About Me

I'm a Utah mom, just trying to make ends meet. Several years ago, I was introduced to a new way of couponing. I've been addicted ever since. I have a hard time paying full price for anything anymore.

I love couponing so much, I decided to become a teacher for Grocery Smarts.

I teach free classes and show you how to get everything you need at the grocery store and still leave $$$ in your pocket. I'll also teach you the best ways to get and organize your coupons. The best part of the class is when I show you how to match your current coupons up with the current local sales - getting the most bang for your buck!


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April 29, 2010

The Ogden and Orem Winco's are opening Monday, May 3rd @ 9:00 am

I just saw this posted on Facebook. So if any of you live in these area's watch for the ad to come in your mail. They have it posted on Facebook, but I can't read it or enlarge it enough to read all of what's on it. It does say that this sale will also be good at both of the other (West Valley and Midvale) stores as well (May 3 - May 9).

Here's what I can see on the FB ad though:

Strawberries $2.98, 4lb container, limit 1

10 lb bag russet potatoes $.68, 10lb bag, limit 1, (U.S. No. 1)

Variety pack muffins $1.98, 6 pk

Large gourmet cookies $2.98, 18 ct. all varieties

Bulk pinto beans $.48/lb

Bulk raw almonds $1.98/lb, 4lb container

Planters peanuts $1.78, 16oz dry roasted, regular or unsalted

White Rain shampoo or conditioner $.78, 18 oz

Chex Mix traditional snack mix, Gardettos or Bugles $.98, 7.5 - 0.75 oz

Raw shell on shrimp $3.48, 31-40ct, previously frozen, 2lb bag $6.76 ea

Big cut Co-Jack cheese $1.98/lb

Circle T Boneless Beef Tenderloin $2.98/lb, whole in the bag, limit 2

Deli, Virginia Ham, Turkey Breast or Roast Beef $1.98/lb

Foster Farms Whole Bag Fryers $.68/lg, Twin bags, limit 2 twin bags

Wild Pacific Salmon Fillets $3.98, 1.5lb pkg

(these aren't the specials for the Grand Opening, but this must be what's on sale for that week).

I'm excited to try shopping at Winco for the first time! Wish me luck :)


April 27, 2010

Houseparty

Have you ever heard of Houseparty? Do you like to get together with friends, neighbors or family? This is a really fun website to join.

I joined a while ago, but never went in and signed up for a party. One night a few months ago, I was teaching a coupon class and the hostess told me all about Houseparty and how fun they were.

I went in and signed up and I'm hosting my first Houseparty in a couple of weeks. I was chosen to host an Underwriters Laboratory, Going Green Party.

I ended up getting 15 of each of the following items.

15 reusable totes, 15 empty UL logo spray bottles, 15 Environmentally-friendly cleaning cloths, 15 natural sponges and 15 funnels.
I have a group of girls between the ages of 10 and 11 that I work with in my church. I think this will be the perfect setting to teach the girls about what they can do to go green even at their age. I also plan to make a homemade cleaner that I got a recipe for through the Utah State Extension office website.

Right now Houseparty is currently taking applications for Gerber Generation, 2010 French Cocktail Hour, Hasbro Game Night and Breyers Summer to Remember. All you have to do is sign up through their website. They will let you know which party you get to host (sign up for multiple parties) and they do all the rest. They basically walk you through everything. They offer online invites, they send you the box of "stuff (coupons, giveaways, free things)" for your party, there's online chats that help you come up with fun ideas for hosting your party, handouts etc....

When my party is over, they will send me a survey that I need to fill out and I'm off to apply for more parties. I can't wait! It will be fun to have a variety of people over to enjoy my next great party!

I hope you have fun with Houseparty - I know I will!

April 21, 2010

$1.00 Printer Cartridge Refills @ Walgreens

Everyone who knows me, knows I love a good deal. I was outside yesterday and my neighbor told me that for $1.00 at Walgreen's you can get your printer cartridge refilled tomorrow only! These usually cost a lot more than $1.00 (it's been a while since I've had it done). What a nice way to help us all go a little greener!

You can use this link to print your own coupon.

Thanks ~ Nay!




April 15, 2010

Discovery Gateway $5 passes through April 30th

Are you looking for something cheap and fun to do with the kids? Maybe Discovery Gateway has what you're looking for. Click on the link above to print your coupon.

Make sure to use this great deal by 4/30/10. It's also good for up to 4 people!! ~ Thanks to Utah Shopping Secrets or PYP


April 14, 2010

Smith's Quaker sale - one of the best sales this year!

We are BIG cereal eaters at my house and so when a deal like this comes around I jump on it!

This week at Smith's they are having a 5 for $5 Quaker Cereal Sale (Cap'N Crunch varieties as well as Quaker oatmeal varieties - see the Smith's ad for all the details).

Yesterday, you should have received your big packet of "junk mail." Hopefully you didn't throw it away. In the Associated Food Store ads (Reams, Macey's, Winegar's, Kents, Harmons, Fresh Market...just to name a few) there's a manufacturer's coupon for $3.00 off the purchase of 5 Quaker products.

Luckily I had 5 of these ads (I guess sometimes it helps to live so close to so many AF stores). I took my 5 coupons to Smith's this morning and this is what I got.

25 boxes of Quaker Cereal for $11.50!!!!

Now that's what I call a good deal :)

After taking the additional $3.00 off the original $5.00 purchase it made each box of cereal $.40 each!

Thanks to Utah Deal Diva for the great post yesterday! I'm glad I got to Smith's early today for the best selection.

So what are you waiting for? Get to Smith's to cash in on this super easy coupon deal!!!! Even if you don't have the extra coupons a $1.00 per box is still a pretty good price on cereal these days.

April 13, 2010

Olay Quench for Clunkers

I haven't personally tried this yet - but I can't wait to pick up a bottle. I just ran across this ad while I was using the new Swagbucks site (see previous blog entry or use the banner right above this entry). You can earn swagbucks for doing surveys etc....

So I was really excited when Olay offered a free mail-in-rebate for their new Quench body lotion. You'll want to do this soon, since the offer ends on 4/16/10 (rebates need to be received by 4/30/10).

Check out this link on You Tube ~ Franglea's music video is pretty funny! You can also pick up the rebate here.

April 12, 2010

Swagbucks

Have you heard about Swagbucks? I've seen it popping up on people's blogs for the last couple of weeks and decided to jump in and try it out. Seriously, I joined about 5 days ago. It's basically a search engine. I loaded their toolbar and now when I search I use it rather than some of the other ones I was using.

Why??? you ask.... Well, Swagbucks allows you to earn swagbucks that you can spend in the swagstore. In the few days that I've been with them, I've already earned 77 swagbucks.

Oh, and on Fridays, they like to double the swagbucks you get - just another fun incentive to do more searching on Fridays!~ There's a lot of ways to earn swagbucks besides just searching, but you can read up on that on their site.

If you're looking for some free stuff (and when I say stuff, I mean they have a lot of variety) why not use Swagbucks to to earn it?

You can use the links in this blog or you can use the button right above this entry! Have fun :)

April 6, 2010

Kmart ~ Double coupon days (April 4th to April 10th)


As a seasoned couponer, Kmart has really been wishy washy in Utah with doubling coupons. At last, this is really happening for us (and yes, I know I'm a few days late in posting this).

There are rules to follow, so rather than repeating what everyone else is posting ~ I'm gonna send you to my friend over at thethriftycouple. Thanks Cassie!

They've posted all the details and also provided you with another link to some great coupon match-ups.

So take advantage of some additional savings - as we know here in Utah, it won't last long!

April 5, 2010

Kents Early Bird Sale - Saturday, April 10th 6am to noon

Yea!!! It's another Kents sale. I'm really looking forward to this one because I need to stock up on a few items.

Here's what's on sale:

10lb bag of fresh, extra, extra, extra diet or extra lean ground beef $1.89/lb

Xzude Sports Drinks 32oz asst. 3/$1

Strawberries, full flat $6.99 ea

Dozen glazed donuts $2.49

Maddox Turkey Steaks, 9 ct $7.99 ea

Pepsi 2 ltr, asst. $.77

Roast Beef, deli style $3.99/lb

Rump roast, boneless beef $1.99/lb (whole roast $1.89/lb)

Chocolate Milk, Cream O'Weber gallon, $1.99

Russet Potatoes, 5lb bag $.69 ea

Cheez~It crackers $.88

Potato Chips, Clover Club 10oz Asst. $1.39

French Onion Dip, Clover Club 15oz $.88

Sausage Links, Armour 6oz asst. $.89 ea (case of 12 $10.68)

Jumbo Muffins, Doz asst. $3.99

Steak Fries, Hailey's Harvest 24oz frozen $.69

Cream Pies (coconut, banana or chocolate) $2.99 ea

Sandwich Bread, WF 24oz $.88

Cheddar Cheese Loaves, WF 2lb - medium only $3.79 ea

Steaks or London Broils, family pk boneless beef top round $2.29

Chicken breast or tenders, 20lb box boneless skinless $35.80 or $1.79/lb

**Update on the chicken.... the price in the ad was a mis-print. The real price is $29.80 or $1.49/lb**

Dasani Water, 12 pk ~ 12oz bottles, fridge pk 3/$5

Cordon Bleu, Milford farms 5 oz asst. $.79 ea (case of 24 $18.96)

Honey Ham, Kretschmar $2.49/lb

Asian Sensations 12.27oz or Tony's Original Pizzas 12.14 - 14.10oz asst 3/$5

Bananas, Dole $.39/lb

Tampico Citrus Drinks, asst. gallon 4/$5

Chops or Roast, family pk boneless center cut pork loin $1.79/lb

Stew Meat, family pk boneless extra lean beef $2.49/lb

Cutie Pies, 6 pk (cherry, apple, chocolate or peach) 2/$4

Sunglo 100% Juice boxes, 8oz 5/$1

Lunch Makers, Armour 2.6oz asst $.79 ea

Here's a link to the other items they have on sale this week.

April 2, 2010

Easter Egg Dyeing - very kid friendly

In the Family Fun magazine this month, there was a tip for dyeing Easter Eggs. I tried to find a link to the article on their site, but couldn't. So here's my feeble attempt to re-create.

It seems like every year - especially at our house someone drops and cracks an Easter egg while dyeing it.

This simple little trick really saved the day. I wish I had thought of it first!



Use whisks to help those little ones who want to help so desperately, but seem to fumble with getting the eggs in and out of the colored water.

Just slide your hard boiled egg in between the wires and set it in your cup. It's easy to drop it in and pull it out!

HaPPy EASter!!!


April 1, 2010

Smith's Show and Tell

It's been a while since I've posted one of my shopping trips. I went to Smith's today and picked up some pretty good deals.



I spent a total of $56.70 and saved $40.97 ~ WOOT, WOOT!!!

Here's what I got:

8 boxes of Honeycomb - my kids favorite ($1.00 each)

6 boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats - my husband's favorite ($1.00 each)

4 bags Lays potato chips ($.99 each, SS 3/14)

1 lb Kroger butter (I had a Kroger coupon for $.55 off, paid $1.12)

2 doz Kroger eggs ($.99 each, could have gotten them cheaper, but it's one stop shopping this week)

3 bags of Hershey's Easter Candy (SS 3/14)

1 bag of hashbrowns

1 box of hashbrown patties

1 box of Chicken in a Bisket crackers

1 bottle of Tide (I had a coupon from Smith's for $1.00 off, paid $4.88)

1 pkg of Chipmates cookies (I had a coupon from Smiths, can't remember what it was)

2 Wishbone salad dressings (RP 3/28, $.75 each)

1 pkg Mento's gum (I had a coupon from Smiths - can't remember what it was either)

4 Easter basket toys (they were already on clearance)

Not bad for stocking up! The Post cereal sale is pretty good, buy 4 items and get $4 back at the register. Use the coupons from SS 2/28 and SS 3/14, it makes the boxes of cereal each $1.00. Also, if you are buying the Cocoa or Fruity pebbles, there's a catalina offer at Smiths. Buy 4 boxes and get a $3.00 catalina (register coupon) back. You can do several of these transactions, but don't use you cereal catalina's to turn around and pay for any of your Post cereal. If you do this you won't get another catalina. Use your catalina's to pay for the rest of your groceries!

By the time I got to the store this morning all the Pebbles were gone :( Don't forget you can ask for a raincheck.

Hope you can cash in on some of the Smith's deals this week!

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