Incidents of an aimless mind.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Early Edition: 6/14

Only the SmartSource insert this Sundays paper, but it is full of great coupons. I may have to pick up an extra paper for the dog treats alone! Here are your coupons of note:

SmartSource - $1.25 off 2 half gallons of Silk Soymilk, 3 $1 off Purina dog treats, $2 off A1, $5 off any Sonicare multi-pack of replacement heads, $2 off Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets.

Happy shopping!


Friday, June 12, 2009

Mojito Esaladas

It's Friday and I have tons of leftover fruit in my fridge!
What to do? Fruit salad...with a twist.

Mojito Ensaladas
. 5 cup honey
.5 cup of water
.25 cup of tequila
juice of one lime
chopped mint

Combine, mixing vigorously
Toss with chopped fruit
Let salad set for few minutes to allow the alcohol to evaporate.


Latte Love

Head into any Borders with this coupon before June 18th and get a free 12oz drink.


Sweet Relief

Sign up for Mars
Chocolate Relief Act,
the first 200,00
people to sign up will be mailed
a coupon
for a free mars candy bar.


Stock it

As I mentioned on Monday, my in-laws were up the other day. As always, they loaded us up with all sorts of goodies and brought dinner with them . They spoil us so much!

Part of that dinner, at least the part I want to talk about, was a rotisserie chicken. While I prefer not to eat meat, I find it a greater tragedy to allow so much to go to waist. So I opted to make a stock from what remained rather then throw it out. If you have not ventured to make your own stock before, I assure you it is very easy and far less expensive than buying it.

All you have to do is throw the remains in a big pot, fill it with water and gently boil for 6-8 hours and adding water needed. EASY! Once that's done, remove large pieces pieces with a slotted spoon and pour stock through a mesh stainer to remove remaining particulate. Place the container of stock into an ice bath to cool, then refrigerate. After the stock is chilled, you can easily remove the grease and freeze for up to 3 months.

Tips: add on hand veggies and herbs for flavor, strain liquid over the sink.

There you have it. A gallon of gourmet stock for essentially free, plus you've reduced your waste.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Steals & Deals

Run, don't walk to to take advantage of their week long Steals and Deals sale.

  • Up to 75% off
  • Tons of freebies
  • Free shipping on orders over $50
  • 6% back when you use your Ebates account
My personal recommendation: Sedu Revolution. I have had one for over a year and love it. It is now 45% off and comes with a 2-year warranty, heat pouch, styling CD and a lighted travel mirror.



Electronic rebates, be still my heart!

I discovered back in October of 2008. It was love at first sight, a collection of online coupons AND money back. That is my cup of tea! I have purchase airfare, ordered flowers, perfume, name it! If I can get it through ebates I do. With 900+ retailers, it's pretty likely you will find many of your favorite online stores. Believe me that change adds up real fast. Check it out! ...let them know I sent ya. ;)

Don't forget to let your friend know too, you'll earn a referral bonus.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A proper curl

Courtesy of Billion Dollar Babes* you can now receive a free mini shu uemura lash curler with any $50 purchase, just use code SHUBABES09 at check out. Know for years as the top lash curler on the market, this baby offers the precess pressure needed to get the job done without pinching your lids or breaking your lashes. The replaceable silicone pads ensure safety and cleanliness in addition optimal curl.
You also get free shipping with any order over $50 and 4 sample at check out. Don't forget to use your Ebates for 5% back. Here are some recommended products:

ß-G Recharging Night Cream - $55
Phyto-black Lifting Mask - $65

ß-G Reinforcing Gel Cream- $50
Compact Brush Set - $55

*need an invite, drop me a line and I'll hook you up!


Sweeten your day

With a free sample of Sun Crystals is a natural sweetener made from stevia and cane sugar. For a low cal sweetener I highly recommend it. There is also a coupon for $1.50 off that you can print off.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Signs of life

I've got my first little tomato growing. I'm so excited! If you haven't grown your own before I highly recommend that you give it a try. You will never find a store bought tomato that taste better and they are very easy. All you need is a deep pot of soil and a sunny place to put it.


True Delights

Sign up for a free sample of True Delights dark chocolate raspberry almond bar.


Monday, June 8, 2009

the loot

Whew! Busy day on the Pietryka home front. I did manage to get out to the store today and wanted to show off my bounty. I stopped into Safeway to round out the weeks menu and take advantage of the 'mix and match' sale. By sticking with my Grocery Game list I spent only $44.28, saved $64.01, and earned another .10 cent fuel discount.

Here is what I got:


Menu Monday

Since my adventure in saving money is getting easier as I get more organized, I am taking another stab at weekly menu planning. I have never successfully pulled this off. My hope is to avoid food waist by planning with what I have, well as eliminate that last minute "what's for dinner" question that I ask myself everyday at 4pm. Wish me luck!

Monday - Chicken Caesar Salad, Watermelon
Tuesday - Grilled Chicken, Pasta Salad and Corn on the Cob
Wednesday - We have company! My In-laws always bring dinner with them when they visit.
Thursday - Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Friday - Pot Roast with Potatoes and Veggies, French Bread
Saturday - Pizza, Veggie Crudite
Sunday - Mac n' Cheese, Morning Star Buffalo Wings

*I just leave the meat off my plate


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Movie Night

Good today and tomorrow, get a free DVD from Redbox by using the code: DEVRY6268


Something about Sundays

I have always loved making breakfast on Sunday mornings!
Since we are in blueberry heaven right now I threw some in with the waffles. I also had a few grapefruit on hand that needed to be used up, so we had fresh squeezed juice too.


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