Publix Sneak Peek Weekly Ad 3/31-4/6/11

Sabra Hummus, 4 pk, 2 oz cup or 10 oz pkg, save up to 3.99

Home Run Inn Chicago's Premium Pizza, 27 to 31 oz box, save up to 6.99

Klondike or Slim-a-Bear Ice Cream Treats, 16 to 27 oz box, save up to 3.39

Publix Fresh Chilled Chicken Tenders, any size pkg or equal or lesser price, save up to 7.69

Kellogg's Cereal Raisin Bran Crunch or Frosted Flakes, 23 or 25.5 oz box, Rice Krispies, 18 oz box, or Smorz, Cinnabon or Eggo Cereal, 8.9 to 10 oz box, save up to 3.99

Ragu Pasta Sauce Old World Style, Traditional: Regular or With Meat, or Chunky Gardenstyle: Garlic & Onions, Green Pepper & Mushrooms or Super Mushroom, 45 oz jar, save up to 2.99

Ronzoni Pasta, 12 or 16 oz box (excluding Lasagna, Jumbo Shells, Manicotti, Healthy Harvest and Smart Taste), save up to 1.39

Log Cabin Syrup, Lite or Original, 24 oz bottle, save up to 3.89

V8 100% Vegetable Juice, 46 oz bottle, save up to 2.85

Mott's Apple Sauce, 6 pk, 3.9 or 4 oz cup, save up to 1.81

Kraft Mayo Real Mayonnaise Original, Light or Miracle Whip, 22 oz bottle, save up to 4.69

Luzianne Family Size Tea Bags Original or Green Tea, 24 ct box (excluding Decaf, 24 ct box), save up to 2.29

Hunt's Tomato Ketchup, 24 oz bottle, save up to 1.65

Hormal Premium Breast of Chicken with Rib Meat, in Water, 12.5 oz can, save up to 3.39

Publix Soft Drinks or Seltzer Water, 2L bottle, save up to 0.89

Thomas' Bagels, 6 ct, 20 oz bag, save up to 4.19

Cheetos Cheese Flavored Snacks, 8 to 9.75 oz bag, (excluding Baked! and Natural), save up to 3.49

Entenmann's Little Bites, 8.25 to 8.8 oz box, save up to 4.29

Nabisco Honey Maid Grahams or Original Grahams, 12.2 to 14.4 oz box, save up to 3.99

Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies or E.L. Fudge, 6.6 to 15 oz pkg, save up to 3.49

Hershey's Miniatures or Kisses or Nuggets Assortment or Reese's Peanut Butter cups or Reese's and Kit Kat Minis Assortment, 38.5 or 40 oz bag, save up to 9.99

Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Bread, 24 oz loaf, save up to 3.89

Vitalicious VitaMuffin VitaTops, 4 ct, 8 oz box, or VitaSandwich, 2 ct, 9.1 oz box, save up to 4.49

Mayfield Ice Cream, 48 oz carton, save up to 5.99

Gardein Garden Protein Meat-Free Entrees, 9 or 10 oz pkg, save up to 3.99

Tai Pei Entrees, 12 to 14.2 oz box, save up to 2.99

Starkist SeaSations Fish Fillets Atlantic Whole White: Savory Lemon & Herb, Thai with Basil, Mediterranean Tomato & Basil, or Teriyaki Orange & Ginger, 9.2 or 11.4 oz box, save up to 5.99

Reynolds Wrap Foil Heavy Duty, 18 inch wide, 75 sq ft pkg, save up to 5.99

Purina Cat Chow Cat Food Indoor or Complete Formula or Kitten Chow, 3.5 lb bag, save up to 4.99

Purina Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats, 2.1 oz pkg, save up to 1.75

Lysol Disinfectant All Purpose Cleaner, 40 oz bottle, save up to 3.19

Fab Laundry Detergent, Powder 3.41 lb oz, or Liquid, 50 oz bottle, save up to 3.99

Schick Quattro or Intuition Razors, 1 ct pkg, save up to 8.99

Mennen Speed Stick Anti-Perspirant or Deodorant, 2.7 to 3.25 oz pkg, or Lady Speed Stick, 2.25 or 2.3 oz pkg, (excluding 24/7 and Stainguard), save up to 2.33

Earth's Best Organic Baby Food, 6 Months and Up, 4 oz jar, save up to 0.85

All Butter Pound Cake, 12 or 16 oz pkg, 3.79
Italian Five Grain Bread, Wheat or White, 16 oz loaf, 2.89
Breakfast Bread, 20 oz loaf, 4.19
Baker's Dozen Cookes, 13 ct, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Sugar or Oatmeal, 14 oz pkg, 4.39
Seven Sisters Meltaway Buns, 13 or 18 oz size, 4.79
New York Style Cheesecake with Strawberries, 6 inch, 32 oz, 9.99
New York Style Cheesecake plain, 6 inch, 23 oz, 6.99
Croissants, 2 oz size, 10/$10

Yoplait Yogurt, 4 or 6 oz cup, 20/$10
Smart Balance Milk, half-gallon, 2/$5
Eggland's Best Large Eggs, 12 ct carton, 2/$4
Land O Lakes Sweet Cream Butter Salted, Unsalted or Light Salted, 4 sticks, or Salted, 8-half sticks, 16 oz box, 2/$6
Nestle Coffee-mate Flavored Creamer, 32 oz bottle, (excluding non-dairy creamers), 2/$5
Publix Shredded Cheese, 8 oz pkg, 2/$4
Publix Crumbled Cheese Feta, Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese, Regular or Reduced Fat, 4 oz pkg, 2/$4

Publix Deli Imported Brie Wedge Cheese, 9.99/lb
Publix Deli Turkey and Swiss Sandwich, Pre-packaged, 3.29
Boar's Head Deli Turkey and Swiss Sandwich, Pre-packaged, 3.79
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, 7.2 oz pkg, (excluding Chocolate and White Chocolate Varieties), 2/$5
Boar's Head Maple Honey Ham, 8.49/lb

Lean Cuisine Entrees, 6 to 12.5 oz pkg, 4/$10
P.F. Chang's Home Menu Perfect for Two Meal, 22 oz pkg, 6.99
Michelina's Entrees, 4.5 to 9.5 oz box, 10/$10
Aunt Jemima Breakfast Entrees, 5.25 to 6.8 oz box, 10/$10

Kellogg's Special K Cereal, Family Size, 15.5 to 18 oz box (excluding Low Fat Granola), 3.49
Special K Bars, 3.8 to 4.86 oz box, 2.$5
Truvia Nature's Calorie Free Sweetener, 4.9 oz box, 2.99
Gatorade Thirst Quencher or G2 Low-Calorie Electrolyte Beverage, 128 oz bottle, or 6 pk, 12 oz bottles, 2/$6
Chef Boyardee Pasta, 14.5 to 15 oz can, 10/$10
Del Monte Fruit or Fruit & Gel 4 pk, 3.75 to 4.5 oz cup or Fruit Chillers, 8 ct, 2 oz tubes, 3/$5
Starbucks Coffee, 11 or 12 oz bag, 6.99
Coca-Cola 2 L bottles, $1 off two
Aquafina Pure Water, 24 pk, 16.9 oz bottles, 3.99
Pepsi Products, 8 pk, 12 oz bottles, 3/$10
Cape Cod Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips, 2/$5
Campbell's Condensed Soup, 10.5 to 11.5 oz can (excluding Won ton, Cream of Shrimp and Oyster Stew), 10/$10
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Snack Crackers or Grahams, 6.6 to 8 oz pkg, 10/$10
Frito-Lay Snacks, 3.25 to 5.5 oz canister, 10/$10
Idahoan Mashed Potatoes or Scalloped or Au Gratin, 1.5 to 4.1 oz pkg, 10/$10
Jolly Time Microwave Popcorn Healthy Pop: 100 Calorie Butter, Butter or Kettle Corn, 4.8 or 9 oz box, or Blast O Butter Ultimate Theatre Style, 10.5 oz box, 10/$10
Knorr Sides, 3.8 to 6.4 oz pouch, 10/$10

Health & Beauty:
Garnier Fructis Hair Products, 3 to 13 oz pkg, 2.19
Dove Body Wash, 18 or 24 oz bottle, or Bar Soap, 6 ct, 4.2 or 4.25 oz box, 5.19
Dove Men+ Care Body and FAce Wash, 13.5 oz bottle, 3.49
Vaseline Skin Care Lotion, 24.5 oz bottle, 4.99
Softsoap Liquid or Foaming Hand Soap, 8 or 8.5 oz bottle, 2/$4
Kellogg's Special K Protein Meal Bar, 6 ct box, 2/$10
Arm & Hammer Advance White Toothpaste, 6 or 6.3 oz tube, 2.29
Bayer Aspirin, 24 to 36 ct box, 1.99
Centrum Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement, 60 to 220 ct bottle, 25% off
MiraLax Laxative Powder for Solution, 14 Once-Daily Doses, 8.3 oz pkg, 7.99
FRS Healthy Energy Drink, 11.5 oz can, 10/$10
DenTek Floss Picks, 75 or 90 ct pkg, 10/$10

Charmin Bathroom Tissue Ultra Strong or Ultra Soft, Mega, 12 roll pkg, or Big Roll, 24 roll pkg, 12.99
Bounty Giant Paper Towels Select-A-size, Prints or White, 8 roll pkg, 10.99
Publix Instant Light Charcoal Briquets, 12.5 lb bag, 6.99
Publix Decorated Paper Plates, 7, 8 1/2 or 10 1/4 inch, 24 to 55 ct pkg or Decorated Paper Bowls, 20 oz, 25 ct pkg, 2.19
Kleenex Tissues, 75 to 200 ct box, 4/$5
Publix Long Lasting Alkaline Batteries, 2 to 10 ct pkg, 4.49
3M Micro Allergen Reduction Filter, 9.99
3M Ultra Allergen Reduction Filters 13.99
Gain Detergent, 100 oz bottle, 9.99
Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Gel or Powder, 75 oz, or ActionPacs, 16 or 20 ct pkg (excluding Cascade Complete), 3.99
Febreze Air Effects Air Refresher 9.7 oz can or Set & Refresh 5.5 ml pkg or 2-in-1 Noticeables Scented Oil Warmer 1 ct pkg, 2/$5
Bounce Dryer Sheets or Downy, 105 or 120 ct box, or Bounce Dryer Bar, 1 ct box, 4.99

Porterhouse or t-Bone Steaks, 6.99/lb
Ground Round, 3.69/lb
Ground Round Patties, 3.99/lb
Boneless Shoulder Roast, 3.69/lb
Boneless Shoulder Steaks, 3.99/lb
Center-Cut Pork Rib Chops or Thick-Cut, 3.49/lb
Center-Cut Pork Loin chops, 3.59/lb
Eye Round Roast, 3.69/lb
Eye Round Steaks, 3.99/lb
Boston Butt Roast, 2.39/lb
Boston Butt Steaks, 2.69/lb
Hormel Country Crock Side Dishes, 21 to 24 oz tub, 2/$6
Boneless, Skinnless Chicken Breast Cutlets, 3.99/lb
Publix GreenWise Market Boneless, Skinnless Chicken Breast Cutlets, 5.99/lb
Publix Mild or Hot Italian Sausage, 3.69/lb
Publix Naturally Hickory Smoked Bacon Original, Lower Sodium, Lower Sodium Thick-Sliced, 16 oz pkg, or Center-Cut, 12 oz pkg, 2/$7
Ball Park Angus Beef Franks, 15 or 16 oz pkg, or Deli Beef Bun Length Franks, 15 oz pkg, 2/$6
John Morrell Off the Bone Sliced Ham Honey or Brown Sugar, 9 oz pkg, or Oven Roasted Turkey, 8 oz pkg, 2/$6

Purina Dog Chow, 34 lb bag, 15.99
Cesar Canine Cuisine Dog food, 3.5 oz can, 10/$7
Iams Dog Treats, Original Formula, Small Biscuit, 24 oz bag, 2.49

Fresh Express Salad Blends or Greens, 5 to 12 oz bag, 2/$5
Grape Tomatoes, 1 pint pkg, 1.99
Publix Premium Orange Juice, $1.00 off the purchase of two
Broccoli, bunch, 1.69
Red or White Seedless Grapes, 1.69/lb
Bartlett Pears, 0.99/lb
Sweet Onions, 0.99/lb
Salad Peppers, 2 lb bag, 2.99
Idaho Potatoes, 5 lb bag, 2.99
Idaho Potatoes, 10 lb bag, 5.89
Cantaloupe, 2/$3
Cantaloupe chunks, 2.99/lb
Mushrooms, Sliced 12 oz pkg, 2.49
Hass Avocados, 2/$4
Organic Green Beans, 12 oz pkg, 2.99
Del Monte Fruit Naturals, 6 to 7 oz cup, 10/$10

Medium White Shrimp, Easy-to-Peel, Farm-Raised, Previously Frozen, 41 to 50 per pound, 4.99/lb
Medium White Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined, 51 to 60 per pound, 5.99
Fresh Tilapia Fillets, 6.39/lb
Fresh Rainbow Trout Fillets, 7.99/lb
Fresh Swordfish Steaks, 5.6 oz minimum, 8.99
Publix Coho Salmon Fillets, 12 oz pkg, 9.99

In Ad Qs:
Gerber Good Start Infant Formula Powder $5/1 With Iron: Gentle Plus, Soy Plus, Protect Plus or Good Start 2, Gentle Plus, 22 to 25.7 oz canister
Huggies Diapers, 3.00 off Supreme, 48 to 84 oz box, or Snug & Dry, 60 to 156 ct box.
thanks to Slickdeals Publix thread, tn-native

Be Smart and Avoid Contractor Scams

Spring cleaning means a lot of things to a lot of different people.

Inside chores such as cleaning out the basement, attic, or garage are generally easier for the homeowner and family members to do themselves. This is also the case with most yard clean up and a number of other odd jobs around the premises.

However, when it comes to fixing part of the roof, windows, or other damages incurred during the wintry months most of us feel the need to put our trust in a hired professional.

It's here that things can get tricky because of all the great contractors out there a few good scam artists know how to work the field ripping off a lot of innocent customers with schemes and offers too good to be true. Yes, being frugal is admirable but taking unnecessary financial risks isn't.

That's why when it comes to spending your hard earned cash don't underestimate the power of the customer over a convincing sales pitch and your right to say no.

In order to fully appreciate how easy it is to get caught up in great deals consider the following red flags when handling contractors:

1.      Did you find them or did they find you? If a contractor knocked on your door because he was in the neighborhood on another job or had some left over supplies from another job and 'noticed' you needed a similar repair be careful.

2.      Request references and to see their license and insurance documents. If they refuse or don't have an official office it's a big question mark.

3.      Don't be rushed into making a decision. If they won't let you take your time and say the price is only good for a day or two it's probably a scam. Check them out, get a second opinion, and don't worry about losing the deal of the century.

4.      Be suspicious if they want to come inside and inspect your home for pressing repairs because they will always find something. If you do let them in never leave them alone in a particular room and never agree to anything on the spot.
5.      Be suspicious if they don't want to sign a contract.

6.      Be suspicious if they want the entire payment up front. 

7.      Be suspicious if they want cash only. Always pay with a check to document the deal.

8.      Be suspicious if extra expenses come up in the middle of a job outside of the quote and what's written in the contract. If they made a mistake or misquoted its up to them to take the hit, not the customer. Sometimes hidden expenses arise but hopefully by then you've done your homework and have a certain level of trust.

9.      Be suspicious if they won't let you take pictures of the job. They don't have to be in the shot themselves but photos are a good way to document each stage in case of a problem down the road.

10.  Be suspicious if you have elderly parents or friends living alone and a contractor approaches them about doing work. Seniors are easy targets who can't always verify things in hard to reach places and will rely on others. Make sure they don't agree to anything without running it by you first.

Jakob Barry writes for a growing community of homeowners and contractors getting the most from their resources by sharing and monitoring home improvement projects together. He covers various home improvement topics including green gardening tips and general contracting.

#Tampa 2011 Friday Extra Concert Series

One of my favorite FREE seasonal events is about to start this spring, the Friday Night Concerts. This year's Friday Extra Concert Series features some of the Tampa area's most talented acts playing jazz, rock, blues and country.

The series runs Friday evenings in April and May beginning at 7 p.m.. April's concerts take place downtown at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park while May's shows happen at the Lowry Park Bandshell.

The 2011 Friday Extra lineup:

April 1: O Som Do Jazz with Larue Nickelson and Jeremy Powell (jazz)

April 8: Poetry n Lotion (bluegrass/jazz) with Acho Brother (Latin/electronica)

April 15: Lois Greco with Al "Coffee" McDaniel (blues)

Please note: there will be no concert on Good Friday, April 22.

April 29: Whitney James with Roberts and Vanstone (jazz)

May 6: Ditchflowers with Ed Woltil and Steve Robinson (pop-rock)

May 13: Have Gun, Will Travel with Lauris Vidal (alt-country)

May 20:Rubix Cubed with Undercover Band (covers)

May 27: Amanda Drake & the Barnburners with Suite Caroline (country)

Admission to all concerts is free. Alcohol is prohibited in city parks (but this is not really enforced if you're discrete).  The Friday Extra Concert Series is produced by the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Tampa Tribune and the Friends of Tampa Recreation, Inc.

Publix Sneak Peek Weekly Ad 3/24-3/30/11

Flatout Bread, 11.2oz bag, BOGO $2.89
Ocean Spray 100% Cranberry Juice Blends, or 100% Fruit & Veggie, 64oz bot. (Excluding Cranberry Cocktails and All Grapefruit Juices), BOGO $4.09
Nabisco Ritz Crackers, or Ritz Bits Sandwiches or Munchables, Pretzel Crisps or Thins, 9.5-16oz box, BOGO $3.79
Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon Wine, or Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, or Chardonnay, 750ml bot., BOGO $7.99 ****Usually a Regional Deal on BOGO Wines*********
Perdue Chicken Breasts Nuggets, Regular or Whole Grain, or Fun Shapes Chicken Nuggets or Chicken Tenders, Breaded, 12oz pkg, BOGO $4.39
Oscar Mayer Meat Wieners, Regular, Selects Premium , or Bun Length, 16oz pkg, BOGO $3.29
Matlaw's Stuffed Clams, 7—11oz pkg, BOGO $3.99
Bumble Bee Premium Albacore Tuna, 5oz pouch, BOGO $2.89
Peter Pan Peanut Butter, 13-16.3oz jar, BOGO $2.67
Kraft or Seven Seas Dressing, 14-16oz bot, BOGO $3.27
Kraft Barbecue Sauce, 16.25-18oz bot, BOGO $1.69
Green Giant Canned Vegetables, 11-15.25o z can (Excluding Specialty Corn Varieties, Three Bean Salad, and Asparagus), BOGO $1.33
Hunt's 100% Natural Tomatoes, 14.5oz can, BOGO $1.39
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, or Sunkist, 4.5-8oz box, BOGO $2.83
Back to Nature Granola, 7.5-13.5oz bag, BOGO $3.79
Bertolli Pasta Sauce, 15-24oz jar (Excluding Organic), BOGO $3.07
4C Bread Crumbs, or Japanese Style Panko Bread Crumbs, 8 or 15oz pkg, BOGO $1.59
Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn, 12-19.8oz box, or 30oz jar, BOGO $5.07
Doritos Tortilla Chips, 11-12oz bag (Excluding Baked), BOGO $3.99
Keebler Club Crackers, 11-16oz box, BOGO $4.09
Blue Bird Donuts, Frosted or Powdered, 10-11.5oz bag, BOGO $2.99
Starburst Fruit Chews Candy, or Skittles, or Lifesavers, 13-14oz bag, BOGO $2.79
Thomas' English Muffins, 11-13oz pkg, BOGO $3.69
Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bars, or Ice Cream Sandwiches, Sundae Cones, or Frozen Yogurt Bars, 12-24oz pkg, BOGO $5.29
Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt, 4pk 4oz cup, BOGO $2.50
Smart Balance Spread, 13 or 15oz or 2pk 7.5oz tub, or Spray 8oz bot (Excluding Organic), BOGO $3.59
Hungry Man Dinners, 13.1-14oz box, BOGO $3.71
Pepperidge Farm Three layer Cake, 19-19.6oz box, BOGO $4.33
Gorton's Fish Fillets, or Fish Sticks, Portions, or Popcorn Shrimp, 14-24.5oz pkg, BOGO $5.49
Kibbles n' Bits Dog Food, Savory Chicken & Beef Flavor, Original or Mini Bits, 4lb bag, BOGO $4.99
Ban Roll-On Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, 3.5oz pkg, BOGO $4.99
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, 56 or 80ct cnstr., BOGO $4.99
Beech-Nut Steam Cooked Mini Meals, 2pk cont., BOGO $2.00
Publix Athletic Foot Cream, Antifungal 1oz pkg, BOGO $7.99

Sourdough French Bread, 16oz loaf, $2.99
Strawberry Cheese Strudel, or Apple Strudel, 16-20oz size, $4.29
Blueberry Muffins 4ct 10oz pkg, $2.69
Large Cream Cakes, Lemon, Vanilla, Marble, or Chocolate, 32oz, $5.49
Donut Nuggets, 24 ct, Vanilla Cake 16oz, or Yeast Raised Glazed 8oz pkg, $3.19

Organic Valley Organic Milk, half-gal ctn., 2/$7
Pillsbury Rolls, or Breadsticks, Crusty French Loaf, or Pizza Crust, 8-13.9oz can, 3/$5
Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt, 6oz cup, 10/$8
Kraft Chunk Cheese, or Shredded, Cracker Cut, or Cubes, 4.5-9.6oz pkg, 2/$4
Kraft American Cheese Singles, 12oz pkg, 2/$5

Publix Deli BBQ Rotisserie Chicken, Cold $4.99, Hot $5.99
King's Hawaiian Rolls, 12oz pkg, 2/$5
Publix Deli Macaroni and Cheese, $2.29/lb
Publix Deli Style Potato Salad, 16oz cont, $1.99
Publix Deli Cuban Sandwich, Publix $3.29, Boars Head $3.79
Boar's Head Mesquite Turkey Breast, $7.79/lb

Blue Bell Ice Cream, half-gal ctn, 2/$9
TGI Friday's Frozen Products, 7.6-30oz pkg, (Including all Sizes of Snacks and Skillet Meals), 50% off
Marie Callender's Meals, 8.5-21oz box, 2/$10

Chock full o'Nuts Ground Coffee, Original, Original Decaffeinated, 100%Arabica New York Roast, or ½ Caffeine, 24-33.9oz can $6.99
Chock full o'Nuts 100% Colombian, 27.8oz can, $8.99
Smuckers Preserves or Marmalade, or Spread, Jelly, or Jam, 12.75-18oz jar (Excluding Apple, Grape, or Low Sugar Grape), 2/$5
Capri Sun Juice Drink Blend, 10pk 6oz pkg (Excluding 100% Juice 10pk), 3/$6
Dole Fruit, Fruit in Gel, or Parfait, 4pk 4-4.3oz cup, 2/$4
Kashi Cereal or Instant Oatmeal, 10.4-17.5oz box, or Granola Bars 6.7-8.4oz box, $2.99
Zatarain's New Orleans Style Mix, 5.2-8oz box, 10/$10
12-Pack Canada Dry, 7-Up, A&W, or Diet Rite, 12 oz can, B3G1, Final Price 4/$12
Selected Coca-Cola Products, 2L bot., B2G1
12-Pakc Selected Pepsi Products, 3/$13
Arizona Tea, 1gal bot., 2/$5
Lay's Kettle cooked Potato Chips, 8.5oz bag, 2/$4
Nabisco Oreo Cookies, 15-18oz pkg, or Fudge Cremes or Rings 9.6-11.3oz pkg, Cakesters 12.32-15.9oz pkg, or Stix 5oz pkg, 2/$5

Brawny Paper Towels, 6 or 8 Roll pkg, $5.99
Glad Tall Kitchen Bags, 65 or 78ct pkg, $8.99
Quilted Northern Bathroom Tissue, 12roll, $5.99
GE Reveal Light Bulbs, 4ct pkg, 2/$5
Publix Dinnerware Deluxe Combo, 48ct pkg, 2/$5
Dixie Plates or Bowls, 20-48ct pkg, 2/$4
Bounty Paper Towels, 2 Huge Rolls, $4.99
Publix Disposable Latex Gloves, 100ct pkg, $6.99
Tide Detergent, 100oz bot, $10.99
Ultra Palmolive Dish Liquid, 20oz bot., 2/$4
Ultra Downy Fabric Softener, 62-77oz bot, $6.99
Mr Clean Multi-Surface Cleaner, 40oz bot, 2/$5
Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner, 24oz bot., 3/$5

John Frieda Hair Products, 1.69-12oz pkg, $2.00 off
Dial NutriSkin Body Lotion, 12oz bot, $2.99
Dial or Tone Body Wash, 16 or 18oz bot., or Dial Soap, 8ct 4oz pkg, 2/$6
L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Hair Care Products, 1.7-13oz pkg, or Studio Products, 4-10.7oz pkg, 2/$5
Slim-Fast 321 Plan Shakes, 6pk 11oz can, $4.79
Colgate Tooth Paste 5.8 or 7.8oz tube, or Colgate 360 Manual Toothbrush 1ct, 2/$6
Advil Pain Medicine, 20 or 24ct bot, $2.99
Playtex Gentle Glide tampons, or Playtex Sport, 36ct box, $6.99
Flinstones Multivitamin Gummies or Chewables, 50-150ct bot, 25%off
Pampers Cruisers Diapers, or Baby Dry or Swaddlers, 48-96ct box, $19.99
Claritin-D Allergy & Congestions Tablets, 12 or 24 hour, 15-30ct box, $4.00 off

Whole or Half Boneless Pork Loin, $1.99/lb
Ground Sirloin, $3.99/lb
Sirloin Tip Roast, $3.69/lb
Boneless Pork Loin Chops, $3.49/lb
Boneless Pork Loin Chops Thin Sliced, $3.79/lb
7-Bone Chuck Roast, $3.49/lb
7-Bone Chuck Steaks, $3.79/lb
Whole Chicken, $1.19/lb
Publix GreenWise Market Whole Chicken, $1.99/lb
Boneless Top Sirloin Steaks, $4.99/lb
Top Sirloin Fillets, $5.99/lb
Perdue Fit & Easy Chicken Breast, $2.99/lb
Hormel Black Label Bacon, 16oz pkg, or Center-Cut 12 oz pkg, $3.99
Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Meats, 7-9oz pkg, 3/$10

Purina Dog Chow Dog Food, or Puppy Chow, or Indoor complete Little Bites, 17.6-20lb bag, $9.99
Purina Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food, 24pk 3oz can, $11.49
Milk-Bone Dog Biscuits Snacks, Large 4lb pkg, or Small & Medium 60oz pkg, $4.99
9Lives Cat Food, 15lb bag, 48.99

Apio Eat Smart Vegetables, 10-12oz pkg, 3/$5
Florida Strawberries, 16oz pkg 3/$5 (32oz pkg $3.29)
Cantaloupes, 2/$3
Florida Tangerines, 5/$1
White Seedless Grapes, $1.69/lb
Green Beans or Yellow or Zucchini Squash, $1.29/lb
Asparagus, $2.99/lb
Publix White Mushrooms, Whole or Sliced, 8oz pkg, 2/$3
Del Monte Golden Ripe Pineapple, $2.99
Bartlett Pears, $1.29/lb
Red Delicious or Royal Gala Apples, $1.49/lb
Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice , or Ruby Red Grapefruit, 59oz ctn., 2/$6

Medium Florida Pink Shrimp, 41-50/lb, $6.99/lb
Fresh Salmon Fillets, $9.99/lb
Redbone Alley Seafood Aioli's, 10oz bot, $2.99
Fresh Yellowfin Tuna Select Cuts, 5.6oz minimum, $7.99
Publix Seafood Soups, 10oz tub, 2/$7

$6.00 off 2 Enfamil Infant Powder Formula, 22.2-23.4oz pkg

Saturday and Sunday Only
50% off Quaker Cereal, Oatmeal, Granola Bars, & Trop 50 Juices

New Essentials
Publix Frosted Flakes Cereal, 17oz box, $1.49
Publix Large White Bread, 20oz loaf, $0.89
Apple Pie, Bakery, 32-34oz, $4.49
Red Baron Pizza, 14.76-22.63oz box, (Excluding Pan Varieties), $2.99
Ore-Ida French Fried Potatoes, Crinkle Cut 5lb bag, Fast Food Extra Crispy Fries 4lb bag, $3.99
Kraft Cheese Slices, 7-8oz pkg, 2/$5
Green Giant Canned Vegetables, 4pk 11-15.25oz can, $2.99
Wisk 2X Laundry Detergent, 50oz bot., $4.49
Dove Beauty Bar Soap, or Dove Men +Care, 2pk 4.2-4.25oz box, $1.99
Thanks to Publix Slickdeals Thread - check here for coupon matchups

Happy St Patricks Day

Hope you have some fun planned for this festive day of Irish lore. We might get out tonight for a sample for green beer later. For now, its another Irish proverb to help you in your frugal ways.
Do not take the thatch from your own roof to buy slates for another man's house.
Its great to share your wealth and donate stockpile items to those in need, but its important to make sure you don't sacrifice your security and well being. If you have a long lost relative who is always asking to borrow money or co-sign a loan that you doubt they can repay, its not the best choice to sign up for that. Try to offer them alternatives, or question them to decide if they've researched their choices enough. You could offer to help in other non monetary ways.
As far as your own expenses - If you've budgeted and accounted for your expenditures or desires and realize you need to earn extra cash, try to earn it yourself. If you choose to have a garage sale or sell something on craigslist to make some spare change, don't feel like you need to lower your prices just because people may ask. Sure we all like to get a bargain, but if you have a fair price on something - don't get all emotional and sell if for a lower price. If you are selling something to just get rid of it, that's different - but if you want to make some money, just say no. Its actually easier to sell something to a stranger than it is to sell to a friend or relative because there is no emotion involved. Many a people make poor financial decisions when emotions are involved. 
Have a Great day!

If you buy what you don’t need, you might have to sell what you do

Another Irish Proverb in honor of St Patricks Day which is tomorrow! This one reminds us that being frugal is a matter of choices. Many times we have the cash or income to buy nice things - sometimes even extravagant things, but do we really need them? Sometimes not.
Recently, a friend of mine bought a brand new shiny car that has all the bells and whistles. I'm envious that she can enjoy such a nice thing, but I'll get to ride in it too occasionally. But the thing is that its too nice. She doesn't want to drive it to work because the parking lot is full of clients who might give her new car door dings. So it sits in the garage, while she drives her old car. She's fortunate in not having to sell the old car to get the new car, but not everyone is.
I have another friend who NEEDS a new car because the car they have is falling apart like a bucket of bolts and nuts. It makes strange noise and lurches, and probably isn't safe to drive fast on the highway. Shopping for another car apparently is happening, but I don't think a brand new car is among those is consideration. This may be a smart decision because if too much of the budget is spent on the car, there might have to be other financial sacrifices made in the household budget.
So the point is, if you have something you need and use - be content with it rather than thinking you need to get the bigger better newer faster model. If you buy the new thing, it may have more costs that just the purchase price.

It is Not a Fish Until it is On the Bank

My favorite holiday is approaching this week, so another Irish proverb for us all. This tidbit of wisdom is especially important for us dreamers, who plan on all sorts of wonderful things and suppositions about how things should happen. Sure it was great that we recently planned on selling our boat, we were fortunate in finding a good buyer, and the check cleared the bank and now the boat is gone. But it could have gone a hundred different ways. Many times when something is for sale on Craigslist, you get some phone calls, emails or texts inquiring whether the item is still available, and you respond quickly - only to get no further response. WTH? What are these people thinking? We'll never know, but we do know you can't count on selling stuff quickly (unless you follow my Craigslist Tips).
You also can't count on that tax return, or that pay raise, or that job you applied for along with a ton of other people. Its important to not count it as a catch until its in the boat, or on the bank. So keep casting your line out there to get a big fish, but also continue your frugal ways to get you through the dry spell.

Publix Sneak Peek BOGO's 3/17-3/23/11

BOGOLay's Potato Chips, Assorted Varieties, 10 or 10.5 oz bag, Excluding Kettle Cooked, Baked!, Light & Natural, BOGO $3.99

Oscar Mayer Beef Franks, Regular, Light, Bun Length, XXL, Deli Style or Selects Premium, 16 oz pkg (Excluding Angus) BOGO $4.69

Kellogg's Cereal, Assorted Varieties, Crunchy Nut, 10.8 or 14.1 oz box, Ric Krispies, 12-16.5 oz box, Corn Flakes or Raisin Bran 18 or 20 oz box, BOGO $4.09

Post Cereal, Assorted Varieties, Pebbles 10.75 or 11 oz box, Alpha-Bits, Honey-Comb or Golden Crisp, 11.5 to 14.75 box, BOGO $3.25

Ragu Pasta Sauce, Assorted Varieties, 16 to 26.3 oz jar, BOGO $2.19

Mueller's Pasta, Assorted Varieties, 12 to 16 oz box, (Excluding Lasagna, Jumbo Shells and Egg Noodles) BOGO $1.39

Vigo Saffron Yellow Rice, 10 oz pkg, BOGO $1.29

Betty Crocker Premium Muffin Mix, 15.2 to 18.25 oz box, BOGO $2.79

Progresso Soup, 18 to 19 oz can, BOGO, Surprisingly Low Price

New England freshly Ground Coffee, 9-12 oz bag, BOGO $6.39

Taco Bell Home Originals Dinner! 10.75 to 16.35 oz box, BOGO $2.69

Lawry's 30 Minute Marinade, 12 oz bottle, BOGO $3.15

Kraft Mayo Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip Dressing, 30 oz jar, BOGO $3.99

Pop Secret Premium Popcorn, 11.2 ro 21 oz box or 30 oz jar, BOGO $4.69

Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers, or Party Mix or Snack Mix, 9.75 to 14 oz box, BOGO $3.29

Emerald Mixed Nuts, or Almonds or Cashews, 10 or 11.5 oz canister, BOGO $5.79

Arnold Select Sandwich Thins or Sandwich Thins Naturals, Pre-Sliced, 8 count, 12 oz pkg, BOGO $3.29

Pepperidge Farm Swirl Bread, 16 oz loaf, BOGO $3.79

Wrigley's Eclipse Gum, or Orbit or Doublemint, Assorted Varieties, Sugarfree, 60 ct bottle, BOGO $3.29

Lance Crackers or Cookies or Wafers, 6 to 14 oz package, BOGO $2.89

Nabisco Single Serve Tray Packs or Variety or Munch Packs, Oreo Cakesters or Soft Snack Cakes or kraft Handi-Snacks, Assorted Varieties, 12 or 15 ct 9.45 to 25.2 oz pkg, BOGO $5.99

Diana's Bananas Banana Babies, 10.5 oz box, BOGO $4.49 (YUM!!)

Shedd's Spread Country Crock, Regular or Churn Style, 15 oz tub, or twin pack, 2 pack, 7.5 oz tub, BOGO $2.09

Breyers Ice Cream, 48 oz carton, BOGO $5.49

Green Giant Frozen Vegetables, 7 to 10 oz pkg (Excluding Asparagus Cuts) BOGO $1.79

Mrs. Paul's Fish or Fried Clams. 8 tp 11 oz pkg, BOGO $4.49

Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Cracker Chips, 6 oz bag, BOGO $3.49

All Small & Mighty Laundry Detergent, or 2X Ultra, 32 or 50 oz bottle, BOGO $5.99

Atkins Advantage Shake, 4 pack, 11 oz can, BOGO $4.99

Publix Extra Strength Gas Relief, 30 ct package, BOGO $5.59

WellPatch Pain Relief Patch, 4 cCount Box, BOGO $5.99

Thanks to JD on Slickdeals Publix Thread (check HERE for coupon matchups)

Thursday Thunder

Wow! Today I woke up to heavy rain and thunder, and it was sure hard to get out of bed. This kind of weather is usually in the summer. Although it has been warm here lately, in the 80's. But wait, its going to be winter again this weekend with lows in the 40s. Ick.
I'm looking forward to shopping at #Publix today to get the gas card deal, which all of you should do if you want to save 20% on gas. Just spend $25 on groceries (before coupons) and you can use the coupon in Weekly Ad to get $10 off $50 gas card (Shell, BP, Hess, Amoco). I usually match up the sale with some great deals and end up spending about $27 for $50 of gas - almost a 50% savings, plus all the groceries are thrown in for free!
Here's an example of one of my shops this week.
10-Mar 28   99.25 14.06 58.00 tax 27.19 28 -72.60%
Product qty price subtl -B1G1 -Q   total Q# Q details
garlic 1 0.07 0.07       0.07    
bananas 1 0.25 0.25       0.25    
Dentastix dog treat BOGO 6 3.79 22.74 11.37 12.00   -0.63 6 $2/1 MQ 1-30RP
ramen 3 0.17 0.51       0.51    
Sargento Cheese shredded 4 2.00 8.00   8.00   0.00 6 $1/2 MQ + $1.50/1 PQ
Lysol cleaner spray BOGO 2 2.69 5.38 2.69 3.00   -0.31 2 $2/2 WD + $1/2 MQ 2-6 SS
Purina One Beyond Cat Fd  2 2.79 5.58   8.00   -2.42 4 $2/1 print+$2/1 WD
reach floss 2 0.99 1.98   2.00   -0.02 2 $1/1 print
Gas Gift Card 1 50.00 50.00   10.00   40.00 1 10/50 pq
Birds Eye Steam fresh veg 6 0.79 4.74   5.00   -0.26 5 $1/2 PQ YAB + $1/3 1-23ss
$/$$ Publix coupon   0.00 0.00   5.00   -5.00 1 $5/$30 PQ
$/$$ coupon   0.00 0.00   5.00   -5.00 1 $5/$25 competitor 

Handfuls Make a Load

This Irish proverb is so wise in many ways. Watching the news about the unrest in Libya and the resulting rise in gas prices affects many of us. We get used to our routine and drive anywhere we want and just pay the price. But now the price of gas hurts. Its over $3.50 a gallon here and rising daily. So this is the time to prepare for higher prices. Not just of gas, but of many goods and services that rely on transportation - like groceries and all that online shopping we love to do.
So what can you do about it? Start with handfuls. Small steps or changes to cut back or be more frugal with your ways. I rode my bike to work even though it was a little cold (50F) knowing I would save myself the price of a gallon of gas. DH rode his motorcycle to work as well which saves some gas. We'll have to cut back on some of our trips to Publix and reconsider some driving trips we planned this summer.
Its not just conserving gas that small handfuls make a difference. Any area of your life you want to improve or change, can benefit from handfuls. I know I'm still trying to lose a few pounds of extra weight before our next cruise in April, but its tough these days. I need to just give up that one snack each day that isn't necessary. I need to just walk that extra distance thru the parking lot, and I need to drink that one extra glass of water each day. All these small things hopefully will add up.
Pretty soon those handfuls will make a load.