Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rubbermaid Lunchblox Review

Note: I was sent this product free to try out and review.  I was not compensated in any other way, nor was I required to write a review, or a positive one.



I was recently given the opportunity to try out the new Rubbermaid Lunchblox Sandwich kit.  I had just seen a coupon for this product, and thought that it looked pretty cool, so I was very excited to give it a try.  

I've not been able to put it through extensive use as of yet, because school just started this past Monday, but I will tell you that I did freeze the BlueIce pack and leave it sitting out on my counter, not even in an insulated lunch bag as it would normally be kept, and it stayed cold for a good 6 hours.

I also assembled the entire thing, because it all snaps together with the ice pack in between, and then I shook it around a bit to see how sturdy it was, and I was pretty impressed at how well it held together.

It is a little hard to initially get it to snap together correctly to get it to hold as it should, and I think my 6 year old might have some problems with that, but I don't foresee her needing to do it.



This is an imagine of how it is supposed to fit together and fit into a lunchbox.   I have no issues with the design itself.   My daughter's lunchbox, however, is not shaped this way.  It is a thin, flat one that straps onto her backpack.


Obviously, the Lunchblox kit will not fit into her lunchbox fully assembled, but I was able to lay the large square in with the Blue Ice snapped onto it, and still had room beside it for the small rectangle container to sit loose, and also fit her drink in there.

She does have a larger lunch bag that she used last year (it just doesn't exactly coordinate with her new gear.  Very important for at least the first few days of school, you know!), so I am hoping to get a lot more use out of this cool contraption between her and my husband.  

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Monday, August 27, 2012

New And Expiring Coupons

Here is a list of a few new coupons today, as well as some coupons that will be disappearing at the end of the month, so if you haven't gotten them yet, better print them now!

NEW:


EXPIRING:

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dishing It Up Recipe Hop: Freezer Mashed Potatoes



Its August, and back to school time is here!  School starts on Monday, and I've spent a good bit of time putting stuff in the freezer this week!

The Dishing It Up theme for the month of August is freezer cooking, and my friends over at Thrifty Texas Penny, Pary Moppins, Deals From MS Do, and Dearly Domestic will all be bringing you some of their freezer recipes as well!

PLUS, we will be giving away two $5 Amazon codes this month!   One blogger that links up a recipe will be selected at random to win the first one, and one commenter will be selected at random from one of the recipe links (also selected at random), so after you check out my recipe, leave a comment, and click through the linky to visit the other recipes, and leave them comments, also!  If you have a freezer recipe, link up!



My recipe this week is Freezer Mashed Potatoes.

Last week, I was shopping around at the 99CentsOnly store.  I *really* like that place because they sell produce, BUT it can be a dangerous place to shop, too.  It can get you into the mindset of "oh, it's just a dollar", and those dollars sure can add up quickly!

I go there when I'm int he mood for salad though, because I can usually find some hearts of Romaine and Spinach there.   This time, I was surprised to see 5lb bags of potatoes.  For $0.99, I grabbed one because it's been quite a while since we've had potatoes.

When I got to the register, I noticed that they rang up only $0.60, so I asked her to scan it twice, and I went and grabbed a second bag.

Having potatoes is a little tricky when the rest of your meal is coming from the freezer.   They take so long to bake, so much oil to french fry...Then I remembered that just the other day my oldest was asking to have mashed potatoes.  I used to find great coupon deals on the boxed kind pretty regularly, but haven't seen any in a while, plus also we've been getting away from boxed foods altogether, so we've had a mashed potato famine around here.

They sat in the pantry a few days while I tried to decide what else to do with them, until I finally say, forget it,  I'll just mash them all!  And I did!  Well, my husband helped.  ;)

I put all of them in a big stock pot and boiled them until they were soft.  Then we drained them and mashed them.  I had to separate them into two of my big mixing bowls since there were so many.

We added in some salt and pepper, and some milk and butter.   I didn't measure, I just adjusted and stirred until the consistency looked right.   I left the skins on, but you can peel them if you prefer.

We ate some with our meal that night, and then I spooned the remainder into muffin cups.   Muffin cups make a great serving sized portion of these  (you can fill them halfway for kids, or heaping for husbands!) and then you just have to thaw and serve!

I ended up with 2 shy of 4 dozen after we'd eaten our fill with dinner.



After I froze them, I popped them out of the muffins tins and bagged them in freezer bags.   These will come in super handy during the school year!



Here are the other freezer recipes that have been shared so far this month.  Don't forget to add your own if you have one, and hop around leaving comments on the other recipes to increase your chances of winning!



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Friday, August 24, 2012

Sunday Coupon Preview 8/26



This Sunday there will be two coupon inserts, one SmartSource and one RedPlum.


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Great New Coupons This Morning Kraft, Oscar Meyer, Etc.

There are a ton of great new printable coupons this morning.  These are rare, and probably won't last very long so be sure to print yours while you can!


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Save $0.70 on Kellogg's Fiber Plus Nutty Delights

Here's a great new coupon:





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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fiesta Deals 8/22- 8/28

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



Meat:

Chicken Leg Quarters  $0.55/lb  (Limit 2 jumbo bags with $10 purchase)

Country Style Pork Ribs   $1.09/lb  (Limit 2 family packs with $10 purchase)


Produce:

Grapes  $0.99/lb

Peaches  $0.99/lb

Green/Red Leaf Lettuce   $0.79 each

Cucumbers   3 for $1

Red Bell Peppers  $0.79 each

Kiwi 5 for $1

Bartlett Pears  5 for $1

Red Potatoes   $0.69/lb



Other:

Nissin Big Cup Noodles  3 for $1

Sunbeam Split Top White Bread   $0.99

Fiesta 4lb bag Rice  $1.66

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El Rio Grande Deals 8/22-8/28

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


Meat:

Beef Shoulder Steak  $1.99/lb

Pork Boneless Stew Meat  $1.29/lb

Split Chicken Breast   $0.79/lb

Catfish Nuggets   $1.29/lb

Bar S Cooked Ham or Honey Ham 16oz Deli Style Lunchmeat  $1.79

Ground Beef  $1.69/lb


Produce:

Tomatoes  3lbs for $1

Avocados  5 for $1

White Onions  2lbs for $1

Cilantro  3 for $1

1lb. bag of Carrots  2 for $1

Green Beans   $0.89/lb

Limes   12 for $1


Other:

Parade 3lb bag of Rice   $0.89

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El Rancho Deals 8/22-8/28

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


Meat:

Beef Short Ribs   $1.98/lb

Chicken Drumsticks  $0.68/lb

Sirloin Ham End Pork Chops  $1.09/lb

Beef Shank  $1.58/lb

Catfish Nuggets  $1.69/lb

Chicken Breast  $1.49/lb

Pork Country Style Ribs   $1.39/lb



Produce:

Tomatoes   3lbs. for $1

Avocados  5 for $1

Bananas  $0.28/lb  

Oranges   8 for $1

2lb. bag of Carrots  $0.77 each

Cilantro  3 for $0.88

Golden Delicious Apples  3 for $0.97

Cantaloupe  $0.98 each

Broccoli  $1.28 each

Watermelon  3lbs. for $0.88


Other:

Maruchan Instant Lunch   6 for $1  (Limit 6 with $10 purchase)

Danonino  $1.50


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Aldi Deals 8/22-8/28

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


Milk   $1.99/gallon

Roma tomatoes   $0.69/ 1lb. package

Avocados  $0.39 each

Tri-Color Bell Peppers   $2.49/ 3 pack

Grapes  $0.89/lb  (sold in 2lb tubs for $1.78)

Cantaloupe  $0.79 each

Seedless Watermelon   $2.99 each


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Have A Dog? New Pedigree Coupons

Pet food can be quite costly!  I know!  In the past year, our family has had two dogs, two cats, two fish, and a turtle!  The turtle and one fish have since passed away, and one cat has decided to move outside, but meows at the window for food and makes my dogs go berserk!

We're just an animal loving family!  But, if you have animals, you've gotta feed them, so I always like seeing pet food coupons.

Here are a couple brand new Pedigree coupons:



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Monday, August 20, 2012

Goals For The Week Of 8/20

Wow!  Goals!  Those are something I haven't had in while.  Like, all summer long!   Having my husband home a bit instead of working two jobs has been FABULOUS!  However, we've gotten a little bit too much into this laid back mindset, and it needs to STOP.  NOW!

His inservice started back up last Friday, and he has meeting all this week, and then school starts back up next Monday, and I'm going to have a First grader!

Most of my goals for this week just involve getting back into a routine, and figuring out a daily schedule.

My sleep goals are to go to bed by 10:30 (I have never gone to bed this early in my adult life, so this is going to be a challenge!  I'm such a night person.), and get up by 6, and NO NAPS!  I will also be slowly easing my daughter's wake up time back until she's getting up at school time - 6:30.   They've been sleeping until 8ish all summer and she was quite grumpy when I woke up up at 7:20 this morning.

I'm going to continue to keep up with my reading goal I set at the beginning of the year to read 30 books this year.  I'm actually 3 books ahead of schedule and have only 9 more to go.  I've done a lot of late night novel reading during this lazy summer.

I've started the Little House series reading aloud to my girls, so I will continue (hopefully finish) Little House In The Big Woods this week, and I've been reading the Junie B. Jones series with my oldest.  We're on # 19 (since the beginning of summer!) and it's due back to the library Saturday, so we've got to get finished with that.

I found some 5lb. bags of potatoes at the $0.99 store for $0.60, so I am going to mash them all with dinner tomorrow and freeze what we don't use.  I'm going to use some of the biscuits I got at Albertsons today to make some PB&J freezer pockets for the lunch box.  I hope to also get at least one freezer breakfast made.

My cleaning goals are to continue to keep up with the laundry and dishes, and to get the master bedroom and bathroom cleaned up this week.  I've had a steady stream of house guests the past few weeks, so my time was focused on the rest of the house and these two got neglected.

If I have time, I'd like to also get some seeds planted for a fall garden.


What will you be up to this week?

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CVS Trip 8/20

This afternoon I had to run out to the RedBox machine to get my daughter a movie as a reward for filling in her second reading chart in as many weeks.   The RedBox is at CVS, so I thought, hey while I'm there I might as well just walk inside and scan my card and see what coupons it gives me.

I was quite surprised to find that it gave me a $5 ECB for a Beauty Club reward.  I had no idea I was even close to getting another!  So, suddenly I had $10 in ECBs to work with instead of $5, and the ad started looking a little bit better!

I sat down and made my list out after I got the girls to bed, and I planned on going in the morning, but since it was only 8:30, I decided to just go ahead and run on over there tonight...alone!  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed shopping at night at CVS.  So peaceful!

Here's what I got:



2 Cheerios @ 2 for $5   Used 2    Get $2 ECBs


Zantac 150 24ct.  @$8.99   Get $2 ECBs

  • Used $5/1 from 7/8 SS
Revlon Lipstick @ $6.49  Get $4 ECBs
  • Used $3 Revlon makeup from coupon scanner (also printer this afternoon)
  • Used $1/1 from from 7/22 SS  (also one in 8/5 SS)
Hershey Simple Pleasure @ $3
  • Used $2/1 from 8/19 SS

Also used $10 in existing ECBs.

 $1.68 OOP and got back $8 in ECBs.


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Shopping Trip 8/20: Kroger & Albertsons

This morning I went to two stores.   I had not been shopping with coupons in a LONG time, and I had both girls with me so I thought that it very well could end up being a bust, but we actually had a pretty calm and successful outing.

Our first stop was Kroger.  I had a few things on my list that I wanted to get at Kroger, and also I just really enjoy hitting Kroger in the mornings because you never know what sorts of markdowns you are going to find!

I got one set of mega sale items, several SunnyD (and used this coupon), and some markdown items.






Total Shelf Price:  At *least*  $66.19  (I don't actually know the original prices of all the marked down items)
Total Sale Price:   $38.42
Price Paid After Coupons:  $30.54    At *least* 54% Savings


Then we went to Albertsons, and I got all of this:



Total Shelf Price:  $57.44
Total Sale Price:   $25.75
Price Paid After Coupons:  $15.31   73% savings


So altogether today I spent $45.85 on over $125 worth of groceries.   That's an average savings of over 63%.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Menu Plan 8/20

This afternoon, my husband, oldest daughter, and myself worked together and put 9 meals into the freezer in roughly half an hour, and had the kitchen fully cleaned up within 20 minutes.  I was very proud of us!

I don't have any pictures, but while I was cooking up 5 meals worth of ground beef (froze these in little baggies ready to thaw and dump into any dish), they were shaping 2 meals of meatballs and 2 meals of mini meatloaf muffins.

We actually had some leftovers in the fridge that needed to be used up so we put it all into the freezer and didn't even eat any of it tonight.

I noticed that I have a couple of those Velveeta Cheesy Skillet meals in my pantry that were slightly out of date (we just don't normally eat this type of thing, but I got them for $0.25 after coupon, so I picked a few up).  I'm going to use some of that cooked beef and make those this week just to use them up.

I also just took inventory of my freezer tonight, and found 31 meals in there!  That's good for me with school starting in a week, because that means that I can focus on cooking and freezing some breakfasts and lunches this week.

Here's what we plan on having:

Monday:  Cheeseburger Macaroni (skillet meal)

Tuesday:  Baked Pork Chops (from freezer) and Mashed Potatoes (making a big batch of these to freeze)

Wednesday:  Soup  (we have a ton of soup in the freezer, so I'll just pick what kind we feel like that day)

Thursday:  Nacho Supreme (skillet meal)

Friday:  Fried Catfish  (have been planning on having the last of these all summer and haven't gotten to it, and they are getting pretty old so now is the time!)

Saturday:  Pork Stew  (found 4 of these in the freezer!)

Sunday:  Red Beans and Rice   (last one of these in the freezer, but it is my daughter's absolute favorite, so it will make a good night before going back to school meal for her).




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Friday, August 17, 2012

Sunday Coupon Preview 8/19



This Sunday there will be two coupon inserts, one SmartSource and one RedPlum.


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Dishing It Up Recipe Hop: Freezer Meals--Pesto



Its August, and back to school time is in full swing.   My husband begins his inservice today (he teaches high school), and the kids start next Monday the 27th.   I've got 10 more days to get prepared for the start of school, and I plan to be putting some serious meals into the freezer during that time!

In fact, the Dishing It Up theme for the month of August is freezer cooking, and my friends over at Thrifty Texas Penny, Pary Moppins, Deals From MS Do, and Dearly Domestic will all be bringing you some of their freezer recipes as well!

PLUS, we will be giving away two $5 Amazon codes this month!   One blogger that links up a recipe will be selected at random to win the first one, and one commenter will be selected at random from one of the recipe links (also selected at random), so after you check out my recipe, leave a comment, and click through the linky to visit the other recipes, and leave them comments, also!  If you have a freezer recipe, link up!



My recipe this week is homemade pesto sauce.   I've never actually made, or even eaten pesto sauce, if you can believe that.  However, pretty much the only thing that actually grew well in my garden in this Texas heat was my basil plant.   In fact, I was trying to keep it confined to a smaller pot to keep its growth in check, but one day my husband decided to move it to a bigger one after we decided that said larger pot's previous inhabitant was done for.   That thing took off, I tell you.  Why it's nearly as tall as I am!  Not that that's sayin' much. ;)

So I began looking for recipes that used basil, and I kept hearing people rave about pesto.  It sounded like a terrific end of summer recipe, and very freezable!  I like that. =)

I had all of the ingredients on hand except for the nuts.  I had seen several recipes online, and no two were alike.   The majority of the recipes called for pine nuts, but said that those were not the most frugal of choices, and gave several ideas for substitutions.

Being the frugal person that I am, I figured that the most inexpensive way to buy what I needed would be in bulk bins, and the only store I know of in my area with bulk bins is Whole Foods.  I had a dentist appointment on Monday, and had to drive right past that place, so I decided to stop in and pick up what I would need on my way home.

When I got there, I had to blink a few times just to make sure I was reading the label correctly.   Pine nuts cost $34.99....per pound?!?!?   Um...NO!   I opted for the sunflower seeds at $2.79/lb, and actually walked out of Whole Foods spending less than $2.  That's gotta be some sort of record, right?

So anyways, back to the pesto....After wasting a whole lot of time on pinterest extensive research, I have come to the conclusion, that everyone makes their pesto differently.  I finally settled on using this recipe as a jumping off point.   I attempted doubling it, but as I'm not really a measurer of things in the kitchen.  I just kind of eye-balled it until things looked right.

My ingredients waiting.



I used about 4 cups of basil, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, roughly 1 cup parmesan/romano blend  (its what I had in the fridge), a big heaping tablespoon of minced garlic, as I was all out of fresh.   I also added a bit of salt and pepper, and a little bit of lime juice (not only for flavor, but it has the added benefit of keeping it from browning).   I filled up my blender and pulsed it a few times..mostly to make room.  Then I added some olive oil, then some more olive oil....then some more olive oil.    They say to just keep adding until you get it the right consistency that you like.   It still looked pretty thick to me, but hubby said it was supposed to be, and it tasted pretty good, so I stopped with the olive oil, and poured it into some containers.




I froze two of these, and I kept one out in the fridge.  I haven't used it as part of a meal yet, but we had spaghetti last night, and had some of it on toast as opposed to the usual garlic bread, and it was pretty tasty!

Now, if only I could get my girls to eat it!  I made the mistake of putting a small bit on the fingertip of my 3 year old, and then turning my back.   I ended up with a fingerpainted dishwasher.  =/


Here are the other freezer recipes that have been shared so far this month.  Don't forget to add your own if you have one, and hop around leaving comments on the other recipes to increase your chances of winning!



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Monday, August 13, 2012

Hair Cut Coupon-A-Thon

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Regis Family of Brands for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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It's Back-to-School time and that means it's time to make sure everyone in your family is ready. New clothes, check! New supplies, check! Haircut? Wait - you forgot about that?!? We can help! Get the family ready with back-to-school haircuts!

There is a great event going on called the "Haircut Coupon-a-thon" that offers customers this great deal for back-to-school: $7.99 or $9.99 haircut coupons ($9.99 in select markets). The coupon will be valid through 9/30/12. Fifteen salon brands and over 4500 locations across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico are participating.

Below is a list of all participating brands: 

Best Cuts 

BoRics

Cool Cuts 4 Kids (participating salons only)

Famous Hair

Fiesta Salons

First Choice Haircutters (U.S. participating salons only)

Head Start Salons

HairMasters

Holiday Hair

Island Haircutting Co.

MasterCuts

Saturday's

SmartStyle (located inside Walmart Supercenters)

Style America

TGF Hair Salon 

*coupons valid at participating U.S. locations for the Cool Cuts 4 Kids and First Choice Haircutters brands.

All of these salons are full-service salons offering additional services like highlights, color, perms, waxing and more. Plus these salons all carry a wide range of professional haircare products from all your favorite brands: Biolage, Redken, Paul Michell as well as their own private label lines. These salon brands can help you and your family get back-to-school-ready in no time....back-to-school starts here....and with a no-appointments-needed policy, customers can just walk-in.

And these services aren't just for kids! The offers are available for adults, too. 

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To take advantage of this great offer, simply select the location nearest you from the widget below, click, and print your coupon!

 

On a mobile device? To redeem your coupon: Touch and hold to save coupon image. Show coupon to your stylist.

Trouble printing coupon? Email departmentcs@regiscorp.com with the salon brand you’d like to visit and we’ll send you a coupon.

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Cheap Frigo Cheese Heads At Tom Thumb

There is a new $0.40/1 Frigo Cheese Heads coupon available:


$0.40 off any (1) package of Frigo Cheese Heads


This is a great coupon to use at any store that doubles, but today and tomorrow only (through 8/14), you can use it along with this in-ad coupon at Tom Thumb to get them for just $2.69!



The store coupon says limit 4, but remember that Tom Thumb will only double one like coupon, so if you use more than one of these, they will deduct at face value and you will pay $3.09 for the others (still not bad!).

There was also a coupon in Sunday's paper for $0.55/1 of these, making them just $2.94.

These are not something that I make a habit of buying for my family, but when the price is right, they do make a nice treat!

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dishing It Up Recipe Hop: Freezer Meals--Corn Dog Muffins

Its August, and back to school time is in full swing.   The kids here don't go back until the last week of August, so I plan to spend this month getting as much food into the freezer as I can (plus also entertaining quite a few houseguests!), and I'll be sharing some of that food with you.

In fact, the Dishing It Up theme for the month of August is freezer cooking, and my friends over at Thrifty Texas Penny, Pary Moppins, Deals From MS Do, and Dearly Domestic will all be bringing you some of their freezer recipes as well!

PLUS, we will be giving away two $5 Amazon codes this month!   One blogger that links up a recipe will be selected at random to win the first one, and one commenter will be selected at random from one of the recipe links (also selected at random), so after you check out my recipe, leave a comment, and click through the linky to visit the other recipes, and leave them comments, also!  If you have a freezer recipe, link up!





My recipe this week is Corn Dog Muffins  (click for original post)






Here are the other freezer recipes that have been shared so far this month.  Don't forget to add your own if you have one, and hop around leaving comments on the other recipes to increase your chances of winning!



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Friday, August 10, 2012

Sunday Coupon Preview 8/12



This Sunday there will be two coupon inserts, one SmartSource and one RedPlum.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CVS Trip 8/8

I finally made it out to CVS this afternoon.  I wanted to do the Dove deal, and I had a ton of coupons for Simple products, so I did a second transaction in order to do that deal as well.

Here is what I came home with:


Transaction 1:

Dove Shampoo/Conditioner @ 2 for $6
Dove Men Care @  $5
2 Dove Deodorant @ 2 for $5

Used $3/$15 Beauty Club
Used $3/2 Shampoo/Conditioner from 7/29 RP
Used $1/1 Men Care from 7/29 RP
Used $7 ECBs

Paid $2.10 OOP, Got back $5 ECBs.


Transaction 2:

Simple Scrub  $5.79
Simple Gel  $5.79
Simple Exfoliating Wipes  $4.39

These were all on sale $2 off, and get $5 ECB wyb $15.  This subtotal was $15.97.   I misread the signs about the $5 and thought they were on sale $5 each.  I could have spent less if I got a second wipe instead of the Gel.

Used $2 Simple CVS scanner Q
Used $3.50/2 printable  (watch the video to add $1 to coupon value)
Used $1.50/1 printable
Used $5 ECBs from transaction 1

Paid $4.30 OOP, Got back $5 ECBs.


Altogether today, I got $47.82 worth for $6.40  (87% Savings), and I have $5 ECBs for next trip.

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Save On Back To School Shoes At Famous Footwear

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Back to school shopping can get overwhelming, especially if you have girls, like I do!  We've been hopping around from store to store trying to find the right shoes at the right price in the right size and the right color!   I only wish I had known about this promotion before I bought some!  *sigh*

 

Famous Footwear offers a wide variety of styles and selection of shoes at prices that you can afford, plus the stores are set up in a way that makes it easy to shop  (and I've been to some shoe stores that are definitely NOT easy to shop!).  That's a huge plus in my book, as I've just endured trying to find the right shoes for a 6 year old with a bored 3 year old in tow!

 

Right now they have an awesome money saving coupon that can be used in stores from 8/2-8/18  (For my Texas readers, that is going to overlap with tax free weekend!)

 

Head over to their site right now to print your BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon and be ready to save big on shoes.

 

If you want to save even more, you can also join their FREE Rewards Program  (doing so will bring the coupon value up to 20%!)

 

Here are a few of the benefits:

• Earn 1 point for every $1 you spend in-store or online 
• Accumulate points to earn certificates up to $100 a year 
• Discount offer just for signing up 
• Other special inside discounts and perk

 

Head over and get your BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon now!

 

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Sunday Coupon Preview 8/5



This Sunday there will be up to three coupon inserts.

You should get the usual SmartSource and RedPlum, and some areas will also have a General Mills insert  (Note:  I've found that when an area does not get the separate GM insert, many of the coupons from it are included in the SS insert).

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Dishing It Up: Freezer Meals--Pizza Pockets

Its August, and back to school time is in full swing.   The kids here don't go back until the last week of August, so I plan to spend this month getting as much food into the freezer as I can (plus also entertaining quite a few houseguests!), and I'll be sharing some of that food with you.

In fact, the Dishing It Up theme for the month of August is freezer cooking, and my friends over at Thrifty Texas Penny, Pary Moppins, Deals From MS Do, and Dearly Domestic will all be bringing you some of their freezer recipes as well!

PLUS, we will be giving away two $5 Amazon codes this month!   One blogger that links up a recipe will be selected at random to win the first one, and one commenter will be selected at random from one of the recipe links (also selected at random), so after you check out my recipe, leave a comment, and click through the linky to visit the other recipes, and leave them comments, also!  If you have a freezer recipe, link up!



My recipe is homemade pizza pockets.

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough  (I used the recipe from my bread machine book, but you can totally get the store bought kind!)
1 jar of pizza sauce
Pretty much whatever you like on a pizza!  I used pepperoni, italian sausage, and cheese.


I followed the bread machine instructions to make the pizza dough.  Once it was done, I rolled it out semi flat  and used a glass to cut circles.



Then, I rolled out the circles even flatter, placed them on a baking sheet, and put the toppings on.  Then I covered them with a second circle of dough, and pressed them closed.



After that, follow the baking instructions for your pizza dough, then eat them, or bag them up and freeze them.





My bread machine dough recipe makes enough for 4 thin crust pizzas, so I make these up the other night when we were already making pizzas for dinner, just to use up the extra dough and sauce/toppings.  I already had the table all floured up and I already had the oven heated up, so it wasn't much extra trouble at all.

My daughter, the one who hates pizza, until we go to make pizza and then all of a sudden she likes pizza until it is baked and she takes a bite, and then she remembers that she doesn't like pizza....well she saw me bagging them up and putting them in the freezer.  She asked "Are those for my lunch box?"  I said "Are you going to eat them?"  She thought about it for a second and said "Um....no!"   LOL


Here are the other freezer recipes that have been shared so far this month.  Don't forget to add your own if you have one, and hop around leaving comments on the other recipes to increase your chances of winning!



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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fiesta Deals: 8/1-8/7

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


Meat:


Beef Crown Roast  $1.99/lb  (Limit 2 w/$10 purchase)

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast  $1.49/lb  (Limit 2 w/$10 purchase)

Pork Picnic Roast  $0.89/lb  (limit 2 w/$10 purchase)

Fiesta All Meat Franks   $0.73 each



Produce:


Corn  4 for $1

Russet Potatoes  5lbs bag  $0.99 each

Seedless Watermelons  $3.88 each

Kiwi  5 for $1

Pears  4 for $1

Fresh brown Coconut  $0.99 each

Lemons  5 for $1


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El Rio Grande Deals 8/1-8/7

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


Meat:


Marinated Chicken Leg Quarters  $0.69/lb

Beef Roast  $1.99/lb

Pork Spare Ribs   $1.39/lb

Pork Picnic Roast  $1.49/lb


Produce:


Tomatoes   3lbs. for $1

Pineapple   $0.99 each

Green Cabbage   3lbs for $1

Peaches  $0.89/lb

White Potatoes  2lbs for $1

Bananas  2lbs. for $1

Cucumbers  3 for $1

Carrots 1lb. bags   2 for $1

Cilantro  4 for $1

Limes   15 for $1

Lettuce  $0.89 each

Broccoli  $1.49 each



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El Rancho Deals 8/1-8/7

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


Meat:


Pork Stew Meat   $1.29/lb

Chicken Drumsticks  $0.68/lb

John Morrell Bacon   $1.77

Eckrich Smoked Sausage  42oz.  $4.77


Produce:


Watermelon  6lbs. for $1

Large Avocado  $0.66 each

White Onions  6lbs. for $1

Corn 3 for $0.99

Pineapple  $1.50

Strawberries  $1.88

5lb. Russet Potatoes   $1.18 each

Red Plums  $0.68/lb

Red/Green Grapes  $1.38/lb

Calabacita Squash  2lbs. for $0.98

Pears  4 for $0.88


Other:


Tomato Sauce   10 for $1  (limit 10 with $10 purchase)

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Aldi Deals 8/1-8/7



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


Milk   $1.99/gallon


Peaches/Plums/Nectarines   $0.29 each

Green/Red Grapes  $0.99/lb  Sold in 2lb. packages for $1.98 each

Cantaloupe  $0.79 each

Blueberries  $1.49/pint

Baby Carrots  $0.59 per 1lb. pack



Honey Nut or Regular Crispy Oats  (Like Cheerios)  $1.59 each

American Cheese Slices  $1.49



Adventure Ridge Lunch Bags  $4.99

Adventure Ridge Backpacks  $9.99

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$0.99 Cereal At Tom Thumb

Make sure to print this great new coupon:



$0.50 off Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal


Tom Thumb has this cereal  on sale for just $1.99 this week.  They will double 1 like coupon per transaction, so use one of these and get it for just $0.99.  (If you use more than one, the others will be $1.49)

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Huge List Of New Coupons To Print

Well, August is finally here!  There is a huge list of new coupons for you to print today.    Here's all of them, and I'm going to be looking for some great deals using them in the brand new grocery ads in just a bit!  I've already spied a great cereal deal!



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Household
Personal Care

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