Saturday, January 30, 2010

Coming Up on the End of the Month...

We are closing in on the end of the month-don't forget to hit and print off any coupons you might want. I was able to get two more of the Kraft Natural cheese coupons, after printing one off the other day. Walmart has these on sale this week...I will get the price when I bundle up to get the ad out of my husband's truck later :) We had am ice storm, and then about 7 inches of snow on top of that in our area. IM staying warm inside right now :) Later on this week, ideas for getting ready for a weather well as ideas for not waiting until the last minute!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Free Sample of Arm and Hammer Toothpaste

Go here to get a free sample of Arm and Hammer Advance White toothpaste.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Want to Help Haiti?

I often look for ways that we can help charities that I trust with our budget. While at Walgreen's in Owasso, I was asked if I wanted to donate a $1 to Haiti :) I accepted! It made me feel good, and while I know it is only $1, I do know it will gather with many, many more dollars to make a nice contribution to help people who have been so extremely devasted!
And, there are others areas to help out too. Listen around, watch your news, you might hear it. Atleast one church that I know of in Tulsa is collecting items to send over-bandages, bottled water, etc... Perhaps picking up an extra package of bandages (or maybe you have a stash already :) is more within your comfort zone. You can always find a way to help a person in need :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

$1 off 2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest or Smart Taste Pastas

I just love these pastas, and amazingly, so do my kids! They have never enjoyed wheat or the 'better for you' pastas but they really like Ronzoni's :) Here is a coupon you can print off from Ronzoni. You must register, but, it's short and worth it :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Get A Free Sample of Dunkin Donuts Coffee

Want some free coffee? Well, how about Dunkin Donuts coffee? Go here and get ya some...mmm... I can smell it brewing already :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Food Pyramid Deals and Coupon Match Ups

Not too much happening this week at Food Pyramid Here are a few things I saw though :)

Hunts tomato sauce-8 oz-29 cents

Bone in Pork Chops or Pork Sirloin Roast-$1.29/lb

Mussellman's Apple Sauce 23-24 oz-95 cents

Kraft Salad Dressing-3/$5 or about $1.66 each

Peter Pan Peanut Butter 2/$3-50 cents/2 (1/10 SS) will double= 2/$2

Hiland Sour Cream or Dip 16 oz. $1.19- 40 cents/1 (12/6 SS) will double= 39 cents each

Black Angus Fresh Ground Round-$2.29/lb

Friday, January 15, 2010

Aldi Revisited

I know I have blogged about Aldi before, but my husband got me to thinking about blogging about it again. There are so many people out there who live near an Aldi, but do not visit it. They have their reasons-they do not trust generics, they think it is a hassle to have to use cash or only certain debit/credit cards, they think it is annoying to have to have a quarter for the carts...and many other reasons. Some, I think, even feel the quality of the food might not be that great.

Aldi is a store that is owned by a German company-so they often have German foods-some they keep on hand at all times-other are just seasonal. They are really very good. I grew up with a German mom and let me tell you, the quality is just as good as what I am used to getting from expensive German stores, or even received from my Opa (German for Grandpa in case you didn't know-lol :). Their regular foods are just as good in quality! If you do not think so, return it! They have a double money back guarantee. I put this to the test one time when I bought a different brand of burgers than I usually buy. My girls and I thought they were disgusting-the boys loved them. But, I was not going to be able to stomach eating one more of those burgers and it was a big box that still had many left, so I returned what I had not cooked (that would have been 7 less in the box). Aldi gladly refunded my money and let me go pick out the burgers we usually buy. That is their Double Your Money Back guarantee!

If you didn't shop at Aldi before due to them accepting only cash or certain credit/debit cards-don't worry about that anymore! They now accept all credit/debit cards. They do not accept checks. But, once you shop Aldi a few times, you will be able to judge what your cost will be for each trip. I know my trips will pretty much be between $120 and $160 depending on how much I have to stock up, extras, etc...

Aldi does not sack your groceries for you. And, they do not provide you with free bags-you must bring your own, search the store for empty boxes, or buy theirs. They are 5 cents for paper and 10 cents for plastic. They have freezer bags for 99 cents. All these bags are really pretty good quality. We have used their plastic bags for months before any tears or wear start happening. We did this until I built up my reusable bags :) I use a freezer bag, from Aldi, in the warmer months, and I have had these for well over a year now!

Here is what my trip to Aldi might be like...I will leave out the parts that include my kids...Im sure you don't want to hear that and if you are a mom, well, then you already know what it is like ;)

I park, go up to the cart return and place 25 cents into the little gadget that locks the carts. I place my own reusable shopping bags in the bottom of the cart (this is just my own convenience-we usually fill up the basket of the cart), and I head into the store. There are no shelves, really. Most things stay in their boxes they are shipped in and set on something like tables (it looks nice, don't think it would make the store look filthy). I pull from the boxes and, well, place the item in my cart-lol. Anyway, shopping, shopping, shopping...done...I head to the front of the store, put my items on the conveyor belt. At this point, the cashier rings up my items and places them in another cart she/he has setting beside her. Don't think I have lost your quarter...I will take this cart when I am done paying, leave my cart with the cashier and head to a table with my groceries to sack. If I need bags, at the conveyor belt is where I will get them. I just throw how many I need up there and the cashier will add them to my bill.
Sack my groceries and I am done with the inside of the store. I head outside, usually grabbing an ad for the next week on my way out. I pack those groceries up in my car and take the cart back to the cart corral. I do the opposite of what I did when I first got the cart-place the chain into the lock mechanism and out pops a quarter-see I told you I didn't lose it :) Then, I head on home.

I estimate I have saved about $50 per shopping trip. Aldi's milk is hormone free, and so are their eggs. There are times I can get things for less somewhere else, of course, and so, I buy those items elsewhere, but most of my grocery bill is spent at Aldi.
Hopefully, this helps you if you were hesitant before to check Aldi out. Check out Aldi's website. They even have a terrific recipe section using items from the only Aldi :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Still Looking for Christmas Clearance Deals

In Owasso, the Home Depot has some Christmas items on clearance. It is only 75% off, but I was able to find some icicle lights priced at $1.62. They rang up $2.40 but the cashier corrected the price, so pay attention as they are ringing up :) They also have some shatterproof ball ornaments which were less than $2 for sets of 9-would be cute for outside decorating, or, if you have kids who have Nerf guns like I do and accidentally shoot toward your tree and hit one of your favorite glass ornaments...ummm..moving on... There were stocking, mini stockings, light hooks, and even some electric candles (those I remember the price being 99 cents). This was last night, and there were still many, many items left, so check them out :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Free Gallon of Milk -you know, the folks behind the milk moustache campaign- is giving away free milk-a gallon. You can go here and print off a coupon for your free gallon of milk-Yeah!!! And, check out WhyMilk for other great info and great ideas. There are, of course, also some good recipes :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Tip Nut

Have you been to It is a really great site for all sorts of things--I mean from cooking, to crafting, to saving money...oh, I could go on and on! I check out all sorts of things on there and learn quite a bit too. It has lots of great patterns for making your own eco bags, or even some adorable little totes :) Lots of money saving tips, ideas for using fabric scraps, gift ideas...well, I think you get the point. But, only just recently, I learned I could sign up for a daily tips email. Oh...well...let's just say, it has been very nice :) These daily tips have sent me things I didn't even know were on TipNut. I have seen all sorts of recipes for yummy soups, been shown the cutest lil tote bag that I plan to make, and read up on all sorts of tips on potatoes-roasting them, keeping them warm while the rest of dinner is going, etc...I highly recommend it, but even if you just cannot stand one more email in your inbox, check out the TipNut--really, it does have alot of neat things (and no, I am not getting paid for this-I like this site that much ;)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Reasor's Sales and Match Ups

Not too much this week. I am seeing lots of sales for Healthy Choice, so if you have seen the link in BlogLand to print this off, keep a watch out for those sales to use that qp to your advantage :)

Naturally Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts-$1.58/lb
Boneless Arm Roast-$1.68/lb
Kraft Shredded or chunk cheese 8 oz-2/$3
And there are some qpon match ups, but to be honest, I can find better deals elsewhere or for regular price at Walmart and Aldi and I cna use qpons at I did not share any this week. If I see any deals that I might have skipped, I will update :)

Food Pyramid Deals and Match Ups

Superior's Hot Dogs-12 oz-69 cents

Hiland Family Pack Ice Cream Squares-56 oz-99 cents

Yoplait Yogurt-2/$1 -50 cents off 6 or or $1 off eight printable qpons from here=$2.50 for 6-about 42 cents each or $3 for 8 - about 37 cents each (Im not seeing the $1 off 8 anymore, but that might be because I printed it off already :)

sweet corn-5 ears/$1

Campbell’s Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup .59 cents each-.40 cents off/4 ( 1/3 SS) will double= $1.56/4 or 39 cents each

Shedd’s Country Crock Spread $2.19 45 oz. -.40 off/1 ( 12/6 RP) will double or print 50 cents off here should double= $1.39 or $1.29 if that printable qp doubles :)

Angel Soft toilet paper-12 pack double rolls with bonus making it equal to 32 regular rolls-$5.99- $1 off coupon from here (use zip code 80536)= $4.99 and if you break that down to about 8 regular packs of t.p. you get a price of about 63 cents per 4 pack of t.p

Good laundry soap deal at Walgreen's

Hit Walgreen's yesterday to get a couple sale items with coupons I had-and get those RR :) I noticed the big bottles of laundry soap on sale. Sun Laundry Detergent is $4.99-but this week they are B1G1F. So, that makes them about $2.50 each. The bottles are 117 oz each. I checked my Aldi brand detergent and they are 50 oz each and you get about 32 loads out of it (though, honestly, I use less than recomended with no bad results at all-I really do like Aldi's detergent and will have to share some experiences I have had later on :). The Sun detergent is 75 I was able to get more than twice the amount I usually get for only about 20 cents more. Yes, I had to buy the two bottles, but Im stocked up on laundry soap for a good 4 months atleast!! Good deal if you don't mind using a detergent that is not a huge name brand like Tide or All. I have really had no issues with the Aldi brand or Sun, so far. If I have a stain, I scrub and let it sit a bit-then wash. Not a big deal and with as much laundry as I do each week, this is a huge savings for me :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Free Juicy Juice Cup

These sippy cups are always so nice to have on hand. Even though my kids are 7 and up, some of them still love using these cups when we go places. Go here to sign up for your free cup! I have received two of these over the years and they have always been nice cups. Be sure to click the choice to mark the free cup :)