Thursday, August 23, 2012

Extreme Couponing!

YES! You read that right! EXTREME COUPONING!!

After watching the show and dreaming of getting everything dirt cheap, I figured I HAD to try it!!!

Notice all the caps & exclamation points? Well you would be too if you were walking out of the store with receipts printing out high savings! It's a high, a rush, A DRUG! My mother asked me today after I walked out of Wal-Mart with 5 deodorants (that I bought for $1) if I really needed that many .. um, if I'm getting them close to free, then yes!

So all hype aside, this past week I've been a regular at CVS scoring some great deals. In the picture above, you'll see the vitamins, deodorant & gum : I paid $11.60 with around $13 savings. I was excited, considering the vitamins are $6. I was a bit pumped, after this trip. I was really only going in for some essentials with coupons in hand to lower the total. I mean, I needed the vitamins, the husband's deodorant was cheap and the kids were whining about gum. But while there, I had a coupon that printed out "$5 off $15 purchase". Now before when I saw these types of coupons, I would think "Not worth it" but after doing a little bit of planning, TOTALLY worth it.

My next trip, like I said, I planned a bit. I had to do it fast as the coupon would expire. I won't go into detail of what coupons I used and such, but what is included is 2 Almay mascera, 3 deodorants, 2 2L bottles of soda, 2 bags of candy, twin pack of toothpaste & bathroom cleaner. I spent $11.88 with a total savings of $38! The flip flops in the bottom corner were free with a "$5 off purchase" from a mobile app for Old Navy (SnapAppy).

And today, was my trip to Kohls. The week leading up to Tax-Free weekend I got a little gift card type deal in the mail. I don't usually shop at Kohls so it wasn't like a regular shopper reward or anything like that. Unlike Old Navy's coupon, this one said it would include sale and clearance items. So I did just that and hit the clearance racks. Two toddler tanks for the baby and 1 shirt for my daughter. And .. well I'll just let that last photo speak for itself.

I'm so happy I finally figured this stuff out. And I'm not expecting it to always be like this, obviously, but it's good to know I can go out, get what I need and not spend $50+ dollars.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chocolate Chip Pie Stuffed with Smores!!

This was brought on due to one of my many Pinterest "adventures". I saw this for a GIANT SMORES STUFFED COOKIE and I of course had to try it! While reading the comments I saw someone mention doing this as bars so I figured why not try a pie!?

1 package of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
1 cup of Mini Chocolate Chips
1 cup of Marshmallows
Graham Crakers

*In this recipe I used the Mallow Bits but refer to the end of this post to see how well it works with regular marshmallows! YUM!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Asparagus Wrapped in Bacon

It's been a while since I've posted a recipe! At least it feels like it.

I've been addicted to broccoli and cheese for a while now. I picked up some asparagus the last time I was at the store to get try some other things. Well .. once I got home I was clueless as how I could spruce it up. So I turned to Pinterest, obviously, and saw something similar to this. I also saw something last Thanksgiving at a friend's dinner party but she had used green beans. So with the help of Pinterest and her dish, this is what happens.

24 Stems of Asparagus
8 Pieces of Bacon
Olive Oil
Garlic Pepper