Thursday, December 31, 2009

Half Price Day at Goodwill on Saturday!

Saturday is the first Saturday of the month! You know what this means... everything at all of the Goodwill stores (except the outlet) will be half-price all day starting at 8 a.m.

For those of you who want to learn to bake bread in the new year, Saturday's the day to buy your brand used bread machines! They typically run between $10 to $15 ($5 to $7.50 on Saturday). Usually you can find most of them in near perfect, only used once condition.

Just in Time for Your Resolutions! Stainless Steel Water Bottle $4.79

You can hit two resolutions at once, drink more water (while you exercise of course) and help the environment.

Choose from a selection of two colors.

* Screw-tight cover provides spill-free convenience.
* Metal hook lets you keep tabs on the cap.
* Wide-mouth design accommodates ice cubes.
* Stainless steel construction ensures long-lasting use.
* Details:
25-oz. capacity
Dishwasher safe

Get it at Khol's by using 20% off Kohls Coupon Code EXTRA20 and Free Shipping code NOCHARGE. You can use both codes at the same time when you check out.

Thanks to for this information.

HG Hill Trip 12/30/09

OOP $25.40

HG Hill is not a store that usually make into a big trip, but this week they have the best deals. In the Wednesday Franklin Review Appeal, there are store coupons for the following:

Luck's Black Eye Peas for .01 when you purchase $20 in groceries (limit 4)
Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup for .01 when you purchase $20 in groceries (limit 4)
Best Choice Bread for .01 when you purchase $20 in groceries (limit 1)
2 Liter Coca Cola Product for .01 when you purchase $20 in groceries (limit 1)
Pic Sweet Frozen Vegetables, 16 oz, for .01 when you purchase $20 in groceries (limit 4)
$5/$50 Purchase

Also in the circular, there is a coupon for Tortilla Chips for .10 when you purchase $20 in groceries.

I took advantage of all the coupons as well as some of the deals listed here. At least on Wednesdays, you can pick up both the Franklin Review Appeal and the store circular at the store for free.

Total before sales/coupons: 52.16
Coupons/sales: 26.76
OOP: 25.40 (saving 51%)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Do you like to look at other people's houses?

I do. It fascinates me to see how other people live. I suppose I am terribly nosy. I like to use their good ideas. HERE is a great site where people have linked up to display photographs of how they decorated their homes. I wish I were organized enough to do something like this. Enjoy!

Shelf Life Guide

For those of you who are participating in the Eat From the Pantry Challenge, this resource may be helpful. If you have ever wondered how long an item is good for (possibly beyond the expiration date), will tell you. There is even an application you can add to your iPhone.

January Eat From the Pantry Challenge!

I must admit that my cupboards are bulging. I generally spend around $200-250 a month on groceries for my family of five and three pets. This was a drop in the bucket a few years ago, but now, with strategic shopping, it easily provides an abundance and even allows me to donate.

So I was very happy to join Money Saving Mom and Life as Mom for a month long challenge of eating from my pantry. I did this last May and it was a great success. I have quite a bit of supplies in my stockpile that are near expiration, and I am looking forward to using them so they will not be wasted. My Menu Plan Mondays in January are going to reflect this challenge as I will be using mostly ingredients I already have on hand!

The best part of this challenge is that you can set your own rules and limits. The goal is to cut back on spending and use up what you already have in you pantry, fridge, and freezer. I think it will be fun as it will force me to be creative! Maybe with fewer shopping trips I might be able to hit the gym more often...

Goals for January:

1. Weed out all expired food and move near expirations to front for immediate use.

2. Clean out my freezer.

3. Buy only freebies and fresh foods (milk, bread, produce) from the store.

4. Pet food does not count.

5. Spend $20 or less per week during the month.

6. Apply what I would have spent on groceries to debt.

Want to join me in this challenge? Link up at Money Saving Mom. You can also join the Eat from the Pantry Challenge on Facebook and if you Twitter, be sure to follow the hashtag #pantry.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Favorite Deals of the Week 12/29/09

In my opinion, there are no fantastic deals this week - at least not enough to make a special trip. Publix and Harris Teeter have short sales weeks this week, with new sales beginning January 1, 2010. Also, Publix's green advantage flyer deals expired on 12/24 and the new ones do not begin until 1/2. If you do make it to Publix, be on the lookout for this booklet (thanks, Crystal). Here are the few good deals that I see.

Harris Teeter:

Freschetta Pizza 18.5-29.64 oz at $6.99 BOGO
-$1 off Freschetta Pizza SS 11/15
Final Price: 2.49 (remember you can only buy one to get this price - can not use coupon on "free" one even though they ring up at half price)

Blistex Lip Balm .15 oz at 99¢ BOGO
-$1/2 Blistex SS 12/13
-.25/1 Blistex Lip Care SS 11/15
Final Price: Free

Gum Toothbrushes 1 ct $1.50
-$1 off GUM product RP 11/15
-.75/1 GUM product RP 11/15
Final Price: Free - .50


Lindsay Spanish Olives 5.75oz., $1.99 BOGO
-$1/2 Lindsay Olives printable
Final Price: .49¢

7-UP, A&W, Diet Rite, or RC, 2L., $1.45 BOGO
Final Price: .72

Emerald Nuts, 16oz., $3.29 BOGO
-$1.50/2 Emerald Nuts SS 11/08
-$1 off Emerald Nuts SS 11/08 or printable
Final Price: .64 - .90

Swiss Miss, $2.49 BOGO
-$1 off Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix printable (Food Lion)
-.50/2 Swiss Miss Cocoa, SS 11/15
-$1 off Swiss Miss printable (Target store coupon)
Final Price: Free - .25

Chiquita Bananas, $0.39 lb.

Carolina Pride Sausage $2 ea
-$1.50/2 Carolina Pride Sausage RP 6/07, 6/21

Final Price: $1.25 ea

HG Hill:

Go here for match-up info. If you need bath tissue and paper towels, they appear to have the best deals around.

25 Elvis Songs Download Today for $3.99 at Amazon

Today only, the Amazon MP3 Store is offering a download of Elvis Presley's Elvis 75 for $3.99.

HG Hill Deals This Week 12/29/09

Here are the best deals at HG Hill this week. For the complete circular, go HERE. Be sure to look out for a possible $5/$50 coupon that is usually printed in the Franklin Review Appeal on Wednesdays. It generally comes with the Tennessean when you live in the Franklin area. You can use HG Hill coupons at Publix as well.

There is an in-ad coupon for Maizeto Tortilla Chips for .10 for one when you purchase $20 worth of groceries.

Ground Chuck, 1.49 per lb

Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks, .89 per lb

Country Style Pork Ribs or Steaks, 1.19 per lb

Smoked Jowl, .79 per lb

T-Bone Steaks, 5.99 per lb

Boneless Shoulder Roast, 1.89 per lb

Stew Meat or Cubed Steak, 2.99 per lb

Hillshire Farms Smokies, 2.19
Hillshire Farm Cocktail Links, Any - 12-06-09 RP
Final Price: 1.69 ea

Armour Meatballs, 2.50

Smithfield Sliced Bacon, 2.50

Russet Potatoes, 20 lbs, 3.99

Blueberries, 2.50

Hass Avocados, .79

Mangos, $1 ea

Green Cabbage, 3 lbs for $1

Collard, Turnip or Mustard Greens, .89 per lb

Luck's Beans, .50

Charmin Bath Tissue, 12 Big Rolls, 4.99
Charmin Bathroom Tissue, any - 11-29-09 PG
-.25/1 Charmin, Any Size - 12-27-09 PG
Final Price: 4.49

Bounty Paper Towels, 8 rolls, 4.99
Bounty, any size towels or napkins - 12-27-09 PG
-.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins, any - 11-29-09 PG
Final Price: 4.49

Blue Bell Ice Cream, 3.67
Blue Bell Ice Cream - Must join Blue Bell Country Club (Under Extra Scoops)
Final Price: 2.67

Sunny D Punch, BOGO,
no price listed
-.55/1 Sunny D Smoothie, Any (Manf. Coupon - Bricks Link)
Final Price: ?

Lay's Potato Chips, BOGO, no price listed

Hunt's Spaghetti Sauce, .99
Hunt's Product, Any from home mailer
Final Price: Free if you are lucky enough to have this coupon!

Ro-tel, .99
Rotel Diced tomatoes, 10 oz. or larger - All You, December 2009
Final Price: .74 ea

Bush's Black Eyed Peas, .79

Zatarain's Rice, .99

Betty Crocker Corn Muffin Mix, 3 for $1

Vlasic Sauerkraut, 2 for $3

Daisy Sour Cream, 16 oz, 1.89
Daisy Brand Sour Cream (16 oz. or larger) - 12-13-09 SS
Final Price: .89 ea

Monday, December 28, 2009

Menu Plan Monday 12/28/09

Just for fun, I felt like having a theme every day this week! Every diet, in my opinion, has about 10-20 good healthy recipes worth eating on a regular basis. You just have to figure out which ones you would like that are easy to make during a busy schedule.

Make from the Pantry Monday: Sausage and Rice
Low Carb Tuesday: Spinach Turkey Meatloaf & Roasted Rosemary Butternut Squash
Weight Watcher's Wednesday: Tin Foil Chicken and Veggies
Mediterranean Thursday: Baked Balsamic Honey Mustard Salmon & Parsley Tabbouleh
Fiber Friday: Broccoli, Cannellini Bean & Cheddar Soup
Super Food Saturday: Crockpot Cranberry Turkey, Sweet Potato Steak Fries, Blueberry Lime Margarita
Simple Sunday: Crockpot Chicken with Black Beans and Cream Cheese

Friday, December 25, 2009

Free $4 Amazon Video On Demand Credit

  • [Exp. 01/03/10]
  • Tax in KS, KY, ND, NY, WA.

  • To get this deal:
    1) Click here to start.
    2) Click on "Redeem a gift card or promotion code" and enter coupon code AVODGIFT (Details)
    3) The free $4 Video credit will be applied to your Amazon account.

    Thanks to for this information!

    Christmas Free Redbox Rental Code!

    A new free rental code has been reported working today 12/25. The code is ACME25. Here are other codes that you may wish to try just in case this one does not work. Happy holidays!

    Thanks to Mom of Two for this information!

    Merry Christmas!!!

    I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday!

    Monday, December 21, 2009

    Free Redbox Rental Code 12/21/09

    A new free rental code has been reported for today 12/21. The code is FREE. Here are other codes that you may wish to try just in case this one does not work. Happy holidays!

    Menu Planning Monday 12/21/09

    Monday: Pasta with Sausage (Reminder - take turkey out of freezer!)
    Tuesday: Hash Brown Quiche
    Wednesday: White Chicken Chili
    Thursday: Chocolate Muffins for breakfast, Dinner at Mom's, Bringing Turkey
    Friday: Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast, Leftovers
    Saturday: Crockpot Beef Stew & Old Plantation Rolls
    Sunday: Turkey Pot Pie

    Free Phineas and Ferb Christmas Song Download!

    Phineas and Ferb is a favorite in our house. The Christmas special will probably always be a classic for my kids. Walmart is offering a free download of one of their great songs.

    Click here to get a free download of I Really Don’t Hate Christmas, a very cute song!

    Thanks Deal Seeking Mom!

    Saturday, December 19, 2009

    Yummy Recipe: Apple Twists

    I was looking for a great seasonal recipe for apples. Here is a really nice one. These miniature pastries are a lighter version of old-fashioned apple dumplings.

    Spicy Apple Twists
    recipe by Pillsbury


    2 large baking apples, peeled, cored
    1 1/2 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose, Unbleached or Self Rising Flour*
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup shortening
    4 to 6 tablespoons cold water
    1 tablespoon margarine or butter, softened

    1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 cup water


    1. Heat oven to 425°F. Cut each apple into 8 wedges. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In medium bowl, blend flour and salt. With pastry blender or fork, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle flour mixture with water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing lightly with fork until dough is just moist enough to hold together. Shape dough into ball.

    2. On floured surface, roll dough lightly from center to edge into 12-inch square. Spread with 1 tablespoon softened margarine. Fold 2 sides to center. Roll to 16x10-inch rectangle. Cut crosswise into 16 (10-inch) strips. Wrap 1 strip around each apple wedge. Place 1/2 inch apart in ungreased 13x9-inch pan.

    3. Brush each wrapped apple wedge with melted margarine. In small bowl, blend sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over wrapped apples.

    4. Bake at 425°F. for 20 minutes. Pour water into pan. Bake an additional 12 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon sauce in pan over twists. Serve warm or cool, plain or with whipped cream.

    Friday, December 18, 2009

    For the Locals: Flea Market Weekend!

    If you still have a few things to buy for Christmas, you are in luck because this weekend is the Nashville flea market. The December “Last Chance” flea market is at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds December 18th though the 20th. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

    Favorite Deals of the Week

    Sorry it's late! I've been traveling to Vegas! It is quite the trek from Tennessee. My brother is getting married. Congratulations Rob!


    Del Monte Fresh Cut Vegetables, 11 to 15.25 oz. canned, $1.29 BOGO
    -$1/8 Del Monte Canned Vegetables RP 11/15
    -$1/4 Del Monte Canned Vegetables printable
    Final Price: .39¢ - .57

    Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes, 20 or 24 oz., $3.39 BOGO
    -.35/1 Bob Evans Refrigerated Side Dishes SS 12/06 11/22, 11/15, 11/08
    -$1/2 Bob Evans Refrigerated Side Dishes SS 12/06
    -.50/1 Bob Evans Sides printable
    Final Price:.69¢ - 1.20

    Buitoni Pasta, 9 oz., 2.39 BOGO
    -$1 off Buitoni, Pasta, Sauce or Bruschetta, Coupon On Select Product
    -$1 off Buitoni Refrigerated Pasta or Sauce, SS 10/4 printable
    -$1.50 off Buitoni Pasta and Sauce printable (manuf. w/ Target logo)
    Final Price: .19 -varies with Target Coupon

    Rondele Cheese Spread, 8 oz., $4.19 BOGO
    -$1 off Rondele Cheese, Coupon On Select Products
    -$1 off Rondele Cheese, In Store Dispenser
    Final PRice: $1.09)

    I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, 15 oz., $2.85 BOGO
    -$1/2 I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter, RP 11/15
    -.50/1 I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter, RP 11/15 (makes it 42¢)
    -.75/1 I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter, Printable (Limit Reached) (Target Store Coupon)
    -$1 off I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter Sticks, printable (IE) or printable (FF)
    -$1 off I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter Sticks, RP 11/15 (if included)
    -.75/2 I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter Product, RP 11/15
    -.75/1 I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter Spray, printable (IE) or printable (FF)
    FInal PRice: .42 - 1.05

    Campbell’s Gravy, 10.25-0.75 oz., $1.19 BOGO
    -.35/4 Campbell’s Gravy, SS 11/8
    -.40/4 Campbell’s Gravy, SS 11/8, 10/11 (makes it 39¢)
    -.50/3 Campbell’s Gravy, SS 10/11
    -.50/4 Campbell’s Gravy, SS 10/11
    Final Price: .26 - .42

    Betty Crocker Potatoes, 4.6 to 6.6 oz., $1.75 BOGO
    -$1 off Betty Crocker Box or Pouch Potatoes printable(IE) or printable(FF)
    -.40/1 Betty Crocker Box or Potatoes, printable or printable (makes it 7¢)
    -.35/1 Betty Crocker Box or Pouch Potatoes, SS 11/15, 11/22
    -$1/2 Betty Crocker Potatoes, Box or Pouch, SS 11/15, 11/22
    Final Price: .07 - .37

    Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix, 17.52 or 18.25 oz, $1.75 BOGO
    -.55/2 Duncan Hines Cake, Brownie Mix or Frosting, SS 10/11
    -$1/2 Duncan Hines Cake, Brownie Mix or Frosting SS 10/11 (makes it 37¢)
    -.35/2 Duncan Hines Cake or Brownie Mix, Coupon on Select Product
    -$1.50/2 Duncan Hines Mix printable (Food Lion)
    Final Price: use with manuf makes it FREE plus overage

    Ocean Spray Craisins, 12 oz., $3.89 BOGO
    -$1 off Ocean Spray Craisins, Coupon Inside Select Product
    Final Price: .94¢

    Mueller’s Pasta, 12 or 16 oz., $1.39 BOGO
    -.55/1 Mueller’s Whole Wheat Pasta or Pasta Ribbons printable
    -$1/2 Mueller’s Whole Wheat Pasta or Pasta Ribbons SS 11/15
    -$1/3 Mueller’s Whole Wheat Pasta printable
    Final PRice: .14 - .36

    Pure Wesson Oil, 48 oz., $3.69 BOGO
    -.25/1 Wesson Cooking Oil, SS 11/15
    -.50/1 Wesson Oil printable (makes it 84¢)
    -.55/2 Wesson Oil, In Store Dispenser
    Final Price: .84 - 1.35

    Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 16 oz., 6.99 BOGO
    -$1 off Pompeian Olive Oil, printable
    Final Price: $2.49)

    Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk, 12 oz., 99¢ BOGO
    -.50/2 Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk, RP 11/01, 9/27
    Final Price: free)

    Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix, 8 or 10 count, $1.99 BOGO
    -.50/2 Swiss Miss Cocoa, SS 11/15 (makes it 49¢)
    -$1 off Swiss Miss printable (Target store coupon)
    Final Price: Free - .50

    Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breasts, 8 or 10 oz., $4.99 BOGO
    -$1 off Barber Chicken printable or printable
    -$1 off Barber Foods “Winter Savings” booklet (store coupon)
    Final Price: use both together makes it 49¢)

    Cool Whip Whipped Topping, 8 oz., $1.99 BOGO
    -.55/1 Cool Whip Topping printable
    Final Price: .44¢

    Breyers Ice Cream, 48 oz., $4.99 BOGO
    -.75/1 off any Breyer’s 1.5-1.75 qt ice cream RP 10/18 (makes it $1.74)
    -$1/2 any Breyer’s 1.5-1.75 qt ice cream SS 10/18
    -$1/2 Breyer’s Ice Cream printable
    Final Price: 1.74 - 2.00

    Scotch Magic Tape, $1.99 BOGO
    -$1 off Scotch Tape “Winter Savings” booklet
    -$1/6 Scotch Tape rolls SS 11/23
    Final Price: Free - .83

    Sweet Potatoes, 29¢ lb.
    -$2 off $6 Produce purchase printable(Food Lion coupon)

    Kraft Shredded Cheese, 4.5 to 8 oz., $1.66
    -$1/2 Kraft Products: Cheese, or Philadelphia Cream Cheese Tearpad
    -$1/2 Kraft or Cracker Barrel Natural Cheese SS 11/22, RP 11/15
    -$1/2 Kraft Natural Cheese printable
    -$1 off any variety Kraft Shredded Natural Cheese Kraft Food and Family Dec 09
    Final Price: .66 - 1.16

    Nestle Coffee-mate Flavored Creamers, 32 oz., $2.50
    -.50/1 Nestle Coffee-Mate Liquid Creamer, RP 11/01
    -$1/2 Nestle Coffee-Mate Liquid Creamer, RP 11/01
    -$1.50/2 Nestle Coffee-Mate Liquid or Powder, printable
    -$1 off Nestle Coffee-Mate Liquid or Powder, printable
    -$1/2 Nestle Coffee-Mate Liquid Creamers, Booklet Nestle School Days Made Simple
    Final Price: $1.50 - 2.00

    Kraft Philadelphia Cheese, 8 oz., $1.25
    -$1 off Philadelphia Cream Cheese, printable (makes it 25¢)
    -$1/2 Kraft Products: Cheese, or Philadelphia Cream Cheese Tearpad
    -.50/2 Any Philadelphia Cream Cheese SS 12/06
    -$1/3 Any Philadelphia Cream Cheese RP 11/15
    -$1 off Philadelphia Cream cheese Greenwise Magazine Winter ‘09
    Final Price: .25 - .92

    Nesquik, 16 oz, $1
    -.50/1 off any NesQuik product RP 11/1
    Final Price: free

    Birds Eye Vegetables, 7.5 to 32 oz., 50% off
    -.50/1 Birds Eye Vegetables SS 12/6
    -.35/1 Birds Eye SS 11/15
    -.50/1 Birds Eye Vegetables SS 11/15
    -$1/4 Birds Eye Vegetables printable
    -.50/2 Steamfresh sides printable
    Final Price: Free - Super Cheap

    Campbell’s Cream Soup, 10.5 or 10.75 oz., 80¢
    -$1/4 Campbell’s Condensed Cooking Soups printable
    -.35/4 Campbell’s Condensed Cooking Soups SS 11/08
    Final Price: .55 - .60

    New York Texas Toast Croutons, 5 oz, $1.19
    -.50/1 New York Croutons SS 11/8
    -$1/2 New York Croutons SS 11/8
    -.55/1 New York Croutons SS 11/8
    Final Price: .19 - .63

    Lipton Recipe Secrets, 2 ct., $1.29
    -$1/2 Lipton Recipe Secrets RP 11/15
    -.60/2 Lipton Recipe Secrets RP 11/15
    -.75/2 Lipton Recipe Secrets RP 11/15
    Final Price: .79 - 1.00

    Lipton Soup Secrets, 2 ct, $1.29
    -.40/1 Lipton Soup Secrets RP 11/15
    -.50/1 Lipton Soup Secrets RP 11/15
    -$1/2 Lipton Soup Secrets RP 11/15
    Final Price: .29 - .79

    Scotties Cube Facial Tissues, 60-132 ct., 99¢
    -.50/3 Scotties Tissues Boxes RP 11/15, 10/25, 9/13
    -.50/1 Scotties Tissues printable
    Final Price: Free - .66

    CoverGirl Powder or Foundation $2.99-$3.19
    -$2 off Cover Girl Cosmetic Green Advantage Buy (store coupon)
    -$1 off Cover Girl PG 11/29
    Final Price: use both makes it FREE or 19¢)

    Phazyme 12ct Softgels $3.49
    -$10/3 Advantage Brands RP 10/11 (makes it 16¢)
    -$7/2 Adavantage Brands RP 10/11 (makes it FREE)
    -$2 off Tagamt, Gaviscon, or Phazyme “Winter Savings” booklet (store coupon)
    Final Price: buy 3, use $10/3 and (3) -$2 off store coupons — you make $5.53 profit!

    Contac Cold & Flu 24ct., $5.39
    -$10/3 Advantage Brands RP 10/11
    -$7/2 Adavantage Brands RP 10/11-$2 off Ecotrin or Contact Cold & Flu “Winter Savings” booklet (store coupon)
    Final Price: buy 2, use $7/2 and (2) -$2 off coupons makes both FREE

    Sucrets Cough Drops $1.50
    -$1.50 off Sucrets SS 11/1
    Final Price: FREE

    Assorted Mattel Hot Wheels, $1
    -$1 off any Toy $19.99 or less “Winter Savings” booklet
    Final Price: Free

    HG Hill:

    See previous post for the sales/coupon match-up! Be suer and check out the Free Allens Green Beans.

    Food Lion:

    Cabbage, 49¢ lb
    -$2 off any $6 Produce Purchase printable

    White Potatoes, 5 lb Bag B1G1 at $3.49
    -$2 off any $6 Produce Purchase printable

    Hillshire Farm Cocktail Smokies, 14-16 oz., B1G1 at $3.99
    -.55/1 Hillshire Smokies printable
    Final Price: 1.45

    All Laundry Detergent, 32 Loads 50 oz., $2.99
    -$2 off All Detergent RP 12/6
    Final Price: .99¢ (Great Deal!)

    Thanks to Southern Savers for Publix and Food Lion Deals. Visit her site for a complete list of coupons/sales match-ups!

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    McCormick Catalina at Harris Teeter

    If you need to purchase spices for your holiday baking, you may want to head over to Harris Teeter and take advantage of their catalina deal.

    McCormick spices, herbs, or extracts only during purchase dates.
    Buy 2 get $1
    Buy 3 get $2
    or Buy 4 or more and get a $3 coupon off your next order.
    All items must be purchased in one shopping order.

    Thanks to HCW for this information!

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009

    HG Hill Deals this Week 12/15/09

    Here are the best deals at HG Hill this week. For the complete circular, go HERE. Be sure to look out for a possible $5/$50 coupon that is usually printed in the Franklin Review Appeal on Wednesdays. It generally comes with the Tennessean when you live in the Franklin area. You can use HG Hill coupons at Publix as well.

    There is also an in ad coupon for Best Choice Bread (store brand) for .09 ea.

    These prices are good for two weeks, 12/14 through 12/27.

    Elm Hill Whole Smoked Ham, 1.29 per lb

    Clifty Farm Whole Country Ham, 1.29 per lb

    Boneless Ribeye Steaks, 7.99 per lb

    Boneless Prime Rib Roast, 6.99 per lb

    Boneless Smoked Ham, 2.49 per lb

    Boneless Pork Tenderloin, 2.19 per lb

    Hillshire Farm Cocktail Smokies, 2.19
    Hillshire Farm Cocktail Links, Any (DND/DNT 5) - 12-06-09 RP
    Final Price: 1.69 ea

    Frozen Turkey Breast, 1.49 per lb

    Bottom Round or Rump Roast, 2.49 per lb

    Ground Round, 1.99 per lb

    Whole or Cut up Fryers, .99 per lb

    Seedless Navel Oranges, 8 lbs, 3.99

    Red Apples, 8 lbs, 3.99

    Idaho Potatoes, 10 lbs, $2.00

    Martha White Flour, 1.50

    Blue Bonnet Margarine Quarters, .59

    Crisco Oil, 48 oz, 2.00
    Crisco Product, any (DND 5) - 11-08-09 RP
    Final Price: 1.45 ea

    Kraft Cool Whip, .99

    Purity Ice Cream, 2.50
    Purity Ice Cream, Any Half Gallon from Home Mailer
    Final Price: 1.50

    Charmin Ultra, 9 rolls, 3.99
    Charmin Bathroom Tissue, any - 11-29-09 PG
    Final Price: 3.49

    Folgers Coffee Canister, 5.99
    or .25/1 Folgers Products, Any 7 Oz. + (Including Folgers Singles And Pods) - 12-06-09 RP
    Final Price: 5.49

    Pepsi Cola Products, 2 ltrs, .99

    Powerade Sports Drinks, .79

    Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 1.25
    Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Any - 12-06-09 SS
    Final Price: .75 ea

    Kraft Cheese, 1.67
    Kraft or Cracker Barrell Natural Cheese (shreds or chunks) any (2) - 11-22-09 SS & 11-15-09 RP
    Final Price: 1.17

    Campbell's Cream Soups (Mushroom or Chicken), .89
    Campbell's Condensed "Great for Cooking" soups
    Final Price: .64

    Allen's Green Beans, .69
    Allens Seasoned Vegetables, any variety - 12-13-09 RP
    Final Price: FREE

    Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, .99

    Nestle Baking Morsels, 2.00
    Nestle Tollhouse Morsels, Any (
    Final Price: 1.50

    Best Choice Vegetables, .39

    Best Choice Cheese, 1.29

    Best Choice Vegetable Oil, 1.69

    Best Choice Sugar, 1.49

    Best Choice Ground Coffee, 34.5 oz, 3.99

    Best Choice Cream Cheese, .69

    Best Choice Flour, .99

    Best Choice Cake Mix, .59

    For the Locals: Merry Tuba Christmas Today!!

    If you have never been to a Merry Tuba Christmas, you are in for a treat! If you can imagine the sound of about a hundred tubas playing Christmas songs together, that is what you will hear. It is loud, fun, and really puts you in the Christmas spirit. Best of all, it's free.

    Here is the information:

    Tues, Dec 15, First Baptist, 108 7th Avenue South, Nashville, 664-6000. Concerts at 11 am and 12:30 pm. The 23rd annual Merry Tuba Christmas concert features Christmas carols played by a mass choir of over 100 tuba players (ranging from school-age children to professional players). The concerts are free. But, donations will be collected to benefit the Wednesday lunches for the Homeless that Downtown Presbyterian Church provides.

    Monday, December 14, 2009

    Menu Planning Monday 12/14/09

    Monday: Comfort Beef Casserole & Savory Bacon Ranch Bread (recipes below)
    Tuesday: Crustless Spinach Quiche & Sausage
    Wednesday: Island Kielbasa in Slow Cooker & Spicy Oven Fried Potato Wedges
    Thursday: Crockpot Cranberry Chicken & Steamed Vegetables
    Friday: Eat Out (Leaving the family at home and going to Vegas for my brother's wedding!)
    Saturday: Hamburger Helper
    Sunday: Pizza

    For more menu planning ideas head on over to Laura’s place at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

    Comfort Beef Casserole

    1 and 1/2 lbs. ground beef
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 tsp. salt
    pepper, to taste
    1 tsp. sugar
    3 (8 0z.) cans tomato sauce
    3 oz. cream cheese, softened
    1 and 1/2 C. sour cream
    6-8 green onions, sliced
    8 oz. egg noodles
    1/2 C. grated cheddar

    Brown meat and drain. Add seasonings and tomato sauce, simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile boil noodles according to package directions. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, cream cheese, and green onion. Butter a glass 9 x 13. Put in half of noodles, half of cream cheese mixture, and half of meat mixture. Repeat layers and top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

    Savory Bacon Ranch Bread

    • 1 1/4 cups water
    • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
    • 3 3/4 cups bread flour
    • 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons dry ranch salad dressing and dip mix (from a 1-ounce packet)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
    • Additional bread flour, only if needed

    Using a 1 1/2- to 2-pound capacity bread machine, place ingredients (except the additional flour) into bread pan according to manufacturer's directions. Close lid; select "basic" setting and light crust color; start machine. (Check dough during kneading stages; if dough sticks to sides of bread pan, sprinkle with a little additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough no longer sticks.) After bread has baked, remove from bread pan to cool on rack. Cool slightly before slicing. Makes a large loaf.

    Combine the remaining dry ranch salad dressing mix (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) with softened butter or a package of cream cheese to make a tasty spread for the bread.

    Sunday, December 13, 2009

    Publix Round 2

    My son wanted some blueberries which of course reminded me of the $2/$6 FLIP, which led me to go through my coupons, which of course gave me an excuse to go shopping...

    To see the sales/coupons for the above items go here or here.

    Total before sales/coupons: 158.52
    Sales: 34.23
    Coupons: 96.41
    OOP: 27.88 (Saving 82%)

    Saturday, December 12, 2009

    Favorite Party Drink: Moscow Hot Chocolate

    I made these yesterday at a friend's cookie exchange. Boy, were these good! And they are perfect for the season.

    Moscow Hot Chocolate

    "This is hot chocolate with vanilla-flavored vodka and amaretto. It keeps you warm on a cold day. Try it topped with whipped cream!"


    1 fluid ounce vanilla flavored vodka
    3/4 fluid ounce amaretto liqueur
    1 tablespoon instant hot chocolate mix
    4 fluid ounces hot milk


    Into a coffee mug, pour in the vanilla vodka, amaretto, and add the hot chocolate mix. Pour in the hot milk and stir to blend well.

    Friday, December 11, 2009

    Holiday Baking Coupon List

    Do you bake a lot over the holidays? This list is for you! Check out Publix Penny Pincher for her post with all the available baking ingredient coupons. So before you rush out last minute for that one missing ingredient, check there first for a coupon!

    Free Music Friday: iTunes Christmas Music Sampler!

    Check out Mindi's post at Moms Need to Know to learn how to download your free iTunes Christmas music sampler. They are offering 20 great Christmas songs for free!

    All You 2 for 1 Subscription Deal!

    All You is one or the best magazines for coupons and the only magazine that I actually pay for! I found this great tip at

    "If you already have a subscription to All You, they are offering a free subscription when you renew your own subscription.

    Buy yourself a renewed subscription for $20, and get a second issue sent to yourself for free! (How many times do you wish you had multiple copies?)

    Or, give the gift subscription to a friend or relative just getting into couponing. It's only a little bit more than the cheapest renew price, but you could be getting a whole 'nother issue for yourself."

    Bargain Meal of the Week 12/11/09 - Chicken Broccoli Casserole

    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 week 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.

    Items on sale that can be used in this meal:

    Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers 12 oz., $2.39 BOGO (broccoli)
    -.50/1 Valley Fresh Steamers printable or here or here
    -.40/1 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers SS 11/15, 12/13

    Final Price: .19 - .40

    Sargento Shredded Cheese, 5-8 oz., $1.66
    -.55/1 Sargento Shredded Cheese Nov. or Dec. All You Magazine
    -.50/2 Sargento Shredded Cheese SS 11/15
    -.40/2 Sargento Shredded Cheese SS 11/15
    -Free Eggs wyb (2) Sargento Products “All the Trimmings” booklet (store coupon)

    Final Price: 1.11 - 1.26, plus free eggs when you buy 2

    Perdue Chicken Breast on sale $2.99 per lb.

    Onion, .99 per lb
    -$2/$6 Produce Purchase FLIP

    Chicken Broccoli Casserole


    3 Chicken breast, chopped into bite size pieces
    2 (10 ounce) boxes frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
    2 cups cooked rice
    8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
    2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
    1 small onion, chopped 2 T butter

    1. Cook chicken in butter in large skillet.
    2. Add onions a couple of minutes before chicken is completely browned.
    3. Add remaining ingredients and cook just until cheese is melted.
    4. Put in 2 quart pre-greased casserole dish .
    5. Bake at 350 for 30 hour.

    Thursday, December 10, 2009

    Great Trip to Publix!

    It's a great week at Publix for vegetables!

    Publix Saltine Crackers, 1.39
    -1.30 HG Hill Coupon .09 Price
    Final Price: .09

    Golden Flake Potato Chips, 1.67
    -1.66 HG Hill Coupon .01 Price
    Final Price: .01

    10 Publix Green Beans/Corn, .79
    -7.80 HG Hill Coupon .01 Price (limit 10)
    Final Price: .01 ea

    2 Pillsbury Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, 2.00
    -(2) 1.25/1 IP Q
    Final Price: .75 ea

    2 Oscar Mayer Precooked Bacon, 3.00 ea
    -(2) $2/1 HG Hill Q
    -.75/1 MF Q
    Final Price: .63

    Publix Large Eggs, 1.39
    -1.38 HG Hill Coupon .01 Price
    Final Price: .01

    Publix Pasta, .73
    -.50/1 Kroger Q
    Final Price: .23

    7 Chef Boyardee, $1
    -$1/5 Kroger MF Q from homemailer
    -.50/2 IP Q
    Final Price: .71 ea

    2 International Delight Creamer, 1.99
    -$1/2 MF Q
    Final Price: 1.49 ea

    2 Fast Fixin Chicken Nuggets, 5.99 BOGO
    -(2) .75/1 MF Q
    Final Price: 2.25 ea

    3 Stonyfield Farm Yogurts, .50
    -.50/1 IP Q, doubled
    Final Price: .17 ea

    6 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, 2.39 BOGO
    -(6) .50/1 IP Qs
    Final Price: .20 ea

    Muir Glen Tomato Paste, 1.09
    Muir Glen Tomato Sauce, .89
    -(2) $1/1 IP Qs
    Final Price: Free

    Publix Bleach, 1.50
    -1.49 HG Hill Coupon .01 Price
    Final Price: .01

    Driscolls Raspberries, 3.99
    -.50/1 IP Q

    Persian Lime, .25
    -$1/1 Produce WYB 2 Oscar Mayer Bacons

    2 Fruit2Day Juice, 2 Pack, 3.49 BOGO
    -(2) .55/1 Blinkies found this trip

    -$2/$6 Produce FLIP
    Final price for all produce: 2.63

    6 Sundown Vitamin D, 2.99
    -(3) $6/2 Publix Qs
    -(6) $1/1 Peelies
    Final Price: Free+

    -$5/$50 HG Hill Coupon from Franklin Review Appeal

    Total before sales/coupons: 105.84
    Sales: 23.61
    Coupons: 68.98
    OOP: $13.23 (saving 88%)

    Favorite Deals of the Week 12/10/09


    Celestial Seasonings Tea, 20 ct., $3.59 BOGO
    -$1/2 Celestial Seasonings SS 12/6 or in store dispenser
    -$1 off Celestial Seasonings SS 9/27
    Final Price: .79 - 1.29

    General Mills Chex, Cocoa Puffs, Trix or Golden Grahams, 10.7-14 oz., $3.49 BOGO
    -$1/2 Chex cereals SS 11/15 or printable or printable
    -.75/1 Cocoa Puffs cereal printable or printable (makes it 99¢)
    -$1/2 General Mills Big G cereals SS 11/8 or printable or printable
    Final Price: .99 - 1.25

    Fresh Express Salad Blends, 4.5-12 oz. bag, $3.99 BOGO
    -.55/1 Fresh Express Blends printable
    -$1/2 Fresh Express Blends Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer (store coupon) *starts 12/12
    Final Price: buy 2, use 2 printable coupons and 1 store coupon - makes it 94¢ ea

    McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract, 2 oz., $6.75 BOGO
    -$1/1 McCormick Spice, Extract, or Food Coloring, Any from tearpad
    -$1/1 MF Q RP 12/6
    Final Price: 2.38

    Betty Crocker Premium Muffin Mix, 15.2-18.25 oz., $2.59 BOGO
    -.50/1 Betty Crocker Fiber One Muffin Mix printable
    -.75/1 Fiber One Muffin Mix SS 10/25 or printable (if included)
    -.50/1 off any Betty Crocker Muffin Mix SS 12/13

    Final Price: .29 - .55¢

    Del Monte Pitted Prunes, 18 oz., $3.63 BOGO
    Final Price: 1.82

    Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, 5.5-7.3 oz., $1.09 BOGO
    B3G1 Kraft Mac & Cheese SS 12/13
    Final Price: .40¢ ea

    Campbell’s Select Harvest Soup, can or bowl, $2.39 BOGO
    -.50/2 Campbell’s Select Harvest Healthy Request Soups, any SS 9/20
    -$1.50/3 Campbell’s Select Harvest printable
    -$1 off Campbell’s Select Harvest printable
    Final Price: .19 - .70¢

    Marie Callender’s Croutons, 5 oz., $1.39 BOGO
    -.55/1 Marie Callender’s Crouton’s RP 11/8
    Final Price: .14¢

    Juicy Juice 100% Premium Juice, 64 oz., $3.65 BOGO
    -$1/2 Juicy Juice printable (manuf coupon) or printable
    -$1/2 Juicy Juice Nestle School Days Calendar
    Final Price: $1.32

    Doritos Tortilla Chips, 11.5-13 oz., $3.99 BOGO
    Final Price: 1.99

    Nabisco Toasted Chips, 8 oz. bag, $3.39 BOGO
    -$1/2 Nabisco cracker products printable
    -$1 off Nabisco crackers SS 11/08

    -$1 off Nabisco crackers Dec 2009 Kraft Food and Family Mag
    Final Price: .69 - 1.19

    Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets, Tenders, Popcorn, or Fries, 23-26 oz., $5.99 BOGO
    -.75/1 Fast Fixin’ 20oz+ bag August or October All You Magazine
    -.30/1 Fast Fixin’ printable (IE) or printable (FF)
    -$1 off Fast Fixin’ Product printable (register)

    Final Price: $1.99 - 2.40

    Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers 12 oz., $2.39 BOGO
    -.50/1 Valley Fresh Steamers printable or here or here
    -.40/1 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers SS 11/15, 12/13

    Final Price: .19 - .40

    Bartlett Pears, 88¢ lb.

    Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice, 64 oz., $2.50

    Stonyfield Farm Yogurt, 6 oz., 50¢ ea
    -.50/3 Stonyfield Yogurt Cups printable
    Final Price: buy 3, makes it 13¢ ea

    Pillsbury Ready-to-bake! Cookies, 14-16.5 oz., $2
    -.55/1 Pillsbury Ready to Bake! SS 12/6, 11/22
    -$1/2 Pillsbury Ready to Bake! SS 12/6, 11/22
    -$1/2 Pillsbury Cookie Dough printable or printable
    -$1 off Pillsbury Simply Bake Cookies SS 12/13

    -$1.25 off Pillsbury Simply Peanut Butter Cookies printable (IE) or printable (FF)
    Final Price: .75 - 1.50

    Sargento Shredded Cheese, 5-8 oz., $1.66
    -.55/1 Sargento Shredded Cheese Nov. or Dec. All You Magazine
    -.50/2 Sargento Shredded Cheese SS 11/15
    -.40/2 Sargento Shredded Cheese SS 11/15
    -Free Eggs wyb (2) Sargento Products “All the Trimmings” booklet (store coupon)

    Final Price: 1.11 - 1.26, plus free eggs when you buy 2

    Nesquik, 16 oz, $1 (starting 12/12)
    -.50/1 off any NesQuik product RP 11/1
    Final Price: Free

    Domino Confectioners or Brown Sugar 1 lb box 99¢
    -.50/2 Domino Sugar products 1 lb box RP 11/15
    -.60/3 Donio Sugar Products “All the Trimmings” booklet
    Final Price: .49 - .79

    Muir Glen Tomato Paste 99¢
    -$1 off any Muir Glen product printable
    Final Price: Free

    Chef Boyardee, 14.5-15 oz., $1
    -$1/5 Chef Boyardee Kroger Home Mailer
    Final Price: .80

    Publix Large White Bread, 20 oz., .79¢

    Revlon Beauty Tool or Cosmetics
    -$2.50 off Revlon Beauty Tool or Cosmetic Green Advantage Buy (store coupon)
    -$1 off Revlon Beauty Tool SS 11/15
    -$2 off Revlon Color Cosmetic SS 11/15
    Final Price: makes nail files, tweezers etc. free plus overage

    CoverGirl Powder or Foundations $2.99-$3.19
    -$2 off Cover Girl Cosmetic Green Advantage Buy (store coupon)
    -$1 off Cover Girl PG 11/29
    Final Price: Use both makes it FREE or 19¢

    Tylenol Cold or Sinus Medicine, 18 or 24 ct., $4.99
    -$2 off Tylenol Cold, or Sinus Green Advantage Buy Flyer (store coupon)
    -$1 off Tylenol Cold or Sinus RP 12/6, 11/08, 10/4 or printable
    -$3/2 Tylenol Cold or Sinus RP 9/13
    -$2 off Tylenol Cold Product printable

    Final Price: use $2 printable with store coupon makes it .99¢

    Hot Wheels Cars 99¢ (I found these in the cold medicine section of the store - go figure!)
    -$1 off any Toy $19.99 or less “Winter Savings” booklet
    Final Price: Free

    Scotties Cube Facial Tissues, 60-132 ct., 99¢ (starting 12/12)
    -.50/3 Scotties Tissues Boxes RP 11/15, 10/25, 9/13
    -.50/1 Scotties Tissues printable

    Final Price: FREE - .66

    Thanks to Southern Savers for this information. Visit her site for a complete sale/coupon match-up.


    Grapefruit. .25 ea

    Navel Oranges, 4 lbs, 1.49

    Russet Potatoes, 10 lbs, 1.49

    Onions, 3 lbs, .49 (great price!)

    Southern Grove Chopped Walnuts, 8 oz, 1.89

    Butterball Turkey, .99 per lb

    Gingerbread House Kit, 6.99

    Egg Nog, 32 oz, 1.89


    Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Free - see deal here

    HG Hill:

    Check out the in-ad coupons which you can also use at Publix. Great prices on JFG, Sargento and store brands. Go HERE to see match-up.

    Franklin Review Appeal also had some fantastic HG Hill coupons:
    $5/$50 purchase
    1 Gallon Bleach for .01
    Store Brand Vegetables for .01 (10 limit)
    Large Eggs for .01
    Golden Flake Potato Chips for .01
    Little Debbie Honey Buns for .01

    Wednesday, December 9, 2009

    Blue Bunny Coupon and Free Christmas Song Download

    Blue Bunny is offering a $1/1 printable coupon and a free Christmas song download. Go HERE to get yours!

    Thanks to Thrifty Ways and Ideas for this information!

    New Nabisco/Kraft Rebate!

    Check out the new post by Mindi at Moms Need to Know about a new Nabisco/Kraft Holiday $10 rebate. There is also a currently a register reward offered by Walgreens for Nabisco products. I'm sure there is a money making scenario in there somewhere!

    Tuesday, December 8, 2009

    Free Swiss Miss and Vitamins!

    I had to take my son to the pediatrician because he woke up with a bad earache. He generally only complains when it truly is serious. Since we were around the corner from Target, we went there to pick up some kid snacks and get him a hot dog. I had read on slickdeals (check out message #42) that Target had a coupon for $1/1 Swiss Miss and that it was on sale at many Targets for .97. Usually our Target does not follow the great deals that others describe, but in this case I was pleasantly surprised!


    2 Kashi Crackers, regularly 3.54 on sale 1.99
    -(2 ) $1/1 MF Qs
    Final Price: .99 ea

    2 Kelloggs Rice Krispies, on sale 1.88
    -$1/2 IP Q
    Final Price: 1.38 ea

    7 Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa 10 pk, on sale .97
    -(7) $1/1 Target Qs
    Final Price: Free+

    5 Keebler Cookies, on sale $2 ea
    -$1.50/2 IP Q
    -$1/3 IP Q
    Final Price: 1.50 ea (also buy 5 get $5 Target Gift Card, making each .50 ea)

    Total before sales/coupons: $37.51
    Coupons/sales: 23.97
    OOP: 13.54 (also received $5 gift card, thus real OOP 8.54 saving 77%)


    We stopped at Publix for a prescription and a toy. I took advantage of the current vitamin advantage buy coupon from the Green Flyer. I had not intended to buy so many until I found the vitamins with the $1/1 peelies on them. It made most of them money makers.

    Monster Truck (not pictured), 3.99
    -$1/1 Publix Q, “Winter Savings” booklet
    Final Price: 2.99

    2 Sun Down Melatonin, 3.99
    2 Sun Down Folic Acid, 3.79
    3 Sun Down Vit A, 3.29
    5 Sun Down Vitamin D, 2.99
    -(12) $1/1 Peelies from products
    -(6) $6/2 Publix Qs Green Advantage Buy Flyer
    Final Price: Free+

    BeneVia Natural Flavored Fruit Drink, 4 pk 8 oz., $6.99
    -$3 off BeneVia Drink 4pk Green Advantage Buy Flyer (store coupon)
    -$5 off BeneVia Nutritional Drink printable
    Final Price: Free+

    2 Reynold's Baker's Cups, .95 ea
    -.25/2 MF Q from Reynolds Booklet found during this trip at store
    Final Price: .70 ea

    Neosporin, 3.99 (purchased at checkout because total would have been negative)

    Total before sales/coupons: 63.93
    Coupons: 58.50
    Sales 1.50
    OOP: 3.93 (all tax, saving 94%)