Sunday, May 31, 2009
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups close to the top. Bake for about 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.
The original recipe called for a crumb topping, but I decided against it to reduce the calories.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
All of the blueberries have been cleaned and vacuum packed for freezing. I gave one pint away to a dear friend whose daughter loves blueberries. I also saved one pint to make homemade blueberry muffins for breakfast tomorrow morning. Can't wait to eat warm blueberry muffins!
My mother was headed to Hagerstown this afternoon and asked me to ride along. We passed a Food Lion store on the way home and I asked her to stop. I was very happy to find that the store had the buy one, get one free blinkie coupons. I purchased twenty candy bars that were on sale buy one, get one free. I used ten buy one, get one free blinkie coupons and got all twenty candy bars for FREE!
Friday, May 29, 2009
My local Weis had a "Midnight Madness" sale this evening from 8pm-midnight. I braved the insanely crowded store to purchase blueberries for $1.00 per PINT. Tomorrow, I'll clean them and freeze most of them for use in homemade blueberry muffins and pancakes. I had plans to purchase a few other items at the sale, but the store ran out of carts and there was no way I could carry everything in my arms! They had huge watermelons for $1.99. Did anyone else take advantage of the sale? If so, what did you purchase?
Thursday, May 28, 2009
You may have noticed that I haven't posted very much the past few days. We've been busy picking strawberries at a local orchard. My son has been having a blast! I can't believe how loaded the strawberry patch is with big, ripe strawberries this season. They are the sweetest strawberries I've ever tasted! If you're local and interested in picking, I suggest heading to Orr's Farm Market in Martinsburg. Does anyone have any favorite recipes they'd like to share?
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Martin's has SuperPretzel baked soft pretzels on sale this week for $1.69. Use the .75/1 coupon from the May 10, 2009 Red Plum insert. The coupon doubles to $1.50---making each box just .19 cents. My local store only doubles one like coupon per transaction. If you want to purchase more than one box, don't forget to divide them into separate transactions.
I found two more great mail-in rebates today. NO beer purchase is required for residents of the following states: AL, AR, CT, HI, IN, KY, ME, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OK, UT and WV. Both rebates are valid from May 1, 2009-July 31, 2009. I have a few extras if anyone is interested.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I found the above pictured soccer and pirate party banners marked. I was shocked to find these banners on the sidewalk sale and pay just $2.75 each. The banners are fabric and the quality of them is excellent. These will come in handy for birthday parties or play dates. I'm thinking of having a pirate themed party for my son's birthday in December. I purchased one of each, but may go back and purchase a few more of them tomorrow.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I found two more mail-in rebates today at Weis. NO beer purchase is required for either rebate. Both rebates are valid for residents of the following states: AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, MA, ME, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, RI, SD, UT, VA and WV. The fruit/produce rebate is valid 5/1/2009-7/31/2009. The seafood/steak rebate is valid 5/1/2009-8/2/2009. I have extras if anyone is interested.
A big thanks goes to my friend, Kelly, for calling me know about this deal. When I left the store, there were approximately twelve more containers on the shelf. If you're local, go and pick them up before someone else does.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Kraft Barbecue Sauce and Cool Whip are on sale for $1.00 at Martin's this week. I purchased six bottles of barbecue sauce and two containers of Cool Whip. I used six $1.00 printable coupons for the barbecue sauce--making each one of them FREE. I also used one $1.00/2 printable coupon for the Cool Whip----making each one just .50 cents. Total for everything was $1.00 plus tax.
I also earned a $3.00 catalina coupon for purchasing six Kraft Barbecue Sauce. This made the transaction a profit of $2.00! :) Finally, I earned .20 cents off my next gas purchase for purchasing eight qualifying products (both the Kraft Barbecue Sauce and Cool Whip count). What a great deal!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Food Lion has Chinet Lunch Plates on sale for $2.00 per package. Use the $2.00 coupon from the May 3, 2009 Smart Source coupon insert to get them for FREE. These will come in handy for picnics and other gatherings.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I was happy to find Velveeta Pepper Jack cheese at Weis on clearance for $1.59 (16 oz. block). I purchased three blocks and used three $1.00 printable coupons from HERE and HERE. I paid just .59 cents per block. There were four blocks remaining on the shelf when I left the store this evening. I'm planning to use some of the cheese to make warm Pepper Jack Ranch Dip this weekend.
Martin's has the Capri Sun Sunrise 10 pack for $2.00. Use the $1.00/1 coupon from the April 19th Smart Source and pay just $1.00--only .10 cents per juice pouch. I picked up two packages yesterday and used my final two coupons. These are great to have on hand for play dates and trips to the park.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
12 oz. of Cool Whip (1.5 containers)
8 oz. of sour cream
1 small package of instant chocolate pudding
1 package of strawberries (sliced)
1 chocolate pie crust
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I received a flyer from Sheetz in yesterday's mail that contained two coupons for FREE specialty drinks. The coupons are valid until May 31, 2009 at the Kearneysville location only. I'll be giving these coupons to my husband because the Kearneysville Sheetz is right down the road from his work. Did anyone else receive this awesome flyer in their mailbox?
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Regal has released the Summer 2009 free movie schedule. If you're local, go HERE to view the schedule for Martinsburg, West Virginia. There are some great movies being offered on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings free of charge. I'm looking forward to taking my son to a few movies. To find the Regal movie schedule for your local area, go HERE.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I just received an email from Martin's that contained two great coupons. Both coupons expire on May 23, 2009.
$5.00 off your purchase of $50.00 or more can be printed HERE.
$2.00 off your $5.00 meat purchase can be printed HERE.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I love Mexican food! Martin's has Ortego Diced Green Chiles on sale for .89 cents per can. I purchased two cans and used the .75 off any 2 Ortego products coupon from the April 19, 2009 Smart Source insert. The coupon doubled to $1.50--making each can just .14 cents. These are great to add to chili or tacos. Does anyone have any recipes that call for chiles? If so, please share!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Dinner: Shrimp/Veggie Stir-fry
Monday, May 4: Meatball Subs, Homemeade Pasta Salad, Fresh Fruit
Tuesday, May 5: Grilled Chicken (marinated in italian dressing), Baked Potatoes with toppings of your choice, Steamed Broccoli
Wednesday, May 6: Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
Thursday, May 7: Chef Salads, Fresh Fruit, Brownies
Friday, May 8: Dinner Out
Saturday, May 9: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn on the Cob, Crescent Rolls
Dessert: Chocolate-Strawberry Torte
Have a great week everyone!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
1. Family members, friends and neighbors: Many people do not use the coupons from the Sunday newspaper. My parents, grandmother, neighbors and a few friends give me the coupons from their newspapers. Most people will be happy to save the coupons for you--just ask.
2. Print them from the internet: Printable coupon sites are another great way to obtain coupons. Coupons.com and SmartSource.com are two great places to start printing coupons. Blogs are another great place to find links to great printable coupons. Many manufacturers also offer printable coupons for products on their websites.
3. Grocery stores/convenience stores: Grocery stores often times have blinkie, tear pad and peelie coupons in the store. I am always on the lookout for coupons when grocery shopping. I've also been successful at finding tear pad coupons at convenience stores.
4. Recycle Center: I'm an avid recycler. The recycling center is close to my home and I drop off items several times per week. Almost every time I drop off items, I find one or two sets of inserts. I don't spend much time looking for them, but if they're on top of the pile I help myself to them.
5. Trading coupons: In the past, I've been successful at trading coupons with other people. Example: I no longer need diaper coupons because my son is potty-trained. I could trade my diaper coupons for something else that I needed coupons for. Why not organize a coupon swap in your neighborhood or church?
These are just a few of the ways that I've been successful at collecting coupons over the past few years. I hope this post will be helpful to those of you who are just getting started using coupons. As always, please don't hesitate to ask me if you have any questions.