Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Great Finds at Ross Dress for Less!

Ross Dress for Less is located next door to Mecca (i.e. Target). So, if I have some time to kill or am looking for some gifts, I'll pop in there. It's very hit or miss for me in there. Some days, the entire store seems to be wiped out. I went in today to return a dress for my mom. After returning, I decided to look around....and I'm SO glad I did! Here are some of my great finds at even greater prices!

Carter's St. Patty's Day Bibs for Little Man- Retail: $10, Ross: $1.99 each
Tully's Keurig French Roast Coffee- Retail: $11.99+, Ross: $8.99
Space Bags- Retail: $17+, Ross: $9.99
Wilton Seasonal Cookie Cutters- Retail: $4+, Ross: $2.49 each

Had I paid retail for all of these items, my total would come to about $57. 
What did I pay today at Ross? about $28. That's a total savings of about 50%!! Yahoo!

So, next time you're near Ross, you should definitely pop in!
Here are some other products they carry at GREAT prices that I (and maybe you) sometimes forget about and end up paying more at another store: kitchen supplies (cookie sheets, pans, colanders, utensils), gift bags, scrapbook supplies (paper, glue runners), for the home (sheets, comforters, towels, shower curtains, lamps, miscellaneous furniture, wall art), baby (bibs, socks, blankets, toys), gifts (candles, mugs, picture frames, gift sets, kitchen towels, aprons), and so much more! 
And, while you're in there...why not head over to the shoe department and try on a 
couple of pairs of Jessica Simpson patent leather pumps? That always makes my day better;)

Happy saving while shopping!
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Super Monday Savings!

So, I feel like I'm actually starting to see Super Savings in my shopping trips!
Here are some of the groceries I got today (they wouldn't all fit on the counter; 
There's a lot more in the fridge, freezer, and pantry!!)

Check out these savings! $52.67! I was able to stack a lot of the 
savings this week with BOGOs, in-store promotions, and coupons! Today was also 
my first trip with my completed coupon binder! Pictures of that coming soon!

 AND...when I got home, I realized I had forgotten to use a couple of my coupons. 
So, I went back to Publix tonight and they gave me cash for the extra savings! 
(Also, I brought in a receipt from my grocery trip LAST week with a coupon, 
and they gave me cash for that product as well!) Yahoo! I love Publix!

Have you been saving big this week???


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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Today I was "that girl!"

You know...the one who is holding up the line trying to price match and use her coupons....trying not to get an attitude with the not-so-smart customer service agent.
There are some stellar baby deals at Target this week, and I had this wonderful plan to get the following deals:

DIAPERS
Get a $15 Target giftcard with the purchase of two boxes of Pampers diapers (x2 because I wanted 4)
3 $1 off and 1 $1.50 off coupon per box of diapers
*Each box was "on sale" for $29.99...but Wal Mart has then on sale for $24.77 this week! So, I brought my Wal Mart and Target circulars in to customer service to price match (yes, they do that!)

FORMULA
Get a $5 Target gift card with the purchase of two powder formulas
2 $1 off Similac powder formula coupons
(PLUS, I had a $5 Similac rebate check to go toward the purchase)
*Each tub of formula was "on sale" for $22.99. But, good old Wal Mart has them for $22.47 (Only $0.52 I know, but HEY, we're trying to save money..ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY!)


So, my receipt should have read like this:
4 Pampers diapers @ $24.77= $99.08 -$4.50 in manufacturer's coupons= $94.58 (+$30 in Target giftcards)
2 tubs formula @ $22.99= $45.98 -$2 in manufacturer's coupons -$5 rebate= $38.98 (+$5 Target giftcard)

TOTAL: $133.56 + $35 in Target giftcards

The stingy customer service agent gave me a hard time about the coupons, the price matching, etc. and got really confused. I walked away after my purchase and paused to check my receipt. He charged me $150+! So, I stood back in line. When it was my turn, he rolled his eyes and said, "Give me the receipt." (He totally knew he messed up). After 20 more minutes of pushing buttons on the register, scratching his head, and finally asking a manager for assistance....everything was resolved. I don't understand why people are so stingy with coupons.

So, after that rant, I will leave you with this:
Total of diapers + formula before sale, price match, and coupons: $165.94
Total of diapers + formula after sale, price match, and coupons: $133.56 and if you count the Target gift cards which I'll use on my next purchase ($35) the total is: $98.56!!! That's $67.38 or 40% in savings! Yahoo!

**And, while I was at customer service figuring out the diaper/formula situation, Tyler stood in a regular checkout lane to get the remainder of our items. We only saved $3.10 with coupons, BUT, because I had collected $15 in Target gift cards last week, he only paid $6.90 out of pocket! Gotta love those Target gift card promos stacked with manufacturers coupons!


And, always take your store circular ads with you when you go shopping. If at Target, for example, you see a lower advertised price in Wal Mart's circular, Target's customer service desk will match that price for you (they're very picky about it, so make sure the products are EXACTLY the same (size, specs, etc).

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tonight I made a very easy tuna casserole. Your ingredients are below:

*Note my new Corningware dish that I got for Christmas! I love it! Thanks, Cindy!

I'm always looking for the perfect place to put my recipe while I'm prepping my meal. When I put it on the counter, it gets wet/food all over it/etc. Gross! So, I clipped it to a magnetic clip (4pack from Target dollar bin, pictured below) and stuck it to my magnetic oven range hood (next to another awesome Christmas gift, my magnetic Pampered Chef timer; thanks Margaret!) 
It keeps the recipe off the counter and out of the way!


Preheat your oven to 350. Go ahead an boil your pasta noodles; drain and return to pot. Set aside.
Combine soups, milk, tuna, and seasonings in saucepan on stove top on medium heat until warm throughout. (You can also place ingredients in microwave to warm).


While your tuna mixture is heating, go ahead and crush your potato chips.
I like to pour my chips into a bowl and crush with my magic tool; remember this guy?
I find this method to be super efficient: no greasy fingers (if you're a finger chip cruncher) and no wasted ziploc bag (if you're a pour-my-chip-into-a-bag-and-crush kinda gal)!



Now you want to pour your tuna mixture into your pot of cooked, drained, noodles. Mix it all together.
Coat your 2.5 quart baking dish with cooking spray and layer your ingredients in the following order:
Half of your tuna/noodle mixture, cheese, remainder of tuna/noodle mixture, crushed potato chips.
Then pop it into your preheated oven, uncovered, and bake for 20-30 minutes until the chips begin to brown and the casserole is heated throughout. Let cool for 10 minutes after removing from oven.


                    Beautiful golden casserole. I served with orange slices. Mmm, it was so good!



And here is your recipe:
INGREDIENTS
1 (16 ounce) package uncooked pasta shells (Next time I will use Rotini or Bowtie pasta)
2 (6 ounce) cans tuna, drained
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed garlic (I just used a bit of garlic salt)
4 slices processed American cheese (I used Mild Shredded Cheddar)
1 1/2 cups crushed potato chips

DIRECTIONS
Boil pasta in lightly salted water for 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain well. Return the pasta to the pot
it was cooked in. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
Mix tuna with cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup, milk, salt, black pepper, and garlic in a
medium saucepan. Place pan over medium low heat, and heat through. Alternatively, place these
ingredients in a microwave safe dish, and warm in the microwave.
Mix tuna mixture with pasta. Spread 1/2 of the noodles into the prepared dish. Arrange the cheese slices
over the noodles, then spread the remaining noodle mixture over the cheese. Top with crushed potato
chips.
Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes; cook until the casserole is hot, and the chips begin to brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Publix Savings & Couponing Tips

Although I am not yet an official "Krazy Coupon Lady," i.e., I do not have a stock pile 
and am not saving 70%+ on my groceries (YET!), I am still starting to see major savings!
There are a ton of great BOGOs at Publix this week. I also had a few coupons 
that matched up with the BOGOs, so I was able to stack the savings!


Here is the receipt from my Publix shopping trip. It's so long!



And here is my large heap of groceries!!



Look at my savings: $34.89! I know, I know, it's not $100! But that's $35 I can 
spend elsewhere...like on cute clothes for Owen!! (Ok, probably diapers.....Ha)


Here are some good sites I use to print coupons (yes, you can PRINT coupons for FREE!)


I know there are a ton of these out there, but here are some of my favorite 
sites that match up coupons + store sales (basically, they do all of the work for you!)

Money Saving Mom

And here's a great site for deal, freebies, store guides, etc.
Hip2Save

Click here for more coupon lingo definitions!

Do you have a favorite matchup or coupon site that wasn't listed above?
 I'd love for you to post a comment with your favorites! Happy couponing!
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Easy Taco Soup

There is nothing quite like this taco soup. It is the perfect meal for a chilly evening! 
This recipe makes a lot...perfect for a large group or leftovers!

Here are your tasty ingredients: 
(Full recipe can be found at the bottom of the page)
Baby boy and I had a rough day, so I invited my trusty companion to join me in the kitchen this evening;)
Brown your meat with your chopped onion
This magic tool helps to break up the meat in the pan when it's not quite thawed all the way. I used to use a fork or spatula for this task...and I would fling raw meat everywhere. My mom gave me this Pampered Chef tool as a gift, and it's been so helpful in the kitchen!


So you put all of your ingredients (including your cooked meat + onion mixture) in a large pot. Then you just mix it all together! Then you cover the pot and cook on med-high for about 20 minutes or until hot!





While your soup is a brewin' and filling your kitchen with a yummy, inviting aroma, get some corn muffins cooking! I like to use Jiffy (super inexpensive and super delicious)! I also strongly recommend using muffin cup liners rather than putting the batter directly into the tins. They come out MUCH nicer (not all crumbly), and clean-up is a cinch!
















I wanted to share my new melamine mixing bowls with you all. They are from Williams-Sonoma. I got my mom some last year (she always gave them as gifts but never bought any for herself!) She now swears by them and bought me some for Christmas! *Note: they are switching to a 3-piece (I'm not sure why, because the 4-piece is amazing!) So if you want the 4-pack, you can check in store..OR find them online! I have the "fall colors" set.













Once the soup is done, ladle it up in a big bowl and top with shredded cheese (I like the mexican blend) and sour cream. Mmmmm! (If you're not a fan of cornbread, Tostitos Multigrain Scoops go great with this soup)!












And here's the recipe:
INGREDIENTS
1-2 lbs ground beef or turkey
1 large onion, chopped
3 15oz cans tomatoes (I used 2 petite diced & 1 stewed)
1 can rotel
1 16oz can kidney beans
1 16oz can chili beans
**I use 1 can of black beans rather than the kidney and chili
1 16oz can Fiesta corn
1 envelope/pkg taco seasoning (Publix has these for $0.43!!)
1 envelope/pkg ranch dressing (dry)
1 1/2 cups water

DIRECTIONS
Brown meat with onions; drain. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Simmer 2 hours: I usually just turn it on med-high for 20 minutes:)
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Easy Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

I found this recipe on pinterest. It's super yummy!

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff
2 pounds cubed stew meat

2 cans Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup

1 largish onion diced

2-4 tbsp of Worcestershire
1/2 c water

8 oz of cream cheese
couple of dashes of Garlic Salt
couple dashes of Hot Paprika (I left this out)

In the slow cooker, stir in all the ingredients, except the meat AND the Cream Cheese, together. Once combined add the meat and mix together. Cook on Low for 8 hours (I found 8 hours to be too long; I'll do 4-6 hours next time I make this). Cut up the cream cheese into cubes just before serving and turn crockpot on high. Stir the cream cheese in until all combined. You might have to put the lid back on and leave for 10 minutes. Serve over egg noodles (or mashed potatoes).



And here's the final product...mmm good! I served with Jr. Grands biscuits and salad!

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Target-Inexpensive Organization Goodies

For those of you who don't already know, I LOVE TARGET! I could spend the entire day looking around and shopping in there! I'm a huge fan of their "dollar bins" located at the front of the store. I could spend $50 in that section alone...so, I usually try to set a $10 limit for those goodies.

Today I found:


Mini clipboard-I'm hoping this will go in the front of my coupon binder to hold my lists. (Coupon binder pics/tips coming soon!)
Robot notepad-I'm always in need of notepads. These robots are cute and remind me of my cute son (not that he looks like a robot, but because they remind me of little boys...ok, you get the idea)
Weekly notepad-I'm going to use this for weekly meal planning:)

Each of these items were $1
My other great find was this over the door storage hanger. Does anyone else have trouble finding the perfect place to store hosiery? I'm always rifling through my drawer, trying to find a certain pair (but, of course, they all look the same in the drawer). And, they always snag when I'm pulling them out. So, my mom had a genius idea! Store them in an over the door hanger. When I found this one for $2.50 (again, in the dollar bins at Target), I decided to try her idea. And.......
I LOVE IT! My mom hangs hers on the back of her bedroom door. I hang purses on the back of my bedroom door, so I decided to hang this guy on the side of my dresser. It's a perfect spot. And, I can see each individual pair of hoes/spanx/hosiery socks, etc. I would strongly recommend this storage idea. I'm probably heading back tomorrow to buy more (one for Owen's nursery to hold lotions, travel toiletries, antibacterial, etc and one for my husband's side of the dresser to hold his iPod, headphones, pens, etc).
















While I was waiting on my grande Italian Roast coffee, I found this great Starbucks coupon at the Target Starbucks counter. $1 off any pound of Starbucks coffee or Via. No purchase necessary...they're just sitting on the counter screaming "Take me home!!" Go get yours today!









Plus, I got my Colgate toothpaste + trial size (originally $3.98) for $1.99! ($1.00 off $2.99 toothpaste + free trial size with purchase of regular size). What super savings have you found this week?



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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Store coupon policies

I'm loving reading The Krazy Coupon Lady! I'm finding it's important to know each store's coupon policy (and have it with you when you shop, just in case your cashier isn't familiar with the policy)!
Below is a list of my favorite stores. Click on each store to view their coupon policy:
CVS
Publix
Target
WalMart

Don't see you favorite store listed above? The Krazy Coupon Lady has comprised an extensive list of stores and their coupon policies. You can click here to view that list!


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Monday, January 16, 2012

Handmade birthday Cards

When I have the time, I really enjoy making greeting cards (especially for the special people in my life!)
I posted a few cards that I made last October that you can view here. Below are some new cards to add to the previous collection!


My brother is a big fan of the slogan God Bless America, but an even bigger fan of the abbreviation: GBA. So, I decided to make a patriotic GBA-themed card for his birthday! Red and blue paper, white stars, and a strip of decorative cardboard displaying all three colors came together for a fun birthday card!

I also added a star to the back of the card reading: Made for you with love by Kelly Johnson. Hey, I had to leave my mark;)








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I wanted to make a fun and colorful card for a friends upcoming birthday (sorry, friend, if you see this before you get it in the mail!) Here are my supplies: 2 pieces of printed scrapbook paper and 1 piece of white cardstock (all measured/cut to fit in a spare envelope I had), coordinating ribbon, and a single hole punch.

I stacked all three pieces of paper on top of one another, then punched two holes at the top of the papers. I looped the ribbon through the holes to keep the papers together. You'll see in this picture that I used the white piece of paper for my personalized "birthday greeting."














And here's the final product. I think it's pretty cute!



















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Couponing for Craft Supplies

As a daily crafter, I heavily rely on my paper cutter.
This one has been faithful for a few years, but he's just not 
cut out for the paper masses I deal with now.

 So, goodbye, old friend....


..and hello new one!



I don't pay full price for items at Hobby Lobby and with all of their deals and coupon, you shouldn't either. They have weekly sales (up to 50% off) that you can check online or in store. Make sure you print out their weekly coupon (usually a 40% off any regularly priced item) or pull it up on your smartphone! I was able to get this $29.99 paper trimmer for $17.99 with my 40% coupon. $12 savings!


I also wanted to let you know that I first purchased this paper trimmer by making memories...

I was really excited about this "shelf-sharpening precision paper trimmer. I took it out of the box as soon as I got home only to find scratches all over the steel measuring board. Plus, the blade/cutting was not smooth at all! I took it back to Hobby Lobby and exchanged it for the same product. Again, I opened the product and found a scratch-free board...but the blade was still very poor. It was squeaky and sounded like it needed some WD40. SO, I took it back again and exchanged it for the Fiskars product (pictured above). The Fiskars paper trimmer is great AND was less expensive!!










What deals and super savings have you found at Hobby Lobby?

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mom's Frame Makeover

My mom inherited a bagful of vintage jewelry and pins from her grandmother and great aunt. She's been able to wear a lot of the jewelry (and so have I:)! But, she wasn't quite sure what to do with the pins. She had leftover fabric (pictured below) from a stool that she recovered. So she thought, "What can I do with the leftover fabric and vintage pins?" After finding some old frames around the house and painting them black, she knew what she wanted to do...                                                            


She brought all of the supplies to me this weekend to "assemble,"  and this is how they turned out!



I hot-glued the fabric to the back of the frames. I then attached the pins to the fabric with hot glue.


What did you create this MLK weekend?
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Target Bodega Coupons

I hope you're having a great weekend! Just wanted to share a link for coupons to Target's Bodega section! You can get amazing deals that you'd find at a wholesale store (Costco, Sam's Club, etc) without having the membership! Click Here For Coupons!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

P & G Coupon Book

My son, Owen, goes through a ton of burp cloths each day. When I first started washing them, they would come out of the dryer smelling like...well, dog. Ew! I googled for some help on how to get rid of the smell. Most recommended OxiClean Baby (which is great!), but they still didn't smell good enough for me. So, I purchased a bottle of Dreft Fabric Refresher and Odor Eliminator. I spray it on all of Owen's laundry once out of the dryer! What a difference! So, I signed up to receive a $2.00 off Dreft Coupon. Because I signed up with Dreft, I received a Home Made Simple Coupon Book from Procter and Gamble (P & G) with over $35 worth of savings! Now, because I'm new to couponing, I'm not sure what other sites you can sign up through to receive this booklet. Please comment if you know more about receiving this (and other) coupon book!


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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Let the couponing begin...

Why is everything so expensive? Checking out at the grocery store and seeing the TOTAL get larger and larger is not a good feeling! So, I've decided to join the coupon craze! We have no room in our apartment for a stock pile, so I'm not sure I'll be able to qualify as a Krazy Coupon Lady, but I'm still going to give it a try. 

I'm super excited that this book, ie. my couponing instruction manual, arrived today!



Look how much I saved at Publix yesterday (and this was before I got the book)! I hope to save more and more each week. 

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sauerkraut with Kielbasa


INGREDIENTS
1 can sauerkraut
1/2 or whole kielbasa
1 apple

DIRECTIONS
Slice kielbasa and chop apple. Warm together in large skillet. Once kielbasa begins to brown, add sauerkraut. Simmer for 20 minutes or until warm throughout.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

DIY Dry-Erase Calendar

After forgetting a few January birthdays (sorry to you guys...but with Christmas and New Years, my brain is still on vacation the first week of January), I decided to make this calendar that I saw on Cottage Hill.

You may recognize the paper/color scheme from the wall frames. Because our kitchen opens into our living room, I wanted some fluidity. This project was super easy. To keep it inexpensive, check out the frames at Wal Mart (I bought this one for $5!)

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DIY Wall Art Upgrade

You may remember the wall art I did in our living room. Well, I needed a change...more color and fun! So, I took the frames down, took out the fabric, and used my scrapbooking paper skills (ha!) to create a new display...





Ah! I love them! What do you think?
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