Archive for February, 2009

Stockpile Storage Tour

February 28, 2009


In the process of getting our stockpile of goods at home started, I quickly became aware of the need to find a place (or multiple places!) to store everything.  The personal hygiene items (ie – shampoo, toothpaste, razors, medicine, etc) was pretty straight forward.  We have two large bottom drawers in our master bathroom vanity that work perfectly.  Granted, they’re not organized or orderly, but they hold everything we need them to right now. 




Once I jumped on board the “free Cottonelle” at Kroger train, we needed a new place to store our TP stockpile.  It no longer fit underneath the bathroom sink.  I ended up moving it to the shelf above the coat closet in the downstairs hallway.  It’s right outside the master bedroom and it’s close to the guest half-bath.  It’s great! 




We have some awesome cabinets in our laundry room.  They came in SUPER handy right after we first moved in and CVS had a fantastic deal on Purex liquid laundry detergent.  We had 7 bottles in our stockpile!  Now, 6 months later, we are down to our last bottle.  (Tangent – Need to find a good deal on laundry detergent soon!) 




Finding places to store our non-food items was relatively easy.  Food, on the other hand, required a little bit of work to make the most of our stockpile…..


We have a great pantry in our kitchen.  It has 5 nicely-sized shelves.  In the world of pantries, it’s on the large size.  BUT! as our stockpile grew and I kept loading it all in there, it quickly got so full that I couldn’t see what was on each of the shelves.  I tried to organize it logically (here’s where the anal engineer in me comes out…), cereal on the top shelf, all baking items together, cans together and lined up alphabetically, boxed sides and pasta together, and a “catch all” miscellanous shelf.  After two big shopping trips, the pantry was a MESS!  The cans were stacked on top of each other and crammed together to fit on one shelf.  Was there a can of corn back there?  Any soup?  Who knew?!?!  You couldn’t see, let alone read, any of the cans.  The cereal was so smushed together with granola bars in front it made it impossible to get cereal boxes down.  We couldn’t get anything out of the pantry without causing an avalanche!   It was a complete mess and very user un-friendly.    




Enter my MARVELOUS husband!  We have an odd shaped closet in our kitchen that is under the stairs.  The ceiling starts at regular height and ends up at about a 3′ elevation.  It was pretty much unusable space.  When we first moved in, I stored the vacuum cleaner and a small shelf that held our crockpot, blender, food processor, and a few other random specialized kitchen gadgets in there.  We decided some custom built shelves in the closet would be a perfect solution to our stockpile storage dilema.  My husband made and installed two shelves along the wall that hold 2 cans deep of food.  And he also made bigger shelves at the end of the closet for our specialized kitchen gadget storage.  We use the space under the shelves to store paper goods, serving dishes,  and bottles of juice.  I cannot express how much I LOVE THESE SHELVES!  I can very quickly see what items we are running low on and see what we have on hand to use for menu planning.  I can also get my crockpot out and put away with a minimal amout of fuss.  So so so AWESOME!




Now it’s time for you to share about your stockpile storage!  Where do you store all of those fantastic deals you snag?        


Let’s go Krogering….

February 24, 2009

For the best of everything!!

My husband was sweet enough to accompany me on a trip to Kroger after a dinner out on Sunday night.  (It didn’t hurt that we ate at a restaurant in the SAME shopping center as Kroger!)  Since I don’t make it to Kroger very often, I had collected an envelope of coupons that I needed to use.  Not to mention that I was excited to get some cheap Ocean Spray juice!  There is a new coupon magazine out at Publix that has $1 off Ocean Spray juice manufacturers coupons in it.  I got 3 copies on Sunday afternoon with the intention of using them at Kroger!   Here’s what we got:


(3) Ocean Spray Juice –  On sale for $1.98, (3) $1 off coupons, Final Price $0.98 each
(4) Cottonelle –  $0.99, (2) $0.50 off 2 coupons, doubled, $0.25 off Cellfire coupon, Final Price $0.43 each
(4) Carolina Pride Sausages – On sale for buy one get one free, $1.50 off 2 coupon (I had another one that didn’t get scanned!  Stupid self checkout lane…  I couldn’t see exactly what the cashier was doing while he scanned my coupons….  Lesson learned!!),  Final Price $1.57 each
Spicy Hot Cocktail Sauce – On sale for $1.00 (Great with our shrimp from Publix!)
Deli Chicken Livers – Clearance mark down for 1/2 price, Final Price $1.59  (these savings not included in the automatic savings calculation at the bottom of my receipt)
Bananas – Clearance mark down (in theory because they were over ripe, but they weren’t!  I think it’s because they were all individual bananas) for $0.39/ lb, Final Price $0.64
Haagen Dazs Sticky Toffee Pudding Ice Cream – On sale for $3.00, Kroger coupon for FREE Haagen Dazs, Final Price FREE!

Total Savings:  $23.76  (62%)

Total Out of Pocket:  $14.83


Look at those Friday Finals at Southern Savers!

See Super Savings Saturday at Money Saving Mom!

And sneak a peek at the Shopping Superstars at The Thrifty Mama!


February 24, 2009


The End.

Free Groceries Giveaway!

February 24, 2009

Jenny at Southern Savers is having an awesome giveaway!  On Friday she will give away two $50 gift certificates to a Southern Saver grocery store of your choice.  The fun twist is that the winners have to report back how far that $50 gift card was able to stretch! 

Head on over and leave a comment to register yourself to win!!

Two Publix Trips!

February 22, 2009


The last few weeks we have focused on eating from our stockpile.  And we did a good job!   We had ONE can of veggies left and that was it!  Needless to say, after all that eating and no grocery shopping last week, I was super excited to see the Publix ad this week.  Canned veggies are on sale, talk about GREAT timing….  I made two trips to Publix this weekend.  I got such great deals on the first trip Saturday that I had to go back on Sunday!  (Not to mention the great 1 cent mystery item this week:  Publix Tortilla Chips!)

First Trip:   I took advantage of the Italian Stock Up and Save Sale.  There was a coupon display at the front of the store with the “Buy 20 qualifying items and get $5 off” Publix coupon, a 3-pack coupon set (with Kraft Parmesan Cheese, Digiorno Frozen Pizza, and  Kraft Salad Dressing), and an entry form for the Publix Italian Sale sweepstakes.  (Tangent – Can you even imagine winning a $10,000 Publix gift card?!?!?)  And the super exciting part was that some of the Pillsbury Bake-Off $10 Publix Gift Card Offer’s 15 qualifying products overlapped with the Italian Sale’s products, wooohooo!  I put a star* next to the things that count towards the Italian Sale and the gift card offer.   I also used a Rite-Aid $10 off a $30 purchase.  Here’s what I got:


“Buy One Get One Free” Items
*6 cans of Green Giant Veggies – 2/ $1.29, Final Price $0.65 each*
Produce Saver Container- 2/ $4.49, $1.00 off coupon, Final Price $1.25
Glass Plus – 2/ $2.49, $0.50 off coupon, doubled, Final Price – $0.25  (and I loaded a “coupon” to my Upromise account so it will be credited, I think it was $0.75?)

Sale Items
Boneless Pork Loin – $1.99/ lb, Final Price $9.05
Smithfield Bacon – 2/ $5.00, $0.55 coupon, Final Price $1.95
Gallon of Tea – $1.89
*7 boxes Frozen Green Giant Veggies – 10/ $10.00, Final Price $1.00 each
*4 cans Progresso Soup – 4/ $5.00, $0.50 off 2, doubled, Final Price $0.75 each
*8 Pillsbury various Pizza Crusts, Breadsticks, and French Loaf – 3/ $5.00, random coupons, varying prices*
Kraft Parmesan Grated Cheese – 2/ $6.00, $1.00 off coupon, Final Price $2.00

Total Savings:  $57.92  (71%, does NOT include the $10 gift card I’ll get back!)

Total Out of Pocket:  $24.00  (EVEN!)

Second Trip:  I had to do the $5 off 20 products again!  There were Publix coupons in today’s paper for even more savings.  And, of course, I had to get some Publix Tortilla Chips for $0.01.  Here’s what I got:


1 cent Mystery Item
Publix White Corn Tortilla Chips – $2.00, Final Price – $0.01

Buy One Get One Free Items
2 2-liter Cokes – 2/ $1.79, Final Price $0.90 each
Ragu Pasta Sauce – 2/2.19, $0.75 off 2 coupon, Final Price $0.72 each
Lawry Garlic Salt – 2/ $3.69, Final Price $1.85
*2 Progresso Bread Crumbs – 2/ $1.93, Final Price $0.97 each*
*7 cans Green Giant Veggies – 2/ $1.29, Final Price $0.65 each*
Ronzoni Elbow Macaroni – 2/ $1.29, Final Price $0.65
2 Contessa Shrimp – 2/ 6.79, $1.50 off 2 coupon, Final Price $2.65 each

Sale Items
Coffee Mate Creamer – 3/ $5.00, $1.00 off coupon, Final Price $0.67
*6 cans of Progresso Soup – 4/ $5.00, 3 $0.50 off coupons, doubled, Final Price $0.75 each*
Kashi Lime Shrimp Frozen Meal – On mark-down clearance 2/ 2.99, Final Price $1.50
10 Dannon Yogurts – 20/ $10.00, $1.00 off 10, Final Price $0.40 each
Hillshire Farms Pastrami – 2/ $7.00, $0.55 off coupon, Final Price $2.95
*2 Pillsbury Breadsticks- 3/ $5.00, 3 $1.00 off coupons, Final Price  $0.67 each*
*1 French Loaf – 3/ $5.00, $1.00 off coupons, Final Price  $0.67*

Regular Price Items
2 boxes of Aleve – $3.59 each, 2 $1.00 off coupons, Publix $4 off 2, Final Price $0.59 each
Revlon Tweezers – $2.49, Publix $2.50 off coupon, Final Price FREE!
*2 bags Frozen Pillsbury Dinner Rolls – $2.99, 2 $0.40 off coupons, doubled, $2.19 each*
Publix Salt – $0.50

Total Savings – $64.49  (67%)

Total Out of Pocket:  $31.38

Check out more Publix Super Savers from this week at Fiddledeedee!

Look at those Friday Finals at Southern Savers!

See Super Savings Saturday at Money Saving Mom!

And sneak a peek at the Shopping Superstars at The Thrifty Mama!

Wordless Wednesday

February 18, 2009

“Sneak Peek”


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Menu Plan Monday – Feb 16th

February 16, 2009


I would say that our first week of Menu Plan Monday was a moderate success!  We ended up eating at home on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  That’s not too bad!  We ended up going out to Pizza Night for my super-de-duper blog assistant’s preschool on Thursday and we ended up at a Daytona 500 party for dinner on Sunday.  But it’s ok, we adjusted…..  This week we will be eating:

Monday – Wings!

Tuesday – Out of town……

Wednesday – Tacos

Thursday – Lemon Pepper Chicken, Rice-a-Roni, Veggie

Friday – Homemade Pizza 

Saturday –  Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

Sunday Brunch – Pancakes

Sunday – Italian Sausage w/ Tomato Sauce Sandwiches, Veggie

Check out the whole Menu Plan Monday crew at I’m an Organizing Junkie !

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken – Yummy!

February 11, 2009

It’s Wednesday…..  Do you know what that means?!?! 

We had Slow Cooker Thai Chicken for dinner!!

Wow, it was delicious!  Not to mention super easy to make!!  I dumped everything in the crock pot on my way out the door this morning and when I got home, it was all cooked and ready to go.  I only had to make some coconut rice and chop the peanuts and cilantro for the top.  My husband loved the flavors in this dish.  The only thing I would think about changing (because we will most definitely be having this again!) is the salsa I used.  I used HOT and I think next time I will use medium.  The sauce was delicious and very flavorful, but halfway through dinner the heat started getting to me.  My husband, the hot sauce lover, raved about it!


Farmers Market Trip

February 11, 2009

Yesterday after work I made a quick trip to the International Farmers Market down the street from my office.  I needed a few ingredients for our upcoming Slow Cooker Thai Chicken that I knew would be less expensive there than at a regular grocery store.  I’ve been to this particular place a handful of times and I’m usually really impressed with their produce prices.  Yesterday was no exception!  Here’s what I got:


Bunch of Cilantro:  3/ $1,   $0.33
Ginger:  $0.99/ lb,  $0.09
Lime:     7/ $1,  $0.14
Can of Coconut Milk:  $0.99
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts:  ~$5.50.  I didn’t need them for the recipe, but they were on sale for $1.69/ lb,  I usually stock up at Kroger when they have them for $1.99/ lb!

I spent a little over $7!

No Coupons This Sunday

February 11, 2009

Thanks to Jenny at Southern Savers  for sending out the reminder that there will NOT be coupons in this Sunday’s paper.  She has the coupon schedule for the whole year posted here.

Also, has anyone else noticed that you can print the 1- cent mystery item coupon from the Publix web-site?  It’s on the very last page of the weekly ad, how helpful!  Now I really won’t need a paper this weekend….   I think it might only be there the first day that the new ad is released.