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Super Savings Saturday: This week’s $40 shopping trip and menu

Back by popular demand and because I actually went shopping this week, here’s what $40 total bought at CVS, Aldi, and Hen House:


Our CVS deal is worth mentioning since it would work well for a newbie:

Bought 2 Children’s Advils at $5.79 each, used 2 $1/1 coupons
Bought 2 boxes SmartStart priced at $4.59, on sale B1G1, used 2 $1/1 coupons
Paid with $12 in ECBs and $0.59, Got $11.98 ECBs back!

(Read more about these deals and where to find the coupons here.)

Another deal I was excited about from Hen House: we got Kathrynne’s ultimate favorite yogurt Yoplait yogurt drinks for $0.48 per pack of six. (They were on sale for $1.98 and we used the $1.50 coupon here.)

Our combined three-store trip wasn’t anything incredible, but we got enough groceries to last us for the week, along with a few extra treats, and we spent right at $39!

Here’s the menu for this week:

Cereal, fruit
Yogurt, fruit, homemade bread
Banana bread, fruit, yogurt smoothies
Fresh juice, English muffins, scrambled eggs
Homemade cinnamon rolls, fruit, yogurt
Breakfast burritos, fruit
Cereal, fruit

PB&J, fruit, carrots
Cheese quesadillas, veggies
Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese
Leftovers x 2
Split peas, brown rice, cottage cheese
Yogurt, banana bread, veggies

Lasagna casserole, homemade bread, salad, green beans
Beef hot dogs, potato salad, veggies, fruit, icecream bars
Italian meatballs over rice, homemade breadsticks, salad, steamed veggies
Beef sausage and onions, scalloped potatoes, grapefruit, homemade bread
Burritos, salad, fruit, corn
Grilled chicken, salad, homemade bread, fruit
Leftovers or dinner out

SNACKS–Veggies, banana bread, yogurt, fruit, cereal, cheese quesadillas, toast, cheese


How’d you do this week? Post about the deals and
bargains you were able to snag this week or other ways you saved money
on your blog (with pictures, if possible!) and then come back here and
leave your link below. **To make it easy for everyone to navigate quickly through the links, your link must link directly to your Super Savings Saturday post. Links
going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog
besides the direct link to your Super Savings Saturday post will be deleted.**

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Frugal Friday: Fresh juice, winners, politics, and a short break


It’s Frugal Friday right over here. You won’t want to miss

my post on making fresh juice on a budget and the over a hundred other great contributions by penny-pinching zealots around the blogosphere!

Oh and I said I was going to announce some winners last night, didn’t I? Well, I’ve sort of been wrapped up in politics the last 24 hours (My hubby and I are self-described "political junkies" and this election go-around has certainly kept us on the edge of our seats!) so it slipped my mind to do the drawing. Sorry about that!

Without further ado, the five winners of Celebrate Simply are: Blaire (blaireruch@); Bethany (bethany.schenk@); Alison (alisongentry@); Holly (hrosener@); and czukowski (czukowski@). I’ve sent an email to each of you with further information. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Since this is Labor Day weekend and my husband is off from work for the long weekend, I’ll post the usual Super Savings Saturday and Saturday evening deal posts but will likely not be around much besides that so we can enjoy lots of quality family time. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

(Just had to share this picture of the girls taken last Saturday while we were out having a family day! Kaitlynn–in the stroller–just wasn’t quite so sure about the whole hat-wearing thing. It was hot and we were outside most of the day at an airshow and we had quite the time trying to keep it on her!)

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Struggling with laundry? Here’s free help!

No, I don’t have a deal which offers free laundry service (wouldn’t that be nice?!), but you might want to check out this free ebook, For the Love of Laundry:


Does doing the laundry sometimes seem overwhelming to you? Fear not: In
this guide you’ll learn to take control of your laundry chores, learn
how to properly iron your man’s dress shirt, find plans to build a
backyard country clothesline, a homemade recipe for pre-soak that gets
out even tough baby stains, and lots more!

It’s only available free through midnight tonight. So what are you waiting for? Get your free copy here.

Thanks, Jen!

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IBC bakery outlet stores: Free treats for good grades

Any child (K-6th grade) who receives a report card with all A’s and B’s on it is eligible for a free treat from IBC bakery outlet stores across the country.

Check to see if you have a store nearby here. If you have one close by, just print the form, have it signed by your teacher, and take it in to your store for a free sweet treat!

Mom will get a free loaf of bread, too, as a thank you for bringing her child in! More details here.

Thanks, Rachael!

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Chick-fil-A: Free chicken on September 1, 2008!


Okay, folks, I take it you like Chick-fil-A!

I am not kidding you when I say I must have gotten at least 100 emails telling me about this deal in the past two weeks. I often get multiple emails on the same deal. Sometimes even dozens. But over a hundred emails about the same deal? That’s a first!

So, in the off chance you haven’t heard the news, on September 1, 2008, any person who goes into Chick-fil-A wearing professional or collegiate football logo anywhere on their person will receive a free three-count box of Chick-fil-A’s new chicken strips.

One box of chicken strips per person. Valid from 10:30 a.m. to close in the following states: AL, AR AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA,
TX, UT, VA, WI, WV, and WY.

More details here.

And a big kudos to Brooke for being the very first person to email me about this–over a month ago! I think you should get some extra free chicken just for being so on the ball!

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IKEA: Free breakfast August 30-September 1, 2008


If you have an IKEA store nearby, they are offering free breakfast until 10:30 a.m. August 30-September 1, 2008. Limit one per customer. Not all stores are participating; see here (bottom of page, fine print) for the list of those excluded. And as always, call your store ahead of time to verify that they are participating.

It appears that the breakfast must be fairly small since it is valued under $2, but free is free. And, who knows? Maybe their two dollars goes farther than some of ours. :)

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