F Savings With Sadie: 4/1/09 - 5/1/09


Coupon Class Tonight

The girls at McGinty-Gordon & Associates have it going on with the couponing. Tonight, we had a second class for those that missed the first and some repeats that wanted to pick up any tips they may have missed in the original class. The oldies have figured it out and are excelling in their savings. The newbies looked a little bleary eyed by the end of class and shocked at the savings they have been missing. We not only talked about grocery savings but also discussed retail, restaurant, and medicine savings as well.

Past class members shared their savings and are still awed that they have saved so much. Once you coupon a couple of times and realize the savings, it is very difficult to pay retail for anything.

We have an exceptional student, Susie, who created a Coupon Board for the break room. The girls share and trade coupons. (Click on the picture to enlarge.) Everyone has different needs -- some need baby coupons, others want baking products and so on.

Susie also set up her own organizational system using a notebook. It is labeled and very organized. Organization is the key to quick couponing. I always share my system but follow-up with the fact that everyone has to find the system that works best for them. Over the last 7 months, I have tweaked mine a couple of times for better organization and making it faster for pulling coupons. Please comment and share your system or send us a savings tip.

Thank you McGinty-Gordon for providing the conference room.


This picture is an example of stockpiling. For a couple of months, I dated some of my household products to get an idea of how long they last. This stash of Electrasol/Finish Tabs should last about 8 months.

The tabs were purchased at a rock bottom price of .50 per box. Retail is $6.00 per box at my local grocery store. The picture reflects a total of $5.00 spent on all 10 boxes. Total retail is $60. This is why I buy more than one paper.

This is what stockpiling is all about. I won't need to buy this product for at least six months and by then, there should be another rock bottom deal out there.

Harris Teeter: Day 2 Trip 2

Today's Reported Savings

Retail: $57.53

Paid: $11.81

Post your reported savings in the comment section or email savingswithsadie@gmail.com. Click on picture for better view.


Harris Teeter: Day 1 Trip 1

Today's Reported Savings

Retail: $69.84

Paid: $21.27 *

* Would have been less but one bottle of Wine and and bananas and apples drove up the price.

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Harris Teeter Special E-Vic Offer

Check your e-vic email today to see if you received a free offer from Harris Teeter. This week, my offer is:

Restaurant quality H.T. Trader Salad Dressing - My Choice - one of the following for FREE!!
    • H.T. Traders Sesame Pineapple Vinaigrette Salad Dressing 12 oz
    • H.T. Traders Blue Cheese Italian Vinaigrette Salad Dressing 12 oz
    • H.T. Traders Italian Vinaigrette Salad Dressing 12 oz
    • H.T. Traders Greek Feta Vinaigrette Salad Dressing 12 oz
    • H.T. Traders Blue Cheese Salad Dressing 12 oz
    • H.T. Traders Chipotle Ranch Salad Dressing 12 oz
    • H.T. Traders Mandarin Ginger Poppy Seed Vinaigrette Salad Dressing 12 oz
Offer good through May 05, 2009. Discount automatically taken at the register, no coupons to clip or carry! Offer valid until May 05, 2009, with your VIC card.

Remember this offer is only available to e-vic customers and not everyone gets the same offer. There is a difference between VIC customer and E-Vic. Check your email or the bottom of your receipt to see if you received an offer.

Between all the Free bottles of Kraft salad dressing I received last week and my free offer this week. I believe I am good in the salad dressing department for several months!

$2 Coupon

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Mine: My Magazine, My Way

When the Mine Magazine was offered for free, I elected the digital instead of the paper. I already get so many free magazines in the mail, I don't need another just yet.

Today, I received my personalized digital version. Click here to check it out. Click on the square icon to view index. Also, there is not a scroll bar -- just put your mouse pointer on the page and click to scroll up and down or zoom.

Savings in the Garden


In order to save money on our lawn care this year, I decided to spread pine straw instead of paying the landscapers to do it. To get us started, I ordered 20 bales and yesterday my daughter helped with the back breaking task of spreading it. This did not cover the entire front yard but certainly freshened up most beds. I need about 25-30 more bales to finish up the front and freshen up the back yard once I get over the aches.

What prompted me to do this and save money? Last year, I was quoted $900 to straw our entire yard. WOW! I asked why so expensive and they explained overhead: they purchase the straw, pay for the labor to off load it and reload to transport, gas, and labor to spread the straw. I am not covering every square inch of my flower beds and probably not putting it down as thick -- just enough to spruce it up.

I paid $3.50 per bale (free delivery). So far I have spent $70 and the yard looks great.

Flower Containers:

We have a large area in the front yard that gets to much shade and grass refuses to grow. We expanded the flower bed but needed to add some color. Instead of filling the entire area with plants and in order to keep costs down, we decided we needed to use containers.

For the area, I purchased 3 very large, matching, inexpensive baskets (varying sizes) from T. J. Maxx and filled them with potting soil and added Impatients. Once the flowers get a little bigger, these flower containers will pop and I believe they will be beautiful. I have used baskets before in the landscape. Looks good and inexpensive. The basket should last a couple of years.

My husband was unable to help us since he is recuperating from an ankle fusion. He says he feels like James Caan in Misery. I guess you know I am "Kathy Bates." I started gardening really early while it was cool and before I knew it -- it was 11:30 AM and I realized I had not given him breakfast or coffee. He accused me of running a prison camp. Oh well, I do love my gardening!

Photo: No, not my house -- photo taken in a garden in the South of France.
"Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.? - Kim Rohn


Organic Garden and Food Lover

Today, I did something I have not done in years. I planted a couple of tomato, cucumber, and bell pepper plants. I am not sure how good I will be at organic gardening but I will give it a try. I remember when I was little, my mother would mix up soapy water and pour it on the plants that were infected with bugs instead of using harsh insecticides. I think at that time, it was more about being frugal instead of being organic, but it seemed to work.

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Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash Free Sample

New Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash has burnt brown sugar and karite butter that gently exfoliates and moisturizes. Complete the form here and submit for your FREE sample.

Remember: Don't give out your mobile number unless you wish to participate in offers and you do not have to accept emails for coupons and newsletters. I do accept from the big manufacturers such as Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, etc. because they will send you coupons and I know they are legit.

You also do not have to click on any of the other offers. The are so many ways to save using the internet, just stay in the safe zones and don't stray too far and you won't have any problems.



On this site, you mostly hear about Harris Teeter because I do a lot of my shopping there. It is about one mile from my house. However, I do shop great deals at Publix . At the present time, I don't have time to post every deal I find. Both of these grocery stores run equal as far as the deals go and both have great websites to help you with your savings.

Click here and check out this link on the B1G1 Free deals going on at Publix each week. The link is located on the left side of the screen. You may have to put in your zip code to pull up local sales. I use this link when I am in a hurry and want a quick glance at the B1G1 super specials. Split your screen for two windows and have Publix and the coupon database open at the same time for quick matchups.

I know for some of you that are new to couponing or even just teetering on the idea of couponing, this may seem like it takes a lot of time, but it really does not. You can spend as much time as you like couponing. Even with minimal effort, you could save at least $100 a month ($1,200 a year) and that is hardly working the system. There is so much more to be saved.

Please email me or leave a comment if you are new to couponing and let me know how much you have been able to save.


CVS Dove Deals

I have enjoyed every Dove product I have tried. I may pay a little more than I would if I used store brand soap but I can really tell the difference in my skin using Dove.

Here is my Dove Deal of the Week at CVS.


(2) Dove Skin Vitalizer Facial Cleansing Massager

Retail: $12.99 each (total retail $25.98)
Sale: $4.00 each

Dove Cream Oil Body Lotion w/Bonus Bottle
Retail: $7.99

Dove Creamy Body Wash
Retail: $8.60
Sale: $6.99

Dove Gentle Exfoliating Cleansing Pillows
Retail: $4.99
Sale: $3.49

CVS Coupon: $4.00 off $20.00
CVS Coupon: $2.50 off Dove
CVS Coupon: $2.50 off Dove
Mfg Coupon: 2 - $5.00 off Massager (making both Free)
Mfg Coupon: $1.25 Dove Body Wash
Mfg Coupon: $1.50 Dove Body Lotion

Total Retail: $48.59

Paid: $6.94

Savings: $41.55

Check your 3/15 RP for lots of Dove coupons. The $5.00 Facial Cleansing Massager coupon came in a home mailer the other day. I received two. If you did not get that, there is a $3.50 in the 3/15 Red Plum. At both my CVS's on the island, both of the massagers were out -- but always check back on Friday after 12:00 noon or on Saturday for restocking. If you don't see it, ask for it. You may also click here for coupons.

Remember: Even when the item is free, you still must pay the sales tax.


Dell's Affair with K-Mart

Lately, Dell has been seeing more of K-Mart than her husband. Many of us couponers are guilty of that at some time or another. As soon as Cissy and I hear triples, we are working on our strategic plan for the entire week of triples.

My husband says I am distracted, but he isn't complaining. Dell's husband is proud, he is the one that sent me the emails, and I bet Cissy's husband is at home adding an additional wing on to their house for her stockpile right this minute.

I wish this picture was bigger so you could see all the booty Dell walked away with on her last rendezvous at K-Mart. (I am not sure how to enlarge the picture in my blog. I will work on that for the future. Try clicking on picture and you maybe able to enlarge.)

Dell and Cissy have both been star students. I think I am going to have to start a new blog as a support site for out of control crazed couponers.

Maybe, with all the money we save, our husbands will send us to a spa to recuperate.

Total retail value = $289.59

Dell paid = $35.45

Savings = 87.7%
Everyone, please applaud Dell! I just can't imagine ever paying retail for grocery items again!

Girls, we need to be on "How did they do that?"

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Gillette Fusion Razor Giveaway

This morning I received an email to from Gillette to remind me to try for one of their free razors starting at 12:00 noon Eastern. Well, it was only 11:04 AM so I decided to try a little early. All I had to do was click on link and type my email address. Message received read...


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Harris Teeter Triples List

I don't know how those girls do it, but over at Hot Coupon World, they have already put together a preliminary list for next week.

Below is a sample of a few free or almost free items. Click here to check out their list to date.

Welch’s Squeezable Jelly - $1.33
.55/1 3/29 SS = Free

Daisy Sour Cream - $1.00
.60/1 4/5 SS= Free

New York Texas Toast Croutons = $1.59
.55/1 4/5 Insert= Free

Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice = $2.25
.75/1 4/5 RP = Free
Easy Mac - 4/$3
.75/3 tearpad = Free

Muir Glen Soup = 2.29
.75/1 2/8 SS (Coupon Expires 5/2) = .04

Viva Paper Towels = 2.59
.85/1 4/5 SS = .04 each


Bzz Agent

A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon a site called Bzz Agent (pronounced "Buzz-Agent") and signed up. I wanted to check it out and test a couple products before commenting. It is a legit site, fun and FREE.

Sign up is easy. There are several questionnaires you can fill out. The more you fill out, the better they will know you and the types of products that interest you. It did not take long to fill out the questionnaire.

Bzz Agent emails me offers and I may or may not chose to participate. Once I sign up, they ship me the package for testing. In return I give them honest feedback about the product and how I liked it.

The first offer I signed up for was a box filled with several different items for me to try, some Barbara's cereal, tea, lotion, vitamins, etc. Instructions said that the survey would possibly take 20 minutes - the survey only took approximately 10 minutes.

In case you are interested in becoming a Bzz Agent, here are a few things to know...

A Bzz Agent:
  • Experiences new products and services (of their choosing).

  • Shares their honest opinions about those products and services with family and friends (this is the Bzz).

  • Reports their Bzz back, so Bzz Agent clients can directly see and measure the impact of WOM (word of mouth) marketing.

We are asked to share our honest opinion with our family and friends about products we have tried and because I have this blog, I can share with everyone. The more offers I participate in, my bee status will change and I will get even better offers and free products.

Yesterday, I received my latest offer...

Loreal Paris New Advanced Revita Lift Deep Set Wrinkle Repair Day Lotion and Night Cream. I am all about the skin, so I signed up immediately when they emailed me the offer. Shortly after signing up, I received two full size bottles that I am to try over the next 4-8 weeks. They also sent me a few sample packets to share.
I would like for three people to try the small sample packets and let me know how they like the product. The first three people to contact me, will be sent the packets. All I want is feedback. I have only used this product for one day. The day lotion smells wonderful. Hopefully my wrinkles will just fade away. If you are interested, leave a comment or email me at savingswithsadie@gmail.com.

K-Mart Madness

Dell, a good friend, is the Queen of Queens this week. She is burning up the road to K-mart. We don't have a K-mart in our area, however, Dell has two in the Atlantic Beach area near her home. All week it is doubles up to $2.00. She emailed me this photo and here is her list and the price she paid.

Items purchased:

3 10-packs of Capri Sun
2 V-8-Fusion
1 Spot Shot carpet cleaner
1 Dawn Plus hand renewal dish soap
3 Hormel complete individual dinners
2 Vaseline lotion
2 Dove deodorant
6 Secret deodorant
3 Aussie hair conditioners
2 Dove hair conditioners
2 Aussie texturizing gel
4 Herbal Essence shampoo
4 St. Ives facial scrubs
4 Dove bath bars
8 Hartz Crunch & Clean cat snacks
5 Kotex panty liners
2 Whiskers Lickins cat treats
4 Whiskers Temptations cat treats
4 Pounce cat treats


Savings of 84.6%.

She was so excited about her savings that she forgot to use a $5.00 coupon. Otherwise, she would have paid only $19.73.
From looking at her list, I would say her kitty cats are spoiled.


Electrasol Tabs B1G1 Free at Harris Teeter

I just looked at the Harris Teeter sales and noticed the Electrasol is on sale B1G1 FREE.

The tabs sell for $6.00 a box. Buy 1 for $3.00 - use $2.50 coupon -- Final: .50.


Ankle Fusion Complete

Today, we checked in to Southeastern Orthopedic Clinic at 6:00 AM and met with doctors. Surgery started around 7:15 and took about 2 1/2 hours. Patrick was in recovery for over an hour and then they carefully put him in my car and wished us well.

He has a nerve block which will probably last for a few more hours. He has set up camp in our bedroom and has found his cell phone to be a very handy tool for phoning me in the house when he needs something.

I pray that as his nerve block wanes, that his good mood won't. We are going to try and stay ahead of the pain with the meds. He will be ten days in bandages and then go to a hard cast. If all goes well, he may be able to put some pressure on it in 6-8 weeks.

My phone is ringing again, must go - it's Patrick.

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Surgery Time

We leave today for Savannah for Patrick's (my husband), first of two ankle fusions. If successful, he will be having the second surgery in late fall.

The pain has gotten progressively worse each year to the point that he is very limited in standing and walking. Over the last few years, we have checked all surgery options from using cadaver bone to ankle replacement. Due to his age, all doctors lean toward fusion. If he were ten years older, perhaps replacement would be a better option.

The doctor says to plan on being in a hard cast for at least 8 weeeeeeeeks. This does not make for a happy camper. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be his nurse, waitress, chef, errand girl, secretary and maid... We have meds, crutches, walker, potty seat, shower chair and even a wheelchair. So we are ready to roll.

Oh yes, we will be getting plenty of pain medication and maybe a little something for my nerves -- so not to worry! I will make a post after surgery.

If you have had this surgery, please comment. If you have been a caregiver, please leave words of encouragement. Really, for those that don't know me, I am "mostly" joking.


Coupon Inserts

My favorite coupon in the Smart Source this week is the Finish/Electrasol $2.50 coupon. I have not seen this coupon in about six months and at that time is was for $2.25.

Before my couponing days, I would pay as much as $5.50/$6.00 for one box of Electrasol. One box will last my family approximately 4 weeks. When the $2.25 coupon came out, I matched it up with a sale and purchased the dish washing tabs for .75 per box. I had several coupons so I stocked up. This is what I call a "rock bottom" deal.

The $2.50 coupon expires around the middle of May. I will be on the look out for the store offering the best sale. If you see a sale on Electrasol tabs, please post a comment and let me know which store.

You can bet I purchased more than one paper yesterday and I lucked up also because there was more than one SS in one of the papers. Plus, both Red Plum and Smart Source had other good coupons. My savings will more than cover the cost of the papers.

For those that wonder why I coupon -- I would rather pay .75 a box instead of $6.00 a box?

All You Booth at Participating Walmarts

All You Magazine will have a booth at participating Walmart stores on April 25th and April 26th from 11:00 AM - 5:00 pm. Receive product samples from sponsors Schick and Poise, affordable summer vacation tips and ideas - tried and tested by All You readers.

A couple Georgia locations are below:

Brunswick Store - April 25th
Valdosta -Norman Drive - April 25th
Valdosta - Perimeter Drive - April 26th

Click here and select your state to find out if your Walmart is participating.

If you have not picked up a copy of All You, Walmart is the only place to purchase it. Otherwise, you can subscribe to the magazine here. It is loaded with coupons as well as savings tips and articles.

Quaker Mini Delights Free Sample

Quaker Mini Delights is offering a FREE sample. My favorite is the cheddar --I buy these often -- they are light and healthy and pack easy for school lunches. Click here to try this rice and multigrain snack. You will also receive a coupon for your next purchase. Just fill in your name and address and they will ship to you.

I love to try to new products and I have wasted so much money in the past buying something and sending it straight to the garbage. I was curious about the Soy Joy and ordered the sample, but I must confess, it was a little dry to me and I did not like -- glad I did not waste my money.

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Walmart carries this product and Kroger may carry it as well. All reviews I have read on this sauce indicate it is a great company and a great sauce.

Harris Teeter B1G1 Sale Ends 4/21 and Special Note on B1G1 Free

There are a couple more days before this weeks sale ends. I am still catching up and finally made it to the grocery store. Here are my two favorite B1G1 Free items this week.

Windex-Reg: $3.79 each
Buy 1 for $1.89
SS 3/29 - .75
Final Price: .39 each

Shout - Reg: $3.48 each
Buy 1: $1.74
SS 3/29 - $0.55
Final Price: .64 each

One of my favorite products is Windex Antibacterial Spray. I use it on my granite counter stops and stock up on it when on sale as a B1G1.

Special Note:
Remember you cannot use a coupon on a free item at HT. However, I read on the internet that some of the Harris Teeters may have changed how the B1G1 free rings up at the register. If this is so, at some Harris Teeters, you may be allowed to get both bottles and use two coupons similar to Publix. I will have start paying attention to my receipt and watch how B1G1's ring up. If you can shed any light on this, please comment.

At Publix if it is a B1G1 free and the full price of the item is $3.80. They will split the cost and each item will ring up at $1.90 each, thereby allowing you to use two coupons -- one for each bottle.

Unless things have changed while I was away, at my Harris Teeter, if the price of an item is $3.80, it will ring up $3.80 twice and then credit $3.80 back to you, in this case you can only use one coupon. I usually just purchase one. On my second trip to the store later in the week, I get the other. I know this sounds confusing, but once you learn your grocery store policy, it is so easy. and worth it. Wouldn't you rather pay .39 for Windex instead of $3.79!

A few other B1G1 Free Offers at HT:

Kellogg's Smart Start Cereal
-$2.19 each:
RP 4/5 $1 or $1 Blinkie (Final $1.19 each)

Mayfield Ice Cream-$2.82 each

Klondike Ice Cream bars-$2.34 each

Angel Food Cake-$3.49 each or minis-$2.99 each

PictSweet Deluxe-$1.99 each

Contessa Shrimp-$2.49 each
$1.50/2 Contessa seafood items (must register here and then print coupon)

Cole's garlic bread-$1.64 each

Oscar Mayer Bologna-beef-$2.49 each


Coupon Inserts

Reminder to pick up your paper to get coupon inserts Sunday -- Smart Source and Red Plum.


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Couponing With Kids

I am still amazed at the coupon craze. More and more people are coming up to bat to play the game. I enjoy the calls I receive from people that have taken a class and want to share their savings and also the calls from people that have been reluctant to coupon. Now that they have seen how much their friends and co-workers are saving, they are ready to join the coupon craze. I have found that some of the students that struggled or hesitated about taking a class are now some of the best couponers.

If you want to pull the family into your new hobby, check out this article from Red Plum "Coupons Are For Kids! 4 Ways to Teach the Value of Saving."

Kiplinger.com also has a good article "Sites That Foster Good Money Skills."

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average American family of four spends $8,513 per year on groceries -- that's $709 per month! That does not include dining out. By couponing, you could cut 50% off your grocery bill. Get the entire family involved and you can save a lot more. The money saved could be a down payment on a car or maybe even a family vacation.

I don't know about you, but to me, that is a lot of money. I am sold -- I am ready to start saving for my next trip!

Restaurant Savings

Restaurants.com is offering $25 gift certificates for $3 once again on select restaurants for a limited time. However, you can always purchase a $25 gift certificate for $10 which is still a great deal. Check out the restaurants in your area to see if they participate.


CVS: Save $4 on Beauty Products - Instore Coupon

CVS: Limited Time Beauty Sale. If you are registered with CVS, check your email for your offer. If you are not registered with CVS, sign up here. CVS will occasionally send you in-store coupon offers. Make sure you have your ECB card number when signing up.

Today, I received my coupon for $4 off any beauty purchase of $20. This offer expires April 19th. I am not sure if you will be eligible for the offer I received today, but you will be ready for future offers if you sign up.

I would share mine with you but the coupon specifically says that they will not accept offers printed from unauthorized internet postings. There is also a code on the coupon that may be for one user only.

Atlanta Dining Perks

I just stumbled upon this restaurant savings site. I wish this site had been around when I lived in Atlanta 20 years ago because I dined out for just about every meal.

While I have not used Atlanta Dining Perks , it appears similar to Restaurants.com which I have used successfully.

Founder Joseph C. Somerville Jr. is CEO of All Around Media, LLC. and Co-Host of All Around Atlanta TV show. Somerville is also founder of Dollars for Dining, AtlantaDining.com and many other web sites. He has been successfully serving the Atlanta dining market for more than 15 years. Click here to read more about Atlanta Dining Perks and its founder.

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Publix Weekly Deals - 4/13 - 4/21

I just got my computer back last night - I am so happy I can start blogging again and I am beginning to recover from jet lag.

I see that Lissa at Saving Your Cents has her Publix weekly deals posted. Click here to check out the great deals she found.


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Home At Last

I made it back from Italy safe and sound last night. Our group arrived at the Rome airport at approximately 3:30 AM Easter morning to catch a 6:15 AM flight. I had a slight glitch with my ticket and was beginning to think I may be staying another night in Rome but Lucia, our wonderful, local guide, took care of all the details and straightened out the situation.

After getting ticketed, we checked our luggage and moved to the security line. As we were waiting our turn, the power went out -- no lights. We weren't sure what was happening and it was a little scary. Our group leader used her cell phone to call Lucia to see if she knew anything. She said she was in the train station and power was out there as well. After standing for about 20 minutes in the dark, we sat down on the floor to rest and nap. Security did not even know what was happening because their emergency communication system was not working. Well, you can imagine what we were thinking and trying not to say.

Finally, after another 25 minutes or so, the lights came back on and we were processed. Never found out what caused the outage, but we were more concerned with catching our flight and getting out of there. Our flight to Amsterdam took off an hour late -- so by the time we landed in Amsterdam, we had about 20 minutes to get to our gate and that included going through security and passport check again. We were down to ten minutes and the gate was literally a mile away from our arrival gate. Some of us ran the entire way to gate. As we got to the gate, they said they had been holding the plane for us. Another 15 or 20 minutes and we would have missed this flight.

I am a bit jet-lagged today and moving slow. We had a full itinerary so there was no time to stop and post or check emails. I hope to have my computer back in the next day or so and begin blogging. As time permits, I will post some of the highlights of my trip.


Oven-Roasted Spaghetti Squash With Sauce

  • 2- to 2 1/2-lb. spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise
  • 3 T olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Scoop out the center of squash, including the seeds, and discard.
  • Place the squash halves face up on a baking sheet and drizzle the olive oil on the inside of the squash. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Place in the oven and cook for about 45 minutes, or until the squash pulls away from the sides easily. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Use a fork to scoop the strands of "spaghetti" from the squash and place in a medium bowl.
  • Add sauce and serve.
  • Makes 3 or 4 side-dish servings


Mix in mini-Cuisinart or other.

  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 small shallot, finely diced
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbs each chopped mint and/or cilantro
Contributor: Thank you - Danya Schutt-Green


Booty's Brownies

2 bittersweet chocolate squares
2 semi-sweet chocolate squares
2 sticks butter – has to be Land O lakes
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs blended
1 cup flour
2 cups pecan halves

Melt chocolate and butter in a double broiler – remove from heat, add sugar and vanilla. When cooled, add eggs and then flour. Mix in the pecans. Bake at 325 degrees for 44 minutes. Remove from oven – place in freezer immediately. Take out of freezer after one hour and remove from pan. Place in ziploc and put back in freezer until ready to serve.

You have to follow this recipe exactly and you will have the best brownies ever. Serve with vanilla ice cream!

Thanks Danya


Veggie Casserole

6 c. thinly sliced zucchini ( about 3 large)
6 c thinly sliced yellow squash (about 5 medium)
4 c. broccoli florets
2 c. grated carrot (about 3 large)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 ½ c. shredded Swiss cheese
½ c. butter
2 c. sour cream
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp. salt
11/2 tsp. pepper
1 (6 oz) box savory herb stuffing mix
2 c. French fried onion rings

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 3-qt. baking dish. In large dutch oven, combine zucchini, squash, broccoli, carrot, bell pepper, onion, and water to cover; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 10-12 min, or until tender. Drain well. In large bowl, combine veggie mixture, cheese, and butter, stirring until melted. Add sour cream, eggs, salt, and pepper. Add stuffing mix and stir well. Spoon into baking dish and bake for 20 min. Sprinkle casserole with onions and bake another 10-15 min.
Makes 10-12 servings

Contributor: Thank You - Lisa Hamil


So Easy Recipe - Salsa Chicken

Looking for something easy to cook for dinner tonight. Check this out...

Salsa Chicken
  • Put boneless skinless chicken in the crock pot.
  • Mix 1 cup of salsa, 1 packet of taco seasoning and 1 can of cream of mushroom soup.
  • Pour over chicken.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Add 1 cup of sour cream and serve.
  • Chicken melts in your mouth and has great flavor!
  • Side suggestions: rice, broccoli, green beans, asparagus.
  • Leftover suggestions: Shred chicken and add cooked bell pepper strips and onions and tortillas to make fajitas.
Contributor: Unknown


Clearing Clutter and Earning a Little Money on the Side

Kathie Lee and Hoda recently had a segment "Clear Clutter From Your Life" featuring guest Gail Blanke, author of "Throw Out 50 Things." Click here and check out this clip. This lady will really get you motivated. She got one woman so motivated, the lady reported back that the first thing she got rid of was the man she had lived with for eleven years. Now, I call that deep cleaning. You may visit Gail Blanke's website here for tips.

I am getting the urge to purge and now I am really motivated after seeing this clip. I think I got my desire to toss things out or give away items from my grandmother. She was always getting rid of things. Some of these things were quite valuable and this did upset her four daughters more than a few times.

Getting rid of the clutter makes me feel good. I have made more than a few people happy with the items I have given away. If I have not worn an outfit in two years, then I probably never will -- so I usually toss. I have a few sentimental pieces that I keep. No matter how many clothes I have in my closet, I tend to wear my "favorites for the season” over and over again anyway.

Soon, I will be in my de-clutter mode -- cleaning out clothes, kitchen items, accessories. I already have bags of items gathering in a corner just waiting to find a new home. If I have not used that George Foreman Grill or I have dust settling on accessories in my closet – it is time to toss. I just can't be sentimental about the blue and mauve place mats I got back in the late 80's as a wedding gift. It is all about simplifying -- one of my favorite words.

Compared to “other peoples stuff, I am proud to say I have very little, although my husband might disagree --he thinks I have quite a lot of “stuff.” I must say, we do have quite a collection of golf clubs sitting in a corner in the garage -- I just wonder how much that "stuff" is worth!

If you have items you have grown tired of, then it is time for you to purge, clean out, re-organize and maybe even make a little money. Have a garage sale, go to a consignment shop, use Craigs List or donate to charity and write it off. I think it will make you feel good to de-clutter. You have to be creative about how you can put a little extra money back in your pocket!

Click here to visit Organized Home regarding “Garage Sale Tips: Clear Clutter With A Yard Sale." Click here to visit eHow on suggestions for consignment shops.

Click here to visit eHow on instructions for using Craigs List. I know several people that have been successful selling and buying using this site. While Savings with Sadie is all about savings, it is about safety too! Make sure a friend or family member is with you if you have a buyer coming by your home to pick up items or someone accompanies you if you are buying items.


Italy Bound

For those who know and those who don't -- it's here -it's time - I am finally leaving for Italy TODAY. I will probably have blogging withdrawals but maybe the food and wine will help ease the pain. My travelling companions will probably hang me if I insist on stopping by an internet cafe, so I'll just keep my mouth shut about blogging and keep a notebook of my journey.

Since I won't be around to share the current deals that come my way, I have a few posts scheduled. Not as many as I had hoped, because I have been without my main computer for a week and now my internet just went out at home. So, I am at a friend's posting this message.

If I find any worthy deals, you can bet I will be posting them when I return. This is the first time I have travelled with a tour group and I am excited that everything is pre-planned and I don't have to do a thing but show up.

There are lots of ways to save on travel. In my younger days (pre-marriage), I was able to travel on a budget to some wonderful countries by staying in dorms, hostels, pensions and even camping on the beaches of Greece. Actually, it really wasn't camping, it was more like just sleeping, as there weren't any rooms available on the island. (Note: I used the word "younger" - I am a little older now and require a good pillow and a bed.)

As a family, we have saved money travelling with another family to some wonderful destinations by splitting expenses. When I get back, I will make a post on two great trips we took and how we cut expenses.

Travelling with a tour group could be a new way of travel for us -- I will let you know.


T J Maxx Lovers Check This Out

Mom Central is a blog loaded with wonderful articles. Founder, Stacy DeBroff is a national parenting expert, best-selling author, and regular guest on NBC’s Today.

Since I am a T J Maxx lover, here is one blog post that caught my eye. Click here and check out this article on T J Maxx Blogger Retreat and all that Mom Central learned.

Find out everything you always wanted to know about T J Maxx merchandise, buyers, etc. Here is an excerpt...

"Their stores get 10,000 new items each week. That is why the old TJMaxx logo was "Never the same place twice." This rapidly changing assortment is a key differentiator for them. Their buyers shop the world, with over 10,000 merchants in 60 countries. From Italy to Hong Kong to Morocco to Africa to hand-milled soaps in Provence. All merchandise, food and perfumes come direct from vendor. Some fragrances like Holston, which they no longer sell in the department stores, but they work with the vendor to produce the product. It’s all first time to retail. NOT cast-offs."

"Insider info: trucks arrive only during weekdays. Markdowns tend to hit on Wednesdays. And avoid the weekends: not fresh merchandise, and only part-time sales associates."

"Find out what Marshalls and T J Maxx most want us Moms to know?"

If you are a T J Maxx lover like I am -- you will enjoy this article!


Coupon Usage Is Up

From Tweet Deck posted on March 20th:

"Recession = coupons comeback: a 120% increase with $39 million in coupons downloaded LAST MONTH ALONE at Coupons.com."

Well, I certainly have noticed more coupon usage at the cash registers with both men and women. All of this couponing in my home has had an impact on my family. My daughter is aware of how much money I am saving and she realizes how many hours she would have to work to make the money I save in one month.

Couponing is a savings game and so much fun. I can't believe some of the people I know that have started using coupons -- they have really surprised me and are doing a great job. I like saving money in the places I can cut expenses -- especially since we have a daughter going off to college. Also, by using coupons and looking for great deals, I am also able to put money saved towards other interests such as travel, dining out, clothes, etc.

The other day, while I was out for a few hours, my husband and daughter were getting ready for a scuba diving day trip. They needed to pack a lunch -- so my husband goes to the grocery store and buys what he needs. Of course, they bet that I would comment when I got home about what they paid and about the fact that they did not use coupons -- and they were right -- I did. I just couldn't help myself. I had coupons for those items and it is triples at HT - boy was that painful. The bright side is at least my wonderful husband does not mind going to the grocery store or running errands and my daughter packed their lunch. I am so fortunate!

I would love to hear about your couponing stories - comment or email me at www.savingswithsadie@gmail.com

While your wallet is slimming down -- don't let your waistline increase!

Many people will turn to cheaper processed foods to save money, but you don't have to! My daughter and I avoid buying and eating junk foods and sodas. We keep some on hand for company but it is not something we have on a day to day basis. On the occasion when my husband goes to the grocery store, he may load up on some chips and sodas. I am sure he has withdrawals especially since I don't buy it. The only time we have white bread is when he buys it. I like whole grain and he will eat it because it is all we have in the house. So, we do eat healthy and we do use coupons.

There are ways you can save and eat healthy too. If you are an organic food lover, check out the right side bar - a couple of days ago, I posted some links for organic coupons as well as sites for eating healthy.

Click here and visit Tip Hero for 17 Healthy Foods Under $1.

One favorite and inexpensive item we enjoy eating are lentils. They are loaded with fiber and sell for about $1 a bag. You can use them in stews or for a side dish. Here is a recipe I grew up on and a popular family favorite. When cooking my mother nor my grandmother used measurements - so I will just give you the basics and if you have any kind of cooking skills, you should be able to prepare.

  • Pour one box cracked wheat (Tabbouleh) in a bowl, cover with cold water for at least one hour to soften.
  • Caramelize Chopped Onions in Olive Oil (the more the merrier of both- I use 4 large onions minimum)
  • Cook Lentils - directions on bag.
  • Squeeze water out of the wheat and combine with cooked onions and cooked lentils.
  • Add some salt and lots of pepper.
  • Should now be about as thick as mashed potatoes. This is not a soup although you could also take it in that direction. Be creative.
  • Can be used as a side dish. This is a very healthy dish and can be eaten with soft flat bread.
  • For a shortcut - replace the bag lentils with four cans of the regular Progresso Lentil Soup - may need a fifth.
  • Buy the Progresso when you can get it for .45-.50.

Other money saving tips:

Oatmeal is healthy and cheap. See example of savings...

  • Not so cheap: Box of 12 - Individual packets - approx. 41 cent per serving
  • Cheaper - Large container of Quaker - approx. 13 cent per serving
  • Cheapest - Large container of Generic brand - approx. 6 cent per serving
  • Of course price varies above if using coupon - you could get the Quaker at rock-bottom or for free.

Buy large containers of yogurt instead of individual packs. If you can't buy fresh salmon at approximately $10 per pound, buy the canned version for about $3.50 -- loaded with Omegas.

Save 20% using frozen vegetables instead of fresh. Make sure there are no salt or sugar additives. Technology has improved so we are not losing valuable nutrients in frozen food as we did in the past.

One last thing, if buying fresh vegetables and your grocer does not run specials, this is the time of year you should be visiting a local farmers market. Also, buy fruit in large bags instead of individually.

Walgreens Offering Free Healthcare For Jobless/Uninsured

Walgreens runs 341 Take Care clinics in 35 markets around the country, including Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and Cleveland. Click here to find out more information. This free healthcare program is expected to last through the end of 2009.

"Free services will be offered only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"Walgreens said it will not offer free checkups, vaccinations or other injections because it is focusing on providing services patients might otherwise get at an urgent-care center or even an emergency room."

Please note: This is only available at Walgreens Take Care Clinics. If you know someone that is presently unemployed, you may want to share this news.


Coupon Sites Load Back Up

It is April 1st - so you know what that means - no, not April Fools - it's time to print coupons. All the coupon sites should be charged back up with coupons. Grocery Smarts is loaded along with so many other sites. Savings With Sadie is loaded with options. Get your picks early. Remember, you can print two of each.

For those new to couponing, manufacturers set a limit of how many coupons they will distribute per item. When the limit is reached, the coupon is pulled.

Here are a few:

75 cents on any MultiGrain Cheerios Cereal

40 cents on any flavor Box or Pouch Betty Crocker Potatoes

40 cents on any 2 Viva Single Roll Towels or any one Big Roll 2 pack or larger

55 cents on any box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch

50 cents on any Frozen Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits

$1 on any flavor Yo-Plus Yogurt Multipack

.50 off any 2 Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits at your favorite supermarket

$1 on any 2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough

50 cents on Yoplait Yogurt cups - Includes Original, Light, Thick and Creamy or Whips

Print Grocery Coupons for 100's of Top brands - Betty Crocker, Cheerios, Hershey, Jello, Quaker, V8,Welch's, Yoplait

Harris Teeter Evic Offer - Week 4/1 - 4/7

Check to see what your e-vic offer is this week. My email from Harris Teeter showed $2.00 off any Duracell battery.

Look for packs with $1.00 peelie on them to get additional discount or you may have coupon from the home mailer . The .75 off coupon from PG expired yesterday. I used it and tripled for $2.25 off one small pack.

Offer available only to e-VIC members using the VIC card listed on their VIC account. Electronic coupon, non-transferable. Discount automatically taken at register. One redemption per household.

Special Note: Find your special entry code inside special packs of Duracell and see if you have won yourself a choice of Hot Wheels or Barbie and The Diamond Castle Ultimate Toy Experience. Click here to enter code.
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