Thursday, December 30, 2010

Huggies Rewards Points!

Do you have a child in diapers?  If so, you'll definitely want to sign up for the Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards program.  The program is simple - inside select packages of Huggies products, you'll find special codes that you can enter on the Huggies Enjoy the Ride website to earn points towards free items!  Go here to create an account and start earning points!

To get you started, here are 3 codes you can enter...


Yoplait Offer!

Want a special New-Year's treat?

Head on over here to the Yoplait facebook page, "like" them, and then click on the "Calcium" tab!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Kroger Trip!

Wowza!  I know I said that I haven't done much couponing this month with all of the Christmas festivities going on, but I DEFINITELY made up for it today with my trip to Kroger!  Not only do they still have a few good Christmas clearance items right now, but they are also having a Mega Sale on P&G items this week and next week.

There just wasn't much food that was at a good sale price this week, and I only needed the basics (milk, bread, eggs, etc.) so more than half of the items I bought today were from the mega sale.  However, they were ALL FREE!!!!! 

My total (for 64 items) before sales and coupons was $215.09.
My total after sales and coupons was....$38.18!!!  (84% savings!)

That means I got almost $177 worth of TOTALLY FREE STUFF!!!

Here is a picture of everything I got with the exception of 2 gallons of milk, 1 large jug of Tropicana OJ, 1 carton eggs, 2 Armour lunchables, 1 package hotdogs, and 2 4-packs of Yo-Plus yogurt.

And, here is a picture of everything that was FREE!  (I actually made money on several items!)

Needless to say, we will start off the new year looking and smelling good!  :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New Coupon Insert List for 2011

Check the list of pages above for the new "Coupon Insert" page.  On it is listed all of the coupon inserts you can expect to receive each week in your Sunday edition of The Roanoke Times in 2011.

Thanks, Sara & Donna!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Retail Page Updated!

If you're headed out to do any last-minute Christmas shopping this week, check out my Retail page for an updated list of printable store coupons to get more for your money!  I added lots of new coupons today!

FREE Lip Item at Bath & Body Works!

Bath & Body Works has released a new coupon good for a FREE Lip Item (up to $8 in value) with any purchase here.  (expires Dec. 24)  If you're already planning to buy some last minute gifts there, this is a great coupon to take along with you!  Otherwise, find a small nail file or inexpensive travel size item to spend the least out of pocket!

New Michael's Coupon!

Michael's has released a new coupon for 20% off your entire purchase, including sale items!  Just go here to print the coupon - valid until December 24th.  Most of the coupons that Michael's puts out are not able to be used on sale items, so this one is great!  I will definitely be taking advantage of it!  (You can find lots of  inexpensive stocking stuffers at Michael's for the kiddos, too!  Think crayons, markers, coloring books, stickers, etc.)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Walgreens: $10 off $40 Coupon Code!

Walgreens has put out a great coupon code good for $10 any $40 purchase!  Just type in the code TEN40 at checkout.  And, to make it even better, shipping is FREE on any order over $25!  You should be able to get some great deals with this!

High Value Bic Marker Coupon!

Bic has put out a high value coupon for their Mark-It Permanent Markers.  Simply head on over to their facebook page here and "like" them.  You'll then be able to print a coupon for $5 off any 24 or 36 count Mark-It Permanent Markers.

I'll let you know if I come across any good in-store deals to make the most out of this coupon!

New $10 off $20 Sears Coupon!

Head on over here to print a coupon good for $10 off any $20 apparel and/or accessory purchase at Sears - including sale items!  This coupon is only valid December 15 & 16. 

This would be great for some last-minute Christmas purchases!!

FREE Yoplait Yogurt!

Head on over to the Yoplait website where you can register to receive a FREE cup of original Yoplait Yogurt!  They are only giving away one million HURRY!  :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kroger Meal Ideas

Here are some easy and inexpensive dinner ideas that utilize sale items from Kroger this week (as well as items you have hopefully stocked up on from recent sales)! 

Traditional Spaghetti

Buy (2) Ragu Pasta Sauce at $1.25 each AND (1) Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta at $1
-use the "Buy 2 Ragu Pasta Sauce Get 1 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest FREE" (from the RP 11/14)

Pay only $2.50 for all 3 items! 

You can also use these items to make the Baked Pasta recipe I posted about here.

And, you can pair this with the Armour meatballs that were on sale a few weeks ago if you picked those up!


Tuna Noodle Casserole

2 pouches Bumble Bee Tuna ($.49 Mega Sale price -$.55 (SS 9/12) = FREE!)
2 cups cooked egg noodles (Ronzoni Healthy Harvest $1)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (from recent sales)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup frozen peas (optional)
2 tbsp dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp melted butter

1.  Stir soup, milk, peas, tuna & noodles in casserole dish.
2.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until hot.  Stir.
3.  Mix breadcrumbs & butter & sprinkle over casserole.  Bake 5 more minutes or until golden brown.


Easy Chicken Dijon

Chicken drumsticks, skinned (Kroger Chicken Drumsticks $.99 lb)
Mustard (such as dijon)
Plain dried bread crumbs
Dried herbs (such as tarragon, thyme, or oregano)
Black Pepper

1. Brush the drumsticks with the mustard.
2. Mix the bread crumbs and the seasonings in a large ziplock bag.  Add the drumsticks.  Squeeze out the air and seal the bag; turn to coat the drumsticks.
3. Place the drumsticks on a baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees until browned and cooked through, 35-40 minutes, spraying with nonstick cooking spray halfway through the baking time.

[Taken from Kraft Food and Family Magazine]


Herbed Pork Chops

4 boneless pork chops (boneless half pork loin $1.99 lb - have butcher cut into chops about 3/4 inch thick)
1 can cream of chicken soup (from recent sales)
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp ground sage*
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves, crushed*
2 tbsp margarine or butter
1/2 cup water
(*can substitute 1/2 tsp Nature's Seasons seasoning blend for sage and thyme)

1. On waxed paper, combine flour and seasonings.  Coat chops lightly with flour mixture.
2. In skillet over medium-high heat, in hot margarine, cook chops 10 minutes or until browned on both sides.  Remove, set aside.
3. In same skillet, combine soup and water.  Heat to boiling.  Return chops to skillet.  Reduce heat to low.  Cover, cook 5 minutes or until chops are no longer pink.
(Good served with rice.)


Apple-Rice Medley

1 package (6 ounces) long-grain and wild rice mix (from recent sale)
1 cup (4 oz) shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided (Sargento Shredded Cheese $2 - $.40/2 (SS 10/31) = $1.60)
1 cup chopped apple (Fuji, Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples $.99 lb)
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery

Oven Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare rice mix according to package directions.
2. Add 1/2 cup cheese, apple, mushrooms and celery to rice; toss to combine.  Spoon into 1-quart casserole dish and bake 15 minutes.
3. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake until cheese melts, about 10 minutes.

Microwave Directions:
1. Prepare rice according to package directions.
2. Combine cooked rice, 1/2 cup cheese, apple, mushrooms and celery in 1-quart microwave-safe dish.
3. Microwave on high 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through.  Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese & microwave on high 1 minute or until cheese melts.

[Taken from Favorite Brand Name 4 Ingredient Cookbook Fast and Easy Recipes]


Possible sides:

Velveeta Shells & Cheese or Deluxe Mac & Cheese ($1.18 mega sale price)
Pillsbury Grands Frozen Biscuits ($1.99 mega sale price - $1/2 (GM 12/5) = $1.49)


And, don't miss these items...

Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread ($1.19)
Lender's Bagels ($.99 mega sale price)
Eggland's Best Large Eggs, 18 ct (B1G1 Free - $.35 (SS 11/14) = $1.60)
Pilgrim's Pride Split Chicken Breast ($.99 lb)
Freschetta Pizza ($3.99 mega sale price)

Do you have any other recipes that match up with this week's sale items?  If so, leave it in the comment section!!

Kmart Super Double Coupon Event = Cheap Diapers!

I'm a little late posting about this, but through today, you can get in on the Super Double coupon event at Kmart!!  Have a $2 coupon?  Today only, it becomes a $4 coupon!!

There are some rules:

1.  You must buy at least $25 worth of grocery and/or drugstore merchandise before coupons in your transaction in order for your coupons to be doubled.
2.  Only 5 coupons will be doubled per customer, per day.
3.  You can only purchase 4 of the same item using doubled coupons.

Update: The diapers are not considered grocery or drugstore items, so you will have to buy $25 worth of other items in those two categories before you could do this deal.

Here's an example of a deal you can get...

Buy (3) packages of Huggies diapers at $9.99 each = $29.97
Use (3) $2 coupons from the 12/5 SmartSource insert (each coupon becomes $4 because your total is now over $25)
Pay $17.97
Get back a $5 Kmart gift card
After the gift card, your total oop is $12.97 or $4.32 per package!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Retail Coupons Expiring Soon!

If you are headed to the mall this weekend, you may want to take along the following printable coupons which expire in the next couple of days.  Check out my "Retail" page for a more extensive list of coupons.

Bath & Body Works - Get a FREE Reindeer PocketBac with any purchase when you use the coupon here (expires Dec. 5).

Michaels - Use the coupon here to save 15% off your entire purchase (including sale items) December 4 & 5 only.  You can also get some other Michael's coupons here.

Hallmark - Get $5 off any purchase of $5 or more with the coupon here through December 5.

Express - Get between $15 and $90 off your total purchase with the coupon here through December 5.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thrifty Thursdays!

I have two confessions to make this week. 

Number one - I do not feel like today's grocery shopping trip was very thrifty.  I have been a little behind in cutting out my coupons and didn't spend as much time as I usually do getting my shopping list ready this week, so I felt like I probably could have done a little better.

Number two - I actually shopped at Walmart today.  I know, I know!  I try to stay away from Walmart at all costs, but, I had to go there to get a couple of Christmas gifts and figured that while I was there, I would pick up some of the things on my grocery list that weren't on sale at Kroger this week.  (The "needs" part of my shopping list was longer than usual this week b/c we have a Christmas party to go to on Saturday that I have to cook for.) 

ANYWAY....that said, even though I did save some money, it was still one of those days when I came home from the store thinking..."How did I spend that much money on what little I bought?!"  It just goes to show you what a difference buying things on sale makes!  Here are the totals....

Total value of all items bought at Kroger and Walmart: $114.73
Total amount spent out of pocket after sales and coupons: $67.60
Total amount saved: $47.13 or 41%

Did any of you get any great deals at Kroger this week?  If so, I'd love to hear about them!  Just leave a comment below!

November Totals

Well, I have finally gotten all of my receipts totaled up for November and have the numbers ready for you!  If you're new around here, our family's budget is $300 a month for all groceries, cleaning supplies, paper products, personal care items, diapers, etc.  Basically, anything we need for our home or ourselves!  At the end of the month, I like to add up all of my receipts to see how much money we've saved.

This month's totals seem a little low compared to recent months.  I think it has a lot to do with the fact that there just weren't many good drugstore deals this month.  Plus, we had a pretty full pantry and freezer this past month so there just wasn't a whole lot in the "needs" section of my grocery list each week. 

That said, I was able to keep up almost $60 under budget, so I was pretty excited about that!  I'm going to enjoy that number because I have a feeling I'll be cutting it close in December, if not going over due to all the extra cooking and shopping!!

Total value of all items bought in November: $682.88
Total amount spent after sales and coupons: $240.24
Total amount saved: $435.56 or 64%!

How did you do this month?  I'd love to hear about your savings!  Just leave a comment below. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cyber Monday Savings Through Today At

Through today, you can still get up to 75% off certain toys and FREE SHIPPING on any order at where they have extended their Cyber Monday sale!  You may find some good deals here - especially if you have a Barbie or Matchbox lover in your home!

Some good deals I found...

BARBIE™ and the Three Musketeers "MAGICAL" BALLOON CARRIAGE™ -
Barbie and the Three Musketeers Magical Ballon Carriage
Was $44.99, On Sale Today for $27

Matchbox Superfast 10 Pack
Was $44.99, On Sale Today for $26.99

Disney Princess Musical Snow White & Friends -
Disney Princess Musical Snow White and Friends
Was $26.99, On Sale Today for $16

Dunkin Donuts Coffee $4.99 per lb.

Do you love Dunkin' Donuts coffee as much as I do?!  If so, you may want to head on over to your local Dunkin' Donuts where for a limited time you can currently get 4lbs any variety of coffee for $19.99.  That's $4.99 per pound!  (Now, if we could only get them to accept coupons!)

(Put a pound of coffee with a travel mug and some wrapped biscotti and you've got a cute, inexpensive gift for a teacher or coffee-lover in your life!)

Also, if you receive the home mailer, there are some good DD coupons in the 11/28 issue!  My favorites:

2 muffins for $2  (have you had their muffins?  they are DELICIOUS!)
Small Hot Latte for $.99
Dunkaccino $.99

My Soft-Lips Prize!!!

Need some incentive to check out the "Contest" page at the top of your screen?  Take a look at what I received in the mail today...

I honestly don't even remember entering this contest (I think it was on Facebook), but a few weeks ago, I got an email saying I had won and would be receiving a package with 3 tubes of Soft Lips Pure lip gloss in the mail soon!  Sure enough, when I opened up my mailbox today, there it was!!!

You never know when you might win an online constest or instant win game, so, when you have a few minutes, check out my Contest page and let me know if you win anything!

Recent CVS Deal & Walgreens Deals!

Thank goodness both CVS and Walgreens had diapers on sale this week!  Diaper deals have been scarce lately and we only had a few left in the basket!!!!

I was able to go to CVS on Monday and use some of the Extra Care Bucks I received from last week's Black Friday freebies to get some super cheap diapers, contact solution, and Dawn dish soap!!


Total value of 9 items (before sales): $45.89
Total amount spent on 9 items after sales, coupons and $9.97 ECB's: $2.03 (was able to put this on a gift card!)
Total number of ECB's received: $5

After going to CVS, I headed to Walgreens where I got another great deal on diapers and wipes!

Total value of 12 items (before sales): $42.77
Total amount spent oop after sales, coupons, and $2 Register Rewards: $4.52!