April 30, 2010

Printabe Coupon Reminder | Last Day of April - Be Sure to Print What You Need!

Today is the last day of April - hard to believe, isn't it? I am enjoying the beautiful weather!

The last day of the month means that the printable coupons available at Coupons.com, Red Plum, Smart Source, and other coupon sites will reset in the next day or so.

It's always wise to take a few minutes on the last day of the month to skim through the available coupons at those sites and print what you want/need, especially high value coupons and BOGO coupons.

Enjoy!

In This Sunday's Inserts | May 1, 2010 {PG, RP, SS}

It's always useful to know how many coupon inserts to expect each Sunday and even more useful to know which coupons you'll find in those inserts so you can decide as early as possible if it's a good week to order coupons from a clipping service.

This Sunday, 05/01/10, these are the inserts you can expect to see in your newspaper:

:: (1) Red Plum (RP)

:: (1) Smart Source (SS)

:: (1) Procter & Gamble (PG)

For a full preview of what coupons you should see in these inserts (remember, coupon values can/will vary by region and your local newspaper may not carry all available inserts), click here (thanks, Sunday Coupon Preview!).

Enjoy!

April 29, 2010

HOT DEAL | FREE Carvel Low Fat Ice Cream & Flavor Shot All Day THURSDAY 4/29


Warm weather is coming and ice cream retailers want you to try their goodies now so you'll come back when it's hot, hot, HOT!

Which means another ice cream freebie for you!

Today, Thursday 4/29, Carvel Ice Cream Stores are offering a FREE Low Fat Ice Cream & Flavor Shot (3.5 oz cup; one of 12 flavor shots) at participating stores, one serving per customer.

Click here to find the Carvel store nearest you.

Thanks for the heads up, Money Saving Mom!

Enjoy!

Freebie Roundup!


Time for some freebies! Click on through and make your mailbox happy!

:: Request a FREE sample of Eucerin Daily Skin Balance right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of True Lemon Naturally Sweetened Powdered Drink Mix right here.

:: Have a Lane Bryant Store, Lane Bryant Outlet, or Cacique store near you? Click here to get a coupon for a FREE panty - nice! This expires 5/3/10.

:: Enter to be one of 1,000 people each month to receive a FREE sample of Galaxy Granola right here.

:: Register at P&G Everyday Solutions right here and receive a FREE 2 pk sample of Cascade Action Pacs plus you'll be eligible for other P&G samples and coupons - always useful!

:: Have a four-legged, tail-wagging friend at your house? Request a FREE sample of Hill's Science Diet Simple Essentials Treats right here.

:: Have you been greening up this month as part of Earth Day? Save energy by requesting (2) FREE compact flourescent light bulbs right here.

:: Request a coupon for a FREE box or cup of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Cheesy Explosion right here.

Enjoy!

April 28, 2010

HOT DEAL | Baskin Robbins $0.31 Ice Cream Scoops TONIGHT 4/28, 5p-10p Local Time!


Oooh, I wish we had a Baskin-Robbins a little closer to us!

Tonight, Wednesday 4/28, you can get a scoop of ice cream at your local Baskin Robbins for only $0.31! This deal is available from 5:00 p - 10:00 p local time.

Click here to find the Baskin Robbins closest to you.

What a deal! You can't beat that price for some super yummy ice cream! BR is one of my faves - I grew up with one right down the hill from my local library in Severna Park, Maryland. Thanks, Dad, for always buying me a scoop after library time!

Enjoy (some World Class Chocolate, if they still have it) your treat!

Be a Blessing | Couponing for Community May 2-8


I was hopping through my Google Reader when I saw a post today by my friend Marcy at Stretching a Buck; I knew I needed to share it with you, my fabulous readers!

Couponing has not only allowed me to save money for my family, money that we apply toward our family financial goals, but it has also allowed me to give more, both in the form of $$ donations and in donations of items I've bought for pennies or gotten for free with coupons.

For those of you out there who are blessed to have a growing stockpile with more than you can use in a month or so, I hope you'll consider joining Kaley at Cha-Ching on a Shoestring next week in her Couponing for Community campaign. If you've got extras to give, be a blessing! Share your abundance!

To learn more about Couponing for Community, click here.

Big thumbs up, Kaley, for spearheading this great idea!

Rebate Alert | Olay, Filtrete & Swiffer!

It's been a while since I posted any Mail In Rebates (MIRs) simply because there have been very few that have sparked my interest lately. While I do love a good MIR, I don't like buying (even with RRs or ECBs) products I won't use/can't donate just for the MIR.

But there are several new ones out that have me gathering my coupons and looking for deals!

:: Buy $50 of Olay Facial Moisturizers, Facial Treatments and/or Facial Cleansers, get $20 Rebate! Purchase by May 9, 2010; submissions postmarked by May 21, 2010. Print your MIR form right here.

:: Buy (2) Filtrete Air Filters with a 1000 Microparticle Performance rating (MPR) or greater, get $4.00 Rebate! Purchase by July 31, 2010; submissions postmarked by August 31, 2010. Print your MIR form right here.

:: Buy $20 of any Swiffer *refill* products, get a $10 Rebate via rewards card! Purchase by June 30, 2010; submissions postmarked by 7/30/10. Print your MIR form here.

Enjoy!

April 27, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! Week of April 26, 2010


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.

My Krogering Trip, Monday, April 26, 2010


Spent: $10.83
Saved: $10.58 (49%)

Kroger continues the 10 for $10 sale this week; again, if there are some items you need to stockpile, you can do well enough with this sale.

There's not much I need to add to my own little stockpile from this sale so I bought most of our groceries at Aldi this week. But I made a quick spin through Kroger to grab the Danimals Smoothies which my kiddos love and I seldom buy as they disappear within a day or so! At $1.00 ea after coupon, they're a good deal and a nice treat.

I also found several varieties of Kroger buns marked down for quick sale; with the coming of grilling out season, I like to grab a bunch of these when I see them marked down.  I stash them in my freezer so I always have a bag or so for a quick dinner from the grill. 

And who doesn't LOVE blackberries for $1.00?! Those will disappear quickly, too, but they sure are good - and HUGE! Some of them are just about as big as my thumb!

Here's the coupons I used:

Danimals Smoothies, $2.00 ea
$1.00/1, SS 03/28
Final price: $1.00 ea

Cheez-Its, $2.94 ea
$2.00/2, Tearpad coupon I found a few weeks ago
Final price: $1.94 ea
*Cheez-Its are a snacktime staple in our house!*

$2.00 Off Your Next Order
Kroger Catalina for buying $20 in Kraft Cheese products

To see this week's Kroger ad matchup, click here (thanks, Mommy Snacks!).

Remember to check your weekly ad online for any other items you might need right here.

How'd you do at Kroger (or your Kroger-affiliated grocery store) this week? Link *your* Let's Go Krogering! post or your Kroger matchup post all week and help another reader save some $$!



Thanks for reading and subscribing to The New Frugal Mom!

April 26, 2010

FREE 10 Business Cards from Moo | Quality + Cute!

Looking for new business cards? Want to try out a new design - maybe one that matches your current blog graphics - or need cards that have all the correct information for your social media hangouts?

Moo is offering a FREE 10 card sample pack right here.

I'm in need of new cards (once I update all my graphics and info) and I've been meaning to try Moo for a while. My last set of cards were made by Vista Print and while they were decent and functional, I've been super impressed by the quality of the Moo cards I've collected from other bloggers.

Check it out here.

Enjoy!

Menu Plan Monday | Planning for the Cuh-RAZY Month of May {New 5 Week Plan}!



I plan my family's dinners in five week blocks to maximize my savings at the grocery store and minimize my stress at dinner time. You can read more about my strategy here in my Q&A post here.

I also answered several more questions about how I plan my big ol' menus and how I shop for them.  For more Q&A (because you're just dying to know, right?), click here.

**************************************
A very busy May is near, my dears, a fact that figures prominently in my menu planning for the next month.

May is one of those months in our family; we have tball and softball games (two a week each), the Flying Pig Marathon weekend (my brother-in-law -- who is also single, Catholic, and one heck of a nice guy if you want to play matchmaker; DM me -- runs it every year), Mother's Day weekend, end of school year events, and my older son's birthday. There are also a few other events in May for us but I'm breaking into a sweat right now as I type this, thinking of all the racing and busyness that lies ahead for us!

So for next menu plan (which happens to cover through just about the end of May), my goal is simply to keep it simple. There will be no feats of culinary greatness in my kitchen over the next month, my friends. There will be, however, easy meals, including an abundance of quick-fix, kid-friendly dinners.

Here's what I've got planned for the next 5 weeks:

Week 1: 4/26-5/2
Monday: Awesome Pot Roast, Egg Noodles, Veggies
Tuesday: Taco Night!
Wednesday: Homemade Pizza
Thursday: Brats & Dogs, Grinny Beans
Friday: Breakfast for dinner
Saturday: Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad
Sunday: Go RUNNERS! Flying Pig Race Day - FREE NIGHT!

Week 2: 5/3-5/9
Monday: Mini Cheeseburgers, Sweet Potato Oven Fries
Tuesday: Taco Night!
Wednesday: Italian Sausage Penne Pasta
Thursday: Breakfast for dinner
Friday: FREE NIGHT
Saturday: Grilled Brats & Dogs, 3 Bean Salad (+ Grill Chicken for later)
Sunday: Cold Grilled Chicken Salad, Rice (Use Chicken from Saturday)

Week 3: 5/10-5/16
Monday: BBQ Chicken Pizza (Use Chicken from Saturday)
Tuesday: Taco Night!
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner
Thursday: Hot Dogs, Mac & Cheese, veggie sticks
Friday: Leftover cleanout
Saturday: FREE NIGHT
Sunday: Event out

Week 4: 5/17-5/23
Monday: Italian Beef Sandwiches, Pasta Salad, veggie sticks
Tuesday: Taco Night
Wednesday: Grilled Brats & Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Salas
Thursday: Breakfast for dinner
Friday: FREE NIGHT
Saturday: Leftover cleanout
Sunday: Mini Cheeseburgers, Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Week 5: 5/24-5/30
Monday: Spaghetti & Meatballs
Tuesday: Taco Night!
Wednesday: Happy Birthday! Dinner out for my older son!
Thursday: Breakfast for dinner
Friday: Leftover cleanout
Saturday: Grilling out - big ol' family party for my son's birthday!
Sunday: FREE NIGHT

You'll notice I've got several grilling nights on my menu. I love, love, LOVE grilling out because it's super easy to throw some extra meats on the grill like chicken or burgers; I take advantage of cooking extra on the grill to use for dinners later in the week on nights where I have little time to get a meal together.

I've also got a breakfast for dinner night every week. This is another great way to stretch your meal budget and make your dinner planning and cooking a bit easier. My kids LOVE having waffles, eggs, and fruit for dinner so this is always a hit with us. I usually try a new recipe for the waffles or pancakes (ie: gingerbread, chocolate, banana nut) to keep it interesting. ;-)

There's my plan! I'll update with links later and I'll post each week as the month rolls along.

Be sure to visit the Meal Plan Monday linkeroo over at Orgjunkie.com to get more menu plan ideas and share yours as well!

April 25, 2010

Deals for Dining Out

One of the questions I fielded at my recent couponing presentation (which I still have yet to share with you; I've been busy as a bee with spring cleaning here) was how to find deals for eating out if you're single or don't have a tribe of kiddos at home to feed each night.

Here's a few ideas on how to keep more bucks in your pocket when you head out for dinner:

:: If the restaurant is a franchise/national chain, visit their website and look for "Promotions" or "Coupons". Or look for a "Club" to join on their site (a birthday club, eClub, etc - something where you need to register your information and email) and sign up; there are usually deals available to Club members only.

:: Check the deal forums! I can't stress enough how valuable forums like A Full Cup, Slick Deals, and Hot Coupon World can be in your journey to live well on less. Click here, here, and here to see the forums for restaurant deals at each of the above.

:: Dining with kids? There are OODLES of restaurants that offer Kids Eat FREE deals; several are listed here and here.

:: Have an Entertainment book? Use it! There are loads and loads of coupons in them for national chains as well as locally owned restaurants.

:: Last - and one of my fave for dining out at locally owned establishments - is Restaurant.com where you can purchase gift certificates for dining out AND use coupon codes to save even more AND (dum-da-dum) if you purchase them online through your Shop At Home account, you'll earn 25% cash back. Win...win...win! Right now, you can get a $25 Restaurant.com gift certificate for only $2.00 - WOOT! Click here and read Andrea's post to get all the details.

Enjoy!

Giveaway Winner | $25 GC to Cafe Press



Thanks to all who entered my recent giveaway for a $25 GC to CafePress.com.

The lucky winner is:

#6: Hayensmommy05

Congrats! I'll be in touch shortly by email!

April 23, 2010

In This Sunday's Inserts | April 25, 2010 {2 Inserts - SS, RP}

It's always useful to know how many coupon inserts to expect each Sunday and even more useful to know which coupons you'll find in those inserts so you can decide as early as possible if it's a good week to order coupons from a clipping service.

This Sunday, 04/25/10, these are the inserts you can expect to see in your newspaper:

:: (1) Red Plum (RP)

:: (1) Smart Source (SS)

Here are some of the coupons that look good to me:

Red Plum

$2.00/2 Land O Frost Bistro Favorites

$10/1 Bayer Glucose Meter (Breeze 2, Contour, other brands)
*When these are on sale and earning Register Rewards or ECBs, I use coupons like this to get the meters for FREE, earn the RRs or ECBs, and then donate the meters to local charities. EVERYONE wins!*

$1.00/1 McCormick Seasoning Blend, Spice, Herb, Extract or Food Coloring
*With a sale price, this coupon should get you FREE or nearly free spices!*

$2.00/1 Nivea for Men Face Care or off of (2) Nivea Shave Gels

Smart Source

$4.00/1 AirWick I-Motion Freshamatic Starter Kit

$5.00/1 Aveeno Ageless Vitality Product
*Also, there's a form for a $10 rebate when you buy ANY Aveeno Ageless Vitality Product - use both, save big!*

$1.00/1 Capri Sun Sunrise product

$1.00/1 Excedrin 20ct or larger
*Wait for a sale on the smaller count bottles and use this coupon for super cheap or FREE Excedrin!*

$0.55/1 Hershey's Chocolate Bliss Bar 1.3 oz

OODLES of Lysol coupons (spring cleaning, anyone?)

There are LOTS of great coupons in this week's Smart Source, more than I can list! I'm planning on picking up an extra paper or two just for this insert; you might want to do the same after checking out the coupons here.

For a full preview of what coupons you should see in these inserts (remember, coupon values can/will vary by region and your local newspaper may not carry all available inserts), click here (thanks, Southern Savers!).

Enjoy!

April 22, 2010

Freebie Roundup | Earth Day Freebie Links!

It's Earth Day and there are many great posts around the blogosphere loaded with deals and FREEbies available just today.

Check these out:

:: Cleaning out your kids closets and wondering what to do with all those clothes that don't fit anymore (and how you're going to afford new t's and shorts for the summer)? Check out this post by Crystal at Money Saving Mom about a new way to swap kids clothes called ThredUp - today only you can get a $5.00 credit to your account, too! Recycle those clothes and save - woot!

:: Need printer ink (who doesn't - I run out of that stuff constantly!)? You can get a $1.00 (it's not FREE, but it's pretty close!) ink jet refill today ONLY at Walgreens; Erin at Coupon Cravings has all the details you need in this post.

:: Tara at Deal Seeking Mom has a BIG list of Earth Day FREEbies right here.

:: And last, Mercedes at Common Sense with Money has a very nice giveaway going on for a Stonyfield Gift Pack with 3 winners. Check it out and go organic!

Enjoy!

April 21, 2010

HOT Staples Deals | FREE Marcal Bath Tissue WYB Marcal Paper Towels + $75 off HP Computer Printable Coupon!


I don't often mention the deals I see at Staples because I'm don't often grab them myself. I have a deep love of office supply products (papers and pens and Post Its, oh my!) so I curb my tendency to overspend by just.saying.NO!

But...there are a couple of nice deals to be had this week at Staples that might be useful to one of you fine folks out there. Here goes:

:: Buy (1) Case Marcal 100% Recycled Paper Towels (15 rolls), $19.99, get (1) case of Marcal 100% Recycled Bath Tissue (16 rolls, normally $11.49, FREE (exp 4/24). Grab this deal right here.

:: Get $10 off $30 Post It products (exp 4/24) right here (oh, be still my sticky note lovin' heart!)

:: Get $75 ANY HP computer, good 4/21 - 4/24. Use this printable in store or use coupon code 49422 online. You might find some decent deals with this if you're in need of a new computer.

:: Using that $75 off HP computer coupon above? Grab a FREE printer when you buy a PC or laptop while you're at it and make your deal SUPER SWEET! Click here for the details; exp 4/24 as well.

If you're shopping at Staples (in store or online) be sure to register for a Staples Rewards account; you'll earn rebates and rewards for your purchases and will be eligible for some sweet rebate deals in their weekly ads. Learn more here.

And don't forget to shop online through your Shop At Home account - you'll get 3% cash back deposited in your account for your purchases!

Enjoy!

HOT DEAL | Target Coupon Codes for Merona Handbags, Shirts, Socks

If you're updating your spring wardrobe and looking for deals (who isn't?), you can get some great deals on Merona items at Target.com with the current coupon codes that are available.

My fave? Take $5 off any Merona Handbag with code TGTMNAAS.  Plus, they ship FREE this week!  WOOT!

Although the online selection is getting picked over, there are still several deals to be had with this code.  And there are also codes for $2/Merona Tops, and $2/Merona Hoisery.  Go read this post at Common Sense with Money to get the full scoop (thanks, Mercedes!).

Enjoy!

April 20, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! Week of April 18, 2010


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.

My Krogering Trip, Monday, April 18, 2010


Spent: $29.25
Saved: $30.06 (50%)

Kroger has a 10 for $10 sale going on this week with some decent matchups if you're in need of stocking up. Add to that a nice sale on Kellogg's cereal (several varieties are priced $1.97 this week) and it's a good week to go Krogering!

Here's the coupons I used:

Kellogg's Rice Krispies, $1.97 ea
$1.50/2, RP 03/28
Final price: $1.22 ea

Cheez-Its, $2.39 ea
$2.00/2, Tearpad coupon I found a few weeks ago
Final price: $1.39 ea

Yoplait Greek Yogurt, $1.00 ea
$0.45/1 printable here
$0.30/1 printable here and SS 03/28
Final price: $0.10-$0.40

Kroger Ground Beef, $1.49/lb
$0.50/any Kroger Ground Beef, Kroger My Magazine coupon
Final price: $3.97/3 lbs

Bluegrass Brats & Mets, $2.50
$0.50/1 printable here
Final price: $1.50 ea

Chef Boyardee Ravioli, $1.00 ea
$1.50/4 Conagra products printable (Still available?)
Final price: $0.63 ea

Hunts Pudding 4 pk, $1.00 ea
FREE when you buy (4) Ravioli, Tearpad coupon I found yesterday
Final price: FREE!

Arnold's Sandwich Thins, $2.50 ea
$1.00/1, mailer coupon
Final price: $1.50 ea

Knorr Rice & Pasta Sides, $1.00 ea
$1.00/4, Kroger My Magazine coupon
Final price: $0.75 ea

Kroger Salad Dressing, $1.00 ea
$0.55/2, Kroger loyal custumer mailer coupon
Final price: $0.73 ea

Danoninos Yogurt, $2.50 ea
$1.00/1, SS 03/28
Final price: $1.50

To see this week's Kroger ad matchup, click here (thanks, Mommy Snacks!).

Remember to check your weekly ad online for any other items you might need right here.

How'd you do at Kroger (or your Kroger-affiliated grocery store) this week? Link *your* Let's Go Krogering! post or your Kroger matchup post all week and help another reader save some $$!



Thanks for reading and subscribing to The New Frugal Mom!

April 19, 2010

Giveaway Winner | Attune Bars (Healthy, Gluten-Free Chocolate!)



Thanks to all who entered my last giveaway for a one week supply of Attune Bars. My sample disappeared quickly...but not because I was eating them. My daughter noshed on them until *poof* they were gone. I love that she loved them!

The winner of the (1) week supply of Attune bars is:

#27: Deanna G

Congrats, Deanna! I'll contact you soon by email.

Menu Plan Monday | Plan? What Plan?!



I plan my family's dinners in five week blocks to maximize my savings at the grocery store and minimize my stress at dinner time. You can read more about my strategy here in my Q&A post here.

I also answered several more questions about how I plan my big ol' menus and how I shop for them.  For more Q&A (because you're just dying to know, right?), click here.

**************************************
This weekend, my kitchen was out of commission for a good three days as we did some repairs and painted. While things are just about back to normal (except for the paint splotches I still need to scrub here and there), having limited access in the kitchen for a few days in a row really threw me for a loop. Dinner was whatever I could make quickly and easily.

This is the last week in my menu plan; I'll be writing up a new one for the next chunk of spring soon.

Here's what's cooking this week!

Week 5 (April 19 - April 25, 2010)

Monday: Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese, Veggies

Tuesday: Taco Night!

Wednesday: Red Beans & Rice

Thursday: Leftover Cleanout!

Friday: Grilled Chicken, Black Bean & Corn Salsa, Salad

Saturday: Free night!

Sunday: Grilled Brats, Pasta Salad, Fruit

Be sure to visit the Meal Plan Monday linkeroo over at Orgjunkie.com to get more menu plan ideas and share yours as well!

Weekly Deals Roundup | 4/18-4/24

Looking for the matchups for this week?

Check out these sites for the best matchups this week, April 18 - April 24, 2010.

*Kroger (04/19-4/25)*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

*Biggs*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Saving Money Wisely)

*Aldi*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Deal Seeking Mom)

*CVS*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)

*Walgreens*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Common Sense with Money)

*Rite Aid*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)

*Target*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Stretching a Buck)

*Walmart*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Passion for Savings)

Have a post with Cincinnati area store matchups? Please leave your link in the comments and I'll add it to the list. ;-)

Spring Cleaning Week!


We have been busy at our house the past two weekends. Last weekend, we had mulch and topsoil delivered and spent the next few days moving those mountains around to our landscape beds.

This past weekend, my hubs took a few days off and worked on repairing a crack in our kitchen ceiling - no small feat. Then we taped the kitchen and finally painted it (it's been on the TO DO list for 3 years) as well as the ceiling. The hardest part of the job was the simple fact that our kitchen is the hub of our home (a good thing!) and it was out of commission for the better part of 4 days. Oy!

So I'm waaaay behind on blogging. I have about a gazillion loads of laundry to do (ok, maybe just 5 or 6) as well as cleaning out the kids clothes for spring. And then there's the garage which needs a good cleanout now that outdoors season is upon us. And don't forget the basement which the very thought of cleaning out is right now at this moment giving me a mini-anxiety attack! (Just kidding....maybe!)

I'll be working on all that springtime work this week but I do plan on getting caught up here later tonight, including annoucing the Attune Bars giveaway winner. Thanks for your understanding!

Are you spring cleaning?? Do you donate, garage sale, or Ebay your no longer used items? (I donate + Ebay -- my luck with garage sales is TERRIBLE!)

April 17, 2010

What I Saved at the Stores | Week 15 of 2010


Each Saturday, I detail what I spent and saved at the stores; this weekly post is my way of keeping myself on track for my weekly budget goals in 2010.

I hope that by sharing what I saved, you'll be inspired to keep couponing week in and week out.  Over time, your stockpile of high-use items for your family will grow and your total weekly bill will keep coming down, down, down!

What I Saved at the Stores: Week 15 (April 5-11)

It was a BUSY week here. I had my very first speaking engagement on my schedule (I'll share that with you later - promise!), a kitchen to paint (done, but still needs cleanup and touchup), and my youngest came down with the weirdest viral rash in the history of the Thomas family (oy!).

I grabbed the deals, though, and was able to mostly because although this week was cuh-RAZY, my hubs took a few days off to do work in the kitchen (not only did we paint, he repaired and re-textured a crack in the ceiling - go Knute!). With his help getting the big kids to school and because my youngest (Mr. Itchy) could just stay home and "help" Daddy, I was able to get some of the better deals this week.

But my house is a MESS! Time to get things back in order before Monday smacks me upside the head! ;-)

Here's the breakdown of Week 15 of 2010:

Kroger (04/15)
(The coupons I ordered arrived - WOOT!  Peanut butter, anyone?)


Spent: $9.19
Saved: $28.51 (75%)
Earned: (1) FREE movie ticket w/Digital Choice promotion
(Coupons used: $0.60/1 Skippy, RP 03/28, $1.00/1 Boulder Canyon Chips, Coupons.com, $1.00/2 Kraft, store coupon, FREE Taster's Choice Sticks, Kroger catalina)

Aldi (04/12)
(Milk was still $1.29/gal! WOOT!)

Spent: $43.32
Saved: $0.00

Walgreens (04/13)

(I also picked up my FREE 8X10 from the deal available Friday, 4/9 - hope you got yours!
The cookies were for my Girl Scout meeting.)

Spent: $1.97 + $10 RRs
Saved: $15.80 (89%)
Earned: $4.50 RRs
Meijer (4/14)
(Read more about this trip here.)

Spent: $66.05
Saved: $96.73 (59%)
Earned: $10 prepaid MC for buying $25 in P&G products
--------++++++++++++--------

Weekly Totals
Spent:
$120.53

Saved: $141.04 (58%)

OUCH!  I am OVER budget by $40 (or 50%) this week.  But given the opportunity to re-build my simple stockpile (my freezer was just about empty), I took it.  This is why I have a firm monthly goal of $320 for my budget with a weekly target of $80; because I'm willing to be flexible, I can stockpile during the weeks when the deals are best and spend more then I might normally.

Of course, this doesn't mean I get to blow my budget altogether.  I've got about $30 left for the month so I'll be challenging myself next week to use what's on hand and just buy the fresh items I need (plus any super awesome freebie or cheabie coupon deals I can squeeze out of that $30).  And since I've got a LOT on hand, that shouldn't be a problem.   ;-)   

If you're new to the fabulous world of keeping more of your hard earned money in your pockets by strategic couponing and drugstore shopping, I encourage you to read these posts to help you get started.

Couponing Crash Course

How to Save BIG at CVS

How to Save BIG at Walgreens

You can save like this, too!  In fact, I know you can do this; if you're surfing the web reading this site and others like it, you can learn all you need to know. 

If you have any questions, please ask in a comment!  I love to share what I know about couponing and saving money with you -- it's why I write this site.  ;-)

Did you save big this week at the stores? Be sure to link your post up over at Money Saving Mom's weekly linkup, Super Savings Saturday.

Thanks for reading and subscribing to The New Frugal Mom!

Join Regal Crown Club, Earn FREEbies at Regal Movie Theaters!


If you're lucky enough to make it out to the movies once in a while for a night out without the kids, you can earn FREE rewards (popcorn, drinks, movie tickets) when you join Regal Crown Club.

For every $1 you spend, you accumulate points; you can see the breakdown of the rewards you earn for your points right here.

To join Regal Crown Club, click here.

Enjoy!

In This Sunday's Inserts | 2 Inserts (1 RP, 1 SS)

It's always useful to know how many coupon inserts to expect each Sunday and even more useful to know which coupons you'll find in those inserts so you can decide as early as possible if it's a good week to order coupons from a clipping service.

This Sunday, 04/18/10, these are the inserts you can expect to see in your newspaper:

:: (1) Red Plum (RP)

:: (1) Smart Source (SS)

Here are some of the coupons that look good to me:

Red Plum

Adult Zyrtec, 24 ct+, $6.00/1

Aunt Millie's Fiber for Life Bread, $0.55/1

Grill Mates Blend, Marinade, or Spice Rub, $0.50/1
*This is often on sale at Kroger for $1.00; this coupon doubles making it FREE if you find it on sale!*

Keebler Sandies, $0.50/1

Purex 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets, $2.00/1

Smart Balance Milks, $2.00/1

Smart Source

Birdseye Steamfresh Veggies, $0.50/1

Claritin Non-Drowsy, 24 ct, $7.00/1

Green Works Laundry Detergent, $1.50/1

Scott Naturals Bath Tissue, 4 ct+, $1.00/1

For a full preview of what coupons you should see in these inserts (remember, coupon values can/will vary by region and your local newspaper may not carry all available inserts), click here (thanks, Sunday Coupon Preview!).

Enjoy!

April 15, 2010

My Meijer Trip 04/14 | GONZO Deals!

I mentioned in my Let's Go Krogering post on Tuesday that I was guilty of a cheatin' heart this week.

I didn't grab my groceries at Kroger this week.

Nope - I took one look at the Meijer ad matchups and my deal-seeking heart began plotting a trip to Meijer instead.

Here's what I got yesterday morning:


Spent: $66.05
Saved: $96.73 (59%)
Earned: $10 prepaid Master Card for buying $25 in P&G products

I could have saved about $10 more had I broken my purchases up into two or more transactions; Meijer's coupon policy allows (2) identical doubled coupons per identical items per transaction. If you have additional identical coupons and identical items (like my ginormous stockpile of GG Steamers), those coupons will redeem at face value only.

I simply didn't have the time to do multiple transactions yesterday and that's ok. I view my time as my most precious commodity because once it's gone, it's GONE. ;-)

So there you have it - GONZO deals can be had at Meijer through Saturday, 4/17. If you haven't gone yet, check out all the matchups here and get your couponista self there already!

And Kroger - it was just this one time.

Promise.

;-)

Freebie Roundup | Tax Day Links!


It's the big day, April 15th. I hope you've got your taxes filed and didn't owe much. ;-)

There are oodles of freebies today from restaurants and fast food joints. Click here to see the list that Marcy @ Stretching a Buck put together.

Enjoy!

April 13, 2010

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway | $25 Cafe Press GC to Design & Order Your Own Reusable Shopping Bag with Kroger



If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know by now that I am an unabashed and enthusiastic Kroger nut fan.

Kroger-baby, you had me at unlimited doubled coupons. ;-)

Over the last year or so, I've had some great opportunities to work with the Kroger Company as they build their social media presence...all because of this little blog. Each time I get to attend a Kroger blogger event or interact with the marketing teams, I come away even more impressed by the level of commitment Kroger has to their customers and their community.

The last one I attended was a sneak preview of the Kroger Marketplace in Harrison.  We were invited out to tour the store on the evening of St. Patrick's Day and it sure was a fun night with a bunch of rocking local bloggers (holla, girls!) and the Kroger Co Interactive Marketing team (thanks again!).

Beautiful hydrangeas

Amazing food

I big {puffy heart}the retro cart

Hot off the presses - last year's Design a Reusable Bag Contest winner!

As we were leaving the Harrison Marketplace event, all the bloggers received one of those bags above filled with easy recipes, some of the ingredients and a Kroger GC. 

But check out that bag - cool, huh? 

And it really was designed by a Kroger (or one of the 14 stores under the Kroger banner) customer last year.  SUPER cool!

Now that Earth Day is just around the corner (April 22), Kroger (and the 14 stores under their banner) is offering the same Design a Reusable Bag contest again.  So of course I had to hop over to the design site and get my ideas on canvas...literally!


I don't  know if my design is good enough to win the $1000 cash top prize or any of the $250 or $100 gift card prizes for the runners up and finalists, but I gave it a go.  I'll add the voting link for my design once it's approved.  I was also able to order my design on a reusable bag on Cafe Press this year so even if I don't win, I'll have my very own super-awesome bag.  ;-)

Kroger has stepped up big time to supporting reusable bags.  In 2009, Kroger and it's family of stores sold an average of 13,000 reusable bags a DAY.  Whew!  And don't forget that Kroger offers a $0.03 discount on your shopping total for every reusable bag you have at checkout - it's an easy way to save money while being a good steward of our environment.

Onto the giveaway!

I've been graciously given a (1) $25 Cafe Press gift code to give away to one lucky winner so they can buy their own personally designed bag, too!

How to enter:

Visit the Design a Reusable Bag site and design your own reusable bag, then come back here and leave a comment. Remember, your store loyalty card will be credited with an eCoupon for a FREE reusable shopping bag to pick up in-store (retail $0.99) once you submit your design so you'll get a FREE bag no matter what - sweet!

You can earn an additional (4) chances to win as well.

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

2. Follow @KrogerDeals or @KrogerCo and leave a comment here that you did.

3. Visit Kroger on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall; come back and leave a comment here that you did.

4. 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 WEDNESDAY, April 21, 2010, at 10:00 pm EST. I will announce the winners (selected by Random.org) on EARTH DAY, Thursday, April 22, 2010.

Good luck!

*DISCLOSURE: Kroger provided me with a $25 gift card from its One-Stop Gift Card Shop so that I could have my reusable bag design printed, as well as a $25 Cafe Press gift code for one of my readers to win in this giveaway so they could do the same. For more about my personal disclosure policy, read my disclosure page.

Let's Go Krogering! Week of April 12, 2010


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.

My Krogering Trip, Monday, April 12, 2010:

No trip yesterday - shocking, I know. ;-)

I do plan on heading to Kroger later this week; I ordered some clipped coupons on eBay for items in this week's Digital Choice sale that would be good for me to stockpile.

But yesterday I just hit Aldi for basics and came home. My little guy has a terrible rash (I suspect Hand Foot & Mouth virus) and not only did I want to keep him comfy at home, I didn't want to spread his happy germs all over my Kroger.

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm also planning to head to Meijer for a trip this week because the deals there are stellar. When I will be going, I'm not sure as my schedule is just packed this week. I'll make time, though, and my Meijer trip will serve as a litte me time with a dash of couponing high therapy. Just sayin'. ;-)

If you do make it to Meijer this week and grab the deals on Conagra products, go read this post by Andrea about how your deals and steals on Conagra products can help feed hungry children. I love chances to not only save oodles of $$ for my family but to help others in need, too. Couponing ROCKS!

To see this week's Kroger ad matchup, click here (thanks, Mommy Snacks!).

Remember to check your weekly ad online for any other items you might need right here.

How'd you do at Kroger (or your Kroger-affiliated grocery store) this week? Link *your* Let's Go Krogering! post or your Kroger matchup post all week and help another reader save some $$!



Thanks for reading and subscribing to The New Frugal Mom!

April 12, 2010

HOT DEAL | Meijer Buy 10, Get 11th Item FREE Sale, 4/11-4/17


I don't often shop Meijer because I don't have one here in my town - I have to go a bit out of my way which means finding extra time in my schedule. It takes a really good sale at Meijer combined with a just ok week at Kroger to motivate me to head down to the mess that is the Fields Ertel exit on I-71 where my closest Meijer is located. ;-)

However, this week is a week where I'll be trekking to Meijer to grab the deals.  There are oodles of goodies to be found at rock bottom prices during the current Buy 10, Get 11th Item FREE sale at Meijer.

While Kroger is running a nice little promotion for FREE movie tickets (buy 10 participating products, get 1 FREE ticket), the deals themselves aren't super-duper in terms of pricing, even with coupons. Besides, I'll likely grab (20) items toward the end of the sale once my ordered coupons arrive.

Anyhow, if you're looking to score some great deals at Meijer this week, be sure to check out these posts:

Meijer Ad Matchup, April 11-17

FREE Green Giant Steamers & Ziploc Bags at Meijer

Current catalina deals at Meijer

Enjoy!

Menu Plan Monday | Back on Schedule



I plan my family's dinners in five week blocks to maximize my savings at the grocery store and minimize my stress at dinner time. You can read more about my strategy here in my Q&A post here.

I also answered several more questions about how I plan my big ol' menus and how I shop for them.  For more Q&A (because you're just dying to know, right?), click here.

**************************************
Spring break is over for my two oldest; they're back at school today and this week we'll be getting into the groove of our spring schedule which is loaded with t-ball and softball practices and games. And the month of May is coming up fast, which for our family is always super busy every weekend. I think May is just one of *those* months - whew!

I'm keeping our menus easy during this busy season....and I'm giving myself the flexibility to change things from my original 5 Week Plan as I look ahead each week. It seems like new events/commitments/spring chores pop up daily, leaving me little time to think about dinner. Having a master menu plan gives me the ability to move things around as needed.

Here's what's cooking this week!

Week 4 (April 12 - April 18, 2010)

Monday: Mini Cheeseburgers, Sweet Potato Oven Fries, Veggie Sticks

Tuesday: Taco Night!

Wednesday: Leftover Cleanout!

Thursday: Green Chile & Chicken Enchiladas, Salad

Friday: Italian Pepper and Sausage Pasta, Rolls, Salad

Saturday: Free night!

Sunday: Cincinnati Chili, Salad

Be sure to visit the Meal Plan Monday linkeroo over at Orgjunkie.com to get more menu plan ideas and share yours as well!

April 11, 2010

Weekly Deals Roundp | 04/11/10 - 04/17/10

Looking for the matchups for this week?

Check out these sites for the best matchups this week, April 11 - April 17, 2010.

*Kroger (04/12-04/18)*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

*Biggs*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Saving Money Wisely)

*Aldi*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Deal Seeking Mom)

*CVS*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)

*Walgreens*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Common Sense with Money)

*Rite Aid*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)

*Target*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Stretching a Buck)

*Walmart*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Passion for Savings)

Have a post with Cincinnati area store matchups? Please leave your link in the comments and I'll add it to the list. ;-)

HOT DEAL | Groupon @ Marvin's Gardens - Pay $10 for $30 of Products! (SW Ohio Only)

This deal is near and dear to my heart - literally! 

Image courtesy of Marvin's Organic Gardens

Marvin's Organic Gardens is an organic grower/greenhouse/nursery here in Lebanon, Ohio, just down the road a bit from my library.  I've met Marvin (chatted with him a bit at one of my Girl Scout Cookie booths at my Kroger -- yup, I'm a GS Leader, too) and he's not only knowledgeable, he's just a nice guy and very community-oriented. 

Anyhooo....I was thrilled to see the latest Groupon offering in the Cincinnati/Dayton area:

$10 for $30 at Marvin's Garden

This deal is still available through the end of today 4/11/10

If you've got yard work to do during the upcoming spring weekends, this is a great deal!  You can use it to buy plants or seeds or organic fertilizers -- anything at Marvin's Gardens.  You just can't beat the savings -- 66%!

Enjoy - and if you're headed to Marvin's this week look for me!  I'll be buying some plants with my Groupon!

Enjoy!

April 10, 2010

What I Saved at the Stores | Week 14 of 2010


Each Saturday, I detail what I spent and saved at the stores; this weekly post is my way of keeping myself on track for my weekly budget goals in 2010.

I hope that by sharing what I saved, you'll be inspired to keep couponing week in and week out.  Over time, your stockpile of high-use items for your family will grow and your total weekly bill will keep coming down, down, down!

What I Saved at the Stores: Week 14 (April 5-11)

*A-hem*

Before we talk about what I saved this week, I should update you on what I spent last week.

If you're guessing more than my usual $80 weekly budget, you are smack dab on the money! Literally!

We hosted Easter dinner here and while I did recruit the other cooks in my family to help by bringing sides, I still laid out a big spread of yummies. And my grocery bill felt it. While I did save a bunch, I went over budget.

Here's what Week 13 of 2010 looked like:

Spent: $143.13
Saved: $218.28 (60%)


I went waaay over, but considering that total includes my usual weekly fare as well as the holiday feast and all the Easter basket goodies, I'm not too worried.  And I was able to save a TON on those Easter goodies at Walgreens that week - the deals were stellar.

And, given the sheer amount of food that was leftover after Easter, I didn't need much this week so I didn't shop much at all.  I took a little couponing break and just enjoyed the week off with my kiddos who were off for Spring Break.

Here's the breakdown of Week 14 of 2010:

Kroger (04/05)


Spent: $4.98
Saved: $0.00

Aldi (04/05)
(Milk was still $1.29/gal! WOOT!)


Spent: $24.54
Saved: $0.00

Walgreens (04/09)
(I got my 20 FREE prints on Wed - hope you got yours!)

Spent: $0.80
Saved: $15.20 (95%)
Mail in Rebate: $4.50 (will earn)

--------++++++++++++--------

Weekly Totals
Spent:
$30.32

Saved: $15.20 (33%)

My weekly goal for my grocery/household budget is $80/week. When I average what I spent last week with this week ($173), I come out at $87 for each week, a bit above my target but still not too bad.  I'm hoping for some good sales at Kroger in the next few weeks since this week's sale wasn't a barn burner.

There you have it!  I'm living proof that even us die hard couponers can have a wacky week and go waaaay off our budget goals.  We all have these kind of blips in our budgets despite all of our careful plannng.  The key thing to remember is to get back on track - don't let one bad week or one bad financial decision or setback completely derail your larger financal goals. 

If you're new to the fabulous world of keeping more of your hard earned money in your pockets by strategic couponing and drugstore shopping, I encourage you to read these posts to help you get started.

Couponing Crash Course

How to Save BIG at CVS

How to Save BIG at Walgreens

You can save like this, too!  In fact, I know you can do this; if you're surfing the web reading this site and others like it, you can learn all you need to know. 

If you have any questions, please ask in a comment!  I love to share what I know about couponing and saving money with you -- it's why I write this site.  ;-)

Did you save big this week at the stores? Be sure to link your post up over at Money Saving Mom's weekly linkup, Super Savings Saturday.

Thanks for reading and subscribing to The New Frugal Mom!

April 9, 2010

Money Smarts | Buy and Sell Your Kids Sports Equipment at Play It Again Sports


Every Friday, I share one way I either save or earn money in my own life in the hopes that it might be useful to you.

Spring is HERE!

While I love springtime in SW Ohio (it's ever so pretty), the beginning of spring brings the beginning of softball for my daughter and t-ball for my older son (who will be playing full-on baseball next year). And that means it's time for new-to-us baseball cleats for my older two.

Because I am ever the frugal and practical mom, my first choice for getting cleats for my kiddos is to drop by our local Play It Again Sports store.


I brought my daughter's old cleats from last spring (pink and black, so no-go for handing them down to her brother) and got a store credit for selling them. I used that store credit toward buying two pairs of very nice, barely worn cleats for a grand total of $9.50 cash. Can I get a WOOT?!

As my kids get older, I'll be more willing to invest $$ in their sports gear should they still be playing whatever (we are a sports nuts kinda family). But while they're young - and growing like weeds - it's nice to be able to get them what they need without breaking the bank.

I'm also a big believer in cruising eBay for gently used or deeply discounted new with tags sporting goods for our kids as well as for ourselves. And I also love just passing things on to other families as well. I know many kids athletic organizations have uniform and equipment exchanges to keep costs reasonable for parents, too.

To locate a Play It Again Sports store near you, click here. To learn about their Cash for Gear program, click here.

Do you have a money saving tip on saving on sporting goods for kids?

In This Sunday's Inserts | April 11, 2010 {2 Inserts - SS, RP}

It's always useful to know how many coupon inserts to expect each Sunday and even more useful to know which coupons you'll find in those inserts so you can decide as early as possible if it's a good week to order coupons from a clipping service.

Looking for a sneak peak at next week's (4/12-4/18) Kroger ad matchup? Click here. Looks like we'll see a nice promotion for movie tickets - fun! I see a movie date night in my future. ;-)

This Sunday, 04/11/10, these are the inserts you can expect to see in your newspaper:

:: (1) Red Plum (RP)

:: (1) Smart Source (SS)

Here are some of the coupons that look good to me:

Red Plum

FREE Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush 2-in-1 Starter Kit (not to exceed $6.10) when you buy Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet cleaning Gel

$1.00/2 Kelloggs Mini Wheats

$3.75/1 Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion

$4.00/1 Zyrtec 25 ct and up

Smart Source

$0.75/1 Finish Quantum or Powerball Tabs (Dishwasher)

$2.00/1 Schick Disposable Razors

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Ziploc Slider Bags, up to $2.19

For a full preview of what coupons you should see in these inserts (remember, coupon values can/will vary by region and your local newspaper may not carry all available inserts), click here (thanks, Sunday Coupon Preview!).

Enjoy!

HOT DEAL | FREE 8x10 Print from Walgreens, 4/9 ONLY


Did you grab the FREE 8x10 print available at Walgreens yet today? I just ordered mine online at Walgreens.com since this is the first time I've had to sit down at my computer today. We've been busy moving dirt and mulch - whew!

You still have time to get yours today if you order it online. Simply click here, then click on the yellow CREATE YOURS ONLINE button. Upload your photo and order an 8x10 print and then enter the coupon code BIG8X10. Your print will be FREE when you check out; you can simply pick it up from your local Walgreens the next time you're in the store.

If you still have time to get in to pick up a print in-store today, you can also use the printable coupon here for a free 8X10.

Enjoy!

April 8, 2010

Freebie Roundup!


Here's a few freebies for you to grab - get 'em and make your mailbox happy!

:: Be one of the first 3,000 to request a FREE Spring Cleaning Gift Pack Caddy from Right@Home right here.

:: Have a Disney Store near you? Save (6) recyclable soda cans or water bottles and bring them in to your local Disney Store on Earth Day, 4/22, for a FREE baseball cap! Details found here (click on UPCOMING EVENTS).

:: Walgreens is continuing it's 7 Days of Deals with a FREE 8x10 print on FRIDAY, 4/9. Click here for details.

:: Feeling artistic? There are a limited number of FREE samples of Artists Acrylic tube paints available here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Orville Redenbacher Cheddar Cheese Gourmet Popcorn right here. (Good only for these states: AL, AK, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NC, OH, SC, TX, VA, WV)

Enjoy!