April 29, 2011

*HOT* | Upcoming Kroger Mega Sale, 05/02/11-05/15/11!


Oh my Kroger-loving couponista friends, it's time to do the happy coupon dance!

Beginning on Monday, May 2, 2011 (Cincinnati region runs sale ads Mon-Sun; other regions follow the ads but have different start/end dates), Kroger will once again run a Mega Event Sale: buy 10 participating items, get an instant $5 off at checkout.

Early matchups are popping up around the blogosphere and in the forums; be sure to check them out so you can start getting your coupons organized and ordering any additional coupons you may need for the two-week period of the sale.

Check out the early matchups here (thanks, Stockpiling Moms) and here (thanks, Slick Deals).

CLIP | *HOT* Printable Coupons {All Free & Clear, Aunt Millie's Bread, Glad 2-in-1 Bags, Birdseye & More!}

There were some *HOT* printable coupons released this week!  Time to fire up your printers and get them before they're gone!

Remember, you can print (2) unique coupons per IP so be sure to print (2) per each coupon you want.

Also, the first of May is approaching (Sunday, 5/1). On the first of the month, the printable coupon sites reset their coupons; while some coupons may still be available on May 1, they also may disappear. Be sure to print what you'll use in the next 30 days (most IPs expire 30 days from print) before end of day Saturday, 4/30. Be on the lookout for new printable coupons starting Sunday 5/1 and continuing next week.

Here are some of the best ones I see as of 4/29/11, 10:15 am EST:

$1.00/1 All Free Clear Oxi Active

$0.75/3 Birdseye Steamfresh Veggies

$0.55/1 Aunt Millie's Slimwiches (sandwich thins)

$1.00/1 Glad 2-in-1 Bags

$0.55/1 Aunt Millie's 100% Natural Bread

$0.75/1 Starkist SeaSations Entree

Enjoy your weekend!

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CLIP | Sunday Coupon Preview 5/1/11 {4 Inserts - 2 SS, 1 RP, 1 PG}

It's that time of the week - time to look ahead at the anticipated Sunday insert coupons so you can start planning for next week's store deals. 

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.

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This Sunday, 05/01/11, there will be (4) inserts in the Sunday newspapers.

This is a great week to pick up an extra copy or two of your Sunday paper to get an extra set or two of inserts!

Be sure to check the Insert Schedule for 2011 to look ahead at the upcoming weekends if you haven't already; make a note on your calendar which weekends extra inserts are expected so you can plan ahead to grab extra papers. 

Here are some coupons that look good to me; remember, coupons can and do vary in product offerings and coupon values in different geographic regions.

Smart Source #1 (SS1)

$0.50/1 Betty Crocker Supreme Brownies or Dessert Bar mix

$0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste

$0.50/1 Irish Spring Body Wash or (2) multi-bar 3 pks

$0.75/1 Palmolive Soft Touch Dish Liquid 20 oz

$0.50/1 Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick

Smart Source #2 (SS2)

$1.00/2 Nestle Bars, Sandwich, Drumsticks or Pushups (ice cream)

BOGO Purina Alpo Canned Dog Food

Oodles of Purina brand pet food coupons

Red Plum (RP)

$0.75/2 Ball Park Franks

$0.50/1 Carolina or River Rice packets

BOGO Dry Idea or Right Guard Product up to $4.49

$1.50/1 Eucerin Hand or Body product, 2-16.9 oz

Oodles of Garnier product coupons

$3.00/1 Purex Laundry Detergent 150 oz

$0.50/1 Tabasco Sauce

Proctor & Gamble (PG)

$1.50/1 Crest Pro Health or Sensitivity Protection toothpaste

$0.50/1 Dawn Plus product

FREE Gillette Deodorant wyb Gilette Body Wash (excludes trial size)

$2.00/1 Venus Razor

$1.50/1 Pampers

$1.00/1 Tide To Go Stick

Many thanks to Southern Savers for the full Sunday coupon preview; click through to view it right here.
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Looking for ways to organize your coupons? Check out these posts:

:: Back to Basics | Couponing, Part 1: Collecting

:: 8 Tips to Organize Your Coupons Each Month

Also, be sure to check out some of the HOT printable coupons that were released this week as well; if you'll use them, print 'em before they're gone.

Have a great weekend!

April 28, 2011

Freebie Roundup! {VS Perfume Sample, Miralax, Zyrtec, Folgers Coffee & More!}


Here are some FREEbies to make your mailbox happy!

:: This one is still available if you missed it a few weeks ago: request a FREE sample of HealthiFeet Foot Cream right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Miralax right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Dream Angels Heavenly Perfume from Victoria's Secret right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Designer Whey Protein right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of H2O Sea Pure Deep Moisture right here.

:: Allergies bugging you? Print a coupon for a FREE 5 ct package of Zyrtec right here. (Thanks, Common Sense with Money!)

:: Head over to "like" Folgers Coffee on FB and then request a FREE sample of Folgers Coffee right here. (Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom!)

:: Mother-to-be or Father-to-be? Join BabytoBee to get FREE samples for your baby - click here.

:: Another one for those of you with cute babies out there: get FREE diaper and formula samples and coupons when you join Planning Family right here.

Enjoy!

*Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links; thanks for your support of this site!

April 27, 2011

HOT Deal | 3 Little Giant Blueberry Bushes for $10 + Shipping & Handling!


If your green thumb is itching to get out and get growing (mine is but the d-a-r-n rain around SW Ohio is putting a damper on plans), this deal is a nice one!

Click here to get (2) Little Giant Blueberry bushes for $10 plus S/H - you'll get a FREE bush when you order (2) making your final total 3/$10 plus shipping/handling!

I've got some blueberry bushes that I put in last year that I need to replace; they are literally drowning in the wet spot of my yard (which, given our record April 2011 rainfall, is now a small bog!). This deal looks great!

I think I'll try containers instead this year; I'm looking at this article on planting blueberry bushes in containers for some practical advice.

Enjoy!

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April 26, 2011

Let's Go Krogering! | Week of April 25, 2011 {Kroger 10/$10 Sale + Post-Easter Trip}


Wondering what's the deal with my weekly Let's Go Krogering! (LGK!) posts?
 Click here for more information.

This week, Kroger is running a 10 for $10 sale with many good coupon matchups.  Remember:  you don't need to buy 10 items to get the $1.00 per item price; each item is priced at $1.00 no matter how many you purchase.  The 10 for $10 wording is simply a catchy little advertising and marketing tactic.  ;-)

After hosting Easter - and making a couple of final trips to Kroger at the end of last week for Easter basket candy and fresh items for our family get together - I didn't need too much this week from Kroger.  I took advantage of the current Splenda catalina deal plus the $3/1 coupons from the SS 04/17 insert; they expire on 05/02/11 - use them soon!  I also made my usual Monday morning trip to Aldi for milk, eggs, produce, popsicles (a staple at our house!) and a few other items and spent about $26 on that trip. 

After spending about $400 in April (I've averaged my last four weekly spending/saving totals and I spent $398 and saved $321 or 48% during weeks 12-15 of 2011), it's nice to be in a "low" spending week.  With all the goodies leftover from yesterday's feast as well as the items I've got stockpiled in my freezer and pantry, I really didn't need much at all at the store this week. 
My Kroger Trip, Monday, April 25, 2011:


Spent: $14.05
Saved: $24.81 (64%)
Earned: $4.00 Catalina OYNO (Splenda)

Coupons used:

Dole Salad, $1.67 ea (Mgr Special)
$0.55/1 Dole Salad, printable here (good at Kroger only)
Final price: $0.67 ea

Kraft American Singles, $1.79 ea
$0.75/1 printable here (no longer available; I printed it early in April)
Final price: $0.79 ea

Maruchan Yakisoba, $0.99 ea
(3) $0.50/1, SS 03/13
Final price: FREE!

Open Pit BBQ Sauce, $1.00 ea
(4) $0.35/1, yellow hangtag found on product in store yesterday
Final price: $0.30 ea

Splenda Sweetener, $4.59 ea
*Catalina deal: Buy 3, get $4.00 OYNO*
(3) $3.00/1, SS 04/17 (expires 05/02/11)
Final price: $1.59 ea | $0.26 ea after catalina

Notable Sale Prices:

Hunt's Ketchup, 32 oz, $1.39 ea


PF Goldfish, $1.00 ea

For the full list of ad matchups for this week, check out this post (thanks, Savings Lifestyle).

April 25, 2011

Menu Plan Monday | April 25-May 1, 2011 {Recipe Links + Printable Grocery List}


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 stockpile shop the weekly sales with coupons; my goal is to get the best deals on items for my monthly menu plan for the lowest cost.  For more Q&A (because you're just dying to know, right?), click here.

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I hope you had a wonderful Easter yesterday with your family and friends.  We had a huge feast and a huge bunch of fun here at my house.  I do love our big family get togethers - it's a guarantee that at least one (but usually more) of us will end up laughing so hard at a joke, memory, or story that we have tears in our eyes.

I've got LOTS of goodies leftover from the feast so my menu plan has a distinctive "ham" flavor - I'm trying to use up the leftover ham so it won't get lost in the back of my freezer.  ;-)

Here's my menu plan for this week - taken from my monthly menu plan for April - with recipe links and a link to a printable grocery list. I've been publishing each week as a separate post; next week, I'll publish a monthly menu version of all (4) weeks as well as a big ol' grocery list for all (4) weeks as well. 

I hope you find it useful!

What I'm baking this week:

Pizza Hut Style Pizza Dough (for Friday night)

Cinnamon CranRaisin Bread

Monday

Easter Dinner, The Sequel
(Doesn't that sound better than "Easter Dinner Leftovers"?)

Tuesday

Chicken Enchiladas
Ground Beef Tacos
Chopped Lettuce and Tomato
Salsa
(Tuesday is always taco and enchilada night at our house!)

Wednesday

Spaghetti and Meatballs
(I've linked a recipe for both the sauce and meatballs and the grocery list reflects the ingredients for the recipe. I'll likely use jarred sauce and make simple meatballs - simple, easy, yum.)
Bread
Salad

Thursday

Monte Cristo Sandwiches (these are super YUM!)
Scrambled Eggs
Fresh Fruit

Friday

Homemade Pizza (with bread machine dough)
Toppings: Ham, Pineapple, Peppers, Onions

Saturday

Ham & Bean Soup
Cornbread Muffins
Salad

Sunday

Free night!

**CLICK HERE for the printable grocery list.**

Looking for more menu planning ideas? Hop links over at Menu Plan Monday where hundreds of bloggers share their weekly menu plans.

April 24, 2011

Weekly Deals Roundup | April 24, 2011 - April 30, 2011

Check out these sites for the best ad matchups around SW Ohio
this week, April  24 - April 30, 2011.


*Kroger (04/24/11 - 05/01/11)*
Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Savings Lifestyle)



*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Stockpiling Moms)



*Aldi*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Cincinnati Cents)



*Walgreens*

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


*CVS*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)


*Rite Aid*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of The Thrifty Mama)
*Target*

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



*Walmart*

Current deals and matchups (as of 04/20/11) here (courtesy of Passion for Savings)

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Not from my part of SW Ohio but still need matchups for the stores near you?

I encourage you to check The Frugal Map for *your* store. 

The Frugal Map features links to ad matchups from bloggers around the country each week.  If you're a blogger who covers stores in your area that you don't see listed at The Frugal Map, I encourage you to submit your blog to be listed on The Frugal Map.    ;-)


Happy Easter!


I wish you and yours a blessed Easter!

Be well and enjoy this day and all that it means!

April 23, 2011

Coffee & Clicks | April 23, 2011 {Edition #15: Fighting the Consumption Culture - Awesome Posts About the Frugal Life}

Welcome to Coffee & Clicks, my weekly roundup of posts from my Google Reader that caught my eye, that made me think, and that just made me laugh. 

Using Google Reader saves me oodles of time; with a few clicks, I can hop through all my fave blogs to get the critical coupon & deal info I use to save big $$.  But whenever I find myself with a few minutes to spare in the kitchen (which is where my laptop sits on the counter), I also like to scroll through and read for pleasure.

Coffee & Clicks is my way of sharing those interesting posts with you.  If you find yourself with a few minutes of leisure to surf on the weekends while you sip your coffee (or whatever fills your mug), feel free to wander through this list of posts and spend some time reading, reflecting, and relaxing.

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Easter - the biggest day of the liturgical year for Christians - is tomorrow and I'm putting the finishing touches on our feast and goodies today.

One thing, though, has bothered me for the past several years during the Easter season: Easter has become yet another holiday that's been appropriated by the retailers and marketed as a required gift giving occasion, particularly for children.

I'm not opposed to modest Easter baskets or candy (my kids will get their chocolate bunnies and have the annual thrill of racing around our house on Easter morning looking for eggs filled with jelly beans and M&Ms and quarters) but it does trouble me to see the extent to which Easter has become commercialized.

Case in point: I walked into a major retail big box store this week to pick up a desk I had ordered for my daughter; when I stepped through the front doors, I walked into a veritable tunnel of oversized and overstuffed Easter baskets, some with price tags near $100, almost all of them nearly as tall as my nine-year-old daughter.

She looked up at the wall of baskets filled with - there's just no better word to use than "junk" - then looked at me and said, "Oh wow - that's just too much stuff."

I sighed and nodded in agreement while I thought to myself that I must be doing something right as a parent if my nine-year-old can recognize the marketing of excess and unnecessary stuff (I'd use a word that starts with "cr" and rhymes with "nap" if I wasn't worried that it might offend some of you fine readers) geared right at her age demographic.

One of the best things about embracing the frugal life for me has been the sense that over time, I am growing a super-immunity to the whims of our consumption culture and the retailers and marketers who are constantly fueling the fires of "I want!" in the hearts of their target customers.  Sometimes I feel that tug of "I want!" as well (who doesn't?) but I can recognize it for what it is - a momentary thrill, a flash of childish envy, a pulse of fear that I'm not doing enough as a parent.  More importantly, I can stand back a bit from my knee-jerk emotional response and get a bit of  perspective.

What I do have - a great marriage, healthy kids, my health, secure home, family, friends, a sense of purpose in life and the freedom to pursue it - is far greater than whatever new gizmo, gadget, or shiny thing that Acme Marketing or XYZ Retailer is telling me I must have to make my life perfect

My life isn't perfect - no one's is - but it's mine

I own it, I love it, and I'm thankful for it and thankful that I can see through the smokescreen of marketing and advertising that tells me I need more, more, more to be happy.  I simply don't.

There were a few posts out there in the blogosphere that echoed my sentiments - and did a better job saying what's been rattling around in my head as I type this - this week:

:: What's in Your Hand - Besides a Credit Card, I Mean? by the DHM over at Frugal Hacks is a well-written look at how we have become conditioned to believe that we are what we have and the utter fallacy that idea is.  This is a fantastic post - go read it. 

:: Anyone Planning to Downsize Car Because of Gas Prices? at Frugal Dad is short but he hit on a point that has been bugging me, too.  I saw the clip on Fox News of our President flippantly saying that hey, if those gas prices are killing you at the pump, maybe it's time to trade those gas guzzlers in for a more efficient vehicle.  Um, no thanks, Mr. President; when I run the numbers, it's still far cheaper for us to drive our PAID for cars and fill 'em than to take on more debt in the form of car loans and pay more at the pump. 

:: Revealed: 30 Day Cut the Clutter Challenge Results at The Motherload - as always, Amy inspires me.  I started my own de-cluttering for 2011 when our basement flooded two months ago and I've been tackling other spots in our house as I have time.  It feels good to get rid of so much extra stuff that was just literally weighing me down.  Amy says it best: "You Don’t Need Another Basket, But You Might Need Another Donation Bag".  So true!

Have a wonderful weekend!

April 22, 2011

CLIP | Sunday Coupon Preview 4/24/11 {NO Inserts - Spend Time Getting Your Coupons Organized Instead!}

It's that time of the week - time to look ahead at the anticipated Sunday insert coupons so you can start planning for next week's store deals. 

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.

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This Sunday, 04/24/11, there will be (0) inserts in the Sunday newspapers.

Since this is a holiday weekend, we won't see any coupon inserts which is normal on big holiday weekends.  You can spend your Sunday morning enjoying Easter with your family instead of grabbing newspapers.

Be sure to check the Insert Schedule for 2011 to look ahead at the upcoming weekends if you haven't already; make a note on your calendar which weekends extra inserts are expected so you can plan ahead to grab extra papers. 

I like having these weekends "off" from inserts because I can clean out my coupon filing system and print any extra printable coupons that I haven't had time to print for the past few weeks.

If you're looking for ideas of different ways to get your coupons organized, read my posts Back to Basics: Couponing, Part One {Collecting} and also  8 Tips to Organize Your Coupons Each Month.

In my opinion and from my experience talking to people who are total coupon newbies, getting and staying organized is one of the biggest hurdles people face when they start couponing.  While it does take a little investment of your time to get your coupon organization system set up, that small time investment up front will pay big dividends in money saved over the long haul.  The key is to find a system that works for you.

Be sure to check out some of the HOT printable coupons that were released this week as well; if you'll use them, print 'em before they're gone.

April 21, 2011

HOT DEAL | Restaurant.com: Get a $25 Gift Certificate for $2, April 21-24, 2011!


If you haven't yet tried saving money on eating out by buying dining gift certificates from Restaurant.com, this is a great weekend to check it out and give it a try!

From April 21-24, you can use coupon code EASTER to get 80% off your purchase of a $25 gift certificate at Restaurant.com. Since most of the $25 gift certificates are on sale for $10, your final price will be $2 for a $25 gift certificate! SCORE!

Click here to get started - just enter your zipcode to find participating restaurants in your area.

Enjoy!

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Freebie Roundup! {FREE Coffee at Starbucks & Caribou on Earth Day 4/22, Gold Bond Body Wash, Zantac, & MORE Earth Day FREEbies!}


Here are some FREEbies to make your mailbox happy!

:: Still in the midst of potty training? Request a FREE sample of Good Nites Underwear right here.

:: Sandal season is here - request a FREE sample of HeathiFeet Foot Cream right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Gold Bond Body Wash right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Garnier Fructis Pure Clean right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Zantac Maximum Strength 150 right here.

EARTH DAY FREEBIES!!

:: Get a FREE tree at Lowe's on April 23 - details right here.

:: Get a FREE coffee at Caribou Coffee on April 22 when you bring a reusable travel mug - details right here. YUM!!

:: Get a FREE coffee at Starbucks on April 22 when you bring a reusable travel mug - details right here. YUM!!

:: Check out even MORE Earth Day FREEbies right here (thanks, For the Mommas!).

Enjoy!

*Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links; thanks for your support of this site!

April 20, 2011

Vocalpoint | Sign Up for FREE High Value Coupons & Samples!

What I found in my mailbox last week - FUN!

Have you signed up for Vocalpoint yet? Click here to sign up now; you'll receive FREE (and fun!) samples as well as high value and/or FREE coupons for the featured products.

I wanted to share with you my latest Vocalpoint "fun mail" I received last week because it the packaging was so unique (and really spoke to my java-lovin' heart!)

I recently signed up for the FREE coupon for International Delight's new coffee creamer through my Vocalpoint account. It arrived last week packaged just like you see in the above picture.

Here's what was inside:


:: A coupon for a FREE pint of International Delight Breve Creme, up to $3.00.

:: (5) coupons for $0.55/1 pint of Breve Creme (these will likely end up in the hands of my java-lovin' couponing friends)

:: A cute little "break time" clock you can use at your work desk to let folks know you're grabbing a cuppa.

:: The functional paper coffee cup & lid that was used to package and send the goodies.

This is by far one of my favorite Vocalpoint freebies just because I love my java; however, I have always been impressed with the freebies and coupons I've received in the past. There's always some unique packaging and/or information about the product and there's almost always at least (1) FREE coupon for the product as well as several (5-6) additional high value coupons I can use and/or share.

Some of the samples/coupons I've received via Vocalpoint in the past include Kashi, Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats, Crystal Light, and several other high quality brands.

Make sure to sign up for Vocalpoint today if you'd like the chance to receive future offers; you'll be notified by email of new offers but you'll also see the new offers buzzed up in the blogosphere as well. When you do see one of these hot freebies, you'll need to log in to your Vocalpoint account to request it. The offers - like any good deal - go quickly so be sure to request yours sooner rather than later.


Did you get this Vocalpoint mailer? What's been your favorite so far?
 *Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link; thanks for supporting this site!

April 19, 2011

Let's Go Krogering! | Week of April 18, 2011 {Continuing HOT Deal: Buy (4) Participating GM Cereal/Cereal Bars, get $5 Kroger Gift Card!}}


Wondering what's the deal with my weekly Let's Go Krogering! (LGK!) posts?
 Click here for more information.

This week, Kroger continues the special sale on GM Cereals/Cereal Bars/Snack Mixes: buy 4 participating products at $2.79 ea, get a $5.00 Kroger Gift Card at checkout to use toward your next purchase (limit 1 per transaction).

Kroger also has lots of great deals geared toward Easter dinner celebrations this week.  Be sure to check the full ad matchup and grab the deals you can use before the holiday dinner crowds hit the stores.

I have plans to make one last Thursday night run to Kroger for last minute fresh items for our Easter dinner (ie: spinach, asparagus) and that's it.  Kroger is bound to be a madhouse of frenzied shoppers on Friday and Saturday!

My Kroger Trip, Monday, April 18, 2011:

Spent: $47.30
Saved: $66.65 (58%)
Earned: $5.00 Kroger Gift Card

Coupons used:

GM $5.00 Gift Card Deal

Honey Nut Chex, $2.79 ea
$0.50/1, SS 04/10
Final price: $1.79 | $0.54 ea after gift card

Cheerios, $2.79
$0.55/1 printable here
Final price: $1.79 | $0.54 ea after gift card

Stride Gum, $1.25 ea
$1.00/2, SS 04/03
Final price: $0.75 ea

Lay's Kettle Chips, $1.99 ea
$0.55/1, SS 03/13
Final price: $0.99 ea

Dannon Yogurt 4 pk, $1.99 ea
$0.40/1, SS 04/10
Final price: $1.19 ea

Danimals, $1.99 ea
$0.50/1 peelie found on product
Final price: $0.99 ea

Redi Whip Whipped Cream, $2.00
$0.35/1, SS 04/10
Final price: $1.30 ea

Dole Salad, $1.67 ea (Mgr Special)
$0.55/1 Dole Salad, printable here (good at Kroger only)
Final price: $0.67 ea

Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream, $2.50 ea
$0.40/1, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $2.10 ea

International Delight Creamer, $1.69 ea
$0.55/1, SS 04/10
Final price: $0.69 ea

Purex Liquid Detergent, $1.99 ea
$1.00/1, RP 03/13
Final price: $0.99 ea

Pepperidge Farm Layer Cake, $2.00 ea
$0.55/1, SS 02/27
Final price: $1.00 ea

Triscuits, $2.28 ea
$1.00/2, Tearpad coupon found instore
Final price: $1.78 ea

Cheez Its, $2.28 ea
$1.00/2 printable here
Final price: $1.78 ea

Dole Pineapple, $1.00 ea
$0.50/2, SS 04/10
Final price: $0.50 ea

Dole Mandarin Oranges, $1.00 ea
$0.50/2, SS 04/10
Final price: $0.50 ea

Butterball Turkey Bacon, $2.00 ea
$0.75/1, SS 04/03
Final price: $1.00 ea

French's Mustard (several specialty varieties), $1.69 ea
$0.50/1, SS 04/10
Final price: $0.69 ea

For the full list of ad matchups for this week, check out this post (thanks, Savings Lifestyle).

Menu Plan Monday | Week of April 18-24, 2011 {Repeats + Easter Dinner!}


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 stockpile shop the weekly sales with coupons; my goal is to get the best deals on items for my monthly menu plan for the lowest cost.  For more Q&A (because you're just dying to know, right?), click here.

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It's a busy week at my house when I don't post my weekly menu plan until Tuesday afternoon!

Last week, my hubs was traveling again for work. That, coupled with one sick kiddo at my house, meant that I didn't make all of the meals I had scheduled in my weekly menu plan for last week.

This week, I'm repeating the recipes I didn't get to cook as well as focusing on Easter dinner recipes as well since I'm hosting for my family. You'll see that Friday and Saturday are both easy and meatless dinners for us since we're Catholic.

Since this is a "odd" week in that I've got a big holiday dinner planned, I'm skipping the printable grocery list.

Enjoy!

Monday

Slider-Style Mini Burgers
(I made these last night and while they were ok, my kids decided they like this slider recipe better.)
Mac & Cheese
Salad & Veggie Sticks

Tuesday

Tacos
Enchiladas
(I'm using cooked & drained ground beef as the meat filling instead of chicken.)

Wednesday

Honey Mustard Beer Brats
Classic Macaroni Salad
Salad & Veggie Sticks

Thursday

Baked Terriyaki Chicken
Rice
Steamed Veggies

Friday

Fish Sticks (freezer)
Baked Potatoes

Saturday

Grilled Cheese
Tomato Soup
Sunday
*Easter Dinner*
I'm not cooking all the dishes - I have family bringing the majority of the sides.  Here are the recipes I'll be using:

Honey Glazed Ham
Fluffy Lime Salad
Maple Carrot Cupcakes
Pineapple Salsa

Looking for menu planning inspiration?  Be sure to visit the hundreds of links at OrgJunkie's Menu Plan Monday post!

April 17, 2011

Weekly Deals Roundup | April 17, 2011 - April 23, 2011

Check out these sites for the best ad matchups around SW Ohio
this week, April  17 - April 23, 2011.


*Kroger (04/18/11 - 04/24/11)*

**HOT!!**
Buy (4) participating GM Cereals and/or Cereal Bars, get a $5 Kroger gift card! 
(Limit 1 per transaction - continues this week!)

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Savings Lifestyle)



*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Stockpiling Moms)



*Aldi*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Cincinnati Cents)



*Walgreens*

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


*CVS*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)


*Rite Aid*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of The Thrifty Mama)
*Target*

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



*Walmart*

Current deals and matchups (as of 04/17/11) here (courtesy of Saving Dollars and Sense)

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Not from my part of SW Ohio but still need matchups for the stores near you?

I encourage you to check The Frugal Map for *your* store. 

The Frugal Map features links to ad matchups from bloggers around the country each week.  If you're a blogger who covers stores in your area that you don't see listed at The Frugal Map, I encourage you to submit your blog to be listed on The Frugal Map.    ;-)


April 16, 2011

Coffee & Clicks | April 16, 2011 {Edition #14: Easter Dinner Recipes - mmmm!}

Welcome to Coffee & Clicks, my weekly roundup of posts from my Google Reader that caught my eye, that made me think, and that just made me laugh. 

Using Google Reader saves me oodles of time; with a few clicks, I can hop through all my fave blogs to get the critical coupon & deal info I use to save big $$.  But whenever I find myself with a few minutes to spare in the kitchen (which is where my laptop sits on the counter), I also like to scroll through and read for pleasure.

Coffee & Clicks is my way of sharing those interesting posts with you.  If you find yourself with a few minutes of leisure to surf on the weekends while you sip your coffee (or whatever fills your mug), feel free to wander through this list of posts and spend some time reading, reflecting, and relaxing.

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Easter dinner is just a week or so away - if you're hosting dinner for family or friends and need some recipe help, these posts might inspire you:

:: Easter Ham Recipes at A Southern Fairy Tale.  Rachel tries out two different recipes and has some tasty pictures to accompany them.  Yum!

:: Remembering Easter with Coca-Cola and Vintage Ham Recipe at Giveaways on Blogs.  This is one of those classic recipes using Coca-Cola as the base for the glaze.

:: How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs and Recipes Using Hard Boiled Eggs at Kaylyn's Kitchen.  If you're like me and like to use up those Easter Eggs you just dyed in your Easter dinner planning, check out the HUGE list of hard boiled egg recipes in this post.  Awesome!

:: Crispy Asparagus Bundles Recipe at Candy's Recipes for a Sweet Life.  I usually steam my asparagus and it is a pain to do - I may try this different way this year.  I like the presentation of the bundles in the photo as well.

:: Easter Dessert Stand: How to Tutorial at Hoosier Homemade.  If you're crafty, you can get put together this dessert stand for a beautiful and functional centerpiece.  
Have a wonderful weekend!

April 15, 2011

CLIP | *HOT* Printable Coupons {Hasbro Games for Easter Baskets & Ball Park Hot Dogs!}

There were some *HOT* printable coupons released this week!  Time to fire up your printers and get them before they're gone!

Remember, you can print (2) unique coupons per IP so be sure to print (2) per each coupon you want.

Here are some of the best ones I see as of 4/15/11, 9:09 am EST:


$0.55/1 any Ball Park Hot Dogs product

$3.00/1 Hasbro Connect 4

$4.00/1 Electronic Scrablle Flash Game

$3.00/1 Sorry Sliders Game

$3.00/1 Elefun Game

$3.00/1 Bop IT! Game

$3.00/1 Bop IT! Bounce Game

$4.00/1 Monopoly Electronic Banking Game

$3.00/1 Gator Golf Game

Enjoy your weekend!

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CLIP | Sunday Coupon Preview 4/17/11 {4 Inserts - 2 SS, 2 RP - WOOT!!}

It's that time of the week - time to look ahead at the anticipated Sunday insert coupons so you can start planning for next week's store deals. 

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.

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This Sunday, 04/17/11, there should be (4) inserts in the Sunday newspapers - (2) Smart Source and (2)Red Plum.

WOOT!! With so many inserts, this is a weekend that I'll definitely buy an extra paper or two at Kroger on Sunday morning!

Be sure to check the Insert Schedule for 2011 this week if you didn't have a chance to last week; you can look ahead and see which weekends will be jam-packed with LOTS of coupon inserts.

Remember, coupon inserts vary from region to region and coupon values and brands can vary from region to region as well.

Here are a few coupons expected on 4/17/11 that look good to me:

Smart Source #1 (SS1)

OODLES of Air Wick product coupons

$3.00/2 Aveeno Active Naturals Products

$1.50/1 Biz Product

$0.75/1 Finish Powerball Dishwasher Detergent

$0.50/1 GM Fiber One Bars (matches up to the current Kroger buy 4, get $5 gift card at checkout deal good through end of day Sunday 4/24/11)

$0.75/1 Reynolds Wrap Foil

Several Razor coupons

Several GM brand coupons

Several Yoplait brand coupons

Smart Source #2 (SS2)

$5.00/1 Allegra Regular, D, or Children's

$1.50/1 Excedrin 80 ct+

OODLES of Huggies coupons

OODLES of Ktex coupons

$2.50/2 Maalox products

$2.00/3 Oxiclean products

$1.50/1 Starbucks Coffee, 11-20 oz bag

Red Plum #1 (RP1)

$1.00/1 Aquafresh Kids Toothpaste (my kiddos fave!)

$1.50/1 Dunkin Donuts Coffee 11 oz + (mmmm!)

$1.50/1 Hefty Basics Paper Plates

BOGO Ideal Sweetener Product 50 ct+ max (up to $2.99)

OODLES of high value L'Oreal Hair & Makeup coupons

$0.50/1 Lawry's Spice Blend

Red Plum #2 (RP2)

$1.50/2 Bertolli

FREE Head & Shoulders Conditioner 13.5 oz wyb Head & Shoulders Shampoo

$0.75/1 Hellman's 16.5 oz+

Several Iams dog/cat food coupons

$3.00/1 Nivea for Men Body Wash 8 oz+

$7.00/1 Zyrtez 24 ct+

To see the full list of coupons in this Sunday's inserts, click here. (Thanks, Southern Savers!)

Enjoy your weekend!

April 14, 2011

*HOT*! | FREE Mini Photo Book from My Publisher with FREE Shipping! {Facebook Offer}

Image courtesy of  My Publisher

This deal is HOT so grab it sooner rather than later!

Click here to like My Publisher on Facebook; as a thank you, you'll get a coupon code for a FREE mini photo book with FREE shipping!

Their page states they are only offering a limited amount of these so be sure to click over soon!

Enjoy!

Freebie Roundup! {John Frieda, U by Kotex, Chili's Skillet Chips & Queso, & More!}


Here are some FREEbies to make your mailbox happy!

:: Click here for a FREE sample of John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start.

:: Click here for a FREE sample of U by Kotex.

:: Click here for a FREE sample of Happy Me Skincare.

:: Click here for a FREE sample of Invisible Glass Cleaning Wipes.

:: Click here for the chance to win a FREE Lancome Color Design Palette - 100 a day are being given away.

:: If you didn't grab this one yet, be sure to soon! Click here to join the Chili's Email Club and print a coupon for a FREE Skillet Queso & Chips!

:: If you're looking for menu planning help as well as more coupons, this one might be good for you. Join RecipeNut.com to save recipes from any site and share them with any one. You'll receive FREE coupons, recipes and more when you sign up for their newsletter. Click here to check it out.

Enjoy!

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*HOT!* | Rexbox Coupon Code: $0.50 DVD Rental, Good 4/14/11 ONLY!


Looking for a little late week relaxation? 

Redbox is offering a coupon good TODAY only (4/14/11) for $0.50/1 rental.  Use promo code THURSDAY when you rent your movie today for a final cost of only $0.50, then go enjoy a little family movie night!

Thanks, Savings Lifestyle!