A friend reminded me today that if you sent in for your Pepsi coupon rebate (back from Jan.) and have received those coupons in the mail you can get Pepsi 12 packs for only .43/1 at CVS this week! Here is how:
Buy 3 Pepsi 12 packs (2 need to be diet for the coupon to work)=$11
I apologize if you already know about this and I am just behind on the times:)
Did you know that Hy-Vee has a Kid's Club? I just found out this week that any child infant to age 12 is eligible to sign up for the Kid's Club. There are great benefits involved too! From my understanding you go to customer service and sign your child up. They will be given a name tag that they can wear in the store. When they wear this name tag they can:
Get a FREE drink in the cafe
Get a FREE cookie from the bakery
Get a FREE sucker from the pharmacy
Get a FREE baloon from the flower shop
Your children will also be put on a mailing list and be alerted by Hy-Vee when they have fun FREE events going on!!!
**If you know any other info regarding this program please let us know in the comment section**
This is copy of my weekly post I am doing for TopekaKidsRock.com Be sure to head over there to see all the exciting events going on around Topeka!
Getting Control of the Grocery Bill Part III
In the 1st post of the series I talked about the need to have a grocery spending plan. Last week I discussed what items with in that spending plan might be creating "waste" This week I want to focus on the idea of menu planning.
I cannot remember a time growing up when my mother did not have a dinner plan for the week. Every Saturday morning she stood at the kitchen counter and asked us what we wanted for dinner that week. She then would make up a store list based on what she decided we would have and other things we needed for the week and off to the store she went. This was my first introduction to menu planning. I hope in this post to give you other practical ways and suggestions to plan a menu.
Why I Menu Plan: I firmly believe that having a plan really does help you spend less at the grocery store. When you have a plan it is easy to stick to buying only what you need (and what you budgeted for) and hopefully you don't get side tracked buying things you don't need. For more reasons to menu plan see this post here... I love it!
How I Menu Plan: I grocery shop once a week, therefore I make up a menu plan once a week. You can see many of those menu plans here. I usually make a plan for at least 5-6 dinners knowing that a few those meals will serve leftovers for lunch and even an extra dinner. I know that coming up with 5-6 dinner ideas a week can be daunting so I created what I call "Our Family Favorites" list. This list is comprised of at least 30-40 meals that my family likes to eat (my husband calls these "do overs") and I know the recipe and ingredients to off the top of my head. These meals can be as simple as grilled cheese or as complicated as lasagna. This list gives me flexibility and allows to almost always create meals based on what is on sale for the week in our local grocery fliers and with what I have on hand.
Menu Planning around weekly sales: If you are looking to cut your grocery bill a great way is by using the local grocery fliers as a starting point. Look to see what is on sale for the week and try to come up with dinner ideas based on the sales. Not all items in your menu are going to be sale items for the week and that is okay. Just look to these as a good place to start. If you are unsure of what a good deal for the week might be at our local grocery stores, you can always look here and here to get ideas. Along with the weekly flier deals look to see what you already have on hand. Try using what is in your pantry and freezer. This helps ensure that food is not getting wasted or going bad before it is used.
These are just few ideas that help me and I am truly not the expert when it comes to menu planning. So below I want to encourage you to visit some other blogs that I visit often and have learned a lot from!
One other thing I will mention is this 17 e-book promotion that is going on right now and ends March 23rd. If you are new to this whole idea of menu planning and saving money at the grocery store you may find these books helpful.
Next week I will be posting the 4th and final post this series. It will focus on how using coupons can also help you get your grocery bill under control.
85% lean fresh ground beef 1lb. rolls=1.99/1 (I always stock up at this price or when it is less)
Kraft cheese shreds, crumbles, bars and cubes=1.79/1 (beats Aldi price and kroger price this week!)
15 oz. cans of Hy-vee mandarin oranges=.67/can (beats Aldi price!)
Betty crocker corn muffin or pizza crust mix=3/$1
Hy-Vee split top white or wheat bread=.99/1 (beats Aldi wheat bread price of 1.19/1 but not Kroger's of .88/1)
Imperial spread 4ct. box=.58/1 (Aldi price)
16 oz. package of strawberries=1.48/1 (beats Aldi price and Dillons price this week!)
Green seedless grapes= 1.18/lb. (beats Aldi price!)
Hy-Vee Garden supreme salad mix=.99/1 with in-ad coupon (same as Aldi price)
Washington braeburn apples=.69/lb.
5 lb. bag of sunkist oranges=$3.48/bag
2lb. bag of Grimmway farms baby carrots=1.88/1 (beats Aldi price of .99/1 1lb. bag)
Remember the best way to support this blog besides your readership is to continue using the coupons.com widget found here. If you would like to see deals at other grocery stores be sure to visit the BeCentsAble Grocery Gatheringhere!
See the weekly Dillons (Kroger) deals here and the Apple market deals here!
It looks to be a good week at Dillons and the MEGA EVENT is still going on! If you are new to this blog please be sure to see my section in the side bar titled "Get Started Here" If you are looking for ways to trim your grocery bill be sure to read my series here or check out this offer here.
**All Prices with coupons assume the coupon doubled**
1 dozen large eggs=.88/1 (Beats Aldi price and lowest I have seen in a while!)
Dillons 1 gal. milk=2/$5 (Aldi prices have been around 2.30 lately)
Kroger 1 lb. butter=1.48/1 (beats Aldi price of 2.12/1 and if you have Kroger butter coupons from Dillon's mailers you can get an even better deal!)
Kroger Value tomato sauce=.19/can (stock up price! Beats Aldi!)
10ct. Kroger Value biscuits=.37/1
Kroger value white/wheat bread and buns=.88/1 (wheat bread beats Aldi price of 1.19/1!)
Kroger value hot dogs=.92/1 (beats Aldi price!)
Kroger value ketchup=1.29/1 (Aldi price is 1.19/1)
12 oz. Kroger value bacon=1.67/1 (beats Aldi price!)
3lb. bags of Kroger boneless chicken breasts (frozen)=$5.01! (beats Aldi price of 6.25)
Nature Sweet cherry tomatoes=BIGI free with prices starting at 3.69 so that makes them 1.85/1 (GREAT DEAL!) **you don't have to buy 2 to get the 1.85/1 price**
Ripe sweet cantaloup=1.58/1
1lb. Driscoll's strawberries=1.88 (good price and about the same as Aldi)
6 oz. Driscoll's blackberries=1.88/1 (good price!)
3lb. bag Kroger value onions=1.99/1
Be sure to visit this blog here for 2 great inexpensive meal ideas based on these regular weekly sales! 10 item MEGA EVENT! Buy 10 participating items and get an automatic $5 off your total (when you use your Dillons card) which amounts to a discount of .50/per item. All prices below show the discounted price. You can only buy up to 30 participating items in 1 transaction.
2 liters of Sunkist and A&W soda=.75/1
Kellogs cereal=$2/1 (use .70/1 coupon to get these for $1) (or buy 2 boxes of Frosted Flakes and use 2 .70/1 coupons and the $1/2 Frosted Flakes shortcuts coupon to get both boxes for .50/1!)
Chex Mix=1.79 (use .50/1 coupon from recent inserts along with a .60/1 cellfire coupon to get these for only .19/bag!)
Nature Valley granola bars=$2/1 (use .60/1 coupon here to make them $1/box!)
Fiber One granola bars=$2/1 (use .50/1 or .60/1 coupon here combined with .75/1 shortcuts.com coupon to get this for only .25/box!) (you could also use 2 .60/1 coupons combined with the $1/2 shortcuts coupon to get them for .50 cents a box!)
Powerade sports drink=.49/1
Quaker Quakes=.49/1 (Use 1/1 off any Quaker rice snack product coupon to get these FREE + .51 cents overage!)
Doritono, Lay's Kettle Chips, Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies or Cheez-It Crackers=$2.19/1
Country Crock or Land O lakes margarine spread=$1.19/1 (use .50/1 country crock coupons to get this for .19/1) (use .30/1 land o lakes coupon or .55/1 to get this for either .59/1 or .19/1!)
Daisy Sour cream 16 oz.=1.49/1 (Aldi price for 16 oz is .99/1)
Dannon or Activia yogurt 4ct. pcks or 32 oz=$2 (use 1/1 coupons to get these for $1!)
64 oz. Welches cocktail juice=$2/1
Sargento Salad finishes=$2/1 (use .75/1 coupons to get these for $1!)
Betty Crocker boxed potatoes=.99/1 (use .40/1 coupons here to get these for .19/box!)
Betty Crocker fruit snacks=1.79/1 (use .75/2 coupon here or .50/2 coupon combined with .75/2 cellfire coupon to get both boxes for $1.83 or .91/1)
Ken's Salad dressing=1.79/1 (use 1/1 coupon to get this for .79/1... beats Aldi price!)
Dole Fruit bowls=1.79/1
Purex laundry detergent=2.99/1 (see here how to get a .50/1 coupon and get this for 1.99/1... great price!)
Suavetil fabric softner=2.99/1
Kotex Pads, lines or tampons=$2.50/1 (use .75/1 or 1/1 coupons combined with 1/1 cellfire coupon to get these for only .50!!!!)
Johnson and Johnson baby care=$2.50/1 (use 1/1 coupons from recent inserts or $2/2 coupon here to get 2 products for $3 or $1.50/1)
Advil, Tylenol or Motrin pain relievers=$2.50/1 (use 1/1 coupons to get these for $1.50/1)
Colgate toothpaste or toothbrushes=$1 (use .75/1 coupons from recent inserts to get these FREE!!!)
Carefree liners or Stayfree pads=$2.00 (use $1.50/1 carefree coupon here to get these for .50!)
Irish spring bath soap=$1
Soft soap hand soap=$1
Sauve deoderant or antipersperant=$1 (use .75/2 coupons to get these for .50/1!!!)
Kroger pints and Hagen Daas cups of ice cream=.49/1
Nestle frozen lemonade=.49/1
Stoufers or lean cuisine entrees=1.79/1
Hungary Man dinners=1.79/1
Ben and Jerry's ice cream=2.99
Breyers ice cream 48-56 oz.=2.99
Sara Lee pastries or pies=2.99/1
Pillsbury toaster strudels=1.89/1 (use .35/1 coupon here and .50/1 from cellfire.com to get this for only .69/1)
TGI Friday's appetizers=2.99/1
40 ct. Pillsbury pizza rolls=2.99/1 (use .35/1 coupons here to get these for 2.29)
Freshetta Pizzas=4.49/1 (use 1/1 coupon to get this for 3.49)
Remember that there is probably more marked in the store as being apart of this deal than there is in the ad so take your coupons with you and let us know what you find!
If you see a good deal or coupon match up I missed please let me know in the comment section. If you have a question you can leave that in the comment section as well or use the e-mail me button at the top right hand corner of the page.
One great way to continue to support this blog is to print your coupons from the coupons.com widget found here. You can also be sure to spread the word to friends and family that share our same Dillons ad in these great cities: Topeka, Lawrence, Winfield, Arkansas City, Hutchinson and Wellington.
If you don't live in this region or are looking for an ad for another store I hope you visit The Grocery Gathering found here. See Hy-Vee deals here. Also be sure to visit Cara's blog here for the scoop on Apple Market deals!
2 Great Blogs that I often read and have learned A LOT about coupons and saving money from have teamed up to host a huge e-book sale. If you are looking for great ways to start saving money on groceries these books are great start. I have a few of the recipe books they are offering in this package and I have found them to be VERY helpful!
I apologize this is getting up kind of late! Here is my own little made up breakfast for dinner recipe that we eat often!
Sausage Egg Scramble: serves 4
1/2 roll of breakfast sausage (I usually only pay .50/roll with coupons)=.25
8 eggs (1 dozen is around 1.30 these days)=.87
1/2 medium onion diced=.25
1/4 cup cheese=.25
3-4 medium potatoes cut into "breakfast looking potatoes"=.75
Dice potatoes into breakfast potatoes and place them on cookie sheet and coat them in Pam spray. Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until done. Beat eggs in bowl and add milk if desired. In the mean time cook sausage and drain. Add eggs and onion and scramble with sausage in skillet. Melt cheese on top. Place desired amount of scramble over desired amount of cooked potatoes. Serve with fruit.
All together this meal costs me around $2.50 to make or around .65 a serving!
If you go here and click on the "send coupon to a friend" button in the top right hand corner of the page you can enter your email and anybody else's and receive a coupon for .50/1 bottle of Purex.
Well Purex is apart of the MEGA 10 event at Dillons this week. Purex laundry detergent is 2.99 after the .50/per item discount. Use the .50/1 coupon you receive and get a bottle of Purex for only 1.99!!!! Remember this sale ends Tuesday!
**Remember you must buy 10 qualifying items at a time in order to receive the $5 off your total or .50/per item discount!!**
It is confirmed that the limit on the Dry Idea money maker at CVS this week is NOT limit 1 like the ad says.
"Right Guard Sport, Soft & Dri, Dry Idea, or Xtreme Deodorant= $2.99, limit 1 Get back $2 in EB=.99 Use $2/1 Dry Idea coupon here=$1 MONEY MAKER!"
Myself and a few others have been able to buy 2 and still our receipt says that our limit is not reached meaning it is possible that the limit is 5?
***Also if you have seen this "Hidden Alavert Deal" I wanted to let you know that our CVS has the 15ct. Alavert marked to $2.75 and it is on the back end cap near the soda with the rest of the markdowns. In order for you to get the EBs back on this they must scan or manually enter in the bar code not just enter the clearance tag price. If they only enter the clearance tag price the computer won't know to give you the EBs back. Just kindly ask the cashier if they could make sure that the barcode gets scanned or manually entered in.***
Here is my $50/week menu plan! For some reason that skillet lasagna keeps making back on there. Hopefully this week it will actually get made!
Sunday: Dinner at my parents house Monday: Birthday dinner out on a FREE Chilis gift card! And b/c of all the birthday freebies I have been getting it will be a great day just using all those too:) Tuesday:Ham and Cheese crescent sandwiches, crackers, fruit and raw veggies Wednesday:Skillet Lasagna, salad, bread Thursday: Breakfast: sausage and egg scramble over potatoes with cinnamon rolls and fruit Friday: Pizza and raw veggies Saturday????
I will post my recipe for my breakfast scramble Tuesday so come back then!
Also if you are looking for some tips on how to "Get Control of Your Grocery Bill you can see the 1st 2 posts in the series I have been writing here!