November 30, 2009

Menu Plan Monday: Week 5 of My Five Week Menu Plan



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

For a quick look at the dinners I have planned for my family from 11/01/09 through 12/05/09, click here.

Whew! It's already Week 5 of this Five Week Menu Plan - where did the month of November go? ;-)

For the upcoming month of December, I'm working on a Four Week Menu Plan, one that takes into account the holiday feast as well as several holiday events. I also have some baking days planned (cookies! cookies!) and I'll incorporate those into the plan as well.

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

Monday

Tacos!

Tuesday

Grilled Chicken with Black Bean and Corn Salsa over rice

Wednesday

Grilled Cheese on Homemade Bread, Tomato Soup or Turkey Soup, Salad

Thursday

Tomato Chicken Parmesan over buttered noodles with salad and breadsticks

Friday

Free Night!

Saturday

Cincy Chili + Birthday Cake (hmmm...someone is getting older....!)

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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HOT DEAL! One Day Sale at Kroger - Prices + Coupon Matchups!

I waited until this evening to make my Monday run to Kroger because I had one little boy home sick from school and I wanted to get a glimpse of the prices on the items included in the One Day 50% Off Sale, Tuesday, 12/01/09.

Keep in mind these prices are for my Kroger, located within the Cincinnati Region; your prices may vary. Kroger doubles coupons to a maximum doubled value of $1.00.

Rice Krispie Treats, $2.44 ea :: $1.22 50% off sale price
$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $0.72 ea

Apple Jacks, $3.19 ea :: $1.60 50% off sale price
$1.50/1 Store Brand Coffee when you buy (3) Kellogg's cereals printable here
$1.00/2, RP 11/08
$1.50/3 printable here
Final price: $1.10 ea + cheap coffee!

Mini Wheats, several varieties, $3.49 ea :: $1.75 50% of sale price
$1.50/1 Store Brand Coffee when you buy (3) Kellogg's cereals printable here
$1.50/2 printable here
$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $1.00-$1.25 ea + cheap coffee!

Frosted Flakes, $3.19 ea :: $1.60 50% off sale price
$1.50/1 Store Brand Coffee when you buy (3) Kellogg's cereals printable here
$1.00/2, RP 11/08
$1.50/3 printable here
Final price: $1.10 ea + cheap coffee!

Special K Cereal, $3.79 ea :: $1.65 50% off sale price
$1.50/1 Store Brand Coffee when you buy (3) Kellogg's cereals printable here
$1.00/1 printable here
$1.00/2 printable here
$0.50/fruit when you buy Special K printable here
Final price: $0.65 - $1.15 ea + cheap/free fruit (bananas are $0.39/lb) & cheap coffee!

Special K Bars, $2.49 ea :: $1.25 50% off sale price
$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $0.75 ea

Chips Deluxe, $3.99 ea :: $1.99 50% off sale price

Keebler Fudge Stripes, $3.19 ea :: $1.60 50% off sale price

Sandies, $3.99 ea :: $1.99 50% off sale price

Town House Crackers, $3.50 ea :: $1.75 50% off sale price

Town House Flip Sides, $3.50 ea :: $1.75 50% off sale price
$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $1.25 ea

Club Crackers, $3.99 ea :: $1.99 50% off sale price

Cheez-Its, $2.75 ea :: $1.38 50% off sale price

Other notable one day sale items:

Christmas Lights, Decor, Ornaments, Tree Decorations, 50% off

Hershey's Kisses or Hugs, $1.98 ea


Hershey's Miniatures, Nestle Jingles and Miniatures, Dove Chocolate Promises, $2.38 ea
$1.00/1 Jingles printable here
Final price: $1.38 ea

Wonka Frosty Nerds, Laffy Taffy or SweeTarts Candy, $1.88 ea

Do you see any other good deals for this one day sale? Add them in a comment so everyone can benefit!

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Earn Money for Your School with CBLearn from Cincinnati Bell


Image courtesy of Cincinnati Bell


Our children's school just sent information about an easy new fundraiser for those families who already are Cincinnati Bell Customers called CBLearn.

The CBLearn program donates money to schools in the Cincinnati Bell customer area (Dayton, Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky) with the ultimate goal of building up the community they serve.

Here's the best part - it's FREE for you to donate if you're already a Cincinnati Bell customer (I am!) and you opt to sign up for eBill.

Since I don't need any of the new services they're offering (Post-Paid Wireless, Zoomtown, DirectTV, or Complete Protection) and just wanted to be sure our school received $10 for our account, I simply went to my online account for Cincinnati Bell and signed up for eBill. Easy and green - score!

Then, I hopped back over to the CBLearn site and filled out my registration, checking that yup, I do have a home phone number through Cincinnati Bell and yup again, I do receive eBill. I designated our children's school for the $10 donation - super easy.

I love when local companies find ways to give back to their communities and help me give locally and share with you to give back as well. ;-)

To register for CBLearn, click here.

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$25 Ecostore GC Giveaway Winner!



Thanks to all who entered the giveaway for the $25 Ecostore gift card. It seems the majority of you really don't like cleaning bathrooms! I agree, it's never a fun one, especially when you have little boys!

The winner of the $25 gift card is....

#17: Cathy

Congrats, Cathy! I'll be contacting you by email soon!

This week's giveaway will be in it's usual spot on Wednesday so be sure to hop in and check it out! ;-)



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November 28, 2009

Super Savings Saturday: My November Spending/Savings Totals

At the end of October, I set a big goal (or a small one, depending on how you look at it) of spending only $250 in November for all of our groceries, household products, paper goods, and OTC medicines.

I tracked all my spending and savings so I could tally up my totals - see how high-tech I was?



I know, I know - I could use a spreadsheet like this one but the envelope system works for me. And that's the key to success with any personal financial program, budget, or goal - do what works for you.

So...drum roll please...here are my final totals for November's spending:

Spent: $313.28
Saved: $466.12, or 60%


I missed my goal by $63 but given that I hosted Thanksgiving here at our home again this year, I think I did well. I should have adjusted my original goal to include extra spending for the big feast.

I think it's important to see just how much I saved simply because it tells you how far I stretched my dollars. For every $1.00 I spent, I brought home about $2.50 worth of products after coupons and sales. Not too shabby!

Going forward into December, I'm readjusting my goal to $300 for the month or about $75/week. Since my weekly average was $78/week in November and since I don't believe I'll be hosting any Christmas dinners for our family next month, I think this is a totally reachable - maybe even beatable - goal.

What do I hope you, my fine readers, take away from all these numbers? Simply what is possible - that you can drastically cut your household budget through the use of strategic couponing and therefore keep more money in your pocket. Whatever your long-term or short-term financial goals may be, having more money saved in your household budget will help you get there a little sooner.

If you're new to couponing in general or to this blog, you can read some of my key posts to get started on your savings journey. And it really is a journey - you need to give yourself time to learn the ropes and find your way to what works for you and your family.

:: Couponing Crash Course (This is a four post series about how to get started with strategic couponing.)

:: How to Save $$ at CVS (Details on how the Extra Care Bucks program at CVS combined with couponing can save you big money.)

:: How to Save $$ at Walgreens (Details on how the Register Reward program at Walgreens combined with couponing can save you big money.)

Have a great weekend, everyone! Love you all!

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November 27, 2009

Freebie Roundup!



Did you brave the cold, the dark, the crowds, and the oh-so-early wake up call for Black Friday today?

Whew! I'm impressed! Time to click your way to happy mailbox filled with freebies!

:: Request a FREE sample of Pretty perfume from Elizabeth Arden right here.

:: This one is good for the first 25,000 so click soon if you want it! Get a FREE photo book from PhotoWorks here; use the promo code BONNIE at checkout. (Exp. 12/07/09)

:: Sign up for one of the useful recipe newsletters at BettyCrocker.com and receive a FREE 2010 calendar right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Tampax Pearl right here.

:: Sign up for their email newsletter and receive a FREE sample of Shelburne Falls Coffee right here.

Enjoy!

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November 26, 2009

My Thanksgiving Vlog - Don't Laugh Too Hard, K?

While my house was filling with family and the ever so yummy smell of the turkey roasting, I slipped away for minute to record my first ever vlog.

Since I don't have Amy's videographer hubs, D, to run the camera, it's kinda shaky and the lighting isn't so great, but it's me. Be kind y'all!



I love you all - now go eat some more pie!

November 25, 2009

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway! $25 of ecostore Products + Link YOUR Giveaway!



It's the holiday season which for most of us means more guests, more entertaining, and therefore, more cleaning at home. When Ecostore USA (a division of the original Ecostore company in New Zealand) contacted me about reviewing and giving away some of their products, I was happy to give them a try.


Image courtesy of ecostore.



Since I have three kids and I am always wiping up the kitchen and bathrooms, I opted to try both the Naturally Antibacterial Spray Cleaner and the Plant Based Toilet Cleaner. I was pleasantly surprised at just how well both products worked. The Antibacterial Spray Cleaner did the trick on cleaning up my kitchen counters after I made pies for Thanksgiving yesterday and the toilet cleaner clings and works just as well as any other product I've used in the past.

I have to admit, I have been biased toward more traditional bleach and ammonia cleaners in the past. But since my son was diagnosed with asthma, I have become a bit more cautious about what types of cleaning products I use because I'm concerned about what I'm introducing into our air. The products offered by ecostore have several health benefits, particularly for those with allergies, new babies, and anyone concerned about exposure to chemicals found in household cleaners.

You can learn more about ecostore's products by signing up for their No Nasty Chemicals (tm) newsletter at their blog and by following them on Twitter @ecostoreusa. Not only do they offer cleaning products, they offer a line of personal care products including baby products, shampoos, soaps, and even pet care products.

Last, I wouldn't be The New Frugal Mom if I didn't touch on the price of these products. At first glimpse, they look much more expensive than what you can find in your local stores but the formulas of their cleaners are much more concentrated meaning more uses per product. You can read about the value for your money right here. And right now, many of the Ecostore USA products are on sale 40% off as well.

Onto the giveaway!

I've been graciously given a $25 Gift Certificate to Ecostore for (1) lucky reader to win!

How to enter:

Leave a comment telling us the one cleaning job you just can't stand doing at your house (mine is dusting -- booooring!).

You can earn an additional (3) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway then come back here and leave me a separate comment to let me know you tweeted (add the url from your tweet please).

2. Post about this giveaway at your blog with a link both to this post; come back and leave the URL of your post in a separate comment.

3. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a separate comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a separate comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you MUST leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog - and if you do have a blog that is not public, be sure to leave me a means of contacting you. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end on SUNDAY, November 29, 2009, at 10:00 pm EST . I will announce the winner (selected by Random.org) on MONDAY, November 30, 2009.

Good luck!

Do you have a giveaway going on at your blogjoint? Drop your giveaway post link URL below and visit the other links to find more great giveaways, too! In the title of your link, please include this info: (Site Giveaway Item End Date of Giveaway). Thanks!



*DISCLOSURE: I received NO financial compensation of any sort for writing this post and offering this giveaway; I did receive (2) free product samples to test and review. For more about my personal disclosure policy, read here.

November 24, 2009

Let's Go Krogering! Week of November 23, 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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Looking for the very best deals at Kroger? Click here to see the ad matchup over at MommySnacks.

This week's ad is pretty much a repeat of last week's sale so there's no need to race to Kroger...unless you still need a turkey for the feast!

My Kroger trip, Monday, November 23, 2009:

No picture, y'all. I was too busy Monday morning trying to get some food cooked for a friend of mine.

Here's the cost breakdown of my trip:

Spent: $48.38
Saved: $47.99, or 50%


I was thrilled to see the Duracell batteries are still on sale for $1.88 because I ordered several coupons from this clipping service so I could take advantage of the Duracell catalina deal I talked about here.

The catalina deal (buy $20 of Duracell, earn a $5 oyno or buy $10 of Duracell, earn a $2 oyno) is printing based on the original price of $3.49, not the sale price of $1.88. Here's how it broke down for me:

-> Buy (6) Duracell for $1.88 ea

-> Use (6) $0.75/1 coupons from PG 11/01

-> Pay $5.28 out of pocket for the (6) Duracell

-> Earn a $5.00 oyno catalina back (printing based on the original price of 6 Duracell x $3.49 ea = $20.94
)

-> Do the happy dance! Almost free (after catalina) batteries just in time for Christmas!

Other coupons I used yesterday:

(5) $1.00/1 Nabisco Crackers, SS 11/08, $1.99 ea (ordered extras from this clipping service)
Final price: $0.99 ea

(1) $1.00/2 Kraft Cheese, SS 11/22, $1.89 ea (8 oz shreds)
Final price: $1.39 ea

(1) $0.50/1 Coffee-Mate Creamer, RP 11/01, $2.50 ea (32 oz bottle)
Final price: $1.50 ea

(1) $0.30/4 Campbell's Cream Soups, SS 09/20, $0.75 ea
Final price: $0.60 ea

(1) $0.50/1 Mount Olive Pickles, blinkie by product, $1.99 ea
Final price: $0.99 ea

(1) $0.50/1 Driscoll's Berries printable here, $1.98 ea (6 oz blueberries or 6 oz raspberries)
Final price: $0.98 ea

I sure hope you've got your Thanksgiving Day shopping done already! 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!**



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November 23, 2009

Winner of the FREE up to $23.94 Bob Evans Products!


Thanks for your patience in waiting for this giveaway winner announcement; this intrepid mom blogger spent most of the weekend at camp with my Girl Scouts so I was unplugged (and enjoying it!).

While my family loves stuffing and sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole, one of our personal fave side dishes at Thanksgiving (and all our holiday get-togethers) is what we affectionately refer to as The Green Goo. You can catch the recipe here; I alter it a bit by melting the marshmallows into the gelatin mix so they're not chunky and use frozen whipped topping rather than whipping cream. It's yummmmy!

Onto the winner!

The lucky winner of the (6) FREE up to $3.99 any Bob Evans Products coupons is...

#16: Haydensmommy05

Congrats, Haydensmommy05! I'll be contacting you by email shortly!



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Quick Update: Slow Week Ahead!

If you're wondering where this week's $1 Deals posts might be, I'm slacking a bit this week. I planned and held an event this weekend with my Girl Scout troop and two other Girl Scout Troops so I'm finally getting back into the rhythm of my normal posting schedule.

I'll announce the winner of the Bob Evans coupons for $23.94 in FREE products later today.

I'm also the hostess with the mostest for Thanksgiving this year; I have a looooong list of cooking and cleaning for this week here at my house. I'll have a review/giveaway on Wednesday and an abbreviated Let's Go Krogering post tomorrow, but I have a feeling it will be a light week of posts here. And that's just fine! That's one of the best parts of blogging - being able to step back when you need the time for your family.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours this week and safe travels out there, ok? ;-)

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November 21, 2009

Stock Up Deal @ Kroger: ICBINButter & Duracell Battery Catalina Deals to Roll, Roll, Roll

Thanks to the heads up from Jamie at I Am A Money Magnet and Katie at Cincinnati Cents, I was able to grab a great stockup deal on (2) items I always need for the holiday season - margarine for baking and batteries for toys.

They're both catalina earners and on sale through Sunday, 11/22 (Cincinnati region), so grab your coupons and get this deal while you can!

Start with the Duracell Battery Catalina deal!


Image courtesy of Duracell.


Buy $10.00 in participating Duracell Batteries, get $2.00 oyno (you cannot use this catalina on OTHER P&G products).

Here's the GREAT part of this deal!

Duracell batteries are on SALE this week, $1.88 ea for (4) pks or (2) pks. But the catalina is still printing based on the pre-sale price of $3.49 ea meaning you can buy (3) at the sale price and your $2.00 oyno catalina will print! (I tested this yesterday and it worked for me!)

Buy (3) Duracell Batteries, $1.88 ea (regularly priced $3.49 ea)

Use (3) of these coupons:

--> $0.75/1, PG 11/01

Final price: $2.64/3 or $0.88 ea; earns $2.00 oyno catalina!

Now take that $2.00 oyno and use it to grab some ICBINButter Sticks!


Image courtesy of ICBINB.



ICBINButter Catalina Deal:

Buy (2) sticks, $2.40 ea (Cincinnati region price), earn $2.00 catalina off your next order

Use (2) of these coupons:

--> $1.00/1, RP 11/15
--> $1.00/1 printable here

Use $2.00 oyno from your Duracell Battery purchase

Final price: 2/$0.80 or $0.40 ea; earns $2.00 oyno

The final price for (3) Duracell Batteries and (2) IBINButter sticks: $3.44!

But you still have a nice little $2.00 oyno from the ICBINButter sticks meaning you can roll, roll, roll this deal again and again as long as you have the coupons for the products. Sweet!

Even without extra coupons, you'll still net a big savings on some needed items for the upcoming holiday season!

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November 20, 2009

HOT DEAL!! FREE $30 Birthday Dinner at Benihana!


Image courtesy of Benihana.com


Sign up at The Chef's Table here and receive a complimentary Benihana Birthday Dinner Certificate with a maximum value of $30 to be emailed to you during your birthday month.

WOW!!

What an awesome freebie for those of you living near an Benihana - click here to find the closest one to you!

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Freebie Roundup!



Time to grab some freebies and make your mailbox happy!

:: If you're on Facebook, you can request a FREE sample of Philosophy Gingerbread Man Shower Gel right here.

:: Sign up for a FREE 12 month meal planner (which includes coupons - sweet!) from Muellers right here; select states only (see dropdown box in form).

:: Vote to save an old barn and then fill out the form to receive FREE tomato seeds from Campbell's right here. (Psst...I voted for the barn in the state where I grew up!)

:: Thinking of homeschooling? Request a FREE issue of Home Educating Family magazine right here.

:: Love P&G cleaning products? Sign up for a FREE Home Made Simple book of coupons valued at $35 right here.

Enjoy!

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November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving Tips to Save Your Sanity - and Your Budget!



Thanksgiving is just one week away and while I have a long list of work ahead of me next week, I'm not too stressed by the cooking and cleaning ahead of me. Since our family moved back to Ohio in 2004. we've hosted Thanksgiving at our house (both houses, really!); I've got five years of turkey roasting and pie baking under my belt.

I've learned a few tricks over the years, too, so I thought I'd share them with you in case you're in the midst of a holiday panic attack. ;-)

1. Make a master menu plan at least two weeks in advance. Thanksgiving dinner is pretty standard year after year for us - turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes, etc - but I still make a master plan of what we'll be eating for dinner and any appetizers/munchies I'd like to have out for everyone while we watch football and goof around (we specialize in serious goofing in this family!). Then as all the ingredients I'll need start showing up on sale with coupon matchups, I can grab 'em and stash 'em in my pantry until Thanksgiving week. I save lots of $$ doing this and - even better - I don't have to set foot into a crowded and frantic-paced grocery store on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

2. Farm out the work. I don't cook everything for Thanksgiving; I'd be a twitching mess of a mom if I had to do all the cooking by myself. Since both my mom and my mom-in-law come for Thanksgiving, they help by preparing some of the sides (think sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, salad, bread & rolls) and bringing them over that day to be warmed up in my oven. It saves me both time and a few $$ since I'm not purchasing every part of the meal.

3. Schedule cooking/food prep times. If you leave your cooking and your food preparations until the day before or {gulp} the day of Thanksgiving, you're likely to feel just a smidge overwhelmed. Or maybe you're like me and you feel a bit more vein-in-the-temple-about-to-explode overwhelmed. To spare myself the thrill of a holiday meltdown/burnout, I've come up with this schedule for Thanksgiving week that I follow for cooking:

-> Sunday morning of T-Day week, I set the turkey in the spare refrigerator to defrost.

->Monday, I start prepping and cooking/freezing any appetizer dips we'll be noshing on and I tear up the bread I use for the stuffing so it has time to dry out.

->Tuesday, I bake pies and refrigerate them after they've cooled. If I have any frozen cookie dough, I might toss that in the oven, too, for the kiddos who don't like pie (not mine - they love eating pie for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving!).

->Wednesday, I do the finer details that are best left until the end - I chop and saute the veggies for the stuffing, chop veggies and fruits for the appetizer trays, mix sour cream dips, and boil the turkey neck and giblets for turkey stock to use in the stuffing the next day. I make sure that darn bird is defrosted, too; if it's not all the way there, I let it sit out on the counter while I'm working. I know {gasp!} that's breaking the don't-get-food-poisoning rules, but it works for me.

->Thursday, or T-Day, I mix the stuffing and jam as much as I can into the turkey, then pop that bird in the oven. The rest of the food that I needed to make is pretty much done, so I can actually enjoy the day with everyone instead of slaving in the kitchen.

->Friday, I sleep in! No Black Friday sales for me! ;-)

4.Use what you have. We don't have a fancy dining room set or fine china. We dress up our kitchen table and the extra tables and chairs with harvest colored tablecloths, place mats, and decorations but we don't overdo it. Although the commercials would beg you to think otherwise, it's not necessary to have a Martha Stewart themed home for the holiday season; the best part of the holidays for us is just spending time together. I do keep the kids busy with making hand-tracing turkeys and decorations that they get to hang on the wall and use for name cards at the table. You can save a lot of $$ by not going overboard on holiday decor.

5. Clean all week long in little sessions. Just as I break up the cooking for Thanksgiving day, I break up the cleaning that needs doing before our house is full of guests. I make a list of tasks and everyone - right down to our littlest guy - helps out in getting the work done.

Those are my tried and true tips for managing the workload of hosting Thanksgiving without going bonkers or broke. What tips do you have? I'd love to know! Share 'em in a comment!

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November 18, 2009

Winner of the $100 eGift Card to Target!



Thanks to all of you who entered the $100 Target eGift Card giveaway sponsored by ShopAtHome. Remember, if you're doing any shopping online during the holiday season to check how much cash back you can earn by shopping through ShopAtHome. ;-)

I loved all your comments; thanks for sharing. So many of you are year-round bargain hunters. I need to do more of that in 2010 so that I'm not overwhelmed by all that needs doing during the holiday season.

Onto the winner!

The lucky winner of the $100 Target eGift Card is...

#90: Deb

Congrats, Deb! I'll be contacting you by email shortly!



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Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway! FREE Bob Evans Products + Link YOUR Giveaway!



Did you enter my FREE Bob Evans Grocery Products, up to $23.94
giveaway yet? What are you waiting for - click here to enter! ;-)

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



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November 17, 2009

Let's Go Krogering! Week of November 16, 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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Looking for the very best deals at Kroger? Click here to see deals for $1 or less at Kroger this week.

My Kroger trip, Monday, November 16, 2009:



Spent: $51.62
Saved: $32.25, or 38%


Coupons used:

(2) $1.00/1 Nabisco Crackers, SS 11/08, $1.99 ea
Final price: $0.99 ea

$0.75/1 Kroger Cornitos, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon, $1.50 ea
Final price: $0.75 ea

(2) $0.50/1 Bob Evans Product, found at Bob Evans Restaurant, on sale BOGO, $2.89 ea
Final price: 2/$0.86

$1.00/1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream, RP 11/08, $2.50 ea
Final price: $1.50 ea

$0.60/1 Bertolli Sauce, SS 11/15, $1.79 ea
Final price: $0.79 ea

$0.30/1 Kroger Butter, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon, $1.50 ea
Final price: $1.20 ea

$0.50/2 Dole Mandarin Oranges, SS 11/08, $1.00 ea
Final price: $0.50 ea

(2) $0.40/1 Fleischmann's Yeast 3 pk, SS 11/08, $1.95 ea
**Catalina Deal: Buy (1) 3pk, get $0.50 off your next order**
Final price: $0.60 ea after coupon and catalina

FREE Idahoan Potato Pouch, Kroger catalina coupon, $1.00 ea
Final price: FREE

$0.75/1 Kroger Apple Bag, 3 lb, Kroger My Magazine mailed coupon, $2.99 ea
Final price: $2.24 or $0.75/lb

It was a medium trip to Kroger for me this week; we're well-stocked and I've got just about all I need for Thanksgiving dinner.

I also have yet to use my $5.00/$20.00 printable coupon from Save-A-Lot (get yours right here; I intend to grab some basic pantry items there next week before that coupon expires 11/30. I'll give you a price breakdown on that trip next week. ;-)

Ok, enough of my rambling! 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!**



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November 16, 2009

HOT DEAL! (2) FREE Hasbro Card Games @ Kroger & Target This Week!



If you get the USA Weekend magazine insert in your Sunday paper, go grab it before it gets recycled with the rest of the old news. Inside on page (3) is a Buy1Get1FREE coupon for Hasbro Card Games.

Pair this coupon with the current Buy1Get1FREE sale at Kroger this week or with the printable Buy1Get1FREE Target store coupon, and you've got (2) great stocking stuffers for FREE!

For a listing of the games included in the Kroger sale, click here and read Coupon Cravings post for the full details. (Thanks, Erin!)

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Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway! FREE Bob Evans Products, up to $23.94!



A couple of months ago, I toured the new Bob Evans restaurant in Xenia, Ohio, the first build of their new restaurant concept. It has the look of a modern farmhouse (beautiful!) with all the yummy food that you expect at Bob Evans.

Today, I'm reviewing a newer product from Bob Evans, their Bob Evans Single Serving Sides. Can I just say easy + yum = winner? ;-)




Images courtesy of Bob Evans


My family and I sampled both the Bob Evans Singles Macaroni and Cheese and the Original Mashed Potatoes. We had the Macaroni and Cheese with dinner last Friday night:



That's my plate; my kids were too busy slurping theirs up for me to get a picture of their plates! My oldest two absolutely loved the Macaroni and Cheese; they ate all I had given them (I split one of the sides between my 8 year old and 6 year old) and asked for more. Their nerdy mom was too busy writing down what they were saying to get it for them right away!

From my 8 year old:
It's very rich and really cheesy. It's a taste sensation! (She's a big ham, that girl of mine!)

From my 6 year old:
Mmmmmmm! Goody! It feels yummy in my tummy! Can I have more? (That boy loves macaroni and cheese.)

The mashed potatoes were just as good; I can tell you that I wholeheartedly enjoyed noshing on a *cough* whole single by myself as a late night blogging snack. Talk about perfect comfort food...mmmmm.

I did find it was best to heat the Macaroni and Cheese Single Side on a small plate in my microwave as the cheese sauce gets pretty bubbly while it's heating. And the mashed potatoes fully heat in a minute but they do require a good stirring before gobbling them up serving them.

Bob Evans Single Sides (and all sorts of other yummy Bob Evans products) are available for purchase in the grocery store; to find the Bob Evans products in a store near you, click here.

Want to learn more about Bob Evans Single Sides and how they can help you during the busy holiday season? Join the Bob Evans New Single Serving Sides and Timesaving Holiday Helpers chat on Twitter tonight, 6-8 pm. The hashtag for the chat is #BEFSingles ; you'll want to include it in your tweets because they'll be giving away FREE products every five minutes using the hashtag.

Onto the giveaway!

The great folks at Bob Evans have graciously given me (6) FREE coupons for any Bob Evans grocery product, up to $3.99 ea (for a total of $23.94) for (1) lucky reader to win!

This is just in time for Thanksgiving! I'm telling you, you could put the Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese in the good china server and no one would ever guess! ;-)

How to enter:

Leave a comment about the one side dish your family always has at Thanksgiving dinner. Ours is Sweet Potato Casserole (made by my super-awesome Mom-in-Law) and it is GOOD!!

You can earn an additional (3) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway then come back here and leave me a separate comment to let me know you tweeted (add the url from your tweet please).

2. Post about this giveaway at your blog with a link both to this post; come back and leave the URL of your post in a separate comment.

3. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a separate comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a separate comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you MUST leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog - and if you do have a blog that is not public, be sure to leave me a means of contacting you. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end on FRIDAY, November 20, 2009, at 10:00 pm EST . I will announce the winner (selected by Random.org) on SATURDAY, November 21, 2009.

Good luck!

*DISCLOSURE: I received NO financial compensation of any sort for writing this post and offering this giveaway; I did receive (4) free product samples to test and review. For more about my personal disclosure policy, read here.

November 15, 2009

Menu Plan Monday: My Latest 5 Week Menu Plan!



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

I've not had a chance to share my latest 5 Week Menu Plan with all of you until now but rest assured, I have one and have been using it since 11/01. For a quick look at the dinners I have planned for my family through 12/05/09, click here.

You'll see that this latest 5 Week Menu Plan is just a simple list of what I planned for our dinners with no recipe links. I've got Thanksgiving dinner on the mind (I am Queen of the Turkey for the 6th year in a row!) and I'm trying to be as efficient with my time as possible. Apologies if you were looking for recipe links; I'll try to add them to my weekly posts!

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

Monday

Tacos!

Tuesday

Awesome Pot Roast with egg noodles and steamed veggies

Wednesday

Beef Enchiladas (using leftovers from Tuesday)

Thursday

Tomato Chicken Parmesan over buttered noodles with salad and breadsticks

Friday

Bacon Wrapped Mexican Hot Dogs (guilty pleasure!), black bean quesadillas, and salad

Saturday

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

Sunday

Meatball Subs, Grinny Beans, Salad, Veggie Sticks

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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The Dollar Menu @ Target: Week of November 15, 2009




Here are the best deals for $1.00 or less at Target this week, courtesy of Marcy at Stretching a Buck (click on over to see the full ad matchup!). 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. ;-)

Be sure to check out the ongoing $Money Maker$ Gift Card deal on Glade Holiday Scented candles right here.

Coupon + sale items for $1.00 or less.

Carnation Evaporated Milk, 12 oz, $0.99 ea
$0.50/2, SS 09/27 & SS 11/01
Final price: $0.74 ea

Ocean Spray Juice Cocktail, 64 oz, $1.98 ea
$1.00/1 Target printable right here
Final price: $0.98 ea

Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup, $0.49 ea
$1.00/4 printable here
Final price: $0.24 ea *Stockpile price!*

Nestle Tollhouse Morsels, $2.00 ea
$1.00/1, SS 11/01
Final price: $1.00 ea

Heniz Gravy, $0.79 ea
$1.00/3 printable here
Final price: $0.46 ea

Betty Crocker Potatoes (box), $0.79 ea
$0.40/1 printable here
Final price: $0.39 ea

Del Monte Canned Vegetables, $0.45 ea
$1.00/8, RP 11/15
Final price: $0.33 ea *Stockpile price!*

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

Duncan Hines Cake Mix, $0.97 ea
$0.55/2, SS 10/11
$0.50/1 Target printable here
Final price: $0.20-0.45 ea when you buy 2 and use 2 Target coupons

Kraft Marshmallows, $1.29 ea (Cincinnati region price)
$1.00/2 Target printable here
Final price: $0.79 ea when you buy 2

Degree Body Spray and Deodorant, $3.29-3.99 ea
$1.50/1 printable here
$3.00/2 Target printable here
Final price: $0.29-$0.99 ea

Musselman's Totally Fruit, $1.54 ea
$1.00/1 printable here
Final price: $0.54 ea

Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, $0.69 ea
$0.60/2 printable here
Final price: $0.39 ea when you buy 2

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta - $1.19/ea
$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $0.69 ea when you buy 2

*New!* GE Reveal Lightbulbs, 4 pk, $2.14 ea
$2.00/2 Target printable here
$1.00/1, SS 10/04
Final price: $0.14 ea when you buy (2)!

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The Dollar Menu @ Meijer: Week of November 15, 2009




These are a some of the best deals for $1.00 or less; to see the full ad matchup courtesy of Mommy Snacks, click here. **Lots of Thanksgiving Day meal matchups this week - be sure to check the full matchup before you shop!**

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.

Hot Deals!

$8 OFF Grade A Hen Turkeys, 10-16 lbs (With additional $20 purchase; limit 1)

$14 OFF Grade A Tom Turkeys, 16 or more lbs (With additional $20 purchase; limit 1)

Sale + coupon matchups for $1.00 or less.

Del Monte Canned Vegetables, $0.69 ea
$1.00/8, RP 11/15
Final price: $0.57 ea

Del Monte Canned Fruit, $0.99 ea
$1.00/8, RP 11/15
Final price: $0.87 ea

Dole Pineapple, Mandarin Orange, or Tropical Fruit, $1.00 ea
$0.50/1 printable here
Final price: FREE!

Campbell's Cream Soups, $0.58 ea
$1.00/4 printable here
Final price: $0.33 ea *Stockpile price!*

Carnation Evaporated Milk, 12 oz, $0.99 ea
$0.50/2, SS 09/27 & SS 11/01
Final price: $0.50 ea

Pillsbury Brownie Mix, $1.29 ea
$0.40/1, RP 11/08
Final price: $0.49 ea

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, 1 lb, $1.69 ea
$1.00/1, RP 11/15
$1.00/2, printable at Meijer Mealbox
Final price: $0.19 ea when you buy (2)!

Ragu Pasta Sauce, $1.39 ea
$0.60/2, RP 11/15
$1.00/2 printable at Meijer Mealbox
Final price: $0.39 ea when you buy (2)!

Wishbone Salad Dressing, $1.39
$1.25/2, RP 10/04 & printable at RedPlum
$1.00/2 printable at Meijer Mealbox
Final price: $0.14 ea when you buy (2)!

Sale items for $1.00 or less.

Meijer Eggs, 1 dozen, $0.79 ea

Homegrown Russet Potatoes, 15 lb bag, $2.69 ea (That's $0.18/lb!)

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The Dollar Menu @ Kroger: Week of November 16, 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).

The ad is filled with Thanksgiving feast recipe items. Hopefully you've been stocking up on what you'll need for Thanksgiving and won't need to buy much this week or next!

Hot Deals!

Save $8.00 instantly at checkout when you buy any brand fresh or frozen 10-16 lb whole turkey. (Must have additional $10.00 purchase; limit 2.)

Save $14.00 instantly at checkout when you buy any brand fresh or frozen 17 lb or larger whole turkey. (Must have additional $10.00 purchase; limit 2.)

Sale items + coupon matchups for $1.00 or less.

Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, $1.00 ea
$1.00/1, SS 09/27 & SS 10/04
Final price: FREE

Ritz and Nabisco Crackers (Wheat Thins pictured), $1.99 ea
$1.00/1, SS 11/08
Final price: $0.99 ea

Idahoan Potatoes, $1.00 ea
$0.40/1 printable here
Final price: $0.20 ea

Heinz Gravy, $1.00 ea
$1.00/3 printable here
Final price: $0.67 ea

McCormick Spice Grinders, 0.8-2.1 oz, $1.00 ea
$1.00/1, RP 11/01 and printable here
Final price: FREE

Bertolli Pasta Sauce, $1.79 ea
$0.60/1, SS 11/15
Final price: $0.79 ea

Jell-O Gelatin or Pudding, $1.00 ea
$0.50/2 printable here
Final price: $0.50 ea

Duncan Hines Cake Mix, $1.00 ea
$0.55/2, SS 10/11
Final price: $0.50 ea

Campbell's Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup, $0.75 ea
$0.35/4 Campbell's Cream Soups, SS 09/20
Final price: $0.58 ea

Dole Canned Fruit, 15-20 oz, $1.00 ea
$0.50/1 printable here
$1.00/3 Tropical Fruit Mix, SS 11/08
$0.35/2 Pineapple, SS 11/08
Final price: FREE-$0.67 ea

Duracell Batteries, 1-4 ct, $1.88 ea
**Catalina Deal: Buy $10 of Duracell, get $2.00 off your next order; buy $20 of Duracell, get $5.00 off your next order (valid through 12/05/09).**

$1.00/1, PG Esaver
$0.75/1, PG 11/1
Final price: $0.88 ea
**Katie at Cincinnati Cents reported that the catalina generated last week based on the original price of $3.49 making this deal potentially sweeter! Read her post with the details right here.**

Other sale items $1.00 or less.

Purdue Oven Roaster Chicken, $0.99/lb

California Navel Oranges, 4 lb bag, $2.68 ea ($0.67/lb)

Celery Bunch, $0.79 ea

Sweet Potatoes, $0.49/lb

Yellow Onions, 3 lb bag, $1.48 ea ($0.50/lb)

Vitaminwater, 20 oz, $0.88 ea

Kroger Cream Cheese, 8 oz, $1.00 ea

Kroger Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream, or Dip, 16 oz, $1.00 ea

Cool Whip, $1.00 ea

Kroger Frozen Vegetables, $0.88 ea

PictSweet Frozen Vegetables or Steam'ables, $0.88 ea

Kroger Brown&Serve Rolls, $1.00 ea

Kroger Broth (canned), $0.50 ea

Remember, Cincinnati area Kroger stores redeem unlimited doubled coupons and double coupons to a maximum value of $1.00 ($0.50-$0.99 face value coupons all double to $1.00; $0.49 or less 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!

Did I miss any $1.00 or less deals? Leave a comment and add what you know!

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The Dollar Menu @ CVS: Week of November 15, 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 here to view the full ad matchup (coutesy of SlickDeals!).

$1.00 or less after coupon + ECBs

Buy $10.00 of Ragu or Skippy Peanut Butter, 1.66 ea (3/$5.00) (Earns $3.00 ECBs)
-->$0.40/1 Skippy, RP 11/15
-->$0.60/2 Ragu, RP 11/15
Final price: $0.96 ea after ECBs and coupons when you buy (4) Skippy and (2) Ragu

Duracell Batteries, $2.99 ea (Earns $1.00 ECB)
-->$1.00/1, PG 11/01
Final price: $0.99 after ECB and coupon

Suave Body Wash, Conditioner, or Styler, $2.00 ea (Earns $2.00 ECBs when you buy 3)
-->$0.50/1 Body Wash, RP 09/13 & RP 10/25
-->$1.00/2 Shampoo or Conditioner, RP 10/25
Final price: $0.83 ea after ECBs and coupons

Scope Outlast Mouthwash, $3.49 ea (Earns $2.00 ECBs)
-->$0.75/1, PG 11/01
Final price: $0.74 ea after ECBs and coupon

Sale Items $1.00 or less.

Kleenex Facial Tissues, $0.99 ea

Lindsay Olives, $1.99 ea, on sale Buy1Get1FREE
-->$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $0.50 ea

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The Dollar Menu @ Walgreens: Week of November 15, 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 here for the full matchup here (thank you, Bargain Briana!).

RR + Coupon matchups for $1.00 or less.

Gillette Series or Satin Care Shave Cream, $1.99 (Earns RR for a FREE Gillette Series or Satin Care Shave Cream)
-->$0.55/1, PG 11/01
Final price: (2) for $1.44/$0.72 ea after coupon and RR!

Ricola Mixed Berry Cough Drops, $1.00 ea (Earns $1.00 RR)

Final price: FREE after RR!

Aussie Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler, $2.99 ea (Earns $2.00 RRs)
-->$1.00/1, PG 11/01
Final price: FREE after coupon and RRs!

Bic Soleil Razors, $5.99 (Earns $3.00 RRs)
-->$2.00/1, SS 10/18 & SS 11/15
Final price: $0.99 after coupon and RRs!

Thermacare 8 Hour Heat Wraps, 2 pk, $5.99 ea (Earns $4.00 RRs when you buy 2)
-->$3.00/1 2 pk printable here
Final price: $0.99 ea after RRs and (2) coupons!

Coupon matchups for $1.00 or less.

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers Frozen Meals, $2.50 ea
-->$2.00/1 printable here
Final price: $0.50 ea

Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice, $2.50 ea (with in-ad coupon)
-->$2.00/1 printable here
Final price: $0.50 ea

Ziploc Bags, $1.99 ea
-->$1.50/2 printable here
Final price: $1.24 ea

Lindsay Olives, $0.99 ea (with in-ad coupon)
-->$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $0.50 ea

Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid, 12.6 oz. $0.89 (with in-ad coupon)
-->$0.25/1, SS 10/04
Final price: $0.64 ea

Puffs Facial Tissues, $0.89 (with in-ad coupon)

-->$0.25/1, PG 11/01
Final price: $0.64 ea

Sale items for $1.00 or less.

Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, $0.79 ea with in-ad coupon

Royal Jello, $0.20 ea with in-ad coupon

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The Dollar Menu: Week of November 15, 2009



As I mentioned here, I'm compiling the best deals for $1.00 or less at my fave stores each week and posting them as The Dollar Menu posts for each store.

To make it easier for you to navigate this site and find The Dollar Menu posts each week, I'm posting the links to each post here on this master post. I'll do this every week from here on out.

To find The Dollar Menu posts from my header, click the "Weekly $1 Deals" tab and you'll find this master post updated each week.

:: The Dollar Menu @ Kroger: Week of November 16, 2009

:: The Dollar Menu @ Biggs: Week of November 16, 2009

:: The Dollar Menu @ CVS: Week of November 15, 2009

:: The Dollar Menu @ Walgreens: Week of November 15, 2009

:: The Dollar Menu @ Target: Week of November 15, 2009

:: The Dollar Menu @ Meijer: Week of November 15, 2009

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November 14, 2009

Super Savings Saturday: Lots of Trips, Lots of Savings!

Oh my - what a week for deals!

I made several stops this week during my normal rounds with the kiddos; I've got Thanksgiving on the mind and I want to be done getting what I'll need well before then. Kroger is bound to be packed to the rafters with last minute shoppers come Wednesday the 25th.

I made two trips to Kroger this week, one Sunday before the Mega Event ended and a quick one on Monday; you can see the pictures and read the coupon matchups at my weekly Let's Go Krogering! post.

Kroger:

Total Spent (2 trips combined): $31.78
Total Saved
(2 trips combined): $126.33, or 79%

I also made a trip to the brand-spanking new Aldi here in Lebanon to use the $5/$30 coupon I'd received in a Grand Opening promotional flyer. The full details on that trip including a price list on what I bought can be found right here.

Aldi:

Spent: $28.80
Saved: $5.00, or 15%


Walgreens has some *stellar* deals this week (through the end of today, 11/14) on baking supplies for the upcoming Thanksgiving feast. Add to that the $5 Register Reward on the Bayer Contour Meter (which is FREE after mfr coupon making the $5 RRs pure overage), and it was time to roll those RRs!

Walgreens

Trip 1:



$30.00/1 Contour Meter, RP 10/25, on sale $14.99 (coupon adjusted down to $14.99) Earns $5 RRs! (I donate these - believe me, they are appreciated!)

$1.00/any 1 Crisco product, RP 11/08 and in-ad coupon, Crisco sticks $2.50 ea

In-ad coupon, Libby Pumpkin $0.99 ea

In-ad coupon, Encore Spices $0.49 ea

I had $5.00 RRs to roll over before they expired as well.

Spent: $0.27 cash (after $5 RRs)
Saved: $23.37, or 99% (I'm not including the savings on the meter.)
Earned: $5.00 new RRs (Bayer Meter)

Trip 2:



(2) $0.50/1 Gold Medal Flour printable here and in-ad coupon, GM Flour, $1.50/5 lbs

(1) $1.00/1 Crisco, RP 11/08 and in-ad coupon, Crisco sticks, $2.50 ea

In-ad coupon, Libby Pumpkin $0.99 ea

I used the $5.00 RRs from Trip 1 as well.

Spent: $0.48
Saved: $12.47, or 96%


I made it to Target as well; my son needed his asthma inhaler refilled and I had a prescription transfer coupon from the Target ad two weeks ago for a $10 gift card. Time to get some Glade products!

Target:



(2) $1.00/1 Up & Up Wipes, Target mailer coupon

(1) $0.50/1 Up & Up Napkins, Target mailer coupon

(1) $1.00/2 Kraft Marshmallows, printable Target coupon here (priced $1.29 ea)

(1) $2.00/2 GE Lightbulbs, printable Target coupon here; and,

(2) $1.00/1 GE Reveal products, SS 11/01 (priced $2.14 ea for the 4 pks)

(1) FREE Glade Warmer when you buy refill 2 pk, SS 11/01 (priced $4.94 for the warmer)

(1) FREE Glade Refills when you buy (2) Glade Refills, SS 11/01 (priced $2.50 ea)

I used my $10.00 Target GC from the Rx transfer as well.

Spent: $2.45
Saved: $24.94, or 91%
Earned: $5.00 Target Gift Card
on (5) qualifying Glade holiday products (Details on this deal here.)

I'll send this receipt in for the current SC Johnson $5.00 Rebate on (3) participating products as well.

Whew!

What a cuh-razy long post! Gold stars to all of you who are still with me. ;-)

My whole point in detailing all of these little trips and savings was to get to the bottom line - the final totals for this week which include one last stop by my hubs at Walgreens for their generic Zyrtec for our son ($10.64 - no savings or coupons).

Weekly Totals:

Spent: $74.42
Saved: $192.11, or 72%
Earned: $25.00
($5.00 RRs, $10.00 Target Gift Card (Rx transfer), $5.00 Target Gift Card (5 Glade), $5.00 SC Johnson Rebate)

I sure hope you saved a bunch this week, too; strategic couponing takes a bit of planning but it pays off big time.

I'm linking this post to Money Saving Mom's weekly linkup, Super Savings Saturday. Be sure to skim the links for more great deals from around the blogosphere. ;-)

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