Monday, April 25, 2011

Talk the Talk

Are you a beginning couponer?  Here are some terms used frequently in the couponing world:

SS: Smart Source
RP: Red Plum
P&G: Proctor & Gamble

These are the 3 major coupon inserts in the Sunday papers, and the inserts are the same no matter which paper you subscribe to.  The only difference is the RP, which either come in a mailer insert, usually on Tuesdays, or are included in the Daily Harold paper available in Utah county.
Sometimes newspapers have multiple inserts, so an insert could be designated as SS1 or SS2, etc. if multiples exist.

DND: Do Not Double.  Sometimes you'll see this on coupons, especially printable coupons, and it refers to double coupon events that some stores occasionally have where they will double the value of a coupon.  This does not mean that you cannot use multiple coupons in a transaction.
B1G1F: Buy 1 Get 1 Free
Catalina: These are the coupons/offers that print at the register at check-out at some grocery stores.  Coupons are usually store-specific.
Beer Rebate: Rebates offered by different beer companies for various purchases.  In the state of Utah, beer purchase is not required for the rebate!

Have any questions about terms not listed above?  Please leave me a comment, I'd love to answer your questions!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fun Easter bread

With Easter Sunday just a few days away, I'm trying to put together a fun Easter dinner menu for my family, and I think this sweet little guy will be taking center stage!  Rhodes Rolls are on sale this week at Smiths for $3, and there's a coupon RP 4/10 for $1/2 which makes it $2.50 each when you buy two.  Check out the Rhodes website here for instructions on making your own lamb!  They also have instructions on some cute little bunny rolls too!

WWW

Time for another Weight Watchers Wednesday!  Here are my picks for the week:

Smith's:
Strawberries, 1 lb. $1.50 or 2 lbs. for $2.99
Fage Greek Yogurt, $1.25, $2/2 printable coupon here makes it $.25
Kroger cottage cheese or sour cream (low-fat and non-fat varieties included), $1.00
Silk Half Gallon $2.50, $1/1 SS4/10 makes it $1.50
Birds Eye frozen vegetables $.79
Purex laundry detergent $1.99, $1/1 RP3/13 makes it $.99

The sale on cereal is still going on for one more week.  Last week I got 16 boxes of Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Honey Nut Chex, and Golden Grahams.  Coupons are in SS3/6, 3/20, and 3/27.  You can also find lots of coupons online.  Check out Grocery Smarts for links to all the coupons available.  The item limit per transaction is 4, so make sure you break your items into separate transactions to take advantage of the gift card deal.  How it works:

Buy 4 boxes of cereal for $10
Use two $1/2 coupons
Get $5 gift card at check-out
Final price is $3 for 4 boxes of cereal - $.75 each!

Macey's:
Lettuce, Cello wrapped iceberg $.89 each
Fresh Pineapple $.68/lb.
Blue Bonnet Margarine, regular or light $.65
Western Family cream cheese brick $.99
Western Family large eggs, dozen $.79 (WOW!)
Western Family orange juice, 64 oz. chilled $1.99
Western Family sour cream $.88
Crystal Light $2.50, SS4/3 B2G1F, makes it $1.67 when you buy 3
Western Family pitted olives, 6 oz. can $.99
Chinet Napkins 90 ct. $2.00, SS4/10 makes it $1.25
Imperial plastic cutlery, 51 ct., forks, spoons, or combo $.69

Fresh Market:
Pineapple, Premium Gold $.69/lb.
Strawberries, 1 lb. pkg. $1.50
Ham - Sugar Tree or Dubuque Bone-in spiral sliced, $1.48/lb.
Blue Bonnet Margarine, regular or light $.65
Western Family cream cheese brick $.99
Crystal Light $2.50, SS4/3 B2G1F, makes it $1.67 when you buy 3
Western Family frozen peas or corn, 16 oz. $.77
Chinet Napkins 90 ct. $2.00, SS4/10 makes it $1.25

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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Baby Deals

One question I frequently get is how to find great deals on baby things?  Here are some of my favorite places to get kid stuff:

Diapers - I buy most of my diapers lately through Amazon.  Their Amazon Mom club gives you a 30% discount every time, and they include free expedited shipping on all orders!  To subscribe, go to www.amazon.com/mom, then select which diapers you'd like to subscribe to.  I find the Huggies Snug & Dry to be the best value for my kiddos.
 
Baby Gear - my guilty pleasure for cute, high-end baby gear is Baby Steals.  Twice of day, at 9am and 9pm, they offer one baby item for sale at 50% off, sometimes even more.  They are a local company, located just off I 2-15 and California Avenue, and you can pick up items locally, or they offer reasonable shipping rates.

PYP - Pinching Your Pennies has great access to deals for toys, clothing, you name it.  You can look at the forums for ideas, or sign up for the Screaming Penny email which sends daily emails with the top killer deals.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WWW

I still have a few minutes of Wednesday left, and I just wanted to share what I call my WWW: Weight Watchers Wednesday, my picks for great deals at Smith's that are also Weight Watcher-friendly items. So without further ado, I give you my WWW picks for this week!

Produce:
Apples (Red delicious, golden delicious, gala, or granny smith) $1.00/lb.
Avocados $.88
Grapes (Red seedless) $.99/lb.
Red Bell Peppers $.88

Dairy:
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, 64 oz. $3.04 (ss1/30 .55/1)
I Can't Believe it's Not Butter spray w/ olive oil $1.14 (see Grocery Smarts list for coupon link)
Smith's Eggs $.99
Cool Whip, 8 oz. $.99
Dreyer's Ice Cream $2.50
Nestle Baking Morsels $1.25 (SS4/10) When you buy 4 or more, you get $3 off your next purchase making them $.75 per bag.  Yeah!

Cereal:
*Fiber One 90-Calorie Bars $1.25 (SS3/6)
*General Mills Cereals, many varieties $1.25 (SS3/6 and SS3/27)

With these items, you get a $5 gift card for purchasing 4 items, one GC per transaction, which makes the actual price $.75 per box for the cereal and $.85 I think for the Fiber One bars.

Visit Grocery Smarts to make your shopping list and get saving!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Why shop with coupons?

I think the first question people ask about shopping with coupons is why do it? There a quite a few reason, but the biggest answer for me is because I save a TON of money and get a LOT of groceries! I started shopping with coupons about two years ago after we moved into our new home and our mortgage payment was a tight fit. We cut our food budget in half and it made a huge difference.

Besides the whole money issue, we've been able to actually build up a decent food storage. BC (before coupons), we had a pretty sad pantry. I might pick up an extra can of this or box of that, but I didn't have much. Granted, at the time I had a tiny pantry and couldn't fit a lot of extra food in there anyway, but it was still pretty sad. Now, I'm finally building up a good stock-pile of food my family likes and best of all, I'm getting the food for cheap!
A little while ago, our city had a boil order on water due to some contamination. People were flocking to the stores buying up all the bottled water and stores could hardly keep up with the demand. I never went to the store once that week since I had 7 flats of bottled water as well as a few liter bottles. We also had a stash of juices and punches for the kids. That was nice.

There are other reasons to coupon shop, and I'll address more of those in the future, but I just wanted to share a few of the main reasons first.

Monday, April 11, 2011

A few changes

For the few people out there who have checked out my cooking blog in the past, I hope you don't mind, but this blog is going to be taking on a new direction of sorts. Instead of just sharing recipes, I'm also going to start adding more posts about couponing and saving money! (and who doesn't love saving a few dollars here and there?) For about a year now, I have been an instructor with Grocery Smarts and I'm excited to have a new forum for people to come to who have taken my class or for those who are interested in learning more about saving money on groceries.

Being a busy mom, I know how hard it can be to try to save money but also provide healthy, interesting, and yummy meals for your family, so I will do my best to share a few things that work for me and my family!