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June 22, 2011

Free Raisin Bran & Cheap Frosted Flakes @ Smith's!

Check out my scenarios here on how you can get 5 boxes of Frosted Flakes for $.45 plus tax and 10 boxes of Raisin Bran for Free after rebate!

June 13, 2011

New Blog!

In case you missed it, I am now blogging at Saving a Bundle.  We just completed a new blog layout, so it is easier to find the posts & topics you are looking for.  Most of my posts can be found under the drop down menu of Around the House.

Here are a few of my most recent posts you may have missed:

Father's Day Craft Idea for Kids

Freezer Cooking Day

Keeping a Budget - Part 1: Keep it Simple

Working from Home - Three Ways to Increase Productivity

I hope that you will continue following my frugal adventures at Saving a Bundle. Our Goal is to learn & share ways to live a more frugal lifestyle - Come Join Us!

Click here to get daily email updates from Saving a Bundle.

April 30, 2011

Finding Balance - Offering More

I appologize for my lack of posts the last few weeks.  I have been working hard on finding a balance between family, work, and blogging.  I really enjoy sharing recipes, crafts, and frugal ideas through this blog for a number of reasons:

1. It motivates me to be a better person.
2. I am encouraged to try new recipes so I can share them with you.
3. I am more likely to make the time for all the craft ideas I have if I have someone to share my success (or failure) with.
4. I enjoy sharing frugal living ideas.  Writing out what I am thinking helps me know how to act on my thoughts.
5.  I hope that in sharing these things I can motivate others to reach family and financial goals.

As I have struggled with balancing everything, I discussed it with my sister and we came up with a solution.  My sister currently blogs at Saving a Bundle.  As a mother of 4, she has also been working on balancing family & blogging time.  She wants to give her readers more personal posts & frugal living tips, but she does not have more time to dedicate to the blog.  She currently posts hot store deals & coupons. Our solution-  starting Monday I will be writing on Saving a Bundle.  I am very excited for this opportunity.  I will no longer be blogging on The Coupon Basics, but I hope that you will continue to follow my frugal living adventures through Saving a Bundle.

 Here are a few things I will be adding to Saving a  Bundle:

Monday: Menu Plan
Wednesday: The Best deals at Smith's & Albertsons
Thursday: Recipe
Friday: Frugal Tip
Craft Idea
Do It Yourself Idea

I am excited about this new direction.  I believe that as a team Natasha and I can work together to offer you, as our readers, much more.  Our goal is to encourage & help you find great deals at the store & online, and explore ways to live a more frugal lifestyle.

April 29, 2011

Free Family Art Day at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho!

Looking for a fun family activity this weekend?  Saturday April 30 is Free Family Day at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls. 

The Art Museum will be displaying art from young artist in elementary & junior high school.  For more information call 524-7777.

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho
300 South Capital ave., Idaho Falls, ID

April 20, 2011

Awesome Cereal Deal at Smith's!

This week at Smith's you can get 4 boxes of cereal for as low as $3!!  Select varieties are on sale $4 for $10.  Here is how you can get 4 boxes for $3.00:

Buy 3 Cheerios Original
Buy 1 Honey Nut Cheerios
Upload $0.55/1 Cheerios Original to your Smith's Card
Upload $0.55/1 Honey Nut Cheerios to your Smith's Card
Use (2) $0.55/1 Original Cheerios Printable Coupon
Pay $7.80 plus tax, get a $5.00 Smith's gift card
Final Price: $2.80 plus tax!!

 Daniel loves Nature Valley Granola bars, so this is what I did to get granola bars and cereal for $1 per box:

Buy 1 Cheerios Original
Buy 1 Honey Nut Cheerios
Buy 2 Nature Valley Granola Bars
Upload $0.55/1 Cheerios Original to your Smith's Card
Upload $0.55/1 Honey Nut Cheerios to your Smith's Card
Pay $8.90 plus tax, get a $5.00 Smith's gift card
Final Price: $3.90 plus tax!!

April 17, 2011

Menu Planning

Scrambled Eggs
French Toast
Oatmeal & Brown Sugar

Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
Left Overs

Tuesday-Chicken & Rice
Wednesday- Taco Salad
Thursday-Twice Baked Potatoes & BBQ Pork
Friday- Taco Soup
Saturday-Chicken Alfredo
Sunday-Steak & Seasoned Potatoes

Granola Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tortilla Chips

We now live in a small town that only has one grocery store with high prices.  Our goal is to plan our menu enough in advance to be able to go shopping once every 2 weeks in Pocatello where we can get much better prices.  Menu planning allows us to do this.  It also helps my week go much smoother.  Photobucket

April 13, 2011

$24 Cheaper Kindle eReaders

If you are considering buying a Kindle, here is a possible option that will save you $24!
Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 6" Display, White - 2nd Generation

Amazon now is offering a $115 Kindle.  This Kindle is identical to the $139 Kindle except it has sponsered screen savers.   The sponsered images will not apear in your books, just the screen saver.

This could be a great way to save on a Kindle if you are in the market!

Thanks Saving with Shellie for the heads up!