What I'm Buying - Winco Foods 10/28

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Here's what I picked up at Winco this evening:


(1) Grandma Sycamore bread, on special 1.58
(1) HyTops white bread, on special .88
(4) A&W Rootbeer, on special .78
(3) green leaf lettuce, on special .77
(4) crowns broccoli, on special .78/lb
(1) Heinz cocktail sauce, 1.48
(4) Snows chopped clams, 1.18
(1) 1lb bag carrots, on special .78
(4) Gardettos snack mix, on special .98
(1) Dole iceburg salad mix, on special .98
(1) bunch bananas, on special .18/lb
(2) bags red seedless grapes, on special .98/lb
(1) pumpkin, on special .06/lb

I didn't use any coupons.

Total: $29.03

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 10/28

I had $13 in Catalina coupons that I needed to use before they expired today. Here's what I spent them on:


(6) Hawaiian Punch 64oz, on sale .88
(1) Wonka candy mix, on sale 6.99 (4.99 after coupon)
(2) Albertson's half-n-half, 2.29 each
(1) 6ct glow bracelets, clearanced to .99
(2) 1ct glow sticks, clearanced to .74
(1) bunch leeks, 1.99

I used (1) 2.00/1 printable coupon for the Wonka candy [see GroupA at GrocerySmarts]. I then used my $13 in Catalina coupons.

Total: $6.02

What I'm Buying - Sunflower Market 10/28

Here's what I picked up at Sunflower Farmers Market today:


bosc pears, .25/lb
garlic, .25 each
cilantro, .50/bunch
green onions, .50 each
bartlett pears, .25/lb
parsley, .50/bunch
monterey jack cheese, 1.99/lb
yams, .88/lb
cucumbers, .34 each

No coupons used.

Total: $15.32

What I'm Buying - Smiths 10/28

I had a CRAZY trip to Smith's this morning for their Mega Event sale. I don't think I've ever spent this much at Smith's in just one shopping trip in the last year...The receipt is 3 1/2 feet long!!!


(16) Carnation evaporated milk, on sale .99 (.49 after promo, .24 after coupon)
(4) DelMonte canned tomatoes, on sale 1.00 (.50 after promo)
(12) Hormel chili w/bean, on sale 1.29 (.79 after promo, .12 after coupon)
(2) Welch's 100% juice 64oz, on sale 2.99 (2.49 after promo, 1.49 after coupon) [not pictured - one we drank this afternoon and the other is hiding behind the cans of chili]
(3) Kroger cream cheese, on sale .88
(1) Aussie conditioner, on sale 3.00 (2.50 after promo, 1.50 after coupon)
(2) Wonka mix-ups candy, on sale 2.00 (1.00 after coupon)
(2) Nestle candy, on sale 2.50 (1.50 after coupon)
(2) SunnyD, on sale 1.00 (.50 after promo)
(4) Dannon Light N Fit 6pk yogurt, on sale 1.99 (1.49 after promo, .49 after coupon)
(4) Dannon Danimals 6pk yogurt, on sale 1.99 (1.49 after promo, .49 after coupon)
(4) Dannon Activia 4pk yogurt, on sale 1.99 (1.49 after promo, .49 after coupon)
(1) Mountain Dairy whole milk, on sale 1.67
(1) Kroger orange juice 1gallon, on sale 1.99
(1) pumpkin, on sale .07/lb [not pictured]
(2) Hormel pepperoni, on sale 1.00 (.65 after coupon)
(1) red seedless grapes, on sale .99/lb
(1) bunch bananas, on sale .59/lb
(7) Tony's Crispy Crust pizza, on sale .88 (.38 after coupon) [not pictured - forgot to pull them out of the freezer for the picture]
roma tomatoes, on sale .89/lb
yellow onions, on sale .25/lb
white onions, on sale .29/lb
(8) Keebler Fudge Shoppe cookies, on sale 1.49 (.99 after promo, .49 after coupon)
(4) Zesta crackers, on sale 1.49 (.99 after promo)
(10) Oscar Mayer luncheables, on sale 1.00 [most didn't make it past dinner...]
(2) JimmyDean sage sausage, on sale 2.99

I used so many coupons that I could barely fit them all in the slot in my coupon file. I will post the specifics later (it's really late and I'm pooped).

Total: $64.46

I saved a total of $174.77!

Codes for Coupon Links

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Do you ever have trouble trying to print an internet coupon in your browser?

When people post links to the coupons, the link is specific based on what internet browser the person was using. If you use a differnt browser to click on that coupon link, you may run into trouble. You'll have to go into the address bar and change a few letters in order to get the coupon to print. Here's how:

INSTRUCTIONS

Thank you to Dewey at PinchingYourPennies.com!

Family Emergency Preparedness Guide

Monday, October 26, 2009
The Salt Lake Valley Health Department has put together a concise booklet to help families prepare for emergency situations. You can view or download a copy of the booklet HERE.

Included are instructions of how to proceed in various emergency situations, and also comprehensive lists of items to have on hand in your home and car and for your family.

The newest addition to our emergency supplies...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

(Sorry the picture is a little blurry...)

This is the Kaito Voyager KA500 5-way Powered Emergency AM/FM/Weather Alert Radio.

As I was doing more research on communications during emergencies, I was looking at our little hand-crank flashlight/radio combo and realized that it did not pick up the weather alert stations, so I wanted to make sure we had at least one portable radio on hand that could pick up those channels in an emergency.

I happened to find a good deal on this radio on Amazon a week or so ago. It is powered by one of four options: rechargable battery that is charged by a hand crank, regular AA batteries, AC cord, or solar power. It receives AM and FM stations, the 7 weather stations, and shortwave stations 1 & 2. It can also receive wireless NOAA weather alerts. It has a built-in light, and has ports so that you can use it to charge other small electronics (like cellphones).

There are a lot of similar products with similar options out there, so you really can take your pick based on the kinds of features you would like. Here are some links for examples:

Kaito Voyager at AMAZON

Emergency weather radios at L.L. Bean

FR300 Emergency Weather Radio at L.L.Bean (price reduced)

Several options at REI
and
REI Outlet

Various options at Cabelas

H1N1 (Swine) Flu - Do you know what to do?

Friday, October 23, 2009
Do you know the symptoms of H1N1 flu? What should you do if you suspect you have swine flu? How long should you stay home from work or school?

Check out the CDC's info HERE on what you should do.

72-Hour Kit Suggested Items List

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Here is a list of suggested items to include in a 72-hour or emergency kit, from the Mayo Clinic.

LINK

What I'm Buying - Winco Foods 10/20

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Soooo...I went back to Winco this evening for more deals...(Yes, I'm a little weird, I freely admit that!) :)

I went about 9pm - plenty of parking, plenty of shopping carts, PLENTY of stock left.

Here's what I got:


(2) Capri Sun, .98
(2) Kellogg's Corn Flakes, .98
(2) DelMonte spaghetti sauce, .48
(4) Green Giant canned vegetables, .28
(1) Quilted Northern 12 big rolls bath tissue, 2.98 (1.98 after coupon)
(2) Grandma Sycamore bread, 1.28
(1) Morten's kosher salt 2lb, 2.29
(1) Barrilla mini farfale pasta, .98
(2) Tillamook unsalted butter 16oz, 1.48
(1) baby peeled carrots 1lb, .78
(1) dozen eggs, .88

I used (1) 1.00/1 coupon for the bath tissue [see RP 10/11].

Total: $19.12

Here are some additional unadvertised deals:

Hytop (generic) cream cheese 8oz, .98
BarS Jumbo franks 16oz, .98
Reser's Baja Cafe salsa 16oz, .88
Tillamook butter, salted or unsalted, 16oz, 1.48 (limit 2)
dozen large eggs, .88
Lucerne sour cream 1 pint, .98
Langer's 11.5oz orange juice plus concentrate, .98
Minute Maid fruit punch 64oz, .98
Minute Maid pink lemonade frozen concentrate 12oz, .98
Kraft Cool Whip 8oz, .98
Powerade 32oz, .48
Bumble Bee chunk light tuna 5oz, .48
mini carrots 1lb, .78
green leaf lettuce, .77
bulk carrots, .48/lb

What I'm Buying - Winco Foods 10/19

Monday, October 19, 2009
So, I decided I would venture into the fray this morning and try out Winco Foods on opening day! He he he... :)

Here's what I picked up from their grand opening specials (sorry the picture is not the greatest - couldn't fit everything in the shot):


(4) 2-liters A&W Rootbeer, .78 (did not see a limit)
(2) 2-liters Coke, .78 (did not see a limit)
(1) Quilted Northern bath tissue 12 big rolls, 2.98 (limit 1)
(2) bunches bananans, .18/lb (limit 10 lbs)
(4) pkg (3-5lb each) boneless, skinless chicken, .98/lb (limit 4 packages)
(2) Kellogg's corn flakes 18oz, .98 (limit 2)
(4) Green Giant canned veggies, .28 (limit 4)
(2) BarS sliced bacon, .98 (limit 2)
(2) DelMonte spaghetti sauce, .48 (limit 2)
(2) whole milk, 1.48 gallon (did not see limit)
(1) 24ct bottled water, 1.98 (limit 1)
(2) CapriSun 10ct, .98 (limit of 2)
(1) mild cheddar cheese, 1.78/lb (sold in blocks, no limit)
(1) russett potatoes 10# bag, .68 (limit 1) [not pictured]

I didn't use any coupons. :)

Total: $47.28

They sent out a 1-page ad last week with coupons for the deals above, but several areas did not get them (I didn't), so when I went this morning, they had set up the registers to give the coupon price automatically (so no ad coupons needed). If you'd like to see the ad, go HERE. Or check out the printed list HERE at PinchingYourPennies.com.

Other deals I saw while there:

Betty Crocker fruit snacks for .98/box
Pasta-Roni for .78
2-pk boxes of Hamburger Helper for something like .98 or .99 (for the 2pk)
brand name milk, 1.78/gallon
green or red seedless grapes, .98/lb

Coupons for 10/18

Sunday, October 18, 2009
There is only one coupon insert this weekend. Here's the LINK to the preview at Taylortown Previews.

BUT - there IS a one-page glossy Albertsons ad in the newspapers with THREE DOUBLES COUPONS!!! They're back for what will most likely be their last appearance for most of us. Same rules as always, limit of 3 per shopping trip, only double up to 1.00 coupons, etc., etc...

Doubles will be valid 10/18 through 10/24.

What I'm Buying - Maceys 10/16

Friday, October 16, 2009
Had a great time at Maceys today and found some really great deals! Here's what I picked up:


(8) Pringles, on sale .88 (.63 after coupon)
(12) Campbell's SpaghettiOs, on sale .38
(4) Hunt's ketchup 24oz, had raincheck from last week's sale for .78 each (then .28 after coupon)
(2) Kraft Naturals cheese 8oz, on sale 1.49 (.99 after in-ad coupon, limit 2)
(2) Betty Crocker fruit snacks, on sale .98 (.58 after coupon)
(2) KoolAid Bursts 6pk, on sale .58
(2) Twizzlers rainbow licorice, on sale .98
(1) Gobstoppers candy, .99 (total impulse buy!)
(2) bunches bananas, .59/lb
(2) pkgs grapes, .98/lb
(4) Guittard baking chips, on sale 1.68
(2) green onions, on sale .50
(1) GoldMine popcorn 12.5lb, on sale 4.78
(1) FarmBread white bread, on sale .98
(1) Maceys cottage white bread, on sale .98
(3) Bolthouse mini carrots 1lb, on sale .78

I used (2) .40/1 printable coupons for the fruit snacks [see GroupA at GrocerySmarts], (2) 1.00/4 coupons for the Pringles [see P&G 9/27], the raincheck for 4 ketchup at last week's price of .78 each, and then (2) 1.00/2 coupons for the ketchup [see October AllYou magazine].

Total: $44.13

If you've looked over the Maceys list at GrocerySmarts for this week, you'll notice that some of the prices in my list are different. Maceys is having an Anniversary Sale at two locations - West Jordan and Sandy. They have some great buys that will only be available through tomorrow (Saturday). Go HERE to see the list of sale items.

What am I doing with all those crescent rolls you ask?

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Well, I'm NOT leaving them out on my counter for four hours (actually, I did and TWO of them exploded...) :)

We like to use them to make Pigs in Blankets. Since two of the containers were kind enough to open themselves yesterday afternoon, that's what we made for dinner last night!

I separate the dough into the four rectangles (not 8 triangles - but you could - we just like the hotdog to be fully enclosed and it keeps the cheese inside too), press out each rectangle a little with clean hands, then put a slice of American cheese on top of the dough and a hotdog on top of the cheese and roll them up, pinch the ends, then bake as directed (sometimes I have to add 2-3 minutes). Make sure to have ketchup on hand!

[So, each can of 8 crescent rolls makes 4 piggies...so we use two cans to make 8.]

If you want to make them more filling and sneak some better nutrition in, try pureeing some white beans with a little water and spread just a light layer of that mixture under the cheese slice. Or you could go with cauliflower puree, too. You'll hardly notice any difference in taste!

If you're looking for a cute idea for a Halloween dinner, check THESE out!

If you like chicken pot pie, and will be headed to Albertsons this week to do the GM promo, check out THIS recipe. Every item you need for this meal (even the flour!) is on sale and part of the GM promo!

Update on the Can Sealer

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Well, I haven't had a chance to get the can sealer yet this week - things have been crazy! I spent more than an hour yesterday with my arms elbow-deep in disgusting dirty dishwasher water because our dishwasher decided not to drain. And I'm still a little sick, so I don't know that it would be a wise idea for me to canning food while I might potentially sneeze or cough around it or otherwise get germs in it.

SOOOO...would anyone be too mad if we just scheduled for next week instead? How about Wednesday night at the church building? (If you can't make it that night, I'll have the sealer for several days so we can just set it up in my garage whenever...)

Gingerbread Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup

Crystal Godfrey from "EverydayFoodStorage.net" was featured on Studio5 this morning. She showed one of the reporters how to use bean puree in brownie and cake mixes, and then did a demo of gingerbread pancakes.

The pancakes use wheat, but you DO NOT need a wheat grinder - just a blender! These look really good and I can't wait to try them out. Here is the LINK to the video!

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 10/14

So, the Albertsons thing is going to be tricky for the next little while. Most of the stores in the state will become new AFS stores on October 25th. So until then, they are not running much in the way of promos. But you might be able to find some good deals on Albertsons-brand items as they clear those out.

For those in Utah, there are a couple of Albertsons stores that were NOT part of the sell-off and that will remain Albertsons until the first of next year. They are:
both Orem Albertsons
Tooele Albertsons
90th S and Redwood Albertsons
70th S and Redwood (West Jordan) Albertsons

These five stores will continue to get the full ads and run the regular Albertsons promos.

I live close to the 70th and Redwood store, so I was able to participate in the General Mills promo this morning. Here's what I picked up:


Transaction #1:

(4) Progresso chicken broth, on sale 2.00 (1.50 after coupon)
(2) Progresso High Fiber soup, on sale 1.67 (.67 after coupon)
(2) Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, on sale 1.67 (1.17 after coupon)
(4) Pillsbury crescent rolls, on sale 1.67 (1.17 after coupon)
(2) YoPlait Yo-Plus 4pk yogurt, on sale 2.50 (1.50 after coupon)
(1) Gillete Fusion Phantom razor, on special 4.99 (.99 after coupon)

I used (4) .50/1 coupons for the broth [see GeneralMills 10/4 insert], (2) 1.00/1 printable coupons for the soup [see LINK here - may not be available still], (1) 1.00/2printable coupon for the cinnamon rolls [see LINKS at bottom of first post at PYP], (2) 1.00/2 printable coupons for the crescent rolls [see same PYP post above], (1) 1.00/1 printable coupon for the yogurt [see GroupA coupons at GrocerySmarts], (1) 1.00/1 coupon for the yogurt [see GeneralMills 9/13], and (1) 4.00/1 coupon for the razor [see P&G 9/27].

Total: $24.62 + got $10 Catalina coupon for the GM promo + got $3 Catalina for buying the Pillsbury rolls [see info HERE]

I really figured the store would be packed and they would be out of a lot of things, so I only prepped one quick list this morning. But I got there and the store director said it had been dead all morning and that they were very well stocked, so I went home, clipped more coupons, and then went back! :)

Transaction #2:


(6) Yoplait GoGurts, on sale 2.50 (2.10 after coupon)
(1) Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, on sale 1.67 (1.17 after coupon)
(1) Pillsbury orange sweet rolls, on sale 1.67 (1.17 after coupon)
(4) Pillsbury crescent rolls, on sale 1.67 (1.17 after coupon)
(1) Gardetto's snack, on sale 1.67 (no coupon - just picked it up to make sure I made it past the $25 mark for the promo)

I used (2) .80/2 printable coupons for the gogurts [see GroupA at GrocerySmarts], (1) .75/2 coupon for the gogurts [see GeneralMills 10/4 or 9/13], (1) 1.00/2 printable for the sweet rolls [see Transaction #1], and (2) 1.00/2 printable coupons for the crescent rolls [see Transaction #1].

I then used my $10 and $3 Catalinas from the previous transaction.

Total: $9.13 + got $10 Catalina for GM promo + got $3 Catalina for Pillsbury items

Blue Chip Group and Morning Moos Price Sheet

Monday, October 12, 2009
Here is a LINK to the latest price list for Morning Moos and Blue Chip Group items.

What I'm Buying - Smiths 10/12

Here's what I picked up at Smiths this morning:


(2) Pillsbury Grands! biscuits, on sale 1.67 (.67 after coupon)
(2) Pillsbury crescent rolls, on sale 1.67 (.67 after coupon)
(2) Pepperidge Farms garlic bread, on sale 1.99 (1.49 after promo, .99 after coupon)
(2) Marie Calendar's pot pies, on sale 2.27 (1.77 after promo, 1.27 after coupon)
(6) Breyer's ice cream, on sale 2.49 (1.99 after promo, 1.49 after coupon)

I used (2) 1.00/1 printable coupons for the biscuits [no longer available], (2) 1.00/1 printable coupons for the rolls [no longer available], (1) 1.00/2 coupon for the garlic bread [from a Smith's coupon mailer], (1) 1.00/2 coupon for the pot pies [October AllYou magazine from Walmart], and (3) 1.00/2 printable coupons for the ice cream [no longer available - from July].

Total: $16.53

What I'm Buying - Maceys 10/12

Had a great trip to a couple stores this morning to pick up things that I didn't get to last week. Here's what I got at Macey's:


(2) Barilla pasta, on sale .78
(12) SpaghettiOs, on sale .38
(3) Western Family lasagna noodles, on sale 1.67
(3) Don Julio small tortillas, on sale .78
(3) Don Julio large tortillas, on sale .99
(2) bunches broccoli, on sale .59/lb
(3) bag red seedless grapes, on sale .98/lb
(3) navel oranges, on sale .68/lb

No coupons used. :)
The grapes, oranges and SpaghettiOs are unadvertised specials at the Sandy and West Jordan Maceys only, Monday through Saturday this week only.

Total: $26.91

My question to you...

Sunday, October 11, 2009
Now that we've been doing this blog for awhile, what are the things that you are struggling with in regards to food storage or couponing? What questions do you have? Are you wanting more instructions or examples on specific topics? Do you feel like you're making progress?

Some interesting price comparisons...

Albertsons has fabulous deals on Quaker items this week! I was a bit curious as to just how good the deals were, so last weekend I spent some time in Walmart jotting down shelf prices for my price book. Here's what I found:

Aunt Jemima syrup 24oz
Walmart everyday price: 2.50
Albertsons sale price: 2.00
Albertsons sale with promo (buy 10 items): 1.50
Albertsons sale with promo and coupon: 1.00
Difference: 1.50

(The generic GreatValue equivalent at Walmart was 1.94.)


Quaker Cap'n Crunch cereals 14-16oz
Walmart everyday price: 2.00
Albertsons sale price: 1.50
Albertsons sale with promo: 1.00
Difference: 1.00


Quaker Chewy granola bars 10ct
Walmart everyday price: 2.26
Albertsons sale price: 1.50
Albertsons sale with promo: 1.00
Albertsons sale with promo and coupon: .63 or .50
Difference: 1.63 or 1.76

(The generic GreatValue equivalent was 3.00 for an 18ct box, or .17 each. Even at just the Albertsons sale price without promo or coupons, the Quaker ones are only .15 each!)


Quaker Instant oatmeal 10.9-15.1oz
Walmart everyday price: 2.54
Albertsons sale price: 2.00
Albertsons sale with promo: 1.50
Difference: 1.04

(The generic GreatValue equivalent was 1.78.)


Quaker oats, old fashioned or quick, 42oz
Walmart everyday price: 2.72
Albertsons sale price: 2.00
Albertsons sale with promo: 1.50
Difference: 1.22

(The generic GreatValue equivalent was 2.24, so the Albertsons sale even beats the Walmart generic!)


If you bought one of each item at both stores, here's what your totals would be, assuming that you DO NOT do the Albertsons promo and DO NOT use any coupons (totals are before tax):

Walmart - $12.02
Albertsons sale - $9.00
Difference - $3.02

Now, let's say you want to take advantage of the "Buy 10 Save $5" promo. Let's buy one of each item and then 5 extra of the cheapest item, the cereal, to get our total to 10 items. So that's 6 cereal total and then one of each of the other four items. We don't use any coupons at all, we just thake advantage of the "Buy 10 Save $5" promo using our Preferred Savings card. Here's what the totals would be (totals are before tax):

Walmart - $22.02
Albertsons - $11.50
Difference - $10.52

You've saved 48% over the Walmart "Everyday Low Prices" and you didn't even have to use coupons!

Now, I don't have anything against Walmart (well, okay, I have some issues with our particular nearby Walmart, but not with Walmart in general), and this is not meant to shed a bad light on Walmart. This is just to highlight that you don't necessarily have to use coupons in order to save a lot of money on your groceries! You just need to be savvy in your shopping.

Coupon Preview for 10/11

Friday, October 9, 2009
Here is a LINK to the coupon preview for this weekend, 10/11, courtesy of Taylortown Previews.

Water Filtration Bottles Now Available at Distribution Center

I was at the Distribution Center in Ft. Union yesterday and happened to see that they are now stocking a water filtration bottle for emergency preparedness!

They are 28oz bottles and come with two filters (one already installed, and then a second one as replacement). They are made by Seychelle - www.seychelle.com. Price at the Distribution Center is $22.00 each, and includes the bottle and both filters.

For those not near a Distribution Center, these can be ordered online HERE through ldscatalog.com (the Distribution Center's online site).

You can also order a water filtration bottle with only one filter for $16.50, or just a replacement filter for $9.00.

These are fairly new, so they may not be available at all Distribution Centers yet. They are currently out of stock online, so keep checking back.

What I'm Buying - Sunflower Market 10/7

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here's what I picked up this afternoon at Sunflower Market:


yellow squash, on sale .77/lb
green leaf lettuce, on sale .77 each
beefsteak tomatoes, on sale .77/lb
cantaloupe, on sale .34 each
mild Pacific yellow cheddar cheese, on sale 1.77/lb
mild Pacific white cheddar cheese, on sale 1.77/lb
bananas, .59/lb
broccoli, on sale .77/lb

No coupons used. :)

Total: $12.64

There is a grocery "list" for Sunflower Farmers Market, but it is not on GrocerySmarts. You can find the weekly specials for Sunflower Market in a sticky post in the "Utah's Screaming Deals" forum on PinchingYourPennies.com each week.

Not a fan of broccoli? Did you know that about 25% of the population has "extra" taste buds that are extra sensitive to the bitter flavors in broccoli? Brocoli is super good for you, but it can be hard to get past that bitter taste. If you fall into that category (like my husband), then try THIS method of preparing broccoli. The roasting carmelizes the broccoli and brings out more of its natural sugars to combat the bitter tastes. We had this last week and it was fabulous - best broccoli I have ever tasted, and husband loved it! He even made it for himself again a few days later! :)

What I'm Buying - Smiths 10/7

Here's what I picked up at Smiths this morning, just before dawn (again, don't ask...) -


(1) gallon 2% milk, on sale 1.79
(1) gallon Kroger orange juice, on sale 1.99
(5) Kroger cottage cheese, on sale .88
(2) Kroger sour cream, on sale .88
(4) Libby canned sweet peas, on sale .50
(1) Kroger mouthwash, clearanced to .55
(1) Kroger mouthwash (large bottle), clearanced to 1.00
(4) Green Giant Fresh Steamers, on sale 1.99 (1.49 after promo, .99 after coupon)
(6) Marie Calendar's Pasta al Dente, on sale 2.27 (1.77 after promo, 1.27 after coupon)

I used (2) .50/1 printable coupons for the vegetables [see list at GrocerySmarts], (2) .40/1 coupons for the vegetables [see GeneralMills 10/4], (2) 1.00/2 coupons for the pasta entrees [from the October "All You" magazine at Walmart] and (2) .75/1 printable coupons for the pasta entrees [printed several weeks ago and no longer available].

I then received a $5 instant discount for the Frozen Mega Event promo.

Total: $25.78

What I'm Buying - Albertsons 10/7

Here's what I picked up at Albertsons long before the crack of dawn this morning (don't ask...):


(2) TreeTop grape juice 3ct, on special .92 (.42 after coupon)
(2) TreeTop apple juice 3ct, on sale 1.00 (.50 after coupon)
(8) Pepperidge Farms goldfish crackers, on sale 1.00
(10) Quaker chewy granola bars, on sale 1.50 (1.00 after promo, .50 after coupon)
(1) C&H granulated sugar 5lb, on sale 2.50 (1.75 after promo, 1.40 after coupon) [current Walmart price for 5lb GreatValue granulated sugar is 2.42]
(2) Hershey baking chips, on sale 2.00 (1.40 after promo)
(2) Palmolive Pure + Clear dish soap, on sale 2.50 (1.75 after promo, 1.00 after coupon)
(5) Glad Cling wrap, on sale 2.00 (1.40 after promo)
(1) BirdsEye SteamFresh meal, on sale 5.00 (3.50 after promo, 2.00 after coupon)
(2) Hormel sliced pepperoni (regular and turkey), on sale 2.50 (1.75 after promo, 1.20 after coupon)

I used (2) 1.00/2 printable coupons for the juice [see list at GrocerySmarts], (1) .35/1 coupon for the sugar [see RP 8/30], (2) .75/1 coupons for the dish soap [see SS 9/27], (1) 1.50/1 coupon for the BirdsEye meal [see SS 9/13], (2) .55/1 printable coupons for the pepperoni [see list at GrocerySmarts], (2) 1.00/2 printable coupons for the granola bars [see list at GrocerySmarts] and (2) .75/2 coupons for the granola bars [RP 8/30].

I then got an instant $5 discount for the Quaker promo, and (3) $3 instant discounts for the Mix and Match promo.

Total: $36.30

Portable Home Can Sealer

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I've talked with a few of you about this, but for those who I haven't gotten to:

I've got 50 pounds of steel cut oats as well as some pasta that I need to get sealed in #10 cans, and I wasn't able to get it done during our last Enrichment activity. So, I'm going to go get the sealer and have it for a few days next week.

If you are interested in using it while I've got it, please let me know. If there is enough interest, we can get together and do it over at the ward building, or just set it up in my garage. If you need cans or lids (or materials), let me know and I will get you pricing, and then I can pick up any needed items when I go to get the sealer.

Looks like a great sale at Albertsons!

Monday, October 5, 2009
Here is a LINK to the preview list for Albertson's (at PinchingYourPennies.com) - sale starts Wednesday. It looks like it's going to be a good one!

Sunday Preview Double Deal at Walmart

Saturday, October 3, 2009
They have raised the price of the Sunday Preview double newspaper deals at Walmart...they were $3 for a double pack this morning... :(

Good Deal Alert!

The Walmart on 5400 South and Redwood Road has a large section of clearanced items (lots and lots of toys, some home goods, some hardware and other misc stuff) up near the garden center. When I was there this morning, they announced that today all clearance items in that section are an additional 50% off!

I picked up a 6" orbital sander for, get this, $5! I got two floatie swimming suit sets for $4.50 each. There were some really good deals on toys for Christmas or upcoming birthdays.

[Please note: The items were marked as clearance, but the additional 50% was not included in the stickered price - they were instructing the cashiers to take the additional 50% off manual at the registers, so if you head over there, you'll need to watch for this.]

It's General Conference Time!

This weekend is a great time to:

1) Check and/or replace the batteries in the smoke detectors throughout your house.

2) Check and replace (as needed) the food in your 72-hour kits.

3) Check sizes on clothing in your 72-hour kits and make sure they are current for all family members.

4) If you have two sets of extra clothes for your 72-hour kits (one warm weather, one cold weather), it's time to switch them out and put in the cold weather ones. Make sure you include gloves, scarves and hats!

We opened our 72-hour kits this morning and took out all of the soon-to-expire food, and put it in a bowl. We have spent the day munching on it, and I then put new food back in the kits.

Because I just put the new food bags together six months ago, most of the items were still good and did not need to be rotated yet (thank goodness). But come next spring, I'm going to have to replace just about everything. At least we'll have plenty to eat that weekend! :)

Coupon Preview for 10/4

Friday, October 2, 2009
Here is the LINK to the coupon preview for this weekend from Taylortown Previews.

Looks like there will be two inserts for us - 1 SmartSource and 1 GeneralMills (SmartSource).