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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Some Publix deals this week!

Yesterday was my first day out - yes, I survived the surgery!! Still have some pain, but feeling a bit better every day!

I took the kids to my sister's pool for a while, then we needed a few things to make dinners this week, so I made a list from, matching sales to my coupons. Last week, in anticipation of the surgery, my daughter browned 2 lbs of ground turkey for me and batched it into bags in the freezer. I brown my turkey with worcestershire, garlic, pepper, and a dash of soy sauce. It looks more like ground beef that way, and doesn't taste different!! So on my Publix list: the BOGO Old El Paso dinner kits. Here is everything I got:

3 boxes Uncle Ben's brown rice - BOGO $2.29 - used 3 $1 off coupons
3 7th Generation Dishwashing Liquid - BOGO $2.99, used $3 $1 off coupons (One of these was already being used when I remembered to take a picture - bought 3, pictured only 2!)
Ocean Spray Blueberry Juice Cocktail - BOGO $3.25, ($1.62 e)- (only got one, to try) used 1 55 c off coupon
2 Hershey Bliss Chocolates (b/c I am a chocoholic!) BOGO $4.29, used 2, $1 off coupons
4 Old El Paso Dinner Kits, BOGO $2.95, used 2 60 c off 2 coupons
Raspberries - $2, used Publix printable coupon (from their In Season emails) for $1.50 off fresh berries

total spent: $11.09
savings $31.91

Then a quick Kroger run ~

I needed a few things that were on the mega sale there (buy 10, get instant $3 off)
all coupons up to 50 cents doubled, and the starred items are the ones that count towards the mega sale - I didn't take a pic of these items, they were melting from the heat!!

We bought
*4 boxes of Totinos Pizza Roll snacks $1.25 e, used 2 40 c off coupons
*2 blocks of Kroger cheese $1.77 e
Turkey Hill Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (to go with those berries!) $1.99
Diet coke $1.09
Hunt's Pudding (for my dinner!) $1.00
*2 Kellogg's Poptarts - $1.99 e used $1 off 2 coupon
*Betty Crocker Cookie Mix $1.99 - used 50 c off coupon
Kroger brand gallon of white skim milk $2.08
*Kroger shredded sharp cheddar $1.77

spent $18.09
saved $16.30 - 48%

Today it is looking hot and steamy again, so we are heading to the pool, then to CVS to try the Hawaiian tropic deal - supposedly works if you buy 2 of the HT suncare sticks for $6.99e, use 2 $1 off coupons, and get $10 extra care bucks back! I'm hoping it works!

Y'all stay cool out there!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Not feeling the coupons this week

I have to face some fears and have dental surgery later this week. I'm dreading it, but at the same time, ready to get it over with!

And let me just tell you about the morning I had! I am doing a study with a local research company. Today was my 2nd study visit, first time with the company I'm working for. Today involved me sitting in a room with four super-nice Japanese researchers and an interpreter, a photo studio, interviews, graphs, getting to wash my hair in a sink, then style and dry it twice, all while being filmed and photographed. Wow - not what I was expecting at 8 am! lol It wasn't awful, but it was very strange having people filming me. By the end of my 3 hour visit, I was kind of getting used to having a guy filming me look at myself in the mirror!

I bought 3 papers yesterday, and I've cut the coupons out, but haven't filed them yet. Tomorrow will be my shopping day, and I'll try to make some dishes the family can heat and eat while mom is in bed taking pain meds Thursday through ?! I didn't even do a CVS trip this weekend. Can you believe it? I did hit up Kroger for $1.99 almond milk (99 c and $1.45 with coupons) when I got my papers yesterday. Other than that, I haven't even looked at southernsavers!! I will probably be the same way next weekend, but after that I will get my coupon game back!

This has to be my most boring post ever, (Well, maybe the Japanese researcher part made you smile?) so I'm gonna sign off and go fix some dinner for my kiddos!! Y'all have a wonderful week, and I'll be back with something more substantial soon!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

CVS today ~ 8 items, $3.83 oop cost, and left with $6 ECB to use next week! Retail value before coupons & ECBs ~ appx $48!!
Includes 2 John Frieda hair products, a $10.99 razor, Gillette deodorant & body wash, Sally Hanson nail polish, 2 packs of cotton pads....

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Some tips for couponing this week!

There is a print out coupon on either smart source or for Taco Bell dinners ( at the grocery - includes dinner kits, taco shells, sauces, etc) that is for $1 off. Use that with the BOGO Publix sale - you get 2 for $2.69 - $1 coupon = 85 c each.

Marie Callender dinners are BOGO for $2.99 ~ use a $1 off coupon (I am pretty sure it is from All You magazine, this month), you get two for under a buck each - I got two of the Pasta Al Dente dinners.

Hunt's catsup is bogo for $1.39 - buy one, use 20 c off mfr coupon from the paper a few weeks ago = 29 c catsup!

Stayfree Pads are $2.85 e - use Publix BOGO coupon plus two $1.00 off coupons = 43 cents each
these are a great thing to donate to a women's shelter!

Kraft Cheese is 2 for $4 ~ there is a blinkie coupon (I got mine at Kroger this week) for $1 off 2 = $1.50 per bag

AT CVS: If you have any Extra Care Bucks to "play" with - get the Ban deodorant for $2.99, use $1 off coupon. Get back $2 ECB. Also buy 3 Power Bars (two flavors for this deal - peanut butter or cranberry oatmeal) for 99 cents each, get $2.97 ECB back. If you haven't bought a green bag tag - you should go ahead and get one for 99 cents. Attach to your own reusable bag, or just keep on your keychain and place your purchases in your purse after you pay - you earn $1 for every 4 visits that the tag is scanned!! It's an easy moneymaker - especially if you go to CVS often. We have 3 or 4 within a 5 mile radius, so I can pop in often and I always have them scan the tag!

Walgreens - Ecotrin is on sale for $2, and there was a coupon a few weeks back for $2 off. I only found 1, so I bought 1, paid 12 cents tax, and got $2 in Register Rewards. Bought a 2nd bottle, paid 12 cents plus the Register Rewards. I am planning on giving one to a new friend who takes low dose aspirin, and one to my mom if she does. If not, we'll find a place to donate it. The RR did not roll over (meaning if you pay with a RR from Ecotrin, it won't print another $2 RR for you) on this deal, unfortunately. But if you had a bunch of the $2 coupons, you could walk away wth a bunch of $2 register rewards (just make sure to do seperate transactions ie - buy one box, get the RR, buy the 2nd, get RR, buy 3rd, get RR) if you by them all together, they will only print one $2 RR. My Publix takes RR as a competitor's coupon so I save them to use at Publix!

At Kroger: One tip I can share about finding HEALTHY, good food for cheap involves Kroger. I prefer to go either super early, or in the early evening. I always make a beeline for the produce department and look for items with the orange/yellow markdown tags! Today I got: a bag of salad with cabbage nd carrots for 79 cents, 2 iceberg wedge salads with bacon/bleu cheese dressing for $1.99, a pack of 5 bags of Chiquita apple slices with cinnamon dip for $2.19 (and used a $1 off coupon!) Also the bakery had a wonderful loaf of garlic bread for $1.29 - with salad, that was a perfect dinner! I also picked up a pack of premium hamburger rolls that had been 2.49, but were marked down to 55 cents. If we don't use them by tomorrow (I've got chicken burgers in the freezer that would be perfect with these!), then I'll freeze them for later. Kroger often marks down their organic dairy products in an open refrigerator chest near the milk cases. We've gotten Silk milk for under $1, organic sour cream, yogurt, cottage cheese and more - all for under $1. They also mark down tofu items, veggie hot dogs, etc. Many of these can be frozen to use later.

Log on to Groupon today for a HUGE deal - get $50 worth of food/drinks at the Sundial Restaurant downtown for only $20!!! We are surprising our daughter on her 16th birthday with dessert there - how FUN! Sign up for daily deals from Groupon - they are fantastic! We scored a family membership to Fernbank for only $45 through Groupon in April!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

CVS Super deal this week!

I am heading out this morning to do our biweekly shopping. CVS has a super deal: buy 3 Power Bars for $1 each, get $3 extra care bucks back - that means they are, in effect, free. My husband can't eat a lot at work, as he gets super-sleepy, but a protein-rich Power Bar is a good meal for him there.

You can do this deal once per CVS card. We have two - one for me, one for my husband. I'll go to two stores (both within 3 miles of home) so we'll have 6 Power Bars, and $6 in ECB! At CVS, I try to buy things we 1)need, 2)are on sale, 3) have coupons, and 4) get me ECB back for future trips! This deal fits 3 of the 4 qualifications - I don't have any coupons, darn it! I currently have $2 in ECB to spend, so I'll only pay $1 out of pocket for the first store's Power Bars!