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Some little things just make me smile, and feel happy… 

Today at Randalls, the lady checking me out looked at my receipt, said that I had saved over $50 on my groceries, and asked “how did you dooo that?”!  It made me smile.

Several weeks ago, I went to Randalls and stocked up on groceries that earned a $20 coupon for my next trip.  Tonight, I went back to use my coupon, along with a bunch of other coupons.  Here’s what I was able to buy for 56 cents… YES, that is right!

Some of the great deals:

Iceburg lettuce:$ 0.49 with Randalls super coupon
4# red grapes: $3.50 with Randalls super coupon 
Honey Bunches of Oats: FREE with coupon I got in the mail
2 Wishbone Salad Dressings: Buy 1 Get 1 Free, plus a 75cent coupon
Quaker Granola Bars: $0.99 with Randalls super coupon 

Let’s hope that Randalls has another great sale coming up…they are so much fun!


There is a new sale going on now at Randalls!  The Summer Savings Marathon allows you to earn $5, $10, or $20 coupons off your next grocery trip by buying a certain number of participating items.  For example, if you buy 25 participating items in one transaction, you will receive a coupon for $20 to spend on your next shopping trip.  This promotion lasts until 7/29, so you can go multiple times.  

The trick is to try and find 25 items that you either really need, or that are very inexpensive, or that you have coupons for.  The goal is to spend $25-$35, and then get $20 back to spend next time.  On your next trip, you can use that coupon to buy more participating items!  Sometimes there is a list of the approved items on their website, but I did not see one, so you must look through every isle in the store for the Summer Savings tag…they are easy to spot.

Also, strawberries are on sale for 1.47/pound this week, and there is a special coupon for certain Kellogs’ cereal 4/$6.

Happy shopping!

Thanks to MoneySavingMom, I just found out about the Supercook recipe search website, and it is SO great! You begin by entering ingredients that you already have in your kitchen, and it provides you with tons of recipes that you can make with what you have.  Just like I mentioned in my earlier post about avoiding the grocery store, you CAN cook a meal with what you have on hand.

I really like clicking through all the ingredients, and seeing the variety of recipes that pop up and say “you have everything needed for this recipe!”  Thanks to Supercook for helping us get creative and cook without running to the store to spend more money. 🙂

In response to a comment on my last post, here are some of ideas for using rice and beans to make a great, frugal lunch or dinner:

Rice with Black Beans & Sauce

Cook black beans (or use canned) in a saucepan. Add some onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Serve beans with their natural sauce over white or brown rice.

Rice and Bean Mix-up

  • Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a big skillet or wok
  • Add some frozen or fresh vegetables (carrots, great beans, peas, etc.)
  • Add several cups of cooked beans (black, pinto, or red beans)
  • Add a heaping amount of cooked rice (white or brown)
  • Stir in a little bit of ketchup, worchestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, or other seasonings to taste
Mexican-style Rice and Beans
  • Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large skillet or wok
  • Add several cups of beans (black, pinto, or red)
  • Add a heaping amount of cooked rice (white or brown)
  • Add a can of diced tomatoes, or stewed tomatoes
  • Add some salsa, some garlic, onions, salt, pepper, etc
  • Top with salsa and cheese!
Did you know that more than half of the world’s population depends on rice (and sometimes beans) as their primary food? Rice and beans are such a simple, frugal meal. They can also be bought in bulk and stored easily!
Here’s an interesting link I found…test your vocabulary while donating free rice through the UN World Food Program!
Do you have any other frugal ideas for using rice and beans?

Today, I’m joining Frugal Friday hosted by Biblical Womanhood. That is such a helpful, encouraging blog!  

My biggest money-saving tip is to avoid the grocery store!  Even when I begin to run out of things that I think I need, I have found that I can still manage to pull together a tasty and nutritious meal just based on things in my pantry and freezer.  Imagine how much money you can save by simply shopping on a schedule, just based on your list.

Here are some meals that I often make with pantry/freezer basics:

  • rice and beans (my husband just loves this meal!)
  • omlettes and pancakes
  • Homemade Pizza
  • salad (from the garden) with boiled eggs, cheese, and other protein on top
I also save money by hosting a meal swap with friends.  It’s easy to avoid the store or a restaurant when there is a freezer full of meals waiting to be eaten!

Sometimes, I am able to get some great deals at Randalls!

There is a promotion beginning today at Randalls that is similar to the great Savings Rally in February, where there may be some good sales! If you buy $30 of participating products in one transaction, you receive a coupon for $10 off your next shopping trip. The list of products is very extensive, and is similar to the Savings Rally. You can check their website (click all of the “learn more” buttons) to see all of the participating brands. Check the ad coming out today, or their website for the details.

So far, I don’t see any super deals on cereal or anything, but it may be a good time to stock up on things you need. Remember to check online for coupons at sites like this, and make the most of your saving!

Today I went to Randalls to use my great cereal coupon, and it was a very successful trip! Considering that I had my two girls with me, and several coupons to use, it went very well.  I bought everything in this picture for $10.70!  (Not super cheap, but great considering the fresh produce and eggs.)  The best deal, of course, was the cereal.  The three boxes of cereal were on sale for $3 with the coupon, but I also had a coupon for $3 off 2 boxes of Raisin Bran, and a coupon for 50cents off one box of Mini-Wheats (which they doubled).  So, that is 3 boxes of cereal more than free…but the deal got better.  After checking out, I realized that I got a $3 catalina on my receipt (a coupon for cash to be used on my next shopping trip).  Soo, a pretty good deal for buying cereal!

The other good deals: 1 dozen eggs on sale for 99cents, 2 pounds of strawberries for $3.99, and a Betty Crocker cookie mix for  50cents (after a doubled coupon). Randalls is so much fun!


One of my latest hobbies is finding really great deals on cereal (my husband can eat a lot of cereal, and I have one baby and one toddler who both love munching on it). If you have a Randalls in your area (or possibly, another Safeway-owned store), there is a great deal on Kelloggs’ cereal. An ad came in today’s newspaper with a coupon for 3 Kelloggs’ cereals for $3. If you also have manufacturers’ coupons, then you can get a great deal on cereal! I’m planning on going shopping there tomorrow!

Lately, I’ve turned clipping coupons and shopping sales into a fun hobby! It really is amazing how you can cut your grocery budget with some time and planning. Randalls has had some wonderful sales in the past few weeks, so I’ve stocked up cereal, rice, and frozen items. Here’s a look at my extra pantry shelf in the garage, and just a few of the goodies I’ve bought: