Cent-Saving Saturday: Make a List and Whittle It Down Twice

Cent Saving Saturday

I don’t usually purchase all of the items that I list each week (and since posting both the North Bay ads and the northwest Louisiana ads recently, that would make no sense anyway).  But sometimes I look through the list and think, “I really don’t need that.  Or really want it.  Regardless of what a good price it is.”  Remember:  you aren’t saving money if you are saving money on an item you will never use.  It’s taking me and my hoarding tendencies a while to get a handle on it.  And it’s still a work in progress.

This week, for example, was an already sparse week–sale-wise–to begin with.  There were some great prices (the loss leaders), but the other sale prices were ho-hum.  Or maybe I’m just becoming picky.  Or the ones that were on sale were on such a great sale that the other sale prices just couldn’t measure up.

Regardless, in trying to save money for lunches, I first stripped off the Compleats.  Leftovers are cheaper (free).  And I’m hoping to have some fairly interesting leftovers.  Heck!  A hot dog is cheaper!  And since the corn on sale ends on Tuesday, and Josh is not off again until Saturday, I decided against the corn.  And Muffin likes cantaloupe more than peaches, so cantaloupe took the day over the peaches.  We are pretty good on pasta sauce (which we use for the dipper for the pizza grilled cheese), so scratch went the pasta sauce.  We are also still pretty good on the pork and boneless skinless chicken breasts so scratch and scratch again.

In other news, I pulled something in my back working on moving my classroom (actually working on unpacking it) Thursday, so here I sit typing away.  AngelKat had her reproductive organs removed, so she is uncharacteristically curled up next to me on the bed with her surgical cone collar on.  Daisy is under the bed because Muffin is running around “booing” (booming) at bad guys.  She doesn’t like the noises.

So, without further ado, here are the best of the best sales-wise this week, beginning with the local ones:


boneless pork half loin $1.77/pound

Jennie O ground turkey $1.99/pound

whole pineapple 99 cents each

Kroger orange juice, half gallon 99 cents each, limit 3 with $10 additional purchase

Sunbeam large white bread 99 cents limit 2 with $10 additional purchase

Olathe sweet corn 8/$2

yellow peaches 99 cents/pound

V8, V8 Fusion or Ocean Spray juice cocktail $1.48 wyb 5 items in the wyb 5 sale

Capri Sun 98 cents wyb 5


boneless skinless chicken breast $1.48/pound

Pepsi 2 L 88 cents wyb 6

Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce 99 cents wyb 6

Hormel Compleats $1.49 wyb 6

cantaloupe 99 cents (Friday-Monday)

Bar S meat franks, 16 ounce package, 99 cents each limit 4 (Friday-Monday)

Mrs. Baird’s 100% whole wheat bread $1.49 limit 2 (Friday-Monday)

No Frills

Royale bathroom tissue, 15 double rolls $3.97 (limit 6)

Nestea, Lipton iced tea, Dole, Five Alive, Fruitopia, or Minute Maid individual drinks (canned?), 12 pack $3.33

large cherries $1.88/pound

Cadbury or Hershey chocolate bars 67 cents

no name canned vegetables 57 cents

Coca Cola/Pepsi 2 L 97 cents

Christie crackers (Ritz) $1.67

English cucumbers 77 cents

hot house tomatoes 87 cents/pound

new crop white potatoes, 10 pound bag $2.97

PC whole white mushrooms $1.27

Neilson or Beatrice milk 4 L $3.97

bananas 57 cents/pound

Lantic granulated white sugar, 2 kg $1.97

Food Basics

cherries $1.88/pound

Pepsi/7 Up 6 pack 710 mL bottles $1.97

Selection soft drinks 2 L 77 cents

bartlett pears 98 cents/pound

clementines, 2 pound bag, $1.98

pineapple $1.98 each

Fresh Co.

green/read seedless grapes 97 cents/pound

Sealtest chocolate milk, 1 L carton 97 cents

Puritan beef stew, canned, 99 cents

Hunt’s Snack Pack pudding, 4 count, 99 cents

Del Monte canned fruit 99 cents

blueberries, one pint, $1.49

Ontario mini seedless cucumbers, 6 pack, $1.29


bulk sweet corn 10 ears/$1.99

Tostitos tortilla chips $1.99

radishes, bunch 2/$1.50

green onions, bunch 2/99 cents

Minute Maid, Five Alive, Fruitopia, or Nestea frozen concentrate 79 cents


large watermelon $3.99

HP sauce $3.99


Nestle Pure Life water, 24 pack $2.00

Five Alive or Fruitopia 1.75 L carton $1.00

Ziploc sandwich bags, 40 count 94 cents


Minute Maid frozen concentrates 4/$2.00

Also, and this is more of a freebie.  If you live near Chick-Fil-A and have the calendar card, remember this begins a new month:  a free large Coca-Cola soft drink.

How are the sales where you are at?


Cent Saving Saturday: Week 1 of Louisiana and Ontario Ads

Cent Saving Saturday

If you live in certain parts of Ontario and Louisiana, this is your lucky day…or not.  I’ve culled the sales for the prices I would pay for the items I would buy.  These prices are good for the northwest Louisiana area (for Kroger, Albertson’s, Super 1 Foods, or County Market) and for the North Bay area in Ontario for the rest.

Cent Saving Saturday tip:  if you are sale-obsessed, check out the ads/fliers online.  I know, for example, that Kroger’s ad goes live a bit before Wednesday midnight each week.  Most are available slightly before the day before or even the day before.  I use the ads sometimes to cure the bit of insomnia that messes with my head on Tuesday evenings.  In fact, that is how I usually bring the deals to you.  By the way, this tip works for all sale papers, not just grocery stores.  Black Friday will be upon the world (at least in the lower 48) shortly (in a few months), and the ads go viral online FIRST!

(And for those who have issues going out on Thanksgiving for “Black Friday” shopping, unless you are buying the big electronics such as TVs, many of the Black Friday ad deals may be purchased online.  One year, before Josh and I were married, many items were purchased at Walmarts online store an hour or so before the deals started in the store for items that eventually filled my married kitchen and linen closet.)

But…enough of topics that are just going to serve to make people angry (although in our family Thanksgiving dinner is served earlier in the day and the women of the family go out to “gather” at the sales and the men watch the boys…with sometimes hilarious results…Muffin and my youngest nephew trying to escape out of windows when we call to check on them all…so that “Black Friday” shopping becomes a family bonding experience run with almost military/heist precision) , here come the ads.

(Although I must note that the Black Friday season of 2013 was derailed in our family by the Flu Epidemic of 2013.  At the end of the carnage…out of the nine of us…only Josh–who had to leave early to head back to work and has the immune system that I am in awe of–and my parents–who both had the flu shot–remained unscathed.  From now on, the flu shot is on all of our to do lists…in September.)

Now that I’ve made another group angry (I’ve particularly avoided discussing vaccination because of the condemnation issued by both sides of the “debate” and the vitriol expressed by both toward the other because I want to–try–to remain upbeat on here), let’s get on to the ads.


split chicken breasts (That means bone-in, skin-on) 99 cents/pound

blueberries, pint $1.50

gallon milk $3.49 (when you buy $10 worth of other items and limit three with orange juice and chocolate milk)

gallon orange juice (Kroger brand) $3.49 (see above)

eggs, large $1.25/dozen

Big K soda, 2 L buy 3, get one free (bringing the total to 67 cents/each)

sour cream, 16 ounce 10/$10


Hormel bacon, 16 ounce package $3.99 (Friday-Monday)

Pepsi 2 L 88 cents (From what I can see, there is no limit.)

Bottom round roast (Time to grind, make stew meat, and barbacoa/roast again) $1.99/pound (Again, there doesn’t appear to be a limit.  I should note that my sister who lives in the Baton Rouge area has mentioned to my mom that the $1.99 is only good for the weekend.)

Leg quarters 49 cents/pound sold in a 10 pound bag

Canned tomatoes, 28 ounce can 88 cents each

Nabisco Snack Saks 88 cents (limit 4)

Albertson’s Bread 88 cents (limit 2)

Hormel Completes $1.48

Celery 10/$10 each

Super 1 Foods

Boneless skinless chicken breasts, family pack $1.57/pound

County Market

Libbey’s canned vegetables 2/$1

Pork Loin $1.97/pound

Red Gold ketchup 68 cents (This is not as good as the 29 cents each I paid at Albertson’s last year, but it’s the best price I’ve seen this year.  We go through a lot of ketchup.)

Shawnee flour and cornmeal, 5 pounds $1.88

Bell pepper 2/$1

Cucumbers 2/$1

*My mom and I are going to shop and do lunch (and dessert) today with Muffin, and we are going to County Market to purchase pork loin.

And now…for the Canadian flyer specials:

No Frills

Coke or Pepsi 18 pack cans, 355 mL each (12 ounces) $4.77 (That’s $3.18 for 12 cans’ worth)

Whole seedless watermelon $2.97

Campbell’s condensed soups 2/$1

Irish Spring soap bars, 2 pack $0.97

Arizona lemon or green tea cans, 340 mL (24 pack) $4.97

V-8 vegetable juice, 1.89 L (64 oz.) $1.97

Strawberries, 1 pound package, $1.97

Clementines, 3 pound bag, $3.97

Roses, 1 dozen, $8.00

Lychees $2.47/pound (I recently found several recipes using lychees, and I can’t find them in the grocery stores here.  I’m going to have to try some of the ethnic grocery stores to find them—and will probably pay more than this per pound)

Bananas 57 cents/pound—Sadly, this is cheaper than our stores.

Mangoes, approximately 9 pound cases, $5.97

No Name bacon, 500 grams (a bit more than a pound) $3.97

Food Basics

Sweet Bicolor Corn 10/$2.88

Whole seedless watermelon $2.97

Coke/Pepsi, 24 pack cans $6.35

MIO, Crystal Light, or Kool-Aid liquid water enhancers 2/$5

Vachon Snack Cakes, multipack (Ah, Caramel, Jos. Louis, and others) $1.99

Bounty Paper Towels, single roll, 99 cents

Whole pineapple, $1.97

Green bell peppers 98 cents/pound

Roma tomatoes 98 cents/pound

Vidalia onions, 3 pound bag, 2/$5

Le Petit Charcutier pork picnic shoulder roasts $1.49/pound

Selection bacon, 500 grams $3.99

Oasis orange juice or juice blends (Muffin became fascinated by the orange-strawberry-banana when we were in Canada), 1.75 L (59 ounce) 1.99

Bananas 57 cents/pound

Beatrice/Sealtest milk bags (4 L…just over a gallon) $3.97

Sugar, 2 kg (just over 4 pounds) $1.97

Fresh Co.

Cherries $1.88/pound

Kraft (macaroni and cheese) Dinner, 12 pack $5.97

Rocchi Extra-Virgin olive oil, 1 L, $2.97

Compliments natural spring water, 24 pack (500 mL) bottles, $1.87

Signal potato chips 97 cents

Ontario seedless cucumbers 89 cents/each

Packham pears 99 cents/pound

5 pack garlic bulbs 33 cents/pkg (I would make a ton of roasted garlic or chicken with 40 cloves or something with this)

Red or green leaf lettuce 79 cents/each

Radishes, bunch 79 cents/each

Giant Tiger

Beatrice chocolate milk, 750 mL, 99 cents each, limit 4

Primo pasta, 1 pound, 68 cents

Giant Value mayonnaise, 890 mL $2

Giant Value cheese singles, 302 g $1

Giant Value burgers, 1 kg $5.00 (just over 2 pounds)

Rainbow peppers, 4 pack $1.97

Mini cucumbers, 6 pack $1.47

Tomatoes on the vine 99 cents/pound

Purina cat litter, 7kg (15.43 pounds) $5


Pork loin combination chops, bone-in $1.77

Romaine hearts, pkg. of 3, 2/$4

PC prepared mustard, 400 mL, $1.49

PC pickles, 500 mL $1.99

Whole wild pink salmon $2.99/pound

Green onions, bunch 3/$2

PC World of Flavors potato chips 3/$5 (Make sure you try the Poutine flavor!)

Knorr Sidekicks pasta/rice sides 99 cents

Minute Maid fruit punch frozen concentrates 79 cents

No Name French fries or frozen veg, large bag $1.99


Lean ground beef, value pack, ground fresh daily, $2.97/pound

What deals are you looking forward to this week?


Cent Saving Saturday: The Canadian Edition and a Cranberry Punch Recipe

Cent Saving Saturday

Today we are in Canada, so we will be missing the U.S. sales on this sales cycle.  My mother-in-law receives the sales flyers for the week on Thursdays (With the exception of Fresh Co., all of the sales start on Friday and run through Thursday.  Fresh Co.’s sales cycle is Thursday through Wednesday).  So, in honor of Canada Day on Tuesday (and in honor of the fact that my mother-in-law’s town is having their big Canada Day celebration today), I bring you Cent Saving Saturday, Callander/North Bay, Ontario-style.  (I noted the items that were my cost point down there or below.)  All items are in Canadian currency, and several use the metric measurement system.  For the benefit of my readers below the border, I am going to try to translate into customary units as well (except for those that seem to be universal, such as 2 L sodas).

Fresh Co.

Tostitos tortilla chips $2

Tostitos salsa or salsa con queso $2

Seedless Watermelon (9-11 pound average) $3 each

Dempster’s Whole Grains or Garden Vegetable Bread $2

Ocean Spray Cocktail $2 (64 ounce size)

Minute Maid orange juice (frozen concentrate) $1

Hunt’s Snack Pack puddings, 4 count $1

Del Monte canned fruit $1

Cavendish frozen french fries $1/bag

8 ounce package Ontario White Mushrooms $1

Ontario Romaine Lettuce $1/head

Pom 100% pomegranate juice 236 mL (8 ounces) $1

Anjou pears $1/pound

Laughing Cow cheese $2

4 pound case Ontario tomatoes on the vine $3

Target (formerly Zeller’s)

50% off all pools, water toys, and swim accessories

select Minute Maid frozen juice concentrates 2/$1

Giant Tiger

Maple Lodge chicken wieners $1

Catelli pasta sauce, 700 mL (24 ounces) $1

Minute Maid orange juice, 1.75 L (59 ounces) $2


Minute Maid, Five Alive, and Fruitopia juice cartons 1.75 L (59 ounces) 94 cents

Neilson 1% chocolate milk carton, 1 L 94 cents

Blueberries, 2 pounds, $4.94

Gala apples, 3 pound bag, $2.94

Wholly Guacamole $1.94

Maple Leaf hot dogs 94 cents

English cucumbers 77 cents each (I paid well over a dollar for some the other day in Louisiana)

Grape tomatoes, 10 ounces, 94 cents

Great Value potato chips $1.24

Great Value candy/chocolate bags 94 cents

Food Basics

Nestle Pure Life water, 24 pack bottles, $1.88

Blueberries,pint, 3/$5

Coca Cola/Pepsi 12 pk. 355 mL (12 ounces) $4.77 (This seems to be the lowest price city-wide because it is cheaper than the 3/$10 most places are offering.)

Ragu pasta sauce 99 cents

Selection bacon 500 grams (1 pound package) $3.99


President’s Choice potato chips (including the poutine flavor) 3/$5

Foodland (I will be trying out and publishing recipes from their new circular shortly, including one my mother-in-law tried yesterday at the cookout)

Whole or sliced mini Bella mushrooms $1.99

Shopper’s Drug Mart (For people south of the border, think CVS)

Coca Cola or Pepsi 6 pack 710 mL bottles (24 ounces each) 2/$5 (Saturday and Sunday only)

No Frills (My personal fave…home of the No Name brand as a store brand–possibly the cheapest store brand product I know)

Cherries $1.88/pound

Top sirloin steak $3.88/pound

Coca Cola/Pepsi soft drinks 2 L 3/$2.88 (less than 99 cents a bottle)

Farmer’s Market mini cucumbers (pickling), 8 pack, $1.88

Dole Classic iceberg or cole slaw salads 88 cents

Old Mill bagel or Wonder+ English Muffins, 6 count 2/$2.88

No Name chicken broth 900 mL carton (30 ounces) 88 cents

President’s Choice 2 L frozen yogurt $2.88

Post Cereal 340-550 grams (12-19 ounces) $1.88

Fruitopia, Five Alive, and Nestea cartons 1.75 L 88 cents (Yes, it’s cheaper than Walmart.  Take those flyers and price match!)

*I did look at the Kroger and Albertson’s sales papers for the week online, but most of these put their prices to shame!

As promised, here is a recipe (from the Foodland recipe booklet) that has only 2 real ingredients, both of which are on sale this week.  My mother-in-law made this recipe last night for a cookout she hosted; she made one batch and realized that she probably could have doubled it.  A single of the recipe makes roughly one gallon/4 liters.  Ocean Spray cranberry juice is on sale at Fresh Co. for $2, and No Frills has 2 L soft drinks on sale for 3/$2.88.  The upshot is that this can be made for less than the equivalent amount of gasoline to fuel your vehicle (whether you are in Canada or the U.S.).

Cranberry Punch

64 ounce bottle Cranberry Cocktail or 100% Juice Blend Cranberry (My mother-in-law used the Cran-Raspberry blend which made it fabulous!)

2 L bottle club soda, ginger ale, or lemon-lime soda (My mother-in-law used lemon-lime soda)

mixed fruit and/or herbs (My mother-in-law sliced up an orange and floated it in the mixture which flavored it nicely)

Chill both bottles thoroughly.  Soak fruit in the juice prior to making the punch.  Add the soda/pop just before serving as well as any herbs, if desired.  Ice may also be added to the pitcher/serving apparatus when the soda/pop is added.

page01By the way, this recipe was extremely Muffin Approved.  And everyone else approved.

What is your favorite punch to make?