Friday, January 29, 2010

Frugal Fridays: Date Night On the "Cheap"

We are starting a new post topic here on "Mom with Coupons" called "Frugal Fridays". Each Friday we will try to discuss a topic on being frugal, watching your pennies, saving money, or whatever you want to call it.

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, a lot of people are thinking about having a Date Night with their sweetie, so the topic has came up lately on how to do so on a tight budget. Even if you aren't on a "tight budget" but you are simply watching your dollars, you can still have a Date Night that is enjoyable. Below are a few ideas that I hope get your mind thinking on how to have a special night but not blow too much money.
1. If you are thinking of a "Valentine's Date", one big way to possibly save is to go celebrate Valentines the weekend before or after the actual holiday. Lots of restaurants may raise their rates for Valentine Weekend, plus the crowds are horrible. Might not save money by going the week before or week after, but you will save time, and in my book, time is money. I would rather spend an hour doing something else fun, then sitting on a hard bench outside a restaurant waiting on my number to be called.

2. Dinner and a Movie - probably the most common "Date Night" there is. These days, going to a movie can easily break the bank with the prices of movie tickets. Then, if you take a trip to the concession stand you might need to take out a second mortgage! But there are ways of course to save money and still enjoy a good movie.
Want to take in the latest and greatest movie? Consider going to an early lunch and then a matinee. Most all cinemas are 50-75% cheaper if you go to a movie that starts before 6:00. Not to mention, going to a restaurant for lunch is usually cheaper than the full price dinner menu as well.
Some towns have what I call the "cheap cinema". That is normally one of the older cinemas in your town that don't have the stadium seating with the nice reclining chairs and the theatre itself is usually smaller. We have one here in Ladson and I love it. Why do I want to pay like $9.00 to go to a "new and improved" theatre when I can watch the same exact movie for $4.00 in the "older cinema". Check out your town to see if you have one, you might be surprised.
Or, if you are not one that has to see the latest and greatest, consider seeing if the kids can stay with the grandparents or a friend and rent a movie and stay in. No one to watch the kids, then rent the kids their own movie and give them a big bowl of popcorn and let them watch their "own movie" in their room while the grownups watch their own movie. These days most grocery stores, drug stores and even some gas stations have Blockbuster, Redbox or other similar type machines that you can rent a new release movie for $1.00! You can't beat that! And, if you sign up on their websites you regularly get codes to rent free movies!
Another way to save on dinner is to purchase gift certificates on line at You can normally get a $25.00 gift certificate for $5.00. Some restrictions apply but they are well worth the price.
3. "Stroll through the Park". We are lucky here in that Charleston has nice waterfront parks and other areas that nice walks can be taken, day or night. One of my favorite places to go (weather permitting) is to take a stroll at night on our Waterfront Park and pier at night. They have nice swings under canopies that you can relax on, and we have done that for hours before. Doesn't cost a thing and you would be surprised how much the two of you can actually talk, or just enjoy each other's company in silence, without your kids interrupting every 10 minutes.
If you do go stroll a park during the day, why not pack a picnic lunch and "cop a squat" (as Julia Robert's said in Pretty Woman) under a tree and have a nice lunch. I am not a big sandwich eater at home, but sandwiches always seem to taste better during a picnic. :o)
4. Day Trip to No Where. May cost you a little in gas, but why not just get in the car and drive. Maybe there is a flea market up the interstate you always wanted to go to but never took the time to stop. Or you saw a little antique store one day and again, never took the time to stop. Take the time and just go sightseeing in or around your area. Not sure where to go? Everytime you get to an intersection or an exit off an interstate, flip a quarter - heads you go right, tails you go left, or heads you get off on the exit, tails you keep on going. You never know where you may end up or what great little flea markets, produce stands or other little roadside interest you may find. Even if you don't find anything new, you will be surprised at the conversations you can have just driving around.
5. Ice Cream Parlor. I know what you are thinking, they are not called ice cream parlors anymore. But if you dont want to spend money on going out to eat, eat at home and then go out for a dessert somewhere. It does not have to be fancy or expensive. Go to McDonald's and get a soft serve cone to share, go to Shoney's and split a Hot Fudge Sundae, Sonic's Drive Thrus usually always have some type of 99 cent "Sundae" or Banana Split on their menu.
6. Go "Window Shopping". No, I don't mean your hubbie or better half has to walk you around the mall and carry your purse for you! Go shopping for things you have no intention to even buy. We have been known on a Saturday when we have time to ourselves, to just go walking through various furniture stores and look at everything to see what we like, what we agree on, what we don't agree on, etc. We have also been and spent hours walking through Modular Homes and even RVs. Don't cost nothing to look - right?
These are just a few ideas to help you get your ideas flowing. Whatever you do, just make it fun.
Happy Frugaling!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Publix Must Haves 1/27 - 2/2

I'm back with what I think are the Publix "best buys" of the week! Not a great week, but there are a few things that I intend to stock up on this week.

Do not forget:

* Publix doubles coupons up to 50 cent face value;
* Most Publix stores accept local competitor coupons;
* Publix will accept a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon for the same item;
* Some Publix stores have stopped doubling coupons if they say on them "Do Not Double". My local Publix store just stopped doubling those recently. So, check with Customer Service if you want to know for sure.

BOGO Items
Oscar Meyer Beef Franks $3.99 ($1.99 each)
Eight O'Clock Coffee $4.99 ($2.49 each)
.75 off - February All You Magazine
Pace Salsa or Picante Sauce $2.79 ($1.39 each)
Hidden Valley Ranch $3.39 ($1.69 each)
A.1. Steak Sauce $3.91 ($1.95 each)
Kraft BBQ Sauce $1.45 (.72 each)
Ronzoni Pasta $1.39 (.69 each)
$1 off 2 SS 1/10 (.20 each for 2 boxes)
.75 off SS 12/6 (this coupon is for Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta, which may or may not be on
sale. If so this is a MONEY MAKER as it will give you .06 overage deducted from your total
grocery bill!
Prego Pasta Sauce $2.49 ($1.24 each)
Thomas Bagels $3.99 ($1.99 each)
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel $2.49 ($1.24 each)
$1 off 2 SS 1/3 (.75 each for 2)
Farm Rich Appetizer Snacks $7.69 ($3.84 each)
$1.50 off SS 12/6 (makes it $2.84)
.75 off SS 12/6 (makes it $3.09 each)
Lay's Potato Chips $3.99 ($1.99 each)
Chex Mix, Gardetto's, Bugles $2.49 ($1.24 each)
.50 off 2 SS 1/24, 12/13, 11/5 (.75 each for 2 bags)
$1.00 off 2 SS 1/24, 12/13, 11/5 (.75 each for 2 bags)
Nabisco Honey Maid Grahams $3.99 ($1.99 each)
$1 off SS 1/24 (makes it .99)
$1 off 2 SS 12/13 (makes it $1.50 each)
Red Delicious Apples .69/pound
Gatorade or G2 $1.00
.50 off RP 1/10 MAKES IT FREE
Tide Detergeant 100 oz. $10.99
$1 off PG 12/27 (expires 1/31)
.35 off PG 1/17
$2.00 off Food Lion Printable Coupon, (use with $1.00 off manufacture coupon makes it $7.99
Lysol Wipes $2.00
$1 off SS 1/3
Sargento Shredded Cheese $2.00
.40 off 2 SS 1/24 (makes it $1.60 each)
.55 off - Novemeber or December All You Magazine (makes it $1.45 each)
Suave Natural Shampoo or Conditioner $1.00
.50 off Suave for Men MAKES IT FREE!!
Happy Saving!

Bi-Lo Must Haves - 1/27 - 2/2

Here I am again with what I think are this week's best buys at Bi-Lo. Remember, there are a lot more items listed in their sale flyer, but I always list only what I think is the better deals. After all, anyone can look at the sales flyer and see what is on sale right? But not everyone can look at it and know it is a good/great deal. The average shopper just assumes that anything listed in a sales flyer is a great price - - Wrong!!! Especially if you are a couponer, right ladies?

Anyhoo - here are the deals I see you might consider stocking up on this week.

Don't forget:

* Bilo doubles coupons up to 60 cents face value;

* Bilo will deduct 5 cents for every reusable shopping bag you bring in and use (NOTE: You usually have to tell the cashier how many bags you brought in to prompt them to give you the discount.)

*Use your BiLo Fuel Express Bonus Card to get those fuel points!!!!

NOTE: Saturday, 1/30, you earn DOUBLE fuel perks so shop on Saturday if you can!

BOGO Items

Hillshire Farm Cocktail Smokies $3.99 ($1.99 each)
$1 off 2 RP 12/6 (makes it $1.49 each)

Ready Crisp Fully Cooked Bacon $2.99 ($1.49 each)

Ball Park Franks $4.49 ($2.25 each)
.55 off "Lite" Franks RP 1/10 (Makes it $1.15 each)
.75 off 2 RP 1/10 (Makes it $1.87 each)

Shedd's Country Crock Bowl, 15 oz. $1.99 ($1.00 each)
.40 off RP 12/6 (makes it .20 each)

Other Grocery Deals

Mission Flour Tortillas $2.00
$1.00 off SS 1/10

Southern Home Natural Shredded or Chunk Cheese $1.60

DiGiorno or California Pizza Kitchen for One $2.79
$1 off DiGiorno SS 1/3

Turkey Hill Tea or Lemonade $1.00
$1 off 2 RP 11/8 (this was a regional coupon so you may or may not have it)

Scott Bath Tissue - Naturals, 8 rolls $4.99
Chinet Dessert Plates, 35 count $2.00
$1 off Chinet Crystal plates SS 11/22
$2 off Chinet side dish plates SS 11/22 MAKES IT FREE!

Chinet Lunch Plates, 36 count $2.00
$2 off Chinet side dish plates SS 11/22 MAKES IT FREE!

Pampers or Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers $8.99
$2 off Pampers PG 12/27
$1 off Huggies SS 1/17

Ziploc Freezer or Storage Bags $2.50
.40 off SS 1/10 (makes it $1.70 each)

Happy Shopping!

Sign up for freebies/coupons from Frito-Lay!

Go here and sign up for Frito-Lay's "Be Snack Ready" program. In signing up, you may receive free samples, coupons, sales alerts, new product information, etc.
The price of buying snacks can really make your grocery bill add up fast, so I always try my best to have plenty of snack item coupons on hand and stock up when they are on sale!! Not sure about you, but when I pay about 50 cents to $1.00 for a large bag of Lay's, they sure seem to taste a whole lot better than when I pay $3.99 a bag!! =O)
So, what is your family's favorite snack? (Don't worry - it doesn't have to be a Frito-Lay snack - I'll never tell!)
Happy Saving!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dairy Queen - Free Blizzards!

Head on over here and sign up for Dairy Queen's Blizzard Fan Club and you will receive 6 coupons for BOGO Blizzards! You will get one coupon upon signing up for the Club, one coupon on your birthday and then 4 others throughout the year! Yumm-O!

TNT Tuesday - Scrumptious Beef

OK, I am going to try and start a new series (if I can remember each week to post it, LOL!) and post a TNT Recipe on Tuesdays. TNT means "Tried n' True" - - which in my house means I have cooked it and my family has actually asked me to cook it over and over again. If the family does not ask me for a particular dish again, that means they don't like it and I am never to cook it again.

So.....for this week's TNT Tuesday, I wanted to share the favorite dish of the youngest member of our family. If I ever ask him what to fix, this is the dish. I don't mind cooking it, because it is yet another Crockpot recipe which means dinner is just about on the table by the time I get home from work.

Scrumptious Beef

2 pounds Stew Meat, cut to bite size pieces
10 1/2 oz. can of Beef Broth
10 3/4 oz. Cream of Mushroom soup
Envelope of Onion Soup Mix (or simply about 3 T of dried onion)

* Combine all of the above items in a crockpot
* Cook on low for 7-8 hours (or even up to 10 hours is usually fine, especially if meat was frozen)
* Serve over cooked rice.


I hope you enjoy this. Do you have a TNT Recipe that you would like to share?



Monday, January 25, 2010

FREE Subway Sandwich!

I just LOVE free food!! Go here and play a cute game on building your own sub sandwich the way you like it and at the end you can print a coupon for a FREE 6" sub sandwich from Subway when you purchase a 6" Sub and a Drink! Subway, here I come.......

Happy Savings!


Free Sample of Aveeno Nourish+ Hair Products

Go here to complete a short quiz and receive a free sample of Aveeno Nourish+ Shampoo and Conditioner. I was given some full size bottles of these products a few months ago to try and I have been really pleased with the results.

Cold & Flu Season Is Still Here - $2.00 off coupon

Go here to sign up for Cold & Flu Season Alerts and be the first to know when flus hit your town. For signing up for this service, you will also receive a $2.00 off coupon for Robitussin to Go.

Happy Saving!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Birthday Freebies!!!!

You say its's your birthday? Well, maybe not today, but you know you got one coming up within the next year right? So, why not start making plans today to get some free stuff on your special day!

Below is a list of restaurants that have birthday clubs or other loyal customer programs that treat you with a free or special treat on your special day, usually by sending you an email a week or so early with a coupon for something free! In addition, they may send you periodic emails and specials/coupons throughout the year. So click on the restaurants below to take you to a link to sign up for yourself. While you are there, sign everyone up in your family! This is a list that will get updated periodically as I come across more birthday deals.

Perkins Restaurants - as of the posting of this link, you will receive an email with a coupon for free entree of your choice upon signing up for the E-Club and then you will also get a "perk" sent to you on your birthday and wedding anniversary.

Sonic Drive-In - Kids Birthday Club

Zaxbys - Free Meal Deal coupon by mail for signing up and then a Free Nibbler coupon on your birthday

Target Deals 1/24 -1/30

Below are a few deals that caught my eye today as I was skimming the Target ad. Nothing that I need, but perhaps some of these deals will work for you:

Do not forget:

** Target will deduct 5 cents for every reusable bag you use at checkout from your total bill!

Get a $5.00 gift card when you purchase Huggies or Pampers Jumbo Packs - $8.99 each

$2 off Pampers - PG12/27

$1 off Huggies - SS 1/17

Get a $5.00 gift card when you purchase Similac formula $22.49

$3 off Similac Powder SS 12/13

Lysol Wipes $2.29

$1 off SS 1/3

$2 off SS 1/3

Olay Regenerist Cleanser $5.49

$3 off PG 1/17

$1 off PG 1/17

Happy Shopping!


Friday, January 22, 2010

$500 Grocery Giveaway and Newsletter by General Mills

Click here to sign up for General Mills' "Tablespoon" weekly newsletter. Not only will you begin getting their newsletter full of recipes, seasonal ideas, special occasion inspirations, and most of all COUPONS, but you will be registered to win a $500 towards your grocery shopping!!!
Happy Savings!

Jeepers, Creepers, Look at those Peepers!

Being a BzzAgent, I was asked to perform a 4 week challenge using L'Oreal Paris Lash Boosting Power System with Lash Boosting Serum and Mascara. I am about 2 weeks into my challenge and am really impressed so far! This is a 3-step mascara system which claims to be able to strengthen your lashes, make your lashes appear fuller, healthier and longer. So far, I believe they are living up to their claims!

I know, you are thinking "3-steps! I don't have time for that!" I know you are thinking that, because that is precisely what I was thinking when I first received the package in the mail!! However, this mascara goes on so smooth and coats well, it literally takes me less time to use this system than several mascaras that I have tried before, since I dont have to put 4 or 5 coats of mascara on to make my lashes appear the way I want them to.

The first step is the clear lash boosting serum. Once you let that dry (by the time you put on your blush or whatever other makeup you want to put on, it will be dry), then you put on a coat of the primer base which is basically like a "white mascara". It coats your lashes and brings them to a terrific length in just one swipe of the brush! Then, you simply put on a coat of the masara and you have thick, full, and long lashes that every woman wants.

I have found there to be no flaking of the mascara and it easily comes off with makeup remover without any smudging or "raccoon eyes" afterwards. I have also not had any "lash loss" since using this system, even when removing the mascara. I would highly recommend anyone with faint, thin, sparse eye lashes to give this product a try!

Once I complete my 4-week Challenge I will try to post my before and after pictures here so we can tell the difference it has made in my lashes, with and without the product on.

If you have tried this product, please feel free to share your opinions of the products here for everyone else to read as well!


Bi Lo Deals 1/20 - 1/26

Here are my "best picks" for BiLo this week.

Do not forget:
* BiLo doubles coupons up to 60 cents face value
* BiLo does NOT take competitor coupons or any coupons with another store logo, even if a manufacturer coupon and not a store coupon

BOGO Deals

Shady Brook Farms Turkey Franks or Smoked Sausage $3.79 ($1.90 each)

Arnold Bread $3.69 ($1.85 each)
.55 off SS 11/1, 12/6, 11/8 (makes it .75)

Other Deals

Sargento Natural Shredded Cheese $2.00
.55 off November and December All You Magazine (makes it 90 cents)

Pillsbury Biscuits, Crescent Rolls, Breadsticks, French Loaf $1.67 each
.40 off 3 Grands! SS1/3, 11/15, 11/8
.30 off 2 Grands! SS 1/3, 11/15, 11/8
.40 off 2 SS 1/3, 12/6
.50 off 2 SS 11/8, 12/13, 11/15, 11/22
.25 SS 12/13, 11/15, 11/22
.40 off 2 SS 1/24, 11/5, 12/13

Chobani Greek Yogurt $1.00
$1.00 off SS 12/13 (makes it FREE)

Southern Home Split Chicken Breast 99 cents/lb.

Boston Butt Pork Roast 99 cents/lb.

Fresh Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters 10 lb. bag 59 cents/lb.

Welche's Grape Jelly/Jam $2.00
.55 off SS 1/3 (makes it .90)
$1.00 off 2 SS 1/3

Hunt's Ketchup $1.00
B2G1, January All You Magazine

Pepsi 2 liters - .99 each

Purina Puppy or Kitten Chose 3.4 lb. bag $4.00

Dawn Dish Detergeant $1.00 each
.50 PG 1/17, 12/27 (makes it FREE)
.25 PG 12/27 (makes it .50)

Happy Savings!


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Publix - Best Deals of the Week 1/20 - 1/26

Here are what I feel are the "must buys" and the best deals for this week's sales at Publix. Of course, any of the items that are BOGO (Buy One/Get One) in this week's sales flyer are automatically half off so if you need those items, now is a good time to buy any of these if you need them this week. However, I have only listed the BOGO's that I feel are at rock-bottom or pretty close to and time to stock up to have extras on hand if you can!

Do not forget:
* Publix doubles all coupons up to a face value of 55 cents
* Publix will accept competitor stores coupons
* Publix will accept stacking of a store coupon and manufacturer coupon for the same item.

BOGO Items

Fresh Express Salad Blend $3.99 ($1.99 each)
Some stores have been noted to have $1 off coupon in store dispenser near salads

Kellogg's Nturi Grain Bars $3.49 ($1.74 each)

Krusteaz muffin, Bars of Cake Mix $2.69 ($1.34 each)
$1 off 2 SS 12/6 (makes it .34 cents each)
.50 off SS 12/6 (makes it .34 cents each)

Uncle Ben's Original Converted Rice 5 lb bag $6.99 ($3.49 each)
$1.00 off 2 RP 1/3 (makes it $3.00 each)
$1.00 off RP 1/3 (makes it $2.49)

Uncle Ben's Country Inn Rice $1.49 (.74 each)

Hunt's Canned Tomatoes $1.39 (.69 each)
$1 off 4 in December All You Magazine
.45 off 3 SS 1/24

Taco Bell Home Originals Dinner $2.69 ($1.34 each)

Kraft, Seven Seas, Good Seasons Dressing $3.19 ($1.59 each)

Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn $4.89 ($2.44 each)
$1 off December All You Magazine

Nabisco Ritz Crackeres $3.79 ($1.89 each)
$1 off 2 SS 12/13
$1 off Nabisco Crackers SS 1/24

Arnold Bread $3.69 ($1.84 each)
.55 off SS 11/1, 12/6, 11/8

Red Baron Pizza $5.79 ($2.89 each)

New York Frozen Texas Toast, Rolls or Sticks $3.29 ($1.64 each)
.50 off SS 11/8, November and February All You Magazine (makes it 64 cents each!)
.50 off in February Womans Day Magazine

Mennen Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick Deodorant $2.79 ($1.39 each)

Lysol All Purpose Cleaner $3.19 ($1.59 each)
.50 off SS 1/3

Other Great Buy Items On Sale

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, Breasticks, Loaves $1.66
.50 off 2 SS 11/22
.40 off 2 SS 1/3
.25 off SS 11/15, 12/13, 12/6
.40 off 2 SS 12/13, 11/15

Pepsi Products, 2 liters $1.00 each
.50 off 2 at

Stacy's Pita Chips $2.50
$1 off SS 1/24

Weight Watchers Frozen Meals $2.00
$1.50 off 7 - January All You Magazine
$3.00 off 10 SS 1/17
B5G1 Smart Ones Breakfast Products SS 1/10
B3G1 SS 1/10

Blue Bell Ice Cream $3.99
$1.00 off at

Oral-B Advantage Toothbrush $2.00
.75 off PG 12/27, 1/17
$1 off PG 12/27, 1/17

Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Can you have a Paperless Kitchen??

"Does no one have paper towels on sale this week?"...... That is how our dinner conversation started the other night.

Since I started this "extreme coupon shopping" about a year or so ago, my family has learned that unless something is on sale AND I have a coupon for it, the chance of my buying it are very slim! I try my best not to have to buy something unless those two criterias are met, but of course there are times when I just HAVE to have something that is not on sale. (Such as when I somehow forgot to stock up on toilet paper and we run out and I have to pay full price for it......we can't exactly go without toilet paper now can we!) So....yes, I will go buy what I MUST for full price, but I will moan and groan about it for a week afterwards.......Of course, there are also those items that will rarely ever meet the criteria, such as fresh product and meat. (However, even those items must be at least on sale to get purchased........)

So, when my family went to go sit down for dinner the other night to eat their messy BBQ Chicken, hubby automatically goes to grab some paper towels to pass out for napkins. When the roll was empty, he asked the question about the paper towels not being on sale. I found it funny that he picked this night to ask me about the paper towels since we have not had paper towels or paper napkins in the house in just about a month or so now and the fact that I had just wondered to myself that same day when anyone was ever going to notice - or had they noticed and just not mentioned it.....I simply replied "I don't know, I didn't look because I didn't want to buy any." Hubby quickly responded "Just wondering since we have been out now for several weeks." WOW - the family did notice and just never bothered to ask about them - I assume they didn't mention since they just assumed they had not been on sale! LOL

Now, do not think I have just left my family defenseless and they had to use their sleeves to wipe their mouths and their pants to wipe their hands. I have been placing cloth napkins beside every ones plates now for several weeks. However, most nights I have noticed that after dinner the napkins are still neatly folded by their plates and unused. It is funny how if there are paper napkins or towels, each person will run through 2 or 3 at each sitting to keep their hands and mouths clean, however you put a nice cloth napkin at their plates and I guess they simply did not want to "get them dirty". LOL - You see, I didn't mention to anyone in the family the fact that I was thinking about going paperless. I have found that if I want to try something new out around the house, it is best just to do it and not mention it. It usually seems to go a little smoother that way.

Why am I telling you this story? Well, I am trying to go to a "paperless kitchen". After cutting my grocery bills as much as I can with shopping sales and using coupons, I have started looking at our budget to see in what other ways I could reduce not only wasteful spending, but products that we are simply wasting and can do without. The simplest adjustment I thought we could try first, was to stop using so much paper towels and paper napkins. It seemed we were running through at least one roll of towels per day - clearly someone in the house was eating them since that is the only reason I can think we use so much in a house of 4 people!

So, back in December when we ran out of paper towels and napkins, I simply did not buy any more. I had received some cloth napkins and additional kitchen towels over the holidays and that is what we are now using.

The transition to cloth from paper has not been that difficult, at least not to me. We now have cloth napkins that we use at dinner and then simply toss in the wash. Of course, since my family is scared to dirty them apparently, I have not had to wash them too often. However, since the topic has now been brought up that we have no napkins and that there are actually cloth napkins sitting at everyone's plate, and apparently they have now been given "permission" to use them, I imagine they will start using them more. I guess they thought I was simply putting them on the table for the table to look nice........

I have sponges and dish rags that I use to clean the counters and when we wash our hands in the kitchen, instead of simply grabbing a paper towel to dry our hands, we actually use a Hand Towel - that is what they are for - right?!

When friends and family discover that I was "going paperless", the first question that always arises is "What do you drain your fried french fries and bacon on?" Well, to be honest, I do not fry things in my house for the most part. I bake my french fries (on Pampered Chef stoneware so there is no grease!) and I do not fry bacon (GASP - you live in the South and don't fry bacon?!) When I brown ground meat, I simply dump it in a colandar to drain the grease - no need for a paper towel there either!

In addition to cutting out paper towels and napkins, I have also cut out paper plates. I used to buy these simply because I got tired of coming home to a sink full of dishes when the kids were home after school and seemed to try to dirty every plate and glass in the house before I could get home from work. At one point I threatened to throw out every nice plate, glass and silverware and simply live on paper plates, plastic cups and plastic utensils so they could simply throw out their dishes, but I quickly realized that was just silly. So, I went the total opposite direction. After about 100 meltdowns to coming home to dirty dishes piled everywhere, the kids are now putting their dishes in the dishwasher for the most part - that or they are throwing them away, which I guess would explain the missing dishware...hmmmm.

I hope this encourages you to look at your household use and expenses and see if perhaps you could go paperless too, or cut things in other areas that may simply be a waste.

Please feel free to leave a comment or share your tips or questions about going paperless in your kitchen!

Happy Savings!


Friday, January 15, 2010

Free Spaghetti at Fazolis!

Go here and register for Fazoli's email club and get a coupon to print for a free small spaghetii with the purchase of a drink.
Happy eating!

FREE Taco from Taco Bell

If you hurry, you may still be able to get a coupon for a free Fresco Taco if you click here. The company had posted this last month and then "ran out" of coupons. They have graciously "re-loaded" the coupons. Not sure how many there are left, but print yours while you can!

I'll be passing this one along to my daughter for a free after-school snack!

Happy Shopping!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Publix "Must Buys" 1/13 - 1/19

Here are the items that I feel are the best deals at Publix this week!

Do not forget:
*Publix doubles coupons up to face value of 50 cents
* Publix will take competitor coupons (check with your specific store to make sure they do)
* You do not have to buy both items on BOGO. Buy one at half price.

BOGO Items

Progresso Soup $2.29 ($1.14 each)
$1 off 4 SS 1/3
50 cents off 2 SS 1/3 and 12/6 (makes it 64 cents each)
25 cents off High Fiber Soup SS 11/15 (makes it 64 cents each)
25 cents off Rich & Hearty Soup SS 12/6 (makes it 64 cents each)

Hellman's Mayonnaise $4.89 ($2.44 each)
60 cents off RP 11/15 (makes it $1.84)
$1.00 off 2 RP 11/15 (makes it $1.94 each)

Chicken of the Sea Solid White Tuna $5.99 (2.99 each)

Smucker's Preserves or Marmalade $3.13 ($1.56 each)
$1 off 2 SS 1/10 (makes it $1.06 each)
$1 off Smuckers Orchards Finest Preserves RP 12/6 (may or not be on sale)

Kellogg's Cereal (Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Sugar Smacks, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, Rice Krispies) $3.99 ($1.99 each)
$1 off 2 Rice Krispies RP 12/13 (makes it $1.50 each)
$1 off 2 Frosted Flakes or Corn Pops RP 12/13 (makes it $1.50 each)
$1 off 2 Froot Loops or Apple Jacks RP 12/13 (makes it $1.50 each)
$11 off 2 Kelloggs Cereal RP 1/10 (makes it $1.50 each)

Duncan Hines Brownie Mix $2.59 ($1.29 each)
55 cents off 2 SS 10/11 (makes it $1.02 each)
$1.00 off 2 SS 10/11 (makes it 79 cents each)

Quaker Chew Granola Bars $2.99 ($1.49 each)
55 cents off RP 1/3 (makes it 94 cents each)
$1 off 2 RP 1/3 (makes it $1.00 each)

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks $2.74 ($1.37 each)
50 cents off 2 SS 1/3 (makes it 87 cents each)
$1 off 3 SS 1/3 (makes it $1.03 each)

Tostitos Salsa $3.49 ($1.74 each)
$1 off 2 in January All You Magazine (makes it $1.24 each)

Thomas English Muffins $2.99 ($1.49 each)

Cheez-It Baked Snacks $3.99 ($1.99 each)
$1 off 2 RP 12/13 (makes it $1.49 each)

Pop Secret Popcorn $4.39 ($2.19 each)
$1 off 2 RP 1/3 (makes it $1.69 each)

Lender's Bagels $2.09 ($1.04 each)

I Can't Believe Its Not Butter $2.58 ($1.27 each)
50 cents off RP 11/15 (makes it 27 cents each)
$1 off 2 RP 11/15 (makes it 79 cents each)

Birds Eye Voila! Meal $4.99 ($2.49 each)
$1.50 off 2 SS 1/10 (Makes it $1.75 each)

Pedigree Dentastix Snack Food $3.79 ($1.89 each)
$1 off Pedigree Treat RP 12/6 (makes it 89 cents)
$1 off Dentastix RP 12/6 (makes it 89 cents)

GE Extra Soft White Bulbs $1.99 (99 cents each)
$1.50 off at (FREE)

Fantastik Cleaner $2.99 ($1.49 each)
75 cents off SS 1/10 (makes it 74 cents each)

Lysol Bathroom Cleaner $3.69 ($1.84 each)
50 cents off SS 1/3 (makes it 84 cents each)

Hefty Cinch Sak Bags $6.49 ($3.24
44 cents SS 1/3 (Makes it $2.69 each)
$1 off 2 SS 1/3 (makes it $2.75 each)


Chobani Greek Yogurt $1.00
$1 off SS 12/13 (makes it FREE)

Green Giant Frozen Vegetables $1.00
.60 cents off 3 SS 1/3, 12/13 (makes it 60 cents each)
$1 off 3 SS 1/3, 11/22 (makes it $1.00 each)

Aleve 24 count $3.55
$1 off Aleve Product RP 10/25 and 1/3 (makes it $2.55)

Contact Cold & Flu $5.39
$2 off RP 1/10 (makes it $3.39)

Mentos Gum $1.00
55 cents off SS 10/11

Jolly Time Microwave Popcorn $1.00
50 cents off SS 1/10 (makes it FREE)

Quilted NOrthern Bath Tissue $5.99
$1.00 off at

Happy Shopping!


Bi Lo "Must Buys" 1/13 - 1/19

OK - here are the "must buys" according to little ole me this week at Bi Lo. There are a TON of BOGO deals this week at Bi-Lo, but this is what I see as the best deals for "stockpiling" and should be bought whether you need this week or not since this is best price you will get until on sale again. - DOn't know what stockpiling is and why I say this? Drop me a note and I would LOVE to explain it to you. Using coupons will save you money, but buying at the lowest price ever and stockpiling will REALLY save you money! :o)

Do Not Forget:
* Bi-Lo doubles coupons up to 60 cents face value.
* Bi-Lo will give you a 5 cent discount for every "reusable bag" you bring in and use.
* You do not have to buy both items in a BOGO special. One will ring up half price.
* Bi-Lo does NOT take competitor coupons. Only regular manufacturer coupons.

BOGO Deals

Birds Eye Steamfresh Frozen Vegetables $2.00 ($1.00 each)
50 cents off SS 12/06 (makes it FREE)
50 cents off SS 1/10 (makes it FREE)
$1.00 off 2 SS 12/6 ( makes it 50 cents each)
$1.00 off 3 SS 1/10 (makes it $1.00 each)

Welch's 100% Juice, 6 pk. $4.98 ($2.49 each)
$1.00 off 2 SS 9/27 (makes it $1.99 each)


Hillshire Farm Deli Select Lunchmeat $2.99
35 cents off RP 1/10 (makes it $ 2.29)

Betty Crocker Fruit Roll Ups, Fushers, By the Foot $2.00
$1 off 3 SS 1/3 (makes it $1.66 ea)

General Mills Cereal - Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Multi Grain Cheerios $1.98
$1 off Honey Nut Cheerios, printable - makes it 98 cents!
55 cents off original Cheerios, printable - makes it 88 cents!

Betty Crocker Pouch Potatoes 80 cents
35 cents off SS 12/13, 11/22 (makes it 10 cents!)
$1.00 off 2 SS 12/13, 11/22 (makes it 30 cents each)

Muellers Recipe Ready or Whole Wheat Pasta $1.00
$1.00 off 2 SS 1/3 (makes it 50 cents each)

Chapstick 99 cents
50 cents off 2 RP 12/13 (makes it 50 cents each)

Quilted Northern Bath Tissue 8 Mega Rolls or 12 Double Rolls $5.99

Happy Shopping!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bi Lo Deals 1/6 - 1/12

Here are the "deals" I see that are worth the trip to Bi Lo for this week. Hope you can find something you can use today or something you can stock up on for future use.

Do not forget:
* BiLo doubles coupons up to 60 cents face value.


Russet Potatoes 10 lb bag $6.99 ($3.49 ea)

Coffee Mate Refrigerated Creamer $2.29 ($1.14 ea)
$1 off 2 SS 11/1
$.50 off SS 11/1

Allens Frozen Vegetables $2.00 ($1 ea)

Breyer's Ice Cream $5.29 ($2.64 ea)

Southern Home Canned Vegetables 95 cents (47 cents ea)

Biggest Loser Protein Powder $12.99 (6.49 ea)

Atkins Shakes 4 pk $6.99 ($3.49 ea)
$1.50 off SS 1/3
$1 off SS 1/3

Nature Made Vitamins $4.99 ($2.49 ea)
$1 off in January All You Magazine; SS 1/3

Blistex Lip Balm $1.29 (64 cents each)
$1 off 2 SS 12/13
.25 cents off SS 11/15


Southern Home Fresh Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs 99 cents/lb.

Kellogg's Pop Tarts 8cnt $1.75 each

Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups 60 cents each
$.40 off 4 SS 1/3

Tide Detergeant (24-40 loads) $5.99
$1 off PG 12/27

Bounce Dryer Bar or Sheets $3.99
$.25 off PG 12/27
$.50 off Bounce Bar PG 12/27

Electrasol Tabs or Gelpacs 20 cnt $3.99
$.40 off SS 11/15
$2.50 off SS 1/3

Cottonelle Bath Tissue 12 double rolls $6.99
$.50 off SS 12/13

Scott Bath Tissue 12 rolls $6.99
$1 off SS 11/15


Buy (2) Palermo's Pizza for $11.98
Get For Free:
(1) Mayfield Icecream
(1) SH Breadsticks
(1) SH Potatoe Skins
(1) Pepsi 6 pk 12 oz cans

Happy Shopping!

Publix Deals 1/6/10 - 1/12/10

Good morning! Here are the items that I feel are the best deals at Publix for the week!

Do not forget:
* Publix doubles coupons up to face value of 50 cents
* Most Publix stores accepts coupons of other competing grocery stores in your area. Check with your Publix to confirm what they accept.
* No limit in the coupons you use.
* Do not have to buy 2 items when they are BOGO. If you buy one, it will ring up at half the regular price.

In today's paper there is a coupon for a "Mystery Item" for 1 cent. You must have the coupon from their sale flyer today to get it and you must spend $10.00 (PRE-coupons) in order to qualify to purchase the item for 1 cent. This week's mystery item is Publix Tortilla Chips! You must get this item TODAY and TODAY ONLY!!!

BOGO Items

Kellogg's Special K Bars $3.19 ($1.64 each)
$1.00 off 2 bars RP 1/3 and 1/10 (makes it $1.09 each)

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta $1.79 (89 cents each)

Valley Fresh White Chicken 12.5 oz can $3.49 ($1.74 each)


DiGiorno For One Pizza $1.25
$1 off DiGiorno 200 Calorie Pizza SS 1/3


Gillette Fusion Shave Gel $2.99
$1.50 off PG 12/27


Solo Paper Plates 22 - 48 count $2.00
$1.00 off SS 12/6


Buy Suave Body Wash ($2.19) and Suave Naturals Shampoo ($1.79)- Get $1.00 off
(If you also buy the Suave Naturals Conditioner ($1.79) then you get $2.00 off)
50 cents off Suave Body Wash RP 10/25, 12/13 (you can use this coupon and "stack" it on
the coupon in the sales flyer) If you buy all 3 and use both coupons you will spend $2.77
making them 92 cents each)

Buy $10 worth of Pepsi, Frito Lay Products, Gatorade or Stacy's Products and get one Publix Reusable Bag for Free!

NOTE #1: These bags are only 99 cents normally to begin with. So please do not go buy $10 worth of products just so you can say you got a free bag!! :o) However, if you are buying those items anyway, be sure and take your coupon and get your free bag!

NOTE #2: I just LOVE using reusable bags. Not that I am a completely "Go Green" type of gal, but I have been trying to be a little greener lately. However, that is not why I started using these bags! You would not believe the amount of items that fit in these bags and they do not get heavy!! (Well, of course, if you put 5 2 liter bottles in there, it is a little heavy......) But anyhoo, I love the fact that now I can take in a load of groceries in 3 or 4 of these bags versus the store plastic bags when it would be usually 8 or 10 bags. I highly suggest getting some of these bags!

Happy Savings!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Free 27 Piece Makeup Collection

Go to E.L.F. and get a FREE 27 piece Mini Makeup Collection with any size purchase! They have lip gloss for only $1.00 that will qualify you for this FREEBIE! Shipping is $6.95 or Free if you make a purchase of $75 or more.

To get your free makup collection, place any item you would like to purchase in your cart and then under the coupon section, type in LOYAL. Click on apply this coupon and you will see a the free makeup collection added to your total. I can't wait for mine to come in! What a great way to stock up on birthday gifts, holiday gifts or stocking stuffers by getting stuff FREE throughout the year! ;o)

Happy Shopping!

Harris Teeter Freebies (or near Free) 1/6/10 - 1/12/10)

Tomorrow marks the start of SUPER DOUBLES at Harris Teeter? What does that mean for you? That means Harris Teeter will double a coupon with a face value up to $1.98!!!! This is a great way to rack up on some items to stockpile with usually!

Do not forget:
* Harris Teeter will only allow you to cash in 20 coupons per day.
* You must have a VIC card to participate. Don't have one? No biggy, sign up on your way into the store. Easy Peasy!
* Doubles coupons with face value up to $1.98.
* Harris Teeter will sell out of these items quickly so shop early!!!

Note: In my experience, some Harris Teeter stores seem to vary a little bit on their prices from store to store so don't be surprised if some items may cost you a few cents rather than free if their price is a little higher than expected. (I think they are catching on to us couponers! :o)

FREEBIES (after coupon value doubles.....)

Sun Crystals $1.99
$1.00 off RP 11/1, 1/3

King Hawaiin Rolls 4 count $1.39
$1.00 off RP 12/13

Frank's Red Hot Sauce 4.5 oz. $1.25
$1 off SS 10/4
$.50 off SS 12/13 (makes it 25 cents)

Chobani Yogurt $1.45
$1 off SS 12/13

Helluva Dip $1.49
.75 off SS 12/13

Chinet Napkins 40 ct. 94 cents
$1 off SS 11/22

G.U.M Floss/Wax $1.99
$1 off RP 11/15

Bayer Aspirin $1.99
$1 off RP 1/3

Ivory Soap 3 count $1.45
$1 off PG 12/27

Lysol Wipes 35 cnt $2.00
$1 off SS 1/3


Gorton Popcorn Shrimp $2.09
$1 off SS 11/1 (makes it 9 cents)

Heinz Catsup 20 oz. $1.67
$.75 off SS 1/3 (makes it 17 cents)

Turkey Hill Tea $1.25
$1 off 2 RP 11/8 (makes it 25 cents each)

Uncle Ben Brown Rice $2.29
$1 off RP 1/3 (makes it 29 cents each)

Rice A Roni or Pasta Roni $1.00
$1 off 3 (makes it 33 cents each)

Happy Saving!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Target Deals 1/3 - 1/9

OK, below is a listing of what I see that are pretty good deals in the Target paper this week. Again, I am not listing everything on sale, as you can pretty much look at the ad yourself if you want to know everything, but I just figured I would highlight what I plan to buy or would buy if I needed it or could use it. I feel most of the personal hygiene, cleaning products, etc. that are advertised "on sale" can be obtained during a better sale elsewhere. I hope you find something useful here as well.

Weight Watcher Smart Ones Frozen Meals $1.89 each
NOTE: If you purchase 10 of these frozen meals, you will receive a $5.00 Target gift card
at checkout!!!!
$1.00 off 5 in January All You Magazine

Hostess 100 Calorie Packs $2.49
NOTE: If you happen to be on Weight Watchers, you can eat one whole pack of the Creme
Filled Strawberry or Chocolate Snack Cakes for 1 point! YUMMO

Iams Cat Food $12.90
NOTE: Purchase 2 bags of Iams Cat Food and receive a $5.00 Target Gift Card at checkout!

Board Games - Sorry!, Operation, Connect 4 or Trouble $10.00 each
NOTE: Coupon inside specially marked boxes for FREE PIZZA from Dominos!

I just love earning Target gift cards on something I was going to buy anyway!

Happy Saving!


Publix 1/1 - 1/5

Sorry about the lateness of getting these posted, especially since tomorrow is the last day to grab them before they are gone! With the long holiday weekend to give me to time to clean house and get rid of stuff to prepare for the new year, I took advantage of it and barely got on the computer all weekend.

Anyhoo, below I have listed the deals I see that are best to purchase this week at Publix and to use to stock up on while you can!

Don't forget:
* Publix doubles coupons up to face value of 50 cents!
* You do not have to buy both items when it is BOGO. If you have two coupons, then by all means by both!


Fresh Express Salad $3.99 ($1.99 ea)

Kellogg Pop Tarts, 8 ct. $2.39 ($1.19 ea)

Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper $1.99 (99 cents each)
.75 cents off 3 - SS 1/3/10

Old El Paso Taco Meals $2.97 ($1.98 ea)

Wishbone Salad Dressing, 16 oz. $2.97 ($1.48 ea)
.75 cents off at if still available (makes it .73)

Tostitos Tortilla Chips $4.99 ($2.49 ea)
$1.00 off in All You December Magazine (makes it $1.49 ea)

Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn $2.45 ($1.37 ea)

Nabisco 100 Calorie Snack Packs $3.19 ($1.59 ea)
$1.00 off 2 Nabisco Crackres SS 12/13 (makes it $1.09 ea)


Cascade Dishwasher Detergeant $3.99
.50 off PG 12/27


Weight Watchers Smart Ones Frozen Meals $2.00 each
$1.00 off 5 January All You Magazine

That's the deals I see. Of course, as always there are tons more things on sale, but these are the best deals that I see. I figure no sense in posting every sale item, you can see that for yourself in the sale flyer!

Happy Saving!