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Yellow Tags Mean Lower Prices at Cub #CubYellowTags!


Yellow Tags Mean Lower Prices at Cub #CubYellowTags!

Grocery shopping is one of those tasks I love to put off… as long as I can.  But, when I do finally do it you will see me walk into a store with a list in one hand and coupons in the other.  I never shop without those two important things.   And, I never shop without making sure where I shop can offer me the best prices on the things I need to stock my kitchen and home with.  That is why I shop at Cub.

Shopping for things that my family loves and uses daily is a daunting task for me.  I am not one much for shopping in general.  I used to love to shop, then I started getting frustrated due to the rise of prices every where you look.  But, shopping at Cub helps me find things we all love and not break my bank.  Even leaves me a money left over to splurge on a few extra goodies to make my family happy.  Since I like to shop and buy healthy foods (fruits and veggies), I know that I can get the best prices on these items and so many more at Cub.

As I am strolling thru the store I notice the yellow tags under the products and that means new lower prices throughout the entire store.   Combine the new lower prices and the Load to Card program and you have an easier way to shop and save.   Check out some of these price examples ~

-Bartlett Pears used to be $1.89/lb, now only $0.99/lb
-Celery used to be $1.29 each, now only $0.89 each
-Sweet Onions used to be $1.29, now only $0.99 each

Check out this video about how to use your Load to Card program.


I have my card, do you ?   What is your normal grocery shopping trip like ?   Do you love seeing all the new low prices at Cub ?

Disclosure ~  This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cub and Pocket Your Dollars.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl.

Save Big at the Meat Department

Save Big at the Meat Department

If you are the one in the household that does the grocery shopping, you know oh to well what the prices on things are.  WAY HIGH!!   Especially meat!   I just don’t like to even look at prices because sometimes it makes me not buy things because I just can’t justify spending that kind of money on something that might not look like it’s worth it.   I generally coupon, but when it comes to buying meat, one hardly ever can find coupons for that unless it’s your local stores coupons.  (which I take advantage of).

I remember years back when my husband and I were just starting out and I would go to the store, come home and he would ask.. what did ya spend.   When I would tell him, he would be so upset.  Not really at me, but at the fact the money was gone on groceries and he never shopped so had no idea what things really cost.   It wasn’t till about 5 or 6 years ago, that he started to shop with me.  NOW he gets it!

Aside from using coupons these days, I also look for those little stickers on the meat that say  ( Reduced !! Please use right away ).
When I see this, I generally grab these packages.   They are totally fine packages of meat, but just need to be used that day or frozen, so in the freezer they go.    I got a heck of a deal on this pile of meat.    All this for under $15 .. That is a steal!!


I generally only buy steak when I can get it discounted as well.   If you look in my freezer the only stuff that does not have the pink “Reduced” tag on it is my tilapia or shrimp… LOL!   Only because I buy those in big bags from my SAMS Club.

Do you buy meat that is discounted?

Save 20% on Apples

Cook, Bake, Eat, and have fun with apples.
Save 20% off apples at your local grocery store and get creative.


Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Apples at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details.

Ad: Valid thru 4/28: Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Apples at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details.(132530)
Ad Start Date: Apr 21, 2014 9:00 PM
Ad Expiration Date: Apr 28, 2014 8:59 PM

Time to Update Your Wardrobe #SpringAtKohls Sponsored

“I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating”

Time to Update Your Wardrobe  #SpringAtKohls Sponsored

Winter has been dragging on here in Minnesota for what seems like forever!   I am not a fan of winter, and so it being here now into almost April is very depressing.  But, I am taking off on a cruise next week and so I have the spring bug biting me and telling me it’s time to update my wardrobe for my trip.   I am heading to my favorite store tomorrow to get some new duds for myself.   But, before I head out shopping I am checking out Kohl’s Spring Fashion Hangout because it has great tips on what is trending now in the fashion world.   Lots of perfect things for me, like clothes in the color pink, or cute and comfy dresses and to even take us back to high school, some roll-cuffed denim.    This is perfect for me because my favorite color is pink, and pairing some denim with cute heels and some nice accessories will have me rocking the look on my cruise.   I will be sporting the  SONOMA life + style® Striped Maxi Dress on my cruise next week.   Check out the Kohl’s Spring Fashion Hangout and tell me what you want to be wearing this season?


“I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating”



Macy’s Gift Card Sweepstakes #SpringIntoMacys

What are you doing today?  Well if you said nothing, or even if you have plans I am telling you that you need to take a few minutes out of your day to enter the Macy’s Gift Card Sweepstakes.   #SpringIntoMacys

What is that you ask?
Details for the sweepstakes ~

  • Enter Between 9:00 AM PST and 4:00 PM PST on Monday, March 24

  • is giving out $10,000 worth of Macy’s gift cards.

    • 100 $50.00 gift cards

    • 200 $25.00 gift cards

  • Once the entry period closes, the 300 winners will be selected on the day of the promotion AT RANDOM by from all the email submissions. will ONLY use email submissions to notifiy the winners and send them their gift card code.

I know I could use a new spring wardrobe.    I am in love with a few goodies that I will be adding to my wardrobe.   I need a new swimsuit for any occasion.  I have 4 bikini’s, but need a “mom” type suit.  LOL!  I love the Ralph Lauren Blue Label’s one-piece swimsuit in black.  It would be perfect for me, for no matter where I was.  I could feel comfortable knowing I am not showing too much, but am still stylish.   And I am in love with these jean shorts.  OH MY!!  They are the Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren’s cool boyfriend cutoff shorts. I love all the fun spring clothing choices at Macy’s.

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Now who wouldn’t want to take a few minutes today and enter to win this great giveaway?


Disclosure ~ “This post is sponsored by”

Audio Fest Now Happening at Best Buy

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#AudioFest @BestBuy @BestBuyWOLF

Music feeds my soul and I know it does as well for many others.  I grew up listening to music every day.  My Mom always had her radio on every morning, to her favorite country station and while we got ready for school that was what we listened too.   As we got older we then got our own radios for our bedrooms so we could then listen to what we wanted, when we wanted.  I remember when I was in 7th grade I asked for a stereo that had a cassette player and a record player and at Christmas I opened a huge box and I cried and cried because that was what I got.  Man, I spent hours and hours in my bedroom listening to music.  I have to say, music got me through many things in my teen years and now in my 40′s it does the same.  Memories come flooding in when certain songs are played.  Housework seems to get done easier with my music cranked up, and evenings by the campfire are way more fun with music in the background.  Music, it does feed the soul.   I have audio to thank for making my music come alive.

Do you love music?    Did you know that March is Best Buy’s Audio Fest ?  If you are a music lover and are looking for the best audio gear to add to your life then you have to check them out.  Head to your local Best Buy because March Audio Fest is taking place across all Best Buy stores from 3/2/14 – 4/4/14

  • Best Buy helps you enhance your home entertainment experience and upgrade your sound with additional components, speakers and headphones.
  • Beginning 3/2/14 through 4/4/14 Best Buy will feature one month of sweet sounding deals audio specials, events & more.
  • Best Buy is gathering the best offers on the best audio products throughout the entire month of March.
  • Visit a Best Buy store to test & try the latest & greatest in audio – from home theater solutions, to car audio, portable speakers and headphones.
  • Best Buy has the best selection of audio products – come in and let Best Buy teach you how to upgrade your sound; Hear the difference - Bring the noise.

Looking for some great offers at Best Buy ?   Check out these offers listed by weeks.


·         3/2:

o   2x-4x points on all headphones

o   25% off Select Pioneer Speakers

o   $500 savings on Pioneer Elite Pass-Through Home Theater Receiver

o   $100 Savings on Beatbox Portable Speaker

·         3/9:

o   2x points on Sonos Home Theater

o   All AVRs on Sale

o   All iPod touch on sale

o   Save $80 on Samsung Blu-ray/Soundbar Bundle

·         3/16:

o   2x points on all speakers

o   BDi Furniture (3/7 – 3/23) Save $200 on any Home Theater Cabinet

o   All-on-sale Car Audio Speakers + 50% off speaker installation

o   $50 Savings on Sony MDR10 Headphones

·         3/23:


o   Save 25% on all Sennheiser HD 500 Series Headphones

o   All Logitech Computer Headsets on Sale

o   Save $50 – $150 on Select Energy audio products (3/9-4/5)

·         3/30:

o   All Insignia Computer Speakers on Sale

o   Save $100-$200 on select Definitive Technology Floor Speakers (3/23-4/5)

o   Save $50 – $150 on Select Energy audio products (3/9-4/5)

o   Save $150 – $300 on Select Jamo Speakers

Visit your local Best Buy store to check these Audio products and more such as the JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker for Most Bluetooth-Enabled Devices. This JBL streams music wirelessly from your phone/tablet/laptop, its portable and has a speaker-phone, built-in microphone and call-answer button  that lets you easily take phone calls.

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Do you have a love of music?  Tell me your earliest memory of listening to music.

#AudioFest @BestBuy @BestBuyWOLF

Disclosure ~ The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Just Add Ink: Simple Savings Via Online Printable Coupons


As prices of food and other household products rise, more people are looking for new ways to save money. Coupons have long been a part of thrifty shopping, but today’s best deals aren’t always found in the Sunday newspaper. Coupons found on the internet are often higher in value than the coupons from the paper.


When most people think of coupons, they tend to think of something like $0.25 off a brand of cereal no one likes and isn’t healthy anyway. But today’s coupon savings are available for a wide variety of brands and products, including healthy foods, and savings are often $1 or even $2 off. By shopping smartly, you can save big bucks off your normal grocery trips.


So where does a smart shopper find these online coupons? Look for big coupon sites that list several different coupons available to print. Just go through the list of coupons and check off the ones you want to print. If you’ve never printed from the site before, it will probably ask you to install the coupon printer software. This software allows the site to communicate with your computer and tells it how to print the coupons correctly. All you need to do is approve the installation and then your savings will print. Once the coupons have printed, just cut them out and head off to the store with your new savings in your pocket.


Collective coupon sites like the one found here aren’t the only places to find coupons online. Many grocery, clothing, and drug stores now offer their own coupons directly on their websites. Try checking the website of your favorite grocery store to see if they have coupons available to print.


Another place to find coupons online is at the website of your favorite brand. More and more companies are offering coupons for their own products on their sites. Also, many of these companies have e-newsletters that you can sign up for to be notified when new savings are added to their websites, or even receive special members only savings.


Coupons printed from the internet work the same way as coupons from the newspaper. They have details of what products they work with printed on the coupons, so be sure to match your coupon to the right item as well as the right size. The coupons also have an expiration date, so pay attention to the date so you won’t miss out on the savings.


One thing internet coupons have that newspaper coupons don’t is a special code that makes each coupon unique. Most internet printed coupons have either a unique serial number or a unique barcode, sometimes both. These features are meant to help stop counterfeiting coupons. Each number or code is unique and can be traced back to the computer from where it was printed. So printing off more copies of an internet coupon with a copier isn’t an option, or you could find yourself facing serious charges. Before trying to print internet coupons, be sure that your printer has plenty of ink and the paper tray is loaded. Most online coupons can only be printed out a certain number of times, usually twice, and once you’ve printed that coupon the limited number of times, you won’t be able to print it again. That means that even if your printer messed up and didn’t print correctly because it was out of ink, you won’t be able to try printing it again once you’ve hit the limit.


Saving money on groceries and other household products can be easy if you know where to find coupons online and how best to use them to get maximum savings. Now that you know the secret of internet printable coupons, get printing and get shopping!


Russell Matthews has a great knack for smart shopping. He loves hunting down bargains and finding ways to shop well on a tight budgets.



Let’s do the #KmartLayawayDance @Kmart

Disclosure : This is a sponsored post. I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own.

Love to dance?  Or how about love watching others dance?  I get such a kick out of watching others dance.  If you love to watch others dance you won’t be able to stop watching this mash-up of customers doing the Kmart Layaway Dance! Never heard of that one ? Dare we say it’s the latest dance craze? If you’re wondering what it is about Kmart Layaway that makes people spontaneously breakout in catchy dance moves, continue reading this awesome post.

At Kmart, Layaway doesn’t start and end with the holidays. You can use Kmart Layaway all year round for celebrations such as birthdays, re-decorating or baby gifts. In addition, Kmart Layaway is available online and in stores. Thank goodness it is available all year long, as I use it more than just for holidays.

How does the Kmart Layaway work ? It’s simple: pick out the times you want or need, start with a down payment, make payments every two weeks (online or in store) and take your items home with you after your final payment (cue: Layaway dance)!

Pro tip: Remember to give yourself plenty of time before you need the item, most Layaway contracts last about 8 weeks, so planning ahead is key! Plus, Shop Your Way Members get points on every Layaway purchase and exclusive Layaway offers.
Have an item in mind you’d like to put on Layaway? You know it’s about that time to start thinking grills and patio furniture!  I know we need a new patio set, and I am already thinking of a new grill as ours is so old.  I also found a few things that I know I can get put on layaway this summer so I have them for fall and winter.   What do you have your eyes on?  Are you ready to practice your dance moves because you’re going to want to break out in a Layaway dance too!


Saving Money on Your Household Grocery Bill

Grocery Receipts Saving Money on Your Household Grocery Bill


With the economic outlook still on rocky ground, people are trying to find more ways to cut back on their spending. If you have a family to support, this can present a bigger challenge, especially where your household grocery budget is concerned. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can save a few bucks while still feeding those hungry little mouths.


Grow Your Own Food


If you have a little yard space or a sunny location to set a few pots, you can grow some of your own food during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Veggies like tomatoes, carrots and greens do well both in potted plants or garden beds. They’re healthier and more flavorful than anything you’ll find in the store, and they cost next to nothing to grow. If your kids don’t like to eat their vegetables, home-grown produce may quickly change their minds.


To read more about the food industry visit Instawares Blog where you can read about all the latest in kitchen equipment, recipes, and much more.


Go Ethnic


Instead of relying on your regular grocery store for fresh fruit and veggies, check around your area for ethnic grocery stores. These places sell a wide variety of both familiar and exotic produce for a fraction of the price of the big chain stores. Furthermore, this is a great way to foster an appreciation of different foods in your children.


Shop Low-Overhead Stores


Grocery stores with low overhead are able to offer products for much less than their fancier counterparts.


Unfortunately, many people pass these options up because they’ve been convinced that the product selection is of poor quality. This is simply not the case. Much of the time, the products in these stores are made by well-known manufacturers, they’ve just been outfitted with the store’s branding label. Although you may have to bring your own bags or use one of those quarter-operated carts, the selections are often a fraction of the cost as at other places.


Browse the Discount Bin


In some stores, there is a special place reserved for discontinued, clearanced or slightly damaged goods. Stores mark these items down so that they can still make a profit off of them, but you’re the one who truly benefits from the drastically reduced prices. Be aware that these discount bins aren’t always easy to find, so if you don’t see one at your local store, ask the manager where you can find it. If they don’t have one, consider suggesting that they start one.


Use Natural Cleaners


Keeping the house clean is also a significant expense for many people, with most cleaning products costing upwards of $5 per item. When you need a cleaner for every purpose, this can quickly become a huge expense. However, there are many natural and effective products that can be used in their place for pennies on the dollar. Vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, lemon oil, peroxide and even table salt can be used for almost all cleaning jobs and on any type of surface. If you feel like putting in a little more effort to save money, you can even try making your own laundry detergent. Many recipes can be found online, so try them until you find something you like.


Hit the Farmer’s Market


Farmer’s markets are popping up all over the place these days, thanks to the growing demand for natural, locally-produced food. Chances are that there’s one close to you, so consider taking advantage of it. While you might expect it to be a more expensive way to shop, it’s usually the opposite. Because the produce comes straight from the grower, there’s no distributor or other middleman to inflate prices in order to turn a profit.


The costs of living can often seem difficult to keep up with. However, by employing a few of the tips above, you can help reduce costs while still keeping your family healthy and happy.

Tea Me Please


Tea Me Please

With tea from Zhena’s that is.

Zhena’s Gypsy Tea is a tea created in small batches to ensure freshness with every single sip.
If you are a tea drinker, you can appreciate a good cup of tea and understand that there is such a thing as a bad cup of tea.  I am not talking about a tea flavor you don’t like, but a tea that is either old, tastes moldy or stale.  I have tried many teas like that.

(Disclosure: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea send Living Smart Girl product to facilitate a review. 
All opinions about the product are 100% honest and that of Living Smart Girl’s)

Zhena’s sent me a nice package of teas that I picked out.  I got Fire Light Chai, Caramel Chai Red, X Slim Me Raspberry Mint, Organic Peppermint Loose Leaf, English Breakfast and a neat TeaZe Over the Cup Filter.

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If you are a tea lover, and especially like loose leaf tea then you for sure need to check out the TeaZe Over the Cup Filter.  This is the neatest thing!  Add your tea, pour in hot water and let steep.  When it is done, place it over a cup and watch your cup fill with tea (minus the leaves).  So cool!!  And, It is pretty to watch as the tea steeps.

I am a huge peppermint tea lover and drink at least one cup a day.  With all my IBS issues, peppermint tea helps to settle things.  But, I was shocked when I got this bag.  OH MY.. I didn’t even think about it but 1# of tea is ALOT of tea!

The English Breakfast tea is so good.  And, I got it in this cute jar with a scoop.   Perfect for my morning cup of tea.
The 2 Chai Tea’s smell great, but I haven’t had a chance to try them yet.  Chai is one of those things I have to be in the mood for.  But, my sister tried the Caramel Chai Red when she was here last week and said it had a perfect mix of spices and the caramel wasn’t over powering, but just perfect.   The X Slim Me tea was a bit to much fruity for me.  I am not into fruity tea’s and was hoping the mint would take over on this, but it didn’t.  But, My sister loves it as she is huge into fruity teas.


Zhena’s Extra Strength Slim Me™ is an excellent addition to any responsible diet or exercise program. Slim Me tea is great to lose those extra 10# in 10 Days for $10.   The tea is packed with 10 Wonder ingredients to aid in weight loss.

Would you like to give the Slim Me Tea a try?  You can either buy it here.
Or, you can enter below and try to win, and if you don’t win then buy it.


Winner will receive 4 tins of tea, one of each flavor. $40 Value

Giveaway Ends March 8th at Midnight (CST).   Enter below.