April 2011

Vegetarian Taco Salad & A Lemon Mojito {Recipe}

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I don't know about you, but all these pre-Cinco de Mayo grocery sales have definitely gotten me in the mood for Mexican food. Our little garden is growing like crazy.  We now need to pick lettuce almost every single day. The natural solution?  Vegetarian Taco salad of course! (At least for Husband and I.  The [...]

thursday shopping 4-28-11 (& weekly shopping linky)

It was another fabulous day at Publix so I decided to make another little video. Here is what I got: At Publix I spent $0.17 for $126.77 worth of groceries, a savings of 99.99% With one $5 off coupon left to scan, my total was only $3.79, which meant that it wouldn't work.  I quickly [...]

30 Fabulous Gifts for Mom Under $30

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You may recall that last month I totally blew it and forgot my mom's birthday. Oops. She has long since forgiven me,  but I still feel terrible.  Luckily Mother's Day is coming so I now have a chance to make it up for her.  I've been doing a little online "window" shopping, and I have [...]

Party DiY: How to Make a Paper Party Hat

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I think I might be addicted to scrapbook paper. I've never made a single scrapbook but that pretty paper is just so darn useful.  I want to use it for everything.  I don't think I could throw a party without it. Last August I made these paper party hats for Princess' Crafty Pool Party, (along with [...]

monday shopping: 4-25-11

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!  Ours was very low-key, but nice.    I spent a few hours preparing my shopping lists so I'd be able to get an early start this morning.  I could tell it was going to be a pretty good week at Publix, and when I got it [...]

Princess & Trouble’s Everything Cookies {Recipe}

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Princess has been begging to make cookies for weeks now. I love to bake, but I don't like having cookies around because then all I want to do is eat them. And yes, even though we baked them just a few days ago, they're already long gone.  But just the memory still makes me drool. [...]

thursday shopping 4-21-11 (& weekly shopping linky)

I woke up this morning full of shopping ambition.  The girls were invited over for a play date, which meant a rare morning of child-free shopping for me.  I prepped lists for Target, Walmart, Publix, CVS, & Walgreens, certain that alone I'd have no trouble tackling all 5 stores in just a few hours. Unfortunately [...]

How to Maximize Your Coupon Savings

It seems like saving money is on everyone's mind these days. And really, unless you are one of the very lucky few who don't have to worry about money, who doesn't want to save as much as possible, at least on all those boring necessities like food and diapers and toilet paper? A lot of [...]

orlando getaway

It was a very good trip.  And I'm exhausted, but happy. I was reminded of how important it is to just play sometimes. I too often get caught up in all the things I "need" to do and forget that my most important job is "Mom." We had a lot of fun. We met up [...]

the lwsl community

I am still out-of-town on my little mini-vacation, which means no Sunday shopping results today.  Hopefully I'll have a chance to stop by Walgreens and CVS later this week because there are definitely quite a few good deals I'd like to grab. And I know you are going to find this hard to believe, but [...]

Vegetarian Baked Ziti For a Crowd {Recipe}

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I'm on a little mini-vacation in Orlando with my family this weekend.  Sometimes it is just nice to get away for a few days.  Even a 2 hour's drive can feel like a whole new world! But today I thought I'd share a stockpile challenge I had earlier this week, when it was my turn [...]

thursday shopping: 4-14-11 (& weekly shopping linky)

Thank you so much for all your great comments and questions these past couple weeks!  Your comments always make my day and I am happy to see so many new people wanting to learn about coupons.  I try to answer as many questions as I can, but I can't always get to them all. But [...]

Once-a-Month Cooking {30 Meals in One Day}

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For me the hardest thing about extreme couponing is figuring out what to cook with all that food.  In fact, I started posting stockpile meal recipes each week for that very reason.  Because, really, what good is getting everything at rock-bottom prices if you have no idea what to make? I first heard about once-a-month [...]

Sweet Soda Shop Party Inspiration

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Trouble is almost 2. Can you believe it? No, I can't either.  My baby is not a baby anymore! But while I am feeling a little sad that she's growing up so fast, I can't help but get excited about the prospect of planning  a birthday party.  It is, after all, my very favorite thing [...]

sunday shopping 4-10-11

Happy Monday! After a busy day of cooking (for me), working in the yard (for Husband), and playing (for the girls) on Saturday, we had a much-needed low-key day at home yesterday. I almost skipped shopping altogether, but I did manage to sneak out last evening to grab a few bargains at Publix and CVS [...]

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