Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
I received free chicken breast in exchange for a blog review. However, all opinions are mine.
You may remember my post about Zaycon Foods’ $1.84/lb. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast. Well, I’m excited to tell you that I had the opportunity to try some of their chicken and yes, it’s as awesome as they claim!
Zaycon Foods is a privately owned company founded in 2009 with the simple mission to bring farm fresh meats direct to consumers at wholesale prices. Because they cut out the middle man (ie: grocery store) they can keep their cost lower than what you’ll typically find. They have events all over the country where they deliver their products- you simply need to drive through and pick them up!
While Zaycon Foods sells everything from raw wildflower honey to non-homogenized whole milk to fresh strawberries, they are best known for their quality meats. And more specifically for their fresh 100% natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients. Their boneless, skinless chicken breast comes in 40 lb. boxes, but each box has four 10 lb. bags of chicken it, making it very easy to split your order with someone else if you are worried that you won’t be able to use the whole 40 lbs. yourself.
I was super impressed with my Zaycon Foods experience. Ordering was so simple; I just went to their website, set up an account and found an event in my area. Then I placed my order and paid online, so that the day of the event, I could just sail through the pick up line!
I got to the location of the pickup for my event about 10 minutes early and was fully prepared to just have to sit and wait. But I didn’t need too! As I drove up to the delivery truck, the driver hopped out and motioned me to come to the pickup spot. I handed him my order slip and popped the rear hatch on my minivan. After laying down a plastic trash bag to catch any leaks (there were none!), he loaded up my chicken and in a matter of a couple of minutes I was on my way again! It was a rainy day and I was more than happy to not have to get out of my car and the whole process was much easier than going to the grocery store with 2 little children in tow!
Then I came home and got to work. I froze some breasts whole, cooked some meat and froze it and then canned the rest. There was a little bit of fat to trim off of some of the pieces but I was very impressed with the quality of the meat. And we’ve enjoyed it numerous times since- it has great flavor!
If you are interested in ordering from Zaycon, head to their website and set up an account. They have more chicken events happening in Feb. so you may be able to get in on one of those!
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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
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 and Saving Star. Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.
- Free Men’s Razor
- Free Yardley Soap
- Free Reach Flossers
- Huggies for $4.99
- Moneymaking Hormel REV Wraps
Total Spent: $69.08
Total Saved with Coupons: $21.61
Total Saved with Sales: $36.60
Total Saved: $58.21
CVS: $0 (used grocery cash)
Saved with Coupons: $11.61
Saved with Sales: $3.30
I used $0.62 from my grocery cash to pay for this purchase. All of the items were free or better than free with coupons/sales.
- Triaminic $4.99
- CVS Men’s Razor $6.99
- CVS Probiotic $9.99 (bought with rain check)
- $3.00 CVS razor printable coupon
- $1.00 Triaminic printable coupon
- $17.40 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)
- $4.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Triaminic (can be used on next purchase of any item)
- $4.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the CVS Razor (can be used on next purchase of any item)
- $10.00 Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the CVS Probiotic (can be used on next purchase of any item)
Rite Aid: $0 (gift card)
Saved with Coupons: $6.00
Saved with Sales: $29.42
I used a gift card that I bought discounted through Gift Card Rescue to pay for this purchase which was $3.97 total.
All of the items were purchased with rain checks. You’ll see below that some of the items rang up at $0. That is because they were free after UPRewards and since they don’t issue the UPRewards on rain check items, but instead just deduct it off the price they rang up at $0.
I’m still trying to build my diaper stockpile for this baby and so I was really happy to be able to score some Huggies for $4.99/pack. The diaper deals have been a bit slim lately so this really helped!
- 2 Rite Aid nail clippers $0 (bought with rain check)
- 2 Reach flossers $0.99 each (bought with rain check)
- 6 Yardley soap $0 (bought with rain check)
- Huggies diapers $7.99 (bought with rain check)
- Two $1.00 Reach printable coupons
- $3.00 Huggies printable coupon from Hopster
- $1.00 in UPRewards (Rite Aid coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)
Saved with Coupons: $4.00
Saved with Sales: $3.88
Well, I got another moneymaking gas deal at Giant this week. This time I made $7.04 by purchasing these REV wraps. Not something I’d usually purchase but hey, if they’re going to pay me to buy them, why not? Plus, they will make some handy lunches!
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 $0.40 off a gallon for every 6 items I purchased, up to 30 gallons of gas.
- Four $1/2 Rev Wrap printable coupons
- $24.00 worth of gas rewards for purchasing the Hormel
Just my usual Aldi stock up trip- not really anything special to note.
- 5 Flour Tortillas $0.99 each
- 2 Cream Cheese $0.89 each
- Bananas @ $0.44/lb.
- 3 lb. Onions $0.79
- Pinto Beans $1.79
- Great Northern Beans $2.29
- 5lb. Red Potatoes $3.29
- Saltines $0.95
- Canola Oil $2.59
- Ranch Dressing $1.39
- Mayo $1.99
- Heavy Whipping Cream $1.99
- 2 Corn Chips $0.89 each
- Tomato Paste $0.39
- 2 Brown Sugar $1.19 each
- Coconut Flakes $1.29
- Chocolate Chips $1.29
I withdrew some cash for grocery cash. I use this for numerous things including produce from our local farmer’s market, eggs from a local farm and fresh ground flour from my in-laws.
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Monday, December 9th, 2013
I’m so excited to be participating in Parents Gifts Week! This week, December 9 to December 13, I’ll be joining Amanda Kingloff of Everyday Fun and Melanie Blodgett from You Are My Fave to bring you a bunch of great ideas for stocking stuffers, kids’ presents, homemade gifts and more. We’ll be pinning our favorite crafty and unique (and for my part, inexpensive) gift ideas to the Parents pinterest board. Get in on the conversation and share your ideas (or borrow someone else’s) using #ParentsGifts on Twitter and Pinterest.
And while you’re over at Pinterest, feel free to check out my Pinterest boards too!
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Monday, December 9th, 2013
I know many of you were disappointed to have missed this deal the last time if was available. So I wanted to post again in hopes that you could get it!
Amazon has the K’NEX 375 Piece Deluxe Building Set for just $10! This price will not last long.
Don’t forget about the $5 off $35 Amazon coupon too!
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Saturday, December 7th, 2013
I love gifting homemade goodies. Not only is it inexpensive, it’s also personal. And really, who doesn’t love receiving something delicious and homemade?
Here are 20 homemade food gift ideas that I gathered from around the web- perfect for giving to your neighbors, co-workers, mail carrier or that hard-to-buy-for relative. I tried to choose ideas that would be relatively easy to make so that you won’t be spending hours in the kitchen whipping up some homemade gift goodness. And I even included a couple of healthy ideas in case you prefer that!
1. Seasoned Ranch Pretzels from The Thrifty Frugal Mom
2. BBQ Rub from Keep it Simple Sweetie
3. Apple Cinnamon Toast Butter from Coupon Clipping Cook
4. Ritz Cracker Candy from The Thrifty Frugal Mom
5. Peanut Butter Toffee Bars from Spoonful.com
6. Peanut Brittle from Food Fanatic
7. Iced Cappuccino Mix from Echoes of Laughter
8. Salted Caramel Sauce from Recipe Girl
9. Homemade Marshmallows from Petit Elefant
10. CinnaBun Butter Cakes from Picky Palate
11. Candy Cane Chocolate Bark from Munchin with Munchkin
12. Easy Homemade Granola from The Thrifty Frugal Mom
13. Homemade Caramel Corn from Seeded at the Table
14. Vegetarian Five Bean Soup in a Jar from Back to Her Roots
15. Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts from A Thought for Food
16. Homemade Apple Butter (in the crockpot!) from Tastes of Lizzy T
17. Glazed Doughnut Muffins from Mostly Homemade Mom
18. Turtle Fudge from Niki’s Sweet Side
19. Mocha Cocoa Mix from My Recipes
20. Cranberry Orange Biscotti from Shugary Sweets
Linking up at Clean and Scentsible and Living Well Spending Less.
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