Feeding 5 For $150 Per Week: 1st Week of December 2017

Kroger: $ 93.29

Green Bean Delivery: $ 53.05

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Monthly Goal: $600.00 

Weekly Total: $111.44

End of Month Total: $146.34

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

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Frugal Steps:

  1. Our son’s tutor is spending a month in Hawaii, so we are having a 6 week break from tutoring. That will save us $450.
  2. We went out of town for Thanksgiving and my MIL sent us home with a ton of food, including crackers, fruit, milk, hot dogs, yogurt, fruit snacks, jelly, chocolate syrup, and a giant jug of Northern Ohio maple syrup. She also bought the kids several outfits and a toy. We were very spoiled.
  3. I took advantage of Cyber Monday deals to buy holiday cards, flowers, and a couple books.
  4. I went to CVS and combined sale + coupons+ Ibotta to get three packs of Kleenex for free. If you want to try Ibotta through my referral, you will get a $10 bonus once you activate your first rebate.
  5. My husband’s cousin and aunt are very experienced couponers themselves and gifted us with a huge bag of goodies from their stockpile: shampoo, conditioners, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, liners,  and travel wipes.
  6. I got my Ebates quarterly check: $8.
  7. I got free Mentos, ice cream bars, and Ragu sauce from Kroger.
  8. I got an email for a free $25 Shutterfly credit  through Travelzoo. I opted to make a photo book with my credit.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. I treated myself to the book The Cooking Gene. I love historical cooking books/blogs, ever since my fifth grade self read about hardtack and maple snow candy in the Little House series and tried to replicate them.

Cyber Monday Deals

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We have almost nothing left on our Christmas gift list this year, but there are a couple of deals I am taking advantage of this year.

My short list:

  1. Flowers for my best friend. Every year I sent flowers to my best friend for Christmas, and Ebates has a fantastic rebate of 50% if you ship through Florists.com. If you haven’t tried Ebates yet, if you sign up and make your first purchase through them now, you will get a bonus $10 cash back. I send flowers a few times per year and I always go through Ebates.
  2. A photo calendar for my in-laws. I make them a custom photo calendar of the grandkids using whatever discount code I can find this time of year. I used CVS this year and got 50% off plus 8% cash back through Ebates. It was about $5 out of pocket and I can pick it up at my local store.
  3. Holiday cards. If you keep an eye out at Groupon you can sometimes snag a great Staples deal, getting $5-10 for 100 cards. I want to get mine done early this year though, so I opted for CVS on Thanksgiving and got them for $30 after coupon code and Ebates. They were ready same day. My friend Angie used the code CYBERPIC at Walgreens to get 60 photo cards for $17 today. Combine with cashback from Ebates or Swagbucks and increase your savings.
  4. A family ornament. I went through Swagbucks to get 1000 Swagbucks back ($10) and bought a personalized family ornament from personalcreations.com. Swagbucks is how I get Hulu for free all year round. You can read how I earn $25-50/month in gift cards through Swagbucks here.
  5. I bought a few of my favorite stocking stuffers, a few of which are on sale at Amazon today. I read about Poo-Pourri on a blog last year and had to try it. Let’s just say if you live with IBS or inflammatory bowel disease, this is a great product for you. You can go to work, visit friends, travel, and go shopping without worrying about ,um, outing your special problem. A few spritzes in the bowl before you go and leave the bathroom smelling like a garden. I have a spray bottle in every bathroom and I like to give small bottles as stocking stuffers.


Other Deals:

Eye Buy Direct:

Buy one get one free glasses from EyeBuyDirect.com plus free shipping using code BOGO. Go through Ebates and get an extra 10% cash back.

Equal Exchange:

If you buy fair trade coffee through Equal Exchange, buy one bulk bag and get a 2nd 50% off using code COFFEE17


Amazon has discounted loads of Kindle books to $4.99 or less today only. You can get Game of Thrones for $1.99, Hillbilly Elegy for $4.99, Demelza (the 2nd book in the Poldark series)for $1.99, Newberry award-winning children’s book The Girl Who Drank the Moon for $1.99, and blogger Jen Hatmaker‘s memoir Of Mess and Moxie for $3.99.

Looking for a Vitamix? Those things are usually uber-expensive (original price $549.99!). Get one today for $298.95. That’s 46% off.

Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 : Yep, still on sale. It was $119.95, now $74.95.  I use my Instant Pot to make a roast in an hour, make perfect hard boiled eggs in a few minutes, make homemade yogurt in bulk, mashed potatoes without boiling, rice and beans from dried without soaking (seriously, only 20-30 minutes!), cheesecake, even forgot to thaw my meat for dinner and cooked dinner without defrosting in 20 minutes!

My immediate family did Ancestry DNA testing last year and found it fascinating. I had no idea you could buy the test kits on Amazon, but apparently you can! They are $54.99 instead of the regular price of $99 just for today. (If you were wondering, you spit into a container and send it in the mail, then they email your results in a few weeks.)


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Black Friday Amazon Deals 2017

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I’m not one to head out to the shops today, so I thought I would share a few of Amazon’s better Black Friday deals.

Amazon Books: Did you know you can use the code GIFTBOOK17 to get $5 off $20 or more on any physical book (sorry no audio or Kindle books).

I have been coveting the illustrated Harry Potter books and they happen to be on sale today! They are normally $39.99 and are on sale from between $18 and $26. We got all three for our son for $60.

SINGER 1234 Portable Sewing Machine with Free Online Owner’s Class and Tote Bag Project, White/Teal: Was $99.27, now $61.18







Xbox One S 500GB Console + $25 Amazon.com Gift Card Bundle: Lightning deal, so short time only. Get this bundle for $189, usually $304.99

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High

-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers: Was $119.99, now $89.99

If you are looking for a basic eReader that doesn’t have glare in sunlight, this is a good choice.

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player: Was $39.99, now $24.99

If you were thinking of ditching cable, this is a great time to try.

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Black: Was $49.99, now $29.99

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer: Was $129.95, now $81.99

I got one of these last year and use it frequently. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT N79 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner: Was $299.99, now 149.99

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. We didn’t eat out once.
  2. We anticipate so many Thanksgiving leftovers that we have eaten our fridge bare the past week.
  3. I picked up several work shifts and worked on Sunday for a full day.
  4. I transferred an extra $250 to my Roth fund.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. We had two pies leftover from the preschool Thanksgiving but no one likes the pumpkin one enough to finish it off, so it’s getting dumped.

Feeding 5 for $150 per Week: 3rd Week of November 2017

Kroger: $95.84

I got some freebies for using Clicklist, including soy ice cream, cheese, yogurt, and Eggos. I promised 4 pies for the preschool Thanksgiving, so I picked up frozen ones. I’m trying to get work hours in, so too busy to hours of baking!

Green Bean Delivery: $66.80

Monthly Goal: $600.00

Weekly Total: $162.64

Running Total: $500.80

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

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Frugal Steps:

    1. I got my quarterly Ebates rebate check- $8.
    2. I traded some of my Swagbucks for a $25 Hulu gift card to pay for our next 3 months of Hulu.

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3. I watched Poldark using the PBS Roku app.

4. I taught a class to a local Mother of Twins club and earned $50.

5. My mother watched my kids while I went to the art museum. Admission was free and I                only paid $10 for a special exhibition. She sent us home with bread, ham, chocolate                        milk, cupcakes, and fruit.

6. I bought two coats for kids in a local foster program, getting 50% off from Old Navy.

7. I got free cheese, Eggos, and yogurt from Kroger.

8. I got a free pizza from Domino’s using points.

9. The PTO was asking for food donations for a Veteran’s Day event, and I used some of                     my frozen store of butter to whip up 6 dozen homemade oatmeal raisin cookies.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. My husband was out of town and I had a sitter here while I worked several long shifts. I didn’t plan ahead well and ordered out dinner twice.
  2. I went to dinner with friends and got a pricey steak dish.
  3. I sacrificed several fruits and veggies to the Great Compost God.

Feeding 5 for $150 Per Week: 2nd Week of November 2017

Kroger: $126.93

I restocked soup and canned tomatoes in my stockpile with this week’s sale. I got a free box of Eggo’s, 8 cans of Progresso for $6, tomatoes for $0.49 each, and 3 boxes of Creamette for $0.49 total.

Dorothy Lane: $50.39

I forgot to snap a pic, but it’s mostly apple cider and healthier turkey, pork tenderloin, and beef.

Monthly Goal: $600.00

Weekly Total: $177.32

Running Total: $338.16