Thanksgiving Money Saving Tips

Posted on November 22nd, 2013 by Discount Debbie

 

Thanksgiving is many things to many people. But, if you have ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner in your home, you know that it is not cheap. So, here are a few tips to help cut some of the cost of hosting Thanksgiving in your home.

1. Turkey. Grocery stores often have amazing deals on turkey leading up to the big day. And, if you want to plan in advance, you can get even better deals the day after Thanksgiving. And, since you can freeze them for up to a year, you won’t have your turkey to worry about for next year’s big day.

Also, you know you will have leftovers, right? It’s a Thanksgiving given. So, there’s no need to buy too much turkey. Just buy enough for the number of people you are having over…unless you want to eat lots of leftovers :)

2. Decorations. Make your own decorations. There are lots of resources online and very simple ideas for those of us, like me, who are not naturally arts-n-crafts-inclined ;)

3. Potluck. Make your meal a potluck. People love to showcase their favorite foods and it’s a great way to save some money for you. You make the turkey, ham and your favorite dessert and allow others to bring sides and maybe extra dessert.

4. Leftovers. Plan on leftovers: soups, sandwiches, casseroles, pot pies. We are a big leftover home. So, I get excited about easy, money-saving meals to prepare after Thanksgiving.

 

These are just a few money-saving tips for the kickoff of the holiday season. What do you do to save money on Thanksgiving?


What’s Free With Coupons This Week

Posted on November 21st, 2013 by Coupon Cathy

Could you use a little help around the holidays? Maybe a few helpful holiday freebies? Who can’t?! This week’s freebie list offers some. You can get some cooking sauce and 12 ounces of fresh cranberries from Target to help you get you prepare your Thanksgiving meal one week from TODAY! (Can you believe that?!) And, maybe you can use some free Wasa Multigrain crispbread…to snack on while you cook. :) Then, you can pick up a couple of stocking stuffers too. Do you know anyone who might appreciate nail polish or an EcoTools bath poof? Those are great stocking stuffers! I’d love them to show up in my stocking! Come to think of it, you could just put them in your own ;) Whatever you decide, it can only help to get a few freebies at this time of the year!

 

WALGREENS

Buy 1 NeilMed Wound Wash, 5.98 oz $5.00
Buy 1, Receive $5.00 Register Reward
Pay $5.00, Receive $5.00 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

 

Buy 1 Sal de Uvas Picot Antacid, 12 ct $2.00
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Pay $2.00, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

 

Buy 1 Homeostasis Diabetic Direct Immune or Calcium Boost, 20 ct $5.99
Buy 1, Receive $5.99 Register Reward
Pay $5.99, Receive $5.99 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

 

CVS

Buy 1 Bayer Contour or Contour Next EZ $9.99
Buy 1, Receive $9.99 ExtraBucks, Limit 1 
Pay $9.99, Receive $9.99 ExtraBucks
Final Price: Free

 

RITE AID

Buy 1 Total Toothpaste, 4.2 oz $2.99
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2
Use one $1.00/1 Colgate Total Advanced, Optic White or Sensitive Toothpaste, 4 oz or larger, Limit 4 same coupons in same transaction from SS 11/10 (exp 11/23)
Pay $1.99, Receive $2.00 +Up Reward
Final Price: $0.01 Moneymaker

 

Buy 1 Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color $0.99, regular price
40% Off
Use one $1.00/1 Wet n Wild, Fergie or Gift Set Product from RP 11/17 (exp 11/30)
Final Price: Free

 

TARGET

 

Buy 1 Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces, 13 oz $1.99, regular price
Use one $1.00/1 Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce from SS 11/10 (exp 1/15/14)
Or $1.00/1 Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce from SS 10/6 (exp 11/30)
And use one $1.00/1 – Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce, 13 oz, limit one coupon or offer per guest, Target Coupon – (target.com)
Final Price: Free

 

Buy 1 Fresh Cranberries, 12 oz $1.99
Use one $1.00/1 – Ocean Spray Fresh Cranberries, 12 oz – (facebook.com) if included
And use one $1.00/1 Fresh Fruit Purchase, $1.00 or more, Target Mobile Coupon (exp 11/27) Text PASTA to 827438 
And use 5% Off – Fresh Cranberries, Target Cartwheel Offer (exp 12/24) – (cartwheel.target.com) 
Final Price: Free

 

WALMART

Buy 1 Wet n Wild Nail Polish, 1 ct $1.00, regular price
Use one $1.00/1 Wet n Wild, Fergie or Gift Set Product from RP 11/17 (exp 11/30)
Final Price: Free

 

Buy 1 EcoTools Mini Bath Pouf $0.87, regular price
Use one $1.00/1 – EcoTools Product, any – (coupons.com)
Final Price: $0.13 Moneymaker

 

Buy 1 Rice Dream Beverage, 32 oz $1.98, regular price
Use one $2.00/1 – Dream Non-Dairy Beverage or Dessert – (couponfactory.com)
=Final Price: $0.02 Moneymaker

 

Buy 1 Advil PM Pain Relief, 4 ct $0.97, regular price
Use one $1.00/1 Advil PM Product, Limit 4 like coupons in same shopping trip from RP 10/13 (exp 12/12)
Final Price: $0.03 Moneymaker

 

Buy 1 Poise Absorbent Products Very Light Pantiliners, 24 ct $2.72, regular price
Buy 1, Earn up to $1.00 with Ibotta
Use one $2.00/1 – Poise Pads or Liners – (hopster.com)
Pay $0.72, Submit for $1.00 Ibotta Credit
Final Price: $0.28 Moneymaker

 

Wasa Multi Grain Crispbread, 9.7 oz $1.68, regular price
Buy 1 Wasa, Earn up to $1.00 with Ibotta
Use one $0.75/1 – Wasa Crispbreads – (hopster.com)
Pay $0.93, Submit for $1.00 Ibotta Credit
Final Price: $0.07 Moneymaker
Do you ever stuff your own stocking? ;)

Walmart Black Friday Deals

Posted on November 18th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

 

 

We are now less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving…and Black Friday. I have to admit that I’m torn about the Thursday night shopping. But, I thought I’d post the deals just in case you are going for it! Walmart has three categories of deals: Thursday from 6-8 p.m., Thursday from 8 p.m.- Midnight and Friday, November 29, through December 1. I’ve selected a few the hottest deals below. But, you can always check out the entire ad here.

 

Fenui 32 inch LED TV $98.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 


VIZIO® 60″ Class Smart LED HDTV $998.00, regular price

Save $310.00 Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Final Price: $688.00

 


Apple iPad Mini $299.00 regular price

Receive $100.00 Walmart Gift Car with Purchase, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Final Price: $199.00

 


XBox 360, 4 GB $179.00, regular price

Save $80.00 Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Final Price: $99.00

 

Call of Duty Ghosts – XBOX 360 $39.96, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Twilight DVD $1.99, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Blu-Ray $3.96, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Bissell® ProHeat® Pet Carpet Cleaner $159.98, regular price
Save $61.98 Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Final Price: $98.00

 


Shark® Steam Mop Lift Away $49.00, sale price

Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Eureka® Airspeed® One Turbo Upright Vacuum $38.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Dirt Devil® Gator 9.6-Volt Cordless Hand Vacuum $15.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Black & Decker® 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker $9.44, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Rubbermaid Takealongs 28 piece storage set $6.92, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

George Foreman Grill 5 $9.99 sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Crockpot, 6 qt $9.99, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Rival Waffle Maker $4.50, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Pyrex® 24-Pc. Glass Bake and Store Set $19.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Graco Travel System $99.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Compare at $152.99 at Amazon

 

Fisher-Price® Discover-n-Grow Jumbo Playmat $20.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Compare at $35.00 at Amazon

 

Razor RipRider $49.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Compare at $99.99 at Amazon

 

Razor Pro XX Scooter $77.00, regular price
Save $38.00 Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Final Price: $39.00
Compare at $72.99 at Amazon

 

Video Nerf™ Hail-Fire™ $37.98, regular price
Save $22.98, Thursday 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Final Price: $15.00

 


Fisher-Price 6-Volt Barbie Jeep $89.00, sale price

Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Disney® 6-Volt Quad Ride On $49.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Compare at $54.99 at Amazon

 

Disney Doc McStuffins Doll $15.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Compare at $20.73 at Amazon

 

Barbie Doll $5.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Compare at $8.88 at Amazon

 

Thomas & Friends Track Master 5-in-1 $39.97, regular price
Save $19.97 Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1
Final Price: $20.00

 

Disney Princess Play Roll Dress $10.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

Fisher-Price Growing Baby Infant Toys $5.00, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m.

 

Brother Sewing Machine $49.88, sale price
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Limit 1

 

 

Thursday, November 28 at 8 p.m.

Video Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Headphones $199.95, regular price
Save $85.00 Thursday, 8 p.m.-Midnight, Limit 1
Final Price: $114.95

 

Emerson 50 inch LED TV $498.00, regular price
Save $210.00 Thursday, 8 p.m.-Midnight, Limit 1
Final Price: $288.00

 

Samsung 51″ HGTV $478.00, regular price
Save $51.00 Thursday, 8 p.m.-Midnight, Limit 1
Final Price: $427.00

 

HP® 7″ Tablet $89.00, sale price
Thursday, 8 p.m.-Midnight, Limit 1

 

HP Deskjet 2514 All-in-One Printer $29.00, sale price
Thursday, 8 p.m.-Midnight, Limit 1

 

Toshiba 1TB Hard Drive $54.00, sale price
Thursday, 8 p.m.-Midnight, Limit 1

 

Friday, November 29, through December 1

HP Pavilion 15-B129WM TouchSmart Laptop $388.00, sale price
Valid Nov 29-Dec 1, Limit 1

 

Nikon L27 Digital Camera $49.00, sale price
Valid Nov 29-Dec 1, Limit 1

 

Nikon Nikon D5100 dsLR Bundle $499.00, sale price
Valid Nov 29-Dec 1, Limit 1

 

21″ Oversize Superman $20.00, sale price
Valid Nov 29-Dec 1, Limit 1

 

125 PSI 1-Gal. Air Compressor $39.97, sale price
Valid Nov 29-Dec 1, Limit 1

 

Daisy Powerline 880 Air Rifle with Scope $34.88, sale price
Valid Nov 29-Dec 1, Limit 1

 

Stack-On Fireproof & Waterproof Gun Safe $497.00, sale price
Nov 28-Dec 1, Limit 1

 

Bostitch 18-Volt Drill $99.00, sale price
Valid Nov 29-Dec 1, Limit 1

 

Are you planning on shopping during Black Friday weekend? If so, what kind of deals are you looking for?


November Sales Cycle

Posted on November 7th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

 

We are a week into November, which happens to be the month we celebrate Thanksgiving and partake (if you do) in Black Friday. That means you can expect lots of deals this month. Here are some things to lookout for.

Baking Goods

Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Canned Pumpkin
Canned Yams
Chocolate Chips (I’ve already seen these on sale at my local grocery store!) :)
Flour
Frosting
Pie Crusts

Thanksgiving

Broths
Canned Vegetables
Coffee
Condensed Milk
Cranberry Sauce
Gravy Mixes
Marshmallows
Soups
Stuffing
Tea
Turkey
Produce
Broccoli
Cranberries
Mushrooms
Oranges
Pears
Pomegranates
Pumpkin
Spinach
Sweet Potatoes
Winter Squash

Black Friday

Make a list of items you may be interested in buying on Black Friday and look around at prices over the next few weeks so that you know whether the Black Friday deals are really deals.

 

Will you take part in Black Friday? Or, will  you leave the Christmas shopping for December?


Day-After Halloween Clearance Fun

Posted on November 1st, 2013 by Discount Debbie

 

Shopping on the day after a holiday has become one of my favorite pastimes. Why? Usually everything is discounted by 50%. There are usually things that are still good, despite the holiday themed color or decor. And, it’s a great way to get prepared for next year.

Candy. Halloween is a little different for us because, although I’m tempted to get out and buy a bag of M&Ms, we try to keep candy out of the house. And, since the kids are used to not having it around, it’s not difficult. BUT, if that’s not the case for you (and it didn’t use to be the case for me), this is a day to stock up on some candy.

Costumes. Costumes can be so pricey. Sometimes even making costumes doesn’t really save you much money (depending on what costume you are making). So, if you can guesstimate your child’s size and select a more classic costume (like a princess or superhero, etc), then you can save some serious money on next year’s costumes. That’s not to mention not having to worry about costumes on October 29 next year! ;)

Decorations. Decorations will be discounted today. This is a good time to assess what decorations you need or want to replace for next year. As with the costumes, it will save you money and the headache of trying to figure it out next October.

Other Halloween-Related Items. Halloween decorated muffin cups and party favors will also be on clearance. This is my favorite. Around our house we go from muffin to cookie phases in terms of what we like to have around as a snack. We are in a muffin phase. That means when I can get muffin cups/liners on sale, I get ‘em! No one around here will care of the muffin liners are decorated with pumpkins!

What’s your favorite day-after-Halloween clearance item?


Sprouts Organic Deals This Week

Posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Coupon Cathy

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You're buying (or making) costumes, buying candy, making pies and muffins and drinking hot chocolate. It's fall and it feels like it. Fall foods (and candy!) are so fun but not always so healthy. One thing I love about shopping at Sprouts is being able to buy pretty healthy food (mostly produce) at very competitive prices. I like that Sprouts selling point at any time of the year; but, I am so grateful for it at this time of the year!

Organic Butternut Squash $.88/lb

Organic Jonagold Apples $.88/lb

Organic Romaine Lettuce $1.50

Organic Red Seedless Grapes $2.50/lb

Organic Bunched Carrots or Chard $1.50

Organic Cucumbers $1.25/each

Organic Grape Tomatoes $2.50 (1 dry pint)

Organic Hass Avocado $1.25/each

Alpine Valley Organic Bread $3.29

Shamrock Farms Baking Essentials 40% Off

Chino Valley Organic Eggs $3.99

Organic Valley Omega-3 Milk $3.99 (64 oz)

SPROUTS COUPON MATCH UPS

Alexia Organic Potatoes B1G1 Free
-$.75/1 Alexia Sprouts Coupon
=varies

So Delicious Coconut Milk $1.99
-$.55/1 So Delicious Coupon
=$1.45

DeLallo Pasta $2.00
-$1.50/2 DeLallo Whole Wheat Pasta (zip code 99218)
=$1.25

Imagine Soup $2.00
-$1/1 Imagine Printable Coupon
=$1.00

Dr. Bronner’s Coconut Oil $5.99
-$1/1 Dr. Bronner’s Sprouts Coupon
=$4.99

Rumiano Organic Cheese Bars $3.99
-$1/1 Rumiano Cheese Sprouts Coupon

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=$2.99

DOUBLE AD WEDNESDAY DEALS (Wednesday only)

Organic Gala or Jonagold apples $1.28/lb

Organic Red or Green Seedless Grapes $2.50/lb

Sprouts Organic Grape Tomatoes $2.50

Organic Red or Green Lettuce $1.25/bunch

Organic Table Carrots $2.98 (5 lb bag)

Organic Bunched Arugula $.98/each

Organic Hass Avocados $1.25/each

Organic Italian Squash $1.48/lb

Organic Russet Potatoes $2.98 (5 lb bag)

Sprouts Organic Beans $.99

Sprouts Organic Eggs 20% Off

Sprouts Organic Maple Syrup $19.99

Sprouts Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil $6.99

SPROUTS COUPON MATCH UPS

Biokleen Products 35% Off
-$1/1 Biokleen Laundry Liquid Sprouts Coupon
-$1/1 Biokleen Laundry Coupon
-$.75/1 Biokleen Kitchen Product Coupon
=varies

Aura Cacia Essential Oils 25% Off
-$1/1 Aura Cacia Essential Oils
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SPROUTS MONTHLY DEALS | OCTOBER 2013

Late July Organic Sea Salt Chips $4.99
-$1/1 Late July Sprouts Coupon
=$3.99

Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks $3.99
-$.50/1 Annie’s Snacks Coupon
=$3.49

Annie’s Halloween Bunny Grahams $4.99
-$.50/1 Annie’s Snacks Coupon
=4.49

Mamma Chia Vitality Beverage $2.69
-$1/2 Mamma Chia Coupon
=$2.19

Sprouts Organic Waffles $2.00

Sprouts Organic Olive Oil $8.99

Sprouts Organic Maple Syrup $19.99 (32 oz)

How about you? Are you eating healthy or have you already begun eating for the season?

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What’s On Sale In October

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by Discount Debbie

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It’s Fall! Even for those of us who are still waiting for the temperatures to catch up with the calendar, weather reports say that it will actually feel like Fall in a week! Yay! (Enough with the humidity, already!) I baked some sweet potato last night because I’m making some Fall comfort food plans! ;)

So, if you are like me and are planning on fun Fall foods and activities–all while saving money– you might be interested in finding out what will be on sale this month. Here are highlights of what you can expect.
All Things Halloween! That means you’ll see candy, costumes and accessories, fall decorations, pumpkin carving kits, autumn-scented candles in sale throughout the month in most stores. On Halloween day, restaurants will often have deals for customers in costume also.
Baking Goods. This one is my favorite…and it will go through December (because of all the holidays). Holiday baked goods include canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, baking chips, pie crust (boxed mix and ready-made frozen), cream cheese, sugar, flour and all other baking related items will be discounted. Last year, the price of chocolate chips dropped so much that I was able to stock up and not have to buy chocolate chips for quite some time into the new year!
October is National Seafood Month. Did you know that? Well, if you’re a seafood lover, keep your eyes peeled for deals on fish, shrimp, lobster and crab!
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look for promotions and deals featuring participating “pink” products.
Apples & Pumpkins…uh, I mean, Seasonal Produce. Apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard, cranberries, parsnip, pears, pomegranates, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash, turnips and yams are among the seasonal produce to expect to see on sale this month.

Is there anything you will stock up on this month, in light of the sales cycle?


Christmas Giving In Honor Of Newtown

Posted on December 21st, 2012 by Discount Debbie

 

I know that we are all busy getting ready for the holidays. I also know that we are all brokenhearted about the families who lost their children as well as the families who lost the brave men and women who stood between the killer and the children. It’s hard to see that kind of tragedy and not be able to do anything (besides pray) to help. Well, I saw a story about people who are reaching out to people in need during this season as a way to honor the 26 victims at Newtown.

The story references a list of things we can to do show kindness to people around us in honor of the victims. The list includes putting coins in expired parking meters, saying “good morning” to someone you don’t know, paying off someone’s layaway account, sharing your umbrella with a stranger, compliment the good behavior of a child and give a coat to a homeless person. I saw another story on our local news last night that highlighted a business that did something similar.

Here’s a list of organizations that are working to assist in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown.

Also, remember that the nation is observing a moment of silence at 9:30 EST this morning. If you do nothing else, do pray for the families dealing with such horrific loss. May the hope of Christmas be their strength and comfort in this difficult time.

 


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