Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sale at Albertsons

General Mills cereal is on sale for 1.88. Use coupons to make it less. The nice thing is there are no minimums to buy. I have got cereal under $1 many times (some for 50 cents). But if you need some now for a pretty decent price:
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Cookie Crisp
Count Chocula
Dora the Explorer
Franken Berry
French Toast Crunch
Golden Grahams
Lucky Charms
Reese’s Puffs
$1/3 (came in the newspaper on 10/5 and expires 11-15-08)
0.55/1 at this link (print two)
Use this link, go all the way to the bottom for $1 off Honey Nut Cheerios, and 2 $1/2 coupons

Also, Libby's canned veggies (corn, green beans) are 20 for 12 but buy 20 and get $2 off instantly making each can only 0.50 cents.

Albertsons ads run Wednesday to Tuesday. Supposedly there is a big sale coming up before Thanksgiving!

Laundry Soap

This may seem a little over the top but I thought I would share it anyways! I saw that show on TLC 17 kids and Counting. They make their own laundry soap. It looked too complicated boiling etc. This recipe of a powder form seems a lot easier.

Taken from Savvy Shopper:

1 c grated fels naptha bar soap found in the laundry section of the store (.99-1.09) each bar should grate to 2 c. This is also a good stain remover and I keep a bar on hand to rub on stains before washing.
1c Borax 2.69 at walmart also in the laundry isle. It is a laundry booster and disinfectant and there are many uses on the box. I also keep a diluted bottle on hand to use as a stain remover for laundry. 1c Arm and Hammer WASHING soda.

Equates to only 5 cents per load. I have a huge thing of Tide but I may try this when it is gone. I'll let you know. If you have tried making your own soap before let us know how it went.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Best Albertsons Deals (end Tuesday)

Raspberries 1.68 (limit 4)
C&H Powdered Sugar and Brown Sugar 10 for 10 (mix and match with other items)

Click here to see the 3 day meat sale at Albertsons. I don't know much about meat because I am mostly a chicken person. Ends Saturday (today).
Purchase the following quantities of items for a free candy or pizza up to $3 (requires in-ad coupon). Get a free pizza or candy for each set of items!

1 Martinelli's sparkling cider 6 pack $5.99
2 Hawaiian Punch fruit drinks 128 oz. 2 @ $2.50
2 Nabisco Honey Maid graham crackers 10.4-14.4 oz. 2 @ $3
3 Dreyers ice cream 48 oz. 3@ $3.34
3 Ghirardelli brownie mix 17-20 oz. 3 @ $2
3 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain bars 6.7-10.4 oz. 3@ $2.67
3 Nestle Ready to Bake cookies 13.5-19 oz. 3@ $3
3 Purex laundry detergent 24-32 oz. 3 @ $3.33
4 Velveeta Shells & Cheese 9.4-14 oz. 4 @ $2.50
5 Taco Bell dinner kit 11.5-16.33 oz. 5 @ $2
6 Hot or Lean Pockets 8-9 oz. 6 @ $1.67

Side note: I was stocking up on flour this week at WinCo. They have the best price on unbleached flour. Much to my surprise the 10 pound bag cost 0.79 cents more than 2 five pound bags. My mom said Walmart is the same way. Watch out for that! I wonder how many times I bought the 10 pound bag thinking it should be less. I bought 12 bags so I saved almost 5 bucks!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Walgreens $5 off Coupon today and tomorrow only

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

KMart Double Coupons Sale

Super Double Coupon Days Wednesday through Saturday (October 15-18) this week. I will check it out tomorrow at 8 am!

Cheap Candy at Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer allows you to use their store coupons with a manufacturers coupon. They have a coupon allowing you to get 10.29 to 11.6 oz. bags of fun size Snickers, Milky Way and more for 1.88 (that price is for the first 3). Use the $1 off 2 bags coupon from this Sunday's paper to get 2 for 0.88 cents each! Great for Halloween!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Rite Aid Rebates through Saturday

Heather showed me all the stuff from the Rite Aid rebates for this week. Tons of medicines which I think are great to have on hand and great for food storage. How many times do we end up running to the drug store late at night? If you get these items you will have a nice stash and hopefully won't have to do that. Did I mention the items are FREE after rebate! And they have made it so easy. You can enter your receipt # on their website and voila! No cutting UPC codes from boxes etc. I already entered mine. The only thing you will end up paying for is the tax on the medication! You can only submit your rebates once a month so I am going to wait until the end of the month so I can get the rebate stuff next week. These items end Saturday. There are other rebates available until the 25th of October. There is a $10 rebate off 3 Huggies Jumbo packs and $5 if you purchase Downy and Tide together.

Here's what I got:

I forgot to mention how nice they are about it! I have done the Walgreen rebates but their workers usually act annoyed! I told the lady I would be sending people over and she thought it was great! I love stores with great customer service. She even helped to make sure I didn't have any double items since you can only get 1 rebate for each item.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Coupons 101

Getting started
The first things you will need:

1. Multiple Sunday newspapers. There is usually a Smart Source and Red Plum insert. Some weeks there are Proctor and Gamble (toothpaste, etc) or other inserts. You can have multiple papers delivered or many grocery stores sell Sunday papers all week. Purchase more if you know the coupons are ones you will definitely use. Go to Taylortown Coupon Preview to see what coupons should be in the upcoming paper (see link under Helpful Sites). If you are going to spend an hour or more a week you want your savings to be worth your time. Shoot for 70% off your grocery bill (with coupons and store sales). Consider the time spent and the savings and I think you'll find an extra hour a week to save $90 is worth it!

2. Organization. There are many ways to organize your coupons. Heather suggested getting baseball card organizers (pages that have three hole punch so you can put them in a notebook). Walmart does not currently have them but Team Dewey in Karcher Mall sells them for 0.25 per page. Cut out the coupons of things you use and place them in the notebook. As you flip through you can see what you have. For the coupons you don't think you'll use just write the date on the cover of the insert and file the rest for future use. There have been coupons I didn't think I'd need but then the item was free or really inexpensive and I wished I had them. You can donate items your unneeded items to shelters, etc.

3. Start Shopping. Buy items that are on sale. One of the best sites I use is Pinching your Pennies (see sidebar for link). Click on deals by state, go to Idaho's Screaming Deals. You will find a weekly printable shopping list for Alberstons. Pinching your Pennies will list all the sales items, coupons that came out, printable coupon links (these are great, they are often higher value than coupons from the newspaper). Follow their star system to see what items are super hot deals. Use your coupons to make the deal even sweeter. Make sure you are getting aprox. 70% off regular price. If the item is only 50% off you can probably get it cheaper. Stockpiling is the goal. I like to buy in 10s (that is why I buy multiple newspapers). You want to stock up on items when they are on sale so you don't end up paying full price. It takes time but little by little you will have a great food storage.

When meat is on sale stock up. The best Albertsons sale for boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders is $1.69/pound. The nice thing is you can have how ever much you need for your family wrapped up for you. It is nice to always have it on hand too.

4. Stick with it. It may take a little while to get the hang of it but saving $$$ can be lots of fun. I feel like the money I save is money I can use for other things.