Friday, October 22, 2021

Frugal Friday........the October 22nd Edition

 Haven't hit a grocery store all week.  Go me.  Let's see what other frugalness I got into this past week.......

*  Sat my butt home all weekend except for a quick jaunt to Rite-Aid.  Did some cleaning and sorting, especially in the Guest/Stockpile Room.  No $$ spent.

*  Monday Hubs and I went to get some screening tests done.  These were free through our insurance company.  Then I went to a different R-A and got this.......

As posted before I spent a whole .20¢ on all this.

*  I got another Giveaway up.......

Don't forget to enter this one once a day.  Check the link in the side bar.

A sneak peek..//November's giveaway will be all Girly make-up type stuff and CHOCOLATE!

*  I decluttered the kitchen cabinets........

Ex-College Boy took a few things when he was over for dinner last Friday night and I'm waiting on oldest to get back to me this weekend so the rest can go to Sallie's.  That makes another 28 items leaving this week.

*  Last Friday this all went to the food bank.  

50 assorted items from food to toiletries.

*  I found money!

Two pennies at 2 different places in my Rite-Aid and a penny at the drive-thru at Taco Bell.  There were 3 pennies at TB but I could only reach one....danged short arms! lol

And then another penny at R-A on Saturday.

Found Money This Week..... .04¢
Found Money This Year....$18.68

That's about it this week.  I've been more boring than usual.

What frugal wins did you experience lately?  Tell us all about it!!

Have a great weekend.  I'll be here decluttering and cleaning....anybody want to come help me? hahaha


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Autumn is in the Air, Let's Have Another Giveaway!

 Who's ready for the Ninth Sluggy's Boring Blog Box Giveaway for 2021?!?

It's October already and the cooler weather is back finally(unless you live near the equator or in the Southern Hemisphere.

Let's take a look at what is in the Giveaway Box this month........

1 x Rolaids
1 x Rimmel face make-up
1 x Nivea body lotion
1 x Suave body wash
1 x Aspercreme topical pain cream
1 x Biore face wash
1 x Arm and Hammer toothpaste
1 x Skintimate disposable razors
1 x Sally Hansen nail top coat
1 x Bayer low dose aspirin
1 x Ducolax
1 x Oral-B toothbrush
1 x Cover Girl eye palette
1 x Maybelline Define a Line eye pencil
1 x e.l.f. eye shadow brush
1 x Cover Girl mascara
1 x Afrin nose spray
3 x Health Warrior pumpkin seed bars(1 Honey Sea Salt/2 Dark Chocolate Peanut)
1 x Extra watermelon gum
1 x Orbit strawberry gum
1 x Carmex lip balm

Close up shots of these goodies.....

Depending on where you shop, the winnings have a reg. retail value of approximately $70-$80+.

Here's how this is going to work.....

* The giveaway is open to ALL readers, previous winners or not.
* There is a limit of ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PER DAY.  Come back each day to enter again.
* Only VALID entries will be posted.  A Valid entry is a limit of one per day and I MUST HAVE VALID CONTACT INFORMATION FOR YOU(either you are on the Giveaway Contact List which I maintain, your comment is connected to a Google/Blogger profile which links to your email address or you email me directly(my email is in the side bar on the Blog)your email address.
IF YOU ENTER THE GIVEAWAY AND DON'T SEE YOUR COMMENT It's because I haven't gone online that day/evening or I don't have a way to contact you if you win.

From all the VALID entries I receive I'll pick a winner at random and the winner has 48 hours from when the post goes live to contact me with their full mailing address.

In your entries I'd like to hear what you like to do in the either some place warmer or to "leaf peep", sit home by a fire, sip warm drinks, go apple or pumpkin picking, decorate for Fall, rake leaves(lol), go for hikes or bike rides, etc.  Or any funny stories surrounding one of these activities.

If you are on my Giveaway emails list just leave a comment and your name(with last name initial please)to enter. If you aren't on the Giveaway emails list make sure you leave your email in your comment OR email me your email privately after you leave a comment(my email is in the side bar area under "About Me").
I'll leave this giveaway open until October 29th, Friday at 11:59 pm Eastern  Daylight Savings Time. On October 30th, Saturday, I'll draw the winning entry and post the Winner.

*Please note these rules*
I'll post the name/ID of the winners on this blog on  and those persons have 48 hours from the time stamp on that post to contact me privately via email(my email addy is listed on my "About Me" page, as well as on my side bar).

Disclaimer--This giveaway is open to those with mailing addresses within the US only.  As the cost of postage to foreign countries has gotten too high I am sorry to say I can no longer afford to mail boxes outside the US.  These giveaways are not sponsored by any companies.  I pay for it all(the cost of items given away and the postage to mail it all)out of my own pocket.


Please make sure there is a way for me to contact you in your comment.

If you're not a registered Blogger User with YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION on your User page, please put your email addy in your comment or email me your email addy privately when you leave a comment so I can get a hold of you. If your Blogger associated user profile is a GOOGLE one make sure your email info is linked to your profile.

So let's get this Giveaway started. Good luck to everyone!!!

Alaska Bound Sluggy

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

A Little Rite-Aid Buy

On Monday Hubs and I had signed up with our insurance company to have some health screenings done in a town nearby.  I was glad to hear we are not ready to keel over from Afib, PAD, Atherosclerosis or abdominal aortic aneurysm any time soon, rah.

Afterwards we headed somewhere for lunch and ended up near where my Discount Grocery use to be before they closed up this Summer. 8-(  Also in that area was one of the R-A's I frequent so I popped in, even though I didn't bring my coupon envie or have any plans.
Here is what I got......

The Colgate toothpaste(certain types/sizes)are $3.50 this week.  With the In-Ad coupon it's $3 off so .50¢ OOP.
I had a $2/1 Colgate Load2CardQ for this type of toothpaste so with both Qs applied I had $1.50 of overage to use up on something else.  This store carries these dog treats($1 a bag and .80¢ with Gold discount)so I added two bags.
$1.60+$3.50=$5.10-$5 in Qs=.10¢ + .10¢ sales tax=.20¢ OOP.
Free toothpaste and a bag of doggie treats for the puppies for .10¢ each.


Monday, October 18, 2021

This Week on the Dining Table

  The "Ugly Car" Edition...

Saw this ugly car in a Target parking lot in the last month or so and had to take the photo.  Not only is the color weird but it's a Mercedes Benz Jeep looking thing of some sort(a G Class SUV I found out later).  This thing costs $131,000+!  That's more than we paid for our first house and almost as much as we paid for our current house. lol
I know everyone has their own style/taste(I actually like the color)but seriously?  Who needs a $100K+ vehicle?  And who are you trying to impress with it??

Onward to the meal planning!

This is what was planned--
1. Sunday--Breakfast for Dinner
2. Monday--Homemade Pizza, Salad
3. Tuesday--BLTs
4. Wednesday--Apricot glazed Pork Chops, Acorn Squash
5. Thursday--Meatloaf, Mashed Taters, Veggie TBD
6.  Friday--Korean Beef/Veggie Stir-Fry w/Noodles
7. Saturday--Leftovers or FFY

And this is what really happened.......
1. Sunday--Breakfast for Dinner
2. Monday--Applebee's salads
3. Tuesday--BLTs
4. Wednesday--Fend for Yourself
5. Thursday--Meatloaf, Acorn Squash
6.  Friday--Fend for Yourself
7. Saturday--Leftover Beef Pie

Almost half of what I planned didn't happen last week.   We had so many leftovers to use up so why make new?

What got put into the freezer last week....
* 2 containers of ice cream

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
*  1 roll breakfast sausage
*  1 package of Pepper Bacon
*  1 Meatloaf(thanks Sissie!)

I spent $69.18 on food/toiletries/HBA last week at Walmart, Weis, the Bread Outlet and Ollie's. This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Grand Total so far to $121.62 for October.

There are 13 shopping days left in October.

I've earned $69.86 on Ibotta in October.
I've earned $3.64 on Checkout51 in October.
I've earned $5.25 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in October.
I've earned $4.00 from Aisle.
I've earned $3.27 from an ice cream offer.
I've earned 1023 points from shopping on Fetch in October which equals $1.02.
I earned 1875 points from food shopping on Shop Kick in October which equals $7.50.
I've earned  9008 SB from food shopping on Swagbucks in October which equals $9.00.

That's $85.94 in rebates(not counting the Shop Kick/Swag Bucks/Fetch)on $121.62 in grocery spending so in reality it's $35.68 spent after the 4 rebate apps(+the ice cream offer)I count until I cash out on the other three apps. 8-)))

My savings percentage for the last week was 60.35%(without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)and the monthly savings total for October comes in at 50.29% so far.(w/out R-A).

Leftovers going into this week....nothing but some meatloaf and 1 helping of squash.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Chinese take-out
2. Monday--Homemade Pizza, Salad
3. Tuesday--BLTs
4. Wednesday--Apricot glazed Pork Chops, Green Beans
5. Thursday--Pasta w/Meat Sauce, Salad
6.  Friday--Korean Beef/Veggie Stir-Fry w/Noodles
7. Saturday--Leftovers or FFY

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu?  Nothing.  I just have to dig stuff out of the freezer really.  Still no Ibotta Bonuses as of Monday morning so no reason to hit Walmart unless I see a freebie there.  Weis prices are getting outrageous so I won't be going there either.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?  



Sunday, October 17, 2021

Walmart on Friday & Weekend Decluttering

 So I am still not getting ANY Ibotta Bonuses and it's almost 3 weeks now!  Anybody else having this problem?  One of the Youtube couponers I watch is also having this problem.  
I wrote to Ibotta and asked about this problem and got this canned response....

"Hello Denise,

Thanks for your interest in the MidWeek bonuses. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that specific offers or bonuses will be available to every Saver. We try to mix up our offers and bonuses so we have some that are achievable for everyone, so stay tuned!

Please let me know if there is anything else I can assist you with at this time.
Thank you for using Ibotta. Have a great day!


Denise Bowman-Arcure

Oct 11, 2021, 19:16 MDT

Just a question. The last Bonus I received on my account was the September Leaves. No midweek or weekend nor any special monthly/seasonal bonuses since I completed that one. I know everyone's account and what offers/bonuses they receive are different but why nothing for so long for mine?
Denise Bowman-Arcure

Yah, didn't answer my question.

At any rate this complication has significantly "slowed my Ibotta roll" as it were.  Without Bonuses of any size or kind it's very hard to have a moneymaker haul.

But I did go to Walmart on Friday since I had a $25 SwagBucks/Walmart gift card to spend.......

The only items I bought that aren't in the photo are a carton of Breyer's Reese's Ice Cream and a package of Klondike Reese's Ice Cream Bars.  When the chest freezer died while I was at Sissie's we lost all our popsicles and ice cream so I had to restock on some ice cream. 8-)
Everything came to $33.17 after coupons used and the gift card.
Between reg. Ibotta rebates, Aisle, a special Reese's ice cream rebate, Checkout 51, Shop Kick, Fetch and Swag Bucks I earned back $38.77 so a $5.60 moneymaker trip!
The Dole lemonade, Cheetos mac and cheeses, Mt. Dew energy drink and coffee drinks are for Ex-College Boy.  The Splash drinks and the Gatorade w/Protein bottle are for me.  I'll send one of the Mrs. Butterworth's to the food bank as well as some of the Airwick plug-ins and the small sized Tresemmé items.
Saturday we went through some kitchen cabinets and found 22 items to rehome.......

Ex-CB is coming over for dinner tonight so I'll see if he wants any of this stuff(probably not), then I'll check with the other 2 kids before taking it all to Sallie's.  I'll give Ex-CB his Walmart stuff tonight too.
That's about all from me lately.  A pretty boring weekend here.  Anything interesting going on with y'all?