Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Host a Little Taste of Summer House Party

I've mentioned House Party here before as I have been selected to host some of their events...most recently one for DiGiorno Pizza. It is always a fun way to get together with friends and the sponsors always supply you with lots of fun goodies to share with everyone!

Here is an opportunity to sign up to host a Little Taste of Summer House Party in May, featuring many of your favorite Kraft brands like Kraft cheese, Ritz crackers, Oscar Mayer, DiGiorno and Kool-Aid.
If selected as a host, you'll receive a FREE party pack of summer sun stuff for everyone.
Host Coupons
Guest Coupons
Tote Bags
Beach Balls
Summer Entertaining Tips
and much more!

Space is limited so go here now to apply!

Harris Teeter week of 3/31

I've been going through the HT ad that starts today and I am finding quite a few things to be good deals this week. Here are some things that I plan to get...

E-vic Item
Harris Teeter Butter (16oz) $1.77 (limit 1)

Hebrew National Hot Dogs BOGO @ $5.29 ($2.64 each)
use $0.75 insert coupon (makes it $1.14 ea)
*I have actually ordered extra coupons for this item so I can stock up for upcoming spring and summer cookouts. This is the only hot dog we eat and it is pricey so this is a good deal for my family!

Pop Secret Popcorn BOGO @ $2.99 ($1.49 each)
use $1 off 2 insert coupon (makes it $0.99 ea)

Breakstone’s Sour Cream 16 oz at $1.99 (99¢)
-.60/1 Breakstones Sour Cream printable
-.55/1 Breakstone’s Sour Cream SS 3/21 (makes it FREE)

Sister Schubert’s Rolls at $3.53 ($1.76)
-.50/1 Sister Schubert's product March All You magazine or SS 3/28 (makes it 76¢)

Sara Lee Pie, Apple or Blueberry 37 oz at $6.79 ($3.39)
-$1 off any Sara Lee Dessert printable

Hartz Crunch N’ Clean Biscuits 24oz at $4.29 ($2.14)
-$2 off Hartz Crunch and Clean Biscuits printable(makes it 14¢)

Heluva Good Cheese 8 oz $2.00
-.50/1 off any Heluva Good product printable (makes it $1)

Birds Eye Steamfresh $1.00
-.50/1 Birds Eye Steamfresh SS 3/21 (makes it FREE)
-.50/2 Birds Eye Steamfresh printable

Campbell’s Cream Soups, Mushroom or Chicken, 66¢
-$1/2 Campbell’s Cream Soups printable (makes it 16¢)

Nabisco Wheat Thins or Triscuits $1.88
-$1/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers $55 Savings Booklet (from last summer)

Breyers Ice Cream $1.99

Cool Whip (8oz) $0.99

For more info on this week's HT ad and coupons check out Hot Coupon World or Southern Savers.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Free Gift Bag When You Sign Up For Baby Registry At Target

If you are pregnant, be sure to head on over to Target to sign up for their Baby Registry. Right now they are offering a free reusable bag filled with goodies when you sign up. The bag includes...

$20 gift card to Shutterfly
Package of 2 Huggies Newborn diapers
Package of 1 size 1 Pampers diaper
Travel size Johnson bedtime bath

And a bunch of Target and Huggies coupons...go here to view the whole list of coupons.

Thanks Kristin at Couponing To Disney for sharing!

GDA: Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean Power Sprayer

I just received my email newsletter from Right @ Home that included a $5 coupon for the new Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean Power Sprayer. I just knew there must be a deal on it somewhere. Luckily I spotted this info on Southern Savers...

purchase 1 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean Power Sprayer @ $7.99
receive $2 in Register Rewards (to use on your next shopping trip)
Makes it $0.99 after factoring in the Register Rewards

Monday, March 29, 2010

Kid's Consignment Sale at FBCIT April 10th

Here is one more kid's consignment sale for the spring season (I'm thinking it is among the last of the area sales).

First Baptist Church Indian Trail @ 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Rd.
Saturday, April 10th
7:30am - 11:30am Sale
11:30am - 12:30am closed
12:30pm - 2pm Half Price Sale

They are still taking consignors until 12noon THIS Thursday, April 1st.

Go here to register online (tagging process is online also). Consignors receive 70% on merchandise sold (FB Preschool Ministry receives 30%).

Our Weekend Family Fun

We live about 45 minutes away from the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is quite a big deal in this area. We are not big Nascar fans but know and appreciate enough about it. The speedway offers tours and we took advantage of it on Saturday. The weather was just beautiful...

The tour takes you to behind-the-scenes areas that you cannot access during a race, such as pit road, the garage area and a chance to take your picture in Victory Circle.

The highlight of the tour was definitely the lap around the track at about 90mph in a 15-passenger van! Pretty amazing to see what it feels like in those turns.

At the end of the tour we spent some time in the stands watching people take part in the Richard Petty Driving Experience (now my husband thinks that's what he wants for his birthday!).
It was a fun, inexpensive way to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family discovering something new (for us) in the city we call home.
Click here to learn more about the Feel The Thrill Tours offered at Charlotte Motor Speedway...

Best Deal Magazines Deal of The Day

Best Deal Magazines is offering the following deals this week...

Deal of the Day

Monday, 3/29...Family Handyman $4.29 (1 year)

Tuesday, 3/30...Everyday with Rachel Ray...$6.29 (1 year)

Wednesday, 3/31...Family Circle...$4.29 (1 year)

Thursday, 4/1...Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel...$4.29 (1 year)

Friday, 4/2...Body + Soul...$5.29 (1 year)

Saturday, 4/3...Cabela's Outfitter Journal...$4.29 (1 year)

Sunday, 4/4...Woodcraft...$5.29 (1 year)

Go here for more info or to order...

Good Coupons from 3/28 for Triples

Have you already used some of the good coupons in yesterday's paper at Harris Teeter? I did use a few yesterday and am going back again today! Here are some of the good ones to use before triples ends...

Betty Crocker Warm Delights - 2.35
$.75/1 3/28 SS
= .10 each

Item: Daisy Sour Cream, 16 oz. $1.67
Use: .50/1 Daisy Sour Cream, 16 oz+ SS 03-28-10
Final: .17

Item: Colgate Toothpastes, $2.50
Use: .75/1 Colgate Total, Max White, Max Fresh, or Sensitive Toothpaste, 4 oz + SS 03-28-10
Final: .25 good for healthy smiles reward $5/$40

Yoplait Greek Yogurt - 1.19
$.30/1 3/28 SS
= .29 each

Item: Duncan Hines cake mixes, .99
Use: .55/2 Duncan Hines Cake, Brownie Mix, or Frosting SS 03-28-10
Final: .33 for (2)

Item: Land O Lakes Half & Half pint, $1.79
Use: .45/1 Land O Lakes Half & Half pint SS 03-28-10
Final: .44

Item; Nestle Flipz Pretzels $1.99

use $.50/1 Flipz 03-28-10 SS
=$.49 each

Item: Hellmans Mayo, $2.39
Use: .60/1 Hellmann’s Product RP 3-28-10
Final: .59

Thanks to Hot Coupon World for help with this info...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Home Depot Garden Club

Last week I mentioned the Home Depot Garden Club. Did you sign up yet? I've had several people tell me they receive great coupons with it. Well, today I had an email with a coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 Free bulbs!

Go here to sign up....

Update: Tropicana BOGO Coupon at Harris Teeter

Yesterday I posted info about signing up for Tropicana Juicy Rewards and how you could print a BOGO coupon. I also mentioned that this week Harris Teeter has this juice on sale for $1.79, which is a great price.

Today I asked about this coupon at the customer service desk before I began my triples shopping and the Assistant Customer Service Manager confirmed what I alluded to in yesterday's post. Harris Teeter will not accept any Internet Printed coupons for free items.

from the HT website...
We gladly accept internet manufacturer’s coupons for product; however no “free” product internet coupons are accepted.

You may find that this is a case of YMMV (your mileage may vary), which I have found before and is why I decided to ask this morning. So, if you find you can use it at your store, that's great. However, it is stated in the coupon policy so don't count on using it at HT.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Neat Idea ~ Resurrection Cookies

I usually share some favorite blog posts on Friday but I found this one this morning as I was looking through the links this week from Jen's Tasty Tuesday (I didn't participate this week thanks to the yucky sickness in the house...but I'll be back to it next week).

Anyway, I found a link to Kara's post about Resurrection Cookies and was intrigued. I had never seen this idea before and thought it was neat.
Then I scrolled down the list of other recipes from Tasty Tuesday and found another entry for Easter Story Cookies.

I hope you all enjoy this idea. Do you do this with your family already? Let me know if you do or if you try it this Easter for a new tradition!

MIR for No Yolks Noodles ~ HT MoneyMaker

I had some technical issues yesterday so I could not post the MIR (manufacturer instant rebate) form for No Yolks Noodles.

So here it is...

No Yolks.pdf

Print this form, fill it out and mail it with your original cash register receipt and UPC from package for a rebate up to $2.50. You must purchase No Yolks between 2/21/10 and 5/31/10 and have your envelope postmarked by 6/30/10.

You can get these CHEAP at Harris Teeter this week and this will be a moneymaker for you!

No Yolks $2.29
-.75/1 No Yolks Noodles SS 2/21 (makes it 4¢)

Tropicana Juicy Rewards

Go here to register or to log in to Tropicana Juicy Rewards. You'll get one point for signing up. Then you can type in the word "coupon" in the search box for rewards (I did not enter a zip code). You will then be able to print a coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 Free Tropicana 64 ounce size (value up to $4.99). It says one print only but I was able to hit the back button and print it twice (sshh!). The coupon expires 4/7/10.

**This is a Deal of the if you want to print it...hurry before the offer is pulled!!

Harris Teeter has a good deal on Tropicana OJ this week...$1.79 ea, limit 2. HT is funny about internet-printed coupons for free items. They may not accept this coupon so you may need to use it at another store.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Produce Co-Op Payment & Pick Up Info

Reminder for those local to me...

Payment for the Indian Trail Produce Co-Op pickup is due no later than this coming Sunday night (3/28). Go here to make your payment with Your Neighborhood Produce.

Pick up for the Indian Trail location will be Thursday, April 1st from 12noon - 1pm at Sardis Baptist Church.

For those of you new to my blog, check out Your Neighborhood Produce for info about this produce co-op in the Charlotte area.

Harris Teeter Triples ~ My List

Harris Teeter will be offering Triple Coupons beginning tomorrow, 3/24, and ending 3/30.

As a reminder, Harris Teeter will triple coupons with a face value of up to $0.99...that means your $0.75 coupon will triple to $2.25 off of an item. Harris Teeter will triple up to 20 coupons per day.

I've been trying to catch up on the deals and coupons to pull after the stomach virus that attacked our house for the past several days. Here is a partial list of the deals I plan to get (I wanted to get something posted as I've had a few requests) sure to check out the links at the bottom to see more deals posted.


Free Items
Breakstone’s Sour Cream 16 oz $1.69
-.55/1 Breakstone’s Sour Cream SS 3/21

Mission Tortillas, Soft Taco or Burrito Size, $1.99
-.75/1 Mission Tortillas SS 3/07

Old El Paso Green Chiles – 1.65
$0.55/1 Old El Paso Canned Green Chilies, Any (Bricks)

Barilla Piccolini $1.45
-.55/1 Barilla Piccolini SS 3/07

Lysol Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner B1G1 at $2.89 ($1.44)
-.50/1 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner or Kitchen Cleaner SS 3/14
-.75/1 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner or Kitchen Cleaner SS 3/14

Lysol Cleaner, All Purpose 4-In-1 B1G1 at $2.99 ($1.49)
-.50/1 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner or Kitchen Cleaner SS 3/14
-.75/1 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner or Kitchen Cleaner SS 3/14

Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner B1G1 at $2.69 ($1.34)
-.50/1 Lysol Toilet Cleaner SS 3/14
-.75/1 Lysol Toilet Cleaner SS 3/14

Country Crock Spread, 15 oz- $1.19 for 1
.40/1 Shedd's Spread Country Crock Spread - 03-07-10 RP = free
Shedd's Spread Country Crock Spread, Any (Bricks Link - FF)

French’s Yellow Mustard, 14 oz, 2/$3
.50/1 French's Classic Yellow Mustard - 03-21-10 SS
Great Recipes from FRENCH’S Foods FRENCH’S Classic Yellow Mustard

Other Deals

No Yolks $2.29
-.75/1 No Yolks Noodles SS 2/21 (makes it 4¢)
**see next post for a MIR to make this a moneymaker!

French’s Yellow Mustard 8 oz $1.59
-.50/1 French’s Mustard SS 1/24 or
printable (makes it 9¢)

Suave Deodorant 2.6 oz $2.35
-.75/1 Suave Deodorant SS 3/14 (makes it 10¢)

Cheez-It Crackers, 14-16 oz, 2/$5
Cheez-It Italian Four Cheese Snack Crackers, Any 13.7 Oz. -

Ziploc Storage Bags with Slider Lock 15-20ct $2
-.55/1 Ziploc Slider Bags SS 2/21 (makes it 35¢)

Shake ‘N Bake Coating Mix $2.65
-.75/1 off any Shake ‘N Bake Product
printable (makes it 40¢)

Nature’s Own Thin Bagels $2.69
-.75/1 Nature’s Own Bagels
printable (makes it 44¢)

Cole's mini garlic bread - $2
.50/1 Coles brand Garlic Bread, Toast, Breadsticks, Cheesesticks or Pizzasticks, Any )
(makes it $0.50)

Nestle Morsels- $2.89
.75/1 Sign - In : NESTLE Very Best Baking (makes it $0.64)

Rold Gold Pretzels, $2.50
-.55/1 Rold Gold Pretzels SS 2/28 (makes it 85¢)

There are many more deals during triples...and I'll be getting many more than this list...these are just some of my favorites. Check out Southern Savers for a good list of deals (keep in kind that her prices are based on Charleston, SC and she also has some coupons that are different than other may find your local store to be slightly different in price or that you have different coupons).

Also worth mentioning...

HT Small Pack Boneless Chicken Breast
Farmer’s Mkt Strawberries, 1 lb

Go here to see a sneak peak of the Triples Ad...

And you can go here to see a deal list compiled on Hot Coupon World...

Stay Tuned...

My house has been hit hard with a yucky stomach virus...last Friday evening through today. I am feeling better this morning and am getting to work on my list for Harris Teeter triples and pulling coupons. I will post the list this afternoon.

I hope some of you in my local area were able to take advantage of Lowes Foods offering triple coupons for a few days. What a nice surprise!

We are very fortunate to live in an area where the grocery stores are really competing hard to earn our business. I've spoken with so many people in other areas of the country where they do not get to experience their grocery stores offering promos like double coupons everyday or occasional Super Doubles or Triples. Be thankful and be sure to let your stores know how much you appreciate it.

Stay tuned for my deals list for triples...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Some Of My Favorites...

This week has gone by fast (for me). I am anxious for the little boy starts t-ball for the first time this evening and the start of spring will be marked by sunshine and temps in the 70s!

Here are some of my favorites from around the blogs this week...Hope you enjoy!

Amy at The Finer Things writes about Somebody Wants What You Have...such a great reminder to be thankful for what you have.

Check out these Eye Catching Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes that June posted...too cute!

I love the idea posted on Blue Cricket Design to keep my kids' special school papers organized. (I can't remember how I came across this post as I was blog-hopping...sorry I can't credit the one that helped me find this little gem)

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

UPDATE on the KMart Coupon

I am getting emails from other bargain bloggers that KMart is saying the $10 off $20 coupons for KMart are fraudulent. I was afraid of this happening and had been a little hesitant on posting it earlier.

So...I have deleted the previous post that included the link for this coupon.

Sorry to have passed along info that was not good.

Home Depot Black Friday ~ March

Yes, you read it right. Black Friday is back at Home March! This weekend's specials are perfect for the start of spring.

6-pack annuals are BOGO @ $1.78 (that's $0.89 each!)

2 cubic feet cypress mulch are BOGO @ $2.25 (that's $1.15 each)
All vegetable, herb and flower seed packs are BOGO

Quart size perennials are 4 for $10 (that's $2.50 each!)

4" ground cover plants are 2 for $3 (that's $1.50 each!)
and more...

Go here to check out your local Home Depot ad.

And go here to join the Home Depot Garden Club.

Have fun digging in the dirt!

Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark $5 To Break Record

I found the following info in an email from Charlotte On The Cheap...

Try out Great Wolf Lodge waterpark for just $5! Help them break world waterslide-athon record

Normally the Great Wolf Lodge water park is open only to those staying in the hotel. But from 9pm on Friday, March 26th to 9am, March 27th, the public is invited. Great Wolf Lodge is trying to break the world record for the longest distance traveled - 843 miles - on waterslides over a 24-hour period. The Concord location is participating and that means you can too. The 24 hour period includes 12 hours where non-hotel-guests can participate.

For just $5, which will be donated to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Mecklenburg County, you can slide all night down the River Canyon Run water slide. Each slide will be counted and added to the total. The wave pool will be open as well, but the other water slides will not be open. There will also be food, prizes, and a DJ. No need to register; just show up at 9pm and start sliding.

Great Wolf Lodge – Charlotte-Concord
10175 Weddington Road, Exn NW
Concord, NC 28027

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Free Rita's Italian Ice This Saturday

If you've followed my blog for awhile you know I love me some ice cream...and free makes it all the better!!

Well, this isn't ice cream but it is close enough.
This Saturday, March 20th, celebrate the first day of spring with free Italian Ice at Rita's! They will be giving away a FREE regular size Italian Ice for everyone on Saturday! Click here for more details...

Coupon Karma

I finished addressing a few envelopes of coupons to pass along to some people, took them out to the mailbox, saw something in my newspaper box, pulled it out...
The Coupon Fairy had paid me a visit!

Tucked inside my newspaper box was an envelope full of coupons to go through, pull what I want to use, and pass along to the next person.

Coupon rock!

(and yes, I know who it was...and I've thanked her!!)

Have you spread the coupon love lately? It'll come back to karma!

Triples Are Coming!! Triples Are Coming!!

Yep, that's right. It appears that Triples have been confirmed for Harris Teeter beginning next Wednesday, March 24th!!!!!!!!!!

For anyone new to couponing this means that Harris Teeter will TRIPLE the value of coupons with face values of up to $0.99...meaning a $0.75 coupon will triple to $1.50 off a product.

So, start working on organizing those coupons!!! Stay tuned for more info on the best deals to get during triples.

And you know, I could have predicted this was going to happen...I haven't cut or filed my coupons in almost a month! I am the one who REALLY needs to get organized. Guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend.

Produce Co-Op & Today's Pick Up

Today was my day to pick up at the local produce co-op that I participate in. Read more about this group in my previous post here and, if you are in the Charlotte area, be sure to check out Your Neighborhood Produce's website for details and a pick up location convenient to your home.

I love this group and love sharing it with people. Today one of my neighbors went for the first time with me. Here is what we got in today's basket...

green leaf lettuce
whole mushrooms
red onions
fresh garlic
red potatoes
whole carrots
golden delicious apples
2 varieties of oranges

YUM!!! I see several things that will be going into our homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs next week! Everything looks so good and fresh...can't wait to dig in!

Free Budgeting Workshop in Local Area

Here is some info about a free budgeting workshop I received in an email yesterday that may be of interest to my local readers...

The Workshop will include:

· Talking about the difficult economic times

· Impact of financial stress on families and even health

· Where do you see yourself in 6 months, 1 year, 3 years

· Need a Plan of action

· Discuss Cash Flow including wants and needs – the 80/20 rule

· Discuss Compound Interest

· Discuss Credit Scores and how they work

· Discuss how to improve Credit Scores

· Discuss Basic Legal Documents

What to Bring:

· Need to bring in 3 months of bills/expenses written out on a piece of paper and 3 months of income written out

About the Presenters:

Hallie Hawkins, JD & CCRR and Shay Prosser, CDFA & CCRR are Co-founders and Lead Trainers of Get It Together Workshops. They are experts in getting people to take control of their legal and financial lives. Hallie and Shay are both Certified Credit Report Reviewers (CCRR) and can assist individuals with understanding what their credit report means and assist in analyzing how to increase credit scores.

Where: Matthews HELP Center, 119 N. Ames St., Matthews, NC 28105 (704) 847-8383

When: Saturday, March 20th, 9am-12pm

RSVP: REQUIRED no later than 4PM on FRIDAY, MARCH 19 by phone at 704-847-8383 or by email at

Harris Teeter week of 3/17

I've found some good deals at Harris Teeter this week. Here are some of the ones I will be taking advantage of...

milk $2.27 E-vic price (limit 1)
eggs 18 count $1.57 E-Vic prince (limit 1)
Dannon yogurt 6oz cups $0.30ea E-vic price (limit 10)
-$1/6 Dannon Light & Fit 6 oz cups printable
or use $1/10 insert coupon

Classico Pasta Sauce BOGO at $2.55 ($1.27 for one)
-$1/2 Classico Sauce printable (makes it 77¢ea)

Nature's Own Honey Wheat Bread BOGO @$2.79 ($1.39 ea)

Dannon Activia Yogurt 4 pack $1.66
use $1 off insert coupon (makes it $0.66 cents)

Mission Flour Tortillas 20 count Fajita Size $1.50
use $0.75 insert coupon (makes it FREE)
-.55/1 Mission tortillas printable (sign in)
-$1 off Mission tortillas SS 3/07or
printable (sign in)

Barilla Pasta 4/$5
use $0.55 insert coupon (makes it $0.15)

80% lean Ground Beef $1.48/pound (limit 4)
(I will be stocking up since my ground beef freezer supply is getting low!)

I am scoring some other great deals this week thanks to some really great high value coupons and coupons for free items I have received thanks to House Party and in response to emails I have sent to various companies (it really pays to contact companies about products you'd like to compliment or if you have a complaint).

For a complete listing of deals at Harris Teeter, visit Southern Savers.

And stay tuned for details on my produce basket this week, as well as a quick Bi-Lo trip for a small handful of deals there...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop ~ Painting

Home Depot is offering a free Do It Herself Interior Painting Workshop featuring Martha Stewart Living paints. Learn how to select paint colors and the proper tools, prepare a wall for paint and learn the best methods.

Go here to sign up for the free workshop on Thursday, April 15th from 7pm to 8:30pm!

Free Samples

Here are some free samples to sign up for...makes it fun to go to your mailbox each day!!!

Tide with Febreeze

Kotex Free Sample get to choose one of 4 options

Ritz need to become a fan of Ritz Crackers on Facebook to receive this sample

Blog Followers

One of these days I will get this thing figured out! I've been seeing an increase in subscribers to my blog (yay! thank you so much!) but still only a tiny handful of blogger followers. hhhmmm.

I realized I had taken off the follower button on my blog (oops!). So, I've added it back onto my page. Feel free to add yourself to my list of followers.

As I am seeing my numbers grow I am getting anxious to start a few giveaways! Stay tuned...

Monday, March 15, 2010

*HOT* Printable for Bacon

Here is a great coupon to pair with a sale...

save $1.50 on Oscar Mayer Bacon...go here to print!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Free for Kids This Weekend

Here are some free events for kids this weekend...

Lowes Build & Grow Clinic ~ Saturday, 3/13 at 10am
make a Tabletop Basketball Game
go here to register for the clinic...

Lakeshore Learning Free Kids Craft, Saturday 3/13 from 11am - 3pm
make a Pot O' Gold Bank
And for my local friends, don't forget about the children's consignment sales I mentioned in this post...

Happy Weekend!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Honey Bun Cake

I first tasted this Honey Bun cake at a 4th of July cookout several years ago. I eagerly asked for the recipe and then filed it away and forgot all about it...until yesterday! I was excited to find it tucked away in my recipe box and knew I must give it a try.

Honey Bun Cake

1 yellow cake mix (with pudding included...I used Pillsbury)
8oz sour cream
4 eggs
2/3 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar

*Combine these 5 ingredients and beat for 2 minutes. Pour 1/2 of batter into a lightly greased and floured 9x13 pan.

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

*Combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle half of sugar mixture over batter. Top with remaining batter. Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture on top. Swirl with a knife.

*Bake at 350 for 35 minutes

4 tablespoons milk
1 cup powdered sugar

*Mix the milk and powdered sugar together for a glaze. Add glaze to the cake as soon as it is removed from the oven.

What a yummy after-school treat on this rainy day.

This cake is a definite hit at our house. So melt-in-your-mouth moist and cinnamony-good! I'll be making this again SOON!

Let me know if you try this one...
**I am linking up with Tasty Tuesday and Temp My Tummy Tuesday!~ be sure to check out all the other yummy recipes linked up this week!

Great Meal Deal TOMMOROW @ HT

Thanks to my friend Mandy @ Serving While Saving...she shared a little inside scoop about a meal deal at certain Harris Teeter stores tomorrow only, March 12th...

March 12th 4-7 ONLY
Get a 10oz rib eye, an ear of corn and a potato (all uncooked) for $5...limit 4 meals...this deal is from 4pm to 7pm ONLY at these HT stores...#27 Blakeney, #30 Arboretum, #60 Monroe and #249 Wesley Chapel.

Upcoming Deal @ CVS

Here is a upcoming deal scenario at CVS using the high value deodorant coupons I posted yesterday...This deal is from Southern Savers...

Starting Sunday 3/14 at CVS, you can get extremly stocked on Deodorant or to have some to give away:

$5 ECB wyb $15 in Dove or Degree Products (limit 1)
Degree or Dove Deodorant $2.50
-$1.25 off Degree Men Deodorant printable
-$3/2 Degree Men Deodorants
-$1.25 off Degree Girl Deodorant or Body Mist printable
-$3/2 Degree Girl Deodorant or Body Mist printable

**Deal Idea**
(6) Degree Deodorants $2.50 ea
(3) -$3/2 Degree printables
Total Due: $6
Get Back: $5 ECB, makes them 15¢ ea!

The deal does exclude Ultra Clear and Ultimate Clear.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

High Value Printable for Deodorants

Go to Don't Fret The Sweat to print some high value coupons for deodorants including...

$1.25 off Degree Men Deodorant
$3/2 Degree Men Deodorants

$1.25 off Degree Girl Deodorant or Body Mist
$3/2 Degree Girl Deodorant or Body Mist

$1.25 off Suave 24 hr Deodorant
$3/2 Suave 24 hr Deodorants

$1.25 off Dove Ultimate Deodorant
$3/2 Dove Ultimate Deodorants

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Baby Steps Toward a New Bedroom

I have been wanting to fix up my bedroom for some time now but haven't known what I want to do, haven't wanted to spend much etc. At the beginning of this year I decided it was time...this is the year I will FINALLY take care of the master bedroom and bathroom in my home. Now, since I've made that decision...where do I start?!?

It is not unusual for me to see things or find pictures of things I like or that I would like to try to do. It is, however, unusual for me to actually DO these things! So...this is where the baby steps come in. Little by little I will get there on this project...

First, I need to paint the walls...still working on that baby step of selecting a color.

Next I want some new bedroom furnishings. I know that I don't want to walk into a furniture store and pick out a set and be all "matchy-matchy". I want something a little different and I want to be frugal about it.

I was excited to stumble across a blog post not long ago with a photo that has become the inspiration for my new bed. I just love what The Little Green Bean did with this door for a headboard! Surely I can do that too, right? (check out her site to see more pictures of it)
So I was off in search of a door since I wasn't lucky enough to just happen to have one in my garage. I found one at a local Habitat For Humanity thrift store for $15. It doesn't look like much now but after some paint and a little distressing I think it will be a great start to a new room for my hubby and me!
Well, now that I've bought this door I guess I really do have to move forward on this project! Stay tuned to see more as my baby steps continue...
I am sharing this at Amanda's Show Me The Progress Party...Check out all the other projects people are working on in their homes!

Go here to get your free sample of Dunkin' Donuts new Dunkin' Turbo!

Upcoming Children's Consignment Sales

Here are a few local Children's Consignment Sales that at coming up...

Central United Methodist Kids Consignment Sale, THIS Saturday (3/13)
7:30am to 12noon
closed from 12-12:30
12:30pm to 2:30pm Half Price Sale
*located in the Family Life Center

Southbrook Church Cloud 9 Children & Teen Sale, THIS Saturday (3/13)
8am to 12noon
closed from 12-1
1pm to 3pm Half Price Sale
*located in Southbrook Weddington Auditorium

Matthews United Methodist Children & Teen Sale, Saturday (3/20)
8am to 12noon
closed 12-1
1pm to 3pm Half Price Sale
*located in the gymnasium

Thanks to my friends Mandy @ Serving While Saving and Beth for helping with some of this info.

Spring Cleaning Gift Pack from Right @ Home

Go here to register to receive a free Spring Cleaning Gift Pack from Right @ Home.

The gift pack includes:
• One box of Ziploc® Brand Storage Bags (quart size)
• One Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Cleaning Gel
• One pouch of Pledge® Multi Surface Wipes

Monday, March 8, 2010

Phil & Beth's Mac & Cheese

Six+ years ago when I was just home from the hospital after having my son, some friends brought us dinner that included this yummy mac & cheese. I knew I had to have the recipe and I've been enjoying it ever since! Hope you do too...

Phil & Beth's Mac & Cheese
2 cups pasta (I use either elbow macaroni or mini penne)
2 cups milk
2 tbls butter
2 cups shredded cheese (I usually use sharp cheddar but a mexican blend is SO yummy for this!)
2 tbls flour
(additional cheese to sprinkle on top before baking)

Cook and drain the noodles.

Heat the milk and butter together in the microwave for 2 minutes...this will warm the milk and soften the butter.

In a blender pour in the cheese, milk/butter combination, and flour. Blend to make the cheese sauce.
Pour sauce over noodles (Yes, it will look like soup!).

Add some additional cheese on top and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.
Enjoy the cheesy goodness!!!!
**Be sure to stop by Tasty Tuesday and check out all of the YUMMY recipes linked this week, plus Jen's post about lowering your grocery budget!

Produce Co-Op Pick Up Last Week

In my efforts to get things done last week, I neglected to take a picture of my produce basket from the produce co-op. So...let me just let you know that it was another good one that included the following (can't remember quantities now)...

red peppers
sweet potatoes
red apples

YUM!! I am really enjoying having the variety of fresh produce on hand...and at a savings over the grocery store prices.

Go here to see my previous post about this co-op. And go here to visit the website for Your Neighborhood Produce to learn more and order a basket for the next pick up.

By the way, for those of you in my immediate area that will pick up at the Indian Trail location, payment will be due THIS Sunday (3/14) for the next pick up, which is Thursday, 3/18. For all others located in and around Charlotte, please refer to the other pick up locations for payment and pick up info.

Menu Planner Printable

While I was checking out the latest over at $5 Dinners I saw this nifty little printable that Erin, the $5 Dinner Mom, posted. It is a menu planner printable to help you plan your weekly menu and keep you organized.

Yes, of course, you can just jot your plans on a plain 'ole piece of paper but isn't it more fun to have something cute that is laid out so nice for you?!

Hope you find this helpful...

House Party...Again!

I've mentioned House Party before in a previous post...have you signed up to be a host or have you attended a party yet?

It's fun, easy and you get some neat goodies too!

I've been chosen once again to host an upcoming house party...stay tuned for a giveaway coming soon!

In the meantime, check out House Party, see what kinds of parties are coming up and sign up!

Making Some Money with Surveys

Do you participate with any online survey companies? Have you ever wondered if they are worth it?

I have been a member of MySurvey for a little while now and have recently joined Pinecone Research. So far I am happy with both companies. Of course I am not making big money by taking these surveys but every little bit helps! Each company offers something different...some offer cash, gift cards, prizes, entries into sweepstakes drawings, etc. I like the ones that pay out in cash or gift cards.

MySurvey is very user friendly. I find that some weeks I have several survey opportunities and others I have one or two. You will earn points for the "screener" survey to see if you qualify for the main survey and then even more points if you qualify to go on to the main survey. Once you reach 1,000 points you will get paid with a $10 check. You may also have the opportunity to try our product in your home and provide additional feedback. I just received a box last week for a product (it is kept confidential) so I am getting paid, so to speak, with this product that I get to use in my home.

Pinecone Research is a new one for me but I have recently completed my first survey for them and am waiting for both a $3 check for completing the survey, as well as product to try in my home and provide feedback (again, it is confidential). Go here to see my previous post about Pinecone Research and how to sign up...

There are other survey companies out there...these are the ones I have some experience with so far. I have heard that Opinion Outpost is also a good, reputable one but I have not signed up with them yet.

KouponKaren has a good listing of survey sites...

FREE Coffee at Dunkin Donuts on Mondays this Month

Dunkin Donuts is offering FREE coffee (medium size hot or iced) to their customers on Mondays during the month of March. Be sure to check with your local Dunkin Donuts to see if they are participating.

Carolina Hockey Day for Kids

Carolina Hockey Day, Saturday, March 13th

Attention all fans with kids looking to try hockey for the first time! Carolina Hockey Day is a "Try Hockey for Free" event for kids ages four to nine to experience ice hockey and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment! Led by local youth hockey associations and rinks, newcomers will have access to all the necessary hockey equipment for the event. Instructors will teach kids how to get dressed, stand on skates, hold a stick and skate as they experience their first hockey game.

One Goal 115

Hurricanes 150


Carolina Amateur 100

The Charlotte session will take place from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 13th at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail. Please visit for more details or call XI Center at 704-882-1830 and ask for Joe Cardarelli.

Thanks for sharing this Tiffany!

Kids Eat Free at Qdoba on Saturdays

Kids eat free at Qdoba on Saturdays in March!
Receive a free Kids Meal with the purchase of any entree...and there are a couple of Qdoba coupons in yesterday's newspaper for extra savings on the adult meal.
*I know this is valid at all NC locations...if you are located elsewhere, please check your local Qdoba