Archives for January 2010
Target has Tag and Tag Jr software on sale for $9.99 this week – reader Jenny says that’s a great price on its own, but there’s also a $4/1 coupon in today’s Parade newspaper insert, or a $4/1 printable from [coupons.com] to bring the cost down to $5.99 each!
Tip: to easily find this printable without having to scroll through all the pages, go to [coupons.com] and click the “Entertainment” category on the left.
Anyone already purchased Christmas gifts for next year? This price seems good enough to start!
Thanks to Mojo Savings for the tip!
Thanks to Saving Like Crazy for this tip – it’s time for another round of free breakfast at select Chick-Fil-As in Colorado Springs! This time around, you’ll be able to snag a free breakfast item every Wednesday morning in January.
The promotion is valid during breakfast hours at the locations on North Academy, North Carefree, and Garden of the Gods. It’s also valid from 9-10:30 AM at the Citadel Mall location.
Here’s the lineup of the free items that will be featured each week:
January 6th – Free Chick-Fil-A Sausage biscuit
January 13th – Free Chick-Fil-A Cinnamon Clusters
January 20th – Free Chick-Fil-A Chick n Minis
January 27th – Free Chick-Fil-A Chick n biscuit
I’ll remind you about the free breakfast on the day before! What your favorite Chick-Fil-A breakfast item? Mine’s their breakfast burrito; I’m a little disappointed it’s not included this time!
Just a reminder that kids eat free from Chipotle’s new kids menu every Sunday in January (Colorado Springs and Pueblo only). A purchase of an adult meal is required.
Kids also eat free at Boston Market on weekends through January, and it’s two kids per adult purchase at that restaurant.
Whatever Hobby Lobby has left of their Christmas decor is now 80% off! (Excludes fabric.) When I posted about their Christmas stock being marked down to 66% off, Melissa said that the location at Barnes and Powers had quite a bit of stuff left on Wednesday evening.
Leave a comment if you know how much stuff any of our local stores have left!
Yahoo! We should be getting 5 coupon inserts in tomorrow’s paper! I just cleaned out all the coupons that expired on 12/31/09 and my box is empty, so I’m looking forward to filling it back up.
Go to [scp] to find out what coupons we’ll be getting in tomorrow’s paper. Coupon inserts vary by region, but the preview usually lines up pretty closely with what’s in the [dpost]. I’ll definitely be buying extra newspapers this week!
Some of you have reported getting a deal on a newspaper subscription from the temporary newstands at King Soopers, so if you need to subscribe, keep your eyes peeled for those newspaper salesmen! Note that often the super-good deals are only good for new subscribers, and only for one subscription.
I usually order my subscriptions through [discnews] – I’ve found it to usually be the cheapest place outside of a super-duper sale like I mentioned about. Again, the rates at [discnews] are only for new subscribers. I let my subscriptions expire and then re-subscribe after a month or two so that I’m a new subscriber again.
Today starts the Eat From The Pantry Challenge, and yesterday I took stock of what I had in my pantry and freezer. Here it is!
In my pantry I have…
- 7 packages pasta
- 3 jars peanut butter
- lots of tea (herbal, chai, black), coffee, and hot chocolate
- lots of white rice, and lots of broken grain wild rice
- lots of canned tomatoes and tomato sauce
- 10 lbs pinto beans
- 10 boxes crackers (mostly Wheat Thins)
- 11 boxes cereal (Grape Nuts, Corn Flakes, Shredded Wheat)
- 18 cans of evaporated milk, which I will use in cooking instead of running to the store for milk!
- 5 boxes chicken and beef broth
- 7 bottles ketchup
- 3 bags tortilla chips
- lots of baking supplies like sugar, flour, spices, etc.
- 10 lbs potatoes
- an embarrassing amount of chocolate chips and brownies*
*It really is an embarrasing amount, I have a ton of both chocolate chips and brownies – but you have to understand that once they are gone, I will not likely buy either until next Nov/Dec… Once they’re gone, they’re gone! We went 2-3 months without brownie mixes and chocolate chips last year, and boy was I glad when they went on sale again.
And in my freezer I have…
- several packages of corn and flour tortilla (Mission, of course! :))
- homemade tamales, enough for several meals
- porcupine meatballs, enough for several meals
- 3 whole chickens
- 1 pork roast
- a few packages of ground beef, sausage, etc.
- 4-5 packages of chicken breast, thighs, etc.
- about 20 bags of frozen veggies
- 6 bags of frozen cranberries
- whole ham
- 3 cartons ice cream :)
What I’ll buy regardless of the price:
- fresh produce
I’ll be buying these products even if they’re not an amazing deal, but I will not be planning meals around them. If I can’t get a good deal on eggs, we won’t be having breakfast for dinner.
What I will buy if it goes on sale:
- Gatorade – Jeremy officiates basketball and will be using a lot this month, much more than I have on hand.
- meat – when Albies marks down their meat, it often beats sale prices – I can’t resist stocking up!
- diapers and wipes – a constant need around here, and my stockpile is basically empty!
And, honestly, I’ll probably be stocking up on items that I know we will use when they hit a 4 or a 5 rating – but I won’t be running to the store to get “just a few things” if it’s not an amazing deal. As I mentioned before, I haven’t stockpiled as much as I would like lately, so I need to allow myself the freedom to buy the good deals if they come along.
Next week I’ll share my goals for the Eat From The Pantry Challenge. If you’re participating, be sure to link up your posts about the challenge over at Money Saving Mom – and if you’re here in Colorado, I’d love to hear about your plans!
Awhile back I blogged about Recyle Bank coming to Waste Connections customers in Colorado Springs. Last week, Crystal explained how to sign up for Recycle Bank – it’s easy, and you get a sign up bonus of 100 points!
I signed up on the RecycleBank site and redeemed my 100 points to get two $5 of $50 purchase at Albertsons coupons – I’m hoping to use them when I stock up on a meat sale. It sounds like rewards come and go… there have been $5 Huggies coupons available at certain points, so some of the rewards are better than others. You don’t have to be a Waste Connections customer to sign up and claim your bonus points.
Based on the information in my original post, I believe it costs about $3.75 to do curbside recycling with Waste Connections. Not worth it for me, since whoever our current trash company is offers free curbside recycling! But if you’re with Waste Connections, you might check out the RecycleBank rewards to see if it would be worth it for you. Amanda posted on the Facebook fan page and said she gets about 200 points per month.
If you’re using Recycle Bank with Waste Connections, I’d love to heard what you think? How much stuff to you have to recycle to earn decent rewards? Is it worth the extra monthly fee?