Monday, October 24, 2011

This Week's Publix Trip


Here is a photo of this week's Publix trip. After being out of town for a long weekend, we really needed a few fresh items. I am happy to say that it has been well over a week since we last grocery shopped which means that we have been spending less than $40 a week on groceries lately. That is a major improvement from what we were spending.

Here is the breakdown of today's trip:

Total Retail Value: $103. 54
Total Spent Out Of Pocket: $30.75
Saved: $72.70

That means I saved about 70% !

Here are some highlights. Remember that you can find all the specific links and detail on this week's coupon match link. Most of the deals are good through the end of Wednesday or longer.

  • 4 bottles of Zepherhills Sparkling Water, retails for $1
    • Used 2 $1 off printable coupons and 2 BOGO coupons from the 10/23 RP
    • Made all 4 bottles FREE
  • 2 bags of Fresh Express Salad, retails for $3.99, on sale BOGO ($1.99 each bag)
    • Used a BOGO manufacturer coupon from Vocalpoint.com
    • Made BOTH bags FREE
  • 6 bottles of Suave 2-1 Men's Professionals Shampoo/Conditioner, retails for $2.19 each
    • Used 3 BOGO free coupons from the 10/2 RP, stacked with two Publix store coupons for $3 off any 3 Suave men's products from the current Publix Green Advantage Flyer
    • Made ALL 6 BOTTLES .57 cents or .09 cents each these are for donating to the Homeless Shelter
  •  2 boxes of Barilla Multigrain Plus Pasta, retails for $2.39 a box, on sale BOGO ($1.19 a box)
    • Used 2 .55 cents off coupons from the 10/23 SS
    • Made it .64 cents a box
  • 2 tubs of Digiorno Grated Cheese, retails for $4.79 each, on sale BOGO ($2.39 each)
    • Used two $2 off any Digiorno product printable (Facebook)
    • Made each tub .39 cents each
  • 4 cans of Hunt's Tomatos, retails for $1.99 each, on sale BOGO (.99 cents each)
    • Used two, .50 cents off 2 cans printable coupons from Target.com
    • Made them .74 cents each
  • 2 packs of Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Dough, retails for $3.09 each, on sale BOGO ($1.54 each)
    • Used two $1 off coupons from the 9/11 RP
    • Made them .54 cents each
  • 4 boxes of Pepperidge Farm Garlic Garlic Toast, retails for $2.89 a box, on sale BOGO ($1.44 each)
    • Used two $1/2 coupons from the 10/16 SS
    • Made them .94 cents each
  • 2 tubs of Smart Balance Spread, retails from $3.59 each, on sale BOGO ($1.79 each)
    • Used a $1.25/2 printable coupon
    • Made it $1.17
  • 2 boxes of General Mills Cereal, retails for $3.49 each, on sale BOGO ($1.74 each)
    • Used a $1/2 printable coupon
    • Made them $1.24 each
Everything else was either something else we need/use that was on some kind of sale and that I had a coupon for. Make sure you check out the new Yellow Advantage flyer for Publix store coupons and some new good sales that are not advertised in the weekly sale flyer in the paper.

Comment if you have questions about any of the other items or how to plan a similar shopping trip!

Couponing vs. Warehouse Shopping

Since I started couponing, I have only shopped at Sam's Club once. Before this summer, we were shopping there at least 2 times a month. I would always buy things at Sam's that we could not afford in regular quantities at Publix or Target. However, I have found that with couponing I can now get those items for significantly cheaper per item or per unit than I ever could at Sam's.

Here is an interesting price comparison that one of the couponing blogs I read has on buying items at a regular grocery store with coupons versus buying them in bulk at Sam's or Costco.

Kinda makes you think about what a good deal really is, doesn't it?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Target Ad with Coupon Match Ups for 10/23



Here is the Target Ad for the sale cycle starting today 10/23. This week also has a bunch of Target gift card deals.

My favorite sale of the week has to be the Kashi sales. If you have enough RecycleBank Points you can redeem them for a $2 off any Kashi item printable coupon. That means you can get Kashi granola bars for .79 cents and any cereal for .99 cents.  There are also some great deals on candy so you can stock up for Halloween. Many of the best deals involve stacking a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon so check out the list below for those links.

Target Ad with Coupon Match Ups for 10/23


This link includes the coupon match ups. It will list where you can find each coupon and what the lowest price would be on the item if you had the highest value coupon available. You can click through to the printable coupons and print each one out two times. SS stands for the SmartSource insert and RP stands for the RedPlum newspaper insert.


Don't worry if you don't have some of the listed coupons; you can still get great deals with other available coupons. My local Target does not accept competitors' coupons but they do allow you stack a Target coupon with a manufacturer coupon.


Comment if you have any questions!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Jetsetter


The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando is on Jetsetter.com until next week. Rooms are starting at $91 a night and reservations are available through January 2012. If you are new to Jetsetter they are currently giving a $25 credit to new members upon joining. Combine that with this sale and you could get a night in a great Orlando hotel for around $75.


Jetsetter is a discount travel site that specializes in flash sales on high end hotels, tours and travel packages.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa on Sniqueaway!


It looks like the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa will be on sale tomorrow on Sniqueaway.com. The sale prices per night won't be posted until tomorrow when the sale goes live but you can sign up now to get access to the sale when it starts.

The sale will be for reservations through the end of January 2012. We have used Sniqueaway.com before and have been very happy with the process. Your reservation is booked right with the hotel when you buy it online and we have never had any problems.

Sniqueaway.com is a discount travel site that is connected with Tripadvisor.com. That great part is that you can read Tripadvisor.com reviews on the hotel on sale before you purchase to see if it is a nice hotel and to see what other guests have to say about their past stays.

Publix Ad With Coupon Match Ups 10/20

Below is the link to the Publix Sale Ad with coupon match ups for the sale cycle starting this Thursday. Looks like a pretty standard week in sales.

Nothing too crazy jumps out at me but you might want to stock up on peanut butter with the Skippy deal because peanut butter prices are suppose to rise 40-50% in the next few months because of the storm damage to peanut crops (who knew?).


I read alot of blogs on couponing but the one below is the website I use for printing out my shopping lists because it lets you create a printable list of all the sale items with their corresponding coupons. I create the list and then sit down with my coupon binder and organize all the coupons I will need for a shopping trip. The list will also contain lots of great links to printable coupons to supplement the ones you already have.

Publix Ad With Coupon Match Ups 10/20


Look for the Publix Advantage Flyers and other in store promotion booklets like the One Store, One Stop booklet for these coupons.

Comment below if you have questions on how to use the printable list or if you find any great sales not mentioned in the flyer. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Get Two AMC Movie Tickets for $13


Eversave.com  has AMC tickets on sale today. You can get two movie tickets for $13. These movie tickets are good for any movie (except 3-D) any time, and any night of the week. Considering that movie tickets on a Saturday night cost at least $10 this is a great deal.

I have purchased this before and it is super easy to get your tickets. Once you purchase you will be able to get two actual tickets mailed to your address.


This deal is only availablefor a limited time and there are limited qualities so take advantage of it now if you are interested.  

$18 for $40 Worth of MakeUp from Bloom.com

Plumdistrict.com has a sale this week for a $40 voucher to Bloom.com for $20. Use the code FABULOUS to get an additional 10% off your deal, making it only $18. This deal also includes free shipping and 3 free samples.

Bloom.com is a beauty website that sells brands like Stilla, Cargo, CoverGirl, Burt's Bees and more.
It looks like Plumdistrict.com is running a promo right now and when you sign up you should get a $5 welcome credit that will bring this deal down to $15 for $40 worth of make up.


Plumdistrict.com is a discount website that offers local and national deals on products and services around the county.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mail In Rebate: Get a $5 Walmart Gift Card

All You Magazine is offering a mail in rebate program for a $5 Walmart gift card when you spend $15 in participating products. The offer and mail in form are available here .

I don't know about you but I can easily spend $15 in Diet Coke products in one shopping trip. Combine this with a $2 off Coke Products coupon from RecycleBank.com and you have a great deal on something you would have bought anyway (at least for me)

If you are not familar with All You Magazine, it is a womens' magazine that happens to have an unusual amount of coupons in it. Some month's issues have close to $100 worth of coupons.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Target Ad With Coupon Match Ups for 10/16



Here is the Target Ad for the sale cycle starting today 10/16. This week also has a bunch of Target gift card deals.

Target Ad with Coupon Match Ups for 10/16

Keep your eyes out for Target's clearance and mark down sales. I found a 3 pack of Old Spice Deodorant on clearance for $3.40. I used a $1 off any Old Spice product coupon from the 10/2 P&G insert and ended up getting 3 deodorants for $2.40.


This link includes the coupon match ups. It will list where you can find each coupon and what the lowest price would be on the item if you had the highest value coupon available. You can click through to the printable coupons and print each one out two times. SS stands for the SmartSource insert and RP stands for the RedPlum newspaper insert.


Don't worry if you don't have some of the listed coupons; you can still get great deals with other available coupons. My local Target does not accept competitors' coupons but they do allow you stack a Target coupon with a manufacturer coupon.


Comment if you have any questions!

Butterscotch Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


These cookies are a favorite in our family. They are my variation on the recipe found under the lid of Quaker Oatmeal. The original recipe calls for raisins but I think that chocolate and butterscotch chips are a much better option.

Butterscotch Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 stick and 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Quaker Oats
  • 1 cup EACH of chocolate chips and butterscotch chips

  1. Beat butter and both sugars with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.
  3. Mix in flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt
  4. Stir in oatmeal, butterscotch and chocolate chips.
  5. Drop onto cookie sheet in rounded tablespoons (I use a cookie scoop)

    6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
Enjoy!

Friday, October 14, 2011

This Week's Publix Trip



We really did not actually need anything from the grocery store this week. We still had plenty of veggies, meat, eggs, yogurts and milk from my last week's Publix and Walmart trips. I basically went to the store to stock up on a few good deals to add to our stockpile.

Retail Price of Trip: $ 69.35
Spent: $24.58
Saved: $44.77

Here's what I bought with coupon match ups:
  • 2 Stouffer's Family Sized Entrees
    • Normally retails for $7.99 each, on sale for $3.99 each
    • Used a $1.50 Target.com printable stacked with a $1.00 off manufacturer coupon from the 9/25 SS
    • Made them $1.49 each
  • 2 bags of Nestle Assorted Fun Size Candy Bars (for Halloween)
    • Normally retails for $4.99 each. On sale BOGO ($2.49 each)
    • Used a printable coupon for $3.00 off 2 bags
    • Made them .99 cents each
  • 4 Bottles of Northland 100% Blended Juices
    • Normally retails for $4.15 a bottle, on sale BOGO ($2.07 each)
    • Used a $1/2 coupon from the 10/9 SS insert for each BOGO set
    • Made them $1.57 a bottle
  • 4 bags of Green Giant Valley Fresh Stemer Vegetables
    • Normally $2.59 each, on sale BOGO ($1.29 each)
    • Used a .50/2 coupon from the 10/2 SS insert for each BOGO
    • Made it $1.04 for each bag
  • 1 pack each of Dixie plates and bowls plus a roll of Brawny Paper Towels
    • Dixie normally $3.25 each, on sale for $2.00 each, Brawy $2.05
    • Used a store coupon from the "One Stop, One Store" Publix coupon booklet for Free Brawny Paper Towels when you buy 2 Dixie items
    • Made it $4 for all 3 items
  • 2 bags of Kraft Carmels (stocking up for holiday baking)
    • Normally $2.59, on sale BOGO making them $1.29 each
  • 2 boxes of Zatarain's Rice (to be donated to the Homeless Family Center)
    • Normally $1.49, on sale for $1
    • Used a $1/2 printable manufactuer coupon
    • Made them .50 cents each (any time I can get something for .50 or less I usually buy it and dontate it)
Most of these deals I found on the weekly sale link with coupon match ups. These sales are all good until Wednesday or longer so check them out if you want to get some deals!

Let me know if you find any unadvertised deals at Publix this week.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vero Beach On Groupon!

Sadly the Treasure Coast does not show up on the Palm Beach edition of Groupon very often. But when it does it is usually for a great resturant deal.

  La Bodeguita de Vero a Cuban resturant on 43rd in Vero (it replaced the old Felix's), is on Groupon today. You can get a $20 gift certificate for lunch for $10 or a $30 gift certificate for dinner for $15. It looks like the only fine print on it is that you must purchase a food item.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Flip Camcorder On Sale Today With Groupon Goods


Groupon Goods has the Flip MinoHD Camcorder on sale for $65 right now. It normally retails for around $125 so that is a pretty good deal. 

If you have never used Groupon before, it is a discount website that features daily deals on dining, services and a variety of experience that are area specific. They also offer daily travel deals and now their latest project is Groupon Goods. 

I have bought from Groupon many times and have always been very happy with my purchases. It is free to sign up and you can choose if you want to subscribe to daily deals in your area and nationwide. 

Whenever we are about to go on vacation, I always sign up for Groupons in that city. We have saved over $200 on our Chicago trip this summer by using Groupons.  

Publix Ad With Coupon Match Ups Starting 10/13

Below is the link to the Publix Sale Ad with coupon match ups for the sale cycle starting this Thursday. Looks like a decent amount of BOGO's and some good deals with stacking store and manufacturer coupons.


I read alot of blogs on couponing but the one below is the website I use for printing out my shopping lists because it lets you create a printable list of all the sale items with their corresponding coupons. I create the list and then sit down with my coupon binder and organize all the coupons I will need for a shopping trip. The list will also contain lots of great links to printable coupons to supplement the ones you already have.

Publix Ad With Coupon Match Ups 10/13


Look for the Publix Advantage Flyers and other in store promotion booklets like the One Store, One Stop booklet for these coupons.

Comment below if you have questions on how to use the printable list or if you find any great sales not mentioned in the flyer. 

P&G BrandSampler


If you are not a member of P&G's Brandsaver and BrandSampler program you should be. Sign up here to join and pick out samples and coupons sent directly to your house.

Proctor & Gamble is the company that makes Crest, Gillete, Bounty, Charmin, Herbal Essences and many more companies.

3-5 times a year their BrandSaver program allows you to pick samples and coupons. I have received a few of there packages and they are great. Large trial size products and lots of high value coupon.

If you have no need for trial sizes you can always donate them to homeless shelters and keep the coupons for yourself.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

More Great Deals Going On This Week

Here are some current and upcoming deals on grocery items this week:

  • Gold Peak Iced Tea
  • Stouffer's Family Size Frozen Entrees
    • Should be going on sale starting Thursday at Publix for $3.99
    • Use a Target printable coupon (most Publix's accept these) for $1.50 off and stack with a manufacturer coupon for $1 off from the 9/25 SmartSource 
    • Makes it $1.49 each
  • Listerine Total Care Mouthwash
    • On sale at Publix this week for $3.99
    • Use a Target printable for $1 off stacked with a $2 off printable manufacturer coupon
    • Use both to get a total of $3 off at Target or Publix (if yours accepts Target coupons) to make it .99 cents
  • Renu Contact Solution
    • Normally retails for $7.99 at Target, on sale this week for $5.99
    • Use a $2 off Target printable to make it $3.99, if you have any Renu manufacturer coupons hanging around you can use one of those too and get it even cheaper 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Deal Still Available: "Free" Brita Pitcher at Walmart


I just took advantage of this deal this weekend at Walmart. I was able to find the slim pitcher for $8.37 at my Walmart and my $5 coupon worked perfectly. Had a little trouble finding the rebate form since Brita took it off their website. However, another blog had it available in PDF form. See link below.

You should be able to get a Brita Pitcher for "free" at Walmart after using a coupon and a mail in rebate. Here's how to do it:
  1. Buy a Brita 5 cup pitcher at Walmart (should retail for $8.97)
  2. Use a $5 off 1 Brita Pitcher Coupon (you have to "take the pledge" on the right hand corner)
  3. Mail in a $10 rebate form.  
  4. Look for a check in the mail in 2-8 weeks.
This should make the pitcher free plus a few dollars extra in your rebate check.

Get 3 Hallmark Cards "Free" At CVS This Week

CVS is running an Extra Care Bucks (ECB) deal this week that will allow you to get three .99 cent Hallmark cards for "free". Here's how:

  • Buy 3 Hallmark cards (the .99 cents ones) at CVS
  • Pay $2.97 plus tax out of pocket
  • Get $3 in ECB's back
  • Use your $3 ECB's on your next CVS purchase (or if you are me, buy the cards first, get your ECB's and then use them to pay for the rest of your items in a second transaction)
In order to get ECB's you need to have a CVS card. If you don't have one already, you should. They are free to get and allow you to take advantage of all the special weekly sales and ECB offers.

Free Shipping On Every Potterybarn.com Order, Today Only!


Potterybarn.com is offering free shipping on all online orders today only. Use the code FREESHIP at checkout and your whole order (excluding furniture) ships for free. It appears that this applies to sale and clearance items as well but I am not 100% sure.  

Update: This code is good for free shipping on all of the Pottery Barn family companies as well. That includes Pottery Barn Kids and Teen, Williams & Sonoma, and West Elm.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

This Week's Publix Trip


This week at Publix I spent $41.74 and saved $81.14. That means I got $123 worth of groceries for $42!

There are some great BOGO's going on this week (sale lasts until Wednesday) that match up with great coupons. Here are the highlights:

  • 6 boxes of Muller's Pasta
    • BOGO at $1.59
    • Paired with a $1 off 2 coupon that was in the store made it .30 a box
  • 4 packages of Athenos Feta Cheese
    • BOGO at $2.79
    • Paired with a printable coupon for BOGO free made it completely free for all four
  • 2 packs of Olay Regenerist Facial Cloths
    • Normally $6.99, on sale for $3 off
    • Used a $3 off manufacturer coupon from the P&G 10/2 insert stacked with a $3 off Target coupon which my Publix accepts made each of them free plus overage
  • 2 packs of Nathans Hotdogs
    • BOGO at $5.49
    • Used a printable $1 off coupon on each item made them $1.74 each
  • 3 bags of Amour Meatballs
    • Regularly $3.24, on sale for $2.50 a bag
    • Paired with a Publix coupon for $1 off each bag from the 9/25 SS made them $1.50 a bag
  • Perdue Individually Packaged Frozen Chicken Breasts
    • Normally $8.29 a bag, on sale for $5.99 a bag
    • Used a $1 off Publix coupon from the 9/25 SS made it $4.99 a bag

Everything else in the purchase was on sale and/or I had great coupons for. Most of this will be for our lunches and dinners this week but the pasta and peanuts will go into our stockpile and the meatballs are for our Christmas party. I can never find them on sale so I figured I should buy them now and freeze them.

Most of these deals I found on the weekly sale link with coupon match ups. These sales are all good until Wednesday or longer so check them out if you want to get some deals!

Target Ad With Coupon Match Ups for 10/9



Here is the Target Ad for the sale cycle starting today 10/9. It looks like there are a few Target gift card deals so make sure that you check those out.


Target Ad With Coupon Match Ups 10/9

This includes the coupon match ups. It will list where you can find each coupon and what the lowest price would be on the item if you had the highest value coupon available. You can click through to the printable coupons and print each one out two times. SS stands for the SmartSource insert and RP stands for the RedPlum newspaper insert.


Don't worry if you don't have some of the listed coupons; you can still get great deals with other available coupons. It has taken me 3 months to finally feel like I have most of the coupons they are referring to. My local Target does not accept competitors' coupons but they do allow you stack a Target coupon with a manufacturer coupon.


Comment if you have any questions!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

$15 for $30 Worth Of Magazine Subscriptions

Saveology.com is offering a $30 credit to Magazines.com for $15 this week.

Your $30 e-Gift Card Code is good for anything Magazines.com sells. Choose from over 2,000 of your favorite magazines, including old favorites like People, Sports Illustrated and National Geographic as well as newer titles like All You and Food Network Magazine. Magazines.com already has great low prices, but with this half-price daily deal you’ll save even more.

Sign up at Saveology.com for other great deals on a daily basis.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Publix Green & Yellow Advantage Flyers




Are you familiar with Publix's Green and Yellow Advantage flyers?

If you are not, you should be. These are flyers that Publix puts out in addition to their weekly ads. They usually can be found in the circular display in the front of each store as well as in the Sunday paper the weekend they start.

The green flyers are usually for health and beauty products while the yellow flyers are for food items. The flyers are each valid for a few weeks and often contain great Publix store coupons that you can stack with manufacturer coupons and store sales. They also feature store promotions and great deals going on during that time frame. 

Most stores will accept as many of each flyer coupon that you cut out and present at check out so if you find a good deal with manufacturer coupons you can stock up on lots of that product and not need to buy it again until it goes on sale again.  

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies


These are yet another of my pinspired desserts. They are lighter than a chocolate chip cookie yet still rich and delicious. I took 2 dozen of them to Justin's fire station and they were gone in a few hours. So it seems that they are a big hit. They were also very easy to make. Here's how:

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 tablespoons butter (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
  1. Combine dry ingredients (flour through soda) in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In mixer, blend butter, sugar, egg, cream cheese, and vanilla.
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing with each addition, until all are incorporated.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5. Drop by tablespoon (or cookie scoop) on to a greased cookie sheet about an inch apart.


6. I flatten them out a little bit to help them bake more evenly.

    7. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until getting golden brown around the edges.
    8. Enjoy!
    

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Grocery Sale Cycles: What Months Do Certain Products Go On Sale


As you are learning your stores' sale cycles you may be starting to notice that certain things go on sale during certain times of year, ie: chips during Superbowl week.  Here is a great list of what types of things go on sale during each month. This list can help you make sure that you stock up on certain things when they hit their lowest prices. Many times there will also be store and manufacturer coupons available during these times of year as well.


January

National Oatmeal Month: Quaker
Diet Foods: Healthy Choice, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, Smart Start, 100 Calorie Packs, Yogurt
Super Bowl Sunday: Pepsi, Coke, Chips, Dips, Cheese, Sandwich Items, Crackers, Snacks, Wings
Seasonal Produce: Oranges, Pears, Grapefruit, Tangerines, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Cabbage, Spinach
Clearance: Christmas Decorations, Toys, Wrapping Papers,
Winter Health: Cold Medicines and Vitamins

February

National Canned Food Month: Canned Fruit, Pie Fillings, Vegetables, Meats: Tuna, Chicken, Salmon
National Hot Breakfast Month:  Malt O Meal, Oatmeal, Eggo Waffles, Syrup
Valentines:  Chocolate, Hershey’s, KY Lubricant, etc
Chinese New Year: Soy Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Noodles, Canned Water Chestnuts
Seasonal Produce:  Artichoke, Asparagus, Raspberries, Potatoes, Strawberries, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Spinach

March

Frozen Food Month: Ice Cream, Frozen Vegetables (Boxed, Bag, or Steam), Frozen Meals, Foster Farms Chicken, Waffles, Pizza
Seasonal Produce: Artichoke, Asparagus, Haas Avocado, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Leek, Lemon, Lime, Mushrooms, Spring Onions, Orange, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Tangerine

April

Easter:  Ham, Eggs, Spices, Baking Supplies: Sugar, Spices, Baking Mixes, Chocolate Chips, Butter, Coconut, Marshmallows, Brownie Mix, Cake Mix
Earth Day: Organic Foods, Energy Saver, Reusable Totes
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbages, Carrots, Grapefruit, Haas Avocado, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Rhubarb

May

Memorial Day: BBQ Sauce, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips, Grilling Meats, Hot Dogs, Hamburger Meat, Marinade, Salad Greens
Paper Products: Plates, Utensils, Insect Repellant, Sunscreen
Cinco De Mayo: Salsa, tortillas
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocado, Beans, Green, Beets, Blackberries, Carrots, Sweet Vidalia Onions, Peas, New Potatoes, Raspberries, Strawberries

June

National Dairy Month: Eggs, Milk, Ice Cream, Cheese, Cream Cheese, Butter, Yogurt, Whipping Cream, Whipped Cream, Cool Whip
End of June is Fourth or July Sales: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips
Seasonal Produce: Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cherries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Honeydew, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Raspberries, Red Onions, Squash, Summer, Strawberries, Sweet Vidalia Onions, Tomatoes, Watermelon

July

National Ice Cream Month
More 4th of July BBQ Sales: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips
End of July: Back to School Sales Begin: Crayons, Pencils, Folders, Binders
Seasonal Produce: Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Beans, Green, Blueberries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Nectarines, Onions, Red, Valencia Oranges, Peaches, Sweet/Bell Peppers, Plums, Potatoes, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon

August

Back to School: Pudding cups, Lunch meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal, Waffles, Lunchboxes
Disinfectant:  Clorox, Purell
Clearance:  Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, charcoal
Seasonal Produce: Gravenstein Apple, Haas Avocado, Green Beans, Beans, Berries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Onion, Peaches, Bartlett Pears, Bell Pepper, Plums, Raspberries, Squash, Summer, Tomatillo, Tomato

September

Back to School Sales through Labor Day:  Crayons, Pencils, Folders, Binders
Diabetes: Bayer Glucose Meters, Glucerna Cereal
Seasonal Produce: Apples, Artichokes, Beans, Bell Peppers, Chili Peppers, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Onion, Valencia Orange, Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Pomegranate, Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Winter Squash
Baby Items: Major Baby Equipment, Baby Safety

October

Halloween: Candy, Fresh Pumpkin
Beginning of the Baking Sales: Canned pumpkin, Evaporated Milk, Baking Chips
Daylight Savings Time Ends Promotions: Alarm Clocks, Batteries, Safety Equipment, Smoke Detectors
National Seafood Month
Adopt a Shelter-Dog Month: Pedigree, Purina
Seasonal Produce: Almonds, Apples, Artichokes, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Chard, Chestnuts, Cranberries, Lemons, Parsnip, Pears, Pomegranate, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Spinach, Squash, Winter, Turnips, Yams

November

Hot Cocoa, Coffee, Tea
Baking Sales in Full Swing: Nuts, Chocolate Chips, Evaporated Milk, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Coconut, Cake Mixes
Canned foods: Soup, Broth, Vegetables, Fruits, Spaghetti Sauce
Thanksgiving Items: Turkey, Canned Pumpkin, Stovetop Stuffing, Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes, Gravy Mixes, Frozen Pies, Cranberry Sauce, Jello, Marshmallows
Seasonal Produce: Anjou Pears, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Carrots, Celery, Comice Pears, Cranberries, Kiwi, Lemons, Orange, Potato, Squash, Yams

December

Holiday Dinner: Egg Nog, Deli Platters, Instant Potatoes, Gravy Mixes, Frozen Pies, Cranberry Sauce, Jello, Marshmallows. Sour Cream Dips, Crackers, Chips, Soda, Ham
Baking: Flour, Sugar, Butter, Cream, Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, Muffin Mix, Breads, Pie Crust, Marshmallow, Whipped cream
Canned Foods: Soup, Broth, Condensed Milk, Vegetables, Fruits, Spaghetti Sauce
Seasonal Produce: Anjou Pears, Bok Choy, Bosc Pears, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Dates, Grapefruit, Haas Avocados, Kale, Kiwi, Kumquat, Lemon, Napa Cabbage, Oranges, Sweet Potatoes, Red Cabbage, Rutabaga, Savoy Cabbage, Spinach, Winter Squash, Yams, Turnips, White Potato

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WW Chicken Pot Pie Soup & Honey Cornbread

We had another Pinterest inspired dinner this week; Weightwatchers inspired chicken pot pie soup and my new favorite honey cornbread.

These recipes were so easy and they were both amazing.

Weight Watchers Inspired Chicken Pot Pie Soup (adapted from Pinterest)



  • 1/4 cup flour


  • 2 cups water 


  • 4 cups fat free milk


  • 1 large celery stalk, chopped


  • 1/2 medium chopped onion


  • 2 chicken bouillons cubes or packets


  • fresh ground pepper


  • pinch of thyme


  • 10 oz frozen classic mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, green beans, corn)


  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed small


  • 16 oz cooked chicken breast, diced small


    1. Create a slurry by combining 1/2 cup of the cold water with flour in a medium bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside for later.
    2. Pour remaining water and milk into a large pot and slowly bring to a boil.
    3. Add celery, onion, chicken bullion cubes, thyme, fresh pepper, frozen vegetables and return to a boil.
    4.  Partially cover and simmer on low until vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes.
    5. Remove lid, add potatoes and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
    6. Add chicken, and slowly whisk in slurry, stirring well as you add.
    7. Cook another 2-3 minutes, until soup thickens, adjust salt and pepper to taste and serve. If soup is not thickening up you can add a little corn starch and it should thicken right up.
    Unbelievable Honey Cornbread a'la Pinterest

    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup butter, softened
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1 1/3 cups milk
    • 2 1/3 cups flour
    • 1 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 cup corn meal
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Cream sugar and butter.
    3. Add in eggs, honey and milk and mix well.
    4. Mix together flour, baking powder, corn meal and salt.
    5. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients carefully. Do not overmix. Batter will be lumpy.
    6. The original recipe said to bake this in an 11x13 pan but I have found that this does not bake evenly and the middle always ended up undercooked. I now make an 8x8 pan of the cornbread and then make 12 muffins with the rest of the batter. I freeze these for us to heat up on nights when we have soup and I don't feel like making anything to go with it.
    7. Bake until golden brown, time will vary depending on what size/type of pan you use to bake it in.

    $10 In Laundry Coupons From Bounce

    Sign up here to get a sheet with $10 worth of laundry product coupons from Bounce. 

    All you have to do is fill out the form and the company will mail you your coupons in 3-6 weeks. Coupons received directly from the companies tend to have high values and long expiration dates so they are always good to have on hand.  

    Couponing 101: Part 3- Planning Your Shopping Trips

    Now that you know about sale cycles and where to find coupons, you can put them together and plan a couponing shopping trip.


    All you need to do is check out the weekly sales at your store of choice and then match up the available coupons to each item you plan to purchase.


    The weekly ads can be found on the store's website, in the Sunday paper and on couponing websites. I will be posting links to sale cycle and coupon match ups from Publix, Target and Walmart when I can.


    The first thing I do when I plan a trip is I make my list online. The links I post allow you to create a printable shopping list with coupon match ups. I usually look through the printable list and delete any coupon match ups that I know I don't have or won't use. I then link off my list to print out any printable coupons that I need for the items. Once I do that, I take my list and go through my coupon binder (more on that later) and pull and organize all the coupons I need for the sale items.

    The links I post only contain advertised sales so I also manually add my regular items (ie:eggs, milk, bread) onto my printable list as well. I then go through my binder and see if I have coupons for those items anyways. I also take my binder with me on my shopping trips in case I see a great unadvertised deal or find an in store coupon I can stack with a manufacturer coupon. Target always has amazing, unadvertised clearance sales on everything from shampoo to toothpaste to napkins. Having my binder with me makes sure that I don't miss a deal or feel like I should drive back to the store to take advantage of a sale.

    Coming Up: Couponing 101: Part 4- Organizing Your Coupons

    Costa d'Este On Sniqueaway.com


    Sniqueaway.com has rooms at Costa d'Este Resort in Vero Beach on sale this week from $109 a night. It looks like they have reservations available through December. Some of the nights are more than $109 but they are still a deal compared to the regular rates.

    If you have never heard of SniqueAway, it is a discount travel website that offers great deals on hotels and resorts around the world. It is affiliated with TripAdvisor so you can research your purchases right on the same website you buy them on.


    We have used it before and loved how easy it was to book a well known hotel (The Tampa Intercontinental) for a really low price (around $85 a night).


    Sign up here for free and you can see all of the current deals as well as upcoming sales.

    SouthFloridaDines.com Sale

    The website SouthFloridaDines.com is currently having a end of the month clearance sale from now through Friday evening.

    If you have never visited SouthFloridaDines.com, it is discount website that sells gift certificates to restaurants in South Florida. You can purchase these gift certificates for 50% off or more. We have used it to get a few $30 gift certificates to local restaurants for around $12.99 each. 

    If you are interested in purchasing a gift certificate make sure that you click on the restaurant details tab and scroll to the bottom and check out the terms for purchasing the certificate. Most times it is just a straight up gift certificate for a certain value but sometimes they have specifics such as "can't be used for alcohol" or something like that. 

    Once you buy the certificate, you can print it off at home. All you have to do is make sure that you present it to your server before you order at the restaurant you choose.  

    More Websites for Printable Coupons

    In addition to coupons.com and SmartSource.com, there are a few other websites that regularly have great printable coupons. These websites are usually updated at the beginning of each month. All the coupons are manufacturer coupons and tend to be good for about a month. Here are some of them:

    Pillsbury
    Campbell's Kitchen
    Betty Crocker

    You can print each coupon twice per printer. Many of these websites will limit the number of each coupon they will issue so you want to print them towards the beginning of the month so they don't disappear.

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Printable Coupons

    Don't forget to check coupons.com and smartsource.com on a regular basis. They have added a few new coupons in the last few days. There are a few good brand names like Pepsi, Tostitos, Propel and Johnson & Johnson.

    These are good websites to check every few days or at least before you plan a shopping trip.

    Recycle Bank

    Here is another fun place to get hard to find, high value coupons. Recyclebank is a website that is run by companies like Kashi and Ziploc that promotes living green, recycling and conservation. You can earn points through doing simple things on their website. These points can then be redeem for a variety of things including coupons.

    My favorite coupons they offer are $2 off any Kashi product (which if you can find them on sale can make them .99 cents) and $1 off of any Coke product.

    Its free to sign up. Once you get registered, click on the "earn points" tab to get started. Comment if you have any question.

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