Current Projects

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

IFA Country Stores

If you haven't already noticed this in yesterday's mail, I hope you didn't throw it out!!!
IFA's ad includes a coupon for $.01 June or Everbearing Strawberry plant!!! One per household and must redeem coupon.

They also have the following good deals:

Cushion Grip Yard tools $1.49

American Seed Packets 10/$1

10 oz Bag Balm $5.89
I LOVE this product!!!!! Great for dry skin and lips! Not just for animals!  ;)

Vet Wrap $1.99
Good for people too. Come in lots of fun colors. Won't stick to hair or skin. No clips or pins needed!

All toys 20% off!
I found some tubes of assortments of small, detailed animal collections near the registers. Super cute! Great gift! Retail was like $7.99 or so. With discount, it's around $6.40. I know that sounds pricey, especially for me, but these are top quality and we really like them. 

Happy Shopping!!!

Deal of the Day!

Today's deal is at Rite Aid:

Buy Scunci hair bands @ $1.99
Earn $1.99 +UP rewards that you can redeem the following morning.

Like getting it FREE!!!

I'm pretty sure there is a limit of 2 per person. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I finally got over to Stokes today. They have some awesome deals that you don't want to miss!

Coke 12 pack sodas (all varieties included!!!)  $2.75

WF 6 oz yogurt 3/$1

Dole bagged salad .99

Suave 12-15 oz shampoo or conditioner .77

5 lb bag Russet Potatoes .77

1 lb bag baby carrots  .77

Auafresh 6.4 oz toothpaste .49 limit 2

Lindsay Olives .88
-$1/2 Lindsay olives online print= .38

WF Fruit snacks .98

WF asst Granola Bars $1.87

WF Crescent rolls $1.63

Dannon Activia 4 pack yogurt $1.97
-$1/1 Dannon activia SS 3/03

Oscar Mayer lunchables .99

Philadelphia cream cheese 4/$4 limit 4

Organic Kale 2/$4

Spiral Cut Ham $.38/lb!!!

I didn't have time to recon the store and see what other unadvertised deals were going on. If I get a chance before the week is out, I will report on it!

$5 Meal: Taco Salad

Here's today's $5 meal idea:
Remember that all ingredients are from current and past sales, utilizing your stockpile/food storage whenever possible!

1 Bagged Salad .99 (clearance salad at Smith's)

1 can Western Family Chili con Carne .39 ea (about 2 months ago @ Stokes)

1 bag Santita's tortilla chips $1.49 (@ Smith's; last week's 3 day only sale)

Kraft Ranch Dressing $1.49 (@ Macey's; current sale)

For cheese, you should have taken advantage of all the recent awesome deals! There have been too many to mention!
I grabbed the 5 lb bags at Smith's (used -.25/2lb online coupons) and broke it up into small freezer bags. 

Add the cheese and you should be right at $5.00!!

If you need to use one more can of chili, keep in mind that we already bought dressing for yesterday's meal so technically you don't have to consider the full purchase price into today's total. Thus leaving enough $ to cover the extra chili. ;)

Monday, March 25, 2013

$5 Meals

I was asked recently if I could really provide a meal for my family for less than it would cost to grab a Hot and Ready pizza from Little Ceaser's. My fellow couponers of course know that is totally possible!
I am going to be providing $5 or less meal ideas regularly now. They will be made up of items that should be in your storage from previous coupon match-ups or deals and also current sale/coupon items. These meals are designed to feed a family of 4. If you have teenagers, you would likely double it. But then you'd probably have to get another $5 pizza too if you were taking that route.
Tonight's $5 menu:

Spaghetti with ground turkey

Barilla Whole Grain Wheat Spaghetti noodles $1 at Fresh Market (around 2 months ago)
-$1/2 Barilla pastas= $.50

Ragu pasta Sauce $.75 @ Macey's wyb 10 (current sale)

Jenni-O Ground Turkey $1 (frozen;Fresh Market's meat clearance section, 2 months ago)

Red Leaf Lettuce .69 @ Rancho Market (last week's sale)

Roma Tomatoes 3 lb/$1 @ Rancho Market (current sale)

Kraft 16 oz Dressing $1.50 @ Macey's (current sale)

Total approximate cost: $4.84

This meal is a good example of how to use/rotate your stockpile/food storage. As often as possible, mix ingredients from storage with current sale items to maximize your savings and to ensure that none of your storage goes bad. 
You CAN feed your family healthy food on a budget!

Monday at Macey's

I made a quick stop at Macey's this afternoon. I just love the new Monday deal! I grabbed a couple things from last week's sale and a few things from the current sale. Some great stock ups! Get in there today if these are some of your staples!

Old Sale:

Toll House Morsels (including Butterscotch chips!!!)  $1.99
-$1/2 Nestle Toll House morsels RP 2/03

Dannon Activia 4 pack yogurt $2
-$1/1 Dannon Activia S/S 3/03

WF Crescent Rolls 3/$5

Philadelphia Cream Cheese .88 ea limit 4
The SF store is out of the low fat.

Malt o Meal Giant Size bags 2/$5
-$1.50/3 Malt o meal online print

Grandma Sycamore's 24 oz bread $1.99

WF medium dozen eggs .88

New Sale:

WF Butter 2/$4

WF doz large eggs .99

Shasta 2 ltr soda .69

Dole 20 oz Pineapple canned .99
-.75/2 Dole Pineapple SS 2/03

Spiral Cut Ham $1.49/lb

Kraft 16 oz dressings 2/$3
-$1 off produce wyb 2 Kraft dressings (tearpad)

Ragu Pasta Sauce .75 w/in-ad & purchase of 10

Betty Crocker cake mixes .88

Ghirardelli baking chips 3/$5 must buy 3
-$1/2 Ghirardelli bags 3.5+ oz SS 3/10

WF 16 oz Sour Cream .99

WF Cream Cheese .99

WF Whipped Topping 8 oz  .88

McCormick Gravy Mixes 2/$1
-.55/2 McCormick Gravies RP 3/10

WF canned Broth .59

Brach's Jelly Bird Eggs 7-9 oz  .88

7-UP, A&W, Pepsi 12 pk sodas 4/$12 w/in-ad coupon; must buy 4
-$1/3 12 pks of Pepsi online print (no longer available)

Sun Chips 2/$3

Happy Shopping!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Smith's.. Going bananas!

 I've mentioned this before but now and I am even more excited than before! Smith's is great about marking down their produce. Rather than just throwing it out right away like most other stores, as soon
as they are nearing the sell by date, Smith's gives you the chance at a great deal and keeps the produce from going to waste.
I realized today that they even do this with fruit, not just with the bagged salads I had seen and bought before.
I found fabulous bananas at the Payson Smith's and was thrilled to open a couple and find they had just reached the perfect ripeness. Smith's likes having perfect looking produce so when there is even a brown mark, away it must go! And in I sweep to reap the benefits!
I found a metal stand in the back corner of the produce department where they put clearance produce. The bananas I found right next to the full price fruit. It was so cheap and such great quality!
I highly recommend checking it out! Fresh fruit and veggies are so good for you and your family but can be so expensive. With Smith's great clearance and Rancho Market's always amazing deals, there is no excuse to not have your house stocked with great fresh food!!!              

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Smith's 3 day sale & more!

Smith's is having a 3 day sale again! Totally worth getting over there this weekend!!
Friday through Sunday ONLY!!

Milk $1.99
-.25/1 milk online print

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.69/lb

Santita's Tortilla Chips 2/$3

Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream or Sherbet  $1.99

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage $1.99
-.75/2 Jimmy Dean sausage rolls RP 3/17

All week:

Red or green seedless grapes $1.48/lb

The following prices are based on buying 5 mix and match items.

Nabisco Snack Crackers $1.79

Capri Sun 10 ct $1.49

Gogurt $.99
-.35/1 gogurt online print

Cottonelle 12 double rolls or
Scott Extra Soft 16 double rolls or
Viva Paper Towels 6 rolls      $5.99
-$1/1 Cottonelle 12 + online print
-.75/1 Scott bath tissue 8+ SS 3/17

FREE MILK wyb 4 mix & match cereals from the following brands:

General Mills
Post Cascadian Farms

GM & Post cereals 10.7-25 oz 4/$10
There are bazillions of applicable coupons for all the mix & match cereals.

Happy Shopping!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Finally some deals!!

I nearly jumped up and down when I saw this week's new deals! The drought is over!!! Today I'm looking at Macey's, Fresh Market and Rancho Market. I will report on Stokes and Smith's tomorrow.


Hershey's XL Candy Bars $.72 ea w/in-ad coupon, must buy 3

Nestle Tollhouse Morsels $1.99
-$1/2 Nestle Toll house morsels  RP 2/03

Philadelphia Cream Cheese $.88 ea limit 4- all others $1.50 ea

WF medium egss 1 doz  $.88

Malt O meal giant cereal bags 2/$5
-$1.50/3 Malt o Meal cereals online print= $2 each!!!

Green Bell Peppers or Cucumbers 2/$1

Fuji Apples .99/lb

Green onions or radishes 2/$1

WF 6 oz Yogurt .39 ea

Dannon Activia yogurt 4 pk 2/$4
-$1/1 Dannon Activia SS 3/03

Dole bagged salad $1.29 select varieties

Fresh market:

Michelina's Gourmet Entree .88 ea w/in-ad coupon
-$1/5 Michelina's Gourmet entrees online print

Stouffer's Single Serve frozen meals $1.99 w/in-ad coupon
-$1/2 Stouffer's Single serve meals max 21 oz SS 3/10

Cucumbers or Green Bell Peppers 2/$1

WF 5 lb Medium Shredded Cheddar Cheese $11.99
-.25/2 lb cheese online print

WF 6 oz Yogurt 3/$1

Hershey's XL Candy bars .72 ea w/in-ad coupon wyb 3

WF Fruit Snacks .99

Philadelphia Cream Cheese 4/$4 no limit

Rancho Market:

Red Apples 2 lb/.99

Cilantro 4/.99

Green Bell Peppers 2 lb/.99

Small Avacado 4/.99

Jalapeno peppers 2 lb/.99

Shur Saving gal Milk 2.29
Rancho does not accept coupons! You could ad match this price at Walmart and use your $.25 online print milk coupon.

Tuesday - Thursday only:

Celery 2/.99

Anaheim Peppers 2 lb/.99

Bosc Pears 2 lb/.99

Black Beans 2 lb/.99

Kiwi fruit .99/lb

Tilapia Fillet 2.99/lb

Friday -Sunday only:

Honeydew Melon 3 lb/.99

Pineapple 1.79 ea

Bagged Carrots 1 lb each  3/.99

Oranges 5 lb/.99

Red Grapes 1.49/lb

Happy Shopping my darlings!!!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Finished project

I finished a little project this morning that has been waiting for many, many moons to get done. It is a nice feeling.
The coolest part about it.... The adjustable broom hanger and the drill I used to attach it to the wall.. wait for it...
both came from the dumpsters!!!

Since I haven't been doing any exciting shopping this week, I have turned my energies to other things, like the miles long list of great things we've started here. The weather is inspiring me! I will be working on the patio today then might do some more metal scouting. I used yesterday's metal earnings to buy a nice big push broom!
On to the next item on my wish list!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

While waiting..

You may have noticed that there are no great deals this week. I haven't done any shopping and was itching for a fix, so I've been loading up all of my metal scrap into the van to salvage tomorrow. Trying to earn the money for a hair cut and style.
I've found several good pieces while driving around lately. It's that time of year and people are putting their junk out on the curb. Don't miss out! Stop and grab it! Free money!!!
I found a broken outdoor lamp today on my way home from the gym. It had huge metal palm leaves for the shade and two were already broken off. I broke the rest off easily and they make for lovely yard art! The rest is going to salvage.

On another subject, I have jumped right into spring cleaning this week. Working on the inside and outside of the house. So much to do!!
Yard sale season is fast approaching! Are you going through your things, gathering your yard sale inventory? Now is the time to start prepping!

I also hit the recycling bins today. The score wasn't amazing, but it was good to be out hunting in this lovely weather! Feeling the diving bug coming back as the sun is shining brighter and warmer! The schools will be clearing stuff out really soon! Keep your eye on their dumpsters for great finds!!

What other productive, money making/saving things can you do while we wait for another exciting sale??

I am going to hit Rancho Market tomorrow for some great produce sales. I can always count on them to have something worth getting my wallet out for!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Weekend Deals @ Macey's

Macey's has some fun weekend-only specials, starting today!

Red or Green seedless grapes $1.59/lb

Armour 10.9-11.3 oz lunch kits 4/$5

Keebler 8.5 oz Coconut dreams or 12.5 oz Deluxe Graham Cookies  2/$3

Nestle 11.5 or 12 oz milk chocolate semi sweet morsels 2/$3
-$1/2 Nestle tollhouse morsels RP 2/03 (if included)

Verde Segura Extra virgin olive oil 33.8 oz  $3.99

Shur Savings gallon milk  $1.99 limit 2
-.25/1 any milk online print

Kretschmar pre-sliced deli meats and cheeses  B1G1 limit 1

Monday, March 4, 2013

Deals! Deals! Deals!

After last week's disappointing lack of good deals, we are super blessed this week with a plethora of fabulous savings opportunities!
Let's start with Stokes in Salem:

Stokes is having it's caselot sale right now with all kinds of great deals. I took advantage of the Mac n' Cheese at just $.25 per box!!!!
I haven't seen it that cheap in nearly 2 years!
A few others that stand out;

Shur Saving 8 oz Tomato Sauce .10
Shur Saving canned Veggies 3/$1
Shur Saving 11 oz Mandarin Oranges 3/$1
Hunt's Pasta Sauce .78
There are plenty more, so head on down and jump in!
Other surprising deals at Stokes:
Fresh Pineapple .10/lb!!!
This is only while supplies last! So get in there!!!
Meadow Gold asst frozen treats 3/$5

At the front registers, I found boxes of Kashi bars for just $.81 each!

Fresh Market and Macey's again have variations of the same deals. Here are the best:


General Mills buy 10 mix n' match items, save $5 w/in-ad coupon
The best of these deals are the following:

Green Giant box veggies .75 ea wyb 10
-.60/3 Green Giant boxed veggies SS 2/10 or online print= .55 each!!!

Hamburger Helper .88 wyb 10
-.75/3 Hamburger Helper SS 2/03= .63 ea

Progresso Soup Cans .99 wyb 10
-.50/2 Progresso soup cans SS 1/20= .74 ea

Other great prices:

Butter, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce  .79 ea

Big Buy Bacon 1.88

WF Butter $1.99

WF 2 lb Medium Cheddar Cheese Loaf $4.88
-.25/any 2 lb

Thursday only:
1 gal Milk $2.29
-.25/1 any gallon milk online print

WF 8 oz Shredded Cheese 3/$5

Land o Frost Deli Shaved 9 oz $1.99
-.55/1 any Land o frost deli shaved online print coupon 

WF 32 oz Yogurt 2/$3

2 lb Mini Carrots 2/$4

Fuji Apples .89/lb

Fresh Market:

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 1.49/lb (sold in 20 lb box for $29.80)

1 lb baby carrots .99

Red Bell Peppers .79 ea

Roma Tomatoes .69/lb

Nalley Chili .88

WF Butter $1.99

Barilla Pasta 11/$10

Snyder's 12 asst Pretzels $2.50
-$1/1 Snyder's pretzels 03/03

Land o Frost 9 oz Deli Shaved meat $1.99
-.55/1 Land o frost deli shaved online print

Rancho Market

Here are my favorites for Rancho Market:

Fuji Apples 3 lb/.99

Spinach bunch 2/.99

Radish bunch 4/$1

Green Cabbage 3 lb/$1

Grapefruit 3 lb/$1

March 5-7

Roma tomatoes 2 lb/.99

Cucumbers 5/.99

Napa cabbage 2 lb/.99

Garlic 1.29/lb

March 8-10

Small Avacadoes 4/.99

Key Lime 2 lb/.99

I am so excited for this week's shopping!! Adrenaline's pumping! Jump in and grab these deals, friends!