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Saving money cooking at home

December 28th, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Since I got home from the hospital we have been doing awesome on eating at home and have saved a ton of money! We charge everything on our Discover Card each month and pay it off in full each month, so it's easy to see how much our are spending on different categories like eating out. Our statement cut yesterday and the difference just in line items is staggering!

Since we have been eating at home I have been cleaning out the pantry and freezers to get stuff used up. We completely cleaned out our main freezer that is connected to our kitchen fridge and threw some things away, took everything out and washed it all out. Now it is nice and organized and I can actually see what we have in there. Smile I still have two more chest freezers that I need to get cleaned out, but it's a good start.

We have been using up lots of deer sausage and brats from last year before they get too old. I also made pheasant stir fry which used up 2 bags of pheasant that MO shot last year, an entire bag of frozen broccoli, a bag of frozen rice that a friend dropped off for us with homemade eggrolls when I got home from the hospital, plus leftover carrots, onions, mushrooms, celery, spinach, and peapods from the fridge. All of the fresh veggies only had a day or two left of life in them so I was happy to get them all used up in a yummy dish and not waste them. I also used up two old packages of ramen noodles for MO as he doesn't like rice, so I ate the rice with mine and serviced his with ramen. Made a huge healthy pan and tons of leftovers too.

Hopefully we can keep up the minimal eating out into January and have another low credit card bill to start out the year.

Gender Reveal and 1000 Diapers!!

October 26th, 2018 at 09:40 am

We had our gender reveal party last night and we are having one BOY and one GIRL!!!




We are so excited, everyone was hoping for one of each, but I am shocked that it turned out that way!

Everything went great and we all had a wonderful time!


I also signed up for a Red card with Target as they do free shipping (which is great cause I am an hr away from the nearest Target) and you get 5% back on Target purchases! When I signed up I got a coupon for $25.00 off a $100.00 purchase coupon. I combined that with a baby sale they were having for $20 Target GC when you spend $100.00, plus the 5% back on the Red Card, plus free shipping, plus $65 in giftcards that we got as gifts....and I got 1000 diapers for only $24!!! That's only .02 per diaper! I made sure to stay away from the teeny tiny sizes and got a few boxes each of the bigger sizes. Hopefully they work for my babes, but if for some reason they don't, they were cheap enough that I should be able to get my money back if I need to sell them on FB.

Flu Shots, Thrift Store Shopping and Gender Reveals??

October 18th, 2018 at 09:33 am

Yesterday was a long day of medical apts. From 7:45am till 3:00pm we were in and out of Drs. apts allllll day!

We had extensive ultrasounds for both babies and everything looked great! They are both measuring about the same size (roughly the size of a can of pop each) so that is also wonderful news. Both babies were dancing around a lot. Smile We got the envelopes with the babies genders, they are sealed and we will be doing a small gender reveal next week with immediate family. We are so excited!!

I had diabetic training (major family history of diabetes, so no surprise I am a prime candidate for gestational diabetes). My Dr. let me know there wasn't anything I could have done differently to prevent this so that made me feel better. I am 20 weeks now and have only gained 9lbs (with twins!) so I am happy with my weight gain so far, and they were not concerned with my weight at all, but only with my blood sugar levels. All we can do is do our best with diet and exercise to treat it to keep me and babies healthy. So I got my meter and also went to the pharmacy for test strips and lancets. We met our OOP Max for the year way back in May, so won't have to pay anything for the visits or Rx.

I also got my flu shot for the year too, again free. We took MO to CVS to get his flu shot, but they were out, so he will need to wait till next week. We had some time to kill between apts so we went to Goodwill and MO was able to find 2 pairs of shorts for next year for $3.50 each and one pair of workpants for $5.00. I have been looking for maternity coat options, but did not want to spend a ton of money on a coat I would only be wearing for a few months. I was super excited to find a really cute coat that I can wear this winter to cover up the babes. My current coat is getting a bit hard to zip! The coat probably won't last me for the whole pregnancy as it is still a regular coat, just a much bigger size, not maternity, but it was only $6.99 so I was very excited!

I also found a Peanuts PJ set that was new with tags for $14.99, and it was only marked for $1.99 ($2.12 after tax) so I got that for resell. I plan to mark that for $6.00.
*ETA - Sold for $6.00 on FB on 11/25/18
Profit = $3.88

90%+ off Clearance at Kohls and JCP!!

July 9th, 2018 at 03:27 pm

I did some shopping a few weeks ago and found some amazing 90%+ off clearance at JCP and Kohl's!!!



Kohl's

Jrs Mudd Jean Shorts (Bought 1)
Original Price $32.00
Clearance to $2.00
Final Price + Tax = $2.10
(Marked $10.00 for rummage sale)

SO Puffer Vest (Bought 1)
Original Price $60.00
Clearance to $6.00
Final Price + Tax = $6.10
(Marked $20.00 for rummage sale)

JCP

Mixit Beanie (Bought 1)
Regular Price $28.00 each
Clearance to $1.97
-$.40 JCP Rewards
Final Price + Tax = $1.67
(Marked $6.00 each for rummage sale)

Mixit Boot Toppers (Bought 6)
Regular Price $16.00 each
Clearance to $1.60 each
-$.31 JCP Rewards Each
Final Price + Tax = $1.37
(Marked $5.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $5.00 each at 9/22/18 rummage sale
*ETA - Sold 4 for $5.00 each on FB on 12/2/18
Profit = $21.78

Okie Dokie Sandals (Bought 1)
Regular Price $30.00
Clearance to $3.00
-$.58 JCP Rewards
Final Price + Tax = $2.58
(Marked $12.00 for rummage sale)

Totes Snowboots (Bought 10)
Regular Price $60.00 Each
Clearance to $6.00 Each
-$1.00 Each JCP 20% off coupon
Final Price + Tax = $5.33 Each
(Marked $20.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 for $20.00 on FB on 9/16/18
*ETA - Sold 1 for $20.00 at 9/22/18 rummage sale
*ETA - Sold 3 for $20.00 on FB on 9/30/18
*ETA - Sold 3 for $20.00 each on FB on 10/7/18

Totes Snowboots (Bought 5 - Same items as above but used Rewards instead of coupon)
Regular Price $60.00 Each
Clearance to $6.00 Each
-$1.16 JCP Rewards
Final Price + Tax = $5.15 Each
(Marked $20.00 each for rummage sale)

Totes Snowboots (Bought 1)
Regular Price $70.00 Each
Clearance to $7.00 Each
-$1.36 JCP Rewards
Final Price + Tax = $6.00 Each
(Marked $25.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold for $20.00 on FB on 9/30/18
Profit = $14.00

Famous Footwear - BOGO 50% off Clearance!

July 9th, 2018 at 08:00 am

Famous Footwear Clearance was BOGO 50% off, plus I had a 15% off coupon! I got over $370 worth of shoes for just $24.44!!!



Girls Oshkosh B'gosh Boots (Bought 1)
Regular Price $44.99
Clearance to $8.00
-$1.20 for 15% off coupon
Final Price + Tax = $7.24!!
(Marked $20.00 for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold for $20.00 on FB on 8/13/18
Profit = $12.76

Girls Sketchers (Bought 1)
Regular Price $54.99
Clearance to $8.00
-$4.00 BOGO 50% Clearance
-.60 for 15% off coupon
Final Price + Tax = $3.62!!
(Marked $20.00 for rummage sale)
*ETA - Gave to my niece for BD present.

Girls Steve Madden White Cut-Out Flats (Bought 1)
Regular Price $39.99
Clearance to $5.00
-$2.50 BOGO 50% Clearance
-.37 for 15% off coupon
Final Price + Tax = $2.26!!
(Marked $12.00 for rummage sale)

Women's Kenneth Cole Black Boots (Bought 2)
Regular Price $89.99 each
Clearance to $5.00 each
-$2.50 BOGO 50% Clearance on one
-.75 and .38 for 15% off
Final Price + Tax = $4.56 for one and $2.26 for one
(Marked $25.00 for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 for $25.00 on FB on 2/10/19

Women's New Balance Tennis Shoes (Bought 1)
Regular Price $?
Clearance to $5.00
-.75 for 15% off coupon
Final Price + Tax = $4.50!!
(Marked $20.00 for rummage sale)

Awesome McDonalds Giftcard Deal!!

December 29th, 2017 at 04:23 pm

McDonalds has this awesome deal right now! Buy $100 in McDonalds Arch Giftcards and get this punchcard free!! You get a Big Mac or Breakfast Sandwich free every week all year! That’s like $300+ in free food! Sweet!!!

Paid off my Iphone! $30 per month for Gazelle Savings!

October 26th, 2017 at 09:56 am

I got my Iphone 6-S(my first smart phone!) in October 2015 and it was on a 0% interest payment plan through my monthly cell phone bill. Now it's been 2 years so my phone is paid off and my bill went down $28.81!

Starting off the Gazelle Savings right I set up a new auto transfer of $30 per month to savings. Every little bit helps!

Dog Clipper Purchase- Puppy Pictures!

March 23rd, 2017 at 09:58 am

We have 2 English Springer Spaniel girls, they are our babies! Here are a couple pics of their unbelievable cuteness!

Reigny and Suneigh Nap Time!


Suneigh Bunny!

Spa day for the girls is $100+ each which includes a bath, haircut, nail trim, etc. MO decided to buy a pet trimmer and try to do the haircuts himself, which would save us a LOT of money. The trimmer was $65 + $15 for a two year warranty. Hoping it works for him to do the trimming as that would save us about $800 a year! We shall see how it goes. Smile

After Christmas Shopping to keep

December 30th, 2016 at 07:07 pm

My Mom and I did some SERIOUS after Christmas shopping the last few days and got TONS of stuff for our rummage sale inventory. I will post my deals for resale over the next few days, but here are the items I scooped up for personal use.



Target

McCormick Pumpkin Spice
Regular Price $4.69 Each
Clearance 50% off to $2.34

Dog Toys (Bought 5)
Regular Price $6.99 Each
Clearance 70% off to $2.09 Each

Gift Wrap 4pks (Bought 2)
Regular Price $6.00 Each
Clearance 70% off to $1.80 Each

Gift Wrap Single Roll
Regular Price $3.00
Clearance 70% off to .90

Bags of Bows (Bought 2)
Regular Price $5.00 Each
Clearance 70% off to $1.50 Each


JCPenney

JCP had soooooo many super clearance deals PLUS I got an extra 32% off for signing up for a Penneys card, AND I've already earned $20 in rewards on my card!!!

Dockers Belt Set (Present for my Dad)
Regular Price $60.00
-$42.01 Clearance Price
-$5.76 New Card Discounts
Final Price = $12.23

AZ Boys Tee (Present for my nephew)
Regular Price $14.00
-$12.03 Clearance Price
-$.63 New Card Discounts
Final Price = $1.34

AZ Boys Cargo Shorts (Present for my nephew)
Regular Price $34.00
-$32.03 Clearance Price
-$.63 New Card Discounts
Final Price = $1.34

Belt (For myself)
Regular Price $26.00
-$7.80 Sale Discount
-$5.82 New Card Discounts
Final Price = $12.38

Gildan Boxer Brief 4pk (Bought 2pks for hubs)
Regular Price $26.00
-$11.71 Clearance Price
-$4.57 New Card Discounts
Final Price = $9.72 per pack

Awesome Deal on Scott Products this week at CVS!

December 30th, 2016 at 03:01 pm



Since I moved to my small town in 2014 I have been living off my stockpile and have not had to buy any TP or paper towels (amongst other stockpile items). We finally ran out of paper towels this week and are on our last pack of TP....so time to find a deal!

I found this great deal at CVS, paired with an additional $4 back from Checkout 51 app and final price is only .25 per double roll of TP and .58 per mega roll of paper towels. This deal is only good until closing on Saturday so hurry in!!

Also I used a CVS giftcard that I received free from my Discover Cashback Rewards, so it was all actually FREE!!!!!

Scott Toilet Paper - 18 Double Rolls(Bought 5)
Regular Price $11.29 each
-$4.30 Sale Price Each
*Received $10 EB for spending $30 on Scott Products
*Received $2 credit with Checkout 51
*Received .50 credit for first purchase with Checkout 51
Final Price = $4.49 per pack (.25 per double roll or .13 per single roll)

Scott Paper Towels - 6 Mega Rolls (Bought 6)
Regular Price $7.79
-$2.30 Sale Price Each
*Received $10 EB for spending $30 on Scott Products
*Received $2 credit with Checkout 51
Final Price = $3.49 per pack (.58 per mega roll)



Checkout 51 and Raise Apps!

December 30th, 2016 at 01:54 pm

I just started using two new (to me) money saving apps!

Checkout 51

Checkout 51 offers you cash back when you purchase specific grocery and household items, even beer! I downloaded the app a few days ago, and already made $4.50 on items I was purchasing anyways! Once you earn $20 in your online account, you can then cash out either via paper check or Paypal account. I am loving it so far! By stacking this with existing sales and coupons you can get some crazy good deals!!


Raise

Raise is an app to buy and sell giftcards. At this time I don't have any giftcards that I want to sell, but they offer GC discounted up to 17.2% for purchase right now! I am not sure how deep the discounts go, but this is a GREAT way to get instant savings if you know you are shopping at a specific store, you can save money before you even hit the aisles! Tons of popular shopping and eating destinations including CVS, Target and McDonalds!!! I have not made a purchase from them yet, but plan to soon!!

52 Week Savings Challenge 2016/2017

December 25th, 2016 at 08:51 pm

Today is the last Sunday of the year, so for those of us that did the 52 Week Challenge, that means your last $52 deposit for the year! We finished ours pretty early this year, so had the $1378 sitting waiting for a plan. We still don't have any plans for this money, so we added a bit more to it to get it to a nice even amount of $1400 and for now are just setting it aside. We also had a good stash of cash to start the 2017 Challenge. We were able to pay weeks 1-8 plus 50-52, $188 already! So a very good start for next year!

If you did the 52 Week Challenge what are you using your final pot for????

Food Wasting Challenge

January 27th, 2016 at 02:20 pm

I made a goal for this year to write down whenever we throw away any food to see how many dollars we are throwing in the garbage. Today is day 27 and I haven't thrown away anything yet!

That means we ate the leftovers of some soup I made that was supposed to be Beer Cheese Soup, but tasted ONLY of onion (YUCK!). I put my turning brown bananas into my daily Shakeology even when they are D E A D. I have also been putting in some skim milk to try to use it up as well as 0% Greek Yogurt, both past the expiration dates.

I have never been one to follow expiration dates much, but I do use common sense to make sure me or my family doesn't get sick.

I think I can use the rest of the Greek Yogurt up in the next week or so in my shakes. The skim milk is probably ready to be dumped so I will have to jot that one down.

The goal of not wanting to have to write anything down has really helped with making sure that things get used up. I know if we weren't doing this there would have been a LOT more waste, so I am super happy with how it is going so far!

*ETA - Today I ate the last of our celery for a snack. Tonight I noticed that a lot of salad supplies were looking pretty close to the end of their days, so I made 4 salads. One for me, one for MO and two I put in tupperwares for tomorrow. This finished off an expired bag of salad, an expired bag of spinach, and a bag of snowpeas. Also put a good dent in our peppers and carrots.