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For you coupon hounds who’d like to save 50% off their paper each week , as well as you who could use a $20.00 gift certificate to Home Depot, this is the deal for you! Now, when you purchase a 26-week, Sunday-only subscription to the Boston Globe for $45.50, they’ll send you a $20.00 Gift Certificate to Home Depot! Plus, each paper costs just $1.75/week, compared to $2.50 on the newsstands. You can bet I’ll be signing up–I don’t need that much for my garden this year, so $20.00 will easily cover either all my dirt or all my plants.

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Confession. I did not go grocery shopping nearly enough in April–more of a completely irrational type of “If I spend less, we’ll save more!” panic attack. Not true. So not true. We went way overbudget eating out since I didn’t have ingredients and/or the ingenuity to mix bisquick, peaches, tomato paste and leftover guacamole together like I thought I could. But, this promises to be a good Market Basket week, so I’ve got my list and coupons ready to head out the door tomorrow!

Best Deal: Doritos at Shaws if you have the coupons; without, Hood Dairy at Market Basket.

Best Store to Shop at: Market Basket

Shaws:

Fresh Corn (can you feel the summer!?): 5/$1.99
Breyers Ice Cream B1G1 Free
Doritos: B1G1; Use with included flyer coupon for B1G2 free! Stack with Rebate Pepsi Coupon for $2.00/2 Bags of Doritos and this should be about 3 bags for a dollar or so. DH will be happy this week…
Coke 2 ltr: 10/$10.00
Post Cereal (Honeycomb/Fruity Pebbles/HBunches of Oats) $1.99 each.
Old El Paso Taco Shells 10/$10.00
Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix $0.79 each


Stop & Shop:

Stop & Shop had some of the most seriously bad advertised prices this week…so bad that I nearly panicked when I had to run in to grab some soda earlier. My advice? Don’t buy anything here this week unless you know it’s a good buy!! (For example, OEP Taco Seasoning Mix is $1.00 each, Vidalia Onions $0.99/lb, Hood Cottage Cheese 2/$5.00!)

Asparagus $1.88/lb.
Post Cereal 1.88 each
Swordfish Steaks $5.99/lb (best I’ve seen in the past few months…)
Yoplait Yogurt 20/$10.00; Use with Buy 4 Whips, G1 free and Buy 6 any variety, G1 Free coupons.
Sweet Red Peppers $1.99/lb (not sure if this is good or not.)

Market Basket:

Market Basket Fresh Chicken Breasts (whole or split): $1.29/lb
Thomas English Muffins 12 Pk $1.99
Starkist Tuna Cans 5/$5.00
Hood Sour Cream $0.99. Buy 2 and use with $1.00/2 coupon. 2 for $0.98!!
Hood Cottage Cheese 2/$3.00. Use with $1.00/2 coupon for 2/$2.00!
Simply Smart Half & Half 2/$3.00. Use with $1.00/2 coupon (which expires tomorrow) for 2/$2.00.
Hood Country Creamer is also on sale for $0.99 each.
Athenos Feta Cheese $3.99/ 12 oz. crumbled or 16 oz. chunk.
Sargento Shredded Cheese 2/$4.00; use with $1.00/2 coupon.
Pepperidge Farm Layer Cake 2/$4.00; use with $1.00/2 coupon.
Eggo Family Waffles 2/$5.00; use with $1.00/2 coupon.
Hot Pockets 2/$4.00. Buy 6 and use with 2 $1.00/3 coupons for 6/$10.00
Mueller’s Pasta 4/$3.00 (yes, that’s right, it’s not the other way around)
Kleenex 120-count boxes 3/$2.00
Sweet Vidalia Onions $0.69/lb
European Seedless Cucumbers $0.99/each
P.E.I Russet Potatoes $1.69 for a 5 lb. bag
Peeled Baby Carrots (Grimmway Farms) $0.99/ 1 lb. bag
Pascal Celery $0.99/bunch

Hannafords:

Strawberries 2 1-lb. packages for $4.00
Pepsi 12-pack Fridgemates 2/$5.00; use with $2.00/any Pepsi Rebate coupon for 2/$3.00.
European Cucumbers $0.99
Zucchini & Summer Squash $1.49/lb.
Fresh Express Garden Salad $1.29
French’s Mustard $0.99
Eggo Waffles $1.69

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Here are the other deals of the week:

Best Deal: Nothing really, though the loss leaders at Hannafords are pretty tasty!

Best Store to Shop at: Hannafords

Stop & Shop:

Dannon Yogurt 20/$10.00. Murphy looked down, so no coupons for you!

Avocados 4/$5.00 (I got these…yummy, yummy!)

Potted Herbs 2/$5.00 (Get the cilantro to make guacamole with those avocados you just got…) These actually grow well if re-potted. I have a Basil plant (well, more a bush…) 2 years old from one of these.

Market Basket:

Campbell’s Select Cans 4/$5.00
Use with $1/2 for 4/$4.00

Pillsbury Ready-to-Bake Cookies $1.99
Use with $1/2 coupon for 2/$2.98

Aunt Jemima Waffles 3/$5.00
Use with 1$/2 coupon for 3/$4.00

Pepperidge Farm Mozzarella Garlic Bread 2/$4.00
Use with 1$/2 Coupon for 2/$3.00

Rice-a-Roni 5/$5.00
Use with $0.55/1 printable coupon

Limes $1.99/2 lb Bag

Hannafords:

Hannaford Yogurt 8 oz $0.89

Hannaford Whole Young Chicken $0.69/lb.

Iceberg Lettuce $0.99

Vidalia Onions $0.79/lb

Russett Potatoes $0.79/lb

Bagelfuls 2/$4.00
Use with 1$/1 Coupon for 2/$3.00

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Bit of a better week, but the deals are more…interesting, than good, shall we say. Unless you were already planning on seeing Forgetting Sarah Marshall* and the The Dark Knight* in theaters while buying tons of yummy junk food. If that’s the case, then this is the deal for you! (*or some other movie of your choice)

Shaws: (Last week to use 5$/$50.00 coupon!)

Blueberries 4.4-5.6 oz BOGO
Tostidos Salsa & Chips 2/$5.00; Buy 2 each for 4/$10.00
Use Shaws Circular Coupon for $2.00 off
Use 2.00/2 Tostitos Coupon from Feb. Pepsi Rebate
Final Price: 2 Bags of Chips & 2 Dips for $6.00

Quilted Northern: Two-24 Roll Packages for $11.00.
OR two Brawny 6-8 Big Rolls for $11.00
Use either (or both!) $1.00/off Quilted Northern and $1.00/off Brawny Coupons.

Carando Pepperoni 2.99; Use with $1.00/2 coupon for $4.98/2.

Campbell’s Select Soup 3/$5.00; Use with $1.00/2 coupon for 3/$4.00.

Red Baron Deep Dish Singles 3/$8.00; Use with $1.00/2 and $0.75/1 coupons for 3/6.25.

Now for the Fun Stuff for which you should really just go and look at the online circular.

Buy 25$ of Participating Dr. Pepper, Mars & Kraft Items to get 2 Free Movie Tickets!
And/Or
Buy 25$ worth of Participating Kellogg’s items to get 2 Movie Tickets…and…
Do both deals and get $10.00 off your next order. The only stupid part is that the $50.00 must be after coupons & rewards. Bah humbug.

Here are the best deals I see:
For the first Deal:
Buy 6 Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs at 2/$5.00. Use with $1.00/3 and 1.00/2 coupons for 6/13.00
Dr. Pepper 2-ltrs 4/$5.00
Oscar Mayer Ready to Serve Bacon 2/$7.00

For the Kellogg’s Deal:

Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles (16-ct, 17.2-19.8 oz) 2/$5.00. Use with 1$/2 coupon. ($4.00 Towards total)
Yogos Rollers 3/$5.00; Use with $1.00/2 coupon (+$4.00=$8.00 towards total)
Buy 4 Keebler FudgeShoppe Deluxe Grahams at 2/$5.00. Use with two 1$/2 coupons. (+8.00=$16.00)
Any other 2 2/$5.00 items (Some Cereals/Pop-Tarts/Cheez-Its/Club Crackers)

Then throw in $5.00 worth of something to account for the $5.00/$50.00 order coupon.
After 10$ Rebate: 40.00 for all that, plus 4 movie tickets (valued at 58.00)

Or…I could buy none of that stuff, wait for the DVDs and buy what I really need, which is not $50.00 worth of cookies, soda and eggos. Sadness.

I think I will personally do the Kraft/Dr. Pepper deal, just because DH and I have a massive thing for bacon and Dr. Pepper (both are on our list this week), and I like those little 100-calorie packs (that I have never bought, but look oh so cute!)

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I’m still at it! And I really want in my sidebar a “Money Saved at CVS” as well as a “Money Lost at CVS” graphic. Recently I’ve:

1.) Lost my Walgreens Rebate receipt, thus losing $30.00 right there, since I thought I was being smart by purchasing all my rebate items at once. I found the receipt where I thought I had left it and looked 4 times for it. I happened to find it the day after they took the April easysaver form off-line.

2.) I thought I was buying the Hairdryer (that I’ve been dying for) that has $10.00 back in ECB this month. Turns out I didn’t, and I used $11.00 ECB to buy it. Seeing that I didn’t get my 10 ECB, I asked, and turns out though they have the EXACT SAME NAME, the one I picked up didn’t have a comb attachment, thus no ECBs. So, I return it, and afterwards learn….you do NOT get the ECB’s you used back if you return something. So, there goes 11 ECBs, plus their stock was completely depleted so i couldn’t get more deals. I still have ECBs to use, so it could hurt more, but still…my little eyes are burning from the tears of lost money. *sniff*

Thank goodness I have an awesomely cute and comforting husband who can easily make me forget all my pain. We’re making Not Your Average Joe‘s Buffalo-Caribbean Tenders…though when I was at Shaws tonight, I also forgot, oh, the chicken tenders. And I got mango-orange instead of mango juice after hunting for it for 45 minutes. It’s in the organic aisle, in case you ever need it.

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Deals are still horrible, and I’m getting desperate. At this point, I think I’m just going to go to Trader Joe’s, since using way-advanced techniques…or perhaps using the algorithm 1 Cart @TJs=3/4 cart @ Shaws, has shown us that though we buy more prepared food, it really is cheaper at Trader Joes. One full cart there generally runs us about 65 dollars, and can feed us for two weeks. The exception is the “from scratch” ingredients, which are better purchased at Market Basket. Anyways, for this week:

Best Deal: S&S Post Cereal and MB Breyers Yogurt
Best Store to shop at: Split between Shaws & Market Basket

Shaws: (5/50$ coupons mailed for April)

3/8$ Coke Fridge Packs
Whole Roasting Chicken for $0.86/lb
Near East Couscous & pilaf 10/$10.00
Turkey Hill Ice Cream B1G1 Free
Ken’s Salad Dressing B1G1, use with $1.00/ 2 lite dressings Smartsource aisle coupon from 2 weeks ago
Bumblebee Tuna is 10/$10.00 (Often found cheaper @ MB, but seems like a good week to buy it here)
Daisy Sour Cream B1G1 free: Use with $1.00/2 coupon
Stonyfield Yogurt 10/$6.00; Enter your email at http://www.stonyfield.com to get a $0.50/3 coupon. Should print twice for 10/$5.00.
Perdue Perfect Portions $6.99. Use with either $2.00 or $1.00 off coupons.
Campbell’s Select Soup Microwave Bowl 3/$5.00; use with $1.00/2 coupon for 3/$4.00. (These are normally $2.50 each).

Market Basket:
Hamburger & Hot Dog Rolls (8pk) $0.99
Toaster Strudels 2/$4.00; use with printable $1.00/2 if you still have it.
Filippo Extra Virgin Olive Oil $3.99/bottle (Aprox. $7.99 @ Shaws). Use with $1.00 off 2/Smartsource aisle coupon if available.
Domino’s Sugar 2/$5.00 4 lb Jugs. Use with $0.45/2 coupon.
Light Crust Parisian (Bread) Sticks 16 oz $0.99
Breyer’s 6 oz Yogurt Cups 5/$2.00; Buy 10 and use with $1.00/6 coupon for 10/$3.00
Tetley Tea $1.99; use with $0.55/1 coupon.
Jif Peanut Butter 3/$5.00

Stop & Shop:

Post Cereals $1.88 each. Buy & Use with coupons for Chocolate Honey Bunches of Oats (1.00 off/1), Post Trail Mix Church (1.00/1) and two boxes of Shredded wheat (1.00/2) for 4 boxes for $4.52

Cantaloupe $0.99

Hannafords:

Seedless European Cucumbers $1.49 each
Strawberries 2/$5.00

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Deals this week are horrible, so I’m only going to grab our essentials & the best sales tomorrow. Hopefully next week will be good, as we’re pretty much out of food except for canned tomatoes, pasta, and shredded cheese.

Overall Best Store April 3-10: Market Basket
Best Deal: S&S Pepsi & Avocados!

Shaws:

Blue Ribbon Angus Porterhouse 4.99/lb.
Strawberries 2/ $4.00 (16 oz)
Ragu Sauce (16-26oz) & Barilla Pasta (12-16 oz) 10 for $10.00
Athenos Natural Crumbled Feta Cheese 2/$6.00
Act II Popcorn (9-10.5 oz) 10 for $10.00
Perdue Chicken Nuggets 2/$5.00, use with $1.00 off coupon for 2/$4.00

Stop & Shop:
Pepsi $0.89/2 ltr. If you did the “buy 25$ of Pepsi Products, Get 10$ ECB, Send in for 15$ worth of Pepsi/Lays coupons” deal, put those coupons to use now! Use the $2.00/off any Pepsi product coupon:

Buy 3 for 2.67
subtract 2.00 coupon for 3 2-ltr/ $0.67!

Avocados are 4/$5.00!

Market Basket:

80% Lean Ground Beef $1.99/lb (1-3 lb package)
Center Cut Pork Chops $1.79/lb (Bone-In)
Dragone Ricotta $2.99: Use with $1.00/off 1 coupon for 1/$1.99
Cedars Hummus 2/$5.00
Kozy Shack Pudding (4-pk or 14-22oz) 2/$4.00: Use with $1.00/off 1 coupon for 2/$3.00
Coke/Dr. Pepper/Sprite 2-ltr. buy 4/$5.00 and get a 2-ltr. of Sprite or Fresca free.
Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner 2/$4.00: Use with two $0.50 coupons for 2/$3.00
Fruit-a-Peel 1-ltr Bottles 3/$3.00: Use with two $2.00/2 coupons for 6 1-liter bottles for $4.00
Texas Toast 2/$3.00 use with a 1$/2 coupon for 2/$2.00

Hannafords:

Center-cut Pork Chops $1.49/lb

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