Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Eat From The Pantry Challenge

Are you cabinets and freezer full? Join us in January for the Eat From The Pantry Challenge. I have a stock pile of food in the cabinets and freezer that need to be eaten up, so when I heard LifeAsMom and MoneySavingMom's challenge I was excited to join in. See how much you can eat from your cabinets and freezer for the month of January and stay out of the grocery store. My monthly food budget is $250, it's only my daughter and I. My goal is to only spend $50 in groceries for the month of January. I went to my local produce store and bought 10-lbs of potato's($1.99) 5 lbs of oranges($3.99)and some other fresh produce. I will have to buy milk and maybe cheese, but I get my fresh eggs from my sisters mother-in-law.

Stay tuned for some "thrown together" recipes. Hopefully my picky eater, my daughter, will try some new meals this away. We eat out maybe twice a week. I hope to cut that back to once a week. If there are any good deals at the grocery stores this month I will probably get them but donate to the food bank.

The new year is a time for new adventures and this year I'm trying to cut back on my grocery bill.

My goals:

1) Spend $50 or less in groceries for January.

2) Come up with a new family favorite meal.

3) Donate the great deals to the food bank.

This is just for fun and to see how much you can save and eat at home. Come join us!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

62% savings at CVS

There are some great buys at CVS this week with coupon match ups. My total out of pocket was $38, plus I got back $9 ECB's. Total before coupons and sales $99. I bought 4 boxes of Kleenex tissues-bogo-$2.39. Nature's Bounty vitamins are bogo and get $3 ECB's. Men's old spice deodorant on sale 2/$4-get $1 ECB's, used $1 off coupon. Olay body wash on sale for $5.49, had coupon for free lotion when you buy body wash, the lotion was $8.19. WOW!! Gillette razor $8.99-$4 ECB's-plus used $2.00 coupon from 12/27 Sunday paper. There were more great deals also. Check out Madame Deals for a complete list and a $5 off $30 purchase coupon.

Awesome peppermint cookies

Cookies for Christmas or just cookies anytime. These very merry chocolate peppermint cookies are awesome. I made a batch before Christmas and they went very fast. They are very easy to make and the kids love to sprinkle on the crushed candy canes. Thanks to Mrs. Moneysaver for the recipe.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MoneySavingMom is giving away 5 $100 gift cards

Hurry!!! Head over to MoneySavingMom and enter her giveaway. Ends tonight at 6pm. You have your choice of gift cards. Let me know if your one of the 5 lucky winners. Good Luck!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Here is central VA we are getting our first snow of the winter season. What goes great with a snowy day? Chili!! I had recently bought some red chili noodles from Giant off the scratch and dent rack (discounted rack) and thought they would be great in some chili. I opened my cabinets and found some kidney beans, added some hamburger, spices and some Cajun Bayou. Put it all in the crock pot and made a batch of corn muffins. Yum Yum!!! Do you have any favorite snowy day foods? Leave a comment below.