Showing posts from July, 2011

Tangy Ranch Chicken

I made some amazing chicken tonight! This was super yummy, and easy - everyone had seconds. Best of all, it uses two very common coupon foods - mustard and ranch dressing!

Tangy Ranch Chicken


-2/3 cup ranch dressing
-1/3 cup yellow mustard
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts


Mix dressing, mustard, and sugar. Pour 2/3 cup sauce over chicken. Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Grill chicken 10-15 minutes until done, OR bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Serve remaining mustard sauce with chicken.


FAQ Of The Day: What Does That Mean?

FAQ Of The Day: What does that mean?! AKA, coupon abbreviations. :) When I first started couponing it was like learning a new language! There are many abbreviations used in the coupon world that made no sense to me at first, but now it's second nature. Here are some of the common abbreviations used in the coupon world:

RP: Redplum, the coupon insert that comes in the mail here in the AV every Tuesday and in some places in the newspaper every Sunday. You can get duplicates of the RP here in the AV by getting your free one in the mail on Tuesday and then picking up an LA Times on Sunday. RP don't come in the AV Press since we get them in the mail, but they do come in the LA Times.

P&G: Proctor and Gamble coupon insert that comes in the Sunday paper once a month or so.

SS: SmartSource, the coupon insert that comes in the paper every Sunday.

RR: Register Rewards, coupons that print out on your receipt at Walgreens. Example: Shampoo is on sale for $3 with $2 Register Rewards. You …

Deals Under $1 Week of 7/24!

Here are a few great deals this week under $1!


M&Ms 2/98 cents, use 75 cents/2 from Sunday paper  = 2/49 cents or 24 cents ea.

Bumble Bee chunk light tuna 69 cents w/ in-ad Walgreens coupon (limit 3)

Pilot Easy Touch Pens 2-3ct 99 cents w/ in-ad Walgreens coupon (limit 3)

Crest 3D White toothpaste 2/$4.98 - receive $3 back Register Rewards = 2/$1.98 or 99 cents ea.

Reynold's Wrap aluminum foil 89 cents w/ in-ad Walgreens coupon (limit 3)

Irish Spring bodywash 2/$6 - receive $4 back Register Rewards + use 2 50 cents off coupons from Sunday paper = 2/$1 or 50 cents ea.

Sharpie Markers 39 cents w/ in-ad Walgreens coupon (limit 3)

Sharpie Highlighters 2 ct. or Paper Mate Profile Pens 2 ct. 69 cents w/ in-ad Walgreens coupon (limit 3)


Herbal Essences shampoo, conditioner, and styler 2/$4.97 - buy one shampoo or conditioner plus one styler and use $3 off when you buy styler from Sunday paper = 2/$1.97 or 98 cents ea.

Palmolive dish soap 99 cents - use 25 cents off coupon from Sund…

Freebies week of 7/24!

We have some great freebies this week. I've broken them down by store. Enjoy!


Scunci No Damage Hair Elastics, 18 ct, 2/$3 - receive $3 back in Register Rewards = FREE

Irish Spring Antiperspirant/Deodorant  - 2/$6 - receive $4 back in Register Rewards + use 2 $1 off any one coupon from this Sunday's paper = FREE


Paper Mate Grip Pens 8 ct, $1.99 - receive back $1.99 Extra Care Bucks (ECB's) = FREE

Crest 3D White Mouthwash or Satin Tape Floss $2.99 - receive back $2 ECB + use $1 off coupon = FREE (I will be doing this deal twice to get both the mouthwash and floss free)

These deals are good from Sunday 7/24 - Saturday 7/30.

Ralph's/Albertsons Trip 7/16/11

I will be posting a few recent couponing trips I've made over the next few days! This one is from this past Saturday. This was just a small grocery trip with two transactions at Albertsons and one at Ralph's. Let's start with Albertsons!

I had a two-transaction trip planned here. For my first transaction I purchased 4 boxes of cereal (Reese's Puffs, Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Cocoa Puffs). They were on sale 4/$6.46 and I had 2 $1/2 coupons so I paid 4/$4.46 or $1.11/each. They also had a special where if you buy any 4 boxes, a Catalina coupon for $2 off your next purchase would print, AND a Catalina for a free gallon of milk up to $4.50.
Next, I picked up 3 boxes of Pop Tarts, on sale 3/$4. I had a $1 off coupon so that brought it down to 3/$3, or $1 each. They were running a special - buy 3, and a $1 off your next trip Catalina prints.
So we checked out and paid $12for $25.43worth of food, a savings of 53%.
Transaction #2we purchased 4 cans of S&…

FAQ Of The Day: Double Coupons

What grocery stores double coupons?

Here in Lancaster/Palmdale, we have Ralph's and Vons who still double coupons. They will only double up to $1, so any coupon $1 and up does not double. They will only double one of each kind of coupon per transaction, so if you have, say, four 50 cent coupons for the same exact item, they will only double the first one. I remember several years ago, Ralph's would double coupons up to $3! But, $1 is better than nothing. ;)

You can still get many good deals without double coupons by taking advantages of sales, so be sure to always look at ALL of the ads and match up your coupons to the best price, which may be another store that doesn't double!

FAQ Of The Day: Where Do You Get Coupons?

Hey all! I don't have a lot of time this week due to our church's Spiritual Leadership Conference all week, but I thought I'd put up a quick FAQ of the day each day. These are questions I've been asked by several people so I will put together a quick answer.

First FAQ of the day:

Where do you get your coupons?

I buy several Sunday papers each week. The AV Press does often have different coupons than the LA Times, so I buy both - usually 2 of each. The AV Press is available everywhere - newsstands all over town, Walmart, grocery stores, etc. The LA Times can be a little trickier to find. They tend to have these at gas stations, 7-11s, and Starbucks. I am planning to get a Sunday-only subscription to both soon so I don't have to go out to buy them every week!

In the Mail
The Redplum coupon insert comes in the mail, free, every Tuesday. Be sure to not throw it away! Clip all these coupons. I also receive coupons from various companies from time to time - I sug…

Welcome to the blog!

Hi friends! I finally got my blog set up. Thanks for joining me. :) Couponing in California can be different than in other states. We don't have many stores that double (two, to be exact, and they have very strict doubling policies), we get different coupons, our prices are higher in general, etc. However, we can still score amazing deals! I hope you'll come along with me as I explain the ins and outs of couponing in SoCal, as well as post my deals. Enjoy! :)