Friday, March 30, 2012

Living - Random Fun For The Weekend!

Looking for something fun to do with the kids/family this weekend?  Check out these great things going on in and around Sioux Falls!

Happy Weekend Everyone!

SuperFruits class at Pomegranate Market 10 AM - here

Easter Bunny Event at the Brandon Library 10:30- 12 PM - here

Storytime at Main Branch Library 11 AM - here

Spring Butterfly Clay Pot Make-it-Take-it at Michael's 1-3 PM *with purchase of clay pot, ages 3 & up

Easter Egg Hunt at Lyons Park (14th & Main) 11 AM - here

100th Birthday Bash at Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown 10 AM - 4 PM - here

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Southern Hills United Methodist 10 AM - 12 PM - here

Easter Pail Make-it-Take-it at Michael's 1-3 PM - here

River City Cheer Extravaganza at Yankton High School 5-8 PM - here

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Saving - HyVee Top Picks This Week!

Below are my top picks for the week.  See a full-ad matchup here.

HyVee Sour Cream 16 oz $.77
*Mix Salsa with light sour cream and you have a tastey dip for veggies, chips and crackers!

Tostitos Chips $1.99
*Noticed Tostitos salsa with coupons for Free Salsa with purchase of 2 bags of Tostitos at 26th/Marion location.  That's just $4.98 for all 3 products.

Strawberries 16 oz $1.48

HyVee Cottage Cheese 24 oz $1.48

Chinet Select Products $1.50
Use $1/1 here
= $.50

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Living - Banana Crumb Muffins = Yummy, Yummy!

I had purchased some bananas awhile ago with full intensions of making banana bread and freezing some as well, but decided to step outside my comfort zone and try something new.  I am fully glad that I did because the Banana Crumb Muffins I ended up making were a huge hit with the family.  When I asked my 5 year old daughter if she liked them, all she could do was lick her lips over and over and smile at me.  Apparently they were so good they took her words away, which doesn't happen often! 

I made a double batch of the Banana Crumb Muffins and it made 12 regular size muffins and 54 mini muffins.  And I must state, 2 batches and none of them made it to the freezer!

I hope you enjoy this easy to make recipe as well.  Being able to make food items ahead of time and freeze them can help save time and money in the long run.  Have some favorite recipes you like to freeze, please leave a comment or send me an email.  If you like the recipe below, be sure to "pin it"! *smile*  Pinterest is my new addiction!

Banana Crumb Muffins:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups, or line with liners
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle topping over muffins.               

Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.               

Thank you, AllRecipes for the recipe.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Saving - Egg Coupon!

Always a nice coupon to have come available, grab the $.55/2 dozen eggs coupon over her on the Incredible Edible Egg Facebook page.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saving - New Redplum Coupons: Angel Soft, Axe & More - Hurry Won't Last Long!

There are some nice new printable RedPlum coupons available over here this morning.  There are a few $1/1 Axe product coupons too grab and then the $.45/1 Angel Soft toilet paper coupon.

Sunshine has the 12 ct double roll Angel Soft on sale through 3/27 for $5.99.  If your store allows double coupons on sale items, you could grab an additional $.90 off, grabbing it for $5.09 or $.42 a double roll!  Great stock up price.

But hurry, RedPlum coupons seem to disappear quickly!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Saving - Minute Maid 100% Juice Box Coupon + Target Deal!

There is a nice coupon available over here good for $1/1 Minute Maid 100% juice box product.  Nice coupon!

Combine the coupon with price cut at Target, where the MM 100% Juice Boxes are $2.69, grab them for just $1.69.  This is a nice price to grab some to gear up for summer travel plans, trips to the park or to finish out the school year with cold lunches.  And I have stuck things like this in Easter baskets before, kids love it!

Saving - Dora DVD Coupon + Target Deal!

Another great deal for a nice Easter basket filler....

Head on over here to grab a coupon good for $3/1 Dora The Explorer: Dora's Easter Adventure DVD.

Currently this DVD is on price cut at Target for $9.99, so just $6.99 after coupon.

Thanks, Totally Target for the price cut info!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Saving - Crayola Coupons!

UPDATE:  There is also a $1/1 My First Crayola product Target printable over here that you can combine with the $2/1 manufacturer coupon below!

There are some nice Crayola product coupons over on their Facebook page.  Great time to grab some good deals for filling the kids' Easter baskets!

My First Crayola product $2/1
Crayola Color Wonder $2 off $5 or more purchase
Crayola Outdoor product $2 off $5 or more

Saving - Easter Mini Photography Sessions!

Are you looking for a way to celebrate Spring and get some great photos for Easter?  Head on over here to check out the details on how to get in on some nice last minute deals from Cassie Martin Photography, starting at just $30 for the session!

Hurry as time slots are limited.

Saving - New $.70/1 Ziploc Coupon, Catalina Deal + Kmart Deal!

There is a nice new coupon over here where you can grab a $.60/1 Ziploc product coupon - Even better when you watch the video it will automatically increase the coupon to $.70/1 Ziploc product!

Catalina Deal:
There is also a national catalina offer currently available for when you purchase 4 Ziploc products, you will receive a $2 catalina coupon good on your next order (good at stores like Kmart, HyVee and more)

Kmart Deal:
There is a nice deal going on right now at Kmart to grab some pretty cheap Ziplocs.  Ziploc baggies are on sale this week for $2.50 each.  When you purchase $10 worth, you will receive a coupon good for $5 off your next purchase at Kmart.

Great deal scenario when you combine both the national offer and Kmart's offer!  Both catalinas are printing at Kmart!

Deal Scenario:
Purchase 4 Ziploc baggies on sale $2.50
= $10
Use 1 $.70/1 from above
Use 3 $.50/1 3/18 SS
= $7.80
Receive $5 cat
Receive $2 cat
= $.80 or $.20 a box!

These would make a great donation item as well for your child's classroom, churches and even the local food pantry!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Saving - Peachwave Get $14 Worth Just $7!

Another great Groupon to share with you, even if you live outside the Sioux Falls area but travel here, you will want to get in on today's deal!

Peachwave is offering a super deal to get $14 of their self-serve frozen yogurt for just $7!  Head over to Groupon to grab it now!

If you haven't tried Peachwave yet, this is a great way to do it!  This is one of our favorite spots in Sioux Falls.  The kids love picking out the different flavors of frozen yogurt and adding a few yummy toppings to it.  A trip to Peachwave is a super treat for them!  And I have to be quite honest I am happy when they want to go their 'cause it's one of my favoritie places AND I know it is healthier than other choices.

What's your favorite flavor?  Mine is the cheesecake, pineapple and raspberry.  I guess that's more than one, but honestly they are all pretty tastey!

Monday, March 19, 2012

GIVEAWAY Winner! MasterLock Password Lock!

I am still busy filling my POD and using my awesome lock from MasterLock!  Sorry I have been so absent from the blog, but packing up 10 1/2 years worth of life is more work than I ever imagined!  Thinking we should plan that the next home is our forever home! :-)

Thank you to all of you that entered the MasterLock giveaway!  It was fun reading how each of you would use your new lock, if you won it here on the blog!  Great ideas from trailers to snack drawers!  Amazing how many things we can use a lock for.

The lucky winner of the drawing is:

Diane H!

You will be receiving a confirmation email from me shortly!  Congratulations!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Living - Random Fun This Weekend!

Looking for a way to enjoy the beautiful weekend?  Here are a few ideas for the family/kiddos in and around Sioux Falls.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

See & Sky Saturday at Sertoma Butterfly House 10 AM - 2 PM - here

Traditional Irish Music at Old Courthouse Museaum 3-5 PM - here

St Patrick's Day Parade Downtown SF 2 PM

Family Storytime at Main Library 11 AM - here

The Dinosaur Exhibit at the Great Plains Zoo - here

Explore the trails at The Outdoor Campus - here

The Dinosaur Exhibit at the Great Plains Zoo - here

Explore the trails at The Outdoor Campus - here

Saving - Kraft First Taste Coupons Available!

If you haven't checked your Kraft First Taste account lately, you just might want to.  I just found a couple nice coupon offers waiting for me!

I received $1.50/1 Philadelphia Cooking cream printable coupon and they will be sending me a coupon good for a FREE Fresh Take!  Love those high-value coupons and of course for the freebies!

If you are not familiar with Kraft First Taste, you may want to head on over and check it out.  As a member, you receive some pretty great offers and it is free to be a member.  The only thing they ask for in return is that you take a moment to tell them about the product after  you have purchased it (with their high value or Free offer coupons) and used it!  Easy!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

GIVEAWAY Time! MasterLock Password Lock!

MasterLock contacted me to ask me if I might like to review the 1534D Password Lock and I was excited to do so, since they would also be sharing one with one of my lucky readers!  Now, what I didn't realize is that when the lock came in the mail, just days later I would be putting it to use on a POD storage unit!

The timing couldn't have been more perfect for me to give it a complete workout! *smile*

We have had our POD storage unit in our driveway now for nearing a week and have been using the MasterLock 1534D Password Lock on it to keep our home valuables safe.

The 1534D Password Lock offers the ability to use letters and/or numbers.  So create a word, use a number code or mix and match!  There are several combinations and setting your own combination or switching it up is SUPER easy!  I was surprised at how easy it was to do.

The lock itself is heavy duty, but not super heavy in weight, so can be used for seveal different uses.  Use it at the gym, on a bike, a school locker or hey, why not use it on a POD storage unit! :-)

Head on over to MasterLock to check out this lock and so many other great options.

Now - on to the giveaway -

To enter for your chance to win a Password Lock from Masterlock, please fill out the form below and submit it before Thursday (3/15/12) at 11 PM CST.  One lucky winner will be randomly selected and notified on the blog.  MasterLock will send the winner their lock.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Saving - HyVee Pet Photo Contest & Coupons = Cheap & Free Items!

HyVee is hosting a Pet Photo Contest over here on their website!  The winner will win a year's supply of pet supplies and the winning photo will be printed on the HyVee pet food bag!

Just for uploading a picture of your pet, you will receive 2 coupons valid through 3/31/12.  The coupons are good for:
$1/1 Purina product
$1/1 Paws product

Both are great coupons if you have a pet or are looking to make a donation to a local shelter!

Deal Scenarios for the $1/1 Purina product coupon:
Tidy Cats litter 10 lb $1
= Free after coupon

Purina Friskies canned cat food single
= Free after coupon

Tidy Cats pan liners 4 ct $1.59
= $.59 after coupon

Several different cat treats $1
= Free after coupon

Purina Friskies dry Cat food 3.5 lb $3
Use $.50/1 1/15 SS along with $1/1 store copon
= $1.50 after both coupons

Deal Scenarios for the $1/1 Paws product coupon:
Paws 25 ct Dog Munchy Rolls $1.88
= $.88 after coupon

Cat Toys ranging $1.09-$1.59 + more
= as low as $.09

And so much more!

Living - Current Sweepstakes Available!

There are some fun sweepstakes/drawings going on right now and thought I would share them with you.  I am a firm believer that....if you don't enter, you can't win....ha!  So if you are interested in the prize, you just might wanna give it a chance!

Cold Stone - Want a chance at a year's supply of Cold Stone and Jelly Belly jelly beans?  Try your chance by entering here.

Del Monte - Win Free Shoes!  Del Monte is giving away 500 pair of free sneakers this month on the Del Monte Fresh Produce Facebook page

Dreft - Win a year's ssupply of Dreft and Pampers, enter here for your chance!

HyVee - Try your chance at winning a trip for 4 to Orlando, FL!  Head over here to get entered.

International Delight - Win a trip for 2 to Ireland, or be a possible runner up winner and get a year's supply of International Delight!  (Side note:  A trip to Ireland is on my bucket list!)  Head to the International Delight Facebook page.

Scooter's - Win Free Drinks for a Year!  Head on over to the Scooter's Facebook page and enter for your chance to win.

Local Sweeps/Drawings:
Pickle Barrel - Head on over and order you Pickle Barrel online, include the code "IRISH" to get registered to win a year of Free subs!

Saving - Half Off Admission to Play All Day in Sioux City!

Deal Garden is offering up a fun deal to get half price admission to Play All Day inflatables in Sioux City!  I just grabbed some to take the kids on a little fun day trip down to Sioux City! 

Get your admission tickets for just $3.50 (regularly $7) over here on Deal Garden.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Saving - HyVee 2-Day Sale, This Week's Top Picks & Ad Matchup!

HyVee is hosting a 2-day sale this Thursday and Friday. 
Top Picks:
HyVee Butter $1.88

Family Size Cheetos $2.99
Use $1.50/3 Pepsi Moments insert
= $2.49 each wyb 3

Here are my top picks for the week and for a full ad matchup, head over here.

Green grapes $1/lb

Vlassic Pickles $2
Use $.55/1 1/29 SS
= $1.45

Tidy Cats Litter 10 lb $1
Use $1/1 1/29 RP
= Free

Del Monte Fruit Naturals $1.25
Use $1/2 1/8 RP
= $.75 each wyb 2

In-ad coupon good for $5 off when you purchase $30 or more of Purina brand items!  Great one to combine with manufacturer coupons and get a great deal on dog and cat items.  Think of your pet shelters for donations as well.

Deal Scenario:
Purchase 2 Purina Cat Chow $11 each
4 Tidy Cat Litter 10 lb litter $1 each
4 Friskies Cat Treats $1 each
= $30
Use HyVee in-ad $5 off coupon
= $25
Use 2 $.75/1 Cat Chow 1/29 RP
Use 4 $1/1 Tidy Cat Litter 1/29 RP
Use 2 $1/2 Friskies 1/15 SS
= $17.50 for all!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Saving - $20 For $40 Worth Of Meats at Country Meats!

One of my favorite Groupons is back!  Get $40 worth of specialty meats from Country Meats (south of Sioux Falls on Minnesota Ave) for just $20!  Meat is one of those hard things to save on at the grocery store, so this is a great opportunity to grab some of those special meat items at a good deal.

We have had their hamburger patties, a handful of different flavored bratwurst (favorite is the philly ones), chicken breasts, etc! 

Grilling season is just around the corner too!  So excited!

Head on over to Groupon and check out the details.

Even if you live outside of Sioux Falls and come by to visit, you can bring a cooler with you to take some home, right?! *smile*

Saving - Save $5 On Your New SF Champions Club Savings Card!

Just a quick reminder of the $5 discount you can grab on your new membership to the Sioux Falls Champions Club Savings Card!  The original post is over here, but I have copied it below as well. 

Did you know that they also work with individuals/organizations for fundraising?!  Have a son or daughter playing ball this summer, maybe a dance class or camp they will be attending?  Or how about walking in the MS Walk, Relay for Life or other great events?  Check out The Sioux Falls Champions Club fundraising option!

Here is the post I wanted to remind you about:
There is an exciting new way to save in town! Have you heard about the Sioux Falls Champions Club? It is an easy and fun new way to save, simply show your membership card at participating businesses to receive special discounts!

No need to print and carry coupons around, just a credit card size membership card. And you get unlimited use throughout the year at your favorite businesses! So use it over and over!

The Sioux Falls Champions Club Card is just $48 a year, which equates to $4 a month. With the money-saving offers available, it should be fairly easy to make that back in savings!

Special Offer:
Thanks to Sioux Falls Champions Club, I have a special deal to share with you! Living, Laughing,Saving readers can save $5 off the purchase of their club card by entering code: LLS at checkout!

Another great benefit of this card is that new businesses can be added at anytime! Check out the current participating business list here.

Go ahead and get your card today and start saving! Head on over here and be sure to enter the special code: LLS to get your $5 savings!

Want more information? You can check out the Sioux Falls Champions Club website and/or their Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Saving - Chex Mix $.50/1 Coupon, Catalina Deal, PLUS HyVee MoneyMaker Deal!

Update: Also found the $.50/1 coupon here and here!

There is a nice coupon over here good for $.50/1 Chex Mix 4.5 oz or larger (use zip 33755 if needed).

There is a nice catalina offer currently going on that you can pair this coupon with (Valid at HyVee, possibly Walgreens and other grocery stores)
Chex Mix (2/17/12 - 3/18/12)
  • Buy 3 participating products, get $1.00 off next shopping order ~ or ~
  • Buy 4 participating products, get $2.00 off next shopping order ~ or ~
  • Buy 5 or more participating products, get $3.00 off next shopping order.

HyVee Deal: (price may vary by store)

I was lucky enough to find the 5.5 oz bags for $.99 on price decline at HyVee (Sycamore location) and did this scenario:

Purchase 5 Chex Mix $.99 each
Use 5 $.50/1 above
= $2.45
Receive catalina good for $3 off next trip
= Free + a little MM!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Saving - Pepsi 24 Pack $3.99 at HyVee (Sycamore Location)! Free Ice Cream! Plus More Price Declines!

HyVee on Sycamore has 24 pack Pepsi products on Price Decline for $4.99.  Combine this with the $2/2 coupon in the Pepsi Moments booklet to grab them for $3.99 each wyb 2.  This is like paying $2 for a 12-pack. 

A few other nice Price Decline offers at the same location:
Note PD vary by store!
Coffeemate small packet powder $.60
Use $.55/1 here (I have not printed this coupon to see if there are size limitations)
= $.05

E-Coil Tins $1 each
*This includes a 5 packet of the small bread loaf pans.  Love to have these on hand for baking an extra loaf or two to have for sharing!

Dakota Ring Bologna 2/$3

Blue Bunny Peppermint Stick Ice Cream $1
Use $1/1 here
= Free

Renuzit Crystal Elements $1.99

Saving - Free Redbox DVD Rental 3/8!

You can snag a Free 1-day DVD rental from Redbox on Thursday (3/8) with code: THANKS2U in honor of Redobx celebrating 2 billion rentals!  Check it out here.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Saving - HyVee Top Picks & Ad Matchup!

If you have your $5 off Kellogg's cereal coupons left, you should find some nice deals at HyVee this week on cereal.  Below are my top picks and you can head over here for a full ad matchup.

Kellogg's Cereals 50% off
*If you still have your $5/5 Kellogg's cereal mix n match coupon (told about here), you will find some really great deals. 
*Keep an eye out for Rice Krispies with a sticky coupon good for a free M&M product up to $3.49 value wyb 2 RK products!  Was able to grab a bag of individual packaged Easter M&M minis for $.49!
*see other coupons here

Driscolli's Strawberries $1.69

Activia 4 pk $2
Use $1/1 2/12 SS
= $1

NatureMade Vitamins 50%
see coupons available here
= prices vary

*Keep your eyes posted for Price Declines throughout your store!  They can make for some pretty nice deals!!  Come back and let us know what you are finding!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Living - Random Fun This Weekend!

Looking for some ideas for the family/kiddos this weekend.  Here are some things going on in and around Sioux Falls.

Summit League Basketball at Arena - here

Home Depot Kids Workshops 9 AM - 12 PM - here

Dr Seuss Family Storytime at Main Branch Library 11 AM - here

Dino-Raurs Exhibit at the Great Plains Zoo - here

Starlab Inflatable Planetarium at the Old Courthouse Museum 2 PM

Summit League Basketball at Arena - here

Dino-Raurs Exhibit at the Great Plains Zoo - here

Friday, March 2, 2012

Saving - Zevia 6 Pk $.99 (After Coupon) at HyVee!

Did you grab the $3/1 Zevia coupon I posted about here (no longer available)?  If so, there is a sweet deal this month at HyVee.  The Health Market ad shows the Zevia 6 pk on sale this month for $3.99, so just $.99 after coupon!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Living - My Improvised Coat Hook Area For Kids!

I've always dreamed of an area inside the front door that is large enough for a bench and hooks/cubbies for the kids.  Well, the space in our house does not allow for a bench, so that was out.  And if I were to hang hooks near the door, they would have to be placed up too high, out of the reach of the kids so that simply defeated the purpose.

After some thought, I was able to come up with a reasonable solution to compromise and, well sort of make my dreams come true!  Don't you love those little compromises.  We do what we can!

The solution:
I purchased 2 Command Brushed Nickel Finish Large Hooks at Menards when they had them on sale, and yes I used a coupon too!
 :-) (If you are interested, you can currently grab a coupon for them here.)

At the top of the steps of our split-foyer home, is a closet door.  I hung the hooks on the outside of the closet door, at a level within reach of the kids.  The kids helped with this part. The hooks were super easy to hang and they are made with a beautiful nickel finish, so they look cute even when they are empty! 

The kids now hang their backpacks and their coats as soon as they get to the top of the steps.  They do look pretty cute when the backpacks and coats are hung on them.  And even more importantly, I no longer have random bags or coats laying around the house, hung over my banister or missing from action in the morning when we are getting ready to for school. 

The kids know where their items belong and are responsible for putting them away each time we come in the door.  The 3 year old thinks it is the coolest thing ever!  And it certainly makes this Mommy very happy! 

The project cost just around $10 (2 hooks), so I didn't break the bank either!  As for the bench, we bring in a foot stool to sit on while putting on and taking off boots so the kiddos don't get wet.

I know it isn't the beautiful picture in my dreams, but it is certainly a functional area and helps the kids take ownership of their items, so I love it!  What do you think?!  What other ideas do you have?!  Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

Saving - Sioux Falls Championship Club Savings Card! Save $5 On Your Card!

There is an exciting new way to save in town!  Have you heard about the Sioux Falls Champions Club?  It is an easy and fun new way to save, simply show your membership card at participating businesses to receive special discounts!

No need to print and carry coupons around, just a credit card size membership card.  And you get unlimited use throughout the year at your favorite businesses!  So use it over and over!

The Sioux Falls Champions Club Card is just $48 a year, which equates to $4 a month.  With the money-saving offers available, it should be fairly easy to make that back in savings!

Special Offer:
Thanks to Sioux Falls Champions Club, I have a special deal to share with you!  Living, Laughing,Saving readers can save $5 off the purchase of their club card by entering code: LLS at checkout! 

Another great benefit of this card is that new businesses can be added at anytime!  Check out the current participating business list here.

Go ahead and get your card today and start saving! Head on over here and be sure to enter the special code: LLS to get your $5 savings!

Want more information? You can check out the Sioux Falls Champions Club website and/or their Facebook page.

Saving - Pampers Diaper & Wipes Coupon & Deal Scenario!

There are some rare Pamper printable coupons available this morning over here.

Pampers Swaddlers or Sensitive diapers $1.50/1

Pampers Cruisers or Baby Dry diapers $1.50/1

Pampers Wipes $.75/1

Walmart Scenario:
Pampers Wipes Refill packs (I believe 72 ct) $1.97
Use $.75/1
= $1.22

Nice price for wipes.  And a great donation item!

Saving - Gevalia Coffee Price Cut at HyVee!

Found the Gevalia coffee bags on price cut at the 49th & Louise HyVee location for $4.99.  Add the $2/1 from the 2/26 SS insert and grab it for just $2.99.  I haven't tried this coffee yet, but this seems like a fabulous deal on coffee.

If anyone has any thoughts on the coffee, please leave a comment!