Shoppers Drug Mart Savings March 24, 2012

ImageI’m back! I am happy to tell you I passed my exam. It was almost a week ago but I have been busy playing catch up around the house as I put off a lot of things while I was studying. Frugal shopping was one of those things. The couple times I stopped by the store to pick up a few things, it actually was painful to see the total as I did not plan out the shops or use coupons.

Last night after a delicious dinner of Thai food with my good friend, we stopped at Shoppers. It was 20x the points after all.

1x Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers @ $2.99 (saved $2)
1x Schneiders Hot Dogs @ $3.29 (saved $2)
2x Simply Sweet & Salty Granola Bars @ $1.79 (saved $1.20)
1x Simply Frozen French Fries @ $1.99 (saved $1.50)
1x Dempsters Bread @ $2.29 (saved $1.20)
1x Coffee Creamer @$1.99 (saved  $1.30)
1x Dempsters Hot Dog Buns @ $2.99 (saved 80¢)
1x Carnation Hot Chocolate @ $3.99 (saved $1.50)
1x Magazine @ $2.99
2x Thinsations @ $1.99ea – 2x 75¢ cpn = $2.48 (saved  $1.80)
3x Sensodyne Toothpaste @ $3.88ea – $3.50 cpn WUS$10 = $8.14 (saved $8.24)
3x Green Works All Purpose Cleaner @ $1.99 – $3.00cpn WUB3 = $2.97 (saved $8.49)
1x Life Brand Cashews @ $5.99 (saved $1.00)

Total Savings = $31.03
Total Spent = $45.68 (before tax)

*Points earned= 11,590

Superstore Savings March 13, 2012

I stopped by Superstore this afternoon, armed with my shopping list and coupons. This is what I got…

5x No Name Canned Veggies @ 73¢ =$3.65 (saved approx $1.30)
1x Dole Pineapple @ $1.59
1x El Paso Green Chili’s @ $2.19
1x Kraft BBQ Sauce @ $2.27 (they were out of $1 no name brand)
3x Sunrise Dessert Tofu @ $1.00 = $3.00 (saved $2.97)
1x Becel Buttery @ $3.98 – $1 cpn = $2.98 (saved approx $2)
1 x Country Naturals Sandwich Meat @ $1.94 – 75¢ instore cpn = $1.19 (saved 75¢)
1x Glutino Cereal @$6.29 – Free cpn = FREE! (saved $6.29)
1x Dole Coleslaw @$1.00 (saved approx $2)
1x 5lb Bag Grapefruit @$2.46
1x Chapman’s Frozen Yogurt @ $4.48 – Free cpn = FREE! (saved approx $6)
4x Soft Soap Body Wash @ $2.98 – $1.00 cpn = $7.92 (saved $12.04)
1x Soft Soap body Wash @ $4.99 – $1.00 cpn = $3.99 (saved $1.00)*missed 4 limit on sale price oops!

Total Savings (approx) = $34.35
Total Spent = $32.21 (before tax)

Woo Hoo!! This is my first shop using more than 1 coupon and I would have to say it turned out pretty great.

I will be studying for an exam this week, just a heads up that my posts may be a bit sparse until after March 21st.

Addicted

Just over a week ago I decided to make the commitment to start couponing and shopping frugally. By shopping frugally I basically mean making my grocery list from what is on sale in the flyer. So far I have only used 3 coupons but, by shopping from the flyer, I have managed to save over $100 (spending just under $200) and earned 19, 650 Shoppers Optimum points. Just imagine what can be saved once my coupon collection grows!

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Gluten Free Flour Mix

I received a request to post the flour mix that I like to use. It is actually from the book “The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread” by Bette Hagman. I actually recommend this book to anyone wanting to bake their own bread and bread type things. Every recipe that I have made has turned out rather tasty and it includes directions for using your bread machine (although I prefer the oven method). Note: If you do buy this book, I suggest baking your bread at 350°F rather than the recommended 400°F and for a little bit longer (about an hour).

Four Flour Bean Mix

2/3 Part Garfava Bean Flour
1/3 Part Sorghum Flour
1 Part Cornstarch
1 Part Tapioca Flour/Starch

I like to mix up a big batch and store in a container or ziploc bag. The book claims that you can exchange this mix cup for cup with wheat flour, although I have not tried that yet. But you still need to add some xanthan gum.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes

I’ve been eating gluten free for about 4 years now, ever since I discovered that it was the cause of all my tummy troubles and lack of energy. All recipes that I post will most likely be gluten or wheat free . I do a lot of my own baking as I enjoy it and is more cost-effective. Also, most of the recipes I post are my own concoction, in the case that it is not, I will give credit where it is due.

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I love pancakes! If I had it my way, I would eat them every day. My favorite variety that I just discovered recently is oatmeal pancakes. Although oats are not 100% gluten free, you can buy wheat free oats. I purchase Only Oats Quick Oats as they make for an easy go to bowl of oatmeal in the morning and can also be used in cookies and such. Bob’s Red Mill also makes a wheat free rolled oat that is perfect for granola. Oatmeal pancakes are not only delicious but seriously filling.

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Kony 2012

I am sure you have all heard about Kony 2012 by now as it has hit the social media scene pretty hard. If you have not, please visit www.kony2012.com and watch the 30 minute video. Myself and my husband are strongly supporting this and we have ordered our kit for $30. In this kit there is a t-shirt, bracelet, a booklet, posters, stickers and a button. I am pretty excited to sport my bracelet and my husband, the t-shirt. Apparently there has been a high demand for these so it may be 3 weeks before it is even sent out, as much as I want it now, that’s not the point. In the mean time, my money will be put to good use.

Although our budget is tight, donating a small amount each year to a meaningful cause is very important to us, without donations, there would be no help for these people that deserve it just as much as anyone. I wish I had the means to help out physically in places such as Uganda, but I don’t, so these few dollars represent what I can do.

You will notice on the right hand side of this page a SocialVibe widget. Please click on it. It does not cost you a penny, but a business will make a small donation to Invisible Children for each time that widget is clicked on, so the more times, the better!

Edit: This site popped up http://www.visiblechildren.tumblr.com . It does make valid points but honestly, can you think of any other way to go about it? Also, It’s not only a dangerous job, but all causes run the same way a business does. In order for those involved to be able to commit full time they need money from somewhere and that’s where donations come in. So obviously the full amount of donations won’t go directly to the children. This article has good and valid info everyone should know, but its not necessary a reason not to support Kony 2012. But in the end, it’s your decision.

DIY: Barnwood Headboard

Being a young couple we still have a lot of mismatched furniture and home decor. I have been slowly working away at rectifying that. I LOVE home decorating, but with limited funds, it is not happening very quickly. Our bedroom was the worst off. So far I have replaced the drapery, purchased a new duvet cover (on sale for $40 at Winners) and made a new headboard.

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Hello!

Welcome to my new blog!

I have had a blog for years but have always kept it private for just those close to me to read. It is filled with a random mishmash of things, like a diary of sorts. This week I decided to dive into the world of couponing and in the past few weeks I have been working on making myself some new clothing appropriate for the start a new career in the coming months. This has become a journey of sorts, to save money and live as craftily and frugally as we can. This morning I woke up and thought a blog would nicely compliment this little venture, while sharing some tips and tricks I stumble upon along the way.

Stay tuned as I continuously add to this little blog and hopefully build it into a tool that will be useful to at least a few of you out there.