Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 3/5

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99 cents store 3-5

Here are the latest frugal finds at the 99 Cents Only Stores:

1.   Fresh Seedless Mandarin Oranges, 2 lbs
2.   Artisan Lettuce, 4ct
3.   Activia Dairy Drink, 4pk of 7oz bottles (!)
4.   Gatorade Powder Packs, 8ct (yields 8qts)
5.   Progresso Recipe Starters, 18oz
6.   Wanchai Ferry Garlic Chicken Kit, 21.5oz
7.   White Navy Beans, 1 lb

My objective today was buying dried white beans in order to make a big batch of soup!  I have a ham bone left from a nice half-ham, and you can be sure I’ll squ-eeeeze every last bit of flavor from that bone by making Ham & Bean Soup.  Spring showers are predicated tomorrow, so a steaming savory soup + a crisp green salad is on my menu plan.  The salad will be lettuce, sliced Mandarin oranges, and sliced avocado. Frugal.  Easy.  Comforting.

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 2/27

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99 cents Only 2-27

Greek Gods Yogurt + springtime produce favorites on today’s 99 Cents Only trip:

1.   Greek Gods Nonfat Yogurt, 32oz (!!)
2.   Activia, 4pk
3.   Food Should Taste Good Chips, 5.5oz
4.   Glutino Gluten Free Cookies, 300grams
5.   Marie’s Buttermilk Dip, 15.5oz chilled
6.   Fresh Sugar Snap Peas, 1 lb (!)
7.   Fresh Snow Peas, 10oz (!)
8.   Fresh English Cucumber
9.   Golden Grape Tomatoes Limited Ed.

Crunchy food textures are my favorite!  I read that munching on crunchy foods relieves stress — stress gets released through the kinetic energy of your mouth having a workout.  Maybe that explains why I tend to reach for Doritos during stressful moments (Ugh!).  As a healthier alternative, but to still get my crunch factor, I loaded my fridge with Fresh Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas, and Cucumber slices!  Eaten plain or dipped in the Marie’s will be satisfying.  Greek Gods Yogurt is my hands-down luxury, and $1 for 32oz is a steal.  I am going to make Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Dip) with the yogurt & cucumber…let me know if you’d like the recipe!  The Food Should Taste Good Chips came in these varieties: Olive, Jalapeno, Lime, and Chocolate.  Be on the lookout for pints of Fresh Blueberries, too!

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 2/19

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99 Cents Feb 19
Normally, I do not enjoy grocery shopping on stormy days … but it’s 99 Cents Only Store trip day! And totally worth braving the rain for these gems:

1.   Lightlife Kick’n Black Bean Burgers 4ct, 10oz frozen (!)
2.   Fresh Avocados, 4ct (!)
3.   Good Grains Steel Cut Oats, 15oz
4.   TJ Farms Select Blueberries, 10oz frozen
5.   Yoplait Fruplait Yogurt, 4pk
6.   Yoplait Baby Yogurt, 4pk
7.   Jo Ann Blank Cards + Envelopes, 50ct (retail $6.99!)
8.   Hallmark Multipack Notecards (retail $4.49)

The Lightlife Kick’n Black Bean Burgers are normally found in Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.  I thought $1 for a package of 4 was a bargain.  Planning on serving the burgers topped with the fresh avocado and a little salsa!  If you’d like to try making Homemade Black Bean Burgers, here is the TFF recipe.   The Lightlife burgers are non-GMO, too!  I love the Good Grains Steel Cut Oats as hot oatmeal mixed with blueberries on cold, stormy mornings (well, any morning!)  If you’ve never tried steel cut oats, you’re missing out!  Finally, a nice shipment of assorted Hallmark Multipack Notecards + Envelopes ranging from 10-12ct has arrived!  I am very old-fashioned & insist that my kids handwrite and mail Thank You notes after birthdays or Christmas.  What about you?  Handwritten notes are a nice tradition to maintain, I feel, in our modern digital world.  I thought the Jo Ann Value Pack of Blank Cards + Envelopes 50ct was a good deal — and you could personalize the cards with photos of your child playing (or wearing) the gift.  Look for the Value Pack beneath the Hallmark packs in the Party Aisle!

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 2/12 (Mattel Apptivity Toy Sets!)

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99 Cents Only Store 2-12

Got kids?  Got an iPad?  If so, you might want to check 99 Cents Only Stores for Mattel’s Apptivity toy sets.  They work on iPad and are geared for ages 4+.  Amazon is selling Mattel Apptivity Toys for around $7    At my Clayton Road store, I found Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Batman, Fruit Ninja, Hot Wheels, and Monster High.  Look for a freestanding cardboard shipper display near the Kitchen Aisle or Toys!  I do not own an iPad, but I know many of you do.  Perfect for stocking your Gift Closet for upcoming birthdays or Valentine’s Day or Easter baskets!

99 Cents Only Store 2-12 #2
And speaking of Valentine’s Day, here are my grocery deals:

1.   Nestle Toll House Valentine Chocolate Morsels, 10oz
2.   Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, 17.5oz (use w/the morsels!)
3.   Russell Stover Cupid Coupon Chocolates (cute!)
4.   Fun-da-Middles Cupcake Mix, 15.4oz
5.   Land O Lakes Heavy Cream, 1qt (!!)
6.   Silk Pure Almond Milk, 1qt
7.   Naked OJ Mango, 15.2oz
8.   Gold Peak Teas, 59oz assorted
9.   Martinelli’s Sparkling Pink Lemonade (perfect for V-Day!)

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 2/5

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99 Cents Store 2-5

Breakfast deals and Valentine’s Day ideas on today’s trip to the 99 Cents Only Store:

1.  Quaker Multigrain Crisp Cereal, 12.5oz
2.  Udi’s Gluten-Free Muffin Tops, 8oz frozen
3.  Dole 100% Juice Pine-Orange-Banana, 64oz
4.  Wilton Valentine Party Bags + Ties, 20ct
5.   Wilton Cupcake Combo Cups + Picks, 24ct
6.   Oreo Triple Double Cookies, 13oz
7.   Beautiful Whole Cauliflower
Not pictured:  Strawberries, 1lb and Kid Cuisine Peanut Butter Sandwiches frozen

The Gluten-Free Muffin Tops came in a choice of Blueberry Oat or Chocolate Chia!  I picked up two cauliflowers and plan to make a pureed creamy cauliflower soup.  For Valentine’s Day parties and classroom exchanges, here are a few idea starters.  Use the cute Wilton Valentine Party Bags & fill them with Homemade Trail Mix!   You control the ingredients that go into your own Mix, and your children can actually help and be involved.  If you want to make your own candy, I posted last week about the Wilton Candy Molds!  The Wilton Cupcake Combo is a neutral-themed cup and pick that says “Celebrate” but you could get creative with heart stickers or computer-printed graphics.  Lastly, if you shop at the Clayton Road store, a new Papa John’s Pizza opened next door.  I just received an e-mail for a FREE Pizza from their Superbowl promo that Mr. Frugal posted about here.  If you received the same e-mail,conveniently combine your 99 Cent Store trip with picking-up your FREE Papa John’s Pizza!

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 1/29

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99 Cents Only 1-29

Over the weekend I was discouraged by my gas & electricity bill that’s up by 136% since last month!  Even postal rates increased on the 27th.  Rising prices derail my budget.  That’s why I love the 99 Cents Only Store where I can count on stable prices on staples.  Look at what a buck can buy:

1.    Horizon Organic Heavy Cream, 1pt
2.    Nature Made Flaxseed Oil, 125ct  (Sep ’14*)
3.    Nature Made Fish Oil, 200ct !! (Oct ’13*)
4.    Jell-O No Bake Lemon Meringue Pie, 14oz
5.    Temptations, 4pk chilled
6.    Pralinutta Duo Strawberry Spread, 13oz
7.    Wilton Candy Molds, 2ct
8.    “March of the Penguins” hardcover (retail $30)
9.    “Legacies” hardcover (retail $39.95)
Best by Dates for Nature Made indicated with *
Not pictured: Oreo Triple Cookies, 13oz & Wheat Thins

Recently, Julia’s daughter Haley shared an easy recipe for Homemade Butter!  Use the organic heavy cream & you’ll have organic butter, or whipped cream, or ice cream.  The Wilton Candy Molds 2ct came in your choice of Flowers or Sports designs.  With Valentine’s Day and Easter coming up, DIY candies and candy pops are an idea using these molds.  Finally, check the Book Aisle for hardcovers to stock your Gift Closet (for unexpected guests at Christmas, perhaps).  All ages would enjoy “March of the Penguins” from National Geographic.  “Legacies” is about the collections at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  I had the opportunity to visit that museum, and my favorite was Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz!

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 1/22

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99 Cents Only Store 1-22

Staying well & saving money.  There IS hope for accomplishing both!  Everything $1, no coupons necessary, from the Clayton store:

1.    Nature Made Fish Oil, 60ct (Nov ’13*)
2.    Nature Made Krill Oil, 60ct (Aug ’13*)
3.    Nature Made Vitamin D3, 100ct (Apr ’14*)
4.    Nature Made Acidophilus Probiotic, 45ct (Jan ’14*)
5.    Fresh Oranges, 3lb bag of immunity!
6.    Challenge Butter Sea Salt & Pepper, 7oz
7.    Dannon Pure Yogurt, 6pk
8.    Newtons Fruit Thins Whole Grain Cookie, 10.5oz
9.    Silk Fruit & Protein, 1qt
10.  Avery 4×6 Big Notes, 135ct
11.  Avery Note Tabs, 16ct
{Best By Dates for Nature Made indicated with *}

Thank you to Reader KC Yosh who commented in last week’s post about finding Nature Made items at the Concord Willow Pass store.  Sure enough, today I found them at the Clayton store.  It’s a big help when we share our finds, especially since we can’t rely on a printed weekly ad circular.  I wanted to mention a good use for the Avery Note Tabs.  If your coupon binder/box needs organization, these tabs are perfect for dividing categories of coupons into sections.  My sections are labeled Cereal, Chilled, Canned Goods, etc. and it streamlines my couponing trips!

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 1/17

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99 Cents Only 1-17

Produce, pomegranate juice, pie crusts & more only $1 each!  Hope you’ll find what I found today,!

1.    Pillsbury Pie Crusts, 14.1oz
2.    Fresh&Easy Heavy Whipping Cream, 1pt
3.    Trop50 Pomegranate-Blueberry Juice, 59oz
4.    Oscar Mayer Selects Turkey Breast, 9oz
5.    Musco Pearls Kalamata Olives, 6oz
6.    HoneyMaid Grahamfuls Pnut Butter, 8ct
7.    Grands! Cinnabon Rolls, big 3-can Pack (!)
8.    Tangerines (sporting Cuties labels), 2lb
9.    Green Bell Peppers,  6 ct (!)
10.  Nature Made Postnatal Vitamins, 150ct (!)
Not pictured:  Brussels Sprouts Stalk, huge Butternut Squash, and Newtons Fruit Thins Whole Grain Cookies, 10.5oz


Definitely stock-up price on pie crusts!  These freeze very well.  A TFF favorite is Homemade Pot Pie.  I’m planning to make Chicken Pot Pie utilizing this recipe & swapping chicken for turkey.  Funny how my kids avoid eating peas, except when peas are tucked into Chicken Pot Pie (then they’re begging for seconds!).  Watch for the whopping big pack of Cinnabon Rolls!  It’s 3 lbs. of enough dough & icing for 15 rolls, or for a bundt-pan full of Pull-Aparts (recipe on the back).  Finally, I had to tell you about the 150 ct Nature Made Postnatal Vitamins.  It is specially-formulated for nursing moms.  Best by date is April 2014.  Wondering if this is the Costco size, wow!

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 1/8

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99 Cents Store 1-8 Name brands I know and trust, all $1 each, on today’s 99 Cents Only Store trip:

1.   Kerr Mason Jars, 1pt
2.   Tyson Ground Chicken, 1lb frozen
3.   Polly-O Sweet BBQ Twisted String Cheese, 9oz
4.   Fresh Whole Spaghetti Squash
5.   Sweet Mini Peppers, 1lb bag
6.   Emeril’s Dijon Mustard, 12oz
7.   Kraft Mayo 30oz + Bonus Shake ‘n Bake
8.   G2 Powdered Mix 6.4oz tub
9.   Cool Whip, 8oz.

Mason jars are so versatile!  Here on TFF, we’ve seen mason jars used in crafting (Homemade Snow Globes) and in the kitchen (Homemade Jam).  I also use them for organizing and taming loose items, or foodstuffs which I’ve opened and wish to keep fresh.  I stocked-up on the Tyson Ground Chicken!  I think I’ve seen these same 1 lb chubs at Wal-Mart.

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 12/11

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Stocking-stuffers and Homemade Gift ideas on today’s trip to the 99 Cent Only Store:

1.    “Sponge Bob’s Christmas Wish” book (retail $5.99)
2.    American Greetings Xmas Wrap (Sponge Bob, Dora)
3.    Ghirardelli Premium Baking Bar Peppermint, 3.5oz
4.    Johnsonville Summer Sausage, 9oz
5.    2-cup Glass Container + Lid
6.    Stila Blueberry Bars, 6pk
7.    Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, 10pk
8.    Planters Peanut Butter Banana Granola, 12oz
9.    Butterball Turkey, 9oz
10.  Fresh Whole Kabocha Squash

Homemade Truffles nestled in the Glass Container is a gift idea.  Use the Ghirardelli Peppermint Premium Baking Bar, and visit the Ghirardelli website for recipes!  The 2-cup Glass Container + Lid is Made in the USA, and is freezer, oven, & microwave-safe.  The Johnsonville Summer Sausage looks just like the ones Hickory Farm puts out at holiday time.  Handy for a gift basket, stocking, or for entertaining!  Have you been inspired with gifty-ideas using your 99 Cent Store finds–please share!

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 12/4

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When can you go grocery shopping with $10, and get back change?  At the 99 Cents Only Store!  Organic items, too.  Here’s my trip, everything $1:

1.   Cascadian Farm Organic Apricot Fruit Spread, 10 oz.
2.   Muir Glen Organic Split Pea Soup, 14.9 oz.
3.   Earthbound Farm Organic Romaine Hearts, 12 oz.
4.   Fresh Jumbo Papaya (!)
5.   Campari Tomatoes on the Vine, 1 lb.
6.   Oscar Mayer Turkey Breast, 9 oz.
7.   Activia Yogurt, 4pk.
8.   Fleischmann’s Wheat Bread Mix, 14 oz.

The Wheat Bread Mix also contains ideas for personalizing your bread with fun mix-ins.  A warm loaf makes a thoughtful gift, and the gift to yourself is the comforting aroma filling your home!  The fresh papaya is wonderfully huge!  I’ve been known to eat half a papaya filled with cottage cheese for lunch.  Or try it with a squeeze of lime on top!

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 11/20

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Thanksgiving’s almost here, and I’m thankful for another year of bargain-shopping at the 99 Cents Only Store!  It’s helped my budget immensely, and it’s so easy!  No coupons, no hassles.  Simple deals on fresh produce & name-brand items, like these today, all $1:

1.   Kraft String Cheese, 12 pack (!!)
2.   Polly-O Mozzarella Ball, 8 oz.
3.   Oscar Mayer Smoked Ham, 10 oz.
4.   Brussels Sprouts Stalk
5.   Whole Watermelon
6.   Kiwi, now in 1.5 lb. bags!
7.   Breakstones Cottage Cheese, 4 pk.
8.   Rice Krispies Treats, 8 pk.

Need a Thanksgiving side dish?  A Frugal Find favorite is Julia’s recipe for Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon!    Today at the 99 Cents Only Store on Clayton Road, I was bewildered at this Brussels Sprouts Stalk!  It looks like a Dr. Seuss tree, and sure enough, the Brussels Sprouts are growing on the stalk.  A fellow shopper clued me in that these Brussels Sprouts Stalks go for $3.99 each at Trader Joe’s.  Turn it into a learning activity for children, and let them to help make Julia’s recipe! The Kraft String Cheese 12 pk for $1 is a super deal, and it also contains a coupon for $3/$10 Any Crayola purchase, too!  String Cheese is a perfect boost of protein/energy when I’m out shopping on Black Friday.

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Kerrisa’s Albertsons Twice the Value Shopping Trip – $0.49 Out of Pocket!

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Here is my Albertson’s shopping trip using TTV coupons, my total out of pocket for everything pictured above is just $0.49! I figured we’d try out the Campbell’s Skillet Sauces since we’re swimming in chicken over here from the Zaycon deal a few weeks ago. There are probably a billion ways to spend your TTVs with all the freebies going on. Remember, you can double the catalinas since they are manufacturer coupons! However, Alberstons does not allow overage with TTV coupons. Happy shopping!

Transaction 1

Buy (2) Campbell’s Skillet Sauce
use (2) $1/1 Campbell’s Skillet Sauces
Buy (1)  Bear Creek Pasta Mix
use $1/1 Bear Creek Pasta Mix 10/14/2012 SS Insert (exp 04/14/2013)
and 3 TTV coupons
Paid $0.49 and received $1 catalina from the skillets

Transaction 2

Buy (2) Campbell’s Skillet Sauce – $2.00
use (2) $1/1 Campbell’s Skillet Sauces
Buy (1)  Bear Creek Pasta Mix – $2.49
use $1/1 Bear Creek Pasta Mix 10/14/2012 SS Insert (exp 04/14/2013)
use $1 catalina from transaction 1
and 3 TTV coupons
Paid $0 and received $1 catalina from the skillets

Transaction 3

Buy (1) Hungry Jack Pancake Mix – $2.00
use $.55/1 peelie on box or
$0.55/1 Hungry Jack Pancake Mix or Syrup, 28 oz mix
Buy (2) Healthy Choice Single Serve Baked Entrees – $2.00
use (2) $0.75/1 Healthy Choice New Baked Entree
use $1 catalina from transaction 2
and 3 TTV coupons
Paid $0 and received $1 catalina from the Healthy Choice Entrees

You can go here to find more FREE deals this week using the Twice the Value coupons!


Jolene’s 99 Cents Store Shopping Trip 10/30

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Pumpkins!  Shoppers at the Clayton Road 99 Cents Only Store were picking out pumpkins today.  Here are my other finds:

1.   Pumpkin (located outside in bins)
2.   Crayola Glow Sand, 3 pk
3.   Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, 17.5 oz.
4.   Lean Cuisine Chicken Club Panini, 6 oz.
5.   Maxwell House Cappucino, 9.1 oz.
6.   Jumbo Yam
7.   Eggplant
8.   Cabbage
9.   Fleischmann’s Yeast, 3 pk

It’s time to dust-off the Bread Machine!  Instant coziness is a homemade loaf of bread & homemade soup.  Last week, it was too cold & rainy to go out grocery shopping, but I needed something for dinner.  By resourcefully using ingredients I already had, we enjoyed this simple, comforting meal.  I felt so self-sufficient, and the aroma of baking bread soothingly enveloped the house.  Amazing what a little yeast, flour, water, & butter can do!  Tip: Stock-up on yeast … only $1 for a 3 pack!

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Jolene’s 99 Cents Store Shopping Trip 10/23

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In-season produce + Homemade Greek Yogurt.  Stay tuned for my little experiment making Homemade Greek Yogurt (more affordably) coming tomorrow!  Remember that the 99 Cents Only Store sells produce by the piece or bag, all $1, so choose the biggest ones you can find.  Here’s today’s shopping cart:

1.    Huge Pomegranate (yielded 3c. of arils!)
2.    Butternut Squash, $1 regardless of weight
3.    Portabella Mushrooms, 5 oz.
4.    Plums, 2 lb. bag
5.    Kiwi, 7 ct. bag
6.    Smart Balance Light Spreadable Butter, 7.5 oz.
7.    Organic Grammy Sammy Yogurt Bar, 5 ct.
8.    Quaker Chewy Dipps Bar, Bonus 8 ct. box
9.    Nature Valley Granola Thins, 10 ct.
10.  Lipton Vegetable Soup/Dip Mix, 1.8 oz.
11.  Mountain High All Natural Yogurt, 32 oz.

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