How to Have More While Spending Less

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cheez-It Coupon

Kellogg's sent me an email this morning with a $.70/1 coupon for Cheez-Its!  Wait 'til they're on sale for 3/$5 (happens all the time at Smiths) & they'll be 97 cents!

New Coupons & Expiring Coupons

Well, I've got some good news & some bad news. 

Bad news is, we're nearing the end of the month, so some coupons will probably be disappearing.  Be sure to print as many as you can now because they might not stick around past the 31st.

Good news is, some new coupons appeared last week & are ready to print.  :)

Here's the list of some that might get pulled:

$1.00 off two V8 100% vegetable juice
$1.00 off one V8 V-Fusion + Tea beverage.

$1.00 off any ONE (1) POISE Pads
$1.00 off any ONE (1) POISE Liners
$0.40 off Yoplait Yogurt$1.00 off on Phillips' products
$1.00 off (1) package of ATHENOS Feta Cheese
$0.75 off 1 Breyers Blasts!™ (48 oz.)

Here are some that were recently posted:

$1.00 off any Sally Hansen Pedicure Product
$1.00 off any Mitchum Deodorant Product (makes it FREE at Walgreens this week! But, be sure to print at least 1 more coupon with this one or it will print a full-page, color ad.)
$1.00 off any Revlon Beauty Tool
$1.00 off (1) Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Product
$1.00 off ANY Skintimate Moisturizing Cream Shave
$3.00 off Alka Seltzer$2.00 off ONE Glidden Brilliance Paint Testers
$1.00 off (1) package of ATHENOS Feta Cheese

Remember:  After you print the coupon, you can click on the link again & print the coupon a 2nd time.  On this particular site, you'll need to skip towards the back of the list.  Coupons you've printed the allotted 2 times will be on the dead last page.  Coupons you've printed once will be near the last page.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

School Supply Sales

"It's the most wonderful tiiiiime of the yeeeear!"  

Yep, school supplies are finally going on sale.  :)

Last year, Walgreens's prices were lower than this.  We might see them drop a bit more, but we can't be too sure considering the inflation since last year.  

I'll probably grab some this week from Smith's, Walgreens & maybe Office Max, but I'll hold out for a couple of weeks to see if they go down.  Since the prices of... well, everything have gone up since this time last year, I'm not holding my breath.

Money Saving Mom has done a great job compiling the best deals from each store.  It's a big time-saver.  Click here for the best deals.  Happy shopping!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Our Next Canning Adventure

We did it!  We learned so much about canning at our Discover You CAN House Party.  I've been super-excited to attempt another batch of canning. 

Sooo, after an exhausting, 103 degree morning at the Gilcrease Orchard (accompanied by 2 slightly overheated pre-schoolers), we had enough pickling cucumbers to make a batch of pickles!  We also had a nice little haul of pickling cukes from our garden.

I used the "Dill Pickle" recipe from the Ball Canning Blue Book & then added some components from other pickle recipes.  I chose to add a bay leaf, a hot chili pepper, a clove of garlic, a few mixed peppercorns & 1/4 teaspoon of Ball Pickle Crisp to each pint jar.

We had to get creative with the different sizes & shapes of pickling cucumbers.  We left the tiniest guys whole, made spears from the long ones (so they'd fit in the jar & leave the required 1/2 inch of head space) & we sliced the fatter ones. 

The first few jars were kinda pathetic.  I didn't pack nearly enough into them & after being processed, they're mostly liquid with some pickles floating around.  I even had to make an impromptu partial batch of the pickling liquid in order to use all of the cucumbers.  But, near the end, my hubby packed those suckers in there so tightly that we needed about 1/2 of the pickling liquid we used in the first jars.  And they looked beautiful, if I do say so myself...that's them in the photo.  The chips are also far more cooperative than the quirky, irregularly-shaped whole cucumbers, so you can get them packed much tighter.

We haven't tasted them yet.  They've just been sitting on the counter, taunting my 3-year-old pickle fanatic of a daughter.  We'll take a jar or 2 to Alabama & let my parents, grandparents & cousin taste them with us.  I think pickles are like pizza...even when they're bad, they're still alright.  I'll give you the verdict when we get back from Alabama.

I'm anxious to use some of the tomatoes from our garden to can some salsa!  Now that they're finally turning red, they're ripening so fast we can hardly use them quickly enough. 
This weekend alone, I've made homemade pomodoro sauce, pico de gallo & bruschetta & we still have this many left.  It's a great "problem" to have & I'm glad our little garden has been blessed this season.  I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Canning Party!

We won!  Ball Canning sent us this kit to have a "Discover You CAN" House Party!  

It was really fun & we learned a lot.  We made strawberry jam, which I don't really even like, but I was desperate to learn more about canning.  

We made a plain strawberry batch & added blueberries to another batch & added peaches to the 3rd batch.  Of the 3 batches, we cooked 2 & made 1 batch of "no-cook".  We used Classic Pectin, Instant Pectin & Liquid Pectin in the different batches.  And we even experimented with some jars that we simply turned upside down after putting the lid on.  We didn't even process them & they sealed just like the others!  My neighbor who couldn't attend the party told me that trick the week before.  We learned SO much!

This picture shows the strawberry & strawberry-peach batches.  The photo below is of the strawberry-blueberry batch.  It was significantly smaller.  We think it's because we used the "no-cook" method which means we didn't boil the fruit, sugar & pectin mixture.  When we boiled the other batches, they got very frothy & puffed up which added volume.  The batch we didn't cook should be super-dense.  It was much easier to skip the cooking step, but I was disappointed to get 9 jars instead of 14.
Canning is a great skill to have, but making jam is not cost effective unless you grow your own fruits & veggies or can source them very inexpensively.  We got 42 half-pints out of 20 pounds of fruit & 10 pounds of sugar!  I'll stick to canning what I grow for now.

I'm looking forward to some pickles, salsas, pestos, tapenades & hot sauces!  Who knows...maybe I've found my calling & will come up with the next Tabasco!  :)  

P.S.-  Thanks for being patient with my absence.  I still love you & I will try to be more consistent now that life appears to be a tad less complicated...for the moment.