Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Minute Maid Coupons! Print Now!

A couple new minute maid coupons just came out. I'm very excited about the juice boxes (for lunch boxes):

    $1.00 off 1 Minute Maid 12-pk cans, any variety

    $1.00 off 1 Minute Maid Juice Box 10-pk

Hurry up and print them now!  They just might be gone tomorrow!


Kroger Deals 11/30-12/6

Here are the best prices I see advertised at Kroger this week:

Chicken Breasts, tenderloins, or thighs   $1.69/lb
Pork Shoulder Butt Steaks  $1.99/lb
Bone-In Chicken Wings (Cooked from deli)  $0.33 each

Cuties Clementines  $3.99 for 3 lb. bag  (love these!--Check inside the bags, I've found coupons in them before.)
Kiwi  $1 for 16 oz package
Concorde Pears  $1.00/lb
3lb bag potatoes (King Rustic, Butter Red, or Gold)  $1.49 each

Milk  $2.38/gallon  *check for milk markdowns*
Eggs  $1.25/dozen
Barilla Pasta  $1.00

  • Use $1.00/2 Barilla Plus (if included) from 10/23 SS

Kroger Tortilla Chips  $1.00
Dove/Degree Deodorant  $1.88

  • Use $0.25/1 Degree Men from 11/13 RP

Armour Lunchmakers  $1.00
Chex Mix   $1.88

  • Use $0.50/2 from 10/23 SS

Bugles  $1.88
Gardettos   $1.88
Orville Redenbacher's  $1.88

  • Use coupon from 11/13 SS (my area got $0.55/1 making them $1.33)

Ken's Salad Dressing   $1.99

Keebler cookies   $2.00

Kroger Saltines  $1.00
Wolf Brand Chili  $1.00
Nestle Toll House Morsels  $2.50

Nestle Toll House Ready To Bake Cookies  $2.50

Kroger/ Active Lifestyle Instant Oatmeal  $1.49
Birds Eye SteamFresh  3 for $5

Hunt's Tomatoes  $1.00
Cheez-It  $2.77
Kroger Hod Dog/Hamburger Buns  $1.00
Manwich  $1.00
Juicy Juice  $2.50
Progresso Soup  3 for $4

  • Use $1/4 from 10/23 SS or 11/13 GM

Chef Boyardee  $1.00
Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes  $1.49


Smuckers Grape Jelly $0.64 At Fiesta

If you happen to be near a Fiesta this week (my CVS just happens to be in the Fiesta parking lot, so that's highly likely!), you may want to clip this coupon and run in.

Smuckers Grape Jelly 32 oz (that's a big jar) is just $0.99 on sale this week.

Grab your 11/6 RedPlum, and clip the coupon out.  My area got a $0.35/1 coupon which will make these just $0.64 each.  Some areas got a $1/2 coupon that will make them $0.74 each.

This is a great stock-up price on this item, especially if you have children who pack a lunch to school, or just don't want to eat anything besides PB&J. ;)


Fiesta Deals 11/30-12/6

Here are the best prices I see advertised at Fiesta this week:

Beef Chuck Roast  $2.49/lb  (Limit 2 w/ $10 purchase)
Pork Picnic Hams  $1.29/lb  (Limit 2 w/ $10 purchase)
Pork Brisket Rib Portions  $1.69/lb

Tangerines  5 for $1
Lemons  5 for $1
Bartlett Pears 5 for $1
Oranges  $3.99 for 10lb bag.
Fresh Bunch Spinach  $0.99 each

Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals  $1.69 each
Smuckers Grape Jelly 32 oz  $0.99 each

  • Use coupon from 11/6 RP   $0.35/1 = $0.64 each or $1/2 = $0.74 each wyb2

Pine-Sol 28 oz.  $1.49 w/ in store coupon
2 lbs Rice  $0.99

*Note*  Fiesta does not double coupons.  My store will not accept printed coupons.


El Rio Grande Deals 11/30-12/6

Here are the best prices I see advertised at El Rio Grande this week:

Chicken Drumsticks   $0.69/lb
Beef Tip Steak  $2.49/lb
Pork Butt  $1.29/lb

Avocados  5 for $1
Tangerines  10 for $1
Poblano Peppers  2 lbs. for $1
White Onions  2 lbs. for $1
Yellow Corn 2 for $1
Small Red Apples  4 for $1
Green Pears  5 for $1
Red Grapes  $1.59/lb
Cantaloupe  2 for $3
Cilantro  3 for $1
White Potatoes  $0.59/lb
Green Bell Peppers  3 for $1
Small Oranges  10 for $1  *Thursday Only*
Cucumbers 4 for $1  *Thursday Only*

18 ct. Large Eggs  2 for $3  *limit 2 with $10 purchase*
Armour Lunchmakers  $0.99 each
Parade Tomato Sauce  4 for $1


El Rancho Deals 11/30-12/6

Here are the best prices I see advertised at El Rancho this week:

Beef Shank  $1.69/lb
Chicken Breast  $1.09/lb
Pork Chops (Sirloin Ham End)  $1.09

Pineapple   $1.28 each
Roma Tomatoes  3 lbs. for $1
White Onions   5 lbs. for $1
Green Cabbage   3 lbs. for $1
Avocados  3 for $1
Russet Potatoes  5lbs  $1.29 each
Green Bell Peppers   3 for $0.99 each
Cilantro  4 for $0.99
Oranges  8 for $0.99
Bosc/Bartlett Pears  5 for $0.99

Parade Sugar  $1.77 each (limit 2 with $10 purchase)
Capri Sun 3 for $5  (limit 3 with $10 purchase)
Family Pack Corn Tortillas   $1.29
34 oz Vegetable Oil  3 for $5  (limit 3 with $10 purchase)


Aldi Deals 11/30-12/6

Here are the best prices I see advertised at Aldi this week:

Ham:  (I stocked up on these last year *after* the holidays with $5 off stickers on them*

  • Spiral Sliced Half Ham-- $1.69/lb
  • Smoked Ham Butt Portion  $1.39/lb
  • Smoked Ham Shank Portion   $1.19/lb
Special Buy:  Mom's Meatloaf--20oz pre-formed, ready to bake  $4.99

Texas Grapefruit  $0.29 each
Tangerines  $1.59 each for 3lb bag.
Red Grapes  $0.89/lb  (sold in 2lb packs for $1.78 each)
Ripe Avocados  $0.39 each

Milk  $1.99/gallon
Eggs  $0.99/dozen
Flour   $0.99 each  5lb.
Sugar  $1.99 each  4lb.
Cream Cheese   $0.89 each
Butter Quarters   $1.99 each
Making Morsels  $1.69 each 12oz.  (dark, milk, white, butterscotch)
Cake Mix  $0.99
Frosting  $1.29
Coconut Flakes  $1.69
Vegetable Oil  $2.49


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Great Deal: 3 Pack Touch Screen Stylus Pens Just $0.98 Shipped

If you have any touch screen electronics at your house, or if anyone in your household will be getting some for Christmas, Amazon has a great stocking stuffer deal (you can even break the pack up and distribute among multiple people!):

  3 Pack of Universal Touch Screen Stylus Pen (Red + Black + Silver)

These are priced at just $0.98 right now with FREE shipping!!  If you have Amazon Credits from Swagbucks or Superpoints, then you can snag this for nothing!

I just ordered a set for my husband.  Perhaps I should have ordered a couple more! ;)

Thanks, Family Friendly Frugality!


End Of Month Reminder: Print Your Coupons Before They're Gone!

Thursday is the beginning of December, and that means new coupons will appear, but that also means that the current coupons just might disappear!

Here are links to several of the major printable coupon sites.  Check them out and print any that you may need before the are gone!  (Coupons general have an expiration date 1 month from the print date, so you'll have plenty of time to use them!)

Red Plum

Coupon Network

Grocery Coupon Network


$25 CVS Gift Card Challenge: Final Tally--$259.24 Value 90% Savings

My shopping trip on Saturday finished off my $25 from Cheryl at Simply CVS.  Here is a rundown of the final tally of everything I got with my $25.  (Click images to see individual posts.)

Trip 1:

$39.61 Value, Paid $5.10
Trip 2:
$21.25 Value, Paid $0.28
Trip 3: 
$27.77 Value, Paid $3.62
Trip 4:
$22.52 Value, Paid $0.61

Trip 5:
$37.64 Value, Paid $0.63
Trip 6:  
$35.97 Value, Paid $7.91
Trip 7:
$34.60 Value, Paid $5
Trip 8:  
$27.74 Value, Paid $1

Trip 9:
$12.14 Value, Paid $1.24 (last $0.85 on GC plus $0.39)

Overall, I was able to get $259.24 worth of items (shelf price), for just $25.39!  That's an average savings of 90%!

Now, I want to make one thing VERY clear:  You can do this, too!

In fact, this is not my best work, by far!  During this challenge, I went through some pretty rocky patches of life:  A child starting school, a husband working two jobs, a death in the family, three sets of houseguests!  I was busy.  I was stressed.  Coupons were not the foremost thing on my mind.

These trips were rushed, and frankly, i'm a little bit disappointed in myself.  I know that under different circumstances, I could have saved even more.  But, you know what?  I'm glad things weren't different!  I'm glad things were crazy and hectic.  

Why?  Because I don't think this challenge is at all about making myself look good with how much stuff I was able to get.  It's about showing how easy it is to get a lot of stuff for a little at CVS, and I think that anyone, no matter how short of time they've been couponing, should be able to accomplish at least this level of savings at CVS.  It's EASY! 

I'd like to say thanks to Cheryl at Simply CVS for giving me the opportunity to take this challenge, and share my shopping trips with everyone.  If you'd like to see a true CVS master in action, go over and have a look at the $50 CVS GC Challenge she gave to herself!  She's doing an *amazing* job!


CVS Trip (Black Friday Sale)

Sorry it took me so long to get this trip posted, but here it finally is!

I did not get to CVS until late Saturday afternoon since I spent much of Thanksgiving day baking and Friday my husband worked two shifts at Radio Shack and the kids were nuts.  I was actually in the middle of doing some freezer cooking on Saturday when I had the realization that these sales ended that day, so I did a hurry up and grab some coupons and hit the store trip.  I was doubly in a rush because my husband also had to work Saturday night, so I had a time frame to be back home.

Now, if you'll recall my last CVS trip, I left the store with only $3 in ECBs and $0.85 left on my gift card, so I didn't really have much to work with.  I made a small list, and planned two small transactions, but I went to the store assuming they would be out of most of them and I would have to regroup...I was right!

I actually was only able to find one item after I asked for a raincheck, and the cashier pointed me to a small display down by the photo counter that was apparently the few FREE after ECB items they had left.

Here is everything I got, minus a Starbucks double shot that I handed off to my husband as he was walking out the door when I got out of the van.

See!  Very small trip!

First Transaction:  
  • LA LOOKS  $2.49  Used $1/1 coupon
  • Carmex  $1.00   Used $0.30/1 coupon
  • Starbucks  $1.69  (no coupon)
Paid With $3 ECBs.  Owed $0.88 + tax.

Paid with $0.85 remaining on my CVS Challenge Gift Card, and 7 cents of my own cash.  Got back $5.18 in ECBs.  ($2.49, $1, and $1.69)

At this point I asked for rainchecks for the Finish, and also the Breath Right strips.  They led me over to the Finish, so I grabbed one and got back in line.  A line of about 4 people had stacked up by this point, and I was running out of time to get back home, so I opted to not worry with the other Rain Check I wanted.  I always find those at the $0.99Cents Only Store, anyway.

Second Transaction:
  • Finish Quantum  $2.99  Used $1/1 coupon
Paid with $1.69 ECB from transaction 1, and owed $0.32.  Got back $2.99 in ECBs.

So, when all was said and done, I didn't walk away with much in my bag, *BUT* I only spent $0.39 of *my* money, and left with over twice the amount of ECBs that I walked in with.  ($6.48 now)

I've still yet to decide if I want to shop CVS this week or wait until next week.

Will you be shopping CVS this week?  My favorite makeup that my kids just ruined in son sale, so maybe I should!


Menu Plan: Still In Progress

I knew that making a menu plan without having turkey leftovers was going to be difficult.  Making it extra difficult is the lack of grocery sale ads this past week.  They were virtually non-existent, so I've not been to the store.  My husband did run to Wal-Mart (with both girls, while I was cooking!) on Saturday to browse for gift ideas and grab a few things we needed.

I decided to shift last week's menu around a bit and made a Turkey Taco Quiche (delicious, and recipe to be posted), so I needed a couple more things to make that, and pushed my soup back until Monday.  (I actually made two soups, one with meat and one with lentils).

Here's my plan so far (totally may change):

Monday:  Turkey Soup

Tuesday:  Turkey Soup again (then freezing it)

Wednesday:  Broccoli & Ham Quiche (in freezer)

Thursday:  Old El Paso Taco Stuffers (I have tortillas in the freezer I need to use.)

Friday:  Red Beans and Rice  (If I get to the store and buy red beans-I have sausage in the freezer.)

Weekend:  Yet to decide.

How is your menu planning going?

This is linked to Menu-Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.


New Coupon: $0.75/1 Wisk

Here's a new coupon this morning:

     $0.75 off Wisk Laundry Detergent

I'm in need of a good deal on laundry detergent, how about you?


Monday, November 28, 2011

80% Off At Weekly Promo Offer 300 x 250

If you've had enough of cooking and turkey leftovers, here's a great chance to have a night out and save! has a new code DEAL, that will get you a $25 gift certificate for just $2.

We LOVE this site!  Found a new favorite Italian restaurant, and there are so many places to choose from near us.

Click the image above, enter your zip code, select your restaurant(s), and enter code DEAL at the checkout. 80% will be deducted from your total, making most certificates just $2!  Enjoy!


HIGH VALUE Reynold's Coupon! Print Now!

I just came across this awesome coupon:

     $1.25 off ONE Reynolds Wrap Product

Baking season is still upon us so this is a great time to stock up on these types of products.  This is a great coupon and likely will not last very long so print it now while you still can!


TODAY ONLY!! Rite Aid Photo Coupon: Buy 5 Photo Cards, Get 10 FREE

Here is a great coupon to print if you have a Rite Aid nearby (I do not):

    Buy 5 RiteAid photo cards and get 10 free cards  1 Hour Photo Processing

This coupon is good today only!


Saturday, November 26, 2011

10 Reasons You Can't Cook Alone With Children In The House

After carving all the meat we could off our turkey, I put the rest into a pot of water to boil down and make a stock.  This morning, I was attempting to separate the remainder of the turkey meat from the bones, when I had a realization:  there was no way I could have gotten that accomplished had my husband not been home.

If your house is anything like mine, and you attempt to do anything that will get your hands dirty and takes more than 2 minutes of your time, here's what will invariably happen:

Not today, but a similar situation a few months back.

  1. The kids will fight.  (don't the always??)
  2. The toddler will try to operate your laptop.  (That would be an interesting blog post!)
  3. The kids will decide they want to go outside.  They will claim to be unable to open the back door.  (Never seemed to stop them before.)
  4. The kids will get outside, decide they are cold, and want to come back inside.  (Again, with the door.)
  5. On the way back inside, the toddler will step in dog poop.
  6. They will be unable to find their sweaters (right in front of their faces.)
  7. They will go back outside, and the other kid will step in dog poop. (I sort of think that one was on purpose.)
  8. One of them will get hurt.
  9. One of them will get a bug bite and swear they need a bandaid.
  10. They will get inside with muddy hands and decide to try to help.


Thanksgiving Day Baking Marathon

On Thursday, my family decided to have our big Thanksgiving meal for dinner instead of at lunchtime, so that we would not have to wake up early and begin rushing through our preparations.

I did want us to have a special breakfast however, and after seeing this recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart bread, I simply had to try it.

(Click the link above for the recipe and step by step instructions.)

Since I had my table all floured up and my rolling pin out, I thought that I should go ahead and use up the rest of the pizza dough that had been sitting in the fridge since Tuesday night.  I had decided that I wanted to make homemade pizza pockets for the freezer, and so I searched and found this post (I already had my dough and homemade pizza sauce, so this was just a visual aid on how to shape and assemble them).

We rolled of the dough in small circles. 
Spread sauce, cheese, and pepperoni on them, then folded and sealed.

To freeze. 

We actually got finished with these just a little before lunch time, so we partook of some for lunch that day, and then I wrapped the rest up and bagged them for the freezer.  I actually just reheated a couple for my lunch, and they are still delicious after being frozen.  The edges were a little chewy, as microwave bread tends to get, but no chewier than a Hot Pocket, and quite a bit tastier.  I went a little light on the filling this time, so next time I'll try to stuff them more.

After we had our lunch, it was time to begin our dinner preparations.  The first thing I did (since the table was already messy and whatnot) was make the bread.  I think no feast is complete without freshly made bread, and I had seen this post on MoneySavingMom about make ahead butterhorn rolls.  They looked delectable, and you know I'm a sucker for anything that I can't make once and stash some away in the freezer, so I decided to give it a go.

Here they are all rolled up and laid out on baking sheets (there are two more trays behind me as well).  I just noticed when I uploaded this that you can actually see my husband in the background vaccuming off our table with his Black and Decker hand vac.  Yep.  That's how we roll around here. ;)
Lots of rolls (not all of them)
 We left one tray out to continue rising and baked it with dinner.  The rest went into the freezer on the trays.  When they were frozen, I bagged them and returned them to the freezer.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving feast with just our little family.  We had turkey, stuffing, homemade turkey gravy and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes (from the freezer!~saved a little time there.), macaroni and cheese, carrots, broccoli, rolls, and iced tea!

Now, it's on to the leftovers.  I have been/will be working diligently to turn my turkey leftovers into things that do not really resemble turkey leftovers.  I've already made Turkey and Stuffing Casserole, and today I'll be making some Turkey Pot Pies, and Turkey Soup, and Turkey Taco Quiche (Recipe coming).  All of these will feed us a meal, and then put more into the freezer.

Check out this post I did last April, when I made a turkey and turned it into 26 meals!


Dishing It Up Recipe Hop: Thanksgiving Leftovers--Turkey & Stuffing Casserole (Repost With Pictures)

Note:  This is my same post from last week, but I've just prepared it and took some nice pictures, so I'm reposting with pictures of the preparation.

My blogger friends and I have brought you a few idea to prepare for Thanksgiving such as sides, and pies.  Today we are going to try and give you some ideas about what to do with all of those leftovers!

The recipe I am sharing is one of my family's favorites, and I fully intend to make some more of this next week.  (I also batch cook it fresh with cubed chicken breast.  They freeze great!)

Turkey (or Chicken!) Stuffing Casserole

1 package of stuffing mix (like stove top) any flavor --use whatever you have left!
1 can cream of mushroom soup 
1/2 cup milk
2 cups cooked turkey
1 cup frozen corn (or leftover corn..could even be another veggie like peas)
1 can mushroom stems and pieces (I say optional because we don't like mushrooms, so I leave them out).
2 cups shredded cheese (i've even improvised with sliced before..still good)

  1. Prepare stuffing mix according to package (might be done already!
  2. In a large bowl, combine milk and soup.  Set aside.
  3. Spread stuffing onto bottom of baking dish.  Then layer with turkey, corn, mushrooms, soup/milk mixture, and cheese.

 4.  Cover and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes until cheese is melted.

Served with leftover rolls and homemade cranberry sauce.

Or, cover and freeze!  (I always quadruple the recipe and make 1 to eat and three to freeze because it hardly takes any more time to do that).  

To use frozen casserole:
Remove from freezer 30 minutes before baking.  DO NOT THAW!.  Bake covered at 350 for 1-1 1/2 hours.  Uncover and bake additional 10-15 minutes until heated through.

Here are some more ideas for those Thanksgiving leftovers.  If you have a post, link up!

Or here are some more Thanksgiving ideas (will work great for Christmas too!)


There *Will* Be Coupons In Sundays Paper...

The original schedule showed that there would be no coupons in tomorrow's paper, but there actually will be a P&G insert!


Friday, November 25, 2011

$1.00 Off All Laundry Detergent

Here's another great coupon:

   $1.00 off one all Laundry Detergent

This stuff seems to always be on sale somewhere!  The grocery ads this week were practically nonexistant around here, but go ahead and print now before it reaches its print limit, and I'll be looking for a deal.


Coupon For All Your Baking Needs

I did a LOT of baking yesterday (I'll share in a bit), but I'm running low on yeast now. I just noticed this coupon (it's been back and forth available all month), so if you have some holiday baking to do print it now!

     $1.00 off 2 Fleischmann's Active Dry Yeast


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Survey Site: Springboard America

A relatively new survey site, Springboard America,  is actively looking for new participants, both males and females.

They have separate panels  for males and females, so if you wish you join and you are female, click here:

And if you wish to join and you are male, click here:


FREE Tempurpedic Brochure

After last night's unfortunate back twisting incident, I saw this and started to wonder if it would really help me out.  I'm ordering my free brochure, just for informational purposes.  ;)  You get a product guide pamphlet, a DVD that explains the benefits, and a sample of the bedding material.


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