Saturday, October 24, 2009

Off to the Pumpkin Patch!

 This morning we are off to the pumpkin patch!  As you can see by the picture above, we are going to the A maze'n Farmyard.  I've never been here, I'm pretty excited about what I've read and heard about it!  I think Henry will have a ball.

I just hope it warms up!

Happy Saturday all!

Friday, October 23, 2009

$0.52 for two boxes of spaghetti at Target

Last night at Target I noticed the Ronzoni Healthy Harvest box of spaghetti was only $0.76.  Pair that with the $1/2 boxes printable coupon --> HERE <-- and you pay just $0.52 for two boxes of spaghetti, or $0.26 each.

This is whole wheat pasta as well, so it's better for you - and we have tried it before, it's very good!  Even Henry ate it.  And I don't think Joe even noticed it was wheat...hee hee.

More candy printables = Free candy!

Okay, so just a while ago I told you about printable Target coupons (read that post --> HERE <--)

Now, it's even sweeter.

I just realized that there are two new coupons available over at for candy!

I am using zip code 56301:
Save $2.00 on any Wonka 24 oz or larger candy bag, --> HERE <--
Save $2.00 on any Nestle 24 oz or larger candy bag, --> HERE <--

This could mean free candy when stacked with the Target printables!

Free Kashi Granola Bar Sample

Free samples often come with great coupons, plus free food, why not?!!

Click --> HERE <-- to request a free sample of a Kashi Granola Bar.  I have had these before (due to a previous free sample!) and they were surprisingly good!  So far everything from Kashi I have tried has been very tasty - and they are often on sale.  Bonus.

Another thanks to Money Saving Madness!

Kraft Foods Cash Giveaway Game

Click --> HERE <-- to go to Kraft Food's new cash giveaway game, spin the wheel and you can instantly win a free bottle of Kraft Dressing or cash!

I just played and didn't win (instead got a link to a recipe), but it literally took about 30 seconds.  You do have to register with their website to participate, so it might be wise to use an extra email address.  I already get Kraft emails so I didn't mind a bit! :)

You can enter once per day.

Thanks, Money Saving Madness

Two free postcards using your own pictures

At Hippopost you can upload your own pictures and send 2 free post cards everyday.  They even pay the postage!

I gotta try fun!  (and I'm thinking possibly a frugal and creative way to send a "thank you" note) Click --> HERE <-- to go check it out yourself!

Thanks Minnesota Coupon Adventure for the heads-up!

On Monday, October 26, in celebration of World Pasta Day, Buca Di Beppo is giving away a free spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce when you buy any small or large pasta or entree.

Plus, each guest will receive a package of Rummo-brand pasta to take home!

Stack this deal with the 10/28 Red Plum $10 off coupon, and you've got a cheap meal!

BOGO and $1.50/2 Coffee-mate Printable Coupons

We are BIG coffee drinkers in this house.

Especially me.

And we are quite selective about what we put in our coffee.

Especially my husband.

Coffee-Mate is the #1 choice in this household.  So, I'm thrilled to find coupons!

Click --> HERE <-- to register for printable coffeemate coupons! 

BOGO Coffee-Mate Stick Packs, and $1.50/2 powder or liquids.

You should be able to use your back button to print 2 copies.

Win it: Free Coke for a year!

Enter --> HERE <-- to win a free 12 pack of Coke for an entire year!  That would make this Diet Coke drinker very, very happy. :)

Thanks Minnesota Coupon Adventure!

$0.50 coupon off ground beef!

Good for any ground beef.

Go --> HERE <--
Fill out your information, using code A23568 to play
When it asks you what store, just choose "other"
The coupon will be generated, it will have a large blank spot on one side - that is where a store logo would go if you choose a store.
Save the coupon, and print!

Target Printable Candy Coupons

A whole slew of new Target printable coupons can be found --> HERE <--

There are a bunch for bags of candy, so if you haven't purchased Halloween candy yet, these should help make a good deal!  Also, they don't expire until 11/7, so watch for after Halloween sales to use these on.

My church has a Harvest Party for the kids (and the kids at heart!), and they ask for donations of bagged candy, so I have been collecting the various Target coupons and newspaper coupons to stack with in hopes of a great sale this week.  We'll see!

I was at Wal*Mart earlier and saw their candy was $2.50 per bag.  Target's is $2.59 (when not on sale), so paired with these coupons Target has the better deal.

$0.50 printable coupon on Cottonelle products

Click --> HERE <-- to print a $0.50 coupon for Cottonelle toilet paper, and $0.50 on Flushable Moist Wipes.

This is a Bricks coupon, so use your internet browser's back button to print it twice!

Friday's Goals

Today my goals are to accomplish what I didn't the previous few days!

-Clean kitchen.
-Get email inbox under 50 emails.
-RSVP to baby shower

Also, I need to write out 4 cards.

Tonight Joe and I are going to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre (got Free Night of Theatre tickets!!) to celebrate our 3 year anniversary, and Henry is spending time with Grammy and Poppa.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

$4/1 Knox Gelatine Printable Coupon = Free! has a great coupon for $4 off any one Knox product!

Click --> HERE <-- to go to
Use zip code 01245

You can print 2 copies of this coupon.  They are good for ANY Knox product, even the small boxes, which are under $4.  Cash Wise has these on the top shelf in the Jell-O area.

Thanks again Money Saving Madness!

Free Applebee's Entree for Military on November 11

In celebration of Veteran's Day, Applebee's is honoring all active military and veterans with a free entree on November 11!

A free entree will be provided to those with:
  • A U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card
  • A U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card
  • A Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
  • A Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW)
  • A Photograph in uniform
  • Anyone wearing a uniform

Thanks Money Saving Madness!

Free Christmas Music Downloads from Glade

Glade is offering free Christmas music downloads with UPC's from their new holiday scents.

1) Go --> HERE <--
2) Enter each of these codes for a choice between 12 different songs:
Bayberry Spice 046500708633
Homemade Gingerbread 046500709715
Peppermint Crush 046500708466
3) Download starts immediately.

Thanks, Free Stuff Times!

Free Toy from Sears on Halloween

On Halloween, kids can get a free toy at Sears!  Unfortunately, the Sears in Hutchinson does not qualify; however, if you plan to be in St. Cloud or the Cities on that day, here are the details:

Just bring your child in their costume of the Sears Toy Shop.

Click --> HERE <-- for more information and to print a coupon for $5 off a $20 toy purchase.

This does say while supplies last, so bring your child as early as you can.

I will be in St. Cloud that day, so I'll try to take advantage of this deal and report back!

Thanks, $30 Weekly Grocery Challenge for the heads up!

Degree Deodorant and Body Mist for $0.58 at Target

 Money Saving Madness has a post on how to get both Degree's Fine Fragrance  Deodorant and Body Mist for a total of $0.58!

Buy Degree Fine Fragrance deodorant $3.29
Buy Degree Fine Fragrance body mist $3.29
Use 2 $1.50/1 manufacturer coupons from here: IE or Firefox
Plus, use the $3/2 Red Plum coupon
Final Price: ONLY $0.58 for both!

I will swing by Target today or tomorrow to verify the Hutchinson Target's price is $3.29.

Free Grilled Chicken at KFC on Monday, October 26

KFC will be giving away a free piece of grilled chicken to every customer for one day only, Monday, October 26.  (I am not certain if a purchase is necessary or not.)

Also, if you register --> HERE <-- you can print some coupons for KFC.  Sounds like a cheap lunch!

Cash Wise $0.50 or $1.00 Tortillas

Earlier this week during my Cash Wise run I found Reser's Baja Cafe Flour Tortillas were on sale.

The large Burrito Size were $2/4, or $2 each
And the smaller Taco size were $2/3, or $1.50 each

Directly above them was a tear-pad for $1.00 off any Reser's product.

That means these tortillas are just $1.00 or $0.50 each!  They freeze very well.

Needless to say, I stocked up! :)  I just might even get more today when I go back for the System Saver and the adjustment on the coupon.

Sonora's Mexican Restaurant Lunch Buffet

 A personal review:

This family loves us some Mexican food.

And there is NONE better than our local joint, Sonora's.  Everything is fresh, hot, and delicious.  I've never had a bad meal from there.  In addition to that, the owners are local.  I love supporting a local family.

And they are nice.  Very, very nice.  They "know" us.  They know what we order.  They greet us like an old friend when we walk in.

To our delight, they are now offering a lunch buffet!  For $7.50, an all you can eat Mexican buffet.

Joe, Henry and I went today.  Because Henry is 2 (and under), he is free.  The buffet was loaded with various dishes, along with some "traditional" buffet food of fruit, salad, etc.

Nachos, refried beans, rice, quesadillas, fajitas, burritos, chimichangas, and more.

We all ate, and ate, and ate.  Hot and delicious.  I don't think we are going to need dinner tonight! :)

Our bill was $15.98 with taxWe usually end up spending almost that much at McDonald's or Quiznos.  What a great addition to Hutchinson's lunch options!

Cash Wise Foods Frosted Mini Wheats Deal

 I didn't realize this deal when I was doing my match-ups, but there is a good deal on Kellogg's Mini Wheats!

Cash Wise has them 2/$5 this week.
There is a printable coupon --> HERE <-- for $1.50 off 2 (zip code 55350)
That's 2 boxes for just $3.50 or $1.75 each

Thursday's Goals

I didn't forget about putting up today's goals-but I just haven't gotten to it! :)

It's been a busy morning.  Joe woke up with some eye pain, so he's been taking it easy at work, which means we've been running all over and I haven't been on the computer much.

Today's goals are:
-Get email to under 50 - I didn't get this done yesterday.  I'm down to about 74.
-Clean kitchen.  I clean my kitchen everyday, but this is scrubbbbbbbing.  Front of cabinets, behind the coffee pot, under the toaster, floor, etc.
-RSVP to a friend's baby shower (to do folder)
-Run to Cash Wise to take advantage of the Morton System Saver deal and give them the coupon for the free 4 cups of yogurt I forgot to give them on Tuesday.  Oops!  That's $2!
-Print a whole mess of coupons
-Get $0.02 stamps - this is done!  Finally!  I also mailed out the rebate for the Johnson's Bath Toy that I spoke of -->  HERE <--

And speaking of Johnson's Baby Products, in case you don't have the $1 off coupon from the 9/13 RP, $30 Weekly Grocery Challenge posted a link to a printable located --> HERE <--, thanks!!

I'll be sure to post a blog when I receive the bath toy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sunday Coupon Preview - Pampers coupons!

I just quickly reviewed Sunday Coupon Preview for this coming Sunday, and it looks like the Red Plum insert will have Pampers coupons!  Yay!

Might be worth getting an extra paper for:

Pampers Extra Protection Diapers – Save $2.00 on any 1
Pampers Sensitive Wipes, any Extra Protection or Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers – Save $1.00 on 1

Free Lorac Bronzer or Couture Lipstick from Sephora (JCPenny)

I saw on Hey, it's Free! a post on a free sample of either Lorac Bronzer, or Couture Lipstick.

It's a PDF coupon that you simply take to your local JCPenny's Sephora counter.  The coupon does not say a purchase is necessary; however, it does list that only one is good "per purchase" - I am assuming this means per visit / transaction.

Print out the coupon --> HERE <--

Unfortunately, the closest JCPenny with a Sephora counter is Eden Prairie Center - Hutchinson's does not have a Sephora counter.

Free at Target Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal

Oooh, another great find - Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal is on mark down for $2.75 a box.  I used a $3.00 Vocalpoint coupon I received in the mail for free cereal!

Sign up for Vocalpoint --> HERE <-- great samples, great coupons!

Dove Soap + Body Wash only $2.48

I just got back from a great Target run, I hope to post more details on that later; however, I have to share one of my best finds!

On the end cap, I found 8 bars of Dove soap, with a free Dove Gentle Exfoliating body wash package marked down on clearance to just $3.74.  Originally, $7.49 (the same price as just the 8 bars of soap).

Stack this with the 10/4 RP $1.25 off Dove 6 pack (or larger) bars and your final cost is just $2.48!

Target - More cheap Chex Mix!

Money Saving Madness has a post on how to get free Chex Mix from Target!  This involves a price match to the Walgreens flyer.  Since Hutchinson does not have a Walgreens, this wouldn't fly; however, the Chex Mix is still very, very cheap!

Here are 4 links to printable $0.50/1 Chex Mix coupons: here, here, here and here.

Money Saving Madness reports that if you have not printed these before, you should be able to print a total of 14 per computer!

There is also a $.50/1 coupon in the 9/13 Red Plum and a $1/2 coupon in the 10/4 Red Plum.

Next print your $1/1 Chex Mix Target coupons HERE. Be sure to print as many Target coupons as manufacturer coupons so that you can stack them for a total of $1.50 off per bag.

$1/2 American Greetings Cards Printable Coupon

Money Saving Madness has a  link to a printable coupon, $1 off 2 American Greetings Cards, see her post --> HERE <-- with a link to the printable coupon.

I am going to scope out the lower priced cards at Target this afternoon and hopefully take advantage of this, I have two 1 year old's birthday parties coming up soon!

Wednesday's Goals

Last night I was too tired to put up a post on today's goals, but I did make them! :)

Today I hope to:
-Tackle my newly organized "To Do" folder.  Get at least a few things done outta there.
-Make a Target run
-Clean the downstairs family room
-Get email inbox under 50 emails.
-Kiss my hubby at least 3 times, it's our 3rd year anniversary!

He got me diamond earrings!!!!!!!! Real.Diamond.Earrings. [faint]

I got him a date night. :)
We are going to see "Oklahoma!" at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre on Friday.  I'm uber excited.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Free $15 Photo Gift from Kodak Gallery

Great gift idea....!

Go to, login and claim your $15 coupon for anything at the Kodak Gallery! (first 10,000 customers)

Photobooks start at $9.99
Photo mugs start at $12.99
Cards start at $0.49
Other various photo gifts start at $9.99

After you sign up, you'll get an email with a coupon code. The email does not give an expiration date, but I can't imagine this working for too long.

Buy General Mills Cereal and go to the movies for free!

General Mills cereal often goes on sale, and paired with a coupon you can get a great deal!  Now, the deal gets even better.  Start watching  the shelves in November for specially marked boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Trix and Reese's Puffs for a free movie ticket!

You will need to buy 2 of the marked boxes, then enter the codes found inside the box at  You can either print the certificate, or have it emailed to you.  2 codes = 1 free movie ticket!
The Hutchinson theater is not participating in this; however, there are several in the Cities (such as, the Mall of America).  Waconia is the closest one.
The theater locator is --> HERE <--  

$5.99 Large Pizza from Domino's

October 19-25 is Customer Appreciation Week at Domino's!

You can get a Large 1 Topping Pizza with extra cheese for just $5.99! (Carry out only)

Domino's phone number in Hutchinson is: 587-7070.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tuesday's Goals

My first day as a SAHM went well.  Very well!

I accomplished all my goals, plus a few things.  I am exhausted, but I have a smile on my face and I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

Here is a short schedule for tomorrow:
-Breakfast and Bible Study. This morning I started with the story of Samson defeating the lion.  I am going to keep on this story for the rest of the week, and incorporate the art activity to the same theme.  Today I just found a coloring page online that Henry colored and put stickers on.
-Grocery shopping in late morning (over Joe's lunch break?)
-Afternoon art activity (perhaps using tissue paper to paste to a lion's mane), reading, and play

And my goals:
-Clean entry way
-Make grocery and Target lists
-Organize desk (eek!)
-Get email inbox down to less than 100 emails.

Econo Foods Deals and Coupon Match Ups 10/18-10/24

 I like Econo better than Cash Wise this week, here are some of my favorite deals and match ups!
As a reminder, the Econo in Hutchinson once took my printable coupons, another time they were refused.

Coupon Deals
$2 General Mills Cheerios, Trix, Cocoa Puffs, Golden Grahams
9/13 GM $1/3 Cheerios
10/4 GM $1/3 Cheerios
10/18 SS $1/3 Cheerios
$0.55 printable --> HERE <-- Cheerios
$1/2 printable --> HERE <-- Cocoa Puffs
As low as $1.45 a box to $1.50 a box

$1.25 Progresso Soup
9/13 GM $0.50/2
10/4 GM $0.50/2
$2.00/2, or $1.00 each

$2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks
9/13 GM $0.50/2
$0.40 printable --> HERE <--
As low as $1.60 per box

$1.39 Cheez-Its 7-10 oz box
10/4 RP $1.50/2
$1.28/2, or $0.64 each!  Great deal!

$2.50 Swanson Broth 32 oz carton
9/27 RP $0.75/2
$0.50 printable --> HERE <--
As low as $2.00

$0.60 Dannon Yogurt Cups
9/13 SS $1.00/10
$5/10, or $0.50 each

$2 Yoplait Delights
9/13 GM $1
10/4 GM $1
$1 - good deal!!

$1.50 Arm and Hammer Detergent, 50 oz
9/13 SS $1/2
$2/2, or $1 each!  A really great this detergent any good?!  Makes ya wonder a bit....!

Non-Coupon Deals
$1.39/lb Premium Farms Pork Steak
$1.19/lb Country Style Ribs
$1.39/lb Boneless Country Style Ribs
Free Our Family 3 lb bag chicken wyb John Morrell Spiral Cut Half Ham at $2.88/lb.
$1.50 Russet Potatoes, 5 lb bag
$0.69/lb Squash
$1 Avacado
$1 Carmel Apples (local apples)
$1 Pillsbury Brownie Mix (there is a coupon from the 9/27 RP for $0.40 off the minis, but I doubt these are included in this sale)
$0.80 Stove Stop Stuffing Cup, 2 oz (the box is probably cheaper per ounce though)
$0.80 Easy Mac or Velvetta Shells cups
$1.29 Keebler Fudge Shoppee cookies
$2.49 Frito Lay's Chips ($2.88 at Cash Wise, $3 at Target)
$2.50 Sara Lee White or Wheat Bread
$1.25 Cruz Tortillas
$1 32 oz Gatorade

In Paper Coupons
Exp 10/27 $10/$25 of Gold N Plump Chicken, fresh or frozen
$0.75 printable --> HERE <--
Final price will vary on what you purchase

All of these expire 11/7, and are considering manufacturer, so only stacking on a few of these that are "$ off this product wyb this product".  Unless they are having unadvertised sales on these items, I would just hold onto them to see what next week holds.
$1 Nash Brothers Trading Company 11-12 oz Coffee Bag
$0.75 Nash Brothers Trading Company Peanut Butter
BOGO Cheetos
$1/2 Family size Tostitos or Frito Lay Dips
Free 5 Powerade bottles wyb 10
$1/2 Frozen Yoplait Smoothies
$1/2 Crystal Farms 8 oz cheese
$2 Deli meat wyb 2 Hellmann's Mayo Products
$1/5 boxes Kraft Mac & Cheese
$1/2 Simply Mac & Cheese
$1 bread wyb 3 Starkist Sandwich Ready Tuna Salad Pouches
Free bread (up to $1.50) wyb 2 Skippy Peanut Butters
$1 Maxwell House Coffee
$2.50 fresh meat wyb 5 Knorr Sides
$1/3 Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers Fun Size bags (perhaps clearance after Halloween)
$1 Pampers, any size
$1 Tide, 100 oz or larger

*Lean Pockets are cheaper this week at Target.  $2 versus the $1.80 at Target; however Econo does have a nice selection!

Free Oust Air Sanitizer

The first 10,000 people to respond will receive a free retail size of Oust Air Sanitizer II.  Sign up-and then request it from Right @ Home, click --> HERE <--

You will also find some great printable coupons, including $3.00 off any The Fragrance Collection by Glade.  The candles are sometimes less than $3 at Target!

Johnson's Baby Product Target Deal

This week Target has Johnson's Baby Products 6.5-15 oz on sale for $3.
Use the 9/13 RP $1.00 coupon
Final Price is $2.00

Then submit this for a free bath toy frog set! (details --> HERE <--)

Send in your receipt before December 1st and you will receive a free Elegant Baby Bath Frog Toy Set valued at $10.00.

Just mail your receipt and name/address to:

Johnsons/Parents GWP
375 Lexington Ave, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017

This offer is good while supplies last or through December 1, 2009. Offer is limited to one per household.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Monday's Goals

I am going to set daily/weekly goals for myself now that I'm a SAHM.  I am uncertain of how my days will pan out, I'm a bit nervous about the lack of structure, so I am attempting to make some....I'm setting my goals pretty low for each day until I have a feeling of what I can accomplish with a 2 year old in tow!

Monday, October 18, 2009
-Morning of breakfast, Bible Study, getting ready, Playhouse Disney
-Henry Dr. Appt at 10:15 am
-Lunch (sandwiches, soup, leftover buffet)
-Henry nap time, I will get caught up on emails, core and freeze strawberries, clean bathroom.
-After nap, start on dinner, have Henry "help".

-Bible Study during breakfast
-Get emails down to less than 200 (!!!)
-Deal with strawberries
-Clean bathroom

Menu Plan Monday

It is SUNDAY, and I'm doing Menu Plan MONDAY!  Shocker!!!  I'm ahead of the game.
(but only in this department, you don't even want to see my kitchen...)

Today is my first week as a Stay At Home Mom.  I'm hopefully going to stick closer to the plans than in previous weeks. :)

Here is what I have in mind for this week:

-Southwest Roll-ups with spanish rice and tortilla chips (thanks Money Saving Mom for the recipe!)

-Turkey sloppy joes with mashed potatoes (hubby made mashed potatoes that are soooo good.  We froze a bunch too!) and veggie

-Chicken burgers with baked potato fries and veggie

-Chicken stir-fry with rice (or maybe I will do Orange Chicken.  I've been meaning to, for a surprise for hubby, but haven't yet!)

-Eggs, bacon, pancakes, fried potatoes

-Eat out

-I am near certain I have a pot roast in the deep freeze.  If so, pot roast in the crock with baked potatoes, veggie.  If we don't...uh...well...perhaps Chicken Parmesan!

Lots of chicken.  I am hoping turkey and ham goes on sale soon. :)

Sunshine Rewards

I belong to a few online programs that earn me a few dollars here and there by doing simple things, like reading emails, taking surveys, shopping through their sites, etc.  One of them that I joined fairly recently is called Sunshine Rewards.

Sunshine Rewards is a great program.  There are daily surveys, contests, clicks, and more.  The forums are awesome and very, very helpful!  The owners of the site are normal, everyday people-who are OFTEN posting on the forums!  It's a business that a stay-at-home Mom started as a means to make some cash for their household.

Who wouldn't want to support that?!

Even better, being that we like to vacation at Disney World, Sunshine Rewards is one of the very, very few online rewards programs that offers Disney Gift Cards as a reward!  Disney Gift Cards can be used ANY Walt Disney Theme Park or store.  I like to have a nice sized gift card with me on all our vacations to help pay for everything from the hotel and park tickets, to food and souvenirs.

Sunshine Rewards is a great site with real rewards.  I highly recommend it!

If you'd like to check it out and sign up, please do so by clicking --> HERE <--  I do earn a slight referral bonus, which I would greatly appreciate!  Their site may be a bit confusing at first, but after clicking around a bit, it's easy to get the hang of.  And be sure to check out the forums-you get 10 cents just for doing so, and it's a great place to learn the ropes!

Cash Wise Foods Coupon Match-Ups and Deals, 10/18 - 10/2

Another not so exciting week at Cash Wise, hopefully next week will be another one full of awesome sales!  Here are my favorite deals for this week:

Free 4 cups Yoplait Yogurt wyb $25 of groceries (pre-coupons)
Stack In-Store coupon with
9/13 GM $0.40/6
10/18 SS $0.40/6
$1.00/6, $0.17 each

BOGO Gold N' Plump Thighs or Drumsticks
Stack In-Store coupon with
$0.75 printable --> HERE <--

BOGO Farmland Boneless Pork Sirloin Tip Roast
In-Store Coupon

$3.98 12 Big Roll Angel Soft Bath Tissue
9/13 RP $0.50

$0.49 Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup or Tomato Soup
9/13 SS $0.40/2
10/4 SS $0.40/2
$0.58/2, $0.29 each

$0.72 Campbell's Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken Soup
9/20 SS $0.25/4
10/11 SS $0.25/4
$2.33/4, $0.66 each

$1.25 Hamburger Helper
9/13 GM $0.75/3
$0.75/3 printable --> HERE <--
$3.00/3, $1.00 each

$0.75 Swanson Broth 14 oz. cans
9/27 SS $0.40/3
$1.85/3, $0.62 each (about $0.04 cents per ounce)
*Econo Foods also has Swanson Broth on sale, the 32 oz. containers for $2.50 each.  This ends up being a better deal per ounce, even after the 9/27 SS, or the printable coupon for the 32 oz containers.

$2.44 Purex 50 oz Laundry Detergent
8/16 SS  $0.35
10/4 SS $0.35

$4.30 Morton System Saver Salt Pellets, 40 lb bag
6/21 RP $1.50/2
9/20 RP $1.50/2
$1/2 printable --> HERE <--
As low as $7.09/2, $3.54 each
*these are normally $5.50 a bag at Cash Wise

Non-Coupon Deals
$2.50 Assorted varieties of Kellogg's Mini Wheats
$0.87/lb Sweet Onions

*Lean Cuisines are cheaper at Target this week, $1.80 versus $2.22 at Cash Wise.
*Hot and Lean Pockets are cheaper at Target this week, $1.80 versus $1.88 at Cash Wise.
*Lay's Potato Chips are cheaper at Econo Foods this week, $2.49 versus $2.88 at Cash Wise.

ShopKo Toy and Halloween Sale

I noticed in this week's flyer, ShopKo is having a Buy 1, get 1 50% off on ALL their toys.
They also have their Halloween/Fall items on sale for 50% off.

I headed over there this afternoon during Henry's nap to scope out what I might find.

There is a big selection of costumes!  The costumes original prices are INSANE!  No way, no how would I spend $40 on a costume!  I could barely choke up to hand $20 over for one.  But I did.  And it's cute.  And it fits well.  And Henry loves it.  I'm sure he'll wear it for dress-up in the future.  So, it's almost worth $20.  He's be stylin' at the church Harvest Party in a couple weeks.

I also found a ton of toys on clearance.  For Christmas, I purchased a Mr. Potato Head ($6.99) with a $2.00 coupon found here, and a Cars book that has a steering wheel, and tons of noises, for $10.  The book was a bit steep, but I  know he'll enjoy it.  ShopKo also had the DanceCam (on clearance for $29.99-the coupon is for another $10 off!), the Glow Worm and DinoRoars you can find coupons for all of those here.

I may go back and purchase a few more toys, the DinoRoars for my nephew possibly.  2 Matchbox cars would only be about $1.50 and they make great stocking stuffers.  ShopKo also has quite a few Leapster items on clearance that may end up being a great deal paired with the coupons I mentioned here.

Overall, a costume and two toys for $37.  The original cost would have been over $50.  I wasn't thrilled with the final cost, but I know they are all things we will use, and my little one will enjoy--better than spending less money on things he won't like!

Taco John's Deals

 The other night we went to Taco John's for dinner.

I wasn't too excited about eating here at first - but it truly turned into a great meal!

First, if you go to you can join their Potato Oles Maniac's and receive a free, any size, Potato Oles on your next purchase!

Second, the Taco John's here in Hutchinson is offering great deals all week long.  You can find discounted meal items any day of the week ranging from $0.69 to just over a $1.00.  Pair this with the free Oles and you've got a cheap meal!

Third, though I am not a student, I thought this was a great deal - the "Starving Student" combo.  $2.99 will buy you a taco, small Oles and a small drink.  Everyday.  Just show your student ID.

And fourth, there was a sign in the bathroom that made me grin.  Next to the sink it mentioned that all employees must wash their hands if they go into the bathroom for ANY reason.  Any at all.  In addition to that, they also must wash their hands a second time at the sink in the kitchen.  I like me a clean restaurant.

And the service was excellent to boot!

Neno's Blog Award

Geri over at Heart N Soul Cooking surprised me with this lovely blog award!!!  THANK YOU!!

Neno's Award—-Rules and Regulations
1. As a dedication for those who love blogging and love to encourage friendships through blogging.
2. To seek the reasons why we all love blogging.
3. Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it.
4. Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
5. Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.
6. Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.
7. Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.
I love blogging because of the people you can meet, the online community that is formed, the amazing things I learn, and it truly helps keep me organized!  I like to do a quick post on coupons other bloggers mention - or deals I have found around town.  I re-read my blog later to remind me to take advantage of some of those deals!  I love reading recipe and food blogs that encourage me to stretchhhhhh my imagination a bit in the kitchen!
My blog is fairly new, and I have not made it known to much of anyone.  I have had a few people stumble upon me-which is wonderful!  I hope to make this blog a bit of a "one stop spot" for people in my small town to see what the best deals are around here.  Our town has been hit HARD by the economy, and I know there are more families than just ours learning how to make a dollar go further.
Here are a few of the awesome blogs I like to read-passing on the award:
North Dakota Frugal Mom - a fellow Cash Wise shopper/deal poster 
$30 Weekly Grocery Challenge - this was one of the first "money saving" blogs I found, and I recall my jaw dropping a bit at being able to live on only $30.  Now, I've learned - it is possible!  Very encouraging and lots of great deals found here!

Meal Planning with Connie - a wonderful blog to encourage me to keep doing the meal planning, and lots of awesome recipes!