Extreme Couponing

Well, all the other bloggers are doing posts on Extreme Couponing so I figured I might as well too. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the series on TLC is premiering tonight after my fav show Survivor.  Extreme Couponing is going to be the death of us all. All the couponers that is. There are going to be a bunch of noobs out there in the stores throwing coupons at the cashiers demanding they get paid to shop! Its going to be havoc, and the stores know this. So they are tightening up their belts and shoving out their chests and saying "THIS IS HOW IT IS NOW" - no we won't take that competitor, no you can't buy that many, no you can't use that many coupons, no no no!

It already is a getting to be a pain that there are so many of us out there who want the deals, there isn't enough merchandise to satisfy our hunting desires. The shelves are already bare. What will the new couponers do? Hopefully, they'll give it up - and soon.

I might just take a break for a while to avoid the frustration...

Tax Refunds Rolling In

TaxAct
 
Yeah! I got my income tax refund yesterday, what a great mail day. I prepared them online using Tax Act and it was really quick and easy. If you haven't done your taxes yet, what are you waiting for?

Publix Sneak Peek Weekly Ad 4/7-4/13/11

BOGO's
Prego 100% Natural Italian Sauce, Traditional, Flavored with Meat, Fresh Mushrooms, or Chunky Garden Combo, 45oz jar, BOGO $3.79
Mueller's Pasta, 12-16oz box (Excluding Lasagna, Jumbo Shells, and Egg Noodles), BOGO $1.43
Nabisco Snack Well's Brownie Bites, 5.3-6.9oz box, BOGO Surprisingly Low Price
Sunkist Almond Accents, 3.5-3.75oz bag, BOGO $2.99
Toufayan Pita Bread, 12oz pkg, BOGO $1.29
Juicy Juice 100% Juice, 8pk. 6.75oz box, BOGO $3.25
Ocean Spray Craisins, 6oz bag, BOGO $2.29
Del Monte Tomatoes, 14.5oz can, BOGO $1.57
V8 V.Fusion Vegetable & Fruit Juice, 46oz bot., BOGO $3.99
Wish-Bone Dressing, 16oz bot., BOGO $2.97
Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 32oz bot., BOGO $11.99
Ken's or Sweet Baby Ray's Marinade & Sauce, 16oz bot., BOGO $2.99
StarKist Chunk Light Tuna, 4pk 5oz can, BOGO $3.89
A1 Steak Sauce, 10oz bot, BOGO $4.41
Post Cereal, Selects or Great Grains 13-16oz box or Trail Mix Crunch 17oz box, BOGO $4.41
Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal, 15.8-20.4oz box or Unfrosted Mini-Wheats 18oz box, BOGO $4.51
Nature Valley or Fiber One Granola Bars, 14.1-17.8oz box, BOGO $5.99
Emerald Mixed Nuts, or Almonds or Cashews, 10-11.5oz cnstr., BOGO $5.79
Rold Gold Pretzels, 7-16oz bag, BOGO $2.99
Keebler Town House Crackers, 7.7-16oz box, BOGO $4.09
Nabisco Single Serve Tray Packs, 12 or 15ct 9.45-25.2oz pkg, BOGO $6.17
Snickers Minis Candies, or M&Ms Chocolate Candies, M&Ms Mix, Minis Mix, or Variety Bag Fun Size, 30-42oz bag, BOGO $9.99
Arnold Whole Grains Bread, or Grains & More, Healthfull, or Country White, 24oz loaf, BOGO $3.99
Pepperidge Farm Milano Melts Crispy Cookies, or Distinctive Milano, 5.75-7.5oz bag, BOGO $3.49
6-Pack Estrella Damm Lager Beer, 11.2oz bot, BOGO $7.99 (Usually a regional deal)
I Cant Believe Its Not Butter, Spread 15oz or 2pk 7.5oz tub, 16oz bot, or 10oz bot, or Spray 8oz bot, BOGO $3.29
Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Vegetables, 11 or 12oz bag, BOGO $2.39
Diana's Bananas Banana Babies, 10.5oz box, BOGO $4.49
Morey's Fish Creations, 10oz box, BOGO $6.99
Birds Eye Voila Meal, 21-23oz bag, BOGO $5.15
Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes, or French Toast, 6-40ct 12.5-14.8oz box, BOGO $2.77
Banquet Breaded Chicken Patties, or Nuggets, or Chicken Breast Tenders or Strips, or Popcorn Chicken, 24oz pkg, BOGO $5.49
Playtex HandSaver Gloves, BOGO $1.99
Purina Beggin Strips Dog Snack, 6oz pkg, BOGO $3.50
Crest Toothpaste, 6.4oz tube, BOGO $2.99
Lysol Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner, 32oz bot, BOGO $3.73
Glass Plus Glass & Multi-Surface Cleaner, 32oz bot, BOGO $2.49
Clear Eyes Eye Drops, 15ml bot (Excluding Complete 7 Symptom Relief), BOGO $3.99
Beech-Nut Stage 2 Baby Food, 4oz jar, BOGO $0.57
Thanks to Slickdeals Publix Thread (remainder of Ad and coupon matchups here)

Calculating Your Cart

It happened again last night. My grocery order at Publix went negative. I had to pull back a $2 coupon from the cashier, and grab a pack of gum to get my order to $0.87. I still saved over $91, but I left $2 on the counter literally. I guess I didn't think quick enough because I could have grabbed 3 packs of gum, and used my $2 coupon and still paid less than a dollar.

 

The point is I miscalculated my cart. We all do this when couponing, in our hunt to get the lowest total possible, sometimes its just too close. Of course, I prefer to make up my spreadsheet and shop from a list, but we all know that doesn't always work. Most of the time lately, items have been out of stock if there is a moneymaker deal, so you have to go to plan B. I wish I had an iphone or an android phone so I could pull up my excel spreadsheet on Google docs and change the numbers based on what I get. That would make my life a lot easier, but alas that is not to be. I'm not giving up my $30 a month Sprint plan just so I can get out of doing a bunch of math in my head. At least I bring a pencil now to write down numbers.

 

When you calculate your cart to make sure your order doesn't go negative and/or require manager intervention for an override, there are four sets of numbers you need to calculate.

 

  1. Item Count – this is the number of items in your cart. Its easiest to keep like items together and I jot down the count about halfway through the shop and then keep track of the running count as I'm getting fillers at the end of the shop. Fillers are any items you put in your cart that don't have a coupon associated with them.
  2. Coupon Count – this is the number of coupons you'll be using. Its important that you have an equal or greater number of items in your order to avoid an override. To do this I keep a number of coupons in my kit that apply one coupon to more than one item, like a $1/3 or the koolaid coupon B10G5. I've found that if you need less than 8 filler items, it's cheapest to just get a chunk of garlic, a jalapeno pepper, or ramen. If you need more when you are stacking 2 coupons on a lot of items, the koolaid B10G5 coupon gives you 15 filler items, and adds only one coupon to your count.
  3. Coupon Values – this is the amount that all your coupons add up to. Add them all together and remember (or write down) the cost. Your item value must exceed this coupon value. Plus it helps you realize if you qualify to add another $/$$ competitor or PQ to your order, if it passes a price threshold.
  4. Item Cost – this is the amount the register will ring up for your products. Remember that BOGO sale items only add cost for one item per pair. If you have BOGO coupons, both items will add cost. You'll have to remember the cost of all the items in your cart and add them up to determine your final price. I don't worry about tax, that just pads your bill. If your item cost is less than your coupon value, then you need to buy something to bring up your total, or buy a gift card for whatever your deficit is, plus a buck or two.

This is a lot of math and it helps that DH adds up one and I add up the other so we each have less to calculate. If you don't have a nice hubby to bring along, bring a calculator.

Lawn Mower Class Action Settlement Update

Last year I posted about the Lawn Mower Class Action Settlement and I was wondering if anyone has gotten their settlement yet, I haven't.

On August 16, 2010, Judge Adelman granted Plaintiffs’ motion for final approval of the settlements with all defendants. Subsequently, some of the class members who objected to the terms of the settlements filed notices of appeal with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently dismissed the relevant appeals and the settlement proceeds will soon be ready for distribution to class members. The Claims Administrator is currently processing the claims received by class members. Class members who filed a valid claim can expect to receive a cash payment and engine warranty certificate (if applicable) by April, 2011.


Please be patient and check this website (http://www.lawnmowerclass.com/) or call 1-877-773-8196 for timely updates. The updates on the website and toll-free telephone line contain the most up-to-date information available, so please refrain from contacting Rust Consulting or Class Counsel directly if your questions relate to the status of the Court’s decision on Final Approval or any appeals.

Change Your Mindset, Save Some Money

Most frugal living blogs out there will give you specific advice for saving money on one or more aspects of life, like how to cut down on your grocery bill, how to pay off your student or credit card debt, or how to avoid spending too much during vacation. While these types of articles can be very helpful for those of us who are financially impaired, I think some more general advice about money can be equally as enlightening. Based on a few articles I've read about the psychology of money, here are a few tips for spending money using your head.
 
1. Don't spend a lot of money on a new hobby until you've achieved a certain level of mastery.
Although this tip is pretty specific, it can apply to lots of different areas of financial health as well. I've noticed that many people have a tendency to buy all the most expensive gear for new hobbies before even really learning the hobby. For example, you may buy a nice guitar before really knowing how to play it, or you'll buy a pricey treadmill before really dedicating the time to exercising. Invest cheap and reward yourself with better gear once you've really achieved some measure of success.
 
2. Never go to the grocery store hungry. Or, don't spend money when you've been deprived.
This is an oldie but it's a goodie, and it's generally true in life as well. We human beings have lower reserves of will power than we'd like to think. As such, if you've been depriving yourself of anything for awhile, you'll inevitably go overboard whenever you do finally decide to give in.
 
3. Saving is not the same as penny-pinching.
Saving money is something that we all reasonably aspire to, and it's definitely a noble and worthwhile goal, as good finances are part and parcel of a good psychological health. At the same time however, penny-pinching is the act of going to an extreme, which can be devastating to your emotional well-being, too. If you plan your budget well, leaving room for the occasional slip up, and you enjoy your spending your money when you do spend it, then you are on your way to financial success.
 
4. Avoiding a financial problem will never make it go away. Trust me, I've tried.
There's something about keeping track of bills and other money matters that makes nearly everyone I know cringe and sometimes engage in avoidant behavior. When I was in college and had problems keeping track of overdraft fees, I'd continue spending money. For some reason, I just avoided checking my balance because part of me simply didn't want to know. As you can probably guess, this was a terrible strategy and I ended up in the red more times than I'd care to admit. Denial never really works in any respect, not least of which with money. So if you find yourself thinking about a bill or anything related to money, stop what you're doing and get it done immediately. You'd be surprised by how mood-lifting tackling money problems right away can be.
 
Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online colleges.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez @gmail.com. 

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

BOGOs:
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

Bakery:
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

Dairy:
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

Deli:
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

Frozen:
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

Grocery:
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

Household:
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

Meat:
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

Pet:
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

Produce:
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

Seafood:
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 www.Networx.com 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

BOGO's
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

BAKERY
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

DAIRY
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


DELI
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

FROZEN
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

GROCERY
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

HOUSEHOLD
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

HEALTH & BEAUTY
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

MEAT
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

PET
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

PRODUCE
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

SEAFOOD
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

IN AD COUPONS
$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