Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope you have a fun and safe holiday. 
Please take some time today to remember all of those who have sacrificed for our freedom.  

FREE - Hearos Ear Plugs Today @ Noon!

You can try out Hearos Ear Plugs for FREE!  They're giving away 1000 today at 12 pm EST.  
Click here to get yours!  

Sunday, May 30, 2010

HOT! $3 OFF Gas @ Murphy USA! *EXP 5/31*

Seems like Murphy's is handing out coupons more and more!  This coupon is only good through tomorrow (5/31).  Regular gas at the Murphy USA station closest to our house was $2.43/gallon - definitely not a bad price for Memorial Day weekend.  

**Note - the last time some people were having trouble getting the $3 OFF coupon.  If you're just signing up for the newsletter, you may have to try twice to get it.  For three bucks off of gas, 
I don't mind trying twice!

General Mills Insert - Today's Paper (5/30)

We did get a very small General Mills insert in our paper today (Post & Courier, Charleston SC).  I've listed the coupons below:

Save $1/2 - Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Berry Burst Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Multi-Grain Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Yogurt Burst Cheerios, Cheerios Oat Cluster Crunch, Banana Nut Cheerios, or Chocolate Cheerios (exp 7/10)

Save $1/2 - Basic 4, Chex, Fiber One, Honey Nut Clusters, Oatmeal Crisp, Raisin Nut Bran, Total, Wheaties (exp 7/10)

Save $1/2 - Boo Berry, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Count Chocula, Dora The Explorer, Franken Berry, Golden Grahams, Kix, Lucky Charms, Reese's, Trix (exp 7/10)

Save 75¢/2 - Betty Crocker Box Supreme Brownie Mixes (exp 7/24)

Save 50¢ - Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, 17.5 oz or Larger (exp 7/24)

Save 50¢/2 - Fiber One Chewy Bars or Fiber One 90 Calorie Chewy Bars (exp 7/24)

Save 75¢/2 - Nature Valley Granola Bars (exp 7/24)

Save 50¢ - Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars (exp 7/24)

Save 75¢/3 - Pillsbury Refrigerated Baked Goods Products (exp 8/21)

Save 50¢/3 - Totino's Crisp Crust Party Pizza (exp 8/21)

Save 40¢/2 - Totino's Rolls Snacks (exp 8/21)

Save 75¢/3 - Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, or Chicken Helper (exp 7/24)

Save $1 - Yoplait Frozen Smoothie (exp 7/24)

Save $1.50 - Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entree (exp 7/24)

Save 40¢/6 - Yoplait Yogurt cups including Original, Light, Thick & Creamy, or Whips OR any flavor Yoplait Original OR Light Smoothie (exp 7/24)

Save 50¢/8 - Yoplait Yogurt cups including Original, Light, Thick & Creamy, or Whips OR any flavor Yoplait Original OR Light Smoothie (exp 7/24)

Save 75¢/2 - Any YoPlait Go-GURT (exp 7/24)

**Many of these have also been loaded onto today, too - but some of the values are different (on the Totinos coupon is 60¢/3).  Should you go buy the paper?  It really depends on the products you're looking to buy and how high your store will double.  My Publix won't double the 60¢ coupon - so the coupon in today's insert would be a higher value for me (doubled to $1/3).  The insert coupons also have a longer expiration date, so if you buy these products, it may not hurt to grab a paper just in case!**  

The Fiber One coupons match up nicely with the Target Ad today - 

Fiber One Cereal & Bars - $2.50
Get a $5 Gift Card wyb 5

USE 75¢ OFF printable
USE 50¢/2 from today's insert

Obviously the printable is the higher value, but most people don't have access 
to 3 computers!  

FREE Download - Suze Orman "5 Simple Ways to Save $500"

You can go here and sign up for Suze Orman's newsletter, and you'll get a FREE download 
of her "5 Simple Ways to SAVE $500".  

Friday, May 28, 2010

Shopping For Vacation

We will be going to the lake for a week to take some time off and spend time with our family soon.  I can't wait for the kids to get to swim and play with their cousins, and our son is really looking forward to hydro-sliding again this year (he just learned how last summer)!  I have been picking up things here and there, our shopping list is really coming together now though so I can be planning more as things go on sale.  On top of our normal shopping I'll be shopping for around 20 people so I have to be smart about our spending!  

Here's what I picked up this week at Publix:

2 Cottonelle Tissue Paper
3 Dr. Pepper 12-packs
4 Dixie Paper Plates
3 Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
2 Knorr's Sides

TOTAL SAVED:  $40.86
83% SAVINGS!  

Man, now I'm really starting to get excited about vacation!  Woo Hoo!

How did you do this week?  Please leave me a comment and let me know!

FREE Events This Weekend

The kids can build this race car at Lowe's on Saturday (10am) at the FREE 
Lowe's Build & Grow Clinic!  Get the scoop here.  

Visit the Knack at Michael's for the American Girl Make It Take It Craft Event on 
Saturday from 10am - 1pm.  

Local readers - Remember to take advantage of the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival kicking off today and running through June 13th in Charleston.  There are some FREE events (many that are kid friendly), so check the calendar of events here!  

FREE Buzz Away Natural Insect Repellent

Buzz Away Extreme 8 Hour Natural Mosquito Repellent

My June issue of Parent's magazine has an advertisement for Buzz Away Natural Insect Repellent.  It says that you can call 1-800-448-1448 to request a FREE sample!  This stuff is the leading natural mosquito repellent - so I'm anxious to try it out.  (Hello!  We live in SC where the state bird might as well be the mosquito!)

Sunday Coupon Preview

As far as I know, there will be no coupon inserts this weekend!  I have been hearing some rumors of a small General Mills insert in some areas, but can't find any confirmation of where it will be (I'll check Sunday morning, and let you know if I see anything!).  So take the weekend off and get rid of all of your expired coupons!  Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone!


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Happy Friday everyone!  I hope y'all have a great weekend planned, and don't forget there's a reason we get an extra day off.  Take some time this Memorial Day to remember 
those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  
Enjoy your weekend, and I hope you save a TON of money!

-Click here to get a FREE sample of the new Pantene, courtesy of Walmart.  

-Click here to get a FREE sample of Olay Total Effects Bodywash, courtesy of Walmart.  

-One more from Walmart, get a FREE sample of Playtex GentleGlide here.  

-Get a FREE sample pack of the new U by Kotex when you sign up here.  

-Get a FREE sample of Nature Made Chewable Vitamin D here

-You can try the new Miracle Skin Transformer for FREE when you click here

-This one's funny, but it is a legit FREEBIE.  Sign up for their newsletter here, and get a FREE pair of undies from American Apparel.  

-Get a FREE movie rental at any Blockbuster Express using the code GL14A.  Code expires June 30th.  

-Click here to get a FREE sample of Aveeno Nourish Hair Care.  This appears to be a new link.  

-Get a FREE sample of TENA when you click here.

**Tons of FREEBIES are still available, check them out here!**

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Polliwalks On Sale Today @ 6pm - Only $7.95!

I love these shoes!  Today only at 6pm you can snag them for only $7.95 and shipping is only a flat $6.95 no matter how many pairs you buy!  Check them out here.  

Thanks, Tracie!

FREE Photo Magnet from Kodak

Father's Day is coming - and this looks like a super cute (and cheap) gift for your kiddos to give their Dad!  You can go right here and make your FREE Photo Magnet ($3.99 value) and you only pay $1 shipping.  Use the code FREEMAGNET at checkout. 
 I just made one - quick and easy!! 

Thanks, Bargain Briana

HOT! Kraft Mac & Cheese - Coupons!

Play the Noodlette Spin Game here and get coupons for Kraft Mac & Cheese.  The dinners are on BOGO this week at Publix.  If you get the 55¢/2 - you can get them for only 33¢ a box!  

It took me a few tries to get enough points for the coupon - so keep trying!  (Actually it took my husband a few tries...I am so impatient sometimes!)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bi-Lo Bargain Meal of the Week

One question I get about couponing is about making actual meals.  Sure I get cereal and frozen pizzas on sale for cheap - but can I actually take my savings from the grocery store to the dinner table?  Well the answer is ABSOLUTELY!  I am by no means a gourmet chef, but I'm definitely a "foodie"! I'm a total sucker for cookbooks and new recipes, and I'm grateful I have some very willing family members who will taste-test almost everything I try!

I'm excited to share one of my favorite sites with y'all, and bring a new feature to you every week!  I love - I confess!  Erin Chase, author of The $5 Dollar Dinner Mom Cookbook, has been my hero on many nights when I didn't plan ahead and needed inspiration at the last minute (I know I can't be the only Mom out there who's had a night like that, right?).  Her recipes are quick and easy, and definitely budget friendly!  Check out her site right here.

Working with Erin, I'll be bringing you a budget-friendly recipe that matches up with what is on sale at Bi-Lo.  I want all of my readers to know that you can make delicious food for your family that's quick, fresh, easy and  won't break the bank!  

With all of that being said, my menu this week is for a very budget friendly meal that just so happens to coincide with Memorial Day Weekend.  I know many of you will be firing up the grill which happens to be one of my very favorite cooking methods!  Our family really enjoys being outdoors, and clean-up is always a cinch!  My game plan for grilling will usually consist of most of the prep work being done early in the day, so that I can enjoy my family while 
my husband actually does the grilling!  

Happy Memorial Day - Enjoy!

Chili-Cheese Burgers
Fresh Grilled Corn on the Cob

1lb Ground Beef ($1.99/lb for 5lb package.  Use 1 pound for recipe, freeze the rest!)
McCormick's Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning - 64¢
USE 50¢ OFF from RP 4/18 to get it FREE
1 bag Fresh Express Cole Slaw - $1.48
Hamburger Buns - $1.48
4 Ears Fresh Corn - $1
1 can Patterson's Hot Dog Chili - 99¢
USE 40¢ OFF from SS 5/9 to get it for 19¢
1 pkg Southern Home American Cheese Slices - You'll only need 4 pieces, and a 16 count package is $1.16 at my store.  This is always something we stock up on when it's on sale though - so you may not even need to buy any!  Getting technical, it works out to be 29¢ for 4 pieces!
**All sale prices reflect the ad running from 5/25 - 6/1.  You can see the entire ad here.**

TOTAL COST:  $4.52

From Your Pantry or Fridge:
White Vinegar
1 egg
Lemon Juice

Chili-Cheese Burgers
Combine 1 lb of ground beef with a generous amount of the Hamburger grill seasoning and 1 egg.  Form into 4 burgers.  Cook your burgers on the grill until done, melting 1 slice of cheese on top during the last minute of cooking. Remember, only flip the burgers once to keep them juicy!
Top with warm hot dog chili.  These are super messy, but delicious!

Fresh Grilled Corn on the Cob
Soak the corn (husks on) in water for 30 minutes before grilling to prevent them from burning.  Dry them off then gently peel the husks back, but do not remove completely.  Smear butter on each ear of corn, and sprinkle with salt and pepper (add a little chili powder if you like spice!).  Pull the husks back up and wrap in aluminum foil.  Place them on a hot grill and turn occasionally - they'll be done in around 30 minutes so you'll want to start them just before you but the burgers on!  Make them ahead of time, so you won't be stuck fussing in the kitchen at the last minute!

Cole Slaw
This is my version of cole slaw.  Bless my Granny's heart, she made slaw with cabbage, Miracle Whip, salt and pepper.  Believe it or not, I do like it that way - but probably only because I grew up eating it!  I have since seen the light, and after fooling around with this dressing recipe, I've decided it tastes much better.  Use more or less dressing based on how your family likes it.  

1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and blend with bagged cole slaw mix.  This is much better when it's made the day before (or several hours) and has time to marinate in the fridge until serving time!  I usually make the dressing and then pour it all into a gallon zip-lock bag so it can sit overnight.  Since this is such a favorite, I do usually end up making a double batch.  The leftovers are super good!  It's one of those dishes that is even better the longer it sits.  

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

FREE-MagnaCare SPF 30 Sunscreen

Click here to visit the MagnaCare Facebook page and get your coupon for a FREE bottle of MagnaCare SPF 30 Sunscreen.  You don't really get a coupon....they will 
send the bottle out to you!

Thanks, Mojo Savings!

FREE Product SmartOnes from Weight Watchers!

Click here to get a coupon for a FREE Smart Ones product when you sign up for the Weight Watchers Community!  Coupon comes by mail.

Thanks, Shannon!

2 FREE Samples - Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo

Wow - the FREEBIES are rolling in like crazy today!  Click here to get 2 FREE samples of the new Sandwich Shop Mayo from Kraft!  I'm posting the fast as soon as my fingers can type - so stay tuned!  

Thanks, Good Deal Momma!

GREAT New Ad @ Publix This Week!

Wow there are a ton of great deals this week!  Here are my favorites.  I'm going to work up a scenario this afternoon when my little ones are napping for the Kraft Rebate since there are so many Kraft deals (especially if your store considers Target a competitor!).  Until then, start clipping those coupons - there are lots of deals to be had!

**Remember, Publix will double all manufacturer's coupons up to 50¢ in face value. You don't need to buy both items to get the BOGO price, but if you do - be sure to use two coupons to get the best deal. Publix also accepts competitor's coupons to stack with store coupons or manufacturer's coupons (some even accept drugstore coupons as competitors - think $5/$25 from Rite Aid). Check with your local store to determine which stores
 they consider competitors.**

Oscar Mayer Beef Franks, Asst Varieties @ $3.99
USE $1/2 from SS 5/16 
USE B3G1 FREE Target printable
Buy 4, use (2) manufacturer's coupons and 1 competitor's coupon
MAKES IT $1 ea!
(We always buy hot dogs on sale and stock up - they freeze well!)

Planters Flavor Grove Almonds or Cashews @ $2.99
USE $1/2 from SS 4/11 
USE B3G1 FREE Target printable
Buy 4, use (2) manufacturer's coupons and 1 competitor's coupon
MAKES IT 83¢ ea!

Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip @ $3.99
*No coupons available, but look for multiple tear pads!*

Kraft or Seven Seas Salad Dressing @ $3.19
USE 55¢ OFF from SS 5/2
USE B3G1 FREE Target printable
Buy 4, use (4) manufacturer's coupons and 1 competitor's coupon
MAKES IT 65¢ ea

Lawry's 30 Minute Marinades @ $2.95
USE 50¢ OFF printable
MAKES IT 48¢ ea!

Kraft BBQ Sauce @ $1.48
*Be on the lookout for peelies or tearpads*
USE B3G1 FREE Target printable
MAKES IT 56¢ ea!

Uncle Ben's Country Inn Rice @ $1.49
USE 75¢/2 printable
MAKES IT 37¢ ea!

Shedd's Spread Country Crock @ $1.89 
USE 40¢ OFF printable
USE 30¢ OFF from SS 5/23 
MAKES IT 35¢ ea!

Heluva Good Dip@ $2
USE 50¢ OFF from SS 5/16
USE 50¢ OFF printable

Luigi's Real Italian Ice @ $2.99
USE 50¢ OFF from RP 5/2 or RP 5/16
MAKES IT 50¢ ea!

MorningStar Farms Entrees @ $3.89
USE $1 OFF from Publix Spring Greenwise Magazine
USE $1 OFF printable

FAB Laundry Detergent @ $3.99
USE 50¢ OFF from SS 2/21 or SS 5/23
MAKES IT $1 ea!

BIC Disposable Razors @ $5.49
USE $3 OFF from SS 5/2 or 4/18

McCormick Seasoning Packs - 75¢
USE $1 OFF from RP 4/25 

Maruchan Yakisoba Noodles - 60¢
USE $1/2 from SS 3/14 or 5/16 (regional)
MAKES IT 10¢ ea!

Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs - $3.19
USE BOGO FREE printable
USE B3G1 FREE Target printable
MAKES IT 80¢ ea!  

Mahatma Long Grain Rice - $1.19
USE 50¢ OFF from RP 2/7 

2 Pack Schick Disposable Razors - 99¢
USE $2 OFF from SS 5/23

YoPlait GoGurt 2 for $2.79
USE $1 OFF printable
MAKES IT 40¢ ea

Thanks to Michelle at IHeartPublix for the coupon match-ups in the sneak peak!  She always does a great job getting these up early so we all have extra time to get our coupons together!  Check it out here!

HURRY! $10 OFF $10 @ JC Penney - Expires Tonight!

Right now you can shop at JC Penney online and use the code 4THECITY 
to get $10 OFF any $10 or more purchase.   This appears to be working on regular priced and clearance merchandise!  

Thanks for emailing, Jenna!

HURRY! FREE Full Sized Crystal Light

Head on over to Vocalpoint to get a FREE full sized sample of the new Crystal Light Pure Fitness!  It looks like you'll get all three flavors too - YUM!  Not a member of Vocalpoint yet? It's a try and tell program that sends out great FREE samples (many full sized), and high value coupons.  After you sample the product, they just want you to let them know what you thought!  Sign up right here!  This is one of the sights I check every day for freebies - I highly recommend everyone signing up to see if you qualify!  

Monday, May 24, 2010

FREE Ritz Cheddar & Bacon Crackerfuls!

Free Sample! Get your free sample of new RITZ Cheddar Cheese & Bacon flavored Crackerfuls. (While supplies last) Click here >

Click here to "like" the RITZ Facebook page and you can score a FREE sample of the new RITZ Cheddar & Bacon flavored Crackerfuls.  You can also get a FREE download Wyclef's new single, "17".  Just click on the "Open For Fun" tab!  

HURRY! FREE 3M Anti-Slip Floor Runner

3M(tm) Anti-Slip Runner giveaway. Be one of the first 5,000 people to register and receive a free 32 In. x 41 In. sample of the 3M(tm) Hand-Masker(tm) Floor Gripper Anti-Slip Floor Runner. The 3M(tm) Hand-Masker Floor Gripper Anti-Slip Runner grips a variety of surfaces, from hardwood to carpet to tile, firmly without adhesive. And because it grips to surfaces without actually sticking to them, it's easy to reposition. Considering it's also puncture resistant, lightweight, leak-proof and reusable, protecting floors during paint projects is just one of many ways you can use it.

Be one of the first 5,000 to register here to get a FREE 3M Floor Gripper Anti-Slip Floor Runner from The Home Depot! Hurry, this one will be gone quick!

Thanks, Mojo Savings!

BOGO FREE Bagel Thin Sandwich @ Einstein Bros

Einstein Bros Bagels

Click here to get a BOGO FREE coupon for a Bagel Thin Sandwich from Einstein Bros on Facebook when you "like" their page!  

A Few Great Publix Deals...Can you say MONEYMAKER?

Spotted a few awesome deals at Publix that you don't want to miss this week - including a moneymaker that will create some nice overage if your store allows it.  I posted a quick scenario below that will score you super cheap drinks and TP when you purchase all of the deals together!  

Buy 3 Dr. Pepper 12 Packs
TOTAL:  $10.98 (+ tax)
USE Buy 2 Get 1 FREE coupon from the Yellow Advantage Flyer
USE $1 OFF Video Values competitor coupon from Rite Aid
This deal will be regional - it all depends on whether Dr. Pepper is considered a Pepsi or Coke product in your area.  Also, be aware that some stores will allow the $1 OFF competitor coupon to be used for each 12-pack purchased.  Some stores will only allow you to use it once so YMMV!
Thanks, IHeartPublix

**EAS Myoplex Bars**
Buy 2 EAS Myoplex Bars
TOTAL:  $3.98 (+ tax)
USE 2 *FREE* coupons here (hit back button to print twice)
USE $3/2 from Publix Green Advantage Buy Flier
Thanks, PublixPennyPincher!

**Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce**
BOGO this week @ $2.39
USE $1 OFF from yesterdays SS
Again, YMMV - this coupon was regional and some areas got $1/2 (still a pretty great deal)!

**Cottonelle Toilet Paper**
12 rolls - $6.49
USE $1 OFF from April All You Magazine 
USE 50¢ OFF printable
USE $1.50 OFF Target printable

So, with all of this being said - here's a great transaction idea to get some stuff SERIOUSLY cheap!  Remember, that all competitor's coupons that are accepted are based on your store.

3 12-pack Dr. Pepper
2 Cottonelle 
2 EAS Myoplex Bars
TOTAL:  $27.94
$5/$25 Rite Aid printable
$1 OFF Dr. Pepper Rite Aid printable
B2G1 FREE Dr. Pepper from Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer
(2) $1 OFF Cottonelle
(2) $1.50 OFF Target printable
(2) FREE Myoplex printable
$3/2 EAS Myoplex from Green Advantage Buy Flyer
TOTAL AFTER COUPONS:  $6.30 (+ tax)

It's like getting the toilet paper, EAS bars, and a 12-pack of Dr. Pepper for FREE!