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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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  • As some of you may recall, a while ago I posted about a rebate site called Top Cashback.  I had found a deal where I could buy the Frozen DVD for $14.98 and get a $17 rebate.  The last time I updated you the site said that my rebate was still pending and could take 6 weeks.  I decided to check on it tonight and found that it was no longer pending and let me choose a payout method.  It gave me a few options including having it sent to my paypal account or getting it in the form of an Amazon gift card.  The bonus with the Amazon gift card was that they were offering me an extra $.85 if I chose that option.  I use Amazon a lot so decided to go that route.  The e-mail I received said that my request was being processed and it could take up to 14 days.  They will e-mail me when my gift card is available and I will then be able to find the code on my Top Cashback account.  So on the up-side it appears that I will in fact be making money on the deal.  On the down-side it is taking a really long time.  I imagine that there are probably many people that sign up for it to take advantage of a deal but then forget about it and never cash in their rebate.  If you are interested in trying it out, here is the link

    Let me know if you find anything good.  I think I’d be willing to use them again.
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  • Some of you may remember a post I made earlier about a rebate site called Top Cashback.  I had decided to try it out and purchase the DVD Frozen for $14.98 from Walmart.com with site-to-store pickup and Top Cashback says they will give me $17 back.  I purchased the movie on March 20th.  It says my order has tracked.  I checked to see when they expect my rebate to be available and it says up to 14 weeks but it could be sooner.  So far I still live in hope that I will be getting my $17 rebate.  I will let you know if or when my rebate comes through.  With it they say I will be able to buy a gift card, transfer to my paypal account, or request a check.

    If you are interested in Top Cashback here is the link

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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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  • I just got the movie Frozen on DVD for $14.98 plus tax and according to Top CashBack I will be getting $17 back.  They said it will be credited in up to 7 days.  If you are hesitant to try I will let you know.  The Frozen movie deal is only good through Friday or while supplies last.  They also have a deal that if you get the Blue Ray + DVD for $19.98 you get a $22 rebate but they were running low.  Top CashBack is like Ebates (another site I really like and have actually gotten money back with).  You go to their site and click on the online store you want to shop at.  It takes you to the online store and keeps track of what you buy.  They tell you what deals they offer for that store before you go to them.  You can also get money back when people sign up through your link.

    To get this deal:

    Go to this link- http://www.topcashback.com/ref/Member31097601343 and sign up.  They will send you an authentication e-mail you have to click to finalize signing up.

    Search for Walmart.  I found the search at the bottom of the page.  It says ‘search by store’.

    Click “cashback” and it will tell you what deals are available.  Be sure to read the details.  Then click ‘get cashback now’ and it will take you to the Walmart website and you shop like normal.  Make sure you only purchase the one item and choose to pick up in store.  You have to pick it up within 14 days.  Checkout like normal and at the end Top Cashback should have a popup that says your purchase has been recorded and you should be credited within 7 days.

    Thanks to Wild for CVS


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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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  • Today my family and I went to the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.  My son loves anything educational especially if it has to do with any type of transportation.  The kids loved all the big planes and getting to sit in a cockpit.  There is no admission to get into the museum.  They have a donation box and a gift shop if you do feel you want to help them out but if you are on a budget this is a very thrifty activity and you might even learn something.


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  • The 24th Annual Working Women’s After Hours Party is coming up Thursday March 13th from 5-7:30 PM at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel.  Must be 21 or older to attend and you have to have an invitation which you can get for FREE at sponsor locations.  Kat Country 98.7 has a list of locations you can get invitations.  There is food, a fashion show, music, and over $4,000 in prizes.  Hurry and get your invitation before they run out!

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  • Here is a deal shared by one of our readers.

    “If you like crunchy peanut butter, FTC in Baken Park has Planters crunchy peanut butter, 16.9 oz, for S1.29 each. They have quite a bit on the shelf and on a clearance table near the floral dept. Also a bunch of Our Family Apple Cinnamon Toasted Oats for $1.49”

    Thanks Cindy!

    If anyone else knows of a great deal or event please share.  Help this become a real Community blog

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