Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Great place to take the kids on vacation!


You may have noticed that I took a little break from blogging this past weekend. That is because I was in the mountains with family and friends where there is no Internet. We went to Bryson City, NC. I am always searching for fun places to go that are not too far away and don't cost too much money. I like to read personal accounts because I think they give you a better picture of what to expect. Unfortunately, there are not as many as I would like to see online to get good ideas. So, I am going to tell you about this vacation spot.

First, I live in a suburb of Nashville, TN. It took us about 5ish hours to get there. Actually a little longer because we stopped in Pigeon Forge (you drive through) for a quick break for the kids. If you plan for it, there is a cool Titanic Museum on the way that my kids would love to see, but we did not have time for. You will also drive by a very good Krispy Kreme which we stopped at and got doughnuts for then and the next morning, yumm.

We stayed at
Estes Cabin which you can book by calling. It was totally cool. It was built in the mid 1870's and is the oldest home in the county. However, it has great air conditioning, four bedrooms with five double beds, a full kitchen and a washer and dryer. You know that smell that you get when you go into an historic landmark home for a tour? This place has it. If you love history, you will love this place. There were even some photocopied documents to peruse which belonged to the owner, including his confederate papers. If you go, check out the photos in the upstairs hall. My only complaint was that the outside lighting was non-existent, but since we always carry flashlights, it wasn't a problem. Our friends rented a more modern cabin nearer to the Nantahala River (15 minutes from town) which was two bedrooms with one double and four bunkbeads and no washer/dryer for $165 per night. However, it does have a pool and access to horse back riding. The Estes Cabin cost us $145 per night for the five of us. I think it is more if there are additional guests. It was worth the price. Just an idea that worked well for us - I read Little House on the Prairie to the kids on the way up. It describes how they built their cabin and gave our kids a better appreciation for our cabin and the time that it was built.

This cabin is also in a great spot. About a mile down the road you can rent tubes for $3 each (all day) and float down a beautiful creek. It is part of the Smokey Mountains National Park. There are also trails. We took one to see a waterfall which the kids played in. About a mile around the mountain in the other direction is Bryson City. Bryson City is a small town with numerous cute shops and a train station.
The Great Smokey Mountain Railroad has a depot there. You can get a coupon here for $3 off the price of a ticket. However, since we were meeting up with our friends, a couple with four children, we decided to rent the caboose which was a flat amount of $499, not much more than buying tickets for all of us plus you get snacks and special treatment. The kids loved it! I think if you did it in the fall, it would be even more amazing. It was a four hour round trip ride (one hour is stopping for lunch). When you get to the end point, the train stops and the engine is moved to the other end of the train. Thus, if you were in the caboose, you become the first car after the locomotive on the way back which was also a thrill for the kids.

If you are looking for a family restaurant, there is a family pizza place (I think it was Anthony's) across from the train station with great pizza and reasonable prices. They also serve locally made beer which is quite strong (just fyi). I also noticed that the prices in their grocery stores were better than those where I shop. There is a gas station in town that is open late and it sells basic food supplies (very expensive). Otherwise most every place else closes early. Keep that in mind if you want to buy groceries.


We were only there for a few days so we didn't get to see all the things we would have liked.
Cherokee is a neighboring town with an Indian museum that looked really interesting. They also have a nice movie theater. If you have more time check this town out. Also, the Biltmore is around an hour away - definitely an awesome day excursion.

If you want a quick weekend trip, this is a great, less commercial than Gatlinburg, place to go!

For the Locals: Free Stuff to Do For Independence Day!

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HG Hill Favorite Deals this Week 6/30/10

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. HG Hill sale dates run from Monday through Sunday.

There is an in-ad store coupon for Hunt's Ketchup for .01 when you purchase $20 in groceries.

Assorted Pork Chops, 1.59 per lb

Ground Chuck, 1.99 per lb

Chicken Leg Quarters, .49 per lb (stock up price)

Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs, .99 (stock up price)

Boston Butt Pork Roast, 1.29 per lb

Whole Boneless Ribeye - 5.99 per lb

Pork Spare Ribs, 1.59 per lb

Pilgrims Pride Chicken Breasts or Tenders, 1.99 per lb

Sirloin Tip Roast, 2.49 per lb

Carolina Pride Smoked Sausage, 1.99

Corn, .29 per ear

Seedless Watermelon, 3.99

Blue Berries, pint, 1.99

Cherries, 2.49 per lb

Peaches, .99 per lb

Dole Cole Slaw, $1.00

Kraft Barbecue Sauce, .79
-$1/2 Kraft Barbecue Sauce, 18oz (Manufacturer coupon w/ Kroger logo) homemailer
Final Price: .29 ea

Lay's Potato Chips, $2.00
-$1/2
Lay's Potato Chips, Any Flavors/Varieties, 10.5 Oz. Or Larger, tearpad
Final Price: 1.50

Kingsford Charcoal, $6.99
-1/1
Kingsford Matchlight Charcoal Briquets, 12.5 lb. or larger
Final Price: 5.99

Coca Cola Products, 24 pack, 5.99

Rotel Tomatoes, .99
-$1/4
Ro*Tel Rotel, Any, homemailer
-B2G1 RoTel - All You, September 2009 - valid up to $1.00
Final Price: .66 - .74

Lindsay Olives, 1.50
-$1/1
Lindsay Naturals Olives 6 oz., Any (Facebook Coupon, Sign up, Bricks Coupon)
-$1/1 Lindsay Re-Closeables Olives, Any - 05-02-10 RP
Final Price: .50

Cap'n Crunch Cereal, $2.00

Pepsi, 2 ltr, $1.00

Cool Whip, .99
-.20/2
Cool Whip Whipped Topping, any (2) - 06-27-10 SS
Final Price: .79 ea

Kraft Cheese, 1.67
-$1/1
Kraft Deli Fresh Natural Cheese Slices, Any, blinkie
Final Price: .67

Kool Aid Jammers, 1.67

Friday, June 25, 2010

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic: Monster Trucks!

Lowe's will be hosting another Build and Grow Clinic this Saturday where kids will get to build a Monster Truck. I have taken my children to these clinics several times and they have a blast, including my daughter! It starts at 10 am and is free. You can register HERE. They give each child a certificate and a badge after completing the project. It's a great opportunity to teach your kids valuable skills!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Adventure of Tom Sawyer Radio Show Free Download

Home School Radio Shows has the Adventure of Tom Sawyer free to download. Check this site every week for a different download. They usually have some great ones! I think they are taking a summer break but will start back up in mid-July.

These would be great to add to your iPod and play on driving trips for the kids!

Bargain Meal of the Week 6/24/10 Shrimp Skewers & Mango Sauce

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.

Okay, it's hot enough to cook on the sidewalk around here. It's the kind of sticky hot that leaves you breathless and not wanting to even move, much less cook. To avoid heating up the house any more than you have to, here's a great recipe for the grill! My advice to you is for your husband to do the hot outside stuff and you do the easy inside blending!

Items on sale that can be used in this meal:

Large White Shrimp, 31-35 lb., $4.99

Mangos, 67¢ ea

Georgia Sweet Corn, 15¢ ea

Persian Limes, 20¢ ea

Minute Rice, price unknown
-.50/1 Printable
Final Price: Cheap

Shrimp Skewers with Curried Mango Sauce
from Coastal Living, MAY 2000

Ingredients:

  • 30 unpeeled large fresh shrimp
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Curried Mango Sauce (recipe below)
  • Garnish: lime wedges
Directions:

Peel shrimp, leaving tails intact. Devein shrimp, if desired.

Toss together shrimp, chili powder, salt, and olive oil in a large bowl. Thread 5 shrimp onto each skewer, bending each shrimp to pass through skewer twice.

Grill, without grill lid, over high heat (400° to 500°) 4 to 5 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink, turning once. Serve warm with Curried Mango Sauce. Garnish with lime wedges.

Curried Mango Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium mango, chopped
  • 1/3 cup peeled and chopped English cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Directions:

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides.

Serve the above recipes with corn on the grill and/or rice.

Link Love: 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

Here's a great article about 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp!

Do You Have a Hobby and Need Cheap Supplies?

If so, I have a great website for you!! It's the American Science and Surplus website. It has all kinds of cool stuff (cheap)! They offer an eclectic range of products, many with a science or educational tilt to them, others simply handy or amusing. Value is important, and whenever they can, they carry surplus at prices well below retail. They offer closeouts, inventory overruns, mis-manufactures, and items whose time has not come.

Favorite Deals of the Week 6/24/10

Harris Teeter:

Super Doubles week, need I say more? Go here for links to sites with deal lists.

HG Hill:


Go here for this weeks deals. Be sure and get some free Sweet Baby Ray's Bbq Sauce and cheap Blue Bunny Ice Cream!

Publix:

Fresh Express Salad Blend, 4.5-12 oz., $3.99 BOGO
-$1/2 Fresh Express Blends in store dispenser
-$1/2 Fresh Express Blends Family Style Magazine (store coupon)
Final Price: Use both makes it 99¢ each

Perdue Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets, 12 oz., $4.39 BOGO
Final Price: 2.19

Oscar Mayer Beef Franks, 16 oz., $3.99 BOGO
-$1/2 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs printable, SS 5/16
Final Price: $1.49

Musselmann’s Apple Sauce, 6 pk. 4 oz., $2.33 BOGO
-.75/1 Musselmann’s Apple Sauce “Smart Summer Savings” Booklet (store coupon)
Final Price: .41¢

Lipton Family Size Tea Bags, 24 ct., 2.15 BOGO

-.40/1 Lipton Tea Bags RP 6/27
-.60/2 Lipton Tea Bags RP 6/27
Final Price: .27 - .77

Ken’s Steak House Marinade & Sauce or Sweet Baby Ray’s, 16 oz., $2.79 BOGO
-$1 off Ken’s Marinade SS 5/09 (exp 6/30)
-$1/2 off Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce,18 oz. SS 5/23 (exp 6/30)
Final Price: .39 -.89

Nabisco Ritz Crackers, 12.25-16 oz., or Fudge Covered Ritz, 7.5 oz., $3.79 BOGO
-$1/2 Nabisco Crackers SS 5/16
Final Price: .89¢

Smart Balance Milk, half gal., $3.59 BOGO

-$1.50 off Smart Balance Milk 1 carton RP 5/23
-$2 off Smart Balance Milk, RP 6/13 or printable
-.75/1 Smart Balance Milk, RP 6/13
Final Price: Free - 1.04

Yoplait Trix or Kids Yogurt, 6 pk. 4 oz. cup, $2.79 BOGO
-.75/2 Yoplait Go-Gurt or Trix Multipack Yogurt, SS 6/13
-.80/2 Yoplait Kids, Trix or Go-Gurt Yogurt
printable
Final Price: .99 - 1.02


Georgia Sweet Corn, 15¢ ea

Yellow Squash or Zucchini, 99¢ lb.

Athena Cantaloupes, $1.99 ea

Persian Limes, 20¢ ea

Mangos, 67¢ ea

Del Monte Golden Ripe Pineapple, $2.99 ea

Whole Chicken, $1.19 lb.

Perdue Fit & Easy Boneless Chicken Breast, $2.99 lb.

Sargento Shredded Cheese, 5-8 oz., $2
-.50/1 Sargento Reduced Sodium Natural Cheese 5oz+ SS 4/18
Final Price: $1.00


Philadelphia Cream Cheese 12 oz., $3.19
B1G1 Philadelphia Cream Cheese, any size printable (store coupon)
-$1 off Philadelphia Cream Cheese Yellow Adv. Flyer (store coupon) (exp 6/25)
-$1 off Philadelphia Cream Cheese
printable
Final Price: buy 2, use B1G1, $1 off store coupon and (2) mfr. coupons makes it $0.09 ea

Domino Premium Sugar, 5 lb., $2.49
-.30/1 Domino Sugar
printable
-.40/1 Domino sugar 2 lbs + RP 5/02 (exp 6/30)
-.50/1 Domino Sugar printable

-.75/2 Domino Sugar, 2 lb. +, June Good Housekeeping Magazine
-.75/2 Domino Sugar, 2 lb. +, May Woman’s Day Magazine

Final Price: 1.49 - 2.11

Chef Boyardee Pasta or Chef Boyardee Jr., 14.5-15 oz., 89¢
-$2/10 Chef Boyardee products, Summertime Savings Guide (store coupon)
-$1/5 Chef Boyardee any, 15 oz., June All You Magazine
Final Price: .69¢

Almond Breeze 64oz., Milk $2.99

-$1 ff Almond Breeze Milk Yellow Adv. Flyer (store coupon) (exp 6/25)
-$1 off Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk SS 5/23
-.55/1 Blue Diamond Almond Breeze
printable
Final Price: .99 - 1.44

Dreamfields Pasta, 13.25 oz., $1.67
-$1 off Dreamfields Pasta printable (register)

Final Price: .67

CapriSun Drinks, 10 pk., $1.67

Schick Hydro Shave Gel, $2
-$1 off Schick Hydro Green Adv. Flyer (store coupon)
-$1 off Schick Hydro Shave Gel, SS 6/13
Final Price: Free

Thanks to Southern Savers for this information. Visit her site for complete sale/coupon match-up and her great list making gadget!

Aldi:


Nectarines, .29 ea

Peaches, .29 ea

Plums, .29 ea

Strawberries, .99 per lb

Cherries, 1.49 per lb

L'Oven Fresh Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns, .79

Beef Patties, 85/15, 3 lbs, 6.99

Ground Beef, 1.89 per lb

Walgreens:


Chicken of the Sea 99¢ w/ in-ad coupon
-$1 off Chicken of the Sea product printable (limit reached)
Final Price: makes it Free, use store coupon last

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Harris Teeter Super Doubles Trip 6/23/10

Took a quick lunch trip to Harris Teeter (Hillsboro) to get a few of the great deals this week during Super Doubles. We are going to take the kids to the mountains soon so I stocked up on soda since it is a great deal this week!

5 Pepsi Product 12 pks, 5.99 B2G3
-$2/4 Manufacturer Q from current HG Hill Circular
Final Price: $2.00 ea

Cottonelle 12 pk, 4.99 (Vic Item)
-$1/1 MF Q, doubled
Final Price: 2.99

Chinet Plates, 2.50
-$1/1 Peelie
Final Price: .50

Chinet Dessert Plates, 2.50
-Free Item MF Q WYB Chinet Plates Peelie
Final Price: Free

3 Yakisobi Noodles, .67 ea
-$1/2 MF Q, doubled
Final Price: .22 ea (was hoping the coupon would apply to all three but did not)

2 Old El Paso Seasoning, $1
-(2) .50/1 IP Qs, doubled
Final Price: Free

2 Lindsay Olives, 2.50
-(2) $1/1 IP Qs, doubled
Final Price: .50 ea

2 Pam Spray, 2.50
-(2) $1/1 IP Qs, doubled
Final Price: .50 ea

Hidden Valley Dressing, 2.50
-$1/1 MF Q, doubled
Final Price: .50

Wacky Mac Noodles, .82
-.50/1 MF Q, doubled
Final Price: Free

Terra Chips, 3.99 (got the wrong kind - not on sale)
-$1/1 MF Q, doubled
Final Price: 1.99

2 Philly Cream Cheese, 1.85
-(2) $1/1 IP Qs, doubled
Final Price: Free

YoPlait Yoplus, 4 pk, 1.99
-$1/1 IP Q, doubled
Final Price: Free

4 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs, 2.12
-(2) $1/2 IP Qs, doubled
Final Price: 1.12 ea

Total before sales/coupons: 98.29
Sales: 37.54
Coupons: 34.35
OOP: 26.40 (Saving 73%)

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

HG Hill Favorite Deals this Week 6/22/2010

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. HG Hill sale dates run from Monday through Sunday.

There is an in-ad store coupon for Best Choice Mustard for .09 when you purchase $20 in groceries and a manufacturer coupon for $2 off (4) 12 pack Pepsi products.

Pork Ribs or Pork Steaks, 1.49 per lb

Ground Beef, 1.79 per lb

Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks, .99 per lb

T-Bone Steaks, 6.99 per lb

Bottom Round or Rump Roast, 1.99 per lb

Bottom Round Steaks, 2.99 per lb

Baby Back Pork Ribs, 2.99 per lb

Tyson Sliced Bacon, 16 oz, 2.59

Sirloin End Cut Pork Chops, 1.19 per lb

Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breasts, 1.89 per lb

Carolina Pride Hot Dogs, .69 per pack (Great Price)

Iceberg Lettuce, .89

Blueberries, pint, 1.50

Nectarines, 1.19 per lb

Plums, 1.99 per lb

Large Green Peppers, 2 for $1

Yellow or Zucchini Squash, .99 per lb

Grape Tomatoes, pint, 1.50

Seedless Watermelons, 3.99 ea (Great Price)

Vidalia Onions, .99 per lb

Capri Sun, 10 ct, 1.88 ea

Blue Bunny Ice Cream, 1.99
-$1/1
Blue Bunny 1.75 QT, any - 05-23-10 SS
-$1/1 Blue Bunny Frozen Item, Any (Sign Up/Log In)
Final Price: .99

Nestle Pure Life Water, 24 pk, 3.33
-$1/2
Nestle Pure Life Purified Water, Any Multi-Packs - Coupons.com
-$1/2 Nestle pure life purified water multi-packs 20 pack or higher 05-23-10 rp
Final Price: 2.83 ea

Betty Crocker Cake Mix, .99

Ore Ida Onion Rings or Potato Products, 2.50

Huggies Baby Wipes, 32-40 ct, 1.89

Sun Detergent, 40 use, 2.50
.75/1
Sun Liquid Or Powder Laundry Detergent, 75 Load +, Any - 05-23-10 RP, 05-02-10 SS
Final Price: 1.75

Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce, .98
-$1/1 Sweet Baby Ray's Marinade, Any - 05-23-10 SS
Final Price: Free (fantastic deal on a great product!)

Maxwell House Coffee, canister, 4.68
-1/1 Maxwell House coffee package, 10.5oz+ - 05-16-10 SS
Final Price: 3.68 (Great Price)

Pillsbury Crescent or Cinnamon Rolls, .78

Pillsbury Grands Biscuits, .78

Pepsi 2 ltr, .98

Harris Teeter Super Doubles Deal Links

Here are some great links to lists for Super Double Deals:


Monday, June 21, 2010

Menu Plan Monday 6/21/10

I don't know why...maybe it's the 100 degree weather or having a summer cold, but lately I have not felt like cooking at all. I have so not been motivated. So, this is the easy cooking week!

Monday: Hash Brown Casserole
Tuesday: Baked Chicken & Rice
Wednesday: Barbecue
Thursday: Fast Creamy Tomato Penne
Friday: Spinach Stuffed Salmon Fillets
Saturday: Quiche
Sunday: Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Friday, June 18, 2010

Harris Teeter Super Doubles 6/23 - 6/29

Harris Teeter will be having Super Doubles starting this Wednesday! Hot Coupon World has started their good deal list HERE. Coupons valued $1.98 and under will be doubled, up to 20 per transaction. For instance, a $1.50 coupon is worth $3.00 doubled and a $1 coupon is worth $2.

They will double up to 3 identical manufacturer coupons or 2 identical printable coupons per day. So, if I have 4 manufacturer coupons for $1.00 off Lysol Wipes, they are only supposed to double three of them and will not accept the fourth. However, in the past, I have used three manufacturer coupons and two printable coupons for the same product (five items) and it has not been a problem.

Their BOGO policy is that they will take 1 coupon per BOGO deal and that you are not allowed to use 2 coupons on a BOGO deal (one for each item). Many (but not all) HT’s are fine with you just buying one of a BOGO item and it will ring up at half price and they will let you use a coupon for that one item and it will double. BUT – not all HT’s will let you do this so don’t be surprised if they don’t allow you to use the coupon on one of a BOGO deal. YMMV – which means – your mileage may vary.

Bargain Meal of the Week 6/18/2010: Classic Italian Pasta Salad

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.

This is a great recipe on those super hot days of summer. I went to college in Florida and used to live off of this!

Items on sale that can be used in this meal:

Wish-Bone Dressing, 16 oz., $2.73 BOGO
-$1.50/2 Wish-Bone Wish-Bone or Western Dressing, RP 5/23, (exp 6/20)
-.75/1 Wish-Bone Dressing, 7 oz., Salad Spritzers, 16 oz., RP 4/25
-.50/1 Wish-Bone Dressing
printable
Final Price: .36 - .61¢

Dreamfields Pasta 13.25 oz, $1.67
-$1.00/1 Printable
Final Price:l $0.67

Cabot Vermont Cheddar Cheese Bar, 8 oz., $2

-$1/2 Cabot Products, Yellow Adv. Flyer (store coupon)

Final Price: $1.50


Premium Tomatoes, 79¢ lb.


Backyard Grilling Vegetables, 99¢ lb.


Lindsey Olives, price unknown

-$1/2 Lindsay Olives products, Any (DND 5) - 05-02-10 RP
-$1/2
Lindsay Olives, Any (Sign Up Required, Bricks Coupon)

Classic Italian Pasta Salad

from
Wish-bone.com

Ingredients:

8 ounces rotelle or spiral pasta, cooked and drained

2-1/2 cups assorted cut-up fresh vegetables (broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, onions and mushrooms)

1/2 cup cubed mozzarella or cheddar cheese

1/3 cup sliced pitted ripe olives (optional)

1 cup Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing


Directions:


Combine all ingredients except Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing in large bowl. Add Dressing; toss well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


NOTE: If preparing a day ahead, refrigerate, then stir in 1/4 cup additional Wish-Bone Dressing before serving.

Publix & HG Hill Shopping 6/18/2010

$17.27 (saving 83%)
Publix:

There are some great deals this week at Publix. I had a helper along with me (hence the doughnuts)!

3 Ben & Jerry's, $3.79 BOGO
-(3) $1/1 Ben & Jerry's Whole Foods Printable Coupon (no longer available)
Final Price: .89 ea

2 Raid Ant Killer, $3.69 (I have never seen this on sale/free before so get if you think you will ever need it!)
-(2) $2.00/1 Printable
-(2) $3.00/1 Yellow Advantage Flyer
Final Price: Free+

4 Bailey Coffee Creamer 16oz, $2.09 BOGO
-(4) $1.00/1 Printable
-(4) $0.55/1 Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer
Final Price: Free+

Kellogg's Eggo Waffles, $2.29 BOGO
-$1.00/2 MF Blinkie (found at store this trip)
Final Price: .64 ea

4 Sundown Vitamins, $3.79 & $3.29

-(4) $1/1 MF Peelie
-(2) $6/2 Publix Q, Green Adv Buy flyer
Final Price: Free+

4 Sobe, $1.00
(2) BOGO MF Catalinas from Harris Teeter
Final Price: .50 ea

2 Ground Turkey, 3.83
-$2/$6 meat purchase from Kroger homemailer
Final Price: 2.83 ea

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

Sargento Sliced Cheese, 2.50
-(2) $1/1 MF Qs from Kroger homemailers
-$1/2 Publix Q from Yellow Advantage Flyer
Final Price: $1.00 ea

Almond Breeze Milk, 2.99
-$1 off Almond Breeze 64 oz. from Yellow Advantage Flyer
-$1 off Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk SS 5/23
Final Price: .99

Publix Milk, 2.79

Publix Bath Tissue, 2.69 (not pictured)
-.01 HG Hill Store Coupon
Final Price: .01

Banquet Mac & Cheese, 1.25
-.01 HG Hill Store Coupon
Final Price: .01

Doughnuts, 2.99

2 John Frieda Hair Products, 4-12 oz., $3.99
-(2) $2.50 off John Frieda product printable
Final Price: 1.49 ea

-$5/$50 HG Hill Coupon

Total before sales/coupons: $99.04
Sales: 20.65
Coupons: 61.12
OOP: $17.27 (saving 83%)


12.98 (saving 68%)

HG Hill:

I usually save buying dog food for HG Hill. This is because there are rarely any good dog food coupons, HG Hill usually has decent prices, and I can use it to get my total to $20 in order to take advantage of their penny item coupons.

Dole Iceberg Salad, $1.00
-.01 HG Hill Store Coupon
Final Price: .01

Kool Burst Drinks, $1.00
-.01 HG Hill Store Coupon
Final Price: .01

Always Save Bath Tissue, .95
-.01 HG Hill Store Coupon
Final Price: .01

Banquet Mac & Cheese, $1.00
-.01 HG Hill Store Coupon
Final Price: .01

Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage, 2.00
-.55/1 IP Q
Final Price: 1.45

6 Alpo Cans, .79
-$1/6 IP Q
Final Price: .62 ea

6 Skippy Dog Food Cans, .65 ea

Mrs. Butterworth, 1.89 (my helper wanted)

Kraft Barbecue Sauce, .89
-.01 HG Hill Store Coupon
Final Price: .01

Avocado, .89

Best Choice Pickles, 1.67
-.39 HG Hill Store Coupon
Final Price: .39

Total before sales/coupons: 41.08
Sales/coupons: 28.10
OOP: 12.98 (saving 68%)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Favorite Deals of the Week 6/17/10

Publix:

Kellogg's Eggo Waffles, $2.29 BOGO
-$1.00/1 Printable
Final Price: $0.15

Bailey Coffee Creamer 16oz, $2.09 BOGO
-$1.00/1 Printable
-$0.55/1 Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer (you can get this in Publix)
Final Price: Use Both Coupons for Free+

Old El Paso Dinner Kit 8.4-19.2oz, $2.79 BOGO
-$0.50/1 Printable
Final Price: $0.40

Uncle Ben's Rice Boil-in-bay Enriched Long Grain Rice 14-15.8oz, $2.29 BOGO
-$0.75/2 Printable
Final Price: $0.77 ea

GE Reveal Light Bulbs 4ct, $3.49 BOGO
-$1.00/1 Printable
-$1/1 MF Q 4.18.10 SS
Final Price: $0.75

Dreamfields Pasta 13.25 oz, $1.67
-$1.00/1 Printable
Final Price:l $0.67

Raid Roach or Ant Killer, $3.69+
-$2.00/1 Printable
-$3.00/1 Yellow Advantage Flyer
Final Price: Use Both Coupons for Free+

Cesar Canine Cuisine Dog Food 3.5oz, $0.70
-B1G1 FREE Printable
Final Price: $0.35 ea

Nature's Own Bread, $2.85 BOGO
-$.75/1 Printable (zip code 23322)
Final Price: $.68

Starbucks Ice Cream, $3.79 BOGO
-$1.25 or $1.50/1 MF Q 5/23/10 RP
Final Price: $.65 ea

Ben & Jerry's, $3.79 BOGO
-$1/1 Ben & Jerry's Whole Foods Printable Coupon (no longer available)
-$1/2 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, or Sorbet, 1 pt, RP 6/06
Final Price: .39 - 1.39

Sundown Vitamin D, $2.99
-$1/1 MF Peelie
-$6/2 Publix Q, Green Adv Buy flyer
Final Price: Free+

Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake or Cupcake Mix, 18.25 oz., $1.75 BOGO
-$1/3 Duncan Hines Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, or Frosting, SS 3/28
Final Price: .54¢

Kozy Shack Pudding, 22 oz., $2.99 BOGO
-.40/1 Kozy Shack Product, SS 6/06
-$1/2 Kozy Shack Pudding, 22 oz., Add Dairy To Your Summer Booklet
Final Price: .69 - 1.00

Lysol Disinfectant All Purpose Cleaner, 40 oz., $3.19 BOGO
-$1/2 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Pourable, SS 6/06
-$1/2 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Triggers, SS 6/06
-.50/1 Lysol printable
Final Price: .59¢ - 1.09

Cherries, $2.49 lb.

Blueberries, 1 pt., $1.50

Harris Teeter:

**There is a definite possibility that next week will be triples so get your coupons ready**

Glass Plus 32 oz. at $2.69 BOGO
-$1 off Glass Plus Cleaner printable
Final Price: .34¢

Tyson Fully Cooked Beef or Chicken Strips $2.99
-.55/1 Tyson refrigerated Grilled & Ready Chicken or Beef product SS 5/16
Final Price: $1.89

Walgreens:


All Detergent 26-40 loads at $2.99
-$1/2 All Liquid Laundry Detergent, 28 loads +, RP 5/16
-$1 off All Free Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent, 32 loads+, printable
-$2 off All Oxi Liquid Laundry Detergent, 28 loads +, RP 5/16
Final Price: .99 - 2.49 ea

Walgreens Sandwich 150 pk or Storage Bags 20-50 at 99¢ w/in-ad coupon

Whole Foods:
This may be just a local deal.

This Fri­day, June 18th:
Cherries, $1.99/lb

Thanks to Ms Cheap for this tip.

Kroger:

Bananas, .39 per lb

Yellow Squash, .99¢ lb

Corn Yellow or White, .28¢ ea

Kroger Large Eggs dozen, $1.00

Reach Floss, $1.00
-$1 off Reach Dental Floss or Access Flosser, RP 1/03, 3/07, 5/16
-$1.50/2 Reach Toothbrush, Floss, or Access Flosser, RP 4/11
Final Price: Free - .25

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

HG Hill Favorite Deals this Week 6/15/10

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. HG Hill sale dates run from Monday through Sunday.

There is an in-ad store coupon for Best Choice Hamburger Dill Pickles for .39 when you purchase $20 in groceries.

New York Strip Steaks, 5.99 per lb

Boneless Pork Loin, 1.99 per lb

Split Chicken Breast (bone-in), 1.29 per lb

Ground Chuck, 1.99 per lb

Boneless Shoulder Roast, 1.99 per lb

Boneless Pork Chops, 2.19 per lb

Hormel Always Tender Seasoned Pork Filets, 6.99
-$1/1
Hormel Always Tender Product, Any - 05-02-10 SS
Final Price: 5.99

Hillshire Farm Polska or Smoked Sausage, 2.00
-$1/2 Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage, Any - Redplum.com
-$1/2 Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage, Any (DND/DNT 5) - 06-06-10 RP, 05-16-10 RP
Final Price: 1.50 ea

Valencia Oranges, 3 for $1

Hass Avocados, .89

Blueberries, pint, 2.49

Strawberries, 1.99 per lb

Kraft Barbecue Sauce, .89
.25/1
Kraft Barbecue Sauce, any (DND/DNT 5) tearpad
Final Price: .39

Nabisco Chips Ahoy Cookies, 2.00
-$1/2
Nabisco Cookies Or Crackers, Any 4-28 oz. from booklet
Final Price: 1.50

Nabisco Ritz Crackers, 2.00
-$1/2
Nabisco Crackers, any - 05-16-10 SS
-$1/2 Nabisco Cookies Or Crackers, Any 4-28 oz. from booklet
Final Price: 1.50

Tombstone Pizza, 3 for $10

Coles Garlic Bread, $2.00
-.50/1
Coles brand Garlic Bread, Toast, Breadsticks, Cheesesticks or Pizzasticks, Any (Manf. Website)
Final Price: $1.00

Alpo Dog Food Cans, .79
-$1/6
Purina Alpo Brand Dog Food, Any Cans - Coupons.com
-$1/5 Purina Alpo Dog Food, Any Single Cans - 05-02-10 SS
-$1/3 Purina Alpo Chop House Dog Food, Any Single Cans - 05-02-10 SS
Final Price: .45 - .62 ea

Smithfield Sliced Lunch Meat, 2.19

FRIDAY SIDEWALK SALE:

Russet Potatoes, 10 lbs, 1.99

Cantaloupes, 2.25 ea

Peaches, .89 per lb

Washington Apples, .89 per lb

Corn, .30 ea

Locally Grown Fresh Tomatoes, 1.49 per lb


$1/1 Classico Printable

Go HERE for $1/1 Classico Pasta Sauce (44 oz) printable!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Goldfish Printable!

If you have kids, you probably go through a lot of snacks! So when there is a Goldfish coupon available, you definitely snag it asap. Coupons.com currently has a .35/1 Goldfish coupon. ZIP code - 33134.

Menu Plan Monday 6/14/10

Monday: Tuna Pasta
Tuesday: Crockpot Hobos
Wednesday: Lasagna
Thursday: Honey Orange Crockpot Chicken
Friday: Barbecue
Saturday: Beef and Cabbage Bake
Sunday: Hash Brown Casserole

Link Love: The Importance of ZIP Codes

Time 2 Save has a great post about the importance of ZIP codes when using Coupons.com. Check it out!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Publix Trip 6/12/10

$24.68 (saving 70%)


My son's seventh birthday party is Saturday, and I had to get some supplies to make a cake for him and his friends. I invited his class of twenty so I expect perhaps 10 to show for a bowling. At first I wanted to go the easy route and just buy a cake from Publix. That was until I found out how much they wanted for a cake. Ouch.

While I can understand going professional for grown-up big events, young children will not remember what they ate at a birthday party they attended when they were six or seven. If you are trying to impress their parents, then by all means, go professional. However, if you invest in a good pan and use printable coupons at Michael's for other cake supplies, you can make a great cake. A few years ago I made an Indiana Jones cake that my kids still talk about. I think half the fun now is preparing for the parties by making the cake the day before with the kids (see last year's above). My total was higher than I wanted, but I was on a birthday mission (and it was still less than buying one cake at Publix)!

2 Ragu Pasta Sauce, 45 oz., $3.49 BOGO
-.60/1 Ragu Pasta Sauce RP 5/23
Final Price: 1.44 ea

Smart Taste Rotini, 1.39
-Free Pasta MF Q WYB (2) Ragu Pasta Sauce (from HG Hill Circular a few weeks ago)
Final Price: Free

2 Cheerios, 3.99 BOGO
-$1/2 MF Q Blinkie (found at store this trip)
Final Price: 1.50 ea

4 Duncan Hines Cake Mixes, 1.59
-(2) .55/2 MF Qs
Final Price: 1.31 ea

4 Betty Crocker Icing Tubs, 1.45
-(4) .25/1 MF Q Peelies (in product), doubled
Final Price: .95 ea

6 Publix Vegetables (canned), .79
-.01 HG Hill Store Coupon from Franklin Review Appeal (limit 6)

Final Price: .01 ea

3 Kraft Deli Fresh Sliced Cheese, 2.50
-(3) $1/1 Publix printable coupons
-(3) $1/1 MF Q blinkie (found this trip)
Final Price: .50 ea

Ritz Crackers, 3.39
-Free Store Coupon WYB (3) Kraft Cheese from Yellow Advantage Flyer
Final Price: Free

6 International Delight Creamers, pint, 1.79
-(3) BOGO MF Q blinkies (found this trip)
-(6) .55/1 Publix Store Coupons from Yellow Advantage Flyer
Final Price: .34 ea

2 Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Dough, 16 or 16.5 oz. pk., $2.89 BOGO
-(2) $1 off Nestle Cookie Dough printable
Final Price: 44¢ ea

4 Pedigree Dog Food Cans, .85
-(2) BOGO IP Qs
Final Price: .42 ea

Buddig Sliced Ham, .79
-.01 HG Hill Store Coupon from Franklin Review Appeal
Final Price: .01

Number 7 Candle, 1.49

Publix Milk, 2.79

Lean Pockets, 1.67
-.01 HG Hill Store Coupon from Franklin Review Appeal
Final Price: .01

Tony's Pizza, 1.67
-.01 HG Hill Store Coupon from Franklin Review Appeal
Final Price: .01

Skittles, .85

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

Total before sales/coupons: 82.55
Sales: 14.21
Coupons: 43.66
OOP: $24.68 (saving 70%)

Bargain Meal of the Week 6/12/10: Tasty Tuna Burgers

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:

Mt. Olive Sweet Relish or Pickles, 16 oz., $2.19 BOGO
-.55/1 Mt Olive Pickles, Relish or Peppers, any, in store dispenser
Final Price: .54¢

Hellmann’s Easy Out! Mayonnaise, 22 oz, $4.69 BOGO
-.25/1 Hellman’s product 16.5 oz.+ RP 5/23
-.25/1 Hellmann’s Product, 16.5 oz. +, RP 5/16 -1/2 Best Foods or Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Products, 15 oz. + RP 4/25 (Target Coupon)
Final Price: 1.84

StarKist Chunk Light Tuna, 4 pk. 5 oz., $3.71 BOGO
Final Price: 1.85

Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, 12 oz. pk., $2.99 BOGO
Final Price: 1.49

Florida Premium or Plum Tomatoes, 99¢ lb.

Tasty Tuna Burgers
from Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

1 (6 ounce) can tuna, drained
1 egg
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/3 cup minced onion
1/4 cup minced celery
1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chili sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 dash hot pepper sauce
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
4 hamburger buns
1 tomato, sliced
4 leaves of lettuce (optional)

Directions:

Combine tuna, egg, bread crumbs, onion, celery, red bell pepper, mayonnaise, hot chili sauce, chili sauce, dill, salt, pepper, hot pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well. Shape into 4 patties (mixture will be very soft and delicate). Refrigerate for 30 minutes to make the patties easier to handle, if desired.

Coat a non-stick skillet with cooking spray; fry tuna patties for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. These are fragile, so be careful when turning them.

Serve on buns with tomato slices and lettuce leaves, if desired.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Favorite Deals of the Week 6/10/10

Publix:

Mott’s 100% Apple Juice, 64 oz., or Mott’s Medley 46 oz., $2.75 BOGO
-$1 off Mott’s Medley, Publix Summer Savings Coupon Booklet
-$1 off Mott’s Medley on select packages

Final Price: .37

Ragu Pasta Sauce, 45 oz., $3.19 BOGO
-$1.25/3 Ragu Ragu RP 5/23
-.60/1 Ragu Pasta Sauce RP 5/23
-.75/2 Ragu Pasta Sauce, 16- 66 oz. RP 4/25 (Target Coupon)
Final Price: .99 - 1.22

Post Cereal, Pebbles, Honey-Comb, or Alpha-Bits, 11-12.5 oz., or Golden Crisp, 14.75 oz., $3.27 BOGO
-$1/2 Post Cereals SS 5/16
-$1/2 Post Kids Cereals, SS 5/16
Final Price: 1.13

Pompeian Imported Olive Oil, 16 oz., $5.99 BOGO
-$1 off Pompeian Olive Oil, RP 5/23 or printable
Final Price: $1.99

Mt. Olive Sweet Relish or Pickles, 16 oz., $2.19 BOGO
-.55/1 Mt Olive Pickles, Relish or Peppers, any, in store dispenser
Final Price: .54¢

Edwards Pie Slices or Singles Desserts, 2 ct., 5.2-9.17 oz., $2.99 BOGO
-$1 off Edwards Singles, SS 4/25
Final Price: .49¢


Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Dough, 16 or 16.5 oz. pk., $2.89 BOGO
-$1 off Nestle Cookie Dough printable
Final Price: 44¢

Southern-Grown Sweet Corn, 25¢

California Cherries, $2.99 lb.

Harris Teeter:

Mystic Pizza 17.5 oz., $5.45 BOGO
-$1.50 off Mystic Pizza
printable
Final Price: $1.22

Keebler Chips Deluxe Cookies 18 oz., at $3.99 BOGO
-.55/1 Keebler Sandies 9.5oz+ RP 4/18 (exp 6/13)
-.55/2 Keebler Cookies 8.5oz+ RP 4/18 (exp 6/13)

Final Price: .89 - 1.44

Trans Ocean Crab Classic, 8 oz., $3.49 Buy 1 Get 2 Free
-$1 off Trans Ocean product printable
Final Price: .83

HT Fresh Whole Fryer Chicken 59¢ lb.

Walgreens:


Starbucks Frappuccino 9.5 oz at $1.25 ea w/in-ad coupon
-$1 off Starbucks Frappuccino printable
Final Price: 25¢

Butterball Chicken Broth 14.5 oz. 2/$1 w/ in-ad coupon

Thanks to Southern Savers for the above information. Check out her site for complete sale/coupon match up.

HG Hill:

Go HERE for this week's deals. It's a great week to stock up on meat.

Free Father's Day Card from Walgreens

From Thursday 6/10/10 to Saturday 6/12/10 get a FREE folded Father's Day Card with Coupon Code DADCARD! You just pay shipping.

Click here to create.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Link Love: Saving Time in the Morning

Time management is very important to me, so any tips on getting out of the house faster is appreciated! Real Simple has an article, 5 Ways to Save Time in the Morning, which gives some great tips on how to speed up your departure. Now if I could only get the kids moving on time (which, of course, is not a problem on the weekend when they willingly get up before the crack of dawn)...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

HG Hill Favorite Deals This Week 6/8/10

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. HG Hill sale dates run from Monday through Sunday.

There is an in-ad store coupon for Best Choice Bleach for .25 when you purchase $20 in groceries and a manufacturer coupon for $1 off of (3) Pepsi 12 pack products (making it 3 for $9).

This is a good week to stock your freezer with meat, especially if there is a $5/$50 coupon in tomorrow's paper! If you have picky kids, you may want to purchase the 10 lbs of corn dogs (8.99) for easy and quick dinners/lunches. They are even great in lunch boxes if your kids have access to microwaves.

Top Sirloin Steaks, 3.99 per lb

Whole Fryers, .89 per lb

Cut Up Fryers, 1.19 per lb

Fresh Fryer Leg Quarters, 10 lbs, 4.90

Chicken Breasts, 10 lbs, 22.90

Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks, 10 lbs, 7.90

Boston Butt Pork Roast, 1.29 per lb

Sirloin Tip Roast, 2.49 per lb

Bottom Round or Rump Roast, 10 lbs, 19.90

Ground Round, 2.29 per lb

Ground Chuck, 10 lb package, 19.90

Beef Patties, 5 lbs, 6.99

Chuck Wagon Corn Dogs, 10 lbs, 8.99 (surprisingly really good)

Pork Ribs or Steaks, 10 lbs, 13.90

Pork Rib Strips, 10 lbs, 11.90

Cube Steak or Stew Meat, 2.99 per lb

Covered Wagon Sliced Slab Bacon, 10 lbs, 12.99

Tyson Sliced Bacon, 16 oz, 2.99

Corn, 3 ears for $1

Seedless Watermelon, 4.99

Blueberries, pint, 2.49

Cabbage, .39 per lb

Yellow & Zucchini Squash, 1.19 per lb

Maxwell House Coffee, canister, 5.99
-$1/1
Maxwell House coffee package, 10.5oz+ - 05-16-10 SS
Final Price: $4.99

Kellogg's Cereal, $2.00 (assorted)
-$1/2
Kellogg's Cereals, Any 10 Oz. Or Larger, Any Flavor Mix or Match
-$1/1 Kellogg's Cereals, Any 10 Oz. Or Larger - Redplum.com
Final Price: $1.00 - 1.50

Eggland's Best Large Eggs, $2
-.35/1 Egglands Best Eggs SS 3/14, 5/02
-.50/1 Egglands Best Eggs June Good Houskeeping Magazine
-.50/1 Egglands Best Eggs May Women’s Day or Family Circle Mags

Final Price: $1.00 - 1.30

Dawn, Joy or Ivory Dish Liquid, .99
-.25/1
Dawn, any size - 06-06-10 PG
-.25/1 Ivory dish soap, any size - 06-06-10 PG
Final price: .49

Kellogg's Pop Tarts, 1.50
-$1/2
Kellogg's Pop Tarts, Any Flavor 8 Ct. Or Larger, Mix Or Match (DND 5) blinkie
-.55/1 Kellogg's Pop-Tarts, Any 8 Ct. Or Larger Featured Flavor Package - Found on Pop tarts display - peelie
Final Price: .95 - 1.00