Friday, October 31, 2008

Albertsons coupon policy

Dear Ms. (my full name here)

we want to thank you for contacting us. Please accept our sincere apology for the delay in response to your feedback. This delay was due to technical difficulties that have been addressed. Please be assured that we take all customer feedback seriously.
In response to your email here is the coupon policy.

All Associates who operate a register must adhere to Supervalu Coupon policy.

 Coupons are intended for one time use and cannot be redeemed more than once.

 Supervalu expects all associates to conduct themselves with integrity and honesty.

 All Associates who operate a register are responsible for providing excellent customer service; this includes, but is not limited to, accurately recording sales of items and coupons and collecting tender in full.
 All coupons tendered must have a corresponding sale for the product listed and amount specified, and only at the time of purchase.

Supervalu does not accept fraudulently produced coupon offers, whether through use of a personal computer or copier. I have read the above policies and guidelines and fully understand my responsibility to adhere to Supervalu Coupon Policy in its entirety

I was just thinking about this yesterday and was about to send another inquiry....  Well, a little vague if you ask me.   It is a direct cut and paste from my email and Im sure you could get your own copy if you emailed them, and hopefully they have their technical issues straightened out!!

I do remember someone asking me about Albertsons not taking Internet coupons, it doesn't mention that.  I requested a 'copy of the coupon policy', may being more specific would have helped.  Oh, well!

.... and this is because I am really tired and need a laugh!!  It was titled 'gangsta cat', see the silver chain? Silly kitty.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Baby slippers. Happy Frugal Friday!

Okay, okay, here they are. I made my first pair of baby slippers. I used the really easy pattern here and simplified it a little as I was using fleece and did not double the layers where suggested, except the sole.

I also did not do the proper button hole, didn't want to worry about putting the specified presser foot on my machine, I just cut little slits. Instead of embellishing them with a sewn on design I just tied a ribbon to the elastic in front. And I used 'puffy paint' (remember that stuff, Im thinking early 90's?) to make the soles slip resistant. Very easy!

I love them so much and can't wait for her to wear them, I am saving them for her birthday!!

One of the best parts about these slippers is that they were made from mere scraps.  Basically left over fleece!!  So, if I had already had the 'puffy paint' (which I had to buy at about $1) I would have spent nothing on these!!

Dr Pepper deal @ Albertsons!! and Update

Okay, here is another deal, this one I might actually try to find time in my day for...

Buy Four 12 packs Dr Pepper (normally 3.79 each ?)
= 15.16
- $5 catalina (to spend next trip)
= 10.16
sale price of Dr P is $3 each (- .79x 4)
= $7
B3G1 free (-$3)

SOO, $1 each per 12 pack Dr Pepper.  

My husband and my brother both love this stuff.  I just may have to squeeze in a trip or 3 this week!

AND!!!!  A Purex Deal (sorry I am so slow to gather these, I am just so busy this week)

Use 1 Fred Meyer ad coupon for 1.99 each first 2 Purex detergent coupons and stack with 2  .50/1 coupons here (if you don't have any yourself) = 1.50 for a 50 oz detergent

Hot Deals at the Commissary!

(please excuse the sewing mess in the background)

My daughter was pretty wonderful during this trip to the Commissary and I had time to scour some really great deals.

Nestle Hot Chocolate .99 - .75/1 here = .24 each
Jolly Time popcorn from .89- 1.09 -$1/1 here = free or .09
Jolly Time Better Butter popcorn .99 - 1.50/1 here = .51 profit
Pillsbury Toaster Strudels 1.60 - $1/1 here = .60 each
BagulFuls 1.50 - $1/1 on my left sidebar = .50 each
Idaho Potatoes .72 each - free coupon here = free
Hunts pasta sauce .79 each - $1/2 here = .29 each
Chex Mix Bars 1.50 each - $1/1 here = .50
Blueberry Mini Wheats 1.89 - $1/1 from old All You??= .89

Don't have access to the Commissary? Check out BeCentsAble for YOUR local grocer.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Albertsons ad

Here are the best deals I see in the Albies Ad;

Doritos BOGO and if your Albertsons will take it; use the Safeway ad coupon for 2 for $3 Doritos  to purchase 2 for $3 then get 2 free=4 bags for $3

Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Reese Puffs 1.88 - $1/2 coupon here =1.38 each
Honey Nut Cheerios 1.88- $1/1 coupon here= .88 each!!!

Libbys Vegetables are .50 each when you buy 20,  save .50 on 3 here.  If you can print 6 they will be .35 each  (had to break out the calculator for that one folks!)

Alright, thats the best I see for now.  Lets hope next week is better!!

Oh, maybe hold onto those Honey Nut Cheerios coupons(maybe, maybe not...)  as a catalina deal is starting tomorrow the 30th, here are the details;

Save $15 on your Thanksgiving shopping trip when you purchase $30 worth of participating products in a single shopping trip.* Discount taken at register on next shopping order with use of coupon. Coupons will be valid until 11/27/08. Customer will receive three $5 off coupons.

*See store circular for participating product list.

Offer valid 10/30/08-11/13/08

Shown on the bottom of the paper are the following logos:
Hamburger Helper
Best Foods
(courtesy of Hot Coupon World.)

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Free Chex Mix bar here,

Free sample of Prilosec OTC. 

Every Child Matters lapel sticker to show your support.

And, a free package of Idaho Potatoes!!!  Print coupon HERE!  OMG it is a PDF!

Swim Diapers at Target

If you are a cloth diaper fan then scour the isles this week for cloth swim diapers. I found this stuck on an end-isle marked at 1.48 yesterday!! What a deal, and it should fit her next summer. Best part is, it rang up at $1.00. Unfortunately I could not find any more.

Good luck!

Albertsons Sneak Peak!!

Its finally here!  Not very early for most of us, but my mail doesn't come till 4pm so I am glad to have it now!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

this is how I feed myself.

Our little baby is becoming so much more independent. She now wants to feed herself with a spoon. Not an easy task for a little one. I gave her a mix of peas (her favorite), brown rice and refried beans. She loved it and made quite the mess.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

This week will be super easy as we are tying up the house after moving and preparing for the little ones big First birthday party.  And we have Grandparents coming at the end of the week!!

I will do healthy takes on pre-packaged food.  Normally we dont eat that garbage, but due to my discovery of coupons we now are stocked up on those chemically laden 'junk foods'.  Well, I guess you cant win them all.

Easy Veggie soup -I'll just throw something together!

Zatarains Rice Pilaf w/ added peas 
Boca Steaks (boca patties cooked in pan w/ A1)

Box Hamburger helper "lasagna''
I will add tomatoes, soy meat and shredded carrot or other frozen veggie

Left over veggie soup

Family in town.....

Pizza for babys birthday
Sugar Free Vegan Carrot Cake for baby and my parents (and anyone wanting a healthy option)
Regular Carrot cake for rest of my family
veggies and snacks

Recover from party!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Thrifty Stain Remover


Yes, RIT Dye.  There are a few items of clothing in our house that I have been unable to remove stains from.  One item being a really flattering cotton peasanty type blouse from Banana Republic, as well as a few baby items that has baffled me equally.

I decided to give dying a go.  I figured, whats to loose?  

I bought the dye at Michaels (craft store) for under $2, I think it was on a 30% off sale or something, affordable in my book.  I then brought it home and followed the directions, pretty close.  My chosen method was to simmer my clothing in a large pot (my soap pot!) as my washer is a front load and that 'easy' method was out.

The parts of this where I failed to follow directions were; the part where it said to add 1 full cup of salt.  Well, I dont think we have a full cup on hand so I just added about 1/2 cup.  And, it said one packet of dye per every 3 yards of fabric, bah, thats only a suggestion!!  I crammed that sucker full.  

I did stir throughout most of the process as recommended and added the Tbs of detergent (strange???) to my brew.  Regardless, my clothing came out a little 'tye dyed' looking (not counting the socks and pants I actually tye dyed), but, I think they all look really good!

After my 30 minute timer went off I carefully removed the clothing items to the sink with tongs so I could reserve what dye was left.  Strangely, the second batch dyed a lot lighter (see tank top in photo).  It it almost an entirely different color.  Its as if the clothing sucked the dye right out of the water.  Fascinating. 

This picture only shows a portion of what I dyed with one packet.  All items included;
2 onsies
2 bibs
1 baby pants
1 baby polo
1 baby socks
1 large washcloth
1 tank top
1 peasant blouse
2 underwear
1 nursing bra (okay, I was just looking for things to dye at this point!)

Not bad for under $2!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

I won I won I won I won!!

So I get this call earlier today from our Real Estate Agent telling me that the buyers of our house called her....(my heart sinks to my stomach.  What, did something happen to the house?  Are they not happy with it, oh no, oh no, oh no...) state that they received a FedEx in our name.  Oh, okay.  Thank God.

My husband volunteers to swing by the old place and pick it up while getting our friday night pizza(more on that later).  When he brings home the package I discover that it is addressed to me.  Whaaaat?  So I open it and this is what I discover;

What a huge surprise!  I am still excited and I cannot wait to try some of these products!! Thanks Nivea!

Baby Magazine

One of my daughters favorite things to do is go through all my 'Parents' and 'Baby' magazines and look at and talk to the baby pictures. While it is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen she wreaks havoc on these magazines I have yet to read.

I decided to make a magazine just for her.
It was simple. I just cut out a bunch of baby pictures and glued them to pieces of a cut up cardboard box. Next, I hole punched them and tied it all with a ribbon. Now she has something, just like mommys, of her very own.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Help for Arthritis

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Coconut Curry Carrot Soup

Quite a title but oh so yummy. I have been working on modifying this recipe for a while now and have come up with one that is really tasty. My husband loved it and he isn't even the carrot enthusiast that I am.
all soft and ready to puree

Coconut Curry Carrot Soup

1 large 2 lb bag of organic carrots (they taste much better)
1 onion
2 small baking apples (or one regular, peeled?)
2 med sized red potatoes
4 veggie boullion cubes
2-3 cloves garlic, or a heaping tsp of crushed
1 tsp crushed ginger if you have it or less amount of dried would do as well
2 Tbs Hot Madras curry powder (or whatever you have)
2 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
1 tsp black pepper, or next time I will try white pepper
1 can coconut milk (reserve 2-3 Tbs for garnish if you remember)

next time I will garnish with coconut milk

Wash and scrub all vegetables, don't peel except for the onion and apple if skin seems tough. Coarsely chop all in large chunks. Place in large stock pot and cover with water, about 1/2 to 1'' over veggies.

Bring to a boil and simmer till fork tender, maybe 1-2 hours??

When soft, add seasonings and blend with a stick blender. A regular blender would work for this as well, it would just be a lot more work, and I don't like extra work!!

Once smooth to your liking bring to a simmer. This soup seems to taste better after simmering. When you are ready to eat turn off the heat, add coconut milk and stir in.

Serve hot. It would be nice to garnish with a swirl of coconut milk on top as well. Next time I will!!

Carrot Harvest

Well it does not look like a lot now, but trust me, there are a lot of carrots there! Over the weekend I pulled the rest of my carrots from our old house before the closing happened Monday. Sorry guys, you are not getting my carrots too!

They are so sweet and yummy. Perfect and crisp eaten raw and my daughter loves them steamed. I love nothing more than serving my family safe and wholesome foods I have grown myself in local organic soil.

I cannot wait to get my garden started at this house!

Be on the lookout for these carrots in my future posts!

Monday, October 20, 2008

NW Military Commissary (and lots of coupon links!!)

Had a good trip at my Commissary this week.  Here are the very best of the deals;

Kraft LiveActive Granola bars 1.50- $1/1 recent insert= .50
Smaller bags of Nestle Halloween or regular candy 1.90- $1/1 coupon= .90
O-cello Scrub & Wipe Sponges, single .79 each- $1/2 coupon (2nd coupon)= .29 each
Windex 2.09 - $2/1 coupon here= .09 each!!
Shout 1.79- 1.50/1 here= .29
Progresso Bread crumbs .89 - $1/2 (no longer avail)= .39 each
Friskies cat food 3.29 - $2/1 coupon here= 1.29
Kraft Parm cheese in isle by pasta is marked down to 2.29 w/ a .30/1 tear pad next to it= 1.99

Albertsons Sneak Peak!!

Ohhhh, its finally here!  The ad for this weeks deals at Albertsons.
Not seeing the best deals ever, but I will update as soon as I do!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Another easy week for us as we still have unpacking and construction on my babys room.  These meals cant be to difficult, otherwise I just wont have time to make them!!

Pasta Bake
Steamed Peas
Focaccia from freezer

Curried Carrot soup  (but I used coconut milk instead of soy)
Fresh WW bread from bread maker

Morning star farms Veggie Fajitas w/ green peppers
Brown rice

Veggie Chili
Yeasted Corn bread (this time I will add more cornmeal and maybe even corn....)

Pizza night
veggie tray as usual

Leftover chili from thursday

leftover bread from Tuesday (if there is any left!!)

shopping list
coconut milk (?)
sour cream
flour tortillas

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Free Financial Book!

Robert Allen is giving away a choice of one of Four of his Money Making Strategy books on Investing for Free.  There is even one aimed at making money on-line, think I'll pick that one!!

It does state that they will call you to confirm you address before sending so do be strong in case they try to sell you something!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

No washing Diapers for 1 week!

Thats right, I will be giving up washing diapers for a week.  I love my bumGenius more than any other diaper.  They are so cute I just love to see them poking up above my daughters 'baby low rise' pants.  Washing them takes almost no longer than a regular load of laundry.  They keep her drier than disposables and protect her soft skin against diaper rash.  The 'one size' diaper saves us so much money, we will never have to buy diapers again no matter how many children we choose to have and what ages/sizes they are.

But, I just can't handle it right now.  We have moved into our new house, boxes are piled everywhere, you've seen it before yourself Im sure.  In addition to our move we have 2 rooms unlivable, or, under construction. The home we purchased was a foreclosure and has been unoccupied since January, it was also left in poor shape.  Such a shame for such a very nice house.  My daughters room had a big spill that was left to mold the carpet, baseboard and part of a wall.  We have had to rip everything out, carpet tacks and all.  We are now, after a lot of cleaning, in the process of painting and putting her room back together.  Keep in mind the 3rd bedroom is in just as bad of shape and we will attack that when we can....  

Soooo, everything that is supposed to be in those 2 rooms will be piled up in our living room, furniture included, until we have a place to put it all.

Laundry??  Not going to happen right now.  I went to the Commissary and purchased the cheapest pack of diapers I could find; Pure'N Gentle 4.99 for a 40 pack, she will be a size 3 (something that means nothing to us cloth-diapering moms).

I have used a few different types of disposable diapers in the past, I actually used them until she was 3 mos old, and these remind me of Luvs, I think.  They seem really thin but claim to be scent and dye free, at least the liner is (??).  I remember preferring Seventh Generation, then Pampers, then Huggies, THEN Luvs.  So, we will see how it goes!!

Im sorry Environment!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Free Pedometers!!

My Healthy Info is giving away FREE PEDOMETERS!!  Just sign up here.

I had gotten a free pedometer once before and had a blast with it.  At the time I know my readers really wanted one as well, so here you go!  Hope it comes quickly!