Saturday, October 30, 2010

All Hallows Eve


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ski Bums!

From our Halloween party last night - let the Halloween fun begin!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Food for Thought 10/27 - 11/2

The cheapest Halloween Candy Bars are at Albertson's 3/$5.00 and cheapest milk is at Fresh and Easy $1.98. Remember you can ad match at Wal Mart.
**Remember items marked with the asterik are stock up prices - meaning this is about as low as they go!

***Nestle Fun Size Candy Bars 3/$5.00 (best price)
*Dreyers Ice cream $1.99 lim. 2
*Progresso Soup $.88 if you buy 5
Lettuce $.69
*Salmon $3.77/lb.
93% lean Ground Beef $1.97 – 5lbs. or more $1.97/lb.
Lay’s Potato Chips $1.88
Bars S Meat and Cheese Franks $.88
Albertson’s Buns $.88
Granny Smith Apples $1.47
Buy 4 save $2.00 mix and match – final price for 4
*Stove Top, Cheese Nips, Cool Whip $.99
Capri Sun, Planter’s Trail Mix $1.49
Planters Peanuts $2.49
*La Moderna Pasta 7 oz 5/$1.00 (Hispanic section)
Tresemme Shampoo etc. 2/$6.00

Tomatoes 2lbs./$1.00
*Lays Chips Asst. $1.77
Food Club Cheese 8 oz. 4/$5.00
*10 lbs. Potatoes $1.00
Food club Cottage Cheese/Sour Cream $1.49
*Food Club Cocoa mix $.99
*1 gallon Tree Top Apple Juice $1.99 (Thursday only)
*Food Club Canned Vegetables 4/$1.00 (Saturday only)
Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm Trick or Treat at Store
Free cookies, candy, other prizes
Decorate Pumpkin Shaped cake for $5.00

Fresh and Easy
(If you use your coupon it is like getting 10% off or take coupon to fry’s and they will honor it)
7 UP $.88
Milk $1.98
Lettuce, cabbage or salad $.98

All Coupons worth $1.00
Accepting other store’s coupons
Thursday October 28th 3pm-9pm only – wear costumes and trick or treat throughout store – samples – cookie decorating, etc and these prices

*Pop Secret microwave popcorn $.88
*Ball Park Meat Franks $.99
*Hamburger Buns $.77
*Pepsi Products $.67
*Apple Cocktail $.67
*Candy Corn $.59
*Hot Wheels Cars $2/$1.00
*Bake at Home Pepperoni Pizza $5.00
*Fun Size M&M’s $1.99
Mars $1.97

2 Day Sale – Friday & Saturday
Hershey’s, Mars, or Nestle Fun Size Candy Bars $2.17
*Sunmaid Raisins 14/5oz. snack size $.99
Nerds, Laffy Taffy $1.97
*½ Gallon Chocolate Milk $.97
Pepsi Products $.88
Pop Secret Microwave popcorn $.88
Knudsen’s Sparkling Cider – asst. $1.99
Kroger cocoa mix $.97
Fritos/Cheetos 2/$3.00
Honey BBQ Wings 25 cents each

*Whole Chicken $.57/lb.
Grapes $.88
Ground Beef $1.77/lb.
*Tomato and Chicken Noodle Soup 2/$1.00
*Cheerios and other GM cereals $1.49
24 Fry’s water 2/$5.00
Dial or Coast Soap 10/$10.00
Tide or Downy $4.99
Dole pineapple and Del Monte Fruit $.99
Buy 10 Save $5.00 on Frozen Food including Blue Bunny Ice Cream -$2.00 Marie Calendar Entrees $1.47 Gorton’s Fish $2.99 Taquitos $2.49

All Coupons worth $1.00
*Dreyers Ice Cream 2/$4.00
*32 oz. Cheese $3.99
Honey Bunches of Oats $1.88
*Lettuce $.69
Best Foods Mayonnaise Buy 1 get 1 free
Avocados 2/$1.00
Boneless Beef Bottom Round Roast $1.77
*Gold Fish Crackers $1.00
Duncan Hines Cake Mix $1.00
Sour Cream $1.50
Kraft Caramels 2/$4.00
Hershey’s-Mars-Nestle Candy Bars $2.00 each/4 or more
Use Coupons from paper for
Fritos $1.49
*Apple Juice $.97
*Duncan Hines Brownies $.88
Half Gallon Milk in Carton $.99
*16 oz String Cheese $2.49
Safeway Peanut Butter $.99
Sweet Potatoe Frys $1.99
Keebler Cookies or Pecan Sandies $1.99
Craisins $1.49 must buy

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Food for Thought

When Benson and I first got married one of the most daunting tasks was grocery shopping. Sure, I'd been grocery shopping before, but never on a newlywed budget so things got interesting. When I was reading this post the other day I could totally relate and remembered the '4 loaves of bread in the freezer days'. The days when we had a pantry full of pasta, but no sauce, or bread and not so much as a bit of peanut butter to put on it - so basically nothing to make a real meal. Looking at ads seemed overwhelming since I didn't even know what things should cost, but once I got started it was easier and easier to recognize what a good deal was and when to stock up on what. I was amazed at how much money I saved by just paying attention to what was on sale.

Nowadays, when I do go shopping, I look at the ads and have a plan and know what is on sale where and which coupons to use - but I am still no expert. That's where my mother in law comes in. She is the queen of all deals. She knows what's on sale where at any given time (and it's not just limited to groceries either - I've gotten many a free holiday decoration or a steal on a clothing item thanks to her knowledge).

Well, she was recently called to be the welfare specialist in their ward and, since she's so helpful, has started sending out a weekly Food for Thought newsletter. She goes through all the ads, compares prices, uses her own expertise to narrow it down to the best deals, and sends it out grocery list style - basically she does all the "hard" work. I love getting the list each week and knowing the only reason I have to go through my ads is to clip out the coupons.

I know you're thinking "Gee, that's so lucky, I wish I had such an awesome mother-in-law!"

Well you're in luck! No, you can't have her - but I will start posting her deals from the newsletter each week right here so you can benefit too!

Here it is - Food for Thought edition #1 - Enjoy!
(Items marked with the asterik** indicate they are about as low as it gets and to stock up!)
October 20 - 26, 2010

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast $1.77/lb.
Boneless Pork Loin Roast $1.88/lb.
Crystal Geyser Water 24/$2.49
**Nestle Fun Size candy bars $3/$5.00
Doritos $1.99Breyers Ice cream 2/$5.00
Breyers Icecream $2/$5.00
Use coupon from mail to get Chips Ahoy and Kool-Aid Jammers for $1.00
10-40% off all frozen food
Buy 4 save $4.00 mix and match
Cheerios, Corn Chex, Fiber One, Trix, Kix, Cocoa Puffs, etc. - Fruit Roll-ups, gushers, etc. $1.47
Farmer John link sausage 10/$10.00

Gala, Granny Smith apples $.49/lb.
Milk $1.77
**Langer’s Apple Juice $.99
Malto Meal Cereals $.99
Food Club canned vegetables $.48
Angel Soft TP 24/$4.99
Frozen Banquet Value meals $.88
Sandwich bread $.99
Whole chicken $.69/lb
Hunts snack pack pudding $1.00
Celery $.89
Food club tomatoe and chicken noodle soup 2/$1.00
**Deli Turkey or Ham $1.99/lb.(Thursday only)
80% lean ground beef $1.49 (Saturday only)
Longhorn Cheese $1.99 (Monday only)
Pumpkins 2/$3.00 (Tuesday only)
See coupons in paper

Fresh and Easy
(If you use your coupon it is like getting 10% off)
**Apple Juice 2/$2.00
Pumpkins 2/$5.00
Pure water 2/$5.00
Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal 2/$5.00
Lettuce $.98
Capri Sun 2/$3.00

All Coupons worth $1.00
Accepting other store’s coupons

Canned Fruit $.88
Bumble Bee Tuna $.50
18 oz. Kroger Peanut Butter $1.25
*Fry’s Macaroni and Cheese $.39
*Fry’s Tomatoes $.49
Spam $1.88
½ gallon Milk $.88
Pork Picnic Raost $.99/lb.
Boneless Half Pork Loin $1.77/lb.
Pork Boston Butt $1.17/lb.
Tide $4.99
Honey Bunches of oats $1.99
Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream $2.29
Kroger Sour Cream or Dip 10/$10.00
Little Debbie Snacks 10/$10.00
Kroger Bagels 10/$10.00
Kroger Cream Cheese 10/$10.00
Kroger soft butter its not 10/$10.00
Kroger Biscuits, cinnamon rolls 10/$10.00
Dial or Coast Soap 10/$10.00
Crest Toothpaste or Oral B toothbrush $1.00
Dawn Dish Soap 10/$10.00

All Coupons worth $1.00
Pork loin asst. chops $.99/lb.
Boneless Beef Round Steak $1.49/lb.
Bananas $.39/lb.
Progresso Soup $.99 sat. only
Ragu Pasta Sauce 4/$5.00
Milk $1.77
Hershey’s-Mars-Nestle Candy Bars $2.00 each/4 or more
Use Coupons from paper for
Crisco Oil $1.99
Betty Crocker Fruit snacks $.99

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fixing up our nest


That's right - we're remodeling again. If you can remember the last time we took on a re-model project in the beginning of the semester it lasted four months longer than expected. Well, this time is about the same; but if that means the results will be just as pleasing as the last - it will all be worth it!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Birthday Breakfast

Birthday Breakfasts are a new tradition for us - we just can't pass up chowing down on some Joe's Farm Grill (especially when it's free)! The best part is that Benson's birthday is only a week after mine so we're pretty spoiled for a few weeks.






Thursday, October 14, 2010

Catching up

One day I'll finish posting the pictures from our big trip this summer...until then, here's some pictures from our trip (in August) to San Luis Obispo to visit Benson's brother Tanner. It is a gorgeous spot in California, probably one of my favorite places there!








While we were there we ate a LOT of delicious food!




We also visited Hearst Castle which was incredible. This is called the Neptune pool the columned structure along the back of the pool is an original structure moved from ancient Greece to this pool. They also had original artifacts from the pyramids in Egypt - to decorate their fountains of course.


This is the smallest guest house. It's only around 10,000 square feet.

The main house or the "Casa Grande"

The dining hall was used when the sets for the "great hall" for the Harry Potter movies were being created

The indoor Greek pool. The entire pool is 10 feet deep (no shallow end) with a diving platform built into the back wall (you can see it in the archway) and tiled with 1 inch blue and 24 karat gold tiles.