Tuesday, August 30, 2011

T-bone steak....on a budget?

As a small celebration tonight, dinner was grilled T-bone steak and some side dishes. Every time I have cooked T-bone steak, which is a very recent development, I have pondered the good deal I found on this meat. The steak was on sale for $3.99 a pound; I paid $24 for a multi pack of steaks and was able to make 4 meals out of the pack for two adults and a toddler. This came out to roughly $6 a meal for the meat alone. Frugal? For special occasions, I think so. In a normal grocery, you would pay a lot more for less quality meat.

By now, you are probably asking yourself where this magical meat store is located and I am prepared to give up my secrets. It's in Edinburg. Edinburg, Ohio. A couple of exits east on 76 from Kent, you will find the Edinburg Corner Store. They do not have a website, I have never seen any advertising for them, and to be honest, the store itself, inside and out, isn't that impressive of a sight. However, their prices make them worth a trip. They feature an in house butcher shop and a large deli along with a small grocery store. The aisles are close together, the organization can be confusing and their prices on some items are not that spectacular...but the butcher and deli make it worth the trip. 

The variety in the meat department seems to vary by time of day and chance--from the point of view as a customer. The butchers are usually in sight, or within calling distance and are absolutely amicable. If you want something that you can't find, just ask them. A special cut? Ask away. As far as I can tell, the beef and pork are cut in house, the chicken, hams, and sausages are brand names. The ground beef is typically less than $2 a lb and the same price whether you buy a single pound or ten. They have had a lot of chicken specials lately, whole wings for $.99 a pound, legs for $.89 a pound, boneless, skinless, breasts for less than $1.50 a pound. I always take the meat home and repackage it into smaller quantities to suit my family and freeze it.  I have yet to have a complaint about the meat, other than the fact that there are days when they are completely sold out of most cuts but early evening.

The deli is fantastic. All orders are cut to the specifications of the customer and the deli is popular, it is best to stop at the deli and place your order before exploring the rest of the store. They carry a lot of the same brands of lunch meat that you will find at Giant Eagle or other groceries stores but there prices are markedly less. As with the butcher meat prices and availabilities, the deli is the same. Some of their items, like the Cajun Roast Beef, seem to sell out so fast that if you happen to be there on a day when they have it in, you get a glow about you as if you won a prize. It's that good. There always seems to be a ham deal that is $3.99 or less per pound and if you are a fan of bologna, my family swears by the Emerdale bologna which is regularly $1.89 per pound. They have an amazing variety of cheeses, all of which are as reasonably priced as their lunch meat. My recent favorite is their Brick cheese, it has kind of a swiss tang to it but it somewhat buttery as well. The store gets quite busy on the weekends and evening hours, but deli orders can be called in ahead of time if you are in a hurry. 

Other areas of the store worth a glance are the produce department, which features good deals on in season produce, and at times, amazing deals on potatoes and onions. Between the produce and the potato and onions, is the PIE section. Repeat after me, Friday is pie day. Every Friday they get a large variety of Amish made pies shipped in. They are very reasonably priced, cheaper than you would find in a regular grocery, and the variety can not be beat. There are also various cakes and rolls available, the pumpkin roll is always worth a try. I don't peruse the frozen section a lot, but my mother has a few favorites within, that section is always worth a look. Down the various aisles they feature items that are hard to find or not as mainstream such as packets of country gravy and pearl barley. The entire left wall of the store, as you come in, in almost entirely devoted to beverages, in the mix, however, they have Amish roll butter, some in store packaged deli items such as potato salad, and smoked meat sticks.

Although it is a tad out of the way for the average Kent resident, the Edinburg Corner Store is worth a trip once in a while simply to stock up on meat, lunch meat, and the other special items they carry. The savings seem to outweigh the extra effort and gas spent to travel to the store. Maybe we won't be having T-Bone steaks on a regular basis around here, but the continued existence of places like the Corner Store ensure that we won't break the bank for small celebrations.

Oh, this was in no way, a paid advertisement, given what little I can find of the establishment on the internet, I am not even sure the owners are aware of the existence of the internet. Don't let that stop you from the deals, though!


The Edinburg Corner Store

6792 Tallmadge Rd
, OH 44272  


Free Fuel Sweepstakes at Giant Eagle! Tomorrow is the last day to enter!

Looks like this contest has low entries, either way a chance at free gas is not one to pass up. Simply go to Giant Eagle's GetGo facebook page, like them, and fill out the form.  You'll find it here!   Good luck! Hope its one of our readers who wins!

Free Hello Kitty or Chanel Nail Decals!

    You can score these Hello Kitty Nail Decals totally free (Free Shipping Too!) from Born Pretty by entering the coupon code FBLIKE at checkout. You can also go with a free Chanel logo if Hello Kitty isn't your thing. Checkout was a little slow for me, but worked. This one will make my kiddos happy!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Diaper Deals!

I need them...I always need them.  
        Pampers Box Diapers – $18.99
        -Use $2/1 Pampers Diapers coupon (PG 7/31 – Expires 8/31) OR
        -Use $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon (PG 8/28)
        -Get $1 ECBs (Limit 1)
         Final Price – $15.99 

Huggies Little Movers Slip On Diapers – $9.50
-Use $2/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers Printable Coupon OR
-Use $3/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers coupon (SS 8/14) OR
-Use $1.50/1 Huggies Diapers coupon (SS 8/14)
-Get $2 in Register Rewards
Final Price = As low as $4.50
Pampers Big Pack Diapers – $19.99
-Use $2/1 Pampers Diapers coupon (PG 7/31 – Expires 8/31) OR
-Use $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon (PG 8/28)
Final Price = As low as $17.99

Huggies Value Packs – $29.99
-Use $1.50/1 Huggies Diapers coupon (SS 8/14) AND
-Use $2/1 Target Huggies printable coupon
Final Price = $26.49
Pampers Value Packs – $29.99
-Use $2/1 Pampers Diapers coupon (PG 7/31 – Expires 8/31) OR
-Use $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon (PG 8/28)
Final Price = $27.99
 *Most of the time I see bloggers stick to name brand diapers, but I believe Target's Up and Up diapers to be the best store brand diaper out there. They are definitely worth the trip, and even better with coupons!*
 Up and Up Club Pack Diapers - $19.99
Up and Up Training Pants - $17.49
-Use $1 Off Up and Up Big Pack Training Pants
Final Price = $16.49 

Dollar General
     Pampers Jumbo Packs - $9.50
     -Use $2/1 Pampers Diapers coupon (PG 7/31 – Expires 8/31) OR
     -Use $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon (PG 8/28)
     Final Price= $7.50-$8.00

Available today at Walgreens! September Coupon Book!

I picked mine up when I got my papers today. They are usually kept near the weekly ads. Easily overlooked, but good deals inside! Remember you can stack these with manufacturer's coupons! Valid from 8/28/2011-9/24/2011.

  • $1/1 Hershey’s Halloween Bagged Candy (16.3-24.44 oz.)
  • $1/1 Nestle Bagged Candy (19.75-32 oz.)
  • $1/1 Wonka MixUps or Chewy Favorites (25 or 32 oz.)
  • $1/1 Mars Halloween Bagged Candy (17.5-22.55 oz.)
  • $3/2 Mars Variety Bagged Candy (17.5-22.5 oz.)
  • $1/2 Mars Mini (10.5 or 11.5 oz.) or Dove Minis (7.94-9.5 oz.)
  • $1/1 Hershey’s Miniatures (19.75 oz.)
  • $1/2 Hershey’s Chocolate (11 or 12 oz.)
  • $1/2 Life Savers Candy (6.25-7 oz.)
  • $0.50/2 Trident Gum (18 ct.)
  • $1/2 Wrigley’s 5 Gum (3 ct., 15 pc.)
  • $0.25/1 Hostess Cupcake or Twinkies (2 ct.) or Donettes, or Crumb Gems (3-4 oz.)
  • $1/2 Nestle Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches or Truffle Bars (6 ct.)
  • $1/2 Nestle Lil Drums (10 ct.)
  • $0.25/1 Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake 4 oz.) Klondike Ice Cream Bars (5.5 oz.)
  • $0.50/1 Florida’s Natural OJ (33.8 oz.)
  • $0.50/1 Odwalla Drinks (12 oz.)
  • $1/2 Welch’s Grape Juice (64 oz.)
  • $0.50/2 Knorr Noodles & Sauce (4.3 oz.) or Rice & Sides (5.7 oz.)
  • $1/1 Hellmann’s Mayonnaise (22 or 30 oz.)
  • $0.50/2 Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix (2 oz.)
  • $1/2 Nabisco Crackers (6-16 oz.) or Newtons Fruit Thins (10.5 oz.
  • $1/1 Scott Natural Paper Towels (6 ct.)
  • $1/1 Hefty Trash Bags (18-45 ct.)
  • $1/1 Purina Hairball Control (3.5 lbs.) or Purina One Dog Food (4 lbs.)
  • $1/2 Tidy Cats Litter (10 lb.)
  • $1/1 Kleenex Facial Tissue Upright (4 pk.)
  • $1/2 Glade Scented Oil Candles Refills or Sprays
  • $1/1 Stoner Invisible Glass (19 oz.) or Simple Green Cleaner (22 oz.)
  • $1/1 Armor All Protectant (10 oz.), Tire Foam (20 oz.), Leather Wipes (20 ct.), or Cleaning Wipes (25 ct.)
  • $1/1 Fiskars Scissors (8 in., 2 ct.)
  • $5/1 Energizer 4x Advanced Lithium or 8x Lithium AA Batteries (8 ct.)
  • $1/1 Energizer or Eveready Flashlights
  • $2/1 HP Ink Cartridge Black
Personal Care:
  • $1/1 Veripur Hand Sanitizer (3 oz.)
  • $1/1 Kleenex Facial Tissue Upright Bundle (4 pk.)
  • $1/1 Aquafresh Advanced, Extreme Clean or Ultimate White Toothpaste (5.6-6 oz.)
  • $1/1 Sensodyne Toothpaste (4 oz.) or Iso-Active (4.3 oz.)
  • $20/1 Oral-B 1000 Professioanl Care Rechargeable Toothbrush
  • $1/1 OraJel Cold Sore Relief & Concealer (.05 oz.) or Mouth Sore Relief (.42 oz.) (includes .09 oz. FREE)
  • $1/1 Aquaphor Lip Repair (.35 oz.)
  • $1/1 Hyland’s Teething Gel (.5 oz.) (includes 50% more free)
  • $1/1 NUK Trendline Dots Learner Cup (5 oz.), Bottle (10 oz.), or Pacifier (2 ct.)
  • $2/1 Avent Bottle (9 oz.) or Nipple or Pacifiers (2 ct.), or Bottles (9 oz.)
  • $1/1 L’Oreal Cosmetics
  • $2/1 L’Oreal Revitalift Clinical Repair SPF 20 (1 oz.)
  • $2/1 Neutrogena Lip or Eye Cosmetics (excludes makeup removers)
Health Care:
  • $1/1 Mucinex Cough, Cold, Flu, Sinus or Sore Throat Relief (6 oz.)
  • $1/1 Vicks Nature Fusion (20 ct.), Liquid (8 oz.), or Combo Pack
  • $1/1 Robitussin (8 or 12 oz.)
  • $2/1 Mucinex Child Liquid (4 oz.) or Mini Melts (12 ct.)
  • $1/1 Theraflu Warming Liquid (2 ct., 8.3 oz.) or Hot Liquid Combo (12 pk.), or Triaminic Day/Night or Non Aspirin Fever Reducer (2 pk., 4 oz.)
  • $1/1 Airborne (10 ct.)
  • $2/1 Waterpik Sinusense Neti Pot Kit
  • $1/1 Simply Saline Allergy Relief (4.255 oz.)
  • $3/1 Allergy Buster or Sinus Buster Nasal Spray (.68 oz.)
  • $0.50/1 Ricola (19-24 ct.)
  • $2/1 Breath Right Strips (10-12 ct.)
  • $3/1 Lamisil AT or AF Products
  • $2/1 Hibistat (15 ct.) Antiseptic Wipes or Hibiclens Skin Cleanser (8 oz.)
  • $1/1 Campho-Phenique Liquid (1.5 oz.) or Gel (.5 oz.), or Actine Pump Spray (5 oz.)
  • $1/1 Band Aid Bandages (8-80 ct.)
  • $1.50/1 SalonPas Pain or Arthritis Rel. Patch (5 ct.)
  • $5/1 Osteo Bi Flex
  • $5/1 Advil Tablets (300 ct.)
  • $7.50/1 Culturelle for Kids (30 ct.)
  • $3.50/1 Culturelle Digestive (30 ct.)
  • $2/1 Florastor (20 ct.)
  • $2/1 Benefiber Powder (6.4-16.7 oz.), Chewables (100 ct.), Caplets (114 ct.), or Sticks (24-28 ct.)
  • $2/1 Gas-X (18-72 ct.) or Thin Strips (18 ct.)
  • $3/1 Prevacid 24 HR (42 ct.)
  • $2/1 Maalox (90 ct.) or Liquid (12-26 oz.)
  • $2/1 Ex Lax Digestive Relief (24 ct.)
  • $4/1 Senokot S or Colace (30 ct.)
  • $2/1 Super Colon Cleanser (120 ct.)
  • $1/1 Tums (60-150 ct.)
  • $2/1 Biggest Loser Meal Bars (5 ct.) or Shakes (4 pk.)
  • $10/1 Alli Weight Loss Aid Refill (120 ct.)
  • $3/1 SloNiacin (100 ct.)
  • $5/1 FlexAMin Joint Supplement (60-180 ct.)
  • $2/1 Nature’s Bounty Twin Pack (excludes Flex-a-min )
  • $5/1 AT Home 6 Panel Drug Test
  • $10/1 BrainStrong (90 ct.)
  • $5/1 BrainStrong Kids, Toodler or Prenatal (30 ct.)
  • $1/1 Visine Hydroblend Drops (.5-1 oz.) or Wipes (30 ct.)
  • $5/1 Nicoderm CQ (14 ct.) or Nicorette Gum (100-110 ct.) or Lozenges (72-81 ct.)
  • $2/1 OneTouch Delica Lancets (100 ct.) or OneTouch Ultramini Blood Glucose Monitor
  • $3/1 OneTouch Ultra Test Strips (25 ct.)
  • $1/1 Murine Wax Removal Drops or Kit (.56 oz.)
  • Photo Books, 25% off (in store coupon only)
  • “W” Products, Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • (thousands of items throughout the store, see booklet for exclusions)
Mail-in Rebates:
  • $5/1 Zyrtec (12 or 14 ct.), Visine-A (.5 oz.), or Benadryl (24-100 ct.) Spray (2 oz.), Cream (1 oz.), Gel ( 4 oz.), or Readymist (.2 oz.) (Limit 1)
  • $5/1 Centrum, ProNutients or Caltrate Supplements (Limit 1)
  • $3/1 Luster Now! Instant Whitening Toothpaste (8 oz.) (Limit 1)
  • $7 wyb $30 or more of TheraBreath 7 Day Probiotic Home Treatment System, Lozenges (100 ct.), Oral Rinse (16 oz.), or Toothpaste (4 oz.) (Limit 1)
  • $3/1 Blue Rhino (with or without exchange of empty tank) (Limit 1)
Please refer to our Walgreens page for more information about our local Walgreens location and links to their couponing policies!  It's located under Local Stores.

Great Printable Deals!

Hurry and snatch these deals, don't forget to print two where you can!

Johnson and Johnson's Baby Shampoo and Powder. $1 off of each!
They also have a couple of good contests to enter while you are there.

Red Plum Printables!  These go fast!
$1 off Nutella!
$1/3 Zatarains!
$1 off of any Garnier Fructis styling product!
$1/4 Libby's Canned Veggies
These are just a few examples!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sunday Coupon Preview! (8-28)

       Looks like we can expect 3 inserts in this Sundays paper according to Sunday Coupon Preview. A Smartsource, a Redplum, and my personal favorite, a P&G insert.

      These inserts will include $0.75 and $1 Degree coupons that can be used for free or very cheap trial size deodorants if they do not exclude the trial sizes (They didn't in past inserts).  Last time these coupons came out I bought a few and really liked the Degree with Motion Sense. It smells pleasant and really works well. I usually wear clinical strength deodorants and was surprised to find that this seems to work just as well for less then half the price. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Under Construction! Local stores, local food deals and more!

I've been working diligently on adding content to this site that would be helpful for the average Kentite regardless of where they are in our community. In the stores section, you will find links to local stores, their locations and phone numbers, as well as their coupon policies and helpful hints that I have discovered in my shopping experiences. I plan on adding a section for local businesses, those small businesses that we often pass in our travels to larger stores, there are deals to be found everywhere!

In progress is a daily restaurant deal section.  I am endeavoring to compile a listing of daily deals at our local eateries, organized by days of the week. If you know of a deal or would like us to check a place out for you, please let us know! I've been conscientious about including phone numbers, locations, and links to their websites so that you don't have to go very far to find what you need!

Let the games begin...

Not that long ago I became interested in utilizing coupons. I had given half hearted attempts over the years and clipped them sporadically, usually I lost them or I just tapered off somehow. I've always been interested in getting deals on things, I am not the type of person who can walk by a clearance rack without looking for a few minutes. I love yard sales, tag sale, ebay, live auctions-- anything where I can save a bit of money to get the things we need or desire. I suppose it was only a matter of time before my lifelong thriftiness ventured into the arena of couponing. Thanks to my best friend, Sarah, and more than a few helpful blogs, I have a coupon binder full of coupons and a small stockpile of toiletries in a cupboard. It was looking through all those blogs that gave me the idea for this blog.

Kent is a very diverse area, with a huge population that are on limited budgets. We have students, seniors, families, and everyone else you can imagine.  With the right information, you can find something to do for cheap or free every night of the week. In addition to activities and community events, information about local businesses, couponing, and deals will be regular features. So without further ado.....