Wednesday, February 24, 2010

This Week's Best Grocery Deals in Phoenix Area

Not a great week for grocery deals, but there are a few. My favorite deal of the week is on Welch's 100% Grape Juice and V-8 Fusion at Safeways - I got 3 of each for $1.49 each!! THAT IS A GREAT PRICE FOR JUICE!!

Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.67/lb
Pork Loin Chops $0.99/lb
Clementine Tangerines 3 lb bag $2.50
Fresh Baked Cinnamon Rolls 4 ct. 10/$10
Skippy Peanut Butter 10/$10
Albertsons Eggs 10/$10
Hunt's Spaghetti Sauce or American Beauty Pasta 10/$10
Mix & Match 10/$10 - some good deals so check it out!
In ad coupon for Kellogg's Cereal $1.75 each when you buy 4

In ad coupon for Kellogg's Cereal 3/$5
Pork Chops $0.99/lb
Drumsticks, thighs or leg quarters $0.77/lb
Iceberg Lettuce 2/$1
Russet Potatoes 5 lb $0.79
Food Club Butter $1.99/lb
Sheet of Coupons - some ok deals

Food City
Bone-In Sirloin Cut Pork Chops $0.99/lb
Whole Chicken Fryers $0.79/lb
Roma Tomatoes 3 lbs/$0.99
Pagasa Pasta 5/$1
Green Onions 3/$0.99
73% lean ground beef $1.49/lb
Bananas 3 lbs/$0.99
Green Cabbage 4 lbs/$1
Red Delicious Apples 2 lbs/$1

Fresh & Easy
80% lean ground beef $1.49/lb
1/2 gallon F&E Orange Juice $1.99

Fry's Canned Vegetables 2/$1
Kroger Butter $2/lb
Fresh Pork Butt $0.97/lb
Asparagus $1/lb
Kellogg's Cereal 4/$10 PLUS 2 FREE Gallons of Milk
Manwich $1
Pepperidge Farm Cookies $2
Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna 2/$1
(lots of items on their Dollar Days promo)

Pro's Ranch Market
Pork Shoulder Picnic Roast $0.78/lb
Roma Tomatoes 3 lbs/$0.99
Mazola Corn Oil 40 oz. $1.99
Special Value Tomato Sauce 8 oz. 5/$1
Malt O Meal Cereal 2/$3 (use coupons for great deal)
D'Anjou Pears 3 lbs/$0.99
Loose Potatoes 7 lbs/$0.99
Green Onions 3/$0.99
Lemons 2 lbs/$0.99
Jennie-O Turkey Franks $0.69
Boneless Chicken Leg Meat $0.99/lb
Bone-In Beef Shank $0.99/lb
70% lean ground beef $0.98/lb
Nectarines $0.79/lb

7-Bone Chuck Pot Roast $1.47/lb
Pork Country Style Ribs $0.99/lb
Welch's 100% Grape Juice $2.49 (in ad coupon PLUS manufacturer's $1 coupon=$1.49!!)
V-8 Fusion $2.49 (in ad coupon PLUS manufacturer's $1 coupon=$1.49!!)

Navel Oranges $0.19/lb
Roma Tomatoes $0.67/lb
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.97/lb
Walnut Halves & Pieces $3.99/lb
Chicken Parmesan Sausage $2.99/lb
Colby Jack, Monterrey Jack or Mild Cheddar Cheese $2.49/lb

Well, there is the best that I have seen. If you need info on where to find the coupons, let me know!

Happy Grocery Shopping!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Soup In A Pumpkin Recipe

Today, after 5 months of waiting, I finally used my pumpkin to make Soup in a Pumpkin! I really love it and have only made it a couple of times, usually for Thanksgiving. But this year, for some reason, I just never got around to it. So today, finally, I made it. I use the basic recipe from CDKitchen here, but I used a larger pumpkin and for my bread crumbs, I used pumpkin rolls left over in the freezer from Christmas. It is a very rich and creamy soup, but oh, so yummy! And on this cold day, it hits the spot.

God Made the Best Storage Containers!!

Do you know how long you can keep an uncut pumpkin? Well, I bought 2 pumpkins BEFORE Halloween and I just cut them today and they are STILL fresh as can be!!! I am so surprised! I was afraid they would have gone bad inside or dried out or something. I bought one in order to make Soup in a Pumpkin, and the other was my daughter's to carve. Well, neither of those things happened around Halloween or Thanksgiving:-) So today I decided to cut into them and see what we had. That was over 5 months!!! And they are fresh and beautiful! The seeds are still good for roasting and I am going to make Soup in a Pumpkin today. Just thought I would share how wonderful the storage containers that God made are:-) Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

This Week's Best Grocery Deals in Phoenix Area

There are some deals this week, but not tons. Lots of stores are advertising deals on fish for Lent, but, in my opinion, they are still not great prices. I am hoping that they will get better as time goes on during Lent. However, if you like tuna, several stores have it for 2/$1 or less!! That is a "stock up" price and can be FREE if you use coupons. Fry's is still running their Daytona 500 Buy 10, get $3 off promo that can snag you some good deals. So here are the best deals that I see this week:

Whole Fryers or Chicken Drums, Thighs or Leg Quarters $0.77/lb
Country Style Pork Ribs $0.98/lb
London Broil $1.77/lb
Broccoli $0.68/lb
Cantaloupe 10/$10
Blue Bunny Ice Cream $2
Roasts are on sale Buy 1, Get 1 FREE
Tilapia Fillets Buy 1, Get 2 FREE w/in ad coupon

Boneless Pork Loin $1.88/lb
Dole Bananas $0.39/lb
Bumble Bee Tuna, Stokely's Vegetables or S&W Beans 2/$1
Large Eggs $1.29/dozen
Angel Soft Bath Tissue 4 oll $0.69 w/in ad coupon
Quaker Cereal, Oatmeal or Granola Bars Buy 5, Save $3=$1.39 each w/in ad coupon

Food City
Chicken Leg Quarters $0.49/lb
Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna 2/$1
Cucumbers 4/$1
Cilantro and Green Onions 4/$1
Potatoes 10 lbs $0.97

Fresh & Easy
Bagels 6 ct. $1.99

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.67/lb
Boneless Beef Bottom Round Roast Buy 1, Get 1 FREE ($4.99/lb)
Roma Tomatoes $0.77/lb
Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna 2/$0.88
Still running Daytona 500 Buy 10, get $3 off promo:
Grands Biscuits $0.89
General Mills Cereal $1.99
Kroger American Cheese Singles $1.19
Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.29
Breyer's Ice Cream $1.99
Gatorade 32 oz. $0.69
and more......

Pro's Ranch Market
Large Raw Shrimp (26-30 ct.) $3.99/lb
Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna 2/$1
La Moderna Pasta 7 oz. 6/$1
Oranges 5 lbs/$0.99
Hass Avocados 4/$0.99
Green Cabbage 5 lbs/$0.99 (these last a long time and St. Patrick's Day is coming!)
Cilantro 5/$0.99
General Mills Cereals 5/$10

93% lean ground beef $1.99/lb
Boneless skinless chicken breasts $1.88/lb
Fresh Express Spinach, Lettuce Trio or Green & Crisp Salads $.99
Green or Red Seedless Grapes $0.99/lb
Whole or Sliced Button Mushrooms 8 oz $0.99
Campbell's Condensed Soups 2/$1
Campbells Select Harbest Soups 10/$10 (use coupons for FREE!!)
Progresso Vegetable Classics 10/$10
Lucerne Butter $1.00 w/in ad coupon (limit 2)
Powerade 32 oz $0.60 w/ in ad coupon (limit 10)
5 lbs Idaho Russet Potatoes $0.68
Nature Valley Granola Bars 2/$3 (use coupons for great deal)
Rice or Pasta Roni $0.75
Nabisco Premium Saltine Crackers $1.29
Crest or Colgate Toothpaste $0.99
Kraft Singles $1.49 w /in ad coupon
Proctor & Gamble Promo:
Buy $25 of participating P&G products, get $10 off coupon

Smart & Final
10 lb bag Russet Potatoes $1.49
Dole 100% Juice 64 oz. $1.99
10lbs First Street Long Grain Rice $3.99

Asparagus $0.97/lb
Large Vine Ripe Tomatoes $0.77/lb
Bulk Granola Bonanza $2.49/lb
Leaf Lettuce Red, Green or Romaine $0.88
Hot Pepper Jack or Hot Pepper Cheddar Cheese $2.99/lb
Boulder Potato Chips 2/$3 (use coupons!!)
Bone-In Chicken Breasts $0.97/lb
Oats 2 lbs/$1

Well, there you go - the best deals I see for this week.

Happy Grocery Shopping!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Watching the Olympics

The Winter Olympics are my son's favorite. He has been waiting expectantly for 2 years for these Winter Olympics. We enjoy all the downhill events, as well as snowboarding. My daughter loves figure skating and I can't help but be fascinated by curling. I know, it is a strange sport, but it is alot like playing pool and for some reason I can sit and watch a whole match (IF the USA is playing:-). I have read to learn more about the rules and the stones used. Strange, I know!

We are looking forward to watching the Flying Tomato tonight (Shawn White) do his new signature move on the half pipe. Since we are in a close time zone to the Olympics and they are airing during the day and evening, I decided we would watch the Olympics for school this week. My kids have to watch at least 3 hours of Olympic events each day and they have to select a sport to write a report about by Friday. Are you using the Winter Olympics in your homeschooling? If so, what are you doing? Would love to get more ideas - there is a second week of them after all:-)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

This Week's Best Grocery Deals in Phoenix Area

I took yesterday off for my birthday, so this is a little later than usual. This week there are alot of deals on Valentine's Day stuff, but there are still some good grocery deals to be had. Here is what I found:

Gallon of Milk $1.88 (limit 2)
Breyer's Ice Cream or Klondike Bars $1.99 when you buy 3
Ragu Pasta Sauce 2/$3 (Buy 2, get a free pasta)
Green Giant Vegetables and Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna 2/$1
Propel Fitness Water 28 oz. or Gatorade Sports 32 oz. $0.88
Ribeye Steak $3.97/lb
Red or Green Seedless Grapes $0.88/lb
Yoplait Yogurt 20/$10
Albertsons Chunk or Shredded Cheese 16 oz. $2.99

Pork Country Style Ribs $0.89/lb
Red Seedless Grapes $0.99/lb
1/2 gallon milk $0.99
Del Monte Pasta Sauce $0.99
American Beauty or Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta $0.99

Food City
Boneless Chicken Breasts or Thighs $1.69/lb
Medium Eggs 5 dozen $4.99
American Beauty Pasta $0.99

Fresh & Easy
T-Bone Steak $3.99/lb
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.97/lb
Vegetable Oil $2.39 48 oz.

93% lean Ground Beef $1.88/lb
Gallon Milk $1.88
Dole Premium Classic Salads $1
Buy 10, Save $3 Sale:
Gatorade 32 oz. $0.69
Grands Biscuits or Banquet Brown N Serve sausage $0.89
General Mills Cereal $1.99
Campbell's Chunky Soup $0.99
Kroger American Cheese Slices 12 oz. $0.99
Breyer's Ice Cream or Klondike Bars $1.99
Coke 2 liters $0.89
Fresh Whole Frying Chicken $0.88/lb
Softsoap Liquid hand Soap 7.5 oz. $0.88
Kraft BBQ Sauce $0.69
Country Time Lemonade or Tang Drink Mix 6-8 qt. $1.99
Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.28

Pro's Ranch Market
Fresh Bone-In Chicken Breasts $0.98/lb
Iceberg Lettuce 4/$0.99
Jazz Apples 3lbs/$0.99
70% lean ground beef $0.98/lb THURSDAY ONLY
Bone-In Sirloin End Pork Chops $0.98/lb

Ribeye Steaks $3.99/lb
Split Chicken Breasts $0.99/lb
Gala or Granny Smith Apples $0.88/lb
Asparagus $0.99/lb
Yoplait Yogurt 10/$5
4 DAYS SALE (Sat - Tues)
Navel Oranges 3 lbs/$1
Starbucks Coffee 12 oz. $4.99
Pepepridge Farm Cookies $1.88
Gatorade 32 oz. $0.88
Oreo Cookies $1.99 w/ in ad coupon and $10 purchase
Minute Maid OJ $1.99 w/in ad coupon and $10 purchase

Yellow Peaches or Nectarines $0.88/lb
New York Steak $3.99/lb
Roma Tomatoes $0.77/lb
Braeburn Apples or D'anjou Pears $0.77/lb
Cantaloupe $0.99 each
All Bulk Chocolate Candies 25% off
Roasted Mixed Nuts w/ peanuts $3.99/lb
Extra Large Eggs 2/$3
Chicken Sausages $2.99/lb

Have a Happy Valentine's Day this weekend!!

And Happy Grocery Shopping!

Birthday Blessings!

Yesterday was my birthday and I had a wonderful day spending time with my family. We had breakfast together at Denny's (free Grand Slam on your birthday, plus 20% off coupon:-). Then I had lunch with my daughter at Mimi's Cafe ($10 off $20 purchase) and dinner with my son at TGIFridays (Buy 1 entree, get 1 free). We had nice times of sharing and talking - I REALLY like my kids!!! They are teens and they are nice people, fun to be with and talk with.

I still have a free dinner at Black Angus and will share that with my hubby this weekend, I hope. I didn't have to cook all day:-) and had a nice relaxing day with my family.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

This Week's Best Grocery Deals in Phoenix Area

If you are having a Super Bowl party, there are some good snack food deals this week. And Fry's is still running their Buy 10, Get $5 off promo with some great deals (I made 3 trips there last week:-) for stocking up!! Use with coupons to get many items for FREE or less than $0.50!! Check out the printable coupons over at Coupon Mom - she has great lists and helps, too! And don't forget to load your ecoupons directly to your store cards over at, and eCoupons. I didn't realize that you can use ecoupons AND printable coupons on the same item. I did a "test" yesterday to check it out and went to Safeway, bought Lucky Charms for $1.88. I used $1 off printed coupon and it also took off $0.55 Cellfire coupon, so I paid $0.33 for the box of cereal!!

So here are the best deals I see for this week:

Pork Baby Back Ribs Buy 1, Get 2 FREE ($6.99/lb)
Fresh Express Garden Salad, Cole Slaw or Shreds $0.99
8 piece Fried Chicken $3.99
Doritos or Pace Picante Sauce or Chunky Salsa $1.99
Kraft: some deals and then use in ad $1.50 off 3 participating products coupon
Nathan's Buy 4, Save $2 ($2.49 each)

Pork Spareribs $0.99/lb
Hass Avocados 3/$1
Roma Tomatoes 2 lbs/$1
Johnsonville Fresh Grilling Sausage 2/$5
Extra Large Cooked Shrimp $4.99/lb
80% Lean Ground Beef $1.79/lb
Hebrew National Beef Franks 2/$5
Lay's Potato Chips $1.88
Shocker Coupons:
Blue Bunny Ice Cream 1.75 qt. $1.88 (2/$25 purchase)

Food City
Boneless Beef Cross Rib Steak $1.99/lb
Bone-In Country Style Pork Ribs $0.99/lb
Red Bell Peppers 4/$1
Cucumbers 4/$1
Kellogg's Cereals - Buy 4 , Get $4 off = $7 for 4
Doritos $1.99
Nabisco Ritz or Snack Crackers $1.99

Fresh & Easy
Mixed Grill Pack $5.99 (Sausages, Beef Patties and Chicken 4lb. 11 oz)
Big Pizza 20" wide $5.99
Pantry Select Hot Dog Buns $0.88
Asparagus Spears $0.99/lb
18 ct. Farmer's Gems Large Grade AA Eggs $1.57

Same Buy 10, Save $5 Deals as Last Week PLUS:
Navel Oranges 3 lbs/$0.99
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts $1.67/lb
Boneless Half Pork Loin $1.77/lb
Bar S Jumbo Meat Franks $0.67
Fresh Mangos 2/$1
Wholly Guacamole or Salsa $1
Doritos $1.99
Hebrew National Beef Franks 2/$5
Carvel Snickers Football Ice Cream Cake $6.99

Pro's Ranch Market
Tomatoes 3 lbs/$0.99
Boneless Beef Shoulder Clod Steak $1.88
Hass Avocados 5/$0.99
Bar-S Jumbo Franks $0.59
Special Value Salt 4/$1
Lay's Potato Chips $1.99
Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese $0.99
Iceberg Lettuce 3/$0.99
Bananas 3 lbs/$0.99
Mexican Key Limes 3 lbs/$0.99
Jalapenos 3 lbs/$0.99
Tangerines 4 lbs/$0.99
Granny Smith Apples 4 lbs/$0.99
Jarritos Sodas 1.5 liter $0.69
Red Delicious Apples 4 lbs/$0.99
Peaches $0.79/lb

Boneless Beef Round Tip Roast $1.99/lb
Broccoli Crowns or Cauliflower $0.68/lb
8 lb bag Navel Oranges $2.98
Hass Avocados 3/$0.99
8 piece Fried Chicken or Roasted Chicken $3.99
Lay's Potato Chips $1.88
Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce $0.99
SUPER COUPONS (5 days only)
Oscar Mayer Meat Wieners $0.99 (limit 5)
16 oz. Pistachios $2.99 (limit 2)
Gatorade 8 pack 20 oz $3.99 (limit 8)
Heinz Ketchup 40 oz. $1.69 (limit 2)
Mission Soft Taco Flour Tortillas $0.99 (limit 10)
Safeway Artisan Garlic Bread $0.99
Pillsbury Brownie Mix $0.79 (limit 6)
Lucerne Cream Cheese $0.99 (limit 1)
12 Pack Pepsi or 7-UP 3/$6.99 w/ in ad coupon
Johnsonville Bratwurst or Italian Sausage $2.49 each w/ in ad coupon (limit 5)
Best Foods Mayonnaise 22-30 oz. $1.99 w/in ad coupon (limit 1)
Breyer's Ice Cream 1.5 qt. $1.99 w/in ad coupon (limit 2)

Red or Green Seedless Grapes $0.88/lb
Fresh Chicken Breast Tenders $1.88/lb
Vine Ripe Tomatoes $0.77/lb
Sliced Roast Beef $4.77/lb
All USDA Choice Steaks 40% off
Hansen's Soda 6 pack 2/$5
Virginia Peanuts $1.79/lb (stock up price for me!!)
Goji Berry Trail Mix $3.99/lb (my favorite!!)

Couple of other items: ACE Hardware has a 50% of one item under $30 coupon in ad, $5 off any gallon of ACE Royal Paint coupon (limit 5 gallons) and some great prices on gardening stuff.

If you haven't used coupons before, check them out with the deals this week - you can save ALOT more! For a great tutorial in how to get started, go to Krazy Koupon Lady and read her KCL 101 to learn tons about couponing. Just FYI, I don't clip coupons like crazy, I just keep all my Sunday paper inserts (write a date on front) and then wait for the sales. Sites like Grocery Smarts will list the sales and the coupons that match up. When I find items I want to buy, then I go clip or print out the applicable coupons. It is worth the 15 minutes that it takes to save lots of $$, especially when stores are running "all coupons $1" promos and stuff like that.

Happy Grocery Shopping!!

Buying a House

Well, we finally had our offer accepted on a house that we really wanted!! We are very excited, yet also overwhelmed with all the packing and moving that is coming very soon. And all the paperwork that we will have to do, too.

We finally found a house that we are very happy with, very little needs to be done to it and it has plenty of space for us. We are looking forward to being able to have lots of parties and gatherings at our house!! There is a huge family room with a very large entertainment center where all the kids can hang out and have a blast. We are hoping to buy a large sectional, game table and chairs, and maybe a foosball table for it there. There is also a living room with a fire place for the adults to hang out, as well as a large outdoor living space complete with fireplace, lanterns, and more.

It is going to be so much fun making this house ours! I have begun thinking about what I want to do for our master bedroom decor - it is time to change it out completely. I am thinking cool island retreat:-) And the kids have plans for their rooms, too.

I will keep you updated as this process moves along. We are hoping to be moving in around the middle of March. I will post pics when I get some good ones.