Logitech Wireless Mouse only $7.99 (Reg $29.99)

Right now Staples has these SUPER CUTE Logitech Wireless Optical Mouse (es?) for only $7.99 each – reg $29.99!

You can choose delivery OR skip any fees and opt for free store pickup 🙂

lFind more top retail deals.

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19 Deals You Can’t Miss at Costco This Month (Ends 3/12/17)

Okie dokie folks, besides the Costco whole chicken you should probably pick up every time you shop Costco, here are a few more items that just started in the Costco sale ad which may be worth picking up this month.


Just like any grocery store, you really do save more at Costco when you’re willing to shop their monthly sales ad (which is really just their coupon book that runs each month.) Here are the items I think are worth grabbing before 3/12/17.

Costco Best Deals Ending 3/12/17

1. Finish Jet-Dry Plus Rinse Agent, 32 oz – $9.99

  • Use B1G1 Finish Jet-Dry Plus Rinse Aid – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 32 oz Only (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $4.99 after coupon or $.16 per ounce

2. Quaker Instant Oatmeal Variety pack, 52 ct – $9.79

3. Cascade Advanced Power Gel, 125 oz – $9.49

4. Tyson Panko Chicken Nuggets or Perdue , 5 lbs – $12.49

  • Use $5.00/1 Tyson or Perdue Panko Chicken Nuggets – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 5 lb Only; No Limit (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $7.49 after coupon

5. Dawn Platinum Advanced Power Liquid Dish Soap, 90 oz – $9.59

  • Use $2.00/1 Dawn Platinum Advnaced Power Liquid Dish Soap – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 90 oz Only; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $7.59 after coupon or $.08 per ounce 

6. Nutri Grain Bars ( 48 ct) – $11.99

7. SunChips Variety Pack, 30 ct – $11.99

8. General Mills Fruit by the Foot, 48 ct – $12.59

  • Use $4.00/1 General Mills Fruit by the Foot Variety Pack – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 48 ct Only; Limit 4 (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $8.59 after coupon or $.18 each

9. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, 5 pk 78 ct canisters – $13.49

10. Kirkland Signature Free & Clear Ultra Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent, 194 oz, 126 loads – $13.99

  • Use $3.00/1 Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Regular or Free & Clear Ultra Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 194 oz 126 ld Only; Limit 2 Each (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $10.99 after coupon or $.06 per ounce

11. Chobani Greek Yogurt Variety Pack, 20 ct 5.3 oz cups – $14.99

  • Use $4.00/1 Chobani Greek Yogurt Variety Pack – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 20/5.3 oz Only; Limit 8 (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $10.99 after coupon or $.55 per cup

12. Finish Powerball All-in-One Tabs, 115 ct – $14.89

13. Downy Unstopables (36 oz) – $14.99

  • Use $3/1 Costco Monthly Booklet; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 1/27/17)
  • $11.99 after coupon

14. Glad 13 Gallon Odor Shield Trash Bags with Febreeze, 140 ct – $16.99

15. Starbucks French Roast Whole Bean Coffee, 2.5 lbs – $19.99

  • Use $4.50/1 Starbucks French Roast Whole Bean Coffee – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 2.5 lb Only; Limit 6 (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $15.49 after coupon 

16. Bounty Paper Towels (12 Rolls 117 sheets) – $19.99

17. Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, 146 loads, 225 oz – $19.99

18. Charmin (30 pk Jumbo Roll or 231 sheets) – $21.99

19. Tide Laundry Detergent (225 oz) – $23.79

This is what happens when your college kid comes home for the weekend!

Always a deal


Milk $2.89 per gallon This is the same price at Kroger lately, but my Aldi has milk for $.99 a gallon so if you don’t have a Costco membership you can still easily save.


Chicken Breast – $2.79/lb


Eggs 24 ct – $3.59 ($1.79 a dozen) My Aldi has eggs for $.69 a dozen so if you don’t have a Costco membership you can still easily save.


Costco Rotisserie Chicken $4.99 which comes out to about 5 cups of shredded chicken ~ stock up price!


Curious what else to buy at Costco? Check out this list of my favorite 15 items to buy at Costco every single day. Here are a few more posts you may want to check out:


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The Ultimate Amazon Shopping List: 50 Things You Should *Always* Buy On Amazon



Do you love shopping Amazon? 


Me too! 🙂 


For many of us, Amazon offers easy savings (and convenience) on thousands of items, delivered right to our door. But it’s important to know what items really are great prices, and which items are worth heading to your local store for.



My general rule of thumb is to check Amazon for anything I would make a quick trip to Walmart for, because so many items end up being less money, with no stress. 


I love that.



Here’s a peek at my Ultimate Amazon Shopping List ~ I’d love to hear what you’d add to the list too!



And to make our lives a little easier – you can even print your own FREE Printable Amazon Shopping List HERE!

Amazon Daily Deals

1 . Amazon Gold Box

2 . Amazon Lightning Deals



Amazon Prime Deals

3 . Free eBooks

4 . Free Movies

5 . Free Music

6 . Free Photo Storage



Arts, Crafts & Sewing

7 . Crafting Supplies

**Amazon carries an HUGE variety of crafty goods – from Colored Pencil sets to bulk construction paper and Sewing Machines!

I also think Amazon usually has a better deal on a Silhouette machine than other stores  – I absolutely love mine!




Automotive Parts & Accessories

8 . Auto Parts

*Besides major auto parts – we also see really good deals on windshield wiper blades pretty often!




9 . Baby Wipes

10 . Diapers

*Both the diapers and wipes often have coupons you can clip, plus an extra 20% Savings if you’re a member of Amazon Family!  Learn more about Amazon Family and get a Free 30-Day Trial 🙂




Beauty & Personal Care

11 . Drug Store Makeup and Makeup Remover Wipes

12 . Olay Regenerist

*This is my absolute favorite moisturizer and Amazon always carries it for way less than Walmart after you subscribe and save, plus they frequently offer a coupon which makes the price even better 🙂

13 . Pads/Tampons  (compare to Walmart)

14 . Razor Systems or Disposable Razors (when they offer a $3 or $4 off coupon they can be great deals!)

15 . Shampoo & Conditioner

16 . Teeth Whitening Strips   (compare to Walmart)

17 . Toothbrushes (the bulk packs)




Clothing, Shoes & Jewelery

18 . Children’s Hair Bows

19 . Crocs

20 . Scarves

21 . Toms




22 . Cell Phone Charging Cords

23 .  Cell Phone Cases

24 . Photo Memory Cards




25 . Gift Cards

Grocery & Gourmet Food

26 . Coffee Pods

27 . Snack Foods when they include special discounts

*Check out all the current Amazon Grocery Coupons here!





Health & Household

28 . Batteries

29 . Some Cleaning Products

30 . Dishwasher Tablets

31 . Disinfectant Wipes

32 . Laundry Detergent

33 . LED Lightbulbs

34 . Mr. Clean Magic Erasers  *Also check out the generic eraser sponges!

35 . Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap

36 . Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap

37 . Vitamins & Supplements

Kitchen & Dining

38 . Cuisinart Knives 

39 . Kitchen Gadgets and Small Appliances

40 . Rubbermaid Containers (watch for Lightning Deals on these sets!)

Luggage & Travel Gear

41 . Luggage

42 . Tents (wait for a sale on these – they come around all the time!)





Paper & Plastic

43 . Paper Towels

44 . Toilet Paper

45 . Trash Bags



Pet Supplies

46 . Cat Food

47 . Dog Food



Reading Materials

48 . Books

49 .  Magazine Subscriptions  *Check out the magazine deal of the day each day!




Toys & Games

50 . We see soooo many good deals on toys and games on Amazon, especially around Christmas.  Keep an eye on the hottest “Movers and Shakers” to catch the biggest sales on popular toys and games!

Some items we often see deals on:



Can’t get enough AMAZON?  Here you go . . .

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25 Days of Budget Transformations Day 1: Debt Mistakes


Ready for a new 25 day series? This month our 25 Days Series is aimed at inspiring you to tackle your family budget, with amazing budget transformation stories and helpful tips to keep you on track. I love the stories we’re sharing here!


Sometimes knowing what NOT to do can help get you on the path to debt-free success!  See how Kristin from Believe In A Budget made some mistakes along the way but still paid off her debt.


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17 Deals You Can’t Miss at Sam’s This Month (Ends 2/26/17)

Okie dokie folks,  here are a few more items that just started in the Sam’s sale ad which may be worth picking up this month.  Make sure you check with customer service to see if your card has all the instant savings included below on your card.  Some deals are for Plus members only. 

Just like any grocery store, you really do save more at Sam’s when you’re willing to shop their monthly sales ad (which is really just their instant savings deals that run each month.) Here are the items I think are worth grabbing before 1/29/17.

Sam’s Best Deals Ending 2/26/17

1. Doritos or Ruffles ( 28 oz) – $4.98

2. Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner (4 ct) – $7.87

3. Lever 200 Bar Soap ( 16 pk) – $6.98 (great donation item)

4. Degree Men’s Deodorant ( 5 pk) – $8.68

5. Gerber Graduates Lil Crunchies (6 pk) – $9.98

6. Apple & Eve Juice Packs (36 pk) – $9.98

7. Members Mark Auto Dish Tabs (105) – $9.98

8. Snuggle Fabric Softener 168 oz – $10.48

9. Member’s Mar Tall Kitchen Trash Bags (200 ct) – $12.98

10. Clorox 2 for Colors Detergent 113 oz – $13.98

11. Frito Lay Classic Mix (50 ct) – $12.44

12. All Laundry Detergent 250 oz or Free Clear Pac (120 ct)- $15.82

13. Pampers Wipes (800 ct) – $19.98

14. Quilted Northern Toilet Tissue (36 Bonus Roll= 125 Single Rolls) – $21.98

15. Bounty Paper Towels (12 Enormous Rolls = 32 Reg Rolls) – $27.98

16. McCafe Premium Roast Single Serve (84 ct) – $34.98

17. Pampers Diapers (152 ct) – $39.98

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Curious what else to buy at Sam’s? Check out this list of my favorite What to Buy at Sams Club every single day. Here are a few more posts you may want to check out:

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35 Deals You Need to Buy at the Dollar Tree – Valentine Edition


You know I love shopping The Dollar Tree for just about anything, well Valentine’s Day is no exception! Here are a few steals you can’t miss when you’re there:


1. Stuffed Animals

2. Valentine Mugs

3. Valentine Globes

4. Valentine Balloons


5. Valentine Wrapping paper

6. Valentine Gift Bags

7. Valentine Bobble Heads

8. Hot Chocolate


9. Valentine Candy Containers

10. Valentine Ribbon

11. Valentine Candles



12. Valentine Paper Plates

13. Valentine Paper Napkins

14. Valentine Glass Flowers



15. Heart Vases

16. Heart Candy Dishes

17. Valentine Glasses

18. Valentine Vases


19. Valentine Door Hangers

20. Heart Shaped Doilies


21. Valentine Garland

22. Valentine Decorations


23. Chocolate Valentine Candy Hearts

24. Individually Wrapped Valentine Candy


25. Valentine Window Stickies

26. Valentine Cards


27. Valentine Card Kits

28. Valentine Pencils

29. Valentine Pencil Sharpeners

30. Valentine Erasers

31. Valentine Boxes


32. Valentine Stickers

33.  Valentine Table Decorations

34. Valentine Table Clothes

35.  Valentine Duct Tape

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Love shopping the Dollar Tree? See a few ways I’ve used Dollar Tree finds in our home:

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The Ultimate Guide to a Better Grocery Budget Week 4: Pantry Shopping, Menu Planning & Beware The Mega Sale (+ GIVEAWAY!)


Congratulations to  e..e..er@hotmail.com (CrockPot Winner) and m..a…9@aol.com (Instant Pot) for winning the giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who entered ~ I so wish I could give you all a crock pot and an instant pot and I loved reading all of your favorite dishes!  🙂


Have you been working to transform your grocery budget with us this month? 


I hope you’ve saved a bundle!


This is our last week in the series, but I think these three little tips can really help you save big.


Let’s get started . . . 


If you haven’t learned this already, this can change your grocery budget.


Before you run out to the store and spend a bundle, I want you to really (really, truly) shop your pantry, fridge, and freezer to see what you can make using what you already have.


Do you have chicken and pasta? Make up some chicken noodle soup. A little ground beef and tacos? Taco Tuesday is perfect.


And before you race to the store for one more item you really don’t need, consider doing a 1 week no spend challenge and really tackle that grocery budget. We saved hundreds of dollars trying this out a few years ago, and I’m already thinking about a group challenge coming in in March (so get ready.) 🙂



2. Don’t turn a Mega Sale into a Mega Mess


Good gravy, this can be huge.


When Kroger (or Publix, or Target, or wherever) has their crazy deals, it can be so very tempting to grab them all even if you’ll spend way more than your grocery budget.


To grab all the deals.


To not pass by a single thing that has the lovely blue tag screaming “I’m-a-mega-sale-price-so-you-really-need-me.” 


But your job as you’re whittling down your grocery budget is to focus on spending a little of your grocery budget on the deals, but not more than your grocery budget.




However, even to the best of us it sometimes happens.

So what do you do when you’ve spent too much?

1. Give yourself grace.

If you’ve overspent already, there’s nothing you can do to change it. Give yourself grace, determine to focus more on your total budget the next time you shop, and be thankful you have a nicely stocked pantry.

2. Determine to use what you’ve bought.

Once you’ve overspent, there’s no going back, but you can make a plan to use what you’ve bought (saving money in the long run!)

3. The next time you shop, be mindful of what the “deals” really are.

An easy example of this was on the Quaker Oatmeal. The Quaker was priced at $1.89 after the Mega Sale. However the store brand was $1.50, and there was a $1/2 Kroger ecoupon on Kroger Oatmeal. Definitely the best price! Next time you shop, be really cautious of the “Mega Sale” deals to make sure they really are your best prices. If they’re not, pass those by (and remember stores like Aldi may offer a better deal every day!)


Guys, I’ve said it a jillion times here, but there is no other area in your family’s finances that you have complete control over. You can’t lower your car payment or mortgage or electricity bill today, but you can choose how much you want to spend at the grocery store. 


And last but not least . . . 


Guys ~ I cannot tell you the value of having a menu plan.


It’s huge. 

And starting next Monday (2/6/17), we’re starting a Countertop Cooking Challenge and I would just love for you to join me.


My friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks is offering us her VERY best prices for a few days only to the very first people to sign up using the code EARLYBIRD at checkout, and I want you to be included! 


  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink)
  • This month, because there are 5 weeks in the month, you’ll actually get access to FIVE WEEKS of menu plans for as low as $1.13 per week!





Here’s how the prices breakdown:

Determine to make 2017 the year that you transform your family’s grocery budget ~ you can do this! 


Wanna make this a little more fun? It’s clearly time for a giveaway! 

Because I love you (really, I do!) I’m giving away ONE Instant Pot and ONE Crockpot this week to two lucky winners who sign up.

Here’s how to enter to win:

So, pull up those big-girl-panties and let’s get ready to save big in February ~ we can do this.  I would love to hear how you’re doing on your grocery budget too, so leave a comment to share!



Note: this giveaway is not sponsored by anyone, just a way for me to thank you for keeping up with PPP. So thankful for you! Giveaway will end 2/2/16 at 10 PM Eastern Time. 


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My January Stitch Fix Review

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Here’s a peek at what’s in my Stitch Fix Box this month!

I love how easy this process is ~ I put in my style profile, share what types of clothes I like, how things fit me, and share an idea of what I’m looking for on my profile. I also include a link to my “cute outfits” board on Pinterest, so my stylist has a pretty good idea of what I love.


I really really loved almost everything in this box, and so struggled with what to keep. Here’s how the prices stack up:

1. Marielle Knit Top $44 ~ $33 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

2. Market & Spruce Marielle Knit Top $44 ~ $33 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

3. Jewel Tone Knit Cardigan $38 ~ $28.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

4. Mustard Octavia Leah Paisley Print Scarf $28 ~ $21 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

5. Liverpool Mira Skinny Jeans $78 ~ $58.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount


So what am I keeping? Just the Jean Leggings and Sweater.


You guys. 


These jean leggings might just change my life.


For real.


I’ve got to say, if you struggle with finding great jeans that fit, Stitch Fix is worth trying at least once ~ this is the 3rd pair of jeans from Stitch Fix that I’ve had to keep, because they’re just that good! 


I really thought about keeping the entire to get the 25% off discount (total box would cost $154), but don’t really think I’ll wear everything else enough to make it worth it, so my total will be $96 after my $20 Styling Credit. (I really like those jeans and they run $96 normally, so I feel like they’re worth it and I know I’ll love them.)


If you dress up frequently for work and don’t have time to shop, I really think Stitch Fix can be a fantastic option (I have loved my previous boxes, and the quality of clothing is much nicer than what I normally wear), so it may be a great option for you. 


If you’d like to try out Stitch Fix, here’s exactly how it works:

  • Sign up HERE
  • You’ll be charged $20 for your Stitch Fix Styling
  • Your box will come when you schedule it
  • If you keep ANY items in your box, the $20 you spend for the styling will be put towards your purchase (so it’s like getting $20 in free credit!)
  • If you keep your entire box you’ll save 25% off the entire purchase
  • Invite friends on Facebook or via email (or even text messages) to sign up through you and you’ll get $25 in free referral credit ~ love that!


Check out my review of previous boxes HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE, and let me know what you think! 

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18 Things You Need To Buy At Sam’s Club


Sam’s Club can be a bit . . . overwhelming to shop. The first time you push that giant cart through the door, you might wonder where on earth to begin.


And more importantly is everything at Sam’s really a good deal?


The bulk sizes tend to mess with our math (and our minds ~ the temptation to buy big is real!) so it’s so important to go in with a plan in place. 


In case you don’t know how much you’re spending for certain items, make sure to learn what the best price is on basic food pantry staples, so you never overpay just because you don’t know what a good price even is.

On a recent trip though I was reminded of several items that are worth the cost of having a Sam’s Club membership (especially when you can get a discounted membership like you can right now.)  


TIP: Right now there’s a REALLY fun offer to get a Sam’s Club Membership for only $8 after perks!



So here are 18 things you NEED to buy at Sam’s Club when you shop . . . 

1. Meat

Sam’s Club has great prices (most of the time!) on meat.  Snag a rotisserie chicken for $4.98 (which has a ton of meat and is well worth the price, just like Costco.) They also regularly carry boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.99 per lb, and extra lean ground beef for $3.18/lb which is a pretty reasonable price right now.

2. Produce

Produce prices are really good at Sam’s Club for the most part – a big 8lb bag of Sunkist Navel Oranges are just $6.98 this week, bananas are 44¢/lb, (the same price as Aldi), the Fuji Apples 6lb Bag is $7.98, and  Seedless Grapes are $2.99/lb.

**However, the important thing to remember is how much your family will actually eat – if half the bag of apples goes bad before you get to them, it’s not a good deal after all!


3. Chips

My latest trip I was buying for a get-together and I was reminded how many AWESOME deals Sam’s has on big bulk bags of chips and snacks.

Especially these Stacy’s Pita Chips – only $5.96 for a 28 oz Bag is CRAZY cheap compared to the regular Target price of $3 for a 7.8 oz bag.

And folks – they had a bag of Skinny Pop that was half as tall as I am for only $2.87!



4. Kids’ Snacks

From Goldfish to Granola Bars – there are great deals allll the way down this aisle of Sam’s Club.  For instance, these Mott’s Medleys are $7.73 for 90 pouches (like 9 regular boxes).  That’s like paying 85¢ per box, and a 4 lb box of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish is only $7.87 this month!


(To compare, Kroger has Goldfish on sale this week for $.99 per 6.6 oz or 15¢ per ounce. The sale price this month at Sam’s Club breaks down to 11¢ per ounce, so definitely a great time to stock up!)


5. Juice Boxes

Both juice boxes and those little individual size juices bottles for the kids to take to school are much better deals at Sam’s Club than anywhere else.  Normally a 10-ct box of Capri Suns is $2.50 – but Sam’s has a 40-pk for $5.58 right now.


6. Eggs

Sams has TWO 18-ct eggs for $3.71 – that breaks down to $1.23 a dozen and lower than most grocery stores.


7. B.A.C.O.N. 🙂 

Bacon can be SO expensive normally – so if it’s something you cook up every weekend, you’ll want to grab a big 4lb pack at Sam’s Club!



8. Laundry Detergent

If you like Tide or Gain – heading to Sam’s for a GIANT bottle might just save you some moo-lah.

A huge 225 oz bottle will run you $19.29 – whereas Walmart sells the 150 oz bottle for $18.87.  Granted – this is taking into account the instant savings coupon from this month’s booklet – but I’ve noticed that there is a Tide coupon in almost EVERY month’s booklet!


9. Bath Tissue

Sams Club bath tissue is good bath tissue – it might not be Charmin, but it’s pretty darn good.  And it’s almost ALWAYS one of the deals in the Instant Savings booklet that comes out monthly. (Like an instant coupon)  This pack contains 45 MEGA rolls (about the same as 4 regular rolls) for $18.48.

So that’s like getting 180 regular size rolls, at a cost of about 10¢ per roll!


10. Milk

Where I live (and this varies a lot) a gallon of milk is at least $1 higher anywhere else – but Sam’s Club always has it priced low! Don’t forget to watch Aldi too though for great milk prices ~ it’s only $1.69 at my local store. 


11. Sugar

A 10 lb bag of sugar is just $4.47.  Compare that to $2.50 – $3.50 for a 4 lb bag anywhere else, and it makes sense to buy this size and portion it into a big canister or ziploc bags!



12. Diapers?

Save BIG on diapers at Sam’s Club when you buy these bulk size boxes.  For example, this 140 ct Huggies Little Movers Size 5 is $33.98 right now.  Walmart has the 132 count priced at a full $10 higher!

HINT: Want to get the very best deal though? ALWAYS check Amazon on diapers ~ they’re actually just 20¢ per diaper over there when you clip the 20% off coupon and subscribe and save, so always do the math to make sure you’re getting the very best deal. 

13. Condiments

Having a cookout or get-together where you’ll need plenty of condiments for everyone?  While you may be able to occasionally purchase condiments like ketchup, mustard, salsa, salad dressing and the like at just pennies during a BOGO sale with coupons – on a normal day you’ll likely less per ounce buying them at Sam’s Club.

For example, the 16 oz bottle of Pace Salsa will normally run you $2 – $3.  At Sam’s Club you can get nearly 5 TIMES that amount for only 4.98.  That’s a HUGE discount!


14. Fries & Tater Tots

The big bags of fries, tater tots and the like are a good grab at Sam’s – this 8 lb bag of Ore-Ida tater tots is just $4.98!



15. Baking Supplies

Chocolate chips, vanilla cxtract, flour and more are always a low price at Sam’s.  For instance, a 60 oz box of Bisquick is $4.50 at Walmart – so this 96 oz box is a steal at $5.48!  (A great item to keep in the pantry for all sorts of recipes.)



16. Peanut Butter & Jelly

A 16 oz jar of Jif will run you around $2.50 at Walmart or Target.  At Sam’s you can buy this 48 oz  Jif 2-Pack for only $9.28 – that’s equivalent to 6 normal sized jars, and brings the cost to just $1.54 per jar!


17. Clothing

Sam’s Club has some nice deals on clothing – and while not all of them are great buys, you can usually find some unexpectedly good deals on basics.  I recently picked up Champion athletic shorts in a very popular style for under $5.98, and adult-sized Reebok athletic shorts for just $12.  Keep your eyes peeled for clearance clothing as a season ends!


18. Seasonal Items

Now I will say that not everything is a good deal in the seasonal section.  Many things you can get on Amazon or other stores for a better price if you wait for a sale.  But there are a few good buys in every seasonal display – whether it be a nice big cooler bag in the summertime, or lawn tools in the Fall – just remember to give it a look!


And a few things NOT worth buying at Sam’s Club…

“Fun” Office Supplies

While bulk staples, paperclips and the like ARE a good deal – the more exciting items like Sharpies and Gel Pens and Dry Erase Markers are MORE expensive than Amazon!



I’ve found that I can almost always get soda at the drugstore for less.  I aim for $2.50 per 12pk, and Sam’s (even WITH the Instant Savings Coupon this month) still came out to around $3 per 12pk.


Frito-Lay Multipacks

You would assume that a 50ct box of Frito-Lay Chips would probably be an awesome deal at Sams.  You would be wrong!  Amazon consistently has the same price on this item – crazy!

Lots of things in electronics…

I did price checks on these video games for instance – and the LEGO Star Wars Game is $15 cheaper on Amazon!

I’m sure there are others I’m just not remembering at the moment – so I hope you’ll comment with your favorite items to buy (or not buy!) as well 🙂

So, what do you think? Do you find it worth shopping Sam’s for certain items, or would you rather save your money and shop only the grocery store? I’d love to hear your thoughts, as well as other items you’ve found to be a good (or bad) deal at Sam’s Club.

Disclaimer: We are all different, and what I think is a decent price may be very different than what you think it is. These are just some guidelines to get you thinking about it, and I was surprised by what I found!


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4 Weeks to a Better Grocery Budget Week 3: ALDI!!!

Okie dokie folks . . . today’s the day where we’re going to get down to the nitty gritty easiest way ever to change your grocery budget. 


In fact, it’s so simple that I feel almost silly even bringing it up, but it’s the one thing that I continually receive emails about letting  where people share that this one  hidden gem has completely changed their finances.



Ready for it. (drum roll please . . . ) 


It’s Aldi.


Yup, that’s it.


Not all that exciting.


No frills.


Not even the wee bit earth shattering.


But choosing to give up your weekly Walmart trip and skipping on over to Aldi might just cut your grocery bill in half.


Don’t believe me?


Let me show you how . . . 

Go HERE to see and read the comments over on Facebook live ~ I loved reading your tips!

Here’s the thing folks.


Because you’re not paying for convenience . . .

  • bag your own groceries
  • bring your own bags (if you remember them ~ eek)
  • no fancy “stuff” all over the store
  • really plain boring aisles
  • 1 or 2 checkers

You’re saving on all of your groceries.


Honestly, I think switching to shopping Aldi only could cut your grocery budget by 50%. 


Now, there are a few things I don’t buy at Aldi ~ here’s my list:

1. Diapers. Pampers were $24.79 for size 3 at my store or 23¢ per diaper. You can easily shop at Amazon where the same size Pampers are 12¢ per diaper when you clip the $2 off coupon in the middle of the page and choose to subscribe and save (see even better prices right now on diapers at Amazon over HERE)

2. K Cups. The Barrisimo Brand K Cups were $4.79 for a 12 pack at my store, which makes them $.39 each. Amazon sells these regularly for $.36 per K Cup, and you may find an even better deal if you wait for a sale at your local grocery store.

3. Pringles. Pringles were $1.45 at my store – you can usually find these on sale for around $1 if you wait for a sale. (And really, this applies to almost ALL name brand stores found at Aldi ~ you’re simply paying too much for them so skip Aldi on those items and wait for a sale at your regular grocery store.)

4. Coca Cola 12 packs. These were $4.45 for the 12 pack, and I’ve frequently seen them on sale at CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid for less than $3 per pack, or get the generic store brand at Kroger, Publix or your local grocer to save even more!

5. Meat. Although I’ve heard so many folks questioning the safety of Aldi meat, I really believe it is just fine. However, we don’t buy meat at Aldi because I consistently find better prices at my local grocery store, as well as local specialty stores like Fresh Thyme, Sprouts, and Earth Fare.


I promise, if you really want to quickly and easily see significant savings in your grocery budget, Aldi alone can be the quick fix you need. If you’re an Aldi shopper I’d love to hear your thoughts (I thought the comments over HERE were fascinating ~ ’cause I’m a dork and grocery shopping comments always fascinate me.) 🙂  Leave your comments and chime in with what bargains you’ve noticed when you were there!


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