Grocery Store Savings – 6/22/17 Publix

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Arnold Sandwich Thin: $3.99 BOGO + two $0.55 off 1 newspaper coupons

  • That’s only $1.45 for each bag of sandwich thins which has 8 servings making it $0.18 for each serving!
    • Side note: if you have Ibotta you can get $0.25 on the any brand bread rebate at Publix
  • You can use these for all different types of sandwiches and they are only 100 calories. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks. Try making an egg sandwich, pizza, BLT, and more.

2017 - 06 - 22 pretzel crisps

Original Price: $6.98 for 2 bags of pretzels      I paid: $1.49 for 2 bags

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps: $3.49 BOGO + two $1 off 1 newspaper coupons

  • That’s only $0.75 per bag and each bag has 7 servings making it only $0.11 for each serving of pretzel crackers!
  • These are great alone as snacks
  • Top with cheeses & veggies to make fun hors d’ouevres
  • Use to dip with hummus, guac, or salsa
  • My boyfriend always wants something to munch on when we watch movies at home so this replaces the buttery popcorn
  • Since it’s summertime we know we will be going to pool parties and BBQs so these will be good to bring for everyone to share

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Original Price: $6.58 for 2 pouches of diced ham      I paid: $2.29 for 2 pouches

Smithfield Diced Ham: $3.29 BOGO + one $1 off 1 newspaper coupon

  • That’s only $1.65 per pouch and each pouch has 4 servings making it only $0.41 for each serving of ham!
  • Add some protein to a salad
  • Toss into an omelet
  • Top your baked potato
  • Mix into a pasta dish
  • There are endless options for this protein

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Original Price: $3.50 for 2 tubes of Pringles chips    I paid: $0.75 for 2 tubes

Pringles Chips: $1.75 BOGO + one $1 off 2 printable coupon

  • That’s only $0.75 per tube and each tube has 5 servings making it only $0.15 for each serving of Pringles chips!
  • Again, a perfect snack to bring to the summertime pool parties & BBQs

I found the savings here:

    • True Couponing Website
    • Publix @ Gateway Mall 7999 Dr MLK Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
    • Tampa Bay Times newspaper
    • Ibotta app

****Keep in mind prices may vary at different Publix locations

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Grocery Store Savings – 6/15/17 Publix

img_74011.jpgOriginal Price: $9.58 for 2 bags of meatless protein      paid: $2.79 for 2 bags 

Gardein Meatless Protein: $4.79 BOGO + two $1 off 1 printable coupons

  • That’s only $1.40 for each bag of meatless protein which has 2.5 servings making it $0.56 for each serving!
  • This is perfect if you have vegetarians in the family or need something new for meatless Monday. There are all different varieties including chicken and seafood. Some come with sauce packs or you can add it to your own recipe.

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Original Price: $7.34 for 2 bottles of creamer       I paid: $1.67 for 2 bottles

International Delight Coffee Creamer: $3.67 BOGO + two $1 off 1 printable coupons

  • That’s only $0.84 per bottle and each bottle has 63 servings making it only $0.01 for each serving of creamer!
  • I’m just about out of the creamer I bought last time it was on sale so this is perfect timing. I use creamer every morning for my coffee so it’s nice to know I’ll be stocked up for awhile
  • There are all different flavors to try out, get creative!

 

I found the savings here:

    • True Couponing Website
    • Publix @ Gateway Mall 7999 Dr MLK Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
    • Tampa Bay Times newspaper

****Keep in mind prices may vary at different Publix locations

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Restaurant Review – BJ’s Brewhouse – Clearwater

Website: https://www.bjsrestaurants.com/

Address: 2700 US Highway 19 N Suite 1160, Clearwater, FL, 33761

Phone: 727-726-8855

Parking: It’s attached to Countryside Mall (although you can’t enter from inside the mall) so depending on the time of day and/or year you can easily find parking or expect a little walk. There is also valet available near PF Changs next to it.

Seating: Very large open restaurant with booths, tables, and bar seating

Service: Relaxed but quick.

It’s great to have some higher class options available at Countryside Mall when you want to get away from noshing at the food court. The menu is quite large, think of Cheesecake Factory. For some it may be overwhelming. For me it’s a challenge to try as many things as possible which I accept.

Appetizers:

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BJs Appetizer – Ahi Poke

Ahi Poke – $10.95 – 320 calories

Chopped sashimi-grade ahi tuna and green and yellow onions marinated in their signature poke sauce. Topped with diced avocados and served with crisp wonton chips.

Perfect starter to share because it’s not too heavy and will actually leave you with some room to eat your entree.

 

 

Entree Salads:

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BJs Entree Salad – Santa Fe with Shrimp

Santa Fe Salad – $13.25 – 980 calories (for blackened chicken)

Romaine, blackened chicken breast, red onions, fire-roasted red bell peppers, jack and cheddar cheese, avocado, corn, diced tomatoes and crisp corn tortilla strips tossed with Santa Fe dressing.

It’s totally customizable. You can choose a different protein such as shrimp or salmon, different dressing, cheese, or toppings.

I got the grilled shrimp and it came with a bunch. Not the prettiest to look at but very tasty and large. I highly recommend getting this plus another entree and splitting with someone since it may be hard to finish the whole salad and leftover lettuce isn’t always appetizing.

Desserts:

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BJ’s Brewhouse Pizookie – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pizookie – $6.95

A tiny deep dish pizza pan filled with white chocolate chip & macadamia nut cookie batter, cooked to where the edges are crisp but the center is nice and gooey. Topped with 2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream.

You really can’t go wrong with any of the flavors. If they have a limited edition one make sure to grab it because they aren’t around long.

Oh and on Tuesdays you can get it for only $3!

Grocery Store Savings – 4/10/17 Publix

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Original Price: $2.59 for 1 box of popcorn         I paid: NOTHING

Smart Balance Microwave Popcorn: 1 box that is on sale for $1 each + one $1 of 1 newspaper coupon

  • That’s $0 per box!
  • Whenever I’m watching tv I seem to want to munch on something. Popcorn is a whole grain and can be a healthy snack as long as you don’t load it up with oil, butter, or salt. I had 2 coupons so I grabbed 1 of each flavor and will see how they are. You can always add some of you own herbs and spices that don’t have salt to give it flavor while keeping it healthy.

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Original Price: $7.98 for 2 packages of fresh mozzarella       I paid: $1.99 for 2 packages

Galbani Fresh Mozzarella: $3.99 BOGO + two $1 off 1 printable coupon

  • That’s only $1 per package and each package has 8 servings it only $0.12 for each serving of mozzarella!
  • This will go great with some basil and tomatoes to make a caprese salad
  • I can also add this to some vegetables for a side dish
  • Serves as a great snack

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Original Price: $3.98 for 2 bags of green beans                          I paid: $1.99 for 2 bags

Publix Green Beans: $1.99 BOGO

  • That’s only $1 per bag and each bag has 5 servings making it only $0.20 for each serving of fresh green beans!
  • People say that it’s hard to get fresh produce to fit in their budget but if you wait for the sales you can get a good price
  • This will be a great side dish for lunch and dinner

 

I found the savings here:

    • True Couponing Website
    • Publix @ Gateway Mall 7999 Dr MLK Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
    • Tampa Bay Times newspaper

****Keep in mind prices may vary at different Publix locations

Comparing Winter Squash

Acorn Squash

  • Appearance: shaped like an acorn of course!
  • Available: All year
  • Size: 1-2 pounds
  • Nutrition:9 grams of fiber per cup, 25% DV of potassium
  • Ideal for: roasting with the skin on due to tough exterior

Buttercup Squash

  • Flavor: sweet pulp
  • Texture: firm and somewhat dry but rich, similar to a sweet potato
  • Ideal for: baking with the skin on, steamed, or pureed

Butternut Squash

  • Appearance: orange flesh
  • Available: All year
  • Flavor: mild & sweet
  • Nutrition: excellent source of vitamins C & A, > 6 grams of fiber per cup
  • Ideal for: roasting or tossed in stew or smoothies

Carnival Squash

  • Background: Hybrid of acorn & sweet dumpling squash
  • Flavor: sweet, buttery, and rich when roasted
  • Ideal for: roasting, can be used in any recipe as a substitute for acorn or butternut squash

Delicata Squash

  • Appearance: oblong with green stripes and yellow
  • Flavor: sweet
  • Texture: smooth and creamy
  • Ideal for: roasting or stuff with savory fillings such as whole grains
  • Pairs with: parmesan, nuts, and woody herbs like rosemary for a savory spin

Hubbard Squash

  • Appearance: dark green, orange, or pale blue rind
  • Flavor: sweet
  • Texture: grainy
  • Size: up to 20 pounds
  • Ideal for: mashing or pureeing into a sauce or filling for a pie

Kabocha Squash

  • Background: Kabo0cha is Japanese for “squash”
  • Appearance: smooth and yellow
  • Available: All year in green & red varieties
  • Flavor: sweet with notes of honey, becomes custardy when cooked
  • Nutrition: less fibrous than the others
  • Ideal for: soup when pureed or as pie filling with the skin on due to tough exterior

Red Kuri Squash

  • Background: Sometimes called the baby red hubbard, native to Japan
  • Flavor: chestnut-like
  • Texture: smooth & creamy yellow pulp
  • Ideal for: roasting in the skin and scooped out due to the hard rind

Spaghetti Squash

  • Appearance: pale yellow
  • Flavor: mild, slightly sweet
  • Texture: crunchy, stringy flesh resembling noodles
  • Nutrition: lower in vitamin A than the others
  • Ideal for: using in place of noodles when cooked, top with olive oil or tomato-based sauces

Sugar Pumpkin

  • Background: one of the most popular winter squashes, commonly canned and available at supermarkets
  • Appearance: squat
  • Available: All year
  • Flavor: sweet
  • Nutrition: < 50 calories per cup
  • Ideal for: roasting or pureeing into a soup, oatmeal, or pie filling and other desserts

Sweet Dumpling Squash

  • Appearance: most petite, weighing < 2 pounds
  • Flavor: sweet with a tender edible rind
  • Ideal for: cutting in half, stuffing, and roasting for a quick & colorful meal

 

 Reference: 

Moore, Marisa. “Winter Squash”. Food and Nutrition. November/December 2016. 30-31.

Grocery Store Savings – 2/16/17 Publix

pastaOriginal Price: $6.76 for 4 boxes of pasta         I paid: $0.43 for 4 boxes of pasta

Barilla Pasta: 4 boxes that are $1.69 BOGO + four $0.55 off 1 Publix ad coupons + one $0.75 off 3 newspaper coupon

  • That’s only $0.11 per box and each box has 6-8 servings making it only $0.01 to $0.02 per serving!
  • The Publix coupons are only good on the specialty pastas such as whole grain and white fiber. This is great because I’ll have extra fiber to fill me up when I make this as a side dish or main meal, perfect hot or as a cold pasta salad.
  • If you’re able to get 2 of those newspaper coupons and 6 of the Publix ad coupons you can buy 6 boxes of pasta for a total of $0.27 making it only $0.05 per box

soap

Original Price: $4.58 for 2 packages of bars of soap       I paid: $0.79 for 2 packages

Dial bar soap: $2.29 BOGO + one $1.50 off 2 newspaper coupon

  • That’s only $0.40 per package and each package has 3 bars of soap making it only $0.13 for each bar of soap!
  • My boyfriend loves bar soap making this perfect for him

creamer

Original Price: $4.38 for 2 bottles of creamer           I paid: $0.19 for 2 bottles

International Delight coffee creamer: $2.19 BOGO + two $1 off 1 printable coupons

  • That’s only $0.10 per bottle and each bottle has 32 servings making less than $0.01 for each serving of creamer!
  • I use creamer every morning for my coffee so it’s nice to know I’ll have a 2 months supply for less than a quarter. There are all different flavors to try out, get creative

pancake-mix

Original Price: $5.50 for 2 boxes of pancake mix           I paid: $1.75 for 2 boxes

Aunt Jemima pancake mix: $2.75 BOGO + one $1 off 2 newspaper coupon

  • That’s only $0.88 per box and each box has 20 servings making $0.04 for each serving of pancakes!
  • Like I said last week, I’m going camping soon and these will be great for breakfast since you just need to add water. Also, I love making pancakes at home on the weekends and my boyfriend loves eating them so the 2nd box will stay here.

syrup

Original Price: $6.34 for 2 bottles of syrup            I paid: $2.17 for 2 bottles

Aunt Jemima syrup: $3.17 BOGO + one $1 off 2 newspaper coupon

  • That’s only $1.09 per bottle and each bottle has 12 servings making $0.09 for each serving of syrup!
  • What good are pancakes without syrup?

 

I found the savings here:

    • True Couponing Website
    • Publix @ Gateway Mall 7999 Dr MLK Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
    • Tampa Bay Times newspaper

****Keep in mind prices may vary at different Publix locations

Grocery Store Savings – 2/10/17 Publix

img_53481Original Price: $4.58 for 2 bottles of French’s ketchup         I paid: $0.29 for 2 bottles

French’s Ketchup: $2.29 BOGO + two $1.00 off 1 newspaper coupons

  • That’s only $0.15 for each bottle of ketchup!
  • Everyone knows that ketchup is a great condiment that will come in handy, especially for only $0.15. I happen to be going camping in a couple weeks so this will be nice to have a bottle to bring for everyone to share for our hot dogs and burgers.

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Original Price: $6.98 for 2 bags of Pretzel Crisps       I paid: $1.49 for 2 bags

Pretzel Crisps pretzel crackers: $3.49 BOGO + two $1.00 off 1 newspaper coupons

  • That’s only $0.75 per bag and each bag has 7 servings making it only $0.11 for each serving of pretzel crackers
  • These are great alone as snacks, top with cheeses & veggies to make fun hors d’ouevres  or use to dip with hummus, guac, or salsa. Again, I’m going camping in a couple weeks so these will be perfect to snack on while we wait for lunch & dinner to get grilled

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Original Price: $5.70 for 2 bags of Simple Potatoes hash browns           I paid: $1.75 for 2 bags

Simply Potatoes hash browns: $2.85 BOGO + two $0.55 off 1 newspaper coupons

  • That’s only $0.88 for each bag which has 7 servings making it only $0.13 for each serving of hash browns
  • These are great for breakfast in the morning, just toss some oil in a skillet and let them brown while you make everything else. These will also be great for breakfast on our camping trip.

 

I found the savings here:

    • True Couponing Website
    • Publix @ Gateway Mall 7999 Dr MLK Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
    • Tampa Bay Times newspaper