Buca di Beppo: $10 off Two Entrees Coupon

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$25 off Airbnb.com (great way to save on vacation rentals!)- new users only

Planning a weekend getaway or vacation?  Airbnb.com is a place to book unique accommodations, at any price point, around the world.  You’ll find everything from an apartment for a night to a castle for a week to a villa for a month.  With listings in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries there are lots of options!

The great thing is, if you are new to Airbnb.com you can sign up here and you’ll save $25 off your first purchase!  (In order to get the $25 off you don’t have to book anything immediately.  Just sign up and the credit will be in your account and used the first time you make a purchase.)

We’re hoping to take a short family vacation sometime this summer and so I’ve been perusing Airbnb.com looking for ideas of where we could go.  I found lots of lovely, reasonably priced places- everything from single rooms to entire houses.

Here are a couple of places that caught my eye.

* A beach getaway- a small guesthouse in Cape May, NJ for $130/night

* A beautiful, entire house in Charleston, SC for $97/night

* Lovely little cabin in the Poconos (Pa) for $106/night

* A cute lakeside cottage in Louisa, Virgina for $109/night

Have you ever used Airbnb.com?  What did you think?

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Tasty Tuesday: Easy Homemade Pie Crust

You know the saying ‘easy as pie’?  Well, this recipe makes that reality because it truly does make pie making easy!

Several years ago I created this recipe after getting frustrated with the Never Fail Pie Crust recipe that I had been using for years.  Because for some reason, it wasn’t holding up to it’s name anymore and I was getting rather frustrated with my dough tearing every time I tried to make it. So I experimented a bit and came up with this recipe.

I love that you don’t have to chill the dough before rolling it and I also love that it uses butter, not Crisco and so therefore is healthier.  It also handles well, doesn’t tear easily and makes a wonderfully, delicious flaky crust.

You’ll see that the recipe makes 3 crusts.  If you don’t need 3 pies at one time, simply freeze the other crusts.  You can freeze them baked or unbaked.  Also, I can often get a fourth crust out of the scraps that are leftover from the other 3 crusts.  It doesn’t look as nice, but it works.

Another thing you can do with the scraps is to combine them all into a ball, then roll the dough out.  Cut it into smallish pieces and spread jelly on one half.  Then fold over the top and pinch the sides together to make a pop-over of sorts.  I like to also sprinkle a bit of sugar on the top.  Then bake until lightly brown.  So yummy!

If you are new to pie making, you might find Eat Your Heart Out’s pie making tutorial helpful.  Oh, and I highly recommend getting a Pastry Blender (this is the one I have) if you don’t have one.  It’s making working the butter into the dough super easy.

Easy Homemade Pie Crust
Recipe type: Dessert

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. butter, softened slightly
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 3 tbsp. cold water
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

  1. Combine flour and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. (I use a pastry blender, but two forks might work okay too.)
  2. Combine milk, water, and oil, then sprinkle in, tossing with a fork until mixture is moistened. Do not over-mix.
  3. Divide into 3 pieces; form into balls.
  4. Roll out crust on lightly floured counter and use as desired.
  5. If you need to use this in a recipe that needs the crust baked first, prick the sides and bottom of the crust several times with a fork (helps prevent shrinkage) and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes.

Tip: If your crust does happen to tear a bit, simply push the dough together, dampen your finger with water a bit and “seal” it. It should hold without any problem.

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Weekly Spending Summary (4/13-4/19)

Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use: Coupons.com, Coupon Network, Smart Source, Red Plum, Ibotta, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Favorite buys:

  • Free strawberries
  • Free Dove Men’s body wash and shampoo
  • Enchilada sauce for $0.19/can
  • Moneymaking Puffs tissues
  • $0.06 Domino brown sugar
  • $0.49 baby carrots
  • Free Crayola washable markers

Total Spent: -$7.66 (negative due to gas credits as seen below)
Total Saved with Coupons: $24.92
Total Saved with Sales: $41.17
Total Saved: $66.09 + $107.90 in gas savings

Rite Aid: $0
Saved with Coupons: $4.50
Saved with Sales: $6.68

I bought these Dove products with a rain check and was excited to be able to get them free after coupons.  Seems that we go through body wash so fast!  And my husband is always happy when I can get him shampoo that smells ‘manly’.


  • Dove Men’s body wash $2.50
  • Dove Men’s shampoo $2.00

Coupons Used:

  • $2.50 Dove Men’s product coupon from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $2.00 Dove Men’s product coupon from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Giant: $68.69
Saved with Coupons: $11.00
Saved with Sales: $34.49

I did a couple of gas deals again this week.  Basically after sales/coupons/gas rewards the Puffs tissues and Johnson baby wash were a moneymaker of $4.66, the Carnation milk and Domino sugar were $0.06 each, the Dole fruit smoothies were a moneymaker of $0.49 and the Mentos were a moneymaker of $1.50.

If you aren’t familiar with how the gas deals work, basically you earn so much off a gallon of gas when you purchase a certain number of specific items.  This time I earned $1.50 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the various items.

I also got the 4 cereals and the milk for a total of $3.97 which is less than the milk would have cost by itself!  The enchilda sauce was $0.19/can and the Starkist tuna salad was free.

The ham was just $0.79 with a $25 purchase.  My husband’s family is getting together for a long weekend in May and I’m in charge of taking food for Sunday lunch.  I decided to use this ham (and the one that you’ll see below that I purchased at Aldi) as the meat part of that meal.  With almost 30 people, it takes quite a bit of food anymore to feed us all!

I know people say that they don’t use coupons because they are always for name brand and the generic is cheaper or they’ll say that the coupons are for items that they don’t buy.  But this week (and most weeks) I used coupons to purchase brand items for much less than the generic brand and saved myself quite a bit.  Take the Dominoes brown sugar.  At Aldi I typically pay $1.19 for a 2 lb. bag but by combining coupons and sales at Giant this week I was able to get it for just $0.06!

And while enchilada sauce is something I pretty much never buy, when I saw that I could get it for just $0.19/can I knew it was an easy way to stretch my grocery money.  Since I recently bought a bunch of tortillas for cheap I’ll find a recipe to uses both the enchilada sauce and tortillas to make an inexpensive meal.


  • Chocolate Toast Crunch $2.50
  • Lucky Charms $2.50
  • Chocolate Cheerios $2.50
  • Reese Peanut Butter Puffs $2.50
  • Swiss Milk gallon $4.72
  • 4 Chi-chi’s Enchilda Sauce $1.19 each
  • Starkist tuna salad $1.69
  • 3 Johnson’s baby products $3.00 each
  • 7 Mentos $1.50 each
    - purchased with rain check
  • 9 Dole Smoothie $1.39 each
  • 5 Puffs $1.66 each
  • 2 Carnation Evaporated Milk $1.25 each
  • 5 Domino Brown Sugar $1.79 each
  • Giant brand Ham Shank $0.79/lb.

Coupons Used:

  • $0.50 Chocolate Toast Crunch printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.50 Lucky Charms printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • Four $0.55 Chi-chi’s printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Saved $3.50 instantly on the milk for purchasing 4 General Mills cereal
  • $0.75 Johnsons printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.50 Johnsons printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.55 Johnsons coupon found on package (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.50/2 Carnation printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • $0.65/2 Domino coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (doubled to $1.00)

Got Back:

  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Chocolate Toast Crunch
  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the Chocolate Cheerios
  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing the two General Mills cereal (Chocoholics Bonus!)
  • $0.50 via Ibotta for purchasing the Swiss milk
  • $0.50 via Ibotta for purchasing the milk and cereals (Milk bonus- needed to redeem the milk offer & two other offers)
  • $0.50 via Saving Star for purchasing the Lucky Charms
  • $0.75 via Saving Star for purchasing the Chocolate Cheerios
  • $1.69 via Saving Star for purchasing the Starkist Tuna Salad (weekly 100% back offer)
  • $4.00 via Saving Star for purchasing the Dole Fruit Smoothies
  • $45.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Johnsons, Carnation, Dominoes, Dole, Puffs and Mentos

Aldi: $22.36

I did an Aldi trip the beginning of the week because I needed canola oil to make homemade granola and I also wanted to get some sweet potatoes and carrots since they were part of the weekly specials.  Well, then later in the week I realized that I had wanted to get a ham there while they had them for Easter and figured if I waited until after Easter they wouldn’t have any left.  So I was going to be in the area anyway and decided to stop again.  I also got chips for a family get together that we are having this week.


  • 2 Canola Oil $2.59 each
  • Bananas $0.44/lb.
  • 2 Baby Carrots $0.49 each
  • Sweet Potatoes $1.19
  • Powdered Sugar $1.19
  • 3 Potato Chips $1.49 each
  •  Smoked Ham $0.99/lb.

Target: $9.19
Saved with Coupons: $9.42

I haven’t done a good Target deal shopping trip in a long time but this week was fun!  I was most excited about the strawberries which were actually a moneymaker of $0.12!  Who says you can’t eat healthy and coupon?  {grin}

The mushrooms were $0.50 after a coupon, the eggs were $0.47/dozen, the wipes $0.95 each, and the Suave & Q-tips $1.67 total after sales and coupons.  I can get enough shampoo for free with my couponing and so normally wouldn’t have paid for shampoo.  But we were needing Q-tips and since I could get all 3 things for less than I could pay for Q-tips (even the generic brand) themselves I figured I might as well get all three!


  • 4 Up & Up wipes $1.00 each
  • Mushrooms $1.50
  • 2 Driscoll’s strawberries $1.50 each
  • 4 dozen Eggs $0.99 each
  • Suave shampoos $2.89 each
  • Q-tips $3.89

Coupons Used:

  • 5% off Up & Up baby wipes Cartwheel coupon (saved $0.05 each, $0.20 total)
  • $1.00 Target mobile coupon (off any fresh vegetables)
  • 5% off fresh berries Cartwheel coupon (saved $0.06 each, $0.12 total)
  • Two $1.00 Target mobile coupons (off any fresh fruit)
  • Two $0.50 Driscoll’s printable coupons
  • Two $55/2 dozen eggs printable coupons
  • Two $0.50 Target mobile coupons (off any eggs)
  • Two $1.50 Suave printable coupons
  • $0.63 saved using Target REDcard

Got Back:

  • $5.00 Target gift card for purchasing the Suave and Q-tips

Staples: $0 (gift card)

I was happy to get these two things for just the cost of sales tax (which was $0.27).  Staples has a rebate program that is super easy to use and I will get back the full amount of what I paid for each of these items with that.

My son’s washable markers are just starting to wear out so this is perfect timing to get these for free!  And if you have little children, you know how fast pencils seem to just grow legs and walk off!  Seriously, I really wonder where they all end up.  So these free pencils were perfect!


  • BIC mechanical pencils $1.50
  • Crayola washable markers $3.99

Got Back:

Credits: $107.90
The last number of weeks, including this week, I’ve been buying various items that are part of the Giant gas deals.  Basically, you get points for purchasing the products and then you can redeem those points for gas.  I was able to get $107.90 worth of gas for free as a result.  And since I only buy the grocery items that are part of these deals because they either get me free gas or make me money I put the savings back into my grocery budget.  (To see the details of these purchases look at my previous Giant purchases under my Weekly Spending Summaries.)

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