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Free Curious George eBook & Veggie Tales Album

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Amazon currently has two fun freebies for kids!

* Curious George Goes to the Zoo ebook (FREE)

* Silly Song Snack Pack album (FREE)


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Recipe: Easy Homemade Breakfast Sandwich

Friday, September 26th, 2014

I’m not a big fast food fan, but I’ve always been a sucker for McDonald’s and Burger King’s breakfast sandwiches.  Not that I ever bought them much, but they were a fun splurge every now and then like when I was out yardsaling and left the house too early to feel like eating breakfast.

A couple of months ago I got a bunch of English muffins and Jones All Natural sausage for free with my couponing and I decided to make my own homemade breakfast sandwiches.  I knew it couldn’t be hard.  I mean you would just layer meat, egg and cheese, right?  Well, pretty much.  But I was kind of picky and wanted a nice scrambled egg layer in there, so I set out to figure out how to do that.

Here’s what I finally figured out worked perfectly and it’s super easy!  I use my big electric skillet (I have one very similar to this) to make 8 servings of eggs.  If you have a smaller skillet, you could easily just do 4 at one time instead.  Also, if you won’t eat all 8 sandwiches at one time, you can freeze the extras for a quick breakfast later- just heat them up in the microwave!  Of course you don’t have to wait to enjoy these at breakfast.  We love them for lunches or dinners too!

Easy Homemade Breakfast Sandwich
8 English muffins
8 Eggs
8 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. salt
¼tsp. pepper
Sausage, bacon or sliced ham
Cheese, sliced

Whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper together until mixed.  Turn electric skillet to 300°.  Place a small amount of butter or oil in skillet so eggs won’t stick.  (If using butter, let melt.  Pour eggs into skillet, cover and let set until eggs are almost done.  Turn skillet off.  (They will continue to cook a bit as they sit.)  Use a pancake turner to cut eggs into 8 pieces as shown below.

Meanwhile fry sausage or bacon if needed.  Slice English muffins and toast.  Once toasted, butter each slice.

Assemble sandwiches, layering egg (you’ll need to fold it in half), meat and cheese onto the muffin.  Add salsa or ketchup if desired.  Enjoy!

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Free 8×10 Photo Canvas (just pay shipping)

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

This popular deal is back again!

For a limited time, you can get a free 8×10 photo canvas from Canvas People- you just have to pay the shipping.  (Shipping runs around $15.)  Or if you’d rather, you can get 60% off any other size canvas.

These canvases make lovely gifts and are also an inexpensive way to decorate your home with your favorite photos.  Canvas People even has a huge selection of inspirational, fun, and decorative prints that you can turn into a canvas if you don’t have your own photo to use.

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Weekly Spending Summary (9/14-9/20)

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use: Coupons.comCoupon NetworkSmart SourceRed PlumIbottaHopsterCheckout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

I guess I sort of did a lot of shopping this week!  It was kind of fun but let’s just say that I’m glad that every week is not like this because it is also a lot of work!

Favorite buys:
* $0.50 Kettle Chips
* Better than free Ziploc bags
* Better than free Newman’s Own salsa
* Diaper for $4/pack
* $0.99 eggs
* Free Johnson & Johnson baby wash

Total Spent: $102.04
Total Saved with Coupons: $31.39
Total Saved with Sales: $68.23
Total Saved: $99.62

Giant: $100.59
Saved with Coupons: $15.89
Saved with Sales: $32.93

Well, just when I thought that the deals at Giant had kind of died, they came back to life with a big bang!  Seriously, this week was crazy!  Basically, to make a long story short, all of the stuff that I bought cost me a total of $0.59!  Actually, make that $0.34 after my credit from  Checkout 51 for the bananas.

The Ziploc bags, Gatorade and Newman’s Own were all part of the gas rewards deals and were either free or moneymakers.  The Shout was also a gas rewards deal and was $0.75 and the Kettle chips were $0.50 each but the overage from the other items covered the cost of them.

I highly recommend the Kettle chips.  They are GMO free and are just really good.  They have this new flavor called Buffalo Bleu that I got for the first time.  I figured they would be just okay and maybe not that great but they were the best chips I’ve ever had!  They are sort of a bleu cheese, mild hot sauce flavor and the flavor is just perfect.  In fact when my 6 yr. old tasted them he declared that they were the absolute best!  I know I bought a ton but at that price I figured I might as well.  We’ll use them as a snack when we have people over, to go with our usual Sunday evening suppers of sandwiches and my husband is enjoying them in his lunch too.

Salsa is something that I typically can but when I saw that I could get it for free I decided to skip canning it and just buy it instead.  It will save me a lot of work too!  And the Gatorade?  Well, I can’t stand the stuff but my husband convinced me to buy it and let him resell it for $1 each at his work.  The guys there love when he does that because they are getting a great deal and obviously it’s a win for us too!

(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 $4.00 off a gallon, up to 25 gallons of gas, for purchasing the various items.  Since gas isn’t $4.00 a gallon right now, whatever amount is left will roll over for me to use later.)

Some of you might wonder what I use the Fels-Naptha soap for.  It works amazing wonders on stains.  I simply rub a little onto the stain and then rub the fabric together a little and wash it out.  It gets out everything from poop to grass to food.  And actually, I have a couple of friends that don’t even scrub the stains.  They just apply the Fels Naptha and throw the stained clothing into the wash.  At any rate, it’s a super cheap stain remover!


  • 12 Ziploc bags $2.29 each
  • 2 Shout $2.50 each
  • 16 Kettle Chips $2.50 each
  • Pompeian red wine vinegar $2.10
  • Fels-Naptha $1.39
  • Bananas $0.45
  • Nature’s Promise organic ketchup $1.79
  • 6 Gatorade $2.00 each
  • 12 Newman’s Own salsa $2.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • Four $2/2 Ziploc printable coupons
  • Two $1/2 Ziploc printable coupons
  • $1/2 Shout coupons found in magazine
  • $0.50 Pompeian printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • Fels-Naptha FREE product coupon received via Purex Insiders ($1.39)
  • $0.50 Nature’s Promise coupon from coupon machine inside store
  • $1/2 Newman’s Own salsa coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Got Back:

  • $0.25 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the bananas
  • $100.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Ziploc, Kettle chips, Shout, Gatorade and Newman’s Own

Rite Aid: $0.84
Saved with Coupons: $5.00
Saved with Sales: $7.47

Haven’t shopped at Rite Aid in a long time but I decided to stop by this week to get free baby wash and cheap dishwashing detergent ($1.50 each).


  • Johnson & Johnson baby wash $3.00
  • 2 Finish dishwashing detergents $3.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • $3.00 Johnson & Johnson printable coupon
  • Two $1.00 Finish printable coupons

Got Back:

  • $2.00 in UPRewards for purchasing the Dial body wash (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Walgreens: $21.18
Saved with Coupons: $10.50
Saved with Sales: $23.03

I had a Walgreens gift card that I used to pay for $6.82 of this purchase.

There haven’t been many great diaper deals lately and so when I saw this Walgreens sale where I could get diapers for $4/pack I knew I was going to stock up.  No, they aren’t name brand diapers but I knew from past experience that the Walgreens brand is really good.  I’ve been using them and they are every bit as good as Pamper and Huggies!


  • 7 Well Beginnings diapers (Walgreen’s brand) $5.50 each

Coupons Used:

  • Seven $1.50 Well Beginnings printable coupons

Aldi: $26.71

Stopped by Aldi to get some beans and a few other things for some ham and bean soup that I’m planning to can.  Of course while I was there, I had to get some other things too!


  • 2 Brown Sugar $1.19 each
  • Ranch dressing $1.29
  • 2 Great Northern Beans $2.49 each
  • Saltines $0.89
  • 2 lb. Grapes $1.98
  • 2 Oranges 3lb. $2.29 each
  • Onions $0.99
  • 2 Red potatoes 5 lb. $1.89 each
  • Celery $1.69
  • 3 Baby Carrots $0.69 each
  • Corn Chips $0.89
  • 2 Chocolate chips $1.59 each

Stauffers: $5.94
Saved with Sales: $4.80

I had no intention of shopping at this local grocery store this week but on my way home from getting gas I saw their sign advertising $0.99 eggs.  So since I only had the baby with me I made an impromptu decision to stop and get some.  I haven’t seen that price on eggs in at least 6 months maybe longer.  And I would have loved to have bought more but I simply did not have the fridge space for them!


  • 6 Eggs $0.99 each

Misc.: $30.00

* $20 was cash that we withdrew to pay for milk at a local dairy

* $10 was for cash to pay for produce at our local farmers market, mainly lettuce

Credits: $83.22

The last couple of weeks 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 $83.22 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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Amazon: Razor Lil’ Kick Scooters $24 (reg. $45)– holiday gift idea!

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Looking for a gift idea?  Amazon has this Razor Jr. Kiddie Kick Scooter reduced to just $24 (reg. price $45)!

Product details:

Outfitted with a welded steel frame and a three-wheel design, the scooter makes riding fun for kids 6 and under. The scooter also includes a wide, slip-resistant deck that’s extremely stable, as is the extra-wide rear wheelbase. Other features include a padded T-bar, a low profile for easy scooting, and large smooth-rolling wheels.

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