Who doesn’t like FREE food?

Celebrate Free Pretzel Day with a Free Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel this Saturday, Feb 20th from 10am to 3pm at Auntie Anne’s. Limit 1 per person.

Celebrate National Pancake Day with a Free Short Stack on Feb 23rd at IHOP. Donations for local charity are welcome.

Click here to print a coupon valid for a Free Fresco Taco.  Coupon valid for 7 days after printing.

Click here to print a coupon valid for a Free small brewed tea or coffee at Borders stores.  Valid thru this Saturday 2/21/10 only.  Requires Borders Rewards Membship, which is free to join.

Try one of new Grilled Sandwiches at Jack In the Box for free on Tuesday, February 23rd.  Requires purchase of a large drink.  One sandwich per person.

Great Inexpensive Easy Homemade Bread


Have you ever wondered if you could just make your own bread simply and inexpensively?

I recently came upon a recipe that takes only 5 minutes a day and costs VERY LITTLE to make!

It takes about 5 minutes to make the dough….you leave it on the counter for about 2-1/2 hours and then refrigerate it overnight. The best part is it will keep up to TWO weeks in your fridge. Just take out however much dough you want to cook. This recipe is taken from this book. It’s great!

3 cups lukewarm water
1-1/2 TB granulated yeast (1-1/2 pkgs)
1-1/2 TB kosher salt or other coarse salt
6 1/2 cups unsifted, unbleached, all-purpose white flour, measured by scooping the flour into the measuring cup and with a knife, scrape the top off the measuring cup

In a 5 quart container, put all the ingredients in and just mix it up with a wooden spoon. Mix it until all the flour is worked into the liquid and it is all moist. Make sure your container is in a 5 qt lidded, but not airtight, bowl. Put the lid on with one corner cracked (to let the gases escape as it rises). Let it sit on your counter for 2-1/2 hours then put it in the refrigerator over night….

Then anytime in the next 2 weeks you can use the dough to make rolls and breads of any shape. I think you can get about 4 loaves of French Bread out of this basic dough.

The book has many other options for mix-ins and toppings.

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2. Old MacDonald Had A Farm
3. London Bridge Is Falling Down
4. B-I-N-G-O
5. The Alphabet Song
6. Baa-Baa Black Sheep
7. Do Your Ears Hang Low?
8. The Farmer In The Dell
9. Found A Peanut
10. Hickory, Dickory, Dock

Fox13 Deals February 18th

1. FREE Olay Body Wash at Rite Aid!
2. Heely’s Atomic $9.80 plus shipping at 6pm.com!
3. Ryobi 5 piece combo kit 50% off + free shipping!
4. Serta Rejuvenator 4-inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper $105.99 shipped at Overstock.com
5. $10 off $10 or more coupon code at JCPenney.com! Works on clearance!
6. Brother HL-2140 Mono Laser Printer $49.99 at Officemax.com!
7. 20% off at Payless.com plus free shipping to store!

8. This week at Smith’s Food and Grocery save BIG with the Daytona 500 Promo! For every 10 items you purchase, you will save an additional $3! No limit on these rewards and you can mix and match between dozens of items!

Click HERE for the complete Smith’s Grocery List (through 2/23)

The best deals at Smiths through 2/16 are:

Kroger Value Russet Potatoes, 10 lbs, $2.50
Kroger Cottage Cheese, 16 oz, $1.00
Kroger Dips, 16 oz., $1.00
Kroger Sour Cream, 16 oz ,$1.00
Mountain Dairy Gallon Milk, $2.00
Smiths Eggs, large, dozen, $1.25
Orowheat Breads, 20 oz Soft and Premium $1.50
Sara Lee Bread, 20 oz, 100% Classic Whole Wheat $1.79

Litehouse Products $2.50 (assorted, excludes 20 oz squeeze)
Use: $1 off 1 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 12/13
Final Price: $1.50

Sunkist Wonderful Pistachios $4.44
Use: $1 off 1 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/15
Final Price: $3.44

Azumaya Tofu, 14 oz
Buy one get one Free

Hershey’s Candy Bars .50
Use: Buy one get one free coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/10
Final Price: .25 ea

Kettle Chips $2.00
Use: $1 off 1 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/3
Final Price: $1.00

Contessa Skillet Meals $4.99
Use: $2 off 1 coupon from Redplum coupon insert issued 1/31
Final Price: $2.99

Daytona 500 Promo (Purchase in increments of 10):

Banquet Brown n Serve Sausage, 6.4-7 oz, $1.00
Final Price: .70

Banquet Entrees, 5-11 oz, $1.00
Use: $1 off 10 coupon from the Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/10
Final Price: .60

Breyers Ice Cream, 48 oz, $2.78
Final Price: 2.48

Campbell’s Chunky Soup, 18.6-19 oz, $1.30
Use: $1.50 off 3 coupon found here
Or $1 off 4 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/24
Final Price: .50-.75 each

Chef Boyardee Pasta, 14.25-15 oz can or 7.25-7.5 oz microwave cup, $1.00
Use: $1 off 5 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/10
Final Price: .50 each

Gatorade G2 Sports Drink, 32 oz, .99
Use: $1 off 2 coupon from Redplum coupon insert issued 1/10
Final Price: .19 each

General Mills Cereals, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Wheaties Fuel, $2.29

Use: $1/1 General Mills Cereal (Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch included):

LINK HERE (Internet Explorer) HERE (Firefox), HERE (Internet Explorer) AND HERE (Firefox)

$1/1 Wheaties Fuel Cereal: LINK HERE
Final Price: .99

Hefty Trash Bags, 16-80 ct. $4.99
Use: .55 off coupon from Redplum insert issued 1/3
Final Price: $4.14

Kraft Barbecue Sauce, 18 oz, .99
Final Price: .69

Nabisco Ritz Crackers, 7.5-16 oz, $2.49
Use: $1 off 1 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/24
Final Price: $1.19 each

Purex Laundry Detergent, 24-44 loads, $2.49
Use: .35 off coupon from Redplum coupon insert issued 1/10
PLUS Receive a $4 coupon for your next shopping order when you purchase 2
Final Price: FREE

Reynolds Aluminum Foil, 30-80 square feet (coupon excludes less than 30 sq ft), $2.99
Use: $1.25 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/31
Final Price: 1.44

Windex Multi Surface Cleaner, 26 oz, $2.49
Use: $1 off 1 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/10
SC Johnson’s Windex $5 rebate when you purchase 3 items found HERE
Final Price: 3 Windex FREE after Rebate!

9. Hallmark – Free Kids Card!
Get a FREE Kids Card at Hallmark (valued at $1.99). Nine to choose from. Offer valid through 3/14/10.

10. FREE Excedrin product, up to $5.99!!

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CVS shopping lists – current and preview of next weeks sales!

The following links can be used to access the GrocerySmarts CVS lists in the specified areas. This list is made using the Arizona ad. Some sale prices may differ slightly from area to area, but all coupon information is specific for the areas listed below.

*Feel free to share additional deals you find!

Arizona
*Arizona CVS PREVIEW List* 2/21 – 2/27
Arizona CVS CURRENT List 2/14 – 2/20

California – North
*California North CVS PREVIEW List* 2/21 – 2/27
California North CVS CURRENT List 2/14 – 2/20

California – South
*Californa South CVS PREVIEW List* 2/21 – 2/27
California South CVS CURRENT List 2/14 – 2/20

Idaho
*Idaho CVS PREVIEW List* 2/21 – 2/27
Idaho CVS CURRENT List 2/14 – 2/20

Nevada
*Nevada CVS PREVIEW List* 2/21 – 2/27
Nevada CVS CURRENT List 2/14 – 2/20

Find additional deals and discussion for ad week 2/14-2/20 at THIS LINK.
Find additional deals and discussion for ad week 2/21-2/27 at THIS LINK.

Freezer Cooking, Part 3

Grocery Shopping:

Plan to do you shopping for freezer cooking on a day OTHER than the day you plan to cook. Cooking for a month at a time is a big job! Shopping for all of that food is a big job! Save yourself the stress by not trying to do this in one day.

Ideally, you should pick up your groceries (be sure to use a list, otherwise you will find you have forgotten important ingredients) a few days before hand – or even the weekend before if you have a chunk of time to do it. Also — try planning your menus around what is on sale. This is one of the ways that freezer cooking will save your grocery budget!

Pre-Prep:

Don’t forget that pre-cutting veggies can save you LOTS of time on your cooking day!
Also any meats that you can cook before assembling your meals do it ahead of time. If you have 5 meals that require a pound of ground beef each — cook 5lbs together! It only takes a couple more minutes to cook 5lbs than it does one pound.

Then Get To Work:

Put on your comfy clothes and apron and SENSIBLE shoes!! Be sure you have hand towels. Ready, Set, Go……

I like to cook my meals in stages. Start with beef meals and then move onto chicken, and lastly vegetarian meals. I crank up the tunes or watch a movie or two while I am working.

It is a lot of work while you are in the process — but just think of all the time you will be saving during the month and how much money you can save by always having something available so you can avoid the expense of the last minute take-out.

My next freezer meal posts will be some of my favorite freezer recipes.

Saving Money Without Coupons

Coupons are a great way to save money on grocery, health and household items. But using coupons successfully does require a little bit of an investment of time and energy in sorting, filing, clipping, and managing them all and then scouring the ads and matching coupons to good sales.

Fortunately, the awesome lists you find here at Pinching Your Pennies do all of the matching work for you!

But if you’re not really into coupons, don’t turn away just yet. Did you know that those same lists can still save you money, even if you don’t want/like/choose to use coupons?

Here’s an example of a trip I did this morning to a local small-scale grocery store in my area, Sunflower Farmers Market.


I bought produce and dairy items without using a single coupon. AND I was able to include some organics, as well!

(2) gal. Meadow Gold whole milk, clearanced to .99 (sell by 2/20)
(1) Silk PureAlmond Milk, on sale 2.50
(6) lbs green seedless grapes, on sale .88/lb
(7) lbs red seedless grapes, on sale .88/lb
(1) bunch broccoli, on sale .88/lb
(1) bunch bananas, .59/lb
(2) organic green leaf lettuce, on sale .99 ea
(4) Rio Red grapefruit, on sale .13 ea
(6) organic roma tomatoes, on sale .99/lb

Total: $23.21

[According to the receipt, I saved $17.57 off normal prices.]

Meats and produce rarely have coupons, but they DO go on sale for great prices occasionally, and the best way to find those deals is to watch the PYP or GrocerySmarts lists for the stores in your areas.

Another great resource is to read through the forum posts here at PYP for your favorite stores. Often you’ll find other members posting details about unadvertised specials or clearance items they’ve spotted around town.

And PYP has many different forums where members share ideas for frugal living, with topics covering a wide range of subjects, no coupons needed!

[For those in Utah in the Murray or Orem areas, you can find the Sunflower Farmers Market list HERE. For those in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, you can find out about a Sunflower Farmers Market near you HERE.]

15% off at the Children’s Place (in-store coupon)

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Click on the banner to print a coupon to get 15% off at The Children’s Place!

A few hot printables!

Print a coupon for $2 off Premium Land ‘O Frost Lunchmeat
LINK TO OFFER (look on the right side of the page)
The offer still works if you leave the Twitter space blank.
Print a coupon for $1/1 any flavor of Oreo Cakesters
LINK TO OFFER (look on the upper left side of the page)
Print a coupon for $1 off Pillsbury Grands biscuits
link (IE) link (FF)
or
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Many more Pillsbury printables at THIS LINK.

Assorted Kellogg’s printables at THIS LINK.

  • Kellogg’s Apple Jacks , Corn Pops, Cocoa Krispies, Froot Loops and/or Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereals (10oz or larger, any flavor) $1.50/2
  • Kellogg’s Smart Start Cereal (14.7 oz. or Larger, Any Flavor) $1/1

Freezer Cooking – Part 2

Thinking about storage.

There are many options for you to use when you were doing freezer cooking. Some are more economical than others in the long term, while some are more economical in the immediate time frame.

Ziploc bags are probably the easiest to use when you’re just getting started. You can often get them on sale, and they can be used again and again for dishes that are not greasy or do not have meat. Just try to get as much air as humanly possible out of the bag to minimize freezer burn. When using a freezer bag I like to close it completely except leaving enough room for a drinking straw to go in and I use the straw to suck out the air and then quickly finish closing the bag.

You can also use freezer containers. You can buy them from Tupperware a lot of their items come with a warranty or purchase them inexpensively at places such as Wal-Mart or Target. When purchasing freezer containers, buying one of the large economy packs with a variety of sizes and shapes is a good idea. That way you’ll have a container for just about everything.

Some people use aluminum foil. Just be certain that you mark anything wrapped in foil well. Writing with a marker on the foil will usually disappear so writing on marking tape, then applying the tape to the foil is best to make it easy to read.

The Pyrex casseroles are great. You can shop around and find these inexpensively. You’ll probably find the most versatile size is the traditional 9 x 11. Just be sure at the size you get will fit in your freezer and will not be more that what you can use at one time once it is thawed and cooked. Keep in mind that he cannot take it from the freezer to the oven, you will need to defrost first – I learned that the hard way!!!.

I like to use a combination of a couple of items. I love love love my Food Saver!! I love using it to freeze casseroles, vegetables, fruit, pasta, rice, and soup. I also like to use recyclable aluminum pans (try getting some from your favorite restaurant) for things like lasagna & meatloaf. I usually put lasagna in the aluminum pan and then in the food saver too.

Good Things Utah: Saving Money at the Grocery Store 2/15/10

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Saving money at the grocery store is EASY with the FREE printable grocery lists at www.pinchingyourpennies.com.

This week at Smith’s Food and Grocery save BIG with the Daytona 500 Promo! For every 10 items you purchase, you will save an additional $3! No limit on these rewards and you can mix and match between dozens of items!

Click HERE for the complete Smith’s Grocery List (through 2/16)

The best deals at Smiths through 2/16 are:

Kroger Value Russet Potatoes, 10 lbs, $2.50
Kroger Cottage Cheese, 16 oz, $1.00
Kroger Dips, 16 oz., $1.00
Kroger Sour Cream, 16 oz ,$1.00
Mountain Dairy Gallon Milk, $2.00
Smiths Eggs, large, dozen, $1.25
Orowheat Breads, 20 oz Soft and Premium $1.50
Sara Lee Bread, 20 oz, 100% Classic Whole Wheat $1.79

Litehouse Products $2.50 (assorted, excludes 20 oz squeeze)
Use: $1 off 1 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 12/13
Final Price: $1.50

Sunkist Wonderful Pistachios $4.44
Use: $1 off 1 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/15
Final Price: $3.44

Azumaya Tofu, 14 oz
Buy one get one Free

Hershey’s Candy Bars .50
Use: Buy one get one free coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/10
Final Price: .25 ea

Kettle Chips $2.00
Use: $1 off 1 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/3
Final Price: $1.00

Contessa Skillet Meals $4.99
Use: $2 off 1 coupon from Redplum coupon insert issued 1/31
Final Price: $2.99

Daytona 500 Promo (Purchase in increments of 10):

Banquet Brown n Serve Sausage, 6.4-7 oz, $1.00
Final Price: .70

Banquet Entrees, 5-11 oz, $1.00
Use: $1 off 10 coupon from the Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/10
Final Price: .60

Breyers Ice Cream, 48 oz, $2.78
Final Price: 2.48

Campbell’s Chunky Soup, 18.6-19 oz, $1.30
Use: $1.50 off 3 coupon found here
Or $1 off 4 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/24
Final Price: .50-.75 each

Chef Boyardee Pasta, 14.25-15 oz can or 7.25-7.5 oz microwave cup, $1.00
Use: $1 off 5 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/10
Final Price: .50 each

Gatorade G2 Sports Drink, 32 oz, .99
Use: $1 off 2 coupon from Redplum coupon insert issued 1/10
Final Price: .19 each

General Mills Cereals, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Wheaties Fuel, $2.29

Use: $1/1 General Mills Cereal (Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch included):

LINK HERE (Internet Explorer) HERE (Firefox), HERE (Internet Explorer) AND HERE (Firefox)

$1/1 Wheaties Fuel Cereal: LINK HERE
Final Price: .99

Hefty Trash Bags, 16-80 ct. $4.99
Use: .55 off coupon from Redplum insert issued 1/3
Final Price: $4.14

Kraft Barbecue Sauce, 18 oz, .99
Final Price: .69

Nabisco Ritz Crackers, 7.5-16 oz, $2.49
Use: $1 off 1 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/24
Final Price: $1.19 each

Purex Laundry Detergent, 24-44 loads, $2.49
Use: .35 off coupon from Redplum coupon insert issued 1/10
PLUS Receive a $4 coupon for your next shopping order when you purchase 2
Final Price: FREE

Reynolds Aluminum Foil, 30-80 square feet (coupon excludes less than 30 sq ft), $2.99
Use: $1.25 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/31
Final Price: 1.44

Windex Multi Surface Cleaner, 26 oz, $2.49
Use: $1 off 1 coupon from Smartsource coupon insert issued 1/10
SC Johnson’s Windex $5 rebate when you purchase 3 items found HERE
Final Price: 3 Windex FREE after Rebate!

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Tips for Storing Oil

If you are like me you try to have some cooking basics on hand. It’s hard to make frugal meals or meal plan if you have nothing in the pantry. Additionally, I keep extra basics on hand for emergency purposes.

Canola oil is my oil of choice. Did you know that there are things you can do to make your oil last longer? Yes, there are!

1. Keep your oil in a cool place. Most olive oils and canola oils will stay good for around 7-9 months after opening if kept tightly closed and in regulated temperatures. A few times I have had oil go rancid before the expiration date. But that is rare since I use it quickly and as long as I keep it cool and in a dark place.

2. If at all possible, keep your oil away from light. Keeping it in a cupboard with a door, or even covering it with cloth if it is on an open shelf will help.

If your oil is rancid (smells bad and has an awful taste), don’t cook with it. I know you can make soap with rancid oil but I haven’t tried my hand at that.

Any tips from you?

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