Sunday, April 24, 2011

Creamed Corn and Rice. My twist.....

I took a Southen Living recipe and made it my own. The reviews are in and the people have was a hit. So for those of you who love TRUE Southern cooking and none of that fancy stuff, here it is...


4 cans Creamed Corn
2- 8 oz packages of cream cheese
4 TBS water
2 TBS sugar
1 8 oz package shredded cheddar cheese...I used sharp
1 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 cups Uncle Ben's Rice
1/4 c salted butter


Throw all ingredients into a crockpot and cook for four hours until ready. I gave it a stir every hour just to make sure the cheese was melted through.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

No Coupon Inserts Tomorrow

Due to Easter, there will be no coupon inserts in any of the papers this week. Have a great holiday ya'll!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Publix Shopping Trip 04-17 savings of 67%

Before you judge, keep in mind I buy most of my meats and produce at the base commissary so this is the rest of it. With rising food prices, I get my savings however I can.

2 BREYERS HALF GALLON ICE CREAM…bogo plus a Target $1.50 off web coupon knocked it down to $2 per half gallon. Normal price: $5.98 each!!!

Birdseye Steamfresh Veggies were 50% off. Using a $1 off of 3 brought it down to under $.60 a bag. Normal price: $1.90 each.

Kellog's Pop Tarts: BOGO. Using a $1 off of 3 brought it down to $.66 a box. Normal price: $1.98 each.

Pedigree Dogfood (4.4lbs) Normally $4.99. Store savings of $1 off plus $3 off coupon made them $.99 each.

Pedigree WetDog food: Normally $.77 a can. Coupon for BOGO knocked it down to $.38 a can.

Lipton 100ct Ice Tea Bags: Normally $3.39 a box. Bogo and with $1 off of each box made it $.70 a box.

Wesson Oil: Normally$4.29 a bottle. BOGO and wih a $.60 off coupon for each bottle made it $1.50 a bottle.

Jimmy Dean Sausage: Normally $3.50 each. Store sale was 2/$6 and with $1 off of 2 made it $2.50 per roll. Not much of a savings, but we make a lot of sausage and eggs for breakfast, so I needed to restock it back up.

Ritz Munchables: Normally $2.99 a box. BOGO this week. Used a $1 off coupon for each box, paid $.50 a box.

Idahoan Mashed Potatoes: Normally $1.25 each. BOGO this week. Had a $1 off of three and paid $.29 a bag.

Land o'Lakes. Not on sale, but paid $1.09 with a $1 off coupon.

Smart Balance Spread: Normally $2.99 per container. BOGO this week, had a $1 off of two making it $1 per container.

Coffee Mate Creamer: Normally $1.62 each. This week was 4 for $6. Using 2 x $1 off coupons for two, knocked it down to $1 each.

Dole Canned Pineapple: Normally $1.55 each. BOGO this week. Had $.50 off of two. Doubles up to $1 off. Makes it $.27 a can.

Yesterday, I used an in ad coupon for $10 off of a $50 American Express giftcard. With a $4.95 activation fee, I am getting $50 worth of gift card for $45.05 and making back $5.05 per card.

My total purchases today were $174.92 with tax. Using store sales, manufacturer's q's (coupons) and the savings off of the gift card, I saved $114.90 and only paid $62.70.

I am not looking to buy $1000 worth of groceries for $150, but 8 am looking to save at least half when I grocery shop. Considering the cot of rising food prices, I will take the savings any way I can get them.

How do you save money?
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Sunday Coupon Preview 4-17

Apparently there are three coupon inserts in this week's paper.  Last week there were three, so we shall see....

2 Smartsource and 1 Redplum

Source:  Sunday Coupon Preview

4-17 Redplum

Bertolli Pasta Sauces Save $1.50/2 (5/15)
Cap’n Crunch Cereal Save $1.00/2 (8/31)
Cheer Detergent any Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Degree Men Adrenaline Series Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Save $1.00/1 (5/15)
Degree Men or Women Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Save $1.00/1 (5/15)
Degree for Women Premium Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant or Body Mist Save $1.00/1 (5/15)
Era Detergent any Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Febreze product with Gain Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Gain Detergent any Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Gain fabric softener or sheets Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Head & Shoulders Shampoo buy One Get One Head & Shoulder 13.5oz Conditioner FREE to Save $4.74 ( 5/31)
Hellman;s product 16.5oz or larger .75/1 (5/15)
Iams canned dog or cat food Buy 3 Get 1 FREE to Save $1.00 (5/31)
Iams Healthy Naturals dry dog or cat food Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Iams Premium Protection dry dog or cat food Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Iams ProActive Health dry dog or cat food Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
I can’t Believe It’s Not Butter product .75/2 (5/15)
Knorr’s Recipe/Sauce/Gravy Mix Product .50/2 (5/14)
Lipton Recipe Secrets product .60/2 (5/14)
Natural Instincts Hair color Save $3.00/1 (5/31)
Nivea body lotion 8.4oz- 13.5 oz Save $1.00/1 (5/15)
Nivea Express Hydration Lotion or gel 8.4oz – 13.5oz Save $2.00/1 (5/15)
Nivea for Men body wash 8.4fl oz- 16.9 fl oz Save $3.00/1 (5/14)
Nivea for Men face care product or TWO shave gels 0.5 floz- 7oz Save $2.00/1 (5/141)
Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizer or cleanser no trial Save $3.00/1 (5/31)
Osteo Bi-Flex caplets, softgels or powder no liquids Save $6.00/1 (5/29)
Pedigree Jumbone treats for dogs Save $1.00/1 (5/29)
Pedigree Marrobone treats for dogs Save $1.00/1 (5/29)
Pop Secrets products Save $1.00/2 (5/29)
Rimmel product Save $1.00/1 (6/30)
Scope Mouthwash 710 ml or larger Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Scotties facial tissues 5 boxes or 2 multipacks Save $1.00 (5/14)
Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread .60/1 (5/15)
Sundown vitamin or supplements product Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Waverly paper plates, plastic cups or napkins by Hefty Save $1.25/2 (8/15)
Zyrtec 24ct or larger Save $4.00/1 (5/30)
Zyrtec 24ct or larger Save $7.00/1 (4/24)

4-17 Smartsource 

Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra Starter Kit $4 (5/29)
Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra Refills B2G1F to $5.50 (5/29)
Air Wick Freshmatic Starter Kit $4 (5/29)
Air Wick Freshmatic Compact Refill $1.50 (5/29)
Air Wick 100% Natural Propellant Spray B1G1F to $1.39 (5/29)
Aveeno Active Naturals $3/2 (5/31)
Aveeno Active Naturals $1 (5/31)
Ban Solid .75 (6/4)
Band any .40 (6/4)
Bausch & Lomb Alaway eye drops $5 (6/30)
Bausch & Lomb Opcon-A eye drops $1 (6/30)
Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers or Roll-Ups .50/2 (6/11)
Biz $1 (5/29)
Biz $1.50 (5/1)
Brita Pour-Through or Faucet Mount System $4 (6/26)
Brita Multipack filters $1 (6/26)
Brita Bottle $1 (6/26)
Cheerios Cinnamon Burst .75 (5/28)
Desitin no trial size .75 (6/26)
EarthWise Entirely Natural Premium products $1/2 (5/31)
Enfamil or Enfagrow large size powder 22.2 oz+ $2 (5/31)
Farmland Breakfast Sausage Links $1/2 (5/31)
Farmland Sausage Rolls $1/2 (5/31)
Farmland Hickory Smoked Bacon 12 oz or 16 oz $1 (5/21)
Farmland Diced, Cubed or Julienne Ham or Turkey, Deli Style Lunch Meats, Special Select Sliced Meats or Ham Steaks .75 (5/21)
Fiber One cereal .50 (5/28)
Finish Jet-Dry Rinse Agent or Turbo Dry .55 (6/12)
Finish Dishwasher Cleaner .40 (6/12)
Finish quantum $1 (5/22)
Finish Powerball or Gelpac .75 (5/22)
Godiva Chocolate Bar or Godiva Gems 1.4 oz+ .50 (5/31)
Green Giant Frozen Bagged Vegetables 19oz-240z .40 (6/11)
Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper or Chicken Helper .75/3 (6/11)
Johnson baby or Natural product .50 (6/26)
Johnny Cat Liner Bags or Johnny Cat Litter .40 (12/31)
Jose Ole 16 oz+ $1 (6/30)
Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese Dinner $1 (5/17)
Kraft Big Slice, Kraft or Cracker Barrel Natural Slices $1 (6/12)
LightHouse products $1/2 (7/31)
Listerine Total Care Mouthwash 1L+ or Reach Toothbrush or 1 Reach Floss or 1 Reach Access Flosser $1 (12/31)
Listerine Total Care Mouthwash 1L+ and/or Reach Toothbrush and/or Reach Floss, or Reach Access Flosser $2.50/2 (12/31)
Listerine Mouthwash 1L+ .50 (12/31)
Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening Mouthwash 32 fl oz or 1 Restoring Listerine Anticavity Mouthwash 1L $1 (12/31)
Listerine Agent Cool Blue 500 ml or Reach Kids Toothbrush $1 (12/31)
Listerine Zero Mouthwash 1L+ $1 (12/31)
Listerine Pocketpaks 24ct+ or Listerine Pocketmist or Plax Rinse or Listerine Essential Care toothpaste .50 (12/31)
Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System Starter Kit $3 (5/17)
Maxwell House .55 (5/31)
Nature Valley Granola Thins .75 (6/11)
NatureSweet SunBursts tomatoes 10.5 oz .55 (6/11)
Neosporin or one Band-Aid product .50 (6/30)
Neosporin AND one Band-Aid product $1.50 (6/30)
Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer $1 (6/30)
Oreo Fudge Cremes 11.3 oz $1 (5/16)
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls or Grands Sweet Rolls .50/2 (7/9)
Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls .40/2 (7/9)
Pillsbury Italian Meal Breads .40/2 (7/9)
Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands Biscuits .30/2 (7/9)
Reach by design Toothbrush 1ct or 2 ct $1 (12/31)
Reynolds Wrap Foil except 20, 25, 30 sq ft .75 (5/31)
Ritz Crackerfuls Filled Crackers 6 oz $1 (7/10)
Schick Hydro 5 refill $2 (5/28)
Schick Hydro 3 refill $2 (5/28)
Schick Hydro Shave Gel .75 (5/28)
Schick Quattro for Women Razor or Refill $2 (5/29)
Schick Intuition Razor or Refill $2 (5/29)
Scotch Brite Greener Clean $1/2 (5/31)
Tena Serenity Pads & Tena Men and Women Underwear $1 (7/31)
Totinos Crisp Crust Party Pizza $1/5 (7/9)
Totinos Rolls Snacks .40/2 (7/9)
VTech Toy priced $19.99 $5 (7/31)
Wheat Thins Crunch Stix $1 (6/26)
WhiteCastle Microwaveable Hamburgers or Cheeseburgers .50 (7/16)
Woolite Carpet and Upholstery $1 (5/31)
Yoplait Fiber One Multipacks .50 (6/11)
Yoplait Yogurt 32 oz .50 (6/11)
Yoplait Greek yogurt .60/2 (6/11)
Yoplait Greek Yogurt 4 pack $1 (6/11)
Yoplait Go Gurt or Trix Multipack .75/2 (6/11)
Yuban $1/2 (5/31)

4-17 Smartsource Second Insert

Act Dry Mouth bottle $2 (5/31)
Act bottle 16.9oz+ $1 (5/31)
Allegra, Allegra-D or any Children’s Allegra $5 (5/7)
Ascriptin $1.50 (7/31)
Benefiber $1 (7/16)
Benefiber Plus Heart Health product $2 (7/16)
Bufferin 130 ct $1 (7/31)
Dannon Greek 5.3 oz cups .50/2 (5/31)
Doans Extra Strength Caplets $1 (7/31)
Excedrin 20 ct+ .75 (6/4)
Excedrin 80 ct+ $1.50 (6/4)
Gas-X $1 (7/16)
Gas-X Prevention $1 (7/16)
Good Nites Jumbo Pack+ $2 (5/14)
Huggies Little Swimmers $2 (5/14)
Huggies Little Swimmers Sun Care product $1 (5/14)
Huggies Pull Ups Jumbo pack+ $1.50 (5/14)
Huggies Diapers $1.50 (5/14)
Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers $2 (5/14)
Huggies Baby Wipes 64 ct+ .50 (5/14)
Keri Lotion $2 (7/31)
Maalox $1 (7/16)
Maalox $2.50/2 (7/16)
Mineral Ice Pain Relieving Gel $1.50 (7/31)
Myoflex Pain Relieving Cream $1.50 (7/31)
OxiClean Original In-Wash Booster or Pre-Treater $1 (6/30)
OxiClean $2/3 (6/30)
Ortega .50/2 (6/30)
Physicains Formula $1 (7/31)
Prevacid 24HR $3 (5/15)
Purina Beneful Snackin Slices any size $1 (7/17)
Purina ONE brand beyOnd Dog food any $2 (5/16)
Purina ONE brand beyOnd cat food any size $2 (5/16)
Scott Naturals Paper Towels $1/6 (5/29)
Scott Naturals Bath Tissue 4 rolls+ $1 (5/29)
Scott Naturals Flushable Wipes .50 (5/29)
Spice Island $1/2 (6/19)
Starbucks Coffee 11, 12, 20 oz bag $1.50 (6/30)
U by Kotex Pads $1 (5/28)
U by Kotex Liners $1 (5/28)
U by Kotex Tampons $1 (5/28)
Zaditor $3 (7/31)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Official Release from Department of Defense

Government Shutdown has been avoided. Business as usual for all personnel,
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Commissaries to Remain Open
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Lawmakers Ready Emergency Troop Funding Bill

If they continue to reach an impasse, GOP Congressional heads are prepared to push through an Emergency Troop Funding Bill.
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No Death Benefits For Those KIA If Gov't Shuts Down.

This makes me angrier than having to wait for our family's midmonth pay and beyond. These families make the Ultimate Sacrifice and our Elected officials cannot agree on a budget 6 months into a fiscal year. Sickening!
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Gov't Shutdown: What's going to be closed or open?

Gov't Shutdown: What's closed, what's open?

Here is the list in case anybody is interested. 

Navy Federal to Advance Military Pay to Members

Navy Federal to Advance Military Pay to Members

Now if somebody could redirect me to a word from USAA about how they are planning on responding to members, it would be much appreciated!

Message from Department of Defense on Government Shutdown

From Press Release

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Military Family State by State Laws on Renter's Rights.

In case any Military Families are worried about getting evicted for non payment of rent should this Government Shutdown continue...

Here is a link with each State's laws on evictions:
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Military Families Emergency Plan

Awesome information on how a military shutdown affects families and where to get EMERGENCY help.
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Military Report - Bill Would Protect Military Pay

Military Report - Bill Would Protect Military Pay

The Commissary Prices

I get a kick out of going to the commissary sometimes.  It seems like every single time I go, I inevitably run into the same people week after week and without fail, it always seems to be the same crew of retired Veterans and their wives.  I love hearing their stories of the days when they served and especially love seeing their chests puff out in pride about how they served. 

I love their meat prices.  Seriously, I went in there a few days ago and chicken breasts were $1.39 a pound.  I can't even get that at Publix on a day when they are on sale.  The closet they get is $1.99 a pound and even then I refuse to buy them.  Today the hubby and I grilled up some steaks we picked up there for less than $3 a pound and they were delicious paired alongside a heaping pile of onions and mushrooms sauteed in my cast iron skillet. We are eating like kings and I haven't even used a coupon in there yet.  For those who know me on a daily basis, I am always looking for a deal and am not afraid to stock up on things if it is super inexpensive. 

So, in an effort to save a little time and money, I decided that from now on I am using Publix for their BOGO (Buy One Get One) Deals and the commissary (with my coupons) for everything else.  The only thing that stinks is that I wish they were open on Mondays like the rest of the freaking world, but once again, I digress.

What kinds of deals do you find at your Commissary?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Silence is Golden

One of my favorite things to do at night is lay in bed and read a book. Since my hubby has gotten back, it has been a lot harder to do. He likes to get to sleep much earlier than I do, but also likes to spend as much time with me as possible. To effectively problem solve this issue, I downloaded the Kindle application to my Droid phone and turned the reader to black with white lettering so as not to disturb his rest. So far it has been working out great. I get to read well into the night and he sleeps soundly beside me.

One of my favorite things about this experience is feeling his breath lightly dancing across my bare shoulder in an air kiss. As his sleep deepens, his breath starts to slow and I find myself relaxing in its rhythm. I treasure these moments because I know that he will deploy again one day and I will be left with memories and the scent of his cologne as gentle reminders. The silence is golden and the experience is priceless.
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