Oct 272011
 

PFChang's TREAT

Who else has been working like a dog this week and needs a delicious meal served up? I hear lettuce wraps calling my name!

This weekend, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is celebrating Halloween by offering an additional 20% off all online orders arranged for pick up any time between Saturday, October 29th and Monday, October 31st.

Log on to P.F. Chang’s online ordering and choose October 29, 30 or 31 as your pick up date. After you have completed your order, use the promotion code TREAT at checkout to receive the 20% discount.

This promotion is Spicy Tuna HOT and will not last beyond October 24 and P.F. Chang’s will not offer the discount in store – so please remember to use the code at check out.

The code is not available for use in conjunction with other discounts or for purchases of gift cards and large party take-out orders.

 Posted by at 5:00 pm
Oct 212011
 

P.F.Chang's and Baseball

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is celebrating America’s Pastime [aka. Baseball] during the World Series by offering an additional 20% off all online orders arranged for pick up any time between Saturday, October 22nd and Monday, October 24th.

Log on to P.F. Chang’s online ordering and choose October 22, 23, or 24 as your pick up date. After you have completed your order, use the promotion code HOMERUN at checkout to receive the 20% discount.

This promotion is Spicy Tuna HOT and will not last beyond October 24 and P.F. Chang’s will not offer the discount in store – so please remember to use the code at check out.

The code is not available for use in conjunction with other discounts or for purchases of gift cards and large party take-out orders.

 Posted by at 5:00 pm
Sep 072011
 

20% OFF P.F. Chang's

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is kicking of the football season right by offering an additional 20% off all online orders arranged for pick up any time between Thursday, September 8th and Monday, September 12th.

Log on to P.F. Chang’s online ordering and choose September 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 as your pick up date. After you have completed your order, use the promotion code FOOTBALL at checkout to receive the 20% discount.

This promotion is Spicy Tuna HOT and will not last beyond September 12 and P.F. Chang’s will not offer the discount in store - so please remember to use the code at check out.

The code is not available for use in conjunction with other discounts or for purchases of gift cards and large party take-out orders.

 Posted by at 3:45 pm
Aug 312011
 

It has been a minute since we went to Chicago and I thought it would [finally] be fun to post some of our pictures and some stories about the trip!

FridayWe arrived in Chicago around lunch time and Brent’s buddy, Johnny, took us to eat at Revolution Brewing Company in Oak Park. They had the BEST sandwiches and the BESSSST pretzel bread known to man, seriously. I learned something new, anytime a menu says “crunchy” or “crispy”, they mean it has uncooked cabbage slaw on top, Yum. C ordered a caesar side salad with her “crunchy” pulled pork sandwich and it came with a full out anchovy on top… needless to say, she did not eat the salad. I even tried it… Umm yea, not a fan of that either! I ordered the Hombre Burger, I’m from Texas, what can I say? It consisted of smoked poblano pepper,  avocado, Chihuahua cheese, red pepper crema & tortilla strips – aka. Heaven on a Heavenly Pretzel Roll bun. Once we arrived at our final destination – Congress Plaza Hotel [who has still not sent me a like to review their room/service{which is probably better for them because the "suite" was pretty much unacceptable (email me for details)}] we… I decided we should take a little walk to Navy Pier. I wonder why nobody stopped me, it was like 10,000 miles away from our hotel and we were pretty grumpy by the time we all got there. HAha!

B and Mike went out with the Chicago friends while C and I hit the streets to find dinner. C and I went down Michigan Avenue to hear the free concerts and look at Cloud Gate and the Crown Fountains. C has a radar for super fun, cool things, and this night was no different. We made our way to the Magnificent Mile Macy’s and Chicago Theater where there just happened to be a CLo concert and Glamorama fashion show taking place. C and I got to walk on the fashionistas red carpet and take in all of the glittlery and amazing fashion choices of the actual attendees. It was amazing! We caught some people making glances at us, like, “I can’t believe they wore that”, we were sporting the all fashionable shorts, t-shirt and Tom’s. We finally headed to dinner at about 11 pm; C chose, what we thought was, a quaint little place in downtown Chicago called Mercat a la planxa. Wow! Once again, we were totally under dressed and a little out of the diners target market, but we have money to pay for a delicious meal, so who cares about the target market. The meal was a total debacle and out waiter was really pretty poo-pooey on us, but we enjoyed ourselves and our meal. C decided to try the pintxos muranos Colorado Lamb Brochettes wrapped in Bacon and Lamb Jus and I had the Conill Amb castanyes Braised Rabbit Agnolotti, Roasted Chestnut Purée, Brandied Cherries and Rosemary Brown Butter. Our meals were divine and the experience will last a lifetime!

Chicago Theater

Saturday Was our chill day, we pretty much spent the day walking, relaxing and eating. I got to meet on of my co-workers, at my big girl job, who lives just a couple minutes from the hotel. My company is big on the virtual/global environment – nobody on my team lives within 6oo miles of Houston, it is pretty amazing when you think about how connected we are, but are so far apart. We took a cab ride to the Expo to pick up our race packets [there was no way the guys were going to go for another walk with me]. We ate lunch around our hotel and on our way to pick up bananas and water for the mornings race, the rain came down, BIG time. We were still about 3 blocks from the hotel. After we watched all of the Segway tours rush into their homes, which we were huddled close to, we decided to book it to the next available awning and make a game plan. We were like frogs who didn’t like the wet – hopping from one awning to the next between pours of rain. We just kind of chilled the rest of the day, watching bad hotel tv and C’s outstanding fashion show [she was still feeling the vibe from last night] with the hotel’s bedding; have I told you, lately, how amazing she is? Well… she is! By the way, this is how we dry wet Tom’s:

C's Shoe Dryer

Sunday There was a little race, you can read about it here. Our friends took us to another amazing eatery, Big Star, before we headed out to the airport.  They had delicious pork and fish tacos and their salsa was pretty much spectacular because it was not chilled. C happened upon the lovely bacon wrapped hot dog below – the Sonoran Hot Dog crispy, bacon wrapped, all beef hot dog, pinto beans, lime mayo, mustard, onions, hot sauce, on a bolillo roll = Amazing! We had to wipe off the sauces because the hot sauce was just WAY hot for her, but she went to town, she said it was pretty delicious and recommend it, most definitely.

C's giant Bacon-wrapped hot Dog

We hit up the train to take us to our destination before our final destination – it was pretty fun, except for when the guy sitting in front of us decided to get up and pry open the doors with this bare hands and jump out on the landing dock while the train was still moving… Not Smart dude, not smart. My face was stuck in the “OMG! Did that REALLY just happen” fashion for a minute or three. We made it to the airport in the nick of time… to see that our flight would be delayed for 5 hours. [Shameless Plug ~~>]It’s really too bad that we don’t have a smarty phone that received emails to tell us we were delayed; we could have totally stayed at the taco place for another 4 hours, which would have been fine by me!

Leaving Chicago on a Train

 Goodbye Chicago… until Next time!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Aug 302011
 

Orange Glazed Pork Chops + Rice and Chickpeas

We are having company tonight, so it’s time to bring out the class. Kidding, he’s only 7 [which means this meal is kid approved] and has homework to complete.

We have spent the last few weeks cooking through our meat stocked up in the freezer, this week we have pork to conquor – I love pork, it is so yummy, versatile and cooks up very quickly. 

There are a couple of important items to note before heading out on our dinner journey:

1. Make sure to use a pan that can go from Stovetop  to Oven, it helps with the creation of the orange sauce and saves cleaning another pan, you’re welcome.
2. If you are placing a pan in the oven with a long handle, it still gets REALLY hot…even after 15 minutes of sitting after cooling… just saying, use great caution!

Prep: 6 minutes
Cook: ~40 minutes
Total: ~50 minutes

4 Pork Chops
1 T Olive Oil
Salt + Pepper
All Spice
Ground Cloves

1/2 C Orange Juice
2 T Brown Sugar
2 T Orange Marmalade
1 T Vinegar

Rice
Orange Juice
Water
1 Can Chickpeas, drained

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 Posted by at 5:00 pm
Aug 192011
 

This week was pretty expensive but we still managed to keep it as frugal as possible. We used a lot of stock pile goods last week before we headed out for Chicago, so this week we needed to load back up on the items we killed before the trip. Also, Walgreen’s had a decent sale on items that we are brand loyal [we don't do stinky pits around here], so I hit up that sale which most definately incresed our out of pocket expenses. I spent a total of $138.27 at Randall’s. Walgreen’s, CVS, Target and PetSmart.

Randall’sRandalls 8/19

4 Diet Coke 12 Packs @ $5.99 = $23.96 – B2G2 = $11.98 or $2.99 each

4 Chef Boyardee Pasta @ $1.00 = $4.00 – $0.35/3 = $2.95 or $0.74 each

Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding $1.00 – B4Chef Boyardee G1Hunt’s = FREE 

2 Fresh Express Salad @ $2.00 = $4.00 – FREE Vocalpoint – $1.00/1 = $1.00 or $0.50 each

Cracker Jack 3 Pack $1.00 or $0.33 each

Gatorade $3.34 – $0.75 In AD = $2.59

Gain Laundry Detergent $4.99 – $1.00/1 = $3.99 [Earn $3 Cat WYB 3 Gain products]

2 Gain Dish Detergent @ $0.99 = $1.98 – [2]$0.50/1 = $0.48 or $0.24 each

2 Pilsbury Crescent @ $2.79 = $5.58 – $0.50/2 = $4.58

2 Pilsbury Cinnamon Rolls @ $1.89 = $3.78 – $0.40 In Ad – $0.50/2 = $2.38

2 Hostess Donettes @ $2.00 = $4.00

Little Debbie Honey Buns $1.50

Little Debbie Muffins $2.50

Mrs. Baird’s Bread $2.00

Mrs. Baird’s Hot Dog Buns $2.00

Bananas $1.03

Green Beans $1.00

Bagels $2.50

Milk $1.39

Total Spent $49.27

Total Saved $42.94 or 47% + $3.00 Catalina for future use

WalgreensWalgreens 8/19

2 Speed Stik Deodorant @ $2.50 = $5.00 – $1.00/1 = $4.00 or $2.00 each [Earn $3 RR, Limit 1]

2 Skintimate Shave Cream @ $3.99 = $7.98 – [2]$2.00/1 In Ad – [2]$1.00/1 = $1.98 or $0.99 each

Gillette Venus Razor $9.99 – $5.00/1 WYB Venus Refill = $4.99 [Earn $4 RR, Limit 1]

Gillette Venus Cartridge Refills $14.99 [Earn $10 RR WYB $30 participating Gillette, Secret Clinical or Old Spice Products, Limit 1]

2 Secret Clinical Deodorants @ $8.99 = $17.98 – $1.00/1 = $16.98 or $8.49 each [Earn $10 RR WYB $30 participating Gillette, Secret Clinical or Old Spice Products, Limit 1]

Revlon Nail Polish [Not Shown] $3.99 – $2.00/1 Walgreens Q – $1.00/1 = $0.99 [Earn $3.00 RR, Limit 1]

Total $45.49

Total Spent $40.49 [Used $5.00 RR from previous trip]

Total Saved $24.98 or 38% + $20.00 RR for future use

CVSCVS 8/19

5 Gatorade G Fit Waters @ $1.00 = $5.00 [Earn $5 ECB, limit 1]

2 M&M Peanut @ $0.50 = $1.00 – $0.75/2 = $0.25 or $0.12 each

CVS Body Wash [Not Shown] $2.27 – Free Email = FREE

Carefree Liners $1.57 – $1.87 CVS Machine = -$0.30

Total $5.00

Total Spent $o [Used $5.00 RR from previous trip]

Total Saved $15.12 or 100%+ $6.00 ECB for future use

TargetTarget 8/19

6 Mott’s Apple Sauce @ $1.67 = $10.02 – [3] $2.00/2 = $4.02 or $0.67 each

Bar Keeper’s Friend $1.75

2 Archer Farms Fruit Snacks @ $2.99 = $5.98

2 Mile’s Dog Treats @ $2.50 = $5.00 – [2] $1.00/1 = $3.00 or $1.50 each

Schick Quattro Women’s Razor $6.49 – $4.00/1 = $2.49 [Earn $5 GC WYB 2]

Schick Hydro Razor $6.49 – $1.00/1 Target Q – $2.00/1 = $3.49 [Earn $5 GC WYB 2]

Tresemme Hair Gel $2.99 – $1.00/1 = $1.99

Total Spent $22.79

Total Saved $24.43 or 52% + $5.00 GC for future use

PetSmartPetSmart 8/19

Nutro Max Dog Food $22.99 – $5.00/1  = $17.99

Rawhide Flips $7.99 – $2.00/1 = $5.99

Total Spent $25.72

Total Saved $9.00 or 26%

Shipping Trips 8/19

To wrap it up, my totals for this week’s trips were:

Total Spent: $138.27

Total Saved: $116.47 or 46%

Total Earned for future use: $34.00

Now, it is time for you to share all of your amazing trips from this past week!


 Posted by at 8:00 am
Jul 292011
 

Freebirds 2 for $10

If there are two things I love after running my heart out they are eggs and burritos. This post is not about eggs…

Until August 14 [race day in Chicago], you can score two freebird burritos for just $10.00, that is a $2.58 savings if you are ordering steak freebirds!

Register your Fanatics card and earn points towards your next free burrito too, a deal on top of a deal.

TGIBurritos, Friends!

 

 Posted by at 10:00 am
Jul 222011
 

This week has flown by super fast, we have been busy watering the grass so it doesn’t die in the Texas heat and I have been training for my upcoming 1/2 marathons in Chicago and San Antonio. There weren’t to many fantastic deals this week at CVS, so I skipped it and hit up Walgreens, Target and Randall’s.

Walgreen’sWalgreens 7/20/11

2 Dove Men’s bar soap @ $6.00 = $12.00 – 2 $4.00/1 = $4.00 or $2.00 each [Earn $4 RR WYB 2, limit 1]

Total Spent $4.33 

Total Saved $9.98 or 69% + $4.00 RR for future use

TargetTarget 7/20/11

2 John Frieda Full Repair @ $5.99 = $11.98 – 2 $5.00/1 – $3.00/2 Target = FREE + $1.02 Overage

Tresemme Hair Gel @ $2.99 – $1.00/1 Target = $1.99

Hangers $2.00

Tank Top $6.98

Total Spent $10.67 

Total Saved $14.00 or 57%

Randall’sRandalls 7/20/11

4 Diet Coke 12 packs @ $5.99 = $23.96 – B2G2 Sale = $11.98 or $2.99 each

Oreo Double Stuf $4.49 – B4CokesG1 Sale = FREE

2 Mrs. Baird’s bread @ $2.99 = $5.98 – B1G1 Sale = $2.99 or $1.49 each

2 Cascade Complete @ $4.99 = $9.98 – 2 $1.00/1 In Ad – 2 $1.00/1 = $5.98 or $2.99 each [this is pretty much stock up price, limit 2]

2 Seattle’s Best Iced Lattes  @ $1.69 = $3.38 – 2 Free Qs = FREE

Ritz Crackers $2.50 – $0.51 In Ad – $1.00/2 [Oreos from above] = $0.99

2 Imperial Sugars @ $1.55 = $3.10 – 50% clearance = $1.55 or $0.77 each

Kraft Parmesan Cheese $ 4.49 – $0.50 In Ad – $1.00/1 = $2.99

Gatorade $5.00

Milk $1.99

Gold Medal Flour $2.75

Honey Buns $1.25

Total Spent $39.36 

Total Saved $39.35 or 50%

I saw this sign on Pinterest [alyssa0119], I have thought about purchasing it for B, since he is the King of Diet Coke.Diet Coke - Pinterest

Last, but not least, I got anxiety over shopping this week, no joke. I printed out the B1G1 Whonu Cookies and stacked it with the $1.00/1 and my $1.00 Catalina from Kroger, ready to go… I didn’t go, I was too nervous that they would call the police for stacking coupons correctly. I fought with myself the whole way to do my Randall’s trip and then leaving to pass the exit to Kroger, I just don’t feel comfortable there anymore. Does anybody else have this anxiety I speak about? Do you think I should call to action a Kroger Anxiety group so we can help each other deal with the stress they put on their [once] loyal consumers?! Why Kroger, WHY?

Grocery July 22

To wrap it up, my totals for this week’s trips were:

Total Spent: $54.36

Total Saved: $63.33 or 54%

Total Earned for future use: $4.00

Now, it is time for you to share all of your amazing trips from this past week!



 Posted by at 8:00 am
Jul 152011
 

So, I’ve been posting about my frugal shopping weeks for a while now and it has been fun… but I do not think it will be as fun as my next feature. I want to see your FRUGAL FINDS as well!

I just love seeing the amazing deals people get; it never ceases to amaze me how coupon-smart people rock the sales.

This week I trucked it to Randall’s, Walgreens, PetSmart and CVS and spent $37.15 [only $14.07 from my pocket, however].

Randall’s

See, what had happened was… I went shopping on Sunday after beating the crowds away at Pier 1, Old Navy, Home Goods and Bath and Body Works – by the time I got to the grocery store, I was pooped. So, when I got home I flattened out on the couch and my awesome B helped with the unloading unloaded everything, therefore there is no fancy picture to share.

Eggs $1.99

Ruffles $3.18 – $1.30 in Ad = $1.88

4 Almond Joy @ $1.19 = $4.76 – B2G2 Sale = $2.38 or $0.59 each

2 JIF Peanut Butter @ $2.12 = $4.24 – $.26 in Ad = $3.98 or $1.99 each

2 Lucerne Cheese @ $2.19 = $4.38 – $.40 in Ad = $3.98 or $1.99 each

New York Toast $3.39 – 50% clearance = $1.69

Mrs. Baird’s Powdered Donuts $1.99 [I needed the energy, don't judge! ;)]

Natures Own Bread $2.00

2 Marzetti Dressings @ $3.99 = $7.98 – B1G1 – $1.00/1 = $2.99 or $1.49 each

Total Spent $23.08

Total Saved $14.89 or 39%

I received a $25 gift card to Randall’s prior to this run, so it was actually FREE! I should have bought more donuts…

CVS

July 13 CVS

3 Skintimate Shave Cream and Gel @ $1.99 = $5.97 – $1.00/1 – [2] $0.55/1 = $3.87 or $1.29 each

Balance Bar $1.69 [Earn $1.69 ECB WYB 1, limit 1]

Total $6.02

Total Spent $0.06 [Used $5.50 ECB from previous trip]

Total Saved $13.30 or close enough to 100% + $1.69 ECB for future use

PetSmart

July 13 PetSmart

Nutro Max Dog Food $8.99 – $5.00/1 – $3.00 Survey = $0.99

Total Spent $1.06

Total Saved $8.00 or 89% + $3.00 Survey!

Walgreens

July 13 Walgreens

 2 Dove Men’s Body Wash@ $4.49 = $8.98 - B1G1 = $4.49 or $2.24 each

Dove Body Wash $4.49 – $1.00/1 = $3.49

Garnier Shampoo $3.99 – $1.00/1 = $2.99

2 Spoons @ $0.49 = $0.99

Total Spent $12.95

Total Saved $10.48 or 45%

July 13 Trip

To wrap it up, my totals for this week’s trips were:

Total Spent: $37.15 [$14.07 out of pocket]

Total Saved: $46.67 or 55%

Total Earned for future use: $1.69

Now, it is time for you to share all of your amazing trips from this past week!



 Posted by at 8:00 am
Jul 122011
 

Caramel Chicken

Dark brown sugar makes me happy, how about you? Tonight I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes – Caramel Chicken. Really, caramel anything makes me happy.

I posted on my Facebook page [which you "Like", right?] that one of my friends offered up her green tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers before heading out for vacation this week – this dish makes for easy incorporation of fresh veggies… perfect!

You will need:

Cucumber, julienned
Red Onion, sliced
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Short grain rice [Sushi rice]

1 pound chicken breast, cubed [pork will work too!]
1 onion, chopped
1 cup green bell peppers
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 can anchovy fillets, chopped/minced [I keep the juice for extra flavor]
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3-4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

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