Wednesday, April 28, 2010

BidRx=Paying Less for Prescriptions

A couple of nights ago I heard Clark Howard on the radio talking about a web site called BidRx.  Straight from their site:
"We use the power of BidRx where manufacturers and pharmacies compete to offer the best medicines and best services at the best prices."

I love it!  We don't buy a lot of prescriptions right now, but I do know quite a few friends and family who could benefit from something like this.  I love competition.  It's American, helps the consumer by creating lower prices and keeps companies on their toes.

If you're interested, click on this link to read more about BidRx.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Homemade Wheat-Thins

Since I had a little extra time this afternoon (I feel a lot better after we had a 12 load laundry folding/putting away-party with the kids while watching Amazing Race last night), I thought I'd make some crackers!  I really enjoyed the whole process, but I can't really comment on the final product since I have seasonal allergies and have about zero taste buds right now.  3/5 kids have already reported that they like them.  The other two are asleep or at track practice-I'll get their taste-test results tonight:).    I just wish I could figure out how much it cost me to make them.

Anyway, here's the recipe I used from the LA Times.  Just scroll down on their page till you see the recipe for 'Thin Wheat Crackers.'  I used 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1/2C of wheat germ instead of whole wheat flour, olive oil, buttermilk instead of milk and then I brushed them with a honey/water mixture and sprinkled it with just a hint of sugar and sea salt.  This recipe did make a little more than the size of a box of Wheat Thins.

Free Bacon!

I just got an newsletter in my inbox from Kraft First Taste.  In it was a coupon that will be mailed to me for a FREE package of Oscar Meyer turkey bacon!  Yum!  Bacon isn't something I buy a lot of, but my kids inhale it (plus, I always have to buy two packages just to have enough for my family for one meal-all that shrinkage:).  Anyway, if you haven't joined Kraft First Taste, go here and sign up!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Being Frugal: A Two Week Summary

Here's just an update on some of the stuff I've been doing to keep within budget, and always, hopefully, giving us more money to dump on debt.

  • Just bought 20 reams of paper for $10.10 through a Staples deal
  • Got 5 sponges, two packs of batteries and a chunk of cheese for $5.97
  • Made my toddler a dress for under $10  (w/Amy Butler fabric!)
  • Bought about the cutest summer shoes ever for my two youngest-$22.85 for both, shipped (they were $7.95 each with $6.96 shipping) 
  • Making some reusable snack bags for the kids (thanks, Carol,  for getting me motivated to do this for you and us!)
  • The usual careful, crazy, couponing for my groceries:) 

    For my online purchases I always go through  It's a great way to get money back on purchases I would have made anyway.  Click on this link or the ShopAtHome button on the right, just below my blog archives, if you want to check it out.  My cash back total is now at $13.73, and I'll get a check mailed to me when it hits $20-you guessed it, it goes straight to debt!

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    A Bit of Money Down the Drain

    You can't win 'em all.  This is what happened today:

    I heard it, but didn't get to the kitchen in time before 90% of the cereal (out of a huge box) was in a mountain on the floor.  The only positive thing I can say about this is that at least I didn't pay much for that box of cereal!

    Monday, April 12, 2010

    Free Stuff I Got Over the Weekend

    I had a blast this past weekend snatching up some free deals!  These were all done with coupons and a little driving to the stores:)  The pic on top was actually for 6 Lunchables (the kids at 4 of them before I took pictures!).  Emma was kind enough to model the T that we got free at Aeropostale:).  I took a third pic, but I think it got lost in compact flash-card-land.  Anyway,  I used my Albertson's doublers and got two packs of shredded cheese, six pack of yogurt and a box of fruit snacks.  Fun!  And free!

    Saturday, April 10, 2010

    Debt Paydown Update

    Here's a summary of what we've done since 11/09:

    Starting debt: $65708.23
    Total Paid: $6553.86
    Total Remaining: $59154.37

    This does not include the house.  That will come further down in our plan.
    Our tax return helped with some of this pay down, but we had to save a large chunk of that to pay in full our part of the sewer that's coming this summer.

    We've paid off all our small debts and are now on to only four left (and yes, only one credit card!), but they are pretty substantial.  Now we are in for what will be the long haul, but the fire is still raging and we won't stop till we're at ZERO!

    image credit: Aloysius Patrimonio/Photo Express

    Thursday, April 8, 2010

    Cheap Hoodies, Tops at Walmart

    Found these today: $3 clearanced hoodies, tops.  Turtlenecks were $1!   These are at the North side Spokane store.

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010

    Changing Fonts to Reduce Printing Costs

    I just read an interesting post here about changing your font to a money-saving one.  The thinner the lines in the font, the less ink a printer will use.  So fonts such as Century Gothic and New Times Roman are more money-friendly than Arial, which has thicker lines.  The post claimed that you could save up to $20 a year on ink!  For us, more money saved anywhere means more money to put on debt.

    I had to finally buy a new printer because two months into my couponing I realized that it was going to be a long road with our Epson ink jet printer.  We use it mainly to print on DVD's for my husband's video work.  What I really needed was a laser printer.  Safeway wasn't even taking my printable coupons because they wouldn't scan.

    After looking for few weeks, I woke up one Sunday and checked the ads and found that Staples had exactly what I was looking for at the right price.  I wound up getting a Brother (model HL-2140-that's my lovely printer in the picture) black/white only laser printer for $49!  Good price:)  I love it!  It does exactly what I want it to,  and I have zero problems with my printable coupons scanning at checkout.
    Thanks Money Saving Mom!

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010

    House Party McDonald’s® McNuggets® and Shrek Forever After™ House Party™

    I've just discovered House Party! Just wanted to share this with you in case this looks something you might want to do-the possibilities are endless! Some of you are such good hostesses, I would think this would be great way to try out new products (for free) and hang out with friends and family. Any way, the one I just signed up for is a Shrek/McDonald's party hosted by, yours truly (um, that is, if I get chosen to host!). There are several parties to apply for, so click on the link below or the first link, above for other parties:

    Thanks Couponers United

    Saturday, April 3, 2010

    My First Trip to a Community Restaurant

    On Thursday I had the opportunity to eat lunch at One World Spokane.  Located on East Sprague, I had read an article in the S-R last week and was so excited to try it out.  I knew there was one person who would share my enthusiasm.  I called my friend Lindsay, and she was 100% on board.

    So here's what it is: A non-profit, community kitchen that provides organic, healthy meals to everyone.  You choose how much food you want and how much to pay.  If you aren't able to pay, you're not turned away, even if you're not able to volunteer your time.

    Here's what I had:
    • horseradish and potato soup with kale
    • whole wheat bulgur topped with a tofu and pork curry
    • jicama and bell pepper salad
    • steamed cabbage
    • roasted potatoes seasoned with dill
    I had a very small serving of the soup and cabbage (just so I could sample them) and an average serving of the rest.  The diner picks the amount of food to eat so that nothing is wasted.  I ate all of it and decided to pay $4.  Was that enough?  I don't know!  If it had been a "regular restaurant" it would have been over $10.  I believe I was paying for food only, not all the other overhead.  These are the suggested donation amounts: $4 for a small plate, $6- medium and $8-large.

    We just missed the mung bean quiche, but it looked fabulous as it came out of the oven.  My meal was wonderful, and we both anticipate going again.  If you want to check it out or learn more here's the info:

    1804 E. Sprague
    image credit: Spokesman Review

    Friday, April 2, 2010

    March Grocery Totals

    Good month!  I came in under my goal of $300!

    So here's the numbers:

    Total spent on food: $277.74
     Manufacturer Coupons Used: $145.55
    Store Savings: $248.53
    I will say it was getting pretty dull with the food options the last few days, but I just made it work with what I had in my pantry.  I kind of challenge myself to use up what we have, even if it means someone not liking it.  Do you know how hard it is to find food that seven people like for the same meal?  I aim to please with my cooking, but don't go crazy trying to make everyone happy.