Friday, October 30, 2009

$2 Old Navy Halloween Costumes...

Did you procrastinate getting a Halloween Costume for the little kiddies?

Head on over to Old Navy this morning for $2 Halloween Costumes while supplies last. Sale is today and tomorrow. I am sure there will be a mad rush, but you never know what you might find!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Childrens Place Coupon...

Personally I don't have to shop here anymore, (teenagers), but I bet there are a few of you who do!

Click here to get a 15% off coupon for The Children's Place. Good through November 16th :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

This week at Smiths...

More good deals this week at Smiths to stock up on:
  • Roast Sale! Rump roast, Cross Rib Roast, Chuck Roast, Boneless Beef, Round or Truck. $1.89/pound (Super Value Pack.)

  • Pork Loin, Rib or Boneless Sirloin Chops $1.29/pound

  • Red Seedless Grapes $0.89/pound

  • Post Cereal, Nature Valley or Fiber One Bars (selected varieties), $1.50 each when you buy 4. (Limit 2 sets of 4 per transaction.)

  • 16oz bars or shredded Kroger Cheese 2/$5 (If you didn't stock up on the 8oz bars last week. )

  • Kroger 8oz cream cheese; 16oz cottage cheese, sour cream or dips $0.88

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast $1.29/pound (super value pack) or $0.99/pound if you buy a 40lb case!

  • Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream $0.99 each LIMIT 4 per transaction!

  • John Morrell Meat Franks 16oz (excluding beef) $0.49

  • Sunny D 64oz $0.83
(*Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any misprints by the grocery store chains OR by me. Check your mailers to confirm prices, or go online here to Smiths to look at the AD's for yourself.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

At Your Service... about coupons!

One reader asked: "I have heard of people buying several papers on the same day to get multiple coupons, but I'm not sure why. Can you use two coupons on the same product?"

The main reason that people buy several papers on Sunday for multiple coupons is so that when there is a good buy on an item, they can buy several of that item at the cheap price. Generally you can not use two coupons on the same single item, (although some stores put out store coupons which they let you combine with manufacturer coupons occasionally), but you CAN buy MULTIPLES of that item and use a coupon for EACH ONE.

For example, if Captain Crunch is on sale for $1.50 a box and I have a $1 off coupon, I can get a box for 50c. If I have four coupons however, then I can get four boxes at 50c each. Expert couponers recommend that you get one paper with coupon inserts for each person in your household.

When you shop this way, it really helps you build your up your pantry as well as save tons of money. You will find that you slowly accumulate a plethora of food which means you don't have to buy items at full price because you can use the ones you got cheaply until they come on sale again! (Remember, sale items rotate... if you but enough of something to last you approx. 6-8 weeks, it should come on sale again before you run out... So if I eat pasta once a week and I buy 8 jars of sauce when it is on sale, I should have enough to last me until the next time it comes on sale.) It also means that you won't have to run out to the store because you don't have something! Additionally, this is a great way to build up food storage... especially if you buy a couple of extra sale items each week. :)

There are websites that do all the work for you and help you match the coupons with the weeks sales at your local grocery stores. Grocery Smarts is a good one, however not every state has this available yet and you have to know that passport number for your state. Here are a couple of passport numbers for states I know they service...

Utah: g84csg
Arizona: g85ro1
Southern California: g92ro1
Eastern Washington: g99ro1
Idaho: g83ro1
Let me know if you have any other questions about coupons! :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Don't miss these two items at Smiths...

Tuesday is the last day to stock up on two items that I am loving at Smiths this week.

Boneless pork loin roast (in the vacuum sealed packages) is just $1.29/pound. Get a few, cut them up and freeze them! I always post when this comes on super sale because it is so versatile. You can cut it into thick chops and stuff them, slice thinly to quick fry, roast it or do pulled pork, including the cafe rio pork recipe posted here. It's boneless, it's delicious, and it's cheap!

The other item you just have to pick up is the Kroger cheese. It is 99c for 8oz (bars or shredded), and there is no limit. They have lots of different kinds including monterey jack, colby, extra sharp, marbled, Italian blend, pizza blend and nacho blend. You can freeze cheese although it is more crumbly after it has been frozen so it will be better for recipes than sandwiches. :)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Raincheck please...

How many times have you gone to a grocery store and they are out of the super sale item you wanted? Did you know that most stores will give you a rain check so you can buy it at the same price when they get it back in stock? You can also still use your coupons with that rain check, so don't forget to ask for one next time they are out of something you really wanted. :)

Grocery stores aren't the only places that will give you a rain check. I often have gotten a rain check from Target for super deals that I want that they sell out of quickly. Take for example my panini maker and my counter top griddle, both of which were on SUPER (over 50% off) sale before Christmas last year. They sold out quickly on the Sunday, (which I always miss out on because I don't shop on Sundays), but they gave me a rain check so I could buy it any time over the next few weeks.

Some stores won't give rain checks for certain items but a good rule of thumb is that if it doesn't say in the ad that they won't give rain checks, they usually will. IT CERTAINLY NEVER HURTS TO ASK! :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Quick tip: Food Storage...

Like to store surplus food, but worried that you will end up wasting because you don't rotate it often enough? Keep a black sharpie in each area you store food and quickly write the month and year (ex: 10/09) on things before you put them away. A quick glance will let you know which can or box you need to use first!