Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 7/22

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1. Ritz “Spring” Crackers – 13.7oz
2. Cucumbers – 4ct.
3. Cheese Nips Angry Birds Crackers – 10oz
4. Chocolate Toast Crunch – 12.7oz
5. Tree Top Apple Sauce Mango Pouches – 4pack/3.2oz
6. Udi’s Gluten Free Ancient Grain Omega, Flax & Fiber Bread – 14.3oz
7. Red Globe Grapes w/ seeds ($0.99/lb)
8. Coppertone Sport 30SPF Spray Sunscreen (exp. 9/14) – 6oz
9. Mountain High Lowfat Yoghurt Strawberry – 32oz

Ritz crackers… buttery, yummy, salty, good badness. I’ve said it before, but this is where we get our treats for the week. Crackers have such a low nutritional value that we try not to eat too many, but they ARE delicious. I can justify the treat when it’s only costing us $0.99 per item.

The above statement goes for cereal too. My husband loved the chocolate Cheerios from a previous week, which I did buy two more boxes of in addition to this Choc. Toast Crunch. He’ll be delighted and I’m just delighted it’s not full price at near $5.00/box. How do they charge so much for cereal? It’s got to be the convenience, right?

Apple sauce pouches… every parents new best friend. These Mango flavor were delicious. There was only one box left after I grabbed my one box, but I wish there had been lots more as my kids could (and sometimes do) easily eat 2 or 3 pouches in a sitting.

Sunscreen… one of my top favorite finds. This bottle does expire in September, but I know we can use it between my husband and I. It’s just fabulous that these bottles trickle their way into these stores as it’s almost prohibitively expensive to be spending near $10.00/bottle retail. I’ve also found Grocery Outlet to be a good place to purchase sunscreen as I’m sure many of you know. Go grab a bottle and get your SPF on!!


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 7/15

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1. Earth’s Best Crunchin Cheddar Crackers – 5.3oz
2. Hostess Donettes Frosted Mini Donuts – 11.25oz
3. YoCrunch Yopa! Greek Nonfat Yogurt Strawberries and Granola – 4pack/14oz
4. Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Mesquite Smoked Turkey Breast – 8oz
5. Hostess Cup Cakes – 8pack/12.7oz
6. Grimmway Farms Carrot Chips – 16oz
7. Hostess Banana Creme Twinkies – 10pack/13.58oz
8. Simply Cottage Cheese – 16oz
9. Simply Kraft Creamy Ranch Dip – 12oz
10. Immaculate Crescent Rolls – 8oz
11. Kraft Pepper Jack – 10slices/7oz

Darn you, Hostess!!!! All these naughty items for $0.99 that were impossible to pass up and not share with you all! I already unloaded half the mini donuts onto my kids and their friends, because children burn calories more quickly. The twinkies can go to work with my husband… but that leaves those darn cup cakes that have been my favorite for over 25 years. I’m in trouble! Especially as the sell by dates are 7/21 & 8/01!!

“Isn’t that the kind of deli meat you get at Safeway?!?!” I love sharing my finds with friends who don’t yet know all the amazingness of the 99 Cents Only stores! This turkey is really yummy. There were still a few boxes left mid day which surprised me.

Grimmway Farm’s carrot chips are so cute and pair wonderfully with the Simply Kraft ranch dip. I was hoping the chip design would motivate my kids to eat more carrots. This is the type of thing that is great to bring to a party when you’re on a tight budget. Some carrots, celery, and dip arranged nicely would make a great appetizer at your next potluck or summer BBQ.

Kraft Pepper Jack slices… be still my beating heart. Okay a little over dramatic, but I love pepper jack and yet it’s definitely not popular enough in my house to be a regular in the fridge. My favorite 99 cents employee pointed it out to me. Love her!! I was delighted to find this as a pairing with the deli turkey. It also made me feel more balanced (health-wise) with all the Hostess products we also took home. ;)


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 6/24

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1.  Kellogg’s To Go Breakfast Shake Mix Milk Chocolate – 6pack/1.27oz
2.  Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company White Cheddar (1.5oz) & Naked (1.1oz) – 2/$0.99
3.  Quaker Oat & Yogurt Strawberry Sandwich Biscuits – 6pack/1.34oz
4.  Grapes – $0.99/lb!
5.  Personal Seedless Watermelon
6.  Ore Ida Mini Tater Tots – 28oz
7.  Circo Infant Swimsuit, Hat & Sunglasses – $0.99 each
8.  Newtons 100% Whole Grain Baked Apple & Cinnamon – 12oz
9.  Angry Birds Star Wars TelePods – 2ct/pack

In the to-go summer mode, I thought the Kellogg’s breakfast shakes could be a neat item to grab.  May be heavy on the sugar, but 13g of protein and 5g of fiber do make this better (in my opinion) than no breakfast at all!

Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company isn’t a brand that I’m familiar with, but these looked delicious.  I was at my local grocer last night and kept picking up and putting down bags of popcorn.  We have a road trip to pack snacks for and these little 2/$0.99 bags won!

$0.99/lb grapes are JUST in time for our road trip as well.  Grateful to have found these at the only price I like.  They even had purple, black and green grapes to choose from.

I know I’ve shown the swimsuits, hats and sunglasses recently, but the entire set was just too great not to share.  So excited because I actually had a little lady to purchase all these for this time.  Last time I saw the suits I couldn’t think of anyone in the size range I found, which made it a disappointing item to pass on.  Luckily, I found a size 12 month in the suit this time which should work just wonderfully.

Angry Birds Star Wars TelePods.  Apparently this seems to be a mix between a screen game and real game.  I’m not sure… but they go for more than $0.99 on Ebay and those who review the items have an extremely complex understanding of the game that I can’t even begin to share with you all.  Hopefully you know of some little ones who would be delighted with this fabulously frugal gift!

Additionally… the 99 cent only store has a good selection of items to help make your kid’s road trips this year pass by a little more merrily.  I picked up a couple clip boards for coloring, coloring books, modeling clay (for our destination..not the car), obligatory stickers, and wall decals for my kids to play with on the car windows.  What are your go-to items for road trips?

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Road Trip !!


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 6/17

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1.  Tidy Turtle Easy Wipe Bib
2.  Gift Bags
3.  Aloe Gloe Organic Aloe Water – 33.8oz
4.  Lil Dutch Maid Animal Cracker Cookies – 10oz
5.  Campbell’s Go Chicken & Quinoa w/ Poblano Chilies Soup – 14oz
6.  Okf Caffe Latte – 8.11oz
7.  Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese Twists – 6.4oz (2 for $0.99)
8.  Moxie Girlz Sunglasses (100% UV Protection)
9.  Disney’s Phineas & Ferb (100% UV Protection)
10.  Asian Creations Thai Kitchen Roasted Garlic Rice Noodle Soup Bowl – 9.7oz
11.  Fireside Organic Cheddar Duck Crackers – 5.5oz
12.  Honest Splash Goodness Grapeness – 12oz ($0.59 each)
13.  Mission Sun Defeated SPF 50 Continuous Spray Sunscreen – 5oz

Today I shopped at a different location about 30 minutes from my regular store.  They had much bigger refrigerated section, but it was extremely picked over.  Aisles were busy with carts full of boxes to unpack and lots of people, but it added to the fun of the hunt.  At least for one day… it was a tad too chaotic for my usual routine shop.  Fun nonetheless though!

I’m excited for the Tidy Turtle bibs as they are a great gift to stock and save.  Free of pthalate, PVC, BPA and lead… they are sure to please the most discerning of moms!  The snap in back is adjustable, it’s oversize and it even has a limited lifetime warranty.  I grabbed two for a mom friend who is expecting.  A really nice extra gift at a great price.

I was disappointed with this store’s selection of gift bags as it was lacking tissue paper… but the did have a selection of bags, including some Hallmark gift bags.

Walmart sunglasses with the $5.00 price tag still on!  These were in a box in a cart still being unloaded.  This is the kind of find that I really love.  I ended up going back to get two more as kids lose sunglasses and break them often, so I felt like a back up pair was prudent!

Thai Kitchen noodle bowls are perfect for work.  I really think they are delicious, healthier than Cup of Noodle, and SO easy.  Buy a few and store them in your desk drawer!!!

I know I already featured the Organic Duck crackers, but the store had such a large selection I wanted to show them off again!!  Go get yourself some!!


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 6/10

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1.  ($3.00) Lala 2% Reduced Fat Chocolate Milk – 59oz
2.  Minute Maid Watermelon – 59oz
3.  Minute Maid Lemonade – 59oz
4.  Earth Balance Vegan Sour Cream & Onion Flavor Kettle Chips – 5oz
5.  Belvita Breakfast Soft Baked Oats & Chocolate – 5pack/1.76oz
6.  Children’s Dimetapp Multi Symptom Cold & Flu -
7.  Smacker’s Disney To-ki-o Treats Eye Shadow Duo
8.  Washington Apples
9.  Bain de Terre Day Lily Blow Out Bodifier – 4oz
10.  Bain de Terre Jasmine Blow Dry Smoothing Cream – 5.1oz
11.  Udi’s Gluten Free Ancient Grain Mega Flax & Fiber Bread – 14.3oz
12.  Fireside Organic Cheddar Duck Crackers – 5.5oz
13.  Meiji Hello Panda Chocolate Filled Cookies – 2.1oz

Whoops!  Got to the check out and the lady informed me that the chocolate milk is marked at $3.00.  Sounded like they hadn’t been moving it too quickly.  I hope we don’t see more and more items being snuck in at a higher price point.  I can understand the milk and eggs (for convenience sake), but I do hope this isn’t a new trend for the store.

Thank  you Minute Maid!  It’s been in the high 90’s these last few days and sometimes water just doesn’t cut it in the heat.  Really excited to grab my favorite lemonade and try this Watermelon.

Belvita Breakfast bars are really popular right now.  Our local Costco sold out for a month or so.  I love being able to grab easy-to-go snacks for my kids at the 99 cents store, so this was a great find.  I don’t think this Soft Baked is going to have the same fiber and nutrients as the breakfast crackers… but not complaining for a dollar.  ;)

Bain de Terre – thank you awesome reader, Ali, for educating me on the Bain de Terre products and their participation in the popular Birchbox beauty subscription.  Today I saw the Bain de Terre products and am excited to try them out!

Fireside Organic crackers!  Goldfish, cheddar bunnies and now ducks!!  It’s a menagerie of cheddar animal crackers.  I’ve been saddened by the lack of organic finds but was delighted to score these crackers today as they’re pretty much a safe bet for little ones.  My box seemed to have darker/burned ducks and I wonder if that’s how they ended up in our 99 cents stores.

Update – that Chap Ice featured last week was a no-no and a go-back for me.  It burned and smelled way too chemically, unfortunately.  Just FYI!!


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 6/3

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1.  Fruit of the Loom Must-Have Convertible Sports Bra
2.  Milton’s Baked Snack Cracker Multi-Grain Original – 3.75oz
3.  Kroger Ready to Mash Potatoes – 24oz
4.  Breyers Real Fruit Strawberry Topping – 8.4oz
5.  Peaches
6.  Dawn Escapes Fuji Cherry Blossom Dishwashing Liquid – 9oz
7.  Chap Ice Cherry Lip Balm
8.  OreIda Sweet Potato Steak Fries – 19oz
9.  Minute Maid Cherry Limeade – 59oz
10.  Best Foods Real Mayonnaise – 22oz
11.  Spic and Span Multi-Surface Cleaner Midnight Meadow – 22oz
12.  Green Giant Steamers Antioxidant Blend – 7oz

Fruit of the Loom sports bra!!  There were three of these that I spotted at my store.  Along with more Miley Cyrus/Max Azria (Junior’s) jumpers and floral print shorts.  The sports bras are for low-impact activities, but perfect for lounging and even sleeping.

Milton’s brand breads are good quality, multi-grain, and yummy.  I was literally just looking at their crackers in Winco yesterday and decided against getting crackers.  Surprise… here are Milton crackers in my 99 cent store!  The weight is slight at 3.75 ounces, but a healthy option!

Dawn dishwashing liquid and Spic and Span surface cleaner – cleaning items are ones that I do choose to go name-brand.  I really don’t think the alternatives are comparable in suds (dishwashing) and grease-cutting power (surface spray).  I would suggest looking for the concentrated forms of dish liquid because even the larger Dawn and Palmolives don’t provide as many suds as the smaller, concentrated bottle.  Why suds equate to cleanliness in my mind… I’m not sure, but I’m betting I’m not alone in that theory.  ;)

Score on the Best Food Mayonnaise!!!  I did stock up on these.  The squirt bottles are the perfect size for camping, etc.  Better yet, mayonnaise is a pretty standard ingredient and it’s one that I don’t think hurts to keep stocked in the house.  My husband would eat it straight of a jar if I didn’t scream in horror.. so these are for him!


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 5/27

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1.  Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars Cashew – 6pack/1.2oz
2.  Strawberries – 16oz
3.  Nature Valley Protein Crunchy Granola Cranberry Almond – 11oz
4.  Hanes Girl’s Tagless Briefs with Fancy Nancy – 3pack
5.  Circo Girl’s Black Leotard
6.  Scunci Knotted Ponytailers – 6pack
7.  Starbucks Refreshers Revitalizing Energy – 12oz
8.  Dannon Oikos Dips Roasted Red Pepper – 12oz
9.  Ocean Spray Wave Apple with White Cranberries – 32oz
10.  Santa Paula California Chili Pepper – 1.4oz
11.  Cake Mate Super Star Party Candles – 4pack
12.  Gerber Graduates Yogurt Blends Banana Vanilla – 4pack/3.5oz
13.  Reynolds Wrappers Pop-Up Foil Sheets – 25pack
14.  Back to Nature Harvest Whole Wheat Crackers – 8.5oz

Not Pictured: Miley Cyrus/Max Azria Floral Jumper ($16.00 MSRP)

The fruit has been looking good lately at our local store!  I’ve been trying to shop our local farmer’s market more for produce (as ours is actually very reasonable).  The strawberries looked too good to pass up and I regretfully spotted $0.49/lb cantaloupe on my way out.

Little kid’s underwear aren’t cheap… but these were!!  We’re in potty training phase and go through a few pairs some days, so this was a great find for us!  Sizes 2T-8.

Scunci knotted ponytailers – this style of holder is SO popular lately.  They had two packs of colors and the neon won out!

Cake Mate Super Star candles are adorable!  There were two other styles as well.  These are the perfect item to stock and store for a later date.

Reynolds Wrappers in the 25 count – $5.22 on Amazon, retailing for $7.00 elsewhere.

Miley Cyrus/Max Azria floral jumper – I took a chance.  It wasn’t a good one!  :)  Very cute and even had adorable pockets, but it was so unbelievably short.  For a dollar, I’m tempted to keep it and try to cut and hem it into a shirt.  But, wow.  It was the world’s shortest jumper on my long torso.  Had to share though because I love Max Azria and the print was quite cute.  AND it was $0.99 obviously!

 


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 5/20

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1.  Fiber One Protein Maple Brown Sugar – 16.2oz
2.  Back to Nature Mini Chocolate Chunk Cookies – 6pack/1.25oz
3.  Dole Classic Coleslaw – 14oz
4.  Kraft Colby Jack Slices – 10slices/7oz
5.  Oscar Mayer Maple Bacon – 16oz
6.  Creation’s Garden PMS Relief – 20tabs (Homeopathic, natural)
7.  Sunset Yelo Campari Cocktail Tomatoes on the Vine – 10oz
8.  Naked Probiotic Machine Tropical Mango 100% Juice – 15.2oz
9.  Coppertone Oil Free Faces SPF 50+ Sunscreen Lotion – 3oz
10.  Santa Paula Italian Seasoning – 0.5oz
11.  Munchkin Balanced Meal Toddler Plate (BPA free)

The 99 Cents Only Store has their own Instagram account that features other shoppers other finds and their own little specials and such.  Someone found Oscar Mayer Maple Bacon AND 20 pack Oscar Mayer Weiners.  I was mentioning this amazing deal to an employee and she said, “Oh, yeah we had those in a couple days ago.  Let me see if there is anymore in the back because it was gone fast.”  Bless her heart, she hooked me up and got me two packs of bacon AND pointed out the Colby Jack cheese.  So awesome!  Looks like we’ll be having some BLTs with that dollar store bacon and vine-on tomatoes!

I still can never get over how expensive cereal is!  Literally sometimes $5.oo and more for something that never fills me up.  Personally, I have a bowl of cereal and I’m hungry an hour or two later.  I can justify the purchase at $0.99, but not for much more.

Coppertone Oil Free Faces sunscreen.  What with faces, sport, child, spray, 15/30/45/55/75SPF… you’d go crazy and BROKE with all the sunscreen needs.  thank you 99 cents only stores for hooking me up with enough options to fill all the bags I regularly use!  No more excuses to be at the park/pool/beach with no sunscreen!

Santa Paula seasonings!  This is what I forgot to mention I used in my pasta sauce a few blog entries back!  Whoops, hehehe.  I use the Italian Seasoning every time I make sauce and it’s good on sauteed zucchini too!  Often times this mix is sold out, but our store had a big shipment in today, yay!


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 5/13

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1.  Dole Grapes – $0.99/lb
2.  Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar – 12pack/0.5oz
3.  Granny Smith Apples
4.  White Nectarines
5.  Jobe’s Organics All-Purpose Biozome Formula Fertilizer – 2.1oz
6.  Skinny Girl Mommy Energizing Leg Cream – 6oz
7.  Skinny Girl Body Shimmer w/ Jojoba & Olive Oils – 4.6oz
8.  Skinny Girl Mommy Cool Your Feet Spray – 5.5oz
9.  Kupiec Rice Cakes w/ Sesame Gluten Free – 18pack/75g+15g free
10.  Axe Sensitive Face Hydrator & Post-Shave Lotion – 3.3oz
11.  Jobe’s Organics Fertilizer Spikes – 8pack/1.4oz

Not Pictured: Back to Nature Mini Chocolate Chunk Cookies – 6pack/1.25oz

Every time I wander the aisles and convince myself this will be the most boring post ever… I inevitably find some of the coolest items in my moments of panic.  Today was the BEST 99 cent store visit!!  When you SEE BELOW the photos of Circo Infant Girls Swimsuits and Swim shirts you may be as excited as me!!  (Maybe not because I was certifiably ecstatic to share today’s finds with you!)  While the food items haven’t been as exciting to me… I have been branching out into other aisles.

99 Cents Coppertone

A fellow 99 cent shopper had recently posted Circo swimsuits on her Instagram account and I was lamenting not finding such a great deal.  Luckily the line was SO long this morning and I was strategically placed in front of the Coppertone sunscreen (also pictured) display and spotted the swimsuits!  While I didn’t purchase any (I just don’t have anyone with little girls at 6 months right now), I obviously HAD to share with you!!

99 Cents Swim

Jobe’s Organics products are the organic products I have been gravitating to for our organic raised beds.  I really like the veggie fertilizer stakes.  We use the stakes for our citrus tree and I hope they will be effective in the garden as well

Skinny Girls products!!  I had to buy these because they are such unique items!  Foot cooling spray and energizing leg cream?  What a refreshing take on pampering.  While I haven’t worn body shimmer since 8th grade… I’ll give this more adult version with jojoba and olive oil a shot.

Also, the Axe aftershave is a great purchase at $0.99.  I’m hoping it is sensitive as it states and that my husband enjoys it.  If not, I bet ladies could use it as an aftershave for legs and pits.  ;)


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 5/6

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1.  Colgate Extra Clean Soft Toothbrush
2.  Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Pineapple Black Pepper Beef – 10.25oz
3.  Wholly Guacamole Homestyle – 7oz
4.  Wholly Guacamole Spicy – 7oz
5.  Rancho Cardenas Persian Cucumbers – 16oz
6.  Halsa Headwrap – 1/pack
7.  Open Nature Shredded Hash Browns – 16oz
8.  Premium Shallots – 6oz
9.  Bella Italia Premium Pasta Orzo – 16oz
10.  Hormel Original Pepperoni – 1.75oz
11.  Bella Italia Organic Pasta Spaghetti – 16oz

Not Pictured:  Dimeatapp Cold & Allergy – 4oz (didn’t purchase as it’s for ages 6 and up)

Toothbrushes… we all need them and why pay more than $0.99??

Wholly Guacamole is back and I did stock up (a little) because they had a LOT at my local store.  Good until June and you can freeze them too!  A good one to stock up on!

Halsa headwrap… because I’ve always wanted to be one of those cool bohemian chicks that rocks a forehead headwrap.  This is my opportunity.  If they look ridiculous on me… I’m only out $1.98!!!

(Update… the NutraNail Gel Polish that I featured awhile back.  No bueno.  It literally chipped on day 2 and was near impossible to get off without the proper polish remover.  I sat and chipped it all off like a maniac.  Bummer.)

Hormel Pepperoni will be great with the Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts from a bit back.  We’re eating from the freezer/pantry this week, so I’m trying to be creative.

Organic Spaghetti!  Anytime I can get GMO free and/or Organic at the 99 cents store, I do a little happy dance.  Ideally we could all eat organic, all the time… but I fear our pocketbooks sometimes give us a reality check.  (Mine does.)  So, we do the best we can and keep our eyes open for that lovely green and white USDA Organic stamp!  ;-)


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 4/29

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1. Some ee cards 2014 Desktop Calendar
2. Kashi Southwest Barbecue Black Bean Crisps – 4oz
3. Udi’s Gluten Free Thin & Crispy Pizza Crusts – 2pack/8oz
4. Marie’s Parmesan Ranch Dressing – 12oz
5. Kraft Philadelphia Chive & Onion Cream Cheese- 8oz
6. Fresco Cocktail Cucumbers – 1.5lb
7. Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Lemongrass Salmon – 10 1/4oz
8. Broccoflower
9. Lyfe Kitchen Farmer’s Market Frittatta with Sweet Potato Hash & Salsa – 10oz

The desktop calendar may be a few months behind, but I think these sayings and photos are often hilarious. It would make a nice little treat to brighten someone’s day at a desk.

These Kashi black bean crisps are quite good! There was another flavor that I can’t recall, but I would recommend picking up a bag of these!

The fresco cucumbers are greenhouse grown, which I’m not quite sure what difference that makes, but I’m sure they too will taste good dipped in the Marie’s Ranch dressing! I’m not a huge fan of cucumbers, but I need to try and start introducing my kids in hopes that they will like them.

I’m trying another of the Lean Cuisine meals this week. My husband really enjoyed the Bacon Quesadilla from the week or two before, so I thought I would try this natural salmon one. Hope it too is a hit!


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 4/22

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1. Back to Nature Crispy Wheat Crackers – 8pack/1oz
2. Sonoma Infant Socks – 4pack
3. Dannon Danimals Superstars Greek Lowfat Yogurt Mixed Berry – 4pack/4oz
4. Allegra Whole Wheat Spaghetti – 16oz
5. Classico All Natural Heavy Tomato Puree – 28oz
6. Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar – 6pack/1oz
7. Lunchables Cheese x2 Cheddar & Mozzarella – 2.7oz (2 for $0.99)
8. John Morrell Polish Sausage – 7oz
9. Mini Seedless Watermelon
10. Peaches
11. Nature’s Turn Mandarin Orange – 15oz

Lunch packs of Pirate’s Booty(!!!) and Back to Nature wheat crackers. My awesome friend text me on Monday telling me that there had been 6 & 12 packs of Pirate’s Booty at her local 99 Cents Only Store. The empty box skeletons were all that remained… but they had been there! I figured it must have been a special shipment at that store, but I was shocked to find the Pirate’s Booty at my store too! I hope you all find some as well! The lunch packs are always a great item to grab as they’re so useful, but not typically a frugal purchase.

Whole wheat spaghetti, tomato puree, and sausage. These all made for a really delicious and yummy meal tonight. The sausage was surprisingly quite good. A bigger hit than some of the $5.00 fancy-food combos I always try and never quite succeed in “wow-ing” the family with. We sauteed onion and garlic, mixed in the tomato puree, added some leftover heavy whipping cream, and salted/peppered/sugared. Poured that yumminess over the whole wheat pasta (which I don’t think anyone noticed it was whole wheat… score!) and served the sausage on the side. A FRUGAL and delicious meal! Sauteed mushrooms and zucchini spears (both I saw at my local store today) completed the meal.

Watermelon, peaches, and mandarin oranges – will be going in the medley of my apple and pear fruit salad with a touch of honey. I love a good fruit salad, don’t you?!?!


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 4/15

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1.  Dole Fruit & Oatmeal Peaches & Vanilla Walnut – 2pack/1.25oz
2.  California Gourmet Organic California Raisins – 5oz
3.  Quaker Whole Hearts Oat Cereal – 12.3oz
4.  Nabisco Chewy Chips Ahoy! Gooey Mega-Fudge – 10oz
5.  Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Organic White Cheddar – 6oz
6.  Kraft Mayo Bacon Flavor – 12oz
7.  Weight Watchers Smart Ones Shrimp Marinara – 9oz
8.  Fiber One Chewy Bars Oats & Caramel – 5pack/1.4oz
9.  Weight Watchers Smart Ones Turkey Bacon Melt Quesadilla – 2pack/8oz

I have never seen the Dole fruit and oatmeal before, but thought that it’s a great option for breakfast on-the-go.  Just microwave or add hot water, top with fruit, and go!

I was on the lookout for prunes (had some little diced prunes this weekend and am hooked, so yummy!).  I didn’t find the prunes, but found 5 oz of organic raisins!  The organic option even had slightly more quantity than the name brand Sun Maid.

A sweet lady in the cookie aisle today alerted me to the Gooey Chips Ahoy.  I already had a box in my cart and was doing lap number two!  She and I agreed that we rarely purchase the cookie and cracker treats at the grocery stores, but can justify it for 99 cents.  Thankful they don’t have these often because… YUMMY!  They are fudge-filled.  Pick up a pack if you happen upon them.  I doubt that you’ll regret it!

I’m sorry my camera quality isn’t great, but that Kraft Mayo is Bacon flavored!  I had to get some for the hubby who is a bacon fiend.  Sometimes my purchases of these “odd” type foods don’t pay off and they may or may not end up in the garbage.  But we try them on the off chance that they may be delicious and oddly wonderful!


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 4/8

99 Cents Only

1.  Asparagus
2.  Pop Tarts Value Pack Gone Nutty! Peanut Butter – 21.1oz
3.  Baby Bella Mushrooms – 5oz
4.  Pineapple
5.  Western Bagel Blueberry – 12oz
6.  Kraft Philadelphia ⅓ Less Fat Cream Cheese – 8oz
7.  Kraft Philadelphia Blueberry Cream Cheese – 8oz
8.  Dairy Star Dessert Topping – 6.5oz
9.  Claussen Kosher Dill Pickle Spears – 80oz!! (exp. 4/29/14)
10.  Back 2 Nature Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Granola – 12oz
11.  Immaculate Chocolate Rolls with Icing – 17.5oz

The asparagus today was beautiful!  Typically, I find the spears with tiny heads and thin little stems.  These are thick top to bottom!  I got to our store really early today though, so maybe they just are picked over later in the day?

Pineapple this time was delicious.  It was gone a few hours after we got home.  Not a huge pineapple, but enough for 5 little munchkins to all have a little snack.

The blueberry cream cheese and bagels were delicious together.  I haven’t seen my three year old clean his plate in a long time without much prodding from me.  He devoured a whole bagel.  One side with plain cream cheese and the other with blueberry.  Our store had a lot of the blueberry flavor, as well as cinnamon sugar (if I am remembering correctly) and a chipotle flavor.  This is one I should have purchased doubles of!

Dairy Star Dessert Topping is an item I consistently see at the store.  I grabbed it to use as topping on a pumpkin pie recently and was surprised at how delicious it is!  I really enjoyed this item.

80 ounces of pickles!!!  I bought it without a clue of how I was going to eat this many pickles in a month, but I just realized my husband has fried pickles before and I guess that’s what these little guys have in their near future!  Dip them in some egg and then Italian breadcrumbs (also at the 99 cents store) and fry ‘em up!  Now I need some ranch dressing…


Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 4/1

99 cents

1. Silk Pure Almond Milk Unsweetened Vanilla – 1qt
2. Goldfish Macaroni & Cheese Nacho Cheese – 5.5oz
3. Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread – 13oz
4. Kraft Natural Cheese Crumbles Feta Cheese – 5oz
5. Maxwell House International Latte Single Serve Suisse Mocha – 5pk/068oz
6. International Delight Coffee Creamer White Chocolate Raspberry – 32oz
7. Oscar Meyer Jalapeno & Cheese White Turkey – 16oz
8. Kellogg’s Eggo Blueberry Drizzlers – 10.7oz
9. Kashi Heart to Heart Nutty Chia Flax – 10.3oz
10. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes – 18oz

Not Pictured: Blue Bonnet Light Spread – 42oz, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Homestyle Sharp Cheddar and Bacon – 12.6oz, Mountain High Original Plain Yoghurt – 32oz

Earth Balance Buttery Spread is Vegan and Non-GMO! Not sure if many 99 cent-ers are vegans, but this is a great find if so! There were also HUGE 42oz tubs of Blue Bonnet Light, but I’m a real butter gal myself and I’m pretty sure we couldn’t fit a 42oz tub in our fridge anyways!

The Maxwell House latte packs are also “great as creamer”, which I’ll be using in my coffee along with the unsweetened almond milk. I was a little surprised when I poured it into my coffee and it started to fizz and crackle like a bag of Pop Rocks! Hopefully it’s not just my box that does it…

I was so intrigued by the Oscar Meyer Jalapeno & Cheese Turkey that I just had to get a pack. I quite enjoyed the extra heat in my typically salami sandwich this afternoon. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t eat an entire sandwich of just this turkey alone, but as an accompaniment it added some nice heat (but not too much) to the meal.

The 18oz box of Frosted Flakes was a pretty good score today. I rarely see name brand cereal in the stores. There were only 3 boxes left when I arrived. Cereal is just so expensive (and sugary) that it’s just at the 99 cents store where I will “splurge”. My husband and kids will be delighted while my pocketbook feels much better after picking up 2 of these boxes! I’m not familiar with this Kashi cereal but I do love chia seed and therefore thought I’d give it a try. Hopefully it’s a yummy breakfast option!