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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30 Meals in 30 Days |November Full Meal Plan & Shopping List

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The holidays are getting close and we are all short on time.  I’ve made meal planning for November EASY for you! You will use thee the list below (printable 30-day meal plan), print out the shopping list and double check the pantry essentials list and head to the grocery! You will spend under $250 for these 30 dinners and I’m willing to bet you will have left overs on most nights if you are a family of 4 or less.

The link for the meals contain the recipes found on some of my favorite websites. The ones without the links are self-explanatory or quick and easy favorites.  I’ve also included some helpful tips that I use in my own home.   The majority of the meals are enough for a family of six and all of them are kid tested & approved!  The key is make it work for you! If you made homemade spaghetti sauce from your garden, then you can cross off spaghetti sauce.   I promise these recipes are easy enough make – even with little ones creating chaos all around you!


Asian Chicken Stir Fry  (for this one I use Simply Asia Sweet Ginger Garlic Seasoning, stir fry veggies & toss with rice)
BBQ chicken & Ranch Salad (you can make this chicken ahead of time when you grill chicken, and pre-prep your veggies)
Beef Roast, Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans (crockpot meal!)
Black Bean Enchiladas & Brown Rice
BLTs, Raw Carrots, Oven Fries (prep your potatoes & cut carrots ahead of time)
Brats, Sauerkraut, Great Northern Beans
Burgers, Slim Potato Casserole, Green Beans (my family loves this slim recipe better than the original!)
Chicken Caesar Salad (make your chicken ahead of time when you are grilling the rest)
Chicken Lo Mein (this one is a family favorite)
Chicken Nuggets, Corn, Macaroni & Cheese
Crockpot Pesto Chicken, Parmesan Garlic Quinoa, Broccoli (you may want to skip the red pepper flakes for kids)
Crockpot Pork Tenderloin, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans
Grilled Chicken w/ Creamy Asparagus Pasta (another family favorite… delicious!)
Ground Beef Tacos, Refried Beans, Rice (make double ground beef and save for taco salad – or prep/cook all ground beef ahead of time)
Honey Garlic Pork Chops, Roasted Cauliflower w/ Cheese (I use 1/2 the honey in the recipe and it’s still delicious)
Italian Pasta & Bean Soup (you can make ahead and freeze)
Make Your Own Pizza (we have pepperoni on the shopping list, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
Margarita Pizza Quesadillas on Spinach Tortillas, Oven Fries
Mashed Potato & Ham Soup, Crusty Bread
Mongolian Beef
Parmesan Tilapia, Brown Rice, Black Beans (even picky eaters will LOVE this fish!)
Pasta E Fagioli Soup-  (make this once & eat it twice!)
Pasta w/ Garlic, Sausage, White Beans & Broccoli (the leftovers are as good as the night you made it!)
Pork Roast, Brussels Sprouts, Couscous (I buy boxed quick cook flavored couscous)
Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Cole Slaw, Macaroni & Cheese, Raw Carrots  (super easy & oh so delicious)
Asian Chicken & Fried Rice (I use the same Simply Asia seasoning from the Stir Fry)
Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad
Sun-dried Tomato Pasta
Taco Salad (use ground beef and add your favorite salad fixings & kidney beans)

Let’s get started!

Enjoy your 30 days of home cooked meals that are easy enough for busy families!

Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 9/30

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99 cents 930

  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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99 Cents 923

  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!  ;)

Grocery Outlet Deal ~ Read Dot’s Find

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Grocery Outlet HOT Sun

Our reader Dot Q. shared this deal with me. Take a look at her awesome find. Thanks Dot!

HUGE deal at Grocery Outlet: I found Crystal Light liquid drink mixes – in the little squirt bottle you add to water – at the super-low price of 2/$1…..about six flavors, including iced tea, mango passion fruit, strawberry lemonade and peach bellini….. These sell in the grocery store for at least $2.99, sometimes I can get them on sale and use a coupon, but I can’t beat this price! Also, try the Barber Foods frozen chicken fillets, Sweet Potato Crusted, at $4.99 a box – there’s about 10 in a package, they plump up in the oven during cooking and are yummy!

Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 4/29

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99 cents 429

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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99 cents

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 4/1

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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!

Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 3/18

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1. Quaker Popped Caramel Corn Rice Snacks – 8.4oz
2. Glitter Eggs – 6ct
3. iPieces Fishing Game – 4 poles & App
4. Decorative Egg Cups – 6ct
5. Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix – 6pack/1.25oz
6. Breakstone’s Greek Style Sour Cream & Nonfat Yogurt – 16oz
7. Avocado Ranch Wholly Guacamole 100 Calorie Snack Packs – 3packs/2.0oz
8. Weight Watchers Double Chocolate Muffin – 4pack/7.6oz total
9. Wholly Guacamole Classic – 7oz
10. Zatarain’s New Orleans STyle Four Cheese Pasta Dinner Mix – 6.5oz
11. Brown Rice Baked with Sweet Potato Triscuit in Roasted Sweet Onion – 9oz

99 cents holiday decorations are so fun and being cheap… I don’t feel guilty getting some here and there. I’m going to prop these glittery eggs in the plastic egg cups and have a colorful Easter mantel. Not pictured but they also had some fun Easter-colored pom-poms and foam stickers. I picked up a couple of these for Easter crafts.

Wholly 99 cent Guacamole! I’ve never seen this brand before at the store and even more enjoyed the 3 individual packs in 1 box. I’ve been on a Mexican food kick and already had tortilla chips in the house, which is rare because I lack self control. :) Super happy to score these this week!

Weight Watchers Double Chocolate Muffins – yum. I know a lot of women use the weight watchers plan adn these little guys come in at 4 pts each. Irregardless of the plan, they looked delicious! There were also some Blueberry muffins as well!

Triscuits – just say No!! I’m sorry, but I opened these to snack on and they are just really not good. The onion tastes too chemical-ly and the crackers are extremely dense. Pass on these guys.


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 3/11

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99 Cents 311

1. Campbell’s Pork & Beans – 19 3/4oz
2. Back to Nature Triple Ginger Cookies – 9oz
3. Kellogg’s Cornflakes Extra Cranberry & Almond – 12.9oz
4. Silk Chocolate Soy Milk – 1qt
5. Kraft Philadelphia Snack Delights Caramel – 8oz
6. Nutra Nail Gel Perfect – Activator, Gel-Color, Brush Cleaner
7. Thai Kitchen Instant Rice Noodle Soup – 1.6oz (2 for $0.99)
8. Guan’s Mushrooms Brown Beech – 5.3oz
9. Snow Peas – 1lb
10. Let’s Do… Organic Sugar Cones – 4.6oz
11. Goody FASHIONOW Salon Clip – 1ct
12. Immaculate Ready-to-Bake Pie Crusts – 15oz

Nutra Nail Gel Perfect – originally $12.00 at local drugstores!!! The sweet checker at my 99 cents store let me know that the polish shipment had come with the previous stickers on it, labeling it at $12.00. I love that it sets “Rock Solid” in 5 minutes. That’s my kind of time frame! I don’t have the time to be couch bound for 2 hours while I pray that my nails dry before I inevitably bump up against something and destroy my hours of work. My store had a selection of reds, blush, coral, blue, teal and brown. The gel color is a small 0.17oz bottle, but hopefully it lasts for a long while. The catch may be that they suggest their brand of Gel Remover… I’m hoping regular polish remover does the trick.

Guan’s Mushrooms and snow peas would make a great addition to a stir fry. Guan’s comes with a yummy tasting recipe idea for their mushrooms stir-fried with hot oil, ginger, salt, and soy sauce served over a bed of broccoli or rice. I would toss in some chicken and enjoy these gourmet mushrooms!

The Immaculate Pie Crusts come with two rolls of crust for making either two pies or one covered pie! I think I’ll be making two uncovered apple pies, but I love that there is the option for both kinds of pies.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 2/25

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99 cents 225

1.  Jell-O Jigglers Kit w/ 26 Alphabet Cutters & 2 – 6oz strawberry gelatins
2.  Wegman’s Organic Baby Kale Greens – 11oz
3.  Honey Maid Honey Grahams – 14.4oz
4.  Barbara’s Snackimals Animal Cookies Double Chocolate – 7.5oz
5.  Jell-O Sugar Free Original Rice Pudding – 14.5oz
6.  Cauliflower – approx 2 lbs
7.  Bolthouse Farms Baby-Cut Carrots – 2lbs
8.  Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuff Soft Flour Tortillas – 8ct/6.7oz

Not Pictured: Clausen Hot & Spicy Pickle Spears, Earthbound Organic Baby Greens

The Jello-O Jigglers set was popular with the moms in the 99 cent store today.  The font of the letters is really cute and upon inspecting them at home, they seem sturdy enough that they could be used as stencils for arts & crafts or for cutting cookies as well.  Had I know, I may have purchased two sets to keep individually for fun and for food.

Wegman’s Organic Baby Kale is a really great find!!  I have never seen this brand or the baby kale before.  Baby kale is more palatable raw than mature kale, so we will probably be eating it with the salad rather than blending it into smoothies, as I typically do with other kale.

Barbara’s Snackimals are carried at Whole Foods and I recently purchased tiny serving bags, on sale, for about $0.80 each.  So at $0.99 for 7.5oz, I thought that was a pretty good deal!  They are made with organic grain and have no artificial additives which is yet another plus!

The cauliflower selection this week was great.  HUGE cauliflowers for double the size and a third of the price at regular grocers.  Last week I did find purple, green and orange cauliflowers, but they were a little too sad looking.  I’m not super familiar with cauliflower and just don’t know if I can cut off the bad parts and cook the rest.  Anyways, this week it looked much better and it will be in our tummies this evening!

Bolthouse Farms – TWO pounds!  That’s even better than normal!

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Dot Shares her Finds at Grocery Outlet! 2/21

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Our reader Dot shared her finds at Grocery Outlet today. Read on !

“Grocery Outlet specials: Knudsen Greek Sour Cream for $1.49 – it’s $2.99 on sale at Safeway this week, even with a $1/1 coupon, this is still a better price than at Safeway…try the Barber Foods Chicken Kiev chicken breast, $2.99 for a pkg of 2 – we love this stuff and this price is what I usually pay at Raley’s on sale…it’s delicious! Try the Barber Foods chicken tenders too, a big box is $6.99 (10-12 ib a box)….these plump up in the oven as they cook and come out moist and delicious….breaded Italian style this week…there is also a frozen flatbread, either a pkg of 10/$.99 or 30/$2.99, kind of like Naan, you heat in on a skillet or flat-top, sort of like warming a tortilla…gonna try it this weekend!…..only went in for cheese, came out with a bag of stuff, lol!”

Thank you for sharing! If you had any great shopping trips, please let me know and I will post them so others can benefit :)

Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 2/18

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99 Cents only

1.  Yoplait 12 cup Family Pack Strawberry & Strawberry Banana Yogurt – 12pack/6oz
2.  Anvil Organic Pre-shrunk T-shirt – 5T
3.  Yoplait Greek Blended Blueberry Yogurt – 4pack/5.3oz
4.  Sylvania 60W G16.5 Bulbs – 4pack
5.  Sensibly Natural Veggie Sticks – 3oz
6.  Goody Stay Tight Brown Bobbies – 90pcs
7.  Conecciones Organic Grape Tomatoes – 10oz
8.  Old Fashioned Baked Pumpkin Pie – 2 for $0.99
9.  Betty Crocker Glitter Gels Cosmic Colors – 4pack/0.68oz
10.  Tangerines – 2lbs

Not Pictured:  Nestle Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Creamer Chocolate – 16oz

The Yoplait truck must have been in town because people were walking away with boxes of 12 – 6oz yogurts for 99 cents.  Even going late today, at 1pm, there were still a few boxes of the 12 packs, 4pack Yoplait Greek & 4pack Yoplait Protein.  They also had tubs of the Mountain High yogurt in Plain and Fat Free.  A LOT of yogurt deals today!

I remember Jolene previously sharing some T-shirt finds with us and I was hoping to find ones to use as party favors.  I didn’t find any in the right colors, but I did find an organic cotton shirt which I had to grab.  It’s really soft and cozy!

Sensibly Natural Veggie Sticks are really a great find, I think.  They aren’t as greasy as some of the other varieties that I have tried.  All-natural ingredients, no trans fats, no GMO and gluten free.  Sounds pretty healthy for $0.99!!

Sylvania small base bulbs!!  I use these for the chandelier in my daughter’s room and definitely just spent $3.50+ per 4 pack.  I did “stock up” on the 60W version of these as I know they will be used.  I was really excited for this find!

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 2/11

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99 Cents 2:11

1.  Silk Pure Coconut Milk Original – 1/2gal
2.  Asparagus
3.  Eggplant
4.  Luigi’s Sherbet Raspberry – 14oz
5.  Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda – 1lb ($0.79)
6.  Elmer’s Colored Glue Sticks – 5pack/0.21oz
7.  Immaculate Blueberry Biscuits – 16oz
8.  Nestle Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Low-fat Vanilla – 16oz
9.  Food Should Taste Good Sea Salt Brown Rice Crackers – 20oz
10.  Simply Kraft Ricotta Cheese – 32oz (exp. 2/13/14)
11.  Hunt’s Pasta Sauce Roasted Garlic & Onion – 24oz
12.  Blackberries – 6oz
Not pictured: Lucerne Almond Milk Vanilla & Original – ½gal

I didn’t pick up any oranges or apples today, but I wanted to mention that our store had both for $0.79/lb.  I know we’ve been disappointed before when the prices go up, so I had to let you all know that the prices sometimes alternatively go down!  As with the Arm & Hammer baking soda coming in at under $0.99.  I’m not using baking soda as frequently as before, but I used to wash nightly with baking soda as an exfoliant.  Any aestheticians are free to correct me!  My understanding is that it is more gentle than a lot of the exfoliants on the market.

Elmer’s Colored Glue Sticks!  Red, orange, yellow, green and blue – a rainbow of fun!  Not pictured but I also purchased some Valentine’s confetti to help the kids practice some fine motor skills employing the glue sticks, paper, and little confetti pieces.  Another fun dollar store craft used 99 cents store coffee filters.  I cut heart shapes out of the filters, let the kids draw on the hearts with markers, and then had them “paint” with water over top of the marker.  The results were beautiful!  The marker runs and becomes very soft and diluted.  We hung them on our windows as faux light catchers.  My husband joked that we were wasting coffee filters, but at $0.99 we’ll have many opportunities for crafts on the cheap!

Ricotta cheese and eggplant!  This calls for a twist on one of my favorite recipes.  It’s a little labor intensive but so yummy!  Everyday Food Baked-Eggplant Parmesan on marthastewart.com calls for baked eggplant layered in mozzarella cheese and chunky tomato sauce.  I am going to substitute ricotta for the mozzarella (per my find today) which will change the consistency and steer it towards more of a eggplant lasagna, but I’ll enjoy the creativity on a dime.  Plus let’s be honest.  Baked eggplant, bread crumbs, tomato sauce, and cheese.  It’s kind of hard to mess that up!

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