Wednesday, June 23, 2021

And the June Winner Is..........

 Here's what was up for grabs this month.........


And the winning comment was............



Debbie H!

We're vaccinated :) We are currently away for a week...up north in our state. We're here with two of our four daughters and their husbands. Wish it could have been all, but it's hard with so many work schedules and the kids' limited pto. My husband and I also go often to our camper, currently on a seasonal site this year. Planning on next year's out of state travel for a couple of family get togethers in WA and OR. Plus there's always house and yard projects! A lot gets crammed into our MN summers..haha!


Congratulations to Debbie and I need you to email me your mailing information to my personal email on the right sidebar under "About Me".

You have 48 hours after this post goes live to get in touch with me.  After that, I'll have to draw another winner.


Thanks for everyone who participated this month.  Come back in July for some more chances to win some of my crap. ;-)))


Sluggy

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Last Day to Enter the Giveaway!

Today is your last chance to enter the current Giveaway.

Go HERE to enter before 11:59PM EDST tonight, June 22nd




Sluggy

Monday, June 21, 2021

Meal Plan? MEAL PLAN?? We Don't Need No Stinking Meal Plan!!

 The "Meal Plan?"...



Onward to the meal planning!

Moving On-
This is what was planned--
1. Sunday--Chinese Take-out
2. Monday--Caesar Salad w/Grilled Chicken
3. Tuesday--Some Protein TBD, Sweet Potato Wedges
4. Wednesday--Chicken Parm, Spinach Salad
5. Thursday--Fend for Yourself
6.  Friday--Steak, Baked Potato, Tossed Salad
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what really happened.......
1. Sunday--Chinese Take-out
2. Monday--Caesar Salad w/Grilled Chicken
3. Tuesday--No Clue
4. Wednesday--I had a slice of Raisin Bread
5. Thursday--Fend for Yourself
6.  Friday--FFY
7. Saturday--More Chinese Take-Out

Last week saw 1 nights of home cooked dinners, 3 nights of leftovers/planned overs or FFY and 2 night of Take-Out/Eating Out and 1 night of Who Knows!?.
I was out of town most of the week but I know I thawed and cooked up 5 thin chicken cutlets-one went into the Caesar Salad on Monday and Hubs did what he wanted with rest of them while I was gone. I would bet dollars to donuts that at least one dinner while I was gone involved pasta as well. lol When I got home late Saturday all I wanted was Hot and Sour Soup and bed.

What got put into the freezer last week....
* Nothing

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
* 5 chicken cutlets

We spent a whopping $18.33 on food/toiletries/HBA last week at Weis(PMITA)Markets before I skipped town.  Not home and didn't shop much-not to say I didn't also hit up Rite-Aid and use Bonus Cash before I left town too. This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Grand Total to $122.06 for June.   

There are 9 shopping days left in June.

I've earned $142.25 on Ibotta in June.
I've earned $0.00 on Checkout51 in June.
I've earned $3.50 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in June.
I've earned 7053 points from shopping on Fetch in June which equals $7.05.
I've earned 1036 points from food shopping on Shop Kick in June which equals $4.14.
I've earned 0 points from food shopping on Swagbucks in June which equals $0.
That's $120.46 in rebates(not counting the ShopKick/Swag Bucks/Fetch)on $103.73 in grocery spending.

My savings percentage for last week was 44.00%(without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)for June and the monthly savings total for June comes in at 66.80%.(w/out R-A). 

Leftovers going into this week...some carnitas is all.  Hubs will take care of that for 1 or 2 lunches.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--FFY-I had a small tv dinner
2. Monday--Chicken apple sausage, Sweet Potato Wedges
3. Tuesday--Spinach Salad and TBD
4. Wednesday--Leftovers or No Clue
5. Thursday--Fend for Yourself
6.  Friday--Salad, Pizza(homemade on flatbreads)
7. Saturday--Leftovers

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu? Nothing I can think of yet.  My brain still isn't back here totally. 

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?  

Sluggy



Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Feeling Low About the Death of my Cousin

 I got word that my cousin, Mel, died yesterday morning.  My mother was an only child and my father had one sister, my aunt.  So my only cousins are her 3 kids so now I have 2 cousins remaining.


My family lived in Virginia and they lived in Massachusetts so growing up we really didn't see them much.  They visited us in 1969 and we made a couple of trrips to see them and my grandmother in Massachusetts on a couple of Summer camping trips that are now infamous in our family.

This is a photo from the mid 1960's of my Aunt, Mel and her 2 older brothers in their backyard in MA

Then both our families fell apart because of divorce when we were both teenagers.  I visited with my Aunt, Grandmother and my cousins in the Summer 0f 1979 when I was doing Summer Stock theater in New Hampshire. I saw Mel at my Grandmother's funeral as Granny was buried down in Virginia with her second husband in 1981 the Fall after I graduated college and my Aunt and Mel came to the funeral.









I finally tracked Mel down on Facebook in 2015-she was married and I had a devil of a time finding out her married name.  Mel and I reconnected  via Facebook in 2015 and about that time we were both done raising our kids and readdy to "get our lives back" and travel, etc. she organized a small family gathering at her home in 2016 with all but 1 member of my father's family(aunt, cousins, their kids, etc.)present,

And then about 6 months later came the news of Mel's Lou Gehrig's Disease(aka ALS)diagnosis. sigh
Hubs and I saw them the Fall of 2018 when we took Kim and her hubby up to explore New England(we al had dinner with Mel and her hubby one night on that trip).


Then in 2019 on our way to Porcfest hub and I stopped by for a night to visit on our way to New Hampshire.  We had some laughs and went out to dinner and meandered around the harbor there.  She was still doing well even with the progression of that insidious disease.

Last Summer any plans to visit had to be put on hold(stupid COVID!)so there was just a little Facebook communication and then she took a turn for the worse about 6 months ago and went downhill fast and on Tuesday morning I got a call from her brother that Mel went to be with Granny and her dad(who passed in 2020)and heaven gained another angel.

I feel badly especially for her husband.  They seemed to have been deeply in love and I know he is hurting badly right now.  And is he special because he took care of Mel with love during her long(or short depending on how you look at it)illness.  He is a special kind of man.  Mel and her husband raised two fine sons together and dang it if she didn't become a grandmother before me. even though I am more than 2 years older than her.  ;-)

Mel was a kind, funny woman.....the light of my Aunt's eyes(not that she doesn't love all her children)but Mel was special.  Our lives seemed to have many parallels in them though we weren't close growing up or later in life.  I am so glad I reached out and reconnected as older women because she added something special to my life as she did to anyone she chose as her friend.  

Please do me a favor and reach out to someone in your life today you haven't seen or heard from in awhile.  Don't wait until later because you don't know if you'll get another day and another chance.
Mel didn't even make it to her 59th Birthday.  None of us is immortal and the older we get time is the enemy.  Embrace each other and every moment, both the mundane and the extraordinary.


Sluggy



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

New Giveaway...It's June? Whaaa!!

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

It's June already and May sort of slipped by me(due to my trip with the Fearsome Twins)so I'm due for a Giveaway..let's get this one started.  You only have a limited number of days to enter this Giveaway so don't delay!      

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


2 x Kokie nail polish(Pop the Champaign, Forget Me Not-Gold w/glitter, blue grey)
1 x Vaseline spray lotion
1 x Suave sleek and shine conditioner
1 x Pantene shampoo
1 x Schick ladie's razors
1 x Colgate optic white toothpaste
1 x Doan's pain reliever pills
1 x Cover Girl concealer(medium)
1 x Rimmel mascara(2 pack)
1 x Riesen chocolate caramels
1 x Kokie lip gloss(On Fire-red)
1 x Revlon color correcting pen
1 x Oral B toothbrush
1 x Listerine ready tabs
1 x Carmex lip balm
1 x Almay eye shadow palette(160-Thrill Seeker-teals)
1 x Trident orange gum
1 x Rimmel eyebrow pencil(black)
1 x e.l.f. blending eye brush

Close up shots of these goodies.....








Depending on where you shop, the winnings have a reg. retail value of between approximately $50-$60.

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 AFTER A DAY OR SO(Give me time to post the entries each day)THAT MEANS YOUR ENTRY ISN'T VALID DUE TO ONE OF THE ABOVE REASONS AND IT IS UP TO YOU TO FIX YOUR ENTRY!
I will no longer spend time hunting down folks.  If you want to win, read ALL the rules and do the work.

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 about your plans for Summer....Have you gotten vaccinated?  Do you plan to travel and where or do you plan to have a Stayaction?  Your favorite places to go and do? Whatever you want to share.

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 June 22nd , Tuesday at 11:59 pm Eastern  Daylight Savings Time. On June 23rd, Wednesday, 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 NOTE***

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!!!



Monday, June 14, 2021

This Week What Might or Might Not Be on the Dining Table

The "Donuts Everywhere Edition"...


I meant to post this last week for National Donut Day in honor of Kim but Hubs didn't send the photo to me from his phone in time. Found these dog frisbees at Ocean State Job Lot and thought of her. lol

Onward to the meal planning!

Moving On-
This is what was planned--
1. Sunday--Pizza, Tossed Salad
2. Monday--Soft tortilla Carnitas
3. Tuesday--Bratwursts on Rolls, leftover sides
4. Wednesday--Chicken Enchiladas
5. Thursday--some sort of Seafood, Sweet Tater Wedges
6.  Friday--? or Fend for Yourself
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what really happened.......
1. Sunday--Pizza, Tossed Salad
2. Monday--Soft tortilla Carnitas
3. Tuesday--Bratwursts on Rolls, leftover sides
4. Wednesday--Leftovers
5. Thursday--hot dogs, potato salad
6.  Friday--Fend for Yourself
7. Saturday--Corn on the cob, Leftovers

Last week saw 4 nights of home cooked dinners, 2 nights of leftovers/planned overs or FFY and 1 night of Take-Out/Eating Out.  We had lunch out on Friday while shopping so we just scrounged for dinner,

What got put into the freezer last week....
* 1 container of ice cream
Most of what we bought was toiletries and produce.

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
* Whiskey flavored pork roast
* 4 Bratwurst
* 4 hot dogs

We spent a whopping $36.60 on food/toiletries/HBA last week at 2 different stores(Walmart on Wednesday and the Produce Outlet on Friday).This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Grand Total to $103.73 for June.   

There are 16 shopping days left in June.

I've earned $116.96 on Ibotta in June.
I've earned $0.00 on Checkout51 in June.
I've earned $3.50 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in June.
I've earned 7053 points from shopping on Fetch in June which equals $7.05.
I've earned 1036 points from food shopping on Shop Kick in June which equals $4.14.
I've earned 0 points from food shopping on Swagbucks in June which equals $0.
That's $120.46 in rebates(not counting the ShopKick/Swag Bucks/Fetch)on $103.73 in grocery spending.

My savings percentage for last week was 79.67%(without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)for June and the monthly savings total for June comes in at 79.03%.(w/out R-A).  Higher than usual savings rate due to clearance at Walmart and cheap produce at the Produce Outlet.

Leftovers going into this week... potato salad, a helping of teriyaki pork stir-fry, lots of brown rice, some carnitas and 2 helpings of quiche.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Chinese Take-out
2. Monday--Caesar Salad w/Grilled Chicken
3. Tuesday--Some Protein TBD, Sweet Potato Wedges
4. Wednesday--Chicken Parm, Spinach Salad
5. Thursday--Fend for Yourself
6.  Friday--Steak, Baked Potato, Tossed Salad
7. Saturday--Leftovers

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu? Nothing really.  Got the proteins and lots of fresh produce here from last week's shop.  Just need the "umph" to whip up the meals.

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?  

Sluggy



Friday, June 11, 2021

Frugal Friday....the June 11th Edition

Staying home most of the week leads to a not so exciting frugal week but we did have a few wins........

*I did go to Rite-Aid and got some free Daylogic razors among other things  when I went to pick up my Rxs.

* While at my unscheduled Walmart stop on Tuesday I tried the Freeosk and it was actually working!


I got this baby degree deodorant for free!

* Got a dr. appointment yesterday and this happened.......


Got a steroid shot in my knee joint. ouchie!  Not really, it wasn't bad and much less than hobbling around on what is was like. lol  Hopefully this helps stave off a knee replacement for awhile. ;-)
It's frugal as we have good medical insurance so this won't cost as much as a knee surgery if it helps.

* Been setting up for the Garage Stockpile Sale on Saturday and have posted the ads online for it this morning.  I have a bit more to set up and price plus I had a backlog of bags of crap to put out once I sell some of it. lolz Wish me luck and wads of cash!8-))



* I found money!


 While cleaning stuff out of the garage we came across an ugly handmade mug our daughter made in high school art class and left here.  I found a penny inside of it!


Monday I found 4 pennies at my Rite-Aid.  1 was on the floor and the 3 others someone left on the register counter and didn't want.

Total Found This Week... .05¢
Total Found This Year...$4.15




What good frugal finds did y'all have this past week?
Have a great Friday and Weekend!


Sluggy


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Surprise! A Post!! Sort of.....

 Got almost everything staged in the garage and now it's time to price sticker it all. ugh.  Not quite as hot as the last few days....low 80's I can handle with breaks in the a/c now and again. 

I'll share photos at some point.

I also have a last minute dr. appointment for my knee in a couple of hours.....probably will result in a cortisone steroid shot.  fun times.  Then I get to come home and shot myself too in the leg for HS.
good times, good times.  Hopefully by Sat. morning I'll be able to function and run this sale.

No shopping at all for me except that Walmart run earlier in the week.  Ibotta hasn't sucked me in again....yet. lol


Sluggy

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

To Paraphrase Blobby & Urspo-I got nothing!

Well actually I do have stuff....soooo much stuff!  I just don't have time right now for much blogging.  I am preparing for a big stockpile sale on Saturday and it's so blazing hot out I can only stand being in the garage for limited amounts of time.  I finally got Hubs to help me arrange the furniture/shelving so now I  can lug shit out there and set it up, then take photos and post on various local websites.

And price stickers!  I went to Buck a Branch(aka Dollar Tree)yesterday to get little sticky dot price tags and they had NONE!  Which meant I had to then go to the Evil Empire(aka Walmart).  While there, after finding the sticky dots, I did a small haul to finish my Grand Slam and my Midweek Bonuses and paid a whole $6.28 OOP on all the Ibotta goodies after using a free Fetch $25 Gift card.  After rebates earned and a .50¢ coupons dotcom rebate on the ice cream too) rebates came to $36.43 making this trip was a $30.15 moneymaker(just counting the Ibotta items bought).

 I lucked out and found 2 vitamin clearance items that were $2.50 moneymakers plus another one that was free after rebate. I also found 3 items that were $5 total on clearance that didn't have Ibotta rebates but they were so cheap and stuff I could use(Move-Free, which might help my knee and some vitamins)so I brought those home too.

And I still haven't gotten a response from my Dr. about my knee issues.  I looked online and my message from 6/3 still hasn't been read by staff as of today, 6/9. Grrrr.  I suppose the doc is on vacation so nobody is in a hurry to check his messages.  Just another irritation on a hot humid sweltering day, right?

And the bathroom reno continues.  We had a delay as the shower walls still hadn't come in(and they still aren't in!)but everything else is done except sanding the spackled walls so we can paint....oh yeah, and buying paint. ;-)

Here's sneak peak at the floor........


It's a greyed laminate waterproof plank wood flooring.  All the stuff in there will be white with chrome or nickel accents(faucets, towel bar, etc.).  Nice and bright and clean looking as opposed to the big blob of  ugly tan it all was before.

I am off to gather more crap to sell and I may not be heard from again until Friday's frugal post.

Stay out of the heat y'all and have a good midweek!


Sluggy

Monday, June 7, 2021

This Week on the Dining Table

  The "LOL" Edition.......

I got a big kick out of this meme.

Onward to the meal planning!
Moving On-
This is what was planned.....
1. Sunday--Mushroom Quiche
2. Monday--Dogs and Burgers, Pasta Salad
3. Tuesday--Teriyaki Pork Stir-Fry w/Veggies
4. Wednesday--Leftovers
5. Thursday--More Leftovers or FFY
6.  Friday--Pizza?, Salad
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what really happened.......
1. Sunday--Mushroom Quiche
2. Monday--Dogs and Burgers, Pasta Salad
3. Tuesday--Teriyaki Pork Stir-Fry w/Veggies
4. Wednesday--Leftovers
5. Thursday--Chinese Hot and Sour Soup
6.  Friday--Grilled Teriyaki Salmon, Mixed Veggies
7. Saturday--Leftover Stir-Fry

Last week saw 4 nights of home cooked dinners, 2 nights of leftovers/planned overs or FFY and 1 night of Take-Out/Eating Out.  Most of what was planned happened but not necessarily on the correct night.

What got put into the freezer last week....
* 8 pints of ice cream 8-) It's summer!
* 2 lbs. bratwurst

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
* 2 pie shells
* 6 burgers
* 8 hot dogs
* 1/2 bag of mixed veggies
* 1 teriyaki pork loin
* 1 hunk of salmon
* 1 bag of stir-fry veggies


We spent a whopping $67.13 on food/toiletries/HBA last week at 2 different stores(Walmart on Friday and Weeis(PMITA)Markets on Sunday).This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Grand Total to $67.13 for June.   

There are 23 shopping days left in June.
I've earned $66.88 on Ibotta in June.
I've earned $0.00 on Checkout51 in June.
I've earned $3.00 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in June.
I've earned 6,860 points from shopping on Fetch in June which equals $6.86.
I've earned 360 points from food shopping on Shop Kick in June which equals $1.44.
I've earned 0 points from food shopping on Swagbucks in June which equals $0.
That's $69.88 in rebates(not counting the ShopKick/Swag Bucks/Fetch)on $67.13 in grocery spending.

My savings percentage for last week was 56.67%(without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)for June and the monthly savings total for June comes in at  56.67%.(w/out R-A).  

Leftovers going into this week...pasta salad, potato salad, a helping of teriyaki pork stir-fry, lots of brown rice and 1 whole quiche.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Pizza, Tossed Salad
2. Monday--Soft tortilla Carnitas
3. Tuesday--Bratwursts on Rolls, leftover sides
4. Wednesday--Chicken Enchiladas
5. Thursday--some sort of Seafood, Sweet Tater Wedges
6.  Friday--? or Fend for Yourself
7. Saturday--Leftovers

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu? Domino's will make Sunday's meal for me lol but otherwise I've got everything here.  Don't "need" anything immediately but I am 13 rebates away on Ibotta from that $10 Bonus so that will happen sometime this week or weekend. 8-)

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?  

Sluggy



Sunday, June 6, 2021

Income & Spending 2021.....the May Report

 Now that we are living on an annuity and 401K$ withdrawals(some months), I am still going to keep track of our monthly spending and income, and hopefully we'll still be able to live BELOW our means and I'll have some leftover monies each month to tuck aside.


  I am trying to be as transparent as I can with how much is coming in and how much is going out.  8-)


On to the May report---

I had 2 goals for May.......
The 1st is to actually finish the month in the black and not the red.
The 2nd is to try to have a little cash leftover at the end of the previous month to tuck back into a slush fund.  This slush fun may be to apply toward unforeseen bills that are coming due in subsequent months, to spend on "extras/wants" during the year or to just sit there and grow until the end of 2021.

I can report that we finished up May in the black.
The amount we ended the month of May with?.....$282.14

Income or Funds We Can Access

The "income" in May---

* Monthly annuity payment of $3,222.24(after tax withholding)
* RMSA(Healthcare account)reimbursement of $1,971.99
* Interest earned on non-retirement accounts of $205.69
Total "Income" for May.....$5,399.92

Expenses in May---

* Healthcare Premium for May was $1,971.99(paid for with RMSA reimbursement)
* Irregular bills in May were $607.68(car insurance 6 mos.)
* Variable Expenses in April came to $2,538.11
Total Expenses....$5,117.78

$5,399.92-$5,117.78=$282.14

Slush into May of $46,882.97in that Fund, add the $282.14 in overage and we get $47,165.11 going into Mune.
The Slush Fund on it's Page(tab at the top of the blog)shows an addition of $282.14 for May..

Outgo
As for the variable expenses this April, here are the good and the bad side of things....

HERE are the GOOD THINGS

*  Internet and cell phone were the same as in April.
*  The WAM was the same amount taken as last month.
*  The electric bill was $24.13 lower than in April.
*  The water bill went down by $5.02 from last month.
*  The credit card bill was $407.86 lower than in April.


HERE are the BAD THINGS

*  The gas bill was $5.42 higher than in April.
*  The Amazon bill was $147.06 higher than last month.
*  We had an irregular bill, the semi-annual car insurance payment of $607.68

The Food Budget costs for May are in another post, which is located HERE .  Food costs are included in the credit card payment(mainly but sometimes our WAM cash too).

FINAL THOUGHTS on May---Stayed under the food budget and most other bills wer trending down(except gas and Amazon)and we had money leftover so I'll call May a win. 8-)))
 

THOUGHTS going forward into June 2021----Well we are having the main bathroom renovated and we bought a new deck swing as the old one was rusted out.  The only irregular bill in June are the long term care premiums and we got a notice these are going up by about $100 each per quarter. bleh.
So the reno will cost us a chunk of our Slush fund which is looking quite healthy for now so I am not too worried about having a month where the bills are more than the income in June,


So how was your May financially? 
Did you spend less than the income you had in May?
Did you stay within your budget or not?
What did you do with any money leftover at the end of the month?
Did you pay off any debts or put extra toward your mortgage principle or into savings, in an emergency fund or a retirement account?
Or did you blow it on a want?

If you posted your financial progress on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so we can go check out your progress too and celebrate or commiserate with you!


Sluggy

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Walmart Ibotta & Fetch Haul

 Well I held off as long as I could but I ended up going to Walmart on Friday......

1 x Soft Scrub
2 x Splash water
1 x Deer Park water
1 x Zest soap pack
1 x Poise liners
1 x Pepsi Mango
1 x Bayer aspirin
1 x St. Joseph aspirin
1 x Trolli gummies
2 x Zantac
1 x Colgate Renewal toothpaste
2 x Clairol hair dye
2 x Campho Phenique
1 x Craisins packs
1 x Sun Sweet prunes
1 x Bowery Farms salad greens

I spent $67.24 after paper coupons for 22 items and then used a $25 Walmart gift card free from Shop Kick so $42.24 spent OOP.

I earned back...

*$1.40 on Shop Kick
*$6.86 on Fetch
*$3.00 on coupons dotcom
*$40.63 on Ibotta.

I don't count the Shop  Kick or Fetch until I cash out for a gift card so between coupon dotcom and Ibotta rebates and various bonuses I earned $43.63 making this haul a $1.39 moneymaker.

A couple of things double dipped and a couple of things I didn't have coupons for plus I misread the Campho Phenique rebate(I bought two but it was a limit of 1 for the rebate so I would have been better off using the $1.50/1 Q and buying one instead).  I finished the Weekend Warrior and I am almost half way through the $10 Grand Slam bonus as well.

Whatever, I am alright with free or better than free!

Ibotta keeps luring me in....make it stop! lol


Sluggy

Friday, June 4, 2021

Frugal Friday...the June 4th Edition

 A few frugal wins from this past week........

*  We went to our favorite nursery last weekend and got a flat of assorted veggies and flowers. Hubs planted everything with my supervision as my knee and back are still wonky this week.  Not a big garden but a few favorites that the flat of plants will provide.

*  We didn't eat out and mostly ate down the freezer and leftovers from the Memorial Day cook-out.

*  And contrary to belief I didn't hit ANY grocery stores.....well, until today but my frugal week runs Friday to Thursday anyway so it goes on next week's report. ;-)

*  I watched some free movies with my Amazon Prime account.

*  I've been cleaning out stuff to get ready for my stockpile sale as my old body has allowed me to.

*  I grew a couple of my Rite-Aid accounts Bonus Cash.  I found a store near the nursery that had Sally Hansen nail polish on sale for $1.49 per bottle and it counted toward the SH polish deal this week When you buy 2/Get $4 in BC back.  After sales tax it grew my BC by .85¢ per 2 bottles purchased.

*  I found money!


On my big outing last Friday I found this Quarter tucked behind the self-checkout machine I was using.


Then I stopped in at my Rite-Aid on the way home and found this nickel in front of the register counter.

Total Found This Week... .30¢
Total Found This Year....$4.10

That's it for this week.


I hope y'all had some frugal wins too!
Tell us all about them. 8-)

And have a good Weekend....

Sluggy


Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Food Spending.......May 2021 Report

Onward to May's Food Spending report......




Here are my FOOD BUDGET spending totals for MAY 2021.

I have posted May's totals on the Total Grocery Savings Page located HERE and have updated the Totals there.
I am listing subtotals for each store I purchased from in May.  If you aren't interested in that much detail, just skip to the bottom for the Totals Sum.  My spending includes Food, Toiletries/HBA, Cleaning Products, Paper Goods & tax where applicable. We are a family of 4(2-3 eating at home this month). No "kids" under 25. (I don't count all the "freebies" I get at the Discount Outlet in my totals either.)
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BREAD OUTLET
OOP  $4.00
Value  $12.07
Savings 66.86%

FOOD LION
OOP  $27.28
Value  $37.15
Savings  26.57%

MALACARI'S
OOP  $10.22
Value  $16.20
Savings  36.91%

OCEAN STATE JOB LOT
OOP  $7.47
Value  $16.50
Savings  54.73%

P and R DISCOUNTS
OOP  $30.41
Value  $61.72
Savings  50.72%

RITE-AID
OOP  $0.00
Qs/Ads/BC  $1739.49
Value  $1739.49
Savings  100%

TARGET
OOP  $6.07
Value  $102.11
Savings  94.09%

WALMART
OOP  $173.50
Value  $372.15
Savings  53.51%

WEIS
OOP  $98.42
Qs/Sales  $67.68
Value  $166.10
Savings  40.75%

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My best 3 Store Savings Totals were Rite-Aid at 100%, Target at 94.09% and The Bread Outlet at 66.86%.
The worst rate was at Food Lion at 26.57%  
I shopped at 9 different stores in May.

TOTAL Spent in May.........................$357.33
TOTAL Coupons/Sales/Gift Cards......$426.67
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased....$784.00
TOTAL Savings of ...............................54.52%

TOTAL Out of Pocket for May w/R-A...............$357.33
TOTAL Coupons/Sales/Gift Cards w/................$2,165.16
TOTAL Value of Items Purchased w/Rite-Aid...$2,522.49
TOTAL Savings with Rite-Aid items....................85.83%

This closes out the May food/toiletries spending.

THOUGHTS & COMMENTS for this month.....
I went into May wanting to stay under $300 on spending but I didn't quite get there(over by $57.33).  If you count the Ibotta and Coupons dotcom rebates received in May, my "real" spending was only $172.15.  Either way you look at it I am happy with the results.
I also wanted to cut back on the rebating but as you can see that didn't happen. ;-)

The monthly food spending savings percentage went DOWN by .67% in May 2021 to 85.83% compared to the April's 86.50% savings average.  So about the same really.

With 5 months accounted for, I have spent a Year-To-Date Total of $1,628.78 on food/toiletries in 2021.

2020 Yearly Grand Total Spent....................$1,608.27
2020 Yearly Grand Total Value of Items.....$10,445.07
2020 Grand Total Saved...............................$8,836.80
2020 Yearly Savings Total.............................84.60%

The average per month amount spent is $321.65 in 2021 so far.

LOOKING AHEAD To June 2021...........
Again, I am going to attempt to cut back on the rebating. (Sluggy plans, God laughs!)  I'll give it my best effort this month.  There are no "food holidays" for us in June and we are well stocked except for fresh produce so we shall see if I can succeed in my plan.  The vegetable plants are in but it will be at least mid July before anything produces.
I am not giving myself a price limit for June but there is always that $400 mark in the back of my mind yelling at me. 8-)


If you have other ideas or guidelines you follow please leave a comment and share yours with us all.

*  How much did you spend on food/toiletries in May?

*  Do you track your yearly food spending?  It's really not that hard or time consuming; just have your receipts and either track it in a notebook or on a spreadsheet.

*  What was your savings percentage buying on sale and/or with coupons vs. buying at regular retail price last month, if you track that sort of thing?

*  What are your methods for keeping your food spending in check?

Is anyone out there up for tracking expenditures and trying to spend less but still eat well?


Sluggy

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Laying Off Rebates for Awhile, But First.........

 


I finished that $10 Ibotta Bonus up at Walmart last Friday.  No photo but here is what I bought--

3 x Mac's Pork Rinds $1.78
1 x Incogmeato chickn nuggets(qualified for 2 different rebates totaling $2.60)
1 x Keto yogurt cup .45¢
1 x Any Brand Pasta(got GV Rigatoni) .10¢
1 x Sun Sweet Prunes w/Essence(qualified for 4 different rebates totaling $2.20)
1 x Any Brand Pasta sauce(got GV tomato sauce) .10¢
1 x Nutella and Go! .50¢
2 x Arm and Hammer Essentials Toothpaste $2.00
3 x Clairol Nice n' Easy hair color(qualified for 2 different rebates totaling $15.00)
1 x Clairol Root Touch-Up $3.50
1 x Clairol Natural Instincts hair color $2.00
1 x Ocean Spray Juice $1.00
1 x Limitless Sparkling Water(qualified for 2 different rebates totaling $2.10)
18 rebates done.  I only needed 15 for the $10 Bonus but doing 3 extra gave me the WW Bonus too so why not? ;-)
Total spent including tax was $50.65 after paper coupons used and a $10 Fetch gift card as well as $19+ used on that hospital refund debit card we got a few weeks ago.

Plus Bonuses Earned
1 x Level 2 $1.00
1 x Yoplait .50¢
1 x $3 Weekend Warrior
1 x $10 May Flowers

Total Ibotta earned $33.33+$14.50 in Bonuses=$47.83
I also earned $6.20 worth of points on Shop Kick
I earned $6.00 on Coupons dotcom.
I got 50 points on Fetch as well.
And another .13¢ worth of points on Swag Bucks.  The only hiccup was my Arm and Hammer toothpaste rebate on Swag Bucks disappeared before I got home or that rebate would have been more.  It happens, what can I say? lol

I don't count the Fetch, Shop Kick or Swag Bucks until I cash out so I spent $50.65 and earned back $53.83(Ibotta and Coupons dotcom)making this trip a $3.18 moneymaker.

Nice.

I am going to be laying off rebating in June(didn't I say that about May though?!lol).  Just not feeling chasing down deals lately and really we don't need much right now plus I've got some physical problems to work on.  

But there is always my BFF, Rite-Aid. 8-)))


Sluggy


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Some Rite-Aid Last Week But Not Much By My Standards

 I took a photo of most of what I got at Rite-Aid last sales week but I forgot a few bags of stuff. lol

Forgot 3 bags of stuff like 2 x 9 Elements cleaning products, some 75% off Spring cleaning items, 2 bag of chips, a better than free Revlon mascara(after Ibotta rebate and coupons dotcom $3 Q).  2 bags of M and M's and a Milky Way bar are missing too and maybe other stuff.  I was too tired to find the rest in my disaster of a dining room right now. lolz

Total Bonus Cash spent......$168.17 including tax
Total Bonus Cash earned....$137.00
Spent the BC down by $31.17 and Zero OOP.

Other than 1 or 2 transactions this week(got to at least use that $15 BC wyspend $60 coupon!)I am laying off of R-A for a bit.  Can't totally stop as my BC will expire and I can't let THAT happen. ;-)

Sluggy


Monday, May 31, 2021

This Week on the Dining Table

   The "Let the Summer Begin!" Edition.......

Our huge Rhododendron finally bloomed 3 days ago.  It's been so dry here is why it's delayed this year.  When I see that has bloomed I know Summer is here.

Onward to the meal planning!
Moving On-
This is what was planned.....
1. Sunday--Fend For Yourself
2. Monday--Beef Pie
3. Tuesday--Teriyaki Pork Stir-Fry w/Veggies
4. Wednesday--Chicken Parm, Grilled Squash
5. Thursday--Mushroom Quiche, Salad
6.  Friday--Pizza?, Salad
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what really happened.......
1. Sunday--Fend For Yourself
2. Monday--Fend For Yourself
3. Tuesday--Fend for Yourself
4. Wednesday--Beef Pie
5. Thursday--Chicken Parm, Grilled Squash
6.  Friday--Fend For Yourself
7. Saturday--Leftover Beef Pie

Last week saw 3 nights of home cooked dinners, 4 nights of leftovers/planned overs or FFY and 0 nights of Take-Out/Eating Out.  I had digestive issues and knewe issues the beginning of the week so I either didn't eat or had canned soup and Hubs fended for himself.

What got put into the freezer last week....
*  1 package of bacon

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
* 4 breaded chicken patties
*  And whatever Hubs took out, I didn't care/look lolz

We spent a whopping $108.30 on food/toiletries/HBA last week at 5 different stores(lots of small totals).This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Grand Total to $357.33 for May.   

There are 0 shopping days left in May.

I've earned $172.68 on Ibotta in May.
I've earned $0.00 on Checkout51 in May.
I've earned $12.50 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in May.
I've earned 8,232 points from shopping on Fetch in May which equals $8.23
I've earned 15,950 points from food shopping on Shop Kick in May which equals $63.80.
I've earned 1,141 points from food shopping on Swagbucks in May which equals $11.41.
I've earned $18.87 in Target gift cards.
That's $185.18+ in rebates(not counting the ShopKick/Swag Bucks/Fetch/Target gift cards)on $357.33 in grocery spending.

My savings percentage for last week was 54.52%(without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)for May and the monthly savings total for May comes in at  85.83%.(w/out R-A).  

Leftovers going into this week...nothing.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Mushroom Quiche
2. Monday--Dogs and Burgers, Pasta Salad
3. Tuesday--Teriyaki Pork Stir-Fry w/Veggies
4. Wednesday--Leftovers
5. Thursday--More Leftovers or FFY
6.  Friday--Pizza?, Salad
7. Saturday--Leftovers

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu? Finally got the quiche made so once we are sick of eating it the rest goes into the freezer.
Still need salad fixings so there's that but otherwise it will be a no shopping week...maybe. ;-)

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?  

Sluggy



Saturday, May 29, 2021

Frugal Friday....the May 28th Edition on Saturday

Here are the few frugal wins from this past week.......

*  We picked a contractor to renovate our main bathroom and he started this past week, 3 weeks earlier than expected.  I forgot to take before photos but here are some in process ones......

This has always been a dreary looking bathroom as it's on the North side of the house.

Tan everything with an oak vanity. bleh.


That's the bottom of part of the tub.


And one of the bathtub surround walls(on it's side)sitting in the hallway after removal.

Here's where the mirror/cabinet will go.  He had to enlarge the hole in the wall for it....


Here's the new vanity/sink sans faucet in the room but not installed yet....


The new tub in place.  We are still waiting on the tub surround to come in as the tub and walls have to be finished before he can do the floor.


Everything leaving is out and everything going in is here except the tub surround. The new floor will really help this all come together.  And he should be finished by next Friday, I can't wait!

The reason I am calling this reno frugal is because his bid was was less than the others.  He's a one man operation and doesn't have to pay a big crew and his quote included the cost of all the "appliances" while the other quotes were at least $2K MORE plus we had to pay for the sink/toilet/tub/mirror/lights/etc. too!  The only thing we'll need to do after it's finished is paint the walls in there.  If this goes well and we are pleased with the work we'll have him redo the powder room downstairs too.  At this point we aren't in a big hurry to get it done so a one man operation works for us plus Hubs can lend a hand if needed.

*  We finally had to ditch our deck swing.  It lasted a long time but rust and weather finally made it unusable.  We found a new one to replace it at Wayfair.


It came earlier in the week and we got it put together.  Nice and cheery color!

* I ordered from Rite-Aid online on Sunday.  They were offering $15 Bonus Cash when you spent $50 plus there were a $10 off code on an online order this week.


This came to $48.76 in Bonus Cash after discount code and digital coupons used and I earned $45 back in new BC.  Of course I made a few trips to local Rite-Aids to roll more BC this week and utilize that Spend $40/Get $10 off Coupon.


* Hubs and I went out for lunch at Applebee's this week.  Used a gift card to pay and I've still got a little left on it for half of a free lunch. lol

* I found money!

Two whole cents for the week.........

A penny at my Rite-Aid.

And another penny at the Clueless Rite-Aid. lol

And that's about it for this past week.  Except for working on getting ready for a Stockpile Sale, hopefully next weekend if the weather cooperates. ;-)


What frugal wins did y'all have lately?!


Sluggy

Friday, May 28, 2021

Changing it Up Today

 I'll get to Frugal Friday tomorrow(maybe).  I thought I'd changed things up by posting this Youtube video about the 10 Most Boring States to Visit instead.....

I've visited all but 2 of these states(no Kansas or Oklahoma, yet)and I tend to agree with most of what he says......except for when I saw friends in some of these states, that's what made them interesting.

Out of the states you've visited, which ones would you put on the Most Boring List and why?

Sluggy

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon or Something Like That

Yesterday a reader, Traveling Oltmans, left this comment on that 1960's frugal American housewife film I posted......

Traveling OltmansMay 26, 2021 at 1:10 PM

"Do you remember the old pledge polish commercials where the woman would glide through the living room, pledge and rag in one hand, wearing a chiffon dress ;). My favorite."

Well it made me giggle because the actress in those Pledge commercials from the mid 1960's was my mother's 1st cousin, Donna. That makes her my 1st cousin 1 x removed. 8-))


Sluggy

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Monday, May 24, 2021

This Week on the Dining Table

  The "Will I Ever Learn?....Maybe Not!" Edition.......



I LOLed at this when I saw it on Facebook.  I guess I'd still be a dumbass if it's true. ;-)


Onward to the meal planning!
Moving On-
This is what was planned.....
1. Sunday--Chinese take-out
2. Monday--Fend For Yourself or Leftover Chinese
3. Tuesday--Take-out(working the polls all day/night)
4. Wednesday--Cheeseburgers, Squash
5. Thursday--Caesar Salad w/Grilled Chicken
6.  Friday--Salmon, Veggie TBD
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what really happened.......
1. Sunday--Chinese take-out
2. Monday--Fend For Yourself or Leftover Chinese
3. Tuesday--Take-out Salad(working the polls all day/night)
4. Wednesday--Salmon, leftover Green Beans, Garlic Bread
5. Thursday--BBQ Chicken Thighs, Creamed Spinach, Baked Tater(Hubs)
6.  Friday--No Dinner for me/Hubs leftovers
7. Saturday--Cheeseburgers

Last week saw 3 nights of home cooked dinners, 2 nights of leftovers/planned overs or FFY and 2 nights of Take-Out/Eating Out.  More Take-Out than I like to have but "election working happened" so it was not eat all day or get Take-Out.
Didn't cook the squash so that moves to this week.  No Romaine lettuce so that meal didn't happen either but I bought salmon and chicken thighs so that happened instead.

What got put into the freezer last week....
*  3 packs of sausage strips
*  2 packs of chicken thighs
*  1 bag of veggie mix
*  1 box of popsicles
*  1 piece of salmon

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
*  I piece of salmon
* 1 pack of chicken thighs
* 1 box of creamed spinach
* 4 burger patties

We spent a whopping $116.86 on food/toiletries/HBA last week at Weis($47.61)and Walmart($69.25).  I forgot to use a free gift card to pay some of the Walmart bill. sigh This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Total to $269.54 for May so far.   

There are 6 shopping days left in May.

I've earned $114.43 on Ibotta in May.
I've earned $0.00 on Checkout51 in May.
I've earned $1.50 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in May.
I've earned 8,063 points from shopping on Fetch in May which equals $8.06
I've earned 15,950 points from food shopping on Shop Kick in May which equals $63.80.
I've earned 1,241 points from food shopping on Swagbucks in May which equals $12.41.
I've earned $18.87 in Target gift cards.
That's $115.93+ in rebates(not counting the ShopKick/Swag Bucks/Fetch/Target gift cards)on $269.54 in grocery spending so far.

My savings percentage for last week was 37.10%(without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)for April and the monthly savings total for April comes in at  54.50%.(w/out R-A).  

Leftovers going into this week...1 cheeseburger, 2 chicken thighs.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Fend For Yourself
2. Monday--Beef Pie
3. Tuesday--Teriyaki Pork Stir-Fry w/Veggies
4. Wednesday--Chicken Parm, Grilled Squash
5. Thursday--Mushroom Quiche, Salad
6.  Friday--Pizza?, Salad
7. Saturday--Leftovers

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu?  I had a leftover pack of mushroom I didn't need for the Stroganoff so I'll make 2 quiches this week and freeze one.  The only thing I "need" is salad greens.  That doesn't mean I won't buy anything else however. lol  I am working on a $10 Ibotta bonus after all and I have 18 offers to finish before the end of May.  I do as many offers as I can at Rite-Aid(which will be Zero dollars and the rest I'll pick and choose what is needed and/or cheap after rebate at Weiss(PMITA)Markets and/or Walmart. 8-)

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?  

Sluggy