Sunday, July 31, 2011
It was the pepperoni pizza casserole that caught my eye, but as usual I did not follow the recipe exactly. I often omit and add ingredients knowing what my children will and will not eat. For example, the original recipe calls for onion and can of tomatoes. I only added a little bit of dried onion to the meat, but not an actual onion. I also did not add extra tomatoes. The orginal Taste of Home recipe is for two casseroles, but since I did not need that much food, I cut the recipe in half.
That is why I was so in awe of an AMAZING lady bug party I saw on Bee In Our Bonnet. . The are so many themed details, it makes me want to have another ladybug party right NOW. Since Kara's Beach Bash Birthday was only just a few weeks ago, I dont have a birthday party to plan. I will have to come up with another reason to have a ladybug theme.
I also love her month by month banner that would be a great addition at any 1st birthday party.
Garden Party for my friends birthday. This party has inspired some creative ideas for me, I hope it does for your too
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Triology Edibles. It is just so colorfol and girly. This could easily be modified for almost any type of girly party.
Last stop was Charlotter Russe. There they were having a 50% off clearance price sale. She got two pairs of pants and a dresssy blouse. The jearns were only $4.99, the dress pants only $10 and the blouse only $10. We spent only $26.48 and saved $24.98 I had given my daughter a budget of $100 at her two favorite stores at the mall (Charlotte Russe and Forever 21). Since the blue/black striped shirt was mine and not in her total, she was extremly close to her budget. She spent $102.38, which is probably the closest she has ever been to her given amount. She tends to try and go way over like most teenagers.
My final total for our back to school shopping trip out of pocket was $256.33. Total saved with sales, clearance, and coupons was $357.82. We got over $600 worth of clothes for only $250, a savings of just shy of 60%. And best of all, since my younger kids do not really need more clothes, we are officially done with back to school clothes shopping. I dont have to fight the crowds in the next few weeks..
We have $20 in JCPenny cash. We have two $10 off of $25 coupons (and 2 stores in the area). We also have a $25 gift card that my daughter still needs to use.
Old Navy is having several items on sale for $4 today. We also have a $10 Rewards card and two coupons. A $5 off of $25 off of Facebook and a $10 off of $50 from the mail.
Kohls is having a Back to School Sale and I have my 15% coupons.
Forever 21 is having a yellow tag sale
Payless shoes is having a 70% clearance
I am not sure on Pac Sun but it says an extra 30% off of sale items on their website
By using our coupons, rewards and buying on sale, we should save at least $100 today. I will share my finds when we get back.
Now to clear up some confusion
So far in the prize package is
Chipboard Cupcakes with Glitter Accents from Little Yellow Bicycle
Cupcake/Sweet Stickers with Glitter Accents from Little Yellow Bicycle
Jolees Boutique 3D Party Hats
Chipboard 3D party themed embellishments
Family Reunion Stickers from Bo Bunny
with many more surprizes to be added!!!
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Thanks again to all of my followers!!!
Friday, July 29, 2011
(2) Jamba Juice Smoothes on sale $2. I used (2) $1 coupons that doubled, final price FREE
Heluva Onion Dip on sale $1.50. I used .75 coupon that doubled, final price FREE
(2) Chi Chis tortillas on sale $1.09. I used (2) .50 coupons that doubled, final price .09 each
(2) Daniamls Yougurt Smoothes on sale $2.59. I used (2) $1 coupons that doubled, final price .59 each
(3) Whonu cookies on sale $2.69. I used (3) $1 coupons that doubled, final price .69 each
(3) Cookie Crisp cereal on sale $2.50. I used (3) .75 coupons that doubled, final price $1 each
(3) Kelloggs Pop Tarts on sale $1.88. I used a $2 off 3 coupon, final price $1.21 each
(2) Xtra laundry detergent on sale $2.50. I used $1 off 2 coupon that doubled, final price $1.50 each
Nine Lives cat food $4.15. I used $1 off coupon that doubled, final price $2.15
Syrup on sale for $2
Paper plates $2.39 (we were almost out)
I used $17.00 in coupon and saved $11.84 in sales, for a $38.84 in overall savings. of 60%.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I spent only $64.22 for everything in the picture
(2) Sweet and Saty Chex Mix on sale $1 each. I used (2) .50 coupons that doubled, final price FREE
(1) Red Pepper on sale $1, I used .50 coupon from a Meijer coupon mailer, final price .50
(2) Bar S Hot dogs on sale $1, I used $1 off 2 coupon, final price .50
(2) Sunny D on sale $1, I used (2) .25 coupons that doubled, final price .50
(4) Dole Mandarin Oranges on sale $1. I used (2) .50 coupons that doubled, final price .50 each. I also got back .75 off your next order coupon.
(6) Pizza Rolls on sale $1. I used .a .40 off 2 and a $1 off 4 coupon, final price .70 each
Koala cream filled cookies (not pictured) .99
Eggs on sale .99
(5) 2 liters of Pepsi and Crush on sale $1 each
(2) Chi Chis Tortillas on sale $2, I used (2) .50 coupons that doubled, final price $1 each
Hot Dog buns on sale $1
Cool Whip on sale $1
(2) Pasta Roni on sale $1 each
(3) Michelinas on sale $1. I got 1 for FREE because when you buy 10 $1 items. Final price $2 for 3
Kraft Marshmellow on sale $1
Breakstone sour cream on sale $1
Aunt Milles Bread on sale $1.50
Kraft Big Slice Cheese on sale $2.50. I used $1 off coupon, final price $1.50
Strawberry Cream Cheese on sale $2
(4) Lucky Charms on sale $2.50. I used (2) $1.50 off 2 coupons final price $1.75 each
Johnny Morrel Bacon on sale $2
(4) Hot Pockets on sale $2 each
Kahiki Sweet and Sour Chicken on sale $3.99
Rotissiere Chicken $5.99. I used $1 off coupon from Meijer mailer, final price $4.99
Bananas .54 a lb
Nectarines .99 a lb
Cherries (not pictured) $1.98 a lb
(2) Dole salad on sale $1 each
Mushrooms on sale $1
I used $18.30 in coupons, (got back .75 OYNO), and saved $37.53 in sales for a total of $55.93 in savings or 47%.
Bakagun Dragonoid Colossus regularly $39.99, now only $9.99.
Moxie Girlz Magic Hair regularly $29.99, now only $7.48
Girl Gourmet Chill Treats Dessert Maker regularly $19.99, now $4.98
U-Build Connect 4 regularly $9.99, now $2.48
Party Animals Hula Hut regularly $11.99, now only $2.98
Party Animals Carnival Set regularly $11.99, now only $2.98
2 Party Animals (yellow and blue bear) regularly $2.49, now only .62
LPS Lady Bug regularly $3.99, now only .99
Also on clearance girls leggings. Regularly $4.99, now only $1.24
Special Deal bonus packs of ink with 2 reams of HP paper $19.99, plus get back a $5 Target gift card. Regular packs of ink are on sale $13.99, so this was like getting two reams of paper for only $1!
Oscar Mayer pre-cooked bacon (not pictured) $3.59. I used a $1 Target coupon, final price $2.59
3M Command Hooks on price cut $2.79. I used $1 Target coupon, final price $1.79
Cutter bug repellent $3.99 (my daugther needs this for girl scout camping) I used a $2 coupon, final price $1.99
Up and Up Nail Polish remover .97. I used .50 Target coupon, final price .47
Sally Hansen nail polish $2.49. I used $1 off coupon that expired today, final price $1.49
Benadryl Itch Stick $2.20. I used $2 off coupon, final price .29
I used the free $5 gift card when you spend $50 coupon off the Back to School mailer, and got back a 2nd $5 gift card.
I spent $63.21, and got back $10 in gift cards. I saved $103.43 in clearance and $7.50 in coupons, for an overall savings of 70%
Lady Behind the Curtain. They look like they would be difficult to make, but really are not. You can see her step by step tutorial on how to make them here. These would be so cute a a beach or summer party.
Sweeter than Sweets , looks like a lot of fun for a kids activity or playdate. She shares how to make colored ice for a day of colorful summer fun. You can see how to my colorful ice here.
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I took this picture while we were waiting for the Family Adventure Theater. We could see the sky getting dark. I felt bad for all the people who had just bought their ride passes for the evening.