Current Projects

  • Couponing like crazy!
  • Turning Junk into Treasure!
  • Saving Plastic Bottles from Landfills!

Monday, October 31, 2011

My Review of Stokes grocery

 The kids and I hit Stokes grocery store in Salem today. So many exciting deals for their grand opening!
I only went in for 4 things and ended up with a full grocery cart!
 Bananas 3 lb/$1
Lindsey Jumbo Olives .68
Child's Play candy $5.99
 Sunbelt granola bars $1.50
Frozen Veggies $1.28
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.39/lb
Kellogg's 10 pk Fruit Snacks  $1.00
12 ct Ice Cream Cups .78
Western Family Bagged Cereal $2.50
Diapers $6.19

 So the employees were friendly, as were my fellow customers and it made the shopping experience so enjoyable! I highly recommend getting in there from now till the 7th to take advantage of these opening sales. It will be interesting to see how well they compete after this initial phase.
 My one complaint about the store is that it is a bit tight. Getting around can be tricky. Overall though, a very good experience!
 Plus they have Ace hardware in their store. Lots and lots of hardware isles just waiting to be explored!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Dollar Store

 I made a trip to the local dollar store today. I didn't have time to take a pic of the loot, but I just have to say, dollar stores are awesome! So many great deals if you're looking for the right things!
 I get all of my allergy medicine there. It's a way better deal and works great. I needed raisins and found them there. Good size box too. I also grabbed a big bag of roasted, salted peanuts. What a steal! Even at Big Lots I would have paid 3x as much for the same!
 I also desperately needed carpet stain spray. I grabbed two good size cans there. I've gotten them there before and they work great. :)
 I looked at some walnuts but it was a really small bag. As I don't buy walnuts often, I will need to look around before I am sure it's a good deal. Walnuts are just plain expensive. I'm thinking my parents had the right idea with our giant walnut tree in California. I hated the associated chores then but I'd love to have it now!
 I also grabbed two packs of plastic cereal bowls for the kids. We go through bowls, cups and spoons at an unsettling rate....
 I also grabbed a nice little 2-sided bottle brush to put away for the new baby. Gathering things a little at a time.
 So..... I highly recommend checking out your dollar store. You may be really surprised at what you find there! Yes, there is also a lot of cheap crap. Be wise and the dollar store can save you a lot of money on things you need anyway!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ad matching @ Walmart

The fam and I hit Walmart yesterday to do some ad-matching. I was really pleased with how well I did, without using a single coupon.
 The frame was $3, regular price. The Lender's bagels are $1.50 per bag and you can find them in the refrigerated section near the cream cheese. Lender's are my favorite!
 Bags of salad: .78 each. 4lb corn tortillas: $3.07.
The final regular price item was the bread at $1.25 per loaf. Not amazing, but it was ok since we saved so much elsewhere.

Now for ad-matches:
5 doz Eggs $5.98 @ Rancho Market

  Cilantro: 5/.99 @ Rancho
Milk $1.99 each @ Rancho
Oranges 5 lb/.99 @ Rancho
Grapes .78/lb @ Rancho
Anaheim Peppers 5 lb/.99 @ Rancho
1 lb baby Carrots $1 @ Fresh Market

I got out of there spending less than $30. I'm a happy camper. :) These prices end Tuesday. Don't miss out!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I'm Back!

 So I realize it has been FOREVER since I've been on here! I have had some fun shopping adventures, but life has been crazy busy and I haven't gotten around to documenting. But I am back! Yesterday's Walgreen's adventure is too good to not share! And there is still time for you to join in the fun!
 All I needed was the toilet paper, but these deals were too good to pass up:
(2) Cottonelle Toilet Paper 12 rolls, $5
Walgreens Store Coupon -$1 off Cottonelle toilet paper October Walgreens Coupon booklet (takes off $2)
Manufacturer Coupon (2) -.75/1 Cottonelle product, 12 pk., or (2) 4 pk., SS 9/11
Total Due: $6.50
Get Back: $3 RR, makes it $1.75 each!

$4 RR WYB Gillette Fusion ProGilde, Venus Embrace, or ProSkin Razor System at $9.99
Get additional $3 RR WYB Gillette Razor System and matching Cartridges
Manufacturer Coupon -$5 off Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor WYB cartridge 4 ct., +, PG 10/02
Manufacturer Coupon -$3 off Gillette Venus razor or refill excl disposable AND Secret deodorant excl trial size and original, PG 10/02 

$1 RR WYB (2) Dove or Degree Antiperspirant, 2.6-3 oz, at $2 ea.
Manufacturer Coupon -$2/2 Dove Go Fresh deodorant + body mist combo printable
Manufacturer Coupon -.75/1 Dove deodorant or body mist, excl trial size or Men+Care, RP 10/02
Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Dove Men+Care deodorant, 2.7-3 oz, excl trial size, RP 10/02
(use (2) $1 off, makes it 50¢ ea.)

M&M’s, 9.9-12.6 oz, $2.50
Manufacturer Coupon -$1.50/2 Mars M&M’s candy, September All You magazine
Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Mars Pretzel M&M’s, 9.9 oz +, Bi-Lo Gold Star Meats booklet
Walgreens Store Coupon -$1/2 Mars M&M’s chocolate candy 9.9-12.6 oz, October Walgreens Coupon booklet
Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Mars M&M’s or Dove chocolate, 8.5 oz +, RP 8/28
Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Mars M&M’s pretzel candy, 9.9 oz +, RP 9/11
Manufacturer Coupon -$1.50/2 Mars M&M’s products, 9.4 oz + printable
(use $1/2 store coupon and (2) $1 off mfr coupon, makes it $1 ea.) 

Then the fillers, Halloween pencils and plastic cups, are just .13 each with in ad coupon. They may be hard to find this late in the game, but there are some other good coupon items in the ad that will make for useful "fillers."

This is a really great week for Walgreen's. You don't wanna miss out! The Cottonelle toilet paper is a month long deal, so you will have time on that one. Ps. The Springville store was really well stocked with it and several of the deal items. 
I ended up with an extra $3 RR that I will use later this week. With that considered, I got like $50 worth of goods for around $15. Not too shabby. :) And I was doing all of this on the fly. If I had had it all planned out, like the order of my transactions, I am sure I would have saved even more. So word to the wise, PLAN YOUR TRANSACTIONS AHEAD OF TIME!!!