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Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Fabulously Frugal Friday

I've had a low energy level this week, as you can probably tell from from my lackluster blogging. I didn't see a lot of hot deals at Harris Teeter and the thought of couponing just wore me out. So, I decided to just run to Food Lion on Friday and just get things we needed. When I scanned my card at the MVP machine, a coupon for $4.00 off a $40.00 purchase popped out. The first thing on my list was a birthday cake for my daughter who turned 15 on December 5th. That was $16.99:

Bridgette had invited several friends over for a spaghetti dinner to celebrate. I already had pasta, Cooked Perfect meatballs, Mama Francesca parmesan cheese and frozen New York Texas Toast garlic bread in the house from previous coupon deals. I picked up some fresh produce to make a salad, pasta sauce for the dinner, and enough other items to hit the $40.00 mark and use the coupon:

While I was shopping at Food Lion I noticed this no-beer-purchase-required rebate to get $3.00 back on the purchase of $8.00 worth of produce! 

On the way home from the store I picked up a free artificial tree that I saw posted on our local Facebook yard sale page. Our family had been discussing plans to erect a Christmas tree just the night before. When we lived in Africa, we had an artificial tree, but we gave it away when we left. Since coming to Virginia in 2009 we had purchased a live tree every year, but the thought of spending the money on one this year, dragging it into the house, and decorating it with my son, Jake, away at college and not here to help - only to have it drop needles everywhere and have big mess to clean up afterwards - just didn't excite me this year. So, I was thrilled when I saw this tree advertised and snatched it up! 

So, I didn't get a lot of "coupon shopping" done - in fact, I only used one coupon for $4.00 off a $40.00 purchase - but I managed to stay within our $50.00 food budget for the week, get everything that we needed for Bridgette's party, and solve the Christmas tree problem all in one afternoon! 


  1. Theresa we all get "burned" out and need a small break from couponing. Post a picture when you get the tree up. We all would love to see it!! Right now at our Weis market for about 6-7 weeks you can get Campbells broths 15 cans for $1. I have so much broth my head spins when I think of getting more, but everytime I am "near" the store, I stop to do this. I plan on dropping a bunch off at our food pantry this week. I have many recipes you can use broth in so will keep a bunch myself. But lately I am feeling like you, more needs to be done right now with Christmas coming. And I do need some "down" time to just sit and reflect on what CHRISTMAS is really all about. Merry Christmas to you and your family and have a prosperous New Year!

  2. Gotta love a free tree. We bought a small four foot tree ages ago and it took forever for us to justify getting a full sized tree and I couldn't justify the price on the fresh trees because they are crazy expensive. Sounds like you got a great deal at Food Lion. Sometimes it is best to keep it quick and easy and take a break from couponing. I had a long list of things to do this week and I spent most of the day reading a book and trying to fight off this cold. Hope you enjoy a piece of cake!!!