Breakfast

I love breakfast but many days it’s a battle between breakfast and sleep in the morning. Generally speaking, sleep is going to win. So during my waking hours I try to do whatever I can to allow me to sleep as long as possible. And this includes preparing breakfast ahead of time.

The other night I decided to try to make an egg/sausage/cheese/english muffin concoction, freeze it and see if I could thaw it into a good breakfast the next morning. I had most of the ingredients in my house already, so I don’t know exactly how much it cost.

Ingredients

The ingredients I used were fat free cheese, eggs, whole wheat english muffins and pre-cooked turkey sausage but any variety could be used.

Eggs in bowl First I wisked the eggs and poured them into the pan to be cooked in the oven. I added just a little bit of skim milk to the eggs. I cooked them in a small shallow pan on 350 for about 15 minutes (I have to admit I checked them often- I did not want to have to go the store and get more eggs!)

 

all the ingredientsWhile the eggs were cooking I laid out six paper towels and put a sliced english muffin on each.  After the eggs were done, I cut them into six sections and put one piece on each of the english muffins. Then I added the cheese and the frozen sausage (it was precooked), wrapped the sandwich in the paper towel and put the whole thing in Reynolds Wrap (although you could use a zip loc bag).   I took all six and threw them in the freezer.  Altogether it took about 20 minutes.

Finished

The real test was yesterday morning when I put the first one in the microwave (minus the reynolds wrap).  It tasted fantastic and I knew it was low fat because I had made it!  So in my humble opinion this is a great frugal recipe!

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Panera & Dove Samples and Sherwin Williams Coupon

At Panera today from 6 am to 9 pm you can get free samples of their newest menu items! They include the BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad, Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich, Breakfast Power Sandwich, Fudge Brownies, and Macadamia Nut Blondies! Go by and check them out!

Check this link for a free sample of Dove’s new shampoo!

Also, here is the link for a $10 off of $50 at Sherwin Williams. $50 is easy to spend on paint!

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Harris Teeter- great deals for the week

Besides the Cottonelle toilet paper there are a few good deals at Harris Teeter. (I only included coupons that I received in the mail on 09/09/09 so hopefully most people in Hampton Roads got the same ones I did. But there are also some great regular price deals.)

Blueberries and Rasberries are $1.50 for a 6 oz container.

Harris Teeter brand canned corn, peas and green beans are 3/$1.00

Herbal Essense Shampoo $1.99 before the $1.00 coupon in the Redplum received in the mail 9/9/09.
Final price : $.99

Harris Teeter 8 oz cans Tomato Sauce $.20 each

Caribou Coffee $6.99 before the $2 coupon in Redplum received in the mail 9/9/09
Final price $4.99

These would be great deals for people who stock pile ingredients for cooking later!

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Great Deal on Toilet Paper

Harris Teeter has their Cottonelle Toilet Paper Buy One Get One Free this week if you have a VIC card! If you choose to buy just one you get it at half price. In Virginia Beach one package is $10.99, so half price would be $5.50.

But before purchasing you can go to Cottonelle and give them your e-mail address to print a $.50 off coupon. Harris Teeter will double this coupon, so it makes the toilet paper $4.50! With 12 of the double rolls inside that makes it about $.38 a roll!

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Express Coupon

I don’t see coupons for Express that are this good often, so I wanted to pass it along. $10 off of $20 at Express!

The coupon expires on 9/13/09 so you only have a few days but I bet this could make some stuff already on sale an even better deal!

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Rite Aid Simplified

One of my readers said that she would like the Rite Aid post broken down step by step, so I am going to try to do that now. I can only do this with one scenario, so I chose Scenario # 1 on my previous post.

1. Go to riteaid.com to watch videos.

2. Watch the video listed under $7 for Nexxus products.

3. Print the $3 Nexxus coupon.

4. Continue to watch videos for any products you like.

5. After you have watched enough videos, print the $5 off of $20 coupon from that website.

6. Now you can close the Rite Aid web site.

7. Go to Physicans Formula rebate information and decide which make up you would like to try for free. Print the proper form.

8. Go to your local rite aid with the coupons and the form.

9. At the front door, grab the September 2009 Rebate Directory for future use.

10. Select the Nexxus product of your choice- make sure you check with wording on the coupon that the item you select is eligible.

11. Select the VO5 shampoo or conditioner of your choice- they had many scents when I was there this morning!

12. Select the Physicians Formula Organic Make Up of your choice. Make sure it has the pink “Try Me Free” sticker on it and is listed on the form you have.

13. Proceed to cashier to check out. Make sure to present both coupons!

14. Hang onto your receipt- you will need it for both your Physicians Formula rebate and your Rite Aid Rebate!

After church tonight, I will post on how to set up Rite Aid on-line rebates (they call them Single Check Rebates or SCR). If you want to give it a shot yourself, here is the link. Rite Aid is the easiest, which is why I chose to start with them! Hope this helps to see the step by step break down!

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Rite Aid: Make up and Shampoo

There are several sales scenarios at Rite Aid, so I will try to spell all of them out clearly below. They all involve rebates so know that some of this money will have to come out of pocket now, but you will get it back later.

Also- when you go to Rite Aid, they will have their sales flyer in the front of the store. If you get the paper this will be the same one you already have. However next to it is their September 2009 Rebate Directory. This is everything that will have a rebate for the month of September. Go ahead and pick one of those up too. I usually take a minute each month to go through that flyer and circle everything I would potentially buy. Then, when I clip coupons I keep that flyer nearby and clip coupons for the items that are in it. A coupon + a rebate usually makes a good deal.

Make-Up
Everyone can take advantage of the full rebate on Physicians Formula make-up. Rebates are available on their 100% Natural Organic Mascara, Mineral Wear® FaceBrighteners™ and BronzeBrighteners™, Bronze Booster™ and Make Up Removers. Whichever one you decide on, you need to make sure in the store that it has a bright pink sticker that says “Try Me Free.” Then fill out the rebate form and send it in. Only one rebate per household. You need that pink sticker, the receipt and the UPC out of the product. The forms are easy to read with all of the requirements.
Final price: FREE after rebate

Okay now to the different scenarios:

No matter which scenario you choose, you need the Rite Aid $5 off of $20 coupon. This is obtained by watching Rite Aid videos on line. Also most of my scenarios involve shampoo, so be sure the videos you watch include the ones needed below. If you see any other products you would normally use, or products with rebates feel free to enjoy!

Below are a few Scenarios that will work. Once you see the theme, you can figure out how to combine items you would like with rebates and coupons to personalize your deal!

Scenario One:
One Organic Make-Up Product ($9.95)
One bottle of Nexxus Shampoo or Conditioner ($12.99 a bottle)
One bottle of VO5 shampoo or conditioner ($.79)
Use $3 off coupon for Nexxus from watching the video
Use $5 off of $20 coupon for purchase from watching the video
This should make your total out of pocket expense about $16.00, depending on tax where you live

THEN… you mail in the rebate for the make- up ($9.95 back- see the pink sticker on the make-up) and submit the on-line rebate to Rite- Aid for the Nexxus and VO5 shampoos ($5.00 rebate on the shampoo).
FINAL COST: About $1 after rebates

Scenario Two:
One item of Physicians Care Organic Make-Up (should be about $9.95)
One bottle of Tresemme Shampoo or Conditioner (should be about $5.49)
8 bottles of VO5 at $.79 each= Total $6.32
$1 off Tresemme On-Line coupon (from the videos)
$5 off $20 Rite Aid coupon (from the videos)
Total Out of Pocket: Rougly $16

THEN submit the make up rebate that you printed earlier and the $5 Rite Aid rebate on-line for the shampoo
Final Cost After Rebates: About $2

Scenario #3: (This one is if you like Nexxus Shampoo)
One $12.99 bottle of Nexxus Shampoo
One $12.99 bottle of Nexxus Conditioner
$3 off Nexxus coupon (from watching the video)
$5 off of $20 at Rite Aid (from watching the video)
Total Out of Pocket roughly $17.98

THEN Submit the $5 Rite Aid rebate on-line for the Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner
Final cost: about $6 a bottle, which is a good price for this Shampoo

Do you see how it works? You just have to be creative and be willing to stock pile stuff. Yes, Scenario #2 involves 9 bottles of Shampoo and conditioner, but then you won’t have to buy any for a good long while!

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The Coupons on this web site

On the right hand side of this blog is a widget from www.coupons.com. Since there are no coupons in the paper today, I thought I would list out some examples of coupons in the widget that fall into the typical grocery categories:

$.50 off two Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
$.50 off Chex Mix (only the chocolate kind)
$.60 off two El Paso Products
$1.00 off any two Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies
$.40 off any one box any flavor Fiber One Chewy Bars
$1.00 off any two Cheerios
$1.00 off any Pillsbury Savorlings Product
$.40 off of any two Pillsbury Italian Meal Breads
$1.00 when you buy any flavor Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt Multipacks
$.55 off any flavor 32 oz Yoplait Yogurt
$.40 off any flavor box or pouch Betty Crocker potatoes
$.40 off any flavor 17.5 oz or larger Betty Crocker cookie mix
$.50 off any variety Green Giant Frozen boxed vegetables
$1.50 off any flavor Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entree
$.60 off one box of any flavor Chex Mix Bars
$1.00 off any flavor YoPlus or YoPlus light Yogurt
$.50 off any flavor/variety of Fiber one Box Muffin Mix
$.50 off of any variety Green Giant Frozen Bagged Vegetables
$.40 off any box Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad Mix
$1.00 off any two boxes of General Mills cereal
$.55 off any two Pillsbury Toaster Strudels Pastries
$1.00 off Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters
$.55 off Honey Nut Cheerios
$1.00 off any Cascadian Farm product
$.75 on two frozen Pillsbury Grands Biscuits, Cinnamon Rolls or mini-Cinnamon Rolls
$.75 off of Cocoa Puffs Cereal
$.75 off two Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mixes
$.40 off one box of Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Shapes
$.40 off any Kids YoPlait Products
$.50 off BOTH a box of Betty Crocker cake mix and Betty Crocker Frosting
$1.00 off when you buy any two Muir Glen products
$.40 off Nature Valley Granola Bars

There are also coupons for medications, batteries, diapers and other groceries- there are too many to list. You can search through the list and only print the coupons you will use. Remember that anything under $.99 Harris Teeter will automatically double. Farm Fresh does not accept internet coupons. Krogers coupon policy varies by area, so you probably need to look it up on line. All the rest of the big grocery places (Bloom, Wal-Mart, Food Lion) will redeem them at face value. Occasionally people have a hard time at Wal-Mart with the internet coupons, so people sometimes carry their coupon policy with them, which is also available on-line.

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LeapFrog Tag Reading System

Deal Seeking Mom posted an amazing deal on the LeapFrog Tag Reading System at Target if they are still available. Check it out!

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Labor Day Cleaning!

I usually try to focus on one area of my house on my days off and get caught up on cleaning. Most often it’s laundry or cleaning out my pantry to get my food cooked for the next week. However, inspired by a friend, I decided it was time to clean out my books.

I LOVE books- I am an avid reader. I try to use the library as much as possible but I still have a fairly impressive collection of paperback books I don’t read. Now there is a way on-line to swap out your paper back books with readers all over the country. It’s called PaperBackSwap.com.

PaperBackSwap.com - Book Club to Swap, Trade & Exchange Books for Free.

Here’s the short version of how it works. You clean out your closets and bookshelves and select 10 paper back books that you can live without. After you register for the site, you list those 10 books as books you are willing to ship to other people. After you list 10 books, you can select two books for people to send to you.

If someone requests a book, you take it to the post office and send it media mail (it generally costs about $2.50) to that person. Media mail is specifically designed to be discounted for books, so be sure to tell the postal employee that it is a book. In return you can select books you would like to read and people will send them to you for free!

Here’s the great part: once a book is sent to you, you own it. You can keep it as long as you want- no worrying about late fees at the library! If you finish it and like it, keep it. If you don’t, put it back on the web site and hopefully someone else will enjoy it! The web site will also make suggestions about books you would enjoy based on your previous suggestions.

If you are an avid reader this is a MUST USE site!

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