Aldi Grocery Store Smart Phone App — It’s free!

There is a really cool, free, Aldi app for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android users.  If you shop at Aldi regularly, this could really come in handy.

Here are the features:

  • Weekly Special Buy Updates: Check out each week’s deals with one easy click.
  • New Low Prices: This feature will enable you to see the latest price reductions on the items you already love.
  • Weekly Ads: Get your low prices even faster with our weekly ads.
  • Create a Shopping List: Use the shopping list tool to create your list of must-have special buy and new low price items with just a few easy clicks.
  • Store Locator: This GPS-enabled tool will show you the ALDI stores nearest to your current location. Get addresses, directions, maps and store hours.

How to download the iPhone App.

1. Go to the iPhone App. Store
2. Go to search and enter ALDI
3. Select the free App. and press install

How to download the Android App.

1. Go to the Android Market
2. Go to search and type ALDI
3. Select ALDI App. then install

Increasing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Diet

I’ve been on a mission to increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables we consume on a daily basis.  With summer time here, there are so many great varieties of fresh fruits that are delicious and healthy.  Watermelon and cantaloupe are some of our favorite summer fruits right now. 

I love couponing and try to implement as much couponing / deal seeking with certain items like baby diapers, toiletries, paper products, etc. so that I can be very liberal with the fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Because I buy so much fresh fruit and vegetables, I look for ways to save.  Here are some things that I am implementing in my family to increase quality fruits and vegetables without paying high retail prices:

  1. We planted a garden.  It’s a humble garden, but it’s a garden.  In the past, I have found a garden drastically helps cut the grocery bill and provides ultra healthy fresh fruits and vegetables for a fraction of the cost.  Of course, a lot of work and effort goes into a garden.  But it is worth it!
  2. Growing Herbs:  I LOVE herbs.   Growing herbs makes cooking an adventure.  Many herbs are very easy to grow and make beautiful plants.  It’s very easy to maintain a herb plant in the kitchen window or on the porch.  Herbs grow great in a flower bed or raised boxes in the back yard.  They are not only beautiful but very aromatic and attract butterflies!  This is always a big hit with the kids. 
  3. Buying in Bulk:  I often order seasonal fruit from a co-op in my area that buys bulk from farms and orchards.  By ordering fruit this way, I am able to purchase fresh fruits for a fraction of the cost at a grocery store.
  4. Costco or Sams:  many times I can find great deals on fruit and vegetables but I have to really watch the prices.  Always look at the unit or per pound price when shopping in bulk. 
  5. Grocery Store Sales:  Grocery stores often run  loss leader sales on fruits and vegetables.  During the winter I stocked up on a sale on sweet potatoes for .29 cents a pound.  It was a great deal and they last forever.  So I bought a box full and used them for months.  I also keep my eye out for cheap bananas.  I buy lots of bananas and always freeze the really ripe ones and make them into banana muffins or banana bread. 
  6. Planting fruit trees:  The best deal on fresh fruit may just be picking it from your own fruit trees or berry bushes.  We bought a bunch of fruit trees this year that we have been babying in the greenhouse. 
  7. Visit a nearby Amish community.  We often visit the nearby Amish communities and find great deals on fruits, vegetables and berries. 
  8. Buy fruits in season:  Recently, I didn’t buy apples at the grocery store because they were $2  a pound and up.  Too expensive for the amount of fruit I needed.  I also didn’t buy avocados that day because they were $1.89 a piece which was over my target price for avocados.  Instead, I substituted  watermelon, cantaloupe and lettuce greens which were on sale that week instead of the apples and avocados.  On a side note, I usually find that the 6 pack of avocados at Costco is the best price and best quality around–so usually, I get my avocados there. 

Any other ideas you have for finding fresh fruit and vegetables???

Grocery Trip This Week: Free Pasta and Saved Over $100

I hadn’t been to the grocery store in a long time.  Yesterday afternoon was the first time I made a large grocery trip since before the baby was born (almost 8 weeks ago).  For this grocery trip, I wanted to go to Publix to take advantage of the .59 cent lb turkey deal I read about on I Heart Publix and also pick up the free pasta this week. 

I made my list, printed off my coupons and loaded up the kids. 

I ended up with a ton more stuff than shown in this picture.  In this picture,  I ended up with 21 boxes of pasta all for free.  Actually better than free…because I earned over $6 in overage and free pasta!  All the Quick Cook pasta had .50 cent peelie coupons stuck to the boxes…which doubled to $1 off each box.  Yippee!  The Cheerios were a great deal too because they ended up costing $.99 cents a box with the sale and the peelie coupons. 

I also bought 5 turkeys at .59 cents a pound……and a bunch of other stuff! 

I was very happy to have a truck load of groceries for $129.50!

Publix Deals 6/30 – 7/6

Here are a few Publix deals worth checking out this week:

Chinet Napkins, Extra Large Dinner Or All Occasion, 40 or 90 ct pkg, BOGO $2.15
- $.75/1 Chinet Napkins, Any  (3-28-10 SS exp 6/30)
- $1/1 Chinet PRINT coupon
Total price:   8¢ per package using the $1/1 coupon or  or 33¢ using the $.75/1. 

Bic SureStart Utility Lighter BOGO $3.49
- $1/1 any BIC multi-purpose lighter or multi-position lighter (6-06-10 SS)
- $1/1 Bic Multi-Purpose Lighter or Multi-Position Lighter, any (5-23-10 SS)
- $1/1 Bic PRINT coupon
Total price:  .75 cents!

French’s Classic Yellow Mustard, 14 oz, BOGO $1.87
- $.30/1 French’s Classic Yellow Mustard, Any (5-09-10 SS)
- $.50/1 French’s PRINT & PRINT
Total price:  FREE mustard with the $.50/1 coupon if your store doubles coupons!

Check out more great Publix deals this week over at I HEART PUBLIX!!!

Rite Aid Deals I’m Trying This Week 6/20 – 6/26

I’m going to be trying out Rite Aid again this week.  There is a small Rite Aid store in the small town near me so if I can work some great Penny Pantry Stockpiling deals, I should be able to re-stock some of my household pantry supplies this summer before my baby arrives in a few months!   My diaper deal last week encouraged me!

Also, I’m hearing and experiencing that the +UP rewards are limited to one per transaction, however are able to be rolled into another deal on another transaction earning you more +UP rewards.  For example, this week the Motrin PM earns a $3 +UP reward.  I could roll that reward into another transaction and buy another Motrin PM and earn another $3 +UP reward.  Someone please correct me if I’m wrong on this!!!!

Here’s are some of the Rite Aid Weekly Deals for 6/20 – 6/26 that I’m going to be trying my hand at:

The FREEBIES:

Colgate $2.99, Get $2 +UP reward
(includes Total Advanced 5.8 oz, Total 7.8 oz, ProClinical 4 oz, Max White, Max Fresh 6 oz, Max White or 360 Toothbrush)
- $1 Colgate ProClinical 4.0 oz. toothpaste (6/13/10 SS)
- $1 Colgate Total Advanced Whitening, Total Enamel Strength, Total Advanced Clean or Total Advanced Fresh Toothpaste 4 oz or larger (6/6/10 SS)
- $.75 off Colgate 360 Toothbrush printable
- $.75 off Colgate Max White printable 
FREE with +UP reward and $1 off coupons
 
 
Motrin PM $3, Get $3 +UP reward
- $3 Motrin PM coupon (4/18/10 RP)
- $1 Motrin printable coupon here  (No longer available)
FREE Motrin PM and $3 moneymaker when you use the $3 off coupon
 
Other Good Deals:
 
Old El Paso Refried Beans can for $1
- $.50 cent Old El Paso product printable coupon here
$.50 cent can Old El Paso refried beans
 
Single Roll Bounty Paper Towels, single roll, $.99 cents
- $.25 cent Bounty coupon (June P&G insert) (regional coupon values will vary–evidently I’m in a low coupon value area????)
$ .74 cents Bounty Paper Towel single roll
 
Also, anyone try out the Rite Aid brand Diapers, Tugaboos????  Their trial size packages are $.99 cents and contain a $1 off your next Tugaboo purchase.  I’m going to see if I can roll this deal.  I have a $1 +UP reward that I will use on the initial purchase to get it started!
I plan on updating my Rite Aid deals on Monday…. until then… Happy Father’s Day and have a safe, restful rest of the weekend! 

Baby Diaper Stockpile Deal at Rite Aid

I’m super excited about the diaper stockpiling deal I was able to take advantage of at Rite Aid this week.  I got the tip on the Rite-Aid Huggies diaper sale and rebates from The Thrifty Couple.  They posted an awesome strategic diaper stockpiling scenario.  So I decided to check it out and see what I could come up with. 

First, I signed up for their Wellness Reward card.  It works like the CVS Extra Care Bucks rewards program.  This week, Huggies diapers were on sale for $8.99 when you used your Wellness Card ($12.99 regularly) and giving back a $1 UP reward (one UP reward per transaction in my area).  Also, you can submit your receipt for another $2 rebate on buying Huggies diapers in the form of a SCR (Single Check Rebate).  I find it easier to submit the Rite Aid SCRs online.  Also, there is a Huggies Rebate through Rite Aid until 7-22-10 if you buy 5 packages of Huggies diapers, you get a Huggies Voucher for a pack of diapers up to $11.49. 

So while that is all confusing sounding, I loaded up 3 kids and took them to the store with me to see if I could stockpile some diapers for a good price.  We got to the store and to my great delight was a shelf of diapers marked 50% off!  Ohh, happy day!

They had a large variety of diapers, Pampers, Luvs and Huggies diapers and pull-ups marked 50% off!  So I altered my original plan in the store with a pen and paper and quickly worked out this deal based on the clearance sale.   Here’s how it came down: 

Transaction 1:

Bought:

$6.49 Pampers Swaddlers jumbo clearanced
$6.49 Huggies Supreme jumbo clearanced
$8.99 Huggies Pure and Natural jumbo (sale ended 6-19)

Used:

- $5 off $20 Video Values Coupon
-$2 Pampers coupon (coupons came in a diaper sample I requested)
-$2.50 off Huggies Pure and Natural printable

Total:  $13.65

Got back $1 UP reward
Submitted rebate for $2 SCR Huggies diaper pack

Transaction 2: 

Bought:

$6.49 Huggies Supreme jumbo pack clearance
$8.99 Huggies Supreme  jumbo pack clearance
$8.99 Huggies Pure and Natural jumbo pack
and two boxes of clearanced out Goldfish to get my total over $25!

Used:

- $5 off $25 Rite Aid purchase for signing up for Wellness Rewards
- $4 off 2 packages of Huggies diapers printable
- $2.50 off Huggies Pure and Natural diaper printable
- $1 UP reward from the first transaction

Total:  $14.67

Earned another $1 UP reward for buying a pack of Huggies in this transaction.
Submitted Huggies Diaper Rebate for an $11.49 voucher for a package of Hugggies diapers. 

Ending Up

All said and done, I spent $28.32 out of pocket
-  the $4 I got back in UP rewards and the Rite Aid Huggies Rebate.
-  the $11.49 diaper voucher.  
and I got 36 Gifts to Grow points for entering in the code inside the Pampers diapers I bought

In the end, it works out to being 7 packages of diapers for around $3 a package!!!  ( I didn’t subtract the $11.49 from my out of pocket…I just added another package of diapers to my out of pocket expenses minus the $4 in rewards and rebates.)

Now that I totally confused yall…. I’m going to go add my diaper deal today to my diaper stockpile and organize my closet!  And yes… next week I’m going to try and do the CVS Huggies diaper deal


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