June 29, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! Week of June 28, 2010 (Daytona Mega Event Continues!)


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, June 28, 2010


Spent: $45.18
Saved: $54.42 (54%)
Earned: $2.00 catalina (Oscar Mayer Lunch Meat)

The Daytona Mega Event Sale continues this week (through Sunday 7/4/10) at Kroger: buy 10 participating items, get an instant $3.00 off your order at checkout.

There are lots of great deals in this sale with coupon matchups so be sure to maximize your savings and build your stockpile up a bit before this sale is over.  8-)

Here are the deals I grabbed this week:

Daytona Event Matchups

Countrytime & KoolAid Canisters, $1.29 | $0.99 after sale discount
$1.00/2 canisters, tearpad coupon (found in-store a few weeks ago)
Final price: $0.50 ea

Cheerios, $2.49 | $2.19 after sale discount
$0.50/1, SS 06/27
Final price: $1.19 ea

Capri Sun Sunrise, $1.78 | $1.48 after sale discount
$1.00/1, peelie found on top of Maxwell House Coffee I bought 2 wks ago (in a little packet of coupons)
Final price: $0.48 ea

Breyer's Ice Cream, $2.27 | $1.97 after sale discount
$0.50/2, SS 06/27
Final price: $1.47 ea

Oscar Mayer Turkey Franks, $1.79 | $1.49 after sale discount
$0.50/2, SS 05/16 or SS 6/20
Final price: $0.99 ea

Tropicana 50, $2.93 | $2.63 after sale discount
$0.50/1, RP 06/06
Final price: $1.63 ea

Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat, $2.79 | $2.49 after sale discount
$1.00/2, blinkie found above product a few weeks ago
Final price: $1.99 ea

Hefty Storage Bags, $1.99 | $1.69 after sale discount
$0.55/2, RP 05/23
Final price: $1.19 ea

Ragu Pasta Sauce, $1.45 | $1.15 after sale discount
$0.75/2, RP 05/23
Final price: $0.65 ea

Kroger Cheese, $1.69 | $1.39 after sale discount

Kroger Dressing, $1.24 | $0.94 after sale discount

Cinnamon Toast Crunch, $2.49 | $2.19 afte sale discount
(I didn't have any coupons with me for this one but there are some out there!)

Other coupon matchups:

Cool Whip, $1.00 ea
$0.20/2, SS 06/27
Final price: $0.80 ea

Cheez- Its, $3.30 ea
$1.00/1 printable (no longer available)
Final price: $2.30 ea

Starkist Tuna Pouch, $1.59 ea
$0.80/2, Kroger loyal customer coupon
Final price: $1.19 ea

Smart Balance Milk 1/2 Gallon, $3.49 ea
$2.50/1, RP 06/13
Final price: $0.99 ea
**Send in receipt for Try Me Free (TMF) Rebate found in (Cincinnati Region) RP 06/27!**

Wonka Fruit Gummies, $1.79 ea
BOGO, Kroger catalina coupon
Final price: $0.90 ea

Wonka Exceptionals Chocolate Bag, $3.00 ea
$2.00/1, Kroger catalina coupon
Final price: $1.00 ea

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 $$!



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June 24, 2010

Freebie Roundup!


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June 23, 2010

CSA Share for a Week {Fresh Veggies GALORE!}

(My little guy, getting an eyeful of the veggies!)

My friend Lynn (who blogs brilliantly here; she's an amazing writer) is out of town this week. When she asked if I would like to pick up her full share as well as her mom's half share from one of the local CSAs that dot the landscape of my part of Ohio, I said YES!

My garden (remember how gung ho I was - I even started a blog about it here) has produced a little bit thus far this season but nothing spectacular. I do have high hopes for my cukes (which I had thought were a bush variety but have begun to throw vines everywhere) and tomatoes; the peppers are trying but my yard is very shady which is less than ideal for gardening.

I've looked into CSAs in the past but wasn't sure if I wanted to spend the money up front for a season's share of the harvest. Handing over $300 or $400 is a big deal, especially when I can keep my overall monthly grocery budget very low with coupons and sales. Between Kroger and Aldi, I am able to get great deals on produce week in and week out.

But I am reconsidering and leaning toward buying at least a half share from Kruthaup Family Farm next spring (they're full for this season); their 2010 prices were very reasonable ($275 for a full share; $150 for half share). I would like to support our local farmers and you just can't beat the taste and healthiness of fresh picked from the farm veggies.

If you're interested in learning about local CSAs near you, click here and enter your zip code.

Now, what am I going to do with all those fine veggies above? (And there were even more than what's shown; I dropped off a bunch more at my parents home for them to enjoy.)

Try some new recipes, of course!

Here's a few that look good to me:

Zucchini

Zucchini Cobbler

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Italian Sausage Vegetable Soup (Freeze for the cooler fall weather)

Cucumbers

Refrigerator Pickles

Chicken Gyros

Broccoli

Broccoli and Cheese Soup (Freeze for the cooler fall weather)

Cabbage

Chinese Cabbage Salad *I made this last week and it's GOOD!*

Green Beans

These I just like steamed (or raw) with a little bit of olive oil and garlic or with a dash of Italian dressing. YUM!

Do you belong to a CSA, either here in the greater Cincinnati or Dayton areas or elsewhere? What's been your experience with CSAs?

June 22, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! Week of June 21, 2010 {Budget Challenge Week}


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, June 21, 2010

Spent: $12.44
Saved: $30.35 (70%)

The Daytona Mega Event Sale is in play for this week and next at Kroger: buy 10 participating items, get an instant $3.00 off your order at checkout.

I love these sales (I think all of us serious couponers do!) because they allow me to stockpile some high use items for my family. However, this week, I opted to just grab a few deals that we need and save the stockpiling trip for next week instead since I'm trying to come in on budget for the past (4) weeks.

Here are the deals I grabbed this week:

Daytona Event Matchups

Countrytime & KoolAid Canisters, $1.29 | $0.99 after sale discount
$1.00/2 canisters, tearpad coupon (found in-store a few weeks ago)
Final price: $0.50 ea

Ritz Crackers, $2.49 | $2.19 after sale discount
$0.50/1, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $1.19 ea

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, $1.99 | $1.69 after sale discount
$0.50/1, GM 05/30
Final price: $0.69 ea

Tropicana 50, $2.93 | $2.63 after sale discount
$0.50/1, RP 06/06
Final price: $1.63 ea

Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat, $2.79 | $2.49 after sale discount
$1.00/2, blinkie found above product a few weeks ago
Final price: $1.99 ea

Orville Redenbacher Cheese Popcorn, $1.99 | $1.69 after sale discount
$0.75/1, SS 05/16
Final price: $0.69 ea

Kroger Cheese, $1.69 | $1.39 after sale discount

Gatorade, $0.99 | $0.69 after sale discount

Other coupon matchups:

Bumblebee Tuna Pouch, $1.19 ea
$0.55/1, blinkie found above product a few weeks ago
Final price: $0.19 ea

I also had a $4.00 catalina and a $2.00 catalina that I earned buying Olay Body Wash and Reach Toothbrushes last week; you can see coupon matchups for that deal here.

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 $$!



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June 21, 2010

Giveaway Winner: Archives.com Membership

Thank you to all who entered my recent giveaway for a 1 year memebership to Archives.com (as well as a 1 year membership to their sister sites, Footnote.com and NewspaperArchive.com).

The lucky winner is:

#4: JJT

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


Meal Plan Monday | Pantry & Freezer Challenge Week!



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.

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After a week of blowing my grocery budget, I'm challenging myself to stay on track for the month with a pantry/freezer cleanout week. Luckily, I have several goodies stashed away as well as some fresh veggies I'll be picking up from a local CSA this week (courtesy of my friend who's on vacation and asked if I would like to pick up her share while she's gone).

Here's what's for dinner this week:

Monday: Turkey Tortilla Casserole, salad

Tuesday: Taco night (ground beef for the kiddos and these fish tacos (recipe here) for my hubs and I. {I made them last week and they are GOOD!}

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken & Caesar Salad Tortilla Wraps

Thursday Breakfast for dinner (eggs, pancakes, ham, fruit)

Friday: Upside Down Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

Saturday Grilled Brats, Grinny Beans (our family recipe -- it's a tomato & kidney bean casserole), salad, veggie sticks

Sunday: Turkey Tetrazzini, salad, bread from the bread machine.

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

June 19, 2010

Kroger Mega Event Alert | Daytona Mega Event Begins 6/21: Buy 10 Items, Get Instant $3.00 Off!


Oh boy! It's the sale we've all been waiting for at Kroger!

I wanted to give you all a heads up that beginning Monday, 6/21, Kroger will be running a Daytona Mega Event Sale: Buy 10 participating items, get an instant $3.00 off at checkout. There is NO limit per transaction.

There looks to be several great coupon matchups for this sale. You can see the early matchups here (thanks, Hot Coupon World).

Kroger runs these Mega Events for two weeks, making them a great opportunity to stockpile on items that your family uses. You can get additional coupons through a clipping service to increase your buying (and saving) power as well.

Enjoy!

What I Saved at the Stores {Week 24 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!

Week 24 (June 14-20)

Kroger, 6/14

Spent: $82.96
Saved: $56.05 (40%)

Read about the coupons I used at my weekly Let's Go Krogering! post.

Aldi, 6/14

Spent: $31.21
Saved: $0.00

CVS 6/15
(No picture; I took advantage of the ECB deal on the Schick Hydro Razor
so I could send in for the FREE Rebate I mentioned here.)

Spent: $5.30
Saved: $4.02
Earned: $4.00 ECBs

Kroger 6/17
(No picture; I took advantage of the Olay Body Wash and
Reach Toothbrush (moneymaker) catalina deals I mentioned here.)

Spent: $7.86
Saved: $21.81 (76%)
Earned: $6.00 OYNO catalinas

Weekly Totals
Spent: $127.33 (OUCH!!)
Saved: $81.88 (40%)


My weekly budget target is $80/week; I'm way, way, WAY over budget for the week.  However, as I mentioned in my Let's Go Krogering! post this week, I knew this week would put a dent in my monthly budget as I had several snack duties for my kids activities. 

I'm going to do a bit of a pantry/budget challenge for net week.  In order to meet my 4 week/$320 budget ($80/week), I'll need to spend $29 or less at the stores.  I'm going to do my very best to make it and I think it's doable.  I have a lot of goodies stashed in my pantry and freezer so it will be a good week to cook through what I have on hand.  Now if I can only remind my kiddos that summertime and snacktime are not synonymous!

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.

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Kroger Catalina Deal | Reach Toothbrushes + Olay Body Wash {Great to Keep or Donate!}

There are two great catalina deals going on at Kroger right now that I wanted to highlight for you in case you're headed out to do your Krogering this weekend. A big thank you to Mommy Snacks for posting these deals here.


Buy (2) Reach Toothbrushes, earn $1.00 catalina; buy (3), earn $2 catalina; buy (4), earn $4.00 catalina. Exp 06/24/10.

This week, the basic Reach toothbrush is priced at $1.00 ea; your deal looks like this:

(4) Reach Toothbrushes, $1.00 ea
$2.00/2 printable from Coupons.com (no longer available; hopefully you printed them earlier this month)
$1.00/1, RP 03/07
$1.50/2, RP 04/11
Final price: FREE - $0.25 ea
Earn: $4.00 catalina OYNO

And then there's the Olay catalina deal.


Buy (2) Olay Body Wash or Bar 6 pk, earn $2.00 catalina. Exp. 07/11/10.

I was able to purchase a different body wash than the one featured above and the coupons worked fine. Also, you'll be able to get FREE Ivory Soap with this deal!

Olay Body Wash, $6.19 ea
Ivory Soap 3 pk Bars, $1.00 ea

$4.00/1 Olay Total Effects Body Wash, PG 06/06
FREE Ivory Soap Bars or Body Wash up to $3.00 wyb Olay Body Wash, PG 06/06
Final price: $2.19 ea for the Olay Body Wash; FREE Ivory Soap
Earns: $2.00 catalina OYNO

I was so excited to see this deal, not just because it was a great moneymaker for me after the catalinas (spent $4.38, earned $6.00), but because I was able to get some very nice full-sized products to donate.

My daughter was at Girl Scout day camp this past week and their service project was collecting toiletries and canned goods for one of the local food banks. With this deal, I got (8) items for better than free after the catalinas and was able (and happy) to take them up to the donation bin at camp on one of my volunteer days.

I love how couponing helps me give more without busting my budget!

I hope you can grab this deal at your Kroger - and remember, if you've already got a stockpile of soap, body wash, and toothbrushes (as I do), you can bless someone else with your mad coupon skillz by giving them away.

Enjoy!

June 18, 2010

In This Sunday's Inserts | June 20, 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, 06/20/10, there will be 2 inserts in the Sunday newspapers.

Here's a few coupons that look good to me:

Red Plum

Advil 16 ct or larger, $1.00/1 (Should work on travel sizes!)

Morton All Season Product, 5 oz or larger, $0.55/1

Neosporin or BandAid product, $0.50/1 & $1.50/2

Pampers Wipes. $1.00/1

StarKist Tuna Salad or Creations Pouch, Buy2Get1 FREE (up to $2.20)

Smart Source

Act II Microwave Popcorn, 3ct, $0.40/1

Arm & Hammer Toothpaste, $0.75/1

Domino Sugar (4 lbs) AND 10 KoolAid Packets, $2.00/wyb together

Kraft Dressing, $1.00/1 (AWESOME!)

Mitchum or Mitchum for Women, $0.75/1

Off Insect Repellants, $1.50/2

Viva Paper Towels, $0.85/1+ Roll

To see the full list of coupons available in this week's inserts, click here (thanks, Sunday Coupon Preview) and here (thanks, Southern Savers).

Enjoy your weekend!

June 17, 2010

Freebie Roundup!


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

:: HOT Father's Day gift FREEbie: Get a FREE 8x10 collage print at Walgreens right here (use code GOBIG8X10) at checkout. Nice!

:: Request (2) FREE samples of Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Purina One Dog Food right here.

:: Join Outback Steakhouse Rewards here and get a FREE Aussie-Tizer.

:: Wear flip-flops tomorrow (6/18) and stop by your local Tropical Smoothie Cafe for a FREE Jetty Punch Smoothie. Details on this FREEbie are right here.

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June 16, 2010

HOT DEAL | Sears Father's Day Apparel Promotion: Buy $50, get $50 FREE

This deal has been posted on several blogs lately so you may have already taken advantage of the buy $50 in men's apparel from Sears, get $50 Sears cash to use toward a future purchase of men's apparel (the Sears cash will expire 9/30/10).

If you haven't grabbed this deal and it's one you (or, more specifically, the man in your life) can use, read this post by Stretching a Buck for the full details.

Don't forget: if you're purchasing online from Sears.com to shop through your Shop at Home account.  You'll earn 5% cash back on your purchase!

Enjoy!

June 15, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! Week of June 14, 2010 {Budget BUSTER!}


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, June 14, 2010


Spent: $82.96
Saved: $56.05 (40%)

Kroger is running a 10/$10 sale this week and there are several good matchups.  Remember, for any type of 10/$10 sale, you DO NOT need to buy 10 items to get the benefit of the $1.00 sale price per item; it's an old and clever marketing tactic.  8-) 

I totally *blew* my budget this week but I knew I would face a higher bill even before I stepped into Kroger (and Aldi, which I shopped on Monday as well).  I have (3) snack duties this week for my daughter (softball and day camp) which means lots of extra $$ spent that on items I don't usually buy. 

However, I made the most of a spendier situation by purchasing (with coupons, of course!) items that will help meet the requirements for the final Kraft Back to School $20 Rebate I mentioned here yesterday.  If I have to buy loads of snacks, at least I'll get something back for them!

One final note: there weren't too many *stellar* coupon matchups (for me) this week via the Sunday inserts or the available printables.  Almost all of the matchups I found were from the home mailer coupons that I've received (and filed in my coupon filer box) from Kroger.  Be sure to take the time to flip through those mailers during an *off* week because you may just find several coupons that matchup (as I was fortunate enough to have done).

Here are the deals I grabbed this week:

Nabisco Multi Pack Snacks, $4.99 ea (*Kraft Back to School Rebate item*)
$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $4.49 ea

Kool Aid Fun Fizz, $1.99
FREE when you buy (2) Nabisco Snacks Multi Packs, tearpad found at Kroger three weeks ago
Final price: FREE

Maxwell House Coffee, $5.99 ea
$1.50/1, Kroger Bringing Hope to the Table home mailer coupon (received last week)
Final price: $4.49 ea
(Notice there is a $12 coupon booklet attached to the top of the coffee lid!)

Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows, $1.00 ea
$1.00/2, Kroger Bringing Hope to the Table home mailer coupon (received last week)
Final price: $0.50 ea

Boulder Canyon Potato Chips, $1.67 ea (I *love* these!)
$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $1.17 ea

Kroger Mini Carrots, 1 lb, $1.00 ea
$0.50/1, Kroger mailer coupon
Final price: $0.50 ea

Kroger Fresh Selections Salad, $1.00 ea
$1.00/1, Kroger mailer coupon
Final price: FREE!

Pacific Cod, a little over 1 lb, $5.24 (on sale $4.99/lb)
$1.00/$5.00 or more Seafood purchase, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $4.24

Kraft Easy Mac Cups, $1.00 ea (*Kraft Back to School Rebate item*)
$1.00/5, tearpad coupon found at Kroger about 3 weeks ago
Final price: $0.80 ea

Triscuits, $1.88 ea (*Kraft Back to School Rebate item*)
$1.00/2, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $1.38 ea

Wheat Thins, $1.88 ea (*Kraft Back to School Rebate item*)
$1.00/2 Nabisco cookies or crackers, Kraft Back to School booklet
Final price: $1.38 ea

Oscar Mayer Ham, $2.50 ea
$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $2.00 ea

Turkey Hill Ice Cream, $1.99 ea
$1.00/2, RP 06/13
Final price: $1.49 ea

Kroger Lite Yogurt, $0.40 ea
$0.50/6, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $0.32 ea

Lifesavers Hard Candy (Cherry Lemonade) Bags, $1.00 ea
$1.00/2, printable here
Final price: $0.50 ea

Dial Liquid Soap Pump, $1.00 ea
$0.35/1, RP 06/13
Final price: $0.30 ea

Hunt Pasta Sauce, $1.00 ea
$0.50/2 Hunt Tomato products, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $0.50 ea

Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream, 16 oz, $1.00 ea
$0.50/2, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $0.75 ea

Sunny D, $1.00 ea
$0.25/ANY Sunny D, hangtag found on the 2 liter bottles of Sunny D (with the other pop)
Final price: $0.50 ea

Yoplait Greek Yogurt cup, $1.19 ea
$0.30/1, printable here
Final price: $0.59 ea

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 $$!



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June 14, 2010

Rebate Alert | $10.99 on Schick Hydro Razor (FREE this Week at CVS & Walgreens!)


Oh, I LOVE it when there are more rebates than I can keep up with!

Mercedes over at Common Sense with Money just reported a new rebate for the Schick Hydro Razor, up to $10.99 cash back (click here for the printable rebate form).

What makes this rebate so super awesome is the fact that you can get the Hydro Razor for FREE this week at both Walgreens and CVS! 

And there are reports of a $20 new product feedback survey included in some of the Hydro Razors, too!  Be sure to check yours to see if you lucked into one!

For the full details on this smoking hot deal, see this post.  (Thanks, Common Sense with Money!).

Rebate Alert | Kraft Back to School $20 Rebate Exp 6/30/10


Do you still have your Kraft Back to School booklet from last August? The one loaded with coupons and not one, but TWO $20.00 rebate forms?

The first $20 rebate form expired 12/31/09 (I hope you remembered to submit yours!). If you missed that one, you can still submit the rebate form for the second $20 rebate; the purchasing period ends 06/30/10.

To qualify for the rebate, you needed to purchase between 01/01/10-06/30/10:

-> Any 10 Nabisco cookies or crackers

-> (5) CapriSun and/or Kool Aid Jammers

-> (5) Easy Mac Single Serve Cups

What's nice about this rebate is that you can submit multiple receipts (rather than one receipt/all in one purchase) from anytime during the very long rebate period (January 1, 2010 - June 30, 2010).

If you're like me and you save your receipts, you may be able to go through the last several months and find some matchups for this rebate.

Please note that this rebate was ONLY available in the Kraft Back to School booklet (which was available by request last August). There was/is no link for a printable version. Sorry!

I hope that some of you out there still have your forms and can get your $20 rebate!

Meal Plan Monday | Week of June 14th (Happy Flag Day!)



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.

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It's a busy summer week for us. We've got softball and t-ball (assuming we don't get rained out again), my daughter is at Girl Scout day camp (me too, for a couple of days), and Toy Story 3 opens on Friday (my kiddos are sooooo excited!).

Like I mentioned last week, I'll be planning our dinners on a weekly basis during the summer; it's nice to take a break from mega-planning during this quieter season.

Here's what's for dinner this week:

Monday: Terriyaki Turkey Tenderloin (one of the Honeysuckle Turkey Tenderloins that was recently on sale at Kroger as a BOGO), corn on the cob, Chinese Cabbage Salad (I didn't make this last week so it will be dinner tonight.)

Tuesday: Taco night (Kroger has cod fillets on sale for $4.99/lb this week; I'm buying 1/2 lb and making fish tacos (recipe here) for my hubs and I.

Wednesday: Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast (by request of my littlest; this is his fave dinner), egg noodles, salad, steamed veggies

Thursday: Grilled Chicken, Mexican Black Beans (I made this with white beans last week and it was delish; this week, I'm using black beans.), Salsa (my quick & easy homemade salsa), Salad

Friday: Toy Story 3! We'll grab something out.

Saturday: Homemade Pizza with Copycat LaRosa's Sauce

Sunday: Meatloaf, roasted red potatoes, salad, steamed veggies

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

June 13, 2010

Walgreens | Nivea Men's Bodywash Money Maker (Hidden BOGO Deal + RRs)!


There is a hidden deal on Nivea Men's Body Wash this week at Walgreens, one that makes the advertised RR deal even sweeter!

Nivea Mens Body Wash Active 3 (*not the Sport variety*), $5.99, earns $5.99 RRs
:: Unadvertised BOGO deal at Walgreens makes them 2/$5.99
:: Use (2) $3.00/1, RP 05/02
:: Buy low price filler (because the coupon value is equal to $6.00 which is $0.01 more than your item total; without a small filler to cover that $0.01 overage, the register will BEEP)
Final price: (2) Nivea Body Wash FREE + cost of filler item
Earns: $6.00 RRs (big old moneymaker!)

Katie at Cincinnati Cents has tried this deal in our region and is reporting it as working. See her post right here. (Thanks for the heads up, Cincinnati Cents!)

This is a HOT deal just in time for Father's Day!  Even if the men in your life don't or won't use this product, you can always donate it to your local food bank (find one near you here) - they'll be happy to take it off your hands. 

Enjoy!

Weekly Deals Roundp | 06/13/10 - 06/19/10

Looking for the matchups for this week?

Check out these sites for the best matchups this week, June 13 - June 19, 2010.

*Kroger (06/14-06/20)*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Stockpiling Moms)

*Aldi*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Cincinnati Cents)

*Biggs/Remke*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Hot Coupon World)

*Walgreens*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)

*CVS*

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

*Rite Aid*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of A Thrifty Mom)

*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. ;-)

June 12, 2010

What I Saved at the Stores {Week 23 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!

Week 23 (June 7-13)

Summer started (meaning school ended!) this week for my kiddos; I'll be couponing with a crowd for the next few months. No worries, though - all three of my kiddos are hip to the power of the mighty coupon. My oldest (almost 9) is really starting to "get" it - coupons mean a cart full of good stuff for just a little bit of cash. And all three love to "discover" coupons in the store in the blinkie machines!

It's not easy shopping with kids (there are still  times when it's easier and less stressful to just go by myself) but there are so many real life lessons I find myself sharing with my bunch during a simple grocery trip: money, budgeting, meal planning, dealing with the public, courtesy, and oddball moments of geography (where does this fruit come from?).

And then there's the toughest and most powerful lesson of all: the word no.  You can't buy everything you see on a whim just because you want it (and this lesson goes for me as well as for them!).

While I'm no where near perfect (please note that I anticipate spending many, many moments in the checkout line this summer sighing with relief that the trip is OVER!), I think the chance to teach my kids by example is important. I want them to enter adulthood with a full toolbox of money smart skills. I imagine many of you out there feel the same way about your job as parents, too.  8-)

Now, onto my cuh-razy deals this week (the deals were EVER so good!):

Kroger, 6/7

Spent: $22.36
Saved: $26.04 (54%)

Read about the coupons I used at my weekly Let's Go Krogering! post.

Aldi, 6/7
(I love being able to get high quality basics at Aldi for low prices!)

Spent: $50.86
Saved: $0.00

Walgreens 6/8

Spent: $2.53 + $5 RRs
Saved: $12.60 (83%)
Earned: $5 RRs

CVS 6/8
(I lucked out and got one of the $5/$15 coupons on my receipt! 
 You know I went home and planned a second trip to CVS!)

Spent: $2.62 + $4 ECBs
Saved: $11.02 (81%)
Earned: $5 ECBs

CVS 6/9
(Putting the $5/$15 CVS coupon to work on some of the PG deals.
I had high value coupons from the Right at Home mailer that matched up nicely!)

Spent: $1.30 + $5.00 ECBs
Saved: $25.93 (95%)
Earned: $4.00 ECBs

Target 6/8

Spent: $8.46
Saved: $23.54 (74%)
(You can see the coupon matchups for these deals here.)

Weekly Totals (Week 23):
Spent: $88.12
Saved: $99.13 (53%)

My weekly budget target is $80/week; I'm over this week a bit but I was under last week a bit as well.  I was able to stock up on some much needed cleaning items and household items this week for very little out of pocket which saves me more money over the long term.   I'm still hoping to come in at or under budget for June.  8-)

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!

Kroger Update | Summer of Savings Sweepstakes + Upcoming 10/$10 Sale 6/14


Kroger is running another fun online sweepstakes, the Summer of Savings. Login to your Kroger account and spin the wheel every day for a chance to win FREE products (applied to your Kroger card); whether you win or not, you'll have the chance to load some new ecoupons to your Kroger card.

Click here to get started. Note that this sweepstakes is running for all the stores under the Kroger banner. Thanks to Crystal at Money Saving Mom for highlighting this deal!

Also, I just want to give all of you fellow Kroger lovers a heads up on this week's ad. Kroger will be running a 10/$10 sale beginning 6/14 and there are several nice matchups available for this sale. Spend a few minutes this weekend gathering your coupons and deciding if this is a week you want to use a coupon clipping service to save big while stocking upon the sale items your family needs.

You can view the early matchup/preview for Kroger 6/14 right here.

HOT DEAL | Crocs Gabby for Girls w/FREE Jibbitz, $8.49 (FREE Shipping!)


I've mentioned before that I'm a Croc-a-holic; they are hands down my fave shoes for summertime for my kiddos. They're easy to slip on and off, great for heading to the pool or the playground, and can I get an AMEN for how easy it is to clean 'em up when they get muddy (not that my kids EVER get muddy - no, not ever {HA!})?!

So I was thrilled to see that there are some hot deals to be found for Girls Crocs online this weekend (thank you to Mercedes over at Common Sense with Money for highlighting this deal).

Right now, you can get the Girls Gabby with a FREE Jibbitz for $8.49 shipped (free shipping, too!). Here's how:

:: Search Crocs.com for the Gabby and click on the plain version of the Gabby.

:: Pick which color you want.

:: Click on the PROMOTION tab for the FREE Jibbitz (just to the left of the picture of the shoe); you'll have a link you can click on for your choice of a FREE Jibbitz.

:: Use these coupon codes at checkout: GABBY999 (takes shoes down to 9.99) and this one as well STACK15 (takes another 15% off your order - $1.50 - to bring it down to $8.49).

Don't forget to shop through your Shop at Home account to get 7% cash back on your purchase today at Crocs! Don't have a Shop at Home account? Get one here! You'll get a $5 cash back bonus deposited into your account just for signing up and you'll earn cash back every time you shop online - it's a no-brainer way to save even more money!

There are also some great deals to be had on other Crocs for girls (and ladies styles, too!); you can read about them and grab those coupon codes right here. (Thanks, Common Sense with Money!)

I bought a pair of purple Gabby's for my daughter with a butterfly Jibbitz. I'm saving them for her birthday in August - she'll be thrilled!

Enjoy!

June 11, 2010

In This Sunday's Inserts | June 13, 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, 06/13/10, there will be 2 inserts in the Sunday newspapers.

Here's a few coupons that look good to me:

Red Plum

Dial Bar Pack or Liquid Hand Soap, $0.35/1

Gatorade Prime or Gatorade Recover, BOGO up to $1.29

Nivea Revitalizing Q10 Product (excludes shave gel), $2.00/1

Soft Scrub Products, BOGO

Turkey Hill Ice Cream, 1.5 qts, $1.00/2

Smart Source

Chex Mix, $0.50/1

Huggies Pull Ups, $2.00/1

Science Diet Simple Essential Treats for dogs, $3.00/1

Scrubbing Bubbles Power Sprayer Starter, $5.00/1

Wonka Exceptionals (chocolate) Bar, BOGO

Yoplait Greek Yogurt Cup, $0.30/1

To see the full list of coupons available in this week's inserts, click here (thanks, Sunday Coupon Preview) and here (thanks, Southern Savers).

Enjoy your weekend!

June 10, 2010

Freebie Roundup!


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

:: Request a FREE tin of almonds (!) here (from the Almond Board of California). YUM!

:: Request a FREE sample of Organo Gold Beverage (coffee?) right here.

:: Try Cottonelle Ultra Toilet Paper and Moist Wipes for FREE (small sample roll and sample pack); request your sample here.

:: Request a FREE stationary kit from Atka Lakota right here.

:: Use coupon code TRYME to get (2) FREE samples of Teasta Tea right here.

:: Father's Day is coming up - take the Dad in your life out to eat for FREE at The Spaghetti Warehouse on June 20th; details are right here.

*The offers below contain my personal affilate links; thank you for your support of this site!*






Enjoy!

June 9, 2010

HOT DEAL | Oodles of Freebies & Cheabies at Target this Week!


Even though my Target is just a mile or so down the road from my neighborhood, I don't often make it down there for the weekly deals because it's in the opposite direction of my daily travels.  I'm such a creature of habit.  8-)

However, the deals last week at Target as well as this week are just stellar! I found time last week to grab some serious goodies at Target (see them here) and I made a quick trip last night to get some of this week's deals, too:



Spent: $8.46
Saved: $23.54 (74%)


Transaction #1:

Scrubbing Bubble Sprayer Starter, $8.69
$5.00/1 printable here
Get a $5.00 Target Gift Card wyb Scrubbing Bubble Sprayer Starter, SS 05/23 (this was a regional coupon)
Final price: $3.69
Earned $5.00 GC

Transaction #2
(I used the GC earned in Transaction #1 as well as the coupons below.)

Pampers Wipes, $2.39 ea
$2.00/1, PG 6/6
Final price: $0.39 ea
(Love these travel size packs for my van!)

Bounce Dryer Bar, $3.49 ea
$2.00/1, Right at Home mailer coupon
$1.50/1 Target coupon, RP 6/6
Final price: FREE!
(I've got one of these in my dryer right now and I really like it because it means one less step to think about when I'm tackling the weekly laundry.)

Olay Total Effects Body Wash, $5.50 ea
$4.00/1, PG 6/6
FREE Ivory Bar Soap (up to $3.00; the 10 pk is on sale for $3.59 ea) wyb Olay Body Wash, PG 6/6
Final price: $1.50 for the Body Wash; $0.59 for the 10 pk of Ivory Soap

Bounty Basic 6pk, $5.99 ea
$1.00/1 Bounty 6 pk, Right at Home mailer coupon
$0.75/1 Bounty 6 pk Target coupon, RP 04/25
Final price: $4.24 ea
(That breaks down to $0.70 per roll.)

Johnson & Johnson Travel First Aid Kits, $0.97 ea
$0.75/1, RP 05/16
Final price: $0.22 ea
(Love these for the van, too. )

Looking for more of the cheabies & freebies at Target this week?

Check out this useful post by the wonderful Mercedes over at Common Sense with Money and be sure to check my friend Marcy's matchups each week for Target right here at Stretching a Buck.

Enjoy!