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BOGO Better Oats Coupon

by Rachel on December 16, 2010

I realize that not everyone is a fan of oatmeal. My whole family loves it though and ever since we discovered Better Oats a few months ago, it’s our new favorite brand. If you “like” Better Oats on Facebook and then click on “special promotions” you can print a buy one get one free coupon. This is a great deal!

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Last Chance to Print October Coupons!

by Rachel on October 31, 2010

Just a quick reminder that the coupons on Coupons.com will reset on the first of the month so today is your last day to print October coupons. Most of the coupons are still good for quite a while so be sure and print the ones you think you may use.

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I have 4 subscriptions to the Sunday paper which is usually enough for us. Every once in a while though, there is such a great deal that I need extra coupons to stock up. Last week at Albertsons, they had Arrowhead Aquapods on sale for $1. When combined with the $1.50/2 coupons that came out in last Sunday’s paper that made each case of water only $0.25. While I generally prefer the greener option of using a reusable water bottle, for $0.25 I’ll stock up and use it for my emergency water storage.

I ordered extra coupons through ebay on Monday morning. The coupons I’ve ordered online in the past have come fairly quickly so I was keeping my fingers crossed that they would show up on Tuesday before the sale at Albertsons ended but I knew that probably wasn’t too likely. The coupons showed up on Wednesday and even though I was disappointed that the Ablertsons sale didn’t carry over, I was excited that Stater Brothers was offering the same deal. I’m heading there over the weekend to stock up on water. Where I will put 40 cases of water I haven’t a clue but since I’m buying it mostly for emergency water storage I can take advantages of hard to reach places under the bed and in the back of closets.

The sale will go through next Wednesday so if you move fast there’s still time to order extra coupons online and get them before the sale ends.

Arrowhead Aquapod 9 pk – Sale $1 at Stater Brothers

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Amazon – Organic Coconut Oil Deal

by Rachel on September 2, 2010

I’ve been slowly working my way through all the advice on The Diet Solution (highly recommend it by the way) and coconut oil is advised as a better choice, even over olive oil for most cooking situations. Amazon has Nutiva organic coconut oil on sale right now for $13.74 for a 2 pack and the price drops down to $11.68 for 2 with free shipping if you sign up for their subscription service. You can cancel the subscription service at any time.

I did this deal last time it was offered and have been very happy with the quality of the coconut oil (You should try cooking pancakes in coconut oil. You’ll never go back). I canceled my subscription within a few days of signing up for it so I didn’t get any surprise packages but I was very happy with the transaction as a whole. It was easy and much cheaper than I’ve seen coconut oil for in the store.

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Free Groceries at Albertsons this Week

by Rachel on September 2, 2010

Albertsons has some amazing deals this week. I usually shop on Monday or Tuesday so that I can include the new Sunday coupons in my shopping but these deals are so good on their own that I’m probably going to make several trips to Albertsons this week. Be sure and pick up the Albertson’s Fall into Good Things coupon book available in the store.

The Kraft Huddle to Fight Hunger promotion has some great coupon matchup possibilities that will let you get several things for free. I’m especially excited about the cheese because mozzarella cheese freezes just fine (you don’t even have to thaw it before putting it on a homemade pizza). You do have to buy 5 items in order for the catalina to print. You will have to do these in separate transactions but you can use a $5 catalina from one transaction to pay for the next one as long as you have enough items in your cart to make sure the store won’t owe you money.

Kraft Cheese – Sale price $2

Final Price – FREE

Cool Whip 8 oz – Sale price $1.00

  • Receive a $5 catalina back wyb 5

Final price – FREE

Oscar Mayer Meat Wieners, 16 oz. – 2/$3

  • Use $1/2 SS-8/22 or $1/2 online coupon
  • Receive a $5 catalina back wyp 5 (or 4 hot dog packages and 1 cheese or cool whip)

Final Price – FREE


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    September Coupons Are Live on Coupons.com

    by Rachel on September 1, 2010

    Coupons.com has refreshed with September Coupons. I’m going to get myself into trouble with those Pillsbury Sweet Rewards coupons but I’m printing them anyway. Some of the best coupons disappeared fairly quickly last month so if you see any coupons that you know you’ll want to use be sure and print them early.

    Some of the coupons included this month are:

    $1 off Pillsbury Sweet Rewards

    $2 off AmeriGas Cylinder

    $0.75 off Betty Crocker Gluten Free Dessert Mix

    $1.50 off Welch’s Refrigerated Juice

    $4.00 off a Leapfrog Tag Book

    $7.00 off admission at Knotts Soak City Waterpark

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    I love weeks when I can go grocery shopping and I don’t need to buy anything that is on sale. For our family of 5, I try and keep our monthly grocery bill under $300. We’ve been working on restocking our pantry since we moved but now we have a pretty good store of food so we typically don’t need to buy much.

    Albertson’s had some great deals this week. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that the extra arrowhead water coupons I bought off ebay will be here today so I can take advantage of the sale. You can’t see them well in this picture but there are 6 cases of water hidden in there that I got for $0.25 each.

    Buying Non-Perishables in Bulk

    With the exception of the cantaloupe and steak in this picture, everything I bought was non-perishable so while it does still have to be rotated, it has a long shelf life. Buying non-perishables in bulk is a great way to stock your pantry and keep a stockpile of food in case of an emergency or to tide you over until the next sale cycle.

    I’ve changed my thinking about bulk food. When I used to think about buying food in bulk, I thought of going to Costco or shopping the bulk food aisle of the local grocery store (you know, where you find the enormous cans of tomato paste that promise to go bad before you can ever possibly eat the whole thing). Now, when I think of bulk food shopping, I primarily look to my Sunday coupon inserts. I use Costco pricing as a guide and try and beat it by combining coupons with sale prices. Once I find a good deal, I then buy enough of each item to get me through the next several months (or longer) until I can count on the item going on sale again. If you play the game the right way, it ends up being much cheaper shopping with coupons than it is buying in bulk from Costco or another discount warehouse.

    Pay attention to prices as you shop. I now know that there are several items I usually can’t beat Costco’s pricing on (for ex. maple syrup). For those things, I stop by Costco every month or so and stock up, knowing that I won’t be able to get a better deal anywhere else.

    My Albertson’s Shopping Trip

    Everything purchased above can be found in my Albertson’s grocery deal matchup for this week. There were a few things on my list that I couldn’t find at my local store but I was still able to stock up on some basics. Included in this trip were 2 packages of steaks, 1 cantaloupe, 1 box of cereal, 4 boxes of pancake mix, 6 cases of water bottles, 3 tubes of toothpaste, 4 jars of salsa, 2 packs of applesauce, 4 boxes of mac & cheese, 4 packs of goldfish crackers, 12 boxes of pasta, and 3 cans of diced tomatoes.

    Grand Total: $41.62

    That is a savings of $92.18!

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    Menu Plan Monday – August 30

    by Rachel on August 30, 2010

    We got a bit distracted from our menu last week so we’re going to try and get back on task this week. There are some great deals at Albertson’s so I’m going to incorporate them into our weekly menu plan.

    Monday
    Breakfast – Breakfast Sandwich
    Lunch – Leftovers (I have a fridge full of stuff I cooked over the weekend)
    Dinner – Pizza, veggies, fruit (It’s my 7 year old’s night to pick dinner)

    Tuesday
    Breakfast – Homemade English Muffins and fruit
    Lunch – Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, fruit
    Dinner – Chicken and Artichoke Whole Grain Casserole, Salad

    Wednesday
    Breakfast – Oatmeal, fruit
    Lunch – Leftover casserole, salad
    Dinner – Noodles with Pesto and feta cheese, garlic bread, salad

    Thursday
    Breakfast –  Waffles with peanut butter, fruit
    Lunch – Nachos with black beans
    Dinner – Tortilla crusted tilapia, rice, corn, salad

    Friday
    Breakfast – Bacon and Cheese Muffins, fruit
    Lunch – Grilled Chicken, fruit, salad
    Dinner – Chicken fajitas, rice, salad

    Saturday
    Breakfast – Pancakes, Bacon, Eggs, fruit
    Lunch – Mac & Cheese, fruit
    Dinner – Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans

    Sunday
    Breakfast – Cereal, fruit
    Lunch – Sandwiches, fruit
    Dinner – Steak pizza, salad

    For more Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit Organizing Junkie.

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    How to Get Free Groceries

    by Rachel on June 20, 2010

    One of my favorite things about using coupons is being able to stock up on groceries without adding anything extra to my grocery budget. I love having a full pantry. It saves me when I don’t have time to run to the grocery store and it makes me feel a bit more secure knowing we’d have food to eat in the event of an emergency. I’ve talked with many people that are surprised I take the time to cut coupons because they don’t think that cutting coupons is worth the time and effort. What they don’t realize is that cutting coupons allows me to buy my groceries for 70-100% off regular prices and takes me no more than an hour a week. That’s a pretty good hourly wage for cutting coupons as far as I’m concerned.

    Get Multiple Sunday Papers

    Most newspapers will offer you the option of subscribing to only the Sunday paper at a discounted rate. The biggest mistake people can make when starting to cut coupons is to only get one Sunday paper. When you do that, cutting coupons is absolutely not worth your time because you go through the time and effort of finding a deal, and you can only get one of each item. Get one Sunday paper for everyone in your family so that when something goes on sale you can buy multiple products. There are 5 people in my family so I usually get 5 Sunday papers. I’ve cut back to 4 papers right now because we have just moved and we currently don’t have the space to store too much extra food or household cleaning items so I’ve cut back for now.

    Match up Coupons with Sale Prices

    The most effective way to use your coupons is to wait until the item goes on sale for the lowest price, then add your coupon on top of that. You can get even better deals when a sale price combines with a store promotion. The best part is, you don’t have to do the work of matcing up the coupons. Many coupon blogs will do the matchups for you. I prefer to use Grocery Smarts

    For Example:

    In the above picture I got 20 packages of yogurt. For all of that yogurt, I paid – nothing. Yes, you read that right. How did I do it?

    The yogurt was on sale 2 / $4.00

    I had a coupon for $1 off 1 which made each yogurt $1 – a great deal to start with.

    The deal got even better though because the store was having a promotion that offered you a coupon worth $5.00 on another shopping trip if you bought 5 items from the dairy section.

    So, I bought 20 packages of yogurt priced at 2/$4 and used 20 coupons for $1 off (This is where having multiple Sunday papers comes in handy. These coupons were offered in several papers so I ended up with a whole stack of them).

    Total OOP (out of pocket) – $20.00

    Total value of coupons received back – $20.00

    Final cost: FREE

    The question becomes, can I eat all of that yogurt before it goes bad? Yogurt has a fairly long shelf life and my kids love it so I do try and stock up when it’s on sale, but no, we probably can’t eat all that before it goes bad. It turns out that my kids aren’t too picky about the form their food comes in though so I threw half of these in the freezer and they are eating them as desserts.

    By stocking up on everything when the price is low I no longer have a need to buy things that are not on sale simply because I need it. Chances are, I already have some in my pantry or freezer.

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