Every Friday at 9am Mars is giving away FREE chocolate! They will send you a coupon good for your favorite Mars product (Dove, M&M, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Twix, Milky Way) Go HERE and request your coupon! You have all day to request the coupon-- although they are only giving away 250,000 coupons per Friday. They are running this promo through September--so you can go back BUT they do limit you to 4 coupons per household for the offer period.
OK-the contest is now over---I will post winners ASAP!
I have spent most of the day CLEANING my house. Last night I looked around and could barely see my countertops because of all the coupon stacks! So I decided that the boys and I would stay home today and I would organize and clean.
Have you all noticed the abundance of coupons lately? I am just amazed at all the great deals and "hot" coupons available right now. I started looking through my coupons and decided there is no way on earth I could possibly use everything (plus my binder is so full it will not close!) I also met with my "coupon angel" yesterday and she loaded me up! So I thought it might be nice to "spread the wealth".
If you are interested in a big envelope of savings --all you need to do is comment below. I will randomly choose TWO winners tomorrow around 4pm . We are going out of town this weekend so I want to make sure I can get them packed up and sent on Saturday morning! If you tell me what your "hot" coupons are I will see what I can do :-)
BTW--you can get an additional entry by subscribing to iheartpublix --click the universal feed icon beside my logo. If you already subscribe then let me know in a separate comment!
***If you subscribe or are an existing subscriber--MAKE SURE TO COMMENT TWICE --In order to have 2 chances I need 2 separate posts!!
There are a few pretty good deals right now that are not necessarily part of the weekly ad. So I thought I'd do a little round up of good deals :-)
The Hungry Jack Syrup was $3.39 at my store...You can use both of the FREE Syrup coupons (one is MQ & one is Publix Q) as well as one of the syrup MQ's to get 2 packages of Pancake Mix and Syrup for $2.89 or $2.39 (depending on your Q)! (Thanks Stephanie!)
-Buy A Hungry Jack Syrup and Get a Hungry Jack Pancake Mix 28-32 oz. FREE (Publix Q)
-$.25/1; $1/1 from 06-07-09 RP
-Buy Hungry Jack Syrup and get 1 Hungry Jack Pancake Mix FREE Tearpad
Single Roll Bounty are an essential item at the price of $1.25 per roll...after Q's each roll is $.25
Use a $.25/1 (doubles to $.50) from 6/7/09 PG with a $.50/1 Target Q from 06-21-09 SS--each roll is $.25 (Thanks Rosie!)
Athenos Feta is on sale for $1.50--use the $.50/1 from 05-31-09 SS to pay $.50 per item
There is also a $1/1 available HERE (Thanks Mercedes!)
Glad products should be fairly cheap with the $1/1 FLIP PRINTand any of the following MQ's:
-$.50/1 Glad Trash Bag blinkie
-$1/1 "Summer is Here"/Top Chef booklet (exp 6/30)
-$1/1 ForceFlex PRINT
Prices at my store varied: $1.59 for the wrap; $1.59 & $ 1.79 storage bags; $2.69 small trash bags
Ziploc Bags and/or containers should also be super cheap or FREE (depending on item & size)
Use the $1/1 Target IP PRINT with any of the following:
-$1/1 Smart Summertime Savings from Publix (MQ & Target Q combined = $2 off)
-$.35/1 Ziploc Zip'n Steam Bags, Any - 05-10-09 SS (combined with Target IP = $1.70 off)
-$.40/1 from 05-10-09 SS (combined with Target IP = $1.80 off)
-BOGO Ziploc Brand Fresh Shield Easy Zipper Bags With Expandable Bottom, Any - 05-03-09 SS (use with a MQ & Target IP to get two boxes FREE) (exp 6/27/09)
-$1/1 Ziploc Brand containers - SC Johnson Right at Home (combined with Target IP = $2 off)
(THERE ARE LOTS MORE--check your coupons to see what is your best deal!)
Hefty Fresh Extend Bags (20 ct) are $2--Cheap with the following Q's
-Use $1 off produce & Hefty Target Q PRINT
-$1/1 Hefty Blinkie
Buy one small produce item and get the produce and bags for only the cost of the produce! (Thanks John)
Apple & Eve Fruitables are $2.99--You pay $.99 after coupons
-$1/1 Apple & Eve Fruitable or 100% Juice PUBLIX Q from Smart Summertime Savings
-$1/1 from 03-01-09 SS (exp 6/30)
-$.50/1 from 04-05-09 SS (doubles to $1)
-$.50/1 from GreenWise Summer 2009
Using a MQ with the Publix Q--you get $2 off each package of juice boxes!
Philadelphia Soft Cream Cheese 8oz should be under $2--so less than $.50 per item when you combine Q's
Use the $1/2 Publix Q from Smart Summertime Savings and two $1/1 from Publix Grape Wine Magazine, June 2009
Here are some other prices I found tonight...I am in Metro Atlanta so prices may vary:
Buitoni Riserva are $4.49 - Use $1/1 MQ from 06-21-09 SS and $1/1 Smart Summertime Savings to pay $2.49 per item --maybe they will go BOGO in the near future!
Tylenol was $3.85 -use $2/1 from Smart Summertime Savings with the $2/1 MQ from 06-21-09 SS and you get FREE pain reliever!
Motrin was $3.89--use $2/1 from Smart Summertime Savings with the $1/1 MQ from 05-17-09 RP and pay $.89 per box.
The Raid products started at $3.89--use the $2/1 MQ from Smart Summertime Savings and a $2/1 Publix Q from the Yellow Adv Buy Flyer (All American Savings) to get FREE products!
There are likely to be good deals with the Aquafresh, Reach & Listerine Publix Q's in the Smart Summertime Savings when combined with MQ's (there were just too many options and too many MQ's to list...so check your coupons!
Leandrea sent me the link to the All You Grocery Challenge. This sounds very exciting! They want some smart shoppers who can spend no more than $25 per week per family member to join in the challenge. That would be $100 per week for my family--Wow! All the details are HERE--the grand prize is a $1000 grocery card, a years worth of Knorr side dishes and a chance to appear in the magazine!
All You is one of my FAVORITE magazines as each issue is jam packed with great coupons...if you need a subscription--click the All You magazine on my right sidebar. Joy is offering a 2-yr subscription for $18...that is INCREDIBLE! I would love to win the gift card but I would be thrilled to see one of you in the magazine as well!
I told you how to get FREE or super cheap ziplocs HERE.
John found another great deal on food storage bags-this time it is Hefty Fresh Extend Bags. He noticed that the Hefty Fresh Extend Bags 20 count box are on Advantage Buy for $2.00
If you do the following the bags are FREE or super cheap!
-use $1/1 Hefty Blinkie or $1/1 Hefty OneZip Fresh Extend Bags Q from 06-07-09 RP
-plus $1/1 Target IP ($1 off wyb Hefty Fresh Extend bags 20 ct and produce item) HERE
-plus Produce item--John bought one lime for $.33
He was able to get the storage bags and a lime for a whopping $.33 OOP
If you are buying produce you might as well throw in some FREE bags :-) If you don't need produce there are TONS of produce items that you can throw in to pay mere pennies (one jalapeno, one snow pea pod, really anything that you can buy by the pound)
Awesome find John!!
You guys know I am always looking for a great deal--so here is one for you. Schwan's has a promo right now where you can get $5 off ANY order when you use the code D5 on the checkout page. There are several things that are around $5 or less. Keep in mind there may be a $1 delivery fee added to your order (depending on your location). I was able to order a 2.5 lb bag of Quik Taters potato rounds for the boys for a whopping $1.01 that I can pay when the delivery person arrives! What a deal! Go HERE to visit the Schwann's website to place your order.
Many of you have asked various questions about stockpiling. So I thought it might be nice to answer the questions in a post for everyone to see.
Stockpiling is a very simple concept--you buy a large quantity of things when things are cheap or free. Having the ability to combine coupons during a sale can often result in a great deal! Often with a great deal --I can buy 25 of an item for what ONE item may normally cost. I love to take advantage of great deals as it gives me the option to stock my pantry so I have items available when I need them. This can be a HUGE way to save money and time! If I have a stocked pantry and freezer I do not need to pay full price for items needed for a recipe or daily meals. I have the option to create my menu based on my current inventory and take into consideration the weekly sales available. It is also a lifesaver when someone in my family is in need of a health related item. If my kids ever wake in the middle of the night with a fever--I KNOW that I always have Motrin or Tylenol available. If my husband cuts his finger and needs a bandage--I am prepared. If my mother comes to visit and needs a heartburn remedy --I only need to walk to my pantry. Having the ability to be prepared gives me peace of mind as well as a fat pocketbook! If you have ever had to run to the drugstore to buy Tylenol for a sick child you know that you might easily spend $5+ for a small bottle! That would not be an issue if you had built a stockpile and purchased the medication when it was free or cheap!
How much is enough? I try to buy enough of an item to hold me until the next sale. There is some guesswork involved but generally sales cycle at least every 12 weeks or so. So I tend to use that as a guideline. I also take into account whether I can freeze the item to extend the shelf life. If I can get meat for free or super cheap I will buy as much as possible as it can remain in the freezer for several months! For things that do not expire I buy as many as I possibly can--especially when they are FREE! I also take into consideration the date of the coupon that correlates with the sale. If I have a "hot" high value coupon that is close to expiration--I may purchase a bit more since "hot" coupons may not be around at all times of the year. For example: Huggies coupons are generally $1.50-$2.00 off per item...so if they put out a $5 coupon-- that is a hot coupon and worth looking to see where you can use it to get the best deal.
You will notice that sales correlate with the season or time of the year. You will rarely see big deals on charcoal in the winter. Canned pumpkin is often on sale during the fall around Thanksgiving, etc... That is something I will think about when determining how much to buy. Of course many items are not season specific --but once you start using coupons you will start to see trends in the types of coupons and values available. It is kinda fun waiting to see what the next big deal may be. I still get excited when a deal comes along that adds a big chunk to my stockpile.
Another way to determine how much to buy is to look at your current usage. If my family uses one bottle of Motrin per year--then a stockpile might be 4 bottles as that is the most I could imagine possibly needing before it would expire. If another deal on Motrin occurs I can then grab 1 or 2 and donate the ones I have to make sure they are being used by someone rather than tossing them when they expire! For something like black beans--they have a shelf life of a few years...so when I was able to get them for a few cents per can--I purchased 100 cans. Items like household cleaners do not generally expire--so if they are free I will get as many as possible. I then have the option to give some to friends/family or donate them to those that may not be as fortunate. Of course you have to consider your ability to store the items you purchase--but I have seen some people get very creative in their storage options. I guess my point is that you have to determine what is appropriate for your family's needs --both in use and ability to maintain the quantity!
I choose to maintain a supply of items in the areas where they are used and the excess is stored into my stockpile room. I turned a huge closet in our guest suite into what my husband calls "little Wamart". I have everything organized so that I can quickly scan my inventory to see what I may need to re-stock. I also have everything organized so that the items that expire soonest can be used first. I typically do a check every 2-3 months and pull any items that may be expiring soon or within the time we can use it and donate those items so that others can use it!
What is a stock up price? There is really no perfect answer to this question. It will vary by item and by person. We are not huge cereal eaters so any price less than $.25 is my stock up price for cereal. We can go without cereal but we will eat it if I can get it really cheap. A family that goes through 4 boxes per week may say $1.00 is stock up price! You have to determine your need and this will help you determine your purchase now price point. If I have 40 pounds of meat in the freezer my stock up price will be much different than if I only had 2 lbs of chicken available in the freezer. The more I have in stock allows me to be choosy and wait until the price is just right! You will notice that I post what I call Super Deals--these are items that are most likely stock up priced or deals that are not generally available frequently.
Should I set aside a specific amount of money to start working on my stockpile? Sure--if you have the funds available. Stockpiling now will save you money in the future! There is really no need to be in a rush to build your stockpile. The really good deals will be sporadic and are generally a suprise when they come about. Start slow--as you use coupons more effectively you will see your weekly spending decrease month by month. You will then have more money available to use for stockpiling or to use as you deem appropriate.
Several of you have asked what kind of meals I prepare as often there is no meat on my Weekly Totals listings. The reason you may not see meat on my list is because of my stockpile. I am sure if someone who does not use coupons were to look at my weekly grocery list they would think I was insane. We are not vegetarians, we do not go out to eat every night and no--I am not making my kids eat ketchup as a meal :-) Most of the things I buy on my weekly shopping trips may not be used for several months! Buying ahead allows me to save time and money...it also makes menu planning MUCH easier!
How long can you store things before they go bad? Most items have a printed expiration date on the package. I found this great chart on the USDA.gov website that tells you the appropriate storage amount for meats:
Freezer Storage Chart (0 °F)
Note: Freezer storage is for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely.
|Bacon and Sausage||1 to 2|
|Casseroles||2 to 3|
|Egg whites or egg substitutes||12|
|Frozen Dinners and Entrees||3 to 4|
|Gravy, meat or poultry||2 to 3|
|Ham, Hotdogs and Lunchmeats||1 to 2|
|Meat, uncooked roasts||4 to 12|
|Meat, uncooked steaks or chops||4 to 12|
|Meat, uncooked ground||3 to 4|
|Meat, cooked||2 to 3|
|Poultry, uncooked whole||12|
|Poultry, uncooked parts||9|
|Poultry, uncooked giblets||3 to 4|
|Soups and Stews||2 to 3|
|Wild game, uncooked||8 to 12|
Since I can't provide a chart for every item--I would recommend doing a little investigating to make sure you are storing food properly and for the correct amount of time.
Now for the fun part...pictures. I got some SUPER shelves that are incredibly deep so everything is quite accessible. I am not the best photographer but I am sure you will see the 70+ packs of TP, several years supply of shampoo, body wash, cleaning items, etc.. I would have to take you all around my house to show you everything! I created a little "movie" to give you an idea. I will put a Mister Linky at the end so you can share your stockpile pictures too!
If your store accepts Target coupons there is a way to get FREE Ziploc bags or at least super cheap bags!
The Ziploc Easy Zipper Bags are $1.99 at my store...so if you get two boxes you can use the following coupons to get both boxes for FREE:
-B1G1 Ziploc Brand Fresh Shield Easy Zipper Bags With Expandable Bottom from 05-03-09 SS
-$1/1 Ziploc Brand Easy Zipper Bags With Expandable Bottom & Fresh Shield Tearpad
-$1/1 Target IP PRINT
You can also use the following to pay $.20 per box:
-$.40/1 ANY Ziploc Brand Bags from 05-10-09 SS (doubles to $.80)
-$1/1 Target IP PRINT
-B1G1 Ziploc Brand Fresh Shield Easy Zipper Bags With Expandable Bottom from 05-03-09 SS
I knew today would be a very busy day...both boys had soccer this morning followed by swim lessons. So I had planned to come home and get several posts up while my 21 month old napped. Well--after waiting 3 and 1/2 hours for a tow truck to arrive... my car cranked when they went to load it onto the tow truck! Warning to anyone with a new Acadia--never park on an incline with less than a quarter tank of fuel. Your car will not start!! UGHGH! The worst part is that there is a service bulletin available but GM never bothered to notify their customers. So the boys and I spent most of the day in the car in the 90+ degree Atlanta heat :-(
So here are some things I wanted to remind you about--just a bit later than I anticipated.
- Since today is Friday you have a chance to get some FREE chocolate. Go HERE to register for your coupon! There are still a few hours left!
- Don't forget to play Dole's new game where you can play to win a coupon for a FREE product from Dole, Marie's Dressing, Fresh Gourmet and Athenos. You can play everyday until July 12. Go HERE to play.
- If you haven't signed up yet--go HERE to sign up for Cheerios 1o in 1 promo. They will send you a $1/1 coupon each week in June.
- I told you about the Psst, Kraft First Taste and Nesquik Shakers programs--well Pepperidge Farms has a advisory panel as well. You can also join the Campbell’s Cook Advisory Group after you sign up--Go HERE to join.
- The $1 off AJC coupon is back AGAIN...go HEREto print your copy. Remember although it is a Kroger coupon most Publix stores will accept it as a competitor coupon. Use it on a Sunday Double to get 2 papers for $1.50
OK--here is yet ANOTHER super early sneak peek!
Just to clarify:
The current ad is HERE
The Early Sneak Peek for the week of 6/18-6/24 (6/17-6/23 in some areas) is HERE
The following is an EXTREMELY EARLY sneak peek for the week 6/25-7/01 (6/24-6/30 in some areas)
Remember I can't guarantee the accuracy of the info or give you any other details since I do not have the ad in hand!
Tostitos Family Size
(Possibly Pepsi, deal hasn't been finalized)
Mt. Olive Pickles
Birds Eye Steam Fresh
Sarah Lee Simple Sweets Pies
Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Trigger
Kraft BBQ Sauce
Kellogg's LG Kids
Arm & Hammer Complete Toothpaste
Post Adult cereal
Breyer's Ice Cream
Lipton Ice Tea
McCormick Black Pepper
Betty Crocker Potatoes
Crystal Light Powders
Kraft Velveeta (In the dairy case)
Claussen Pickles (The refrigerated ones)
Green Giant 4PK Veggies
Oscar Mayer Beef Franks
Curly's BBQ Chicken and Pork
Jennie-O Turkey Burgers
Other Notable Meat Deals:
Pork Spare Ribs - $1.69LB
Whole Boneless Pork Loins - $1.99LB
Snow Crab Clusters - $5.99LB
Boneless Skinless Chicken - $2.99LB