Friday, October 14, 2011

Look Who I Just Found In The Pool...

A BABY TURTLE!  I've seen bugs, frogs, a rat, and a snake in the pool before, but this is my first turtle.  Isn't he so cute?!  He kept swimming around trying to avoid the Polaris.  I got him out with the pool net and returned him to the lake.  Hope he does better this time around!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Publix Savings 10/06/11

Hey Everyone!  This week I did ok at Publix (not really great).  Here are the stats:

Publix Savings

Spent: $92.93  Saved: $50.19  ///  35% Savings

When combined with the savings I had last week (Spent less than the $87.50 allotted for each week), I am still good with the budget.  This week I didn't use very many coupons and a lot of the sales I took advantage of were not BOGO (50% off).  I stocked up on some beef, since we have chicken already at home.  One thing I can never turn away from is those Stoffer's Family Size Meals.  They go on sale for $3.99 (usually $6.29) every once in awhile, so I like to get them then because they are great for when you have guests or just don't feel like cooking a meal (pop them in the oven and they are done!).

This was also my first week ever getting a rain check.  I got to the store later than I wanted to (spent too much time at Walmart) and some of the sale items I wanted were out of stock (especially one that would have given me overage).  So I thought today was the day to try out Publix Rain Checks.  You just go to customer service with the ad and tell them what things you want and how many.  They write you up a rain check that is valid 30 days after the issue date.  So, if you have coupons that aren't expiring soon you can just wait until the product is back in-stock and get it then.  Hopefully everything I wanted will be in stock next week!

Instead of writing everything out that I got, I took the lazy route and made a video.  All my coupon match-ups for the week were found HERE at Southern Savers.  Have a fun time saving this week!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Max On Life by Max Lucado

As a writer and ministry worker, Max Lucado has received many questions throughout his life.  Max On Life is a collection of one hundred and fifty of these questions and his answers.  The questions are divided into different grouping such as Hope, Hurt, Him/Her, ect.  There is a little something for everyone in this book.

I love that Max bases all his answers on scripture.  My favorite thing about the book is that if I have a problem with something in my life I can look up a question that's related to what I'm going through and find a scripture to reference.  Obviously, since he answers so many questions the answers are short (about a page each).  I feel like this is a good reference book (a start), but doesn't go in detail or at length on any subject.  Whole books can be written on just one of these questions or topics.

While I did like the scripture and his writing is easy to read, it took me awhile to get through this book.  Questions that I had were very interesting to me, but many I could not relate to or I already knew what he was going to say.  I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Taco Stew from The Crock Pot Girls

What's better than a crock pot meal?  Easy prep and delicious food--- yes please!  I was looking at the Crock Pot Girls on facebook and saw they had posted a YouTube video for their Taco Stew.  All I had to do was brown the ground beef and then throw all the ingredients in the pot.  I added some onion chopped into small pieces because I had some leftover from another recipe.  That was the only thing I changed.  I had to cook it on high for 4 hours since I started late.  The only thing left to do once it is done is scoop some into a bowl and add cheese, sour cream, and Fritos.  Mmmm.  Eric even said it kinda tasted like his moms chili.

Here's the Youtube video--they have all the ingredients listed at the end of it.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Publix Savings 9/30/2011

Over the last couple of months I have become a couponer.  Nothing crazy like you see on Extreme Couponing.  We get two papers delivered to our house every week.  I cut out all the coupons and organize them in my coupon binder.  Then I use to match up the coupons I have to the weekly deals (I usually just do my grocery shopping at Publix once a week.).  It's all about matching sales (especially BOGO) with coupons to get great savings.

At Publix in coastal Georgia it is a little easier to save than in Florida.  All coupons .50 and below double at Publix (and Kroger).  So if you have a coupon for .25 then it will double to .50 and a .50 coupon would double to $1.  Also, our BOGO sales are 50% off, meaning you don't have to actually buy one to get one free (you can just buy one for 50% off).

I'm pretty sure at all Publix's you can combine a Manufacturer's Coupon with either one Publix OR one competitor's coupon (each Publix has a different list of grocery stores within a certain proximity that they consider a competitor--see your local Publix for its competitor list).  If your coupon's go over the amount that the product is listed at then you get overage.  You can use this overage to apply to another item in your cart. 

Eric and I are trying to stick to a budget, so couponing is a great way to help us meet our goals.  We have allotted $350 per month for groceries (about $87.50 a week), but would like to try to spend under this amount.

Here is how I did this week: Publix Savings 

Spent: $81.92  Saved: $102.05  ///  55.5% Savings

On Sale:

5 Sara Lee Frozen Cakes (50% off + 3 $1 off Sara Lee Sweet Goods product RP 8/07 + 2 $1 off Sara Lee cream pie printable coupons)
6 Green Giant Frozen Vegetables (BOGO + 2 $.60/3 Green Giant frozen boxed vegetables SS 9/11)
1 Publix Sour Cream
1 Publix Shredded Cheese
1 Ranch Style Beans
2 Del Monte Canned Tomatoes
1 Publix Canned Whole Corn
2 Publix Half Gallon Ice Cream
1 Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Packet
1 Boar's Head Deli Sandwich Meat
1 Fiber One 80 Calorie Cereal ($2 off General Mills Fiber one cereal Publix coupon (Yellow Advantage Flyer) + $1 off General Mills Fiber One 80 cal cereal Printable.  Free + .50 overage)
1 Oatmeal Crisp Cereal ($2 off General Mills Total, Oatmeal Crisp, Wheaties, Basic 4, Raisin Nut Bran or Clusters Publix Coupon (Yellow Advantage Flyer))
1 Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue 12-pack Double Rolls ($.75 off/1 Cottenelle Toilet Paper, 12 pack or (2) 4 packs SS 8/14 or 9/11)
9 Nabisco SnackWell's Bars (BOGO + 9 $.75/1 Snackwell's bars SS 6/26 or 7/31)
2 Vanity Fair Plates 14 count ($1/2 Vanity Fair dinner plates, dessert plates, bowls, or hot cups Publix coupon (One Stop One Store booklet) + 2 $.55/1 plates RP 8/14)
3 Betty Crocker Hamburger, Chicken, or Tune Helpers (BOGO + $.75/3 Betty Crocker Hamburger, Chicken, or Tuna Helpers SS 8/7)
2 Nabisco SnackWell's Cookies/Brownie Bites (BOGO + $.75/1 SnackWells, any variety SS 6/26)
2 Planter's Nutrition Bars (BOGO + $.75/1 Planter's Nutrition Bars)
4 Pace Chuncky Salsa (BOGO + $.75/2 Pace Jars SS 8/28)

Not On Sale:
1 Olay Moisturizer ($1 off coupon)
1 Bag Fritos
1 Arrid Deodorant 
1 Publix Eggs
1 Ranch Seasoning Packet
1 Sprayway Glass Cleaner ($1 off Publix Coupon + $.50/1 Manufacturer's Coupon)
1 Can of Publix Pinto Beans
1 Clean and Clear Face wash ($1 off Clean and Clear Product Manufacturer's Coupon)
1 Perdue Ground Chicken (1lb.)
1 Gallon Public Milk
2 Baking Potatoes
1 Onion
5 Bananas
1 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix ($1 off Betty Crocker Muffin or Cookie Mix Publix Coupon (Yellow Advantage Flyer) + $.40/1 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix SS 8/07)

I also used a $10 Publix Giftcard I received in the mail via rebate for spending a certain amount during a ConAgra promotion.

Thanks to the Savannah Savvy Shopper for her coupon classes!
(Also RP stands for the Red Plum insert in the newspaper and SS stands for the SmartSource insert in the newspaper.  You can find most of the Publix coupon booklets in the spinning holder right when you walk in or ask Customer Service (sometimes they hide them there so people won't take more than one).)