Thursday, December 29, 2011


Stewart's weekly ad is up and this week the ad will start today, Thursday, instead of Wednesday.

Fresh, never frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts,
5 lbs. or more, $1.99 lb.

Boneless NY Strip Steaks, $4.99 lb.

Salt Run Oysters....$35/bushel, $20/ half bushel

Plant City Strawberries, $1.50 pint

Haas Avocados, $.79 each

Local Cauliflower, $1.00 head

Internet Advertised Specials:
3 lb. bag Onions, $1.49 each
Green Bell peppers, $.99 lb.
Red Cubanelle Peppers, 2 for $1.00
5 lb. bag Potatoes, $1.99 each
1 lb. package White Mushrooms, $1.99 each
Champagne Mangos, 99 cents each
4 pack Florida Tomatoes, $1.99 each

They still have some standing rib roasts left and they are $5.99 lb., and there are also some spiral sliced hams as well. The rib roasts can be cut anywhere from 1 to 7 ribs, the average being about 2 lb.s per rib.

They also have plenty of citrus in stock and I can personally vouch for the navel oranges. They are so darn good! Coming in next week will be locally grown cabbage and califlower.

Stop by Stewart's and tell him I sent you! While you are there, grab some italian sausage. I think it is the best in town!


My friend Michelle T. called me and told me she found movies at Walmart with a blue sticker on them with a unique Hollywood movie code.

She was able to use the movie certificate at the local movie theater here in St. Augustine and just had to pay a little bit more. She did not see a 3D movie and it was not a Warner Bros. movie.

So head to Walmart and look for the specially marked movies and treat yourself to a day at the movies! Just go HERE and follow the directions to print off a voucher for $7.50 a movie. The certificates are only good until 1/12/12.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

$5 OFF $50

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday. My daughter and her family were in town and are leaving this Friday evening. I have enjoyed my 3 year old granddaughter (who never stops talking from the minute her eyes open) and my 9 week old grandson, Anderson.

To say the least, I have not had time for couponing or posting or anything else!

I did want to point out that in todays Red Plum delivered in the mail, there is a coupon for $5 off $50 from Publix. Make sure you cut it out of your flyer. If you have any Enjoy the City books, you can combine the $5 PQ and the $5 WD Q to get $10 off your $50 bill.

Friday, December 23, 2011


This morning I saw on the news a study from Consumer Reports testing various paper towels from name brands to store brands to "green" varieties.

Paper towels were wet and scrubbed, pulled twisted, and put through various tests to test their strength.

The number 1 paper towel that proved to be the best was Bounty. The Bounty Basic didn't score as well but still did a decent job.

None of the "green" paper towels proved to do that well. Another notable mention went to Walmart's Great Value paper towel. It was not as strong but is 25% less money than Bounty.

When we get an awesome sale on Bounty and use coupons, there is no reason to buy Great Value Paper Towels. Last time they were on sale at Publix, I bought about 5 cases to add to my stock! I was able to get the best paper towel at a price cheaper than Walmarts' name brand!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Did you know that St. Augustine was named one of the 10 best places to see Christmas Lights? In fact, they are one of two cities (the other being Callaway Gardens in Georgia) on the list that are in the United States!

Some of the other places include Brussels and Hong Kong. Good thing we live here and don't have to travel to see the beautiful Christmas Lights!

Take the time to visit downtown and see the beautiful display of lights! I have also heard Turning Point Church off SR 16 by the outlet mall is also an awesome display of lights put to music. I hope to get there in the next few days when my grandkids come in town!


Fresh, never frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts,
5 lbs. or more, $1.99 lb.

Boneless NY Strip Steaks, $4.99 lb.

Standing Rib Roasts....Order Now!

Also: Duck, Goose, Rabbit, Hams
1 lb. package White Mushrooms, $1.99 each

3 lb. bag Onions, $1.49 each

Florida Unwaxed Cucumbers, 4 for $1.00

Internet Advertised Specials:
Local Eggplant, $.99 lb.
Green Bell peppers, 4 for $1.00
Green Cubanelle Peppers, 4 for $1.00
5 pack heads Garlic, $1.00 each
Haas Avocados, $.79 each
Plant City Strawberries, $3.00 each
4 pack Florida Tomatoes, $1.99 each

They also have local cauliflower from Sykes-Cooper Farm that just came in today. Also in today is champagne mangos.

Fresh local oysters are now in also. Now that the cooler weather is here (ha ha), have an oyster roast.


I LOVE THIS STUFF! I usually get a bag if I remember when I go to Walmart.

If you head to Walgreens this week, you can get a bag of this popcorn for just $.99 a bag.

Go HERE and like them on FB, click on coupons and print as many coupons as your little heart desires. I printed four and bought four bags.

I plan on getting a few more bags. The bags I get don't expire until May 2012.


What a surprise when I came home today and found this adorable cute little shopping cart with a poinsetta in it at my front door. In the seat of the cart were coupons and a Starbucks Gift Card.

I knew immediately who it was from and a big smile came across my face. In fact, I think I even talked out loud like someone was there to hear me! I opened the card to find a kind note from my friend and coupon buddy Michelle T. She is one of the kindest people I know. If you ever need anything and call her, she will never disappoint you.

When I put it on my blog that I was looking for grocery items to give to a family, guess who was there first with bags for got it Michelle! When I need an extra coupon I know she will always share if she has it. If she finds books, guess who always shares...Michelle! If she has extra $5/$50 coupons, guess again who always shares...Michelle.

Thank you Michelle for being a wonderful, kind, friend. I consider myself lucky to have Michelle in my life and to have a special friend who enjoys couponing as much as I do!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


I have received many phone calls about when I am going to have the next coupon class!

The next class will be held on January 10th at 6:30 pm. The class will be 2 hours long and will be held at my home in Davis Shores at 89 Dolphin Drive.

If you are interested in signing up for this class, please contact me at 540-5225 or e-mail me at

Looking forward to hearing from all of you!


Are you one of those people who wait until Christmas Eve to put up your tree? Well if you are you are in luck!

Thanks to Margaret who e-mailed me to let me know the trees at Food Lion are all marked down to $9.95. Now that is a deal! The trees are also marked down at Publix but theirs are $20.

I guess people do this and keep it up until the end of January. Not me...I am ready to get it down right after New Years. The house seems empty for about 3 minutes but then I get used to it again.

So if you need a tree, head over to Food Lion and get yours for under $10!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011


This week at Publix was finally a decent week. I had two $5 off $50 PQ's that expired on Sunday so I tried to keep my total as close to $100 as possible. Trying to do mental math while putting things in your cart is not easy! I thought I had about $107 in my cart, but my total before coupons was $115.58.

When I got up to the register, the cashier said to me "Your ears must have been ringing". "Someone was just telling me about the class you teach and how much she has learned and has saved". The cashier obviously knew I was the one who taught the class.

I got the last 3 K-Y on the shelf and stocked up on crackers, cheese, milk. I might head to the Shores Publix for my trip on Wednesday because they might have plenty of K-Y left!! This is what I bought for $19.16 including tax.

2 Kellogs Cocoa Krispies
1 Rice Krispies
2 Ritz Simply Wheat
4 Ritz Crackers
3 Wheat Thins
2 Kraft Colby Cheese
2 Muellers Pasta
Bakery Rye Bread
2 Sour Cream
5 Smart Balance Milk
Butterscotch chips
Lg. Bag of M&M's (FREE wyb 2 Rice Krispies peelie on box)
4 Friskies Cat Treats (overage)
2 Chinet Napkins
2 Sundown Vitamins
1 Theraflu
2 Alka-Seltzer
3 K-Y Jelly (overage)
2 Gallons Publix Tea
Blueberry Muffin Mix

I was able to use three $5 off $30 Winn Dixie coupons and 2 $5 off $50 PQ's to take an immediate $25 off the bill before any other coupons! That is why I ALWAYS buy the Enjoy the City books. I LOVE always being able to use a $5 coupon off my bill.

The Enjoy the City book is still available for a short time. Read my previous post on how to get yours!

After my coupons I saved 89%!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011


Kraft Shredded Cheese is BOGO this week for $3.99. Go HERE and use zip 32080 to print off a coupon for $1 off a lb. of cheese. I am buying 6 of them and will use three $1/1 coupons and will end of paying $1.50 each.

Considering cheese is so expensive these days, I am happy to pay $1.50 each.


You can safely throw out all these inserts from your box.

Insert Date Insert Discard?
2011-10-30 PG YES
2011-10-02 PG YES
2011-09-11 gm YES
2011-08-28 rp YES
2011-08-28 pg YES
2011-08-14 rp YES
2011-08-07 gm YES
2011-08-07 rp YES
2011-07-31 rp1 & rp2 YES
2011-07-31 pg YES
2011-07-24 rp YES
2011-07-24 ss YES
2011-07-17 ss YES
2011-07-10 ss YES
2011-07-03 p&g YES
2011-06-26 rp YES
2011-06-26 ss YES
2011-06-19 ss YES
2011-06-12 rp YES
2011-06-12 ss YES
2011-06-05 pg YES
2011-06-05 ss YES
2011-05-15 rp YES
2011-05-01 pg YES
2011-05-01 rp YES
2011-04-17 rp1 & rp2 YES
2011-04-10 rp YES
2011-04-10 ss YES
2011-04-03 pg YES
2011-04-03 rp YES
2011-03-27 rp YES
2011-03-27 ss1 & ss2 YES
2011-03-20 rp YES
2011-03-20 ss YES
2011-03-13 rp YES
2011-03-13 ss YES
2011-03-06 pg YES
2011-03-06 rp YES
2011-03-06 ss YES
2011-02-27 rp YES
2011-02-20 gm YES
2011-02-20 pg YES
2011-02-20 rp YES
2011-02-06 rp YES
2011-01-30 rp2 YES
2011-01-30 ss YES
2011-01-23 rp YES
2011-01-23 ss YES
2011-01-16 ss YES
2011-01-02 gm YES
2011-01-02 rp1 YES
2011-01-02 rp2 YES
2011-01-02 ss1 YES
2011-01-02 ss2 YES


The Enjoy The City booklets are available again! If you are not familiar with this, these books contain coupons for $5 off $30 which can be used at Publix. If you spend $90 at the grocery store, use three of them to take $15 off your grocery bill. Add to that your other coupons and you score at the grocery store. I use at least one or two of these every time I shop at Publix.

You also get other valuable coupons for restaurants and even a coupon for a FREE oil change. Remember, these $5 off $30 coupons can be used at ANY Publix store regardless of location. They are not just for Jacksonville stores!

Looking for a special Christmas gift for a couponer? This would make any one of us happy. I just bought 5 books for $40 and will receive $100 worth of coupons that I can use at Publix or Winn Dixie. These coupons won't expire until the end of 2012! You can also purchase 3 books for $30 (receive $60 in coupons) or 1 book for $12 (receive $20 in coupons). The best deal is obviously the $40 for 5 books.

and copy and paste the link below in the spot provided for the personalized link to the right of the page to get your books and hit copy. 210398?rpi=40965088&ref=personalized-link-box-40965088&rui=64325093

You will receive an e-mail that your books are ready and just submit the number they send you and your books will be on their way!

The deal is only available for 56 more hours, so scoop it up soon! Spend a little bit now to save a lot later!


I was excited to see this deal in my in-box! I LOVE the malted milk balls from Hallmark. They are right up there with the chocolate covered popcorn from Peterbrooke! Go HERE and print a coupon for $5 off a $10 purchase.

That means I can purchase $10 worth for a mere $5! Hope you guys don't beat me there! This is my treat to myself!

This coupon is good until 12/24/11. Click on the banner to the right to access the coupon.

If you are not a chocolate lover like me, I'm sure you could fine something else to buy to save $5!!


Just a reminder that there will be no coupons in this weekends paper.

We will just have to print our own! Bummer!

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Do you need any last minute Christmas gifts? JC Penney is offering a $10 off $25 purchase again. This coupon is available until December 17th so don't waste any time!

Go HERE to print your coupon!


For those of you who may go to Winn Dixie occasionally AND are going to get a flu shot, this one is for you!

Go to the Pharmacy and ask for this coupon to save $.25 off per gallon. Note there is a maximum of 20 gallons of gas!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I love this idea from Betty Crocker for making Christmas Tree Brownies. These look super simple! Why not make some of these with the BOGO Brownie Mixes we just bought!

Aren't they just adorable!!

PUBLIX 12/14/11, SPENT $6.02, SAVED 84%

I ran into Publix again today to get an eggplant and a few more Green Giant Vegetables so I can add them to my Pad Thai that I plan on making again next week!! I figured I'd better buy my K-Y Jelly today for the overage before they all disappeared and got 2 more razors because they restocked them today. My total before coupons was $23.02 and I paid only $6.02 thanks to the $4 overage from the K-Y! I bought:

6 Green Giant Vegetables
2 K-Y Jelly
2 Bic Razors

Don't wait to do the K-Y deal! I still have a couple coupons left to use next week. Also, make sure you cut out the $5 off $50 coupon from todays Red Plum Mailer. It doesn't expire until the 24th of the month so we have 2 ads to use the coupon (three if you count today!)


Stewart's weekly ad is up. Looks like a few good deals again this week!

Fresh, never frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts,
5 lbs. or more, $1.99 lb.

Boneless NY Strip Steaks, $4.99 lb.
Standing Rib Roasts....Order Now!

Also: Duck, Goose, Rabbit, Hams

Indian River Navel Oranges, 5 for $1.00
5 lb. bag Idaho Potatoes, $1.99 each

Haas Avocados, $.79 each

Internet Advertised Specials:
1 lb. package White Mushrooms, $1.99 each
3 lb. bag Onions, $1.49 each
D'Anjou Pears, $.99 lb.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


After I went to Publix today and spent $12.66, I ventured over to the Asian Market on 207 and spent another $12. I have a serious love affair with the Pad Thai from Mama Fu's in Jacksonville. I was needing a Pad Thai fix but couldn't make it to Jax so I thought I would make it for myself.

After googling Pad Thai and coming up with so many different variations of the recipe (some even included ketchup), I settled on one that sounded very Thai and headed to the Asian store. Talk about confusing! Half of the items are in Chinese and the other half are so wierd you wonder who would even eat it! The nice lady in the store showed me the ingredients I needed. After spending $12 on rice, Tofu, and Pad Thai ingredients I headed home.

You are supposed to put bean sprouts in the recipe but I couldn't see my husband eating bean sprouts so I substituted zucchini instead. I also bought fish sauce and was going to attempt to make my own Pad Thai sauce. Let's just say that will be the last time I will try to do that! The fish sauce stunk up my house sooo bad that I thought my daughter was going to throw up! I luckily bought a bottle of pre-made Pad Thai sauce that was just delicious with just the right amount of spices that I ended up using.

The end result was delicious Pad Thai!! Guess where I am going again buy more Pad Thai sauce and rice noodles. I can't wait to make it again!

If you are looking for a delicious and different dish, try making it! Publix doesn't have the rice noodles or the sauce so head over to the asian market. Just be forwarned, you can't use coupons there!


Go and get your K-Y Jelly coupon from HERE for $3 off!

Oh and there are many alternate uses for K-Y jelly…

Remove Tight or Stuck-on Rings lip gloss
Lubricate Sticky Zippers
Loosen Stick Price Tags and Product Labels
Untangle Knotted Jewelry Chains
Shine your Patent Leather lubricate a Fishing Rod Reel
Skin-So-Soft lotion (great for people with eczema)
Bug repellent,
Brass brightener
Floor wax
Loosening of tight nuts (as in bolts)
Inserting keys into cold locks
Good for getting bubble gum out of your hair
Pre-shave treatment for supersmooth legs
Massage oil
Hair gel (LOL )
Makeup remover
Freeze it in a ziploc bag and use as an icepack or for puffy eyes

So the next time you want to shine your patent leather shoes, break out the K-Y!! Or maybe the next time I go camping with our friends, I will bring out the K-Y to use for bug repellant! I am sure that will get a good laugh!!

I forgot toUPDATE: tell you to stack this coupon with the $2 PQ from the green advantage flyer


My mind hasn't been on couponing lately and Publix sales have been so lackluster but I couldn't let a few of the good buys pass me by! I hope everyone printed the BOGO Bob Evans side coupon and paired it with the sale. I also hope you printed the Kikoman Ponzu Sauce coupon for $3 that gave you $.50 overage per bottle and the $.40 Diamond Crystal Salt coupon that paired with the $.55 PQ from the Winter Savings Book you paid only $.05 per container. I was able to use a $5/$30 WD Enjoy the City Book coupon and a $5/$50 PQ. This is what I bought:

4 Bob Evans Mac & Cheese/Mashed Potatoes
2 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers
2 Green Onions
Pkg. Zucchini
3 Limes
Romaine Lettuce
Potato Rolls
1 Gold Medal Flour (used yell. adv. flyer q and $.50 MQ)
1 10X Sugar
2 Bic Soeil Razors (used 2 $2 q's)
4 Diamond Kosher Salt
4 Kikoman Ponzu Sauce
2 Theraflu
4 Sundown Vitamins (used MQ and green adv. flyer q)

My total before coupons was $77.86. My total after coupons was $12.66, a savings of 86%

Monday, December 12, 2011


The Leapfrog LeapPad is the hottest item this year on most parents' lists. They came back in stock on the Leapfrog website only to go out-of-stock very quickly! They are selling on e-bay for much more than the $99 asking price.

If you are in the market for one of these, check Books A Million. My daughter found one there and I called and found some in stock at the Regency Store.

There are so many people checking Target, Walmart, K-Mart, Toys-R-Us, etc., that they forget about Books A Million. So if you are in the market for one of these, give them a call and I hope you get one!


Have you wondered what ever happened to a coupon after you hand it over? Then you will enjoy this to explain it all

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I am reposting this because it is such a good deal for your second paper

Calling all couponers!! Are you looking to get another newspaper delivered each week?

Then you will be one happy camper because The Florida Times Union is offering a deal you cannot pass up! Right now they are offering a 7-day subscription to the paper for only $10 for the month for 6 months. The deal gets even better because you will get a $5 gift card when you sign up! The only thing they ask is you keep getting the paper for at least 6 months.

They also have a deal for Sunday only and you can get up to 10 papers delivered to you home each week.

Give PJ a call and she will explain all the details on the special offered by the Times Union. She can be reached at 325-1986. She also works for Comcast so if you are looking to switch carriers, she is the one you need to talk to!


Call me crazy but what college student wouldn't love 24 packages of Sweet Tarts in their stocking? That is what my daughter will find in her stocking along with many other fun things!

You can do this deal also! I went to the beach Walgreens and did the transaction 4 times...and yes, there were 1 1/4 cases left on the shelf.

Go in and buy 6 Sweet Tarts and use the $.75/3 coupon in the December booklet. It will automatically take off $1.50. The first time you will pay $1.68 and it will give you a $1 Catalina that you can use on your very next transaction. The next transaction will cost you $.68 and so will every other transaction after that.

I paid $3.72 for 24 packages of Sweet Tarts and can go back and do it again if I want.

I can't wait to see her face when she sees all those Sweet Tarts! She and her roommate will love them!


Target - I love them and hate them. I had bought a sweater on sale from $19.99 to $9.99 and then used the $4 off sweater coupon. I grabbed the wrong size and just wanted to swap it out for the correct size. I didn't have my receipt and I paid cash so they couldn't look it up with my credit card.

All I wanted was an even swap, same sweater, nothing difficult.

The sweater was coming up in their system at $9.99 which is what I paid. That was fine. But they wouldn't let me swap. The new sweater (same thing) was now only 30% off instead of the 50% when I bought it so they wanted me to pay the difference. I DON'T THINK SO!! I took my sweater back and will check back with another Target. Sometimes their return policies can be so difficult!

On a much better note, I went in there to pick up a few things I needed and got the following great deal for my daughter. Go to the endcap in the baby department and look for the 3 pack of J&J Baby Wash, Baby Bath, and Baby Lotion which is on sale for $4.49 from $9.99. I used the $3 coupon that is no longer available (check your binders) and got each set for $1.49 each! These are FULL-SIZE bottles! At least I walked out of there with a half of a smile on my face!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


When you go into Publix, head over to the Pharmacy and look for this booklet. Just like the Johnson and Johnson products last month, this one will get you some cheap Theraflu.

There is a $2 off Theraflu Publix coupon in this book. Stack that PQ with the variety of coupons found in last Sunday's SS (12/4) and get cheap Theraflu.

When you are paying about $.50 for an item like this, it is great to have in your stockpile in case you need it. Why not pick up one for yourself and another to donate!


My last shopping trip to Publix was supposed to be small and nothing to really write home about. The weeks after Thanksgiving are known to be ads that are not as enticing to the couponer. My plan was to go in and spend a whopping $12. I had it figured down to the penny.

That was before my husband walked into the store with me!

The minute we entered the store, he walked right over to the Lloyd's BBQ, umm, not on my list. The next thing in the cart was a Publix sub, again, not on my list. It continued...Publix tea, 2 bags of chips and a few other items.

After adding up what he had put in the cart I told him my total was going to now be $35!! Sure enough, it was pretty darn close...$34.06!!

The lesson here is don't bring your husband with you shopping! Random items will ALWAYS be put in the cart and shoot down your well-planned OOP expense!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I found another high value Smart Balance Milk coupon tonight while I was surfing zip codes.

Go to zip 48047 on to get a $1.50/1 Smart Balance Milk coupon.

Remember to print it from all your computers. Hopefully we can pair this with a 2 for $5 sale or better yet a BOGO sale!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Today was the last day of the gas card deal. I brought out my rainchecks for items that I would use anyway and brought my total up to $88.31 before coupons. After my three gas cards at $40 each, my bill was $208.31.

My total after my coupons was $145.52. That means I paid $25.52 for all these groceries and received three $50 gas cards.

When I was walking out of the store I found 2 receipts that someone had crumbled up and they totaled over $30. I walked back in the store and was able to buy 1 more gas card without even buying any groceries! I was able to get a total of 8 gas cards this week.

This week I bought:

Bibb Lettuce
2 Naturally Fresh Lite Dressing
Publix Crumbled Blue Cheese
2 Luna Bars
1 Scott Bath Tissue
1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste
2 Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit
2 J&J Guaze Pads
3 Neosporin
6 All Detergent - used RC
4 Rachel Ray Nutrish Dog Treats
1 Stouffers Mac and Cheese
6 Smart Balance Milk - used RC

I found a booklet in the Publix pharmacy that was called Diabeties Awareness. It had a coupon for $3/2 wyb a J&J and Neosporin Product. When I stacked that PQ with a $2 MQ for Neosporin and a $1/1 coupon for J&J, I was able to get all the products for FREE. I did the deal three times to bring up my total for the gas card deal. You can do a deal similar to this using the coupons from the green adv. flyer but you will have to buy 2 J&J items until Dec. 9th.

My daughter will be coming home from college in 2 weeks for the winter break so my milk will disappear really fast! When she was home for the Thanksgiving break my milk was gone! I feel sorry for any of you with multiple children who love milk!


Purina Beggin Strips will be on sale in the yellow advantage flyer for $4 each. You can get a good deal if you use the $1 Publix coupon from HERE and stack with the printable coupon from HERE.

You will end up paying $1 per bag.

Purina Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats will be $1.25 each beginning 12/3 in the Yellow Adv. Flyer. Use the B1G1 coupon from the 9/25 RP and two $1/1 Publix coupons from HERE and get $.75 overage wyb 2!

Here's another one for you. Rachel Ray Nutrish Dog Treats are $2.99 a bag. Buy 2 bags and use one BOGO coupon from the 11/13 SS and stack with two $1/1 Publix coupons from HERE and stack with the $1.50 printable (sorry no longer available)

Whew! Those are some good deals!


Monday, November 28, 2011


Shopping at Publix after Thanksgiving is ALWAYS a letdown. Publix made the letdown a little bit easier by offering us the gas card deal. But there was literally nothing I saw in the ad that enticed me hello rainchecks!

I pulled out several rainchecks and I had coupons to match up with every single one of them. Does it surprise you? This is what I bought:

10 Dr. Pepper (all FREE using RC from last week and yell. adv. flyer q)You will notice they are still in my car because they are being donated.
6 Rondele Garlic Herb Cheese - FREE plus $3.00 overage
6 Publix Raisen Bran Cereal - used $1 PQ to pay only $.49 a box
6 Vanity Fair Napkins, 100 ct. - used RC from last week and got all for FREE
6 Vanity Fair Bowls - used MQ's and 3 yell. adv. flyer Q
6 Hefty Trash Bags - used RC and 6-$1.00 q's
2 Schick Shave Cream - used FREE q's from mftr
1 Scott Bath Tissue
4 Hungry Jack Pancake Mix - FREE with TQ
2 pkgs. squash
2 Luna Bars

My total before coupons was $106.44 and was $23.88 after all coupons. I then added 4 gas cards to make my total $183.88. The trash bags alone were normally $7.59 each which would have been $45.54 plus tax if I didn't have a RC!

My trip was a complete success! I tried to spend the least amount OOP to get the most gas cards I could. I had a few other items to buy like milk, salad dressing, nappa cabbage, etc. but decided to do them on my next visit because they only had three 1/2 gallons of milk left. I have a raincheck for 6 so I tried to make my total above as close to $100 as possible. I will go back and get my additional items and get my total to $50 before coupons to get 2 more gas cards.

This gas card week was definitely not as good as the last where I got 22 gas cards! I still have some of those left...$500 worth to be exact!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

MY CVS RUN 11/27/11

God was smiling down on me today. Yesterday my daughter told me she needed contact solution. Believe it or not, that is the one item I do not stock. She also found 6 twin pack boxes of Glade Plug-ins that apparently had her name written all over them!

She asked if I could please stop at CVS since I have all those ECB's and get her some contact solution and the Glade warmer for the refills she found. I was supposed to stop last night after church and I forgot. This is where the God smiling down on me comes in!

I got up at 3:30 am because I couldn't sleep and decided to put together my CVS list for today. Guess what is on it! Yep! Contact Solution for $8.99, get $8.99 ECB's back. The Glade warmers were also on sale for $.99 each and there was a $2 off 2 coupon, making them totally FREE!

Thank you Lord! You blessed me today with a sale on contact solution and Glade warmers. Instead of spending $14.01 for 2 boxes of solution and 2 boxes of warmers, I paid $1.07 for 2 boxes of contact solution and 8 boxes of Glade warmers!

And the best part...I received two $8.99 ECB's back, a total of $17.98. The fun really comes into play when you have $40 in ECB's left at the end of the year and you have to go in and spend them!


This is an incredibly cute FREEBIE for your little one.

Go HERE to get a totally personalized video from Santa. Santa will have his elves determine if you are on the naughty or nice list.

I made one for my granddaughter just to check it out and it is soooo cute!!! Make sure you do it for your kids or grandkids or husband!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with 35 recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers.

Go HERE to see all the recipes she has come up with. Since we had three turkeys for Thanksgiving, I have plenty of leftover turkey even after guests took some home!

I will be making something from one of her 35 recipes!


If any of you are lucky enough to find the travel size Crest White Strips in your store you can do the following scenerio.

Crest WhiteStrips Travel Size @ $5.99

$10 off Crest WhiteStrips – PG Mailer OR

$10 off Crest WhiteStrips – PG 10/30 OR

$7 off Crest WhiteStrips – RP 11/13

Use any of the above to get $2 to $4 overage.

I have not been lucky enough to find them in the couple stores I shop in. But maybe one of you will get lucky and find it in your store. If you find it, please let us know which store you found it in. If I find in a store in Jax, I will post for you!

Do the math and if you have several coupons, you can get some nice overage! What perfect timing to use to pay for your gas cards!


Ever wonder when things go on sale at the grocery store?

Well, stop guessing. Here’s your guide to grocery sale cycles for the entire year!

Know when to stock up on certain grocery items and when to wait until things go on sale. Get the best deals and plan for the whole year.

Below is a list of things that are good buys in December.

At the beginning of every month I will try to post the seasonal items and deals we can find for that month.

Holiday Dinner: Egg Nog, Deli Platters, Instant Potatoes, Gravy Mixes, Frozen Pies, Cranberry Sauce, Jello, Marshmallows. Sour Cream Dips, Crackers, Chips, Soda, Ham

Baking: Flour, Sugar, Butter, Cream, Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, Muffin Mix, Breads, Pie Crust, Marshmallow, Whipped cream

Canned Foods: Soup, Broth, Condensed Milk, Vegetables, Fruits, Spaghetti Sauce

Seasonal Produce: Anjou Pears, Bok Choy, Bosc Pears, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Dates, Grapefruit, Haas Avocados, Kale, Kiwi, Kumquat, Lemon, Napa Cabbage, Oranges, Sweet Potatoes, Red Cabbage, Rutabaga, Savoy Cabbage, Spinach, Winter Squash, Yams, Turnips, White Potato

Clearance: After Thanksgiving and After Christmas Sales

Friday, November 25, 2011


If anyone is planning on making a purchase of $80 or more at Target, I have two catalinas for $8 off $80. The expiration date is Nov. 30th.

Even if you purchased something on Black Friday you can take back your recipt and get $8 refunded back to you.

The first two people who contact me will get the Target catalinas. I have no use for them so I would love for someone else to use them!


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving spending it with family and friends. After making my stuffing and throwing my turkey in the oven at 8 am, I ran to CVS to do the infamous ECB deals. I bought the following in 5 transactions and used 2 cards. This is what I bought:

1 Balance Bar
2 Advil
2 Cepacol
2 York Peppermint Patties
1 Sheets Energy Strips
2 Listerine Pocketpack
2 Advil PM
1 Pepto Bismol
1 Recees Peanut Butter Cup
2 Finish D/W Detergent
2 Breathe Right
2 Carmax
2 Theraflu
1 Snickers
2 Excedrin (which really was 4 Excedrin because there was a free box attached to each one!)

1 Colgate Toothpaste

My total OOP was $4.52 and I received $30.60 in ECB back. I could have actually gone back and done a few more transactions, but I felt I had enough stuff!

I still have another $10 in ECB's in my wallet so I have a total of $40.50 in ECB to spend before the end of the year. How fun!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Calling all couponers!! Are you looking to get another newspaper delivered each week?

Then you will be one happy camper because The Florida Times Union is offering a deal you cannot pass up! Right now they are offering a 7-day subscription to the paper for only $10 for the month for 6 months. The deal gets even better because you will get a $5 gift card when you sign up! The only thing they ask is you keep getting the paper for at least 6 months.

They also have a deal for Sunday only and you can get up to 10 papers delivered to you home each week.

Give PJ a call and she will explain all the details on the special offered by the Times Union. She can be reached at 325-1986. She also works for Comcast so if you are looking to switch carriers, she is the one you need to talk to!


Bed Bath and Beyond has announced their Black Friday offer.

Arrive at our stores before 10AM on Fri. 11/25 and receive a coupon good for 20% off your entire in-store purchase any time that day. All stores open early, over 200 at Midnight! Check your store for specific times.

If you have been wanting anything from BB&B, now is the time to get it! Usually you get to use just one 20% coupon. I personally wouldn't buy anything from there unless you use a 20% off coupon because I think they are a little on the high side.

PUBLIX 11/23/11, SPENT $8.59, SAVED 88%

How many of you out there eat Thanksgiving dinner mid afternoon so you could eat some turkey sandwiches later that night? I still haven't decided if I am going out with the crazy people to do the Black Friday thing at midnight. Do I want to do it? The answer is no but my daughter is trying to convince me to go with her.

I forgot to do the Sargento Cheese deal with the free eggs from the All The Trimmings Book and I had to buy my rolls today for those turkey sandwiches. Now all I had to do was come up with a $50 order to use my $5 off $50 publix coupon as well as my Living Social Winn Dixie coupon. This is what I came up with. By the way, my total before coupons was $ that is cutting it too close!

4 Sargento Shredded Cheddar
2 Iced Tea
2 Potato Rolls
6 Cream Cheese
3 Pancake mix
4 Velveeta Mac & Cheese
2 Swanson Chicken Broth
1 Land O Lakes Spreadable Butter
3 Limes
1 Pie Crust
2 Doz. Eggs
5 lb. sugar
1 Oscar Mayer Bacon

It sure doesn't take long to get to $50! After my coupons and PQ and WD coupon, my total was $8.59. I've got enough cream cheese to get me through the holidays and I see some Parmasean Cream Cheese Dip in my future (recipe below).


2 pkgs cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup parmasean cheese
1/4 cup scallions
10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Mix all together and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Get ready to inhale the whole thing! Serve with the Triscit Crackers you got for $.85 a box this week! I guarantee everyone will want the recipe!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Wow! Do you love Carrabba's? I think they are one of the most consistent restaurants out there.

You can go HERE and enter to win $5,000 from Carrabba's. You can also elect to get e-mails from them including authentic recipes (yum!), cooking tips and special offers.

Good luck to everyone! Maybe one of us will win!


DID YOU KNOW K-MART IS DOUBLING COUPONS THRU 11/23? I didn't realize it until I picked up the flyer and saw it posted on the last page at the top. "Unlimited double manufacturer coupons up to $.99 (for grocery, health and beauty only). Note you have to be a Shop your way rewards member. If you don't have it, just sign up at the customer service desk.

SUPER COUPONS - Find in Weekly Kmart Flyer

Pepsi 2 liter - $.88

$1.88 Nabisco Crackers 7.5-16 oz assorted varieties (limit 2)
$1/2 Nabisco Crackers 11/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
75¢/2 Nabisco Crackers 11/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
Final Price= as low as $1.13 ea.

Grocery Grade A large eggs 12 ct $1
$0.55/2 Doz Eggs
Final Price= $0.45 ea. wyb 2.

Charmain Basic 20 dbl rolls or Charmin 16 dbl rolls, or Bounty 8 giant rolls, or Bounty Basic 15 big rolls Limit 5 $8.99
$.25/1, $1/2 10/16 PG Charmin Product
$.50/1, 10/30 PG 6 ct. Bounty
$.25/1 10/16 PG Bounty Paper Towels

While you are there look near the pharmacy for the booklet with $5 off $50 coupons in it I told you about awhile back.


See Barbie. See Barbie's horse. See the Target catalina for $5 off $50 wyb Barbie's horse. See smile on Judi's face!

My other granddaughter may be getting one of these as well for Christmas. Not only are they $5 off with the coupon in the Sunday insert, but you get a $5/$50 catalina that can be used at Publix.

Keep those $5 coupons coming!


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Monday, November 21, 2011



My store has apparently adopted a new policy with Publix coupons where I only have to physically have one coupon with the LU code and I can use it as many times as I need to. It really would eliminate the need to grab more thana few booklets!

You may want to check at your store to see if this is true for them. It sure would be nice to only have to have one coupon to do a deal multiple times. All they would do would be to enter the LU# for the number of deals you are doing.

I know this is true for the SR 16 store. Please let me know if you shop at another store what their policy is! Thanks!!


Leave it to Publix to give us the gas card deal on a slow week. If you saw the new ad, I can probably say it for everyone that it stinks. It doesn't surprise me. The next few weeks after Thanksgiving are typically bad ads for Publix.

With that being said, it's time to pull out all of your rainchecks and put them to go use. Remember, we want to get our total as high as possible to get as many gas cards as possible and then bring down our total with coupons.

Hopefully, you have some of the Living Social Enjoy the City $5/$30 coupons. That will bring down our total down even further.


Here it is again! The Living Social Enjoy the City Book is at it again. Every time they offer a book, regardless of the city, I buy it. This time is no different.

You can go HERE and order 1 book for $12, 3 books for $30 or 5 books for $40. Inside each book will be four $5/$30 Winn Dixie coupons. Buy 5 books for $40 and get $100 worth of coupons to use at Publix.

As I have said before, this is a no brainer! Sure I have to put out $40 but I am gaining $60 in coupons. These coupons will not expire until the end of December 2012.

The SR 16 store does not make you split your purchases so if you spend $60, you can use 2 of these and take $10 off your bill. Spend $90 before coupons and take $15 off your bill!

These deals usually only last for 2 days. Don't put it off and get your coupon books now!

Sunday, November 20, 2011


I totally missed that the Sargento Shredded Cheddar Cheese was BOGO this week. Use your $1.50/1 coupons that you should have printed a few weeks ago and stack with the $.75/2 TQ AND stack with the Free eggs wyb 2 cheese from All The Trimmings Book and get a doz. eggs and 2 shredded cheddar for $.25

I am going to do this deal two times because I have four $1.50/1 cheese coupons. I will pay $.50 for two dozen eggs and 4 shredded cheese.

Now I just have to find room in my refrigerator with 3 turkeys in it!


PUBLIX 11/20/11, SPENT $22.88, SAVED 86%

My husband and I just got back today from a relaxing and fun camping trip to Ft. Clinch in Fernandina Beach. The first night was very cold and all I packed was a hoodie. So I doubled up on the hoodies, flannel pants and socks and sat under a couple of blankets and was fine!

I grabbed all my paper and canned items while I was in Fernandina and saved the bulk of my shopping for here. I ran into Publix today and did an awesome job. My bill before coupons was $114 and after coupons was $22.88. This is what I bought:

6 Dr. Pepper (ALL FREE plus $1 MM with hangtag I had) BOGO sale with BOGO Yell Adv. Flyer Q
(4 not shown)
Quart half & half
Tropicana Orange Juice
Fresh Pineapple
2 pkgs. green beans
2 Stuffing
6 Cream Cheese
2 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
1 Publix Butter
3 Crescent Rolls
Jimmy Dean Sausage
2 Evaporated Milk
2 Sour Cream
2 Cool Whip
4 Hungry Jack Pancake Mix
Publix White Mountain Bread
Feta Cheese
2 Degree Deodorant
2 Bounty Paper Towel
Turkey Roasting Pan
10 Oral B Toothbrush
8 Nyquil/Dayquil trial size
3 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste

My savings after coupons and sales was 86%.

Remember, the Dr. Pepper is all FREE. When you stack the BOGO sale with the BOGO coupon in the yellow advantage flyer, you get them all for free. That is why I bought 6 of them!

I used the last of my stocking spree sheets and MQ's for the Nyqui and Toothbrushes. I only paid $.50 for all those toothbrushes. I like to have them on hand in case someone spends the night and forgets their toothbrush or to keep in the camper.

My store also lets me use two $5/$50 PQ and two $5/$30 WD Q to take $20 off my bill!

UPDATE: Would you believe when I got home I found my coupon for the orange juice and cool whip totaling $2. My total should have been $20.88!! I hate when that happens!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


I'm camping in fernindina beach and checked out the local Publix. There must not be any couponers here because by the front door was a cardboard display with tons of books.

I had to go to the customer service desk and noticed the All the Trimmings book behind the counter. They haven't put that one out yet so I just got a few of those. My favorite q is the buy two sargento cheese and get free eggs. I hoped you printed those $1.50/1 cheese coupons a few weeks back.

I'm holding out for a better deal on the cheese. I still have some in the freezer when I paid $.25 or $.50 each!

I did a small shopping trip getting some of the items I needed like chinet plates. They always seem to run out of the oblong plates. I wanted to spend $30 to use my $5/$30 WD coupon and my $3/$30 PQ to get $8 off my total. My total was $36 and I paid $20. I'll go to SR 16 when I get back in town and use another $5 PQ and $5 WD q.

I'm so thankful to save $28 before any q's on my thanksgiving purchases!


Head over HERE to print your MQ for Kraft Salad Dressing.

Then head over HERE to print your Target coupon for $.50 off.
Click on the food catagory to print your coupon.

I would hold on to these to match with a BOGO sale. We got these free last year so let's hope we can do it again! Even if we don't get the BOGO sale this year, using both coupons you can take $1.50 off a bottle of dressing. That's nothing to sneeze at!!

Friday, November 18, 2011


My grandkids love string cheese. Go HERE and use zip 46774 to print off a coupon for $1/1 Borden String Cheese.

Let's hope for a good sale to use this high-value coupon!


If you haven't already seen this coupon, you may want to print it now.

Go HERE and use zip 30189 to print a coupon for Ace Hardware for 50% off one item under $30. This promotion is good only on Saturday, Nov. 26th.

Plan on going in earlier and scoping out a gift for your husband. Surely in a hardware store there has to be something boring he would love!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Those of you who bought the Living Social Enjoy the City booklet should have received an e-mail stating your vouchers are ready. Go to HERE to redeem.

Simply write down your voucher number from the e-mail they sent you and go to the above website to give them your name and mailing address. You books with your $5/$30 Winn Dixie coupons will be arriving shortly.

Then sit back and enjoy the fact that you know you will be saving an additional $5 off your groceries for many, many weeks to come.

Every time they do this deal I buy books. This way I know I am assured that I will have $$ off coupons everytime I go to the store. Knowing I spent $30 on $60 worth of coupons brings a BIG smile to my face! Next time I may spend $40 to get $100 worth of coupons. That ultimately is the best deal!!

Check with your specific store because some stores will allow you to use multiples without separating your order! Don't forget to use the $5/$50 Publix coupon this week when buying your Thanksgiving deals!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


WOW! ANOTHER $5/$50 COUPON FROM PUBLIX! Not only did they give us a great ad this next sales cycle, but we can an additional $10 off our grocery bill if you use this coupon in conjunction with the Enjoy The Ciy $5/$30 Winn Dixie coupon!

That is a great start before we even take off our coupons!

Make sure you check your Red Plum in today's mail for your coupon./

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

PUBLIX 11/13/11, SPENT $10.12, SAVED 92%

This one is a little late going up. If you haven't done the Hungry Jack Pancake Mix deal, you have until 12/6/11 to do it. Use the $1 Target coupon to get FREE Hungry Jack Pancake Mix. Look for the small package that makes 12 pancakes for $.99.

This is what I bought for $10.12

2 Scott Bathroom Tissue (4 ct.)
2 Saltine Crackers
2 Hungry Jack Pancake mix
2 Nestle Choco Chips
Potato Rolls
Pillsbury Flour
4 Nestle Break & Bake Cookies
2 Sundown Vitamins
Cabot Cheese Spread

The Cabot Cheese Spread was $3.79 and was not on the list! My husband was with me and you know how that goes! I would have only spent $6.33 if it weren't for the cheese! Not bad when you consider I bought 2 packages of toilet paper!


Congratulations, you are a potential winner of a $5 Publix gift card* by playing the Publix Nutrition & Fitness Challenge*!

I hope all of you are taking the Publix Fitness and Nutrition Challenge on Facebook. All you do is commit to a fitness or nutrition idea in the drop-down box. You are able to enter every day and will be entered into a sweepstakes for $650.

I received a notification that I was a winner of a $5 Publix gift card that will be mailed to me in 6 to 8 weeks.

Keep entering everyday and see if you can win a gift card also! That will be one exciting week when I can use my $5 Living Social WD $5/$30 AND my Publix $5 card to take $10 off my groceries that week!

Monday, November 14, 2011


The new sale ad will begin Thursday and I have been holding off buying cream cheese anticipating a sale for Thanksgiving.

Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 8 oz, 4/$5
-$0.50/1 Philadelphia Cream Cheeses TARGET coupon (exp 12/6/2011)
-$1.25/3 Kraft Dessert Brands Deliciously Simple Holiday Recipes 10/31/2011 (exp 3/31/2012)

After stacking three Target q's and the $1.25/3 q, you will pay only $.33 for a block of cream cheese. Just think of all those desserts and appetizers you can make with cream cheese.

Check your binders for a peelie for $1/1 Chinet. This will make your oblong Thanksgiving plates $2 each!

Another good deal is to buy Tropicana OJ for $2 and pay only $.50 for Jimmy Dean Sausage with the coupon below. Make a breakfast casserole or the Sausage and Corn Chowder Recipe I posted a few weeks back.

Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice or Ruby Red Grapefruit, 59 oz, 2/$6
-$2 off Jimmy Dean Sausage product wyb Orange Juice HERE.

Don't forget to use your Enjoy the City Book $5/$30 WD coupon!



This is the one I am buying! If you notice all of my receipts from Publix, there is a $5 competitor coupon being used and this is it!

The new Living Social JACKSONVILLE booklet is out and again, you have the choice to buy 1, 3, or 5 books. These are the new books so these coupons won't expire until December 2012!

If you purchase 3 books for $30, you will receive $60 worth of Winn Dixie $5 off $30 coupons! That is a 50% savings! Think about giving it as a stocking stuffer! Any couponer would love these!

I know at the SR 16 store, you do not have to split your order to use multiple coupons. If you spend over $60 before coupons, you can use two of them and immediately take $10 off your bill. Now add you coupons to that and you have saved a considerable amount!

Each Jacksonville book has (4) $5 off $30 Purchase Winn Dixie coupons inside.
1 Free Oil change from Firestone
(6) $10 off $50 purchase at Dick’s Sporting Goods
Chick Fil A, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Dunkin Donuts, Rita’s
Just to name a few, there are plenty more and it more than pays for itself!

Here’s how you get the deal:

Go to to purchase your books. You may have to copy and paste in your browser.

Choose the amount you want and checkout. I bought $30 worth.
Then when your Living Social deal has been processed, they will email you
Once you get the purchase voucher, head to the Enjoy the City website and enter the coupon code and your shipping info

Friday, November 11, 2011


While I was in Walmart yesterday (you will read that post next), I decided to price-check a few items there vs Publix with their sale.

First I will post the Walmart price and then the Publix price with the sale. I will include any coupon (provided they scan at Walmart) on both items. Each line item is a quantity of two except the Smart Balance Milk and Land O Lakes Butter which is one.

2 Nestle Chocolate Chips $2.56/$.65 or $1.15 depending on which q's you have
2 Recee's Puffs/Lucky Charms $4.00/$1.99
2 Pompeian Olive Oil $8.56/$3.99
1 Land O Lakes Butter $3.48/$2.50 This is for one pkg.
2 Smart Balance Spread $3.96/$.59
1 Smart Balance Milk $1.79/$1.00

OK is the final total. I could keep going but you could see by the figures that the Publix total is considerably lower than the Walmart total. The totals are...drumroll please...

WALMART $24.35
PUBLIX $10.72
You just saved 56% by shopping at Publix

As you know, when you buy the items that are on sale each week at their lowest price, you will save 50% and more on your grocery total. So when I can get Nestle Chocolate Chips at this time of year for $.32 a pkg (they don't expire until June 2013), I try to buy as many as I can to get me through the next sale. I have already bought 6 and will buy 2 more before the current ad is over. I'll throw them in my freezer and when I want to make chocolate chip cookies, I will have them!

Like Angela said in the next post, Walmart is not just an adventure, it is a nightmare!


I needed Liquid Plumber and a few other Walmart type items so I decided to venture there today. Why I picked today, Veterans Day, I'll never know. Every mother and their kids were there along with half of St. Augustine.

I thought my Walmart experience started off good because I scored an awesome parking place. Unfortunately, it went downhill from there!

After getting my Liquid Plumber (FYI - don't put hair dye down your sink) and 2 pkgs of White Cloud toilet paper that was an awesome deal with the $1 coupon, I picked up a few random things while I was there. I love the Farmers Ham from the deli so I got a lb. of that. I found a coupon book while I was in there and bought the Cream of Mushroom/Chicken soup at $.60 each with a $1/4 coupon. I got a loaf of bread, 2 Jiffy Corn Muffin Mixes for dinner and a head of lettuce.I price matched the grapes to Food Lions ad of $1.49 lb. and it started going downhill from there.

At the register my grapes would not do the price match. I was at the self checkout so she had to take me to her register to finish my transaction. After several attempts, and I mean several attempts to get the grapes to price match, it went through.

She proceeded to tell me if my coupons won't scan, they won't take them. Big surprise. All of my coupons, which were printables off Smartsource, etc. went through until we got to the White Cloud toilet paper. She scanned the coupons and the dreaded beep was heard! It felt like you could hear it over the whole store. Again she scanned and BEEP, BEEP, BEEP!!

"I'm sorry we can't take these coupons" she says to me. "If it won't scan, I can't take it." Now I know nothing is wrong with the coupon. The problem is Walmart.

I told her she could take the rolls of toilet paper off and I will go to Target and use it. I was so close to telling her this is why I don't shop at Walmart. I was going in there specifically for the toilet paper, free razors (they were out) and Liquid Plumber.

Did I learn my lesson? I hope so. Not only was it a unpleasurable experience, I had to sit and wait for about 25 cars (no lie) to turn out into the lane just to make the turn on US 1. That's how many cars were pouring in there while I sat there. Poor people. They don't have a clue. They don't know how much more you could save at Publix and shopping be a pleasure!

PUBLIX 11/11/11, SPENT $15.15, SAVED 90%

I ran out of the house today to go to Publix and left my list on the counter. I had my coupons with me so I just had to get what I had coupons for plus what I remembered on my list. I had a raincheck for the Athenos Feta Cheese so I used that as well with the $.75 off blinkies.

A special thanks to Michelle T. for giving me her extra blinkies!!

I took advantage of the toothbrushes for $.05 each and the overage from the Sundown Vitamins, Phazayme, and NyQuil.

This is what I bought:

12 Athenos Feta Cheese
6 Philadelphia Cooking Creme
2 Nestle Break & Bake Cookies
3 Smart Balance Milk (only 2 pictured)
4 Progresso Chicken Broth
Publix Iced Tea
6 Nestle Chocolate Chips (use by date is 6/13)
2 Pompeil Olive Oil
Bakery Rye Bread
3 Ore-Ida French Fry
2 Idaho Mashed Potatoes
2 Sundown Vitamins
3 NyQuil Trial Size
6 Ricola Cough Drops

I was also able to use two $3 off $30 PQ's and two $5 off $30 WD q's from the Living Social Book.

I then went to Stewarts and got Italian Sausage to make my Sausage and Corn Chowder tonight (forgot to take some out of freezer) and sweet potatoes for $.49 a lb.
6 Oral B Toothbrushes

Spending $15 for all the above stuff was awesome! I can say one thing...this trip was pleasurable compared to my Walmart trip!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Is anyone else excited about the Nestle Chocolate Chips? They are going to be BOGO starting today. If you want more than the two coupons you can print HERE for $1/2, use the &.75/1 coupon from the 9/11 RP. This was not listed in the matchups and will make for even a better deal when stacked with the FLIP.

You should get a bag of Nestle Chocolate Chips for about $.32 each!! Now that is what I call a good deal!!


If you haven't heard of it yet you will be hearing a lot more about it in the next few weeks. It is called Small Business Saturday.

Make the pledge to shop small. Pick your favorite small business in St. Augustine and support them by shopping on Nov. 26th. If everyone would do this it could help boost our small businesses!

Looking for a small business to shop at? Stop by the SUNSHINE SHOP and say hello to me on Saturday, Nov. 26th. I would love to meet you and show you around our cute shop.

We are more than just bathing suits! Check out our awesome jewelry and wide selection of juniors and missy clothes. Also, our shoe room has tons of great flip flops and shoes for the whole family.

Make sure you ask to see the Lisette pants and capris. Kathy Lee Gifford recently raved about these on her show. Once you put them on you will see why! Also check out another favorite of mine which is the Escapada line. You can see the line at We will be carrying several styles from the Resort Wear and Beach collection. A few are in the store now with more arriving in early February!

See you on Saturday, November 26th!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


HERE WE GO AGAIN!!! The Living Social Deal is live again!!!

If you haven't done this yet, you are missing out! Right now you are able to buy a Living Social Book for $12. Woohoo! Today’s Gainesville and Miami Living Social deal is $12 for one Gainesville or Miami Book of Discounts from Enjoy the City ($25.00 Value). OR – you can purchase three Gainesville or Miami Enjoy the City books for $30.00! OR – you can purchase five Gainesville or Miami Book of Discounts from Enjoy the City ($25.00 Value) for $40.00. To see a copy of the booklet and the coupons included in the booklet, go HERE.

I regularly use the $5/$30 Winn Dixie coupons at our local Publix stores. **If you buy the five books for $40.00, you will receive five sheets that include four Winn Dixie $5/$30 coupons which means you will score $100 in Winn Dixie coupons for $40.00!

Remember, these books are for Miami or Gainsville but the Winn Dixie coupons are for anywhere! There is nothing listed on the coupon that is specific to that area. The coupons are good until June 2012.

Here’s how you get the deal:

Head over to the Living Social Deal and Sign in or create account (link to Miami)
Click “Buy Now” on the Enjoy the City book deal
Choose the amount you want and checkout
Then when your Living Social deal has been processed, they will email you
Once you get the purchase voucher, head to the Enjoy the City website and enter the coupon code and your shipping info


If you were watching the news this morning, you saw this about Dollar Stores. I thought it was pretty interesting. Some of it is just a no brainer and others surprised me.


Toys - I believe this one. I think they often break right after you leave the store!
Vitamins - They don't have the same nutritional value.
Foil - Not good quality and could start on fire!
Extension cords, Power Strips and Batteries


Cleaning Supplies
Spices - this one surprised me! Dollar Store here I come!
Greeting Cards
Socks - Who knew?


Stewarts new ad is up and again boneless skinless chicken breasts are on sale again. My favorite is the sweet potatoes!! I have been WAITING for sweet potatoes to go on sale!

Fresh, never frozen Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts,
5 lbs. or more, $1.99 lb.

Boneless NY Strip Steaks, $4.99 lb.

Fresh Local Shrimp, $4.99 lb.

Fresh Amish Turkeys, reserve yours today! Limited Supply!

3 lb bag Onions, $1.49 each

1 lb. White Mushrooms, $1.99 each

Internet Advertised Only Specials:

5 lb. bag Potatoes, $1.99 each
Haas Avocados, 2 for $1.00
Bartlett or D'Anjou Pears, $.99 lb.
Fresh Brocolli, $1.49 each
Loose Beets or Turnips, $.99 lb.
Local Grown Whole Pecans, $1.99 lb.

New Citrus will be arriving again and oysters are also available. As the weeks go by, more fall vegetables will be available.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I am changing the date of the next coupon class to Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 pm.

The class will last 2 hours and you will leave with everything you need to know to start saving at the grocery and drugstore.

Registration is required. Please call me at 540-5225 or e-mail me to let me know if you will be attending.


Be on the lookout for a coupon in Sundays 11/14 SS for a $5 MIR wyb a Butterball Turkey!

I hope our region gets this coupon!


WOW! I'm impressed! I went over to the Publix website today to register for the Fitness and Nutrition Sweepstakes. While I was there, I posted on their wall about my experience with their "Sweet-n-Low product.

Well, I guess that means I have to tell you the story!

My husband bought a box of Publix brand "Sweet-n-Low". I could embellish the story and tell you he knew there wasn't a coupon available for the name brand, but I would be fibbing! Normally I don't buy store brands because a name brand is always cheaper with a sale and coupon.

So we taste the sweetener in our tea and can't tell any difference. Forward ahead a few months. We needed more...yes, we drink a lot of tea! I bought the same kind because there was no coupon available and the Publix brand was considerably cheaper.

But this time it was different. One packet went in the tea and then another and yet another. There was no change in the taste. I didn't believe him so I tried it and had the same results. It didn't sweeten it AT ALL!

I posted it on the Publix wall and no lie, there was a response from them in 5 minutes! They were going to pass along the information.

I will keep you posted as to what happens in this "sweet" saga.

Thanks Publix for such a quick response!


The good things come to an end sometime. The rolling catalina from Walgreens for the Frost Mints is dead.

I went today to cash in my catalina for a FREE mint and it didn't produce a new one. It was good while it lasted! I think I got 12 of them!

The young cashier at the beach Wags was amazed when I got 2 Clabber Girl baking powder and a Frost Mint for $.14!!

She hasn't seen nothing yet!


Don't hold me to this but cored pineapple may be available again for $2.99 in the produce department. This is not listed in the ad preview but it was in another region. I love fresh pineapple so this is usually when I buy it when it goes on sale for $2.99!

Another great deal next week is the Kraft Philadelphia Cooking Creme. Make sure you print your coupon now from before they disappear. The Target coupon was still available to print as of Tuesday morning. It will be FREE after using both coupons!

Kraft Philadelphia Cooking Creme, 10 oz, 2/$4
-B1G1 Philadelphia Cooking Cream (up to $2.99) Cooking with Kraft printable (no longer available; check your binders!)
-$1/1 Philadelphia Cooking Crème TARGET coupon (exp 12/6/2011)
-$1/1 Kraft Philadelphia Cooking Creme (exp 12/2/2011)


JCPenney has released their Black Friday 2011 ad. They will open at 4AM on Black Friday and over 500 doorbuster deals will be valid until 1PM. They will also be giving away a free Disney Mickey Mouse snow globe to early bird shoppers! This 72-page ad covers apparel, kitchenware, toys and more.

Notable deals from the JCPenney Black Friday ad, that were not included in the preview, include:

•Farberware 17-piece cutlery set for $19.88•Pee Wee Pillow Pets for $12.99
•5-Zone memory foam mattress topper for $38.88 for any size
•Coupons: $10 off $50, $15 off $75 and $20 off $100

To see the rest of the ad, go HERE!


Here are some of the highlights from the Costco Black Friday Ad...

•Seagate 2TB Freeagent Goflex Desk External Drive for $69.99
•HP g6s 15.6″ Blu-ray Laptop for $599.99
•Hannspree 24″ Class 1080p LED Edge Lit HDTV for $189.99
•$80 off a Nikon Coolpix S6100 Digital Camera
•$100 off a Dyson DC25 Animal Ball Bagless Upright Vacuum

See the rest of the 9 pages of the ad HERE.


I thought I would share a picture of the newest little man in my life. Meet Anderson. He was 6 lbs. 7 ozs. and was born Oct. 18th, three weeks early.

Isn't he just precious!! There is something about a newborn...and you've got to love those gas smiles!

Monday, November 7, 2011


Look in the 10/2 SS for BOGO coupon for Ricola Cough Drops. Match that with the Publix sale beginning Thursday and you will get yourself some FREE Ricola Cough Drops.

The way I was coughing last night I could have used them!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Print this coupon now for Black Friday. Colgate Total Toothpaste will be FREE with the CVS Black Friday and ECB's. Print it now HERE to make sure you have it for the ad on Nov. 24th.

Scan down to the bottom right hand side of the page to print.

I already have a little pile of coupons ready for the CVS sale!


Enter your zip code HERE to get a coupon for one time use for a BOGO Dairy Queen Blizzard.

Make sure your pop-up blockers are turned off because you will only get the opportunity to print the coupon once!


If you are looking for some CUTE custom kids clothes, check out MY BELLA BUMS on Facebook.

They offer some of the cutest smocked girls and boys clothing. The best part is you can wear the dress and then use it as a shirt the following year!

They also have monogramed and custom clothing!

My Bella Bums has weekly sales every Thursday beginning at 8:30 pm.

If you want to purchase something, contact them through and mention St. Augustine Savers and save an additional 15%!!!

Be sure to check them out on Facebook! You can also view other pictures with various designs and styles! New designs come out monthly.

CVS 11/5/11, SPENT $1.50

With $36 worth of ECB's burning a hole in my wallet, I did a small transaction to roll $11 worth of ECB's.

I bought:

2 pkgs. Schick Razors
2 Edge Shave Gel

My total OOP was $1.50 of which $1.23 was tax. I received a $10 ECB back.

If you are not playing the drugstore game, you are really missing out! Getting personal items for pennies on the dollar has allowed me to spend my money on other things. November 24th would be an excellent time to jump in because of the many items that will be generating an ECB!


Head over to Sephora inside JCPenney and score a FREE Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Just print your coupon HERE and redeem it at your local Sephora counter inside JCPenney. Offer expires 11/29/11 or while supplies last!

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Do you want some FREE mints? Well, almost free! Just pay for the first one and you will get a catalina for another FREE box of mints. I went to 2 Walgreens and did this and got 9 of them!

The second store I went to I had a young cute cashier who just thought it was a hoot! So I went back and did the deal 6 times! I still have another catalina left and will probably go to the SR 16 Walgreens tomorrow to get a few more!

Be prepared for this "rolling" deal to stop at anytime. I'm assuming that since it isn't a Register Reward deal, it will keep going until they catch it. I will update tomorrow to let you know if it will still spit out a new one!

Looks like I will have the freshest breath in St. Augustine!

In case you are wondering, there are still plenty left on the shelf!



The Jacksonville Zoo will offer FREE admission to all military veterans Friday, November 11 thru Sunday, November 13.

Additional and family members and guests must purchase admission at regular price. Take advantage of these beautiful days and enjoy the day at the Jacksonville Zoo.

Go HERE to print your coupon!

Friday, November 4, 2011


Just in case you want some new furniture for the holidays, La-Z-Boy is getting on the bandwagon for Black Friday! Their ad is stating the sale will be between Friday, Nov. 25 thru Monday Nov. 28th. The hours will be extended and will open at 9 am until 9 pm.

As you can see on the first page the Shane Recliner will be $299, not $699!

I think I may check it out and replace my recliner! La-Z-Boy isn't what it used to be but I know enough that I don't want Best Chairs, or Lane!

PUBLIX 11/4/11, SPENT $7.92, SAVED 90%

Again, there wasn't much for me in the Publix ad this week so I just bought some sale items and will continue to use what is in my stockpile and freezer. This is what I bought:

10 TGIF Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
4 Nestle Hot Chocolate
4 Dentek Mint Pics
Bag of Oranges
2 Baby Carrots
2 Pkgs Boneless Chicken Breast (totaling $6.72)

After using my MQ's and PQ's and my $5/$30 WD coupon from Living Social (LOVE THESE!!), my total was $7.92!! Considering the chicken was $6.72 alone, that means I paid $1.20 for everything else!