Sunday, January 29, 2012

I'm turning into a Chicken!

If you are what you eat, I'll be turning into a chicken very soon.  One of the Latin food stores was having a sale on whole chickens so I price matched my little heart out at Wal-Mart.  I'm set for protein for quite some time now.  Hopefully, all the stockpiling will tide me over for a while.  I also picked up a few freebies.  :)

Added to my kitchen:

  • Barilla whole wheat pasta @ $0.45 after store savings and coupon
  • 2 lb Ansera white rice @ $0.99 each on sale
  • Post cereal price matched to Latin store ad @ $0.99 after matching and coupon
  • 4 Hamburger Helpers price matched to Albertson's @ $0.67 after matching and coupon
  • 5.5 lb whole chicken @ $3.73 after price matching
  • 6.6 lb whole chicken @ $4.51 after price matching (I can't find the receipt, but I'm going off memory and that should be pretty close)
  • Land O'Lakes butter @ $2.73 after coupon (I was just running out so I bought it without checking for the best deal)
  • 2 boxes of South Beach bars @ FREE + money maker
  • 2 Ultimate Flurry Protein bars @ FREE
  • 1 Hershey's Bliss @ FREE + money maker after rain check and coupon
Rolling Total to Date: $66.30

I actually thought I was over budget, but I apparently didn't go shopping for a week going by the dates of previous posts.  I should be coming to the end of week 7 and still have a little under $4 to spare.  I think I'll go get some more avocados, oranges, and tortillas...although there's supposed to be a deal on Skinny Cow candy that sounds pretty good.  ; )

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Use Overage to Pay for Food

This weekend I made a few stops to pick up a few staples and kept the prices down by using overage.  Overage is when you have a coupon for more than the price of an item.  Not all stores allow overage and most will not let your balance go below zero so it's good to have a few other items to make up the difference.

I picked up:

  • 1 regular Twix @ FREE after ECB (extra care bucks)
  • 2 Sun-Bird stir-fry seasonings (very excited to try) @ FREE after coupons
  • 1 gallon Walmart brand milk @ $2.14 after taking into account the Overage from the Sun-Bird products
  • 5 Chex Mix 8 oz@ $0.05 each after store and manufacturing coupons and catalina
  • 2 Multi-Grain Cheerios 12.8 oz@ $0.98 each after store savings and coupons
  • 3 Kikkoman soy sauce 5 oz @ FREE after coupons and catalina
  • 4.6 lbs of chicken breasts with ribs @ $0.70 a pound after taking into account the Kikkoman Overage
Rolling Total to Date: $48.26

Half-way through the challenge and I'm under budget and probably eating better than I was before!  This challenge has forced me to think ahead for my meals, make an effort to cook (although I like cooking) and eat those items I have in my stockpile even if it's not my favorite.  I think I should try some new recipes to make it more exciting, but otherwise I'm pretty happy with where I'm at.  I know some people I've told about the challenge think I'm crazy or that it takes too much time to be worth the effort.  Other than reaping the benefits of home cooked food, I think it's important to have a firm grasp on my budget.  While I am blessed to have a good job that pays my bills, in this economy you never know when that may no longer be the case.  I know that if something happens I can survive a while without having to depend on loans from family and friends.  God has blessed me more than I can truly grasp and I can use this skill to help others.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Apple Rocks my Socks off

I got back an iPod nano...and not just any one, but the latest and greatest!  Woohooo!  I was so excited I actually started jumping around at work and telling everyone I came across about all the neat features.  I'm definitely loving the new radio and the Nike plus...which I need to find where I put mine now.  I'm like a kid at Christmas or set free in a candy store.  Thank you, Apple!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Turkey Taco Tuesday

It almost seems like I'm forgetting something I bought since it's been over a week, but the chicken really carried me through.  This time it's turkey!  Remember the turkey breast from Dec. 17th?  Well, I put it in the slow cooker and I have protein for the week.  All it needed was a few spices, a little butter, and a can of broth and it took care of itself.  I was craving some tortillas so it's now taco week...maybe this weekend some breakfast tacos too!

This is what I picked up:

  • 16 count flour tortillas @ $1.98
  • 5 avocados @ $1 for 5 (price matched at Walmart from El Rancho)
  • Idahoan box of O'Brien Hash Browns @ FREE after All You coupon
Rolling total to date: $40.74

That means I'm almost through week four and right on target!!  I'll probably be picking up some of the healthy deals this week like granola and weight loss bars.  Great week!  :)