Kellogg's Cereal Coupons

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Coupons.com has just posted $1.00 off coupons for several Kellogg's cereals. These will go FAST (usually gone within 24 hours)! So go get yours ASAP. Do it. Now. :)

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 4/29

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

[Sorry for the delay in posting these - I had the craziest day today...]

This was my trip to Albertsons today:

2 boxes Kellogg's PopTarts
3 bags Quaker Tortillaz (free with coupons)
2 gallons whole milk (free with coupons from past cereal deal)
2 Land O Lakes spreadable butter
5 pounds bananas (one banana didn't make it out of the store, and another never made it out of the car) :)

Total: $6.78

What I'm Buying - Maceys 4/29


This was my trip to Maceys today:

5 bags Don Julio tortilla chips
8 cans Western Family diced green chilies
4 packages Western Family onion dip mix
2 packages Western Family ranch dip mix
3lb Boston butt pork roast
12lb 80% lean ground beef (I'll have to find time to can some hamburger in the next few days)
2 6oz tubs Western Family shredded Parmesan cheese
5 limes
2 mangos
1.5lb roma tomatoes
1 package squeaky cheese (okay, this was not on my list - I admit, I paid full price, but it looked SO tempting...)

Total: $47.75

Special note: I didn't use a single coupon in this transaction! You can get plenty of great deals on groceries without using coupons, just by using the lists at GrocerySmarts or PinchingYourPennies.

What I'm Buying - Smiths 4/29


I actually went to three stores this morning. I had planned on only going to two, but then I had some time to kill after my trips to Albertsons and Maceys and before picking kids up from preschool, so I decided to pick up some things at Smiths.

12 bags croutons (clearanced due to store remodeling)
1.8lb red seedless grapes
1 head cauliflower
1 bunch broccoli
3 bags Lays potato chips

Total: $19.68

Water Storage Containers - Updated Prices

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I just found a great source for water storage containers! The company is called Industrial Container and Supply, and they are located in west Salt Lake. They have the blue stackable 5-gal. water "cubes" (see my previous photo from Walmart) for $5.53, and the lids are $.54. They also have the white 5-gal. containers for under $4. They also carry the big blue water drums in 55-, 30- and 15-gallon sizes.

Here is a link to their page with container options and pricing.

Free toothbrushes and cheap toothpaste at RiteAid

I was at the RiteAid on 45th and Redwood today, and noticed that in one of the circular metal bins up near the customer service/checkout desk, they had Colgate toothbrushes for $.99. They also had Colgate Whitening toothpaste for $.99.

There were two coupons in last Sunday's coupon inserts (SmartSource) that would make for some fabulous deals!

Use Colgate Adult or Children’s Toothpaste, any 4 oz. or larger .75/1 (5-16-09) SS-4/26 [for the toothpaste]
And you'll get the toothpaste for .25 + tax!

Use Colgate Max White, any or any Colgate Adult Manual or Powered Toothbrush $1/1 (5-16-09) SS-4/26 [for the toothbrush]
And you'll get the toothbrush for free (well, you'll have to pay a bit of tax)!

I don't think these are advertised specials, so they may be "while supplies last".

***Update*** I went this evening and got 4 toothbrushes. I had no problems with them taking my coupons (although the register wouldn't accept one of my BandAid coupons...). If you go to do this toothbrush deal, because the coupon is $.01 more than the item price, you'll probably need to pick up a "filler" item (soda, candy bar, pack of gum, tube of toothpaste) because the toothbrush coupons would cause overage (you'd end up with a negative total) and you can never have a negative total at the register.

Updated photos - Personal Hygiene for 72-hr Kits

Monday, April 27, 2009
Here are the updated photos I promised. As you can see, I modified the items in my kit slightly.

The finished product:

For the man of the house (it's not fair that men need less toilet paper than women...):

For the 5-year-old (I forgot the baby wipes on the other counter):

For the 20-month-old (diapers will be in a separate ziploc bag):

The tentatively finished products:

I may modify these more when I get the full 72-hr kits all put together. There are some things that could be removed should I need more room/less weight in the full kits.

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 4/27

Okay, the deals for this ad were just TOO good, so I had to go back for more before the sale ended...I was in a rush to put things away and forgot to take pictures (sorry), but here are the items I bought in two transactions this morning:

Transaction #1: ConAgra promo

10 Healthy Choice frozen entrees
5 Hunt's snack pack 4pk puddings

Total: $19.75, plus I got $10 in coupons for my next transaction


Transaction #2: Kraft promo

12 boxes Trix cereal
6 boxes Wheat Thins crackers

Total: $9.78 (saved $60.42)

First Aid Items at Walgreens

Next week we're going to start putting together first-aid items for our 72-hr kits. Here is a great deal at Walgreens (this week) on some items you might want to include next week:

BandAid adhesive bandages, various sizes and varieties, $3
Neosporin antibiotic ointment, $4

When you buy $10 worth of these products, you will get a Register Reward coupon good for $4 off your next trip.

Here's the scenario:

Buy (2) BandAid packages and (1) Neosporin, for a total of $10. Use (2) 1.00/1 Band Aid coupons from this Sunday's (4/26) RedPlum insert [you'll need two inserts] and (1) 1.00/1 Neosporin coupon, also from this Sunday's (4/26) RedPlum insert.

Total paid at register should then be $7 + tax. You'll get a Register Reward coupon for $4, making your net total $3 for all three items.

Sale good 4/26 through 5/2.

PinchingYourPennies in the News

Sunday, April 26, 2009
The Deseret News ran a front-page story on PinchingYourPennies.com in today's paper!

You can read the story here.

Personal Hygiene Items for 72-hr Kits

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Here is what I have gathered for my personal hygiene items. I've been collecting items for the last couple weeks, and with coupons and good sales several of these items were free.

I was so excited to finally get it all sorted out and take a picture that I forgot to include a razor! Only, I didn't realize that until I had bagged it all in my labeled one-gallon ziploc bag and sent it off to go in my kit...

I'm going to pull it out and add the razor, and I'll take another picture and post once I have it.

Anyway...this is by no means what you have to include for your own items. Make yours custom to your particular needs and likes.

I wouldn't recommend the "travel toilet paper" - it was $1 and there are probably all of 20 squares of toilet paper total. I think it would be better to take several feet off of a current roll in your house, fold it nicely, and then stick it in a plastic sandwich-size ziploc bag. MUCH cheaper, and way more toilet paper, so I'll probably change this when I add the razor.

I included baby wipes because they are great for washing hands/face/body without wasting your drinking water. They will probably have to be rotated more frequently than everything else, though. I'm guessing 12 months tops before they start drying out, but we'll see.

I think you could easily leave out the kleenex (you can always use a couple squares of toilet paper or a baby wipe instead). You could also leave out the razor (for the females at least, maybe not for the men).

Your list of items doesn't have to be set in stone - just put together what you have now and then add to it as circumstances allow. So start with the toilet paper - everyone should have a roll around the house somewhere... If I could have only one of the things above to take in an emergency situation, toilet paper would be it! So, even if you don't get any of the other items gathered this week, at least get your toilet paper ready! :)

Coupon Preview for 4/26

Friday, April 24, 2009
Here is a link to a list of *probable* coupons in this Sunday's inserts.

If you can get a Sunday preview paper on Saturday, here are some great deals that will help with this week's assignment...

Reach floss or toothbrush, 1.00 off any (RedPlum) [Walgreens has an in-ad coupon for Reach toothbrushes for .99 this week, through this Saturday only, so this will only be good for the one day - combine the in-ad store coupon and the manufacturer coupon and get FREE toothbrushes!] Be sure to check the ad for limits.

Colgate items - I saw a .75 and 1.00 off toothpaste which could be used on trial sizes to go with your toiletries kits

***UPDATE*** It doesn't appear that we got the 1.00/1 Reach toothbrush coupon for our area. But we did get a Buy 1 Get 1 free coupon (in the RedPlum insert), so you can still combine it with the in-ad store coupon and get two toothbrushes for .99 (assuming the limit on the store coupon will allow you to purchase two), making them .50 each.

Week 5 Assignment - Toiletries for 72-hr Kits

This week's assignment is to gather toiletries for each member of your family for their 72-hr kit.

  1. Make a list of the items you would like to include for each person. Items may vary depending on your needs/wants/age/gender/etc.
  2. Keep your list as short as possible - determine what you can and cannot do without. Remember, you have to store AND be able to carry all this stuff in your kit.
  3. Go through your house and gather any items you may already have.
  4. Make a list of the items you will need to acquire and how many of each.
  5. Place items in a one-gallon storage bag and label with the person's name. Then place the toiletries bag in the 72-hr kit container you gathered last week (even if it's just a box or plastic grocery bag).
Here are some basics you might want to include:
  • brush/comb
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • soap
  • hand sanitizer
  • toilet paper
  • deodorant
  • disposable razor
  • shaving cream
  • baby wipes or wet wipes
  • feminine hygiene products
  • lotion
  • kleenex
Work on just the toiletry (personal hygiene) items for right now. We'll work on first aid/medical items next week. And I'll post pictures of the stuff I have gathered so far for my family.

What day is best for assignments?

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Everyone okay with the assignments on Fridays, or would you rather get them on Mondays (or another day)? I've done them on Fridays so you could be thinking about them over the weekend if there were things you needed to buy, but I'm more than happy to post them on whatever day works best. Let me know. :)

Grocery Deals - Albertsons 4/22 through 4/28

Want to participate in this week's ConAgra promo at Albertsons, but don't have coupons or don't want to hassle with coupons? Here are some great choices that don't require any coupons in order to get a good deal:

Buy a total of 25 of the items from the list below

Hunt's ketchup, 24oz (on sale for 1.00)
Hunt's Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce, 15.5-16oz (1.00)
Hunt's spaghetti sauce, 26-26.5oz (1.00)
Hunt's Snack Pack pudding 4pk, 14oz (1.00)
Hunt's canned tomatoes, 14.5-15oz (1.00)
RO-Tel canned tomotoes, 10oz (1.00)
Rosarita refried beans, 16oz (1.00)

Can substitute (2) VanCamp's pork & beans (.50) for one of the items above

For example:
(5) Hunt's ketchup
(5) Hunt's spaghetti sauce
(5) Rosarita refried beans
(5) Ro-Tel tomatoes
(10) VanCamp's pork & beans
= $25.00 + tax

Get a coupon for $10 off your next shopping trip

(If you figure that back into the original cost of the items, it makes them .60 each - except for the pork & beans which are .30)

They are all great things to have in your food storage, too! :)

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 4/22

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Big sales at Albertsons this week! I wanted to take advantage of two promos, one for Kraft products and the other for ConAgra products.

Because of the way the ConAgra promo is set up, you have to do your transactions in sets of $25 to get the most value. The promo is: Get $10 off your next shopping order when you purchase $25 or more in participating ConAgra products. Limit one coupon per transaction.

That "limit one coupon per transaction" means that you'll only get one of the $10 coupons (it's actually 2 $5 coupons) per transaction. So, if you're wanting to buy more than $25 worth of stuff, you'll want to break up your stuff into groups of $25 and have them rung up separately, that way you'll get the $10 coupons on each set of $25.

I did 3 transactions with the ConAgra promo and 1 with the Kraft promo. I did two transactions at a time, then went to the car to put my groceries in, then came back in the store and got the items for the last two transactions. Because of this, I went at 6am so I wouldn't be holding up the checkout lines and it would be less busy while I was sorting stuff out in my cart.


Transaction #1: ConAgra Promo (Spend $25 or more and get $10 off your next shopping order)

3 boxes Orville Redenbacher popcorn
10 Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers frozen meals

I used $7.50 in manufacturer coupons.

Total spent: $18.25, plus I got 2 $5 off coupons from the promo

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 4/22


Transaction #2: ConAgra Promo

2 bottles Hunt's ketchup
4 cans Hunt's tomatoes
3 cans VanCamps pork & beans
3 cartons EggBeaters
2 Healthy Choice frozen entrees
2 packages Hebrew National beef franks

I used $7 in manufacturer coupons (I had $9 worth, but apparently $2 didn't get scanned - oh well - win some, lose some) and used the 2 $5 coupons from the previous ConAgra transaction (see above).

Total spent: $9.24, plus 2 $5 off coupons

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 4/22


Transaction #3: ConAgra Promo

3 cans VanCamp's pork & beans
6 cans Rosarita refried beans
9 Kid Cuisine frozen entrees

I used $5 worth of manufacturer coupons and the 2 $5 coupons from the previous ConAgra transaction (see above).

Total spent: $10.23, plus 2 $5 off coupons

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 4/22



Transaction #4: Kraft Promo (Buy $10 worth save $4 instantly - that's 40%)

4 boxes Wheat Thins crackers
4 boxes Ritz crackers
4 boxes FiberOne granola bars
8 boxes FiberOne toaster pastries
3 boxed Trix cereal
4 Betty Crocker Warm Delights
2 Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad pasta salads
2 Kraft salad dressings (free)
4 boxes Kraft pasta salad
2 cans Pillsbury Grands! biscuits
2 boxes Pillsbury toaster strudel
4 boxes Kraft Bagelfuls
1 gallon whole milk (free from previous cereal promo)

I had a total of $91 in Kraft products, so I got $36 off my total. Then I had $20.50 in manufacturer coupons and 2 $5 coupons from Trip 3 ConAgra promo (see above).

Total spent: $24.91

Water Storage - Container Sale

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Harmon's has their "Pack Your Pantry" sale this week, and included in the sale are some great items for your water storage! They have 5-gal water containers for 4.99 and a 24pk of Aquarius Spring! water for 2.99 - both fabulous prices! Thank you to Mi Yon for spotting these deals!!!

Coupon Q&A

Monday, April 20, 2009
Monday night (TONIGHT), my house, 8:30pm, for anyone who wants to come...

If you would like to come but can't make it tonight, let me know and we'll do another one next Monday, too.

Double Coupon Match-ups

I just posted about the Quaker Fiber & Omega-3 bars that are a great deal with the Albertsons double coupons. But here are some other great finds to use those coupons on:

[Just a reminder: You can use 3 double coupons per transaction - that's it. However, each store may differ on how many sets of 3 you can use in one day, so you'll want to check with a manager or the customer service desk before you try to use more in a second transaction. At first it was only 3 coupons per household per day, but some couponers are reporting that they will let you break up your transactions so you can use a second set of three doubles coupons. There have been differing instructions, so you'll need to abide by whatever the particular store tells you.]

CapriSun Sunrise, 10pk, on sale this week $2.50
use 1.00/1 coupon from this Sunday's SmartSource coupon insert
if used with a double coupon, makes it $.50

Lysol cleaning products, most on sale this week for 50% off (1.19 - 2.99)
use Lysol Bathroom Cleaner or Mildew Remover, any .75/1 (5-11-09) SS-3/15
Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Pourables, any .50/1 (5-11-09) SS-3/15
Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Trigger, Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner or Lysol Plus Bleach, any .50/1 (5-11-09) SS-3/15

Scotts Extra Soft Toilet Paper, 4pk, $2.15
use Scott Extra Soft bath tissue, 4-pack or larger $1/1 (5-10-09) SS-3/29
if used with a double coupon, makes it $.15 - WOW!!!

The Scotts Naturals toilet paper 4pk may be a similar price, and there is a 1.00/1 coupon in the 4/19 SmartSource (this Sunday's paper)

Breyers ice cream, on sale for $3.50
use Breyers Ice Cream, any 1.5 quart or larger .75/1 (5-31-09) Unilever-4/5
if used with a double coupon, makes it $2.00

RightGuard deoderant, on sale or clearanced for $2.00 (possibly)
use RightGuard, Dry Idea or Soft & Dry, any, 1.00/1 (6-30-09) SmartSource 4/19
if used with a double coupon, makes it FREE - SUPER WOW!!!

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 4/20


Just had to stop at Albertsons today because of their great "double coupon" deals (good Monday and Tuesday only). Here's what I picked up:

3 boxes Quaker Fiber & Omega-3 bars
2 boxes Quaker Chewy granola bars
3 boxes PastaRoni pasta sides
1 gallon whole milk

SubTotal: $15.25
- $3.00 for the Quaker/Pepsi promo (spend $15 save $3 automatically - no coupon)
- (3) 1.00/1 coupons for the Quaker Fiber & Omega-3 bars (RedPlum 4/19 - Sunday's paper)
- (3) Albertsons double coupons, used with the Fiber coupons above (total of $3.00)
- (1) 1.00/2 Quaker Chewy granola coupon (internet printable)
- (1) 1.00/3 RiceARoni or PastaRoni sides (internet printable)
- (1) free milk coupon (from cereal deals two weeks ago)

Total: $4.61

Huggies Diapers on Sale - 4/19 through 4/25

Sunday, April 19, 2009
RiteAid has their Jumbo Packs of Huggies diapers on sale this week only (Sunday through Saturday) for $8.99. There are two coupons for $1.50 off any Huggies diapers in this Sunday's SmartSource coupon insert. That makes the diapers $7.49 a package. For even better savings, you can get a $3.00 rebate back (limit 1). If you buy one pack, that's a total spent of $4.49!

If you buy three packs and divide the $3.00 rebate savings out, that would make it 3 packs for $6.49 each. Just remember to keep your receipt to submit your rebate - sign up online at RiteAid.com.

UPDATE*** There is a printable coupon here for $5 off when you spend $25 at RiteAid. If you buy 3 jumbo packs of diapers, that will get you to $27 before coupons. Use the $5 printable, plus 3 $1.50 coupons (there were 2 in this Sunday's SmartSource insert), and you'll pay $19.32 at the register. Submit your receipt info online and you'll get the $3 rebate too. That makes it $16.32 for 3 packs of diapers - hooray! :)

Week 4 Assignment - Updated

Saturday, April 18, 2009
Clarification for part 4:

I don't want you to purchase bags or totes or backpacks or anything for this assignment! I want you to look around your house for containers, bags, boxes, etc. that you already HAVE that you could use for 72-hr kits. Even plastic grocery sacks or shoe boxes would work. The idea is that we just need something that we can start putting items in over time. We can start this without spending any money right now...even a brown paper bag filled with a few items is better than no emergency kit at all! Once we get further along, and you have a better idea of what your family's needs will be, THEN you can put the money into more permanent backpacks or totes or such.

Sometimes we get caught up in trying to plan for every possible extreme or emergency contingency, and then it gets so daunting and overwhelming that we fail to even make a start. Don't let that happen to you - ANY preparation is better than none at all!

FREE Quaker Fiber & Omega-3 Granola Bars

The Quaker Fiber & Omega-3 bars (5 to a package) are on sale this week for $2.50 at Albertsons. They are $2.00 each if you spend $15 on participating Quaker/Pepsi products (see the GrocerySmarts list). There is a $1.00 off coupon in this Sunday's RedPlum insert for the Fiber & Omega-3 bars - match it with one of the Albertsons doubles coupons (also in this Sunday's paper) and you've got FREE granola bars (if you do the $15 promo)! This deal will be good 4/19 through 4/21 only.

Double Coupons for Albertsons

The Sunday paper (or Sunday Preview) this week has a one-page ad for Albertsons that has 3 double coupons in it! These will be good 4/19 through 4/21 and will double the value of a manufacturer's coupon up to $1.00 (so, if you have a coupon that is for $1.00 you'll actually get $2.00 off). If you get the paper, make sure you don't throw these away! I'll post later on some deals you can use these with.

Grocery Deals 4/15 to 4/21

Friday, April 17, 2009
Here is a roundup of some of the sale items you might consider adding to your food storage. All sales good through Tuesday, April 21 (except Walgreens and possibly Reams). No coupons needed (except where noted).

PowerBars, .68 each w/ in-ad coupon (Albertsons) [Good for 72-hr kits!]
Powerade 32oz, .75 each + Buy 10 Get 5 FREE (Albertsons)
Shoppers Value liquid laundry detergent 55oz, 1.79 each (Albertsons)
Western Family AA batteries 24pk, 5.00 (Maceys)
Coke, Diet Coke & Sprite 2-liters, .69 each (Reams)
Beef Round London Broil, 1.79/lb. (Smiths) [For the freezer.]
Kroger Value food storage freezer bags 15ct gal or 20ct quart, .88 each (Smiths)
Ajax dish detergent 16oz, .89 w/ in-ad coupon (Walgreens)

Colgate Total Toothpaste Coupon

Right now, Coupons.com has a $1.00 off coupon for Colgate Total toothpaste. If matched with a good sale in the next month or so, this would mean nearly free or completely free toothpaste! The expiration date on the one I just printed is 5/17.

Week 4 Assignment

Your assignment this week is four-fold:

1) Complete the poll questions (there are 4 - make sure to scroll down) located on the right-hand side of this blog (under the "Welcome" information). Answers are completely anonymous, and I have no way of knowing who votes, or what you voted, so please vote - this feedback from you is very important!

2) Leave a comment (in the comments for THIS post) letting me know if you would like to work on:

  1. 72-hr kits first, then move on to 3-mth food storage; OR
  2. both 72-hr kits and food storage concurrently, with one assignment in each topic each week.
You can leave an anonymous comment, and no one (me included) will know who posts what (unless you want them to). PLEASE, please, PLEASE let me know what you would prefer (and any other suggestions you may have)!

3) Review your household budget and commit to an amount of money that you will set aside each and every week to go towards emergency preparedness/food storage items. It doesn't have to be a lot - just a few dollars a week can do wonders. I'm committed to coming up with ways that we can make preparedness and food storage affordable for EVERYONE - because ANY amount of preparation or storage is better than none at all! The Lord knows our individual circumstances, and He does not expect us to do more than we are able or more than we have the space or financial means to accomplish. I know that if we do our best, and do what we can, then He will bless our efforts and He will make up for the rest. But we've got to be committed to doing our part. Set your emergency preparedness/food storage budget and then commit to stick to it! If you do not use all of your budget one week, you will roll the leftover into the next week's budget.

4) Acquire for each member of your family by next Friday: a backpack, small suitcase, briefcase, small plastic tote, 5-gal plastic bucket, shoulder bag, fabric shopping bag or even a brown paper sack or cardboard box that you can use for a 72-hr kit. I will post more details about possible choices and best options throughout the week.

Site Layout

Thursday, April 16, 2009
I am working on a way to make the site more user-friendly. I'd like to separate out each "topic" so that you don't have to wade through a bunch of random posts just to find info on one topic in particular. I know the site is a little "cluttered" right now - please bear with me, it will get better, I promise!

Counsel from Elder Hales

"Brothers and sisters...our children are growing up in times of economic uncertainty. Just as our grandparents and great-grandparents learned vital lessons through economic adversity, what we learn now, in our present circumstances, can bless us and our posterity for generations to come."

"All of us are responsible to provide for ourselves and our families, in both temporal and spiritual ways. To provide providently, we must practice the principles of provident living: joyfully living within our means --- being content with what we have, avoiding excessive debt, and diligently saving and preparing for "rainy day" emergencies. When we live providently, we can provide for ourselves and our families and also follow the Savior's example to serve and bless others."

(Elder Robert D. Hales, "Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually", April 2009 General Conference)

What I'm Buying - Maceys 4/15


Here's what I got at Maceys this week:

6 packages frozen hash browns, .99 each
4 packages Lynn Wilson tortillas, .79 each
1 lb. broccoli, 1.58
2 lb. cauliflower, 2.58
2 heads green leef lettuce, .99 each
3 mangos, .89 each

Total paid: $18.45

The hash browns are going into food storage in the freezer, as are the tortillas.

Why Be Prepared?

Residents in a downtown apartment complex in Salt Lake City were forced to evacuate with no advanced warning early this morning when their building suffered structural damage.

Story at KSL.com

We often think about emergency preparedness in terms of dealing with major natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, etc.), but more often, our emergency supplies will be needed for more localized, personal emergencies. You just never know when you might need to leave your home unexpectedly (gas leak, chemical spill, etc.). Having grab-n-go or bug out bags or 72-hr kits ready can bring a little bit of peace to what might be a very difficult and stressful situation.

If you were woken up at 1am and told you had 10 minutes to vacate your home, would you be ready?

Here is an interesting video that put two families to the test - see how they did.

What I'm Buying - Smiths 4/15


Here is a picture of what I got at Smiths this week:

3 McCormick GrillMates seasonings, FREE ($1.00 on sale, free with 1.00/1 coupons)
7 pounds London Broil, 1.79/lb.
4 pounds bananas, .59/lb.
2 pounds green seedless grapes, .99/lb.
2 pounds red seedless grapes, .99/lb.
2 8-lb bags IAMS cat food, clearanced to 5.59
2 4-lb bags IAMS cat food, clearanced to 3.51
3 1-lb bags mini peeled carrots, .99 each
5 Quaker Quakes, FREE ($1.00 on sale, free with 1.00/1 coupons)
8 packages beef jerky, clearanced to 1.50
1 ceramic bunny, 1.00

Total paid: $55.42 (Saved $97.47)

The seasonings, cat food, rice cakes and beef jerky are going into my food storage, and some of the London Broil is going into food storage in the freezer.

What I'm Buying - Alberstons 4/15

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Here are the results from today's trip to Albertsons:

3 gallons whole milk, FREE (Catalina coupons from last week's cereal sale)
8 Glaceau vitamin waters, FREE ($1.00 on sale, free with 1.00/1 coupons)
6 Quaker True Delights, 2.50 each ($2.00 each after Quaker promo, then $1.00 after 1.00/1 coupons)
6 Michelina's Budget Gourmet frozen entrees, .59 each with in-ad coupon
1 canteloupe, .48/lb.

Total spent: $12.11 (Saved $48.48)

Help Needed at Cannery

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Brothers and Sisters

The Welfare Square Cannery is in need of individuals to help can Honey on Friday April 17th. We have shifts from 8am to 11:30am, 11am to 2:30pm, and 2pm to about 4pm for clean up. Because we will be canning for the Bishops' Storehouse, we will not have any Honey for sale.

If you can help us catch up on our honey production for the Bishops' Storehouse this Friday, please call the Welfare Square Cannery at 801-240-7370.

Welfare Square Cannery

East Mill Creek Stake
Agent Stake

Water Storage - Container Examples

Here are pictures of some of the containers I'm using. There are many options out there, so don't feel like you have to use these exact ones - use whatever you feel would best suit the needs of you and your family.

This is a shot of the 5-gal. stackable "cube" container. Walmart now has them in stock this week, but they are more expensive than last year. Current price is $8.31 per cube, and you have to buy the lid separately for .67, so $9.00 total. The plastic is food-grade and very sturdy. I believe you can stack these up to five high, and the tops have ridges to keep them all stacked straight.

This is the 1-gal. water "bottle" we're using for our 72-hr kits. I like it because it has a flip-up spout, a small handle and a shoulder strap. The inside is plastic, fully removable and can be put in the dishwasher. These also came from Walmart, for $7.88 each.

Water Storage - Storing Your Containers

When storing your containers, choose a place that is away from direct light and heat. Store water only in places where any potential leaking would not damage your home or other property. Also consider how accessible your storage spot will be in a variety of emergency situations.

Check your water storage every six months, and consider replacing the water every year or so.

If your water is being stored outside, or in an area of your home that is not heated or insulated, be sure to check your water more frequently in the winter months due to the risk of freezing (which could damage your containers and leave you with a mess - and no water - once the water thaws).

Week 3 Assignment - Additional Info

Monday, April 13, 2009
Here is a *suggested* plan of action for completing this week's assignment:

  • Buy (2) 5-gal. water containers per person in your family. Wash and rinse all parts. Fill with tap water (no treatment required) OR fill with hose water (treat with 1/2 tsp. unscented household bleach).
  • Buy (1) 24pk of 16.9oz commercially-bottled water bottles per person in your family.
  • Find or buy (1) 1-gal. water bottle per person; fill with tap water. [You could use a gallon juice container for this if you're just starting out or wanting to keep costs down.]

This will give you 14 gallons of water per person. The three different types of containers will give you multiple options for a variety of possible emergency situations.

If you are unable to store a full 14-day supply for each person in your family, start with 3 1-gal. containers for each person. You can use juice containers or soda pop bottles for this. That will cover you for 3 days (72 hours) and ANY water storage is better than none at all!

Water Storage - Water Treatment

If you are going to use chlorinated water from a municipal water supply (like the taps inside your home) to fill your water storage containers, you do not need to pre-treat the water. Make sure your containers are washed and rinsed, then fill with water and store.

If you are going to use non-chlorinated water, or water from your outside spigots (garden hose), you will need to treat it with bleach. Use standard liquid household bleach (5-6% sodium hypochlorite) without additives or scents. Add 1/8 tsp. bleach for every gallon of water.

Coupon Class - This Monday

Sunday, April 12, 2009
Okay, first coupon class this Monday, April 13th, at my house, 8:30pm. This first time I'm going to keep it to a small group, so we can get to any and all questions and make it "personalized". We'll also plan a time during the week for a trip to one of the grocery stores if you'd like. If you are interested, please let me know. I will do as many classes as there is interest for.

If you're not able to come on a Monday night, let me know and we can arrange another day/time. :)

Water Storage - Container Options

Saturday, April 11, 2009
There are many options for storing water. There are many commercially available storage containers in various sizes. You can also use plastic juice containers or pop bottles that have been cleaned with soap and water and thoroughly rinsed.

According to the ProvidentLiving.org site, here are some things you need to keep in mind when choosing water storage containers:
  • Use only food-grade containers. Do not use plastic milk jugs because they become brittle over time and do not fully seal.
  • Clean, sanitize and thoroughly rinse all your containers prior to filling them.
  • Never re-use containers for water storage if they have ever had non-food products in them.

When choosing containers, also keep in mind the "portability" factor. Water is heavy! A 55-gallon drum of water is great to have on-hand as long as you don't have to vacate your home. But it's not going to be so easy to pick up and move should you have to leave or evacuate.

When I first started storing water, I just used empty juice containers and soda pop bottles filled with tap water. They were a cheap option and a great way to reuse the containers. What I didn't like about this option was that these bottles started to add up - there were a lot, and they weren't stackable at all. They took up a lot of space, and the clear plastic allowed the water inside to evaporate too fast, so we were always finding half-empty bottles.

Last summer we decided to change our water storage containers. We bought some blue, 5-gal square containers at Walmart last year. They are stackable up to 5 high. They look like big blocks, and are about a foot square, and about a foot and a half high. They have a handle for carrying, and a screw-on cap. I think they were about $5 each. We bought 2 or 3 each month to keep costs down. We now have 10, which gives us 50 gallons of stored water. That leaves us just shy of the 56 gallons we need for our family of four. The other 6 gallons I have in commercially-bottled water (individual water bottles).

What you choose to use is really just a matter of what works best for you and your situation. Even if you can only store a couple 2-liter bottles of water under your sink right now, it's still better than no water storage at all!

Holiday Weekend - NO COUPONS!

Friday, April 10, 2009
If you are buying the Sunday paper or the Sunday Previews on Saturdays to get coupons, DO NOT buy any papers this weekend. There are no coupon inserts due to the Easter holiday.

Week 3 Assignment

One of the most important aspects of any emergency preparedness plan is your water supply. Did you know that physically, your body can survive for 72 hours without food (it wouldn't be fun, but it is doable) but it CANNOT survive 72 hours without water...so I think this is one of the best places to start in our emergency preparedness plans.

The Provident Living site recommends storing one gallon of water, per person, per day, for a two week (14 day) supply. That's 14 gallons of water per person in your family. That's a bare minimum, used for drinking and cooking only.

Your assignment this coming week is to put together enough stored water for each member of your family to last for 2 weeks (or as much as you can reasonably store at this time). You'll need to acquire the containers, prep them, fill them and then find a place to store them.

We will discuss storage containers, water prep, and rotation in posts throughout this next week, and I'll post pictures of what I have put together for our family's water storage.

How to Use GrocerySmarts.com

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Here is a video about how to use the GrocerySmarts.com website:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M8Y0Dw-ImY

What I'm Buying - Albertsons

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

4 GM Cocoa Puffs cereal
3 6pk Dannon Light & Fit yogurts
4 Dannon Frusion smoothies (son had one for lunch before I took the photo)
2 All Small & Mighty 3X Laundry Detergent (already dropped off at grandma's house)
1 gal whole milk

Total paid: $14.84 after coupons

It should have been a little less, but I messed up on the cereal and the yogurt. :)

Week 2 Assignment Follow-up

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Have you changed the batteries in your smoke detectors yet?

How's your inventory list coming?

Starting Out

Monday, April 6, 2009
If you're feeling a bit timid about doing some of these grocery deals, don't worry. Remember to just start small. Just pick one or two five-star items from one store for the week - that's it. Or look through the lists and pick a few items that are four or five-star deals but that don't require any coupons - those are the easiest!

Even if you only save $1 each week on a grocery deal, by the end of the year that's still a savings of $52! You don't have to save hundreds of dollars each week on groceries in order to make a difference - every little penny saved will add up over time. So don't stress about trying to walk out of the grocery store with a cart full of groceries for $2.00 - as you "practice" you'll get better and better at spotting the deals, and you'll save more and more each time you go.

This Week in Groceries - 4/8

Here is a link to the deals at Albertsons for the upcoming week (4/8 through 4/14).

Link

This looks like a big sale, and there are lots of four and five-star deals.

Kellogg's Cereal Deal

I took advantage of the Kellogg's cereal deal I posted about earlier. I had 7 of the $1.50/1 coupons. Here's what I got:



4 boxes Kellogg's Frosted Flakes (17oz size)
3 boxes Kellogg's Special K Blueberry or Fruit & Yogurt
1 gallon whole milk
1 carton Silk soy milk
1 carton eggs (18 ct - picked these up by mistake instead of the 12 ct, so they just took 1.39 off the price)

I paid $6.28! :)

The milk and eggs were free (I used two of the free milk coupons from last Monday's trip). My receipt says I saved $36.97 (85%)!

Free Colgate Toothpaste

Sunday, April 5, 2009
This week at Walgreens (Sunday, April 5 through Saturday, April 11), when you buy Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, in the 4oz size, for $3.49, you will get a Register Reward coupon for $3.49 good towards your next purchase at Walgreens. When you factor that Register Reward back into the purchase price, it makes the net cost of the toothpaste essentially free!

When doing this, you can use the RR (Register Reward) to purchase another tube of toothpaste, but if you do, the second toothpaste purchase will NOT generate a new Register Reward. So, if you want to purchase a couple tubes of toothpaste, you'll need to buy them separately and not use the RR to pay for any of them. (If you buy more than one toothpaste in your transaction, it will still only print the one RR coupon, so each tube of toothpaste you buy want to buy will need to be rung up separately to get the deal.)

If you have the coupon inserts from last Sunday (3/29) you can make this an even better deal - there is a coupon for .75 off any tube of Colgate toothpaste in the Smart Source insert from 3/29. Use that coupon when you purchase the toothpaste, to make it $2.74 before tax. The best part is that you'll STILL get the $3.49 Register Reward coupon at the end!

(If you don't get the inserts and would like a coupon, let me know - I've got several that I will not be using.)

Updated Link

I have updated the link to the GrocerySmarts website in the "More Information" section on the right. It should now take you into the site, as I have pre-programmed the link with the correct passport code. I apologize to those of you who followed the previous link and were unable to get access to the shopping lists. Please try the new link, and if you are still unable to get to the lists, let me know.

I will post instructions on how to use the lists in the future, for those who were not able to attend our last Enrichment activity.

Fabulous Kellog's Deal!

Saturday, April 4, 2009
Albertsons is running two specials this week that just happen to coincide in a very nice way.

Deal 1 is getting free milk when you buy Kellogg's cereal.

Deal 2 is getting a free dozen eggs when you buy Kellogg's Special K cereal.

If you can get your hands on 3 of the Red Plum coupon inserts from this Sunday's (or Sunday Preview) paper (April 5), here's what you can do:

In the Red Plum insert for Sunday April 5th, there is a coupon for $1.50 off any one box of Kellogg's cereal, 10oz or larger. There is one of these coupons per insert, so you'll need three inserts (buy three papers, or ask relatives or neighbors for their inserts if they're not using them).

Clip the three coupons. Go to Albertsons and get 3 of the smaller boxes (about 11 oz) of Special K cereal. They are on sale for 2.49 each. You'll also need a coupon from the weekly sales ad, in the section that says something about 24 ways to get free eggs (if you don't have one, you can get one at the customer service desk, of if you go to the Albertsons on 70th and Redwood, they have copies of the coupons printed on pink paper and attached to some of the boxes and on the shelves near the Special K). You only need one of the in-ad coupon. Then go get a carton of 12 Albertsons eggs. Purchase those four items, then before paying (your subtotal will say something around $9), hand the cashier your three $1.50 coupons, and the "Free Eggs" coupon. Your total should then be $3 plus tax. After you pay, while your store receipt is printing out, the little Catalina machine next to it should print out a coupon for a free gallon of milk on your next visit. Then politely wait to do your victory dance until you are outside the store... :)

Don't like Special K? You can still get a smokin' hot deal on other Kellogg's cereal. Buy three of any of the kinds and sizes that are on sale this week for 1.99. Use three of the $1.50 coupons just like above. But no free eggs this time. Your total for those three boxes should be $1.50 plus some tax (just under $2 I think). As your store receipt prints, you'll get a Catalina coupon good for a free gallon of milk! That's 3 boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk (next trip) for under $2!!! (.49 a box)

If you have access to more coupons, the deal gets even better. If you buy 5 boxes of cereal, you'll get TWO coupons for free gallons of milk. If you buy 7 boxes, you'll get THREE!!!

The free milk deal is good through Tuesday, April 7. (But I highly recommend going as early as you can on Monday - the cereal will go fast!)

What I'm Buying - Smiths


Here is what I got at Smiths on Friday:

1 case of 24 Top Ramen - 3.49
1 case of 24 canned pears - 16.56
1 case of 24 fruit cocktail - 16.56
1 case of 24 canned black beans - 11.99
1 case of 24 canned mandarin oranges - 7.99
3 Secret Flawless anti-perspirant - 2.99 each (when you buy 3)
2 gallons whole milk - 1.69 each
6 red apples (daughter ate one on the way to the car) - 1.22

I had the following coupons:
(3) 2.00 off 1 Secret Flawless anti-perspirant
(1) 5.00 gift card from a previous promo

My total was: $61.67

Everything but the milk and apples is going into food storage.

Week 2 Assignment

Friday, April 3, 2009
General Conference is here once again! I know many people have special "general conference" traditions in their families - whether it is special meal, or activity, or special FHE lesson, or a mission reunion, etc. Let's add one more!

Your assignment for this conference weekend has two parts.

The first is: Sometime this weekend, change the batteries in all of the smoke detectors in your home! (Using those batteries you bought this week from Assignment 1.)

Make this a new conference tradition. You should change the batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 months, and since conference comes around every six months, just like clockwork, why not do one with the other? Makes it much easier to remember when to change those batteries!

Now for the second part: Time to take stock! I want you to gather a notebook and pen, and take time this weekend (and during this next week if needed) to write down all of the emergency supplies you have currently and take an inventory of any and all food storage you may have. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, be you do need to have an idea of what you've got.

Here are some things to evaluate:
Do you have 72-hr kits for each member of the family?
If so, what is included in each?
If you have 72-hr food kits, how old is the food and when was the last time it was rotated out?
Do you have food storage? List all items and their purchase dates and/or expiration dates (if available). Include food from your freezer(s) and kitchen pantry as well.
Do you have stored water, and if so, how much?

Also evaluate items you may have around your home that could be used for 72-hr kits (like extra backpacks, toothbrushes, canned food items, bottled water, etc.) even though you may not have it all gathered and packaged in a kit yet. Do you have extra first-aid supplies you could gather into a ziploc baggie for a first-aid kit in one of your 72-hr bags? Do you have some miscellaneous small sewing supplies you could make a sewing kit out of, or maybe little sewing kits or other toiletries from a recent hotel stay you could use?

If you don't have any of those things, don't panic just yet. That's what this blog is for - to help you acquire those things over time and in easy-to-do steps. We'll get there eventually, but first we need to know what we're starting with. Once you're done with your list, put it in a safe place because we'll be referring back to it in upcoming assignments.

What I'm Buying - Albertsons


Here is what I got at Albertsons this morning:

2 boxes Apple Jacks cereal - 1.99 each
2 boxes Honey Smacks cereal - 1.99 each
3 boxes Special K Blueberry cereal - 2.49 each
2 Shopper's Value granulated sugar, 4lb. - 1.89 each
6 cans Dole pineapple, 20oz. - 1.00 each
4 Trop50 orange juice, 59oz. - 3.00 each
2 Van De Kamp's fish sticks, 44ct - Buy 1 Get 1 free (7.49 total for both)
3 dozen eggs - FREE

I had the following coupons:
(4) .70 off 1 box any Kellogg's cereal
(3) 1.00 off 1 box Kellogg's Special K Blueberry
(1) in-ad coupon for free dozen eggs when you buy 3 Special K cereals
(1) in-ad coupon for granulated sugar at 1.39 (.50 off - limit 2)
(3) .55 off 2 cans Dole pineapple
(2) 1.00 off 1 carton Trop50
(1) 1.00 off 2 cartons Tropicana juice, any
(2) in-ad coupon for free dozen eggs when you buy 2 Trop50 juices
(1) 5.00 off coupon (from the second set of Post cereal bought earlier this week)
(1) 3.00 off coupon (from the Taco Bell products bought earlier this week)

Now, you'll notice that I paid more than 1.00 for my cereal (even though I said on Sunday that you shouldn't pay more than 1.00 a box) BECAUSE there is a special promo for FREE milk when you buy Kellogg's cereal! Buy 3, get 1 gallon milk free; buy 4, get 2 gallons free; buy 7, get 3 gallons free.

I bought a total of 7 boxes. I got Catalina coupons at the end of my purchase good for 3 free gallons of milk. And what was even better was that the 3 Special K that I bought counted towards the free milk AND also counted for the free dozen eggs deal, too!

My total paid was: $24.68 (includes tax), and I got 3 coupons for free gallon milk AND I got a coupon for a FREE carton of Tropicana orange juice on my next trip (because I bought 4 Trop50)

(The cereal, pineapple and sugar are all headed downstairs for food storage and the eggs are getting hardboiled for Easter egg dying next week)

Catching the Vision - Being Prepared

"The Lord has said, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).

"The primary preparation is also set forth in the Doctrine and Covenants, wherein it says, “Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come” (D&C 87:8).

"We sing the song:

When the earth begins to tremble,
Bid our fearful thoughts be still;
When thy judgments spread destruction,
Keep us safe on Zion’s hill.
(“Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah,” Hymns, no. 83)

"We can so live that we can call upon the Lord for His protection and guidance. This is a first priority. We cannot expect His help if we are unwilling to keep His commandments."

(President Gordon B. Hinckley, "If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear", Ensign, November 2005)

This Week in Groceries - 4/1

Thursday, April 2, 2009
At Smiths - case lot sale through Tuesday, April 7:

Dorito's chips, 11.75-12.8oz     1.99  (****)
Campbell's spaghettiOs, 15oz., case of 24     14.39  (****)
Hunt's pasta sauce, 26oz., case of 12     9.48  (****)
Kroger canned beans (kidney, pinto, black or chili), 15oz., case of 24     11.99  (****)
Kroger canned fruit (peaches, pears or fruit cocktail), 15oz., case of 24     16.56  (****)
Kroger cream soups (mushroom, celery, broccoli or chicken), 10.5oz., case of 24     11.99  (****)
Kroger tomato paste, 6oz., case of 24     7.99  (*****)
Kroger tomato sauce, 8oz., case of 24     4.79  (*****)

[must buy full cases, limit of 2 cases per item]

There are many other items in the case lot sale that are 4 star deals - please see the list at GrocerySmarts.com for more!

Great Find for 72 Hour Kits

I found these collapsable travel brushes at Target this week, in the travel sizes section. They were .99 each, and these are definitely going in our 72-hour kits!

Question - Shopping Lists

Would it help you if I could post copies of my shopping lists that I use each week - so you could see exactly what I'm buying and how much I'm spending and could go and get the same deals for yourself if you wanted?

Coupon Details

Ok, so if you were able to make it to the Enrichment activity last night, you got a great taste of the coupon system I've been using.  I hope it has piqued your interest. 

In a big group setting like last night, however, it is hard to go over the more nitty-gritty details of how the system really works on a weekly basis and answer everyone's specific questions.

SOOO... I'm going to hold small group classes at my house for anyone interested in seeing the system in action.  We'll go over how to organize coupons, how to read the lists and prepare your grocery list, how to prepare for your shopping trip, give you tips on using the coupons (store policies, good and bad coupon etiquette, etc), and lots more. 

I'm thinking about doing this on Monday evenings, later, after Family Home Evening (like 8 or 8:30pm) possibly (but it will really just depend on who is interested and what their schedules are like).  If you are interested, please leave a comment, or call, or email me at ducklette at gmail.com.

This Week in Groceries - 4/1

At Albertsons - through Tuesday, April 7:

Albertsons instant rice, 14oz. 1.49 (****)
Hunt's spaghetti sauce, 26oz. 1.00 (****)
Jiffy muffin mix, 7oz. .50 (****)
Nissin top ramen, 3oz. .15 (*****)
Shoppers Value granulated sugar, 4lb. (limit 2) 1.39 (****) [requires in-ad coupon]
Albertsons HomeLife dryer sheets, 40ct. 1.00 (****)
Equaline aspirin, 100ct 325mg (limit 2) .98 (*****) [requires in-ad coupon]
Spring! or Aquarius water, 15pk. 3 for 6.00 + free dozen eggs (*****) [requires in-ad coupon]

This Week in Groceries - 4/1

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
This week in groceries:
(****) - don't stock TOO much at this price, but a few wouldn't be bad
(*****) - definitely stock up at this price

At Macey's - through Tuesday, April 7

Western Family glass cleaner, 22 oz. .91 (****)
Taco Bell taco shells, 10-12 ct. .91 (****)
Don Julio tortillo chips, 10 oz. .91 (****)
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, Super-Saver pack 1.59/lb. (*****) [freeze or can]

This Week in Groceries

I'm going to try to post the best of the grocery deals each week for you to look through. I will limit these to "food storage" type items (easily stored, decent shelf life) that are on sale for a good price WITHOUT coupons (except for maybe an in-ad coupon, which you can always pick up at the front of the store as you go in). Don't feel like you have to buy all of them, or even any of them. I'd like to add more comprehensive shopping lists as we get further along in our preparations, but until then, I want to at least post these deals so you won't miss out.

Ads run Sunday through Saturday for:
Walmart, Target, ShopKo, Walgreens, RiteAid, Associated Foods Stores (except Maceys)

Ads run Monday through Sunday for:
Harmons

Ads run Wednesday through Tuesday for:
Albertsons, Smiths, Maceys

Reminder - Enrichment Activity Tonight!

Just a reminder that we're having the coupon class and Easter basket Enrichment activity this evening.

I am really excited about this class - I have saved so much money by following the things we'll learn about tonight!

Oh, and just so you know, I am working on finding another blog template - this one seems hard to read (maybe it's just me). But my web designer (read: "husband") has been sick this week, and he keeps complaining that I'm not paying him enough... :)

Explaining the More Information Links

I just realized that you might want to know how I am using the sites listed in the "More Information" link list. So let me give you a quick run-down:

ProvidentLiving.org is the LDS Church's site for welfare information, including food storage and emergency preparedness. There are quotes, talks, and lesson materials about many welfare topics. Also on that site are suggestions and tips for what to store, how to store it, a few recipes, etc. At one point there was a food storage calculator that would tell you approximately how much of each basic item you needed to store for each person.

Everydayfoodstorage.net is where I go to get ideas and recipes on how to actually USE the food that is in my storage. Crystal, the site owner, has the most amazing ideas and recipes for incorporating your food storage into your everyday meals. For me, this has been the biggest mystery about food storage - so you have 600 lbs. of wheat stored, but now what in the world do you actually DO with it?

Foodstoragemadeeasy.net has lots of ideas on how to get started on food storage and emergency preparedness. They have a series of "Baby Steps" to follow, and have lots of calculators, checklists, and other downloadable spreadsheets to help you track and manage your food storage.

Theobsessiveshopper.net is where I first learned about coupon shopping. Shauntell's blog then led me to GrocerySmarts.com - it is fantastic! It lists all the sales information from most of the local grocery stores each week, including sales prices, matches sale items up to current coupons, and then ranks the sales price to help you know what is a good, better or best deal. GrocerySmarts is where I go each week to plan my shopping trips - I use the lists to help me decide what to buy and how much, and if there are any coupons I need to use.

SimplyLivingSmart.com is a great site with lots of information on how to organize and utilize your food storage. They have lots of recipes and videos, and great ideas on incorporating wheat into your diet in various ways.

Pinchingyourpennies.com is the site I visit most out of all of these. Many of the list makers from GrocerySmarts post on this site. It is a great forum site where you will find so many fabulous deals, grocery or otherwise. Each week there is a new thread for each of the major grocery stores, and when anyone finds a great deal, they will post there - it's like having 1000 personal shoppers working for you! There's also lots of questions and answers. I follow the Utah forum, under Utah Screaming Deals. There are also threads for thousands of other topics, too - from food storage, to recipes, to referrals, to just-for-fun laughs! The site can be tricky to navigate at first, but don't give up. Here's the "main" page that I bookmarked in my browser: Utah's Screaming Deals