Local Treasures – The Distillery

Last night my boyfriend and I stopped at our local Distillery to take advantage of Local Restaurant Week – we had a good time and found a ton of great deals. 


First let me tell you a little about the Distillery for those who haven't been.  There are actually three locations in the Rochester area -- one in Greece (which I’ve never been to), one on Mt Hope Ave, and one on Winton Road South.  The Distillery is basically a local sports bar with pretty great food.  It’s the perfect place for a drink and snacks after work or to bring the family to watch the game on Sunday.  They have a huge menu and daily specials – really something for everyone. More...

Too Many Veggies -- Don't Waste Them With These Tips

I love gardening and veggies but sometimes a thriving garden can be overwhelming.  Here’s a few tips to make use of your extra produce this fall.


Too Many Cherry Tomatoes


While our regular tomato plants didn’t produce very well this year, we had an abundance of cherry tomatoes.  I got sick of making salads so I decided to make some oven-dried cherry tomatoes.  It was very easy.  Preheat your over to 200 degrees.  Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and place them cut side up on a baking sheet.  Give them a little sprinkle of salt and bake them until they shrivel up a little.  This took me about 3 hours.  These little oven dried tomatoes were so flavorful and tasted great tossed with pasta, garlic and a little olive oil.  More...

9 Grocery Items That You Should Never Pay Full-Price

There are some items that go on sale so frequently that you should really never buy them full-price.  It will take a little patience and practice, but this list will help you get an idea of grocery items that often have coupons and sales that can be combined for great prices.  More...

Local Restaurant Week - $20.09 Specials

Today marks the first day of Local Restaurant Week in Rochester.  What does this mean for you?  Great deals and the perfect excuse to try some of the best restaurants in Rochester.  The theme this year is great dining specials for only $20.09.


Here are some of the local restaurants and the specials they’re offering for the event (September 21-28).  The offerings are subject to change so call ahead if you want to be sure.  Also, check out the Local Restaurant Week website for the complete restaurant listing and for more information.  More...

My Weekly Grocery List - 9/20/2009

Here's my weekly shopping list from the Sunday ads.



Wegmans 2% Shredded Cheese 8 oz - $1.99

Kraft Cheese Food Singles – 2/$4

Pillsbury Bread or Pizza Crust 11-13.8oz - $1.99 (-$1 on 2 past coupon) = 2/$2.98

Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine Entrees - $1.99

Purex 2x Laundry Detergent 50oz - $2.49

Wegmans Facial Tissues 65-160ct - $.79 More...

Bill Gray's Coupons

If you’re planning to eat at Bill Gray’s, don’t forget to check your Sunday Democrat & Chronicle.  Just about every Sunday, the paper is packed with money saving coupons.  If you check out the paper this week, you will find all of these coupons: More...

Save money – Get rid of cable!

The Problem


In Rochester, we don't have a lot of choices for cable and if you want it, you're really going to have to pay for it!  Just look at the numbers:


Time Warner Cable

Watch & Surf Bundle (Cable TV, High Speed Online) = $84.90/month for 12 months = $1018.80/year

Cable TV (200 channels) = $59.95/month for 12 months = $719.40/year   More...

My Garden Monster

In an effort to save some cash, I planted a small vegetable garden this spring.  I’ve had some successes and a few failures but needless to say my small vegetable garden has outgrown its little plot.  The biggest garden hog has been my zucchini plants.  I planted a mound of three plants and they over grew their allotted space and took most of the adjacent perennial flower garden.  Fortunately, I’ve already gotten a bunch of zucchini from these plants so I had to forgive them.  More...

You Need a Wegmans Shoppers Club Card!

Do you know anyone who doesn’t have a Wegmans Shoppers Club Card?  Get them to sign up!  My boyfriend’s parents, who live in New Hampshire, were visiting us recently.  They went to pick up a couple of groceries at Wegmans and a couple of items they had in their cart were on sale but they didn’t have a card.  More...

My Weekly Grocery List - 9/13/2009

Here's the best deals on my grocery list this week.  Enjoy!


Degree Deodorant 2.6-2.7 - $1.99 (-$1 on 1 coupon) = $.99

Colgate Total Toothpaste 6 oz - $2.39 (-$1 on 1 coupon) = $1.39

Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine Entrees - $1.99 (-$1 on 2 coupon) = $1.49 each for 2

Wegmans Bath Tissue 12pk - $4.99

Keebler Town House Crackers 11.7-16oz - $1.99

Wegmans Chunk Light Tuna - $.59

Wegmans Tomato Puree or Crushed Tomatoes 28-29oz - $.69

Wegmans Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Club Pack  - $1.97/lb

Wegmans 90% Lean Ground Beef Club Pack - $1.99    More...