Monday, September 1, 2014

The Rite-Aid Post.....Late Last Week & on Sunday

I went back into Rite-Aid on Friday evening for this.....

2 x Tresemme Shampoo on sale=$8.00
1 x Vaseline Lotion on sale=$6.49

Coupons Used
2 x $2/1 Tresemme ManuQ=$4.00
1 x $2/1 Vaseline Lotion Load2CardQ=$2.00
Coupon Total.....$6.00


I used $8 in +Ups to pay and spent .49¢ OOP.
I received $5 in +Ups back($3 wyb2 Tresemme, $2 wyb Vaseline lotion).

I also transferred another prescription on Friday on BIL's card and got another $25 +Up Reward.

I may transfer a third rx this coming week since my son has a Wellness card too and I can get another $25 +Up Reward for that one.

***If you have a Rite-Aid remember that September is TRIPLE POINTS for all non-prescription purchases on your Wellness account.
Go HERE to sign up for Triple Points.
They will email you a bar code that you need to print out and take into the store to have them scan it BEFORE you make any purchases for the month.
Doing this will ensure that you get Triple Points on all qualifying purchases this month.
This will help even more customers get to 1000 points before the end of the year and have that 20% Wellness discount for the rest of 2014 and all of 2015.

I did the above before/when I went into Rite-Aid on Sunday morning.
I had to shop on Sunday because some of the coupons I was using were expiring that day.

Here is my shop from Sunday at Rite-Aid......

9 x Pantene Shampoo on sale 3/$10=$30.00
2 x Oxi dishwasher crystals on sale=$7.00
2 x Crest 3-D Luxe Toothpaste on sale=$6.98
2 x Gear Deodorant on sale=$7.00
2 x Neutrogena bar soap on sale BOGO50%=$5.24

Coupons Used
3 x $4/2 Pantene(1 MQ, 2 IPQ)=$12.00
1 x $3/2 Pantene ManQ=$3.00
1 x $1/1 Pantene IPQ(coupons dotcom)=$1.00
1 x $1.50/1 Oxi dishwasher cleaner ManQ=$1.50
1 x $1.50/1 Oxi dishwasher cleaner IPQ=$1.50
2 x $1.50/1 Crest 3D Video ValuesQ=$3.00
1 x $1/2 Crest toothpastes ManQ=$1.00
2 x $1.50/1 Gear deodorant ManQ=$3.00
Coupon Total.....$26.00


I used $30 in +Ups to pay and spent .21¢ OOP.

I received back $23 in new +Up Rewards($10 wyb$30 P&G, $5 wyb2 Neutrogena, $2 wyb2 Oxt, 2 x $2 Crest, $2 wyb2 Gear).

The Neutrogena bar soap Deal doesn't need a coupon to get 2 bars for free or almost free.  My Rite-Aid is higher in price so after the +Ups they "cost" .12¢ each instead of being free.

In addition, 9 bottles of Pantene "cost" me $4 in +Ups, 2 bottles of Oxi "cost" me $1 each, 2 Gear deodorants "cost" me $1 each.
The only "free" items were the toothpaste, which after Qs/+Ups were a .51¢ moneymaker each.

This just means I spent down $7($8 spent - $1.02 moneymaker=$6.98) on my +Ups besides spending .21¢ of cash monies to get $86.03 worth of goodies.

I currently have $42 in +Up Rewards and after I pick up that third rx transfer I'll have $67.
I also have $3 in +Ups I need to spend/roll this week so I'll probably pick up a bottle of Tide with it and that will finish out what I need to spend for that $10 Tide Rebate I've been working on.

I also received this in the mail on Saturday......

That P&G $10 gas rebate/prepaid MasterCard for buying $30 in P& G items in July(my last purchase was made August 1st actually and the rebate was applied for that date).
Funny thing is after reading all the literature that came with it, you don't have to spend this just on gasoline.  It's good anywhere that takes MasterCard Debit(which is most anyway that takes credit cards).

1 bottle of Tide later this week and then the planning starts for what to get next week at Rite-Aid for almost free.


This Week on the Dining Table

The "Sometimes You Gotta Splurge But You Can Do It Frugally" Edition........

This is my decadent lunch from last Saturday.....a Lobster Roll.

I had Hubs pick up 4 lobsters at Price Chopper on Friday on his way home.
The grocery store had lobster for $6.99 lb.  We spent $33.90 on 4 lobsters.
I ate 1 of mine with a cob of corn on Friday but Hubs ate both of his sea bugs and corn.

I picked out the leftover body shells and legs plus my other lobster's meat and Saturday I made a lobster roll for lunch.

Cost of a lobster dinner at Red Lobster?
$24.99 or higher.
$100(lobster out)vs. $33.90(lobster at home)and it tasted just as good.
Actually it tasted better since I've had lobster at RL and they usually overcook it there.

 What was planned last week--

1.  Teriyaki Salmon, leftover Mac and Cheese, Spinach
2.  Pork Tenderloin Sammies, Honey Carrots
3.  ?  Might get some Lobsters or have Hamburgers on the grill Labor Day weekend
4.  Leftover Roast Chicken, maybe I'll make a soup with it, or?
5.  Leftover Tuna Noodle Casserole
6.  Leftover Beef Pie
7.  Leftover Pot Roast Sammies

And this is what actually happened--
1.  Teriyaki Salmon, leftover Mac and Cheese, Spinach
2.  Pork Tenderloin Sammies, Honey Carrots
3.  Lobsters to celebrate the long weekend, Corn on the Cob
4.  Dinner out for our 32nd Anniversary
5.  Leftover Tuna Noodle Casserole
6.  Leftover Beef Pie
7.  Pizza-nobody felt like cooking or leftovers
Everything but 2 leftovers happened.
Last week I made ZERO trips to the grocery stores.

It wasn't that hard to avoid the grocery store otherwise, because there wasn't much that was a good deal that we use and we had a TON of leftovers to use up.

Hubs did splurge on Friday, picking up 4 lobsters from the grocery store which I cooked.  $33 for 2 double lobster dinners ain't bad, though it did throw my food spending for August over $400.

Going into this week, in leftovers we have.........a hunk of Pot Roast, and some of the Roast Chicken and veggies.

Here is the plan for this week.........

1.  Zucchini Casserole
2.  Hamburgers(from freezer)and Tomato and Feta Salad
3.  Cream of Potato Soup w/Chicken and Carrots(made from leftover roast chicken/veg)
4.  Leftover Pot Roast Sammies w/Carrots
5.  Brats on rolls, leftover zuke casserole
6.  Spinach Salad(will make pasta and sauce also for Hubs, not for me)
7.  Take-out

2 nights eating "light" this week.  We had pizza Saturday and I am feeling bloated from all the salt in that still.

I already made the soup meal Sunday and I still have half a chicken breast left.  That is going into the freezer today for eating in the coming month.  Maybe I'll use it to make Chicken Fajitas in a week or two.

Food Waste--nothing went bad this week.

We need fresh produce this week--zuke, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce and maybe a watermelon.  I haven't even looked at the sales ads for this week yet so I don't know what I'll be spending.
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 that week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?
How much did you spend on food in August?


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Updated To-Do List for Last Week & What's on Tap for This Week

Here's the Update on this week's To-Do List--

*  Finish cleaning #2 Son's room  no
*  Clean out & organize Hall Entry Closet  done
*  Clean out & organize Hall Linen Closet  done
*  Write 5 Letters  I wrote 1 letter.
*  Complete car donation to ARC  done
*  Call motel to make reservations for September  no
*  Call Boarding Kennel for October  no
*  If time for it, start in on Garage Cleaning/Organizing  done
*  Finish load to Salvation Army  done
*  Finish straps on the nightgown I sewed  no
*  Reconsider how to proceed with the Etsy store and eBay  done
*  Work on a home project this weekend with Hubs(probably the Garage)  done-We worked on the garage

Well I got ssome stuff completed.

The #2 Son room clean out isn't finished but it's in progress.  I really need to get this one finished because his room is going to be my staging area for going through the rest of my fabrics before I put them on Etsy.

Here's the new To-Do List for this Week--

*  Finish cleaning #2 Son's room 
*  Write 4 Letters 
*  Call motel to make reservations for September 
*  Call Boarding Kennel for October 
*  Clean out my bedroom closet
*  Go through my Christmas gift box(yes I just said CHRISTMAS!)
*  Finish straps on the nightgown I sewed 
Relist fabrics on listings that expired earlier this year on Etsy
*  Put up another shelving unit to hold fabrics in spare bedroom.
*  Finish going through stuff in garage to put on eBay or send to Salvation Army
*  Pick out some fabrics to sew into clothes when I go through the tubs.
*  Order photo prints from relatives Shutterfly account.
*  Clean out kitchen island and organize
*  Do Net Worth Statement for Sept. 1st
*  Calculate Food Spending for August
*  Calculate $24K Savings Challenge Results for August

Just a few things on my list this week, huh?
The beginning of the month is always busy for me with all the financial stuff.
Throw in what I didn't get finished last week with new goals and the financial stuff and I've got a big big week!
I am tired already...... ;-)
The reservations and the straps to be sewn on the gown won't take long but the rest of it?  Geez!
I'll just pick something each morning and go with it, ya know?

Here's what's ahead this week on the blog too--

*  This Week on the Dining Table
*  At least 1 July Trip post-I am so behind on writing these up!
*  Something genealogy related
*  Food Spending for Aug.
*  Savings Challenge for Aug.
*  Probably a mish-mosh of randomness
*  What I got at Rite-Aid this week-yep I am still doing Rite-Aid this week....

So what is everyone else working on this week?
How did your plan go from last week?
Did you get anough accomplished to feel successful?



Friday, August 29, 2014

Throwback Thursday on Friday...The Old Ball & Chain

Aug. 28, 1982.

32 years ago I said "I Do" to my soul mate.

Love them early 80's fashion and that outdated wedding apparel
And the hair......!!!

I truly have lived the frugal lifestyle.  That wedding was done on a shoestring.  No paid photographer, reception in the church basement, no honeymoon.  I may be wrong but this wedding et al(including rehearsal dinner & reception) cost around $700, much of which we didn't pay for....well we DID "pay" the minister and the state for the license and blood tests, as I rightly recall.
Yes, we were poor students.

I made all the gowns in the wedding party, and the hats too!
My mother was freaked out because I was up until 3am the night before the ceremony still sewing.

Hey!, I was the original Project Runway, wasn't I?
This wedding shindig would have been classier if Tim Gunn had been there though.

Look at the silly idiot in off-white with the 'fro hair.  She thought she knew it all.
And her life didn't turn out anything like she thought it would.

Life is like that, isn't it?  23 year olds plan and g*d laughs. ;-)
But I wouldn't go back and change most of it, and certainly not this part!
Well I would have did my hair differently.....

It's been a hell of a ride so far.
Here's hoping the next 32 years outdo the first......


Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Free Shopping......or Better than Free

I traipsed up to Rite-Aid on Wednesday to drop off another prescription to have transferred(and to get another $25 +Ups on BIL's card).

While I was there I spent the $25 +Up Reward I received on Tuesday......

2 x Tresemme 'Poo on sale=$8.00
2 x Tampax on sale bogo50%=$8.68
4 x Ziploc bags on sale $2=$8.00
5 x Girl Scout flavor Nestle bars on sale .50¢=$2.50 *
8 x 6 pack Candy bars on sale BOGO=$5.96
2 x Finish dishwasher tabs 50%off=$6.78
2 x Nexxus 'Poo BOGO50%=$9.43
1 x Nexuss 'Poo 20% wellness disc.=$5.03
1 x Nivea lip balm 20% wellness disc.=$2.63


*I was only buying 4 girl scout bars(on sale for .50¢ea. but the Catalina spit out a $1/5 girl scout bars after the cashier scanned them so I added a 5th bar so we could use this CatalinaQ on the order.

Coupons Used

2 x $2/1 Tresemme Load2CardQs=$4.00 **
1 x $2/1 Tampax ManQ(P&G insert)=$2.00
1 x $2/1 Tampax Load2CardQ=$2.00
2 x $2/2 Ziploc products IPQ=$4.00
1 x $1/2 Ziploc Load2CardQ=$1.00 ***
1 x $1/4 girl scout Nestle bars VideoValuesQ=$1.00
1 x $1/5 girl scout Nestle bars CatalinaQ(this is considered a ManuQ)=$1.00 *
1 x $2/$5 of candy bars R-A FacebookQ=$2.00
1 x $1/4 6 pack candy bars VideoValuesQ=$1.00
1 x $1/2 6 pack Hershey's bars ManuQ=$1.00
2 x $1/1 Finish products IPQ(coupons dotcom)=$2.00
1 x $1/2 Finish products VideoValuesQ=$1.00
1 x $3/1 Nexuss items IPQ(coupons dotcom NLA)=$3.00
1 x $3/1 Nexuss items VideoValuesQ=$3.00
1 x $2/1 Nivea lip product Sales flyerQ=$2.00

Coupon Total......$30.00


I paid with my $25 +Ups and another $2 +Ups from my stash.

$27.01-$27.00=$.01¢ OOP
Before I could dig out a penny to pay the cashier took a penny from the penny tray and used that.

I received back $12 in new +Up Rewards(3 x $3 Nexuss, $3 wyb2 Tresemme).

**  Today again, TWO $2/1 Tresemme Load2CardQs came off my card.  All I can figure is that the $2/1 Tresemme that was suppose to be only off of a STYLER came off on the second shampoo.  It's a headscratcher, that's for sure!

***  Evidently I had a $2/1 Ziploc Load2Card on my card too that I didn't remember being there.  I must have loaded it eons ago and forgot about it.  It is strange though that it came off since I used 2 IPQs on the Ziplocs.  The L2C Q shouldn't have come off.....but who am I to stand and argue about it with the cashier?  ;-)

I have plans for all of this......the candy bars are the beginning of my Halloween trick-or-treater supply, the women's products, shampoo and lip balm are for assorted family members and the plastic bags and dishwasher tabs are for my personal stash.

I might pick up a few more things at Rite-Aid this week(besides my rx refill).
I still have 2 $2/1 Tresemme ManuQs and I might pick up a bottle of Vaseline lotion cocoa butter for the sister in-law(it's her favorite).  This would "cost" me $3 in +Ups and .49¢(+tax)in cash.

I went to the drive-thru window that evening and picked up the rx I had transferred and put it on BIL's Wellness card so I got another $25 +Up Reward too.

I now have $53 in +Ups, have $125.07 worth of goodies and have spent .09¢ this week....well actually only .08¢ thanks to my cashier. lol


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

There'll Be Some Changes Made

Last week and the leaving of #2 Son for college have kicked off some changes here at Chez Sluggy.

Lots of changes both big and small.

First off was the clean out of #2 Son's room.......

I am still in the process of that one and I suspect it will take about another week to get it livable again. ;-)

Before #2 Son left home, he helped Hubs with this change......

Now you see it.......

Now you don't......

They took the rusted out pool down.

It got folded down into a flat steel package and they shoved it into the minivan and Hubs dropped it and all the metal support pieces off at the recycling yard last Saturday.

My backyard now, sans pool.

Later on last Saturday we took all the pots and pans out of the cabinet and all the foodstuffs out of the pantry.
Here is what the kitchen looked like then......

The lower cabinet to the right of the stove in the photo is where all my pots and pans were stored when not in use.  I have always detested this arrangement because that cabinet has no pull out lazy susan or other arrangement and I can't get to things in there with my short arms.  Plus it's like a dungeon down there and I can't even see what I am trying to reach!
I knew there had to be a better way.

The kitchen island filled with food from the pantry.

More pantry contents on the table.

The pantry had become a jumble of stuff mainly because #2 Son would go out into the stockpile in the garage and bring something in to cook/eat.
Then he would promptly change his mind and instead of returning said stockpile item to the stockpile whence it came, he'd just open the pantry door and shove said item in there.

As a result the pantry had devolved into a mish-mosh of both opened goods and stockpile duplicates of said opened goods.
This is the same child that would open a new ranch salad dressing when he wanted some, instead of using one of the already opened FIVE bottles in the fridge.

So everything from the pantry was sorted and returned to it's proper place and here's the pantry AFTER.....

Then I put all the pots and pans into a Rubbermaid container which will live on the floor of the pantry.....

I keep a lid on the tub to keep the pots and pans clean of course but removed it for this shot.

This arrangement lets me reach everything and SEE it too.  Not as convenient as having them next to the stove but I can manage the walk. lolz

And that dark, unreachable cabinet I despise?
Here is what is in there now......

A dish draining rack which holds the pot lids, pushed to the front of the door.
On the shelf above are my cast iron pans that I don't use as much as the other pans and behind in the depths of the cabinet is an electric griddle, which also isn't used as much as other items.

And the photo above is all the items I am getting rid of or giving to my older children if they need anything.

We cleaned out the other kitchen cabinets with dishware, glassware and serving/casserole pieces too and that is where some of this came from.

I still need to clean/clear out the island shelves and one cabinet under the microwave and the drawers to the right of the stove(which store towels/potholders, cutting boards, phone books and take-out menus)and then the kitchen will be done.

Plus I need to find a new home for the Bread Machine as the tub of pots displaced it from the pantry, but this will involve working on the Garage, which is next on my list of cleaning/organizing for the house.

And the latest change around here was yesterday.




1 of our 4 cars is now at the Auto Auction.
And the minivan will be disposed of by the end of September which gets us down to 2 vehicles.

Updates later as they become available.

I am off now to go inform the insurance agent that the car went bye-bye and get my auto insurance lowered.

Have you had a big change in your life lately that led you to change/clean/move things in your home?