Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The blessing of The Pantry Challenge

I have been meaning to post this for a while but haven't had time.

In January I loosely followed The Pantry Challenge that was listed over at lifeasmom.com and moneysavingmom.com. I didn't find out about it until after it started but I am pleased with the results. The challenge reminded me to use up the leftovers and to rotate some of my storage.

My grand total for groceries/household needs for January was $208.42. I was $8.42 over my goal. I didn't try all that hard and I still cut my grocery budget in half. Not bad for a few minutes of extra planning.

A REALLY Fun Thing!

This morning I checked the moneysavingmom.com site and was reminded about the Free Grand Slam offer.

I learned about this a little more than a week ago and had put it on the calendar. Today from 6am to 2 pm Denny's is offering a FREE Grand Slam to everyone who walks through their doors. That's a fabulous deal if you ask me! When dh got up I reminded him and we decided to take the kids and have fun with it. One of our children LOVES Denny's. We made a point to not say too much until we were ready to walk out the door. I love surprising her like this. She's the type of kid that gets very excited over stuff like this.

When we got there we found a full parking lot and a little bit of a wait but it was reasonable. The staff was working super quick and it was pretty impressive. Plus we came away with full tummies and pretty decent coupons for the future. A home run in my book!

This has been a good week for free things. Yesterday I received a fun surprise. I had signed up for a free package coupon for the Oreo Golden Double Stuf cookies. I knew the coupon was coming and I was expecting one coupon. They sent me 2! So I used one and gave one to a friend.