Monthly Archives: January 2016

Baby-Palooza Catalina Deals at Kroger!!

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If you have a baby, know somebody with a baby or plan to be expecting in the future – you’ll want to make a b-line to Kroger! There is a a NEW Huggies Catalina generating at Kroger until January 24th. On top of this, we also have a NEW Baby Aisle Catalina generating at Kroger.  Spend $40 in the baby aisle and make sure that AT LEAST $30 of that is on Huggies products, to get BOTH (2) $10 coupons to print at register. Best part is, these Catalinas are ROLLING!! This means that after your initial purchase and the catalinas are printed, you can turn around and use these cats in the next transaction – generating MORE catalinas!!

Helpful Hint: If you want to make sure your items are included in the Catalina, look for the <C mark (shown below) to ensure that you will get the $10 Catalina for Baby Aisle.

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Buy (1) Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (jumbo pack) – $7.99 (Reg Price)
Buy (2) Huggies Little Movers Diapers (jumbo pack) – $9.39 (Reg Price)
Buy (1) Huggies Little Snugglers (jumbo pack) – $9.39 (Reg Price)
Buy (2) Pampers Baby Wipes (56-64 ct) – $2.49 (Reg Price)

Use (2) $2/1 Huggies Diapers printable
Use (2) $2/1 Huggies Little Movers Diaper printable
Use (2) $0.50/1 Pampers Baby Wipes printable
Pay $32.14, get back $10.00 OYNO from Huggies
Get back $10.00 OYN Baby Aisle Purchase
Final cost is as low as $12.14 for all 6 items or $2.02 each

Buy (2) Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (jumbo pack) – $9.39 (Reg Price)
Buy (2) Huggies Little Movers Diapers (jumbo pack) – $9.39 (Reg Price)
Buy (1) Pampers Baby Wipes (56-64 ct) – $2.49 (Reg Price)

Use (2) $2/1 Huggies Diapers printable
And (2)$2/1 Huggies Little Movers Diaper printable
And (1) $0.50/1 Pampers Baby Wipes printable
Pay $31.55, get back $10.00 OYNO from Huggies
Get back $10.00 OYN Baby Aisle Purchase
Final cost is as low as $11.55 for all 5 items or $2.31 each

Remember, the $40 “total purchase” is your PRE-coupon total, meaning the coupons you use will NOT change the fact that you just spent 40 bucks. The only caveat to this rule is Kroger DIGITAL coupons. These WILL reduce your “total spent”, so make sure you don’t have any of those loaded that will make your total dip below $40.

Low Carb Almond Crackers

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Last June, my husband and daughter decided to adopt a low-carb lifestyle. Both of them felt their sugar consumption was out of control and it was the beginning of summer which means easy/breezy meals of meat and veggies on the grill.

As with all of their dietary decisions, the burden of their lifestyle choices fell squarly on my shoulders since I am the one who does ALL the menu planning, grocery shopping and cooking. I’d been through these declarations before… we have tried gluten free, vegetarian, dairy-free and so on and so on. Difference is, these “new ways of eating” lasted about 2-3 days or until I became frustrated because there was nothing that sounded good, or we started craving pizza.

As the year progressed, I started planning, shopping and cooking differently. I’d make their low-carb meals and snacks but I wasn’t fully committed. I’d argue that I was an adult and if I wanted a taco or ice cream – I was going to have it. But then I noticed I really wasn’t craving those sweets as much as I used to. By the time we had finished a dinner of steak, asparagus and salad – I really wasn’t hungry. Then came fall. I packed away my shorts and Ts and began the task of trying on clothes from the previous year to see what fit and what didn’t. My pants were looser! Tops I had moved to the back of the closet fit again! What??

From then on I decided to throw myself into this way of eating whole-heartedly. What I’ve found is that any of your favorite meals can be re-worked into a lower-carb version. I’ve also found that the meals are easy. What’s hard are the snacks. A way to get that hummus, cheese ball or dip into your mouth wihout using a celery stick. I stumbled upon this very versitile recipe for Almond Crackers. So yummy!! When you roll it out and bake, the crispy edges taste like a cracher and the softer middle part has a pita-like texture – perfect when I want some of my neighborhood pizzerias homemade pesto!


1 egg white
1 cup almond flour
1 packet of Splenda
3 Tbls of parm cheese
a little pepper
a little garlic salt.

Roll out flat between 2 parchment papers. Bake 325 for 10-12 minutes depending on how crispy you like them.

This recipe could be modified to make a sweeter version. Omit the parm cheese, salt and pepper and add 2 more packets of Splenda (or whatever sweetener you like), add a splash of vanilla and a splash of Almond extract and you’ve got yourself a crispy cookie to dip in a low-cab cheesecake dip – super Yum!

Makes 48 crackers (give or take)
Per serving: Net carbohydrate: 0.2g; Protein: 0.6g; Fiber: 0.3g; Fat: 1.2 g; Calories: 14

Meijers Shopping Trip

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So I went to Meijers and spent a little more than $20 because there were a few other things I found that I decided that I needed – shocker! I still think I did pretty good. My store was cleaned out of the holiday candy and their ClearQuil was clearance at $3.49 so I passed on that. Here’s what I got:

(4) Bags of Kraft Cheese @ $2 each
Used (4) .75/1 coupons from coupons.com – no longer available
Got back a $2 Catalina for buying four
= $0.75 each!

(6) Oscar Mayer P3 Portable Protein Snacks (reg $1.69) – 33% OFF
– used two $1/3 P3 Portable Protein Packs Printable
= $0.79 each!

(4) Del Monte Vegetables or Bush’s Best Beans – $0.89
$0.40/4 Del Monte Canned Vegetables, exp. 1/31/16 (SS 11/08/15 R)
= $0.79 each wyb

(4) Pillsbury Grands Biscuits 16.3 oz. – $1.00
– used 2 $1/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Baked Goods printable
– submitted for $1/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Baked Goods (SavingStar Deposit)
= 2 for FREE and paid $2 for all four!

Bought (2) Dove Shampoo or Conditioner 12 oz. – $3.59
and (1) Dove Men+Care Cool Fresh Body Wash, 13.5 oz – $4.19
= $11.37
– get $3.00 OFF Instantly
– use $3/2 Dove Hair Products mPerks
– and use $2/1 Dove Men+Care Body Wash, 1/3 RP
– and submit for $2/1Dove Men+Care Body Wash 13.5 oz+ (SavingStar Deposit)
– and submit for $3/2 Dove Hair Products (SavingStar Deposit)
= $1.63 MONEY MAKER

(1) Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressing – $2.50
– use $0.75/1 Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressing, 1/3 SS
– submit for $1/1 Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressing (Ibotta Deposit)
= $0.75

(6) Crystal Light Canister or On-the-Go – $1.99
– get $1.00 OFF per item instantly wyb 8 participating items
– get $4.00 OYNO wyb 5
= $0.33 each!

(3) Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts 12 ct. – $2.79
– get $1 off instantly wyb 8 participating items (mix & match)
– use $1/3 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries printable
= $1.46 each (for the BIG boxes!)

(2) Coca-Cola Products 6 pk./500ml – $2.99
– get $1.00 OFF per item instantly wyb 8 participating items
– or use $1/2 Coca-Cola 6pk/500ml printable
= $1.49 each

(2) Kraft Dressing 24 oz – $2.49
– get $1 off instantly wyb 8 participating items (mix & match)
– use $0.75/1 KRAFT Salad Dressing 24 oz+ printable
= $0.74 (these are the big bottles)

(2) Planters Peanuts – $2.99
– get $1 off instantly wyb 8 participating items (mix & match)
= $1.99 each

(1) Box of Keebler Cookies – $4.59
– get $1 off instantly wyb 8 participating items (mix & match)
= $3.59 each

Total Net Cost: $30.41
This includes the $6.00 in catalinas that I have to spend later, $.75 for Ibotta and $6 for Savingstar. Not too bad 😉

Shopping for Pennies at Meijer!

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So I’m super excited about this weeks deal at Meijer!! Because I am in Illinois, my sale starts it’s new week on Thursdays so I’m busy going through my ad looking to see how I can get the most bang for my buck. Here is my list so far:

It’s rumored that Vicks Qlearquil is clearance today. The regular price on these QlearQuil packs is $8.99 – $20.99 but they’re marked down 89%!!  Print out the $3/2 Vicks QlearQuil Products printable coupon or use your insert coupon from P&G 12/27/15 to score these for as low as FREE!
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Buy (2) Vicks QlearQuil Nighttime 24 ct. – $1.34
– use $3/2 Vicks QlearQuil Products printable
= 2 for FREE

Buy (1) Vicks QlearQuil Nighttime 24 ct. – $1.34
– use $2/1 Vicks Qlearquil, exp. 1/23/16 (P&G 12/27/15)
= FREE

Buy (1) Vicks QlearQuil 24-Hour 30 ct. – $3.14
– use $2/1 Vicks Qlearquil, exp. 1/23/16 (P&G 12/27/15)
= $1.14 

Buy (2) Vicks QlearQuil 24-Hour 30 ct. – $3.14
– use $3/2 Vicks QlearQuil Products printable
= $1.64

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Coca-Cola Products 6 pk./500ml – $2.99
– get $1.00 OFF per item instantly wyb 8 participating items
– or use $1/2 Coca-Cola 6pk/500ml printable
= $1.49 

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Buy (3) Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts 12 ct. – $2.79
– get $1 off instantly wyb 8 participating items (mix & match)
– use $1/3 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries printable
= $1.46 each (for the BIG boxes!)

FREE CANDY!!!
Look out for seasonal candy because all Meijers have gone down to 90% off of Christmas clearance!!

Buy (2) M&M Holiday Bagged Candy 11.4 oz (90% OFF) – $0.40
– use $1/2 M&M’s Chocolate Candies printable
= 2 for FREE

Buy (2) Snickers Holiday Bagged Candy 11.5 oz (90% OFF) – $0.40
– use $1/2 any SNICKERS Fun Size Bags printable
= 2 for FREE

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Buy (5) Crystal Light Canister or On-the-Go – $1.99
– get $1.00 OFF per item instantly wyb 8 participating items
– get $4.00 OYNO wyb 5
= $0.19 each!

CATALINA DETAILS:
Crystal Light
Good thru 1/24/16
– Buy 3, Get $2 OYNO
– Buy 4, Get $3 OYNO
– Buy 5, Get $4 OYNO

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Buy (1) Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressing – $2.50
– use $0.75/1 Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressing, 1/3 SS
– submit for $1/1 Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressing (Ibotta Deposit)
= $0.75

Buy (1) Marzetti Refrigerated Salad Dressing – $2.50
– use $0.60/1 Marzetti Refrigerated Salad Dressing, 1/3 SS
– submit for $1/1 Marzetti Refrigerated Salad Dressing (Ibotta Deposit)
= $0.90

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Wowza! Thanks so the great coupons we got in this past weeks insert and SavingStar rebates to go along with the BUY $10 of Dove Skin Care, Deodorant or Hair Care Products, GET $3.00 OFF instantly promotion, we have some great deals for Dove!

Buy (2) Dove Shampoo or Conditioner 12 oz. – $3.59
Buy (1) Dove Men+Care Cool Fresh Body Wash, 13.5 oz – $4.19
= $11.37
– get $3.00 OFF Instantly
– use $3/2 Dove Hair Products mPerks
– and use $2/1 Dove Men+Care Body Wash, 1/3 RP
– and submit for $2/1Dove Men+Care Body Wash 13.5 oz+ (SavingStar Deposit)
– and submit for $3/2 Dove Hair Products (SavingStar Deposit)
= $1.63 MONEY MAKER

Buy (2) Dove Shampoo or Conditioner 25.4 oz – $5.19
= $10.38
– get $3.00 OFF Instantly
– use $3/2 Dove Hair Products mPerks
– and submit for $3/2 Dove Hair Products (SavingStar Deposit)
= $0.69

Buy (1) Dove Men’s Dry Deodorant Spray – $5.49
Buy (1) Dove Women’s Dry Deodorant Spray – $5.49
= $10.98
– get $3.00 OFF Instantly
– use $4 OFF (1) Dove Male & (1) Female Dry Deodorant Spray printable
– and submit for $2/1 Dove Men+Care Dry Spray Deodorant (SavingStar Deposit)
= $0.99 each

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In my household, we go through cheese like crazy!! I mean, my husband is from Wisconsin for goodness sakes! Plus, since starting low-carb eating, my pizza crusts and breads require cheese! Imagine my happy dance when I saw this deal 😉

Buy (4) Kraft Chunk or Shredded Cheese 5-8 oz. – $2.00
– use (2) $1/2 KRAFT Cheese Shreds or Chunks printable 
– get $2.00 OYNO
= $1.00 each

Buy (6) Kraft Chunk or Shredded Cheese 5-8 oz. – $2.00
– use (3) $1/2 KRAFT Cheese Shreds or Chunks printable 
– get $2.50 OYNO
= $1.08 each

Catalina Details:
Kraft Natural Chunk, Shredded Cheese or Cracker Barrel Chunk Cheese
Good 12/30/15 – 1/26/16
– Buy 3, Get $1.50 OYNO
– Buy 4, Get $2.00 OYNO
– Buy 5, Get $2.50 OYNO

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Holy Moly – my daughter takes these to school with her everyday for part of her lunch!! There are several portable protein snacks included in the 33% OFF sale this week and we have either coupons or rebates!

Buy (3) Oscar Mayer P3 Portable Protein Snacks (reg $1.69) – 33% OFF
– use $1/3 P3 Portable Protein Packs Printable
= $0.79 each!

Buy (1) Jennie-O Portable Snack Sticks 6 ct. (reg $3.69) – 33% OFF
– submit for $1/1 Jennie-O Snack Sticks (Ibotta Deposit)
= $1.47

Buy (1) Hillshire Farms Chicken Bites (reg $2.49) – 33% OFF
– use $0.75/1 Hillshire Farms Snacking Chicken Bites printable or peelie
= $1.67

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Kraft Dressing 24 oz – $2.49
– get $1 off instantly wyb 8 participating items (mix & match)
– use $0.75/1 KRAFT Salad Dressing 24 oz+ printable
= $0.74

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WHAT??!!
Buy (2) Pillsbury Grands Biscuits 16.3 oz. – $1.00
– use $1/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Baked Goods printable
– submit for $1/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Baked Goods (SavingStar Deposit)
= 2 for FREE!

Del Monte Vegetables or Bush’s Best Beans – $0.89

$0.40/4 Del Monte Canned Vegetables, exp. 1/31/16 (SS 11/08/15 R) [Single cans only]
= $0.79 each wyb 4

Louis Kemp Imitation Crab or Lobster Meat 8 oz. pkg. – $1.50

$1/1 Louis Kemp mPerks
= $0.50

Red, Yellow or Orange Sweet Bell Peppers – $1.25

$0.50 any brand Peppers (Ibotta Deposit) 
= $0.75

So that’s my shopping list for today. If I stick to it, (and that’s a big IF) I’m looking to spend approximately $20 (that’s including the catalina and rebates). What’s on your shopping list this week? What are you excited about?