Recycle bank is a great website to earn points for coupons (often resulting in free groceries of course), and savings on household items, clothing, flowers and much more. You earn points pretty easily and right now you can get 40 points just for signing up and another 50 points for joining ebay's recyling team. These 90 points can be redeemed for a free box of Kashi cereal or you can save up your points for other savings.
I have started to research the idea of freezer cooking, otherwise known as Once a Month Cooking. At this point I am not organized or stocked enough to cook and freeze once a month so I have made some notes and decided that for me, I need to start with breakfast. The kids are out the door super early so unless I want to wake up at 5am, which I don't, it is a rush to cook and eat a hot breakfast. I don't like my kids to have cereal every day so this is why I decided to start here in my Freezer Cooking Adventure. My first attempt will be to make and freeze pancakes, waffles, and biscuits. These are 3 things my kids LOVE, are costly and not very nutritious to buy already frozen, and make a nice warm breakfast before school.
What I have found is that cooking each just a little underdone and then flash freezing is a good way to start. Now if you are very new to this, as I am you are probably wondering what flash freezing is. So, let me tell you what I learned. Flash freezing is simply lining a cookie sheet with waxed paper and freezing your food on this. Once frozen, you transfer the food to your freezer storage (aka ziplock or containers or combo of both.) Flash freezing keeps the food from sticking together. So far I have flash frozen some bananas but, you can flash freeze rice, pancakes, waffles, meatballs, shredded cheese and so many other things!
So, here I go to start my pancakes. I'll let you know how it turns out.
There is only going to be ONE Smartsource insert in Sunday's paper. Not great coupons this week but a few will likely generate some good deals or free groceries. I have marked the coupons for possible good deals in bold.
SMARTSOURCE Act II Popcorn .40 (4/30/10) Baileys Coffee Creamer $1 (4-30-10) Birdseye Steamfresh Vegetable Pasta or Rice variety .35 (3/26/10?) Ensure, 6 pack shake $1 (4/25/10) EAS Myoplex Product $1 (4/25/10) Fisher Nut Products, 4 oz.+ $1 (8-31-10) Glucerna $2.50/2 (4/25/10) .15 each Louisiana Fish Fry Breadings $1 on 2 (5/31/10) Louisiana Fish Fry Sauce .55 (5/31/10) Louisiana Fish Fry Entrees $1 on 2 (5/31/10) Pedialyte + Disney My Friends Tigger & Pooh DVD $5 rebate (5/31/10) Pert Plus for Men $1.50 (4/30/10) Pert Plus, 12 oz+ $1 (4/30/10) Pert Plus 25.4 oz Family Size $2 (4/30/10) Pioneer Gravy Mix .55/2 (5-29-10) Post Cereals $1 on 2 (4/11/10) Post Cereals Kids Favorites $1 on 2 (4/11/10) PullUps Training Pants, Jumbo+ $1.50 (4/25/10) Red Baron Single Serve Pizzas .75 (5/2/10) Resolve Laundry Pre-Treat .50 (4/11/10) Resolve Bright & White $1 (4/11/10) Rold Gold, 7 oz+ .55 (4/10/10) SlimShots Liquid Portion Control $3 (5/30/10) Smithfield package or tub Lunchmeat .55 (4-16-10) Sprout Organic Baby Food B3G1F (4-1-10) Sure for Men Anti-Perspirant $1.50 (4/30/10) Sure Anti-perspirant $1 (4/30/10) Zirtec Adult Product, 12 ct.+ $2.50 (4-3-10) Zirtec Adult Product, 24 ct.+ $4 (4-30-10) Zone Perfect single bar or multipack .55 (4/25/10)
Wow! It sure has been a while since I have regularly posted on this blog. I am still couponing and saving a lot so I have decided to really commit myself to getting this blog going again. Some of the things I am trying to learn more about are Freezer Cooking on a Budget and becoming more organized and efficient with my couponing. The only store I really shop at his Harris Teeter. They are the most customer friendly store with coupons and I never have any problems. Once in a while I snag some of the good Target deals out there but stacking Target coupons with manufacturer coupons is a hassle and the registers almost always beep and no cashier ever knows what to do. Same problem with Walgreens and stacking so it's not worth the hassle in my opinion. So, anyway, as this blog gets back up and running here is a general idea of what to look for:
Sunday: Walgreens and Target Deals with Coupon Matchups Monday: Menu Plan Monday/ Freezer Cooking Day Tuesday: Tackle it Tuesday Wednesday: Harris Teeter Weekly Deals and Coupon Matchups Thursday: Recipes and Fun Stuff Friday: Freebies and Harris Teeter E-Vic Specials with Matchups Saturday: Coupon Insert Peview
Thanks for checking out my blog. I kinda stumbled upon some grocery saving websites by accident and once I realized how little I could actually pay for things, it became a fun hobby for me to "earn" money for our family not by going back to work, but by cutting our budget! I have already cut our grocery bill by more than half and my ultimate goal is to spend about 30 dollars per week to feed a family of 5 with 2 cats and 1 dog! I have seen people do it and I know I can too. Check here often for great deals, free samples, rebates, and much more!
I am a 34 year old stay at home mom. I love to find good deals on just about anything especially groceries. My best shopping success was at Kroger when I paid 0.74 out of pocket for $91.84 worth of groceries! I can find a deal on just about anything!