Adventures of an Island Mom


CEREAL!! April 30, 2009

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So, they’ve reset some coupons at, already, and there are some GREAT cereal coupons!! We love cereal around here, but my goal is to NEVER pay over a dollar for a box of cereal. I know……sounds crazy, but, I usually always meet my goal!! Cereal is SO EXPENSIVE!! Here is what they’re offering at, and if you match it up with the Safeway and/or Albertsons deals this week, you can get some cheeeeeeeap boxes of cereal!!

$1.00/1 Frosted Flakes
$1.00/1 Apple Jacks
$1.00/1 Mini-Wheats
$1.00/1 Raisin Bran
$1.00/1 Fruit Loops
$1.00/1 Rice Krispies
$1.00/1 Special K

REMEMBER, you can ALWAYS use a store coupon IN CONJUNCTION with a manufacturer’s coupon!! ALWAYS!!

Here’s the Albies Deal:
On the front cover they have a store coupon to get Corn flakes, Raisin Bran and/or Froot Loops for $1.49/each (Limit 2). Use this coupon in conjunction with 1 Raisin Bran Coupon and 1 Froot Loops coupon and you can get each box of cereal for 49 CENTS!!!! OR, you can print two of each coupon and get two of the same kinds for 49 CENTS!!

Safeway Deal:
Not quite as good, but stil great! Raisin Bran is on sale for $1.99. Use your $1.00 coupon to get yours for 99 CENTS!

You can print up to 2 of each coupon on (Sometimes, it’ll let you print a few more!!)

Happy Cereal Shopping! 🙂


‘Eating from the Pantry’ Challenge–Update April 29, 2009

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We’re halfway through the week and we’re still making it!! I haven’t stepped foot in a Grocery store and won’t until next week! This is very new for me, because, like I said, I am a grocery-shop-once-a-week kind of gal. Plus, going to the grocery store has always been a fun outing for me and the kids, so it was a 2-for-1! We’re getting low on a few staple items, ie, sour cream, cottage cheese (the kids love it!), cheese, and veggies, but other than that, we’re doing fine! Since I have our meal plan for dinners, I know I have those ingredients, it’s lunches that I’ve had to be creative with! We’ve had a lot of PB&J Sandwiches, baked potatoes, fruit and noodles. I did veer slightly from my meal plan last night, but ONLY because I was given some amazing Leeks from our neighbors garden. Have you cooked with Leeks before?? I haven’t, but I found an amazing recipe for Potato/Leek Soup, so I thought I’d make it yesterday, instead of the Pounded Chicken Breasts, Oven Fries, and Corn. (We’ll have that tonight!) It was really delicious soup, and SO EASY! If you’re interested, here’s the link to the recipe:

Not shopping this week has saved us $100 from our budget. For our family of 4, we have set our Grocery budget at $400/month, and/or $100/week. To some, that might be high and to others, that might be low! But, that includes EVERYTHING, ie: toiletries, dog/cat food, groceries, diapers, etc, etc. So, $400/month has been something to get used to, but we are DOING IT! In fact, not shopping this week, as I said, saved us $100 and I was already under budget, (only by a dollar, but, hey, under is under!!), so I have only spent $299 on groceries for the month of April!! WOOHOO! Which makes me realized that spending under $400/month is SO DOABLE. As soon as I get this down to a “T”, I am hoping that we can gradually lower and lower our budget to get down to $50/week and/or $200/month!!! I’m POSITIVE it is doable!! It just may take some time!!

If you don’t already have a budget set for groceries, I say, why not try it?? You have nothing to lose. It’s probably one of the easiest ways to save money to use it in other ways!!!!

I am hoping to go over coupon-clipping next week and how I save HUNDREDS by doing that!

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The coupons on will be reset on May 1st!




(Money-Saving) TIP TUESDAY April 28, 2009

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So, I am no expert in the money-saving department, but I love learning how to save money and coming up with ideas of my own. I thought I’d start a Money-Saving ‘TIP TUESDAY’. Every Tuesday I’ll post a money-saving tip that has been important and useful to me and my family.  Whether big or small, every little bit helps!!  PLEASE feel free to leave your comments and your money-saving tips, and I’ll be sure to post them on Tuesdays to follow!


Write a list before you go shopping – and stick to it. One should never go into a store without a strong idea of what one will be buying while in there. Make a careful plan of what you’ll buy before you go, then stick strictly to that list when you go to the store. Don’t put anything in the cart that’s not on the list, no matter how tempting, and you’ll come out of the store saving a bundle.   —-This tip came to us from


Smoothie Moustaches

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I decided it would be fun to make smoothies this morning to have with breakfast. I had some leftover blueberries and raspberries thawed in the fridge from yesterday’s jam-making, so we decided to do it! The kids loved to help! This is what we put in it:

Half a Banana
Homemade Applesauce
Ice Cubes
A touch of Milk
Wheat Germ
Protein Powder

They were mesmerized once I turned it on!!p1010287

And the most HILARIOUS thing, is that they decided to make ‘Smoothie Moustaches’ all by themselves! As we sat down for breakfast, they were trying as hard as they could to get as much smoothie on their upper lip as possible!! Here’s what that looked like:p1010292p1010297
And, Luke just kept saying, “Mmmmmm, Mommy, DEEEEEEELICIOUS!!” And, I do believe he just may resemble the joker in this picture??!!p1010291


A Rhubarb kind of Day! April 27, 2009

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We have an AMAZING amount of Rhubarb in the yard!! So much, so, that I am out there at least 3 times a day picking it. I either chop it up and freeze it, or I’ve been making sauces, desserts, breads, etc. Today I decided to try to new recipes. One for Rhubarb Muffins HERE, p1010280
and one for Rhubarb Berry jam HERE p1010281
I made a couple changes to the jam: I didn’t have any blueberry pie filling, so I just used frozen blueberries and frozen raspberries. I added about a half a cup more sugar, and I only had peach gelatin on hand, so I used that instead. SCRUMPTIOUS!!!! I am about to make another batch RIGHT NOW!!!


Meal Plan for the Week

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I checked out the cupboards, freezers, pantry, etc, and this is what I came up with for my Meal Plan this week:

Monday: Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes and Fried Zuchinni
Tuesday: Pounded Chicken Breasts, Oven Fries and Corn
Wednesday: Italian Chicken over Spaghetti, Green Salad, French Bread
Thursday: Homemade Chilli, homemade Corn Muffins (I already have them made and in the freezer)
Friday: Enchiladas, Tater tots and Fruit Salad

This morning for breakfast we had: Homemade yogurt, Homemade Raspberry Muffins (that I had in the freezer), and bananas! I’m not sure if our fruit will last all week for Fruit Salad on Friday!! I’ll have to ration it! 🙂 I’m off to get lunch ready for Ava before school. Leftovers it is!! 🙂