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  • Today a coworker told me that Jimmy Johns will have $1 subs on Thursday April 21st from 11AM-3PM.  I looked up the details.  It is limited to 1 per person and for in-store purchases only.  Click Here for Jimmy Johns website to get more details.


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  • Do you use the picnic/parking areas at Pactola, Sheridan Lake or any of the other smaller sites that charge you $3 to $4 per time? Today only, you can purchase the annual premium day use pass, which allows you into the lakes, for only $17 or the standard pass (no lakes) for $10.

    If you can’t make it out the the Forest Service office on Hwy 16 today, the website also lists an address to mail a check if you get it postmarked today.

    Great gift idea for your hiking, fishing, and boating friends!

    Heads up – no credit cards taken. Cash or checks only at the Forest Service office.


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  • Yesterday was my son’s birthday and we went to Pizza Ranch.  It’s his favorite place.  It was nice that his birthday fell on a Wednesday since kids eat free at Pizza Ranch on Wednesdays.  We happened to mention when we were paying for the buffet that it was our son’s birthday and they said they would sing him Happy Birthday🎤 And he would get a free birthday dessert he could take home.  image

    What is your favorite birthday deal?  Never got one before?  Here is a list I came up with a while ago.  http://blackhillsbargainhunters.com/?p=125

    I’m sure it needs updated.  If there is one you know has changed or one I need to add please let me know.


    When we were at Pizza Ranch I noticed a sign that said veterans get 50% off for Veterans Day on November 13th.  That confused me since Veterans Day is the 11th.  I may have it wrong so be sure to check.  I also saw in the Family Thrift ad that they are offering a military discount on November 11th along with a ceremony and treats.  Do you know of any other Veterans Day related deals or events?  I will try to make a list if I learn about more.

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    Look what I got for $3 each.  They are normally $9.99 each.  With the new Fresh Cut station open at the Rapid City West Side Safeway they are putting similar items they used to carry on extreme clearance.  The fruit trays were all gone and the veggie trays were going fast but they still had quite a few bags of cut apples, fruit cups, and some pico de gallo.  They are located in a lone cooler between the checkouts and the floral department.  They won’t last much longer.


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    Today I bought this 3lb package of Farmer John Wieners for $1.50.  The original price is $6.  At the West Side Safeway there is a coupon dispenser for $1.50/1 Farmer John products near the bacon.  Yesterday there were some Farmer John sausage links that were overstock clearance from $1.99 to $.99.  Because of the way the computers are set up you could only use 2 coupons per 3 pkgs of sausage because it won’t let you use more in coupons that the product is worth.  Unfortunately the shelves were cleared before I could get any but today they had the Farmer John wieners marked for overstock clearance.  The original price was $6 and they were half price which made them $3 and the coupon made them $1.50.  I am not sure how long the wieners will remain on the shelf but keep your eyes out for blue tags in the bacon and sausage section because the coupon works for several different Farmer John products and you never know when there will be a sale or overstock clearance.  These wieners expire November 1st but I usually freeze them to extend the time I have to eat them.

    I would also like to mention that I’ve seen a lot of peelie coupons in the cracker and cookie aisle.  Most of them are Nabisco.

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  • I was shopping at the Rapid City West Side Safeway today and of course I always check out the clearance sections.  As usual I found some great deals on things I could use.  One of the things I spotted were some Wasa Flax Seed crackers.  I had never tried them before but there is another brand of flax seed crackers I really like so I thought they’d be worth a try at half price so I grabbed a package of them.  I was only there to get a few things.  Noosa yogurt (my favorite indulgence) had popped up on my personal Just 4 U deals, there was a deal for some FREE cookies on my Just 4 U, Pop Tarts were $1.49  with a store coupon plus I had a manufacturer coupon for $1/3, and 4pks of Angel Soft toilet paper were $.99 and I had a coupon that doubled to $.90 so I only paid ten cents.  Somehow with those few things on my list I ended up with a cart load.  Never Shop While You Are Hungry!  At checkout a catalina coupon printed for Wasa crackers.  I could get $1.50 off 2.  I couldn’t help but go back to the clearance and get 2 more.  That time a coupon printed for $2 off 3 of them.  So I went back again and got 3 and another $2 off 3 coupon printed.  I went back and got 3 more.  Another coupon for $2 off 3 printed again but there were only 2 packages left so I left them for someone else.  I figured 9 packages (and 4 trips through the checkout) was pretty good for something I hadn’t yet tried although others had told me how good they were.  The original price per package was $3.39.  They were on sale for $2.50.  The 50% off stickers made them $1.25 each.  I used $5.50 worth of catalina coupons.  I ended up paying $5.75 plus tax for 9 packages which comes to about $.64 each.  I tried some when I got home and everyone loved them plus I gave a package to a good friend that really loves them so I’m glad I went back.  My question to you is, would you or have you ever done something similar?  This was a little out of character for me.  I don’t typically clear shelves because of a good deal.  I only have so much room to store things but my husband has been wanting something to snack on at work so I’m pretty sure these won’t be around long.


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  • In the cereal aisle at Safeway there are some BIG double packs of cereal.  One of them is for plain Cheerios.  They are $5.99 a package.  Each box is 18 oz so you are getting 36 oz total.  That is almost 17 cents/oz.  Not a wonderfully great price BUT on the back of each box are 5 coupons.  Each coupon is for $1/1 box of any size of almost any variety of Cheerios.  The coupons expire March 2015.  There is a good chance that Safeway will have a Cheerios sale on $5 Friday sometime before then.  The $5 Friday sale on cereal is usually 3/$5 so with those coupons you could get 10 boxes of Cheerios for about 67 cents each.   So by spending $6 now, you can save $10 later.



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  • Bargain Hunter Cindy has found a great deal on cereal and milk at Safeway

    “You can get 12 boxes of Kellogg’s cereal and 3 gallons of milk for just $3 final price at Safeway this week! Cereal is 4/$10 with a free gallon of milk WYB 4 boxes. You will have to do 3 transactions Use 1-$3/3 coupon from KelloggsFamilyRewards.com (you will need 2 computers for that) plus 1-.50/1 of several varieties for each transaction. Or, use 750 reward points to purchase a .75/1 Kellogg’s cereal which will “double” up to $1 off. Watch for the specially marked “Get $5 f…or a healthier you” packages (the ones I saw it on were Raisin Bran, but Mini Wheats, Special K and some others are supposed to have them, too.) You can enter codes from those boxes on the Family Rewards site for a $5 check. Each person can get up to 3 -$5 rewards. So, $18 oop for 12 boxes of cereal and 3 gallons of milk, then submit for 3-$5 checks to make a final price of $3. And, if you want to save $1 more, submit a receipt for 2 boxes of Mini Wheats to Checkout 51!”
    Thanks for sharing Cindy!
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  • While at the West Side Safeway today I saw an unadvertised sale on 80% lean hamburger.  The sign said it was 50% off which made it $1.49/lb  There was quite a bit there but I don’t know how long it will last.  They also had several loaves of bread of different varieties marked down with a 50 cents off sticker.


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  • Did you contribute for your basket today?  If you aren’t familiar with Bountiful Baskets let me explain.  Bountiful Baskets is a food coop that has many pickup locations across the country.  There are many pickup locations in the Black Hills.  Some locations have pickup on week A and the rest on week B.  To participate you go to the Bountiful Baskets website and set up an account.  On Mondays at 9AM Mountain time (for South Dakota locations) you log on and contribute for your basket. Pickup times are that weekend.  You can choose add-ons for extra price.  There is also an option to upgrade to an organic basket if you choose.  Every basket is half fruits and half vegetables.  They are different every week as are the add-on choices.  It all depends on what is in season.  Always bring your confirmation code when you pick up because you can’t pick up your produce without it.  I usually just print the receipt and bring that.  They ask that all contributers  volunteer once every 6 times they contribute.  Volunteers show up usually an hour before pickup time and help unload the truck, sort the fruits and vegetables into baskets and then stay for 20 minutes after to help the other contributers pick up their baskets.  Volunteers get an extra item of their choice.  Baskets that are not picked up 20 minutes after pickup time are forfeited.  When picking up your produce you need to bring your own containers to transfer into because the baskets are kept to be reused the next time.

    My experience with Bountiful Baskets-  Let me start by saying that I always look forward to picking up my basket.  It is like Christmas wondering what I’m going to get that week.  You never know ahead of time.  I find that I eat a lot healthier when I have these fruits and veggies to try to fit into my menu before they go bad.  I compared the price to what I would pay if I bought these items at the store and Bountiful Baskets is much cheaper.  Sometimes you get things you don’t know what to do with but I enjoy trying new things.  Sometimes I end up with a lot of some items if I contribute too often but I’ve found a lot of things can be frozen pretty easily but if there is something I don’t think I’ll use I always figure I can donate it.  I don’t contribute every week because it isn’t savings if I get too much to use and it goes bad.  A lot of people with larger families don’t have that problem. It can also be a challenge to contribute to the location you want.  Some locations are very popular and they only allow so many baskets at a location each week.  The deadline to contribute is the end of Tuesday each week but for many locations especially around Rapid City they are all gone within 10 minutes though I have had some instances where I checked at 11AM for Meade County and there were still some available but that isn’t often.  There have been times that some add-ons didn’t come on the truck or were bad.  You can refuse any add-ons that are bad and they will submit a credit request for you which usually shows up on your account several weeks later.  Volunteering is not hard and I actually enjoy it a lot.  You get to work together with some really nice people and you get a first peek at what you are getting.  The extra item is nice too.  Some of my favorites were the mangoes, asparagus, and grapes.  I’ve gotten the add-ons a few times but I have had times where I debated too long and when I went to finalize my order all the baskets were gone so be ready to make a quick decision.  I have purchased honey, a case of mangoes, a bag of stir fry vegetables, a bag of juicing vegetables and this week I’m getting the tropical pack. Many of my friends rave about the bread but I haven’t tried that yet since we get a pretty good price at the bread store across from Menards.  I still kick myself for not getting a case of strawberries a few weeks ago.  I bought a few pints of strawberries on sale at Safeway shortly after and I hardly got to eat any before my kids finished them off.  I did get a chance to use my Velata warmer to dip one pint in chocolate but still only got a couple of those.  I would have liked to freeze some for smoothies.  The Bountiful Baskets South Dakota Facebook Page is a great resource for figuring out what to do with food you aren’t familiar with.  They also get alerts posted about when the truck and/or pickup time is delayed faster than getting the notice in your e-mail.

    I know that Bountiful Baskets isn’t for everyone.  Some people aren’t available on Mondays to put in their contributions.  Some are too busy on Saturdays to pick up their baskets.  Some don’t want to get items they don’t know how to cook or might not like.  Some of these things could be worked around with the help of friends.  Take turns contributing and picking up.  Trade things you won’t use.  If you are really interested there are ways to try it.  For me it is worth it to see my kids excited for healthy food.

    This was one of the first baskets I got.  It had bananas, plums, blueberries, mangoes, carrots, grape tomatoes, pineapple, swiss chard, romaine lettuce, one of the best melons I’ve ever tasted, green beans and I think onions.  This was with no add-ons.






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