4/27/12

Smart Source Canada Printable Coupons

PhotobucketIf you have been checking out my blog this week you may have noticed something a bit different. I am very please to announce that I have added the  SmartSource.ca coupon printer!  If you click on the Coupons/Freebies tab above then Printable Coupons you will see the latest and greatest printable Smart Source coupons available.

Most of us are familiar with Smart Source as a coupon insert in our local newspapers.  It's distributed to 10 million households throughout Canada 16 times per year. That's a lot of coupons!!

For years I have been so envious of the US version SmartSouce.com because they offered some pretty great coupons. Welcome to Canada SmartSource.ca, we have been waiting for you!

"Six months after launching, Canada’s premier site for printable coupons, SmartSource.ca, has re-shaped the Canadian online couponing environment.  In only half a year, the site has offered consumers more than $3 million in savings on everyday items from trusted brands. The website offers a wide range of savings opportunities on brands including Advil, Cheerios, Huggies, Irish Spring, Splenda and Twinings.  The coupons, which are updated weekly, have ranged from $.50 off a box of Kleenex Cool Touch Tissue to $5.00 off Airwick products." 

SAVE $7.00 on 60 caplet size Multibionta® product 
Save 75¢ on any Mott's* Garden Cocktail* product (1.89 L, 6 x 240 mL or 6 x 162 mL) 
BUY 1 GET 1 FREE on any (1) Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® Satisfying Selections™ 
Save $1.00 on any two (2) Bush's® Baked Beans - any flavor
Save $1.00 ON ANY ONE (1) LADY SPEED STICK* FRESH INFUSIONS (TM/MC) ANTIPERSPIRANT 65G. 
SAVE $1.00 on your next purchase of any one (1) Palmolive* Ultra 739ml Dish Liquid
Save $2.00 on Zax's Original Darkspot, Heelspur or Bruise Creams -at Shoppers Drug Mart & Rexall/Pharma Plus 
SAVE $1.00 valid on any Mini Babybel net of 6 or 12 - Original, Light, Swiss, Gouda or Cheddar 
Save $2.00 on the purchase of any affresh™ cleaning product
Save 20% now on your favourite Twinings Teas when you enter CAD20 at checkout! 
Save $1.00 on any one (1) Fleecy* Liquid Fabric Softener (1.6L or 3L sizes only) or Fleecy* Dryer Sheets (80 Sheet Count Size only) 
Save $5 when you spend $10 on any AIR WICK® Products 
Save $1.00 on any one (1) Irish Spring* Antiperspirant or Deodorant 92g.
Save $1.50 when you purchase any one (1) One A Day® multi-vitamin product 
Save 75¢ when you purchase any one (1) Redoxon® product
Save $1.00 off Purex® UltraPacks™ Laundry Detergent or Purex® Crystals™ Laundry Enhancer 
Save $5.00 On any BISSELL® Portable Deep Cleaning Formula 
Save $1.00 On any Woolite® Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner
Save $5.00 On any size BISSELL® Full Size Machine Cleaning Formula
SAVE $1.00 with purchase of any of the participating Thai Kitchen® or Simply Asia® products 
Save $1.50 On any purchase of GE Reveal® or GE Halogen Produc
Save 75¢ on any 500 ml Mother Hen Sorbet 
Save $1 on any Mother Hen baby purees 
Save $4.00 Now! on the purchase of any 1 Otrivin® Saline Sea Water & Aloe product. 
Save $4.00 On one (1) Advil Nighttime 40's 
Save $2.00 on the purchase of any one (1) Triaminic® Children's Cough, Cold & Flu product. 
Save $3 on the purchase of a GARNIER Skin Renew DARK SPOT Corrector product 
Save $4.50 on any size Multibionta™ product 
Save $10 $10 off a purchase of $30 or more

Happy printing and saving! 

 

New Freebies from General Mills #LMDBlogger


Cereal and juice are the perfect way to start your day! Head to your local store and pick up specially marked packages of General Mills cereal to get your FREE**Oasis® Juice!
Here’s how to get your Free** Oasis® Juice:
  •  Purchase specially marked packages of General Mills cereal and find the coupon for your Free** Oasis® Juice inside.
  •  Cut out the coupon featured inside the package.
  •  Redeem at your local retailer for a free product of participating Oasis® Juices. 
Adult Cereal Offer: Purchase one box of General Mills adult cereal and receive your choice of one of the following; Oasis® Smoothie (1.75L), Oasis® Premium (1.75L), Oasis® Health Break (1.75L), or Oasis® Nature’s Collection® (1.75L). Maximum value of $4.99

Adult Cereals include: Cheerios, Honey Nut cheerios, Multigrain Cheerios and all five flavours of Oatmeal Crisp cereal.


Child Cereal Offer:
Purchase one box of General Mills child cereal and receive your choice of one of the following; Oasis® Classic (960mL or 3 x 200mL or 5 x 200mL or 8 x 200mL),Oasis® Fruits etc.® (960mL or 5 x 200mL or 8 x 200mL), Oasis® FruitZoo® (960mL or 5 x 200mL or 8 x 200mL). Maximum value of $3.89.

Children's Cereals include: Reese Puffs, Nesquick, Lucky Charms, French Toast Crunch, Chocolate Cheerios, Banana Nut Cheerios, Apple cinnamon Cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.


Get a free 2L Coca Cola product with the coupon found on specially marked boxes of Old El Paso.  I hope this includes the fajita kit because my kid's are fajita monsters LOL.


 

 Disclosure: I am a blogger for Life Made Delicious and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

4/26/12

Do you hunt for coupons?

Are you an avid couponer like me? I always have my eye open for coupons when I'm out shopping. My kids are well trained to scope out coupons too!

Yesterday I was out to pick up a few things at Shoppers while the kids were at Girl Guides.  I had an extra 20 minutes to waste so I put those minutes to good use and headed over to Metro!

I`m glad I stopped because they had some new coupons out.  I was looking for Bick's coupons and low and behold there they were! 

Here`s what I found:
75 cents B/D Cheese strings or Fun Cheese (8-16's) exp Dec 31/2012
$1 Febreeze (any fabric refresher, any size!) exp July 31,2012
$1 WUB2 any Bick's products exp Dec 31/2012
$2 Dove VisibleCare Body Wash exp Dec 31/2012

There was also a coupon for Nutrigrain bars (50cents) but I didn't grab it as we don't like these. What I was really on the hunt for was a rebate form for the Dare promotion where you buy 5 products and get a $15 gift card back.  Oh well, I'll check back next week!


 

This Week's Goods Deals and Coupon Matchup's

Fresh Co
 Boneless/Skinless chicken $3.44- not a bad price but I usually wait for the $2.99/LB sale  to stock up
Bounty 8's $5.97- 50 cent Brandsaver coupon
Hunts 680ml tomato sauce 99 cents- Buy 4 save $2 (V-H booklet)
Yoplait yogurt tubes/Minigo $1.99- 50 cent gocoupons coupon(no longer available)
Black Diamond Cheese strings 8's $2.97 (75 cent tear pad coupon)
Fleecy 1.6L or Sheets 80's $2.97 -$1 PRINTABLE COUPON
Finish Quantum tabs 48 or Gel Packs 60's $9.99- Mail in rebate =VERY CHEAP! Read about it here and get your rebate form
Maxwell House Coffee 910g-925g $7.97 -I purchased a bunch for $6.99 recently but this is still a good price
Astro Yogurt BIG 24x 100g pack $5.99
Dempster's bagels $1.99-$1 coupon (No longer available?)
1 LB Strawberries $1.69
Tomatoes 79 cents
gala apples 88 cents
cucumbers 79 cents
broccoli 79 cents
iceburg lettuce 79 cents

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 Zehrs
Ragu  $1
 Bull's eye BBQ sauce $1 - if you printed out the b2S$1 coupon(no longer available) pay only 50 cents!
Schneiders red hots or country naturals 2 for $5 use buy 2 save $1 coupon
Zucchini $1/LB
Unico 796ml tomatoes (asst) $1, again not a bad price but I stock up at 89 cents/can
Del Monte canned fruit 398ml $1
Allens canned apple juice 1.05L $1
Cling wrap 30M or Alcan foil 25' 99cents
No Name soda crackers $1
No Name evap milk $1
No Name English muffins 6's $1
No Name frozen waffles $1
No Name oj or apple juice 1.75L carton $1
Welch's, Old South blends, No Name OJ Frozen concentrate $1
Blue water fish Signature or Natural Cuts $8.99 (assorted coupons 75-$1)
Assorted General Mills Cereals with free Oasis Juice coupon on box $3.99
Bicks Pickles, beets or pepper rings $2.99- use buy 2 save $1 tearpad coupon
Purex 96 load- use buy a 96 load purex and get free purex crystals or ultra pack coupon
Fleecy 1.6L or 80 dryer sheets $3.99 use $1 printable coupon
Affresh $6.99 -$2 coupon
Energizer AA20 or AAA12 $10.97-$1 coupon
Sidekicks $1 use buy 3 get 1 free and pay 75 cents each
Kraft dressing 250ml $1
Clover Leaf skipjack or flavored tuna $1save $1 WUB 3 coupon =67 cents per can
Marc Angelo pork souvlaki $1- mail out coupon from company $1=FREE
Parkay Margarine $1

Sobeys 
Cracker Barrel 400-500g $5
navel oranges $1/LB
Dempsters buns $2- websaver buy 2 save $1 coupon
Kraft dressing large bottle 414-475ml 2/$5 not a bad price but I usually stock up at $1.99/bottle
Kashi Cracker $3 use $2 coupon and pay only $1 (get yours at Kashi.ca)

Metro
Cracker Barrel 400-500g $4.99
Activia 8x100g $2.99
V-H Fusion smoothie 1.06L $2.99 75 cent coupon (store demo)
Aylmer accents tomatoes 4/$5 use buy 2 save $1 and pay 75 cents per can

Food Basics
Strawberries 454g, blueberries 170g or blackberries 125g $1.44
Delissio pizza $5.88 2 pack 
Pork Tenderloin $2.99lb
Oasis Juice 99 cents
Maxwell house coffee large can $7.99
ED Smith Jam $1.99 - 75 cent milk bag coupon
Highliner fish Pan Sear $8.99- $1 coupon booklet/save.ca
 Zucchini 79 cents
Unico tomato paste 2/$1
Broccoli/ tomatoes 88 cents
Dole iceburg salad mix/ coleslaw 99 cents

Giant Tiger 
Highliner fish $2- I bought some last night and they had roasted garlic and lemon pepper
Purex 32 load soap $4.47- $1 coupon= $3.47

Shoppers Drug Mart
SAT ONLY Maxwell House Coffee (LG can) $6.49
Stayfree pads $2.99 use $1 printable coupon from here and pay only 99 cents!






4/23/12

1 Day sale Today only @ Old Navy, BR and The Gap

old nave the gap banana republic coupon code Canada
The one day sale at Old Navy, BR and The Gap is on today until midnight. Use coupon code 24HOURSCDA at checkout and save 30%*
Shop Oldnavy.ca

Shop Bananarepublic.ca



*Offer valid through 4/23/2012 at 11:59 PM ET. Valid online only on Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic merchandise only in Canada. Not valid at Old Navy, Gap or Banana Republic stores, or at Old Navy Outlet, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Stores or Edition by Banana Republic. Not valid on Gap Leather & Suede, Women´s Shoes and Kids´ Shoes and DIANE VON FURSTENBERG FOR GAPKIDS. Not valid on Old Navy jeans. Not valid on international purchases. Qualifying amount applies to merchandise only, not value of gift cards purchased, packaging, applicable taxes or shipping & handling charges. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts including Gap Inc. employee discount. Offer is nontransferable and not valid for cash or cash equivalent. No adjustments on previous purchases. Offer subject to change without notice.

 


4/19/12

Taking Care of the Nasty #FinishRevolution

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I HATE DOING DISHES. This puts me in quite a predicament since I love to cook! Needles to say, my stainless steel, tall tub Bosch dishwasher is my most used (and most loved) appliance. On an average day it usually runs twice, if I am baking a lot sometimes three times!
 For my second Finish Quantum post I was asked to put it to the test. Well, I'm game for that! Easter was just a few days away and I was going to have a lot of really dirty, greasy, sticky, baked on dishes. On the menu was homemade cranberry sauce, honey glazed ham, stuffing, scalloped potatoes and mixed veg.

Here is the aftermath of the delicious meal-
I told everyone we could have dessert once things were cleaned up. Since there was a goal in site, the table was cleared, dishes put in the dishwasher and table was wiped clean in only ten minutes.   I like letting Finish Quantum do the work for me; I really do!
Mmmm, yummy Easter bunny cake
 I was anticipating what I would find when I opened up the dishwasher.  Voila, all clean.  Even the casserole dish with baked on scalloped potatoes, which usually  needs to soak for a day, was sparkly clean.

Would you like to try Finish Quantum for free?  Visit the Finish Canada Facebook page , "Like" it then click on "special offers".  From here print out your mail in rebate form.*

*Purchase any one (1) FINISH QUANTUM Product and receive up to $8.49 refund by mail. Limit one (1) per household. To receive your refund by
mail, complete the Official Refund Form. Purchases must be made between April 14, 2012 and May 4, 2012. All requests for refunds must be received on or before June 4, 2012. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.



Disclosure: I am part of the Finish Blogger Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own

4/18/12

HOT>> P&G Beauty Samples available

p&G free samples brandsampler

P&G has a Beauty and Grooming Sample pack available now. Hurry over and get yours because these go fast!
 The site is s..l..o..w.. right now so be patient.

I got to choose 3 of 4 samples.  I chose Pantene aqua light shampoo and conditioner, Olay Regenerist creme, and a venus razor.  The other choice was a men's Proglide razor.

Update April19th (am) I'm guessing the site is undergoing maintenance because of all the people trying to order these samples.  It was ridiculously slow yesterday.  Right now it says that samples will be available in early April.  I imagine if they didn't have any samples left they would have put a message saying so.  Check back today, you may get lucky!

 




Check out this bunch of Printable Coupons

Save $1 printable coupon when you buy a 12-double roll or 24-single roll pack of Cascades Enviro® bathroom tissue or a 6-roll pack of Cascades Enviro® paper towels. This coupons has a limit of 2 per person.

Since Earth Day is coming up next week I image this should be on sale next week, check your flyers!

There is a new site called wonderlist.ca.  (run by the Toronto Star)  They have a few good printable coupons available and they expire Dec 31/2012.

$2 off Schick xtreme3 razor: Since this coupon is only $2 I would just use the $3 coupon below.  It does say any Schick razor and you will save an extra dollar ;o)  http://www3.thestar.com/static/TSMK/...ree_print.html

$3 off any Schick Razor.  I just picked up a bag of Schick ladies razors last week for $5, I'll keep my eye open for upcoming sales so I can stock up on a few bags.   http://www3.thestar.com/static/TSMK/...one_print.html

$1 off Edge or Skintimate Shave gel.  The great thing about this coupon is that it doesn't say that you can't use it on the trial sizes! ;o) http://www3.thestar.com/static/TSMK/...two_print.html

$2 stayfree printable coupon

Freebie Alert!  Here's one I'm excited about!  $2 printable coupon for Stayfree ultra thin regular with wings.  The great thing is that you can use this coupon on sale items and they go on sale for $1.99- $2.49 often!  The coupons they have been putting out lately say that they can't be used on sale items so paying $4.49- $2 coupon=$2.49 isn't a huge savings.  Coupon expires Jan 31, 2013. 


Save $1.50 printable coupon on any Kotex by U products.  I just printed off one this morning and it expires May 2nd so it may only have a 2 week expiry once you print it.

Assorted Printable coupons from Bayer for the following products:
Ozonol , Bactine, Alka Seltzer, Phillip's MOM, Dermal therapy heel care cream and Canesten cream.  You need to register then you can print off your coupons.  I just printed the coupon for Bactine and it expires June 30,2013

4/17/12

My Blog is worth more than a Frozen Pizza Part 1

Are you a blogger? Have you been bombarded lately with offers from companies who want you to work for them for FREE?

 First off, who the H.E. Double hockey sticks works for free? I couldn't imagine approaching a company or business and saying to them,"Can you do this for me? And by the way, I won't be paying you."

Have you ever been approached by a company who wants you to run a giveaway and do a review of their product in exchange for, oh let's say A frozen pizza? A review/ giveaway requires-
  • Usually a few emails/phone calls to discuss the post/ giveaway with the company
  • Use the product so you can review it (allow for cooking time, ect)
  • Write about the product and giveaway  including links and images you have uploaded and sized
  • Spread the word (multiple times)about your giveaway by posting to Twitter, Facebook and find  giveaway linky's to promote your giveaway.
  • Go through and post the comments (entries)
  • pick a winner
  • notify the winner, wait for them to get back to you
  • notify company of the winner
I think a fair estimate would be 4-5 hours work for a review post and to run a giveaway.  Your $5 pizza is the equivalent of working for $1 an hour! Did I use to work with companies like this?  Sure, when I first started but now I realize that my time is worth a lot more than that.  You should set a price that you are comfortable with and ask for it.  I think if we all started doing this we would get less and less requests for us (Bloggers) to work for free.

Yesterday I received seven emails BEFORE lunch, from companies wanting me to talk about their products/ services/companies/events ect. for free.  Great isn't it?  If they are asking me to write about their company or product, add keywords and links than that's advertising and it's not free.

 I've even been interviewed my a major newspaper and they only included my name in the article not my blog website which felt like a kick in the can. If you are not being paid for your interview/opinions at the very least they can include the link to your website!   It makes me wonder why the heck I'm doing this if my time, and effort are not worth them paying for.

 Some( but not all) companies are so off the mark with what a blog or a woman's influence is worth. I think there comes a time when a blogger needs to evaluate their blog, the income from it and the hours put into it. I know when I first started I put in more then a full work week reading about blog design, SEO, key words and good ol' HTML (computer speak)

I  have received a few emails from people asking me quick ways to make  money from blogging because they were thinking about starting a blog.  Um..hello?  You are going about it all wrong. I didn't even put any form of ads on my blog the first year.  Things you need to do first are
  • Start  a blog
  • Find your niche
  • network
  • write good, helpful content
  • Be indexed by Google, Yahoo ect
  • Get a loyal following
When I started my blog back in 2009 it was to share coupon and sale info with friends and family and it quickly grew from there.  Back then average unique readers would be about 60 per day.  The second year I reached over 100 readers a few times (which I thought was pretty good) Then I experienced an overnight growth in readers to almost 3000 visitors per day due to the TLC Extreme Couponing show.  To this day, the post I wrote about TLC Extreme Couponing in April 2011 is still the most popular post that is read on my blog.  As my blog became more popular, especially during the height of the Extreme Couponing craze I probably almost doubled my work load just trying to answer all of the emails I was getting. 

Of course I knew that the craze would die off, and it did.  I  now get about seven to eight thousand visits per month. Has income died off, well yes it has. For instance, yesterday I put in 5 hours of work writing up a few posts, searching around for deals and took care of some  phone calls and emails from readers and companies.  Grand total for yesterday was less then that $5 pizza I mentioned above.

Do you know about the different ways a blogger can make money?  I'll be talking about that next in part 2 

 

4/15/12

Get your Coupon for the Secret 20X the Points @ SDM April17

I sure am glad I get email updates from Shoppers Drug Mart! They are having a secret
20X the points shop on Tuesday April 17. This shop is a little different then the one they had yesterday.  For this shop you will need to present this printable coupon.

Don't forget, if you want even more points purchase a $50 SDM gift card.  You will get(Regular)points for the gift card , then use it to pay for your (20x the points)purchase.

 


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Freebies, Cheapies and Money Makers

Did you know that Finish Quantum had a rebate for in the Smart Source Flyer that came out a few days ago? If you missed it don't fret! Finish Canada is also offering a printable rebate form via their Facebook page. Visit the Finish Canada page, "Like" it and click on "Special offers" to get your rebate form.

The rebate Deets:
The rebate says Free Finish Quantum 20ct.  I have seen them retail anywhere from $4.99-$7.99.  BUT the rebate form also says, "Purchase ANY  Finish Quantum products and receive up to $8.49 to cover the cost of product plus taxes and postage."

Purchases must be made between April 14-May 4/2012.  All rebate requests must be received by June 4/2012.

Here's what I'm doing!  Zehrs has the 48 pack of Finish Quantum on sale for $11.99.  They also have $1.50 coupons for Finish Quantum on their Coupon Zone coupon board.
$11.99+13%=13.55 - $1.50 coupon = $12.04 - Mail in rebate max(8.49) and tax(1.10)= $2.45
If I have my calculations correct out of pocket should be $2.45 for the 48 pack which usually retails for around $15.  Finish is even going to refund you the postage, bonus!
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McDonald's $1 snack size real fruit smoothies starting tomorrow (April 16) and ending April 22nd.  I had a sample of the mango pineapple smoothie last year in San Diego at BlogHer '11.  It was REALLY good!  I haven't visited a Mc D's in years so I'm not sure what flavors they offer.  Looks like it could be mango pineapple, strawberry banana and mixed berry.
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4/14/12

What's MSCM picking up at the Grocery Store?

I get asked often exactly HOW I shop so here's a break down of my money saving strategy! I've posted before about my stockpiling of goods I use back in November.

Take stock of what you have once a month so you know what you have and what you need.

Here's a bit of an update about what I've got on hand right now and what I'm going to be looking for in the next few months to add to my stockpile pantry. 

Here's what's in pantry #1.  I'll be looking at add:
4 penne and 4 macaroni (the kid's love pasta salad in the summer)
2 egg noodles
4 whole wheat cous cous ( salad again, we love it)
Ziploc bags- 3 large freezer, 3 med freezer, 2 sandwich bags, 2 snack size bags
Red hot-2 bottles (like the commercial says," We put the &h%t on everything")
Tomato soup- about 12 cans should get me through the next year.  Metro has buy 4 save $1 coupons
Heinz beans- if on sale for less then 70 cents per can I'll grab 1 dozen tomato and 1 dozen maple
Garbanzo beans- 6 cans for hummus
Diced tomatoes- 6 cans
Ragu- on sale for $1 this week, I'll grab 4-6 jars
Uncle Ben's brown rice (large bag) I've got 2 left and go through about 1 per month.  I'll get 2
Light tuna- I've only got 2 cans left so 8-10 should do for a while.  We like tuna sandwiches.

Pantry #2
I've got several boxes of cereal so unless I get FPC I'm not going to need any for a while
Premium plus crackers- 1 or 2 boxes
Jams- I make my own so no need to buy
Hair mousse and hair spray-Herbal essence is on for $1.99 this week and I have 50 cent coupons.  I'll get 2 of each and that should last 3-4 months
If I find a good deal on dishwasher soap I'll pick some up.  We need about 50-60 loads worth per month.  Yes, you have a lot of dirty dishes and pans when you cook mostly from scratch!
Jet dry turbo-1 large bottle
Coffee- 3 large cans.  Max is on sale this week for $6.99.  I'd hate to run out and pay $13.99 per can!
large bottles of water- a few more. We have a well so if the hydro goes out we have no well pump=no water.  I like to have several on hand, just in case.
Oasis juice 1 LT carton- I've got 4 and it's on sale this week for 99 cents.  The kids drink about 4-5 a month so I'll grab 8 and I won't have to buy it for a couple months.

About Bread  I have been purchasing the Chalet bread from Dollarama.  I know, dollar store bread?  It's really fresh, they get it in three times a week and it's $1 a loaf.  If I'm out at WalMart I'll grab their bakery bread they bake in house.  It's 97 cents a loaf.  The only thing is you have to get them to slice it and it takes forever.  I just waited about 10 minuets to get 3 loaves sliced last week.


In the freezer-
We purchased 1/4 of a naturally raised cow from a local farm in September.  I've got several ground beef, eight 2lb packs of stewing beef, a 4 lb prime rib roast, one 3 lb pot roast, 4 beef shanks, and 2 rib steaks left.  I'll order another quarter in September at a cost of  $2.89 per pound(if the prices haven't increased)  I know grocery store ground beef sometimes goes on sale for $1.99/lb but this is sooo much better.  When I cook it there is no weird ground beef smell like the grocery store kind or grease to drain from the pan. 

We purchased half  of a naturally raised  hog (60lbs) from a local farm in January 2011. I'll order another 1/2 hog this month since we all really like BBQ sausage and pork chops in the summer.  I think we paid around $2 a pound so another 1/2 should be between $120-$150 and it will last several months.

I purchase chicken on sale when it is $2.99/lb for the boneless skinless.  I have 8 breasts in the freezer right now that I vacuum seal 2 breasts to a bag.  Chicken is on sale this week so I'll grab one or 2 family packs at an average cost of $13-16 per pack.

You know what's awesome?  I cashed in some  Airmiles points for 2 metro gift cards (2 x $20) and I just got them in the mail yesterday.  I love stocking the pantry for free!  If I have enough points when Shoppers has their bonus redemption days I'll pick up things like rice, canned milk, band aids and toiletries.  

Great deals I picked up this morning at the grocery store!

  • Gay Lea spreadable butter- Sale at Sobeys $1.99/ half pound and I have $1 coupons.I picked up 6, They freeze well
  • No Name baked beans- I hit the Jack pot!   Zehrs has their store brand baked beans for 75 cents/can and they have 15 cent coupons on the shelf.  I picked up 10 and since they don't expire for almost 3 years I'll pick up a dozen more later this week because I've got room for them and it's something the kids LOVE.
  • Knorr sidekicks- This isn't something we eat on a regular basis but they come in handy on a busy night and they now have less sodium.  I picked up 8 for 99 cents at Zehrs and had b3g1free coupons =  75 cents each
  • Max coffee- large cans at Zehrs $6.99
  • Metro Mccain pizza 2 pack $5.47
  • Ham at Sobeys was marked down half price and they were still good for a few days. I picked up 2 and put them in the freezer.
  • Aurthers smoothies 1/2 price @ sobeys-still good for 1 1/2 weeks $2.25
  • 3 cans of tuna at Shoppers on sale 99 cents/can 
Now I need to go and put this all away {sigh}


4/13/12

Exclusive Coupon for The Body Shop April 13-15 @CanadaCoupons

Wow! Here's a great deal that I'm sharing with you from my friends over at FabulousSavings.ca! They are offering an exclusive coupon to save $10 off on a $20 purchase at The Body Shop. This coupon can be used in store AND on line!  This coupon is valid April 13-15th only.

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 Happy Shopping!




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4/12/12

I'm Cheap, but not an Extreme Cheapskate

Yes, I'm cheap, frugal, penny-wise, whatever you want to call it.  I try to live by the saying,"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."

This is so true of my poor coffee maker.  We have a few coffee makers, an espresso maker I bought on clearance at Sears, a  Bosch Tassimo I got for free when attending an event back before I started this blog and a cheap Black & Decker coffee maker. 

This is the pathetic story of my old Black and Decker.  We purchased this pot about 5 years ago at Canadian tire.  I think it was about $30.  A couple years ago the top of the pot snapped off.  I was checking the flyers and no coffee makers were on sale that week. Sooo... I kept using the pot, brewing it into a 4 cup glass measuring cup.

I was cleaning out the basement a few days later and found a glass coffee carafe from an old coffee pot.  I thought I would use it until I could find a coffee maker I liked on sale.  Two years came and went, same black coffee pot, same white glass carafe.  Then the sucker up and died on me this week!  I shouldn't have been shocked, I have been meaning to replace it for the past 2 years, but it was still working.  We definitely made it do and wore it out! 

I pulled out the flyers and once again, none on sale.  Am I cursed?  Give me a break, I NEED coffee to function. Later that day I was out running a few errands and ran into Bed, Bath and Beyond to look for a clothes bin for my new laundry room.  As I was walking through the store I though I would check out the coffee makers but wasn't expecting to find anything in my price range.  Then I saw it!  Isn't it a beaut?
This was a marked down display unit.  Regular price $79.99 marked down to $39.97!  Here's the best part.  I just signed up on the BBB website and they sent me a 20% off coupon.  After taxes I paid $36.13.  Here's hoping I can get a good five years out of this one!  Pass the Baily's cream please :o)

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4/10/12

How to get Free Purex Crystals or Ultra pack

I just checked my email and I've got a hot deal from Purex!

Here's what it says:

"Look in your local paper April 14th and learn how to get a FREE Purex Crystals or UltraPack product when you purchase Purex Laundry detergent"

Mark your calendars!  


 




4/9/12

Cadbury's Cream Eggs, Freebies and Coupons

Have you ordered your SampleSource.com free samples yet? They were difficult to order because the site kept crashing. I guess they were really overwhelmed with requests! There is a message on their site right now that says they are looking for more samples and will be back on April 10/12.

 When I ordered my samples I got to choose from Sensodyne toothpaste and toothbrush, Jergens natural glow tanner, John Frieda shampoo and conditioner, Sunlight dishwasher soap, Scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner, Harvest crunch cereal bars and Schick hydro razor. I can't wait to get my freebies!
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Mccain is offering a $1 coupon for their Deep n' Delicious cake. (PDF) expires May 6, 2012.  These cakes are really good and make a great "emergency" dessert for last minute company.  All you have to do is thaw it out, cut and serve.  Quite often these cakes go on sale for $1.99 so keep your eyes open!
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Do you have a lot of mini creme eggs kicking around your house? Well, you need to check out my friend Amanda's blog.  She's (striving  to be) The Best Mom on the Block and also a fellow blogger for General Mills.

She has a couple of recipes on her blog  that will use up your creme eggs and elicit Ohhhs and Ahhs from your whole family. Check these out! 

Easter Baskets Brownies
No Bake Cadbury Cream Egg Cheesecake 
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COUPONS< COUPONS< COUPONS!
Old El Paso Has a $1 coupon for tortillas available through Websaver.  These are the new softer ones and they are really good!

SAVE $1.00 on KRAFT SINGLES White Cheddar from Save.ca

Order a $1 coupons for Nordica cottage cheese from their Facebook page here.  Once  you like the page you will be directed to Save.ca