Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Duds & A Freezer Cooking Recipe!

I've finally got my new website at the point where I'll be posting regularly. This C&K/wileymarbles address will soon be obsolete. Please add to your blog roll to receive our regular updates. Additionally, you'll find the first Freezer Cooking recipe up! It's a modified blondie recipe from Jessica's culinary school, and THEY ARE DIVINE.

I'd love to know what you think of the site, too.

Thanks :)


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Freezer Cooking Day!

 Image courtesy of Luxury Housing

So, my next freezer cooking day is right around the corner. I'd like to do a post to help you plan your own freezer cooking day, so please post your questions in the comment box. Since I'm about to do my big shopping and cooking days, I'll be able to provide the best answers complete with pictures. If you have a recipe you'd really like me to convert to a freezer cooking one, post it too! & I'll post my results along with the conversion recipe. I know I haven't posted most my own personal recipes, yet. But that's because I'm in the process of changing websites. :) The unveiling will be soon. I want all those recipes to be on the new site, so they'll be coming QUICK once the switch is made. [Which is hopefully by this weekend.]

So ask away!

Monday, March 8, 2010

My New {Favorite} Hobby!

***For those of you wondering where the recipes are for freezer cooking, I haven't forgotten! They're coming! Also, I apologize for the lack of a cute header. I'm not only lacking the cute header, but any and all creative inspiration for one: sooo, we wait for my creative mojo to come back.***

So, when I did our freezer cooking for February, Cameron's only complaint was that we didn't have enough snack food. I decided that in March, that would be different. Although, we absolutely HAD TO stick to our budget. I did my research, and found some great deals on YUMMY snacks.

I found a coupon online for $1 off Keebler's new Cheesecake Middles cookies...and printed five of them. One of my favorite blogs told me that these cookies were also a part of a Buy 5 get a $5 giftcard back. So, we went to Target where that blog also told me that the Cheesecake Middles cookies were on sale for $2.25. Here's how it went down:

We grabbed 5 packages of the Keebler Cookies: total $11.25. Used 5 $1 off coupons. Total: $6.25. Got a $5 giftcard back, which brings the total to $1.25 or $.25 a box! I then handed the giftcard back to Cameron, who had 4 boxes of Wheatables and 4 $1 off coupons.

Basically, we got 9 things of snack food for $6.

After that, we found Gold Medal flour on sale for $1.50. I had six $.75 off coupons. We got 30lbs of flour for $4.50. And then we decided to try to opt out of our recently renewed costco membership. [lol.] 
My favorite trip happened today, though. We got all this: 

for less than $4!

Without coupons and rebates, my total was: $56.49!
I saved over 92%! 

2 Old Spice Body Washes
2 Old Spice Deodorants
1 John Freida Shampoo
1 John Freida Conditioner
1 John Freida Hair Spray
4 Biore Face Washes
A New Eye Shadow Compact

I did 3 different transactions.
John Freida products were 3 for $15.
I used 1 $3 off of $15 Rite Aid coupon
2 $3 off any John Freida Product
1 $1 off Root Awakening Product
and I'm submitting for a $5 SCR on Rite 
Total: FREE [plus $.82 tax]

Transaction #2: 
Old Spice Stuff
I used another $3 off $15 Rite Aid Coupon
I also had 2 coupons for buy a deodorant get a body wash free
Then I used a $1 off of 2 deodorants
I tacked a 75% off eye-shadow onto this transaction which made the total 6.06
I'm submitting this for another $5 SCR on Rite
Total: $1.06 [because of the eye-shadow, otherwise this would be FREE too!]

Transaction #3:
I had a coupon for free biore cleanser with the purchase of nose strips. They were on sale 2 for 10 and I bought 4 bringing the total to 20. I used 1 $5 off of $20 coupon from Rite Aid's video values coupon site. Then I used 2 FREE cleansers with purchase of nose strips coupons. They also had cleansers with a save $2 on 2 peelies, so I used one of those, which brought my total to $4.03, but I'm submitting for a $2 SCR on Rite
Total: $2.03

All total:.82 + 1.06 + 2.03 = $3.91

Worth it.
I'll definitely be doing this again. :)