Let’s Have Mimosas


Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking and you’d rather have a relaxing Sunday. I am having one of those days, so I decided to fix myself a mimosa, one of my absolute favorite drinks.

I already had the supplies on hand: orange juice (which I purchased with a $1 off coupon that doubled) and some sparkling wine. I accented the drinks with raspberries that I purchased, then froze, when they were on sale. The mix of wine and orange juice is up to you, but I generally do 3 parts wine for 1 part juice.

Yard Saling for Frames


This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to an enormous yard sale. There were a lot of different people set up selling all sorts of things. It was quite fun to look through all the various pieces of jewelry, house wares, and funky stuff that people were trying to get rid of.

I am somewhat in the market for a few pieces of furniture, but I ended up with great frames. They’re in a little bit of rough shape, but I figure that I can clean them and paint them for a lot less than it would cost to buy new frames. For $4 I got four frames, including this awesome oval one, and a horse figurine that I intend to make into an ornament.

Simple Halloween Chocolate Craft

tracing bats

Recently I saw a really basic Halloween craft on Pinterest that I wanted to emulate—chocolate bat treats!

I found an outline on About.com, and printed it on basic printer paper, since I was only planning on making 6 bats. I traced with a pencil on black cardstock. The pencil showed up great, and I erased any remaining outline later. Using the above template, you should be able to fit 4 bats to a page.

After cutting out the bats, I creased the wings so they would be partially closed.

I had purchased 6 of the “fun size” Hershey chocolate bars during my CVS shopping excursion last week. To attach them to the bat body, I used ZOTS adhesive dots that I already had. Double sided tape would also work great.

Spending $35 on $81 worth of items

CVS Haul Oct 2012

Warning: couponing gives such a thrill that after you start, you won’t want to stop.

I am ecstatic that I was able to save so much money at CVS. Over the past week I:

  • Got $81.24 worth of full-retail price items
  • Those items were on sale for $68.16 with a CVS store card
  • I used $38.75 worth of manufacturer and store coupons
  • Spending $34.19 of actual cash
  • With $5 in CVS Extra Bucks still left for my next purchase

Click here for a detailed account of the items I purchased, their prices, and coupons used.

The key way for me to save during this week was to purchase items that both had relevant manufacturer coupons and gave significant Extra Bucks rewards. In the example of the women’s Venus Razor, it was sold for $6.99. I had a $3 off coupon, and received $5 back in extra bucks. Even considering tax, it’s like I was getting paid to take it away!

Variations on Grands! Biscuits

Grands Tube

One downside of couponing is that I sometimes end up with a significant quantity of items I wouldn’t normally purchase. I try to be careful and only buy items I can and will use. So after recently purchasing 4 tubes of Grands! Biscuits, I came up with some creative ways to prepare them. Both are extremely simple, but offer variation from the original.


The first is a Chocolate Biscuit. I simply peel open each piece and fill it with a teaspoon or two of chocolate chips. Bake following the normal directions and you have a nice dessert!


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