Sunday, August 31, 2008

Procter & Gamble products

P & G has a great website that they advertised in their coupon insert of today's paper. You can visit it here to sign up for coupons and samples.
Just a side note - make sure you get at least one newspaper today, in the P & G insert there is a buy one get one free coupon for Cover Girl outlast lipstick. You can combine that with CVS's buy one get one free sale and you get two for free (just pay tax).

See Star Wars Characters for free at Pottery Barn Kids

There is going to be a free special event where you can bring your kids to meet their favorite Star Wars™ characters at participating Pottery Barn Kids stores. Here is the information from their website:

Bring your kids to meet their favorite Star Wars™ characters in action at a special event at participating Pottery Barn Kids stores. Bring your camera and get ready to experience the Force in person.
Priority tickets are available for this event. Visit a participating store anytime prior to the event day to pick up your complimentary tickets.*
Special notes about this event: Pottery Barn Kids stores cannot confirm which characters will appear. Circumstances beyond the control of the organizers may necessitate substitution, postponement or cancellation without prior notice.
* Limit 10 tickets per person. One ticket per person required for entry to priority line. Lineup order within the priority line is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Locate a participating store. Shop the Star Wars™ Bedroom.
ALABAMA
Birmingham, The SummitSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
ARIZONA
Chandler, Chandler Fashion CenterSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Scottsdale, Fashion SquareSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA
Corte Madera, The Village at Corte MaderaSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Costa Mesa, South Coast PlazaSeptember 13th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Los Angeles, The GroveSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Manhattan Beach, Manhattan VillageSeptember 13th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Mission Viejo, The Shops at Mission ViejoSeptember 13th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Palo Alto, Stanford Shopping CenterSeptember 13th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Pasadena, South Lake ShopsSeptember 13th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Pleasanton, Stoneridge Shopping CenterSeptember 13th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Roseville, Galleria at RosevilleSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Sacramento, Arden FairSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
San Diego, Westfield UTCSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Santa Clara, Valley FairSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Walnut Creek, The Corners, Walnut CreekSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
COLORADO
Broomfield, Flat Iron CrossingSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Colorado Springs, The Promenade Shops at BriargateSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Lone Tree, Park MeadowsSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
CONNECTICUT
Farmington, Westfarms MallSeptember 27th, Noon - 2 p.m.
DELAWARE
Newark, Christiana MallSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
FLORIDA
Coral Gables, Village of Merick ParkSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Orlando, The Mall at MilleniaSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Palm Beach Gardens, The Gardens MallSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Tampa, Hyde Park VillageSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
GEORGIA
Atlanta, Lenox SquareSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
ILLINOIS
Chicago, Pottery Barn Kids - Market Sq.September 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Deer Park, Deer Park Town CenterSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Oakbrook, Oakbrook CenterSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
INDIANA
Indianapolis, Fashion Mall at KeystoneSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
IOWA
West Des Moines, Jordan Creek Town CenterSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
KANSAS
Leawood, Town Center PlazaSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
KENTUCKY
Louisville, Oxmoor CenterSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
LOUISIANA
Metarie, Lakeside Shopping CenterSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
MARYLAND
Annapolis, Annapolis MallSeptember 13th from Noon - 2 p.m.
North Bethesda, White Flint MallSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
MASSACHSETTS
Burlington, Burlington MallSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Chestnut Hill, The Mall at Chestnut HillSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Natick, Natick CollectionSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
MICHIGAN
Troy, Somerset CollectionSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
MINNESOTA
Edina, Edina GalleriaSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Maple Grove, The Shoppes at Arbor LakesSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
MISSOURI
Chesterfield, Chesterfield MallSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Kansas City, The Country Club PlazaSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
St Louis, St. Louis GalleriaSeptember 20th, Noon - 2 p.m.
NEBRASKA
Omaha, Regency CourtSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
NEVADA
Las Vegas, Rampart CommonsSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
NEW JERSEY
Hackensack, The Shops at RiversideSeptember 13th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Short Hills, The Mall at Short HillsSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Shrewsbury, The Grove WestSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
NEW YORK
Albany, Crossgates MallSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Cheektowaga, Walden GalleriaSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Garden City, Roosevelt FieldSeptember 27th, 10 a.m. - Noon
New York, Manhattan - 2nd Ave. & 69th St.September 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Syracuse, Carousel CenterSeptember 20th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Victor, Eastview MallSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
White Plains, The WestchesterSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte, Southpark MallSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Durham, The Streets at SouthpointSeptember 13th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Raleigh, Triangle Town CenterSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
OHIO
Columbus, Easton Town CenterSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
OKLAHOMA
Tulsa, The Shops of Utica SquareSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
PENNSYLVANIA
King of Prussia, King of Prussia MallSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Galleria of Mt. LebanonSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
RHODE ISLAND
Providence, Providence PlaceSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
TENNESSEE
Nashville, The Mall at Green HillsSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
TEXAS
Dallas, Pottery Barn Kids - Knox St.September 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Frisco, Stonebriar CentreSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Houston, Highland VillageSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
The Woodlands, The Woodlands MallSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
UTAH
Salt Lake City, Trolley SquareSeptember 6th, 10 am - Noon
VIRGINIA
Fairfax, Fair Oaks MallSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Mclean, Tysons Corner CenterSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON
Bellevue, Bellevue SquareSeptember 20th, Noon - 2 p.m.
Seattle, University VillageSeptember 13th, Noon - 2 p.m.
CANADA
Toronto, Yorkdale Shopping CentreSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Toronto, Sherway GardensSeptember 6th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Toronto, Pottery Barn Kids - Bloor St.September 13th, 10 a.m. - Noon
© 2008 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved.

Thanks for the tip, velveetah!

Target

If you shop Target online there is a lot of merchandise on clearance for 75% off. Most items count towards free shipping with minimum purchase of $50.00. If you go thru Ebates you can get an additional 4% back. If you don't have an Ebates account you can sign up here and get a $5.00 sign up bonus (by using the sign up link you are supporting this site, so thanks!).

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Stonyfield Farms


Stonyfield Farms has a really cute website. If you give them an e-mail address you can print out a bunch of different coupons that are redeemable for 10 days after download. Click here to see the offer.

TJ MAXX


I went back to TJ Maxx, and there wasn't much left that was yellow tag clearance. However, my store must have put out a few new things because I got three great deals that weren't there last time.

First was a Stone Mountain handbag. If you've been here before you may have read about my desire to get my Christmas shopping done early and this is a great start. The bag was originally $80.00, but I got it for the bargain price of $7.00 - a great gift for one of my Aunts. We can never have enough bathing suits with how my kids swim, so this 2 piece Speedo that was originally $40.00 was a steal at $3.00. Finally, I got a really cute shirt for one of my girls. It was $3.00, down from $16.00, and will be great for parties and picture day. This shopping trip wasn't as great as my day at Kohl's, but productive none the less.

Oh, I forgot...

I forgot to mention that Albertsons was great about taking coupons! They were very nice and didn't question every coupon or make me feel like a criminal. I didn't have any Internet coupons, but the lady in line ahead of me did, and had no problems. They get major points for their customer service.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Albertsons


Yes, Publix, I strayed. Frankly, with deals like I got today, I will probably stray again. I posted on Wednesday that you should get a newspaper with the fliers, and I hope you listened! Albertsons isn't where I usually shop, it's a little out of the way, but they had good deals this weekend so I thought I'd give it a shot. Here's what I got:

2 - KRAFT MAC & CHEESE $ .77 EACH
2 - DOZEN EGGS $ 1.00 EACH
ALBERTSONS FROZEN PEAS $ .77
2 - ALBERTSONS FROZEN CORN $ .77
BREAD $ .97
HOT DOG BUNS $ .79
DOVE ICE CREAM $2.44
4 - 12 PACKS COKE (VARIETY) $3.89 EACH
SMUCKERS JELLY $1.00
4 - TOMBSTONE PIZZAS $3.99 EACH
BREYERS ICE CREAM $2.44
2 - SOUTH BEACH PIZZA $2.00 EACH
4 - PURE NUTRITION BARS $1.00 EACH
2 - HORMEL BACON BOGO $4.99
2 - OSCAR MEYER FRANKS BOGO $4.39
RED GRAPES 2.28LBS. $2.23
ROMA TOMATOES .57LBS. $1.13
PEACHES 1.64LBS. $1.44
3 - MUSHROOM PACKS BUY 1 GET 2 $3.99
VIRGINIA BAKED HAM $4.39
KAISER ROLLS $1.00
HORMEL LITTLE SIZZLE SAUSAGE $2.99 (not pictured due to little helpers moving faster then I realized)

Once the cashier totaled me, the register took off $6.08 for the tombstone pizza deal (buy 4 for $9.98) and $6.68 off for the Coke deal (buy 4 for $8.88). You must buy 4 - no more no less - for those deals to work. Then I used the coupons from the flier in Wednesday's paper (the really good coupons were not available at the store, I asked). The coupons were:
  1. Buy one bacon get another bacon and the sausage free
  2. Buy 1 portabella 2pk get 2 free
  3. $5.00 off $50.00 purchase.

My manufacturer coupons were $1.50 off 2 pure bars (I had 2 coupons so they were $ .25 each), $1.00 off South Beach Pizza ( I used 2 of those so the pizza's were $1.00 each and I got $1.00 back for my next purchase). I had $1.00 off the Dove ice cream, making it $1.88 and $ .55 off the Hormel.

My total was $52.68 for over $133.63 worth of groceries. I saved 80.95!!
They also have a great deal going on for short ribs of buy 1 get 2 free. They average around $17.00 each and you pay the highest price and get the other 2 free. This would have been a budget breaker for us so I passed.

How I'll use it (ingredients not bought today are posted in previous shopping trips):
  • The pizza I'll combine with a salad for a quick dinner on gymnastic nights. That's 4 separate meals right there.
  • We'll have breakfast for dinner with the eggs and bacon (can do this twice).
  • I'll use frozen chicken and the mushrooms, with a little spinach thrown in, over pasta. I make it in a brown gravy and the kids love it.
  • Hot dogs and Mac & cheese with corn ( I'll freeze one pack of hot dogs and can make the same meal again a different time).

Start CVSing

I've had quite a few people ask me how to get started on CVS, what's the best way. Here are some easy ways to get you started this weekend. First sign up for your Extra Care Card at CVS. Carry this with you at all times. Scan it when you walk into the store at the price checker, coupons will print out of the side of it (if you don't coupons may print out at the register, but they aren't always the same).
Out of pocket, better known as OOP, is the amount of money you actually spend on each transaction. The goal is to have very little OOP and to get back as many Extra Care Bucks, ECBs, as you can. When starting out you can pay for each item or a few items at a time, usually referred to as a scenario. This can be a little daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's not so bad.
CVS has two fliers out at all times. One is their weekly flier and one is their monthly one. It's very frustrating following some scenarios when you first start because you don't have the coupons that you need. You haven't started to collect them yet. It may take a few months to get on track, but once you do you'll get even better bargains.
For August the only deal we are going to talk about is the one for Children's or infant's Advil (grab a monthly book and weekly flier on your way in the store). In my area they still had the Advil on the shelf, but you will find that the good deals do go fast. The price with your CVS Card (ALWAYS hand your card to the cashier first or it will be much harder to check your transaction) is $5.79 click here to get a $1.00 off coupon. You can hit the back button on your browser to get a second coupon to print. This deal says limit one, but it really is limit 2.
To have the smallest OOP pay for 1 Advil first.
$5.79 -$1.00 coupon = $4.49 OOP. You will get back $5.79 in ECBs. You did it!! On your first transaction, CVS paid you $1.00 to take home Children's Advil. Pretty easy right? Now you'd think you could just do the same with the second bottle, but that won't work. You now have too many ECBs to do that and you would lose money. So here are your options.

1. If you go Friday or Saturday get the Zipfizz energy mix. The cost is $5.99 and you get $5.99 back in ECBs. The limit is 2, so get 2. You can pay for 1 zipfizz & use your $5.79 in ECBs and have a low OOP, $ .20. Then do it again and use the $5.99 you just got and the 2nd zipfizz will be free. Now you have $5.99 in ECBs. Get a box of Playtex gentle glide tampons and pay for that and the 2nd bottle of Children's Advil. That will be $4.79 + $4.99 = $9.78. If you happen to have the Playtex coupon use it and your total will be even less. Now use your $5.99 ECB. $9.78-$5.99 = $3.79 (+ tax). You will get $5.79 for the Advil and $3.00 for the Playtex in ECBs.
So for ($4.49 + $3.79 + $ .20) $8.48 (+tax) you got:
Children's Advil
Children's Advil
Zipfizz drink mix
Zipfizz drink mix
Playtex tampons
and $8.79 in ECBs for next week.

2. If you go Sunday get the Cover Girl wet slicks. If you get the paper there should be a $1.00 off coupon, so based on that your transaction will be $5.99 -$1.00 = $4.99. Get the Colgate Total Advanced or Max Fresh for $2.99 (if you have a coupon for this use it for a better deal).
So $4.99 + $2.99 = $7.98. Use $5.79 in ECBs and pay $2.19 (+tax) OOP. You'll get $5.99 + $2.00 in ECBs. Now pay for your 2nd Advil (don't forget your coupon) and another toothpaste. $4.79 + $2.99 = $7.78. Use your $5.99 ECB. $7.78 - $5.99 = $1.79 (+tax). You'll get $5.79 + $2.00 in ECBs. I know I'm exhausted too, but here is what you got for $ 8.47 (+tax):
Children's Advil
Children's Advil
Cover Girl wet slicks
Colgate toothpaste
Colgate toothpaste
and $9.79 in ECBs for next week.
If they don't have the Advil just start with the weekly deal and go from there. If you have any questions e-mail me!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Disney Outlet


The Disney Outlet is having a great end of summer clearance. Beach towels starting at $2.99, boys & girls bathing suits as low as $5.99, PJ Pals as low as $3.99 and much more. They are offering $5.00 shipping on orders of $50.00 or more, use coupon code shipfor5. You can also check out some other coupon codes here & here, let me know if they work.

Kohl's


O.K., so I don't always practice what I preach (stay out of the stores so you are not tempted to spend money). When Kohl's has stuff on clearance, it is cheaper then buying at the consignment shops. Right now they have a lot of their summer stuff on clearance for 60%-90% off.
I went in looking for a little something to send one of my cousins who just had a boy, and hit the jackpot. I know they don't always have the same items in every store, but the amount of baby stuff (up to 4T) that they had on clearance at mine was amazing. Actually they had so much on clearance that I left without checking out most of the store, for fear of what I might discover. Here's what I got (what I paid followed by (retail value)):
Navy & red skort $1.50 ($15.00)
High School Musical shirt $3.60 ($18.00)
Union Bay shirt (adult) $2.40 ($24.00)
2 pair boys jumping beans shorts $2.40 ($12.00) each (1 gray/1 black)
2 pair Carter's pants $1.00 ($10.00) each (both blue)
Carter's 3 piece layette set - hat, outfit, blanket $4.00 (20.00)
3 piece swim set - swim shirt, tank top, swim trunks $2.60 ($26.00)

My total with tax was $22.26 for $147.00 worth of clothes. That is over $124.74 in savings, which averages to 85% off!
I asked my cashier if they had any promos right now and he said they have a pick a day coupon out. I haven't received mine yet (you have to sign up for a Kohl's card to be mailed these great coupons), but they said to just bring it in with my receipt and they will credit me the difference.
Just think of how much more I could save with that coupon...

Seventh Generation

If you use Seventh Generation products (a green company) click here for coupons.

Kmart coupon

The Coupon Mom has a great new forum, it's just starting out but I found this coupon for Kmart - $5.00 off $50.00 click here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Babies R Us Coupons

Could anyone use Babies R Us/Toys R Us coupons for baby stuff? Go here for some great printable ones. I also have some from a mailer they sent me that are valid until 9/18, if anyone wants them let me know.

Thanks, ddeals!

$25 CVS Card Giveaway

Head on over to The Savin' Mavin's site to enter to win a $25 CVS gift card. Just leave a comment on her post and you're entered (all entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. August 29th, 2008.).
Good Luck!! Thanks to The Coupon Game for sharing this great giveaway!

Albertsons

If you shop at Albertsons grocery store get today's newspaper for the flier. They are having a great Labor Day sale, but some deals are only good for 3 days (Aug. 29, 30 & 31). Here's the best stuff I see, but I just checked it quickly.

All types of ice cream (Breyers, Dove, Klondike - over 143 items to choose from) 2 for $4.88
4 - 12 packs Coke $8.88
St. Louis style ribs Buy one get two free (need coupon from flier)
Tombstone Pizza 4 for $9.88
Peaches $ .88lb.
Grapes $ .98lb.
South Beach living pizza 5 for $10.00 (there were $1.00 off coupons in the paper a few weeks back).
Whole portabella mushrooms Buy one get two free (need coupon from flier).
Lay's chips BOGO
Oscar Meyer hot dogs BOGO
Kraft Cheese BOGO
A bunch of meat sales and BOGOs

There is a $5.00 off $50.00 purchase coupon as well.

Walmart community

I was e-mailed this link and thought you might be interested (I'm guessing it came from here). I filled it out and we'll see what happens, I can always us a gift certificate. Here's what it says:

Wal-Mart has created an online community of curious, active, and informed consumers who are willing to serve as "consultants" to by sharing their perspectives and opinions with Wal-Mart. If you are selected to join this community, we ask that you log in and contribute your thoughts (via surveys, bulletin boards, etc.) an average of 5-15 minutes per week at whatever time is convenient for you. In addition to providing your feedback and building relationships with other members, you will receive Wal-Mart gift certificates in exchange for your participation.

As of a few minutes ago it was still working, click here to give it a try.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

IKEA

IKEA is offering free breakfast this weekend. The offer runs from August 30-September 1 and is valid for 1 free small breakfast (99 cents value) and one cup of coffee (99 cents value).
**Not valid in Houston, Long island, Pittsburgh or Seattle. **
Check it out
here.

Thanks to
WarehouseWendy for the tip!

My Favorite Things

This week my favorite thing is my treadmill. It's an old hand me down from my in-laws, but it works great. I've had it for a while, but my hubby just put it out on the back deck for me.



It's a great spot for it, I can watch the kids swim or watch TV. I'm more motivated to use it too, since I'm outside watching the kids anyway. I feel guilty just sitting there and hop on. I can even finish my workout and walk right into the pool (yes, I did it Sunday, it felt great!). Go visit Sarah to see some other favorite things.

Origins Skin Care Free Sample




Now thru 9/3/2008 you can get a free sample kit from Origins. You can get one by visiting their Retail or Department stores (you'll be given a 2 minute consultation). You can choose the kit you want, while supplies last. To get it online you must make a purchase (they do have free shipping).

39 dollar experiment

I found this really cute site that made me laugh so I thought I'd share it. Many of you have probably seen it since its a few years old. It's about a guy that sent 100 letters to 100 companies asking for freebies, and he posts the replies and stuff he received. Check it out here.

Another Purina coupon

You can go to Tree Hugging Cats to get a Free Coupon (up to $6.99) on one (1) 13.2 lb bag of Purina® Yesterday's News® brand Moisture Locking Paper Pellets, any variety.
You just register and complete the short questionnaire.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Great coupon from Purina

You can download a $4.00 coupon from Purina for cat or dog food here. Plus once you redeem your coupon, Purina donates $1.00 worth of Purina® brand pet food coupons to a participating animal welfare organization that you get to choose. You should be able to print the coupon twice by using your back browser button.

Thanks for the tip, Cathy!!

Publix


What a great day at Publix! Coupons and blogging have allowed me to meet so many people! I was shopping with my coupon book out and a really sweet girl started a conversation with me about it. She just started using coupons, but gave me the best tip - my Publix is now accepting competitor coupons! I'm so grateful that she stopped to talk to me, otherwise I never would have known about it and would have missed out on some great deals (I'll go see Sarah at fiddledeedeeblog, she knows all about using competitor coupons).
I think this was my best trip yet in terms of what I saved. I listed the price I paid, then in ( ) are the coupons I used and the final price.

Mott's Apple Juice BOGO $2.89 (used $1 off 2 - final cost $ .95 each)
Mott's Apple Juice
Mott's Apple Juice BOGO $2.89 (used $1 off 2 - final cost $ .95 each)
Mott's Apple Juice
Ken's Marinade BOGO $2.79 (used 2 $1 off - final cost $ .39 each)
Ken's Marinade
Ken's Marinade BOGO $2.79 (used 2 $1 off - final cost $ .39 each)
Ken's Marinade
Cheese it's BOGO $4.19 (used $1 off 2 - final cost $1.60 each)
Cheese it's
V8 Splash juice BOGO$2.99 (used $1 off 2 - final cost $1.00 each)
V8 Splash juice
Hillshire Farms deli ham - sale 2 for $6.00 (used $1 off 2 publix coupon - final cost $2.50 each)
Hillshire Farms deli turkey
Duncan Hines cake mix BOGO $1.97 (used $1 off 2 - final cost $.48 each)
Duncan Hines cake mix
Smart Balance butter - sale $2.99 ($1 off 1 & publix coup for $1 off 1 - final cost $.99)
Ken's dressing BOGO $2.97 ($1 off 2 - final cost $.98 each)
Ken's dressing

Plus I had $5.00 off my Publix order of $30.00, which was mailed to me.
My total was $14.67 for $63.73 worth of products. I saved $49.06 ( 77 %)!

Sam's Club

Cheese Mozzarella 5 lbs. $12.84
Gallon of milk $3.52
3 cans Contadina Tomatoes - 6lbs, 9 oz each $2.08 ($6.24 total)
2 lbs. cheddar cheese $5.88
12 jumbo rolls paper towels $13.37
Large chop meat $9.46
Large chop meat $9.93

Grand total $61.24


  • 3 cans of tomatoes (along with a few other ingredients) will allow me to make 3 huge batches of sauce.
  • I took some of the meat and put it aside (then made a huge batch of meatballs from it!).
  • I divided the remaining meat into 4 bags and froze them, each big enough to be the big part of a meal for the 5 of us. For instance, a batch of Sloppy Joe's (or sloppy Joe DiMaggio's one of Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals), tacos or burgers.
  • The milk will last the week.
  • The paper towels should last 3-4 weeks, hopefully more as I've been using washable rags/towels whenever possible.
  • I know, I bought a lot of cheese. But there is a method to my madness. Five pounds of part skim milk shredded mozzarella cost me $12.84. I'm usually paying about $4.89 for 16 oz., but if I buy bulk it's only $2.57 for 16 oz. I figured I could freeze it and it would last longer. They do it on frozen pizza so why not? So I did it. I tried one medium sized batch and it worked!! I will save a ton of money on cheese this way, I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner. Next I'll try shredding the cheddar and freezing it. My expectations are not as high, but I'm hopeful.

A fun weekend



I love being off on the weekends and will never work a job that requires weekends again! The kids and I made banana bread and brownies, and it was so much fun, not to mention delicious! We were able to swim, have play dates, do arts & crafts and my husband was free to get some projects done. It was a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Publix Coupon Policy

Here is the e-mail (slightly edited & made easier to read) that Publix sent me regarding their coupon policy. There is also contact information if you want to get in touch with them.

Subject:
RE: Publix Shopping Experience: Concern
Date: Monday, August 11, 2008 9:22:10 AM


Thank you for your email. We appreciate our customers taking the time to contact us. We would like to make sure that the problem you experienced is address at your store, but unfortunately you did not include which store this happened at. I will include the current coupon policies, however we would appreciate it if you could call or email us with the store information and your phone number so that the store manager may address the issue and contact you personally. You will not be able to reply to this email, so you would need to start a new email to us. Below is the coupon information you are looking for:

We will always comply with all rules and regulations that are printed on a coupon.


***If a product is on a Buy One and Get One Free promotion you can use one manufacturer's coupon on each item.


If a product is purchased with a Buy One and Get One Free manufacturer coupon no other manufacturer's coupon can be used on the same item.


There is a limit of one Manufacturer's coupon and one Publix coupon per item if no limit is mentioned.


Publix will accept "cents off" Internet Coupons.


We will not accept "free product" Internet coupons.


We also reserve the right to reject any Internet coupon that does not appear to be legitimate or does not scan properly.


Internet coupons valued over $5.00 should be approved by a Manager or Customer Service Team Leader.


Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. If we can be of any further assistance regarding this matter, please either call our Consumer Relations toll-free number at 1-800-242-1227, write us at the Publix Super Markets Corporate Office, PO Box 407, Lakeland, FL 33802, ATTN: Consumer Relations, or contact us at our website, publix.com and mention your reference number, # xxxxxx.


Sincerely,



Leslie Spencer

CVS


I should have divided this up into 2 orders, but I was in a rush, the line was long, and I had to switch my expiring ECB's for new ones. I bit the bullet and paid all together. On the bright side I earned a nice amount of ECB's so I won't have much out of pocket next time.

2 Children's Advil $5.79 each
1 CVS flossers $2.49
2 Revlon mineral lip gloss BOGO $8.99
2 Pepsi's $1.00 each
1 Pepsi (small) $free$
2 CVS toddler wipes $1.49 each
1 4pk AAA energizer camera batteries $1.45 (clearance, was $5.79)
1 flashlight $.87 (clearance, was $3.49)
2 Zipfizz drink mixes $5.99 each
1 CVS hand soap $.79


Coupons used-
$1.00 off Energizer
$2.00 off Revlon (in the paper coupons today)
$2.00 off Revlon (in the paper coupons today)
$2.00 off 10$ CVS (printed out of price check printer at store)
$3.00 off $15 (e-mailed to me from CVS)


$20.50 in ECB's used.

Total out of pocket $12.63 for $61.86 worth of products.
I also got $23.56 back in ECB's.

Now I'm going to Money Saving Mom to check out what deals I missed!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Puff's tissues

I found my Puff's $ .50 coupons (I know, you saw my coupon book, how could I misplace them? Well, somehow I filed it under toilet paper instead of tissues, so if you know you have a coupon keep looking!). I took my 2 boxes of Puff's tissues back to CVS and re-bought them. Instead of $ .88 each they cost me $ .30 each. Hey a dollar is a dollar and I was driving right by the store anyway.

Friday, August 22, 2008

My experience with money - part one

I ended up writing way more then one post should have, so I split it up and called this part one...

We had some beautiful weather the other afternoon, cool and breezy from the aftermath of Fay. While the kids played nearby, I was able to have a great chat with one of my girlfriends and it brought a lot of things to light. So many everyday people are suffering in this economy, I personally know quite a few that are losing their homes or just walking away from them. The ones that are not losing their homes are trying to make ends meet or stuck in the rat race trying to keep up with everyone else.

One of the reasons we chose to pick up and move a few years ago was to simplify our lives. My husband and I both had great jobs and made quite a bit of money. I only worked two short days and had family to watch the kids, but my hubby was never home and was missing out on so much, especially where our children were concerned. We saw how all our friends were buying homes that were sucking the money and life out of them and we decided we didn't want to live like that.

When we moved we had my parents near us and my in-laws about three hours away, but other then a few scattered relatives that was it. We somehow mustered the courage and took a leap of faith and made the move. It was really tough to leave that life and our friends and family, but it's been the best thing for us. It took about a year to get really comfortable and feel like this was home, there are so many things that you have to change that you don't even think about. New doctors, dentists, schools, library, stores, insurance, auto shops, the list goes on and on. But we've made lots of wonderful friends and now have more family around us and it's really been a blessing. Most important for us, we are out of the rat race and have a lot of time together.

Now about the money. When we sold our house in NJ we took the money we made and put most of it into savings. My husband took a huge pay cut when we moved and it was a big adjustment. It was also very hard not to touch our savings at first, but thankfully we managed. My best advice is to weather it with baby steps and cut back a little at a time. Whether you have to cut back, want to get out of debt or just want to start saving you can use the same methods, you may just have to take your steps a little faster depending on your finances. I don't know if I could live as frugally as some do. Well that's probably not true, we could live more frugally we just choose not to when it comes to certain things. We have been very blessed and we never take that for granted, but we do spend some money on things we enjoy.

I'm off track again, about the money. If you want to start saving, start small - clip a few coupons, cut back on eating out, buy things on sale. Try something a week at a time and you'll see how fast it becomes your normal way to do things. We used to eat out all the time, now it's only occasionally and we don't miss it. It's our normal now, and the money we save is amazing. I used to buy whatever we felt like eating or what I wanted to cook that week, now I shop by sales fliers and coupons. We had the top cable package, now we have regular and I couldn't even tell you what we used to watch on those expensive channels (although my husband will quickly tell you it was the sports channels). I would go out to the stores all the time just to shop and then spend money on things we really didn't need. Now I shop for things that we need and get them on sale whenever possible. Another bit of advice, stay away from the stores as much as possible, if you are not in them you won't be tempted to buy things. Also try to avoid buying things just because it's a great deal, when I was starting out that was a big mistake I would make. I would find something that was an amazing bargain and buy it, only to realize later that I never really needed it (my husband and I have had some really good laughs from showing him some of my "amazing bargains").

Keep track of what you spend and what you are saving. When you see what you are doing with your money it's very motivating and empowering. Once you get into the mindset to save it becomes a challenge and you want to save more.

Run to T.J. Maxx


This is why I will never be able to follow an extremely strict budget, I've got to have a little room to groove on days like today. I will try not to hyperventilate while I fill you in on all the bargains I got at T.J. Maxx.

Superstar spa kit - bubble bath, bath gel & shimmer lotions in a nice box $1.00 (reg. $19.99)
(I bought 2)
Speedo girls bathing suit $4.00 (reg. $40.00)
Body Glove bathing suit 2 pc. $3.00 (reg. $25.00)
Capelli NY boys flip-flops $1.00 (reg. $7.00)
Girls fancy flip-flops $2.00 (reg. $10.00) (tag was off so I don't know what brand)
Adidas girls socks 3 pair $1.00 (reg. $8.00)
Poof 3/4 sleeve shirt $2.00 (reg. $14.00)
(I bought 1 pink, 1 gray)
Periscope girl shirt $3.00 (reg. $16.00) (2 shirts in one that can be worn separately).


My grand total was $21.30 and I took home at least $174.00 (before tax) worth of stuff. I only stopped in because I had 20 minutes before I had to pick up the kids, so I didn't even have time to really shop. Imagine what I could have saved if I had another hour to look around:)

Check out other great savings at Super Savings Saturday over at Money Saving Mom!

How long do balloons last?


This is the ceiling in our living room. We took these balloons home from the open house at school LAST Friday and the kids promptly let go of them. We were able to recover them a few times thanks to tall friends and long strings, but the kids somehow managed to break the strings and now they are stuck. These are not the only balloons either. We have 2 in the girls room without any string at all, and one that seems to roam the house at will. Our ceilings are pretty high so we would have to lug out the ladder to reach said balloons, a project I rejected undertaking since they were just balloons and wouldn't last long. Well it is 8 days later and the only thing they have done is shifted position when the air conditioning kicks on. I wonder how long they will last...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Kmart

Kmart has free shipping plus an additional 10% off almost everything, including clearance. Use code kshipand108 in your cart or at checkout. You can also get 2% cash back at ebates or 3% cash back at fatwallet, where I found this hot deal.

THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING!

The holiday season is right around the corner, are you preparing? We are almost done with August, and November will be here before you know it. I am so tired of the holidays flying by that I am determined to be organized and really enjoy it this year.

Getting back into the routine of school will make the rest of August fly by, so I need to take advantage of September - it may be my best chance to get stuff done! Once October comes we'll be loaded with things to do at/for school and my sister-in-law is having her wedding on Halloween (so family and friends will be flying in and we will spend a few days visiting with everyone as well). My girls both have November birthdays so we'll have parties to worry about, then right into Thanksgiving (and now we have to make up 2 days at school because of tropical storm Fay!). Once Thanksgiving is done we have a ton of things going on (school functions, parades, charity work, holiday parties, etc...). Not to mention cooking & decorating! Then BAM, it's Christmas.

I have already started some Christmas shopping. We do go a little overboard, but can only do so because I take advantage of great deals all year long (then hide them from the kids). I do have a little envelope for Christmas shopping that I put money in, a little every week. Once it's gone that's it, so I do try to get the best deals ( I rarely sleep on Thanksgiving night in anticipation of Black Friday sales!). Does anyone else start holiday stuff this early? Any tips on making time slow down?

Quaker club


While looking for coupons I came across this offer from Quaker. The offer says that if you join the Mom's club you can receive products and discounts, so I'll give it a try. You can check it out here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Check this out



How do you like the new signatures? I'm not sure if I'm going to use them, but I thought it was fun to do and it was free. Which looks better? There was a ton of different things to choose from. I'm probably way behind everyone else, but I'm still excited when I do something new. I found it at my live signature if you want to check it out (or you can click on the signatures).

Hard Candy Makeup SALE!!!

They are having 75% off everything at Hard Candy Cosmetics and free shipping on orders over $60! If you use this makeup it's a great deal (if only bare minerals would have a sale like this, I could spend $60 in a heartbeat).

Thanks to fatwallet hot deals for the information!

Expired coupon?

I just got the mail and was excited to find a little booklet from Publix. I went right to the back to see if there was a coupon and yes - a $5 off $30 goldmine!! This is the 3rd one they have sent to us in about 3 months. I ripped it right out and as I was cutting it down to size I noticed the expiration date is TODAY! I am so disappointed. Does anyone know if Publix will still honor the coupon after the date? My stomach turns when I think of contacting them.

No School, again!

This is the worst way to start a school year! The kids went back Monday, had a great day, then tropical storm Fay decided to come our way and school was cancelled Tuesday. We had lots of rain and some wind, but that's about it where we are. We got the phone call last night that school would re-open today, yeah!! So we did all the stuff we do to get ready for school, put the kids to bed and thought all was right in our world. Then about 10:00p.m. we got a call that they reversed the decision and there would be no school. My kids were so disappointed when they woke up. Now we lose the day before Thanksgiving and the first day of Christmas vacation. So we'll try to get some projects done around the house and maybe do some baking.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Gymboree

If you like to shop at Gymboree they are having a sale now of up to 40% off. They also just issued a coupon code for an extra 30% off your entire purchase. You can use the online code GYMFRIEND at checkout. You can print out a 30% off coupon to bring in the store as well (email me if you want it). I haven't come across any free shipping coupons, but the website offers $6.50 shipping on any order.

My favorite things

Did a week really fly by already? Check out fiddledeedee for her favorite things post and a lot of other great posts! This week it was a lot easier to pick out my favorite thing, in fact I had to decide between a few! I'm going to pick my new crock pot that I got this morning. My parents gave it to us for our anniversary (yes it's pretty much for me, but my mom knew I'd been wanting one and my hubby doesn't mind). I've already started to scour the Internet for crock pot specific recipes. A bunch of my friends swear by them so I'm really excited to try it. If you have any good recipes you would like to share I'd love to hear them.

Publix shopping trip

Check out this post to see my shopping list and more links to coupons (I had one coupon for each item purchased on BOGOs). Check out fiddledeedee to find other great Publix shopping bargains.





Kellogg's frosted mini wheat's BOGO $3.99 (after coupons about $.99 each)
Kellogg's frosted mini wheat's
Nature's own white wheat bread $2.09 (after coup. $1.59)
Nature's own white wheat bread $2.09 (after coup. $1.59)
Keebler cookies BOGO $3.99 (after coup. abt. $.99 each)
Keebler cookies
Vlasic pickles BOGO $2.79 (abt. $.40 each after coups)
Vlasic pickles
Banquet sausage $1.00
Banquet sausage $1.00
Banquet sausage $1.00
Del Monte fruit chillers BOGO $2.49 (abt. $.25 each after coupons)
Del Monte fruit chillers
South Beach drink mix BOGO $3.99 (abt. $.99 each after coups)
South Beach drink mix
Kozy shack BOGO $2.99 (abt. $.50 each after coups)
Kozy shack
Milk $3.79
Lenders bagels BOGO $1.99 ($1.00 each)
Lenders bagels
Weber grill seasoning $1.50 ($.50 after coupon)
Weber grill seasoning $1.50 ($.50 after coupons)
Edwards pie slice BOGO $2.69 ($.85 each after coupons)
Edwards pie slice
green beans $1.73
Perdue short cuts $3.00 ($2.00 after coupon)
Perdue short cuts $3.00 ($2.00 after coupon)
deli ham 1 & 1/2 lbs $5.57
deli bologna 1/2 lb $1.79
Goldfish $1.50
Goldfish $1.50
Luigi Italian ice BOGO $3.19 ($1.22 each after coupon)
Luigi Italian ice
Luigi Italian ice BOGO $3.19 ($1.22 each after coupon)
My total was $47.08 for over $107.51 worth of groceries!

OfficeMax


This was my best bargain of the day. The double jumbo glue sticks I had to buy for my son for school. That alone was $2.09, which was still really cheap. Everywhere else they were about $1.89 for 1! So if you take that out of the equation my shopping trip looked like this:


24 Crayola crayons $.20

24 Crayola crayons $.20

yellow pencils 12 ct $.10

yellow pencils 12 ct $.10

Elmer's glue $.01

Elmer's glue $.01

Elmer's glue $.01


My total was $.63 + $.04 tax = $.67

Sam's Club


Pure life water 30 count $3.88
Orange juice gallon $3.08
bananas $1.32
grapes $4.87
10 lbs potatoes $5.74
18 ct eggs $1.88
18 ct eggs $1.88
cinnamon rolls $4.72
5 lbs vidalia onions $3.88
My total $31.25. It's really too bad Sam's doesn't accept coupons, I could get such good deals then! Except the fruit, everything will last about 2 weeks. The cinnamon rolls are for breakfast on days that we are running late and the kids can just grab them & go so they can last even longer.

Walmart


Canola oil $2.68

Kosher Salt $ 1.57

Tuna $1.24

Jiffy Banana $.52

Jiffy Banana $.52

Fruit Punch $1.00

Fruit Punch $1.00

Scott toilet paper $1.98 after coupon


$10.52 total, the Tropicana fruit punch was the only real bargain. I am hoping to start to bake and cook more so I did need the oil & salt, but they will both last a long time.

Crazy Day



Yesterday was such a crazy day. The kids had their first day of school (which went great, all three love their teachers and classes!) so I got them ready and saw them off (my hubby takes them as he drives past their school on his way to work). Then I got ready to go out and enjoy some leisurely bargain shopping, but that was not to be. There is a tropical storm, Fay that was/is threatening our area, so the stores were packed with people rushing to be prepared. I did get my shopping done, but it was crowded and their were lines so it took way longer then usual and I'm sure I missed out on some deals. I'll post everything separate just in case we lose power (it's just rainy and a little windy here, but sometimes they turn off the power sporadically). First up CVS...


I've been a little disappointed in the deals at CVS lately, I burned thru some ECB's and didn't get many back.
Puffs $.88
Puffs $.88
Crest toothpaste $1.99
Crest toothpaste $1.99
Oral-B toothbrush $1.99
Oral-B toothbrush $1.99
Crayols large crayons $2.61
Sunsilk BOGO $4.29
Sunsilk
Sunsilk BOGO $4.29
Sunsilk

After ECB's I spent $1.94, but only received $4.00 in ECB's back.

After coupons & ECB's toothpaste and toothbrushes were $ .49 each.
The sunsilk was about $ .65 each. I had to splurge on the large crayons & tissues for school, but CVS had the best price.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I'm not a failure if I get someone else to help me out with the header am I? I just spent the past few hours trying to figure it out and it's not going so well. Maybe I should stick to finding bargains!
Well this is the new 3 column layout. I know it's simple, but I really like it & I hope you do too. I'm still trying to figure out the header, but I hope to have that finished soon. I was able to get a lot of good information and tips from blogger-tips and bloggerbuster. If you are new to blogging I really recommend checking out these blogs, they taught me so much.

I've been slacking off a tiny bit on my shopping and saving, but that will change tomorrow. The kids start school and I'll have the whole morning to shop and find great deals. I'll let you know about all of them. This week I'm also going to be checking out some new stores that I don't usually visit, so I'll keep you posted!

Friday, August 15, 2008

New Look

I haven't been blogging for very long, but I have so many ideas that I want to share with you all. I have learned so much about blogging it's amazing. Right now I'm working on a 3 column blog that will have a different look then what's here now. I've even been writing my own html (under the careful guidance of much wiser bloggers, I will happily share all the information I'm accumulating once I'm done). It's really been a great experience! The kids will be back to school Monday so I'm hoping to have the new look (and some new ideas) up and running soon. Stay tuned!

Coupon Binder


KingdomFirstMom is having a coupon binder show and tell so I thought it would be fun to share mine. I have each slot where the coupons go labeled so I know exactly what coupon is there.


Then I have sheets labeled with the store name and I put the coupons in there as I'm organizing my shopping for the week.



Once I'm done I attach the coupons for that shopping trip together with a clip and I'm off. If I find a deal in the store that I haven't pulled a coupon for I can easily find it. I just bought some tab dividers that will help me find things even easier. I will admit it doesn't fit great into the front of the grocery cart, and I am considering the move to a coupon box. Has anyone used both? Which do you prefer? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Children's Place Sale

The Children's Place is having a great sale on Amazon. There are baseball caps for .19 so get there fast, the prices are amazing and I doubt they'll last long. I didn't check what the shipping prices are so be careful they don't get you on that. They are also having a sale at The Children's Place and there are lots of coupon codes to try there.

Don't throw away the Pennysaver too fast

Did you know that the Pennysaver has coupon inserts? The same ones as in the Sunday paper. I usually throw it right in the recycle bin, but I've been reading it the last few weeks and discovered the coupons. I just got one today and wanted to mention it in case you didn't know.

This weeks Publix deals

So far these are the best deals I can see, let me know if you have any good ones. I was able to print 2 coupons for each offer.

Frosted Mini-Wheats BOGO click here for coupon.
Perdue short cuts BOGO click here for coupon.
Vlasic sandwich stacker BOGO click here for $1.00 off coupon.
South Beach Living drink mix BOGO $1.00 coupon (from newspaper insert).
Keebler deluxe cookies BOGO $1.00 off 2 (from newspaper insert).
Natures Own bread BOGO $ .55 coupon from smart summertime savings book at Publix.
Kozy shack pudding BOGO click here for coupon (I put Jello as most bought & got $1.00 off).
Luigi's Italian Ice BOGO $ .75 off 2 (from newspaper insert).
Edwards Pie/cheesecake slices BOGO $1.00 off 2 (newspaper insert).

I'll post my actual trip once I go. Happy Shopping.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Stocked for school


What a difference it makes to shop when things are on sale! I made a stop at staples today, almost everything was still in stock from Sundays flyer. The best deal was the Expo fine dry erase markers. They were supposed to be 3 for $ .99, but when in the store they were actually 4 to a pack! So I was able to get 8 dry erase markers for$ 1.98, which is less then it would cost for 2.
Other great deals were
10 ct crayola markers $ .79 each
Paper mate grip pencils $ .25 each
wide ruled filler paper $ .09 each
Staples copy paper $1.99
Elmer's glue $FREE$
My Staples also had a table in the back with clearance items and I got really nice blank note cards with envelopes (20 to a pack) for $1.50. My whole stash was $ 8.52 with tax.

OfficeMax Coupon

My cashier put a coupon into my bag when I checked out Monday at OfficeMax. I had put it to the side with some other coupons and just read it. It is actually 2 coupons, one is $10.00 off $25.00 on in-store purchase of OfficeMax brand products. The other is $10.00 off $20.00 on in-store purchase of ink or toner cartridges (any brand). It is valid until 9/12/08. I hope I can get a few more next time I go, I need ink for my printer so that should be a good deal.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My favorite things

My favorite thing this week is Crest whitening expressions tooth paste. I got a great deal on 3 of them at CVS ( I can't quite remember, but I think they were about .30 cents each) and really only bought them as fillers. It's a liquid gel, so it's much thinner then regular tooth paste, but leaves my teeth smooth and minty fresh! I only bought them because they were such a great buy so I was really surprised at how much I like it! Thanks fiddledeedeeblog for making me think happy thoughts this afternoon. It was hard for me to come up with a favorite thing at first, but now I can't wait until next week.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Target


Target didn't have a whole lot of great bargains this week, but they had a lot of new markdowns that I will be keeping my eye on. I try to wait until the markdowns are 75% or more and most were 15-30% with an occasional 50% thrown in.


Red dot $1.00 items are 50% off so I did get a treat for my girls with high school musical post its and 2 pack kung fu panda folder. My son needed colored pencils (.88) and t-shirts ($4.79 for 6) for school. The champion shirt was only $3.74, the same shirt in different colors was almost $15.00. Then I bought 2 pairs of fancy flip flops for me and my Mom, $3.74 each. I'll put mine away and let my husband have the kids wrap them for a Christmas gift and I'll surprise my Mom this afternoon with hers.

Sam's Club


I know they don't take coupons, but my three kids are huge eaters and I find what I get there goes a long way. My total was $39.60. We'll have the chicken ($4.97) tonight with salad ($3.34), then I'll make soup out of the leftovers. The chop meat ($10.55 & is chuck) will be enough for 3 meals, I'll section it off and freeze it until I'm ready to use it so we don't have it 3 days in a row and get sick of it. The huge container of smart balance ($4.52) will last a month. The grapes ($4.87) and bananas ($1.32) will be snacked on and will last almost the week. We will use the turkey($6.48 for 1 & 1/2 lbs) for sandwiches (2 loaves bread $3.22) & in salad for lunches and if there is any left over we'll have open hot turkey sandwich's & gravy.

Walmart


I did make a stop at Walmart because I wasn't sure how Publix was going to turn out. I discovered Cheese has really gone up in price. Thanks to Rachel Ray (I love watching her 30 minute meals and she had a great calzone recipe that I really want to try) I needed lots of cheese so that was a budget breaker this week. I will try to organize a whole shopping trip based on coupons to see how well I can do here because they really do have good prices on a lot of things.

My total was $23.24. I got ham & pepperoni, 2 loaves of french bread & smart balance butter blend. Also one large and one medium shredded cheese. The nice deals were Tropicana fruit punch for $1.00 and Blue Bunny ice cream that was $2.98 and I had $1.00 off each coupons. I'm glad that I am learning to cut and/or print every coupon, even when I don't think I'll use them. Those are the coupons I'm finding I use the most!

Office Max


The shopping route that I took today is a little loop. I'm really fortunate, there are quite a few stores that are close to each other so I'm not running all over wasting gas.

This was my least expensive stop of the day.
4 Wide ruled filler paper $ .15 each
3 wood rulers $.01 each

My grand total with tax was $ .67 !!

I'm so excited

I have so much to blog about that I'm not sure where to start! I got a response from Publix. It took almost a week but an e-mail was in my box when I got home today from shopping. Here is a portion of it:


Thank you for your email. We appreciate our customers taking the time to contact us. We would like to make sure that the problem you experienced is address at your store, but unfortunately you did not include which store this happened at. I will include the current coupon policies, however we would appreciate it if you could call or email us with the store information and your phone number so that the store manager may address the issue and contact you personally. You will not be able to reply to this email, so you would need to start a new email to us. Below is the coupon information you are looking for:


We will always comply with all rules and regulations that are printed on a coupon.

***If a product is on a Buy One and Get One Free promotion you can use one manufacturer's coupon on each item.

If a product is purchased with a Buy One and Get One Free manufacturer coupon no other manufacturer's coupon can be used on the same item.

There is a limit of one Manufacturer's coupon and one Publix coupon per item if no limit is mentioned.

Publix will accept "cents off" Internet Coupons.

We will not accept "free product" Internet coupons.

We also reserve the right to reject any Internet coupon that does not appear to be legitimate or does not scan properly.

Internet coupons valued over $5.00 should be approved by a Manager or Customer Service Team Leader.




O.K., me again. I did not include the store, clerk or manager information because even though I had such a bad experience I still did not feel it would be very Christian of me to get someone in trouble or worse, so I'll really have to think about what to do next. I do want the problem addressed at my Publix so I can shop there freely with out worrying about how my check out experience will be. Which brings me to this weeks Publix trip.




As I had not heard from Publix when I left this morning I brought a copy of the email I had (which states the same facts as the email I received today) and asked to speak to the Manager. I explained the situation and my problems from last week and at first he was agreeing with the Manager last week. Then I pulled out my e-mail (thanks again Kim B.!) and showed him the rules straight from corporate and his tune changed. He was very nice and I'd like to believe that he just didn't understand what I was asking, but I doubt that was the case. He told me to please go do my shopping and if the cashier had any issues with my coupons they would call him over. At that point I did feel very confident that there wouldn't be some issues at check out, but since he assured me I could use my coupons according to corporates email I did my shopping. And guess what happened - I had the nicest cashier who did not give me one bit of trouble. Go figure.
This weeks bargains
milk $3.79
Hershey bliss BOGO $3.99 (after $1.00 coup. for each they were about $ .99 each)
Hershey bliss
Lays chips BOGO $3.79
Lays chips
Old El Paso dinner kits BOGO $2.59 (after $1.00 off 2 coup. they were about $ .80 each)
Old El Paso
Old El Paso BOGO $2.59
Old El Paso
Old El Paso BOGO $2.59
Old El Paso
Nature Valley bars BOGO $2.89 (after .50 coup. for each they were about $ .95 each)
Nature Valley bars
Parmesan cheese $3.19
baby cut carrots BOGO $1.69
baby cut carrots
Yo plait yogurt 6 pk BOGO $2.79 (after $ .75 off 2 coup. they were $1.02 each)
Yo plait yogurt 6 pk
Betty Crocker fruit snacks BOGO $2.75 (after 2 $ .50 coup. they were about $ .87 each)
Betty Crocker fruit snacks
Polly-o ricotta $3.39
My total after tax was $29.05 for over $62.77 worth of groceries. Plus, I didn't even buy everything on sale.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

B-12 Deficiency Anemia

About two years ago I was feeling super tired, even more so then a hectic mom of three should. To make a long story short my nerves were constantly making my body tingle and numb, my heart started to not function normally, my skin and hair changed, I was forgetful and lightheaded, my eyes were weird and I was getting headaches all the time (among other things). I was fortunate to have a great Doctor who checked me for everything and discovered that my B-12 levels were extremely low (under 200). I've been getting shots regularly since I was diagnosed and although it took over a year to start to feel better I am pretty close to back to normal. I was in my early/mid 30's when I was first diagnosed and I've been told by many people that I was very lucky that my doctor even checked me for this. Unless you are a vegetarian or have had stomach surgery this is unusual for anyone under about 60. I have become quite knowledgeable over the past few years about this disorder so if I can be of any help let me know.

Publix

I've made a decision about my next move with Publix. I realize that I have wasted too much negative energy on them and it has to stop. Monday is my regular shopping day (for now, my schedule is about to change - but that's another post) so since Publix has yet to answer my e-mail I am going to print out the e-mail Kim B. forwarded to me and bring it in to the Manager. I will calmly explain the situation and make sure they will honor my coupons without any issues. If the answer is yes I will do my shopping, if not I can leave without a scene or any problems and take my business elsewhere. Sounds like a good plan right?

Kellogg's Rocks

If you did your shopping Sunday 8/3 or Monday 8/4 for the Kellogg's $10.00 rebate don't worry. I did the same thing (I can't believe how many silly mistakes I have been making, but I'm trying to do better). Kellogg's is being really great and honoring the date the rebate was introduced so we don't have to take everything back and start again. Here is part of the email they sent me:

Thank you for contacting us regarding Kellogg's® Fuel For School $10 Rebate offer. Since this offer was introduced on 08/03/2008, we will accept receipts with dates beginning 08/03/2008, even though the order form lists an official start date of 08/05/2008. Please send your completed rebate order in, and continue to enjoy our products. We are glad you took the time to contact us. Your interest in our products and promotions is appreciated.

Sincerely,
James Bailey
Consumer Affairs Department
Kellogg North America
PO Box CAMB
Battle Creek, MI 49016-1986

Kellogg's has now earned my loyalty. Not only were they gracious enough to accept my mistake, they got back to me right away and treated me like I was important. Don't companies realize that a little respect goes a long way? I'm still waiting for Publix to even acknowledge my email from late Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A few more bargins


We had gymnastics again today (we have a budding gymnast in the family so we spend a lot of time at the gym). I just wasn't in the mood to spend another few hours just sitting there. That sounds horrible I know, but in my defense I love seeing her practice and spend lots of time watching her. I drove a few minutes to a shopping center that I'd forgotten was so close. And was glad that I did.

There were a few stores, but the only interesting ones for me were Staples and Sears Essentials.
At Sears they had a bunch of clothes on clearance and an additional 40 to 50 % off, which is my favorite way to shop.
1 white and pink long sleeve Cheetah girls shirt $2.49 (original price $26.00)
1 blue long sleeve shirt with extra straps & glitter $2.49 (original price $26.00)
1 boys Henley shirt $2.09 (original price $14.00)
1 Disney princess nightgown $3.59 (original price $22.00)
1 Disney 2 piece pj set $4.79 (original price $28.00)
So I spent $16.46 for $116.00 worth of clothes ($123.54 after tax).
I'll put the Disney pj's and nightgown away for Christmas gifts. As I write that it sounds pretty cheap, but I'll also get them something that they really want off their list. Which I will no doubt have to pay full price for so it will even it out. So some great deals and a start on holiday shopping!
No picture for the Staples stuff, I have three children who are very excited to start school and started packing their backpacks the minute I came home. What I was most excited about was the fact that it is Wednesday and Staples was fully stocked with all the great deals of the week.

I purchased

2 packs of 12 pencils .79 each

2 pack of staples composition notebooks .50

2 pack of staples composition notebooks .50

2 pack of staples composition notebooks .50

2 packs of wide ruled paper .50 each

6 pack of wide ruled notebooks .30

6 pack of wide ruled notebooks .30

6 folders -2 pocket $free$


With tax my total was $4.99. As I checked out I was chit chatting with my cashier, who was so nice, helpful and respectful. When I was done he made me go back and get 10 more folders and rang them up for free also. You can get 10 free per checkout as long as you don't abuse it.
What a difference nice sales people and cashiers make. I would also bet that if he had to deny me a coupon he would have done it nicely and with respect. This won't be my last trip to Staples.