Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Again..

Well it's Monday again.
What's on the blog agenda for today?

The Modern-Vintage Mommy Homemaker 101

I am absolutely in love with a new place for me lol.
Some of the styles are a bit expensive but it's a very friendly site and their sales are fabulous!

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Check out my Pinterest to see more!!!
(This search is ongoing)

Also! Ebates offers Cash Back at ModCloth!

Check out Retro Planet for all things... Retro and Awesome!!
Such a cool place to shop/browse!
Plus you earn points with each purchase!!
And to save even more find them on TopCashBack for cash back rewards!

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I have used both Ebates and TopCashBack.. and they are both wonderful!!
TopCashBack offers cash back on Flirty Aprons too!!!

Target Deals of the Week!!
Well there are some great sales coming from Target this week!

General Mills Cereals $2.75ea
Pepsi/Mountain Dew 3/$10
Archer Farms Lunch Meat 3/$7
Quaker Chewy Bars 2/$4
Cascade 60ct $10.99
Huggies/Pampers Jumbo Packs 2/$18
There's a special 15% off clearance on some Glade, AirWick and Febreze Products!
(Bet I can get some great match ups!!)
Ziplocs 3/$8

HP DeskJet 3054A wireless e-All-in-One color printer, scanner and copier
What a great deal on an All-in-One Printer!!
 (Plus recieve a $10 Target Gift Card)

Dirt Devil vacuums

On Sale for $15.00!!!!
I had one of these when I was in college and I LOVED it!!!!
I would really like to have one now.... It's pretty much impossible to get my stairs vacuumed with my larger vacuum! Plus, with a toddler this is great for quick clean ups..
Yup definitely going to have to consider getting one for myself!! lol.

Target is already offering great prices on back to school supplies, but I'm anxious to see what the tax free weekend (Aug 3-4) will bring :)

Failure is a Friend
Well one of the more challenging and frustrating things about being a new Homemaker is that failures are inevitable..
At first it was hard for me to cope with complete failures lol. Especially in the kitchen..
Until I got married I could only cook simple things..
Ramen, Grilled Cheese, Noodles & Sauce..
But now I'm in the big leagues.. Momma and wife.
So I want to make sure my boys have the best!!!
This is going to sound rather ridiculous but, maybe it will encourage someone lol.
My most recent failure turned finally success was something as easy as homemade corn chips.
I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but the price of chips (especially name brands like Doritos, Tostitos, etc) has really shot up.. It's sad when $3 for a bag of chips is sale price.. and coupons for chips like that only come around about once a month.. if we're lucky lol.
So.. I started buying corn tortillas and decided to embark on my own chip making..
At first it was easy.. I was frying them lol.
Needless to say.. the mess, the time, the grease.. just not necessary..
So I decided I could bake them..
Not too hard right??
Well... needless to say it took about 3-4 times before they finally came out completely crunchy... lol.
But once they did it was fabulous..
And all I needed to do was increase the baking time.. (or cut them smaller)
Baking them is so much faster.. and healthier.. and now we can have chips whenever we want!
The other good thing about buying corn tortillas is that you can make so much with them!!
(And they can be frozen)
Make Taco Pies or Super Nachos..
So far I've just used seasoned salt and salt on them which is pretty delicious..
But I think I'm going to try some of the popcorn seasonings..
($1.98ea... can't really beat that..)
I think if I sprinkle some on before I bake them then we can really have homemade chips!!!
I guess I said all that to finally say that last night my husband said:
"I'm glad you don't give up easily"
(crunch, crunch.. as we're eating my baked chips & salsa)
And honestly I guess I'm glad I don't either lol.

Tonight for dinner we're having Crockpot Steak, Mashed Potatoes w/ Homemade Gravy & Veggies (maybe biscuits)
Cooking more from scratch has really saved us some money and honestly ruined my taste for junk food.. lol. I recently bought some BagelBites and HotPockets (favorites of mine) and I found that I didn't like them anymore... I was sad.. but happy too!
After all I prefer my own cooking!!!
I've been keeping a chart with our dinners/prices and it looks like dinner is costing us about $1 each every night :)
Even the Dollar Menu can't beat that...

Well.. No Classy Housewife can be without classy shoes :)
Check out my new love...
satin pleated toe front flat
These are on sale for $13!

And... Heels too :)

bow toe kitten heels
They do carry more than just red lol.
But these are totally cute.

PerkStreet Financial

Okay.. I wrote about PerkStreet in my Financial section but...
My checks and pin number have arrived!!!
Now all I'm waiting on is my debit card..
Looks like I will be using my new account for groceries this time!!
I know a lot of grocery-guru mommas have moved to cash system...
Well..... I had a change of mind on that since I can transfer funds before I go grocery shopping and earn cash back on my purchases...
Plus... who says you have to spend the whole budget??
I think this will be great for us..
Stay tuned I'm going to keep updates on how this is going!!

Well that's all for now!
Check back later for more updates!


Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday! Coupon Preview, Men's Clothing, Crocs & Arbys!!


Am I right??
I love when the weekend is finally here and we can relax after a week of hustle & bustle..

Let's start with the newspaper coupon preview!!
Looks like it's going to be a big clipping weekend!!!
Woo Hoo 3 inserts!! Red Plum, Smart Source, And PepsiCo Moments to Save!!

7-22 RedPlum Coupon PreviewRedplum
Sunday coupon preview
coupon inserts & value differences are to be expected!
(x) before coupon = multiple of same coupon
ETS = excludes trial sizes

RedPlum Coupon PreviewDole Save $1/1 Aguas Frescas 64oz product (9/16)
Era Save $.50/1 (8/31) ETS
Fungicure Save $1/1 product (9/30)
Garnier Save $2/1 Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme (9/1)
Gillette/Satin Care Save $.55/1 shave prep (8/31) ETS
Gillette/Venus Save $2/1 Gillette Mach3 disposable, Sensor3 disposable, CustomPlus 3 disposable or Venus disposable, Daisy disposable or Daisy3 disposable (8/31) ETS
L’Oreal Save $1/1 Paris cleanser (9/16) ETS
L’Oreal Save $1/1 Paris eye product (9/16)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 Paris moisturizer or serum/treatment (9/16) ETS
L’Oreal Save $2/1 EverCreme, EverSleek, EverPure, EverStrong shampoo or conditioner (9/16)
L’Oreal Save $2/1 EverCreme, EverSleek, EverPure, EverStrong treatment (9/16)
L’Oreal Save $2/1 EverStyle product (9/16)
L’Oreal Save $2/1 Healthy Look Creme Gloss color (9/16)
L’Oreal Save $2/1 Paris face cosmetic product excludes Magic Perfecting Base .17fl oz mini size (9/16)
Luigi’s Save $.752 real Italian ices (9/30)
Minute Maid Save $.75/2 frozen novelties (9/30)
Pedigree Save $1/2 dog treats (9/22)
Pedigree Save $2/1 dry dog food 15lb+ (9/22)
Swiffer Save $1/both WetJet pads 17ct+ AND WetJet solution (8/31)
Swiffer Save $5/1 WetJet starter kit (8/31)
Ultra Save $1/2 food for dogs cans or trays (9/16)
Ultra Save $3/1 food for dogs (9/16)

7-22 Smartsource coupon preview

Regional coupon inserts & value differences are to be expected!
(/X) after coupon = expiration date
() before coupon = multiple of same coupon
ETS = excludes trial sizes
DND5 = coupon states Do Not Double, but barcode starts w/a 5

Smartsource coupon insert
Air Wick Save $1.50/1 Freshmatic Compact refill excludes free item packs (8/19)
Air Wick Save $1.50/1 Freshmatic Ultra refill excludes free item packs (8/19)
Air Wick Save $2/1 Freshmatic Ultra or Compact starter kit (8/19)
Air Wick Save $2/2 candles (8/19)
Blue Diamond Save $.55/1 chilled or shelf-stable Almond Breeze almondmilk (9/30)
Blue Diamond Save $.75/2 almonds 6oz+ (9/30)
Blue Diamond Save $.75/2 Nut Thins or Baked Nut Chips 4.25oz+ (9/30)
Carefree Save $.50/1 product (8/31)
Clairol Save $2/1 hair color box ets (8/31)
Dole Save $.50/2 tropical fruit cans (9/16)
Farmer John Save $1/2 bacon or breakfast sausages (8/22)
Gain/Cheer Save $1/1 Gain detergent or fabric softener or Cheer product ets (8/31)
Gain/Cheer Save $2/2 Gain detergent or fabric enhancer or Cheer products ets (8/31)
Hill’s Science Diet Save $1/1 Ideal balance dog treats (8/31)
Hill’s Science Diet Save $2/1 Ideal Balance pet food (8/31)

PepsiCo Moments to Save

Sunday coupon preview
Regional coupon inserts & value differences are to be expected!
(x) before coupon = multiple of same coupon
ETS = excludes trial size
PepsiCo Moments to Save InsertBall Park Save $.75/2 franks (8/11)
Crush Save $1/2 2-liter bottles dnd (8/11)
Doritos Save $1/2 tortilla chips 12oz+ (8/11)
Frito-Lay Save $.75/4 snacks bags 2.15-4oz (8/11)
Hasbro Free card game up to Save $6.99 when you buy an game Save $14.99 or more (8/20)
Lay’s Save $1/2 Kettle Cooked chips 8.5oz+ (8/11)
Lipton/Pure Leaf Save $1/2 Lipton Iced Tea 12pks 16.9oz PET bottles or Pure Leaf 6pks 18.5oz PET bottles (8/11)
Nerf Save $3/1 N-Strike Maverick Rev-6 Blaster or N Sports Weather Blitz Football (8/20)
O.N.E. Save $1/1 coconut water original flavor 1-liter bottle (8/11)
Pepsi Save $.55/1 NEXT 2-liter bottle dnd (8/11)
Pepsi Save $2/2 18, 20, 24 or 30 pack 12oz cans (8/11)
Pepsi B4G1 free 1.5 liter bottle (8/11)
Quaker Save $.75/2 Chewy granola bars or yogurt granola bars 5ct+ dnd (8/11)
Ruffles Save $1/2 potato chips 10oz+ and/or dips 14oz+ (8/11)
Sabra Save $.55/1 Hummus or other refrigerated Sabra dip (8/11)
Starbucks Save $2/2 Frappuccino chilled coffee drink and/or Doubleshot espresso drink 4 packs (8/11)
Sunchips Save $1/2 bags 7oz+ (8/11)
Tostitos Save $1/both tortilla chips 11oz+ AND salsa 14oz+ (8/11)


So I've been looking for a place to find hubby some new work slacks..
It's very funny how easy it is to find discount fashion for women and children, but when it comes to men it's almost like no one expects them to wear clothes lol.

However I've found 1 place so far.. nothing really work related but some nice things:
The Trend: The Work Shirt
(The search on this subject matter will continue :)
If anyone has any input please leave a comment etc!)

Crocs sale today!!!
There's a whole section under $20!!
But hurry they are selling out!!
Love this style, but most of the colors are going fast!!
The brown is on sale for only $9.99

July 23rd Anniversary Event at Arbys!!
$0.64 Roast Beef!!
I don't know about anyone else but I LOVE Arbys!!!
Go here to print a coupon and get a Roast Beef Sandwich for $0.64!!!
(Only redeemable July 23rd!)

So I've been doing the LearnVest Bootcamp and it's really great!!!
Here's some good info that I received yesterday:

Totsy has sandals for $15!!
And they are adorable!!!

They are also hosting their Christmas in July Sale!
So stock up on all things festive!!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday July 17th

Circular Day!!
July 17th-21st

Pretty happy with the sales available for this week.. 

Winn Dixie

Tyson Chicken/Steak 2/$5
(Use 2 and get them for $1.40 ea)

Dixie Crystals Sugar $1.98 (4lb)

General Mills Cereals BOGO
$0.50/1 General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal (exp 08/02/2012) 
Find more GM coupons here.
(Use 2 to get the best deal :)

Or buy 5 @ $1.99 ea

Trix Yogurt/GoGurt 2/$4
(Use 2 Coupons to make this $2.30 or $1.15 ea)



$2.99 Each

Inbox Coupons!!

Got a V8 Coupon in my inbox this morning!
$1.00 Off Coupon!!

New from Right At Home!!
Delivered right to my inbox!
Pledge Antibacterial and with Glade!

Other deals!

(This one is $6.75!!)

I'll add more deals later!!
Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday July 16th

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Things I love that are on sale!

I absolutely love Totsy!!! 
Let's see what's on sale today!

I love wall decals!! I think they are the greatest!!
You don't have to worry about paint or changing interests.. 
They come off just as easily as they are put on!!

Trendy flat irons for $45!!
Also carrying cases and stands!!

Who doesn't love shoes??

See all of Totsy's deals here.

So.. here's something new and exciting!!!
If you love designer fashion you're in for a treat!!
Lyst is just the place for you!!
Choose from TONS of designers:
And the list keeps going!!!
For designer brands these prices are out of control!!!

How awesome are these right??
Ultragirl Pugh Blackwhite
$32 ($108)
70% off!!!

Evernote is hiring!!!

If you're not familiar with Evernote.. it's an app, and an amazing one at that!
Designers/Engineers/Developers this is for you!!
Check here for more details!

**Will have more updates later!
Enjoy your Tuesday!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday July 16th

Mellow Monday

So usually once my Monday is over I can't even imagine getting through the rest of the week. lol.
So now I bring you Mellow Monday :) 

Let's start off with some deals I got over the weekend:


Heinz Distilled White Vinegar $1
-$1.00 Coupon = FREE
(picked up 2 of these deals)

Mountain Dew 4/$11
($2.75 ea)

Pull Ups $19
-$2.00 Manufacturer Coupon = $0.34 ea

Pretzel Crisps $2.99
-$1.00 Coupon = $1.99
(picked up 2 of this deal! Never had these before but they are DELICIOUS!!)

Market Pantry Noodles ($0.99) and MP Sauce ($1.00)
-$1.00 Target Coupon = $0.49 ea

Schick HydroSilk Razor + Shower holder + 2 Refills= $8.00
-$2.00 Target Coupon = $6.00

Overall I saved $24.61 this Target trip :) 

Winn Dixie

Hot Pockets 5/$10
-$0.95/2 + -$2.00/3= $1.41 ea 

Freschetta $3.99
-$1.00 Manufacturer Coupon = $2.99

Kellogg's Fruit Snacks $1.99
-$1.00/2 =  $1.49 ea

Most of the other deals I got were BOGO..
I went to a different Winn Dixie than normal, but I won't be making that mistake again lol

Overall I saved $46.69 at Winn Dixie

Staying on track with grocery lists and coupons

So my first attempt at weekly shopping was a bit unsuccessful, but I have realized why. Since I've been shopping every 2 weeks there were a lot more things I needed. However, even though I went shopping this weekend I already have another list started. 
This week I am going to prepare a grocery list for Friday just to get the items that end up on my list by the end of the week. 
I can look for coupons on the things I've listed so far daily.. 
Here is an example:
This is what my list looks like already
Paper Towels
Anti Bac Body Wash
Hand Soap

So I'm going to start my coupon matching.. I know the circular deals don't come out until Wednesday, but there's no harm in being prepared. I think this is going to change the way I shop. 
Here are the coupons I've found so far:

I have quite a few coupons for eggs, I think I will just keep them all together until the deals come out sometimes Winn Dixie will offer (18) Count Large eggs for $1.99

I also still have the luxury of WIC for now so I won't have to worry about milk.

Paper Towels:
(I will probably end up using this one usually WalMart carries 6ct Sparkle for $4.97)


I have yet to find any coupons for flour. However, I know they come around so maybe next time. 

I'm hoping by Friday I'll still be able to pick up the Target Deal on Garnier
(Garnier $0.99 ea - I love this deal and catch it often!)

AntiBacterial Body Wash
$1/2 Dial Body Wash RP Insert (exp 07/28/2012)

Hand Soap

Sometimes or Chiquita's FB offers coupons but none as of right now, which is okay because they're about $0.54/lb 

So here is my new system for keeping on top of my list and doing away with unnecessary purchases!! Wednesday when the new sales come out I will already have my list and coupons ready to match!!
To find coupons for your own shopping list check my Coupon Database and my Manufacturer Coupons!! 

OR check out this great deal from Plum District today! 
I have to say this is a pretty spectacular deal if you don't like to find/clip your own coupons or if you just don't have the time.. 
This discount brings the price from $8.25/mo to $1.25/mo

I'm also keeping track of the meals I make for the next 3 weeks or so along with prices and coupons so I can create a menu in the future.. 
I stumbled upon this beauty this weekend and I think it's going to be a fabulous help:

My goals are a bit of an unorganized mess, but I am still making them.. writing them down in whatever notebook is close to me at the time lol. And most importantly starting small. 
Here are some of my completed goals as of this month:

Earn 600 Swagbucks 
(I've earned over 800)

Open a PerkStreet Account
 (I opened one 2 days ago-Super excited can't wait to update about my cash back experiences with this account)

Open a Savings Account
(I opened an account this month with American Express Savings Bank, You can open the account with as little as $1.00 and absolutely NO FEES. 0.85% APR.

Start planning our 5 Year Renewal Wedding
I have started planning this and hope to have a budget by September. 
You can see some of my dress picks here
I am also tracking this goal on

I also have goals for each section of the house that needs to be organized but we'll get in to that later.. 
I'm also saving for our annual family vacations.. 
I'm tracking those goals on as well. 

Overall I am thrilled to be able to see my goals progress.. it's very rewarding :) 

Well I believe that is all for now.
Thanks for tuning in!
Comments Welcome!!