Walmart’s New Price Matcher: Savings Catcher

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Have you heard about Walmart’s new Savings Catcher program? It has finally been released nationwide.

Savings Catcher compares your receipt to advertised prices from top stores in your area, and if it finds a lower advertised price, you get the difference on a Walmart eGift Card. Here is how it works:

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  1. Enter your receipt number or scan the bar code by downloading the Walmart App. You have 7 days from the date of purchase to enter your receipt.
  2. Walmarts matches the price of any local competitor’s printed ad for an identical product. They work with an independent third party to collect weekly print and online circulars from top retailers in your area.
  3. If Savings Catcher finds a lower advertised price, you get an eGift Card with the difference.

Here are some additional details:

  • You can submit up to 7 receipts per week, per account.
  • Savings Catcher only applies to in-store purchases.
  • Savings Catcher applies to most grocery items (excluding store brand items, deli, bakery and weighed items like meat); consumable items such as paper towels, bleach and trash bags; health and beauty items; and select general merchandise.
  • You will know within 72 hours if any items on your receipt were found lower elsewhere and if it will be applied to your eGift Card.
  • You can’t earn more than $599.99 in Walmart Rewards eGift Cards in a calendar year.
  • One of the Savings Catcher’s Frequently Asked Questions is will Walmart’s ad match guarantee still be available in stores, and the answer is “Yes”. You can still price match in-store at Walmart. Head over here to read Walmart’s Ad Match Guarantee.

One of the downsides to the Savings Catcher program is that they only price match top retailers in your area. So if there are smaller grocery stores near you, they won’t “catch” those savings. In my area, I have a smaller grocery store nearby, as well as Maceys, but the Savings Catcher doesn’t compare prices from either of those stores. One woman from Utah mentioned that they didn’t price match Kent’s, which is near where she lives.

So is the Savings Catcher worth it?

For those of you who shop at Walmart, but don’t price match, then this will definitely save you money and something you should look into doing.

However, for me, if I rely only on the Savings Catcher to price match for me, I would miss out on a lot of good deals that I could price match myself and I wouldn’t save as much money. For those of you who do price match, I recommend still doing your homework to find out what’s on sale each week. If you live in Utah, every Wednesday I post the best Grocery Deals to Price Match list to make it easy for you to price match and so you don’t have to do as much work. Once you’ve finished your shopping at Walmart, then take a minute to submit your receipt to see if Walmart catches a lower price for you. It’s really simple and fast to enter a receipt, and you don’t have to do anything to get those extra savings. And who knows, maybe they will catch some deals that are a lower price than what you purchased them for. Even though I price match a lot and look at 10+ stores every week, the Savings Catcher has been able to save me a few cents here and there on items that I’ve missed.

What are your thoughts about the Walmart Savings Catcher program?

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Free Bath & Body Works Lotion (No Purchase Necessary)

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Head over to Bath & Body Works Facebook page, and click on “Get Offer” on their latest post to get a coupon for a FREE Signature Collection Travel-Size Body Lotion ($5 value)! No purchase is necessary! This offer is valid in-store only through October 20, 2013.

If you are heading out shopping this weekend, you can just drop into Bath & Body Works to grab this deal!

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Free Museum Day (Sept. 28)

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There are a few FREE things happening on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Yesterday, I posted about the Free Entrance Day to National Parks.

And there is also an opportunity to get into a local museum for FREE! This Saturday, September 28, you can get up to two free tickets to a local participating museum that is sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! annual event.

Here’s how to get two free tickets:

  • See which museums are participating in your area by heading over here.
  • Once you have found a participating museum, then complete the registration form here.
  • Your ticket will be e-mailed to you. Make sure to print it off and bring the ticket with you to the museum.

The free ticket is good for two people per household and is NOT valid for special exhibits, IMAX film screenings or for use with any other offers. There is a limit of one Museum Day Ticket per household and per valid e-mail address.

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Grocery Products to Price Match at Walmart (Sept. 11-17)

 

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After looking through this week’s sales fliers, here are the best Grocery Products to Price Match at Walmart this week, September 11-17, 2013.

Macey’s still has its 22 lb. case of peaches on sale for $11.99 and its Oakdell Medium Eggs, 5 dozen for $3.88. If you are needing those items, you might want to make a special trip to Macey’s to pick them up.

And the case lot sales are continuing this week for Harmons, Reams, Smith’s, Fresh Market, and Soelberg’s. Now’s the time to stock up on items you use often in your kitchen.

Produce
Apples, Fuji – $0.50 lb. (Rancho)

Avocados – $0.33 each (Sprouts) or $0.50 each (Rancho)

Bell Peppers, green – $0.59 lb. (Rancho – Sept. 13-15 Only) OR $0.33 each (Sprouts)

Bell Peppers, red – $0.98 each (Sprouts)

Blackberries, 6 oz. – $2.50 (Sprouts)

Blueberries, 4.4 oz. – $2.50 (Sprouts)

Broccoli – $0.77 lb. (Reams)

Carrots, 1 lb. bag – $0.33 each (Rancho – Sept. 10-12 Only)

Carrots, 1 lb. baby peeled – $0.98 each (Sprouts)

Cauliflower – $0.77 lb. (Reams)

Celery – $0.33 each (Rancho – Sept. 13-15 Only)

Cilantro – $0.25 each bunch (Rancho)

Grapes, green – $0.79 lb. (Rancho)

Grapes, red – $0.99 lb. (Albertsons) or 1.50 lb. (Sprouts)

Honeydew – $0.33 lb. (Rancho & Sprouts)

Jalapeno Peppers – $0.59 lb. (Reams)

Onions, brown – $0.25 lb. (Rancho – Sept. 10-12 Only)

Onions, yellow – $0.39 lb. (Macey’s)

Peaches – $0.98 lb. (Sprouts)

Pears – $0.98 lb. (Sprouts)

Pineapple – $0.50 lb. (Rancho – Sept. 10-12 Only)

Plums – $0.98 lb. (Sprouts)

Potatoes, 5 lb. bag, red – $1.69 each (Fresh Market)

Raspberries, 6 oz. – $2.50 (Sprouts)

Spinach – $0.50 each bunch (Rancho)

Strawberries, 1 lb. – $2.50 (Sprouts)

Tomatillos – $0.50 lb. (Rancho – Sept. 10-12 Only)

Tomatoes, Roma – $0.50 lb. (Rancho)

Watermelon – $0.33 lb. (Sprouts)

Yams – $0.33 lb. (Rancho – Sept. 10-12 Only)

Zucchini Squash – $0.78 lb. (Harmons)

 

Dairy
Milk, gallon – $2.49 (Walgreens)

Mountain Dairy Chocolate Milk, gallon – $2.79 (Smith’s)

Tillamook Cheese, 5 lb. – $11.99 (Smith’s – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand shredded cheese, 5 lb. bag – $12.45 (Reams – It comes out to be $2.49 lb., which is a great price!)

Eggs, large 18 ct. – $1.79 (Albertsons) or Eggs, large dozen – $1.29 (Rancho)

Store brand sour cream, 16 oz. – $0.89 (Macey’s)

Dannon Activia, 4 ct. – $2.00 (Harmons)
Use the $1.00/1 Dannon coupon from the SS 8/4/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.00

Store brand butter, 1 lb. – $1.87 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 8 oz. – $0.99 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)

 

Meat
Pork, Sirloin Roast, boneless – $1.49 lb. (Smith’s)

Pork, Sirloin Chops, boneless, super value pack – $1.99 lb. (Smith’s)

Beef, London Broil, super value pack – $2.99 lb. (Smith’s)

Beef, Petite Sirloin Steak, super value pack – $2.99 lb. (Smith’s)

 

Baking, Food, and Snacks
Store brand flour, 25 lb. bag all purpose bleached or unbleached – $7.99 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand powdered or brown sugar, 2 lb. – $1.25 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand evaporated milk, 12 oz. – $0.69 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand granulated sugar, 25 lb. bag – $9.99 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand salt, 26 oz. plain or iodized – $0.44 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Don Julio Flour Tortillas, 14-15 oz. – $0.89 each (Macey’s)

La Victoria Salsa, 16 oz. – $1.50 each (Harmons)
Use the $1.00/2 La Victoria coupon from the SS 8/11/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.00

Store brand green chilies, 4 oz. – $0.50 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Taco Bell Refried Beans, 16 oz. – $0.69 each (Macey’s)

Store brand refried beans, 16 oz. – $0.59 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

S&W Flavored Beans, 15-15.25 oz. – $0.59 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand beans, 15 oz. can – $0.50 each (Smith’s) – Case Lot Sale)

Nalley Chili, 15 oz. – $0.89 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand cream soup, 10.5 oz. – $0.50 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand tomato or chicken noodle soup, 10.5-10.75 oz. – $0.44 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Minute Instant Rice, 14 oz. – $1.49 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand tomato sauce, 8 oz. – $0.20 each (Smith’s – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand tomato paste, 6 oz. regular or Italian style – $0.44 (Fresh Market – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand tomatoes, 14.5 oz. – $0.49 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Campbells Spaghettios or Spaghetti, 14.75-15 oz. Original – $0.59 each (Fresh Market – Case Lot Sale)

Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce, 24 oz. – $0.79 each (Rancho)

Betty Crocker Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, 6.8-7 oz. – $0.29 each (Albertsons – When you purchase 10 participating products promo)

Store brand pasta, 48 oz. spaghetti or elbow macaroni – $1.99 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes, 3.7-6.6 oz. – $0.59 each (Albertsons – When you purchase 10 participating products promo)

Knorr Rice or Pasta Sides, 4-5.7 oz.  $0.88 each (Smith’s – Case Lot Sale – Purchase for a 72-hour kit)

Botan Rice, 20 lb bag. – $9.99 (Smith’s – Case Lot Sale)

Betty Crocker Hamburger, Chicken or Tuna Helper, 5.1-12.2 oz. – $0.59 (Albertsons – When you purchase 10 participating products promo)
Use the $0.50/1 Betty Crocker Chicken Helper coupon from the SS 9/8/13 coupon insert
And/or use the $0.75/3 Hamburger & Chicken Helper coupon from the SS 9/8/13 coupon insert
And/or use the $0.80/4 Betty Crocker coupon here
Final price: As low as $0.09!

Milford Valley Chicken, 5 oz. – $0.83 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand premium chunk chicken breast, 5 oz. – $0.99 (Fresh Market – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand chunk light tuna, 5 oz. – $0.69 each (Soelberg’s – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand vegetables, 11-15.25 oz. can corn or green beans – $0.49 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand canned fruit, 15-15.25 oz. – $0.79 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand peaches or pears, 29 oz. – $0.99 each (Fresh Market – Case Lot Sale)

Liberty Gold Pineapple, 24 oz. – $0.88 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand mandarin oranges, 10.5-11 oz. – $0.50 (Reams- Case Lot Sale)

Skippy Peanut Butter, 16.3 oz. – $1.99 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)
Use the $0.55/1 Skippy Peanut Butter coupon here
Final price: $1.44

Store brand peanut butter, 18 oz. – $1.65 each (Smith’s – Case Lot Sale)

Welch’s Grape Jam or Jelly, 32 oz. jar – $1.67 (Macey’s)
Use the $1.00/2 Welch’s coupon from the RP 7/28/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.17

Mrs Butterworths Syrup, 64 oz. twin pack – $5.99 (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand ketchup, 24 oz. – $0.88 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Clover Club Potato Chips, 8-10 oz. – $1.67 (Macey’s)

Nabisco Ritz Crackers, 12.25-16 oz. – $2.00 (Harmons)
Use the $0.75/2 Nabisco coupon from the SS 8/11/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.63

Betty Crocker, Motts, Ocean Spray or Sunkist Fruit Snacks or Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers or Fruit Roll-Ups Fruit Flavored Snacks, 4.5-5 oz. – $1.25 (Reams – When you purchase 4)
Use the $0.50/2 Betty Crocker coupon here (print twice)
Or use the $0.50/2 Betty Crocker coupon from the SS 8/4/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.00 each!

Hunts Snack Packs, 4 pk. – $1.00 (Reams – Great for a 72-hour kit)
Use the $1.00/3 Hunt’s Snack Packs coupon here
Final price: $0.67 each 4-pack

Quaker Cereal, 9-14 oz. – $1.49 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $1.00/2 Quaker coupon from the RP 8/4/13 coupon insert
Final price: $0.99

Malt O Meal Cereal, 22-36 oz. – $2.49 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)

Nabisco Snack Crackers, 5.5-10 oz. – $1.49 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $0.75/2 Nabisco coupon from the SS 8/11/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.12 each

Fiber One Bars, 5-12 ct. – $1.49 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $0.50/1 Fiber One coupon here (print it twice)
And/or use the $0.50/1 Fiber One coupon from the SS 8/4/13 and 8/11/13 coupon inserts
Final price: $0.99 each

Nature Valley Bars, 5-12 ct. – $1.49 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $0.50/1 Nature Valley coupon from the SS 8/4/13 coupon insert
Or use the $0.50/2 Nature Valley coupon here
Final price: As low as $0.99 each

DiGiorno Pizza or Pizza Plus, 19.7-36.8 oz. – $4.99 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $2.00/2 DiGiorno coupon here (print it twice)
Final price: $3.99 each

Store brand ice cream, 128 oz. – $3.99 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)

Lawrys Marinades, 12 oz. – $0.79 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)

Store brand ice cream, 4 qt. pail – $4.99 (Reams)

 

Drinks
Old Orchard Frozen Concentrate Juice, 12 oz. – 1.00 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)
Use the $1.00/4 Old Orchard coupon here (sign up to be an Old Orchard member)
Final price: $0.75 each

Langers Apple or Grape Juice, 64 oz. – $1.29 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand orange juice, gallon – $2.50 (Smith’s)

Tampico Fruit Punch, gallon – $1.25 (Rancho)

Store brand orange juice, 12 oz. frozen – $0.99 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand purified drinking water, 24 pack – $1.99 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

 

Household
Cottonelle Bath Tissue, 24 double rolls – $8.99 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand bath tissue, 12 ct. ultra soft or strong double roll or 6 ct. ultra soft or strong mega roll – $4.99 (Macey’s)

Store brand paper towels, 15 roll – $5.99 (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Sun Laundry Detergent, 125-188 oz. – $4.99 (Macey’s)

Tide Laundry Detergent, 50 oz. liquid – $4.99 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $3.00/3 Tide coupon from the P&G 9/1/13 coupon insert
or use the $0.40/1 Tide coupon here
Final price: As low as $3.99 each

Store brand hand soap refills, 40 oz. – $2.35 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

 

 

Each Walmart store has their own list of stores they will price match. Be sure to double check which stores your local Walmart will  price match. And below are the different starting and ending dates for  store sales. Make sure to price match these items while they are on sale.

  • Macey’s ad runs Mon. through Mon. (except in Tooele where the ad  runs Wed. through Wed.)
  • Rancho Market’s ad runs Mon. through Sun.
  • Harmon’s ad runs Mon. through Sun.
  • Soelberg’s ad runs Tues. through Tues.
  • Ream’s ad runs Tues. through Mon.
  • Ridley’s ad runs Tues. through Mon.
  • Sprout’s ad runs Wed. through Wed.
  • Albertsons ad runs Wed. through Tues.
  • Fresh Market’s ad runs Wed. through Tues.
  • Smith’s ad runs Wed. through Tues.

 

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My Dance Attire Purchase Experience

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My 4-year-old daughter recently started a dance class this year. She had been talking to me about starting dance, and since she was really excited to do it, we went ahead and enrolled her in a dance class.

One week before class started, I received an e-mail that mentioned dance would be starting soon. I did not realize that it was only one week away. I seriously thought I still had 2-3 weeks to get my daughter ready for dance. I knew that I needed to head over to the dance studio soon to get the dance shoes ordered and to pick up tights. Prior to going to the dance studio, I looked up prices for leotards. I found some reasonably priced ones on Walmart’s website. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any available at the store near me for in-store pickup. I could have ordered one, but it wouldn’t have been there by the first day of dance class.

When I arrived at the dance studio, and as I looked through the leotards, I decided to just fork out the money and buy one. (Yes, even I sometimes end up paying full price for items when I don’t plan ahead.) I wasn’t sure if I would have time to run around to stores looking for a leotard, and I wanted to at least have something for her to wear on her first day of dance.

The next evening when I had some time, I quickly stopped in at a store nearby that sold children’s new and gently used clothing. I wasn’t too optimistic that I would find anything and thought that the dance attire would already be picked over since dance would be starting soon at many studios. However, I was lucky because right there in the dance attire section, there was a black leotard that was just my daughter’s size, still in good condition, and it was only $2.99! Plus, they had tap shoes in her size for just $2.99! I was so happy that I’d been able to find these items. It definitely saved me money, and I was able to return the other leotard to the dance studio.

It is nice to find deals on items and to know that I didn’t have to pay full price for them. Plus, these dance items will be handed down to my other daughter when she’s old enough to start dance class.

There are times when I purchase an item spontaneously, especially when there is a deadline. But I’ve learned that if I am patient and check a few other stores, I can save money. And the other thing I’ve learned is to check second-hand clothing stores first. It’s amazing how much money you can save on clothing at these stores, and they are still in good condition.

I am really excited for my daughter to dance, and I think it’s partly because I love dancing so much! She has already been to her dance class a few times and is really loving it, and as long as she wants to dance, I plan to live vicariously through her.   🙂

 

You might also want to read the article How to Save Money on Children’s Clothing.

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How to Build a 72-Hour Kit on a Budget

How to Build a 72-Hour Kit on a Budget

We regularly hear tragic stories of people who are affected by hurricanes, floods, fires, tsuamis, and the list goes on.  A disaster can happen to anyone at any time, and it’s important to be prepared as much as possible. How would your family cope immediately following a disaster, especially when you won’t be able to rely on anyone to help out for days? That’s why it’s important to have an emergency kit ready to go.

The last couple of years, I’ve been compiling my family’s 72-hour kits. I’ve picked up backpacks for each family member, added the essentials of food, water, shelter, warmth, light, and other items, and I’ve placed them where we can quickly grab them and go.  Below is a list of what I’ve compiled in my 72-hour kit, as well as some tips on how to do it on a budget. There are some items that are hard to find on sale, so I suggest setting aside a few dollars a month to purchase these items at a later date. And be sure to check out my ABC4 TV appearance about Building a 72-Hour Kit on a Budget.

First, head to a thrift store to pick up backpacks for a couple of dollars, or if you have a school backpack that is no longer being used, then use it for a 72-hour kit. Begin adding the items below into the backpacks.

FOOD
This emergency food should be a 3-day supply for each person. Include foods from your stockpile that you already have or that you can pick up inexpensively. The meals should be easy and simple such as just adding water, and they should be food items that you would eat. Be sure to include some protein items too. Below is a breakdown of what I picked up and the price points. For some of the products you might be able to find it for a better price, and some of the products could be divided into multiple 72-hour kits.

  • Starkist Tuna Pouch (On sale for $1, used $0.50/1 coupon = $0.50)
  • Skippy Peanut Butter (On sale for $0.99)
  • Vienna sausages ($0.43)
  • Slim Jim Jerky ($2.98 for 28 sticks = $0.10 per stick)
  • Lipton Cup of Soup ($1.20 for 2 pack = $0.60 per pack)
  • Instant Lunch Cup of Soup ($0.36)
  • Top Ramen (On sale for $0.13)
  • Chicken and Rice  ($0.84)
  • Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, 10 pack (On sale for $1.67 = $0.16 per bar)
  • Quaker Instant Oatmeal, 10 packets (On sale for $1.67 = $0.16 per packet)
  • Trail Mix ($1.00 at the Dollar Store)
  • Energy bars (watch for sales and use coupons; received the one above for free from company)
  • Ocean Spray Dried Fruit ($1.88, used $1 off coupon = $0.88)
  • Dole Fruit Cups ($2.00 for 4 pack, used $1.00/2 coupon = $0.38 each cup)
  • Mott’s Applesauce ($1.98 for 6 pack, used $0.50/1 coupon = $0.24 each cup)
  • Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish (On sale for $0.75)
  • Raisins, 10 pack ($1.48 = $0.14 per box)
  • Graham Crackers, 8 pack ($2.50 = $0.31 per pack)
  • Candy (Place hard candies from Halloween in a ziplock bag = Free)
  • Gum ($0.99, used $1 off coupon = Free)
  • Pudding Cups, 4 pack ($0.50 = $0.13 per cup)
  • Minute Maid Juice boxes, 10 pack ($2.98, used $1 off coupon = $0.19 per box)

WATER
It’s recommended to have one gallon of water per person per day. Since that would be too heavy to carry, add at least 3-4 bottles of water to your 72-hour kit. Something is better than nothing. For our family, we also have jugs filled with water close to our 72-hour kit, so we can grab them and put them in the car if we need to leave quickly.

If you want tips on how to store water, read this Emergency Preparedness on a Budget: Water Storage post.

WARMTH

  • Clothing – Make sure to have a complete change of clothes for each family member. This includes short and long sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear, etc.  Head to a thrift store to pick up second-hand clothes inexpensively that way you don’t have to add brand new clothes to the kits. And if you purchase the clothes 1 or 2 sizes larger than what your kids wear now, then they can grow into them and you don’t have to pick up more clothes for a few years.

Check for clearances on the items below in the hunting and camping section of stores:

  • Emergency blanket ($0.99 at General Army Navy Outdoor Store)
  • Hand warmers, 2 pack ($0.64 at Walmart = $0.32 per pack)
  • Rain poncho ($0.88 at Walmart)

LIGHT

  • LED Flashlight ($1.00 at Harbor Freight)
  • Extra batteries (Watch for sales and coupons to pick up batteries inexpensively or for free)
  • Glow Sticks, 2 pack ($1.00 at Dollar Store)
  • Matches, 10 pack ($1.00 at Dollar Store = $0.10 each box)
  • Candles ($1.00 at Dollar Store)

PERSONAL HYGIENE

  • Reach Toothbrush ($1.00 at Dollar Store, used $0.75 coupon = $0.25)
  • Toothpaste (Free sample from company)
  • Reach Floss ($0.97 at Walmart, used $1.00 off coupon = Free)
  • Deodorant (Free sample from company)
  • Shampoo and conditioner (Free sample from company; could get free travel sizes from hotels)
  • Lip Balm (On sale for $2, used $2 off coupon = Free)
  • Feminine hygiene products (On sale for $2, used $2 off coupon = Free)
  • Purell Hand Sanitizer ($1.00 at Dollar Store, used $1 off coupon = Free)
  • Soap Bar (Free from a hotel)
  • Toilet paper ($0.21 each roll) With sales and coupons, you should be able to pick this up inexpensively. Additional tip: To make more room for other items, take the cardboard tube out of the toilet paper and squish the roll flat in a Ziploc bag

FIRST AID KIT

  • Bandages, 30 pack ($0.88)
  • Antibiotic Cream ($0.88)
  • Gauze ($1.47)
  • Tape ($0.96)

OTHER

  • Small radio with extra batteries (Save up for this item to have it in your 72-hour kit)
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for younger children (Use what you have around the house.)
  • Personal Documents (Make copies of birth/marriage certificates, wills, passports, vaccination papers, credit card, license, pre-paid phone cards, etc.)
  • Cash (Small bills and change. This is one item I slowly started to add to each month. If you think about it, in the event of a power outage, bank ATMs will not work, and debit and credit cards will not work at grocery stores or gas stations.)
  • Medication (Don’t forget to add medications in if you need them)

Remember that certain items will need to be rotated each year, so mark a date on your calendar to do this. These are just some of the basics that should go into a 72-hour kit. And with many of these items, if you watch for sales and use coupons, you’ll be able to pick them up for a better deal and not pay full price for them. After you get these basics together, because something is better than nothing, then you can focus on adding other items to your 72-hour kits that you feel you and your family will need. What are other items you’ve added to your 72-hour kits?

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Preserving Onions From The Garden

Onions from garden

One of the ways that I save my family money is by growing produce in our garden each summer. We don’t have a huge garden. It’s about a 15 ft. x 20 ft., but everything we grow saves us some money. We plant items that we know we are going to use and eat. I really like that I don’t have to go to the store to purchase tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, carrots, and more during the summer months. Plus, it’s fun to go out to the garden with the girls and pick the items we grow.

This month, I’ll be sharing with you ways that I store and preserve the items we grow in our garden so that we can continue to use them through the fall and winter.

Recently, we harvested onions from our garden. Since I can’t use them all up before they go bad, I freeze them to be able to use later when I cook a dish that has onions in it. You could also do this with a large bag of onions purchased from the store if you know you won’t be able to use them up fast enough.

onions cut

To freeze the onions, first dice them up and place them on a large pan. Place the pan in the freezer for 2-3 hours to “flash freeze” it. Then take the pan out of the freezer and place the onions in a Ziplock freezer bag. Make sure to label the bag before placing it in the freezer. Now when you need chopped onions for your recipes, you have some already cut that you can quickly grab.

The hardest part about cutting up the onions is that they always make me cry! My mother-in-law told me that I should try placing a piece of bread in my mouth while cutting the onions, and it will help me not to cry. I’ll have to try it next time to see if it helps out. Have you tried anything like this while cutting onions? Feel free to share.

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Grocery Products to Price Match at Walmart (Aug. 21-27)

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After looking through this week’s sales fliers, here are the best deals to price match at Walmart this week, Aug. 21-27, 2013.

And since there are some really good deals at Macey’s this week that you can only get there, I have a post just for those specific deals. You may want to make a special trip there this week to pick up some of those items.

And the deals highlighted in red below are some really good deals that are definitely stock up prices.

Produce
Apples, Gala or Red Delicious – $0.98 lb. (Sprouts)

Avocados – $0.50 each (Rancho)

Bananas, Dole – $0.39 lb. (Albertsons)

Blueberries, 6 oz. – $1.67 (Sprouts)

Carrots, 1 lb. bags – $0.33 each (Rancho)

Carrots, baby peeled 1 lb. bags – $0.88 (Reams)

Celery – $0.99 (Smith’s)

Grapefruit – $0.25 lb. (Rancho)

Grapes, green seedless – $0.99 lb. (Smith’s)

Green Onions – $0.25 each bunch (Rancho)

Lettuce, Romaine, green, or red – $0.98 each (Sprouts)

Limes – $0.50 lb. (Rancho – Aug. 23-25 Only) or $0.16 each (Harmons)

Nectarines – $0.77 lb. (Reams)

Onions, yellow – $0.33 lb. (Reams)

Peaches – $0.69 lb. (Rancho)

Pears – $1.00 lb. (Albertsons)

Pineapple – $0.77 lb. (Reams)

Plums – $0.50 lb. (Rancho – Aug. 23-25 Only) or $0.77 lb. (Reams)

Raspberries, 6 oz. – $1.67 (Sprouts)

Strawberries, 1 lb. – $1.67 (Sprouts)

Tomatillos – $0.33. lb. (Rancho)

Tomatoes, Roma – $0.50 lb. (Rancho)

Watermelon, seeded – $0.29 lb. (Macey’s) OR Watermelon, seedless – $0.33 lb. (Sprouts)

 

Dairy
Store brand milk, gallon – $1.88 (Smith’s – Aug. 23-25 Only) OR $2.29 (Reams)

Store brand sour cream, 24 oz. – $1.59 (Macey’s)

Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese, 32 oz. Loaf – $5.99 (Macey’s)

Store brand cheese, mild, medium cheddar, colby jack or mozzarella, 32 oz. – $4.99 (Harmons)

 

Meat
Valley Fresh White Chicken, 5 oz. – $1.25 (Macey’s)
Use the $1.00/2 Valley Fresh coupon here
Final price: $0.75

Store packaged ground turkey, lean – $1.99 lb. (Harmons)

Pork, Country Style Ribs, boneless – $1.49 lb. (Reams)

Beef, Petite Sirloin Steak, super value pack – $2.99 lb. (Smith’s)

Beef, Bottom Round Rump Roast, boneless – $1.99 lb. (Albertsons – Limit 10 lbs.)

 

Other
Store brand frozen waffles, 10 ct. – $0.99 (Macey’s)

Jello Gelatin or Pudding, .6-4.6 oz. – $0.69 (Harmons – When you purchase 10 participating products promo)

Kool Aid Bursts, 6 ct. – $0.69 (Harmons – When you purchase 10 participating products promo)

Lawrys Taco Seasoning Mix, 1 oz. envelope – $0.25 (Macey’s)

Vlasic Pickles, 46 oz. – $2.50 (Harmons)
Use the $1.00/1 Vlasic coupon here
Final price: $1.50

Wish Bone Salad Dressings, 16 oz. – $1.49 (Fresh Market or Reams when you purchase 10 participating products promo)
Use the $0.50/1 Wish Bone coupon from the RP 7/28/13 coupon insert
Final price: $0.99

Ragu Pasta Sauce, 24 oz. – $0.99 (Fresh Market or Reams when you purchase 10 participating products promo)
Use the $0.20/1 Ragu coupon from the RP 7/28/13 coupon insert
Final price: $0.79

Fritos or Cheetos, 8.75-10.25 oz. – $1.67 (Macey’s)

Doritos, 10-1.5 oz. – $2.00 (Harmons)

Nabisco Cheese Nips, 8 oz. – $0.99 (Macey’s)
Use the $0.75/2 Nabisco Products coupon from the SS 8/11/13 coupon insert
Final price: $0.62

Ritz Cracker Sandwiches, 10.8-11.04 oz. – $1.99 (Harmons – When you purchase 10 participating products promo)
Use the $0.75/2 Nabisco Products coupon from the SS 8/11/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.62 each

Chex Mix, 7.5-8.75 oz. – $0.99 (Albertsons)
Use the $0.50/2 Chex Mix coupon here
Final price: $0.74 each

Malt O Meal Cereal, 36-42 oz. – $1.99 (Macey’s – Aug. 23 & 24 Only. Limit 2. But you should be able to do multiple transactions)

Welch’s Fruit Snacks, 40 ct. – $4.99 (Macey’s – Aug. 23 & 24 Only. Limit 2.)
Use the $1.00/2 Welch’s coupon from the SS 8/18/13 coupon insert
Final price: $4.49 each

Western Family Pudding Snacks, 4 pk. – $0.50 (Macey’s – Aug. 23 & 24 Only. Limit 10.)

Nature Valley Granola Bars Mega Pack, 22.2-27.36 oz. – $3.99 (Macey’s – Aug. 23 & 24 Only. Limit 2.)
Use the $0.50/1 Nature Valley coupon from the SS 8/4/13 coupon insert
Or use the $0.50/2 Nature Valley coupon here
Final price: As low as $3.49

Nabisco Chips Ahoy Cookies, 9.5-15.25 oz. – $1.49 (Harmons – When you purchase 10 participating products promo)
Use the $0.75/2 Nabisco coupon from the SS 8/11/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.12 each

Kellogg’s Pop Tarts, 6-8 ct. – $1.67 (Smith’s)
Use the $1.00/3 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts coupon here
Or use the $1.00/3 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts coupon from the RP 7/28/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.33

Powerade Sports Drinks, 32 oz. bottles – $0.50 each (Reams)

Propel Fitness Water, 24 oz. bottles – $0.25 (Albertsons – When you purchase 10)

 

Personal Care and Household
Sure Antiperspirant and Deodorant, 2.6-2.7 oz. – $1.50 (Reams)
Use the $1.00/1 Sure coupon from the SS 8/11/13 coupon insert
Final price: $0.50! 

Suave Solid Deodorant, 2.6 oz. Stick – $0.99 (Macey’s)

Dial Bars, 2 ct. – $1.00 (Smith’s)
Use the $1.00/2 Dial coupon here
Final price: $0.50 each

Pert Plus Shampoo or Conditioner, 13.5 oz. – $1.88 (Macey’s)
Use the $1.00/1 Pert Plus coupon in the SS 8/18/13 coupon insert
Final price: $0.88

Infusium Shampoo or Conditioner, 16 oz. – $3.99 (Smith’s)
Use the $2.00/1 Infusium coupon from the SS 8/18/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.99

Quilted Northern Bath Tissue, 24 ct. double rolls – $8.99 (Harmons)
Use the $0.45/1 Quilted Northern coupon from the SS 8/11/13 coupon insert
Final price: $8.54

Pull-Ups Training Pants – $8.89 (Harmons)
Use the $1.50/1 Pull-Ups coupon from the SS 8/18/13 coupon insert
Final price: $7.39

Hefty Slider Bags – $1.50 (Smith’s)
Or use the $1.00/2 Hefty coupon from the RP 5/5/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.00

 

Each Walmart store has their own list of stores they will price match. Be sure to double check which stores your local Walmart will  price match. And below are the different starting and ending dates for  store sales. Make sure to price match these items while they are on sale.

  • Macey’s ad runs Mon. through Mon. (except in Tooele where the ad  runs Wed. through Wed.)
  • Rancho Market’s ad runs Mon. through Sun.
  • Harmon’s ad runs Mon. through Sun.
  • Ream’s ad runs Tues. through Mon.
  • Ridley’s ad runs Tues. through Mon.
  • Sprout’s ad runs  Wed. through Wed.
  • Fresh Market’s ad runs Wed. through Tues.
  • Smith’s ad runs Wed. through Tues.
  • Albertsons ad runs Wed. through Tues.
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7 Tips to Save Money in College

When I was young, I saved most of my money so that I would be able to pay for a few years of college without having to take out a loan. And I actually almost managed to pay for all my college without a loan! You can read more about my goal to save money for college and what ended up happening by reading My Financial Life Journey and the Lessons I Learned.

We all know that college is expensive! Since school will be starting for many students within the month, here are some tips for college students to help them cut costs and save money:

1. Budgeting
It’s so easy to spend money on things such as eating out, purchasing a new outfit, and filling up your gas tank. Before you know it, all the money you have for the month is spent. It’s important to know how much you are spending each month and what it’s being spent on. Take time to Set a Budget and track your spending so you won’t have to worry if you will have enough money each month.

2. Housing
If the opportunity is available, live at home. I was able to live at home for most of my years at college. I realize that it’s not the “coolest” option. I know this because there were many times where I wished I could have lived on campus. But looking back I’m grateful that I was able to live at home because it saved me a lot of money.

If living at home isn’t an option, then choose to live on campus. It’s usually less expensive than an off-campus apartment. Plus you’ll spend less money on transportation.

3. Textbooks
College textbooks from university bookstores are expensive to purchase. I remember that some of my textbooks cost $200! But did you know that you can rent textbooks? By renting them you can save 80-90% more than if you purchased them. If I had known there was an option to rent text books when I was in college, I would have used it!  One company that rents textbooks is CampusBookRentals.com. It was founded by a college student who knew there had to be a less expensive alternative to buying books. The company has now rented more than 1 million textbooks in more than 5,500 campuses. Here’s how it works:

  • Go to CampusBookRentals.com and find the books you need for your classes.
  • Decide how long you want to keep them.
  • Let them know where to ship them and when you need them to arrive.
  • When you are done with your books, just ship them back using the prepaid envelopes. The shipping is already paid for.

It’s that easy! While you have your books, you can highlight, underline, and take notes in the margins just like you would any other book. If you don’t need the books for any reason, like if you dropped your class for that semester, send them back within 30 days and you’ll get a full refund. If you need to keep a textbook longer, there is a 15-day grace period for every rental.

4. Transportation
Instead of driving to campus and spending money on gas and parking passes, look into other alternative transportation options such as riding your bike, walking, or using the local bus or subway system. If those options aren’t available, then try carpooling with friends.

5. Food
With a busy college schedule, it’s easy to just grab food at the campus eatery or a fast food restaurant. However, with a little bit of planning, you can save money and eat more healthy. Write down a weekly meal plan that includes meals you can take with you to campus if you know that you won’t be home for lunch or dinner. Plan meals around what’s on sale at the grocery stores. And when you make one meal, double it and put it in the freezer to have later for another meal. You could also schedule and rotate making dinners with roommates and friends.

6. Clothing
When shopping for clothes, look for clearance items on the rack. Also watch for sales, coupons, and promotion codes to save even more money. In addition, thrift stores, yard sales, and second-hand stores will save you money when your old clothes wear out. Make sure to avoid making impulsive purchases because you want that new dress or shoes. If it’s something you really want, you can save up for it. Or better yet, wait for it to go on sale then purchase it.

7. Activities
As a college student, you want to hang out with your college friends and do enjoyable activities. But rather than doing things that cost money like going to the movies, shopping, or eating out, be creative and think of alternative ways to have fun. Plan a picnic at the park, go hiking along trails, and play games around campus. These often end up being more enjoyable and cost less money too. If you do go out on the town and know you’ll be spending money, ask places if they offer student discounts to see if you can save a little more money.

These are just a few ways to save money. What tips do you have to save money in college?

 

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Back-to-School Haircut Deals at Fantastic Sams & JC Penney

Fantastic Sam's haircut coupon

If you want to get your child’s hair cut before school (or if you want a hair cut), Fantastic Sams has a $2 off Kids Haircut or $3 off Adult Haircut coupon. Just print the coupon and take it with you to Fantastic Sams. The coupon is valid through August 31, 2013. To find a Fantastic Sams Location, head over here.

 

jcpenney $10 hair cut

Through August 31, 2013, JC Penney also has a back-to-school deal where you can get a kids’ haircut for just $10.  You can book an appointment or just stop by a JCP Salon with your kids ages 12 and under, and they’ll cut their hair for just $10.  To find a JCP Salon near you, head over here.

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