Thursday, November 27, 2008

Chicken Brine Recipe- Make Your Next Rosted Chicken Something to Rave About!

Frugal cooks have long known that brining chicken, turkey, beef and fish is an inexpensive way to add big flavor to roasted and grilled meats. At Use Supermarket Coupons, we are big fans of brining techniques.


Simply put, brining is a cheap way to both tenderize and add a flavorful gourmet touch to inexpensive cuts of meat.

While the brine recipe below is intended for chicken and poultry, the technique works well for all types and cuts of meat and fish.

What You Should Know About Brining

1. Brine is little more that a salt solution, with optional sugar, and herbs. The process allows for fluids infused with spices to enter the meat through a simple process of osmosis.

2. The technique of brining has been around for years, but is only now gaining popularity with home cooks.

3. Brining helps to keep meats moist while cooking. Meats that are brined first are juicy, tender and packed with flavor.

4. Basic brine recipes are only the beginning. Add any herbs, spices or flavorings that you like. You are only limited by your own creativity.

Basic Brining Techniques

Basic brining is easy, with only a few steps:

1. Start with a clean and dried, large, food quality plastic container with a lid.

2. Mix the brine and season according to the recipe below.

3. Thoroughly rinse and pat dry meat.

4. Completely submerge meat in brine.

5. Cover the brine bowl or bucket and seal tightly.

6. Refrigerate while completing the brining process. Allow 1 hour per pound of meat. Any longer and the meat may become too salty.

7. When brining is completed, remove the meat from the brine and rinse well. Pat rinsed meat dry and cook as usual.

8. Discard brine, and clean and sanitize your brine bucket or bowl.

Basic Brine Recipe for Chicken and Poultry

1 gallon water

3/4 cup salt

1/4 cup sugar (cuts the salty taste and helps to blend the herbs)

Herbs to taste (good choices for poultry are rosemary, tarragon, pepper, sage, and thyme, garlic, onion and celery)Aim for 1 1/2 tsp to 1 T per gallon of brine depending on how strong you like your seasonings.

In a heavy stock pot or large pan bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Be sure all of the salt and sugar are completely dissolved.

Allow brine to cool completely to room temperature. Pour the cooled brine into the prepared container and add meat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour per pound of meat.

Remove meat from brine, rinse and pat dry. Cook meat as desired.

Try it the next time you are planning on roasting a chicken or turkey. Brined meat is a juicy and delicious change from the ordinary.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Deal Alert: What You Should Know About Grocery Shopping Around Major Holidays

Have you ever wondered if there is a best time to use supermarket grocery coupons?

The answer is YES.

I always allow nearly double my usual food budget the week before major holidays. Why? The deals are just too good to pass up! Stock up when the price is right and save.

You can expect the coupon inserts to be heavy in the two or three weeks leading up to a major holiday. Christmas, Thanksgiving, July 4th and Labor day have some of the greatest savings of the year on groceries.

How should you maximize your savings on nonperishables? Buy multiples of the same item, using a double manufacterer coupon for each item you purchase. In the weeks leading up to the holiday week, you can obtain multiple manufacterer coupons either buy purchasing more than one Sunday paper, or using a coupon clipping service.

Don't want to go to the hassle of a coupon service due to the minimum order requirements? Here's another can always find the coupons you are looking for on Ebay! The best time to look is the Sunday the coupon is published. Don't wait, the selection can get a litte scant within a few days on the best offer.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Fast Food- How You Can Eat Better and Spend Less!

So what do you think, does fast food come only from the fast food place on the corner? If you said yes, I'm about to let you in on a little secret...

Fast food also comes from your own kitchen! Nope, I'm not talking about pulling TV dinners from the freezer. I'm talking about home cooked, nutritious, delicious dinners from your own kitchen, ready to serve in 15 minutes or less.

Yep, I said 15 minutes from prep to table.

How is it possible to have dinner ready almost before you have time to set you things down and change clothes after a long day at work? The answer's all in the prep. Simple organization saves you hours of time, tons of stress and lots of cash.

4 Ways to Become a Fast Food Gourmet

1. Use the Crockpot- I love crockpots and slow cookers! Just a few minutes prep in the morning and dinner is ready to serve as soon as you get home. Very little mess, next to no fuss, and the meat is always tender.

2. Prep it Ahead- When I go to the supermarket every week, I spend an hour processing fresh produce for the week as soon as I get home. Chop it once, clean it up once, take out the trash once, and save time during your work week.

3. Plan Ahead- The true secret to getting dinner on the table fast? Have the side dishes done ahead. Every week I make giant bowls of green salad, fruit salad and then prepare a jello salad or dessert on Sundays. Just add a main dish and side like rice or potatoes and dinner is ready. Having the extras done ahead makes dinner prep next to nothing.

4. Grilling Isn't Just for Summer- Grilling marinated meats is a quick, no fuss way to get dinner on the table fast. Light up the grill, toss the meat on and turn it a time or two...that's it. Be sure to cook enough meat for leftovers in a main dish salad, or soup the next day. Having the meat cooked ahead makes tomorrows main dishes cook up in minutes.

There you have it, 4 ways to become a speed demon in the kitchen. They secret really is to plan ahead. If you have your side dishes done, all you really need to do is choose either a main dish that cooks quickly like a broiled or grilled marinated meat or fish, or a crockpot meal. Dinner will be on the table with little fuss at the end of your day.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Why You Should Grocery Shop Online

Skillfull grocery shopping and reducing your grocery budget is one of the quickest places to cut your overall budget down to size. No doubt about it. Yet, grocery shopping is probably the most time consuming task we do every week, especially for the busy professional and those with large families. On average, families spend 1-2 hours per week shopping for food and 3-4 hours if you live in more rural areas and need to drive a ways to get to the supermarket.

How can we save both time and money while shopping for food?

Shopping online saves time, money and more importantly since the recent price increases, lots of gas.

Better still, online grocery shopping is for people like you and me. Busy people, frugal people, and those just looking to shop from the comfort of their own homes, Internet grocery shopping is for everyone.

With our popluation aging rapidly, online grocery shopping also makes sense for those caring for aging loved ones, or those who either lack mobility or are totally homebound.

The best two places to find deep discounts on groceries and gourmet food items?

Ebay grocery has a large selection of gourmet food items at reasonable prices anywhere. Bison burgers, smoked beef jerkey and delicious giant 225-count bags of Lindor Lindt truffles are just a few of the items I found recently at rock bottom prices. Prices so inexpensive that finding a seller you trust and shop with regularly makes sense.

Amazon grocery is still my favorite onlie money saver. Take a look at their monthly bargains and you won't be disappointed. With free shipping their products are always both reasonably and fairly priced, and sometimes a downright steal. Check the closeouts for $10 off $25 instant savings on coffee, tea, cereals, snacks and many other items. These prices are just too low to miss.

Delivery of groceries when purchased online can be expensive depending on the service or vendor. Amazon is, once again my favorite. They offer free delivery on all grocery items with a $25 minimum purchase.

Ebay's delivery charges vary by vendor but are also reasonble in comparison to most other online grocery shopping services.

While grocery shopping is one of the very least favorite tasks most of us need to accomplish in the course of our busy week. Using a good online shopping service can save you time, money, gas and the frustration of needing to shop when you would rather be at home.

Once you try it you will never go back!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cheap Meal Ideas: The Best Meatballs and Meatloaf Ever!

Whew! End of the summer already and getting the kids ready to go off to school again. A really busy time of the year for us all. Need a cheap quick fix dinner? How about the best meatballs and meatloaf recipe ever?

I love meatloaf and meatballs, the price is right and the prep time and clean up is only about 10 minutes.

What I do it this....make the recipe above, it comes out perfect everytime. This recipe calls for 2 pounds of ground beef and makes 2 meals for the 5 of us. Mix the recipe as directed, and then bake half as a meatloaf and half as meatballs.

Freeze the leftover meatballs and store in a ziplock bag in the freezer. The next time you need fast food, the meatballs are already cooked. Just nuke to warm and toss into your spaghetti and you are good to go.

Make it once, clean it up once, eat twice, and no waste to boot. A truly frugal meal and great time saver for evenings when you are pressed for time.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Amazon Grocery Coupons and Promotion Codes for August 2008

Finally, here is an updated list of Amazon grocery coupon promtion codes for August 2008.

You'll notice a ton of savings here. Most have free shipping and offer savings over 35%. Some offers top 50% this month. Happy Savings!

August 2008 Amazon Grocery Coupon Codes and Special Promotions

$5 off Sun Crystals Natural Sweetener Expires 12/31/08

$5 off $19 Amazon coupon code Frito-Lay Snacks Assorted Varieties Use Amazon coupon promotion code TRUENRHT Expires 8/12/08

$5 off $29 Amazon coupon code for Timothy's World Coffee Use Amazon coupon promotion code KCUP4444 Expires 08/31/08

$10 off Amazon coupon code for Kraft Mac & Cheese-A-PaloozaUse Amazon coupon promotion code MACPRUIT Expires 08/31/08

$10 off $29 Amazon coupon promotion code for KA-ME Snack Mixes Use Amazon coupon promotion code KAME3333 Expires 08/31/08

$10 off $29 Amazon coupon promotion code for Stubb's Barbeque Sauces and Rubs Use Amazon coupon promotion code STUBBS29 Expires 08/15/08

$10 off $29 Amazon coupon promotion code for Sesmark Chips Use Amazon coupon promotion code SESMARK4 Expires 08/31/08

$10 off $29 Amazon coupon promotion code for Folgers, Millstone and Pringles Products Use Amazon coupon promotion code PRINGSTN Expires 08/31/08

$10 off $29 Amazon coupon promotion code for Izze Sparkling Juice Use Amazon coupon promotion code IZZEFIZZ Expires 08/31/08

$10 off $39 Amazon coupon promotion code for Jolly Time Popcorn Products Use Amazon coupon promotion code POPNJOLY Expires 08/31/08

$15 off $39 Amazon coupon promotion code for Mi-Del Cookies Use Amazon coupon promotion code MIDEL555 Expires 08/31/08

$20 off $49 Amazon coupon promtion code for G' Day Gourmet Canned Tuna and Salmon Use Amazon coupon promotion code SALMON08 Expires 08/16/08

$20 Instant Savings on Olay, Gillette, Secret, Crest, Prilosec, and More Use Amazon coupon promotion code AUG8PGOL Expires 08/31/08

15% Instant savings on Ito En Teas with Amazon coupon promotion code Use Amazon coupon promotion code TETEAS22 Expires 08/31/08

15% Instant savings on Silkenty Tea Gifts with Amazon coupon promotion code Amazon coupon promotion code CEYLONTE Expires 08/31/08

20% Instant savings on Haribo Candy with Amazon coupon promotion code Use Amazon coupon promotion code GUMM5555 Expires 08/31/08

25% Instant savings on Eden Grove Teas with Amazon coupon promotion code Use Amazon coupon promotion code TEALIFE4 Expires 08/31/08

35% Instant savings on Mrs. Leeper's & Eddie's Organic Pastas with Amazon coupon promotion code Use Amazon coupon promotion code GLFREE55 Expires 0831/08

35% Instant savings on Silk Soymillk Products with Amazon coupon promotion code Use Amazon coupon promotion code SILKSIL5 Expires 08/31/08

35% Instant Savings on Horizon Organic Milk Products with Amazon coupon promotion code Use Amazon promotion code MILKMIL6 Expires 08/31/08

50% Instant Savings on Two Tiger Tiger Asian Foods Products with Amazon coupon promotion code Use Amazon coupon promotion code TIGERT55 Expires 08/31/08

50% Instant Savings on Zico Pure Coconut Water with Amazon coupon promotion code Use Amazon coupon promotion code COCONUT5 Expires 08/31/08

25% Instant Savings on Henry and Lisa's Natural Seafood with Amazon coupon promotion code Use Amazon coupon code ZGB8BH6R Expires 08/31/08

$10 off $25 Clearance Event with Free shipping Amazon coupon promotion code Use Amazon coupon promotion code CLRANC78 Expiration: Limited to supplies on hand

$25 off $59 Back to Shcool Grocery Event with Amazon coupon promotion code Use Amazon coupon promotion code BTSBASIC Expires 08/31/08

I'll be posting a few more offers soon, but need to do a little more checking before I give them the thumbs up on savings. In the meantime, know that I'll be posting banners and offers for more free printable grocery coupons soon.


Monday, August 4, 2008

How Thrifty are Your Meals? Take the Foodstamp Challenge

While researching a few new posts for use supermarket coupons, I recently came across the website for the food stamp challenge.

The program asks participants to stick to the food stamp budget for all of your meals and snacks for one week. The figure given was $21 per person per week per person. The thrifty plan was intended to be an emergency source of food for a person until a more adequate food supply could be found. Get more information on the food stamp challenge here and learn how to participate.

I took the challenge myself this week to see how good my shopping and savings skills really were and was surprised at the outcome. I was able to feed myself and family within the guidelines, but have to admit that sticking to the program without the use of my well stocked pantry was a challenge in itself. Our diet was more limited than we were used to, mainly because we did not have a well stocked pantry to add the variety we were used to.

Beyond the limitations of our diet, I was also frustrated with the lack of fresh produce that our limited budget provided. Even I had to admit as an experienced shopper and saver that my shopping and cooking habits would need to change if I were forced to stay on the program for long.

Lessons Learned

-While I regularly feed my family at about $25-$30 per week per person, the savings from stockpiling and using grocery coupons aggressively is the main strategy I use to keep our expenses down. Buying ahead for pennies on the dollar allows room in our budget for more fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy than the food stamp allowance would for most who suddenly found themselves in this position.

-Grocery prices are regional. Folks living on either the East or West coasts would have a hard time keeping this budget while still meeting their nutritional needs. I spent 10 days recently in the Midwest and was surprised to see just how much less expensive food is there on some items (20%-30%), on others it is about the same as my hometown.

-You need good shopping skills and some knowledge of how to cook to have any variety at all with this limited of a budget. If you were to suddenly find yourself without more than $21 a week per person and no skills whatsoever in terms of grocery shopping and couponing you might very well find yourself eating a steady diet of tuna, mac and cheese, hot dogs and cereal. As of today, the food stamp allowance has not yet been adjusted to take into consideration the recent inflation we have been experiencing. That said, even the modest allowance allotted means that your dollars won't go as far.

My time spent on the food stamp challenge was an eye-opener to a well educated consumer like myself. I learned a lot about my own shopping habits and found myself looking for ever more creative ways to save at the grocery store. I urge you all to give it a try. I'm glad I did. While I learned that my skills are good enough survive if I needed to, I wouldn't want to have this limited of a budget for long.

In light of my recent discoveries of just how important maintaining a well stocked pantry is in lean times I'll be starting a multi-post series on how to maintain a well stocked pantry.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Cheap Cooking Ideas: Easy Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

I have the best recipe for easy crockpot barbeque pulled pork. Dinner is ready as soon as you walk through the door with this delicious and simple crockpot bbq pulled pork recipe. Just toss together the ingredients on your way out the door in the morning and dinner is ready in the early evening. Tender and juicy this barbeque pulled pork recipe is easy on the budget and a great option for a busy day with little time for cooking.

In a large crockpot, set to low, combine the following:

3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast

1 bottle barbeque sauce

1 medium onion finely chopped

2 Tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

garlic salt (optional)

Cook on low for 8-9 hours without lifting the lid of the crockpot. Meat should have the appearance of shredded pork when done. Serve either alone or on hamburger buns.

Serves 6 adults at a cost of $.97 per serving.

I love to make this recipe when we are busy all day and have only an hour for dinner before evening activities. If you are really in a rush you can prepare a coleslaw or potato salad ahead to serve as a side dish with crockpot bbq pulled pork.


Thursday, July 31, 2008

What is the Best Day of the Week to Grocery Shop?

There is a secret to saving big when grocery shopping that few consumers know about, choosing the right day of the week to maximize grocery savings. I’m asked often what the best day of the week to grocery shop is, so often in fact that I am always surprised that so many people don’t know the correct answer. Anyone using supermarket coupons on a regular basis needs to know the answer to this question.

When I ask those who are doing the asking, what they think the best day of the week to grocery shop is they almost always either answer that “they don’t know” or that “it has to be the day the new ads come out.”

Are they right? What is your answer?

Get out the giant game show wrong answer sound effects buzzer if your answer was the same as theirs. If you answered that the day your local grocers beak new ads is best day of the week to shop you are incorrect. Technically the first day of a new ad flier is the worst day of the week to grocery shop with only a few exceptions.

Why? For a couple of sound reasons you may not have thought of.

First, if you think about it, the day the new ads break all have one thing in common. There will inevitably be giant, freshly built displays of the products featured both on sale and on loss-leader.

Why is this important? Well for one thing you will be sure to get the product that is advertised in the sales flier.

Ummm, what did you say? Why would you not want to buy the sale item? Well, what you really want is to buy the last sale item left on the shelf and then get at rain checks for multiple others if you are buying in bulk.

Stay with me here and follow my line of reasoning. Rain checks are good at the super low loss-leader sale price and protect you from price increases for 4 to 6 weeks in the future. If you use a coupon clipping service you can order more coupons and wait until they arrive and then use your rain checks, maximizing your savings.

With a rain check you also have the advantage of purchasing more products later when prices are higher, but still paying the lower price. If you change you mind you do not need to buy yet you still have the option. If you have one or two of the item left at home and might have made it to the next sale anyway, you may decide to wait it out until you run out. Not needing to buy exactly when the price is right saves you space in the pantry while still leaving your options open without the obligation to buy. If you don’t need to sink money into your food stores right now in order to save, why do it? You can still buy later if you need to when you run out.

Rain checks have another nifty benefit. They work really well on perishable items when you can only use a limited amount of product in a few days time without spoilage. I love it when I can find rain checks for deeply discounted fruit and vegetables. I get the benefit of a really good price without worrying about loosing money due to waste.

The best day of the week to scrounge for rain checks is on the last day of the sale, in busy high volume stores. High volume stores tend to run out of advertised items and you can usually find rain checks available unless the ad specifies “limited to quantities on hand.”

As big of a help to you grocery budget as the strategy of collecting rain checks can be, there is an even more important reason to shop on the last day of an ad cycle. You will already have the benefit of the next week’s sales flier having been delivered to your mail box.

With two weeks specials and money savings offers to work with, you will have a better idea on how to divvy up your grocery budget. If the sales are not worth bothering with this week you can wait to shop one extra day and allocate extra funds the next week’s ad. If the sales are better on the current week you can spend extra and skip the second week’s ad. You have more flexibility when you know how to plan.

So, when is it not a good idea to wait to shop until the last day of the ad? There are really only two good reasons. One, you have to shop when you can fit it into your schedule. Or, secondly, if you really need the loss-leader items and you want to be sure that they are still in stock when you shop. Otherwise, you can maximize savings by preplanning your purchases well and waiting until the last day of the ad.

What is the best day of the week to shop? The answer depends on the grocery chain you shop in. Ask any clerk or checker what day the new ad starts and they will happily supply this vital piece of information to you.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

8 Things You Should Know About Grocery Shopping Cheap

As I pondered the writing of this post I tried to think about the 8 things you should know about shopping cheap. I wanted to create the how to eat better for less bullet points, as it were.

While there are thousands of nuances to being a true grocery shopping guru, there really are only a few basic skills to master if you want to cut your grocery bills down to size. If you need a quick reduction in spending then here are the basics. These 8 must master strategies are listed in no particular order as they are all equally important.

:: Know yourself and your needs. Get to know yourself as a consumer. How much do you use of certain products in the course of a week or a month? I’m talking about doing the math here. Take a sharpie and mark bottles of shampoo or any other products you use day in and day out. Get a solid knowledge of how much you consume and how often you will need to buy. Knowing how much you use is vital to your savings plan. You’ll see why as we get to our next point.

:: Always buy on sale. Sale prices are 30%-50% off the full shelf price when products run on special. Grocers have a regular repeating ad cycle on almost every item in the store that runs between 3-6 weeks depending on the item. Know when the products you use the most run and buy enough to get you through to the next sale. Never, ever be caught paying full price.

:: Stockpiling is your friend. Know the sales cycle and embrace the sales cycle. Any nonperishable product, as well as those you can freeze and eat within a few months is a candidate for stockpiling. By stockpiling I don’t mean jamming the freezer, but purchasing just enough to ensure that you don’t get caught paying full price. You don't need to go overboard here unless the price is really a steal. See how the first two strategies build on this one? You want to buy just enough to ensure that you don’t have to pay the high dollar, but not so much that you will waste anything you buy.

:: Waste costs. I have seen estimates that food wasted in the average home ranges from 5-12% in most households. In dollars, a $150 grocery bill for a family of 6 means that you just threw out anywhere from $7.50 to $18.00 into the dumpster. Some families just learning to save are spending far more than $150.00 per week, so you get the idea. In a year you could be saving $390.00 to $936.00 or more that you didn’t even know you had. Use itall or loose it.

:: Coupons really do count. Every week I get asked if coupons are worth the time. My answer is always a resounding yes when used correctly! I save $50.00 a week with my coupons and get many products either free or for pennies on the dollar. Free is the best price in my book, all day long and everyday. Use coupons at double coupon stores or on double or triple coupon days if at all possible. Save your coupons for use when the product is already on sale and save an additional 30-50% just for having the patience to plan coupon use. I am often asked if you should ever use a coupon if an item is not on sale. My answer is sure, it's the second best choice if you need a to make a purchase and no sale can be found. Any savings is better than none. Don't forget that major retailers like drugstores, Target, Walmart and the commisaries if you are military also accept coupons.

:: Know your staples. Most people think that staples are products on your pantry shelves like flour and sugar, and they are. But, staples are also the large part of your shopping list that you buy every week or month or a regular reocuring basis. Staple items vary from family to family and generally comprise 60-75% of what we buy. Get to know the products you use the most and look for cheaper alternatives: generics and store brands are a good place to start.

:: Know the difference between the lowest every day price and a bargain. I know the cheapest place in town to buy my staple products. If I was really in need of laundry detergent, or health and beauty products you can bet I’d be heading to Walmart with coupons in hand. In my local area, unless there is a really good sale with a double coupon, Walmart’s price will beat anybody in town for staples on health care products and cleaning supplies. I take the time to make an extra stop and buy enough for months at a time to maximize my savings.

::Beware of impulse spending. Take a list, stick to the list and get in and out of the store as quickly as you reasonably can. The longer you shop the more you will spend.

If you are lost and perplexed about how to pare your grocery bills down to size as quickly as possible then start here. Mastering just these 8 strategies and being consistent with using them will save you over 50% off your grocery bills. You can fine tune and add extra strategies for savings later.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Cheap Cooking Ideas: What is Chicken Bullion?

Every once in a while you get a question that surprises you. I have been cooking with cheap cooking ideas for so many years that sometimes I forget that cheap cooking is something new to some of us. It's good for me to remember to step back and remember the basics myself.

I got a question from a client I was working with this morning confused about how to save money by making chicken stock herself instead of buying the canned broth version at 4 times the price of homemade.

Most of us wrongly think that when we cook down a chicken carcass at home that we will be making chicken broth. Not so, we are really making chicken stock. Chicken stock is made from slowly cooking down and simmering the bony parts of a chicken, turkey, beef, pork or any other bone in meat. Stocks can also be made with a combination of vegetables and herbs like onion, garlic, celery, and parsley.

Stocks have a fuller mouth feel and richer flavor that do broths due to the gelatin that is released from the joints in the bones when they are long-simmered. Homemade stocks are cheap, flavorful and make wonderfully rich soups and stews. In my food snobbish opinion stocks are superior to broths because of the richness of their flavor.

Broths, on the other hand, are made from simmering the meat, rather than the bones, and tend to have weaker and less rich flavors. Be aware that some of the commercial broths on the market have very high sodium contents and are enriched with bullion to make their flavors stronger. Commercially prepared broths are $.79-$.99 per can at full shelf price, where as homemade broths are practically free.

Bullions are shelf stable and come in either grannular or cubed form. Chicken bullion is not the only bullion you can buy. Other flavors of bullion are vegetable, fish, turkey and beef although some flavors will only be available at gourmet shops and restaurant supplies. Most grocery stores carry chicken and beef bullion. You can use a small amount of bullion (really salty, and a little goes a very long way) either mixed as directed into an instant 'broth' or in granular form for quick flavor in soups, stews and gravies.

I keep a package of bullion on my shelf for the very occasional need. I don't buy prepackaged seasoning envelops or mixes due to their expense. One package of chicken gravy is a buck, while I can get a whole box of chicken bullion cubes at the dollar store for that much.

The real money saver here is to use your own stock or make your own gravies from defatted pan drippings rather than using instant seasoning packets. If the flavor is a little flat or weak I use a small amount of bullion to kick it up a bit.

From a health stand point bullions are not the greatest, so I use them very sparingly. Commercial bullions and spice mixes,for that matter, contain a lot of junk (salt, dehydrogenates fat, monosodium glutamate, dehydrated carrot flakes, dehydrated onion and garlic, sugar, chicken powders, antioxidants mix, and chemicals to make them shelf stable). As I've said, though a very little goes a really long way. I doubt small quantities of bullion will kill've been eating it all your life. I still prefer the homemade stock when I have the option since it tastes better, is cheaper, and has none of the bad stuff in it for you.

What is chicken bullion? A little money saving secret that I stash in my cupboards to use instead of a more expensive seasoning packet of the same ingredients. I like to think of chicken bullion as a little insurance policy in my cupboards for the times when I am out of stock or need a quick punch a blander than desired dish.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Cheap Cooking Ideas: Cheaper and Better Nonstick Cooking Spray

Have you ever taken a look at the ingredients list on a can of nonstick cooking spray? I don't need a degree in either nutrition or chemistry to know that some of that stuff isn't good for us. In my quest to find a cheaper and better nonstick cooking spray I came across this site with a wonderful recipe for nonstick baking.

Cheaper and Better Nonstick Cooking Spray

1/2c. Vegetable Oil
1/2c. Vegetable Shortening (like Crisco)
1/2c flour

Beat all ingredients in a blender until fluffy and white. Store in the pantry until use in an air tight container. To use, brush pans with a pastry brush. Approximate shelf life is 2 months at room temperature.

Notice that this recipe calls for equal parts of all ingredients. If you don't bake often you can make it up in smaller quantities to avoid waste and maximize your savings.

Cost Comparison

One full recipe ($1.34) equals about the same amount of cooking in 1 can of cooking spray ($3.95 on sale after double coupons).

Savings $2.61

I bake quite a lot and love this stuff. I have to admit that for muffins, cakes and baked goods this recipe is hard to beat.

Quick Healthy and Cheap Recipes: Quesadillas

Continuing on with our series of quick healthy and cheap recipes, is my latest favorite quick lunch. I love cheese and living in the Southwest has no doubt influenced my love of spicy Mexican food. Nothing is better to me than a ooey, gooey, cheesy quesadilla. I simply love them. An added bonus besides the rock bottom price of this recipe is how quickly you can make these. Under 5 minutes on the stove top and your meal is done.

I find quesadillas a favorite way to use up leftover meats like chicken or pork with a little onion, garlic, avocado, or tomato added if you like. If you are out of the extras, just plain cheese and salsa or hot sauce is still a satisfying quick healthy and cheap recipe.

Quick Cheese Quesadillas

1 large four tortilla
2 oz shredded cheddar cheese or cojack cheese
vegetable oil or nonstick cooking spray
optional ingredients: cooked chicken, beef or pork, onion, garlic, tomatoes, salsa, avocado, and sour cream.

Spray or grease a large skillet with either vegetable oil or nonstick cooking spray, and warm the skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add the tortilla, and brown lightly on one side. Turn the tortilla and add top with remaining ingredients evenly. Fold the tortilla in half and continue to brown until cheese is melted and toppings are heated through.

Cost Comparison: I buy flour tortillas at the dollar store 8 for a buck ($.13 used in this recipe), and cheese when on sale for under $2 per pound ($.25 used in this recipe). I can get an entire jar of salsa for $.99 when on sale with a double coupon ($.05 used in this recipe).

Total Cost per Serving: $.43

Friday, July 25, 2008

Frugal Blogs and Bloggers Perspectives

Many of you may know that those of us that blog write for a specific share our points of view and knowledge with others. Being a new blogger, I am always interested in opposing points of view. A different perspective gives us the ability to fine tune our own philosophy and broaden our world through other's experiences.

As a new blogger, I too spend a fair amount of time doing research and reading opinions that differ from my own while questioning my own judgments in search of the truth. I don't just maintain this blog, but several others on various topics of interest to me. I must admit that blogging is a wonderful way to express yourself and take a stand on topics of interest to you.

I am surprised though, that on occasion some of the opinions I encounter have the ability to frustrate me beyond belief. I am a pretty open minded person and tend to let others have their say while trying to understand a point of view that differs significantly from my own.

Case in point, I was doing research on some frugal living blogs today and came across a rather...ahem...strongly worded point of view that pretty much stated that the media had whipped up the entire nation into a frenzy over the state of the economy. They further went on to state that we need to "stop listening about the price of eggs climbing from $2.00 to $2.15 unless you use 12,000 eggs per week in a commercial bakery."

This particular blogger was making a case for the fact that economies do cycle every so many years and that the media was presenting the alarmist nature of the inflation we are currently experiencing with predictions of gloom and doom.

Well, if you have been following along you will recall from my earlier posts that the food inflation rates have been greatly understated according to my rather unscientific study. Reliable and in depth national data on the current food inflation rate is usually released 3-6 months behind today's date to the general population. In the absence of hard facts, we must rely on our own observations, so my own unscientific observations are all I have to go on.

It is true that I live on the West coast and things are pretty expensive here in comparison to other parts of the country. We may have experienced a greater inflation rate than in other locations. Still, inflation at a rate of 30-40% on many of the staple products we use everyday is concerning.

While the post I read was well written and insightful I had to wonder if they realized the lack of service they had presented to their readers. Not everyone lives well below their means. Not everyone has a two income household. Not everyone has huge savings account or has maintained a frugal lifestyle leading into the current economic downturn. Certainly not everyone can be insulated from even the modest 7.5% inflation rates this post described. Since when did a 7.5% inflation rate not raise eyebrows?

I do agree that the media has hit the state of the economy pretty hard. They do tend to stir up the public and present a doomsday point of view. My concern is that if you are not well insulated from the current economic downturn that you take steps to protect yourself now. No doom or gloom about it, financial self defense is up to each of us.

Learn the skills you need to protect yourselves should the going get rough. I tend to take everything the media says with a grain of salt. In this case the blogosphere is included in media.

With any luck at all the current state of the economy will improve and won't get any rockier. Though I have to wonder if the full extent of the problem has been released in the statistics and studies currently available. So, shall we say that my official stand is one of caution. We may not know exactly what is going on although something surely is. So I wouldn't say that I'm alarmed just yet, just watching and waiting for more information.

Love them or hate them, opinions always have an opposing point of view. From my experience, the truth is usually somewhere on the middle ground.

What Makes a Recipe Cheap?

As you are looking through your recipes trying to decide on a quick cheap meal have you ever wondered what makes a recipe truly frugal? A good example of a truly frugal recipe is the cheap breakfast recipe we posted a few days ago.

The cost of a recipe and how "good" a recipe tastes are actually two totally separate issues. Let me explain. The cost of a recipe is greatly influenced by your attention to controlling the price of ingredients, how well you shop, your desire to reduce spending, and your attentiveness to preplanned purchases. On the other hand, how good a recipe is perceived to be is totally subjective.

In truth, recipes are good if the meals they produce are both filling and satisfying. If the meal is flavorful, filling, and what you are craving then the simplest dish will taste good to you. You can go out to dinner, eat a $30.00 meal and still not be satisfied if the meal was not what you were wanting regardless of the price. To make cheap meals satisfying all you really need to do is select a cheap recipe to satisfy your cravings. Simple right? The trick is to amass enough cheap recipes to gaurantee a variety of inexpensive meals in your diet.

Take a look at the cheap breakfast recipe we posted a few days ago and tell me what you see. What did you notice about the ingredients and instructions for cooking?

At some point I asked the same questions. I figured, as a long ago starving student, if there was a common denominator for savings that I needed to find it. Saving money was not something I particularly wanted to do, it was a necessity. I needed a shortcut to spotting inexpensive recipes because my time was short between work and school. As it turned out, that common denominator was right before my eyes all the time.

The fewer ingredients you use, the cheaper your meals will be. Cheap and quick meal recipes all have one thing in common, they use very few ingredients. It goes without saying that the cost of each ingredient needs to be controlled to make the recipe be frugal in the end. Sorry, not steak and truffles with wine sauce here.

There are several advantages to using fewer ingredients besides controlling costs. First, fewer ingredients mean less time grocery shopping and we know what happens the longer we stay in the grocery store: we spend a lot more than we should.

Second, fewer ingredients make prep time much quicker. Cheap recipes are usually speed demons to prepare. We have less to slice, dice, chop and clean up. I love the simplicity of the preparation of most cheap meals.

Lastly, and most important is the controlling of waste. You can do everything right when you shop, but if only $5.00 worth of produce goes to waste then you have increased your grocery bill 5% on every $100.00 you spend. Cooking cheap recipes helps you control waste by using larger proportions of fewer ingredients. Less to buy means fewer perishables that can potentially spoil saving you from wasting what you worked hard to save.

All and all, I have to say that I love cheap recipes. They need not be boring, just creative. Be willing to try new frugal recipes every chance you get. Save the ones you love and build a solid list of easy and quick to prepare meals that are as satisfying as the recipes are cheap.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Deal Alert: Really Cheap Bagels, Bread and Pastry

***Deal Alert***

From now on I will be posting great deals and money saving strategies as I find them. I don't want you to think that just using supermarket coupons is enough to reduce your grocery expenses. While coupon shopping is a fab strategy for saving, there are many other more subtle methods to help you save while shopping/

I was in one of the grocery stores close to my home when I learned something new today. Almost every grocery store with an in-store bakery marks down their day old breads 50% off or more every day. Nothing shockingly new to report there.

What is new though is what I learned from the clerk working in the bakery section, that all "day old products" are not necessarily day old. Depending on how early your store does it's markdowns, day old may mean less than 16 hours old or less.

The store nearest to me sells their in-store bagels for $.79 each. Once the bagels hit the markdown rack they are 6 for $.99, or 80% off the full store price. Nice savings, great quality product. These bagels are so big that I can easily get two breakfasts out of each one, for a cost per serving of just $.08 per meal. Talk about a quick, healthy and cheap breakfast when you are in a hurry.

I don't worry about products being stale when I purchase day old bakery products. Toasting will freshen most breads up, so you'll hardly notice anyway. Just toss them in the freezer and thaw just before toasting. I slice bagels before freezing to make the frozen bagels easier to handle as I need them. Just slice and freeze with the sliced sides out to prevent sticking and you'll be good to go in the mornings.

I used to buy my bagels either in the dollar store, or at the Orowheat Outlet store, where a pack of 5 good sized bagels was a buck. With this latest round of price increases, my favorite dollar store has switched brands and now the bagels come 4-pack and are much smaller. Not as good of a deal, but still significantly less than the full shelf price of major brands at $3.99 for 6, or the in-store bakery price of $.79 when freshly baked. The Orowheat store is a ways out from me, so with the price of gas lately I don't get there as often. It's nice to have options for savings close to home.

Other products on the markdown shelf are similarly priced. Most are a pretty good deal, though you'll need to keep your eyes open for the real gems.

My strategy? The freezer is my friend. If I like what I see on the markdown shelf and the price is right then I'll buy and freeze. If the price isn't right I keep on walking.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Quick Healthy and Cheap Recipes: Apricot Honey Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of my favorite really cheap, healthy and hearty breakfasts. When purchased either in bulk at the local health food store, or on sale with a double supermarket coupon oat meal is a tried and true healthy cheap alternative to much more expensive cold breakfast cereals. Apricot Honey Oatmeal is a quick to prepare morning meal that feeds 4 with generous 1 cup portions and my all time favorite cheap healthy and quick breakfast recipe.

Apricot Honey Oatmeal

3-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch all spice
2 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the honey, apricots and spices and simmer for 1 minute. Stir in the oats and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 1 minute for instant oats and 5 minutes for old fashioned oats stirring occasionally. Let stand until desired consistency is reached.

Microwave Instructions:

In a large microwave safe bowl bring the water, honey, apricots and spices to a boil. Stir in the oats. Microwave for 1-3 minutes stirring occasionally until desired consistency is reached.

Calories: 270, Calories from Fat: 25, Total Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 10mg, Total Carbohydrates: 61g, Dietary Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 30g, Protein: 6g

Recipe Source:

Cost Comparison: I buy the generic oats in bulk at my health food store for $.69 per pound ($.39 used in this recipe), dried apricots at the dollar store ($.69 used in this recipe), spices are also purchased at the dollar store ($.12) and honey on sale with a double coupon $1.69 per bottle ($.69)

Total Cost for 4 Servings: $1.89 ($.47 per serving)

I hope you enjoy my favorite cheap quick and healthy breakfast recipe. We will be making regular posts for breakfast, lunch and dinner as a regular feature.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What Else Do You Do While Grocery Shopping?

It's amazing what you can learn about consumer behavior just by watching others shop. As you all know, I make my living as a grocery shopping consultant teaching people how to use coupons and save money. I spend a lot of time in the trenches showing others how to become better shoppers and I've seen a lot over the years. Modesty aside, I am pretty good at what I do and charge a hefty fee for my time.

I just went back to work after a wonderful 8 day vacation with my family and find myself particularly energized, creative and perceptive today. I spent several hours working with two clients in the field and wanted to relate to you how you may be overspending without even knowing it.

In just that two short hours in the store this is what I observed...not of my clients, but of those shopping around us:

1. About 20% of the shoppers in the store were distracted beyond belief while shopping. Most are on thier cell phones, many have small rather poorly behaved children with them, and some were even having full blown arguments with their spouses.

2. As we shopped I noticed something else that was particularly signifigant, very few had a shopping list and wandered the aisles aimlessly tossing things into their carts while doing the things listed above. If asked I'd wager that few could even tell you what they were buying, much less how much their total would be at the checkout. Impuse spending in action and to the extreme was what I witnessed.

3. Several of those around us were, how can I put this in a PC way? Ummm, not exactly in the best frame of mind for shopping. They were angry, tired, rushed, frustrated, inattentive, hositle, hungry or just downright unhappy. You get the point. The store was not particularly crowded, so you can imagine what the scene would be like in the afternoon on a weekend.

4. Very few had the tools to save. Maybe only 5% had even a few coupons with them. Fewer still had a sales flier. Very few shoppers had a list, pen or calculator.

I'm not judging here, just relating what I saw today. Folks, if you are really busy and I know most of us are, any preplanning is better than none. At the very least, go with a list, pen and sales flier. Clip at least a few coupons with high face values of $1.00 or over if you don't have time for the rest. Shop the sales and try to avoid impulse spending. If you aren't in the right frame of mind to do a big shopping trip then don't. The grocery marketers know how to make us spend, it's their job and they are good at what they do.

The guy in the cartoon at the begining of this post might be smiling while he shops, but I'd bet he's not so thrilled when he pays the bills at the end of the month. Likely he's the one asking why his food bills why everything is so expensive.

Deal Alert: Really Cheap Eats

***Deal Alert***

Need a really quick way to save big money when time is short and you forgot your grocery coupons? If you live in Arizona, California, Nevada, or Texas just head on over to the nearest $.99 Only Store.

A bargain grocery shopper's dream, the 99 Cent Only sotres in my local area are a deal not to be missed.

What do the $.99 Only Stores carry? All the fixings for a really inexpensive meal...dry goods, dairy, deli, frozen, produce and bakery as well as paper products, cleaning supplies and much more.

I've recently found huge savings on Bertolli frozen pastas (regularly $5.99), Lean Cuisine frozen pizzas (regularly $2.50 on sale), Lean Cuisine entrees (regularly $2.50 on sale), 3-pack yellow, red and orange bell peppers (regularly $3.99 per pound), Romaine Lettuce Hearts (regularly $2.99 on sale), 5-pound red potatoes (regularly $3.99) and Planters Peanut Bars (regularly $4.99) just to name a few. These deals are excellent in my local area when compared to the bigger chain grocery stores down the street. Some purchases beat the rock bottom prices I could get at other stores even with double coupons and sale pricing combined, now that's a deal!

The best deals in the store? Frozen dinners, produce (many major brands Grimmway, Dole and Chaquita), snack foods, cereal and bakery items, salad dressings, pasta sauces, nuts and dried fruits, personal care items, aluminum foil, and zip lock bags.

Like any other deep-discount supermarket or dollar store, products move through quickly and perishable items may be hit or miss a day or two out of the week. Check both the quality and expiration dates on perishable items and be selective with your purchases.

When I find a great deal on name brand products like Lean Cuisine or Bertolli I tend to buy as much as we reasonably expect to use within a month. Meals under a buck are hard to beat when you need a quick lunch and are trying to avoid the nearest fast food joint.

Shopping at the 99-Cent Only Stores is a great strategy if you are either on a really tight budget, or just looking to purchase specific items at deep discounts.

Chrisitne Jory has written an exellent companion cookbook for the $.99 Cent Only Stores shopper. She has created over 100 tasty gourmet recipes using only products purchased at the $.99 Only Stores in her area. Even if you don't have a 99-Cent Only Store near you I was really impressed with the recipes she has created in this book. She has some unique ideas that I had never seen before and her recipes require few enough ingredients to inexpensive regardless of where you shop. My whole-hearted recommendation to Jory's book, this veteran of the cheap meal wars is humbled. The best $10 I've spent in a long time to be sure.

Find a 99-Cent Only Stores near you

Happy bargain hunting!

Quick Cheap Recipes

In response to several recent emails asking for quick cheap recipes, we are going to be adding a new regular feature to the Use Supermarket Coupons blog…cheap healthy recipes. We are all pressed for time, and always looking for a cheaper and healthier alternatives to eating out.

If only cooking was not so time consuming, perhaps we would all do more of it. I love to cook, and get great pleasure from presenting my family with a home cooked, healthy, delicious and inexpensive meal. The only drawback is of course time in the middle of a busy work week. Quick cheap recipes are not just a goal, but rather a necessity.

The truth is that quick cheap healthy recipes are not so difficult to come by. To be honest, I have saved and adapted quite the repertoire over the years. Options for variety in our diet for quick cheap healthy recipes are definitely not the issue, finding the time to cook in the middle of the work week is another story all together.

We have one hard and fast rule in our house. Cooking during the week needs to be fast and efficient, under 30 minutes is the norm. We are probably not so different from any other household with kids and teens, during the week our evenings are jam packed with activities. Half an hour to get dinner on the table is all we can spare consistently, so half an hour is our time limit. Although 30 minutes of cooking and prep time is always the goal for dinner, other meals need to be quicker still. Time is just too valuable to waste during any part of our busy days.

Starting tomorrow, we will be rolling out our new feature begining with inexpensive quick and easy to prepare breakfasts and progressing on to lunches and dinners. Our goal will always be to offer healthy, quick and cheap recipes that appeal to your entire family while answering the age old question “How can I eat for cheap?”

Eating cheap is not the only goal for those of us seeking to pare down our grocery expenses. Maintaining a healthful diet while making food preparation simple and less time consuming makes the task so much easier. A large number of healthy quick cheap recipes are a must have strategy in reducing your grocery spending.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Just a Quick Note

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post to let you all know that I will be taking a much needed vacation form 7/12 to 7/22. I'll be back with more money saving tips and grocery shopping tricks starting on 7/23.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

I'm a Big Time Lover of Freebies

I hate to say it, but in some ways I am absolutely cheap. Yep, as cheap, cheap, cheap as cheap it gets. I have one hard and fast rule, to make my money go as far as it can for every purchase I make. In my book, cheap is good, cheapest is better, free is best, and money back for purchasing something with a rebate is the holy grail of bargain hunting. Whenever you can get a product free and make money at the same time for your efforts, that's a bargain!

You may have also noticed from the title of my blog that I, well to just come out and say it, have a little addiction and promotion codes to be exact. Lucky for me that little addiction matches perfectly my tendency to go beyond being a frugal shopper, search for the holy grail and actually enjoy it. No doubt about it, I love a bargains and deals. In this case, I'm proud to be cheap.

I view my cheapness as a positive part of my person. If I'm cheap in someways, I certainly hang on to enough of my income to put it to good use for some exceptionally worthy causes. In the case of charities, I definately never want to be cheap, but rather the opposite. It all comes down to a matter of priorities doesn't it? I've managed realize that there are times to be cheap and then again, times you should be anything but. Ahhh, the benefits of maturity!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being either cheap or a big time lover of freebies. I simply get a perverse pleasure out of finding a deal and legally beating the marketing industry at it's own game. It's legal, couponing and rebating is free, and I get some really great stuff for nothing. For many of us devoted bargain hunters it's the thrill of the chase that keeps us always looking for the next exceptional deal.

Freebies and bargains abound, all you need to do is keep your eyes open for them. I was shopping online at Amazon grocery yesterday, just browsing through their clearance bins and somehow ended up on their MP3 download pages. Did you know that they have a free list of music downloads that changes almost everyday? Free stuff for the asking always seems to get my attention in a big way. I browsed their selection wondering if I would see anything I wanted. If it's free I'll usually give something a shot to see if I'll like it and music is no exception. I have found some of my favorite products buy getting an item for free, so I reasoned that free music might also widen my musical tastes a bit.

Then I found it, the next REALLY great deal. Did you know that in addition to their free downloads list, Amazon also offers thousands of tracks of music for free download buy almost every imaginable artist?

Yeah, I was surprised too. You need just 5 Pepsi stuff points for a free track of most songs in their catalog. Just search by artist or title and there is a button for "purchase" with Pepsi Stuff Points.

My kids drink this stuff anyway, so we may as well save the codes and get the free music. This promotion is a phenomenal offer that will last through Dec 31st of this year, so you still have lots of time to make a dent in your music wish list.

Now, don't send me emails saying that soft drinks aren't frugal, and it'll ruin your health to drink that stuff, and you'll never reduce your grocery bills if you keep buying junk food. I know it, and I'm not encouraging you. I'm also not going to tell you to go and buy a bunch of soda just to get the codes so you can get the free music downloads. I'm only trying to make a couple of points.

First, as consumers, we all have those few luxuries we refuse to give up. Moderate amounts of soda and junk food are mine. I try to keep my consumption to the point where our grocery bills are reasonable, and I won't destroy my health. We are all deserving of a vice or two if done in moderation. So my first point is this, you do not need to give up everything to get your grocery bills under control. You simply need to make some reasonable decisions as to how many luxuries you should allow and then keep an eye on the quantities.

Second, if you are buying a product anyway and someone is offering you something for the very least keep an open mind and check out the offer! Cross marketing between grocery products and non-grocery products has become a common practice in recent years. If you are going to spend the money anyway, take full advantage of any freebies or promotions that are offered.

Hope you all enjoy the free music. I have a feeling I'm going to have to fight my teenagers for my share of the freebies on this one!


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

July Amazon Grocery Coupon Codes and Promotion Codes

I know that by now you are either all officially addicted to using supermarket coupons every time you shop, or at the very least loving the savings you are seeing in your food bills. Time to take your savings to a whole new level. Check out the savings to be had with Amazon grocery coupon codes and promotion codes for some really low prices on shelf-stable nonperishable products for your pantry.

As I promised in my last post, How to Save Money on Gas while Grocery Shopping, I have put together a list of Amazon grocery coupon codes and promotion codes and will be updating this list monthly for your convenience.

If you haven't tried their Amazons grocery delivery service yet, I highly recommend that you take a look at what they have to offer. I just had my third order delivered yesterday and they are fast becoming one of my lesser known favorite places to look for a really good deal on nonperishable grocery and health care items. Their marketing strategy is to get you through the door with some really good loss-leaders on their promotions and push volume by offering cases and half cases of products.

Well, when the prices are this low, I don't mind buying in volume. With the grocery chains getting singy on their sale pricing as the economy slows Amazon's grocery coupon codes and promotion codes make it alot easier to save on the larger quantities my family needs. Even better is the advantage of shopping from home without needing to drain my gas tank.

Amazon Grocery Coupon Codes and Pomotion Codes for July

Clearance Spectacular***Save $10 on $25 on Selected Clearance Items

Save 50% on Select Tea Chests

Save $10 today when you buy any eligible Jordan Pruitt CD combined with any eligible Kraft Macaroni & Cheese product

Save $20 Instantly on Kashi Natural Foods

Save $15 on Splenda Products

Save $20 Instantly on Bear Naked Products

Save Up to 50% on Loma Linda and Worthington Canned Foods

Get $15 Instant Savings on Kellog's Cereal Products

Save $5 on Lipton's, Wishbone, Hellmann's and More

Save 25% on Glenny's Snacks

$5 Instant Savings on Ciao Bella Gelati and Sorbetti

Save 25% on Ragu Pasta Sauce Pouches

$12 Instant Savings on Amazin' Raisins

Save 25% on Good Health Snacks

$15 Instant Savings on Caffe D'arte Coffee

$15 Instant Savings on Select Kraft Summer Beverages

$10 Instant Savings on Vita Coco Coconut Water

$15 Instant Savings on Lay's, Doritos, Cheetos, and More

$25 Instant Savings on Mr. Z Beef Jerky

$10 Instant Savings on South Beach Living Diet Products

$15 Instant Savings on Select Monogram Meat Snacks

Save 50% on RK Foods Rice Dishes

Today's Farm Freeze-Dried Snacks: Buy Two, Save $15

$15 Instant Savings on Camano Island Coffee

Save 40% on Red Bone Alley

Save 30% on Havana Beverages

$5 Instant Savings on Sun Crystals Natural Sweetener

Stash Iced Tea: Save up to 40%

Familia Cereal: Save up to 35%

Happy online grocery shopping and saving everyone!