Friday, October 30, 2009
This is probably the biggest thing that I have benefited from with taking a look at our food every week - I am seeing what needs to be used up ahead of time. Especially since we only have 2 people eating "normal" food (not pureed baby food), it can be very easy to end up with a fridge full of leftovers and half eaten jars of things!
Have you looked through your fridge this week? I know there are others who have over at The Frugal Girl!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Just this morning I received an email with a coupon for buy one, get one free 2 oz. soy based Glade candles. This is a nice coupon on its own, but remember to submit for the $5 SC Johnson rebate!
Would you like to join Right at Home? Click here.
Monday, October 26, 2009
LeapFrog's website also has a number of coupons. I have included the promo codes because the coupons can be used on Amazon - which is especially awesome if you have some extra Amazon money from redeeming Swagbucks!
Save $3 on Any Tag Book (use code: WT9TAG)
Save $4 on any Leapster Book (use code: WT9LSTR)
Save $5 on any Didj game (use code: WT9DIDJ)
Save $2 on any Tag Junior book (use promo code LPTGJ2)
Save $3 on any ClickStart Software (use code: WT9CS3)
Save $3 on any LeapFrog Learning Toy (use promo code LPTOY3)
"Deal"icious Mom wrote about a number of coupons for Hasbro games here. Games include Connect 4x4, Guesstures, Clue Secrets & Spies, Cranium Family, The Game of Things, and Pictureka! Flipper. Also, there is information about how to get a free Monopoly Deal Card game why you buy $25 worth of select Hasbro games from Amazon (expires 10/31/09).
And Coupon Cravings found this coupon for $5 off Trio Building Blocks, along with $5/$20 toy purchase at Sears!
Whew! That's a ton, but I'm sure there will be more as retailers and manufacturers look to spur gift buying!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I see a few things at Rite Aid this week that you can get for cheap or free.
Hershey’s, Mars or Nestle Fun Size or Snack Size Candy $2.44 ea
buy 3 get 1 free Hershey's, Reese's,, or Kit Kat (10/18 SS)
$1/2 Mars Candy (10/11 RP)
$1/2 Nestle candy (10/18 RP)
$1/1 printable Nestle or Wonka
note: the $2 Nestle or Wonka from coupons.com is for 24oz or larger
Vaseline Intensive Care Sheer Infusion Body Lotion
-$4 Single Check Rebate (SCR)
-$1/1 coupon (10/18 RedPlum) or $1.50 printable
Final Cost: FREE or $.50 moneymaker after coupon and rebate
Naked Naturals shampoo or conditioner
Buy one, get one free (of the same product) -- look for "try me free" tags on these to get 2 free with a mail-in rebate from the manufacturer!
Yardley Bar soap
buy one, get one free -- this should be a good deal (less than $1 a bar) and great for laundry detergent!
St. Ives elements skin care, apricot scrub, or collagen elastin moisturiser
Final Cost: $.99 **note: $1 coupon in the 9/20 SS in some areas
Harvest Decor, Domestics, and Candles
75% off ---this could be a good opportunity to get some cheap fall decorations!
If you are looking to do an easy transaction this week to get your feet wet in the Single Check Rebate program, I suggest buying the Vaseline lotion. If you do not want to bother with coupons, you can get some really nice lotion for just $.99. If you have last week's coupon, you can get the lotion for free. Or, if you want to print out a coupon, you can end up getting paid $.50 to take this lotion out of the store!
Any questions about Rite Aid shopping or this week's circular? Leave a comment!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Last year around this time Giant had apples on sale like this for a while, so hopefully this will not be the only week!
To see coupon match-ups for the entire ad check out Frugal in Virginia. For the most part, the prices and sales should be the same for Delaware as Virginia!
Not all of the coupons she lists were in the Delaware News Journal, so just remember that if you can't find a specific coupon.
Big Buck a Bag Sale (everything $1)
Yellow onions (3lbs)
Farm Stand Grape Tomatoes (pint)
Locally grown button Mushrooms (6 oz)
Fresh mini peeled carrots (1 lb)
Fresh bulb garlic (3 ct)
Convenient bag scallions (5oz)
Fresh Express Spinach (9oz) Garden Salad (12oz) Cole Slaw (16oz)
Favorite Four: 4 packages of meat for $19.99 - over 30 items to choose from, must buy 4 **note, if you are going to do this, the time to go is first thing in the morning, because there is a much larger selection!
Arctic Shores Extra Large Raw Shrimp 2lb bag $8
This is the lowest that I've seen this shrimp in months!
Pillsbury crescents, grands, cinnamon rolls and biscuits $1
**the Catalina deal I wrote about last week is still going on!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Over the next few weeks I'm planning to do a review of sorts about several different resale stores in the Middletown area, the first of which is Anny Bananny.
Anny Bananny is located in the Cricklewood Grove Center at 5350 Summit Bridge Rd, Suite 104 in Middletown. From the center of Middletown, take 71 south. The shopping center is on your right just past Old St. Anne's Church.
Anny Bananny is a resale store as well as a wholesale store, so while most things are used, there are new options as well. I thought that they had a good selection of clothing, and for reasonable prices. I saw many new items that were from Macy's, along with some Carters. There were several racks of resale clothing, all of which was well organized. I saw an assortment of cold weather clothes, including children's coats. There were also a few children's (t-ball sized) bats, as well as some small toys and baby items (like bouncers and bathers).
Everything was in great shape - it was hard to believe that some of it was actually used!
I went mostly to look around, and ended up getting a Christmas dress for my daughter for $4.75. What a steal! I could have easily paid $30 for the same dress in a department store.
The store has an indoor play area as well as a small tv and kid-sized chairs to help keep little ones occupied while their parents shop. I was very impressed that they were able to get a whole playset inside the building!
Anny Bananny is currently accepting clothing for fall and winter clothes as well.
Have you been to Anny Bananny? What did you think?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sign up to get your Refresh Your Nest coupon booklet here.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I prefer Rite Aid to Walgreens 9 times out of 10, but I will be going to Walgreens this week to pick up some Yardley Almond Soap for making laundry detergent. It is on sale for $.69 this week, so I'm stocking up!
The Playskool musical sit-n-spin is on sale for $20 at Target this week - which means you can get it for $10 by using the $10 off coupon from coupons.com or from the Sunday paper inserts from yesterday.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I see swagbucks as part of living thrifty because it does not require you to do anything different. Do you use Google to search? Swagbucks is powered by Google! I have Swagbucks as my default search now, which makes it super easy to use. The swagbucks searches are not always as great as Google, in which case I pop over to Google, but usually I can't complain.
You can probably expect to earn between 1 and 4 swagbucks searching on a normal day. It seems like they are rewarded completely randomly -- no particular search gives you extra swagbucks. You can earn swagbucks in denominations of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, and there are larger denominations too 20, 50, etc. I have never earned more than 3 at a time, but I'm sure it does happen!
There is an option to shop through swagbucks as well; usually you can earn 1 SB for every $5 spent. I always buy our iTunes music through swagbucks. There are also coupons and promotions for some of the companies that you can shop in through swagbucks.
To sign up for swagbucks you can click here or use the sweet button on the right!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
First, SC Johnson is offering a $5 rebate by mail when you purchase 3 items. Each household can have up to 3 rebates ($15, but each offer must be mailed separately) and the offer runs from 10/1/09 through 6/30/10! Thats a ton of time! (and also plenty of time to forget about it....) I have done one so far. I bought 3 Glade soy candles and with coupons only paid $3.10 -- so with the rebate I will make a little!
Click here to get the rebate form.
Participating products include:
• Scrubbing Bubbles®
• Nature’s Source™
Second, Johnson & Johnson is offering a free ($10 value) bath toy frog set when you send in your receipt for any Johnsons bath or lotion product bought between 9/28/09 and 12/1/09. Mail your receipt to:
Johnson & Johnson/Parents GWP
375 Lexington Ave, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
(from Better Homes & Gardens)
1 cup dry lentils
1 c. chopped carrots
1 c. chopped celery
1 c. chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/2 t. dried oregano, crushed
1/2 t. dried thyme, crushed
1 bay leaf
2 14 oz can vegetable broth or chicken broth (3 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups water
1 14 oz can Italian-style stewed tomatoes (I use crushed tomatoes instead)
1/4 c. snipped fresh parsley (I used dry parsley)
In a 3 1/2-4 quart crockpot place (rinsed) lentils, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, and bay leaf. Stir in broth, water, and tomatoes.
Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 12 hours or high-heat setting for 5-6 hours. **I cooked it for 2 hours on high and then low for 4 or 5. Before serving, discard bay leaf.
Also, I don't usually measure the veggies because I like to make a larger quantity of soup. I also used a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes and less water. This made it very tomato-y, so I could have put in even more veggies. This is a great cold-weather soup, especially with hot bread!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Comtrex 20ct. $3.99
-$1 coupon located by the product in store!
you make $1!
Sucrets Throat Lozenges 18ct. or Sucrets Ice pops 6ct. $2.99
Breathe Again SinoMarin Nasal Spray 3.3 oz $7.99
Beyond BodiHeat Pain Relieving Heat Pads 3-4 ct. $2.99
Children's Throat Cooler 6ct. $2.99
Dr. Thompson's Coldwar 20ct. $3.99
Simply Saline Nasal Mist 3oz. $4.99
-$1/1 from 7/26 SS insert or peelie located on product
you make $1!
Simply Saline Children's Nasal Mist 1.5oz. $3.99
-$1/1 from 7/26 SS insert
you make $1!
Bee M.D. Throat Drops 21ct. $2.49
Chloraseptic AllergenBlock Gel 20ct. $9.99
Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm $2.29
Carmex Lip Balm $1.99
Sinus Buster or Allergy Buster $8.99
Other deal:Air Wick Ultra 50% off (makes it $6.49)
use $6/1 coupon (from August, don't know the date) to get it for $.49!
Remember to use a $5/$25 coupon from here or $5/$20 from Video Values to make some money this week!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Check out the back page of the Acme circular to see the possibilities. Basically, there are different categories where if you buy $10 worth in that particular section, you get $3 off instantly at the check out! Make sure you buy the right number of things (10 in the $1 section, 4 in the $2.50 section, etc).
I was hoping to have some scenarios up, but that will have to wait until tomorrow at least. Mindi has tons of info about the coupon match-ups here. Just remember that we didn't get all of the coupons she listed. Many of them are Internet coupons, so that is helpful!
I was so stoked about this deal and so bummed that I didn't feel up to going out of the house, that my dear husband went to get some for me! Here's what we got:
4 steamfresh dinners @ $5 each = $20
-$6 instantly (buy $10 x 2)
-4 $1.50 coupons
4 for $8
4 steamfresh veggies @ $2.50 each = $10
-4 $.50 coupons (that double)
4 for $3
total spent: $11
total saved: $36
I'm hoping to go again when I feel better, and I will probably wait until the coupons come on Sunday; there should be some in the inserts that will work well.
Remember, you can read more about people trying to reduce their food waste at The Frugal Girl.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
$5 Mr Potato Head Silly Suitcase
$2 Mr Potato Head toy
$5 Playskool Busy Ball Popper
$3 Playskool Gloworm
$5 Playskool Step Start Walk’n Ride
$5 Mr Potato Head Spud Buds
$10 Musical Sit N Spin
$5 Playskool Activity Ball
$5 DinoRoars Hatchlings
$10 Playskool Dance Cam
$5 Tumble N Twirl Top
$5 Swing N Score Baseball
$10 DinoRoars Stompers
Pair these with a sale at Target or Walmart and you're looking at some great kids toys for a great price!
Monday, October 5, 2009
*There were 3 coupon inserts
--In the SmartSource insert is information about getting a free journal from Energizer with the purchase of batteries. Read more about it here.
--Coupons for SuperCuts, located in Middletown Crossing shopping center
--Form for a full rebate on No Yolks egg noodle pasta
--Coupons for Red Lobster
--$3 coupon for Sunggle products, which should mean cheap or free fabric softener (and I've heard free dryer sheets at Family Dollar)
My friend MVB first made me aware of this deal at both Babies R Us and Toys R Us stores:
Purchase $30 worth of the following items and receive a $10 gift card to Babies R Us/Toys R Us.
Additionally, the $30 purchase qualifies you for a Good Cooks kitchenware set ($40 value) that includes a saute pan, kitchen timer, measuring cups, and spatula!
Thanks to Deal Seeking Mom for coupon match-ups on the participating products:
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Colgate toothpaste or toothbrush: $.99
Clean & Clear products: 2 for $9 (coupons for this through the Video Values program)
Tylenol 8hr: $7.99 - $2 SCR - $1 (9/20 RP insert) $4.99 for 100
Dove shampoo, conditioner, or stylers: BOGO $1.50 and $1 coupons in 10/4 RP insert
Pampers jumbo pack diapers: $8.99 - $2 (9/27 P&G insert)
Ziplock: $1.99 ($1 coupons from 9/20 and 10/4 inserts)
Dawn dish soap: $.99 - $.20 coupon from 9/27 P&G insert
One note that I wanted to add about Rite Aid...if there is ever something advertised with a Single Check Rebate that is out of stock you can ask for a rain check. I have been told that the rain check should allow you to still qualify for the SCR for that item, though this is something that I have not yet done.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Mindi at Moms Need to Know goes through the entire Acme circular and posts match-ups for the Philadelphia area Acme stores. Most of the time, the circular is the same for us in Delaware, which is really great! The one issue is that the coupons that come in the Philadelphia papers that are listed in the match-ups are not always the same as the coupons we get in the Delaware News Journal. So sometimes there will be a really great deal if you have the right coupons, but they were not even in our paper.
One way around this if there is a really good coupon that you want, is to look into getting it on a coupon swapping website like The Coupon Clippers. On this site you can search for a specific coupon that you want and pay a small (5 cents to 20 cents usually) "handling fee". Since you are not allowed to sell coupons, the handling fee is payment for the service of someone else clipping the coupon and sending it to you. Obviously this is going to cut into your savings, so it is only worth it if you are getting a GREAT deal. It could also help more if the coupon is a very high value. Coupon Clippers also has restaurant coupons, so check them out!
Without further explanation, Acme this week:
4-day sale (through Mon. 10/5)
6 oz. red raspberries, 2 for $3
Arctic Shores Raw Shrimp $4.99/lb
(sold in 2 lb. bag)
The rest of the week:
Acme or Perdue Boneless Chicken breast, buy one, get one free
Nabisco and Planters products $1.75 (must buy 4)
coupons $1 wheat thins, $1 wheat thins flat bread, and buy Ritz get Crackerfuls free (8/23 SS insert)
as low as $3.25 for 4 boxes!
General Mills Cereals, snack bars, and Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks $1.75 (must buy 4)
TONS of coupons for these, cereal coupons on Coupons.com, 9/13 inserts, and tomorrow's insert (10/4)
Nestle Morsels 2 for $5 ($.50 coupon 9/13 RP insert)
Pringles Super Stacks 4 for $5 ($1/4 coupon 9/27 P&G insert)
On the back page are Acme store coupons for Tide, Bounty, Charmin, Pampers, Crest, Herbal Essences, and Aussie products. These can be combine with Manufacturer's coupons, many in 9/27 P&G insert. However, unless you need the items now, many can be found for cheap or even free on drug store deals!!
Catalina $5 on your next trip when you spend $20 on Folgers ($1/2 9/20 RP insert), Dunkin Donuts coffee, Pillsbury Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, frosting, cookie mix, flour, and quickbread, Hungry Jack, Eagle Brand Condensed milk, Smuckers Preserves and jam ($1/2 coupon 9/13 RP insert), crisco spray, oil ($1 coupon 9/13 RP), and shortening sticks, Uncrustables, and JIF p/b
On the "pull out for extra savings" part of the add are 12 coupons that are manufacturer's coupons, so they cannot be combine with other coupons!
Happy Shopping this week!
Friday, October 2, 2009
A little bit of heavy whipping cream left over. Earlier in the week I had to toss a bunch of celery that went completely bad. I really don't know how it went bad so quickly, especially because it was fine last Friday.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Here's the basic recipe that I follow:
Melt about 1 tablespoon of butter in a large pot. Chop up some onion and let it cook in the butter. Once the onion is cooked to your liking, add chicken stock. I used several quarts.
Chop up potatoes. My favorite for this soup is red skin potatoes, but this week I had yukon.
Bring the soup to a boil to let the potatoes cook. Once the potatoes are done, add in milk (probably about 1 quart), slowly so that it doesn't curdle.
To promote VIA and get people to try it, go into participating Starbucks from October 2-5th to take the Starbucks VIA Taste Challenge, tasting VIA and Pikes Place. And just for tasting you will receive a coupon for a free tall brew coffee! I called the Starbucks in Middletown and confirmed that they are participating.
A Starbucks habit is not very thrifty, but it is a nice treat. I enjoy using my Starbucks gift card, and I recently learned about the rewards program with my gift card. Go here to register your gift card and take advantage of these rewards:
Free syrup and milk options for your beverage
Free brewed coffee refills (hot or iced)
Free Tall (12 fl oz) beverage with your 1 lb whole bean purchase
Up to two hours free AT&T Wi-Fi per day
Free coffee...I'm there!