Friday, November 5, 2010

A change in how I do things

Well, I guess by now everyone has figured out that I haven't been blogging very much- or not at all. We all have busy and stressful lives and I am no exception.

For some reason this school year has been challenging to me. It is taking me more time to get everyone organized, lunches made, dinner done, homework done and then it's on to the house. My house is chaotic now, and it is overflowing into how I feel.

NOT CALM. The chaos has led to me feeling very stressed. My health has once again been affected and I got strep throat again last week.

So I have decided to call it quits on this blog. I just end up feeling guilty for neglecting it which stresses me out even more.

But I can't leave the deals all together! So I started a fan page on facebook that is much easier to post on and will use that to highlight any local deals. You can "like" the page and then any updates I make will be listed on your news feed. I thought this might be easier all together since it seems everyone is on facebook. Here is the link: it is "Kendra's coupon deals around Portage".

Thanks to everyone who has followed this blog and encouraged me along the way. Feel free to leave the details of any deals you find on the "wall" of my page on facebook!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Family Dollar Deals

In case you haven't heard, the Family Dollar store in Portage is going out of business. They are still accepting coupons, so you may want to check it out to see if you can find any good deals!

They are open until the 27th, or until everything is gone.

Thanks for the heads up Vicki!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A couple Walgreens deals


Here a couple deals that I found at Walgreens this week that I thought I would share...
  • Trash bags $2.99 (a great price I think)
  • Maxwell House instant coffee $3.99, there was a new $1 IP released yesterday so $2.99 ea
  • Gain dishsoap $0.89 with ad coupon, $1 MQ to make it a moneymaker
  • Captain Crunch small boxes $1 each, used $1/2 IP to make them 50 cents
  • Koolaid fizzers $1.49 on clearance, used $1 MQ = $0.49
  • Thermacare $2.49, used $1 IP and got $1.50 in RR = free
  • Carmex $2.99, used $1 IP and $2 RR = free
Good luck finding deals of your own!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Saving for Christmas UPDATE!!!

Way back at the beginning of the year, I posted a goal about how I wanted to pay for Christmas gifts this year by using a combination of rewards from Mypoints and Swagbucks. The original post is here.

Here is a review of how these plans are going.

Mypoints: This site lets you earn "points" by clicking to read emails, complete surveys, or shop online through many companies by going through their website. So far this year I have only read emails. I didn't complete any surveys (they are worth more points) or any online shopping (as I've been trying to save that $). I redeemed my points the other day and am getting a $25 gift card to Kmart. That will be handy for Christmas shopping!

To sign up for mypoints, shoot me an email at kendralacrosse@ymail.com and I can email you the link.  

Swagbucks: This is an internet search engine that awards "bucks" periodically when you use it to find websites. It has a toolbar that you can download that makes it super easy to use. I have had no problems with the toolbar at all! In addition, they often email free codes that you can enter to earn more bucks and you can shop a ton of online retailers to earn bucks.

I use Swagbucks almost exclusively to search for websites that I follow daily instead of listing them as 'favorites'. This way I use the search engine more. I probably earn an average of 30-50 Swagbucks daily by doing this.

Once you have a bunch of swagbucks in your account, you can redeem them for giftcards or other prizes. This week I decided to redeem my bucks in order to get ready for Christmas shopping and was able to get $75 in Amazon giftcards. I love this because Amazon runs tons of deals before Christmas!

To sign up for Swagbucks you can click here or click on the "Swagbucks" button on the top right of my blog.

Alice: Alice.com is a website where you can shop for tons of items and get them shipped to your house for FREE. They also have manufacture coupons that they deduct automatically- no clipping involved. Initially the site had mostly non-food items like tissue, toothpaste and other paper products. But now they have lots of non-perishable food items as well. I have ordered from Alice.com and was impressed with the speed of delivery! And I love getting packages! The prices may not always be the lowest around, but if you run low on time for shopping it is a great solultion!

To sign up for an account on Alice.com, click here. Once you spend $50 at Alice.com, you get a $10 credit in your account.

To Recap: I am getting.....
  • $25 GC to Kmart (from Mypoints)
  • $75 GC to Amazon (from Swagbucks)
Just from using it since January! And neither account was completed depleted of points so I may earn even more before Christmas even gets here!

If you want more information about any of these programs, feel free to email me at kendralacrosse@ymail.com and I'd be happy to explain!

Disclosure: clicking on my links above may let me earn points through their referral programs.

Pierce's Highlights

Here are the weekly deals at Pierce's according to me. Be sure to check out the Piggly Wiggly flyer as well as there are some coupon deals there too.

Don't forget that Walmart will price match to Piggly Wiggly or Pierce's for the same item. Be sure to bring the flyer in and tell them before they ring it up. They will not match an ad coupon though.

Page one
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Hormel Pork Loin chops $1.78/lb, use the $1 MQ for Hormel pork to get a good deal
Green or red grapes $0.98/lb
Crystal Farms  chunk or shredded cheese $1.66
Yoplait yogurt $0.50

Page two
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Azteca flour tortillas $1.18
Daisy sour cream 16 oz $1.66
Ore Ida potatos or onion rings $2.50

Page three
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10 for $10 "Topcare" items, a fair price for some of these items if you are running low
Old Orchard juice $2, use BIGI if Healthy blend is included
Quaker items on sale- use the MQ in ad to get $3 off 5 items
Fuze drink $1, use $0.75 MQ (from Kwik Trip?)

Page four
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Ortega taco seasoning $0.66, use $0.50 MQ to get super cheap
Brocolli $0.78/lb
Grape tomatoes $1.50

There they are folks. Happy grocery shopping!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cheap Malt o Meal cereal

If you picked up the $0.50 coupons for Malt-o-meal cereal from Kwik Trip in the last few weeks, you should know this....

At Walmart (in the back by the dairy) the strawberry mini-shredders (mini wheats) are only $1. Only
50 cents after coupon!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pierce's Highlights for the week

Yes, it's a new week and I actually have time today to post! As always, these are the deals according to me so be sure to check out the ad for yourself.

Page one
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Ground beef $1.68/lb
Shurfresh cream cheese $0.88
Peaches/nectarines $0.98/lb
Chicken breasts $4.88 for 3# bag
Lay's chips $1.98
**coupon for $2 when you buy 4 pepsi 12 packs

Page two
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Hormel sirloin pork chops or roast $1.88/lb, use $1 MQ to get some cheap!
Tombstone pizza $3.33
Old Orchard frozen juice conc $0.98
Crystal Farms string cheese $2.50
Kraft shredded cheese $2, use $1/2 IP

Page three
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Bush's baked beans $1.50
Sweet baby Rays BBQ $0.98
Old Dutch chips $2
Suddenly salad mixes $1

Page four
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*in ad coupon for 2 free "10 for $10" items when you buy 10. Many items to choose from, mix or match

Puff's tissues $0.98, use $0.25 MFQ

Page five
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*ad coupon for poptarts $3- when you buy two, also use $1/3 MQ
Koolaid $0.12
Knorr rice sides $1
Bear Creek soups $2.88 (these are pretty good!)
Valu time condensed soups $0.48
Caprisun or Kool aid Jammers $2, use $1/2 MQ for Caprisun

Page six
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Cantaloupe $1.50
Squash $0.48/lb
Green peppers $0.98/lb

That is all I see for now. Happy shopping! 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On blogging and summer and school

Hey readers! Once again time has gotten away from me. I have let the blogging get pushed aside in favor of summer, playing with the kids, birthdays and the upcoming start of school! Forgive me. I hope to get back into a routine soon.

I also want you to know why I have this blog. I started blogging to share my deals and teach others how they too can save money. I don't blog to make money. I have never made a single CENT off this blog. Sure, there are ads on here, but nothing has ever been paid to me. I will continue to blog for as long as I enjoy it. However, when my life dictates it - the blog is pushed aside in favor of family. I hope you can understand that.

That is all- I hope you are enjoying the end of the summer and having fun.

Happy deal making!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pierce's Highlights for the week

Another week is upon us, and it looks like the deals are weak as well. As always, these are the deals as I see them. Be sure to check out the ads for yourself.

Page one
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Ground Chuck $1.88/lb in 3# or more packs
Dole salads $1.50
Cantaloupe $1.50

Page two
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Hormel pork roast or steaks $1.68/lb
Banquet chicken nuggets $3.88- it's a pretty big bag

Page three
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* 10/$10 items*: pepsi 2L, dole pineapple (MQ available), starkist tuna, David's bagels, barilla pasta

Musselman's apple sauce cups $1.88, use $1/2 MQ
*ad coupon for free tostitos when you buy 3 pepsi 12 packs

Page four
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Earthbound farms Romaine hearts $2.28, use $1/2 IP
Navel oranges $0.50 each
Pears $0.78/lb
Dole celery $0.88
Beef steak tomatoes $0.98/lb
cucumbers 3/$0.99

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pierce's Highlights....finally

I apologize about the lateness of this post. I am changing internet providers and having trouble getting my printer and wireless setup. In fact, my first router started on fire when I plugged it in! Not having good luck.

Anyway, better late than never, here are the deals according to me- hint: not a ton of good deals.

Page one
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Rib Pork chops or roast $1.88/lb
grapes $0.98/lb
Cauliflower $0.98/lb
TJ Farms Hash Browns $1.50

Page two
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Banquet brown-n-serve sausage $1
Welch's frozen concentrate juice cocktail $0.98
Shurfine frozen veggies $1

Page three
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Koolaid/countrytime lemonade $1.88, use $1/2 MQ
Shurfine pudding snacks $0.98
Welch's grape jelly $1.88
TJ Farms fruit snacks $1

Page four
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Cucumbers 3/$0.99
Dole iceberg lettuce $0.98
Earthbound farms organic carrots $1.58, use $1/2 IP
Fresh Blueberries $1.78 for pint
Pepsi 12 packs $3.50, use in ad coupon for buy 3, get 1 diet 12 pack free

That is it folks. As you can see, not many coupon deals. Have a great weekend, stay cool and dry!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mad/Crazy Deals again!!!

I noticed these crackers on sale at Kwik Trip 3/$1. I had coupons (from a tear pad) that I've held for a long time. The coupons were for $0.60/2.

Since they were essentially $0.33 each -- I got them for only 3 cents each!

I may have bought 30+ of these in the peanut butter cracker flavor............

School is coming and the kids love them!! (and the expiration date is end of November)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Kmart Cereal deal

Check out the weekly Pierce's post comment.

Apparently Kmart has a good deal on General Mills cereal this week. Their sale ends today, so I hope you have time to pick up cereal really cheap!!

A fun freebie for the kids!

Thanks to Jessica for this freebie for the kids.

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/new/big-book-of-fun/


Free National Geographic big book of fun. Just need 4 UPC numbers from Popsicle products or any suave kids products or Skippy peanut butter product.

I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but I will later today!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pierce's Highlights for the week

It appears to be produce week at Pierce's so plan on some deals on fruits and veggies. Here are the deals according to me.

Page one
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sweet corn 5/$1.00
Cantaloupe $1.50
Bananas $0.38/lb
braeburn apples $0.88/lb
Dole iceberg lettuce $0.78
Pears $0.88/lb
Plum/peaches/nectarines $0.98/lb
Hormel country spareibs $1.88/lb

Page two
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Hormel pork chops/roast $1.88/lb
Shurfresh corn dogs $1.50
Oscar Mayer hotdogs $1.50, use $1/2 MQ
Gold n' Plump wings/legs/thighs $2.50, use $1 MQ
frozen Wild Pollack fillets $1.88/lb
Crystal Farms butter 1# $1.98

Page three- 4 DAY SALE ITEMS
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Big buy bacon 1# $1.18 (what??? super cheap that is!)
Tostitos tortilla chips $2.50

Page four
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(ok, there is a bunch of Kellogg's items on sale but the prices aren't so hot. Here's what to do. Pick up those Kellogg's items at Piggly Wiggly where they are cheaper and generating a coupon towards your next purchase. Then submit that receipt for the Kellogg's rebate on the Pierce's ad)

ad coupon for buy 10 get 11th free for the following: hunts bbq sauce, chef boyardee, manwich, pudding and Crunch 'n Munch.

Page five
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Peter Pan PB $1.50
dole fruit bowls $2, use $2/6 IP from smartsource.com
ad coupon for Ragu jar for $0.98

Page six
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Broccoli $0.88

That is all for now folks. Be sure to check out the Piggly Wiggly ad as they have some good deals this week! Happy Shopping!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Some Amazing Target Deals


I had a chance to run to Target without kids so I spent a couple days planning and I think I did a pretty good run.

The pictures above are of the same stuff, but different angles to fit it all in.

There were a few items that I bought that we needed and didn't have coupons for. Including those items (in the picture) I spent a total of $63.38 and saved $136.61!

I will highlight a couple of the notable items:

Freebies:
Olay soap
Chefboyardee cups
hair spray
Shampoo
Always pantyliner
Wonka chocolate bars
bic pens/pencils
Crystal Light

Other finds include:
Aquafresh toothpaste was $0.37 after coupons
Bagel Bites $0.24 after coupons
Synders pretzels $0.24-$0.59 after coupons
Wheat thins $1
Ritz crackerfuls $1
Kashi bars $0.88
Nature Valley bars $0.39
Ortega taco shells $0.50
Juicy Juice boxes $0.88

I also stocked up on some more school supplies that were on sale for my crafting kids. Luckily right now their school supplies are covered by a grant for the school, so I buy them up for our own use!

I think I did a pretty good job. I got quite a few items for packing lunches which will start before we know it!

Have you gotten any good deals lately?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pierce's Highlights for the week

Time for another match-up already.

Page one
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Ground beef $1..78/lb
seedless grapes $0.98/lb
Kemps 1/2 gallon milk $1
Pillsbury cinnamon rolls $1 each, use $1/2 IP
Skippy peanut butter $0.98 with ad coupon, limit one

Page two
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Farmland bacon $2.98
Shurfresh string cheese $2.98
Kemps singles ice cream $0.80 each, use $1/3 MQ
Old Orchard concentrate lemonade $0.78

Page three
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Hershey chocolate bars $2.50
Honey Maid grahams $2.50
Jet puffed marshmallows $0.98-----use $1 MQ when you buy Hershey, grahams and marshmallows
Smucker's grape jelly $1.88
Quaker granola bars $2
Koolaid $0.12, buy 10 plus 4# sugar and use $2 MQ on both
Crystal Light $2, use $2 MQ from vocalpoint last month
Shurfine applesauce $1.25

Page four
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Bartlett Pears $0.98/lb
Earthbound farms organic salad $2.88, use $1/2 IP
Cabbage $0.28/lb

Those are the deals according to me. Happy shopping!

Malt-o-Meal cereal deal


Kwik Trip has several coupons on the racks in their store. Next time you stop for gas take a peak!

One coupon I recently got there was for $0.50 off any Malt-O-Meal cereal.

The Cinnamon Toasters are currently on sale at Walmart for only $1! Use that coupon to stock up. That is the only flavor of cereal at that price right now.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Free backpacks from Staples!



Starting Sunday in the new ad, Staples will have backpacks that are free after rebate! Here are the details from their website....

"Buy ANY backpack and get 100% back in a Staples gift card"
The fine print does limit you to one per household.

What a deal! Just in time for school shopping. Offer is good from 7/25-7/31.
While at the website, be sure to check for coupons towards your total purchase!
 One of the coupons is for $5 off a $25 purchase. Use this coupon to really score on the backpack!

Email me at kendralacrosse@verizon.net if you can't find a copy of the coupons. I received them in a direct email from Staples and I can forward them to you!

And a thank you to Vickie as well!

Kmart doubles

Starting Sunday, Kmart will be doubling coupons up to $0.99. The rules are similar to last time; only the first 5 coupons will be doubled and you must scan your rewards card first.

I'm not too excited about this one. Does anyone even have any $0.99 coupons? The best I can do is a $0.75 one. I guess I will probably skip it.

Please let me know if you go and find any deals so I can share with everyone.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pierce's Highlights of the week



Here are the highlights for this week of the deals as I see it. There isn't much to go on, a pretty slim week in my opinion. Check out the ad for yourself.

Page one
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Pepsi 2 liter $1
Frozen chicken breasts $4.88/3lb
Cantaloupe $1.50
Doritos chips $1.98
Shurfresh ice cream $0.98 with ad coupon (has anyone tried it?)

Page two
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Hormel pork butt steaks or roast $1.58/lb
8th Continent soy mild $2.50, use $1.50 IP
Popsicle pops $2.88

Page three
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* ad coupon for $5 off when you buy any 10 General Mills products in the same shopping trip. Let me know if you can work out any coupon scenarios to make these cheap. I haven't figured any out yet.
Jif peanut butter $1.98
Barilla pasta or Hunts spaghetti sauce $0.98
* ad coupon for $2 off with buying: charcoal, hidden valley dressing and KC masterpiece. Check maufacture websites to see if there are coupons for these items- could work out into a deal.

Page four
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dole lettuce $0.98
Braeburn apples $0.98/lb
Organic raspberries $2.50

Have a great week everyone. Go get the deals.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sometimes you actually DO get these samples!

I have seen these offer numerous times on the blogs:
"Get an (box of samples) from SC Johnson and Right@Home"
It's always limited to the first 5000 people to enter and it can take 6-8 weeks to come in the mail. 
Oh yeah, and you don't know if you were one of the first 5000 until it comes to your door. 
They don't give any kind of response to let you know. 

Well, I must have been one of the first 5000 at some point because the above arrived at my door yesterday!!! 

Happy Dance, Happy Dance

Yes folks, those are a regular box of Ziploc, a 6 pack of the toilet cleaner and
a big pack of Pledge wipes!!

Pretty good freebie if you ask me. I guess I will keep signing up for these things!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kmart Christmas card, Toy Clearance and school supply shopping

Stopped by Kmart today as I heard they are having their toy clearance. The clearance toys are an additional 50% off the ticketed price. The selection is still pretty good and I was able to pick up a few things for my boys.

Additionally I found out about a program Kmart started last year and is going on now. It is similar to having a Christmas Club account at a bank, except with a gift card!

Just start a new card (available at the registers) with at least $20 and add money to the value anytime you wish. On November 15th, Kmart will credit your card with an additional 3% of the value up to $100. The cards should be credited by November 28th. The card doesn't expire, so you can use it for Christmas or anytime! This is a great way to save money for holiday shopping, or even getting school clothes for the kids. Check with the store if you have any questions.

Now is also the season for school supply shopping. Keep your eyes peeled for the deals at each place. Staples, Kmart, Walmart and Walgreens have all had good deals. Remember to price match- just ask the store. I have been able to price match at all except Staples- but check with them too!

If you participate in Operation Christmas Child by filling shoe boxes, school supplies are a hot item. Pick them up now for pennies! Or if you have crafty kids like I do, this is when I try to replenish stock!!

Walgreens deals I nabbed this week

I'm back in the saddle baby!

Here is what I got this week at Walgreens:
  • 5 Goldfish crackers $0.99- had a raincheck from last week when they were on sale. I had (3) $0.50 IP and (2) $0.35 IP
  • 4 Bic Highlighters $0.49 each, used 2 $1/2 MQ = free
  • Colgate total $3.49, used $1 MQ and got $3.50 RR = makes it better than FREE
  • 2 paper plates $0.99 with ad coupon
  • 2 Head & Shoulders $4 each, used BOGO MQ and got $1 RR = $1.50 each after coupon and rewards
  • 1 Mountain Dew 4 pack $1.29
  • 1 Pilot pens $1.19, use $1 Q in July coupon booklet



After coupons I paid $13.64 for all of the above. I SAVED $25.80 and I got $4.50 in register rewards to use next week.

Monday, July 19, 2010

An Ode to bathrooms...or why I have been absent and partially crazy

No, but seriously I need to document my saga in pictures. Feel free to skip this post if you aren't interested.

This is ground zero in the first photo. We took out the vinyl flooring (note the various layers) and were ripping up a layer of plywood. My eldest doesn't understand the subtleties of the bunny ears yet.

Oh, here my husband is wearing a 'strained' look of excitement. We both wore this look for the last several weeks!

Here is my youngest in his construction 'get-up', complete with eye, ear and mouth protection.


This is the bathroom after the texture and paint was done. This was very exciting to me!


At this point you are probably asking yourself "Where did they store the toilet and vanity?
The toilet was just inside the front door (naturally!)


And the vanity was in the master bedroom. Right where everything belonged (dripping with sarcasm!)
Our house is very modest in size and there was NOWHERE else to put this stuff for the last few weeks, which just increased the stress level in the house. Everywhere I looked things were out of place and in the way!

Brace yourself.....here is the big reveal (minus a hanging mirror that I still haven't found. It is really hard to find one that I like.)


New ceramic tile, new door and trim, new shower curtain and rod.
(Vanity, top and toilet were new just 4 months ago so we obviously reused them)

Oh, here is my re-did closet too. The shelves are new, it was painted and new trim up as well.

And another view. As you can tell, all my junk got reloaded back into the bathroom. That was the cheapest job of all! I bribed 3 kids with $1 each to bring it all in for me. Was done in a matter of minutes ~ and happily I might add.

And finally.......one last thing
Scroll down to reveal what
the room looked like
back in February
before the original
remodel.....
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I think the new version is much better, don't you?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Update

My bathroom should be finished Wednesday night......I will hope to get the Pierce's ad reviewed for this week.

I also need to get back on track with my meal planning and budget! This remodel is costing me too much with the exhaustion and eating out!

Stick with me, and we will get back on track this week! I need to stay accountable. Join me!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Life Update

I'm sitting in my living room completely exhausted and trying to find the energy to blog some deals.....but I just can't.

One week ago tonight we discovered our bathroom floor was flooded. We pulled up the vinyl to discover a lake of water, urine and crud! (wish you were me don't you?)

Three days of horrible smells, ripping out everything in a room we updated only a few months ago and here we are. Plywood floors only in a bare room.

My week has been a flurry of insurance claim filing, procuring a plumber and visits by contractors. My house is suffering BIG time.

The last thing I feel like doing in my little bit of "free time" right now is blogging.

I hope you all will understand that I am taking a week or two off from updating the blog. The next 2 weeks will be busy coordinating all the work that needs to be done.

Check back soon, and I will once again be looking for deals.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Extra coupon inserts

Does anyone local need some extra coupon inserts from the last couple weeks?

If so, please email Rachel at babyjacob34@yahoo.com.

She has extras available.

Thanks Rachel!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pierce's Highlights for the week

Here are the deals as I see them. As always, check out the deals for yourself in case I missed anything!

Page one
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Red or Green seedless grapes $0.98/lb
Cantaloupe or Honeydew $1.98 ea
Sweet baby Ray's BBQ sauce $0.98
Doritos or pretzels $1.98
Sara Lee Bread $1.50, a good price for a higher quality bread
Shurfresh chunk or shredded cheese $0.98- STOCK-UP price. put in freezer at this price!

*also, note the Manufacture coupon for $2/4 off Coke 12 packs. Watch for sales elsewhere

Page two
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Johnsonville brats $3.50, use MQ ??? $0.55 ???
Hormel country style spareribs $1.88/lb, there is still $1 MQ out there
Gold 'n Plump 1# boneless chicken breast $4, there are $1 IP at gold n plump website
**(although still a little expensive for my taste)
Kraft Philly cream cheese $1.18, use $1 IP from last week online
8th Continent soy milk $2, use $2 IP = free

Page three
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Shurfine dill slices $1.50
Country Time drink mix $2, use $1/2 from tearpad
Peter pan peanut butter $1.78
Chicken of the Sea tuna cans $0.75, use $1 IP from last week to get for free or better!
7 up products 2 liters $1
Pepsi products 2 liters $!

Page four
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Broccoli $0.98/lb
cucumbers 2/$0.98
Organic mini carrots $1.48, check earthbound farm website for coupons! they came out with some recently!$1/2 was available a week or so ago!

That is all. Let me know if I missed anything!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

In Need of Help

I am in need of some guidance and was hoping someone out here in cyberspace can help!

About a month ago I bought a stainless steel frying pan (with aluminum core) in an effort to get away from cooking with the chemicals that are in the non-stick teflon.

Everything is either burning or sticking to the bottom no matter what I put in first. I have tried different cooking oils; putting in on while the pan is warm and while it is still cold.

I am just about ready to go back to the teflon pan because this is so frustrating.

Does anyone have any advice for me? Little tricks that work? Anything?????

Please leave a comment on the post. Thank you!

(If you have any questions yourself, I can post yours as well!)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pierce's Highlights for the week


Another week is here, and the deals are weak as well. There haven't been many great deals lately. Here are the deals according to Kendra.

Page one
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Strawberries/raspberries/black or blueberries $1.66 ea
Van Camp's baked beans $1 (my stock up price)
Coke 2 Liter bottles $1
Betty Crocker Hamburger helper $1, there are $1/3 MQ

Page two
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Hormel pork loin chops $1.98/lb
Farmland bacon-wrapped pork filet $1, use $1/4 MQ or better coupons direct from manufacture
Smart Chicken leg quarters $0.78/lb, use $1 IP from last month
Sea Best jumbo breaded shrimp $2.50
Pillsbury crescent rolls $1.88, use $0.70 IP
Old Orchard conc lemonaid $0.78, use $1/4 MQ

Page three
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Knorr pasta or rice sides $1, are there coupons?????
Kool-aid packets 8/$1, use MQ to get 2 free when you buy 10
Old orchard juice cocktails $1.25, use $0.50 IP from last week (?)
Skippy peanut butter $1.50 when you buy 2 and use in ad coupon
Kellogg's cereal is cheaper at Pig this week- buy it there instead
Oreo cookies $2.50, yummmmm
Koolaid bursts $1

Page four
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Braeburn or gala apples $1.28/lb
Mangoes $0.98
Cut seedless watermelons $0.48/lb

That is all I see everyone. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Walgreens for the week- Holy Toothbrushes Batman

I got everything in the picture for only $9.96 after counting the register rewards!!

Here's how.....

  • 2 Cheez-its crackers $0.99, used $1 IP for each = free
  • 1 Shick razor $7.99, used $5 MQ and got back $4 RR = -$1.01
  • 2 Reach total care toothbrushes $4.49, used ad coupon for $3 each plus a $2/2 IP from coupons.com = $ 0.98 for both
  • 5 Reach prevent toothbrushes $0.99 each, used 3- $1 MQ (stuck to product) and 1- $2/2 IP (note: I did not buy all of them even though I was tempted to!) = -$0.05 for all five
  • 1 paper plates $0.99 with ad coupon
  • 1 All detergent $2.99, used $1 IP
The next items were part of a "buy $15 and get $5 in RR" deal....
  • Lipton tea bags $2.99, used $0.50 MQ
  • 4 Ragu spaghetti sauce $2 ea, used $1/2 MQ
  • 2 Hellmann's mayo (bonus size jars!) $2.50 each, used $1.50/2 from all you magazine
I did two transactions total.

How did you do this week?

A quick stop at Piggly Wiggly

I made a quick stop at Pig when I was driving through Poynette last weekend. The cheese blocks were an awesome deal ($1.99 for 1#). Of course they were out of the cheddar I wanted but I got a rain check for 8 of them! That ought to hold me awhile.

  • 2 Mozarella chunk $1.99 each
  • 4 Kraft Mac 'n cheese $0.66 each, used $0.55/2 IP =$0.38 each
  • 6 Pillsbury cake mix 5/$4 otherwise $1 each. I bought 6 to = $5 total and used 3 $1/2 MQ to get all 6 for $2!!
My total was $7.52 for this trip.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

JCPenney $10 off $10 deal going on now

So, there is a code right now for JCPenney for $10 off your order. Thanks to Sandra for her scenario below.
JCPenney deal if your interested...this is the second time we have done this, last time it was with the Mothers Day promo code...if you have questions just ask...



Buy something online for around $14.99 (or more if you want)


Enter Coupon code...DADROCKS...and get $10 off a purchase of $10 or more at checkout


That will bring your total to $11.54 (shipping is $5.95, tax and remaining balance after the $10 off)

Then they will offer you after checkout a spot to hit a little red button that says "save $10 off this order"


Sign up for JCP Family Fun Promo, you will need to mail them a copy of your purchase, then they will send you a $10 check back in the mail, which brings your total to $1.54,


(you will need to call and cancel within the month or be charged $9.95 for the program)


but thats not all...


Through JCP you can buy discount gift cards, we bought the gas cards...they let you buy 3 $25 Shell, 3 $25 BP & 3 $25 Mobil gas card for $20 each, saving a total of $45 in free gas! You can also buy discounted cards for Borders, Barnes and Noble, Michaels Crafts and a few others.


Ok, that was as clear as mud, right? :) By doing it 2 times we got $90 in free gas, a few outfits for Brenna and a set of bed sheets for the girls all for free. Gotta love a great deal! :)

Noah's Ark "A" Days- starting NOW


Just wanted to let you know that the Noah's Ark "A" Day promotion days have been set for June 13, 14, 15, 21, and 22.

As a reward for being a good student, if your report card (grade school, college, or graduate) from the 3rd or 4th quarter that has an "A" on it you can bring it to Noah's Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells for one free day admission to the park.


Home schoolers - Create a report card for your kids and bring along a copy of your PI-1206 to prove that you home school.

Thanks Gayle!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pierce's Highlights

Yes, this is late...Sorry. Don't worry though, it will also be very short and sweet since I have a lot going on here tonight.


So here goes.....


4 Day sale stuff
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Kellogg's cereal $1.98, use $1/2 IP or $1.50/3 MQ
Shurfresh popsicles $0.98
Surefresh sour cream $0.68
SF cream cheese $0.88


Page one
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Kemps 1/2 gallon milk $1
Bananas $0.38/lb
Seedless grapes $1.48/lb
Lay chips $2.50


Page two
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Wild Alaskan cod fillets $3.98/lb
Banquet chicken nuggets $2


Page three
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Old Orchard juice $2, there is a coupon out there, unsure of value
Hi C juice boxes $1.66


Page four
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Dole salad bags $1.50
2lb Green Giant baby carrots $1.98
Canteloupe $2.28


That is all for now, happy shopping!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Walgreens from last week


I realize this was from last week, but I thought I would still share as I try to catch up on my posts.

  • Quaker Oats BOGO $3.19, used (2) $1 IP to get both for $1.19 total
  • Kotex U tampons $3.49, used $1 MQ- got $2.50 register reward to = free
  • Aluminum foil $0.59 each with ad
  • Lysol Cleaner BOGO (rain check from previous week) $2.99, used (2) $1 IP to = $0.99 for both
  • Butterfinger $0.50, MQ to get free

All told, I spent less than $6, got a $2.50 register reward and saved over $11. Works for me!

Special note: be sure to ask for a rain check if something you want is out of stock. It allowed me to get the toilet cleaner cheap even though they were out when I tried to buy it originally.

Finally- a new Post! And it is a mad/crazy deal!

First off, I want to apologize. Blogger has been down for a couple days, so even though I tried, I wasn't able to get any blogs up. Darn technology! Kidding!

Now for the mad crazy deal----

I don't typically buy Snapple, even though my hubby loves it. But I couldn't pass up this deal I found at Pierce's.

A 6 pack of Snapple is priced at $5.99. Above the display was a tearpad for a full price refund on one 6-pk. There was also a $1 peelie coupon attached. So, I paid $4.99 after the coupon and sent off my rebate for $5.99!! I love a money maker!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Attention to local moms

Riverview Park and Waterworld in the Dells has special "Dollar Days" for Wisconsin residents!!!





June 14 - June 18 AND August 16 - 20, 2010

Admission is just $5 each when you show proof of Wisconsin residency!

This is a great idea for fun in the sun while the kids are out of school.

For all the details, check out http://www.riverviewpark.com

Thanks Gayle!

Pierce's Highlights for this week


Another week is upon us, and this one has some produce on sale. As always, these are the deals according to Kendra, so take it for what it is worth.

I also realize that I haven't completed a monthly meal plan, so I guess I am winging it until that is done. With a stocked freezer and pantry that should be no problem!

4 day produce sale
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Whole seedless watermelon $3.78
Strawberries 1 lb $1.78 (is only $1.44 at Pig if you are in that area
Del monte Pineapple $1.98
Cantaloupe $1.98
Grapes red or green $1.48 (does go cheaper, but for now an ok price)
Brocolli $0.98/lb
Sweet baby carrots 2 lb $1.98

Page one
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Wisconsin Farms gallon milk $1.98
Kemps 1/2 gal flavor milk $1

Page two
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Oscar mayer lunchables $1.33 (although...have you ever looked at the ingredient list on these? I don't buy them anymore. )
Surfine frozen vegetables $0.88
TJ Farms shoestring fries $0.66
Tombstone pizza $3.33
Country Crock $2.00 ea when you buy two and use in-ad coupon. Pair it with $0.40 MQ to get for $1.60 each
Sunny D $1.25

Page three
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Shurfine Mac 'n cheese $0.40
Smuckers jelly/jam $2.50, use $1/2 or $1/3 MQ
Hunt's spaghetti sauce $0.88
Pillsbury cake mix $0.98, use $1/2 MQ (was a tear pad awhile back)
Pillsbury brownie mix $0.98, use $1/2 MQ

Page four
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Celery $0.98
Dole bagged coleslaw mix $1.28
Cucumbers 2/$1
green beans $1.28/lb
Roma tomatoes $0.98/lb
Organic mini carrots 1 lb, $1.50
Twin mini french bread $0.98

That is all folks, happy shopping this week!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Showing off my big Walmart haul

You know I don't go to Walmart unless I can help it. But, now that they are price matching Piggly Wiggly AND Target I have been there a little more frequently. I made such a trip to price match and get a few things that I had coupons for and I managed to save quite a bit and I wanted to share.

  • 4 Oscar Mayer hot dogs ad match Pig $0.99 each, used $1/2 MQ = $0.49 each
  • 3 Kraft ranch dressing ad match $0.99, used $0.55 MQ =0.44 each
  • 2 Kraft american cheese slices ad match $0.99
  • 3 Caprisun ad match $1.49
  • 5 Wheat thins ad match $1.49, used $1 MQ/IP to get for $0.49 each
  • 4 12pk Mt dew ad match 4/$9.96, used $2 MQ from Pierce's ad = $2 each 12 pk
  • 6 8th continent soy milk $2.46, used $2 IP on each = $0.46 each
  • 2 Hidden Valley ranch dressing $1.86, used $1 IP = $0.86 each
  • 1 Sunbelt granola bars $1.86, used $0.55 IP = $1.31
  • 4 Kraft 100 calorie pack cookies/snacks $2.50, used BOGO IP= all 4 for $5
  • 3 Frigo string cheese $2.98, used $1 IP = $1.98 each
  • 1 Angel soft toilet paper roll $2, used $1 MQ = $1
  • 2 Pull ups flushable wipes $1.64, used $1 MQ = $0.64 each
  • 3 Kraft 100 calorie cheese packs $2.16, used $1 MQ = $1.16 each
  • 4 Tic Tacs $1.04, used 2 BOGO IP  = $2.08  for all 4 packs
My before coupon total was $86.01, but I was able to reduce it to $46.05!!!

I was able to use my normal budgeted grocery amount to pay for this and it left enough to pick up a few sale items at the store as well.

Share your good deals with me here and I will feature them on the blog! Hope you are having a happy holiday.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Another way to use that $2 MQ for Pepsi 12 packs!

In addition to using it at Piggly Wiggly (check out the previous post) you can also use it at Kmart this week to get cheap soda.

Kmart has 12 packs on sale for $3 each. When you buy four you also get a coupon for a free 12 pack on a future visit.

Scenario
buy (4) 12 packs for $12
use $2 MQ to = $10 plus tax
get coupon for a free 12 pack on future visit (my receipt said on June 1st )

Net is $2 each 12-pack after coupon and future free 12 packs!

Essentially the same price as Piggly Wiggly when you use the coupon,

NOTE: The coupon expires quickly so be sure to use it before it expires!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pierce's Highlights + plus a couple deals at Piggly Wiggly


Another week is upon us so it is time to check out the deals. There will be a couple Piggly Wiggly deals noted at the end as well.


Page one
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Ground chuck $1.98/lb (usually will go cheaper this time of year, I wouldn't pay more than $2/lb)
Sweet corn $0.33 each- but is $0.12 at Pig
Oscar Mayer wieners $0.98, use $1/2 MQ to get for $0.49 each!
Lays potato chips $1.98
Bush's baked beans $1.50 each (may get a little cheaper towards summer)

blah blah on the beer/brat/buns ad coupon, If you buy beer this weekend- be sure to use it to get free food

Page two
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Oscar Mayer fresh Deli meats $2.50, use $1 IP or $1/2 MQ
Klement brats 1# size $2.50, use $0.50/1 MQ or $1/2 MQ to get for $2 each!
Hormel pork loin filet $4.98, use $1 MQ
Kraft Philly cream cheese $1.18 for 8oz block
Bomb pops $1.88
Shurfine frozen conc lemonade $0.66 each
TJ farms hash browns $1.50

Page three
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blah blah points

NOTE: clip the coupon for pepsi products. I will share in next post how to use that best here in Portage to get cheap pepsi products.

Page four
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blah blah cracker deal--> cheaper to rock at Pig, I will highlight below
French's mustard $1.50, use $0.50 MQ
Vlassic relish $1, use $0.55 MQ to get for only $0.45!
Hershey's syrup $1.98, use $1/2 MQ
Kraft mayo $2.50

Page five
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Kraft dressing --> cheaper at Pig
Lipton teabags $2.88, use $0.50 MQ

Page six
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Earthbound farms clamshell salad $2.98, use $0.75 MQ (not sure where I got it)

Now to recap Piggly Wiggly:
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There are some "in-ad coupons" that you can stack with a manufacture coupon to get some deals. Check out the following:

  • Oscar Mayer wieners $0.99 with ad, use $1/2 MQ to = $0.49 each (this is same as Pierce's)
  • Kraft Dressing $0.99 each with ad, use $0.55 MQ to get for $44 each!
  • Nabisco snack cracker $1.49 with ad, use $1 IP, or $1/2 MQ or $1 peelie to get for as low as $0.49 each!
  • Pepsi 12 packs 4/$9.98 with ad, use $2 MQ from Pierce's ad (which is a MQ) to get for $2 for each 12-pack!
Also: Kraft singles $0.99 with ad, Capri sun $1.49 with ad and Miracle Whip $0.99 with ad are good prices as well!

Happy shopping

Friday, May 21, 2010

Walgreens deal this week


I made a run to Walgreens (since a register reward was expiring) but didn't find too much that interested me in their ad this week. Maybe because my home stockpile is quite large!

Anyway, I did partake in one deal as follows:

Buy 1 Hershey 6 pk $3
Buy 1 Honey Maid Graham $3
Get 1 free Marshmallows (store deal)

Subtotal is $6, but use the $1 MQ from this past weekends paper to get all the makings for S'Mores for only $5! Sounded good to me!