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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thrifty Tips for February 28, 2013



Prices for medical services can often make people skip getting care altogether, but you shouldn't skip care.  There are ways to save.  It just takes some looking around.

If prescriptions are causing you difficulty, check out the website NeedyMeds.orgNeedyMeds is a non profit group that can help individuals with assistance in the forms of grand and vouchers to help them get the prescriptions they need. Don't forget to also speak with your physicians.  They may have samples on hand to give you or can look into several options of medications.

Save money on lab screenings with HealthWaves.  HealthWaves phlebotomists travel to grocery stores and other locations throughout Arizona in order to provide you with money saving lab work.  You can get HDL and Total Cholesterol, SMAC Chem panels, Thyroid testing and more.  You can see the entire list of lab work at this link.


Sign the kids up for Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics.  Saturday, March 9th they can make a monster truck.  Check out the schedule for the Lowe's near you to sign up today.

March Lego build.  The first Tuesday of the month is the day when you can take the kids for a free Lego build.  There aren't a lot of Lego stores in Arizona (one at the Chandler Fashion Center and the other at the Arrowhead Town Center in Glendale), but the ones that are around do these builds.  Tuesday, March 5th the kids can build a sea turtle that is way cute! 


Bleach Pen!  Gel bleach pens can be expensive, but they sure come in handy in a pinch.  One Good Thing By Jillee shares a super easy bleach pen recipe that is well worth trying, and you probably have most of the items on hand in the home.  You will use a squeeze bottle for this, and you will definitely want to label it and keep it out of reach of children, but follow this link to check it out.

FREE EBOOKS (Please keep in mind that what is free at the time that I posted.  The prices can change so always look before you download)

Courageous: A Novel by Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)

Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides Series) by Mary Connealy (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)

Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise (A Novel of Bright's Pond) Joyce Magnin (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)



London Broil or Super Lean Ground Beef 93% Lean 3 lbs or more $2.77 lb
Broccoli Crowns or Cauliflower 99 cents lb
Red Ripe Strawberries 3 lb package $3.99 each (limit 2)
Albertsons Gallon Milk Select Varieties $1.79 (limit 2)
Yoplait Yogurt 4-6 oz Select Varieties 20/$10
BUY 8 SAVE $4 (Prices listed are reflected of the discount taken when 8 participating items are purchased)
Atkins, Muscle Milk or EAS AdvantEdge Carb Control Read to Drink Shakes 4 pk or  Atkins Bars 5 pk Select Varieties $4.49
Healthy choice, Marie Calllender's or Boston Market Dinners or Entrees 9.5-16.5 oz Select Varieties $1.99
Eggo Waffles 6-10 ct $1.49
Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals or Healthy  Balance Juice 64 oz Select Varieties $1.49
Old El Paso Taco or Tostada Shells 10-12 ct Select Varieties 99 cents


Kroger Boneless Chicken Breasts or Tenderloins Fresh USDA Inspected Family Pack (limit 6) $1.88 lb
Kroger Cheese Select Varieties 6-8 oz $1.99
Full Line USDA Choice Roast Sale bottom Round Sirloin Tip Eye of Round, Top Round, Beef Chuck or Shoulder 50% off (Save up to $6.99 lb)
Progresso  Soup Vegetable Classics Select Varieties 18-19 oz 88 cents
Bar-S Franks or Bologna Select Varieties 16 oz 88 cents
Farmer John Breakfast Sausage Links Select Varieties 8 oz 88 cents
California Cuties 3 lb Bag $2.37
Bananas 57 cents lb
Colgate Toothpaste Select Varieties 6.4 oz or Colgate Plus Triple Action Toothbrush Each 10/$10


Fresh Whole Boneless Pork Loin sold whole in the bag $1.99 lb
Navel Oranges 79 cents lb
Marie Callender's or Healthy Choice Bakes 6-12 oz Selected Varieties 5/$10
Safeway Farms Russet Potatoes 5 lb bag $1.99 Crisp Cucumbers 79 cents each
Bush's Best Variety Beans 15-16 oz Selected Varieties 5/$5
Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt 5.3 oz Selected Varieties 10/$10
Red Seedless Grapes $1.99 lb
Pantry Essentials Milk Gallon Whole, 2%, 1%, or Fat Free (limit 2) $1.79

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thrifty Tips for February 21, 2013


If you live in the Quad Cities area and want to learn some serious tips to saving money, sign up for the free Taming the Grocery Budget class which will be held at Trinity Christian School.  Practical Saver, Kara Rozendaal knows the ins and outs of saving money.  Kara's family spends $250 a month on grocery for her family of FIVE!  You can learn so much at the best price...FREE.  Sign up at this link.

Now this is not going to be pretty, but I have heard time and time again how you can take green onions (or scallions) and put them in a jar of water and just keep cutting the green part to use in cooking.  I tried it out when I could purchase a small bunch of green onions for 50 cents, and I have been able to use the green part (chives?) over and over again.  It just keeps growing.  Every penny saved helps.  :)  

Watch a video at Walmart's website and while supplies last you can get a free sample of Nescafe Mementos.

FREE EBOOKS (These books were free at the time of my posting.  That can change at any time so always look at the price BEFORE downloading)
Children's Bible Comic Book- Kings and Prophets by Toni Matas (AMAZON

A Portrait of Marguerite by Kate Lloyd (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)

30 Perfect Popcorn Recipes: How to Make Sweet & Savory Gourmet Popcorn at Home by The Green Gourmet (AMAZON)

Detox Diet Book by Melissa Doviak (AMAZON)

Rewards Gold has an opportunity for you to earn a free subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine.  I get a lot of magazines through doing reviews and surveys through Rewards Gold.  The longest it usually takes me is about 15 minutes.

Know a new parent?  They can get seven free issues of Parents magazine.  A great start for those first time moms and dads. 

You can also earn lots of rewards from Recycle Bank for learning about greener living, pledging to make greener purchases and more.  It is super easy.  Sometimes there are lots of points to earn.  At the very least you can earn three points a day by reading and pledging to take a green action.  You can earn magazine subscriptions, get coupons, gift cards and more.  I've already earned 13...yes 13 magazine subscriptions with little effort. 

Just in time for the Rock and Worship Roadshow Free CCM gives you the chance to download MercyMe's song "You Know Better" as well as nine other songs (some Christmas). 

New Release Tuesday is giving you the opportunity to listen to Plumb's new album "Need You Now."  It is released next week.  Enjoy!

Boneless pork sirloin chops are on sale this week at Albertsons.  You can do a lot with just a chop or two.  Here are two awesome recipe links Super Fast Pork and Veggie Stir Fry from Spark People (peppers are on sale also) and Gingered Pork and Asparagus recipe from Taste of Home (asparagus is on sale too!).


Boneless  Skinless chicken Breast or Thighs $1.67 lb
80% Lean Ground Beef 3 lbs or more $1.99 lb
Fresh Boneless Pork Sirloin Chops $1.99 lb
Asparagus 87 cents lb
Large Navel Oranges $1 lb
Snacking Grape Tomatoes 12 oz $1 each
Large English Cucumbers $1 each
Red, Yellow or Orange Peppers $1 each
Albertsons Gallon Milk Select Varieties $1.79 (limit 2)
Green or Red Cabbage 49 cents lb

Boneless Pork Sirloin Country Ribs $1.49 lb
Red Delicious, Fuji Apples or D'Anjou Pears 88 cents lb
Rancher's Reserve Boneless Beef Chuck Cross Rib Roast $2.49 lb
Safeway Select Pizza Dough Balls 16 oz 2/$3
American Beauty Pasta 16 oz Select Varieties 99 cents
Hunt's Pasta Sauce 24 oz 99 cents
Safeway Farms Navel Oranges 8 lb Bag $5.99 each
Coupons (clip or download to your loyalty card)-
Quaker Big Chewy Bars 7.4 oz to 8 ct Chewy Granola Bars $1.88
Hunt's Canned Tomatoes or Sauce 14.5-15 oz 79 cents
Lay's Kettle Chips or Rold Gold Pretzels 8-8.5 oz Kettle or 7-16 oz Rold Gold) $1.99

Boneless Half Pork Loin Sold in Bag or Pork Spareribs Previously Frozen $1.97 lb (limit 2)
Strawberries 16 oz $1.28 each
California Navel Oranges 88 cents lb
Mangoes 88 cents lb
Cauliflower 88 cents lb
Roma Tomatoes 88 cents lb
Fry's Milk or Kroger Oranges Juice Select Varieties Gallon (juice from concentrate) $1.79 (limit 2)
VO5 Shampoo or conditioner Select Varieties 15 oz 79 cents
Blueberries or Blackberries 6 oz 2/$5
Organic Hass Avocados 88 cents


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thrifty Tips for February 14, 2013



Now that there has been a little space between yourself and Christmas, you might have some new electronics that have replaced old but still good ones.  Check out to sell your device.  They quote you a price and when they get the item, you get paid.  A lot better than letting an item just sit in your junk drawer.

Are you shopping for a certain item like a canoe, but you aren't sure what you should be paying or perhaps you are selling an item and do not know what to charge.  Check out leaves the guess work out of the equation for you. 

FREE EBOOKS (All books were free at the time of this posting.  Please remember to look at the price before you download.  They can change.)

The 4 Seasons of Marriage: Secrets to a Lasting Marriage by Gary Chapman (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)

Why Holiness Matters:  We've Lost Our Way-- But We Can Find It Again by Tyler Braun (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)

Gone To Green: The Green Series #1 by Judy Christie (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)

The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)


While supplies last, sign up for a free sample of  Gevalia Coffee Kcups at their Facebook page.


New Release Tuesday is having a free listening party all week long for Jeremy Camp's new CD "Reckless."  Cool way to try before you buy.  Enjoy at this link.



Rancher's Reserve Boneless Beef Top Round London Broil in everyday value pack $2.49 lb
Fresh Assorted Pork Loin  Chops bone-in in everyday value pack $1.99 lb
Chobani Greek Yogurt 6 oz Selected Varieties 10/$10
Jennie-O Turkey Store Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast 20 oz $5.99
Armour Italian Style Pepperoni 4.5-6 oz Selected Varieties 2/$5
Jumbo Navel Oranges 99 cents lb
Green Bell Peppers or Cucumbers 79 cents each
Knorr Rice or Pasta 4.2 to 5.8 oz Selected Varieties 10/$10
Safeway Apple Juice 64 oz Selected Varieties $1.67
Nathan's Famous Beef Franks or Angus Sausage 12-14 oz Selected Varieties Buy 1 Get 1 Free

FRY'S (4 times the fuel points on every restaurant gift card purchase this week. Plus download special Daytona coupons and save even more on special items)

Foster Farms Boneless Chicken Breasts, Tenders or Thighs Fresh USDA Grade A Buy 1 Get 2 Free (save up to $5.99 with card)
Fuji Apples or Anjou Pears 88 cents lb
Blueberries 6 oz 99 cents
Fry's Large Eggs Dozen 99 cents each (limit 2)
Atlantic Salmon Fillets Fresh, Farm Raised $4.97 lb
California Seedless Mandarins $4.99 3 lb bag
Whole or Sliced White Mushrooms 6-8 oz 2/$3
hebrew National Beef Franks Select Varieties 11-12 oz 2/$7


Pork Loin Back Ribs previously Frozen $2.47 lb
Super Lean Ground Beef 93% Lean 3 lbs or more $2.77 lb
Sanderson Farms Chicken, Drums, Thighs & Leg Quarters Jumbo Pack 99 cents lb
Red Ripe Strawberries lb 4/$5 (limit 4)
Albertsons Gallon Milk Select Varieties Limit 2 $1.79
Tilapia or Swai Fillets Previously Frozen $2.99 lb
Extra Large Raw Shrimp 26/30 ct Previously Frozen $4.99 lb
Sweet Fuji Apples 99 cents lb
Pork Sirloin Chops or Roast $1.99 lb
Herdez Enchilada Sauce 28 oz Select Varieties $1.49
White Rain Shampoo, conditioner or Body  Wash 12-18 oz Select Varieties 77 cents

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thrifty Tips for February 7, 2013


Does the idea of buying another gift kind of freak you out a bit?  Check out WantfulWantful is a wonderful site that makes gift giving super easy.  Go to the site and give information about your recipient and occasion.  Wantful will give you all kinds of options in your price range that maybe you didn't think of. The more you know about the person, the better the options are. 


Spend $49.99 on a dozen pretty chocolate dipped strawberries via online gourmet shops OR buy three 4ct Chocolate Dipped Long Stemmed Strawberries for $17.97 ($5.99 per 4 ct)

Spend $39.99 online on a 4.5 inch mini rose pot OR pick your own mini rose pot at Fry's for $4.99

And let's not forget the printable coupons.  Give the gift of your time to your spouse and also your kids.  Maybe make a coupon granting the kiddos a matinee film with you, time at the park, or maybe handle their chores for the week.  For your sweetheart you could offer a picnic, massage after a rough day, breakfast in bed, dinner & a movie.  Seriously there are lots of options and this link allows you to make your own options or use premade printables from Homemade Gifts Made Easy.  Don't forget your friends.  Coupons are fun for them too. 

FREE EBOOKS (Remember that these were free at the time of my posting.  That can change at any time)

Maggie's Journey by Lena Nelson Dooley (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)

Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)


FreeCCM has ten free music downloads including Jennie Simmons song "Don't Lose Heart" from her album "The Becoming." has two free music downloads this week including "Hold Me Now" from  Red.


Subway is doing a special contest right now called the Footlong Frenzie.  You can win a free bag of Doritos or 20 oz Coke by way of a My Coke Rewards Code.  When you sign up to enter you can start off with a free code SOUTHWEST. 


While supplies last, sign up for a free sample of Nature Made Vitamelts from Target's website.


Are you a Diamondbacks fan?  Why not head over to Chase Field for the 9th annual Arizona Diamondbacks FanFest.  From 10 am to 5 pm,  there will be all kinds of fun activities including a 5K run (check in from 6:30 am to 7:30 am), autograph sessions (kids free -adults have a limited number of $5 vouchers to purchase for autographs but that fee does go to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, and opportunities to tour the clubhouse.  This is a great event with a huge draw. 

Enjoy the scenic views of some of Grand Canyon's stunning trails by checking out Google's Street view of the Grand Canyon.  Lots of trekking with the special back-pack mounted cameras taking 360 degree photos have afforded us all the chance to see what we are missing.  Maybe give us some extra exercise motivation for our own hike.  Check out all the great trail views here.

With a celebration of all things chocolate, you might just want to head on over to the Glendale Chocolate Affaire at Murphy park in downtown Glendale.  Admission is free and all the tasty fun starts Friday, February 8, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday February 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday February 10, 2013 from noon to 5 p.m.  You can also tour Glendale's fabulous candy makers Cerreta's.  More details here.

(Tip: The price of lettuce has hiked up because of the freeze.  Napa cabbage can make a really nice lettuce substitute in a pinch.  It is lighter tasting and crisper than your typical cabbage and is much cheaper.  Test it out for a lettuce wrap.)

(Don't forget that Albertsons is starting their Monopoly game.  Even if you don't care about the game, the pieces often come with some great coupons.  If you are offered them from your cashier, take them.

Albertsons Gallon Milk Select Varieties $1.79 (limit 2)
Ragu Pasta Sauce 16-24 oz Select Varieties 99 cents (limit 4)
Premium Navel Oranges 99 cents lb
Russet Potatoes $2.99 each
Dole Bananas 39 cents lb
Chicken Breast or Thighs Boneless, Skinless $1.67 lb
Pork Loin Chops Boneless Buy 1 get 2 free (regular $6.99 lb)
Cold Water Lobster Tails 3 oz minimum previously frozen $3.77 each
Flier Coupon - 18 ct Albertsons extra Large Eggs $1.49 each (limit 2)
Jennie-O blue Ribbon Oven roasted Deli  Turkey Breast or USA Gold Virginia Ham $4.99 lb (great price)


Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers 88 cents each
Hass Avocados or Mangoes 77 cents each
Smart Ones Entrees Select Varieties 3.95-11.5 oz $1.88
Arizona Grown Minneola Tangelos or Navel Oranges 88 cents lb
Red Seedless Grapes $1.99 lb
Duncan Hines Cake Mix Select Varieties 16.5-18.2 oz 10/$10
Kroger Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream or Dip 24 oz $1.88
General Mills Cereal Select Varieties 8.9-13.1 oz
Powerade or Powerade Zero Select Varieties 59 cents each
USDA Choice New York Strip Steaks Bone-in, Beef Loin Family Pack Limit 2 $4.97 lb


Fresh Whole Boneless Pork Loin Sold Whole in the Bag $1.99 lb
Safeway Chicken Drumsticks, Thighs or Leg Quarters 99 cents lb
Rancher's Reserve Bonless Beef Bottom Round Roast $2.99 lb
Yoplait Yogurt 4-6 oz Selected Varieties 10/$5
Oroweat Variety Breads Selected sized and varieties 2/$5
Beef Back Ribs Bone in Previously Frozen $1.99 lb
Quaker Instant Oatmeal 11.5-15.1 oz Selected Varieties Buy 1 Get 1 Free (save up to $3.99 on two)
Crisp Cucumbers 79 cents each
Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit 88 cents each
Russet or Red Potatoes 99 cents lb