Monday, December 28, 2009

Tips From Friends

I love my friends!!!  One of them sent this tip by e-mail that I'm sharing with all.  Hopefully, it will help someone with shopping decisions.  Here's the tip:

(I) learned over the weekend that member's mark (sam's club) detergent is made by Tide. also that the Kroger Value brand chicken is Tyson chicken - Kroger buys it, they package it for them, and deliver it on the Tyson truck with the other Tyson chicken. AND ... Ross/Abbott Labs who make Similac also make all of Meijer's baby formula. Good money saving info to know.

Happy Frugal Shopping,

PS - Still haven't found the spell checker! 

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sorry, I was wrong. P&G Coupons 12/27

My sister alerted me, and when I opened our Sunday paper today, I saw a nice, big, P&G insert!!!!

It was my loss too as I cancelled the extra papers today.  So sorry, folks.  I do have the one that came with our Sunday paper, and if you really want more, I'm sure the local gas station may have extras they will give you at a nice discount this late in the day.  (Hoping you see this on Sunday.)

My sister says we have better deals all the time in Ohio than she gets in Florida anytime.

Hope your long weekend was incredible. 

If you've been reading my dustyangels blog, you will know that we have one big thankfulness that my brother-in-law survived 'the big one', a heart attack last Tuesday, December 22.  He's home now.  He says he feels better than he has in months, and considers himself a very lucky man.  Gives appreciation to his wife (my sister) for calling 9-1-1 and getting him to the hospital in time!

PS - I downloaded the new version and Blogger and can't find the spell-checker!

Take Care on Your Journey,

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

NO Coupons Dec. 26/27

No coupons, no money, and no snow. Someone should be happy, but I'm not sure who. lol

Just to remind those who might be looking for them, there will no no coupon inserts in Sunday's paper.

They say we'll get some snow on Sunday - right when everybody is headed home. Hopefully, it won't be too cold and slippery.

On January 3, there should be FOUR coupon inserts in the newspaper for us. One Smart Source, two Red Plum and one General Mills.

I'll post whatever good grocery sales I find in the grocery ads within a few hours. (Those ads are in the car, and it's COLD outside.)

Travel safe if you're out and about,


Sunday, December 20, 2009

New Deals for a New Week

Hi to my Sunday morning coupon class,

Here in Columbus, most of us couponers like to get our groceries at Kroger, Giant Eagle, and Meijers. (My sister in Tampa, Florida, shops at Publix.) At Kroger, I especially love to find a bright orange and red Manager's Special sticker on my favorite items! That's why I take time to cut out the coupons of my most-used items, and always carry them with me. You never know when you'll find those Manager's Specials. Some couponers do, and some don't. Whatever works for you is just fine.

If you are into taking more time, you can get a lot of free things at CVS and Walgreens too. Maybe when I'm out of school, I can devote more time to that area of using store incentives along with manf. coupons. In the meantime, I depend on my fellow couponers to alert me to 'unbeatable' deals there. Like, buy something for $3.99 and get a store coupon for $3.99 back!

Target and Meijer have their own coupons (online and in-store) that you can stack (use) with manufactures coupons, (DOUBLE-COUPON VALUE) but that also takes more time than I have right now, although I do try to check the online Meijer coupons to see if there are any items that I use a lot that make it worth the time and trouble. Last week would have been a great deal on Campbell's soup, but I have plenty, and I never got over there for the "stackable coupon" sale.

I do not find the Columbus Target store (near Easton) to be a friendly place for couponers. If it goes over by one penny, they won't let you use your coupon. They might have great deals, but I'll take friendly service with a smile over Target anytime.

One more important piece of information. Our local grocery stores are not on the same "sale week' schedules! Kroger starts new weekly sales on Monday. Giant Eagle starts on Thursday. Meijer starts on Sunday! So, when I post Buffy's 'best deals of the week", you need to remember which day those expire. I think I will try to post the actual date these sales are in effect for each store, to save any frustration for you.

I know on my 'sister' websites where I often go for local deals, if they don't post the posting date, I'm confused and sometimes even off by a week! I'll go to Kroger for the great sale on cereal only to find that sale went off the day before!

Right now, new weekly grocery sales are starting at Meijer today. According to the weekly grocery flyer NOT in the Sunday paper, but in those plastic bags hanging on your mailbox, Meijer has a few really great deals I want to take advantage of. Cheese is one of them. I'm sure Buffy will send her weekly expose' soon, and I'll pass that on.

Kroger sales for the week start Monday (tomorrow). And, I have through next Wednesday (December 23) to get those free Mentos at Giant Eagle (with the coupons I've collected).

As my husband likes to say, "If you can't keep up, take notes."
I always say, "Read the directions."

Take Care on the Journey,


No Coupon Inserts Dec. 20 & 29, 2009

I should have read my own schedule hanging next to the computer, but I was so sure that this wasn't December 20, and we WOULD get coupon inserts this weekend, that I collected a half dozen 'empty' ad bags from my secret collection place yesterday, AND jumped up early this morning to retrieve the Sunday paper(s)!

Boo Hoo-Hoo-Hoo. Father Time has crept up on me and ran on ahead!

Ha ha ha. It's already Ho Ho Ho time!

Well, for those who are still reading this, there is one $5 coupon in the USA Weekend that goes toward selected Hasbro games such as Monopoly, Clue, Sorry Sliders, and Pictureka. It's good until January 31, 2010. If anyone is interested. I have a few extra. Please e-mail me if you would like some of those.

Here's the
LINK for the 2010 Red Plum, Smart Source and P&G Coupon Insert Schedule. I've already printed it out and have it beside my computer for future reference.

I think I should go back to bed now! We have a checkerboard mix of snow and ice on the ground. Great for hiding tiny field mice, but no fun for making mean snowballs or building carrot-nosed snowmen.

I can't find the two 2010 calendars I bought for the New Year, nor can I find the winter stationary I bought for my Christmas Letter! (The Christmas Letter is written.) I'm usually so organized with a place for everything, and everything in it's place. It seems all my 'places for everything' have run away and hid on me.

Ho Ho Ho, Happy what-ever-you're-doing-today,


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Monday, December 14, 2009

Weekly Match-ups for Columbus, OH, December 14, 2009

I don't do the weekly match-ups with everything else I do. Plus, I don't think I'd be good at it, so it would take me HOURS to compile. But, here's the latest from our coupon hero, Buffy.

At Giant Eagle (through Wed.)

1. Apples $.88/lb
2. diet coke products (when you buy 4) $2/each 12pk cans or 6pk bottles
3. lean cuisine $2/each- $1/3 (9/13 RP)= $1.66/each
4. Knorr side dishes $1/each- $.60/2 (11/15 RP)= $.40/each
5. cheerios $2.50- $.55/1 ( $1.40/box or you can try this one (says for multigrain) $.75/1 ( would make them $1/box.
6. Hefty one zip storage bags $1.50- $1/2 (11/1 RP)= $1/each
7. McCormick gravy mix B1G1 Free ($1.08/each)or 2 for $1.08- $.50/2 (11/1 RP- this coupon expired 12/6 but I plan to slip it in with my stack!)= $.08/2
8. Nabisco crackers $2.50- $1/1 (11/8 SS)= $1.50/each
9. Pop secret popcorn $2/each- $1/2 (11/8 SS)= $1.50/each
10. Betty Crocker cookie mix $2/each- $.40/1 (11/15 GM)= $1.20 each
11. Nesquick single serve chocolate/strawberry milk or milkshakes $1- $.50/1 (11/1 RP)= FREE!
12. Yoplait kids yorurt 6pks $2- $.75/2 (11/8 SS)= $1.25/each or $.35/1 (11/8 SS)= $1.30/each
13. Birds Eye bagged or boxed frozen veggies $1- $.50/1 (12/6 SS)= FREE
14. Hot or lean pockets $2- $.75/1 (9/27 RP- says breakfast sandwich but works on these)= $.50/each1
5. Duracell bateries (2 pk) $1- $.75/1 (12/13 RP or 11/22 SS)= says on 4pk but I'm sure it will work on these just fine.

Kroger (good through Sun)1. Milk $1.78/gallon
2. fresh selection classic salad mix $.88/each
3. Pepsi products 12pk cans or 6pk bottles $1.99/each (when you buy 4)
4. Birds Eye frozen veggies $1- $.50/1 (12/6 SS)= FREE
5. Duncan Hines Cake mix $1- $1/2 (10/11 SS)= $.50/each
6. All laundry detergent $3.99-$2/1 (12/6 RP)= $1.99/each
7. Cantaloupe $1.508. 2 liters Pepsi products $.84

Meijer (good through Sat)

1. Kraft cheese products $1.50- $1/2 (12/6 SS)= $1/each
2. Milk $1.75/gallon
3. Tony's frozen pizza $1.99- $.50/1 (12/13 SS)=$.99/each. I heard that these are also still $1 at Kroger to make them free, but its not advertised and I haven't been there to check it out.
4. dozen eggs $.78/each
5. Betty Crocker cookie mix $1.78- $.40/1 (11/15 GM)= $.98/each
6. Nabisco crackers $1.66-$1/1 (11/8 SS)= $.66/each
7. Pepsi 2 liters $1
8. Creamette pastas $.66/each
9. Kelloggs cereals $2-$1/2 (12/13 RP)= $1.50/each and if you buy 5 you get a FREE gallon of
10. M&M's $2/bag- Meijer coupon ( for $1/2= $1.50/each

I have some extra coupons if anyone needs em' let me know. Also, I may have missed some deals, I did this really fast tonight. Buffy

Any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at This address comes up on my iPhone. If you send it to bestnurse@usa, I usually don't get it until I'm on the home computer.

Have a great day,


More Whitman's Coupons and All Detergent Coupons

I just checked, and I have at least five $2 Whitman's coupons to combine with the $4.99 sale at Drug Mart (making the sale price only $2.99). I also have many extra $1 off coupons for the Russell Stover Private Reserve boxed chocolates. They cost a little more, so I didn't get any. These are still excellent buys!

Also, note the $2 coupons off on All detergent. Sometimes they are on sale for $2.99 at Kroger. I've given out some coupons, but still have a couple extra if someone wants them, please ask. (The classmate who requested these have alredy been sent back for you.) In the past, I've purchased the detergent when it was on sale and given it away for free. But now I'm trying to teach YOU how to fish. (Smile)

Happy Fishing,


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Busy Weekend at Pantry 309

I came home with five bags of Kroger groceries that cost me 27 cents today! That doesn't count the other great deals I got on the Russell Stover and Whitman chocolates, free Mentos, free frozen veges, and almost free Del Monte fruit. Strangely, I got free paper towels with a coupon that wasn't the right one, but the cashier took it without question, and Pantry 309 got a half dozen rolls of Brawny paper towels to share!

On the other hand, all this comparing and coupon sorting has taken most of the entire weekend!

I checked, and the Tony's Pizza was free today at Kroger with this Sunday's coupon. I got several for Pantry 309, but already have someone on her way to pick up the pizza. Lots of kids and free pizza make for a wonderful easy supper tonight.

Also, have given away some frozen veges (peas, corn, and rice) that I picked up free with coupons at Giant Eagle last night.

In addition to working on Pantry 309, I've almost completed a major paper for school for Concepts. It's already 17-pages on the subject of Healthcare Reform! I had it ready to turn in, but the instructor decided to ask us to use the most recent version of APA style, so I had to make some changes. (Thanks, Miss Denise, for your help on the new version.)

So, it's been a busy weekend! I'd love to stay home to wrap Christmas presents tomorrow and get them off in the mail. My little sister and my two sons will be missing their gifts if I don't get those packages in the mail soon!

Hold it together for two more weeks!
Keep smiling!


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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Great Coupon Link From Sandy

My sister, Sandy, posted a great comment a couple posts ago, but maybe some of you don't check the comments or the online website. She listed this link as being very helpful for listing the coupons that will be in the Sunday paper each week. (We all like different things.) It's a great site. Here's the link. Click HERE

Thanks Sandy.

Have a great week,


Russell Stover and Whitman Chocolates a STEAL at Drug Mart

(flickr photo)
Did you ever want to give a nice, sweet, box of chocolates at Christmas time, but found them to be cost prohibitive? For instance, the Sunday paper (12-13-09) has Russell Stover "on sale" at Walgreens for $10 a box. NOT!!!
Sit up and take notice folks! Drug Mart in Columbus, Ohio, has Russell Stover and Whitman's on sale this week for $3.99/$4.99 AND there's a $1/$2-off coupon in this Sunday's paper. That makes them only $2.99 a box.
That's not all!!! They are already gift wrapped. Tonight (Saturday night), Drug Mart was already running the sale price. I started out buying a couple boxes, but went back for more when hubby and I remembered all the folks we have trouble getting something nice for without spending too much money. The young man checking me out said there was no limit and to "help myself", so I went ahead and used all the coupons I planned to use, and didn't have to make several trips trying to look inconspicuous. ha ha
Funny thing, though. The Whitman's coupon was on the back of the Tony's pizza coupon, so I missed that at first and bought all Russell Stover. (Hubby says that's better chocolate anyway.) Now I have some extra coupons for Whitman's if anybody is interested. Just e-mail me at or .
To clarify, the Whitman's is $4.99 at Drug Mart, but the coupon is for $2 off. The Russell Stover is $3.99 and the coupon is for $1 off. That makes either of them $2.99 after the coupon.
Speaking of Tony's pizza. If Kroger still has them on sale for $1 each (small size), they would be FREE with the 50-cent coupon also in this Sunday's paper. I haven't had time to double check, but this Sunday might be the last day of the Kroger sale.

Funny hubby. He is so happy at the thought of all this dark chocolate! I promised to save him an extra box for Santa to slip under the tree.
There were lots of coupons in this Sunday's paper that I could use. (My Coupon Fairy happened to stop by a day early, but don't tell anyone.)
There were extra coupons in my 'secret place" today also. (Those are usually gone within hours of being delivered.) I attribute that to so many people out Christmas shopping this weekend, that they aren't taking time for coupons. (It does take a lot of time.)

Take time to smell the roses - and share a box of chocolates!


Sunday, December 06, 2009

Updating for Sunday, December 6, 2009

Today's Sunday paper had Smart Source and Red Plum inserts, but I didn't see any really good coupons that I use. That's not to say I wasn't happy to get those inserts because sometimes a really great deal comes along that I wasn't expecting, and I'm ready with my coupons!!!!

This week, I'm cutting out Jim's favorite margarine coupon, and Colgate toothpaste for 75 cents that doubles for free toothpaste every few weeks around here.

Mostly, I'm staying pretty busy finishing up the last few weeks of school while combining Christmas, Jim's birthday, two 'grandchildren' birthdays, and the birthday of my oldest son. All this with only a few spare pennies in my pocket.

I've applied to work (as an LPN) over the school break in order to make ends meet until I can get a good RN job within about three months! In order to do that, I have to update my resume and find the job I want to apply for! At this point, I'm open to any offers including Columbus, Ohio; Portland, Oregon, (oldest son); Florida (little sister); or Tennessee (near youngest son and favorite place to live!).

I know this isn't about coupons, but life is life, and it all makes the circle in time.

If Buffy does a weekly local posting, I'll post it here for all to enjoy.

Keep warm and stay happy,


Monday, November 30, 2009

FREE Ohio Kroger Deals Nov. 23-29, 2009

Buffy sent this update on this week's Kroger coupon deal, and I'm passing it on to you in hopes that someone will get out there and grab some Good Deals and Free Meals. Looks like you can get FREE Tony's frozen pizza, Pillsbury Grands, and Sunny Delight if you have the right coupons. Remember, if you want some extra coupons for anything, please email me. I'll let you know what I have available. Happy Shoppping! ~Linda

From Buffy...Looks like some good deals at Kroger this week!!!


1. Milk $1.78/gallon-good price.

2. Oscar Mayer bacon B1G1 Free ($5.99/each)- $.75/1 (11/15 SS) use 2 of these coupons (one for each product)= $2.99 for 2.

3. Hillshire farm lunch deli meat (prepackaged) $3- $.35/1 (11/15 RP)= $2.30 OR try the coupon right next to that one for "family size" $.75/1 (should work)= $1.50/each.

4. Fresh selection garden salad mix $.88- good price

5. Apples $.88/lb- good price.

6. baby carrots $1- good price

7. Crest toothpaste (select varieties) $1.50- $.75/1 (11/29 PG)= FREE

8. Gillette Mens body wash or hair care B1G1 Free-$1/1 (11/29 PG)= good savings ?? price. You should be able to use 2 coupons and there are coupons for both hair care and body wash in the same insert.MIX AND MATCH (10 for $10)***

9. Kroger bread and buns $1/each- decent price

10. lunchables $1- $1/1 ( if you haven't already used these= FREE. Otherwise $1 is still good price on these!!

11. Michelina entrees $1- $1/5 ( $.80/each

12. Tony's frozen crispy crust pizza $1- I'm not sure which of these coupons will work with this item- I'm going to start with the one that would make them free, if it doesn't work, I'm going to use the other. SO, they are $1- $1/2 multi-serve (10/4 SS)=$.50/each OR try the other one $.50/1 single serve= FREE

13. Gatorade $1- decent price

14. Parkay margarine $1- $.75/2 (11/15 SS)= $.25/1.

15. Pillsbury grand biscuits $1-$1/1 ( FREE or there are various coupons in the 11/22 SS, 11/15 GM, 11/8 SS, 10/4 SS- all will be good deals. Side note- I often use the coupons for the "frozen" varieties because they are better deals and I've never had a problem with them working on the refrigerated ones. Good luck!

16. Pillsbury crescent rolls- $1- $.25/1 (11/22 SS)= $.50...again search the ads mentioned above there are tons of coupons to make these $.50/each...good price!

17. Pillsbury cinnamon rolls (yum!) $1- $.75/2 (10/4 SS, 11/15 GM, 11/22 SS) (says frozen, but should work fine on these)=$.25/each

18. Dial hand soap $1- $.35/1 (10/4 SS)= $.30/each

19. Progresso soups select varieties $1- $.50/2 (11/8 SS, 11/15 GM)= $.50/each

20. Sunny D smoothies (in fridge section) $1-$.55/1 ( FREE

21. Hot pockets $1.88- $.75/1 (says breakfast sandwhich should work fine) 9/27 RP= $.38/each

22. Breyers ice cream $8/3 ($2.66)- $.75/1 (10/18 RP)= $1.16/each when you buy 3.

TUESDAY DEC. 1st ONLY Keebler, Kelloggs, Sunshine Products are 50% off!

LOADS of coupons out there- if you want to search, go to click on "coupon database" and use the search box to look things up. If you need help, let me know. I haven't done the Meijer or Giant Eagle matches yet but I'll try to do those tonight and send out.

Buffy & Linda


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fat Coupon Inserts for 11/15/09

I have a few of this week-end's inserts already, and it looks like a lot of good coupons for Sunday, November 15. The Smart Source and Red Plum are the biggest I've ever seen. Must have something to do with Thanksgiving and maybe even hints of Christmas.

For the best deals in your neck of the woods, click
HERE and find your favorite store with matching coupon sales.

I'm finishing a great big 'term paper' on the United States' Healthcare Plan. As if we even know what the healthcare plan is, much less what it will be when they finish the war in Washington. At least my entire class is in this together, and our instructor will be cross-eyed from reading the same papers 37 times!

Shop until you drop in almost upon us,


Friday, November 13, 2009

Be The First To Get Great Deals

I've been so busy keeping my head above water with the end of school challenges, and perhaps (could it be?) somewhat depressed over the loss of my beloved Sheba, that I haven't even gone grocery shopping for myself. Thank goodness, hubby Jim has picked up the slack in that area, while I dare not peek at the non-coupon items in the kitchen right now.

For my loyal readers, I'm posting a link to a great site for getting up-to-date information on more Good Deals and Free Meals.
Please just click HERE and ENJOY



Thursday, November 05, 2009

Columbus Kroger Not Doing Triple Coupons Right Now

There are some rumblings on the Internet about Kroger offering triple coupons in some parts of the country. I called our local Kroger tonight and (after a long time on hold), I was told "no, we're not doing that right now". If history repeats itself, Kroger may spring a triple coupon event soon, so keep your ears to the ground and eyes on the door.

We love those triple coupon days!


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Waiting on Good Deals and Free Meals

I agree with my friend, Buffy, that the grocery stores better start putting on better sales! Our pantries are running low. We do hope they aren't starting to catch on to the booming coupon business!

Don't forget, you can click HERE to view the currents sales at MOST grocery stores locally and nationwide. Or

But, thanks to Buffy, we have something from Giant Eagle to report. I'm posting her e-mail message to me.

All I have to say is...if you are shopping at Giant Eagle without coupons- you might as well throw your money right out the door. Even their sale prices SUCK! I only find occasional deals worth making the trip for (like last week's Breyers ice cream for $1!!). Ok, now that I've gotten that off my are the few things I found for the coming week:

Nov. 5-11th. 1. Fruity Pebbles/Cocoa Pebbles/Alpha Bits- if you buy 3 they are 3 for $4- but you must buy 3 to get the deal. A decent price if you like these varieties, but no coupons to go with em.

2. If you like Land-O-lakes butter $2- $.50/1 (11/1 SS)= $1/each. I've gotten the same butter for free during Meijer sales, but if you like it/need it etc. (also if you purchase $10 in select products with these included- they will give you $2/off next shopping trip coupon).

3. If you like Entenmann's products- they are B1G1 Free, a good coupons.

4. Poptarts 12 ct. box $2.50- $.55/1 (9/13 RP)= $1.40/box. Not great- not bad.

5. Clorox disinfectant wipes $2.50- $.50/1 (10/4 RP)= $1.50/each. Also, buy 4 of these and get a coupon at checkout for $3 off your next shopping trip. So, basically it would be 4 containers for $3 if you purchase 4 and use 4 coupons. Good deal.

6. Hefty trash bags $3- $.55/1 (8/30 RP)= $1.90/each good deal

7. Glade 4oz candles $2.50/each- $1.50/2 (11/1 SS)= $1.75/each

8. Coffee Mate creamer $1.50- $.50/1 (11/1 RP)= $.50/each

9. Yoplait trix yogurt $2- $.75/2 (10/4 SS)= $1.25/each OR various printables ( or for $.40/1 to make them $1.20/each.

10. Yoplait Yoplus yogurt $2- $1/1 (10/4 SS) or same links as above= $1/each

11. Green Giant frozen boxed veggies $1- $.50/1 (various coupons marked for steamers or bagged varieties, but should work fine on these)= FREE check the following inserts for coupons: 10/4 SS; 9/13 GM; or or

12. red seedless grapes $.87/lb is good price.

That's all that I saw...seriously, someone better run some good 10 for $10 (11th item free) deals here soon!! My 6 month pantry supply is gonna dwindle to a mere 3 or 4 months soon! ha ha ha! :-) Buffy

Watching out for you and yours,


Monday, October 26, 2009

Very Good Deals at Kroger in Central Ohio This Week

Besides having good deals at Kroger this week, the sales that match my coupons are grocery items that I use all the time. Like Quaker Oatmeal, Laundry Soap, Ricola Cough Drops, Colgate Toothpaste, Pert Shampoo, and more.

Tonight I planned ahead to match coupons with sales and ended up spending $8 and SAVED $68.00. Actually, that's better than usual for me. I'm pleased that I can replenish my Pantry 309 that has been getting pretty low. I can start fulfilling some wish-lists that have been put on hold.

I've been getting free name brand dog food for Sheba at Giant Eagle too. Now I'm just waiting for those Mentos to come on sale for 99 cents at Kroger or Giant Eagle, so I can get them free to pass out to my classmates when we get frustrated and start gnashing our teeth. ha ha

Keep a watch for the Mento sale,



Monday, October 19, 2009

Nobody Should Go Hungry This Week

My friend, Buffy, has done it again! Boy do I wish I had time to go shopping this week! Check out the great deals Buffy found in the Columbus area. She has included sites where you can go to and print out your own coupons including the Meijer coupons you can 'stack" with the manufactures' coupon. If you need additional coupons, remember you can ask me, but be sure to include the insert information. (Example: 9/13 SS)

Meijer deals: Meijer store coupons here:

1.Campbells Chicken noodle or tomato soup $.59-$.50/2 (9/13 SS)= $.09 each

2. Hot pockets/lean pockets $1.89- $.75/1 coupons (available for purchase at $.39/each.

3. Off the bone lunch meat $2.69- B1G1 coupon that was online (has since been removed), if you have that coupon from a couple weeks ago= $$1.35/each.

4. Aunt Millie's bread $1- $.55/1 ( FREE bread!

5. Manwich $.89/each- B2G1 (All You Magazine Sept. 2009)= $1.80/3 or $.60/each
6. Hunt's canned tomatoes $.79-$.50/2
( $.29/each

7. Barilla Pasta $.89-$.50/2 (8/23 SS)= $.39/each + Meijer $1/3 coupon= $.06/each for 3, $.39 for the 4th. Use 2 of the insert coupons and 1 Meijer coupon- get 4 total boxes.

8. Keebler cookies $1.69- $1.50/2 ( use zip code 48506)= $.95/each

9. Hostess cupcakes/twinkies $2.49- $.50/1 (10/11 RP)= $1.49/each

10. Totinos pizza rolls $.99- $.40/2 (9/13 GM)= $.59/each

11. Tyson bagged chicken $3.99-$1/1 (10/11 SS)- Meijer store coupon $1/1 = $1.99/bag but you can only use 1 Meijer coupon per transaction so if you want more than one do separate transaction!

12.Hormel fully cooked entrees $3.99-$1/1- Meijer store coupon $1/2= $2.50/each

13. Velveeta shells $1.50- Meijer store coupon $1/2= $1/box

14. Kraft salad dressing $1.58- $1/1 Meijer store coupon= $.58/each

15. Kraft Mayo $1.99- Meijer store coupon $1/1= $.99/each

16. Kraft Shake and Bake $1.69-Meijer store coupon $1/2= $1.19/each

17. Red barron singles frozen pizzas $2.99-$1/1 (9/20 SS or 10/18 SS)= $1.99 each

18. Sure deodorant $1.84- $1.50/1 (10/18 SS)= $.34/each

19. Colgate toothpaste 3 for $5- $.75/1- (use 2 of these) (10/11 SS)- $1/1 (10/11 SS)- Meijer coupon $1/3= 3 Free tubes!

20. Crest toothpaste (select varieties) $1.66-$.75/1 (10/11 PG)= $.16/eachOther decent deals:2 gallon milk $1.75- pretty good price if you need it

KROGER:1. Heinz grave $.91 (when you buy 10 participating items and get 11th free)- $1/3 ( $.58/each

2. Dole tropical fruit cans $.91 (when you buy 10 participating items and get 11th free)- $.55/2 (7/19 SS)= $.36/each

3. Campbell's soup $.91 (when you buy 10 participating items and get 11th free) $.91- $.50/2 (9/13 SS)= $.39/each

4. Michelina lean meals $.78- $1/5 ( $.58/each lots of other decent deals in the $10/10 get 11th item free deals.

That's all I see...but I'm exhausted so don't hold me accountable if I missed anything or messed anything up! Lol Buffy

Shop With A Smile...


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Good Deals and Free Meals This Week

I feel like I've been delinquent here because it's been a week or so since I posted the best deals in town. Besides many hours of clinicals and a heavy school load (just ask my classmates) my furry 'baby', Sheba is very sick and has taken many hours of my time day and night to try and keep her comfortable in her last hours. (Yes, it's really sad at our house, these days.) We lost our other dog, our Golden Retriever in the summer. Both were getting old.

Only if you are a real pet lover, can you imagine me lying on the floor next to Sheba as she moans and groans in pain during the night. Petting her tummy seems to help a little. She used to jump up on the bed when she wanted comfort, but she's too weak and in too much pain for us to get her on the bed now. The vet has given us several meds, but none seem to help even though I've given more than what was prescribed. We haven't had more than a couple hours of sleep at a time at our house in a couple weeks now.

As I've checked the Giant Eagle sales in Columbus this week, here are a couple good deals - and I have extra coupons for most.

Betty Crocker Potatoes are .50 cents a box with coupon.
Honey Nut Cheerios .40 cents a box with .55 cent coupon doubled.
Progresso Soup is free with a couple coupons that I downloaded and printed online.
Chef BAD (can't spell that word) pasta is .60 cents with $1/2 coupon.
Bird's Eye frozen veges are free with .50 cent coupon that is doubled at Giant Eagle.
Heinz Ketsup is .40 with coupon.

No triple coupons going on at this time that I know of.

E-mail me if you would like some coupons. Include your address if you want me to put them in the mail.

The best of shopping to you!


Saturday, October 03, 2009

Good Deals and Free Food Ideas From My Friend Buffy

I'm posting an e-mail I got from Buffy. (She is the wonderful friend who got me started couponing.) It looks like she went to a lot of work to provide great information on couponing and GREAT sales this week. She doesn't mind if I re-post it on my blog so more people can 'learn and earn'. I'm sorry I got it out so late. I had to work clinicals all day, but I had a great experience at Netcare!

(From Buffy...) OK, so there are some really good grocery deals at Meijer this week, some of which will only be valid on Saturday (one day only sale). Details below. I'm going to review coupon basics for the newbies on my coupon list.- if you are familiar, skip to the end.

NEW COUPONERS- don't get overwhelmed!! Its not as complicated as it sounds!!Basic rules of the game:
1. Match flyer deals with coupons at stores that will double your coupon value (upto $.99). Stores that will do this include: Giant Eagle, Meijer, Kroger.

2. Keep your weekly coupons organized by date- don't bother cutting all coupons out.

3. If you find good coupons for items you use- try to collect at least 5 or 6 so that when it goes on sale and you can get it cheap, you can stock 5-6 of them to get you through until that item has a good deal/coupons again. Yes, this may mean purchasing 5-6 Sunday papers (Or ask me ((Linda)) if I have extra coupons for that product. I often do!!!) But if you get good at it, you'll more than make your $$ back.

4. When going through grocery store, look for coupons hanging on blinkie (dispensers) or on a tear pad. COLLECT THEM IF YOU USE THAT PRODUCT EVEN IF YOU AREN'T GOING TO BUY THAT DAY. You can use these at any store and any day until it expires.

5. Use this site: but don't get overwhelmed by the TONS of info on the site. I use the "coupon data base" which you just type in the product name and it will tell you if there are coupons out there for that item and where to find them. For instance, if I want Betty Crocker fruit snacks, type in betty crocker and it will tell you where to find coupons, how much coupon is worth etc. The only other thing I use this site for, is under "resources" you can print Meijer/Target coupons off their site.

6. Meijer will only double 2 of the same coupon per order. BUT, you CAN use a regular coupon WITH a Meijer at Meijer if you find an item that you have a newspaper coupon for and there is a Meijer store coupon for that item, you can use 2 coupons on one item- this is how I get lots of free or very cheap stuff at Meijer. (and you can ask them to run a second transaction if you want to get more than 2 of the item with coupons).7. Kroger just started limiting you to using 5 of the same coupon per order.

8. I use to order coupons that I want to stock up on. For instance last week at Meijer they had lunchables on sale for $1- I found $1/off coupons on this site, ordered 20 (paid around $.10 per coupon) and got the lunchables for free after the coupons. Coupons take a few days to arrive so I usually try to do the matchups I'm sending below at the beginning of the week so I can order what I need and get them before that week's sale ends.

9. When printing an online coupon- if you hit the back arrow and then refresh after it finishes printing, it will re-print so that you can get 2 coupons per computer. If you have access to more than one computer (say desktop and laptop) you can print off of each for additional coupons that way as well.

10. Coupons come usually in 3 different inserts on Sundays. Smart Source (name at top of coupon packet) is appreviated "SS". Red Plum "RP" and Proctor and Gamble "PG". So if I mark after an item (9/13 RP) that means you can find that coupon in the Sept. 13th RP. This is why you want to organize coupons by date. Then all you have to do is go to that week's folder, find the Red Plum and cut the coupon needed.

11. Other short hand notes: $1/4 means $1 off when you buy 4. $.50/2 means $.50 off when you buy 2.

12. Lots of good coupons can be printed at:

13. Sometimes you have to sign up at sites to get coupons- I will usually give my real name/address but not my real phone number. I also created a coupon email account that I use to get coupons sent to so it doesn't flood my real account.

14. Watch the cashiers to make sure they scan each of your coupons- they OFTEN make mistakes!

15. Below is the lists I will generally send out to everyone on my coupon list. If you ever want to be removed, just let me know!


1. Saturday ONLY! Betty crocker fruit snacks $.99- $.40/1 coupon from 9/13 SS (or you can print some here: after they double that (only 2 will double per transaction)= $.20/box. EVEN BETTER THOUGH- if you print a Meijer coupon here ( for $1/2 and use WITH your 2 coupons from 9/13 SS, they would be FREE!! If you want more than 2 boxes, you can still print as many of the coupons from the second link provided to get as many boxes as you'd like for $.50/each which is still a good deal!

2. Chex Mix. $1.19/bag. Coupons at for $.50/1 after doubled would be $.19/bag. Don't forget to hit back arrow and refresh and print 2 so you can get 2 bags at this price! There are also other coupons for chex mix $1/2 in the 9/13 SS but that wouldn't be as good of a deal.

3. Betty Crocker supreme brownie mix. $1.79. Coupons at the same link posted above for num. 2 for $.75/2. After doubled that would mean 2 boxes for $1.04/each. Not bad price.

4. Off the bone prepackaged lunch meat. $1.99/each. to print coupon for B1G1 free to make this a great deal on lunch meat! $1/each. Don't forget to use back arrow and then refresh to print 2!

5. Lady speedstick deodorant $1.99. There are $.75/off coupons from last weeks paper (9/27 SS) to make this $.50 for deodorant.

6. Green Giant Veggies $1/each. There are $.50/1 coupons from the 9/13 SS that would make these FREE veggies!! after that coupon is doubled. The coupon can also be printed here: remember to back arrow/refresh to print 2. REMINDER- Meijer will only double 2 per order, so if you have 4 coupons and want 4 bags- have them ring them as a separate order!

7. Betty crocker frosting $1.49. Use $.50/1 coupon at after they double that would be $.50/each but there are also Meijer store coupons at for $1/2 so if you use the 2 coupons from the first link and 1 coupon from the second, you will get 2 frostings for FREE!

8. Betty crocker warm delights $1.49. Use $.50/1 coupons from (or sunday paper but can't find the date) to make the $.50 and if you use the Meijer store coupon from for $1/2 you will get FREE!! So, use your 2 coupons from the first link with one Meijer coupon from the second link and you will get 2 free warm delights.

Other good deals at meijer without coupons:

1. Apples $.88/pound2. Grapes $.87/pound3. Creamette pasta $.79/box4. OK (not great) deal on diet pepsi $2.96/12 pack if you like Diet Pepsi. ----------------------------------------

KROGER:Didn't have many good matchups but don't forget if you order coupons from for angel soft toilet paper (use the search box)- (coupon says for 6 count package) for $.50/each...Kroger always has 4pack rolls for $.99 and these coupons work for the 4pack so after Kroger doubles your $.50/off coupon- that is how you get FREE toilet paper! You can only order 10 of these coupons from this site at a time and Kroger will only let you use 5 at each transaction...but its FREE TP! I haven't paid for TP in almost a year from this method!

Kroger also has bread products on sale for $1.--------------------------------------------------------------

NEW PEOPLE- If you have ANY questions, problems, or need coupons you don't have- EMAIL ME!!! I have some extra coupons I can give ya! I work all day Sat. so I probably won't get to meijer to do these deals so you can have my coupons if you'd like. Also, I would open new links on your computer and keep the links I have posted in this email open while getting your coupons ready for your shopping trip- and, I'd save them to your "favorites" for future use. Its a rush when you walk out of the store with a cart full of stuff you only paid pennies on the dollar for! EVERYONE- If you can't get to the store for these deals, don't worry- I'll be doing more matchups once next week's ads come out and I'll send those out as well. Hope this helps!!!Buffy

You Go, Buffy!
Thanks a million,


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

$0.00 For Groceries Twice This Week

I feel a bit like a thief when the cashier looks at her cash register like she accidentally hit the delete button.

Before she rang up my groceries today, the cashier asked if I wanted to use my gas rewards of 7 percent. I smiled and said, "No thank-you" expected my coupons to cover the cost of this trip to the store, but not expecting the look of shock on her face when she realized that I owed her NOTHING.

Okay. I don't usually write about saving 75 percent or 80 percent with coupons. I've discovered people really don't enjoy those stories because they are reminded that it doesn't work that way for them.

This time, I just thought I'd encourage you to think about it, and let me help you get Good Deals and Free Meals by learning how to shop with coupons. Don't give up! Anyone can do it.

Keep Smiling and Reaching for the Goal,


Monday, September 28, 2009

Free Birds Eye Frozen Veges at GE

I just love those quick meal veges from Steamfresh, and even more, love getting them for free this week with the coupons I clipped a couple weeks ago from the Sunday inserts.

Giant Eagle has the 12 0z. packages on sale (until Thursday) for $1. The 50 cents coupons are doubled, so how about that?

I believe the slightly seasoned coupons work for the regular veges too. Between the Pets Smart free dog food and free vegetables, we're all eating well this week.

Go see!


Now It's K-Mart Offering Super Doubles Starting 9-27-09

It looks like I'm about 24-hours late on this one, but the Columbus, OH, K-Mart stores are offering doubles on coupons up to $2. A $2 coupon is worth $2. A $2 coupon (if one exists) is worth $4.

I called, and the lady said you can only use 10 coupons at a time, but it can be used for any item. (Not just certain departments like last time.) I guess this also means that a 50 cent coupons is worth $1 and so on.

I might take a run to the Olentangy store before rush hour as I'm in clinicals tomorrow all day.

My dog will be mad at me. She's lying outside enjoy the cool fall weather. Old Man Winter is just around the corner here in the Midwest!

Watch for falling leaves ~ and falling prices!

E-mail: pantry309@yahoo.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kroger Triple Coupons Now! Sept. 25-27, 2009

That sneaky "hope-the-couponers-don't-find-out" Kroger is quietly running triple coupons again.

Someone sent me an e-mail asking how I know about these things. In this case, I have set up a Google notification that sends me an e-mail anytime the words "kroger triple coupons" is posted anywhere on the web. You can set this up through your Google account to send you notification of any words you want. It sends you a link to the site that used those words. I also have my name, the words 'free groceries', Berrien Springs, and my websites listed. You'd be surprised who is searching for you these days.

So, I just called the Kroger nearest me in Columbus, Ohio, and they confirmed they are running the triple coupon event this weekend. Coupons through 50 cents are tripled. That means a 50 cent coupon is worth $1.50. You can use unlimited coupons (one for each item), and online printed coupons are accepted.

I haven't checked to see what coupons I have to match any sales, but I'm sure there Good Deals and Free Meals in the 'isles' at Kroger right now.

This is how I stock up on grocery items for Pantry 309 and others that I share my goodies with.

By the way, the coupon inserts this Sunday (9/27/09) finally include Irish Spring coupons for my friend, Edith. The Irish Spring coupons are for 50 cents, so that means $1.50 off on Irish Spring soap at Krogers through Sunday!!! Call me quick, Edith.

There's also a coupon for free Friskies Natural Sensations cat treats, but my sister who has three cats including big Ringo whom I'm co-mama of, is getting my extra coupons for that.

There's lots more, but you can check out the coupons in the Sunday paper and hurry to Kroger before midnight on Sunday. Or, send me an e-mail with your requests for extra coupons.

Happy Krogering in Ohio,


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Double Coupons - Free Coupons

(Flickr photo under fairy)

My Coupon Fairy dropped off double coupons while I was sleeping last night, so feel free to let me know if there are any coupons in today's Sunday inserts that you would like to have. Be sure to indicate today's date of 9-20-09 and which insert it is in such as Red Plum or Smart Source. It's a free e-mail for you and only the cost of a stamp for me. Hopefully, there's something for everyone today.

Thanks again to my very special, hard-working, thoughtful, Coupon Fairy.

Happy Coupon Day,


Saturday, September 19, 2009

I Have Extra Coupons From Five Inserts 9-13-09

The week that we got five coupon inserts in the Sunday paper (9-13-09), we left on a few days vacation, so I didn't cut out very many coupons. If you still have your inserts and see any coupons that you want, please let me know at my e-mail . This week you could have gotten Tuna for $.09 after the coupon doubled, but I think you can get it at that price at Meijer everyday. Problem is you can only check out two at a time there. LOL

The Smart Source insert with the picture of a mouse on it (dated 9-13-09) has several good coupons. (Go figure. You have to deal with that mouse.) Remember, these coupons are good anywhere you have grocery stores. I'm happy to mail them to anyone at no extra cost.

I'm getting back into the groove of things slowly but surely. Tonight I have piles of coupon inserts to get filed away before the next batch arrives in the morning. It's fun stuff, though!

A few days in the Smokey Mountains with family was so much fun and a very happy time for us. The pictures and stories are on my Linda's Notebook site at if you haven't seen it already. I'm planning to post pictures when I get permission from everyone.

Take Care on the Journey,


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sunday Paper for 9-13-09 Full of Goodies. Five Coupon Inserts!

I love living near the city, but being able to enjoy a bit of nature outside our door. Today the birds are calling in the trees near my window, and one came close to whisper in my ear that this coming Sunday would be a great newspaper coupon day.

There will be two Smart Source booklets, two Red Plum and one Better At Home. (I don't recall seeing that one before.) She gave me a little peek inside, and I saw more coupons than even a pro like me could imagine. Everything but coupons for Irish Spring for my friend, Edith! (Maybe I didn't look carefully enough, so I'll check again.)

There are coupons for all my favorite things like frozen veges, pet food, shampoos, cleaning supplies, and more!

The USA Weekend that is also included in the Sunday paper has a nice little article on where to get the best up-to-date coupons with good online coupon links to check out.

The USA Weekend article called getting stuff for free "almost an extreme sport". In the SaveSmart story titled "Make the Most of Coupons", it lists several good coupon websites to check out. They are: , , and .

Having shared all that, the little birdie flew on to her Tennessee destination where she plans to soak up some last minute summer sun, play in the warm soaking spas, check out some mountain water falls, enjoy a small family reunion, and pick up some fall sunflower seeds to enjoy during the long, cold winter months in central Ohio.

Take Care on the Journey,


Sunday, September 06, 2009

No Coupons in Sunday Paper 9-6-09 but Free Deals Abound!

I hope you didn't already go out and buy the Sunday paper for the coupons. We get the paper delivered very early, so I jumped out of bed by 7:30 a.m. to make sure they didn't stick a surprise in there. Nope, nada. Not a coupon anywhere!

For those who collect and save coupons each week, I'm happy to report that in the Columbus, Ohio, area, there are some good deals around! Last night I made my well-planned trip to Meijer using Meijer coupons combined with manufactures' coupons. I got $54 dollars-worth of groceries for less than $10. That included FREE A-1 that my sister and her husband will be delighted to use as they cook out several times a week. Also, Chinet paper plates and bowls for only $.49. (49-cents!). Also, Miracle Whip Mayo for only $1 when two coupons were stacked. (The Meijer coupon and the manufactures' coupon).

I'm still using certain Ritz crackers' coupons that allow me a FREE box of Wheat Thins AND a free box of Ritz Crackerfuls when I buy one box of Ritz Crackers. Let's see if I can keep this experience simple... I've done this process at both Meijer and Kroger, so it does work. Ritz is on sale for $2.49 a box. Meijer has a Mealbox coupon (Meijer on-line coupons) for $1 off a box of Ritz. So, I get two boxes of Ritz and add two Meijer coupons for $1 off bringing that cost to $3 for two boxes of Ritz. I use my other coupons for the two extra free Wheat Thins and free Crackerfuls. (Six boxes of crackers for $3.)

Before checking out, I've already profiled the cashiers and selected a young man I hope will accept my word if the coupons hang up when he rings them in. He did question if I had purchased the Ritz crackers, and because I had a lot of coupons, I answered, "Yes sir, I did. I'm the coupon princess, so you can be sure I did this right." He didn't question another one.

Meijer starts new sales week today, and I plan to make use of my extra Barilla coupons. Piccolini and Angel Hair pasta (plus all the other types) will only cost about 30-cents a box! I thought last week's Giant Eagle sale of $1 a box was great, but Meijer has it on sale for 89-cents a box this week! Go figure! It usually sells for $1.69 a box at Kroger!

Pantry 309 has been able to offer extra good food last week including Barilla pasta, A-1, cheese, cereal, toilet paper and even some candy bars. Several of my classmates have really appreciated Pantry 309. I like it when they say God will bless me. It shows they are appreciative and that the joy of giving works both ways.

Take Care on the Journey,


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Heads UP - KMart Triple Coupons in Ohio?

I'm head over heals swamped with writing papers for school and studying for term finals, but I've seen a couple places on my regular blogs that K-Mart will be having triple coupon events starting August 30, 2009 in the Columbus, Ohio, area. If you have some coupons and want to check it out, go for it, and good luck.

This is great for getting free or almost free paper items, cleaning supplies. It seems to me that K-Mart doesn't put anything on sale and doesn't have very much on the shelves during triple coupon days. But, last time I did gets lots of free dog food!

The coupon's are on you this time! Enjoy


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Barilla Pasta - Best Deal at Giant Eagle This Week

Sunday's paper (8-23-09) had a coupon in the Smart Source OR Red Plum for $1/2 ($1 off two) boxes of Barilla Piccolini. This week (8/20/89 - 8/26/09) Giant Eagle has all types of Brailla Pasta and Spaghetti on sale 10/$10. (You don't have to get 10 for the $1 each price.)

With the coupon, that's only 50 cents a box. Even though it doesn't list the spaghetti on the coupon, I ran it through tonight and it accepted the coupon for Barilla Piccolini. So, I got a total of six boxes (different kinds) for $3.

For those who don't have coupons, I do have a few extra so if you will email me, I'll send you some coupons. But hurry, this deal ends soon.

Also, if you have dogs and use Purina Chef Michael's dog food, I have a few coupons for $3 off one bag. I saw a sale last week for $3.50 a bag, but haven't found one this week. Even if not on sale, it only costs $1 a bag with the coupon. Sheba just loves it! I got several bags for 50 cents each last week!!!!!!!

I'm horribly busy with end-of-term papers and study for tests, but if you will send your e-mails to I will get it immediately on my iPhone and will respond ASAP.

Take Care and Have a Great Weekend,


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Kroger Triples and Tickles!

Yep, tonight I saved $77 and spent $4 at one store. That tickles me pink and makes hubby very happy! He is so proud of my 'second job'. He calls it that because it saves us so much money every week! He says I've become a professional at it, but it's not that much of a mystery or that much trouble once you get into it.

I've had so much fun tonight taking in some great deals at Kroger during the weekend of triple coupons (up to 50 cents). The best deal, of course, was all the absolutely free Pillsbury Grands and related breads. Hubby looked into the refrigerator and commented, "Well, I do like biscuits with my meals." I don't consider Grands true biscuits, but I guess they are. Anyway, I used all my stash of Pillsbury coupons and now have a supply for Pantry 309 too!

Another swell deal at Kroger was Suave shampoo and body wash. Using my 50 cent coupons that tripled to $1.50, I got bottles of shampoo and body wash for about 12 each!

Crest toothpaste is $4/2 at Kroger, but with the 50 cent coupon, the final price was 50 cents. Even though it cost me 50 cents, some of them also included a free 'travel size' tube of toothpaste. I could have bought a lot more because I have a big stash of Crest coupons, but at 50 cents, even that has a limit of spending. Too bad no one is requesting my extra coupons...Too bad they expire August 31.

Mustard would have been free, but I forgot to get it tonight. I still have Sunday, though. So are the Bic pens that I forgot to get.

Reese's candy bars are free along with another free one with a BOGO free coupon that you guys will see in Sunday's Red Plum or Smart Source insert. My husband and big John especially love those. I politely got only 10 of the Reese Dark Chocolate Candy Bars (new), but promised the boys more on another day!

The very BEST deal was at Giant Eagle where I found Chef Michael (spelling) dog food (by Purina) on sale. There's a coupon for $3 off a bag in the Sunday paper (8/23), and it's on sale for 2/$7 making it only 50 cents a bag! Sheba loves it! I got several bags, but not wanting to look greedy in front of all my favorite cashiers, I went back a second time for three more bags.

Another great deal (if you're into it) at Giant Eagle are the Chinet plates and cups. Using coupons I saved for a sale from earlier, I paid only 50 cents for each set of plates and cups. Instead of paper plates, I got the clear plastic called 'crystal' plates and cups. I'm into that even though I'd never pay full price or even half price for them! (Sandy, let me know if you use these.)

For Edge shaving cream, I have to drive to another Giant Eagle but with the coupons, it's free too. We don't need so much, but hubby says if it's free, he will find a good hiding spot for it.

At both stores, the cashiers commented on what good deals I got. (Sometimes they sneer and make snide comments, ((mostly at other stores)), so a nice, positive comment is very much appreciated.) One cashier at Giant Eagle said, "I want my wife to talk to you about how to use coupons!" Another cashier was shocked, but excited with me when I saved $77 and spent only $4. (I gave her some dog food coupons too. She has several big dogs.)

One thing I've noticed is that the grocery stores never check for expiration dates. At least not the two main ones that I go to. While I'm always very careful about using coupons that are not expired, I decided to try some paper towel coupons that expired this week because the paper towels are free with those coupons. So far, it's worked with five rolls. I have 12 more to go. Wonder if I'll get them all?

My wish is that more of my friends and family would learn this art of saving money on all of your favorite grocery and personal items. It really does not take that much time once you get yourself organized - especially if you only buy what you and your family use. Once you get a little stockpile of the specific items you use, then catch these items on sale and pick up two or three extra, that all it takes!

At the end of each month, I toss out a big grocery bag of expired coupons, and that doesn't count the hundreds that I don't cut out. I'm learning to cut only the basic things I like. I file the inserts in a big manila envelope by name and date and use the coupon blogs to discover other specials that I need additional coupons for. Most 'couponers' have their own special way of cutting and organizing coupons. Whatever works for you.

Of course as hubby says, if everybody used coupons, the shelves would be empty!
It has to be something YOU want to do. I'm sure it's not for everyone, and that okay too.
I still love ya!

Take Care on the Journey,


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Good Deals This Weekend at Kroger With Triple Coupons

Starting Friday, August 21, 2009, Kroger stores in Columbus, Ohio, will triple your coupons. For instance, a .35 cent coupon will be worth $1.05. Pillsbury Grands (and other types) are on sale through Sunday for .99 cents each, so you will get .05 cents credit for each one you buy.

I'm sure there are other good deals to be made too. I'm sad that I must spend the first 14 hours of my day working clinicals at Doctors Hospital on Friday. Bummer!

Anyway, Pantry 309 should have a few nice items available on Monday for those who don't have coupons.

Can't wait!


Friday, August 14, 2009

Pantry 309 Offering More - and Could Offer More If...

I'm offering extra coupons for you to use with your favorite grocery items, and I will train others on how to shop and save with coupons when requested.

The extra coupons come in real handy when you see something you like on sale, and you have a coupon to go with it. With extra coupons, you can buy more than one of that item - one for each extra coupon that you have!

The link for the Inventory Page now includes those items that I have extra coupons for. Please feel free to e-mail me with your request for extra coupons. If I still have them, I'd love to share with you.

The FREE grocery items are still available, but in limited quantities due to my heavy school schedule and less time for shopping right now.

(If anyone is reading this who is retired or has extra time to devote to shopping for me, I'll give you my shopping list, coupons, and shopping money to pick up my great deals. If you know someone who might be interesting in assisting with Pantry 309 in this way, please let them know about our need.)

You can request items from the Inventory List and/or extra coupons to combine with coupons you gleaned from the Sunday paper to help you save even more on your grocery bill.

Remember, the email address for groceries, coupons, or training is:

Have a wonderful weekend,

PS: MENTOS coupons are back! It makes them FREE when on sale for 99-cents!


Sunday, August 02, 2009

Free baby food BEECH-NUT Coupons in Smart Source 8-2-09

(Photo credit HERE)
Correction, there were four coupon inserts in today's paper (not five as originally posted), but the coupon savings total almost $400!
There are three coupons in the Smart Source insert (8-2-09) for BEECH-NUT baby food. (At least in the Columbus, Ohio, paper.) You can get a free jar of Beech-Nut Stage 3 Homestyle Fruit and/or use a coupon for a B1G1 (buy one, get one free) of a Lets Grow product. And, there is a $2.00 coupon off any 16 BEECH-NUT Stage 2 jars. These expire 12.31.09.
For those who get the Sunday paper (anywhere in the USA), if you haven't saved a good link showing the current store sales for this week's coupons, you can go HERE and select the grocery store in your area.
Don't forget to click the link on this blog (upper left hand corner of the home page) for Pantry 309 and scroll down to see the most recent additions to my FREE grocery items. All you need to do is e-mail me a wishlist of those items that you can use to along with a contact number or e-mail address.
(The address is because I already had that blog set up for something else and changed it to the site where I list all the items I have to offer in Pantry 309.)
I was right, I didn't sleep well last night. I kept getting up to see if my papers were here because it was raining and I didn't want them to get wet. I need not have worried. My carrier wrapped them in plastic bags that kept them nice and cozy dry! Thanks, Nikki and Kevin!
Happy Back-to-School Shopping!