Monthly Archives: February 2012

You Paid WHAT? For a Pound of Rice?

Have you considered the price of small boxes of rice mix? I saw a Sysco truck making a delivery of a pallet of rice to a church right by my office. I went over and asked the Pastor what they were doing with all the rice, and he said they were about to feed 600 people down at the George R Brown Convention center.

I’m so glad I saw this, because it caused me to remember the days of buying 25 pound bags of rice for my family. Why did I stop doing that? Time? Convenience? At what cost?

Since beginning to coupon 10 months ago, I have purchased items that I normally would not have purchased. Coupon or not.  Namely, the lovely little conveniently packaged flavored rice.

So I have decided to go back to my big ole bag o’ rice and do a few calculations to help me find the ere of my ways.
Let’s do a quick calculation:
25 pound bag of rice:   $7.00 that comes to $.28 per pound or $.0175 per ounce.

Most boxes of flavored rice contain about 4oz. Of rice and 1oz. of flavoring. You end up paying $.25 per ounce for $.07 worth of rice in every box.

At 16 oz. in a pound, that is $4 per pound!!
In general, these boxes cost about a $1 to $1.50 each.

Lets stick with the $1 mark to keep it all flowing nicely.

The inflated price you are paying for your lovely little package of rice ends up being almost 142% mark up.

Now what about the yummy flavor you ask?

If you purchase Knorr Bouillon, Granulated, Chicken Flavored, 35.3-Ounce Jar at the cost of around $9.00. It has about 250 of servings.  That is $.03 per serving.

Now simple mathematics tells me that $.07 + $.03 = $.10 per serving of your very own flavored rice.

Unless you are getting this little goodie for free, you should really consider foregoing the box of flavored rice and make it yourself.  It will be time well spent.  Remember, the easiest way to save money is not to spend it!

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Tightwad Tips


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Free Advice From the Blogosphere

Things I’ve learned in the Blogosphere!

While perusing the Blogosphere today, I came across Neil otherwise known as Interacter.  He helped me earlier in the day with some questions, so I decided to see what else I could learn from him. You are never too old for an education after all.

Well, lo and behold the man has a manifesto.  At first I thought, there is no way I am going to sit here and read this mans manifesto, it’s like 2 pages long.  But after the first few lines, I couldn’t stop.  In fact, I have now been inspired to write my own.  I think I will have my children write theirs as well and like his, it will be ongoing for years to come.  Thanks Neil, you have been a true inspiration.

Here is a quick excerpt from number 4 on Neils manifesto:

4) Be Prepared to Fail

Failure: such a pejorative word. In fact, failing is one of the best things that you can do (short of winning a Nobel Prize). Not only is being perfect all the time boring, but it starts to shut down possibilities because you never try anything else.

If you don’t fail, you’ll never learn from mistakes. And mistakes are interesting.

I know this doesn’t have anything to do with couponing, but it does have something to do with saving money.  If you prepare and plan for your future, you can anticipate potential financial curve balls that may be headed your way.  Preparation time is never wasted time, in any situation.  Let’s learn from Neil, and write down where we have been, and where we see ourselves going.  Then we can start to create the road map that will get us there.

Happy couponing…and stay in the Zone!


Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Tightwad Tips


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Cooking Dinner Straight From the Pantry (day 3)

As you may have noticed, I did not post about dinner last night. I was at my very part-time job, so my honey ordered pizza for the kids.  So tonight I am back on track!

I decided to thaw out a 5# chuck roast yesterday before I left for work.  I set it in the fridge, and rediscovered it this morning.  When I pulled it out of the fridge, the harsh reality hit me, that I have NO IDEA how to prepare and cook this meat.  So, I asked my good friend and chef, Fiona Layton to hook me up with a recipe.  She is super fabulous, and sent me to her Group Recipes site.  You can find her page HERE.

So what’s on the menu??

Main dish: Herb-Crusted Chuck Roast


  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 (3 pound) boneless chuck eye or top blade
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Rub over entire roast. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender and reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145 degrees F; medium, 160 degrees F; well-done, 170 degrees F). Let stand 10 minutes before carving.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Serve with the roast.

Side dish: Maple Dill Carrots


3 cups peeled and sliced carrots
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


1.    Place carrots in a skillet and pour in just enough water to cover.
2.    Bring to a boil over medium heat.
3.    Simmer until water has evaporated and the carrots are tender.
4.    Stir in butter, brown sugar, dill, salt and pepper.

I just found one more side dish I want to add. Pineapple Fried Rice!  It looks amazing.

Desert: Stuffed Strawberries!!  You can find the recipe HERE.

Dinner should be wonderful tonight. I hope my family enjoys it!  I will post pictures after I prepare it all!


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How to Get a Free QR Code

Scan me to go directly to the QR Generator Page

You see them every where now, from your pizza box to your direct mail piece. You click on one, and it takes you to a video describing your anticipated experience of the item you are curious about. It feels almost like we are in the days of Star Trek sometimes. “Hey, Spock, scan that rock and tell me what kind it is?” Well, we can do that now with apps like Google Goggles, but that’s not what I am talking about today. I’m talking about the cute little QR codes that teach us all about the products they are stuck on.

Yesterday I was on a mission to create a really cool marketing piece for my girlfriends company, something they could hand out and let it tell the story. Every one in their office said it needed to be very, very clean. So what I needed was a way to tell the story without really saying a word in print. That’s when I started looking for how to create a QR code. My research brought me to QR Stuff. I was able to link the company’s web site to the QR code it created for me, within seconds. I pasted it into the handout I had created, and the office loved it!  Best of all, it was totally free.

Here is an idea, rather than sending out the same old boring Christmas card this year, with the ugly sweaters that everyone sticks in a drawer or box, send them a Talking Christmas Card. Do a 2 minute video of what’s been going on with the family throughout the year, show Janie’s missing tooth, and Ryan’s baseball trophy. Save the video to a QR code, and have it put on a sticker or the card itself. I bet your rival Sister-in-Law will be puddling to the floor in sheer dismay when she receives it in the mail.

Well, have fun creating your own QR code…I have now created one for just about everything you can imagine!!

Here is one to my blog.  Just use your QR scanner on your smart phone and click away!   Well, I hope you enjoyed the blog, I enjoyed writing it for you.  Try not to get too sidetracked making QR codes for everything.  Have an incredible day and…stay in the ZONE!


Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Tightwad Tips


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Pampers Swaddlers as Low as $3.75!

Attention All Mommy’s!

Amazon has a fabulous deal on diapers.  There is no charge for shipping on this item!

Grab them while they are hot! (clean and fresh…not all stinky)

Pampers Swaddlers Newborn 240 Diapers (12 packs of 20)

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Baby Stuff


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Duncan Hines Cake Mix $.20 at Randalls

Check it out, if you use your Duncan Hines Cake Mix coupon for $.35/1 from 2/5/12 SS, then you can get your cake mix from Randalls for $.20! That is a 90% savings off their normal $1.25 per box price.

Thank you for taking the time to visit The Katy Coupon Zone, blogged from Katy, TX a.k.a…God’s Country!

Happy couponing and…stay in the Zone!!

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Daily Deals


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Free Sample of Gud Body Lotion

Visit the ALL YOU website. It will take you to the Gud facebook page..

Free Sample of Gud Body Lotion

Free sample: Get a free sample of Güd™ Body Lotion

How to get it: To request yours, “Like” Güd on Facebook and then fill out a short form.

Thank you for taking the time to visit The Katy Coupon Zone, blogged from Katy, TX a.k.a…God’s Country!

Happy couponing and…stay in the Zone!!

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in FREEBIES!


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