23 Deals You Can’t Miss at Publix This Week

23 deals you can't miss at Publix this week

Here are the 23 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.  Don’t forget to check out the deal scenario’s for the Buy 3 P&G products, Get 1 Free Rotisserie Chicken!

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1. Suave Deodorant $.93

  • Use $0.50/1 Suave Antiperspirant/Deodorant or Clinical Protection Product – 7-26-15 RP
  • Free after coupon

2. Zone Perfect Bar $1

3. Big Cup Noodles $.25

4. Barilla Plus, Gluten Free or Collezione, 12 – 14 oz – $1.25

  • Use $1.00/1 Barilla Collezione Product – 7-12-15 RP (exp. 09/06/15)
  • $0.25 after coupon

5. Castleberry’s Chili Sauce $0.65

6. Renuzit Air Freshener $.75

7. Dove Shampoo or Conditioner, 12 oz – $3

  • Use $1.00/1 Dove Men + Care Hair Care Product or Hair Styling Product – 7-26-15 RP (exp. 08/22/15)– $3.00/2 Dove Hair Products – 7-26-15 RP (exp. 08/23/15)
  • Use $2/2 Publix Coupon 
  • $0.50 after coupons  Thanks iheartpublix!

8. Honey Nut Cheerios $1.63

9. Pert Plus Shampoo $1.66

  • Use $1.00/1 Pert Plus Product – 8-16-15 SS
  • $0.66 after coupon

10. Fiber One Protein Bars $1.85

11. Infusium Shampoo $2.99

  • Use $2.00/1 Infusium 23 Shampoo, Conditioner, or Leave In Treatment – 8-16-15 SS
  • $.99 after coupon

12. Colgate Optic White or Enamel $3

13. Buy 2 Dr. Peppers at $1.63, Get 1 Free

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14. International Coffee Creamer $1.93

15. Pepperidge Farm Goldfish $1.05

16. Brut Deodorant $1.64

  • Use $1.00/2 Brut Classic or $1.00/2 Brut Classic Fragrance or Antiperspirant/Deodorants – 8-16-15 SS
  • $1.14 after coupon

17. Dove Ice Cream Bars $2.15

18. Seventh Generation Hand Soap $2.39

19. Mt. Olives Peppers $1.99

  • Use $.55/1 In Ad Coupon
  • $1.44 after coupon

20. Blue Diamond Milk $2.50

  • Use $1.00/1 Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk – 7-12-15 SS
  • $1.50 after coupon

21. SoftSoap Premium Soap $2

22. Fruit Salad $1.75/lb

23. Special K Granola $2.25

  • Use $1/3 printable or $0.70/1 Kellogg’s Special K Granola Cranberry Cereal – 7-12-15 RP
  • $1.50 after coupon

See all the deals at Publix this week, and check out the complete Publix weekly ad to plan your trip before you go. 

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25 Days of Homemaking Hints: Homemade Laundry Stain Remover

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It’s day 10 of our 25 Days of Homemaking Hints series! I have to be honest with you guys – I’m a little unsure of how folks feel on these posts. Honestly I get more traffic on these posts each day than just about any other item I post throughout the day, however I’ve been hearing a few comments from folks sharing that they feel like it’s a little “1950’s-ish.”

 

I’m not gonna lie. The whole notion of homemaking does conjure up a 1950’s housewife even for me. But,  I really do believe there is value in homemaking even in 2015 (doing this series inspired me to get dinner in the slow cooker on time today . . . ), and I think it really is something that matters ~ at least for me.

 

‘Nuf said. 

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So to turn a different direction, tonight take a minute to head on over HERE  to check out this homemade laundry stain remover that looks like it really works.  I can’t wait to try this one out, and would love to hear if it’s worked for you!

 

 

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Video: 25 Deals You Can’t Miss at Target This Week + Shopping Scenarios

 

Check out the Kroger deals I mention in the video over HERE
Folks, the Target deals are hopping this week! To make life easier we’re going to put everything in one place for you, so check out the best scenarios we see that match up with the $15 off $50 Target household brand coupon and scroll down to see the best 25 deals you can’t miss at Target this week

Scenario #1 (Paper Product Stock Up)

Buy 2 Charmin Toilet Paper (30 Double Roll) – $16.99
Buy 2 Bounty Paper Towels (12 Rolls) – $9.99

  • Use $0.35/1 Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong Bath Tissue or $1.00/2 Bounty or Charmin Products – 7-26-15 PG (exp. 08/22/15)
  • And use (2) $.35/1 Bounty Coupon
  • And use 5% cartwheel
  • And use (2) $0.50/1 Charmin Bath Tissue (Target Coupon) – 7-26-15 RP
  • And use (2) $0.50/1 Bounty Paper Towels (Target Coupon) – 7-26-15 RP
  • And use $15/$50 in ad coupon or when you text CLEAN to 827438
  • Pay $33.08 out of pocket
  • $8.27 each after coupons or $0.28 per toilet paper double roll or $0.73 per paper towel roll

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Scenario #2 (Mix & Match and cheapest)

Buy 4 Swiffer Kits – $3.99
Buy 4 Dawn Dish Soaps – $.97
Buy 4 Clorox Dust Wipes – $2.69
Buy 4 Glad Containers – $2.99
Buy 4 Bounty Paper Towels Single Rolls – $.97
Buy 2 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner, 32 oz – $1.99

Scenario #3 (Laundry Detergent Stock Up)

Buy 4 Tide Pods (35 ct) or Tide Laundry Liquid (69 – 75 oz)- $9.99 
Buy 2 Swiffer Kits $3.99
Buy 3 Dawn Dish Soaps $.97

  • Use (4) $3/1 Tide Pod printable, $.75/1 Tide printable or $2.50/2 Tide PODS, Gain Flings, Downy Fresh Product, Bounce Bursts, Dreft Blissfuls, or Gain Fireworks – 8-9-15 RP or $1.00/1 Tide Detergent – 7-26-15 PG
  • And use (2) $1.00/2 Tide, Downy or Bounce Laundry Care Items (Target Coupon) – 7-26-15 RP
  • And use (2) $2/1 Swiffer printable
  • And use (3) $.25/1 Dawn printable
  • And use $15/$50 In Ad Coupon
  • Pay $17.10 out of pocket
  • $4.25 each for pods plus 2 Swiffer Kits and 2 Dawn Dish Soaps!!!

 

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And here are the best 25 deals we see at Target this week . . . 

1. Kidfresh Healthy Frozen Kids’ Meals, $2.99 – $3.49

2. Wet Ones $1.89 – $2.17

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3. Bic Silky Touch Razors $3.19

  • Use $3.00/1 BIC Disposable Razor – 8-2-15 SS
  • $0.19 after coupon

4. Buy 4 Garnier Fructis Shampoo at $2.99, Get $5 Gift Card

  • Use $3.00/2, $1/1 Garnier Shampoo, Conditioner, or Treatment – 8-9-15 RP
  • Pay $5.96 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card
  • $.24 each after coupon and gift card

5. Bounty Basic Paper Towels Single Rolls, $.97

6. Hunts Pudding $.99

7. Oroweat Sandwich Thins $2.99

8. Buy 10 Kraft Mac & Cheese at $1.02, Get $5 Gift Card

  • $.52 each after gift card

9. Purell Wipes $1.99

10. Pillsbury Simple Frosting Mixes $1.79

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11. Buy 4 Noxzema Creams at $3.97, Get $5 Gift Card

12. Buy 3 Herbal Essence Gel at $3.39, Get $5 Gift Card

  • Use $3.00/3 Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styling Products – 8-2-15 SS
  • Pay $7.17 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card
  • $.72 each after coupon and gift card

13. Dawn Dish Soap $.97

14. Buy 3 Barilla Pasta at $1.34, Get 1 Free

  • Use $1.00/4 Barilla Pasta Boxes – 8-9-15 RP
  • $.76 after coupon

15. Buy 3 Ragu $1.77, Get 1 Free

  • Use $1/2 hangtag
  • $.83 each after coupon wyb 4

16. GoGo Squeeze $2

  • Use $1.00/1 GoGo SqueeZ – 8-2-15 SS
  • $1 after coupon

17. Clorox Dust Wipes – $2.69

  • Use $1.50/1 Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes – 7-12-15 SS
  • $1.19 after coupon can use $15/$50 In Ad Coupon

18. Buy 4 Caress Body Washes at $3.49, Get $5 Gift Card

  • Use $0.75/1 Caress Bar Soap or Body Wash or $1.00/1 Caress Bar or Body Wash Product – 7-26-15 RP
  • Pay $9.96 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card
  • $1.24 each after coupon and gift card

19. Nutella Spread or Mini Cups $2.99

20. Buy 4 Ponds Towelettes at $4.69, Get $5 Gift Card

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21. Juicy Fruit Gum 3 pk $2.24

22. Buy 10 Capri Sun at $2.49, Get $5 Gift Card

  • $1.99 after gift card

23. Buy 3 Zone Perfect Bars at $3.99, Get $5 Gift Card

24. Hefty Extra Strong Draw String Trash Bags 30 gal 36 ct, $10.79

25. Tide Pods (35 ct) – $9.99

  • Use $3/1 Tide Pod printable  or $2.50/2 Tide PODS, Gain Flings, Downy Fresh Product, Bounce Bursts, Dreft Blissfuls, or Gain Fireworks – 8-9-15 RP
  • $6.99 after coupon  can use $15/$50 In Ad Coupon

See all the top deals at Target this week, and create your Target shopping list before you shop.

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25 Days of Homemaking Tips Day 8: How To Be A Housewife Without Feeling Like A Slave

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Ready to embrace your inner homemaker? :) 

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Tonight take a minute to head on over HERE and read these 8 tips to become a better housewife (without feeling like a slave)I loved all the tips (especially #2 & #7), and these were just great reminders that I needed to be encouraged about myself today.

 

 

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25 Days of Homemaking Tips Day 7: You Might Be A Frugal Homemaker If . . .

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Do you consider yourself a frugal homemaker? I thought this post from Frugal Family Home was such a good read – while I don’t do many of these things it was great food for thought!

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Go HERE to read 15 things you might do if you’re a Frugal Homemaker . . . I agree completely with #13, and am hoping one of these my family might appreciate #15 too! 

 

 

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Sam’s Club Vs. Costco Prices

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Here’s an update on Sams vs. Costco prices for 2015!  Note that both stores have special monthly sales ads which will affect the prices (I included this month’s sales in the post, so pricing will vary a little each month.) As always, when shopping these stores please go in with a budget in place because it’s just so easy to overspend at warehouse stores.

I’m such a dork and absolutely love doing posts like this to really do the math and see which store wins. I love finding the low-down-nitty-gritty of a good price, so it’s fun to do the math and see just who really does offer the best savings.  Take a minute to scan the prices and see what you think! 😉

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Sam’s – Gas $2.14 per gal

Costco- Gas $2.14 per gal

WINNER = TIE

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Sam’s –  Charmin Toilet Tissue $22.48 for 24 Mega Rolls $0.93 per Mega roll roll (330 Sheets per roll which makes it .003 per sheet)

Costco – Charmin Toilet Tissues $21.99 for 30 Jumbo Rolls $.73 per jumbo roll (231 sheets per roll which makes it .003 per sheet)

(NOTE: Current sale at Costco ending 8/30/15 saves you an additional $4.40, dropping your price to $17.49 which comes out to $.58 per roll and $.02 per sheet: definitely the best price right now!)

WINNER = TIE (Costco actually wins this month because of their extra coupon savings*)

Sam’s – Bounty 12 Double Roll or 80 sheets per roll $19.98 ($1.66 per roll or $0.02 per sheet)

Costco – Bounty 12 Mega Roll 129 sheets per roll $18.99 ($1.58 per mega roll or $.012 per sheet)

(NOTE: Current sale at Costco ending 8/30/15 saves you an additional $4, dropping your price to $14.99 which comes out to $1.24 per roll and $.009 per sheet: definitely the best price right now!)

WINNER = COSTCO

Sam’s – Member’s Mark Paper Towels- 15 Double Rolls 142 sheets per roll $16.48 ($1.10 per roll or $.007 per sheet)

Costco – Kirkland Paper Towels 12 Rolls 160 sheets per roll $15.79 ($1.31 per roll or $.008 per sheet)

WINNER = Sam’s

Sam’s – Members Mark Toilet Tissue (Sam’s Brand)- 45 Rolls 220 sheets per roll $17.86 ($0.45 per roll or .002 per sheet)

Costco – Kirkland Bath Tissue 30 Rolls 425 sheets $15.99 ($0.53 per roll or $.001 per sheet)

WINNER = COSTCO

Sam’s – Member’s Mark Napkins 4 pk 330 sheets $10.86 ($2.86 per pack or $0.008 per sheet)

Costco- Kirkland Napkins 4 pk 260 sheets $8.49 ($2.12 per pack or $0.008 per sheet)

WINNER = Tie

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Sam’s – Members Mark Diapers 138 ct Size 1 – $29.48 or $0.21 per diaper

Costco- Kirkland Diapers 192 ct Size 1 – $25.99 or $0.14 per diaper $0.16 per diaper after sale (this is the sale price, the price will go up $4 on September 1st)

WINNER = COSTCO

Sam’s- Huggies Diapers 204 ct – $39.98 or $0.195 per diaper

Costco- Huggies Diapers 192 ct – $37.49 or $0.195 per diaper

WINNER = Tie

Sam’s – Tide Laundry Detergent 225 oz – $21.48 or $.09 per ounce

Costco – Tide Laundry Detergent 170 oz – $19.99 or $.11 per ounce

Costco – Tide Laundry Detergent 170 oz – $15.99 or $.09 per ounce (this is the sale price, the price will go up $4 on September 1st)

(NOTE: Current sale at Costco ending 8/30/15 saves you an additional $4, dropping your price to $15.99 which comes out to $.09 per ounce)

WINNER = Sam’s (Costco ties this month because of their extra coupon savings*)

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Sam’s – Finish Tabs 100 Tabs – $13.78 or $0.13 per tab

Costco – Finish Tabs 110 Tabs $14.79 or $0.13 per tab

(NOTE: Current sale at Costco ending 8/30/15 saves you an additional $4, dropping your price to $10.79 which comes out to $.09 per ounce)

WINNER = TIE (Costco ties this month because of their extra coupon savings*)

Sam’s – Tide Pods 90 ct  -$24.98 or $0.27 per pod

Costco – Tide Pods 152 ct – $29.99 or $0.197 per pod

WINNER = COSTCO

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Sam’s – Rotisserie Chicken – $4.98

Costco – Rotisserie Chicken – $4.99

WINNER = Tie

Sam’s – Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $1.88/lb

Costco – Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $2.89/lb

WINNER = Sam’s

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Sam’s – Tyson Whole Chicken – $1.08/lb

Costco – Kirkland Whole Chicken – $0.99/lb

WINNER = COSTCO

Sam’s – Ground Beef 90/10 – $3.68/lb

Costco – Ground Beef 88/12 – $3.69/lb

WINNER = Sam’s by a few pennies

Sam’s – Sargento Cheese Sticks  28 ct – $7.48 or $0.29 per stick

Costco – Polly O String Cheese 48 ct – $8.29 or $0.17 per stick

WINNER = COSTCO

Sam’s – Red Seedless Grapes 3 lb – $4.98 or $1.66/lb

Costco – Red Seedless Grapes 4 lb – $6.59 or $1.65/lb

WINNER = Tie

Sam’s – Strawberries 2 lb -$3.79 or $1.89/lb

Costco – Strawberries 2 lb -$4.79 or $2.39/lb

WINNER = Sam’s

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Sam’s – Apple Slices 32 oz – $3.98 or $0.13 per oz

Costco – Organic Apple Slices 48 oz ( 6 pk 8 oz each) – $9.99 or $0.21 per oz

WINNER = no winner because comparing organic and non-organic

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Sam’s – Organic Baby Spring Mix 1 lb – $4.47

Costco – Organic Baby Spring Mix 1 lb – $4.49

WINNER = Tie

Sam’s – Vidalia Onions 6 lb – $4.98 or $0.83/lb

Costco – California Sweet Onions 10 lb – $7.99 or $0.80/lb

WINNER = Costco

Sam’s – Gallon Milk – $2.39

Costco – Gallon Milk – $2.39

WINNER = Tie

Sam’s – Eggs 18 ct – $3.48

Costco –  Eggs 18 ct – $4.29

WINNER = Sam’s

Sam’s – Smithfield Bacon 3 lb – $11.98 or $3.99/lb

Costco- Kirkland Premium Bacon 4- l lb packs $12.99 or $3.24/lb

WINNER = Costco

Sam’s – Kraft Cheese 2 lb – $7.48 or $3.74/lb

Costco – Kirkland Cheese 5 lb – $11.99 or $2.40/lb

WINNER = Costco

Sam’s – Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts 6 lbs – $13.98 or $2.33/lb

Costco – Kirkland Frozen Chicken Breasts 6.5 lb- $17.99 or $2.77/lb

WINNER = Sam’s

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Sam’s – Nature Valley Granola Bars 60 ct- $7.98 or $0.13 per bar

Costco – Nature Valley Granola Bars 49 ct – $12.79 or $0.26 per bar

WINNER = Sam’s

Sam’s – Rice Krispies Treats 40 ct- $7.98 or $0.20 per bar

Costco – Rice Krispies Treats 54 ct – $10.79 or $.19 per bar

(NOTE: Current sale at Costco ending 8/30/15 saves you an additional $3, dropping your price to $7.79 which comes out to $.14 per bar)

WINNER = TIE (Costco wins this month because of their extra coupon savings*)

Sam’s – Pop Tarts 36 ct – $5.98 or $0.16 each

Costco – Pop Tarts 48 ct – $8.99 or $.18 each

(NOTE: Current sale at Costco ending 8/30/15 saves you an additional $3, dropping your price to $5.99 which comes out to $.12 each)

WINNER = SAM’S (however Costco wins this month because of their extra coupon savings*)

Sam’s – Quaker Instant Oatmeal 40 ct – $7.98 or $0.20 per pack

Costco- Quaker Instant Oatmeal 52 ct – $9.79 or $0.19 per pack

WINNER = Costco

Sam’s – Del Monte Fruit Cup 16 pk – $7.58 or $0.47 per cup

Costco – Del Monte Fruit Cup 24 pack – $8.99 or $0.37 per cup

(NOTE: Current sale at Costco ending 8/30/15 saves you an additional $2, dropping your price to $6.99 which comes out to $.29 each)

WINNER = Costco

WINNER = Costco

Sam’s – Cheerios 2 pk 20 oz each – $5.68 or $2.84 per box

Costco –  Cheerios 2 pk 20 oz each – $5.69 or $2.84 per box

WINNER = Tie

Sam’s – JIF Peanut Butter- 2 pk 40 oz – $9.28 or $4.64 per jar or $0.11 per oz

Costco – JIF Peanut Butter- 2 pk 40 oz – $9.99 or $4.99 per jar or $0.12 per oz

WINNER = Sam’s

Sam’s – Valley Fresh Organic Canned Chicken Breasts 4 pk 10 oz can – $15.78 or $3.95 per can or $0.40 per oz

Costco – Harvest Organic Canned Chicken Breasts 4 pk 12.5 oz can – $18.99 or $4.74 or $0.38 per oz

WINNER =Costco

Sam’s – Organic Go Go Squeeze 16 pk 3.2 oz – $7.98 or $0.49 per pouch

Costco – Organic Go Go Squeeze 20 pk 3.2 oz – $10.89 or $0.54 per pouch

WINNER = Sam’s

*NOTE: Costco coupons are automatically deducted at checkout and there is a limited number on coupon offers (noted on the sign when you’re in the store)
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26 Deals You Can’t Miss at Publix This Week

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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.publix3
1. Zone Perfect Bars $1

2. Pillsbury Toaster Strudels $1.08

3. Big Cup Noodles $.25

4. Dannon Activia Yogurt, 4 pk – $1.19

5. Nature Valley Granola Bars $1.37

6. Yoplait Yogurt $.50

7. Happy Tot Organic Baby Food, 3.5 – 4.22 oz – $1

8. Glad Food Storage Bags, 30 – 50 ct – $1.50

9. Campbell’s Spaghetti O’s $1 (Great Donation Item)

  • Use $1.50/3 Campbell’s SpaghettiOs Canned Pasta with Meat – Publix Grocery Advantage Flyer (Valid from 8/8/15)
  • $.50 after coupon

10. Hunt’s Pudding $1 (Great Donation Item)

  • Use $0.45/3 Snack Pack Pudding or $1.00/4 Snack Pack Pudding, Super Snack Pack Pudding or Juicy Gels – 8-2-15 SS
  • Stack with B4G1 Snack Pack Pudding or Juicy Gels – Publix Grocery Advantage Flyer
  • $.62 after coupon

11. Jello Instant Pudding $.75

12. Heavy Whipping Cream $.89

13. Alka Seltzer $1.94

14. Bic Razors $3.99

  • Used $3.00/1 BIC Disposable Razor – 8-2-15 SS
  • $.99 after coupon

15. Infusium Shampoo $2.99

  • Use $2.00/1 Infusium 23 Shampoo, Conditioner, or Leave In Treatment – 8-16-15 SS
  • $.99 after coupon

16. Corn Pops $1.99

17. Visine Drops $2.53

18. GM Cereal $2

19. Horizon Mac & Cheese $2

 

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20. Old El Paso Dinner Kits $1.41

  • Use $1.00/3 Old El Paso Products – 8-2-15 SS
  • $1.07 after coupon

21. Sara Lee Cakes $2.99

  • Use $1/1 printable
  • Stack with $0.75/1 Sara Lee Snack Cakes, Cinnamon Rolls, or Honey Buns – Publix Grocery Advantage Flyer (Valid from 8/8/15)
  • $1.24 after coupons

22. Hormel Natural Ham $4.49 (Buy 2, Get 1 Free)

23. Publix Boneless Chicken Breasts $2.35/lb

24. Charmin Basic Toilet Paper $5.49

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25. Buy 2 Tide Laundry Detergent $13.99 (Get $5 OFF)

26. Buy 2 Huggies Boxed Diapers $18.99 (Get $5 OFF)

See the complete list of deals at Publix this week

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25 Days of Homemaking Tips Day 5: 5 Tips to Help You Out In Homemaking

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I took a few days off from the 25 days of Homemaking series, because I realized I only had a few days left with my kids before they headed back to school. Somehow writing a series on being an awesome homemaker that took up more time than I had so I wasn’t an awesome homemaker just seemed off to me!

 

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My cute kids this morning before school – goodness, time puh-lease stop!!! Reagan 3rd grade, Jackson 10th grade, Caroline 7th grade

So, now I’m back in action, but it may be that this series slims down to 20 days (we’ll see how it goes – hope you all will be flexible with me!) I had so much fun hunting down new homemaking articles today though, and think it should be a fun series to get back to work on.

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Take a minute tonight to read these 5 best tips to help you in homemaking from Club 31 Women. Folks, I loved these 5 tips (I started to say “especially #2, and #3, and #4, and #5, and really #1 . . .”, so all of them!)  The 5 tips she shares are such good reminders no matter where you’re at as a homemaker, and I think you’ll be encouraged by her wisdom. 

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 If you have other tips that make homemaking more manageable for you, leave a comment to share. I’d love to hear from you!

 

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15 Secrets You Need To Know Before Shopping at Walmart

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As you may have figured out I’m not a big Walmart shopper, but this week when I hurried to shop Walmart in the wee hours of the morning for some last minute back-to-school items, I noticed a few important shopping secrets that I don’t want you to miss. 

 

While Walmart is usually kind of a last resort for me (read through to the bottom to see why), I realized there are some deals I’ve completely missed the boat on, and you may be missing too. So, here are my top 15 secrets you need to know before shopping Walmart.

 

Walmart General Shopping Tips

1. Shop Walmart early in the morning (or late at night if you must.)

Folks, this may seem ridiculous to as my very first tip, but it. is. so. important. I rarely shop Walmart, but when I do I make sure to go bright and early. I try to shop between 5 and 6AM (I know, crazy, but it works!) but really think as long as you’re there before 9 AM you should be fine.

 

Curious why? Since many Walmart stores are open overnight, the entire store is cleaned out and shelves are restocked at that time of day. There’s no waiting in checkout lines, store employees are everywhere as they re-set the store for the day, and you can easily navigate the store in literally half the time it would take later in the day.

 

Now I know this may not work for everyone, but if you know you have a Walmart trip ahead of you, try planning a time early in the  morning (or if you have to late at night, but things won’t be as clean as they were first thing!)promise this will completely change your Walmart shopping experience, and you might just find it your favorite place to shop.

2. Shop “Great Value” or “Equate” brands.

While I don’t think you’ll save all that much on most name brand items at Walmart (keep reading for more), you can save a bundle if you’re willing to shop the Walmart store brands. Their Great Value products in the grocery section are offered on just about everything. On plastic storage bags the Hefty bags are 10¢ per bag compared to Great Value brands priced at 5¢ per bag ~ just by choosing the store brand you’ll save 50%, no coupon clipping or sale shopping required!

 

I’ve used the “Equate” version of Olay for years, and saving over $5 on that alone is a huge savings! The ingredients are exactly the same, and you can easily save on Equate brand without a single coupon. Success!

3. Take advantage of Walmart’s Savings Catcher App. 

Walmart’s Savings Catcher App allows you to shop Walmart and let them do the price matching for you. Basically after you shop, you enter your receipt in the app, and within 7 days you’ll be updated as to whether or not other store prices were lower. If they were, you’ll get a Walmart gift card including the price difference!

 

Read more on the Savings Catcher App Program HERE and HERE – I’d love to know if it’s worked for you!

4. Take advantage of additional Ibotta savings at Walmart.

Ibotta offers a ton (seriously folks, a ton) of rebates via the Ibotta app. I just checked and there are currently $183 in Ibotta rebates available right now, on everything from Tyson, Quaker and Kleenex brands to milk, fresh produce, eggs, pasta and more. Such an easy way to save if you’re purchasing these items already, and be sure to take advantage of Checkout 51 and Snap by Groupon as well while you’re at it!

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5. Price check against the Amazon App.

I love, love, love my Amazon App to make sure I’m always really getting a deal. Especially on merchandise other than groceries, it’s a great way to quickly make sure that the Walmart price is best, and never pay too much.

 

I use it just about any time we shop (it’s great to have on hand at Kohl’s, Lowe’s, and Home Depot) as well. Just as an example, those Coleman water jugs are over $9 now on Amazon but just $7 at Walmart. Without the app I would have thought that was a decent price but there was no way to know for sure, so having my Amazon virtual “cheat sheet” helps me to double check my savings.

6. Walmart price matches online prices at several stores including Amazon.

Walmart will price match those Amazon prices if you can show proof of the pricing in store. To learn more, go HERE (you may want print this policy to have in hand when you’re price matching in store.)

7. Take advantage of the Favado app for weekly in store Walmart savings. 

Items You Don’t Want to Miss at Walmart

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8. Walmart has fantastic prices on partyware, gift wrapping supplies, cards & more.

I’ve always shopped the Dollar Tree for most of our party supplies (Michaels has a great selection occasionally as well), but when I was at Walmart this week I realized their 97¢ party supply selection might just have the Dollar Tree beat! Their stuff is so cute (I was surprised?) and many of the items are larger count quantities than you’d find at the Dollar Tree.

 

And birthday cards for 47¢? Love that!

9. Walmart has great seasonal prices on produce.

Walmart deeply discounts produce if you watch for their special values, and you can stock up pretty easily at great prices. I noticed grapes for as low as 88¢ per pound this week (my stock up price), strawberries for $1, great prices on pre-cut apple slices (thanks to reader Jennifer for commenting about that for me), and you can also price match your weekly Aldi sales ad to save even more.

I know produce at Walmart can be hit or miss, but by shopping early in the morning you’ll get the best picks. The last few times I’ve shopped Walmart I’ve been pretty pleased with their produce, so it may be worth giving it a try if you tend to shy away from produce when you’re there.

 

10. Walmart has great prices on crafting supplies, including yarn, glassware, wreaths and more.

If you’re in a hurry and need something that’s not on sale at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s this week, Walmart may be your best bet.

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11. Don’t miss the container section at Walmart.

Similar to the Dollar Tree, Walmart carries a large selection of small storage bins for $1 or less. I’ve always picked up my shoebox sized bins for Operation Christmas Child at the Dollar Tree, but they’re actually cheaper to purchase in 5 packs at Walmart ~ who knew?!

12. Unless you’re taking advantage of free paper after rebate at Staples (which comes around pretty frequently), Walmart has the best price on copy paper that you’ll normally find.

They also have great pricing on most office supplies including tape, envelopes, pens, pencils and more, so it’s often worth a trip to Walmart before hitting the office supply stores.

 

13. Watch Walmart for clothing basics.

Walmart has very good every day prices on those very basic clothing items your family needs. If you need to stock up on t-shirts, tank top basics, socks and more, Walmart will usually offer  the best price.

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14. Don’t pay for diapers at Walmart.

I know it’s hard to believe, but Walmart just doesn’t offer the best prices on diapers. The drug stores offer great sales as well as Amazon, and you can usually stock up for less at other retailers. For example, currently the Huggies at Walmart come out to $.27 each for size two, compared to 19¢ per diaper at Amazon when you clip the $2 off coupon in the middle of the page and choose to subscribe and save. That’s a savings of 8¢ on every single diaper, plus you’ll save shopping at Walmart with tiny kids in tow!

15. Avoid buying toiletries at Walmart unless you know they’re a good price.

Pricing at Walmart on toiletries (and most other groceries?) always seems so high to me, because I watch deals at other stores. This week for example you can pick up Old Spice for $1.59 at Amazon, Colgate for $.46 at Walgreens, Herbal Essences for $.72 at Target, and Pantene for $1.63 at CVS. While it does take a little more research to score these deals, you can save a bundle even by simply shopping the sales ads at other stores. And if you’re willing to clip a coupon or two, you’ll save even more!

Not sure how to find those crazy good deals at other stores? If there’s a specific item you’re looking to stock up on, enter it in over HERE and see if a store in your area has it on sale this week.
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So, there you have it! Ready for my one frustration though with Walmart shoppers? (Hopefully not stepping on too many toes here, but here goes . . . )

 

So many folks think it’s always cheaper to buy everything at Walmart, but it’s just not the case. Walmart does have very good every day low prices (especially on their store brands.) However, other grocery stores usually offer better sales especially on name brands, so it’s often worth taking a few minutes to do your research, and always know your stock up price before you head out to shop.)

 

If you love shopping Walmart, be sure to check out the Walmart updates here on PPP, and don’t miss tons of Walmart deals over at I Heart the Mart as well. I’d love to hear what other tricks you use when shopping Walmart ~ leave a comment to share!

 

Update: Thanks so much to PPP reader (and friend!) Kristen for reminding me in the PPP Facebook group that 5 select areas of the country can also take advantage of curbside delivery. Learn more HERE. 

 

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The Once a Month Grocery Shopping Experiment (Update Week 2)

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Okie dokie, so we (kind of?) survived our first week of the Once A Month Grocery Shopping Experiment. :) Like I shared last week, my goal was to stock up on the bulk of what we’d need at the beginning of the month, then shop primarily for produce and milk once a week.

 

What I loved about this is that I had everything I needed and didn’t allow myself an extra trip to the store until the weekend. (Which is huge around here!) By doing that alone I saved at least $20, and it was so much easier to have the food we needed in our kitchen before starting a meal.

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But, when I went to the store Saturday I still spent $36.95 ($11.95 more than my target “extra” shopping trip goal of $25). And, this morning at Walmart I spent another $3.77 on grapes and strawberries while getting the last of our school supplies. (Their produce looked great and was such a good price – I couldn’t pass them up!)

 

So, here’s what my totals look like so far this month: 

 

I spent more than I needed to partly to take advantage of some new coupons that Kroger sent out last week, as well as to pick up some items for our back to school dinners week. (Our kids get to pick which meals they want, and they specifically requested those Grands Biscuits along with breakfast for dinner.)  I had a coupon for free Nutri Grain Bars, as well as coupons for flour, Mission Tortillas, and Planters Peanuts, which I couldn’t pass up with the Mega Sale going on this week. They also had a great sale on their Private Selection Bread (Whole Wheat Bread 2/$3), so I was pleased with that price!

While this may not look like a huge success for our first week, I really was okay with it. Here’s why:

1) We didn’t eat out this nearly as much this week because we had plenty of food at home ready to cook. We normally eat out two times each week (always after church on Sunday and usually one other day), but over the summer I’d gotten lazy (eek!) We were probably eating a quick meal out 3 times each week, but by having plenty of food at home we saved a bundle this week (way more than the extra $15 I spent!)

 

2) Even if your grocery budget doesn’t look exactly the way you’d hoped, even small steps are progress. While I didn’t stick perfectly to my goal this week, we did much better than we normally do and still shaved a little moo-lah off of our grocery bill for the month. If you’ve been working to lower your grocery budget, try determining the number you want to spend and then working to shave off a few dollars each month to reach your goal!

 

Our pantry, fridge and freezer are still well stocked with plenty of food, and I really think I may be able to lower our bill even further next weekend. So far I really do love the idea of shopping this way, and can’t wait to see where our totals end up at the end of this month!  If you’ve tried grocery shopping like this before, I’d love for you to leave a comment and share how it’s worked for you.

 

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