Monday, 5.12.14

5 Money Saving Tips from the $5 Dinner MOM

Erin Chase is the founder of 5DollarDinners.com and author of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook series.

READ: 5 Recipes From $5 Dinner Mom

Meal Plan Based on Sales

“Take a few moments at the start of each week and piece together a meal plan with your family’s favorite meals, based on what ingredients you see on sale at the store that week,” Chase said. “If chicken breast is on sale, plan one or two chicken meals that week. If chuck roast is on sale, plan a slow cooker beef meal to enjoy.”

List Before You Go

“Write out a thorough and specific list for everything you need, and then stick to it,” Chase said. “A complete list will help you avoid impulse purchases, and those ‘I don’t think I have that in my pantry at home’ purchases.”

Be a Smart Shopper With Your Smartphone

“Put your phone to work for you,” Chase said. “Several great grocery savings mobile apps help shoppers all over the country save big on their groceries. I recommend the Favado app for finding the best deals for certain ingredients or everything on your shopping list (it sources coupon too!), and the Target cartwheel app for easy to redeem coupons right at the register.”

Shop Late at Night

“Take an evening stroll through the grocery store and keep an eye out for ingredients at a reduced price, especially in the meat, deli and produce departments,” Chase said. “Ask the department managers if they have a specific day or time that they mark down overstock and take advantage of the savings.”

Never Skip a BOGO deal

“Watch out for these instant 50 percent savings on all kinds of products in the grocery store,” Chase said. “Buy One Get One (BOGO) Free sales are very common across multiple sections in the grocery store. By sure to get enough of the item to last you until the next sale cycle, which typically happens every eight to 12 weeks for different products and product families.”

Grocery Tip

gift-card-small FREE $10 Gift Card wyb 3 Tide, Gain, Downy or Bounce Items*
TARGET Deal and prices valid thru x5/17. Deal and prices may be regional.

*Tide with OXI Stain Remover 128oz $9.99
-$1 off Tide Detergent 46oz+ or Oxi Stain Remover 7.12 lb Target TQ (text CLEAN to 827438) x9/7

*Tide Pods Laundry Detergent 35ct $9.99
-$2 off Gain Flings or Tide Pods 35 ct+ Target Mobile Coupon (text CLEAN to 827438) x9/7
-$1/1 Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstopables, Gain Fireworks or Bounce Bursts 4-13 RP x5/31

*Tide Detergent: 2X Free & Gentle HE 75oz 48-load or Sport with Febreze 69oz 36-load $9.99
-$1 off Tide Detergent 46oz+ or Oxi Stain Remover 7.12 lb Mobile TQ (text CLEAN to 827438) x9/7
-$1.00 OFF when you purchase ONE Tide Detergent (excludes Tide PODS & ETS)
-.50/1; .20/1 Tide/Downy/Boost/Tide to Go/Machine Cleaner/Oxi/Bounce 4-27 PG x5/31*
-$2/3; $1/2 Tide, Downy, Boost, Tide to Go, Machine Cleaner, Oxi, Bounce 4-27 PG x5/31*
*ETS, Downy Single Rinse, Pods, Tide Simply Clean & Fresh)
-$2/2 Tide Detergents or Tide Boost (excludes Tide PODS and trial/travel size).

**Ultra Downy Free & Gentle Liquid Softener 129oz 150-load $9.99
-.50/1; .20/1 Tide/Downy/Boost/Tide to Go/Machine Cleaner/Oxi/Bounce 4-27 PG x5/31*
-$2/3; $1/2 Tide, Downy, Boost, Tide to Go, Machine Cleaner, Oxi, Bounce 4-27 PG x5/31*
*ETS, Downy Single Rinse, Pods, Tide Simply Clean & Fresh)
-50¢ OFF ONE Downy Liquid or Sheets (excludes trial/travel size) (66044)

*Downy Unstopables Scent Booster 19.5oz $9.99
-$1 off Gain Fireworks 9.7 oz+ or Unstopables 13.2 oz+ Mobile TQ (text CLEAN to 827438) x9/7
-.50/1 Bounce or Downy Fabric Enhancer ETS Target Mobile Coupon (text CLEAN to 827438) x9/7
-$1.00 OFF ONE Downy® Unstopables (excludes trial/travel size) (Zip 30303)
-$1/1 Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstopables, Gain Fireworks or Bounce Bursts 4-13 RP x5/31

DEAL IDEA: Buy 1 Downy Unstopables 19.5oz ($9.99) & 2 Tide Detergent* ($9.99) = $29.97
*The 2 I saw included were 2X Free & Gentle HE 75oz 48-ld or Sport with Febreze 69oz 36-ld
-$1 off Tide Detergent 46oz+ or Oxi Stain Remover 7.12 lb Target TQ (text CLEAN to 827438) x9/7
-$1 off Gain Fireworks 9.7 oz+ or Unstopables 13.2 oz+ Mobile TQ (text CLEAN to 827438) x9/7
-$2.00 OFF TWO Tide Detergents or Tide Boost (excludes Tide PODS and trial/travel size).
-$1.00 OFF ONE Downy® Unstopables (excludes trial/travel size) (Zip 30303)
= $24.97 – $10 Gift Card back for buying 3 thru 5/17
= $14.97 for all 3 after coupons and gift card

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