Sunday, October 28, 2012

Freebies for Christmas

Despite that fact that it is not even quite Halloween yet, I've been thinking about Christmas. For several years now I have occasionally gone to "freebie" sites and signed up to be sent free samples of various items. This year, I decided to do this again, but with Christmas in mind.

While I do not recommend giving people on your gift list ONLY random free samples, I think they can be a fun way to add some fun extras to a gift, or to help fill a gift bag or stocking.

 Pictured: freebies I have received in the last month or so.
  • Lindt chocolate truffes- got a coupon for a free bag by liking their facebook page during promotion. 
  • Harley-Davidson sticker (free by mail. I have some Harley lovers in my family). 
  • Ponds wipes samples and blue make-up bag of cosmetics samples (free by mail from Target during promo). Aero Shot energy gel sample (free by mail). 
  • Eucerin lotion sample (free by mail).  
  • Solar grasshopper (not actually free, but less than $1 on Amazon and thinking a kid in my family would love it.) 
  • Not pictured: free mini-candle from Bed Bath and Beyond (got coupon online and picked up in-store).
I've signed up for another dozen or so that I'm expecting in the mail soon, plus I am keeping my eyes peeled for more to sign up for.

These are the sites I check regularly that tip me off to these freebies (I use Google Reader for most of my blog reading, so I'm not actually going to each of these everyday, they just come up in my feed. Easiest way to do it in my opinion.)  Not all of these are exclusively freebies, but I have found them all to be useful for this purpose.

Absurdly Cool Freebie Finder
 Freebie Shark
FreeSamples.org
FrugalFritzie (Actually more of a coupon blog, but does post good freebies sometimes)
HeyIt'sFree!
JustFreeStuff
Living Richly on a Budget (Again not exclusively freebies, but does include sometimes.)
MommySavers (Not exclusively freebies, but does include good ones sometimes.)
Who Said Nothing In Life is Free (Not all freebies, but good.)

Are any of you freebie collectors? What are you favorite sites? Please share in the comments!







Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Temporary hiatus- follow on Facebook!

 Hi all- for the next few months, I won't be regularly updating this blog. However, I will continue to update the Frugal Townie facebook page with deals I find, so be sure to follow and tune in there.

 Remember to check out the grocery ads before you go shopping!

Weekly Ads for Lawrence:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-Up: 8/15-8/21

Some good deals this week. I'm looking forward to having clementines again! Dillon's is doing their buy 10 items get $5 off promotion. There are a lot of snack foods and ready-to-eat foods on this list, so take a look if you are in the market for those. Also includes some toiletries. The prices with this deal are pretty good, and are GREAT if you have a coupon also.And  it looks like HyVee is doing a similar promotion on toiletries and household products.

Romance on a Dime's Frugal Recipe this week is homemade Healthy Granola. Yum!

Avocados (large)- $0.88/ea @ Checkers
Bananas- $0.33/lb @Aldi (any day) or $0.19/lb @ Checkers (Thurs only)
Clementines- $2.98/3lb bag @ Checkers
Cucumbers- 2/$1 @ Checkers
Grapes (green or red)- $0.79/lb @ Aldi
Green Bell Peppers- 2/$1 @ Checkers
Kiwi- $0.99/ 16oz pk @ Aldi
Mangoes- $0.39/ea @ Aldi
Peaches, Plums, Nectarines- $0.25/ea @ Aldi
Sweet Corn (local)- 3/$1 @ Checkers

Bacon (Best Choice)- $1.98/lb @ Checkers
Beans (black or refried)- $0.69/ can @ HyVee
Bone-In Pork Butt Roast- $1.59/lb @ Aldi (Wed only, Special Meat Buy)
Cheese (Kroger)- $3.99/ 24oz bag or block
Chicken Breasts- $1.68/lb @ Checkers
Chicken Leg Quarters- $0.78/lb @ Checkers
Sugar- $1.88/ 4lb bag @ HyVee
Taco Shells- $0.99/box @ HyVee
Vegetables (frozen Kroger or Bird's Eye)- $1/ bag @ Dillons

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Weekly Grocery Deals Round-Up: 8/1 - 8/6

Pleased to see ALDI has produce in their ad again this week!

Baby Carrots- $0.49/ 1lb bag @ Aldi
Cantaloupe- $0.99/ea @ Aldi
Celery - $0.69/lb @ Checkers
Corn (Sweet)- 6/ $2 @ Dillons
Grapes (green or red)- $0.94/lb @ Aldi
Kiwi- 5/$1 @ Checkers
Leaf Lettuce- $0.88/ea @ Checkers
Mangoes- 2/ $1 @ Checkers
Onions (Sweet)- $0.69/lb @ Checkers
Potatoes, Russet- $0.99/ 5lb bag @ Checkers


Frosted Shredded Wheat Cereal- $1.99/ 18oz box @ Aldi or Dillons or HyVee or Checkers
Coffee (Kroger)- $5.99/ 32oz  @ Dillons
Cottage Cheese (HyVee)- $1.39/ea @ HyVee
Crispy Oats (Cheerios style) Cereal- $1.50/ 14oz box @ Aldi
Orance Juice (half gallon) - $0.99 w/ coupon @ HyVee
Orange Juice (frozen)- $1.68/ea @ HyVee
Premium Fruit Bars Popsicles- $1.99/ box @ Aldi
Sausage (Farmland)- 3/$4.00 16oz roll @ HyVee
String Cheese- $4.99/ 24oz bag @ HyVee
Vegetables (frozen)- $1.00/bag @ Dillon's or Aldi or HyVee

Deodorant (Dove or Degree)- $0.99/ea @ HyVee
Deodorant (Secret or Old Spice)- 2/$3.00 @ HyVee
Shampoo (Suave or VO5)- $0.77/ea @ HyVee
Toothpaste (Colgate, Aim, Pepsodent)- $0.77/ea @ HyVee
Kids Backpacks (w/ 2 yr warranty)- $9.99 ea @ Aldi

**Special deals at HyVee- buy 3 Pepsi Co items, get a free backpack, or  buy 3 Oscar Meyer deli meats, get a free lunch bag.  If you are in the market for a lunch bag or backpack, these might be worth your time.**

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Weekly Grocery Ads

The Frugal Townie's weekly Grocery Deals Round-Up will be back next week. In the meantime, here are the links to the weekly ads, which will go up Wednesday morning.

 Weekly Ads for Lawrence:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Birthday Freebies Update

   Since my birthday was this week, I am taking this opportunity to test out the claims of all the birthday freebies that restaurants and other places say they will give you if you sign up. Last year I posted Lawrence KS Birthday Freebies so I am retesting the links found there plus trying out some new ones!

Feel free to leave a comment if you know of other Lawrence KS (or nearby) birthday deals.

UPDATE:
Here is what I got for my birthday this year from signing up on these businesses websites. Click the business name to go to the sign up page. Also a lot of these give you a  freebie when you first sign up in addition to a birthday gift! Enjoy!

TacoJohn’s- Free Cini-Sopapilla Bites
Sephora- Free Gift (mine was lip gloss. Coupon comes in the mail) 
Swagbucks- 50 Swagbucks
Hollywood Movie Theater (Southwind) - Free Medium Popcorn
Dempsey's Burger Pub- Free House Burger 
Liberty Hall- Free movie, free popcorn & drink & candy. (No sign-up, just show up with your ID on your birthday)
World Market- 10% off (I think that is lame.)
EinsteinBros Bagels- Free bagel & schmear with drink purchase 
Arby’s – Free 12oz Shake 
IHOP-  Free Rooty Tooty Fresh N Fruity breakfast 
Panera- Free Pastry or Sweet
Noodles& Co – Buy 1 Get 1 EntrĂ©e (came via snail mail) 

Reader Suggestions:
Sports Clips- Free Haircut (thanks Josh!)






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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Grocery Deal Round-Up: 7/18 to 7/24

I am completely perplexed- Aldi did not list ANY produce in their ad this week, and it is pretty much all processed food. What is up with that? So anyway, I did not add any items from Aldi to my list this week and it feels so strange! "Dollar Days" is this week at HyVee- I've listed the dollar items I think are a great deal here, but see the ad for the rest. 

A word about coupons- as far as I know, Dillon's is the only grocery in Lawrence that doubles coupons. Does anyone have information to the contrary?

Produce
Baby Carrots- $1/bag @ HyVee
Cantaloupe- $1.88/ea @ Checkers
Clementines- $3.88/ 3lb bag @ Checkers (I'm so glad these are back!)
Cucumbers- 2/$1 @ Checkers
Grapes (Red or Green)- $1.48/lb @ Checkers
Green Bell Peppers- 2/$1 @ Checkers
Onions (Yellow, Organic)- $1.88/ 3lb bag @ Checkers
Mangoes- 2/$1 @ Checkers
Peaches- $1.00/lb @ HyVee OR Dillons
Plums- $1.28/lb @ Checkers
Potatoes (Russet)- $0.99/ 5lb bag @ Checkers
Roma Tomatoes-  $1.00/lb @ HyVee
Strawberries- $1.48/lb @ Checkers
Sweet Corn- 5/$2.00 @ Dillons


Other Grocery:
Bacon (Best Choice)- $1.98/lb @ Checkers
Cheese (Kroger, block or shred)- $1.79/ 6 to 8oz pkg @ Dillons
Chicken (whole)- $0.98/lb @ Checkers
Chicken (split breast, drumsticks, or thighs)- $1/lb @ HyVee
Cottage Cheese (Kroger)- 2/$4.00 @ Dillons
Franks (Jumbo Farmland)- $1/pkg @ HyVee
 Frozen Vegetables- $1/bag @ HyVee
Greek Yogurt (A&E)- $0.99/ea @ HyVee OR Checkers
Sherbet - $1.00/ pkg @ HyVee

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Back To School Supplies- check out Frugal Fritzie

Thanks to Frugal Fritzie for being so organized- she has put up a chart of where to get the best deal on each different kind of school supply! Generally with this kind of update I would just put it on the Frugal Townie facebook page or Twitter page, but this is so cool I thought it deserved it's own blog entry.

P.S. Other people are as obsessed with school supplies as I am, right? :)


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-Up: 7/11 - 7/17 Back To School Already?!

Can't believe it's back to school time already. But it is one of my favorite times of the year because I love school supplies. :)

Aldi is selling back to school college dorm room gear this week including a great deal on collapsible storage cubes $5.99 for 2 and nice prices on bedding and cheap kitchen stuff. 

Dillons has back to school supplies in their ad,  including Crayola Crayons 24 pk for $0.29 and notebooks for $0.19.

HyVee is doing a "One Day" sale on Friday July 13- click the link for the ad, but the highlights include half gallon milk for $0.99 (limit 2) and Banquet meals for $0.69. I'm not sure the prices on the other stuff is anything to get super excited about when you compare to Aldi or Checkers.

Great deals on strawberries abound. Romance on a Dime is featuring a 30 Minute Strawberry Freezer Jam this week- check it out!

Produce:
Apricots- $1.48/lb @ Checkers 
Avocados (Large)- $0.88/ea
Bananas- $0.19/lb @ Checkers on THURS only.
Bing Cherries- $2.48/lb @ Checkers
Blueberries- $1.29/lb @ Aldi
Cherries - $1.29/lb @ Aldi
Sweet Corn- 5 / $2 @ Dillons
Broccoli Crowns- $0.88/lb@ Checkers
Carrots- $0.88/ 2lb bag @ Checkers
Iceberg Lettuce- $0.78/ head @ Checkers
Limes- 6 / $1 @ Checkers
Peaches or Nectarines- $1.28/lb @ Checkers
Pineapple- $1.29/ea @ Aldi
Strawberries- $0.99/lb @ Aldi

Other Grocery:
Bacon (Private Selection)- $2.88/ lb @ Dillons
Bottled Water- $2.29/ 24 pack @ Aldi
Butter (salted or unsalted)- 2/ $4 @ Dillons
Chicken Breasts (boneless skinless)- $1.88/lb @ Checkers OR Dillons
Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks- $0.98/lb @ Checkers
Cheese (block or shred)- $1.79/ea @ Dillons
Cottage Cheese- $1.49/ea @ HyVee
Feta Cheese- 2/ $5.00 @ Dillons
Greek Yogurt (HyVee brand)- $0.89/ea @ HyVee
Milk (half gal)- $0.99 (limit 2) @ HyVee Friday only, OR Dillons $1.25/ea all week
Pork Steak (Bone in)- $1.98/lb @ Checkers
Vinegar (gallon)- $1.98 @ HyVee (vinegar is SO useful, click here for uses)
Yogurt (Yoplait)- $0.50/ea @ Dillons

photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/984616

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-Up: 6/27 - 7/3

Hi all! Here are your grocery deals for this week- I've focused on my regular whole foods and cook-out foods for July 4th, it's coming up soon!

Produce:
Sweet Corn- 4/$1 @ Dillons
Blueberries- $1.29/ pint @ Aldi
Seedless Watermelon- $3.69 @ Aldi
Watermelon- $2.99 @ HyVee
Strawberries- $0.99/ 16oz @ Aldi
Cantaloupe- $1.69/ea @ Aldi
Cherries- $1.89/ 16oz @ Aldi
Green Beans- $0.88/lb @ Checkers
Red or White Grapes- $1.48/lb @ Checkers
Peaches or Nectarines- $1.48/lb @ Checkers


Other Foods:
Ground Beef 85/15- $2.49/ lb @HyVee
Frozen Chicken Breasts- $5.49/ 48oz @ Aldi
Fresh Split chicken Breasts- $0.99/lb @ Aldi (Weds only) OR Checkers
Jennie-O Turkey Burgers- $5.99/box of 12 patties @ Aldi
Frozen Corn on the Cob- $1.69/ 6 pieces @ Aldi
Cottage Cheese- $1.68 @ HyVee
Sugar - $2.18/ 4lb @ HyVee
Greek Yogurt- 5/$4 Kroger Brand @ Dillons

Cook Out Deals:
Potato Salad- $1.69/ 16oz @ Aldi
Frozen Corn on the Cob- $1.69/ 6 pieces @ Aldi
Salad Dressing- many varieties- $1.29/ea @ Aldi
Ice Cream- 5 quart Bucket- $4.99/ ea @ Aldi OR HyVee
Ground Beef 85/15- $2.49/ lb @HyVee
Frozen Chicken Breasts- $5.49/ 48oz @ Aldi
Fresh Split chicken Breasts- $0.99/lb @ Aldi (Weds only) OR Checkers
Jennie-O Turkey Burgers- $5.99/box of 12 patties @ Aldi
Bratwurst- variety types- $1.99/ 14oz pkgs @ Aldi OR Checkers
Jumbo Franks- $0.99 / 16oz @ Aldi OR Dillons
Sweet Corn- 4/$1 @ Dillons
Seedless Watermelon- $3.69 @ Aldi
Watermelon- $2.99 @ HyVeeWhite Burger or Dog Buns- $0.79/pkg @ Aldi
Kaiser Buns- $1.49/pkg @ Aldi
Mustard- $0.69/ 14oz @ Aldi
BBQ Sauce (KC Masterpiece)- $0.77/ ea @ Checkers
Graham Crackers- $1.49/box @ Aldi
Marshmallows- $0.99/ 10oz @ Aldi OR HyVee
Bottled Water- $2.29/ 24 bottle case @Aldi
Hy-Vee Pop- 3/$2 2 liters @ HyVee
Paper Plate Holders- 3/$1 @ Dillons (I love these things!)

photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/494855

Monday, June 25, 2012

So Pinteresting...

Hello Friends! I am back from my summer hiatus. Wednesday I will have my regular Grocery Deals Round-Up posted.

I've been keeping up my Pinterest boards, which include my Frugal! board, Gardenable board, and Clever Ideas. Check them out and see you Wednesday!


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Vacation 5/30 - 6/13

Hello friends, I'm taking a few weeks off for summer vacation. In the meantime, here are some resources for you:

Previous entries from The Frugal Townie:



Weekly Ads for Lawrence:


Other Frugal Blogs:



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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-Up: 5/23- 5/29

Ice cream and outdoor/pool toys are on sale everywhere (especially cheap at Aldi), so time to stock up on those if you are interested. Lots of good deals on grilling/bbq foods- get them now for the holiday weekend.

Lots of berries on sale, so try Berry Yogurt Popsicles, this weeks frugal recipe from Romance on a Dime. 

Blueberries- $1.49/ pint @ Aldi
Cantaloupe- $1.49/ea @ Aldi
Carrots (baby)- $0.88/lb @ Checkers
Grapes- $1.48/ lb @ Checkers
Limes- 10/ $1 @ Checkers
Raspberries or Blackberries- $1.88/ 6oz @ Checkers
Strawberries- $0.99/lb @ Aldi
Sweet Corn- $0.99/ 4pk @ Aldi
Vidalia Onions- $0.99/ 2lb bag @ Aldi
Watermelon (seedless)- $3.69/ea @ Aldi


Bratwurst- $1.99/lb pk @ Aldi
Bologna (Bar-S)- $0.88/ 12oz pk @ Checkers
Buns (Burger or Dog)- $0.79/ 8pk @ Aldi
Chicken (boneless breast)- $1.69/lb @ Aldi (Weds 5/23 only!) OR Checkers (all week)
Chicken (thighs or drumsticks)- $0.99/lb @ Aldi
Chicken (leg quarters)- $5.90/ 10lb bag ($0.59/lb) @ Dillons
Eggs- $0.74/doz @ Aldi (unadvertised, not sure how long this will last! I got some last night.)
Franks (Jumbo)- $0.99/lb pk @ Aldi
Fruit (frozen) (mango, strawberries, etc.)- $3.29/ 32oz bag @ Aldi
Ketchup (Hunts)- $0.69/ea (limit 2) @ HyVee
Pickle (relish, slices, chips, etc.)- $0.99/ 16oz jar @ Aldi
Pickle (spears, chips) - $1.19/ 24-36oz jars @ Aldi
Pork Chops- $1.98/lb @ Checkers
Pork Spare Ribs- $1.88/lb @ Checkers
Vegetables (frozen, Country Fare)- $0.88/ea @ HyVee

photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/814097

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-Up 5/16 - 5/22

 Hi all- there are some nice produce deals this week, plus good prices on some standard pantry / freezer items. This week I have also included some of the best "everyday" non-sale prices I've pulled from the price book I keep. It's always good to be informed, and I noticed when looking at the ads today that some of the sale prices on items at the other stores are higher than the everyday prices on the same items at Aldi. These are things I buy there all the time and have always been completely satisfied with the quality of the items. This week I also made sure to include cookout type items. Enjoy!

The coordinating frugal recipe from Romance on a Dime this week is Summer Berry & Plum Pudding - try it and let us know what you think!

Produce:

Avocados- $0.89/ea @Aldi (everyday price)
Blueberries - $3.98/ 18 oz pkg @ Checkers
Carrots (baby)- $0.59/bag @ Aldi
Corn (Sweet)- $0.99/ 4 ears @ Aldi
Cucumbers- $0.29/ea @ Aldi
Green Beans- $0.88/lb @ Checkers
Lettuce (Iceberg) - $0.59/ head @ Aldi
Limes- $1.00/ 10 limes @ Checkers 
Mushrooms- $0.99/ pkg @ Aldi (everyday price)
Onions (Vidalia)- $0.50/lb @ Checkers
Peppers (Bell multi color)- $2.29 for pk of 3 ($0.75/ea) @ Aldi (everyday price)
Pineapple- $1.29/ea @ Aldi
Raspberries- $1.98/ 6oz @ Checkers
Strawberries- $0.99/ lb @ Aldi
Tomatoes (Vine)- $0.99/ 24oz bag @ Aldi
Watermelon (seedless)- $3.69/ea @ Aldi

Grocery:

Bacon (Farmland)- $2.98/ lb pkg @ Checkers
Beef (ground, 85% lean)- $2.69/lb @ HyVee
Buns (Dog or Burger)- $0.79/ea @ Aldi
Cheese (shred, slice, or block Kroger)- $1.79/ pkg @ Dillons
Chicken Breasts (frozen)- $5.49/ 3lb bag @ Aldi
Chicken (drumsticks or thighs)- $0.99/lb @ Aldi  OR $0.88/lb @ Checkers
Coffee Creamer (assted flavors)- $2.19/ 32oz @ Aldi (everyday price)
Cottage Cheese- $5/ 3 ($1.67/ea) @ Dillons
Hot Dogs- $0.75/ pkg @ Aldi
Ketchup- $1.19/ 32oz @ Aldi (everyday price)
Milk (vit D, 2% or 1%)- $1.99/gal @ Aldi (everyday price)
Mustard (yellow)- $0.69/ 14oz @ Aldi (everyday price)
Olive Oil (extra virgin)- $3.49/ 16oz @ ALdi (everyday price)
Soy Milk (organic)- $2.39/ 64oz @ Aldi  (everyday price)
Suddenly Pasta Salad Mix - 3/$3 @ HyVee
Vegetables (assted, canned Kroger)- $0.69/ea @ Dillons
Yogurt (Kroger Greek)- $4/5 ($0.80/ea) @ Dillons

photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/721013

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Grocery Deal Round-Up: May 9 - May 15 & Mother's Day

I’ve highlighted the best deals for this week. Remember, Mother’s Day is on Sunday. A frugal way to celebrate is to cook a nice meal at home, that is what I’ll be doing. You can also cut flowers from your garden or make a gift or card.

This week's frugal recipe (that coordinates with the sales!) from Romance on a Dime is BBQ Yardbird Pizza. Sounds awesome!


Best Deals on Whole Foods this week:

Cabbage (Napa)- $0.68/lb @ Checkers
Carrots (baby)- $0.49/lb pk @ Aldi
Celery- $0.68/ea stalk @ Checkers
Corn (Sweet)- $2/ 5 @ Dillons
Cucumbers- $0.29/ea @ Aldi

Grapes (red seedless)- $1.88/lb @ Checkers
Mushrooms- $0.79/ 8oz pk @ Aldi
Onions (Sweet Vidalia)- $0.59/lb @ Checkers
Peppers (Bell Multi-Colored) - $1.59/ 3 pk @ Aldi
Strawberries- $1.48/lb @ Checkers OR HyVee
Tomatoes (Grape)- $0.79/ 10oz pk @ Aldi
Tomatoes (Vine)- $0.88/lb @ Checkers


Bacon (Wrights)- $5.88/ 24 oz “stack pack” @ Checkers
Bacon (HyVee)- $2.99/ 12 oz @ HyVee
Butter- $1.88/ lb @ HyVee
Cheese (Kroger block/sliced/shred)- $1.79/ea @ Dillons
Chicken (breast, boneless/skinless)- $1.58/lb @ Checkers
Eggs (Simple Truth Cage Free)- $5 / 2 @ Dillons
Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine (select varieites)- $2/ ea @ HyVee
Peanut Butter (Jif)- $1.77/ea @ HyVee
Turkey Tenderloins (Bacon Wrapped) - $5/ 3 @ HyVee
Vegetables (frozen, HyVee)- $0.69/ea @ HyVee
Yogurt (HyVee)- $0.29/ea @ HyVee
Yogurt (Kroger Greek)- $4 / 5 @ Dillons


photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/575645

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Grocery Deal Round Up: 5/2 - 5/8

Both Aldi and HyVee had big ads this week with a lot of picnic/ grilling foods and things, I didn’t list them all here, so be sure to look at their ads if you are in the market for those items. Also HyVee has a lot of paper goods (cups, napkins, tp, etc.) on sale, so check the ad for those as well.  All the stores have sales on frozen chicken breast this week, but I've done the research for you and HyVee has the best price with their store ad coupon.  Is it just me or is HyVee starting to be a real contender? The only thing they lack, in my opinion, are great deals on produce. See also the monthly sale items for May.

The frugal recipe this week from Romance on a Dime is Spring Salad with Grilled Veggies. Check it out!
 
Avocados- $0.29/ea @ Aldi
Bananas- $0.19/lb @ Checkers
Broccoli Crowns- $0.78/lb @ Checkers
Carrots- $1.98/ 5lb bag @ Checkers
Carrots (baby)- $0.88/lb @ HyVee (coupon in store ad)
Corn- $1/ 3 ($0.33 ea) @ Checkers
Grapes (Red)- $1.88/lb @Checkers
Mangoes- $0.29/ ea @ Aldi
Mushrooms (Monterey, sliced)- $1.49/ 8oz pk @ HyVee (coupon in store ad)
Pears- $0.99/ 4 pk @ Aldi
Peppers (hot varieties)- $0.68/lb @ Checkers
Strawberries- $0.99/lb @ Aldi
Tomatoes- Roma- $0.99/ 20oz pk @ Aldi

Bacon (Farmland)- $3.99/ 16oz @HyVee
Beef Chuck Filet (bacon wrapped)- $5/2 @ Dillons
Beef Franks (Farmland)- $0.98/ea
Cauliflower Florets (frozen)- $1.39/lb bag @ HyVee
Chicken (whole fryer)- $0.69/lb @ Aldi (WEDS ONLY)
Chicken (breasts frozen)- $3.99/ 2.5/lb @ HyVee (coupon in store ad)
Cottage Cheese- $0.88/ea @ HyVee (coupon in store ad)
Eggs- $10/ 10 ($1.00/ea) @ Dillons OR $0.88/ea @ HyVee May 3 & 4 only
Smart Ones frozen meals- $10/6 ($1.66/ea) @ Dillons
Three Bean Salad (can)- $0.99/ea @ Aldi
Tomato Sauce- $1/4 ($0.25 ea) @ HyVee (coupon in store ad)
Turkey Franks- $1.29/pk @ Aldi
Vegetables (frozen, Kroger)- $10/10 ($1.00ea) @ Dillons
Yogurt (Kroger)- $1/ 3 @ Dillons



photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/631904

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Month-by-Monthy Guide to Sales

Here is your reminder- look for these deals as the stores cycle into the new month!

May

Memorial Day: BBQ Sauce, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips, Grilling Meats, Hot Dogs, Hamburger Meat, Marinade, Salad Greens
Paper Products: Plates, Utensils, Insect Repellant, Sunscreen
Cinco De Mayo: Salsa, tortillas, tomatoes, peppers
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocado, Beans, Green, Beets, Blackberries, Carrots, Sweet Vidalia Onions, Peas, New Potatoes, Raspberries, Strawberries

photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1376127

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Grocery deals 4/25 - 5/1


Summer produce is coming into season now, including berries, so prices are lower on those this week. Here is the list of In Season produce from Frugal Living. Not grocery items, but lots of garden supplies and plants at low prices at Aldi. At HyVee make note of sales on pet foods. My favorite deals are in bold. Enjoy!

This week's coordinating frugal recipe from Romance on a Dime is Tropical Fruit Toss - give it a try!

Artichokes- $1.50ea @ HyVee
Bananas- $0.19/lb Thursday Only @ Checkers
Blueberries $2.99/ 6oz pk @ Dillons
Blackberries- 3pks / $5 ($1.66 ea) @ HyVee
Broccoli Crowns- $0.78/lb @ Checkers
Carrots (baby)- $0.88/lb @ Chekcers
Corn on the Cob (Sweet)- $0.33/ea @ Dillons OR HyVee
Green Beans- $0.88/lb @ Checkers
Mangoes - $0.59/ea @ Chekcers
Pineapple (whole)- $1.29/each @ Aldi
Strawberries- $0.99/ 16oz @ Aldi
Tomatoes (Grape)- $0.88/pint @ Checkers
Zucchini (or yellow squash)- $0.49/lb @ Checkers



Bacon (Kroger)- $3.50/ea @ Dillons
Black Beans (canned)- $0.69/ea @ HyVee
Cheese (string)- $2.98/ 12oz @ HyVee

Chicken Breast (boneless/skinless)- $1.88/lb @ HyVee
Coffee (Folgers)- $6.99/ 34oz @ HyVee
Crab (imitation)- $1.66/ea @ HyVee

Milk (Kroger brand)- $1.00/ea for half gallons @ Dillons
Pork Sirloin Roast or Chops- $1.88/lb @ Checkers
Shrimp (large, fresh)- $5.98/ 1lb bag @ Checkers
Sugar (white)- $1.99/ 4lb bag @ HyVee
Swai fillets- $2.49/lb @ Dillons

Photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/379531

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-Up: 4/18 - 4/24

Lots of good deals on meats/ proteins this week. Also, HyVee is doing a "Buy 10 items in ad/save $10-COUPON for next visit" Sale- some items include popcorn, peanut butter, nuts, snack bars, etc. See their ad for more details. 
The coordinating frugal recipe from Romance on a Dime this week is Braised Chicken Gumbo- check it out and let us know how you liked it!
 
Asparagus- $1.68/ lb @ Checkers
Blackberries- $2.49/ 12oz @ Target
Broccoli- $0.79/ 16 oz tray @ Aldi
Carrots (baby)- $0.88/ 1 lb bag @ Checkers
Cauliflower- $0.79/ ea @ Aldi

Kiwi- 5/ $1.00 @ Checkers
Mushrooms- $0.79/ 8oz tray @ Aldi
Onions (Sweet Vidalia)- $0.59/lb @ Checkers
Peppers (Multi-Color pack)- $0.99/ 3 peppers @ Aldi
Zucchini- $0.99/ 3-ct tray @ Aldi


Boca Burgers- $2.89/ box @ Aldi
Chicken (thighs or drumsticks)- $0.88/lb @Checkers
Chicken (boneless, skinless breasts or thighs)- $1.99/lb @ Dillons
Eggs- $1.18/ dozen @ HyVee

Feta Cheese (Athenos)- $2.50/ea @ Dillons
Pork (Sirloin roast or chops)- $1.28/lb @Checkers
Sausage (Bratwurst, etc.)- $2.69/ 5pk @ Aldi
Steak (Bonless Top Sirloin)- $3.48/lb econo pk @ Checkers
Tea (Arizona brand, Arnold Palmer)- $2.69/ gallon @ Aldi
Tilapia filets (frozen econo pk)- $6.98 / 2lb pk @ Checkers OR HyVee

Bath Tissue- Charmin Basic 36 Rolls- $14.99 @ Target (I think this is a great deal if you have the storage!)

photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/977600

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Project

Hi all- you may have noticed I haven't been updating as often lately as I have previously. That's because I'm working on a new project- my Etsy shop! In the future I won't mention it much here, but just this once I would appreciate you all taking a look. I've got vintage housewares, accessories, and collectible glass. I will be adding handmade goods in the near future. Thanks for the love!





Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-Up 4/11 - 4/17

This is the week to stock up on chicken. Lots of good deals on difference cuts of chicken at a few different places. Also though I don't usually include these types of items, there are lots of great prices on garden/yard stuff at Aldi this week- check out the ad for more details: Aldi Weekly Ad for Lawrence.

This week's coordinating frugal recipe from Romance on a Dime is Wine & Tomato Braised Chicken. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Avocados (Hass)- $0.98/ea @ Checkers
Broccoli Crowns- $0.78/lb @ Checkers
Brussels Sprouts- $0.99/lb @ HyVee
Grapes (red seedless)- $1.88/lb @ Dillons
Mangoes- $0.59/ea @ Aldi OR Checkers
Onions (Yellow)- $0.98/ 3lb bag @ Checkers
Pears (Anjou)- $0.79/ pk of 4 @ Aldi
Peppers (Red)- $0.69/ea @ HyVee
Pineapple- $1.29/ea @ Aldi
Strawberries- $1.29/ 16oz @ Aldi
Sweet Corn- $1.00/ 3 ears @ Checkers OR Dillons

Almond Milk- $2.49/ 64oz @ Aldi (new item) OR HyVee
Boca Meatless Entress- 2/$5.00 @ HyVee
Cheese (shredded)- 2/ $4.00 @ HyVee OR Dillons
Cheese (string)- $2.98/ bag @ HyVee
Chicken Bratwurst- $3.99/ 12oz pk @ Aldi
Chicken Breasts (fresh)- Meat Special Buy Today: $1.69/lb@ Aldi OR $1.68/lb (all week) @ Checkers
Chicken Split Breast, Drumstick or Thighs- $0.99/lb @ Dillons
Chicken Leg Quarters- $0.59/lb @ Aldi (sold in frozen 10lb bag) 
Chicken (whole fryer)- $0.69lb @ HyVee
Cottage Cheese- $0.98/ea @ HyVee
Lean Cuisine Meals- 6/$10 ($1.66/ea) @ HyVee
Pork Loin Chops- $1.88/lb @ Checkers
Swai Fillets- $6.99/ 2lb pkg @ HyVee
Vegetables (HyVee brand)- $0.88/ ea @ HyVee
Yogurt (Greek, AE)-  $0.99/ea @ HyVee OR Checkers (everyday price)
Yougrt (HyVee brand)- $0.29/ ea @ HyVee




Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-up: 4/4 - 4/10

Somewhat slim pickings this week, though do take a look at the item's I've marked in bold. Especially good deals there!  Looking forward to next week when all the hams are on sale! Good price on asparagus, check out this Asparagus Pizza recipe from Romance on a Dime.

Produce:
Asparagus- $0.98/lb @ HyVee
Cantaloupe- $0.99/ea @ Aldi
Lemons- $1.99/ 2lb bag @ Aldi
Pineapple (whole)- $0.99/ea @ Aldi
Radishes (red)- $0.99/lb @ HyVee
Strawberries- $0.99/ 16oz @ Aldi
Sweet potatoes- $0.99/ 3lb bag @ Aldi
Tomatoes (on the vine)- $0.98/lb @ Checkers

Easter Items:
Butter Quarter- $1.48/ea @ Checkers OR $1.58/ea @ HyVee
Food Coloring- $1.49/ea @ HyVee

Ham (variety types)- $1.19/lb - $1.69/lb @ Aldi, $1.49-1.59/lb @ Checkers
Pie Crust (variety tpes, Keebler)- $1.69/ea @ HyVee
Sugar - $1.98/ 4lb bag @ HyVee
Turkey Breast (bone-in)- $1.69/lb @ HyVee
Turkey (whole)- $1.29/lb @ HyVee

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Month-by-Month Guide to Sales

Here's your monthly reminder: stores are cycling into their April deals, be on the lookout!

April

Garden/Outdoor: Seeds, tools, etc.
Easter: Ham, Eggs, Spices, Baking Supplies: Sugar, Spices, Baking Mixes, Chocolate Chips, Butter, Coconut, Marshmallows, Brownie Mix, Cake Mix
Earth Day: Organic Foods, Energy Saver, Reusable Totes
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbages, Carrots, Grapefruit, Haas Avocado, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Rhubarb
Clearance: After Easter sales (ham, candy, decor)
Thanks to Grocery Sale Cycles- When Do Things Go on Sale? from Living Richly on a Budget for this info! Check out their blog for lots of great frugal tips.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easter Dinner Grocery Deals

In my family, the traditional Easter dinner includes:
  • Ham
  • A Potato Dish
  • An Asparagus Dish or Green Bean Dish
  • A Fruit Salad
  • Bread or Rolls
  • Pie or Cake for dessert
  •  And don't forget extra eggs for decorating!

I'll let you pick your own favorite recipes, but with those in mind, here are the best prices I found on items you might need for your Easter dinner. I'll post again next week with the new deals.





Easter Dinner Items On Sale This Week:

Bread (Italian or French loaf)- $1.00/ea (10/$10) @ Dillons
Butter (quarters)- $1.99/ea @ Aldi
Carrots (baby)- $1.00/bag @ Dillons OR Aldi
Cream cheese- $1.00/ea @ Dillons OR Aldi
Cream of Mushroom soup- $0.59/ea @ Aldi
Duck (whole)- $2.49/lb @ Aldi
Eggs (large)- $1.00/ dozen (10/ $10) @ Dillons - (but you don’t have to buy 10 to get the price!)
Green Beans (canned)- $0.59/ea @ Aldi
Green Beans (fresh)- $0.88/lb @ Checkers
Hams (variety of types)- $1.19lb to $1.69/lb @ Aldi
Pie Crust (graham)- $1.18/ea @ HyVee
Pie Crust (regular)- $2.28 / 2pk @ HyVee
Potatoes - $0.20/lb ($1.99/ 10lb bag) @ Aldi
Red Potatoes (new baby)- $0.88/lb @ HyVee
Roast (boneless round)- $2.99/lb @ Dillons
Rolls (Brown-n-serve)- $1.00/ pk (10/$10) @ Dillons
Sweet Potatoes $0.33/lb ($0.99/ 3lb bag) @ Aldi
Whipped Topping - $0.89/ea @ Aldi

photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1162559

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-up: 3/27 - 4/3


Hi All- some good deals to be had this week. Looks like you can get a good price on frozen vegetables pretty much anywhere. This week I looked at Aldi, Checkers, Dillons, HyVee, Target, and Walmart. Note: many items @ Dillons are 10 for $10. You do not have to buy 10 to get them at $1.00/ea! Just a Dillon’s card.

This week's frugal recipe from Romance on a Dime is Creamy & Crunchy Potato Salad

Later today or tomorrow I will be posting a "Frugal Easter Dinner"- stay tuned!

 

Produce Deals:
Broccoli Crowns - $0.98/lb @ Checkers
Cantaloupe- $0.99/ ea @ Aldi
Carrots (baby)- $1.00/bag @ Dillons OR Aldi
Garden Salad Mix- $0.49/ 12 oz bag @ Aldi
Grapes (red seedless)- $1.48/lb @ Checkers
Green Beans (fresh)- $0.88/lb @ Checkers
Onions (Texas sweet)- $0.48/lb @ Checkers
Red New Potatoes - $0.88/lb @ HyVee

Strawberries- $0.99/ 16oz @ Aldi
Sweet Potatoes $0.33/lb ($0.99/ 3lb bag) @ Aldi

Other Deals:
Bread (Italian or French loaf)- $1.00/ea (10/$10) @ Dillons
Butter (quarters)- $1.99/ea @ Aldi
Chicken breasts (natural, split)- $0.99/lb @ HyVee
Chicken thighs or drumsticks- $0.88/lb in econo.pk @ Checkers
Eggs (large)- $1.00/ dozen (10/ $10) @ Dillons
Frozen vegetables- $1.00/bag (10/$10) @ Dillons OR HyVee OR Aldi

Hams (variety of types)- $1.19lb to $1.69/lb @ Aldi
Olive Oil (Palermo extra v.)- $3.49/ 17oz bottle @ Checkers
Roast (boneless round)- $2.99/lb @ Dillons
Split Green Peas (dried)- $0.69/ 16oz @ Aldi
Swai Fillets (whoel)- $3.88/ 1lb bag @ Checkers
Yogurt (Greek)- $0.80/ea (5/$4) @ Dillons

photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/794719

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-Up: 3/21 - 3/27

LOTS of good deals this week! There is a new deal at Aldi- from the ad it seems they will be doing a weekly "Fresh Meat Special Buy Day" on Wednesdays. Today the deal is $0.89/lb split chicken breasts.


Asparagus- $1.38/lb @ HyVee 
Blackberries- $3/ 2  6oz pkgs @ HyVee OR $2.99/ 12 oz pkg @ Target
Cantaloupe - $0.99/ea @ Aldi
Carrots (baby)- $0.88/lb bag @ Checkers
Celery- $0.58/ stalk @ Checkers
Corn on the Cob- $2 / 5 cobs @ Dillons
Grapes (Green)- $0.89/lb @ Aldi
Green Beans- $0.88/lb @ Checkers
Lettuce (Romaine, red or green leaf)- $0.78/ea @ Checkers 
Oranges (Navel)- $1.48/ 4lb bag ($0.37/lb!) @ Aldi
Pears (Anjou)- $0.99/ 4 ct tray ($0.23/ea!) @ Aldi
Pineapple (whole)- $0.99/ea @ Aldi
Strawberries- $0.99/ 16oz (1lb) pk  @ Aldi


Butter (reg or unsalted)- $1.99/ ea @ Aldi
Chicken Breast (split)- $0.89/lb @ Aldi WEDS ONLY
Chicken Breast (bonless, skinless)- $1.68/lb @ Checkers
Chicken Leg Quarters- $0.79/lb @ HyVee
 
Cream Cheese or Neufchatel- $0.99/ea @ Aldi
Entrees (W. Watchers or Smart Ones frozen)- $10/ 5 @ HyVee
Flour- $1.48/ 5lb bag @ HyVee
Fish Filets (battered)- $2.49 / 19oz box @ Aldi
Ham (Smoked shank) - $1.19/lb @ Aldi
Ham (Spiral)- $1.69/lb @ Aldi (if you can wait, hams will go on sale after Easter!)
Olive Oil Cooking Spray- $1.49/ ea @ Aldi
Pasta Sauce (Organic!)- $1.99/ea @ Aldi
Pasta (Whole grain! penne or rotini)- $0.99/ 13oz box @ Aldi
 
Pineapple (canned)- $0.89/ea @ Aldi
Pizza (Margherita, frozen) - $2.99/ea @ Aldi
Pork Roast (Boston butt)- $1.58/lb @ Checkers
Tofu (Melissa’s Organic)- $4/ 2 blocks @ HyVee
Tortilla Chips (Clancys)- $0.99/ 13 oz bag @ Aldi
Salsa (Casa Mamita)- $1.49/ 24 oz jar @ Aldi
Vegetables (Birds Eye frozen)- $5 / 5 bags @ HyVee
Yogurt (non-fat Fit & Active)- $0.39/ea @ Aldi
Easter/ Spring baking stuff- cake mix, frosting, sprinkles on sale @ Aldi


Here are some tasty, easy, healthy recipes I've made lately that will work perfectly with our deals this week! :  Easy Baked Garlic Chicken & Roasted New Potatoes & Asparagus  These link to their direct sources, but I originally found them on Pinterest. Click to Follow me on Pinterest!

Do you know that we have a Facebook Page and a Twitter account? Click the links to check them out, I post a lot of good tips on those pages.

photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1189704

Thursday, March 15, 2012

'Tis the Season! Yard sales, auctions, flea markets are back!

My favorite time of year is here! Spring, which for me means not only warm weather and gardening, but sales! Yard sales, garage sales, auctions, estate sales, flea markets, sidewalk sales, all the best kinds of sales!

Here are some of the ways I stay in the know about second-hand sales, which are not always easy to find. Please share your tips in the comments!

Yard/Garage Sales: My "method" is somewhat haphazard- I usually look at the garage sale listings on Craigslist, write down a few that look promising, and head out relatively early on a Saturday.  I always find more sales along the way to the addresses I've written down, and stop at any that look good. I also don't always make it to all I've written down- either I decide to quit for the day if I've already gone to a bunch, or sometimes I just can't find them, ha.  Garage sale tips: 1. Get there as early as you can (but not before the "starting time" the seller listed!) 2. Always carry cash, in small bills and coins. 3. Have fun, and don't be afraid to talk to people- you never know who you might meet or what you might learn. 4. Always be polite: don't make a mess, say please and thank you, offer correct change if you can, and while some haggling is ok, don't be rude about it.

Flea Markets: Lawrence only has one outdoor flea market, as far as I know. It is held the first Sat. of the month at Tee Pee Junction north of town. They have a facebook they keep updated: http://www.facebook.com/Lawrenceflea  The first market of the season is April 7! The closest thing to an indoor flea market is the Lawrence Antiques Mall on Mass St., which is kind of a mixed bag- some over-priced antiques to be sure, but often good deals can be found as well.

Estate Sales/ Auctions: Possibly my most favorite kind of all the sales! I keep up with these by looking at the LJ World Classifieds and KansasAuctions.net - I actually follow them on Twitter @kansasauctions. I was at first very timid when I went to my first auction, because things can move pretty fast, and I didn't know the vocabulary. I would recommend observing at first, then try your first bid on a low priced item, just to see how it goes. Now I'm addicted and looove auctions!

Secondhand Stores/ Thrift Stores: Of course these are not seasonal, but during yard sale season it seems like more things come in to these places. Check out my list of Lawrence thrift & bargain stores here.

I've got a list of items I keep that I'm "looking for" and try not to buy much that is not on my list. It also helps to set a budget and stick with it, especially at auctions where it is easy to get carried away. That being said, I have gotten amazing deals on a lot of things at yard sales, flea markets, and auctions. Happy hunting!

photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/756816/?forcedownload=1

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-Up: 3/14- 3/20

It's a good week for groceries, folks. Wondering what to do with these frugal foods? Try Romance On A Dime's Frugal Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon


Produce:
Broccoli Crowns: $0.78/lb @ Checkers
Brussel Sprouts: $0.98/lb @ Checkers
Cabbage: $0.49/ea @ Aldi
Cantaloupe: $1.39 /ea @ Aldi

Carrots: $1.98/ 5lb bag @ Checkers
Green Beans: $0.88/lb @ Checkers
Pears: $0.99/ tray of 4 @ Aldi
Pineapple: $0.99/ea @ Aldi
Potatoes (Red!): $0.99/ 5lb bag @ Aldi
Strawberries: $1.69/lb @ Checkers OR Aldi
Tomatoes (Roma): $0.59/lb @ Checkers

Other Items:

Applesauce: $0.99/ 24 oz @ HyVee
Canned Green Beans or Corn: $0.39/ can @ HyVee
Canned Fruit (variety): $0.99/ can @ HyVee
Cheese (block): 2/$3 ($1.50ea) / 8oz @ HyVee
Cheese (shredded): 3/$4 ($1.33ea)/ 8oz @ HyVee
Chicker (Fryer): $0.69/lb @ HyVee
Frozen Vegetables (variety): $0.99/bag @ HyVee OR Aldi
Frozen Meals (Hungry Man or Smart Ones) $1.49/ea when you buy 10 @ Dillons
Goat Cheese: $2.99/ 6oz @ Aldi
Greek Yogurt (Kroger): 5/$4 ($0.80/ea) @ Dillons
Pasta (various): $0.99/ box @ HyVee OR Aldi
Salsa- $1.49/24 oz @ Aldi
Tofu (Melissa’s Organic)- 2/$4 @ HyVee
Tortilla Chips- $0.99/13 oz @ Aldi 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Grocery Deals Round-Up: 3/7 to 3/13

Wondering what the criteria is for my weekly grocery deals? Unless otherwise noted, they are:
  1. Limited time sale prices, not everyday regular prices.
  2. The sale price is low compared to food prices in general (meaning, I tend to list the cheapest foods. Notice that few things are more than a dollar or two per unit.)
  3. Sale price is considerably lower than regular price, or compared to prices at other stores.
  4. Basic, whole foods rather than processed/packaged foods. Whole foods are often healthier and cheaper! The idea being you could make many different things from these basic ingredients. (Occasionally I will add packaged foods when they are a really good deal, though, or if they are something that is hard to make yourself.)
  5. I bold items that are especially good deals that I am excited about!
That being said, here are the deals for this week!


Produce Items:
Asparagus- $1.18/lb @ Checkers
Avocados (Hass)- $0.88/ea @ Checkers
Broccoli- $0.88/lb @ Checkers
Carrots- $0.99/ 2lb bag @ HyVee
Grapefruit- $0.29/ea @ Aldi
Grapes (Green)- $1.00/lb @ HyVee
Green Beans- $0.88/lb @ Checkers
Kiwi Fruit- $0.99/ 16oz @ Aldi
Lettuce (Romain, Red, Green) - $0.78/bunch @ Checkers
Mangoes- $0.78/ea @ Checkers
Oranges-  $1.48/bag ($0.37/lb) @ Aldi
Peaces/Plums/Nectarines- $0.20/ea @ Aldi
Potatoes (Russet)- $1.18/ 5lb bag @ Checkers
Strawberries- $1.29/16oz @ Aldi
Yellow Squash or Zuchinni- $0.58/lb @ Checkers

Other Items:
Chicken (thighs or drumsticks)- $0.98/lb @ Checkers OR Dillons
Breakfast items: cereals, meats, pancake mixes, frozen meals, etc- on sale @ Aldi
Steel Cut Oats- $2.49/ 28oz @ Aldi
Tortillas- var. sizes- 2/$3.00 @ HyVee
Pet Food- many varities on sale @ HyVee

photo from:  http://www.sxc.hu/photo/609376

In our continuing weekly series, here is the coordinating recipe from Romance on a Dime: Fruit Smoothies!  There are such good deals on fruit right now, what a great way to use it up! 

Friday, March 2, 2012

The value of a freezer- more than just ice.

The sales on Haier freezers at HyVee and Dillons this week have me thinking about freezers. We just got our freezer about 3 months ago (for Christmas from my Dad, a rather frugal guy), and it is about a 4 cubic foot size. Generally, I would highly recommend anyone get a stand alone freezer, even if you are a household of 1! We are a household of 2.25 (the .25 being our small dog, haha.) and I use the heck out of ours.

Here are some highlights of what I've used/saved in the brief time we've had ours:

-Frozen meals- Lean Cuisines (I take these to work for lunch when I'm too lazy to pack something good). I caught a deal at Checkers when they were 6 for $10 (that is $1.66/ea). They are regularly priced between $0.50 and $1.00 more than that. I bought 12, and thus saved $6.00 to $12.00 compared to what I normally would have paid for them. (Saved  ~$8.00)

-Hams- Oh, the hams! I bought so much ham on sale after Christmas. I got a mega great deal on these at Aldi, and I bought 3 hams (about 6 lbs each) for $0.50/lb. I've seen hams range from $2.99/lb to $3.99/lb, so total I spent $9.00 on ham when at regular price I would have spent more than $50! I made so much good ham & bean soup, split pea soup, and baked ham with these. Mr. Townie could attest to that.  (Saved ~$40)

-Chicken- I've bought whole chickens and chicken thighs when they were on sale for $0.88/lb. That saved me about $1.00/lb, and I bought probably 10 lbs. I've also stocked up when boneless/skinless chicken breast was on sale- I bought about 8lb for something like $10, and it would have regularly been more like $14. (Saved ~$14)

-Frozen vegetables- There was a good deal on Target brand frozen vegetables with some coupon stacking, where I got bags of corn, peas, mixed vegs, carrots, onions for something like $0.59/bag. They are regularly $1.09/bag (maybe more?), so I saved $0.50/bag, and bought 10 bags. (Saved ~$5)

-Ground beef- Checkers recently had a deal on 85% lean ground beef for $1.89/lb, if you bought 10 lbs. So, feeling very pleased with myself, I went on down and bought 10lbs (that is a huge, gross looking tube of meat, by the way). Brought it home (Mr. Townie looked at me like I was crazy), divided it up into 1 lb portions, wrapped in them in plastic wrap, and put them in 2 big zip-top bags, put them in the freezer. We don't eat much beef, so that should last us several months! Usually costs about $1 more than that a pound. (Saved ~$10)

-Various fresh produce (Red peppers, strawberries, corn on the cob, tomatoes, etc)-  I'm not going to have numbers on these, but there have been many times I've bought produce when it was on sale (or had it given to me by friends, family, etc.) that I couldn't use up before it went bad. So, I chop it up, cook it, or whatever and then freeze it to use later! Not sure what the monetary savings have been, but we have certainly wasted a lot less food.

-Bread, buns, etc.- The monetary savings here is negligible, but the convenience is a big bonus. When I buy bread (almost always at Aldi, they have such good multi-grain bread for like $1.69!) I buy an extra loaf or two and put them in the freezer. That way we always have some on hand for emergency grilled cheese sandwiches or what have you. Also, when I find hamburger buns on sale (have gotten them for $0.50/bag at Aldi and Dillons) I can grab some of those and put them in the freezer as well- then they are there when we want to have turkey burgers.

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Obviously I don't have the exact prices and savings on all of these, but even with my conservative estimates, that is a lot of money (AT LEAST $77!) I didn't have to spend over the last 3 months! Secondly, as dopey as this may sound, it gives me peace of mind to know that we have a freezer with at least a couple of week's worth of food in it, should a zombie apocalypse or bank collapse occur. :)

And while I said an extra freezer is about more than just ice-, it IS nice to have a place to stash an extra bag of ice for parties..

So if you are thinking about buying a freezer, go for it. If you bought one for $159, and you shop like I do, it should "pay for itself" by the 6 month mark, and after that it's all gravy!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March: Month-by-Month Guide to Sales

Here's your monthly reminder: stores are cycling into their March deals, be on the lookout!


March
Frozen Food Month: Ice Cream, Frozen Vegetables (Boxed, Bag, or Steam), Frozen Meals, Foster Farms Chicken, Waffles, Pizza
Seasonal Produce: Artichoke, Asparagus, Haas Avocado, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Leek, Lemon, Lime, Mushrooms, Spring Onions, Orange, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Tangerine
Thanks to Grocery Sale Cycles- When Do Things Go on Sale? from Living Richly on a Budget for this info! Check out their blog for lots of great frugal tips.