October 31, 2009

Monthly Savings: October Grocery Challenge Tally

I've mentioned in a few of my posts this month that I challenged myself early in the month of October (right after the fantastico Triple/Double Coupon Event at Biggs) to see if I could keep our monthly grocery and household budget to $250, a full $100 less than I had budgeted for the month.

As October finishes up, here's how I did:

Total spent: $292.44

That amount includes everything I spent on groceries, household items, and drugstore items for my big-eating family of five (who drink more milk than a bunch of calves, I tell ya!). It's way past my challenge amount of $250, but still a respectable $57 less than I had budgeted.

I wish I could give you an accurate amount of just how much I saved this month because then you'd get a fuller picture of just how far I've stretched my dollars with the help of some humble little coupons. But this intrepid mom blogger wasn't quite that detail-oriented. My weekly savings at Kroger are documented in my Let's Go Krogering! posts but other than that, I didn't track the amount saved on each receipt from CVS, Walgreens, and Meijer.

I do feel confident in making an estimate of at least 50% savings on average, and that's a low average in my opinion given many of the stellar sales and deals I found this month.

Saving a minimum of 50% means I saved at least $292.44 on what I bought this month, or, to look at it another way, I bought $584.88 worth of stuff this month and paid only $292.44 for it.

Why post about this? Why post pictures of what I buy, how much I spent, how much I saved, and what coupons I used each week when I go Krogering and deal hunting elsewhere?

Because I wasn't always a couponer. I used to shop far more impulsively a few years back - despite even then having a weekly meal plan - without considering current sales, sale trends, coupon matchups, stockpiling, and holding onto every.darn.coupon that comes my way until it expires.

I spent much more in those days and wondered how, oh how, would I feed my growing family in the coming years as they grew and ate more...and more...and more.

Maybe that's you - maybe you've stumbled across this blog as you search online for ways to slash your grocery budget. Maybe you're struggling like so many folks are in this current economy, trying to keep everything paid while feeding the family and maybe, just maybe, putting a little aside for your future.

If you're new to couponing, click around this blog and please, visit the sites listed on my blogroll. Read and learn and give it a try.

Coupons, when used strategically with sales, will consistently week-after-week save you BIG money. And as my friend Carrie says, saving money is making money.

You can also get a great start by reading my Couponing Crash Course, a four part series, right here. Feel free to comment with questions and I'll do my best to answer them in the comments.

I'm going to challenge myself once again for November, even with Thanksgiving coming, to $250 for the month. I'll keep you updated!

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October 30, 2009

Target Toy Coupon Book - In Store November 8, 2009

Target's Toy Coupon Book is already available at stores in certain regions; for a glimpse of what it looks like, see Coupon Cravings post about it right here (thanks Erin!).

I popped into my Target store today to grab a few things and asked the ladies at the Customer Service Desk if they had any copies of the Toy Coupon Book. They did not, but they did have a memo about when/how it will be available that they were kind enough to share with me.

Target Toy Coupon Books:

-->Mailed to customers on the coupon mailing list on or after November 4, 2009. If you regularly receive coupons from Target (the latest ones have been for their rebranded Up&Up generic items), you'll likely get the Toy Coupon Book in the mail as well.

-->Included in the Sunday newspapers on November 8, 2009.

-->Available in-store on/after November 8, 2009.

I'm in the greater Cincinnati region, so these dates may be specific to our region. If you're at your Target this weekend, take a minute to ask when/if the Toy Coupon Books are available at the customer service desk.

Remember, these are Target store coupons, meaning they would be stackable with any available manufacturer coupons.

To see the full list of coupons in the book, click here.

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Printable Toy Coupons + Toy Rebates



It seems impossible how quickly this month has flown by, but October is almost over meaning we'll see new printable coupons November 1 or thereafter.

There are several high dollar printable toy coupons available that you'll want to print and hold onto for potential future sale matchups. As most of these coupons are available via coupons.com, they may *disappear* after the first of the month. If you haven't printed them yet, be sure to do so before heading off to bed Saturday evening.

{These are available to print from the Coupons.com widget in my sidebar.}

Included are:

$10/1 Hasbro Playskool Musical Sit and Spin

$10/1 Hasbro Playskool DinoRoars Stompers Toy

$5/1 Hasbro Playskool Activity Ball Toy

$2/1 Hasbro Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head Toy

$3/1 Hasbro Playskool Lullaby Gloworm Toy

$5/1 Hasbro Playskool DinoRoars Hatchlings Toy

$10/1 Hasbro Playskool Dance Cam Toy

$5/1 Hasbro Playskool Tumble 'N Twirl Top Toy

$5/1 Hasbro Playskool Busy Ball Popper Toy

$5/1 Hasbro Playskool Swing 'N Score Baseball Toy

$5/1 Hasbro My Little Pony purchase of $20 or more

$5/1 Hasbro Playskool Mr. Potato Head Spud Buds Toy

$5/1 Hasbro Playskool Step Start Walk 'N Ride Toy

$5/1 Hasbro Playskool Mr. Potato Head Silly Suitcase Toy

This next one is a high dollar one for a high dollar purchase; if you have a little one and are just starting to buy activity toys for your baby, this might be a good one for you. (Believe me, the toy pile grows...and grows...and grows, no matter how much you donate!)

$20/$100 Fisher Price Laugh & Learn and Go Baby Go Toys

I almost forgot some great coupons for family game nights that I saw featured over at Stretching A Buck; to see the list of coupons ($30 value total) for fun board games from Hasbro, click here (thanks, Marcy!).

And there are (2) rebates geared toward toys/gifts to look for as you shop - some of these items have been on sale/are on sale this week so save those grocery receipts!

Kellogg's $10 Bonus Bucks Offer (Buy three specially marked Kellogg's® cereals and get $10 bonus buck to spend on electronics, toys, sporting goods, books, concessions and movies! Exp 09/30/10)

Keebler $10 Toy Cash Voucher (Limit 1 per household, exp 12/31/10. There are several promotions going on with Keebler right now at their new printable coupon site, SnackPicks; be sure to check all of them out right here.)

Fire up your printer and get ready to save! ;-)

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October 29, 2009

Freebie Roundup!



Time to grab some freebies and make your mailbox happy!

As the end of the year approaches, I'm seeing more and more 2010 calendar freebies. Here's a few for you to click and request.

:: 2010 Unity Calendar: A New Year, A New You

:: 2010 BaylorHealth.com Wellness Calendar

:: 2010 WomensHealth.gov Calendar (available in English and Spanish)

More freebies!

:: Click here to request a FREE copy of The Purpose of Christmas, a book written by Rick Warren. I was excited to see this freebie return!

:: Click here to request a FREE sample of Sun Crystals Natural Sweetener.

:: Feeling hungry on Halloween? Taco Bell will be giving out FREE BlackJack Tacos (one per customer) from 6pm - 12 am on 10/31/09. Click here for more info.

:: Click here to request a FREE sample of Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars.

Enjoy!

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October 27, 2009

Let's Go Krogering! Week of October 26, 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. {This week, it really is!}

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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You can view the ad matchup for this week at Kroger (it's an awesome Mega Event week!) right here (thanks to Andrea at MommySnacks!).

My Kroger trip, Monday, October 26, 2009:



Spent: $30.21
Saved: $92.99, or 75%


On the left side of the table are my Mega Event sale purchases. This is my *favorite* kind of Mega Event sale because there are a wide variety of items with coupon matchups. That makes it a perfect stockpiling opportunity!

Note that this sale is a 2 week event, ending November 8, 2009. That gives you plenty of time to order coupons from a coupon clipping service like this one or this one if you see items in the sale that are worth stockpiling for your family.

Also, be aware that there are several items included in this event that are not featured in this week's ad. One I found that I was thrilled to see were the Bumblebee Tuna Pouches. These are $0.99 on sale and then $0.49 after the Mega Event discount of $0.50/item. If you have any of the $0.50/1 printable coupons from SmartSource.com (the link looks to be gone or dead), you can get them FREE or to get $0.51 overage if you Kroger doubles. WOOT!

I also found some peelies for Fritos above the product, B2G1FREE! With the Mega Event prices, I paid only $1.00 ea for the three bags after the coupon. Be sure to look for that peelie at your Kroger.

AND, one last thing. Kroger has a special sale TODAY, Tuesday 10/27, from 12pm - 7pm, with great deals on Halloween candy. You can match those sale prices up with coupons to fill your treat bucket for pennies!

Snickers, Milky Way, Starburst, 8.7-11.4 oz, $1.48 ea (limit 10)
-->$1.00/2 Mars Candy Bags, RP 09/11 and RP 10/11
Final price: $0.98 ea!

Butterfinger, Nestle Crunch, Baby Ruth, Laffy Taffy, Nerds, or Wonka Mixups, 9.5 -12.5 oz, $1.48 ea (limit 10)
-->$1.00/2, RP 10/18
Final price: $0.98 ea!

How'd you do at Kroger (or your Kroger-affiliated grocery store) 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!**

(I'm having some linky issues with all my link services! Thanks for your patience!)



This post is part of the weekly Super Savings Saturday linkup at Money Saving Mom .

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October 26, 2009

Quick Update: Light Posting Week Here @TNFM

I've got a week filled with volunteering at school every day, this on the heels of an uber-busy kiddo-oriented activity weekend. Oh, and there is that whole Trick-or-Treat thing this weekend, too!

I'm going to give myself a break this week. I'll post my Let's Go Krogering! post first thing tomorrow and see what else I can fit in; hopefully, I'll be able to catch up on some of yesterday and today's work!

This is a *stellar* week at Kroger, so be sure to get a picture of your Mega Event loot, post about how much you saved, and then drop your link here tomorrow at Let's Go Krogering!

Thanks for reading - you guys are the bestest!

;-

October 24, 2009

Super Savings Saturday: Stockpiling the Deals

Shhh....don't tell my fave store, Kroger, but I spent some time zipping around town this week stockpiling some good grocery deals elsewhere. Take a look:

Walgreens:



Spent: $0.68
Saved: $15.01, or 96%


The $5/1 Zantac coupon was reset (woot!) and I had some RRs to roll over before they expired. I earned $9 in new RRs on the Zantac (double woot!)

CVS:



Spent: $0.00 (I paid my final balance of $6.65 with an RX transfer gift card.)
Saved: $41.45, or 100%


My kids and hubs are big milk drinkers so anytime I can grab a gallon at CVS or Walgreens and pay little or nothing for it, I do. I was thrilled that the Glade candles were still in stock; I earned $6.99 in new ECBs on the Glade Reed Diffuser.

Meijer:



Spent: $8.49
Saved: 15.76, or 65%


I don't normally go out of my way to grab Meijer deals because it really is out of my way (I'm spoiled by living in a small town). But the prices after coupons this week were worth the extra time in my van.

I also had a quick trip to Walgreens for over-the-counter allergy medicine for my son ($9.99) and a spin through Kroger while my daughter was at basketball practice to grab salad and napkins ($3.69).

Add all this to my weekly Kroger trip where I spent $59.08 and saved $43.22, or 42%. and my final weekly totals were:

Spent: $81.93
Saved: $115.44, or 58%


I'm pretty close to my grocery budget challenge of $250 for the month of October and that's ok. I had originally budgeted $350 for the month so I'm still coming in under plan while stocking my freezer and pantry.

Why do I share all this with you? Well, I want you to see that it can be done. You can save a significant amount of money week in and week out if you begin using shopping strategically using coupons and sales. If I can do it, I know you can, too. ;-)

Looking for these deals? Check out my weekly The Dollar Menu post here.

New to this whole couponing thing? Don't worry; we all were once. You'll get the hang of it. If you need some specific help, you can read these posts.

:: Couponing Crash Course

:: How to Save BIG at Walgreens

:: How to Save BIG at CVS

Did you find some great deals this week? Be sure to drop your link over at Money Saving Mom's weekly Super Savings Saturday post.

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October 23, 2009

Money Smarts: Work Online at Tutor.com


Image courtesy of Tutor.com



I'm always on the lookout for ways to earn money online for myself and for all you fantastic readers; when I came across Tutor.com, I bookmarked it as something to come back to for myself and to share with you.

Tutor.com is a - you guessed it - online tutoring service for grades k-12 and adult learners. From their site:

Tutor.com tutors are independent contractors that enjoy flexible scheduling, working from home and earning extra income.


And:

High-Level Math, Science and English Tutors Needed
Applicants who commit to at least five hours a week between Sunday and Thursday from 4 PM to 11 PM during the academic year will be given preference. We are also accepting applications for the following subjects:

Calculus
Geometry
Trigonometry
Physics
Resume Writing
Biology
Statistics
Chemistry
English
Essay Writing


I haven't applied for this yet myself; I'm keeping it as an option for now as I do have a degree in English and two years in pre-med before that.

I wanted to share this with you because I know most of you out there are just like me - smart and educated moms who are making big financial sacrifices by choosing to stay at home and raise their kids. Maybe working later at night when those kiddos are asleep tutoring in one of these subject areas would be something you could do to bring in a little cash flow and keep your saw sharpened, so to speak.

I did do a little Googling to see what I could find out about Tutor.com and how much they pay. Expect to take a rigorous exam; earnings I saw reported by other bloggers and in forums were around $10/hour and you are paid as an independent contractor.

For more information about applying to Tutor.com, click here.

One more thing that I wanted to share about Tutor.com. They offer FREE access to their services to US Marine Corps and Army families - how cool is that? Click here to find out more.

Do you have any personal experience working with Tutor.com? Good, bad, indifferent? Share what you know in a comment below!

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October 22, 2009

ShopAtHome.com's WILD Deals + $1000 Giveaway



ShopAtHome has some great stuff going on as the holiday gift-giving season approaches.

Earlier this week, I shared one of ShopAtHome's daily WILD deals with you; that sweet Sephora deal has since expired but don't worry - there's a new WILD deal every day so be sure to check their site daily and see if you can grab a super fab gift for someone on your list for a fraction of the retail cost.

ShopAtHome is also hosting a $1000 giveaway this holiday season. To enter, post your BEST holiday shopping tip on their Facebook wall here. On November 4, the top (30) tips will be chosen and entered into a random drawing for the grand prize winner.

You do need to be a member of ShopAtHome to enter, so get started with your free account (and get $5.00 credited instantly for signing up) right here.

My best tips for holiday shopping - yup, I'm giving them up to you and not entering them. I'm nice like that. ;-)

-->Determine your gift-giving budget. This is so important otherwise you'll overspend at every turn.

-->Talk to your family about gift-giving. This can be hard to do, but it's especially important in these tough economic times. And as families grow and get larger, you may want to opt for a gift exchange lottery where everyone's name goes in the box and who you draw is for whom you buy.

-->Make a list of people for whom you'll be buying gifts. Once you do this, you can start noting what they like/need/want.

-->Hop online and search for deals. There are always deals to be had online; if you devote a little time to this each week, you can find some amazing gifts and save yourself the stress of traditional mall shopping.

-->Never forget the real meaning of Christmas. God came to be with us, to teach us, to love us, and to save us. The best present is true presence.

I posted here about the Advent Conspiracy last year at my personal blog; I'm glad to see the site is still alive and kicking and getting ready to remind us what the season is all about in 2009. You can watch the YouTube video they produced last year below; it's still true and still very moving.



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Freebie Roundup!



Time to grab some freebies and make your mailbox happy!

:: Sign up for a FREE subscription (11 issues) of Parenting Early Years magazine, geared toward moms with children from 0-5 years right here.

:: I've seen this on several blogs this week (Mercedes @CommonSenseWithMoney and Crystal @MoneySavingMom) but I wanted to post it here in case you haven't grabbed it. Fan 'em on Facebook and sign up for a FREE sample box of the Best Dipped Fruit Ever from Edible Arrangements right here. This one ends 11/16/09 or when they reach their goal of 100,000 samples.

:: Request a FREE coupon book from HomeMadeSimple, with $35 in coupons for P&G products, right here.

:: Live near a Sears? Bring your child dressed in their Halloween costume to Sears on 10/31 and receive a FREE Mattel toy while supplies last; get the full details right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of diapers for children with special needs right here.

:: Here's one for the little princess at your house. Request a FREE DVD from Mattel "Precious Places | The Princesses Save the Ball" right here. What a great stocking stuffer or donation for the coming Christmas season!

Enjoy!

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October 21, 2009

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaways! Link YOUR Giveaway Post!



Hi all!

I don't have a giveaway going on this week, but that doesn't mean you can't spread the word about your giveaway post!

Be sure to drop the post link/url in the MckLinky below to make it easier for everyone to find your giveaway post. Let us know when the giveaway ends, too, would you? Just add a little (10/25) date in parentheses at the end of your link title. Thanks!



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October 20, 2009

Let's Go Krogering! Week of October 19, 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. {This week, it really is!}

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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You can view my new feature, The Dollar Menu @ Kroger for this week at Kroger, Cincy Region, right here. I've matched up the best deals at Kroger for $1.00 or less to make planning your shopping trip easier.

My Kroger trip, Monday, October 19, 2009:



Spent: $59.08
Saved: $43.22, or 42%


There are some decent sales this week, but nothing to get too excited about. The best deal I see is the Buy 4/$10.00 Post Cereal, NV Granola Bars, or Fiber One Bars, get $4.00 off instantly at checkout. There are several coupon matchups for those items.

However, if you haven't bought your Halloween candy yet - or maybe you, like me, have been tasked with getting candy for your child's class/school - you can take advantage of a SUPER catalina offer on Wonka & Nestle bagged candy through October 25, 2009.

Buy 2 bags (11 oz or larger) Nestle or Wonka Candy, get $1.00 off your next order.
Buy 3 bags, get $2.00 off your next order.
Buy 4 bags or more, get $3.00 off your next order.


I bought 16 bags of candy in (4) transactions earning me $12.00 in coupons off my next order which I used to lower my overall total today.

Prices:
Nestle Mix-Ups: $2.00 ea
Crunch Crisp, Butterfinger Crisp, 100 Grand, $2.50 ea

Want to make this an even sweeter (lol - what a pun!) deal?

Use the $1.00/2 Nestle or Wonka coupon in the RP insert from 10/18 to save even more!

Here's the coupons I used on the rest of my shopping today.

-->(2) $0.40/1 Fiber One Bars ($2.50 ea, part of buy 4, get $4.00 off at checkout deal this week), GM 09/13

-->(1) $1.00/2 Post Shredded Wheat ($2.50 ea, part of buy 4, get $4.00 off at checkout deal this week), found on inside of box (The boxes I bought today have this coupon inside as well so be sure to check yours if you plan on stocking up.)

-->$1.50/2 Cheez-Its ($2.75 ea), RP 10/04

-->Buy6Get1FREE Yoplait Cups ($0.50 ea), GM 09/13

-->$0.55/1 Tyson Chicken Nugget Box ($3.45 ea), SS 10/11

-->$0.55/2 Duncan Hines Cake Mixes ($1.00 ea), SS 10/11

-->$1.00/2 Starkist Tuna Salad pouch ($1.69 ea), blinkie found above product

I made a quick trip to Kroger over the weekend for -- what else? -- more milk for my weefolk and more fresh fruit and salad. That was $9.42; with what I spent today, I'm at $217.77 spent on groceries/household items for October. I may not hit my $250.00 challenge, but I'm sure going to beat my budgeted $350.00. Woot!

How'd you do at Kroger (or your Kroger-affiliated grocery store) 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 MckLinky 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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October 19, 2009

Smokin' HOT Deal: Sephora Bare Escentuals Get Started Eyes for $30!!




I'm always on the lookout for HOT deals on gifts as the holiday season approaches and this one is perfect for the Sephora-lover in your life (my sis-in-law *adores* Sephora!)

Right now, Shop at Home has the Sephora Bare Escentuals Get Started Eyes for as low as $30 with FREE shipping!

Can I get a WOOT for my makeup-lovin' readers?!

Here's how to get this deal:

1. Sign up for a free Shop At Home account here. You'll get $5.00 just for signing up today! (Login to your account here if you already have one, you smart frugalista!)

2. Click on today's WILD Deal (#2 tab at the bottom of the feature box on the top left of the page).

3. Read through the WILD Deal (always read the fine print!). You'll get a $94 Bare Escentuals Get Started Eyes for $49.00 with FREE shipping when you use the shipping code GETSTARTED. After you buy, your Shop At Home account will be rebated $14.00, making your final price after rebate $35.00!

4. Remember, if you're new to Shop At Home, you'll also get $5.00 credited to your account when you open one today. That makes the final price of the Sephora Bare Escentuals Get Started Eyes for you newbies a low $30 with FREE shipping!

This deal EXPIRES at 6:00 pm EST TODAY, 10/19/09, so get clicking if you want it!

Click here to register your Shop at Home account.

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*I'll also get $5.00 if you register a new account with Shop at Home - thanks!

Menu Plan Monday: Week 4 of 5 Week Menu Plan



Learn more about my 5 Week Menu Plan with my Q&A post right here.

I'm in week 4 of this month's 5 Week Menu Plan and as we get busier and busier, it has really kept me on track with planning/cooking dinner and saving money as I shop each week.

To view my new 5 Week Menu Plan (September 28 - October 31), click here.

I've also added a link in my header {Menu Plans} to help you easily locate my 5 Week Menu Plans. I hope you find them to be a useful resource for your own menu planning.

Here's what's for dinner at my house this week:

Monday

Melt in Your Mouth Meatloaf (it cooks in the slow cooker!), mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, breadsticks

Tuesday

Bacon Wrapped Mexican Hot Dogs (guilty pleasure!), french fries, veggie sticks, and salad

Wednesday

Tomato Chicken Parmesan over buttered noodles with salad and breadsticks

Thursday

Taco Night!

Friday

Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Sweet Potato Oven Fries, veggie sticks

Saturday

Free Night! (I have an event with my Girl Scout Troop.)

Sunday

Free Night! (We have a family event with my son's Cub Scout Den.)

My first 5 Week Menu Plan (with recipe links) is posted right here; please note that I'm still woefully behind in adding links to printable grocery lists for all the weeks. I'll get there, I promise!

I'm not perfect (I've got big fat clay feet here, y'all) so be aware that a link could be haywire and that the Grocery Lists that are linked are basic guidelines; be sure to check the recipes and see what items you'd omit or add and adjust amounts for your family size.

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Don't forget to 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!

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October 18, 2009

The Dollar Menu @ Meijer: Week of October 18, 2009




Here are the best deals at Meijer for $1.00 or less this week, courtesy of Andrea @ Mommy Snacks. Be sure to visit her full ad matchup for Meijer, Cincinnati region, right here and to check your local Meijer ad for additional sale items right here.

Remember that Meijer will double coupons up to a maximum doubled value of $1.00 and has a limit of (2) identical coupons per (2) identical items per transaction.

You can also stack a manufacturer's coupon with a printable Meijer store coupons (found at Meijer Mealbox) for even greater savings.

Click for a printable version of these deals.

Sale + coupon matchups for $1.00 or less.

Mayfield Ice Cream, 1/2 gallon, $2.49 ea
-->$2.00/1, SS 09/27
Final price: $0.49 ea

Totinos Pizza Rolls, 15 ct, $0.99 ea
-->$0.40/2, GM 09/13
Final price: $0.59 ea

Cheez-Its, 7.5-9 oz, $1.59 ea
-->$1.50/2, RP 10/04
Final price: $0.84 ea

Kraft Dressing, $1.58 ea
-->$1.00/1, Meijer Mealbox
Final price: $0.58 ea

Classico Pasta Sauce, $2.00 ea
-->$1.00/2 printable here
-->$1.00/2 Meijer Mealbox
Final price: $1.00 ea

Barilla Pasta, $0.89 ea
-->$1.00/2, SS 08/23
Final price: $0.39 ea

Red Star Yeast, 3pk, $0.99 ea
-->$0.35/1 printable here
Final price: $0.29 ea

Crest Toothpaste, $1.67 ea
-->$0.75/1, PG 10/11
Final price: $0.67 ea

Sale items for $1.00 or less.

Broccoli or cucumbers, $1.00 ea

Vine ripe tomatoes, $0.99/lb

Pears, $0.88/lb

Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce, $0.88 ea

Hunts or Rotel Tomatoes, $0.79 ea

Powerade, 32 oz, $0.69 ea

Pasta Roni or Rice a Roni, $0.99 ea

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The Dollar Menu @ Target: Week of October 18, 2009




Here are the best deals for $1.00 or less at Target this week, courtesy of Marcy at Stretching a Buck. Be sure to check the weekly ad for Target right here for more deals and your regional prices.

Remember you can stack a manufacturer coupon with a printable Target store coupon for extra savings.

Click for a printable version of these deals.

Coupon + sale items for $1.00 or less.

Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup, $0.60 ea
-->$0.40/4, SS 10/04
Final price: $0.50 ea

Ongoing items for $1.00 or less.

Chex Mix, 8 oz bag, $1.99 (Cincinnati region price)
-->$0.50/1 printable here
-->$1.00/1 Target printable here
Final price: $0.24 ea

Skippy Peanut Butter, $1.99 ea (Cincinnati region price)
-->$1.00/1 Target printable here
Final price: $0.99 ea

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls, $2.29 ea
-->$1.00/2, RP 8/30
-->$1.00/1 Target printable here
Final price: $0.79 ea

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta. $1.19 ea
-->$1.00/2 printable here
Final Price: $0.69 ea

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The Dollar Menu @ Walgreens: Week of October 18, 2009




Here are the best deals for $1.00 or less at Walgreens this week. Be sure to check the weekly ad for Walgreens right here for more deals.


New to shopping at Walgreens? Not sure how it works? Learn about the RR (Register Rewards) program and more in my How to Save Big at Walgreens post.

Click for a printable version of these deals.

RR + Coupon matchups for $1.00 or less.

Zantac 24-30 ct, $8.99 ea (Earns $8.99 RRs)
-->$1.00/1, SS 08/23
-->$5.00/1 printable here (link is currently dead)
Final price: FREE + $1.00 or $5.00 overage after coupon + RRs

Fusion MVP Razor, $8.99 (Earns $6.00 RRs)
-->$4.00/1, PG 09/27
Final price: FREE + $1.00 overage after coupon + RRs

Pert Plus Shampoo Plus Conditioner, 2/$5.00 (Earns $2.00 RRs)
-->$1.00/1 printable here
-->$1.00/1, SS 10/18
Final price: $0.50 ea after (2) coupons + RRs

Bic Disposable Razors, $3.99 (Earns $1.00 RR)
-->$2.00/1, SS 09/20
Final price: $0.99 after coupon + RR

Theraflu, 2/$9.98 (Earns $4.00 RRs when you buy 2)
-->$2.00/1, SS 10/18
Final price: $0.99 ea after (2) coupons + RRs

Coupon matchups for $1.00 or less.

Bumblebee Chunk Light Tuna in can, $0.55 ea (limit 3)
-->$1.00/5 printable here (must register)
Final price: $0.35 ea (assuming your Walgreens bypasses the limit of 3)

Lindsay Olives, 5 oz, $0.99 ea (with in-ad coupon, page 3)
-->$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $0.49 ea

Dawn Dish Liquid Soap, 10.3 oz, $0.99
-->$0.25/1, PG 09/27
Final price: $0.74 ea

Sale items for $1.00 or less with in-ad coupons.

Morton Salt, $0.50 ea

Deerfield Farms Baking Soda, $0.50 ea

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, $0.69 ea

Walgreens Heavy Duty 6 pk AA or AAA batteries, $0.99 ea

Halloween Treat Bags, Coloring Pads, or Activity Books, $0.39 ea

Russell Stover Halloween Candy Singles, $0.39 ea

Brach's Autumn Candy, 6.75-8 oz, $0.99 ea

Halloween Pencils, 8/$1.00 or $0.15 ea

Yardley Bar Soap, 4.25 oz, $0.69 ea

Walgreens Pantiliners, 22 ct, $0.79 ea

Walgreens Bandages, 40 pk sheer or 60 pk plastic, $0.99 ea

Puffs Facial Tissues, $0.89 ea

Arrid or Arm & Hammer Antiperspirant or Deodorant, $0.99 ea

Hershey's Candy Bars, $0.50 ea

Walgreens Aluminum Foil, 20 ft, $0.59 ea

Walgreens Tuf Paper Towels, $0.59 ea

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The Dollar Menu @ CVS: Week of October 19, 2009




Here are the best deals for $1.00 or less at CVS this week. Be sure to check the weekly ad for CVS right here for more deals.

New to shopping at CVS? Not sure how it works? Learn about the ECB (Extra Care Bucks) program and more in my How to Save Big at CVS post.

Click for a printable version of these deals.

ECB + Coupon matchups for $1.00 or less.

Buy (1) Glade fragrance collection (reed diffuser or the 4oz-10oz candle), $6.99 ea
Earns $6.99 ECBs
-->$3.00/1 Glade fragrance collection multi-wick candle or reed diffuser, SS 10/04
Final price: FREE + $3.00 overage after ECBs and coupon

Coupon matchups for $1.00 or less.

Sobe Life Water, 20 oz, 2/1.59 (On sale, Buy1Get1Free)
-->$0.25/1 printable here
Final price: $0.55 ea

Lindsay Olives, 6 oz, $1.25 ea
-->$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $0.75 ea

Simply Asia, 2.5 oz, $1.25
-->$1.00/2, RP 08/30
Final price: $0.75 ea

Glade Sense & Spray Starter Kit, $5.00 ea
-->$4.00/1 printable here
Final price: $1.00 ea

Sale Items $1.00 or less.

Hershey or Mars Candy Bar 8 pk, $1.00 ea

Hershey's Singles, $0.89 (Buy 1, get 2nd %50 off)
Final price: $0.68 ea

Russell Stover or Hershey Halloween Pumpkin, $0.50 ea

Halloween Peeps, $1.00 ea

Austin Cracker Sandwiches, 8 pk, $1.00 ea

VO5 Shampoo or Conditioner, 15 oz, $0.88 ea

CVS Pharmacy Cough Drops, 25-30 ct, $0.99 ea

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The Dollar Menu @ Kroger: Week of October 19, 2009




Here are the best deals for $1.00 or less this week at Kroger (these are for the Cincinnati region; check for your Kroger ad here).

Click for a printable version of these deals.

Coupon Matchups $1.00 or less

Buy any (4) Post Cereals, Nature Valley, or Fiber One Granola Bars 4/$10.00, get an instant $4.00 off at checkout (limit 2 rewards per transaction)
-->$0.55/1 Post Shredded Wheat, SS 10/11
-->$0.40/1 Nature Valley Granola Bars printable here, here, and here
-->$1.00/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars, SS 10/4 & GM 09/13
-->$0.40/1 Nature Valley Granola Bars at ShortCuts
-->$1.00/2, Fiber One Bars, SS 10/04 & GM 09/13
Final price: $0.50 - $1.00 ea after coupons and instant reward

Michelina's Entrees, $0.78 ea
-->$1.00/5 printable here
Final price: $0.58 ea

Yoplait Yogurt Cups, 4-6 oz, $0.50 ea
-->$0.40/6, SS 10/18 & GM 09/13
-->$1.00/8 printable here
Final price: $0.37 ea

Tennessee Pride Sausage Gravy, $1.00 ea
-->$1.00/1, RP 09/13
Final price: FREE

Duncan Hines Cake Mix, $1.00
-->$1.00/2, SS 10/11
Final price: $0.50 ea

Heinz Homestyle Gravy, 12 oz, $1.00 ea
-->$1.00/3 printable here
Final price: $0.66 ea

Idahoan Potatoes, 4-4.1 oz, $1.00 ea
-->$0.75/3 printable here
Final price: $0.66 ea

Dole Tropical Fruit, 15-15.25 oz, $1.00 ea
-->$0.55/2, SS 07/19
Final price: $0.50 ea

Carnation Evaporated Milk, 12 oz, $1.00 ea
-->$0.50/2, SS 09/27 and printable here
Final price: $0.50 ea

Campbell's Soup, 10.5 - 11 oz, $1.00 ea
-->$0.40/4, SS 10/11
Final price: $0.80 ea

Zatarain's Rice, $1.00 ea
-->$0.75/2, RP 09/13
Final price: $0.50 ea

Pure Protein Bars, $1.00 ea
-->Buy1Get1FREE, RP 10/04
Final price: $0.50 ea

Reach Floss, $1.00
--$1.00/1, RP 10/18
Final price: FREE

Sale Items $1.00 or less

Gold Leaf Chicken Leg Quarters, $0.59/lb (sold in 10 lb bag for $5.90)

Bell Peppers (red, orange, yellow), $1.00 ea

Tomatoes on the Vine, $0.97/lb

Baby Carrots, 1 lb bag, $1.00 ea

Red Grapefruit, $0.60/lb (sold in 5 lb bag for $2.99)

Pomegranates, $1.00 ea

Gala Apples, $0.50/lb (sold in 5 lb bag for $2.50)

Red or Gold Potatoes, $0.50/lb (sold in 5 lb bag for $2.50)

7-Up Soft Drinks, 2 ltrs, Buy 4/$4.00, get 5th FREE, final price $0.80 ea

10/$10.00 Sale Items (Remember, you don't need to buy 10! Each item is $1.00 ea!)
Pepsi 2 ltrs, $1.00 ea

Kroger Chocolate Milk 1/2 gallon, $1.00 ea

Kroger Jumbo Biscuits, Crescent, or Cinnamon Rolls, $1.00 ea

Kroger Tortilla Chips, 10 oz, $1.00 ea

Kroger Buns and Tender Twist Bread, $1.00 ea

Kroger Orange Juice 1/2 gallon, $1.00 ea

Kroger Fruit Snacks, $1.00 ea

Kroger Fruit (canned, 15-15.25 oz), $1.00 ea

Kroger Cream Cheese, $1.00 ea

Kroger Microwave Pizza, 8 oz, $1.00 ea

Kroger Snap n' Seal Bags, 15-25 ct, $1.00 ea

Kroger Value Spices, $1.00 ea

Kroger Salsa or Picante Sauce, 16 oz, $1.00 ea

Kroger Corn Puff Poppers, 5 oz, $1.00 ea

Kroger Sauerkraut, 32 oz bag, $1.00 ea

Kroger Syrup, 12 oz, $1.00 ea

Kroger Gem Grip Toothbrush, 1 ct, $1.00 ea

Kroger Hand Sanitizer, 2 oz, $1.00 ea

Kroger Candy Corn or Mellowcreme Pumpkins, 10 oz, $1.00 ea

Kroger Potato Chips, 6 oz, $1.00 ea

Remember, Kroger redeems unlimited doubled coupons and doubles coupons to a maximum value of $1.00 ($0.50-$0.99 face value coupons all double to $1.00; $0.49 face value coupons simply double).

Did you score some sweet deals at Kroger this week? Come join the fun at my Let's Go Krogering! post every Tuesday. Post your trip and drop your link!

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New Feature: The Dollar Menu @ TheNewFrugalMom.com



I've been thinking for a while about trying out a new weekly feature here, one that would help you find the best deals each week within the weekly ad/coupon matchups.

While each week brings new ads for the stores and new coupon matchups, not every coupon matchup is a great deal.

When I skim through the ad matchups at my friends sites (holla to you, Andrea, Marcy, Tara, and Briana), I always look for the very best deals to highlight here. Most of those deals are for items that are less than $1.00 after coupons, ECBs, or RRs.

What I'm launching today and will be bringing you each week is The Dollar Menu; I'll gather the best deals for $1.00 or less in one post for each store. The Weekly Deals tab in my header will take you to a master post each week with links to each of The Dollar Menu posts.

And don't worry - I'll still put a link at the bottom of each of The Dollar Menu posts back to the full ad matchups online done by my friends so you can see all the weekly deals.

And because I believe in the power of information, I'll add a MckLinky to each of The Dollar Menu posts - if you find something I missed in the ad (especially if your ad covers a different region) or unadvertised specials in-store for $1.00 or less, feel free to post about them and then drop your link in the appropriate store post.

I'll throw the button code in the sidebar somewhere (hmmm....I'm sensing it's time for some bloggy cleanup, eh?) so you can add it to your own posts if you wish.

I'll have The Dollar Menu posts up for this week later tonight; thanks for your patience!

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October 16, 2009

Money Smarts: Selling on eBay - Why Fall is a Great Time to Start


Image courtesy of eBay.


I posted here in April about why I prefer selling stuff on eBay rather than spending the time and energy (and crossing my fingers hoping for good weather) having a garage sale.

I've had a lot of success selling my kiddo's gently used items on eBay in the past; in fact, when my daughter was in preschool and kindergarten and we were facing one of our more challenging financial times (selling our house in a down-trending market in 2006 while my hubs commuted 140 miles round trip each day to his current job for 10 months - oy!), the money I made selling items on eBay covered her tuition costs each month.

If you've never sold on eBay before, this is a great time of year to give it a try. Ask yourself if you have any of these items hiding in your closets, garage, or basement:

-->Halloween costumes

-->Outgrown kids snow boots, snow pants, and winter coats

-->Outgrown kids jeans, sweaters, and sweatshirts

-->Fancy holiday clothes that were likely worn just once or twice

-->Gently used toys in good condition with all the pieces intact

-->Boy Scout or Girl Scout uniform items

The list could go on and on, but you get my drift. You likely have some of these items you and your family don't use/need anymore taking up space (and creating clutter) in your house. List them on eBay and make a few bucks while you clean out your house!

Right now, eBay is offering a List 5 Free deal - you can list (5) items FREE every (30) days. This means you'll pay no insertion fees, fees which are charged based on the starting price of the items when you list those items on eBay. This can be a simple way to dip your toes into the eBay pool, especially if you have only a few items to list.

But I have to tell something - when I first began selling items on eBay, I listed them directly with eBay. I quickly learned there was a better way, one that made my listings look better and cost less overall because it was then a free service - Auctiva, an eBay listing management site for sellers.

Auctiva offers eye-popping templates for you to use for your listings and saves all your information about shipping, policies, etc, to make it easy to quickly list new items with your saved information (no tedious re-typing). While it's no longer free to use, you can sign up for a 30 day FREE trial here. You'll be able to list (15) items and you'll have all the cool tools that Auctiva offers to make selling your listings easier. If you want to continue after the 30 day free trial, it costs $2.95/month.

I have (a-hem) a large stack of stuff in my basement just waiting for me to get it listed on eBay and out of my house! Because listing items takes some time, here's a short run-down of what I do to make it easier on me (and not overwhelming):

-->Order FREE shipping supplies from USPS right here. These take about 1-2 weeks for delivery; they come with your regular US Mail delivery.

-->Sign up for a FREE 4 week trial at Stamps.com. You'll get $25 in FREE postage, $5 in FREE shipping supplies, and a $50 digital postal scale (which makes it waaay easier to weigh you packages to estimate shipping costs for your listings). Be sure to note when you sign up so you can cancel if you don't want to use the service after 4 weeks.

-->Get a PayPal account if you don't already have one to make payment easy for your buyers.

-->Check all your items before you list them and make sure they are clean! Launder all clothes, wipe down all toys, etc. If there are any defects, note them so you can be honest in your listings.

-->Decide on pricing your items by checking here for what items that are the same or similar have sold for recently. Be sure to check "Completed Listings" so you can view final sale prices on listings that sold.

-->Take GOOD pictures that show EACH item so your buyers can really see what they're getting.

-->Decide what you'll sell first and make a selling schedule for all your items. For example, I'm going to get my kiddo's old Halloween costumes up this weekend and sell them in 3 Day auctions because trick-or-treat time is just around the corner. If you have items that are seasonal (Halloween, Christmas outfits/toys), make sure you schedule to sell them at peak times and give yourself enough time for the listing + shipping time to equal at least a week before your buyer would need the item.

-->Decide how many items you'll list each week. I used to list only 5-7 items per week because it was a manageable number for me. Remember, potential buyers often email you with questions and you'll need to be able to ship promptly. Don't overload yourself in the beginning!

-->Write your listings. This takes time at first, but gets easier over time. Be honest about your items. Be clear about your payment policy, your shipping policies, and your return policy. Click over to eBay and read through what successful sellers use for their policies to get an idea of what works.

-->Feedback, feedback, feedback. Give honest feedback and err on the side of kindness. You'll want your buyers to do the same.

For more information about selling on eBay, click here and read eBay's guides. They are detailed and very informative; this is a great seller's reference to bookmark.

Don't forget to sign up for Big Crumbs as well. If you're like me and you find yourself reinvesting in our economy by spending some of your eBay earnings on other fabulous items you discover on eBay, you'll earn cash back when you shop on eBay through Big Crumbs. Woot!

Have you had success selling on eBay or through Auctiva? Is there a better seller's tool out there that you use? Share what you know in a comment below!

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October 14, 2009

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway: Winners + Link YOUR Giveaway Posts!



I finally had a chance to try some of the infamous Buffalo Chicken Dip made with Swanson's Chicken at Tricia's (aka: Once A Month Mom) tweetup on Saturday night. I had to drag myself away from the slow cooker - it was that addictive! YUM!


Image courtesy of Campbell's Kitchen.



Onto the winner of last week's giveaway!

The winner of the FREE Swanson's Chicken giveaway is...

#11: TamaraB

Congrats, TamaraB! I'll be in touch with you by email soon - please check your spam if you don't see my email in your inbox!



Also, I need to announce the new winner of the $50 Bob Evans gift card as the original winner did not claim the prize by the Friday, October 9, 2009 deadline.

The new winner of the $50 Bob Evans gift card is....

#59: Cathy, who LOVES the Pot Roast Beef Stew Deep Dish at Bob Evans!

Congrats, Cathy! I'll be in touch with you by email soon - please check your spam if you don't see my email in your inbox.



Are you running a giveaway over at your webjoint? Drop your giveaway post link and spread the news!



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October 13, 2009

Let's Go Krogering! Week of October 12, 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. {This week, it really is!}

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!

$~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$


You can view the sales matchup for this week at Kroger, Cincy Region, right here (thanks, Mommy Snacks!).

My Kroger trip, Monday, October 12, 2009:



Spent: $55.90
Saved: $36.74, or 39%


The 10 Item Mega Event continues this week (buy 10 participating items, get $5.00 off instantly at checkout); most of the items featured are frozen foods.

I'm still lagging behind this week after a weekend filled with bloggy tweetups and meetups. Yesterday, I skipped my just-after-school-drop-off trip to Kroger, opting to go later in the day since I had some serious laundry piled high and needing my attention.

As I mentioned here, I'm challenging myself to slash my grocery budget this month. I budgeted $350/month or $75/week for October, but with the triple/double event at Bigg's earlier this month as well as some great sales at Kroger and Walgreens, we are well-stocked. I'm hoping to spend only $250 this month and right now I sit at just $147 spent in October. It looks like I can hit my goal...assuming I can convince my kids that they really don't need to drink a gallon of milk a day. Oy!

I've not really couponed any differently this month than others; what I have done is use my 5 Week Menu Plan to help me shop even more strategically. Knowing what I'll need to buy for cooking dinner for the next several weeks has allowed me to stock up on meat and cheese (two big spendy items in anyone's grocery budget) when I see them at rock bottom sale prices and freeze them for later in the month.

It does take some time and thought to look so far in advance when building a menu plan, but I do recommend giving it a try. If a month seems too long, just try building a two week menu plan, looking at your family's schedule to identify your busiest days and your easier days so you'll know how much time you have to spend cooking in the kitchen.

Ok, I've run my mouth long enough!! ;-) Onto the important stuff!

Here's the coupon matchups for the goodies I bought this week.
Final prices reflect doubled coupon values.

Kroger Popcorn 3 pk, $0.99 ea
-->$0.50/2, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $0.75 ea

Honey Nut Cheerios, $2.50

-->$0.55/1 printable here
Final price: $1.50

Cheez-Its, $2.75 ea

-->$1.50/2, RP 10/04
Final price: $2.00 ea
Are you a Coca-Cola product lover? Buy (3) 12 pks of Coca-Cola products this week 3/$9.00, get (2) boxes of Cheez-Its FREE at checkout. Use the coupon matchup above to get (3) 12 pks & (2) Cheez-Its for $7.50 altogether!

Yoplait Light, $0.60 ea
-->$0.50/6 printable here
Final price: $0.43 ea

Frank's RedHot Sauce, $1.19 ea (We go through this stuff like crazy!)
-->$0.50/1, SS 10/04
Final price: $0.19

International Delight Coffee Creamer, $1.99 ea (For the java junkie blogger in the house!)
-->$0.75/1 printable here
Final price: $0.99

Nabisco WheatThins, $2.25 ea
-->$0.55/1, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $1.25

Fleischmann's Yeast 3 pk, $1.95 ea
-->$0.40/1, SS 10/04
Earns $0.50 off next order catalina at checkout!!
Final price: $0.65 (After doubled coupon and earned catalina.)

Starkist Tuna Pouch, $1.00 ea
-->$1.00/2, RP 10/11
Final price: $0.50 ea

Bob Evans Brats, $3.00 ea
-->FREE Bob Evans fresh product (Received at Bob Evans PR event 9/16/09.)
Final price: FREE

Bisquick Heart Smart Mix, $3.89 ea
-->FREE Bisquick product up to $3.74 (Received at Once A Month Mom's Tweet-Up 10/10/09)
Final price: FREE

Purdue Chicken Perfect Portions, $5.99 ea
-->$2.00/1, RP 10/04
Final price: $3.99

Chiquita Bites Apple Slices Single, $0.79 ea
-->FREE Chiquita Bites Single Product, home mailer coupon
Final price: FREE


How'd you do 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 MckLinky 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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October 12, 2009

Hey All! Running a Bit Late this Week!

Hi everyone!!

I'll have this week's Deal Roundup post, Bigg's Matchup post, and Menu Plan up later today/tonight.

I had some big fun this weekend, first with Tricia @ Once A Month Mom's Tweetup on Saturday night (and if you were there and I didn't get to say hi, I apologize) and then wandering through Tom's Maze at the Lose For Good get-together organized by Amy in OHio and Emily @ Mommin' It Up; great job organizing a fun family event, girls!

Add all that fun to my usual busy Saturday of kiddo-oriented sports and activities, and I am waaaaay behind for the week. I'll be hunched over my laptop this afternoon and tonight, getting the deals rolling. Thanks for understanding!

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October 10, 2009

Super Savings Saturday: Target Savings & My October Budget Challenge

I made a quick trip to Target on Thursday night to take advantage of the Mott's Juice/Applesauce deal (buy 5 @ $1.75 ea, earn a $5.00 Target GC) and to stock up on some other freebies and near freebies that we eat and use around here.

My Target Trip, 10/08/09:



Transaction #1:

(3) Mott's Juice, $1.75 ea
(2) Mott's Applesauce, $1.75 ea

Spent: $8.75
Saved: $6.15 (reflects sale price on juice and applesauce)
Earned: $5.00 GC


Transaction #2:

(6) Chex Mix, $1.99 ea
-->used (6) $1.00/1 printable Target coupons here
-->used (6) $0.50/1 printable MFR coupons here and here
FINAL PRICE: $0.50 ea

(1) Up & Up Bleach, $1.52
-->used (1) $1.00/1 Up & Up household cleaner (mailer coupon from Target)
FINAL PRICE: $0.52

(1) Up & Up Dishwasher Gel, $2.64
-->used (1) $1.00/1 Up & Up dishwasher detergent (mailer coupon from Target)
FINAL PRICE: $1.64

(2) Snuggle Fabric Softener Sheets, $3.99 ea
-->used (2) $3.00/1 MFR coupons, RP 10/04
FINAL PRICE: $0.99 ea

(2) Renu Contact Lens Solution, travel sized, $1.52 ea
->used (2) $2.00/1 any Renu printable here
FINAL PRICE: FREE

(2) Skippy Peanut Butter, $2.04 ea
-->used (2) $1.00/1 printable Target coupons here
FINAL PRICE: $1.04 ea

I also used my $5.00 GC from Transaction #1 to lower my final totals, which were:

Spent: $4.06
Saved: $28.80


Both trips combined:

Spent: $12.81
Saved: $34.95, or 73%


I made trips to CVS and Walgreens as well last week, spending only $3.67 combined at both and saving a big bunch (I don't have pictures, sorry!).

When I wrote out our budget for October, my goal for our grocery/household spending was $350/month or $75/week. However, with the incredible triple/double coupon event at Bigg's last weekend, I was able to stock up on a lot of goodies for our freezers and pantry. Add to that the Mega Event savings at Kroger this week and all the household items I've been able to stock at Wags, CVS, and Target, and we've got what we need.

So far as of October 10, I've spent only $87.01 on groceries/household items and I've saved well over $200. I'm challenging myself to see if I can spend only $250 or less this month on this budget category; this leaves me $163 for the remaining 21 days of this month, or $52 per week for the three weeks remaining. I think I can definitely do it! We've had a handful of unexpected expenses the last two weeks and the money saved would go to replenish our emergency fund.

Are you challenging yourself to lower your grocery budget this month or this week? If you're sitting pretty with a stocked pantry and a packed freezer, I encourage you to try it.

I hope you saved a bunch this week; go share your savings at Money Saving Mom's weekly Super Savings Saturday post. If you're still looking for deals, skim the links and get some ideas before you hit the stores today!

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October 9, 2009

Money Smarts: Search and Earn with SwagBucks!



If you're not familiar with SwagBucks, it's a simple concept.

-->Download the SwagBucks toolbar onto your computer.

-->Use the SwagBucks toolbar to search online (rather than whatever search engine you currently use).

-->Win SwagBucks randomly when you search online.

Once you accumulate enough SwagBucks, you can trade them in for gift cards or merchandise.

SwagBucks also has a trade-in program where you can trade in old cell phones, mp3 players, and video games and consoles to earn SwagBucks; you can click here to learn more about the trade-in program.

What I like about SwagBucks is how simple it is - once you download the search toolbar to your computer, you don't even need to really think about it anymore. Just keep websurfing as usual and get a little thrill when one of your search terms wins you a few SwagBucks.

To sign up for your free SwagBucks account, click here. It's no get rich quick scheme, that's for sure, but it is one more little thing you can do to earn a few bucks online.

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