Thursday, September 29, 2016

This Week on the Dining Table

*Well I am 3 days late this week posting my Menu.  I still wanted to get it up anyway.*

It's the "Quick Weekend Reunion Trip" Edition.......

It was nice weather this year for the Reunion.  I was so relaxed that I didn't even take any photos while we were there, except for this one of a floral arrangement to commemorate my 1st cousin 1 x removed, Hilda, who died earlier this year.
I was able to connect with 2 of Hilda's daughters at the reunion this year as well as talk with another 1st cousin 1 x removed at length.
Between the heat that day and yakking I forgot all about my camera until late in the day.
Oh well.

Moving on......
Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Beef Bourguinon, Mashed Potatoes
2. Monday--Turkey, Stuffing and Gravy, Asparagus
3. Tuesday--Paprika Chicken with Peppers and Onions, Noodles
4. Wednesday--Tuna Noodle Casserole, Fried Green Tomatoes
5. Thursday--Leftovers
6. Friday--Crab cakes, Cole Slaw, Fries, Summer Squash
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Beef Bourguinon, Mashed Potatoes
2. Monday--Turkey, Stuffing and Gravy, Asparagus
3. Tuesday--Paprika Chicken with Peppers and Onions, Garlic Noodles
4. Wednesday--Leftovers(I had manicotti and salad)
5. Thursday--Leftovers(I had Beef Bourguinon)
6. Friday--Pizza(from Papa John's)
7. Saturday--Golden Skillet Chicken Sammich(Out of Town)

5 meals cooked at home, 2 of them nights of leftovers, 2 nights Eating Out(we were away) and 0 night of Take-Out.
We had so many leftovers still that after Tuesday I stopped cooking and we ate leftovers exclusively until we went out of town.   Crab cake meal gets moved again and though it's on this coming week's menu, it may or may not happen this week too.

As for the grocery spending.....3 trips to Weis(1 just for carrots)and 1 trip to the Shursave grocery store brought my weekly spending to $113.02 and my September food spending total to $617.52 with 4 days to go in the month.
I just don't want to think about this month's food spending anymore. 8-(

Leftovers going into this week........beef bourguinon, 1 chicken thigh w/peppers, 1/2 turkey breast, stuffing.

Here is this week's "food plan".

1. Sunday--Leftovers
2. Monday--Subway sandwiches Take-Out
3. Tuesday--Tuna Noodle Casserole, Sauted Squash
4. Wednesday--Meatloaf, Noodles, Fried Green Tomatoes
5. Thursday--Kielbasa, Halushki
6. Friday--Crab Cakes, Fries, Cole Slaw, Broccoli
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 4 new meals cooked and 1 nights of Take-Out and 2 nights of Leftovers.

What I need to buy for this menu?  Cabbage maybe. Don't need much besides milk but that won't keep me from adding to the stockpile this week.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Rite-Aid Porn

Rite-Aid had a Spend $30, Get $10 in Plenti Points Deal this week plus a couple of other "freebies" after sales/coupons/rebates so I had to go, right?

Here is what I got on my card........

4 x Oral-B toothbrushes on sale $3 each=$12.00

I used 2 x $2/2 Oral-B products IPQs=$4.00

$12-$4=$8.00 OOP
I used $8 in Plenti Points to pay and received back $8 in new Plenti Points(2 x $4 wyb2 toothbrushes).
There is a limit of 2 of this Deal each card.
Free toothbrushes! 8-))

Then I got all this on my son's card.........

First the $30/$10 Deal items(Limit of 1 of this Deal per card)--
5 x Pantene(4 poos/1 conditioner)$3.99 each w/20% Wellness discount(better than sale price)=$19.95
4 x Cover Girl Eye Shadow BOGO50%=$10.16
Then the rest of it--
1 x L'Oreal Shampoo on sale=$3.99
2 x Suave Gold Shampoo on sale=$6.00
2 x Tresemme Shampoo on sale=$8.00
2 x Right Guard Xtreme Deodorant on sale=$7.00
4 x Oral-B Toothbrushes on sale=$12.00

Coupons Used
1 x $2 off $20 R-A Purchase Catalina Q=$2.00
1 x $5/3 Pantene ManuQ=$5.00
1 x $4/2 Pantene ManuQ=$4.00
4 x $3/1 Cover Girl item IPQ=$12.00
1 x $2/1 L'Oreal hair product IPQ=$2.00
1 x $3/2 Suave Gold items ManuQ=$3.00
1 x $5/2 Tresemme 'Poo/Conditioner ManuQ=$5.00
1 x BOGO Right Guard Xtreme item(up to $3.47)IPQ=$3.47
2 x $2/2 Oral-B Toothbrushes IPQ=$4.00
Coupon Total.......$40.47

$67.10-40.47=$26.63 + $1.14 tax=$27.77 OOP which I used Plenti Points to pay.
I earned back $21 in new Plenti Points(2 x $4 Oral-B, $1 L'Oreal, $2 Suave, $10 P&G Deal).
$27.77-$21=$6.77 of my PPs were used or "spent down".

I also earned $9 in SavingStar cash rebates(2 x $2 Right Guard Deo, $3 wyb2 Tresemme, $2 wyb2 Suave Gold)and $6 in Checkout51 cash rebates($1 Pantene 'Poo, $1 Pantene Cond, 4 x $1 Cover Girl face products).

$6.77-$15.00 cash back=an $8.23 "Moneymaker"!


P&G Deal I spent $30.11, used $21 in Qs making it $9.11 spent, then I got $10 in new PPs AND $6 in cash rebates so "got paid" $6.89 to take this stuff home.

Suave was $6, $3 spent after Q, then $2 in new PPs AND $2 in cash rebates making this a $1 moneymaker.

The Tresemme was $8, used a $5/2 Q making it $3 OOP in PPs.  Though no PPs were earned on this purchase I did get $3 in cash rebates back making these 2 items straight up free.

Toothbrushes were also straight up free after Qs and new PPs earned.

While the L'Oreal Shampoo was NOT free($3.99-$2Q=$1.99, earned $1 in PPs), it was only .99¢ when all was said and done.  If I had not bought it this transaction would have been an even bigger moneymaker of $7.88.  ;-)

While there were no points to earn on the Right Guard I still got paid to buy it.....paid $7, used Q that gave me back $3.47 of that $7 spent, then got $4 in cash rebates so "got paid" .47¢ to take it home.

These deals are available until Saturday night at Rite-Aid.
If you need to know where a coupon is found or have a question just leave a comment.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Awesome Grocery Trip

I hit Weis(PMITA)Markets on Monday.

Used bunches of coupons and stocked up on a few items we use a lot of.
I made a video about this trip......

 I misspoke on the video-the Old El Paso shells were on sale for $1.50 each(not $2 each)and the Refried Beans for $1.27.  After Q($1) and Savingstar Rebate($1)I paid $2.27 for all 3 of those products.

Plus I used a $5 off your purchase Catalina I earned last week which helped my savings rate a bit.

After SavingStar rebates my savings rate becomes 71.20%.

Now I'm off to work on my Meal Plan for the week as it is waaaay late!


Sunday, September 25, 2016

God's Country

Here's the scenery where I am at the moment.............

A few of you will know what these plants are but most I am thinking won't.

Back later with a post tomorrow.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend no matter where you are spending it.