Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Weekly Ad Wednesday!

It's that time again! Here is a brief run-down of what I think are the highlights for Publix this week!
08/27 - 09/03


Ball Park Beef Franks [Or Turkey, Assorted Varieties, 12.8 to 16-oz pkg.] (save up to $3.79)
$1/2 blinkie
$1 wyb Ball Park Franks & Sara Lee buns tearpad
.50/1 peelie
COCA-COLA Zero 12-pk FREE (max $4.99) WYB (1) Sara Lee Hot Dog Buns AND (1) Ball Park Franks or Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage blinkie

Lenders Pre-Sliced Bagels [Plain, Egg, Onion, Cinnamon Raisin, Blueberry, or Wheat, 6-ct. bag (Found in the Dairy Aisle.)] (save up to $1.95)
.75/1 Publix Store coupon Toss4Cash booklet
(not found in my Florida version)

Smart Balance Spread [Assorted Varieties, 13 or 15-oz or 2-pk. 7.5-oz tub or Spray, 8-oz bot.] BOGO (save up to $2.79)
$1/2 8/10/08 RP
$1/2 6/8/08 RP x 8/31/08
.50/1 home mailer

Breyers Ice Cream [Assorted Varieties, 48 or 56-oz ctn.] (save up to $5.19)
$1/1 Market Basket booklet
.55 off Smucker's Toppings WYB Breyer's Ice Cream, 1.5 qt+ blinkie

Green Giant Frozen Vegetables [Assorted Varieties, 14 to 24-oz pkg.] (save up to $3.49)
$1.50/1 peelie
$2 off Green Giant Frozen Products wyb 5 participating General Mills Products tearpad

Hellmanns Mayonnaise [Assorted Varieties, 30 or 32-oz jar] (save up to $5.49)
$1/2 Market Basket booklet
.60/1 7/27/08 RP Hispanic
$2.00 on Deli meat wyb one Hellmann's Product (18 oz+) not sure of source

Wish-Bone Dressing [Assorted Varieties, 16-oz bot.] (save up to $2.69)
.60/1, $1/2, .75/2 6/29/08, 8/17/08 RP
.65/1 7/27/08 RP Hispanic
$1/1 Unilever booklet
.55/1 hangtag

Campbells Select Soup [Or Select Harvest, Assorted Varieties, 18.6 to 18.8-oz can or 15.3-oz bowl] (save up to $2.29)
$1/4, .50/2 8/17/08 SS
$1/1 peelie

Barilla Pasta [Selected Varieties, 13.25 to 16-oz box (Excluding Barilla Plus and Lasagna.)] (save up to $1.45)
$1 wyb Barilla Pasta & Barilla Sauce jar home mailer
$1/3 Barilla piccolini printable (if included in sale)
$1/2 Market Basket booklet

Lawrys 30 Minute Marinade [Assorted Varieties, 12-oz bot.] (save up to $2.85)
.50/1, $1/2 6/22/08, 8/17/08 RP
$1/1 hangtag
$2 off Meat wyb Lawry's Mexican Chile & Lime Marinade And Any Other Lawry's Marinade
$1 off Meat, poultry or fish wyb 2 Lawry's Marinade hangtag

Mt. Olive Sweet Relish [Or Pickles, Selected Varieties, 16-oz jar] (save up to $2.19)
.50/1, .75/1, $1/1 8/17/08 SS
$1/2 hangtag
.55/1, .75/1 blinkie

Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Refill [Assorted Varieties, Value Pack, 2-ct. box] (save up to $5.49)
B1G1 Glade Plugins Scented Oil Refills , Up To $5.49 (Equal Or Lesser Value) 8/24/08 SS
$1/1 8/3/08 SS
$1/2 Parents mag April, May '08
$1/1 peelie
$1/2 home mailer
$1/2 booklet

Other Sale Items

Publix Enriched White Bread [20-oz loaf Limit four.] $0.89

Ground Chuck [Publix Beef, USDA-Inspected, Ground Fresh Several Times Daily] $1.97 lb

Publix Print Paper Towels [Big Roll, 1-roll pkg. Limit four.] $0.89

Publix Orange Juice [Original or With Calcium, 100% From Concentrate, All Florida, 128-oz cont. Limit four.] $2.49

Publix Milk [Grade A: Whole, 1% Milkfat Lowfat, Fat Free, or 2% Milkfat Reduced Fat, 1-gal bot. Limit four.] $3.59

General Mills Cheerios Cereal [8.9-oz box Limit four.] $1.99

Large White Shrimp [Previously Frozen, Farm-Raised, 31 to 35 per Pound] $5.99 lb

12-Pack Selected Pepsi Products [Limit one deal per coupon per customer. Customer is responsible for all applicable taxes. This coupon is non-transferable.] buy 4 get 1 free 4/$10

Pork Spareribs [Publix Pork, All-Natural, Full-Flavor] $1.99 lb

Boston Butt Roast [Publix Pork, All-Natural, Full-Flavor] $1.99 lb

Shoulder Roast [Boneless, Publix Premium Certified Beef, USDA Choice] $3.99 lb

Whole Chicken [Publix All-Natural, USDA Grade A] $1.19 lb

Publix Shredded BBQ Beef or Pork [With Sweet BBQ Sauce, 16-oz pkg.] 2/$5

Publix Extra Thin-Sliced Meats [Ham: Cooked or Honey or Turkey Breast: Oven Roasted, Smoked, or Honey Smoked, 10-oz pkg.] 2/$6

California Peaches or Nectarines [Or White Flesh Varieties, Hand Picked and Packed for Peak Flavor] $1.49 lb

California Plums [Black, Red, Purple, or Green Varieties] $0.79 lb

Corn [Yellow, Bi-Color, or White Varieties, Great for Grilling, each] 10/$2

Deli Iced Tea [Sweetened, Unsweetened, Raspberry, Peach, or Diet; or Green Tea With Ginseng and Honey: Regular or Diet, Cool and Refreshing, half-gal jug] $0.89

Kraft American Cheese Singles [Yellow or White, 12-oz pkg.] 2/$4

Boston Market Home Style Meals [Assorted Varieties, 9.7 to 16-oz box] 5/$10

Purina Friskies Dry Cat Food [Indoor Delights, Seafood Sensations, Signature Blend, or Adult Feline Favorites, 3.15-lb pkg.] $3.49

Purina Friskies Selects Indoor Cat Food [Assorted Varieties, 5.5-oz can] 4/$3

Friday, August 22, 2008

Freebie Friday!

Sorry I've been a little MIA lately after promising new posts daily, but I promise it's for a good reason! I just found out that I'm pregnant! My husband and I are extremely excited and happy beyond belief as this will be our first child.

**does a little happy dance**

Okay, I'm good now.

Now, for the freebies! I've compiled a list of fabulous frugal freebies (say that 3 times fast!) and samples you can send off for below:


Get your free sample of Cascade Complete All-in-One and Mr. Clean Eraser here.

Free puppy training DVD kit and coupon

Free resource on better bone health

Free 2GB of picture storage from Nikon

Free pocket Constitution and Declaration of Independence

Free Arm and Hammer toothpaste sample

(thanks to!)

Scott Extra Soft toilet paper (Walmart)

Bounce Awakenings dryer sheets

Snausages dog treats

New Home Made Simple P&G coupon book

Dove Energy Glow Moisturizer & Body Wash (Spanish)

Dove Advanced Color Care hair products (Spanish)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Weekly Ad Wednesday!!

I've scoured both ads for Publix and Winn-Dixie to see the best sales for this week. These are the highlights for both stores and let me tell you, I'm pretty excited about some of these sales! Remember, the item on sale is in purple and the coupons matching are in red!

Sale for week of 08/21 - 08/27

BOGO (Buy One Get One Free):

Oscar Mayer Beef Franks [Regular, Light, No Fillers Bun Length, XXL, or Jumbo
, 16-oz pkg.]
Free OM Hot Dogs WYB 3 K/NAB/OM products tearpad
Free OM Hot Dogs WYB 3 K/NAB/OM products All You mag

Kens Steak House Dressing [Or Lite Accents, Assorted Varieties, 7 or 16-oz bot. (Excluding 8-oz Salad Dressing.)] (save up to $2.99)
$1/1 hangtag $1/1, $1/2,
.35/1 8/3/08 SS

Lite Accents:
.55/1 hangtag
$2/1, $1/1 8/3/08 SS

General Mills Cereal [Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Reeses Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Kix, 11.25 to 17-oz, Golden Grahams, 16-oz, or Breakfast Pack, 9.14-oz box Quantity...] (save up to $3.99)
B3G1, B2G1 peelies (various, see DB for details)
.75/1, $1/1, $2/3 peelie
$1/2 7/13/08 SS
$1/2 home mailer
.55/1 printable

Kens Steak House Marinade [Or Buffalo Wing Sauce, Assorted Varieties, 16-oz bot.] (save up to $2.79)
$1/1 hangtag
$1/1 8/3/08 SS

Motts 100% Apple Juice [Or Motts for Tots Fruit Juice and Purified Water, Plus Kids Health, or Plus Light, Assorted Varieties, 64-oz bot.] (save up to $2.89)

$1/2 8/10/08 SS1 $1/2 printable

Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix [Assorted Varieties, 17.52 to 18.5-oz box (Excluding Angel Food and Carrot Cake Mix.)] (save up to $1.57)

Tostitos Tortilla Chips [Assorted Varieties, 15.5 or 19-oz bag (Excluding Baked!, Light, and Natural.)] (surprisingly low price)
FREE Tostitos Dip wyb (2) Tostitos 9 oz+ peelie
$2 wyb bags of Tostitos (10oz or larger) AND (2) jars of Tostitos dip (15oz or larger) tearpad, peelie
$1 wyb Tostitos Brand Tortilla Chips 9 Oz. + And One 15 Oz. + Jar Of Tostitos Dip x 8/23/08 6/8/08 SS
.55 wyb Tostitos Brand Tortilla Chips 9 Oz. + And One 15 Oz. + Jar Of Tostitos Dip x 8/23/08 6/8/08 SS
.55/1 6/8/08 SS x 8/22/08
$1.25/2 home mailer

Kotex Security Tampons [Selected Varieties, 18-ct. pkg. or Lightdays Pantiliners, 40 to 64-ct. pkg.] (save up to $3.39)
$1/1 All You July '08
$1/1 printable
.75/1 home mailer, booklet
$1/1 mfr Publix "Celebrate the Spirit " coupon sheet
.75/1 7/20/08 SS

Tostitos Dip [or Fritos, Lay's or Ruggles: or Tostitos Queso or Salsa 15-15.25 oz jar] (save up to $3.69)
FREE Tostitos Dip wyb (2) Tostitos Chips 9 oz+ peelie
$2 wyb bags of Tostitos (10oz or larger) AND (2) jars of Tostitos dip (15oz or larger) tearpad, peelie
$1 wyb Tostitos Brand Tortilla Chips 9 Oz. + And One 15 Oz. + Jar Of Tostitos Dip x 8/23/08 6/8/08 SS
.55 wyb Tostitos Brand Tortilla Chips 9 Oz. + And One 15 Oz. + Jar Of Tostitos Dip x 8/23/08 6/8/08 SS

Not BOGO, but still good deals!

All Small & Mighty 3X Laundry Detergent [Or All 2X Ultra, Concentrated, Assorted Varieties, 32 or 50-oz bot.] $3.99
$1/1 All You mag Aug. '08
$1/1 printables:

California Plums [Red, Black, Purple, or Green Varieties, A Good Source of Antioxidants] $0.79 lb

Large Shrimp Skewers [Made With Large Peeled and Deveined Shrimp, Previously Frozen, Farm-Raised, each] 10/$10

Split Chicken Breast [With Ribs, Publix All-Natural, USDA Grade A] $1.69 lb

Whole Fresh Picnic [Publix Pork, All-Natural, Full-Flavor] $1.29 lb

Progresso Soup [Assorted Varieties, 18 to 19-oz can or 15.25-oz bowl] 4/$5

Frenchs Mustard [Classic Yellow Squeeze Bottle or Spicy Brown Bold Deli Flavor, 12 or 14-oz bot.] $1.19
.50/1 printable HomeSolutionsNews®: Special Offers

Fresh Express Salad Blends [Assorted Varieties, A Healthy and Convenient Meal Solution, 5 to 12-oz bag] 2/$4

Winn-Dixie ad for 08/20 - 08/26


Hickory Sweet thin-sliced bacon - up to $3.49

GM Cereal - up to $4.39 (cookie crisp, resse's puffs, total cranberry, raisin bran)
B3G1, B2G1 peelies (various, see DB for details)
.75/1, $1/1, $2/3 peelie
$1/2 7/13/08 SS
$1/2 home mailer
.55/1 printable

GM Cereal - up to $4.59 (Lucky Charms, Apple cinnamon, frosted, or Honey nut cheerios)
B3G1, B2G1 peelies (various, see DB for details)
.75/1, $1/1, $2/3 peelie
$1/2 7/13/08 SS
$1/2 home mailer
.55/1 printable

Sara Lee Soft & Smooth classic white bread - up to $2.49
Free Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Bread (up to $3.49) SS 08/17

McCormick Grill Mates marinades - up to $2.59
Free McCormick Grill Mates wyb any McCormick Grill mates tearpad exp 08/31

10 for $10

Dole classic iceberg or cole slaw 16oz

Bunch broccoli, large tomatoes, white mushrooms, mangos, del monte fruit naturals, large plums

Michelina's Entrees
$1 off 5 30 day rolling expiration
.55 off 2 blinkie exp 10/05/08

Bird's Eye veggies

Handi-Snacks putting or Kool-Aid gels

Suddenly Salad
$1/2, .55/2 06/29/08 SS
.40 off 1

Hunts Pasta sauce 26oz

Horizon organic reduced fat milk singles
$1 off any 2 Horizon Organic product in Go Organic! Publix booklet exp 08/31

Other Great Deals!

Pert Plus Shampoo or 2in1 13.5oz 5 for $10
$2 off 06/29 SS and 08/03 SS
Juicy Juice 2 for $5
.50/1, $1/1, $1/1 08/03 RP
$1/1 Harvest Surprise

3-Bar Dial Soap 2 for $3
.60/1 05/18 SS exp 09/01

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Eating your veggies

So I've never been into vegetables...ever. I like salads (mostly lettuces and cucumbers) and love corn and even broccoli as long as it's drenched in cheese, but let's face it. I'm a Cuban woman who loves her arroz con frijoles (beans and rice) and lechon asado (roast pork), and nowhere on any menu growing up was there a plethora of veggies. My parents didn't eat them (other than corn and yucca, of course) and neither did their parents and so on and so on.

My husband on the other hand LOVES vegetables and I cringe at his love of celery sticks. I mean seriously, it tastes like what I imagine grass tastes like! But, as a 33 year old woman trying to eat healthy, lose weight, and hoping to get pregnant soon, I know that I need to eat my veggies. So the question became, how do I get my veggies in without gagging and drowning them in cheese or dressing?

I'm sure most of you have heard about Jessica Seinfeld's book "Deceptively Delicious" since her appearance on Oprah made the book almost impossible to get and also due to the controversy from some other author who said Seinfeld copied her book. I ordered the cookbook after watching her appearance on Oprah and like many others, was intrigued by Oprah's amazement at how good all her recipes were and that the veggies were pretty much impossible to detect in them. For those who haven't heard of it, Seinfeld's book shares recipes using vegetable purees hidden in all kinds of foods in order to trick your kids into getting their veggies, but still making it taste great. I'm not a kid, but I sure need to find ways to trick myself into getting my veggies!

So ever the skeptic, I tried a couple of recipes and I was amazed at not only how delicious the food was, but also at how I couldn't detect the veggies by taste! The first thing I tried was the chicken nugget recipe. I mean seriously, chicken nuggets with broccoli puree as part of the batter? Can we say "ewww!"? But they were so tasty and I couldn't detect a hint of broccoli!

My husband never even realized the extra veggies I added to his favorite meatloaf or even the brownies I made! I'm sure that even he, ever the veggie lover, would have balked if I had told him that there was carrot and spinach in his brownies! Even Sunday morning scrambled eggs had cauliflower puree added and all he commented on was the extra creaminess of the eggs!

As a frugal woman I would never advocate spending full price on a cookbook, but if your local library doesn't stock this cookbook (always my first resource) and you need a ways to get some more veggies into your diet, then definitely splurge and get this cookbook. It's a great investment in the long run and Amazon has it on a nice discount here.

Of course, being the frugal nut that I am, all my veggie purees are made with sale veggies and I just stocked up again at Publix with frozen Bird's Eye veggies at 50% off and bought with a matched coupon!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Frugal Living: a Husband's View

So now that you've joined the wonderful world of "couponing" and living frugally, what does your other half think about it? Frugal in Virginia offers a hilarious post from her husband on how it feels to be married to what he refers to as "a frugal". This article is a total must read and I found myself laughing out loud at a lot of points and immediately forwarded it to my husband.

Check out this fun read here.