The Frugal Fanatic

Living Life and Saving Money!

Menu Monday January 31, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 4:35 pm

Not a very exciting menu this week!  Different things going on at night this week, so menu is a bit minimal!

Monday….Greg and I eat out (homemade pizza for kids)

Tuesday….Going away party for friends (Partner’s pizza)

Wednesday….Beef tips over brown rice, green bean casserole and fruit (ended up not having last week)

Thursday….Pasta Milano, salad, bread


Weekend….Chili and Mexican cornbread


Making Money At RiteAid!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 3:40 pm

I stopped in RiteAid today to pick up some sale items.  I ended up spending 4.94 + tax, plus I used $17 in +Up Rewards.  BUT….I got back $16 in +Up Rewards and I will get back 7.99 in SCR!!!  So, I end up getting everything for free, PLUS a profit of about $3!!!


Great Savings Today!!! January 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 9:19 pm

I did all of my weekly shopping today and had great savings!  I shopped at RiteAid, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger and Publix.

At RiteAid, I spent 0.29 + tax and saved $6.00 or 95%!!  Plus, I got back $2.99 in +Up Rewards!!

24 pk bottled water…2.69

1 pk GE light bulbs….1.99.   Got back 1.99 in +Up Rewards

1 Lays Stax chips…1.61.   Got back 1.00 in +Up Rewards


At CVS, I spent 0.09 +tax and saved 13.96 or 99%!!!

2 Xtra laundry detergent…..0.49 each (I’ve never used this, but for this price, thought I’d try it!!)

1 Excedrin with bonus Excedrin PM….FREE!!  (had a free coupon!)

2 Extra gums….both FREE after coupons!!


At Walgreens, I spent 2.08 + tax and saved 38.06 or 95%…..Plus….I got back $10 in RR’s!!!!

This was a deal where you buy $30 worth of certain products (price before coupons) and get $10 back in RR’s.  I didn’t need these items, but since it was a moneymaker, I decided to get them anyway and I will donate the them.

Maalox….0.09 each

Gas-X….0.86 each


My grocery totals were higher this week, because I was buying items for a party that I am hosting.  At Kroger, I spent 62.63 and saved 37.66 or 38%.

1 Simply Orange Juice….FREE!!….had a free coupon

2 Big K drinks….0.79 each

1 Minute Maid OJ….FREE!!…had a free coupon

2 Finish dishwasher tabs….0.94 each

1 Dr. Pepper….0.89

1 gallon milk….2.58

2 bags tortilla chips…1.00 each

Kroger sliced cheese….1.10

1 roll sausage…2.99

2 cans Hunt’s tomato sauce….0.49 each

2 cans Rotel…..FREE!!

2 cans Del Monte green beans….0.49

1 taco dinner kit….1.97

1 can cooking spray….1.99

2 bags Kroger potato chips…1.00 each

1 fresh pineapple…2.99

1 bag carrots….1.99

1 box Bisquick….3.35

1 cake mix….1.00

1 pk cupcake liners….0.99

1 Pace salsa….1.69

1 Marzetti veggie dip…2.99

1 pk pepperoni…2.00

1.82 lbs apples….2.35

1 pk strawberries….2.99

2 bags cheese cubes….2.19 each

1 bag shredded cheese…..1.10

2 cans soup….0.89 and 1.00

1 can pie filling…2.29

2.12 lbs grapes….3.79

1 stalk celery…..1.39

1 pizza sauce….1.00

2 cucumbers….0.88 each

1.61 lbs bananas….0.87

1 box pudding mix….0.53

0.51 lbs tomatoes…0.86


At Publix, I spent 40.95 + tax and saved 63.12 or 61%!!

2 bags salad….2.00 each

1 box Texas Toast…0.12

1.13 lbs cherries….3.38

1 container grape tomatoes….2.00

6 bags Eight O’clock coffee….1.94 each

1 small bag Ruffles chips….FREE

1 Silk Almond milk….0.50

3 bags shredded cheese….2.00 each

1 bag Focaccia sticks….FREE

5 lb bag sugar……0.01 (today’s penny item)

1 Yoplait yogurt….FREE

1 Publix butter…..2.50

1 french onion dip…1.59

1 Parmesan cheese…2.25

1 French’s mustard….FREE

4 8-pks Juicy Juice juice boxes….0.50 each

1 bag Bagel Crisps….FREE

2 pkgs Hillshire Farms lunch meat…2.50 each

How did you do with your shopping this week?  Did you snag any great deals?!?!






Free James Dobson Book!! January 25, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 7:34 pm

Here’s a great offer to get a free copy of Dr. James Dobson’s book dads and daughters!!

This offer probably won’t last long, so sign up to get yours quickly!!


What Are You Reading?

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 1:34 pm

I am currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  I am about half-way through the book and have been enjoying it.  Here is a review from Amazon:

Rubin is not an unhappy woman: she has a loving husband, two great kids and a writing career in New York City. Still, she could-and, arguably, should-be happier. Thus, her methodical (and bizarre) happiness project: spend one year achieving careful, measurable goals in different areas of life (marriage, work, parenting, self-fulfillment) and build on them cumulatively, using concrete steps (such as, in January, going to bed earlier, exercising better, getting organized, and “acting more energetic”). By December, she’s striving bemusedly to keep increasing happiness in every aspect of her life. The outcome is good, not perfect (in accordance with one of her “Secrets of Adulthood”: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”), but Rubin’s funny, perceptive account is both inspirational and forgiving, and sprinkled with just enough wise tips, concrete advice and timely research (including all those other recent books on happiness) to qualify as self-help. Defying self-help expectations, however, Rubin writes with keen senses of self and narrative, balancing the personal and the universal with a light touch. Rubin’s project makes curiously compulsive reading, which is enough to make any reader happy.

I really like the author’s premise of having specific, measurable goals each month.  I think it’s a good idea to look at your life and decide what’s really important, then work at attaining those things.  The one thing that saddens me about this book, is that there is really no mention of God (so far).  If nothing else, though, it has really made me think about my own happiness and where/how God fits into that.  I have really been thinking about the difference between happiness and joy, so stay tuned for a post on that!!

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you’re reading this week!!!


Menu Monday January 24, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 6:47 pm


Here’s what’s planned for dinner at our house this week!!

Monday:    Grilled steaks, baked potatoes, and salad

Tuesday:    Poppyseed chicken, brown rice and green beans

Wednesday:   Spaghetti, salad and bread

Thursday:    Beef tips over brown rice, green bean casserole and fruit

Friday:    Leftovers


Weekend Preview January 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 8:36 pm

This weekend’s newspaper is scheduled to have two coupon inserts:

1 Smart Source

1 Red Plum