Papa Murphy’s take & bake cheese, pepperoni or sausage medium size for just $5!! SO THERE!
I’m mixing it up! Instead of store-by-store deals, I’m going to list by product category. I used to do this, and it became cumbersome when I was reporting “good” deals. My list has gotten smaller, though, as these are the “best” local grocery deals I see — not all the deals out there.
So if you want to quickly find seasonal deals, stock up, or donate to your local food pantry, these will get you to a happy place. These deals do include some processed foods that are requested by Project Hope, but they shouldn’t be consumed on a regular basis. THEY ARE DESPERATELY IN NEED OF CEREAL RIGHT NOW.
*FP = potential food pantry donation. Always need: cereal, mac & cheese, boxed potatoes, peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken.
PRODUCE:2# carrots .69 Aldi *FP 8 oz mushrooms .99 Aldi 5# red potatoes .99 Aldi *FP Florida grapefruit .29 each Aldi Del Monte bananas .29/# Aldi Braeburn apples 5# 2.99 BagNSave Fri-Sun only (.60/#) *FP 1# Dole baby carrots .88 Fareway *FP
MEATS:fresh whole chicken .99/# HyVee (see related article) boneless pork shoulder roast 1.99/# HyVee Jennie-O ground breakfast sausage chubs 2.50 HyVee – $1 insert coupon = 1.50 Jennie-O breakfast sausage links 1.50 Fareway – $1 insert coupon = .50 Jennie-O 2# pan roast 3.99 ($2/# prepared!) BagNSave
BREAD AND DAIRY:store half gallon orange juice .99 HyVee store 8 oz sour cream .58 HyVee Coupon Village Hearth 100% whole wheat bread 1.88 – .55 coupon HERE = 1.33 dozen large eggs .99 Fareway
FROZEN:store steamable vegs .88 HyVee Coupon store French fries $1 Baker’s
NON-PERISHABLES:M&Ms individual bags .50 HyVee Coupon – B2G1FREE insert coupon store baking soda .29 HyVee Coupon store pizza crust mix .29 HyVee Coupon *FP Jiffy corn muffin mix .39 HyVee Coupon *FP StarKist tuna .49 HyVee Coupon *FP Mrs. Grimes beans .38 HyVee coupon *FP store croutons .89 Aldi store couscous 1.49 Aldi Mission tortillas 17.5 oz $1 Baker’s RedGold 15 oz tomato sauce .34 SuperSaver wyb10 *FP RedGold diced 28 oz tomatoes .68 SuperSaver wyb10 *FP RedGold diced 14.5-15 oz tomatoes .37 SuperSaver wyb10 *FP Cheerios 11.25-14 oz 1.88 SuperSaver – various coupons HERE = as low as 1.23 *FP Hamburger Helper .88 SuperSaver – .75/3 coupon HERE = .63 each wyb3 *FP Barilla pasta .88 SuperSaver *FP Our Fam canned veg 3/$1 BagNSave *FP Our Fam 8 oz tomato sauce 3/.89 BagNSave *FP Old Orchard 64 oz apple blends .99 Fareway – $1 coupon HERE = FREE! *FP store tomato or chicken noodle soup .39 Fareway *FP store refried beans .79 Fareway *FP Ortega taco shells 1.50 Fareway – $1/2 coupon HERE = $1 each wyb2 *FP
PAPER AND PERSONAL CARE:All detergent 2.49 Baker’s – $3/2 insert coupon = .99 each wyb2 *FP Snuggle softener 2.49 Baker’s – .50 insert coupon = 1.99 *FP Colgate toothpaste $1 Baker’s – .50 insert coupon = .50 *FP
I am reviewing where I price match (article in the works), and encourage you to do so wherever you are most comfortable. Don’t forget to print more coupons from – click on the STAR once you get there.
Sorry I’ve been remiss in tending to my blog. Again. I said I would try not to be, but I failed. Life goes on.
Sorry I haven’t had time to post the PM/FP deals. I’m going to post right after this, in a new format.
Sorry I have to report that Bag N Save may be on the naughty list this year! I’m waiting to hear back from them on their side of the story before I report.
Sorry I don’t have much in me these days. I feel very drained. There have been “issues” in our life that have demanded action, emotional and physical. And I gotta say, these ungodly winds just suck the energy right out of me.
Thanks for sticking with me, readers. More soon. Promise!
Boy, am I ever glad 2013 is behind us! I guess it really isn’t a magic day, when midnight strikes and it’s a clean slate. I guess it’s just a reminder that every new beginning is a chance to improve.
The word of the year is balance.
Here at Chez CT, the resolutions to improve include paying off some bills. And to make that happen, I’ll be focusing on income. Each of these actions relies on the other. And to do each of them, a balance is required between the “must-dos” in life and the reason for life: family, friends, relationships. It all works together. So this year, I’m keeping balance in the forefront. To wit:
- Starting and ending the day with prayer and study — bookends — and reminding myself frequently to keep my ultimate focus on things beyond paying bills.
- Keeping regular work hours, and making myself available to DH and #2 during those late afternoon through bedtime hours.
- Being consistent with the type and amount of work I do at home. Always a challenge for me. And hard to do when a simple phone call issue takes 2 hours to resolve. But I can make it work, have to make it work. Two (possibly more this year) income streams require tight scheduling and sticking to the plan.
- Keeping a regular exercise schedule. I’ve done it before, and I can do it again. I always feel better. This includes taking care of the shoulder issue which is soooo much better, but not quite back to prime.
- Planning dinner menus and making use of freezers and leftovers. This always saves sanity and money for us, but the two weeks over Christmas and New Year’s were chaotic and home eating schedules were, at best, “flexible.” Back to it!
- Continuing a balance in the pantries and freezers. Such an improvement in the last five months! Less is more, for sure! It encourages eating of more fresh produce and whole grains. And it ensures the higher quality of the foods I keep.
- Creating a work/play balance. This will take some doing, because I’ve never really paid attention to it when the boys were younger — it just naturally happened. But now I’m finding it’s a good idea to actually plan in the fun stuff. Oh, I can find the fun stuff to do, but doing it has not been a priority. Perhaps a vacation is doable this year?
One non-specific goal is to achieve a greater sense of peace about the changes Life is bringing. And another is to be smarter about how I work. Usually “er” words don’t count for much in goal-setting, but they keep me balanced with the goofy mistakes I make, and that’s what this year is all about.
Okay, so how am I going to do these things? Tools! I’ve discovered tools to help me in so many ways. And again I have to sing the praises of a smartypants phone!
- The Bible App by YouVersion. I’ve used the web version often for a few years now. The app lets me relax in a comfy chair with my morning coffee instead of sitting at my work station. And it reminds me, in case I just want to stay under the covers on sub-zero mornings.
- Calendar app standard on my android. Lets me enter my scheduled events easily (I love the interface) and alerts me to do what I need to do. So helpful!
- I haven’t found a tool to motivate me to exercise. But I am using the calendar to remind me.
- My tried and true system of menu planning still works for me. It’s a paper/pencil/calendar system, but I like it. And it’s posted so when they ask (and they will), “What are we having tonight?” I can say (and I do), “Check the menu calendar.”
- Ye Olde Budgete. With three of us eating at home now, I’m amazed at how low my food expenses are (until, y’know, the holidays). I’m still crunching the numbers, but they should keep me focused on saving every penny to pay down those bills. Cash, as per usual.
- Freezer cooking! There are so many e-resources, posts on this blog, and I have a digital cookbook, not to mention the paper ones, which include freezer cooking. Setting aside the time on the calendar to prepare ingredients, and to assemble that extra dish for cold storage, well, that’s part of the plan, too.
- Omaha Public Library app. Loving this to find books and hold materials — even renew them — on the go. Bam!
- My own CheapThrills list. Yes, I have to keep up on that. Hold me accountable, dear readers! It can be a great tool to find, plan and attend fun stuff in Omaha!
Balancing effort with outcome. Finding the right techniques that make life easier. Putting in enough to get enough out. Giving back what I’ve gained.
What are YOUR frugal goals this year?
From our pals at Old Orchard: “NEW! Cafe Mocha frozen concentrate is a convenient and economical way to enjoy Iced Coffee. The flavors of bold coffee and sweet chocolate combine for a delicious pick-me-up any time of day. Simply mix with water and serve over ice!” Looks like this was introduced in November.
This in their comments from them: “The Iced Coffee products are currently only available at Meijer stores. You can put in a request with your local store manager and let them know it’s something you’d like to see them stock.”
SO YOU ALL KNOW YOUR ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, RIGHT? Stock in Omaha, and coupons — GO!
Happy New Year! A new year, a new moon, a new month, a new grocery week, and a new opportunity to improve. Hope this post helps. These are the best local grocery deals I see — not all the deals out there. So if you want to stock up, or donate to your local food pantry, these will get you to a happy place. These deals do include some processed foods that are requested by Project Hope, but they shouldn’t be consumed on a regular basis.
*FP = potential food pantry donation. Always need: cereal, mac & cheese, boxed potatoes, peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken.
Aldi (all store brand)4-pk pears .99 6-oz blueberries (from where?) 1.49 Florida grapefruit .29 each 6-oz blackberries .99
BagNSave/NoFrillsDole bananas .39/#
select Big G cereals 1.85 – .60 coupon HERE = 1.25 *FP Jif peanut butter 1.99 *FP Crest Pro Health or Expression toothpaste 2.99 – $1 insert coupon = 1.99 – OR – .75 coupon HERE = 2.24 *FP Thurs-Sun: 1# bacon 1.88 (get some for the freezer)
Baker’sCalifornia mandarins 3# for 3.99 — if these are Halos, – .50 insert coupon = 3.49 *FP Roma tomatoes .99/# Softsoap 7.5 oz pumps .88 *FP
Fareway — Fareway wants to “help you keep your New Year’s Resolution!”….with chips, pizza and beer right below that claim. For whatever that’s worth to you.
SuperSaverIt’d be nice to get their ad with some consistency. Again. Little help here, readers?!
Hy VeeDole salad blends or kits 1.67 – $1 coupon HERE = .67 Sunbelt family size snack bars $2 – .55 coupon HERE = 1.45 *FP store brand 64 oz apple juice 1.38 *FP All laundry detergent 3.34 – $2/2 coupon HERE (*EXPIRES 1/3!!*) = 2.34 *FP store brand macaroni & cheese 3/$1 *FP
Remember to share your best deal or few in the comments.
I price match at No Frills/BagNSave, because they match store brands, produce and “choice” grade meats. They also carry Our Family brand as their store brand. Our Family coupons are HERE. Don’t forget to print more coupons from HERE – click on the STAR once you get there.
The anticipation is over. The lovely warmth of pre-Christmas activities, and the glowing star of Christmas, are glowing embers we’ll keep in our hearts all year long. It’s up to us to pass that spark along, and it’s our challenge to do it regularly in our daily lives.
We’ve done our best this season to quell the tide of materialism that would extinguish that ember. At our home, we cut back on the number of gifts we gave, and focused on giving things that would be truly appreciated down the road. No broken toys on December 26. No useless trinkets. Just nice gifts that showed we truly cared. Lo and behold! We stayed within our budget this year.
For my part, I provided love in the form of food (naturally), including modest feasts for our family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I did not scrimp, but did turn to homemade recipes, especially for the special dessert. Of course, I did not get a picture of it. My bad. But it was good. *
Our big splurge took us to SASMuseum (aka SAC Museum) in Ashland, where #1 (aka Army Man) requested we visit. Then we headed to Round The Bend Restaurant in South Bend for the steak dinner we promised him. Leftovers for days! The guys laughed when I put the chopped lettuce from the nachos in the to go box. But that was for my lunch today! (And we ran into our pastor friend and his family, also dining there, which was a nice coincidence.)
So, I have enough food in my fridge right now so that I probably wouldn’t have to cook for several days, except that we don’t like the same ole boring. I’ll be freezing some of it, transforming some of it, and doctoring others of it. Ham, anyone? Roast beast? How ’bout some medium rare petite sirloin and fries?
Here are some additional, new things we intentionally did this week to save:
- Cancelled an online order (they didn’t tell me it was out of stock till I inquired when it wasn’t delivered within two weeks!), and ordered the same item from another site for $10 less and free shipping! Total saved: $19.
- Used unexpected and expected bonuses to pay down the account for the new air conditioner.
- Walked away from tempting clothing deals this season, and just dressed up existing clothes.
- Pared down the Christmas card list. Actually, to be honest, they haven’t gone out yet. But the list is pared down! New Year’s greeting will be mailed in the next day or two.
- Decided not to have some car repairs done. Not major issues (yet), so DH will top off the fluids regularly. Savings: $700.
- Purchased a replacement side mirror for said car (which mirror shattered on the way home for some unknown reason) at Advance Auto Parts and will install ourselves. Savings: probably $50.
- Did another freezers/pantries inventory and will begin meal planning for January and beyond on Sunday.
- Walked in our neighborhood instead of driving to DH’s favorite Hitchock Park or Chalco Hills.
- Shared some thrift store purchases with Project Hope. They cost less than $1 each, and I passed them along so others could make use of them. Also, DH had some pants we donated, too. Project Hope serves one of the poorest communities in Omaha, offering clothing, books, food and other donated items.
Next week I’ll share Thrifty Next Year, The Resolution Edition, wherein I outline money-saving strategies for 2014. I have big dreams for next year, which is going to be so much better! I have a plan. We’re taking various steps to get there, even now. I’d also like to include more fun events on the thrifty side next year, so I’m trying to plan that in, as well. It’s a process, what can I say?
Right now we’re doing what we can, and what we have to do, to make things happen. Every penny counts, and I’m counting every penny!
* Special dessert bonus: One recipe of your favorite cake-like brownie batter, divided equally into two round cake pans, cooked till done. Cool them completely. Layer one brownie round, about an inch of softened peppermint (or vanilla if that’s all that’s on sale) ice cream, another brownie round. Cover and freeze a few hours. Cover with vanilla frosting and make it as smooth as you can. Sprinkle the top with two crushed candy canes. Lightly cover with two layers of plastic wrap. Freeze overnight or all day. To serve: take out of the freezer and let sit 15 minutes before cutting with a long, sharp knife. Serves 12. Promptly return uneaten portions (what’s that?) to the freezer, wrapped.