Sunday, June 28, 2009
To me living frugally not settling for just the easiest solution without putting much thought into it... it means being wise with our money and not wasteful with our purchases. It also means use what you have already... being resourceful. I could go on but you get the idea.
I never buy everything one store as this is not being wise with my money when I can save so much more by purchasing at other stores. I don't make special trips but if I am in the area of the other store then I pop in and get what sale items are worth purchasing. I no longer obsess over the flyers that come in the mail. I know a couple of stores that usually have really good pricing and stick to them but I do ... look at the front pages of all the flyers looking for the really big loss leaders I might want to pick up espically in the meat area. I am trying to feed a good size family on very little here.
One thing we did was cut back on convenience food... it is loaded with preservatives and other things that really saving the time on it is not worth compromising our health. It really does work out to be cheaper to bake some muffins, make an egg on toast compared to buying it. Save money and eat healthy!
One thing I am trying to do is cut back on meat meals... and meat in general. Meat is very expensive and when it comes down to it... we can't afford it plain and simple. So I am looking for some good bean recipes... so I can put more beans into our diet.
Okay.. off to find some good bean recipes... I have not really tried my hand at cooking beans... but that is going to change... :)
Monday, June 1, 2009
Royale 24 single rolls, 12 double rolls or 9 supreme rolls $4.99
use your $1.00 off coupons from save.ca
Price before taxes: $3.99
Kellogg's All Bran original, Special K cereal $2.49
use your $2.00 off coupon found on cereal boxes
Price before taxes: $0.49
Kellogg's Special K or All Bran Bars, 100 calorie granola bars $2.49
use your buy two save $1.00 for bars found in stores
Price before taxes: $3.98
Intuition plus razor refills (3's) $11.49
use your $2.00 off coupon found in stores
Price before taxes: $9.49
Dove hair care products $4.99
use your $1.50 off coupons found in a recent newspaper insert
Price before taxes: $3.49
Cottonelle fresh moist wipes or refills (42's) $2.99
use your $1.00 off coupons found in stores
Price before taxes: $1.99
Crystal Light singles $2.49
use your $0.50 off coupons found in stores
Price before taxes: $1.99
Kraft salad dressing $2.49
use your $1.00 off coupon that came with Kraft's What's Cooking magazine
Price before taxes: $1.49
Christie Thinsations $2.49
use your $0.50 off coupon from Kraft's What's Cooking magazine
Price before taxes: $1.99
Campbell's Chunky soup $1.99
use your buy 2 get 1 free from save.ca
Price before taxes: $3.98 for three
Campbell's Healthy request soup bowls $1.99
use your $1.00 off coupons found in stores
Price before taxes: $0.99
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I also plan on posting buying/spending tips as well as a few other things here and there. Frugal ideas!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
It is time to think about saving on laundry. I know hanging out laundry in the middle of a Canadian winter is not pleasing to anyone but now that the nicer weather is here why not take full advantage of it. I know for us it has made a huge difference in our monthly electrical bill. So now with the temperatures that have decided to bless us this pass weekend and the temperatures coming my laundry will be making it's way to the clothesline. We are a family of 6 mainly teens and adults and one little girl who LOVES to change her clothes whenever the mood strikes here despite our request not to.
Only a monthly basis we are probably saving $25 to $30/month.
I would love to have the clothesline with the cemented in posts like my mom used to have when I was a child but alas no room at our house and we don't have that kind of money sitting around so an umbrella clothesline it is. We use ours hard and I think this year I have to replace the cord to put on it as last year it was getting a bit warn. It does have to last through some pretty intense Canadian winters.
If you don't have money for an umbrella clothesline what about just picking up the nylon line and getting creative by using trees to hang it on or whatever you have in your backyard will work.
Here are a few tips for hanging your clothes outside:
- hang your clothes inside out to avoid fading.
- remember to give your a snap before hanging as it will reduce wrinkles
- Hanging matches together like socks and corresponding tops and bottoms easier when you take it off the line.
- hang shirts on hangers it takes one step away when taking it off the line it can go right into your closet
- be sure not to hang things but their collar as you don't want the collar to stretch out
Monday, April 20, 2009
Here is a list of some of our purcases:
* Whole chickens 1.18/lb picked up two
+ each chicken should give us two to three meals
* Lean Ground Beef
+ this will do 5 meals for us
* Chicken Breasts
# both should give us 3 meals each pkg
* Ham Shank
+ this will do 4 meals for us
o $1.81 for 2lbs
* 7.47 Box meatballs
o Definitely good for 3 meals
* Hot House Tomatoes
o $1.77 for 4 of them
+ $2.00 for 3lbs
o $1.97 for 14 individual packs
* Doritos (treat for Rob)
o $1.97 for 1 bag
* Bugles Nacho Cheese (treat for Alyssa)
o $1.73 for 1 bag
Friday, April 10, 2009
I used to be a big soda drinker or I should say a big Pepsi drinker so very much brand loyal but since giving up soda basically altogether I guess I would say no worries here about being brand loyal any longer. If I do drink it I will say my preference is definitely Pepsi!
I find generic over the counter medications a great savings. Seriously I save tons on what I do purchase.
Pantry staples again pretty much generic and so far we are surviving so why not think about giving generic brands a try??
The packs include some great items at a really good value.
500g Quaker Oat Squares Cereal
375g box of catelli healthy harvest ww macaroni pasta
8x26g quaker chewy bars chocolate chip
6 pack nestea pink lemonade singles(like crystal light)
4 motts fruitsation 100% juice freezies
200g box Dare Vinta crackers
single pouch nescafe cappucino
single pouch nescafe espresso
$0.50 coupon off nescafe latte or capuccino
Kraft philadelphia cream cheese or dips ~ $1.99 (use your $1 off new philly dips found in stores)
Kelloggs corn flakes, all bran flakes ~ $2.99 (use your buy two save $2 found in stores)
Gain liquid 1.47L or powder laundry detergent 24-40 uses ~ $5.99 (use your $1 off coupon from paper inserts)
D'italiano bread ~ 2/$4 (use your $0.50 off cash for kids coupon)
Dawn or ivory dish soap ~ $1.97 (use your $0.50 off coupons found in stores)
Pantene pro v shampoo or conditioner 675ml ~ $6 (use your $2 brandsaver coupon)
Purex Laundry Detergent 40 uses ~ $4.00 (use your $1 coupon)
Boys fruit of the Loom 6 pack socks ~$3 (no coupon but 50cents/pair is a good deal)
Catelli healthy harvest pasta ~ $1.79 (use your buy two save $1 on catelli pasta)
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
If you don't have a friend who has gardened before why not hit your local library. Books are free to borrow if you return them on time. Or just google it and find a large amount of information on gardening and tips.
Start small .... if you are new to gardening it can be overwhelming so starting out small is the key here. Baby steps!
I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed gardening last year. It was a great stress reliever. Something I really needed and need even more this year. :)
Happy Gardening my friends!!!!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
- Buy some seeds and grow your own garden.
- Make waffles and pancakes from scratch and freeze them for a quick breakfast.
- Shop early for all occasions including birthdays when things are on sale.
- Do not throw away socks that have holes in them use them for dusting.
- Try to make some meatless meals for dinner.
- Try your hand at making your own bread all the time.
- Line dry your clothes if you can.
- Get creative with your decorating by re purposing items you already have in your home.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Some of our purchases:
- daughters meds $30
- Fusion razors on sale for 6.99 less 5.00 coupon
- granola bars
This week was March Break for our kids and family. We decided last minute to take a trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario as it has been years since we have been there about 14 years to be exact. Our son had plans to go to Brock University to visit a friend while we were in Niagara Falls.
I knew upon planning our trip that staying at one of the family resorts was not at all in our budget. Who has $200 to $400/night to spend on accommodations not this girlie! I went on expedia.ca and searched for accommodations for Thursday night. One night only. I was talking to my dear friend about the area since she was from the area and she told me to pick the Country Inn & Suites, well I am so glad she did. We got an amazing rate for a wonderful hotel that included a breakfast that was delicious. The hotel is about 2 years old, has indoor salt water pool and whirlpool. The workout room was a bit small but my middle daughter enjoyed working out in it. We all loved the pool and it was never too crowded. Sometimes we were the only ones in the pool area.
We walked down Ferry Street and Clifton Hill to the Falls on the Friday. The temperatures were not to bad and we enjoyed the sites. There was a Build A Bear on Ferry Street and our youngest daughter made a High School Musical Build a Bear and I couldn't believe how inexpensive it was. I was always lead to believe how much these were but ours was a great priced. So Gabriella now has a new home with us here.
We brought our own snacks and drinks with us to the hotel it seriously cuts down on expenses. We have a lovely time and I would go back at any point and time to this hotel. It was great.
I will say that a little dog we love was so happy to have us home. :)
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
- Always take a list to the grocery store stick to it
- Try to shop with what is on sale
- Make a meal plan
- Use coupons (yes there is coupons available for Canadians too)
- When recipes call for chicken breasts (the most expensive cut) substitute with cheaper cuts
- Keep your leftovers and freeze it and make it into a soup once a week
- Brown bag lunch to work
- Buy in bulk (sometimes cheaper)
- Buy fresh fruits and produce when on sale
- Avoid pre-packaged single serving items as they are more expensive
- Stock up on your favourite cereal when it is on sale
- Sales usually rotate on about a 12 week basis
- Be realistic about the food you really need
- Don't shop when you are hungry
- Compare prices by per unit
- Buy a whole chicken and cut it into pieces as it is cheaper that way
- Make your own deserts (trust me it will taste better)
- Go without your kids
- Bring a calculator
- Make sure scanned price is posted price on the shelf
Saturday, February 28, 2009
NOTE: Walmart is great for price matching anyone's flyers if it is the exact same product. Just helps make one trip only when shopping or at least cuts down on many shopping trips.
- 6 oz. spaghetti, cooked and still warm (Food Basics Primo Pasta 0.99)
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 well beaten egg
- 1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 c. cottage cheese (Food Basics 2.49)
- 1/2 c. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 (28 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce (Food Basics Ragu 0.88)
Combine hot cooked spaghetti with butter until butter is melted. Add egg and Parmesan cheese. Place in pie dish and form a "crust" with a well in the center. Spread cottage cheese over spaghetti in pie dish. Cover with spaghetti sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 30 minutes at 350°F or until bubbly. Cut into slices and serve.Spinach Salad
- Spinach leaves* (baby) or spinach salad mix (RCSS 3.99)*will do 2 meals plus
- Sunflower seeds
- grated carrot(A&P 1.00)
- salad dressing
Wash greens thoroughly and pat dry. Mix half of spinach and "crunchy" ingredients together just before serving, Add salad dressing to taste just before serving.
- 1 Lb lean ground beef (RCSS 2.00)
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped (Food Basics 0.99lb)
- 1/2 Tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tsp prepared yellow mustard
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 Tsp brown sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper; drain off liquids.
- Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
- Save 2 cups from this for Sloppy Joe pizza later in the week.
Steamed Broccoli (A&P 1.00)
Sloppy Joe Pizza
- 2 cups Sloppy Joe sauce (from few nights before)
- 3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 1-1/2 cups colby-jack or Mexican blend* cheese
- 1 recipe bread machine pizza dough, prepared and baked until almost done
In a skillet, combine Sloppy Joe sauce, corn, and green onions. Heat through. Spread mixture on top of baked pizza crust and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 425° for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
**Serve spinach salad with this **
Chicken Noodle Soup
- 2 1/2 cups wide egg noodles (No Yolk Egg Noodles 1.49-Food Basics)
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 container chicken broth (1.99 - RCSS)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1 cup chopped celery or Carrots or both
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 3 cups diced, cooked chicken meat (chicken thighs 2.00lb - RCSS)
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil chicken. Add egg noodles and oil, and boil for 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain, and rinse under cool running water.
- In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine broth, salt, and poultry seasoning. Bring to a boil. Stir in celery and onion. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water together until cornstarch is completely dissolved. Gradually add to soup, stirring constantly. Stir in noodles and chicken, and heat through.
Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin
- 5 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 2 (1 pound) pork tenderloins (2.00lb - RCSS or 1.49 - Food Basics)
- In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first seven ingredients; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain and discard marinade. Place the tenderloins in an 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 425 degrees F for 25-35 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with pan drippings.
- 1 bag baby carrots
- 2/3 c. honey
- 6 tbsp. butter
Cook carrots in a small amount of water until tender crisp. Drain water, add honey and butter. Cook on med. low until carrots are glazed, turning carrots once or twice.
Put some quick meals into the mix with this not to mention the turkey on sale at Foodland for only 0.99/lb... think of all the meals you can get out of that... turkey dinner ... turkey wraps (A&P has wraps on for 1.99) and then maybe a turkey pot pie or just hot turkey sandwiches.
Other things that caught my eye...
Yams - 0.79
Seedless Cucumbers 0.99 (couple this with tomatoes on sale at RCSS for 1.00/lb it would make a great tomato & Cucumber salad a favourite at our house)
Tortilla wraps 1.99
Real Canadian Superstore
Oasis Orange Juice 1.00
Shredded lettuce 1.00
Apple Juice 1.00
Baby Carrots 1.00
Granny Smith Apples 1.49/lb (cooked apples good desert one night as a treat)
Friday, February 27, 2009
4.55 - Black Forest Ham (lunch meat 2pkg)
1.49 - Celery Hearts (pkg of 3)
1.99 - Coleslaw Mix (ready to use large bag)
1.98 - Shredded Romaine (large bag ready to use)
2.49 - Baby Spinach (large container)
8.37 - Spare Ribs (3 meals worth)
2.20 - Mini Babybel Cheese (red pkg of 20)
0.75 - 3lbs of Bananas
3.32 - HellovaGood Dip French Onion (large container)
3.52 - Turkey Bacon Butterball (2pkg)
9.89 - Chicken Thighs (3 meals worth)
1.99 - 3lbs Lemons
1.88 - Eggs (18)
3.88 - Orange Juice (3x 1.89L)
3.56 - Frozen Broccoli, Corn (bought 3 bags)
3.28 - Kolbassa Coil (very large)
9.18 - CheeseCake Mix (16pcs) treat for us all
Birthday Gift for Little One
30.00 - Leapster 2 Gift Pack with case and game (reg. 99.99 here)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Zellers - February 28th to March 6th
Kellogs nurti-grain or rice krispies bars $2 - $2 off and get it FREE (coupons found on cereal boxes)
Maple leaf flaked meats or holiday luncheon 2/$3 -Use your $1 off coupons and pay only $.50 each (coupon found in stores) msg me I have a few.
Secret or old spice deodorants 2/$3 - Use $0.50off coupon from save.ca (not available currently)
Monday, February 23, 2009
If I was extremely wealthy and money was not an object I don't think I would change my ways too much. I think it is important to be wise with our money. Like to many things in life it can change just like that.
I value value so I wouldn't say that I am cheap. I am definitely frugal. I like to buy things of quality and know that they are going to last. I don't like to waste and it just contributes to the environmental problems already out there and not a very wise thing to do with the resources that have been given to us.
So why are you frugal?
Friday, February 20, 2009
Glade Wisp Flameless Candle - $9.99 - FPC = $0
ABC Laundry Detergent - $2.49 - $1 off = $1.49
Princess Heart Candy - $1.49 - 50%off = $0.74
Tissue Paper - $2.39 - 50%off = $1.17 (scanned wrong FREE with SCOP)
Mr Clean Wipes - $1.50 - $1off = $0.50
Mr Clean Wipes - $1.50 - $1off = $0.50
Dad's Cookies - $2.00 on sale = $2.00
Original Price - $ 34.88
Sale Price - $ 29.77 (taxes included)
Total Purchase Savings - $5.12
Coupon Total - $ 23.18 (includes SCOP)
Total OOP (out of pocket) - $6.59 (taxes included)
Total Savings - $ 28.30 (81.1%)
Nutrigrain Bars - $1.97 - $2off = $0
Glade Plugin Scented Oil - $5.87 - FPC = $0
Glade Wisp Flameless Candle - $9.99 - FPC = $0
Kelloggs Mini Wheats $3.44 - $1off = $2.44*
Kelloggs Mini Wheats $3.44 - $1off = $2.44*
*B2G$2 off coupon but boxes include $10 in coupons
Original Price - $ 27.75
Sale Price - $ 25.47(taxes included)
Coupon Total - $ 19.83 (includes SCOP)
Total OOP (out of pocket) - $5.64 (taxes included)
Total Savings - $ 22.11(79.7%)
Monday, February 16, 2009
Glade candles 2 for 2.50 had B1G1 Free coupon.... 2.50 for 2 so 1.25ea
Huggies diapers Mega pack 9.77 less $2 .... 7.77ea x 2
Huggies wipes large refill .... 8.97 less $5 ... 3.97
Soft & Dri .... 2 for 2.50 when you buy 2 .... 1.25 less $0.50 .... $0.75
Right Guard ... 2 for 2.50 when you buy 2 .... 1.25 less $0.50 .... $0.75
Mr Clean All purpose cleaner ... 2 for 3.00 less $3.00 .... $0.00
Regular Price - $59.04
Sale Price - $39.01
Total Coupons used - $15.50
OOP - $23.51
Saved - $35.53 (60.2%)
Friday, February 13, 2009
Click here for coupon and post about it.
Nothing like going to chapters for some browsing. I love books so for me this is exciting.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
|General Admission (ages 13 - 64)||$20.00|
|Senior (ages 65+)||$14.00|
|Child (ages 4 - 12)||$12.00|
|Child (ages 3 & younger)||FREE|
Take these prices and discount them by 50% off.
Parking is free until March 1st.
Rentals * (plus $5.00 refundable deposit)
|Single Strollers (1 Child)||$5.00*|
|Double Strollers (2 Children)||$8.00 *|
|Wagons (2 Children)||$6.00 *|
|Note: Rentals are sold through our Front Entrance Shop - Monday through Friday|
I buy cheaper cuts of meat and tenderize/marinate them. I find also by cooking them in the slowcooker it realy makes the meat tender because of the long slow cooking process. Our local grocery store has a large selection of meats on sale for 50% off first thing in the morning but you have to be there early to cash in on this deal. We have gotten a prime rib for $6 and it fed our large family. The meat deals are a hit and a miss first thing in the morning.
For us we attend a potluck two times a month currently and with everyone contributing to the meal you get wonderful company and lots of different food for a fraction of the cost.
Our local drug store has a great points program where you collect the points and it adds up to money in your pocket. I only shop on the 20 times the points weekend there and with coupons I might add so I get the benefits of both using coupons and earning money. I also find they do have great sales on health and beauty products as well as some food products.
We do have a few indulgences that we do like ... for instance my children really like French Vanilla Cappacino and we have it at our local Bulk Barn store so every now and then in their flyer they have coupons for $3 off a $10 order. I try to stick to the $10 as much as possible so it is like getting a 30% savings.
I also keep a list of when the coupons come out in the local newspaper and I will sometimes run out and buy it if the coupons are really good. Otherwise I will wait and pick up the coupons from my inlaws here in town who get two copies of the coupons and always keep them for me.
Weekly menu planning helps a whole lot with saving money and makes it a lot easier for not having to go out and buy any meals.
I try to buy clothes second hand from consignment shops, garage sales, and online sales.
Use coupons but I find to do this you can not have brand name loyalty to get the complete savings from it. If I can't find it on sale I end up buying store brand.
Budget creatively.... some people use envelope system for all their months or weeks spending and when the money is gone from that envelope than that's it no more spending in that area.
Grab your scissors and cut fabric softener sheets in half as well as sponges and scouring pads.
If you want to treat yourself by going out for dinner or lunch than remember to use coupons.
And lastly.... start a coupon group. I plan on doing this here shortly as soon as a come up with a method on how to run one. You might have coupons other might use and so forth.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
*** Shop & Save coupons were in February 7th newspaper ***
$1 any tide laundry detergent
.50 on any tide to go
$2.50 WUB any 2 spot shot products
$1.10 on any spot product
$1.20 on any No-Mess Pen
$1.80 on any 2 2000 flushes products
.80 on any 2000 flushes product
$2 on any Iams dry dog food
$2 on any Iams dry cat food
$5 on any one febreze noticeable starter kits
$2 on any febreze candle
$1 on any febreze fabric refresher
$1 on any febreze air effects
B1 cascade powder or gel and get 1 cascade actionpacs bag Free
.50 any cascade
.50 WUB any dawn product
$1 on any Gain laundry detergent
$1 on any Gain fabric softener
$10 off tax preparation services at Liberty tax service
*** Smart Source Coupon in February 14th newspaper ***
Pictures of coupon binder will follow sometime today.
sale prices 41.18
total coupons 29.35
Thursday, February 5, 2009
- Check out your local community calendar online for those in my community check out the city's paper online they have the community listed on the right hand side. You will be amazed at the things you can do in your own community for free.
- Work on a puzzle.
- Visit your local library. I can't tell you how many books and DVD's we borrow from our local library. It works out great because we can put them on hold and make it a quick trip in to pick them up. But honestly going to the library for me is never quick. I love books.
- Start a workout routine.
- Do a makeover of a room by rearranging furniture in the room.
- Blow bubbles.
- Check out some podcasts online. There are so many different podcasts online for free of varying interests.
- Start a journal.
- Build paper airplanes. Let everyone try their hand at making them and see who can make their paper airplane go the furthest.
- Play Frisbee at the park.
- Play board games. We loved playing Settlers of Catan and it is on to buy list soon we will own it soon. Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue and Candy Land. (okay our daughter is 4)
- Take a long bath.
- Visit a local museum, zoo or art gallery for free. Many of these places allow free admission on certain days. Check out their websites and see when their free admission time is.
- Cook some meals ahead of time. This is fun to do with your kids and husband. What a great way to spend an afternoon cooking together.
- Donate some unneeded items to charity.
- Learn to juggle. This is on my list of things to learn but it is fun and you can impress your children or grand children by learning how. Check out youtube.com for a tutorial.
- Meet your neighbors. I think this is something that we need to do more intentionally to reach out to other.
- Play soccer.
- Organize a walking tour in your community. Every community has historical sites that we too often take forgranted and at the same time forget to remind our children of these historical sites. Pick a day and go for a walk.
- Build a blanket fort. My daughter loves making these and actually so do I.
- Teach yourself how to knit. You can pick up needles at a dollar store and yarn for that matter also. You can make some dishclothes or knit a hat or a scarf. Check out this tutorial on youtube.
- Visit your family and extended family.
- Go on a hike or long walk.
- Take some pictures. Go for a walk with your camera and take pictures of things that interest you.
- Read a book.
- Start a blog on a topic that interests you. That is what I have done. :)
- Do some stargazing.
- Make homemade cards.
- Have a DVD screening. Pop some popcorn and put in a favourite movie.. .invite some friends over and have a DVD screening party.
- Build a castle out of cardboard.
My husband loves our house warm... beyond warm in my opinion... in the winter you can wear sweaters.... layer clothes so I have decided to turn the heat down in our house in an effort to conserve resources. (ie. decrease our bills) My husband has agreed to go along with it. So off on this journey we are going.
Other ways to stay warm in the colder temperatures:
- put plastic over your windows (our windows are fairly new so we don't have to do this but trust me it helps)
- Use heavy curtains over windows
- caulk around windows that are drafty.
- my favourite dress in layers.
There is one thing that I would love to try...and that is powder milk. I am seriously considering using it for baking. Here is an article I read today... Saving Money with Powdered Milk. Does anyone else use powdered milk??? I do use powdered buttermilk and it is fine so I guess this could be no problem.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
- Plan meals for the full week or two weeks By limiting grocery store visits it saves you money as you don't pick up any extras that you don't really need.
- Cash only! I find this an amazing way to save not only because you are not using credit or debit cards but cash only really makes you think before you make your purchase. Not to mention banking fees your saving.
- Buy gifts ahead of time I find buying items at the end of season and clearance prices saves a bundle.
- Make gifts this is better than buying on clearance make the gifts yourself.
- Use the Library This is our biggest saver we are all big readers in our house not only that we borrow dvds for free from the library and we get them for a week. You can put them on hold right online and they will email you or call you when you want to pick up that specific book or dvd.
- Crockpot cooking I find if I cook anything in my crockpot no matter the meat it comes out so tender.
- Clip coupons local stores are running coupons a lot and you can also find them at your local walmart right on the shelves.
- Go thrift shopping or yard saling one of my favourite things to do in the nice weather is yard sale. We have picked up some great items over the years.
- Consignment clothing we have a local consignment store in town that I take my daughters clothing to and I get money back in return. Win win both ways. I usually find great deals there also.
- Buy in bulk and freeze this works great during meat and frozen veggie sales
- cook from scratch we have started making all our own buns and breads as well as other items at a fraction of the cost of store bought. It tastes better too.
- Enjoy free activities like walking, hiking and biking.
- Stay organized this saves you from buying things you already have so you are not buying things at full price.
- Cash in on reward points for us here Shoppers Drug Mart is great for giving rewards points back in money. They have certain times when you redeem you get more than usual too.
Please share with me any thrifty tips that you may have... share away...
I have found save.ca to be a wonderful site for coupons. I go on all the time to request coupons for things we always buy. Then I watch for sales on the items and get the items for really good prices. I tend to stock up on certain items that we go through a lot so that allows me to just hit the sales with the coupons as I usually have a surplus. I will also say that I have been doing this only since December let's say and I already have a stocked cupboard on most health and beauty type products.
Enough babbling... time to show you all some tips...One of the biggest tips I can give is... Smart Canucks this site is beyond amazing... the deals and things people work out are terrific. I love it there.
Food Basics (not one in my city but there is one in my parents and we are going there Sunday)
$0.99/lb grapes (red and green)
$0.99/lb Turkey Utility frozen
$0.99 Baby carrot
$0.99 Kiwi Fruit (1lb)
$1.97 Satin Care or Gillette series shave gel *$2 off coupon making it free
$3.88 Crest Pro Health Mouth Wash plus bonus toothpaste *$1off coupon
$29.97 Slowcooker 7qt with Bonus mini cooker Bravetti brand
$0.48 White Swan Kleenex (no rainchecks)
$0.48 Heritage Paper Towels 2pk (no rainchecks)
**Their flyer is quite good this week I will not be purchasing the slowcooker but it really is a good deal if you don't have one. **
A & P
$1.99/lb Lean Ground Beef
$1.49/lb Pork Side Ribs
$13.99 Pampers or Huggies mega diapers or pants *coupons for both
$5.55 Armstrong Cheese 750g
$0.49 Campbell's Soup (tomato, cream of mushroom)
$14.99 Pampers Mega Diapers
Real Canadian Superstore
$2.99 Black Diamond Cheese Slices 500g
$1.99 Green Giant frozen Veggies 350g or 500g
Shoppers Drug Mart
$4.99 Every day Market Cheese 540g
$0.99 Irish Spring or Coast 3pk bar soap
$3.99 Scott paper towels 6pk *use $1 off coupon
I will be picking up more stuff if it turns out to be redemption weekend. :)
**it could be a bonus redemption weekend... waiting for it to be verified.
Also note instead of going to all the different stores go to Walmart or Zellers and they will price match all your flyers... please remember to have the flyer with you. :)
Monday, January 26, 2009
Kelloggs cocoa krispie straws... reg 2.97 sale 1.47 coupon 0.75off paid $0.72
Glade wisp flameless candle reg. 9.98 coupon 1 FREE paid $0.00
Glade scented oil plugins reg. 5.87 coupon 1 FREE paid $0.00
Olay body wash reg. 4.97 *PM 3.99 (x3) coupon $10off paid $2.97
Dove body wash reg. 4.72 (x2) coupon B1G1 paid $4.72
Pantene reg. 3.00 (x2) coupon 2.50(when buy 2) paid $3.50
regular price total... 49.17
sale price total... 44.73
coupon total... 33.82
Total paid... 11.91
I plan on using the glade candle products as gifts coming up when I do some gift baskets up. I really can't believe how much I saved today... I also have more lists and coupons to use at other stores we shop at if we are near them this week. I am not going to go out of my way to get the deals... I figure if I am in the area doing something else than I can stop in otherwise I would be wasting my gas getting the deals.
*PM = price matched
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Heart Pancakes for Breakfast
Best Quick Pancakes (Martha Stewart)
2 T. melted butter
1 C. flour
2 t. baking powder
½ t. salt
2 T. sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 C. milk
If you don't have heart shapes for the pancakes why not put batter in a plastic bag... cut off the one corner and make heart shapes that way. You can make so many different fun shapes it is not funny. Your kids will love it. Don't forget you can always add blueberries or chocolate chips to your pancakes or any other fruit you choose.
I love you book
Egg Carton Heart
Heart Shaped Animals
Valentine Pillow Boxes
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I had a few coupons... they are as follows:
Olay - Daily Facials - deep cleansing clothes ... Reg. $10.99 on sale for $5.99ea x2
Olay - Botanical Fusion Body Wash .... Reg. 6.99 on sale for $4.99ea x1
Mini Baguettes.... reg $3.49 sale for $0.99ea x2
Olay Daily Facials B1G1... $5.99
Olay body wash $2.00
Total redeemed... $7.99
Regular price cost $35.95
Sale prices $18.95
After coupons $10.96
Got to love savings like that!
I have more Olay coupons to use up... I hope to get there again to redeem some more. Some will be expiring soon so I need to use them up.
Monday, January 12, 2009
We are trying to feed our family on less than $50/week. I am posting this not for pity... prayer yes.. pity no... but also to solicit ideas you might have on inexpensive meals.... free fun entertainment....and frugal ideas you might have.... please... share away with me.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I have started a spread sheet for my savings this year.... and so far... mind you we are only 4 days into the year... but I have saved... $12 off the sale prices. I usually only like to use coupons in conjunction with sale items. So that they are even more of a benefit and I only buy items we would normally use. It is not a savings if it is something extra. I also find that you really can not be brand loyal.
Regular price $ 75.37
Sale price $ 41.87
Price I paid after coupons $ 29.87
We are a family of 6 (3 adults, 2 teenagers and 1 preschooler, oops a dog also) and I am trying to feed my family on very little. I want my meals to cost less than $5 to make for all of us. Trust me this takes some work and knowing your grocery stores. For instance I buy certain items in bulk like flour, rice, potatoes, oatmeal and other staples.
I tend to shop at Sam's Club, Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, Price Chopper, A&P and sometimes even Walmart. We live in a small city where I usually go by the grocery stores atleast once a week so I can run in and pick up all their sale items. This takes good budgeting to do because I find stocking up the best way to save money.
I also go to some wonderful websites that help me a lot with coupons and upcoming sales to watch out for. Here is a list of them in no particular order:
Remember to check out the forum at smart canucks where you can see the deals others have found and even what is coming up on sale and where you can get the best deal using your coupons.
I also find at our local grocery stores if you go first thing you can catch the sales on meats they are clearing out, as well as fresh veggies and bread products. I get most of our meat this way for our family at a fraction of the price. This really is a saver for us as well as buying large cuts and cutting it up ourselves.
I also find that by making a weekly meal plan it helps me save money and spend less. So every weekend I sit down and make a meal plan based on what I have and some of the sales for that upcoming week. Our sales run here from Friday to Thursday.
That is all the tips I can think of right now but I am sure more will come to mind after I post this.