Friday, March 25, 2011

The Time Has Come...

....for me to make some decisions about what's most important in my life. The last couple weeks I've been tossing around the idea of what to do with my blog. Keep blogging for a couple more months....or stop all together. I really feel for a couponing blog to be effective it should be updated a couple times a day. The last while I haven't had time to do that and I'm the type of person that if I can't do something 100% then I would rather not do it all.

Last evening my husband and I had the opportunity to attend New Horizons Ministries Banquet. I was expecting that we'd eat dinner, give them some money and be on our merry way. Instead I was really touched by the ministry they're doing. I sat there thinking "I wish I could be a nanny for a little baby and teach the little one about Jesus but I can't because I have my own two children." In that moment God spoke to me by reminding me that he blessed me with 2 children and it's my duty to teach them about him. Children are only little once and I don't want to miss the opportunity that God has given me.

So in conclusion, this will be my last blog post. I want to start focusing more of my time and energy on my children. With summer coming up things always tend to get a little busy. I'm also expecting our third child and am due late September. So I course want to spend time this summer canning and freezing as much as possible to make my load lighter for next summer. I also need to prepare myself to start homeschooling my oldest this fall. That alone will be a huge challenge to me and something I never expected I'd have to do.

I started this blog in the summer of 2009 because I wanted to let my friends and family know that it's possible to be able to get toothpaste, shampoo, razors and grocery items for pennies and sometimes free! I've accomplished what I wanted to so I feel good about quitting. I will, of course, still be couponing! I don't know that I'll ever be able to quit that! It makes me sad to think that when I find a good deal at Kroger or elsewhere that I won't be able to share it with you. Maybe I'll have to give a shout out on Facebook once in awhile. :) If you ever have any questions please feel free to e-mail me. I don't mind at all.

I will leave you with some links to my favorite blogs.

The 3 blogs I check daily are:
Hip 2 Save (she is all around the best blogger, if there's a deal she'll have it posted)
Money Saving Mom (I like her blog because she's a Christian, has 3 small children and is in the same stage of life as myself.)
For the Mommas (If you shop Rite Aid you will want to follow her blog. She'll post unadvertised deals she finds there. She also always lets you know what coupons to expect in Sunday's paper.)

If you're wanting Kroger deals I recommend checking Stockpiling Moms or Stretching A Buck. It's also a good idea to occasionally check the Kroger section on A Full Cup. There you can find out about the most recent catalinas and discover unadvertised deals.

Thanks for reading my blog! I will miss you guys very much!

Coupon Insert Preview ~March 27

We can expect to receive 3 coupon inserts this weekend; 2 Smartsource and 1 Red Plum. Go here to see a preview of the coupons.

Kroger: Triple Coupons, Today Thru Sunday!

Wow! I don't think Kroger has tripled coupons in over a year! Today thru Sunday Kroger will be tripling coupons up to $.50. So a $.50 coupon will be worth $1.50, a $.25 coupon will be worth $.75. A $.75 coupon will just double like normal meaning it would be worth $1.50. I really don't have time today to work on any match-ups and I'm really not sure if there's any good deals to be had or not. If you head into Kroger and find some good deals you can leave a comment here and let us know what you found. I'm actually not sure if I'll even go in. Gasp!

Thanks, AFC!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Make Your Own Wheat Thins

Did you know it's possible to make your own Wheat Thins? I sure didn't until yesterday when I saw this recipe. Two Peas and Their Pod shows you how to do it here. I would love to give it a try but am a little bit apprehensive about it since I'm not very good with rolling out dough that thin. Hey, I can't even roll out pie crust. But I know if I don't try making them I'll always wonder how they taste. So I may have to put this on my list of things to do.

What do you think? Are you going to try it? If you do come back here and let me know how they turned out!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom for the link!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Meijer: AWESOME Deal on Cleaning Supplies and Trash Bags!

Meijer has an awesome deal going on this week on cleaning supplies! Buy 7 select products and receive $5 off instantly at the checkout. On top of that there's a catalina deal running on Clorox and Glad Products; Buy $15 worth of Clorox and/or Glad Products in one transactions and receive a $5 catalina! You can view the Meijer sale flier here. The cleaning supply deal can be found on pages 14 & 15.

Here's a scenario I came up with.
2 Glad Trash Bags - $6.49 ea
1 Clorox Bleach - $1.88 ea
1 Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner - $1.88 ea
1 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner - $2.00 ea
2 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner - $2.00 ea
Clorox/Glad Total - $16.74
Grand Total - $22.74
Use 2 - $.75/1 Glad Trash from the 3/13 SS
Use 1 - $25/1 Clorox Bleach from 3/13 SS
Use 1 - $.75/1 Clorox Toilet Bowl printable
Use 1 - $.75/1 Lysol Toilet Bowl from 3/6 SS
Use 2 - $.75/1 Lysol All Purpose from 3/6 SS
-$5.00 Instant Savings
Final Total - $8.24, Get back a $5 catalina, bringing your total to $3.24!!!! That's a pretty awesome deal considering you're buying 2 boxes of trash bags!

You can work this scenario to meet your needs! I'm needing Clorox Bleach right now or I would have skipped getting that and gotten 2 of the Clorox Toilet Bowl cleaners instead. Go here to read about more scenarios.

$1/1 Minute Maid Orange Juice!

Yay! Minute Maid just released a new coupon! Head over to their Facebook wall and "like" them, if you haven't already. Click on the MOJO tab along the left side of the page. Next, click on the green "Get it Now" button and it should take you to the page to print your coupon.

Coupons for orange juice are rare so print it now it you want it!

Kroger: Smart Taste Pasta $.29 ea

I just wanted to give you the heads up that Kroger has raised the price of the Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta; so it's no longer free. :( The Garden Delight and Healthy Harvest are still priced the same as last week.

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta - $.79 ea
Use $1/2 printable or from the 1/23 SS
Final Price - $.29 ea

I also happened to notice that the Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner is included in the March to Savings Event.

Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner - $1.99 ea
Use $.75/1 from the 3/6 SS
Final Price - $.49 ea
*If you have Meijer close by be sure to check out their sales flier as they have a better deal on Lysol cleaning products.*

Monday, March 21, 2011

Kroger Deals 3/21 - 3/27

For some reason I didn't get a Kroger flier this week. :( So I'm just reposting all of the March to Savings Deals. So be sure to check out your sales flier before shopping.

March To Savings Event: Buy any 10 participating items and receive $5 off instantly at the checkout. Prices listed below are assuming you're buying 10 items thus receiving the $5 discount.

Coca - Cola 2L - $.89 ea

Powerade - $.50 ea

Fuze - $.75 ea

Simply Juice 59 oz - $2.74 ea
Use $1/1 printable (no longer available)
Final Price - $1.74 ea

Capri Sun or Kool-Aid Jammers - $1.49 ea

V8 or V-Fusion Juice 46oz - $2.49 ea
Use $1/2 from the 2/6 SS or printable
Use $1/1 V8 Fusion Tea printable (if included)
Final Price - $1.49 ea - $1.99 ea

Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs - $1.49 ea

Oscar Mayer Bologna - $1.49 ea

Chips Ahoy! Cookies - $1.99 ea

Ritz Crackers - $1.99 ea
Use $1/2 Spring Ritz Printable (no longer available)
Use $1/2 from the 1/30 SS
Final Price - $1.49 ea

Wheat Thins Crackers - $1.99 ea
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price - $.99 ea

Wheat Thin Crunch Stix - $1.99
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price - $.99

Triscuits Crackers - $1.99 ea
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price - $.99 ea

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta - $.49 ea
Use $1/2 from the 1/23 SS or printable
Final Price - FREE

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta - $.79
Use $1/2 from the 1/23 SS
Use $1/2 printable
Final Price - $.29 ea
Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta - $.49 ea
Use $1/1 from the 1/23 SS
Use $1/2 printable
Final Price - FREE

Bumble Bee Tuna - $.49 ea

Kraft Salad Dressing - $1.49 ea

Kraft Miracle Whip - $2.49 ea
Use $.75/1 printable (no longer available)
Final Price - $.99 ea

Dannon Yogurt - $1.49 ea
Use $1/1 from the 2-27 SS or 3-6 SS
Final Price- $.49 ea

Heluva Good! Dip - $1.49 ea
Use $.75/1 from the 1/23 SS
Final Price - FREE (Thanks, Rachal!)

Post Cereal - $1.99 eaUse 1/1 Honey Bunches of Oats Raisin Medley from the 2/27 SS
Final Price - $.99 ea

Quaker Quakes Rice Snacks - $.79 ea

Hershey's Drops or Reese's Minis Candy - $1.99 ea
Use $2/2 from the 1/30 SS
Final Price - $.99 ea

Staples: FREE Paper!

It's been quite awhile since I've seen free copy paper! I always like to take advantage of these deals! The paper comes in handy to print coupons.

HP 8.5 x 11 Multipurpose Paper - $5.99
$4.99 Easy Rebate (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 HP Paper w/ColorLok Technology
Final Price after coupon and rebate - FREE

It's super easy to submit for the Staples Rebates. You can do it online here.

Thanks, For the Mommas!

Kroger: FREE Frito-Lay Chips, April 1, 3 - 8 PM

Did you all notice the ad in the Smartsource yesterday about Kroger giving away free chips? On Friday, April 1st from 3-8 PM Kroger will be giving away FREE bags of Frito-Lay chips (2.5-3oz.). While supplies last. Limit one free bag per customer.

I'll try and post a reminder about it next week.