Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pierce's Highlights and some noteworthy Pig Deals

Here are the deals for this week...As always, these are the deals according to me, so check out the ad for yourself.

Page one
Strawberries 1# $1.68---(cheaper at PIG, only $0.99)
Birdseye veggies $1----(cheaper at PIG, only $0.89) use $0.35 MQ
Butter quarters $1.68---(cheaper at PIG, only $1.49)
Dole pineapple $0.88, use $0.55 MQ
Pepsi products 12 packs 4/$11 when you use the in ad coupon

Page two
Oscar Mayer ham or turkey 2/$5, use $1 MQ
Wild Alaskan cod fillets $3.98/lb
Rhodes rolls $3.50, used $1 MQ
Daisy Sour Cream $1.50, use $0.50 MQ
Philly Cream cheese $1.08---(cheaper than PIG, only $0.89), use $1.25 MQ

page three is reward card stuff- no other great deals

Page four
Betty Crocker cake mix $0.78
Betty Crocker frosting $0.99 (I think there are coupons for this)
Pillsbury brownies $1, use $1/2 MQa
Nestle toll house morsels $2, use $0.75 IP or $1/2 IP
Ritz crackers 2/$5 or other Nabisco crackers $2, use $1 ad coupon AND $1/2 MQ
Old Dutch tortilla chips $2

Page five
Cheerios, trix, golden crahams $2
Hunts Ketchup $0.98

Page six
Russet potatoes 10# $1.58

Piggly Wiggly Deals of note
  • Philly cream cheese $0.89, use $1.25 MQ
  • Birdseye frozen Veggies $0.89, use $0.35 MQ
  • 1# Strawberries $0.99
  • Cook's Ham shank portion $0.49/lb with ad coupon and $25 purchase
  • Food club butter $1.49
  • Sliced or shaved Carolina turkey from deli $1.99
  • Pillsbury muffin mix $0.89, use $1/2 MQ
  • Snuggle fabric softener $3.49, use $3 MQ from last week!
Ok, that is all for now folks. Have a great Easter!

Monday, March 29, 2010

This post is overdue....Homemade laundry soap

I have been meaning to complete a Frugal Friday post on this very topic but Crystal over at beat me to it! Check out here article here which includes a video showing how to make it.

I have made laundry soap and it is very simple and very cheap. I would be doing it now if I didn't have a stockpile of detergent.

Some hints I have learned along the way:
  • No matter what laundry soap I use, we water it down a little. We have a front loading machine that uses HE detergent. I have never bought the HE detergent. In speaking with the salesman who sold me the machine, the only difference is that the HE soap is less sudsing. By watering down the detergent there will be less suds. I have never had an issue with the clothes not being clean.
  • Use less soap! I believe the detergent companies overestimate how much is needed to clean the clothes.
  • I also wear my jeans a couple times if they aren't very dirty. With kids that often change clothes, I try to ensure the clothes are indeed dirty.
That is all for now. Have a great week everyone! Please forgive me for the light number of postings. I am easily pulled away from the computer due to warm weather!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pierce's Highlights of the Week/ Piggly Wiggly things

Ham is on sale this week because of Easter, but the price is cheaper at Piggly Wiggly. If you have time it's going to be worth your drive.

Page one
Cook's shank ham portion $1.18/lb ($0.49/lb at Pig is you spend $25- and have ad coupon)
Cook's half ham $1.78/lb
Broccoli $0.78/lb
4# oranges $2.28
Betty Crocker potatoes $1, use $1/2 MQ
Del Monte canned pineapple $0.88

Page two
Hormel Pork butt roast or steaks $1.48/lb
Oscar Mayer bacon 2/$5, use ad coupon to get $1.50/2
Oscar Mayer Deli fresh meats 2/$5, use ad coupon to get $1.50/2, plus use $1/2 MQ
Oscar Mayer lunchables $1.32, use $0.75 IP if you still have them
Gold 'n Plump chicken thighs or drumsticks $2, use $0.75 IP

Page three
Shurfresh young turkey $0.98/lb, a decent price for this time of year

We aren't lamb eaters in this family- so I'm not sure if the $5.98 price is good or not.

Page four- is ad regarding the new rewards program.

Page five
Hi-C juice pouches 3/$4.98- a decent price
Gold Medal flour $1.50, use $0.75 IP (is only $0.98 at Pig with $10 purchase)
Fisher dry roasted peanuts $2.50, use $1 MQ

Page six
Green Giant fresh carrots 2# $0.98
dole bagged salad $1.98

That is all for Pierce's. Now on to a couple noteworthy Piggly Wiggly deals

If you spend $25, there are ad coupons for the following:
  • Cook's ham shank portions $0.49/lb
  • Food club large eggs $0.78
  • Gold Medal flour $0.98
  • Land O Lakes butter $1.79/lb
  • pepsi products 4/$10
Also of note:
Fresh Express bagged salad $0.89
Oscar Mayer Deli Creations or lunchables $1.33 each, use $1.50/2 MQ or $0.75/1 IP
1# Strawberries $2

Have a great week of deals! 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My incredible Walgreens stash- $3.44

This picture is a little hard to see and get a feel for how much "stuff" I got.

I rarely buy candy, but since the bunny will be visiting soon it was time to stock up. Here is what I got...
  • 3 packs Lifesavers jelly beans $0.39 with ad coupon
  • 4 Skittles $0.49, used BOGO IP from facebook
  • 4 Starburst $0.49, used BOGO IP from facebook
  • 4 bags Hershey/Reece's chocolate $2.50 each, used $1 Walgreens coupon plus $2/3 MQ
  • 2 Oscar Mayer Bacon $3, used $1.50 IP on each plus received (2) $1 RR when buying - net $0.50 each!
  • 4 Vanity Fair napkins $1.99/ BOGO, used 2 $1 IP (got all four for $2)
  • 6 Hot Wheels cars $1.29/ BOGO with ad coupon (using for future gifts)
  • 3 Peeps marshmallows $0.50 each
  • 6 Snickers candy bars $0.49, used BOGO MQ
And no, the kids will NOT be getting all that candy!

I used $19 in Register Rewards that I had leftover from the last couple weeks. My out of pocket was $3.44 with an ad/coupon savings of $54.90. I also received $2 back in register rewards.

Be sure to take advantage of the Huggies deal this week if you have a little one in diapers! There are $3 internet coupons available. After the sale, coupons and register rewards you get huggies diapers for $3-$4 per pack!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Walgreens deals from earlier in the week

I did two transactions in order to take advantage of a couple deals.

Transaction #1
  • 2 Benadryl children's tabs $4.99 each. I used $3/2 MQ. Plus I received a $5 Register Reward when you buy two.
My out of pocket was $7.53 and the ad/coupon savings was $7.  I got $5 RR which made the Benadryl $1 each after figuring that in. The added bonus is that I also got a coupon (appears to be happening randomly) for a free box of Tampax Pearl. Good score!

Transaction #2
  • 2 Gold Medal Flour $1.50 with ad coupon, used $0.75 IP
  • 4 Bic Highlighters $0.49 with ad coupon, used $1/2 MQ (FREE)
  • 2 Tylenol Cold $4.99, used $3/2 MQ and got $5 RR (net $1 each)
  • 1 Tuf garbage bag $2.99
  • 1 Colgate toothpaste $3.99, used $1 MQ plus got $4 RR (net -1.01)
  • 3 Chapstick $0.99 with ad coupon, used $1/3 MQ
  • 1 Walgreens saline $2.99
My out of pocket was $20.75 with a ad/coupon savings of $31.18. Plus I also received $9 in register rewards.

I'm pleased with my haul and looking forward to spending all these rewards next week.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pierce's Highlights & A couple Piggly Wiggly deals

Here is my list for the upcoming week of deals that I see. Please note you should check out the ad for yourself in store or online.

Piggly Wiggly has better prices on a few of the same items, I will try to note those as well.

Page one
Ground chuck $1.98/lb
Strawberries $1.98/lb ($1.99 at Pig)
Cantaloupe $1.98 ea
Crystal Farm cream cheese $0.88/block
Betty Crocker angel food cake $1.50, there is a $0.75 IP for a BC "super moist" cake- not sure if this is it
Pepsi 2L $1 ($0.99 at Pig)
Tostitos $2.50
Tombstone pizza in-ad coupon buy 3, get 1 free. (Check the prices on this because Pig has these 4/$10)

Page two
Hormel country style spareribs $1.68/lb, you can use $1 MQ for Hormel
Healthy Choice all natural entrees $1.88, use $1/2 MQ

Page three (and fold out)
Act II microwave popcorn $1
Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce is $1.78 BUT is ONLY $1 at Pig
Peter pan peanut butter $1.78, use $1/2 MQ
Caprisun is $2 BUT is ONLY 3/$5 at Pig
"Fresh Savings and solutions" deal: buy 10 items and get $5 off with in ad coupon- this does not seem like such a great deal to me because you are spending a minimum of almost $20 for 10 items, and getting $5 off. If you only like Heinz Ketchup or one of the other listed items you may find it worth your time.

Page four
Braeburn apples 5# $3.28
Dole shredded lettuce $1.38
Green Giant baby carrots $0.98

That is all for Pierces. Now I will recap the Pig deals since there are a few.

Piggly Wiggly
Pepsi 2L $0.99
Tombstone pizza 4/$10
Caprisun pouches 3/$5
Lipton/Knorr side dishes $1
Skippy peanut butter $1.49
Sweet Baby Rays BBQ $1
BC fruit snacks $1 (when you buy 4)

Looks like I may be going both places this week!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Target- get all this for FREE

Here is an easy load to pick up if you are in the area of a Target this week.

  • Johnson's buddies soap $0.97, use $1 IP on any Johnson baby product
  • Tide single load size (which is really about 3 loads if you have an HE machine) $1.12, use $1 MQ off any size Tide from P&G coupons in Sunday paper 2 weeks ago
  • McCormick spice on clearance $0.96, used a $1 IP available about a week ago
  • Right Guard mens deodorant (sample size) $0.97, use $2/2 IP available on
  • Degree Mens deodorant (sample size) $0.97, use $1 IP available last week online
  • Crest Kids toothpaste on sale for $1.49, use $1 Target coupon available on their website plus the $0.50 MQ from P&G in Sunday paper 2 weeks ago
  • Olay single bar pack $0.97, use $1 MQ from P&G Sunday paper 2 weeks ago
  • Kotex pantyliners $1.02, use $1 IP from (no longer available)
  • Always pads $3.99, used MQ to get for free (received this coupon when I requested a sample of the product online)
As you can see, after all the coupon overage, I got everything for free. Quite a bit, don't you think?

The moral of the story is that you need to print the internet coupons when they are available and when a coupon is offered. Even on there are print limits and coupons will disappear. Print 'em when you see 'em and you can get lots of good deals.

Ace Hardware light bulbs

I was in the Portage Ace Hardware today and noticed that the GE CFL lightbulbs are $0.99 again. If you still have any $1 coupons you can get them for free!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


These boxes of Kotex are on sale for $2.99 each through March 27th. If you go to there are coupons for $1 off any Kotex product. And if you buy 3 boxes there is a $5 Register Reward.


3 x 2.99 = 8.94
              - 3.00  (coupons)
               $5.94 plus tax

Now you get $5 back as RR, making your net purchase $0.94 plus tas or $0.31 each.

Have you ever gotten a box of tampons for $0.31????

So awesome.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A few noteworthy Piggly Wiggly Deals

I usually don't list the Piggly Wiggly deals but here are a couple good prices I saw.
  • Broccoli crowns $0.99/lb
  • Creamette Pasta 12-16oz $0.79
  • Prego spaghetti sauce $1.25 each, use $0.50/2 MQ
Check out the ad for yourself!

Pierce's Highlights of the Week

A few good deals this week. As always take a look at the flyer yourself or check it out online. Don't forget to sign up for the new rewards card in order to start earning free groceries!

Page one
Farmland sausage $0.88, use $1/2 MQ or $0.55/$0.75/$1 MQ (from company)
Green Giant Steamers $0.98, use $0.50 IP or $1/2 MQ
Red Baron pizza $2.98, use $1/2 MQ or $0.75 MQ (from blinky at Walgreens)
Sara Lee bread $1.68, use $0.55 MQ
Red Potatoes $1.48 for 5#
Knorr pasta or rice sides $1, $1/3 IP
Doritos $2 (not a bad price for these)

Page two
Kraft Philly cream cheese $1.25, use $1.25/3 MQ
Totino's pizza $1

Page three
Pillsbury brownie or cake mix $1
Kellogg's cereal $6.98 for 3 when you use $1 off in ad coupon. Various coupons available

Page four
Red, green or romaine leaf lettuce $1.28/lb

That is the ad folks. Happy shopping.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Walgreens catch up

I just realized that I forgot to post my Walgreens trip from last week, so here is last week and this current week trips that I made.

Above is the purchases I made yesterday:
  • 2 Walgreens brand cold medicine (hubby needed) on sale buy one get 2nd for $1- total $5.99
  • 3 Dial body wash $0.99, used $1 IP on each
  • Splenda $2.99, used $1 IP on each
I used a $3 register reward from last week making my final total $7.43. My ad/coupon savings was $17.99.

Last week's trip:
  • 2 Reach toothbrushes $0.99 with ad coupon, used $1 IP on each
  • 2 Aveeno baby shampoo $4.63 (was 20% off), used $3/2 IP and received a $3 register reward
  • 2 J&J cotton swabs $1.99 each with ad coupon
My total out of pocket was $11.06 with a coupon/ad savings of $9.52. I also received a $3 register reward.

What Walgreens deals did you snag?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Frugal Friday- Dishwasher soap

This is a tip that I have borrowed from elsewhere on the web. It works good and is very inexpensive!

Combine 1 Tablespoon baking soda with 1 Tablespoon of Borax powder.  That's it!

If you like to use a rinse agent- use plain vinegar.

One thing I have learned in my endless hours of web searching is that most of us use too much dishwasher soap and laundry soap.

Keep it simple and easy, works for me. I have used this and had no problems.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pierce's Highlights of the Week

Don't forget that the new card reward system begins Thursday the 4th. Be sure to sign up for the new card.

There is a one-day fish sale on Friday- FYI.

Also, remember that these are the deals as I see them, not a comprehensive list of all of their sales.  Be sure to check the ad out for yourself or check the website.

Page one
TJ Farms Hash Browns $1.25
Dole lettuce $0.88
Red or Green  Grapes $1.28/lb
Old Orchard Healthy Balance Juice $1.98, use $1/2 MQ

Page two
Fresh Perch Fillets $3.98/lb

Page three
contains review of new rewards program

Page four
Surefine OJ concentrate $1.50
TJ Farms frozen berries $1

Page five
Jif pb and Smuckers jelly $1.78 each, use $1 MQ when you buy one of each
Hidden Valley Dressing $2.50, use $1 IP from the Hidden Valley website
Uncle Ben's rice $1.50, $1 MQ brown rice, $1/2 rice
Nestle Coffee-mate $2.98, use $0.75 IP or $1/2 MQ
No Yolks noodles $1.50, use BOGO MQ

Page six
Cucumbers 2/$0.88
Avocados $0.98 each
Red Delicious apples 5lb $3.98- very cheap!

That is all I see for now. Happy shopping.

Kmart news

Have you heard the rumors today? I read on that Kmart will be resuming a double coupon event starting April 4th.

Oh how I hope the Portage store will be participating!!!! Of course I will let you know when I have more news.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Kwik Trip Deals

I noticed a couple deals the other day at Kwik Trip. I hope they are still effective this week, let me know if you see the sales are still on.

  • $0.99 for a dozen eggs
  • $1.49 for 1lb of butter sticks
Both are good prices!

Monthly Menu Plan

Yippee, I got the menu plan done for the month and it is still technically the 1st! I'm not sure why I worry about it because it seems to be fairly consistent each time.

Here it is:
  1. Chicken legs, baked beans, green beans
  2. chicken fried rice with peas
  3. Pork ribs, veggies
  4. pizza
  5. cheeseburgers, corn
  6. Quesidillas, fruit smoothies, chili
  7. steaks, baked potato, hot dog/mac 'n cheese
  8. out for dinner
  9. pork steaks, rice, veggies
  10. breakfast for dinner
  11. pizza
  12. fish, rice, peas
  13. tacos and ?
  14. lasagna leftovers, beans and rice
  15. chicken, rice, peas
  16. brats and corn
  17. spaghetti, cheese bread
  18. pizza
  19. pork, baked potatos, salad
  20. turkey soup, sandwiches
  21. steaks, potatos, veggie
  22. chicken, rice, veggie
  23. out to dinner
  24. breakfast for dinner
  25. pizza
  26. fish sticks, shrimp, veggie
  27. quesidillas, fruit smoothies, and ?
  28. cheeseburgers, baked beans, salad
  29. chicken, rice, peas
  30. pork steaks, mac and cheese, veggie
  31. alfredo noodles, salads.
I'm trying a couple "meatless" days this month. I haven't been wanting to eat as much meat and I have some dried beans that I need to use. I'm going to give it a try and see how it goes.

Tuesday Traders

It's been a few weeks so lets do the Tuesday Traders again.

Let me know via comment on the post or by email of extra coupons you may have, or items you are specifically looking for. Be sure to leave your email too.

I have the following available:
 $1.25 MQ for chocolate Cheerios (10 coupons I think?)

Contact me if you want them!