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Guacamole BLT on Sourdough

12 Nov


This is one of the best lunches I’ve had at home in a while!  I had a sourdough loaf from Bountiful Baskets in my freezer that I thawed, sliced, and toasted.  Then, I had green leaf lettuce from Sunizona Family Farms and tomatoes from Grammy’s at our Farmer’s Market.  The bacon was from my recent Zaycon Foods bacon event, yum!  The guacamole was made with $.83 avocados and $.20 limes from my Safeway just for U personalized deals (plus a little garlic salt!).  Finally, I added some swiss cheese, which was also a just for U personalized deal at Safeway, $1.68 for an 8oz package of slices.  So, not only delicious, but cheap for me to make too!

Influenster: Turn Your Social Influence into Rewards

11 Nov


A few months back, a couple of friends of mine had received Vox Boxes from a company called Influenster.  Naturally, I had to check it out.  So, what is Influenster?  Well, according to their site, here is their definition: Influenster is a free-to-join community of invited trendsetters who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influenster creates links between brands and members to reward participation and influence future products.  It seems similar to House Party, another community I joined a few years ago, where companies give out free samples of new products to members, who host a party to share the product with their friends, then all share reviews of the product.  I really enjoyed House Party, but it became difficult for me to schedule gatherings for the product reviews.  The difference I see with Influenster, is that instead of having a party, you, and sometimes a friend, try out a product, and use social media to review the products.  With neither, you get paid monetarily, you get paid in products.

So, after joining Influenster in July, I didn’t really do much with my membership.  I filled out some information, earned a couple of badges, and got busy with other things.  Recently, Influenster had a make-over and relaunched their website.  I don’t remember much about the old website, but the website now is eye-catching and easy to navigate.  I’m still learning all the ins and outs of their system, and this blog is one of my first steps to getting more active in it.  I also recently received my first Vox Box, which I will be sharing the details of very soon.  I’m not sure if the effort will be worth it yet, but I guess we’ll see!

So, if you like to see new products and give your opinions, Influenster might be the place for you!

Lots of Produce!

22 Jul

This week, since I wasn’t going to be able to pick up a basket from Bountiful Baskets (I was doing a community car seat check at the same time), I didn’t participate this week.  So, I decided to once again pick up a FarmBox at Sunizona Family Farms again this week.  Instead of a standard box, I chose to get a Custom Box.  This means, that I went through their Web Store of items they currently have available to build my own box.  I selected 1 package Baby Heirloom Lettuce, 1 bunch Carrots, 1 Cucumber – Seedless, 1 head Purple-tinted Broccoli, 2 bunches Radish, 1 Squash – Patty Pan, 1 Big Ol’ Beef Tomato, 1 loaf Bread – Sprouted Khorasan Plus, and 1 1.5 lb bag Peaches – Sierra Rich.  My total was $28.25.  Here is how it all looked (also shown is a zucchini they gave me when I got there):

I was again happy with all that I got.  The peaches were not grown on their farm, but are from an orchard near them, Briggs & Eggers,  that is organic as well.  They are AMAZING peaches!  Very fresh and juicy.  The bread is again very good, this bread has added seeds and grains on top (hence, the Plus in the name), similar to the 9 grain bread that I usually get from Bountiful Baskets.  My husband immediately came home and used the bread to make a grilled cheese sandwich, also with the Big Ol’ Beef tomato.  I’m looking for a recipe to use the patty pan squash.  I’ve never had it, but I’m sure it’s similar to other squash.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to drive over this upcoming week, but I’m hoping to the week after.

After we were done at the farm, we headed to Willcox on the other side of I-10 to go to an orchard.  I had wanted to go to Briggs & Eggers, but we had already been in the car enough that I decided on Apple Annie’s, which also has some other goodies (homemade fudge!).  Right now, it’s peach harvest time, so we went through the orchard with a bucket and picked peaches right off the trees.  I ended up with about 9 lbs of peaches, which cost $14.


I will make a Peach Crisp and hopefully, some Peach Fruit Leather.  If I don’t get to make the fruit leather, I will probably freeze the peaches and make the fruit leather another time.  I haven’t had a chance to try one yet, but they look delicious.

Then, after getting all of that, I stopped in at Safeway and got even more produce!  They had 2 lb containers of blueberries for $5 again, plus lots of other produce on sale, along with my Just 4 U personalized deals, including a 20% off produce one time use coupon.  I spent $15.84, and here is what I got:


It is 1.41 lb broccoli crowns, 2.54 lb red seedless grapes, 1.39 lb black plums, 4 limes, 2 bunches radishes, 2.98 lb Gala apples, 1 head iceberg lettuce, 2 2-lb bags of baby carrots, and 2 lb blueberries.  Can you tell we like radishes in my house?  Well, I’m not a big fan, but my husband and 2 daughters are.  My youngest was excited to see plums, and half a bag of baby carrots is already gone between her and my older daughter munching on them.  Now, I would have preferred more of this to be organic since I’m trying to purchase more organic, but right now, my budget isn’t allowing it.  However, I’m still getting more produce in the house and snacking on this, not chips or other junk, so we’re getting there.  Baby steps, right?

Safeway just for U

27 Jun

I have to admit that I haven’t had as much time for my couponing lately, but I’m still managing to get a few good deals here and there.  On my trip to Safeway last week to pick up milk and a few other sale items, they had a table set up near the entrance to explain the just for U program that was just launched here in AZ, and I’m guessing some other parts of the country as well.  You can register for the program online through Safeway’s website, or you can get their free app for iPhone and Android devices.

There are a few things I like about this new program.  First, they now have the paper coupons from their ad available to download directly to your Safeway Club Card so you don’t have to cut into the ad or remember the paper coupons.  Second, they have quite a few store and manufacturer coupons through the Coupon Center that go directly onto your Safeway Club Card.  Third, and my favorite feature, is the Personalized Deals.  When I first signed up, I got the free dozen eggs, plus deals for other items I regularly buy at prices lower than even the weekly sales ad.  These deals typically change week to week.  I’m now on my third week of Personalized Deals, and it’s showing I can get another free dozen eggs, milk at $1.57, broccoli crowns for $.99/lb, radishes for $.44/bunch, plus a lot more at lower prices than in the weekly ad.  Finally, there is My List.  You can add items from the weekly sales ad, items you downloaded coupons for from the Coupon Center, and items from your Personalized Deals you added to your card.  You can print this list from online, or, if you have the app on your Smartphone or Tablet, you can view it online as you go through the store and check things off as you go.

I have to say I am pretty impressed with this so far.  Our other big grocery store here, Fry’s, has downloadable coupons, but they send personalized coupons in the mail.  They also have an app for Smartphones and Tablets through it’s parent company, Kroger.  I have liked using the program for Fry’s, but I have to admit, this Safeway program is working better for me so far.  I like having more available electronically over paper, because I lose or forget paper coupons.  But, what works for me, I know won’t work for everyone, but I think it’s at least worth trying out.


Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Safeway.  This is my own opinion and review of the program.

Cheap Blueberries!

27 Jun

Click to view the ad for your Safeway store

If you are looking to stock up on blueberries and have a Safeway grocery store near you, check your new ad!  My ad has a 2 lb container of blueberries for $5 Friday.  That means, this Friday, June 27, the 2lb containers of blueberries will be $5.  I didn’t see a limit, but it may vary store to store.  What you can’t eat right away, you can freeze very easily.

Fry’s Cart Buster Deal of the Day

29 Feb

Fry’s is having a Cart Buster sale, and will have a Deal of the Day coupon available to load on your VIP card every day from February 29 – March 6.  You can click on the link below to load the coupon for they day onto your card.


Fry’s Cart Buster Deal of the Day coupon

Cellfire Groundhog Day Giveaway

1 Feb

If you aren’t familiar with Cellfire, it is a savings site where you can download coupons to your store savings card or get coupons you can pull up on your cell phone to use at certain stores.  Fry’s (and Kroger family stores) is a participating store, so you can go and load coupons from the Cellfire website to go directly onto your VIP card to use like the digital coupons on Fry’s website.

Anyway, tomorrow, Thursday February 2, they are having a Groundhog Day Giveaway.  All you have to do is log in using your Cellfire account to see if you’ve won.  200 winners will get a $5 Amazon gift card, and 2 winners will get a Kindle Fire.

If you aren’t registered at Cellfire already I would suggest doing it before tomorrow because promotion days tend to make the site slow, so it’s easier to just log in instead of trying to register.  Click here to lean more about Cellfire and this promotion!

Fry’s Mega Sale and Deal of the Day

25 Jan

2 new promotions at Fry’s started today!  These promotions are going on at other Kroger Family stores as well.

First, today through 2/4/2012, there will be a Deal of the Day coupon that will be available for you to download onto your VIP card.   Click on the picture above to link to find the Deal of the Day coupon.

Second, today through 2/7/2012 will be a Mega Sale.  If you aren’t familiar with a Fry’s Mega sale, it works like this: you buy a certain number of participating products, you get a certain amount of your total.  So, in this sale, the amount of participating items you buy is 10, then you get $5 off your total.  You don’t have to buy 10 of the same item (although you can), you can mix and match participating items.  You can buy more than 10 items, but it must be in multiples of 10, so 10, 20, 30, 40, etc, and you will get $5 off for each multiple of 10.  So, $5 off with 10 items, $10 off with 20 items, $15 off with 30 items, and so on.  A while back, I created and shared a Savings Event Spreadsheet.  I would recommend downloading it from Google documents for use in Excel so it will work and print correctly.  This will help you plan a grocery store trip for the Mega Sale.  For this current sale, you will use the Buy 10 Event tab, and as you can see, it has sections numbered 1 to 10.  For the Event Savings, you will enter $.50 for each item ($5 divided by 10 items is $.50 per item).  For the Event Sale Price, you will enter the price after the savings are taken out, so if something is on sale for $1.49, then is $.99 after sale savings, you will enter $.99 in this column.  This is so you can make sure you get multiples of 10 and so you can see roughly how much you will be spending (before tax, of course).  A couple other tips for shopping a Mega Sale:

– Try to shop in the early in the morning or late at night when the store isn’t so crowded.  You will be able to focus on keeping track of your count.

– If you can, use the self check out to keep track of your count.  Every participating item will have a [+] next to it, so you know that you got the right item.  Also, after you scan in 10 items, you can click “Pay Now” and if you did get 10, it will take off the $5, then you can click Go Back to continue scanning the next 10 items.

– Don’t try to do too many sets at once.  If you want to use this as an opportunity to stock up on the sale items, don’t try to do it all at once.  Plan multiple trips, if you can.

– Look for a cheap item in the sale you can use as a back up filler.  That way if a certain item is out of stock, and you already have 9 items, you can grab your back up filler to fill in that last spot to make an even 10 and get your $5 off.

– Before you leave the store, check your receipt.  Usually at the bottom there will be a line that says “[+] = a number”  If you did it right, that number should be 10, 20, 30, etc.  If not, talk to customer service to see if you can get more items the right number to get your final $5 off.

That’s all I can think of for suggestions for the sale.  If you have a method you like to use, please share!  Happy Shopping!


1/27 edit:  Changed what you need to enter in the Event Sale Price column.  I haven’t used this spreadsheet in a while, and forgot how it worked.  It is corrected above what you need to enter.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

12 Jan


I know it doesn’t look very pretty, but really, it is very good.  I read this recipe for Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff last week on CrunchyMetroMom, and decided I wanted to try it sometime.  Then, I was able to get some of the ingredients cheap at the store this week, so I decided it was time to make it.  Here is the cost breakdown:

1 1/2 lbs stew meat: $6.54 (I need to work on a way to get stew meat cheaper!)
1 1/2 packages of whole mushrooms, $1.99 each at Fry’s: $2.99 total
2 cans Campbell’s Golden Mushroom soup, $1 each at Fry’s minus $.40 off 2 coupon doubled to $1: $1 total
24 oz container of French Onion sour cream dip, $2.29 at Fry’s, $.095/oz: $.76 for 8oz
8 oz. bag No Yolk egg noodles, $1.25 at Safeway minus $.40 off 1 coupon doubled to $1: $.25

So, the total cost for this meal is $11.54, should have cost $17.08.  Not bad to feed the 4 of us for dinner, plus enough leftover for 1 person’s meal.   And, a $5.54 cost savings may not seem like much, but that savings over time would add up quickly.

Buy 4, Save $4, Tell 4, Save $4 More at Fry’s!

7 Jan



I’m a couple days late on this, but I’m just getting through my e-mails after my travel home.  This week at Fry’s (and Kroger family stores), there is a Buy 4, Save $4 sale on P&G products.  If you Tell 4 friends, you get a $4 digital coupon loaded directly on to your VIP card to be used on your next shopping trip.

So first, you go here and load a P&G coupon onto your VIP card.  After you load it to you card, it will take you to a screen to enter in 4 names and e-mail addresses.  After you enter those, it will load the $4 digital coupon VIP card.  Thank you Fry’s for the $4!

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