This week Fareway has a regional ad, so you will see similarities, but there could be some differences, so check your ads for your store’s specials! I am using the Le Mars ad for your reference. A few things I like are the store brand mac & cheese @ .29/box (limit 6), Libby’s corn, beans, or peas @ 4/$2, and Sunbelt Granola & Cereal bars @ 5/$10 ($2 each). You should find a coupon for .55/1 on the Sunbelt at coupons.com, making these $1.45/box! The Libby’s is a good price, but I wouldn’t say it’s a stock-up price. I also see Oscar Mayer hot dogs @ 3/$5 ($1.67 each), and if you printed the $1/2 coupon last week and haven’t used it, this will make them $1.17/package when you buy two, which isn’t bad for quality hot dogs. The Voila is 2/$7 ($3.50 each), which isn’t bad for a quick meal for two. There have been coupons in the past for these, but I am not currently seeing any, so be sure to check again before you head to the store! The 7-Up 6-pack bottles is 5/$10, which is a pretty good price. I also like the Fareway bulk potato salad @ $1.99/pound. I love their potato salad...it tastes like my grandma used to make! At Hy-Vee there is a Two-Day Sale on Thursday and Friday! My favorites on this sale are the Dole iceberg lettuce @.68/head, Van Camps Pork & Beans @.29, and Hunt’s ketchup @ .69. Also included are 2-liter store brand pop @ .49, Blue Bonnet @ .58, Midwest Country Fare sugar @ .99, and Banquet pot pies @ .39. Their regular ad has Kellogg’s Pop Tarts @ $1.48, and there are coupons available at kelloggfamilyrewards.com. If you have 1000 points, you can get a coupon for $1.50/1, making those free! If not, they have .75/1 for 500 points, or lower value coupons you can print with no points. If you like Cheerios (select varieties), this is your week to get some! They are 4/$5 with the $4.00/4 store coupon, and there are $1/2 manufacturer’s coupons for $1/2 at coupons.com (print two!), bringing them down to .75 per box when you buy four! They also have store brand instant oatmeal @ .99, store brand orange juice @ .99, strawberries @ $1.28/16oz. pkg., and Blue Bunny premium ice cream @ $2.99 (if you’d like to treat your family)! If you are signed up for Blue Bunny’s iScream Team, check your e-mails! I just received a coupon for .75/1 on the premium ice cream, bringing it down to $2.24! Those are my favorites this week! What deals do you like? Happy Savings!
I found this devotional by Sheila Walsh that I through was so appropriate for today. I would like to share it with you. It is based on Isaiah 42:3 which says, "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice."
"St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Britain in the fourth century, the son of a local town councilman. He was raised in a religious home, but there is no historical indication that he had a relationship with Christ until he went through an unbelievable trial that transformed him.
When Patrick was sixteen years old he was kidnapped by Irish pirates and held captive for eight years. He escaped when he was twenty-four and returned to his family a changed man. He came back with a passion for God with a deep commitment to Christ and a sense of divine calling on the rest of his life. He trained for ministry and spent himself in the cause of Christ. When he died at about seventy years of age, he left behind a moving account of his personal journey with God.
History bears witness to the countless ways in which even the harshest trials seem to carve God's initials on our souls and draw us close to his heart. I have talked to many people who acknowledge that they would never have chosen the path they found themselves on, but having walked that way they would never change it now.
God's love seeks out those whose hearts are breaking and whose faces are tear-streaked, and God our maker and his fragile human creations become friends for eternity."
MN - was able to be helped with medical bills so that now they can meet their needs
SL has found another part-time job
We give praise for the healing that has taken place in the life of Jim Sjaarda, one of our CFE board members
This week Fareway has a regional ad, so you may see similar deals, but be sure to check your local ad for specifics! My deals are based on the Le Mars ad. The first thing that’s jumping out at me is the General Mills deal on the front page. There is a store in-ad coupon to save $4 when you buy 10 General Mills items (.99 or greater). Again, keep in mind that you may stack manufacturer’s coupons with the store coupon! Here is the scenario I plan to do: Buy 6 Yoplait Greek @ $1 each and 4 Totino’s pizza rolls @ $1 each for $10 - $4 store coupon = $6.00. I also have 2 Totinos coupons for $1.25/1 (no longer available, however there may be a .40/2 coupon from the 1/26 Smart Source insert), and I have (2) $1/2 printables from coupons.com and (2) .50/1 coupons from http://greektasteoff.tumblr.com/, saving me an additional $5.50. So, assuming they take the $1.25 Totinos coupon at face value, I will only pay .50 for all ten items! If they adjust the coupon down to the price of the Totinos (1.00), I will pay $1.00 total. I can’t complain either way! Also on the front page of the ad is Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats @ 4/$10, and there is a store coupon to save $3 on milk or orange juice when you buy 4 Mini Wheats. Be sure to use manufacturer’s coupons on your cereal! There are $1.50/1 coupons at kelloggsfamilyrewards.com if you have enough points to redeem this high-value coupon. If you don’t have enough points, there are lower value coupons on the same website. Since the ad is regional, I will not go into further detail.
At Hy-Vee I see Oscar Mayer Lunchables, bologna, or cotto salami @ $1 each, Ragu @ $1, Barilla Pasta @ $1, and Dole premium classic salad @ $1. There was a $1/2 Ragu coupon in the 3/9 Red Plum insert that was regional, so you may or may not have that coupon. Also, Barilla has a “Discover Spring” sweeps entry on their facebook page that will provide a $1/2 coupon after entering. This makes the pasta .50 each, which is a stock-up price! Hy-Vee also has eggs @ $1, and be sure to pay attention to the store coupons on page 9. Coupons.com has manufacturer’s coupons for Velveeta (@ $4.99 w/store coupon) & Oscar Mayer hot dogs (@3/$5 w/store coupon), saving you an additional $1 on the Velveeta and $1/2 on the hot dogs.
That’s my breakdown for the week. What deals are you seeing?
Today would have been my father's birthday. As I think about him and the influence he had on my life, I realize I was truly blessed with loving parents that shared God's love with me. They were not perfect but they were great examples. Throughout my life whenever it seemed very difficult to continue my dad constantly reminded me of God's love and faithfulness. He often shared stories with me and with our children about WW2. The stories were lighthearted about good things that happened to him during this time. Only after his death did I find a photo album that showed some of the things he endured. He never spoke of those things but always about his faithful Savior. As I think about this it makes me wonder if I am sharing the same faith with all those around me and I am challenged to do that.
I would encourage you today to really think about God's faithfulness in your life as well and share that with those around you.
We have some good deals beginning this week! Here we go!
Fareway is a corporate ad, so we should all see the same deals! My favorite is the Kellogg's cereal deal on select varieties that are only .99 with in-ad coupon when you buy four! BUT...that's not all! Remember to stack this with manufacturer's coupons that can be found at kelloggsfamilyrewards.com! I have printed $1/3 and .50/1 coupons, making my 4 boxes of cereal a mere total of $2.46! You will need to sign up and log in to access these coupons. Fareway also has in-ad coupons for Tuna Helper @ 2/$1 and Chicken of the Sea Tuna @ 2/$1. Again, check your coupon database to search for manufacturer's coupons! Cottage bread is .98, and Sunbelt Granola bars are 2/$4. I have a buy one get one free coupon for the granola bars that is no longer available to print, however there is $1/1 coupon available at coupons.com, making these only $1/box! Remember, when you see a good coupon, be sure to print it and save it for a sale! If you like frozen dinners, they have Michelina's @ .59, and there is a $1/5 coupon available at Michelinas.com, bringing them down to .39 each if you buy 5! Oreos are 2/$5 and there is an in-ad store coupon to save $1 on white milk when you buy 2 Oreos. There is a .75/2 coupon listed from the 2/9 Smart Source newspaper insert that you may also use on this deal.
At Hy-Vee, we have a 2-day sale that includes .99 Zesta or Sunshine Krispy saltines, store brand Mac & Cheese @ 3/$1, Old Orchard 100% Apple Juice @ .99 (coupons available at oldorchard.com), Dole Classic Iceberg salad @ .68, Jiff peanut butter @ $1.68, and Ore Ida @ $1.99 (I'm seeing a $1/2 printable in the database if the sale include the Simply variety). In Hy-Vee's weekly ad, we have Oscar Mayer bologna at 2/$2, and there is a .75/1 coupon at coupons.com, making these only a QUARTER each! Great deal! They also have Ocean Spray juice cocktail @ $1.58. I am not seeing any coupons listed, but they could show up later in the week, so be sure to check if that is on your list.
What deals are jumping out at you? We will all notice different things based on what we buy. If you're not sure what a good stock up price is on items you use, try keeping a price book, writing down sale prices over 3-4 months to find what the low price is, then look for a coupon when it's rock bottom! Remember, sales cycles run every 3-4 months, so the sales usually come around again!
We'll be keeping our financial progress posted here each month. We are operating from a shortfall, so our current monthly fundraising goal is $20,000.
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