Thursday, December 31, 2015

Guess What??

We have some super exciting news :)

So much has happened this year for our son, Kevin :)

Kevin became our first Home Schooled High School Graduate~ boy was that a learning process.
After much thought, guidance and prayer, Kevin has finally decided what he wants to do with his life.  I am so proud of him for his decision.  Even though it took a lot of time, effort, determination, a few practice tests, a huge load of paperwork, even more paperwork (since he was home schooled) and 2 trips to MEPS, he finally made it.

I am so proud to announce that Kevin was sworn into the United States Air Force a few days before his 19th birthday.  My baby is growing up- sniffle sniffle :)
Now we play the waiting game.  As he awaits his job notification and Basic Training ship out date, he is super excited about this new chapter in his life.  We are being told that he can possibly ship out in Spring.

I can't wait to see where his life will lead him :)  I know that where ever his life leads him, he will do great things :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Our Shopping Day~ 12/26/2015

Chris had an early morning shift which was great for getting my butt in gear to go grocery shopping.  Hubby decided to go with me.  I guess he wanted to be part of the final grocery shopping adventure for this year or maybe it was the free samples at Sam's Club :)  I only had a couple of places to go so we were able to knock out our shopping trip rather quickly :)

Here are the details of our shopping trip:

Save A Lot
$2.00- Bread
$0.99- Oyster crackers
$2.99- Total

Walmart
$3.54- Mushrooms
$3.47- Potatoes
$4.98- Canola Oil
$2.97- Cashew Milk
$14.96- Total

Sam's Club
$19.94- Cat Litter
$4.78- Milk
$3.98- Vinegar
$29.90- Total with tax

This shopping trip has been added to our December Monthly Spending post, where I keep track of what we spend for the month of December.  How did we do?  Did we stay with in our budget or did we bust?  Hop on over and find out :)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Menu Plan for the week of 12/28/2015

How was your weekend?  We hope everyone had a nice and blessed Christmas.  We had a beautiful Christmas and then went to see the Star Wars movie.  It seems that was everyone else's plans also.  The theater was so packed we had very front row seats :(

Here are our menu plans:

Breakfast
Applesauce muffins with fruit X2
Waffles with fruit X2
Oatmeal with nuts and raisins X2
Cereal and Fruit

Lunch
Salad with homemade dressing and a banana for myself and hubby
Sandwich with carrots and grapes for everyone else or leftovers

Dinner
Chili X2
Chicken Broccoli mushroom Stirfry
Cheeseburger Macaroni with zuchinni
Orzo Soup
Chicken Parm with mashed potatoes and zuchinni
Leftovers

Snacks and Desserts
Apples
Grapes
Bananas
Clementines
Carrots
Popcorn
Cucumbers
Hot chocolate with marshmallows
Brownies

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Walgreens deals for the week of 12/27/2015

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufacture's coupons
2) Register Rewards (RR) are considered manufacture's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 manufacture's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) When redeeming a Register Rewards against the same offer may not receive another RR
5) 2 coupons can be used with Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Sales :)

Check out Walgreens Coupon Policy here:)

Walgreens has a program called Balance Rewards. You earn points you can later redeem. Click here to read more about this program.

Tide- $4.99
$2 Tide, Tide Pods or Gain Flings cpn- 12/27 P&G
$3/3 Tide, Bounce or Downy cpn- 12/27 P&G 

Spend $15 on Nice nuts and get 5000 points

7Up, A&W, Sunkist, Canada Dry or Hawaiian Punch- $5/3 and get 2000 points

Kellogg cereal or PopTarts- $1.99
$1/2 Kellogg cereal cpn- 12/13 RP
$1/2 Rice or Cocoa Krispies cpn- 11/22 RP

Duracell- $11.99 and get 1000 points
$1 Duracell cpn- 12/13 RP

Cover Girl Plumpify mascara- $8.99
$3 Cover Girl Plumpify mascara cpn- 12/27 P&G
$2 Cover Girl lip or eye cpn- 12/27 P&G 

Yardley bar- $3/4 and get 1000 points
$1/4 Yardley bar cpn- 11/01 SS

Old Spice bar or body wash- $5/2 and get $1 RR
$1/2 Old Spice cpn- 12/27 P&G

Speed Stick- $2 and get 1000 points

Head & Shoulders- $10/2 and get 2000 points
$2/2 Head & Shoulders cpn- 12/27 P&G

Colgate Total, Enamel Health toothpaste, Optic White, Total mouthwash or 360 Clean toothbrush- $9/3 and get $3 RR

Oral B Glide floss, Crest ProHealth toothpaste or mouthwash- $10/3 and get $5 RR
$0.25 Glide floss or picks cpn- 12/27 P&G
$0.75/2 Glide floss or picks cpn- 12/27 P&G
$2/3 Glide floss or picks cpn- 12/27 P&G 
$0.25 Crest toothpaste or rinse cpn- 12/27 P&G
$0.75/2 Crest toothpaste or rinse cpn- 12/27 P&G 
$2/3 Crest toothpaste or rinse cpn- 12/27 P&G 
$1.50 Crest mouthwash cpn- 12/13 RP 

Crest ProHealth mouthwash or Fixodent- $9/2 and get $2 RR
$0.25 Crest toothpaste or rinse cpn- 12/27 P&G
$0.75/2 Crest toothpaste or rinse cpn- 12/27 P&G 
$2/3 Crest toothpaste or rinse cpn- 12/27 P&G 
$1.50 Crest mouthwash cpn- 12/13 RP 
$1 Fixodent cpn- 12/27 P&G

Puffs or Dawn- $0.99
$0.25 Puffs or Charmin cpn- 12/27 P&G

Purex- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

CVS deals for the week of 12/27/2015

Don't forget to....
1) Go to cvs.com/email and sign up for the ExtraCare email and receive a $4/20 cpn

2) Stop by the Red ExtraCare coupon center and get CVS cpns

3) You can use a manufacturer's cpn along with a CVS cpn
4) You can use a B1G1Free cpn along with a B1G1Free sale to get both products for FREE

To view CVS Coupon Policy- click here:) 

Pantene- $12/3
Use $3 CVS Coupon Center cpn
$3/2 Pantene cpn- 12/27 P&G
$5/3 Pantene cpn- 12/27 P&G


Puffs- $0.98
$0.25 Puffs cpn- 12/27 P&G

Tide- $5.34
$2 Tide, Tide Pods or Gain Flings cpn- 12/27 P&G
$3/3 Tide, Bounce or Downy cpn- 12/27 P&G 

Cover Girl Plumpify mascara- $8.99
$3 Cover Girl Plumpify mascara cpn- 12/27 P&G
$2 Cover Girl lip or eye cpn- 12/27 P&G 

Always Discreet pads or liners- $4.99
$2 Always Discreet cpn- 12/27 P&G

Spend $15 on Maybelline and get $5 ECB- Limit 3
$1 Maybelline lip cpn- 12/06 RP

Spend $15 on Loreal cosmetics and get $5 ECB- Limit 3
$3 Loreal La Palette Nude cpn- 12/06 RP
$1 Loreal eye cpn- 12/06 RP 

Spend $15 on Garnier skin care and get $5 ECB

Spend $8 on Conair or Scunci hair and get $4 ECB

Jergens- $6.99 and get $1 ECB
$1 Jergens cpn- 12/06 RP
$3/2 Jergens cpn- 12/06 RP 

Olay face cloths or cleansers- $4.49
$1 Olay moisturizer or cleanser cpn- 12/27 P&G

Spend $10 on Colgate Optic White and get $5 ECB- Limit 2

Tampax Pearl, Radiant, Always Infinity or Radiant- $3.99
$0.50 Tampax cpn- 12/27 P&G
$1 Tampax Radiant or Pearl cpn- 12/27 P&G
$1 Always Radiant or Infinity cpn- 12/27 P&G
$0.50 Always liners cpn- 12/27 P&G
$0.50 Always pads or liners cpn- 12/27 P&G 

Spend $15 on CVS, Gold Emblem, Total Home, Beauty 360 or Pet Central and get $5 ECB

Xtra laundry detergent- $1.49

Ajax or Renuzit- $0.88

Progresso- $3/2 and get $1 ECB
$0.50/2 Progresso cpn- 12/06 SS

Kellogg Mini Wheats, Corn Pops or Frozen cereal- $6/2 and get $1 ECB
$1/2 Kellogg cereal cpn- 12/13 RP

Spend $12 on Revlon and get $4 ECB

Spend $20 on Eucerin or Aquaphor and get $10 ECB

Spend $15 on Aveeno lotion, face care, baby or sun care and get $5 ECB

Tide Pods or Gain Flings- $3.99
$2 Tide, Tide Pods or Gain Flings cpn- 12/27 P&G


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Homemade Creamer Recipe Take 2

Do you remember my original homemade creamer project?  It didn't go as I had hoped.  I decided to give it another go around :)

I didn't want to waste the creamer I had already made and hoped to salvage it.  I had this bright idea to add the creamer along with a few dates for sweetness to my food processor to see if I could thicken it up.

How did it go, you might ask?  :)
Oh boy :(  Not so well.  I made a huge mess.  Well, that was a fail.  I put it in my blender to see if I could salvage the little I had left.
I let it blend for about 5 minutes and it thickened up quite nicely :)
Straining any bits of non processed dates.  I don't think chunky creamer would be too appetizing :)
Mmmm- nice thick creamy creamer :)
It was almost like whipped cream in my coffee- Mmmmm.  I just wish it was a little sweeter.

Now after all of that, I am not sure I will be making it again.  At least not in my food processor- lesson learned :)

After adding all the costs, this homemade coffee creamer costs exactly the same as my almond creamer from the store :(  If I can get the sweetness just right, this creamer would be heavenly.  I may be doing more experimentation with this recipe in the future but for the time being I will be keeping my almond coffee creamer from the store.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Our Shopping Day~ 12/20/2015

We finally got a chance to venture out to do our grocery shopping on Sunday after lunch.  Hubby and I were on a mission to see how much shopping we could get done before we had to pick Chris up from work and before we had to get Nathan to youth group.  Luckily, I only had a few stores to go to.  Chris ended up working later than scheduled so it all worked out :)

Here are our shopping trip details:

Save A Lot
$2.00- Bread

Sam's Club
$2.49- Milk
$6.98- Eggs
$1.48- Bananas
$2.38- Lettuce
$13.33- Total

Walmart
$1.98- Corn Flakes
$0.98- Cool Whip
$2.18- Cottage Cheese
$3.96- Creamer
$4.36- Chocolate Chips
$0.96- Marshmallows
$3.47- Potatoes
$1.77- Sugar
$5.92- Wheat White Flour
$1.98- Grape Jam
$1.08- Can Fruit
$2.00- Stuffing
$1.28- Hot Chocolate
$3.88- Cat Food
$1.50- Cheerios
$37.53- Total

Farmer's Market
$4.00- Cherry tomatoes and zuchinni

This shopping trip has been added to our December Monthly Spending post, where I keep track of what we spend for the month of December.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Menu Plan for the week of 12/21/2015

How was your weekend?  We didn't do anything over the weekend except grocery shopping.  Hubby was away for work and the boys were eagerly awaiting his return Saturday evening.  Plus it was a bit chilly here.  I thought that maybe Florida got the memo that it was fall but the temperatures for this week are going to be high 80's, so maybe not :)

Here are our menu plans:

Breakfast
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip[ muffins with fruit X2
Waffles with fruit X2
Oatmeal with nuts and raisins X2
Bagels and fruit

Lunch
Salad with homemade dressing and a banana for myself and hubby
Sandwich with carrots and grapes for everyone else or leftovers

Dinner
Garlic Mushroom Risotto with green beans
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole 
Salsa Enchiladas with zuchinni
Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes and green beans
Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas and rolls
Sesame Chicken with Brocolli
Chili

Snacks and Desserts
Apples
Grapes
Bananas
Clementines
Carrots
Popcorn
Cucumbers
Hot chocolate with marshmallows
Brownies

Friday, December 18, 2015

Walgreens deals for the week of 12/20/2015

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufacture's coupons
2) Register Rewards (RR) are considered manufacture's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 manufacture's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) When redeeming a Register Rewards against the same offer may not receive another RR
5) 2 coupons can be used with Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Sales :)

Check out Walgreens Coupon Policy here:)

Walgreens has a program called Balance Rewards. You earn points you can later redeem. Click here to read more about this program.

Quaker 1 min oats, Post or Quaker cereal- $1.99

Lays, Kettle Chips, Tostitos or Salsa- $6/2 and get 1000 points

Xtra laundry detergent- $1.49

Duracell- $6.99 and get 1000 points
$1 Duracell cpn- 12/13 RP
41 Duracell cpn- 11/22 RP 

Goody hair accessories or Ace combs- $2.99
$2 Mail in Rebate in package

Colgate Total Advanced mouthwash or 2pk toothpaste- $5.99 and get 1000 points

Oral B Pulsar toothbrush, Crest 3D White toothpaste,  rinse, ProHealth toothpaste or mouthwash- $10/2 and get $2 RR
$1.50 Crest mouthwash cpn- 12/13 RP
$1 Crest toothpaste cpn- 11/29 P&G 

Colgate toothpaste, Total mouthwash or toothbrush- $6/2 and get $2 RR

Tampax Pearl, Radiant or Always- $14/2 and get 2000 points
$2 Always Discreet liner or pad cpn- 11/29 P&G

Robitussin, Dimetapp or Advil Allergy & Congestion- $8.99 and get 1000 points
$1 Robitussin cpn- 12/06 RP
$1 Robitussin, Dimetapp or Advil kids cpn- 12/06 RP
$1 Robitussin kids cpn- 11/01 RP
$1 Dimetapp kids cpn- 11/01 RP
$1 Advil Sinus Congestion, Allergy & Congestion, Allergy Sinus or Cold Sinus cpn- 12/06 RP
$1 Advil Sinus Congestion, Allergy or Cold Sinus cpn- 11/01 RP 

Delsym- $20/2 and get 5000 points
$2 Delsym cpn- 11/01 SS

Dayquil, Nyquil or ClearQuil- $13.95 and get 1000 points
$1 Nyquil or Dayquil Severe cpn- 11/29 P&G

Eggs- $2.49- Limit 2

Hershey or Cadbury Holiday candy- $5/2 and get 1000 points
$1/2 Hershey kisses, nuggets, minis, Reese's. Kit Kat, York or Rolo cpn- 12/06 SS
$1/2 Hershey kisses cpn- 11/15 SS 

CVS deals for the week of 12/20/2015

Don't forget to....
1) Go to cvs.com/email and sign up for the ExtraCare email and receive a $4/20 cpn

2) Stop by the Red ExtraCare coupon center and get CVS cpns

3) You can use a manufacturer's cpn along with a CVS cpn
4) You can use a B1G1Free cpn along with a B1G1Free sale to get both products for FREE

To view CVS Coupon Policy- click here:) 

OGX hair care- $11.50/2 and get $2 ECB

Hershey Holiday kisses or minis- $6/2 and get $2 ECB
$1/2 Hershey kisses, nuggets, minis, Reese's. Kit Kat, York or Rolo cpn- 12/06 SS
$1/2 Hershey kisses cpn- 11/15 SS 

Spend $10 on Revlon lip, nail, foundation, powder, blush, concealer or eye and get $4 ECB- Limit 6
$3 Revlon eye, face or lip cpn- 12/13 SS

Brookside pouches- $7/2 and get $2 ECB

Kleenex- $4/3
Use $1/3 CVS App cpn
$0.50/3 Kleenex cpn- 12/06 SS
$0.30/3 Kleenex cpn- 11/15 SS

Spend $10 on Beauty stocking stuffers and get $$2 ECB

Spend $15 on Duracell and get $5 ECB
$1 Duracell cpn- 12/13 RP

Spend $20 on Neutrogena cosmetics and get $7 ECB- Limit 3
$2/ Neutrogena cpn- 12/06 SS

Axe or Dove Holiday gift sets- $9.99 and get $2 ECB
$2 Axe Holiday gift set cpn- 12/06 RP

Spend $10 on Promise Organic and get $4 ECB

Spend $15 on Garnier skin care and get $5 ECB

Spend $12 on CVS hair or Salma Hayek hair and get $4 ECB

Revlon ColorSilk hair color- $7/2 and get $1 ECB- Limit 4

Fructis- $2.99 and get $1 ECB

Dial body wash or bar- $8/2 and get $2 ECB

Spend $12 on CVS lotion and get $4 ECB

Spend $10 on Jergens or Curel and get $2 ECB
$1 Jergens cpn- 12/06 SS
$3/2 Jergens cpn- 12/06 SS
$1 Curel cpn- 12/06 SS 

Colgate Total or 360 floss tip toothbrush- $6.98/2 and get $2 ECB- Limit 2

Spend $10 on CVS Oral care and get $6 ECB- Limit 2

Band Aid- $3.49 and get $2 ECB- Limit 2

Excedrin Extra Strength or Migrane- $20/2 and get $10 ECB
$1 Excedrin 80+ cpn- 12/13 SS
$1.50 Excedrin 20+ cpn- 12/13 SS 

Zantac- $8.99 and get $2 ECB- Limit 3

Playtex- $7.99 and get $3 ECB
$2/2 Playtex cpn- 11/15 SS

Candy singles- $0.88
Use $0.50 CVS Coupon Center cpn

Maxwell House coffee- $6.99
Use $1 CVS App cpn
$1/2 Maxwell House cpn- 11/15 SS

Coke 2L- $5/4 and get $1 ECB

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Saturday Family Fun Adventure

I had run out of Saturday Family Fun Advenuture ideas and asked the boys where they would like to go.  They both said that they would love to go back to the Imaginarium.  So, off to the Imaginarium we went.

I am really glad we went.  We ended up seeing the animal show we missed last time :)

Here are some pictures of our adventure:


NO Thank You~ This lady had a lot of courage to get this one out of the tank and holding it :(

Cuddling with the snake :)
Having so much fun :)




The younger boys had a lot of fun even though the activities were the same when we were there last time :(  But this time, we did get to see the animal show.  The boys were excited to see that Minecraft was considered an educational activity :)

I can't what to see where our next Family Fun Adventure takes us :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Our Shopping Trip~ 12/13/2015

Saturday was just too gorgeous not to spend outdoors.  Grocery shopping would just have to wait until the next day and it was so worth it :)  Kevin and I ventured out and even treated ourselves to Starbucks thanks to a gift card- Mmmm.

Here are our shopping trip details:

CVS
$2.99- Garnier Conditioner
$1.88- Soft soap hand soap
$0.89- Total Home dish liquid
$5.76
-1.98 ECB
-1.50 ECB
-0.99 ECB
-0.79 ECB
$0.85- Total with tax and got $2.89 back in ECB's

Save A Lot
$2.00- Bread

Dollar Tree
$1.00- Steel Wool pads
$1.00- SOS pads
$2.12- Total with tax

Walmart
$1.98- Creamer
$1.98- Applesauce
$0.97- Spic & Span cleaner
$4.99- Total with tax

Publix
$7.99- Spicy Tuna sushi
$6.99- California Roll sushi
$15.88- Total with tax

Sam's Club
$4.98- Milk
$6.98- Grapes
$10.98- Chicken
$10.78- Coffee
$3.68- Ketchup
$37.40- Total

Farmer Market- $4.00 for cucumbers and yellow cherry tomatoes

This shopping trip has been added to our December Monthly Spending post, where I keep track of what we spend for the month of December.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Our Menu Plan for the week of 12/14/2015

How was your weekend?  The weather here has been absolutely beautiful.  We spent most of the weekend outdoors :)

Here are our menu plans:

Breakfast
Pumpkin Applesauce muffins with fruit X2
Waffles with fruit X2
Oatmeal with nuts and raisins X2
Bagels and fruit

Lunch
Salad with homemade dressing and a banana for myself and hubby
Sandwich with carrots and grapes for everyone else or leftovers

Dinner
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Parm with zuchinni
Sesame Chicken with Broccoli and rice
Three Cheese Chicken Pasta with zuchinni
Italian Cream Cheese Chicken Pasta with green beans
Chicken Garden Veggie Skillet
Garlic Mushroom Risotto with green beans

Snacks and Desserts
Apples
Grapes
Bananas
Clementines
Carrots
Popcorn
Cucumbers
Pumpkin Brownies
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate PB Smoothie

Friday, December 11, 2015

Walgreens deals for the week of 12/13/2015

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufacture's coupons
2) Register Rewards (RR) are considered manufacture's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 manufacture's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) When redeeming a Register Rewards against the same offer may not receive another RR
5) 2 coupons can be used with Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Sales :)

Check out Walgreens Coupon Policy here:)

Walgreens has a program called Balance Rewards. You earn points you can later redeem. Click here to read more about this program.

M&M's- $4/2

Starbucks Iced Coffee or Refreshers- $3/2 and get 2000 points

Mars or Dove minis- $7/2 and get 1000 points
$1/2 Mars Holiday cpn- 12/13 RP
$1/2 Mars Holiday cpn- 12/06 RP

$1/2 Mars Holiday cpn- 11/22 RP

Hershey or Cadbury- $5/2 and get 1000 points
$1/2 Hershey kisses, nuggets, minis, Reese's, Kit Kat, York or Rolo cpn- 12/06 SS
$1/2 Hershey kisses cpn- 11/15 SS 

Oxi Clean laundry detergent- $3.99
$2 Oxi Clean detergent cpn- 12/13 SS

Glade candle, Automatic spray refill or wax melt warmer- $6.99 and get $2 RR
$1/2 Glade cpn- 10/25 SS
$1/2 Glade candles cpn- 10/25 SS 

Air Wick Freshmatic refill or scented oil refills- $4.99 and get $1 RR
$1.25/2 Air Wick single refill cpn- 12/06 SS
$2/2 Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra refill cpn- 12/06 SS 

Duracell- $8.99 and get 1000 points
$1 Duracell cpn- 12/13 RP
$3/2 Duracell cpn- 11/22 RP 

Uniball or Paper Mate Ink Joy pens- $2.49 and get $1.50 RR
$0.75 Paper Mate Ink Joy cpn- 11/22 SS

Dial body wash- $7/2 and get 1000 points

Nivea lip care- $5/2
$3/2 Nivea lip cpn- 12/13 SS

Revlon lip- $5.99
$3 Revlon eye, face or lip cpn- 12/13 SS

Loreal Advanced- $3.99
$2 Loreal Advanced cpn- 12/13 RP
$2 Loreal Advanced cpn- 11/22 RP 

Oral B ProFlex toothbrush, Crest toothpaste, mouthwash or rinse- $8/2 and get $3 RR
$1.50 Crest mouthwash cpn- 12/13 RP
$1 Crest toothpaste cpn- 11/29 P&G
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 11/22 RP

Colgate 360 toothbrush or toothpaste- $3.99 and get $3 RR
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 12/06 SS

Kellogg cereal- $4/2
$1/2 Kellogg cereal cpn- 12/13 RP
$1/2 Rice or Cocoa Krispies cpn- 11/22 RP
$1/2 Kellogg cereal cpn- 11/15 RP

CVS deals for the week of 12/13/2015

Don't forget to....
1) Go to cvs.com/email and sign up for the ExtraCare email and receive a $4/20 cpn

2) Stop by the Red ExtraCare coupon center and get CVS cpns

3) You can use a manufacturer's cpn along with a CVS cpn
4) You can use a B1G1Free cpn along with a B1G1Free sale to get both products for FREE

To view CVS Coupon Policy- click here:) 

Coke 12pk cans- $12/4 and get $2 ECB

Spend $8 on Colgate Total and get $4  ECB- Limit 2
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 12/06 SS
$2 Colgate mouthwash or rinse cpn- 11/22 SS 

Revlon lip- $5.99
$3 Revlon eye, face or lip cpn- 12/13 SS

Total Home dish liquid- $0.89 and get $0.89 ECB

Gold Emblem abound snack bars or dried fruit- $7/2 and get $1 ECB

Spend $12 on Coke 2L and get $2 ECB
Use $1/4 CVS App cpn

7Up, Canada Dry, A&W or Sunkist 12pk- $11/3 and get $3 ECB

Mars Chocolate Holiday minis- $6/2 and get $1 ECB
$1/2 Mars Holiday cpn- 12/13 RP
$1/2 Mars Holiday cpn- 12/06 RP

$1/2 Mars Holiday cpn- 11/22 RP

Spend $10 on MUA and get $3 ECB- Limit 2

Spend $12 on Almay and get $4 ECB- Limit 6

Pop-arazzi nail- $2.49 and get $1 ECB- Limit 3

Spend $15 on Garnier skin care and get $5 ECB

Spend $10 on CVS lotion and get $4 ECB

Spend $15 on CVS face cleansers or towelettes and get $5 ECB

Nivea lip care- $5/2
$3/2 Nivea lip cpn- 12/13 SS

Axe or Dove Holiday gift sets- $9.99 and get $2 ECB
$2 Axe holiday gift set cpn- 12/06 RP

Right Guard body wash- $6/2 and get $2 ECB

Diar bar or Complete hand wash- $5/2 and get $1 ECB

Pantene- $8/2 and get $2 ECB
$1/2 Pantene cpn- 12/13 RP
$2/2 Pantene cpn- 11/29 P&G
$5/3 Pantene cpn- 11/29 P&G 

Loreal Advanced hair- $3.99
$2 Loreal Advanced cpn- 12/13 RP
$2 Loreal Advanced cpn- 11/22 RP 

Fructis- $2.99 and get $1 ECB

Spend $10 on CVS hair care and get $4 ECB

Spend $10 on Conair, Scunci hair or brushed and get $5 ECB

Spend $10 on Crest ProHealth toothpaste or Oral B floss and get $5 ECB- Limit 2
$1 Crest toothpaste cpn- 11/29 P&G
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 11/22 RP
$1 Oral B floss cpn- 11/29 P&G 

Crest mouthwash- $4.99 and get $2 ECB- Limit 2
$1.50 Crest mouthwash cpn- 12/13 RP

Kotex- $4.99 and get $1 ECB

Halls- $3/2
$1/2 Halls cpn- 12/13 SS

Spend $20 on Eucerin or Aquaphor and get $10 ECB
$2 Eucerin in shower lotion cpn- 12/13 SS
$2 Eucerin lotion cpn- 12/13 SS
$2 Eucerin baby cpn- 12/13 SS
$1.50 Eucerin Intensive hand creme cpn- 11/22 SS 
$2 Eucerin in shower lotion cpn- 11/22 SS
$2 Eucerin lotion cpn- 11/22 SS
$2 Eucerin baby cpn- 11/22 SS 

Holiday M&M's- $6/2 and get $1 ECB

Dove Holiday Promises- $6/2 and get $1 ECB
$1/2 Dove Promises cpn- 12/13 RP
$1/2 Dove Promises cpn- 11/22 RP


Spend $12 on Loreal cosmetics and get $4 ECB- Limit 3
$3 Loreal La Palette Nude cpn- 12/06 RP
$1 Loreal eye cpn- 12/06 RP 

Softsoap hand soap- $1.88 and get $1 ECB

Gatorade- $3/2 and get $1 ECB

Kellogg cereal or Nature Valley bar- $1.99
$1/2 Kellogg cereal cpn- 12/13 RP
$1/2 Rice or Cocoa Krispies cpn- 11/22 RP
$1/2 Kellogg cereal cpn- 11/15 RP
$0.50/2 Nature Valley bars cpn- 10/25 SS

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Saturday Family Fun Day

This Family Fun Saturday took us to Aviation Day at Paige Field in Fort Myers.  This is our 2nd year going and we love all the planes and excitement.  They not only have planes of all shapes and sizes, they offer helicopter rides for a fee, they have bouncy houses, obstacle courses and really neat demonstrations.  All for free, aside from the helicopter rides and vendors.  They do ask that you bring some non perishable food for the food pantry.

Here are some pictures of our fun time:










Even though this year, there were not as many planes as last year, we all had a blast.  Everyone was so nice and took the time to talk and explain how things worked or any questions the boys had.  We were able to walk in the plane that Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis herself rode in when she was the First Lady.  We were able to see her seat on the airplane.  How cool is that?


I can't wait to see where our next Saturday Family Fun Adventure takes us.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Lowe's Build & Grow Clinic~ December 12, 2015

Lowe's will be hosting a Build & Grow Clinic on December 12, 2015 at 10am.  My younger boys love doing them and the older ones love helping the younger ones with their project:)

If you are looking for a great free activity that you can do with your kids- you should check out the Lowe's Build & Grow Clinics. Little Michael and Nathan love them. They love being able to do hands on projects with our help.
To sign up for this Build & Grow Clinic, simply go to the Lowe's Build & Grow Clinic website, which they have redone to make it more user friendly. I am loving the new website. You register all your information. Then when you visit the website to sign up for an upcoming clinic, all you have to do is sign in and check which kids you are signing up. Don't forget to print and sign the waiver. And you and your child(ren) are ready for a really cool FREE hands on project.

Once you and your child(ren) complete the project they will receive a neat patch to put on their Lowe's Build & Grow apron. If this is your first clinic, your child(ren) will receive a free Lowe's Build & Grow apron and goggles:) The more clinics you do, the more patches you get to put on your kids apron and they can show them off with pride:)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Our Shopping Day~ 12/05/2015

Chris had to be at work at 7am.  What a perfect time to drop him off and go grocery shopping :)  Lines are so much shorter and we cut our shopping time :)

Here are our shopping trip details:

Dollar Tree
$1.00- Kidney beans

Publix
$2.29- Lenders Bagels
$0.00- Lenders Bagels
$2.29- Lenders Bagels
$0.00- Lenders Bagels
$2.50- Almond Milk
$2.50- Almond Milk
$9.58
-1/2 Lenders Bagels printable cpn
-1/2 Lenders Bagels printable cpn
$7.58- Total

Walmart
$5.98- Arborio Rice
$0.57- Nutmeg
$2.48- Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate chips
$1.98- Hot Sauce
$1.34- Taco Bell Fire Sauce
$12.35
-0.50 Toll House printable cpn
$11.85- Total

Save A Lot
$2.00- Bread
$0.99- Crackers
$0.99- Oyster crackers
$9.38- Ham
$13.36- Total

Sam's Club
$19.97- BLSL Chicken
$19.97- BLSL Chicken
$2.49- Milk
$7.18- Eggs
$17.54- Ground Beef
$67.15- Total

This shopping trip has been added to our December Monthly Spending post, where I keep track of what we spend for the month of December.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Our Menu Plan for the week of 12/07/2015

How was your weekend?  We had a nice and busy weekend that consisted of grocery shopping, transporting Chris back & forth to work, lesson plans, assembling our Christmas gifts to mail out and getting Kevin ready for his 2nd MEPS trip for the Air Force :)

Here is our menu plan for this week:


Breakfast
Gingerbread Banana Bread with fruit X2
Waffles with fruit X2
Oatmeal with nuts and raisins X2
Bagels and fruit

Lunch
Salad with homemade dressing and a banana for myself and hubby
Sandwich with carrots and grapes for everyone else or leftovers

Dinner
Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes and green beans
Sesame Chicken with Broccoli over rice
Potato & Chicken Casserole with zuchinni
Chicken Brocolli Mushroom Stirfry over rice
Kevin Bday- Pizza
Mushroom Asparagus Risotto with zuchinni
Chili

Snacks and Desserts
Apples
Grapes
Bananas
Clementines
Carrots
Popcorn
Cucumbers
Pumpkin Brownies
Super Yummy Chocolate Birthday Cake
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate PB Smoothie

Friday, December 4, 2015

Walgreens deals for the week of 12/06/2015

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufacture's coupons
2) Register Rewards (RR) are considered manufacture's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 manufacture's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) When redeeming a Register Rewards against the same offer may not receive another RR
5) 2 coupons can be used with Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Sales :)

Check out Walgreens Coupon Policy here:)

Walgreens has a program called Balance Rewards. You earn points you can later redeem. Click here to read more about this program.

Axe Holiday gift sets- $10
$2 Axe gift set cpn- 12/06 RP

Purex- $1.99

General Mills cereal- $1.99
$1/3 General Mills Big G cereal cpn- 12/06 SS
$1/3 General Mills Big G cereal cpn- 11/22 SS 
$0.75 General Mills Basic 4, Raisin Nut Bran or Oatmeal Crisp cereal cpn- 11/15 SS
$1/2 General Mills cereal cpn- 11/08 SS
$0.50 General Mills Wheaties cpn- 11/01 SS
$0.50 General Mills Chex cpn- 11/01 SS 

Progresso- $4/3
$0.50/2 Progresso cpn- 12/06 SS
$0.50/2 Progresso cpn- 11/01 SS 

Scrubbing Bubbles bath, shower, Fresh Brush refill or toilet gels- $7/2 and get $2 RR
Buy Scrubbing Bubbles toilet gel get bathroom cleaner FREE cpn- 12/06 SS
$1 Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Pledge or Shout cpn- 11/01 SS
$2/2 Scrubbing Bubbles, Windex, Pledge or Shout cpn- 11/01 SS 

Sun detergent- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

Kleenex- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
$0.50/3 Kleenex cpn- 12/06 SS
$0.30/3 Kleenex cpn- 11/15 SS 

Glade 2pk refill or Automatic spray refill- $4.99 and get $1  RR
$1/2 Glade cpn- 11/01 SS
$1 Glade twin refill or 2 single refill cpn- 11/01 SS
$1/2 Glade Large Automatic spray refill cpn- 11/01 SS
$1/2 Glade cpn- 10/25 SS
$1/2 Glade twin refill or 2 single refill cpn- 10/25 SS 

Palmolive- $0.99 with in ad cpn- Limit 4

Hershey Holiday chocolate- $10/2 and get 2000 points
$1/2 Hershey kisses, nuggets, minis, Reese's, York, Kit Kat or Rolo cpn-12/06 SS
$1/2 Hershey kisses, nuggets, minis, Reese's, York, Kit Kat or Rolo cpn- 11/22 SS 

Mentos or Nice Mints- $0.49 with in ad cpn- Limit 4

Hershey Holiday Chocolate- $6/2 and get 1000 points
$1/2 Hershey kisses, nuggets, minis, Reese's, York, Kit Kat or Rolo cpn-12/06 SS
$1/2 Hershey kisses, nuggets, minis, Reese's, York, Kit Kat or Rolo cpn- 11/22 SS

Duracell- $7.49 and get 1000 points
$3/2 Duracell cpn- 11/22 RP

Buy 3 Hallmark cards and get $3 RR

Qtips- $5/2 and get 1000 points

Spend $10 on Yes to Skin, Bath or Hair and get 2000 points

Aussie or Herbal Essence- $6/2
$3/2 Aussie cpn- 12/06 RP
$3/2 Herbal Essence cpn- 12/06 RP 

Axe or Dove Men shampoo or conditioner- $3.99 and get 2000 points when you buy 2
$0.75 Axe hair cpn- 11/15 RP
$2 Dove Men+Care hair cpn- 11/15 RP 

Buy 2 Clairol Nice & Easy or Root Touch Up and get 5000 points
Buy Nice & Easy and get Root Touch Up FREE cpn- 12/06 SS
$2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/29 P&G
$5/2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/29 P&G
$2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/15 SS

Right Guard or Dry Idea- $6/2 and get 1000 points

Crest toothpaste, Oral B toothbrush, Advantage floss, picks, Scope Outlast or Classic- $9/3 and get $3 RR
$1 Crest toothpaste cpn- 11/29 P&G
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 11/22 RP
$1 Oral B ProHealth stages, ProHealth junior or kids toothbrush cpn- 11/26 P&G
$1 Oral B floss or picks cpn- 11/26 P&G 

Crest ProHealth mouthwash or Fixodent- $9/2 and get $2.50 RR

Colgate toothpaste, mouthwash or 360 toothbrush- $9/2 and get $4 RR
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 12/06 SS

$2 Colgate mouthwash or rinse cpn- 11/22 SS
$0.50 Colgate toothbrush cpn- 11/22 SS 

Poise Impressa kit- $6.99 and get $2 RR
$2 Poise Impressa kit cpn- 11/15 SS

Nature Made adult gummies- $6.99 and get 1000 points

Nature Made Vitamelts- $4.99 and get 3000 points

CVS deals for the week of 12/06/2015

Don't forget to....
1) Go to cvs.com/email and sign up for the ExtraCare email and receive a $4/20 cpn

2) Stop by the Red ExtraCare coupon center and get CVS cpns

3) You can use a manufacturer's cpn along with a CVS cpn
4) You can use a B1G1Free cpn along with a B1G1Free sale to get both products for FREE

To view CVS Coupon Policy- click here:) 

Hershey Holiday kisses or minis- $7/2 and get $2 ECB
$1/2 Hershey kisses, minis, nuggets, Reese's, York, Kit Kat or Rolo cpn- 12/06 SS
$1/2 Hershey kisses cpn- 11/15 SS 

Palmolive- $0.99

Tide Simply Clean & Fresh- $2.94- Limit 5
$0.50 Tide Simply Clean & Fresh or Simply Clean & Sensitive cpn- 11/22 RP
$1/2 Tide Simply Clean & Fresh or Simply Clean & Sensitive cpn- 11/22 RP 

General Mills cereal- $9/3 and get $3 ECB
$1/3 General Mills Big G cereal cpn- 12/06 SS
$1/3 General Mills Big G cereal cpn- 11/22 SS 
$0.75 General Mills Basic 4, Raisin Nut Bran or Oatmeal Crisp cereal cpn- 11/15 SS
$1/2 General Mills cereal cpn- 11/08 SS
$0.50 General Mills Wheaties cpn- 11/01 SS
$0.50 General Mills Chex cpn- 11/01 SS 

Progresso- $3/2
Use $1 CVS App cpn
$0.50/2 Progresso cpn- 12/06 SS
$0.50/2 Progresso cpn- 11/01 SS 

Hershey pouches, Demet Turtles, Hershey kisses deluxe, Hershey caramel, Lancaster or Brookside- $7/2 and get $2 ECB
Use $2 CVS Coupon Center cpn
$1/2 Hershey kisses, minis, nuggets, Reese's, York, Kit Kat or Rolo cpn- 12/06 SS
$1 Hershey Kisses Deluxe cpn- 11/22 SS
$1/2 Hershey kisses cpn- 11/15 SS 

Hershey Pot of Gold- $5.99 and get $2 ECB
$1 Hershey Pot of Gold cpn- 12/06 SS

Mars chocolate Holiday minis or Funsize- $6/2
Use $1 CVS Coupon Center cpn
$1/2 Mars Holiday Chocolate cpn- 12/06 RP
$1/2 Mars Holiday Chocolate cpn- 11/22 RP 

Buy 3 Hallmark cards and get $2 ECB

Axe or Dove Holiday gift sets- $9.99 and get $2 ECB
$2 Axe gift set cpn- 12/06 RP

Spend $10 on ELF cosmetics and get $3 ECB- Limit 3

Spend $15 on Loreal cosmetics and get $5 ECB- Limit 3
$3 Loreal La Palette Nude cpn- 12/06 RP
$1 Loreal eye cpn- 12/06 RP 

Spend $15 on Cover Girl cosmetics and get $5 ECB- Limit 3
$3 Cover Girl Ultrasmooth foundation cpn- 11/29 P&G
$1 Cover Girl cpn- 11/29 P&G 

Spend $15 on Olay lotion, cleanser, moisturizers, toners, creams or wet cloths and get $5 ECB- Limit 2
$1 Olay Regenerist moisturizer cpn- 11/29 P&G
$5/2 Olay ProX advanced cleaning system and ProX facial cleansing cpn- 11/29 P&G

Spend $14 on Garnier skin care and get $4 ECB

Spend $15 on Loreal color or Advanced hair and get $5 ECB
$2 Loreal Advanced hair cpn- 11/22 RP
$2 Loreal Excellence color cpn- 11/22 RP
$2 Loreal Excellence Age Perfect cpn- 11/22 RP 

Clairol Natural Instincts color- $14/2 and get $5 ECB
$2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/29 P&G
$5/2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/29 P&G
$2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/15 SS
$2 Clairol Natural Instincts Crema cpn- 11/15 SS 

Nice & Easy or Root Touch Up- $6.99
Buy Nice & Easy and get Root Touch Up FREE cpn- 12/06 SS
$2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/29 P&G
$5/2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/29 P&G
$2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/15 SS 

Garnier Nutrisse color- $6.99
$2 Garnier Nutrisse color cpn- 12/06 RP
$2 Garnier Nutrisse color cpn- 11/22 RP 

Fructis- $2.99

Herbal Essence or Aussie- $7/2
$3/2 Herbal Essence cpn- 12/06 RP
$3/2 Aussie cpn- 12/06 RP 

Got2b- $3.99
$2 Got2b cpn- 12/06 RP

Spend $10 on CVS shaving items and get $6 ECB

Bic disposable- $6.99 and get $2 ECB
$2 Bic disposable cpn- 12/06 SS

Colgate Total toothpaste or mouthwash- $7/2 and get $2.50 ECB- Limit 2
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 12/06 SS
$2 Colgate mouthwash or rinse cpn- 11/22 SS 

Colgate 360 toothbrush- $3.99 and get $2 ECB- Limit 2
$0.50 Colgate toothbrush cpn- 11/22 SS

Colgate Max, Total or 2in1- $2.99
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 12/06 SS

Spend $10 on CVS topical pain relief and get $3 ECB

Total Home laundry- $4.99 and get $1 ECB

Spend $15 on Duracell and get $5 ECB
$3/2 Duracell cpn- 11/22 RP

Spend $15 on Sally Hansen and get $5 ECB- limit 3

Pepsi 2L or Kickstart- $0.99
Use $0.24 CVS Coupon Center

Tide- $11.94 and get $3 ECB
$3/3 Tide or Downy cpn- 11/29 P&G
$1 Tide cpn- 11/29 P&G 


Thursday, December 3, 2015

November 2015 Goals Update

How did we do with our November goals?  Let's see:

1) To not eat out or at least to not pay out of pocket, with the exception of tips. If we want to treat the family to a meal out, we will make sure we have a gift card to cover all of us.
Did fabulous with this goal.  

2) Pay off our last credit card
Still chipping away at this.  We are very thankful that we were able to make another nice big dent in this credit card balance :)

3) Not to use any of our credit cards for 2015. To pay cash for everything.
Doing great with this :)

4) To maintain our grocery budget. Our current grocery budget is $400 month for our family of 6. Our goal is to use up to that amount to feed our family healthy nourishing meals.  If we are lucky enough to come under our monthly budget, we will save that amount.
We did well and still had $0.61 leftover to spend :)

5) To create a monthly meal plan for our family, to use leftovers more efficiently and to make use of everything in our pantry and freezer.
Doing fabulous with this.

6) Lose weight- My goal is to lose 10lbs this year.
I am still working on this.  My scale is not budging :(  But when I look in mirror, I swear I look slimmer :)  Hubby and I went out for Black Friday sale at Kohls.  They sent me a $5 coupon and I had a gift card.  I decided to get jeans in a smaller size than what I am currently wearing in hopes of kicking my butt in gear to lose this weight.  Hubby encouraged me to try them on to see how they fit.  I was so excited.  They FIT!!  The jeans in a smaller size fit so nicely.  I think I danced out of the dressing room.  So I must be doing something right :)

7) Complete the Couch to 5K with hubby
Did not complete any of the Couch to 5K program :(

8) Morning devotions, prayer time and more bible reading
Doing great with our church's website, which will read the bible verses to you :) 

9) Monthly date night with hubby- whether we go out or stay at home, pop popcorn and rent a movie
Hubby and I went out to a place called Origami~ a cute sushi place.  It was great.  We had so much fun and can't wait to go on our next date night :)


10) To spend quality family time together. With everyones schedule and us running all over creation, I would love to spend more quality time together- no tv- us playing games, talking, enjoying each others company.  I think we are going to claim Saturday's as family fun day:)
We took the boys to Aviation Day and to the Imaginarium



11) Not to use our dryer to save on electricity and lower our electricity bill
Doing great with this~ Electric bill going down :)

12) To do 1 project a month and blog about it
I made homemade coffee creamer.  I still need to try this again.  My first attempt didn't go so well :(

13) My older boys want to run a 5K~ a color run to be more specific.  So, I am jumping on board with them, after I finish my Couch to 5K program :)
Finally got a date for a color run but am so not ready for it yet.  We are hoping to catch the next one.

14) To make and use more non toxic cleaners
I am still researching and working on this one :)

How did you do with your November goals? 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December 2015 Monthly Spending

Here is where I keep a list of our spending for the month of November.  We have a $400 grocery budget for the month.  We did good last month and had $0.61 left over :)  This is for everything for our family of 6 and 2 cats.  I am excited to see how we do this month. So, lets see how we do this month:

11/28/2015
$10.07- Publix
$27.58- Save A Lot
$36.34- Walmart
$24.54- Sam's Club

12/05/2015
$1.00- Dollar Tree
$7.58- Publix
$13.36- Save A Lot
$11.85- Walmart
$67.15- Sam's Club

12/13/2015
$0.85- CVS and got $2.89 in ECB's
$2.00- Save A Lot
$2.12- Dollar Tree
$4.99- Walmart
$15.88- Publix
$37.40- Sam's Club
$4.00- Farmer Market

12/20/2015
$2.00- Save A Lot
$13.33- Sam's Club
$37.53- Walmart
$4.00- Farmer Market

12/26/2015
$2.99- Save A Lot
$14.96- Walmart
$29.90- Sam's Club

$371.42- Running Total

$28.58- Left to Spend 

Yay :)  So excited to have $28 left over.  Not too bad for a 5 week month :)

Our Shopping Trip~ 11/28/2015

Chris had an late morning shift.  I took him to work, came home, ate lunch and then Kevin and I ventured out for our beginning of the month shopping trip.  Thankfully, we didn't need to stock up on so much as we have in prior months.  I am still tired from Thanksgiving :)

Here are our shopping trip details:

Publix
$3.35- Smart Balance twin pack butter
$0.00- Smart Balance twin pack butter
$3.35- Smart Balance twin pack butter
$0.00- Smart Balance twin pack butter
$4.99- Gardein sliders
$0.00- Gardein sliders
$1.99- Peperoncini
$0.00- Peperoncini
$3.39- Bailey's Coffee Creamer
$0.00- Bailey's Coffee Creamer
$17.07
-0.50 Peperoncini printable cpn
-0.50 Peperoncini printable cpn
-1.00 Smart Balance printable cpn
-1.00 Smart Balance printable cpn
-1.00 Smart Balance printable cpn
-1.00 Smart Balance printable cpn
-1.00 Gardein printable cpn
-1.00 Gardein printable cpn
$10.07- Total

Save A Lot
$2.99- Red Apples
$2.99- Gold Apples
$3.86- Grapes
$3.00- Bread
$4.00- Lemons
$10.74- 6 blocks of Cheddar Cheese
$27.58- Total

Walmart
$3.24- Asparagus
$2.00- Beef Bouillon
$2.24- Gelatin
$3.96- Italian dressing mix
$2.76- Tortillas
$3.96- Salsa
$7.88- Sesame Oil
$0.63- Sesame seeds
$1.77- Sugar
$1.98- Almond Creamer
$5.92- White Wheat flour
$36.34- Total

Sam's Club
$8.48- Hand Soap refill
$2.49- Milk
$7.68- Raisins
$1.48- Bananas
$2.38- Lettuce
$11.98- Walnuts
$2.98- Mushrooms
$3.28- Crushed tomatoes
$3.28- Crushed tomatoes
$44.54
-20.00 Sam's Club Cash Rewards
$24.54- Total

This shopping trip has been added to our December Monthly Spending post, where I keep track of what we spend for the month of December.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Our Menu Plan for the week of 11/30/2015

How was your Thanksgiving?  We had a nice Thanksgiving even though Chris had to work, which prevented us from traveling.  At least we got to spend it together :)

Here is our menu plan for this week:

Breakfast
Applesauce muffins with fruit X2
Waffles with fruit X2
Oatmeal with nuts and raisins X2
Eggs, toast and fruit

Lunch
Salad with homemade dressing and a banana for myself and hubby
Sandwich with carrots and grapes for everyone else or leftovers

Dinner
Garden Veggie Chicken Skillet
Salsa Enchiladas with peas
Chili
Garlic Mushroom Risotto with broccoli
Ham, Mashed potatoes and squash
Chicken Quesadillas with green beans
Leftovers

Snacks and Desserts
Apples
Grapes
Bananas
Mangoes
Plums
Tangerines
Carrots
Popcorn
Cucumbers
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate PB Smoothie

Friday, November 27, 2015

Walgreens deals for the week of 11/29/2015

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufacture's coupons
2) Register Rewards (RR) are considered manufacture's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 manufacture's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) When redeeming a Register Rewards against the same offer may not receive another RR
5) 2 coupons can be used with Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Sales :)

Check out Walgreens Coupon Policy here:)

Walgreens has a program called Balance Rewards. You earn points you can later redeem. Click here to read more about this program.

Hershey Holiday Chocolate- $6/2 and get 1000 points
$1/2 Hershey kisses, nuggets, minis, Reese's, York, Kit Kat or Rolo cpn- 11/22 SS
$1 Hershey Kisses Deluxe cpn- 11/22 SS
$1/2 Hershey Kisses cpn- 11/15 SS 


Mars or Dove minis- $7/2 and get 2000 points
$1/2 Mars Holiday cpn- 11/22 RP
$1/2 Dove Promises Holiday cpn- 11/22 RP 

Mars minis- $9/2 and get 2000 points
$1/2 Mars Holiday cpn- 11/22 RP

Breath Savers or Ice Breakers- $3/2 and get 1000 points

All detergent- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
$1 All cpn- 11/01 RP

Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom, Fantastik, Windex or Shout- $6/2 and get $1 RR
$1 Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Pledge or Shout cpn- 11/01 SS
$2/2 Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Pledge or Shout cpn-11/01 SS 

Duracell- $11.99 and get 1000 points
$3/2 Duracell cpn- 11/22 RP

Clairol Nice & Easy or Root Touch Up- $14/2 and get $2 RR
$5/2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/29 P&G
$2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/29 P&G
$2 Clairol hair color cpn- 11/15 SS 

Scunci- $2 and get $2 RR

Crest 3D White rinse, toothpaste or Oral B Pulsar toothbrush- $10/2 and get $2 RR
$1 Crest toothpaste cpn- 11/29 P&G
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 11/22 RP
$1.50 Oral B Pulsar cpn- 11/15 RP 
$0.50 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth, Complete, Sensi Soft, 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense toothbrush cpn- 11/08 RP
$1.50/2 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth, Complete, Sensi Soft, 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense toothbrush cpn- 11/08 RP 

Colgate 360 toothbrush, Optic White toothpaste or mouthwash- $7/2 and get $3 RR
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 11/22 SS
$2 Colgate mouthwash or rinse cpn- 11/22 SS
$0.50 Colgate toothbrush cpn- 11/22 SS 

Oral B 3D White floss picks, Vivid toothbrush, Crest 3D White toothpaste- $2.99 and get $1 RR
$1 Oral B floss or picks cpn- 11/29 P&G
$1 Crest toothpaste cpn- 11/29 P&G
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 11/22 RP 

Spend $10 on Listerine mouthwash, rinse, Pocketpaks, mist or floss and get 5000 points

Dawn- $0.99

Pantene- $12/3 and get 1000 points
$2/2 Pantene cpn- 11/29 P&G
$5/3 Pantene cpn- 11/29 P&G 

CVS deals for the week of 11/29/2015

Don't forget to....
1) Go to cvs.com/email and sign up for the ExtraCare email and receive a $4/20 cpn

2) Stop by the Red ExtraCare coupon center and get CVS cpns

3) You can use a manufacturer's cpn along with a CVS cpn
4) You can use a B1G1Free cpn along with a B1G1Free sale to get both products for FREE

To view CVS Coupon Policy- click here:) 

Russell Stover or Whitmans- $12/2 and get $2 ECB

Spend $12 on Revlon lip, foundation, powder, blush, concealer or eye and get $4 ECB- Limit 6

Spend $12 on Sally Hansen and get $5 ECB- Limit 3

Spend $15 on American Greetings and get $5 ECB

Axe or Dove gift sets- $9.99 and get $2 ECB
$2 Axe gift set cpn- 11/15 RP

Spend $15 on Loreal eye, foundation, powder, blush or concealer and get $5 ECB- Limit 3
$2 Loreal face cpn- 11/08 RP

Spend $15 on Beauty 360 cosmetic brushes or implements and get $5 ECB- Limit 2

Spend $10 on CVS lotion and get $4 ECB

Spend $14 on Garnier skin care and get $4 ECB

Spend $15 on Loreal hair color or Ever hair care and get $5 ECB
$2 Loreal Excellence hair color cpn- 11/15 RP

Revlon Colorsilk- $7/2 and get $1 ECB- Limit 4

Spend $15 on Suave or Tresemme and get $5 ECB
$2/2 Suave Professionals cpn- 11/15 RP
$1/2 Suave Professionals cpn- 11/15 RP

Head & Shoulders, Pantene or Herbal Essence- $11/2
$3/2 Head & Shoulders cpn- 11/29 P&G
$2/2 Pantene cpn- 11/29 P&G
$5/3 Pantene cpn- 11/29 P&G
$1.50/2 Herbal Essence cpn- 11/08 RP
$3/3 Herbal Essence cpn- 11/08 RP 

Head & Shoulders- $10/2
$3/2 Head & Shoulders cpn- 11/29 P&G

Pantene- $12/3
$2/2 Pantene cpn- 11/29 P&G
$5/3 Pantene cpn- 11/29 P&G

Spend $10 on Stylessentials sheer or casual hosiery and get $4 ECB

Mitchum Clinical- $5.99
Use $1 CVS App cpn

Dove, Degree or Axe spray deodorant- $6.19
Use $1 CVS App cpn
$1.50 Degree dry spray, MotionSense or Ultra Clear cpn- 11/15 RP

Huggies, Pampers, Luvs or CVS diapers- $9.49 and get $2 ECB
$2/2 Pampers AND Wipes cpn- 11/29 P&G

Spend $20 on Excedrin and get $10 ECB
$2.50 Excedrin cpn- 11/08 SS

Renuzit or Ajax- $0.89

Spend $15 on the following and get $5 ECB:
Glade Plug In refill or spray refill- $5
Use $1 CVS App cpn
$1/2 Glade cpn- 11/01 SS
$1 Glade twin refill or 2 single refill cpn- 11/01 SS
$1/2 Glade cpn- 10/25 SS
$1 Glade twin refill or 2 single refill cpn- 10/25 SS 
Glade- $6/2
Use $1 CVS App cpn
$1/2 Glade wax melts cpn- 11/01 SS
$1/2 Glade cpn- 11/01 SS
$1/2 Glade candles cpn- 11/01 SS
$1/2 Glade cpn- 10/25 SS
$1 Glade candle or 2 large candles cpn- 10/25 SS 
Lysol spray, wipes, Finish or Air Wick- $5
Use $1 CVS App cpn
$1/2 Finish Quantum Max, Powerball or Gelpac cpn- 11/15 SS
$1 Finish Quantum Max in 1 cpn- 11/15 SS
$0.50 Finish Jet Dry,  machine cleaner or detergent booster cpn- 11/15 SS
$1.25 Air Wick twin refill or 2 single refill cpn- 11/15 SS
$2/2 Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra Refill cpn- 11/15 SS 
$1.25/2 Air Wick candle or wax melts cpn- 11/15 SS 

7Up, Canada Dry, A&W, or Sunkist 2L- $0.99
Use $0.30 CVS Coupon Center cpn

Tide Pods or Gain- $3.94- Limit 5
$2 Tide pods or Gain Flings cpn- 11/29 P&G
$1  Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Fireworks, Downy, Bounce or Dreft Blissful cpn- 11/15 RP 

Duracell- $6.99
Use $1 CVS App cpn
$3/2 Duracell cpn- 11/22 RP

Angel Soft, Brawny or Quilted Northern Ultra Plus- $10/2
Use $2 CVS App cpn 
$0.45 Angel Soft cpn- 11/01 RP
$0.25 Quilted Nothern Ultra Plush cpn- 11/15 RP

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving :)

Our family would LOVE to wish your family a very safe and happy Thanksgiving.

May your tummies be full, but not too full, save some room for some pumpkin pie :) 

May your travels be safe and may you enjoy your day with your loved ones :)

May you laugh and share wonderful memories as you make new ones today :)

Give thanks to the Lord for all your blessings :)

I am thankful that the Lord blessed me with an amazing hubby and 4 wild and crazy boys.  I don't know where my life might of taken me without them :)

Take a moment and remember those who have gone to Heaven and can't physically be here today.

Photo Credit

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Saturday Family Fun Adventure

The week before Halloween, the Naples Zoo hosted an event called Boo at the Zoo.  The kids get to go around the zoo and trick or treat.  The animals also get their time to celebrate Halloween by getting their own pumpkin or pumpkin treat.  It was a great event.

Here are some pictures of our adventure:
Their "Haunted" House :)


Special snack time for the bears

Anteater enjoying his pumpkin
Michael says Hi :)
Our Primate "Cruise"


The boys had a blast getting to dress up in their Halloween costume a week early and getting candy :)  It was neat seeing the animals enjoying their pumpkin treats :)

I can't wait to see where our next Saturday Family Fun Adventure takes us :)