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Looking for a new way to save dough on your groceries?
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Check out this story I wrote and produced for Fox 4 News in Kansas City.

And check out other money-saving ideas. Just click on Cost Cutters at the bottom of the page.

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Beauty Sleep {How We Saved an Extra $80 on Our Mattress}

I hate the creepy commercial that shows all the nasty mites and dead skin that is now hiding in my  “greater than 8” year-old mattress.  Ewwww!  Plus our king size mattress is so old that is it no longer comfy.  I will actually ache when I get up in the morning. 

After kicking around the idea and putting it off and then thinking about it again, I read where we could shop at Sam’s Club from May 2-4, 2014 without needing a membership.  (We had one, but it is now expired.)  So, off to Sam’s we drove.

Picking a mattress at Sam’s didn’t take any time at all (because, let’s face it, there is not much selection.)  We actually decided on the lower priced pillow top.  Turns out there is a 10-year warranty on the mattress … and we can return it at any time.  We thought about the mattress as we walked along the store’s back wall … and came upon another mattress.  It had the same number … but it ended in “C” instead of “A”.  The other difference?  This mattress came with a price tag of $449 instead of $529!  An employee said it’s basically the same bed … but last year’s model.  Yo!  I’m fine with that!

So we walked out of Sam’s without having to buy a membership, saved $80 on the mattress we needed … and can return it in the next 10 years if we hate it!

My $100ish Grocery Haul

Can you even believe the price of groceries?! There’s a study out that found chicken, beef and bacon prices have jumped around 20-percent since 2011. Yikes!! Don’t even get met started about fresh fruits and veggies!

After this week’s haul I can’t believe we have any grocery money left for next week’s shopping trip. Before you take a look at the list, it’s going to take some work. Again, I look at this like it’s my second job and all the stores are close to my house. That mean’s I’m not running all over town. So here’s a look at what I picked up/will pick up this week …

Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat — 3/$7
Use $1/2 from 1/12 SS
Plus use 20% off Targetwheel
Final Price: $1.65 each (I bought 6)

Lloyd’s BBQ Ribs — $7.99 each (Price cut, Usually $9.99)
Use $1/1 Target printable coupon
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price: $5.99 (I bought 2)

Pillsbury Grand’s Biscuits, $1.25 (Price Cut)
Use $2/3 Target printable coupon
Use $1/3 printable coupon
Final Price: $0.25 each

Florida Naturals Fruit Smoothies — $2.78
Use (2) $1/1 printable coupon
Use (1) $1.50/1 Target coupon
Final Price: $1.03 each

Trop50 OJ — $2.98
Use BOGO Printable (NLA)
Final Price: 1.49 each

Clementines, 3 lb. bag — $3.99
Use $1/1 fresh fruit purchase text coupon (Text BLEND to 827438)
Final Price: $2.99

Baby Carrots — 2/$3
Use $1/1 fresh veggie purchase text coupon (Text BLEND to 827438)
Use $1/1 fresh veggie purchase text coupon (Text Cheesy to 827438)
Final Price: $0.50 each

evol Frozen Meals, $6.99
Use $2/1 printable coupon
Submit for $1/1 Ibotta offer
Final Price: $3.99

Market Pantry Pasta, $1 (I bought whole wheat)
Use $1/3 Target printable
Use 5% Target Cartwheel
Final Price: $0.63 each WYB 3

Market Pantry Pasta Sauce, $1
Use $1/3 Target printable
Use 5% Cartwheel
Final Price: $0.48 each WYB 3

Zatarains Red Beans and Rice, $1.72
Use $0.50/2 printable coupon
Final Price: $1.52 each (Bought 2)

Funfetti Frosting, $0.56 each (Bought 3)
This was Valentine’s Day frosting that is now 90% off

Target Total: $47.68

Dole Pineapple, $1.98
Use Facebook coupon (Good 2/19 ONLY)
Final Price: $0.99

Lays Chips, $1.77 (bought 2)

Hy-Vee Fresh Brats, 5/$5 (bought 5)

Hy-Vee Cream Cheese, $1.19
Use In-ad coupon
Final Price: $0.99 (Limit 2)

Eggs, $1.38

Saltines, $0.99
Use In-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Midwest Frozen Veggies, $0.69
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hy-Vee Instant Oatmeal, $0.99
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Ramen Noodles, 6 pkg, $0.99
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Blue Bonnet Margarine Sticks, $0.59
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hunts Ketchup, $0.49
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hy-Vee Cream of Mushroom Soup, $0.49
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hy-Vee Mac & Cheese, 3/$1
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 3)

Hy-Vee Taco Shells, $0.79
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Boneless, skinless chicken breast, $1.88/lb
Spent $2.43 on the pkg I bought

Bananas, $0.59/lb.
Use 20% off Saving Star offer

Hy-Vee Final Total: $27.88)

Boneless Chicken Thighs, $1.49/lb. (Price good 2/19 ONLY)
Spent $7.53 on 2 pkgs

Green Peppers, 3/$0.99
Bought 2

Celery, $1.19

Jalapeno Peppers, $1.29

Iceberg Lettuce, $0.99
Bought 2
Tip: Buy based on weight, not size. You’ll get more.

Cauliflower, $1.69

Mushrooms, $0.99

Crackers, $1.79

Cheese Melt, $3.99

Aldi Final Total: $23.49

Pillsbury Orange Danish, $1.98
Use $0.40/2 from 12/08/13 SS
Final Price: $1.79 each WYB 2

Lloyd’s Pulled Pork, $3.98
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price: $2.98

Bridgford Frozen Monkey Bread, $2.98
Use $0.55/1 Printable Coupon
Final Price: $2.43

Walmart Final Total: $9.39

Grand Total: 108.44

I plan on hitting Price Chopper later this week to grab this:

Hormel Pork Tenderloin, $3.98
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price: $2.98

Farmland Bacon, $2.99

This will add $11.94 to my weekly total for a Grand Total of $120.38

Cost Cutters: Free Milk WYB Cereal!!

One of the questions I am asked the most is how to get healthy stuff and still save money.  This week is a GREAT example!!  Keep in mind that It’s not convenient and takes time.  But I look at it like it’s my second job.  (I save way more than I’d make actually working a second job.  I know because I’ve done it.  Plus my husband and I SOMEHOW bought a house where every single store I need is on my way home from work … so I don’t spend any extra cash on gas.  (Unless you count pulling in and out of a parking lot.)

2/16 Trip to CVS:

Transaction #1:

     Bought 2 Select Right Guard, Dry Idea antiperspirant/deodorant or Total Defense body wash 13.5 oz., 2/$8 — Earn $4 in ECB

     Used $1.50 off two Body Wash or Bar Soap CVS Coupon Printer (exp. 2/16/14)      STACK WITH $2/2 Right Guard Products

     Bought 1 Birthday Cake M&M’s Singles, $0.75 (I thought this was supposed to print a $0.75 ECB, but it didn’t.)

     Used $5 in ECB left over from last week

     Total:  $0.74 (Plus get $4 in ECB)

Transaction #2:

     Bought 2 Grape Nuts Fit, 2/$5

     Bought 1 Gallon of Milk, $4.49 (Use FREE Milk wyb (2) Post Cereals, exp. 3/2/14 (SS 01/19/14 R)

          Submit for $0.50 Ibotta

          Submit for $0.50 Checkout 51

     Bought 2 Scott TP Singles (Used $1/2 coupon from CVS Coupon Printer)

     Used $4 ECB from Transaction #1

     Total: $2.63

CVS Shopping Total:  $3.37 (Plus you’ll get $0.50 deposited into your Ibotta and Checkout 51 accounts … So $2.37 OOP)


2/16 Price Chopper Trip:

     Boneless, skinless chicken breast, $1.88/lb

     Gillette Mach3 Razor – $7.99 
     (Use $2/1 Gillette Mach3 Razor, exp. 2/28/14 (P&G 01/26/14)
     Tortillas — $1.99
     Taco Salad Shells — $2.69

Price Chopper Shopping Total — $18.69


2/16 Hyvee Shopping Trip:

     Dole Head Lettuce — $0.68 (bought 2)

     Diet Dr. Pepper 12 Pack — $1.50 with this Facebook coupon (good 2/16 only!!) P.S. — Not so healthy … but GREAT price!!

Hyvee Shopping Total — $3.00


2/16 Aldi Shopping Trip:

     Broccoli Crowns, $0.99

          Submit for $0.25 Checkout 51 deposit

     100% Wheat Bread

          Submit for $0.50 Checkout 51 deposit

Aldi Shopping Total:  $2.39 (Plus you’ll get $0.75 deposited into your Checkout 51 Account.  So, $1.64 OPP)

Grand Total:  $27.45 (Plus you’ll get $1.75 into savings apps … so $25.70 OPP)

Happy Shopping!!