Vegetable Garden – Part 3

June 16, 2009

I am super excited to announce:   WE HAVE FRUITS AND VEGGIES!!!  The garden has really blossomed.  It is incredible how big some of the plants are getting and the actual veggies that are growing.  Since my last update, my husband and I tried de-grassing the garden.  After an hour of pulling and a few blisters, we got discouraged…..  So my husband pulled out his weedeater and went to town cutting down all the grass inside the garden.  It worked great!  For a few days…..  As you can see in this picture that I took today, the grass is on it’s way back in…  Time for another weedeating escapade!  I put some mulch around the teeny-tiny pepper plants.  This has discouraged grass from taking them over and the pepper plants have gotten a little bigger.  They are still really tiny, so I’m doubtful that we’ll see any peppers, but you never know! 


My husband and I split the first green bean that came out of the garden the other night.  I think I should be able to pick enough for a real side dish for tomorrow’s dinner.    


I had to get creative with the pole beans.  They ended up on the inside of the bush beans, so they were reaching all over and attacking the other plants.  My Mom recommended adding some string to help corral them.  And it worked!!


We are really looking forward to having lots of squash. 

Here is our one lone tomato plant.  It is in a pot on the back patio and has one lone tomato on it.  I water it and it still looks like it’s about to die!


And last, but certainly not least, the BLACKBERRIES!  We have a lot of blackberry bushes in our back yard.  They were there when we moved in at the end of last summer, so we tried to keep the majority of them in confined to an island in the middle of the yard.  They are finally ripening!  I have to work fast to get them before the brids do, but it’s worth it!



Publix Savings – 66%

June 16, 2009

Wow!  I am so glad to be back shopping and blogging!  My family had an AWESOME (and fairly inexpensive) trip to Disney World that I will be blogging about later, but it was exhausting….  The oppressive heat combined with a lot of walking and loooooooong days tires you out.  So it’s nice to be home and getting back into grocery shopping!  Here is what I got at Publix this weekend:

Two trips combined into one picture

Two trips combined into one picture

1-cent Mystery Item
(2) Publix 4-pack toilet paper – Regular Price $2.39, Final Price:  $0.01 each

Buy One Get One Free Items
Nature’s Own Bread – On sale 2/ $3.49, Final Price:  $1.75

Chex Mix – On sale 2/ $2.55, $0.50 off coupon doubled, Final Price:  $0.28

Cheerios Snack Mix – On sale 2/ $2.55, $0.50 off coupon doubled, Final Price:  $0.28

Keebler Coconut/Chocolate Cookies – On sale 2/ $3.99, $0.55 off coupon, Final Price:  $1.45

Wish Bone Salad Dressing – On sale 2/ $2.69, $0.75 off coupon, Final Price:  $0.60

Sale Items
Pillsbury Crescent Rounds – On sale 3/ $5, $0.50 off coupon doubled, Final Price:  $0.67

International Delight Creamer – On sale 3/ $5, $1.00 off coupon, Final Price:  $0.67

(2) Oscar Mayer Shaved Lunch Meat – On sale 2/ $6, $1/2 coupon, Final Price:  $2.50 each

Mark-down Clearance Items
Welch’s Dried Fruit – On clearance 2/ $3.99, $1.00 off coupon, Final Price:  $1.00

Regular Price Items
AJC Newspaper – Double Edition $2.50, $1.00 off coupon (from AJC website), Final Price:  $1.50

Cascade Rinse Aid – $3.49, Free coupon (from mailer), Final Price:  FREE!

Snickers Candy Bar – $0.89, Free coupon (from Friday Chocolate Relief mailer), Final Price:  FREE!

(2) Oscar Mayer Deli Creation Sandwiches – $2.49, $1/2 manufacturer coupon, $1/2 Publix coupon, Final Price:  $1.49 each

Total Savings:   $31.57  (66%)

Total Out of Pocket:   $16.04

Publix Savings – 83%

June 3, 2009

I made a quick stop at Publix today so I could get a few buy-one-get-one-free items before the sales change tomorrow.  My whole family is going to Disney World next week and I wanted to stock up on the Crystal Light individual drink packets to take down with us.  What an easy way to have a quick and tasty drink on vacation!  I figure the “hydration” ones will be good for sunny days at the park or by the pool.  And the Publix $2.00 off Revlon tool coupon is back!!  I got paid to take nail clippers home, again!  Here is what I got:
Buy-one-get-one-free Items
(3) Crystal Light On the Go Mixes – On sale 2/ $3.99, $2/2 coupon and $1.00 off coupon, Final Price:  $1.00 each

(2) Taco Bell Dinner Kits – On sale 2/ $2.69, (2) $1.00 coupons, Final Price:  $0.35 each

Regular Items
Revlon Nail Clippers – Regular Price $1.49, Publix $2.00 off Revlon tool coupon, Final Price:  -$0.51 CREDIT!

Total Savings:   $15.65   (83%)

Total out of Pocket:   $3.17

Vegetable Garden, Part 2

June 2, 2009

Welcome to our garden!  We had a few rainy weeks and the garden really grew.  Unfortunately, so did GRASS inside the garden.  I spent some time pulling it all out in the top corner near the green beans, but I still need to finish the rest of the garden.  It was very tiring and sloooooooow work.  But it needs to be done.  You can’t even see the peppers anymore, they’re covered in grass!



I’ll post true post de-grassing pictures hopefully at the end of the week!  We haven’t had any other plants disappear (or get munched on) since we put the fence up.  Check out Vegetable Garden, Part 1 to catch a peek at the garden theif.

Mail Call #2!

June 2, 2009

Look what I got in the mail today! 


– Free Chocolate coupon from Mars!

– “My Magazine” coupon book from Kroger that contains 15 manufacturer’s coupons and 6 store coupons for dairy products!  Apparently June is Dairy Month!

Publix Savings – 84% and 75%

May 24, 2009

This week I made two trips to Publix!  On Thursday I was lucky enough to find the Kraft grill display with plenty of coupons on it.  When I went back on Sunday for trip #2, all of the coupons were gone.  Oh well, I feel pretty good about the cheap meat I got and the 8 containers of FREE lemonade!   Here is what I got during trip #1:


Buy One Get One Free Items
(4) Heluva Good Dip – On sale 2/ $2.00, (4) $0.50 off coupons doubled, Final Price:  FREE!

(2) Dixie Paper Plates – On sale 2/ $2.99, $1.00 off coupon, $0.75 off coupon, Final Price:  $0.62 each

(2) Ragu Pasta Sauce – On sale 2/ $2.19, $0.60/ 2 coupon, Final Price:  $0.79 each

(2) Mrs T Margarita Mix – On sale 2/ $5.99, Final Price:  $3.00 each

Mt Olive Hamburger Dill Pickles – On sale 2/ $2.79, $0.55 off coupon, Final Price:  $0.85

(2) Deli Iced Diet Tea – On sale 2/ $2.39, Final Price:  $1.40 each

* Kraft Mayo – On sale 2/ $4.29, $0.50 off coupon doubled, Final Price:  $1.15

* A1 Sauce – On sale 2/ $4.19, $2.00 off coupon, Final Price:  $0.10

* (2) Kraft BBQ Sauce – On sale 2/ $1.39, $1.00 off coupon, $0.75 off coupon, Final Price:  -$0.36 CREDIT!

* (2) Kraft Salad Dressing – On sale 2/ $2.99, $1.50 off coupon, $1.00 off coupon, Final Price:  $0.25 each

* (3) Packages of meat/ poultry (chicken drumsticks, chicken thighs, and steak) – (3) $2.00 off packages of meat/ poultry coupons when you buy 2 qualifying Kraft products, Final Price:  $0.40 total

Sale Items
Ground Turkey – Package marked $0.90!

 (2) Publix Brand Soda – On sale 2/ $1.00, Final Price:  $0.50 each

– $5.00 off Walgreens Coupon

Total Savings:   $57.23   (84%)

Total Out of Pocket:   $10.79  

I went to Publix on Sunday to get the 1-cent Pasta Sauce.  Our local Publix let us know their shipment of sauce did not make it to the store in time.  They substituted a container of Emerald nuts, a $5.79 value!!  We were more than happy!  Here is what I got during trip #2:

1-Cent Mystery Item
Emerald Nuts – Regular Price $5.79, Final Price:  $0.01

Buy One Get One Free Items
(4) Heluva Good Dip – On sale 2/ $2.00, (4) $0.50 off coupons doubled, Final Price:  FREE!

(2) Near East Couscous – On sale 2/ $2.19, Final Price:  $1.09 each

(2) Kraft Singles – On sale 2/ $2.59, $1.00/ 2 manufacturer’s coupon, $1.00/ 2 Target coupon, Final Price:  $0.30 each

A1 – On sale 2/ $4.19, $1.00 off coupon, Final Price:  $1.10

Deli Iced Diet Tea – On sale 2/ $2.39, Final Price:  $1.20

Kellogg Pop Tarts – On sale 2/ $2.39, Final Price $1.20

(2) Kraft Dressing – On sale 2/ $2.99, (2) $1.00 off coupon, Final Price:  $0.50 each

Sale Items
Sparkle Giant Roll 6 pack – On sale for $5.49, $0.50 off coupon doubled, Final Price:  $4.49

* Earth Grains 100% Whole Wheat Double Fiber Bread – On sale 2/ $5.00, $0.55 off coupon, Final Price:  $1.95

* Squash – Regular Price $2.01, $2.00 off produce coupon with Earth Grains purchase, Final Price:  $0.01

(2) Coffe Mate Creamer – On sale 4/$6.00, (2) $1.00 off coupons, Final Price:  $0.50 each

(2) Breakstone’s Sour Cream – On sale 4/ $5.00, $1.00/ 2 coupon, Final Price:  $0.75 each

French’s Yellow Mustard – On sale for $1.79, $0.50 off coupon doubled, Final Price:  $0.79

Johnsonville O’Garlic Sausages – On sale for $3.99, $0.55 off coupon, Final Price:  $3.44

– $4.00 off CVS coupon

Total Savings:   $50.25   (75%)

Total Out of Pocket:   $16.46


Kroger Savings – Free Lemonade!

May 22, 2009

I love to see other people’s shopping deals on the blogosphere…  that’s what motivated me to start my own blog.  I wanted to be able to show off my great deals too.  One of the things that I’ve seen people do before that I really like is a comparison picture that shows what you *could* have gotten for the same price had you paid full price for the things you bought.  This week’s (second) Kroger shopping trip is a great example of this!!

If I had paid full price for what I was buying at Kroger, the following picture shows what I could have gotten for the $11.00 I spent: 

But instead, using the Country Time Lemonade coupons that I found at Publix, the weekly sale items, and a (surprise!) Kroger 3-day sale, I was able to get all of this for $11.00:

Here’s the price breakdown:
(8) Country Time Lemonade – On sale 10/ $10, (8) $1.00 off coupons, Final Price:  FREE!

Imitation Crab Meat – On sale for buy-one-get-one-free or $3.49/ 2, Final Price:  $1.74 

(2) Kroger Cream Cheese – On sale 10/ $10, Final Price:  $1.00 each

Minute Maid Cherry Limeade – On sale for $0.99, Final Price:  $0.99
*I tried it yesterday, it’s almost as good as Sonic!

(4) Kroger Potato Chips – On sale with the 3-day sale (Thursday – Saturday) for 2/ $3, Final Price:  $1.50 each

Total Savings:   $32.21   (75%)    

Total out of Pocket:   $11.29           

This is a new Kroger best for me!!

Fantastic Deal Alert!

May 21, 2009

I wanted to pass along a few great deals that I saw at Publix today:

 At the front of my Publix (metro-Atlanta area) there is a cardboard Kraft display that looks like a gray grill with two great coupons for this week’s Publix and Kroger sales.  The coupons are:  

– $1.00 off any Country Time lemonade

– $2.00 off any meat/ poultry with the purchase of two qualifying products (they include:  Kraft BBQ sauce, Kraft Dressings, A-1, Kraft Mayo, and Miracle Whip) 

Country Time Lemonade is on sale 10/ $10 at Kroger.  The coupon makes them FREE!  (I got 8 today!) 

All of the qualifying products for the meat deal are buy one get one free (with corresponding coupons, of course!) at Publix.  I got 3 packs of meat for almost free!

Be on the lookout for that cardboard grill!!

Always looking out for us!

May 21, 2009

Thanks (again!) to Jenny at Southern Savers for the reminder that there are NO COUPONS in this Sunday’s paper (5/24)

Jenny is always looking out for us!!  She has the whole 2009 coupon schedule posted

Vegetable Garden, Part 1

May 19, 2009

I have been meaning to blog about our vegetable garden.  I had the best intentions of photographing the whole process; from growing the seeds inside to planting the garden to harvesting our bounty…  Well, I’m sorry to say, that just didn’t happen!  But I’m hoping to start now and follow the rest of the process…..

 This is our first attempt at a vegetable garden and it seems to be going pretty well.  We have (from seeds) two types of green beans, cantaloupe, and two types of peppers and (from plants) squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  We originally tried eggplant and squash from seeds, but the eggplant never sprouted and the squash got eaten when they were teeny tiny little sprouts.

My husband and I live (by most standards) in the country.  Our backyard backs up to 8 acres or so of green space that is home to plenty of wild animals.  When the baby squash disappeared overnight, we weren’t sure if it was deer or bunnies.  We decided that we should probably put a fence around our garden to try to discourage it from becoming a summer-long salad bar for the neighbors….  I am happy to report that since we put up the fence, no plants have been eaten.  And I was able to catch a glimpse of the culprit….  These were taken out our bedroom window.

I just happened to be walking by the window at the right time....

I just happened to be walking by the window at the right time....


Salad bar is officially CLOSED!   (and check out that zoom!)

Salad bar is officially CLOSED! (and check out that zoom!)