$1.00 off coupons through FaceBook

Be Aware: prints tend to hit their limit quickly!

Milton’s Crackers Coupons – $1.00 / 1
http://www.facebook.com/MiltonsCraftBakers

Snuggle Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheets – $1.00 / 1
http://www.facebook.com/Snuggle

Visit Manufacturer Site for Coupons

Nestle Toll House Morsels – $1.00 / 2
Wonka Bags or Butterfinger, Nestle Crunch, Baby Ruth (Fun Size or Miniatures) $1.00/2
Ovaltine – $1.00 / 1
http://www.nestlefamily.com/

All Laundry Detergent – $1.00 / 1
http://www.all-laundry.com/get-coupons/Default.aspx

Freebie

Country Bob’s Sauce is offering a snail mail coupon for a FREE Bottle!
Country Bob’s Sauce is distributed regionally so check for exclusions, ‘kay?
http://www.countrybobs.com/try-a-free-bottle/

Decent Deals – 62% savings – with Coupons at Fred Meyer and WinCo Foods


Coupon Savings WinCo and Fred Meyer

I prefer to use a coupon with a sale or stack it with a store coupon, but the expiration dates are much shorter than they were a year ago and that doesn’t always work out with the budget. I look for good prices and sales and have learned to throw away coupons without regret.

I thought it might be a good idea to post some WinCo prices that work out well with current coupons since they don’t send sales circulars out our way.

At Fred Meyer I used the store coupon from the Sunday paper (I get two Sunday papers) for Starkist Tuna and Bounty Paper Towels. I also had a P&G coupon for $1.00 off of Bounty Paper Towels which I stacked with the store coupon.

I went through the line twice.

Purchase #1:
$3.00 – 9 cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna Store Q: 3 / $1.00 – limit of 9
$0.05 – refund for supplying my own shopping bag
$2.95 – total

Purchase #2:
$3.00 – 9 cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna Store Q: 3 / $1.00 – limit of 9
$4.99 – Bounty Paper Towels 8-pk Store Q: $2.00 off, MQ: $1.00 off
$0.05 – refund for supplying my own shopping bag
$7.94 – total

Recap Fred Meyer Purchase:
18 cans Chicken of the Sea tuna, 8 rolls Bounty Paper Towels: $10.89 (+ tax on the paper towels)

WinCo has only a limited coupon selection at their site. Since the coupons they offer are manufacturer coupons I’m not able to stack them for higher savings. However, WinCo has decent in-store sales and everyday pricing so it’s usually a good place to invest coupons.

Purchases:
$7.16 – paid: $3.16 – Folgers Coffee 11.5 oz. – 2 units
$2.46 – paid: $1.96 – Rosarita Refried Beans – 3 units
$3.96 – paid: $0.00 – Heinz Ketchup – 2 units
$3.96 – paid: $1.96 – Pepperidge Farms Milano Melts – 2 units
$1.65 – paid: $0.65 – Kettle Chips (Buffalo Bleu – yum!) – 1 unit

$19.19 – Total before coupons
$ 7.27 – Cost after coupons
Savings: $11.92 – 62%

Coupon breakout:
- $0.42 – refund for supplying my own shopping bags (7x$0.05)
- $4.00 – Folgers Coffee 2-$2.00 off coupons from Folgers Wakin’ Up Club Newsletter
- $0.50 – Rosarita Refried Beans MQ, Sunday paper insert – March, I think
- $4.00 – Heinz Ketchup 2-$2.00 off coupons from FaceBook
- $2.00 – Pepperidge Farms Milano Melts 2-$1.00 coupons from Coupon.com
- $1.00 – Kettle Chips $1.00 off coupon MQ, Sunday paper insert – March, I think
$11.92 – Coupons / bag refund

With summer b-b-q and convenience in mind, I also picked up 2 dozen cans of Van Camps Pork and Beans for $0.50 each. They’re a great foundation for quick baked beans.

Speaking of summer, some of that tuna will make its way into macaroni shells with chopped gherkins, celery, onions, black olives, basil and some mayo for a nice cold side dish this summer, too.

BTW, I noted that the price of pork is increased again this month. If you have the means to freeze or can meat and can budget 10 or more pounds a month it might be a good idea. The price of pork is usually a little better in the fall but I’m not counting on it this year. Beef prices are increasing but not as quickly as pork in our area.

Anyway, those are my savings between Fred Meyer and WinCo this week.  I hope you’re inspired to maximize your family budget where you can and please, let us know where you’re finding great deals, too!

Stock Up Signal!

Cottonelle Toilet Paper for 25¢ a Roll This Week

Walgreens Cottenelle - 25 cents a roll, Lysol Wipes 30 cents a canister

Coupons. I’ve been using them for years but have stepped up efforts over the last two years.

You can stretch your family budget by 20% on a regular basis and with a little more effort, you can increase your savings to a steady 35% – 40%.

I use a combination of bulk buying, buying on sale and coupons to make the most of our budget.  Planning ahead, planning meals according to what’s in season and what’s on sale can allow you to spend less and even improve the quality of the food your family consumes.

Couponing isn’t for everyone and what works for me won’t work for you.   With that in mind, it’s my intent to post some of my own purchases to inspire and challenge you to look at your own shopping with a critical eye.

I have, BTW, watched an episode of Extreme Couponing.  It’s great for people who can devote 40-50 hrs a week chasing the deal.  But that’s not reality for most of us.   I’m pleased saving an average of 40% most shops and tipping into 50% more frequently over the past year.  I invest hour or two a week organizing and planning shopping; clipping coupons while I chat on the phone and finding/printing what I need online as I build shopping lists.

As time allows I’ll post some of my resources and organization but this is all you need to get in on this great deal.

Disclaimer: this particular Walgreens deal may not be available in all regions.  If your area Walgreens isn’t offering the Rewards Card,  be sure to go by WalgreensRewards.com and ask to be added to the notification list.  Strong consumer interest may help determine where the card is rolled out next.

The Deal

Your Tools:
Walgreens Rewards Card
Walgreens Coupon Book (available in stand at front door)
Catalina Coupon (My Bucks)
Cottonelle Manufacturer Coupon from Coupon.com or trade with friends

The Plan

The Cottonelle 12-pack is $5.00 at Walgreens. For this sale they are taking $1.00 off at the register (Instant Value Coupon a.k.a. IVC) from the May 1, 2011 coupon book. This brings the cost to $4.00 each. The coupon stipulates “One Coupon Per Customer Per Offer” but both of my transactions reduced all rolls by $1.00.

When you buy 2-12 packs you get $3.00 in Register Rewards (RR sometimes a.k.a. Rolling Rewards). You get $4.00 in RR when you by 3-12 packs. This RR is printed by the register, it is a.k.a. Catalina Coupon.

This is my scenario; you’ll adjust the number of rolls and methods to suit your needs. I made two separate purchases to save 50%.

Purchase #1:
3 12-packs of Cottonelle $5.00 each
3-$1.00 IVC (instant value coupon)
3-$0.50 off MQ (manufacturer’s coupon)
Final Cost: $10.50
PLUS: I received $4.00 RR for next purchase of Cottonelle

2 Lysol Wipes / 35-count
$3.59 each
Sale – BOGO
2-$1.50 off MQ
Final Cost: $0.59 – 30¢ per unit or $0.008 per wipe.

Purchase #2:
3 12-packs of Cottonelle $5.00 each
3-$1.00 IVC (instant value coupon)
$4.00 RR from First Purchase
Final Cost: $8.00

The Haul:
72 rolls of Cottonelle Toilet Paper and 2 Lysol Wipes:
$37.81 Cost before coupons and rewards
$19.09 Paid after applying sales, coupons and rewards
$18.72 Savings – 50% or 25¢ a roll.

The cost of fresh produce is dramatically increased here. Onions were $0.99 lb and peppers $0.89 each this month.

Initially I thought the cost was tied to imports as this produce isn’t in season in the Pacific Northwest right now and I purchse from a local produce market. However, these prices are double what they were this time last year. Peppers are generally 2-3 for $1.00. Onions never more than $0.69 for yellows.

I log food and household item prices on a spread sheets. It’s a habit that began when we relocated; a way to manage and defend the household budget. Three years later I find the practice worthwhile because I 1) know where I get the best value at a glance 2) can project seasonal price fluctuations and 3) know when to anticipate lowest price points (everything cycles to a lowest price point once every three months) so I can stock up.

Anyway, I’ve noticed the price of stuff creeping up – sugar, flour, etc. and was shocked to see some produce nearly double over last month’s prices.

Yes, I know the country had a tough winter and soggy spring but the weather wasn’t real cooperative last year, either.

I instantly realized that we’re headed into growing and harvest seasons which will help hold produce down costs until next fall when more imported good end up on the dinner table. With harvest season just weeks away it’s time to create a plan to stock up on things that we use regularly so as to buffer the increased costs of imports we’re likely to face next fall.

If you don’t have a tomato bush (or several) potted for the summer, now is a good time to get it going. Peppers, too. If you don’t have a yard or balcony you can sacrafice a sunny window and get one of those hanging planters. Pots of fresh herbs thrive on sunny windowsills almost as well as in the ground.

If you know how to preserve food by canning or drying plan accordingly. When prices go down (as more local stuff becomes available) stock up and preserve some stuff for the fall, winter and spring. I didn’t purchase the $0.89 pepper, I opted instead to use some that I had dried last summer during peak season when they were $0.25 each.

You can see from the following excerpt that wholesale prices of food went up 2.4% in March and prices at the retail level responded with a 49% jump. Processed food didn’t rise because what’s in the cans and boxes is made from food stuffs that cost less last year. Processed food prices will jump later this year and next as these higher priced foods are used in their manufacture. Plan now or pay later!

‘…The big story in the March PPI was wholesale food prices, which rose 2.4%, matching the biggest gain in 26 years. Prices of fresh and dried vegetables soared 49.3%, the most in 16 years. Prices of seafood, meat and dairy goods also rose. But prices of processed foods were unchanged….”
reference: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/wholesale-prices-jump-07-on-higher-food-prices-2010-04-22?dist=beforebell

You’ll love this easy and delicious not-quite-custard, not-quite-pie crustless dessert recipe. I like to use frozen flaked coconut for a fresh flavor.

1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups milk
4 eggs
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a deep 9-inch wide pie pan.

Melt the butter. Place the flour, sugar, milk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla and salt into a blender and process for 10 – 12 seconds. Alternately, you can use a food processor fitted with a blade attachment and pulse 12 – 15 times. By hand, stir the coconut into the mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie pan.

Bake the pie for 40 – 50 minutes; watch carefully after the first half hour. The pie will puff up a bit and then fall slightly. It is finished baking when set and may be lightly browned.

Remove the pie from the oven to cool. Place in the refrigerator to chill thoroughly.

Yield: 8 servings.

*Magic: this recipe is exclusive to I Love You Recipes. It is from my personal, unpublished collection.

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