Thursday, December 31, 2009

Stouffers Family size lasagna $5.99 at Jewel

Ok, I am not a fan of the frozen lasagna, but there are times in life when convenience is important. I make a killer lasagna from scratch but it takes a long time.

On Jewel Avenu card right now is a $1/1 coupon for Stouffers family size entrees until January 6th. PLUS there is a $1/1 printable at AND the lasagna is on sale for $7.99 making this $5.99 after both discounts.

A nice deal for when you need it.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

P & G Haul: Saved 87%

OOP: $10

Regular price: $76.00

Thank you Jewel and Proctor and Gamble

A little planning pays off!
6 pantene shampoos
1 pringles
1 Tide Free and Clear (the powder is $15.99 but I needed liquid allergy free which is $14.99 shelf so I threw in a Pringles)
1 Pringles
2 Pantene hairspray
4 Crest regular gel (note the Tarter Control Gel is NOT included and is NOT on sale)
2 Pringles
1 Cascade
2 Pantene shampoos

April Cornell: 40% off site wide sale

Plus free shipping on orders over $125.

I really like the girls dresses at April Cornell. Big Girls sizes only run to size 10, so this is likely my last order of long dresses for my daughter, who at age 10 is just now wearing a size ten dress. I got a lot of dresses at 40% off, and then another $5 off at checkout for signing up on their email list (it says you can only get the $5 off once, but it worked twice for me. The code is FIVEDOLLARS). If you've never checked out their dresses, and if your little girl is an old fashioned spirit at heart, this is the place for you. Long dresses, petticoats, prints, babywhale corderoys. I am beginning to channel a Victorian Laura Ingalls.

Check out April's Attic for clearance dresses also at 40% off. I snagged several for under $15 a dress. These dresses run $70 and up full price!

Declaration of Free Stuff

Oh, believe me, the Federal Trade Commission doesn't have me in their sites....but

I am a member of Vocalpoint, and recently Vocalpoint sent me 4 free General Mills cereal coupons. They would like for me (and likely 18,000,000 other people who got them) to go and buy General Mill's new low sugar cereals and write a review.

This will be tricky as my kids generally don't eat cereal (they just don't like it) so I'll have to find one they might consider and give the rest of the coupons away. Maybe I'll have a little contest??

But the law now says I have to declare this before I post my review.

So there. The Man is cool with that now.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

50 cent compact florescent bulbs at Walmart

Woo hoo!

Walmart, in conjunction with ComEd (our power company) is offering 50c compact florescent bulbs in 60/75/100 watts on roll back pricing (mean not a sale but new price point). I grabbed all the 100 watts I could find. They are normally $3 EACH.

The only problem occurred when we tried to check out. What a nightmare! The checker rang them up and they scanned 97c each. I told him they were on rollback for 50c each. He tells me "show me" and proceeds to leave his register and have me take him to the spot in the store, telling me he is much faster than calling for the department manager to price check.

So we get to the shelf and I show him the huge display and the even larger sign clearly stating 50c each.

He tells me: that can't be right. That price is too low.

Me: well it's not my sign, it's Walmart's sign.

We proceed back the the checkout where he calls the store manager.

And we wait and wait and wait for her.

Meanwhile people are stacking up behind us in line and the checker is getting more and more anxious. When the manager comes over he tells her she needs to suspend the transaction so he can check out more people since there is no way this is the right price. What people? What about US people? Does he have a QUOTA or something?

Now we're standing there while these two argue with each other about whether or not she should suspend the transaction or void it all out. At this point I say look, the sign says they're 50 cents. There is NO OTHER PRICE ON THE SIGN.

So nimrod decides to call for a price check and starts to ring up the next person in line!

So the lady comes over from Hardware and says "these aren't my department." My husband says let's go and look together anyway, since obviously the fact that the checker SAW THE PRICE WITH HIS OWN EYES wasn't good enough. Off they go together.

Two minutes later they are back, with the Hardware lady saying yup, they are 50 cents each.

So what does the checker do? He completely stops checking out the person in his line. She is literally with her checkbook in hand ready to pay for her order when he stops her completely, suspends her transaction, and takes out EVERY ITEM IN OUR BAG and RE RINGS them all.

Everyone in line is speechless! The manager comes over and they start to bicker with each other again. He's scanning and scanning and keying in things and he turns to me and says we need to pay.

I say: I'm not paying anything until you show me the receipt of what you rang up. Remember, he has two people's purchases now all over the belt, bags and floor.

After fifteen minutes, and a void, we finally pay and get out.


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Proctor and Gamble $25 get $10 catalina at Jewel

All info from

I don't have any UPCs yet, but the deal works as per norm: spend $25 in shelf prices and get a $10 coupon back towards your next purchase. It runs 12/27 through 1/6.

I am planning the following little scenarios because I am stocked right now:

(shelf prices/preferred card price)

4 x Crest Tartar Control ($2.19/$1.99)
2 x Pringles ($1.75/$1.50)
1 x Pantene ($3.99/$3.33)
2 x Cascade ($4.39 no sale)
= $25.03 before card, $23.07 with card

-$2 off 1 pantene Q
-75c Crest
-50c Crest
-$1/2 Pringles
-$1 Cascade
-50c Cascade
-$10 Cat

= $7.32

I really need toothpaste and dishwashing detergeant (am down to my last four boxes since I got 11 boxes for $1.5o TOTAL a year ago).

The item with the BIGGEST spread is Tide ($15.99/$10.99). You could also do:

2 Pringles ($1/2)
1 Pantene ($2/1 from Vocalpoint)
1 Cascade ($1/1 P&G insert today)
1 Tide ($1/1 P&G insert today)

for $6.71 after coupons and $10 cat.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Pumie update

I wrote a nice letter to the Pumie people (they made the foot pumie I used, but they also sell all sorts of pumies in different shapes and sizes). Here's my note:

Dear Mr. Carlson, (VP of Sales)

I wouldn't think a pumice company would get many fan letters, but I wanted to write this one about your Pumie product. I moved into my home 5 years ago in the Midwest. We are on a well with very hard water. The previous owners neglected to keep salt in the water softener, and so I inherited 5 toilets and sinks cruded with mineral deposits. As a nice Southern girl, I had no idea what to do to get this stuff off. I tried CLR. I tried LimeAway. I scrubbed and scrubbed. Nothing worked. I seriously considered replacing all the fixtures in my bathrooms. Then I stumbled on an Internet search for cleaning hard water buildup and discovered Pumie. I was AMAZED. I seriously don't understand how that little stone and a little elbow grease removes the crud so well when the other chemicals (that nearly knocked me out) didn't do the trick. My toilets are happy toilets now.

Thank you!!!

And here is their reply, sent today, Christmas Eve! It pays to pass along a sincere compliment!

Dear Ms. Gilbert,
Thank you so much for your kind words about our product. We do get the occasional fan letter, but not necessarily written so eloquently as yours. Will you give us permission to pull some quotes, or use your entire letter as an endorsement for marketing purposes?
We really appreciate you taking the time to write us. We hope that everyone is as happy as you are with our product! As a thank you for taking the time to write us, we will send you a couple of complimentary Pumie® bars so that you can pass them on to your family and friends. After all, every household should have a Pumie bar!

All of us at U.S. Pumice wish you the warmest of wishes for the holiday season!

Liz Anderson (owner)

Liz Anderson
U.S. Pumice Co. / Featherock, Inc.
20219 Bahama Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
tel: 800-423-3037; fax: 818-882-9643

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I sing the praises of a clean toilet

I have hard water build up and I am not afraid to admit it.

I'm on a well, and I have a softener. Alas the people who lived here before me did not quite understand that a softener does no good if you don't keep salt in it. As in all the time.

So I moved in to a ring of hard crud around my toilet water and sink drains and faucets. It looked terrible. WE ARE CLEAN PEOPLE! How would we explain this to all our friends and neighbors who undoubtedly would comment under their breath at Bunco (Did you SEE that RING? Slobs!)

OK, I'm being dramatic.

I tried everything to get the crud off. I tried acid. I tried CLR. I tried LimeAway. I nearly gassed myself and nothing did the trick. Then I was reading a tile forum (as one is wont to do) and read about someone using a Pumie to scrub the deposits away.

I ran out to buy a Pumie.

No I didn't. I used the one under the bathroom cabinet that my husband uses to scrub his hard heels (shhhh!)

And scrub I did. It was amazing. The crud went away. It just ERASED from the porcelain. I ran around the house like a mad housewife with rubber gloves and a pumice stone looking for hard water stains.

Perhaps the makers of Pumie will read this blog and decided to hire me. Or send me a case of Pumies because I love them.

Luv them.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

No longer accepted: Free guacamole at Jewel

They are refusing this coupon at many Jewel (12/24/09)

Just passing along news from mashupmom and

Wholly Guacamole is BOGO at Jewel. Use this BOGO Wholly guacamole or salsa coupon and get BOTH jars free. It's a jpeg coupon so print as many as you want. Reduce to 60% print size so it won't be ginormous.

Monday, December 14, 2009

3D paper snowflakes

I'm on the decorating committee for the middle school orchestra. This, of course, means I have zero budget to decorate for the winter concert. I remembered that my daughter made these cool 3D snowflakes last year in art class, so I decided to whip up a dozen with the other committee members to jazz up the stage.

Here's a great video tutorial on how to make these. They are super easy, but they take some time since there's a lot of folding and cutting. Use the biggest paper you can find (I used 11 x 17).

Thursday, December 10, 2009

27 cans of soup for 74 cents (includes tax!)

Yeee Haaa!

It's fun to score the mother-load of freebies every once in a blue moon. About the only soup we eat here is Progresso and Progresso Light (or I make homemade pasta e faglio).

27 cans preferred card price $1/1 = $27
minus $6.60 in coupons ($1.10/3 cans from and
minus $9.96 instant discount (Jewel is crediting you $2.49 for every seven cans you buy)
= $10.74 (includes tax)

and it generated 2 $5 off your next order coupons for a total out of pocket of 74 cents (tax included).

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snagged a few deals today

So the snow didn't get as bad as we thought, so I ran out at lunch.

Sorry for such a blurry shot! I was really happy to snag these 25 cans of Gillette for FREE (paid only tax + $3 for the coupons). Jewel has Gillette on sale for $1 a can until 12/15. I bought 25 Gillette coupons for $1 off from Thanks to for cluing me in to this deal.

There is also a catalina deal running at Jewel through GM. Spend $15 and get $5 back. The boxed shoepeg corn is on sale for $1 a box with preferred card. As you all know, the spend $15 isn't off the sale price but the shelf price of $2.30 a box. So 7 boxes hits me above $15 and $5 coupon prints. Paid $7 got $5, so only $2 for 7 boxes. I'd have bought more but these are the only boxed ones I like, and frankly the freezer is pretty full. I did grab some fresh asparagus, honey crisp apples, carrots just so you know we're not serving shaving cream with a side of corn for dinner tonight!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Frozen roads for frozen foods?

Drive if you dare, but the weather is DREADFUL right now and there is no way I am running to the store to get frozen Green Giant veggies.

but if you MUST, know that if you buy 7 boxes currently on sale for $1/1, you will receive a $5 coupon good on your next offer. This is part of the current General Mills spent $15 get $5. The boxed veggies are regularly priced at $2.69 a box, so 7 boxes hits above the magic $15 mark (you only pay preferred card, of course). The $1/1 sale ends on Thursday so go (skid and slide) soon.

I, for one, am not running out for this one. I've got enough frozen-ness (is that even a word?) surrounding me right now. I read on a woman just snagged 32 boxes.

32 boxes?

Holy cow.

On a night like tonight I'll take my full priced veggies and a cup of hot tea, thank you.

Blizzard weather and a cookie exchange

I'm scheduled to bring a whole slew of cookies to a cookie exchange this Thursday, I'm just hoping the weather makes it possible. When you see lines of cars in the parking lot at work with all their windshield wipers up in the air (so they won't freeze to the windshield), you know the snow is a comin.'

What better for snowy weather than some snowy minty cookies? Here's a brand new recipe I found on the Web that looks just yummy! Taken from Web site:

by Grandma Jan

Yield: approx. 30 cookies

Important Note: Do not double! You’ll need to make one batch at a time, washing the bowl/beaters between each batch.

2 egg whites
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar

1/8 tsp. salt

3/4 c. white sugar

1 pkg. chocolate chips (6 ounces)

1/2 c. crushed peppermint candy (use a mini food processor to grind the candy up into almost powder, or smash them to smithereens using a meat tenderizer mallet or a rolling pin)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Beat egg whites until frothy. Add cream of tartar and salt. Beat until stiff and peaks form. That step is very important! The cookies will flop if the egg whites aren’t beaten properly. Add sugar gradually, beating constantly. Fold in chocolate chips, candy, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonful on cookie sheets lined with heavy brown-paper (such as lunch bags). Bake for 25 minutes or so, until the cookies look baked, but do NOT brown! Remove from paper when cooled. Freezes well (if they last that long).

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Nice coupon video from

I love her site and would love to know how she matches all those inserts with sales and ads. I'l; bet she's got the real inside track.

This new video is only three minutes but goes a long way explaining to friends the basics of couponing, Enjoy! (and OMG look I figured out how to embed a video clip!)


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