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Extreme Couponing, hardly!

August 31st, 2014 at 12:48 am

I'm beginning to dabble with coupons to help my grocery bottom line. Today, I hauled

27 bottles of Fab laundry detergent (39 loads)
reg. price= $2.99
sale price= $1.99
coupon for a $1 off
paid .99 cents for each bottle

15 bottles of Final Touch Softener
reg. price=$2.99
sale price=$1.99
coupon= $1.00
paid .99 cents for each bottle

10 bottles of TreSemme shampoo/conditioner (32 oz.)
Don't know sale price Frown
sale price= $2.99
coupon= $2.00
paid .99 cents for each bottle

I hope to get better as I learn couponing techniques. It would be nice to someday get things for free or next to nothing.




This week's update

August 29th, 2014 at 09:49 pm

It was pay day for hubby today! I swept $56 remaining in the checking account to the Anniversary Party fund and sent $40 to my Mom (she lives on a fixed income). I also transferred $400 to money market account and paid the monthly balance of the Swagbucks credit card. We have about $400 left in the checking and only a few small bills to pay until the next payday which I will also get paid. Work begins next week.


I hope you have a fun and frugal weekend and for those of you are not feeling sick I hope you get well soon.

P.S. I took this picture while walking my dog; I hope you like as much as I do.

Daily frugal things and a bit more

August 21st, 2014 at 05:46 pm

I requested the book "Millionaire Teacher" from a neighboring library, but picked it up at my library. A fellow blogger recommended it. For entertainment, I've borrowed several movies from the library, including Heaven is Real (I've read the book). I don't use a lot of make up, just eyeliner and a little bit of blush and I found that the towelettes I use to remove my make up are way too big. So today I cut them in half to stretch the supply.

I also managed to transfer an additional $200 to the savings account and $60 to the Anniversary Party Fund. We have a little over $100 left in the checking until next Friday. If I don't use the money, I will send my Mom some it. Tomorrow is my b-day so it should be a nice day, hopefully!

Hope you all have a frugal but fun weekend!

Flash weekly update

August 16th, 2014 at 03:14 pm

I earned enough Swagbucks this month to redeem $50 worth of Amazon gift cards. We put $266 ($166 of it was a checking account sweep) towards our Anniversary Party and $300 towards our overall savings. Not bad considering that it is just hubby working and bringing in a paycheck during the month of August. Work for me begins in two weeks.

I hope you all have a great and frugal weekend.

P.S. We also received a $50 gift card from a friend because my hubby helped out with small repair in her new home.

Salsa verde recipe

August 10th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

My sister taught me how to make salsa verde. We made Mexican flautitas or taquitos and we topped them with salsa verde, lettuce, tomatoes and crumbling cheese. Delicious!!!!

Salsa verde:

5 roasted tomatillos
1 roasted jalapeno pepper (more if you like it spicier)
1 cilantro bunch (cleaned with no roots)
5 or more whole garlic
salt to taste
Put in the blender and puree all of the ingredients

Makes 16 ounces of salsa verde

My plate of homemade flautitas and salsa verde

This week update

August 7th, 2014 at 06:11 pm

The last few days have been a bit expensive due to eye examination, contact lenses (six months supply and glasses (kinda trendy and nice). The total purchase was $467. We also spent an additional $10 copay for Hubby's eye examination. I'm thinking I should open a flexible spending account at work to off set the cost with pretax money.

On another note, my mom and sister are visiting for 19 days and I'd been able to feed all of us with things I have in the stockpile. I think I will be able to continue to do this until they leave with some minor purchases. Three weeks left of summer vacation and off to work I go. I will have a little over a week by myself before the busy school year begins.

A great buy and a little more

August 3rd, 2014 at 03:54 pm

My husband has been looking for a used snow blower for quite sometime. This weekend he was lucky enough to buy a hardly used snow blower for $50. The seller gave us all the paper work including a receipt of what she paid for it; $600! All it needed was gas! Patience paid off and it came just in time. Woot woot for my hubby!

This weekend has been pretty low key and aside the $50 for the snow blower the only expense was $18 and maybe pizza today. Those expenses are covered by the money my hubby earns mowing a couple of lawns on the weekends.

I hope you all had a great weekend and Congrats to CeeJay on her new home!

Resuming Retirement Contributions

August 1st, 2014 at 02:12 pm

It's August 1st, my b-day month (woot woot!) and four weeks before I begin working again. In anticipation to the beginning of another school year for me, I decided to resume retirement contributions after a year hiatus due to hubby's unemployment. During the year, I contributed to the state pension which is mandatory and $25 every pay period to the 403B. I am now contributing $100 every pay period to 403B and $350 biweekly to the Roth IRA. The Roth will be fully funded by April of 2015. All of these retirement contributions will amount to 15% of my income. I'm excited about that.

Books I'm reading: Divergent and The Leader in Me. The latter is about an innovative and successful leadership program that will be implemented in the school district in which I am employed.