Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 10/21

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1. Yoplait Original 12 Cup Family Pack Peach/Strawberry – 12pk/6oz
2. Yoplait Original 12 Cup Family Pack Strawberry Banana/Strawberry – 12pk/6oz
3. Quaker Protein Baked Bars Peanut Butter Chocolate – 5pk/1.65oz
4. Paper Mate Value Pack Red Pens – 10pk
5.  INC Optimus Felt Tip Pens (No Bleed!) – 2pk
6.  Classico Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Pasta Sauce – 15oz
7.  Playschool Washable Markers – 8pk
8.  Zulka All Natural Brown Pure Cane Sugar – 1lb
9.  Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Pet Fresh Carpet Odor Eliminator – 18oz
10. Post Honey Bunches of Oats Fruit Blends – 18oz

More Yoplait Packs!!  I was actually shocked to see people walking right by these huge boxes of yogurt without batting an eye.  I barely saw anyone add a box or two or three (!!) to their carts?!?  Then I started reassessing what I was feeding to my children thinking maybe I’m feeding them horrific, bad yogurt but then my love of peach Yoplait won.  I couldn’t beat the deal and had to grab two boxes this time!

I really love these Optimus No-Bleed Felt Tip Pens!!  A friend of mine raves about the Sharpie brand no-bleed pens that they’ve more recently come out with.  I figured this may be a similar type of pen.  For a dollar, I was really excited to try them.

As I was lamenting my lack of items and trying to rearrange my cart for this photo, an item shoved back behind the instant coffee sticks caught my eye.  This Classico sauce was hiding out and I just by chance found it to share with you all!!  So, I apparently missed the huge stock of Mushroom and Roasted Pepper Alfredo… but this one jar was there for the taking and I was glad to have scored even one!  It’s not a flavor I would typically choose (my husband will sorely miss out on the mushroom), but I do enjoy their alfredo sauces in general and look forward to trying this one out.

The Zulka Brown Sugar is interesting because, in my quick research, I really couldn’t find this particular type online.  The Zulka brand isn’t terribly expensive to begin with… but the Non-GMO labeling and All Natural put it in a different category than your average brown sugar.  This I found right before the Classico sauce and I was really happy to add these both to my cart!

The Arm & Hammer OxiClean Pet Fresh hopefully lives up to the expectations I have for it!!  I’ll be hosting book club at my house next week and I really don’t want to share my smelly dog rug odor with the ladies.  I’ll do a test in advance in case the smell is too overwhelming… but hopefully these two solid brands have teamed up to make a solid product.  The reviews aren’t leaving me with the highest hopes, but I’ll (maybe) give it a try.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 10/7

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  1. Lean Cuisine Cheese & Tomato Snack Pizza – 6oz
  2. Simply Asia Spring Vegetable Rice Noodle Soup Bowl – 2.5oz
  3. McCormick Recipe Inspirations Mediterranean Herb Crusted Tilapia – 0.28oz
  4. Weight Watchers Smart Ones Loaded Potato Soup – 8oz (2/$0.99)
  5. Lunchables with Smoothie Turkey & Cheddar Sub Sandwich – 4.2oz & 4.54oz
  6. Stouffer’s Vegetable Lasagna – 10.5oz
  7. Plum Organics Baby Super Puffs Strawberry & Beet – 1.5oz
  8. Disney’s Pixar Monsters University Scare Students ($1.99)
  9. Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread – 12oz
  10. Claussen Mini Kosher Dill Pickles – 20oz

Not Pictured: Stretch Island Strawberry Fruit Chews, Glutino Multigrain Crackers

After worrying initially that today would be a bust for items… I was quite pleasantly surprised with what I found today

Simply Asia Rice Noodle Bowls are a wonderful, quick lunch item to have on hand especially as we go into the fall and winter months!  (It’s about 80 degrees here… but for the rest of you, anyways!  Hehe)  I found 4 different flavors of the rice bowls and a box of Green Curry.  These will be going to work with my husband.  Quickest way to spend a ton of money is eating out for every lunch… it’s like ::poof:: where did all my money go this month?!?  Keeping a couple options in your desk drawer is fabulously frugal.

McCormick Recipe Inspirations for those of us who are less than inspired in the kitchen!  ;)  I’ll be using this with salmon as I’ve seen too many scary articles recently about Tilapia, unfortunately.  Just add some panko with these seasonings to the fish and some butter and voila!  Hopefully this ends up being a yummy dish!

Stouffer’s reminds me of childhood and their Mac & Cheese is my ultimate favorite comfort food.  This Veggie Lasagne for one looked quite delicious too.  I love the tiny size as these frozen meals tend to pack a serious caloric punch!

As I’ve said before, I love the Plum Organics brand.  I just question their “chewy” bars that you’ve seen me post here recently.  Finding these puffs would have been all the more amazing if I still had an infant in the house, but my toddler was convinced they were candy and was all too happy to add them to our cart.  The flavor (strawberry & beet) is quite mild and babies LOVE these things!!  A great find!!

Monsters University toys!  These actually seem to be quite good quality (from the box anyways) and are really cute!  They had Mike W., Sully, and another University character.  At $1.99 these would make a really great stocking stuffer!!

If you can find those Stretch Island Fruit Chews… grab a few boxes!!  ( I did today!)  They are SO good and naturally flavored!  I literally bought myself a box so I didn’t have to share with my little people.  They got their own boxes too… I’m not THAT mean of a mom.  :)

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 9/30

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  1. Cauliflower
  2. Stretch Island Strawberry Fruit Chews – 6pk/0.99oz
  3. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Glitter Collection Nail Strips – 3sets ($1.99)
  4. Quaker Protein Baked Bars Oatmeal Raisin Nut – 5pk/1.65oz
  5. Sally Hansen salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops – 1.37oz ($1.99)
  6. Nabisco Fig Newtons – 16oz
  7. Stacy’s Pita Chips Simply Naked – 8oz
  8. Scunci Hair Tie and/or Bracelet
  9. Goody Doublewear Headband & Necklace
  10. Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Color – 0.31oz
  11. Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Nail Color – 0.40oz
  12. Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color – 0.45oz
  13. Stacy’s Pretzel Thins Simply Naked – 7oz

All-natural Stretch Island Fruit Chews! Ranging from $3-$5 a box online, these are healthier snack options and are delicious!!  I didn’t quite realize that these are made from fruit purees and are all natural.  I would have grabbed more than one box had I read all the info more closely.  I was distracted by the cute packing and non-GMO label.

A couple of the Sally Hansen items were marked at $1.99, which I saw but hoped were marked down to $0.99.  (To be honest I forgot to double-check at the checkout and only checked the price at home on my receipt.)  I probably would have only purchased the Dry & Go Drops, but the nail strips will be fun to try.  Nail polish, to me, is really just a “fun” item, but the price doesn’t reflect that anymore.  I’m constantly in sticker shock at nail polish prices when all it does is chip off after a few days.  For $0.99 and Insta-Dry polishes, I will give in and purchase a few fun colors.

Stacy’s Pita chips and Pretzel Thins are fancy and delicious!  A great item to enjoy or bring to share with friends.  Starting at $1.98 in other stores and increasing in price, I was really happy to find these this week.

The Scunci and Goody dual hair items are a fun “stocking stuffer”.  I’m constantly wearing hair bands as bracelets, without quite meaning too.  With the consumer in mind, these seem like a fun and practical purchase.  I was happy to pick up a couple of these as little gifts.

I’m hoping to keep bringing you all fun finds.  My store has seen a real decrease in good finds of brand-name labels.  Even the employees commented that the inventory seems to be different.  I’m hoping that it’s just a phase.  More items over $0.99 keep seem to be popping up as well… so keep me updated too and I hope we can still score some really good, frugal finds together!


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 9/23

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  1. Pumpkin Masters Deluxe Pumpkin Carving Kit
  2. Halloween Decorative Sign
  3. Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms
  4. Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Apple Cinnamon – 8pk/1.69oz
  5. Teas’ Tea Unsweetened Green Tea – 67.6oz
  6. Real Minced Garlic in Water – 8oz
  7. Earth Pure Organic Crushed Tomato with Basil – 28oz
  8. Santa Paula Italian Seasoning – 0.5oz
  9. Children’s Robitussin (Ages 6 & up) Cough & Cold – 4oz
  10. Children’s Triaminic Daytime Cough & Cold – 4oz

It’s fall today and Halloween is in every store (plus some Christmas too… eep!)  My son spotted a Disney brand pumpkin carving kit last week at a Lowes and they wanted a whopping $9.49 for the set!  3 pieces of plastic and a little metal for almost $10.00!  I told him we’d find an alternative at the $0.99 store and he kindly relented.  Now this kit (marked $3.87, but $0.99 at the store) isn’t a fabulous quality, but I surely wasn’t spending $10.00 x2 on top of already exorbitant pumpkin prices!  I sure wish I had saved my set as a kid because nothing I see even compares.  Halloween sure has gotten expensive… but check out some of the really cute items (decorative and costume) at your local 99 cents only store for a more frugal festivity.

Decorations are really quite cute at these stores, but if you’re not budgeting for the expense the extra $5-$20 on little decorations can really add up.  I loved this sign and was impressed with the quality and so I snatched it up.  After opening up my fall decorations I’ll possibly revisit the decoration aisle and add a few more items to my decoration collection.  Just be aware that an extra $10 on disposable decorations for each holiday can really add up.  Try to find items that seem sturdy and not as trendy.  Pink and teal Christmas anyone?  New ornaments and decorations each year could be a pricey endeavor!

Garlic, organic crushed tomatoes, and Italian seasoning are the base of a delicious red pasta sauce!  I had seen these tomatoes before, but not with the added basil.  The Italian seasoning goes quickly in our house and it was MIA in the store for quite awhile, so I picked up another jar this week.

It’s cold and flu season!  We needed a special cough medicine for our eldest and it was literally a dollar shy of $20.00 at a local drug store.  $20.00 for a singular large bottle of cough medicine.  So when I see recognizable, name-brand medicine for $0.99… it’s quite nice.  I honestly feel like most over-the-counter medicines don’t even help with symptoms most often, so I rarely fork out the money for cold medicines.  I’m willing to give these a try at this price point!  ;)

Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 9/16

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1- Gold Peak Tea Unsweetened – 80oz
2- Pillsbury Pancake Batter Original – 24oz
3- Earth Balance P.B. Popps Popcorn – 7oz
4- Pomegranate
5- Philadelphia Cream Cheese Blueberry – 8oz
6- Wheat Thins Popped Sour Cream & Onion – 4.5oz
7- Curad Busy Bugs Bandaids – 20pcs
8- Curad Whooo Whooo! (Owl) Bandaids – 20pcs
9- Pillsbury Mint Chocolate Chip Ready to Bake Cookies – 14oz
10- Pillsbury Birthday Cake Ready to Bake Cookies – 14oz
11- Similasan Homeopathic Nasal Allergy Relief – 0.68oz
12- Similasan Homeopathic Kids Irritated Eye Relief – 0.33oz
13- Murine Tear for Dry Eyes Original Natural Tears Formula – 0.5oz
14- Classico Mushroom Alfredo Pasta Sauce – 15oz

I had the pleasure recently of joining a mom’s group “Secret Sister” gift exchange. Small gifts are given at our monthly meetings and snacks seem to be encouraged. :) With so many dietary restrictions, it can be hard to find affordable treats that are healthy and/or can meet special food needs. The Earth Balance P.B. Popps sound delicious AND they are Vegan! Obviously peanut butter popcorn balls aren’t for nut-sensitive people, but I did grab a bag thinking they’d be perfect for a vegan “secret sister” or just for my fellow peanut butter enthusiasts! I hope to continue finding these kinds of gems at our stores.

Pomegranates are a delicious, yet tedious fruit to enjoy. It’s not my favorite, but you can open them in a bowl of water to avoid the dark red juices staining your favorite shirt or table cloth. I apologize for not sharing more fruit finds, but I really have been sticking to shopping our local farmer’s market for fruit. These pomegranates looked really good though and I do occasionally enjoy the task of “searching out” my food.

Thanks to reader Dara, I looked for (and found!) the cute Curad bandaids. My friend, who is a nurse, had a good rule in regards to bandaids while camping with my kids this summer… you only get one if there is actual blood. I knew my kids would descend on the bandaids and feign injury, using them all in a few days. Luckily, I think they’ll last a while now with this new rule in place.

Similasan Nasal Allergy Relief retails for over $6.00, which is actually fairly reasonable in regard to medicines, let alone homeopathic remedies. This particular formula is rated with a 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. The children’s formula isn’t rated as highly, but it could be hard for parents to rate on their child’s behalf. For homeopathic remedies, this was a great price point!

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 9/9

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1. General Mills Chocolate Toast Crunch – 12.7oz
2. Post Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Cinnamon Crunch – 14.75oz
3. Disney Frozen Coloring Paint Set
4. Office Pro 1” 3-Ring Binder
5. Office Pro Manila File Folders – 10pk
6. Hi-Liter The Original – 3pk
7. Marks-A-Lot Permanent Markers – 3pk
8. Disney’s Jack & the Neverland Pirates Coloring Paint Set
9. Snapdragon Roasted Peanut Chow Mein Noodles – 6.9oz
10. New York Style Brand Original Bagel Crisps Roasted Garlic – 7.2oz
11. Quaker Big Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – 14pk/1.48oz

Unfortunately, our store didn’t seem stocked yet this morning from the newest shipment. The refrigerated section was still quite picked over and I was underwhelmed with the food deals. I was very excited though with the office section. Our store has undergone a re-do and the aisles are huge now with a lot of “standard stock” selection, but seemingly less name brand deals.

The Disney Coloring Paint sets were a bit disappointing when we opened them. The “coloring sheet” is print on a glossy cardstock that I question will hold the paint on it. Some of the paint pots were already dried up, so check them. But as most little children, my daughter is obsessed with Frozen and I was surprised today to see some Frozen items in the craft/office aisle.

Binders are SO expensive. It never ceases to amaze me how pricey they are! I was just looking to organize some home items and was looking to spend $0.99. Finally, today they had a small selection of binders. Yay!

Hi-Liter and Marks-A-Lot seemed to be a good deal for a three pack each. Don’t know what I need them for, but I love having them around! :)

Hope you all don’t get sick of seeing my Quaker Chewy Bar deals, but these are BIG Chewies! A 60% bigger bar compared to regular Chewy bars.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 9/2

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1. Challenge Butter European Style Unsalted – 8oz
2. Quaker Chewy Bars Variety Pack – 8pack/0.84oz
3. Hostess HoHos – 10pack/1oz
4. Aquafresh Training Tooth & Gum Brush and Gel
5. The Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread – 8pack/0.75oz
6. Horizon Organic Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese – 6oz
7. Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cinnamon Granola – 11oz
8. Nestle Coffee-mate French Vanilla Single Serve Portion – 24pack/ 3/8oz
9. Clean Classics Nylon Scrubbers – 8pack
10. Post-it Notes – 50notes
11. Plum Organic Go Bar Snickerdoodle – 6pack/1.27oz
12. Kushyfoot Organic Cotton Knee Socks – 1 pair

* This shop was done on Saturday morning, not my usual Tuesday as I knew I would be unable to shop. I may have to throw some Saturdays in as I was pretty happy with my finds this week.

Firstly, Horizon Organic Shredded Cheese!!! One of my top finds, I think, as they retail for around $5.00 in local grocery stores. I was surprised to not see many people picking them up. I took two and there was a decent amount left in the little organizer baskets my stores uses. The cheese is tricky, so keep an eye out in those little baskets. I would have never found the Pepper Jack previously if my store employee friend hadn’t pointed them out. Now I make a more concerted effort to really look in this area for awesome finds like this one!!

Challenge Butter European Style. We use so much butter in our house and I had run out, so I was happy to find this one package hanging out in the fridge section. Not sure what the difference is in the European style… but it still tastes and cooks like butter so it’s a winner.

The Aquafresh training set is a great deal seeing as how the toothpaste itself goes for around $2.50 where I shop. It may be slightly smaller in ounces, but I not by much.

I have weaned myself off coffee creamer to save money and eliminate extra things in my coffee. I just use milk and sugar, but I had to grab this cute little dispenser to treat myself. It’s easier to regulate with the tiny cups and they’re just so cute!!

I love my nylon scrubbers for extra tough cleaning jobs. I cut each pad in half and store them with my cleaning supplies. Great for pretty much any scrubbing need, cheap and pretty colors! And at $0.99, I’m completely okay with using them once and tossing if the job is really quite tough.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 8/26

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1.  Yoplait Go-Gurt Simple Strawberry & Berry – 32pk/2.25oz (exp. 9/7/14)
2.  Nabisco Barnum’s Animals Crackers – 2.125oz (2 for $0.99)
3.  Gold Peak Sweet Tea – 50oz
4.  Yoplait Greek 100 Calories -
5.  Sweet Mini Peppers – 1lb
6.  Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares – 6oz
7.  Rice-a-Roni Quick Serve Cheddar Broccoli – 4.8oz (2 for $0.99)
8.  Studio 35 Sunglasses
9.  Earth Wise Entirely Natural Watermelon Supreme – 4pk/5.07oz

Bless the lady that gave me one of her Yoplait boxes!!  She just saw me glance at the 2 in her cart and into the empty fridge case and she offered me one whole box.  So nice and gracious!  I was so sad that I wasn’t going to be able to share this deal with you… but here it is!  Over 4 lbs of yogurt in the handy (albeit messy) go-gurt sleeves.  I think we will freeze ours as they taste so yummy and it will get us past that 9/7 expiration date

Rice-a-Roni Quick Serve is a good pantry staple and one that I didn’t want to pass up at 2 for $0.99.  I believe my store also had beef and chicken flavors.  I’ll be using this as a side with salmon one night this week.

Studio 35 sunglasses were marked for sale by Walgreens initially at $9.99.  I found it ironic that the 99 Cents Only Store official Instagram account posted today a follower’s amazing find… Nordstrom sunglasses!  (And here I thought these Walgreen glasses were great.)  The Nordstrom glasses looked to have been originally from a Rack store and about $37.00 or more.  A pretty amazing find!  99centsonly is the store’s IG name.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 8/19

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1.  Quaker Real Medleys Peach Apple Walnut Multigrain Cereal – 15.5oz
2.  Plum Organic Go Bar Chocolate Brownie – 6pack/1.27oz
3.  Plum Organic Go Bar Chocolate Chip – 6pack/1.27oz
4.  Veet 2-Step Facial Hair Cream Kit Hair Remover
5.  Nasoya Vegan Nayo Whipped Sandwich Spread – 15oz
6.  Pirate’s Booty Sour Cream & Onion – 4oz
7.  Merico Pre-Split Sourdough English Muffins – 6pack/12oz total
8.  Craftology Pom Poms – 100pcs
9.  Avocados – 8pcs
10.  Hydra-Motive Handi-Grip Sponge
11.  Craftology Googly Eyes – 200pcs
12.  Elmer’s Craft Bond Precision Tip Glue Pens – 3pack/0.356oz

Super excited to find these Plum Organic Go Bars at the store today.  My friend spotted them at her local store last week about an hour from me.  I wasn’t even looking for them today, but spotted them on an end cap in fairly good quantity.  These boxes expire a bit before the end of October 2014.  I’m sure they’ll be eaten quickly if they taste anything like the similar organic Z-bars at Costco!

The Veet facial hair remover kit retails from $4-$6 and is a great find, I think.  There was very limited quantity… get it while you can!

Nasoya Vegan Nayo Whipped is going on walmart.com for $5.50 a jar, in bulk!  This is a really great deal for the vegan in your life.  This is a great find for those in the market for faux-mayo!

Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Pens are sure to be snatched up quickly.  If you scrapbook you know the cost is almost prohibitively expensive.  Trying to save wherever you can is ideal.  Three pens for $0.99 is a good start.  Hope you find some good deals too this week.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 8/12

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1.  Quaker Oatmeal to Go Oatmeal Raisin – 6pack/2.1oz
2.  Dean’s Zesty Guacamole Dip – 17oz
3.  La Victoria Salsa Picante – 8oz
4.  Nabisco 100 Cal Chips Ahoy! Thin Crisps – 6pack/0.81oz
5.  Knorr Pasta Sides Parmesan – 4.3oz
6.  Lucy’s Distilled White Vinegar – 1qt
7.  Allary Craft Thread/Floss – 8skeins/8yards each
8.  Yoplait Greek 2x Protein Strawberry w/ Nature Valley Granola – 2pack/6oz
9.  Nabisco Cheese Nips – 10oz
10.  Spic and Span Microfiber Pocket Duster
11.  Pond’s Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser – 5oz

Today I had to do my shop a bit later than usual and am afraid I missed out on some things as I struggled to find some fun items to share.  I really think between 10am-12pm is the sweet spot on delivery days.  9:00am seems to be too early and 3:00 seemed much too late.  On top of my “time change”… the floor plan of my store has changed to mimic other stores and I don’t like it.  The fruit is all the way across the store next to the toys (which is satanic when you have young kids… maybe melodramatic, but seriously?!).  The freestanding refrigerator cases were all moved about and I think one was missing entirely.  I hope this turns out to be a change for the better.  Do you feel like your stores are focus more on non-food items?  I feel as though the perishable food deals aren’t as good as they used to be.  The quantity and variety seems diminished.  Do you agree?

Knorr Pasta Sides are a good staple to have in the pantry for those days when you need something quick.  This one cooks in 8 minutes and would accompany some grilled chicken nicely.  The Knorr brand is easily recognized and I think they last forever in the cupboard.  Hehe.

Lucy’s Distilled White Vinegar and that Spic and Span Pocket Duster are going to be new best friends!!  I saw a lady with 4 or more of the dusters in her cart and she was gracious enough to tell me where to find them.  I love vinegar for cleaning.  (The best is a cup of vinegar in the machine with clothes you forgot about and have started to smell musty.  The vinegar really does disinfect and kill the smell.)  I typically buy a gallon of vinegar during our grocery store shop, but I’m out and this will tide me over for awhile.

Allary craft thread is fun.  I recently got into embroidery (with the rest of the craft-trendy world) and this is perfect for my beginner budget.

Pond’s Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser was a good deal as I’m seeing it for about $6.49 elsewhere.  It seems to be rated highly by users.  I’ve near given up on my skin post babies.  Not sure what my face is up to but I keep switching up products to see what is going to work for me.  I try to stick to natural as possible, but I intend to use this as a weekly exfoliant and not a daily cleanser, although it is both.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 8/5

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1.  Coppertone Wet ‘n Clear SPF 50 – 6oz
2.  Crayola Jumbo Bath Dropz Scented 3 Color Bath Fizzy – 1ct.
3.  Momentum Brands Round Plates – 12ct.
4.  Momentum Brand Party Napkins
5.  Immaculate Cinnamon Rolls with Icing – 17.5oz
6.  Immaculate Buttermilk Biscuits – 16oz
7.  Giorgio Sliced Baby Bella (Crimini) Mushrooms – 5oz
8.  Swanson Cooking Stock Vegetable – 26oz
9.  Dannon Light DanActive Probiotic Dairy Drink – 8pack/3.1oz
10.  Bear Naked Real Nut Energy Bars Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter – 2oz (2 for $0.99)
11.  Kellogg’s Special Chocolatey Drizzle Cereal Bars – 12pack/0.8oz
12.  Mountain High Lowfat Yoghurt Honey – 32oz

Friends DVD2

Also Pictured: Best of Friends Disc 3 & 4 – 10 Fan Favorites

I’m sure you’re sick of seeing sunscreen… I apologize, but one guy at the store today sure wasn’t!!  I swear this man had at least 20 bottles of sunscreen piled up in his cart.  These have an expiration of 11/14, but I’m unsure of how accurate that is.  Sunscreen is one product I do try to adhere closely to the expiration date.  Just being safe.

Crayola Jumbo Fizz!  How fun for the kiddos!  I ended up putting this one back because our tub grout job was a DIY and isn’t yet sealed.  The bag did say it could stain porous and unsealed tubs and grout.  Fortunately the kids didn’t notice/mind.

The Swanson Cooking Stock I have been seeing for over a month or so now but in the Turkey flavor.  It doesn’t seem to be moving very quickly, but maybe with November coming up before too long.  I plan to use it when making quinoa.  My husband doesn’t care for the bitter taste that quinoa can have (I swear I don’t notice it), but hopefully the stock will help to hide the bitterness.

12 pack of the Special K cereal bars seems like a pretty good deal!  I saw a dual pack of 50 bars this weekend at Grocery Outlet for $9.99, which I thought was a good deal for 50!  This is even better of a deal for those of you who can snag some boxes!

I was in the checkout line when I noticed this Best of Friends DVD!  Looks like you can find it on Ebay for $3.99, so not a huge score but still a fun stocking stuffer or gift for the Friends fan in your life.  I own all 10 seasons on DVD… so I think I’m set.  ;)  I was surprised though to see other movies that I actually recognized and had seen before!  I hope this is the beginning of a new trend.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 7/29

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1. Planting Pot
2. Gold Peak Tea Lemon – 59oz
3. Ritz Fresh Stacks Everything Crackers – 11.8oz
4. Suave Professionals Waterless Foam Shampoo – 4oz
5. Expressions Pony-O’s
6. Rice A Roni Whole Grain Chicken & Herb Classico – 3.8oz
7. Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard – 8oz
8. Lea & Perrins Marine-In-A-Bag Roasted Garlic Balsamic – 12oz
9. Organic Bella Italia Spaghetti – 16oz
10. Organic FireSide Wheat Thin Crackers – 8oz
11. Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Potatoes Mashed 2 pack – 11.75oz
12. Heinz BBQ Sauce Honey – 19oz

A planting pot for $0.99 is lovely! So many fun pinterested-inspired things you could do, including a patio herb garden, painted pot with flowers for a gift, or heavens know what other creative things you could do. And the price is right for trying some fun crafts!

Suave Professional’s has this Waterless Foam Shampoo that (per the bottle) is salon tested to compare with the Bumble and Bumble version. I used to use Bumble and Bumble in college when I frivolously spent money and while I do love their products… they surely aren’t frugal. Such an interesting concept after the popularity of dry shampoos and now conditioner washing, which is where you only cleanse with a light conditioner. So many options. Get to your local store to try this for yourself!!

Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard isn’t a brand I’ve seen before at 99 cents only stores, so voila! I LOVE dipping pretzels (especially the sticks) in some spicy brown mustard. This mustard with a bag of pretzels would be less than a $2.00 snack for at least one week’s worth. A yummy and super frugal treat for your lunch!

Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Potatoes… yum. And two packs in a box. Yum, yum, yum.

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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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