Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Greetings!! It has been a long time since I have sent any updates or shared any ideas here! I really haven't done much coupon shopping in the past several months! I have needed to focus on other things and also needed to use up some of the goodies in my stockpile before they were past date! Well, my shelves and freezer are starting to look a bit bare so it is time to get started again! I have been motivated recently by a couple of great shopping trips! Just last night I did some coupon shopping and bought:
9 tubs of Country Crock margerine
4 bags of Sun Chips
2 bags of Lays chips
3 rolls of Bounty
3 pkgs of Charmin Ultra Soft TP (4 large rolls)
4 pkgs of floss
5 Brut deodorant
2 loaves of bread
1 Suave bodywash
2 loaves of bread
1 Dillon's ranch dressing

all for a total of $22.57; a savings of 75%!! WOOHOO!!!

I will be watching for more deals; seeing that 75% in savings was really motiviating!!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dinners w/cost 3/23-25

Good evening! Here's an update on what we have eaten and the cost for the last couple of days:

Monday, 3/23: pork roast, mashed potatoes w/gravy, corn and rolls
pork roast: $1.5 lobs @ $2/lb/ = $3.00
mashed potatoes (steam-n-mash): $1.00
corn (steamers) $0.00
rice $0.65
rolls $0.70
TOTAL: 5.35

Tuesday: potluck of leftovers
TOTAL: $0.00

Wednesday: chicken breasts, roasted new potatoes w/green beans in rosemary butter, corn, and rice w/gravy
chicken breasts: 3 lbs. at $1/lb. = $3.00
Italian dressing as marinade: $0.00
roasted new potatoes w/green beans in rosemary butter (steamers): $0.00
corn (steamers): $0.00
rice and gravy (both leftover from Monday): $0.00
TOTAL: $3.00
(This is why I love using coupons - FREE dressing and 2 veggie side dishes! WOOHOO!!)
Plus, these 3 chicken breasts were HUGE, so we only ate 2; therefore, the 3rd will be dinner tomorrow night!!!

Total spend on dinner so far this week:
Monday: $5.35
Tuesday: $0.00
Wednesday: $3.00
Total: $8.35

Thanks for joining me on this journey so far! It really has been interesting for me to see what we really spend to eat!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Dinners w/cost for 3/20-22

Friday, 3/20 - taquitos, mexican rice and refried beans
Taquitos (yes, the infamous taquitos): 12 @ $.15 each = $1.80
refried beans: $0.70
mexican rice: $0.65
salsa (to make the rice): $0.50
cheese: $0.25
sour cream: $0.00 (I love it when I get free stuff)
TOTAL: $3.90
(a couple of kiddos ate cereal, but I didn't figure the cost since I know it is minimal)

Saturday - pizza from Papa John's
Okay, we caved in but only because we could get cheap pizza from Papa John's due to the $6 pizzas as part of their Customer Appreciation Day. So, we ordered 2 large pizzas and an order of cheese sticks for $18.04 (MUCH better than the $38 we spent on pizza last week).

Sunday: leftover pizza and cheese sticks
Cost tonight is $0.00 since the total cost was in for last night's dinner! I won't complain too much about $18 for dinner for 2 nights, especiallly when I didn't have to cook! Yippee!!

My total cost for dinners this week was:
Monday: $8.49
Tuesday: $8.40
Wednesday: $5.77
Thursday: $1.50
Friday: $3.90
Saturday: $18.04 (ate out)
Sunday: $0.00
TOTAL: $46.10
($28.06 at home and $18.04 eatting out)
Total to date: $24.16

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Coupon Class on 4/18, 9a-11a

I am teaching another coupon class on Saturday, April 18th from 9a-12p. The class is FREE but you do need to sign-up ahead of time so that we can be sure to have enough handouts for all attendees. If you are interested, I would love to have you join us!! Feel free to pass this on to others who want to learn how to save on their groceries!

S-T-R-E-T-C-H Your Grocery Dollars!!
Come to Grocery Savings 101 to learn how to save on your groceries
and even be able to donate more items to charity as well.

Class will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 9a-12p.
Class: 9a-11a
Q&A and coupon swap: 11a-12p
(bring your extra coupons - whether a few or a lot
to swap with others for coupons you can use!)

Cedar Pointe Baptist Church
9221 E. 31st Street South, Wichita
(between Rock and Webb, near McConnell AFB)
See map here

To RSVP as well as ask questions:
contact Amy Strait at

Many Blessings and Happy Savings,

Dinner menus and costs - 3/17-3/19

Here's an update on what we have been eating for dinner this week so far.

Tuesday: Burgers and hot dogs on the grill
Wednesday: meatloaf and garlic mashed potatoes
Thursday: leftover spaghetti pie

Here's our cost breakdown:

Burgers and hot dogs on grill:
burger patties: 5 patties - 1 1/4 lbs. = $2.50
buns: $0.50 (used half of a package)
cheese slices: 5 ($2/24 slices = $.08 ea.) = $0.40
hotdogs: 8 ($7/28 = $.25 ea.) = $2.00

Macaroni-tuna salad
pasta: $0.50
tuna: $0.75 (probably too high, but it is a guess)
onion and celery: $.20 (too small of a quanitity to really calculate, so I'll guess)
ranch dressing: $0.10 (used approx. a 1/4 cup)
mayo: $0.20 (again, guessing)

chips (1/2 bag): $1.00
chip dip: $0.25

Meatloaf and garlic mashed potatoes:
ground beef (1 1/2 lbs.) = $3.00
crackers: $0.12
onion, milk, egg, ketchup: $0.50 (guessing as amounts are too small to calculate)

Garlic mashed potatoes (Steam-n-Mash): $1.00
mixed veggies: $0.00 (free after coupons - yes, I do have a large stash of these!!)
rice: $0.65 (with leftovers for breakfast on Thursday or Friday)
Grands biscuits: $0.50

Leftover spaghetti pie from Monday night: $0.00
(the full price of the meal was calculate on Monday, so this is just using up what we fixed that night)
canned fruit and jello: $1.50

My total cost for dinners this week so far is:
Monday: $8.49
Tuesday: $8.40
Wednesday: $5.77
Thursday: $1.50
Total to date: $24.16

Hope your week is going well!!