Thursday, April 16, 2009

Giant Foods Complaint Update

As of today, April 16, I have yet to hear from Giant in response to my complaint. Quite frankly, I am surprised. This was my second attempt to try to get an answer from them. So far, nothing. I may have to rethink shopping at Giant.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Giant Foods Complaint

Check out Moms Need to Know for her AWESOME letter to Giant about their ridiculous coupon policy. It's so ironic that this week I have had to contact them as well. Below I've copied my second message to them. I am seriously considering not shopping there anymore. It's sad because I really do get the best deals there, but at some point, I have to stand up out of principle, don't you agree?

Dear Giant,
First, I am appalled by your coupon policy. Very few stores have a policy as difficult as yours. We are experiencing difficult economic times. Would it be so difficult to make your policy a little more lenient so people could save more money? Second, this is the second time I have send you a message with a complaint. The first time (Tuesday), I was called and told someone would get back to me with further information. That was days ago. My complaint is with the fact that I cannot use a Buy One Get One Free coupon printed from the internet, when in fact I found the exact same coupon on your website the day after mine was denied. It's false advertising to not honor something that is advertised in writing. I gave the woman who called me this information, and what happened? Instead of calling me back with more information as promised, the coupon was taken off your site. Not before I printed it off, of course. I expect you to honor it the next time I go in. After all, it did print with your company name on the coupon and I got it from your website. I have serious doubts as to whether I will set foot in your store again. I choose to give my business and my money to a business with integrity. Your response to this message will show me if you have any.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pineapple Jerky Giveaway from Frugal, Freebies and Deals

Check out Frugal, Freebies and Deals for this new giveaway. It's for a coupon good for 1/4lb bag of's Pineapple Jerky. Sound great! Giveaway ends 4/17/09 so go check it out!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I have been having a hard time posting my weekend titles - Save Me Saturday and Saling Sunday. This past weekend, my husband and son went out of town and I gave a seminar at my church (hope you ladies had as much fun as I did!) So I thought I'd post this week's Save Me Saturday on Tuesday. I'm trying to come up with a catchy title.'ll come to me later.

So anyway, the good deals are at Giant this week. They have 4 $1 coupon doublers in their flyer. I was able to use two of them to get 6 - 12oz Bird's Eye Steam Fresh Veggies for $.17 each, $.99 total. They were 5/$4, plus $.99 extra for the 6th one I got. I used 2/$1 coupons ($1 off 3) when were doubled, making the cost $6/$.99.

I also 2 jars of Skippy peanut butter for $1.32 or $.66 each. They are $1.66 this week, and I have a $1/2 coupon which was doubled. $3.32 - $2.00 = $1.32.

I used my last doubler on Pillsburg Frozen dinner rolls. They are $2/5 this week. I got the 2/$3 or $1.50 each. Had my kids not been screaming, I would have realized that my coupon only required the purchase of 1 bag. But I got 2 instead. Just goes to show....don't take your kids shopping with you! haha

I found a Giant coupon online for $.50 off eggs. They are on special this week for $.99, so I got them for $.49.

Chicken Breasts (boneless/skinless) are $1.79lb and thighs and drumsticks are $.99lb.

I also found 2 other good coupons from the Giant website. Look for Easter Eggs to get these coupons. $2 off any $5 meat purchase and 2 off any $5 produce purchase.

I actually had a hard time finding 4 $1 coupons that were a good enough deal to double. I almost only used 3 of them, but then I looked through my coupons at the store and found a second Bird's Eye coupon. JACKPOT!

I also did pretty good at CVS too. I spent a total of $31.69 (in 3 transactions), got and used $16 in Extra Care Bucks, and got:

3 Jumbo packs of Huggies diapers ($10 plus 3-$1.50 coupons and $10 ECB)
4 Nivea Lip Care (BOGO Free plus I had 4 $1 coupons)
J&J Baby Wash ($3 plus $1 coupon)
1 Colgate Max toothpaste ($2.99, $2 ECB and $1 coupon)
Dawn dish detergent ($.99 plus $.20 coupon)

Plus I also go a card, some buttpaste (for my kids) and infant tylenol....none of which were on sale. I saved a total of $42.64. I didn't want to spend this much, but my daughter is sick, she has terrible diaper rash from the diarrhea and we're out of tylenol for her. What can you do?

My Menu Monday....on Tuesday

I didn't have cable or internet for most of yesterday.....turns out the cable company didn't even know about the outage in my I couldn't post this today.

Tuna Noodle Casserole $9.20 (with leftovers for both of our lunches for the next few days)
2 can Tuna $2.00
2C Cheddar Cheese (Shredded) $1.97
2 cans Cr. of Celery Soup $1.90 (wish I could have gotten a better buy on this)
Peas $.17 (I used a whole 12 oz bag of Bird's Eye Steamfresh that I got a super good deal on)
1 Stick butter $.50
Bread Crumbs $.40
Potato Chips (crushed) $.40
2C cooked Egg Noodles $.66

Combine the tuna, cheese, soup, peas and noodles. Put into greased casserole dish. Mix melted butter and bread crumbs and sprinkle on top. Top with crushed chips. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes.

Salad $.45
Dinner Rolls $.75

This was a really good, really easy meal. Even my 2-year old and my 1-year old ate some. This is actually the double recipe, and I would have done better just doing a single. Also, I didn't need the dinner rolls, because I was the only one who ate any. My cost could have only been $4.23. Oh well, you live and learn.

Honey Mustard Cornflake Chicken $4.00
2 Baked Potatoes w/ butter and sour cream $.60
Rice (for my husband) $0
Veggies $.17
Salad $.44

Honey Mustard Cornflake Chicken
Dip chicken pieces into honey mustard dressing and then into crushed corn flakes. Bake.


Chicken Corn Chowder Click for the recipe


Giant Foods Coupon Policy

This is just a head's up. Some of you may already have this information, but it was new to me. I went to Giant (in PA) yesterday, armed with my grocery list, coupons filing system, and a neatly organized stack of coupons I wanted to use. One of those was a BOGO free internet coupon. I was told that they do not take internet coupons for anything free. I did question the policy, because I once went with 12 coupons for free bags of chips and wasn't turned away. My very apologetic cashier explained to me that they got in trouble for doing that.

So, I asked her if they still took regular internet coupons and her answer was yes, as long as they:
1. are for nothing free
2. are under $5.00
3. say smart source or have 3 bar codes on them.

I'm looking at their website for their coupon policy but haven't been able to find one. I'm going to email them to see what their official policy is. If anyone knows, please let me know!

**Someone from Giant just called me to tell me that this is their coupon policy. However, they are going to call me back because I found the same coupon that I tried to use yesterday on their website today. It's for Welch's Aqua Juice Buy One Get One.

Friday, April 3, 2009

77 Ways to Save $$$ or at Least Spend Less

I just found this great new blog....ILOVEMY5KIDS. It's really a great site. You should check it out. Lana is a Christian, SAHM to 5 kids. That really amazes me. I have enough trouble at times with just my 2! Her post yesterday was 77 Ways to Save $$$ or at Least Spend Less. I was really impressed with some of the things she came up with. Pretty cool. Check it out!