Thursday, November 20, 2008

Meijer - Free International Delight Creamers!!

Sorry! It appears the coupon is for the 32oz bottle and the 16oz bottle is the one on sale for .99. I didn't realize this and I usually check the coupons, but for some reason, this one got past me. I'm really sorry!! I guess I was just so excited to have some yummy hot chocolate!! I did use 4 of them last night and they didn't beep. I don't know why they didn't, but they should've. Again, I'm sorry.
International Delight Creamers are free this week at Meijer after coupon!! Use the .55 off 1 coupon from the 10/12 Redplum insert and when it doubles it will be free!! Remember Meijer only doubles two identical coupons per order, so if you have more than two coupons, be sure to separate them into different orders so all of your coupons will double!!

I love to add this to hot chocolate to make it extra creamy!! Yummy!!

I went shopping tonight at Meijer and Kroger and I'll post all the deals I found tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thrifty Thanksgiving 2008

Thanksgiving dinner can be very expensive if you're not careful.  I am hosting the dinner for my husband's family.  All together there will be 5 adults and 4 children.  I am also making 2 pies and bringing corn and green beans to another dinner at my parents house earlier in the day.  When I host, I like to provide a nice amount of food.  I know it's way more than any of us can eat, but I like to have everything there.  Here's the menu I have planned:

Dressing (stuffing)
Green Beans
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows
Pecan Pie
Pilgrim Pies (yummy little pumpkin cakes made into sandwiches with cream cheese filling, our family favorite for 3 years now!!!)
Oatmeal Cookies (we omit the cinnamon and raisins and add walnuts!)

And for my parents House:
Butterscotch Pie
Green Beans

This is the compiled list of ingredients I need to accomplish this and their corresponding prices.  All of these were done using sales, coupons and shopping at Aldi's.  The orange colored items are things I had to specifically buy for this dinner.  Everything else I had on hand from my stockpile.  

  • 12lb Turkey - 7.73 (.59 per lb)
  • 5lb Potatoes - 1.25 (2.50 per 10lb bag)
  • 3 Cans of Sweet Potatoes - 2.07 (.69 each can)
  • 1 Bag of Marshmallows - .79
  • 2 Bags of Frozen Corn - 0
  • 1 Bag of Cranberries - .99
  • 2 Boxes of Stove Top Stuffing - 0
  • 1 Stalk of Celery .10 (.69 per bunch)
  • 1 Carton of Chicken Broth - .67
  • 4 1/2 C of Bisquick - .40  (1.50 per box)
  • 4 1/2 C of Milk - .63 (2.25 per gallon)
  • 2 Cans of Evaporated Milk - 0
  • 4 Cans of Green Beans - 1.32 (.33 each)
  • 3 Cans of Pumpkin - 2.37 (.79 each)
  • 15 Eggs - .86 (.69 per dozen)
  • 6 1/2 C Brown Sugar - .81 (.50 per 4C bag)
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger .05
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg .05
  • 4 Refrigerated Pie Shells 3.40
  • 6 sticks of Butter - 1.50 (1.00 per 4 stick box)
  • 3 Tblsp + 1 Tsp of Vanilla - 2.67 (1.99 per 2oz bottle)
  • 5 C Flour - .35 (1.33 per 5lb bag)
  • 2 Tsp Baking Soda - .05
  • 3 C Oats - 0
  • 1 C Walnuts - 1.70
  • 1 C Dark Karo Syrup - .30 (1.79 per bottle)
  • 1 C Pecans - 2.10
  • 4 Tsp Salt - .03
  • 4 Tsp Pepper - .05
  • 1 C Vegetable Oil - .48
  • 1 Tblsp Pumpkin Pie Spice - .05
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder - .03
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese - .13
  • 4 C Powdered Sugar .50 (.50 per 4C bag)
  • 1/2 C Orange Juice .07 (1.09 per frozen concentrate)
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon .02
  • 1 1/2 C Sugar .13 (1.00 per 5lb bag)
  • 1 Container of Cool-Whip - 0

Now the grand total for how much this dinner technically cost is 33.65.  That may seem like a lot for one dinner, but it's Thanksgiving!!  You could easily cut out a lot of this and halve the bill.  Like I said, I like to serve a lot of food!!  Most of the ingredients I already had on hand anyway, so it really only cost me 24.17 to complete the meal (and 7.73 of that was the turkey alone!!).  And remember two of the pies and half of the veggies are going to another dinner so that's probably 4 dollars or so of the total.  So if I subtracted 4.00 from 33.65  I'd have 29.65 for the big dinner which will feed 9 and that comes out to 3.29 per person, which is still cheaper than a Combo Meal at a fast food place!!  And I'm sure we'll have tons and tons of leftovers!!!

Well that's the plan for our dinner, feel free to share any tips, recipes or ideas you have for Thanksgiving dinner!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Kroger & Meijer - Deals for the Week of 11/16

I shopped Meijer and Kroger and found some great deals that I thought I'd share. Here's what I found, first Meijer and then Kroger:

Del Monte canned vegetables are .50 each. Use the 1.00 off 4 coupon from the 11/16 Redplum insert to pay 1.00 for 4 cans (.25 each).

Del Monte 50% Less Salt canned vegetables are also .50 each. Use the .30 off 1 coupon from the 11/16 Redplum to get them free!!

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen vegetables are .89. Use the 1.00 off 1 coupon from the 11/16 Smartsource insert to get those free!!

Betty Crocker boxed potatoes are 1.00. Use the .35 off 1 coupon from the 11/16 Smartsource insert to pay .30 each.

McCormick Gravy Mixes are on sale. Some are .45 each and some are .89 each. Use the .25 off 2 coupon from the 11/2 Redplum insert to pay .40 for two (.20 each) or 1.28 for two (.64 each).

Keebler Pie Crusts are 1.33. Use the .25 off 1 coupon from the 11/9 Redplum insert to pay .83 each.

Pillsbury Refrigerated Sweet Rolls are 1.25. Use the .30 off 1 coupon from the 11/9 Smartsource insert to pay .65 each.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese is 1.25. Use the .50 off 2 coupon from the 11/2 Smartsource insert to pay .75 each. Plus there is a catalina deal on these (coupon that prints at the register to use on your next order). I bought 6 and got a 3.00 catalina. This also works at Kroger which is a better deal because if you buy 6 and use 3 coupons, at Meijer only two coupons will double but at Kroger all three will double and you'll still get the catalina. At Meijer after you consider the catalina, it's like paying .33 each at Kroger it's like paying .25 each.

Progresso Chicken Broth (in the carton) is 1.67. Use the 1.00 off 1 coupon from the 11/16 Smartsource insert to pay .67 each.

Knorr/Lipton Pasta and Rice Sides are 1.00. Use the .75 off 2 coupon from the 11/16 Redplum insert to pay 1.00 for two (.50 each).


Like I mentioned above Philadelphia Cream Cheese is 1.25. If you buy 6 and use three .50 off 2 coupons you'll pay 4.50 and get back a 3.00 catalina which makes them net only .25 each.

Tennessee Pride Sausage Gravy is 1.00. Use the .55 off 1 coupon from the 11/16 Redplum insert to get them free!!

Betty Crocker Frostings are 1.50. Use the .50 off 1 coupon from the 11/16 Smartsource insert to pay .50 each. Plus you can load a .55 off 1 coupon here to your Kroger Plus Card and get one free after paper coupon and e-coupon!!

Green Giant Boxed Vegetables are 1.00. Use the .50 off 2 coupon from the 11/16 Smartsource insert to pay 1.00 for 2 (.50 each). Plus you can load a .50 off 2 coupon here and pay .50 for two boxes (.25 each) after paper coupon and e-coupon.

Bird's Eye Steamfresh frozen vegetables are 1.00. Use the .35 off 1 coupon from the 10/12 Smartsource insert to pay .30 each.

Kroger has their turkey's on sale this week also. If you buy a Riverside, Honeysuckle or Butterball turkey you can get 7.00 off for a turkey that weighs between 10 and 16lbs or you can get 12.00 off for a turkey that weights more than 18lbs. I got two one for our Thanksgiving dinner and one just for another dinner down the road. I got an almost 13lb Riverside one for 7.73 and an around 11lb one for 5.78. Those come out to about .59 a pound.

Fresh celery is .69 each.

Those are the deals I found while shopping this past two days. If you found more, please share with us!!!

I'll have my Thrifty Thanksgiving post ready tomorrow, so stop back for that!!! Have a good week!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kroger, Meijer, CVS & Thanksgiving - A Cornucopia of Info!!

This picture has nothing to do with this post and since I didn't really have a picture that did go with this post, I thought I'd just share this one!! These are paper mache frogs (well paper mache covered tissue boxes!!) that we made while reading Aesop's Fable, The Frogs Who Wished for a King!! Aren't they cute???

Just A Note:

Kroger is doing the Mega Event again this week, so if you still have coupons, head on over to there and get some more great deals. There were a few coupons in this past weeks paper that you can use, like Tylenol Rapid Release Gels and Hormel Pepperoni.

I made a quick look over Meijer's ad online and didn't see a whole lot. They have Bob Evan's Frozen Breakfasts on sale 1/2 price and with coupons that could be a good deal. Also certain Lysol cleaning products are 1/2 price, and again you could use coupons on that for a good deal.

I will be shopping on Friday this week, so after that I'll know a little more about what's out there. I should have my list ready sometime tomorrow, and I'll share that so you can see what I'm planning to purchase.

Other than that, you can stop over at CVS for Palmolive dish soap .24 after coupon and ECB, a free bottle of Smart Water (after ECB) and a Garnier Shampoo or Conditioner free after coupon and ECB.

Have a great week!!!

PS: I'm working on a Thrifty Thanksgiving post, as I've now decided to undertake my first full Thanksgiving meal for my husband's family. This should be interesting!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Kroger - A Few More Deals for the Mega Event

I went back to Kroger tonight and found a few more deals for the Mega Event they are having.  If you haven't seen all the great deals to be had there yet, click here for a big list!!  

Oh, and I went to the Kroger Marketplace in Lebanon and they were surprisingly stocked up on almost everything in the sale.  I got more Tylenol PM, Betty Crocker Potatoes, Carnation Evaporated Milk and a few others and found them all to be very stocked up.  The only thing I couldn't find was the cereal.  I wanted to get one box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (my son's favorite!!) and they were out of that, but overall I was thrilled with the stock!!  I was preparing myself on the drive there to just deal with them being out of most things, but I was pleasantly surprised!!

So anyway, you may have already read these on other blogs, but just in case here's what else I found:

Scotch-Brite Nail Saver Kitchen Sponges are free after the sale price, event and coupon (1.00 off 2 from the 10/26 Redplum insert).

Hunt's Large Can of Tomato Products (Crushed or Diced Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce) are priced at 1.50 and then will be 1.00 when you buy 10 items in the event.  You can use the .40 off 2 coupon from the 9/21 Smartsource and load the 1.00 off 5 from  So if you buy 6 you'll pay 6.00 before coupons and if you three .40 off 2 and the 1.00 off 5 e-coupon you'll pay 2.60 for 6 very large cans (.43 each).  Thanks to Heather for informing me of this one!!

Dove Ice Cream Bars are priced at 2.50 and then 2.00 after you buy 10 items.  But the best part is, most of the boxes have coupons inside for 1.00 off another box of the bars and 2.00 off any container of Dove Ice Cream.  You can use both of those coupons for the Mega Event and get some really cheap ice cream!!

Well that's it for today!!  Let's Go Krogering!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Coupons - A Fellow Blogger Explains

Are you new to "couponing"??  Are you confused about what a Redplum is, or where you can find a Smartsource???  Well fellow Ohio blogger, Marcy @ Stretching A Buck, is doing a great series on explaining all the different sources of coupons.  She begins it today with explaining all the different inserts found in Sunday newspapers.  So click here and learn a ton!!  Thanks Marcy!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Kroger - Deals for Week of 11/03 - It's a Mega Event!!!

Here it is!! My Kroger haul for today!! I ended up going to two Krogers (only about 8 miles apart and since I only paid 1.86 for gas yesterday I could afford to visit two!!!) and did a total of 3 orders. They are doing a Mega Event where you get 5.00 off your order automatically when you buy 10 participating products. So basically you get an extra .50 off each item when you buy 10. You're allowed to do 3 sets per transaction which is 30 items. So I did a two orders with 30 items each and one order with 20 items for a total of 80 items. I also found a few other great deals as well. Go ahead and make your guess now as to how much all this cost me. I'll reveal the total at the end!!

First the freebies:
12 3L Ice Mountain Waters - free after sale and coupon (1.00 off 2)
10 Tylenol PM - free after sale and coupon (2.00 off 1)
2 Tylenol Rapid Release Gels - free after sale and coupon (2.00 off 1)
12 Quaker Oats - free after sale and coupon (.50 off 1)
4 Carnation Evaporated Milks - free after sale and coupon (.50 off 2)
4 Colgate Toothpastes - free after sale and coupon (.75 off 1)
8 Bic Silky Touch Disposable Razors 10pk - free after sale and coupon (2.00 off 1)
*Not part of the Mega Event: 10 Mighty Dog Cans - free after get one free coupons and 1 Hamburger Helper - free after coupon found on box of Betty Crocker Potatoes for a free Hamburger Helper when you buy 3 Potatoes.

Total Amount of Free Items = 63!!!

Second - Items under .50 after sale and coupon:
8 Dial Soaps - .40 each after sale and coupon (.30 off 1)
2 Swiss Miss Hot Chocolates - .25 each after coupon (.50 off 2)
4 Betty Crocker Potatoes - two .30 each and two .20 each after sale and coupon (.35 off 1 and .40 off 1 printable).

Total Amount of Under .50 Items = 14

Third - All the Rest!
4 Toaster Streudels - .80 each after sale and coupon (.35 off 1)
4 Bags of Nestle Morsels - 1.00 each after sale and coupon (.50 off 1)
2 two packs of Duracell Batteries - 1.25 each after sale, paper coupon (.75 off 1) and P&G E-coupon (.50 off 1).
2 5lb Bags of Domino Sugar - 1.00 each after sale and coupon (.50 off 1)
2 Tony's Pizza - 1.50 each after sale (no coupon).
*Not part of Mega Event - Kroger Saltines .97 and 1 gallon of Organic Milk for 1.00 (expires today) which I plan to make homemade yogurt with and probably some pudding!!

Total of These Items = 16

Total Amount of Items All Together is 93. Regular Price for all of these items would total 220.73 and I paid...........

$24.55!!! For a savings of 89%!!!!

Wow thank you Lord for such bountiful blessings, I am always amazed at how good you are to me!!!!

PS: Thank you too Kroger for running a great sale, I appreciate you!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Meijer - Deals for Week of 11/02

I stopped by Meijer this afternoon and found some pretty good deals! Here's what I found:

All Glade Air Care Products are 1/2 off. We got coupons today (11/02) in the newspaper for lots of different Glade products. I got the aerosol sprays for free after coupon and the carpet deodorizer free after coupon.

*Note, on Friday a Catalina deal will begin with Glade products (buy 3 get 2.00, buy 4 get 3.00 or buy 5 and get 4.00 off your next order). The picture shows the Scented Oil Plug In Warmers, Scented Oil Refills and the small glass candles. So you may want to save your coupons until Friday to take advantage of this deal. It runs until 11/30.

Purex Fabric Softener is 2.49. Use the 1.00 off 1 coupon from the 9/28 Smartsource insert to pay only 1.49.

Welch's 100% Grape Juice is 2.50. Use the 1.00 off 1 coupon from the 10/5 Smartsource insert to pay 1.50.

Barilla Pasta Plus is 1.50. Use the 1.00 off 2 coupon from the 9/14 Smartsource insert to pay 1.00 each.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese is 1.25. Use the .50 off 2 coupon from today's insert to get two for 1.50 (.75 each).

Trident Gum is .79. Use the .55 off 1 coupon from the 9/21 Smartsource insert to get them free!!

Red and Black Grapes are .88 per pound.

Gallon Milk is 2.29. This is cheaper than Kroger's price for next week.

Well that's what I got today. But stay tuned for tomorrow's post because Kroger is looking really good!! They're having another Mega Event and I'm going first thing in the morning!!!