Saturday, October 16, 2010

Publix Update

I wanted to pass along the information that I have obtained from my visits to Publix in Dothan.

  1. They do take a competitors' coupon within a 45 mile radius. I have used a Target web coupon and a Winn Dixie catalina coupon and had no problem with either. I have not tried a Register Reward coupon from Walgreens, an ECB from CVS, or a $5 on a $25 order coupon from any of the stores that offer these such as Rite Aid or CVS. If anyone has used one of these at the new stores in Dothan, please post a comment and let us know whether or not they will take these.
  2. You may use a manufacturer's coupon and a Publix or competitor coupon together on an item. You cannot use a Publix coupon and a competitor coupon together. A manufacturer's coupon will say "manufacturer coupon" on the top of the coupon.
  3. They do not match other competitors' prices.
  4. On their BOGO items, you do not have to buy two items to receive the lower price.
  5. You may use two coupons on the BOGO items. In other words, if you buy one item and get one item free, you can use two coupons.

I have price checked many items that I normally price at Wal Mart and most of the prices are higher. However, if you match sales with coupons especially when you can stack coupons (use a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon), you can really find some good stockpiling prices.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Stockpiling list for the week of Oct 13-Oct 19

Here's a list of the stockpiling deals I see this week:

Piggly Wiggly (Brundidge and Troy)
  • Fresh lean ground beef (10-lb pkg) - $1.49 per lb
  • Whole lean Boston Butt pork roast (2 per pk) - $.99 per lb (Limit 1)
  • USDA select whole boneless rib-eye loin - $4.99 per lb (sliced free)
  • Boneless rib-eye steaks (family pk) - $5.99 per lb
  • Bush's baked or grillin beans (21-28 oz cans) - 3/$5 less $1 coupon for Bushs Black bean Fiesta Grillin Beans or Texas Ranchero Grillin Beans 21 oz can from 10/3 SS
  • Kelly's smoked link sausage 1 lb pk or baby links - 2/$6
  • WITH ONE FILLED SAVER CARD-Russet potatoes 10-lb bag - $1.99
  • WITH ONE FILLED SAVER CARD-PW granulated sugar 4lb bag - $1.49
  • WITH ONE FILLED SAVER CARD- Coke products or Pepsi 12 pk 12 oz cans-$2.50
Piggly Wiggly (Cost + 10%)
  • USDA select beef boneless ribeye steaks (family pk) - $3.97 per lb
  • Fresh lean ground beef (5 lb pk) - $1.18 per lb
  • Sister Schubert's yeast rolls (10 ct bag) - $1.88 less $.75 printable coupon
  • Blue Bell ice cream (half gallon) - 3/$9 less $1 printable coupon
  • Peanut Patch boiled peanuts (13.5 oz can) - $.68
  • Tetley tea bags (24 ct) - $1.33 less printable coupon or $.55 coupon from 09/26 SS
  • Nabisco premium saltine crackers (16 oz box) - 2/$3.00 less $1/2 printable coupon
  • McKenzie cream corn (20 oz roll) - $.99
Food Depot (Cost + 10%)
  • Market pack fryer breast - $.78 per lb
  • Boston Butt pork roast (2 pack) - $.97 per lb
  • Green bell peppers (Extra large) - 2/$.99
  • Angel Soft bath tissue (12 double roll) - $5.00 less $.50 coupon from 09/19 RP
  • Martha White corn meal or self rising flour(5 lb bag) - $1.88
Shur-Value Foods
  • USDA lean Whole Boston Butt pork roast (2 per pk) - $.89 per lb
  • Family pack split fryer breast - $.79 per lb
  • Kraft American singles (12 oz pkg) - $1.99 less 5/$5 printable coupon if you buy 5=$.99 each
Stephenson & Smith IGA
  • Yoplait frozen smoothies 7.6 oz pkg - 2/$5 less $1.00 printable coupon
  • Pillsbury crescent rolls or sweet rolls (8-13.9 oz pkg) - $1.69 less $.50/2 printable coupon

Friday, October 8, 2010

Publix Deals

For a list of the deals this week at our new Publix stores, go here for a complete list. Some of my favorites are:

  • Totino's Crisp Crust Party Pizza, 9.8-10.9 oz - $1 less $1/5 printable coupon
  • Hunt's 100% Natural tomatoes 14.5 oz - BOGO at $1.39 ($.69) less $.45/3 coupon from SS 10/3
  • Lipton's Tea brew bags 24 ct - BOGO $2.15 ($1.07)
  • Martha White muffin mix - $.75 less $1/4 or $.55/2 coupon from 8/08 RP

Stockpiling list for the week of Oct 6-Oct 12

Here's a list of the stockpiling items I see this week.

Piggly Wiggly (Cost + 10%)
  • USDA Select Beef T-bone steaks family pk - $3.44 per lb
  • Fresh Lean whole sliced pork loin - $1.27 per lb
  • Grade A premium fryer breast family pk - $.88 per lb
  • Del Monte corn or green beans 15 oz can - $.50 less coupon $1/5 from 9/19 RP
  • Red Diamond tea bags family size (24 ct) - $.99
  • McCormick Black Pepper 4 oz - 2/$3 less Publix coupon $1.00 (Stock up for the Game flyer)
  • Kraft Bulls-Eye BBQ sauce 18 oz original or Memphis - $.68
  • Bounty towels - $.86 per roll less $.25 coupon from 9/26 P&G
  • Post Honey Comb or Pebbles 12.5-15 oz box - $1.95
  • McKenzie white or yellow corn (20 oz roll) - $.97
  • Colonial Giant sandwich bread (24 oz) - 2/$3
  • Shedd's Country Crock (45 oz tub) - $1.97 less $.30 coupon from 9/26 RP
  • Red or white seedless grapes - $.97 per lb
  • Fresh ground beef (5 lb package) - $1.49 per lb
  • Tenderlean pork boston butts - $.99 per lb
  • USDA Select Beef bone-in Rib Eye steaks (family pk) - $4.99 per lb
  • Assorted varieties Hamburger Helper - $.99 less $.75/3 printable coupon
Food Depot (Cost + 10%)
  • Fryer leg quarters (10 lb bag) - $.29 per lb
  • Del Monte ketchup (24 oz btl) - 2/$1
Shur-Valu Foods
  • USDA family pk beef chuck roast - $1.89 per lb
  • Fresh boneless fryer breast - $1.49 per lb
Stephenson & Smith IGA
  • Zeigler wieners 12 oz pk - 2/$3

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Three inserts this weekend!!

Word is out that there may be three coupon inserts tomorrow-a Smart Source, Red Plum, and a General Mills. Let's hope that we receive all three in our area. Go here for a break-down of what should be each insert.

Thanks A Thrifty Mom.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Stockpiling list for the week of Sept 29-Oct 5

Here's a list of the stockpiling items I see in this week's ads:

Super Sav
  • Jif Peanut Butter 17-18 oz - $1.68
Shur-Valu Foods (Cost + 10%)
  • USDA family pk Fresh Lean ground beef - $1.27 per lb
  • Family pack fresh fryer breast - $.79 per lb
Piggly Wiggly (Cost + 10%)
  • Country Style ribs or pork steaks (family pk) - $.98 per lb
  • Wesson vegetable oil 48 oz - $1.77
  • Ziploc EZ-Zip bags (qt or gallon) - $1.22 less coupon $1.25/2 from 09/12 SS
  • Charmin bath tissue 4 roll - $.96 less coupon $.25 from 09/26 PG
  • Sweet potatoes - $.33 per lb
  • baby peeled carrots (lb bag) - $.95
  • Kraft American singles 12 oz - $1.87 less coupon $1.00/2 from 9/26 SS or $5/5 printable coupon found here.
  • Tenderlean Pork Boston Butts - $.99 per lb
  • Welch's grape jelly or jam 2 lb - $1.49 less coupon $.55 from 08/01 SS
Stephenson & Smith IGA
  • Green cabbage - $.29 per lb
Piggly Wiggly (Brundidge and Troy)
  • Fresh whole (2 per bag) Boston Butts pork roast - $.99 per lb (limit 1)
  • USDA select boneless Rib-eye steaks family pk - $5.99 per lb
  • Betty Crocker hamburger helper boxes (4.7-7.9 oz) - 5/$5 less coupon $.75/3 from 8/8 GM

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Publix -What you need to know!

Since we are having two new Publix stores opening on October 6th in Dothan, I thought you might be interested in their coupon policy. Go here for the coupon policy of Publix as well as links to several free magazines from Publix which contain coupons. I have not read or heard if these new stores will double coupons or not. If anyone knows whether or not they will double coupons, please comment and let us know.

Thanks I Heart Publix.

Coupon Inserts This Weekend

Don't forget to buy your papers this weekend because there will be (3) inserts in the Sunday paper this week:

1 Smart Source

1 Red Plum

You can go here to check out this weekends coupon preview!

Thanks Saving Your Cents.

Stockpiling list for the week of Sept 22-Sept 28

Here's a list of the stockpiling items I see this week:

Piggly Wiggly (Cost + 10%) (Dothan)
  • Piggly Wiggly gallon milk - $2.65
  • Ronco spaghetti 1 lb pkg - $.87
  • Bounty towels (roll) - $.86 less coupon for $.25 from 8/29 PG
  • Hunt's squeeze ketchup 24 oz - $.88
  • Angel soft bath tissue (4 roll) - $.88
  • Mahatma yellow rice 5 oz - $.44 less coupon for $.50 from 8/29 RP
  • California iceberg lettuce - $.88
  • Farm fresh bell peppers or cucumbers - $.33 each
Stephenson & Smith IGA
  • Russet potatoes 10 lb bag - $1.97
Food Depot (Cost + 10%)
  • Market pack, fresh fryer breast - $.77 per lb
  • Betty Crocker Hamburger helper - $.91 less printable coupon for $.75/3
  • Crisco oil 48 oz btl - $1.98
Shur-Valu Foods
  • 1% or skim Shurfresh gallon milk - $2.59
  • Valu Time gallon jug bleach - $.99
  • Armour vienna sausage 5 oz - $.39

Friday, September 24, 2010

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Stockpiling list for the week of Sept 15-Sept 21

Here's the list of stockpiling deals I see this week:

Piggly Wiggly (Brundidge and Troy)
  • Fresh extra lean ground beef family pack - $1.69/lb
  • Fresh grade A split fryer breast family pack - $.99/lb
Food Depot (Cost + 10%)
  • Kraft 30 oz jar mayonnaise - $.99
  • White House 64 oz btl apple juice - $.99
Piggly Wiggly (Cost + 10%)
  • Grade A premium fryer breast - $.85/lb
  • USDA Select Beef boneless ribeye steak family pack - $4.97/lb
  • Fresh Lean store-made ground beef (5lbs or more) - $1.57/lb
  • Original or Memphis Bulls-Eye BBQ sauce 18 oz - $.58 less $.55 coupon from 09/12
  • Masterblend or Original Maxwell House coffee 34.5 oz can - $5.25
  • Dasani 24 pk water - $3.50
Shur-Valu Foods
  • Wesson Vegetable cooking oil 48 oz btl - $1.89

Don't forget the 5/$5 printable coupon from Kraft I posted this week found here.

Uncle Ben's Whole Grain White Rice BOGO Coupon

Go HERE and enter the code BOGOWGW into the box to receive a coupon good for buy one box Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White Rice and get one FREE!

The offer is good through 12/31/10. Once you get to the coupon, be sure to hit back to print it twice!

Thanks Saving with Amy.

Up to $5 in Campbell's soup coupons

Go here for up to $5 in Campbell's soup coupons. Try the NEW Campbell's with over 20 more soups with less salt, with natural sea salt added.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

God speaks in dreams...

I had a dream the other night about the Rapture. I was talking with my youngest son and he slowly started rising in the air and then I started rising in the air. I knew immediately what was happening. The Lord had returned and we were joining Him in the air. I felt excited but sad at the same time. What about my loved ones who will be left behind?

I told my mother about the dream the next morning. Before the end of the day, I had several of my family members calling me asking if they were in the dream and if they were floating toward the sky or not. I honestly felt that I had been thinking about the Lord's return when I went to sleep and that was why I dreamed about it. A few days later I read this scripture in my daily Bible reading:

"For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings." Job 33:14-16 NLT

The $5/5 Kraft Coupon has reset!

There is a $5/5 Kraft Coupon for Football Season. When you use this coupon, you also donate $5 toward Feeding America. You should be able to hit your back button to print this twice. Products included are ANY Kraft Cheese or Dairy Products. (Knudsen, Breakstones Cottage Cheese and Sour Cream are excluded in CO, CA and ND).

I used two of these coupons yesterday to buy four packages of Velveeta cheese product (great for hamburger dip!), four packages of Kraft shredded cheese (on sale for $2 at Walmart), one Breakstone's sour cream and one Breakstone's cottage cheese. I am planning on making Crockpot Lasagna sometime this week. However, with my picky eaters I will have to leave out the veggies and boiled eggs. I still think I can make it work.

Thanks Frugal Coupon Living.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Stockpiling list for the week of Sept 8-Sept 14

Here's the list of stockpiling items for this week:

Piggly Wiggly (Brundidge and Troy)
  • Fresh lean ground beef family pack - $1.69/lb
  • Sliced quarter loin pork chops -$1.69/lb
  • Vegetable or Canola Wesson oil 48 oz btls - 2/$4
  • Betty Crocker tuna or chicken helper - 5/$5 less $.75/3 printable coupon
Shur-Valu Foods
  • Shurfresh gallon milk - $2.67
  • Iceberg lettuce - $.79
Stephenson & Smith IGA
  • Fresh green leafy cabbage - $.29/lb
Food Depot (Cost + 10%)
  • Duncan Hines cake mixes 18 oz box - $.79
  • Armour Vienna sausage 5 oz can - $.39
  • Wesson oil 48 oz btl - $1.97
  • Banquet dinner 8 oz pkg - $.91
  • Totino Pizzas $1.09 less $1/5 coupon from 08/08 GM = $.89 each
Piggly Wiggly (Cost Plus 10%)
  • Del Monte vegetables 14.5-15 oz cans - $.50
  • Red Diamond tea bags 24 ct - $.98
  • Jif Peanut Butter 18 oz jar - $1.87
  • Ziploc EZ-Zipper storage or freezer bags -4/$5 less $1.25/2 coupon from 08/08 SS = $.50 each
  • Del Monte squeeze ketchup 24 oz - $.86
  • French's yellow mustard 14 oz - $.96
  • Bell pepper or cucumbers - $.33 each
  • Russet Potatoes 10lb bag - $1.98

At Walgreens this week the 18 oz jar of Jif peanut butter and Smucker's Strawberry Jelly (20 oz) is on sale for 2/$4. There is a $1/2 coupon when you buy one of each which makes the price of the Jif peanut butter $1.50. This is a better deal but you have to buy the Smucker's jelly as well.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Stockpiling list for the week of Sept 1-Sept 7

Here's a list of the stockpiling prices I see this week.

  • Farm Field milk gallon - $3.29
  • Bush's 28 oz Baked Beans -2/$3
  • Lipton Tea bags 24 ct $1.99
Piggly Wiggly (Cost +)
  • Hunt's Squeeze ketchup 24 oz - $.88
  • Blue Bell Ice cream - 3/$10 less $1 coupon found here (must sign up)
  • Or-Ida Golden Crinkles potatoes - $1.97
Food Depot
  • Domino 4 lb bag sugar - $1.85 less $.40 coupon from 08/29 RP
  • Kraft 30 oz jar mayonnaise- $.99

Saturday, August 28, 2010

CVS Weekly Deals 08/29 - 09/04

Not much in this weeks ad.

$3ECB WYB $10
Great Lash Mascara $5 less $1 coupon printable
=$5x2=$10-$1-$1-$3ECB=$5/2=$2.50 each

These are $4.24 at Walmart.

Go here for a complete list.

Thanks Southern Savers.

Walgreens Weekly Ad 08/29-09/04

Looks like a good ad this week at Walgreens. Go here for a complete list of the deals and to print your shopping list. Also, Walgreens has now published a coupon policy here. They will now allow two coupons on BIGI items. I keep a copy of the coupon policy in my coupon binder just in case.

Thanks Southern Savers.

Budget Update

Monthly Update

YEAH! For the month of August I was under budget by $27.58. I spent $472.42 on $755.13 worth of groceries. I saved $209.26 with coupons during the month.

Unfortunately, that will only purchase one college textbook:(

I saved 81% at CVS!!

Total out of pocket was $5.32 and I received an ECB of $7.00=$1.68 profit. Here's the details:

First transaction
  • (2) Listerine Zero $3.97 x 2 = $7.94 less (2) $2 coupons
  • (2) Mentos Gum BIGIF = $1.79
  • less (2) $2 ECB from previous week
Total due $2.61 and received (2) $2 ECBs

Second transaction
  • (1) Zegerid OTC (raincheck from last week's ad) $9.99 less $4 coupon from scanner
  • less (2) ECBs from transaction #1
Total due $2.71 and received $7.00 ECB

Don't you just love CVS??

Stockpiling list for the week of Aug 25-Aug 31

I do not have much on my stockpiling list this week.

Piggly Wiggly (Cost + 10%) (Some Walmarts will not match cost + stores)

  • Piggly Wiggly sugar 4lb bag 3/$5-this equates to $.42 per lb which is cheaper than the 10 lb bag I usually buy at Walmart at $.47/lb.
  • Wesson vegetable oil 48 oz $1.97
  • Nabisco premium saltines 16 oz box $1.95 less $.75/2 coupon 08/08 SS
  • Memphis or Original Bulls-eye BBQ sauce $.68 less $.75 coupon 08/29 SS = FREE

Walmart has their Rotel on Rollback for $.88 a can. Go here for a coupon $1/3 to reduce the price to $.55 a can.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Three inserts this weekend!!

Check out the papers this weekend because we should be receiving three inserts: P&G, Smart Source and Red Plum. For a list of coupons that may be included go here. Remember, larger cities receive more coupons than smaller ones like mine.

Thanks A Thrifty Mom.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Save $2.00 when you buy two (2) Carnation Breakfast Essentials

Click here for a $2.00/2 Carnation Instant Breakfast Essentials Powder or Ready-to-Drink products.

New P&G coupon booklet

To receive your coupon booklet by mail:
  1. Purchase $50 (before tax or coupon discounts) worth of any P&G products between 09/01/10 and 12/31/10
  2. Circle the P&G products and their corresponding prices on your original cash register receipt(s)
  3. Fill out the form found here
  4. Mail the form in to the address found on the form.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What makes up your credit score?

According to FICO, over half of your credit score comes from your payment history and amounts owed. The length of your credit history comes in at fifteen percent of your score while your new credit and types of credit used are at an even ten percent each. While it may seem to have no rational explanation, your credit score is based on an undisclosed formula that we would all like to get our hands on.

The best advice I can give you about your credit score, is to check it often. At, you can receive for free a copy every 12 months of your credit report from each of the three credit reporting agencies: Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. You can order a report from one of the reporting agencies every four months to ensure that your report is correct.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Grocery deals the week of Aug 4-Aug 10th

Here's a list of the stockpiling deals I see this week:

Piggly Wiggly (Brundidge and Troy)
Quarter sliced pork chops $1.69 per lb
Betty Crocker hamburger helpers 5/$5 less $.75/3 coupon from 06/20 SS
Kraft American cheese singles 12 oz pkg $1.99
Fire baked Red Baron or classic pizzas 10-22.6 oz pkg 2/$6
Pepperidge Farm assorted layer cakes 19.6 oz pkg 2/$5
Fresh green cabbage $.29 per lb

Shur-Value Foods (Dothan)
Fresh fryer family pack breast $.67 per lb
Fresh lean ground beef family pack $1.29 per lb
Fresh assorted pork chops $1.19 per lb

Food Depot (Cost + 10%)
Fresh ground beef family pack $1.38 per lb
Idaho potatoes 4 lb bag $1.13
California baby carrots 16 oz bag $.99
Kraft mayonnaise 32 oz jar $1.98 less $1.50/2 coupon from 06/20 SS
Peter Pan 16 oz jar peanut butter $1.28 less $.60 coupon from 08/01 SS
Lance crackers 8 ct pkg $1.55 less $1/2 coupon from 07/11 SS

Food World (Troy)
Kellogg's Pop Tarts 8 ct box 2/$3 less $1/2 coupon from 07/11 RP

Piggly Wiggly (Cost + 10%-Dothan)
USDA Split Grade"A" fryer breast $.88 per lb on family pack
Piggly Wiggly Grade "A" medium eggs $.49 a dozen
Colonial Giant bread 24 oz 2/$3
Wesson vegetable oil 48 oz $1.96
Kraft American singles 12 oz $1.88

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Grocery Deals the week of July 28-Aug 3

Here's a list of stockpiling deals I see this week.

Piggly Wiggly (Brundidge and Troy)
First Cut pork chops family pack $1.19/lb
Carolina Pride whole smoked picnics $.99/lb
Red Baron fire baked or classic pizzas 2/$6
Unsweetened kool-aid drink mix 7/$1
Mahatma yellow rice 2/$1 less $.50 coupon from RP 04/25 expires 7/31
Ore-Ida tater tots or crinkle cut fries 4.5 lb bag $3.99
White or yellow Mckenzie chub corn 20 oz roll 5/$5
Green Giant valley fresh steamers 12 oz pk 2/$3
Eastern baby peeled carrots 1 lb bag $.99
Smart Shopper Savings
PW king white sandwich bread 20 oz loaf $.01 (with 1 filled saver card)
PW spring water 24 pk 1/2 liter $2.50 (with 1 filled saver card)
PW skim, 1%, 2%, or whole milk gallon $2.99 (with 1 filled saver card)
Bar-S jumbo meat franks 16 oz pkg $.69 (with 1 filled saver card)

Food Depot (cost+10%)
Boston Butt pork roast (2 pk) $.99/lb
10 lb bag fryer leg quarters $.45/lb
Red or white seedless grapes $.99/lb
Fresh green cabbage $.31/lb
2 Liter Pepsi products $.90
Del Monte ketchup 24 oz $.79

Ground chuck (3 lb pkg) $1.99/lb
Pillsbury toaster strudel 11 oz $1.59

Piggly Wiggly (Cost plus 10%)
First cut pork chops $.88/lb
Grade A whole fryers $.88/lb
Kelley's smoked sausage $2.26 per lb
Crisco veg oil $1.88 48 oz
Blue Bell ice cream (half gallon) 3/$10
French's yellow mustard 14 oz $.97 less $.30 coupon from SS 8/31
Iceberg lettuce $.98

split chicken breasts family pk $.99/lb
Dasani water 24 pk .5 ltr btls 2/$7

Friday, July 30, 2010

FOUR coupon inserts this weekend!

Wow! There will be four coupon inserts this weekend-the monthly P&G, one Smart Source and two Red Plums. Go here to see a list of all of the coupons that are included. Remember, for those of us that receive small town newspapers, we are limited on what the insert includes.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Coupon Inserts This Weekend

This weekend there will be two coupon inserts in the paper-one SmartSource and one Red Plum. Go here for a complete list of the coupons in these inserts. Just remember that not all regions receive all coupons. The larger cities receive the most coupons so we are limited in our area for what actually ends up in our coupon inserts.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How I Save Money on Groceries

Several years ago I saw a special on the Food Network about the website The Grocery Game. I decided to give it a try. It changed my way of shopping forever. About a year ago I decided to cancel my subscription and try to shop on my own. From that experience I have found myself where I am today.
From several years of watching prices, I basically shop for things that I normally would buy and pretty much know what I would pay and match sales and coupons from the local paper. Due to my time and distance, I take these ads to my local WalMart and comp the prices. My local WalMart also takes internet printable coupons which makes a huge difference in your grocery savings. If it is a really good deal, I will stock up on as much as my budget will allow or as many as I have coupons for.
My original purpose of this blog was to post these stockpiling items to help others who were just starting their journey with coupons or even those who do not have time to look for deals and match up coupons. To follow along you will need to obtain the Dothan Eagle paper on Wednesdays which includes all of the ads listed here except for the Piggly Wiggly (Troy and Brundidge) ad which might be delivered to your door or is in the Troy Messenger on Wednesdays. You will also need to purchase a Sunday Dothan Eagle or Montgomery Advertiser for each member of your family. Or if you know someone that will give you the coupon inserts from these papers that would be even better.
Now I do buy most of my Health and Beauty products from Walgreens or CVS. I mainly use Southern Savers for a list of what is on sale at these two stores because I love their shopping list tool. There are so many wonderful sites out there that have the deals at these two drug stores that I felt it would be redundant to post these here. I do post the link to several of these on the side of my blog for those of you who are interested.
If you are new to couponing I would greatly suggest that you read either Shop Smart, Save More by Teri Gault (Founder and CEO of The Grocery or The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half by Stephanie Nelson (Founder of They are both great resources for learning the game of couponing and the two drugstores I have mentioned above.
As I strive to be all the things that God calls me to be-a wife, a Mom, a daughter, a sister, an employee, a friend-I find myself barely having time to gather up my coupons and head to the store. So I apologize for those weeks in the past and those weeks in the future that I miss a week of posting the week's stockpiling deals. I can only promise that I will try to do better.
I hope that this information helps you to discover a love of couponing as I have. I also pray that you will find the resouces you need to help you lower your family's grocery costs.

Stockpiling Deals for the week of July 21-July 27

Here's a list of stockpiling items that I see in this week's ads.

Piggly Wiggly (Troy and Brundidge)
USDA Select Beef Cubed Steaks family pack $1.99 per lb
Fresh Ground Beef family pack $1.99 per lb

Piggly Wiggly (Cost Plus 10%) (ad in Dothan Eagle) Make sure your WalMart will match cost plus prices
Fresh Lean Ground Beef 5 lbs or more $1.28 per lb
USDA Choice Beef Cubed Steak family pack $1.96 per lb
Hunt's Ketchup 24 oz $.78 less $.20 coupon SS 06/20
Wesson Pure Vegetable Oil 48 oz $1.85
Folger's Classic Coffee 11.3 oz $1.98 less $1/2 coupon RP 07/11
Ziploc slider bags (Gallon & Quarts) 2/$3 less $1/2 coupon SS 06/06 or printable coupon

Efurd's (ad in Dothan Eagle)
Boneless Fryer Breast $1.99 per lb
Tenderlean Pork Boston Butts $1.19 per lb
2 liter bottle Pepsi Products $.99
Maxwell House Coffee 11-11.5 oz vacuum bag $1.99 less $1 coupon SS 05/16

IGA (ad in Dothan Eagle)
Butcher Fresh Bone-in Assorted Pack Pork Chops $1.59 per lb
Zeigler wieners 12 oz pkg $1.29

Shur-Valu Foods (ad in Dothan Eagle)
Blue Bell half gallon carton ice cream $3.49 less $1 printable coupon
Fresh Tender Boston Butt Pork Roast $1.19 per lb
Whole Smoked Picnics $.89 per lb

Food Depot (Cost +)(ad in Dothan Eagle) Make sure your WalMart will match cost plus
Pork Loin Chops family pack $.99 per lb
Del Monte vegetables 15 oz can $.68
Tetley tea bags 24 ct box $1.49 less $.50 printable coupon

Go here to see how I shop to save money on my grocery budget.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

$10 Rebate wyb $30 of Olay, Venus, Pantene, Covergirl, or Secret products

Purchase $30 worth of any Olay, Venus, Covergirl, Secret, or Pantene products and receive a $10 rebate by mail. Rebate submissions must be postmarked by October 1, 2010.

Go here for a copy of the Mail-in Rebate form.

Where can a guy find an understanding wife?

In my daily Bible reading this morning I read Proverbs 19:14.

"Parents can provide their sons with an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the Lord can give an understanding wife."

Now, of course, us mothers believe that we have to help the Lord find the understanding wife for our son. But as I read this the Lord reminded me that He has everything under control. All I need to do is turn it over to Him with faith that He will choose the best.

Thank you Lord for always wanting to provide the best for us when we least deserve it.

Coupon for Popcorn and M&M'S

Go here for a $1.25 coupon for Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn and one bag of M&M'S candies.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Shopping trip to Walgreens

Total price before coupons and sales $72.91 and total OOP (out of pocket) after coupons and sale $34.36.

4 Nabisco single serve cookies $.50 less $1/2 Nabisco Crackers, SS 5/16 (FREE)
1 pack of index cards $.39 with in ad coupon
1 pack of envelopes $.69 with in ad coupon
2 L'Oreal make up (B1G1 50%) ($12.99 X 2)-($12.99/2)=19.48 less (2) $1 Walgreens July coupon booklet and less (2) $1 L'Oreal cosmetic product RP 5/23 ($15.48)
2 Right Guard deodorant B1G1 $3.99 less $3/2 printable ($.98)
2 Mead 1 subject notebooks $1.99 x 2 less (2) $1 Mead Walgreens July coupon booklet ($1.98)
Knife set clearance price $3.59
Foam slippers clearance price $7.49

Total including tax = $34.36

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Kellogg's Pop-Tarts

For those of you who have been waiting for a good deal on Kellogg's pop tarts, listen up. This week Target has the 12-ct pop-tarts on sale for $2. Use this printable coupon for $1.25/3 for a final price of $1.58 a box (a 12-ct box). I will be matching this price at my local Wal-Mart to snag a sweet deal on pop tarts.

Now if they will only have the blueberry muffin flavor in the 12-ct box. That is my youngest son's favorite.

Pantry Organization -Before and After

I converted my upstairs linen closet into a stockpiling pantry. As you can see my family really loves Del Monte cut green beans and Bush's baked beans. So I made sure I stocked up when they were on sale. I have been eying those can organizers and recently found some cardboard ones you can order that are not as expensive as the plastic or metal. I used those to organize my canned goods in a way that is better for rotating.

I purchased the smaller size of organizer since my cabinets were not deep enough for the larger one. All of my regular and small size cans would fit. Since I buy the larger cans of baked beans, they would not fit.

My local Wal-Mart has the the Kraft mac & cheese boxes on sale for $2.50 for a 5-pack. With a $1/2 printable coupon, I was able to obtain them for $.40 a box. I purchased the Velveeta shells and cheese at Walgreens last week with the $3 RR when you purchase $10 deal. I ended up with ten boxes for $1.20 each. They are on sale at Wal-Mart for $1.75 right now and I have seen them as low as $1.50 at some stores.

Now I am waiting for the Velveeta block cheese to go on sale with a coupon to go along with my Rotel.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Budget Update

Monthly Update

Well, for the month of June I was over budget by $21.91. I spent $521.91 on $784.01 worth of groceries. I saved $199.32 with coupons during the month.

Due to the sales at Walgreens and CVS recently, I was able to obtain about 12 bottles of body wash for FREE. My boys should not need any body wash for awhile.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kellogg's cereal recall

Kellogg's has issued a recall on several of their cereals including certain boxes of Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks. Go here for a complete list of which products are included and a phone number to call and request coupons for replacement.

Since I have probably 25 boxes of cereal with almost all being Kellogg's, I did find five boxes included in the list. I have called the number and had to leave my information. I will be calling back tomorrow to verify that my information was received. You will need to call between 8:00 am - 8:00 pm to talk to a real person. They did not state which time zone this was.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Walgreens deals May 16th - May 22th

Go here for a list of deals this week at Walgreens. Looks like a slow week to me.

Thanks Southern Savers.

CVS deals May 16th -May 22th

Go here for a list of what is on sale this week at CVS. I have several ECBs so hopefully I can come up with some transactions where I can just roll them for free items.

Thanks Southern Savers.

ConAgra valuable coupon offer

Go here for a mail in offer to receive $25 in valuable coupons when you purchase $10 in the following participating brands:

Kid Cuisine
Chef Boyardee
Crunch 'n Munch
Egg Beaters
Peter Pan
Snack Pack

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Walgreens deals May 9th - May 15th

Go here for a list of items on sale this week at Walgreens. If you love Pantene products, you can purchase any Pantene styler, hairspray or treatment for $1.50 after $2 RR. I have my eye on the Zyrtec Allergy relief 70 ct. Looks like a good deal-will have to check it out.

Thanks Southern Savers.

CVS deals May 9th -May 15th

Go here for a complete list of sales items on sale this week at CVS. A couple of items I have my eyes on are the free Crest ProHealth toothpaste and the free Right Guard Total Defense deodorant. Who can beat free?

Thanks Southern Savers.

I made 65 cents at CVS!

I visited my local CVS on Friday to purchase several items. As soon as I entered the store, I scanned my card and was happy to find a $5 off of a $40 purchase coupon. Now I had planned to purchase my items in 3-4 transactions to lower my out of pocket expense. But when I saw that coupon I thought about my co-worker Jennifer who always receives similar coupons. When I asked her how she was able to obtain the coupons, she told me that she thought because she always used the ones that printed, she repeatedly received them. So, I decided to give it a try. So I purchased all of the items above in one transaction. My total before coupons was $41.02. After my coupons which are listed below, I paid out of pocket $14.35 and received ECBs of $15- a profit of $.65! My purchases included the following:

(4) Nivea body wash $4.88 x 4 - less (3) $4 coupons and (1) BOGO coupon from All You magazine
(1) Venus Breeze razor $9.99 - less $2 coupon
(2) Reach toothbrush value packs $3.99 x 2 - less $1 coupon and BOGO coupon
(2) Dawn detergent $.97 x 2 - less (2) $.25 coupons
(1) Mountain Dew 20oz (not shown-did not make it home)

Less $.50 coupon from card scan and $5/$40 order coupon from card scan.

Total=$14.35 received $5 ECB, $6 ECB, and $4 ECB

To be honest, I was not expecting that outcome because I very seldom purchase everything in one transaction. Luckily for me, this time it worked!

Thanks Jennifer.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Shopping trip to CVS

Well, it is really not my shopping trip. But my coworker, Jennifer, did a super job at her recent trip to CVS that I wanted to share. She purchased $97 of items for only $11. She did have to pay $29 out of pocket but received $18 in ECBs to be used as cash on another purchase. Here's a link to her post which has a picture of all of the items she bought.

Way to go Jennifer!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Winn Dixie Ad 5/5-5/11

Go here for a complete list of this week's deals at Winn Dixie. It looks like a good week to me to be visiting my local Winn Dixie. They have a great "Make a Meal Deal" going this week and a Procter and Gamble Deal. If you have not submitted your receipts for the P&G coupon booklet, they have a deal where you can spend $20 get $7 or spend $30 get $10 off your next purchase. They have the Swiffer duster kits or refills included in this deal. Be careful if you are buying for the Swiffer $10 rebate-it only applies to refill products not starter kits.

Thanks Southern Savers.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Refresh your nest coupon booklet

To receive a coupon booklet with $30 worth of coupons just click here. Click on the right side where it says refresh your nest and follow the instructions. You will receive your coupon book in 6-8 weeks.

Thanks A Thrifty Mom.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

New Tresemme product deal at CVS

If you have seen the new Tresemme ad for its Fresh Start product, then you will want to look into this deal. This is the dry shampoo you can use if you are running late and don't have time to wash your hair. CVS has all Tresemme products on sale for 3/$9 and the following two printable coupons are out there.

B1G1F Fresh Start product printable coupon

$2 off Fresh Start product printable coupon

Buy two, use the $2 coupon first, then the B1G1F. Two products for $1.33 or $.67 each.

Great time to try a new product.

Now let's hope that CVS has the new products on their shelves. I have not checked the price of these at Wal-Mart. If anyone has, please let us know their price.

Thanks Southern Savers.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Swiffer refills rebate

Receive a $10 rewards cards when you purchase $20 worth of Swiffer refills. The rewards card is accepted at over 100,000 retailers towards a purchase of your choice. Go here for the official offer form.

Walgreens week of 4/4 - 4/10

Go here for a list of deal at Walgreens starting tomorrow.

Thanks Southern Savers.

Winn Dixie sales for week of 3/31 - 4/6

Go here for a list of deals at Winn Dixie. I went last night and purchased $133.47 of groceries for $58.29. Here's my list of purchases.

Kingsford charcoal 16.6 lb bag - $6.99 x 2 less coupon $2.00 meat wyb charcoal 3/14 S x 2
KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce -$1.50 x 2 less $.50 coupon from 3/14 S x 2
This generated $4 instantly off of my order
Assorted pork chops BOGO - $9.98 (2 packs @ 1.64lb)
Ribeye bone-in steak -$24.44 (5.99lb)
Beef cubed steak -$9.25 (2 packs @ 3.69lb)
Tetley tea BOGO -$1.79 x 2 less $.75 coupon from WD and $.50 printable
Hunts tomatoes BOGO - $.84 x 4 less $1/4 coupon from ALL You magazine
Velveeta shells and cheese BOGO - $1.49 x 2
Pam cooking spray BOGO - $1.70 each less coupon $.35 from 3/28 S x 2
Campbell's cream of mushroom soup BOGO - $.83 x 4 less printable coupon $1/2 x 2

Less $10/$50 coupon.

Thanks to Southern Savers.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Grocery Deals 3/31-4/6

Here's a list of deals I see at stockpiling prices:

U-Sav Food Outlet

Del Monte peas, corn or cut green beans 15 oz can - $.50 less coupon $1/5 from (2/7 RP expires 4/4) or $1/8 from 3/21 RP
Jersey Farms gallon milk - 2/$5

Piggly Wiggly (Cost + 10%)

Duncan Hines cake mix 18.25 oz - $.86 less coupon $.55/2 from 3/28 S

Russet potatoes 10 lb bag - $1.44

Stephenson & Smith IGA

Kraft chunk or shredded cheese 4.5-8 oz pkg - 3/$5
Birds Eye steamfresh vegetables 10-12 oz bag - $.99 less coupon $.50 from 3/21 S or coupon $1/3 from 3/7 S

Food World (Troy sales ad)

Sister Schubert's Yeast Rolls (11 oz Original or 15 oz pre-baked dinner) - $1.99 less printable coupon $1.00 or $.50 coupon from 3/28 S

Monday, March 29, 2010

Budget Update

Monthly Update

Well, for the month of March I was over budget by $136.68. I spent $636.68 on $1,081.06 worth of groceries. I saved $198.82 with coupons during the month. When I looked at my total saved from coupons for the quarter I was shocked. I have saved $512.91 the first three months of the year with coupons. What could you do with $512 right now?

I am a little disappointed in myself for going over budget this month. I did have several things going on during the month that probably would account for this-spring break, school project, etc.

Hopefully, the month of April will have great sales and super coupons so we all can stay under budget.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Go here to see this week's deals at Winn Dixie. I was glad to see the ground beef finally on sale at $1.49/lb with a limit of 2. I also purchased Betty Crocker frosting for $.99 less $1/2 coupon and $.50 coupon for a final price of $.49.

Thanks to Southern Savers.

Grocery Deals 3/24-3/30

Here is a list of grocery deals in this week's sale ads.

Food World-Grand Opening

Smithfield bone-in shank portion hams - $.99/lb
Fresh strawberries BOGO-2/$3
Gallon milk- 2/$5
Kraft BBQ sauce - $.77

Piggly Wiggly (Cost + 10%) (Dothan)

Wesson veg. oil 48 oz - $1.95 less $.25 coupon from 3/28 S
Del Monte veg (14-14.5 oz can) corn, peas or green beans - $.50 less coupon $1.00/5 from 02/07 RP or $1.00/8 from 03/21 RP
Maxwell House coffee 11.5 oz bag - $1.75 less $1/2 from 3/21 S
Betty Crocker cake mix (18-19.05 box) - $.88
Pnut Patch boiled pnuts (13.5 oz can) - $.66
Bananas - $.39/lb

Stephens IGA

Pillsbury cake mix - $.99
Hunts Ketchup 24 oz bottle - $99


Hamburger helper - $.99 less $.75/3 coupon from 2/7 S or 3/7 S


16 oz bag mini carrots - $.99
Kraft 32 oz jar mayo - 2/$5

Piggly Wiggly (Brundidge and Troy)

Wesson veg. or can. oil 48 oz - $1.99 less $.25 coupon from 3/28 S
Maxwell House coffee 11.5 oz bag - $1.99 less $1/2 from 3/21 S
Duncan Hines cake mix - $.99 less $.55/2 coupon from 3/28 S

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Budgeting 101-Step 2_Ready, Set, Go

This is Step 2 of my posts concerning how to set up and use a budget. If you missed step one, just click here.

Now that you have an idea of how much you are spending in each category, now it is time to formalize your budget. I started with a spreadsheet and listed down the first column all of the categories that I had found in my search of where my money was going. Leave the first four rows blank. It may be a bill that you do not pay but once a quarter or once a year, but it needs to have a row. Since I have teenagers driving, I have a separate line for each son's gas and lunch. I have a set amount in my budget that I will contribute to their gas fund and any gas over that, they have to fund. It roughly comes out to the gas they need to go back and forth to school, any trips outside of that they cover the costs.

Next, across the top of the page, in column 2 list the first payroll date for the month. In the third column, list the next payroll date. For example, if you get paid twice a month, you would have two columns to the right of your first column listing where your money is going. If you and your spouse get paid on a separate week, you may have up to four columns for payroll dates. Personally, even though we get paid during the same week, I like to have a column for my pay and a column for my husband's pay the first part of the month. The second half of the month, I combine.

Now, start at the beginning of the month and work out which bills need to be paid from which payroll. This way, when you get paid you automatically know which bills need to be paid out of the check. I personally like to be one payroll ahead but it did take me awhile to work myself up to that. If you get paid twice a month, you will have two extra payrolls each year. At that time you can pay everything ahead at that time if you so desire.

On the third row under the payroll date, I list the amount of take home pay I will receive. Then I go down the list on the left and fill in the amount under the payroll date that the bill needs to be paid from. For example, if the electricity bill needs to be paid by the 10th, then I will need to pay that bill from my first payroll. If your first payroll of the month does not occur until after the 10th of the month, then that bill must be paid from the previous month's second payroll. According the Dave Ramsey, you should have every dollar spent (budgeted) before the month begins. So this process should take place at the end of the previous month. That way, as soon as you receive your pay, you know actually where each dollar should be spent.

Now I like to have a formula at the bottom of the page that will take my income and subtract each bill and let me know if I am over or short on what I want to pay out of that payroll. It also helps me know if I need to move some bills from one payroll to another if I have more due at the first of the month than at the end of the month. For those items that you only pay once a year, such as taxes or insurance, list them under the payroll date that has the extra income. Then that week, move that amount to your savings each month for that quarterly or annual bill.

Remember, you will never have a perfect budget so do not become discouraged. It is best to have a little bit of cushion built in to take care of those little uh-oh's that will occur.

Stay tuned for Step 3.

CVS for the week 03/21 - 03/27

Go here for this week's list of deals at CVS presented by Southern Savers. For those of you taking Zyrtec, they have a $7 ECB on 30 ct at $18.99. With the $4.00 coupon from RP 3/07, 3/28 or SS 2/18, it would only cost $7.99. They have a limit of one, though.

The item that caught my eye though was the Easter M&M's at $1.97!!

Walgreens Week of 03/21/10 - 03/27/10

Go here for the current list of deals at Walgreens. I love the way Southern Savers has the shopping list for us to check what items we want and just print out what we need.

I do have a $4 RR from last week's purchases so I may just hold on to it until next week.

New Catalina at Winn Dixie

Save up to $4.00 when you buy Pillsbury Refrigerated crescents, cookies, sweet rolls, Grands! biscuits, Grands! cinnamon rolls, pie crusts, dinner rolls, loaves, breadsticks or pizza crust On a Future Shopping Order.

Purchase Dates between 3/22 and 4/18:

Buy (4) & Get $2.00...or
Buy (5) & Get $3.00...or
Buy (6) or more & Get $4.00...
Coupon Off Your Next Order

All items must be purchased in one shopping order.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Trip to Walgreens on March 12, 2010

I saved 69% on my trip to Walgreens this week. Here's what I purchased.

Transaction #1:
(1) Zyrtec 24 hr- $18.99 less $4 coupon from SS 2/28
(1) Tylenol -$7.99
less $1 RR from last week

Total $24.27 and received a $10 RR

Transaction #2:
(2) Post Fruity Pebbles -$1.75 x 2 less $1/2 coupon from SS 2/28
(1) Febreeze luminary starter kit -$11.24 (25% off) less $4 coupon from PG 3/07
(1) Old El Paso taco shells- $.99
(1) Febreeze luminary refills- $4.99 less free refill wyb luminary starter kit PG 2/07
(2) Orbit gum -$1.00 x 2 less $1/2 March Walgreens coupon book
(3) Reach toothbrush packs-$9.00/3 less $5.01 in ad coupon, (2)$1 coupons RP 10/18 ,and B1G1F RP 1/03 (Money maker of $1.01)
(2) John Freida shampoo-$5.99 x 2 less (2) $3 coupon SS 3/07 and $2 coupon from Walgreens March coupon book
less $10 RR

Total $6.41 received $2 RR

Total OOP $30.68 for $99.28 of items--a savings of 69%.

Not as good as my 75% savings at CVS earlier in the week but the most expensive item was the Zyrtec which was still at a good price.

Walgreens Week of 03/14/10 - 03/20/10

Go here for a list of this week's deals at Walgreens. Southern Savers provides a shopping list for you to just check which items you need and print out a list. They even give you available coupons. How much easier can it be?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Trip to CVS on March 10, 2010

I made a trip to my local CVS today. I have actually not shopped there in several months but decided to give it another try. I broke down the items in six different transactions and the cashier was super nice. Total shelf price of $74.25 and I only paid out of pocket $18.52--a savings of 75%. Here's what I did:

Transaction #1

(2) Nabisco crackers- $1.00 x 2 less (2) -1$ Nabisco Crackers 6oz SS 1/24

(1) Nivea lip care -$2.99

Total $3.44 received a $2.99 ECB

Transaction #2

(1) Oral B Cross Action toothbrush-$4.00 less -$.75 Oral B toothbrush PG 2/07, 2/21

less $2.99 ECB

Total $.62 received a $4.00 ECB

Transaction #3

(2) Pantene shampoo -$3.49 x 2 less -$3/2 Pantene products PG 3/07

(1) Oral B Cross Action toothbrush-$4.00 less -$.75 Oral B toothbrush PG 2/07, 2/21

less $4.00 ECB

Total $4.21 received a $4.00 ECB and a $2.00 ECB

Transaction #4

(1) Dawn detergent - $.97 less -$.25 Dawn PG 3/07

(1) Gillette Fusion razor - $8.99 less -$4 Gillette Fusion razor PG 2/07

less $4 ECB

Total $2.61 received a $4.00 ECB

Transaction #5

(2) Vaseline Sheer Infusion - $6.00 x 2 less (2) -$1.50 printable

less $4 ECB, $2 ECB

Total $4.08 received a $4.00 ECB

Transaction #6

(1) Tide HE free detergent - $5.97 less -$1.00 Tide PG 2/07

(1) CVS Big Roll papertowel-$1.29 less -$1.00 CRT from the Coupon Center

(1) Mountain Dew 20 oz-$1.29 (lunch with a pack of crackers!)

less $4 ECB

Total $3.56 received a $1.00 ECB

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Walgreens Week of 03/7/10 - 03/13/10

Go here for the Walgreen's list of deals beginning tomorrow. Jenny at Southern Savers has listed one deal idea where you can purchase a Febreze Luminary and refill for only $1.99 each.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Oscar Mayer Lunchable only $.25 at Walmart

I found the Oscar Mayer Ham + American sub lunchable on sale at my local Walmart for 2/$2 and with the $.75 printable they were $.25 a piece. Money Saving Mom also mentioned them here if you have a Kroger or Meijer.

The coupons reset tomorrow so go ahead and print out the coupon before they are gone.

Thanks Crystal.

Budget Update

Monthly Update:

For the month of February I came in at $9.04 under my $500 budget. I purchased $798.51 of groceries for only $490.96. I saved $158.06 with coupons. My weekly average decreased from $123.51 in the month of January to $122.74 in February. It did not increase as much as I had hoped. Although this last week in February I purchased $31 of dog food at Target (on sale with coupons @ $6.99 each) and Zyrtec for my allergy sensitive hubby. So overall, I feel good that I came in under budget.

We have spring breaks in March which mean I need more food in the house, I am praying I can stretch my $500 to cover that as well.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Winn Dixie Deals 02/17-02/23

I think I am going to skip this week at Winn Dixie. I have a $4 catalina from last week's Pillsbury deal but it is good until next weekend. I try to make sure my savings are more than my gas money since it is an extra trip for me. A complete listing of the deals at Winn Dixie can be found here at Southern Savers.

Grocery Deals 02/17/10 - 02/23/10

Here is my list of stockpiling prices this week at my local stores.

Food Depot (cost + 10%) ad in Dothan Eagle (Remember some Walmarts will not match cost + 10% sales)

Oscar Mayer chicken bacon ranch wraps (Deli-Creations) - 2/$1

IGA ad in Dothan Eagle

Chilean red seedless grapes - $1.48/lb
Mini peeled carrots 16 oz pkg - $.98

Shur-Valu ad in Dothan Eagle

Family pack fresh lean ground beef - $1.38/lb
Family pack fresh split fryer breast - $.68/lb
Half gallon Blue Bell ice cream - $2.98
Fresh crisp green lettuce - $.78
Quart or gallon storage or freezer 10-20ct ziploc bags - 5/$5 less $1/2 coupon from 1/10 S or $.40/1 coupon from 1/10 S

Piggly Wiggly (Cost + 10%) ad in Dothan Eagle (Remember some Walmarts will not match cost + 10% ads)

5 lb or more fresh lean ground beef - $1.27/lb
Squeeze Del Monte ketchup 24 oz bottle - $.85
Nabisco Ritz crackers 16 oz - $1.97 less $1 coupon from 1/24 S
Kraft real Mayo 32 oz jar - $2.25
Jiffy corn muffin mix 8 oz box - $.38
Peanut Patch boiled peanuts 13.5 oz can - $.66
Idaho Russet potatoes 8 lb bag - $1.68

Piggly Wiggly (Brundidge and Troy) ad in mail box

Piggly Wiggly gallon milk - $2.99
Pepsi 12 pk 12 oz can - 4/$10
Family pack country style pork ribs - $.99/lb
Family pack fresh fryer drumsticks or thighs - $.79/lb
Fresh Florida strawberries 1 lb carton - $1.99
Maxwell House ground coffee 11 oz assorted excludes decaf. - $1.99
Grands biscuits 16.3 oz - 2/$3 less $.30/2 coupon from 12/6 S or printable coupon
Blue Bell Krunch, Mooo, Great Divide, Fudge or Dream bars 12 pk - 2/$5

Walgreens Week of 02/21/10 - 02/27/10

Does not look like a good week to me at Walgreens next week. Go here to see the list at Southern Savers. I do have $4 in RR to spend but at first glance did not see much to choose from. I probably need to buy my hubby some more Zyrtec but I have printed one of the coupons already the limited number of times.

I love the way this website gives you the option to create your own shopping list. You can check which items you want and print out a list of just these items with the corresponding coupons.

Saves me time which always helps.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Trip to Walgreens on February 15, 2010

I was able to purchase the above items with a shelf cost of $37.24 for only $6.29 and I received $4 in RR to use on my next purchase.

Transaction #1

Gillette fusion razor - $8.99 less $4 coupon from PG 2/7

(2) Orbit gum packs -$.69 x 2 after Walgreens in ad coupon

Subtotal $7.30 less $6 RR = $1.30 + $4RR received

Transaction #2

(1) Olay body wash - $5.29 less $1 coupon from PG 1/17

(1) Olay body wash - $2.64 (BOGO 50% off) less $1 coupon from PG 1/17

(2) Orbit gum packs - $.69 x 2 after Walgreens in ad coupon

(2) Kellogg's cereal - $1.99 x 2 less printable coupon $1.50/2

Subtotal $10.99 less $4 RR, $2RR = $4.99
The register rewards used were from last week's sales. I had to use the Orbit gum as fillers which is fine since I can't seem to buy enough gum for my gum chewing crowd. Walgreens will not let you use RR unless you have the same number of items as you do coupons or RR (Walgreens ad coupons do not count).

Dirt Cake

This is my youngest son's favorite dessert. He always asks for a Dirt Cake for his birthday.

1 12 oz Cool Whip

1 8 oz cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 large vanilla instant pudding packages

3 cups of cold milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 large package OREO cookies

Crush cookies until fine, divide crumbs in half. Cover bottom of 9x13 dish with 1/2 crumbs. In large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add sugar and cool whip. Mix well-do not overbeat. In a separate bowl mix pudding, milk and vanilla together well. Combine both mixtures and pour over crumbs. Sprinkle rest of crumbs on top. Refrigerate 12 hours or freeze 1-2 hours.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Today is just a snapshot!

"The righteous face many troubles,
but the Lord rescues them from each and every one.
For the Lord protects them from harm-
not one of their bones will be broken!" Psalm 34:19-20

As I read this verse this morning, I thought about the times these last few weeks that I had spent unnecessary time worrying about this or that. Those nights I found myself up at 2:30 in the morning with my mind just racing with what ifs were useless moments of worry.

Today is just a snapshot but the Lord has my whole life in view.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snow in South Alabama!

Can you believe it? We have snow in south Alabama. I measured four inches at my house. It is pretty but I sure do not like to drive in it. The school and college were closed today but my husband and I had to work. Driving home at noon was pretty scary to someone like me who has never driven in it.

Grocery Deals 02/10/10 - 02/16/10

Here's a list of the stockpiling deals I see this week.

Piggly Wiggly (Cost + 10%) Ad in Dothan Eagle (Some Wal-Marts will not match these ads)

Del Monte (corn, peas, or green beans) (14-15 oz can) - $.58 less $1/5 coupon from 2/07 RP
Chilean seedless white grapes - $.96/lb

IGA ad in Dothan Eagle

Strawberries (16 oz pkg)- 2/$5
Vine ripe tomato - $.69/lb
Bananas - $.45/lb (only February 12, 13, 14)
Russet potato 10 lb bag - $1.99 (only February 12, 13, 14)

Efurd's ad in Dothan Eagle

Fresh ground beef (5 lb package)- $1.79/lb
Iceburg or romaine lettuce - $.99 each

Piggly Wiggly (Brundidge and Troy) ad in mailbox

Piggly Wiggly milk (gallon) - $2.99
T-bone steaks (family package)- $3.99/lb
Qtr loin pork chops - $1.49/lb
Fryer drumsticks - $.79/lb
Vine ripe tomato - $.79/lb
Blue bell ice cream (1/2 gallon) - 3/$10
BC hamburger helper - $.99 less $.75/3 coupon from 02/07 S
DH brownie mix (19.2 oz pkg) - $.99
12 pk 12oz Coca-Cola cans - 4/$10
Strawberries (1lb carton) -2/$5
Idaho potatoes 4lb bag - $.89

Winn Dixie

For a complete list of the deals at Winn Dixie go here to Southern Savers. They are having a sale on the Pillsbury cinnamon or crescent rolls which has a catalina I mentioned here. I also love cheesecake so I think I am going to try the Sara Lee cheesecakes on sale as well.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Kellogg's Catalina at Winn Dixie

Buy select Kellogg's cereals between 2/10 and 3/10

Buy (3) and get $1.00 ... or
Buy (4) and get $3.00 ... or
Buy (5) or more and get $4.00...
coupon off your next shopping order.

All items must be purchased in one shopping order.

Participating products:

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes (10 oz or larger)
Kellogg's Apple Jacks (10 oz or larger)
Kellogg's Froot Loops (10 oz or larger)
Kellogg's Corn Pops (10 oz or larger)
Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies (10 oz or larger)
Kellogg's Honey Smacks (10 oz or larger)

There is a $1.00/3 coupon from the 2/7 Red Plum you can use on these.

Refrigerated Jell-O Snack Product Catalina at Winn Dixie

Buy any refrigerated Jell-O Mousse, Pudding or Gelatin Snacks between 2/12 and 3/7

Buy (2) and get $1.00...or
Buy (3) and get $2.00...or
Buy (4) or more and get $3.00...

coupon off a future shopping order.

All items must be purchased in one shopping order.

There is a $.35 coupon from the 1/10 Smart Source which expires on 2/10/10.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Walgreens Week of 02/07/10 - 02/13/10

Two Thrifty Sisters has the Walgreens' list ready for us. Go here to see the best deals and coupons to match for next week at Walgreens.

Thank you ladies. We appreciate it.

Grocery Deals 02/03/10 - 02/09/10

Hello everyone. The best deals I see this week are as follows:

IGA- ad in Dothan Eagle

split chicken breast - $.88/lb
16 oz bag of mini peeled baby carrots - $.99

U-Sav- ad in Dothan Eagle

Wesson Oil 48 oz - 2/$5 less $1.00 coupon from Con Agra coupon booklet
Gallon milk - 2/$5

Piggly Wiggly (cost + 10%) -ad in Dothan Eagle (Your Wal-Mart may not match cost + stores)

boneless ribeye steak - $3.85/lb (family pack)
assorted DiGiorno frozen pizza -$2.98 less $1 coupon on DiGiorno rising crust 1/24 S if included $1 coupon on DiGiorno 200 calorie pizza 1/2 S if included
Ore-ida fries (20-32 oz) - $1.97 less $1/2 coupon from February All You magazine
Lay's potato chips (11-12 oz) - $1.96

Efurds - ad in Dothan Eagle

10 lb bag of leg quarters - $.49/lb
McKenzie cream corn (20 oz roll) - $.99

Piggly Wiggly (Brundidge & Troy) - ad in mailbox

10 lb bag of leq quarters - $.49/lb
hamburger helper - 5/$5 less $.75/3
printable coupon or from 1/3 S
Dasani water (24 pk 1/2 liter) - $3.99
Dawn detergent (10.3 oz bottle) - $.99

Winn Dixie - store ad or website

For a complete list of the Winn Dixie deals go here at Southern Savers. Don't forget the Pillsbury catalina deal I mentioned here.

There are other items on sale at these stores, but these items are the ones I believe are at stockpile prices.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Budgeting 101-Step 1_How to get started

To truly gain control of your finances, I feel that a budget is a must have. You have to be able to see what money is coming into your home and what money is going out. The instructions below detail how I created my budget.

The best way to start is with your checkbook register or your bank statements. Look at your last 2-3 months of records and see where you spent your money. If you purchase a lot with cash, keep your receipts for at least a month and account for those as well.

First make a list of all loan payments including your house payment, car payments, credit cards, and other debt you may have down the left side of a piece of paper or spreadsheet. Now add all of your basic necessities such as electric bill, water, telephone, cellular phone, prescriptions, groceries, gas, lunch, eating out, clothes, gifts, etc. Then go back through your bank statements or check register and make sure you that each check you wrote has a category. Now, list the months at the top of the page going across that you have reviewed. Fill in the amount for each month that you spent in that category. You may have to total several checks together to arrive at this figure. For example,


House pmt___________1000_________1000__________1000
Car pmt______________400__________400___________400

Now take a few minutes to see where your money went. Did you realize how much you were spending on groceries or eating out? It is surprising to most people when you really put it down on paper.

You will not be able to make a perfect budget. It will take several months of working in the budget to fine tune it to what you can finally live with. But the exercise above does give you a starting point.

Stay tuned for my next post on Step 2 of Budgeting 101.

Budget Update

Weekly update:

For the fifth week in January, I came in under budget by $31.69. I have a $10 RR from Walgreens that I am planning on using next week with the Blink tears FREE item and probably some more drinks. They are 5/$15 again this week with the $10 RR after $20 purchase.

Monthly update:

For the month of January, I came in under budget by $7.47. I spent a total of $617.53 for $1,012.13 in groceries with coupon savings of $156.03.

As I prepared my budget for February, I had to adjust for $100 extra for electricity and $85 for auto maintenance. I am hoping to squeeze some from my weekly grocery budget to cover these extras.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Awesome Apple Bread

I tried this recipe a couple of weeks ago while searching for something to make with my apples left over from the FFA sale. I found it on Recipezaar (I love that site) under Recipe #647. Since the apples are on sale at the Piggly Wiggly, I thought I would buy a few and make up another batch. You will need enough apples to make 3 diced cups. I believe it took 5-6 apples the last time I made it.

Awesome Apple Bread

1 cup oil
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups apples, diced
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

1. Combine and set aside the oil, eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
2. Sift flour, cinnamon, soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to oil mixture gradually.
3. Add apples and nuts.
4. Bake in 2 regular loaf pans or 3 foil loaf pans for 1 1/2 hours at 300 degrees.
5. Cool 10 minutes in the pan.
6. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
7. Note: The author stated she baked it at 325 degrees for about 70 minutes.

I have the flex pan with eight small loaves which I like to use. I believe I also used one foil loaf pan placed at the end of cookie sheet with the flex pan. I believe I cooked mine on 325 for 70 minutes. After cooling, I wrapped each small loaf in Glad wrap and then in foil and froze. When ready to eat just take out of the freezer the night before or defrost in microwave.