Whats’s for Dinner?!

Hi Friends! How’s your day going? I hope it was a great one. Mine was awesome! I did my grocery shopping today, I usually do it after my Ladies Bible study on Tuesdays but it’s winter break this week at our local school (the church follows the school district schedule, so no study for us this week). I got some good deals at the grocery store but the cashier forgot to scan some of the coupons (I only noticed it when I got home) that were on the products. ¬†$6 worth of savings ūüôĀ I’m not really sure if it’s worth going back to the store tomorrow, we’ll see. Anyways, the first 2 pictures are of my grocery hauls last week, I’m thinking that I probably don’t need to go grocery shopping for the rest of the month because we’re pretty stocked up. Maybe I’ll just buy some fruit (we have frozen veggies that I really want to use) and we’re good. I’m excited because if I’m going to stick to my “plan” I will be under budget this month. It’s always a good thing when I’m under budget with my grocery money! Happy cooking, eating and savings friends!

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Safeway haul last week!
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Fred Meyer haul last week.
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Fred Meyer 
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Safeway

Meal Plans this week:

Tuesday/tonight: Lobster,asparagus

Wednesday: Roast salmon, veggie fried rice

Thursday: Beef stroganoff (and egg noodle)

Friday:Not sure (maybe Pizza or Take out)

Saturday: Not sure/out with friends

Sunday: meatballs and spaghetti

Meals/Dinners  last week:

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Clams in wine broth, grilled bread
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Crabs and we also have left overs
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Filipino breakfast (for dinner). Dried fish, eggs,rice
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eggplant omelet (we had this for lunch last week)
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sardines,rice (lunch yesterday)
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roast chicken (plenty of leftovers for lunch this week)
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chicken, rice, broccoli
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buffalo chicken wings 
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Vday dinner with family
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Pizza night with hubs last Sunday!

What’s for dinner?!

Hi Friends! Happy Monday:) One of our “goals” this year is to really be intentional with our family budget. I’m responsible for budgeting, paying bills, getting groceries, and making meals while the hubs earns the money! We’ve already talked/made plans this past weekend about our financial goals for the year so I’m glad that is taken care of. Anyways, I wanted to share our dinners last week (after Christmas) and our menu plans for this week. I did the grocery shopping this week and came under budget (YES!). We have well stocked refrigerators right now and I plan to use what we already have for the coming weeks. Here’s to saving money and cooking at home!

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Pork and chicken adobo
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Beef caldereta ( filipino version of beef stew)
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Chopped pork belly
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Bittermelon with eggs,grilled pork belly
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Veggie fried rice,chicken shiomai,shrimp
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My plate!

Here’s our meal plans for the week:

M: Leftovers (we had beef caldereta; it’s a filipino version of beef stew)

T: Pasta with truffle butter (Ina Garten recipe),salads

w: Pork chop, rice, green beans

Th: Leftovers

F: Take out/Pizza

S: Chili

Sun: Salmon,veggies

*Our breakfast are usually :coffee and toast,yogurt,cereals,oatmeal then sandwiches and leftovers for lunch.

My groceries this week. The fridges are already stocked so I only bought produces that will be good this week, and I got some meat that was on sale that I can freeze for consumption in the coming weeks. Meat prices are getting ridiculous so I try to save money this way.

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This will be good for a week or more

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Recent Hauls!

Hello Friends! Happy Friday:) I wanted to share my “recent” hauls for the last couple of months (some products I got around April) just because! I personally enjoy watching these kind of videos on youtube or blogs to get some ideas from the¬†product reviews¬†which I find very helpful. Most of these I ordered online and were on sale because, just like the majority of people, I like me some good deals!

Semi Annual Sale at Bath and Body works
Semi Annual Sale at Bath and Body works

I went to Bath and Body works for their semi annual sale (last June) because I got a good coupon and wanted to use it. ¬†I rarely use their products now (aside from their candles) because I’m trying to use more “natural” and organic products (slowly trying). ¬†I know my sister (Hello Ate!) wanted me to get her some of these, so these are for her. I bought 2 candles and I regret the Rio Red Guava because it sure gave me a headache after burning it for 3 hours. I hated it, but the hubs likes it. ¬†I will probably throw this one out, but I’ve read somewhere that you can actually return a candle even after burning it and get a new one (exchanged it) but I’m not sure if I want to do that! It’s not their fault if I don’t like the scent of the candle I picked it…smelled great¬†at the store.

Alternative coffee from Amazon
Alternative coffee from Amazon

I’m trying to drink less ‘real’ coffee now (it’s so hard!) so I started drinking Teeccino Herbal coffee. It’s a great alternative to coffee because IMO it taste like coffee without the caffeine. I’ve had this before so I decided to just buy it in bulk on Amazon (I think it was on sale when I got them). My favorite is the French roast dark!

Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter

I got this on Amazon together with the Teeccino coffee, and I love the white chocolate wonderful one! A more natural version of peanut butter than what we’re used to eating at home. They’re all good, so creamy and the prices at amazon were decent too. I’ve checked it at our local grocery store and there’s no way I’m buying them there.

Henri Bendel Bag
Henri Bendel Bag

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Henri Bendel had a summer sale last June, it’s one of my favorite brands because the quality is superb. I like it because you can only buy their products at their stores and online. It’s not “everywhere” unlike Michael Kors or Kate Spade. I feel like every woman on the planet has an MK bag or something. The prices are affordable so long as they are on sale:)

Costco cookbooks
Costco cookbooks

I dropped some donations at our local Value Village last weekend, they gave me a coupon that I can use in the store as a “thank you” for my donations. I checked their books section and found these goodies. I think I paid $6 after my discount. I’m looking forward to trying some recipes in the coming weeks.

Nike
Nike “Free 5.0 TR Fit” training shoes

Nordstrom had their Anniversary sale last month and I decided to get these Nike shoes. They got decent reviews and I’ve been wanting to get a pair of “light” sneakers for a while now. So with the sale I thought I would just get this and return it if I’m not into it. ¬†I’ve used them already and they’re so perfect for me! Super comfortable and light weight. I know I will get a lot of use out of these shoes in the coming months. Happy savings friends!

*For the month of August, I’m joining the #buynothing challenge! This means I’ll only buy the necessary (no starbucks coffee for me or things I’ve mentioned above!). So far so good for me, the first week was easy, I avoided Target and Homegoods (these stores are my weakness!). We’ll see how I will do in the coming 2nd week:)

Grocery Hauls!

I went to 3 Grocery stores this week because QFC (I rarely shop there) had a pretty good deal on¬†their “mix and match” promo. I’ve read in some couponers/bloggers that this is the time to visit the store because some of the products have “rock” bottom prices. I hardly use coupons now so I was interested to see if they still have cheap prices even without coupons. So after we had dinner at the Outback, I asked the Hubs to go check it out with me. We got a lot of his fave cereals. ¬†We stocked up actually because they were like $1.50 each (with coupons, it’s probably $1). He normally has cereal twice a week, so this will last him for a while.

I paid $44 and saved like $71 (i can't find the receipt),but Im sure I paid $44.
I paid $44 and saved like $71 (i can’t find the receipt),but Im sure I paid $44.

I had rewards points that will expire today,so I wanted to use them. ¬†I went to walgreens and wasn’t really planning on buying a specific product. I was planning to get coffee (they’re on sale) because we always drink coffee, or I can send it to the PI in my next balikbayan box. When I checked the clearance they had their detergent soap for very cheap prices,so I grabbed a few and decided to just forget the coffee! I got 4 cheap lipsticks too($2.50 each,on sale for 69 cents), and packing tape (for packing balikbayan boxes).

I paid $9.92 for all,the receipt says I saved $31.50/79% savings
I paid $9.92 for all,the receipt says I saved $31.50/79% savings

After Wags,off I go to Fred Meyer (they’re just in the same area) to get some ingredients for butter chicken. My hubs requested it this week,and I’ve been looking at Youtubes videos on how to make it. It’s his favorite Indian cuisine and I really wanted to do something nice to him especially that he’s really busy at work and lots of meetings and decisions to make this week!

I paid $34, I did use store coupons and most of what I bought was on sale.
I paid $34. I did use store coupons and most of what I bought was on sale.

Happy Shopping and Savings Friends!

Recent Hauls!

Happy Labor Day Weekend Friends! With all the labor day sales going on right now,I just wanted to share my recent “hauls” that I purchased within the last 2 months (with the exception of the groceries of course!). I rarely buy things full priced, I always try to wait for sales/clearance and I love going to discounts stores like HomeGoods, Ross, and Marshalls. I also checked online shops like Groupon, LivingSocial, Zulily for good deals. I have several gift cards (from bday gifts, Christmas) that I wanted to use before the cards were completely drained. I forgot that I even had them!

I got this Kcup drawer at Zulily for $20;original price $36. I got the herbal coffee at Amazon.
I got this Kcup drawer at Zulily for $20;original price $36. I got the Teeccino herbal coffee at Amazon.
Having coffee in the morning so so easy now!
Having coffee in the morning so so easy now!
I finally got another vacuum cleaner for our 2nd floor. It's a Dyson DC39  multi floor vacuum.
I finally got another vacuum cleaner for our 2nd floor. It’s a Dyson DC39 multi floor vacuum.

I’m so loving this Dyson vacuum cleaner. It’s really light and powerful. I only use this for the second floor of our house (no wood floors). I got this in a Groupon deal for $251 (it’s refurbished but works like new). I’ve checked ¬†the price in amazon it’s around $449 new!

with gift cards I paid $20 for all perfumes!
After gift cards I paid $20 for all perfumes!

I have gift cards from Homegoods/Marshalls and I saw these perfumes on clearance, they looked like a pretty good deal. Speaking of perfume, I also used my Nordstrom gift card and bought Jo Malone perfumes. They smell so good and light. I love it! I got the Nectarine Blossom and English Pear.

I also got a Mac lipstick!
I also got a Mac lipstick!

And now to the more “exciting” parts, my grocery this week. I shopped at Fred Meyer and another local discount store in Issaquah, Champion Grocery. I think Champion Grocery is my new go to store, they don’t sell fresh produce but they do have the basic staples like coffee, dried fruits and household stuffs.¬†

Champions Grocery: my fave deal was the Kcups! $7.50 for 36 Kcups; i checked on amazon their 40 kcups cost around $25!
Champions Grocery: my fave deal was the Kcups! $7.50 for 36 Kcups; i checked on amazon their 40 kcups cost around $25! This Haul cost me $47:) I will probably pay around $100 if I bought this in the regular grocery store.
Fred Meye:paid $70
Fred Meye:paid $70
other side of the pic!
other side of the pic!
weekly milk delivery:$11
weekly milk delivery:$11

 

Grocery Haul!

It’s been a while since I posted my grocery haul, with my sisters visit last week I didn’t shop at all because we ended up eating out most of the time. I also decided to join Smith Brother’s Farm Milk delivery (they’re a local company). I noticed a lot of our neighbors have this service so I wanted to check it out. This is our second week of delivery and though it’s pricey compared to our local grocery, I think it’s worth the price for me and the milk taste “fresher” in my opinion. So far I’m liking the idea of our milk delivered and I don’t have to get it from our grocery store and who knows how long it’s been in their refrigerator. I only shopped once this week because I still have a lot of meat in our freezer, so I bought mostly produce this time. Happy shopping and savings friends!

Fred Meyer: $21.55
Fred Meyer: $21.55
Smith Brother's milk delivery: $10.86
Smith Brother’s milk delivery: $10.86

Grocery Haul!

This was my grocery haul for the last 2 weeks but due to the Holy week I didn’t want to post any of my hauls. I shopped at 3 stores Walgreens, Fred Meyer, Grocery Outlet. The deals are over now except maybe for Grocery Outlet because they don’t have a weekly ad they’re more of like “while supplies last” kind of store. ¬†I really like shopping at Grocery Outlet because you never know what you’ll find in the store. Happy savings friends!

Fred Meyer: The Nestea drink was free (free friday deal). I stocked up on the butter too (after coupon i paid like 1.50$ each,normally its $4 each)I paid $11
Fred Meyer: The Nestea drink was free (free friday deal). I stocked up on the butter too (after coupon i paid like 1.50$ each,normally its $4 each)I paid $11
Walgreens: Paid $16 (i wanted to stock up on vegetable oil), the cereals were $1 each after sales and coupon) I will be sending some of this to the PI.
Walgreens: Paid $16 (i wanted to stock up on vegetable oil), the cereals were $1 each after sales and coupon) I will be sending some of these to the PI.
Another Fred Meyer trip: Paid $23
Another Fred Meyer trip: Paid $23
My favorite shopping this week: Grocery outlet! I paid $55, it's a little high but I'm fine with it because I got some good deals on the organic olive oil. Originally they're $17 each but with GO it's $7 so I stocked up on that.
My favorite shopping this week: Grocery outlet! I paid $55, it’s a little high but I’m fine with it because I got some good deals on the organic olive oil. Originally they’re $17 each but with GO it’s $7 so I stocked up on that.

Grocery Haul/Savings!

This is my Grocery Haul this week! I shopped at Fred Meyer(Kroger affiliate) and Trader Joe’s. We still have milk and bread from last week, so I didn’t buy any this week. Most of the items are on sale and I only used 1 coupon (for the eggs). We try to eat organic meat, milk, and eggs, but for baking I use non-organic eggs.

all produces were organic(all sale)
all produces were organic(all sale);Paid $15.80
Trader Joe's Haul! Paid $10.58
Trader Joe’s Haul! Paid $10.58

I hope you’re having a great friday evening friends! Hubs and I are watching Sherlock ( british series).

Savings!

This is my grocery haul this week. I got lucky this time because most of what I wanted to buy had marked prices. Even the cashier said that “you sure are in the right morning to shop!”. My favorite find was the steaks, which we already ate last night and were delicious! ¬†I’m always on the look out for natural/organic meat and chicken because they’re really pricey and if my store has it on reduced price I will most likely ¬†put it in my cart. Second favorite was the organic bread,they’re normally $3.49 for a loaf so I got excited to see that they’re reduced too (they are now in our freezer). I shop at Fred Meyer because it’s so close to my gym. ¬†I usually shop on Monday morning when it’s not crowded and less people are in the checkout area.

I paid $56 for this haul (regular price:$83)
I paid $56 for this haul (regular price:$83)
Jackpot!
Jackpot!
After pic of the steaks!My hubs prepared this last night!
After pic of the steaks with blue cheese!My hubs prepared this last night!
my fave lately,roasted broccoli (i splurged and bought organic)
my fave lately,roasted broccoli (i splurged and bought organic)
AFter my Fred Meyer trip, I stopped at Walgreens to pick up pineapple juice(they're onsale this week 2/$4.). I paid $13 for this. The soap and sweetener will be ship to the PI.
After my Fred Meyer trip, I stopped at Walgreens to pick up pineapple juice(they’re onsale this week 2/$4.). I paid $13 for this. The soap and sweetener will be shipped to the PI.

Hope you had a good Thursday family and friends! Happy shopping and savings:)

Savings!

I shopped at 4 stores this week, Grocery Outlet, Walgreens, Bartells, and Fred Meyer. I didn’t drive all over the place because 3 stores are in the same area. I wasn’t able to take pictures of my Fred Meyer haul because most of the items were produce and milk, which I put right away. My favorite haul this week was Grocery Outlet’s because I didn’t use any coupons and still saved.

Regular Price:$85,after sale I paid $37
Regular Price:$85,after sale I paid $37
Bartells:after coupon I paid $13 ( I had BOGO coupons for the nutella,they're onsale for $3)
Bartells:after coupon I paid $13 ( I had BOGO coupons for the nutella,they’re onsale for $3)

My furry son Riley in the picture is not very happy when I told him that he can’t have nutella because his Vet forbid him to eat chocolate!

Walgreens: After coupons and sale I paid $11
Walgreens: After coupons and sale I paid $11