September 21, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! Week of September 20, 2010



Monday, September 20, 2010



Spent: $16.14
Saved: $25.90 (61%)

(Not pictured: 5 Bumblebee Tuna Pouches -- left them in the van!)

There are a few nice deals at Kroger this week, ones that are worth stockpiling if you'll use them.

Here's the coupons I used:

Quaker Oatmeal, $1.50 ea
$1.00/1, RP 09/12
Final price: $0.50 ea

Aunt Millie's Bread (select varieties), $1.67 ea
$0.55/1, RP 09/12
Final price: $0.67 ea

Cheez-Its, $2.48 ea
$1.00/2, RP 08/29
Final price: $1.98 ea

Green Giant Boxed Vegetables, $1.25 ea
$0.50/1, printable here
Final price: $0.25 ea

Bumble Bee Tuna Pouch, $1.00 ea
$0.55/1, SS 09/12
$0.75/2, Kroger catalina I received a few weeks ago
Final price: FREE - $0.50 ea!

--> Other Deals <--

Strawberries, 3/$5.00 (sale price this week)

Kroger 100% Whole Grain White Hamburger Buns $0.69 (reduced for quick sale)

To see the matchups for this week at Kroger, click here {thanks, Savings Lifestyle -- wait, didn't you hear?!  My girl Mommy Snacks changed her site name to Savings Lifestyle!  She's still bringing the deals so be sure to check it out.  ;-) }

Did you find any unadvertised deals or awesome closeouts at Kroger this week?  Share 'em in a comment below!

September 20, 2010

Blogging Update: Changing Things This Week & Next

Hi all!  I'm still here and want to thank YOU for checking in on me, too!

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what I want to do as a blogger and what I want this blog to be for the long term.

If you are familiar with any of my blogging back story, I have a personal blog here that I've been writing since 2007 (almost my 3 yr anniversary, come to think of it).  I started the first edition of The New Frugal Mom in March of 2008 (just before the deal/couponing blog niche really exploded in popularity).

I didn't last long blogging TNFM then -- despite having very nice traffic numbers and my RSS subscribers going up.   I found myself trying to blog every deal and do every ad matchup (and those a good chunk of time to do each week) all without a long term plan of what I wanted this blog to be. 

After many late late late nights (or early mornings), everything caught up to me.  Blogging, three kids, my daughter's second ear surgery for a cholesteatoma, endless volunteering, and life in general just sapped my resources and in a moment of fatigue one June morning (a moment I still regret as I had some nice, never-backed-up content on that site), I hit DELETE.

Oy.

{Insert palm smacking forehead}.

I needed a break from the super-busy pace of deal blogging and I am glad I took it.  However, while I never stopped couponing/deal finding in real life during the six months I wasn't blogging at TNFM, I didn't challenge myself as much as I had when I was blogging.

What I realized at the end of 2008 when I was reviewing the year's finances, was that I did better on my budgeting and frugal living endeavors when I was blogging than when I wasn't.  Also, if you remember fall of 2008 as well as I do, it was clear that between the bank bailouts and the beginning of the mortgage crisis that our economy was about to get ROCKED in a way that no one in our generation or our parents generation had ever experienced.

I decided, with trepidation because I know I am a Type A go-go-go kinda girl who has a knack of over-commiting herself, to restart TNFM on January 1, 2009 for two reasons:

1.  To keep myself motivated as our family financial manager to continue to find ways to not only spend less money but to do more for others and to do more of what really matters - experiencing life as a family.

2.  To help others who might for the first time in their lives find themselves cutting back, budgeting, using coupons, re-purposing - folks that are new to frugal living, or, like the name of my site, new frugal moms.

It was the best decision; I've kept myself accountable to our budget and our goals as a family and I've also been able to help others get started on their own frugal journey.  Also, and this is a big part of it for me, too, the friends I've made in the blogging community (both my local Ohio blogstars and those spread out across the USA) mean so much to me and have encouraged and inspired me both as a blogger and as a mom.  (Y'all know who you are - you so rock!)

But I have fallen back into the rush that is deal/coupon blogging.  There is so much information out there, so many deals, that it is near impossible for one person to capture and report on them all and have any amount of balance in their life.

I know; I've tried.  ;-)

Since my family went on vacation (first ever family vacation -- it was awesome; see some pictures here) in August, I've been thinking hard about what I want to do here. I've been thinking hard about what I can do here and still balance all the rest of the plates I have spinning in my life. 

What I've come to realize is this: if I want this site to be a long-term endeavor for me than I to make it what I want it to be. 

And what is that?

Well, as I reorganize things over the next week or so, some things won't change. 

I will continue:

 ->Linking to the weekly deals as posted by my fellow bloggers in an easy for you (and me!) to find format
 ->Running my weekly "Let's Go Krogering!" feature
  ->Sharing Monthly Menu Plans with recipe links for your convenience
 ->Sharing freebies
 ->Running ads and affiliates programs that add value to this site (ie: Coupons.com, cash-back shopping sites, hot Amazon deals, etc)
 ->And a few others I'm sure I'm missing as I type this with all the chaos of my home happening around me

But what I hope to do (and look forward to doing) is create useful content to help you be more frugal in your life in a myriad of ways - from the kitchen, to home management, to finances, to activities - you name it, I've got ideas based on what I do in my own life.

What this will do for me is allow me to plan my posts and writing well-ahead of the curve.  I'm far more successful as a blogger when I'm proactive in my writing rather reactive.  Unfortunately, the majority of deal/coupon blogging is a reactive game; there are ads to scan and matchup every week, hidden deals at the stores, and hot deals that pop up all day, every day.  It's hard to keep up.

What should you expect to find if you pop in over the next week or two to visit?

A bit of a mess, to tell the truth.  ;-)

I have to go through all the posts and delete the expired deals.  I also have to re-label everything so it will be easy to find posts that are useful to YOU (Have you taken a look at my "Categories" dropdown lately? Oy!)

I also have to finish refining my new graphics (yup, I'm an all-around one-woman show) and get everything looking just right. 

What won't change: I'll still be The New Frugal Mom and I'll still host on Blogger (because peeps?  I'm frugal and Blogger is free!).

I'll be posting Let's Go Krogering! tomorrow and may post some freebies toward the end of the week.  Other than that, I'll be working behind the scenes to get The New Frugal Mom clean, organized, and ready to roll. 

Thanks for hanging in there and thanks for listening.  Y'all are wonderful.

*FYI: Both this post by Amy Clark and this post by Chris Brogan really helped me with thinking through my long-term goals; but then, they always share ideas and thoughts that help me.  ;-)

September 11, 2010

Update | Blog Design & Content Change Are Coming!

Hi all - hope this day finds you happy and well.  I think there can be no better way to mark the passing of another 9/11 than to live in our blessings fully, to embrace each day for what it is - a gift of time on this Earth.

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I just wanted to let all of you know that I've been working on updating the design for this site and have been thinking about ways I can keep bringing you original and useful content. 

I'll be working behind the scenes over the rest of the month, cleaning out old posts and reorganizing.  My goal is to have everything changed up and ready to go come October 1, 2010.

Thanks for reading and subscribing.  Y'all rock!!

September 10, 2010

In This Sunday's Inserts | September 12, 2010 (4 Inserts - 2 SS, 1 GM, 1 RP - WOOT!)

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, 09/12/10, there will be 4 inserts in the Sunday newspapers {Woot! I'm doing the happy coupon dance!}.

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

Smart Source (1)

$0.55/1 Bumblebee Tuna Pouch

$0.40/4 Campbell's Condensed Great for Cooking Soups

$4.00/1 Claritin Adult 15 ct+ (I am SOOOO tired of fall allergies!!)

Oodles of Dannon Yogurt coupons

$0.55/1 Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast 3ct strip (Check the shelf at your Kroger because I believe I saw a red and white catalina tag under these this week.)

$1.00/1 Wholly Guacamole (I could eat avacados or guacamole at every meal, I love them that much!)

Smart Source (2)

$1.00/1 Clorox 2

$0.50/2 Ortega Products

$1.00/1 Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons

General Mills

$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Cookie Pouch

$0.50/2 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers

Oodles of Pillsbury refrigerated dough (bread/rolls/cookie) coupons which match up perfectly with the current Pillsbury catalina running at Kroger.

Oodles of Yoplait Yogurt coupons

Red Plum

$1.00/1 Childrens or Infant Advil

$2.00/1 Cheer BrightClean

Several Kellogg's cereal/bars coupons

$1.00/1 Nescafe Taster's Choice Stick Pack, 20 ct

$1.00/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Quick or Old-fashioned Oats

$1.50/1 Wonka Exceptionals Chocolates bag (yum!)

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

Enjoy your weekend!

September 8, 2010

HOT DEAL | New AmazonMom Program = Prime Shipping FREE for 3 Months!


A big thank you to Money Saving Mom for pointing me to this awesome deal - one I wanted to be sure you knew about, too!

Amazon has a great new program for moms and caregivers, Amazon Mom.  You can get substantial savings on diapers as well as FREE Prime Shipping for the first 3 months.

I've been fortunate enough to have participated in another free Prime Shipping offer from Amazon in the past; what I like about it (besides the whole FREE thing) is that there is no minimum order amount necessary for free Amazon Prime shipping. You want an chocolate bar for $0.50 and that's it? Amazon Prime ships it to you in 2 days, no problem.  Nice!

Also, I shop Amazon quite a bit for birthday gifts and Christmas gifts and the season of making those lists is upon me. The majority of our family birthdays fall in the next few months so having access to free Amazon Prime shipping means I'll start hopping through the daily deals and sales at Amazon in hopes of lucking out on a hot deal.

FYI, If you're not a mom but you are a dad or the primary caregiver of a child, you're also eligible for this offer, too; be sure to read through the FAQs for all the details.

Enjoy!

September 7, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! Week of September 7, 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.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Spent: $48.58
Saved: $21.47 (31%)

The featured sale this week at Kroger is a "Cart Buster" sale. The sale prices aren't phenomenal but there are a few deals to be had, including a few unadvertised deals I found in-store.

Here's the coupons I used:

Hunt's Tomatoes, $0.89 ea
$0.45/3, SS 08/01
Final price: $0.59 ea

Danimals, $1.88 ea
$1.00/1, SS 08/15
Final price: $0.88 ea

Kroger Raisins 6 pk, $1.28 ea
$0.40/2, Kroger My Magazine Mailer
Final price: $1.08 ea

Smart Balance Milk 1/2 Gallon, $3.44 ea
$2.00/1, Kroger eCoupon
Final price: $1.44 ea

Open Pit BBQ Sauce. $1.00 ea
$0.35/1, hangtag found on product today (There were LOTS of these - be sure to check at your Kroger!)
Final price: $0.30 ea DEAL!

Minute Maid Frozen Novelties, $1.00 ea (price good through 09/12)
$0.50/1, RP 08/15
$0.75/1, RP 07/25
Final price: FREE!

Other notable deals:

Kroger Canned Beans, $0.60 ea

Kroger Popcorn 3pk, $0.79 ea

Kroger Quick Oats, 18 oz, $1.00 ea

Driscoll Strawberries, $1.67 ea

Gala Apples, $0.99/lb

To see the matchups for this week at Kroger, click here (thanks, Mommy Snacks!).

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 $$!

**NEW!!**
I've added the option for you to link a thumbnail image of YOUR Kroger deals/trip as well as a permalink to your post. You know what they say - a picture is worth a thousand words! Share a picture of what you scored and help inspire another reader to do more by spending less!



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HOT Coupon! $5.00/5 Kraft Cheese or Dairy Products Printable!


This HOT printable coupon was all the talk of the deal-loving blogosphere last week so you may have already printed your (2) per IP/computer. If not, be sure to do so today!

Click here to print a $5.00/5 (yes, that's five dollars!) Kraft cheese or dairy products. The full list of participating products will print below your coupon.

I've read reports that some people have experienced difficulties redeeming this coupon for participating items that are not pictured, so be sure to keep that list handy when you're at the store as proof. ;-)

This coupon expires 30 days post-print so you can hold it for a couple of weeks if you're looking for the best deal.

If you're headed to Meijer, you can really rock this coupon by matching it up with the current Kraft, Oscar Meyer, and Nabisco catalina (buy $15 of participating products, earn a $5 catalina), good from 8/29-10/13. Note that the Kraft cheeses that count as participating items for the Meijer catalina are Kraft Singles, Kraft Natural Cracker Cuts, or Kraft Chunk Cheeses.

And - even better - when you redeem this coupon, Kraft will donate 5 meals to Feeding America. You save big + Kraft gives big = win-win!

FYI, I headed to Meijer last week to use (2) of these coupons.  All that cheese is happily stowed in my freezer for use in the coming weeks; if you've never frozen cheese before, I encourage you to try it.  It always thaws well for me and with a coupon like this, you can stockpile a bunch.  ;-)

Enjoy!

September 2, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! Week of August 30, 2010 {Pasta-Palooza! 18 boxes for $7.00!} Plus NEW Photo Linky Option - Share Your Deals!


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.

September 1, 2010 - my 2nd Kroger this week.


Spent: $13.30
Saved: $33.62 (71%)

Apologies for the picture quality (and small size!); that shot was taken w/my iPhone in a hurry yesterday afternoon during the usual we-just-got-home-from-school commotion. ;-)

I made a trip on Monday to Kroger as well (spent $62.48 & saved $53.71 or 46%) but didn't have any coupons with me for the super awesome deals on pasta; I did see the prices on the shelf (these brands are all on sale for $1.00 ea) and made a mental note to check the coupon databases when I got home so I could re-stock our pantry for the fall season. We do loooove noodles in my family.

Note that if you have access to more than (1) computer (remember that the limit you can print per computer/unique IP address is {2} coupons), you can print even more of the Ronzoni coupons to get FREE pasta! Free is my *fave* flavor!

Here's the coupons I used:

Creamette Pasta, $1.00 ea
$1.00/2, Kroger My Magazine (Back to School) mailer
Final price: $0.50 ea

Ronzoni Pasta, $1.00 ea (ALL varieties shown in picture)
$0.75/1 Garden Delight printable here
$0.55/1 any printable here (*use zip code 90210*)
$1.00/2 Smart Taste printable here
$1.00/2 Healthy Harvest printable here
Final price: FREE!! - $0.50 ea

Barilla Pasta, $1.00 ea (Piccolini & Whole Grain)
$1.00/2 Piccolini, SS 8/29
$1.00/2 Whole Grain, SS 8/29
Final price: $0.50 ea

NYC Bagel Crisps, $2.50 ea (Sale price - these are usually pretty spendy.)
$1.25/1, SS 8/29
Final price: $1.25 ea (I am seriously addicted to the Sea Salt ones! SO good!)

Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, $1.09 ea
$0.50/1 printable here
Final price: $0.09 -  awesome deal!

Maruchan Yakisoba Noodles, $0.94 ea
$0.50/1, SS 08/29
Final price: FREE + 0.06 overage!
(Great item to donate to your local food pantry!)

Trident Gum, $1.29 ea, on sale Buy 2, Get 1 FREE
No coupons - wish I'd had some!
Final price: $0.86 ea or 3/$2.58

To see the matchups for this week at Kroger, click here (thanks, Mommy Snacks!).

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 $$!

**NEW!!**
I've added the option for you to link a thumbnail image of YOUR Kroger deals/trip as well as a permalink to your post. You know what they say - a picture is worth a thousand words! Share a picture of what you scored and help inspire another reader to do more by spending less!



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