Friday, August 27, 2010

Mega Swagbucks Friday!!

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Just wanted to remind you that it's Friday, and that means that for those of you who have signed up for Swagbucks that you'll have additional chances to win HIGH VALUE Swagbucks during your searches!! Go ahead and search for the sites you normally go to, and earn bucks to trade in for prizes while you are at it!! Remember it only takes 450 Swagbucks to trade in for a $5.00 Amazon gift card. I've been saving my Amazon gift cards, and I was just searching around Amazon a couple of days ago, and found out that you can actually order gift cards from different stores (Target, Kohls, AMC Movies, Subway, etc.) Once you earn enough Swagbucks you can trade in for different gifts or gift cards...I've been trading in for Amazon gift cards and will be using them to help our Christmas budget!!

So for those of you who are already a part of Swagbucks start searching!! Let me know if you win any big amounts today!! And for those of you who have not joined Swagbucks yet, it is completely free and so easy!! Just sign up for Swagbucks (it's a search google, yahoo,, etc). You have a chance to win Swagbucks for every search you do. You don't have to go search for specific things. The easiest way to use it, is to load the Swagbucks toolbar on your homepage. Instead of typing in a web address that you want to go to, just type it into the Swagbucks search'll still go right where you would be going anyway...but you will be given chances to win Swagbucks!! I joined at the end of December, and have won over $100 in Amazon gift cards...LOVE IT!!

If you are interested in signing up, just click on the banner below to get started. Like I said it is completely FREE and you'll receive 30 Swagbucks just for signing up!!

I know this might sound confusing, so if you have any questions about Swagbucks or how to get started leave a comment below and I'll do my best to answer them!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

What's In Your Freezer?

As you saw in the previous post, we do not have an upright freezer where everything is placed neatly and you can easily see what you have. That's definitely on my wish list, but I think I'll have to wait a few years for that! :) We have a chest freezer, and everything is stacked on top of each other. This makes for some frustration when I'm trying to find what items I have in the freezer.

Several weeks ago, I got so frustrated that I decided to clean out the freezer. I pulled everything out and tried to place like items next to like items when I put them back. (ie. all vegetables together, all meats together, all processed foods together) I also made a list of everything that was in the freezer.

I placed this list on our refrigerator, and now any time I take something out of the freezer I simply cross it off the list. Anytime I go shopping and purchase frozen food items I add them to the list. I can now tell at a glance what we have, and what we are running low on.

I don't know why I didn't think to do this sooner...might be because I have a hundred other things running through my mind on any given day. :) I thought that some of you might benefit from this as well. Besides keeping me organized, this also really helps when I am planning meals...anything that makes my life easier is definitely a plus!

Freezer = Full

My freezers are officially full. Now I need to either stop buying frozen foods or buy a bigger freezer. :)

From the pictures above it might look like I only feed my kids unhealthy, processed foods. I buy items when they are at their rock bottom prices, and when I find them at the lowest price I buy in multiples, so I am never stuck paying full price again. This frees up extra money in our grocery budget to buy extra fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats, etc.

I'm still wanting to buy some of the chicken breasts that are on sale at Albertsons this week, but I seriously don't think I have room for them. Maybe over the next several days we'll eat enough from the freezer to clear out a small space for some chicken.

Another Deal at HEB

While I was at HEB pricing the Ball Park franks, I also ran over to the frozen foods to price the Tyson Chicken products that are buy one get the second one free. Anytizers, Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Strips, Chicken Patties, Chicken Fries were all included in this sale. They were all priced at $ with the in store coupon, only $1.25 per box. I don't know of any manufacturer's coupons that you could also use, but I still think this is a pretty great deal.

I was standing in the store debating whether or not to stock up on some boxes, and I realized that if we go to any fast food restaurant each Kid's Meal is typically $3.00 or $4.00. When I realized that I could buy 3 boxes for the price of one Kid's Meal I threw several of them into my shopping cart.

Update on HEB Ball Park Meal Deal

I ran to HEB tonight to price the Ball Park franks that are a part of this week's Meal Deal. Mary posted that she found them for $2.78 at her HEB, and they were the same price at our local HEB. That means that if you have two of the coupons for $2.00 off any Ball Park product you will spend $1.56 on two packages of hot dogs, one bag of chips, dip, relish, chili, and a 2 liter works out to about $0.23 per item! I would say that this is a definite STOCK UP price!

You will only be able to print 2 of the $2.00 coupons, but at our HEB almost all of the Ball Park Jumbo franks had coupons for $1.00 off one package stuck right on them. If you don't have access to a computer, or you just want to stock up on extra hot dogs...use 2 of the $1.00 peelie coupons and you'll pay $3.56 for all seven works out to about $0.51 an item. Still a GREAT price!

I love having hot dogs in our freezer...great for grilling in the summer, but I also love chili dogs on cool fall evenings. Just a few more weeks until fall!! I'd definitely stock up on hot dogs while they are at this price!!

NOTE...At the HEB in San Angelo, these were in a large display right when you walk in the door by the produce.

GREAT New Kraft Coupons Available

There are some great new coupons available that you will probably want to print.

$1.00 off two Maxwell House or Maxwell House International Coffee
$1.00 off two Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat
$1.00 off two Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip
$1.00 off two Kraft or Cracker Barrel Natural Cheese
$1.00 off two Nabisco Cookies or Crackers

Go here to print any of these coupons.

Thanks Hip 2 Save!

Quiznos--Meal for $2.99

Quiznos has a great coupon available that will get you a full meal for only $2.99. The meal includes a small sub, chips, and regular fountain drink. Go here to print this coupon.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

AWESOME Coupon for HEB Meal Deal

I just found an AWESOME coupon that goes great with this week's Meal Deal at HEB.

2 Ball Park Beef, Cheese, or White Turkey Franks
Hormel No Beans Chili
HEB Potato Chips
HEB Soft Drink (2 liter)
Hill Country Fare Relish

There's a new coupon available on Facebook for $2.00 off ONE Ball Park product. This is the highest value coupon I have ever seen for Ball Park products, and the great thing about this coupon is that you can print it off TWICE. You'll need to go here and fill out your email address. Within seconds you should receive an email with a link to your coupon.

I know people have had issues with certain Internet coupons not scanning and/or being accepted at HEB. The supervisor at HEB assured me that all legitimate internet coupons (with bar codes, expiration dates, mailing info) will be accepted. I don't know if this coupon is one of the ones that will cause problems, but if it does explain to your cashier that it should be accepted. If the cashier refuses, ask to speak to the manager.

Do any of you know how much the BallPark Franks are at HEB? I really think that with these coupons, this should make for an AWESOME deal!!

Albertsons Ad/Coupon Match Up (August 25 - 31)

It looks like this might be the week to stock up on more relish (free if you have the right coupon)and Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits, crescent rolls, and cinnamon rolls. Boneless, skinless chicken breast is also marked down to $1.88/lb!! I am putting the items that I think are a good stock up price in bold. Remember that your stock up price might be different than mine, but this is just to give you a comparison...or for those of you who are just starting out, it will give you a heads up to the best deals at Albertsons this week.

In Ad Coupons:

Niagara Water (24 pack) $1.99 (limit 2)

Tampico Punch (gallon) $0.79 (limit 4)

Minute Maid Refrigerated Orange Juice $1.99 (limit 2)

Whole Rotisserie Deli Chickens (limit 2) $4.99

Michelina Budget Gourmet Frozen Entrees (limit 6) $0.50

Pillsbury & Pillsbury Jr. Biscuits, Cinnamon Rolls, and Crescent Rolls (limit 2) $0.79
-use coupon for $0.50 off two Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (found here) (This will be doubled)
-use coupon for $0.40 off any two Pillsbury Sweet Rolls (found in 8/8 General Mills Coupon insert and here) (This will be doubled)
-use coupon for $0.30 off any two Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits (found in 8/8 General Mills Coupon insert and here) (This will be tripled)
Final Cost: As low as $0.58 for two (or $0.29 each

Fresh Express Spinach or Baby Blends Salad (limit 2) $0.99

Gatorade Thirst Quencher (limit 4) $1.38

Banquet Frozen Entrees (limit 6) $0.79

Ore-Ida Potatoes (limit 2) $1.99

Allens or Veg-All Frozen Vegetables (limit 4) $0.79

Mussleman's Applesauce 6 pack (limit 4) $0.99
-There was a coupon available for $1.00 off Musselman's. This was only available for a couple of hours, but if you were lucky enough to get it then you'll get FREE applesauce!!

Tony's Crispy Crust Pizza (limit 6) $0.79
-use coupon for $1.00 off two (found here)
Final Cost: $0.58 for two (or $0.29 each)

Bar S All Meat Franks (limit 4) $0.50

Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup (limit 6) $0.49
(Why is it that every Campbell's coupon that is available right now excludes Chicken Noodle and Tomato Soups? If you happen to find one that doesn't exclude them post it in the comments below, but I sure can't find one!)

Albertsons Large Eggs (dozen) (limt 2) $0.89

Single Layer Dessert Cakes $3.99


Albertsons Fresh Boneless Skinless Fryer Breast $1.88/lb
-In my opinion, this is a stock up price for chicken breast. You will occasionally be able to find it for $1.50/lb...but generally this is the lowest it will go. For those of you who don't mind dealing with the skin and bones in chicken breasts, I'd wait for those to go on sale for $1.00/lb. before you stock up. I sure wish I had room in my freezer to stock up on this, but my freezer is filled up...might have to buy at least a few pounds and squeeze them in somewhere. :)

Allen's Canned Vegetables $0.50

Red Gold Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies $0.50

Chef Boyardee $1.00
-use coupon for $0.35 off three cans (found in 8/15 SmartSource insert) (This will be tripled)
-use coupon for $1.00 off six cans (found in August All You magazine)
Final Cost: As low as $1.95 for three (or $0.65 each)

Snack Pack Pudding (4 pack) $1.00
-use coupon for $0.30 off two (found in 8/1 SmartSource insert)(This will be tripled)
Final Cost: $1.10 for two (or $0.55 each)

Ortega Black Beans $1.00
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Ortega products (found here)
Final Cost: $1.00 for two (or $0.50 each)

Mt. Olive Relish $1.00
-use coupon for $1.00 off Mt. Olive Pickles, Peppers, or Relish (found in 8/1 SmartSourc insert)
Final Price: FREE

Pace Picante Sauce $2.50
-use coupon for $0.50 off two (found in 6/27 SmartSource insert) (This will be doubled)
Final Price: $4.00 for two (or $2.00 each)

Freschetta Pizza $4.50
-use coupon for $1.00 off one (found here)
Final Cost: $3.50

Contessa Frozen Entrees $4.99
-use coupon for $1.50 off one Contessa meal (found in 6/20 RedPlum insert)
Final Cost: $3.49

Toaster Strudels or Scrambles $2.00
-use coupon for $0.35 off one (found in 8/8 General Mills coupon insert) (this will be tripled)
-use coupon for $0.50 off two (found in 8/8 General Mills coupon insert and here) (This will be doubled)
Final Cost: As low as $0.95

Dannon Danimals $2.00
-use coupon for $1.00 off one Danimals (found in 8/15 SmartSource insert)
-use coupon for $0.50 off one Dan-o-nino (found in 8/15 SmartSource insert) (This will be doubled)
Final Cost: $1.00

Healthy Choice Entrees $2.00
-use coupon for $1.00 off two (found here)
Final Cost: $3.00 for two (or $1.50 each)

International Delight Creamers $1.79
-use coupon for $0.55 off one (found here)
Final Cost: $1.24

Select General Mills Cereal $1.67
-use coupon for $0.75 off MultiGrain Cheerios (found here and here)
-use coupon for $0.55 off Cocoa Puffs (found here and here)
-use coupon for $1.00 off two select General Mills Cereals (found in 7/11 SmartSource insert, 8/22 SmartSource insert, and here)
Final Cost: As low as $0.92 (I only buy cereal when I can find it for under $1.00 a box. It is harder to find General Mills cereal at this price, so now is a good time to stock up on MultiGrain Cheerios

Cheetos $2.00
-Receive a FREE 2 liter of Sierra Mist when you buy TWO Cheetos (with in store coupon)

Prima Peaches $0.99/lb.

Jumbo Slicing Tomatoes $0.99/lb.

White Onions $0.99/lb.

Broccoli Crowns $0.99/lb.

Coupon for Malt-O-Meal Cereal

Go here to print a coupon for $0.75 off a bag of Malt-o-Meal Cereal. You'll be able to print a coupon, and email a coupon to a friend as well!

HEB Ad/Coupon Match Up (August 25 - 31)


2 Ball Park Beef, Cheese, or White Turkey Franks
-use coupon for $1.00 off 2 Ball Park products (found in 8/1 RedPlum insert)
-use coupon for $0.75 off 1 Ball Park Jumbo product (found in 8/1 RedPlum insert)
Hormel No Beans Chili
HEB Potato Chips
HEB Soft Drink (2 liter)
Hill Country Fare Relish
That's a SAVINGS of $4.99 BEFORE coupons!


HEB Pecan Treasures Cookies
HEB Thin or Ridged Potato Chips
That's a SAVINGS of $2.19!

2 Cheetos
Pepsi (6 pack)
That's a SAVINGS of $3.39!

Oscar Mayer Deli Creations Sandwiches, Crackers, or Flatbreads
-use coupon for $1.00 off Deli Creations (found as peelie coupon on Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat)
Oscar Mayer Fun Pack Lunchables
That's a SAVINGS of $2.77 BEFORE coupons!

HEB Hearts Blend, Five Lettuce Blend, or Veggie Medley
HEB Salad Dressing
HEB Croutons
That's a SAVINGS of $2.87!
NOTE: Look for the salad on quick sale. The last time I was at HEB there were several bags of salad priced at $0.99 for quick sale. The salad still looked fresh, but the "best if used by" date was for the next day! If you can find these on quick sale, you'll be able to buy salad, dressing, AND croutons for $0.99...or $0.33 for each item...a GREAT DEAL!!

HEB Fully Cooked Seasoned Ground Beef
HEB Pasta Sauce
Skinner Quick Cook Pasta
That's a SAVINGS of $3.08!

Eckrich Meat or Beef Smoked Sausage
-use coupon for $1.00 off 2 Eckrich Smoked Sausage (found in 6/27 SmartSource insert)
Ranch Style Beans
Knorr Rice or Pasta Sides
That's a SAVINGS of $1.79 BEFORE coupons!

Tyson Any'tizers or Breaded Chicken Nuggets, Tenders, Bites or Patties
-use coupon for $1.00 off 2 Tyson Any'tizers (found in 7/25 SmartSource insert...Note, this coupon was a regional coupon, so not all inserts have it. The ones I received did not have this coupon, but you might have it in yours!)
Tyson Entrees

Ruffles Potato Chips
HEB Ridged Potato Chips

4 Nestle 8 pack Butterfinger, Crunch, Baby Ruth, or 100 Grand Candy

Oscar Mayer Bacon
Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat (16 oz. this is the family size package)
-use coupon for $1.00 off 2 Oscar Mayer Lunchmeats (found here)
Mrs. Baird's Whole Grain White Bread

1/2 lb. of HEB Premium Quality or Central Market All Natural Roast Beef
1/4. lb. of HEB Havarti with Peppers or Cheddar with Horseradish Cheese
HEB Premium Quality Spicy Brown Mustard

Hormel Texas Shaped Party Tray (Do other states have state shaped party trays? I seriously have never seen anything like this except in Texas :)
-use coupon for $2.00 off any Hormel Party Tray (found here)
Hill Country Fare Deli Style Homestyle or Mustard Potato Salad

3 Sprout Organic Baby Foods

Energizer Max Batteries
-use coupon for $1.00 off Energizer Batteries (found in 8/1 SmartSource insert)
Post Pebbles Cereal

HEB Mesquite or Hickory Smoking Chunks (20 lbs.)
HEB Charcoal Lighter Fluid

any brand of Body Wash for Men, Women, or Kids
-use coupon for $0.50 off Suave Body Wash (found here)
-use coupon for $1.00 off Nivea Body Wash (found in 6/20 RedPlum insert and in September All You magazine)
-use coupon for $1.00 off Dove Body Wash (found in 8/1 RedPlum insert)
-use coupon for $1.00 off Caress Body Wash (found in 8/1 RedPlum insert)
I'm sure there are a lot of other Body Wash coupons available, so look through your coupons and see what you can find!
Mesh Sponge

HEB Cotton Rounds
Hill Country Essentials Nail Polish Remover


2 Vitafusion

HEB Epsom Salt
HEB 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner
-use coupon for $1.00 off 2 Pantene products (found in 8/1 Proctor and Gamble insert)
HEB Damage Free Elastics

Fashion Binder
Expressions from Hallmark Greeting Card
HEB Strong Strips Bandages
Hill Country Fare Hand Sanitizer


Hill Country Fare Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs $1.00/lb.

Strawberries $1.77/lb.

Black or White Seedless Grapes $1.37/lb.

Large Navel Oranges $1.47/lb.

California Large Peaches $1.27/lb.

Bartlett Pears $1.27/lb.

Russet Potatoes $1.98/5 lb. bag

Red Delicious Apples $2.48/3 lb. bag

Kellogg's Pop-Tarts $1.25

HEB Apple Sauce $1.00

Pepperidge Farm Cookies $2.50

-use coupon for $0.75 off 1 Pepperidge Farm Cookies (found in 8/1 SmartSource insert)
Final Price: $1.75 (This isn't such a good deal, but these cookies are DELICIOUS so I had to include them!! :)

Don't Throw Out Your Lowe's Ad

In this week's Lowe's ad milk is priced at $1.88 a gallon...hold onto your ad and price match at Wal-Mart or Target! (Or if you shop at Lowe's be sure to pick up your milk there!)

Other items you might want to price match:

Cantaloupes $0.99 each

Seedless Grapes $0.99/lb.

Honeydew Melons $0.39/lb.

Green Pears $0.89/lb.

Red or Black Plums $0.99/lb.

Snack Size Valencia Oranges 6 for $1.00

You might find these same prices at Wal-Mart this week, but the last time I was at Wal-Mart all of their produce prices were quite a bit higher! This is definitely a week to price match your produce with the Lowe's ad, so don't accidentally throw it out. :) Remember if you are price matching, take your ad with you to the store and tell the cashier BEFORE she starts scanning your merchandise that you want to price match your items.

Target--Clearance Items

I ran to Target this morning to pick up a few things, and I wanted to let you know about some GREAT clearance items that I noticed.

Towards the back of the store (near the toys) there is a large shelf along the back wall with all sorts of summer lawn care items for sale...weed killer, ant/roach killer, water hoses, flower pots, etc. I didn't look too closely at everything, but did notice that there was a pretty large supply of merchandise. The signs said 30% off, but I did notice several items were marked 50% off...a GREAT deal if you need any of those things.

I also noticed several frozen food items that were'll kind of have to sort through things and look for products with stickers on them since they aren't clearly labeled. The things I noticed:

El Monterey Taquitos
TGIFridays Quesadillas
TGIFridays Mozzarella Sticks
Lean Pockets (only select varieties)
Green Giant Just for One Vegetables
Green Giant Frozen Veggies (I only noticed the corn clearance priced, but there might be other veggies included)
Egg Rolls (not sure of the brand)
Lactaid Milk

I'm sure there were more, but those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head. Most of the items I saw were 50% off.

I can't find any coupons to go along with these deals, but at 50% off they are still pretty great deals. Let me know if you see any other GREAT clearance finds at Target!

Also, please keep in mind that I found these at Target in San Angelo, TX. Not all stores place items on clearance at the same time, so you might not find these at other stores.
I know it's been several days since I've posted any new deals...been super busy with other things...getting the kids ready for school, house back in order after summer break, and a lot of things to do for Kids Church. Needless to say, feel like I haven't had much of a chance to sit down at the computer lately. I'll be posting the Albertsons and HEB ad match ups later this afternoon/night. I have to run and pick up my oldest boys at school in a few minutes. Then it's homework, supper, church, etc...I'll do my best to have new posts up later tonight. Also, will try to carve out some time tomorrow to look for other deals. Hope all of your kids are enjoying being back in school!!