Simplicity – Small & Cheap

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Meijer’s Trip

Today I stocked up on some stuff on which I NEVER find coupons and needed some household stuff as well.   For a change, I brought all my coupons in and got to use three of them that I hadn’t planned on.

I bought:

ON SALE:

12 Minute Maid oj turds – 3/$5 = 1.67 each

6 Kraft Cheeses – 1/2 off ($1.69 each) – ONE $1/2 Q (wish I had picked up more!) – 4 at $1.69 and 2 at $1.19 🙂

2 Jay’s Potato Chips – $2.89 each

CLEARANCE w/coupon

2 Trident Gum 3pks – $1.18 – $1/1Q = $0.18 each!!!   Yeehaw!

No Sale, No coupons, just needed

Country Crock Margarine – $1.49

Sour Cream – $1.49

Flour – 5lbs. – $2.39

Edge Shave Gel – $2.37

65w lightbulb (recessed light) – $5.59!!

Dawn (big one!) – $1.90 on clearance

TREAT – $0.99 – Fountain Coke–YUM!!

Total Value – $81.46

Total Sale Price – $57.15

Less Coupons – $3.00

Total OOP – $54.15

Savings – 33%

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March 24, 2009 Posted by | grocery shopping | , , , | 1 Comment

Glen’s Deals & Coupon Matchups – 3/15 thru 3/21

Here are some of the deals and coupon match-ups for Glens Markets (and Tom’s and Oleson’s) in Traverse City.   To see the full weekly ad, go to their website.

7-Up, A&W, Diet Rite, Dr. Pepper, RC Cola or Sunkist – 20 oz. bottle (plus deposit) – 39¢ (Limit 12)

Spartan Large Eggs – dozen – 99¢

Spartan or Miller Amish Whole Fryers – 99¢ lb.

Spartan or Miller Amish Whole Cut Up Fryers – $1.09 lb.

Oscar Mayer Bologna or Cotto Salami (or Louis Rich Turkey Bologna or Cotto Salami, Assorted Varieties, 16 oz. (excludes beef) – 2/$4

Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine Entrees- 5.25-11.5 oz. (excludes panini & flatbread)- 5/$11

$1/2 IP here http://www.everydayeating.com/

$2/5 IP here http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=rlssehh99789690&bt=wi&o=54729&c=LC&p=9x7EuTDV

$1/1 IP http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=rkugdvk43978778&bt=wi&o=54404&c=LC&p=muiWltTC

Totino’s Pizza Rolls – 17-19.8 oz. – 2/$6

$1/2 – Totino’s Rolls Snacks, Any – 02-08-09 GM

Freschetta PizzAmore – 12-inch; 23.37-28.1 oz. – 2/$11

$1/1 – Freschetta Pizza Products, Any – 03-01-09 SS

$1.25/2 – Freschetta Pizzas, Any – 02-08-09 SS

$0.75/1 – Freschetta Pizza, Any – 02-08-09 SS

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls – (7-8 oz.) or Omelets (8.6 oz.) – 2/$5

$0.55/1 – Jimmy Dean D-Lights Breakfast Bowl, Any (DND or DNT 5) – 02-22-09 RP

Bob Evans Fresh Pork Roll Sausage- Assorted Varieties, 16 oz.- 2/$6

$0.35/1 – Bob Evans Sausage, Any – 01-25-09 SS

$0.35/1 – IP http://coupons.smartsource.com/web/index.aspx?Link=YV7377HU4WYS2

Johnsonville Breakfast Links or Patties- Assorted Varieties 12 oz. – 2/$5

$1/2 – Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Patties, Any – Ladies Home Journal, April 2009

$1/2 – Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Links, Any – Ladies Home Journal, April 2009

$1/2 – Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Patties. Any flavor. – Good Housekeeping, April 2009

$1/2 – Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Links. Any flavor. – Good Housekeeping, April 2009

Coffee-mate Flavored Creamer – 16 oz. – $1.79

$1.50/1 IP – http://www.coffee-mate.com/getyourcoupon/default.aspx?source=10078462

$1/2 – Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer, Any Liquid or Powder – 01-04-09 SS

$0.50/1 – Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer, Any Liquid or Powder – 01-04-09 SS

$1/1 IP – http://www.coffee-mate.com/coupons.aspx

Country Crock Spread- 15 oz. or 2 ct.; 7.5 oz.- $1.79

$1/2 – Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread, Any – 01-18-09 RP

$0.25/1 – Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread, Any – 01-18-09 RP

$0.35/1 – Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread, Any – 01-18-09 RP

Nabisco Ritz Crackers- (14.5-16.5 oz.), Toasted Chips (6-8.1 oz.) or Garden Harvest Chips (6 oz.)- $2.79

$2/2 – Nabisco Ritz, Wheat Thins or Triscuit Crackers, Any – 01-25-09 SS

Kellogg’s Cereal- Raisin Bran (25.5 oz.), Rice Krispies (18 oz.), Bite Size Frosted Mini-Wheats (24 oz.), Froot Loops or Apple Jacks (17 oz.)- 2/$6

$1/2 – Kellogg’s Cereal, Any 10 Oz. + – 02-22-09 RP

$0.70/1 – Kellogg’s Cereal, Any 10 Oz. + – 02-22-09 RP

$1/1 ip – http://www.coupons.com/

$1/1 ip – http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=rktvcun78918453&bt=vi&o=54148&c=KC&p=uU1wzMHO


General Mills Cereal- Wheaties (15.6 oz.), Fiber One Frosted Shredded Wheat (15.1 oz.) or Cheerios: Oat Cluster Crunch (11.3 oz.), Fruity (12 oz.) or Frosted (17.2 oz.)- 2/$6

$0.75/1 IP – http://www.bettycrocker.com/coupons-promotions/coupons/

Charmin Ultra Bath Tissue- Big Roll (12 ct. pkg.), Mega Roll (6 ct. pkg.) or Regular Roll (24 ct. pkg.)- $6.49

$1/2 – Charmin, Any – 03-01-09 PG

$0.25/1 – Charmin, Any – 03-01-09 PG

Brawny Paper Towels- 6-8 roll pkg. (excludes giant roll)- $6.99

$1.50/1 – Brawny Paper Towels, Any (2) 6-Roll + or (1) 12-Roll – 02-22-09 RP

Kleenex Facial Tissue- Regular, Upright Box, with Lotion or Ultra 3 pack, 100-200 ct.- $3.99

$1/4 – Kleenex Facial Tissue, Any Excluding Pocket Packs & Juniors – 02-08-09 RP

Huggies Mega Pack Diapers- Pull-Ups Training Pants (33-44 ct.), GoodNites (21-27 ct.), Supreme Natural Fit (40-52 ct.) or Snug & Dry (Steps 3-6; 40-60 ct.)- $14.99

$1.50/1 – Huggies Diapers, Any Package – 03-01-09 SS

$3/1 – IP http://print.coupons.com/alink.asp?go=12926ta3310

Kotex Maxi Pads- (14-24 ct.), Tampons (18 ct.) or Lightdays Pantiliners (34-64 ct.)- $2.99

$1/2 – Kotex Lightdays Pantiliners, Any – 02-22-09 SS

$1/2 – Kotex Security Tampons, Any – 02-22-09 SS

$0.75/1 – Kotex Security Tampons, Any – 02-22-09 SS

$0.75/1 – Kotex Lightdays Pantiliners, Any – 02-22-09 SS

$1/1 – Kotex Pads, Any – 02-22-09 SS

Huggies Baby Wipes- 184-216 ct.- $5.99

$1/2 – Huggies Baby Wipes, Any 64 Ct. + – 03-01-09 SS

$0.50/1 – Huggies Baby Wipes, Any 64 Ct. + – 03-01-09 SS

Mueller’s Pasta- Elbows or Regular or Thin Spaghetti, 32 oz.- 2/$4

$0.55/2 – Mueller’s Noodles, Any – 03-01-09 SS

Newman’s Own Dressing- 16 oz.- 2/$6

$1/2 IP http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=qbvlevt1863600&bt=wi&o=54940&c=NO&p=D0LVal69

$1/2 IP http://newmansown.com/coupons.aspx

Hormel Chili with Beans- (15 oz.) or No Beans (10.5 oz.)- 2/$3

$0.55/2 – Hormel Chili products, 2 – 03-15-09 SS

$1/2 – Hormel Chili Products, Any – 01-18-09 SS

Crystal Light Drink Mix- Makes 8 quarts (1.36-2.1 oz.) or On-the-Go (7-10 ct.) – 2/$5

$1/2 IP http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=qabffcq44193244&bt=wi&o=54652&c=CL&p=mi1jGNgh

March 15, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness, grocery shopping | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Meijer Trip

Well, I thought Marathon was a holy Grail of shopping. Nope, not even close! I only had to look at the meijers ad for 10 minutes on the drive home to see how expensive it was. I had no idea!!!

Because I was just trying to get some perishable/freezeables in the house, I didn’t do any coupons.

I bought:
NOT ON SALE
Bananas – $0.59/lb. – $1.26

Canned peas – $0.84 each
Dill relish – $1.69
Ketchup – $2.69
Dressing – $2.99
Miracle whip – $3.39

Milk – quart – $1.39
Cream cheese – $2.09
Butter – $2.59
Eggs (24) – $2.83
Goats milk – $3.99 (quart!)

Carrots – 3 lb. – $2.19
Onions – 5 lb. – $2.00

Donuts – $2.19 (4)
Cider – $4.49 (gal)
Cookie dough bucket (to make house smell good so it sells!)- $4.59

Hashbowns (2) – $2.49 each

ON SALE
Chuck Roast – $2.19/lb (~6 lbs)
Chicken breast – $1.99/lb (~10 lbs)

Bread – $2.29

Potatoes – 10 lbs – $2.99
Salad mix – 2/$4
Barilla plus elbows – 3/$4
Yeast – $4.99
Tater tots – 2/$5
Mac & cheese – 10/$5
Fish sticks – 2/$6
Shredded cheese – 4/$6
Better made BBQ chips – 2/$6

Spent – $130.18
Savings – $27.75 (17.5%)

Since I also went to Walmart and stocked up on canned goods before we realized we were coming home, I am FULLY stocked. I’m hoping not to have to buy much over the rest of the month — except corned beef & cabbage. Go pressure cooker!!!!

March 6, 2009 Posted by | grocery shopping | , , | Leave a comment

It’s Official

We decided this morning that we would list the house for sale. I am mentally going through my house, trying to decide what to keep and what to sell. Knowing that we are moving from a 2200 sq. ft. house and are/will be living in a 21 ft trailer makes it hard. How will we store what little we DO keep down here?

I suppose we could buy a trailer like we’ve always wanted for Rendezvous and store all the keepers in there. I don’t think there is a lot we would bring. Living in this camper has made me appreciate simple living. Giving up all my books would be the toughest, though. I think I could pare down quite a bit though. We would probably have to spend a month up north packing & having a yard sale. A huge one! Everything must go and all that. Selling everything we have could probably bring in a few hundred if not a grand. That would be helpful.

So if you want anything that probably has no sentimental value, make me an offer :). I’m making up lists now…

By the way, if you’re in the market for a BRAND SPANKIN NEW house in picturesque Northern Michigan, take a peek at our Craigslist listing!

February 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment