Saturday, April 30, 2011

Living - Locals: Free Shred Event on Saturday!

Spotted this sign in front of the East side Pizza Ranch advertising a Free Shred Event this Saturday from 8-11 AM!  What a great way to get rid of all those shred items piling up in your closet.  Oh come on, you know it's true! :-) 

If you want more information call the BBB at 271-2066 (not sure they are open on Saturday though).

Saving - Kellogg's Corn Flakes & Reusable Bag Deal - Kmart!

I found this fun display in my Kmart where you can get a free Kellogg's reusable shopping bag for free when you purchase 2 Kellogg's cereals 10 oz or larger!  And the best part is they are right there, so no sending away for them and paying shipping and handling like the other deal currently out there!

And through Saturday the Kellogg's Corn Flakes 18 oz boxes are on sale fr $1.99!
Use $1/2 from here
= $2.98 for 2 big boxes of corn flakes & a free bag!

*so if you are shopping Saturday, keep your eyes open.  We'll have to see if any other nice deals on Kellogg's cereal start on Sunday to go with this deal. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

Saving - Free Cottonelle Wipes Tub!

Hurry and go over here to fill out your info and give a friends name and email address (Give a Tub, Get a Tub promo) and you will receive a coupon in the mail good for a free tub of Cottonelle Wipes!

Thanks, Hip2Save!

Living - What To Do This Weekend?!

Wondering what to do this weekend with the family or just the kiddos?  Here are a few frugal things going on this weekend.  Hope everyone has a super weekend!

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Falls Park 12 PM - 7 PM here - Free!

Locals Food Fest at Pomegranete Market 10 AM - 4 PM here - Free!

Make-It Take It Event @ Michaels, decorate a t-shirt or apron for Mom, cost is purchase of shirt or apron 10 AM - 12 PM here

Pre-Summer Party at Youth Enrichment Services Boys & Girls Club 700 S Sneve 4-6 PM here - Free!

Saving - Gilligan & Omalley's Bras As Low As $3!

Expired now...
Target has a hot daily deal today online! Gilligan & O’Malley Bras are B1G1 Free at $10.00 each, making them $5 each when you buy 2 since shipping is FREE.

BUT if you spend $75 or more you get an additional 20% off! This is before discounts so if you buy 8, the total discount will be $56 off your order! This makes it $24 for 8 or $3 each!

And don't forget to go through Ebates so you can earn 3% cash back on your purchase!  (If you are new to Ebates you will earn $5 cash back just for signing up!)

This is a pretty hot deal, so if you want it grab it now!

*Note: This post includes a referral link.  By clicking on the link for Ebates you may be helping to support this blog!  Thank you!

Thanks, TotallyTarget!

Saving - *NEW* Tidy Cat Litter Coupon! Plus Deal!

If you missed the $1.10/1 Tidy Cat litter coupon I posted yesterday in the grab bag (like me!) here is another opportunity to grab it!  Go over here (can search by pet care) and you should find $1.10/1 Tidy Cat litter.

Hurry!  If you want this coupon, print it now.  It seems coupons have been disappearing much quicker lately.  And remember, you can print the coupon twice per computer.  This is one coupon I wish I had several computers to print.  I just hate spending so much money on litter and this is a nice coupon!

Walmart AND Target -
You can find the 10 lb bag of Tidy Cat Litter (no clump) for around $1.77
Use $1.10 coupon
= $.67
(This is like paying $1.34 for a 20 lb bag!  This is a hot price!)

Saving - LOCALS: Breadsmith's *Hot* & Yummy Deal!

So there is another great local deal today!  Grab today's Groupon deal to get 3 loaves of YUMMY bread from Breadsmith for just $7!  That's less than $2.40 a loaf!  You can barely grab bread at the grocery store for that, let alone tastey artisan bread!!

I have some favorites from Breadsmith that tempt me all the time!  I love, love, love the Jalapeno Cheddar (Saturday bread), the Peppercorn Swiss (Monthly bread) and of course the Honey Wheat....just to name a few! :-)

To get today's deal:
*Login or register here
*Click Buy

*You may only purchase 1 per person (so be sure to have your significant other sign up too if you want more than one)
*Expires 7/31/11
*You may use the voucher on 3 separate trips (so one loaf per visit!!)
*See more here

You can go over here to view their calendar.  They have monthly breads and then they have daily breads.  And you can call ahead to ensure your favorities are set aside for when you can stop by later in the day to grab them!

Sandwich made with Breadsmith's Peppercorn Swiss!
Check out my post about Breadsmith here that includes my recipe for French Toast made with the Honey Wheat bread and a tastey crusty sandwich made with the Peppercorn Swiss!

*Note: This post includes a referral link.  By clicking on the link and making a purchase you may be helping to support this blog!  Thank you!

Saving - LOCALS: *Hot* (Or Should I Say Cold?!) $10 Worth of Cold Stone for $5!

Oooooooh, yummy!  I am all over today's Keloland Spotlight!  And to top it off we are planning to go there next week so I am super excited about saving some money on our fun little trip!

Grab today's deal to get $10 worth of yummy goodness at Cold Stone Creamery for just $5!

You may purchase up to 5 deals for yourself, although only 1 may be used per visit.  Vouchers expires 7/31/11 and must be used on a Monday thru Thursday only.

This deal is available through Sunday.

Be honest, how many are you going to buy?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Saving - Coupon Grab Bag!

Hope you find something to grab from the miscellaneous listing of coupons below:

Better Oats Oatmeal $1/1 here on Facebook

Clearasil product $1/1 here

Garnier Fructis Styling Product $1/1 here

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray made with extra virgin olive oil product $1/1 here on Facebook

Infusium 23 Product $2/1 here

Jose Ole product 16 oz or larger $2/1 here

Ore Ida Sweet Potato Fries $1/1 here on Facebook

Post-It Flags or Tabs purchase of $3 or more, get $2 off here

Tidy Cats Litter $1.10/1 here

Saving - Kum & Go 10 Cent 32 oz Drinks 5/1!

Mark your calendar to grab a 32 oz drink at Kum & Go this Sunday, 5/1 for just $.10!  My hubby will enjoy this deal.  We like to indulge in a fountain pop every once in a while.  :-)

Saving & Giving - Saving For Our Families & Giving For Others!

Below are several items that can be purchased this week for $1 or less that would make great donation items.  As I noted in this post about the Saving & Giving articles, couponing is not only a way to save for our family, but a way to give to other families while maintaining your family budget. 

I encourage you to pick up at least one extra item this week while you are out shopping and donate it to a local organization or family in your area.

For those in Sioux Falls, you can drop off your donations at Elegant Mommy (next to She's Shapin Up at 49th & Western) and I will do the delivering for you, if you prefer.

*Splenda deal here = Free plus MM!
*Stayfree Maxi pad deal here = Free plus MM!
*Nexcare bandages deal here = Free after rebate

*Van Camp's Pork & Beans $.39 a can
*Yakisoba Meals $.88, use $.50/1 3/13 SS = $.38 (not found at all locations)

*Similac Ready to Feed Sensitive or Regular here = $.47-Free plus overage
*Nivea Bodywash here = Free
*Yakisoba Meals here = $.12 each
*Dial Nutri Skin lotion here = $.97-$1
*Olay 2-Bar Soap here = $.48
*Colgate Junior here = $.50

*Yakisoba Meals on price cut $.89, use $.50/1 3/13 SS = $.39
*Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Travel First Aid Kits $.97, use $.50/1 3/13 RP = $.47
*Purex Complete Crystals $2.99, use $2/1 3/13 RP = $.99
Again thank you for joining me on this mission!  A coupon can not only help your family, but it can also make another family's day!  Keep sharing the coupon love!

*Please also share what cheap deals you found this week that would make great donation items!

Saving - HyVee Top Picks & Ad Matchup 3/27-5/3!

Here are my top picks this week at HyVee.  For a full ad matchup, you can go over here.

Top Picks:

Palermo's Pizza & Pepsi 12-pk deal here

Almond Breeze Milk 32 oz $2.29
Use $1/1 here
= $1.29
*Also available $.55/1 1/30 SS

Country Pride Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 2.5 lb bag $3.99
*This equates to about $1.60/lb.  And these make for great breasts to use when making things like enchiladas, tacos, salad, etc!

Van Camp's Pork & Beans 15 oz $.39

Lunchables with fruit deal posted here.  Especially if you find the peelies!

Yet another slow week for stock up deals.  What deals are you finding this week?!

Saving - Old Navy Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off!

Now through 5/1 you can purchase 1 item at Old Navy and get 1 50% off!  This is valid instore and online!

If shopping online, here are a few tips:
*Login to Ebates first (if you haven't signed up, just enter your email and you are ready to go) to earn 2% cash back while you are shopping!  Simply type 'Old Navy' in the search box.
*Use code: ONBOGO to get the buy 1 get 1 50% off
*Free shipping when your minimum is $50 or more (no code necessary)

Does Mom need a new shirt, maybe a bag or flip flops?  This just might be a great time to pick you up one and get Mom's at 50% off!  Or vice versa. :-)

*This post includes a referral link to Ebates.  If you sign up and make a purchase, you may be helping to support this blog.  Thank you!

Saving - Bath & Body Works Fragrance Event = Freebie! Plus Coupon!

This Saturday from 1-5 PM Bath & Body Works is hosting 'America's Biggest Fragrance Event'.  While supplies last, you can grab a Free tote and Full Size Into the Wild Body Lotion with Any Signature Collection Purchase (Doesn't state that it has to be full size - so maybe possible to grab the smaller 2 or 3 oz size)!  No coupon necessary.

Plus take this coupon with you to grab a Free Travel Size Signature Collection with ANY purchase!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Saving - Lunchables Catalina & Deal @ HyVee!

There is a catalina good on Lunchables with Fruit.  Purchase 4 or more and receive a catalina coupon good for $3 off your next purchase in the store.

I was able to find the Lunchables with Fruit on a Price Decline at my HyVee for $1.50 each.  This makes for a nice deal.  And if you still have any peelies that are good for $1/2 or find the products with them on it this time around, it will make for an even better deal!

HyVee Deal - Price Decline price of $1.50 each
Purchase 4 @ $1.50
= $6
Receive catalina for $3 off next purchase
= $3 or $.75 each!

*Note: For local readers, I found this price at the 49th & Louise location.  No peelies on the ones on hand.  Let us know if you find this price at other HyVees and if there are peelies!

Saving - Walgreens Top Picks! And Ad Matchup!

Here are my top picks for Walgreens this week and you can go over here for the full ad matchup!

Splenda - purchase 3 get $4 RR Scenario:
Buy 3 Splenda Sweetener $2.99 each
Use 2 $3/1 4/17 SS
Use 1 $1/1 here
= $1.07
Receive $4 RR
= Free, plus MM!

Stayfree Maxi Pad $2.99, Receive $2.99 RR
Use $1/1 here or 3/27 RP
= Free, plus MM!

Folgers Classic Roast Coffee $2.79
Use $1/1 4/10 RP or here
= $1.79

Nexcare Waterproof $2.99 **look for package with rebate on it
Use $.55/1 4/3 SS
= $2.44
Submit rebate for $2.99
= Free + MM!

What awesome deals are you finding this week?!

Saving - Kohl's Shopping Pass!

There are lots of great retail coupons available today!  Here's one good at Kohl's now through 5/3/11.  Save 15% of any purchase (or spend $100 or more and get 20% off).

Plus now through 5/5 you can earn $10 in Kohl's cash with each $50 you spend!

Saving - *Hot* Palermo's Pizza & Pepsi Product Deal @ HyVee!

There is a nice deal this week on pizza and soda at HyVee.  Grab the HyVee in-ad coupon good for a free 12-pack cans of Pepsi product when you purchase 2 Palermo's pizza.  Plus grab the Buy 1 pizza get 1 free manufacturer coupon I posted about here.

And then check out this deal:
Purchase 2 Palermo's thin crust pizza $4.69 each
Purchase 1 12-pack cans of any Pepsi product
Use in-ad HyVee coupon (will deduct cost of pop)
Use pizza coupon above (will deduct cost of 1 pizza)
= $4.69 for 2 pizzas & 12-pk!  Less than $1.57 each!

*I had never tried the Palermo's pizza, however the kids and I made the thin crust pepperoni pizza for lunch and it was pretty tastey.  Probably a new fave for me, as far as frozen pizza goes.

Note: Not all HyVee stores will accept the B1G1 Free coupon, as it is an Internet printable coupon.  So as always your mileage will vary.

Saving - Macy's Saving Pass: 25% Off!

Grab this Macy's savings pass to help you save 25% off your purchases now through 5/2/11.  Hmm?  There just might be a great gift for Mom waiting for me there.....

Saving - Famous Footwear 30% Off Purchase!

Wow, here is a nice (and rare) coupon to Famous Footwear.  Get 30% off your purchase with coupon now through 5/1/11.

You can also shop online using code: FRIENDS30

Does Mom need a new pair of sandals for the summer?  Mother's Day is just around the corner!

Saving - LOCALS: $8 for $15 Worth of Meat at Neighbor's Meat Market!

Here is a nice deal, as you prepare for the grilling season.  Grab today's Keloland Spotlight deal to get $15 worth of meat for just $8 at Neighbor's Meat Market in Sioux Falls.

Even if you live in Yankton or other areas and stop by Sioux Falls for shopping you can grab this deal and make use of the savings on your market meat!  The certficate doesn't expire until 6/30/11.

And you can actually grab 2 of these, but keep in mind you can only use 1 per visit.

With grilling season, camping season, graduations and even Memorial Day weekend just around the corner this is sure to be a great deal.

Anyone been to Neighbor's Meat Market?  Know what the prices are like?

Note: I called to ask about 90-93% lean ground hamburger, which they do not carry.  However the 85% lean runs about $4.25/lb.  Consider 46% savings (with today's deal) and you would be paying about $1.96 a pound.  And keep in mind this is just one kind of meat.  Thought I would throw it out there, in case you were interested.

Laughing - Today's "What The?!" Moment!

I have to admit that while I am out running errands I often run into some strange things that leave me thinking, "what the?!".  That ever happen to you?  I am sure it has.  Well, I thought I would share today's "What the?!" moment with you.

After loading the kids into the car at HyVee, I went to return the cart when I found that someone had parked in front of the cart return, which meant I had to wander around in the rain to find another cart return.  After returning to my car I just had to laugh. 

The best part about this is that the vehicle parked in front of the cart return was a large SUV, which was of course sticking out into the driving area as well.  So I wondered, how could the driver not have noticed something was a little out of whack when walking around their vehicle to head into the store.  Nevermind the fact that they parked in front of the carts. Lol! 

So to this driver I want to say thanks!  Thanks for the chuckle you gave me and the endless thoughts still running through my head as I try to answer the question you left in my head, "what the"?!

:-)  Have a great day!

Saving - HyVee Easter Clearance!

I ran to HyVee today for a last minute grab and found myself eyeing the Easter clearance.  I don't normally think of HyVee as a place for clearance bargains.  But I found myself excited today.  I know that products and prices on clearance can vary by store, but thought I would post in case you happen to be in a HyVee this week.  It just might be worth a peek!

Things I found today on the shelf:
Easter paper plates with cute bunnies, etc 8 ct pack $.25
Peeps box $.25
Peeps singles $.10
Brach's jelly beans $.50
M&Ms peanut or plain bag $1
Plastic Eggs $.25

*Locals - found these prices at the 9th St HyVee

Saving - Kmart Capri Sun $1! Plus Easter Clearance!

This week you can pick up the 10 pack Capri Sun for just $1 at Kmart.  A great stock up price if you use these.  Think summer fun just ahead.

Here's how to get in on this deal.

Purchase 2 Capri Sun on sale $2 each
Use the Buy 1 Get 1 Free in-ad coupon (deduct $2)
= $2 for 2 or $1 each!
*Note: You must be a Shop Your Way Rewards Member to use the coupon.  This is free to sign up and you can actually do it in store the day you go if you wish.

Easter Clearance:
Clearance is currently at 50% off for non-candy related items.  There were several of these filled Easter baskets available at my Kmart.  The toys inside are on the cheaper end, but if we can hold off fo 75% off they may make for some good outdoor toys for the sandbox, beach, etc!

Saving - Sunshine Ad Matchup 4/27-5/3!

Here are the matchups I see for the week.  My faves are highlighted in red below.  And keep in mind that Sunshine doubles unlimited coupons daily with a face value up to $.50.

Parkay Margarine quarters or tub $.99
Use $.50/1 here (will double) - no more prints
= Free

Smart Ones $2.22
Use $4/10 here

In-Ad coupon Del Monte Ketchup 36 oz $.89

Kool-Aid 8/$1 about $.13 each
Use Buy 10 Get 5 Free 3/13 SS
= $1.30 for 15 or less than $.09 a piece

Act II Microwave Popcorn 3 ct $1.50
Use $.50/1 2/27 SS (will double)--expires 4/29
= $.50

Creamette Pasta $1.25
*if included
Use $.55/1 Quick Cook Pasta 4/10 SS
= $.70

Dial 3 ct bar soap $2
Use $.35/1 3/13 RP (will double)--expires 4/30
= $1.30

3-Day Sale Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Land O Lakes Milk gallon White & Chocolate (excludes Vit D) $2.50
Use $1/1 2/13 SS for Chocolate Milk
= $1.50

Sioux Falls Only - Shopping News Ad
Totinos Pizza Rolls 7.5 oz $1
Use $.40/2 4/17 SS or here (will double)
= $.60 each wyb 2

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Living - Free Sample Folgers Coffee!

You can go over to the Folgers Facebook page and request a free sample of the Special Roast Coffee.

Saving - TCBY $10 Worth For $5!

Are you heading to Omaha for a shopping trip, maybe a zoo trip or just for fun?  If so, you will want to grab today's Living Social deal for Omaha.  Grab $10 worth of yummy treats at TCBY for just $5!

Voucher expires 10/27/11.

Our family will be heading down to visit the zoo and the children's museum!  Can't wait to surprise them with this fun treat!

Do you plan ahead for trips you are going on by joining that city's daily deal sites?  If you don't yet, it might be a great idea to do so now.  It is a great way to save moola when you are already spending enough on the gas, hotel, etc!  How do you find them?  You could start by going through daily deal sites you know of and looking for the specific city.  And to locate others, you could do a google search for 'daily deals' and the city name.

*Disclosure: This post includes a referral link.  By clicking on the link and making a purchase you may be helping to support this blog!  Thank you!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Living - LOCALS: Sioux Falls Quarter Craze Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for The Sioux Falls Quarter Craze on Monday, May 2nd from 6:30 PM - 9 PM!

This is said to be a fun and entertaining evening!  And this time around proceeds are being donated to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life!

For those of you that have been around the blog for a while, you know that The Relay For Life is an event near and dear to my heart.  This year is no exception to that!  

Come out to the VFW on 5/2 and get in on the fun all the while supporting a great cause.

What is a quarter craze? 
FUN events where you can win fabulous new items from up to 20 companies, have a great time, AND donate to a great cause!

A Quarter Auction is a cross between a raffle and an auction. It's also a mix between a charity fundraiser and a direct sales vendor event. You purchase a ticket which gets you a seat during the event and gets you a numbered bidding paddle. Your paddle will have a corresponding numbered chip that will go into the drawing basket. Home-based business people put up items for "auction." Those items are on display for an hour before the event begins. When the auction starts, the emcee will hold up the item, give a brief description of it, and tell how many quarters it costs to bid. The bids ONLY COST between $0.25-0.75 total for any item!!!! You need to bring a roll or two (or more) of quarters. If you're interested in a chance to win that item, you'll put the required number of quarters in the bowl at your table and hold up your bidding paddle. For example, if an item valued at $15 is offered it would require a .25 bid. If you want it, you toss a quarter into the bowl and raise your paddle. The volunteers from the charity-of-the-month sweep through the crowd to collect the quarters and the emcee then draws numbers to find a winner. If your number is drawn, you win that item for only a quarter! If you didn't bid and your number is called, you call out "no bid!" and numbers continue to be drawn to find a winner. You can also buy a second (or third) paddle and double or triple bid to increase your odds. It sounds potentially complicated if you haven't been to one before but once you're there and see it in action, it makes sense and it's a blast!

Sounds like fun!  Still have more questions?  Check out the Sioux Falls Quarter Craze website.

Saving - PG Coupon Booklet: $35 In Coupons!

Go over here to request your PG coupon booklet with $35 in coupons on PG products.

Saving - True Lemon Coupon!

There were a couple of you that mentioned you like the True Lemon products while we were exchanging and talking coupon at the coupon exchange.  So when I saw this coupon in my email I knew I had to post.

So here you go...go over here to grab a $1 off coupon.

Saving - JC Penney $10 Off $25 Coupon!

If you are out shopping this week, you might want to grab this $10 off a $25 purchase coupon good on nearly everything at JC Penney.  Coupon valid through 4/30.

I also received the $10 off a $10 purchase coupon today in the mail!  Love this coupon!  Be sure to check your "junk mail".

These coupons are great to combine with clearance finds.  Let us know what you are finding if you are out and about.

Saving - Tylenol Precise $5/1 Coupon!

You should be able to go over here to grab a $5/1 Tylenol Precise product coupon (excluding travel sizes).  Be sure to hit your back button a few times to grab a second.

Seems Walgreens has these on a B1G1 sale from time to time.  Anyone know of any nice deals?

Saving - Blockbuster Express DVD Rental Free Today Only!

Here is your Monday DVD rental code from Blockbuster Express!  Grab a free one with code: MONDAYDVD

Code is only valid today.

Saving - Coupon Grab Bag! Some Nice Coupons: Dove, Lipton & More!

Here is a miscellaneous listing of coupons currently available.  There are some nice values below.  I am trying to get caught up a bit so instead of individual posts for them, I thought I would include them all in one list and highlight the high values.  Hope you can find something to grab!

All Free Clear Oxi-Active Laundry Detergent $1/1 here (rare)

Bar-S Corn Dogs $1/1 here

Benedryl anti-itch product $1/1 here

Dove products Only redeemable at Walgreens (excludes travel size) $3/2 here

Gerber Graduates Fruit & Veggie Melt Snacks $1/2 here

Fage $2/2 cups of Fage Total Yogurt here

Lipton Tea Buy 1 Get 1 Free 20 oz here on Facebook

Milano Melts Cookies $1/1 here (right side of page) 

Ocelo Scrub Sponges $.75/2 here

Palmero's Pizza Buy 1 Get 1 Free here

Silk $1.25/1 here (login or register)

Tidy Cats Litter $1/1 here

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Living - Happy Easter!

I really hope that each of you had a chance to spend some time with your family or friends today!  As you may have noticed I have been missing in action since Friday and for good reason!  We were blessed to spend a few days with my family.  Loved every minute of it.  Now enact the de-spoiling process for my kids. ha ha!

Here's hoping each of you had a very Happy Easter!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Saving - LOCALS: Looking For A StayCation This Summer? $99 Hotel Package!

If you live in the Sioux Falls area or planning on traveling this way, there is a decent daily deal today on Keloland Spotlight.

This voucher must be used Sunday through Thursday sometime before 9/5/11.

For $99.....
*Grab a one-night stay at the Ramkota Best Western in a non-poolside room.
*6 waterpark passes (says no additional bands will be sold with this offer)
*$25 food and beverage voucher to Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill or Maple Street Cafe
*$20 room discount for next stay
*4 tickets to the Washington Pavillion OR 8 tickets to Thunder Road Family Fun Park

Plus be sure to enroll your kids in the Ramkota Rascal's Kids Club and they will get a gift bag with goodies on their first stay!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Saving - Happy Earth Day Friday! Earth Day Deals!

How will you be celebrating Earth Day on Friday?  Here are a couple nice deals available tomorrow:

Caribou Coffee -
Free coffee when you bring in any reusable drinkware.  Plus their Facebook page states that any day, you can grab $.50 off your drink when you bring in your fave mug or tumbler.

Lowes -
Check if your store is participating in the free tree giveaway.  Note: this is on Saturday 4/23.

Starbucks -
Free brewed coffee or tea when you bring in a reusable mug or tumbler!

Living - Whatchya Got Cookin'? Ham!

This time of year you can find different sales on whole or half bone-in hams that are worth taking a second glance at.  Even if you are a small family!  Why?  Well, consider making the ham for a meal and then repurposing the remainder of the ham for other meals down the road.  Ham freezes very well and can be thrown into numerous dishes.

Plus - keep in mind that SOME DAY it will warm up and you will not want to be running your oven, but craving home cooked meals.  The Summer months will be upon us and you will be running every direction with little time to focus on a family meal, but wanting to avoid the drive thru.  With the bags of ham in your freezer waiting to go, you are sure to pat yourself on the back when it comes to those hectic warm days ahead!  (That's right, it is okay to congratulate yourself on a job well done) :-)

We just made a half-ham last night, which I lucked out last week at HyVee's ham sale I came upon a Meat Manager's special where there were a couple hams marked down to $.99 a pound!  Doesn't hurt to keep your eyes open for the bright orange stickers!

After supper I added 7 new bags of ham to my freezer.  Here's what I did:

2 bags - Cut larger slices of ham
This will allow for our family to have a nice ham dinner down the road by simply reheating the ham.  Include a potato dish, corn, fruit salad. 
Or you can throw the slices on the grill for that grill flavor!

5 bags - Cut ham into small chunks
By cutting the ham into chunks, it allows for a little versatility. 
*Make a baked potato, add some ham and cheese on top and you have a simple/quick meal.
*Add to scrambled eggs for either breakfast or other meal
*Add to scalloped potatoes or cheesey hashbrowns to make them into a nice meal
*Egg bakes
*Throw on top of a salad
*Toss in a salad you are taking to a Summer potluck picnic

So, not only is it a good time to save a little money on the ham prices, it is also a great time to cook up the ham and plan ahead for the coming months.

I consider $1.69-$1.99 a decent price on ham, in case you are wondering.  This week you can find these prices.
HyVee - $1.89 HyVee bone-in Spiral Sliced whole ham
Sunshine - $1.69 John Morrell whole bone-in ham
Target - $1.99 Market Pantry half bone-in ham

Please share your ideas for leftover ham!

To see previous Whatchya Got Cookin'? posts, you can go over here.

Saving - Easter Basket Ideas On The Frugal!

Over the past weeks I have hinted at ideas on filling Easter baskets.  I thought I would round up those ideas and include a few additional ideas for those of you that my be struggling to get going. 

 Basket Ideas:
Well first you must start with a "basket".  With my kids, I have kind of stepped away from the traditional basket that we grew up with to something that is reusable in some fashion.  Last year I grabbed a couple Halloween buckets (that do not shout Halloween - a Butterfly and SpongeBob bucket) on clearance at Target for this year's baskets.  But a couple other ideas:
*Plastic Buckets (like pictured above) - I have seen these for $1 at Michael's (and you could use the 40% off coupon from Sunday's paper) or I am pretty sure I saw some at Walgreens for around $1.50.
*Big colorful bowls - these can be reused for popcorn bowls or other uses
*Dollar store containers - there are normally some cute (and only $1) containers at Dollar Tree that you can designate for another use
*Rubbermaid (or like brand) plastic container with lid (remove lid in order to fill for Easter) that can be reused to hold markers, crayons, a certain toy (like all of my daughter's Littlest Pet Shops), etc.

Filler Ideas Deal Round Up:
*Clay Necklace idea here
*Filled Easter Eggs for Free!  Several posts about these, so hopefully you have grabbed them!
*Skittles Blenders at Target - here
*FurReal Snuggimals - if you are lucky enough to find the 2 pk for just $2.48 this is a Great deal - here
*Movie Certificate! - Did you get the eggs this week at Walgreens that spit out the 2 Red Box rentals?  Why not make a certificate with a code on it for the basket that they can then rent a movie of their choice!
*Crayola Color Wonder On The Go (if you are able to find them) - here
*Character Soft Soap - here (no longer on price cut, but still a decent price with coupon)
*Battery Operated Toothbrushes (deal still available) $1.99 - here
*Aquafresh Training Toothpaste here
*Free Stride Gum - here

Additional Deal Ideas:
*Goody Ouchless Hair Accessories $3, Receive $3 RR = Free!

*Strawberry Shortcake Mini Doll in Purse $6.44
Use $3/1 here or 4/3 Hasbro insert
= $3.44

*Connect 4 Travel game $5.44
Use $3/1 here or 4/3 Hasbro insert
= $2.44

Anyone else, feel free to add to the comments!!

Now get shopping!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Saving - Orville's New Pop Up Bowl Popcorn $.67!

I noticed at both HyVee and Sunshine the 3 pack of Orville Redenbacher's New Pop Up Bowl Microwave Popcorn 3 ct box are priced at 3/$5 or about $1.67 each.

Use the $1/1 coupon here or from All You Magazine - April
= $.67 a box!

So have you tried it? 

Saving - Sunshine Weekly Matchups 4/20-4/26!

Here are the matchups I see this week for Sunshine.  Remember that they double unlimited coupons daily with a face value up to $.50.  My fave picks are in blue.

Blue Bunny Ice Cream $2.75
Use $1/1 here
= $1.75
*Blue Bunny has an ice cream called 'bunny tracks' or similar.  Fun and easy treat for the holiday weekend??

Ore Ida frozen potatoes $2.22
Use $1/2
= $1.72 each wyb 2

Stove Top Stuffing $1.25
Use $.50/1 4/3 SS (some regions have $1/2) ($.50/1 will double)
= as low as $.25

Land O Lakes Half & Half $.99
Use $.50/1 4/3 SS (will double)
= Free

Era Laundry detergent $2.99
Use $.50/1 4/17 RP (will double)
= $1.99

Country Crock $2.50
Use $.40/1 here (will double)
= $1.70

Hunts Ketchup $.99
Use $.50/2 All You Magazine - April (will double)
= $.49 each wyb 2

Farmland Sausage 16 oz roll $1.77
Use $1/2 4/17 SS
= $1.27 each wyb 2

Other nice deals this week:

Strawberries 16 oz $1.38
Green Giant Idaho Potatoes 10 lb bag $2.99
John Morrell Whole Ham $1.69/lb

Saving - LOCALS: Organic Valley Gallon Milk $.99 @ HyVee!

Wow!  If you hurry, you can grab a gallon of Organic Valley milk for just $.99 at the HyVee on Minnesota Avenue!

This is a great price for milk in general and then consider that this brand is normally $7.48 a gallon!

The milk is "close date" in grocery terms and has an expiration date of 4/24.  However, keep in mind you can freeze milk.

Thanks to reader, Kelli for passing along this deal!

Saving - HyVee Top Picks & Matchup For 4/20-4/26!

Here are the top picks for this week's ad.  And you can go over here for a full ad matchup.

Vlassic Pickles $2
Use $.55/1 here
= $1.45

Ronzoni Garden Delight or Healthy Harvest Pasta $.99
Use $1/2 here
= $.49 each wyb 2

Lay's Potato Chips $1.88
Use $.55/1 3/13 SS
= $1.33

Other nice deals:
Del Monte Gold Pineapple $1.99 (hoping they are as HUGE as I saw them this past week - this will make for a really nice deal!)

HyVee Bone-In Spiral Sliced Ham 1.99/lb

Pepsi products 12 pk cans or 6 pk bottles 4/$10 with in-ad coupon

Dole Iceburg Lettuce $.99 (This is 50% off what it has been for the last several weeks!)

Saving - Reach Floss $1/1 Coupon = Free Floss!

Another nice coupon available over here.  Grab the $1/1 Reach Floss coupon and you should be able to get free floss at Walmart and Target and possibly other places!

There are a few other new coupons available on
Reach Toothbrush $2/2
Listerine Mouthwash $1/1
Sweet Home Farm Granolas $1/2
Hungry Jack 7 oz Jack Mix Pouch $.25/1
Jiffy Lube signature oil change $10/1

Saving - Frank's Hot Sauce Coupon = Free Sauce!

Go on over to Frank's Red Hot Facebook page and "like" them to get a $1/1 coupon good on any Frank's sauce.

I noticed the last time I was in Walmart they now are carrying a bottle for $.92, so Free after coupon!
*note that prices at Walmart can vary, so you might not find that price in all regions.

Saving - Walgreens 4-Day Ad Starts Today! Plus Additional Weekly Deals!

As mentioned earlier this week, Walgreens has a new 4-day ad starting today.  Below is my top pick from the new ad plus a couple additional deals to make note of for the week.

Aquafresh Toothpaste Training for kids sale $1.99
Use $1/1 4/17 RP
Plus stack with $1/1 in Walgreens Coupon booklet (by ads in-store)
= Free
*also available $.75/1 here
*Great Easter basket filler!

In addition to the deals I mentioned here, the following are noteworthy from this week's ad!

Scott Naturals 6 pk Paper Towel
Use $1.50/1 here
Plus stack with $1/1 in Walgreens Coupon booklet (by ads in-store)
= $2.50 or $.42 a roll - this is a nice stock up price
*Also available $1/1 4/17 SS or here
*And I would recommend looking through your Walgreens catalina printed coupons, as I was able to find a $2.50 coupon!  Woot!

Huggies 184 or 216 ct Wipes $5.99 each (purchase $20 Worth get $5 RR, purchase $15 get $3 RR)
Purchase 4 = $23.96
Use 4 $.50/1 4/17 SS
Plus stack with $2/1 from Walgreens Infant Care Booklet (will deduct $8)
= $13.96
Receive $8 RR
= $8.96 or $2.24 each!  Great wipes price!

Saving - Dominoes up to 10 Topping Large Pizza $8!

Today's national Groupon offer is a Large 10 topping pizza for just $8.  This is a great deal if you are a topping junky! :-)

Go over here to get this deal today!

Limit 3 per person and 1 allowed per order.  Must order the pizza online for redemption of the Groupon.  Carryout Only.

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