Albertsons stock

Late last night (Wed), I was at Albertsons on Eagle/McMillan. They had a good supply of Kraft shredded cheese, but were almost out of brick. They were out of Cool Whip and hot dogs. Went today to Cole/Fairview, good supply of cheese, no hot dogs or Cool Whip - truck coming Saturday. Overland/Orchard had some hot dogs (no I didn't take all of them), Cool Whip lite and Sugar Free (no regular), and absolutely, no Kraft cheese. I may be looking for some more hot dogs, but that's about it.

Hope this helps you some.

Read More.....Trying to figure out what to make for dinner with hot dogs, cheese and cool whip!

Albertsons Rounders This Sunday

Beginning this Sunday 8/29/10, Treasure Valley Albertsons will be trying out a new program. We won't be getting the doubler coupons that the rest of the region will be getting. We will start a new program, that does not require an additional coupon - I think it's being called Rounding. Very simply, any coupon under $1 will be automatically "rounded" to $1 by the register. So, if you have a 25c coupon (i.e. Bounty, or Puffs), it will "round" to $1.

A complete explanation of the trial program will be in Sunday's paper. Since there won't be doublers, you don't need to run out and buy multiple papers, unless you want the coupon inserts!

The reason behind this trial program is to counteract all the customers who have taken their doublers to Walmart. I personally hate shopping at Walmart, so I'm definitely not one of them. This is a trial program and my contact at Albertsons urged me to call Customer Care to voice my opinion of this program. If this program continues, I doubt I will be going to Albertsons as often as I have been. This may also effect the newspaper business - why get multiple papers if you will be using the high value coupons at face value? What is your thought on this new program?

Read More....Shopping only at Fred Meyers?

Kohl's $10 off $20 coupon

Today's Idaho Statesman has a new $10 off $20 coupon stuck to the front top of the paper. Coupon is good 8/19 thru Sat 8/28. Can be used in conjunction with this 15% off coupon. The 15% will be applied to the balance AFTER the $10 comes off.

The cashiers will only take 1 coupon per person. Please plan on making multiple visits to the store.

Read clearance

Red Baron $1 coupon

Go here for a $1 coupon on Red Baron Pan Pizza or Pan Pasta. Match that up with a good sale and/or Albertsons doublers! The coupons I printed today don't expire till 10/02/10!!!!!

Read pizza!

$1 Del Monte Fruit Chillers coupon

Just got an email with a link to a new $1 Del Monte Fruit Chillers Cups or Tubes bricks coupon. Go here to print it (twice using your back button). This excited me, personally, because I managed to snag rain checks for this item last time it was on sale and we had doublers. Turns out, my hubby likes the cups, so this will be a great summer time treat at my house! With rumors of doublers coming Sunday, I'm excited!

Read More.....wonders if they are better than ice cream?

New $10 off $20 purchase Kohls coupon

Today's issue of the Idaho Statesman has a coupon "Take $10 off any purchase of $20 or more". It's good 4/29 (tomorrow) thru 5/9. Remember, you can use your 15% coupon with it - the percent will come off the balance after the $ off coupon.

As always, "Only one $10 coupon can be redeemed per customer". So, please don't make back to back purchases and expect to use multiple coupons. My cashiers are only allowed to take 1 per customer and I can't approve it either, because then I get in trouble. If you have multiple coupons, make multiple visits - coupon is good for 10 days!

Read More.....loves shopping at Kohl's!

Baskin-Robbins 31c scoop night

Wednesday, 4/28/10 is 31c scoop night at Baskin-Robbins. Between 5pm-10pm, all 2.5 oz scoops will be 31c (plus tax) at participating locations (limit 3 scoops per person). This promotion is in honor of America's firefighters and Baskin-Robbins will be making a $100,000 donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. You may also have a chance to make a donation to local fire charities.

You can text SCOOP to 31310 for a text message reminder on 4/28 about this promotion.

Read More.....Loves Ice Cream!!!!!!

$1 OB Coupon

This is a hot coupon in my opinion - I haven't seen one of these in about a year if my memory is correct! To print this rare $1 OB coupon go here. Since it's a bricks coupon, don't forget to hit the back button 3 times and print out a second one! It's good on ANY OB product.

Read More.......happy to save money!

Dole 55c/2 coupons

Boy, my in box has had some really good coupons lately. This bricks coupon from Dole was pretty exciting - Save 55c on two Dole Canned Fruits. The pineapple chunks go on sale at Albertsons for $1 quite frequently. With a "Twice the Value" coupon (doubler), you could get two cans for 90c!!!! These don't expire till 6/30/10, so plenty of time to match them up for the best deal.

Read More....Love ham and pineapple pizza!

Fred Meyer - earn double rewards points!

Woot, woot! I was pretty excited when I saw this email from Fred Meyer! Starting Sunday, 4/4 thru Saturday, 4/10, you will earn double reward points (2 for every $1 spent). If you scan and pay with your Fred Meyer Master Card, you get quadruple points!!!!!!!!!!! The quarter end for the current rewards points promo ends later this month, so this will help increase your points!

Read More...Getting ready to visit Fred E. Bear!!!

B1G1F Lindsay Olives Reclosables

Just got an email from Lindsay Olives with a great coupon - Buy any Lindsay Reclosables item, get a second free. I checked the website and they should be carried at Albertsons. I also did a survey thru the same email and they asked me if the Reclosables were 50c more than the regular, what was the probability of me buying them? Hopefully, this product is pretty competitively priced!

Read More.....Olives, want more!

$3 DiGiorno Pizza and Breadsticks Coupon

DiGiorno Pizza has a new April Fools Day gag out, that will net you a $3 coupon on their new pizza and breadsticks. You can go here to go directly to the coupon, or go here to create an April Fools gag on Facebook and then print the coupon. You can also go to the main page and click print without creating a gag. My friend posted that she was going to be on a reality tv show and really got some of her friends going! It's a hoot!!!

Since it's a bricks coupon, you can hit backspace 3 times after the coupon prints and print a second coupon. With the April Fools tie-in, I wouldn't expect this coupon to be around after today. This looks to be a new product, so product launch would have it priced pretty low. Maybe free with the coupon??? That would be sweet!

Read More....Love Pizza!

$1/2 Juicy Juice Coupon

Just received an email from Nestle Juicy Juice. Go here to sign in/register and print your own $1/2 coupon. Since it's a bricks coupon, you can push the back button and print again!

I'm not aware of any awesome deals to match this coupon to, but you never know. When I registered with this site, about a year ago, I got a free sippy cup. My mother laughed, since my youngest is ready for Drivers Ed. But, this weekend, I dug it out for my grandson to use! Don't know if they are still offering the cup, but it might be worth looking into.

Read More.....loves juice.

Cellfire (ecoupons) - Fred Meyer has been added

I just found out from Angela at Frugal Living NW that Cellfire has added Fred Meyer as a real company. No more loading the ecoupons on to your "Kroger" card. Angela is currently working with Cellfire to find out more details. As soon as there is more info, I'll pass it along.

I know there were some folks that were uncomfortable with the process, the way it was set up and working, so this will totally work for you!

Read More......Loves Fred E. Bear

New Kohl's $10 off $20 coupon

Today's issue of the Idaho Statesman has a peel-off coupon for $10 off a $20 purchase at Kohl's. Coupon is valid 3/24 thru 4/3. If you have a Kohl's card, you can use your 15-20-30% off coupon on the portion you are paying for, in addition to the $10 coupon, lowering your cost even more! 15-20-30% off event runs 3/24 thru 3/31. Get the most bang for your buck - use your Kohl's card!

I don't know if the Press Tribune got this coupon or not. I know you can go to the Statesman office (off Curtis) and buy papers there, if you can't find a newstand with the sticker coupons. Heard there was a gentleman last time who bought 50 papers!

Please remember, this coupon states "ONE PER CUSTOMER". We can't do back-to-back orders like they do at Albertsons. Please plan to visit over several days, if you have multiple coupons.

Read More....getting ready to go shopping!

Starbucks Frappuccino $1 coupon

There is a NEW $1 off any 1 Starbucks Frappuccino coupon out. Print now (bricks coupon) and be ready for the next sale. I printed mine today and it's good for 6 weeks!!!!!!! Go here, answer the question about where your Frappuccino takes you and print out your coupon. It's that easy!

Many thanks to Storm, at Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife for the info and link. Storm also has a review of Starbucks Frappuccino Light and a give-away here.

Read More......Loves his Iced Mocha!!!!!!!!!

Free Sample Scott Rags

I was excited when I found Lori's post at MomsbyHeart. Another great free sample from the good sample folks at Walmart. This time, it's for Scott Rags. It's always nice to get free stuff in the mail, and something useful is an added bonus!

You don't have to have a Sam's club membership # to sign up.

Thanks MomsbyHeart!

Read More.....Getting ready to clean!

I'm Back!

Actually, I've been back - but it's been really busy at work and I haven't had time to post. And, to be honest, most of the blogs were covering the stuff I found.

Mom is doing REALLY well. She's done with radiation and now just has 3 more weeks of chemo sessions - which translates into 9 more weeks before she's done, with the recovery weeks in between. The radiation burns on her gums are healing and she can finally eat again! (I bought KFC mashed potatoes and gravy for her every day I was there, just to get something in her). I'll probably go down in mid-April, but more for a visit than for a caregiver session.

So, thanks for all the prayers and healing thoughts. When I talked with her the other day, she actually sounded like her old self!!!!!!!!!

No posts for a few days

I am leaving for California in the morning to help care for my mom, who is ill. I probably won't be posting till next week (unless I run across some awesome deal while I'm there). Please keep my mom in your prayers and I hope you find lots of good deals while I'm gone.

Various Pepperidge Farms coupons

I received an email today from Pepperidge Farms with a link to a coupon for 40c Pepperidge Farms Whole Grain bread. The banner said very specifically in the email that the coupon was for subscribers only. When I clicked, it did take me to a place to enter my email. After I had printed the coupon(s) (its a bricks - so printed 2), their home page has links for:

$1 off Pepperidge Farms Naturals snack crackers
75c off Goldfish crackers (you may have printed this one already
55c off Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Turnovers (use at Fred Meyer this week!)
55c off any Pepperidge Farms bread

If you aren't registered, I'm pretty sure it was short and sweet. The 40c co isn't much, but possibly with a doubler.....?

Read More....Did someone mention turnovers?

Kohl's Cares For Kids Scholarships

Kohl's has an awesome program that puts money back into the community, called Kohl's Cares For Kids. The sale of the children's books ($5 each) and the matching stuffed animals (also $5 each) is what funds the program.

One of the things that is done is that Kids Who Care program, which recognizes and rewards young volunteers, ages 6-18. This year, they will be recognizing 2,100 kids (at least one from each store) and rewarding them with either $50 gift cards, or scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Unfortunately for me, employees children are not eligible.

To fill out the nomination form go here. Once the nominator has registered, he/she will begin by filling out a form with the child's name, etc. Then there are essays about what volunteer work the child has completed. It's prety simple, really.

If your child wins, please let me know!

Read More......better start saving!

Scotties 50c coupon

I just received a email from Scotties Tissue with a coupon for 50c off your next purchase of Scotties Tissue. It's valid on any one Scotties 60-264 count single or multi-pack. Even though it's a bricks coupon, it only let me print one and it's good thru 3/25/10. This would a great coupon if Scotties tissues go on sale for $1 at Albertsons.

Read more.....hopes his nose isn't runnin.

Ingredient Archive - Earthbound Farm

Next time you have a brain-freeze on what to fix for dinner, or see a fresh item at a good price that you would like to buy, try the Earthbound Farm Ingredient Archive. If you've never been to their website, it's pretty informative.

For example, this week Fred Meyer has asparagus on sale for a great price ($1.28/lb, I THINK). Click on the Ingredient Archive and up comes an alphabetical list of fruits and veggies. Click on asparagus and and there are links to 7 recipes that range from soup to main dish to veggie alone as well as a write-up about the vegetable. While this is an organic website, you don't have to buy organic to make the dishes (I won't anyway). I'm thinking about adding shrimp to the linguine with asparagus recipe to have an "all-in-one" meal tonight.

So, next time you're looking for a recipe, try this site. Recipes are from chef's, and if you like preparation videos, they have those too.

Read More....getting hungry!

Earthbound Farm coupon at Delicious Living

Head over to Delicous Living's eCoupon site for 3 pages of coupons that include $1/2 Earthbound Farm products, 50c on Minute Rice Ready-to-Serve, various Chef's Requested meats (found at Walmart, I believe), 50c on Skinny Water (that name cracks me up!), $1 on Terra Chips and $1 on Garden of Eatin' products. If you have never printed from this site, you will need to download a plug in. It's nice to see more coupons for healthier products!

Read More ..... loves salad!

Del Monte Fruit Coupons

I got an email from Del Monte this morning, with some great coupons on their fruit products. For a $1/3 Fruit Naturals coupon, go here. For a $1/3 SuperFruit cups coupon, go here. For a $1 coupon on Orchard Select or SunFresh Refrigerated Glass jar, go here. And finally, for a $1 coupon on any one Fruit Bowl Cup, go here. These are all bricks coupons, so you can print them twice.

The Fruit Naturals frequently go on sale at Albertsons for $1, so with a doubler, you could possibly get them 3/$1. I'm not very familiar with the prices on the other products, so can't comment. If you see any of these for a great price, please let us know! It's always nice to have some fruit coupons to help the budget.

Thanks to Sami for sending me her email and reminding me to post this!

Read More.....licking his lips for some peaches!

Fred Meyer Apparel, Shoes & Accessories Clearance 70% off

Starting Sunday (2/21) thru Saturday 2/27, all apparel, shoes and accessories clearance will be an additional 70% off the lowest marked price at Fred Meyer. In the past, I've found some GREAT deals at these sales at Fred's. I recommend going Sunday (morning if you can) for the best selection, but that's not to say the perfect thing for YOU won't still be there later. I've never tried going on Saturday and asking for items to be put on hold, so I don't know if that's a possibility. Nothing ventured, nothing gained though, so you might give that a try.

Read More....looking forward to visiting Fred E. Bear again!

David Sunflower Seeds - $20 "David Dollars"

With baseball, softball and lacrosse seasons upon us, this sounds like a great offer!

Buy 20 bags of 14.5 oz or 16 oz David Sunflower seeds. Send the upcs and the form from here. Get $20 David Dollars to spend in the sporting goods department of Walmart. No CRT (cash register tape) required. Postmark by 9/17/10. NO LIMIT, though only 20 bags may be submitted on any 1 form.

They even have an online coupon ($1/2) to get you started! Or, look on page 136 of the March 26th issue of All You Magazine (found only at Walmart) for a $1 coupon and the same rebate form. I think Albertson's puts these on sale for $1 on occasion, so watch for those sales! I have no idea how much a bag costs at Walmart.

Read More....loves his seeds!

Del Monte $1 off 4 coupon

I just received a newsletter from Del Monte that has a $1 off 4 coupon. Go to" and either sign up or log in for your bricks coupons. Use in conjunction with the sale and catalina offer going on right now at Albertsons. Del Monte veggies are $1 buy 4 and use the $1/4 coupon and they would be only 50c. Buy 4 and a catalina will print out for $1 OYNO!

(Sorry for the link problem, hopefully you can copy/paste. Something is wrong, but I don't know what!)

Read More....loves his veggies!

Kohl's $10 off $20 purchase coupon

On the top, front page of today's Idaho Statesman is a bright blue Kohl's coupon. It's for $10 off any $20 purchase, valid 2/10 - 2/20/10. It is good during the scratch-off event for Kohl's card holders for 15, 20 or 30% off your purchase (scratch-off event starts tomorrow 2/10). You don't have to have a Kohl's card to use the $10 off $20 coupon.

It might be worth the 75c to go purchase the paper. I got one at work, then went to Jackson's and noticed the coupons were also on the newstand copies. As always, the back does say "limit 1 coupon per customer". If you plan to get multiple coupons, please plan to visit Kohl's on multiple days, because we will only be able to honor one coupon per visit.

Read More......looking at clearance, again!

Test Drive a 2011 Kia Sorrento

Test drive a 2011 Kia Sorrento, get a $25 prepaid Visa card. Yep, you read that right! How do you do it? Go here and fill out and print the form. Take it to your local Kia dealer (Dennis Dillon on Orchard/Freeway) or Nampa Kia (near the Idaho Center). Test drive the car and have the dealer sign it. Mail it in and you'll get a $25 Visa card. It's that simple! When I go, I generally tell the salesman that I'm not interested in buying right now - maybe a year from now. The dealers don't want to put extra miles on their cars, so they usually just sign the form. Sometimes though, you do have to drive. Test drive between 2/8/10 and 3/15/10. Make sure you fill out the form with the information of the person who will be doing the test drive. One per household.

If you are an old-time frugal person like me, you remember the days, just a few years ago, when it seemed like every car manufacturer was doing a promotion like this. I remember getting the first Shrek video for test driving a car, getting a Staples gift card for a test drive (a Saturn I think it was), plus a few gift certificates at (mazda) that I used to get gift cards for Foot Locker for my son. I sure have missed those days.

If this interests you, you are going to want to jump on it, because there are only a limited number of forms and once they are gone, the offer is generally pulled.

Thanks to RefundCents for the heads up on this offer.

Read More....Ride in a shiny new car?

Walgreens Free Blood Glucose Test

As featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, get a free blood glucose test at select Walgreens from Feb. 5-18, 2010. Visit Walgreens' site here for the consent form and info on which locations are participating. Here in Boise, it's the 24 hour store on Milwaukee and Fairview (208) 375-2825. There is also an online risk indicator survey you can use to see if you are at risk for diabetes. I recommend everyone at least taking the online survey, and following up with an actual test. Remember, it's free!!!!

What an awesome offer!!!!!!!!!!! Call the store and find out what you need to do to participate and when.

Read More.....loves Oprah!!

Fred Meyer 3-Day coupons

Today in the Idaho Statesman, there are some 3-day coupons (Fri-Sun).

Nabisco Crackers 3/$5 (limit 3) use $1 coupon from Smartsource 1/24/10 or online coupon you previously printed such as $2/2 from here,
Pepsi 12-pk $2 off 4,
Lays Chips $3/$5 (limit 3), and
Digiorno or California Kitchen Pizza $3.99 (limit 4) use Digiorno Rising Crust $1 coupon from Smartsource 1/24/10 or possible online coupons you previously printed.

I don't remember if any of these were in their Sunday ad or not. They also have Sub Sandwiches $5 per foot, 36 pieces of wings for $8.99, large avocados 4/$5, Foster Farms jumbo pack fryer breasts (bone-in) 99c/lb. and Bud, Miller or Coors 24-pk cans $15.99 (rebates!).

Remember, you don't have to have the Fred Meyer coupons - the cashiers can scan coupons they have already accepted, but you do have to remember to ask the cashier to do so.

Read More.....Looking forward to the big game!

Restaurant Review - Jalapeno's Bar & Grill

I tried a new restaurant this past Friday (ok, so it was an excuse to write another review) - Jalapeno's Bar & Grill. It's next to the Boy Scout office on Franklin (where Lone Star ? used to be) near Maple Grove.

I did not go during the noon hour - it was about 1:30 when I finally got off work and the restaurant was not busy at all. I think I only saw 4 other tables being occupied in the area I was seated in. The hostess was very friendly and explained the special to me, which is what I decided on. That was the Chicken Flautas, (two flour tortillas filled with shredded chicken, fried and topped with a white cheese sauce). While waiting, I snacked on chips, salsa and bean dip. The salsa, to me, tasted like tomato paste. Nothing like a fresh pico and not chunky. I requested a green sauce and I didn't care for it at all. The bean dip was good though!

The flautas were different, with the white cheese sauce over them. Not sure I would order them again. The folks at nearby table were talking to the manager (owner?) about how wonderful the food was. I will probably give them another try someday, before I completely avoid them, but I can say right now, this isn't my favorite mexican restaurant.

They offer Certified Angus Beef in their beef dishes. That could be why the prices are higher than the mexican restuarants I normally frequent. Their lunch menu ranged from a one item speedy lunch at $6.45 to Fajitas for $8.50. Dinner prices of course are higher. They also have a restaurant in Nampa, next to Staples on Caldwell Blvd. You can see their menu on their website at The prices are higher on the menu they gave me to take with me than on the website.

Read More....Is ready to go review another restaurant!

Old Navy Cami's $2

This is a great deal that starts tomorrow. Old Navy will have their natural-lace trim women's camis on sale for $2. They are regularly $12.50! Aren't they cute?
There are 10% coupons still available at, but I don't know the secret to finding them, or when they expire if you do find them.
Thanks to maybefrugal and m80 for the info. This offer runs 2/5 - 2/11.
Read More.....Thinks he's looking hot!

Plan a Picnic with Annie's Homegrown

Who said there are no coupons for organic products? Annie's Homegrown has partnered with a number of other organic companies to come up with a great offer. Purchase any Annie's product between 2/1/10 and 4/30/10 and enter it on registration form on Annie's website. Once you have completed the form, you will be able to print off a number of coupons such as:

$1 off any Earthbound Farm Packaged Salad
$1 off two bags of (5oz or larger) Kettle Brand Chips
$1 off any Lightlife Smart Sausage, Smart Dogs, or Deli Item
$1 off any one Rudi's Organic Bakery Product
$1 off any R.W. Knudsen Family Product $1.99 min purchase required
$1 off any one 4oz, 6oz or 8oz Organic Valley Cheese
$.75 off any Santa Cruz Organic Product $1.99 min purchase required (I love their lemonade!)
$.50 off any Eco Lips Products
$.75 off one 8ct carton of Honest Kids
$.50 off any one Bottle of Honest Tea or Honest Ade

In addition, you'll be able to print the booklet, "The inspired Picnic Guide".
Thanks to Money Saving Madness for this info!!!!! I know the Annie's brand is carried at Fred Meyer, I would think Albertson's carries it also.


Fred Meyer Upcoming Catlina

I was digging thru the coupon basket at the grocery entrance at the Meridian Fred Meyer and came across this catalina notice.

Purchase Kraft RANCH or ITALIAN salad dressing (16 oz or larger) between 2/5 and 2/28.

Buy 2 - get $1 catalina or
Buy 3 - get $2 catalina or
Buy 4 - get $3 catalina good on your next purchase.

I didn't find any coupons that we could use on these items, but the offer is good all month, basically, so there is still hope. If this interests you, don't purchase till 2/5 (Friday). Frequently, the same catalina offers are going on at Albertsons - I haven't seen a notice yet.

Read More.....Salad anyone?

Fred Meyer weekend coupons

In today's Idaho Statesman, there are 3 coupons good today (Friday) thru Sunday 1/31/10. Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna 4/$1 (limit 4), Kroger American Singles 2/$1 (limit 2), Sun 2X Laundry Detergent (Liquid) 99c (limit 2). In addition, they are advertising Whole sockeye Salmon $2.99/lb (previously frozen). Great price, I think for whole salmon. When I buy frozen items (specifically shrimp and scallops) from the butcher block, I ask them to go to the back and get what I want out the freezer - I'm going to take it home and freeze it generally, so why refreeze and lose some flavor? The butcher has always been very receptive to my request, so you might want to think about that when you shop, if your purchase is going right into your freezer for later.

As always, the cashiers should have the coupons mentioned above at the register, so you don't need to go buy a paper just for the coupons. Just ask them to find the coupons and scan them for you.

Have a great weekend!

Read more.......loves fish!

Free Reese's Pieces coupon up to $3.69

This is a great offer, but you will need to move quickly. You need a complete candy bar wrapper from Hershey's Special Dark dark chocolate bar, Almond Joy Candy bar, York Peppermint Pattie or Reese's Peanut Butter cups. Go here and download the form. Mail the two items (no receipt needed) to Pieces Wrapper Reward Program to the address shown on the form. The first 25,000 people will receive a coupon for a free bag of Reese's Pieces up to $3.69. Limit one/household and ends 2/10/10.

Since they are only giving away 25,000, I will be mailing mine tomorrow. I sure don't want to miss out on free chocolate!!!!!!!!!

If you don't have a stash of wrappers waiting for a Hershey's offer to come along, and need to actually buy a candy bar, you may want to use the coupon from the 1/10/10 Smartsource for $1 off Hershey's Special Dark 3.5 oz bar.

Thanks to RefundCents for the heads up on this offer.

Read More....Loves his chocolate.

Restaurant Review: The Vietnamese Deli

I'm going to do something different today, just for fun. You'll have to tell me if you like the idea.

I like to go out to eat. There I've said it. I don't mind eating at my desk, but I don't like packing a lunch. That doesn't mean I don't do it - I just don't like it. I don't like soggy bread from making my sandwich 4 hours before I eat it and I don't like eating leftover xxx that I didn't like the night before. But finances being what they are, I try to limit my lunch purchasing to once or twice/week. My office is near the corner Cole/Franklin in Boise. It's great for a quick run to Fred Meyer on Franklin/Orchard.

In front of Fred Meyer on Franklin/Orchard is a Vietnamese Deli. It was written up in the Statesman this past Friday and I have to say that I agree with the write-up. I had the Turkey Pesto ($4.25?) a few weeks ago and really liked it. I met some friends their for lunch last week and it was so crowded, we couldn't find a place to sit. The House Special (#1) ($3.25 sandwich only or $4.xx with a soda and chips) was recommended and I have had that a few times. If it hadn't been recommended, I don't know that I would have tried it - the description says pork cold cuts, pate and veggies. I have been unable to name any pork cold cuts (I think that one is the same pork you get when you order pork and seeds at a Chinese resaurant) and I'm not a fan of pate. Let me tell you, it's REALLY good! The veggies are very similar to a kimchi, I think. Not sour, just a little spicy, but great! They get their bread from the Oriental Market and it's nice and fresh. Today, I added a Vietnamese Spring Roll (85c) to my order. I'll do that again.

They offer free samples of any sandwich, so go check them out. Prices are VERY reasonable, but they don't have a lot of seating.

Read More....Loves fresh bread!

Free Skinny Cow Freezer Tote Bag

Unfortunately, I can't remember what blog I saw this on, so I can't give credit to them for the find. Some days are like that! Anyway, go here and sign up for a free freezer tote bag. Sam's club membership number is optional. They are only giving out 30,000, I believe, so don't delay!
Get ready for your summer shopping trips!

Read More....loves grocery tote bags!

Albertsons Quaker Deal

By now, I'm sure you have seen the new Albertsons ad and read on various blogs about different ways to do the Quaker deal. One coupon of note is the Buy 5 participating Quaker Products (6.1-8.7 oz Chewy Granola Bars, 14-16 oz. Cap'n Crunch, 15 oz Life or 16 oz. Toasted Oatmeal Squares) Save $3.00 coupon that can be found in the Fred Meyer monthly booklet.

There are two items to note, well maybe three. One, I've read that at some Fred Meyer stores, the monthly booklets are gone. Don't get me started on that bit of greed! BUT, I have found those same coupons hanging underneath the different Quaker products at the Meridian FM. They are printed on goldenrod colored paper. So, if you didn't get a booklet, and the store you go to is out of booklets, try the cereal and/or granola bar aisle and see if you can snag a few hanging coupons. UPDATE: Franklin/Orchard in Boise has two stacks of booklets at the grocery side door and a few near the service desk. They don't have any coupons hanging for quaker products.

Two, I emailed my favorite Assistant Manager (Cole/Fairview store) and he confirmed that they will accept the coupon (which I have heard beeps and needs to be forced through), AS LONG AS FRED MEYER IS NOT NOTED ON THE COUPON.

Now, I have two coupons on goldenrod paper, with a hole punched thru the expiration date. The expiration date is also the last words in the consumer fine print (February 2, 2010). No where on my coupons can I see the words Fred Meyer (i.e. valid at Fred Meyer, etc). So, I am very comfortable telling you that even though the coupon beeps, there is no reason why you should be unable to use them.

Three, since you have this coupon and it's over $1 in value so you would not be able to double it - you don't have to wait till Sunday to make your Quaker purchases. If you buy 5 items and use 1 coupon, you would pay $2 plus tax - 40c/item is an awesome, stock-up price! Sure, it's not free, but IMO unless you shop on Sunday morning at 6am, you have a good chance of missing out on some of the items. This deal has been posted on almost every blog I follow and a lot of people have ordered coupons from ebay. I'm sure you can see where that's headed.

I have another email in to Cole/Fairview to see what kind of stock he has. I'll post separately on that when I have a response. Remember, you can contact any Albertsons and tell them how many items you would like and they will order them for you! That way, you don't clear the shelves for us folks who only need a few.

Read More.....Hates to see people being greedy!

Fred Meyer this weekend

In today's Idaho Statesman, (pg. A8), there is a Fred Meyer ad with 3 decent 3-day coupons (exp 1/17/10). They are:

Fred Meyer Mac & Cheese 15c limit 6
FM Bath Tissue 6 double rolls 99c limit 2
Big K Pop 20oz 10c limit 5

And, New Crop Red or Green Seedless Grapes $1.98/lb (no coupon needed)

Remember, if you don't get the paper, just ask at the service desk or the checkstand - they will get you coupons.

Then in my email, I got notice of a big Doorbuster 6-hour sale on MONDAY - who shops on Monday? (people who have the day off as a holiday?!?!).

Inside the email were coupons for $5 off shoes $14.99 and greater, $5 off 1 apparel or accessory item $14.99 and greater and 15% off vacuums and steamers. Al 3 coupons exclude clearance.

Have a great weekend!

Read More.....Looking for Fred E. Bear.....

Inexpensive chicken

How is your supply of frozen chicken breasts? After I posted about inexpensive hams, I was bopping around the web and found a post on Fabulously Frugal about inexpensive chicken at Winco in Meridian - 3 lb. bags for $3.98! $1.33/lb is a really good price! Until someone goes to a different Winco and then posts, we have no way of knowing if this is specific to that location or if it's chain-wide or even how long that price will last. If you will be out and about, you may want to check it out.

Thanks to FabulouslyFrugal for the info!

Read More....Thinks he's going to be eating VERY well!

Inexpensive Ham

Does your family like ham? If so, you might want to check out this deal that I picked up on my lunch hour.

Albertsons on Overland and Orchard in Boise has Hormel Cure 81 hams with a sell by date of 1/14/10 on clearance for $1.49/lb. They also have a $3 store discount coupon on them. They are regularly $4.99/lb. The same brand, but small butts are $2.49/lb and don't have the sticker coupon. The one I ppurchased was about 6.37 lbs for $9.49 minus the $3 coupon so, $6.49. Albertsons will cut/wrap for free. These are already cooked, so just need to re-heat.

The same deal MIGHT be at other Albertson's, but the meat department does their own mark-downs, almost not connected to the store, so it will depend on how many they have. Overland/Orchard had about 20 of them, just mixed in with the hams. They didn't have "clearance" stickers on them, just the re-price sticker and the $3 coupon sticker.

This store also had quite a few Jimmy Dean sausage rolls on clearance for 99c and two pkgs. of Jimmy Dean sausage slices for 99c. I sort of watched a lady work a deal with the butcher - she walked away with 3 white meat trays with 4 rolls each wrapped on them. When I had walked by, she was talking about taking them all for a lower price - but I have no idea what that price was. She had mentioned that the sell by date was two days away and if they didn't sell, they would be discarding them. A good point to make here is that there is always room for negotiation - the worst they can say is no!!!!!!!!

I'm not a very good cook and asked the lady at the butcher block what to do with the ham. She suggested dicing some for quiche or omlets, slicing some for lunches and chunking it for ham/scalloped potatoes. I'm sure there are plenty of other things out there to do with it and we should get quite a few meals out of this ham.

Read More.......Thinking about some split pea soup!

Fred Meyer ecoupons!!!/Free Healthy Choice entrees

Fred Meyer has gotten behind the whole ecoupon idea. If you go to their site here, and either register or sign-in (I was already registered, and in the past, have gotten some bonus coupons because of that), it will take you to a page with 15 coupons, 1 of which is $5 off 5 Healthy Choice dinners. Match that up with the $5/5 coupon here.

The FM site say maximum 100 coupons. I would not recommend loading that many coupons on your card - Cellfire and Shortcuts only allow 50 total, and you wouldn't want to miss out. You can still load both Cellfire and Shortcuts, but remember that only 1 ecoupon will apply to any one item - and you have no way of knowing which ecoupon will get applied.

I am still getting a handle on the entire ecoupon thing - Crystal at Frugal Chic Living is THE PRO!!! If you have any questions, drop her a note.

Make sure you do this deal - it looks like 5 free or close to free Healthy Choice entrees!

Read More.....Likes to eat healthy!

Dole 30-day challenge

Purchase eight 4-packs of Dole fruit bowls between 1/10/10 and 2/10/10 and receive four coupons, each good for a free 4-pack of fruit bowls. Limit one per household. There is an instant win game along with the rebate form here. There are two coupons in the Smartsource that came out this weekend (1/10) - 75c/2 Fruit parfaits and 75c/2 Fruit bowls or fruit in gel bowls.

These are kind of spendy, but really are a great size for lunch - my daughter loves them! Double the coupons at Albertsons for additional savings.

Thanks Fistful of Coupons!

Read More....Now he needs more veggies!

Facebook Freebie - Celestial Seasoning Tea

Here's another free sample for all you Facebook users. Click here, become a fan and take the quiz. At the end of the quiz, you can click the link for the free sample of Authentic Green Tea. I took the quiz and my result is "Peacock": Demonstrating graceful appearance and charitable spirit in equal measure, the PEACOCK reminds us of ...the beauty we each possess far beneath our plumage. LOL One of my favorite summertime drinks is Green Tea Frappachino with Blackberry Sauce - perhaps with the free sample I can figure out how to make it!

Thanks Hip2Save!

Read More......Getting out the tea cups.

Kettle Chips Coupon/Sweepstakes

Enter the Kettle Chips "Real Food - Real Life" makeover sweepstakes. Just for entering you will receive a $1 coupon on Kettle Chips, and you could win a trip to LA, 3 months of consultations with a registered dietician, salon and spa package and a 1-year supply of Kettle chips.

The chips run $2.87 at Walmart and probably a little more at Albertsons, but you could double the coupon and it's good for 30 days.

Thanks to Hip2Save for the info!

Read More.... Who's passing the dip?

Free Uni-ball Pen

Can you ever have enough pens? Not at my house, they seem to disappear along with the scissors! Go register here at Uni-ball for a free uni Super-Ink pen. These pens are designed to prevent check fraud. I registered for mine today, but when I went back to get the links for you, it says to come back tomorrow after 12:00 pm, today's allocation has all been given away. They are giving away 10,000 per day, so I'm sure you can get yours too!

Thanks to Coupon Geek for the heads up!

Read More......Ready to write the Great American Novel.

Music Download: Workout Mixes

My dd has an IPOD and she gave me an MP3 player for Christmas, so I'm always on the lookout for free music. She does get the majority of her music from the library, but I'm still always looking. When I saw this post at Common Sense with Money, I was pretty excited - these are current songs! We haven't done the download yet, but I looked at the preview and it's 60 minutes of music, called the Biggest Loser and Subway Workout Mix and would be $9.95 to purchase, if you didn't take advantage of the free download. Artists include: Lady Gaga, Rhiannon, Taylor Swift, Kayne West and others (12 tracks in all). BPM rate on all songs is 128, so this would be a good workout.

Read More.......starting his stretches!

Good for a Laugh

I got this link from Hip2Save - I was eating my lunch when I started reading the thread and had to stop eating I was laughing so hard. So, with warning: Do not eat while you read this thread, here is Collin's post and a direct link to the thread. It's not really funny till about the 5th post. Don't let the subject throw you off, just start reading.

Read More.....thinks that was a snorter!

Brita Water Pitcher only $3 at Lowe's

UPDATE: I went to Lowe's on Eagle Road and Ustick last night - the pitchers were in fact $8 and I scored two of them. The coupon didn't want to scan, but they just changed the price to $3 each. Pitcher comes with one filter. Three-pks of filters were about $15 - so it's just like toner cartridges - they suck you in with the cheap price and you pay more later. LOL It's ok, we will use it on our trip back east this summer if we drive and take our trailer.

Word on the street is that Lowe's (the hardware store) has Brita pitchers on sale for $8. Get the $5 coupon (bricks, can print twice) here at the website after taking the pledge. That would make the pitcher only $3!!!!!!! There is also a coupon at the same site for $1 off a filter. I have not purchased any of these items, so I don't know the regular cost of the pitcher or the filter, but it sounds like a great deal to me!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to Fistful of Coupons for the info.

Read More.....thinks he should drink more water.

75c Malt-o-Meal coupon

I received an email from Malt-o-Meal with a 75c coupon (bricks) in it. Go here to print (or here and answer the question about how you are reducing your carbon footprint).

You can find Malt-o-Meal cereal at Fred Meyer and Walmart, I don't know if Albertsons and Winco carry it. Coupon may not get you free cereal, but it will help.

Read more.....ready to stock back up on cereal.