Monday, September 30, 2013

Upcoming Publix Deals with Coupon Matchups

Starting 10/3
Mt. Olive Relish or Pickles, 16 oz, BOGO $2.39
-$1/1 Mt. Olive Pickles, Pepper or Relish Product, any – 08-25-13 SS Insert (exp 9/29/2013)
-$1/1 Mt. Olive Product, Any (DND) hangtag (exp 12/31/2013)
eBay: $.75/1
eBay: $1/2
Final Price: $.20 each

Progresso Soup, 18 to 19 oz, BOGO $1.97 – $2.41
-$0.50/2 Progresso Soup (
-$1/4 Progresso Heart Healthy Soup, Any – 09-22-13 SS Insert (exp 11/16/2013)
-$1/4 Progresso Heart Healthy Soup, Any – 09-08-13 SS Insert (exp 11/2/2013)
-$0.25/1 Progresso Heart Healthy Soup, Any Can – 09-22-13 SS Insert (exp 11/16/2013)
-$0.50/2 Progresso Soup, Any Cans – 09-22-13 SS Insert (exp 11/1/2013)
-$0.25/1 Progresso Light Soup, Any Can – 09-08-13 SS Insert (exp 11/2/2013)
Final Price: $.49 each

Suave Antiperspirant/Deodorant, 2.6 oz, BOGO $1.99
-$1/2 Suave Products (Publix Coupon) – Health & Beauty Advantage Buy Flyer (Valid 9/28/2013 – 10/11/2013)
Final Price: $.50 each

Wet Ones Moist Towelettes or Singles, 24 to 40 ct, BOGO $2.69
-$0.75/1 Wet Ones Product
Final Price: $.60 each

Dial Body Wash or Right Guard Body Wash, 16 oz, BOGO $3.19
-$2/2 Dial, Dial For Men, Dial For Kids Body Wash, 12 oz or Larger OR Dial Bars Soap, 8 ct (Zip 03103) (
-$1/1 Dial Body Wash, Dial For Men Body Wash or Dial Kids Body Wash, Any – Upromise eCoupon (
-$1/2 Dial, Dial For Men or Tone Body Wash, any 6 oz or larger, Foaming Hand Wash or Bar Soap, any 3-bar pack or larger (Limit of 4 like coupons in same shopping trip) – 09-08-13 RP Insert (exp 10/5/2013)
-$1.50/1 Right Guard Xtreme or Total Defense 5 body wash or bar 09/15/2013 RP Insert (exp 10/05/2013) xf
Final Price: $.60 each

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries, 6 ct, BOGO $2.29
-$0.75/3 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel or Toaster Scrambles (
-$0.50/2 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Or Toaster Scrambles Pastries Or Pillsbury Pancakes, Any – 09-22-13 SS Insert (exp 12/14/2013)
-$1/3 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Or Toaster Scrambles Pastries Or Pillsbury Pancakes, Any – 09-22-13 SS Insert (exp 12/14/2013)
-$1/2 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Or Toaster Scrambles Pastries Or Pillsbury Pancakes, Any – 08-04-13 SS Insert (exp 12/14/2013)
Final Price: $.65 each

Green Giant Frozen Vegetables, 7 to 10 oz, BOGO $1.99
-$0.60/3 Green Giant Frozen Vegetables (
-$0.60/3 Green Giant Frozen Vegetables, Any Boxes – 09-15-13 SS Insert (exp 12/7/2013)
-$1/3 Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables, any – found on product peelie
Final Price: $.66 each

Ronzoni Pasta or Healthy Harvest or Garden Delight, 9 to 16 oz (Excludes Lasagna, Jumbo Shells, Manicotti and SmartTaste) BOGO $1.49
Final Price: $.75 each

Betty Crocker Premium Brownie Mix, or Supreme or Dessert Bar Mix, 16.5 to 19.5 oz, BOGO $2.59 – $2.95
-$0.75/2 Betty Crocker Ready To Spread Frosting, Supreme Brownie Mix, Dessert Bar Mix, SuperMoist Cake Mix Or 17.5 Oz. Or Larger Cookie Mix, Any – 09-29-13 SS Insert (exp 11/23/2013)
eBay: $.75/2

Final Price: $.92 each

CapriSun Juice Lemonade or Roarin’ Waters, 10 pk, BOGO $2.99
-$1/2 CAPRI SUN Juice Drinks or ROARING WATERS Flavored Water Beverages (10 Pack) Publix Digital Coupon (
Final Price: $1 each

Haagen-Dazs Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, or Gelato,14 oz, BOGO $3.99 – $4.69
-$1/1 Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream , any 14 oz carton tear pad
Final Price: $1 each

Mama Mary’s Pizza Crust, 9 to 12 oz, BOGO $3.99
-B1G1 Mama Mary’s Dessert Crust (if included)
-$2/2 Al Fresco Sausage and Mama Mary’s Pizza Crust, any – found on product peelie
Final Price: $1 each if using $2/2

Ragu Pasta Sauce, 45 oz, BOGO $3.19 – $3.39
-$0.50/2 Ragu Pasta Sauce, Any Jar  08-18-13 RP Insert (exp 10/6/2013)
Final Price: $1.09 each

Kellogg’s Cereal: Corn Flakes or Raisin Bran or Crispix, 9.8 oz to 18.2 oz, BOGO $4.29
-$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereal (
-$1/3 Kellogg’s All Bran, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, or Raisin Bran Cereals,10 oz+  (
-$0.50/1 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Cinnamon Almond Cereal, 14.5 oz (
Final Price: $1.15 each when using two $.50/1

Lipton Tea Bags 100% Natural, 100 ct, BOGO $4.29 – $4.69
eBay: $.50/1 (Only saw 1 coupon available! Hurry!)

Final Price: $1.15 each

Nabisco Toasted Chips, Ritz or Wheat Thins 8.1 oz, BOGO $3.69
-$1/2 Nabisco Products, Any 8 Oz Or Larger tearpad (exp 11/1/2013)
Final Price: $1.35 each

Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Bread or Simply Natural, 22 to 24 oz (excluding Farmhouse) BOGO $4.29
-$0.40/1 Pepperidge Farm Bread Or Buns In The Fresh Bread Aisle, Any (Not Valid In Pepperidge Farm Thrift Outlets) – 09-22-13 SS Insert (exp 12/1/2013)
-$1/2 Pepperidge Farm Bread Or Buns In The Fresh Bread Aisle, Any (Not Valid In Pepperidge Farm Thrift Outlets) – 09-22-13 SS Insert (exp 12/1/2013)
Final Price: $1.35 each

General Mills Cereal: Lucky Charms, Trix, or Cookie Crisp or Reese’s Puffs, 11.25 to 16.2 oz, BOGO $3.39
-$1/3 General Mills Cereals (
-$1/3 General Mills Big G Cereals (Includes Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Chex, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, Trix, Reese’s Puffs, Fiber One, Cookie Crisp, Golden Grahams, Kix, Total, Wheaties, Frosted Toast Crunch, Peanut Butter Toast Crunch, Dora The Explorer, Hershey’s Cookies n’ Creme, Oatmeal Crisp, Raisin Nut Bran, Basic 4) – 09-15-13 SS Insert (exp 10/26/2013)
eBay: $1/3
Final Price: $1.36 each when you buy 6

Thomas Bagels, 6 ct, BOGO $4.49
-$1.50/2 Thomas Bagels, Any (1) 20 Oz. And (1) Philadelphia Cream Cheese Or Cream Cheese Spread, Any 8 Oz. Or Larger tearpad (exp 11/30/2013)
Final Price: $1.50 each

Snapware Products, BOGO $6.99
-$2/1 Snapware Food Or Home Storage Product, Any – 08-04-13 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2013)
Final Price: $1.50 each

Banquet Breaded Chicken Nuggets, 24 oz, BOGO $4.99
-$0.50/1 Banquet Boneless Chicken Nuggets Or Tenders, Any – 09-22-13 SS Insert (exp 11/2/2013)
Final Price: $1.50 each

Eight O’ Clock Coffee, 11 to 12 oz, BOGO $5.99 – $6.99
-$1/1 Eight O’Clock Coffee, Any Bag – 09-22-13 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2013)
-$0.75/1 Eight O’ Clock Coffee, Any Bag – All You, October 2013 (exp 11/30/2013)
-$2/2 Eight O’Clock Coffee (
-$1/1 Eight O’Clock Coffee ibotta Offer
Final Price: $1.50 each

Nature Made Vitamelts, 50 to 60 ct, BOGO $7.99
-$2.25/1 Nature Made Vitamelts (
-$1/1 Nature Made Vitamelts (must register) (
-$2/1 Nature Made Product, Any (
Final Price: $1.75 each

Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breasts, 10 oz, BOGO $4.99
-$1/2 Barber Stuffed Chicken (
Final Price: $2 each

All Small & Mighty or 2X Laundry Detergent, 24 ct or 32 to 50 oz, BOGO $5.99
-$1/1 All Laundry Detergent 32 to 50 oz (
-$1/1 all® detergent product (
-$0.75/1 All Liquid, Powder, or Mighty Pacs Laundry Detergents, any (Excludes trial size) – 08-25-13 RP Insert (exp 10/20/2013)
Final Price: $2 each

Palermo’s Flatbread, 11.6 to 17.01 oz, BOGO $4.99 – $5.99
-$1/1 Palermos Pizza, Any – 09-22-13 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2013)
-$1/2 Palermos Pizza
-$1/1 Palermos Flatbread Blinkie
Final Price: $2 each

Mini Mix Mixtures or Snickers Minis Mix Big Bag or Miniatures or Milky Way/Snickers/3 Musketeers, 17.5 to 19.5 oz, BOGO $5.99
-$1/3 Halloween Bags (
-$1.50/3 M&M’s Milk Chocolate, M&M’s Peanut Chocolate, M&M’s Peanut Butter Chocolate, M&M’s Pretzel Chocolate, M&M’s Variety Mix, Snickers, Snickers Peanut Butter Squared, Snickers Almond, Snickers Variety Mix, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, or Twix Fun Size Bags, any 8.67 oz or larger (DND) – 09-15-13 RP Insert (exp 10/31/2013)
-$1.50/2 Snickers Miniatures, any 11 oz or larger (DND) – 09-08-13 RP Insert (exp 10/20/2013)
Final Price: $2.25 each when using one $1.50/2 Snickers coupon

Select Gorton’s Products, 14 to 24.5 oz, BOGO $6.49
-$0.50/1 Gorton’s Items, Any – 09-15-13 SS insert (exp 11/30/2013)
$1/2 Gorton’s Product (

-$1/2 Gorton’s Product (
Final Price: $2.25 each

Hellmann’s Easy Out Mayonnaise, 22 oz, BOGO $4.99
Final Price: $2.50 each

Pompeian Imported Olive Oil, Extra Light Tasting or Classic Mediterranean 32 oz, BOGO $10.99
-$1/1 Pompeian Olive Oil (
-$1/1 Pompeian Olive Oil (
-$1/1 Pompeian Olive Oil (
Final Price: $4.50 each

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Upcoming Publix Deals with Coupon Match-ups

Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, 2 pk 7.5 oz, or 8 to 16 oz, BOGO $2.45 – $3.25
-$1/1 Country Crock Spread, any 45 oz or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Promise or Brummel & Brown, any 15 oz or larger (Publix Coupon) – 09-15-13 RP Insert (exp 10/10/2013)
$0.50/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (
Final Price: $.78 Money Maker when you use two $1/1 Publix Coupons & two $.50/1 Manufacturer Coupons

Nabisco Ritz Crackers or Ritz Bits, 7.5 to 15.1 oz, BOGO $3.09 – $3.87
-$1/1 Ritz Bits Product Make Their School Day Great Coupon Booklet
-$1/2 Ritz Crackers July Facebook coupon (exp 9/30) (no longer available; check your binders)

Final Price: $.05 each (if -$1/1 Ritz Bits Product Make Their School Day Great Coupon Booklet is a Publix Coupon & you use -$1/2 Ritz Crackers July Facebook coupon (exp 9/30))

 Barilla Pasta, 12 to 16 oz, (Excluding Plus and Lasagna) BOGO $1.23 – $1.45
-$0.55/2 Barilla pasta boxes 09/08/2013 SS Insert (exp 11/02/2013)
-$0.55/2 Barilla Veggie Pasta, any 12 oz (Publix Coupon) – Publix Fall Savings Grocery Advantage Buy Flyer (exp 10/4/2013)
$1/2 Barilla Pasta (
-$1/3 Barilla Pasta, Any Boxes – 09-08-13 SS Insert (exp 11/2/2013)
Final Price: $.12 each

Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip, 30 oz, BOGO $4.63 – $4.89
-$1/1 Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip Dressing, any 30 oz. or larger (DND/T) – found on product peelie (exp 12/31/2013)
$1/1 MIRACLE WHIP Dressing (22 oz. or larger) Publix Digital Coupon (
$1/1 Kraft Mayo 22 oz + Publix Digital Coupon (
Final Price: $.32 each when you use two $1/1 Manufacturer Coupons, one $1 Miracle Whip Publix Coupon, and $1 Kraft Mayo Publix Coupon

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars or Big Chewy or Dipps, 6.1 to 7.4 oz, BOGO $2.69 – $2.79
-$1/1 Quaker Real Medley’s Bars, any 5 ct (Publix Coupon) – Publix Fall Savings Grocery Advantage Buy Flyer (exp 10/4/2013) (if included)
-$1/1 Quaker Real Medley’s, any (1) box bars or (2) oatmeal – 08-18-13 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2013)
-$1/2 Quaker Products, Any tearpad (Exp 9/30/2013)
Final Price: $.35 each

Swanson Broth, 32 oz (excluding Organic), BOGO $2.69
$0.50/2 Swanson Broth 26 oz + (
$1/2 Swanson Product 26 oz + (
$1/2 Swanson Broth 26 oz + (
$0.50/2 cartons of Swanson® Broth or Stock. (26 oz. or larger) Publix Digital Coupon (
Final Price: $.35 each

Canada Dry, 7Up or A&W or Diet Rite Soda, 2 L, BOGO $1.99
-$0.55/1 7UP TEN, A&W TEN, Sunkist TEN, Canada Dry TEN or RC Ten, Any 2 Liter Bottle Hangtag (exp 10/31/2013)
Final Price: $.45 each

Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing or Farmhouse Originals, 16 oz, (Excluding Organic Ranch) BOGO $3.09
$1.50 off produce wyb any Hidden Valley Farmhouse dressing (
-$1/1 Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Italian or Vinaigrette Salad Dressings, any (Limit of 4 like coupons in same shopping trip) – 07-28-13 SS Insert (exp 10/28/2013)

Final Price: $.55 each

 Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup, 35 oz, BOGO $1.97 – $2.27
-$0.20/1 Hunt’s Ketchup, Any Bottle – 09-22-13 SS Insert (exp 11/2/2013)
Final Price: $.59 each

 Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets or Casseroles, 8.9 to 15.66 oz, BOGO $3.39
$1/1 Velveeta Cheesy Skillets (
-$1/1 Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Singles, any – found on product peelie (exp 12/31/2013)
Final Price: $.70 each

 Stayfree Pads, 14 to 24 ct, BOGO $3.49
-$1/1 Stayfree Pad, any (No more than 4 coupons of any kind for the same product in the same transaction) – 08-25-13 SS Insert (exp 10/5/2013)
$1/1 Stayfree Pads Asst Varieties 14-48ct Publix Baby Club Q x9/30/13
-$1/1 Stayfree Product, Any (Limit 1 Coupon Per Person; No More Than 4 Coupons Of Any Kind For The Same Product In The Same Transaction) – All You, June 2013 (exp 4/30/2013)
$0.50/1 Stayfree pads (if still available; must sign up) (
$1/1 Stayfree product (
Final Price: $.75 each

Pace Chunky or Restaurant Salsa or Picante Sauce, 16 oz, BOGO $2.69 – $2.79
-$1/2 Pace Products, Any – 08-25-13 SS Insert (exp 10/20/2013)
Final Price: $.85 each

Arby’s, Checkers or Nathan’s Frozen Fries, 22 to 28 oz, BOGO $3.19
-$0.75/1 Arby’s, Checkers or Nathan’s Frozen Item, any blinkie (exp 9/30/2013)
Final Price: $.85 each

Kellogg’s Cereal: Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks or Frosted Flakes, 14.7 to 17.2 oz, BOGO $3.76
-$1/3 Kellogg’s Krave, Frosted Flakes, Apple Jacks, Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, and/or Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites, any 8.7 oz or larger  09-08-13 RP insert (exp 10/20/2013)
$0.50/1 Kellogg’s Corn Pops (
$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereal (
$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereals Publix Digital Coupon (
Final Price: $.88 each when you use two $.50/1 Kelloggs Corn Pops

Kellogg’s Eggo Pancakes or French Toaster Sticks or Muffin Tops, 12.7 to 16.4 oz, BOGO $2.99
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Eggo Frozen Products, Any 5.3 Oz. Or Larger (Limit of 4 like coupons in same shopping trip) – 08-04-13 RP Insert (exp 9/29/2013)
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles And/Or French Toaster Sticks, 5.3 Oz+, Any Flavor, Mix Or Match – Keebler/Kelloggs Big School Bus Display Booklet (exp 9/30/2013)
Final Price: $1 each

Mrs Pauls Fish Sticks or Fillets, 18 to 24.6 oz, BOGO $5.99
$1/1 Mrs Pauls Products (
$1/1 Mrs Paul’s Item
-$2/1 Mrs. Pauls varieties Publix Digital coupon (
Final Price: $1 each when you use one $2/1 Publix Digital coupon and two $1/1 Manu coupons

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Squares, 6.2 to 6.24 oz, BOGO $3.09
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats ( 8 ct. or larger, Mix or Match) tearpad (exp 9/30/2013)
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Crispy Marshmallow Squares, Any 8 Count Or Larger – 08-04-13 RP Insert (exp 9/29/2013)

Final Price: $1.05 each

Windex Glass Cleaner Refill, 67.6 oz, BOGO $5.39
-$2/2 Windex or Shout Products 9/15/2013 SS Insert Publix Coupon (valid 9/15 – 10/5)
$1/2 Windex Products  (
-$1/2 Windex Products, Any (Cannot Be Combined With Any Other Coupon) – Family Fun or Shape, October 2013 (exp 1/31/2014)
Final Price: $1.20 each

Fruttare Fruit & Milk Dessert Bards or Ice Bars, 10.8 to 12 oz, BOGO $4.49
-$1/1 Fruttare Fruit & Milk multi-pack blinkie (exp 10/7/2013)
Final Price: $1.25 each

Lysol Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner, 22 or 32 oz, BOGO $3.99
$0.50/2 Lysol Products (
-$0.50/2 Lysol Power & Free Toilet Bowl Cleaners, Any (Limit of 2 Like Coupons In Same Shopping Trip) – 09-15-13 SS Insert (exp 10/16/2013)
-$1/2 Lysol Cleaning Items, Any (Target Coupon) – 09-08-13 SS Insert (exp 10/13/2013)

Final Price: $1.50 each

Red Baron Pizza, 14.76 to 23.45 oz, BOGO $4.99 – $5.39
$1/2 Red Baron Pizza (zip 83705) (
Final Price:  $2 each

Lay’s Potato Chips, 9.5 to 10 oz, (excluding Kettle Cooked, Baked, Light and Simply Natural) BOGO $4.29
Final Price: $2.15 each

Farmrich Snacks, 20 to 26 oz, BOGO $6.99
$1/1 FARM RICH SNACK EIGHTEEN (18) OZ OR LARGER (zip 30187)  (
$1/1 Farm Rich Snack (18 oz. or larger) (
$0.75/1 Farmrich Products (
-$1/1 Farm Rich snack, 18 oz+ 08/25/2013 SS Insert (exp 11/04/2013)
Final Price: $2.50 each

Nestle Butterfinger Fun Size or Baby Ruth or Nuts About Peanuts or Assorted Miniatures, 19.75 to 22 oz, BOGO $6.49
-$1/2 Nestle or Wonka Fun Size Halloween Candy, any 9.2 oz or larger bags – 09-15-13 SS Insert (exp 10/6/2013)
Final Price: $2.75 each

Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice, 5 lb, BOGO $7.59
$1/4 Uncle Ben’s Rice Products (
-$1/3 Uncle Ben’s Products, Any – 08-18-13 RP Insert (exp 10/13/2013)
$1/3 Uncle Ben’s Product (
Final Price: $3.55 each when you buy 4

Springer Mountain Boneless Skinless Chicken, (excluding 24 oz bag), BOGO $6.39/lb
-$1.50/1 Springer Mountain Farms Fresh Tray Pack or Whole Chicken, any – 06-30-13 SS Insert (exp 9/28/2013)
Final Price: Varies




Friday, September 20, 2013

Kroger FREEBIE Friday

Kroger & affiliate shoppers, check out this FREEBIE Friday! ! Go Here and sign-in to your account to load an eCoupon valid for a FREE Orville Redenbacher Ready to Eat Popcorn (5 oz bag)!  This offer is valid to load today, 9/20 only, but the eCoupon doesn’t expire until 10/5/13.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cheap Toddler Food!

Right now at Kroger the Dole Fruit Squeeshems are $2, plus there is a $0.50/1 coupon out which will still double until Saturday making them only $1. Also, I got a $0.75 Catalina for buying 5. 

The Gerber food was on markdown for $0.85 for a two pack. I used a $1/4 Gerber coupon. 

I paid roughly $17 for everything pictured. So far it is the best price I have found on the squeeze food. Plus I got back a $0.75 Catalina. 

Check your Kroger because they are marking down a lot of the toddler foods. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Awesome Clearance at Dollar General

Right now Dollar General has summer and spring items 50-70% off. For everything pictured and a coke I paid $10.40 

Mickie Mouse Chair $3
Disney Plate Set $0.67 each
Tupperware $0.45 each
Shoe Organizer $1.50
Coke $1

Pumpkin Muffins Recipe (2 ingredients)

Pumpkin Muffins (only 2 ingredients)

Dunkin Hines Moist Supreme Yellow Cake Mix
Can of Pure Pumpkin

Mix ingredients together
Place in muffin pan
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes 

Shauna’s Household Challenge: An Update.

Hi Guys! So as some of you know, I put a challenge on my household to live as frugally as possible. We decided that we were going to live off only my paycheck. As for my husband’s paycheck, we were going to use that to pay past due medical bills, cut down on credit card debt, and put into savings.  We have only been doing this challenge for a month, but boy is it paying off!

I must mention that I had already been couponing and cutting back on our grocery bill before the challenge was in place. But boy were we spending a lot of money going out to eat & on entertainment (movies, Georgia Aquarium, Chuck E. Cheese, etc.)

So here I was, with a very decent sized stock pile of groceries, paper goods, and personal goods. I could walk downstairs to my stockpile to pull things for dinner, but it was just easier to call the Chinese Restaurant to bring us food. After all, I work a full time job from 7:30 to 4:30, then go pick up my little man from daycare, then get him his snack, play with his toys, keep him entertained. The idea of cooking dinner and having to clean up after dinner just seemed like too much on some days. Especially considering I have Fibromyalgia and some days am just too weak to do simple tasks such as cooking. And my husband doesn’t get home until 7pm which is too late to start cooking dinner. If I have energy, I want to give it to my son and not to chores.

So that was Problem Number 1. My solution: On the weekends, when I have plenty of energy and the help of my husband: Make Crock Pot Meals. I looked at everything I had in my stockpile and came up with meal ideas for the week with what I had. I looked on the Being Frugal 101 Recipe Page and found some great Crock Pot Meals. I decided to make a few. They worked wonderfully! It was so easy to put them in the crock pot first thing in the morning and have dinner waiting for us when we got home.

So now, Problem Number 2: Buying lunches on weekdays. Most mornings are a quick blur in the Rivero household. We tend to sleep as late as we can and then rush out the door. We would frequently forget to grab anything for lunch on the way out the door and have to pay for lunch at one of the restaurants around us. Expensive & usually not very healthy. My Solution: Make sure I have lunch ready to go the night before. Sounds like a “duh” concept, right. Well, having a two year old you have to feed, bathe, brush teeth, get on pjs, and do the whole nighttime routine, sometimes you just want to go sit on your butt in front of the television until bedtime.  So my husband and I decided to take a tag-team approach. He would bathe Aiden while I got lunch ready for the next day. And those crock pot meals were great left overs! I made sure to always cook extra so we had enough for lunches. Problem Solved!

Problem Number 3: Entertainment Expenses. I have it in my head that I want to do as much with my son as possible. I want to take him to the Zoo, to the Georgia Aquarium, to Chuck E. Cheese. While going to these places are fun, boy are they expensive!!! So, I started looking into low or no cost options of fun.

Luckily this month there was a fun petting zoo and family night sponsored by the Chick-fil-a right down the road from us. We also decided to walk around the mall one weekend and let Aiden ride the kiddie rides there in place of doing Chuck E. Cheese. We also stayed home more. My wonderful mother-in-law found a huge cardboard box and that has become Aiden’s fort. We put on puppet shows from the fort and do all sorts of imaginative games. Now for me and my husband, we realize parents need to get away and have a date night every once in a while. Our Solution: Groupon! We found Groupons for the Movie Theaters close to us: $5 for a Movie Ticket & a Large Tub of Popcorn. Now you can’t beat that! Want to go out to eat: Using this website we have found new restaurants in the area that we really enjoy now.

Problem Number 4: Paying off Medical Bills. This one was a biggie. I have had medical bills hanging over my head since I had my son 2 ½ years ago. Here’s a Sample List:

Hospital Bills from having my son: Summed up to $2250
Ambulance Ride to Hospital: $900
Surgery to have a Cyst Removed: Luckily nothing since I had met my deductible & out of pocket for that year.
CT Scan: $700

So as you can see, I had quite a bit of Medical Debt: $3850. I have been chipping away at this debt for 2 ½ years. And this wasn't all of my medical bills, I had other smaller bills that I was able to pay off as they came in (taking away from being able to pay these large bills).

I am SO HAPPY to say that I have finally paid off ALL of my Medical Bills as of this morning!

Being Frugal, Saving Money, Couponing, Planning Ahead: All of these are completely attainable goals. I am proof of that. Sure, it may take a good deal of work, but boy is it worth it!

My household plans to continue our challenge until all of our Credit Card Debt is paid off. Wish us luck!

6 FREE Renuzit at Dollar General

Check your coupon binder for these two coupons and head to Dollar General to score 6 FREE Renuzit Adjustable Air Fresheners.

I want to say that I tried this deal out last week and they would not let me get all 6 free. I was told that the coupons specifies one coupon per purchase. I tried to tell them you can stack but they didn't understand. So let me know if it works for you. ~Tricia

FREE Finish Sample

There is a new Finish sample out. Just click here and fill out the form to get a FREE Finish Quantum Dishwasher sample. Even if you just requested the sample we previously posted, you can still request this one. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

HOT DEAL for Elmo Fans!

This Deal found on

This 27-piece Elmo’s Learning adventure set is valued at $54.74. Order it today for only $7.95!

The set includes two hardcover Sesame Street books, two activity books, 12 adventure cards, a slip case for the books, flip-top storage box for the cards and nine storage box divider cards for only $7.95. As a bonus, the site is offering a free Elmo backpack!

Elmo’s Learning Adventure offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Return any set within 30 days for a full refund.

To order:

  • Visit Elmo’s Learning Adventure.
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Elmo’s Learning Adventure is a monthly book club. There is no minimum number of sets to buy. Want to make a change in your account? Contact the site’s customer service here 1-800-605-9204.

Click here to get to the deal.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Save Money: Check Expiration Dates

My how checking expiration dates seems like such a common thing you need to do while shopping. But even veteran shoppers/couponers forget to do this. It is a huge waste of time and gas to have to go back to the store to return expired products.

Just this week, I (Shauna), went to Kroger to get my free Friday download, Emerald Breakfast on the Go! I had other things I was purchasing, and was just throwing everything into my shopping cart without checking them. I finally get home and realize that my box of Emerald Breakfast on the go expired four months ago! Sure, the item was free but what good does that do me if it is expired? Luckily I had to drive back to the same Kroger to pick up a 5 gallon bucket (the Bakery saved me one of their buckets and gave it to me for FREE - I needed this to make my own laundry detergent) so I exchanged the Emerald Breakfast for a new box.

Also, many of us couponers tend to buy a lot of one item at a time if we have a coupon making the price low or even free. This is where checking expiration dates really becomes needed. I typically do not grab the items right at the front, I go for the products at the very back since they tend to expire later. Grocery stores rotate their stock and always put the soonest expiring items at the front since shoppers will normally just grab what's easiest to reach. However, if you work a little harder, you will see that you can get the same item that doesn't expire for another two months or even at times two years! By getting the items that don't expire soonest, your stockpile items will last you a lot longer.

As with any couponing trip, just spending that little bit of extra time and extra work will always pay off!

Upcoming Publix Deals with Coupon Match-Ups

Duncan Hines Classic Cake Mix, 16.5 to 18.25 oz, BOGO $1.79 – $1.83
-$0.35/1 Duncan Hines Product (
-$1/1 Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix (
Final Price: $.09 Money Maker

Ronzoni Pasta or Healthy Harvest or Garden Delight, 9 to 16 oz (Excludes Lasagna, Jumbo Shells, Manicotti and SmartTaste) BOGO $1.49
-$1/2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Facebook coupon (

Final Price: $.25 each

Vlasic Pickles or Spears or Stackers, 16 to 46 oz, BOGO $2.89
-$1/1 Farmer’s Garden or Vlasic Pickle Product  (
-$1/2 Vlasic pickle, pepper, or relish items Hangtag (exp 6/1/2014
Final Price: $.45 each

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, 12 oz, BOGO $2.59 – $2.99
-$0.75/1 Frank’s RedHot Thick Sauce, Any (Limit of 2 Like Coupons In Same Shopping Trip, DND) hangtag (exp 4/30/2014)
-$0.30/1 French’s Red Hot Sauce (
-$0.40/1 French’s Red Hot Thick Sauce (
-$0.30/1 French’s Red Hot Sauce (
eBay: $.75/1
eBay: $.35/1

Final Price: $.50 each when you use two $.40/1 coupons (will double to $.80)

Nature’s Own Butterbread, 20 oz, BOGO $2.59 – $2.79
-$0.75/1 Nature’s Own Bread Or Buns, Any – 08-25-13 SS Insert (exp 9/30/2013)
Final Price: $.55 each

Old El Paso Dinner Kit, 8.4 to 19.2 oz, BOGO $3.19
-$0.50/1 Old El Paso Products (Excludes Refrigerated, Frozen, or Soup Products) (Zip Code 77477) (
-$0.60/3 Old El Paso Products, Any (Excluding Refrigerated, Frozen Or Soup Products) – 09-08-13 SS Insert (exp 11/2/2013)
-$0.60/3 Old El Paso, excluding refrigerated, frozen or soup 08/04/2013 SS Insert (exp 09/29/2013)
-$0.60/3 Old El Paso Products (excluding Refrigerated, Frozen or Soup)  - Publix Digital Coupon
eBay: $.60/3
Final Price: $.60 each

Lysol Multi-Surface Cleaner or All Purpose Disinfectant, 40 oz, BOGO $3.19
-$0.50/2 Lysol Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaning Wipes Or Pours, Any – 09-15-13 SS Insert (exp 10/16/2013)
-$0.25/1 Lysol Pourable Product (
-$1/2 Lysol Cleaning Items, Any (Target Coupon) – 09-08-13 SS Insert (exp 10/13/2013)
eBay: $.50/1
Final Price: $.60 each

Musselman’s Applesauce 6 pk, BOGO $2.39
-$1/2 Musselman’s Apple Sauce, any single serve 4 or 6 packs – 08-18-13 SS Insert (exp 9/30/2013)
eBay: $1/2
Final Price: $.70 each

Smithfield Maple or Honey Ham Slice, 8 oz, BOGO $3.49
-$1/1 Smithfield All Natural Product, any – 08-18-13 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2013)
-$1/1 Smithfield Ham or Marinated Pork Loin, Any – 08-04-13 SS Insert (exp 9/30/2013)
Final Price: $.75 each

Keebler Club or Town House Crackers, 9.5 to 16 oz, BOGO $3.65
-$0.75/2 Keebler Town House Crackers, Any 9.5 Oz. Or Larger – 09-15-13 RP Insert (exp 11/10/2013)
-$0.75/1 Keebler Cookie or Cracker, Any – KelloggsFamilyRewards Coupon (
-$1/1 Keebler Town House Pita Crackers, Any 9.5 oz. (Limit 4 Like Coupons In Same Shopping Trip) tearpad (exp 12/31/2013)
Final Price: $.83 each

Quaker Instant Grits, 12 ct, BOGO $2.79
-$1/2 Quaker Products, Any tearpad (exp 9/30/2013)
eBay: $1/2 Quaker Products
Final Price: $.90 each

Fresh Express Salad Blend, 5 to 12 oz, BOGO $3.99
-$1/1 Fresh Express Blend or Kit Salad 9/15/2013 RP Insert Sweetbay logo manufacturer coupon (exp 11/15/2013)
Final Price: $1 each

Ben & Jerry’s or Starbucks Ice Cream, or Ben & Jerry’s Frozen Yogurt, BOGO $3.99
-$1/1 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Or Frozen Yogurt , Any Pint (DND) tearpad (exp 11/1/2013)
Final Price: $1 each

Post Cereal: Honey Bunches of Oats or Vanilla Clusters, 12.5 to 18 oz, BOGO $3.29 – $3.47
-$1/2 Post Honey Bunches Of Oats Cereals, any 11 oz or larger – 08-18-13 SS Insert (exp 9/29/2013)
-$1/2 Honey Bunches of Oats or Pebbles Cereal 9.5 oz or larger 9/15/13 RP Insert Sweetbay Coupon (exp 11/15)
eBay: $1/2
Final Price: $1.15 each

Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Crips, Snack Crackers, or Popped Corn or Popcorn Chips, 3.48 to 8 oz, BOGO $3.79
-$3/4 Kelloggs® Special K® Products (4 oz. or Larger, Any Flavor, Mix or Match) Publix Digital Coupon (
Final Price: $1.15 each when you buy 4

Kraft Velveeta Cheese Product, 16 oz, BOGO $4.39
-$1/1 Velveeta 1lb or Larger (any variety) tearpad (exp 12/31/2013)
Final Price: $1.20 each

Cascadian Farms Organic Granola Bars, 7.1 to 7.4 oz, BOGO $3.99
-$0.75/1 Cascadian Farms Product (
-$1/2 Cascadian Farm Cereals Or Bars, Any (Whole Foods Coupon) (
-$1.25/2 Cascadian Farm Granola Bars or Cereal, any flavor or variety (DND) – found on product peelie (exp 4/12/14)
Final Price: $1.25 each

Crystal Light Drink Mix, 10 to 12 ct, (excluding On The Go Sticks) BOGO $3.49
-$1/2 Crystal Light On The Go Drink Mixes, Any 10 Count tearpad (Exp 3/31/2014)
eBay: $1/2
Final Price: $1.25 each

Final Price: $1.35 each

Kraft Anything Dressing, 16 oz, BOGO $2.89 – $3.19
eBay: Save $1 on fresh produce when you buy 2 Kraft Dressings
Final Price: $1.45 each and $1 off fresh produce

Assorted Canada Dry, 7 Up, A&W, or Diet Rite 12 pk, (excluding Seltzer Water), BOGO $5.29 to $5.49
-$0.50/1 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Hawaiian Punch, or Sunkist Soda 12-pack, any (DND) – found on Sunkist 12-packs peelie (exp 12/31/2013)
Final Price: $1.65 each

Jimmy Dean Delights Sandwiches or Meal Size! Chicken Biscuits, 14 to 22.8 oz, BOGO $6.29 – $6.59
-$1/1 Jimmy Dean Product, any (DND/T) (Not Redeemable in Thrift or Outlet Stores) – 08-18-13 RP Insert (exp 9/22/2013)
-$0.55/1 Jimmy Dean Product, any (DND/T) (Not Redeemable in Thrift or Outlet Stores) – 08-18-13 RP Insert (exp 9/22/2013)
Final Price: $2.15 each

Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 32 oz, BOGO $13.95 – $14.59
-$1/1 Pompeian Oils 16 FL.+ (
-$1/1 Pompeian Oil product (
-$1/1 Pompeian Olive Oil or New OlivExtra Plus (
Final Price: $5.98 each

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Desserts, 7.76 to 11.71 oz, BOGO $3.99
-$2/$10 Weight Watchers Products (
-$0.75/$5 Weight Watchers Products (
-$4/10 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Products (
Final Price: Varies