Tips to find the deals

I found a blog this week that I believe many of you will be interested in. I know many people who prefer to shop at Walmart, believe that their prices are lowest. While I would agree that some items are cheaper at Walmart, I still don’t believe they can come close to the Publix buy one, get one free offers. However, for those of you who still prefer Walmart, check out “I Heart The Mart.” I also noticed late last week that the blog posted an article about items you could get for free with coupons at Walmart, so you probably want to subscribe to it for the latest deals.

One of the money-saving tips I’ve discussed before has to do with menu planning based around the current sales. E-Mealz offers a very convenient way to do this, for a small fee. You can choose the store where you prefer to shop as well as selecting the type of meals you want (i.e. low fat, Weight Watchers Points, etc). However, I also ran across a great article by The Simple Dollar with a very detailed list of how to go about creating your own list.

I also want to mention briefly the benefit of signing up for money-saving blog updates. At the bottom of this article is a list of some of my favorite money-saving/frugal living blogs. Many of these sites post deals that are only good for a very short time. For example, Living Social had a deal for one day only where you could purchase a $20 Amazon gift card for $10. But, if you don’t subscribe to the blogs, you miss the deals. The way these email updates are set up makes it very easy to do a quick scan to see if there is something of interest to you without having to read through the entire blog. I find it much more convenient that manually logging into the blogs daily.

New club for pet owners! Publix has started a new Pet Club. Register now to receive tips, valuable coupons and advance notice of special events. And, if you register before March 31, 2011, you will be entered into a sweepstakes to win free food for you and your pet. You can find all the details and/or register here. And don’t forget they have other clubs and programs that can save you money. You can find all of them here.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.
For Boynton Beach, click here.
For Boca Raton, click here.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Whole Foods: Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise: Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “Super Deals”for 1/20-1/26, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 1/20-1/26/2011, please click here. *Please note that IHeartPublix.com has changed their format. You can now create your own printable spreadsheet for your shopping list directly from the site! I love that!

*Please note that IHeartPublix.com has changed their format. You can now create your own printable spreadsheet for your shopping list directly from the site! I love that!

For Publix ongoing sale list, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites
http://cvssimply.blogspot.com/
http://www.specials.publix.com
http://www.iheartpublix.com
http://www.iheartwags.com
http://www.iheartcvs.com
http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com
http://www.grocerydeals.gather.com
http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com
http://www.southernsavers.com
http://freefrugality.blogspot.com
http://getadealdude.com

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Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County and author of Wow! You Saved How Much? For more information, visit her Web site athttp://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

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