Tag Archive | Homemaking

Beth’s Weekly Goals

Here are my five goals that I would like to accomplish this week.

1) Workout 5 times this week

2) 3 days of summer homeschool with the kids

3) Deep clean one room in 20 minutes per day

4) Stick to my weekly grocery budget

5) Finish reading The Magicians Nephew to my kids


Homemade Takeout: Pizza

My family loves take-out, and my kids especially love pizza so after I got my breadmaker I decided to put pizza dough to the test. I found the Pizza Dough recipe online. I put the ingredients in the breadmaker and it takes about 1 1/2 hours to be ready. I also found my pizza sauce recipe online.  The pizza sauce makes a large batch so I freeze whatever I don’t use for future use.

When the pizza dough is ready I divide it into six portions and roll out the dough on a floured surface to make six individual pizzas. I spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and  lay each pizza dough out on it,  then cover with pizza sauce and each persons desired toppings and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

Our favorite toppings:




Italian sausage

Mixed Cheese

Of course, your family can use whatever topping you love. This is the best pizza, my family loves this better than take out pizza. I hope you enjoy it too!!

Homeschooling on a Dime

When I began homeschooling my boys last year I quickly realized that there are definitely costs involved. All the curriculum, games, and manipulitives, not to mention the school supplies like paper, pencils and art supplies that needed to be purchased in order to give my children the best possible education. I tried out a couple of curriculums that didn’t work for our family and all these things started to add up. I got creative with my homeschool budget and started looking around to find the best ways to save money on homeschooling and now I will share them with you. Continue reading

My Favorite Breadmaker Recipe

As I have mentioned before I believe by making a lot of my own products I save money and am able to feed my family the very best quality foods. Homemade bread in my breadmaker has been one of the best ways my family has been able to save since we go through a loaf of bread every couple of days. I make a honey whole wheat bread that we use for everything.

To chase the deal, or not to chase the deal that is the question

When there is a great deal advertised it is tempting to run out and get it, especially when you are first starting out couponing. Here are a few things to think about when deciding whether that deal is worth chasing or not.

Is it in the budget?

The first thing to always consider when deciding whether to head out to get a deal is whether there is money in your budget for it. I have a monthly food budget which also includes 50.00 of stockpile budget to stock up on items that are a great price for later. If it is towards the end of the month and my grocery budget is low and stockpile budget is gone there is no question in my mind whether a deal is worth chasing, it’s not! There is never a deal so good that it worth spending money you don’t have. Continue reading

My Favorite Fred Meyer Deals 1/22-1/28

Italian Bread $ .99

18 oz Blueberries $3.88

Broccoli or Cauliflower $ .78/lb

Fred Meyer 1/2 Gallon Milk or Orange juice 1.25 w/in ad coupon (limit 4)

Brandon Medium Cheddar Cheese $4.99 w/in ad coupon (limit 2)

Fresh Selections Mini Peeled Carrots 16oz $1.00 w/in ad coupon (no limit)

Grape Tomatoes 10oz $1.50 w/in ad coupon (no limit)

Country Oven or Vita-bee Bread  $1.33 each w/in ad coupon (limit 6)

Kroger Bandages $1.00 w/in ad coupon (limit 10)

Red or Green Seedless Grapes $1.98/lb

Mangos $1.00 each

Yellow Peaches or Nectarines $1.98/lb

Cucumbers or Green Bell Peppers $.58 each

Organic Kiwi $1.00 for 3

Buy 10 Save $5.00 Mix and Match Event

DiGiorno or California Kitchen Pizza 4.99/4.49

$1.00/1 DiGiorno Pizza (SS 1/15)


Kraft Easy Mac or Velveeta Shells and Cheese $.99/$.49

Capri Sun $1.99/$1.49

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish $1.49/$.99

Dreyers Ice Cream $3.49/$2.99

Albertsons Round up and Save Event

I am excited to report that Albertsons is having another of their round up and save events. They did a similiar promotion in the spring. All coupons between .25 and .99 will be rounded up to 1.00 and all coupons .24 or less will be quadrupled, no overages will be given during this event. Here are my favorite deals for this week at Albertsons.

Fugi Apples $ .78 per/lb

Egglands Best Cage Free or Organic Eggs (Dozen) $2.50 

$.50/1 Egglands Best Cage Free or Organic Dozen (SS 10/2)

$.35/1 Egglands Best Cage Free or Organic Dozen (SS 10/2)

$ .35/1 Egglands Best Cage Free or Organic Dozen (SS 11/13)

$1.50 with coupon round up

French’s Mustard (yellow or brown) $1.50

$ .30/1 French’s Classic Yellow or Spicy Brown Mustard (SS 1/22)

$ .30/1 French’s Spicy Brown Mustard

$ .50 with coupon round up

Mix, Match and Save (must buy 5) 1.88 each

General Mills Cereal

$.60/1 Cinnamon Toast Crunch

$1.00/1 Multigrain Cheerios

$1.10/2 Cheerios

$ .88 each with coupon round up

Fiber One Bars or Brownies $1.88

$.50/1 Fiber One Bars or Brownies

$ .40/1 Fiber One Chewy Bars, 90 Calorie Chewy or Brownie Bars (GM 1/8)

$ .88 each with coupon round up

 Betty Crocker or Ocean Spray Fruit Snacks $1.88

$ .50/2 Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Shapes, Gushers or Fruit Rollups (GM 1/8)

$.60/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks

$ 1.33 each wyb 2

Nature Valley Granola Bars $1.88

$ .75/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars (GM 1/8)

$1.33 each wyb 2

Instant Saving Spotlight Buy 10 Save $5.00

Pace Picante Sauce, or Salsa 1.99/1.49

$ .75/2 Pace Product (SS 1/22)

1.49/.99 with coupon round up

Rosarita Refried Beans or Rotel Diced Tomatoes 1.49/.99

$.50/3 Rosarita Beans (SS 1/22)

$1.09/$ .59 with coupon round up