Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Aldi Foodstores

On March18th 2010, ALDI Stores began opening in Texas. For weeks I wondered what the heck ALDI was. A large sign that said "ALDI coming soon" was posted and I saw it daily on my drive home. The store near me is in a shopping strip in between a nail salon and a bank. It’s about the size of a Walgreens or CVS.
A week before ALDI opened they had put the sign on the building and it read ALDI - Food Market.

I received a mailer and decided I had to check this out. The ad stated how much cheaper ALDI was than traditional stores and was geared toward being "GREEN." I happened to pop in during the Grand Opening, and this place was PACKED! I think it peaked everyone’s curiosity. Before ALDI, local consumers did most of their grocery shopping at large grocery stores with tons of variety.

This store is different from your typical grocery store and I was in for a surprise. They have an interesting Shopping Cart system that requires you to insert a quarter in the slot on the handle. This serves as a deposit for using the cart. Upon returning your cart, the quarter is refunded. I think this is an incentive to bring the cart back. Great Idea, but I didn’t have a quarter with me on my first shopping trip. The store was nice enough to pay my deposit for me since it was their grand opening. The shopping cart is large enough to put two kiddos in the front of the cart which I thought was really cool.

I entered this place and the organization was incredible. Employees were everywhere. I didn’t recognize a single "Name Brand" product which concerned me. I thought this place was filled with cheap imitation items you would find at a dollar store. Since this was my first time there, I thought, I would give it a shot anyway. I bought just about everything on my shopping list. I was so excited to find a gallon of milk for $1.79 which is the everyday price. I picked up tons of meat and fruit and veggies. I bought jalapeno peppers that were pre-packaged in packs of 8 for .29 cents. I also bought HUGE avocados for .39 cents each. HUGE savings!!

Though 90% of the items were not from a brand that I recognized, I did see something’s that were familiar like Nabisco, Libby’s, Tyson....etc. I looked at the back of the boxes and everything is from the ALDI distribution center in Illinois. That made these items seem a little better to me.

I made my way to the checkout stand and didn’t see any bags. The checker was placing my items in the basket like they do at Sam's. I asked if they had bags or boxes and she informed me that customers need to bring their own bags or purchase their bags. 10 cents for plastic and 6 cents for paper. This was their Incentive to be GREEN. Again, since it was the grand opening she hooked me up with 3 plastic bags. They were HUGE heavy duty bags and everything fit! I spent $92 and had a ton of stuff. I've reused these bags and they are great! I probably won’t have to throw them away for a long time.

Now that my first ALDI shopping experience was complete, it was time to put the food to the test. Through out the week, my family and I used the items that I purchased and have been pleasantly surprised with EVERY single item. I am a huge skeptic, not to mention very picky especially if I've never heard of the brand name. The biggest test for me was their frozen pizza. I don’t like frozen pizza but its a quick dinner for the family if we are short on time. I bought buffalo chicken pizza and it was AMAZING. It even had blue cheese crumbles and purple onions. We've made tacos with their taco shells, taco mix, refried beans and Spanish rice. The ingredients were better than the name brand ingredients.

One thing to keep in mind is that the variety is limited and the store is quite a bit smaller than your traditional grocery store. You need a quarter for the buggy and bring your own bags. To me, this store is wonderful and I cant wait to plan my grocery trip.

One more thing, this store does not accept Credit Cards or Checks.

Food stamps, Debit or Cash Only!!!

I cant wait to go back and find more deals.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


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Free Sample Of Parents Choice Infant Formula

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Monday, March 29, 2010

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Print FREE Grocery Coupons at Home

Payless Shoe Sale - BOGO Is Here!!!!!

Free Cookie or Body Wash at CVS. $1.99 Value

Be sure to get your free Cookie or Body Wash at your local CVS Store. Go here for your coupon.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Free Crest Whitening Strips Sample At Walmart

Get a free sample of Crest 3D White Strips Advanced Seal Professional Effects. Available at Walmart.

Free Probios Dog Treats

Probios Digestion Support Dog Treats Giveaway!
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Free Sample of Olay Total Effects Body Wash

Walmart is offering a free sample of Olay Total Effects Body Wash. Get your here.

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Graco Newborn Napper Pack n' Play- Melbourne for $134.99
Home Rolston Wicker Ottoman for $89.00
Graco Alano Travel System- Little Wonders for $170.99

Checkout the Sears Midnight Madness Sale - Online Only!!

Save up to 55% off + FREE Shipping on select items during 3-Day Easter Sale 4/2-4/4

Another HUGE KOHL's SALE Through 3-30-10

This is the Kohl's Grand Opening Sale and there is something for everyone in your family on sale. Check out these incredible buys.

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40-50% Off Entire Stock SONOMA life+ style and Croft & Barrow Sportswear
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Save an additional 15% off your entire Purchase!!!!!

Take an Extra 15% off Everything w/code GRAND15

Famous Footwear Sale - 1/2 off Plus 15% Off

The Dallas Museum of Art - Half Price Tickets/Admission

Looking for something to do this weekend in Dallas? Check out the Dallas Museum of Art. You can buy your tickets for half price for the next two days from Groupon.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Free Cream Of Wheat Sample

FREE Sample of Cream of Wheat - 1 of 7 Flavors Click HERE

Cream of Wheat is offering visitors a FREE sample from 1 of 7 flavor options! Fill out the form and select your flavor sample for your FREE sample of Cream of Wheat.


Walmart is offering a free sample of Benefiber through thier website.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Choose 1 or 4 Kotex Sample Packs

Kotex is offering 4 different samples of their products. Get yours before they are all gone.

Free Stevia Natural Sweetner Sample

Click here for details.

Kohls Secret March Sale - Good Through 4/3/2010

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These are Kohls offers/codes that are not available to the public.

KCTAKE20 - 20% Off -use at checkout while using your kohls card

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Check out Kohls Semi Annual Shoe and Handbag Sale Now.
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Online Sears Specials Through 3/25


Check out the Free AVEDA Shampoo Conditioner and Strengthening Products here.

Get your Coupon for the MEN'S AVEDA Shampoo here.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Duggar Family Laundry Detergent Recipe

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4 Cups - hot tap water

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar

1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*

½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!

Powdered Laundry Detergent - Top load machine

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar

1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*

½ Cup Borax

-Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons. Yields: 3 Cups detergent. (Approx. 40 loads)

*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!

TIPS FOR LAUNDRY SOAP: We use Fels-Naptha bar soap in the homemade soap recipes, but you can use Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Castile or Zote bars. Don't use heavily perfumed soaps. We buy Fels-Naptha by the case from our local grocer or online. Washing Soda and Borax can often be found on the laundry or cleaning aisle. Recipe cost approx. $2 per batch.

**A friend of mine stated she made her own laundry detergent and I googled the recipe. Sounds super easy and I'm definitley going to try it.  Thanks Brandy!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Zona Rosa The Pitch Ticket Giveaway

Kansas City Natives~ Get your Free Studio Movie Grill Tickets. New Location opening next month!

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Thank you Daisy!!!! :)


Friday, March 19, 2010

Free Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Food Sample

Free Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Food Sample at Walmart. Click here for more Details.

Free Panini at Corner Bakery

Become a fan of Corner Bakery on Facebook through March 21st and you can get a free Panini! Go here for more details.

$10 Off a $20 purchase at Kmart

This printable coupon is a must if you are a Kmart shopper. Now until 5/15/10 you can get $10 off regular, sale or clearance priced merchandise when you spend $20 or more. Be sure to read the fine print because there are some rules such as you are not able to use the coupon in conjunction with any "Buy One, Get One" events. There is nothing about not being able to use it on formula or diapers though, so parents be sure to stock up!

Thursday, March 18, 2010


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50% off Toys

Sale + Free Shipping on select Zhu Zhu Pets

Store Coupons - MUST SEE!!!!

Going Shopping this weekend??? Make sure you carry these coupons with you. Tons of savings awaits you. Print these and have fun!! 

Aeropostale : 30% Off Printable Coupon
Bath and Body Works: Several Different Printable Coupons
Bealls: 20% Off Printable Coupon
Coach: 20-30% Off Printable Coupon
Express: $30 off $75 or $15 off $30 Printable Coupon
Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic: 30% Off Printable Coupon
JCPenney: $15 off $75 or $10 off $50 Printable Coupons
Payless ShoeSource: 15% Off Printable Coupon
Staples: 15% Off Entire Purchase Printable Coupon (remember many office stores will take this as a competitor coupon)

Free Ritz Munchables

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Daily Deals for Wednesday March 17th- Good for Today only!

Tanga Deal of the Day: NightFall 2X24 Night Vision Monocular 35% OFF ($70 Off Retail Price)

Magazine Deal of the Day: Entrepreneur Magazine Subscription 66% Off (Save $39.89) Today Only

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Games Deal of the Day: Duel In The Dark Second Edition Board Game 53% OFF (Save $32) Today Only

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Coupon for FREE Better Oats Oatmeal

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Famous Footwear Sale

Famous Footwear Buy One, Get One 50% off Sale from 3/14 thru 5/1



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dove Hair Care - Free Sample - Daily Treatment Conditioner

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Final Clearance $4.99 & Up While Supplies Last - Shop Now.

Free Shipping on Purchase of $75 or Greater - Use this link or code - 2665

Huge Sears Sale

Monday, March 15, 2010

Free Diabetes Meter

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Free Kotex Sample Pack

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Payless Easter Sale: Select Styles Starting at $9.99

Payless Easter Sale: Select Styles Starting at $9.99. No code needed. 

Free UpBeat Milk Beverage

Get your coupon for a FREE Upbeat milk beverage. 100 Calorie beverage full of B1 and B12 to boost energy.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


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Friday, March 12, 2010


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Sale - Up to 20% off on select Furniture + Free Shipping.

Sale on Select Baby Furniture at Through 3/27/10

Sale - Up to 20% off on select Living Room Furniture + Free Shipping.

Buy One get One 1/2 Off + Free Shipping on $50 on Shoes

$3 Barbie Sale + Free Shipping select Barbie

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Free Mascara

Print your Coupon here and take it to JC Penny to get your free sample of Pinpoint Mascara.

Sam's Club - Free Degree Ultra Clear Womens Deodorant

Sam's Club - Unilever Sample Center

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Shoe Sale