Merry Christmas from my family to yours 🙂
As a reminder, Publix stores will be closing today at 7pm and will be closed all day tomorrow for Christmas.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that Santa brings you everything you want!
Publix is taking donations to help raise funds to help Tools for Back To School. They provide basic learning materials like pens, markers, crayons, or notebooks to children in need. Go here for more information.
I know that money is tight for everyone right now but if you are able--any little bit will make a difference. Just ask the cashier to about making a donation and you get a FREE reusable bag -- that little bit of money can and will help.
I got a couple to hold my boys' school supplies and will let the teachers keep them...those bags always come in handy!
I wanted to remind you guys that this weekend is the annual Stamp Out Hunger drive. On Saturday, May 14, just leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods next to your mailbox before the time of your normal mail delivery. Your letter carrier will collect the donation and deliver it to a food bank or food pantry in your local community.
Just make sure the food is non-perishable, in non-breakable containers and have it ready and at your mailbox before your letter carrier arrives. Super easy and a great way to help out in your community!
Ok so I am trying to inject a little humor in what has become a very frustrating situation for lots of folks. Many of you have commented and emailed me about all the changes that have happened recently and I just want to let you know that I understand and feel that same frustration.
I think for some of you it started with the loss of the RedPlum inserts in your area. Recently we were all shocked when we lost the ability to change zip codes on Coupons.com. This has been extremely frustrating for me as it makes my life very difficult trying to share deals with you guys. Just today, there have been a couple of deals involving zip specific coupons.
With situation like that I have to decide if I take my time to write up the deal and post it as I know it will make some folks angry because they can't access that particular coupon/deal. Then I think it's just as unfair to the folks who will miss out on the particular deal. It's not their fault that the coupon isn't available for everyone.
Let's not even get into the hoops I have to jump through to try and determine if the coupon is national or regional before I can even get started. It adds more time to my already busy day...time that I often don't have!
Well, today I get an email letting me know that we have lost another savings option. It looks like Shopmium is no longer a viable option for Publix shoppers. I got an email from them today that says the following:
To continue bringing great brands to Shopmium, we have decided to enforce our “stacking prevention policy.” This means that rebate requests for products where manufacturer coupons have been applied will be denied.
Furthermore, several retailer receipts don’t provide enough information to allow our system to properly validate rebates. Therefore, we won’t be able to accept receipts from the following retailers and affiliated stores anymore: Kroger Company (Kroger, Harris Teeter, Ralphs, King Soopers, Fry’s, Fred Meyer), CVS/ Pharmacy, Publix, Meijer.
I will try to remember to mark them off my list and stop adding them to the matchups. You guys might have to give me a reminder if I forget.
Luckily Publix has some great deals and we always seem to find lots of awesome sale/coupon combos. I'll keep sharing those deals and hopefully things will get easier as time goes on. New things always seem to pop up...hopefully we have something good coming soon- we could use it 😉
So am I the only one who is lucky enough to have creepers during dinnertime? You know...those little fingers that creep in to the pot while you are cooking. Maybe it's a husband whose constantly "taste testing" everything as you mix and stir.
I learned a long time ago that it's often in my best interest to set up a little snack before dinner just so I can get everything completed without lots of interruptions. The folks at Sabra have coined this snack time the "Unofficial Meal". It's that meal time when there are no rules...the in-between meal time. At my house it's when everyone gathers at the bar to talk about the day and chow down!
With a husband who works hard all day and two growing boys - that Unofficial Meal has come to be a necessity. My guys are usually starving and one of the quickest and easiest options that will please everyone is Sabra Hummus.
On a busy day, I will just pop the top and serve with chips or veggies but when I have time...I like to kick it up a notch and add some toppers. Often I will even match it up to the meal that I am serving. You guys know that I am a huge fan of Mexican foods so whenever I am doing a taco salad or nachos, I'll put out the Sabra and let my guys add some Mexican flair to their Unofficial Meal too!
Sabra with fresh jalapeño and avocado is a thing of joy. In the next bite you can change it up with fresh tomatoes, onion and a little cilantro. Add corn and black beans with a squeeze of lime--amazing! As you can see my guys almost fight over the tub!
I think the Unofficial Meal might be my favorite time of the day. I look forward to the time that we can spend together catching up on the day. That informal meal gives us the opportunity to relax and the best part is I can do dinner without interruptions from those creepers!
Next time you are in Publix grab a couple of tubs of Sabra for your #UnofficialMeal. Then enjoy the time with your family and friends...those are the times when all the best stuff usually happens!
This post is sponsored by Sabra. All comments and opinions are my own!
Sue emailed to remind us that it’s almost time for Stamp out Hunger!
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is one of my favorite events each year. It is by far the easiest ways to donate and make a difference in your community! I wanted to give you guys a head start so you can start going through your pantry and gathering up a bag (or more) to leave at your mailbox on Saturday 5/14.
It's so easy to participate! On Saturday, May 14th, simply leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, like canned soups, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to your mailbox before the time of your regular mail delivery. Your letter carrier will then collect the donations and deliver them to food banks and pantries in your local community.
There is no reason not to give — you just have to take the food as far as your mailbox! I will give you guys a reminder so you can start filling those donation boxes! Visit the Stamp Out Hunger Facebook page for more information.
I promise...my page isn't broken and it's not something that I did! Remember, I just host the iframe on my site to make it easy to access the coupons so we can all get great deals at Publix. In all honesty, I wish I had that kind of tech savvy as I would certainly put it back if I could!
At then end of last week I got an email letting me know that the change was about to take place. I have a great contact over at Coupons.com who immediately called to explain why the change had been made. You see, the folks at Coupons.com want the user experience to be as easy as possible. They are always looking for feedback to ensure that things are working like they are supposed to. They have their technology set up so that their program can determine your zip code and you don't even need to enter it.
I guess all our zip code hopping has been causing issues. You see, many of the brands who put out the coupons want them to be used in specific areas only. When folks start manipulating zip codes to access coupons not intended for their area...the brands get grumpy! For example...say a sausage company is trying to push their sausage in the Northern states so they put out a high value coupon. It just so happens that here in the South we get a BOGO sale for that same sausage that makes it under a buck with the coupon. All of us Southern folks use up all the prints and redeem all the coupons here when the intent was ultimately to push trial for our Northern buddies.
While we are happy campers...the sausage company isn't so happy!
I am a little torn...I can see both sides. I am of the opinion that if you put out a coupon that you only want certain folks to use you should put specifications on the coupon! We all know the drill. Wording such as "redeemable only at xyz" or "valid only in GA" would nip the issues quickly! That way you are able to specify exactly what you are wanting and then everyone is happy!
I personally like the zip code box for a couple of reasons. Yes, it gave us access to more coupons but also it allowed for better customization. We don't all live in the same zip code! If I want to share a deal/coupon with you guys - I like being able to KNOW that I can give you the most accurate information. Being able to create a pre-clipped coupon with the corresponding zip code would ensure that you guys would be able to easily find that same coupon. Now, I have to hope that a coupon I share will be something that everyone can access. That doesn't thrill me. Making things easy for you guys means that things are also easy for me.
There is an option to change your zip...you can go directly to Coupons.com, log in and then in your profile you will need to change your ZIP and your STATE.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the change. I told my contact that I would be gathering comments and emails and sharing them with her. Maybe we can help them change their minds and bring the zip code box back!
Remember that the new ad will start tomorrow so you can go ahead and get your list ready.
I got an email from Publix with a heads up on an upcoming recipe contest! I thought I would pass it along because the prizes are really big! I don't know about you guys but I certainly could use some big Publix gift cards to supplement my grocery budget! Heck...the grand prize would COVER my budget for the year!!
All you have to do is come up with a great chicken recipe. Here are the details -
Share your best chicken recipe in the Aprons® Simple Meals Share Your Creation Recipe Contest for a chance to win up to $5,000! The Grand Prize winner will also have their recipe featured as a 2016 Aprons® Simple Meal in Publix stores, on our website, and on recipe cards!
Your entry must:
1. Be a meal solution with an entrée and one side dish, or a one-pot meal
2. Use at least 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cutlets, or fillets
3. Use no more than 12 ingredients total
4. Take no more than 45 minutes to prepare and cook
Check out the prizes -
The entry period is September 24th through October 14th so you have time to put your thinking cap on and do some practicing. I am going to see what I can come up with. Maybe all the winners will be I Heart Publix readers...I'd love to have that happen!!
Go throw your aprons on and get creative...shoot me pictures of your creations if you get bored. You know I love to look at food pics!!
You guys know I pack lots of lunchboxes each week for my boys. It can get tough coming up with options to put in each week. It can be tempting to reach for those not so healthy options on busy mornings. I try to keep them down to a minimum as much as possible. I know my boys need good fuel to keep those noggins ready to learn each day!
Produce for Kids has a campaign running right now that is encouraging families to Pack a Healthier Lunchbox. They are trying to get 1000 pledges by Friday and offering up some nice little incentives for your pledge.
Head over and take the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge to pack a healthier lunchbox for the 2015 school year! You could win an iPad and iPad mini to help in recipe planning, just by taking the pledge.
PLUS...each pledge $1 means will be donated to Feeding America® food banks.
Now... I know you guys like those coupons so if the chance to win and iPad and the donation isn't enough enticement...once you take the pledge, it looks like we should see some coupons hit our inbox soon too! The message on the site says "...keep an eye on your inbox for coupons from our partners and fun printable lunchbox notes!"
So...take the pledge and let's see if we can get them to that 10K mark. Be sure to share this post with your friends or use the share buttons on the site. Your pledge gives to Feeding America and you get coupons to boot. It's a win/win!