Thank You.

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I’m sharing this over on the PPP Facebook page later tonight, but wanted to share it here too. I have to say, YOU – the ones who read PPP directly and don’t only hop over from Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest – the ones who take the time to read PPP directly are oh-so-special to me because I know you come just to check in, and that means just the world to me. Thanks so much for reading PPP! 


Y’all, can I just say THANK YOU???? :)
Yesterday I was looking around the PPP main site. It looked okay, and I felt like the deals were great deals, but I was afraid that maybe I just wasn’t doing it well enough. I worried that I really just wasn’t doing an awesome job of this crazy blogging business.


Again when I sat down to work this afternoon (after a busy morning at Bible Study and lunch out thanks to some wonderful help to keep things running here!) I just thought to myself there was no way people would keep on reading this stuff.


But out of the blue two sweet readers took time to say they liked PPP within 20 minutes of each other. And it just kind of gave me the courage to feel like maybe what we do here helps somebody out. (I know, I know, with a few hundred thousand folks hanging out you’d think I’d figure a few people would stick around, but I’m the kind of girl who’s shocked every single day that y’all hang out here ever at all!)


Anyways, in a world where all too often I see mean comments, snarky reactions, and just plain ole’ hateful attitudes some days, those sweet comments meant the world to me.


I’m so thankful for you. (Yes, YOU.) YOU make my job SO. MUCH. FUN. and I wouldn’t be here typing each day if you didn’t take the time to swing by.


Thanks for reading. Thanks for sharing your kind words. And thanks for giving value to a kinda crazy passionately penny pinching girl who loves to save a buck. You guys mean oodles to me! :)


{WHEW! Sure didn’t expect that sermon tonight – but there you have it. Thanks for listening to a little random rambling today!} :)


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25 Days of Penny Pinched Halloween Costumes Day 6: Cotton Candy


Need some inspiration for Halloween costumes this year? This is such a good idea!

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Here’s a “sweet” costume idea for little girls or big girls from several different bloggers (I couldn’t pick just one!) Good luck choosing your favorite:


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Cheerios Re-Call: Possible Wheat Contaminants

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If you eat Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios and are on a gluten free diet, take a minute to check your Cheerios labels. Cheerios just announced a recall of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios distributed this summer out of California due to possible wheat contamination. Go HERE to learn more!

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25 Days of Penny Pinched Halloween Costumes Day 5: Forrest Gump


Need some inspiration for Halloween costumes this year? This is such a good idea!


Here’s an easy costume idea for the men out there from Stephanie over at Little Green!  You probably already have some of the items needed to put this look together, and the results are so cute.  Check out how she did it over here.


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25 Days of Penny Pinched Halloween Costumes Day 3: No Sew Fairy


Need some inspiration for Halloween costumes this year?  I love this idea!


Here is a clever no sew costume idea from Toni Roberts over at Design Dazzle!  Turn an inexpensive pillowcase into an adorable fairy dress.  Check out how she did it here.



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Michael’s Clearance Finds: Disney Frozen Toys & Locker Kits 70% Off


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If you love Michael’s shopping like I do, you may want to swing by this week! Michael’s has a 40% off any item coupon available, plus 70% off savings on select items, including a bunch of Disney Frozen toys and craft kits (making them $2.99!)


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If you have a tween or teenage daughter, they also had all their locker kits on sale for 70% off, making those (slightly ridiculous?) locker chandeliers just $2.99. :) The locker “wallpaper” and magnet sets were $2.99 as well, which would be great to grab now if you have a kiddo heading into middle school next year!

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While you’re there also check out the Michael’s “dollar” bins (now $1.50) – they have a ton of cute wrapping supplies and stocking stuffers for Christmas, and it’s sometimes good to pick up now while they have a great selection. 


Looking for more tips on how to save big at Michael’s? Head on over HERE.


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Grocery Stock Up Price List (Updated October 2015)



If you struggle remembering what your top prices are at the grocery store, this is for you! I just updated my free Grocery Stock Up Price List printable.  As I’ve shared before, it’s so important to know your best prices when shopping (so you never pay too much), and this is just a guideline of my target prices after using coupons.


As I’ve shared before, these are STOCK UP PRICES using coupons, so some of the items may be tough to find at these prices. However, if you’re able to find groceries at these prices, it’s worth stocking up as much as your grocery budget allows, so that you always get the best price! These prices will vary some by area, but hopefully give you a good starting point as a reference guide. (If you’re in an area where groceries are higher, you may want to update with your own prices as you watch them and keep the list on hand.)

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Hope this makes grocery shopping a wee bit easier for you ~ thanks so much for reading PPP! Head on over HERE to print your free copy.




Looking for free printables to help you save when you shop? Here you go:


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How To Use PPP 10 Minute Or Less Coupon Lists

Love saving money but just don’t have enough time to coupon much? Here’s a quick video showing how to use the PPP 10 minute or less lists for the main 3 stores we cover ~ Target, Kroger and Publix, as well as a few other helpful tips on resources available here on Passionate Penny Pincher. Here are direct links to the page mentioned in the video:


Hope this helps make the site a little more user friendly for you, and leave a comment if you have any other tips or suggestions on way we can make penny pinching even easier for you!

Couponing for Beginners - Learn the lingo and make the most of your hard earned money by using coupons at all your favorite shopping locations.

New to using coupons and don’t know where to start? Head on over HERE.

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26 Deals You Can’t Miss at Publix This Week


Here are the 26 deals you don’t want to miss at Publix this week! Be sure to take a peek at the full Publix ad here, and don’t forget to easily print all the coupons you need with this week’s Publix 10 Minute or Less Printable Coupon List.


1. Barilla Pasta, 12 – 16 oz – $0.89 

2. Keebler Club Crackers, 8 – 13 oz – $1.98

3. Ajax Dish Detergent, 28 oz – $1.50

4. Marzetti Dressing, 12 – 15 oz – $2.50

5. French’s Classic Yellow Mustard, 14 oz – $1.04

6. Yoplait Yogurt, 4.4 oz – $0.50

7. Ken’s Steak House Salad Dressing, 16 oz – $1.88

8. Pillsbury Rolls, 4 – 12 oz – $1 

9. Swanson Broth, 24 – 32 oz – $1.44

10. Lindsay Spanish Olives, 5 oz – $0.99

11. Fiber One Cookies, 5 – 6 oz – $1.50 

  • Use $0.50/1, $1/2 Fiber One Chewy Bars, 90 Calorie Products, Protein Chewy Bars, Streusel Bars, Cheesecake Bars, or Cookies – 8-2-15 SS (exp. 09/26/15) or $0.50/1, $1/2 Fiber One Chewy Bars, 90 Calorie Products, Protein Chewy Bars, Streusel Bars, Cheesecake Bars, or Cookies – 8-30-15 SS (exp. 10/24/15) (exp. 09/26/15)
  • $0.50 after coupon

12. Viva Paper Towel Single Roll – $1.50


13. Hunts Pudding or Nabisco Go Pak – $1 each

14. Dreamsfield Pasta $1.67

15. Lipton Recipe Mix – $1.55

  • Use $.60/2 printable
  • $1.00/2 Lipton Recipe Secrets – Publix Grocery Advantage Buy Flyer (Valid from 9/19/15)
  • $0.75 after coupons

16. Softsoap Body Wash- $1.99

  • Use $.50/1 peelie
  • $0.99 after coupon

17. Speed Stick GEAR – $3

  • Use $2.00/1 Speed Stick GEAR Antiperspirant/Deodorant or Body Spray – 9-20-15 SS
  • $1 after coupon

18. Sunny D – $1.15

19. Smithfield Boneless Ham Slice, 8 oz – $1.95

  • Use $0.55/1, $0.75/1 Smithfield Anytime Favorites Product – 8-30-15 SS; DND (exp. 10/31/15)
  • $1.20 after coupon

20. Nature Valley Toasted Oats Muesli – $2.25

  • Use $0.75/1, $1/2 Nature Valley Protein Crunchy Granola, Toasted Oats Muesli, or Protein Soft Baked Granola Bites Bag – 8-30-15 SS
  • $1.50 after coupon

21. Kellogg’s Granola Origin – $4.49

  • Use B1G1 printable (max value $3.79)
  • And use B2G1 Dannon Yogurt FREE wyb Any (2) Kellogg’s Origins – Publix Grocery Advantage Buy Flyer (Valid from 9/19/15), Includes Yogurt, Quart Size or Origins, 11.8 – 14.1 oz Only (Exp. 10/09/15)
  • $1.73 each after coupons


22. Galbani Fresh Mozzarella Cheese – $2.99

23. Oscar Mayer Beef Franks, 14 – 15 oz – $2.99

24. Dr. Pepper 12 pk – $4.33

  • Use (3) $1.50/1 Dr. Pepper Products – Publix Grocery Advantage Buy Flyer (Valid from 9/19/15), Includes 12 pk 12 oz cans Only (Expires 10/09/15)
  • $2.83 after coupons

25. Freschetta Pizza, 14 – 27 oz – $3.65

26. Tyson Chicken Tenders – $5

  • Use $1.00/1 Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips Frozen Products – 8-23-15 SS
  • $4 after coupon

See the complete list of deals at Publix this week

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Heath Bar Apple Dip

Looking for more penny pinched recipes? Here you go!

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This Heath Bar Dip (aka Apple Brickle Dip), is by far one of the easiest recipes to make, and such a yummy treat when apples are in season!  I got it from a cousin at a family gathering, and goodness now it’s one of our family’s favorites. Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too!



  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 bag of Heath Bar toffee bites
  • 4 apples (cut into slices)
  • 2 tbs lemon or lime juice

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  1. Mix first 5 ingredients using mixer.
  2. Chill for an hour.
  3. Toss sliced apples in the lemon juice.
  4. Enjoy!


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