For my family it is one of the busiest months of the year so it is perfect timing!!
I made sure my freezer was thinned out-and boy am I glad I did!
Smart & Final has a deal running ALL MONTH LONG-spend $40 on participating frozen food items and get $10 off your next grocery purchase (which I used on NON frozen items!!!!)
I brought my kids with me because I have learned that if they aren’t going to eat it, it doesn’t matter what kind of deal I got! Also, I want to make sure they will make it when I am busy this month so I am not worried if they are eating or not!
Some items are our staples from Smart & Final- their First Street fried rice (they have Vegetable and Chicken) are our FAVORITE! We also get their Orange Chicken and Teriyaki often because it is so good!So of course I made sure I grabbed $40 worth of JUST this so that we wouldn’t be tempted to run to Panda Express on busy sports nights!!!Make sure you look for the “Participating Items” labels- not ALL frozen food counts- but most of it does.
Now my freezer is nice and full and my kids are so happy!
Here they are choosing their items -and I picked a couple things too!
Don’t forget to go to SmartandFinal.com and sign up for their email coupons! I got a 12 Pack of Maruchuan Noodles for $.01 with a $25 Purchase!!! One of my kids was more excited about that than the frozen food!
Safeway has some great items Buy 1 Get 2 Free or Buy 2 Get 3 Free- this makes for some great deals this week!
Philadelphia Cream Cheese $4.49
Buy 1 Get 2 Free
Rice-A-Roni and Pasta Roni $1.69-Buy 2 Get 3 Free
=$3.38 for 5
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars $3.99
Buy 2 Get 3 FREE
Buy 5 =$7.98
Also- the $.99 Fritos and Cheetos -Limit 3
Chips Ahoy Cookies $.99- Limit 3
Yoplait Yogurt $.29 each- Limit 10
Hello Studio 40 Live Viewers!!!! Here is all the info on everything I shared on today’s segment!! I am so excited for Valentine’s Day and I have come up with some very simple budget-friendly ideas for you!
Here is what I bought at Smart & Final
Doritos 50 ct. $13.99 ($.28 each)
First Street Microwave Popcorn 24ct. $6.99 ($.29 each)
I used the Doritos bags- but any bags of chips will work for this.
I printed these simple printables
that say You are all that and a bag of chips!
I just taped them on – can easily be done by kids too!
Then I printed these printables for the microwave popcorn that say
You Make My Heart Pop!
This is a very simple snack for watching a family movie or a Valentine Party snack for the kids!
1 Box/Bag Teddy Grahams
1 Bag of Mini Marshmallows
1 Bag of Valentine Colored M&Ms
This is just so cute and a big hit in my house.
I always use the First Street Double Strength Red Food Coloring.
Just make one big bowl of mix and cook a few plain waffles (or pancakes) then add a little food coloring to make the batter pink and make some more-then add enough to make the batter red and then make the rest. It looks so pretty on a tray or individual plate.
I got the Dash Mini Heart Waffle Maker at Target for $9.99
This is just a MUST for ANY holiday or a weekend or weekday quick dessert
Cake Mix Cookies
1 Cake Mix ( I used Strawberry)
1/2 Cup Oil
Mix and drop as cookies on a baking sheet.
Add chocolate or white chips if desired
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. They will not seem like they are done, but they are. Let cool and they will be the most moist cookies ever!!
Oreo Cookies for $1 at Safeway!!!
Here is how-
- Add the Just For U offer for $1.50 Oreos to your Safeway Card
- Download the Checkout 51 App if you haven’t already. https://checkout51app.link/6aFDoCCTVQ
- Snap a picture of your receipt and submit it for $1 Cash Back on 2 Oreos from Checkout 51
=$1 Per package!!!
This week I was invited on Your California Life (YCL) to talk bout Valentine’s Day Savings!!!
Here is a breakdown of what I shared!
Valentine’s Day Waffle Bar for the Family!
Groceries – Purchased at Smart & Final
First Street Pancake and Waffle Mix $4.19
First Street Double Strength Red Food Coloring (my fav.) $3.99
-YOu can use any topping you would like!
Dash Heart Shaped Waffle Maker $9.99 from Target
They had pink or red available.
Mini Valentine Pizzas
Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, and Pepperoni
I used a mini heart shaped cookie cutter to make heart shaped pepperonis to create a Valentin’es Day Pizza Party theme for the family.
Valentine’s Day Decor-Michael’s
Michael’s has 50% off all Valentine’s Day items!
I bought some craft kits and home decor items and they have a BIG selection!
Kids’ Valentines Cards, Treats, and Prizes
Target had aisles and aisles of different Valentine’s Day exchange items. Candy, pretzels, plain cards all for around $5 a box.
They had kinds without candy as well.
They also had a great selection of prizes like bubbles, pencils, and slime if you would like to (or have to) opt for a non-food gift to exchange in your childs’ class.
$$ Saving and Earning Apps
There are other ways and additional ways to save money while you shop!
Money saving and Cash Back Apps were my favorite ways in 2018!
Have you downloaded the Ibotta App yet?
I have earned almost $1,000 Cash Back with Ibotta! (Plus my husband has the app too so we can both earn the deals!)
You will get a Cash Bonus offer just for signing up! Plus- we will be in the same team-there are TEAMWORK bonuses when your team reaches a certain amount of Cash Back offers redeemed, and since there are lots of people on my team, it is pretty easy to get a few levels in every month of Bonus MONEY!!!
If you register your card from Raley’s, Sprouts, and Rite Aid-your offers will be redeemed automatically without submitting a receipt!
Here is how it works-
1. Get the Ibotta App
2. Choose the store you are shopping at
3. Add the offers to your account of what you will be buying
4. After shopping redeem your offers by taking a picture of your receipt and submitting it.
5. Receive your CASH BACK!
At first it may seem time consuming setting it up-I get that. But really once or twice a week I skim through the offers at the stores I go to and add them to my account-then when I go to the store I redeem my receipts. It gets faster each time. Plus-looking at how I got $944 back so far-I do not feel bad about the time I spent looking through the offers!
This is SERIOUSLY the EASIEST app to earn gift cards with that I have ever used (And I have used SOOOO MANY!)
To sign up—
Download the App
Use THIS CODE-RPEKY -enter it as your referral code-to get $5 FREE for doing nothing!
Then-register your credit cards or bank cards-sound weird I know-But every time I get gas at Safeway, or shop at Target or any of the stores that I added to my account- I get points AUTOMATICALLY for shopping there!
I don’t have to take any pictures, cut any coupons or do ANYTHING and I was able to earn $15 in gift cards IN MY FIRST MONTH (plus my $5 initial gift!)
There are MORE ways to earn extra points faster-choosing more offers, shopping through the app etc-but I have not taken the time really to do that-I pretty much just let it alone and let the points accumulate! It has been the easiest app so far. It isn’t a HUGE moneymaker, but 1-3 free Starbucks cards a month works for me!
Here is another one of my FAVORITE APPS-SHOPKICK!!
EVERYONE in my family has a Shopkick App!
All you have to do is open your Shopkick app up at the stores that offer “kicks” to walk in.
When your Kicks add up for enough to earn a gift card-you can redeem your kicks!
To get MORE kicks-
Scan items in the store (different for each store)
Link your debit/credit card and receive kicks for shopping at certain stores- I get kicks for shopping at TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Marshall’s automatically added to my account!
I can usually get $5-$10 in gift cards each month with this app pretty easily. If my kids are with me it gives them something to do while they are in the stores. They go around Target, Walmart-or grocery stores and scan the items that are offered. Keeps them occupied-and they get their own Starbucks cards!
I usually save mine up until I can get a larger amount-or I need a gift.
I did save mine up for awhile because I knew we were going to Seattle-and I KNEW there would be Starbucks there!
Here is my husband enjoying his coffee at the Starbucks Reserve!
He saved up like $10 from Shopkick, and I had $20 so we drank free coffee that weekend because of our Shopkick App!
Join SHOPKICK with this link –
USE CODE GIFT878432 and we both get points towards FREE gift cards!
I just LOVE Fetch Rewards! It is one of the newer ones, but I have already made a few gift cards from it!
When you go shopping-ANY GROCERY STORE- just take a picture of your receipt. It will give you points when you buy brands that are listed in the app! No scanning of items or anything. If your receipt does not have any participating items-you still get 25 points!
All you need to do is Download the FETCH app! Then if you enter this promo code- AF4FP you will get $2 instantly!!
Checkout 51 is pretty simple too! Each Thursday new offers are added (some just reset). You can usually redeem each offer multiple times. This is my favorite app to use at the 99 Cent Only store or Grocery Outlet types of shoppings. They will often have $1 Cash Back on Nabisco Cookies or Crackers. They usually have them for $1, or $1 Back for 2 at these stores-so after the $$ Back, they come to $.50 each!
To get BONUS MONEY for signing up – Go To https://checkout51app.link/6aFDoCCTVQ
SavingStar App takes a bit longer for your savings to add up, but what I like about it is that you can link your store cards( just put your phone number!) to it. I shop a lot at Safeway, so when I buy an offer that is saved, the savings is added to my account automatically-no scanning receipts or anything else. They don’t have as many offers as other apps-but after awhile they accumulate without any effort-so why not? To get started-GO HERE
Pei is another easy app to use. You sign up ONCE enter your info and continue to earn points for your purchases at participating stores. Then you earn points. You can redeem them for Cash, Gift Cards and even Bitcoin.
- Download the Pei App
- Use the Referral Code “gvudfd”
- Earn the $2.50 Welcome Bonus and keep earning!
Receipt Scanning Apps are one of the easiest apps to use. I have all of them and once or twice a week I just go through and snap a picture of each receipt on each app!
Coinout-Snap a picture of your receipt and money is added to your account! That is it!
Receipt Pal– Just snap a picture of your receipt! That is it!
Receipt Hog– Just snap a picture of your receipt. Earn coins and redeem for cash or gift cards
Do you have the Checkout 51 App?
Here is what I did today-
Atkins 4 Pk Shakes $2.99
Submit for $1.50 Cash Back from Checkout 51
Ricola Dual Action Drops $.99-Buy 2
Submit for $1 Cash Back when you buy 2
What I love most about the Checkout 51 App is that you can redeem Cash Back offers at stores like Grocery Outlet and 99 Cents Only!!!
Do you have the Shopkick App???
I opened my app for check-ins and scans when I went to the stores throughout the year and earned $240 in gift cards without really using any effort!
Many stores have 200 kicks for walking in, and many have over 1000 for scanning items. My kids love to scan in Walmart and Best Buy and they earn $5 about any time they come with me- then they buy their own snacks!
One of my sons saved theirs up and used it for Christmas presents for his siblings!!
Love using money saving apps instead of clipping coupons? See my list of what I use HERE
Smart & Final has THE BEST price on a Ribeye Roast for your Christmas Dinner!!!
*With a minimum of $25 Purchase
AND- Spiral Hams are $1.49 lb!
Whole pineapple $1.49 each
Raspberries and Blueberries 6 oz $1.49
Navel Oranges $.49 lb.
Red Grapes $1.49 lb.
Red Yams $.99 lb.
Brussell Sprouts $1.49 lb.
Nabisco Crackers $1.69 (lowest price anywhere!)
Dreyers Ice Cream $2.69
Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Pints and Bars 3 ct. $2.69
Betty Crocker Cake Mix $1.25
First Street Pies 8″ $3.79
Del Monte Canned Vegetables $.69 each
Best Foods Mayo 30 oz. $2.50 each
Don Francisco Coffee and K-Cups $3.49
First Street Sparkling Water $2.49 (must buy 3)
Coca Cola 12 Packs $2.49 (must buy 3)
Martinelli’s Cider 3 Pack $3.99