Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bargain Meal of the Week 4/30/09

It's time for another week of Bargain Meals! Erin over at $5 Dinners (a great read!) is hosting a gathering of bloggers all over the internet, creating frugal meals straight from the sales circulars of their favorite stores. Check it out for even more inspiration. I contribute every Thursday for the current sales at Publix, which run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday. Keep in mind that you do not need to purchase two of a product to get the buy one get one price. Publix marks down their products to half price for the BOGO deals.

Today's meal takes advantage of the following sales and should easily cost between $5 and $6:

  • Assorted Pork Chops $1.79 lb
  • Daisy or Breakstone Sour Cream, .99 or free with coupons
  • Yellow Corn .25¢ ea (if you purchase at least $5 in produce, use the Food Lion Q $1/$5)

Today's recipes sound really great and come with high ratings:

Sour Cream Pork Chops served with Sauteed Fresh Corn

Deals I Like This Week

Harris Teeter:

Harris Teeter's Triples started yesterday and run through 5/5. There are a ton of great deals to be had if they are in stock. Check out Southern Savers for coupon match-ups!


Target coupons can be printed from HERE.

Pringles, 1.59 each
-$1/2 MF Qs
-.50/1 Target Qs
Final Price: .59 each

3 Dr. Pepper 12 pack, on sale 3/$11
-3 $1/1 Target Qs
Final Price: 3/$8

Nabisco Snack Packs, 1.52 each
-$1/1 Target Qs
-$1/2 IP Qs (Nabisco Website)
Final Price: .02 each

V-8 Fusion, 2.99
-$2/1 IP Qs
Final Price: .99 each


Red Delicious or Fuji Apples (3-lb bag), $2.50
-$1/$5 Food Lion Q HERE
Final Price: Buy 2 for $4.00

Yellow Corn .25¢ ea

Kellogg’s Special K Cereal, Raisin Bran, or All-Bran, $3.99 BOGO
-$1 off any Kellogg’s Cereal (RP 4/05)
-$1.50/2 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran or All Bran printable

Final Price: .99 - 1.24 each

Northlands 100% Cranberry Juice or Naturals Plus 100% Juice Blend, 64 oz, $3.95 BOGO
-$1/2 Northlands Juice (SS 2/01) or printable
Final Price: $1.47 ea

Breakstone’s Sour Cream 8 oz, $.99 BOGO
-$1/2 Breakstone’s Sour Cream (SS 3/29)
-.55/1 Breakstone’s Sour Cream (SS 3/29)

Final Price: Free plus overage

Dannon Danimals Smoothie 6 pk or Dannon yogurt, 6-pk, $2.49 BOGO
-$1 off Dannon Danimals (SS 3/01)
-$1 off Dannon Dan-O-Nino (SS 3/01)
Final Price: .24¢ ea

Smart Balance Spread, at $2.79
-$1/2 Smart Balance Spreads printable or (RP 4/05)
Buy any Smart Balance Spread get Butter Blend Sticks FREE (RP 3/01)
Buy Spread get Smart Balance Milk Free (RP 3/08, regional)

**Deal Idea**
Buy: (2) Smart Balance Spreads
(2) Smart Balance Sticks
-$1/2 Spread
(2) B1G1 coupons
Total for 4 items: $1.79 or .44¢ ea

Daisy Sour Cream 8oz .99¢ ea
-.50/1 Daisy Sour Cream (SS 4/05)
Final Price: FREE

Mahatma Rice 1lb bag $1.19 ea
-.50/1 Mahatma Rice (RP 3/01, 4/26)
Final Price: .19¢ ea

Suave Naturals Shampoo or Conditioner, 22.5 oz, .99¢ ea
-$1/2 Suave professionals printable (Food Lion)
-$1/2 off any Suave Hair Care (RP 3/01, 3/29)

Final Price: buy 2, use both makes both FREE

Thanks to Southern Savers for this information. Please visit her site for complete sales information.

HG Hill's

Hunt's Ketchup, .99
-$1/2 MF Q from All You Mag (May Issue, buy at Walmart)
Final Price: .49 each when you buy 2

Glaceau Vitamin Water, .99
-$1/1 MF Q
Final Price: Free

Blackberries, 5.6 oz pkg, $1.69

EggBeaters, 2/$4
-$1/1 IP Q printable
Final Price: $1 each

12 HOUR SALE for Friday, May 1st:

Ground Beef, 1.29 per lb

Boneless Pork Loin, 1.59 per lb

Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breasts, 1.69 per lb

Boston Butt Pork Roast, .99 per lb

Chicken Leg Quarters, .49 per lb

Bacon 10 lb Box, 9.99


Pedigree Dentastix $3.89
-$2.50 off Dentastix Shortcuts e coupon
-$2.50 off Dentastix RP 4/19 or printable

Final Price: use together makes it FREE plus overage

Fresh Split Chicken Breast .99¢ lb

Kroger Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs .99¢ lb

Fresh Strawberries, 16 oz pkg, $1.65 ea

Kroger Gallon Milk, $2.58 ea

Thanks to Southern Savers for this information. Check her out for complete sale information.

Food Lion:

Blue Bunny Ice Cream, $5.39 BOGO
-$1 off Blue Bunny printable
Final Price: $1.64 ea

Lay’s Chips Buy 2 at $3.99 ea Get 2 Free

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Saved 89% at Target

I frequently read about people who find great deals on clearance at Target. Generally, I try to stay clear of Target because it's too easy to spend money there. Today was the first time I found a great clearance item. I went in yesterday just to check the prices on their hot dogs because they had a $1/1 coupon. Unfortunately, they were cleaned out. There were, however, Chex Mix on clearance for .69 each on an end cap. I remembered that Target had a coupon for $1/1. So I went home and printed out a bunch and went back. I actually went back twice in order to purchase what you see in the picture. The Target coupons can be printed from HERE. Guess what's going to be in my kids' lunch boxes for summer camp?!?

60 Chex Mix Bags, on clearance .69 each
-60 $1/1 Target Qs
Final Price: Free plus .31 overage each

24 Pringles, 1.59 each
-12 MF Qs $1/2
-8 .75/2 Target Qs
-8 .50/1 Target Qs
Final Price: .67 each

3 Dr. Pepper 12 pack, on sale 3/$11
-3 $1/1 Target Qs
Final Price: 3/$8

4 Nabisco Snack Packs, 1.52 each
-4 $1/1Target Qs
-2 $1/2 IP Qs (Nabisco Website)
Final Price: .02 each

4 V-8 Fusion, 2.99
-4 $2/1 IP Qs
Final Price: .99 each

Total before coupons: $111
OOP: $12.77 (Saving 89%)

My OOP is what I would have paid just for the sodas on sale without any coupons.

40% Off One Item at Michael's Coupon

Go HERE to print yours. Michael's is great because they have a lot of birthday party items. I like to use this coupon on the helium canister which is pretty pricey (I think around $40 before coupon). It can be used for many parties (unless your husband and kids play with it to make funny voices and do not close it properly) and makes helium balloons super cheap. The canister comes with a bunch of balloons. Michael's also carries numerous cake and cake decorating items for those of you with cub scouts who enter the competition in the fall. This coupon is good until 5/2 so hurry and use it if you have a need.

Monday, April 27, 2009

For the Locals: WCPR Summer Camp

If you live or work in Williamson County, and need something for your kids to do this summer, I have found that the best deal is the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Summer Camp. It is great! Registration started today and it fills up fast. It's a seven week program and costs $15 per day, and you actually pay per day. The camp is held at multiple locations in Williamson County schools. They do all kinds of fun things (swimming, movies, theme days, etc.). If you are a working parent, the times are accommodating, 7:30 - 5:30. I would love to send my kids to other types of camps, but they always start at 9 and end at 3 which does not work for us. I was really happy to find this one, reasonably priced and many fun things to do.

Free Music to Download

I love music, but I hate paying for it. Here are a few new free downloads that are promising.

Alexis Babini

Toby Lightman (she does an incredible job on Operator on the Everwood soundtrack)

Jeff Beck

Here's one to add to your Christmas collection:

I Saw Three Ships

Dan Fogelberg

Free Redbox Code Monday!

The free code for today is 4CW33N. You have until midnight to use it!

Menu Planning Monday 4/27/09

Monday: Crockpot Chicken with Garlic and Parsley Seasoning
Tuesday: Walter's Chicken and Mac
Wednesday: Stromboli Quick and Easy
Thursday: Sausage Corn Muffins
Friday: Moroccan Beef Patties and Onion Bread
Saturday: Beef and Cabbage Bake
Sunday: Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup

Onion Bread

This is great because you can put the ingredients in your bread machine in the morning, set the timer, and it is done when you get home. My husband really likes this bread.


3/4 cup water
• 4 teaspoons olive oil
• 4 teaspoons onion soup mix
• 4 teaspoons sugar
• 2 1/4 cups bread flour (I have also used regular flour)
• 1 teaspoon bread machine yeast
(also used regular yeast)


Place ingredients into bread machine in order listed by your manufacturer. Set for 1 pound loaf, medium color, basic cycle. Start it and forget it. Remove from pan when finished, and serve warm. 80% Off Coupons

These are great, especially if you are traveling. Be sure to read the fine print, you usually have to purchase a certain amount when using the coupon. It can really save you a lot of money. The coupons are usually good for a year.

Use 80% off coupon code LUCKY. It expires 4/30 so purchase quickly.

These means that you can purchase a $25 gift certificate for $2!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Free Fun for the Kids!

We tried Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics for the first time on Saturday. The kids loved it and spent the whole afternoon playing with their creations. You sign up on line and then just show up. I recommend it!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Black Forest Cobbler

Need I say more? Mmmmmmh! Today I was at a DAR State Convention which is currently being held in Cool Springs (Tennessee, just outside of Nashville). I'm a member of the newly formed Sarah Polk Chapter in Brentwood. We are not your typical DAR group as we meet usually in the evening and contain primarily young professionals and moms of school age children. Other than saving money, my other obsession interest is history (not just my own, but for anyone who will give me info on their dead great-grandparents!). Anyway, one of the best things about the convention (this was my second one) is getting to buy the DAR cookbook, which sells out quickly. And yes, I did pay full price! It's worth it. As I was sitting in a meeting flipping through my newly purchased jewel (when I should have been paying bad), I happened across the recipe for Black Forest Cobbler. Yum. So what did I do? Rushed right home and made it. It's sinfully good.

Black Forest Cobbler
by Annette Bomar


1 pkg chocolate butter cake mix
3/4 cup butter
3 eggs, divided
4 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 8-oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 21 oz can cherry pie filling


Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, beat 1 egg. Add cake mix and butter. Stir until well blended. (Should have the consistency of playdough.) Press mixture into a greased 9 X 13-inch glass baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, cream cheese and remaining eggs. Pour over cake mixture. Spread pie filling over cream cheese mixture. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until outer edges browned and center is almost set. Best served warm or at room temperature.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Kroger and Publix Trips 4/24/09

Kroger has some great deals this week on kid food. With summer camp looming in the near future, I stocked up on kid drinks and goldfish for lunches. I spent more than I had planned but Kroger had some Rubbermaid water bottles and a really neat bread holder both 60% off. I also found four ball jars on sale 60% off. I have been toying with the idea of trying my hand at canning something. Hopefully I won't blow anything up! I'm looking for a good book if anyone has some suggestions.

Here's what I purchased:

11 Capri Sun 10 pk, on sale 1.79
-11 MF Qs $1/1
Final Price: .79 each

6 Bertolli Frozen Dinners, regularly 8.19, on sale 4.98
-6 $1.25/1 MF Qs
Final Price: 3.73 each

5 Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta, 1.49
-5 $1/1 MF Qs
Final Price: .49 each

McCormick Grill Mates, on sale $1.00
-.50/1 MF Q

Final Price: Free

2 Alpo Dog Food, .70 each

22 Friskies Selects Indoor Cat Food, on sale .79
-11 BOGO Qs
Final Price: .40 each

2 Fancy Feast, .89
-.50/1 MF Q Catalina, doubled
Final Price: .39 each

6 Centrum Kids, on sale 3.92
-6 $3/1 MF Qs
Final Price: .92 each

Kroger Fabric Softener, 1.69

4.4 lbs Squash & Zuchini, on sale .98 per lb
Final Price: 4.32

2 Chef's Market Dog Food, .89
-BOGO MF Q Catalina
Final Price: .45 each

Ball Jars 4 pk, regularly 4.99, on sale 2.00

Canning Pectin, regularly 1.79, on sale .72

4 Sip Bottles, regularly 4.59, on sale 1.84

Bread Container, regularly 6.99, on sale 2.80

2 Kroger Ravioli, .87 each

Total before sales/coupons: 215.28
Sales: 63.68
Coupons: 63.77
OOP: 87.83 (saving 63%)

I stopped at Publix actually to use a coupon that I found while cleaning out my coupons for Fresh Express. It was from a Kroger mailing, but I could use it with the Publix Q.

22 Healthy Request Cooking Cream Soups, on sale $1 each
-11 .40/2 MF Qs, doubled
Final Price: .60 each

4 Cream of Chicken, $1 each
-2 $1/2 IP Qs
Final Price: .50 each

2 Starkist Albacore Tuna, 3.19 BOGO
- $1/2 MF Q
Final Price: 1.10 each

3 Knox Gelatin, 1.39
-$4/1 MF Q
Final Price: Free plus 2.61 overage each

2 Bayer Chewable Cherry, 2.69
-2 $2/1 Publix Qs
-2 $1/1 Peelies
Final Price: Free plus .31 overage each

Blue Diamond Almonds, 3.89 BOGO
-$1/1 MF Q
Final Price: .95

Fresh Expresh Baby Spinach, on sale 2.79
-$1/1 Publix Q
-$1/1 MF Q (from Kroger mailing)
Final Price: .79

Total before sales/coupons: 68.73
Sales: 22.16
Coupons: 32.80
OOP: 13.75 (saving 80%)

Good News Friday: Peek Inside a Kangaroo's Pouch

This is so cool! Click HERE to see the video.

Peek Into Kangaroo's Pouch Shows 2 Tiny Pink Joeys
by ANNA JO BRATTON, Associated Press Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A zookeeper's efforts to earn a kangaroo's trust has paid off with a video showing twin joeys, tiny and pink, growing inside their mom's pouch.

The male Matschie's (MATCH-ees) tree kangaroo twins are about 6 inches from snout to tail and they are starting to grow hair. Matschie's are an endangered species and the births at the Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska are the first twins on record.

The video was taken about 16 weeks after the joeys' birth. They'll emerge from the pouch this summer.

To record the footage, zookeeper DaviAnn Buggi attached a tiny camera to her finger, then gently reached inside the pouch of the adult kangaroo, Milla (MEAL-uh).

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bargain Meal of the Week 4/23/09

It's time for another week of Bargain Meals! Erin over at $5 Dinners (a great read!) is hosting a gathering of bloggers all over the internet, creating frugal meals straight from the sales circulars of their favorite stores. Check it out for even more inspiration. I contribute every Thursday for the current sales at Publix, which run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday. Keep in mind that you do not need to purchase two of a product to get the buy one get one price. Publix marks down their products to half price for the BOGO deals.

Today's meal takes advantage of the following sales:
Split Chicken Breasts, 1.69 per lb.
Skippy Peanut Butter, 1.25 (BOGO price)
Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, 50% off (around .50 to .80 cents)

Total price should be between $5 and $6 dollars, even better if you have coupons for Skippy and Green Giant.

Thai-Style Grilled Peanut Chicken

recipe from


1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds cut up chicken


Blend peanut butter with honey and soy sauce until smooth. Stir in curry powder and garlic; mix well. Place chicken in a large plastic bag or a bowl. Pour peanut butter mixture over chicken and mix well. Close bag or cover bowl and chill at least 2 hours or up to 12 hours. Remove chicken from marinade and broil or grill over medium heat 4 to 6-inches from heat. Turn chicken and brush with marinade occasionally while cooking. (Do not brush with any more marinade less than 10 minutes before chicken is done.) Cook until chicken is no longer pink in thickest part (cut to test), 15 to 30 minutes depending on size and piece.

Serve with vegetables.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Deals I Like This Week

These are not all the deals at each store, just the ones that I think are great. I find that if I pick out just a few for which to aim, couponing is not overwhelming. So here's my list:

Harris Teeter:

Your prices may vary slightly.

Cucumbers, 2 for $1.00 (cheaper than Aldi)

Electrasol, 5.99, BOGO

-$2.50/1 MF Q (remember my favorite coupon from last week's paper?)

Final Price:
.49 each

Glass Plus, 2.79 BOGO

-.50/1 MF Q (SS 3/22, 2/8)

Final Price: .40 each

Jose Ole Taquitos, B1G2, no price listed

-.75/1 Blinkie ( I have been collecting these for a while. It may or may not double. If the numbers on your coupon begin with a 5 then maybe, if they begin with a 9 then no), OR
-$1/1 IP Q printable
Final Price: Really Cheap

Skippy Peanut Butter 28 oz (big jars), 4.49 BOGO

-40/1 MF Q (4/5 Unilever) or printable

Final Price: 1.44 each

Ragu Pasta Sauce 45 oz (big jars), 4.26 BOGO

-30/1 MF Q (4/5 Unilever)

Final Price: 1.53 each

Sweet Baby Ray BBQ Sauce, BOGO, no price listed (my favorite brand)

-$1/1 Hangtag if you can find it

Final Price: Cheap

Ocean Spray Juice, 3.28, BOGO

-$1/1 Blinkie if you have it

Final Price: .64 each

Reported Deal on
We Use Coupons:
Buy any 4 2 liters of Pepsi products in a single transaction (currently $4 for 4) and get one 2 liter regular or diet Sierra Mist Ruby Splash free. (For the locals, Hillsboro Village H.T. does not have Sierra Mist Ruby Splash.)

Here's a scenario:
Buy 4 Pepsi's and 2 Sierra Mist Ruby Splash
-$1/4 Hangtag if you can find it, and

-BOGO IP Q for Ruby Splash
Final Price: .50 per 2 Liter

Lay's Chips, BOGO, no price listed

Round Cube Steak, BOGO, no price listed (in the past, their BOGO meats have been good deals)

Top Round London Broil or Roast, BOGO, no price listed

Just FYI, Triple Coupon Week at H.T. will be April 29th through May 5th!


Listerine, on sale 4.49

-$2/1 Publix Q (from Advantage Buy Spring Savings)

-$2/1 MF Q

Final Price: .49

Marie Callender’s Entrees or Dinners, 10 to 21 oz box, $2.99 BOGO

-$1 off Marie Callender Al Dente May All You Mag. or in store dispenser
-.50/1 MF Q (SS 3/29)
-.75/1 MC Al Dente
-$1/2 off any Marie Callenders Dinners May All You Mag.
-$1/5 Marie Callender’s Dinners Kroger insert 3/22 (regional)
Get a coupon for a
FREE Al Dente Entrée
Final Price: .50 - .75 each

Del Monte SunFresh or Orchard Select Fruit, 23.5 or 24 oz pkg, $3.99 BOGO

-$1 off Del Monte Sunfresh or Orchard Selects
Final Price: .99¢ ea

Pasta Roni or Rice A Roni, $1.17 BOGO

-$1/4 MF Q (RP 3/08)

-$1/3 Pasta or Rice a Roni printable
Final Price: .25¢ - .92 each

Wise Potato Chips, 7 to 8 oz bag, $2.99 BOGO

-.50/2 Wise Pop Corn, Pretzels, or Corn Chips printable

Final Price: $1 ea

Yoplait Go-Gurt Portable Yogurt, 8 pk, $2.79 BOGO
-$1 off Go-Gurt SS 4/19
-.35/1 Go-Gurt SS 4/19
-$1/2 Go-Gurt SS 3/22 or printable (IE) or printable (FF) Final Price: .39 - .89¢ ea

Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner, $2.79 BOGO
-.35/1 MF Q (SS 3/29)

-.75/1 MF Q (SS 3/29)
-$2/2 Scrubbing Bubbles Cleaner SC Johnson Booklet at Publix

Final Price: .39 - .70 each

Shout Laundry Stain Remover with Trigger, 22 oz, $2.99 BOGO

-.75/1 MF Q (SS 3/29)
-.35/1 or .55/1 off any Shout product (SS 3/29)
Final Price: .75 - .95 each

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers 50% off
-.50/1 off MF Q (SS 4/05, regional)
Final Price: FREE plus overage

Silk Soy Milk $2.50 ea -$1 off Silk, Save Money Save the Planet Booklet at Publix
-$1 off Silk Spring Greenwise Magazine from Publix
Final Price:
.50¢ ea (use both coupons)

Stouffer’s Family Size Entrees, 27 to 40 oz, $3.99 ea -$1 off any Stouffer’s Family Size April All You or printable (must register)
Final Price: $2.99 each

Suave Naturals Shampoo or Conditioner, 22.5 oz, .99¢ ea

-$1/2 Suave professionals printable (Food Lion)
-$1/2 MF Q (RP 3/01, 3/29 )
Final Price: buy 2, use both makes both FREE

Flintstones Vitamins or Gummies $4.99 ea

-$5/2 Flintstones Vitamins Green Advantage Buy Flyer (exp 4/24)
-$1/1 MF Q (SS 3/22)
Final Price: Buy 2, use store coupon and 2 MF coupons makes it $1.49 ea

Skippy Peanut Butter, 2.49 BOGO

-40/1 MF Q (4/5 RP)

Final Price: .44 each (great deal!)

Thanks to
Southern Savers for this information. Check out her site for more deals.

Whole Foods

Reusable Lunch Bag, .79

Final Price: FREE (thanks
Surviving the Store!)


Pillsbury Brownies, on sale $1.00

-.35/1 MF Q (3/29 RP)

Final Price: .30 each

Pepperage Farms Goldfish, on sale $1.00 each
(My target price for goldfish is $1)

Capri Sun Juices, on sale 1.79

-$1/1 MF Q (SS 4/19)

Final Price: .79 each (great price!)

Zucchini, .98 lb

McCormick Grill Mates, on sale $1.00

-.50/1 MF Q (RP 4/19)

-$1/1 MF Q (RP 3/15)

Final Price: Free

HG Hills:

Green Cabbage, .39 per lb

Super Saturday Sale

Hunt's Tomato Ketchup 24 oz, .79

Van Camp's Baked Beans 28 oz, $1.00

Idaho Potatoes 10 lbs, $2.50

Sirloin End Cut Pork Chops, $1 per lb

John Morrell Cooked Ham, $1 per lb

Split Chicken Breasts, $1 per lb

Bananas, .39 per lb

Wesson Oil 48 oz, $2.00

-.50/1 MF Q from All You Mag (April Issue)

Final Price: $1.00 each

Triple Coupon Week at Harris Teeter 4/29 - 5/5!

Triple Coupon Week at H.T. will be April 29th through May 5th! Check out the Forum at Hot Coupon World to keep up with the deals that will be available.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Today is Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day!

Tuesday, April 21st is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s, and you know what that means...

free ice cream for you!

As a way to thank their customers for their support and to celebrate 31 years of scooping the chunkiest, funkiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops are happily giving it away!

Maybe it’s time for you to try a new flavor that you’ve been wondering about without committing your hard earned dollars or it’s time for you to enjoy an old favorite and savor in the deliciousness that is free ice cream? Hey, either way it’s time for you to go on in!

Around the world, Scoop Shops are opening their doors from noon to 8:00 pm, to serve up a free scoop of your favorite flavor. Please check with your local Scoop Shop for more info!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Free Band Aids at Publix!

I stopped by Publix today to get some more free Vitamin Water for my husband. While there I checked to see if they had any Men's One a Day Vitamins (on sale 4.99, buy two, use Publix Q $5/2 and 2 manufacturer Qs $2/1, making them .49 each), but they were out. While on the aisle, I passed by the band aid section and there was a blinkie box spitting out coupons for $3 off of any two Johnson & Johnson products. Shazammm! The next aisle over was the travel section which had travel size band aids for .79 each and little emergency kits for $1.49 each. The coupon works with these products. That means for the travel band aids, they are free plus $1.42 overage and for the kits, free plus .02 overage.

Great Deals at Kroger!

The Thrifty Mama has reported that you can get free toilet paper and better than free pasta at Kroger this week. Check her out for the details!

Free Redbox Code

Today's Redbox code is: M6FR97. It will work until midnight tonight.

Menu Plan Monday 4/20/09

Monday: Swedish Meatballs and Pasta
Tuesday: 40 Clove Garlic Chicken
Wednesday: Beef Lo Mein
Thursday: Oven Baked Salmon with Herbs
Friday: Hearty Cabbage Soup
Saturday: Baked Teriyaki Chicken
Sunday: Ho-bo's

Check out Organizing Junkie for more menu planning ideas!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Great Day to Buy Newspapers!

One of my most favorite coupons is coming out today! It's the $2.50 off of one Electrasol Powerball Tabs or Gelpacs. I always stock up when this coupon comes out. Dishwasher detergent is expensive and this coupon usually makes it under a dollar with a sale. This one coupon pays for the paper with overage. The other coupons are bonus!

If you are local, just fyi, Frugal in Franklin says that you can get papers for $1 at CVS. I am going to try it today, hopefully with ten! Check out I heart CVS for current sales/ECB deals if you are planning a trip.

Free Lightbulb at Home Deport Today Only!

The Home Depot will be giving away 1 million CFL bulbs in support of our environment on Earth Day 2009. Receive a free EcoSmart 14w CFL bulb from participating The Home Depot stores on April 19, 2009. Quantities may vary by store. Limit one per customer while quantities last. No purchase necessary. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or discount. No credit if offer refused.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pet Printable Coupon

Save $3/1 bag, 13.2 lbs. or larger, of Purina Yesterday's News brand Cat Litter, any variety. Click HERE to print.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Great Trip to Publix!

If you had $58, you could pay full price for all of this:

Or, you could shop sales and use coupons and get this:

and that's why I coupon!

Here is what I purchased (prices good until next Tuesday):

Fresh Express Salad Blend, $2.50
-$1/1 Publix Q
Final Price $1.50

2 Revlon Clippers, $1.49
-2 $2/1 Publix Qs
Final Price: Free plus .51 overage each

Eggland's Eggs, on sale $2.00
-.50/1 MF Q, doubled
Final Price: $1.00

12 Vitamin Water, 1.49 B2G1
-12 IP Qs .50/1, doubled
Final Price: Free

3 Heinz White Vinegar, $1.19
-3 .50/1 IP Qs, doubled
Final Price: .19 each

2 Bayer Chewable, 2.69
-2 $2/1 Publix Qs
-2 $1/1 MF Qs
Final Price: Free plus .31 overage each

2 One a Day Multi Vitamins, on sale 4.99
-$5/2 Publix Q
-$4/2 MF Q
Final Price: .49 each

2 Cheerios, 3.99 BOGO
-2 $1/1 IP Qs
Final Price: .99 each

2 Eggbeaters, 2.79
-$1/2 Publix Q
-2 .55/1 IP Qs
Final Price: 1.74 each

12 Mueller Pasta, 1.49 BOGO
-4 $1/3 IP Q
Final Price: .41 each

Publix Milk, 2.69

2 Tombstone Pizza, on sale 2.99 each

2 Knox Gelatin, 1.39
-2 $4/1 IP Q for any Knox product
Final Price: Free plus 2.61 overage each

Whiska's Variety Pack, 4.49
-$2/1 IP Q
Final Price: $2.49

4 Juicy Juice, 3.49 BOGO
-2 $1/2 IP Qs
Final Price: $1.25 each

4 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, 2.99 BOGO
-2 $1/2 IP Qs
Final Price: .99 each

4 Fast Classics Flame Roasted Chicken Breast, 7.99 BOGO
-4 .30/1 IP Qs
Final Price: $3.40 each

2 Nabisco Chips Ahoy, 3.79 BOGO
-I was going to use the Target Q of $1/2 but since our Target was not a Super, they wouldn't take it.
Final Price: 1.90 each

Nabisco Toasted Chips, 3.39 BOGO
-Also had a Target Q $1/1 which they did not take.
Final Price: 1.70

4 Muir Glen Tomato Paste, 1.09
-4 $1/1 IP Qs
Final Price: .09 each

4 Yoplait Yogurt 6 pk 4 oz cups, 2.79 BOGO
-4 $1.50/1 IP Qs
Final Price: Free plus .11 overage

4 Bird's Eye Voila Meals, 4.99 BOGO
-4 $1/1 IP Qs
Final Price: 1.50 each

Cadbury Orange Eggs, on sale .75

Pam Spray, 2.93 BOGO
-.55/1 Publix Q
Final Price: .92

Powerade, on sale $1.00
-.50/1 MF Q, doubled
Final Price: Free

-HG Hill's $5/$50 Competitor Coupon

Total before Coupons/Sales: $218
Sales: $81.67
Coupons: $77.95
OOP: $58.38 (saving 73%)

Good News Friday! Music!

Here's some good news for you about music:

Once upon a time, the only chance that you had to hear music was either when you or someone else played it. Today, there’s more music than ever before; more mainstream, independent and world music available on more devices and in more places. Also, research made between music and intelligence concluded that music training is far greater than computer instruction in improving children’s abstract reasoning skills. Do you suppose that with all the music around us we have gotten smarter as a race?

(Source: Shaw, Rauscher, Levine, Wright, Dennis and Newcomb, “Music training causes long-term enhancement of preschool children’s spatial-temporal reasoning,” Neurological Research, vol. 19, February 1997 )

In honor of the joy of music, here's an All Free New Music Playlist for your Ipod! Just for fun, download all these songs (without listening to them), put in a separate play list and try them out for the weekend. They're clean, I could play them in front of my kids! Get them quick as they may be gone tomorrow. They are mostly from Amazon, but there is one each from NPR, ITunes and Walmart. Enjoy!

Black Winged Bird
Nina Perrson

Dead Sound
The Raveonettes

Lay Back Down

Eric Lindell

Missing Something
Auto Vaughn

Summer's Gone

100 Days, 100 Nights
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Like Someone in Love
Sophie Milman

Awful Sad

Jennie Scheinman

Fleet Foxes

Poison My Cup
Shannon McArdle

Our World

Skinny Love
Bon Iver

It's Gonna be O.K.

Hey Little Kitty

Falling Away
Jupiter Rising

In the Valley of the Dying Sun
House of Heros

Ain't No Rest for the Wicked (ITunes Free Song of the Week)
Cage the Elephant

Wait for Me
Max Morgan

Pitter Patter
Erin McCarley

Swooning in Springtime
Marching Band

The Keeper
Leslie Mills


Too Much of Everything

Thursday, April 16, 2009

For the Locals: Put This On Your Calendar

On Thursday, May 14th, from 5:45 to 7:45 the Nashville Public Library Main Branch downtown at 615 Church Street will show in their auditorium the movie WarGames with Matthew Broderick for free. Being a product of the 80's, it's one of my favorites! My kids enjoy it as well. You may want to put it on your calendar!

Bargain Meal of the Week

It's time for another week of Bargain Meals! Erin over at $5 Dinners (a great read!) is hosting a gathering of bloggers all over the internet, creating frugal meals straight from the sales circulars of their favorite stores. Check it out for even more inspiration.

I don't remember where I got this recipe, however, it's a keeper. This week boneless skinless chicken breasts are 1.99 per lb and Mueller's pasta is 1.39 BOGO (about .70 each). This could easily be under $5.

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken


Brown Sugar, 4 tsp unpacked
Chicken Breast, no skin, 12 ounces
Garlic, 1 clove
Butter, salted, 2 tbsp
Salt, 1 tsp
Pepper, black, 1 dash


This makes four servings, 3 oz per person
1. Melt the butter in a frying pan
2. Brown the garlic in the butter
3. Add chicken breasts to garlic and butter and cook thoroughly, adding salt and pepper as you like it.
4. When chicken is fully cooked add brown sugar on top of each breast
5. Allow the brown sugar to melt into the chicken (about 5 minutes)
6. Serve with your favorite carb, and veggie or salad. We usually have rice or noodles and carrots or green beans.

Deals I Like This Week

One of the great things about blogging is that while much of what I write is often notes to myself or shopping lists, it can also benefit others out there who are looking for deals. With that said, here are what I think are great deals.

If you are local, be sure and use the $5/$50 HG Hills Coupon that came out in the Franklin Review on Wednesday. There are a lot of fantastic deals this week with printables!

Mueller’s Pasta 12-16 oz box, $1.39 BOGO
-.55/2 Muellers printable or MF Q (SS 3/01)
-$1/3 Muellers printable

Final Price: .36 - .42 each

Fast Classics Flame Roasted Chicken Breast, $7.99 BOGO
-.30/1 any Fast Classics or Fast Fixins product printable (register for fanatics prints 10)
Final Price: $3.29 ea

Juicy Juice 100% Premium Juice 64-oz bot., $3.49 BOGO
-$1/2 Juicy Juice March All You Mag. or printable
-$1 off Harvest Surprise Juicy Juice printable (if carried at your store)
-$1 off any Juicy Juice Brain Development printable (if included)
Final Price: .74- 1.24

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, $2.99 BOGO
-$1/2 Quaker Chewy Bars printable
Final Price: $1 each

Kraft BBQ Sauce, 16.25-18-oz bot. , $1.59 BOGO
-.35/1 Kraft BBQ Sauce coupon on select bottles
Final Price: .10¢ ea

Ken’s Steak House Marinade or Buffalo Wing Sauce, 16-oz bot. $2.79 BOGO
-$1 off Ken’s Dressing or Marinade SS 3/08
Final Price: .40¢ ea

Birds Eye Voila Meals, $4.99 BOGO
-$1 off Voila Meals printable
Final Price: $1.50 ea

Yoplait Yogurt 6pk 4oz cup, $2.79 BOGO
-$1.50 off any Yoplait Kids printable (IE) or printable (FF)
-$1/2 Yopliat Kids printable
-$1/2 Yoplait Trix, Fizzix, Go-Gurt printable or MF Q (SS 3/22)

Final Price: Free - .89 each

Nabisco Chips Ahoy, $3.79 BOGO
-$1/2 Nabisco Chips Ahoy printable (Target)
Final Price: $1.40 ea

Nabisco Toasted Chips 8.1-oz bag., $3.39 BOGO

-$1 off any Nabisco Snack printable (Target)
Final Price: .69 ea

Lysol Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner 32-oz bot., $3.39 BOGO

-$.50/1 MF Q (RP 3/15), or printable
Final Price: .70¢ ea

Red Seedless Watermelon .59¢ lb

Fresh Express Salad Blends $2.50 ea
-$1/1 Publix Q (Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer)
Final Price: $1.50

Glaceau Vitamin Water Buy 2 Get 1 Free, save up $1.49
-$1 off Vitamin Water SS 3/29
-$1 off Vitamin Water 10 SS 4/05
-.50/1 off Vitamin Water Valpac home mailer

Final Price: Buy 3, use any 3 coupons, makes all 3 FREE

Eggland’s Best Eggs, 1 doz, $2 ea
-.50/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs SS 3/29, 2/01, 1/11
-.35/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs SS 3/29, 2/01, 1/11
Final Price: $1.00- $1.30 each

Bayer Aspirin 24ct $2.89
-$2 off any Bayer product Publix store coupon in Green Advantage Buy Flyer
-$1 off Bayer 24 ct or larger SS 3/22

Final Price: use both together makes it FREE plus overage

Revlon products
-$2 off any Revlon Cosmetic or Tool item
-$1 off Revlon Cosmetic or Tool SS 3/15 (use both together save $3)

Final Price: makes nail file, clippers and tweezers FREE plus overage

Thanks to Southern Savers for this information! Check out her site for a complete listing of the Publix Deals this week.

Food Lion:
I would so like Food Lion better if they doubled coupons. They would get a lot more business. As it is, when I do go there, it is like a ghost town. Here are a few good deals this week.

Breyers Ice Cream, $5.29 BOGO
-.75/1 MF Q (RP 4/05)
Final Price: $1.89 ea

Green Grapes .99¢ lb

Food Lion Sandwich Bread .79¢ ea

Pepsi Products 2 Liter Buy More Save More Deal (CVS has a better deal on soda this week)
Buy 2 = $1.25 ea
Buy 3 = .99¢ ea
Buy 4 = .89¢ ea
Buy 1 or more than 4 at $1.49 ea

Harris Teeter:

Windex, $3.79 BOGO
-.75/1 MF Q (SS 3/29)
Final Price: .39¢ ea

Contessa Shrimp, $4.99 BOGO
$ 1.50/2 Contessa Shrimp items printable
Final Price: $1.74 ea

Green Seedless Grapes .99¢ lb

Daisy Sour Cream 8oz, $1 ea
-.50/1 MF Q (SS 4/05)
Final Price:

French’s Spicy Brown Mustard, $1.50 ea
-.75/1 MF Q (SS 3/29)
Final price: FREE

Halls cough drops, $1.50 ea

-.75/1 off Halls printable
Final Price: FREE

Gain 50 oz. detergent, $3.77
-$1 off Gain PG 4/05 or $120 Savings Booklet
Final Price: $2.77 ea (Great Price on Gain!)

Thanks to Southern Savers for this info. Check out her site for complete deals.

HG Hills:

If you are local, be sure and use the $5/$50 HG Hills Coupon that came out in the Franklin Review on Wednesday. There were also coupons that if you purchase at least $10 you can get free Elm Hill Hot Dogs and Best Choice Hot Dog Buns.

Pepsi 12 pk Canned Products, 4/$12
-$2/1 MF Q in Franklin Review HG Hill Add
Final Price: $2.50 each

Fresh Ground Beef Family Pack, 1.39 per lb

Fresh Assorted Pork Chops Family Pack, 1.49 per lb

Bone In Split Chicken Breasts, 1.29 per lb

Hass Avocados, .79 each

Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits, 4 for $5
-50/1 MF Q (4/5 SS)
Final Price: .25 each

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

High Dollar V8 V-Fusion Printable Coupon

To print your $2/1 coupon, click here! I would suggest that you print it now and wait for a sale. Chances are it will not last long. You can print twice. I had to print it with Explorer and not Firefox.

Thanks to Moms Need To Know for the tip.

Free Dave Matthews Band Downloadable Song

Check out Frugal in Virginia for how to get your free Dave Matthews Band song from their new album.

7 Up Printable Coupon

Currently at CVS, if you purchase 3 of 7UP, Canada Dry, A&W or Sunkist 12pks, 12oz cans (3/$11), you will get $3 ECBs (Limit 1).

Go HERE to print your $1/1 "Cherry 7 Up Antioxidant or any flavor 7 Up." You can print it twice.

Thus, you can get three twelve packs for $6 after coupons and ECBs.

CVS is still my friend!

I have not been to CVS in a while. It seems like after the initial falling in love with CVS and getting just a ton of things for free or nearly free, my trips have slowed down to going when my ECBs are expiring or when there is some super fantastic deal. Perhaps it is because I have stockpiled enough that I no longer really need anything for quite some time, which is of course the whole point of stockpiling. Now I can pick and choose the perfect deals. It is still a great place to go when you have a shopping compulsion and don't want to actually spend your money. So I had 2.99 in ECBs expiring yesterday and needed to turn them over. When I got to CVS I scanned my card and got another $1 in ECB. So here is what I purchased:

2 Sure, regularly 2.99, on sale 2/$5
-2 $1/1 IP Qs
Final Price: 2/$3
ECBs earned: $2 (making them .50 each)

2 Colgate Sensitive Toothpastes, regularly 4.89, on sale 3.99
-2 IP Qs $1/1
Final Price: 2.99 each
ECBs earned: 7.98 (making them free plus $2 overage)

Softsoap Body Wash Apricot Scrub, regularly 5.29, on sale 4.99
-.75/1 MF Q
Final Price: 4.24
ECBs earned: 4.99 (making it free plus .75 overage)

Lady Spead Stick, regularly 3.49, on sale 1.75
-.75/1 MF Q
Final Price: $1.00

Suave Deodorant, regularly 2.39, on sale 1.20
-.50/1 MF Q
Final Price: .70

-I also had the $4/$20 beauty purchase CVS Q. It did not say what a beauty purchase was so I thought I would give it a shot. In my opinion, cleanliness and sweet smell rank high on the beauty scale. It rang up just fine.

-3.99 ECBs

Total before sales/coupons: 28.13
Coupons/Sales: 20.00
OOP: $8.13
Earned: $14.97 ECBs (profit of $2.85)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Muir Glen Printable

Go HERE to print your $1/1 Muir Glen coupon. This coupon makes the tomato sauce, usually .85 at Publix, free. It is found in the organic section. You can print this twice.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Free Redbox Rental Monday!

Redbox Code for today is J89LA2. Good until Midnight tonight.

Menu Plan Monday 4/13/09

For the past few weeks, with spring break and Easter, it seems like it has just been crazy busy. As a needed break, I have made a plan for an easy week of cooking. Now if I can only remember to take the meat out of the freezer...

Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Beef Stir Fry
Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken
Thursday: Spaghetti
Friday: Crockpot Barbecue Ribs & Sourdough Beer Bread
Saturday: Pizza
Sunday: Chili

Check out Organizing Junkie for more menu planning ideas!

Download Ben Harper Album for $1.99

Go HERE to download Ben Harper's album, Diamonds on the Inside, from Amazon for $1.99. He's one of my favorites so I am biased. It's a great album.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!

I hope you enjoy your day and time spent with those you love!

Free Jazz Sampler Download at Amazon

Go HERE to download your free jazz sampler from Amazon. I've listened to a few of the songs and really liked them. It's been rated 4.5 stars out of 5. This is a great way to try out some new music!

150 Kid Songs at Amazon for $1

Thanks to Southern Savers for this tip. I have been heartily tired of the same Rugrats CD played in my car for some time so this will be great! Amazon has a 3 CD album, 150 Fun Songs For Kids, to download for $1. By purchasing the album for $1, you save $132 (compared to purchasing the songs individually).