Thursday, April 30, 2009

OOOOOH! Angel complete series for $56.99!

I LOVE this series!


If you like Buffy, you will love this!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Broulims actually has a good deal! I'm so confused!

Okay, of course I see this AFTER I buy 4 Mission Tortilla's for $.97 at Albies.

Lynn Wilson tortillas are $.79 a package right now!

85% lean hamburger are $1.88/lb


Don Julio tortilla chips are $.99 a bag

Of the 3, I am the most thrilled about the Lynn Wilson. I always buy 10-20 packages when they go on sale and freeze them. I just picked up another 10 this morning. If they are out of stock (and that always happens) just get a raincheck with Broulims. But be warned, the customer service won't track it and you WILL have to hound them until you get it. I always have to and it's a pain!

Good luck and happy shopping!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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New location for Rigby Pinching You Pennies coupon meet

We will be meeting from 10am-11am here:

4304 E 500 N
This is Brenda's house

kids are okay, but you need to make sure they don't trash her house.

I am hoping to come, but my littlest one has had some weird health stuff lately, so I might be too paranoid, haven't decided yet.
If you are wanting to learn to coupon, this is the place!
Print this weeks Albertsons's pyp list and come ready to learn!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

New sewing projects for meeeee!

One of my facebook friends posted a link to this tute and now I'm going to make myself a skirt out of all my leftover fabric.

I'm very excited to start this project:


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Crock Pot Heaven

So, the other day the crock pot we have been using for years just broke. DH was lifting it out to use and the pot just split. Very annoying.
So, I'm on the hunt for the best deal on an extremely high quality, LARGE crock pot. I use mine all summer long so I don't have to run the air conditioner but I can still cook nice meals.
I think I found a front runner in this race:


Now this site has some good deals on crock pots and other items, so feel free to look around. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Children's Place sale!

Yay! there are codes out there for an extra discount (just google "childrens place coupon code" or something like that).

I love love love the children's place. The clothes are great quality (believe me, they've held up through 2 boys so far) and the dye lots are the same every year, so red is always red, ocean is always ocean... that means I can mix and match tights and dresses without fear of ugly variations on the colors.

Here is the link. Go nuts!

*** Be patient, this site gets flooded during sales and can be very slow to navigate. Just a warning.

Friday, April 17, 2009

You MUST go to the Broadway Albertsons on Saturday!

This came directly from the Broadway Albies:

We need your help!
We are locked into a contest with Albertsons Flagship store (one they spent more money on the decor than our whole store!) We are trying to make a point and it is this- It's not the building or the location next to the General office that matters....IT'S THE PEOPLE! WE HAVE THE PEOPLE and the PEOPLE are YOU! Please come buy french bread here SATURDAY and we will break a world record of 1,000 loaves of French bread! Thank you in advance for making Broadway Albertsons #1!!!!!!

Okay, it's time to show the support for our Broadway Albies! Call your family and friend and make the trip to be a part of a world record! They've helped us for years now it's our turn to go show the love!

I have some set rules on how often I will drive to Idaho Falls weekly so as to save gas and I will be breaking them just to go to the Broadway store! If I can do it, you can too!

Comment here after you go and lets see how many of us show up!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wanna learn how to make a baby carrier for FREE?

Come to the class I will be teaching with the esteemed Heidi Donnelly, owner of Silly Goose Baby!

Check it out Here!

Frugalistas Unite! April!

This weather is killing most of my frugal goals. Argh!

Okay, here is the biggie for everyone this month:

Plan a garden. If you have an apartment, go to you neighbor, parents, church leaders and ask if they know of a place where you can plant a row or too of veggies. Google gardens in your area. In bigger cities there are usually places you can rent a chunk of land for your plot for cheap. Do that.

This year, commit to planting a garden!

Pick 3 veggies you want to grow. I suggest corn for one because it is easy and delish. Pick 2 more easier veggies like peas or green beans. Buy your seeds.

Get ready to garden! Yay!

Monday, April 13, 2009

How I spend so little on groceries

I get a lot of people asking how I manage to stay very close to or under (for the most part) $100 a month for groceries including tax. I thought I'd write some of what I do so you can decide if you want to go to some of the extremes I go to.
Something to remember is that it took me YEARS to make all the changes in my family's lifestyle that have led up to where we are now, spending and frugality wise. This is not and cannot be an overnight change. It will take at least some months to make changes, find what works for you and lower your spending. Slow and steady wins this race.

  1. I bake my own bread. A few years ago I decided not to spend any more money buying bread, so I called a friend and had her come over and teach me how to make bread. I also invested in a kitchenaid mixer that I found on a great deal. My husband and I committed to using that thing once a week so it earned it's keep and now we use it daily. Some will argue that it is more expensive to make bread, but I disagree on that. I buy all my flour (I buy bread flour), sugar and salt at places like Sam's Club, or on sale and in bulk at other locations. Also, it is consistently about $.50 to bake a loaf of bread from scratch no matter how fancy a bread I am baking. I am currently perfecting hamburger and hot dog buns.
  2. I cloth diaper. Before you run screaming, read my cloth diaper article that is on the sidebar of this blog. Cloth is better for my checking account and the environment. Plus, I have embraced laundry as my best pal and in the winter my electric dryer actually heats my house (look here but search your local stores for much cheaper prices).
  3. I have a large food storage. It is easier to spend less on groceries when I'm only buying large amounts of only a FEW items on a great sale. For example, I bought 60 boxes of cereal last month. I already had a huge supply of cereal, but the sale was great and this topped me off so I won't HAVE to buy cereal until another amazing sale comes by. Same goes for items like mustard, mayo, pasta and juice. I buy when the sale is amazing and I buy enough for a year supply whenever possible. Then if a great sale on the same thing comes up over the year I buy enough to top it off back to my year supply, rotating the items of course.
  4. I have a large toiletries storage. I keep a years supply of toothbrushes, laundry detergent and toilet paper on hand. This stuff doesn't really go bad, so if you have more than a year's supply, no biggie.
  5. I cook from scratch. My husband is allergic to msg and so I am limited in my grocery shopping. So, I've learned to make simple healthy recipes really well. We add a new recipe to the mix here and there and if it rocks we keep it, otherwise... it was fun to try.
  6. I do vegetarian meals weekly. This was hard for my husband especially, but it's getting easier.
  7. I make treats. A lot. I have started baking a treat every day just so my family doesn't miss all the going out to eat goodies. If I have too many goodies going on I just give some away to a neighbor.
  8. I gave up steak and other fancy meats. Sure, for a special occasion we'll get one, but that's it. That was hard for us. We used to have steak every day (Don't judge me, I grew up with beef cattle. If we were hungry we slaughtered a steer). We also don't have a lot of fancy fish and whatnot unless the hubby catches it.
  9. I eat what is in season. I don't buy fresh veggies, I grow a garden and can and freeze it during harvest. I figure if it was good enough for my great great granny, it's good enough for me. Plus, learning the skill of canning was really a lot of fun! My husband is an excellent canner! Also, I am learning which fruits and veggies and keep over the winter month in my garage or shop and I'm planting more of those this next year.
  10. I eat less. By that I mean, if I want to snack I drink something first to see if I'm not just thirsty (which usually I am). I also try not to let myself just eat in front of the tv. I'm still working on that one. I find I eat a lot more than I need to out of boredom.
  11. I breastfeed. Saves me a ton on formula!
  12. I use powdered milk and eggs when the fresh ones are not on sale. I also freeze milk and oj when they are on sale so I have them on hand.
  13. I don't use paper towels. I just cut up rags from old clothes.
  14. I take my leftovers and either freeze them for lunches or I combine them into a new dinner. This one can be dicey as I have made some truly hideous food, but it often works out pretty darn well.
  15. I coupon like crazy at the grocery store. Duh.
Okay there is what I can think of right now. Like I said, I have made a lot of changes and I don't recommend doing the same overnight. But, it is doable. Even if you pick a few, you will see your grocery budget go down. I have also found our family is closer, my husband and I have a stronger marriage and I feel like we are happier and more satisfied the more we frugalize our lives. It's worth the work.

Recipes to use for your cereal stockpile!

The following were found at Kraft Foods website:

Raisin Bran Bread

2 cups raisin bran cereal, divided

1-1/4 cups fat-free milk

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine, melted, divided

1 egg

3/4 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1 Tbsp. CALUMET Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp. sugar

Make It!

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix 1-1/2 cups of the cereal, the milk and 2 Tbsp. of the margarine in medium bowl. Let stand 1 minute. Add egg and 3/4 cup sugar; mix well. Stir in flour, baking powder and cinnamon until well blended. Spread into 9x5-inch loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray.

MIX remaining 1/2 cup cereal, remaining 2 Tbsp. margarine and 1 Tbsp. sugar until well blended; sprinkle over batter. Gently press cereal mixture into batter.

BAKE 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on wire rack; remove bread from pan. Cool completely. Cut into 16 slices to serve.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Variation - Raisin Bran Muffins

Prepare batter as directed; spoon evenly into 12 medium muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with topping mixture. Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 12 servings, 1 muffin each.

Storage Know-How

This bread tastes great even the day after it's been baked! Be sure to cool it completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Store overnight at room temperature and you've got a fresh, tasty treat the next morning!

Oven Fried Crunch Parmesan Chicken

1/3 cup flour

1 tsp. salt

Dash of pepper

1 broiler-fryer chicken (3 lb.), cut up

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 Tbsp. water

1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup crushed corn flakes

2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted

Make It

PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Mix flour and seasonings in shallow dish. Add chicken; toss to coat. Beat egg and water in separate shallow dish. Mix cheese and corn flakes in third shallow dish.

DIP chicken in egg mixture, then in cheese mixture, turning over to evenly coat both sides. Place in 13x9-inch baking dish; drizzle with butter.

BAKE 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through (180°F).

Holiday Churros

1 cup water

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup flour

1 cup honey-flavored multi-grain cereal flakes with oat clusters, finely ground

1/4 cup PLANTERS Pecan Pieces, finely ground

3 eggs

2 cups oil

1/3 cup cinnamon sugar

Make It!

BRING water, butter and salt to boil in medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Stir in flour. Reduce heat to low; cook 1 min. or until mixture forms a ball, stirring constantly with wooden spoon. Remove from heat; stir in cereal and pecans until well blended. Place in medium bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with electric mixer on medium speed after each addition until well blended.

HEAT oil in medium skillet to 350ºF. Spoon cereal mixture into heavy-weight pastry bag fitted with large star tip. (Or spoon into a cake decorator's tube fitted with star tip.) Carefully squeeze three or four 3-inch-long strips of dough into hot oil. Cook 2 to 3 min. or until golden brown on both sides, turning after 1 min. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining dough.

ROLL in cinnamon sugar while still hot. Serve warm.

Rice Krispie Waffles

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup rice krispies
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat traditional waffle iron to medium. Meanwhile, stir flour, rice krispies, cornstarch, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in large bowl. Whisk egg yolks, milk, vanilla, and oil together in medium bowl.
With electric mixer of balloon whisk, beat egg whites in bowl to soft peaks. Pour milk mixture over dry ingredients and whisk until combined. Whisk in beaten whites until just combined. Do not over mix; a few streaks of whites should be visible.
Pour 2/3 cup batter into center of preheated waffle iron and use back of dinner spoon to spread batter toward outer edges (batter should reach about 1/2 inch from edges of iron before closing lid). Close lid and cook until deep golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

The following recipes are from (hint: when searching there use the “ingredients” option to search for recipes using items you have at home. Love this feature!)

Slow Cooker Party Mix

  • 4 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
  • 4 cups Cheerios® cereal
  • 3 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 (12 ounce) can salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine cereals, pretzels and peanuts. Combine butter, Parmesan cheese, celery salt and seasoned salt; drizzle over cereal mixture and mix well. Cover and cook on low for up to 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Wookie Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal


  1. Cream margarine and sugar together. Without sifting add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  2. Chill dough for 1/2 hour.
  3. Shape into balls and press firmly with a fork. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 10 to 15 minutes at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Kelloggs Chocolate Scotcheroos


  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal or Kellogg's® Cocoa Krispies™ cereal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels


  1. Place corn syrup and sugar into 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter. Mix well. Add Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal. Stir until well coated. Press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over cereal mixture. Let stand until firm. Cut into 2 x 1-inch bars when cool.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Albertsons Unilever Sale! Yay!

Hot dang! Spend $25 before coupons and get $10 in FREE MEAT!

this week is awesome!

Here is the pyp link to the grocery list

This is Utah's list, but we'll be pretty close here in Idaho.

I'll post more on this later in the week.

HUGE coupon mistake I made!

I have a big thing about saying when I am wrong. And I am very stubborn and don't like to be wrong, so I rarely admit it.

Anyhow, I screwed up royally this week.

I read on another blog that you could use the Post Select cereal coupons on the Honey Bunches of oats and that a service rep from Post had confirmed that. I was off running telling people, thinking it would help people used their coupons and help stores move more inventory.

Boy, I was very wrong.

Here is the thing, sure, someone at Post said it was okay so I guess you can do it, BUT, is that really following the letter of the coupon? Short answer is no. Which means as someone who tries to always be extremely honest I was very much wrong and shame on me.

The owners of Pinching Your Pennies set me straight and I'm grateful they did.

Here's the deal: Idaho is suddenly going through this huge coupon explosion. Good because lots of people are saving money. But, not so good because a lot of dishonesty is going on. Not all intentional, but still.

It's like crime rates. My husband always uses this analogy. Crime rates are basically the same everywhere PER CAPITA. Less people, less crime, more people, more crime. Little Rigby has less burglaries, shootings than, say Boise. Of course, we only have 6-8000 people total! As we grow, we will have more crime, not because we are more evil, but because with more people in an area you are bound to have more criminals. Pure and simple.

More Idahoans are couponing, some too aggressively, to the point of dishonesty. Sometimes that is an accident, sometimes not. Either way, we all need to work harder to be honest when we do this and to those we screw up around, please, be more forgiving. Everyone here is learning together and there will be mistakes along the way.

Personally, I feel lucky for websites like Pinching Your Pennies that is free. The owners have gone through these growing pains in Utah and can help us through. We just need to ride out the storms and learn from our mistakes.

The Good Lord knows I'm trying to.

Moral of this specific example/story I started with: Coupon Fraud is coupon fraud. Just stay out of the gray area and follow the letter of that coupon law. Better to be honest and save less than to be dishonest. Really. And I'm sorry for not seeing that for what it was in the first place. Should have thought it through more.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Join the Broadway Albertsons Facebook group!

Join here

Tell your friends and join the group! We can facebook each other the deals we find and talk about my favorite Albertsons store on Broadway!