The Big Spring Cleanout (Starts Tomorrow Morning)

Tomorrow morning (bright and early at 6AM), I’m starting the big Spring cleanout at our home and I would love for you to join me (or schedule a few hours to work on it over the weekend!) Watch for all the details tomorrow, but expect the deals to be a (little) slower as I get all caught up around here. Basically I’m doing a HUGE final de-cluttering before we move, and if you’ve got a few items in your home that could scoot on out, this will be a great time to get started too.


See you in them morning! ;)

Sales Vs. Sales With Coupons: Is It Always Worth Using Coupons?


Do you use coupons every time you shop? Do you sometimes feel incredibly overwhelmed at times with all that goes into saving with coupons? If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m all about giving yourself some grace even when couponing, and have had to be content with saving as much as I can (easily) during an incredibly busy-stressful-I-don’t-know-how-to-keep-up-every-day season in my life. (I’ll explain lots more once our move is finally all done, but just know it’s been a bigger adjustment than I anticipated!)


Because I normally do use quite a few coupons, it’s rare for me to shop without any extra savings. This week though I made my normal Publix trip and didn’t have most of the coupons that I needed, so to make life easier I decided only to use my $5/$50 Star Market coupon (a local competitor here in North Alabama.) really (really!) don’t enjoy shopping without coupons, but there was just no way to get the coupons I needed, so I decided to shop anyway. There were a few good sales on items we needed, so I still wanted to stock up!


Just for fun, I thought I’d compare what my cost would have been using only sales vs. using sales AND coupons. Here’s a breakdown:


Don’t judge my Cadbury Egg purchases. They only come out once a year. I have to stockpile. ;)

  • Bought 1 SuperPretzel BOGO $3.19
  • Bought 1 Aunt Jemima Waffles BOGO $2.25
  • Bought 1 Spring Mix Salad Blend $4.99 (I bought this brand last week and loved it for salads – since I eat them most days for lunch it’s worth $5 to me!)
  • Bought 4 packages of Cadbury Cream Eggs 50% off $1.65 each
  • Bought 3 Peter Pan Peanut Butter BOGO $3.09
  • Bought 1 Mueller Pasta BOGO $1.69
  • Bought 4 pounds Royal Gala Apples $1.49/lb. $5.27 total
  • Bought 2 Del  Monte Fruit $2
  • Bought 1 Oscar Mayer Turkey BOGO $5.29
  • Bought 2 Sunshine Cheezits BOGO $3.39
  • Bought 6 Quaker Dips BOGO $2.34
  • Bought Large Fruit Salad BOGO $10.57 (my kids were so excited – they love that stuff!)
  • Bought 3 Musselmann Apple Sauce BOGO $2.29
  • Bought 2 Nabisco Snack Packs BOGO $6.49 
  • Used $5/$50 coupon
  • Paid $52.33 out of pocket, saved $44.91


If I’d used coupons, here are the additional savings I would have had:


My additional savings would have totaled $9.25, and for me (at least during this season of my life!), I didn’t have time to hunt those extra coupons down.  While I love getting a deal, I know that there are just limits on how much time I have to manage everything, and for me, I was content to get the really good deals this week without worrying over coupons. There are definitely times in our lives when due to our finances we need to work diligently to get all the savings we can, but there are times when we also need to be realistic with just how much effort we can put into saving.


And really, saving 47% for absolutely no energy ahead of time is not too bad, right? ;)  If you’re at a place in your life where realistically you can’t always extreme coupon, I encourage you to really (really!) shop the sales ad, use all the printable coupons you can, and then, Let. It. Go. 


Got it?  There you go, that’s your grace for the day. ;)
Okay, so what do you think? Is it worth shopping only with a jillion coupons, or have you found ways to save just by shopping the sale ad? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave a comment to chime in!


Please knowif you NEED to use coupons to stretch your family’s budget and more easily make ends meet, then I encourage you to suck it up get over it and start clipping. (Eek!) We’ve ALL been there in some way at one point or another. (Promise.)


If you’ve been in a rut, and just don’t want to do it any longer (but need to use coupons for your family. . . ) there’s no way to make it work except to jump in and do it.  If you’re discouraged by the lack of rock bottom prices due to increased coupon usage, remember that while your savings may not be what they once were, there are still some pretty amazing deals to be had . . . so keep it up and I promise, you really can save big!

App That Makes Penny Pinching Easy


To sign up to get this free Favado app, start HERE.  Signing up through this link helps make Favado possible for you ~ thanks so much guys! I’ve been using it along with our 10 Minute Target, Kroger and Publix Printable Lists and it takes me less than 15 minutes to get ready for a trip to the store using coupons!

If you haven’t started using Favado yet, you may want to try it out!  This National grocery app (including the grocery lists that we’ve been sharing here on PPP), is now available for Apple & Android phones.  So, whether you shop Publix, Target, Kroger, Food Lion Giant, CVS, Walgreens or Hy-vee (or dozens of other stores), all the coupon matchups you need will be available at the tip of your fingers. And, when you create your list, you can easily email it to yourself with the coupon matchups, so that you can print those coupons when you get home!



Here are a few things to get you started:

You can select which stores you shop most frequently and find the sales at your favorite store.

Add items to your mobile shopping list.

Email yourself the coupons that you’ll want to print before you shop & even share your list with friends. 

Cross things off while you’re shopping (love that!)

And even find extra ways to save while you’re shopping.


Here’s how to sign up and get yours:

  1. First, you must go HERE to sign up and create your account.
  2. Then watch for your confirmation email (it should come within a minute or two.)
  3. Once you’ve created your account, you can download the app in you phone’s app store. 


Let me know if it helps, and as a favor to me, please sign up through this link before downloading it to your phone (I know it’s an extra step, but I do appreciate the help so much!) 

Love a bargain? Find more free stuff HERE.

Have You Spring Cleaned Your Beds? (+ Upcoming Spring Cleanout Details)

My friend Staci has been doing some serious Spring cleaning, and shared her pictures and ideas with me to share with you all! As our big move is just around the corner I haven’t done any real Spring cleaning (scroll down for more details), so I’m so glad she’s shared her tips with us.


To be honest I’m not sure that I’ve ever really deeply cleaned our beds (which I’m shocked to actually say?), so hearing Staci’s suggestions were great for me, and so helpful as a way to get started! Here’s what she recommends:

  1. Remove everything from bedding and wash all of the linens, mattress pads, and pillow shams (including pillows.)
  2. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress, then vacuum very slowly to really deep clean.
  3. Flip the mattress over, then re-do it all again in six months. (She suggests doing it when you spring forward and fall back)


So do you clean your mattresses out well for Spring? I’m so glad Staci shared her tips, and am hoping to get mine done over the next few weeks before we move.  I’d love to know what other suggestions you have for giving your bedrooms a good Spring cleaning!


*Note: A PPP reader mentioned that you’ll want to make sure to use a vacuum that can handle baking soda (I assumed that all could, but apparently some are not made for that!) Thanks for letting us know Kristin.


Okie dokie folks, here’s a peek at what to watch for later this week.  Either Thursday or Friday, I’ve got to spend the entire day giving our home one last good thorough cleanout before we move. (The moving trucks arrive in just over three weeks – eek!) So, for at least one day (and maybe more – we’ll see how it goes), I’m going to post only a few deals, but let you all join me throughout the day by posting updates from each room as I go! My plan at this point is for Thursday (although it may turn into Friday – I’m still working out my kids afternoon activities to be sure), and I’ll start posting at 6AM with updates every two hours throughout the day. 
If you’re like me and have procrastinated on de-cluttering (or just need to get all your Winter clothing swapped over to Spring), this will be a great time to tackle those chores too. Hopefully you can join in, and we’ll motivate one another together to get it done!



Walmart Extra Deals: $.59 Birdseye Veggies, Free Ground Beef, $.50 NYC Mascara & More

Here are a bunch of extra deals I found at Walmart this week! Be sure to also watch for Easter candy clearance when you shop.


Strawberries $1.88


Birds Eye Steamfresh $1.00

  • Use $0.50/1 Birds Eye SteamFresh Chef’s Favorites Variety – 4-13-14 SS
  • $.50 after coupon


Welch’s Farmer’s Pick Juice $2.97

  • Use $1/1 hangtag
  • $1.97 after coupon



Hamburger $4.48


Hamburger Helper $1.50



Betty Crocker Potatoes $1.00


Hormel Compleats $2.12


Hawaiian Punch $2.25


Hormel Compleats $2.12


Hawaiian Punch $2.25



Rolaids $3.84 


BIC Razors $4.97 


NYC Mascara $1.00 


Burts Bee Lip $2.97 or $4.00


Eucerin $4.66


Excedrin $3.64


Grapes, 2 lb bag  $2.74 

See all the deals at Wal Mart this week.


Walgreens Easter Candy Clearance + Save On Scott Paper Towels, Cottonelle & More



Just like everywhere else, Walgreens had some great savings today on Easter candy too! All Easter candy, decor and decor were marked 50% off, plus they have great deals this week on Scott Paper Towels and Cottonelle:


  • Use (2) $0.55/1 Scott Paper Towels, 6 ct or Larger, $.75/1 Scott Paper Towels from the 4/13 or 3/16 Smart Source insert or $1/1 Scott Paper Towels from the 4/13 Smart Source insert
  • Stack with $1 off Walgreens monthly coupon (found in stores when you walk in the front door – will automatically deduct $2)
  • Pay $5.98 out of pocket, get back $2 catalina at checkout (ends 4/23/14)
  • $1.99 each after coupons and catalina!
Cottonelle Bath Tissue $4.99
  • Use $1/1 or $.50/1 Cottonelle from the 3/16 Smart Source insert
  • Stack with $1/1 Cottonelle Walgreens monthly coupon (found in stores when you walk in the front door)
  • $2.99 after coupons or $.015 per square foot (stock up price)


Buy 2 Irish Spring Body Wash 15 or 18 oz on sale 2/$7

  • Use (2) $1.50/1 Irish Spring Body Wash coupon from the 4/6 Smart Source insert
  • Pay $4 out of pocket, get $4 Register Rewards
  • Free after coupons and Register Rewards
And here’s a peek at their Easter clearance . . . 




Don’t miss the cute Easter decor items – some would be great if you were hosting a Springtime birthday party!


See all the deals at Walgreens this week

Speedstick Gear Deodorant As Low As $.33 at Target & CVS

Here are two great deals on Gear Deoodorant this week with the new $2/1 Gear Deodorant couponGet it for just $.50 this week at CVS (regularly $4+):

Buy 2 Speed Stick Gear Antiperspirant Deodorant (2 – 4 oz) $4 at CVS, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)


Or, if you’re near Target here’s an even better deal on it there this week:


Buy 3 Speedstick $3.99

  • Use (3) $2/1 Gear Deodorant (will need two computers)
  • Pay $5.97 out of pocket, get $5 Target gift card
  • $.33 after coupons and gift card!

See all the top deals at CVS and Target this week. 

Real Food Grocery Trip of the Week Week 7: Savings At Meijer

Here’s a peek at the winner of our Real Food Grocery Trip of the Week $20 Giveaway’s Grocery trip this week!  Remember this feature is completely dependent on you sending your grocery savings in, so if you’d like a chance at that $20, send me a picture of your Real Food Groceries, along with a list of how you saved. 


Here’s what Jamia bought at Meijers for just $9.46 (she saved $37.96 – wow!)


(2) 2lb bags Organic Carrots $1.79 ea
Organic Romaine Hearts $2.99
Cucumber on sale $0.50
3-1lb Strawberries  on sale 3/$4.00
Artichoke on sale $1
Organic Baby Spinach on sale $2.50
Mushrooms on sale $1.67
Wonton Skins on sale $2
Wholly Guacamole $3.99
  • Used FREE MQ received by mail from recent brand survey/promotion
Red Star Platinum Yeast packets on sale $1.19
Frozen Ground Turkey on sale $1.50
2 dozen eggs on sale 3/$4
  • Used $.55/2 Dozen Eggs (recent printable, no longer available)
Glutino Breakfast Bars $4.49
  • Used $4 printable MQ won through the Beat the Wheat promotion on their Facebook page -this is still available and it’s not hard to win some sort of coupon!
Freezer Paper on sale $2.50
$3 Catalina coupon from previous purchase
  • Used $6 Mperks Reward for purchasing $35 in produce last month
  • Used $5 Mperks Reward for purchasing $20 in beauty/haircare last month
  • Paid $9.46 total w/ tax and saved $37.89 – wow!
Here’s what Jamia shared about making the most of her Meijers deals (I loved her tips)!
While I only spent $9.46 total, dollars accumulate for mPerks rewards BEFORE coupons (inc. last month’s mPerks rewards) are applied. So, this transaction added $18.24 towards the $40 I need to spend on produce this month to earn a $6 reward, plus $2.50 towards the $20 I need to spend on Paper products this month to earn a $5 reward. I also received a few awesome checkout coupons including one for $1.50 off my next produce purchase that I will definitely use next time.
I love how these mPerks rewards roll and are earned on pre-coupon prices. On last months receipts, I saved over 70% each time and only spent about $50 total. This is less than the $55 I needed to “spend” in Produce and Beauty to get the $11 in rewards redeemed this week, plus my trips also included a fair amount of items from departments with no rewards.
Are you trying to save big using coupons and shopping the sales ads for whole foods or organic items? Send a picture of your grocery trip to contact @ passionate penny (leave out spaces) including whole or organic foods (items like diapers, cleaning supplies, and paper products can be included as well, just no Velveeta, please.) ;)  If you’re the lucky winner, I’ll send you a $20 gift card to your grocery store of choice!

Laurie’s CVS Trip: Free Photo Album + Easter Candy Savings


Have you ever had one of those days? Today was that kind of day at our house, so I just now finished tucking the kids in bed and wanted to share what I scored at CVS today. (At least most of my Easter candy shopping is done!)  Here’s what I bought:


Transaction #1

Bought 1 Photo Album $4.99

  • Paid $4.99 at checkout, got $4.99 ECBs
Transaction #2
Bought 1 Reese’s Eggs $3
Bought 1 Twix $3
Bought 1 3Musketeers $3
Bought 1 Colgate $3
  • Used $2/3 3 Musketeers and Twix 
  •  Used $2.50/1 Colgate coupon (printed at CVS coupon machine)
  • Used $4.99 ECBs from Transaction #1
  • Paid $2.51 + tax at checkout, got $2 ECBs
  • Like paying $5.50 after coupons and ECBs – not bad since the candy alone was normally over $9!



Note: I did use the code BOOK40 at checkout which dropped my price to $2.99, however the ECBs did not print for me so I didn’t include them in the scenario. My cashier did print them manually, but I’m not sure whether or not it will work so decided to keep that off the list!


Have you gotten any great deals at CVS this week? Leave a comment to share, and be sure to check out all the deals at CVS this week!

Tax Day Fun



Did you get any tax day deals today? My buddy Shannon sent me the picture of her car full at Sonic, and when my afternoon carpool saw it they had to get in on the fun too. :)


It’s not too late to get some of the deals, so be sure to check the out over HERE before they end tonight!

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