New Starbucks Coupons: Up to $6.50 Off (K-Cups, Packaged Coffee and VIA Instant Beverage)

And speaking of coffee!! Starbucks coupons!!

My Target Shopping Trip

I am pretty happy with this shopping trip. Just needed to get some staples:

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I spent a total out of pocket of $15.10 Here is the breakdown:

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An amazing Target trip!

Target Trip

1 Veggie/Chip/Dip Tray: $3.58 (Clearance. Reg…11.99)
3 Travel Sized Gillette Shave Gels (.97 each)
2 Bottles of Advil (24 count $3.49 each)
1 Lindt Chocolate Bar ($2.79)
1 Target Gift Card ($5)

What did this cost me?? 0.53!!

Here’s the Breakdown:

Buy 3 Gillette Shave Gel trial size
Use $6/3 Gillette Cartridge, Razor, Shave Prep, or Skin Deodorant, Hair Care Product, exp, 9/30/13 (RP 08/11/13)
Final Price: ($3.09 overage)

Buy 2 Advil 24 ct. Tablets
Use 10% off Advil Pain Relievers (Target Cartwheel)
AND $1/1 Advil, Advil PM, Children’s Advil, ThermaCare cold Wraps or ThermaCare Heat Wraps exp. 10/26/13 (RP 08/25/2013)
Receive a $5 Gift Card
Final Price ($1.30 Out of Pocket but $5 Gift Card Back)

Lindt Hello Chocolate Candy Bady 3.5 oz – $2.79
Use $1/1 Lindt Hello Bar Target Printable
AND $2/1 Lindt Product Printable
Final Price: ($0.21 overage)

As you can see I had some overage money to spend. If you use a lot of Shave Gel the full-size Shave Gels are currently $1.99 each making them free if you used the same coupon! I thought the travel size would be perfect for us so I found an awesome veggie/chip/dip tray for $3.58 on clearance! I then used a $5 Target e-gift card from my Swagbucks (check it out here!)

All in all…my favorite Target trip so far!

Happy Savings!

Serah

Ditch the Can (and Freeze your Beans!)

I have just been loving my crockpot lately. Now, that there is a slight chill in the air…I’m ready to start making some yummy hot food.

In the meantime…I’m just cooking “staple” foods. It makes life easy. It turns ingredients into food and allows me to just grab and go. Or grab and consume. whatever the case may be…the point is that there is grabbing! Another reason I like doing it this way is because it cuts down on space and packaging.

One of our biggest staples in this house is beans. We just can’t seem to get enough. I don’t like having to have storage in order to have a week’s worth of beans on hand and that is the way it is with canned products. They take up so much room! Think about all that packaging. Not only is the packaging wasteful but the cans are BPA lined. You know how you see all kinds of things labeld “BPA Free”…not canned food. I DO notice the inconsistency by placing my food in plastic bags. Baby steps.

One thing we can do is make our own food. What a novel idea! I love the taste of homemade beans and its so much healthier for you. So here is my recipe for beans. I cook a big ol’ batch and freeze the rest.

HOMEMADE BEANS

If you have the chance to buy from bulk bins you cut down on packaging costs and you can choose the amount you need.

For this example I just used 1 package of pinto beans. It is 1 pound. You could do 2 pounds if you like(I suggest that! Clean the crockpot only once and get twice the beans!)

Bagged Beans

then I rinse and sort through the beans to look for any offenders

Rinse Beans

Next, the beans go in your crockpot and covered with about 1 and 1/2-2 inches of water. Now is also the time to season the beans anyway you like. I like to add Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Onion, Cumin and Cayenne Pepper. The possibilities are endless!

Beans in Water

Now just set your crockpot on high and let cook for 6-8 hours or until beans are tender. Add water if need be.

Beans in CrockpotDon’t judge me people! I have a mismatched set 🙂

beans on sheetOnce cooked, strain beans and place on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Save the bean broth for soup!

frozen beans on sheetOnce frozen (you can check my color and feel) place in a bag and store in your freezer for up to 3-6 months.

beans in a bag

What are some of your favorite freezer foods? I’d love to hear your favs!

Serah

Preserving Bread

In order to save money, you’ll need to preserve the bread you purchased.

Here is a package of kaiser hamburger buns. These are perfect for impromptu grilling in the summer!

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1) Remove the buns from the package. Determine how many buns you want per package. For me, two buns per Ziploc bag is perfect as we’re a two-person household.

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2) We really try to avoid freezer burn around here so I double packaged these (you can keep reusing the bags) by placing two separately bagged buns together in another bag.

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That is pretty much it!

Saving Money on Bread (No Coupons Required!)

I love our local Franz Outlet! This is a great way to easily save money on bread. I got this for $8.67! Check your local outlet to see if they have special days when there are extra savings. Sometimes you could score a similar amount of products for half the price.

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Make Your Own Cream of ANYTHING soup!

Soup MixCasseroles are such a great way to use leftovers and they are usually huge money savers. So, I, like to have some cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup on hand in case I have a brilliant casserole idea. But I recently found out about making your own dry soup mix!! I was so excited I made this ASAP! This mix is much healthier than your typical cream of mushroom soup. It’s also a money, time and space saver! Here is the recipe:

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