Saturday, March 26, 2011

Coupon Inserts for March 27, 2011

This is an awesome week for coupons! Three inserts total for Sunday, March 27.


SMART SOURCE
Allegra 24Hr, 30 ct+, Allegra D 12 hr, 20 ct, Allegra D 24 hr, 10 ct $4 (4/16/11)
Allegra 24 hr, 5ct & 15 ct, 12 hour, 12 ct Allegra-D 12 hr, 10 ct, Allegra D 24 hr, 5 ct or any Childrens $2 (4/16/11)
Aveeno, any $1 (5/15/11)
Aveeno, any $3 on 2 (5/15/11)
Bausch & Lomb Alaway Antihistamine Eye Drops $4 (5/31/11)
Bausch & Lomb Opcon-A Eye Drops $1 (5/31/11)
Chock Full O Nuts Coffee, any $1 on 2 (5/15/11)
Clean & Clear Body Wash B1G1F up to $5.99 (5/15/11)
Clean & Clear, any $1 (5/15/11)
Kozy Shack CowRageous Pudding Product .75 DND (8/31/11)
Little Remedies Product $1 (5/31/11)
Mio Liquid Water Enhancer $1 (4/30/11)
Neosporin or Band-Aid .50 (4/30/11)
Neosporin AND Band-Aid $1.50 (4/30/11)
Neutrogena Lip or Eye Makeup, any $1 (4/8/11)
Neutrogena Face Makeup $2 (4/8/11)
Purina Chef Michaels Canine Creations Dry Dinners, 11.5 lb $10 (4/24/11)
Purina Chef Michaels Canine Creations, cans $1 on 5 (4/24/11)
Purina Friskies Tasty Treasures Cat Food Cans B1G1F up to .55 (6/30/11)
Purina Friskies Canned Cat Food $1 on 15 (6/30/11)
Purina Friskies Select Indoor Canned Cat Food $1 on 6 (6/30/11)
Purina Friskies Dry Cat Food, 3.15 lb+ $1 (6/30/11)
Purina Friskies Cat Treats, any $1.50 on 3 (6/26/11)
Purina Busy Treats $2/2 (6/27/11)
Skintimate Shave Gel .55 (5/11/11)
Smart Balance Milks .75 (5/1/11)


SMARTSOURCE #2
Bic Disposable Shaver, no trial $2 (5/8/11)
Claritin Non-Drowsy, 10 ct+ $2 (4/24/11)
Claritin Non-Drowsy, 24 ct+ $5 (4/24/11)
Claritin, Childrens, 4oz or 10 ct+ $2 (4/24/11)
Colgate Manual Toothbrush, excludes Colgate Plus or Extra Clean $1 DND (4/16/11)
Colgate Wisp, 4 ct .50 DND (4/16/11)
Colgate Wisp, 8 ct or 16 ct $1 DND (4/16/11)
Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, 4.0oz $1.50 DND (4/16/11)
Dole Fruit Bowls $1 on 2 (6/30/11)
Dole Real Fruit Bites $1 (6/30/11)
Energizer Batteries or Flashlight $1 (4/30/11)
Everybodys Nuts, 7 oz+ $1 (8/31/11)
Fleischmanns Strip or Jar Yeast .40 (4/30/11)
Murphys Oil Soap Product .50 DND (4/16/11)
Olay Facial Cleanser $2 (4/30/11)
Palmolive Dish Liquid, 20 oz .50 DND (4/16/11)
Phillips Seafood Product .75 (5/22/11)
Prevacid 24HR Product $3 (4/22/11)
Prevacid 24HR, 42 ct $7 on 2 (4/22/11)
Real California Butter with seal .55 (6/30/11)
Skim Plus Milk, 64oz $1 (5/15/11)
Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap, 8 oz .35 DND (4/16/11)
Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap Refill, 28 oz+ .50 DND (4/16/11)
Softsoap Body Wash, 12 oz+ $1 DND (4/16/11)
Speed Stick Antiperspirant or Lady Speed Stick .50 DND (4/16/11)
Zims Max-Freeze Maximum Muscle and Joint Pain Relief $1 (5/31/11)
Zims Crack Creme Brand Skin Care $1 (5/31/11)


RED PLUM
Advil, 40 ct.+ $1 (5/31/11)
Advil, Childrens, 4 oz or Infants Advil, 0.5oz $1 (5/31/11)
Advil PM, 16 ct $1 (5/31/11)
Advil, Advil PM, Childrens Advil or ThermaCare, no trial $3 on 2 (5/31/11) 
Advil Cold & Sinus, Allergy Sinus, or Advil Congestion Relief Product $1 (5/8/11) ]
Alavert Product, no 6 ct $1 (6/26/11)
Axe Bodyspray, 4 oz., Anti-perspirant and Deodorant, 2.7 oz, Deodorant, 3 oz. $1 (4/24/11)
Axe Shower Gel or Detailer B1G1F up to $5.99 (4/24/11)
Axe Hair Shampoo, 12 or 22 oz. $1 (4/24/11)
Ball Park Products $1 on 2 (5/25/11)
Build-A-Bear Workshop $10 off the purchase of $30+ (4/24/11)
Degree Men Anti-perspirant or Deodorant $1 (4/24/11)
Domino Organic or Demerara Sugar, 24 oz .40 (5/31/11)
Domino Sugar Products, 2 lb+ .75/2 (5/31/11)
Dove Anti-Perspirant/ Deodorant or Body Mist, no trial- travel sizes or Men+ Care .75 (4/24/11)
Dove Beauty Bar, 6- bar pk.+, no Men+ Care $1 (4/24/11)
Dove Body Wash, 10oz+, no Men+ Care $1 (4/24/11)
Dove Hair Care Product, no trail or travel sizes .75 (4/24/11)
Dove Men+Care Antipersperant/ Deodorant $1 (4/24/11)
Dove Men+Care Body and Face Bar, 6-pk.+ $1 (4/24/11)
Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash, 13.5oz+ or Active Clean Shower Tool $1 (4/24/11)
FiberChoice Product, 90 ct $3 (5/14/11)
Kelloggs Special K Multi-Grain Oats & Honey, Frosted Mini-Wheat Touch or Fruit or Crunchy Nut .70 (5/8/11)
Kelloggs Special K Multi-Grain Oats & Honey, Frosted Mini-Wheat Touch of Fruit or Crunchy Nut $1 on 2 (5/8/11)
Lipton Tea Bags, Lipton to-go or any Iced Tea Mix .50 (4/24/11)
LOreal Excellence or Excellence to Go Shade $2 (5/22/11)
M&M Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies, etc all the peanut butter varieties B2G1F up to .99 (5/22/11)
Nutella Jar, 13 oz.+ $1 (6/30/11)
Nutro Natural Choice Dry Cat Food $3 (5/22/11)
Nutro Natural Choice Grain Free Dry Dog Food $5 (5/22/11)
Opti-Free Replenish Solution, 10oz+ $1.50 (6/30/11)
Pedigree GoodBites Treats for Dogs $2 (4/30/11)
Pillsbury Frosting $1 on 2 (6/30/11)
Poland Spring Sparkling Natural Spring Water, any flavor $1 on 2 .5 liter 6-pk or four 1-liter bottles (5/8/11)
Ponds Cream, Towelettes, or Cleansing Products, no trail $1 (4/24/11)
Ponds Wet Cleansing Towelettes, 30 ct Only $1 (4/24/11)
Rimmel Foundation or any Rimmel Product $1 (5/31/11)
Slimshots Liquid Portion Control, not valid on 2 ct $5 (5/31/11)
Stayfree Product $1 (6/30/11)
Suave Body Wash Product .25 (4/24/11)
Suave Mens Shampoo or Styling Product .50/2 (4/24/11)
Success Rice Product $1 on 2 (5/31/11)
Systane Lubricant Eye Drops Product $2 (6/30/11)
Thermacare, 2ct+ $1 (6/30/11)
Tums, 24ct+ $1 on 2 (5/31/11)
Vaseline Lotion $1 (4/24/11)
Whiskas Dry Food for Cats $1 (5/21/11)
Whiskas Tray, any flavor B1G1F up to .69 (5/21/11)
Whole Fruit Fruit Bars .50 (5/7/11)
Whole Fruit Sorbet .50 (5/7/11)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Coupons for March 20, 2011

Coupons for 3/20/11

SMARTSOURCE
Aleve, 40ct+ $1 (6/30/11)
Aleve-D $1 (6/30/11)
Bayer Aspirin, 24 ct+ $1 (6/30/11)
Birds Eye Steamfresh varieties $1 on 3 (5/15/11)
Citracal $1 (6/30/11)
Clean Care Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution or Aquify Multipurpose Solution twin pack $3 (5/2/11)
Clean Care Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution or Aquify Multipurpose Solution, 12 oz+ $1.50 (5/2/11)
Dunkin Donuts Free 16oz Small Iced Coffee valid March 21,2011 Only
Edge Shave Gel .55 (5/1/11)
Flintstones $1 (6/30/11)
FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Monitoring System $9.99 (6/30/11)
FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose test strips $20 (6/30/11)
Genteal $1.50 (6/30/11)
Huggies $1.50 on 2 (4/16/11)
Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers $2/2 (4/16/11)
Huggies Baby Wipes, 64 ct+ .50 (4/16/11)
Hydroxycut $5 (6/30/11)
KaBoom Foam-Tastic or Shower, Tub & Tile Spray Cleaner $1 on 2 (8/31/11)
Kens Dressing, 16 oz $1 on 2 (4/30/11)
Kens Marinade $1 (4/30/11)
Kens Dressing, 8 or 9 oz $1 on 2 (4/30/11)
Mitchum or Mitchum for Women Product .75 (4/24/11)
Neo-Synephrine $1 (6/30/11)
One A Day Multivitamin $1 (5/30/11)
One A Day Adult or Teen Multivitamin $1 (6/30/11)
Pediasure Product $2 (6/30/11)
Phillips Laxative $1.50 (6/30/11)
Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons, 18ct+ $2.50 on 2 (5/22/11) 
Playtex Sport $2.50 on 2 (5/22/11) 
Purina Beggin Thick Cut, 6 oz $1 on 2 (6/20/11)
Purina Beggin, any $1 on 2 (6/20/11)
Purina Little Bites, 4 lb+ $1.50 (4/9/11)
Rayovac Alkaline or Hearing Aid Batteries $1 (5/20/11)
Rubbermaid Reveal Microfiber Spray Mop $3 (5/15/11)
Rubbermaid Reveal Mopping Pad, Refillable Bottle or Reveal Dry Dust Pad $1 (515/11)
Schick Intuition Razor or Refill $2 (5/1/11)
Schick Quattro Titanium Disposable Razor $1 (5/1/11)
Schick Quattro Titanium Razor Trimmer or Refill, 4 ct or 8 ct $3 (5/1/11)
Science Diet Rebate up to $10 (mail-in) (6/30/11)
Stella DOro Product $1 on 2 (5/31/11)
Tresemme Climate Control Product $1 (5/31/11)
Welchs Fruit Snacks or Fruit n Yogurt Snacks $1 on 2 (5/15/11)
Wonderful Pistachios $1 (6/30/11)
Zaditor $3 (6/30/11)
Zantac, 24 ct+ $1 (6/30/11)
Boston Market coupon strip 

RED PLUM
Always Maxi, 36ct+ or ultra jumbo pack, 38ct+ $1 (4/30/11)
Angel Soft, 12- double roll+ $1 (6/20/11)
Caltrate, no 30 ct $1 (6/19/11)
Centrum or Centrum Silver, no 60 ct $1 (5/31/11)
Cesar Treats, any $1 (4/30/11)
Disney or Marvel Vitamin Products $1 (5/3/11)
Endust Product, any $1 (5/1/11)
Gain Fabric Softener or Sheets $1 (4/30/11)
Gain Detergent $1 (4/30/11)
Gillette Fusion Proglide, any cartridge manual or power $4 (4/30/11)
LOreal Paris Cosmetic Product $1 (5/15/11)
LOreal Paris Eye Cosmetic Product $1 (5/15/11)
LOreal Paris Skin Care Product $2 (5/15/11)
LOreal Preference, any shade $2 (5/15/11)
LOreal Root Rescue Product $1 (5/15/11)
Mars Easter Products (M&Ms, Dove, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way, Snickers, etc.) $1 on 2 DND (4/24/11)
Newmans Own Thin & Crispy Pizza $1 (5/15/11)
Newmans Own Salad Dressing .50 (5/15/11)
Newmans Own Pasta Sauce, Salsa, Lemonade, Marinade, Popcorn or Cereal .50 (5/15/11)
Newmans Own Sweet Enough Cereal $1 (5/15/11)
Pedigree Dentastix for Dogs $1 (4/30/11)
Pedigree Breathbuster Treats for Dogs $1 (4/30/11)
Purina Cat Chow or Kitten Chow, any except 16 oz. $2/2 (5/15/11)
Purina Mighty Dog, 12 ct variety pack $1 (5/9/11)
Purina Mighty Dog Cans $3 on 10 cans (5/9/11)
Rejuvenate Products $1 on 2 (6/30/11)
Sara Lee, any pre-sliced meat $1 DND (4/30/11)
Smuckers Snack n Waffles, any $1 (6/30/11)
StarKist SeaSations Fillets $1.25 (4/30/11) 
Suave Body Lotion Products, 18oz+ $1 (4/17/11)
Suave Body Wash Product .25 (4/17/11)
Suave Deodorant Product .75 (4/17/11)
Suave Professionals Styling Products .50/2 (4/17/11)
Suave Professionals Shampoo or Conditioner .50/2 (4/17/11)
Suave Kids Shampoo or Conditioner Products .50 (4/17/11)
Sundown Vitamins or Supplement Products $1 (5/4/11)
Temptations Indoor, Kitten, Skin & Coat, Dentabites or Hairball Treats for Cats $1 on 2 (5/1/11)
Zyrtec, 24 ct+ $4 (4/30/11)
Zyrtec-D, 12 ct+ $3 (4/30/11)
Zyrtec, 79 ct $7 (3/26/11)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rising food costs + political turmoil + natural disasters= time to prepare


I am usually not the kind of person to sound like an alarmist (I leave that to my dad) but there are a few reasons EVERYONE should have their stockpile in order.  According to this article on Yahoo Finance food prices have had their steepest rise in 36 years. Combine that with the expected rise in oil prices due to political upheaval occurring in the Middle East and disaster in Japan and you start to see why it is prudent to be prepared. Not only will food cost more to make but also to ship. It is always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected. If the earthquake in Japan has taught us anything it is that everything can change in an instant. Having a well stocked pantry helps insulate you from rising food prices while also helping keep you prepared for emergencies.
     So what can you do to be better prepared without going overboard? 


Canned Goods
Most people know to have a stock of canned goods- vegetables, fruit, canned meat (ie tuna), soups etc. It is important to rotate this stock by putting new additions (with further away expiration dates) in the back and move the old stuff to the front. Another lesson I have learned is to only buy stuff you will actually eat when there isn't a disaster. I hate to think about the food that went bad because I bought it in case of a hurricane but wouldn't eat it otherwise. Only buy stuff you will actually use.


Dry Goods
People often overlook the value of raw goods when they stockpile. Dry beans and rice will keep virtually forever if stored properly in sealed plastic food grade containers. Beans provide protein and are inexpensive. Rice is an inexpensive carbohydrate. Buy brown whole grain to add fiber. Other important dry goods to store include flour, sugar, salt, and cornmeal. I know of some people who store wheat berries and mill their own grains but that is above what I am capable of doing at the moment.


Health and Beauty Aids
It is also important to have a stock of products such as toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. You can get this stuff for free or almost free if you shop the sales at CVS right. I always keep a 6 month supply on hand. What I can't use gets donated to shelters.


Water
Storing water is possible but can be a pain. A few drops of bleach will keep water sanitary. Water should be changed out every six months. Rather than keeping mass quantities of water on hand I recommend a good ceramic water purifier if you live close to a pond, stream, or lake. We keep enough bottles around to fill for a hurricane or other emergency (plus your bath tubs etc) if we need to fill them but don't keep them all filled all of time due to space constraints. Make sure whatever you keep it in is food grade. 2 liter Soda bottles are good, milk containers are not.


Pets
If you have pets don't forget to have at least a month supply of pet food on hand. 


Some helpful websites:
http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/
http://www.survival-homestead.com/
http://www.captaindaves.com/
http://www.disasterpreparednessblog.com/
http://lds.about.com/od/preparednessfoodstorage/p/foodstorage.htm LDS (later day saints) also have great local resources as their church preaches about preparedness

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Coupon Inserts for March 13, 2011

COUPONS FOR 3-13-11
SMARTSOURCE
Arm & Hammer Advanced White Toothpaste or Whitening Booster, 2.5oz+ $1 (6/30/11)
Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Product $1 (6/30/11)
Bausch & Lomb Soothe Eye Drops $3 (5/31/11)
Blue Diamond Chilled Almond Breeze, 86oz $1 (6/30/11)
Brioschi, 8.5 oz bottles $3 on 2 (4/30/11)
Brioschi Bottle, any size or 12 ct carton $1.50 (4/30/11)
Clorox Clean-Up, 24 oz+, Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach, 32 oz+, Tilex, 48 oz+, etc. $1 on 2 (4/24/11)
Clorox Regular Bleach or Clorox Scented Bleach $1 on 3 (4/24/11)
Clorox 2 Stain Fighter & Color Booster or Clorox 2 Laundry Stain Remover $1 (4/24/11)
Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza, any variety $1 (4/2/11)
Dulcolax $1 (6/30/11)
Dulcolax $3 on 2 (6/30/11)
Fleischmanns Pizza Crust Yeast 3-strip .55 (8/3/11)
Fleischmanns Yeast 3-strip .55 (8/3/11)
Fleischmanns Yeast Jar $1 (8/3/11)
Formula 409 Cleaner, 32oz+ $1 on 2 (4/24/11)
Frenchs Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce .75 (6/30/11)
Glad Food Storage Product $1 on 2 (4/24/11)
Glad Trash Bags $1 on 2 (4/24/11)
Glade Plugins Scented Oil Lasting Impressions Holder $3 (4/23/11)
Glade Plugins Scented Oil twin refill $1/1 or two single refills (4/23/11)
Herbal Essences or Aussie Product B1G1F up to $3.23 (4/30/11)
Hidden Valley Salad Kit $1 (5/15/11)
Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Salad Dressing $1 (5/15/11)
Irish Spring Body Wash .50/1 or two Irish Spring 3+ bar packs (4/2/11)
Irish Spring Deodorant .50 (4/2/11)
KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce or Marinade $1 on 2 (5/15/11)
KoolAid envelopes B10G5F to $1.25 (5/31/11)
KoolAid envelopes B2G1F to .25 (5/31/11)
Lays Potato Chips, 10 oz+ $1 on 2 (5/2/11)
Lays Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, 8.5 oz+ $1 on 2 (5/2/11)
LOreal Sublime Mousse by Healthy Look Haircolor $3 (5/8/11)
Maruchan Yakisoba $1 on 2 (5/31/11)
Melitta Coffee, 8oz+ $1 (6/30/11)
Motrin PM $2 (5/15/11)
NatureSweet Cherry Tomatoes $1 on 2 (4/30/11)
NuHair Product $2 (4/25/11)
Orajel Product, any $1 (6/30/11)
Pork $3.50 off wyb Kings Hawaiian Sandwich Rolls AND any Kingsford Charcoal (5/15/11)
Post Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles Treats .75 (4/24/11)
Planters NUTrition Bars, 5 ct box or Planters Big Nut Bars, 5 ct box $1 (5/31/11)
Stouffers Single-Serve Farmers Harvest Entrée $1 (4/1/11)
Stouffers Family Size Farmers Harvest Entree $1 (4/1/11)
Werthers Original Caramel Chocolates .75 (6/30/11)
Zyrtec, 12 ct+ $3 (4/30/11)
Zyrtec, 24ct+ $5 (4/30/11)
Dunkin Donuts coupon strip
Longhorn Steakhouse coupon strip
Red Lobster coupon strip
RED PLUM
Advil Congestion Relief Product $1 (4/24/11)
Bengay Product $2 (5/31/11)
Brawny Paper Towels, 2-rolls+ $1 (5/10/11)
Cover Girl Perfection Lipcolor FREE up to $8 wyb Olay Pro-X Regenerist or Total Effects Moisturizer (4/30/11)
Crest Toothpaste, 4.0 oz+ or liquid gel $1 on 2 (4/30/11)
Crest 3D White or 2 hour Express or Professional Effect Whitestrips $10 (4/30/11)
Dial Bar Pack or Dial Liquid Hand Soap $1 on 3 (4/30/11)
Dial Body Washes $1 on 2 (4/30/11)
Dial NutriSkin Lotion $1 (4/30/11)
Emerald Nuts Product, 5oz+ $1 (4/24/11)
Fixodent Adhesive or Cleanser $1 (4/30/11)
Goya Blue Label Premium Beans, 15.5 oz+ $1 on 5 DND (5/31/11)
Goya Low Sodium Beans, 15.5 oz+ .75/3 DND (5/31/11)
Grain Berry Pancake or Muffin Mix $1 (6/30/11)
Grain Berry Antioxidant Snack Crackers $1 (6/30/11)
Grain Berry Antioxidant Cereal $1 (6/30/11)
Hatfield Ham Steaks $2 on 2 (4/30/11)
Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Brand Products $1 on 2 (5/31/11)
Kelloggs Eggo Frozen Products, 5.3oz+ .75/2 (5/8/11)
LOreal Ever Sleek, Ever Pure, Ever Strong Shampoo or Conditioner $1 (5/8/11)
LOreal Ever Sleek, Ever Pure, or Ever Strong Treatment $1 (5/8/11)
M&M Pretzel Chocolate Candies, 9.9oz+ $1 DND (4/24/11)
M&M Chocolate Candies, 1.14-1.74oz B2G1F up to .89 (4/24/11)
Meow Mix Dry Cat Food, 3.15 lb+ $1 (5/7/11)
Meow Mix Market Select $1/1 Variety Pack or 4 single cups (5/7/11)
Milk-Bone Soft & Chewy Dog Snacks FREE up to $3.49 wyb any two (2) Milk Bone Dog Snacks (4/6/11)
Natrol Product $1 (5/1/11)
Natural Instincts Hair Color $1 (4/30/11)
Natural Instincts Hair Color $5 on 2 (4/30/11)
Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizer or Facial Cleanser, no trial $3 (4/30/11)
Oral-B Advantage or 3D White Vivid Manual Toothbrush B1G1F up to $2.98 (4/30/11)
Pasta FREE up to $1.25 wyb two (2) Ragu Pasta Sauce (4/10/11) 
Pup-peroni Dog Snacks, 4.8oz+ $1 (5/8/11)
Purex Complete Crystals Softener $2 (4/30/11)
Purex Detergent or Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets $1 (5/7/11)
Purina Alpo Canned Dog Food $1 on 8 (4/25/11)
Purina Alpo Canned Dog Food, 13.2 oz or smaller B1G1F up to .89 (4/29/11)
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars $1 on 2 (5/7/11)
Renuzit Adjustables Air Fresheners, 2 or 3 packs B2G1F up to $4.17 (3/27/11)
Renuzit Adjustables Air fresheners B3G3F up to $4.17 (3/27/11)
Renuzit Crystal Elements Air Freshening Crystals, 18 oz refill $3 (4/24/11)
Renuzit Crystal Elements, 9oz refills or Renuzit Pearl Scents $1 on 2 (4/24/11)
Riceworks or Wild Riceworks $1 on 2 (5/1/11)
Right Guard Body Wash or Deodorant FREE up to $4.49 wyb Right Guard Product (4/10/11)
Scotties Facial Tissues $1 on 5 boxes or 2 multipacks (4/8/11)
Scope Mouthwash, 710 ml+ $1 (4/30/11)
Season Sardine Product $1 DND (4/26/11)
Soft Scrub Product $1 on 2 (4/30/11)
Soft Scrub Total Product $1 (4/30/11)
Superpretzel Products .50 (4/13/11)
Vigo Rice .50 (12/31/11)
Visine Soothing Wipes Product $2 (6/30/11)
Visine-A Product $2 (6/30/11)
Visine Product $1 (6/30/11)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Publix Stocking Spree and this week's coupons


This was an okay week for coupons. You can supplement your coupons by signing up online for the Publix Shopping Spree. Just click on the link then enter your zip code. They will mail you $50 in coupons in 2-4 weeks. Not too shabby for 30 seconds of my time :) The website also has some recipes and other interesting stuff.

Here is the list of coupons in the paper this week:

COUPONS FOR 3-6-11
RED PLUM
Dove Chocolate (1.16oz- 1.3 oz) single bars $1 on 3 (4/30/11)
Dove Chocolate (8.5oz - 9.5oz) bag $1 (4/30/11)
Ester-C product $3 (4/26/11)
Flex-a-Min Supplement $4 (4/19/11)
Folgers Instant, 8oz+ AND International Delight Creamer (excluding Breve Creme) $1.50 (4/30/11) .10 each
Garnier Cleanser or Moisturizer $1 (6/6/11)
Garnier Herbashine $2 (6/6/11)
Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment, no trial $1 (6/6/11)
Garnier Fructis Style Product, no trial $1 (6/6/11)
Goodlife Recipe Dry Cat Food $1.50 (4/30/11)
Goodlife Recipe Cat Treats $1 (5/1/11)
Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Product $1.50 (10/31/11)
Keebler Cookies, 6.6oz+ .55/2 (5/1/11)
Keebler Fudge Shoppe Jumbo Sticks, 6.6oz .55 (5/1/11)
Kelloggs Cereals $1 on 2 (4/17/11)
Kelloggs Cereals $1 on 3 (4/16/11) (TARGET)
Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars, 6 ct+ .75/2 (5/1/11)
Kelloggs Pop-Tarts $1 on 3 (5/1/11)
Kelloggs Snack Product $1 on 3 (4/16/11) (TARGET)
LOreal Cosmetic Face Product $2 (5/1/11)
LOreal Powder, Blush, Concealer or Primer $2 (5/1/11)
Mach3 Disposable, 6 ct, Sensor3, 8-ct,Custom Plus3, 8 ct, Venus Disposable, 6 ct or Daisy, 18 ct $3 (4/30/11)
Mach3 Disposable, 3 ct, Sensor3, 4-ct,Custom Plus3, 4 ct, Venus Disposable, 2 or 3 ct, etc. $2 (4/30/11)
Maybelline New York Mascara $1 (5/6/11)
Mr. Clean Twin Pack $1/1 or Two Mr. Clean Products (4/30/11)
Natures Bounty Co Q-10 $3 (4/19/11)
Natures Bounty Supplement $2 (4/19/11)
Osteo-Bi-Flex Caplets, Softgels or Powder no Liquids $6 (4/22/11)
Pedigree Canned Dog Food, 13.2oz B1G1F up to $1.09 (4/17/11) .15 each
Pedigree Dry Dog Food, 3.5lb+ $3 (4/17/11)
Pedigree Jumbone Treats for Dogs $1 (4/16/11)
Pedigree Marrabone Treats for Dogs $1 (4/16/11)
Pure Protein Powder or Drink Shake $1 (4/17/11)
Pure Protein Bars B1G1F up to $1.69 (4/17/11) .20 each
Starkist Products, any $150 on 3 (3/20/11) .10 each
Starkist Products, any .75/2 (4/17/11)
Tropicana Pure Premium Products, 59oz $1 on 2 (4/30/11)
Wisk Laundry Detergent $2 (4/17/11)

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A1 Steak Sauce or Marinade, 10 oz+ $1 (4/3/11)
Accu-Chek Aviva System AND Accu-Chek Aviva Test Strips $10 (5/29/11)
Allegra 24 hr, 30 ct+, Allegra-D 12 hr, 20 ct & Allegra-D 24hr, 10 ct $4 (3/26/11)
Allegra 24 hr, 5 ct & 15ct, 12hr ,12ct, Allegra-D 12hr, 10ct, Allegra-D 24hr, 5 ct or any Childrens $2 (3/26/11)
Almay Cosmetic Product $2 (4/10/11)
Arnold Health-full Bread, 24oz .55 (5/1/11)
Atkins Bar, 5 pack $1 (5/31/11)
Atkins Shake, 4 pack $1 (5/31/11)
Baileys Coffee Creamer $1 (5/31/11)
Campbells Condensed Great for Cooking Soups .30/3 (5/15/11)
Classico Pasta Sauces (two jars) AND fresh beef $1 (4/10/11)
Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste .35 DND (3/26/11)
DanActive, 4 pack or 8 pack $1 (4/30/11)
Dryel Starter Kit or Refill $1 (4/30/11)
Fancy Feast $1 on 24 cans (5/31/11)
Farm Rich .75 (4/30/11) .10 each
Fruitables, 8 pack juice boxes or 46oz bottles $1 on 2 (5/31/11)
Hartz Crunch n Clean Dog Biscuit or Treat $1.50 (4/28/11)
Kozy Shack Pudding .55 DND (6/20/11)
Ludens, 25ct or 30ct bag $1 on 2 (4/30/11)
MidNite or MidNite PM $1 (8/31/11)
Natures Way Alive Multi-Vitamin $2 (5/31/11)
New York Frozen Bread Products $1 on 2 (6/5/11)
People $1 (4/24/11)
Philadelphia Cooking Creme $1.50 (5/31/11)
RevitaLens OcuTec Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution,10 oz+ $3 (4/11/11)
Revlon Color Cosmetic Product $1 (4/10/11)
Sargento Reduced Sodium Slices or Snacks .50 (4/17/11)
Scott, 1000 ct $1/1 Twenty (20) pack+ or two 12 pkgs. (4/17/11)
SeaPak Popcorn Fish $1 (3/31/11)
Selsun Blue $1 (6/4/11)
Similasan Product $2 (5/31/11)
Smart Balance Buttery Spreads $1 (4/20/11)
Smart Balance Buttery Sticks $1 (4/20/11)
Smart Balance Cooking Oil or Cooking Spray $1 (4/20/11)
Smart Balance Milk .75 (4/20/11) .10 each
Smart Balance Popcorn or Omega Plus Light Mayonnaise Dressing $1 (4/20/11)
Smart Balance Rich Roast Peanut Butters $1 (4/20/11)
Wonka Exceptionals Bar (3.5 oz) or Wonka Exceptionals bag (8.5 - 9.5 oz) $1 (4/3/11)
Wonka Exceptionals bag (8.5 - 9.5 oz) or Wonka Fun Size bag, 12 oz+ $1 (4/3/11)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Tangible and Intangible Benefits of Gardening



    Most people who know me know that I love flowers. What many of them don't know is how much I love to garden. There are so many benefits to gardening and it's not just the frugal benefits of cheap food and the green benefits of organic produce. There is a less tangible quality that gardening gives me. It just makes me happy. I love the smell of the dirt. I love watching seedlings sprout. The time I spend sitting on my patio drinking coffee with my plants while watching the bird feeder with Daisy is my favorite part of the weekend. I'm so glad it's finally spring!
      I think I caught the gardening bug when I was young. My mom loves to garden and she always let us help. She taught us the names of flowers, the difference between perennials and annuals,  and how to care for them. When I was about seven she let each of us pick out our own rosebush from the nursery. Mine was a pink Queen Elizabeth rose. I loved it. When we moved out of that house when I was 19 it was taller than me.
       For someone who loves memorizing facts and minutia gardening is a perfect pastime. There are literally millions of plants to choose from. I'll never forget my first extended trip at Academy to Colonial Williamsburg. I walked around pointing out all of the different plants to the children. My boss was shocked that I knew all of the names. It was fun to see the kids start to identify the plants on there own.
        Summer is my favorite time of year. I love picking fresh basil for our pizza and spaghetti sauces. Baked potatoes just taste better with fresh chives. Flowers bloom and the serenity of my small porch garden is sublime. It truly is my happy place.
         I'm not trying to imply that the life of a gardener is all sunshine and roses (though that is a big part of it!). Last year's tomatoes grew as tall trees and were attacked by bugs. Our attempt at blueberries was a failed effort that ended in a mildew infestation. But I still love to plant things. The hope and excitement outweighs the risk that things will go wrong.
         Someday, Rob and I will have a house where I can plant and grow things until my heart's content. Until then, here is my top list of plants for container gardening:

  1. Sweet Basil- easy to grow from seeds. Has a beautiful aroma, tastes great, and does well in pots.
  2. Chives- I grew these from seeds in a container and this cold winter couldn't kill them. They're back and better than ever.
  3. Epipremnum aureum aka Devil's Ivy- an impossible to kill hanging plant. It actually removes toxins from the air. I love hanging plants but they can be finicky. This one is not. I have forgotten to water it, left it outside every winter, and pruned it back to its base but it always comes back and grows over ten feet long every year. It is also very easy to propagate from cuttings. Here is a great site for information on hanging plants.
  4. Impatiens- love shade and make great container and border plants. They come in a variety of stunning colors. They do need a lot of water.
  5. Calibrachoa aka million bells- a petunia like plant with cute little flowers. Great for containers because it will hang over the edge. This plant needs to be fertilized.
  6. Bogonias- another easy to propagate plant that does well in semi-shady areas.
  7. Mint- great for tea and mojitos. It is also invasive so it's hard to kill.
  8. Pentas aka star flower- very pretty and colorful. They do need more sun than some of the other ornamentals listed. A bonus- mine came back for several years before it finally died.
Ultimately, it is the intangible feeling that gardening gives me that keeps me coming back. I love having fresh herbs and flowers but it's the way I feel sitting on my porch with Daisy and the connection to my mom that really drives me to dig in the dirt.