Savings Snatch: Ibotta Weekend Warrior Bonus (expires 2/14/17)

Through today only, you can earn a $2.00 “Weekend Warrior” bonus on the Ibotta app by redeeming just 2 rebates! This is one of those bonuses that is very worth completing. If you have to redeem 12 rebates to get a bonus, it’s much more likely that you’ll end up purchasing items that you would never have bought otherwise – there are exceptions, but usually you’ll spend far more than you’ll save. If you have to redeem 6 or fewer, you’ll usually get the items for a great deal. If you only have to redeem 2 rebates to get the bonus, you can often get the items for free and even make a little change!

Favorite Grocery Deals of the Week: 2/8/17-2/14/17

Love is in the air, and the ads this week definitely seem to share a common theme of red fruit, flowers, and chocolate (what fun!). The deals are perhaps a bit sparse in other areas, but you’ll spot a few good pantry staples here and there. And isn’t chocolate a pantry staple really? I can’t be the only mom who keeps a bar hidden in the bookshelf to furtively devour during naptime on extra-long days. Hypothetically. Um… let’s dive in, shall we?

Favorite Grocery Deals of the Week: 2/1/17 – 2/7/17

Here are my grocery shopping recommendations for this week:


  • Heritage Farm Whole Fryers. At $0.69/lb, I’ll be stocking up on 4 or 5 of these and stashing them in our chest freezer. Whole chickens used to make me nervous, but I promise there are so many easy ways to use them! I still like to buy boneless skinless chicken breasts when they’re on sale, but a whole chicken can go so much farther and is much more affordable – I’ll share a couple of my favorite ways to use them on Monday. So… if you trust me (or you don’t, but you’re feeling recklessly thrifty), definitely put at least one in your cart. 😉
  • Mangoes. Not the most economical fruit you can buy, but Will loves mangoes and 2 for $1 is a pretty good price in these parts. I consider this sort of thing a splurge, but since I plan to buy fresh fruit every week anyway, I’ll happily spend a dollar or two on mangoes as a treat instead of traditional snacking foods (they can be a big budget-buster, as much as I love Cheese-Its).
  • Comforts Baby Food Pouches. I like to have a few of these in the diaper bag for emergency snacks for Beatrice, and $0.59/each is the lowest I’ve ever seen them for. If you use Kroger’s digital coupons (which, if you shop at Kroger, you totally should!), you can clip their “Save $1 when you buy 5 Comforts for Baby Food Purees” coupon through Saturday, and you’ll be able to buy 5 pouches for a total cost of $1.95. Not bad.
  • Kroger Cream Cheese. One 8oz package is on sale for $1 this week, but if you clip the $0.50-off digital coupon (rhetorical suggestion), you can get it for $0.50. If you eat bagels, are making a dip this weekend, or feel like baking a cheesecake – score. 🙂
  • Silk Almond/Soy/Coconut/Cashew Milk. On sale for $2.50 per half gallon, but if you have a digital coupon for $1-off hanging around, you can get it for $1.50. Charlie still can’t handle dairy, so we buy this sort of thing. *sigh* If, like me, you cannot eat cream-cheese-slathered bagels or cheesecakes at present, this deal is probably for you.

2017 AD : The Dawn of the T-Rex Housewife

It’s January 1st as I type this post, and for the last few days Will and I have been writing goals for 2017 with giddy abandon. When the kids are tucked peacefully in bed and you’re curled up on the couch with a glass of sparkling cider, planning the next year feels so exciting, and so effortless! Yes, in the past few months I’ve often spent the day sleep-deprived and drowning in a sea of unfolded laundry, wondering how to cook dinner while comforting two crying babies, but this is a new year! In 2017 my life will definitely (magically) be more organized, calm, and amazing. I’ll wake (perfectly refreshed) at 4:30 am every morning. I’ll do yoga at least 4 times a week. I’ll read 2 books every month. Meals will be planned. Chores will be checked off promptly from a perfectly-organized chore chart. Songbirds and small forest animals will help me make the beds each morning as I dance out of our room to begin the day (I aim high).

This is all terribly interesting, Erin, you might say (in a polite “moving on…” sort of tone), and I’m happy for you and your delusions – I mean goals – but what does this have to do with dinosaurs? And what on earth do dinosaurs have to do with housekeeping? And how could you possibly think keeping a t-rex at home would be a good idea?