Saturday, October 16, 2010

IGA Matchups 10-17 Through 10-23


Boneless Shoulder Roast:  $2.49/lb.

T-Bone Steak $5.99/lb.

Ground Round 90% lean $2.49/lb.

Boneless Pork Sirloin Chops $1.89/lb.


Red Bartlett, Bartlett, or Bosc Pears .99/lb.


IGA salad dressing 16 oz. .99

IGA waffles 12.3 oz. .89 each

IGA tomato Juice 46 oz. .89

IGA Orange Juice 64 oz. $1.69

IGA Fruit Snacks 5.4 oz. .99

IGA Crinkle Cut French Fries 32 oz. .99

IGA Tomato Sauce 3/.99

IGA applesauce 50 oz. $1.89

IGA White Bread 16 oz. .79

Brooks Chili Beans 15.5 oz. .99 each
Use .55/2 from 10-10 S.S. insert
Final Price:  .71 each

Campbell's Chicken noodle or Tomato soup 5/$3

Chi-chi's salsa or snackers 12-16 oz. 2/$4
Use $1/1 Snackers Printable Coupon
Final Price:  $1

Coffee-mate Creamer 16 oz. 2/$3
Use $1.50/1 Printable Coupon
Final Price: Free

New York Garlic Toast, Ciabatta or bread sticks 10.5-12 oz. $1.79
If you have the $1/1 coupon I told you about here- they will be .79 per box

One Day Only Sale- Saturday Oct. 23rd:

Frito Lay Family Size Chips or Pretzels 14-35 oz. $2.99 (limit 2)

Scott Paper Towels 8 mega rolls $5.99 (limit 1)
Use $1/1 coupon from 10-17 S.S. insert
Final Price:  $4.99

Pepsi, 7-up, RC, A&W, or Sunkist 2 liter bottle .88 each (limit 4)

Prairie Farms Cottage Cheese 24 oz. 2/$3 (limit 2)

IGA Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 2.5 lb. bag $4.99 (limit 2)

Free Dole Real Fruit Bites

If you go here, you can sign up for a free sample of Dole real fruit bites, I would hurry though, it says there is only 873 samples left!  Something seems to be wrong with this because it still says 873 samples- Hopefully these will come- it did say submitted successfully when I tried it.

Free CVS Hand Sanitizer Pen

If you go here, and fill in your CVS card number, you will receive a coupon for a free Hand Sanitizer Pen at CVS via email.

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Clearance Deals At Mattoon Walmart

When I was at the Mattoon, IL Walmart yesterday, I noticed a few great clearance deals in the food section:

  • LOTS of baby food on clearance for .25 per jar for the little jars and .30 per jar for the larger jars.
  • A couple different types of Hamburger helper on clearance for .50 each, Use the .75/3 Printable Coupons to get these for only .25 per box
  • The Muir Glen Organic Tomato paste was on clearance for only .50 per can, I bought 2 and used (2) .75/1 Printable Coupons to get .50 overage.  (I am sad that they are not going to be carrying this anymore- it is my favorite tomato paste :( )
  • I also still saw a couple different varieties of the celestial seasonings tea on clearance for $1.12 per box.
If you are heading to this Walmart you may want to keep a look-out for these great deals- the Mattoon Walmart has their clearance food in the canned vegetable aisle.

New Pampers Gifts To Grow Code

There is a new Pampers Gifts to Grow code available worth 10 points: PAMPERS4MOMSOND

If you do not have a Pampers Gifts to Grow account, you can go here to sign up.

CVS Deals 10-17 Through 10-23

Not all that hot of a week at CVS this time around:

Mars, Nestle Fun Size and Hershey's Snack Size Candy $2/5
Use $1/2 CVS coupon from the Coupon Scanner (this is advertised in the circular)
Plus use $1/2 Candy coupon from the 10-17 R.P. insert
Final Price:  $1.50 per bag

Mentos Gum Buy1 Get 1 free
Use (2) $1/1 coupons from the 10-3 S.S.
Final Price:  as low as free if your store will let you use both coupons

All Laundry Detergent 26-32 load:  $4.99 with a $1 ECB back
Use $1/1 coupon from 9-26 R.P.
Or use $1/1 Printable Coupon
Final Price:  $2.99

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers $8.99
Use $2.50/1 Little Snugglers or Little Moves Printable Coupon
Final Price:  $6.49

Schick Hydro 3 or 5 Razor $8.99 with $5 ECB back
Use $4/1 coupon from the 10-3 S.S. (I never see this coupon in my inserts)
Final Price:  Free

Kleenex Facial Tissue .97 each
Use .50/3 Printable Coupon
Final Price:  .80 each

Meijer: Saturday Super Sale?

Today Meijer is having a one-day Super Sale, but it really doesn't look all that Super to me.  If you want to see everything that is in the ad for this one, you can check it out here.

Hot Walgreens Deals 10-17 Through 10-23

Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment 2.6 oz. $2.60 with a $2.60 R.R. back
Final Price:  free

Mucinex Nasal Spray .75 oz. $7.99 with a $8 R.R. back
Final Price:  free

Ricola Cough Drops 19-24 ct. $1
Use $1/2 coupon from 10-17 S.S. insert
Plus use .50/1 Ricola Coupon from the Walgreens Oct. coupon book (this will deduct .50 for each that you buy)
Final Price:  2 for free

Coffee-mate Liquid 16 oz.  $2.69 Buy 1 Get 1 Free
Use (2) $1.50/1 Printable Coupons
Final Price:  2 for free

Nivea Body Wash 8.4 or 16.9 oz. 2/$5
Use (2) $3/1 Nivea for men body wash coupons from the 10-17 R.P.
or use $4/2 Nivea Products Printable Coupon
Final Price:  as low as free

Campbell's Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken Soup 10.75 oz. .79 each with in-ad coupon
Use $1.50/3 Printable Coupon
Final Price:  .29 each

Lindsay Olives 5 or 6 oz. .99 with in-ad coupon
Use $1/2 Printable Coupon
Final Price:  .49 each

Listerine Agent Cool Blue or Smart Rinse Mouthwash 16.9 oz. $2.99 with a $1 R.R. back
Use $1/1 Listerine Agent Cool blue or smart Rinse Printable Coupon
Final Price:  .99

Benadryl Products: Buy 1 Get 1 50% off
Use $4/2 or $1.50/1 Printable Coupons
Final Price:  Varies $10 for $20 Voucher

The really great Groupon deal is available again today if you still have not taken advantage of it.  For only $10, you get a $20 voucher to, plus free 1-2 day shipping is included!  Now, if you don't know what is, it is the sister site to  I bought a Groupon for before, and I was very happy with their service. offers almost any type of beauty and personal care products that you could think of:  makeup, cleaning products, paper products, laundry detergent, and lots of natural and organic items!  This Groupon deal would be a great way to save on some of those items that it is hard to ever find a great deal on like natural cleaning products.

Here's how to get this deal:
  • Go to Groupon and sign up.
  • Click on the “Visit More Cities” tab up in the navigational bar and click on New York (since this is an online deal, anyone can purchase it).
  • Purchase the $20 voucher for only $10 (this offer is available today only).
  • Your Groupon voucher will show up in your account within 24 hours with a special code to use at checkout.
  • This Groupon must be used by Jan 18, 2011. There is a limit of one per order. Limit one per customer. But you may purchase multiples as gifts.

New Printable Coupons

If you go here and "like" Hungry Man on Facebook, you can print off a $2/1 Coupon for your next purchase- this is a really high value coupon. (Thanks Chi Town Cheapskate!)

If you go here, you will find some more new printable Coupons including:

  • $1/1 any St. Ives Product (excludes Trial sizes)
  • .55/1 Jennie-O Turkey Bacon

Friday, October 15, 2010

Frugal Simplicity: The Best Things in Life Are Free

This is a picture that I took earlier this evening.  This is my son's "fierce" baseball face.  He is ready to hit a home run :)  

As you can see, he really needs a hair cut.  I will be sharing that as a Money Saving Monday Post this coming week.

My Grocery Shopping This Week

I have been to the store waaaaay too many times this week.  There were just so many great stock up prices that I couldn't pass up.  Hopefully, I won't have to do much grocery shopping for the next couple weeks, except for fresh produce and dairy.  All totaled I paid a total of $44.41 for everything in all the following pictures ($42.41 if you count the $2 in ECBs that I made at CVS with the transaction at the very bottom)

I calculated up that if I had not used any coupons or ad-matched anything, everything would have cost right around $168.00 (I calculate using sale prices- I don't go by the regular store price).  This is a savings of $123.59 or 73.6%.  The first three pictures below are of three Shopping trips that I did at County Market this week (early in the week I also bought 1 package of the store brand saltine crackers for .77 because my husband was sick):
I already broke down the first transaction here, and for time purposes, I am not going to totally break down each of these because I basically used the same coupons for each transaction.  My total for this transaction was:  $3.35 and I got a $1.50 OYNO coupon for the granola.
This transaction was very similar except I bought 9 Yoplait Yogurts and only 1 box of Granola bars.  I also bought 1 old orchard 100% juice (used coupon booklet coupon to bring the price down to .99, then I used a .50/1 Printable coupon)  1 package of Keebler Cookies (I used coupon booklet to get them for $1.59, then I used a $1/1 Previously available printable coupon)  My total for this transaction was:  $2.08
This transaction for the Yoplait and the Nature Valley was the same as the one above.  I then bought 1 pound of Deli ham which I used the current coupon booklet to get it for $3.99.  I also bought a 10 lb. bag of potatoes for $1.99.  My total for this transaction was:  $4.60 (I paid partly with the $1.50 OYNO coupon that I earned in the first transaction.)

I bought these items at Walmart on Wednesday for a total of $9.67.  Here is the breakdown:
  • (7) bottles of liquid coffee-mate priced matched to $1.29 with Kroger.  I then used 7 printable coupons for $1.50/1 (these were each adjusted down to $1.29 by the cashier)= free
  • 1 loaf of whole wheat bread for $1.68
  • 1 container of powdered coffee-mate on clearance for $1.70.  I used another $1.50/1 Printable Coupon as well = .20
  • 10 packages of Kraft Philidelphia Cream cheese price-matched to .99 each with Kroger.  I used (2) $5/5 Printable coupons = free
  • 2 bottles of Kraft dressing price-matched to $1.49 each with Kroger.  I used (2) $1/1 previously available Printable Coupons= .49 each
  • 1 package of Driscol's raspberries price matched to $1 with Kroger
  • 2 boxes of Capri-Sun price matched to $1.38 each with Kroger.  I used a $1/2 manufacturer coupon that I received in a mailer from Kroger= .88 each
  • 1 box of New York breadsticks price-matched to $1.99 with Kroger.  I used a $1/1 coupon that I told you about here= .99
  • 1 container of Progresso bread crumbs price-matched to .99 with My Store.  I used a .50/1 Printable Coupon = .49
  • 1 bottle of Coke priced matched to .79 with Kroger.  I used a $1/1 Printable Coupon that I received from Recycle Bank= .21 overage
  • (1) 3 lb. bag of apples price matched to $1.49 with Aldi
  • 1 container of Prairie Farms cottage cheese price-matched to $1.39 with IGA

This picture is a total of three shopping trips that I made on Friday:  Walgreens, County Market, and Walmart.  The items that I purchased at Walmart cost a total of:  $23.20.  Here's the Breakdown:

  • (5) cans of Swanson Chicken broth on roll-back for .50 per can.  I used 1 .50/5 coupon from the 9-26 S.S. = .40 each
  • 2 packages of Driscol's raspberries on roll-back for $1.38 each
  • (1) 3 lb. bag of Onions priced matched to .96 with My Store.
  • 1 Bunch of Broccoli price-matched to $1 with Meijer
  • 1 cantaloupe price-matched to .96 with My Store.
  • 2 boxes of Old El Paso Taco shells price-matched to $1 each with Meijer.  I used (2) .50/1 previously available printable coupons= .50 each
  • 6 cans of Ro-tel tomatoes on roll-back for .88.  I used (2) $1/3 Printable Coupons = .55 each
  • 1 package of Hoagie rolls for $2.68
  • 1 large can of pumpkin puree for $2.50
  • 1 container of cornmeal for $1.38
  • 1 container of powdered creamer for $2.78.  I used a $1.50/1 Printable Coupon= $1.28
  • 1 package of Purex 3-in-1 detergent price-matched to $3.97 with Schnucks.  I used a $3/1 coupon from 10-10 R.P. = .97
  • 4 packages of Tic Tacs for .94 each.  I used (4) .75/1 coupons from 10-3 R.P. = .19 each
  • 6 cans of campbell's cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup price mathced to .59 each.  I used (2) $1.50/3 Printable coupons = .09 each
  • (2) cans of Muir Glen Organic tomato paste on clearance for .50 each.  I used (2) .75/1 Printable Coupons = .50 overage
  • Bananas= .82
  • 2 bottles of gain dish soap for .97 each.  I used (2) $1/1 coupons from 10-10 P&G insert= .03 overage each
  • 1 box of Betty crocker Cake mix for .98
  • 1 container of Betty Crocker icing price-matched to $1 with Meijer.  I used a .75 off coupon when you buy cake mix and icing from 10-3 G.M. insert.
  • 2 packages of Reach Floss for .97 each.  I used (2) $1/1 Printable Coupons= .03 overage each.
  • 1 package of Cottonelle wipes for $2.87.  I used the free coupon I told you about here= free (this coupon is still available to request too!)
  • (2) packages of Planter's pistachios for .88 each.  I used (2) $1/1 Previously available printable coupons= .12 overage each.
  • 2 packages of paper plates for .89 each with in-ad coupon
  • 6 cans of chicken broth for .50 each with in-ad coupon
  • 2 packages of Halls cough drops for $1 each.  I used a $1/2 coupon from the 10-10 S.S. 
  • 1 Reeses peanut butter cups for .69 ( I threw this in at the last minute to get my total high enough to use a R.R.)
I paid with a $5 R.R. that I got last week, and paid .74.  I then got back a $1 R.R. for the Halls cough drops.  I couldn't figure out why my total wasn't high enough to use my $5 R.R. without buying the candy-then when I got home I realized that the cashier only scanned one of my packages of paper plates.

County Market:
I bought 9 more Yoplait Yogurts at .50 each
1 more box of Nature Valley Granola Bars at $2.50
I used a .50/8 coupon for the yogurt from the 10-3 G.M. insert
I also used the in-ad store coupon for $6.00 off when you buy 10 items
My total was .50

CVS:  I made a total of $2 in ECBs for buying the above items.
1 package of candy corn for .99
2 boxes of oatmeal for $2.50 each with a $2.00 ECB back when you buy 2
1 Colgate Toothpaste for $2.99 with a $2.99 ECB back
I used .75/1 Printable Coupon for the toothpaste
CVS Price scanner coupon for .99 off the candy corn
I also used (2) $2/1 Previously available Printable Coupons
I also got my green bag tag scanned for .25 ECB
After coupons I paid:  $3.24 and received back $2.99 ECBs for the toothpaste, $2 ECBs for the oatmeal, and .25 ECBs for the green bag tag (I actually got back $1 ECB because it was my 4th green bag tag scan) = total ECB profit of $2

*If you would like to learn more about Ad-matching, check out this post.

*If you would like to learn more about shopping for free at CVS, check out my 3-post series starting here.

My Freezer Cooking Plans

This weekend I am hoping to get the following freezer cooking done:

  • Corn Bread mix-x4 I am going to decrease the quantity of sugar called for (I am going to just combine the dry ingredients together in plastic bags)
  • Biscuit mix x 4 (same plan as above) I am going to try a mix between this and this recipe.
  • Pancake mix x 4 (same plan again)
  • Pumpkin Chocolate chip muffins x 2
  • Chicken Burritos x 10
  • Chicken Pot Pie x 3
  • Chicken and Noodles x 2
  • Get all the free yogurt I have been stocking up on put into plastic bags and into the freezer to throw into Smoothies.  I am planning on putting about 1 1/2 yogurt cups into each bag and I think that when they are frozen, I should be able to just turn the bag inside out and the yogurt should come out pretty easily to put into the blender.
  • Taco seasoning x 5
  • Apples sliced up and mixed with apple pie seasonings and placed into plastic bags for easy apple pies.
  • And Possibly make some fresh salsa out of the last meager remains of my garden:

    This post linked to:  Freezer Cooking Plans October - check it out for more inspiration! 

    New Printable Coupons

    Go here to print off a coupon for $5 off a $10 animal at Build A Bear

    Go here to print off a coupon for $1/1 Reynolds slow cooker liners

    Go here to print off a coupon for $1/1 Guerrero product

    Thanks Coupon Hound!

    Free Sample Of Kashi TLC

    If you go here, you can request a free sample of Kashi TLC bars or crackers.  You can just click on the Skip to free snack link if you don't want to play the game.

    Borders: 33% Off Coupon

    If you go HERE, you can print off a coupon for 33% off any one item at Borders/Waldenbooks.  You do have to be a Border's rewards member, but it is free to sign up and you can do it right in-store or on-line.  This coupon is only valid 10-15 through 10-18.  You may want to read the exclusions on this coupon- it does exclude a few things, but it looks like it covers almost all regular purchases.

    Current Restaurant Deals

    O'Charley's:  Click here to get a coupon good for $5 off the purchase of two classic Combos.  This coupon is valid until 10-31-10.

    Red Lobster:  Click here to get $4 off two dinner entrees or $3 off two lunch entrees.  This coupon expires 11/15/2010.

    Chili's:  Join the email club and get a coupon for free chips and queso.  Go here to sign up.

    Chili's:  Oct. 30 and 31 only:  Kids eat free when they are in costume.  One free kids meal per paid adult meal.  (Thanks Chi Town Cheapskate!)

    Ryan's:  Go Here and sign up for the e-club and get a coupon for Buy one buffet and Get one buffet free. I believe this coupon is good at other buffets affiliated with Ryan's as well.

    Quiznos:  Go HERE and sign up for the Q-Club and get up to $2 off.  Or Go here and invite friends to join the Q-club and get a coupon for Buy one sub and a drink, get one sub free!

    Heartland's Foods Corp (owns some Burger Kings):  Sign up for the Royal Club and get a Buy one Whopper, Get one free coupon.  You will want to check and see if your local Burger King is owned by Heartland Foods Corp.  I believe most of the Central Illinois locations are.

    Lone Star Steakhouse:  Go HERE to print off a coupon for $7.50 off any two entrees.  (This coupon is valid until 10-31- not valid with their 2 for $20 deal)

    T.G.I. Friday's:  Go here to print a coupon to receive 25% off your entire bill.  This coupon is valid until 10-23!

    IHOP:  Go here and join the pancake revolution and get a free meal just for signing up.

    Fazoli's:  Sign up to receive emails and receive a free gift.

    Dairy Queen:  Sign up for the Blizzard Fan Club and get a coupon for a Buy 1 Blizzard and Get 1 free. (the locations in my area will not accept these coupons-you may want to call ahead to check if your local store will accept them).

    Taco Bell:  Click here for a Free Orange N' Creme Frutista Freeze, no purchase necessary.

    Dunkin Donuts:  Go here and sign up for the perks club and receive one free hot or cold beverage.

    10-17 Coupon Preview

    If you would like to know what coupons are scheduled to be in this Sunday's Newspaper, you can go here for a sneak peek.

    New Printable Coupons

    Go here to find several new coupons including:

    • $1/1 package of Wonderful Pistachios (I have never seen a printable coupon for these before and my family loves these!  You can find them at Walmart, Kroger, and County Market)
    • $1/1 Butterball Frozen turkey, boneless breast, or boneless turkey roast product.
    • Save $1 on any package of Flour when you buy 2 boxes of Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal.
    • Save $1 on Chicken broth when you buy 2 boxes of Kellogg's All Bran Cereal.
    • Save $1 on one package of Slivered almonds when you buy 2 boxes of Kellogg's Crispix Cereal.
    • Save $1 on one jar of peanut butter when you buy 2 boxes of Kellogg's Rice Krispies Cereal.
    • Save $1 on Cocoa Powder when you buy 2 boxes of Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies Cereal.
    Go here to find a Printable Rebate form for $3 back when you buy a Filtrete High Performance Furnace Filter.

    Free Sample

    Go here to sign up for a free sample of John Frieda Luxurious Volume Products from Kroger

    $10 Off A $20 Apparel Purchase At Sears!

    If you go here, you will find a Sears coupon good for $10 off a $20 apparel purchase.  This coupon does have some exclusions, so read the fine print, but it is good even on sale and clearance prices!  This should make for some great deals!  This coupon is valid from 10-15 through 10-23.

    Thanks Money Saving Mom!

    Mega Swag Bucks Day!

    It's that day of the week again- Mega Swag Bucks day!  

    What is Mega Swag Bucks?

    Mega Swag Bucks is every Friday when you have a much higher chance of winning large amounts of Swag Bucks with a search.

    Swagbucks is an awesome site to join to earn a little extra money. I personally have earned almost $180 in Amazon gifts cards since joining about 10 months ago.

    Swagbucks is a free search engine site that rewards you with Swag Bucks for searching. You can then trade your Swag bucks in for Prizes in their store. My favorite prize is a $5 Amazon gift card for 450 Swag bucks. It is easy to earn Swag Bucks because you just use it as your search engine instead of your regular one (such as or I earn Swag bucks every day by simply going to Swagbucks and searching for the next site I am going to visit online, such as my email, ect..  Swagbucks  is a great way earn a little extra to help out with paying for Christmas and Birthdays.

    You can sign up with Swagbucks by going HERE and they will start you out with 30 Free Swagbucks.

    If you are already signed up with Swag Bucks, you may find this post helpful: on how to get the most out of Swag Bucks.

    Thursday, October 14, 2010

    Swag Code Alert!

    Right now there is Swag Code in your new Swag Bucks inbox worth 7 Swag Bucks.  It is available until 7:00 pm PDT.

    Your new Swag Bucks inbox is located on your Swag Bucks homepage right by your name in the top right hand corner.  It is the icon that looks like a megaphone:

    This one is a little tricky because it is a changing code that you have to be quick to enter-it helps to have two browser windows open so that you can quickly click back to your homepage to enter the code.

    Copy and then paste the code on the Swag Bucks home page in the box that says: Enter your Swag Code.

    If you would like to know more about Swagbucks and why I love it so much (I have earned more than $180 in gift cards since joining about 11 months ago), you can check out this post.  Or you can go ahead and sign up here, they will start you out with 30 Swag Bucks!

    New Printable Coupons

    Go here and "like" Nestle Pure Life on Facebook to print off a coupon for $2 off 2 packs of 20 bottles or more.  The 24 packs of this water are part of Kroger's Kick Off To Savings sale right now.  They are $2.99 each when you purchase 10 participating items, use this coupon to get them for $1.99 per 24 pack.

    Go here to print off two new Huggies coupons:

    • $1.50/1 Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers
    • $3/2 Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers

    My Store Match-ups 10-14 Through 10-20

    My Store has a really small ad this week, but there are several great deals in it.


    Ground Chuck:  $1.96/lb.

    Angus English Roast:  $1.96/lb.

    Split Chickens:  .96/lb.

    Chopped Sirloin steaks 7 oz. each .96

    Chopped Pork Tenderloins:  7 oz. each .96

    Eckrich Regular Bologna 16 oz.  .96 each

    Eckrich Virginia or Honey Ham from the deli:  $3.99/lb.


    Head of Lettuce:  .66 each

    Cantaloupes .96 each

    Russet Potatoes 8 lb. bag .96 each

    Yellow Onions 3 lb. bag:  .96 each


    Store brand canned vegetable:  4/.96 (limit 12)

    Store brand sugar 4 lb. .96 each

    Progresso soup 19 oz. .96
    Use $1/4 coupon from 10-3 G.M.
    Final Price:  .71 each

    Malt-O-Meal Bagged Cereal 11 oz. .96 each

    Store brand white bread 16 oz. 2/.96

    Lays chips $1.96

    Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa .96
    Use .50/2 from 10-3 S.S. insert
    Final Price: .71 each

    Dasani Water 24 pack $2.96

    Kraft Cheese Nips 12 oz. .96
    Use $1/2 Printable Coupon
    Final Price:  .46 each

    Duncan Hines Cake Mix .96

    Store Brand Salad dressing 16 oz. .96 each

    Indian Summer Apple Juice 64 oz. $1.96

    Store Brand Cheese singles 12 oz. .96 each

    Deans Cottage cheese 24 oz. $1.96

    Swiss Valley 2% Milk 1/2 Gal. .96 each

    Yoplait Yogurt 3/.96
    Use .40/6 Printable Coupon
    Final Price:  .25 each

    Swiss Valley 1% Chocolate Milk Gallon $1.96 each

    Cool Whip 8 oz. .96 each

    Flav-R-Pac Frozen Vegetables 16 oz. .66 each

    *Hot* Deal: Free Yoplait At County Market!

    Today I had the opportunity to go by County Market and check on the Yoplait deal that I was wondering about the other day, and guess what?  It works!  The in-ad Store coupon that will take off $6 when you purchase 10 participating items works on the 6 oz. cups of Yoplait Yogurt!  The in-ad coupon essentially takes off .60 per item, with the Yoplait Yogurt on sale for .50 each, that makes them more than free!

    For the transaction shown in the picture above, I ended up paying a net amount of $1.85
    Here's how:
    3 boxes of Nature Valley granola bars on sale for $2.50 each
    7 cups of Yoplait Thick & Creamy yogurt on sale for .50 each
    I used the in-ad Store coupon to save $6 when you buy 10 participating items
    I also used:  1 coupon for .75/2 any Nature Valley Granola bars, 1 for .50 on any Nature Valley trail mix bar, and 1 coupon for .40/6 Yoplait yogurt-  all from the 10-3 G.M. insert.  You can find other Printable coupons for these here(I would have really made out like a bandit if they had the Nature Valley Granola Thins in stock- there are .75/1 Printable coupons and a .75/1 coupon in the 10-3 G.M.).
    I paid $3.35 and received a $1.50 oyno checkout coupon for buying 3 boxes of the Nature Valley
    So a net total of only $1.85!  (You can go here to see more able this current Catalina Deal on the Nature Valley)

    You can get an even better deal on some items though if you don't want the Nature Valley bars.  Here's one scenario:
    Buy 2 bags of the Chex Mix or Bugles on sale for $1.50 each
    Buy 8 Yoplait Light Fat Free or Thick & Creamy Yogurts for .50 each
    Subtotal:  $7.00
    Use $6 off in-ad store coupon
    Use (1) .50/1 Printable Coupon for the Chex or Bugles
    Use (1) .40/6 Yoplait Printable
    Final Price:  $0.10!

    You could use (2) .50/1 Printables for the Chex or Bugles, but I would be afraid that it would alarm the cashier if your total goes negative.

    There are tons of different ways that you could do this deal with the Yoplait to get other things for free as well.  Such as one box of Granola Bars and 9 yogurts  Use .50/1 Nature Valley Printable and .40/6 Yoplait Printable and get everthing for only .10 after the $6 off in-ad store coupon.  You can find all the participating items here in my current County Market Match-ups along with the coupons you can use with them to score big time(I also have more details on this post about the Catalina Promotion for the Nature Valley there)!

    FYI:  If you are in the Mattoon, IL area, my County Market was fully stocked with the Yoplait, but if word about this spreads, you can be sure the shelves will be cleared, so don't wait on this deal if you want it!

    *I am going to get more yogurt for free and put the yogurt in plastic baggies and put it in the freezer to throw into smoothies!

    Let me know what great deals you score!

    Free Vegetable Gardening Guide

    If you go here, you can request a free E-version of a Vegetable Gardening Guide from BURPEE.  This looks like it would help to take some of the guess work out of gardening if you are new to it, or if you still just haven't quite figured it out, like myself :)

    Thanks Money Saving Mom!

    Free Pack Of Extra Gum

    If you go here and "like" Extra Gum on Facebook (Click on the Dessert Day tab), they will send you a free pack of their Dessert Delights gum!

    Don't forget to like Living Healthy On A Budget while you're there!

    How To Save Money With Amazon is definitely one of my favorite stores of all time.  They have pretty much anything that you could ever imagine, and often their prices are better than what you could get anywhere else.  Now, I am all about supporting your community and buying local, but right now, with the season of life that my family is at, we need to try to stretch our dollars as far as they can go, and shopping local is not always the best choice for that.  I hope that someday we will be financially comfortable enough (Ha! We'll see if that ever happens lol) that we can always buy local, but right now shopping through Amazon saves me a lot of money.  Here are some ways to save money with Amazon:

    • Amazon does not charge tax for most states- I recently bought a new laptop and I think that not paying any tax saved me between $70-$90 depending on where I could have bought it locally. (the larger cities in our area have higher tax rates than the town I live in).  I really wish that when you purchase something, that the shelf price would include tax.  It is easy to forget how much extra tax will add when you purchase something- it can significantly increase the total price you are paying.
    • Since I use Swag Bucks, I earn Amazon Gift Cards every month which I can apply toward my total.
    • There are two ways that you can get a free subscription to Amazon Prime.  I have the free one year subscription for being a student.  This allows you to never have to pay shipping fees- no matter what your order total is.  You also get your items shipped to your house in two days with no charge to you.
    • Amazon has Gold Box Deals.  After you are signed into your account click on the gold-colored chest icon at the top of the page.  There you will find several special deals that are personalized for you, as well as the current lightning deal, and gold box deal of the day.  You are supposed to purchase a personalized gold box deal within 1 hour of viewing it, but I have found that they are usually available all day to you.  Your personalized deals will change everyday and they are actually an extra discount on the item (usually around an extra 5% off) just for you to purchase.
    • Amazon's prices change periodically.  Sometimes this can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing if the item you wish to purchase increases in price.  When I have my eye on something that I may be interested in purchasing, or something that I know I will end up having to buy sooner or later (such as ink for my printer), I add the item to my cart.  You can put it in as save for later if you would like, so it isn't in your cart ready for purchase.  Then, when I go to Amazon and click on the button to view my cart it will stat right at the top of the page any price differences -up or down- for my items from the last time I looked at my cart.  This is very helpful for me because if I added printer ink to my cart and see that the price dropped $5, I know that I should probably go ahead and purchase it then because chances are the price will raise back up soon.  
    • You can buy books and other items from private sellers on Amazon.  This can really save you a lot of money if you really want to own a book, instead of checking it out at your library.  Search for the item you are interested in and click on the link on the right side of the page that says More Buying Choices.  You can often find books for as low as $0.01 each.  You will have to pay $4 in shipping for each of these books, but this can be a huge savings if the list price of the book is $10-$15.  Make sure you note what the seller of that items says in the comments, and what the condition of the item is listed as.  Sometimes it may not matter to you if the cover has a tear or has a little writing inside and sometimes it will.
    • If you are in the market to purchase books through Amazon, consider checking other editions of that item.  When you go to a specific items page, it may have a box below the price with other formats.  You can click to see more formats and possibly find an older edition of that item for a much lower price.  For example:  I recently decided that I wanted to buy one of my Nutrition textbooks to have as a resource at home.  The current edition of this book costs:  $154.00!  Even used items for this specific textbook start out at $122.00.  I checked on other editions of the book and got one that was 3 years older shipped to my home for only $8.00!  When I got the book, I thoroughly looked through it and I believe almost the only difference is that the pictures have been updated with more modern-looking people in the illustrations.
    • Many books and Home and Garden items are eligible for a 4-for-3 promotion through Amazon.  If you buy 4 of these eligible items, you will receive the lowest priced item totally free of charge.  This discount will be reflected at checkout.
    • When you look at a specific item's page, always check to see if it says Special Offers Available right by the price.  If it does, scroll down and view what the special offers are.  Sometimes this may be the 4-for-3 promotion, and sometimes it may be a variety of other promotions that could end up saving you more money.
    • Sometimes Amazon offers an additional discount on items if you sign up for their subscribe and save program for that item.  This works for many items in their grocery department, and for items like diapers and wipes.  You will see this option right under where you would click to add the item to your cart.  If you choose this option to save the additional 15-30% off your order, you do not have any obligation to actually continue to have it sent to you.  To cancel a Subscription like this you go to your account- then click on the Manage Subscribe & Save Items under the Orders section.  Once there, click to cancel your subscription. 
    •  Anything I missed?

    Free Sample Of Breathe Right Strips

    Go here to request a free sample of Breathe Right Strips.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    Freezer Cooking

    I was first introduced to Once A Month Cooking (OAMC) several months ago and have come to really love it.  Freezer cooking can save you time, energy, money, and help you to eat healthier.  I don't know how many times having a home cooked meal in the freezer, and ready to pop into the oven has saved us from going out for fast food on a busy evening.  

    Freezer cooking doesn't just have to be for people in larger families- I believe it would actually work well for single people as well.  So many recipes make a number of servings, and a single person could divide those meals up into single servings and freeze them, which would cut down on food waste.  The awesome FishMama over at Life As Mom is going to be hosting a freezer cooking day this weekend if you feel like you would like to get started!  I am hoping to be able to participate this time.  I will try to keep you posted as to what recipes I am planning to make.  If you are new to freezer cooking, you can check out some of these posts by FishMama:

    Hot Deal On Celestial Seasonings Tea At Mattoon Walmart

    When I was at the Mattoon, IL Walmart earlier today, I saw lots of different varieties of Celestial Seasonings Tea on clearance for only $1.12 per box.  There was a $1/1 coupon for this tea in the 10-3 Smart Source Insert (I couldn't find this coupon in any of my inserts though).  If you do have this coupon, you can get the boxes of tea for only .12 each!  The tea is a pretty good price at $1.12 each even if you don't have this coupon.  The clearance food at the Mattoon Walmart is in the canned vegetable aisle.

    I also saw several different types of hamburger and chicken helper on clearance for .75/ box.  There is a .75/3 Printable Coupon that would make these .50 per box.

    Hot Deals In The Central Illinois Area

    If you go here you will find the News Gazette's Half-Price Haven.  Half-Price Haven has all sorts of great gift certificates and vouchers that you can purchase for half the price of their value.  Some of the awesome deals available right now:

    • $20 voucher to Naturally Yours Grocery (Located in Normal, IL)for only $10.  I have never been there but it says online that they offer lots of natural and organic foods-this looks like an awesome deal!
    • McGown Photography:  $100 voucher for only $50
    • Sullivan, IL Country Club:  $30 voucher for $15
    • Smoothie King:  $10 voucher for $5
    • T.G.I. Fridays $10 voucher for $5- I think that you should be able to combine this with a coupon- when I bought one of these before, it was valid at several different central IL locations
    • Thunder Wolf Trail Rides:  $18 value for only $9 -this is for a one-hour horse trail ride!
    • There are lots more offers, and they re-stock them often so check back if you don't see anything you are interested in.

    Kroger Match-ups 10-14 through 10-20

    These match-ups are based on the Decatur, Illinois area Kroger stores.  Kroger will double your coupons .50 and under.


    New York Strip Steak bone-in $3.97/lb.

    Whole Boston Butt:  $1.17/lb.

    Pride of the farm Turkey Breast:  $1.17/lb.

    Pork Steak or Western Ribs:  $1.57/lb.

    Ground Beef 73% lean sold in 5 or 10 lb. roll:  $1.37/lb.

    Jimmy Dean Sausage 12-16 oz. 2/$5
    Use $1/1 Printable Coupon (facebook offer)
    Final Price:  $1.50 each


    Red Seedless Grapes:  .97/lb.

    Red Tomatoes on the vine:  $1.48/lb.

    Tangerines 3 lb. bag $1.99

    Pears- Bartlett, bosc, or red .99/lb.


    Kroger or Active Lifestyle Yogurt:  3/$1

    Land O Lakes Margarine Spread 7-16 oz. 10/$10
    Use .50/1 Printable Coupon
    Final Price:  Free

    Kroger Sour cream or Dip 16 oz. 10/$10

    Kroger large eggs dozen .88 each

    Nestle Toll House Morsels 10-12 oz. $1.99
    Use .50/2 Printable Coupon
    Final Price:  $1.49 each when you buy 2

    Carnation Evaporated Milk 12 oz. 10/$10
    Use .50/2 Printable Coupon
    Final Price:  .50 each when you buy 2

    Dole Pineapple 10-20 oz. 10/$10

    Kroger Value sugar 4 lb. bag:  $1.98

    Kroger Milk 1/2 gal. 4/$5

    Flordia's Natural Orange Juice 59 oz. $1.99

    Hamburger Helper:  10/$10
    Use .75/3 Printable Coupon
    Final Price:  .75 each

    Idahoan Potatoes:  10/$10
    Use $1/1 Printable Coupon (facebook offer)
    Final Price:  free

    Progresso Soup:  4/$5
    Use $1/4 from 10-3 GM insert
    Final Price:  $1 each

    Kellogg's Cereal:  $1.99 each
    Final Price:  $1.24-$1.49 each

    Chips Ahoy Cookies:  $1.99 each
    Use $1/2 From 9-26 S.S. or $1/2 Printable Coupon
    Final Price:  $1.49 each


    Cheer Detergent 100 oz. $9.88
    Use $2/1 from 9-12 R.P.
    Final Price:  $7.88 each

    Colgate Toothbrush or Total Toothpaste:  $1.88 each
    Final price:  $1.13 each

    Kroger Savings Event:  All of the following items are included in the Kick off to Savings sale.  Buy Any 10 participating items and get $5 off.  The Final Prices reflect a -.50 each assuming you are purchasing 10 mix and match particpating items:

    Stouffer's or Lean Cuisine Entrees $1.68 each
    Use $1/3 Lean Cuisine Printable Coupon
    Final Price:  as low as $1.35 each

    Nabisco Go-packs .49 each
    Final Price:  Free

    Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunch Meat 7-9 oz. $2.49
    Use $1/2 Printable Coupon or $1/1 Printable Coupon (if carving board variety is included)
    Final Price:  $1.49- $1.99 each

    Oscar Mayer Bologna or Cotto Salami $1.49
    Final Price:  .99 each

    Coffee-mate Coffee Creamer 16 oz. $1.29
    Final Price:  .21 overage-.54 each

    Kellogg's Poptarts and Fruit Snacks $1.38
    Final Price:  $1.03-1.38 each

    Capri Sun or Kool-aid Jammers 10 pk. $1.38 each
    I recently got a Kroger Coupon booklet in the mail with $1/2 Capri sun coupon- if you got this too, they will only be .88 each!

    Hot, Lean, or Crescent Pockets 6.5-9 oz.  $1.49 each
    Final Price: as low as .49 each

    Kraft Salad Dressing $1.49 each
    Use .55/1 from 8-29 S.S.
    Final Price:  .94 each

    Eggo Waffles or Pancakes $1.49 each

    Kraft Easy Mac, or Velvetta shells and cheese cup:  .49 each
    Use the $1/2 Coupon from 9-26 S.S. (for Velvetta Shells)
    Final Price:  free-.49 each

    Kraft BBQ Sauce:  18 oz. .49 each

    Ice Mountain Water 3 liter, or Fuze beverage 18.5 oz. .49 each
    Use $1/2 fuze coupon from Oct. All You
    Final Price:  free-.49 each

    Smart Water 700 ml or Vitamin Water 20 oz. .50 each

    Coca-Cola 2 liters:  .79 each

    Kraft Philadelphia Cream cheese:  .99 each
    Final Price:  Free

    Quaker Quakes:  .99 each
    Final Price:  .49 each

    Nabisco Ritz or Snack Crackers $1.99
    Final Price:  $1.49 each

    Kraft Mayo or Miracle whip 30 oz. $2.49 each
    Use $1/1 Printable Coupon (if included-facebook offer)
    Final Price:  $1.49-$1.99

    Kraft Singles 22-24 ct. $2.49
    Final Price:  $1.49 each

    Oreo Cookies:  $2.49
    Use  $1/1 Printable double stuff Coupon (facebook offer after you play the game)
    Final Price:  .99-2.49 each

    DiGiorno or California Pizza Kitchen Pizza $3.99 each
    Use $1/1 CPK coupon from 9-26 S.S.
    Or Use $2/1 CPK Printable Coupon(when you share the videos)
    Final Price:  $1.99-2.99 each

    Maxwell House Coffee $5.99 each
    Use $1/2 Printable Coupon or $1/1 from 9-26 S.S.
    Final Price:  $4.99-$5.49 each

    Nestle Wonka Nerds or Laffy Taffy bagged candy $1.49 each
    Final Price:  .99 each

    Nestle Ready to Bake Cookies:  $1.99 each
    Final Price:  .99-$1.24 each

    Nestle Pure Life Water 24 pack 8 oz. :  $2.99 each
    Use $1/2 Printable Coupon
    Or Use $2/2 Printable Coupon (Facebook Offer)
    Final Price:  $1.99-$2.49 each

    More New Printable Coupons!

    Go here to print off a $10/1 coupon for a Filtrete Water Pitcher.  This coupon expires at the end of this month!

    Go here and like Olde Hearth on Facebook to print off a $1/1 coupon for any Olde Hearth Bagels

    Go here to print off a $1/1 coupon for any 48 oz. Pine Sol specially scented cleaner.  The page is in Spanish, but your coupon should print out in English.  Scroll down just a little to find the $1 off coupon.

    Go here and like El Monterey on Facebook to get a Buy 1 Get 1 free coupon.  You do have to play the game, but everyone wins!

    Thanks Coupon Hound!

    New Printable Coupon

    If you go here, you can print off a $1/1 coupon for Simply Juice(Lemonade, orange, or apple).  This is a great coupon, we don't see many coupons for the not-from concentrate juice.  This is a Facebook offer, but I don't think that you have to actually like them to print it off.

    When you get to the page on Facebook, click the little Filters link right below the tabs at the top.  Click on Just Simply Juice, and you should see the coupon!  There is a possibility that this coupon might not be available for all that long once word gets around-it says limited quantities.  I just printed mine off and it is valid until 11-27.  It says any size- the single serve bottle of simply juice are around $1.27 at Walmart.  Use this coupon to get them for only around .27 each!  I am excited about this one because I love all the Simply Juices!

    Thanks My Frugal Adventures!

    Hurry! Free PowerSox CoolMax Socks First 30,000

    Right now, if you go here you can sign up to receive a free pair of PowerSox CoolMax Socks.  This is limited to the first 30,000 who sign up, so I would hurry if you are interested!  You can not request these if you already requested them the first time they were available.  I just requested a pair and they look like they are really good quality.

    Thanks Money Saving Mom!

    Office Depot: $10 Off A $20 Purchase

    Right now, if you go here, you will find an Office Depot coupon good for $10 off a $20 purchase.  This coupon is valid until 11/20/2010!

    Thanks Money Saving Mom!

    Free Sears Gift Card For The Active Military

    Individuals who are active in the Military(U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Reserves) from Oct. 13th, 2010 through Dec. 31st, 2010 are eligible to sign up for a free Sears Gift Card.  You can go here to sign up for this offer.  Right now the site is being overloaded and timing out, but you can check back later for this offer if it isn't working for you right now.

    Aldi Deals 10-13 through 10-19


    • Red Grapes .99/lb.  sold in a 2 lb. pack for $1.98
    • Anjou Pears .99/ package
    • Fresh apples (assorted varieties) 3 lb. bag $1.49 each
    • Large Pumpkins $1.99 each
    • Fit and Active Fresh ground turkey 93% lean $2.49 / 19.2 oz.
    • Fit & Active non-fat yogurt 32 oz. $1.59
    • Fit & Active non-fat yogurt 6 oz. cup .37 each

    Schnucks Match-ups 10-13 through 10-19


    Fresh Chicken Thighs 3 lb. or more .89/lb.

    Frozen Turkey .79/lb.

    Assorted Boneless Pork Chops $2.29 /lb.

    Salsiccai Sausage $1.79/lb.

    Catfish Nuggets:  $1.99/lb.

    Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage:  2/$6
    Use $1/1 Printable Coupon (facebook offer)
    Final Price:  $2 each


    Assorted Apples:  10lbs./$10

    Mountain King Butter Gold Potatoes 5 lb. bag:  2/$5

    Bartlett Pears 10lbs./$10


    V8 V-Fusion or vegetable juice:  2/$5
    Use $1/2 vegetable juice printable, or $1/1 V-Fusion Printable
    Final Price:  $1.50-$2 each

    Dannon Yogurt 6 oz. 10/$5
    Use .40/6 Printable Coupon (would double to .80/6) or $1/6 Printable Coupon (facebook offer)
    Final Price:  .33- .37 each

    Gold Medal Flour 4.25-5 lb. 2/$3

    Nabisco Crackers 5.5-10 oz.  2/$5
    Use $1/2 Printable coupon or $1/1 Printable coupon for wheat thins (facebook offer)
    Final Price:  $1.50-$2 each

    Del Monte Canned Vegetables:  4/$3
    Use $1/5 coupon from 9-19 R.P. insert
    Final Price: .55 each

    Campbell's Chunky soups 4/$5
    Use $1/2 Printable coupon or .50/1, $1/2, $1.50/3, $2/4 Printable coupons
    Final Price:  .75 each

    Star Olive Oil 17 oz. $4.99 each
    Use $1/1 Printable Coupon
    Final Price:  $3.99 each

    Old Orchard Healthy Balance or 100% Juice 64 oz. 2/$4
    Use .50/1 64 oz juice Printable Coupon or $1/2 Printable
    Final Price:  $1.50 each


    Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry sheets or liquid laundry detergent $3.98 each
    Use $3/1 coupon from 10-10 R.P. insert
    Final Price:  .98 each!

    Kleenex tissue 78-110 ct. box 5/$5
    Use .50/3 Printable coupon
    Final Price:  .83 each