Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fruits and veggies

Our weekly Door To Door Organics delivery consisted of the following organic produce:

(3) bananas
(2) avocados
(1) lb. strawberries
(2) valencia oranges
(1) mango
1.5 lbs. yellow squash
(1) green pepper

Total: 23.00

We also stopped at a produce stand yesterday and purchased:

(6) ears of locally grown corn
(2) peaches, which were not local but were promptly consumed by my children.

Total: 3.50

Total-total: 26.50

This week's Kroger trip.

(1) organic milk @ 2.99
(6) Horizon organic milk singles @ 1.00 each, used 1.00/3 coupons
(2) Cascadian Farms organic steamer veggies @ 2.50 each, used 1.00/1 coupons
(2) Van's organic waffles @ 2.50 each, used 1.00/2
(1) red pepper @ 1.67
(1) pint Michigan blueberries @ 1.48
(1) lemon juice @ .99
(1) Danactiv yogurt @ 1.88, used 1.00/1
(3) Clif ZBars @ 3/$2, used 1.00/3
(1) Oral-B toothbrush @ 1.00, FREE after 1.00/1

Total spent: 19.92
Total saved: 20.17

Yet another Meijer post.

1 lb. organic carrots @ 1.99
(2) organic mushrooms @ 1.00
(2) organic nectarines @1.58
1 lb. organic cherries @ 2.99
(3) 28 oz. cans organic tomatoes @ 1.50 each
(1) celery @ 1.00
(2) Dole salad blends @ 1.00 each, FREE plus overage after 1.50/2 manu q and 1.00/2 Mealbox q
(2) Silk soy milk @ 2.99 each, used 1.25/2 and 1.00/2 Mealbox q
(1) cage free eggs @ 3.19, used .50/1
(1) Pillsbury grands @ 1.00, used .35/1
(8) Land O'Lakes spreadable butter @ 1.00, got all for FREE after .50/1 (separate transactions)
(1) Aunt Millie's bread @ 1.00, used .35/1
(2) Meijer Naturals salsa @ 1.00 each
(1) Ben and Jerry's flipped ice cream @ 2.49, used .75/1
(3) Ben and Jerry's pints @ 2.49 each, used 1.00/2, got back a 2.00 oyno cat
(2) Aunt Millie's bagels @ 2.00 each
(2) Kashi frozen pizzas @ 4.99 each, used 1.00/1 coupons

I had 4.20 in bottle refunds from recent get togethers/parties/beer drinking at our house.
I used a 4.00 oyno I had from the cheese deal I guess.

Total spent: 34.57
Total saved:37.22

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More Meijer Deals

This week seems to be a great week to hit Meijer! Between the 10/10=11 deals and the Huggies deal I was able to stock our pantry, donate a big bag to the food pantry and grab two packages of diapers for under $27!! Our grocery bill (without diapers) for the week was $8.86!! Yipee! Maybe I'll post our menu so you can see that we aren't living on ramen noodles :)

Here is the deal for huggies: If you buy $10 worth of Huggies, Kleenex, Cottonelle or Scott paper products (any combination), you instantly get $10 off 3 pkgs of Fruit of the Loom Basics Tees, underwear or socks. Fruit of the Loom Basics are on sale for $3.99/6pk little boys socks. Adult socks are on sale too. I bought 1 pkg Huggies at 9.99+ 1 pkg Pull-Ups 10.99 (wish me luck~ we're potty training this week :)) + 3pkgs of socks =32.95 -$10instant rebate -$3MFC for huggies -$2MFC for pull ups =$17.95 for all that! Considering the socks alone were $11.97, I basically got 2 pkgs of diapers for $5.98. Plus with school starting in a month ~gasp!~ I got a head start on much needed new socks.....and maybe even a stocking stuffer :)

You could easily make this deal sweeter buy just purchasing the $9.99 diapers and a $1.29 mini package of huggies wipes + 3 packages of socks for a total of $10.25 after instant $10 rebate and $3MFC for diapers. That's what I call a good deal!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Some Meijer info.

I recently ran across this great Detroit-area blog, called Macomb Money Savers. Since I don't ever do sales/match-ups here, I thought those of you Meijer shoppers who may be interested could bookmark that site.

Also, I don't think I've posted it here before, but My Price Savings is a great site you can use to preview the Meijer ads for the coming week. The ads are typically posted on Friday afternoons, but sometimes as early as Thursdays. Keep in mind if you are in Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti the prices tend to run slightly higher.

And finally, there are some fabulous deals at Meijer this week. They're running their 10/$10, 11th item free sale which means when you purchase 11 eligible items you will get each for 90 cents. Plus there are coupons available for many of the items which means you can fill your pantry, fridge and freezer for pennies. Be cautious with this sale though... there are items included that are typically less than a buck but the prices get raised for this "sale". The Gerber baby food is an example.

The moneymakers this week are:
Coffeemate creamers @ 1.00 each. Buy 3 and use .50/1 coupons (the first two will double). You'll pay .50 and get a catalina for 1.00 off your next order. (Thanks, Jessica!)

Dole bagged salads @ 1.00 each. Buy 2 and use the 1.00/2 Mealbox coupon. Then go to the meat/seafood department of your Meijer store and look for the Meijer Living Naturally booklet, which has a 1.50/2 manufacturer's coupon. You can stack this with the Mealbox q to get overage.

The only really good organic item included in this sale is organic mushrooms. I'll be getting a few, especially with the overage I'll have from the salad and coffeemate.

Also free or close to it with coupons... Betty Crocker Warm Delights and Land O'Lakes spreadable butter. Anyone see anything else?

Also tropical fish are included in the 10/$10 sale. Which creeps me out for some reason.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

All things considered, a successful CVS trip.

Lesson 1- Neutrogena makeup, though advertised as BOGO, did not ring up that way. I noticed after I was back in my car.

Lesson 2- Huggies megas do not follow you out of the store when you leave them sitting on the ATM. I did not notice until I was home. I had to go back.

(1) Smart Start cereal @ 3.34, will submit for full-price rebate (I've had the form forever.)
(2) Kashi cereal @ 3.33 each, used 1.50/1 printables
(6) Kashi GoLean bars @ 1.25 each, used 1.00/2 coupons
(1) Huggies mega @ 13.99, used 1.50/1
(1) CVS tampons @ 1.89
(2) Pilot pens @ .99 each
(2) composition books @ .99 each
(1) sticky notes @ .99
(1) mini stapler @ .99
(2) pencil cases @ .99 each
(2) binder clips @ .99 each
(1) Colgate @ 2.88, used 1.00/1
(1) Neutrogena eyeshadow @ 8.99, used 3.00/1
(1) Neutrogena lipstick- FREE after BOGO sale, used 3.00/1

I used a $10/$50 and 16.96 ECBs.

Will receive 3.34 back as a rebate for the Smart Start, which makes my oop 11.87 (less than the sale price of the diapers!), and I earned back 18.79 in ECBs.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

CVS this week

    apologies in advance for the funky formatting--it won't let me change it?
    There's a nice KAshi deal at CVS starting tomorrow, so you can get them nearly free along with more free office/school supplies:
    ****kashi 3/$10 get $5 ecb when you buy $10 worth of products (limit 1)
    go to for links to the printable coupons underneath this weeks ad scan link
Use 3 printable coupons for $1.50 off each and get 3 boxes of Kashi cereal/bars for $0.50 after coupons and ecbs!!!

        *****also the Schick titanium razor will be free if you have the CVS coupon from the home mailer that came out a few months ago ($3 value) along with the $4 off insert coupon = $1.99 and get $2 back in ECBS.

****also, don't forget about going to the pharmacy to ask about their new refill program--just by asking you should be gettting a coupon book that contains lots of $/$$ coupons including two 4/20s according to

Sunday, July 19, 2009


I've started doing some MIRs to get some freebies.  This is something I've avoided in the past because they are a bit of a PITA and you often have to mail in your original store receipt which makes me nervous for some reason, but I'm getting over it.
Anyway, Friday, I got a free Seattle's Best coffee...we needed decaf on hand and I found this rebate form, so I thought it's worth a stamp, right?  

Then today, I was looking for a cheap filler to get to $20 at CVS so I could use my 4/20 coupon and still make it a moneymaker and roll all my expiring ECBs....and instead I found these:

(don't those items looks so all-natural with my lovely plant background?  unintentional, i promise!)
So, my transaction looks like this:
-2 filler paper packs @ 2.00 (get 2.00 each in ECBs)
-1 CVS pantiliner @ 0.89 (get 0.89 back in ECBs)
-2 packs papermate pens @ 0.99 (get 0.99 each in ECBs)
-2 memo books @ 0.99 (get 0.99 each in ECBs)
-2 one inch binders @ 2.49 (get 5.00 ECBs due to manual entry--these were 3.00 each in the ad, my store had a substitution item)
-1 organix pomegranite and something else shampoo @ 6.99
-1 True North nut medley snack bag @3.49

Total $24.xx + tax
paid with $4/20, $1 off True north mfr Q and 15.36 in ECBs.---$4.10 onto CVS gift card.
got back $13.85 in ECBs and will get $6.99 back in a check from Organix and $3.49 from True North.  Also, there were a few other items in the shampoo aisle that had "Try Me Free" tags on them...  
Anyway, altogether paid $19.46 after coupons (includes ECB value and amt that went onto gift card) and got back $24.31 (ECBs and money I'll receive from rebates for free items)--well $23.43 if you factor in the cost of a stamp (are stamps $0.44 I have no idea anymore).

A note of caution--on some items, you need the original receipt....some will take a copy (like the True North rebate), so be careful about getting more than one item per receipt, read your rebate form first.  It's nice if they can print you a copy, but see post below for problems associated with that, depending on the cashier.  Also, do the rebates right away when you get home so you don't forget and loose out!

In which everything that could possibly go wrong, does.

I made what was supposed to be a quick run to Meijer last night to catch a few of the good deals before the sales changed out this morning. I also had a Morningstar Farms coupon that was expiring so I wanted to get in on the Kellogg's Fuel For School Rebate since MS Farms is included, and is about the only Kellogg's product that we eat. 

What a disaster.

I had two separate transactions. The first consisted of 10 boxes of MS Farms products @ 3/$10, and I had 7.75 in MS Farms catalinas and coupons, plus that 4.00 oyno cat from the Kraft dressing deal. So I paid 21.59, plus will submit for the $10 rebate which makes these 1.16/box after rebate. Simple, right?

My damn receipt got mangled in the cash register. The surly teenage cashier handed me the top of this receipt, with smeared ink and nary a purchased item listed anywhere and started to ring up my next order. Ummm.... hold up please. Where the H is my receipt? After convincing her that I was not joking and actually needed a valid record of this transaction she called a manager who sort of retrieved part of my shredded receipt from the register and handed it to me victoriously, like we were done with this interaction. Not being satisfied, I sent her off to print me a copy of the transaction from her computer so I can staple it to my shreds, in the hopes that I'll still get my rebate. Looking back I should have had her return it all and re-ring it but I was in a big fat hurry because I had started my period in the frozen foods section. And I was wearing my white capris. No joke.

Okay, so the first transaction was done and the second one began. All was well for the ringing up of items. My cashier was still annoyed but whatevs. I had ordered some .50/1 Kraft cheese coupons on Ebay and was planning to score a couple bags of shreds for a buck a pop. She started to scan my coupons and when the second cheese coupon beeped she handed it back to me and said, "You've exceeded the limit on this coupon." Huh? I bought two bags of cheese and I'm using two coupons. "Yeah," she snipped, "but the coupon says one per item so you can only use one." This is where I got really annoyed, because as we all know this is the most unambiguous language ever used on a coupon. And she clearly wasn't getting it. We went 'round and 'round and finally I said, "Did you inadvertently scan the first coupon twice?" She insisted that she hadn't. So I handed her one bag of cheese and told her to take it off my order. No way am I paying two bucks for 7 oz. of shredded cheese. When she took it off the order, it removed a coupon. "Oh, I guess I did scan it twice." My head almost exploded.

That's when she hit the total button and I paid because I just wanted to get out of there. I paid 31.34 which, in my soul of souls felt a bit high but it was now past my bedtime and I just wanted out. I got to my car, looked at my receipt and realized that she shorted me FOUR DOLLARS in coupons.  

I did get back another 4.00 oyno for the Kraft dressing and some random catalinas (like for this Meijer Money... have you guys been getting these?) but that was little consolation for the fact that I may be out fourteen bucks betwixt the forgotten Qs and the potentially failed rebate.

Total spent: 52.93, but I'm going to be hopeful and say 42.93 after rebate.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

free fresh fruit snack packs at Kroger..and other random deals

my 3 yo and my hubby are going on vacation (must be nice!!), so I went for some easy snack items for them to take:
1 one pound bag raw almonds (reg price $7.99)--sale for $2.99
2 bags apple +grape bites--Chiquita singles--FREE after free item IP 
2 bags pineapple--Chiquita singles--FREE after peelies on the package (BOGO)

Spent $2.99. saved $10.60

Also: Meijer has Horizon Organic 1/2 gallons on sale this week for $3--pair it with a $1 off mealbox Q and the $0.55 off manufacturer's Q from the Cascadian Farms cereal peelie to get these for $1.45!

Also, get the Finish/Electrosol dishwasher tablets for $0.50 per box after Mealbox Q and manufacturer's Q from this past Sunday's paper.  I bought 20 Qs off ebay, so we should be set for 500 days of dishwashing! All for $16 total (including cost of coupons)

Also, they have sales and mealbox Qs to match up with all kinds of IP Qs for Kellogg's products which would make for some great deals after this rebate.  Morningstar Farms products also qualify for this rebate.  Here is an IP link and you can print this twice if you use the back function after the first one prints.

I also found pull ups for $2.50 per pack at Rite Aid today on the Clearance Rack.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

CVS score.

You can see from this picture that we were in dire straits over here with respect to our diaper situation. I tried to cover the ripped-into packaging with the Fusion razor but I think you can tell that I didn't do that good of a job.

(1) Huggies @ 8.99, used 1.50.1
(2) glue @ .99 each, earned 1.98 ECBs
(2) rulers @ .99 each, earned 1.98 ECBs
(2) notebooks @ .99 each, earned 1.98 ECBs
(2) Bic pens @ .99 each, earned 1.98 ECBs
(2) scissors @ 2.99 each, earned 5.98 ECBs
(1) Fusion razor @ 7.99, used 4.00/1, earned 4 ECBs
(1) tiny shaving cream @ .99, because you can't bring any human-sized toiletries on a plane anymore. They must be elfin-sized now.

Paid with 24.50 ECBs, paid 2.43 oop, got back 17.90 in ECBs

Return of the Convenience Foods

My husband and I are going out of town tonight for the week. Because there will be various combinations of three different grandparents here with our children I wanted to make things as easy as possible on the caregivers. Sooooo... frozen/prepackaged/easy-to-assemble food is on the menu.


3+ lb. bananas @ 1.64
1 lb. vidalia onions @ .98
organic carrots @ 1.99
2+ lbs. grapes @ 3.79
(2) avocados @ 1.67 each, used .55/2 winetag
(2) Rosarita refried beans @ .99 each, used .50/2 
(4) 28 oz. canned tomatoes @ 1.49 each
(3) A1 marinade @ 2.50 each, used 2.00/1 coupons and got an automatic $2 off produce
(1) cage free eggs @ 3.19, used .50/1
(1) Cascadian Farm organic grape jam @ 3.49, used 1.00/1
(2) Danactiv drinkable yogurt @ 2.50, used 1.00/1
(2) Bertoli alfredo sauce @ 2.00 each
(4) Steamfresh frozen veggies @ 1.50 each (it kills me to pay for these.)
(21) cans of beans @ .60 each
(2) lbs. strawberries @ 1.50 each
(1) Eight O'Clock coffee for my mother-in-law @ 4.19, used 1.00/1
(4) Kraft dressing @ 1.67 each, used 1.00/1 coupons and got a catalina for 4.00 oyno
(2) Aunt Millie's bread ("Not the kind with seeds! I don't LIKE that kind!") @ 1.25 each, used .35/1
(2) mini bagels @ 2.50 each
(1) Horizon milk @ 3.00, used 1.00/1 Mealbox coupon
(2) Starbucks chocolate truffles, clearanced to 2.93 each, used 1.00/1 coupons

I was also able to use (2) coupons for $1.00 off produce when you buy two Kraft dressings, and I had a 4.00 oyno cat from the Kraft cheese promo a couple of weeks ago. So for the grand total...

Total spent: 64.33
Total saved: 57.86

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Whole Foods, and more Kashi at Target

I combined my purchases for the photo even though the cereal and bars came from a second Target run.

Whole Foods round-up:

Lifeway Lassi is still FREE after the 1.00/1 coupon found in the Whole Deal booklet.

Lightlife products aren't on sale, but they have .75/1 peelies on them which made the veggie dogs and sandwich slices 2.24 each.

Raw organic OV cheese is on sale and there was a 1.00/1 tearpad on the display.

Local organic zucchini is 1.99/lb. as are local vine tomatoes.

Organic flame raisins are 2.99/lb and dried cranberries are still a decent deal at 4.99/lb.

Back to Nature crackers are 2.50; use 1.00/1 Whole Deal coupon to get them for 1.50 each.

Go Raw live food bars are 2.00 each. 

OV milk and soy milk weren't on sale but we needed both and I used a 1.00/2 from the Go Organic booklet found at Kroger.

Total spent: 35.32

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Target goodies and produce

Money Saving Mom has the scoop on some great Kashi deals at Target this week. Here's the breakdown of my transaction:

(2) Go Lean cereal @ 2.66 each, used BOGO Target coupon
(2) TLC cereal bars @ 2.50 each, used 1.50/1 printables and 1.00/2 Target coupon
(2) Envirokids bars @ 2.25 each, used 1.00/1 coupons from booklet found at Plum Market

Total: 6.16

Paid $5 on a Target gift card, paid 1.16 oop.


Door To Door Organics delivery this week-
3 bananas
1 lb. cherries
1 lb. red garnet yams
2 valencia oranges
1 bunch broccoli
1/2 lb. tomatoes
1 cucumber
1/4 lb. spring mix
Total: 23.00

Friday, July 3, 2009

A budget change.

A couple of things are happening.

First of all, we've been hit with lots of illness here. Much of this is due to my husband's compromised immunity, and the rest is directly related to my kids licking everything they can get their tongues on. I'm fairly certain this is the case because I'm the only one who hasn't been sick.

The second thing going on is this contest which begins on July 13th, and which I have entered.

Because the budget for this contest is $25/week/person, and also because I'm feeling the need to step up the organic produce a bit more as well as adding in some supplements for Phil, I'll be increasing my grocery budget to $99 a week. This will still include diapers, cleaning products and toiletries. I'll still aim to keep my total bill as low as possible, but I'm allowing myself to stay under a hundred dollars in order to ramp up the nutrient-dense foods that my family needs.

This is the season we're in right now, and I'm rolling with it.