Friday, July 31, 2009

CVS Weekly Deals 8/2

Wow, big week at CVS starting Sunday!  Go HERE to see the deals and freebies.

Home Made Simple- new link

Go HERE to sign up for a Home Made Simple coupon booklet.  If you have received one in the past, you can sign up again with this new link.  

Special Announcement...Home Coupon Classes!

I told you something exciting was coming, and here it is!  I am starting Home Coupon Classes! I have had several requests from you to bring what I do into your home... I've been listening!!

Here are the details:
  • This is essentially a "coupon class" in your home.  Its comfy, fun, educational, and you pick the time!
  • We will be covering Coupon Basics and Grocery 101.  Its everything you need to start saving money, living more fully and giving to those in need (that part isn't painful, I promise!!)
  • If you are outside my local area, we can STILL party through Skype!  Get your friends together in your home, and I'll do the coupon class over the computer through video.  (I'll email you the handouts so you will have them in advance.)
  • I am keeping my prices very low.  For a class with less than 5 people, the cost is $10/person,  5-9 people is $8/person, and 10 and over is $5/person.  What would a coupon class be without a "deal" to be had? :)
  • As the hostess, your job is easy.  You get your friends together (I have a consistent invitation on evite you can use) AND your class fee is waived!
Email me at to reserve your date today!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Free Chocolate Friday with Mars!

What could be better than FREE Chocolate?! Go HERE to get free chocolate from Mars starting at 9am EST on Friday mornings through September- the first 250,000 to get to the site and sign up will get the coupon in the mail!  You can receive up to 4 coupons over the weeks the offers take place.  


Free Sample- Sensible Portions

Go HERE for a free sample of one of Sensible Portions' Cheating with Chocolate products.

Upscale Children's Consignment Sale

There is a great Consignment Sale happening here in Franklin this weekend!

Thursday, July 30  6PM - 8PM
Friday, July 31  10AM - 6PM
Saturday, Aug. 1 8AM - 12AM  Half Price

Go HERE for more info!

Thanks Lillian!!

Groceries Galore, This Weeks' Totals

Great week for me at Publix!  I also picked up a few things at Kroger that I absolutely was sure would be cheaper there.  I didn't have the kids with me so that made it easy to run in and out of those 2 stores :)

I had to get several full priced dairy items at Publix and still managed to pull off some pretty good savings due to 2 coupons I used.  If you are local to me, watch the Review Appeal closely.  Usually there is a $5/$50 order on the HG Hills ad.  Remember that Publix takes competitors coupons!  This coupon works on the total before using other coupons so be sure to hand it to the cashier first or it won't work when your total drops below $50.  I also just got a $5/$30 coupon in the mail from Publix that I used as well.  Set up your "coupon" email account and sign up for everything- I get coupons in the mail almost daily.

Not a great pic, but you get the idea :)

Here's the breakdown:

(6) Mueller Pasta
(2) Ritz
(2) Wheat Thins
(3) Cheerios
(4) Milkbone for Dog (not included in grocery totals, but got these for $.60 a box)
Plain Yogurt
Cottage Cheese
Sour Cream
(2)Cascade Rinse Aid (free- charity)
Organic Catsup
Dole Juice
(2) Dill Chips
(2) Nature Valley Granola Bars- value packs (48 bars total)
Organic Celery
Total before coupons and deals: $97.72
Total OOP: $29.50
Percentage Saved: 70%

(2)Kroger Cheese
(3) Santa Cruz Lemonades
Cascadian Farm Granola Bars (manager's special + coupon)
(2) Tomato Sauce
Total OOP: $11.66
Total before coupons deals: $25.69
Percentage Saved: 55%

$1/1 YoBaby Yogurt coupon

Go HERE for a $1/1 YoBaby!  I looooove organic yogurt coupons!

Thanks Ambra!!

Whole Foods Deals- 7/29-8/11

Here are some of the Whole Foods Deals this week.  You may have coupon match ups that aren't conventional... like in the "Go Organic" booklet that was at Kroger a few months ago or even just the coupon booklet Whole Foods offers called "The Whole Deal".  In fact, in that coupon booklet you can pick up at your register, there is a $1/1 Back to Nature product coupon.  Use that paired with the sale on the mac and cheese and you'll get it free!

Free Sample- Natural 10 Beauty Nail Products

Go HERE for a free sample of Natural 10 Beauty's nail product that is best suited for your nails.  Just send them an email with the condition of your nails and your address to receive your sample.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jack in the Box- 2 free tacos

On Tuesday, August 4th you can run by Jack in the Box for 2 free tacos with no purchase necessary.  Go here to print the coupon.

Cheesecake Factory- Half Price Cheesecake!

In honor of National Cheesecake Day, Cheesecake Factory will be offering 1/2 price cheesecake on July 30th! (not take out)  Go HERE for a list of locations.

2 Year All You Subscription- $16

Did you get your 2 year subscription to All You Magazine for $16?  I just got mine!  Don't miss out on this deal- these magazines are usually filled with about $80-$100 in manufacturers coupons every month!  This deal is only good through July 31st.  After that time, the price will jump to $15-$20 for 1 year.  At $.67 an issue, you don't want to miss out!

Go HERE for more information.

Bagels for Breakfast- An Inexpensive Treat

What a treat... homemade bagels!  They were surprisingly easy to make and at $.09 a bagel, you can't lose!

I followed this recipe, but there are so many of them out there.  Bagels don't have to rise as long as bread does, so for a yeast bread this is a relatively fast recipe!  Some recipes require boiling, some don't.  I went with one that did.  

My only piece of advice is to make sure that you don't over boil.  I got distracted and accidentally left a few of them in too long... they came out like hockey pucks!

After boiling, they bake for about 25 minutes.  We smothered ours in cream cheese and the strawberry freezer jam I made the other day... YUM!!!  (sorry I didn't set up a Food Network quality picture for you there :)

Kid to Kid Semi Annual Sale!

Ambra just received this email:

Kid to Kid Semi Annual Sale begins 4 pm Thursday July 30th. We will be closed tomorrow until 4pm to perform markdowns. This sale only happens twice a year. Take an additional 20% off already markdowned items.  Plus..come see all the new merchandise that has just arrived.

I'm not sure if this is happening at all locations so check with your local store.  This email was in regards to the Franklin, TN store.  Go HERE to see a list of Kid to Kid consignment stores.  (They also take gently worn kids clothes, so be sure to take yours in!)

Thanks Ambra!

Publix Deals- 7/29, 7/30

Here are this weeks Publix deals that start today (or tomorrow depending on your location).  Visit Southern Savers for the rest of the match ups!

General Mills Cheerios various, 10.4-14 oz or Frosted Cheerios, 17.2 oz, at $3.99
-$1/2 Frosted Cheerios SS 8/02 
-$1/2 off any Cheerios SS 7/19 
-.55/1 Cheerios printable or printable (makes it $1.44 ea)
-.75/1 Multi-grain Cheerios printable
-.55/1 Banana Nut Cheerios printable

Mueller’s Pasta, 12-16 oz, at $1.31
-$1/3 Mueller’s Pasta printable (makes it .32¢ ea)

Nabisco Ritz Crackers, 13.66-16 oz, at $3.79
-.75/2 Nabisco Crackers or Cookies SS 7/26 (makes it .94¢ ea) 
Free Wheat Thins wyb any Ritz Crackers SS 5/17
-$1/2 Nabisco Ritz Crackers Food & Family “Traditional Family Recipes with a Twist”

Milk Bone Dog Biscuits or Snacks, 16-26 oz, at $3.69
B1G1 Milk Bone Snacks RP 6/07  
-$2.50/2 Milk Bone Snacks RP 6/07 (makes it .59¢ ea)

Scotch Brite Dobie Pad or Scrub Sponges, 3 ct, at $2.99
-$1/2 Scotch Brite Scrub Sponges or Scour Pads RP 6/07 (makes it .99¢ ea)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Food Lion Deals 7/29-8/4

Here are the Food Lion match-ups for this week... Looking kind of slow to me, but the guiding stars coupon can be used to get something healthy for free or cheap.  I think I'll use mine on cherries :)  

Sales tend to vary by region so check your ad before running out the door if you aren't local to me.  Most stores allow 2 coupons on a B1G1 deal (or you can just buy 1 at 50% off) and don't double coupons. 

Lay's Chips, 10.5-12.5 oz, 2/$6
$1/2 Lay's chips in July "All You" Magazine
Final Price 2/$5

Hefty Storage Bags- $2.99
$1/1 Hefty OneZip Bags in 5/17 RP (expires on 7/31)
Final Price: $2 (you can get the smaller packages FREE at Wal-mart)

Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, 9oz- B1G1 @ $2.79
$.50/2 BC Fruit Shapes in 6/14 or 7/12 SS
Final Price: $2.29/2

Wisk 2x Liquid Detergent, 50 oz- $4.99
$1/1 Wisk Detergent Printable
$1.50/2 Wisk 2x Detergent in 7/12 RP
Final Price: $3.99 or 2/$8.48

Ragu Spaghetti Sauce, 45 oz- 2/$4
$.75/1 Ragu Sauce in "Family is it's Own Reward" Booklet- Expires 7/29
Final Price: $1.25 each

Food Lion Peanut Butter, 18 oz- 3/$5
$1/1 Guiding Stars Product Printable
Final Price: $.67

Green Giant Canned Vegetables- $1
$1/1 Guiding Stars Product Printable
Final Price: FREE

Minute Premium Rice, 14 oz- 2/$4
$1/2 Minute Ready to Serve Rice Products in 6/21 RP
Final Price: 2/$3

Healthy Choice Steamers, 9.5-12.3 oz- 40% off ($2.09 each)
$1/2 HC Steamers in June "All You" Magazine
Final Price: 2/$3.18

Nestle NesQuik, 16 oz- $1 each
$1/2 Any Nestle NesQuik products in 6/21 RP
Final Price: 2/$1

Other Deals
Bing Cherries- $1.49/lb
Cantaloupes- B1G1 @ $2.50

Frozen Turkey Breast- $1.29/lb
Catfish Nuggets- $1.79/lb
Alaskan Cod Fillets- $4.99
Chicken Leg Quarters (10lb bag)- $.79/lb
Carolina Pride Bacon- 2/$4
$1/1 Guiding Stars Printable

Deli Turkey Breast B1G1 @ $5.49/lb
$3/$10 Deli or Bakery Printable

Tombstone Pizza- "Buy More, Save More"
1/$5, 2/$8, 3/$9 or 4/$8

2 Day Sale- Starts Saturday @ 8am
Quilted Northern 12 double or 9 mega roll- $4.99
$1/1 Quilted Northern in 7/19 RP or 7/26 RP
Final Price: $3.99

Scotties Tissues- $.79
$.50/3 in 4/19 RP (expires on 7/31) or 6/7 RP
Final Price: $1.87/3 (.62 ea)

Nabisco Single Serve Snacks- 2/$6
$.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers in 7/26 SS
$.75/1 Nabisco Multipacks in 6/21 SS (expires 8/2)
Final Price- $5.25/2

Harris Teeter Super Doubles- 7/28 is last day!

Just wanted to remind you that Harris Teeter Super Doubles end today!  Go here for more details and also here for some new updates!  I've been able to snag some great freebies this week!

Add this one to the list of updates:
In 7/26 RP, there is a $1/2 Mars candy bars coupon.  With doubles, that would be $2/2 making for some very cheap or free chocolate!!

I took my last trip to HT for super doubles this week.  Here is what I ended up with tonight!

Hefty One Zip- $.19
(2)Lysol wipes- $1 ea
(2) Baby Oil- FREE (charity)
Dawn dish soap- FREE
Kotex- FREE
Colgate- FREE
Aquafresh- FREE (charity)
Capri Sun- FREE
(3) Frank's Hot Sauce- FREE
Purity milk- $1.99
J&J first aid tape- FREE (charity)
(6) candy bars

I think we'll get our sugar fix for a while :)  

Retail total: $45.48
Total OOP: $5.85 ($2 was tax!)
Savings: 87%

I would love to hear how you did at HT this week!

Monday's Meal Plan

Monday blew right past me!  I didn't go grocery shopping this weekend because we are pretty well stocked so my routine was thrown off a little bit.  We have a few things going on this week so I am not doing a ton of cooking.  Those weeks are nice, aren't they?  

Here's what we are planning on for this week:

Monday: (already had) Chicken Enchiladas
Tuesday: Tuna Casserole, swiss chard from garden 
Wednesday: My Birthday... I don't know what we are doing, but I'm not cooking! :)
Thursday: Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy (didn't eat last week)
Friday: Eating at a friends house!

Lunches: quesadillas, chicken salad (using cut up chicken from the freezer), soup

Breakfasts: Homemade bagels, cereal, waffles

Museum Day- Free Admission!

Go HERE for more information about free admission to hundreds of different museum locations on Museum Day (September 26th)!   The museum card isn't available for print yet, but mark your calendars and check back to print it.

Thanks shop4freebies

Strawberry Freezer Jam

I decided to try my hand at canning, but quickly realized I needed some supplies that I just didn't have, so that will have to wait.  For now, I had some strawberries that were about to go bad and I needed to do something that was fairly easy.  I looked up a recipe for making homemade apple pectin instead of using the packet from the store.  You do this by boiling unripe apples- peels, cores and all, straining it and then reducing that liquid down by half.  

Then I combined 4 cups pureed berries, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 cup agave and 2/3 cup apple pectin.   (I like mine a little more on the tart side)

Then I got my cute little jars all ready, filled them up, and put them in the freezer!  The good news is that for freezer jam, you don't need cute little jars.  You can use yogurt containers, baby food jars, etc.

It tastes delicious!  Unfortunately, my apple pectin set some, but not all the way.  I think my granny smiths were a little too ripe.  Next time I will try it with crab apples instead.  

The awesome news is that I made all 11 of my little jars for about $3.75.  That sure beats buying it at the store AND what a fun adventure! :) 

Anyone have any good freezer jam tips??

New Kraft Printables

There are 3 new Kraft Printables up- I LOVE when there are cheese coupons.. we eat a lot of it around here!  Remember to use your back browser to print them twice.  They say "Redeem at Publix" on them- Just watch for a sale and use your coupon then.  They expire on 8/27 so don't do too much watching :)

7/28 Coupon Class Postponed

Due to several people needing to reschedule, I'm postponing our 7/28 coupon class to a later date.  I actually have something really exciting and new that I'm working on that could end up replacing these!  I'll fill you in very soon. 

I would love to take the opportunity to thank YOU for reading!  I also love hearing from you so if there is topic you would like to see covered or a ministry/organization you want featured on "Saturday's Seed to Sow", send an email to  

Have a great day!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Free Shamwow Cloths

Go here to take a short survey and get 2 free Shamwow Cloths!

Kroger Deals, 7/26-8/1

(I can't get rid of the underlining.. sorry) Here are your Kroger match ups for this week.  Thanks so much to Becky at Frugal in Franklin for putting this list together!  These are just a few of my favorites- be sure to check out her site for the rest of the list!! 

Here are a few things to remember about Kroger:

  1. They doubles coupons up to $0.50 everyday.
  2. There are usually great manager's specials- so watch for those in the meat and dairy departments.
  3. They don't accept competitors coupons.
  4. You can use 2 coupons on a B1G1 deal.  You can also just buy 1 at 50% off (and use a coupon! :)

Soak Up Summer Savings Promo

(Just a few are listed here) Purchase 4 participating P&G products and receive a $4 instant discount at checkout. All prices are after the discount. There are some good prices in this list if you are a P& G loyalist.


Puff's Facial Tissue, 96 to 216 ct .79

-.25/3 Puffs Single Packs P&G eSaver

Final Price: 62¢ ea


Always's or Tampax $1.99

-$1/2 Always Pads, Liners or Cleansing Cloths, Any - 07-05-09 PG

-$1/1 Always P&G eSaver

-.50/1 Tampax 18 ct. or higher PG 6-7 or 7-5

-.50/1 Tampax P&G eSaver

Final Price: 49¢ (must use eCoupon and MQ)


Pringle's Stix, 6.8 oz. $1.99

-$1/2 Pringles Snack Stacks, Stix, Minis, or Select Product, Any - 06-28-09 RP

-$1/1 Pringles Pringles Stix, Snack Stacks, Minis or Select Products, Any- P&G Brand Saver $120 In P&G Savings

Final Price: 49¢ to $1.49


Other Deals

Santa Cruz Lemonades,32 oz. $1.25 STOCKPILE

-.75/1 Santa Cruz Juice printable

Final Price: 50¢ea

Crest Toothpaste 6.4 oz, Selected Varieties $1 STOCKPILE

-.50/1 Crest Toothpaste PG 6/07

Final Price: FREE

Flintstones Vitamins 60 ct $4.59

-$1/1 Flintstones Multivitamin Product, Any - 07-26-09 RP

Final Price: $3.59

Olathe Sweet Corn 10 For $3

Aquafina .5 liter Bottles Water, 24 ct $3.88

Coupon Class 7/28!

Last chance to RSVP for our FREE Coupon Class tomorrow night (7/28).  Go HERE for more info!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bread Heels Rescued!

Normally bread heels end up in the trash around here.  If we are low on bread I might try to get away with spreading the peanut butter on the "yucky" side to make a sandwich for the kids... oh but soooo not worth getting caught, haha!

About 3 weeks ago, I started putting my bread heels in the freezer.  My first thought was that I would use them in meatloaf (I just rub 2 pieces together to get crumbs).  But then it all came flooding back to me... how much I love bread pudding!  I looked up this recipe online and let my bread thaw and sit out for a few hours to get even drier (being frozen helps with the dryness too). I cut it up into cubes and followed the rest of the recipe.  DELICIOUS!  No more heels going to waste AND a yummy dessert to show for it!

It's also a great recipe that uses up that manager's special milk. I made a couple minor modifications by using Agave nectar and using a tiny bit less milk.  I also increased the amount of bread by about a cup.  I'm so sorry I didn't get a picture!  I must have been too excited about my pudding that I neglected my readers... please forgive :)

One of my all time favorite desserts is at an Irish pub here in town that serves bread pudding with a little Bailey's drizzled on it.  Mmmmmmmmmmmm!  What do you like to add in or on your bread pudding?  Also, anybody have any other bread heel ideas?

Publix Penny Item- Sunday and Monday

According to Southern Savers, the mystery Penny Item for Sunday and Monday is:

Publix Hot Dogs 
(the house Kosher brand can be substituted, just ask)

Florida and some Georgia stores do not participate in this promotion.. sorry :(

You are eligible to receive the penny item when your total hits $10 before you hand over your coupons.  Many of our local stores do not require that you take the penny item coupon (found in the weekly Sunday ad), but I have heard change is happening in a few places, so take the coupon just in case.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

**Reminder** Coupon Basics- "Grocery Stores 101"

Just a reminder about our Coupon Basics Class coming up this Tuesday, July 28th! Go HERE for all the info you need.  Don't forget to RSVP to enter the drawing (and so I know how many to expect! :)  

See you there!

Saturday's Seed to Sow

For this weeks' Seed to Sow, I want to introduce you to Mercy Ministries.  This is an amazing biblically based program that works with young women who are looking to be free from issues such as addictions, depression, abuse or who are dealing with unplanned pregnancy.  They work with women from all different types of back grounds between the ages of 13-28.  If you want to learn more about Mercy Ministries and what you can do to help, go HERE.  

This is a perfect opportunity to donate those toiletry, school and baby items you can pick up from CVS and Walgreens this week (see my previous post).  Of course monetary donations are always good too!  Go HERE for a list of locations.

Thanks for giving to someone in need this week!

CVS and Walgreens Deals- 7/26

Looks like  a pretty good week at Walgreens and CVS!  Please don't hesistate to ask if you have any questions about the deals.

*note* Free oral care and school supplies make great donations to charity!

Go HERE for Walgreens deals and match-ups for this week.  Some of my favs are:

$3 RR wyb (3) Dental Care at $3 ea:
Listerine 500 ml Mouthwash
-.50/1 Listerine Antiseptic 500ml, SS 6/14, RP 4/26 or printable
-$1 off Listerine Antiseptic 500 ml, SS 6/14
Reach Toothbrush or Floss, 30 yards
B1G1 Reach Toothbrush, any up to $3.99, RP 4/26
-$3/3 Reach Floss and Reach Toothbrush and Listerine Antiseptic, SS 3/15 
-$1.50/2 Reach Floss and/or Reach Toothbrush and/or Listerine Antiseptic, SS 3/15
-.50/1 Reach Floss or Toothbrush or Listerine, SS 3/15
-.50/1 Reach Floss, any, SS 3/15

-$1 off Reach Toothbrush, SS 6/14
-$2 off Reach Toothbrush, SS 6/14 
-$1 off Reach Dental Floss, SS 6/14
-.50/1 Any Reach product,
-$1.50/2 Any Reach products, printable

**Deal Idea**
Buy: (3) Listerine $3 ea

Use: (3) -$2 off Listerine

Total Due: $3

Get Back: $3 RR, makes it FREE

Buy: (3) Reach Toothbrushes
(1) B1G1 coupon

(2) -$2 off coupons

Total Due: $2

Get Back: $3 RR, you make $1 profit!

Starbucks Frappuccino 9.5 oz 4 for $5 w/ in-ad coupon
-$1 off Starbucks Bottled Frappuccino Coffee or Doubleshot Espresso, SS 6/21
(makes it .25¢ ea)

Charmin Tissue 6-big rolls $3.49 w/in-ad coupon
-.25/1 or $1/2 Charmin, PG 7/05, 6/07
-.50/1 Charmin, PG 6/07 (makes it $2.99 ea)
-$1 off Charmin, $120 in PG Savings Booklet

Go HERE for CVS deals and match-ups for this week.  Lots of freebie school supplies again! Some of my favs are:

$2 ECB wyb Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste or 360 Toothbrush at $2.88 Limit 1
-$1 off Colgate, Total Advanced SS 7/12, or
 printable (makes it FREE plus overage)
-.75/1 Colgate Total SS 7/26

-.40/1 Colgate Manual Toothbrush SS 7/26

.99¢ ECB wyb Caliber 100 Page Composition Books at .99¢ FREE after ECB Limit 2

.99¢ ECB wyb CVS Erasers, Push Pins or Binder Clips  at.99¢ FREE after ECB Limit 2

.99¢ ECB wyb Caliber Pencil or Index Card Case at .99¢ FREE after ECB Limit 2

.99¢ ECB wyb Pilot Easytouch Pen 2 Pk at .99¢ FREE after ECB Limit 2

.99¢ ECB wyb Swingline Tot Stapler or Caliber Sticky Notes 2 pk at .99¢ FREE after ECB Limit 2

$1.89 ECB wyb CVS Tampons $1.89 FREE after ECB Limit 1

Thanks Southern Savers!