Sunday, December 6, 2009

December 2009

Hi everyone,
If you didn't make it to Winco this past week, there is still one more week of their sale. I flier came in the mail near the beginning of the month. There are some great coupons in it. There are also some great deals that require no coupon. These prices are good through December 13th (next Sunday).

Navel Oranges limit 10 lbs - .18/lb
10 lb. bag of russet potatoes limit 1 - .68 (that's 6.8 cents per pound!)
Petite Sirloin Steak, family pack - 1.88/lb (one of my favorite all purpose cuts of beef)
Pork Sirloin Roast (in the bag) - .99/lb (also one of my very favorites cuts)
Deli Sliced Roast Beef - 1.98/lb
Co-Jack Cheese - 1.98/lb
8 inch pumpkin pie 2.48
Walnut Halves and pieces (bulk) 1.98/lb
Raw Shell on Shrimp 2.98/lb (in 2 lb bag - 5.76 each)
Wild pacific keta salmon 3.98/lb
Planters peanuts 16 oz.- 1.79 (good for your food storage)
marshmallow 16 oz. - .78

I went last night and they seemed to have plenty of everything still. We'll be having a pork roast for dinner tonight and then pork stir fry later this week. For the petite sirloin we will have swiss steak and cilantro lime tacos. I'll include that recipe, it's a good one :)

Other things to think about: I found this quote on If you haven't explored this blog, I highly recommend it. Load of good recipes, thoughts, and quotes all regarding provident living.

"Provident living requires us to develop proper attitudes—a willingness to forego luxuries, to avoid excess, and to fully use what we have—learning to live within our means.

Unrestricted by programs and projects, bricks and mortar, the Lord’s real storehouse is indeed in the homes and the hearts of His people. As the members of the Church follow the counsel to become self-reliant, they represent an immense pool of resources, knowledge, skills, and charity available to help one another. This storehouse, the Lord has said, is “for the poor of my people, … to advance the cause, which ye have espoused, to the salvation of man, and to the glory of your Father who is in heaven.” (D&C 78:3–4.)"

Robert D. Hales, “Welfare Principles to Guide Our Lives: An Eternal Plan for the Welfare of Men’s Souls,” Ensign, May 1986, 28

Think about trying to get your donations made for the Idaho state tax credits before the end of the year. There are two categories and the donations can be made by cash or non-cash items. The two credits include one for Educational Entities (school or libraries mostly). Books, DVDs, Video Tapes, CD are some good examples of what may be donated to the library.

The other credit is for donating to Youth and Rehabilitation facilities. The most common of these that people donate to are the ARC and the Idaho Youth Ranch. Unfortunately the DI does not qualify for this credit.

For both of these you can get a credit of 50% of the value of what you donate on your state tax return up to a credit of $200 (for each of the donation categories - Education and Youth and Rehabilitation). That is $400 off of your state taxes!

Below is an excerpt from the Idaho Individual Tax Return Instructions. Please see the full instructions or your tax professional for information specific to your situation.



If you donated cash or goods to qualified educational entities, you may claim a tax credit.

The credit is limited to the smallest of:

• one-half of the amount donated,

• 20% of the tax on line 23 (total tax owed for the year),

• $100 ($200 on a joint return)


If you donated cash or goods to qualified educational entities, you may claim a tax credit.

The credit is limited to the smallest of:

• one-half of the amount donated,

• 20% of the tax on line 23 (total tax owed for the year),

• $100 ($200 on a joint return)

See this for complete instructions:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Back to School deals 8/4/09

Here are the best deals I see this week for back to school specials. Thanks to for some of these.

Office Depot

• FREE Scholastic Glue with minimum $5.00 purchase
• Office Depot Brand Pencil Pouch $.05
• Tug Pencil Sharpener $.10
• Paper Mate #2 Pencil 10 pk $.25
• Office Depot Value Notebook Filler Paper 150 sheets $.50

• Office Depot Brand 12” Acrylic Ruler for Binder
• Office Depot Brand Marble Composition Book 100pgs
• Office Depot Brand Paper Clips
• Sharpie Accent Pocket Highlighters 6pk
• Liquid Paper Smooth Coverage
• Paper Mate Ball Point Stick Pens 10pk

• Tug Brand Book Covers
• Mead Assorted Pocket folders
• Aluminum Ruler
• Pentel Clic Erase Grip
• Fiskars Scissors for Kids
• Mini Clip Board
• Mini Milk Crates
• Paper Mate Eraser Mate Pens
• Expo White Board Eraser
• Expo White Board Cleaner
• Memorex CD-R Media 10 pk

$2.99 Items
• Office Depot Brand Wire bound Notebooks
• Office Depot Brand Notebook 3-hole punch
• Expo Fine Dry Erase Markers 4pk
• Rubber band Ball
• Mini Sport Stapler
• License Notebooks
• Paper Mate Gel Pens
• All Sharpie Accent Mini

Office Max

• Paper Folders $.01 (Limit 6)
• 12″ Wooden Ruler $.01 (Limit 3)
• vPencils (12pk) $.10 (Limit 3)
• Filler Paper (150 sheet) $.10 (Limit 3)
• Composition Books (100 sheet) $.50 (Limit 6)

• 3×5 Index Cards (100ct) $.40
• 8GB USB Drive $19.99
• Crayola Washable Markers (8ct) $1.50
• Pink Pearl Erasers (6ct) $1.50


• Binder or Book Cover $.99
• Corner Office Legal Pad (50 sheet) $.19
• Notebook (3 subject) $.99
• Paper Clips (100ct) $.29
• Paper-Mate Highlighters (6pk) $.29
• Penway Folders (2 pocket) $.09 with in-ad coupon
• Penway Yellow Pencils (10pk) $.19
• Pilot Easy Touch Pens $.99
• Pink Eraser (2pk) or Pencil Cap (15ct) $.29
• Rulers $.29
• Splash Mini Highlighter $.19
• White Poster board (22×28) $.19

Filler paper: .01 - Thru Wednesday only!
notebooks, 100 sheet .75
Staples glue sticks 4 pk: 1.00
Z grip pens 7 pk: 1.00
Mechanical pencils, papermate sharpwriter .07 mm, 5pk: 1.00

Crayola pencils 12 pk, markers 10 pk, watercolors, white out, fiskar scissors: .99
papermate 12 pk pens, 5pk mechanical pencils, index cards: .50
Ticonderoga pencils 12pk, Crayola washable markers, Fashion theme books: 1.50

Fred Meyer:
Crayola colored Pencils: .89
Glue Sticks, Avery 6 pk: 1.99

Monday, May 25, 2009

Deals this week 5/25/09

Fred Meyer:
Chicken Breast B/S frozen Kroger brand 1.49/lb
Strawberries 1.50/lb
Van Camp's Pork & Beans .39 first 3
Cantaloupe .48
Coupons in ad, pick up at front of store
1/2 gallon milk or OJ 10 for $10
Fred Meyer macaroni & cheese or Chicken noodle or Tomato soup 4 for $1
2 lb medium cheddar cheese 3.99
Dreyer's Ice Cream 2 for $5 (I think I have a coupon for $1 off this, wonder if I can use both)
All Swimwear 50% off
Extra 50% off Apparel and home clearance (Monday only)

Here is a link to get $3 off on Coppertone sunscreen. I know I need to restock on sunscreen and I think I'll take this coupon to WalMart this morning before we head out for our family outing to Silver City this morning. I really do love internet coupons. :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I just found a great dollar kind of store. Everything is NOT a dollar though. But, all items that are $1 are $.88 on Tuesday. They have bread for $1.25. I got some Roman Meal and Idaho Bread Company bread. They had some nice looking hot dog and hamburger buns, French bread, etc.

I got some dry roasted peanuts (taste good) 7.5 oz, socks, containers, and a cold 20 oz soda all normally $1.00, today $.88! The store is huge and I'm sure there are a lot of other bargain there.

It is on the corner of Five Mile and Overland near Albertsons.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Deals this week 4/28/09

Hi everyone,
I really didn't get too excited about the deals this week. I decided to try the Walgreens deals. I got three things for free and soup for darn close to free. Here's how to do it. Beware, apparently you must buy more items than you use coupons to get the register reward coupons. Print the Got2B coupons and the Cambells coupons twice.

Transaction 1

Got2B Hair Products 2/$10
Use this: ($2 off 1)
Earn a $5 RR when you buy 2 (register reward prints out when you check out)
Final Price: $.50 each

2 - Cambells Soups $.59 with in ad coupon
use this: ($1 off 2)
Final Price: $.09 x 2

Out of pocket: 5.50+.18= 5.68

Transaction 2

Nivea Body Wash $4.99
Earn a $4.99 RR when you buy 1
Final Price: FREE!

2 - Cambells Soups $.59 with in ad coupon
use this: ($1 off 2)
Final Price: $.09 x 2

Out of Pocket transaction 2: 4.99 + .18 - $5 (RR from transaction 1) = .17

Transaction 3
Rembrandt Toothpaste or Mouthwash $5.99
Earn a $5.99 RR when you buy 1
Final Price: FREE

You need to buy one more item on this transaction, I bought some plants 2/$3 tomatoes, peppers, broccoli.

Final price if you buy 1 plant: 5.99+1.50-4.99 (RR from transaction 2)=2.50

Now you will get another 5.99 coupon to use on some more plants or anything else you might need or your next visit. Be sure to check the expiration date though. They are only good for a couple weeks.

I'll send you more info about how our 72 hour kits are coming tomorrow.

Eva Lu

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Deals of the week 4/19/09

Hi all,
I looked through this weeks ads. Here is what stuck out to me as deals:

Fred Meyer
Petite Sirloin (my favorite) 2.99/lb
Broccoli .58/lb
Whole Fryers .79/lb

All bras (or most) 19.99 each (there is also a !5% off coupon thru Wednesday) final price $17
Get the coupon in the paper in the front of the store or at customer service.

9 pack broccoli plants 3.48
blueberry gallon size plants 6.98

3 double coupons in the Sunday paper. You can now use internet coupons for this. For more info on how to put together a great shopping trip at Albertsons see:

There are also a couple other good coupons.
chicken - frozen in 4 lb bag 1.79/lb
power bars - .68 each --think 72 hour kits

Happy Shopping!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Good News!

Wheat and Morning Moo are in stock at Costco again. If you missed getting some before they ran out like we did, I thought I would let you know. Marty picked up both wheat and Morning Moo for me today. I am having second thoughts about the Morning Moo. It is in a 5 gallon bucket, 37 lbs. I feel like I need to repackage it in smaller containers, like cans or maybe I could just seal usable sizes in my foodsavers. Any thoughts?

One piece of super good news. We have a new food storage store in town. It is called Food 2 Store and is next to Eddy's Bread Store off Fairview/Locust Grove. The owner is Doug Hastings (can't remember his wife's name). The wife, whose name I can't remember, is Gary Clayton's sister, in case you know the Claytons who used to live in this area. Food 2 Store is a Blue Chip distributor in case you have heard of Blue Chip. And they carry Morning Moo. Someone was asking me about dehydrated veggies and they do have plenty of different kind of veggies and fruit - freeze dried. One other thing that I was happy to see was those pitchers with the plunger thing. It was about $10. These are good for mixing up the dried milk products or juice. :)

I've been hoping to see a store like this open with the economy the way it is, people are paying more attention to thier food storage. I wish the Hastings much success with their business.

Here is their website with a list of what they plan to carry. They don't have everything in yet. I hoped to find Taco TVP, which my some in family really like. They should be getting that in pretty soon.

So, I compared the price of the big bucket of Morning Moo to the more usable #10 can of morning moo they had at Food 2 Store. The cost per pound in the bucket from Costco is 1.49/lb, the price in the can is 3.10/lb. So it is quite a bit more, but more usable. Humm....It's a quandary.

And lastly, today is April 15th, Tax Day. It's a big day for me because I prepare taxes. A big sigh - Whew!! So, I will have more time to devote to finding ways to inspire you all to live more providently, frugally, abundantly, aware, able to find great deals, and to prepare every needful thing.

"The best storehouse is the family storeroom..."Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing" (Doctrine and Covenants 109:8).
~President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Coupon Shopping 101

Hi girls,
This is one more email where I will simplify a coupon shopping trip to Albertsons for you to get FREE FOOD. It is a little complicated and tends to overwhelm some people. If you are some of those people, follow these steps to get FREE FOOD and some really great deals! You only have until Tuesday to do this though.

Step 1:
Print Internet Coupons.
Go to this link. It may ask you to install a coupon printer. Just do what it says. It is something that keeps you from printing multiple coupons.
Print 2 of this coupon.

Next go to this link.
There are 2 coupons on this link. Print both of them twice - 4 coupons all together.

Now you will have a total of 6 coupons for Progresso soup.

Print these instructions!

Step 2:
Go to Albertsons.
Put these items in your cart:
6 boxes of Betty Crocker Cake mix
4 cans of Progresso soup - traditional or Rich and Hearty only, not vegtable or light or the other varieties.

Step 3:
Get out your progresso soup coupon for 1.10 off. You have 2 of them.
Find your progresso soup coupon for 1.00 off 2. Use just one of these this time.

Step 4:
Check out.

You should pay approximately $11. You will get a $10 off your next purchase. Take these items to your car.

Step 5:
Next trip thru.
Put these items in your cart.
10 cans of progresso soup
1 package of your favorite gum or other other item that you need for about $1.

Step 6:
Get out the rest of your progresso soup coupons.
There should be 2 - $2 off 4 cans and 1 - $1 off 2 cans

Step 7
Check out.

You should pay about $1 after the coupons and the $10 off coupon. You will get another $10 off coupon.

Step 8
Your choice. There are some in store coupons in the ad, in the front of the store. Potato chips for .98- limit 2, Kraft salad dressing for 1.68, Grandma Sycamore bread (super good bread) for 1.68 (no coupon, just on sale). There is also b/s chicken and hamburger at the butcher block for 1.99/lb. You are just looking to spend $10 to use up your coupon.

Step 9
Go home. Put away your bounty.

Total Spent: $13.50

Possible purchases:
14 cans of Progresso soup
6 boxes cake mix
2 bags potato chips
2 loves bread
3 lbs b/s chicken
1 package of gum

There are other items in the store on great sales, but these are nice things for your pantry for the beginner coupon shopper. After you do this a few times, you may gain more confidence and will be able to do more. But, baby steps. If you try too much the first time, it will end up crazy.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Crockpot Sunday

For our Crockpot Sunday today, I tried fajitas and they were fabulous. I bought a pork loin roast from Winco (actually 3 in a package) for 1.43/lb. I cut it up in strips along with a couple green and red peppers (also on great sales at Winco) and an onion. I saute'd them briefly in my crockpot, which I can take off it's base and put it directly on the stove, I love it. If you are in the market for a new one I would recommend it. It has a nonstick inside and is lightweight and easy to clean. Then sprinkled Laurey's Fajita seasoning over the top and stirred it. I put it on medium high for around 3 hours. It was a little juicey when we got home. So I took the meat and veggies out and put the juice back on the stove to reduce it down. Then I added the meat back in stirred and yumm! We had it will tortillas, salsa, sour cream and cheese.

Here is a link to see my crockpot:

I just received a great link to some more crockpot recipes from someone in my missionary mom group. Let me know if you try any of them.

Rich Americans

Hi Everyone,
I hope you enjoyed our great Stake meeting (those of you in our Stake). It really gave me a lot to think about with Elder Costa and our attitude about how bad our economy is. Poor Us! "Our happiness is not bound to the economy. It is bound to the Gospel."- Elder Costa. To hear of the stories of the people of Chili and the extreme poverty they lived in, the sacrifices they made to attend the temple. They were happy. A difficult life in many ways, but more simple in others. There would not be so many choices to make on how to spend our money.

I remember a man I met who was from Ecuador. He told me in his broken English, "when people of my country join the church, they become rich." I thought that he met they were rich in that they now had the gospel and Christ in their lives, much fuller richer lives. When we asked he about it he replied that while that our understanding was true, he said they also increased in their wealth. Elder Costa brought up on more than one occasion the scripture, "If you keep the commandments, you will prosper in the land." I think Elder Costa has seen this particular promise fulfilled in his life as he has been raised in what we would consider extreme poverty, became relatively wealthy , and was willing to give it all up on more than one occasion because of his convictions. But, God has continually blessed him in many ways.

I know that he gave me a lot to think about as a provident living specialist and as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.