Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Our Park Adventures- Day 2

Well, today the weather definitely wasn't as warm, but we had fun. The park we chose was great! It's a fairly new park and it's less than a mile away--- How did I not know about this one before?!! And another great bonus-- there was NO SAND!! After goofing around on the playground, we played frisbee and went for a walk. I'm really enjoying the exercise. I was given the jogging stroller last fall, and it's been really nice to have.... I think we'll make those walks a regular everyday thing this spring.








Banana Crumb Muffins


I made these muffins last week and they were incredible! Definitely the best banana muffins I've ever had. I had some bananas in the freezer that I needed to use up, so I looked on allrecipes.com and found
this recipe that was rated 4.78 out of 5 stars by 4562 people. I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose flour and it worked great.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups (I did 12), or line with muffin papers.

2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

This recipe is linked to Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life As Mom.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Our Park Adventures- Day 1

Today was a beautiful day for the park. My hubby had just gotten back from an appointment, so he decided to join us.

We spent an hour there today, playing on the swings and the merry-go-round, and kicking the soccer ball around. After such a rainy weekend, we just soaked in the sun today. We also went for a 1/2 hour walk around the neighborhood there while my son rode his scooter. It was great for us all to spend some time together-- I was glad my hubby was able to join us today.

Here are a few pictures from our afternoon:







Menu Plan Monday Mar 30- Apr 3


Monday
Breakfast: Bagels & Cream Cheese
Lunch: Peanut Butter & Jelly
Dinner: Cheeseburger Soup

Tuesday
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Tuna Sandwiches
Dinner: Chicken Enchiladas

Wednesday
Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
Dinner: Steak, Baked Potatoes & Broccoli

Thursday
Breakfast: Strawberries & Yogurt
Lunch: Mac & Cheese
Dinner: Calzones

Friday
Breakfast: French Toast
Lunch: Peanut Butter & Jelly
Dinner: Goulash

You can see more Menu Plan Monday posts over at Organizing Junkie.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Our Park Adventures


In my quest to spend more one-on-one "fun" time with my eight-year-old, I've decided to take the boys to a different park each day this week... after school, of course, haha. To keep me accountable, I will post about our adventures each evening. We'll hop in the car, drive to a little-known park within a few miles away, have some fun together, and probably go for a walk around the area with the jog stroller. It'll be fun to see different parks we've never been to. Check back each day to follow along with our adventures!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Free Samples


Eucerin lotion- sample here

Fed Ex Office- $10 Digital Photo Printing Gift Card here

Old Spice Body Wash- sample here

Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion- sample here

Emergen-C Blue- sample here

Jergens Natural Glow lotion- sample here

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Few Freebies


Seattle's Best (in Borders Bookstore)- buy one, get one free mocha or latte coupon here (expires 4/28/09)

Attune Probiotic Bar- free sample here

Build-A-Bear- print a coupon for $5 off any $10 animal purchase here --some are priced $10-$12 (expires 4/19/09)

Cottonelle- tp and wipes free sample from Wal-mart here

Monday, March 23, 2009

Stamps.com


Here is a really great deal if you sign up for stamps.com through the cashbaq.com website. Money Saving Methods has a great post here with all the details.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Changeling- A Movie Recommendation


Have you seen the movie, Changeling, yet? My hubby & I watched it this weekend and it was very good. I would recommend it, if you like that type of movie. It was very intense. And it did have some language in it, but not very much. It's supposed to be based on a true story. You can find out more about it here.

Free Entertainment Book

Last year, we ordered the Entertainment Book, but this year we decided not to. Until I came across this great deal and ordered one this weekend! If you haven't ordered one yet, here is how you can get an Entertainment Book for free:

  • Join Cashbaq.com and get a $5 bonus for joining.
  • While at cashbaq.com, click on "Entertainment Book". You will get $6 cashback on your purchase.
  • Next to the 50% off coupon, click on "Use This Coupon"
  • Enter your zipcode
  • The price is 50% off, which is $12.50
  • Click on "Buy the Book"
  • Proceed to Checkout
  • Check the Box "Send Me This Every Year" and you will get an extra $5 off. Here is what Deal Seeking Mom says about this: "I have used this option before, and you’ll receive a postcard in the mail so you can cancel if you don’t want it. It states that you may be charged the $5 back, but I was not and others have had the same experience. Even if you decide against this option, the $5 for registering with Cashbaq makes up for it!"
  • Click "Continue"
  • Enter billing info
  • Standard Shipping is $2.79

You pay $10.29. You will get $11 put into your cashbaq account (they can either pay you by check or credit your Paypal account when you have at least $10 in your account. Just make sure you enter in your preferred method of payment under "My Account"). So you actually come out ahead $0.71. Not to mention your savings from USING your Entertainment Book!

Caregivers Marketplace

I was reading Money Saving Mom's post here about a rebate you can combine with the Huggies diaper deal from last week. Caregivers Marketplace has a rebate program for certain products- just click on "Eligible Products" on their site to see the whole list. Anyone can use their site (even parents) and you can get .75 back from each pack of those Huggies diapers! Just sign up and send in your receipts. Those Huggies diapers that I bought at Walgreens last week just became a moneymaker! Yay!!

100% Cuteness

A few of my favorite baby pics:







Monday, March 16, 2009

My Deals Last Week: Mar 7-14

I was sick the first part of last week, then the weather here became absolutely beautiful towards the end of the week, so my blog took a backseat. But I am back now. Although these deals were from last week, I was pretty excited about how much I spent on all of it, so I've decided to post it anyway.

Fred Meyer



Lysol Disinfectant Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner-- on sale for $0.99 in the discount bin (bought two)- What a nice surprise as I wasn't expecting this. But I was sure glad that I brought all my coupons with me, just in case!
Used two $0.50/1 coupon from Sunday paper & double coupons
*Total price: FREE

Free Dr. Pepper from coupon
here

Health Valley Soups (bought 4)-- on sale for $1.67
Used printable coupons here & double coupons
*Total price: $0.68

Mentos gum (bought 2)-- $1.49
Used two $1.00/1 coupons from Sunday paper & double coupons
*Total price: FREE

Quaker Quakes Rice Snacks (bought 3)-- $1.00
Used three .50/1 coupons from Sunday paper & coupons from free samples, & double coupons
*Total price: FREE

Total Paid at Fred Meyer: $0.68

Walgreens
Last week was a pretty exciting week for Walgreens shoppers who buy diapers and wipes. Coupons.com had $5.00/1 and $3.00/1 coupons for Huggies diapers and wipes. My mom printed off more coupons for me at her work, so I was able to do five transactions. Pictured is what I bought in the first two transactions. Here is what I spent:
Transaction #1:
Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers-- on sale for $10.00 each (bought two)
Huggies Baby Wipes (184 Pack)-- on sale for $6.00 each
Used three $5.00/1 printable coupons from coupons.com
Buy $25 of above products, receive $10.00 in Register Rewards at checkout.
*Total price: $1.00 (after Register Reward)
Transaction #2:
same as transaction #1 above
Total paid for everything pictured: $2.00 (after Register Rewards)
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In the Mail This Week


One thing I really like about requesting the free samples is that the companies usually send really great coupons along with the sample. A lot of times it's for $1.00 off with an expiration date 6-9 months away. So if you haven't taken advantage of any of the free samples yet, go ahead and give it a try, especially if it's a product you normally buy anyway. Here are some of the freebies we received in the mail this past week:

Diapers from Mom to Mom
Huggies Baby Wipes
Sample of 12 Shades Maybelline Make-up
Quaker True Delights Bar
Viva Paper Towels

Freebies

Sun Crystals all-natural sweetener with stevia- free sample here

Redbook Magazine- two complimentary free issues here from Valuemags

Mary Kay Miracle Set- free sample here

Fleischmann's free bread recipe booklet here

Taco Del Mar- free taco on Tax Day, April 15th. Sign up here

Money Saving Mom has a great post here on how to get several freebies at Target this week.

Centsible Savings has a great post here on how to get several freebies at Wal-Mart this week.

Arby's- print coupon for a free Roast Burger with any Pepsi purchase here

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Freebies Galore!

Focus on the Family magazine subscription- Sign up here

Warm Delight Minis- free sample here when you sign up for the Betty Crocker Newsletter.

Jack in the Box- Free Fries & Drink- print coupon here (Only good on Tuesday, March 10)

Baskin Robbins- Buy one Sundae, Get one Free- print coupon here (expires March 28)

Arby's- Free Roastburger with drink purchase- print coupon here (expires March 14), or sign up with Arby's Extras & get the Roastburger for free with NO purchase necessary.

Rite Aid has released another $5/$25 coupon good on any purchase (expires TODAY!)- print coupon here. Albertson's will accept these coupons, too.

Earthbound Farms- free organic lettuce seeds

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My Deals This Week: Feb 28- Mar 7

Walgreens

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Walgreens??? Here are all the deals I got this week. I actually made two transactions because it turns out "my" Walgreens doesn't refill ink. So I had to go to a different Walgreens store for that. But I was able to take advantage of several of the deals twice by doing two transactions.

3 Ink Cartridge Refills (two color & one black)-- $5 each with printable coupon.
Also used buy one, get one free in-ad coupon (now I can print more coupons! lol)
*Total price: $10.00 for 3 refills

Ensure 6-pack-- $6.99
Use two $3/1
printable coupon
Apply for full rebate
here.
*Total price: FREE plus $6.00 in overage if buying two

Ritz Crackers-- Buy 1 at 1.99, Get 1 Free
Used 3 $2/2 coupons from Sunday paper
*Total price: Six boxes for FREE

Buy 1 Colgate Toothpaste at $3.29,

Get back $3.50 Register Rewards (made two separate purchases)
*Total price: Two tubes for FREE plus $.42 in overage

Fiber One snack bars-- $1.99
Used two $1.35/1
printable coupon
*Total price: $1.28 for 2 boxes

Sambucol Homeopathic Cold & Flu Relief-- $11.99
Used $10/1 coupon from EasySaver catalog
Used $4/1
printable coupon

*Total price: FREE plus $2.01 in overage

So I spent $23.83. I received $7.00 back in Register Rewards for the next time I shop, and I will get back $13.98 from both Ensure rebates, which brings my total to $2.85.

Safeway & Albertson's
Safeway had a $10 off coupon, if you spend $50. I used one for their meat sale-- Beef roasts were $1.89 per pound. After the $10 off coupon, it came out to about $1.55 per pound. We slice them up and use them for steaks-- hubby's a meat & potatoes man. I also discovered that Albertson's will take ANY coupon from ANY store, except clothing stores. They even take Rite Aid coupons. So I used another one of Safeway's $10 off $50 coupon at Albertson's & stocked up on their 85% ground beef, which was $1.99 per pound. After the $10 off coupon, this came out to $1.60 per pound!

The rest of our freebies from the past week:
3 free bottles of soda (Safeway coupons)
Smart Start cereal (free after rebate
here)
All-Bran cereal (free after rebate
here)
Free Cascade Rinse Agent (coupon from Home Made Simple booklet)
Free Total cereal sample (from mailbox)
Free Tide detergent (from mailbox)
Coupon for Free Dr. Pepper (from mailbox)
Two Free Quiznos Sandwiches (last week's promotion)
Free Birthday Meal at Red Robin
Free Birthday Ice Cream at Cold Stone Creamery
Two free tacos at Jack In The Box (last week's promotion)

Another Great Site for Birthday Freebies

Here is another really great site for finding birthday freebies. Thanks Money Saving Mom!

An extensive list of birthday freebies for adults, children, and even pets. You can do a search by entering in your state. Lots of other great birthday links, too (e-cards, fun facts, gift ideas, etc)!

Free Movie Wednesdays in March

Redbox will be offering a FREE MOVIE every Wednesday in March! Visit InsideRedbox each Wednesday for the free code. Today's free code is: 75EA16.

No Menu This Month

This month I feel like being spontaneous with our meals. I'm trying to use up some things in my freezer and pantry, and it's easiest for me to do this by just planning my menu a few days at a time. I'm also trying not to buy very many groceries this month other than produce and dairy. I just stocked up on meat, so we're good there. I like that you can go to a website like www.allrecipes.com and enter in the ingredients you have and it will search the recipes based on what you have. I've come across some great recipes by doing that. I'm hoping to post some of the recipes that our family likes this month as well.
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