Friday, September 30, 2011

Publix Trip 9/29/11

(Not Pictured: Mushrooms)
I spent $22.63 for $63.97 worth of groceries, saving $41.34 or 65%!

Here's the match-ups:
(2)FreshExpress BOGO $3.99
   -(1)Free Product Q from Vocalpoint

(8)Green Giant Frozen Veggies BOGO $1.99
    -(2) $1/4 HERE

(2) Ragu Pizza Sauce BOGO $1.49

(4)Kraft BBQ Sauce BOGO $1.65

(2)Pantene 2/$7
   -(2)Free Product Q's
   -(1)$1/2 Target from 9/25/11 RP (Might have been SS, not quite sure)

(2)Country Time $3.79
   -(2)$2 off wyb 2 Kraft BBQ Peelie

(4)Del Monte Fruit Naturals 10/$10
   -(2)B1G1 Coupon from Vocalpoint

(1)Hotdog Buns 99¢

(1)Bag Apples $2.99

(1)Mushrooms 2/$5

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

And the Winner is...

And the randomly selected winner of the Betty Crocker Giftpack provided by MyBlogSpark and Betty Crocker is....

Sheila W!
Congratulations! Be looking for an email from me shortly.

Thanks again to everyone who entered!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

Monday- Kielbasa, Mac and Cheese, Veggie
Tuesday- Hotdogs, Fries, Veggie
Wednesday- Pork Chops, Couscous, Veggie
Thursday- Chicken Parmigiana, Pasta, and Salad
Friday- Beef Stroganoff, Veggie
Saturday- Pizza and Salad
Sunday- Leftovers/DIY
What's your menu for the week?

Don't forget to link up or leave a comment with your meal plan or recipe below!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

We're going out of town this week, so instead of a meal plan we're just eating from the fridge.

 So instead of my meal plan I would love if you link up or comment with your meal plan or recipe below!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Favorites- Giveaway!

So if you know me, you know I love to bake! It's one of my favorite hobbies, and I think I'm quite good at it. So when I was contacted by MyBlogSpark for this Spark, well I was definitely excited.

Those that know me know that I am a pretty big on baking from scratch. I think it tastes better, I know what is in it, and it's much more fun to do. However, there are times where you're asked to bring a dessert to some potluck or event last minute and need to whip something up real quick. Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate Brownies solve that dilemma. They have just the right touch of milk chocolate flavor, and traditional homemade brownie taste (although homemade is still better in my book ;-) ) On top of that, they can be ready in three easy steps!

MyBlogSpark and Betty Crocker hooked me up with an awesome prize pack, which includes a box of brownies, a Betty Crocker apron, a mixing spoon, and a brownie pan (mine was Wilton, which made me squeal with delight, lol.) What's even cooler is they want to give one to one of my lucky readers as well!

To Enter:

Required Entry:
  1. Leave a comment telling me who you'd love to make these brownies for (yourself counts, lol).

Bonus Entries:
  1. Subscribe to the Frugal and Provident feed or email, and leave a comment saying that you did.
  2. Follow Frugal and Provident via Google Friend Connect (found in the right side-bar), and leave a comment saying that you did.
  3. "Like" Frugal and Provident on Facebook, and leave a comment saying that you did.
  4. Follow Frugal and Provident on Twitter.
  5. Share this giveaway somewhere, and leave a comment saying where.
  6. Like Betty Crocker on Facebook or on Twitter, and leave a comment on this blog saying which you did.
This means you can enter up to 7 times! Please be sure to leave a comment for each form of entry! The winner will be chosen using on 9/28/11 around 10pm. Emailed comments and those left on Facebook or Twitter will not be counted.

Disclosure: Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark provided me with info and a prize pack for me and my winner. All comments and opinions are my own.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

This is a little late today, but better late then never:

Monday- Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
Tuesday- Pierogies, Veggie
Wednesday- Burgers, Fries, Veggie
Thursday- Pork Chops, Couscous, Veggie
Friday- Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, Veggie
Saturday- Out
Sunday- Leftovers/DIY
What's your menu for the week?

Don't forget to link up or leave a comment with your meal plan or recipe below!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Publix Trip 9/8/11

I spent $23.97 for $54.78 worth of groceries, saving $30.81 or 56%!

Here's the match-ups:

(2)Ocean Spray BOGO $3.99

(1)Frito-Lay Multipack $5.99

(6)Goldfish 10/$10
   -(2)$1/2 Extra-Chocolate from "Storm Essentials" Booklet

(4)Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls 10/$10
   -(2)$1/2 HERE

(1)Publix Pizza Sauce $1.19

(1)Rasberries 2/$4
   -(1)50¢/1 Driscoll's Printable (not sure where from, was in my binder)

(1)Grapes $4.16
   -(1)$1 off Produce wyb Frito-Lay Multipack

(1)Sirloin Tip Roast $6.90

$5/$25 Save-a-lot

Not the most stellar trip ever, but it included meat and produce, so I'm ok with the totals.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Frugality- Ditching the TV

Last week I talked about trying to spend more time with family, and recently we ditched our satellite service. Don't get me wrong, we love tv, but when we really sat and looked at it 95% of the shows we like to watch are available somewhere for absolutely nothing. A good portion of them come on local channels (Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS), which with over air digital receiver, we can watch them all for free.

I then discovered this website, where all you do is type in the name of the show you like to watch and it will tell you where it is available online. A lot of times it is free, but sometimes it will be on itunes or Amazon to pay for. I'd say all but one or two of the shows we like to watch were available somewhere to watch for free. If we want to watch the shows on our regular television, we just plug in my computer with an HDMI cable. The added advantage is my computer has a blu-ray disc drive, so we can also get Blu-Ray movies to watch.

The third thing we did was buy a Roku. This is teeny-tiny device that connects to the tv. Through it you can stream Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon on Demand, and other things. These are all pay services, but they all run fairly cheap compared to pay tv. We're doing a free trial of HuluPlus right now, we'll see how we feel. As well as having those channels, it has many other "channels" that you can add to it. For us we could add BYUTV, which is a channel that plays a lot of great programing on matters of our faith. We also have the Pandora channel for when we just want some music on. The newest version of the Roku actually has a remote that works like the Wii remote, and they are adding games all the time. If you like Angry Birds, it comes pre-loaded on the device.

Everything else we make up for with Rebox and the Library.

The only downsides are that there is a bit of an upfront cost for things like the over air antenna, HDMI cables, and Roku if you choose to do it, but I think for us that would only equal a few months of satellite. Also, you'd need one for each tv you have, or have the patience to move things to different rooms.

Even with upgrading our internet, we are paying significantly less. Thankfully the "phone" company around here has stand alone dsl internet, and it is soo much better then Comcast's. We also still get 911 access on our home phone, and people can still call us, we just can't call out. If we agreed to sign a contract with them for the internet we'd get a lower rate, and since we love them so much, we agreed.

This is just some food for thought. We really started to look into it when we realized we really didn't watch a lot of tv anymore and that sooo much of what we like to watch was available for free online. It may not work for everyone, but it works for us.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

Monday- Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad, and Baked Beans
Tuesday- Pierogies, Veggie
Wednesday- Chicken and Broccoli
Thursday- Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
Friday- Pizza
Saturday- Pork Loin, Potatoes, Carrots
Sunday- Leftovers/DIY
What's your menu for the week?

Don't forget to link up or leave a comment with your meal plan or recipe below!