1/31/11

Free Clairol foam Feb 2 @ 9PM EST

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What can you buy for $1.35?

I know, your probably thinking you can't get much for $1.35.  Well take a look at this!
 Shopper's Drug Mart Sunday-Monday sale.  Gillette shave gel/foam and deodorant $1.99.
I had the save $5 when you but 3 Gillette products from brandsaver.  The dish soap was on sale for $0.88 and I found a 50 cent off coupon that I have had for a while!
$1.99
+1.99
+1.99
+0.88
$6.85
-5.50 coupons
$1.35

Feed a family for $280/month-The last 5 days!

Wow, a month has gone by already!  Here is a recap of my last 5 days Jan 27th-Jan 31st(today)

*Lunches also include a mix of Milk, 100% juice, fruit, veggies, cheese, yogurt and homemade *(low fat, low sugar, fibre added) muffins.

Jan 27
Breakfast  Oatmeal with cranberries, milk and juice
Lunch Pita Pizza made with w/w pita, low fat cheese and veggies. Plus a mix of above*
Supper Chicken cooked on my indoor electric grill/panini press in a balsamic rosemary marinade.  Oven roasted potatoes with olive oil, rosemary, garlic and S&P.  Brussel sprouts on the side.

Jan 28th
Breakfast Whole grain cereal, milk, juice and apple slices
Lunch I cut out whole wheat bread using a large gingerbread man cookie cutter and topped it with leftover chicken and romaine. *other assorted lunch item from above
Supper  Grilled pork tenderloin marinated in chili powder, paprika, garlic, oregano and a bit of oil.  Sweet potatoes sauteed in garlic olive oil, romaine salad  and garlic veggie pasta salad.
Here's proof that you can eat healthy on a budget!!


Jan 29th (Saturday!)
Breakfast Daddy's famous homemade crepes with fruit, juice and milk.
Lunch Tuna on Whole wheat with veggie sticks on the side, yogurt and water
Dinner Leftover pork tenderloin made into a stir fry using whole wheat noodles and veggies I had on hand Yum!  I got the whole wheat noodles on clearance 50% off ($1.15) and I had buy 2 save $1.50 coupons so I got 2 large bags for $0.40 each! 

January 30th
Brunch before heading out to the barn
Homemade pita pizzas with sliced fruit, milk and lot's of coffee for me!
Dinner  We were invited out to a friend's house for dinner so no cooking tonight!

January 31st(today)
Breakfast
Hot oatmeal (it's -20!!) apple slices and milk.
Lunch Leftover pizza from yesterday's brunch and other assorted lunch items*
Supper Homemade chili and corn bread.  I am using the last of the ground beef I purchase for $1.99/lb on my Jan 15th shop, dried organic red kidney beans, diced carrots, celery, onions, green peppers I froze and tomatoes the kids and I canned in August.

1/28/11

Fab finds of the week

I was studying up this weeks flyers and here are a few sales that caught my eye.

General Mills has the promo going on for free movie passes and goodies at Cineplex with the purchase of cereals and Old El Paso kits.  Click here to read more about this deal.

Zellers
Almost every flyer had Old El Paso and General Mills cereals on sale this week.  The best prices were at Food Basics.  The taco kits are on sale for $3.  Combine that with your $1 coupon from here and it will cost you $2!  Actually I am going to price match at Zellers so I can get another 10% off with my SPC card so I will end up paying $1.70!

Tide 20-25use $4.88 use your Brandsaver buy 2 save $5 and get it for $4.76 or if you have a SPC card $3.78 for 2 bottles.  This is a great deal if you need laundry soap, but I don't for sure. I am still working on all the Sunlight soap I got over a year ago for $1 a bottle or free.

General Mills cereals with Cineplex coupon on box $3.49 or $3.14 with SPC.

Fleecy Dryer Sheets 40's $1.99 or $1.79 with SPC card
Cascade 20% off plus 10% SPC discount and Brandsaver coupons
Accent rugs 53-70% off use SPC and get 63-80% off!
Cashmere TP 24 DR $8.88 or $7.99 with SPC

Sobey's
-Pork Tenderloin $1.99
-Dempster's healthy harvest bread $1.49 use  buy 2 save 0.75 (found in store) and pay $1.12 per loaf
Vh sauces $1.88 use buy 2 save $2 coupon(booklet in store) and pay 1.76 for 2

Metro
Lean Ground beef $1.99/LB

Zehrs
-Fresh organic broccoli $1.29
-Spec K $3.99, use your $1 off coupons.  $5 in coupons on the box too!
-MM frozen OJ 2/$3
Cracker Barrel cheese 500gm $5.49
-Motrin liquid gels 72's $9.99 use your $5 coupon 
WalMart
McCain rising crust pizza $3.77
Royale TP 12 DR $4 use your $1 coupon from Gocoupon.ca
3 pk Romaine $1.50
3 lb carrots or onions 97 cents
10 lb potatoes $2

Shopper's Drug Mart 
-Jan 29-Feb 4 spend $50 on almost anything & get a $10 SDM gift card
-Stayfree $2.99  $2 coupon here.  The coupon does say "on any regular priced Stayfree"  but I have had cashiers take it off sale prices.
-Nicorette 25% off.  Use a $5 coupon on Livingwell.ca
-Palmolive295ml, Alcan foil 25' $0.88
-Kashi Cereal 3.99 use your $2 coupon from the Honey Sunshine promotion
-Advil Cold and sinus 40's $13.99 and use a $2 coupon here 
-Life Brand dried fruit 150g 2/$3
-LB white tuna 2/$3
-Campbell's condensed soup $0.59 use your buy 2 save $1 or buy 3 save $1 blue band soup


Sunday -Monday Only sales
-Duracell 8AA, 2-9v, 4AAA,4C,4D 3.99 use your 0.75 brandsaver coupon, limit 4.  Rest of the week $4.99
-Everyday Market light tuna 0.59 limit 4.  0.69 the rest of the week
-Gillette $1.99 shave gel 198g, mousse 255g, deodorant 73-85g  Use your buy 3 save $5 coupon and pay 97 cents for all 3!!



1/27/11

Healthy afternoon snacks to keep you going

What are you usually grabbing for an afternoon pick me up snack?  Is it a blueberry muffin from Canada's fave coffee shop?  I just cringe when I hear people say,"Oh, I'll just have a muffin".

I was checking out the nutritional calculator and here is some interesting information I came across.  Keep in mind that 5gm of sugar is approximately 1 teaspoonful. Nutrition Guide

Muffins From Tim Horton's
Regular Blueberry Muffin  330cal   11g fat  27g sugar
Low Fat Blueberry Muffin  290cal  2.5g fat  32g sugar
Whole Grain BB Muffin       360cal   13g fat  29g sugar
Blueberry Bran muffin       300cal   10g fat  25g sugar
T.H. Blueberry fritter         330cal   10g fat  22g sugar


Now that put's it into perspective doesn't it? Look at it this way.  If you are eating a muffin  with 30g of sugar you would be eating approximately 6 teaspoonfuls of sugar.  Would you eat 6 teaspoons of sugar out of a sugar bowl?  Also all that white flour is converted to sugar and stored by your butt and gut.  Coffee and muffin combo deal?  No thanks.  Sometimes a deal isn't a deal.

Better snack alternatives

My family loves hummus and it is so easy to make.  If you are purchasing store made read the label, some are loaded with fat.

To make it I combine 1 can of rinsed and drained chick peas in a food processor.  To this I add 2 cloves of garlic, pepper, about 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil, 1 tbsp of olive oil and some fresh lemon zest.  Turn on the processor and get it spinning.  Now you will have to slowly add water to thin out the hummus to get the right consistency.  I usually serve it with whole wheat pitas that I have cut into wedges and toasted and fresh veggie sticks.

Other great snacks are:
-whole grain crackers with a bit of natural almond or peanut butter

-whole fruit
-veggies and dip
-low fat, low sugar yogurt sprinkled with slivered almonds or ground flax seed
-string cheese(look for sales+coupons)

Purse snacks
That's right, I said purse snacks.  Sometimes we get busy and are on the run.  If you don't want to deal with the temptation of picking up a high fat, high sugar on-the-run-snack try to pack the following:

-Kashi Bars-7 whole grain and almond is great!  150cal, 5g fat, 5g of sugar and 4 g of fibre to keep you feeling full.  The dark chocolate coconut bar is decadent tasting but 130cal, 3.5g fat, 7g sugar and 4g of fibre.

-Natural almonds or unsalted soy nuts.  Fibre and protein to keep you going.

-an apple washed and ready to eat or veggie sticks

-homemade muffin made with substituting 1/2 the oil with applesauce, 1/2 the white flour with whole wheat, cutting back the sugar and adding some ground flax seeds or nuts to up the protein.

Things to remember:

Store bought muffins are just an excuse to eat cake!

Think about what you are eating and what you are feeding you family.  Make it healthy and they will have the energy to get through the day without the crash and burn effect after a sugary fatty snack.


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1/26/11

Awesome WalMart shop today

I was in the WalMart area today and had some time to waste.  Was I ever glad I stopped!
Fruit of the Earth Sunscreen $2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really like this sunscreen and I think it usually sells for around $8 a bottle.  I purchase 12 spray (good till may 2012 and June 2013) and 4 lotion (good till May 2012)  If I were paying  full price this would have cost 16 x $8= $128
but I paid 16 x $2=$32!!

I also picked up puffs travel packs 5 @ $0.68=$3.40 Less  2 buy 2 save $1.25 BrandSaver coupons and a $0.50 coupon I paid 40 cents for 5 packs or 8 cents each!!

SunRype 100% juice boxes- I purchase these sometimes for a lunchbox treat.
I purchased 5 @ $1.78 less 5@ $0.50 coupons means I paid $1.28 for each pack.

Gillette afteshave-This sells for $6.99 @ Zehr's.  WalMart price was $4.88 less my $2 BrandSaver coupon means I paid $2.88!

I saved so much by shopping sales and using coupons!  Regular approximate price of all my items is $150.84.  After sales and coupons I paid $41.68.
That's a savings of $109.16


Anyone else have a great shopping experience lately?  Let me know!


January food Challenge days 23-26 & last shop

Jan 23
Breakfast Big treat!  Starbucks for the whole family! We had some gift cards from Christmas so it didn't cost anything

Lunch Homemade beef soup-1 cup of ground beef that I had cooked & frozen(I bought on sale this month)
1 large jar of my home canned diced tomatoes
2 cups of stock
corn, green beans, carrots, peas and onions(whatever veg you have on hand)
1/2c brown rice

Supper Lean cuisines(free with Facebook coupon) and romaine salad. The kid's gave the lean cuisine a thumbs down because it wasn't "Mommy's food".

Jan 24
Breakfast Monday morning blahs!  A quick breakfast of whole grain cereal with milk and juice

Lunch Leftover beef soup in thermos jars and tuna sandwiches on whole wheat. Fruit, veggie sticks, water, cheddar cheese & crackers.

Supper 2 smoked pork chops, steamed potatoes, green beans

Jan 25
Breakfast Homemade blueberry muffins made with blueberries Grandpa picked and froze in July, orange juice and yogurt.

Lunch Homemade pasta salad made with whole wheat pasta, fresh broccoli, carrots and celery. Blueberry muffin, water, crackers and fruit.

Supper Homemade potato soup.  I cooked 3 pork chops last night.  We ate 2 and I put one aside for tonight.  In a pot I boiled the smoked pork chop bones to make a stock with carrots, celery, onions and garlic.   Scoop out the bones and add peeled and cubed potatoes.  Once these are very soft I pureed with my immersion blender and added a bit of salt, pepper, 1 cup of shredded
low fat cheddar and some evaporated skim milk.

Jan 26
Breakfast Cereal, toast, eggs and juice

Lunch Pasta salad and mini pizza made with a pocket less pita.  Applesauce, veggie sticks, muffin, crackers, juice and water.

Supper  Panini on whole wheat with low fat cheddar and sauteed peppers and onions with romaine salad on the side.

My last shop-
$61.72 left to reach $280 for the month

My last shop I spent $55.82
plus $2.04 for my 2 tuna and loaf of bread from Shopper's on Sunday
Total-$57.86

To this I need to add the meat I am using from my freezer(most purchase in bulk from the farmers)
Pork chops 2lb @ $2/lb=$4
1 chicken breast $3
Pork tenderloin about 1-1/2lb @$2/lb=$3
1 meat pie @$2
Total $12

Overall total for my last week $69.86. Not too bad $12 over for the month!

1/25/11

I have a mention in the Globe & Mail newspaper today!

I was interviewed a few days ago for an article about using coupons. Unfortunately the name of my blog was not in the article just my name. C'est la vie!

Click below to read about me, Deanna Marcy aka MoneySavingMomCanada.com as well as 2 other coupon savvy ladies.

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Find great money saving deals in your area!

Today I am going to tell you about some great ways to find great money saving deals in your area.

The first is Groupon.  I have a made purchase from Groupon and it was easy as pie.  I got a $50 car wash gift card for $25.  How great is that?
If you create an account you will receive all the deals for your area so you won't miss out!  Once you make a purchase you will get an email when the deal is closed with a link to print out your gift certificate.

Want Groupon deals for free?  When you find a great deal you can send a referral link to your friends.  Once they register under your referral link and make a purchase you will get a $10 credit!

Groupon

Wagjag works the same as Groupon.  If you create an account you will be notified when a new deal in your area is available. I have purchased 3 coupon vouchers from Wagjag. 

The first was a voucher for a local spa.  I got $125 voucher for $49, but I had a $10 credit from a friend's referral so it only cost me $39.  I have not had a facial in about 8 years so I am really looking forward to pampering myself a bit.

The second coupon voucher I purchased was for a local store called Len's mill that carries a lot of different items (some at liquidation prices)like fabric, notions, yarn, crafts, clothing and linens.  I purchased a $20 coupon voucher for only $10!

The third voucher I purchased was $5 for a $10 Arby's voucher.  I had a $10 WagJag coupon from a Christmas promotion so the 2 vouchers I purchased for $10 total were free.  We don't eat out often but Arby's is the little one's fave and she asked to go there for her upcoming birthday, Score! $20 of Arby's for free!

1/24/11

Free Disney Valentine Crafts and Recipes

Photo:family.go.com

Free Disney Valentine crafts! I printed out the cupcake toppers, pop out TinkerBell Valentine and the Mickey and Minnie candy boxes.  The kids will love it!

Also on FamilyFun.go.com there are plenty of Valentine printables, party ideas and recipes.

Free Clariol Foam on FB New Product Available in Canada March 1/2011

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1/23/11

How I got $198.78 worth of goods for $33.31

Wow!  I sure did make out well @ Shopper's Drug Mart today!  I really needed foundation and mascara and they were both on sale, plus I had a Buy 2 save $3 Brandsaver coupon and a 3,000 Bonus Point coupon!

Shop #1
-CG foundation-on sale + coupon
-CG Mascara on sale + coupon
-Neutrogena Clinical Starter kit $59.99 FREE with mail in rebate from Flare and Canadian Living (January issue)
-Smart bread on sale $2 $1.50 coupon from Facebook 
Lean Cuisine 4@ $4.29 FREE with Facebook coupons

Total with tax $112.91

after mail in rebate (that also refunds the tax!)and coupons
$18.23!!!!

I also received 18,500 bonus points plus 3,000 bonus points for 2 CG products.  I ended up with 22,300 Bonus points or enough for $30 in free goods!

Shop #2
Clover leaf tuna 79 cents x2
Sensodyne toothpaste $3.88
Neutrogena kit $59.99 (FREE with rebate)
assorted toilet paper and facial tissue that was on sale

Total with tax $85.87
after mail in rebate of $67.79 (includes tax rebate) and $3 in coupons
$15.08!!!!

My husband received 18,500 bonus points on his Optimum card plus 780 regular points that totals 19,280 points!!

So to sum up the 2 shops I got $198.78 worth of goods for $33.31

I will be transferring his points to my card and I will have enough points for $170 of free goods.  I'll wait until a bonus redemption day when I believe I can cash in my points for $200 worth of goods. 

Anyone else taking advantage of this sale?  If so let me know how you made out!

1/22/11

January food Challenge days 20-22

Here is a summary of the past 3 days

Breakfasts- A combination of bran flakes, w/w toast with natural nut butter, fruit, juice, milk, eggs and pancakes.

Lunches-w/w pitas cut out in hearts with low fat cheddar, homemade lemon dill hummus with toasted w/w pita wedges and veggie sticks x2, and usual homemade muffin, fruit, veggies, milk, juice and crackers.

Supper The little one helped me make a huge stir fry on day 20.  We also ate it for dinner on day 21 and I had a bit for my lunch this day too.
I used a round steak because it is a less expensive cut but marinated it to tenderize in:
soy sauce
rice wine vinegar
veg oil
garlic
ginger
brown sugar
toasted sesame oil
Using a bag of stir fry veggies is much cheaper then buying fresh.  I got a large bag of frozen stir fry veg on sale for $3.  I also added about 10 servings of rice to this which I already had cooked and frozen.
The dog thought it smelled great!
Tonight The Big one had a friend over so we had a treat tonight.  A frozen pizza (McCain, on sale for $3.99) with romaine lettuce salad.  After dinner we made homemade apple muffins for dessert, Yum!

9 more days to go and 1 more shopping trip before my challenge is finished and $62 dollars left to spend.

1/21/11

Terrific Shopper's Drug Mart Deal!

Shopper's is having yet another Bonus Point shop Sat Jan 22-Mon Jan 24!

This shop is "spend $75 (pre-tax) on almost anything in the store and get 18,500 bonus Optimum points" Click here for all the details

Here's what I'm doing-


In the January issue of Flare and Canadian Living is a mail in rebate for Neutrogena Clinical Starter kit, Day/Night or eye.  I have seen these products at different stores and range from $45-$70 each!

The SDM flyer actually has a little ad in the flyer for this rebate and it say's, "see store for details" which makes me wonder if they will have rebate forms in store. It's worth checking out!

Other great deals I am picking up:
Royale tissue $0.69.  I have a buy 6 get $1 off from GoCoupons.ca that will make them $0.52 per box.

Kid's Tylenol  On sale for $5.99 and I'm using my $2 off printable coupon from LivingWell.ca to make it $3.99!

Sensodye toothpaste A great price here $3.88

Cover Girl  I don't purchase cosmetics often but I am running low on a few things.  This week CG is 20% off and don't forget to use your $1/off 1 or $3 off 2 coupons from Brandsaver

Gain- I definitely don't need laundry soap, I have about a year's worth in my stockpile.  If you need laundry soap this is a good deal $4.99 for 1.47Lt.  You can find buy 1 get $1 off and Buy 2 get $3 off coupons here 

Happy Shopping!

1/20/11

Coupons are Money

Do you think coupons don't add up? Take a look at my coupon tracker to the right. As of Jan 20th I have saved $122.18!!

I have been asked a lot lately where I find all of my coupons. Here is a list of good places to look for coupons

P&G Brandsaver These are coupons for Proctor and Gamble products like Always, Gillette, Oil of Olay, Secret, Tide, Downy, Mr Clean, Crest, Febreeze, Charmin, Puffs, Cascade, Tampax, Cover Girl and more.

Brandsaver Coupons are also available as a newspaper insert(I think 4 times per year) To get extra copies you can ask friends and neighbors. You can also visit stores who carry newspapers the day after the coupons come to see if they have any newspapers left.

P&G Brandsampler A great places for samples. Register today and they will notify you when samples are available.

Save.ca These are coupons for various items. You will need to register your account. Then you can choose your coupons and they will mail them out to you. It usually takes about a week to get them and most are good for about 2 months.

Websaver Like Save.ca. Various coupons available.

Think Coupons A great on-line directory of available coupons

GoCoupons.ca Usually a good place to find coupons for Royale paper products and yogurt.

LifeMadeDelicious General Mills website. Click on the offers and perks section at the top.

LivingWell.ca A great site for medicinal coupons(Tylenol, Motrin, Nicorette ect) They also have great samples too. Sign up to receive updates.

RightAtHome.ca S.C. Johnson. They usually they have great printable coupons for things like Glade, Ziploc, Pledge, Windex, Raid, Off and more


For my US readers here are a few coupon sites
Grocery Coupon Network
PP Gazette
Coupons.com


You can also get great coupons from trades. A lot of money saving websites out there have a trade section. I use to do this often but haven't in a while now.

Basically, let's say you have 5 coupons for cereal and it's a brand you don't eat. You can post that you have these to trade and in exchange would like coupons for Catelli whole wheat pasta and Activia yogurt.

Then you would contact or someone would contact you once you preview each others trade list and agree on which coupons to trade. Some people will also trade for postage stamps or bonus points like Optimum points from Shopper's Drug Mart.

Other places to look for coupons
Keep your eye open in stores. You can usually find several on the shelf. Sometimes coupons are attached right on the products themselves, but please don't remove these unless you are actually purchasing the product! My local Zehrs store also has a coupon board when you first come in that I always check out before shopping.

Train your kids to be "coupon hunters" It keeps them busy and they might see something you missed.

Facebook is quickly becoming a great place for coupons. I have scooped up a few free product coupons recently. When I see any new ones available I'll post them here.

If you are looking for a specific coupon go on the manufacturer's website. They may have a link for a printable coupon. You can also email companies and ask if they have any coupons available. I have found it more productive to actually write to the companies. Today I received 4 $1 off milk coupons and yesterday got 2 $3 coupons from J&J. Yes, It cost me a bit over a dollar for the stamps but I received $10 in coupons for things I will use.

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1/19/11

Please Mum Final Blowout Sale

Huge Blowout at Please Mum in-Store on all Fall and Winter items except outerwear.

Shopping on-line? Use code SAVESYOU15 at checkout to get 15% off orders of $60 or more
Click here to shop Please Mum

Days 17-19 of the January Food Budget Challenge

3 more days down!

Day 17

Breakfast- It's -23 this morning! Hot Oatmeal made with milk and the kid's topping of choice.  Raisins, dried cranberries, cinnamon sugar, ground flax seed and almonds

Lunch Soy butter Sandwiches (cut like hearts!), cut up carrots and celery, fruit, crackers and a homemade muffin

Supper Homemade Chili, toast and Milk/Soy milk

Day 18
Breakfast- Rushed morning!  Toast with natural peanut butter and a bit of marmalade with juice

Lunch- Meatloaf sandwich on a whole wheat bun, fruit, juice, veggie sticks and crackers

Supper- Leftover chili from last night with shredded low fat cheddar and homemade corn bread.

Day 19 (today)
Breakfast- eggs, toast and juice

Lunch- Meatloaf sandwiches on whole wheat, fruit, crackers, veggies

Dinner Well, I haven't made it yet but it will be baked fish with potatoes.  I think I'll mash the potatoes with some milk and a bit of roasted garlic and light cream cheese.  Brussel Sprouts and corn on the side.

Snacks have been low fat cheddar with whole wheat crackers, yogurt and fruit parfait sprinkled with ground flax and granola, sliced apples(remember I bought 10lbs) homemade banana muffins, veggie sticks and toast with natural nut/soy butter.

I'm off to bake up some oatmeal cinnamon muffins for tomorrow!

Sears Outlet sale & Coupon Codes


Outlet Sale! Jan 19 - 21


Woo Hoo, another great sale from Sears!

40% off when you use your sears card.  Use code 941612696 at checkout

30% off when using other payment methods.  Use code 941612697 at checkout

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1/16/11

Day 15-16 of the January food challenge

Day 15-16 marks the halfway point of my January challenge!

I did some shopping today for week 3. Here is the rundown:
$280 food allowance for the month
-$71.93 week 1
-$84.09 week 2

-$62.26 today's shop
$61.72 left for the last week of January.

When shopping don't forget to check out smaller locally owned grocery stores.  I picked up a 10lb bag of terrific apples for $6.99, a large bottle of Mastro olive oil for $3.99 and red peppers for $1.49/lb from a local butcher shop.

Some great deals this week:
Lean ground beef $1.99/lb
No Name frozen veg $1.50/bag
Potatoes 10lb/ $2
Minute Maid frzn OJ 2/$3

Day 15
Breakfast-Toast with natural almond/peanut butter, fruit

Lunch Everyone did their own thing today. We had a combo of salad, sandwich and soup.

Supper Veggie burgers and homemade fries made with regular and sweet potatoes (baked).  This was a great treat on a cold snowy day and a rare occasion to have white bread.
veggie burger with pesto mayo & hot peppers with homemade fries
Day 16
Brunch- Today was  brunch before heading out to the barn.  We had a combo of eggs, toast, and some leftover veggie burger patties.

Dinner Asian meatballs with rice and veggies.  Remember I made enough on Day 14 for 2 meals.

I'm off to make a batch of banana oatmeal muffins for the kid's lunches!

1/15/11

January food Challenge days 13 & 14

Two more days down!  I sure made good use out of that whole chicken breast I cooked up.

Day 13
Breakfast- Old fashioned oatmeal with fruit

Lunch Chicken sandwiches plus the usual fruit, cheese and crackers, juice ect

Supper I turned my leftover chicken broth/chicken into chicken stew with dumplings.
I heated up my leftover 5 cups of broth added
-sage(or poultry seasoning)
1 cup of leftover chicken
1 cup of chopped celery and carrots
1 cup of green beans and corn
cook on medium heat until the carrots and celery are cooked.  Lower the heat and add 1/2 -3/4 of a can skim evaporated milk.  Thicken the stew with some cornstarch mixed in cold water.

For the dumplings I didn't use my usual recipe.  I tried out this dumpling recipe from Canadian Living and they were light and fluffy.  I think this is my new fave dumpling recipe!
Day 14
Breakfast Cereal, milk, yogurt

Lunch PA day kid's are home!  Grilled cheese, veggies and dip, leftover chicken stew

Supper Asian style meatballs with sauce, veg and brown rice
I made enough meatballs for 2 suppers with about 1 1/2 lb of lean ground beef.
In a bowl mix beef with
breadcrumbs,
1 egg,
salt, pepper,
Chinese 5 spice powder,
garlic powder
a bit of low sodium soy sauce.
Roll into balls and fry in a pan sprayed with no stick spray.
For the sauce I cooked together in a small pot
soy sauce
5 spice powder
1 cup of chicken stock
a bit of extra ground ginger,
1 garlic clove finely minced
1 tbsp of brown sugar.
Thicken with cornstarch mixed in cold water.
Once the meat balls are almost cooked add them to a casserole dish and pour sauce over top.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes to finish cooking the meatballs and thicken the sauce.

Rice-I cooked up 18 servings of rice.  6 servings will go with this dinner and I will freeze the rest in 2 batches of 6 servings

Hot sales at Sears and The Source

Sears Sale#1 50% off Weekend - Jan 15 & 16 only!

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Sears Sale #2 Last chance sale! Save on tons of items!

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1/14/11

Saving to the extreme!

Extreme couponing. It's a popular topic now thanks to a show by the same name that aired recently on TV.

If you haven't seen the show you might be asking what Extreme Couponing is. If you live in the USA it means combing sales with coupons, rebates, double coupon days, stacking coupons and store reward cards.
All of the Extreme Couponers had huge stockpiles of free or almost free items. I'm not talking a few shelves of items but full garages and rooms! A bit of it was crazy to watch. After all why do 2 people need 1,500 sticks of deodorant? I can see maybe a dozen or so to last a year so it doesn't expire and dry out before you can use it.

These Extreme Couponers spent a large portion of their days searching on-line sites like savings.com for deals and coupons.

In Canada we don't have nearly as many coupons as our southern friends. The only place I know of that you can stack coupons is at London Drugs but this store isn't in my Province. Coupon stacking is when you use more then 1 coupon per item. Let's say you picked up a container of apple juice and it was $1.49. You stacked a .50 coupon you cut out from a coupon clipper and there was a different coupon for the juice on the shelf that was worth .50 and there was a .25 coupon on the juice container. You can combine .50+.50+.25 and get 1.25 off your 1.49 apple juice and pay a grand total of .24! Awesome isn't it!
I have had some awesome scores in the past year like:

Sunlight Green Clean Laundry Soap-About a year ago I found some try me free rebates, and try me free coupons. I also found a great sale where they were purchase 1 bottle for $5 and get 1 free and I had $2 coupons so I paid 50 cents a bottle after coupons(+ a bit for tax of course) I have enough to last me at least another year!

Downy-Great Deal @ Zehrs yesterday. The new Brandsaver has a coupon for $5 off when you buy 2 Tide or Downy. I purchased 2 Downy because I sure don't need laundry soap! Regular price it would have been $17.98 for the 2 bottles but it was on sale for $5 and I had my $5 coupon so I paid $5 for 2 bottles! Then I am taking my receipt and submitting it for the "buy $60 of P&G products and get back a $20 gift card", Awesome!!

Clorox Green Works Cleaner-Coupons @ websaver.ca These products go on sale every couple of months usually at Zellers. The dishsoap sometimes goes on sale for $1.50-$2 and I combine it with my SPC 10% discount and the buy 3 get $5 off coupon! That means 3@$2=$6-10%=$5.40-$5 coupon is a total of 13 cents a bottle!

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Remember to always keep your eyes open for coupons, sales, rebates and clearance sections. Make 2011 your year to save!



1/13/11

P&G mail in rebate. How to combine sales, coupons and rebates

Click here for your rebate form
Here's how my shop went! I think I stunned the cashier when I pulled out all my coupons! LOL

I guess this is my version of "Extreme Couponing" Canadian style. Unfortunately we don't have double coupon days or as many coupons as the USA but I still think this shop was pretty good.

It would have been even better if I received my $10 Zehrs gift card in the mail that I am getting from another promotion. Then I would have got everything for $12.26!

Downy sale $5 each x2=$10-$5 coupon=$5
Secret Deodorant sale $2.64 x3=$7.92 -$7 coupon when you buy 3 =$0.92
Natural Instincts sale $5.99x2=$11.98-$3=$8.98
Always sale $3.79 x2=$7.58-$1.75=$5.83
Gillette Fusion $5.99-$2=$3.99
Glide Floss $4.29-0.75=$3.54
Olay Face Lotion sale $9.99-$2=$7.99
Pantene sale $4.99x2=$9.98-$4=$5.98

Approximate regular price of these items at this store is $91.79. Sale price before coupons $67.73 less my $25.50 coupons=$42.26-$20 rebate gift card of $20 for a grand total of $22.26!

P.S.- This sale ends today (Jan 13)but maybe there will be more P&G products on sale in the new flier out tomorrow. I was glad that I received my BrandSaver coupons today or I would have held off on shopping.


1/12/11

Shopper's Drug Mart Tell a Friend Event Jan 11-13

 I'm re-posting this great deal to remind every one!  You only have today and tomorrow to do your $20 shop!  Remember you must register online BEFORE you shop!

Shopper's is holding a Tell a Friend Event January 11-13.  The way it works is you register for the event. Then once you are registered you invite friends to register as well. You only need to purchase $20 for this reward shop. When you spend your $20 you get 5,000 Optimum points.  For each referral friend that shops and spends $20 you will receive an additional 5,000 Optimum points up to 55,000 points! See below for more info.

From the SDM Site: 
A maximum of 5,000 bonus points will be awarded to the registrant that shops and makes a one–time purchase of $20 or more on Tuesday, January 11, Wednesday, January 12 or Thursday, January 13, 2011. An additional 5,000 bonus points will be awarded to the registrant for each direct referral that registers and makes a purchase of $20 or more on Tuesday, January 11, Wednesday, January 12 or Thursday, January 13, 2011 to a maximum of 50,000 bonus points for ten (10) direct referrals. A maximum of 55,000 bonus points will be awarded per registrant. Registrant must shop and spend $20 or more to be eligible to receive referral bonus points. Both the registrant and referral must register online before shopping and spending $20 or more at Shoppers Drug Mart on Tuesday, January 11, Wednesday, January 12 or Thursday, January 13, 2011 in order to receive the bonus points. The additional points will be awarded to the registrant's account by January 28, 2011.
Click here to register!

Day 10,11 and 12 of the January Food Challenge

Days 10-12.  19 more days to go!

Day 10
Breakfast- Pancakes and Fruit, milk, juice

Lunches-Roast beef sandwiches on whole wheat cut into hearts <3, fruit, crackers, juice, water, cheese cubes(dice!)

Supper- Roast beef recycle!  The last of the roast beef from day #9 was made into grilled sandwiches (Panini) with low fat cheddar (and hot peppers for the big people) Veg on the side

Day 11
Breakfast-Pancake Recycle.  I made extra pancakes yesterday and this morning I put them into the toaster and made pancakes sticks with fruit
 Lunch- The usual (see day 10)  but today's sandwich was pea butter on whole wheat.

Supper Baked Fish and potatoes with green beans and corn

Today Day 12
Breakfast The kid's weren't too hungry this morning.  Whole Wheat toast with natural peanut butter and juice.

Lunch The usual with a chicken sandwich on whole wheat

Supper A big pot of homemade chicken veggie soup with brown rice.  Right now I am cooking the chicken broth. Corn bread muffins on the side.

For the broth-
*water about 3/4 full in a large dutch oven pot  
To this I added 
*1 whole chicken breast, 
*Chopped celery 
*Chopped carrots
*2 whole peeled onions
*2 cloves of peeled garlic
*sage, 
*salt, 
*pepper, 
*celery seed,
*2 bay leaves.
*corn, peas, beans, whatever you have on hand
I let it cook until it boils then turn down the heat to low and let it simmer away. When ready to serve I add cooked brown rice, frozen veggies and deboned chicken cut it into small pieces.  You can add uncooked rice but don't add a lot as it will soak up all your broth.

Here's what supper looked like-

To save more money making this soup you can use less expensive cuts like legs or thighs.  We prefer white meat and 1 whole breast will make enough soup for 2 suppers and 1 lunch.