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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Saving Money by Canning and Pickling


 Over the weekend, during Hurricane Irene, I took some time to do something I've been meaning to do for a while- pickle peppers!


As many of you know, I planted a garden this year. I recently wrote an update on it here. One of my favorite foods is jalapeno peppers and I normally buy them at the store for around $3 a jar. If I have a coupon or they are on sale, I might get a better deal, but I go through about a jar a month. So, this year I planted two of my own jalapeno pepper plants and one banana pepper plant. I was amazed at how much these little plants grew and produced! They grew so easily and apparently the more you pick them, the more they grow! I placed them in a flower bed at the front of my house and as a bonus, they have added color and beauty to our yard. Had I known how well they grow I would have planted more and I certainly will next year.


So, the day before the hurricane hit, I had my son go out and pick all the peppers. He picked probably 25-30. I already had jars from the Ball jar company (they give out coupons each summer and I got them on sale at Harris Teeter). I had vinegar, water and sugar, which is all you need. I had never done this before so I looked up a video on Youtube to guide me through the process. Here it is below:



I followed all the steps, which I will list at the bottom of the post. It was easier than I thought and when I finished, I had a whole jar full of peppers! I was too thrilled. I have to wait a week before they are ready for eating, but I want to show you the finished product:


I can't wait to add these to some tacos! Another bonus is that each pepper has tons of seeds inside, so I look forward to saving some of them to plant next year. I only had two plants and will probably be able to pick enough peppers for at least one more jar, possibly two. I get excited thinking about how much I will save next year by planting more pepper plants, enough for at least 12 jars.


I chose to pickle these peppers, but you could can almost any fruit or veggie to preserve it to use later, so keep that in mind as well. Tomatoes are a great example of something you could can to use in recipes later on. The directions for canning are a little different from pickling and I think it's slightly more work to can veggies, but if you have a bountiful harvest, I think the effort is worth it.


If you aren't into peppers, here are some other veggies that pickle- cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage and carrots. I have heard you can pickle pretty much anything, provided you like the pickled flavor!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ordering Coupons



Did you know that you can order coupons online? If not, you are certainly missing out! I decided to do a post today to address the issue of ordering coupons, why you would do it, and how to properly do so.


As many of us in the Wilmington, NC area know, smaller town newspapers tend to have few, if any coupons. Larger cities have more plentiful Sunday paper coupons, for example, Raleigh, NC. I like the Raleigh News and Observer but if you want to get it around here, you have to fight for it! Some days it sells out early and other days it might not arrive at all.



A viable alternative to buying the Sunday paper is to simply order the coupons online. I have used two companies, The Q Hunter and Whole Coupon Inserts. They both have speedy, reliable and inexpensive service. You can order the complete coupon insert from the newspaper from them for reasonable prices plus a small shipping fee. As a bonus, you can order past inserts. For example, if there was an insert from three weeks ago that had a lot of great coupons in it, you can go to their website and choose that particular insert and order as many copies as you'd like of it. 

Another great feature is that The Q Hunter offers a subscription service. You pay a monthly fee (on your credit card) and they automatically mail you inserts each week, as if you were receiving the Sunday paper (without having to collect all those Sunday papers)! Even better is that the subscription service sends you more than just one insert- you get two of each from every Sunday. The Q Hunter offers 2 sets of each weekly insert for $18 a month. This is a great idea, in my opinion, especially if you have difficulties chasing down the Sunday paper each week. It would be easy to simply wait for it to arrive in the mail, usually on the Monday or Tuesday following the Sunday paper. 


One note to remember is that these coupons come from other cities, usually wherever the supplier is located. I know that the Q Hunter gets many of their inserts from Cincinnati. Keep in mind that they will not be the exact same coupons that came in your local paper, but many will be the same. I do like how each company lists exactly which coupons come in each insert, so you will know ahead of time what coupons will be included and can make your choice accordingly.


Another option is EBAY. Search "coupons" on EBAY and so many options will come up! There are people all over selling grocery coupons. Some sell them in batches of 100 random coupons, pre-cut for you! Others sell individual specific coupons for certain items. Just this weekend I bought 20 Lloyd's BBQ coupons for $.75 off for $.99 with free shipping. That's an AWESOME value! I also bought 20 coupons for Lactaid milk for $5.00 off a half gallon, making the milk free. I paid around $22.00 for those coupons, but it is well worth it, as that milk is very expensive, usually costing over $3.50 per half gallon. So, as you can see, ordering from EBAY can be a great way to obtain coupons.


One warning about EBAY is to check the seller's ratings. Companies or individuals can sell on EBAY, so you want to make sure the person you are ordering from checks out professionally and doesn't have any negatives on their ratings. I have NEVER had a problem ordering coupons from EBAY but I am also careful about who I order from and always read what other customers have to say about them before I order.


One final option for ordering coupons is a company called, "Kuntry Klippers." They offer individual coupons in sets of 20. For example, if you like Yoplait yogurt and would like to buy 20 coupons for it, go to the Kuntry Klippers website and search "Yoplait." Or you can simply browse the dairy section on the website to see what's available. Once you see the coupon you want, you can click it and easily purchase it with your credit card. All coupons will be mailed to you promptly. I have used this service as well and love it.


I hope you will take advantage of the many options available out there to obtain your coupons!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Star News vs. News and Observer!


 The time has come once again to compare the two newspapers to see which offers more coupons! Already it is the first of the month, so for couponers first of the month means one thing- The Proctor and Gamble Insert is out!


This is a particularly important week to buy the Sunday paper because next week is Labor Day, which means no coupons. No coupon inserts come out on holidays, so you don't want to miss out today. Let's see what coupons are available in each paper and determine which is more worth your money this week!

Wilmington Star News Coupons August 28th, 2011 (3 inserts)


Smart Source Insert

Kraft Dressings $1.00 off of two
Oreo or Slice-mmms Ice Cream Roll $1 off of one
Oreo Ice Cream Cake $2 off of one
Pace Salsa $.75 off of two
Heinz 57 Sauce $1.00 off of one
Assorted Walgreens Coupons $15.99
Sauer's Spices Grinders, Grillers and Rubs $1.00 off of one
Rid X $.50 off of one
Rid X $.50 off of one
Rid X $.50 off of one
Chock full o Nuts $.75 off of one
White Castle Burgers $.50 off of one
Sargento Cheese Snacks $.40 off of one
Torani Syrup Bottles $1.00 off of one
John Freida Products $1.00 off of one
John Freida Precision Foam Colour Prodcts $2.00 off of one
John Freida Brilliant Brunette $3.00 off of two
Neutrogena Facial Moisturizer or Treatment $2.00 off of one
Neutrogena Facial Cleanser $1.00 off of one
Clemmy's All Natural or Sugar Free Ice Cream $1.50 off of two
Carolina Pride Bacon $.50 off of one
Carolina Pride Breakfast Sausage $.50 off of one


Wilmington Star News Red Plum Insert August 28th, 2011

Goody's Headache 16 ct or larger $1.00 off of one
BC 18 ct or larger $1.00 off of one
Marcal Small Steps Products $1.00 off of one
Degree Deodorant Premium $1.00 off of one
Degree Deodorant or Anti Persperant $1.00 off of two
Surf Laundry Products $1.00 off of one
Surt Laundry Detergent 120 loads or larger $2.00 off of one
Loreal Paris Youth Code Products $2.00 off of one
Loreal Paris Skincare Products $1 off of one
Loreal EverPure Product $1.00 off of one
Loreal Shade of Preference $2.00 off of one
All Laundry Detergent $1.00 off of one 28 loads or larger
Smuckers Toppings Products $.55 off of one
Rhodes Warm n Serve Rolls $.75 off of one
 Sundown Vitamin Supplements $1.00 off of one
Ferrero Rondnoir, Rocher, or Raffaello Confections Packs 4.2 or larger $.50 off of one

Proctor and Gamble Assorted Coupons
$108 value

Total Value of Wilmington Star News Coupons: 164.19


Raleigh News and Observer Coupons Sunday, August 28, 2011 (3 inserts)


Smart Source Insert

Barilla Pasta Sauce $.55 off of one
BIZ Stain Fighter $1.00 off of one
BIZ Stain Fighter $4.00 off of one BIZ Product and RIO Blu Ray or DVD
Pace Picante Sauce $.75 off of two jars
Nature Valley Train Mix Bars $.50 off of one
Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie or Dessert Bar Mixes $.75 off of two
Chex Cereals $.50 off of one
Hershey's Air Delight /Milk Chocolate Bars BOGO Free
Hershey's Kisses Air Delight 9.4 oz bags $1.00 off of one
Lea and Perry's Worcestershire Sauce $1.00 off of one bottle
Heinz 57 Steak Sauce $1.00 off of one
Hershey's Syrup Bottles, Hershey's Reese's, or Heath Toppings $1.00 off of two
White Castle Burgers $.50 off of one box
Palmolive Dish Liquid 25 oz or larger $.25 off of one
Palmolive Baby Bottle, Toy and Dish Wash $.50 off of one
Colgate Wisp or Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush $.40 off of one
Colgate Toothpaste 4 oz or larger $.50 off of one
Chock Full o Nuts $.75 off of one
Lite Pom $1.00 off of one
Multi-Surface Pledge $1.00 off of one
Pledge Furniture Care $.75 off of one
Edge Shave Gel 7 oz or larger $.55 off of one
Sargento Snacks $.40 off of one
Sargento Natural Cheese Products $.40 off of one
Torani Syrup $1.00 off of one
New York Style Products $.55 off of one
Wholly Guacamole $.50 off of one
Oreo or Slice-mmms Ice Cream Roll $1 off of one
Oreo Ice Cream Cake $2 off of one
Kanka Liquid or Kanka Soft Brush $1.00 off of one
Dole Fruit Gels Packages $.50 off of two
Dole Parfaits $.50 off of one
Claritin Children's Products $2 off of one
Dr Scholl's Massaging Gel Insoles $3 off of one
Dr. Scholl's For Her Insoles and Fast Flats $3 off of one
Kraft Dressings $1.00 off of two
John Freida Products $1.00 off of one
John Freida Precision Foam Colour Prodcts $2.00 off of one
John Freida Brilliant Brunette $3.00 off of two
Rid X $.50 off of one
Rid X $.50 off of one
Rid X $.50 off of one
Men's Triple Blade Wilkinson Sword Razor $2.00 off of one
Women's Triple Blade Wilkinson Sword Razor $2.00 off of one
Mt. Olive Pickle Products $.50 off of one
Best Life Buttery Spread $.50 off of one
Lloyd's Barbecue Products $1.00 off of one
Neutrogena Facial Moisturizer or Treatment $2.00 off of one
Mighty Dog 12 single cans or one variety pack $2.00 off
Mighty Dog 6 single cans $1.00 off
WhoNu Nutrition Rich Cookies $1.00 off of one package
Bissell Stomp n Go $1.00 off of one
Sauer's Spices $1.00 off of one
Clemmy's All Natural or Sugar Free Ice Cream $1.50 off of two
Carolina Pride Bacon $.50 off of one
Carolina Pride Breakfast Sausage $.50 off of one

Raleigh News and Observer Red Plum Insert August 28, 2011

Meow Mix $1.00 off of one bag 3.15 lbs or larger
Meow Mix $1.00 off of 4 single cat food cups or variety pack
Kibbles n Bits bag $1.50 off of one
Marcal Small Steps Products $1.00 off of one
Degree Deodorant Premium $1.00 off of one
Degree Deodorant or Anti Persperant $1.00 off of two
Surf Laundry Products $1.00 off of one
Surt Laundry Detergent 120 loads or larger $2.00 off of one
Loreal Paris Youth Code Products $2.00 off of one
Loreal Paris Skincare Products $1 off of one
Loreal EverPure Product $1.00 off of one
Loreal Shade of Preference $2.00 off of one
M&Ms $1.00 off of two bags
Temptations $.50 off of one bag
Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwich Products $.55 off of one
Jimmy Deans Breakfast Bowls $1.00 off of two
Sara Lee Iron Kids Better White Bread $.55 off of one
Quaker Chewy Smashbar or Granola Bars $.75 off of two boxes
Newmans' Own Crispy Pizza $1.00 off of one
Newman's Own Salad Dressing $.75 off of one
Newman's Own Pasta Sauce, Salsa, Lemonade, Marinade or Popcorn $.50 off of one
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts or Mini Crisps $1.00 off of three
Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats Cereals $1.00 off of two
Kellogg's Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, Honey Smacks, or Frosted Flakes Cereals $1.00 off 3
Keebler Club Crackers $1.00 off of two
MorningStar Farms Veggie Foods Products $.75 off of one
Sundown Vitamins or Supplements $1.00 off of one
Disney or Marvel Vitamins $1.00 off of one
Zatarains Rice Mixes $1.00 off of three
Zatarains Frozen Entrees $1.00 off of two
Deer Park one liter bottles or 6 packs $1.00 off of two
Deer Park Multi-packs $1.00 off of two
Deer Park Multipacks or with Fluoride $1.00 off of two
Zyrtec $5.00 off of one 24 ct or larger
Visine with Hydroblend Moisturizers $2.00 off of one
Visine-A or Visine Soothing Wipes $2.00 off of one
Visine Products $1.00 off of one
Goody's Headache 16 ct or larger $1.00 off of one
BC 18 ct or larger $1.00 off of one
Domino 4lb or 5 lb Sugar $.65 off of one
Domino 1 lb boxes or Brown or Confectioners Sugar $.50 off of two
Nicorette Products (Various) $7.00 off of one
All Laundry Detergent 28 loads or larger $1.00 off of one
Smuckers Toppings $.55 off of one
Rhodes Warm n Serve Rolls $.75 off of one

Ferrero Rondnoir, Rocher, or Raffaello Confections Packs 4.2 or larger $.50 off of one
Dermasilk $5.00 off of one
TUMS $1.00 off of two
Nutella $1.00 off of one 13 oz or larger

Proctor and Gamble Assorted Coupons: $108 value


Total Value of Raleigh News and Observer Coupons: 232.35

Once again, the Raleigh News and Observer is the best bang for your buck this month! The Star News had some pretty good coupons, including some from Walgreens that can only be used there. Those can also be combined with manufacturer's coupons for additional savings. Even so, I would still opt for the Raleigh paper since it contained most of the ones from the Wilmington paper and more. Personally, I bought one of the Wilmington and two of the Raleigh papers this week. 

One last tip- if you like the coupons that are in the Raleigh paper, this is a great week to get multiple copies of it since next week you will not be buying any newspapers due to the holiday coming up next weekend. 


The battle of the papers will resume in two weeks!










Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Project- Update on my Garden and Seed Collecting


Earlier this summer I did a post on my garden. Thank you all for the kind feedback on it and interest in the garden. This was my first garden and the kids and I really enjoyed working on it. We were able to get corn out of it, a few green beans, a couple of zuchinni (squash bugs got into it and killed most of it), lots of peppers, which we are going to try pickling, a few carrots, strawberries, and tomatoes and basil. We also grew zinnias and black eyed susans, which were perfect for cutting and using indoors as fresh floral arrangements.


                                   My son, Gabe, picking a peck of pickled peppers (sorry, had to say it).


I think we met our goals for the garden. My goal was to have a fun learning experience with the children but also to use the garden as a vehicle for saving money on herbs and veggies. I will say that my biggest mistake was not planting enough. For example, we only planted five green bean plants. I learned that although they did produce, five plants was not enough to serve five people! We would pick what was available and then have enough for maybe one serving for one person. We had the same problem with the corn; we'd pick two ears, cook it for the kids, and they'd beg for more! Unfortunately, there wasn't more to be had!







So next year I will likely do a bigger garden. I was amazed at what grew. Since I had never done a garden before, I had no idea what to expect. For example, I planted corn on our front patio, thinking it wouldn't grow, and lo and behold it all produced!


Now fall is approaching, as well as Hurricane Irene. The hurricane should make landfall late tonight so as part of our preparations we decided to do a final cutting of the zinnias. They are so tall that I doubt they'll make it through the hurricane. We made a pretty floral arrangement and as a hurricane project while we are cooped up in the house, the kids are helping me harvest seeds from the flowers and store them for next year. It's so amazing how a packet of maybe 20 seeds costs $1.00-$2.00, but from one flower you can gather about 100 seeds! We have probably 100 flowers, so you do the math! We will have thousands of seeds and I can't wait to use them in our garden next year!

See our video below about how to gather seeds from zinnias (and other flowers for that matter).

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Free Peanut Butter for All!



Well, maybe not for all, but definitely for those that have the matching coupons! I got 11 jars for FREE! Actually, I did have to pay a penny tax per jar, but I'll take it!


This week Skippy Peanut Butter is on sale at Harris Teeter for $2.99, Buy one Get one free. That makes each jar $1.50 each. That is a good deal.


Then, I had coupons for $.75 off of one jar. These were in the July 31st Red Plum insert from the Sunday paper. At Harris Teeter, the $.75 doubles to $1.50 off, making the peanut butter FREE! I love it!


Now, if you're wondering where I got 11 coupons from, the answer is EBAY. I actually bought 20 and shared some with a friend. If you also would like to get some of the Skippy coupons to use this week, go to EBAY and search "Skippy Coupons." You will see many different ones come up. There are some out there for $1.00 off of one jar, which isn't as good as my $.75 off that doubled, but you would still pay only $.50 for the peanut butter if you use the $1.00 off coupons. 


One warning- these coupons expire August 28, so you would need to order today and ask that they mail them ASAP. I have had great luck with sellers mailing me my coupons quickly- I've gotten some in only two days!

A couple of notes- all of the Skippy was on sale, so I was able to try out different types. I got some of the  naturals, which have no hydrogenated oils and is all natural. I got some regular and some crunchy. I also tried out one jar of the reduced fat. I figured why not? Also, the peanut butter all has long shelf life- expiring in fall of 2012, so I will not have to buy peanut butter for quite some time!


Keep in mind that you are only allowed to use three of the same coupon in one trip. Some cashiers are more strict on this; it's really just luck of the draw. Some cashiers stick to the three coupon rule whereas others don't seem to know or mind this rule. If you get a cashier who is a stickler, just go to another store or come back the following day to use more coupons.

The Harris Teeter at Mayfaire was very stocked up and had plenty, including a display at the end of the aisle. The Harris Teeter at Ogden had less. I left plenty on the shelf for others, so be sure to get in and get this great deal this week!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Free Hardcover Photo Book


Here comes another great photo book deal, this time even better than the last one I posted! As a bonus, I am giving you THREE days to complete it this time, rather than one day like I did last time.


Go to Shutterfly's website, create an 8x8 hardcover book, and when you pay enter the promo code: RXV4-CV37-9YZR-YUN31Z
This is a value of up to $29.99- great deal! You will have to pay shipping, but I recall it being less than $10. I plan on doing one to highlight my children's photos that they recently took. It's very easy to upload photos from your computer and Shutterfly does most of the work, arranging the pictures for you. If you choose to customize it or add text, that is more work, but still not too bad.
Be sure to order the right size and type- 8x8 hardcover, or you may not get the promotional pricing. Deadline is Wednesday, August 24th, so don't delay too long!

Star News vs. News and Observer Round Seven!



Judging from thickness of the inserts alone, I'm placing my bet this week with the Raleigh News and Observer having more coupons. Of course, I was totally wrong last week because I bet on the Raleigh paper when the Wilmington paper actually had more. Let's see if I'm right again.

Raleigh News and Observer- Sunday, August 21, 2011- 1 Insert- Smart Source

Velveeta Cheesy $1.00 off of one
Dole Fruit Bowls Natural Fruit $.50 off of two packages
Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Morsels $.50 off of one
Yoplait Yogurt Cups $.40 off of six
Welch's Fruit Snacks or Fruit and Yogurt Snacks $.40 off of one
Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Dressing $1.00 off of one
Hidden Valley Salad Kit $1.00 off of one
Glad Food Storage Products $1.00 off of two
Clorox Bleach $.25 off of one
Brita Picher or Faucet Mount System $4.00 off of one
Brita Bottle Water Filtration Sysem $1.00 off of one
KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauces and Marinades $.50 off of one
Kingsford Match light Charcoal 6.3 lbs or larger $1.00 off of one
Morton Season-All $.55 off of one
Assorted Clorox, Tilex, Pine-Sol Cleaners $1.00 off of two
Clorox Wipes $.25 off of one
409 All Purpose Cleaner $.50 off of one
Chiquita Bites Family or Multi pack Apples $1 off of one
Chiquita Bites $1 off of two Bites Singles or 2 Duos
Planters Peanut Butter $.75 off of one
Mueller's Whole Grain Pasta $.55 off of one
Heinz Ketchup $.50 off of one
Ore-Ida Products $1.00 off of three
Tyson Frozen Chicken Nugget Bags $1.00 off of one
Buddig Original Sandwich Meat $.55 off of two
Hershey's Milk Chocolate $1.00 off of two
Dannon or Stonyfield OIKOS yogurt $.50 off of two
Jose Ole Items 16 oz or larger $1.50 off of one
French's Worcestershire Sauce $.75 off of one
French's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce $.75 off of one
Bob Evans Refrigerated Sides $.40 off of one
Bob Evans Refrigerated Sides $1.00 off of two
Bob Evans Sausage Patties or Links $.75 off of one
Excedrin 20 ct or larger $.75 off of one
Excedrin 80 ct or larger $1.50 off of one
Triaminic Fever Reducer Products $1 off of one
Mitchum Deoderant $1 off of one
Brach's Products $.75 off of two
Clear Care Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution $3.00 off of one twin pack
Cpach Brand Products $1.00 off of one
Johnson and Johnson Red Cross Brand Products $1.50 off of two
Glade Press and Spray Starter Kit $1.00 off of one
Glade Sense and Spray Refills $1.00 off of two
Wisk Laundry Detergent 45 oz or larger $2.00 off of one
Glade Decor Scents Electric Warmer $1.00 off of one
Glade Decor Scents Glass Holder $1.00 off of one
Glade Decor Scents Refill Pack $1.00 off of one
Glade Plug-ins Scented Oil Twin Refill or Two single Refills $1.00 off
Glade 4 oz jar candles $.75 off of two
Glade Scented Oil Candles holder or Two refills $1.00 off of one
Glade Premium Room Spray $.55 off of one
Scrubbing Bubbles Active Scrub Cream Cleanser $1.00 off of one
Hot Pockets $.75 off of three boxes
Lance Cracker Creations $1.00 off of one
Purina Friskies Crispies $1.00 off of one
Purina One dry Dog Food or Beyond Dog Food any size $2.00 off of one
Purina One Cat Food or Purina One Beyond Cat Food any size any variety $2.00 off of one
Stayfree Products $1.00 off of any one
Carefree Products $.50 off of any one
OB Tampons Product $1.00 off of any one
Purina Beggin' Strips $1.00 off of two
Purina Alpo Come and Get it $1.00 off of one bag
Purina Alpo come and get it $1.00 off of one bag
Pantene Products $1.00 off of two
Act 16.9 oz or larger bottles $1.00 off of one
Claritin Non Drowsy 4 oz or 10-count or larger $2.00 off of one
Claritin Non-Drowsy 15 count or larger $4.00 off of one
Claritin Non Drowsy 45 count or larger $6.00 off of one THIS WEEK ONLY!

Total Value: $75.90

Wilmington Star News Coupons, August 21, 2011- One Smart Source Insert

Velveeta Cheesy $1.00 off of one
Welch's Fruit Snacks or Fruit and Yogurt Snacks $.40 off of onePlanters Peanut Butter $.75 off of one
Mueller's Whole Grain Pasta $.55 off of one
Jose Ole Items 16 oz or larger $1.50 off of one
French's Worcestershire Sauce $.75 off of one
French's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce $.75 off of one
Mitchum Deoderant $1 off of one
Clear Care Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution $3.00 off of one twin pack
Lance Cracker Creations $1.00 off of one
Pantene Products $1.00 off of two


Total Value: $11.70


Well, the obvious winner here is the Raleigh News and Observer. I'm sorry, but the amount of coupons in the Wilmington Star News today was quite lacking. Unless you can get it for free, I wouldn't even bother with it this week, especially since it didn't have any different coupons from the Raleigh paper. One positive is the Planters Peanut Butter coupons; I'm excited about using those. The $.75 off will double to $1.50 off at Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter, so if you wait for it to go on sale, you should be able to get it for either free or less than $1. 


Another plus about this week's coupons is that many have long expiration dates. That is to say, they don't expire for a month or longer. Until next week!



Harris Teeter Sunday Specials!


Well, this is a first for me! I just posted yesterday about how grocery stores offer weekend and Saturday specials, but this morning I got an e-mail about Harris Teeter EVIC- SUNDAY specials! If you haven't signed up for EVIC at Harris Teeter (their e-mail special deals program), then you must! Each week you will get special deals e-mailed to you. They are tailored specifically to your shopper card, although I have found that many of the specials are the same, particularly the Saturday and now, Sunday specials.


Are these Sunday specials something that Harris Teeter will be doing often? I don't know, but I sure will take advantage of it today!


Below are the Sunday specials that I was offered, along with some coupon match-ups that are out there to make them even lower. Remember, these are Sunday only, so be sure to get them if you can drop by the store for a second. Let me know if your Sunday specials are different from mine.

59 ounce Tropicana Orange Juice- $1.97 each (limit 2) *There was a $1 off of 2 coupon in the July 10th newspaper, making this only $1.47 each (great deal- these are normally expensive OJs). There was also a coupon in the August All You Magazine for $1 off of 1, making the OJ only $.97!

12.25 ounce Honey Nut Cheerios- $1.77 (limit 2) *There have been multiple General Mills coupons in the Sunday papers lately, so check your binder. I know one came out on July 22 for $1 off of 2. Also, click here for Cheerios coupon that should also work!

Tombstone Pizza (limit 2) Here is a printable coupon for $1.50 off of 3.

5 pound Birchwood 100% Ground Beef Patties (limit 2)

I'm not a huge frozen pizza fan, but I do like to keep some around for nights that I don't feel like cooking. It's a nice way to fight off any temptations to eat out! Even ordering pizza with a coupon won't beat the above price of $1.77 per pizza!

Let's keep our fingers crossed that Harris Teeter will offer Sunday specials again in the near future!

Friday, August 19, 2011

What's on my Grocery List


I tend to shop on the weekends because often the grocery stores have weekend sales in addition to their normal weekly sales. Harris Teeter has a Saturday special every Saturday, and it's usually definitely worth attending. Normally the Saturday special consists of one or two items that are extremely deeply discounted. That is how I often get toilet paper or paper towels; almost each month Harris Teeter has a Saturday special for toilet paper or paper towels, so I just wait for the sale and buy it then.


Lowes Foods and Food Lion tend to have three day or weekend sales. One difference is that their weekend sales last three days versus Harris Teeter's one day Saturday special. Also, there are usually several items on discount during the Lowes Foods and Food Lion weekend sales. This weekend has great weekend sales from both stores, so be sure to check out the flyer.


So, what's on my grocery list this weekend? I'm going to Harris Teeter on Saturday; check out some of the items that I definitely plan to buy!


Minute Maid 10 count 100% Juice Boxes- (Saturday Special) $1.77 minus my $1 off coupon from Delly's Deals coupons make it only $.77 each)!
Hefty One Zip Freezer and Storage Bags- BOGO sale $2.89 minus my $1 off coupon from newspaper)- these will end up costing me only $.94 each)
Betty Crocker Cake Mix and Frosting- $3.84- $.75 off coupon from paper= $2.34 for both
Peter Pan Peanut Butter- $2.00-$.50 off coupon from the paper which doubles= $1 for the peanut butter
McCormick Taco Seasoning (EVIC Special) $.25 each; I'm buying two
Harris Teeter Brand Apple Sauce 6 pack- BOGO for $1.99- makes it only $.99 each pack!
Harris Teeter Dozen Large Eggs- BOGO $1.99- makes it only $.99 per dozen- AWESOME deal- stock up!
Arnolds Wide Pan Honey Wheat Bread- BOGO sale $4.29- makes it $2.14 each loaf
Harris Teeter Pre-Sliced Deli Meats and Cheeses- $2.39 each
Sara Lee Bread Loaf- on sale for $1.99 I think- $.55 off coupon from paper makes it only $.89 per loaf!
Lucky Charms EVIC Special $1.97 I have coupon for $1 off of two, making them $1.50 each
Snackwells Snacks EVIC Special $1.47 My coupon for $.75 doubles, making them FREE!
Harris Teeter 4 count Bath Tissue- BOGO (I don't need toilet paper now, but I always get it when I see a sale)
Smuckers Jelly (the BIG one) on sale for $1.37 My coupon for $.55 doubles, making it only $.27

I also plan to price check Crest toothpaste, as I have a $.75 off coupon from the Proctor and Gamble insert plus a digital coupon for $.75 off, totaling $2.25 in discounts towards one box. Considering the discount, I should end up paying very little for the toothpaste, if not getting it for free. 


I'm not buying any meat, other than deli turkey, because I am pretty stocked up on meat in my deep freezer. I will say that I saw some awesome deals on meats this week at all three of the stores, and I may do a separate post about that. Again, check your flyer for details.


Finally, I did notice a great deal on the Fruit Rollups and Fruit Snacks. They are EVIC special for Saturday, only $.97 each. There is a digital coupon available for them, plus a coupon from the Sunday paper a few weeks back, making them free. I don't buy those for myself or my kids, but if you do, this is certainly the weekend to get them!


What's on your list this weekend?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Best Tip on Meat this Week



One of the things that I love about interacting on Facebook and my website is the collective advice that I get from readers and fans. Everyone has something to contribute and I often learn the neatest things!



Dianne W., who attended my workshop on Saturday, wrote me an e-mail thanking me for the workshop and also offering a wonderful tip on saving on meat. I really can't put it any better myself, so I'm going to directly quote her below:




Here is the Best Deal on meat this week. Food Lion is offering sirloin tips for $2.28 lb. The butcher will cut it into whatever you like. Ground sirloin,stew beef,cube steak,sirloin steak,roast !!! Any of these would cost over $4.00 lb. normally!!! And the ground beef is premium lean meat near 98-99% fat-free. Much healthier! Also, upon request, the butcher will wrap the meat in individual packages,ready to go into your freezer! Therefore, saving you time and money of repackaging when you get home! I try to purchase enough to last until the next sale [normally two whole tips will be enough]. Again, thank you for sharing your information,and helping all your students better the lives of our families. 


Thank you Dianne for your nice comments and for sharing your meat-saving expertise with all of us! The price on meat that she quoted is available through tonight at Food Lion, so hop on over and try out Dianne's tip!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Star News vs. News and Observer Round Six!

This is my sixth week of comparing the two newspapers to see which has more coupons! So far the Raleigh News and Observer has consistently had more coupons than the Wilmington Star News, with the exception of one week.


Below is the list of all coupons in each paper today. I feel a little guilty about placing my bet with the Raleigh paper because I would love to be loyal to Wilmington!

Wilmington Star News Coupons Sunday, August 14th (2 inserts)


Red Plum Insert

Suave Professionals Shampoo or Conditioner 28 oz or larger Buy Get One Suave Product Free
Suave Men Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styling Products $.50 off of two
Suave Kids Shampoo or Conditioner $.50 off of two
Suave Body Lotion $1.00 off of one
Suave Body Wash Products Buy 2 Get one free
Suave Deoderant $.50 off of one
Loreal Haircolor Product $2 off of one
Loreal Haircolor Products $5 off of two
Cheer Detergent $.50 off of one
Era Detergent $.50 off of one
Superpretzel $.50 off of one
Luigi's Italian Ice $.50 off of one
Gain Detergent $1.00 off of one
Gain Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheets $.50 off of one
Gain Dishwashing Liquid $.50 off of one
Febreeze with Gain $1.00 off of one
Mr. Clean Liquid or Spray $.50 off of one
Nature Luxe Covergirl Products $5.00 off of two


Smart Source Insert (Wilmington Star News)
Post it Label Products $2.00 off of $5.00 purchase
Post it Super Sticky Notes $1.00 off of $5.00 purchase
Post it Tab, Flag or Pocket Pouch Product $2.00 off of $5.00 purchase
Post-it Note Dispenser $2.00 off of $5.00
Phillips Norelco Sensotouch Razors $30.00
General Mills Cereals $1.00 off of two
UP2U Mentos Gum $1.00 off of two
UP2U Mentos Gum 3 pack $1.00 off of one
A1 $1.00 off of one 10 oz. bottle
Reynold's Wrap Foil $.55 off of one
Pullups $1.00 off of one
Pullups Flushable Wipes $1.00 off of one
Playtex Sport Body Wipes $1.00 off of one
Welch's 64 oz grape juice $1.00 off of one
Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra Starter Kit $4.00 off of one
Airwick Freshmatic Ultra Refill Buy Two Get One FREE
Air Wick Scented Oil Double Fresh Warmer $1.00 off of one
Air Wick Freshmatic Compact Refill $1.50 off of one
Air Wick Flip and Fresh $1.00 off of one
Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons $2.00 off of one
Cottonnelle Toilet Paper $.75 off of two, 4-packs or one 12-pack
Cottonnelle Flushable Moist Wipes $.75 off of two
Pilgrim's Frozen Fully Cooked Chicken $2.00 off of one
Excedrin $1.50 80ct or larger
Pert Plus 3-in-one or 2-in-one $1.00 off of one
Sure Anti-persperant or Deoderant $1.00 off of one
Scott Bath Tissue $1.00 off of 8 or more rolls
Scott Paper Towels $1.00 off of four or more rolls
Dentek Floss Pick $1.00 off of $2.00 or more
Dentek Dental Guard $3.00 off of one
El Monterrey Mexican Snacks $.75 off of one bag
Schick Disposable Razor Package $1.00 off of one
ActiFade or SkinZinc product $5 off of one at CVS (can probably redeem at any drugstore)

Total Value of Wilmington Star News Coupons: $99.25 ($30 of which is from the Norelco Razor coupon) 

Raleigh News and Observer Coupon List- One Insert- Red Plum

Sara Lee Bread $.55 off of one 20 oz or larger
Hillshire Far LunchMeat $.35 off of one
Hillshire Farm Rope or Link Saussage $.75 off of two
Milo's Kitchen Dog Treats $1.00 off of one 3.3 oz or larger
Milo's KitchenDog Dreams $1.50 off of one 10 oz or larger
Milk-Bone Dog Snacks $1.50 off of two
Milk-Bone Healthy Favorites Dog Snacks $1.00 off of one
Pup-Peroni $1.50 off of two
Snausages or Snaw Somes Dog Snacks $1.50 off of two
Suave Professionals Shampoo or Conditioner 28 oz or larger Buy Get One Suave Product Free
Suave Men Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styling Products $.50 off of two
Suave Kids Shampoo or Conditioner $.50 off of two
Suave Body Lotion $1.00 off of one
Suave Body Wash Products Buy 2 Get one free
Suave Deoderant $.50 off of one
Hefty One Zip Bags $1.00 off of two
Brawny $.50 off of one 2-roll packages
Clearasil $1.00 off of one
Tennessee Pride Breakfast Sandwich Products $1.00 off of one
Loreal Haircolor Product $2 off of one
Loreal Haircolor Products $5 off of two
Vanity Fair Napkins $.55 off of one
Vanity Fair Plates $.55 off of one
Vanity Fair Hand Towels $1.00 off of one
Angel Soft 6-count Double Roll or larger $.50 off of one package
Gain Detergent $1.00 off of one
Gain Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheets $.50 off of one
Gain Dishwashing Liquid $.50 off of one
Febreeze with Gain Product $1.00 off of one
Mr Clean Liquid or Spray $.50 off of one
Cheer Detergent $.50 off of one
Era Detergent $.50 off of one
Swiffer Refills (Target coupon) $1.50 off of two
Swiffer Starter (Target coupon) Kit $2 off of any one
Olay Regenerist Make-up $3.00 off of one
Various Olay Products (including Bodywash) Buy one get one free
Superpretzel $.50 off of one
Luigi's Italian Ice $.50 off of one
Nature's Bounty Vitamin Supplement $1.00 off of one (says Kroger but will work anywhere)
Flex-a-min $3.00 off of one (says Kroger but will work anywhere)
StarKist SeaSations Entrees $1.00 off of two
Advil $2.00 off of one bottle (various products)
Children's Advil, Dimetapp, Robitussin, Advil Congestion Relief $1.00 off of one bottle or package
Centrum $2.00 off of one
Various Phizer Medicines (BIG list- see ad!) $5.00 off of three bottles
Covergirl Natureluxe $5.00 off of two

Total Raleigh News and Observer Dollar Value: $61.75


See, this is why I don't gamble! Although the odds were stacked against it, the Wilmington Star News Newspaper had MORE coupons this week than the Raleigh paper. Going by sheer dollar value alone, I would buy it this week, especially since you can get it at the Dollar Tree for only $1. 



However, as always, there were different coupons in each paper, so for variety sake, I would get both. I liked the Sara Lee Bread coupon that was in the Raleigh paper as well as the Welch's coupon that was in the Raleigh paper, both of which were not in the Wilmington paper. That Welch's coupon will super double at Harris Teeter through Tuesday night, making it a pretty good deal.

Until next week!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Amazing Lysol Promotion at Harris Teeter!

If you haven't done the Lysol promotion at Harris Teeter, you MUST! It lasts through Tuesday night, so you still have plenty of time. It works best if you bought two copies of last week's Sunday paper; there were two pages full of Lysol coupons in the Smart Source insert that allow you to get this great deal. Take a look:

                                  I got all of these cleaning products for only $3.91 plus tax!!!!


Want to know how I did it? I will show you so you can grab the deal, too!


Harris Teeter is running a promo this week where if you buy $20 worth of Lysol products, you get $5 off your bill automatically at the register. Even better is that the Lysol products are on sale AND there were matching coupons in last week's Sunday paper (there are also some coupons on my database if you search "Lysol"). 


The great thing about the promo is that once you buy $20 worth of Lysol products, you will get the $5 credit, EVEN if you use coupons to lower the actual amount you pay. So I bought:

4 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners (on sale for $1.50 each)
4 Lysol Antibacterial Wipes (on sale for $1.79 each)
4 Lysol Kitchen Spray Cleaners (on sale for $1.69)
1 Lysol Antibacterial Fabric Mist (on sale for $2.99)


Total: $22.91


At the register, $5 came off automatically for the promotion.


I then redeemed 7 coupons, all for $1 off. Since this was Super Double week, they doubled to $14 off!!!!


$22.91- $5- $14= $3.91!!!! I SAVED $41.94 (this was on my receipt)


Now THAT's what I call a great deal! Not even the dollar store can beat that. Since I bought 13 items, they averaged $.30 a piece. I personally love the Lysol toilet bowl cleaners, too, so I was very happy to stock up.

One annoying thing is that I had to pay $1.12 tax. That is because the tax is configured on the PRE-coupon amount, not what you pay after coupons. Bummer, I know. But, it is still a great deal!


As a side note, the Harris Teeter Mayfaire had plenty in stock; hopefully they will stock up some more this week. The Harris Teeter in Ogden was out of the wipes, so I had to go up the road to complete the deal. 


Let me know if you are able to get this great deal, too!



More Super Double Deals Lists

 
Jenny, from Southern Savers, always makes lists of the deals that you can find during Harris Teeter Super Double coupon week. The lists are not perfect; they won't include EVERY deal that can be found, but they do alert you to many of the deals.


The nice thing about her lists is that you can actually click each deal that you would like to find and then print out a shopping list, all from her web site. She also lists coupon matchups to the deals so that you can go to your coupon box, bin, or binders and find the matching coupons. Take note of all the items with the acorns posted beside them; those are the super great deals.

Keep in mind that when Jenny posts a deal, SO many people see it! There are over a million users of her website. For this reason, it's a toss of the dice as to whether your store will have the item in stock. Quite often deals that she posts are sold out, unless it's just something that the store recently restocked or that they have a lot in stock anyway. I tend to do better finding my own deals that she didn't post, using my own coupons, but it doesn't hurt to look for items that she posts as well.


Here is a list of more great deals from Harris Teeter Super Doubles!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Super Double Deals Trip One!

                                                All of this cost me $8.00 and change.

I did a small Super Double Coupons trip at Harris Teeter this morning. Unfortunately, it got cut short because my husband had to go to this pesky little place called work! I made him late for work yesterday because I was in the store that morning, so I promised him I would get home on time today. Therefore, I only had about thirty minutes to shop, so I got a few items that I really wanted. Several items were free and others were significantly discounted; I only spent $8 and some change. I used coupons on EVERYTHING, and they all doubled.


Free items:
2 Carpet Fresh Rug and Room Deoderizer
2 Mueller's Whole Grain Spaghetti
2 Oscar Meyer Lunchables


Other Great Deals I Got:
2 Bailey's Coffee Creamers ($.59 after coupon)
4 Wholly Guacamole Products ($.79 each after coupon)
1 Old El Paso Taco Dinner Kit ($.30 after coupon)
1 Old El Paso Tortilla Stuffers Kit ($.50 after coupon)
2 Oscar Meyer Bun-Sized Weiners ($1.00 each after coupon)


If you would like these same coupons, use my coupon database (see top of my blog) to search for matching coupons. Several of them came from it!

I was pleased but I will definitely be back later for more!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

EVIC Coupon Deals!



Digital coupons are such a great resource! Harris Teeter has it's own digital coupon program, called EVIC coupons. You can access it after you sign up for EVIC on the Harris Teeter website. They will email you each week with a link to click on for their digital coupons. Simply click the coupons you want and they are uploaded to your shopper card (VIC card) and come off when you buy the item. 


EVIC coupons do not double but Harris Teeter is very generous and allows you to combine EVIC coupons with a paper coupon! This makes for some super awesome deals! Here are a few EVIC coupon deals that I got this week and I suggest that you try them, too! 


Gillettte Bodywash for Men (my husband LOVES this stuff)


Sale Price: $2.99
EVIC digital coupon: $2.00 off
Proctor and Gamble Insert Coupon: $2.00 off
Final Price: FREE


This made the bodywash free, plus overage. Too bad Harris Teeter won't let me keep the change!


Duracell Batteries 8 pack


Sale Price: $5.99
EVIC special: $2.00 off
EVIC digital coupon: $.75
Proctor and Gamble Insert Coupon: $.75 (doubles to $1.50 off)
Final Price: $1.74 for 8 pack of batteries!


Crest Pro-Glide Floss
Sale Price: $2.99
EVIC digital coupon: $.75 off
Proctor and Gamble Insert Coupon: $.75 (doubles to $1.50 off)
Final Price: $.74 for some awesome floss!




These are just three examples but there are so many more deals out there to be had by combining Harris Teeter digital (EVIC) coupons with your paper coupons. So if you haven't already, start clicking!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Super Double Deals at Harris Teeter


For those who don't know, Super Double coupon week will start at Harris Teeter this Wednesday, August 10th! It's a very exciting week for couponers because it offers a chance to get some great deals in the store, getting many items for free or less than $1. 

Super Doubles means that the store will double coupons that are between $1.00 and $1.98. So, $1 off coupons double to $2.00 off and $1.50 coupons double to $3.00 off. Those are great numbers! I started this weekend pulling any $1 and $1.00 off coupons that I wanted to use to get ready.


A warning- sometimes items sell out quickly during this week, so I say keep a positive attitude and don't expect to get EVERY free or great deal. Going early helps- Harris Teeter starts doubling Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., so if you are there early, you're likely to get the items before everyone else does. 


You can get rain checks for missing items, however keep in mind that if the item is not in stock before Super doubles ends, then your coupon won't super double. What you could do is hold the rain check and coupon and maybe you could use them the next time Super Doubles comes around, probably in about six weeks, provided that the coupon hasn't expired.


Want to get a sneak peak of all the deals? Jenny from Southern Savers has posted a super awesome super double deals list on her website at Southern Savers. Also, try this list from Mom on Dealz with a few great deals that you might be able to snag, too (Thanks, Tracy for the link)! Get ready- it's going to be a fun week!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Star News vs. News and Observer Round Five!


Well, it really isn't even a competition at this point, but for lack of a better title, I decided to do a round five against the Star News and News and Observer papers. The Raleigh paper did have more coupons, although there were a few different ones in the Wilmington paper that were not in the Raleigh paper. I personally bought two of the Raleigh and one Wilmington this morning. If you need help finding the Raleigh paper, see Where to find the Raleigh News and Observer in Southeastern NC to help you.

Below is a list of the coupons that came in each paper this morning!

Wilmington Star News Coupons August 7th, 2011

Red Plum Insert


Smuckers Fruit Spread Product $.55 off of one
Sara Lee Sweet Goods Product $1.00 off of one
Hefty's Waverly Paper Plates, Plastic Cups or Napkins $1.00 off of two
Loreal Skincare $3.00 off of two
Loreal Skincare $1.00 off of one
Loreal Paris Infalible Lip Product $2 off of one
Loreal Paris Lip Product $1 off of one
I-cool for Menopause $2.00 off of one
Herbal Essences or Aussie Product $1.00 off of one

Smart Source Insert #1 of 2

General Mills Cereals $1.00 off of three
Yoplait Frozen Smoothie $.75 off of one
Nature Valley Granola Thins $.75 off of one
Nature Valley Granola Bars or Nut Clusters $.75 off of two
Fiber One Bars, 90 Calorie Chewy Bars or Brownies $.40 off of one
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks $.50 off of two
Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams, Chex Mix or Milk n Cereal Treats $.50 off of one
Fiber One 90 calorie Brownies $.75 off of one
Yoplait Yogurt $.40 off of six cups
Yoplait Yogurt $.50 off of eight cups
Yoplait Light Parfait Yogurt $.75 off of one
Progresso Soups $1.00 off of four cans
Old El Paso Tortilla Stuffers $1.00 off of one
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls or Grands $.50 off of two
Pillsbury Grands Biscuits $.30 off of two
Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Crust $.40 off of one WYB Pillsbury Breadsticks, Loaves or Dinner Rolls
Pillsbury Cookie Dough $.75 off of two
Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls $.75 off of two
Pillsbury Toaster Strudels $.50 off of two
Totinos Party Pizza $.60 off of three
Totinos Pizza Rolls Snacks $.40 off of two
Pillsbury Sweet Moments Deserts $1.00 off of one
Yoplait Yogurt Multipacks $.50 off of one
Yoplait Yogurt 4-pack $.50 off of one
Betty Crocker Brownie or Dessert Bar Mix $.75 off of two
Betty Crocker Cake Mix and Icing $.75 off when you buy one of each
Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Pouch $.40 off of one
Chex Mix 4.5 oz or larger or 100 Calorie Snacks $.50 off of two
Bisquick $.50 off of one
Hamburger Helper $1.00 off of five
Hamburger Helper $1.00 off of five (duplicate coupon)
Yoplait Kids Yogurts $.75 off of two
Yoplait Kids Yogurt $.75 off of two (duplicate coupon)

Smart Source Insert #2 Wilmington Paper

Tysons Anytizers Snacks $1.00 off of one bag
Tysons Anytizers Snacks $1.00 off of one bag
Totinos Pizza Stuffers $.75 off of one box
Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Bimbo Bread Loaf $.50 off WYB both
Mariani Dried Fruit Snack $.75 off of one
Carolina Pride Jumbo Franks $.50 off of one
Carolina Pride Bun-Size Franks $.50 off of one
Woolite Detergent $1.00 off of one 50 oz or larger
Ban Deoderant Solid $1.00 off of one
Ban Deoderant 1.5 oz or larger $.40 off of one
Scotch Packaging Tape $.50 off of one roll
Scotch Easy Grip Dispenser $2.00 off of one
Activia Selects $1.00 off of three
Activia 12- pack $1.00 off of one
Weight Watchers Smart Ones $1.00 off of two
Weight Watchers Smart Ones $3.00 off of ten
Philadelphia Minis $.50 off of one
Oscar Meyer Carving Board Meats $1.00 off of one
Clairol Hair Color $2.00 off of one
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes $1.00 off of two
Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System $3.00 off of one
Lysol Neutra-Air Fabric Mist or Can $1.00 off of one
Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners $1.00 off of two
Lysol Products Buy two and get one Lysol Wipes FREE
Lysol Bathroom or All-Purpose Cleaners $1.00 off of two
Lysol Disinfectant Spray $1.00 off of one
Nabisco Cookies or Crackers $.75 off of one
Phillips Sonicare DiamondClean, FlexCare or FlexCare Rechargeable Toothbrush $15.00 off of one
Phillips Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush $10.00 off of one
Phillips Multipack Brush Heads or Soniccare Xtreme Toothbrush $5.00 off of one
Mayfield Superscoops $1.00 off of one
Schick Hydro Razor $2.00 off of one
Schick Hydro Refill $2.00 off of one
Schick Hydro Shave Gel $.75 off of one

Total Value of Wilmington Coupons: $99.10


Raleigh News and Observer Coupons August 7th, 2011

Smart Source Insert
Avery Heavy Duty Binder $1.00 off of one
Totinos Pizza Stuffers $.75 off of one box
Activia Selects $1.00 off of three
Activia 12- pack $1.00 off of one
V8 100% Vegetable Juice 46 oz or larger $.50 off of two
V8 100% Vegetable Juice 5.5 oz or 11.5 oz can 6-pack $.50 off of one
V8 VFusion 46 oz Tea or 8 oz 6 pack cans $1.00 off of one
V8 V-Fusion 46 oz juice Variety $.50 off of one
Woolite Detergent $1.00 off of one 50 oz or larger
Beneful Healthy Fiest Bag $2.00 off of one
Purina Beneful Prepared Meals Buy 4 Get 2 Free
Purina Beneful Snackin Sllices $1.00 off of one
Fancy Feast Buy 3 Get 1 (3 oz cans)
Fancy Feast 3 oz cans $1.25 off of 30
Kotex Pads $2.00 off of two
Kotex Liners $1.50 off of two
Kotex Tampons $1.50 off of two
Pediasure $2.00 off of one
Ziploc Bags $1.00 off of two
Ziploc Containers $1.50 off of two
Chef Boyardee $.35 off of three cans or Microwave Bowls
Snack Pack Pudding Varieties $.45 off of three
Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Bimbo Bread Loaf $.50 off WYB both
Pam Cooking Spray $.35 off of one
Joint Juice $1.00 off of one
Nabisco Cookies or Crackers $.75 off of two
Dentyne, Stride or Trident Gum Multipacks $1.00 off of three

Ban Deoderant Solid $1.00 off of one
Ban Deoderant 1.5 oz or larger $.40 off of one
Phillips Sonicare DiamondClean, FlexCare or FlexCare Rechargeable Toothbrush $15.00 off of one
Phillips Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush $10.00 off of one
Phillips Multipack Brush Heads or Soniccare Xtreme Toothbrush $5.00 off of one
Clairol Hair Color $2.00 off of one
Zegerid OTC $3.00 off of one
Zegerid OTC $6.00 off of one 42 count
Hormel Compleats $.55 off of one
Command Products $.75 off of any one

Scotch Packaging Tape $.50 off of one roll
Scotch Easy Grip Dispenser $2.00 off of one

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes $1.00 off of two
Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System $3.00 off of one
Lysol Neutra-Air Fabric Mist or Can $1.00 off of one
Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners $1.00 off of two
Lysol Products Buy two and get one Lysol Wipes FREE
Lysol Bathroom or All-Purpose Cleaners $1.00 off of two
Lysol Disinfectant Spray $1.00 off of one
Scotch Pop-up Tape Products $1.00 off of one
Scotch Magic Tape Rolls $1.00 off of three
Scotch Magic Greener Tape Products $1.00 off of two
Scotch Magic Tape Products $1.00 off of three
Almond Breeze Almondmilk $.55 off of one carton
Dole Canned Juice 46 oz or 6 pack $.50 off of one
Tysons Anytizers Snacks $1.00 off of one bag
Tysons Anytizers Snacks $1.00 off of one bag

Schick Hydro Razor $2.00 off of one
Schick Hydro Refill $2.00 off of one
Schick Hydro Shave Gel $.75 off of one

Philadelphia Minis $.50 off of one
Oscar Meyer Carving Board Meats $1.00 off of one
Mariani Dried Fruit Snack $.75 off of one
Carolina Pride Jumbo Franks $50 off of one
Carolina Pride Bun-Size Franks $.50 off of one
Mayfield Superscoops $1.00 off of one
Paseo 12-roll Bathroom Tissue $1.00
Land-o-Lakes Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread $.75 off of one
Land-o-Lakes Spreadable Butter Products $.40 off of one
Land-o-Lakes Butter $.50 off of two
Land-o-Lakes Deli Cheese $1.00 off of one pound
Land-o-Lakes Deli Cheese $1.00 off of two packages
Alpine Lace Deli Cheese $1.00 off of one pound
Apline Lace Deli Cheese $1.00 off of two packages
GUM Oral Care Products $1.00 off of two

Raleigh News and Observer Red Plum Insert 8-7-11

Kelloggs Cereals $1.00 off of two
Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Bars $1.00 off of two
Kelloggs Eggo Frozen Products $1.00 off of two
Kelloggs Fruit Flavored Snacks $100 off of two
Keebler Cookies $1.00 off of two
Kelloggs Rice Krispies Treats $1.00 off of two
Morningstar VeggieFoods Products $1.00 off of two
Keebler and/or Sunshine Multipacks $1.00 off of two
Purex Laundry Detergent $.50 off of one 50 oz or larger
Dial Body Wash $1.00 off of two
Dial Bar or Liquid Hand Soap $.35 off of one
Renuzit Adjustables Buy 2 Get One Free
Loctite Control Super Glue $1.00 off of one
Soft Scrub $1.50 off of one
Loreal Skincare $3.00 off of two
Loreal Skincare $1.00 off of one
Loreal Paris Infalible Lip Product $2 off of one
Loreal Paris Lip Product $1 off of one
Mex-RX Big 100 Bars $2.00 off of two
Mex-RX Protein Plus Bars $2.00 off of two
Cesar Treats $1.00 off of one
Cesar Treats Buy Three Get One Free
Pedigree Dogfood 3.5 pound or larger $1.00 off of one
Pedigree Little Champions $1.00 off of one
Pedigree Treats for Dogs $1.00 off of one
Smuckers Fruit Spread Products $.55 off of one
Tropicana Pure Premium Product $1.00 off of one 59 oz.
Hefty Waverly Products $1.00 off of two
Zyrtec $6.00 off of one 24 ct. or larger (this week only)
Zyrtec $4.00 off of one 24 ct. or larger
Emerald Breakfast on the Go Product $1.00 off of one
Sara Lee Sweet Goods Product $1.00 off of one
Ball Park Buns $.55 off of one
Ball Park Angus Beef Franks $.75 off of one
Ball Park Franks $.75 off of two
Cramp 911 $1.00 off of one 4.5 ml
Cramp 911 $3.00 off of one 21 ml
Maybelline NY Mascara $1 off of one
Maybelline NY Eyeshadow or Eyeliner $1.00 off of one
Polident $2.00 off of one
Super Poligrip $1.00 off of one
Nature's Bounty Vitamin or Supplement $1.00 off of one
Nature's Bounty Co Q-10 Supplement $3.00 off of one
Nature's Bounty Letter Vitamin $2.00 off of one
Nature's Bounty Your Life Multivitamin $2.00 off of one
Flex-a-min Products $4.00 off of one
Sundown or Marvel Heroes Vitamin Supplement $1.00 off of one
Sundown Fish Oil or CoQ-10 $2.00 off of one
Osteo-Bi-Flex $7.00 off of one
Ester-C $2.00 off of one
Disney Vitamin $1.00 off of one
Perdue Short Cuts $1.00 off of one
Perdue Baked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Any Variety $.75 off of one
Herbal Essences or Aussie Products $1.00 off of one
I-Cool For Menopause $2.00 off of one
Five-Minute Facelift or 90 Second Eye Lift $10.00 off of one
IHOP at Home Frozen Breakfast Items $1.00 off of one
Five Star Products $1.00 off of two
Five Star Binder $2.00 off of one


Total Value of Raleigh Coupons: $203.25

Total Value of Wilmington Paper Coupons: $99.10


Well, again the Raleigh Newspaper had way more dollar value than the Wilmington Star Newspaper coupons today! There were $104.15 more dollar value in coupons in the Raleigh paper than the Wilmington paper, so dollar-for-dollar it is the best value.

I will say that if you want the variety you might want to buy both newspapers. For example, all the Betty Crocker, Yoplait and General Mills coupons and Pillsbury coupons were only in the Wilmington paper today, not the Raleigh paper.


We will meet again next week for another battle of the papers!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Where to Find the News and Observer

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Just in time for tomorrow's paper, I thought I would post on where you can find the Sunday Raleigh News and Observer. Many times it has more coupons than the local Wilmington Star News. I wish that were not the case, but I have been comparing the number of coupons in the past four weeks and 3 out of 4 weeks the Raleigh paper won.


The only negative is that it is hard to find! You also have to be up early to get it; many places sell out of it by 10:00 a.m. I always suggest that if you find that a store is running out frequently, speak to the manager and request that they order more. I did that at the store where I buy my paper; they have now doubled the amount of paper that the delivery guy drops off. Finally, if your local store doesn't carry it, suggest that they do! Let them know how much traffic having the Raleigh paper will bring to their store. I personally fill up on gas each week when I go to the Kangaroo that carries my Sunday paper, so it certainly drives more business for them!


Last week in the Raleigh Sunday paper they had an entire page showing where to find the Raleigh News and Observer in SE North Carolina! I was so excited to see this because people ask me this question all of the time. I presume it is up-to-date, since they published it last week (July 31st). Please notify me if there are any errors or if a store stops carrying it. Hopefully this will be helpful to some of you who have had a hard time finding it!


Where to Find the Raleigh News and Observer  
(by city or township, alphabetical order)

Calabash
Calabash Citgo
Granny Allyns Restaurant
PJ's Beverage Citgo
Sunrise Pancake House


Carolina Beach
Courtyard Marriot
Crown Fast-Fare
Food Lion
Gulf Stream Restaurant
Scotchman (2 locations)
Sea Merchant's Food Store


Hampstead
BP Convenience Store
Exxon C Store
Food Lion
Scotchman
Sawmill Grill
Topsail Country Store
Wilco Hess


Holden Beach
Beach Mart
Citgo
Exxon
Holden Beach General Store
Holden Beach Pier


Leland
Stuckey's HWY 17 (I can't believe this is the only place in Leland that carries it)!
The Salty Dog Exxon near WalMart


Long Beach/Oak Island/Yaupon
Beach Pantry
Beana's Kitchen
Captain Stanley's Restaurant
CJ's Corner Store
Doodle's
Flying Pig
Jiffy Bait and Tackle
Kangaroo Pantry #3167
Oak Island Restaurant
Russell's Place Restaurant


Ogden
Citgo (near Hardees on North Market)
Food Lion
Gordon Road
Harris Teeter
Kangaroo (Gordon Rd.)
Leon Ogden Restaurant
Ogden BP
Pop Store


Porter's Neck
Exxon
Food Lion (1 location)
Porty City Java
Yacht Club


Southport
Bald Head Ferry Landing
Bald Head Maritime Market
Citgo Coastal Car Wash
Erik's Restaurant
Family Dollar
Kangaroo Pantry #467
Port City Java
Surfers Restaurant


Sunset Beach
Bagel Shop on the Green
Citgo, Sunset Beach
Dollar General
Food Lion, Sunset Beach
Kangaroo (2 locations)
Market Express
Subway
Sunset Beach Condos


Supply
Post Office
Kangaroo


Wilmington BP (4 locations)
Barnes and Noble, Mayfaire
Boodles Restaurant
Books-A-Million
BP Pinevalley
Buy and Go Gas Exxon
Citgo Mart, Oleander
Crown Fast Fare (4 locations)
Dunkin Donuts
Food Lion, Landfall
General Store
Harris Teeter at Longleaf
Hess-Wilco, Oleander
Jimbo's
K&W Cafeteria
Kangaroo, Landfall
Kangaroo (near hospital)
Lowe's Foods (2 locations)
Port City Java, Market Street
Post Office, Front Street
Salt Works II Restaurant


Wrightsville Beach
Blockade Runner
BP Food Shop (1 location)
Causeway Cafe
Harris Teeter
Johnnie Mercer Pier
Middle of Isle
Oceanic Motel
Robert's Grocery
Shell Station
Sun Spree Resort
Sweet and Savory
Wings


Circulation Customer Service: 1-800-522-4205 I called and was told that you can subscribe to the Raleigh paper down here in SE North Carolina and they will mail it to you. However, the coupons will not be included :( Bummer! You can always call and check to see if they have changed the policy!