Saturday, October 27, 2012

Link Love: Apple Cider Margaritas

Now here is a great new drink to try at your Halloween party!  Go HERE for a recipe for Apple Cider Margaritas!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Great Savings at Publix!

I did not realize that Publix had its Gas Card deal going on right now (Middle Tennessee).  I had to stop in to get a school item for a child on Thursday when I saw the signs.  So Friday I made a scenario to take advantage of this great deal!  Prices are good through Tuesday.

OOP: $57.48 (includes $50.00 Gas Card, so it is like getting all of the above for $7.48)

3 Klondike Potatoes, 1.99
-(3) 1.25/1 printables (NLA)
Final Price: .74 ea

6 Quaker Oatmeal Canisters, 2.79 BOGO
-(3) $1/2 MF Qs
Final Price: .90 ea

2 Friendship Sour Cream, 2.29
-(2) .70/1 Publix Q from Yellow Flier
-(2) .70/1 MF Q blinkie
Final Price: .89 ea

12 Yakisoba Noodles, .99
-(12) .50/1 MF Qs, doubled
Final Price: Free+

Sundown Vitamin C, 4.69
-$2/1 Publix Q from Green Flier
-$1/1 MF Q peelie
Final Price: 1.69

Sundown Vitamin D, 3.29

-$2/1 Publix Q from Green Flier
-$1/1 MF Q peelie
Final Price: .29

4 Skittles Bags, 3.29 BOGO
-$1/2 printable
Final Price: 1.15 ea

Parsley, .99

Finish Detergent, 6.99 BOGO
-.50/1 MF Q, doubled
Final Price: 2.50

Gas Gift Card, $50
-$10/1 Publix Q
Final Price: $40

-$5/$40 Publix Q from homemailer

Total before sales/coupons:  121.42
Coupons: 45.55
Sales: 18.39
OOP: $57.48 (includes $50.00 Gas Card, so it is like getting all of the above for $7.48)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Kroger GM Catalina Trips - All for Free!

OOP: $15.92 (saving 86%)
Ended shopping with $20 in Catalinas for next shopping trip. 
Basically all items were free and I have an additional $4.08 to spend!

This is the combination of five trips and two different stores so as not to clear any shelves!   There are just a ton of these products on the shelf so I don't think too many people understand these deals yet!  While I generally try to stay away from too many prepackaged foods, they are convenient when life gets busy.  I am now stocked up on quick kid meals or sides on those busy sport nights!

GM Products (Buy 5 get a $5 Catalina OYNO):

33 Betty Crocker Potatoes, 1.00
-(16) .50/2 MF Qs, doubled
-.50/2 eCoupon
Final Price:  .50 ea (MM .50 ea after catalina)

3 Betty Crocker Pouch Cookie Dough, 2.49
-(3) .50/1 IP Qs, doubled
-.50/1 eCoupon
Final Price: 1.32 ea (.32 after catalina)

9 Hamburger Helper, 1.50
-(3) .75/3 IP Qs
Final Price: 1.25 ea (.25 after catalina)

20 Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese, 1.00 ea (free after catalina)

Non GM Catalina Products:

Dreamfields Pasta, 2.79
-.55/1 MF Q
Final Price: 2.24

Milk, 2.99

Cranberry Dried Beans, 1.99

Kroger Chili Seasoning, .40

-(9) $5 GM Catalinas

Total before sales/coupons:  $112.77
OOP: $15.92 (saving 86%)
Ended shopping with $20 in Catalinas for next shopping trip. 
Basically all items were free and I have an additional $4.08 to spend!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Kroger $5 off of 5 Sale!

Kroger is having a Buy 5 get a $5 catalina OYNO sale!  From what I have read, the catalina is a store catalina and you have 7 days to use it.  You can also purchase more in one trip and your catalina amount for those purchases will print (buy 10 get $10).  You can mix and match.  In the past, I have been able to roll the catalina so that after the initial purchase, there is little to no out of pocket.  Go to Southern Savers for the full list.  Here are the highlights for me (price after catalina when purchasing five items):

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix 2/$5
-.75/2 10/7 SS
= $1.20 ea (use 2 .75/2)

Betty Crocker Cake Mix 4/$5
= .25 ea

Betty Crocker Potatoes 10/$10
-.50/2 9/9 SS, 10/7 GM
= $2 MM (use 2 .50/2)

Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese, 10/$10

Old El Paso Taco Shells, Tortillas or Refried Beans, 8-12 ct. or 16 oz, $1.25
-.60/3 9/9 SS or printables
= .13 ea (use 1 .60/3 but would make an even better deal if you combined it with other items)

There are numerous eCoupons that you can also load to your Kroger card for these items, so don't forget to visit the Kroger, cellfire and shortcuts sites to update your card.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pumpkin Fest in Franklin, TN!

This is a great free activity to put on your calendar!

29th Annual Pumpkinfest Fills Franklin's Main Street October 27, 2012

One of Downtown Franklin’s favorite annual traditions, Pumpkinfest, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, on Main Street and the surrounding streets.

The 29th Annual Pumpkinfest will feature more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, a children’s activity area on 3rd Ave. S., Five Points stage, Sister Cities’ Great Pumpkin, Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off and more.

And there’s a night-time cemetery tour in Downtown Franklin with the “Grave Matters: The Stories Behind the Stones” tours Saturday night, Oct. 27, at the Old City Cemetery and Rest Haven Cemetery from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, see
The street festival of Pumpkinfest is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Franklin’s Main Street from First  to Fifth Avenues. The fun continues until 9 p.m. on Main Street from 4th to 5th Avenues, with children’s activities and booths closing at 6 p.m.
Other activities include:
  • The Taste of the South tent on 4th Ave. S. invites the public is invited to taste the best in local cuisine and spirits throughout Pumpkinfest.
  • The Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off on 3rd Ave. S.  from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on  Oct. 27. Tickets to taste chili from local organizations and restaurants will be available for $8 during the event.
  • Fall and holiday arts and crafts around the Public Square from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 60 vendors will be displaying hand-crafted items perfect for fall and the holidays.
  • Cemetery Tours 7 to 9 p.m. Participants will walk from tombstone to tombstone at the historic Resthaven cemetery on North Margin Street, hearing from costumed re-enactors about the people who are buried in certain graves. Tickets are $15 per person for adults, $5 for children, but the activity is not recommended for children under 6. Tickets are available from and at the Heritage Foundation. Participants should bring a flashlight and wear close-toe shoes.
  • Costume Contest starts at 3 p.m. at the Five Points stage. It’s $1 for each entry and categories are pets, children ages 0-5, ages 6-13 and 14+. Enter at the headquarters tent on the Public Square between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The annual fall event is presented by Bank of America and Waste Management and produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Pumpkinfest is co-sponsored by the City of Franklin, Jackson National Life, Publix Super Markets, Fox 17, MY30, CW58, Williamson A.M./The Tennessean, Clear Channel Radio, and Williamson Medical Center.Pumpkinfest is open to the public with free admission except for special activities as noted. For more information please call 615-591-8500 or visit

Monday, October 8, 2012

Link Love: Goodwill Costume Shopping Ideas

If you want to be creative and unique in your costume hunting this season, check out these tips on costumes you can create from your finds at Goodwill!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Link Love: Furnishing Your House Frugally

Check out this cool article about how this person furnished her house for only $716.97!  There were numerous links worth checking out.  If you have never tried free cycle, I recommend it.  That is how we got our Red Bone Coon Hound.