Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More Coupons

Between dinners on Easter Sunday we stopped at CVS to pick of the Dove Men + Care deodorant that was $.99 and they were sold out by 1 PM.  Crazy!  But we made a trip to Wal-Mart and I am so happy I did!

I got everything seen below for $3.50!

Here's how I did it.

The Clairol Natural Instinct was on clearance for $2.00 and I had 4 coupons for $3.00/1 = -$4.00
The Reach floss was $.88 each and I had 2 coupons for $1.00/1 = -$.24
The Degree deodorant was $.97 and I had 1 coupon for $1.00/1 = -$.03

At this point Wal-Mart owed me $4.27, my husband needed socks though so the pack of Fruit of the Loom socks was $7.77 minus my overage equals $3.50 for the whole lot!

After I checked out he said, "it worked?"  I don't think he'll be doubting my couponing obsession any longer!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cake Pop Success

Have you ever seen Bakerella's Cake Pops?  They're pretty much taking over the world, okay maybe not really but everyone I know who has seen them has fallen head over heals in love with them.  Besides being cute they're absolutely delicious!  Check out Bakerella's site for how to create these yummy treats.

I tried them about a month ago and made them too big so they fell off of the stick, this time though I had great success!

I cut the foam to fit into a plastic container and made two treat baskets to take to each house we went to for Easter.  Besides the pops I made sugar cooks, some were also on pop sticks.

Friday, April 22, 2011

I'm Sorry!

The link to Mom's Need To Know was wrong in my previous post and has been fixed.  Sorry for any problems!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Couponing Story

I started cutting out coupons when we lived in Pittsburgh and I sucked at it, for a couple of reasons that I will go into here.  I am by no means a pro right now or an "extreme couponer" like that shown on TLC, but I sure am working my way there!  I'm becoming more and more a coupon snob though and thinking "I'm not going to buy that because it'll probably go on sale next week and I have a coupon that can make it really cheap" Probably not a bad thing, but here are some tips I have come across.

#1:  Don't buy it just because you have a coupon -- In Pittsburgh this is what I did, I clipped my coupons then went to the store and bought pretty much everything I had a coupon for.

#2:  Match coupons with sales -- A lot of times the coupon in this weeks insert won't match up with sales this week, but it will in the weeks to follow.  A lot of the Red Plum and Smart Source coupons that came out in January that are set to expire April 30 are being paired with deals right now to be close to next to nothing

#3:  Get more than one insert -- I currently get four inserts, some come to me whole and some come picked over slightly, everything helps though.  This is really bad on my part but I actually don't buy any of the papers those four come from, they're all given to me.  Maybe this is somewhere I could step my game up.

#4:  Utilize coupon sites -- is a great one, if you have an iPhone use the GroceryIQ App which allows you to "clip" the coupon, send it to your email and then print from a printer (to continue saving print in grayscale on the economic setting)

#5:  Utilize match-up sites:  The Krazy Coupon Lady was featured on TLC's hit "Extreme Couponing" and lets you in on great information like what store you can match certain coupons with the get items dirt cheap.  Mom's Need To Know I also really like because it offers specific deals for Martin's (Giant) which is where I like to shop.  Also, some of the stores mentioned on The Krazy Coupon Lady are not applicable to where I live.

I went to Wal-Mart to score my haul below for $5.26

4 Nivea Body Washes = $3/each ($12) used 4 $3/1 coupons so all the body wash =
2 Degree Women's deoderant = $.97/each ($1.94) used 2 $1/1 coupons so they paid me $.06
4  Olay soap 2 packs =$2.48/each ($9.92) used 4 $2/1 coupons so all the soaps = $1.92  ($.48/each)
2 Gain Fabric sheets =$1.87/each ($3.74) used 2 $1/1 coupons so sheets =$1.74 ($.87/each)
Febreeze with Gain = $2.66 used $1/1 coupon so Febreeze = $1.66

Retail total = $29.26
My total = -$.06+$1.92+$1.74+$1.66= $5.26
$24 savings

I think the craziest thing is realizing you can get things for free!  When I saw the price on the shelf was $3 and I had a coupon for $3 I thought there is no way possible, only the crazy ladies on the shows find deals like this, but you can too.  Just keep your eyes open for a sale!

Happy clipping!

Monday, April 18, 2011

iPhone Photo Apps

This post is a little bit different than what I usually do but I had something cute and funny I wanted to share.  Typically when I bake something it's for Sunday dinner that I go to at my parents house every week.  When I bake during the week my parents, my brother his fiance and my one nephew are my taste testers.  My husband too depending on if he "likes sweets" that day.  Yesterday at dinner I took this picture of both of my nephews and I love it so I wanted to share it.  I used an app on my iPhone called "Old Photo Pro".  It's a free app and I think it's just too much fun!

This is the before photo

And after.

The iPhone has a lot of cool photo apps, plus it takes pretty decent photos.  I have Photoshop Express on my phone too, also free that's fun to play around with.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Drop Cookies

Remember these?  Well I told you there would be more experimenting to come!  Here are chocolate cherry cookies!  Mmmm, they were good.  I followed the recipe from before, this time I used a chocolate cake mix and maraschino cherries  They were fantastic!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Two for One Desserts!

Saturday evening my husband wasn't feeling well, so since I was pretty bored I did some baking.  I had a dozen left-over frozen cookie dough balls so I made a dozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes.  I just got my Pampered Chef Medium Scoop and it was the perfect size for the cupcakes!
Note:  The above photo is from Pampered Chef
I still had some batter left over so I drained a can of pineapple (saving the juice) and added it to the mixture.  I beat it with my standing mixer to puree the pineapple.  Then I placed the batter into tiny loaf pans.
I baked them at 350* for 20 minutes and got four of these...
I used the pineapple juice I saved to make a glaze...1/4 cup of powdered sugar and 2 TBS of juice.

They were really moist and yummy...It's been requested by my sampling committee to make full size loafs.