The Frugal Fanatic

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Saturday Baking! February 27, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 9:20 pm

I did a little baking this evening!  Not much…just a couple of things.  First, I had some bananas that were starting to go bad, so I decided to make banana chocolate chip muffins!  These are SO good and somewhat healthy since they’re made with fresh ground whole wheat flour.  They are also sweetened with honey instead of sugar.

Just mix ’em up and put them in muffin tins!

When they’re done, enjoy one with a hot cup of coffee!!!  YUM!!

What do you do with bananas that are going bad?

Next was my first attempt at making homemade croutons.  I received advice from several people and came up with my own recipe.  Basically I used olive oil, sea salt, garlic powder, parsley and parmesan cheese.

Spread onto a cookie sheet and bake at 275 until crispy.  Here’s the finished product:

They turned out really good!!!  They may not make it into a salad…we may just end up eating them plain!  Will definitely have to make these again!


Have you signed up for Kraft First Taste?

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 1:42 pm

Are you a member of Kraft First Taste?  If not, you’re missing out!!  Every so often they will send out coupons to try new products for free.  Just today, I received a coupon for a free box of Oreo double-stuffed cakesters, and a coupon for 1.00 off a box!!  If you are interested in becoming a member, just go here to sign up and get ready to start enjoying all the great coupons!!!


“Eat From Your Stockpile” Menu February 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 5:31 pm

I’ve scoured my pantry and freezer and this is what I’ve come up with for my “Eat From Your Stockpile” menu.


Breakfast…Cheese grits and toast

Lunch…..Pizza and fruit

Dinner…Poppyseed Chicken, Julienne potatoes, broccoli


Breakfast…Scrambled eggs and muffins

Lunch…Hotdogs and yogurt or chips

Dinner…Lasagna, salad, garlic bread


Breakfast…Pancakes and sausage

Lunch….Mac and cheese and fruit




Lunch….Sandwiches and chips

Dinner….Swiss chicken, brown rice and green beans


Breakfast….Fried eggs, hashbrowns and biscuits

Lunch….Sandwiches, chips and fruit

Dinner….London Broil, baked potatoes, and green bean casserole

So, why don’t you share your “Eat From Your Stockpile” menu!!!


Eating From the Stockpile!

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 3:32 pm

My totals for February have ended up being a little higher than I like, so I decided to start the month of March out right!  I am challenging myself to “Eat From the Stockpile” for the first week of the month!  I’ll be going through my pantry and freezer later today and making a meal plan based on what I already have on hand.  Hopefully, it won’t be too difficult to come up with a plan!  I’m hoping that this will help to lower my totals for March.  I’ll still be grocery shopping, but only for the things I’ll actually need to fill in any gaps in my menu plan.  I’ll also pick up any of the great deals that I just can’t pass up!  Would you like to join me in this challenge?  If so, start getting your menu together, and you can join me in posting them later today or tomorrow!  So….are you in?!?!


Homemade Croutons February 25, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 10:01 pm

I am thinking about attempting to make homemade croutons in the next couple of days.  Have any of you ever had success at doing this?  I have lots of end pieces of bread loaves that I was thinking about using.  Do you have a recipe that you could share with me?


Weekend Preview

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 8:42 am

There is scheduled to be only one insert in this weekend’s paper:  a SmartSource.  This should help you decide how many papers to buy!!


Target: Spent 1.36 +Tax; Saved 91% February 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 1:32 pm

I rarely go to Target, but since I was in the area, I thought I would stop in and work a few deals!!!  Glad I did!  I got everything in this picture for 1.36 + tax!!!

Have you done any shopping at Target lately?  Care to share any great deals!?!


Want a Free Pen? February 23, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 5:59 pm

Uniball is giving away FREE pens to the first 10,000 people who register every day through April 30!!  You just need to go here and register.  If you’re not one of the first 10,000 today, try again tomorrow!  I’ve already received my pen plus a 1.00 off coupon.  The pen writes really well!!



97% Savings at Walgreens!!! February 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 11:37 pm
At Walgreens, I spent 1.25 + tax and saved 45.94 for a total savings of 97%.  I will do the Venus/Olay deal one more time, then submit for the $15.00 Olay rebate.  (I hope…I need to see the dates for this rebate!!)

8 Hershey bars….less than 0.10 each!
4 bags Hershey’s pieces candy….1.50 each.  Got back 5.00 RR, so made the bags 0.25 each!
1 Gillette Venus razor…6.99.   Got back a $4.00 RR, so made the razor 2.99
1 large bottle Olay body wash….FREE.  Used free coupon when you buy Venus razor.
1 box Excedrin Menstrual….0.50.   Got back a $2.00 RR, so a 1.50 money maker!!


Saved 66% at Publix!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 11:32 pm
At Publix, I spent $36.12 + tax and saved 70. 26 for a total savings of 66%!! (2 pictures below)

2 loaves Coles garlic bread….0.15 each
2.31 lbs red…3.90
1 bag Romaine…nc…2.50
1 box Tampax Pearl….FREE from cat at Kroger!!
1 bag Pretzel Crisps….0.60
6 boxes Muellers pasta….0.31 each
2 Wishbone salad dressing….0.57 each
5 boxes Kraft mac and cheese…0.39 each
2 CoffeeMate creamers….OVERAGE of 0.41!!!!
1 carton Florida’s Natural OJ….1.85
1 bag onions…nc…2.79
2 Nyquil 2ct packs….OVERAGE of 0.42!!!
1 Classico pasta…1.24
1 large pack chicken leg quarters…nc…2.93
3 large cans Hunts tomatoes….0.65 each
3 Pillsbury pizza crusts….0.87 each
1 Emerald Trail mix….0.50
2 boxes Betty Crocker muffin mix….0.30 each
2 4-pk Kings Hawaiian rolls…..FREE!!
0.69 lbs plum tomatoes…nc…0.89
1 roll aluminum foil….nc…0,87
1 cucumber…nc…0.75
1 box Beechnut rice cereal….FREE!!
2 jars Beechnut baby food…FREE!!
3 lb bag apples…nc…3.29
5 lb bag potatoes…nc…2.49
4 boxes Special K granola (raincheck)….0.50 each
1 box Puffs tissues….FREE!!!