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Friday, February 27, 2009

Current Newspaper Subscription Deals

Here are a few of the best newspaper subscription deals for getting multiple coupons. Keep coming back as I'll be adding more deals as I get the scoop on them. Also, if you know of a deal that isn't listed here, let me know and I'll add it in!

Newspaper: Arizona Republic
Monday - Sunday: $17.77 per month
Monday - Sunday + 1 Extra Sunday: $22.10 per month
Monday - Sunday + 2 Extra Sundays: $26.44 per month
Monday - Sunday + 3 Extra Sundays: $30.77 per month
Monday - Sunday + 4 Extra Sundays: $ 35.10 per month
Monday - Sunday + 5 Extra Sundays: $39.44 per month BEST DEAL - Maximize your savings!
Call: (602) 444-1000 or (800) 332-6733 or subscribe online.

Idaho Falls
Newspaper: Post Register
Subscription: One daily paper and five Sunday papers
Cost: 20.00
Call: 208-542-6777
or 1-800-574-6397

Newspaper: Idaho State Journal
Subscription: One daily paper and five Sunday papers
Cost: 18.00
(208) 232-6150

Newspaper: Standard Examiner
Subscription: One daily paper and either three or five Sunday papers
Cost: 15.49 for three 18.99 a month for five
Call: (801) 625-4400 or (800) 651-2105 or Mike Eames at 801-625-4415

Salt Lake
Newspaper: Salt Lake Tribune
Subscription: One Friday through Sunday paper
Cost: 26 weeks for 26.oo or 52 weeks for 39.00
Contact: 801-204-6100 and use either code 26/26 or 52/39.
Caveats: Offer only available to subscribers who have not subscribed to the Salt Lake Tribune in the last 60 days.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Alternative Strategies to Save on Groceries

Most of us already know what a great way using coupons to save money, especially on groceries. However, there are other strategies that PYP member momtonathanandtwins is willing to share to help you stretch your food buying power.

Join a Local Non-Profit Food Co-Op

For a very reasonable price (usually less than $30), one buys a share, then your share gives you 5-6 lb of meat 5 lb of fruit, 5 lb of veggies, fresh baked bread, pasta or rice. Definitely worth more than $30 retail of food!
Below is an example of from momtonathanandtwins blog describing her 2- shares for $67.

Items Include:

Here is what I (momtonathanandtwins) picked up today and I'll post my cost at the bottom:
2 lbs Top Sirloin Fajita Strips
4 lbs Chicken Drumsticks
4 lbs Sirloin Pork Roast
2 lbs Lean Ground Beef
2 lbs rice
2 loaves Artisan Wheat Bread
11 Fuji Apples
11 Pears10 Oranges
2 Romain Lettuce
7 Red Bell Peppers
10 Tomatoes
5 Avocados
2 2lb. Bag of Carrots
1 head of cauliflower
2 Chapparro's brand 5 beef tamales
Tagge's brand mild salsa 16 oz
Aptera's brand extra virgin olive oil 34 fl oz all for $67.50

How does the co-op afford this? Simply individuals volunteer time and use local resources to maintain high quality products to feed the largest number possible. For Utah residents, see for details. For outside of Utah, see or

Join Community Supported Agriculture

This is an AWESOME idea! An individual “subscribes” to a farm by giving a set $ amount to the farmer in the spring when the farmer needs resources the most. Then, when harvest begins, usually first of July, the subscriber receives a weekly bounty of fresh fruits and veggies, usually for 13 to 15 weeks. Costs and variety of harvest vary by farm. See for participating farm locations, pricing and details.

Grow One’s Own Garden

This might seem simple, but it can take time and space. Live in an apartment? Try container gardening or for more ideas and helpful hints, be sure to check out PYP’s gardening forum .

Visit your local bread or bakery outlet store.

I make a monthly trip to the Sara Lee bread bakery outlet store which sells the only wheat bread that is made with whole wheat flour and no high fructose corn syrup at a discount that ALL my family will eat. (Yes, I should be making it, but I am still mastering my breadmaking skills). My sliced bread of choice retails in stores for $3.29, but I purchase it at the bread outlet store for $1 to $1.25 per loaf. So I buy 8 loafs at a time and freeze them. The savings are evident.

By planning ahead, using coupons and adding an alternative idea or two from the list above, one can extend their grocery buying power while adding healthy nutritious food to your family's diets. (Thanks to momtonathanandtwins for all the great ideas!)
Friday, February 20, 2009

UT Albertsons Menu for week 2/18 to 2/24

An inferior Salt Lake City based coupon website that is really more of mockery couponing in a green apron suggests a weekly menu. However the menu is not only lacking in nutritional value and taste, it simply is lacking period. For example, a suggested lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches will be lacking bread. HUH? Yeah, no bread!

So let me offer you a more comprehensive, nutritionally sound, tasty and frugal menu created around the Utah Albertson's shopping list from Pinching Your Pennies for only $60!

***Please note that prices shown reflect final sale prices from PYP's printable Albertson's shopping list the week of 2/18 to 2/24.

Day 1~
Breakfast: General Mills Cereal (GM sale item), milk
Lunch: Progresso Soup (2 cans, GM sale item) side salad (1/2 bag) dressing from food storage
Dinner: Hamburgers (save 1 ½ lb for Day 2 lunch), Albies Chips, grapes

Day 2~
Breakfast: Muffins (GM sale item), Sliced Apples
Lunch: Grand Biscuit (GM sale item) Sliders, Albie chips
Dinner: Pork Shoulder Roast (save some for Day 4 dinner), Baked Potatoes, Del Monte Veggies- Corn & Green Beans

Day 3~
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs & Grand Biscuits (GM sale item), Bananas
Lunch: Shopper Value Mac n Cheese (2 boxes), ½ lb grapes
Dinner: Baked Chicken Thighs, Sauted Tomatoes & Zucchini, Side Salad w/Dressing (from food storage)

Day 4~
Breakfast: General Mills Cereal (GM sale item), Milk, Welchs Grape Juice
Lunch: Progresso Soup (GM sale item), Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sandwiches, Sliced Oranges
Dinner: Carnita Tacos, Spanish Rice, Refried Beans

Day 5~
Breakfast: Toaster Strudels (GM sale item), sliced oranges & bananas
Lunch: Tuna Sandwiches, sliced apples
Dinner: Mini pizzas, fruit salad


Shopping List (click on it for more details)

Recipes for menu items above available upon request.
Thursday, February 19, 2009

How to Use Walgreen's Online Rebate System

If you've never before used Walgreens' rebate system because you just never remember to turn in those pesky receipts, now is a great time to try the wonderful world of Free After Rebate. All you do is log in, enter your receipt, and request your gift card.

If the screen shots below are too small, simply click an image to view a larger version in a separate screen.

1. First, go to Walgreens' website and under the EasySaver catalog section click, "See Current Rebates."
2. Next, click on "Claim Rebates."
3. The website will ask you to log in. If you've already created an account, just log in. If you haven't created an account yet, you'll need to choose the create one option on this screen.
4. Choose "start/add receipt"
5. Choose the rebates that you qualify for based on the receipt(s) you're going to enter.

6. Scroll down and click "continue."

7. Next, it will ask you to enter the number at the top of your Walgreens receipt. Enter the number and choose "Save Receipt."

8. Once the receipt has been saved, it will offer you the options to add another receipt (do this if you have more receipts to enter), to save and return later after you've purchased more items that qualify for rebates (do this if you're not finished with the month's shopping yet), or to continue (do this ONLY if you're done with all your rebate shopping for the month and you're ready to request your rebate).

9. Next it will ask you what form you want to receive your rebate in. If you choose cash, they'll send you a check. If you choose to have them either reload an existing gift card or send you a new gift card, they'll add a 10% bonus to your rebate.

10. Finally, finalize your request.

11. You'll get a confirmation screen. You should get your refund within a couple of days.
Sunday, February 15, 2009

PYP Communication Features Part Three: The Chat Room

PYP's chat room is a great place for newbies (and oldies) to spend some time. There are often experienced couponers there, and they're always available for tips, hints, explanations, and quick Q&A sessions. Accessing the chat room is easy!

1. While logged in to PYP, click on the "VBChat" button on the top navigation bar.

2. This will automatically take you into the chat room, where you can simply begin chatting by typing your message in the white window that says "Post Message." Press enter, and your message will appear in the chat window. Other people can then see it and respond; their answers will also appear in the chat window.

3. To send a private chat message to someone, find them in the "Who's in chat" window on the right-hand sidebar and click on "Send Private Chat Message." This will automatically place "private chat" prompt in the chat bar, and you can type your message there and press enter.

4. Your message will appear in the chat window, but it will be visible only to you and the person you're private chatting with. When they reply to you privately, their chat will likewise appear only to the two of you.

There you have it! You can chat with the whole group, or with just an individual. Chatting is a fun, fast, and easy way to have your questions answered or to get to know other PYPers quickly. We hope to see you there!

Other posts in the PYP Communication Features series:

How to Instant Message People Away from PYP
How to Send and Receive Private Messages
Friday, February 6, 2009

The Truth Is Revealed: Why PYP?

We are in a recession, it is official and to cope, everybody is tightening his or her collective belts. Cutting expenses we have control over. One popular theme is Cutting One’s Grocery Bill, a nice thought, but we have been inundated with various services that charge a service fee to teach site users How to Save. But if the goal is to save money, why pay money? Especially when there is a better alternative for FREE!

Pinching Your Pennies offers the same AND more of what a fee service does. Let’s do a side-by-side comparison, shall we:

Pay site A wants you to play its game. But be careful as there are many restrictions on how, when and where to shop for your grocery deals.

1. Colored coded system tells you when an item is over 75% off retail price, and you should stock up.
2. FREE Forums for members to share & exchange ideas, but deal details are Mushy-hush hush
Site A says the game secret is to tell you when an item is at its lowest price and when to use a coupon with it. This should only be once for the life of the coupon or every 12 weeks.
3. Site A claims to include unadvertised sale deals to save you money.
4. Introductory offer is $1 for four weeks.

1. Expensive subscription service! After your $1 introductory period, your reserved credit card number that you left when you registered will be charged the normal rate. This runs about $1.25 PER store. So if you want the deal info for more stores, you pay for it. Easily one could be spending over $30 month for information that is FREE on Pinching Your and we don’t want your credit card number, neither. Oh, then there is the issue of canceling one’s subscription- difficult to get a full refund.
2. Limited number of days your shopping list is available. Typically, one can only upload your shopping list the last 3 days of any weekly sale. The reason being that all coupons and deals can be included, including the most recent Sunday’s coupons. Well, what about the other 4 days of shopping? What if there are 72-hour sales? You miss those! However, Pinching Your has respective shopping lists ready the 1st day of the grocery sale and will update the list with the most recent coupon inserts, usually Sunday night.
3. The claim that a coupon is used once, and then retired is FALSE. There is a annotated *** on each grocery shopping list claiming that a coupon has been used, but the game, er Site A is using it again as each week there are new subscribers. So a single coupon could be repeated for weeks. Now you know better!
4. Site A also claims to include unadvertised sale items, not always true. During my 4-week trial period, I only found one unadvertised sale item. Pinching Your Pennies includes ALL deals, as there are over 50,000 members who find deals, too. They post and share! You do know ALL the sales.
5. Limited grocery store selections in some states. Site A doesn’t have a game plan for every grocery or drug store. So if you shop at Store B, but there is no list, sorry.
Pinching Your Pennies included most if not all stores in your area, check it out.

So what does Pinching Your Pennies have to offer, exactly?

So what all does Pinching Your Pennies offer for FREE:

1. Weekly Grocery Shopping Lists to your local markets
2. Weekly Shopping Lists to National Chain Stores
3. Weekly Shopping Lists to the best Food Storage deals (UT only, currently)
4. Unadvertised Specials
5. Individual Threads in the Community Forums for members to share deals and offer help, encouragement and support to one another
6. A Grocery Coupon List that tells you which Sunday a coupon is issued
7. Recipes and more Recipes
8. A Freebie Forum
9. A Price book to know when an item is low enough to stockpile
10. Food Storage Help, from step by step info to how to get 72 hr kits made
11. Best Items to buy each week lists in Food Storage, National Chain Stores and Utah (for now)
12. Ethical Coupon Usage and Proper Redemption Taught
13. How to lower my household spending while increasing my food storage
14. Coupon Trading Forums & Trains
15. The best online deals and secret finds on the net

Pinching Your Pennies is a FREE money saving website. There are many pay services out there, too, but offer an inferior product. The pay sites do not have passionate administrators and volunteers who donate hundreds of hours each month to help out you and me save money. Pinching Your Pennies will continue to be FREE as we are all trying to save money, together.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

PYP's Communication Features Part 2: Instant Messaging Away from PYP

Ever wished you could contact a fellow PYPer even when they weren't on PYP? Read on to find out how you can . . .

This is part two of a three-part series on how to use PYP's multiple methods for allowing members to communicate with each other outside of the forums. Whether you're new to PYP or a long-time veteran, some of these features might surprise you. This section focuses on how to use PYP's instant messaging profile option , a means by which you can use popular IM programs (Yahoo, AIM, MSN, and ICQ) to contact other PYPers who have enabled this option, even when they're not on PYP.

1. You'll notice that certain users have between one and four icons beneath their profile information. These icons signify the IM programs for which they've entered their names so that others can contact them. As you can see, I've enlarged the area beneath my name to show that both the AIM and Yahoo icons appear. This means that I've entered contact information for these two instant messaging programs. To contact me you must have one of these programs installed on your computer, and you should simply click the icon for the program you want to use.

2. A window will open and offer you the option of either sending the person a message or adding them to your buddy list.

Whichever one you select, a third window will open and ask you to launch your chat program. From this point on, you are no longer being directed by PYP and are instead being guided by your IM program. Simply follow the steps your chat program indicates, and you'll be able to contact the person listed if they're online under one of their hanles.

Now, if you'd like to add your own instant messaging information so that others can contact you off PYP, here's how to do it.

1. While logged in to PYP click on the User CP link on the far left-hand side of the upper navigation bar.

2. Click on the "Edit Options" link on the left-hand side navigation bar.

3. On the new page that opens, scroll down until you see a section for inputing your usernames. Once there, simply type in your handles for whatever messaging systems you choose. Continue scrolling down an press "submit."

Other Posts in the PYP Communication Features Series:

How to Send and Receive Private Messages
How to Use the PYP Chat Room

PYP's Communication Features Part 1: Private Messages

This is part one of a three-part series on how to use PYP's multiple methods for allowing members to communicate with each other outside of the forums. Whether you're new to PYP or a long-time veteran, some of these features might surprise you. This section focuses on how to use PYP's Private Message system, a means by which you can send private messages to other people on PYP.

1. While logged on to PYP, click on the "Private Messages" link in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. This will take you to your private message window.

2. Click on "Send New Message" on the left-hand sidebar.

3. Enter the name of the person to whom you wish to send a message. You can send this message to more than one person by entering multiple usernames with a semicolon in between. Enter the subject and body of your message below.

4. Finally, click on the "Submit Message" button, located just below the body of the message. A popup window will appear and ask you whether you want delivery confirmation on your message. Delivery confirmation will allow you to view whether or not the recipient has read your message. Choose the appropriate option, and your message will be sent.

5. When you receive a reply, a pop-up window will appear when you log in, informing you that you have a new message. Additionally, the "Private Message" section in the upper right-hand corner of your screen will appear in bold, telling you that you have an unread message. Simply click on it to see the message.

I hope this helped; stay tuned for the future sections, which will discuss how to use the chat screen and the instant message icons to access people via AIM, MSN, and Yahoo.

Other Posts in the PYP Communication Features Series

How to Use the PYP Chat Room

How to Use Off-PYP Instant Messaging


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