Friday, July 2, 2010

Friday nights hold a valuable resource for saving money over at Life as Mom. 

It's called

There are many, many links to blogs who post on a topic having to do with frugality and saving money.
I always learn something new!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Make Do Monday: Homemade rolls

We were invited to my older son's home for a Father's Day dinner last Saturday.  I was asked to bring a vegetable dish but then a few days before the party my daughter in love asked if I could bring rolls, too.  I had already gone over my food budget for the week and I didn't want to dip into next weeks budgeted money so I decided to make-do with what I had on hand. I made 3 batches and all it cost me was my time.

One of my favorite bread recipes is from Laine's.  I have 2 bread makers which helps the process go much faster.  I used my bread makers a lot when the children lived at home but rarely do these days since we're eating a lower carb diet. I had considered getting rid of the bread makers for that reason but I'm glad I didn't since it saved me some money. 

Uncle Raymond's Rolls by Laine
Put in the bread machine in order:
1 c. warm water
2 T. oil
3 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
3 c. bread flour
2 1/2 tsp. yeast

Hit dough cycle. Let rise in machine until doubled. Take dough out onto a floured counter, and using a pizza cutter, cut dough in half. Then cut each half into six pieces. Then cut each piece into three pieces. You will end up with 36 pieces. Grease a large muffin tin (12 muffins). Put three pieces in each section, then cover and let rise 'til doubled. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Rite Aid & Walgreen Deals 6/27-7/3

One of the ways I'm keeping my food budget low is by taking advantage of the free deals at the drug stores. I stock up when items are free so that I rarely/never have to pay money for toothpaste, dental floss, toothbrushes, shampoo, hairspray, feminine products,body wash, aspirin or razors. I'm setting the free Lip Balm Smoothies aside for Christmas gift 'fill-ins'.

 I don't have a good 'math brain' so I make sure I do the Register Reward deals separately. For instance, at Walgreen's I would purchase the highest paying item for Register Rewards first ( moisturizing socks) and then I would purchase the Lip Balm Smoothies. I'd take all of the RR's and purchase the other products on my list.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Rite Aid Deals

Stay Free Maxi B1G1 Free (16-24 ct)
Use Stayfree  B1G1 Free coupon in Red Plum 6/27
Both FREE after coupons

Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Shield Toothpaste $2.99
Single Check Rebate $2.99
FREE after Single Check Rebate

Walgreens Deals

Blistex Fruit Smoothies Lip Care 3 pack $2.99
Register Rewards/ Good on next purchase  $2.99
Like getting it for FREE

Airplus Ultra Moisturizing Socks for Her $3.00
Register Rewards/ Good on Next purchase  $3.00
Like getting it for FREE

Reach Dental Care .99 (In store coupon)
Reach Dental Floss $1.00 (Red Plum 5/16/10)
Free after coupons (you'll need a 'filler' to make up for the .01 difference. Possibly the Dentyne Gum?)

Dawn Dish Liquid  10.3 oz. $.99
Dawn coupon .25  (P & G 6/6)

* B1G1 means (Buy One Get One Free)

Did you find any good deals?