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Show and Tell

Thursday, March 12, 2009 | | 0 comments
Hi Readers!
Last night was a VERY successful grocery shopping trip. A host came with me along with a couple friends. We had a ton of fun! We looked like a little train walking up and down the aisles. I really enjoyed the company!
First we headed to Smiths. I am going to tell you how I made out and then I'll tell you how my friends made out when they send me their pictures!

At Smith's I walked away with
10 packages of American Beauty Pasta (long spaghetti and macaroni noodles)
10 bottles of Kens Salad Dressing
1 32 oz Bag shredded cheese
2 Gallons of milk
1.5 lbs green grapes
1.12 oz Asparagus
1.48 lbs yellow onions
4 green bell peppers
1 red bell pepper
1 package beef jerky
3 Boxes Kellogg's Mini wheat bites, blueberry, cinnamon, and maple flavors
7 boxes Nature Valley Granola bars
4 Colgate toothbrushes
2 bags Cheetos puffs
2 bags Frito honey BBQ chips
1 bag chili cheese Frito's
1 bag Doritos

Then I did head over to Albertson's after. I hardly ever do two stores, but I couldn't leave behind such a good sale
4 boxes Planters nut bars
2 box wheat thins
1 box chicken in biscuit crackers
4 California Pizza Kitchen personal pizzas
3 Kraft Pasta salads
1 Kraft salad dressing
1 package 18 taco shells
2 packages Oreo cookies
1 box already cooked bacon
1 Oscar Meyer deli shaved lunch meat
1 100 sq feet plastic wrap
2 bags Lays potato chips
1 Sara lee cheesecake
1 tub land o lakes butter
4 bags birds eye fresh steamer vegetables
2 packages hot dogs
1 loaf french bread
1 container cinnamon rolls
Total spent at Albertsons 23.09
Total Spent at Smiths 52.31
Grand Total $75.40
Saved $159.34
Savings of 68%
85 items purchased
.88 cents an item

I brought home the groceries, set them on the counter, called my husband over, asked him what he thought I spent and then he proceeded to tell me he already knew, so I asked how. He said the exact total I spent and said he checked online at our bank account. Then he said I was surprised you went over budget before you came home and now that I've seen what you bought I think you should go back and spend MORE! I was so excited to hear him say that. This week I bought a lot of stuff to use in his lunches and a lot of stuff we have really been needing, like pasta. I did go over budget a little, but I figure as long as I don't go over $200 for the month I'll be happy!
Here were a couple tips
If you buy 10 participating products the $5 discount comes of your purchase instantly!!!! That was so nice. I kept expecting the $5 off coupon to print out and it never did and then I saw it came off my receipt I was thrilled. Then I realized you could do up to 30 products and receive $15 off your total instantly. So Smith's will honor up to 30 items and then if you had more than 30 you would have to do another group or transaction to get the discount! Awesome huh! You saw the savings drop right there! The ad states that very clearly too.

Both stores I went to last night were stocked well

Never be afraid to question your bill total. At Albertson's last night my Kraft discount wasn't applied and I asked why. The checker wasn't sure so he called over the manager. The manager explained to me that the computer only recognized the sale if I grouped it by either 2 for $5 groups or 2 for $6 groups. I said the ad doesn't state that any where and he said I was right and they had to manually apply my discount. He said it had happened to several people and they couldn't figure out how to fix the computers to the discount would apply automatically.

Always have at least an estimate of what you expect your bill to be in case something like that happens. They were super nice about it and were happy to give me the discount, I just had to tell them. It saved me $10 off my bill to question the sale ad. In all the times I have been shopping this is the first time this has happened, but just be aware and never afraid to question something. You're the customer.

Red Box Wednesday

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | | 0 comments

Here is Wednesday's Red Box Code


Coupon Trading

Hi Readers! Abbie is trying to find some coupons! Can anyone help her?

Hi it's Abbie.
I am looking for a few coupons for this weeks sale.
Do you know anyone who is has extra or is willing to trade?

Smart Source
1/25 Nabisco snack crackers $2/2
2/11 2 Resolve carpet or fabric cleaner 32 oz or Lysol spray $2/1
2/22 Kotex tampons 18ct .75/1
2/22 Clogate toothpaste 6.4oz .75/1
2/22 Colgate toothbrush .75/1 Red Plum
1/18 Country crock spread .50/1
2/22 Kellogs cereal $1/1

If you know of anyone I will take what I can get.

Meal Planning Tuesday

Here are my upcoming meals for the week. Most of the items I plan on purchasing or I already have on hand from buying sale items the last couple weeks. Have fun planning your meals!

Toaster Strudels
"Green Eggs and Ham" (St. Patricks Day)
Egg, Cheese and Bacon biscuits- I am still trying to use up all my Grands Biscuits!
Monkey Bread
Yogurt- (last weeks sale at Albertsons), Green grapes (Smith's this week),
Cinnamon rolls with milk (on sale at Albertsons, and purchased refrigerated Pillsbury rolls 2 weeks ago)

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and grapes
Turkey and cheese biscuits
yogurt, apples and goldfish
Peanut Butter, Jelly sandwiches, raisins, and saltine crackers
Pretzels (ready made ones you heat up in the microwave, I bought them on sale last week and they were super good!), cheese and crackers and yogurt
Apples, Tostinos Pizza rolls, and juice

Green Salad, Green mashed potato's, clover rolls, broccoli, and stuffed green peppers (St. Patricks Day)
Baby Back Ribs, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and toast
Macaroni Grill Pasta kit (all I need to add is chicken) asparagus
Freschetta Pizzas, salads and apples
Pot Roast (roast, carrots, onions and potatoes) and grands biscuits
Pork chops, rice, biscuits and apples

Warm Delights
Shamrock cookies

Fruit snacks and apples
Saltine crackers and peanut butter and celery
Goldfish and apples
Grapes, crackers and fruit snacks

Smith's Preview

Its finally up! Here is the Smith's list this morning! Happy Shopping!

Costco Comparison

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | | 0 comments
I love the website Pinching your Pennies. It is a forum where people all over Utah share great deals they have found. One thread compares Costco prices for us. I love seeing prices of things there just so I can get an idea of what I am saving. For anyone interested here is the link to the list. While you're there check out PYP (pinching your pennies)!

Red Box Monday

Monday, March 9, 2009 | | 0 comments
Here is Monday Nights Free Redbox Code. Enjoy!

What to do after you get all those coupons in the paper

I have had a few readers ask me what to do after they get all those coupons and organize them.

You won't use them all that week. You'll use the coupons when the items go on sale at the store. The coupons in the booklets expire about 5 months after you get them. So hold on to them until then.

Here is a typical weekly shopping experience for me. I log in to Grocery Smarts-link on the right side- and click the store I want to shop at. I typically do this Wednesday morning because I like to shop at Albertson's and their ads run from Wednesday at 6 am to Tuesday at 11pm. I go through the list and figure out what items are 4-5 stars. I look in the last column on the left, figure out what coupons to clip, finish making my list, print the list, clip the coupons it tells me to, and head to the grocery store. I know it sounds so simple and that's because it really is! Grocery Smarts makes it so easy for us busy moms on a budget.

If you have more detailed questions feel free to email us at

Diaper Coupons

Ok, so online here you can print $5 off and $3 off Huggies Diapers Coupons here or click the grocery smarts link on the side of this page and click on printable coupons group a. (Don't forget you can print each coupon twice) After some debate as to where the best place to use them at I have come up with the places I think are best.

Walgreens this week has their diapers on sale for $10.99 and if you spend $25 in participating products you'll receive $10 in register rewards!
I love Walgreens, but chances are I didn't get there yesterday when the sale started, so they are probably gone. also has a great deal too and they are always in stock. You can mail your coupons in (instructions on their web site) and they'll apply it to your account. You can use various promo codes to receive $10 off (promo code I used, mom6) and then there is a rebate form here you can mail in to parents magazine for $14.97. They also give you free shipping if you spend $50. I also had another reader tell me that she used cashbaq for the first time and they credited her account $5 and 1% of the purchase prices. This sounds like a pretty great deal to me, but some work involved.

I also saw in Targets ad this week that their boxes of Huggies diapers were on sale for 29.99 and they had wipes in them and if you buy 2 boxes you get a $10 gift card. I am not sure if they'll accept our printable coupons because they say they have to be the gentle care brand and Target has snug and dry on sale.

Which ever way you chose to buy your diapers a $5 off coupon makes a big difference. With our coupons diapers turn out to be a pretty good deal this week! I'd post exactly how to get the best deal and how much it costs per a diaper, but every store has their own policies and every size of diapers has a different diaper count in the box. Comment if you find a great deal and let us know!

Sunday's Coupons

Sorry this is so late. There was a mix up with my newspapers. My neighbors thought I had extras and they borrowed them. After some investigation I was able to recover them! I told them they could have the papers if they gave me my coupons! What a great idea. Share your papers with your neighbors!

Coupons I got excited about!

Roberts 40% off on regular priced item

Various Joanne's Craft coupons

Famous Footwear 20% off your purchase

Toys R Us $5 off all Pampers or Especially For Baby value box of diapers (72-252ct.)

Toys R Us $5 on all dreft or tide laundry detergents

Smith's Marketplace Home Coupons

and in the SS and Red Plum this week there were some other great coupons to various restaurants!
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