Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Regarding my silence...

Many thanks to the readers who have emailed to ask if I'm okay.

In short, due to changing priorities and responsibilities, I am needing to put this blog on the back burner indefinitely. I do not know if or when I will resume posting.

Thank you all so much for your participation around here. I've thoroughly enjoyed it, as I hope you have. If you want to stay caught up on any blog updates, I'd recommend subscribing to our blog feed. God bless you all!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Make-it-Yourself Monday: Apricot jam

Due to friends' generosity, I have an abundance of apricots to play with this week. Here's one of the recipes I'm hoping to try, with thanks to Make and Takes:

Apricot Leather

2 C. apricots
1 T. lemon juice
2 T. honey

Cut the apricots in half and remove pits. Blend apricots until smooth. Add honey and lemon juice and blend again.

Cover a tray with plastic wrap (a screen tray works best). Pour the apricot mixture onto the plastic wrap and smooth with a spatula to about 1/8" thick.

Put another screen rack on top and tape them together. If you don’t have a screen tray, find something that would keep out the bugs but allow air to come in and the sun to hit it.

Place trays outside on a table to dry. Leave them out for about 24 hours (shorter for a moister leather). Bring indoors and roll up the plastic wrap to create the roll-ups.

What are you making this week? Share it with other readers via Mr. Linky below!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Walgreens deals: July 6-12

A few deals to be had at Walgreens this week...

Bayer aspirin with Heart Advantage: $4.99; use $2.50 coupon from 5/18 insert. Produces $2 RR. Final cost: .49

Pledge: 2/$6.00; use Free Pledge product when you buy any Pledge aerosol product from 6/15 insert and this $1 printable. Mail in for EasySaver rebate #21 ($2). Total cost: free

Gift wrap or tissue: 3/$1

Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner: 3/$10; use $3/2 from 7/6 newspaper insert. Buy $30 and get $7 RR.
Suggested scenario: Buy 10 bottles and use 5 $3/2 coupons:

x 10
-15.00 ($3/2 coupons)
-7.00 (Register Reward)
11.33 or $1.13 each

July FAR items

TheraBreath Starter Kit, up to $10.99.

Hebert's Fully Loaded Chocolate Bars, 2.75 oz., up to $.99.

Nature Made Rx Essentials, up to $9.99; use $1 coupon from 4/20 or 6/1 newspaper insert. Or, if you're a Nature Made member and have points banked, request your own $5 or $7 coupon from their website.

This week's ad scans, compliments of Hot Coupon World, may be found by clicking here.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Kroger: Midwest deals

Kroger had some good deals last week that they've continued this week. Here's what I noticed in the ad.

The following are part of a "$3 off your order when you buy 10 qualifying items" promotion...

Breyer's ice cream: $1.97 after discount

Totino's pizza rolls: $1; use .35 printables available here, here, and here; free after coupon and discount

What other Kroger deals do you see this week?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Walgreens: Cheap Woolite & Spray 'n' Wash

Woolite and Spray 'n' Wash are on sale for 2/$5 at Walgreens this week. There is also a July EasySaver rebate (#30) for $2 on each, making them .50. To sweeten the deal further, use either this or this printable $1 Spray 'n' Wash coupon. You'll make a profit of .50 a bottle.

Note: The end price I've listed is purposely lower than the one in the ad flier. For some reason Walgreens combined two different rebate offers in one ad photo, confusing the final price. If you do the math on the deal, it still comes out correct.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Clean Home Journal gift pack

Thanks to Money Saving Mom for this heads-up on the July Clean Home Journal gift pack...

Sign up here for the July Clean Home Journal Gift Pack--available to the first 10,000 registrants:

Enjoy the best that summer has to offer with our July gift pack, which includes a free 50-count box of Ziploc® Brand Sandwich Bags and $5 in coupons for great SC Johnson products you use every day.

The first 10,000 people* to respond will receive a Clean Home Journal™ Joys of Summer Gift Pack containing coupons for OFF!®, Ziploc®, Scrubbing Bubbles® and Glade® —with a total value of $5.