Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Hello to all my Frugal Workshop readers! :)

On Monday of this week, after working the last 23 school days I finally had a day off this week, and I needed it. For the last two weeks I've battled a case of Strep Throat and an eye infection that had left me drained. Three doctor visits and several medicines later I am feeling so much better. 

Today I am taking my car into the repair shop as my "Check Engine" light has been on this week. Hopefully it will not cost me a small fortune. Time will definitely tell. 

Here is what I've been listening to this early morning:

Amazing Grace: My Chains Are Gone 

CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011-2014.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday ~ Sale on Angel Soft Tissues

Publix has the 165 count Angel Soft tissues on sale this week for $1.25 per box. 

I had three coupons for 50¢ off one box, which I printed from Sometimes will reset the coupons, so you can print more than the two you are allowed to print. I had three coupons with me, and Publix will double any coupon 50¢ and under. In the end I bought three boxes and paid 25¢ each. 

They have now been added to my pantry inventory with the other tissues I have on hand. This is an example of how the Pantry Principle works. You can read more about that at my post here:

The Pantry Principle

This was a terrific week and started out with me working two days, but oftentimes things come up for teachers and they need a sub at the last minute, which is what happened this week. I ended up subbing twice for 7th grade in one classroom and twice for them in a second classroom, which makes for great camaraderie. I love what I do and really enjoy working with the students. I hope and pray that I make a difference in their lives. 

How have things been with you this week and how was your week?

CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011-2014.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Dinner

Sunday Dinner at our house today is meatless and consists of...

Baked Potatoes

Asian Salad
Garlic Bread

Baked Potatoes with choice of 
butter, sour cream, broccoli, and cheese. 

Buttered Corn

Asian Salad bought at Sam's Club as a Salad Kit
These are so good and only $1.98

Buttered Broccoli

Garlic Bread

What's for dinner at your house?

CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011-2014.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”

Spring Break

This past week was Spring Break here and we had a really nice week off from our regular school/work hours. 

The grocery store sale ads were not the best this week, so I did not do any major grocery shopping. I did manage to find a few good coupon deals though. 

My go to deodorant is Sure and there were $1.00 off coupons in last Sunday's paper. I used them at Walmart since there were no good sales here and got them for 96¢ each, so I saved $4.00.

Last Sunday there was a coupon for Nivea lotion, $5.00 off two bottles. I used mine first at Walmart and then at Target. The ones on the left were 28¢ each after coupon while the ones on the right were combined with a Target coupon and were completely free. These will be great for my sub bag. See why I have not been shopping at Walmart lately? lol

We went to the Dollar Tree to pick up a couple of free items. I picked up two bars of Zest soap for free after a coupon I printed on and my daughter was able to pick up two more free makeup items. 

I printed coupons for Planter's peanuts from and combined them with a Target coupon and bought three cans of peanuts for $1.00 each. As with several of my pictures this week, things have been eaten since I bought them, which is my fault since I waited to take pictures this week. lol ;)

For some reason one day when we shopped at Bi-Lo, between my daughter and me, we received coupons for four free items. So, I picked up free eggs, free lunch meat, free buns (almost gone already), and a free bag of salad. How neat was that? I plan on using the lunch meat for sandwiches for lunch this week. 

Have you ever tried the Target brand of Chickadees crackers? They are just like Goldfish crackers and sometimes, if you're lucky, you can find them on sale for $1.00 a box like I did this week. I picked up a few boxes to divvy up into baggies and use in lunches this week. 

I used one of the gas reward coupons I received from Kmart last week, which saved me 30¢ per gallon of gas, so $3.00 in savings. 

Did you happen to catch Lili's tip over at Creative Savv about her alternative use for paper towels with clam shells? If not you can read about it here:  

So I found a use for paper towels

She uses a paper towel in the bottom of her clam shells to prolong the life of her family's produce and she saves the paper towel and uses it several times over the course of the season. 

Well, the other day I bought a package of cherubs tomatoes at Sam's Club and there just happened to be one of these absorbent napkins in the bottom of it. It's plastic on one side and absorbent on the other. I took it out and put it in the cabinet to use it several times before I toss it. 

On Friday night we went to the theater and watched the movie Divergent. I checked over the prices and decided on the bargain time slot of 5:20, with tickets costing $5.25. We both enjoyed the film and had a little bit of fun in the process. A lot of students from school came to see the film as well, so we were able to see several friends. 

On Saturday we stopped in at Lowe's to pick up a free container of paint after we found a coupon in our Better Homes and Gardens magazine. 

Today, in anticipation of returning to school/work tomorrow, I am doing laundry. I've cleaned the bathroom and kitchen, cleaned out my car from this week's activities and already made lunches and laid out clothes and shoes for tomorrow. Hopefully we will have a good week here and I hope you do as well.    

CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011-2014.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Coupon Sunday

Rite Aid has a sale starting today on Purex. When you buy one, you get two free. 

I had coupons for $1.50 off two and I used three of them for one deal and my daughter used three more for a second deal. 

We now have 12 bottles in our laundry room and we paid $1.37 each for them. 

It's nice to be stocked up on them for a while.

Our next stop today was at Kmart. They are doubling coupons this week up to $2.00, when you spend $25, up to 5 coupons per day. 

My first coupon was for Purex. I bought 2 boxes, which cost $3.49 each, and used a $1.50 coupon off 2 Purex, which doubled, so I paid $1.99 each. 

Next, I found three Colgate Optic  White toothpastes on the clearance shelf for $3.03. I had three coupons for $1.50 off, which doubled, so I paid 3¢ each for those. 

Finally I bought the One A Day Woman's Gummie Vitamins. They were $17.99, but I used a Shop Your Way rewards coupon for $6.00 and combined that with a $2.00 manufacturer coupon, which doubled, so I paid $7.99 for the vitamins. 

Stopped at Bi-Lo yesterday as well. They had this Right Guard deodorant for $3.99. I had two manufacturer coupons for $2.00 off and 2 Target coupons for $2.00 off, so I bought all four deodorants for free and only paid the sales tax.  

We found another deodorant deal at Publix. These Speed Sticks were buy one get one free and after doubled coupons we paid 30¢ each. 

The Dollar Tree has Hormel Pepperoni for $1.00 a pack. I had several coupons for $1.00 off two packages. They only had seven packages left on the shelf, so I bought six and paid 50¢ each. 

Yesterday I received the coupon I had ordered from My Coke Rewards for a free 12 pack of any coke product. I decided to pick Sprite for those days when someone has an upset stomach. I don't like entering the codes into the system, but I do like the free 12 packs.  

Publix has Oscar Meyer hot dogs on sale this week and we had several coupons to use for $1.00 off. I paid $1.13 per package for these hot dogs. I put six of them into the freezer to use later. 

These Suave shampoos were on sale at Publix for $3.49. We had manufacturer coupons and combined them with Target coupons and paid 49¢ for each bottle. 

I love couponing because it allows me to have more purchasing power than if I didn't coupon. We are stocked up on so many things we use in our house and it is all because of coupons. 

CFO ~ Chief Frugal Officer
© Belinda & Frugal Workshop, 2011-2014.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”