Category Archives: My Deals

Stocking Up at the Publix Viva Italia Sale 2013

publix-viva-italiaI did three separate shopping trips this week to stock up on a lot of great deals. Every year during the Publix Viva Italia Sale I stock up on canned goods. I wasn’t actually planning on doing much couponing this week but this sale literally saves us money all year long because canned good last forever. See my last years shopping trip HERE. These are some of the lowest prices I see all year and they make it really easy to buy canned items in bulk with B1G1s and extra in store / printable coupons (same coupons, two ways to get them). Safe to say I saved a lot of $ and we just this month have run out of the canned items I bought last year. We were also fortunate enough to have been given $45 in Publix gift cards by family members so I used those to pay for most of these items. I also used one competitor $5 off of $25 purchase Save-A-Lot Coupon for each transaction.


Shopping Trip 1- (The couch isn’t from Publix although I did get a great deal on it lol)

Order Total- $22.44

Saved- $64.60

Out of Pocket Costs- Paid With a Gift Card so ZERO out of pocket


Shopping Trip 2-

Order Total- $30.42

Saved- $98.70

Out of Pocket Costs- Mostly Paid With Gift Cards so only $8.77


Shopping Trip 3-

Order Total- $14.75

Saved- $42.39

Out of Pocket Costs- $14.75


Weekly Total-

Out of Pocket Costs- $23.52

Saved Before Gift Cards- $205.69

Saved Including Gift Cards- $250.69
Now I think we are also ready for the Zombie Apocalypse should it hit within the next couple of months.

If you are interested in doing any of the deals that I have done in these transactions I will refer you to and for their deal listings.

A Frugal Date Night

Picture this- A couple celebrating their anniversary by getting dressed up in fancy clothes, walking through a downtown area, wandering through an art gallery and then heading to an expensive dinner at a nice restaurant. After enjoying a fantastic meal, they go to watch a movie.

Sounds expensive, right?

Well here are the numbers. We have been extremely busy the last few months and since this month was our anniversary we decided it was time for a nice date night. One of our favorite restaurants is a really nice place but it’s fairly expensive. Meals are around $25-30 per person but the food is excellent. One of the ways we save money is that I work at another restaurant that is also owned by the same company. Luckily I have a discount card that is for 50% off for up to 4 people at all the restaurants owned by the company that I work for. Also we received a gift card at Christmas for this same group of restaurants. When used together we received a huge discount. We had a $100 dinner including entrees, desert, and drinks for about $35 including a big tip (We always tip on the pre-gift card, pre-discount amount). We actually planned to go to the movies but then realized that there was nothing playing that we both wanted to see. We did however find a movie we both wanted to see at Redbox. So instead of spending $24 just for movie tickets (yes that’s what it costs where we live for two movie tickets) not including snacks or drinks, we enjoyed a movie at home.

Was it any less romantic?


Did it require a little more planning?


I am a firm believer that you can enjoy the finer things in life without spending a lot of money. For those of you who are already frugal I can see you nodding your heads. For those of you who would like to be more frugal think about this- If you can enjoy the same things for less, why wouldn’t you?

1-15-12 Publix Shopping Trip – Spent $15 Saved $100


B1G1 Pedigree Dentastix or Jumbone, 5-6.07 oz, at $3.59 ($1.79)
-$1 off Pedigree Dog Snacks, 5.57-26 oz, (Publix Coupon), printable
Cost After Coupons- .79¢ each

B1G1 Valley Fresh White Canned Chicken, 10 oz, at $3.09 ($1.54)

Nestle Coffee Mate Creamer, 32 oz, $2.50
-$1/2 Nestle Coffee-Mate creamer from a current in store flyer I can’t remember the name of
-$1 off Nestle Coffee-Mate liquid coffee creamer printable
Cost After Coupons- $1.00 each

Sundown Natural Vit A and Vit B, $3.29 (the cheapest price at my store but may be cheaper at yours)
-$1 off Sundown Naturals vitamin or supplement RP 1/6
-$1 off Sundown Naturals vitamin or supplement PRINTABLE
-$2 off Sundown Naturals vitamin or supplement RP 1/6
-$5/2 Sundown Naturals vitamins or supplements Publix coupon Green Advantage Flyer
Cost After Coupons- Free + Overage

Smithfield Naturally Hickory Smoked Bacon, $3.33
-$1/2 Smithfield bacon, SS 12/02
Cost After Coupons- $2.83

Friskies Cat Treats $1.50 each
-Free Purina Friskies Party Mix cat treats, SS 1/06
Cost After Coupons- Free

BUY ONE 5 LB BAG OF FRESH GRAPEFRUIT, price doesn’t matter
Use one FREE Fresh Red Grapefruit 5 lb bag when you buy Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice or Drinks 64 oz Publix in-ad store coupon, FOUND IN WEEKLY AD THIS WEEK!
and use two $2/1 100% Grapefruit Juice 54 oz or larger OR Fresh Florida Grapefruit 3 lb bag or larger printable coupon zip 33712
Thanks, for this deal.

– I also bought B1G1 Bagels, B1G1 bagged salads, a dozen eggs, a bag of onions, one ex large bag of cheese, one can of pineapple, one pack of pork chops, a two pack of pie crusts

– I used one $5 off of $25 purchase Save-A-Lot Coupon

– I also used one Free $10 Publix Gift Card that I got from this shopping trip

Spent- $15.14
Saved- $98.42
Note- The wrong amount came off for one of the coupons I used several times, I didn’t realize what had happened and I had to look when I got home so my total should have been a little higher than it was

Covergirl Wetslicks


Covergirl Wetslicks are currently on an unmarked sale at Publix for $3.99 so if you have any $3 off of 2 Covergirl Coupons from any of the recent P&G coupon inserts it makes them .50 cents each 🙂 Great stocking stuffers!

Shopaholic Savers Deal – Free Gold Emblem Potato Chips at CVS


When I scanned my Cvs card today at the coupon machine I received this $1 off Gold Emblem potato chips. I went to check their price and I saw that there were lots of bags marked at only $1 making them free!

CVS Gold Emblem Potato Chips $1
– $1 off of CVS Gold Emblem Potato Chips CVS coupon from the coupon machine
Cost After Coupons- Free

*Shopaholic Savers Deals* are unique deals that we personally come up with and that we have not seen on other sites. Other Bloggers are welcome to repost these deals as long as they also post a link back to us. To see more Shopaholic Savers Unique Deals click the category in the column on the right.

25 Free Swagbucks for Signing Up FREE for YaySave


I often write about how much I love the website and earn a lot of FREE gift cards. I’m excited to have some saved up to use for Christmas gifts this year, some of which I have already ordered. I usually just earn points for searching, printing the coupons I was already going to print from, and doing the daily poll. Every once in a while I will do other special offers. This is an especially good one. In 30 seconds or less you can sign up for YaySave through at the link HERE and you will instantly earn 25 Swagbucks. No credit card is required.

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10-23-12 A Couple Target Freebies


I had to stop in at Target today to get a prescription so I decided to pick up a few freebies that I had coupons for.

Travel Size Garnier Fructis Shampoo and Conditioner .97¢
$1 off 1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styling Products (Does not exclude trial size) PRINTABLE
Cost After Coupons- Free
Note- This deal will also work at Walmart

Glade Items  $0.99
-$1/1 Glade Air Care Item Target Printable Coupon
Cost After Coupons- Free

My $2.47 Publix Deal for the Free P&G Cook Set


I posted recently (HERE) that the free P&G cookware set is back. You must purchase $30 in P&G products before coupons to qualify for the set. These are really nice sets and really high quality. I have done this for the past two years (HERE) and I use the items every day in my kitchen. This year there weren’t as many really fantastic deals available for the set as there have been in the past so I was really surprised when the Covergirl eye shadows rang up at $1.99 instead of $2.99 and I was able to revise my scenario for very little out of pocket. I also did not have a $5 off of a purchase coupon which also would have helped to lower my total but if you have one you should use it.

This is what I did-

Bought 1 Herbal Essence Shampoo and 1 Conditioner $3.19 each
– Used B1G1 Free Herbal Essence Coupon 09/16/2012 SS
– And $1.00/2 Herbal Essence Winn Dixie Coupon from the WD Early Detection Coupon Flyer found in store
Cost After Coupons- $2.19 for 2

Bought 2 Crest Complete Toothpaste $3.13 each (Note- there was one Crest toothpaste cheaper about $2.50 but we like this one better and I needed to get over $30)
– Used 2 .50/1 Crest toothpaste, 4 oz+, or liquid gel, excl trial size, PG 9/30 (exp 10/31)
– And used 1 $1.00/2 Crest Coupon from the WD Early Detection Coupon Flyer found in store
Cost After Coupons- $4.26 for 2

Bought 10 Cover Girl Eyeshadow  $1.99 each
– Used 10 $1 off Covergirl Coupon from the Publix Green Advantage Flyer
– And 4 $3 off of 2 Covergirl Items Coupons PG 9/30
– And 1 $4 off of 2 Covergirl Eye Item from a magazine
Cost After Coupons- Free + $6.10 Overage


Total Before Coupons- $32.54
Total After Coupons- .35 Cents
Total After Tax- $2.47 and the Free Pink Cook Set ($50 Value)

For more information on the Cookware Deal Click HERE did an excellent job of putting together other deals that you can do to earn this set. Click here to visit their post.

Local Deals- Free $10 at Burlington Coat Factory


If you live in Central Florida check your mail for their flyer from the new Burlington Coat Factory that is opening in Sanford, Fl. It is for $10 off of a $10 purchase basically like a free $10 gift card. I’m excited to check it out.

My “Easter” Party Favors

I got a great deal on these “Easter”  party favors recently at 10 packs for $1 because they were mislabeled. I think it’s hysterical and I’m kind of sad no one will be in on the joke once I take them out of the packs. I know there haven’t been many updates lately because I have been getting ready for my Halloween party but things will pick up next week 🙂 Happy Early Halloween everyone!


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