July 31, 2009

BlogHer '09: My Takeaway



Soooo....last weekend, I was in Chicago at this little get-together known as BlogHer; I wrote a bit about my decision to go and my experience there here at my personal blog.

I was fortunate enough to have a great group of in real life blogging friends to travel with up to Chicago, to room with, and to hang out with on and off during the daily sessions and nightly events. When a conference has 1400 attendees, it's good to already know a bunch of people before you go.

I attended five sessions, leaving some sooner than others because they simply didn't hold my attention; however, the first session I attended struck a deep chord with me and I found myself very focused on the topic and the conversation. (Sessions are like mini-lectures/very targeted panelist conversations.)

The session was titled, "The Brand of You," or something similar; it was part of the Business Track sessions. What hit me and what is still resonating with me is the discussion about how we as women sometimes don't value our time or value our abilities the way we should. When we don't value our time (by giving it away for free, like volunteering - see me, waving my hand furiously?) and don't value our abilities, particularly within this realm of social media, we cut our own legs out from under ourselves.

I've never really thought of myself as influential (I mean, I have a hard time influencing my kiddos to pick up their rooms regularly) or as powerful, but the simple truth is that because of the growth of social media and my passion for it, I am both.

And here's another eye-opener: if you're a blogger, if you're on Twitter, if you're engaged in social media, you are both influential and powerful as well.

Brands and companies, PR and journalists, all are looking to the rise of our voices in social media and trying to figure out just how they can build relationships with us that can be healthy and beneficial to both parties and to the consumer/reader at-large.

We're still in the beginning of this information revolution and what social media is today isn't what it will be in a year or even in six months. It is an quickly evolving media and we as it's early-adopters and enthusiastic users must be willing to evolve as well.

So my takeaway, my one thing I'm carrying with me from BlogHer '09?

Social media has changed the way brands engage with their customers and we, we women who blog for a myriad of reasons from family to business, are ourselves agents of that change.

Embrace it!

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July 30, 2009

Freebie Roundup!



Time to grab some freebies and make your mailbox happy!

:: Request a FREE sample of Bodycology Hand & Body Lotion from Walmart right here.

:: Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 1, 2009 because Schwann's is giving away $10 worth of FREE food to the first 500,000 new customers; details about this generous FREEbie can be found here. Note that you must live on an existing Schwann's delivery route for this deal.

:: Request a FREE Bigby Spinning Top Toy right here; click the "email us" link under the "swagalicous" banner on the left.

:: Looking for some very cool biz cards to spread the word about your blog? Moo is offering (10) FREE biz cards right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Member's Mark Infant Formula right here.

Enjoy!

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Clean out the Closets: Family Circle and Goodwill Back to School Clothing Drive

Despite my cheap frugal nature, I am not a pack rat; I hate clutter and I hate having stuff around the house - usually hiding in closets or in the basement - that we're not using and probably won't use sometime in the near future.

Clutter means more work to do when it comes to cleaning up and staying organized, and my friends, I have more than enough of that just keeping up with my three kids and two dogs!

One thing I do regularly to reduce the encroaching clutter is go through our clothes and the kids toys and donate to Goodwill. I prefer doing this than organizing a garage sale because I believe in what Goodwill is all about (helping to train and employ people who might not otherwise have a job plus offering quality items for sale at a very low cost) and I like that Goodwill gives me a receipt for my donated goods that I can use at tax time to add to my deductions. That's a win-win all around in my humble opinion!

I wanted to share with you a Back-to-School Clothing Drive that Family Circle is sponsoring beginning August 1 in conjunction with Goodwill. Click here to download the form; this is a GREAT idea for a community service project for your school or church if you're looking for ways to get kids involved in volunteering.



Go check it out, then start cleaning those closets out! You'll be glad you did once school (and the cuh-raziness of getting back into the school routine) rolls around!

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Back to School Deals from Kellogg's and Nabisco

With school just about a month away on the calendar, there are two really great back to school deals I wanted to highlight here in case you haven't had a chance to grab them yet.

Kellogg's Fuel for School Rebate



Buy (10) participating Kellogg's and/or Keebler products and submit the rebate form found here (link is in the bottom of the right column) for a $10 rebate from Kellogg's and a $70 coupon from Dell.

This rebate dovetails nicely with today's One Day Sale at Kroger (7/30); select Kellogg's and Keebler products are on sale today for 50% off. Go read the matchups for these products here (thanks, MommySnacks!) to maximize your total savings.

Pack a Kraft Smile Savings Booklet and Calendar


Nabisco is offering a booklet with (2) $20 rebate forms and $15 in coupons on popular Nabisco/Kraft products for back-to-school; click here to request yours before they're gone.

Be sure to keep an eye on your Sunday inserts in August as well for additional rebates or promotions linked to back-to-school shopping.

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July 29, 2009

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaways! Link YOUR Giveaway Post!



I'm still in post-BlogHer '09 recovery mode; I fell asleep at some point in the loveseat last night, waking up for just a second to see my hubs Knute trying to close down my laptop as quietly as he could. Yuppers, you guessed right - this intrepid mom blogger was so tired that she fell asleep over her computer. ;-)

Next week, I'll be reviewing and giving away an easy dinner idea from Azteca; be sure to tune in next Wednesday because I'm going to vlog my review! Not only will you get a chance to win great products (thanks, Azteca!), you can giggle while I stumble my way through my first vlog. Bring kindness, will ya?

Just because I don't have a giveaway this week doesn't mean you can't give a holler about yours! Do you have a great giveaway going on over at your blogjoint? Feel free to drop your giveaway post link in the MckLinky below!

Please note that I'm now using MckLinky rather than Mr. Linky for you to drop your links; it works just like Mr. Linky in that you add the link to your post URL and a title for your link. Please limit your link title to 50 characters.

To get the scoop on MckLinky, click here. It's a FREE service (unlike Mr. Linky) and y'all know my motto: FREE is my favorite flavor!



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July 28, 2009

Let's Go Krogering! Week of July 27, 2009


Do love finding deals at your Kroger? This feature is for you! Link your post about what deals you found at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store. Simple rules are here; the 149x149 button is in my sidebar.

Feel free to link up to this all week and share the good deals you find at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store! As always, please add a link back to me in your Krogering post. Not sure how to do this? Just
email me and I'll walk you through it!


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Hey all my Kroger-loving friends! So glad to have you stopping by today!

Like I mentioned here, I'm headed to Kroger on Thursday this week to grab a few groceries (I don't need much after my mega-stock up last week) and the best of the one day only sale. I'll revise this post on Thursday to show you what I found.

*Revised Monday, 8/3/09*

My Kroger Trip, Thursday, 7/30/09:



*A-hem!*

I'm just a wee bit behind on updating!

Spent: $53.35
Saved: $40.32, or 43%


I also spent about $15 early in the week at Walmart, grabbing milk and fresh produce on Monday.

As you can see in the picture above, I loaded up on Kellogg's/Keebler products during the one day sale on Thursday. I purchased (10), meaning I'll be able to submit the receipt plus the UPCs for the Kellogg's $10 Fuel for School rebate; details on that rebate can be found here (bottom of right column).

To see the matchups for this week's ad, click here; this will take you to my friend Andrea @ MommySnacks Kroger ad matchup this week (thanks, A!).

What deals did you find at Kroger this week? Link *your* Let's Go Krogering! post all week and help another reader save some $$!

**As always, please add a link back to my Let's Go Krogering! post in your Krogering post and be sure that you add your post's permalink to the Mr. Linky so everyone else can find your deals (rather than just linking back to your blog's homepage). Need help doing this? Email me and I'll walk you through it!**





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July 27, 2009

Weekly Deals Roundup, Week of July 26, 2009



Here's some of the best deals I see this week; grab your reusable shopping bags and go get 'em!


:: $0.99/lb with coupon fresh Tyson Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
:: $0.39 with coupon Bic Cristal Pens
:: Free-$0.99 with coupon and P&G Sale Herbal Essences and Aussie Shampoo and Conditioners

To see the full ad matchup for Kroger, Cincinnati Region, click here; I'm linking you to Andrea @MommySnacks post this week.


:: Earn $5.00 off your next shopping order when you buy (5) participating Kellogg's or Keebler products
:: FREE with coupon Uncle Ben Ready Rice
:: $1.99 with coupon Schick Quattro

To see my full Bigg's ad matchup for this week, click here.


:: FREE with coupons Hormel Sliced Deli Pepperoni
:: $0.30 with coupon Aunt Millie's Bread
:: $0.67 with coupon Haagen-Daz 4 oz cups

To see the best of the ad matchup for Meijer, Cincinnati Region, click here. (Thank you, Mommy Snacks!)


:: FREE with coupon Chiquita Fruit Bites
:: $0.50 with coupon Bumblebee Salad Mixes
:: $0.63 with coupon Betty Crocker Brownie Mix

To see the full ad matchup for Wal-Mart, click here; note that prices may vary by region. (Thank you, Deal Seeking Mom!)


:: $0.22 with coupons Pop Tarts
:: $0.50 Rose Art watercolors
:: $0.75 with coupon Kellogg's Cinnabon bars

To see the full ad matchup for Target, click here; note that prices may vary by region. (Thank you, Stretching A Buck!)


:: $0.25 after coupons Starbucks Frappucino
:: $0.39 after coupon Elmer's Glue-All
:: $0.75 after coupon Weight Watcher's Chocolates

To see the full ad matchup for Walgreens, click here. (Thank you, Slick Deals!!)


:: FREE after ECBs CVS Caliber 100 page Composition Book (Monday & Tuesday ONLY)
:: FREE after ECBs Swingline Tot Stapler (Monday & Tuesday ONLY)
:: FREE after ECBs Pilot Easy Touch Pen 2 pk (Monday & Tuesday ONLY)

To see the full ad matchup for CVS, click here. (Thank you, Bargain Briana!)

What deals are you hunting for this week?

Menu Plan Monday (*a-hem* or Tuesday), Week of July 27, 2009



This is technically more of a Meal Plan Tuesday post since I'm getting it up so late; we had a quick dinner of Tacos on Monday night since I was still getting through all the fun of unpacking from BlogHer.

I am happy to report that all the dinners I pre-cooked and froze last week during my Double Duty Dinners cooking week were totally gone from my freezer; the kiddos and Knute ate 'em up while I was gone. Double duty cooking (or consolidated cooking or once a month cooking - whatever you want to call it) really helps me to plan ahead to help get dinner on the table during my busiest weeks.

This week, I'm keeping it easy and cooking up what's hanging out in my freezer and veggie drawer since I don't plan on Krogering until Thursday (although I've already grabbed about $10 of fruit and milk at Walmart).

Hop on over to the linkeroony at Meal Plan Monday hosted by Orgjunkie.com to drop your meal plan post and surf the links for ideas!

Tuesday

Smoked Sausage and Zucchini Saute over rice

(I have some lovely zukes and summer squash from a friend's garden that I'm using in this easy summer recipe.)

Wednesday

Italian Chicken Skillet + fresh bread a la bread machine (this Amish Bread recipe looks good)

Thursday

Copycat LaRosa's Pizza + salad

Friday

Free day!

Saturday

Sloppy Dogs + BLT Pasta Salad

Sunday
Mexican Chicken Kiev + Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Looking for more help in the kitchen? Visit my foodie friends - you'll find all sorts of ideas to help you save time and money!





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Kroger Deals, Cincy Region, July 27-August 2, 2009



I was dead certain that after not one but two weeks of a Mega Sale Event that this week's Kroger ad would be ho-hum; not so, my Kroger-loving frugalista friends!

There's both a P&G Sale event (buy 4 items, get an instant $4.00 off at checkout; no limit) as well as a one day sale event on Thursday, July 30 (7 am - midnight) with oodles of Kellogg's and Keebler items on sale for 50% off.

Normally, I do my own Kroger Ad Matchup each week but my friends, I am one whupped blogger after BlogHer in Chicago this weekend. This week, I'm sending you over to Andrea @ MommySnacks to view her full ad matchup for Kroger, Cincy Region, this week; she rocks the deals even after doing all the driving on our way home from Chicago (thanks girl!).

You can find her Kroger 7/27-8/2 ad matchup post right here.

I've got SO much stuff still here at my house after my mega shopping trip to Kroger last week before leaving that I'm holding off on my Krogering trip until the big sale on Thursday; I will still be posting Let's Go Krogering! as usual on Tuesday (7/28) morning.

Be sure to drop by all week long to link your super-awesome-holy-cow-I-saved-so-much post link, m'kay? I love reading about how much more y'all save than me!

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I'm Back from BlogHer in Chicago!

I've spent the last four days in Chicago at BlogHer and it was fantastic to meet so many bloggers in person as well as pr folks who were there seeking to connect with bloggers.

I'm a bit behind on my usual posting schedule after all the traveling yesterday (it was one rockin', swag-stuffed van that Andrea @ Mommy Snacks drove home yesterday); I'll be working on and off today to get caught up.

Thanks everyone! I hope I to share some of what I learned at BlogHer with all of you this coming week!

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July 25, 2009

The 5 @ CVS: Hot Deals at CVS, July 26 - August 1, 2009


Planning your shopping for next week?

Here's the five *best* deals at CVS next week!



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This is another week of smoking hot deals on school supplies at CVS this week; once again, there is a 3 Day Sale event for just Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

I didn't grab last week's 3 Day Sale items; I simply didn't have time to make a trip to CVS {*gasp*} since I spent the early part of the week getting ready for BlogHer.

These items will go FAST, so I plan to visit my CVS on Monday when I return; be sure to shop your CVS (or mulitple CVS if you're fortunate to have several in your area) early on Sunday if you want the best chance to get these deals.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday ONLY Deals (7/19-7/21)

#1: Earn $0.99 ECB when you buy Caliber 100 Page Composition Books, $0.99 ea (limit 2)
Final price: FREE after ECBs

#2: Earn $0.99 ECBs when you buy CVS Erasers, Push Pins or Binder Clips, $0.99 ea (limit 2)
Final price: FREE after ECBs

#3: Earn $0.99 ECBs when you buy Caliber Pencil or Index Card Case, $0.99 ea (limit 2)
Final price: FREE after ECBs

#4: Earn $0.99 ECBs when you buy Pilot Easytouch Pen 2 Pk, $0.99 ea (limit 2)
Final price: FREE after ECBs

#5: Earn $0.99 ECBs when you buy Swingline Tot Stapler or Caliber Sticky Notes 2 pk, $0.99 ea (limit 2)
Final price: FREE after ECBs


To view the full deal matchups for the upcoming week (7/26-8/1) at CVS, click here. (Courtesy of MyFeet Hurt/SlickDeals.net - thank you!)

To view the July Clip Free Book deals (this was formerly known as the Extra Care Book; it seems CVS is tightening their belts just like the rest of us) at CVS for this month, click here. (Courtesy of AFullCup.com - thank you!)

To read my post about how to save big at CVS, click here.

Do you see any great deals this week at CVS? Share what you know in a comment below!

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The 5 @ Walgreens: Hot Deals at Walgreens, July 26 - August 1, 2009

Planning your shopping for next week?

Here's the five *best* deals at Walgreens next week!



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#1: Earn $3.00 RRs when you buy $10.00 of participating products: Oreo Cakesters 12 oz, Wheat Thins 9 or 10 oz, Triscuits 9.5 oz, Ritz or Saltines, 16 oz, 3/$10.00 or $3.33 each
-->FREE Wheat Thins when you buy Ritz Crackers, SS 05/17
Final price: $3.66 or $1.22 each for (2) boxes of Ritz & (1) box of Wheat Thins after RRs and (1) coupon

#2: Earn $3.00 RRs when you buy Listerine 500 mL Advanced, Natural Citrus, Total Care, Smart Rinse, or Agent Cool Blue, 2/$8.00
-->$1.00/1 Agent Cool Blue or Smart Rinse, SS 03/15 & SS 06/14
-->$1.00/1 Smart Rinse printable here
Final price: $1.50 each for (2) Agent Blue or Smart Rinse after RRs and (2) MFR Qs

#3: Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Drink, 9.5 oz, $1.25 with in-ad coupon
-->$1.00/1, SS 06/21
Final price: $0.25 after in-ad Q and MFR Q

#4: $0.39 Elmers Glue-All, 4 0z, with in-ad coupon (limit 6)
Final price: $0.39 ea after in-ad Q

#5: Weight Watchers Candy by Whitmans, 3.25 oz, 2/$3.00
-->Buy1Get1Free, SS 04/05
Final price: $0.75 each after MFR Q

To view the full deal matchups for the upcoming week (7/26-8/1) at Walgreens, click here. (Courtesy of amit19/SlickDeals.net - thank you!)

To view the Register Reward deals at Walgreens for the month of July, click here. (Courtesy of MyFeetHurt/SlickDeals.net - thank you!)

To read my post about how to save big at Walgreens, click here; note that Walgreens has ended their Easy Saver Rebate program.

Do you see any great deals this week at Walgreens? Share what you know in a comment below!

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July 24, 2009

School Supply Deals: Finding Ways to Give Back



Now that July is nearing an end, the back-to-school deals are in full swing. From now until the end of August, major retailers will be offering stockpile prices on different school supplies in their weekly ads (like the ones at CVS and Walgreens this week).

For those of us who have kids in school, these sales are a wonderful way to get those backpacks loaded with goodies for the start of the new school year without breaking the bank. But if you're a frugalista who doesn't have school-aged children (or maybe you're like me and can't resist the thrill of stocking up on FREE after ECB pencils and paper and end up with more than your kids will use), you can help teachers and students by donating those freebie and cheapie extras.

Give Locally

--> Buy extras of common items (crayons, pencils, glue sticks, paper) for your child's classroom.

--> Not sure what your child's teacher may need? Contact your school's principal or your local school district's central office and ask what kind of supplies they need most and where you can deliver them.

--> Want to reach kids in great need? Donate supplies to your local homeless shelter or women's crisis shelter; these charities are always happy to accept items for children.

Give Nationally

--> Visit I Love Schools and learn about how you can donate your extra school supplies to a teacher in need.

--> Don't have extra supplies to donate but want to donate a few bucks (since you saved so much grabbing those deals)? Visit Donors Choose, Adopt a Classroom, or Kids in Need, charities where you can donate money to classrooms in need.

Looking for more charities that might be interested in your school supply donations (or cash donations)? Visit Charity Navigator, a free site dedicated to evaluating and rating charities; it's always smart to do your research before you donate so you can be sure your money/donations are going exactly where you want them to go.

Giving back a little more has been one nice side effect for me from couponing/living more frugally; I love having a well-stocked pantry but I do remind myself that the next big deal is just a few weeks away. I can part ways with some of those goodies I've gotten for pennies and also help someone in need.

Know of a great charity for extra school supplies or just a great charity in general for extra goodies from couponing? Share what you know in a comment below!

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July 23, 2009

I'm On My Way {da-dum da-dum da-dum da-dum}

The day has come for my big trip to Chicago for BlogHer '09; that silly song from Shrek has been playing over and over again in my head as I've been packing and getting my family and home ready for Mom to be gone for a few days.

I'm very excited about this opportunity; not only is it a much-needed {and first time ever} weekend away from my three kiddos for me as I talked about here in my personal blog last week, it's a chance for me to network with other bloggers who are just as passionate about this new media that is day-by-day evolving, changing, and growing.

And, best of all, I've got an a-MAY-zing crowd of real life friends (who happen to be big deal bloggers) that I'm traveling with from SW Ohio. This has been one of the BEST parts of blogging for me, the connections and friendships I've made via this media. They are real and enduring; I can't tell you how much I just {heart} these girls.

For those of you who may be new to this site (and if I met you today during all the pre-BlogHer hullabaloo, thanks for visiting!), you can read my About Me page to learn little bit more about me and about the history of this blog.

And if you're just dying to know even more about me, you can hop on over to my personal blog, Writer-Mommy. Yes, I author two blogs (and own more domain names than I care to admit; it's a sickness hobby of mine) and writing for both blogs keeps me busy and is sometimes a bit overwhelming but it works for me. Thanks in advance if you hop to my personal blog for a visit.

And to all of my regular readers - to those of you who willingly hit "Subscribe" and catch my posts in your reader, to those of you who click right here to my home page every day to see what's new in my frugal journey - I want to tell you thank you. I appreciate it more than I can really express in words - I {heart} you all!

I'll be posting some brief updates here and at my personal blog from BlogHer as I have time (which will be short, I'm sure); I do have posts scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so there will be plenty to read here at TNFM if you happen to visit.

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July 22, 2009

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaways: Link YOUR Giveaway Post Here!



I'm frantically nailing down last-minute details before I leave Thursday morning with @MommySnacks, @$5Dinners, @OnceAMonthMom, @MoneySavingMethods, and @BargainBriana for BlogHer '09 in Chicago.

I have no giveaway scheduled for this week but I did want to give you a chance to link your giveaway post here if you've got a great giveaway going on at your webjoint.

Please note that I'm now using MckLinky for you to drop your links; it works just like Mr. Linky in that you add the link to your post URL and a title for your link. Please limit your link title to 50 characters.

To get the scoop on MckLinky, click here. It's a FREE service (unlike Mr. Linky) and y'all know my motto: FREE is my favorite flavor!



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July 20, 2009

Let's Go Krogering! Week of July 20, 2009


Do love finding deals at your Kroger? This feature is for you! Link your post about what deals you found at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store. Simple rules are here; the 149x149 button is in my sidebar.

Feel free to link up to this all week and share the good deals you find at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store! As always, please add a link back to me in your Krogering post. Not sure how to do this? Just
email me and I'll walk you through it!


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It's week two of the super-duper-stockup 10 Item Mega Event sale at Kroger - woohoo!

To see the matchups for this week's ad, click here.

I rolled a huge cart of goodies through my Kroger yesterday; I had many, many coupons for this sale that I had ordered from Coupons by Dede and I took advantage of this sale to stock up on items we use regularly. My kiddos kept saying, "The cart's just SO FULL, Mom!"

They all helped me bring in the bags (they are really good kids, even if they do start to squabble a bit on these long and hot summer days); after my oldest son brought in the last one (he's six), he said, "Now you can take a picture of the groceries, Mom!"

It's funny - he knows I always grab a quick picture after I unload everything but I wonder why he thinks I need a picture of the groceries; to remember our fun at Kroger?? My kids aren't exactly tuned into their mom's blogging!

Anyhow, I had SO much stuff that it would have been near impossible to shoot one big picture so I took this one of (10) of the participating items for the Mega Event:



I used these coupons:

--> (5) $0.55/1 SunnyD, SS 05/31 (FREE after sale price + doubled coupon)

--> (1) $1.00/1 Kraft Dressing, SS 06/21 ($0.19 after sale price + coupon)

--> (2) $0.50/1 Chex Mix Select, printable coupon right here ($0.49 after sale price + coupon)

--> (1) $0.50/2 Chex Mix, SS 06/07 ($0.99 after sale price + coupon)

Total for those (10) items above: $3.15

But I bought waaay more than that; last week, I spent about $90.00 at Kroger; this week, I took advantage of the sale to stock up and spent more than my $100/week target; see?



It never feels *good* to go over budget but I did this deliberately this week; I wanted to load my pantry and spare fridge with lots and lots of stuff since I'm going to be out of town this weekend at BlogHer in Chicago. This way, my hubs doesn't have to worry about groceries at all while I'm gone and I won't be scrambling to get to the store on Monday after I return because we're running low on staples and snacks.

*Noteworthy Catalina Deals*

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Catalina Deal 7/3-7/26:
Buy 4, get $1.00
Buy 5, get $1.50
Buy 6 or more, get $2.00


(Use Buy3Get1FREE coupon in SS 06/28 to get (4) for about $0.15 each after coupon and catalina!)


Kleenex Catalina Deal, dates uncertain?
Buy 4, get $1.00 catalina off your next order AND $1.00/4 Kleenex Facial Tissues catalina

(Use (2) $1.00/3, SS 07/12 and buy them as part of the 10 item Mega Event and get (6) for about $0.83 each after coupon, catalina, and Mega Event discount!)

What deals did you find at Kroger this week? Link *your* Let's Go Krogering! post all week and help another reader save some $$!

**As always, please add a link back to my Let's Go Krogering! post in your Krogering post and be sure that you add your post's permalink to the Mr. Linky so everyone else can find your deals (rather than just linking back to your blog's homepage). Need help doing this? Email me and I'll walk you through it!**

**7/21/09 9:38 AM EST: There appear to be some difficulties today with Mr. Linky; apologies. I'll keep an eye on this and update it when the linky box returns. Until then, feel free to comment with a link to your Krogering post; thanks!**

**7/21/09 9:50 PM EST: Thanks to Saving in Akron for suggesting I check out MckLinky.com for a new way for you guys to add your links; this one works like Mr. Linky but you need to limit your link title to 50 characters. Add your links and thanks in advance!**



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Weekly Deals Roundup, Week of July 20, 2009



Here's some of the best deals I see this week; grab your reusable shopping bags and go get 'em!


:: FREE with coupon SunnyD
:: FREE with coupon SoBe Lifewater
:: $0.19 with coupon Kraft Salad Dressing

To see my full ad matchup for Kroger, Cincinnati Region, click here; don't forget to check out the full ad matchup of ALL the 10 Item Mega Event deals by Andrea@MommySnacks right here.


:: Earn $10.00 off your next shopping order when you buy $20.00 participating Dr. Pepper and Keebler products (two coupon matchups!!)
:: $0.90 with coupon Aunt Millie's buns
:: $1.00 with coupons General Mills Cereals

To see my full Bigg's ad matchup for this week, click here.


:: $0.13 with coupon and catalina Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
:: $0.75 with coupon Ballpark Hot Dogs
:: INCREDIBLE Buy 10 participating items, get $5.00 catalina - most have coupon matchups!! Stockpiling opportunity!!

To see the full ad matchup for Meijer, Cincinnati Region, click here. (Thank you, Mommy Snacks!)


:: FREE with coupon Chiquita Fruit Bites
:: $0.50 with coupon Bumblebee Salad Mixes
:: $0.63 with coupon Betty Crocker Brownie Mix

To see the full ad matchup for Wal-Mart, click here; note that prices may vary by region. (Thank you, Deal Seeking Mom!)


:: FREE with coupon Kashi Cereal Cups
:: $0.04 with coupons Degree for Women Fine Fragrance Deodorant
:: $0.24 with coupons Bounty Basic Paper Towel Roll

To see the full ad matchup for Target, click here; note that prices may vary by region. (Thank you, Stretching A Buck!)


:: FREE after RRs Pilot G2 Pens
:: $0.74 with coupons Dawn Liquid Dish Soap
:: $0.09 - $0.99 school supplies - stock up!!

To see the full ad matchup for Walgreens, click here. (Thank you, Bargain Briana!)


:: FREE after ECBs CVS 24 ct Pencils (Monday & Tuesday ONLY)
:: FREE after ECBs CVS 150 ct Filler Paper (Monday & Tuesday ONLY)
:: FREE after ECBs Papermate Pens 10 ct (Monday & Tuesday ONLY)

To see the full ad matchup for CVS, click here. (Thank you, Bargain Briana!)

What deals are you hunting for this week?

Menu Plan Monday: Double Duty Cooking Week!



I'll be gone at the end of the week to BlogHer '09 (thanks in advance to all my girls for the fun we're going to have!). Since I'm going to be gone for most of the week, I'm cooking some meals ahead for the freezer to make life easier for my hubs Knute.

I'll be double duty cooking (cooking twice as much of the items that are starred with a *) on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to get the job done!

If menu planning is new to you, be sure to visit Menu Plan Monday over at Orgjunkie.com.

Monday

Honey Baked Chicken Breasts* + Italian Confetti Pasta Salad

Tuesday

Copycat White Castle Burgers* + Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Wednesday

Cincinnati Chili* + garlic toast and salad

Thursday

(Off to BlogHer in the Van o' Fun with @MommySnacks, @OnceaMonthMom, @BargainBriana, @$5Dinners, and @MoneySavingMethods!!)

Freezer Meal

Friday

Free night (thanks Mom & Dad for taking my gang out for dinner!)

Saturday

Freezer Meal

Sunday

Freezer Meal + Welcome Home!

Looking for more help in the kitchen? Visit my foodie friends - you'll find all sorts of ideas to help you save time and money!





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July 19, 2009

Kroger Ad Matchup, Cincy Region: July 19-July 25, 2009



Woohoo! The 10 Item Mega Event sale (buy 10 participating items, get an instant $5.00 off/10 items at checkout - NO limit) continues through this week so if you haven't had a chance to stockpile some great deals, you can grab your coupons and get them before the sale ends.

Below are the Kroger Ad Matchups, 7/20-7/26, Cincinnati Region; this link will also be found under my "Weekly Deals" tab on my navigation bar above so you can easily find this week's deals if you're doing your shopping later in the week.

Final price reflects doubled coupon values when applicable; Kroger offers unlimited doubled coupons with a maximum doubled value of $1.00. (Coupons with a face value of $0.50 double to $1.00; coupons with a face value of $0.51-$0.99 also double to $1.00).

10 Item Mega Event Coupon Matchups

::Kellogg's Cereal, 14.5-22.5 oz, $2.99 ($2.49 after sale discount)
-->$1.00/1 Kellogg's Mini-Wheats, Rice Krispies, or Crispix Cereal, RP 06/07
-->$1.00/1 Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Cocoa Krispies, Corn Pops, or Apple Jacks Cereal, RP 06/07
-->$1.00/1 Kellogg's All-Bran, Special K or Raisin Bran Cereal, RP 06/07
Final price after sale discount and coupon: $1.49

Kellogg's Special K Bars, 6-8 ct, $2.99 ($2.49 after sale discount)
-->$1.00/2 Special K, RP 07/12
Final price after sale discount and coupon: $1.99 ea

Healthy Choice or Marie Callender's Entrees, 6-17 oz, $2.29 ($1.79 after sale discount)
-->$1.00/2 Healthy Choice printable here
-->$0.75/1 Marie Callender Pasta Al Dente printable here
Final price after sale discount and coupon: $0.79 - $1.29

Kraft Salad Dressing, 14-16 oz, $1.69 ($1.19 after sale discount)
-->$1.00/1, SS 06/21
Final price after sale discount and coupon: $0.19

Starbucks Frappuccino 4pk, $4.99 $4.49 after sale discount
-->$1.00/1, SS 06/21
Final price after sale discount and coupon: $3.49

SoBe Lifewater, 20 oz, $0.99 ($0.49 after sale discount)
-->Buy1Get1FREE up to $1.49 printable here
Final price after sale discount and coupon: FREE for (2)

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, 6.1-8.7 oz, $1.98 ($1.48 after sale discount)
-->$0.75/2, RP 06/21
-->Buy 4, send in to be received by 7/31/09 for a FREE Birthday Party with a Purpose Kit from Quaker; details on the program are here and .pdf form to send in is right here
Final price after sale discount and coupon: $0.98

Friskies Cat Food, 3.2 lb bag, $4.49 ($3.99 after sale discount)
-->$1.00/1 printable here
-->$1.00/1 SS 06/28
Final price after sale discount and coupon: $2.99

Sunny Delight Juice, 48-64 oz, $1.49 ($0.99 after sale discount)
-->$0.55/1, SS 05/31
Final price after sale discount and coupon: FREE

Brawny Paper Towels, 8 rolls, $6.49 ($5.99 after sale discount)
-->$1.00/1, RP 06/21
Final price after sale discount and coupon: $4.99

Aquafresh Toothpaste, 5.6-6oz, $2.50 ($2.00 after sale discount)
-->$0.75/2, SS 06/21
Final price after sale discount and coupon: $1.00

Colgate Total Toothpaste, 4-6 oz, $2.50 ($2.00 after sale discount)
-->$1.00/1, SS 07/12
Final price after sale discount and coupon: $1.00

Scotch-Brite Cleaning Accessories, $2.00 $1.50 after sale discount
-->$0.75/2, RP 06/07
Final price after sale discount and coupon: $1.00 ea

Looking for even MORE great matchups for this 10 Item Mega Event sale and this week's ad? Check out the matchups and printable list the awesome Andrea compiled over at Mommy Snacks; you can view her ad matchup right here.

Other Good Deals

Kroger Milk, 1/2 gallon, $0.79 ea

Kroger Cheese, 6-8 oz, $1.25 ea

Ground Beef, $1.28/lb

Seedless grapes, $0.97/lb

Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream 48 oz, $1.88

California Peaches, $0.99/lb

Green Bell Peppers, $0.50 ea

Cucumbers, $0.50 ea

Do you see any good deals that I missed? Please share what you know in a comment below; thanks!

Don't forget to link up your best deals at Kroger this week in my weekly linkup, Let's Go Krogering! My LGK! post will be live on Tuesday (7/21) morning; you can link up all week long - share your deals!!

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Blessed Am I: Rare Summer Weather



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I've spent so much time outdoors with my kids this past week and it's not been at the pool; here in the greater Cincy area, we've experienced some record cool temperatures this July and I have been LOVING it.

During the summer, the days are sooooo long when you're an at-home mom. My kids rise early with the sun (my oldest son who's six is always up around 6:30) and they go-go-go all day long until the sun starts to dip toward the hills which in my neck of the woods is almost 9:00 pm. None of my kids nap regularly anymore so my days are just as go-go-go, too.

When the summer weather is it's usual scorching, humid mess, my three get irritable (who doesn't?!) and bored with waiting out the heat indoors during the peak of the afternoon. But this week we've been able to just play outdoors all day without feeling like sweaty human sponges and they've all benefited from it.

Even as I type this post, my windows are wide open and the cool breeze is floating through my house. My frugal self is equally delighted at the thought of lower energy bills this month, too!

Days like these make me wish summer lasted forever; it doesn't, of course, but I sure feel blessed to spend these days playing with my kids.

I hope you feel blessed in some way - big or small - this week!

July 18, 2009

The 5 @ CVS: Hot Deals at CVS, Week of July 19-25


Planning your shopping for next week?

Here's the five *best* deals at CVS next week!



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There are some smoking hot deals at CVS this week on back to school supplies, including a 3 Day Sale event for just Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

These items will go FAST so make plans to hit your CVS (or mulitple CVS if you're fortunate to have several in your area) early on Sunday if you want the best chance to get these deals.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday ONLY Deals (7/19-7/21)

Earn $0.99 ECB when you buy Caliber or CVS/pharmacy memo book 50-80 sheets, $0.99 ea (limit 2)
Final price: FREE after ECBs

Earn $1.99 ECBs when you buy Caliber or CVS/pharmacy No. 2 Pencils 24ct, $1.99 ea (limit 2)
Final price: FREE after ECBs

Earn $3.00 ECBs when you buy 1" Vinyl Binder, $3.00 ea (limit 2)
Final price: FREE after ECBs

Earn $0.99 ECBs when you buy Paper Mate 1.2 pens, 10 ct, $0.99 ea (limit 2)
Final price: FREE after ECBs

Earn $2.00 ECBs when you buy Caliber or CVS/pharmacy filler paper 150 sheets, $2.00 ea (limit 2)
Final price: FREE after ECBs

Weekly Deals Highlights, Good Sunday 7/19 - Saturday, 7/25

Earn $9.99 ECBs when you buy Kodak Picture Movie DVD $9.99 ea (limit 1)
Final price: FREE after ECBs

Earn $0.89 ECBs when you buy CVS/pharmacy Pantiliners 22 ct., $0.89 ea (limit 1)
Final price: FREE after ECBs

Earn $5.00 ECBs when you buy a school backpack, prices starting at $7.99 and up (limit 2)
Final price: $2.99 and up after ECBs

To view the full deal matchups for the upcoming week (7/19-7/25) at CVS, click here. (Courtesy of FondyBadger/SlickDeals.net - thank you!)

To view the July Clip Free Book deals (this was formerly known as the Extra Care Book; it seems CVS is tightening their belts just like the rest of us) at CVS for this month, click here. (Courtesy of AFullCup.com - thank you!)

To read my post about how to save big at CVS, click here.

Do you see any great deals this week at CVS? Share what you know in a comment below!

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The 5 @ Walgreens: Best Deals at Walgreens, July 19 - July 25

Planning your shopping for next week?

Here's the five *best* deals at Walgreens next week!



This is a GREAT week at Walgreens to get a head start on back-to-school supply shopping; there are a number of items on sale from anywhere from $0.19 - $0.99. I'm listing them at the bottom of this post after highlighting a few other good deals this week so this is technically not a "Top 5" list! ;-)

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#1: Earn $1.00 RR when you buy Pilot G2 pens, 2 pk, $1.00 ea
Final price: FREE after RR

#2: Earn $1.00 RR when you buy Kellogg's Cereal 2/$5.00 (must buy 2)
-->$1.00/1 All Bran, Special K, Raisin Bran, RP 06/07
-->$1.00/1 Frosted Flakes, Cocoa Krispies, Corn Pops, Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks, RP 06/07
-->$1.00/1 Mini Wheats, Rice Krispies, Crispix, RP 06/07
Final price: $1.00 each after using (2) MFR Q's and RR

#3: Mentos Gum 15 pk, $0.99 with in-ad coupon
-->$0.55/1, SS 05/03 & SS 06/21
Final price: $0.44 after in-ad Q and MFR Q


Back to School Deals
(Listing courtesy of MyFeetHurt/SlickDeals.net - thank you!)

$0.19 items
Papermate mechanical pencils, 5 pack
Papermate pens 10 pk
Papermate prism pens 10 pk
Ruler
Box of paperclips

$0.29 items
Pink eraser 2 pk
Pencil top erasers, 12 pk
Wooden pencils, 10 pk

$0.39 items
Transparent Scotch Tape
White glue

$0.49 items
Pencil box
Crayons
Bic highlighters

$0.59 items
Pencil sharpener
Scotch mailers

$0.99 items
Crayola color pencils 12 pk
120 pg, 3 subject spiral notebook
book cover

To view the full deal matchups for the upcoming week (7/19-7/25) at Walgreens, click here. (Courtesy of MyFeetHurt/SlickDeals.net - thank you!)

To view the Register Reward deals at Walgreens for the month of July, click here. (Courtesy of MyFeetHurt/SlickDeals.net - thank you!)

To read my post about how to save big at Walgreens, click here; note that Walgreens has ended their Easy Saver Rebate program.

Do you see any great deals this week at Walgreens? Share what you know in a comment below!

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July 17, 2009

Money Smarts: Thinning the Book Herd with Half Price Books

Let me start with a bit of a confession: I'm a total book nerd.

I have a degree in English (I switched after spending two years as a pre-med) and I have the book collection to show for it. Not only did I keep almost all of my books from college (the resale values at my University bookstore were laughable), but I've accumulated even more books over the several years since I graduated from Maryland.

Add to my own love of books the fact that my husband loves books, too, and you can guess (quite correctly) that we've got quite a herd of books that we've moved from home to home (six moves in total). In fact, when the movers came to pack us out for our last move, one of them walked into our home office and said, "Holy Shnikes*! Look at all the books!"

We've been in our current home for a little over two years and I haven't yet unpacked our books; the sad truth is that I simply have too many and no adequate storage for all of them.

It was time, my friends, to thin the herd; see?




That's about 130 books all bagged up in the back of my van. Mind you, I have about FOUR times that many books (four big boxes; I started with six) still in my basement waiting for the loving embrace of new bookcases. Those other four boxes are filled with books to which I just couldn't say goodbye; the ones in my van, I was ready to send back into the world so I hustled down to Half Price Books last night to sell them.

Selling your books (or CDs, DVDs, etc) at Half Price Books is pretty straightforward; you bring all of your books to the Buy desk in-store and they take your name and tell you that they'll call you over the intercom when your offer is ready. The offer is a one-shot deal: one cash offer for ALL the books, etc, that you've brought in to sell and it is a take-it-or-leave-it offer. There is no negotiating. For more details on how to sell your books, etc, at Half Price Books, click here for the HPB guidelines.

Once you accept your offer, HPB check's your Driver's License (to make sure you really are the book nerd you make yourself out to be, I suppose) and has you sign a little receipt agreeing to the terms of your sale. Then you're given another receipt that's redeemable at the register for the cash value of your offer; you can either just redeem it and walk out of the store with the cash in your pocket or you can use the value of your cash offer toward the purchase of more books, etc, from the store.

My books sold for a total of $50, a price that was about what I was expecting given my experiences reselling books at my University bookstore oh so many years ago. I *cough* supported the local economy by buying a few new books (four for the kiddos, one for me) and still walked out the door with a nice chunk of cash for my time.

Can you make tons of money reselling your books, CDs, DVDs? No, but you can declutter your house and get a few bucks in the process, a win-win in my book (forgive the pun!).

If you don't have a Half Price Books store near you (their store locator is here), you can try selling your books online through eBay or with a seller's account at Amazon; I don't have any personal experience with selling books online so I can't speak to either of those methods. And if you just want to get rid of those books and get your clutter under control, you can always just donate them to you local library, your child's school library, or any number or charitable organizations like Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul.

Have you resold books, etc, at Half Price Books or elsewhere or online? What tips do you have? Share what you know in a comment below!

*He actually said something much more colorful!

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