Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 12/16

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  1. Plum Organics Tots Mighty 4 Essential Nutrition Bar – 6pk/0.67oz
  2. Philadelphia Chive & Onion Cream Cheese – 16oz
  3. Western Bagel Onion Bagels – 12oz
  4. Plum Organics Pumpkin-Pomegranate-Quinoa-Greek Yogurt Pouch – 4oz ($0.50)
  5. Pillsbury Simply Rustic French Bread – 13.2oz
  6. Yoplait GoGurt Watermelon & Strawberry Banana- 8pk/2.25oz
  7. Post Honey Combs w/ Twisted Marshmallows – 12.5oz
  8. Plum Organics Tots Teensy Fruits Peach Snacks – 5pk/0.35oz
  9. Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow
  10. Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Bold Maple Honey Ham – 8oz

Not Pictured: Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats Touch of Fruit Raisin

A pound of Chive & Onion cream cheese for $0.99!!!  Literally in tummy heaven.  I used to work at a bagel store in high school and I got a major craving for a garlic bagel with chive shmear.  Today I got to satisfy a week’s worth of cravings for $1.98!!  The Western Bagels are yummy and I cannot express how much I love this cream cheese flavor.  Haha.  I bought two… out of guilt I left one 16oz jar behind… but I wanted them all.  ;)

My store had a huge selection of Plum Organics pouches today and they were marked at $0.99/each, when I think they really were all 2 for $0.99.  I was quite irritated though when I got to the check out and they informed me that the boxes of 6 weren’t actually for sale.  The SKU didn’t work on the box.  They only rang up individually.  There have been plenty of times when I’ve seen a few bigger boxes of an item for sale and then also boxes they had opened and priced items individually.  I ended up not buying the box because the flavor actually sounds quite offensive… but I would have given it a try at 6 for $0.99… just not at $0.50 each.

Today we carb loaded and I brought about 6 boxes of cereal home.  The Post Honey Combs are a cereal I liked growing up.  I didn’t notice that they have marshmallows in them, so unfortunately my kids won’t be eating these but I know my hubby will enjoy his secret cereal stash.  Not pictured, but I also picked up Frosted Mini Wheats Touch of Fruit.  I don’t know what is about kids and cereal… okay… it’s the sugar.  But I wish it wasn’t so easy and full of sugar.  We did splurge today though and I do tend to be a brand snob with cereal, but only because the generic brand boxes at the 99 Cents Only stores are super tiny and so I don’t feel like I’m getting a good deal.     

Maybelline Expert Eyeshadow was a fun find today.  They had a haphazard box of eye shadows, but a good selection of fun colors and they were $0.99.  These would make a GREAT stocking stuffer for your teen girl or even for a littler girl for dress up.

Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 12/9

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  1. Oscar Mayer Bourbon Barbeque Seasoned Bacon Jerky – 3oz
  2. Cascadian Farms Protein Granola Apple Crisp – 9oz
  3. Dannon Dananino Value Pack – 12pk/1.76oz
  4. Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Bold Maple Honey Ham – 8oz
  5. Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix – 17.5oz
  6. Hostess Mini Fruit Pies Apple – 6pk/12oz
  7. Minute Maid Orangeade – 59oz
  8. Plum Kids Organics Slam Dunx Fruit & Veggie Dip- 4pk/1.83oz
  9. McCormick Produce Partners Bearnaise Sauce Mix – 0.9oz
  10. Rimmel Clean Finish Foundation – 1oz
  11. Lipton Soup Secrets Ring-O-Noodle Soup Pouches – 2pk/4.9oz

My husband was shopping with me this go around and there was no way we were leaving without $0.99 bacon jerky!  He even opened it in the parking lot and thought it was pretty darn good.  I have yet to try it, but we saved about $3.00 off the average package price!  Looked like the Oscar Mayer fairy stopped at the 99 Cents Only Store this week.  Yayaya!

Cascadian Farms Protein Granola retails for about $4.98-$5.99 at other full-price stores!  I also grabbed a bag of the Back to Nature granola.  I’m not a huge granola fan… but I always seem to buy it because I feel like I’m getting a good deal.  Silly, but I can’t seem to help myself.  Do you have an item like that, one that you just can’t help buying for cheap?!

Oscar Mayer Deli Honey Ham?!?!  As we were leaving the store and refrigerated section an employee came out with some packs of these asking if anyone would like any.  I actually already had my little cart photo taken and we were leaving, but I couldn’t leave these behind and miss sharing a good find with you all!  The bold flavor isn’t one I have tried before and the maple is too sweet for my liking, but my husband and daughter liked it, especially on bread with condiments to mellow out the stronger, sweet taste.

Cold and flu season calls for Lipton soup mixes to be on hand!  I like having some back-up foods in case one of us ends up sick and we’re unable to run out.  For the price, I grabbed a couple packs for our cupboards! 

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 12/2

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1.  Randall Reindeer’s Naughty & Nice Report Hardcover
2.  Capri Sun Strawberry Kiwi-  4pk/11.2oz
3.  Frozen Cupcake Combo Kit-  18pcs
4.  Earthbound Farm Organic Herb Blend – 5oz
5.  Swanson Chinese Hot & Sour Flavor Infused Broth – 32oz
6.  Frozen Napkins & Dessert Plates
7.  Izze Sparkling Clementine – 4pk/8.4oz
8.  Softsoap Antibacterial Value Refill
9.  Mini Lalaloopsy Berry’s Blueberry Party – ($1.99)
10.  Keebler Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies – 12oz
11.  My LalaOopsies Ponies Tea Biscuit ($1.99)

Randall reindeer is a cute Christmas story about what happened when Santa lost his naughty and nice list!  At $24.95, it seems the book once came with packaging and a stuffed reindeer.  I was quite happy though with a $0.99 Christmas hardcover book to add to our collection.

Frozen has made its way to the dollar store!  If you have a young kiddo you’re planning a party for check out your local 99 Cent Only Store first.  I was quite surprised to find these adorable cupcake kits.  There was also a nice selection of plates, dessert plates, napkins and cups.  What a perfect way to save on your little’s next party.

I was delighted to find these adorable LalaLoopsy toys and know that they would make a great addition to your child’s stocking!!  I always struggle to find inexpensive stocking stuffers that won’t just be tossed in a month.  These look like they’ll last quite awhile and for the price you can’t beat it!!

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 11/18

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  1. Heinz Real Mayonnaise – 15oz (4 for $0.99!!!!)
  2. Angel Sweet Tomatoes – 1pt
  3. Gulden’s Zesty Honey Mustard – 12oz
  4. Keebler Fudge Stripes Original – 11.5oz
  5. Charles & Alice Fruit Friends Squeezable Fruit – 4pk/3.2oz
  6. Pace Chunky Salsa Medium – 15oz
  7. Betty Crocker Simple Recipe Potatoes – 3.1oz (2 for $0.99)
  8. Stacy’s Parmesan, Garlic & Herb Pita Chips – 8oz
  9. Martinelli’s Sparkling Prickly Passion Lemonade – 25.4oz
  10. Hanes Girls Toddler Premium Pants ($1.99)

4 jars of real mayonnaise for $0.99!! $0.25 for 15 ounces of mayonnaise… that’s crazy good! We haven’t used it yet but per some reviews it doesn’t taste like Hellman’s, but is different and delicious. Apparently it only came in the small pouches for a long time, but now it’s made it’s way into the 99 Cents Only stores. The expiration date is at the end of January. I think I’ve mentioned my husband’s love of mayo (which was passed onto my daughter), so I anticipate being able to get through our jars just fine.

Apparently, Charles & Alice company has been making applesauce in France for more than 75 years and is ranked #1 there for its no sugar added fruit snacks. While they aren’t organic, there are no GMOs, 100% fruit, no preservatives, no sugar, and BPA free. Fruit pouches aren’t cheap, but at $0.25/pouch the price is one of the lower that I’ve seen, especially considering the quality.

I’ve been surprised at how much Martinellis I have been seeing at the store. A few weeks ago it was the original and this week the sparkling lemonades. Such a great drink to bring to a holiday party. Why not buy them here as you know you’ll be taking them somewhere within the next couple months? Looking forward to trying this flavor.

An end cap at my store had some super cozy Hanes Women’s xl sweatshirts for $1.99 and I was so sad when I couldn’t find one in my size. However, these toddler girl sweats are so cute and so, so, so soft on the inside. I only grabbed one pair and wish I would have purchased them in the next couple sizes up. The print is sweet and they are a nice thick material. Even at $1.99, these were a good deal.


Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip

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  1. Cutie Pops Pets Lolli ($1.99)
  2. Quaker Protein Baked Bars Oatmeal Raisin Nut – 6pk/1.65oz
  3. Nescafe Memento Caramel Latte – 8pk/0.8oz
  4. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Double Chocolatey Chunk – 8pk/0.78oz
  5. San Antonio Premium Shells 78 – 16oz
  6. HyVee Hickory House Alabama White Wash BBQ Sauce – 16.75oz
  7. Goody Ouchless Headbands – 5pk
  8. Goody Bobby Pins – 75ct
  9. Izze Sparkling Blackberry – 4pk/8.4oz
  10. Earthbound Farm Organic Butter Easy Leaves – 5oz
  11. Driscoll’s ORGANIC Raspberries – 6oz
  12. Hinode Brown Rice Medium Grain 2 Microwave Bowls – 2pk/4.4oz

The Cutie Pops Pets were cute.  I saw three in my store.  They sell for upwards of $7 elsewhere and the reviews I saw were quite favorable.  A fabulous stocking stuffer or fabulously frugal birthday/Christmas present at $1.99.  There are extra snap on ears. tail and “pops”.

The Goody bobby pin pack was originally 2 for $5 and is a great stocking stuffer for the ladies in your life.  The traveler, the student athlete, the frazzled mom… everyone could use this cute (and handy!!) pack of bobby pins.  The boxes had hot pink, teal and purple tops… very cute and useful stocking stuffer!

San Antonio Shells are made in Italy and 100% all natural.  I thought it was quite a festive package and would even be cute as part of a holiday gift set since the packaging is very pretty.  If you make homemade pasta sauces a bag or two of this pasta and some jars of sauce would be a really nice basket gift!

I’ve never had the Izze drinks before and I could kick myself that I only purchased the one 4 pack.  These are so delicious, 70% juice, and only 90 calories.  I couldn’t imagine purchasing these full priced at the store, but I sure wish I would have purchased a few more packs for only $0.99.

ORGANIC DRISCOLL RASPBERRIES.  I’ve mentioned that we are mainly shopping our local farmer’s market for produce… but I uncharacteristically meandered through the produce and found organic butter lettuce for my husband’s lunch sandwiches and then ORGANIC raspberries!!  I bought quite a few clamshells and yet there were still a lot left!!  This is one of my favorite finds… I think, ever.  One box wasn’t quite as sweet as the others, but the majority were delicious!  Yaya for $0.99 organic raspberries!!!





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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 11/4

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1. Mega Bloks Skylanders Giants Flameslinger – 98pcs ($1.99)
2. Western Bagel Plain – 12oz
3. Guerrero Flour Tortillas –
4. Progresso Recipe Starters Fire-Roasted Tomato – 9oz
5. Philadelphia Cream Cheese – 8oz
6. Progresso Recipe Starters Creamy Portobello Mushroom – 9oz
7. Colgate Extra Clean Soft Toothbrush
8. Dr. Ken’s All Natural Toothpaste with Green Tea Extract Winter Green –
9. Scunci Girl No Damage Hair Ties – 20pcs
10. Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast Chap Stick – 0.15oz
11. Minute Maid Premium Citrus Punch – 59oz

Mega Bloks Skylander Giants Flameslinger is currently selling at Target for $11.39!!!  For $1.99 at the 99 Cents Only store… this is a STEAL!  The blocks were quite comparable to Lego brand and I think should be compatible if mixing the two to build.  I was tempted to buy a bunch for Christmas and birthday gifts… but I wasn’t sure what the quality would be.  The quality is actually quite great!  My store still had a end-cap shelf left when I was there last.

Progresso Recipe Starters aren’t something I would typically purchase because I’m 1. cheap and 2. trying to eat more cleanly.  But sometimes ease and convenience just win out, plain and simple.  And I like sharing the higher value finds with you all!!  I know my husband will really be happy to try the Portobello Mushroom sauce.  Hoping we will like these two sauces.

Dr Ken’s All Natural Toothpaste!!!!!  At a savings of about $6 per tube… I have been watching and waiting for these to come back.  I all about lost hope when, lo and behold, I found them again!  I bought 5 tubes to last me for quite awhile.  My cousin swears by organic coconut oil and baking soda as an alternative to chemical-heavy toothpaste.  My old boss just brushed with straight baking soda at least 3 times daily.  While I’m not ready to go either of those routes quite yet… I will buy these fabulous all natural pastes at $0.99 each!!!

Where do all a girl’s hair ties go?  There is some alternative universe filled with hair ties, bobby pins, and matchless socks.  Until that universe is located… thank goodness for Scunci brand at the $0.99 store.  Even though they all go missing, I am still a brand snob when it comes to hair products.  I like a little name recognition in hopes that they may last longer than other brands (before I lose them.)  BUT I’m not paying upwards of $5 for the regularly priced bundle at a local store.  Luckily us stealthy shoppers sometimes get the best of both worlds!

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 10/28

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  1. Crest + Oral B Pro-Health Stages – 3 toothbrushes, 2 tubes toothpaste ($1.99)
  2. Rimmel Match Perfection Blush – 0.52oz ($1.99)
  3. Bongo Lip Gloss – 0.30oz
  4. Scunci No-Slip Grip Clips- 2pcs
  5. Scunci Braids – 1pc
  6. NYC Sun ‘n’ Bronze Bronzing Powder – 0.42oz ($1.99)
  7. Classico Balsamic Fig Simmering Sauce – 15.5oz
  8. Quaker Oatmeal to Go Brown Sugar Cinnamon – 6pk/2.1oz
  9. Hallmark Party Disney Invitations – 8ct
  10. Kashi Sundried tomato, Basil & Feta All Natural Hummus Crisps – 4oz
  11. Hask Pure Shine Miracle Styling Creme – 8oz

The Crest and Oral B packs are a great deal! They had the Monsters Inc characters along with Winnie the Pooh. I am hoping these motivate my eldest to learn how to spit and therefore be able to use fluoride toothpaste! I’ll easily spend $2.50+ for a smaller tube of kids toothpaste, so I was quite happy to find this large pack even if it was $1.99 rather than $0.99.

Don’t judge me for the Scunci braid faux-hair braid! I’m currently obsessed with the series Vikings on the History channel. All the women wear the coolest braids in their hair. I am reaching with this Scunci brand, but I thought it was pretty fun. And it’s Halloween-ish… I figured now is the time to get away with this kind of stuff. ;)

I am quite excited to try the Classico simmering sauce! Our house has a fig tree and I just spent all summer eating figs near daily, otherwise I don’t think I would have been brave enough to try this. Fig are expensive and in trying to give away pounds of them, I learned that a lot of people have never really had figs. Our store had a ton of bottles, so go grab one to try yourself

The Disney Hallmark invitations are a steal at $0.99 for 8!! The characters are popular ones too! I even spotted Disney Princess Hallmark paper dessert plates! I know a lot of people nowadays just do evites, but these were quite an affordable alternative.

The Hask Styling Creme has some really good reviews online! The price couldn’t be better if you’re in the market for a new styling creme. Make sure to check out the beauty section of your store for fun and inexpensive products!

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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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