Thursday, January 28, 2010

So what's good this week?

This is a portion of the typical newsletter I end my CouponSense subscribers when the new ads come out. My recommendations for stockpiling follows, but the information is pretty much the same as what I include in my newsletter.


Fry's is having their Mega-Event. Buy 10 of the participating items, get $5 off. Much of the following is part of the deal. With coupons, you can save even more on these items and there are items I included in the list for my subscribers, which are only good deals when combined with coupons.

Hunt's or Rotel Tomatoes *49¢ ea.
Purina Cat Chow *3.99 ea. coupon for $1 on Purina Cat Chow makes this a good deal.
Electrasol Dishwasher Detergent *2.99 ea.
Mustard Potato Salad 10 for $10 My kids take one of these for lunch.
Bill Johnson's BBQ Sauce 10 for $10

Notable at Safeway

Product Rancher's Reserve® Boneless Beef Round Steak
1.57 lb Grind some for hamburger
Product O Organics(TM) Salads
5 to 9-oz. Selected varieties. Low Prices on Fresh Produce
1.98 ea
Product Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent
55 to 68.75-oz. 2x Liquid. Selected varieties. (ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY)
final $2.49
for $1 off 2 coupon
Product 3-lb. Bag California Clementines
Low Prices on Fresh Produce
2.47 ea
Product Lucerne® Creamery Fresh or Safeway SELECT® Ice Cream
1.5 to 1.75-qt. Selected varieties.
Product Lucerne® Shredded or Chunk Cheese
32-oz. Selected varieties.
Product Post Honey Bunches of Oats
14.5-oz. or General Mills Lucky Charms 11.5-oz. Cereal.
1.88 coupons for the Lucky Charms
Product Pepsi® and Tostitos Tortilla Chips
Buy 3 participating Pepsi® (12-pk., 12-oz. cans. 6-pk., 16.9-oz. or 24-oz. bottles. Selected varieties.) and 1 bag of Tostitos Tortilla Chips (9 to 13-oz. Selected varieties.)
Product Signature Cafe® Pizza
16" Family Size Authentic self-rising crust. Your choice of Five Cheese blend or Pepperoni. Serves 4 to 5.
Product Anthony's Pasta
12 to 16-oz. Selected varieties.
Product 5-lb. Bag Idaho Russet Potatoes
5-lb. Bag
68¢ ea

Doritos 99c with In-Ad coupon and add'l $10 purchase.

At Albertson's

Mix or Match- Check Ad. I have my eye on the Sun Dishwashing Liquid. I can't tell on the computer, so I'm hoping it's a larger size.
10 FOR $10
Jan 27 - Feb 2
Select Varieties & Sizes

Albertsons Cereal
10 FOR $10
Good price. Good cereal.
12.25-18 oz. or Fruit Snacks 5.4 oz., Select Varieties

Land O Lakes Spreadable Butter
10 FOR $10
Whenever you can get butter for less than $2/lb, it's a good day.
8 oz., Select Varieties

Albertsons Half & Half
Good price. Buy it.
32 oz., Select Varieties

Flock & Feast Bird Seed
In honor of Bird Feeding Month. Or week. Or whatever.
20 lb.

Albertsons Pasta and Pasta Sauce
10 FOR $10
Never pay more than a buck for pasta nor more than a buck for jarred sauce. NEVER.
16 oz., Pasta Sauce 24 oz. or Garlic Bread 10 oz., Select Varieties

Chicken Breast
$1.57 lb.
If you didn't go to El Rancho Market a few weeks ago and snag them at $1.37/lb, now you gotta shell out 20c/lb more.
Boneless, Skinless

Hershey’s Single Bars
2 for $1

1.3-2.25 oz.





The stuff's not fancy, but if you need tea...

Selected varieties, 22 to 100 ct
Breakfast & Cereal

$1.88 ea.

Figure it this way, the FREE MILK is worth 50c/box ($1.99/4).
FREE Gallon of Bashas’ MILK Whole, 2%, 1% or fat free ($1.99 value with Thank You Card) Limit 2 free milks per customer, Selected varieties and sizes as shown, When you purchase four Kellogg's Cereals at $1.88 ea. in a single transaction


Selected varieties, vegetables 13.5 to 15.25 oz, ketchup 24 oz, bbq sauce 18 oz
General Merchandise

2 for $5

Does not come in HE that I know of, but I've used this brand before and it's pretty good. No real deals on fabric softener, so this is what I'll be buying because I'm almost out.
Selected varieties, Sun Burst 2X liquid 62.5 oz, Sun Ultra 49 oz, Sun Classic powder 77 oz, Sun Cuddle Softener liquid 65 load, sheets 100 c t
Meat & Poultry

$4.99 ea

In case you don't feel like cooking...
Family size chipotle, savory or malibu $6.99 ea, Original Size Guaranteed In-Stock & Fresh Between 4pm –7pm or IT’S FREE!

First 1 please

39¢ lb

You have to buy these one bag at a time, but at this price, it's worth the extra trips.
Sold in a 10 lb bag

$1.49 lb

Spring is coming!
New crop
Soups & Canned Goods

Bumblebee Tuna


This is an excellent price for tuna. Stock up price.

Selected varieties, tuna in water or oil 5 oz, beans 15 to 15.5 oz

Phoenix Ranch Market

  • Wednesday is Produce Special Day
  • Thursday is Meat Special Day
  • Friday is a grab bag of deals


  • Best price on eggs - $1.59, 18 ct at Fresh and Easy
  • Best price on sandwich loaf bread - 99c for Food City Sandwich Loaf, 24 oz at Food City

Okay, Great. Very pretty newsletter, Mindy. Beautiful columns. So what are you stockpiling?

The bags of chicken at Basha's. For 50 bucks, you can buy 120 pounds - enough to feed a big chicken dinner to a family of four once a week for the next year.

Pretty good, huh?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Take a can of tube biscuits...

Roll out on a cookie sheet.

Top with the last of the Ragu (tomato-based or the cheesy stuff or both, it doesn't matter), the last shreds of cheese, those last pieces of lunchmeat and those few pieces of leftover steamed broccoli.

Fold over like you're wrapping a present. Or roll it up a little.

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Slice and serve to family (tell them you slaved for hours and it's a homemade pseudo-quiche, pizza, calzone, pot pie. Whatever works.)

Be a hero.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Here's what I'm stocking up on this week

The sales have not been as exciting as in months past. To be expected, this stuff goes in cycles. So I look for one item that'd I think is worth buying in bulk. Last week, it was peanut butter. This week, it would have to be the boneless, skinless chicken breasts at Basha's ($1.37/lb) and the 7-bone chuck roasts at Safeway.

(P.S. It's Wednesday and brown onions are 7 lbs/99c at Pro's Ranch Market today only.)

I thought of the onions because I was thinking about the roasts, mostly about the bones in the roasts which can be, well...roasted. For beef stock.

(roast bones in oven with some onions and carrots and celery and whatnot, deglaze pan when finished, put in stockpot and simmer for a really long time.)

Beef Stock and onions sound like soup to me. Sound like French onion soup, and with the stock basically for free and the onions near free and all that cold, rainy weather coming in...

/end free association

If you can't get to Pro's Ranch today and you don't mind braving the rain tomorrow, Food City has onions 5 lbs/99c Thursday only. And Roma tomatoes for 50c/lb. Mmmm...I picked up some Avocados and cilantro at Pros Ranch. Now I'm thinking about arranging it on a plate and topping with a poached egg...

/end second free association

Kroger brand OJ is $1.99/gallon at Fry's this week. Milk is cheapest at Fry's, $1.59/gallon and Albertson's has some generics on sale, check their ad, that are worth a stop-in.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Peanut Butter

The Kroger brand is $1 for an 18 ounce jar (EDITED TO ADD: AT FRY'S!!! sheesh). I just bought 20 jars, about a year's supply for our family. Sometimes, with coupons, peanut butter is cheaper, but that's rare, like last week and I hadn't seen it cheap with or without coupons for quite a while before that. Think of all those cheap lunches for the kids...And PB and J on homemade whole wheat bread (see several posts ago) is a pretty healthy lunch.

Orange Juice is 88c/half gallon at Fry's (so long as you are there).

Basha's has value packs of chuck steak (bone-in) for $1.27/lb. We had this the other night for dinner. It was good. My son made it. He tenderizes with lemon juice first. Makes all the difference. Otherwise, I've been picking up toilet paper from Marcal, 1 4-pack at a time. It's free with coupons, but you have to already have the coupon to take advantage. If you want lots of free toilet paper, check out CouponSense, put my name in as your instructor (Mindy C*****) and I'll show you how.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The GINORMOUS shopping trip

Yesterday, I spent $120 at Fry's.

I'll let that sink in a moment.

My kids eyes grew wide to see the total climb and climb. "Gosh, Mom," my daughter said, "I can't remember when you've spent that much."

Neither can I. So I went to the handy dandy savings spreadsheet on the CouponSense website, sorted by out-of-pocket amounts on my list of savings and...

Since joining CouponSense, the most I spent on groceries in a single trip was about $81. On March 31 of last year and again on October 11.

Most of my shopping trips are in the $0 to $40 range. Cool.

Yesterday, I went hog wild, so to speak, on salmon. Fry's has Wild Caught Sockeye for $4.88/lb. I get a senior discount (no, it's not mine, it's the husband's), so I took advantage of an additional 10% savings on everything.

The Sockeye is well worth it. The fillets are boneless, flash frozen (as in, frozen on the boat shortly after being caught) and are shrinkwrapped in about 2 to 2.5 lb packages. I purchased 8 packages or about 19 pounds total. That's good for 8 to 15 meals with plenty of leftovers. We're having some tonight, in a maple/orange/soy glaze. Super easy.

If you're going to eat fish, eat wild-caught. Farm raised is fed corn and doesn't have near the nutrients, nor those healthy Omega-3s as wild. Wild-caught has a lot more flavor, also.

Here's what else I bought at Fry's:

Tuna - 50c/can
Whole peeled Italian style canned tomatoes - 59c/can
Ice Cream, Kroger Deluxe - $1.99 (I'd have bought more, but there just isn't room is any of my freezers...just as well, I suppose) and...

...other stuff.

I need that salmon. My memory is going. Anyway 74 items, including those 8 salmons for $120 total. All good stockpile items.

I also bought 7 4-roll packs of toilet paper for free. Plus tax.

I had a coupon. I have a bunch more of the same coupon. I'm going to buy more today.

Off to google salmon recipes.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Make soup.

Yeah, this is kindergarten stuff. I'm one of those people who'd be better off remembering more of what I learned in kindergarten. Soup is good food. Mmm...mmmm...good.

And all that stuff.

My family are not big eaters. That means lots of leftovers. However, they also don't like leftovers. So I have to disguise 'em.

That's where soup comes in. I tend to pressure or slow cook. That means everytime I cook, I make broth. Chicken, beef, vegetable. It always ends up in a plastic container in the fridge along with whatever onion or garlic and spices I used for seasonings.

Do you know what this stuff is? It's gold. Along with the leftover steamed corn, lima beans, boiled potatoes and that little bit of pasta. Here's how you make homemade soup:

1) Put a big pot on the stove.
2) Pull all the little plastic containers from the fridge - veggie, bits of meat, juices for the meats you made last week.
3) empty them into the pot.
4) heat, stir, serve.

Top with cubes of day old bread. Yum.