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JoAnn’s ~ Teacher Appreciation Days ~ 8/2 – 8/4 (Teachers Save 25%)


Joann’s has teacher appreciation day August 2nd – 4th.

Here’s more info:

Teachers save on their total purchase during the designated discount dates. Includes regular, sale-priced, and clearance items.

Who Qualifies?

Teachers, Home School Educators & Early Childhood Professionals.

What Do You Need?

Teachers must present current teacher identification and a state-issued photo I.D.

You can read about it here.

(Thanks, Paula!)


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Back to School Deals ~ 8/2/15 – 8/8/15


Back to School deals are here!

Here’s the best of what is advertised this week . . .

All sales below are valid August 2 – August 8, 2015.

Office Max / Office Depot)

Other items in ad, but these are some of what I thought were the best.
No rainchecks on most items, while supplies last.

Store Brand Composition Books 10¢ (limit 3, w/ min. $5 purchase)

Poly Envelops 50¢ (limit 10)

Crayola Crayons (24 pack) 50¢ (limit 3)

Fiskars Scissors $1.00 (limit 3)

Crayola Colored Pencils (12 pack) $1.00 (limit 3)

Store Brand Multipurpose Ream Paper $1.00 (after $5 mail in rebate, limit 3)

High Sierra Backpacks 50% off

Bic Round Stic Grip Ballpoint Pen (12 pack)   50¢ (limit 3)
Bic White Out, 2 pack   $2.00   or   Bic Highlighter, 5 pack $2.00

$1/2 Bic Stationery Products 08/02/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/15/15) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  2 for FREE




During Back to School season (thru 9/19), they have a 110% guarantee.  They’ll match the competitor’s price and beat it by 10% — not sure if it’s 10% of the difference or on the whole thing.

Other items in ad, but these were the best, to me.

2 Pocket Paper Folder 15¢ (thru 9/19)

Staples 1 Subject Spiral Notebook 25¢ (thru 9/19)

Crayola Broad Line Bold Tip Washable Marker (8 count) 75¢ (limit 5)

Staples Wireless 1 Subject Notebook (80 sheets) 75¢ (limit 5)

Crayola Broad or Fine Tip Markers (10 count) 97¢

Crayola Colored Pencils (12 count) 97¢

Bic Xtra Fun No.2 Pre Sharpened Pencils (8 pack)   75¢ (limit 5)
Bic Soft Feel Retractable Ball point Pens, 5 count  75¢ (limit 5)

$1/2 Bic Stationery Products 08/02/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/15/15) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  25¢ each when you buy 2


Wexford Mini Highlighter or 2-Pocket Paper Folder w/ Prongs 7 / $1.00 (limit 7 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Wexford Mini Composition or Memo Books 6 / $1.00 (limit 6 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Wexford Cap or Pink Erasers (15 pk / 2 pk) 4 / $1.00 (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Wexford Index Cards, Protractor (3×5 inch 100 pk / single 6 inch) 29¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Papermate Eagle Ballpoint Pens (10 pk) 29¢

Wexford 2-Pocket Poly Portfolio or Folder 3 / $1.00 (limit 6 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Wexford Compass or Sharpener 39¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Wexford School or Stick Glue (4 oz / 3 pk) 39¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Wexford Index Dividers or Sheet Protectors (5 pk / 10 pk) 49¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Wexford Poly Binder or Compostion Notebook (1 inch / 80 sheets) 69¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Soho Clear Supplies Box or Wexford Junior Legal Pads (single / 3 pk) 69¢ (limi 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Crayola Classic Markers or Colored Pencils (10 pk / 12 pk) 99¢

Expo Dry Erase Markers or Sharpie Highlighters (2 pk / 4 pk) 99¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Crayola Crayons (24 pk) 99¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Fiskars Scissors or Sharpener (5 inch / single) 99¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Wexford Construction Paper or Dry Erase Markers (96 sheets / 4 pk) 99¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Wexford No. 2 Pencils or Poly Compostion Book (20 pk / 100 sheets) 99¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)

Wexford Binders (select 1 to 3 inch) Buy One / Get One Free

Backpacks $3.99 (reg. $5)

Bic Cristal Pens (8 or 10 pk)   99¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 9 or digital)
$1/2 Bic Stationery Products 08/02/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/15/15) (future, if we get it)
Final price:  49¢ each when you buy 2

See the full Walgreens list here.

(note dates!)
$5/$20 Fry’s digital (on school supplies)

Oxford Index Cards (3×5, 100 count) 49¢  (7/29 – 8/4)

Top Flight Composition Book (100 sheets) 49¢ (7/29 – 8/4)

Top Flight Filler Paper (150 sheets) 79¢ (7/29 – 8/4)

Avery Big Tab Insert Dividers (5 count) 99¢  (7/29 – 8/4)

Crayola Colored Pencils (12 count) $1.49  (7/29 – 8/4)

Elmer’s Glue Stick (6 count) $1.99  (7/29 – 8/4)


Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils (10-ct)   99¢ (thru 9/8)
$0.55/1 Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils 7/26/2015 SS (exp 9/20/15)
Final price:  44¢

Paper Mate Ball Point Pens (10-ct)   $1.00 (thru 9/8)
$0.55/1 Paper Mate Pens 7/26/2015 SS (exp 9/20/15)
Final price:  45¢

Expo Dry Erase Markers (4-ct)   $2.99 (thru 9/8)
$1/1 Expo Dry Erase Marker Product 07/26/2015 SS Insert (exp 9/20/15)
$1/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)

Final price:  $1.99 + possible Ibotta cash back


Albertsons or Safeway

Top Flight 1 Subject Notebook (70 sheets) 50¢ (Albertsons, 7/22 – 8/4)

Filler Paper (150 sheets) 50¢ (Albertsons, 7/22 – 8/4)

Esselte Index Cards (3×5, 100 count) 50¢ (Albertsons, 7/22 – 8/4)

Envelops (36-50 count) $1.00 (Albertsons, 7/22 – 8/4)

Avery Hi Lighter (4 count) $1.00 (Albertsons, 7/22 – 8/4)


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Enter to Win Mars Instant Win Game (1 million prizes given away)


Enter to win Mars Chocolate Road Trip Game.

They’re giving away 1 million in prizes, so your chances of getting something are high!

Prizes include:  free restaurant eGift Cash, Pre-Paid Debit Cards, free Combos, free Dr. Pepper, free Mars Candy and song downloads!

You can enter online here or by text message, ROADTRIP to 87654.  You can play once per day.

Ends August 10th.

This is a similar one that M&M was doing last year and I won over $50 in pre paid debit cards.
Each was worth $5 and I just kept on winning them.  So, if you don’t win today, try again tomorrow!


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Enter to Win $200 Fry’s Gift Card from Hebrew National & Kroger

Take some trivia and build your own hot dog for a chance to win a $200 Kroger (works at Fry’s) gift card here!

Earn coins and then spin.
Honestly, I’m not clear on whether you’re signing up for a game thing also.
I used an alt. email, just in case I get extra emails.
I can check that one when I want and know it’s not urgent.

Hope we see a Bargain Believer winner!  Let us know if it’s you!

(This is an affiliate post.  I receive a small commission when you enter — thanks!
I really do hope you win, though!!)


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Company Hours 8:00 – 8:01 (DREAM JOB?)


I had to share what my friend, Tamara, posted on her Facebook page this morning.

The image (above) is funny enough, but her husband’s email to her is great . . .

“You should work there and supplement our income.  You could work there 7 days a week and not miss anything going on at home.  Shoot, maybe the whole family could work there and telecommute!
Ok, I’ve got to go to work… Ok, have a good day…
Minute later…
Hi, I’m home!  How was your day?  Busy, I got a call, but, then I had to put them on hold because my day was over.  I’ll finish up with them tomorrow.”

In their defense, she said she got through to them after hours.  Maybe they also pay good overtime??   :)

Dream job??

I realize this has absolutely nothing to do with saving money in Arizona, but … I like a good laugh and you’ll need something to keep you laughing once you see the grocery ads this week.  We’re working on them, but we’re not impressed.  :(

(Thanks, Tamara & John!)


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Get Facebook Page Updates to Show Up in Feed (New Way!)


I just found a new (at least to me!) setting for pages you follow on Facebook.  One of the most common questions we get is how to see all Bargain Believer posts in your Facebook feed.  It’s frustrating when you want to see something and Facebook just doesn’t show it to you.

We know that commenting, sharing, and “liking” posts helps.  But, it looks like we may have a new option.  Hope this really works!!

Some deals go quickly, so it’s a great way to follow us, if you’re on Facebook a lot.  Plus, we post some added information or have a Facebook-only giveaway from time to time.

Assuming you want to see everything we post  . . .

Supposedly, Bargain Believer posts will show up at the top of your feed.  Give it a try and let us know what happens.



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Cardstore ~ 99¢ Personalized Cards on 7/4 and 7/5


Cardstore is offering cards for 99¢ on 7/4 and 7/5.
Go here to start making yours.

Use code: DDCCJ5074 at checkout.
If you have time now, make it and checkout on 7/4.

Ship it directly to the recipient for only 49¢ (cost of stamp).
Of ship to yourself, with extra envelope for $1.25.

Seriously, $1.48 for a nice personalized card shipped is about as good as it gets!

You can personalize the card with photos and names.
So much nicer than the Dollar Store and cheaper!  :)

You can even schedule the card to be delivered up to 365 days later if you want.


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Recipe ~ Shells (items on sale at Fry’s ~ pasta, Ragu, ground beef, tomatoes, etc…)


Here’s a great recipe that Carla sent us.  Most of these items are on sale this week at Fry’s as part of their mega sale.

I love this recipe because I can’t do too much alfredo, so mixing it together with red sauce sounds perfect!


12 ounces shells can substitute macaroni or other shaped pasta if desired.
1 Tbsp oil
1 onion, chopped
1/2 lb ground beef
1 cup alfredo sauce (like Ragu)
1 jar red spaghetti sauce (like Ragu)
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp sugar
1/4 c Parmesan
2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

Cook shells according to package directions. Heat oil in skillet. Brown beef and onion in skillet. Drain fat. add red spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, basil, oregano, parsley, and sugar. bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes. in a casserole dish put half of the noodles. put half the red sauce over it. then put half the mozzarella cheese. Repeat. Drizzle the 1 cup white sauce over the top. Sprinkle the Parmesan over the top. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Enjoy.

Here’s some of the items and how they are priced this week at Fry’s, but I already have most of this in my cabinets and veggie bin.

** American Beauty Pasta (12-16 oz) 49¢ / 99¢ (check for $1/2 from Fry’s mailer, Buy 6, Save $3) $0.20/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)

** Ronzoni Pasta (Smart Taste, Garden Delight, Healthy Harvest) 49¢ / 99¢ (Buy 6, Save $3) $0.20/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)

** Ragu $1.29 / $1.79 (Buy 6, Save $3)

Grape Tomatoes (10 oz) $1.99 (cheaper to get a few romas, but these probably taste better)

** Kraft Cheese (7-8 oz shred or block or 16 ct American singles)   $2.49 / $2.99
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (pepper, jack, chipotle, jalapeno, or habanero, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$0.20/1 Ibotta (shreds, phone app, future cash back)
Final price:  $1.74 / $2.24 + possible Ibotta cash back (Buy 6, Save $3)

** Sargento Cheese Slices or Shredded Cheese (6.67-8 oz)   $2.49 / $2.99
$0.20/1 Ibotta (shreds, phone app, future cash back)
Final price:  As low as $2.49 / $2.99 + possible Catalina below (Buy 6, Save $3)
Sargento Sliced Natural Cheese
6/15/2015 – 7/12/2015 (printout from Fry’s)
Buy 2 = $1.00
Buy 3 = $2.00
Buy 4+ = $3.00

** Kraft Parmesan Cheese   $3.49 / $3.99
$0.75/1 Coupons.com (use zip 85225 if not in yours, gone, use if printed)
Final price:  $2.74 / $3.24 (Buy 6, Save $3)

Ground Beef, 80% Lean $2.99 / lb (sold in 3 pound roll for $8.97)

(Thanks, Carla!)


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Zaycon Fresh ~ Chicken for $1.89/lb (no additives, no added hormones, etc.)

Zaycon is back with chicken for $1.89/lb!  This is a SUPER price!  This is for deliveries in November, so you have lots of time to go through what’s in your freezer.  They do sell out, so you will want to reserve yours soon.  They have 93% lean beef for $3.99/lb with delivery dates at the end of July and August.

Here’s what you need to know . . (It may sell out, but make sure you get on the waiting list.  If enough are on it, they’ll get another truck load out our way!)

You can get Zaycon chicken for $1.89/lb!  You will be purchasing 40 pounds at a time.  Typically, if you wait long enough, we’ve been able to find chicken in the store is about $1.79/lb.  Zaycon chicken is $1.89/lb, and you are getting fresh from the farm chicken.  Never frozen, no additives, no added hormones, etc.  A dime more per pound is nothing for getting natural chicken.

Here’s the information I’ve shared about them before, and ordering information:

They have locations ALL OVER, even smaller communities, so be sure to check out their list.  There are different ordering deadlines, depending on your area, but they do sell out from time to time, so be aware of that.   Delivery dates also vary, but seem to be in November.  They currently have beef being delivered at the end of July

It’s a lot of boneless, skinless chicken breasts . . . 40 pounds to be exactIt’s fresh from the farm, never been frozen. There are no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients.   It comes in a box with four separate 10 pound bags.  If you don’t have the freezer space, consider sharing it with a friend.  The total cost will be $65.60 plus tax.

They have a short video, if you want to see what to expect.

Be prepared!  It’s a very large amount of chicken and they are huge breasts.  (They are almost too thick to just throw on the BBQ.  You’ll probably want to slice them.)   I spend a couple hours prepping mine.  I slice some, fajita style.  I cube others.  I make tenders out of some.  And, I leave some larger.  You can also freeze it with your favorite marinade.  Of course, you can just stuff them all in freezer bags without very much prep and it wouldn’t take nearly so long.  I always LOVE that I did the work ahead of time.  I just pull out a quart sized freezer bag and dinner is so simple!

The pick up process is super easy.  You don’t even have to get out of your vehicle.  You drive through and they load it up for you.

Place your order now if you want it.

Note:  They also have other foods available.  Check out pricing and what’s available in your area, since it varies.

** They have a referral program where you can earn a $1 credit for each order placed.  For a limited time, it’s $5 per referral!  After you sign up, if you decide to tell your friends about it, find your own referral link to give them.  I appreciate you using mine, but don’t send them to my link . . . get your own credit!


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Driscoll’s Berries ~ Take a Survey, Get Coupons!


Let’s face it, couponing is getting harder.  The value of the coupons seem to be going down or requiring you to buy multiple quantities.  Prices are going higher at the stores all the time.  We have a super easy way to save big on items you are already buying anyway.

If you are already part of the Driscoll’s Consumer Advisory Panel, yea!  If not, read on.

More than half the time, the berries at the store will be Driscoll’s brand.  If they are, you can save big, especially when you pair a great sale with a coupon.  Juli just got 8 containers of strawberries for free.  Actually, they paid her to buy them.  She priced matched at Walmart and they gave her the overrage.

Here’s how it’s done:

Go here and sign up with Driscoll’s.  You’ll automatically get a 50¢ coupon.

After that, whenever you buy Driscoll’s berries, you can go back here and take a quick survey.  I know the survey well, and it took me less than 2 minutes to complete.  It’s best if you remember some information like what store you bought them at and how much they were.  You will also need the code on the sticker on the back of the container.  It’s not the UPC, but the little code that I blacked out in the picture below.


As we finish a pack of berries, I just cut out the code and put the rest of the container in the recycle bin.  Then, I put the little code over by my computer and the next time I have a few minutes, I’ll do the survey.   I don’t remember the exact specifics on the number of surveys, but I think your first 5 or so you get a 50¢ coupon.  After that, you get a 75¢ coupon.  Once you’ve taken 15 surveys, you get a $1 coupon!

Now, I don’t need to tell you that the $1 off coupon will get you free berries at several stores this week.

They will email you the coupon, which you can print twice!

Just a note, they reset the survey amount every year.  So, we will all start with 50¢ again in 2016.

It really is a win/win and a huge way to save on produce.



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