Thursday, May 28, 2009

Garage sale tip: Soda Pop

We had out 2nd garage sale in a row this past weekend. It was great. I sold just about everything for a quarter (I'm not in this to make bank, I'm in it to dejunk and have a little change for my kids' summer sno cone shenannigans). We made decent money, but here is something I learned.

A gal in my neighborhood (thanks Amber) told me that at a garage sale she did they sold food, so I decided to try. I did one of Albies HOT deals on soda pop from last week. It came to $.075 per can of pop, so let's say $.08. I sold each pop for a quarter. By the end of the day I made enough money to pay for my entire grocery trip and then some on JUST the Pop. And the 5 12 packs of pop had only run me $9 so there you have it. Plus I didn't sell all the pop.

What I'm saying here is that selling ice cold beverages that you get on a smokin' deal is a decent way to make a few extra bucks and is therefore worth it. At the very least it should pay for your shopping trip!

Foodsaver Deal! Woot!

This is coming from Pinchingyourpennies, so thank you to them!

FoodSaver V2040 Vacuum Sealer Kit $60 shipped! List $125

FoodSaver V2040 Vacuum Sealer Kit w/Tilia FoodSaver Gallon Size Bags - 32 Pack Sku: 209000351
List Price: $125.98
You Save: $67.99
Our Price: $59.99
Shipping: FREE Total Price: $59.99 Link

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

No coupon group today: No ad to group about!

No ad, so no group! Have a great week!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Bike deals at Walmart

All deals via
Click on any of these to order!

Princess Tough Trike $19

Schwinn Roadster Trike $59

Huffy Girls Bike $49.88

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Quick! Buy a teeny sewing machine!

I want this! Perfect teeny machine for you! Thanks!

For good measure, go here and see all of the janomes on a great deal!
Janome Sew Mini Sewing Machine for
$34.99 (List Price: 109.99)
Sew Mini sewing machine is the perfect second machine for any experienced user, or a great starter machine for the young enthusiast / Janome gives you full-size features in a compact-size machine / Sewing machine is perfect for travel .
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  • HOT deal for the sports lover in your family! Thank me later!

    People this deal is wicked awesome! It comes to your courtesy of
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    $8.00 + Free Shipping (List Price: $199.50) **Save 96%**
    Sporting News is a treasure that any sports fan will anxiously await the arrival of! Sporting News provides you with the best up-to-date information and previews on pro football, college football, college basketball, baseball, pro basketball, hockey and pro football draft..
  • Click Here and add to cart for $20 - 60% off Coupon SPORTNEWS (Ends 05/24) = $8.00 + Free Shipping
  • Weir In Your Kitchen - Chicory Dinnerware Set, 3 pc. Place Setting for $9.99


    I bought a bunch of this brand of stoneware 4 Christmases ago and I ADORE it! Wonderful stuff. Also I used to work at the Bon Marche and I spent a lot of time in the housewares dept as their bridal gal. Believe me, totally great stuff.

    This site has TONS of deals on dishes to watch closely and check back often!

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Handyman Magazine for $4.50 a year! Family Handyman Subscription for $4.50 (Cover Price $39.90) **Save 89% w/ 55% Off Coupon**Price Drop**HOT**
    Family Handyman is for people who take an active interest in home improvement, yard and garden care, maintenance and repair, and remodeling. Expanding on the handyman theme, the magazine also features information on woodworking, auto maintenance, energy efficiency, and decorating.
  • Click Here and add to cart for $10.00 - 55% Off w/Coupon MPSHANDY = $4.50
  • Hot deal on pots and pans

    Macys here.

    Some details:


    Tools of the Trade Basics Starter 12-Piece Cookware Set

    Reg. $100.00
    Was $59.99
    Sale $34.99
    The chef's dozen. This 12-piece cookware set has everything you need to cook fantastic full meals. The polished stainless steel construction looks great and heats quickly and evenly for consistently impressive results. Glass lids allow you to monitor food as you cook, while phenolic handles stay cool for easy handling. Limited lifetime warranty.

    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    Sometimes special things are just worth the money...

    Check out this post on my personal blog of a new table I got tonight. We saved up for it and while I spent a lot, I also know I got an exceptional deal on a custom table. It's beautiful. It's brilliant. It's worth the money for something I will love for years.

    See HERE

    Monday, May 18, 2009

    Broulims FREE lightbulbs!

    Okay, I am shocked, but it's true: Broulims is getting into the good deals game! A few more of these odd instances and I might start actually wanting to shop there!

    Anyhow, here is this deal:
    Right when you walk in they have a TON of the ge energy efficient lightbulbs that are usually about $5 for $.99.
    Right there, that is a great deal and I would stock up as these lights supposedly will drop your power bill and last forever.

    But, it gets better! The 5/9 Smart Source (I think that was the date) had coupons for $1 off any ge lightbulb! So that makes them FREE!

    Yay! Go nuts! They have a ton!

    While you are there, look for any tearpad coupons because there are a few at the front of the store I would grab for a friggin amazing deal. shhhhh...

    Something you NEED (imo): 2 way radios!

    I saw this brilliant idea via some friends a few weeks ago. They were going to the park a mile away from home and their eldest child wanted to stay home and watch a show (and didn't feel well). So, they gave him a walkie talkie and took the other with them. They could stay in constant communication! Perfect!

    Now, I thought of this in terms of when my child goes to a friend's house. I want her to be safe no matter where she is and while I only let her go to people's houses where I know the humans really well, you can't account for everything. (I personally follow the saying: In God we trust. The rest do a background check.) Anyhow, knowing she can get in touch with me without having to ask an adult (sometimes that's better anyhow). I like the idea that the kids can talk to each other and play. I even like the idea of slipping it into her backpack for emergencies (can you tell that I am a paranoid mom?).

    Anyhow, whatever your reason, I think this is a decent deal.

    Go HERE.



      Boasting an ultra-clear long-distance range of up to 10 miles (16 km), this pair of Cobra PR3500-2 DX two-way radios is ideal for adventurous hikers, rescue workers, or even parents who need to keep tabs on their kids from several blocks away. Each radio comes equipped with 22 channels--eight GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service), seven FRS (Family Radio Service), and seven GMRS/FRS combo channels--on which to communicate, in addition to 38 privacy codes.

    • 10-Mile (16 km) Range
    • 10-NOAA Weather channels
    • UHF/FM
    • Switchable Power Output
    • 38 Privacy
    • VOX
    • Patented VibrAlert
    • 10 Channel Memory
    • Battery Saver Circuitry
    • Scan Feature
    • Water Resistant
    • Key Lock
    • 10 Call Tones
    • Auto Squelch
    • Maximum Range Extender
    • Illuminated LCD
    • Keystroke Tone Signal
    • Speaker/Microphone Jack
    • Belt Clip
    • Manufacturer Refurbished to meet or exceed original equipment specifications with a 90-Day Manufacturer Warranty

    Fantastic BIG Christmas present! Portable dvd player!

    I found this early this morning, but piching your pennies had this pretty post, so I copied it here. However, the credit goes to pyp and once again I suggest you familiarize yourselves to their online deals portion of the website. I buy nearly ALL of my birthday and Christmas gifts through their online deals and it is totally worth it.

    This is a fantastic gift idea! Yay!

    Haier PDVD7 7 Portable DVD Player with Rechargeable battery, Dual headphone jacks, car charger, and remote control Sku: 206728289
    List Price: $129.99
    You Save: (53%) $70.00
    Our Price: $59.99
    Shipping: FREE Total Price: $59.99 LINK

    Saturday, May 16, 2009

    I am having a garage sale NOW

    I just met a blog reader a second ago (hi Kathryn!) and realized I forgot to tell all of you something:

    I am having a garage sale! I want to get rid of crap and I LOVE to haggle! Plus I have friends bringing things over and I'm trying to talk them into all but giving it away!

    Here is my craigslist post:

    Come take my junk please!

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009

    Cheap Pyrex Run!

    Okay, note the mistake I made. You can save an extra 20% ONLY when you register, VERIFY your registration THEN make an order. (and use the code the site will give you).

    Still mad I just missed out on $4!

    Anyhow, I got casserole dishes and bread pans for $1.90 each.

    Totally worth it!

    I bought 10 items for $28!

    Go Here.

    Thank you to for the post!

    Tuesday, May 12, 2009

    Home improvements: Want or need?

    I've been struggling with wants and needs lately.
    We have a beautiful home that would really look nicer with some improvements to it. But... I have a hard time spending money when my house functions just fine as is.


    With Mother's day fast approaching, I had to come up with something kinda cheap so I wouldn't end up with candies or something else that is useless(I have a thing about gifts that don't serve a purpose other than to increase my thigh circumference).
    So, I asked for railroad ties around my flower bed.
    We found a decent deal, but it still cost $50 for all the ties. Then dh decided that he needed a new shovel and rake (because he forgot to put the old ones away last fall and now they are "icky". Whatever) That was another $30 down the drain and it earned dh one of my famous, "Take care of your crap" lectures I give when I'm really exasperated about the tool situation here.
    **PS. Watch for an upcoming post on how I'm going to fix up dh's tools so he will put them away and keep them organized. It's going to be a goodie and hopefully no one will die.
    Anyhow, so Total that is running me... way too much money. Sigh.

    Then, the washer broke. Again. Last time we replaced the coupler ourselves for about $25. It was easy to google and Northgate Appliance was great to help us out. This time it was the transmission. Not a cheap fix and so we decided to spend the extra $50 and buy a new washer (a new tranny would be about $125ish). So we went to Northgate Appliance in Idaho Falls and bought a new to us washer. I wanted a front loader soooooo bad, but I have been told by my fellow cloth diaperers that a front loader is crap for diaper washing plus, they are just too expensive for me right now. So, used top loader it is.
    So, there is another $185.
    I hated to pay this, but a washing machine is a need.

    In a few days we are having a custom table built for our kitchen. Remember the fold up beds from days of yore? Well, this will be a fold up table. It will keep me from cluttering it up (like this table I'm typing on is) and it will save space. It will also fit our whole family and have table legs that don't go out when we put a roast on it. It will cost us $350 for a high quality table and while I hate spending that much, I feel like it is an investment in family time and therefore a need. Plus, that puppy will last forever. A carpenter friend is making it and it is going to be niiiice.

    Then we have to paint the place the table is going in to. Well we don't HAVE to, but I'd rather do it now so we don't have the table in our way, so that is another $60.

    Argh! Spending too much money! But, what do you do?

    Friday, May 8, 2009

    Something you really do NEED at a fantastic price Today only!

    A fire alarm that lasts for 10 years and doesn't need batteries! It screws into your light fixture!

    Check this out and get a bunch!


    Wednesday, May 6, 2009

    I ask you: Best and cheapest waty to kill dandilions and other lawn irritants?

    So, we are gearing up to do some lawn work here.
    We are putting in railroad ties for our flower bed (please let that be finished soon, my lawn looks so ugly!).

    I will go buy weed and feed if I have to, but I'm wondering, does anyone have a better way to kill the dandilions without killing the grass and flowers around them? A cheaper way?

    I am open to suggestions and I am researching online. Google, here I come!

    Cheapest, easiest mac and cheese idea evaaaar!

    Whilst waiting in the line at Broadway Albies Lawnie gave me this idea that she and Elizabeth came up with:

    Go to Sam's and buy the cans of plain ol' gooey cheese.

    Divide into jars and can in a cold pack for 20 minutes.

    Canned cheese.

    Get your pasta and cook it up.

    Pour a can o' cheese over it.

    Tastier than the boxed stuff, easier to mix and CHEAPER!

    There you have it!

    Go to Broadway albies and get deals on ranch and ritz and bbq sauce! Run!

    So, today was a fantastic day at my Broadway Albertsons.

    This is what I got for me:

    4 kraft ranch (did you know cucumber and buttermilk ranch are msg free?) $1
    2 taco bell shells $1.40
    7 kraft bbq Free plus $.35

    I got the kraft bbq catalina for $3


    4 Ritz and I used the kraft cat for this so $.97

    I spent:
    $3.72 total

    Now I bought other items for a friend who has some family stuff going on and just can't feasibly go to the grocery store right now and for my mom because she's my mom. But, I'm working on finding the savings.

    People, the kraft bbq sauce catalina is a money maker when coupled with the coupons from this Sunday's paper. Go nuts!

    Also, while I don't love the tone used at pyp (I'm a fan of please) and while I got the catalina before pyp posted it (didn't know about it, just stumbled on it), I will say, go to for this week's list and all the deals on it. This is a great week, easy to do! (ps, seriously, when you want bloggers to do something, if you want anyone to do something, please goes a looooooong way!)

    Sunday, May 3, 2009

    Thin easy crunchy pizza crust

    I found this on Robbies Recipes yesterday.
    Let it be known that I am NOT the pizza dough maker in this family, but I decided to try it out.
    This is easy and fast, NO rising time at all!

    Here you go:

    Prep. Time: 0:40
    Yield: 1 Pizza

    .25 oz. pkt. active dry yeast
    1/4 tsp. granulated sugar
    3/4 cup 110 degree water
    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    pizza sauce - of your choice, as needed
    shredded cheese - of your choice, as needed
    toppings - of your choice, as needed

    -Dissolve yeast and sugar in water; allow to rest for 8 minutes.
    -In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt.
    -Pour yeast mixture over flour mixture and mix well with a heavy spoon.
    -Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes.
    -Working from the edges to the center, press dough into a 12" circle. We've also found that holding the dough up, off the counter and stretching it works well, too (keep rotating the dough circle as you stretch to keep an even circle forming).
    -Place dough on a lightly greased pizza pan and stretch dough to edges.
    -Spread sauce over crust and top with cheese and desired toppings.
    -Bake in a 500 degree oven for 8-12 minutes, or until edges are golden.

    Notes: To answer the most frequently-asked questions I receive about this recipe: No, the dough does not have to rise - if it did, it wouldn't produce a thin crust. If you'd like to freeze the dough for later use, roll the dough into a ball, place in a sealable plastic bag (allow extra room, as the dough will rise a bit before it freezes completely), then thaw in the refrigerator completely before pressing out into a circle.