Friday, February 26, 2010

Rite Aid Johnson & Johnson Deal

Johnson & Johnson baby products are buy one get one for $.01 through Sunday. There is a $1.00 any Johnson & Johnson product coupon available through Rite Aid's Video Values program. Pair this with the printable coupons available here or the 1/3/10 RP you can stock up on some very cheap J&J baby products.

NOTE: The Video Values coupon can only be accessed once when earned. Make sure to increase the number of copies you want to print when your printer window pops up.

Deal Suggestion:

Buy (6) J&J Baby Wash products at $4.49
Use (6) $1.00/1 Video Value coupons
Use (6) J&J Manufacturer coupons
Final Cost after coupons: $1.50!!

The allowed use of 2 coupons for the $.01 product varies from store to store.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Jennie-O $5.00 rebate




Sign up for Jennie-O Wellness Daily Program and receive a personalized rebate form for $5.00 good on any Jennie-O product. I use the Jennie-O Turkey Ham often. They are usually priced at just around $5.00.

Free Kids Hallmark Card



From now through March 14, 2010 you can get a free kids card from the Hallmark Kids Collection. No coupon is necessary simply go into your local Hallmark store and you can select one of nine designs valued up to $1.99 for free.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award



Thank you Audra at Rediscovering Domesticity for giving me my very first Blog Award!

The rules for accepting the award:

Thank the person that gave you the award.
Pass this award on to 13 bloggers you've recently discovered and whom you think are fantastic!
Contact the Bloggers you pick to let them know they've won.
State 7 things about yourself.

Here's a few random things about me:
  1. I play the flute
  2. I'm an adrenaline junkie, I've gone flying in a glider, gone parasailing, jumped off 25 foot cliffs and I've skydived TWICE
  3. I don't celebrate most holidays instead I keep the Old Testament Holy Days and the Levitical dietary laws
  4. I'm a Pampered Chef consultant and now addicted to their products and recipes
  5. I have a phobia about driving/riding on dirt roads
  6. I don't like feet, mine or anyone elses. Don't try to play footsie with me
  7. Within the past few months I've been diagnosed with a progessive, degenerative disease which I'm just coming to terms with

The 13 blogs that I enjoy
  1. Penny Pinching Penguin
  2. Deal Fanatic
  3. Frugality in the Making
  4. Saving our Cents
  5. The Coupon Goddess
  6. The Frugal Girls
  7. Melissa's Bargain Blog
  8. Thrifty Mama B's
  9. Money Saving Mom
  10. Frugal and Fabulous
  11. The Coupon Junkie
  12. Jus' Frugal Living
  13. Bargain Hunter

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Kroger Weekly Deals 2/22/10 - 2/28/10

With all the sales that Kroger has had lately I'm not surprised that things are a little slow this week. My Kroger doubles coupons up to $.50 so my costs reflect that. My coupon match-up now syncs with my weekly Menu Plan.


Buy 4 participating Kellogg's or Keebler Products and get 2 free gallons of Kroger Milk
$.75/1 cheeze-it printable here
$1.00/1 Wheatable nut crips printable here
$1.50/2 Frosted Mini-Wheats, Raisin Bran or All Bran printable here
$1.00/2 Keebler Flip Side crackers printable here
$1.00/3 Kellogg's Cereals printable here
Final Cost: varies

$3.49 Gorton's Fish Sticks, Fillets or Tenders
$.40/1 2/21/10 SS
$1.00/2 printable here
Final Cost: As low as $2.69 each

$1.00 Green Giant frozen, boxed vegetables
$1.00/3 2/7/10 GM
Final Cost: $.66 each!

$1.88 Marie Callender's Entree
$1.00/2 Homestyle creations (not sure if included in sale)
Final Cost: $1.38 each!

$1.00 Rice a Roni
$1.00/3 1/10/10 RP
Final Cost: $.66 each

$1.00 Blistex Lip Care
$.35/1 1/17/10 SS
Final Cost: $.30 each!

$1.00 Reach Advanced Design Toothbrush or Dental Floss
$1.00/1 Reach Floss 1/3/10 RP
Final Cost: Free!
$1.00/1 Reach Tooth brush 6/14/09 RP
B1G1 Reach Toothbrush 1/3/10 RP
Final Cost: 2 free if you have both of these coupons! Otherwise $.50 each!

$4.99 Wisk laundry detergent
$1.50/1 electronic coupon available via Kroger
$1.00/1 1/31/10 RP
Final Cost: $2.49

$1.00 Lunchables
$.75/1 printable here
Final Cost: .25 each!

Menu Plan Monday

I'm going to try something new with my menu plans. I normally post them a week behind, meaning the menu plan you see is actually my plan for the previous week. After some thought however for the menu plan to be more helpful. I'm going to post it the week that I'm actually using it. This way you can also benefit from the plans I create using on-sale grocery items I purchase from Kroger. If you don't shop at Kroger I hope you will still find my menu plans economical and helpful when you have one of those "I just have no idea what to cook tonight" moments. For those that do shop at Kroger be sure to check out this week's "Kroger Weekly Deals" post for this week's coupon match-ups.

Monday
Sloppy Joes
Oven Fries

Tuesday
Chicken Salad
Cream of Broccoli Soup

Wednesday
Garlic Toast
Crock pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
SAUCE
3 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 8oz can tomato paste
6 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
1 T. parsley flakes
1 T. Italian seasoning
1/2 to 1 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1 t. sugar
Add and combine all ingredients and let it cook. After the meatballs have cooked at least 4 hours on high, skim the fat. Cook for 6-8 hours on high.

MEATBALLS
3lb. ground beef, 70% lean
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 C dry seasoned bread crumbs
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2/3 Cup fresh romano
Mix ingredients and shape into pin pong size balls. Drop into sauce.

Thursday
Tilapia filets
Garlic Peas
1 pkg frozen peas
1-2 t. dried mince garlic
2 T. olive oil

Pour olive oil in pan and slowly cook minced garlic approximately 5 minutes on medium heat. Be careful not to scorch the garlic. Add the peas and simmer on medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the peas dehydrate slightly.

Friday
Chili
This is how I make my chili. I cook a pound of ground beef. Drain and add the following; 1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce, 1 chili seasoning packet and 2 cans of beans, undrained. Simmer 15 minutes until heated through.
Yankee Cornbread

Saturday
Clean the fridge - Leftover night!

Sunday
Roast Chicken - I use my Pampered Chef covered baker to make this in 30-minutes in the microwave. I'm an independent consultant for the Pampered Chef. E-mail if you'd like to learn more.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes



Getting Started with Coupons

Do you want to start using coupons but don't know where to start?  This series will help you learn the basics of couponing.

When I started using coupons I found all of the information overwhelming. Now I find it fun and rewarding. If you want to get started but just not sure what to do first then you've come to the right place. In Part 1 of this series you'll learn some coupon lingo and resources for collecting coupons.

Before you can start saving you are going to need a stockpile of coupons. Coupons on average are good for six to eight weeks before they expire, however many will expire on a quarterly basis at the end of the month in March, June, September and December.  Coupons are available from a number of resources.

Newspaper Inserts
The most common source for coupons is the Sunday paper.  The Sunday paper will contain anywhere from one to four inserts.  The names and abbreviations of the Sunday inserts are:

SS - Smart Source
RP - Red Plum
PG - Proctor and Gamble
U - Unilever
GM - General Mills

You can preview what inserts will be in the Sunday paper by checking Taylor Town Preview. There are no inserts the weekend before a major holiday.  The coupons in the inserts are regional and vary widely from area to area. In West Virginia the inserts contain only a fraction of what inserts in other areas contain. If you live in an area where there are not many coupons in your inserts don't worry! There are many other ways to obtain them:

Contact Manufacturers
Contact manufacturers with a compliment or a criticism about their product or contact the manufacturers of your favorite products and ask them to send you some coupons. Very often they will send you you some and occasionally they will send you a coupon for a free product.

Visit Manufacturer's web sites
Manufacturers often offer Internet Printable (IP) coupons that you can download and print yourself. You can usually only print these twice. Once printed you can usually hit your browser's back button and print the coupon twice. If you have more than one computer then you can print two from each computer. Computers at libraries and friends can be enlisted to print off additional coupons for you. Never copy IP coupons, it is illegal!

Independent coupon web sites
Independent coupon sites. Manufacturers team up with sites like Smart Source, Red Plum, Coupons.com to offer internet printable (IP) coupons for their products.

Free Samples
Manufacturers often offer samples of new products and they usually include a coupon for a full-size product. There are many free sample sites on the Internet. Check out sweetfreestuff, freesnatcher, Wal-mart and Costco to find free samples to request.

Electronic Coupons
This is one of my personal favorites. You can visit Cellfire and Shortcuts to register and download electronic coupons to your shopper's card. When your shopper's card is swiped and you purchase the eligible product the savings automatically comes off the price of the product - no clipping!  Another site uPromise allows you to use electronic coupons to save for your children's college expenses. When you use a qualified coupon it goes into an college savings account in your child's name.

Blinkies
These are the coupons that are in those little blinking machines you find attached to the shelves of products in the store. You can take one coupon and in about 5 seconds another one will pop out. If you take the 2nd one you will have to wait about 10 seconds and after that it's about 30 seconds before another one pops out. There is a little slot where people have decided they don't want the coupon and put it back. You can find many coupons in that slot available to take.

Catalinas
Also called CATs, these coupons print out of a special machine at the register after you pay. The cashier often hands you these along with your receipt at the end of your transaction. These print with a store logo on them but they are manufacturer's coupons.  This means you can should be able to use them anywhere.  

CRT
CRT stands for Cash Register Tape. These coupons print at the bottom of your receipt. They are coupons good for a future purchase and are only valid at the store where you receive them. These are valuable coupons because they can be  "stacked" with a manufacturer's coupon for even greater savings.

Clipping Services
Sites such as Coupons by Dede and the Coupon Clippers will clip the coupons for you. You pay just cents for each coupon you wish to purchase however they require a minimum purchase amount before you can check out.  They ship within 24 hours of your purchase.  Clipping services also often sell whole uncut inserts for purchase. 

Auction Sites
Yes eBay even has coupons on auction. Sellers may offer multiples of the same coupon. Prices are higher than for clipping services but if it's a high demand coupon this may be the only way to obtain some of them. Use the "Buy it Now" option so you don't have to wait days for the auction to close, you'll get your coupons much sooner and without fear of being outbid by another buyer.

CVS Weekly Deals - 2/21/10 - 2/27/10

Slow week at CVS. Here's what I found. Did you find something I didn't. Please comment and share. New to CVS? Visit CVS 101 to learn the ropes.

$5.99 Almay Intens-i color, earn $2.00 ECB
Limit 1
$2.00/1 SS 2/7/10
Final Cost: $1.99 after coupon and ECB

$9.99 Almay Smart Shade or Smart Balance foundation, earn $5.00 ECB
Limit 1
$2.00/1 SS 2/7/10
Final Cost: $2.99 after coupon and ECB

$2.99 Colgate Max Fresh, earn $2.00 ECB
Limit 1
$1.00/1 Colgate Max Fresh 2/21/10 SS
Final Cost: $.01 MONEY MAKER

2/$7.00 Dove or Degree Ultimate
$2.00/1 printable here
Final Cost: $1.50 each

$1.99 Honey Nut Cheerios
$1.00/1 printable here
Final Cost: $.99 each!

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