Saturday, October 31, 2009

New Madison Grocery Store

In case you haven't heard, a Hy-Vee Grocery Store has opened on the east side of Madison. I had a chance to check it out, although only briefly.

A couple of their "grand opening sale" items that I picked up include

Bagged salad mix for $0.67
Butter for $0.98/lb
Potatoes $0.99/5lb

I would like to go again when I have more time to browse.

They are a full service store including floral, bakery, meat dept, and even an in store restaurant! It was crazy busy when I was there and I was in a time crunch without kids.

If anyone out there has had time to check it out, please shoot me an email with your "review" of the store. I'd like to share it with everyone.

Walgreen's from this past week

I'm playing catch up this week. We had at least 2 kids sick every day this past week. Between my husband and I taking sick days at work and trying to keep up at home, the blog took a backseat. Now we are on the mend and I want to show you what I got done this week.

I had register rewards to burn and not too many coupon deals to be had. So this is what I came home with....

2 huge bags of Butterfingers 2/$8.98, used 2 $2 IP on them
2 Selsun blue shampoo (coupons are rare for this) $6.99 each
1 Applesauce $1.67
3 Quaker granola bars 2/$7, generated a $5 RR
2 Ibuprofen $2.99 each (ugh they are cheaper this week!)
2 Halls refresh $1 each, used BOGO MQ, generated $1 RR
1 Fiberchoice tabs $2.49, generated a $2.50 RR

After coupons and using register rewards to pay, my total was $6.43 and I received $8.50 in rewards to use next week. My coupon and ad savings was $56.20.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Piggly Wiggly deal

A couple things that I found in the Pig ad that I'd like to mention.

Apples 3# bag assorted varieties $0.99 each

Old Orchard juice 64 oz bottle $0.99

Don't miss out, these are great prices!

Pierce's highlights of the week

Here are the deals from the new Pierce's ad starting Thursday October 29. Be sure to check the ad yourself here, and log onto the site starting Thursday to see the sneak peek for the 3 day sale over the weekend.

Page one
Kemps mild 1/2 gallon $1
Eggs $1
IGA flour $1 (think holiday baking and stock up)
Valuetime sugar 4lb $1.50
Tombstone pizza 4/$9.99 with in ad coupon (otherwise 3/$9.99)- and don't forget about the Tombstone rebate going on until 12/31/09 here.

Page two
Philly cream cheese 4/$5, use $1.25/3 MQ that was a on a tearpad awhile back
Steamfresh frozen veggies 10/$10, $0.35 MQ
Old Orchard frozen juice concentrate 10/$10

Page three
Toast 'em Pop-ups 10/$10
Kraft BBQ sauce $0.98
Ritz or Wheat thins $2.50
Jello 10/$10, use $1.25/3 MQ from tearpad awhile back

Page four
Pears $0.88/lb
Baby cut carrots $0.98 16oz
Mann's gourmet peas 2/$5

I didn't think the meat prices were all that great this week. Keep in mind that I only list the things that I think are a good deal, so you'll want to see the ad for yourself. You may decided there are other things you need.

I'd also like to ad that you should always look for coupon tearpads in the store. A couple deals that I listed included coupons that were from previously available tearpads so you may or may not have those coupons. Keep that in mind while you browse the store.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Another Tuesday Trader Update

from Tami....
I have 10 coupons for $1.25 off of a Wanchai Ferry meal or a Romano’s Macaroni Grill Dinner Kit. They expire 3/16/2010. I would like to part with them as my family cannot use them. They can email me at and I’ll mail them out.

Don't forget to check out the other updates on the original post here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tuesday Traders *with updates*

It's been a couple weeks since I did this feature so it's about time to do it again!

The deal here is that we use this post as a forum to let others know if you are looking for a specific coupon, or if you have extra coupons you are willing to trade.

Be sure to leave contact information, and be sure to check back often. I will try to keep the site updated.

Me first: Thanks to everyone that printed me soy milk coupons. I soooo appreciate it!

I have the following coupons up for grabs:
5 $2 off any one Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant
1 $2 off any product from the makers of Theraflu (this is an internet Q)
1 $1.50 off on any product from the makers of Triaminic (internet Q)
You can email me at

Tanya emailed me the following: I am looking for coupons for Airborne. Several weeks ago there was a coupon for $1 off one. Anyone can contact me at

Come on everyone...Let's help each other out!

Heres a start to some that I have. All of these expire by the end of the month.
2-.40 off any yoplait products for kids(IP)
2-.30 off 2 pillsbury grands biscuits(IP)
2-.75 off hills bros coffee 26oz or larger
1.00 off one herbal essences product
2.00 off any 2 aussie product
1.00 off any olay facial moisturizer or facial cleanser
4-2.00 off any benefiber stick pack
6-2.00 off any benefiber product
.65 off 2 domino sugar product 2lbs or larger
.50 off any one bag of lays light potato chips
.50 off any 2 snickers marathon bars
all different kinds of dannon yogurt 1.00 off
1.00 off any brut fragrance product
.55 off any brut anti-perspirant or deodorant product
Theres a start for now. E-mail me at if you would like any of those.

If anyone has a few Quaker Oatmeal Q's, I think there were some in the 8/30 Red Plum insert; I'd happily trade you whatever you might be looking for, I've got tons that will likely go unused.

Menu Plan Monday

Well, Monday is nearly over and I am finally posting the plans. Here's what is on deck for us this week, It's a weird one since the kids are going overnight to their cousins house.

Monday: Breakfast for supper: eggs, toast, bacon, and sausage

Tuesday: Planned dinner out due to hubby working late

Wednesday: Kids at cousin's house for dinner, me and hubby??

Thursday: Pizza

Friday: Spaghetti (didn't eat it last week), squash

Saturday: chicken legs, rice, veggie. Also sandwiches

Sunday: Turkey/wild rice soup,

I guess that will do it. I'm not sure about Sunday's dinner, depends what is on sale this week that inspires me!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cheap movie rentals

For you people local to Portage (and anywhere else you find a Family Video store) I want to remind you of what a fabulous service Family Video provides.

They off free children's video every day on specially marked shelves. There is no maximum amount and you do NOT need to rent a movie to get these for free. You get to keep the movies for 5 days as well.

Family Video also has tons of shelves that offer 2/$1 older movies. If you are like our family and rarely go to the theater, you can find a ton that you haven't seen yet.

If you are a new member, you also receive 50% off rentals for the first 30 days. That is how I walked out of the store with 8 movies for $1 the other day. Four free child movies, and four from the 2/$1 shelf with 1/2 off rentals.

Check out their website here.

My kids love picking out movies, espcially since they don't get to watch the tv!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Butterball Turkey goodies

The good people at Butterball turkey have coupons available on their website that you can access here.

You can choose $0.75 off a package of ground turkey or
Free quarter-pound of deli cheese (up to $1.00 value) with the purchase of 1 lb. of Butterball® Deli Meats.

Be sure to use the back butter to try and print two coupons per computer.

Good luck!

A few Walmart deals

I read a blog yesterday listing a lot of items that you could get for free or super cheap at Walmart right now. Check out that article here from Couponing to Disney.

I decided I would make a trip to Walmart to see what our local store has to offer. Many of our store prices were higher so I did not get everything on her list. I did however, find a few items to buy.

I did buy a few more items than pictured, but I only wanted to highlight the deals I found. Check it out.

OreIda single size Microwave fries $0.82 each, use the $1.50/2 from here to get for 7 cents each!

Birds Eye Steamfresh meal for two $4.98 each, use a $1.50 MQ (expires end of Oct) and also use a BOGO free. Total is $1.74 each!

Malt O Meal cereal $1, use $0.50 MQ (found on tearpad at Kwik Trip) to get for $0.50!

Healthy Choice frozen meal $1.68, use $2 IP here to get for better than free! (and thank you to Tami as well for giving us that head's up)

Danimal Yogurt smoothie $2.50, use $1 MQ

Schick disposable razors $1.97, use $2 MQ to get better than free! (and yes, I have a razor 'problem', I can't say no to free razors and I now have enough to last for 10 years I think)

Kotex pantyliners $1, use $2/2 or $1/1 to get for free

Del Monte fruit bowl $1.33 or $1.41, use $1 IP (expiring end of Oct) to get super cheap.

Uncle Ben's rice pack $1.74, use $1 MQ from Parade magazine 2 weeks ago.

Reese's pb cups $0.50, use $0.55 MQ and BOGO MQ, I got 6 packs for 90 cents total.

That's just an example of some of the deals you can get right now. I provided the links that I know of, but many were clipped from the weekend inserts.

My total at Walmart was $60.28 before coupons and $22.57 after coupons!! Massive savings.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pierce's highlights

Gosh darn, I almost forgot to get this post done. Maybe because there aren't many great deals this week.

As always, be sure to check out the ad for yourself, and take a look at the 3 day sale here as well.

Page one
Chuck shoulder roast or steaks $2.18/lb
Apples (braeburn, gala, fuji) $0.88/lb
Bagels forever 10/$10
Banquet frozen meals 10/$9, use $1/6 MQ
Cheetos or fritos $1.88
Kemps ice cream $2.88, use $1/2 MQ
Kellogg's cereal 2/$4 after instore coupon, also $1/2 MQ out there

Page two
Gold 'n Plump whole chicken 2/$7, there are $1 or $0.75 IP available on
Roma pizza 5/$9
Surefresh chunk cheese 16oz, $1.98

Page three
Swiss Miss hot cocoa 10/$10
Pop tarts $1.88, use $0.55 MQ
Nabisco saltines 2/$4
Hunt's ketchup $0.88, still coupons out there for this $1/2 or $0.20 off

Page four
Large vine ripened tomatoes $1.28/lb

That is all I see this week. I managed to only spend $31 this week at Pierce's, leaving me $ for my Walmart run which will be posted tomorrow. And I still have $$ left. I think I will save it for next week.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kmart coupon

Thanks to Stephanie for the reminder on this deal. I haven't mentioned this in awhile.

If you go to the Kmart website here, you can sign up with your email and they will send you 2 $5 coupons for purchases in the store.

I believe the coupons will be emailed to you. One will be for an in store purchase and the other is for an online purchase. Be sure to take advantage of this offer to get products for free!!

A coupon favor....

Hi all. Many of you know that my youngest son is allergic to milk and daily. His diet is limited and it can present a challenge when couponing. He can only drink Soy milk.

I just learned that a previous link for $2 off Soy Milk (hugely valuable coupon) is still available. I am not able to print it anymore, but you may be able to.

I'm place the link for printing in Internet Explorer here. I am wondering if anyone that won't be using this coupon themselves--- could you print it for me?

I am willing to coupon trade, send you stamps or any other trade you can think of. I will even pick it up if you are fairly local. Soy coupons are very rare, and this one has an expiration date of June 2010! If you have printed this previously (like my family) you won't be able to print it again.

Be sure to press the back button so you can print it a second time.

Email me at and I will arrange pick up, etc.

Thank you in advance if you can help with this!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It's almost the end of month....

Here is a friendly reminder for you.

Take some time this week to sort through your coupon organizer. Pull out the coupons that are expired or going to expire at the end of this month.

When I do this I put the coupons into a baggie that I carry in my bag until the end of the month. That way if I see something on sale before 10/31 I still have those coupons with me to use. At the end of the month I can toss the coupons.

Plus, when you do this you may find a coupon for something you need to buy; regardless of whether or not it is on sale. Now you still have time to use the coupon, instead of finding it in a couple weeks and being mad about it.

Win Win!!

I call this "Making money at Walgreen's"

Man, I had a fantastic day a3t Walgreen's today. We are talking big money making deals. If you have the coupons and can get out there, there is money for the taking. Check it out.

Transaction #1
3 Theraflu bottles sale $4.99, used $2 IP on each and walgreen $2 on each coupon (from the healthy living flyer), net $2.97 out of pocket and received $8 register reward when you buy three ($5.03 profit)

1 Zantac 150mg $8.99, used $5 IP. Net $3.99 out of pocket and received $9 register reward ($5.01 profit)

1 Halloween button $0.30 (used as filler so I could redeem a register reward)

I used a $6 register reward from last week and the coupons outlined above. My total out of pocket for this transaction was $2.59. I received $17 in register rewards. My coupon and ad savings was $27.79!

Transaction #2
4 Rice Krispie treats $1.75 each, used $1/2 IP

3 Triaminic night cold formula $4.99 each, used $1.50 IP on each and $2 on each Walgreen coupon (from healthy living flyer). Net $4.47 and received an $8 register reward when you buy 3. ($3.53 profit)

1 Zantac 150mg $8.99, used $5 IP. Net $3.99 out of pocket and received $9 register reward ($5.01 profit)

1 Gillette razor $8.99, used $4 MQ, net $4.99 and got a $6 register reward ($1.01 profit)

2 Glade candles 2/$5, used $3 and $1 MQ and got a $1 register reward (FREE)

3 Halloween buttons $0.30 used as filler in order to use register rewards

2 Quilted Northern TP $3.99, used $2/2 MQ

I used 3 different register rewards from last week when I paid. My out of pocket for this transaction was then $12.91 and I got $24 in register rewards. My ad/coupon savings was $57.78!

To recap this amazing deal: I saved $109.57 by using coupons and buying sale items. I paid $15.50 out of pocket total. And best of all I have $41 in register rewards to spend next week on anything I want!!

How did you do?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Here it is, another week. I plan to cook the turkey this weekend. But here is what is on track for the week

Monday: Pork steaks, brocolli, carrots

Tuesday: Chicken, rice, corn

Wednesday: Manwich with cheese, veggie

Thursday: Pizza

Friday: Spaghetti with meatballs

Saturday: Turkey! with mashed potatoes

Sunday: ?? I just can't think right now. Maybe turkey tetrazinni

Have such a great week!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Grocery shopping wrap-up

I have combined my grocery shopping stops into one post for today. I will outline the deals and coupons.

First up is Walmart. You all know that I rarely shop at Walmart, but I had a couple coupons for products I knew I couldn't get at Pierce's. I've been saving those coupons up and finally had enough to justify a trip there this week.

3 Tic tacs $1.04 each, not typically a part of the budget but I had a well behaved child to rewards (and 2 brothers who would find out about the treat so they each got one)
2 Healthy Choice frozen meals $1.68 each, had a $2 IP on each and got the overage!
2 Success Rice $1.84 each, had a $1 IP on each so $0.84 each
2 Bumble Bee tuna kits $1.16 each, $1 IP on each so $0.16 each
8 Taco seasoning mix $0.58 each, $0.75/2 MQ so $0.21 each
2 V8 Fusion Juice $2.98 each, $1 IP on each so $1.98 each
2 Starkist pouches $0.93 each, $0.50 IP so $0.43 each
1 Hormel Chicken chili $2.50, $2 MQ so $0.50
2 box Snuggle fabric softener $3.48, $3 MQ so $0.48 each
2 Neosporin lip care $3.56, used $3 IP, so $0.56 each
2 Juicy Juice boxes $2.38, $1/2 IP
2 Danimals yogurts $2.50, $1 MQ on each

My total here was $21.23 after using all my coupons. Not bad for the amount of stuff I got. I don't normally spend very much for juice, but my youngest is not eating enough veggies and fruit that I try to use the V8 fusion for him when I have coupons. I also wanted to get some juice boxes for school and had a coupon I could use that was about to expire.

The above is my trip to Pierce's. Here's a recap of this trip.
Coupon deals:
2 Pillsbury cinnamon rolls $2.50, used $1 IP on each
1 Pace Salsa $2.50, used coupon for free up to $4- and got the overage!
4 Kraft Cheese $2 each, used $1/2 IP

You can see the rest of the stuff in the photo. My total after coupons and ad savings was $31.51. My coupon and club savings was $22.83.

Last up is the trip to Sentry Foods in Sun Prairie that my mom made for me. Sentry currently will double coupons on Tuesday, but only 10 coupons. Here is what I got based on their current ad.
4 Old Orchard juices $1 each on sale, $1/2 IP so free after doubled
4 Granola nut clusters $2.50, $1 MQ doubled so $0.50 each after coupon
2 Uncle Bens rice $2.14, $1 MQ on each, $0.14 each after doubled.

My total here was $2.28 after doubled coupons!

I also made a quick trip to Goodwill and picked up a Halloween costume and a book and spent $5.68.

All trips combined for a total of $60.70 spent for this week. As you may know, my budget is $70 per week for the family so I am well under budget for this week. I have a full freezer and we are trying to buy a 1/4 beef so I need to clean out the freezer. I'm trying not to buy much meat for awhile as a result. I'm going to use the money to stock up the cupboard when I can find deals!

Check out some more deals with Crystal at money saving mom.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

We don't do leftovers for dinner.....gasp!

Did you get your attention? Doesn't sound very frugal does it?

Well, that title isn't entirely true. I don't have any special powers to cook only exactly what we will eat at every meal. However, we do have a system to deal with the leftovers.

Immediately following our meals, we pack up the leftovers in small to medium sized plastic dishes. Then we throw them into the freezer on the bottom shelf.

Hubby always takes a packed lunch to work (I do most of the time as well). The night before, I simply take a dish out of the freezer and pack it in his lunch bag. By the time he has lunch the next day, it is almost thawed and easily reheated in the microwave.

We use all the leftover food, hubby has a good lunch and we save money by not paying for lunch. Winner all the way around.

Plus, we never have to plan a leftover night!!!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pierce's highlights for the week

Here is list of the deals this week. As always, I list the items that I consider a good deal. Be sure to check the ad for your self here, to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Page one
Pork Chops $1.68/lb (I think this is pretty good for chops, I know the pork steaks are usually cheaper)

Bananas $0.38/lb
Farmland sausage links or rolls, $0.98
Quartered butter $1.58 for 1lb
Pepsi products 2 liter $1 each
Pillsbury cake mix $0.88, $1 mQ from tearpad

Page two
Kraft chunk or shredded cheese 2/$4, $1/2 IP
Grands sweet rolls 2/$5, $1/2 IP
Pillsbury Pie Crusts 2/$5

Page three
Dole fruit cups $1.88
Stove Top stuffing 4/$5
Jello no bake dessert 2/$4, $1/2 MQ

Page four
Broccoli $0.78/lb
Surefine spaghetti or elbow macaroni 32 oz, 2/$4

Keep in mind folks that when something is prices 2/$4 you do not need to buy 2 to get that price UNLESS the sticker specifically says you must. You will still get the good price.

Not a ton of deals this week. Looks like it will be a low spending week for groceries for me, but that is ok. We still have carrots, tons of apples and plenty of frozen and canned fruit and veggies. Not to mention a freezer full of meat.

The ad also makes reference to the "fall harvest" 3 day sale starting this Saturday. Be sure to check their website for details which will be up online on Thursday.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Crazy deals at Walgreen's

I hit some great deals today at Walgreen's. I got a "check" for $25 if I transferred a prescription to Walgreen's. In the past I was able to get a gift card for these transfers. When I presented the check today at the pharmacy they told me that I needed to use it on one purchase on the same date. Knowing that I had $11 in register rewards to use today, I needed to spend $36 in the store after coupons. Luckily I was without kids and had plenty of time because I really had to concentrate.

My plan of attack was to get the things I needed this week, then try to take advantage products that would produce register rewards so I could use them next weeks on things i really needed. Here is what I ended up with.

6 Ragu $1.67 with ad coupon, used $0.75/2 MQ, got $4 RR with buying 6. (there are only 4 in the picture because I traded 2 Ragu for 1 Mayo with a friend)

4 Kleenex 2/$2.19 with ad coupon, used $0.50/3 MQ and a buy 3 get one free MQ (which took off $1.99 at the register)

1 Gillette Fusion razor $8.99, used $4 MQ, got a $6 RR

1 walgreen's brand plaque dental rinse $3.99

1 Walgreen's paper plates $0.99 with ad coupon

3 Bandaid's $1.99 with ad coupon, $2 walgreen's coupon from coloring book (so free)

4 Campbell's cream of chicken soup $1.59/2, used $1/2 IP

1 Vaseline Lotion $6.99, got $7 RR

4 boxes Quaker granola bars $2.50 each, used $1/2 IP, got $5 RR for buying $10 worth

1 Walgreen's aspirin $1.29, walgreen's coupon to get free (got in the mail)

2 Energizer batteries $3 each, used $1 MQ on each

1 Energizer advanced batteries, got free when you buy 2 packs of Energizer batteries

My total before coupons was over $79. After the coupons, the $11 in Register rewards from last week and the $25 gift check my total was only $5.47!!! I saved $70.46 in ad and coupons. And the best part is that I also earned $22 in register rewards to spend next week!!! Yippee!!

How did you do this week??

Monday, October 12, 2009

$0.97 at Target

Special thanks to my mom for picking this stuff up for me at Target last week.

4 Olay bar soap $0.82 on clearance
used 4 $1 MQ (and got overage!)

4 Tide single load $1-ish
used 4 $1 MQ on any Tide

2 Skippy peanut butter $2.something
used $0.75 MQ
and used $1 target coupon.

My grand total after all the coupons was $0.97!. Not too bad if I do say. I really wish I had peanut butter coupons while Target has these coupons out, but oh well. i think I have at least 10 jars in the pantry.

Menu Plan Monday

Another week is here, and I'm running behind already. Here is what is on deck at our place this week.

Monday: leftovers for adults, kids get chicken nuggets and veggies.

Tuesday: pork steaks, rice or tators, veggie

Wednesday: pancakes and sausage

Thursday: pizza

Friday: taco salads

Saturday: hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch, leftovers for supper.

Sunday: Fish sticks/ fries, then mac 'n cheese for all the kids. Hubby and I will be up at Lambeau Field for the Packer game!!!

I have a turkey in the freezer that I need to remember to cook next week. Hopefully I won't forget.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Where to buy Granola Bars this week

I have heard from other moms like myself that their kids love these granola bars. My kids could easily eat 3 for a snack if I let them. There is a definite affinity for them in our house.

That being said, there are a couple places that feature these on sale right now.

1. Pierce's has them on sale for Saturday/Sunday/Monday for $1.98/ box.
2. Walgreen's also has them on sale for 2/$5, but when you buy $10 worth you can get a $5 register reward for your next purchase.

Let's compare the deals.

Example with Pierce's
Buy 4 boxes at $1.98 each = $7.92
use $1/2 IP (or you may have $0.75/2 MQ)
= $5.92 for 4 boxes
($1.48 each)

Buy 4 boxes at $2.50 each = $10
use $1/2 IP
= $8 for 4 boxes
receive $5 Register Rewards
= $3 net after rewards for 4 boxes
($0.75 each)

So you see the deal is actually better at Walgreen's this week even though the initial price seems higher. Now let's say you are horrible at remembering to use your register rewards and they often expire (gasp). Do a second transaction immediately spending that register reward on something else you need.

OR, turn around and buy 4 more granola bars using the register rewards to pay. Now you won't earn more rewards (because you can't earn a reward when you use that exact reward during payment) but you will end up with 8 boxes of granola bars for a total of $11 out of pocket or only $1.37 each box. Still better than the Pierce's special.

Confused? Not sure how I figured that? Let me know.

My point is that just because the ad says it is on sale, be sure to double check. It pays to know your prices.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Save on Groceries without coupons

In today's frugal friday post, I want to review how you can save money on your groceries even if you don't use coupons. If you were at my talk at Divine Savior the other day, this will be a good review for you.

Coupons aren't for everyone, or at least not everyone is interested in taking the time to clip, sort and use coupons. I'm here to tell you that you can still save a lot of money at the grocery store. Just follow these tips below and you WILL see the results on your receipt and budget.

1. Use cash. I didn't believe it until I tried it, but you will stick to your allotted budget much better if you have the cash. I once heard that people spend approximately 20% more at the store when they put it on credit. You are more likely to toss in those impulsive items when you don't have to consider the money involved. Get cash from the bank and put it in an envelope. Do not let yourself spend more than that.

2. Meal Planning. You simply can not save a lot of money on groceries unless you meal plan. It also has the added benefit of decreasing your stress related to "what is for dinner tonight"? I used to stress about that every day until I made something in a hurry and just called for takeout. Meal planning before shopping will also give you time to ensure you have all the ingredients in the house therefore preventing the dreaded last minute run to the store for 'only one item'.

3. Shop the sales flyer. The front page of the weekly sales flyer (and sometimes the back too) is typically the "loss leaders" featured by the store. These are the cheap items that get you into the store and therefore spending your money there on the other items that aren't on sale. The stores often take a loss on these items, but figure they will make it up on other sales. Use this flyer and sale items to make your meal plan and grocery list. If you can be flexible on your meals you can save a lot of money this way.

4. Shop weekly. This will ensure that you will have a varried menu and be able to take advantage of the various sales. It will also help with #5.

5. Stockpile. Stockpiling is the process of buying extra of an item when it is on sale so you do not have to pay full price of this item next time you need it. Grocery store items tend to cycle on sale every 10-12 weeks. If your family eats a lot of chicken and it is on sale this week, try to buy 12 weeks worth of chicken if you have the room to store it. This is how my family shops.

Stockpiling has given me a great deal of relief from the burden of buying groceries. There are no more last minute runs to the store. I go once a week, that is all. I buy when food is at its lowest price and plan my meals at least a week ahead of time. I do allow for flexibility in my menu, which I use as a guide. Life happens and plans do change, but at least I do have a plan.

How do you save money at the store? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pierce's highlights for the week

I see a few deals here this week that are worth stocking up on. Check out the ad online here. They also have a 3 day sale over the weekend, so check that out too!

Page one
Ground chuck $1.88/lb (this is the lowest Pierce's ever goes. I will be getting at least 9-10 pounds to stock the freezer.

Farmland Bacon $1.98, if you still have MQ from their website it will make a good deal!

10 for $10 deals: 1/2 gallon milk, cheese (good price), manwich and pasta are good deals. There are $0.75/3 MQ on the tuna/chicken helper. Those are the only coupons I see out there for these products.

Page two
Hormel Pork Butt Roast or steaks $1.28/lb, very good price
Surefresh biscuits 2/$0.88
Kraft Philly cream cheese 4/$5
OreIda fries 2/$5

*there is also a "save $5 instantly" coupon in the ad. If you always buy the featured Heinz products then this may be a deal for you.

Page three
Campbell's soup 4/$2, use the $0.40/2 or $0.40/4 MQ
Old Orchard Juice Cocktail 4/$5, there are $1/2 MQ
General Mills Cereal 4/$9, cheerios has a $1 IP out there, plus there are $1/2 and $1/3 MQ out there.

Page four
Bartlett Pears $0.88/lb
Baby cut carrots $1.88 for 2lb bag
Earthbound farms organic salad, there are $1 and $1/2 MQ out there.

So, there you go. If you need help to decipher my abbreviations, click here.

Updates for Tuesday Traders

Here are some email comments I have received. Be sure to check it out and see if you have anything to share with these ladies. We all appreciate it!

From Laci ( Okay, weird combo, I know; but I could use brownie mix and miracle whip coupons.

From Rachal: I have about 5 extra of the last 2 weeks of inserts if anyone would like. e-mail me at the inserts are no longer available.

From Kristin: I am looking for coupons for dove deodorant. You can email me at
Thank you!

From Joan:
I am looking for wonder bread coupons if anyone has them, please contact me at

That catches me up to date for now. Happy Trading.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Another Rolling Reward Deal

I found another RR deal that I simply had to take advantage of! In the words of my hubby afterwards "I don't think you'll need to buy deodorant in awhile".

3 Playtex gloves $0.99 after ad coupon, used $1 MQ on each so FREE
8 Dove deodorant on sale $2.24 each, used $1 MQ or IP on each.
3 Pencils $0.12 after ad coupon, bought as filler in order to pay with RR

Used 3- $3 RR that I earned on my last transaction. My total out of pocket $2.45 and I also earned $10 RR by buying 8 Dove products.

After factoring in the Register Rewards, the deodorant cost me $0.24 each (Update, I did the math wrong, it actually cose me $0.48 for all 8; so $0.06 each), more than I usually pay but I like this brand. And I still have $11 in RR going into next weekend!

Tuesday Traders

Here we go, your opportunity to trade coupons with others.

Do you have extras of some coupons?

Are you looking for a particular coupon?

This is your chance to connect to the other readers on this blog. Leave a comment on this post and let us all know what you have or what you want. Be sure to include contact information. I will update the post as I receive the comments!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Rolling Register Rewards at Walgreen's

Man, did I have fun at Walgreen's. I managed to do four separate transactions in order to minimize my out of pocket cash, and maximize my use of register rewards.

Transaction #1
1 Vaseline lotion $6.99, $1.50 IP
1 Chapstick $2.99
1 pencil $0.12 with ad coupon

I used a $6 RR and a $2 RR earned last week. My total was then $1.17 (savings of $9.76). I also earned a $7 RR from the lotion ($1.50 moneymaker) and a $3 RR for the chapstick (free after reward).

Transaction #2
1 Chapstick $2.99
1 Gillette Fusion razor $8.99, used $4 MQ

I used a $7 RR earned from above. My total out of pocket was $1.64 (savings of $13.00). I also earned a $6 RR from the Razor (making it a $1.01 moneymaker) and a
$3 RR for the chapstick.

Transaction #3
1 Vaseline lotion $6.99, used $1.50 IP
4 box Nabisco cookies $1 each, Used $0.75/2 MQ
1 Selsun shampoo $7.99
4 pencils $0.12 each with ad, (used as filler item in order to use a RR)

I used a $6 RR and a $3 from the previous transaction. My total out of pocket was $2.08 (Savings of $20.52). I also earned a $7 RR from the lotion.

Transaction #4
2 Folgers coffee $4.59 each, $0.25 MQ
1 Halls refresh $1.00, $0.50 MQ
2 Playtex disp gloves $0.99 after ad coupon, $1 MQ
5 pencils $0.12 after ad coupon

I used the $7 RR from above transaction. My total out of pocket was $3.00 (savings of $19.60). I also earned a $1 RR from the Halls (making it a $0.50 moneymaker).

The bottom line:
My total out of pocket for all transactions was $7.89.
My total savings for sales and coupons was $62.88!!!!
I still have $10 in RR to use on my next visit!!

This was the first time I was quite this successful rolling the register rewards. I will admit that I had to sit down at home and plan this out quite extensively before I ran to the store. I didn't have much cash left to spend at WAGS.

Many of the Register Rewards I used and earned are month long specials. There are quite a few freebies you can cash in on! Good luck on your own deals!

Menu Plan Monday

Well folks, another week is here already. Here's what on track at our place.

Monday: Planned dinner out while picking hubby up from work

Tuesday: Baked chicken, rice, brocolli

Wednesday: Pork chops, corn and rolls

Thursday: Pizza night

Friday: Chicken tacos/fajitas

Saturday: Chili leftovers, sandwiches

Sunday: One last grill-out of the season???? Maybe steaks???

Have a superb week everyone!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hint from a reader....

Hi everyone. I got the following comment from a reader on the blog. I haven't personally tried this website, but I will definitely will be checking it out! Thanks VMM!

I just thought I'd pipe in on something that's worked well for me especially on those days when you don't feel like having what you planned.
it takes about 5-10 minutes to fully set up your free account and get to the point where it tells you meal ideas based on what you have in your house...customized to your pantry cause you start by typing in what you have in your house...and it gives you a list of items in case you get a brain freeze. anyway, its handy cause it might just be a new twist on an old favorite but it might be a new thing you never thought of...either way, it gives you fun ideas that don't require additional shopping.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Frugal Friday- Importance of meal planning

For today, I want to tackle the importance of meal planning.

I can't stress enough the importance of making a meal plan for the
week. This is a great way to save money, and you don't even have to use coupons if you don't want to!

In my former "before coupon clipping life", I used to be one that said "I don't feel like _____ tonight", and end up ordering takeout. Imagine my shock after I started clipping coupons. I went back through my checkbook and couldn't quite believe that we had spent almost $300 in one month on restaurant bills! What a waste of money.

I now know that meal planning makes a big difference. And when I plan meals that center around what my family likes, it is very easy to do.

When I make a meal plan, it is always subject to change. Let's face it, life is full of change. Stuff happens- like a doctor appointment or unplanned company and you need to roll with the punches. If you don't' "feel" like eating the planned food on a certain day, mix it up. I would much rather have it on the calendar and know that I have all the ingredients in the house than be wondering what I should make.

For my family, I keep the meals easy. I know we always end up with chicken at least
once, pork, pizza, and some sort of red meat dish. Beyond that is just
figuring what to add to it. I also write it out on the calendar too. Then even hubby could start dinner and help out. I also keep the basics stocked. For us the basics are sides like rice, potatoes, etc, and veggies (canned, fresh and frozen).

Lastly, I shop the grocery store each week in order to take advantage of the sale cycles. I check what is on sale, compare it to what I have and make the meal plan. Then I write out my shopping list from there. When I'm in the store, I keep my eyes open for non-advertised sales and clearance items. I always leave a little room in my budget for that!

I hope that I was able to show you some options for saving money on your groceries. Please feel free to leave comments and/or your ideas on this post!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Piggly Wiggly highlights

I normally don't post the deals for the Pig, but they have a good deal this week. They have done this one before as well.

It is their 11 for 10 sale. You must buy the items in multiples of 11 and you must remember to grab them all, the clerks won't remind you. Any, the items are priced $1 each and when you buy 10 items, then you get the 11th item for FREE. Combine some coupons here and you can get a great deal. Here is a list of things that I know have coupons out there.

1.Ziploc easy zipper bags, there are $1/2 MQ
2.Del Monte fruit naturals $1/3 MQ
3.Farmland Pork sausage, MQ up to $1 off, some $0.50 or $0.75
4.Chef Boyardee pasta, $1/4 MQ
5.Del Monte canned fruit, not sure of value, but I know I have seen these coupons
6.Freshlike frozen vegetables, $1/2 and $1/3 MQ out there

Also note the following deals I see
Chicken leg quarters $0.49/lb
Whole chicken fryers $0.99/lb
Idaho Baking Potatoes $0.39/lb

There are also coupons on the front page of the ad to get a gallon of Piggly Wiggly milk for $1.49 when you make a separate $10 purchase. So don't forget the milk!!

Happy deal making!

Pierce's highlight for the week

It's an interesting week at Pierce's. This week they are featuring their own (generic) brand of products. I will highlight only what I think are good prices.

Page one
Celery stalk $0.78
Mcintosh or cortland apples $2.48 for a 5# bag
Eggs $0.88
Canned Vegetables 2/$0.88 (this is a great price to stock the pantry!)
Flour $0.98 for 5 lbs. (think ahead to Christmas baking supplies)
Sugar $1.68 for 4 lbs (this is the lowest price I ever see it)

Page two
Self-basting Young Turkey $0.88/lb
Gold 'n Plump whole chicken $4.50
Cream cheese $0.78
Pictsweet frozen veggies 4/$5

Page three
Canned fruit 4/$5
Ketchup $0.88
Broth chicken or beef 2/$1
Condensed soup 2/$0.98
Egg noodles $0.98
Macaroni and cheese dinner 3/$0.99
Peter Pan peanut butter $1.50, use $0.50 IP
Old Dutch Tortilla chips 2/$4

Page four
Green or Red romaine $0.98
Avocados $0.98
Kiwi fruit 4/$1
Green Cabbage $0.33/lb

Be sure to check out the website for yourself here.

Don't forget to check out Pierce's 3 day sale either. See a peek here. The main deals I see for this sale are the pork steaks at $1.28/lb and the leg quarter at $0.68/lb (although these are cheaper at Piggly Wiggly this week).

Have a great week everyone!