy PB - BOGO and I had 3 $1/1 coupons (would have been sweeter if I had 4!)
    2 Corndogs - On sale and had $.55 coupons
    2 Michelangelo Frozen Family Size - on sale for $5.50, had a BOGO and a $1/1 from the company website!
    6 Chef boyardee - on sale for $.89 and had two $.50/3
    2 Dole fruit cups - on sale and had coupon
    2 Hotdogs - BOGO
    4 Chewey bars - BOGO and used 2 $1/2 Target coupons
    2 Yakisoba - BOGO
    2 Crisco Olive Oil - BOGO
    2 French toasts - BOGO and had $1 off coupon from FB
    4 Keebler cookies - on sale for 2/$4 and had target coupon for buy 3 get one free
    1 Tabasco sauce - there was a tearpad by the place they make meals for $.75 off (the little bottle is only $1.59)
    2 Wishbone dressings - BOGO and had $1/2
    2 Canned tomato - BOGO
    Lemons - no sale ;-)
    Garlic - was on sale!

    That's it! $114 worth for only $48 OOP!

    I plan on going to Winn Dixie tomorrow to pick up BOGO jelly since there is supposed to be a coupon in the sunday paper for it, along with a few other things :)

    Sunday, July 31, 2011

    My First Stockpile!

    After my trip to CVS yesterday and a trip to CVS and Walgreens today,I finally have a need for a place to keep it all....Check it out! Oh on the shelf above I have 24 rolls of cottenelle toilet paper that I got for $3! :)

    Saturday, July 30, 2011

    Publix, CVS, and Aldi Savings!!

    Today was all about shopping! I hit up the usual, Publix, but then I also hit up CVS and Aldi! The other day I saw some people posting about the produce at Aldi being pretty good, I have never been there so decided to try it out today.  Check out what I got in the pictures below (sorry for the poor picture quality, the lighting was horrible and I had to take the picture quick before the cold stuff went bad!)

    I didn't do better than last weekend because I had to get some steak and some lunch meat :)
    • 6 boxes of Poptarts that were BOGO and I had two Target $1 off 3 and two Manufacturers $1 off of 3 printable so they came out to around .60 each!
    • Muellers Pasta were BOGO and I had a $1 off coupon so they came to about .20 each!
    • Go-gurt was BOGO and I had .75 coupon off two
    • The rest was BOGO except the steak (was on sale), the hot dog buns (on sale),  the lunch meat(on sale), cherries (on sale), and the pretzel thins (full price...eeeek!)

    At Publix I spent $54.69 and saved $45.34...not bad for buying steak and lunch meat too!


    Since it is hard to tell from the picture, here is what I got...
    • Plum tomatoes
    • Grapes
    • 1lb ground turkey
    • milk
    • eggs
    • broccoli
    • green peppers
    • red and orange peppers
    • 3 limes
    • 2 cucumbers
    • 2 haas avocados
    At Aldi I did not use ANY coupons, however I only paid $20 for all of this!

    Now CVS was pretty exciting for me since I knew there were lots of deals but I have been so intimidated by the process of doing separate transactions and using extra care bucks.  Check it out!  (the one box of Kotex I have to return tomorrow, I noticed when I got home that I got the wrong box so spent $9.35 for that box! So will be taking that back tomorrow)

    In total (after I take back the Kotex) I spent $13.72 for all of this...a savings of over $32! Plus I have $2 in extra care bucks to use next weekend :)

    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    Saved 60% at Publix!

    Couponing round two went well...I got all of this for $36.88 and saved $56.47, that's 60%!

    • Publix had 50% all Kellogg's cereal this weekend only, and I had coupons for 0.75 off each box
    • The yogurt was BOGO and I had a coupon for that
    • The pens were 2/$1 and I had a coupon for $1 off so got all of them for FREE!
    • The pencils were on sale for $1 each and I had a coupon for $1 off two so they were just $0.50 each.
    • The hamburger helper was BOGO and I misplaced my coupons so *only* 50% savings there
    • The chewy bars were BOGO and I had a target coupon and a manufacturers coupon (I found out yesterday by calling that a Publix by me accepts Target coupons, score!) so they ended up being less than $1 each.
    • The cottenelle wipes were not on sale but I had a manufacturers coupon and a target coupon so they ended up being about $1 each and the trial size was FREE!
    • The candles were BOGO (I already have one lit so it didn't make it into the picture) and I had a $1 coupon.
    • The cherries were on sale and cheese was on sale and I had to buy two newspapers of course ;-)

    So all in all a pretty good trip! I'm excited to be getting a good stash of coupons in my collection for future weeks.

    Saturday, July 23, 2011

    Homestyle Meal

    I've been out of town for work this past week so have been slacking on the posting!  I did some research on some good couponing opportunities today, but haven't made it out just yet. Have to make sure I have a plan ;-)  So for dinner tonight I wanted to make something since I have been eating out all week...but after searching the kitchen I didn't have many options.  So I decided to make meatloaf with mashed potatoes.  I typically like making meatloaf with turkey but only had ground beef. I typically don't follow a recipe, so check out my recipe below for meatloaf and garlic mashed potatoes!


    1-1.3 lbs Ground Beef or Turkey
    1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
    1/2 Small Onion chopped fine
    1/4 cup Ketchup
    1 clove of garlic chopped fine
    1 egg
    2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
    2 tbsp water
    salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.

    I first saute the onions and garlic in a pan with a little oil (whatever kind you have, I used canola) just until the onion is translucent. Then I set it aside to cool a little. Put the meat in a bowl and on one side of the bowl add the breadcrumbs, ketchup, egg, water, worcestershire, salt and pepper, and the onion and garlic when it cools. I like to mix together everything except the meat first with a fork to get it well combined then mix it with my hands. Then form into loaf and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. (45 minutes if you used 1 lb of meat and an hour if you used 1.3 lbs)

    Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    4 large red potatoes peeled
    1/2 stick of butter
    1/4 cup chicken broth
    1/4 cup milk
    1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    3 cloves of garlic
    salt and pepper

    Put the garlic in aluminum foil with some oil and salt and pepper and add to the oven with the meatloaf.

    Cut the potatoes into pieces that are roughly one inch in size and place into pot, fill with cold water covering the potatoes. Boil about 10-15 minutes until cooked through. Once the potatoes are cooked, take out the garlic from the oven, strain and add the potatoes back to the pot.  Add to the pot the butter, chicken broth, milk, cheese, and the garlic and mash.

    That's it! Check out a picture below, it was delish!  :)