Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Website Wednesday: Get $30 Worth Of Beauty Products for $15


SaveMore.com is currently running a deal where you can get $30 to Beauty Of A Site for $15 or $40 for $19. If you are new to SaveMore.com they will give you a $10 credit for signing up which would make your deal only $5 or $9. You will still have to pay around $7 for shipping on your order (unless you end up spending a total of $75 then shipping is free) but if you have the $10 credit it would be a great deal.

Beauty Of A Site features beauty products, hair products and lots more. It sells brands like Essie (a favorite of mine), Tweezerman, BedHead, Hollywood Tape and much more.

SaveMore.com also looks like they have a great deal for the next week or so where you can get $25 to Sports Authority (online) for $15.

$10 Gift Card When You Spend $50 At Target!


There is an amazing Target printable coupon right now for a $10 gift card when you spend $50  I would print it sooner rather than later since Target printables do run out after a certain amount have been printed.

After you print it check out all the other great printable coupons on Target.com.

Kraft Recipe Book With $30 In Coupons

Kraft Foods has a new recipe book for sale that also contains $30 in coupons. It is called Kraft Make it Delicious Recipe & Coupon Booklet. The book is on sale on HSN.com for $4.99 with free shipping. There is also a promo code available for 15% off making it $4.24. The code is  C10111. Even if you only use $5 worth of the coupons that makes it worth it in my opinion.

You can also but it through ShopAtHome.com and get cash back on your purchase. If you have never shopped using ShopAtHome.com is a website that give you anywhere from 3%-50% cash back on online purchases through their website. Once you get $20 in cash back they will send you a check.

To get cash back for purchases made on HSN.com just go to ShopAtHome.com and search for HSN and click through the cash back link and then search for the book on HSN.

Comment with any questions!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

$64 Worth of Stuff At CVS For Less Than $11 Out Of Pocket

Today was the first time in a few weeks that I really felt like a CVS trip was worth the planning (it's right down the street from my house which makes it even more worth it). I really wanted to take advantage of the $10 gift card promotion where you earn a $10 gift card (I chose American Express) when you spend $30 (before coupons) on certain products.

I spent $10.54 out of pocket (after the $10 value of the gift card I earned) for a total of $63.62 worth of products in two transactions. That is like saving 83%! Here is how it broke down:


Transaction #1

Transaction #1:
  • Spent $8.99 out of pocket on a bottle of Complete Contact Solution
  • Earned $8.99 in ECB's
Transaction #2:
    
    Transaction #2
    
  • Spent $11.55 after ECB's earned in first transaction and coupons
  • Earned a $10 Gift Card
  • Made it like spending $1.55 on second transaction
Total for the day:
  • $8.99 spent in first transaction
  • $1.55 after gift card on second transaction
  • $10.54 Total after gift card!
Here are the coupon match ups for the second transaction. All of these items qualified for the spend $30 earn a $10 gift card. They were all also on sale and I had coupons for all of them. The transaction normally would retail for 54.63 without the sale prices or coupons.
  • 4 Glade Air Freshener Sprays, retails for $1.99 each, on sale with CVS card for .99 cents each
  • 6 boxes of Puffs Tissues, retails for $1.99 each, on sale with CVS card for .99 cents each
    • Used two .25 cents off of 3 coupons from the 10/30 P&G insert
    • Made them each .90 cents
  • 6 bottles of Dawn dish soap, retails for $1.67 each, on sale with CVS card for .99 cents each
    • Used four .50 cents off coupons from the 10/30 P&G insert
    • Used two .50 cents off coupons from P&G home mailers
    • Made them each .49 cents
  • 2 cans of Scrubbing Bubbles, retails for $4.19 each, on sale with CVS card for $3 each
    • Used a $2/2 coupon from the October Shape Magazine
    • Made them $2 each
  • 3 bottles of Windex, retails for $4.99 each, on sale for $3 each with CVS card
    • Used three $1 off coupons from various magazine coupon booklets
    • Made them each $2
I used this link to get my match ups and sale ideas. Comment if you have any questions! 

Make Sure To Print Coupons Before The End Of The Month

Since December is upon us, make sure that you print out any online coupons that you might want.

There were a good number of new and updated coupons available over the long weekend so be sure and check the following websites out. Remember that many of these coupons could "disappear" on December 1st!

Coupons.com
Redplum.com
SmartSource.com
Target.com

Also check out the printable coupons available on RecycleBank. Never heard of it? RecycleBank lets you earn points for doing easy tasks, such as watching a short video, you can then redeem those points for rewards. My favorite is the $2 off any Kashi product which is currently available for 75 points!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Free and Cheap Stuff At Target


Here are a few free and cheap things I got at Target today. We needed a few more strands of Christmas lights (also on really good sale) and so I decided to take advantage of a few coupons/deals I had been meaning to get.

Here is what I got:
  • 2 Baby Lips Maybelline Lip Glosses, retails for $2.99 each
    • Used two $2 off Target.com coupons
    • Stacked with two $1 off manufacturer coupons (no longer available)
    • Made them both FREE
  • 2 NYC Color Nail Polishes, retails for .94 cents each
    • Used two $1 off Target.com coupons
    • Made them both FREE
  • 3 Travel Sized Tide Detergents, retails for .97 cents each
    • Used two $1 off any Tide Product coupons from a P&G home mailer
    • Used one $2 off Tide coupon from Facebook
    • Made all three of them FREE, plus I made a $1 overage on one ( I donate these to the homeless shelter)
  • 1 Neutrogena Concealer, retails for $6.29
    • Used one $2 off manufacturer printable
    • Stacked with a $2 off Target.com printable
    • Made it $2.29 (and I was almost out too!)

Cheap (or free) make up makes me happy!

$20 To Overstock.com for $10 Plus Free Shipping Till Christmas

Eversave is currently running a deal where you can buy $20 to Overstock.com for $10 plus get free shipping on your Overstock.com purchase through Christmas.

Overstock.com has lots of great discounted name brand products and their selection changes daily. Eversave is a daily deals website with local and national deals that change every few days for deep discounts on all sorts of stuff.

Diet Coke Coupons From CVS



CVS currently has a printable coupon for $1 off any two multipacks of Diet Coke. It looks like this coupon is good for the mini cans eight pack or the glass bottle six pack. If you are like me and love using your ECB's to get regular grocery items for free at CVS then you can use this coupon to get an even better deal. My computer let me print it out twice so make sure to take advantage of it now as it may not be available long.

Monday Meal Plan 11/28

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We really enjoyed hosting our first ever Thanksgiving at our house and I believe that all of our recipes were sucessful. Sadly, with all the activity going on I was not able to get any pictures of what we made but I do plan to recreate them in the near future so I can do a recipe post on them.

As you may have been able to tell by this week's shopping trip, I am planning on using what we have in the freezer, fridge and pantry this week. Hopefully the sales will be better this coming week so that I can stock up on some great stuff this Friday.

Here is what we are planning on making this week:
  • Homemade Pasta with Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce (we got a food processor on Black Friday and Justin is dying to use it to make pasta from scratch)
  • Pesto and Boursin Cheese Stuffed Chicken
  • Homemade Pizza with Chicken and Pesto Sauce (using some of my frozen Honey Whole Wheat dough)
  • S'more Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our goal this week is to not go to the store for anything so these are all things we can make using what we have on hand. Not super exciting but it will do : )

Sunday, November 27, 2011

All The Trimmings Giveaway Winners!


Congratulations to Sylvia G. and Rachel M.! They are the lucky winners of the All The Trimmings Publix Booklet giveaway. Please check your emails or email me at couponingncooking@gmail.com so I can get your mailing address to send the booklets out to you asap. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Free Glade Air Freshener At CVS


Starting tomorrow (11/27), CVS will have Glade Air Fresheners on sale for .99 cents each. Use this $2/2 coupon to get them both free!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mini Publix Trip 11/25


These are all the groceries we are buying this week. We really needed nothing but there were a few sale items I didn't want to pass up, and we needed vinegar to wash the floors : ) I also used a $5 off $30 (before coupons value) Walgreen's coupon from the Enjoy The City booklet.

We are planning on spending the week eating leftovers and cleaning out the fridge, freezer and pantry to make room for things I hope to stock up on during the Christmas sales.

Here is the breakdown of today's trip:

Total Retail Value: $53.05
Total Spent: $13.87
Total Saved: $39.18
Saved 75%

Here are the highlights with coupon match ups:
  • 2 Schick Intuition razors: retails for $8.99 each, on sale BOGO ($4.49 each)
  • Made them $1.49 each
  • 2 boxes of Barilla Multigrain Plus Pasta, retails for $2.39 each, on sale BOGO ($1.19 each)
    • Used two .55 cents off coupons from the 10/23 SS
    • Made them .64 cents each
  • 2 packages of Boursin Cheese, retails for $5.99 each, on sale BOGO ($2.99 each)
    • Used two $1 off coupons from a newspaper insert (not sure which)
    • Made them $1.99 each
  • 1 family size Stouffer's Lasagna, retails for $8.11, on sale for $3.99
    • Used a $1 off coupon from the 9/25 SS
    • Made it $2.99
  • 1 McCormicks Spice Grinder, retails for $1.99, on sale for .99 cents
  • 1 McCormicks Black Pepper, retails for $4.59, on sale for $2.99
There were some other sales I was looking for but the Publix I went to did not carry the items. Make sure to check out my giveaway of two Publix All The Trimmings booklets!

Publix Ad With Coupons 11/25

This week's Publix ad is short and sweet with nothing too crazy in it. It starts today (Black Friday) and ends this upcoming Wednesday. Hopefully next week's ad will be back to normal with great holiday season deals.

We aren't really planning on grocery shopping this week as we are going to eat leftovers and clean out the fridge and freezer. I am excited about the BOGO Schick Intuition razor which is really the only reason I am going to Publix today : )

Here are the link to my favorite coupon match up ads. The first one I use to print out my shopping list and the second one I use to double check and see if there are any additional deals not listed on the first one.

Publix Ad 11/25 #1

Publix Ad 11/25 #2

Make sure to keep an eye out for the Winter Family Savings booklet and the All The Trimmings Booklet!

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Great Deal On Schick Intuition At Publix


It looks like the Schick Intuition razor will be buy one, get one free at Publix starting this Friday. Print two of the $3/1 coupon and you should be able to get these for around $1.50 piece.

It is possible that this sale could include the 3 count refill packages but if not it's still a great deal.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

$10 Off Yankee Candle Coupon



Yankee Candle has a new $10 off of a $25 purchase coupon available for printing. It is good through December 18th and does not appear to have any restrictions on it. You can probably use it on Black Friday to make the most of some great deals!

$30 To Riverside Cafe for $12.99

SouthFloridaDines.com is currently offering $30 gift certificates to Riverside Cafe in Vero at the special price of  $12.99. These certificates are easy to use and don't expire for 90 days after you buy them.

SouthFloridaDines is a discount website that offers gift certificates to restaurants from Sebastian down to Miami. We have used them before and it works out great. Most of the certificates do not make you spend a minimum like Restaurants.com does. Just make sure you check out the "terms" tab before you buy one to make sure there aren't any restrictions.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Enjoy The City Coupon Books- $20 in Winn Dixie Coupons


Living Social has Enjoy The City Coupon Books on sale for Palm Beach County for $12 right now. These coupon books normally retail for $20 so this is a great deal.

The deal is made even better by the fact that the book pays for itself with Winn Dixie coupons. The first page of the book has $20 in Winn Dixie coupons which I have used at various Publix's in my area without a problem. The book also has lots of great coupons for places like McDonald's, Sonic, Dunkin Donuts and more.

The coupons are for locations all over Palm Beach County and are good until 2012.  The Winn Dixie coupons appear to be good at any location (so you don't just have to use them in Palm Beach) You can preview the coupons here.

These books are also available for Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale as well as lots of other cities around the U.S. All you have to do is click the above Living Social link and search for your area.

Living Social is a discount website with daily deals around the country and is free to sign up for.

Monday Meal Plan 11/21

Last week's meal plan was pretty successful. I had to modify it a little because Justin got sick and wasn't up for me to cook a big dinner. I did succeed in making the White Chicken Lasagna, the whole wheat pizza dough, and Magic Cookie Bars. The only thing that I didn't make was the Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

 
This week's plan is pretty busy since it is Thanksgiving and we are hosting dinner for 12 at our house (our first time hosting Thanksgiving!). Here is what I am making this week:

 
  • Turkey and Brie Oven Sandwiches (our homemade version of a Whole Foods favorite)
  • Thanksgiving Turkey and Stuffing
  • Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
  • Brie En Croute with a Brown Sugar, Rum, Pecan Filling
  • Paula Deen's Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
  • Baked NYC's Peanut Butter Pie

 
Many of the other sides for dinner are being taken care of by family members but I will post on what I do end up making at the end of the week.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

All The Trimmings Publix Booklet Giveaway


It's a great time of year for Publix store coupon booklets. There is another great coupon book available in stores right now to go along with the Winter Family Savings Booklet. I have spotted the All The Trimmings booklet in various stores in South Florida. Some stores put the booklet out in the front of the store with the weekly flyers and others will have it at the customer service desk.

Can't find these at your Publix? See below to enter the giveaway!

The All The Trimmings Booklet contains a mix of Publix coupons and Publix Manufacturer coupons (can only be used at Publix). The difference between those coupons is a Publix coupon can be stacked with another manufacturer coupon and the others can not.

Here are the coupons in the book:

Publix Store Coupons
B3G1
7Up, A&W, Sun Drop, Diet Rite, RC Cola, Canada Dry or Sunkist soda
Free Eggs wyb (2) Sargento shredded cheese
$2 off Flatout AND Boursin product
$2 off Mr & Mrs T mix, 1 or 1.75 L
$1 off Publix Deli dept dip wyb King’s Hawaiian round bread
$1 off Snapple glass bottles, 16 oz 6 pk
.75/1 Sunsweet Plum Amazins

Publix Manufacturer Coupons.55/1 Birds Eye product
$3 off Brita bottle
Free Clorox2 Stain Fighter Pre Treater gel for colors pen 2 oz wyb Stain Fighter and Color Booster 33 oz + or 16 ct
$1 off Clorox2 toilet bowl cleaner w/ Bleach 24 oz, Clorox Clean Up w/ Bleach 32 oz or disinfecting wipes 35 ct +, Formula 409 24 oz + or Tilex cleaner 30 oz +
.55/1 Comstock pie filling
Free Glad sandwich bags 50-180 ct wyb Glad trash bags 65-80 ct, max $2.49
$1/2 Glory Foods AND Margaret Holmes vegetables, 14.5-15.25 oz
$1/3 Glory Foods AND Margaret Holmes vegetables, 27 oz
Free Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix 1 oz wyb Hidden Valley Ranch dressing 20 oz +, max $1.89
$1/3 Margaret Holmes O’Sage peaches
.55/2 McCormick dry seasoning mix
$1 off McCormick Gourmet Collection of Organic spices or herbs
.55/1 McCormick spice or herb
$1 off McCormick vanilla extract or food coloring
$1 off Nancy’s frozen appetizer, 12 ct +
$1.50/2 Ore Ida frozen potato product
$1/2 Pepperidge Farm cookie or crackers collection, Baked Naturals snack crackers or Swirl bread
$1/2 Pepperidge Farm Stone Baked Artisan rolls, puff pastry sheets or shells
$1/2 Stacy’s pita chips, 7.3 oz +
$1 off Welch’s sparkling cocktail



I happen to have two extra books to giveaway to two lucky readers. Want to enter? Either comment below or send me an email at couponingncooking.blogspot.com and tell me what coupon you want the most and why.

The giveaway will be open to entry until midnight on Saturday 11/26.

In disclosure, I am in no way affiliated with Publix. I just wanted to share a few extras : )

Publix Winter Family Savings Booklet Giveaway Winners!


Congratulations to Tina, Christina and Emily! They are the winners of the Publix Winter Family Savings Booklets. Please check your emails and respond with a mailing address by Tuesday morning so I can get your booklets in the mail! Or you can email me at couponingncooking@gmail.com.

Make sure to check out the All The Trimmings booklet giveaway if you missed out on this one!

This week I will be giving away a Publix Winter Family Savings Booklets to three lucky blog readers. The giveaway will last until this Saturday (11/19) at 5pm Eastern Time. I will mail each of the winners an uncut copy of the booklet.

This booklet contains about $120 worth of Publix store and manufacturer coupons. They don't expire until 12/31 so that gives you lots of time to find good deals.

To enter, all you have to do is become a follower of this site. See the right hand tab to join. Another way to enter is to subscribe to this blog by email. (again see the tab on the right) Once you get your first subscription email, forward it to me at couponingncooking@gmail.com. On Sunday morning,I will post who the three winners are and you will be able to email me your mailing address.

In disclosure, I am in no way affiliated with Publix. I just happen to have some extras of these booklets and would like to share : )

Friday, November 18, 2011

Earn 90 New Points From RecycleBank


RecycleBank has a new point earning opportunity that can earn you a quick 90 points. Just visit their homepage and look for the Green Your Season's sweepstakes. Just follow the pages along to earn your 90 points. It looks like they will be activating two new sections for even more points in the near future.

If you are new to RecycleBank it is a website that promotes greener living and allows you to earn points through taking greener actions. You can redeem these points for great coupons and other prizes.

Publix Trip 11/18



Here is today's shopping trip to Publix. I spent much more than usual but I did get everything we needed for Thanksgiving (except the turkey) and I was able to stock up on lots of holiday, baking and party stuff. I also got Thanksgiving items for donating to the school food drive and stocked up on Diet Coke ( four 12-packs). All in all, a very successful trip.

We really didn't need meat again this week since we are trying to clear out all we have in the freezer to make room for the Thanksgiving turkey we are buying on Monday and to make room for storage during the next week of holiday food.

Make sure you keep an eye out for all the various coupon booklets available in Publix right now, especially the Family Winter Savings Booklet (check out my giveaway of those too!) and the All The Trimmings Booklet.

Here is the break down of today's trip:

Total Retail Value: $170.58
Total Saved: $113.36
Total Spent: $57.22
Percent Saved: 66%

Here are the highlights with coupon match ups:
  • 2 dozen Publix eggs, retails for $2.09 each
    • Used 2 coupons for FREE Publix eggs when you buy any 2 Sargento Cheese products from the All The Trimmings booklet
    • Made them both FREE
  • 4 boxes of Mullers Pasta, retails for $1.43 a box, on sale BOGO (.71 each)
    • No coupons just needed these pasta shapes
    • Made them .71 each
  • 4 bags of shredded Sargento cheese, retails for $3.99 each, on sale BOGO ($1.99 each)
  • 2 tubs of Cool Whip, retails for $1.95 each
    • On sale BOGO, made them .97 cents each
  • 2 bags of Fresh Express Salad, retails for $3.99 each
    • On sale BOGO, made them $1.99 each
  • 4 bags Publix Baby Carrots, retails for $1.69 each
    • On sale BOGO, made them $.84 cents each
  • 2 tubs of Rondale Cheese Spread, retails for $4.59 each, on sale BOGO ($2.29 each)
  • 2 tubs of Breakstone Sour Cream, retails for $2.69 each, on sale BOGO ($1.34 each)
    • Used a $1/2 printable coupon
    • Made them .84 cents each
  • 6 cans of Carnation Evaporated Milk, retails for $1.36 each, on sale BOGO (.68 each)
    • Used three .50/2 coupons from the 10/30 RP
    • Made them .43 cents each
  • 2 cans of PAM Cooking Spray, retails for $3.09 each, on sale BOGO ($1.55 each)
    • Used two .50 cents off printable coupons
    • Made them $1.05 each
  • 4 packages of Vanity Fair Plates, retails for $2.72 each, on sale for $1.97 each
  • 2 packages of Vanity Fair Napkins, retails for $2.29 each
    • Used two coupons for a FREE packages of napkins when you buy 2 Vanity Fair plates from the Yellow Advantage Flyer
    • Made them FREE
  • 2 bottles of Tums (136 count), retails for $4.89 each, on sale for $3.50 each
    • Used two $1.50 off coupons from the Winter Savings Booklet
    • Stacked with two $1 off printables
    • Made each bottle $1
  • 3 bars of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, retails for $2.67 each, on sale for $1.25 each
    • Used a $1.25/3 printable coupon
    • Stacked with a .50/2 coupon from Target.com
    • Made them .66 cents each
  • 4 twelve packs of Diet Coke, retails for about $5.75 a pack
    • On sale B3G1, and had a special price of $4 each
    • Used two $1.50/2 off Publix coupons from coupons.com
    • Made them $2.25 each
  • 2 packs of O-Cello sponges, retails for $2.49 a pack
    • On sale 50% off, made them $1.25 each
    • Used two .55 cents off coupons from the Winter Savings booklet
    • Made them .70 cents a pack
  • 2 bottles of Wesson Vegetable Oil, retails for $4.59 each, BOGO ($2.29 each)
    • Used two .30 off coupons from the 11/13 SS
    • Made them .99 cents each
  • 3 pans of Sister Shubert Rolls, retails for $3.69 each
    • On sale for $3.00 each
    • Used three .75 cents off coupons from AllYou.com
    • Made them $2.25 each
 There were lots of other great BOGOS and sales that I just did not take advantage of because we didn't need or eat the products. Comment if you have any questions or see any great deals!

Lilly Pulitzer Perfume On Ideeli

It's a good week for finding Lilly products on sale! Ideeli.com has the three fragrances of Lilly Perfume on sale for the next few days for $25 each. They normally retail for around $65 and they are the bigger of the two bottle sizes.

These have been hard to find in stores lately so if you are like me and love one of these fragrances this is a great deal. It could make a great Christmas present too!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cooking With Kraft Coupons



Cooking with Kraft has some great new printable coupons that look like they will go well with the current Publix sales as well as possible future sales at Publix too. While these coupons print out with a Publix logo on them the yare all manufacturer coupons and can be used other places too. 

Here they are:

  • $1/1 A.1. Steak Sauce 
  • $1/1 BAKER’S Chocolate
  • $1/1 CAPRI SUN Product
  • $1/1 KRAFT Dressing (16 oz.)
  • $1/1 VELVEETA Shells & Cheese, KRAFT DELUXE Macaroni & Cheese or KRAFT Microwavable Macaroni & Cheese
  • $1/1 KRAFT Barbecue Sauce (28 oz.)
  • $1/1 MIRACLE WHIP Dressing or KRAFT Mayo (30 oz.),
  • $1/1 MAXWELL HOUSE canister (31.5-34.5 oz.)
I would print these soon since they probably won't last long. Remember you can print 2 per computer.

Cheap Thrill Thursday: Great Deals Currently Going On At Target


Here are some of the best deals going on at Target right now. These are combination of sales I have seen in store, seen in the weekly ad or read about on various blogs. Keep in mind that prices can vary from store to store and not all Targets will participate in price cuts and special sales. Also, know that if your Target is not a super Target it may not carry all the advertised products.
  • President Brie on sale for $3.49
    • Makes it .99 cents
    • Side note: my Target didn't carry this so I price matched at WalMart and it was surprisingly easy
  • Birdseye Steamed Veggies, price cut to $1 each for select varieties
    • Use a .50/2 coupon from the 11/13 SS
    • Makes them .75 cents each
  • Assorted Kashi Cereals, price cut to $2.99 each
    • Use a $2 off coupon from RecycleBank
    • Makes it .99 cents a box (really good price!)
  • Earn a $5 Target Gift Card when you buy 2 Gillette Fusion razors or cartridge packs
    • There are a variety of coupons from the P&G inserts and home mailers
    • Not a great sale but if you love these razors (like Justin does) and you hate buying them full price the gift card could at least soften the blow
  • Peter Pan Peanut Butter, price cut to $1.86 for a 16oz jar
    • Combine with a $1.50/3 coupon
    • Makes it $1.36 a jar, pretty good price if you need to stock up
  • Land O Lakes Butter 1 lb. box, price cut to $2.99
    • Use a .50/2 coupon from the 10/23 SS
    • Makes it $2.49 a box
    • Usually runs anywhere from $3.99-$4.99 depending on where you buy it...
Make sure to check out the full weekly ad with coupon match ups and to visit Target.com for printable coupons before you shop!

What Is A Stockpile & Why Should You Have One?

You may have heard me refer to my stockpile in previous posts. If you are not familiar with couponing or you have never watched "Extreme Couponing" you may have no idea what a stockpile is.


A stockpile is a collection of pantry staples and personal care products that one buys at rock bottom prices (or gets free with coupons). Some crazy extreme couponers have stockpiles that take up entire rooms, basements garages and more. I, however, have my stockpile contained to my pantry, an upstairs closet and one shelf in the garage. The idea of a stockpile is that you should never have to go out to the store and buy something full price when you run out and absolutely need it.


What are some items to commonly stockpile? Here are my suggestions:


Pantry
Pasta
Pasta Sauce
Cereal
Granola Bars
Crackers
Soup
Flour
Sugar
Baking products
Spices
Condiments
nuts
salad dressing


Fridge
Milk (if it's super cheap and the exp date is long enough)
Cheese (shredded and block)
Butter (or spreads like Smart Balance, I freeze it)
Yogurts (check expiration dates)
Juices


Freezer
frozen veggies
frozen fruit
smoothie mix
frozen pizzas
meat/chicken
frozen meal/family size entrees


Household Items
toilet paper
tissues
paper towels
laundry detergent
cleaning products
dish soap
dish washer soap (cascade packets are always free)
napkins


Personal Care
toothpaste (should be free or close to it)
toothbrushes (should be free or close to it)
floss (should be free)
shampoo and conditioner
body wash
razors
mouth wash
contact solution
deodorant (should be free)


These are just my personal favorites. Some people might say, "Why buy all these things when you don't need them all right now?" My response would be that if you are still spending less than you use to on groceries and household items (for me it is significantly less), why not build up a supply of things?


There are weeks when I am too busy to go to the store and our stockpile has been invaluable. It is so nice to be able to make lunch or dinner without running out to the store for things. We are able to have people over last minute and not panic about needing some snacks. Best of all, I am spending way less than I use to on these things while buying way more. And if there ever comes a time that I can't coupon or couponing policies change, at least I will have a few months worth of stuff to live off of  : )

My Coke Rewards currently has its Holiday Rewards Catalog open. This has lots of great rewards available at half their normal point values.

You can get a coupon for a free 12 pack of any Coca Cola products for 120 points (half off) and they even have gift cards to restaurants and stores for discounted point values.

If you are new to My Coke Rewards, it is a website that you can join for free. You then enter codes from Coca Cola products and you can redeem those rewards for prizes.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough




This is another recipe I adapted off of Pinterest. I had really been wanting to start making my own pizza dough since Justin and I make our own pizzas for dinner fairly often.  We had been buying whole wheat naan bread from Publix to put them on but it was hard to find and it was pretty expensive. This recipe originally calls for regular bread flour but I decided to sub it out for whole wheat flour and we love it. 

The recipe below actually makes enough dough for about four medium sized pizzas. I make the dough on the day we want to make a pizza and then divide it up into four portions. I freeze three and use one to make that night's pizza. That way I don't have to go through the mess of making dough whenever we want to make a pizza. All you have to do is put the dough in the fridge in the morning and it will be nice and de-thawed in time for dinner.

Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons dry yeast (I use pizza crust yeast, it works best)
  • 5 cups whole wheat flour (or any kind of flour you want to use)
  • 1-1/2 cup cool water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, stir the yeast into the warm water until dissolved. Let stand for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the flour, the cool water, salt, olive oil, and honey into the yeast mixture. Knead with a dough hook for about 5 minutes, or by hand for 7. Dough should form up into a ball and loose its sticky texture. I sometimes find that in humid South Florida this takes longer and sometimes I have to add a little more flour to get it to firm up. 
It should pull away from the sides of the bowl like this.
   3.  Place the dough in a large greased bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise for 30 minutes or longer if you can.



Try to put the bowl in a warm spot.
4. Punch down dough and divide into 16 portions (for individual pizzas) or four portions (for 16 inch pizzas). Coat each ball of dough in olive oil, wrap in plastic wrap or place in resealable bags and freeze.

I use a serated knife to cut the dough into equal pieces.





Our favorite thing to do with the dough is make a pesto chicken pizza. We top the pizza with store bought pesto, shredded chicken and fresh motzarella. I also season the crust with basil and italian seasoning. The photos below are of our pizza from this week but in the past we have topped it with sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatos and Justin will put onions and other veggies on his too.






The finished product and Tuesday night's dinner.

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