Saturday, March 21, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip--Savings $91.99

This past week was a payday week so I took the time to work the sales and deals at the grocery stores along with making my monthly bulk shopping trip to Sam's

I learned an important lesson this week...Do NOT go through the "fastlane"/self check-outs at Meijer IF you have LOTS of coupons!!!  Because the computer will holler at you along with the cashier for using too many coupons!  I am not sure if it was more due to the cashier's attitude or if it really was the computer that had the problem with the 18 coupons that I had to use on my one order!  Also, while the cashier is sitting there taking your coupons off your order in those self check-outs make sure that you are looking over her shoulder rather than bagging your groceries!!  I am pretty sure after going over my receipt that she actually missed a coupon!  At any rate, I am beginning to think that I need to shop at another Meijer store!

Meijer had a great deals this week, you can read about the deals here!  They had many items in their buy 10 for $10 get 11th item free sale that were great for stocking up on my empty pantry shelves. 

Here is the breakdown of my Meijer shopping...
  • 4 boxes Jiffy muffin mix $2.88
  • 1 family pack bag Tyson chicken nuggets $4.99
  • 3 boxes Toaster Strudel $4.59
  • 2-64oz bottles Juicy Juice $5.38
  • 2 bags potato chips $3.98
  • 2 containers Dean's Icecream $4.48
  • 2 family pack bags Meijer chicken nuggets $5.48
  • 1 box Fruit Stackerz $1.12
  • 1 jar salsa 70¢
  • 2-64oz Tropicana OJ $4.00
  • 4-12pks Pepsi products $14.80(with deposit)
  • 5 Warm Delights $2.95
  • 4 boxes fruit snacks $4.00
  • 2-64oz Minute Maid Lemonade $1.00
  • 2 tubs margarine $2.00
  • 4 jars applesauce $4.00
  • 3 boxes B&S sausage $3.00
  • 4 loaves bread $2.00(two loaves free--one with sale and one via catalina cpn)
  • 8 boxes pizza rolls $5.40
  • 2 tubs sour cream $2.00
Minus another $2.00 off shopping order Catalina cpn

Total OOP: $76.75
Total Savings: $75.07(Meijer promotions=$9.34; non-cpn savings=$56.93; cpn savings=$8.80)
Grand Total: $151.82

I also went shopping at Family Fare this week to pick up a few of their weekly deals along with getting my WIC for the week.   Their fresh produce always looks better than Meijer's as well so I get most of the fresh items there!

Here is the breakdown from there...
  • 1lb strawberries $1.68 
  • 2 oranges 58¢
  • 2.97lbs apples $2.94
  • 4 dz. eggs $3.96
  • 1 gallon milk $2.50
  • .47lbs Sirloin tip breakfast steak $1.71(markdown meat!)
  • 1.62lbs Center cut Thin Pork Chops $3.48(markdown meat!)
  • 2.36lbs beef cube steak $6.58
  • 6.13lbs ground chuck $11.58
Total OOP: $37.26
Total Savings: $16.92
Grand Total: $54.18

So my weekly totals for this week are: 

Grand Total OOP: $114.01
Grand Total Savings: $91.99
Grand Total: $206.00

Monthly Sam's Club Shopping

This past week was another "bulk shopping run" to Sam's.   I am actually trying to get where I am doing my monthly shopping there and using the sales at the grocery stores as my supplement.  So once again this month's purchases look even a little bit different than last months.  

Here is what I purchased this month at Sam's...

  • 140 ct Totinos Pizza Rolls $8.88
  • 5lbs frozen cut corn $4.88
  • 12ct mini deep dish pizzas $10.76
  • 6lbs Ore Ida Hashbrowns $4.88
  • 60 ct Eggo Waffles $8.52
  • 4lbs Goldfish Crackers $8.66
  • 5qt pail Vanilla Ice Cream $4.77
  • 36ct Kudos bars $6.72
  • 4pk HoneyMaid graham crackers $7.22
  • 48ct. string cheese $6.67
  • 56oz. M&Ms $7.88
  • 36ct Pillsbury Froz. biscuits $5.46
  • 3lbs Hormel Bacon Bits $7.06
  • 3lbs Garlic & Cheese Croutons $4.88
  • 5lbs Pepperoni $11.84
  • 5lbs Mild cheddar cheese $9.47
  • 30lbs Ore Ida French Fries $17.28
  • 5lbs Country Crock Margarine $4.42
  • 2-60oz Mrs. Butterworth's Syrup $6.34
  • 3-45oz Ragu Spaghetti Sauce $6.37
  • 48ct Gogurt $7.83
  • 4.25lbs beef round roast $12.24 ($2.88/lb)
  • 30oz variety deli meat $8.87
  • 12.68lbs fresh Boneless/skinless chicken tenders $22.07 ($1.74/lb)
  • 3pk(960ct) Dixie paper napkins $8.34(with tax)
Total: $212.31

Friday, March 20, 2009

Thank You!!

Thank you faithful readers for your patience with me!!  

It has been very difficult for me over the last couple of weeks as I take time away from my computer to find balance in my life and to work through my emotions from the "bombshell" that hit my life.

I am finding myself coming out of this valley and starting up the mountain trail!  It will be a slow climb but I am confident that with the Lord holding me I will make it up the mountain trail and His greatness and strength shine through and will get me to the top!

My God is a God of mercy and compassion and He is showing me every day how I can minister to my family, esp. my hubby in a way that glorifies Him! He is a Mender of the broken heart and making it to beat stronger for Him and the family He has given me.  Our God is an awesome God!

It has been amazing how much the Lord has been teaching me through this "computer fast". One of the things He has been teaching me is that I can not be a lukewarm or cold Christian.  I can not just go through the motions of life just being a Christian.  I need to truly let my light/life shine for Him in everything that I do and say.   The new Matthew West song, The Motions, has really ministered to my heart over the last few weeks and has become my lifesong.  When I feel like going through the motions of life I remember that I need to keep my fire/passion of God's love burning inside of me and pour it out for and to others!

For those of you that haven't heard the song before, here are the lyrics....

The Motions
by Matthew West

This might hurt, it's not safe
But I know that I've gotta make a change
I don't care if I break,
At least I'll be feeling something
'Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of life

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

No regrets, not this time
I'm gonna let my heart defeat my mind
Let Your love make me whole
I think I'm finally feeling something
'Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of this life

'Cause I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

take me all the way (take me all the way)
take me all the way ('cause I don't wanna go through the motions)
take me all the way (I know I'm finally feeling something real)
take me all the way

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

take me all the way (take me all the way)
take me all the way (I don't wanna go, I don't wanna go)
take me all the way (through the motions)
take me all the way

I don't wanna go through the motions

As a final note, I am going to start back up blogging in this next week but just not with the same intensity as before.  I was caught up in the number of hits my blog got on a daily basis and stressing over what to blog about for all the different blog carnivals that I found myself just going through the motions of posting just to get more hits rather than just sharing as my heart lead me.  Now I am not concerned about my "blog ratings" but rather the friends I have made by blogging and following through with the mission that I set for this blog when I started it a year and a half ago.  

The mission was to show others encouragement through getting a glimpse into my life of homeschooling, frugal living, and parenting.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Menu Plan Monday 3/15-3/21

Last week's menu plan went pretty smoothly despite the fact that I didn’t post my menu on fridge!  My family was all out of sorts because I didn’t post it for them. At the beginning of the week, I found it funny that they rely on that posted menu being there!  However, come the end of the week, I wasn’t finding it very funny because they kept “bugging” me with “Mom, what’s for dinner?” “Mom, what’s for snack?” and on and on!  So I decided that not posting the menu for the family to see is a bad thing and I will try not to do again!

This week’s shopping trip was just filling the holes!  I spent less than $25 for the week!  I am so happy!   After talking with my kids and showing them that when we go out to eat as a family it is costing us at least $25 for the meal. I decided that one of my goals this year is to feed my family of seven at home on $20 or less per day!  To help show my kids that we can eat three very filling meals (along with 2 snacks) at home every day for the price of what we pay for one meal out at McDonald’s or Wendy’s.

This week’s menus are still using many things out of my freezer and pantry. This week though I am sticking in a new recipe!  Also this week’s weather is to be very nice, so I am pulling out the outdoor’s grill to do some of my cooking this week!  It has been months since I have had any grillin’ food!

Lunches listed are for the kids & me. Unless we are having leftovers, our lunches are served with apple slices or baby carrots along with fruit juice or water.  Hubby usually takes a dinner leftover along with various snacks for his work lunch.

A special thanks to Erin-$5 Dinners for hosting Menu Plan Monday while Laura-Organizing Junkie is away with her son! Need help with your menus; go check the over 400 other delicious meal plans that have been linked at Erin-$5 Dinners' site or look down in my right sidebar for my menu suggestion lists! 

Sunday (3-15)

Breakfast: eggs, sausage, hash browns, and cinnamon rolls

Lunch: sandwiches and chips

Dinner: beef gravy over noodles served with green beans

Snack: snack basket


Monday (3-16)

Breakfast: cereal, toaster strudel

Lunch: leftovers

Dinner:  grilled chicken and potato pockets served with corn and rolls

Snack: brownies & milk


Tuesday (3-17)

Breakfast: waffles and sausage

Lunch: chicken nuggets, and mac & cheese

Dinner:  grilled burgers and fries served with a fresh veggie tray

Snack: ice cream

Wednesday (3-18)

Breakfast: bagels, eggs and cereal

Lunch: sandwiches & chips

Dinner:  salsa chicken (new recipe—which I will post if it is any good!) over rice served with corn

Snack: snack basket

Thursday (3-19)

Breakfast: French Toast

Lunch: leftovers

Dinner: skillet pork chops served with boiled potatoes and peas

Snack: snack basket


Friday (3-20)

Breakfast: cereal and toaster strudel

Lunch: sandwiches & chips

Dinner: roasted chicken served with mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and biscuits

Snack: cookies & milk                                            


Saturday (3-21)  

Breakfast: “Cook’s Choice”

Lunch: ??? 

Dinner:  sloppy joes served with fries and a fresh veggie tray

Snack:  snack basket  or popcorn





Meijer Deals 3/15-3/21

Just a reminder, that I am using a West Michigan sale ad and my Meijer does NOT double coupons! Also check the FOUR pages of Mealbox coupons there are several cpns that match items in this week's ad! I am not matching Mealbox cpns to the sale items as my Meijer store is NOT allowing me to stack them with mfr's coupons because on the Mealbox cpns it specifically says "ONE COUPON PER TRANSACTION. NOT TO BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER DISCOUNT COUPONS." So the Mealbox cpns are good for when there are no other better mfrs coupons for the products.

Don't Forget to check out my friend, Kate at Cooking During Stolen Moments has posted a few meal ideas based on what is on sale this week, head over and read her meal ideas!!!


Buy $10 of any Coke products and get $10 off any Wilson Basketball! See store for details

Buy 1 Back to Basics Smoothie Maker (reg $29.99) get 10 Dannon Yogurt Single Serve 6 oz cups FREE!

Buy 3 Pepsi 12 pk 12 oz cans or 6-8 pk btls get 1 Mountain Dew Voltage 12 pk 12 oz cans FREE!

Buy a Mr Coffee 12 cup Coffee Maker get 1 Folgers Coffee 26-34.5 oz or Folgers Gourmet Select Coffee 11-12 oz FREE!

Buy any 3 Dove Products get $3 off your next shopping trip! Cpn prints at register.

Mix or Match 10 for $10 get the 11th item FREE SALE:

Angel Soft Bath Tissue 4 roll

Aquafresh Toothpaste 6.4 oz

Armour Lunchmakers - each

Avocados - each

Baby Cut Carrots or Organic Baby Carrots 1 lb bag

Banquet Brown n Serve Breakfast Links

Bar S Jumbo Meat Franks, Chicken Franks or Bologna

Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream Cups 3-6 oz

Betty Crocker Cake Mix 18.4 oz

Betty Crocker Helper 5-9 oz box

Betty Crocker Specialty or Flavored Mashed Potatoes-charity!

Bushs Best Variety Beans 15-16 oz

California Artichokes - each

Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta with Meat

Combos Snacks 7 oz pkg

Dessert Shells 6 ct - bakery

Dole Premium Classics Salads

Fleischmanns Margarine

Gerber 2nd Food 2 pk

Green Giant Box or Poly Bag Vegetables 2-12 oz - frozen

Guldens Spicy Brown Mustard 12 oz

Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Cups 4 oz

Healthy Choice Soup 15 oz can

Hormel Sliced Salami or Pepperoni 4.5 oz

Hunts Ketchup 24 oz

Hunts Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce - can

Hunts Snack Pack Pudding or Gels 4 pk

Jenos Crisp n Tasty Pizza

Kraft Easy Mac Cup or Macaroni & Cheese Shapes

Meijer Applesauce 25 oz jar

Meijer Brown n Serve White or Wheat Rolls 12 ct

Meijer Facial Tissue - flat or cube

Meijer Frosting 16 oz

Meijer Fruit in Juice or Syrup 15-26 oz can

Meijer Pineapple 20 oz can

Meijer Milk or Dark Chocolate Candy Bars

Meijer Noodles & Sauce or Rice & Sauce

Meijer Old Fashioned Soft Cookies 10-11 oz

Meijer Organics Whole White or Whole Mini Bella Mushrooms

Meijer Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water or Solid White Tuna in Water 5 oz-

Meijer Pretzels 9-15 oz

Meijer Reclosable Bags or Fold Top Sandwich Bags 50-150 ct

Meijer Slider Lock Bags - 10-20 ct

Meijer Sour Cream 16 oz

Meijer Tomato Sauce 46 oz can

Meijer White Hot Dog Buns or Seeded or White Hamburger Buns 8 ct

Minute Maid Lemonade, Limeade or Punch 64 oz

Parkay Margarine

Pepsi 2 liter btl

Perfect Purity Kids Hair Care, Body Wash, Hand Wash or Hand Sanitizer

Rothbury Croutons 6 oz

Smartwater 1 liter btl

Vitamin Water 20 oz btl

Aunt Millies Deluxe White Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns 8 ct
35/1 cpn 01-11 RP

Aunt Millies White or Wheat Butter Top Bread 22 oz loaf
35/1 cpn 01-11 RP

DenTek Flossers 75-90 ct
$1/1 cpn 01-18 S

Hersheys King Size Candy Bars, XL Bars or Snack Size Candy Bars
B1G1 cpn 01-25 S(cpn for buy 1 Milk Chocolate Bar, Milk Chocolate Bar with Almonds or Special Dark Bar get 1 Special Dark Bar FREE!)

Betty Crocker Warm Delights
50/1 cpn 02-08 GM

Totinos Pizza Rolls 15 ct
35/1 cpn 02-08 GM

Michelinas or Lean Gourmet Entrees
$1/5 cpn 02-08 S

Crest Toothpaste 6.4 oz
$1/1 cpn 03-15 PG


Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes 20-24 oz pkg or Mac & Cheese 20 oz 2/$4

Fresh Farm Raised Catfish Fillets, $3.99/lb

Garden Fresh Salsa, Hummus or Chips ~~ buy 1 get 1 FREE!

Lays Potato Chips 11 oz ~~ save 50%

Louis Kemp Imitation Crabmeat or Lobstermeat 8 oz pkg 2/$3

Strawberries 1 lb container 2/$3

Chi Chis Salsa 16 oz 4/$5
55/1 cpn 12-07 S

Nestle Coffeemate Flavored Creamers 16 oz 2/$3
50/1 cpn 01-04 S2

Aunt Millies Deli Buns 6-8 ct 2/$4
35/1 cpn 01-11 RP

Deans Chip Dip 12-16 oz  $1.19
$1/2 cpn 01-25 S

Sargento Shredded Cheese 5-8 oz 3/$6
55/2 cpn 01-25 S

General Mills Cereal - Apple Cinnamon or Fruity Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Oat Cluster Cheerios Crunch, Frosted Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Total Whole Grain or Multi Grain Cheerios 2/$4
50/1 cpn 02-08 GM

Zatarains Rice Mix ~~ buy 2 get 2 FREE!
75/2 cpn 02-08 RP

Kelloggs Cereal - Cracklin Oat Bran, Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran Extra 2/$5
$1/1 cpn 02-22 RP

General Mills Fiber One Toaster Pastry 2/$4
50/1 cpn 02-22 S

Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs 2/$5
75/1 cpn 02-22 S (cpn for Honey Maid Delight Bars, Chewy Granola Bars or Planters Big Nut Bars only)

Freschetta Pizza - frozen  $3.99
$1/1 cpn 03-01 S

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks - Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Roll Ups, Stickerz or Gushers 3/$5
50/2 cpn 03-08 S

Wish Bone Dressing 9-16 oz 3/$5
$1/2 cpn 03-15 RP

Dannon Yogurt 6 oz cups 10/$4
$1/1 cpn 03-15 S

Wrigleys Doublemint, Juicy Fruit, Spearming, Big Red or Winterfresh new slim pack
03-15 S FREE item coupon, value up to $1.19


Caltrate Calcium Supplement $6.99
$3/1 cpn 01-04 R1

Maybelline Lip, Eye or Face Products ~~ save $2
$1/1 cpn 01-18 RP (cpn for Mascara only)

Oust Surface & Air Sanitizer 12 oz $3.49
B1G1 cpn 02-08 S

Sundown Vitamins ~~ buy 1 get 1 FREE!
$1/1 cpn 02-22 RP

Dawn Liquid Dish Soap 24 oz  $2.49
50/1 cpn 03-01 PG

Gillette Fusion Razor or Refill ~~ buy any Gillette Fusion Razor or Refill get 1 Fusion Shave Gel FREE!
$4/1 cpn 03-01 PG(refills only)

Formula 409 Cleaner 32 oz 2/$5
$1/1 cpn 03-01 RP

Sally Hansen Products ~~ save 40%
50/1 cpn 03-08 RP (cpn for Nail Product only)

Olay Moisturizer ~~ buy any Olay Moisturizer get an Olay Cleanser FREE!
$1/1 cpn 03-15 PG

Dixie Plates 24-48 ct  2/$4
35/1 cpn 03-15 RP

Dove Ultimate Clear Deodorant or Body Mist 2/$7
$1.25/1 cpn 03-15 RP

Electrasol Automatic Dishwasher Detergent 75 oz or 20 ct tabs 2/$6
$1/1 cpn 03-15 S

Lysol All Purpose Cleaner ~~ save 50%
50/1 cpn 03-15 S

Lysol Disinfectant Spray or Wipes ~~ save 50%
$1/1 cpn 03-15 S

Lysol Kitchen or Bathroom or Toilet Bowl Cleaner ~~ save 50%
75/1 cpn 03-15 S

Revlon Age Defying Spa or Colorstay Mineral Products ~~ save 50%
$2/1 cpn 03-15 S

***Please take the time to check out your local ad, which you can find here!! IF Meijer is not your store of choice, head over to BeCentsAble's Grocery Gathering!!***