Frugal Fun Kids’ Activity

Sharon over at Mom on Dealz does a great post every week with a Frugal Fun activity for kids!  The activity this week is using Beach Balls for learning fun!

“Anyone know a child that does not like to discuss the books they read? Or do you know a child who is having trouble with numbers or colors? Then these activities are for you! Not only are they learning games, they also involve physical activity AND they are frugal!

Materials Needed:
1 Beach Ball (check the dollar store) 
Markers

Directions:
1. Label each color of the ball with a different story element (title, setting, characters, problem, solution, etc).
2. Read a book with your child (make sure the story has the elements- some preschool books do not).
3. Play a game of catch! When your child catches the ball, have them look at the words their hands are touching when they catch. Then have them choose which element of the book they want to tell you.

For example: They catch the ball and their hands are touching title and setting. They can choose either to tell you the title or the setting of the book, or both!

Modifications:

For Math: Label the ball all over with numbers. Your child can add, subtract, or multiply whatever numbers their hand lands on. In the case of my 2 year old, he is working on number recognition so he just tells me the numbers he “catches”.

For Color recognition: Simply have your child tell you the colors the “catch”. You could also label the colors for them to recognize the color names as well.

For Science: Label the ball with the steps of the scientific method. When your child catches the ball, whatever step they “catch” have them explain what it means. Example: They “catch” hypothesis so they should tell you that a hypothesis means a guess.”

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Weekend Couponing Checklist

If you are learning how to coupon there are some things you can do to make your life much easier.  Since it’s sort of a rainy weekend where I live, I thought I would put together a list of useful things you can do inside to help you be a successful couponer this weekend!

1- If you haven’t already create an e-mail address just for couponing stuff.  Many coupons require you to register which is great because it usually means they will e-mail you more coupons.  But it can tie up your inbox and your personal e-mails may get buried- even though they are very important!  So take a few moments and create a new e-mail address you can use just for couponing purposes.

2- Register for Amazon Mom- it’s FREE!  If you are a mom and you haven’t, register for Amazon Mom!  Click here to see all the amazing benefits! 

3- “Like” A Frugal Chick on Facebook!  That way you always receive status updates when a new post goes up! 

4- Clean out your coupons!  It’s after the first of the month so you probably have a few expired coupons in your stash.  Take a few minutes today to clean them out and get yourself reacquainted with what you have available.  You may find some hidden gems you didn’t know about!

I think that list is a great start for anyone just giving this couponing thing a shot!  Hopefully this will be another step toward you saving some BIG money!

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Harris Teeter Recipes of the Week

Looking to cook with what’s on sale?  Click here to see the two recipes for the Harris Teeter deals this week!  (The picture is the other recipe- not the Mexican Crock Pot Recipe.)

I posted the crock pot recipe below because crock pots are amazing!

Mexican Crockpot
*1 lb Boneless Chicken Breast (on sale 2lb/$4.99)
*1 jar Tostitos Salsa=$1.59
*Bush’s Best Black Beans (rinsed) =$0.80
*Knorr Fiesta Sides-Spanish Rice=$1
*Breakstone’s Sour Cream=$1.19
-$0.55 coupon from SS 1/23=$0.09
Final price=$8.47

Directions:
1.  Lay chicken breasts on bottom of crockpot.
2. Combine beans and salsa and pour over chicken.  Cook on low 8 hours or high 4 hours.
3.  Prepare Knorr rice according to package directions. 
4.  Serve chicken mixture over rice and garnish with sour cream. Enjoy!

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Kroger Meal of the Week

I am trying a new series of articles with recipes based on sale items at your favorite grocery stores.  Today is a recipe for Kroger.  Thanks Madame Deals

Chicken Parmesan Subs

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ t. grill seasoning, divided
½ t. Italian seasoning, divided
12” loaf Italian bread, sliced lengthwise
1 c. meat sauce, warmed
4 slices mozzarella cheese
2 T. parmesan cheese

Season chicken breasts with ¼ t. each of grill & Italian seasonings. Let sit while grill preheats. Grill chicken over medium heat 6-8 minutes, or until meat thermometer registers 170 degrees. Keep chicken warm and let sit 5 minutes before slicing across the grain into strips. Spread chicken slices evenly on bottom of bread. Top evenly with meat sauce, then cheeses. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly and cut surface of bread is browned. Close sandwich and slice into quarters.

*Wrap each quarter in aluminum foil for an on-the-go meal.

Chicken is $1.99 LB
Cheese $1.50 a package
I used french bread $1.50 a loaf
The rest came from my stockpile

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Give Freely 1/19

Welcome to Give Freely!

One in five Americans deals daily with the issue of not having enough to eat. Many of those are children. As couponers, we have the unique opportunity to buy items at extremely reduced prices (or even free) to feed our families.

The goal is Give Freely is to present you each week with freebies or near freebies from your local grocery stores. Because these items are so inexpensive we are hoping that you will spend the extra few cents to pick up a spare item to donate to your community center, church, local food bank or shelter.

If you are a blogger who does deals for a supermarket not on this list and would be interested in participating, please send me an e-mail!

Please take this opportunity to help stop hunger in this country!

Here are the great deals this week:

County Market (to see a complete list of deals click here)

White Sandwich Bread, Store Brand (20 oz) 20 oz $0.79

Bumble Bee chunk Light Tuna (5 oz) 5 oz $0.79

Creamette Pasta (12-16 oz) 12 oz $0.88

Dollar General (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Cream Of Wheat $1 each
-$1/1 Cream of Wheat Hot Cereal, exp. 3-31-11 (SS 01/09/11)
=FREE after coupon

Mott’s Apple Sauce 6pk $1.50 each

Farm Fresh (to see the complete list of deals click here)

Hamburger Helper $1
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper, exp. 2-26-11 (GM 01/02/11)
Final: 3/$1.50 

Ronzoni Pasta $1
$1/2 Ronzoni Smart Taste printable
$1/2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest printable
$1/2 Ronzoni Garden Delight printable
$.50 each

Food Lion (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Ragu Pasta Sauce, 16-26.3 oz., $1.34

Food Lion Peanut Butter (18 oz) – $1.67

Campbell’s Chunky Soup 4/$5
– $1/2 Select Campbell’s Soups from Smart Source 01/02/11
– $0.50/2 Select Campbell’s Soups from Smart Source 01/02/11
– $1/4 Campbell’s Chunky Soup from Smart Source 12/12/10
– $1.50/3 Campbell’s Chunky Soup printable
– $0.50/1 Campbell’s Chunky Soup printable
– $1/2 Campbell’s Chunky Soup printable
– $2/4 Campbell’s Chunky Soup printable
Final Price After Coupon: As low as $.75 each

Giant (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Knorr Pasta Sides or Rice Sides. All Varieties. 3.8 Oz-5.7 Oz Pkg. – $1.00

Nature’s Promise Honey Roasted Snack Bars, Giant. All Natural and Gluten Free. All Varieties. 1 Oz Pkg. – $1.00

Harris Teeter (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Smart Balance Popcorn $1.59 
– $0.75 coupn from SS 1/16
 Final=$0.09

Barilla Pasta $1.67
-$0.75 coupon from SS 1/9
Final=$0.17

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle and Tomato Soup $0.42 each
 – $0.40/3 coupon from SS 12/12 
Final=$0.15 each

Kroger (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Starkist Tuna, 5 oz – $0.50

Hamburger, Chicken or Tuna Helper, Select Varieties, 4.4-7.5 oz – $1.00
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper, exp. 2-26-11 (GM 01/02/11)
Final Price After Coupon: 3/$2.25

Lowes (to see the complete list of deals click here)

Lowes Foods Macaroni & Cheese $0.32

Lance Snack Crackers, 8 ct, $1.47
$1.00/1 Lance Sandwich Crackers Printable
Final Price: $.47

Meijer (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Campbell’s Chunky Soup $.99 each
-$0.50/2 Select Campbell’s Soups, exp. 2-13-11 (SS 01/02/11)
=$.49 each when you buy 2 after coupon

Del Monte Can Veggies $.79 each

Shop N Save (for a complete list of deals click here)

Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers (6-8 oz) 6 oz $1.00

Pasta, Store Brand (16 oz) 16 oz $0.88

Winn Dixie (for a complete list of deals click here)

Winn Dixie beans, peas, greens or spinach – 10/$6

Zatarain’s Rice Mix – $1

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My Couponing Journey

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao-tzu

How did I start couponing?

People often ask me how and why I started couponing.  The why is for another much longer post but the how I think could be helpful to some of you!

Beginning to coupon is a step by step process.  You don’t just jump into it and walk out of the store with thousands of dollars in groceries for free (ala Extreme Couponing).  Like everything else you start as a couponing rookie and eventually become a couponing genius!

Here was my process:

Step #1: The Sunday Paper, a list and Walmart

When I first began couponing I didn’t pay much attention to who doubled coupons or the rebates at drug stores.  I wanted everything simple.  So each Sunday I grabbed a paper, sat down and cut out coupons for products I used.  Then I would go to my pantry and, combining what I already had with the couponing items, plan my weekly meals. After making a grocery list I would go to Walmart, save a few dollars with coupons (and a few more dollars by only buying what was on my list) and head home victorious.

Step #2: The Blogs

So after about a month of couponing at Walmart I was comfortable with that process.  I decided to take it to the next level and read a few frugal blogs daily.  I signed up for free samples, printed some special coupons and sort of kept an eye on things.  This made me more comfortable with couponing lingo and what prices I should be looking for on items.  It occurred to me that everyone seemed to be saving really big by using the drug stores but it seemed kind of confusing.  So I decided to pick one and try to learn everything I could.

Step #3: Rite Aid

There are 4 Rite Aids between my house and my gym- two are within walking distance of my front door.  So I decided to start with Rite Aid.  I checked a blog and found one item that was on sale, had a coupon and had an on-line rebate.  I went in, bought the one item, processed the rebate and waited a week.  The next week there were a few items that were good deals so I went back and repeated the process.  At the end of the month the first rebate check arrived and I knew I had a good handle on Rite Aid.  It was almost a year later before I started shopping another drug store.

Step #4: Harris Teeter Triple Coupons

So I was doing great with Walmart and Rite Aid.  I was saving a little bit of money for very little effort.  Sometimes at Rite Aid I was actually making money with the rebates.  But I had seen the bloggers on line and what they could do at a grocery store.  I wanted to know more about it.  Then Harris Teeter announced they were going to have Triple Coupons for a week (meaning any coupon with a face value up to $.99 would be tripled).  This was the event I had been waiting for to flex my grocery store muscles and see what I could do.  I carefully went through my small coupon stash, pulled out everything under $1 and headed to HT.  If memory serves me correctly I saved about 60% on the groceries I bought and I was elated.

Step #5: Stockpiling

During that trip to Harris Teeter I bought large volumes of some things- 2 containers of dish soap, many cans of soup, and numerous boxes of frozen veggies.  It was more than I would use in a week.  This was the beginning of my stock pile.  I put everything away in my house and then noticed the next week my list for Walmart was shorter because I already had food in the house.  That gave me some extra spending money for Walmart so I grabbed some mark down grocery items and added them to my stock pile.

Do I still grocery shop at Walmart?  Nope- I probably go to Walmart a handful of times a year (although one of my trips is coming up- have you ever been in Walmart during the Superbowl?  It’s very empty).  Now I have mastered where stores double and I do the bulk of my money saving in the drug stores.  But this is the story of how I started.  I think you will find for most avid couponers it is probably a similar story.

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Budget 2011: Organizing Your Stockpile

This is a Guest Post by Van of Thrift Core. Thrift Core is a blog about thrifting, creating, and saving money.

Stockpiling is one of the best ways to save money on your regular grocery and drugstore purchases. Now is the perfect time to look at your stockpile and streamline it for maximum efficiency.

Only Stockpile What You Need  

- Stockpiling is most effective when you stock up on items you use all the time
– Don’t be seduced by low costs or free items. If you don’t use it, don’t stockpile it!
– Don’t stock up on more perishables than you can realistically use

Small Space Stockpiling

It’s hard to stockpile when you have limited storage space. If you want to keep multiple items on site, you’ll have to analyze your home to its maximum space potential. Consider the following:

- The top shelf of your bedroom closet
– Guest bedroom closets
– Extra hallway closets
– Infrequently used coat closet
– Laundry room (use top shelves, or add shelving)
– Add shelves to basement or garage for stockpile storage

Organizing Your Pantry

Your pantry is ineffective if boxes fall on your head every time you open the door. To efficiently use your stockpile and prevent items from becoming expiring:  

- Only keep items in your pantry that you and your family use on a regular basis
– The items you use more frequently should be front and center and easy to reach
– Rotate items so the newer ones are in the back of your pantry and the older ones are in the front.
– All items that are used infrequently can be organized in a separate area.

Follow these tips and you should be able to master your stockpile and not have your stockpile master you!

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Budget 2011: What Is A Stockpile?

It occurred to me today that although I talk about having a stockpile on both this blog and in my coupon classes, I haven’t ever actually talked about what one is or how to build it.  So let’s take a second and have a chat.

What is a stockpile?  It’s the “pile” or location where you keep extra groceries and supplies for your house that you buy at a discounted price.

Why keep a stockpile?  It saves you money!  Have you ever had to run out at the last minute and pay too much money for normal household staples (toilet paper, Ziploc bags, laundry detergent)?  By stockpiling you never run out of the things you need.

When do I stockpile?  This is the fun part.  Whenever you find a good deal on something (usually using your price book) pick up an extra one or two.   Let’s say there is a good deal on toothpaste so instead of one, you grab two.  You put one wherever you brush your teeth and the other goes in your stockpile for when you need it.  That way when your current tube is empty, you have another ready to go without having to buy it at full price!

How do I stockpile?  Just grab things when they are on an extreme sale (or free).  When there are very good coupons in the paper I may grab an extra or call a friend who won’t use the coupon and ask if I can have it.  That way I can grab two of something.  One goes in my pantry and one goes in my stockpile!

Where do I keep my stockpile?  That’s an excellent question!  And keep an eye on A Frugal Chick for the answer coming soon!

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Donate Boost Coupons to Help Cancer Patients

This is an unbelievably cool chance to use coupons to help some cancer patients! 

I just went online and did some research and there are several posting boards talking about the benefits of drinking Boost while going through chemotherapy.  Because of the extreme weight loss often experienced, doctors recommend drinking Boost to help combat the sides effects.

If you have any Boost coupons you are not going to use, there is an address you can send them to.  Every coupon received will be used to offset the cost of Boost at a local cancer house in Paris, AK.

So if you have Boost coupons and would like to donate them, you can send them to:

Boost Coupons
1125 S. 3rd #14
Paris, AR 72855

Also if you know anywhere local that could use these, please leave a comment.  I am sure there are places where we each live who could benefit as well!

You can click here to read the whole story from Passion for Savings!

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Budget 2011: Easy Ways To Reduce Your Spending

Sometimes making small changes in your life can make big changes in your budget.  Here are a few simple steps to check out:

1.  Start Eating In- Limit how often you eat out.  When you choose to eat out, use places with coupons and eat dessert at home!

2.  Check Recurring Payments- Review your club memberships and see if you are really using them.  If you are not working out on a regular basis consider cancelling your gym membership.  Lower the amount of DVDs you receive from Netflix.  Cancel magazine subscriptions you never read.

3.  Call Your Service Providers and Ask for Deals- Cell phones carriers, insurance companies and cable providers are operating in one of the most competitive economies in recent history.  Figure out who in your house is the best negotiator and have them make some phone calls.  You may be able to lower your rates without even changing your service!

4.  Cut Up Your Store Credit Cards- Store credit cards are notorious for their high fees and even higher interest rates.  Odds are you got the cards in the first place to save money.  But a 10% discount on a card that charges 27% interest is COSTING you, not saving if you do not pay it off every month.  Cut up your store card and keep your lowest interest rate card if you must have one.  By cutting up that card you won’t increase the balance and you can get it paid off quicker!

Those are 4 ways simple ways to reduce your spending.  By checking out each of these options, you can give yourself a strong start to 2011!

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