Monthly Archives: August 2011

Saving Money by Canning and Pickling

 Over the weekend, during Hurricane Irene, I took some time to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while- pickle peppers!


As many of you know, I planted a garden this year. I recently wrote an update on it here. One of my favorite foods is jalapeno peppers and I normally buy them at the store for around $3 a jar. If I have a coupon or they are on sale, I might get a better deal, but I go through about a jar a month. So, this year I planted two of my own jalapeno pepper plants and one banana pepper plant. I was amazed at how much these little plants grew and produced! They grew so easily and apparently the more you pick them, the more they grow! I placed them in a flower bed at the front of my house and as a bonus, they have added color and beauty to our yard. Had I known how well they grow I would have planted more and I certainly will next year.



So, the day before the hurricane hit, I had my son go out and pick all the peppers. He picked probably 25-30. I already had jars from the Ball jar company (they give out coupons each summer and I got them on sale at Harris Teeter). I had vinegar, water and sugar, which is all you need. I had never done this before so I looked up a video on Youtube to guide me through the process. Here it is below:

I followed all the steps, which I will list at the bottom of the post. It was easier than I thought and when I finished, I had a whole jar full of peppers! I was too thrilled. I have to wait a week before they are ready for eating, but I want to show you the finished product:


I can’t wait to add these to some tacos! Another bonus is that each pepper has tons of seeds inside, so I look forward to saving some of them to plant next year. I only had two plants and will probably be able to pick enough peppers for at least one more jar, possibly two. I get excited thinking about how much I will save next year by planting more pepper plants, enough for at least 12 jars.


I chose to pickle these peppers, but you could can almost any fruit or veggie to preserve it to use later, so keep that in mind as well. Tomatoes are a great example of something you could can to use in recipes later on. The directions for canning are a little different from pickling and I think it’s slightly more work to can veggies, but if you have a bountiful harvest, I think the effort is worth it.


If you aren’t into peppers, here are some other veggies that pickle- cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage and carrots. I have heard you can pickle pretty much anything, provided you like the pickled flavor!

Ordering Coupons

Did you know that you can order coupons online? If not, you are certainly missing out! I decided to do a post today to address the issue of ordering coupons, why you would do it, and how to properly do so.


As many of us in the Wilmington, NC area know, smaller town newspapers tend to have few, if any coupons. Larger cities have more plentiful Sunday paper coupons, for example, Raleigh, NC. I like the Raleigh News and Observer but if you want to get it around here, you have to fight for it! Some days it sells out early and other days it might not arrive at all.



A viable alternative to buying the Sunday paper is to simply order the coupons online. I have used two companies, The Q Hunter and Whole Coupon Inserts. They both have speedy, reliable and inexpensive service. You can order the complete coupon insert from the newspaper from them for reasonable prices plus a small shipping fee. As a bonus, you can order past inserts. For example, if there was an insert from three weeks ago that had a lot of great coupons in it, you can go to their website and choose that particular insert and order as many copies as you’d like of it. 

Another great feature is that The Q Hunter offers a subscription service. You pay a monthly fee (on your credit card) and they automatically mail you inserts each week, as if you were receiving the Sunday paper (without having to collect all those Sunday papers)! Even better is that the subscription service sends you more than just one insert- you get two of each from every Sunday. The Q Hunter offers 2 sets of each weekly insert for $18 a month. This is a great idea, in my opinion, especially if you have difficulties chasing down the Sunday paper each week. It would be easy to simply wait for it to arrive in the mail, usually on the Monday or Tuesday following the Sunday paper. 


One note to remember is that these coupons come from other cities, usually wherever the supplier is located. I know that the Q Hunter gets many of their inserts from Cincinnati. Keep in mind that they will not be the exact same coupons that came in your local paper, but many will be the same. I do like how each company lists exactly which coupons come in each insert, so you will know ahead of time what coupons will be included and can make your choice accordingly.



Another option is EBAY. Search “coupons” on EBAY and so many options will come up! There are people all over selling grocery coupons. Some sell them in batches of 100 random coupons, pre-cut for you! Others sell individual specific coupons for certain items. Just this weekend I bought 20 Lloyd’s BBQ coupons for $.75 off for $.99 with free shipping. That’s an AWESOME value! I also bought 20 coupons for Lactaid milk for $5.00 off a half gallon, making the milk free. I paid around $22.00 for those coupons, but it is well worth it, as that milk is very expensive, usually costing over $3.50 per half gallon. So, as you can see, ordering from EBAY can be a great way to obtain coupons.


One warning about EBAY is to check the seller’s ratings. Companies or individuals can sell on EBAY, so you want to make sure the person you are ordering from checks out professionally and doesn’t have any negatives on their ratings. I have NEVER had a problem ordering coupons from EBAY but I am also careful about who I order from and always read what other customers have to say about them before I order.



One final option for ordering coupons is a company called, “Kuntry Klippers.” They offer individual coupons in sets of 20. For example, if you like Yoplait yogurt and would like to buy 20 coupons for it, go to the Kuntry Klippers website and search “Yoplait.” Or you can simply browse the dairy section on the website to see what’s available. Once you see the coupon you want, you can click it and easily purchase it with your credit card. All coupons will be mailed to you promptly. I have used this service as well and love it.


I hope you will take advantage of the many options available out there to obtain your coupons!

Star News vs. News and Observer!

 The time has come once again to compare the two newspapers to see which offers more coupons! Already it is the first of the month, so for couponers first of the month means one thing- The Proctor and Gamble Insert is out!


This is a particularly important week to buy the Sunday paper because next week is Labor Day, which means no coupons. No coupon inserts come out on holidays, so you don’t want to miss out today. Let’s see what coupons are available in each paper and determine which is more worth your money this week!

Wilmington Star News Coupons August 28th, 2011 (3 inserts)


Smart Source Insert

Kraft Dressings $1.00 off of two
Oreo or Slice-mmms Ice Cream Roll $1 off of one
Oreo Ice Cream Cake $2 off of one
Pace Salsa $.75 off of two
Heinz 57 Sauce $1.00 off of one
Assorted Walgreens Coupons $15.99
Sauer’s Spices Grinders, Grillers and Rubs $1.00 off of one
Rid X $.50 off of one
Rid X $.50 off of one
Rid X $.50 off of one
Chock full o Nuts $.75 off of one
White Castle Burgers $.50 off of one
Sargento Cheese Snacks $.40 off of one
Torani Syrup Bottles $1.00 off of one
John Freida Products $1.00 off of one
John Freida Precision Foam Colour Prodcts $2.00 off of one
John Freida Brilliant Brunette $3.00 off of two
Neutrogena Facial Moisturizer or Treatment $2.00 off of one
Neutrogena Facial Cleanser $1.00 off of one
Clemmy’s All Natural or Sugar Free Ice Cream $1.50 off of two
Carolina Pride Bacon $.50 off of one
Carolina Pride Breakfast Sausage $.50 off of one

Wilmington Star News Red Plum Insert August 28th, 2011

Goody’s Headache 16 ct or larger $1.00 off of one
BC 18 ct or larger $1.00 off of one
Marcal Small Steps Products $1.00 off of one
Degree Deodorant Premium $1.00 off of one
Degree Deodorant or Anti Persperant $1.00 off of two
Surf Laundry Products $1.00 off of one
Surt Laundry Detergent 120 loads or larger $2.00 off of one
Loreal Paris Youth Code Products $2.00 off of one
Loreal Paris Skincare Products $1 off of one
Loreal EverPure Product $1.00 off of one
Loreal Shade of Preference $2.00 off of one
All Laundry Detergent $1.00 off of one 28 loads or larger
Smuckers Toppings Products $.55 off of one
Rhodes Warm n Serve Rolls $.75 off of one
 Sundown Vitamin Supplements $1.00 off of one
Ferrero Rondnoir, Rocher, or Raffaello Confections Packs 4.2 or larger $.50 off of one

Proctor and Gamble Assorted Coupons
$108 value

Total Value of Wilmington Star News Coupons: 164.19

Raleigh News and Observer Coupons Sunday, August 28, 2011 (3 inserts)


Smart Source Insert

Barilla Pasta Sauce $.55 off of one
BIZ Stain Fighter $1.00 off of one
BIZ Stain Fighter $4.00 off of one BIZ Product and RIO Blu Ray or DVD
Pace Picante Sauce $.75 off of two jars
Nature Valley Train Mix Bars $.50 off of one
Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie or Dessert Bar Mixes $.75 off of two
Chex Cereals $.50 off of one
Hershey’s Air Delight /Milk Chocolate Bars BOGO Free
Hershey’s Kisses Air Delight 9.4 oz bags $1.00 off of one
Lea and Perry’s Worcestershire Sauce $1.00 off of one bottle
Heinz 57 Steak Sauce $1.00 off of one
Hershey’s Syrup Bottles, Hershey’s Reese’s, or Heath Toppings $1.00 off of two
White Castle Burgers $.50 off of one box
Palmolive Dish Liquid 25 oz or larger $.25 off of one
Palmolive Baby Bottle, Toy and Dish Wash $.50 off of one
Colgate Wisp or Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush $.40 off of one
Colgate Toothpaste 4 oz or larger $.50 off of one
Chock Full o Nuts $.75 off of one
Lite Pom $1.00 off of one
Multi-Surface Pledge $1.00 off of one
Pledge Furniture Care $.75 off of one
Edge Shave Gel 7 oz or larger $.55 off of one
Sargento Snacks $.40 off of one
Sargento Natural Cheese Products $.40 off of one
Torani Syrup $1.00 off of one
New York Style Products $.55 off of one
Wholly Guacamole $.50 off of one
Oreo or Slice-mmms Ice Cream Roll $1 off of one
Oreo Ice Cream Cake $2 off of one
Kanka Liquid or Kanka Soft Brush $1.00 off of one
Dole Fruit Gels Packages $.50 off of two
Dole Parfaits $.50 off of one
Claritin Children’s Products $2 off of one
Dr Scholl’s Massaging Gel Insoles $3 off of one
Dr. Scholl’s For Her Insoles and Fast Flats $3 off of one
Kraft Dressings $1.00 off of two
John Freida Products $1.00 off of one
John Freida Precision Foam Colour Prodcts $2.00 off of one
John Freida Brilliant Brunette $3.00 off of two
Rid X $.50 off of one
Rid X $.50 off of one
Rid X $.50 off of one
Men’s Triple Blade Wilkinson Sword Razor $2.00 off of one
Women’s Triple Blade Wilkinson Sword Razor $2.00 off of one
Mt. Olive Pickle Products $.50 off of one
Best Life Buttery Spread $.50 off of one
Lloyd’s Barbecue Products $1.00 off of one
Neutrogena Facial Moisturizer or Treatment $2.00 off of one
Mighty Dog 12 single cans or one variety pack $2.00 off
Mighty Dog 6 single cans $1.00 off
WhoNu Nutrition Rich Cookies $1.00 off of one package
Bissell Stomp n Go $1.00 off of one
Sauer’s Spices $1.00 off of one
Clemmy’s All Natural or Sugar Free Ice Cream $1.50 off of two
Carolina Pride Bacon $.50 off of one
Carolina Pride Breakfast Sausage $.50 off of one

Raleigh News and Observer Red Plum Insert August 28, 2011

Meow Mix $1.00 off of one bag 3.15 lbs or larger
Meow Mix $1.00 off of 4 single cat food cups or variety pack
Kibbles n Bits bag $1.50 off of one
Marcal Small Steps Products $1.00 off of one
Degree Deodorant Premium $1.00 off of one
Degree Deodorant or Anti Persperant $1.00 off of two
Surf Laundry Products $1.00 off of one
Surt Laundry Detergent 120 loads or larger $2.00 off of one
Loreal Paris Youth Code Products $2.00 off of one
Loreal Paris Skincare Products $1 off of one
Loreal EverPure Product $1.00 off of one
Loreal Shade of Preference $2.00 off of one
M&Ms $1.00 off of two bags
Temptations $.50 off of one bag
Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwich Products $.55 off of one
Jimmy Deans Breakfast Bowls $1.00 off of two
Sara Lee Iron Kids Better White Bread $.55 off of one
Quaker Chewy Smashbar or Granola Bars $.75 off of two boxes
Newmans’ Own Crispy Pizza $1.00 off of one
Newman’s Own Salad Dressing $.75 off of one
Newman’s Own Pasta Sauce, Salsa, Lemonade, Marinade or Popcorn $.50 off of one
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts or Mini Crisps $1.00 off of three
Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats Cereals $1.00 off of two
Kellogg’s Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, Honey Smacks, or Frosted Flakes Cereals $1.00 off 3
Keebler Club Crackers $1.00 off of two
MorningStar Farms Veggie Foods Products $.75 off of one
Sundown Vitamins or Supplements $1.00 off of one
Disney or Marvel Vitamins $1.00 off of one
Zatarains Rice Mixes $1.00 off of three
Zatarains Frozen Entrees $1.00 off of two
Deer Park one liter bottles or 6 packs $1.00 off of two
Deer Park Multi-packs $1.00 off of two
Deer Park Multipacks or with Fluoride $1.00 off of two
Zyrtec $5.00 off of one 24 ct or larger
Visine with Hydroblend Moisturizers $2.00 off of one
Visine-A or Visine Soothing Wipes $2.00 off of one
Visine Products $1.00 off of one
Goody’s Headache 16 ct or larger $1.00 off of one
BC 18 ct or larger $1.00 off of one
Domino 4lb or 5 lb Sugar $.65 off of one
Domino 1 lb boxes or Brown or Confectioners Sugar $.50 off of two
Nicorette Products (Various) $7.00 off of one
All Laundry Detergent 28 loads or larger $1.00 off of one
Smuckers Toppings $.55 off of one
Rhodes Warm n Serve Rolls $.75 off of one

Ferrero Rondnoir, Rocher, or Raffaello Confections Packs 4.2 or larger $.50 off of one
Dermasilk $5.00 off of one
TUMS $1.00 off of two
Nutella $1.00 off of one 13 oz or larger

Proctor and Gamble Assorted Coupons: $108 value

Total Value of Raleigh News and Observer Coupons: 232.35

Once again, the Raleigh News and Observer is the best bang for your buck this month! The Star News had some pretty good coupons, including some from Walgreens that can only be used there. Those can also be combined with manufacturer’s coupons for additional savings. Even so, I would still opt for the Raleigh paper since it contained most of the ones from the Wilmington paper and more. Personally, I bought one of the Wilmington and two of the Raleigh papers this week. 

One last tip- if you like the coupons that are in the Raleigh paper, this is a great week to get multiple copies of it since next week you will not be buying any newspapers due to the holiday coming up next weekend. 


The battle of the papers will resume in two weeks!

Hurricane Project- Update on my Garden and Seed Collecting

Earlier this summer I did a post on my garden. Thank you all for the kind feedback on it and interest in the garden. This was my first garden and the kids and I really enjoyed working on it. We were able to get corn out of it, a few green beans, a couple of zuchinni (squash bugs got into it and killed most of it), lots of peppers, which we are going to try pickling, a few carrots, strawberries, and tomatoes and basil. We also grew zinnias and black eyed susans, which were perfect for cutting and using indoors as fresh floral arrangements.

                                   My son, Gabe, picking a peck of pickled peppers (sorry, had to say it).


I think we met our goals for the garden. My goal was to have a fun learning experience with the children but also to use the garden as a vehicle for saving money on herbs and veggies. I will say that my biggest mistake was not planting enough. For example, we only planted five green bean plants. I learned that although they did produce, five plants was not enough to serve five people! We would pick what was available and then have enough for maybe one serving for one person. We had the same problem with the corn; we’d pick two ears, cook it for the kids, and they’d beg for more! Unfortunately, there wasn’t more to be had!



So next year I will likely do a bigger garden. I was amazed at what grew. Since I had never done a garden before, I had no idea what to expect. For example, I planted corn on our front patio, thinking it wouldn’t grow, and lo and behold it all produced!


Now fall is approaching, as well as Hurricane Irene. The hurricane should make landfall late tonight so as part of our preparations we decided to do a final cutting of the zinnias. They are so tall that I doubt they’ll make it through the hurricane. We made a pretty floral arrangement and as a hurricane project while we are cooped up in the house, the kids are helping me harvest seeds from the flowers and store them for next year. It’s so amazing how a packet of maybe 20 seeds costs $1.00-$2.00, but from one flower you can gather about 100 seeds! We have probably 100 flowers, so you do the math! We will have thousands of seeds and I can’t wait to use them in our garden next year!

See our video below about how to gather seeds from zinnias (and other flowers for that matter).

Free Peanut Butter for All!

Well, maybe not for all, but definitely for those that have the matching coupons! I got 11 jars for FREE! Actually, I did have to pay a penny tax per jar, but I’ll take it!


This week Skippy Peanut Butter is on sale at Harris Teeter for $2.99, Buy one Get one free. That makes each jar $1.50 each. That is a good deal.


Then, I had coupons for $.75 off of one jar. These were in the July 31st Red Plum insert from the Sunday paper. At Harris Teeter, the $.75 doubles to $1.50 off, making the peanut butter FREE! I love it!


Now, if you’re wondering where I got 11 coupons from, the answer is EBAY. I actually bought 20 and shared some with a friend. If you also would like to get some of the Skippy coupons to use this week, go to EBAY and search “Skippy Coupons.” You will see many different ones come up. There are some out there for $1.00 off of one jar, which isn’t as good as my $.75 off that doubled, but you would still pay only $.50 for the peanut butter if you use the $1.00 off coupons. 


One warning- these coupons expire August 28, so you would need to order today and ask that they mail them ASAP. I have had great luck with sellers mailing me my coupons quickly- I’ve gotten some in only two days!

A couple of notes- all of the Skippy was on sale, so I was able to try out different types. I got some of the  naturals, which have no hydrogenated oils and is all natural. I got some regular and some crunchy. I also tried out one jar of the reduced fat. I figured why not? Also, the peanut butter all has long shelf life- expiring in fall of 2012, so I will not have to buy peanut butter for quite some time!


Keep in mind that you are only allowed to use three of the same coupon in one trip. Some cashiers are more strict on this; it’s really just luck of the draw. Some cashiers stick to the three coupon rule whereas others don’t seem to know or mind this rule. If you get a cashier who is a stickler, just go to another store or come back the following day to use more coupons.

The Harris Teeter at Mayfaire was very stocked up and had plenty, including a display at the end of the aisle. The Harris Teeter at Ogden had less. I left plenty on the shelf for others, so be sure to get in and get this great deal this week!

Free Hardcover Photo Book

Here comes another great photo book deal, this time even better than the last one I posted! As a bonus, I am giving you THREE days to complete it this time, rather than one day like I did last time.


Go to Shutterfly’s website, create an 8×8 hardcover book, and when you pay enter the promo code: RXV4-CV37-9YZR-YUN31Z

This is a value of up to $29.99- great deal! You will have to pay shipping, but I recall it being less than $10. I plan on doing one to highlight my children’s photos that they recently took. It’s very easy to upload photos from your computer and Shutterfly does most of the work, arranging the pictures for you. If you choose to customize it or add text, that is more work, but still not too bad.
Be sure to order the right size and type- 8×8 hardcover, or you may not get the promotional pricing. Deadline is Wednesday, August 24th, so don’t delay too long!

Star News vs. News and Observer Round Seven!

Judging from thickness of the inserts alone, I’m placing my bet this week with the Raleigh News and Observer having more coupons. Of course, I was totally wrong last week because I bet on the Raleigh paper when the Wilmington paper actually had more. Let’s see if I’m right again.

Raleigh News and Observer- Sunday, August 21, 2011- 1 Insert- Smart Source

Velveeta Cheesy $1.00 off of one
Dole Fruit Bowls Natural Fruit $.50 off of two packages
Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Morsels $.50 off of one
Yoplait Yogurt Cups $.40 off of six
Welch’s Fruit Snacks or Fruit and Yogurt Snacks $.40 off of one
Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Dressing $1.00 off of one
Hidden Valley Salad Kit $1.00 off of one
Glad Food Storage Products $1.00 off of two
Clorox Bleach $.25 off of one
Brita Picher or Faucet Mount System $4.00 off of one
Brita Bottle Water Filtration Sysem $1.00 off of one
KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauces and Marinades $.50 off of one
Kingsford Match light Charcoal 6.3 lbs or larger $1.00 off of one
Morton Season-All $.55 off of one
Assorted Clorox, Tilex, Pine-Sol Cleaners $1.00 off of two
Clorox Wipes $.25 off of one
409 All Purpose Cleaner $.50 off of one
Chiquita Bites Family or Multi pack Apples $1 off of one
Chiquita Bites $1 off of two Bites Singles or 2 Duos
Planters Peanut Butter $.75 off of one
Mueller’s Whole Grain Pasta $.55 off of one
Heinz Ketchup $.50 off of one
Ore-Ida Products $1.00 off of three
Tyson Frozen Chicken Nugget Bags $1.00 off of one
Buddig Original Sandwich Meat $.55 off of two
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate $1.00 off of two
Dannon or Stonyfield OIKOS yogurt $.50 off of two
Jose Ole Items 16 oz or larger $1.50 off of one
French’s Worcestershire Sauce $.75 off of one
French’s Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce $.75 off of one
Bob Evans Refrigerated Sides $.40 off of one
Bob Evans Refrigerated Sides $1.00 off of two
Bob Evans Sausage Patties or Links $.75 off of one
Excedrin 20 ct or larger $.75 off of one
Excedrin 80 ct or larger $1.50 off of one
Triaminic Fever Reducer Products $1 off of one
Mitchum Deoderant $1 off of one
Brach’s Products $.75 off of two
Clear Care Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution $3.00 off of one twin pack
Cpach Brand Products $1.00 off of one
Johnson and Johnson Red Cross Brand Products $1.50 off of two
Glade Press and Spray Starter Kit $1.00 off of one
Glade Sense and Spray Refills $1.00 off of two
Wisk Laundry Detergent 45 oz or larger $2.00 off of one
Glade Decor Scents Electric Warmer $1.00 off of one
Glade Decor Scents Glass Holder $1.00 off of one
Glade Decor Scents Refill Pack $1.00 off of one
Glade Plug-ins Scented Oil Twin Refill or Two single Refills $1.00 off
Glade 4 oz jar candles $.75 off of two
Glade Scented Oil Candles holder or Two refills $1.00 off of one
Glade Premium Room Spray $.55 off of one
Scrubbing Bubbles Active Scrub Cream Cleanser $1.00 off of one
Hot Pockets $.75 off of three boxes
Lance Cracker Creations $1.00 off of one
Purina Friskies Crispies $1.00 off of one
Purina One dry Dog Food or Beyond Dog Food any size $2.00 off of one
Purina One Cat Food or Purina One Beyond Cat Food any size any variety $2.00 off of one
Stayfree Products $1.00 off of any one
Carefree Products $.50 off of any one
OB Tampons Product $1.00 off of any one
Purina Beggin’ Strips $1.00 off of two
Purina Alpo Come and Get it $1.00 off of one bag
Purina Alpo come and get it $1.00 off of one bag
Pantene Products $1.00 off of two
Act 16.9 oz or larger bottles $1.00 off of one
Claritin Non Drowsy 4 oz or 10-count or larger $2.00 off of one
Claritin Non-Drowsy 15 count or larger $4.00 off of one
Claritin Non Drowsy 45 count or larger $6.00 off of one THIS WEEK ONLY!

Total Value: $75.90

Wilmington Star News Coupons, August 21, 2011- One Smart Source Insert

Velveeta Cheesy $1.00 off of one
Welch’s Fruit Snacks or Fruit and Yogurt Snacks $.40 off of onePlanters Peanut Butter $.75 off of one
Mueller’s Whole Grain Pasta $.55 off of one
Jose Ole Items 16 oz or larger $1.50 off of one
French’s Worcestershire Sauce $.75 off of one
French’s Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce $.75 off of one
Mitchum Deoderant $1 off of one
Clear Care Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution $3.00 off of one twin pack
Lance Cracker Creations $1.00 off of one
Pantene Products $1.00 off of two

Total Value: $11.70

Well, the obvious winner here is the Raleigh News and Observer. I’m sorry, but the amount of coupons in the Wilmington Star News today was quite lacking. Unless you can get it for free, I wouldn’t even bother with it this week, especially since it didn’t have any different coupons from the Raleigh paper. One positive is the Planters Peanut Butter coupons; I’m excited about using those. The $.75 off will double to $1.50 off at Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter, so if you wait for it to go on sale, you should be able to get it for either free or less than $1. 


Another plus about this week’s coupons is that many have long expiration dates. That is to say, they don’t expire for a month or longer. Until next week!

Harris Teeter Sunday Specials!

Well, this is a first for me! I just posted yesterday about how grocery stores offer weekend and Saturday specials, but this morning I got an e-mail about Harris Teeter EVIC- SUNDAY specials! If you haven’t signed up for EVIC at Harris Teeter (their e-mail special deals program), then you must! Each week you will get special deals e-mailed to you. They are tailored specifically to your shopper card, although I have found that many of the specials are the same, particularly the Saturday and now, Sunday specials.


Are these Sunday specials something that Harris Teeter will be doing often? I don’t know, but I sure will take advantage of it today!


Below are the Sunday specials that I was offered, along with some coupon match-ups that are out there to make them even lower. Remember, these are Sunday only, so be sure to get them if you can drop by the store for a second. Let me know if your Sunday specials are different from mine.

59 ounce Tropicana Orange Juice- $1.97 each (limit 2) *There was a $1 off of 2 coupon in the July 10th newspaper, making this only $1.47 each (great deal- these are normally expensive OJs). There was also a coupon in the August All You Magazine for $1 off of 1, making the OJ only $.97!

12.25 ounce Honey Nut Cheerios- $1.77 (limit 2) *There have been multiple General Mills coupons in the Sunday papers lately, so check your binder. I know one came out on July 22 for $1 off of 2. Also, click here for Cheerios coupon that should also work!

Tombstone Pizza (limit 2) Here is a printable coupon for $1.50 off of 3.

5 pound Birchwood 100% Ground Beef Patties (limit 2)

I’m not a huge frozen pizza fan, but I do like to keep some around for nights that I don’t feel like cooking. It’s a nice way to fight off any temptations to eat out! Even ordering pizza with a coupon won’t beat the above price of $1.77 per pizza!

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Harris Teeter will offer Sunday specials again in the near future!

What’s on my Grocery List

I tend to shop on the weekends because often the grocery stores have weekend sales in addition to their normal weekly sales. Harris Teeter has a Saturday special every Saturday, and it’s usually definitely worth attending. Normally the Saturday special consists of one or two items that are extremely deeply discounted. That is how I often get toilet paper or paper towels; almost each month Harris Teeter has a Saturday special for toilet paper or paper towels, so I just wait for the sale and buy it then.


Lowes Foods and Food Lion tend to have three day or weekend sales. One difference is that their weekend sales last three days versus Harris Teeter’s one day Saturday special. Also, there are usually several items on discount during the Lowes Foods and Food Lion weekend sales. This weekend has great weekend sales from both stores, so be sure to check out the flyer.


So, what’s on my grocery list this weekend? I’m going to Harris Teeter on Saturday; check out some of the items that I definitely plan to buy!


Minute Maid 10 count 100% Juice Boxes- (Saturday Special) $1.77 minus my $1 off coupon from Delly’s Deals coupons make it only $.77 each)!
Hefty One Zip Freezer and Storage Bags- BOGO sale $2.89 minus my $1 off coupon from newspaper)- these will end up costing me only $.94 each)
Betty Crocker Cake Mix and Frosting- $3.84- $.75 off coupon from paper= $2.34 for both
Peter Pan Peanut Butter- $2.00-$.50 off coupon from the paper which doubles= $1 for the peanut butter
McCormick Taco Seasoning (EVIC Special) $.25 each; I’m buying two
Harris Teeter Brand Apple Sauce 6 pack- BOGO for $1.99- makes it only $.99 each pack!
Harris Teeter Dozen Large Eggs- BOGO $1.99- makes it only $.99 per dozen- AWESOME deal- stock up!
Arnolds Wide Pan Honey Wheat Bread- BOGO sale $4.29- makes it $2.14 each loaf
Harris Teeter Pre-Sliced Deli Meats and Cheeses- $2.39 each
Sara Lee Bread Loaf- on sale for $1.99 I think- $.55 off coupon from paper makes it only $.89 per loaf!
Lucky Charms EVIC Special $1.97 I have coupon for $1 off of two, making them $1.50 each
Snackwells Snacks EVIC Special $1.47 My coupon for $.75 doubles, making them FREE!
Harris Teeter 4 count Bath Tissue- BOGO (I don’t need toilet paper now, but I always get it when I see a sale)
Smuckers Jelly (the BIG one) on sale for $1.37 My coupon for $.55 doubles, making it only $.27

I also plan to price check Crest toothpaste, as I have a $.75 off coupon from the Proctor and Gamble insert plus a digital coupon for $.75 off, totaling $2.25 in discounts towards one box. Considering the discount, I should end up paying very little for the toothpaste, if not getting it for free. 

I’m not buying any meat, other than deli turkey, because I am pretty stocked up on meat in my deep freezer. I will say that I saw some awesome deals on meats this week at all three of the stores, and I may do a separate post about that. Again, check your flyer for details.


Finally, I did notice a great deal on the Fruit Rollups and Fruit Snacks. They are EVIC special for Saturday, only $.97 each. There is a digital coupon available for them, plus a coupon from the Sunday paper a few weeks back, making them free. I don’t buy those for myself or my kids, but if you do, this is certainly the weekend to get them!


What’s on your list this weekend?