Monthly Archives: November 2011

Christmas Tree Deals

Have you gotten your Christmas tree, yet?


Someone on my Facebook page asked me for the best place to get one. Today I posted on Facebook asking everyone to share where they got their tree and how much they paid for it. Post here as well, so we can all get an idea of the prices people are paying and where to get the best deal.


I bought my tree this year from Food Lion. It is a 6-7 foot Fraser Fir and it cost us $29.99 + tax. That is the best price I’ve seen so far and we are very pleased with the tree! It is full and a lot bigger in our home than it seemed when we picked it up. The trees always seem little to me until I actually put it into the house.


Where did you find your Christmas tree?

Star News vs. News and Observer!

There is supposed to be one Proctor and Gamble monthly insert in the paper today and possibly Walmart and Target coupons.

However, early this morning, I went to three locations- Harris Teeter Ogden, Kangaroo and Hess and none of the newspapers had coupons! Oddly enough, the Wilmington Star News said that it had $69.50 worth of coupons inside but I looked in many papers and none contained coupons. This also happened last week with the Raleigh paper, so I’m not sure what’s going on.


I have heard that you can get the Proctor and Gamble insert for free from the local AdPack and Encore Magazines, if you know where they are located around town. They tend to be in restaurants, coffee shops and local type establishments.


I don’t plan on any goose chases searching for the Proctor and Gamble inserts; most likely I will just order it online, either from Whole Coupon Inserts or from EBAY. Coupons can generally be purchased there for less than $1 plus a small shipping fee.


Another idea is to check this list of what coupons were in the Proctor and Gamble insert today. You may only want certain coupons from it, rather than the complete insert. If that’s the case, individual coupons can be obtained on EBAY or from Coupon Dede or Kuntry Klippers, so that you only buy the coupons you actually want.


Let me know if your newspaper had the Proctor and Gamble insert today!

Delly’s Deals Radio Show Notes- Weekly Deals, Restaurant Gift Card Deals and Sunday Paper Reminder!

This morning on the Delly’s Deals Radio show I will be talking about Budgeting for Eating Out and how you can use Restaurant Gift Card Deals to help you with your budget for eating out. I will also share with you any weekly grocery deals that I have found.


How I Got My Thanksgiving Turkey for Almost Free (post from November 22nd)


Restaurant Gift Card Deals- click for a list of bonus gift card deals from restaurants. Buy your gift cards in advance and get bonus gift card for doing so. These are a great way to get more bang for your buck at restaurants. Often you can combine these with coupons, too. I like the Ruby Tuesday deal, where you can get a $15 gift card for every $50 in gift cards that you buy. That’s a pretty generous deal, plus Ruby Tuesdays is always offering coupons in the mail for B1G1 free meals. You can combine the coupon with your gift card but not with the bonus gift card, but it’s still an awesome deal. There are many other restaurants listed in the above link as well.


On to grocery store talk! This week’s grocery store deals are a little off due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Last week’s deals lasted two extra days, through Thanksgiving. On Friday, a short, new ad came out and these deals will last through Tuesday. 


Food Lion Deals this week

Harris Teeter Deals this week

Lowes Foods deals this week ( link to ad only, as Southern Savers did not post a deals list)


Lowes Foods is running a gift card promo where if you buy $50 in gift cards from participating retailers and restaurants, you get a $5 off your next Lowes Foods order. This lasts through December 3rd, next Saturday.


I will be back tomorrow with my report on the Sunday newspaper coupons, so be sure to check in here tomorrow before you get your paper!

How I Got an almost FREE Turkey from Food Lion!

Waiting until the last minute paid off for me today, as I was able to take advantage of two deals that Food Lion was running this week and put them both together to equal an almost FREE turkey!

I had to combine two promotions to make it work, but they were both easy to do.


Food Lion Promo Number One:

This week (through Thursday night) at Food Lion, if you buy $35 worth of products, you can get special pricing on a FROZEN Jennie-O turkey. Instead of the regular price, you can get it for $.47 a pound. That’s a SUPER good deal.


Food Lion Promo Number Two:
If you buy $15 worth of Unilver Products, you will get $5 off any turkey purchase in the store, whatever brand.

If you buy $30 worth of Unilver Products, you will get $10 off any turkey purchase in the store, whatever brand.
The discount comes off automatically at the register.


In case you didn’t know, Unilever makes products such as Ragu, Knorr Pasta and Rice Sides, Dove, Skippy, Hellmans, and many more. See the Food Lion ad to see which products qualify.


So, I combined both promos in order to get the free turkey. What I did was:

I bought $35 worth of products inside of Food Lion, some groceries that I needed and also some things that I needed for my Thanksgiving Dinner, such as sweetened condensed milk, French’s Onions (had coupons for both), some ham for my son’s Kindergarten Thanksgiving Party (Deli Ham is on sale right now at Food Lion for $3.98 per pound), ground beef, and other random things that I needed.


I then did the $15 worth of Unilever items promotion. I bought 15 Knorr Pasta and Rice Sides (on sale for $1.00 each) and since they counted towards the promotion, I got $5 off my turkey.

Well, my almost 12 pound turkey, which was originally $19.03, was discounted to $5.39 since I spent $35 inside of Food Lion.

Then, I got $5.00 off of it, since I bought the Unilever products! This made the turkey only $.39!!!! I tried to find a smaller turkey so that I could get it for free, but the one I got was one of the smallest. Anyhow, $.39 for a turkey is still a great deal!


This only works if you can manage to find some Unilever products that you actually would use. There are several to choose from. My kids like the Knorr Pasta and Rice sides and they are good when I need to whip up a quick side item. Sometimes I throw chicken breast in with the pasta or rice to make it more of a meal, so I didn’t mind buying 15 of them since they were on sale anyways.

I’m glad Food Lion did this deal this year because in years past they did the thing where you could get a free turkey if you bought a certain amount of groceries every week. I never did that because that was so hard to keep up with, plus I don’t normally shop Food Lion each week. This year’s offer was certainly better!


One last tip- it’s only the FROZEN Jennie-O turkeys that count for the $.47 per pound, so be sure to get in there and get it today or early tomorrow because you will still have to thaw it before it cooks!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!

Star News vs. News and Observer!

This week both the Raleigh paper and the Wilmington paper had one insert. I found a Smart Source insert in each paper. I did not see a Red Plum.


Honestly, both inserts were a little sad- there weren’t too many coupons today in either insert, but that’s to be expected for end of the month. Last week’s coupons were so awesome; I guess that was the last hurrah for coupons before Thanksgiving! Keep in mind that there will not be coupons in next week’s paper either, since it’s Thanksgiving. 

One tip I give for weeks like this when there are very little or no coupons is to take the opportunity to fix up your binder! Since you won’t have many to clip, today and next week will be a great time to go through your binder and pull expired coupons and file any coupons that you’ve been meaning to put in their sleeves. My binder was all out of order from Super Double coupons, so I finally fixed it back up on Friday night and I felt so much better on my Saturday shopping trip with my binder in order again.


The Wilmington paper coupon insert was thinner than Raleigh’s. Almost all the coupons in the Raleigh SmartSource insert were the same as the Wilmington Smart Source insert plus more, so if you can find a Raleigh paper today, I would definitely get it because you’ll get more for your money.


Some of the coupons featured today in the Wilmington paper were lots of Pillsbury coupons, LouAna oil, Playtex products, Mariani Cherries, Mueller’s Whole Grain Pasta, Claritin, Smart Balance products, Schick Hydro Razors, Scotch-Brite, Sucrets, Air Wick, Caribou Coffee, Phillips Soniccare, and Moe’s coupons. 

The Raleigh paper had all of the above (except Caribou coffee or Scotch Brite) plus Cold Stone coupons, Allens canned foods, Yoplait, Wright Bacon, EZ Start Duck Tape, Carvel Cakes, Depends, Pediasure, Huggies, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Butterball Turkey and Edwards Pies, Hershey’s and Reeses Candy, Finish Tablets, Chinet Plates and Cups, Zim’s Crack Creme, Starbucks, Pepperidge Farm Cakes, Blue Diamond nuts, Aloutte Cheeses (these are so good and great for parties!), Clean and Clear, Prevacid, Infusium 23, and Olive Garden.

One final tip- check your paper before you walk out of the store! It took me going through FIVE Raleigh papers before I could find one with the coupon inserts in it. This normally isn’t a problem for me, so I don’t know what happened today.

Happy Thanksgiving and since there will not be any coupons next week, I’ll be back with another newspaper comparison on  December 4th!

Weekly Grocery Store Deals!

Below are the deals for this week from Food Lion, Harris Teeter, and Lowes Foods. See below for a link to all the deals where you can make a printable list! These deals last through Thanksgiving Day.


A couple of points- you can get a Jennie-O turkey from Food Lion for $.69 per pound if you spend at least $35 in the store. This is a good deal, especially considering that turkeys can be $1.50 or more per pound. I even saw some for $2.29 per pound at other stores, so if you need other items from Food Lion, this would be a good time to get your turkey. Also, there is a Unilever products promotion where you can save $5 off a turkey or $10 off a turkey if you buy $15 or $30 worth of the products. I imagine you could end up getting your turkey free or close to it this way!


Harris Teeter has Deer Park water on Saturday special for only $2.77 for a 24 pack. Also, you can get 5 lbs of Domino Sugar for only $1.17 if you have the $.65 off coupon from the paper. Lays Chips are Buy 2 get 3 free, making them only $1.71 per bag. Reynolds Wrap Oven bags and Rachel Ray Chicken Stock are $1.00 after coupon. Finally, I got Dole Mandarin Oranges on sale for $1.00 per can, but after coupon for $.50 off 2 cans, they ended up being only $.50 per can. This is a good deal, as they normally cost $1.85 per can.


Finally, Lowes Foods deals are great this week, too! I saw Butterball Turkey for only $.87 per pound, which is good for a name brand. Also they’re running a $4 off 4 promo on Kelloggs cereals, which can really add up if they’re on sale and you use a coupon. There are many more deals to be had there, so check the flyer before you shop.

Food Lion Deals

Harris Teeter Deals

Lowes Foods Deals

Free Papa Johns Pizza in Wilmington/Leland!

Thank you to Kristian J. for sharing this awesome deal on my Facebook page. I checked it out and it is the real thing!


Wilmington and Leland, NC area Papa Johns Pizza stores are offering a free Papa Johns Pizza when you like them on the Papa Johns Wilmington Facebook page. You then fill out a form under the “Free Pizza Tab” on the left and you will receive a code for a free pizza!


I don’t know how long this great deal will last, but get it now while it’s still going on!

Star News vs. News and Observer!

It’s time again to compare the two papers that are available here locally to see which has the most coupons this week!


Interestingly, the Raleigh News and Observer only had one insert this time, a Red Plum. My Wilmington Star News Newspaper had THREE inserts- a Red Plum, Smart Source and a special Everydaysaver. I was very impressed with the Wilmington paper this morning. Don’t forget that you can get the Wilmington newspaper for only $1.00 at the Dollar Tree locations.


I was tempted to say the two Red Plum inserts were identical, but then I found two Morton Salt coupons that weren’t in the Wilmington Red Plum but were in the Raleigh Red Plum. I Also couldn’t find the Tennessee Pride Sausage coupon in the Wilmington paper.  But overall, they basically have the same coupons this week.


The Wilmington paper had two additional inserts this week that I did not find in my Raleigh paper. The Everyday Saver insert featured lots of Pillsbury coupons for cookies, biscuits, pie crusts, and crescent rolls. It also had Granola Thins, Hamburger Helper, Green Giant Frozen Veggies and a rare coupon on Green Giant Canned Veggies! The canned veggie coupon is for $.50 off of two, so it will double at Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods. This would make a great coupon to search for extras of on EBAY, as it doesn’t expire until January 7th, 2012!


The Everyday saver insert also had Yoplait Greek Yogurt, Betty Crocker Cake Mix and icing coupons and a Bisquick coupon for $.50 off. Note, these coupons usually have matching digital coupons from Harris Teeter EVIC and also from Lowes Foods and Cellfire.com. Finally, I also saw a coupon for Chex Cereals and Progresso soups. This Everyday saver insert is one you don’t want to miss!

In additional to the everyday saver inserts, there was also a Smart Source insert in the Wilmington paper. It featured coupons such as Scott products, Egglands Best, Fleischmann’s Bread, Reynold’s Wrap and Oven Bags for your turkey, Dixie Crystals Sugar, Mrs. Schubert’s Bread, Texas Toast Croutons, Pam Cooking Spray, Orville Reddenbacher Popcorn, Sweet n Low, White Castle Burgers, Marie Callendars Dessert Pie, Redi-Whip, Nabisco Crackers, Egg Nog, Bird’s Eye Veggies, Carolina Pride Hotdogs, Excedrin and Bruce’s Baked Sweet Potatoes.



My point is that you DEFINITELY don’t want to miss the Star News this week and I probably would make a pass on the Raleigh paper!

Weekly Grocery Store Deals and Turkey Talk!

Every Saturday morning before the Delly’s Deals radio show I will be posting the weekly grocery store deals. Many of you do your shopping on the weekends, so I thought that Saturday mornings would be a great time to post them.


Click below to see most of the deals from Food Lion, Harris Teeter or Lowes Foods. Remember, these deals last through Tuesday night! Southern Savers does a great job of posting the deals, and you can even click the boxes of what you want to make a printable shopping list.


Food Lion Deals
Harris Teeter Deals
Lowes Foods Deals


Today, Harris Teeter is running a Saturday special on Clorox Bleach that I like. If you are an EVIC member, you can get up to two 96 ounce jugs for $.97 each. This is already a great price, but it gets better if you have a coupon. Click here to print a $.25 off coupon (this will double to $.50 off) that makes the bleach only $.47 each! Even if you don’t need any bleach right now, I would definitely go ahead and get some at this price so that you have it for later. You can only get this deal today, so be sure to grab it!

Turkey Talk

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, so time is running out to get your turkey. I noticed that all three grocery stores are having sales and the prices vary widely. The sales below are going on through Tuesday night.

The best deal on a turkey is definitely at Harris Teeter- get your turkey for only $.47 per pound. Keep in mind that you can only get this great deal if you spend at least $40 in the store, which should be easy if you’re doing your weekly shopping there. You might also want to go ahead and get your other items for Thanksgiving such as your canned veggies. This week, Harris Teeter has Del Monte Canned Veggies on sale for buy 2 get 3 free and you can get up to ten cans at this price.


Lowes Foods turkey is on sale for $.77 per pound with a $25 purchase and at Food Lion their turkeys are on sale for $.69 per pound. See below for comparison:


Harris Teeter: $.47 per pound with $40 purchase
Food Lion:     $.69 per pound with $35 purchase
Lowes Foods: $.77 per pound with $25 purchase

Normally turkeys cost between $1.19-$1.50 per pound, so those are truly some great deals.


Clearly Harris Teeter is the turkey winner by far! Their turkeys are $.30 per pound less than at Lowes Foods. On a 10 pound turkey, this would equate to $3.00 worth of savings. On a 20 pound turkey this would equate to $6.00 in savings.


Keep in mind though, that if you want to get that price, you have to spend money in the store, so on a basis of where you’d have to spend the least to get the special price, Lowes Foods wins, since you only have to spend $25 to get the $.77 per pound price.

Check in with me here tomorrow morning for my weekly Star News versus News and Observer article. Have a great Saturday!

New Update- Grocery Store Discounts for Veterans

I guess I’m on a Veteran’s Day kick since I keep finding new discounts for Veterans Day.


It turns out that both Food Lion and Harris Teeter are offering discounts to Veterans on November 11th. With this being a blog about saving money on groceries, I found it imperative that I announce this!


Food Lion will be giving a 10% discount to Veterans and active military when they present their ID on Friday, November 11th. Click here for details.


Harris Teeter will be offering an 11% discount to Veterans and active military when they present their ID on Friday. The 11% comes from the unique date of 11-11-11, which is Friday’s date. Click here for details.


I have not seen any news about a discount from Lowes Foods; if you see something, please notify me and I’ll be glad to post it.


Happy Veterans Day and again, thanks to all of you for your service to our country!