My Publix Trip - Saved 98%, Paid $0.95

Lots of produce this trip and scouting for the new Smart Savings coupon booklet, which I did happen to find in my Tampa store. Although I haven't seen a great deal with the booklets yet, I know I'll probably use the Voskos yogurt coupon, the Crystal Farms eggs and the Simply Potatoes coupons. I also love the wasabi soy Blue Diamond Almonds and hope to be able to use that coupon too.
Anyway nothing too exciting this trip in the cart, but it seems as if no one is doing the EAS Lean Bar deal which has some good overage using a Publix coupon in the Green Advantage Flyer and the MQ printable from coupon network. They are $1.25 now but I think that price is part of the current Yellow Flyer deals that expire today, after that they go to $1.69 which basically means free but no overage.
So I spent a little more than a dollar with tax and saved 98%.
28-Jun 55   61.30 1.50 59.50 tax 0.95 57 -98.45%
Product qty price subtl B1G1 -Q 0.65 total Q# Q details
tomato 1 0.78 0.78       0.78    
green pepper 1 1.00 1.00       1.00    
corn on the cob 4 0.25 1.00       1.00    
mango 2 1.50 3.00 1.50     1.50    
pineapple 1 2.99 2.99   0.50   2.49 1 $0.50/1 MQ print
lettuce iceburg 1 1.49 1.49       1.49    
mushrooms 1 1.69 1.69       1.69    
limes 5 0.20 1.00       1.00    
Voskos yogurt Rnchck 12 1.00 12.00   8.00   4.00 8 $1/3 MQ + $1/3 PQ
Shrimp 1/3 lb steamd 1 2.49 2.49   2.00   0.49 1 $2/1 PQ seafood EXP 6/23
Green onions 1 0.60 0.60       0.60    
Dial Hand Soap 9.37oz 10 1.00 10.00   8.50 0.65 2.15 20 $0.50/1 TQ print + $0.35/1 MQ
EAS Lean 15 protn bar 10 1.25 12.50   17.50   -5.00 20 $1/1 PQ GAF + $0.75/1 MQ print
Sundown Vit B6 30% off 4 2.69 10.76   18.00   -7.24 6 $3/1 GAB EXP 6/22 PQ + $3/2 MQ
Publix $5 off $50 1 0.00 0.00   5.00   -5.00 1 $5 off $50 PQ newspaper x6/30

7/1 Sunday Coupon Insert - P&G

Well it looks like there is only one insert this weekend, a P&G. Plus if you live in Tampa area you can probably expect a Publix store coupon in the front news section. There will also be the new Yellow Advantage Flyer in the paper. Also the stores are supposed to all have the new Smart Savings booklet out by Friday, so be sure you look for the cardboard display and if you don't see it ask at Customer Service. They will go fast and will probably be gone by next week so you need to be out shopping at the store most likely to have them.
Always $.50/1 Pads or Feminine Cleansing Cloths
Always $.50/1 Pantiliners 30ct+
Always $1/1 Infinity 12ct+
Bounce $.50/1 dryer bar or dryer sheets
Bounty $.25/1 napkins
Bounty $.25/1 towels or napkins
Cascade $1/1 product
Charmin $.25/1 product
Clairol $1/1 hair color
Clairol $3/1 Nice 'n Easy Color Foam hair color
Covergirl $1/1 product
Covergirl $3/2 products
Crest $.75/1 Pro-Health for Me toothpaste
Crest $.75/1 Rinse 458mL+
Crest $.75/1 toothpaste 4oz+ or liquid gel excludes Cavity, Baking Soda and Tartar
Dawn $.25/1 product
Downy $1/1 product
Duracell $.50/1 CopperTop, Ultra Power, Ultra Photo Lithium or Specialty batteries
Duracell $1.50/1 rechargeable batteries, charger or 6pk+ hearing aid batteries
Febreze $.50/1 Air Effects
Febreze $1/1 car
Febreze $1/1 Set & Refresh
Febreze $5/5 products
Febreze Buy 1 Fabric Refresher, get one Set & Refresh free up to $3.50
Febreze Buy Noticeables refill, get Noticeables warmer free up to $3.50
Fixodent $.75/1 cleanser
Fixodent $1/1 adhesive 1.05oz+
Gillette $.50/1 body wash
Gillette $1/1 Fusion ProGlide shave prep or Fusion ProSeries skin care item
Gillette $2/1 Mach3 disposable, Sensor 3 disposable or CustomPlus 3 disposable
Gillette $2/2 deodorants or body washes
Gillette Buy Fusion ProGlide cartridge, get $3 off Fusion ProGlide razor
Gillette Buy Mach3 cartridge, get $2 off Mach3 razor
Head & Shoulders B1G1 free product up to $9.49
Herbal Essences/Aussie $1/2 products
Ivory/Safeguard $1/1 Personal Cleansing product excludes Ivory dish & laundry
Metamucil $1/1 Fiber singles, capsules or wafers
Metamucil $1/1 product
Olay $2/1 Total Effects facial moisturizer
Olay $3//1 ProX or Regenerist facial moisturizer or facial cleanser excludes brush head refills
Olay $3/2 bath bars, body washes or in0shower body lotions
Olay $3/2 Complete facial moisturizers, Daily Facial cloths or cleansers excludes ProX, Regenerist, Total Effects Age Defying series and facial hair removal
Old Spice $.50/1 body wash
Old Spice $2/2 products
Oral-B $.50/1 Pulsar, 3D White, Pro-Health or Complete toothbrushe or $.50/2 Indicator or Cavity Defense toothbrushes
Oral-B $.75/1 Glide floss 35m+ or Glide floss picks 30ct+
Oral-B $.75/1 Pro-Health for Me CrossAction or Pulsar manual brush
Oral-B $.75/1 Pro-Health for Me floss
Pampers $1/1 Splashers swim pant
Pampers $3/1 diapers or pants box
Pantene $1/2 products
Prilosec OTC $1/1 product
Puffs $.25/3 singles or $.25/1 3pk
Secret $1/1 Clinical product
Tampax $.50/1 20ct+
Tampax $1/1 Pearl, Pearl Compak or Radiant 16ct+
Tide $.50/1 Boost, Tide to Go or Washing Machine Cleaner excludes PODS
Tide $1/1 detergent excludes PODS
Venus $2/both refill razor and razor refill
ZzzQuil $2/1 product
Thanks to for the sneak peek.

Publix Weekly Ad Sneak Peek 6/28 - 7/4

Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce, Original, Honey, Hickory, Hot 'N Spicy, Honey Chipotle, Sweet Vidalia Onion, or Raspberry Chipotle, 18 oz bottle, save up to 2.29

Publix Deli Tea, 1 gallon bottle, save up to 2.59

Pepsi Products, 2L bottles, save up to 1.79

Lay's Potato Chips, 10 or 10.5 oz bag, (excluding Kettle Cooked, Baked, Light and Natural), save up to 4.29

Publix Deli Old-Fashioned Deli Beans, 16 oz pkg, save up to 2.39

Sau-Sea Cocktail Sauce, 8 oz pkg, no price given

Perdue Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets: Regular, Fun Shapes or Whole Grain; or Strips, 12 oz pkg, save up to 4.39

Banquet Brown 'N Serve Sausage, sold frozen, 6.4 oz pkg, save up to 1.99

Curly's Chicken, Beef or Pork with BBQ Sauce, 18 oz tub, or Sauceless: Pork, Roasted Chicken or Smoked Turkey, 11 or 12 oz tub or Sauceless Sliced Beef Steak, 10 oz tub, save up to 5.99

Ball Park Beef Franks, Regular, Bun Size, Fat Free or Jumbo, 14 to 16 oz pkg (excluding Angus and Deli Style), save up to 4.99

Marzetti Dip, 12 to 15.5 oz container, no price given

Hellmann's Mayonnaise, 30 oz jar, save up to 4.69

Kraft or Seven Seas Dressing, 14 or 16 oz bottle, or Kraft Sizzling Salads Dressing & Cooking Sauce Dinner Kit, 12 oz pkg, save up to 2.83

Lipton Tea Bags, 100 ct box, save up to 4.09

Lawry's 30 Minute Marinade, 12 oz bottle, save up to 3.19

French's Classic Yellow Mustard, 14 oz bottle, save up to 1.85

Gatorade Thirst Quencher, G2 Perform 02 or G2, 64 oz bottle, save up to 2.75

Rotel Diced Tomatoes or Whole, 10 oz can, save up to 1.03

Crystal Light Drink Mix, 10 or 12 qt canister, (excluding On the Go Sticks), save up to 3.49

Gia Russa Pasta Sauce, 6.3 to 24 oz jar, save up to 5.79

Mueller's Pasta, 12 to 16 oz box (excluding Lasagne, Jumbo Shells and Noodles), save up to 1.59

Quaker Cereal, Cap'N Crunch, 15.4 to 20 oz, Life, 18 oz, or Squares, 14.5 oz box, save up to 4.89

Quaker Chewy Bars, 6.1 to 6.7 oz box, no price given

Kellogg's Cereal, Rice Krispies or Crispix, 12 to 16.5 oz box, or Krave, 11 or 11.4 oz box, save up to 4.35

M&M's Chocolate Candies, 15.4 to 19.2 oz bag, save up to 4.89

Thomas' English Muffins or Hearty Muffins, 11 to 13 oz pkg, save up to 3.99

Nature's Own Bread, Whitewheat, 20 oz loaf, save up to 2.49

Planter's Peanuts, Dry Roasted, 16 oz jar or Cocktail Peanuts, 16 oz can, save up to 4.29

Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn, Single Serve, 6 or 10 ct, 11.64 to 19.8 oz box, or 30 oz jar, save up to 5.29

Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers or Snack Mix, 9.75 to 14 oz box, save up to 3.39

Kraft Velveeta Cheese, Plain, 2%, Mild Mexican, Pepper Jack Loaf, Spicy Buffalo, Queso Blanco, or Jalapeno, 16 oz box, save up to 4.39

Breakstone's Sour Cream, 16 oz cup, save up to 2.59

PictSweet Deluxe Frozen Vegetables, 24 to 28 oz bag (excluding Cob Corn), save up to 3.39

Fat Boy Ice Cream Sandwich or Fat Boy Jr, 4 to 9 ct, 22 to 30 oz box, save up to 4.89

T.G.I. Friday's Snacks or Appetizers, 12 to 15 oz box, save up to 6.39

Home Run Inn Chicago's Premium Pizza, 16.5 to 31 oz box, save up to 7.99

Luigi's Real Italian Ice or Premium Italian Ice Swirls, 6 cups, 24 or 36 oz box, save up to 3.39

Cool Whip Whipped Topping, 8 oz bowl, save up to 1.75

Speed Stick Anti-Perspirant or Deodorant, 2.7 to 3.25 oz pkg (excluding 24.7 and Stainguard), or Lady Speed Stick, 2.3 oz pkg, save up to 2.19

Noxzema Disposable Shavers, 4 ct pkg, save up to 4.99

Publix Omeprazole Acid Reducer, 20 mg, 14 ct pkg, save up to 9.69

Purina Busy Dog Treats, 4 to 7 oz pkg, save up to 3.79

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

Chinet Classic White Plates, Dinner, Lunch, Compartment, Platters or 6 3/4" Appetizer and Dessert, or Comfort Cup Cups and Lids, 20 to 70 ct, save up to 6.39

Chinet Dinner Napkins, 40 ct, or Premium and Elegant All Occasion 90 ct, save up to 2.19

Beech-Nut Stage 2 Baby Food, 4 oz jar, (excluding Homestyles Textures Stage 2 1/2), save up to 0.55

Mangos, each, save up to 1.50

Decorated Cupcakes, 6 ct, 3.99, 12 ct, 6.99
Hoagie Rolls, 4 ct, 11 oz, 2.29
Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns, 8 ct, 12 oz, 2.29
Butter Pound Cake, 12 oz, 3.99
Apple Pie, Dutch Apple or Lemon Meringue, 26 to 24 oz pkg, 3.99
Italian Five Grain Bread, 16 oz loaf, 2.99
Cranberry Walnut Loaf, 16 oz loaf, select locations, 4.49
Donuts, 6 ct, 2.99
Fruit Filled Strudels, 16 or 20 oz pkg, 4.79
Ice Cream Sundae Cake, 24 oz, 6.49
Mini Cookie Bites, 14 ct, 3.49
Cookies and Cream Brownies with Oreo Cookies, 8 ct, 16 oz pkg, 4.69
Crusty White Baguette, Wheat or Sourdough, 8 or 8.5 oz loaf, 10/$10

Kraft American Singles, Yellow, White or Sharp Cheddar, 12 oz pkg, 2/$5
Publix Deluxe Sliced American Cheese, 8 oz pkg, 2/$4
Reddi Wip Whipped Light Cream, 13 oz can, 2/$6
Yoplait Yogurt, 4 or 6 oz cup, 20/$10
Jell-O Snacks, 6 pk, 3.25 to 4 oz cup, or Temptations by Jell-O, 3 or 6 pk, 2.3 to 4.06 oz cup, 3/$6
Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits, 16.3 or 17.3 oz can or Simply Buttermilk Biscuits, 12 oz can, 1.53
Nestle Coffee-Mate Flavored Creamers, 32 oz bottle, (excluding Orginal, LF Original or FF Original), 2/$5
Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 8 oz pkg, 4/$5
Kraft Shredded Cheese or Chunk Cheese, or FreshTake Breadcrumb Mix, 6 to 8 oz pkg, 2/$4
Sargento Cheese Slices, 5 to 8 oz pkg, 2/$5
Chobani Greek Yogurt, 6 oz cup, 10/$10

Publix Turkey Whole Sub, 4.99
8 Piece Mixed Fried Chicken, hot or chilled, 5.99
Publix Deli Cooked Top Round Roast Beef, 8.99/lb
Sabra Hummus or Babaganoush, 8 or 10 oz pkg, 2/$5
Publix Deli American Cheese, White or Yellow, 4.99/lb
Boar's Head Ovengold Breast of Turkey, 8.99/lb
Stacy's Pita or Bagel Chips or Pita Crisps, 6.75 to 8 oz pkg, 2/$5

P.F. Chang's Home Menu Meals for 2, 22 oz pkg, 6.99
Publix Premium Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt or Publix GreenWise Ice Cream, half gallon, 2/$6

Lay's Dip, 10 or 15 oz pkg, 2/$6
National Deli Mustard, 12 oz pkg, 2/$4
Heinz Tomato Ketchup, 40 oz bottle, 2/$5
Bush's Best Baked Beans or Grillin', 21 to 28 oz can, 3/$5
CapriSun Juice Drink Blend, Lemonade or Roarin' Waters, 10 pk, 60 oz pkg (excluding 100% Juice and CapriSun Super V, 10 pk), 3/$7
Publix Toaster Pastries, 8 ct, 14.7 oz box, 1.79
General Mills Fiber One Cereal or Cascadian Farm Organic Granola, 11.75 to 17.25 oz box, 2/$5
Coca-Cola Products, 12 pk, 12 oz cans, B3G1F (final price, 4/$12)
Red Bull Energy Drink, 4 pk, 8.4 oz can, B2G1F
Deer Park Natural Spring Water, 24 pk, 0.5L bottle, 3.99
Publix Soft Drinks or Seltzer Water, 2L, 2/$1
Nabisco Oreo Cookies, Fudge Cremes or Cakesters, 10.5 to 15.9 oz pkg, or Oreo Creme Filled Brownies, 15 oz box, 2.99
Nabisco Snack Crackers, Stix, or Ritz Crackerfuls, 5.5 to 10 oz box, 2/$5
7-Up, A&W, Diet Rite or RC Cola, 2L bottle, 10/$10
Idahoan Mashed Potatoes, 1.5 to 4.1 oz pkg, or Homestyle Casserole, 3.8 or 3.95 oz box, 10/$10
Knorr Sides, 3.8 to 6.4 oz pouch, 10/$10

Health & Beauty/Baby:
Coppertone Suncare Products, 3 to 8 oz pkg (excluding Twinpacks), 6.99
Herbal Essences Hair Care Products, 1.7 to 10.17 oz pkg, or Aussie Hair Care, 6 to 14 oz pkg, 2/$5
Herbal Essences 23.7 oz bottle or Aussie, 29.2 oz bottle, 4.99
L'Oreal Paris Feria or Preference Hair Color, each, 7.99
Crest Toothpaste, 6.4 oz tube, 10/$10
Oral-B Indicator Manual Toothbrush, each, 2/$3
Advil Pain Medicine, 80 or 100 ct bottle, (excluding Advil PM), 7.99
Pure Protein Shake, 4 pk, 12 oz can or 100% Whey Protein Powder, 16 oz can, 25% off
Centrum Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement, 14 to 220 ct, 25% off
MiraLax Laxative, 8.3 oz bottle, 7.99
Pampers Cruisers, 88 to 116 ct box, or Swaddlers, 120 ct box, 29.99
Gerber Graduates Snacks, Puffs, Lil' Crunchies, or Wagon or Waffle Wheels, 1.48 oz canister, 4/$7

Gain Detergent, 100 oz bottle, 9.99
Dawn Dishwashing Liquid, 19 or 24 oz bottle, 2.49
Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Refills, 1.34 oz box, B2G1F
Bounce Dryer Sheets or Downy Sheets, 105 or 120 ct box, or Bounce Dryer Bar, 1 ct, 4.99
Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach, 24 oz bottle, 3/$5
Rubbermaid Beverage Containers, 50% off
Wood or Aluminum 9 Foot Market Umbrella, 39.99
Styrofoam Cooler, 22 qt, 4.99
Kingsford Charcoal Briquests, Original, with Mesquite or with Hickory, 15.7 or 16.6 lb bag, 6.99
Kleenex Cottonelle Toilet Paper, Double Roll: Aloe & E, Ultra or Regular, 12 roll, 6.49
Brawny Premium Performance Paper Towels, Pick-A-Size White, Prints or White, 6 roll, 6.49
Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil, Heavy Duty: Regular or Non-Stick Release, or Quality 12 in wide, 35 to 75 sq ft box, 2.99
Dial Liquid Hand Soap, 9.37 oz bottle, 10/$10

Pork Spareribs, 1.99/lb, Mesquite Seasoned, 2.49/lb
Pork Lion Back Ribs, 4.49/lb, Southwest-Seasoned, 4.99/lb
Ground Chuck 3.49/lb, Patties, 3.79/lb
Nathan's Beef Franks, Bigger than the Bun, Regular, Angus or Dinner, 14 oz pkg, 2/$7
Boneless Chicken Thighs, 2.99/lb
Publix GreenWise Boneless Chicken Thighs, 3.49/lb
Pork Shoulder Country Style Ribs, 2.49/lb, Boneless, 2.79/lb
Publix Mild or Hot Italian Sausage, 3.99/lb
Whole Chicken, 1.29/lb
Publix GreenWise Whole Chicken, 1.99/lb
Publix Fresh Ground Turkey, 2.99/lb
Boneless New York Strip Steaks, 8.99/lb
Publix GreenWise Porterhouse or T-Bone Steaks, 10.99/lb
Publix GreenWise 92% Lean Ground Beef, 5.99/lb
Oscar Mayer Sliced Bacon, Original, Lower Sodium, Thick or Maple, 16 oz pkg, 3/$10
Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage or Polska Kielbasa, 13 or 14 oz pkg, 2/$6
Johnsonville Bratwurst Patties, Original, Cheddar or Italian Sausage, 32 oz pkg, 7.99
Top Round London Broil, 3.99, Montreal-Seasoned, 4.49/lb
Perdue Thin-Sliced Boneless Chicken Breasts or Tenderloin, 3.99/lb
Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Meats, Selects or Carving Board, 7 to 9 oz pkg, 2/$6
Bubba Burger Burgers, Original or Beef Chuck with Onions, 32 oz box, 8.99

Purina Dog Chow Dog Food, 32 lb bag, 17.99
Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food, 3 oz can, 0.59
Purina Friskies Cat Food, 16 lb bag, 11.49
Iams Dog Food or Puppy Food, 15.5 or 17.5 lb bag, 16.99

Georgia Sweet Corn, 12/$3
Eastern Blueberries or California Raspberries, 1 pt or 5.6 oz pkg, 1.99
Blackberries, 12 oz pkg, 3.99
California Strawberries, 16 oz pkg, 2/$5
Organic Strawberries, 16 oz pkg, 3.99
Georgia Peaches, 1.49/lb
Simply 100% Orange or Apple Juice, Grapefruit, Cranberry, or Juice Blends, 1.75L bottle, 2/$6
Simply Lemonade or Limeade, 1.75L bottle, 2/$5
California White Seedless Grapes, 1.99/lb
Northwest Cherries, 2.99/lb
Fruit or Veggie Party Tray, 40 or 42 oz pkg, 10.99
Athena Cantaloupe, 2/$5
Publix Salad Blend, Spring Mix, American, European, Italian, Hearts of Romaine, or Caesar Kit, 5 to 12 oz pkg, 2/$4
Publix Coleslaw 16 oz bag FREE wyb Marie's Coleslaw Dressing, 12 oz jar
Sweet Seedless Watermelon, 4.99
Tomatoes on the Vine, 1.69/lb
Red Potatoes, 5 lb bag, 2.99
Asparagus, 3.49/lb
Vidalia Sweet Onions, 0.99/lb
Maradol Papaya, 0.99/lb
Del Monte Gold Ripe Pineapple, whole or peeled and cored, 2.99
Florida Avocado, 2/$3
Lime, 5/$1
Tropical Fruit Salad, 3.49/lb

Shrimp Rings, 10 to 36 oz pkg, 25% off
Large Shrimp Skewers, 2 oz minimum, 10/$10
Snow Crab Clusters, 7.99/lb
Fresh Salmon, 6.99/lb
Publix Tuna Steaks, 12 oz pkg, 5.99
Jumbo White Shrimp, 15 to 20 per pound, 11.99/lb
Phillips Crab Cakes, 6 oz pkg, 6.99

In Ad Qs:
PediaSure Shakes, 6 pk, 8 oz bottles, $3/2

Thanks to tn_native Slickdeals Publix Thread

We're Rolling Now

Yesterday our rolling wire shelving arrived from Amazon and DH and I spent the rainy evening assembling them. They are really nice and sturdy and will make great stockpile shelves and also for our dressing room. We plan to put all our Tshirts and pants on these rolling racks so that they can be moved around when we need to. I've been looking all over the internet for shelves like these but shipping killed the deal, and tax. Silly me I didn't even look at Amazon til it came up in a google search. So they shipped free and were tax free from Amazon.
DH was alarmed at my blog post yesterday suggesting that it meant we never would have guests in our home again. But that's not the case at all. We plan to give up our bedroom to visitors, and then move ourselves in the master bedroom which we use as a dressing room. The stockpile room will also have rolling storage racks which can be easily moved to another area of the house when we have a visitor needing that guest room for accommodations.
Anyway, as part of the remodel we've got one room empty and ready to paint and will empty the dressing room this weekend. The ceiling fans should arrive today so they can be installed prior to carpet install next week. Then we can move onto the next project.
Here's what we've spent on the bedrooms projects:
$985 Carpet, pad purchase and install
$174 Paint (4 gal) and rollers
$398 Ceiling Fans for each room (2)
$200 Handyman replace windowsills, install electric outlet
$ 56  Marble windowsills (3)
$1,813 Total
Not too expensive yet. I'm not including the rolling shelves because they aren't really part of the project - we just happen to be getting them to help us move stuff around during the projects and then they will have their other purpose in life later.

How To Plan A Remodel

We live in a house built in the mid 50's and it's time to remodel. The wood paneling from the 70's, and the shaggy carpet in brown tones are aging the place. But our thoughts have always been, if its not broke don't fix it. Everything is perfectly functional but it looks aged. Is that a good enough reason to sink thousands of dollars into a remodel? Not really. But since we've paid off the mortgage we have the means to pay for everything as we go. We've cut back on our travel too, as we have everything we need to be happy right in our own back yard. So we've decided to at least modernize the remainder of our house that hasn't been remodeled. If you remember, in 2010 we totally gutted our two bathrooms and kitchen, replumbed the whole house and remodeled the bathrooms and kitchen. It took five months and twenty five thousand dollars, but it has also made life more enjoyable having new rooms with an absence of any problems.
Our next project is to remodel a couple bedrooms, our dining room and living room and office area. The bedrooms will be easy with just paint and carpet and new ceiling fans. Its the living room and office that will require more planning. One of the things I've always hated about my house is that the previous owners put up paneling over the stucco plaster walls of our block home. It makes the living room look like a trailer house. The office also has a hung ceiling with big cardboard panels and rectangle florescent lights - Oh and thats in addition to the faux wood paneling. The paneling will be removed and the original walls restored, and the ceiling removed as well giving us a taller ceiling to drywall and change the lighting. We're also replacing the exterior door and adding a window to the room. This is the last room of our remodel plans but it will be the most satisfying and transforming.
The reason we're finally doing these projects now is we've decided we just don't want to wait for our dog to die before getting new carpet. We had  been waiting for years to be pet free before remodeling - but have decided its not that big a deal. The dog lives outside in the yard except when we're inside she comes in to join us. She is older and mellow and simply lays on her "place" most of the time, unless she is begging for a nibble when we're in the kitchen. The new carpet will not get ruined by having her around a few more years. 
So now that we've decided that we're going to move forward with the remodel there are some steps to take to make sure everything falls into place smoothly. Here are some steps we've accomplished so far:
1. Finance the project - either save the cash in advance or make sure your budget can handle the ongoing expense of paying the handyman, the paint store and the online vendors for your supplies. If you need to put anything on credit cards to pay later you probably can't afford the project right now. 
2. How will you pay? - Figure out if you can get any coupons from the big box stores where you'll be spending thousands of dollars. I just bought 10% off coupons from ebay for our carpet and it will save hundreds. Also redeem those extra reward or airline points for the big box stores for gift cards to buy your supplies. If they mail you the gift card it will take a couple weeks so do this early in your plans.
3. Design - figure out what you want and how you will use the features of your new remodeled room. We've discussed what to do in our guest room and decided since we rarely have visitors sleep over anymore it really is not going to be a guest room. Since our couponing has become extreme, we need the space for our stockpile and I would like a place to read quietly away from the TV, so it will be a stockpile, office area after the remodel. We also are increasing the number of electrical outlets to handle more power strips and to provide power where it currently is lacking. We no longer have a landline so all phone lines and jacks will be removed too.
4. Plan - Think through your steps and document them. I wrote of list of what has to happen first, second, third etc. You need to consider moving things, temporary storage of furniture while the rooms are being remodeled, what purchases need to be done first, what are the lead times, what colors will you use and do you have flooring, walls, windows and ceiling items selected and or purchased? Flooring typically requires a measure session be done by the installer before you can purchase, plus they won't schedule an install until the flooring is delivered. This can take weeks. Plus you don't want to paint after new flooring when you can do it easily before and not have to worry about making a mess.
5. Action - working on a remodel project often involves tedious tasks like tearing out the old, cleaning, patching and repairing and trips to the trash can. It may involve moving furniture and junk around to another room and ruin your groove. It may also involve lots of errands to pick up something you realize you need. It can be stressful and annoying. Its important to plan a timeline and goal for completion and allow yourselves time to relax each day too.
So, if you're planning on a remodel or household project (or not) you can follow along with us as we do ours. So far we've removed the old tile windowsills in the bedrooms and replaced with marble slabs. Now the walls are dry so we can paint. We pulled up the old carpet in the guest room. We've almost done moving everything out of the master bedroom and this weekend we plan to paint the ceilings and walls in the two rooms.

Groupon Class Action Lawsuit Update - Claim Form

If you remember, last month I posted about a Class Action Lawsuit against Groupon. If you purchased or received a Groupon Voucher issued for redemption in the United States between November 1, 2008 and December 1, 2011, then you are a member of the class ("Class Member") for purposes of this class action settlement, and may be entitled to receive settlement benefits, unless you are one of the following:  (1) an employee of Groupon, Inc.; (2) a business with whom Groupon has partnered to offer Groupon vouchers ("Merchant Partners"); or (3) a parent company, subsidiary, affiliate or director or officer of Groupon or a Merchant Partner.  
The Court has scheduled a Final Approval hearing, to be held on July 20, 2012, to decide whether to approve the Settlement and award attorneys' fees and costs and an incentive award.
The Claim Form to submit electronically is now posted on the settlement website. But you will need to research your purchase a little and provide some information for your claim. The form requires the following information about your Groupon purchase:
*Expiration date shown on Groupon Voucher: Enter as MM/DD/YYYY
*Identity of the merchant and its location referenced on Groupon Voucher 

*Groupon Voucher Purchase Number:

*Purchase Price of Groupon Voucher: (Enter as 99.99):

*Face Value of Groupon Voucher: (Enter as 99.99):

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6/24 Sunday Coupon Inserts - SS RP

This weekend there should be two inserts in your Sunday Paper. Plus there is rumor of a two page spread of Publix coupons also. If you're in the Tampa Bay metro area we can probably expect to get a $2 Publix coupon in the front section of the news as well.

Remember today the Breakfast Sale $5 off $30 coupon expires. Be sure to use it up or confirm with your store that they will accept expired Publix coupons and use it later. I personally have a half dozen stores within ten miles that will take expired Publix coupons for at least a week. I'm also going to ask at these stores if they'll let me use more than one $5/$30 per order instead of splitting into smaller orders.
Red Plum
Axe $1/1 shower gel or detailer ets (7/22/12)
C&H $1/1 light product (8/19/12)
DermaSilk $5/1 full size product (7/7/12)
Garnier Fructis $1/1 shampoo, conditioner or treatment ets (8/4/12)
Garnier Fructis $1/1 style product ets (8/24/12)
Good'n natural B1G1 free bar up to $1.29 (8/6/12)
Kibbles 'n Bits $1.50/1 dry dog food (8/26/12)
Land O'Frost $1/1 Wrap Kit or Sub Sandwich Kit (8/31/12)
Land O'Frost $1/2 Premium, Delishaved or Bistro Favorites (8/31/12)
L'Oreal $1/1 Excellence or Excellence to-Go shade (8/19/12)
Luigi's $.75/2 Real Italian Ice (7/21/12)
Milk-Bone $1/1 Trail Mix dog snacks (8/19/12)
Milk-Bone $1/50/2 dog snacks (8/19/12)
Milo's Kitchen $1/1 home-style dog treats (8/19/12)
Minute Maid $.75/2 frozen novelties (7/21/12)
Nalley $.75/1 pickles, peppers or relish 16oz+ (8/31/12)
Neutrogena $1/1 suncare item ets (7/31/12)
POND'S $1/1 cream, towelettes or cleansing product ets (7/22/12)
POND'S $1/1 wet cleansing towelettes 30ct only (7/22/12)
Tums $1/1 freshers 50ct (8/24/12)
Tums $1/2 24ct+ (8/24/12)
Vanity Fair $.55/1 napkins (9/24/12)
Smart Source
Aleve $1/1 20ct+ product excludes D (9/30/12)
Barilla $.55/2 blue box pasta (8/19/12)
Bayer $3/1 aspirin product 20ct+ (8/18/12)
BLUE $2/1 Naturally Fresh cat litter 6lb & 17lb bags (7/30/12)
BLUE $3/1 natural dog or cat food 11lbs+ (7/30/12)
BLUE $4/1 Naturally Fresh cat litter 34lb+ (7/30/12)
BLUE B10G2 free canned cat food up to $3.50 (7/30/12)
Bulcolax $2/1 stool softener 25ct+, laxative tablet or suppository 4ct+ (8/26/12)
Chinet $1/1 Classic White plates (9/30/12)
Coppertone $1/1 suncare product 2oz+ (7/31/12)
Coppertone $5/2 suncare products 2oz+ (7/31/12)
Cortizone 10 $1/1 Intensive Healing Eczema (8/31/12)
Cortizone 10 $1/1 item (8/31/12)
Cottonelle $.50/1 12pk mega roll or 16pk+ double roll (8/25/12) TARGET coupon (8/25/12)
Cottonelle $.50/1 Fresh Care moist wipes 42ct+ (8/25/12) TARGET coupon
Cottonelle $2/both 12pk mega roll OR 16pk+ double roll AND Fresh Care moist wipes 42ct+ (8/25/12) TARGET coupon
Dole $.50/1 fruit smoothie shakers (8/31/12)
Dole $.75/2 pineapple cans (8/19/12)
Dole $1/2 frozen fruit single-serve cups (8/31/12)
Fast Fixin $1/1 (7/15/12)
Fiber One $.50/2 Chewy Bars, 90 Calorie Chewy Bars or 90 Calorie Brownies (8/18/12)
FRENCH'S $.30/1 mustard (8/31/12)
General Mills $.50/1 Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats, Cocoa Puffs Treats, Lucky Charms Treats, Golden Grahams Treats, Chex Mix Treats or Milk'n Cereal bars (8/18/12)
General Mills $.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups, Ocean Spray Fruit Flavored Snacks, Mott's Fruit Flavored Snacks or Sunkist Fruit Flavored Snacks (8/18/12)
General Mills $1/2 Chex, Fiber One, Total, Wheaties, Oatmeal Crisp, Honey Nut Clusters, Raisin Nut Bran or Basic 4 cereals (8/4/12)
Hershey's $1/2 milk chocolate 6 packs dnd (8/12/12)
Honey Maid $1/2 Grahams 12-28oz dnd (8/12/12)
Hormel $1/2 premium chicken breast cans (8/20/12)
Jet-Puffed $.20/2 marshmallows 8oz+ dnd (8/12/12)
Johnsonville $1/1 pork and chicken sausage 17.63oz (9/23/12)
Kozy Shack $1/1 bread pudding product dnd (9/22/12)
Lubriderm $2/1 24floz, 16floz, 13.5floz or 8oz product (8/31/12)
Mitchum $1/1 regular or for Women product excludes trial and multipacks (7/29/12)
Mt. Olive $1/1 pickles, pepper or relish (8/5/12)
Nature Valley $.50/2 granola bars 5ct+ or granola thins (8/18/12)
OFF! $1.50/1 clip-on mosquito repellent starter (8/19/12)
OFF! $1/1 area product (8/19/12)
OFF! $1/1 clip-on mosquito repellent refill (8/19/12)
OFF! $2/2 area products (8/19/12)
One A Day $1/1 adult multivitamin product (8/31/12)
Ore-Ida $1/1 Grillers (7/31/12)
Pantene $3/2 products ets (7/31/12)
Planters $1/1 product 4-21.5oz sizes excluding pistachios dnd (8/31/12)
POM Wonderful $1/1 16, 24 or 48oz juice dnd (9/30/12)
Precious $1/1 mozzarella cheese dnd (9/30/12)
Precious $1/1 ricotta or fresh mozzarella cheese dnd (9/30/12)
Purina $1/2 Friskies cat treats (9/24/12)
Raid $1/1 ant product (8/4/12)
Revlon $1/1 nail product (7/29/12)
Revlon $1/2 ColorSilk product (7/22/12)
Revlon $2/1 face product (7/29/12)
Revlon $3 off lip item with purchase of cosmetics item (7/23/12) TARGET coupon
Reynolds Wrap $.55/1 foil 35sqft+ excluding Wrappers dnd (8/31/12)
Rips $.50/1 bite size licorice 4oz+ (9/30/12)
Rug Doctor $5/1 rental dnd (8/24/12)
Schick $1/1 Quattro for Women disposable razor pack (8/5/12)
Schick $1/1 Quattro Titanium disposable razor (8/5/12)
Schick $2/1 Intuition razor or refill (8/5/12)
Schick $2/1 Quattro for Women razor or refill (8/5/12)
Schick $3/2 ST2 or Slim Twin disposable razor packs excludes 2 count or 10+2 count (7/22/12)
Schick $4 off Quattro Titanium razor when you buy refill (8/5/12)
Sensibles $.55/1 plates (8/31/12)
Similac $1/1 single or 2 pack SIMPLYSMART bottles (8/31/12)
Skintimate $.55/1 shave gel or cream shave excludes 2.75oz cans (8/5/12)
South Beach Diet $.55/1 protein fit or fiber bars dnd (8/24/12)
South Beach Diet $1/1 meal bars, snack bars or snacks (8/24/12)
Tabasco $.75/1 (8/20/12)
Tena $1/1 pad or pantiliner (9/30/12)
Tena $1/1 product (9/30/12)
Treasure Cave $.40/1 cheese 4oz+ (9/30/12)
Trojan $1/1 Vibrations product (9/24/12)
TruBiotics $3/1 probiotic supplement product (8/31/12)
Ultra Palmolive $.25/1 dish liquid 20oz+ (7/14/12)
V8 $.50/1 V-Fusion + Tea juice variety 46oz (8/5/12)
V8 $.50/2 V-Fusion juice varieties 46oz (8/5/12)
Waggin' Train $3/2 3oz+ dog treats (8/5/12)
Wholly $1/1 salsa product (8/15/12)
Wonderful Pistachios $.50/1 5oz+ dnd (8/30/12)
Wonka $1/2 ice cream (12/31/12)
Zostrix $5/1 diabetic foot pain relieving cream (8/31/12)
Thanks to for sneak peek