Thursday, April 23, 2009

Holy Cow! (Brookshire Brother's Grocers)

Literally! Look at the price for Ground Beef at Brookshire Brothers! It's literally worth a 5 minute trip for $1.49/lb.


*My Brookshire's generally does not double or triple however they do accept printable coupons.

Gas Money is back! Earn $1 Gas Money coupon (redeemable for Free Groceries or Gas) for every $10 you spend on selected store-brands.

Ground Beef
Sale $1.49/lb (sold in 5 lb Chub)

DrPepper, Pepsi or 7Up 12 packs
Sale 3 for $12
PLUS get One 12 pack free (wyb 3)
Total 4 for $12

*Food Club 2 liter soda
Sale 68¢

Pepsi 2 liters
Sale $1

Capri Sun
Sale $2
Use $1 off (4/19 SS) if Sunrise variety is included
Total $1

Sunbeam Bread
Sale $1

Blue Bell Ice Cream
Sale $3.89
Use $1 off HERE (site may be down)
Total $2.89

*Food Club Milk
Sale $2.50

*Red Seedless Grapes
Sale 89¢/lb

Kraft Salad Dressing 8oz
Sale $1
Use $1.50 (3/29SS)
Total FREE
(Scenario - Buy 3, use 2 coupons = 3 FREE)

Tony Chacheres Dinner Mixes, Fish Fry or Seasoning
Sale $1

Fritos or Cheetos
Sale $2 each

Purina Dog Chow
Sale Buy One Get One FREE
Use (2) $1.50 off (4/5 S2)
Total varies based on price for one

Hunt's Snack Pack Pudding
Sale $1
Use 50¢ off 2 (3/22 SS Kroger booklet, mfr coupon)
Total = 2 for $1.50 or 75¢ ech

Old El Paso Refried Beans
Sale $1
Use $1 off 2 HERE
Total = 2 for $1

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
Sale $1

Knorr Lipton Sides
Sale $1
Use 75¢ off 2 (4/5 UN) or HERE
Total 2 for $1.25 or 63¢ each

Ragu Spaghetti Sauce
Sale $1.50
Use 30¢ off (4/5 UN)
Total $1.20

Weight Watchers Smart Ones
Sale $1.88
Use $3 off 10 HERE
Total = $1.58 each

Kool Aid Drink Mix
Sale 10¢

Thanks to:

Friday, April 17, 2009

Whoa...we party like it's 1999!

We have been very very busy! (We have my sister's laptop working in full force!) Check it out...



This is the "work bench" we set up for Carl. He hasn't put all of his tools up yet so the peg board looks really bare but he was so excited so I wanted to share it!


Carl got a chance to clean up the front yard and the flower beds in front of the house. He's so good at it!



Here are the bathroom pictures I have been promising for AGES.

(So this is actually a picture of a bathroom similar to mine, we forgot to take before pictures! However, our bathroom had one long giant mirror and it was ALL white, a lot like this one.)




See the Crown Moulding? (I really need to take a class on picture taking. Anyone giving free lessons?)


I think this is really creative. This was all Carl's idea! He changed the light fixtures and added 2 mirrors! I contributed with the display items and switched out the light switch covers.


Here is a close up of the decorative shelf (From Hobby Lobby for $15 bucks!), sorry it's a little yellow...


Carl's dad came to visit so they started it off right by going to see the Houston Astros Vs. Celveland Indians:



We then took off to Kemah Boardwalk for a ton of fun! (FYI: If you've never thought of visiting need to plan a trip!)










#15. Plan a surprise birthday party for a friend.

It's been awhile that my attentions have been turned to my 101 in 1001! I'm happy to report that I was not only able to cross off #15 but also have a memorable birthday for our dear friend Josh. (I know you don't read this but in the event you are reading it...WE LOVE YOU JOSH!!!) Doesn't he look totally surprised?!


A little Background... Josh served his church mission in Fiji. I didn't take a lot of pictures but the house was decorated in tiki Luau and we even hung up Fijian words on the curtains in the kitchen! (Thanks MJ, Denella and Lori!) I hope to post more pictures when I collect them from other attendees! The Cake - It's supposed to be a little piece of Fiji...


And last but not least, for those who didn't know who Lebron James is, he is #23 for the Cleveland Cavaliers (Carl's from Ohio originally) and his Aunt Carol delivered Lebron James' son)...LOL... (He loves that story). Anyhow... He found Lebron James Nike Basketball shoes at Ross for a steller deal. I figured since he wore them around the house until he went to bed, I should blog about it.



Thanks for visiting our little corner of the world wide web! SOrry for the long post, it's been buildin gup for a very long time! Have a fab weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

How I love Free....

Let me count the ways!

Actually, you can count the ways too. I have been talking with a lot of people interested in Free and couponing so I posted a link to the Budget On A Dollar over there to the top right for easy access. Again, it's easier to hyperlink stuff in those neck of the woods so check there for some blazin', amazin' samples.

Carl just got a really great smelling Old Spice body wash from Wal-Mart the other day.

P.S. The Laptop died at home so my blogs are sproadic during lunch breaks at work. I had to get a new USB air card from Verizon so it would fit in my sister's computer BUT I got the upgrade for free! A $300 unit for free is my kind of deal! I suppose it pays to be a VZW VP. Pictures of the house to come soon. I think Kim is fixing the internet and computer business at home today.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

So I lied...

Big Savin' Wheels keep on turning, Proud (Rose)Mary keep on bloggin' and I'm bloggin'...Yeah...Bloggin'...Yeah...Bloggin' down a, er, river.....

Grocery store deals:

*My Kroger doubles up to $.50 and triples up to $.35. They'll do this for up to 3 LIKE coupons, so you may need to do several transactions depending on how many coupons you have.
Also, don't forget that you can load coupons onto your Kroger card. These coupons will not double/triple but can be stacked with hard copies of the coupon at the register.

French's Yellow Mustard
Sale $1.25
Use 50¢ (DOUBLES)(3/29SS)
Total 25¢
PLUS, get a catalina wyb 2
= MONEYMAKER of 50¢ wyb 2 and use 2 coupons

Duncan Hines Cake Mix
Sale $1
Use 35¢ off (TRIPLES)
Total FREE


Other good buys....

Spiral Sliced Ham
Sale $1.69/lb

Springdale Gallon Milk
Sale $1.99

Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Sale $1

McCormick Grill Mates
Sale $1
Use $1 off (3/15 RP)
Total FREE

General Mills Cereal, Nature Valley or Fiber One granola bars
Sale 3/$8 PLUS FREE Gallon of Milk wyb 3
$1/3 General Mills cereal (3/8 SS)
50¢ off Fiber One Bars Cellfire
50¢ off Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cellfire
55¢ off Cinnamon Toast Crunch HERE
60¢ off Nature Valley Granola Bars HERE
75¢ off Cocoa Puffs HERE
$1.35 off Chocolate Mocha Fiber One Bars HERE
$1 off Fiber One Bars HERE
50¢off (DOUBLES) Fiber One Bars Q (3/8 SS)
50¢ off (DOUBLES) Nature Valley Granola Bars Q (3/8 SS)
= As low as $5 for 3 boxes, plus FREE 1 Gallon of Milk

*My Albertson's doubles up to $.50 and triples up to $.35. They'll do this for up to THREE LIKE coupons, so you may need to do several transactions depending on how many coupons you have.

Don't forget about their Monopoly game they are running. Each piece contains an Albertson's coupon. MAKE SURE YOU SCAN YOU ALBERTSON'S COUPON BEFORE YOU MANUFACTURER COUPONS!

Duncan Hines Cake Mix
Sale $1.00
Use $.35 off (TRIPLES)(3-29 SS)
Total FREE

Mentos Gum
Sale $1.00
Use $1 off (3/1 SS)
Total FREE

Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables or Steamfresh Rice
Sale $.79
Use $.35 off (3/29 SS)
Total FREE

Other good deals....

Betty Crocker Frosting or Warm Delights Mini
Sale $1.67
Use $.50 off (DOUBLES)(4-5 SS)
Total 67¢

Good Day Milk - Gallon
Sale $1.99

Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Sale 99¢

Tropicana Orange Juice
Sale $2.50
Use $1 off (3/15 RP)
Total $1.50

Tom Thumb
*My Tom Thumb doubles up to $.50 and triples up to $.35. They'll do this for up to ONE LIKE coupons, so you may need to do several transactions depending on how many coupons you have.

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
Sale Buy 2 Get 3 Free - $2.99 each
Use (2) 75¢ off 2 (3/8 RP)
Total varies

Vitamin Water 20 ounce
Sale $1
Use $1 off (4/5 SS)
Total FREE

24 pack Safeway Refresh bottled water
$2.77 with in-ad Super Coupon
Hellman's Mayonnaise
Sale $2 w/ in-ad Super Coupon
Use $1 off HERE
Total $1

Overlapping Pledge Promo's

{thanks Happy Couponing for this hot deal}

Earn $1 catalina for each Pledge Multi-surface thru 4/23.


Earn $1.50 wyb 2

Earn $3.00 wyb 3

Earn $5.00 wyb 4

Buy 4 Pledge @ $3.99 ea
Use (4) $2 off HERE and HERE
Total $7.96
Get (4) $1 Catalina and (1) $5 Catalina
Profit $1.04

*My Brookshire's generally does not double or triple however they do accept printable coupons. This week, my store is doubling/tripling on a promotional basis. They will double up to 50¢ and triple up to 35¢. Check your local store to see if they are participating.

Barilla Pasta
Sale $1.29
Use $.50 off (3-29 S)
Total 29¢

Cool Whip
Sale 88¢
Kraft Cheese (chunk, shredded, crumbles, cubes, deli sticks or cracker cuts)
Sale 2/$5
Buy 2, Get One Free
Total 3 for $5 or $1.67 each

Catalina promo through April 12th
Buy ANY (3) Kellogg's Cereals (12oz+) and get coupon for FREE Milk.
Buy (5) and get (2) FREE Milks
Buy (7) and get (3) FREE Milks
Use $1 off (4/5 RP)
Use $1 off 2 Frosted Flakes HERE

Switching over to save my sanity. LOL.

I have tried to keep up with saving money tips and posts on both the "Budget on a Dollar Website/blog" and Blogspot blog but it's a lot of double posting.
I have found that blogging on weebly is much easier to add all the many hyperlinks that create printable LINKs. If you are following Ketchup! for coupons and shopping lists, please visit Keep it Cheap/Coupons. that will take you to the web-page from my Budget on a Dollar class.

Until then, that is all my friends! Pictures of the bathroom renovation and office/craft room/play room is up next!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

For Amanda

....and all the other sistas and brothas tryin to save a dolla... It's not early, so I don't find that line nearly as amusing as I might of if I had came up with it in the early a.m.... oh well!


buddies soap Pictures, Images and Photos
I got them at Wal-Mart for $0.97 a piece which gave me $0.03 in overage. I know that 3 cents doesn’t seem like much but I got 16 bars and $0.48 cents towards the rest of my purchase! Visit this link
to print your own coupons!

And this one is WAY too good, not to share! My new favorite link to get the coupons we love on the products that are sometimes too expensive to buy regular price! LOL. There are also MORE Buddies coupons here.

This mommy is saving me loads! Her most recent post is below.

I used this as my Wal-Mart grocery list. (A lot of the coupons that are referenced in the blog can be found in the Sunday/Saturday's "Early Sunday Edition" paper or here. The paper in Houston has 3 "inserts": Redplum, Unilever and SmartSource. Each "source" generally have a legal sized ad folded over single page ads/coupons. Let me know if I need to clarify via comments.)

Wal-Mart: Current deals
Here are the best deals currently available at Wal-Mart, with many thanks to MaryEllen from Centsible Savings for her help in compiling these!

****NEW DEALS****

Johnson’s Buddies Bar soaps--$0.97
Use $1/1 coupon from 1/4 Redplum insert
Free after coupon

Ken’s Steakhouse Salad Dressing--$1.28 - $1.78
Use $1/1 coupon from 1/11 Smartsource insert
$.28 - $.78 after coupon

Progresso Soup--$1.50
Use $1.10/1 printable
$.40 after coupon

Benefiber drink mixes--$2.50
Use $2/1 coupon from 11/16 , 12/14, or 1/4 Smartsource inserts
$.50 after coupon

Yo-Plus Yogurt 4 pk.--$2.12
Use $1.50/1 coupon
$0.72 after coupon

Nestle Refrigerated cookie dough--$2.35
Use $1/1 printable (must register or log in)
$1.35 after coupon


No Nonsense Ultra Sheer Pantyhose--$1.00
Use $1/1 coupon from 10/19 Smartsource insert
Free after coupon

Glade Scented Oil Candle Holders--$2.00
Use $2/1 blinkie found in various grocery stores
Free after coupon

Purina Cat Food--$3.97
Use $4/1 printable
Free after coupon

Nestle Hot Chocolate 10 pack--$0.75
Use $.75/1 printable
Free after coupon

Kotex Pantiliners--$1
Use $1/1 from 1/11 Smartsource insert
Free after coupon

Beech-Nut Let's Grow Microwaveable Meals--$1.06
Use $1/1 from 1/4 Smartsource insert
$0.06 after coupon

Purina Puppy Chow--$4.12
Use $4/1 printable
$0.12 after coupon

Cascadian Farms Organic “Purely Steam” Frozen Veggies--$1.22-$1.78
Use $1/1 printable or $1/1 from 10/05 SmartSource insert
$0.22-$0.78 after coupon

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers--$1.23
Use $1/1 from 11/16 General Mills insert
$0.23 after coupon

Betty Crocker Potatoes (pouch)--$0.68
Use $.35/1 coupon from recent insert or use $.40/1 printable
$.33 or $.28 after coupon

Quaker Rice Cakes--1.36
Use $1/1 coupon from 1/18 Redplum insert
$.36 after coupon

Scotch lint roller trial size--$1.37
Use $1/1 coupon from 10/5 Redplum insert
$0.37 after coupon

Franks Red Hot Sauce--$0.88
Use $0.50/1 printable
$0.38 after coupon

Starkist Tuna Creations--$1.48
Use $1/1 coupon from 10/12 Redplum insert
$0.48 after coupon

Beech Nut baby cereal--$1.50
Use $1/1 coupon from 10/26 Smartsource insert
$0.50 after coupon

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta--$1.50
Use $1/1 coupon from 10/5 Smartsource insert
$0.50 after coupon

Yoplait Kids yogurt --$2.27
Use $1.50 printable
$0.77 after coupon

Endust Cleaning Cloths--$2.96
Use $2/1 coupon from 9/7 Redplum insert
$0.96 after coupon

Kashi Soft-Baked Cereal bars--$2.98
Use $2/1 printable
$.98 after coupon

Coffee Mate--$1.98
Use $1/1 printable
$0.98 after coupon

South Beach Frozen Pizza--$2.00
Use $1/1 printable
$1.00 after coupon

Lysol Neutra Air Starter Kit--$6.00
Use $5/1 coupon from 1/11 Smartsource insert
$1.00 after coupon

Beech Nut baby food jars--$0.44
Use $1.50/8 from 10/26 Smartsource insert
$2.02 for 8 after coupon

Chex cereal--$1.66
Use $1/2 coupon from 11/9 Smartsource insert
$2.32 for 2 after coupon

Find any other great deals at Wal-Mart this week?

Please Note: Wal-Mart prices vary somewhat by region and store so not all of the prices listed below will necessarily be what your local Wal-Mart prices will be. Also, many of you have written to say that your Wal-Mart is refusing to accept printable coupons. According to Wal-Mart corporate coupon policy, this is incorrect. I'd advise you to keep a copy of Wal-Mart's coupon policy handy with you when you shop.

If politely showing that to the cashier or manager does not result in Wal-Mart accepting your printable coupons, I'd encourage you to put in a call to Wal-Mart corporate and kindly ask them to inform your store of their coupon policy on printable coupons. In almost every case, this will remedy the situation.

Posted at 07:39 AM

Happy savings!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Crown Moulding

We've been playing with the re-design of our masterbath...

Most of the house has crown moulding but it didn't seem awfully important in the masterbath to the previous builder/owner so we decided it couldn't be TOO difficult...

3 days, a miter saw and 40 feet of trim later...

Rose: Hello.
Carl: I got the crown moulding up, 'cause you married a genius.

Aren't we funny? LOL...

Pictures to come!