Running Out? Run In at Publix #MyBlogSpark

From October 9th through October 25th you can take advantage of great savings on some of your favorite brands from General Mills and Procter & Gamble, like Yoplait, Totino’s, Charmin and Crest. What’s great is that when you buy $30 of participating items in one shopping trip you can mail in to receive a $10 Publix gift card to use on your next shopping trip!

PARTICIPATING PRODUCTS: Immaculate Baking® Honestly Delicious; Yoplait® Go-GURT® (8ct, assorted varieties); Gain Laundry Detergent (100oz, assorted varieties); Old El Paso® Dinner Kits (assorted varieties); Totino's®Party Pizza® (assorted varieties); Dawn® Dish Detergent (20-24oz bottle, assorted varieties); Betty Crocker®Hamburger Helper® (assorted varieties); Suddenly Pasta Salad® (assorted varieties); Charmin®Basic Bathroom Tissue (12 double roll pkg, assorted varieties); Pampers® Diapers (Jumbo, assorted varieties); Green Giant®Canned Vegetables (4pk, assorted varieties); Crest® Toothpaste (8.2oz, assorted varieties); Herbal Essences® (6.0 -11.7oz, assorted varieties) and Vidal Sassoon® Shampoo/Conditioner (12oz, assorted varieties); Tide® Pods (18ct, assorted varieties)

Head over to the Running Out? Run In. page to download your rebate form.

Make sure you “Like” Publix on Facebook to keep up with all the latest promotions.

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How To Spend Less At Your Pet's Vet

My dog's allergy medication was running low so I had to schedule a visit to the veterinarian so they could poke and pinch her a little before they would renew her prescription. I personally hate having to visit the doctor when I'm healthy and well, and I don't like doing it for my pet either. They insisted she needed a visit which would cost about $56 just for the exam, plus more.

Well, I loaded up all her meds we would want a prescription for - her allergy pills, flea and heartguard stuff, and some ointment for occasional ear infections. When we got there, the vet of course wanted to give us an estimate for an oral tooth cleaning, some unneeded shots, a fecal parasite test, a heartworm test and a senior dog blood profile to check her organs. We declined the tooth cleaning and blood profile right off since those would cost hundreds each alone. They came back in the room with a printed estimate of $440 for the visit for a perfectly healthy dog. It really pissed me off. When I asked if any of them were required for her health and well being, or for her prescriptions the answer was no. How about that, they wanted to have us pay hundreds of dollars for tests that would not lead to any diagnosis or health improvement.

They also put the three medications we wanted on the "estimate" and they charged double the price of my online vet pharmacy I use ( I was going to concede and get the ear ointment at the vet since it was only $47, but when I quickly looked it up using my smartphone I discovered it was only $25 at the online pharmacy. The vet also wanted $113 for some pills that I can get online for $56. I told them I wanted paper prescriptions and to please fax them to my online vet pharmacy, since I had the order on hold pending their Rx.

We ended up paying $93 for the visit, which is a far cry from over $400. Here are my tips to save money at the vet:
  1. Just because a vet offers or recommends a service does not mean your dog needs it. You can brush your dogs teeth at home with a soft moistened cloth with baking soda. Ask the doctor if the recommended service is required. If it's not, don't do it.
  2. If you never board your dog, you don't need a lot of those shots. We decline all shots except Rabies.
  3. You don't need to get heartworm or fecal parasite tests. Give your dog Revolution which has heartworm and flea protectants together in one application. You can tell if your dog gets worms by looking at its poo when you clean it up outside. There are over the counter meds to control it if it is a problem.
  4. The older your dog is, the more dangerous it is to do surgery or sedate them for procedures. Consider the risk and reward of the process. Our dog is 13 years old and has fatty deposits under her skin that are more noticeable. They are harmless and certainly not worth sedation and surgery to do a biopsy to find out they are benign.
  5. Get all prescriptions written out and fax them to an outside online vet pharmacy to save money. Your vet will charge double the price of an online pharmacy. Sometimes, your vet will prescribe a simple antiobiotic ointment or pill that you can even get for free from Publix.
  6. Make sure your pet is clean and brushed, with trimmed nails and clean ears and eyes when you bring it to the vet. It will demonstrate that you care properly for your pet and you won't have them offering to bath, trim or clean your dog at their high prices. 
  7. Do not buy any products from your vet, they are all double the price of an online pharmacy. You can get the same products online.
  8. Keep your pet healthy and well, feeding it good food, and doing mini checkups at home (check paws, trim nails or hair, clean ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, brush hair, check for lumps) regularly so you can monitor if an issue is getting better or worse. Get treatment before it becomes an emergency which are very expensive visits.
A healthly pet is a happy pet, and will greet you warmly every time you walk in the house.

Join Yoplait in The Fight Against Breast Cancer #MyBlogSpark

Who doesn't know someone who has suffered from breast cancer? Hardly anyone. Even with all the awareness and charitable programs, it continues to affect way too many people. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, General Mills and Yoplait lead the campaign where people are being asked to participate in Pledge Your Part, a new online initiative designed to encourage and empower them to make a pledge to help fight breast cancer, whether through saving lids, participating in a breast cancer awareness event, or in any way they choose.

Saving Lids to Save Lives is where you can go to submit your pink lid codes and pledge your part to fight breast cancer. For 15 years this program has donated millions of dollars to the breast cancer cause - one lid at a time. General Mills will donate ten cents to Susan G Komen for each lid received  by 6/30/2014.

The following items are currently on sale at Publix® as part of the Yoplait Saving Lids to Save Lives event.
  • $1 off any one Large Size, Light with Granola or GoGurt (coupon on select products and look in the new Advantage Buy Flyer for BOGO Publix coupon 10/5 - 10/25) - 10/2 - 10/18
  • 20 for $10 on Yoplait Core cup - (10/3 - 10/9 current ad)
  • Light with Granola BOGO - 10/5 - 10/25 (look for BOGO PQ couponin Flyer)
• Don't forget to visit Publix® website or like Publix® on Facebook, and while you're there like Frugalapolis on Facebook too!

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My Publix Trip 0.87 plus tax

My Publix shop this week is a little late because I've never been able to find the Glade Plugins. The shelves have been empty since the sale started but those trusty Publix trucks delivered fresh stock for the shelves today, at least in one of the three stores I went to. I did happen to get some of the new MomSaver booklets from the demonstration lady at one store.

I split my order to be able to use more than one $5 off $40 coupon, but my other order isn't listed here. I used a raincheck for the Glade to allow me to use the Purple Flyer Publix coupon that expired yesterday, although the LU# was still active in the register so I probably could have saved the raincheck. My order total was $3.08 and I saved $72.28, a savings of 95%.

Green Bean Casserole with Outback Fried Bloomin Onions

Green Bean Casserole is everyone's favorite #recipe, whether its for a holiday meal or just as a vegetable side dish. I tried a new twist with my green bean casserole this time by making it using our left over Outback Fried Bloomin' Onion we got free from the recent Flugtag "The Onion Flew" promotion. And this isn't the first free Outback Bloomin' Onion we've gotten this summer, since Ryan Newman has Outback for a sponsor they've been giving away free onions every Monday after Ryan comes in the top ten finishes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. It's actually very frugal to prepare since you can always get canned vegetables and soup very cheap with coupons, especially now in the fall.

Here's the Recipe for Green Bean Casserole with Fried Onions:

2 cans green beans
1 can cream of mushroom soup
3/4 cup of milk
1/4 - 1/3 leftover bloomin fried onion from Outback (Or Frenches Fried Onions like the real recipe)
Sprinkle of black pepper

Instructions: Mix the soup and the milk in a container. Take half of your fried onions and mix with the green beans in a 1 1/2 quart glass pan. Pour the mushroom soup mixture over the beans and sprinkle with black pepper to taste. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Add the remainder of the fried onions on top of the casserole and continue baking a couple more minutes. Serves 4

Disclosure: this is NOT a sponsored post, I just like this recipe.

FREE BEER At Busch Gardens Tampa

remember the free beer samples at Busch Gardens??

Who doesn't love #free stuff? Remember when I told you about the cool promotion at Busch Gardens Tampa in July and August? Well, they're back at it for September and October. This months promotion if you're a season pass holder is a free 6 x 8 photo - each day! That's right you can get a photo one day on Kumba roller coaster, the next day you could get one on Gwazi, and the next day on Montu; or you could get one by the adventure photo staff as you walk in the front entrance. Anyway, this is a great way to get some nice photos taken.

Jerry the bartender at the former Hospitality House
I can't wait for October though. Busch Gardens is having their own sort of Octoberfest by providing season pass holders with a FREE BEER at Crown Colony House, or any other beer stand each and everyday in October 2013. They haven't offered #free beer since Feb 1, 2010 when they ended their free samples of fine libations. But now is your chance to catch up. You can get 2 ten oz samples or 1 20oz beer (Budweiser, Bud Light or Leinenkugel) between 11 am and 4 pm.

How great is that, just like old times.

My Publix Trip - Paid Six Cents

Just a quick trip to get salad. Broke up a raincheck for Buitoni since they only had 4, and there were no other moneymakers except the Rachel Ray dog food. Spent $0.06 and Saved $45.41.

Save On Repairs with YouTube Instructional Videos

We have really old cars (1998 truck, and 2004 sedan) which both have about 80,000 miles so they have a lot of life in them yet. Unfortunately, with the constant Florida sunshine the plastic covers of the headlights gets yellow and cloudy. To improve visibility during driving, and to improve the aesthetic look of the vehicles we wanted to replace those old yellow lights with new ones. Additionally, the fifteen year old truck has badly worn out cruise control switches that were still operational, but the plastic had become tacky and essentially the on/off button disintegrated with age.

Since neither of these upgrades were needed for safety or operation, only our desire to be vain and have our vehicles look newer was the motivation. Therefore, it had to be frugal to undertake, and that meant we would do it ourselves. One of the things we've discovered over the past few years is that there is a YouTube video out there showing you how to do almost anything. And if there isn't a video, you can make one to help others. Which is what we did.

To undertake a task you are not familiar with, requires you to research and investigate - and the internet is a great place to do this. I do this a lot when I'm trying to figure out how to change a setting on my blog, or to clean an A/C unit, or repair a vehicle. If you need a part for your repair, google it along with the item's name that you need the part for i.e., truck, tractor, cd player, refrigerator. Once you determine that you can obtain the part you need to replace, you need to figure out how to replace it. This is where YouTube comes in handy. But YouTube is not very organized so you need to try a lot of different search terms and view a lot of videos that won't solve your problem. There are a lot of procedures that would work for your Ford truck, but they may be titled with Mercury truck (which is the same manufacturer). Hopefully, eventually you'll find one that suits your purpose.

One of the car repairs we did was replace the cruise control switch that disintegrated on our Ford truck. There was no video we could find on YouTube, so we created our own. Actually, we found instructions and then when we were ready to do the job, I videoed it on my phone. Its not a very pretty video, but if you don't have a clue where to begin, it is helpful. Its short and sweet and choppy, but its getting a lot of views.

So in the last month, thanks to YouTube we have saved a bunch of money by fixing things ourselves. We replaced the headlights on both vehicles for about 100 dollars each, plus about 40 minutes labor. We also replaced the cruise control switches in about 10 minutes for 77 dollars. And we cleaned out our A/C coils for about 15 dollars and a couple hours of labor, plus just last weekend we replaced the clutch cable on the lawn tractor for 11 dollars and about a half hour of labor.

How much have you saved using YouTube instructional videos?

Publix Taste-Of-The-World Flavor Excursion Promotion #MyBlogSpark

Publix Taste Of The World Sale
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Did you get the Flavor Excursion sale booklet in your paper Sunday? Publix is having their Publix Flavor Excursion Promotion is through September 18th, and you can explore Tastes from around the World, and save even more with coupons. Some of the recipes are for Arroz Con Pollo, Easy Curry Chicken and Garden Primavera Pasta with Chicken. Besides awesome deals on your favorite foods, there's also a great Publix Flavor Excursion Sweeps to enter! 500 folks will win a $100 Publix gift card! I would love to win this one.
You can too, just go here and enter the Publix Flavor Excursion Sweepstakes. While you are there you can also check out out the great recipes brought to you by General Mills, Kraft, Campbell’s and Red Gold.
Inspired by recipes from around the world, your family will love these fun new tastes, and you’ll love the savings! Here are a few of the deals from this promo on sale right now at Publix -
Old El Paso Taco Shells, 4.6 to 6.89 oz, Tortillas 12 ct, Refried Beans 16 oz, Enchilada Sauce 10 oz, or Taco Sauce 8 oz, 4/$5-$0.50/1 Old El Paso Products (Excl Refrigerated, Frozen, or Soup) (Zip Code 77477)
-$0.60/3 Old El Paso Products, Any (Excl Refrigerated, Frozen Or Soup) – 09/08/13 SS Insert
-$0.60/3 Old El Paso, excluding refrigerated, frozen or soup 08/04/2013 SS Insert
-$0.60/3 Old El Paso Products (excluding Refrigerated, Frozen or Soup) - Publix Digital Coupon
-$1/3 Old El Paso® products, excl kits Publix Coupon Best Meals Happen At Home email
Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls, Cinnamon Rolls, Grands Biscuits, or Grands Junior, 4 to 12 oz, 10/$10 -$2/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Dough Items Make Your Home Italian Tonight Publix Coupon or PRINT
-$1/3 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, Cinnamon Rolls or Breads Publix Coupon Flavor Excursion Booklet
-$1/3 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls, excludes Twin Pack (zip 30187)
-$1/4 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr. Biscuits (zip 30187)
-$1/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls (excludes Twin Pack)
-$1/2 Pillsbury Sweet Rolls OR Grands Sweet Rolls
-$1/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr. Biscuits
-$0.50/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls - Publix Digital Coupon
-$0.40/2 Pillsbury Sweet Rolls - Publix Digital Coupon
-$0.40/3 Pillsbury Grands! rolls - Publix Digital Coupon

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