What I'm Buying - Winco 6/30

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
...Winco was an absolute ZOO today!!! It was crazy - like I've-never-seen-it-that-crazy-before kind of crazy! And they had it all set up so you couldn't SEE the craziness until it was too late...

It wasn't until I had gone through the store and was ready to check out that I noticed that the checkout line went more than half-way to the back of the store!!! Seriously, I'm not kidding. There were two long lines down the main middle aisle of the store, and then two more long lines at the far end by the waters and ice cream. When you got to the front of those lines, then a security guard would assign you to a checkout lane where there were already about 4 people waiting in front of you. I have NEVER seen it that busy there, ever, even on opening day.

The lines moved fairly quickly, and I'm very glad they had it set up like they did, where you had to wait in the main line until you were assigned to an open checkout line, because it really helped the flow and helped cut down on all the line jumpers and such and everyone got a fair turn in line. But it was just such an unexpected thing to run into at 1pm on a Wednesday in a grocery store.

Or maybe I was just imagining it all - it's very possible that I was hallucinating by that point (having already been to three other grocery stores before that and the kids were definitely bored and showing it). I really thought about just leaving my cart in the aisle and taking off when I saw those lines (because it was the last thing I wanted to see at my fourth grocery stop of the day), but I didn't. And it really wasn't that bad in the end. It was about a 10-15 minute wait to check out, and I've done a lot longer than that many times at Walmart...

Anyway, after all the craziness, here's what we ended up with:

(2) Shasta 12pk pop, .98 ea with coupon
(1) American Falls 24pk water, 1.98 with coupon [not pictured]
(2) Emerald Harmony trail mix, on sale 3.48
(2) Simply Lemonade, on sale 1.78
(1) 8ct hamburger buns, on sale .98
(1) 12 roll Cottonelle bath tissue, 2.98 with coupon
(2) Del Monte spaghetti sauce, .48 with coupon
(4) Oscar Mayer Lunchables, on sale 1.78 [to bribe the kids]
(3) Kraft Mac & Cheese, .38 with coupon
(3) Hy-top whipped topping, on sale .88
(3) Van Camp's Pork & Beans, .28 with coupon
(3) pkg frozen tilapia fillets, on sale 1.98 ea
(8) ears corn, on sale .10 ea
(2) Lay's potato chips, .95 with coupon

I didn't use any coupons other than the ones from the Winco flyer. Because last time I went, they told me I could't stack the store coupons with manufacturer coupons. Even though more than a dozen other people went after that and told me that they had no problems using both. So I didn't even chance it this morning. If you'd like to give it a try (and sources tell me that most of the locations are letting you stack the store and manufacturer coupons this week), there are coupons for the nuts, the bath tissue and the lemonade I believe.

I also saw postings that Winco has Nestle Drumsticks 4pk for 1.98, and there is a 1.00 coupon out, so .98 after coupon. There are some other good deals that I didn't know about before I went - check this thread at PYP for more details!

Total: $48.86

I was lucky to make it out of that zoo with all my limbs still attached... ;) Note to self for next time: DO NOT go to Winco the day after the coupons come in the mail, ESPECIALLY if it's right before a holiday weekend! Ha ha ha! [Had I realized that it was the first day after the coupons came in the mail, I would have waited a few more days before going, since the coupons are usually good for almost 2 weeks, and Winco is always well stocked on the coupon items, even at the end of the sale.]

What I'm Buying - Sunflower Market 6/30

Sunflower Market was our third stop today. Here's what I picked up:

(1) seedless watermelon, on sale 2.00
(2) cantaloupe, on sale .50 ea
(1) green grapes, on sale .99/lb
(2) red grapes, on sale .77/lb
(6) black plums, on sale .99/lb
(5) red plums, on sale .99/lb
(2) 1lb carrots, on sale .50 ea

No coupons used.

Total: $11.11

At this point, I thought about calling it quits for the day, but I had the Winco coupons from the ad flyer with me and I thought, "Wow, we're just two blocks away, we should stop on the way home." Little did I know that...

What I'm Buying - Smith's 6/30

...on to the next stop of the day, Smith's. I didn't get some of these items last week during the double coupon event because most of the items had coupons that were $1 or more, so they wouldn't have doubled, so it wouldn't have mattered when I used them. BUT...when I got there today, I found Hefty trash bags with .55 peelie coupons on them - ARGH!!! Had I gotten them yesterday they would have been worth $1! Oh well - win some, lose some...

Here's what I picked up:

(2) Silk soy milk, on sale 2.50 (1.75 after coupon)
(2) Silk Pure Almond milk, on sale 2.50 (1.25 after coupon)
(4) Hefty kitchen trash bags, on sale 4.99 (4.69 after promo, 4.14 after coupon) [we somehow lost ALL of our kitchen garbage bags in the move, so even though this wasn't the greatest deal on trash bags, we were in desperate need]
(4) Kellogg's pop tarts 12ct, on sale 2.29 (1.99 after promo, 1.49 after coupon)
(2) Windex window cleaner, on sale 2.49 (2.19 after promo, 1.69 after coupon)
(1) bag rolls, clearanced to 1.29
(1) gallon whole milk, 1.89

I used (2) .75/1 coupons for the soy milk [see SS-4/11], (2) 1.25/1 coupons for the almond milk [see SS-4/11], (4) .55/1 peelie coupons for the trash bags [from on the boxes], (2) 1.00/2 coupons for the pop tarts [see RP-6/13] and (1) 1.00/2 coupon for the Windex [SS-5/9].

I got $3 for the Daytono 500 Mega Event promo (trash bags, pop tarts and Windex are all participating items), and then used a $2.50 Catalina coupon from last week's fruit snack purchase.

Total: $34.75

After Smith's it was on to one of my favorite stores...

What I'm Buying - Fresh Market 6/30

So, I think I've officially lost my mind, because for some BIZARRE reason, I thought, in my crazy little mind, that it would be a good idea to hit FOUR different grocery stores, all in the same day, all with two bored kids in tow...

I really, REALLY wouldn't recommend it, folks. And the next time my insane little mind gets the idea to do four stores in one day, with two kids, I'll have some choice words to say to it in reply! ;)

Our first stop this morning was Fresh Market. Here's what I picked up:

(2) Solo Heavy Duty paper plates, on sale 2.00 (1.00 after coupon)
(4) 12pk A&W rootbeer, on sale 2.50 ea when you buy 4
(4) Western Family cheese singles, on sale 1.50
(4) Gold'nPlump chicken drumsticks 23oz, on sale 1.67 (.67 after coupon)
(6) Bar S hot dogs, on sale .59 (.09 after coupon)
(6) large hydroponic tomatoes, on sale .69/lb
(2) 1lb bag baby peeled carrots, on sale .99
(2) Litehouse dips, on sale 2.00 (1.45 after coupon)

I used (2) 1.00/1 coupons for the plates [see SS-6/20], (4) 1.00/1 coupons for the chicken [see SS-6/20], (3) 1.00/2 coupons for the hot dogs [see RP-5/16] and (2) .55/1 coupons for the dip [see SS-6/27].

And I COMPLETELY forgot to use two $5 gift cards I had for Fresh Market. See, I really AM losing my mind...

Total: $28.85

We threw everything (quite literally) into the back of the car and off we went to the next stop...

Flag Cake

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Have you seen this? I am SOOOO trying this for this weekend!

KSL Studio5 tries it out:

Original blog post:

What an awesome way to use up some of my bazillion cake mixes from food storage... ;)

Magnitude 5.0 Quake Reported in Canada

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
There was a 5.0-magnitude quake reported in Canada this evening...

Story at Yahoo

That pesky HFCS...

With our recent move, things have been really crazy lately. We've sorta been thrown out of our normal schedules, grocery shopping included. I've not been as watchful of the things I'm buying, and it shows. I have not been watching food labels very carefully either (actually haven't been watching them at all really), and I found a few surprises this morning:

Ingredients: distilled vinegar, water, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, #1 grade mustard seed, sugar, corn syrup solids, tapioca starch, salt, honey, sodium benzoate (as a preservative), carrot oleoresin (color), spices, titanium dioxide (color), garlic powder, tartaric acid and citric acid.

Hello?!?! Is there anything EXCEPT corn syrup/HFCS in this item? And titanium dioxide for color - is that really necessary? That's not even a food... The ingredient list sounds more like a chemistry experiment than real food, so I think this is an item that I'll probably pass on in the future. If we really need honey mustard dipping sauce that bad, I'll have to find a recipe to make my own. And let's not even pretend we understand what in the world "carrot oleoresin" is or why it's needed in honey mustard dipping sauce.

Ingredients: tomato puree (water, tomato paste), high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, distilled vinegar, salt, sugar, less than 2% of: mustard, worcestershire sauce solids (molasses, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, caramel color, garlic, sugar, spices, tamarind, natural flavor), dehydrated onion, molasses, dehydrated red and green bell peppers, tomato fiber, mustard bran, dehydrated garlic, mesquite smoke flavor, guar gum, xanthan gum, spices, wine, carob gum, natural flavors.

Um, wine - REALLY??? I've really got to be more careful about reading these labels...

But on the bright side, look what else I found today:

Finally, ketchup with NO HFCS!!! Hooray! Hunt's is the first of the major brands to go HFCS-free in their ketchup. Even the generics all use HFCS. With this new Hunt's, I can recognize every item on the ingredient list.

I'm not against the use of HFCS or sugar. I'm just trying to be more informed about what exactly is in the food I eat and that I serve to my family. I would like to try to limit the amount of HFCS in our diet and get away from some of the more processed foods. It's hard - I'm TOTALLY addicted to refined sugars, especially HFCS! And I'm addicted to easy, fast and cheap. It's hard to change eating and buying and cooking habits that I've had for years and years...

What I'm Buying - Smith's 6/23

It was a crazy morning at Smith's! They're running one of their Mega Event sales, which are always popular (buy 10 participating items, save $3 instantly). But combine that with the Mega Coupon event where all coupons under $1 are matched to $1.00, and you've got a bit of a frenzy, especially in areas where there is only one Smith's store close by and there are plenty of couponers...

It brought up an interesting dilemma for me - how much is too much when buying multiples of sale items? (My old Smith's store was always really well stocked and I rarely ever ran into anyone else using coupons there, so buying multiples of an item was never really a problem.)

This morning I didn't buy anything in amounts that I personally thought were excessive (maybe some of you will disagree with me on that, which is partly my dilemma), but there were enough people at Smith's this morning all trying to get the same items, that even buying 3-4 of one item meant that the next person behind you might not have gotten any. Mind you, I did not "clear the shelf" on any item, but what I find an "acceptable" amount might not seem so acceptable to the person behind me who is also trying to get multiples of that same item and there are not enough left. What do you do, and what do you consider to be fair and equitable when you're all competing for a limited number of items? Hmm...

While I ponder my options and what I personally feel comfortable with as an answer (for me) to this dilemma, take a look at what I was able to pick up this morning:

(4) Betty Crocker fruit roll-ups/gushers/fruit by foot, on sale 1.99 (1.69 after promo, 1.19 after coupon, .55 after Catalina)
(3) Clorox bleach, on sale 1.99 (.99 after coupon)
(2) Dial liquid hand soap, on sale 1.00 (free after coupon)
(4) El Monterrey family pack burritos, on sale 3.50 (2.50 after coupon)
(2) French's classic yellow mustard, on sale 1.49 (.49 after coupon)
(2) French's honey mustard dipping sauce, on sale 1.69 (.69 after coupon)
(2) French's worchestershire sauce, on sale 1.59 (.59 after coupon)
(5) Frigo string cheese, on sale 2.97 (1.97 after coupon)
(8) Hunt's ketchup, on sale 1.25 (.25 after coupon)
(4) Orville Redenbacher 3-pk popcorn, on sale 1.99 (1.69 after promo, .69 after coupon)
(4) Suddenly Salad, on sale 1.25 (.75 after coupon)
(6) Totino's pizza rolls, on sale .95 (.65 after promo, free after coupon)
(3) Vlasic dill relish, on sale 1.00 (free after coupon)
(1) Wacky Mac pasta, on sale 1.25 (.25 after coupon)
(10) Yoplait greek yogurt, 1.19 (.19 after coupon)
(2) bunches red seedless grapes, on sale .99/lb
(2) bunches green seedless grapes, on sale .99/lb
(1) Banquet brown'n serve sausage, on sale .99 (.69 after promo)
(3) Trix cereal, on sale 2.29 (1.99 after promo, 1.49 after coupon)
(3) Reese's Puffs cereal, on sale 2.29 (1.99 after promo, 1.49 after coupon)
(1) Trop50 orange juice, on sale 2.99 (2.69 after promo, 1.69 after coupon)
(5) Chef Boyardee pasta, on sale .99 (.69 after promo, .49 after coupon)
(3) Mancwich sloppy joe sauce, on sale .99 (.69 after promo, .36 after coupon)
(1) bunch bananas, .52/lb
(1) gallon MountainDairy whole milk, on sale 1.79

I used:
(2) .50/2 printable coupons for the fruit snacks [see GroupA or GroupB at GrocerySmarts]
(3) .25/1 coupons for the bleach [see RP-6/6]
(2) .35/1 coupons for the soap [see RP-6/13]
(4) .55/1 coupons for the burritos [see SS-4/18]
(6) .50/1 coupons for the French's items [see SS-5/9]
(5) .50/1 coupons for the string cheese [see SS-5/2]
(8) .20/1 couons for the ketchup [see SS-5/16 or SS-6/20] (and Hooray for no HFCS in my ketchup!!!)
(4) .40/1 coupons for the popcorn [see SS-5/16]
(2) .50/2 printable coupons for the pasta salad [see GroupA at GrocerySmarts]
(6) .35/1 coupons for the pizza rolls [see SS-4/18 or GeneralMills-5/30]
(2) .55/1 printable coupons for the relish [see link HERE]
(1) .55/1 coupon for the relish [see June AllYou magazine]
(1) .50/1 coupon for the WackyMac pasta [see SS-5/16]
(9) .30/1 coupons for the yogurt [see SS-6/13]
(1) .30/1 printable coupon for the yogurt [see link HERE]
(1) 1.00/2 coupon for the cereal [see GeneralMills-5/30]
(2) 1.00/2 printable coupons for the cereal [see GroupA or GroupB at GrocerySmarts]
(1) 1.00/1 printable coupon for the Trop50 [see GroupA at GrocerySmarts]
(1) 1.00/5 coupon for the Chef Boyardee [see June AllYou magazine]
(1) 1.00/3 coupon for the Manwich [see June AllYou magazine]

I then also got (3) $3 off for the Daytona 500 promo.

Total: $70.50 + got a $2.50 Catalina coupon from the fruit snacks

These are just a few of the great deals to be had this week at Smith's. For the full list of Mega Event items, see this week's shopping list at PYP or GrocerySmarts. And for all the possibilities for the Mega/Double Coupone Event items, see the list compiled on PYP HERE.

Smith's Mega Coupon Event - AGAIN!

Monday, June 21, 2010
Smith's is bringing back their Mega Coupon Event starting on Wednesday. All coupons under $1 will automatically be credited for $1 - so a .25 coupon will be worth 1.00, a .50 coupon will be worth 1.00, etc. The event will run from Wednesday through next Tuesday.

Last time there were some really great deals to be had! To make it easy, the folks at PinchingYourPennies have put together a list of some of the deals to be had HERE. (You'll want to periodically check the list over the next two days, as they will also update the list to reflect the next week's ad that will start on Wednesday.)

What I'm Buying - Smith's 6/16

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Here's what I picked up at Smith's yesterday:

(2) Ken's salad dressing, on sale 1.67 (.67 after coupon)
(2) Suddenly Salad, on sale .89 (.64 after coupon)
(16) Post cereals, on sale 1.25 (.75 after coupon)
(2) Minute Maid chilled drinks, on sale 1.00
(2) dozen large eggs, on sale .79
(3) Smith's sandwich bread, on sale 1.50
(2) Smith's french bread, on sale 1.00
(2) Private Selection ice cream, on sale 2.00
(6) Kroger Deluxe ice cream, on sale .99 (most not pictured cuz they're already in the freezer)
(10) Pepperidge Farms goldfish crackers, on sale 1.00

I used (2) 1.00/1 coupons for the salad dressing [see SS-5/9], (1) .50/2 coupon for the pasta salad [see SS-5/23 or SS-6/6] and (8) 1.00/2 coupons for the cereal [see SS-5/16].

I really wanted to use my $10 Smith's rewards certificate, but I couldn't find it! :(

Total: $45.29

Please note that some of the prices listed above (eggs, Suddenly Salad and Kroger Deluxe ice cream) are only good at certain stores. I actually shopped at the Smith's in Murray (instead of going to the one here in Herriman, which didn't have the specials). I don't get the ads with the specials anymore, so I don't know which stores are running them or not. However, they're doing these to compete with Winco, so if you're in an area of Utah that has a Winco within a few miles, your Smith's store is probably participating.

What I'm Buying - Sunflower Market 6/16

It's been a rough few weeks for us, but we're finally to a point where I can at least get back into regular grocery shopping (thank goodness)!

Here's what I picked up at Sunflower Market yesterday:

(8) strawberries 1lb pkg, on sale .88 ea (gave two to my mom)
(3) green leaf lettuce, on sale .88 ea
(6) peaches, on sale .88/lb
(4) nectarines, on sale .88/lb
(3) bag red seedless grapes, on sale .97/lb
(1) 2lb bag baby carrots, on sale 2.00
(1) bunch broccoli, on sale .77/lb
(1) bunch green onions, on sale .50
(3) red bell peppers, on sale .50 ea
(4) green bell peppers, on sale .50 ea
(10) roma tomatoes, on sale .99/lb
(8) rasperries 6oz pkg, on sale .97 ea
(1) 1lb bag carrots, on sale .50
(1) Almond Breeze almond milk, on sale 2.50 (1.50 after coupon)

I used (1) 1.00/1 coupon for the almond milk [see SS-5/23].

Total: $38.18

Time to make strawberry and raspberry jam! Now, if only I could find my sugar, and my pressure canner, and my jars, and my lids, and ... ;)

I'm an earthquake magnet...

Friday, June 11, 2010
These things seem to follow me around a lot more than for normal people. Maybe it has something to do with being born in California? ;)

Minor earthquake hits southern Salt Lake valley area - 2.7 magnitude.

Was very short, but I definitely felt it here in Herriman. Do I somehow attract these things or what...?

Story at KSL.com: LINK

Emergency Essentials June Sale + Free Shipping

Friday, June 4, 2010
Emergency Essentials has some great items on sale in their June Specials, and you can get free shipping on orders over $30 thanks to the great folks at PinchingYourPennies.com!

See this post at PYP for details.