Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Great JC Penney Coupons!!

There's a great printable $10 off of $25 purchase at JC Penney's.  
Go Here!  It's good 7/1-7/4/11 ONLY!

ALSO... While you're at JC Penney, you might as well stop in Sephora and pick up a free sample! 
Go HERE to print a coupon for a
Free Deluxe Sample of Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer
Combination Skin. 
Expires 7/25/11.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Not just a price scanner!

Sometimes I make a run to CVS without my ExtraCare Card and that's okay because when I check out I simply give the cashier my phone number and they can automatically apply my purchase to my card. 

Then I miss out on something more....the CRT's or Coupons I can get from simply scanning my card at the Coupon Center!  There's one at every CVS, it's a Price checker and it produces CVS coupons.  You can scan your card twice a day and get some great deals.  Recently I've received a $2 off any Huggies wipes, $.50 off of dove candy.  And sometimes I get lucky and receive a cash off of cash coupon like a $5 off of a $20 purchase!  Just a few months ago I recieved a coupon for $10 off any Physician's Formula product.  I used some ECB's to purchase blush for $7 and profited $3 in ECB's!

So, Next trip to CVS don't forget your card!  You won't regret it!

Carrot Wannabe!!

Without the knowlege  on how to harvest sweet potatoes I decided to see how big mine are right now!  However, when I pulled this one out of the ground I got a little confused!!! 

Curvy Carrot Potato??

Hmmmm....I think it'll make for a decent side dish for one, along with the eggplant I harvested tonight!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

CVS Planning

So, it's a little late in the week to be planning for a CVS run!  I'd prefer to go at the beginning of the week so I can be sure that all the items are in stock! 

Regardless, I have $6 in ECB's to rotate so I have to get my shop on!! :)
Here are some deals I'm looking into taking advantage of and hoping to spend little to nothing out of pocket! 

I also want to make sure I get the energy bars and sports drinks because they are a neccisity during my daughter's marching season!

Buy 2 Hawaiian Tropic Products get $10 ECB'S TOTAL (limit 1 deal per card)
Get 2 Hawaiian Tropic Lip Balms    $2.99ea
Pay $5.98 oop
Get $10 in ECB's
=Free Plus $4.02 in overage
Use my $6 ECB's and pay tax only!

1 Hershey's Bliss 8.6-9.6oz @ $5.99 get $5.99 ECB's (limit 1 deal per card)
 -$1/1 from the 5/1SS
5 Powerade @ 5 for $5  (deal also includes SmartWAter, vitamin Water, Fuze and Honest Tea)  Get $2ECB's(limit 1 deal per card)
-1 $1/5 coupon found Here
1 LA Looks 12-20oz Gels @ $2.99 get $2ECB's  (limit 1 deal per card)
-1 $1/1 LA Looks coupon from the 5/15SS
Use $10ECB's and pay $.98 + tax!

1 PowerBar Energy or Protein Bites  $2.49 get $2.49 ECB's (limit 1 deal per card)
4Lipton 100% Natural Teas @ 4 for $5($1.25ea) and get 1ECB (limit 1 deal per card)
-2 BOGO coupons you can print Here   (remember to print one, wait for printing completion. Hit the blue back arrow <--- and print a second)
1 Colgate Total Gum Defense, Advanced or Enamel Strength 4oz, Max 6oz or 360 Surround toothbrush 1 Count @ $2.79 get $2ECB's (limit 2 deals per card)
-$1/1 Colgate Total Advanced coupon from the 6/12 SS
2 Scotch Tape @ BOGO $1.99ea
-2 $1/1 coupons Here
1 Revlon Nail Polish @ $4.99 get $3ECB's (Limit of 6 per card)
-1 $1/1 coupon from the 4/10SS
Use $5.99, $2 & $2 ECB's and pay $.78 + tax!!
RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING ECB'S: $2.49, $1, $2, $3

That's a Total of $1.76 + tax for Everything listed above! :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

From Plant to Plate ~ A Yummy Eggplant Recipe

When selecting which plants to grow in my garden I was limited due to the season.  I prefer to eat broccoli and green beans, but it was too hot for them.  I knew that I'd have to try things I don't usually buy.  Yes, I eat squash and eggplant, but when it's prepared by someone else.  With that said, I had never eaten an eggplant that wasn't fried and smothered in cheese and sauce.  However, now that my garden was in plentiful supply off eggplant, I needed a good recipe!  

I asked lots of people and looked online, but was regularly referred back to good 'ol Eggplant Parmesan.  I didn't want to make a meal of it, I just wanted a good side dish.  Then, my friend said to cut an eggplant in half, put olive oil on it and then bake it.  So, I did.  Sad to say, but.... I didn't like it.  I couldn't throw the vegetable away so I decided to cover it and place what was left in the fridge.  
A couple days went by and my vegetarian cousin came over.  She reheated the cooked eggplant and tasted it.  She liked it, but put a little seasoning on it.  I tasted her recreation and liked it.  :)

So, since then I've modified the basic recipe and created something very tasty and easy to make.  I've enjoyed making and eating this dish multiple times over the past couple of days. Enjoy!

Baked Eggplant
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the Eggplant in half lengthwise.
Place in any oven safe container cut side up.

Completely cover the cut side of the eggplant with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  The eggplant will start to soak up the oil, as seen by the bottom eggplant in the photo below.

Sprinkle the following seasonings onto the eggplant:  Salt, Pepper, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Garlic Powder and Basil.
Begin baking for 30 minutes.
About every ten minutes add a good amount of olive oil to the cut side of the eggplant.
After 30 minutes or so, depending on your oven, check to see if the eggplant is soft.  Then remove from the oven.
Once the eggplant is tender enough for you, plate it and enjoy!
I like to add a little bit of grated parmesan and ramano cheese.

For those of you who are new to eggplant like I was, you can eat the skin and all! :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

I Wave My White Flag!

I have to consider my squash a loss! 
Once again Dad was right!! Yup, he was!

Although my Crookneck Squash finally seemed to be thriving with at least ten fruits on the bush, they are duds!  The fruit grows and then gets soggy and bumpy like it was overwatered.  After much research on the internet and a phone call to my favorite Home Depot Garden Dept Employee, Betty, it's just too hot! 
Squash thrives in the warmth when the nights drop anywhere from 72-60 degrees.
Just to note, I did plant them at the right time.  However, with the probems like the White Powdery Mildew and all the aphids there was no way I'd succeed from the beginning.

Our hot Florida days and nights have cause me to Surrender!!
:(  Better Luck Next Year

My Melaleuca!

I just can't wait!  :)
I placed my first Melaleuca order and I should be getting my Melaleuca products tomorrow!

What is Melaleuca?
It's the name of my new grocery store!
I am a preferred member.  I paid for my membership much like you would to join Sam's Club or Cotsco, however, it's only a one time fee!  I made a commitment to do my shopping with them once a month and I get some great deals too!!
I can't use coupons, but since I don't usually find deals on my vitamins or good cleaning products this isn't costing me any more out of pocket.  Plus, I'm getting greener, safer products for my money.

I'm most excited about the bathroom product I will be getting!  I have some mildew stains that even
Lime-A-Way won't remove.  I'm told that using Melleuca's Tub & Tile 6X concentrate the mildew doesn't stand a chance! 
 I ordered one bottle at $5.69.  Yes that sounds a little pricy for one bottle of shower cleaner, but it's concentrated 6X!!  That means for $5.69 I'm going to be able to make SIX spray bottles of bathroom cleaner.
That's 95Cents a bottle.  Coupons can't even make that price match!!  Plus, I'm getting a safer and better product! 

This is how it works, I purchase 35 points worth of products each months. In the 2nd-6th
month I get $20 in free products monthly.  
And that's it!  :)  
Then, If I decide I love the product and just can't stand to keep my friends and family in the dark, I share my love for the products with them. Then when other's join and tell Melaleuca that I referred them I automatically get a check.  Yes, that's a paycheck for doing nothing!! ;)

So, it's a win win situation!  I get to purchase great products for a very low cost.  My house gets sparkly clean and I can even make some money doing nothing! How can it get any better than that?

I'll be sharing my Melaleuca experiences with you as I go and featuring the products I like.
For more information about Melaleuca go here: