Monthly Archives: April 2009

Baking Day Results

I had a very productive baking day this week.  I made the strawberry bread, carrot muffins and two batches of mini banana muffins.  I didn’t get around to making the cookies though, so I’ll try to do those today.  I baked quite a bit extra this week as I’m going on a scrapbooking retreat this weekend and offered to bring some breakfast items, so I hope the other ladies enjoy it!

Carrot muffins (still cooling, before frosting), 48 mini banana muffins, two loaves strawberry bread

Carrot muffins (still cooling, before frosting), 48 mini banana muffins, two loaves strawberry bread

I’m taking 6 carrot muffins, one strawberry bread and one bag of mini muffins with me.  The other banana muffins are already in the freezer to be taken out when the other items are gone.  I still have some carrot muffins in the freezer from last week as well.  It’s really nice having these baked items on hand as an alternative to cereal.  Yesterday the kids were asking for muffins and all I had to do was grab a couple from the freezer and thaw them in the microwave!

I tried something new w/ my strawberry bread too.  The recipe calls for 1.25 cups oil, which is a lot.  It’s a very dense bread.  I’ve heard many times that you can often replace some or all of the oil in certain recipes w/ applesauce, so I decided to give it a try.  I used 1/2 cup applesauce and 3/4 cup oil.  It baked up in a completely different shape and color than it usually does, so I was a little nervous.  Of course I had to taste some last night to make sure it was okay.  It’s still very good.  It has a lighter, fluffier consistency and tastes nearly the same.  I don’t think I’d increase the amount of applesauce any more though.  I think that amount worked out just right.

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Baking Day plans for 4/23

Tomorrow I’m hoping to have a BIG baking day.  The carrot muffins were a big hit.  I still have more carrots and extra frosting, so I think I’ll make another batch of those.  I’ll also be making strawberry bread w/ the berries I got on sale today.  I also picked up a huge bag of ripe bananas, so I’m going to use my favorite banana muffin recipe to make mini muffins.  To top it all off, I’ll bake some cookies using the cookie dough I ordered from Em’s school fundraiser.  It’s going to smell so good in my kitchen tomorrow!!

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I heart double coupon day

Today was definitely one of my best shopping days ever at Copps.  I got everything you see below for $25.36!

Copps Deals 4/22

Copps Deals 4/22

Sorry the picture isn’t great.  I was in a hurry!  I had just enough time to put groceries away before picking my daughter up from preschool.  I did two transactions at Copps so I could double 10 $1 MC’s.  Here are my best deals:

  1. Grande tortilla chips, on sale 2/$5, I got 3/$7.50 – (3) $1.00 MC’s doubled = 3/$1.50
  2. Steamfresh veggies, on sale 4/$5, I got 6/$7.50 – (3) $1.00 MC’s doubled = 3/$1.50
  3. GE CF lightbulbs, on sale $1.50 ea., I got 3/$4.50 – (3) $1.00 MC’s doubled = FREE plus $1.50 overage
  4. GM Cereals, 5 boxes $3 each – $2.00/5 MC – $5 deal = 5/$8, plus free milk coupon
  5. 2 FREE milk coupons, one used in each transaction = $7.00 off my total (these both rang up at $3.50 off a $1.99 gallon of milk, giving me $3.02 overage!)
  6. BC Warm Delights, on sale 2/$3 – $1.00/2 MC doubled = 2/$1
  7. S&W beans, on sale 5/$4, I got 2 for $1.60 – BOGO MC = 2/$0.80
  8. Lawry’s taco seasoning, $0.49 on sale, I got 4/$1.96 – (2) $0.50/2 MC’s = 2/$0.96

Everything else I bought was on sale, some w/ MC’s as well.  Definitely a great day for double coupons!!  I wish it was like this EVERY week.  I did two transactions to get the most for my money.  The first total came to $11.89 and I saved $30.56 (72%!!).  The second total was $13.47 and I saved $33.30 (71%!!).  I am a happy girl!

I also popped into Festival for their dollar sale.  Got another gallon of milk, vanilla ice cream, Sara Lee bread, 2lb. Braeburn apples, and hamburger buns all for $1 each.  I also picked up a 5lb. bag of ripe bananas at $0.33/lb. which I’ll use for my baking tomorrow and the rest will be mashed and frozen for future baking.  I also stumbled on a big package of ground turkey in the meat dept. for $5.  Picked up a few other necessities and used 2 MC’s.  My total there was $23.45 and I saved 41%.  Not a bad run!  That brings my overall grocery total for this week to $48.81.  I did also pick up that 10lb. package of beef from Sam’s Club, so if you add that in, my official total for this week is $71.31.  Woohoo!

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Copps Deals for 4/22

This is the first time I’m doing this… I figured out some great deals for double coupon day, so I’m going to share them in advance.  I’m going to do two transactions this week so I can double 10 $1.00 coupons.  This Sunday we did something we haven’t done in a while; get three newspapers.  We have our subscription to the Press-Gazette, then we stopped at gas stations on our way down to visit my family and picked up a Journal-Sentinel and Tribune.  I’m so glad we did, as having multiple copies of coupons is going to pay off big this week at Copps.  Here are the deals I found…

  1. Birds Eye Steamfresh, 4/$5 – (2) $1.00/2 MC (doubled) = 4/$1.00
  2. GE CF bulbs, 2/$3 – (2) $1.00 MC (doubled) = FREE plus $1 overage
  3. Grande tortilla chips, 2/$5 – (2) $1.00 MC (doubled) = 2/$1
  4. Lawry’s taco seasoning, $0.49 x 2 = $0.98 – $0.50/2 MC (doubled) = FREE
  5. S&W beans, 5/$4, buy two for $1.60 – BOGO MC = 2/ $0.80
  6. BC Warm Delights, 2/$3 – $1/2 MC (doubled) = 2/$1 (this coupon not from Sunday’s paper)

They also have a GM cereal sale; buy 5 boxes at regular price, get $5 off plus a free milk coupon.  Get some cereal coupons online to make this a good deal, plus don’t forget about the Win Cash promotion on specially marked boxes.  I won a $5 card in my Lucky Charms last week, which will be used to help pay for this week’s groceries.  I’m also getting several other sale items.  There are a lot of good $1 items this week.  I figured out my two transactions so they are both over $25 before coupons and I can double like crazy.  I’ll let you know how my totals end up on Weds.  Happy shopping!!

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One less debt = One happy girl

I am a happy girl today.  I have officially paid off my student loans!  My final payment isn’t actually due until June, but I decided to look up my payoff amount today and saw that it was small enough to get it out of the way early.  Yippee!!!  This will be a huge boost to our financial situation, not having that monthly bill any more.  It feels like a weight has been lifted.  It’s kind of a bummer that I’m not putting my education to good use at the moment, but I’ll get back to my career when the time is right.  Right now, I need to focus on my kids, and continue to find new ways to save our family money so I can afford to be home with them until they are all in school!

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CVS Deals this week and last; 4/6-4/17

Had some decent CVS shopping the last two weeks.  Last week I ended up making multiple trips, as they were out of most of the items I wanted when I went to two different stores on Monday.  So, I ended up getting a couple things Monday, some Friday, and a raincheck for one of the items that they still did not have.  Here are last week’s deals:

Transaction #1:

  1. 2 Easter Grass, $0.79 each = $1.58, $1.58 ECB’s earned
  2. Skin Effects cleanser, $6.99 – $5.00 CVS = $1.99

Used $2.99 ECB’s, paid $0.58 plus tax OOP, earned $1.58 ECB’s

Transaction #2:

  1. 2 Huggies diapers, $10 each – (2) $1.50 MC’s = $17
  2. 1 Huggies Pull-Ups, $10 – $2MC = $8, earned $10 ECB’s for $25 Huggies purchase

Used $5off$30 email coupon and $8.08 ECB’s, paid $11.92 plus tax OOP, earned $10 ECB’s

This week I got everything you see below in 2 transactions totaling $9.89 plus tax OOP…

img_4390Transaction #1:

  1. 3 Garnier facial cleansing cloths, $5 each – (3) $1 MC’s = $12, earned $5 ECB’s
  2. 2 Maybelline mascara, $4.79 BOGO – $1 MC = 2/$3.79
  3. Skintimate shave gel, Raincheck = $3.49, earned $4 ECB’s (supposed to be $3.49, but printed as $4… Bonus!!)
  4. CVS paper towel, $1.29 – FREE coupon signed by manager from promo earlier this month

Used $4off$20 Beauty email coupon and $10 ECB’s, paid $5.21 plus tax OOP, earned $9 ECB’s.

Transaction #2:

  1. 2 Kotex Tampons, 2/$9 sale – (2) $0.75 MC’s – $1.50 CVS = 2/$6, earned $2 ECB’s
  2. 2 Birthday cards, $2.69 + $4.99 = $7.68

Used $9 ECB’s, paid $4.68 plus tax OOP, earned $2 ECB’s

Definitely saved a good chunk of change on this stuff.  On a side note, I finally earned enough points on MyPoints to cash them in for a $10 CVS card, so I’ll be looking forward to getting that in the mail soon!

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Friendship bread

Have you ever heard of Amish Friendship Bread?  Until a few months ago, I hadn’t.  I overheard someone mention it at preschool one day, and then saw someone passing out starters at a GBAMOM meeting shortly after that.  When I saw it for myself, I was quite skeptical that those bags of slop would make good bread.  I asked a few people about it and everyone said it’s great.  So, my friend Kris from GBAMOM gave me a starter at our March meeting.  When I made the bread, I used regular chocolate pudding and didn’t think to omit the cinnamon.  Chocolate and cinnamon is actually not a bad combination, but I’m not crazy about it, so I wasn’t totally in love w/ my first attempt at the bread.  However, when I gave a starter to my mother-in-law, she gave me a recipe she’d gotten in the past w/ twelve variations on making the bread.  I kept a starter for myself and made my second breads w/ vanilla pudding, cinnamon and raisins.  It was heavenly!!  On to the third batch, and I kept one starter for myself again.  This time I made it using chocolate fudge pudding and chocolate chips.  It was absolutely sinful!!!  Instead of looking for more people to pass the starters to, I decided to keep and freeze all of them.  Now, the next time I “need” friendship bread, I just have to thaw out the starter for a day and make it into bread.  When I get down to my last starter, I can let it ferment and make a whole new batch of starters.  I never expected to like it so much.   What a wonderful gift it has been!

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