Thrifty Trio!!!!

This is a blog dedicated to being a frugal mom! I am a mother, wife, and a 5th grade teacher. When I have time I am online looking for great deals. This helps me to use my coupons in a thrifty way! Leave me a comment so I know you stopped by!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Monthly Cook Off!

I have taken part in a small way last month and now since we are snowed in :) I thought I would take advantage of the situation and get some of my protein cooked up! I am doing the following this weekend;
Taco Meat
Spaghetti sauce with turkey meat/green pepper/onion/mushrooms
whole chicken for chicken noodles, and or dumplings, broth
whole chicken for enchiladas, tacos, nachos
red beans and rice with turkey kielbasa

I think I am going to hold off baking bread for a couple weeks because I find myself eating bread/toast for a snack :( That is not a good thing when you are trying to watch your calories. I might add some things to this list if the ice and snow don't melt and I am stuck in the house :) If you are doing some cooking as well leave me a comment to let me know how your cooking and freezing are going :)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Menu Plan for the week :)

Last week I posted our menu plan and forgot to print it off. We didn't do a good job following it :) I am going to follow it this week, promise!

Breakfast: toast, bagels, cold cereal, oatmeal, pancakes (freezer), fruit
Lunches: sandwiches, Turkey hot dogs(Cali), left overs, fruit

Sunday: kielbasa, red beans and rice
Monday: tacos
Tuesday: Chili
Wednesday: Chicken Noodles
Thursday: pizza
Friday: burger

See Here Deal is in full swing!!!!!

The SEEHERE deal is still going!!!
I just ordered 50 Valentines Cards for Cali May for $4.99!!! All I had to do was pay shipping :) It is one membership per adult living in your house. So Jeremy has his own account now. I also like that you can use Paypal to pay for your purchase.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weekly Meal Plan!

This week we are going to be living off the pantry :) We definitely need to since we have a huge stockpile! Also my big new stand up freezer is coming!!! I will take pictures of the little freezer and then the new one when it chills to the correct temp. !!!! Have a great week!!!

Monday: Sloppy Joes, homemade buns and fries with the Gainey's

Tuesday: Voila Meal (got on sale at HT)

Wednesday: Tacos

Thursday: Chicken and broccoli w/cheese

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: quesadilla (cheese, chicken (leftover from Th.), peppers)

Sunday: lasagna and yeast rolls

Breakfast: pancakes, toast, cold cereal, egg beaters

Lunches: sandwiches, leftovers, salad

Friday, January 22, 2010

Magpie Designs GiveAway!

Please go HERE to register to win this awesome necklace! I would love to have this with Cali May's name on it!!!!! When you leave a comment please tell them that you saw this on my blog!!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

FREE Valentines Day Cards! is running their awesome photo card promotion again. You go HERE and sign up for an account. If you did this deal at Christmas you will need to sign up another adult living in your house so that you can use the coupon code NEWBABY
This takes care of the 25 cards and shipping. 

Thanks for letting us know Lori!!!! and of course


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Princess Cali May needs this sushi set :)

GO HERE To see the cutest sushi set that someone made! You can enter to win it, if you do though you have to give it to Princesss Cali May ;)


Free Atkins Starter Guide and snack bars!

Now we know I am not the epitome of health and wellness but I thought this was a great idea. You go  HERE and then a week later you get a pocket sized carb book and 3 full size atkins bars to sample! Seems like to good to be true? Mine showed up today!!! hahahahaha! Hey, it's free and the sugar is 1gram!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Holy Macaroni Bat Man :) Last Super Doubles (Promise)

2 red baron singles pizza
1 tonys pizza
4 Special K bars
2 WW snack cakes
1 jar peter pan peanut butter
3 boxes of pasta roni :)
Total before VIC: 38.64
After VIC and Special K: 19.49
After Coupons: 0000000 They owed me $1.08, they had to take off the last coupon and fix the register. The young kid working didn't know what to do, I thought I owed them $1.08 and was excited :) Even more so when they handed me the coupon back and said I was all set :)

I used my walgreens RegisterRewards, I didn't realize that the were manufacture coupons until someone else posted about that. Well I used a 1.00, which doubled and a $2.50 so it made me order FREE

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Here is a great giveaway!!!

Go here to learn how you can win this machine!!! Go here if you want to know about the machine!!!!!

Walgreens 1-09-2010

     I had a little bit of an attitude today from the manager or key holder but I won't hold it against one of my favorite stores. I wanted to buy some nabisco crackers that are on sale for 99cents a piece and use a $2.00 coupon, but the coupon is 2cents more than the crackers (benefits the store) and she didn't offer to adjust it she just gave attitude so I just said never mind I don't want the crackers then :) There was a problem with the eye shadow but that was my fault for not handing the cashier the MQ coupons first and then the walgreens coupon. Remember if the item is going to be free after coupons ALWAYS hand them your MQ first!!!! Ok here are the things I bought.... while 2 impatient older gentlemen waited to buy cigarettes :)

2 reach toothbrushes $3.99 each (7.98)
3 Revlon single eye shadows $4.99 each (14.97)
2 Stayfree Maxi Pads $6.29 each (12.58)
1 Extra Gum (because cashier was trying to win a contest?!?) 99cents
total before coupons: $36.52
-$3.99 BOGO on toothbrush
-$1.00 on toothbrush
-$4.00 Walgreen coupon on toothbrush
-$2.00 Revlon
-$2.00 Revlon
-$2.00 Revlon
-$9.00 Walgreen coupon on Revlon
-$6.29 BOGO on maxi pads
-$6.00 Walgreen coupon on Stayfree
=-$36.58 in coupons
Total out of pocket including tax= $1.60

CVS 1-09-10

Mercy it's been a great shopping day!

1 Nivea body wash $6.99
1 Nivea cherry lip gloss $2.99
1 Nivea Shiny lip gloss $3.99
1 coconut SF candy $1.50
1 toffee SF candy $1.50
green bag tag $.99
green bag tag $.49
4 white tissue paper $2.00
total before coupons: $20.45

-$2.00 off  CVS Nivea body wash stacked
-$2.00 MFQ on body wash
-.99 bag tag
-2.99 BOGO Nivea lip care
-$2.00 ECB
Total out of pocket $6.62
$5.00 ECB printed

What sucks about this deal is that I had $27.00 ECB in my pocket book that I couldn't use because my total wasn't enough!!! I had an $18.00 buck and a $9.00 buck. Lesson learned, split the bigger deals into different transactions to avoid this problem. I guess that is a good problem to have, but I don't like spending out of pocket at this CVS or at Walgreens :)

Harris Teeter #4 Super Doubles (Jeremy's Arm Load)

Poor Poor Jeremy :) He always gets roped into my schemes! This time it was part mine and part his! I wanted the free cereal and he wanted the free ziploc :) Here is how it worked out;
4 boxes of Special K cereal=$10.00
4 quart Ziploc boxes= $10.00
MQ- $2.00 off ziploc
MQ-$5.00 of cereal
Instant HT Special K reward $5.00
= $7.64 out of pocket
-$5.00 ziploc rebate means $2.64 for everything! It should have been free BUT I guess HT is smarter than us. I made Jeremy stand behind me and use coupons but I guess it wouldn't double them because I must have reached my daily limit? I don't know if that's true or what?!?!? But I still think we did pretty well!!!!

MQ= 2/$1.00 off Ziploc + 2/$1.00=  -$4.00 after super doubles

Harris Teeter Trip #3 Super Doubles!!!

When we left home this morning I was planning on spending less than 10 bucks on my groceries, but I ended up adding $10 right off the bat because I could not resist the buy 1 get 2 free on the chicken breast. But it was 3 packages of boneless skinless chicken. I got the following things on this transaction:

1 Pack of chicken breast
2 packs of chicken breast**Free
2 Special K bars **Free
2 Special K cereals** Free
2 Ziploc sandwich bags
2 Ziploc rectangular dishes
1 Health Harvest Soup**Free
1 Electrasol Tabs**Free
1 Uncle Bens Rice **Free
3 Sun Crystals**Free
1 Herbal Essences
2 WW carrot cake**Free
1 Arnold Bread
2 Lenders bagels
2 Red Baron Cheese pizzas
2 Tonys Pizza**Free
3 Greek Yogurt**Free

Total before VIC: 118.26
After VIC: 65.39
After MFQ: 23.36
after ziploc rebate: 18.36 :) or 59cents and item :)
This is awesome because I got everything in the picture besides the chicken for $8.36 :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Free Special K Cereal!!!!!!!!!!

Those of us that live near a Harris Teeter can get some free cereal! 

Here is the scenario;

4 boxes of any Special K cereal (any flavor)
cost: 2/$5 so $10.00
Print this $5.00 off coupon
Harris Teeter does an instant $5.00 rebate for purchasing 4 Special K products this week!!!

so your cereal is free....$0 bucks out of pocket!!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

CVS Deal #2 This week :)

I got;
4 cans of oust deoderizer spray
2 Sugar free Russell Stover Candy
1 caramel candy
1 bag of tortilla chips
Total : 22.10
CVS coupon: $5.00/$20
Coupons used: $7.98
ECB used: $9.00
Total out of pocket (OOP): 12 cents :)
Then $9.00 ECB printed!!!!!
*** savings of 99.46% hahahahhahahaha!!! I had to buy the caramel because they can't give me the overage

Harris Teeter #2 Super Doubles !!!

Alright I found a Harris Teeter that hasn't been mobbed during super doubles, I cannot reveal the location of the secret bat cave :) I am so happy with this weeks finds!!!!
I got:
2 Special K cereal
2 Special K  cereal bar
3 rice-a-roni
6 pasta-a-roni
2 uncle bens regular white rice
1 Bounty 100ct napkins
1 Electrasol Tabs
2 8 packs of Lance sandwich crackers
2 wet ones wipes
1 butterball fried turkey lunch meat
1 archway christmas cookie
Total: $68.87
Vic savings: $23.35
Coupons: $35.05
Grand Total Out of Pocket: $9.47 Savings of  86.25%

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Harris Teeter Super Doubles, Visit #1 1/6/2009

Savings of  77% off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I asked my DH to run to Harris Teeter this morning even with Princess in tow and he was so sweet and went and shopped, and conquered :) Here is a list of everything he got;
* 2-Lysol wipes (free)
* Ivory Soap 3 pack(free)
* HT mustard (needed)
*Glenn Muir tomatoes
* 5 Northland juices
* 2 Hawaiian 4pk rolls (free)
* weight watchers lemon cakes (free)
* weight watchers choc. cakes (free)
* wholy guacamole
* yellow bananas (needed)
* 2 Rhodes rolls
* Bagel bites 9 count
* 2 crescent rolls
* 3 Oikos greek yogurt (free)
* gallon of whole milk
* egg beaters

Original Total: $90.17
VIC: $18.76
Coupons: $50.55
Out of Pocket: $20.86

If you would like to see coupon match ups please go here

Sunday, January 3, 2010

CVS! 1/3/2010

Today I ran up to CVS and got the following things;
3 boxes of Soy Joy bars (6 count)
3@$6.00 each= $18.00
ECB earned $18.00
total: FREE

Quilted Northern 12 double rolls
1 @ $6.88

1 GE Energy Smart Light bulb
$2.99-$1.00 MQ= $1.99
ECB earned: $2.00
total: FREE

Trip breakdown
total: 27.87
MQ used $1.00
CVS coupon used: $5/$25 
ECB rolled(used): $20.00
Total Coupons/ECB/other: $26.00
Tax: .48
Total after discounts and tax: $2.35 out of pocket
ECB that printed: $20.00 ($18 for soy joy, $2.00 for light bulb)

***It would have been a straight free transaction, where you just pay tax but I didn't pay attention to the order that I handed the clerk my ECB so I paid $2.35 out of pocket!!!