Monday, August 31, 2009

Menu Plan Monday 8/31


Here is what I hope to make this week. Occasionally things change. Last week I was supposed to make spaghetti and meatballs but my husband went fishing that afternoon so it turned into a "fend for yourself" night. It happens. No big deal. I've learned to be flexible.

Monday- Meatloaf and a veggie
Tuesday- Vodoo Pasta
Wednesday- BBQ Chicken
Thursday- Leftovers
Friday- Something with Alfredo sauce? (any ideas?)
Saturday- Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Stew
Sunday- Leftovers

Yes, I know I have left overs on the list twice every week. Two reasons, the first is I always make more than we eat. Not sure why it happens but it does. The second reason is that if I don't have it on the list then we end up with a fridge full of leftovers that never gets eaten. Now if for some odd and strange reason the left overs are actually taken to work by my husband then I will add in an extra meal. That usually never happens. Well, let me know what you are having this week for dinner!

For more meal ideas visit www.orgjunkie.com

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Last weeks trip to Walgreens

Last week I did my first coupon trip to Walgreens. I have been wanting to give it a try but have been nervous about it. Walgreens has great deals because of their "Register Rewards". It's a piece of paper that prints from their register for you to use on a future purchase. For example this week they have Men’s Zone 6 Blade Razor System for $3.99 and you get a "Register Reward" for $3.99 making it free.


So last week I bought:
2 Listerine Agent Cool Blue's on sale 2/$8. (receive $3 RR when you buy one)
1 BOGO coupon
1 Manufacturers coupon for $1.00 off
2 Walgreen's Children's Activity Booklet coupon for $1.00 off
I paid $1.00 for both of them and then recieved $3 in register rewards.

2 Children's Benadryl on sale for 4.99 (recieve $5 RR when you buy 2)
2 Manufacturer coupon for $1 off
2 Walgreen's Children's Activity book coupon for $1 off
Total out of pocket 6.00 and received $5 in register rewards.
Like paying .49 cents a piece

Total for the whole purchase was $7.00 and I received 8 dollars in RR's for next week. Now I can buy things with my register rewards and get more register rewards with those purchases!

Leslie Loves Veggies Giveaway

Leslie Loves Veggies has a couple of great giveaways going on over at her site!
She is giving away a 6 pack of Ayayla's Herbal Water and a tote bag to one of her readers. The givaway ends on September 1st, hurry over there!! Contest ends September 8th.
She is also giving away a Fruit20 Essentials 6 pack variety sample and a tote bag.
Another giveaway she has going is from Ecover. They sell natural cleaning products. Go here to enter for that! Contest ends september 8th.
She also has up for grabs a really cool Litter Free Lunch set. Head on over to see the cool things it does! This giveaway ends September 7th.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Enter to win from Ronzoni

The people at Ronzoni are doing a free food sweepstake. Go here  to enter to win free grocery's for a year!!

My coupon binder

When I first started clipping coupons, I organized them in an accordion file. Turns out that 13 different files was not nearly enough and I spent way to long leafing through a pile of coupons. So I made my own coupon holder and filled it with something like 50 envelopes because I found that breaking it down that much worked much better for me! Well after a few months that wasn't enough either. Finally I had to break down and do the binder that I had heard so much about.

Here is a tour of my coupon binder. I have it broken down a lot. I am usually shopping with my toddler and my infant and don't have the time to stand in the aisle looking thought all of the cleaning coupons. Not to mention the fact that the longer I stand there, the more likely it is that my toddler will attempt to pull something off the shelf. Of course, it will fall and I will be yelling "clean up on aisle 6". And my luck is that he will break something that I don't have a coupon for and will have to pay full price for something I don't even like, such as a fancy jar of anchovies! So speed is essential in our shopping. In order to make things go faster I have all of my categories broken down into sub categories. Read on for more info about that.

So here is the binder I picked up at Wal-mart during a back-to-school sale. I also got a small pair of scissors, dividers, page protectors, and baseball card inserts (up at the front by the poke-mon cards) while I was at it.

 
In the front pocket I have my large coupons and the coupons that are for $ off $$ coupons ($10/$50).
 Here are the categories that I have written down on the page dividers and the sub categories I have written on each base ball card holder.
Firt half:
Canned/Pasta/Boxed

  • Canned
  • Boxed
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Jars
  • Fruit
Frozen/Meat

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Veggies
  • Bread
  • Lunch Meat
  • Meat
  • Pizza
  • Frozen Dinner
  • Hot dogs/Sausage
  • Dessert/ Ice Cream
Produce
Dairy/Biscuits

  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Biscuits
  • Other
Baking/Seasoning

  • Mixes
  • Spices
  • Sugar
  • Oil
Condiments

  • Condiments
  • Dressing
  • Sauce
  • Syrup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Pickles/Olives
Bread/Cereal

  • Cereal
  • Bread
  • Tortilla
Drinks

  • Juice
  • Water
  • Coffee/Tea
Snacks

  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Dried Fruit
  • Jello
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Snack Bars
  • Gum
  • Chocolate
Baby

Then I have my other products in the second half.

Paper Goods

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Plate/cups
  • Foil
  • Ziplock
Cleaner

  • Air freshener
  • All-Purpose
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Other
Medicine/First-Aid

  • Stomach
  • Cold/Flu
  • Pain
  • Vitamins
Beauty/Hygiene

  • Hand Soap
  • Hair
  • Deoderant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash/Floss
  • Whitening
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Feminine
  • Make-up
  • Lotion/Skin Care
Baby

  • Diapers/Pull-Ups
  • Wipes
  • Bath
  • Other
Pet
Seasonal
Batteries
Home Goods
Retail

In the back I have my target store coupons and Walgreens Register Rewards.
I know its broken down alot but that is what works for me! It may not work for you. Everyone has their own style. Well that was my binder. It's still in the making and it took me alot of naptimes to get it together right. Good luck with your clipping!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thanks goes out to Steals and Deals

I'm sending my thanks out to Abby and Mandy over at Steals and Deals. I won their giveaway this week with my post about Harris Teeter (read about it here). I won a great DVD for my kiddos! It should make for a great rainy day/ cranky kid activity! Thanks ladies!

Precious Places DVD

 
You can request a free Precious Places DVD from Fisher Price by going here. Click on Order Free DVD in the top corner. 
I've never requested this one since I have boys, but I have requested the boy ones they have put out in the past and Brian loved it!

Chicken Tetrazzini review and recipe

I made some delicious Chicken Tetrazzini tonight for dinner. MMM MMM it was delicious. I used a combo of two recipes. When I was very new to cooking meals for my family, I followed recipes exactly as they were stated. I meausred eerything precisely and used every single ingredient. Now, I'll mix recipes together and put in a little of this and a little of that. (See Mom I'm getting braver in the kitchen!) Well tonigh was a great mix! Here is the recipe I used and how I made it!

1 carrot grated
chicken breasts cubed
your favorite chicken seasoning (I used Kickin Chicken from Weber)
Wacky Mac
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 Tbs oil
Chopped onion or some onion powder (maybe 2 teaspoons)
1/2 cup milk
1 Tbs parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions.

Cook chicken in oil or butter until cooked through. Season liberally with your favorite seasoning. Once the chicken is cooked remove it from pan onto a plate and set aside. Add soup, sour cream, onion or powder, parmesean cheese, and milk to pan and heat through. Add chicken and cook until warm and bubbly. Let stand a few minutes.
 
Drain pasta and top with sauce. 
I would have taken apicture but it went quickly.

Mars Chocolate Relief Act


It's Friday which means FREE Mars chocolate! Go here to register for a coupon to get your free chocolate bar! They are giving out 250,000 coupons per day every Friday through September. There is a limit of 4 coupons per adress during the promotion. I've already gotten and used all of mine!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

$1 off of International Delights Creamer


Here is a link to a $1 off coupon for International Delights any size, any flavor. This coupon goes fast so get it soon! Remember, if you press your back button you can print it twice! It can make for a good deal especially if you have a store that doubles coupons up to a dollar. Stop reading, go get your coupon! (But come back afterwards!)

Schwan's Free Food

Who doesn't love FREE food and FREE delivery! Schwan's is still giving away $10 worth of free food including delivery! They usually have a $1 delivery charge that they are waiving. Go to the Schwan's Free Food giveaway to order.

Only available to customers who haven't purchased in the last 14 weeks and who live on an existing delivery route. You do have to pay tax in some areas but it was only about 3 cents for me in VA.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Free Beech-Nut starter kit


Here is a great freebie for anyone who has little babies! If you sign up for the newsletter at Beech-Nut
you will receive an E-newsletter and coupons in the mail!

Also if you call them at 1-800-523-6633 (8 AM - 5 PM CST) and ask for a Parents Pack they will send you a ton of coupons for their baby and/or toddler food! I called and received mine in about a week or so. Needless to say I've already used all the coupons. Here is a picture of my little boy tasting his first bits of solids on some Beech-Nut Rice cereal.

Free Leap Frog board book!


Get a free board book for your little ones by linking your child's toy at LeapFrog. My toddler loves his book! If you have young children chances are you have a Leap frog toy!

My trip to Harris Teeter



Here is my steal of the week from Harris Teeter. Normally it would be much more, but I'm quite disappointed by the sales this go around.

My total before coupons was 17.88
The total I paid was 1.24.

However, I don't believe that price is correct. The Sally Hansen Clear Coat was supposed to be $1.50, with my coupon it should have been free. So technically my total should just be .24 cents.

The most exciting thing in this picture is the AJAX. My husband is a mechanic and that soap is awesome when it comes to removing the grease!

Go check out Abby and Mandy at Steals and Deals to see what others have gotten!

Free Hallmark Card!


Wal-mart is giving away free Hallmark card.

Thanks to Mindi at Moms need To Know

Marie Callender's Home-Style Creations $1.50 off!

This is a great coupon! It's specially good if Harris Teeter puts them on sale during their Super Double promotions. This coupon will probably go fast so get yours here now!

Click here to get yours!

Uncle Bens Coupon


Get a great coupon for $1 off of Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White Rice when you click here. It should make for some free or cheap rice if your store doubles dollar coupons.

Free Poise Pads


Poise is giving away samples of their pads. Go here to get one for yourself!

Ham and Taters recipe

Ham and Taters in the slow cooker
3 cups diced extra-lean ham (I go to the deli and get them to slice it thick and then cube it myself)
6 1/2 cups thinly sliced potatoes
1 cup diced onion
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (10 3/4 ounce) cream of celery soup
2 Tablesoppns half and half
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Spray slow cooker container with butter-flavored cooking spray. Layer half of the ham, half of the potatoes, half of the onions, and half of the cheese in the prepared container. Repeat layers. In a small bowl, combine celery soup, half and half, and parsley flakes. Spoon mixture evenly over top of potato mixture. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours. Mix well before serving.

Farm Fresh Match-ups 8/26-9/1


Lori at The Coupon Consultant has finished the match ups for Farm Fresh.

Last day for free food from Arby's


Today is the last day to get free food from Arby's. If you buy a drink, you get a free Beef 'n Cheddar sandwich. Not a bad deal if you ask me!

Super doubles at Harris Teeter

Harris teeter is doing a Super Doubles promotion this week.  That means that they will double all coupons with a face value up to $1.98. for example if you have a $1.50 coupon, it will double to $3.00. If you have a $1.99 coupon it will not double and will be taken at face value. The Super Doubles goes all week from 8/26 - 9/1.

Dolly Domestic has posted a spreadsheet of the good deals you can get at Harris Teeter this week. The prices are based on the Hanbury store in Chesapeake, VA. The prices that she has in parentheses are actually negative numbers, meaning that they cost you nothing!

I'm going to attempt to get out there today. My baby has a doctor's appointment which means shots so we will see how that goes first.

Good luck and have fun! Let me know how you did! I'll post pictures of my trips later on.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Walgreens- FREE 8x10 Photo Collage

Get a FREE 8×10 Photo Collage ($3.99 value) on Walgreens.com until tomorrow, Wednesday 8/26! When you go to check out use code FUNDAY.

You won't pay a cent if you decide to pick it up in the store!


Also, they are still running a prints promotion until Saturday 8/29. If you buy 25 prints you get 25 more free prints. Use the code BUY25GET25.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Apricot Chicken with rice

So simple to make!

1 Jar of Apricot Preserve
1 Bottle of Catalina Dressing
1 Envelope of Onion Soup Mix
4 Boneless Chicken Breast

Thaw your chicken. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the Preserve, Dressing, and Onion Soup Mix in a 9x13in pan. Put your chicken in the mix and put it in the oven for 1 hour. Serve over white or brown rice.

Where to get Coupons?

Where do you get your coupons?
  • Sunday Paper- The Sunday paper is a great resource for coupons. If you really want to be able to save a lot, you will need more than one paper. I get my papers from the Dollar Tree. They sell them for $1, which is way cheaper than most places. (Here in Hampton Roads the Virginia Pilot is $2 most places. Gotta love Dollar Tree!)
  • Your Mailbox- In some areas of the country, the RedPlum insert comes in the mail instead of in the Sunday Paper. When you get that big pile of store flyers and ads, look through it for the RedPlum insert!
  • The Internet- There are website where you can print manufacturer's coupons. Some good ones are Coupons.com, SmartSource, and RedPlum. Also, manufacturer websites often have coupons available. If you like a product, call the company and let them know! Often they will reward you and send you coupons, sometimes for free products! 
  • Friends and Family- Not everyone uses coupons. Hit up your family to get their inserts. Also trading inserts works well to. Not everyone has a pet, but you might. Maybe you would like their pet coupons and they would like your hair color coupons? Share. Isn't that what we teach our kids? (I have 2 boys, I say that a million times a day too!)
  • Coupon Clipping services- Did you know you can buy coupons? Well, not really. You can't BUY coupons, but you can pay someone to clip them out for you and send them your way. Some of the more popular places to find them are Ebay.com and The Coupon Clippers.

Coupon Lingo

Coupon Lingo 101
Here is some common coupon lingo that you might run into.


The inserts:
SS: SmartSource- comes in the paper, usually on Sunday.
RP: Red Plum- may come in your paper, may come in your mailbox.
P&G: Proctor and Gamble- Usually comes in the Sunday paper and  the first weekend of the month.

The Coupons:
$1/1, $1/2: One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.
2/$1, 3/$2: Two items for one dollar, three items for two dollars, etc.
B1G1/BOGO: Buy one item get one item free
B2G1: Buy two items get one item free
Blinkies: Grocery/drugstore coupon dispensers with blinking lights
Cat: Catalina coupon, prints from a separate machine when your receipt prints

DND: Do not double
DND5: Do not double but the bar code starts with a 5
DND9: Do not double but the bar code starts with a 9
ECBs: ExtraCare Bucks, CVS loyalty rewards system
FAR: Free after rebate
IP: Internet printable coupon

MFR or MAN: Manufacturer
MIR: Mail-in rebate
OYNO: On your next order
OOP: Out of pocket
Peelie: Peel-off coupon found on product packaging

RRs: Register Rewards, Walgreens' Catalina coupons
SCR: Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid monthly rebates program
UPC: Universal product code, bar code
WT: Wine tag, no alcohol purchase necessary to use these coupons
WYB: When you buy
YMMV: Your mileage (or manager) may vary, meaning some stores might give you a deal but others might not
This list is from Deal Seeking Mom, why do again what someone else already did? Right?!

Free Bottles and Bounce Dryer Bars at Target!

Target just put out a big list of printable baby coupons! Go here for the coupons. They expire 9/05/09. Don't forget you can pair a manufacturers coupon with a Target coupon to get extra savings!

Target has their Gerber Clear View single bottles in 4, 5 and 9 ounce sizes for just .99 cents. If you use the $1 off any Gerber Feeding Accessory coupon you can get it for free!

Thanks Baby Cheapskate

They also have their Tide/Bounce Dryer Bars for $3.69
Use $2.50/1 Bounce Dryer Bar (Vocalpoint coupon)
or $1.50/1 Bounce Dryer Bar (Vocalpoint coupon)
or $1/1 Bounce Dryer Bar, exp. 8-31-09 (P&G 8/2/09)
and$1.50/1 Bounce Dryer Bar TARGET Coupon, exp. 10-4-09 (RP 8/23/09)
Get it for FREE to 1.19!

I will give away 2 $1.50 off coupons to the first 2 people who comment with a good laundry story!


Go see Marcy at Stretching a Buck for more deals at Target!


FREE Chik-fil-a sandwiches!

Chik-fil-a is giving away free chicken sandwiches!


The first 250,000 to join the Chicken Wave will get a certificate for a free original chicken sandwich sent to you in the mail. Plus, you will be entered into a daily drawing to win a free $50 gift card!

Also, if you go to your local Chik-fil-a wearing a sports team logo on Labor Day from 10 a.m. to close, you’ll also receive a FREE Chik-fil-a Original Chicken Sandwich!

Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom
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Menu Plan Monday


I'm on week 3 of menu planning. So far, so good! I usually fall off the schedule and end up at 4pm in a panic with a hungry toddler and husband. Every week I asked my husband what he wants for dinner his week and his response is "food". Needless to say he isn't much help! So what do I make for a family of 2 adults, 1 toddler who throws his food, and 1 baby starting baby food?  Here is my plan. Come back during the week to see the pictures, the recipes and to see how it goes.

Monday- Apricot Chicken and Rice
Tuesday- MIL's Ham and Taters in the Crock-Pot with Salad
WednesdayKristie's Magically Moist Chicken and Baked Potatoes
Thursday- Left overs
FridayChicken Tetrazzini with homemade bread
Saturday- Spaghetti and Meatballs
Sunday- Leftovers

For more meal planning ideas ideas, visit orgjunkie.com

Welcome!

(Still under construction, it's a work in progress)
Welcome to I Have a Coupon For That!
Here are some posts that you might find useful.
Coupon Lingo 101
Where to get coupons?
Coupon Organization- My Coupon Binder

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Reviews and giveaways


I have some very exciting things coming up for you! Keep an eye out!
Some upcoming reviews: Happy Panda Baby, Ebee's Adventures, The Dropper Stopper, and many more!
Carolina pad review coupon and giveaway
Smart Mom Jewelry Giveaway and Review

Grocery Store Steals

Free Stuff

Coupons

PR

Welcome! This is a PR friendly blog!

Reviews/Giveaways

If you would like for me to review your product, I require that one be sent to me first. Each product will be thoroughly tested by me or my family. The product will not be returned. If you would like to do a giveaway also, I require that you send it to the winner, not me.

To post an advertised post or to host a giveaway without a review, there is a $20 charge per post. All money received will go to the charity of my choice. The charity we support right now is Craniosynostosis and Positional Plagiocephaly Support, Inc. CAPPS is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization. We are raising funds for an awareness walk in NYC in late October. If you would like to donate to this please e-mail me for more info. ihaveacoupon at hotmail dot com

Sponsorship
If you would like to sponsor my family to be able to go to NYC for a CAPPS awareness walk, please contact me.

Advertising
I am currently allowing people to advertise on my blog for $10 a month or $100 for a year. Again, all money will go to the CAPPS organization to raise funds for the awareness walk in October.

About Me

My name is Jaime. I am a stay at home mom to 2 little boys and a wife to one lucky man. I have a coupon for that! is a blog about saving money, time, and sanity. I also do product reviews and giveaways so that you don't waste your hard earned and saved money on something that won't work for your family. My job is save money and make my husbands pay check go further.


Another thing near and dear to my heart is something that has affected my entire family. In December 2009, my youngest son (9 months at the time) was diagnosed with a birth defect.  It is called Craniosynostosis. It is the premature fusing of the skull's sutures. His doctor had never heard of it before. It occurs in about 1 in 2000 births. If it was left untreated it could have led to restricted brain and skull growth causing a lot of problems for him. He under went a 5 hour surgery at 10 months old to correct it. 3 weeks later he started pulling himself up finally and couch cruising! It was very exciting for us! We are working to raise awareness. Many doctors and families have never heard of it and it often goes unnoticed and untreated. If you have any other questions feel free to email me. To find out more about our journey you can read about it here. Here is a video I made of his journey. Pictures may be graphic to some.



Thanks for joining me on this journey. I look forward to getting to know you better!
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