Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Publix: Free Toothpaste!



Spent: $5.84
Saved: $5.78
Total Value: $11.62
Percent Saved: 50%

So, this wasn't a super big trip. I just needed some produce. There was free toothpaste, so I thought I'd pick that up too. Apparently, there is also free Axe shower tools available, but my Publix didn't carry that. 

Crest Complete Toothpaste, $2.39 Sale
$1.00 off Crest Toothpaste Publix Coupon
$2.00 off Crest Complete Toothpaste Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it FREE plus $0.61 in OVERAGE)

Publix Baby Spinach, $2.29 Sale

Fresh Green Beans, $0.99/lb Sale

Eat Smart Broccoli, $1.67 Sale

Publix Frozen Mushrooms, $1.49


Monday, December 12, 2011

CVS: Like Paying $0.57 for all this!




Spent: $2.57
Saved: $25.49
Total Value: $28.06
Percent Saved: $91%

ECBs Used: $11.00
ECBs Earned: $2.00

I scored pretty well at CVS this week. This does include a candy item not pictured that was $2.99.

$4.00 off $20 Purchase CVS Coupon
$10 ECBs
$1 ECB

Maxwell House Coffee, $7.99 Sale
$1.00 off Maxwell House Coffee Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $6.99)

Mentos UP2U Gum, $1.49
Buy One Get One Free
$1.00 off Mentos UP2U Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.25 each)

Listerine, 1 L, $3.99 Sale
$1.00 ExtraCare Bucks 
$0.50 off Listerine Manufacturer Coupon
$1.00 off Listerine Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $3.24 each)

Candy, $2.99

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Publix Ad Deals (12/8 - 12/14)


Michelle at I Heart Publix has released the sneak peak of the Publix Ad for December 8 through December 14. Below are my favorites. Please visit her website to get the full ad. Remember that my favorite picks of the week are based on a low-carb diet, though I may include other good deals from time to time.





  • Green Giant Canned Vegetables, 4 ct, $4.99, BOGO
  • Smart Balance Spread or Spray, $2.59, BOGO
  • Green Valley Giant Fresh Steamers, $2.59, BOGO
  • Bic Disposable Razors, 3 to 4 ct, $5.79, BOGO
  • Fresh Green Beans, Zucchini, or Yellow Squash, $0.99/lb
  • Sweet Onions, $0.99/lb


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Don't Throw Away Today's Junk Mail



Don't throw away today's junk mail. There was a $5 off $50 Publix coupon in my Red Plum mailer in Central Florida.

Nice Old Navy Deal w/ Groupon




Spent: $31.92
Saved: $49.97
Total Value: $81.89
Percent Saved: 61%

So, Old Navy had a Groupon after Thanksgiving. Purchase $20 of merchandise for $10. I went to Old Navy this weekend hoping to find a jacket, and I did. This Classic Wool Zip jacket was $79.94, but there was a 50% off sale on most jackets. The Groupon knocked another $20 off of it, making my out of pocket purchase at the store $21.92. Since I did pay for the Groupon, my total expenditure on this jacket was $31.92. Great deal!



Winn-Dixie: Free Salad





Spent: $9.35
Saved: $7.15
Total Value: $16.15
Percent Saved: 43%

This was a small, but good purchase. Winn-Dixie has usually had the 40 count Truvia Sweetener on sale for $2.99, which would have gotten me a really good deal with my coupon, but this time, the unadvertised deal was on the 80 count box. However, this is a good deal for a natural product.

Dole Spinach, $1.50 Sale
$1.50 off two Dole Salad Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.75 each)

Regular Ground Beef, $2.49/lb
(This is $1.98/lb at Alberston's this week, but it's too far away for me).

Truvia Sweetener, 80 count, $5.99
$1 off Truvia Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $4.99)


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Grocery Wrap-Up: Cheap Meat!



Spent: $17.27
Saved: $10.68
Total Value: $27.95
Percent Saved: 38%

Sedano's was the place to be for meat this week. Cheap chicken leg quarters after a $10 purchase

Chicken Leg Quarters, $0.29/lb Sale

Beef Ribs, $2.49/lb

Bag of Yellow Onions, $0.69/bag Sale

Zucchini Squash, $0.69/lb Sale

Tomatoes, $0.69/lb Sale

Green Bell Pepper, $0.69/lb

Cabbage, $0.49/lb




Spent: $28.82
Saved: $10.08
Total Value: $38.90
Percent Saved: 26%

There weren't spectacular savings this week. My family is in town, so I deviated from the plan and got some extra stuff. However, there were some good deals. 

Sargento Shredded Cheese, 8 oz, $3.00 Sale
$0.50 off two Sargento Manufacturer Coupon
FREE Publix Eggs wyb two Sargento Shredded Cheese
(Made it $2.75 each plus free eggs, which were $2.09)

Eat Smart Vegetables, $1.67 Sale

Carolina Pride Smoked Sausage, $2.89 Sale

Green Beans, $0.99/lb Sale

Florida's Natural Orange Juice, $3.00 Sale

Smucker's Jelly, $2.00 Sale


Friday, December 2, 2011

Office Depot: $20 off Ink!



Spent: $37.37
Saved: $21.61
Total Value: $58.98
Percent Saved: 37%

Rewards Earned: $3.73

As we all know, ink is very expensive. You can literally walk out of the store with a brand new printer for less than it would cost to replace all of the cartridges in your current printer. Well, the office stores are the best place to buy ink. Sometimes, the ink is even $1 or $2 cheaper there than they would be at the supercenters. Unlike the supercenters, the office stores will match their online store prices. I got 10% back in Office Depot Star Teacher Rewards with the purchase of ink, which I believe is the same offer as their regular rewards program. However, the 10% is the after-coupon price.  Furthermore, I get $2.00 in rewards for every cartridge I recycle, so I will be bringing those in soon. 

Coupons Used:

$10 off $50 purchase Office Depot Coupon
$11.61 in Rewards


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sedano's Ad Preview (11/30 - 12/6)



Here is a preview of the Sedano's ad for November 30 - December 6, 2011.  The best deal is the $0.29/lb chicken leg quarters. Please note that a $10 minimum purchase is required BEFORE the chicken. There are some really good deals to add up to $10.00. My lists are designed based on a low-carb diet, though from time to time I will add good carb-based deals as well. Some of the best deals are below. You can go to Sedano's website to see all of the deals.


  • Sanderson Farms Bagged Chicken Leg Quarters, 10lbs, $0.29 (Limit 2), $10 min. purchase
  • Sanderson Farms Split Chicken Breast, $1.29/lb
  • Spanish Style Sausage, 14 oz, $2.49 
  • Applewood Smoked Sliced Bacon, 24 oz, $4.99
  • Sedano's Gallon Milk, 2/$5.00 (Limit 1 deal) 
    • I am not sure if you have to buy two to get the deal or if you can just purchase one for $2.50
  • Breyer's Ice Cream, 48 oz, $2.99
  • Crystal Farms Parmesan Cheese, 8 oz, 2/$5.00 ($2.50)
  • Avocados, $0.69 each
  • Salad Tomatoes, $0.69/lb
  • Iceberg Lettuce, $0.79 each
  • Yellow Onions (2 lb bag), $0.69 each
  • Yellow or Zucchini Squash, $0.69/lb
  • Green Onions,  2/$0.99 ($0.50)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Publix Ad Preview (12/1 - 12/7/11)



Michelle at I Heart Publix has released the sneak peak of the Publix Ad for December 1 through December 7. Below are my favorites. Please visit her website to get the full ad.


  • New England Coffee, BOGO, $7.79
  • Sargento Shredded Cheese, 5 to 8 oz, $3.00
  • Publix Aluminum Foil, 50 to 75 ft, $2.29
  • Gwantley Bacon, $3.00
  • Fresh Green Beans, Yellow Squash, Green Zucchini, $0.99/lb
  • Eat Smart Vegetables, $1.67

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Budgeting with iTunes



With the iTunes music store, the App Store for iOS devices, and now the Mac App Store, spending money with your Apple ID can quickly get out of control. This is especially true with music and mobile apps that are very inexpensive. The easiest way to prevent all of those small purchases from burning your wallet is to simply decide how much you are going to spend each month on iTunes and then purchase iTunes gift cards. You buy the gift card, enter the code into iTunes, and then the program keeps your balance at top of the application so that you know how much money you have left. 

Doing this helps you in many ways. It keeps your budget in line because you have a set amount of money to spend. It also keeps you from having to annotate all of those small purchases if you still use a check book or a software program entering transactions manually. Furthermore, your spending is not a surprise when you actually sit down to analyze it. One other thing I noticed is that I have become picky about what I choose to purchase as I watch my gift card balance wind down. When you set a spending goal, sometimes you end up competing with yourself to end the month under budget. 

You can also score good deals on iTunes gift cards from time to time. Publix has offered iTunes gift card deals similar to their gas card promotions in the past. CVS will sometimes have ECB deals on iTunes gift cards. According to I Heart Saving Money, Best Buy is currently running a deal for $80 for a $100 iTunes card. 

Does that sound much better than giving Apple your credit or debit card number and then spending freely? I think so.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Free Gas and Gas Discount at the Same Time



Spent: $61.81
Saved: $26.13
Total Value: $87.94
Percent Saved: 30%

Okay. So, when you include the gas card, the savings aren't much. Yes, Publix had its gas card promotion again this week. Get $10 off a $50 gas card when you make a $25 purchase. My total grocery order before coupons was $25.86. Talk about precision! Here are the highlights:

$50.00 Shell Gas Card
$10.00 off $50.00 Gas Card wyb $25 in groceries
(Made it $40.00)

Blue Diamond Almonds, $3.19
Buy One Get One Free
$1.00 off two Blue Diamond Almonds
(Made it $1.10 each)

Land O Lakes Half & Half, $3.09
$0.75 off Land O Lakes Publix Coupon
$0.75 off Land O Lakes Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.59)

Green Beans & Squash, $0.99/lb Sale

McCormick Grinders, $0.99
$0.55 off McCormick Grinders Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.44)




Spent: $25.36
Saved: $19.42
Total Value: $44.78
Percent Saved: 43%

So, with Winn-Dixie and Shell's fuelperks!, I can save on gas with my purchases. So, combine that with the Shell card deal at Publix, and you've got a true winner!

Dole Salad, $3.79
Buy One Get One Free
$1.50 off two Dole Salad Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.15 each)

Assorted Pork Chops, $3.69/lb
Buy One Get One Free
(Made it $1.85/lb)

Steak, $8.50 Sale

Onion, $0.99/lb Sale








Saturday, November 12, 2011

Grocery Round-Up: Stock Up



Spent: $41.26
Saved: $38.89
Total Value: $80.15
Percent Saved: 49%

This was a decent week at Publix. I was able to stock up on some olive oil and canned tomatoes. I tend to use those a lot. I also had to get some full-priced items. That was a great time to use store brands. Those products usually are only worth it when the name brand products are not on sale. 

$5.00 off $50.00 Purchase from Orlando Sentinel

(4) Green Giant Boxed Frozen Veggies, $1.99 
Buy One Get One Free
$0.75 off three Green Giant Target Coupon
$0.60 off three Green Giant Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.66 each)

Pompeian Olive Oil, $5.99
Buy One Get One Free
(2) $1.00 off Pompeian Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $2.00 each)

(3) Trident Layers Gum, 14 ct, $1.00 Sale
$1.00 off three Trident Layers Coupon
(Made it $0.67 each)

(4) Hunt's Tomatoes, $1.49
Buy One Get One Free
$0.45 off three Hunt's Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.63 each)

Emerald Nuts, $5.99
Buy One Get One Free 
(2) $1.00 off Emerald Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $2.00 each)

Sparkle Paper Towels, $5.49 Sale
$1.00 off Sparkle Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $4.49)

Publix Salad and Spinach, $2.00  Sale

Carolina Pride Sausage, $3.39 Sale

Publix Shredded Cheese, 8 oz, $2.50 Sale

Publix Eggs, 12 ct, $1.67 Sale


Full price items included the Publix Italian seasoning ($2.19), which was $4.00 cheaper than the name-brand, the Publix sour cream ($1.29), the Publix trash bags ($3.59), and the Publix frozen mushrooms ($1.49). Those mushrooms NEVER go on sale. 



Spent: $11.84
Saved: $9.78
Total Value: $21.62
Percent Saved: 45%

Yep. Definitely a meat trip. 

Chicken Thighs, $1.79/lb
Buy One Get One Free
(Made it $0.90/lb)

Winn-Dixie Thin Sliced Bacon, 12 oz, $3.00


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Winn-Dixie: More Digital Savings




Spent: $13.99
Saved: $15.02
Total Value: $29.01
Percent Saved: 52%

So, I had some more deals with SavingStar at Winn-Dixie. Thankfully, they had some unadvertised deals to go with it.

Truvia Sweetener, 40 count, $2.99 Sale
$0.75 off SavingStar e-Coupon
$1.00 off Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.24)

Smart Balance Spray, $2.69 Sale
$0.75 off SavingStar e-Coupon
$1.00 off Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.94)

Filippo Berio Olive Oil, $3.99 Sale
$1.00 off Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $2.99)

Pork Chops, $4.19/lb
Buy One Get One Free
(Made it $2.10/lb)



Monday, October 31, 2011

Walgreens: Love Those Blue Diamond Almonds!



Spent: $2.18
Saved: $6.99
Total Value: $9.17
Percent Saved: 76%

Did I mention that I love those Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds?

Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds, $3.59
Buy One Get One Free
$1.00 off two Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.30 each)

Dozen Eggs, $1.59

$2.00 Register Reward from Previous Purchase

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Winn-Dixie: Digital Savings!



Spent: $7.69
Saved: $7.30
Total Value: $14.99
Percent Saved: 49%

I used the SavingStar service to save an additional $0.55 off of the Johnsonville sausage that was on sale. After a total of $5.00, they will send me a gift card. 

Johnsonville Sausage, $2.50 Sale
$0.55 off Johnsonville SavingStar coupon
(Made it $1.95)

Pork Shoulder Blade Steaks, $4.19/lb
Buy One Get One Free
(Made it $2.10/lb)
The packages were $5.74 and $5.26, so I got the latter for free. 

Publix: 50% off and free toothpaste!



Spent: $19.86
Saved: $20.63
Total Value: $40.49
Percent Saved: 51%

I usually only buy razors at drug stores, but this was a good price. I also got free toothpaste, which is usually another drugstore-only item for me. 

Crest Toothpaste, $2.00 Sale
$1.00 off Crest Publix Coupon
$1.00 off Crest Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it FREE!)

Schick Hydro 5 Razor, $6.79 Sale
$5.00 off Schick Hydro Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.79)

Eat Smart Vegetables (Bag of Broccoli), $1.00 Sale

Publix Butter, 16 oz, $3.00 Sale

Carolina Pride Bacon, $3.00 Sale
(I didn't get the $0.50 coupon for this in my paper)

Fresh Express Salad Mix, $3.99
Buy One Get One Free
(Made it $2.00 each)

Publix Shredded Cheese, $2.50 Sale

Zucchini Squash, $1.49/lb Sale



Saturday, October 29, 2011

CVS: Free Candy, $10 Back on $50 Gift Card!



Okay. So there's no point in doing a Spent/Saved for this. I went mainly for the iTunes card. There was a $10 ECB back on that. I also got $1 back in ECB for my reusable bag during this trip. The candy was listed as $3.50, but it rang up at $3.00. I had a $3.00 ECB to spend, which made this candy free except for the $0.20 in sales tax. Awesome trip.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Political Party Differences on Spending

When it comes to spending, it seems like there is the only one small difference between the two parties:

  • Democrats don't want to cut anything except for perhaps the military and special tax breaks.
  • Republicans want to cut everything except for the program(s) from which they as individuals receive benefits. 
Nevermind. There doesn't seem to be that much of a difference after all. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Publix Promise Again! $0.48 for this!



Spent: $0.48


So, I went to Publix last night because I forgot some stuff. The Johnsonville Italian sausage was priced at $3.99 on the shelf. I had a  $1.00 coupon to go with it. However, it rang up at $4.29 on the register. I caught it and had the price verified. Publix's policy is to give you the item for free if the price rings up differently than the price listed on the shelf. On top of that, they still scanned the coupon! That $1.00 of overage helped to cover the green beans!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Walgreens: Spend $2 + Get $2 = Free?




Spent: $2.26
Saved: $3.00
Total Value: $5.26
Percent Saved: 57%

RR's Earned: $2.00

(2) DenTek Flossers, $2.00 Sale
$2.00 Register Rewards web two Dentek Flossers
(2) $1.00 Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.00 each not including RRs)

CVS: Spent $0.67 & Got $3.00 Back!



Spent: $0.67
Saved: $11.45
Total Value: $12.12
Percent Saved: 94%

ECBs Used: $5.00
ECBs Earned: $3.00

This was a great trip. This also included a piece of candy, which is not pictured.

Shick Hydro 3 Razor, $8.29 Sale
$3.00 ECBs wyb Shick Hydro Razor
$5.00 off Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $3.29 not including ECBs)

Dawn Ultra, 9 oz, $.97 Sale
$0.25 off Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.72)

Candy, $1.00

Used $5.00 ECBs from previous purchase

Winn-Dixie: $0.26 Mr. Clean Cleaner!




Spent: $15.66
Saved: $24.27
Total Value: $39.93
Percent Saved: 61%

The biggest deal at Winn-Dixie was the Buy One Get One Free sale for the Mr. Clean products.  You are allowed to combine cents/dollars off coupons with "Get X when you buy Y" coupons. I got four bottles, which meant that I would pay for two of them and get two of them free. My Buy Two Get One Free coupon attached to one of the paid bottles, making it free. Then I added three $0.75 coupons, which attached to the other three items. That made them about a quarter each! Regular price is $3.29!

Mr. Clean Multi-Purpose Cleaner, 32 oz, $3.29
Buy One Get One Free
Buy Two Get One Free Manufacturer Coupon
(3) $0.75 off Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.26 each)

Beef Loin T-Bone Steak, $4.49 Sale
(That is what the package cost, and wasn't the cost per pound)

Chicken Thighs, $1.79/lb
Buy One Get One Free
(Made it $0.90 per pound)

Broccoli Bunch, $2.00 Sale


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Walgreens: Cheap Stuff!



Spent: $2.26
Saved: $7.87
Total Value: $10.13
Percent Saved: 78%

This was done in two transactions. 


Transaction #1

Spent: $1.72
Saved: $3.49
Total Value: $5.21
Percent Saved: 67%

Reach Total Care Floss, $2.99 Sale
$2.00 Register Reward wyb Reach Floss
$1.00 off Reach Floss Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $1.99 out of pocket; FREE including RRs)

Tuf Paper Towel Roll, $0.50 Sale (with store coupon)

$1.00 Register Reward from previous purchase.


Transaction #2

(2) Walgreens Foil, 25 sq ft, $0.69 Sale (with store coupon)
(2) Tuf Paper Towel Rolls, $0.50 Sale (with store coupon)

$2.00 Register Reward from Transaction #1







Monday, October 17, 2011

Winn-Dixie: Got me $0.10/gal off gas!



Spent: $10.81
Saved: $8.99
Total Value: $19.80
Percent Saved: 45%

So, the Dole Salad gave me $0.05/gal each on fuelperks! Awesome!

Hefty Storage Bags, 22 count, $2.59
Buy One Get One Free
$1.00 off two Hefty Storage Products Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.80 each)

Dole Salad, $3.79
Buy One Get One Free
$0.05/gal fuelperks! per bag
(Made it $1.90)

Winn-Dixie Large Eggs, $1.49 Sale
I had a $0.55 off two coupon but I didn't think about it until I got to the store.

Zucchini, $1.49/lb Sale

Jumbo Sweet Onion, $0.99/lb Sale

Large Vine Ripe Tomato, $1.99 Sale

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Walgreens: Well, the Prices Were Cheaper Than the SuperCenter



Spent: $14.07
Saved: $11.00
Total Value: $25.07
Percent Saved: 44%

I got some decent prices on some items at Walgreens. Actually, I think the detergent was a pretty good deal. The lotion was definitely cheaper than what I would have paid for it at a supercenter. I was going to get the Dial for Men, but the regular version had 5 more ounces. 

All Detergent, 150 oz, $9.99 Sale
$1.00 Register Reward wyb All Detergent
$1.00 off All Detergent Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $8.99; $1.00 to use on next purchase)

Dial Lotion, $4.99 Sale
$1.00 off Dial Lotion Walgreens Coupon
$1.00 off Dial Lotion Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $2.99)

(2) Tic Tac, $0.99
$1.00 off two Tic Tac Manufacturer Coupon
(Made it $0.49 each)