Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saturday's Mail Call

Today I got a coupon for a free Kashi Frozen Entree. Click here to get your free coupon.

I also got a catalog from Spring Hill. Looks like it's time to start ordering my spring plants.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Free Spaghetti Dinner from Save-A-Lot

Save-A-Lot is giving a free spaghetti meal to everyone that visits their participating stores on Saturday, February 28th. You will need to be there between 8am and noon. Here's the area you can get your free meal at: (If you are not in this area fill out the form anyway. I did and I got an email offering me a $5.00 coupon to use at Save-A-Lot).

Coupon requests

I recently started emailing companies commenting on their products. I've been getting some really good coupons back from these companies. Here's a link to my spreadsheet in case you would like to have a list of who I've sent to. I have the name of the company, a link to their page, and what I've received from the company. If you know of a company that is not listed let me know so I can add them to the list.

Yesterday's & Today's Mail Call


Ocean Spray

Coupon train

$3.00 check from Pinecone Research from doing a survey.


Bigelow Tea
Smart Balance
Uncle Ben's Rice

I also received a test product from doing a survey. I will be testing this product from March 3rd through March 9th. this is a great product that I already use so I'm loving that I got this product in the mail. I'm going to have to start keeping better records of surveys I do and what they are for. The package came from Consumer Insights, but I don't think that's where I did the survey.

Home with a sick grandson

My 15 year old grandson stayed home from school today. When he's sick, he likes to stay with me, so I can spoil him. Poor baby must not feel well. He's running a low grade fever and he says is throat hurts. He's couching a little, but not too much. He's asleep on the couch right now, when he could be playing on his Xbox 360. He's waiting for him mom to bring his laptop over.

I have some stuff that needs to be done today anyway so I don't mind having my grand son here. I have to cut out a zebra costume. I have to get it in the mail. It was ordered last week and I just can't get in the mood to make it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Have you been to DQ lately? They've launched a new permanent value DQ sweet deals menu. For $4.00 you can have a whole meal including dessert.

For more details visit the DQ site . Be one of the first 250 bloggers to link to their site you can even get a gift card. You gotta love Dairy Queen. Good food, a good value and a gift card, what more could you ask for?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Red Plum Coupon Inserts

Are in on one of the areas that the Red Plum Coupon Inserts are no longer available? I am lucky in the sense that my local Akron Beacon Journal newspaper still has the Red Plum Insert. I also buy the Cleveland Plain Dealer at the store on Sunday so I can get extra coupons. The Plain Dealer has better and more coupons in it so it is worth the money. When the coupons are extremely good I will buy more than one Plain Dealer.

Recently the Plan Dealer no longer had the Red Plum Coupon Inserts. If you live in the affect area you can request for the Red Plums to be mailed to your home. I am not in the Plain Dealer delivery area so I will not have access to the extra coupons. Another drawback is the mailings will only have 1 insert so if you wish to purchase extra inserts you will no longer be able to do so.

If Red Plum gets away with this with the Newspapers it's doing it to already what's to stop them from going to the other papers. Eventually it will affect all of us if we don't take action. There is a website that has all the companies listed with contact info on it. Bring Back the Coupons There is a sample letter to email to the companies. The advertisers could change the Red Plums mind if they let them know that the consumers are not happy and in return they will stop advertising. Here's the link if you would like to help get the Red Plums back in the newspapers not getting the Red Plum and in turn help from getting them taken form your newspaper.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Today's store savings

I had some good sales I wanted to take advantage of today. I think I did pretty good.

OOP 6.41
Shelf price 17.37
minus coupons and sale prices I saved 10.96

Rite Aid
OOP 4.29
Shelf 23.59
minus coupons and sale price I saved 19.30

OOP .28
Shelf price 7.96
minus coupons and sale price I saved 7.96 (I only had to pay the tax)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Free Olive Garden dinner

We went to eat at Olive Garden today. It cost 3 of us ZERO to eat. In August we had an issue with our meal and I wrote at letter. My daughter is a vegetarian and she always orders the lunch portion of penne with Alfredo sauce with no parsley. When the meal came it had CHICKEN!! There was also a speck or 2 of parsley so she knew that when the dish came pack without the chicken and the same couple specks of parsley that they had just removed the chicken and returned the same plate to her. We didn't say anything at the restaurant for fear that the horror stories of spit and other nasties that happens to returned food might happen to her meal. She picked around at the food and ate very little. When I returned home I wrote a letter on Olive Gardens comment page. I was sent a $50.00 gift card with an apology. It has taken me this long to get my daughter to return to Olive Garden. I must day the food was perfect and all went well. We had enough left on the gift card to even leave the tip so NOTHING OOP!!!

On the way home I stopped at CVS. I wanted to get the Bayer low dose aspirin that was on sale for $1.99. I had a dollar coupon. When I got there they had one package with 100% more free. WOW, that is 2 bottles for .99. I also got the Purina Dog Chow that was on sale for $4.99. I had 2 $4.00 coupons so I got 8.8 pounds of dog food for $1.89. If my husband hadn't picked up insoles I would have walked out owing nothing except for tax because I had a $3.00 ecb to use as payment.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mail Call

Yesterday I got a $10.00 check from Bayer. I had sent in 4 upcs from One a Day vitamins in January and I got the check yesterday.

Today I got a coupon booklet from Home made simple. There was a lot of coupons in it. I cut them all out and have 2 piles. One for me to file and one for me to trade.

I also did a survey for Mindfield this morning and got accepted to do a product study. I will get free product for the study and I will get $5.00 at the end after I send in the diaries we fill out during the study. If you are interested in getting some extra cash while doing surveys and product studies use this link for Mindfield and get started. You can cash out after you have earned $5.00 in your account.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

We're going to a concert in March.

I just ordered tickets to go see Herman's Hermits and some other bands. The concert is March 28th at the Q Arena in Cleveland. We will be sitting in section 131 row 9 seats 5-8 . Two of my grandchildren love Peter Noone. We took them to an outside concert during the summer to see him and they loved it. That sang along to his songs. When I asked them if they wanted to go to the Moondog Coronation Ball they both said yes. I'm going to have to have then check out the other bands before we go so they will know some of their songs as well.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Had to go to the store today.

I didn't want to go to the store all week, but when I decided what I was having for dinner tonight I didn't know I didn't have cheese to put on top before baking it. I made some baked rigatoni with the leftover meatballs and sauce from last week. I didn't have any cheese so I had to buy some today. That's all I bought and it was on sale. The sad thing about this is I got some coupons in the mail yesterday and didn't really look to see what they were. While I was watching TV this after noon I decided to cut them out and file them and some other coupons I've gotten from some trains. While I was cutting out the coupons there was one for free Kraft cheese. I had won the Kraft contest and forgot about it so I thought these coupons were some that I had requested on other websites. So if I had paid closer attention I could have gotten the cheese I bought today for free. A lesson learned.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Back to Jazzercise

I went back to Jazzercise today after taking a couple weeks off. Boy, am I out of shape. I hope I can get out of bed tomorrow. It felt good to get back to class.

I made up a menu for the week after I went through what I had left in the frige. If I stick to the plan I shouldn't have to get anything from the store except for cat food. That will be good since I went over my grocery budget last month.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Food Waste Reduction Challenge - February 2009

I just joined this challenge. I will begin tomorrow since it's too last to clean out the frige tonight. I will use up the leftover chicken for one night and the meatballs another night. Who knows what's hiding inthere that needs to be tossed. This is a good change to get the frige all nice and clean. I can wash the shelves and drawers while I have everything out of it.