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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Have Kiddos in Size 2T-3T Pull-Ups? RUN to Walgreen's!

Ok--so maybe you should call first, but if you have kiddos in size 2T-3T diapers, I found a STEAL this morning (thanks to my great SIL, Erika!).  We found the 2T-3T Night Time Pull-Ups (only that size), on clearance for $3.19 for the 24-Count package!  Those are normally around $14.00 per pack!  Plus, you can go to the Pull-Ups website at http://www.pullups.com/ to print a coupons for $2 off one package (print it twice per computer)!!!  And check for coupons in recent newspaper inserts too.  HUGE BARGAIN!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Don't Forget About Our Contests!

We have two fun contests going on now!  Enter now--your chances of winning are pretty great as we are just getting up and running!

1.  Utah Savings Card has graciously given us TEN 3-month membership cards to give away!  You only need one card per family to enjoy TONS of great discounts!  And you can get a 3-month card right now for only $5 through a special available to So Simple to Save readers.  Just go here for all the details and to enter the contest!
2.  Mega Swag Bucks Mini Contest has started now too!  I'm giving away $50 in free home decor items to one person who gets started using Swag Bucks through our links.   Go here for contest details.

Good Luck!  

50% off Family Fun with Screamin Coupons!

What a fun deal today!  You can go to FastKart Speedway for half price!  Get this deal here and you'll even get an additional $5 off through the sign up bonus available to So Simple to Save readers through August 8th!  So $20 worth of FastKart for only $5!  Now that's what I call a bargain!  Get this one before it's gone!

Mini Contest and Mega Swag Bucks Day!

So it's MEGA SWAG BUCKS DAY!  Each Friday brings the chance to earn lots of extra Swag Bucks!  No matter where you live, you can earn free stuff even faster on Fridays!
Why should you want Swag Bucks?  That's easy!  Swag Bucks are like online cash that you earn just for making your internet searches either through the Swag Bucks tool bar or through the search box on the Swag Bucks website.  Those reward bucks can be redeemed for all kinds of prizes.  I've mentioned before that my favorite is the Amazon.com e-card that you can use for online purchases.  Those will add up to big savings at Christmas when I share all the Amazon deals with you!

So what are you waiting for?  Just get started by setting up your FREE account hereAs an added bonus, I'm going to give someone a great home decor gift pack valued at over $50!  You'll earn one entry for getting signed up with Swag Bucks through the links in this post.  If you've already joined through my referral link, don't worry!  You're entered!  Swag Bucks keeps track of everyone who sets up their account, so your entry will be applied automatically!  The winner will be chosen next Friday during Mega Swag Bucks Day!
A few details:
*You can have a Swag Bucks account for each email if you want.  When you refer someone who joins, you earn one point for each point they earn!  So sign yourself up, then get a spouse, adult child, friend or family member signed up with your referral link.  You'll double your amount of Swag Bucks!
*Swag Buck redemption is a piece of cake!  You can browse rewards on the site and choose what you want!
*Just by doing your regular searches, you'll earn an average of 30-50 Swag Bucks per day, and that adds up fast!
*Email me any questions or post them in the comments, and I'll get right back to you!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cheesecake Factory $1.50 Deal Today Only!

Today you can choose ANY SLICE of cheesecake for only $1.50!  Just go to Facebook and "Like" Cheesecake Factory and you'll be able to print your invitation for the $1.50 slice!  Enjoy Amber!

Contest Time! You Could Be One of the TEN Winners!


Our best contest yet starts now!  I'm so excited to introduce the Utah Savings Card!  I've been seeing this card advertised for the past two months or so, and I finally decided to find out what all the fuss was about.  I'm so glad I did!  This little card is packed with savings power!  I'm so excited to use mine right away!  I'm looking forward to the BOGO discounts on attractions at Boondocks, BOGO meal discounts at restaurants all over Utah, including big chains like IHOP, $7-12 off oil changes at Jiffy Lube, and more!  There are discounts for Mulligan's, This is the Place Park, Raging Waters, Cherry Hill--all over the place!

Why should you be excited about this?  Well, there's one main reason--it's awesome!  The best part about Utah Savings Card is that you can use it OVER AND OVER again during your membership period!  No one-time discount here!  It's unreal that they can offer so many discounts for such a great deal too!  In fact, the folks at Utah Savings Card are offering you, the readers of So Simple to Save, an additional discount!  Unreal!  So right now, you can get THREE MONTHS of access to all the discounts (with new companies being added each week) for only $5!  WOWZA!  With just one use, you'll save more than that!  This is definitely a deal that should be in every deal-lover's wallet!
Here's how to get the deal:

2. Click the join now link at the bottom of every page
3. Click the “3 month membership credit card bottom”
4. Enter in your details
5. Enter the coupon code: sosimpletosave
6. Complete the checkout process

Now for the contest!  The Utah Savings Card team has graciously given us not one, not two, but TEN 3-month memberships to give away!  Can you believe they are giving us TEN?  I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that!  So how do you win?  You get as many entries as you can!  That's how!  Let's have fun with this contest, get many winners and spread the word about So Simple to Save at the same time!  Here are the ways to earn entries:
1.  Leave a comment at the end of this post.  Your comment is your official entry. 
2.  Earn THREE ADDITIONAL ENTRIES for being a follower (new or existing--just list in your post "I'm a follower").
3.  Earn ONE ADDITIONAL ENTRY for each THREE PEOPLE you tell about So Simple to Save (Just include their first names either in a comment to this post or by email to me at sosimpletosave@hotmail.com)

*As a bonus, the two people who refer the most new followers will automatically get a free card!  (Just let me know who you referred, and I'll take care of the rest.)

One more VERY COOL thing... the great team at the Utah Savings Card will REFUND your money if you are one of the winners and buy a card before the contest closes!  That means you can get started saving right away AND get the card for free if you're a winner!

So let's get this party started!  This contest starts now and ends on Wednesday, August 4th at 9pm MST.  Winners will be posted by Thursday at noon and must email me to claim their prize! 

Ready, set, go! 
 


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Best Grocery Deals This Week!

Here are some of the best grocery deals for the week.  Many of these items are things you may purchase each week. Often, items like produce, meat and dairy goods do not have coupons, so I've listed some of the best deals to help cut your grocery bill even without coupons. You can use this list in one of two ways--either go to each store individually for the discounts or print the list to use for price-matching at Walmart or Target (Super Target has a larger selection of grocery items).


Keep in mind that it is always smart to bring your ads with you, just in case. Also, I try to keep my price-matching purchases together either at the front or back of my order. That makes it easier to go over pricing with the cashier and also speeds up the process to not hold up other customers waiting to be served.


Also, don't forget that stores have different ad dates. Though I try to get this list posted each Tuesday evening, not all of the ads start on Wednesday. Here is a list of ad dates for major grocery retailers in the area:
Harmon's Monday-Sunday
Ream's Tuesday-Monday
Smith's Wednesday-Tuesday
Fresh Market Wednesday-Tuesday
Associated Foods Tuesday-Monday

Meat
Beef Full Cut Round Steak $1.98 lb. (Associated Foods)
Family Pack Lean Ground Beef $1.89 lb. (Associated Foods)
Rump Roast $2.49 lb. (Associated Foods)
Snow Crab Clusters $4.99 lb. (Associated Foods)
Beef London Broil $2.39 lb. (Fresh Market)

Produce
Green Beans $.99 lb. (Ream's)
Large Mango $.69 (Ream's)
Red Ripe Tomato $.79 lb. (Associated Foods)
Sunkist Small Pink Grapefruit 3/$1 (Associated Foods)
Green Bell Pepper $.59 each (Associate Foods)
Plums $.99 (Associated Foods)
Peaches & Nectarines $.98 (Fresh Market)
Leaf Lettuce--Red, Green & Romaine 10/$10 (Harmon's)
Red Bell Pepper 10/$10 (Harmon's)
Zucchini $.98 lb. (Harmon's)

Dairy
Gold-n-Soft 1 lb. Margarine Cubes $.69 (Ream's)
Large Dozen Eggs $.79 (Smith's)
Gallon Mountain Dairy Milk (all varieties) $1.79 (Smith's)
Kroger Gallon Orange Juice $1.99 (Smith's)
12-16 oz. Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese $1 (Smith's)

Bakery
Grandma Sycamores Bread, Hotdog and Hamburger Buns 3/$5 (Associated Foods)
Sara Lee 20 oz. Bread, Hotdog and Hamburger Buns 3/$5 (Associated Foods)
Home Pride 20 oz. Bread 2/$3 (Harmon's)
Wonder Smart Grain White Bread 2/$3 (Harmon's)

Miscellaneous
Land O'Frost 10-16 oz. Premium Sliced Lunchmeat $2.69 (Associated Foods)
Langer's Apple Juice 4/$5 (Smith's)
Ragu Pasta Sauces 2/$3 (Ream's)

3-Day Sale at Fresh Market (Thurs.-Sat.) Limit of five of each item
Small Lunchables 5/$5
Don Julio 17.5 oz. Tortillas 5/$5

New Contest with TEN Winners! Great New Utah Discount Card!

I'm so excited to share our newest contest with you!  There will be ten winners of a great new Utah discount card!  I'm hammering out all the details now, so watch for an announcement later tonight or early tomorrow! 

Smith's Coupon Round-Up Q & A

I got an email from a friend today asking about the Smith's coupon round-up, so I thought I'd take the time to give you all some more details on the sale. 

Q-Is this sale really worth my time?  Won't everything be sold out if I get there any later than 6:30am? 
A-Yes, it is soooo worth your time!  However, this shopping trip will likey be different from others you have at Smith's on a regular basis.  The best way to have a successful experience is to be prepared with a list (and coupons) of all the items you'd like to get, understanding that some might not be available.  If you end up with 20 items for free or 10, they're still free (or almost free), right?  Also, keep in mind that many stores restock each night.  So your best chance of getting everything you want is in the morning.  If there's something in particular you're looking to stock up on, call the store first to verify stock!

Q-Is there one location that you recommend? 
A-Yes!!!  Again, your best chance of getting what you want is to go to the bigger stores.  They don't sell out as quickly, and if they do, they usually have more in the back.  So I recommend the Marketplace stores.  They have more room for more product.  I've also had lots more success getting what I want at the Smith's on 90th South, west of Bangerter.

Q-The shelf is empty!  I'm so mad!  What do I do now?
A-If the shelf is empty, that doesn't necessarily mean the store has none of that product.  Take the time to find an associate and ask.  You might be REALLY GLAD you did!  Plus you'll alert them to the issue so they can restock the shelves for other shoppers.

Q-What if the right amount isn't discounted for my coupons? 
A-Fix it right away!  You can either alert the cashier right then, or you can go right to the customer service desk.  I've had great experience with Smith's when it comes to correcting coupon issues.  I bet you will too.  To avoid problems like this, you may want to hand coupons over one at a time or at least make sure to separate multiples of the same coupon so that they are less likely to stick together.

Do you have more questions about the sale?  Shoot them over to me at sosimpletosave@hotmail.com, and I'll try to get the answers posted before the sale starts tomorrow.

Interested in a comprehensive sale list with prices and coupon info?  Check out Savvy Shopper Deals here!

All Entertainment Books 2/$10! Get Yours Fast!

Right now, you can get two Entertainment coupon books (usually around $20 each, regular price) for only $10!  And actually, you can get them for as low as $2.50 total for TWO BOOKS!  Here's how it works:

1.  Order your books through Ebates.
2.  Log into your account or sign up if you haven't previously.
3.  Put Entertainment.com in the search box on the Ebates.
4.  Connect to the Entertainment book site.

Type in the zip code for your area or other areas you want to search.  (Keep in mind that we have until November 1st to use these, so they make great gifts too!  Also consider anywhere you might be going on vacation and save money on food and activities while there!)  You can pick two different cities if you want. 

Your total purchase price will be $10.00 plus shipping.  However, you'll then get $2.50 back from Ebates for your purchase!  Plus, if you're new to Ebates you’ll get another $5.00 bonus for signing up or pick a $10.00 Home Depot gift card instead!

The Entertainment book is packed full of coupons and discounts.  We have two (and I paid WAY more than $2.50 total for them!!!), and we have saved so much money.  Here are some of our favorite coupons:

$10 off $20 purchase at Buca di Beppo
Buy-one-get-one-free Attraction Pass at Boondocks
Buy-one-get-one-free Entree at Costa Vida
Buy-one-get-one-free Entree at Los Hermanos
Buy-one-get-one-free Treehouse Museum
Seven Peaks Water Park Coupon
Living Planet Aquarium Coupon

There are coupons for casual dining, more formal dining, tons of activities and events (including sporting events), vacation discounts, online shopping discounts--tons of deals!  Grab this one before it's gone!

Thanks to Coupons4Utah for this great find!

New Kellogg's Rebate Available at Harmon's!

There's a new rebate in town!  You may have seen it advertised in the Harmon's ad that came in the mail yesterday.  However, the dates on the ad rebate were incorrect, so I hurried over to Harmon's to get the low-down!  This rebate is good for $10 back on any qualifiying combination of ten Kellogg's, Keebler and/or Sunshine products.  That makes the final price at Harmon's 10 for $13.  That's not too shabby, especially if you don't have access to coupons or have a stash of products already.  However, if you apply the So Simple to Save scenario listed below, you'll come out with a really great deal!
 
Here are the newspaper-based coupons available for this sale:
Keebler Town House Crackers, any $1/2 (8-1-10) RP-6/6
Keebler Town House Flatbread Crisps Crackers, any flavor 9.5 oz. .75/1 (9-5-10) RP-7/11
Kelloggs Cereals, any flavor 10 oz. or larger $1.25/3 (8-8-10) RP-6/27
Kelloggs Cinnabon Cereal, any flavor 10 oz. or larger $1/1 (8-8-10) RP-6/27
Kelloggs Frosted Mini Wheats Cereals, any flavor 14.5 oz. or larger $1/2 (8-22-10) RP-7/11
Kelloggs Nutri Grain Cereal Bars, any flavor 6 ct. or larger .75/1 (9-5-10) RP-7/11
Kelloggs Pop Tarts toaster pastries, any flavor 8 ct. or larger $1/2 (9-5-10) RP-7/11
Kelloggs Pop-Tarts toaster pastries, any flavor 8 ct. or larger $1/2 (8-8-10) RP-6/13
Kelloggs Raisin Bran Crunch, Raisin Bran Extra or Raisin Bran cereals, any 14 oz. or larger $1/2 (9-5-10) RP-7/25

More printable coupons at these websites:
http://www.kelloggs.com/
http://www.snackpicks.com/


So Simple to Save Scenario:
(2) Kellogg's Fiber Plus Bars (Use $1/1 coupons from www.snackpicks.com)
(5) Kellogg's Cereals on the Harmon's sale list (Use Kelloggs Cereals, any flavor 10 oz. or larger $1.25/3 (8-8-10) RP-6/27 + $1/2 Kellogg's Cereals at www.snackpicks.com)
(3) Kellogg's Cinnabon Cereal (Use $1/1 coupons from www.kelloggs.com)

$23.00 before coupons
-$7.25 in coupons
$15.75 total at register
-$10.00 Kellogg's Rebate by mail
***$5.75 Grand total for TEN ITEMS!!!

A few things to keep in mind:
1.  This rebate has a space to list where you purchased your items, so I'm guessing it doesn't have to be Harmon's.
2.  Purchases must be dated between 7/26-8/8 and must all be on the SAME receipt.
3.  Rebate must be postmarked by 9/15.
4.  One rebate per household.
5.  Even though the rebate is good for many Kellogg's, Keebler and Sunshine products, pay attention to size requirements and remember that not all items are part of the Harmon's sale.  If you buy items that are not part of the sale, they may still qualify for the rebate, but you will spend more money.

Free Bowling All Summer Long!

My husband, daughter and I went bowling last night (after our amazing half-priced appetizers and oysters at Market Street that I shared here, and we found a great deal!  This offer is valid at the All Star Lanes in West Jordan, Sandy and Tooele.  All you have to do is ask for the "Summer Safe Pass" at any of these locations, and any students ages 18 and under (and their parents!!!) can enjoy one free game of bowling each day from 9am-6pm!  Shoe rental is $2 and additional games are just $2!  There's also a limit of one free game per person per day.  What a great deal!  Go check it out!

$1 Classics at Target Dollar Section!

What a fun surprise yesterday at the Target store at the District in South Jordan!  I found a bin full of classic novels, all for $1 each!  These are paperback books, and our store had the titles pictured here plus Dr. Doolittle.  Check your store!  What a great way to add to your library!  I'm excited to read these with my kids!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Great Deal at Market Street!

Do you or your honey (or kids) have, um, let's just call them "refined" tastebuds?  If so, I might just have a great deal to share with you today!  Did you know that on Mondays Market Street Grill offers a big discount on oysters and appetizers?  Well, I'm not the oyster-eating type, but I have a hubbie who loves those slimy things, so this is a deal we'll be taking advantage of soon!  Mondays are a special day at Market Street with two big discounts!  First, from 4-6 you can get 50% off all appetizers (this is available weekdays on the Oyster Bar side of the restaurant.)  Then for the oyster-lovers in your life, oysters are 50% off all day on Mondays!  That's a huge discount and makes Market Street pretty affordable!  And their food is delicious!  Here are some of the prices with the discount:

Beer Battered Onion Rings $3
Hot Spinach, Crab & Artichoke Dip $5
Crab-stuffed Mushrooms $5

Give the coconut shrimp (downtown) and the stuffed mushrooms a try!  Mix up your normal routine with a fun appetizer & oyster dinner for 50% off!

*Keep in mind that I called the South Jordan location to verify this info, but we've also been told about it at the downtown location too.  Supposedly, it's available at all Market Street locations!

50% Off at Chuck E. Cheese Plus Pizza Coupons!


Need something fun to do with the kiddos?  How about Chuck E. Cheese?  My kids love that place!  Right now, you can get gift certificates for 50% off through CityDeals.com  A $20 certificate is only $10!  That will buy quite a few tokens!  And to make the deal even sweeter, here's a link for pizza coupons too!  You can get a large cheese pizza for $9.99.  Not the best deal in the world for pizza, but when the kids are suddenly screaming about how "hungry" they are while playing, you'll be prepared!   

Oh!  One more thing!  Use this code for free shipping SSTUCK1 or pick up your order the same day in West Jordan.  See site for more details!

Toys R Us Deals Include Buy One, Get One 50% off on Video Games!

There are some pretty good toy deals this week at Toys R Us.  If you need a gift for an upcoming birthday or special event, you just might find what you're looking for at a big discount.
The first deal that is great for a must-have gift is the buy-one-get-one at 50% off sale on video games.  This deal includes Wii, PSP, DS, DSi and more!  Add to that the free shipping promo when you spend $49 or more online, and you can have your order delivered right to your door for free!

A few more TRU offers:
*Buy-one-get-one-free on all Crayola markers, crayons and more
*Buy any backpack at $12.99 or more and get a free lunch box (does not include Twilight)
*Buy-one-get-one-free games, including Connect 4, Clue, Battleship, Life, Scrabble, Operation, Twister, Trouble and Monopoly

These deals are available through July 31.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Free Backpacks This Week with Rewards!

Both Staples and Office Max are offering up a full rebate on the purchase price of backpacks this week!  What a great way to get a major school purchase out of the way!  Keep in mind that both stores offer the rebate through their store rewards program, which means that you get back a rewards check that can be used at their store in the future.
Here are the details:

1.  Staples is offering a limit of one rebate per household.
2.  Office Max is offering a limit of two rebates per household. 
3.  The rebates are super-easy to submit online! 
4.  This offer is good through Saturday, July 31st.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Smith's Coupon Round Up July 27-31!!!

Just heard from www.savvyshopperdealS.com that Smith's will be rounding up coupons again from July 27 until July 31! For this event, all coupons valued under $1 will be rounded up to $1!!!  We still have a great Mega Event to take advantage of through Tuesday, but now it looks like we have a reason to get really excited for next week too! I'll be posting some shopping suggestions soon for both events. Stay tuned!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Screamin Coupons! Offers $5 Sign Up Bonus for So Simple to Save Readers!


I'm so excited about this offer!  As the word gets out about So Simple to Save, I'm being approached by different companies with special discounts to share with you!  Have you heard of Screamin Coupons yet?  If not, you're in for a treat!  They offer great deals on many fun activities, restaurants and more!  Most deals are over 50% off!  Check out the rafting tour discount for today!  What a fun thing to do with the family or to give as a gift!  The Provo River is absolutely beautiful, and I bet rafting there would be so much fun!  And when you sign up through this offer, you won't pay $14--you'll only pay $9!  That's right!  Each person who sets up an account with Screamin Coupons gets a $5 credit!  You don't have to use it right now, but it's only available for a few days, so set up your account so that when you're ready to buy, you can use the credit.  Just go here to check out all details and to see how easy it is to get your $5 credit!  And check back each day for the new deal.  This should be fun!

Mega Swag Bucks Friday!

Mega Swag Bucks Day!
Search & Win
Today's the day!  Make sure to use either the Swag Bucks website or the Swag Bucks toolbar for all your internet searches today!  You'll have a better chance at earning even more Swag Bucks!  Each Friday is Mega Swag Bucks day!
What do I mean by internet searches?  Well, any time you are going to open a specific website or do an internet search, just type the words (not the complete website) into the search area, and you could get Swag Bucks!
Don't worry about doing anything new or different, just use the internet as you normally would, but conduct your searches through Swag Bucks.  You'll start watching those Swag Bucks pile up!  Then you can redeem them for the prizes you want!  Happy searching!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Get Your Car Cleaned for FREE!

Is your car dirty?  Mine has been filthy for a few months, it seems!  We always have it on the list of things to do each weekend, but there's never enough time.  Well, if you are out and about anywhere near 10400 S. and Bangerter before August 1st, you'll be in luck!  There's a brand new car wash called Star Wash there that is holding an awesome grand opening special!  Right now, you can take your vehicle (or vehicles) as many times as you want before August 1st for a FREE WASH!  We went today, and it was great!  The facility is totally state-of-the-art!  The car wash is a drive-thru, but you put the car in neutral and are pulled through on a track.  It takes three minutes.  The wash and tire shine normally cost nearly $12.00, but you get it for free right now!  My minivan came out cleaner than it ever does at drive-thru places!  And one more thing--all their self-serve vacuums are also free for the grand opening!  So what are you waiting for?  Go get that car clean and spread the word!

A Few Freebies Worth Your Time

If you spend any amount of time checking out online deal blogs, you probably know that some are full of offers for free items, trial samples, and all kinds of goodies (and not-so-good goodies!!).  If you're like me, you probably look at most and have no desire to add your name and contact info to another list.  My sister-in-law and I were talking about this today, and I decided that it was time that I tell you about two offers that really are worth your time and effort.  I only recommend them because I am an enrollee in both, and by the way, I don't receive any commission or referral credit for sharing these with you.  I've just come to enjoy the benefits of both very much, and I think you just might too!

The first great freebie site is Kraft First Taste.  I've been a member of their site for about six months now, and I've received well over $100 in freebies from them.  Now, I'm not talking about useless dryer ball samples, toe fungus gel, or anything like that!  Kraft First Taste sends awesome stuff!  And they don't really even send "stuff".  They send COUPONS!  And so far, almost every coupon I've received from them has been for FREE PRODUCTS!  (All from Kraft, of course!)  I've gotten Oscar Mayer Turkey bacon, Kraft cheese, Kool Aid products, DiGiorno pizza and more for FREE!  You'll love what you get from them--products your family can actually use.  After you try the products, they just ask that you log onto their site to complete a brief survey of your thoughts.  It's simple and so worth the tiny effort for such great free coupons.  Check it out here.  The one trick to keep in mind with Kraft First Taste is that you need to check the website every month or two for new offers.  (I'll give you a heads up here when I notice new offers too!) Any offers available for you will be listed under "My Offers" after you log in.  You select that you want the offers available, and they mail them out to you!  (Once in awhile there are printable offers too.)  That's it!  Give it a try!

The second place for great freebies is Vocal Point.  I've been signed up with Vocal Point for about a year, and their promotions come automatically by mail as they are available.  The great thing about Vocal Point is that they send you a sample of the item (all Proctor & Gamble products) along with great coupons.  There is usually one very high value coupon for you and three or four other great coupons to share with friends and family.  I've been able to get Puff's tissues for almost free, Pantene hair care products, Crystal Light, feminine hygiene products and more.  Their offers always come in neat little packages and are more like gifts than propaganda!  So go here to check them out.  They have lots of forums and areas to check out, but I normally just use Vocal Point for the great offers.

So those are two resources that you may not have considered to get more great deals.  Check them out, and let me know what you think! 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Winners!

Congrats to our winners of the rebate contest!  The winners are:
Grandma Bert, Julesandbri, and Anne J!  Shoot me an email at sosimpletosave@hotmail.com with your mailing info, and I'll get your envelope right out!

Best Deals of the Week

Here are the best prices I found for this week.  These are fairly common grocery items that we often use.  You can print the list and visit each store, or price match at Walmart or Super Target.  I always recommend bringing your ad along just in case.  And remember that Walmart is usually very willing to allow substitution of store brand for store brand.  Items with a "*" are at stock up prices.  Use this list to make it So Simple to Save!

Meat
*Boneless Ribeye (YUMMY!!!) $3.99 lb. (Ream's)
*Top Sirloin Steak $2.98 lb. (Fresh Market)
Stone's 80% Lean Ground Beef Patties 3 lb. bag $4.98 (Fresh Market)
*Snow Crab Clusters $5.99 lb. (Fresh Market)
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast $1.79 (Associated Foods)
T-Bone Steak $4.49 lb. (Smith's)
Tyson Whole Chicken $.99 lb. (Smith's)
Bar S Franks 12 oz. $.69 (Smith's)

Produce
*Limes 10/$1 (Ream's)
Roma Tomato $.79 lb. (Ream's)
Grapes, red & green $.98 lb. (Associated Foods)
Cauliflower $.79 lb. (Ream's)
*Kiwi 5/$1 (Ream's)
Large Mango 2/$1 (Ream's)
Cello Lettuce Head $.99 each (Ream's)
*Corn on the Cob 10/$1 (Sunflower Market)
*Red Cluster Tomato $.69 (Fresh Market)
*Oranges $.25 lb. (Rancho Market)
*Peaches $.33 lb. (Rancho Market)
*Plums $.50 lb. (Rancho Market)
*Cabbage $.20 lb. (Rancho Market)
*Green Onions $.33 lb. (Rancho Market)
*Cilantro 6 for $.99 (Rancho Market)
*Serrano Peppers $.50 lb. (Rancho Market)

Dairy
*Large Dozen Eggs $.79 (Ream's)
*Sour Cream (store brand) 16 oz. $.88 (Harmon's)
*Gallon Milk (store brand 1%, 2%, skim) $1.79 (Harmon's)
16 oz. Kroger (store brand) Cottage Cheese $1 (Smith's)
*Gallon Orange Juice Kroger (store brand) $1.99 (Smith's)

Bakery
*Wonder Smart Bread 20 oz. 2/$3 (Ream's)
Home Pride Bread White/Wheat 20 oz. 2/$3 (Ream's)
*Wonder 12-count Hamburger or 16-count Hot Dog Buns 3/$5 (Harmon's, Fresh Market)

Miscellaneous
Western Family 7 oz. Spray Whipped Topping $.99 (Associated Foods)
Capri Sun, Kool Aid Jammers 10 pack, 3/$5 (Fresh Market with in-ad coupon)
Post Cereals 5/$8 (Harmon's with in-ad coupon)
Kool Aid Bursts, 6 count $.69 (Harmon's)
Creamies, 6 count 4/$5 (Harmon's with in-ad coupon)

***FREE ITEMS  These are at Smith's This Week
1.  Oral B Indicator Toothbrush, single (Use $2/1 or any two Indicator or Cavity Defense Toothbrushes, exp. 7/31/2010, from Proctor & Gamble insert Dated 7/4)
2.  C & H Sugar, 5 lb. (Use Kool Aid Regular Unsweetened Packets, save $2.00 on C & H sugar 4 lbs. or larger when you buy 10, exp. 7/31/2010, from Smart Source insert dated 6/20) *Part of Smith's Mega Event Sale
3.  Mentos Gum (Use Mentos Gum, any bottles $1/2, exp. 9/30/2010, from Smart Source dated 7/18 or 4/25) *Part of Smith's Mega Event Sale
4.  Rolaids, asst. 12-48 ct. (Use Pepcid, Rolaids, Mylanta, Dramamine, Lactaid, Imodium or Tucks products, except trial size $4/2, exp. 9/30/2010, from the Red Plum insert dated 6/6) *Part of Smith's Mega Event Sale




Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Smith's is the Place Tomorrow!

If you want to get some great deals this week, Smith's should be on your short list of stores!  I'm going to work on more details tomorrow (I have to get to bed!!!), but I wanted to give you fellow night owls (and early birds) a heads up.  Thanks to another great Utah-based savings blog, I found a very helpful list of sale items that include links for printables.  That means even if you just started couponing today, you can still take advantage of the great sale!  Check out the list here, and a HUGE THANKS to Joani at Coupons4Utah

And just to get you all worked up (when you need to go to bed too), how about starting off with Kraft 12 oz. Singles (16 pack, I think) for only $.29???  Yep, you read that right!  Now is a great time to stock up!  It freezes great if you let it thaw in the fridge before using.  Here's how you get the deal:
1.  Check out the area around the cheese and lunchmeat at your Smith's.  I've seen $1/2 coupons for Kraft singles all over that area at several different Smith's.  Grab a couple (at least two for this deal).
2.  Get FIVE packages of cheese (priced at $1.79 each).  The coupon makes them $1.29 each.
3.  Receive your catalina coupon good for $5 off your next store purchase at checkout!  That means you spend $6.45 and get back $5!

***Grand total:  $1.45 for FIVE packages of Kraft Singles!
Cheese slices are not something I can stomach in generic, so I'm so glad to get the good stuff for almost free!

So I hope this deal will tide you over until tomorrow!  I almost have the "Best Deals This Week" list done, and we'll have a separate Smith's Mega Event list too!
Buenas Nachos! (That's how I like to say good night!)

Start the Day off with DEALS!

This morning is hot, hot, hot!  Yep, it's pretty warm outside already, but the deals coming across my computer are even hotter!  Here are a few to get you started this morning!

Ksl.com Group Deals 50% off This is the Place Gift Voucher!
Get a $50 gift voucher that can be used for admission or toward the purchase of passes for only $25!
Go here to order!


Groupon Deal Scoopology at 50% Off!
Today you can get $10 worth of Scoopology treats for only $5!  Check it out here! Buy up to three certificates for yourself plus additional ones as gifts!  Just in time for summer!  Yum!


Restaurant.com 70% off Starts Today!
Get a $25 certificate for only $3 with the promo code TASTY!  Check it out! 
By the way, our family went out to Sampan for dinner last night and used our Restaurant.com certificate!  Our meal was 50% off because of that certificate!  When we left, it looked like we had ordered take-out, we had so much food left!  Try the Marinated Ribeye--you'll love it!

So those should get you started for now!  I'll be back in a bit with more deals!


Yay for Swag Bucks!

On my first search this morning, (which was for Hotmail to check my email, by the way), I was awarded with ELEVEN Swag Bucks!  Are you getting your Swag Bucks yet?  What are you waiting for?  Earn them then redeem them for all types of items and gift cards for FREE!  I'm paying for Christmas with mine!  What are you getting?  Start earning FREE Swag Bucks as you check out your usual internet sites!  It's easy!  Get started here!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Free Mentos Gum at Smith's!

If you got the Sunday newspaper yesterday, get out those Mentos coupons!  If you didn't get the paper, see if you can round some up!  You can even buy coupons--my favorite vendor is My Coupon Hunter.  You can buy them for around $.12 each.  The coupons were for $1 off two bottles of gum.  Well, great news!  If you get your hands on some of those coupons (and there were two in each paper for a total of four gum bottles), you can get free gum this week at Smith's (and next week too, supposedly)!  The Mentos 12-piece bottles are part of the Mega Sale, and when you buy 10, they are only $.50 each.  Use your $1/2 coupons, and they are FREE!  I went to the Smith's on 90th just west of Bangerter today, and they had tons!

Happy shopping!

Contest Reminder!

We've reached our TWO WEEK ANNIVERSARY here at So Simple to Save, so let's celebrate!


I have some beer rebates to share, so let's pick three winners who will receive both a current beer rebate (not sure what a beer rebate is and how you can use it even if you don't drink? See my post here) and a selection of coupons! Here's what you do to be entered:

1. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post sharing what your favorite post from So Simple to Save has been so far.
2. Earn an additional entry for becoming a follower.
3. Earn up to five more entries for referring friends and family! (Just email me at sosimpletosave@hotmail.com to let me know first names of those you've referred!)

Three winners will be selected on Tuesday, July 20th at 8pm! Good luck!

Yummy Lunch for $2.99 at Quizno's!


Here’s a great deal from Quiznos! This one is for a Sandwich, Fries and a Regular Drink for only $2.99!  Print as many as you think you can use by July 26th.  This coupon could disappear at any moment, so get it now!  Print here!



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Gymboree Deal from Groupon Today Only!

Calling all Gymboree lovers!  Today's Groupon deal is awesome!  Groupon is a great company that allows you to purchase very discounted deals to local businesses.  I've made several purchases from them already, and the process has been simple and fun!

Today's deal: 
$32 for one month membership to Gymboree Play & Music!  This also comes with a $25 off $50 coupon for Gymboree store purchases!  That makes it a super hot deal!  If you have kiddos (or grand kiddos, Terry) between 0-5, this would make a great summer activity for cheap!  The regular cost is over $100!

Groupon deals are gone once they sell out, so jump on this one quick!  Just click on the Groupon logo to check it out!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Great Toy Clearance at Kmart.com!

Just wanted to alert you to a pretty great toy clearance at Kmart.com.  I just found it today, so some of the great toys have sold out, but there are still many to choose from.  One of my favorites is the "Precious Places Swan Castle" pictured above.  We have had this for almost a year and both of my young daughters (5 & 2) play with it all the time.  It is very sturdy and comes with lots of things to entertain them.  Regular price $47.99, on clearance for only $18!  Check out all the deals under the "clearance" section in Toys!  Be sure and add the items you want to your cart for final pricing.  Some of the higher-priced items are coming up an additional 50% off in the cart!

RC Willey $5 Backpack That Includes School Supplies!

Stop by RC Willey this week when you're out and about, and you can pick up backpacks for only $5!  No other purchase necessary.  Each backpack has ten pens and pencils, six erasers and a ruler inside too!  No coupon necessary!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Best Deals for the Week

Here are some of the best deals around town this week without coupons.  You can either go to each store or price match at Walmart or Super Target.

Meat 
Beef London Broil $2.29 lb. (Associated Foods)
Boneless Beef Cross Rib Roast $2.49 lb. (Associated Foods)
Boneless Beef Sirloin Tip Roast or Steak $1.99 lb. (Ream's)
Boneless Beef Rump Roast $1.99 (Fresh Market)
Petite Sirloin Steak $2.49 lb. (Smith's)

Produce
Peaches, Nectarines & Plums $.88 (Walmart)
Mango $.50 each (Walmart)
Roma Tomato $.59 (Associated Foods)
Green Bell Pepper $.50 (Walmart)
Corn on the Cob $.20 each (Walmart)
*Potatoes 15 lb. bag $1.50 (Associated Foods)
Leaf Lettuce Romaine, Green or Red $.50 (Fresh Market)
Grapes, Red & Green seedless $.99 lb. (Harmon's)
Limes 10/$1 (Ream's)
Apricots $.88 lb. (Ream's)
Carrots 2 lb. Bag $.99 (Ream's)
Strawberries 1 lb. pkg. $1.25 (Fresh Market)
Haas Avacados $.79 each (Smith's)

Dairy
*Eggs Medium Dozen $.59 (Associated Foods)
Danonino Dairy Snack Packs $1.59 (Associated Foods)
Mountain Dairy (compare to store brand) Milk Gallon $1.79 (Smith's)
Gold n'Soft 15 oz. Margarine Tub $.88 (Ream's)
Orange Juice Gallon Kroger Brand $1.99 (Smith's)

Bakery
Don Julio Tortillas 8 inch Home Style 17.5oz. pack $.99 (Associated Foods)
Grandma Sycamore's 24 oz. white or wheat bread 3/$5 (Harmon's)
Smith's Bread 20 oz. Large or Sandwich $1.00 (Smith's)

Miscellaneous
Gold Fish Crackers 6.6-8 oz. varieties $.99 (Harmon's)
Kroger Saltines 15-16 oz. $1.29 (Smith's)
Kroger Fruit Snacks $1.00 (Smith's)
Lunchables Lunch Kit 4.5 oz $1.25 (Walmart)

I'll be shopping at Smith's bright-and-early Monday morning to take advantage of their great "Mega Sale".  Pair their Kraft cheese sale with coupons and the great catalina that starts Monday, and you'll be able to buy free Philadelphia cream cheese, dirt cheap Kraft singles (about $.29 per package) and more!  Don't miss it!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Do You Use Grocery Smarts?

One of the most helpful tools I've discovered over the past 18 months of couponing is the Grocery Smarts website.  Have you heard of it?  Chances are, if you are already an avid money-saver, you use Grocery Smarts lists on a regular basis to plan your shopping trips.  If you're new to all this coupon stuff, then you may not be as familiar.  Either way, you can use Grocery Smarts free of charge to make your shopping trips as economical as possible.  Let me use my plan for the week to show you how it works:

1.  Decide on a store to check out.  This week the winner is definitely Smith's!  So we can view the Smith's grocery list this week here
2.  Once you're on the list, notice the buttons near the top right side.  Click on "Start".  This will cause the whole page to become gray.
3.  Now click on the star above "Stock Up Star" in the left column.  This will highlight all of the 4 and 5-star offers for the week.  These are the ones you really want to pay attention to, as they are the best deals. 
4.  Scroll through the list and remove any items you don't want on your list by clicking on them to turn them gray again. 
5.  Once you've completed step four, go back up to the top and click on "Shrink" beside the "Start" button.  This will shrink your list to just include the items you wanted.
6.  Choose "Print" to make a tangible copy of your list.

Once I have my list printed, I'm ready to review my shopping strategy.  Make sure to keep your computer-based list on the screen while you decide if there are any online printable coupons you need to get.  You'll notice that all available coupons are listed right next to the sale item, including links for online coupons.  Review the list again, and print off any printable coupons that you don't have.  Other available coupons from newspaper inserts and other sources may be listed as well, and you can choose the ones you have to pair with the sale.

With list and coupons, you're ready to go shopping!  I jot notes on my list and work up several scenarios just in case something is out of stock.

Choose several of the best deals to stock up on.  This will save you a lot of money over the long term.  Each week I try to add a few stockpile items.  Thanks to this strategy, we now have laundry soap, toothbrushes, paste, tp, tissues, dish soap and many other items stored to last us for six months or more.  That means I don't have to buy them at full price because we ran out!  Give it a try--I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised at the savings!

Any questions about Grocery Smarts?  Just ask! 

Time for Another Giveaway! Three Winners!

Today is our TWO WEEK ANNIVERSARY here at So Simple to Save, so let's celebrate! 
I have some rebates to share, so let's pick three winners who will receive both a current beer rebate (not sure what a beer rebate is and how you can use it even if you don't drink?  See my post here) and a selection of coupons!  Here's what you do to be entered:

1.  Leave a comment at the bottom of this post sharing what your favorite post from So Simple to Save has been so far.
2.  Earn an additional entry for becoming a follower.
3.  Earn up to five more entries for referring friends and family!  (Just email me at sosimpletosave@hotmail.com to let me know first names of those you've referred!)

Three winners will be selected on Tuesday, July 20th at 8pm!  Good luck!

Save a Ton on a Fun Weekend!

I don't know about you, but on the weekends, our family loves to spend time together.  But I don't want to just sit around at home, so it's always great to find amazing deals on fun things to do together!  So I wanted to put together a list of great places to get discounts on eating out, amusement, movies and more.  And one more thing--also consider these great options for vacations!  If you're heading out anywhere, make sure to do a search for the places en route or at your destination!  Our family saved a TON of money when we went to Disneyland recently because we purchased certificates ahead of time for the cities we were visiting.  There's even a certificate for a Downtown Disney restaurant, so you can eat without leaving Disney!  Who knew?
So check out these great options to save a lot of money!

CityDeals - Discounts Savings and Gift Cards
City Deals provides discounted certificates to local and national businesses throughout the country.  Right now they have a great sale going on, and you can buy certificates to places like Bucca di Bepo for 40% off!  Check it out--there is something for everyone! 



Restaurant.com offers discounted certificates for restaurants all over the country.  You can buy $25 certificates for only $10, but most of the month they offer even bigger discounts!
Save 60% Off Restaurant.com $25 Gift Cert. + get a free Orbitz gift. Use code VACATION and pay $4 through 7/19/10.
So starting today, for each order you place, you'll not only get a $25 certificate for $4, but you'll also get a voucher good for $50 off your next qualified hotel or hotel + airfare purchase on Orbitz.com!  Wow!  I've never seen an add-on deal so great before!  And I've been buying from Restaurant.com for a LONG time!  One of our family's favorites is Sam Pan in West Jordan.  If you like Chinese--they make the best, homemade food!

So these are two options to get you started!  I'll be adding a few more coming up later!  Let us know what you find!

Mega Swag Bucks Day!

Search & Win

It's Friday!  That means it's Mega Swag Bucks Day!  Today our chances of earning swagbucks increases dramatically!  So make sure you're signed up for Swag Bucks here and that you use the search box or go to right to the Swag Bucks site above to perform your internet searches!  That's it!  You'll start earning points that can be used for gift cards, iPods, games and just about anything you can think of!

Let me show you what's happened to my Swag Bucks account so far this morning:
1.  I logged onto the computer and saw a pop-up box informing me that I won ONE Swag Buck for having the tool bar installed.
2.  I did my first search for one of my favorite savings websites, and another award--I won TEN Swag Bucks in that search!
3.  Then I checked the news on a website quickly, then I made a search for this blog So Simple to Save and I was awarded SEVEN more Swag Bucks!

So over the course of about 15 minutes, I've already won EIGHTEEN Swag Bucks today!  Imagine if you just use the search box for your regular searches--you'll be earning Swag Bucks for free stuff right away!  Remember my post on how to get Christmas for free?  Swag Bucks can do that for you!  Review the post here!

And let's get those Swag Bucks rolling!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Great Coupon for the Smith's Sale this Week!

Just go to www.facebook.com/miraclewhip to "like" Miracle Whip.  Then you'll be able to print two copies of a $1/1 coupon that makes a bottle only $.69 with the Smith's Mega Sale!  I've been MIA today, but I'm working on some great info for the Smith's sale for you!  For now, grab that coupon, and get ready to save big!  Remember, if you have access to more than one computer, you can print two coupons per computer!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Build-A-Bear $7 Each!!! Jump on This Deal!

Get these while you can!  Early last December I was able to take advantage of a deal similar to this one, and it was hot, hot, hot!  Did you know that you can order your bears unstuffed and take them to the store to stuff for free?  What a great gift for birthdays, special occasions, and of course, Christmas!

Get on http://www.buildabear.com/ now to take advantage of this offer, as it is only valid online.  It is good through Friday, July 16th.  The email I received showed pics of seven different animals to choose from--each for only $7!  There is a limit of seven per guest, so order those seven, and you'll be set for the year!

Don't miss this deal--it's just another great way it's So Simple to Save!

Free Entrance Into the Kennecott Mine!

When I was reviewing all the ads yesterday in the mail, I noticed an announcement for free admission to the Bingham Mine!  Now that's not so exciting at our house because my husband works for Kennecott, which means free entry all the time for our family, but it's such a cool place to see that I'm excited to share this deal with all of you!  Make this a part of your plans while entry is free--you'll be amazed by the size of the mine, and kids love to check out the massive truck tires and vehicles!
So here are the details:
*Free Admission from Friday, July 16-July 25
*Passenger Cars, trucks and minivans are free, this offer does not apply to tour buses
*Hours from 8am-8pm
Find more info and a map here.

Last Day for City Deals Clearance!

oday is the last day for the City Deals 60% off (or more) sale!  Have you shopped City Deals before?  If not, you're missing out!  City Deals offers great discount gift cerfiticates on everything from restaurants to hair cuts to entertainment activities!  Just by planning a litte ahead, you can save 50% or more on all the things you love to do!  Check out their selection by clicking on the ad below.  You'll be glad you did!

*Also, keep in mind that many certificates can be picked up the same day in West Jordan, and if you're not local to Utah, there are tons of national deals too!
CityDeals - Discounts Savings and Gift Cards

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

$10 off $20 at Kohl's on Some Utah Newspapers Today!

Make sure to check your newspapers today!  It's been posted that newspapers in Utah and CO, AZ, CA, ID, NM, NV, TX have Kohl's coupon stuck on the front!  I'm going out right now to search!  These are great coupons are good for $10 off a $20 purchase and can be combined with the percent-off coupons that start tomorrow!  I'm sure there will be a ton of great deals to be had!
Thanks, Hip2Save!

Monday, July 12, 2010

We Have a Winner!

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic reception of our first contest!  I'm so excited to see the growth we've had in such a short time--I'm working on our next contest as we "speak"!  But for now, the winner of our $50 rebate and coupon pack is follower #19 with screename BAK!  Email me within the next 24 hours with your mailing info to claim your prize!  If we don't hear from BAK, we have an alternate winner picked as well!  Watch for our next contest to be announced this week, and meanwhile, keep checking out all the great deals and telling your friends!

Have You Gotten Your Free Aquarium Passes Yet?

Sorry the pic is a little blurry (my cell phone is actually for making calls and not so great at pics)!  I wanted to share the fun morning we had for FREE thanks to our new Living Planet Aquarium annual passes we got today.  I told you all about the deal here and no one is fessing up to an end date on this promotion, so you better get yours now!  Remember, for each child's savings account you open at Mountain America Credit Union, you'll get both a free child AND adult pass for one whole year!  Don't miss this great freebie that makes it So Simple to Save

Halloween Costumes for CHEAP!

I've been checking out http://www.celebrateexpress.com/ for quite some time, and they have some great deals!  But today is even better!  Thanks to http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/ (a site I highly recommend), I was tipped off about the BOGO sale (buy one get one free) on their clearance items.  Just use the code clearbogo at the checkout!  Here are a few examples of what you can snag today.  Get ready for Halloween now, and avoid spending $25+ per costume at the last minute!

Child's Angel Kit (Includes skirt, wand and halo)
$4.99
($2.50 after BOGO discount!)
I'm grabbing some of these for that family Christmas pageant we plan to do every year.  Maybe we'll actually get to it this year!


Retro Devil Diva $9.99
($5.00 after BOGO discount)


Ninja Costume
$9.99
($5.00 after BOGO discount)


Check out all the deals before they're gone!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

WOWZA Produce Prices Today!

My hubbie and I stopped by the South Jordan Walmart on our date today (some date, huh???!!!), and we were pleasantly surprised to find plums for $.25/lb. and peaches at $.65/lb.  Those are some HOT prices!  Then on our way home, the babysitter called to remind us to we were out of something else, so we stopped by the Walmart in Riverton and found Roma tomatoes marked at $.20/lb.  So if you're out and about, today is a good day to stock up on those three items!

And we'll finally break out the new dehydrator that's been in the box since it arrived two weeks ago from Amazon.com!

Getting Started Giveaway! One Follower Will Win Rebates and Coupons Worth Over $50!

Thanks for stopping by So Simple to Save where you'll find great Utah-based and national deals!  In celebration of our grand opening, one lucky follower will win a great collection of current beer rebates (no beer purchase required in some states) and coupons worth over $50 in savings!  To enter the contest, just become a follower of our blog!  You can earn additional chances to win by referring friends and family to the site.

One winner will be randomly chosen on Monday, July 12th at 8pm MST!  It could be you!

"As Is" Sale at Draper IKEA Going on Now!

I went to IKEA yesterday after looking almost everywhere for a simple dresser for my son's bedroom remodel.  Well, what a surprise when I got there!  The entire area between the check-out and the store shelves is filled with stacks of boxes of "As Is" items.  These are items that were damaged in transit or returned.  I was able to buy the $79.99 dresser that I had decided on for only $35.90!  (And did I mention that it has almost no visible damage???!!!)  If you're looking for a deal, go check it out!

Shop As-Is July 8-11 and you'll save 50%-75% on all boxed items!

Friday, July 9, 2010

What's The Big Deal With "Couponing" Anyway?

So this morning included a quick trip to Walmart to pick up a few things we needed.  While I was there, I decided to give you guys a little sampling of why learning about and using coupons can be so fun.  If we use the regular shelf price for the items above, I would have paid over $21 plus tax (the crayons were only $.25 each--so go grab some of those!!!).  Here's the breakdown:
(3) Crystal Light boxes @ $1.97 Each
(2) Kool-Aid Fun Fizz @ $1.97 Each
(2) Oscar Mayer Selects Angus Hot Dogs @ $3.00 Each
(2) Oscar Mayer Selects Turkey Hot Dogs @ $1.97 Each
(6) Crayola 24-pack Crayons @ $.25 Each

I pulled out my trusty coupon binder (we'll talk about that later) and used all coupons that either came in the mail from specific companies or peelies from the product at the store.  And here's what happened:


Yep!  You read that right, $.06!  By taking advantage of just a few of the many offers available to help us save money, I was able to get all that for pretty much free!  Here are the places I got the coupons from (all pretty much for free product and then some) along with links to their sites.  I'll be giving you more details on these offers in coming days.
Crystal Light Vocal Point Testing Program http://www.vocalpoint.com/
Oscar Mayer Coupons from House Party where you can be chosen to host in-home parties to showcase new products at http://www.houseparty.com/
Kool-Aid Fun Fizz Coupons were attached to the packages of hot dogs at the store (one free Fun Fizz for each two hot dogs)
  
What deals have you gotten lately?  Please share!  We'd love to hear from you!  You can even include a pic if you'd like!  I'd love to post more deals from you!


Mega Swag Bucks Day!

Search & Win

Today's the day to earn even more Swag Bucks!  Mega Swag Bucks day is every Friday where you can earn up to 100 Swag Bucks in one search!  That's just from using the special tool bar for your regular internet searches.  I don't do anything extra to earn--just the normal sites I visit during the day!  Remember, you can redeem your Swag Bucks for Amazon.com e-certificates that can pay for A LOT of Christmas!

Go here to get started earning!  Remember, for a limited time, you'll get 30 Swag Bucks to get you started!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Best Prices This Week

I'm going to try and post a list of the best deals on produce, meat, dairy and other grocery items each week based on the ads.  This is a little late because first, I've been lazy, and second, the ads came a day late because of the holiday.  These prices are based on prices in the Salt Lake Valley ads.  Remember, you can either go to each store for the deals or price match at Walmart or Super Target.  Happy shopping!

Meat
London Broil $2.29/lb. (Smith's)

Dairy
Cottage Cheese Western Family 16 oz. $.99 (Associated Foods)
Dozen Large Eggs $.69 (Harmon's)
Store Brand Gallon Milk $1.79 (Smith's, Harmon's)
Store Brand Orange Juice 1/2 gallon $.99 (Smith's)
Store Brand Chocolate Milk 1/2 gallong $.99 (Smith's)

Produce
Strawberries 1 lb. 2/$3 (Associated Foods)
Cello Wrapped Lettuce $.79 (Associated Foods)
Cluster Tomatoes $.79 (Associated Foods)
Garden Salad Fresh Selections Brand $1.29 (Smith's)
Peaches & Nectarines $.98 (Fresh Market)
Roma Tomatoes $.79 (Fresh Market)
Red/Green Seedless Grapes $.98 (Reams)
Haas Medium Avacado 2/$1 (Reams)
Green Onion Bunch $.39 (Reams)
Romaine, Red, Green Leaf Lettuce $.69 (Reams)

Miscellaneous
Crayola 24-count Crayons $.35 (Associated Foods)
Cheetos/Fritos 7.75-10.25 oz. Varieties $1.68 (Smith's)
Kroger Brand Apple Juice 64 oz. $.98 (Smith's)
Don Julio Tortilla Chips $.88 (Fresh Market-limit 4)
Scotch Household Scissors 8 in. $.27 (Fresh Market with coupon on package)
        ***I bought some of these last year as neighbor gifts for Christmas--don't we all need more scissors?
Avery 3-pk. glue sticks $.47 (Fresh Market)

Cereal
General Mills Select Cereals $1.49 each when you buy four (Smith's)

Bakery
Sara Lee 20 oz. Classic White or Wheat Bread $1.48 (Harmon's)
Grandma Sycamore's White or Wheat 12 oz. $1.49 (Reams)

These are the best prices this week without using coupons.  If you have coupons for these items, then you'll be even more ahead!

One more thing--would you prefer this list be by category (like it is now) or by store?  What would be most helpful?  Just leave a comment and let me know!  Thanks!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Giveaway Extended! There's Still Time to Win!

So we've gotten off to a great start this week (well, over the past three days...), and I think I was a little over-zealous to put the deadline of tonight for our first contest.  So let's extend it a few days.  Remember, you get one entry for following my blog then one more for each person you refer who becomes a follower.  The new deadline will be Monday, July 12th at 8pm!  Good luck!

And watch for more excitement over the next few days!

My Favorite Finds for Today!

Print two copies of the $.75 off one Mission Tortilla coupon here. (Thanks, Hip2Save.com)

Buy one, get one free Bear Naked Granola coupon (must "like" them on Facebook) here. (Mine went into my "junk" email folder, so be sure to check yours if you don't see it right away!)

Chuck E. Cheese "Ticket Blaster" online game--you can catch up to 30 tickets redeemable on your next visit (hopefully redeemed by your child, not you!!!) here! (Thanks, My SLC Mommy!)

30 Free Swagbucks!

You may have read my post below about how joining Swagbucks.com can help you save a ton of money for Christmas.  When you use the Swagbucks search bar, you randomly earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards and prizes (my favorite is the Amazon e-gift card).  I usually earn about 40 per day just by checking out the sites I normally review each day!  Well, I just learned that everyone who starts a new account gets 30 swagbucks deposited to start you off!  It's a great deal!  On Friday I'll remind you about Mega Swagbucks day--each Friday we have the chance to earn many more Swagbucks than usual, so it's a great day to search!  Get started now by clicking here or on the banner!

Search & Win