Coupon Savings!!

Whew! I went couponing today!  I can’t wait until school starts then I can go without the kids!! My bill was $325.47 and with a 57% saving I only had to pay $139.53!! In the pic below I got KC Masterpiece, Weber BBQ sauce, Carefree liner, Stayfree Pads, Colgate Toothpaste, Ivory Soap, Glade Plugins Scented Oil Warmer, ZonePerfect, Speed Stick Antiperspirant/deodorant, Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal & Bayer Aspirin  ALL FREE!!  The Yoplait yogurt I got for $.50, Gummi Bears for $.40, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream for $.50, and the Heinz White Vinegar for $.19! I did very well!! 🙂

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Cookie Dough Bites

Ok, so this post isn’t going to be about genealogy… but maybe it is… something my grandmother passed down to me was cooking & baking… but I hate to bake, well I don’t hate it, I’m just really bad at it. HaHa!  I found this recipe on Pinterest… yep you found out my secret… I’m addicted to Pinterest! For Cookie Dough Bites, that you don’t cook!  I thought for the 94 degree weather we are having this will be great!!  It’s a simply recipe, with only 5 ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 6 ounces miniature chocolate chips

First step is to mix the butter & brown sugar, the recipe calls for it to be “creamed”  Then add all the other ingredients & mix well.

Save your beaters for your kids, mine think it’s a huge treat to get to lick the beaters, and how many of us did this when we were kids?!

The recipe says to use your hands, yeah I’m not into that… ha ha!! So I used my mixer.  Next you roll into balls, I used a cookie scoop and placed them on wax paper.  Then place into refrigerator to harden up.

 

 

The recipe says to “Dip in chocolate, drizzle with chocolate or eat as is — equally delicious no matter what!” I drizzled chocolate sauce on them.  Yummy!!  Make sure you store them in the fridge as well!

Hope you enjoy this post as much as my family will enjoy these tonight after our BBQ Ribs 🙂

 

 

COUPONS!!

Ok, so I know I said I was keeping this to just Genealogy… but I warned you, my life takes over! LOL!  I have 3 “hobbies” – the first is Genealogy, the second is Scrapbooking and the third is Couponing!  For years I tried to coupon, &  just couldn’t get it, it never mad sense to me!  After 19 years of being married a friend was couponing & saved loads of money every week.  So I gave it another shot.  I only saved $15… I was gonna quit!  “Not worth my time!” I said.  But I decided to give it a go & try again…  The second time I save about $50, ok so it’s getting better… but still not worth my time!! Marty encouraged me to try a third time… I agreed!  3rd Shopping trip… My order came to $312.23; I paid $164.58!!! Savings of $147.65!!! WOWser!! That is sooooooooooo worth my time!!!  That was June 2011, from that time until October of 2011 I saved enough money for my husband to purchase his road bike & pay for his insurance.  Over the last year I’ve saved over $2,000 (probably more).  I went for about 9-10 weeks without going shopping (except for milk, pop & bread) & Friday I went again.  I was really thinking I was going to do very bad because I hadn’t gone in so long…. My bill came to $465.39, after coupons it was $215.57!!! That’s a 51% savings!!! Whoop whoop!!! I even got some Catalina’s worth $8.75 on my next shopping order!!! 😀 I am one happy momma!!  I filled the back of my van full!!!

Some of my better savings were Hefty Ziplock bags for 19 cents, Brut Men’s deodorant FREE, Dial Liquid hand soap for 30 cents, Heinz Vinegar for 89 cents, King’s Hawaiian Bun for 69 cents, DeWafelbakker Buttermilk pancakes for $1.59, 12 pack of Double roll of Cottonelle Toilet paper for $4.99, 2 liters of Siera Mist for 40 cents, a 12 pack of Siera Mist for $1, Werther’s Candy for $1, Tom’s of Maine Deodorant for 86 cents, and Tom’s of Maine toothpaster for $1!

I don’t buy something if we don’t have a coupon for it, with the exception of milk & produce.  If I don’t have a coupon for it & need it, then I buy off brand.  It has cut back on splurging on things we don’t need, it also helps our cupboards over flow with bounty….