My 8/20 Publix Trip – $57.48 for $25.60 or 56% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

This was such a long day at work that I was thrilled to get a free rotisserie chicken for dinner and the kids devoured it so we were all happy. While it wasn’t a big trip I managed to get a good deal on some staples that we needed. Today I bought $57.48 worth of groceries for $25.60, or 56% off after coupons, $5/$30 Winn Dixie q and $3 RR.  Here are the deals:

Bounty Basic Paper Towels, Select-A-Size, Mega Rolls, 6 rolls, $5.99 *eligible for the free Rotisserie Chicken wyb 3 participating P&G products*
-$0.25/1 Bounty Product (excludes trial/ travel sizes) Publix Digital Coupon
-$0.50/1 Bounty Towels Target Coupon, 07/27 RP (exp 8/31)
-$1/1 Bounty or Bounty Basic Paper Towels Publix Coupon “Go on a Stocking Spree” Sheet (I used this one)
-$0.25/1 Bounty Towel or Napkins, exp. 8/31/14 (P&G 07/27/14)
Final Price: $4.99 plus the free chicken

Coca-Cola Products, Assorted Varieties, 12 pk, 12 oz cans, 4/$10
-$1/2 Coca-Cola Product, Any 12-Pack Of 12 Oz. Cans – Found On Product peelie
Final Price: $2.50 per 12 pack

Publix Spring Water or Purified, 24 pk, 16.9 oz bottles, $4.49 B2G1 or $2.99 each

Pantene Pro-V Shampoo or Conditioner or 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioer, Assorted Varieties, 25.4 oz, $5.49 *eligible for the free Rotisserie Chicken wyb 3 participating P&G products*
-$1/1 Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Product Printable
-$2/1 Pantene Styling Product Printable
-$4/2 Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Product Printable
-$3/2 Pantene Products (excludes Expert Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women and trial/travel size Publix Digital Coupon
-$3/2 Pantene Product, exp. 8/31/14 (P&G 07/27/14) (I used this one)
Final Price: Pay just $3.99 each plus free chicken

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Beef. It’s What for Dinner at Our House!

Disclosure – “I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Beef! It's What's for Dinner!

With five young kids in the house I don’t get out a lot, but it’s super easy to entertain friends at home – all you have to do is throw a few steaks on the grill and you’ve got a party! The best thing about grilling out is that you can hang out and socialize with your friends while cooking and you don’t have to spend all your time in the kitchen. This super simple meal went together in just a few minutes and it was both delicious and healthy.

These ribeye steaks were marinated in low sodium Dale’s sauce for the afternoon in a zip bag in the refrigerator then grilled for just a few minutes on each side. We topped ours with slices of provolone cheese and you could make yours extra special by sauteing onions and mushrooms and placing them between the steak and the cheese. The steaks were served with a ceasar salad and bacon wrapped potatoes that were also cooked on the grill. Drizzle a little olive oil on the potatoes before wrapping them in partially cooked bacon, hold the bacon in place with toothpicks and wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil before placing on the grill.

In addition to being quick and easy to prepare, beef is also a healthy meal since it contains 10 essential nutrients including iron, choline, selenium, zinc, phosphorous, niacin, riboflavin, vitamins B6 and B12, and of course protein. It’s also a low calorie meal choice and most lean cuts have less fat than skinless chicken thighs. My favorite thing though is that I always know the kids will eat their dinner without any fuss when I serve them beef, in fact we have taco night at the house several times a month and the kids really enjoy getting to put their own tacos together just the way they like them.

We’ll put all the ‘fixins’ out on the table and let them choose their own favorites. Plus, we always make extra taco meat using lean ground beef on taco night so there is enough leftover for after school snacks the next day. The kids love to scoop it up with tortilla chips for a quick snack and I love that all I have to do is warm it up a little, so everybody is happy!

My 8/17 Walgreens Trip – $32.34 for $1.02 or 97% Off

Walgreens Shopping Trip

I’m super excited to have been paid to buy my favorite Almay eyeliner at Walgreens today so I stocked up and I bought some delicious candy bars with the overage. I basically ended up only paying tax on all of this so I bought $32.34 worth of goodies for $1.02, or 97% off after coupons and RR. Here are the deals:

$3RR WYB ALmay Lip or Eye Cosmetics & Eye Makeup Removers $5.99 + 25¢ (250 Balance Reward Points)
-$4/1 Almay Cosmetic Product, exp. 8/24/14 (SS 08/10/14 R) (I used 3 of these)
Final Price: FREE + $1.26 Money Maker!

Hershey’s Candy Bars 3/$2
-$1/3 Hershey’s Candy Bars tearpad (I used 3 of these)
Final Price: 33¢ each

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $96.25 worth of groceries  for $27.68, or 71% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 8/13 Publix Trip – $96.25 for $27.68 or 71% Off


My 8/13 Publix Trip – $96.25 for $27.68 or 71% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

I needed to hit $50 before coupons so I could use the gas card coupon this week but it wasn’t hard because there were a lot of great deals. My kids have really been going through the fruit bars during this long hot summer so I was happy to pick up these four boxes even though I didn’t have any coupons for them. I was also thrilled to get the BabyBel cheeses to take to work for snacks. Today I bought $96.25 worth of groceries for $27.68, or 71% off after coupons, $5/$40 Publix q that came in the mail this week and $2.50 Register Rewards.  Here are the deals:

Hormel REV Wrap, Assorted Varieties, 3 oz, 2/$3
-$1/2 HORMEL REV Wraps (I used one of these)
-$1/2 Hormel Rev wraps Target Coupon (and one of these)
Final Price: 50¢ each

The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Cheese, 4.2 or 4.5 oz, 2/$5
-$1/1 Babybel® Cheese product (I used two of these)
Final Price: $1.50 per bag

Smithfield Ham Slice, Maple or Honey, Smoked, Boneless, 8 oz, BOGO $3.59
-$0.75/1 Smithfield Anytime Favorites, 07/13 SS (exp 8/31)
Final Price: $1.80 each (I had no qs)

Eat Smart Vegetables, Assorted Varieties, 10 or 12 oz, BOGO $2.50 or $1.25 per bag

Chinet Classic White Plates, Square, Dinner, 9 1/2 in, or Dessert, 6 3/8 in, 15 or 35 ct; or Cut Crystal Plastic Cups Tumblers Tall, 14 oz, or Regular, 9 oz, 18 or 25 ct, BOGO $2.89
-$1/1 Chinet Branded Products printable
-$1/1 Chinet Product printable (I used two of these)
Final Price: 45¢ each

Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup, 24 oz, BOGO $1.85 or 93¢ each

Mueller’s Pasta or Ronco, Assorted Varieties, 12 to 16 oz (Excluding Lasagna, Jumbo Shells, Manicotti, Gluten Free, and Noodles), BOGO $1.59
-$0.75/1 Ronco Pot-Sized Pasta printable
-$0.55/1 Ronco 100% Whole Grain Pasta printable
-$0.75/1 Mueller’s Pot Sized Pasta, Any – Powered By SmartSource (I used two of these)
Final Price: 5¢ each

Simply Potatoes, Assorted Varieties, 20 ct, BOGO $2.85 or $1.43 each

Soft Scrub Cleanser or Cleaner, Assorted Varieties, 20 to 28.6 oz, 2/$5
-$1/1 Soft Scrub Product, exp. 8/31/14 (RP 08/03/14 #2)
-$1/1 Soft Scrub Cream Cleansers printable (I used two of these)
-$1/1 Soft Scrub Cleanser with Bleach printable
Final Price: $1.50 each

Kraft Velveeta Prepared Cheese Slices, 12 oz, BOGO $3.29 or $1.65 each

Edy’s Outshine Fruit Bars or Fruit & Veggie, Assorted Varieties, 14.7 to 18 oz, BOGO $4.65 or $2.33 per box

$50 Gas Card
-$10 Off $50 Gas Card wyb $50 or more Grocery purchase Publix Coupon (valid August 13 to August 17)

 

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

4 Things to Consider When Buying Pizza Delivery Bags

Pizza Bags

If you’re running a pizzeria, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into pepperoni and crust types, but the actual pizza delivery bags may have slipped your mind. Here are just four things to consider when buying protection for your pies from one destination to the next.

1: Price

The very first thing you should do is work out a budget for your bags. How many can you afford? Will you save money if you buy in bulk? Can you purchase a manufacturer guarantee if their internal temperatures don’t live up to the hype?

2: Insulation

Hot delivery bags are absolutely critical for maintaining the quality of your product, but there are different insulation types depending on your needs and price range. For example, thermopac bags start with a single layer; vacpac bags contain four.

3: Performance

If you only plan on making short-range deliveries, an industry standard bag should be enough to keep your pizzas warm during their journey. If you deliver to the entire county, however, or if you want to make a name for yourself through your steaming toppings, you might need to look into premium performance bags.

4: Size

Pizza bags aren’t “one size fits all.” Some are made for single pies; others can comfortably carry two or more. Don’t forget to factor in dimensions when making your final purchase decision.

These are just a few useful considerations when buying pizza delivery hot bags. Remember, the quality of your product will mean nothing if it arrives at the destination ice cold!

Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $64.82 worth of groceries for $14.54, or 78% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 8/6 Publix Trip – $64.82 for $14.54 or 78% Off


My 8/6 Publix Trip – $64.82 for $14.54 or 78% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

I got some super deals this week and I’m psyched to have gotten at least three meals worth of entrees plus other stuff for less than $15! I can’t wait to try the Tilapia Florentine, it looks delicious. This week I bought $64.82 worth of groceries for $14.54, or 78% off after coupons and $5/$30 Winn Dixie q.  Here are the deals:

Hawaiian Punch 6 pk, $2.50
-$1/1 Hawaiian Punch 6-pack 10oz. Bottles (I used 2 of these)
Final Price: $1.50 each or 25¢ per bottle

Sandra’s All Natural Stuffed Chicken Breast, Broccoli and Swiss, Florentine, or Cordon Bleu, 10 oz, BOGO $4.99
-$1/1 Sandra’s All Natural Chicken Entree Products printable (I used 2 of these)
Final Price: $1.50 each box

Sea Best Chef’s Selection Signature Entrees, Roasted Tomato & Her Salmon, Mango Crusted Swai, or Tilapia Florentine, 10 oz, BOGO $7.99
-$2.99/1 Sea Best Tilapia Florentine, Roasted Tomato Herb Salmon or Mango Crusted Swai, exp. 8/23/14 (Publix Coupon Smart Savings Booklet or printable) (I used 2 of these)
-$1/1 Sea Best Product printable (and I used 2 of these)
Final Price: Free after coupons!

Tombstone Pizza, Assorted Varieties, 19.8 to 28.4 oz (Excluding Brick Oven and Double Top Varieties), BOGO $5.35
-$1/2 Tombstone Pizza, Any 16-38 oz Tearpad
Final Price: $2.68 each

Febreze Home Collection Candle, Assorted Varieties, 7.5 or 12 oz, BOGO $8.99
-$1/2 Febreze Fabric Refresher, Set & Refresh or Air Effects, exp. 9/20/14 (Target Back to College Mailer)
-B1G1 Febreze Product, exp. 8/10/14 up to $3.99 (P&G 07/27/14) (I used one of these)
-$1/1 Febreze Candle Printable
Final Price: $2.50 each

Tampico Punch, Citrus, Tropical, Peach, or Mango, 1 Gallon, $1.99 or $1.00 each

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $101.08 worth of groceries for $27.36, or 73% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 7/30 Publix Trip – $101.08 for $27.36 or 73% Off


Back to School with Kohl’s and Disney Apparel

Disclosure – I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.”

Kohl's Disney Collection Sofia the First

There are eighteen days until my five kids go back to school, not that I’m counting or anything (wink, wink). They’ve been in summer camp all summer and they’re really having a great time and go on lots of field trips every week, but I think they’re ready to go back to school too, and I’m positive that the budget is beyond ready.

I’ve been busy getting all the school supplies that they’ll need ready, but I think the most important thing is that they have something new and “cool” to wear the first day. I remember when I was a kid and how excited I was to put on a new outfit with new shoes and a new backpack and head to school to make some new friends and see all the old friends that I’d missed over the summer. That always got me excited to be back in school and I (sometimes) envy the kids when I see how excited they are to be doing all the back to school shopping.

My kids are all huge Disney fans and my girls absolutely love Sofia The First so they are really going to enjoy these new outfits for the first day of school. It always amazes me how different the quads are from one another, even though they were all born within two minutes. One of my girls is a “girly” girl and loves dresses and fingernail polish so she’s going to adore this Sofia the First tiered dress with a tulle skirt. My other girl is more of a tomboy and loves animals of any sort so she’s going to wear these bling leggings with the tiered skirt and Sofia the First “I love my animal friends” shirt.

There is a whole new line of Sofia the First character apparel now available at Kohl’s as well as a new line of Jake and the Never Land Pirates clothing that my boys are going to go crazy for. They are available in kids sizes 4 to 7 and toddler sizes. Check them out online or in store and let your kids experience the adventurous spirit of wearing Disney clothing by Jumping Beans.