Saturday, January 28, 2012

40% off Babyganics Bubble Bath & Wash at Toys r US

I went into Toys r Us today to use a gift card and found a great deal on Babyganics Bubble Bath & Wash. Apparently, yesterday was the start of their "Baby Deal Days". The flyer has a $5 off coupon when you buy ANY THREE (3) baby wash, lotion, shampoo, diaper rash, oil or powder priced $4.99 or higher. When you combine this with three $1 off Babyganics coupons, it's a great deal. So, my transaction looked like this:

3 Babyganics Bubble Bath & Wash @6.99 each

$20.97 (pretax subtotal)

Use $5 off store coupon (the cashier had the booklet at the register so don't worry if you don't have the sales flyer)

Use 3 $1 off Babyganics coupon
$12.97 (pretax total) for all 3!

The sale is good through February 20, 2012.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Weekly Meal Planning

We have a tough schedule for the next few months and I am recommitting to preparing healthy meals for my family so we don't have to eat on the fly. My little one has started yelling "cheeseburger" every time we pass a Wendy's. That's a pretty good sign we've been eating there too much. I'm cooking everything today so I don't have to worry about cooking when I get home each day. Just heat and serve. Our menu for this week:

Beef Stew with Corn Sticks and green beans – I got the corn sticks recipe from In Pursuit of Flavor by Edna Lewis. I knew I was in trouble when I poured the milk into the cornmeal and flour. There was not enough liquid to really mix into a batter. The second hint that I was in trouble was when I looked at how many corn sticks the recipe was supposed to make. It said 18 but I got 11 and that was with really stretching the batter out. They're not bad but I will definitely halve the salt the next time I make them.

Puerto Rican Pork Roast with Rice Pilaf and broccoli – The Puerto Rican Pork Roast is one of my favorite recipes from Quick, easy, and delicious. This was my first attempt at making the Rice Pilaf recipe from Mrs. Restino's Country Kitchen cookbook. The recipe is actually called Chicken Rice Pilaf but I left out the chicken since I already had a meat to go with it. It's pretty good but I think the recipe calls for too much tomato. The two cups I used seemed to have taken over the dish. That's all I can really taste. It's still pretty good though.

I'm also making some blueberry muffins so that I can have a portable breakfast and premaking oatmeal just in case my toddler wants some breakfast before we leave the house at the crack of dawn. Oatmeal tends to clump the colder it gets so I just add a little milk to the oatmeal to thin it out when I reheat it. I was grocery shopping at Ingles yesterday and was so tempted to buy their blueberry muffins but I didn't because I save so many calories and dollars by making them myself. I'm rounding this week's menu out by baking a batch of brownies.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Slow Couponing Week

I've mentioned previously that I've slowed way down on my couponing. I actually took some time last week to peruse the deals for the next two weeks and actually found some things that interest me and that I don't already have tons of - toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant, I'm looking at you.

I went to Walgreen's this morning and got a box of South Beach meal bars ($5.99 with $6RR back) and then turned around and used that Register Reward on the a bottle of Abrexin ($10 with $10RR back). I don't like to wear out my welcome at my local stores by doing a zillion transactions back-to-back. So I'm hoping I can repeat that scenario tomorrow and then use the RR's to stock up on Huggies wipes next week.

I then went to Riteaid, whose sales have been a disappointment since last summer. I got a Tom's of Maine mouthwash ($3.99 with $3+up back), 2 Degree deodorants (2/$4 with $2+up back), and a 4-pack of GE Bulbs ($2.99 - $2 in ad coupon). I will do the Tom's of Maine one more time and then use all those +ups toward some Gillette Mach 3 cartridges for my husband. I checked out the pricing today and I doubt anyone will be rushing in there for this deal because all that Gillette stuff is pretty high. I pledged a while ago to only buy items that we need and/or will use, so although the out-of-pocket will still be high after the +ups are applied, I won't feel like I'm being wasteful when I buy it.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Free 60-Day Membership to BJ's Wholesale club

I remember shopping at BJ's Wholesale club when they first opened one near our home. I think everyone in the area was mailed a complimentary 6-month membership offer. I'm not sure why I didn't renew it after it expired. It is much closer to me than Sam's Club but somehow, I find myself renewing that Sam's membership every year and driving past the BJ's Wholesale Club to go to Sam's. This seems much sillier when I actually write it down, especially with gas being so high. I didn't have any issues with BJ's and I think I've kept going to Sam's because that's where I've always shopped.

Well, it's a new year and so many things in my life are up for reevaluation, including where I shop for bulk items. So, I'm giving BJ's another shot and so can you. Just click here to print your free shopping pass. I've got a long list of things I need for our home so BJ's here I come!