PhotobucketWhy Be Frugal?

I consider frugality an art form and a religious conviction. I learned about paying cash for purchases, recycling and reusing just about everything and being generous to friends and those in need from my parents.

My faith instructs me all things are gifted by God and so I am compelled to be a good steward of my gifts. [The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man. Psalm 115:16]


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Buy Gift Cards. Make Money!

One of my friends, Michael, posted this on Facebook:

Deal of the moment: Food Lion has [five] gift cards (Belk, iTunes, Lowe's,Bass Pro Shop and the Mastercard gift card) which, if you buy $50, you save $10 instantly. So I stopped in Food Lion today while at Hope Thrift and bought a $50 Mastercard gift card. It cost me $44.95 at the register, so I made a cool $5.05 buying a prepaid credit card I can use anywhere! Cool, huh?

He also pointed out he didn't think (and I agree) that the other cards have an activation fee - only the Mastercard gift card.

Wow!  Can you say great Father's Day gifts?  You can give these as gifts or spend them yourself! Stock up while the deal lasts!

I researched this and apparently this deal is nationwide, according to Centicible Saver:

Now through June 19 at Food Lion stores, when you spend $50 on gift cards for Belk, Lowe's Home Improvement, iTunes, Bass Pro Shops or Mastercard, you'll get $10 off your bill -- instantly.
There are no coupons or rebates involved. As I understand it, you will simply pay $40 for a $50 card.

Read more here:

Hurry!  The deal ends June 19!

Thanks, Michael for the head's up!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

"Little" sandwich day!

I got home from Kroger a few minutes ago and I'm pretty pleased that I saved over 35% on my total order! 

I got 1 free 1.2 lbs of Private Selection Ground Chuck, 1 free Private Selection 6" pie and 1 free SoBe Life water. One of the ways I score free samples and coupons for free/ discounted items is as a BzzAgent. I'm currently involved in a Private Selection campaign - have tons of coupons for 20% off Private selection items, and in a SoBe Lifewater campaign - and have tons of 50 cents off coupons.  The idea is to use some coupons and give some away - "cheap" marketing for the companies and a great way for "BzzAgents" to score free/ cheap stuff!

I also used quite a few Kroger coupons, which are mailed to us periodically--generally the items are geared to our spending habits (which I'm sure are automatically tracked through my Kroger card.)

Today I'll be cooking up sausage biscuits to freeze - quick 'grab-n-go' breakfast (I have a rebate coupon for one pack of Tennessee Pride sausage patties). I also bought 2 packs of Kroger sausage patties that I'll cook up while refrigerator biscuits bake.

I used a $1 off coupon on Hawaiian rolls and also bought a pack of "small rolls".  Bought 2 packs of Kroger brand slider patties (in the refrigerator section) that had been marked down so I'll also cook up 2 dozen sliders to freeze.  These are one of my son's favorites as they're tasty and can be popped in the microwave for a quick lunch. The cost for these is less than 1/2 of the ready-made frozen ones - even than the Kroger brand.

My husband has requested meatloaf  which I'll probably fix tomorrow for dinner and have leftovers for sandwiches next week.  Finally, I'll make some more pizza pockets but I'm going to add a bit of sauce to the recipe.

We have stuck to our "no eating out" pledge! There were a couple of times that it was soo tempting because I was exhausted from work. Fortunately, because I had planned ahead and had some meals (or at least main courses) all we had to do was defrost and microwave.

We've enjoyed the freezer brownies and pizza pockets I fixed (see previous post HERE.)

What are you cooking this weekend?

Just be frugal,