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Walmart Deal: Cheap Hefty Renew Trash Bags

Hefty Bags Deal at Walmart

You can get the Hefty Renew Tall Kitchen Drawstring Bags – 20 count – for $0.86 + tax ($0.07/box)!

Walmart sells these for $2.86. Use the $2.00/1 Hefty Bags coupon found in the Summer Savings coupon booklets at Tom Thumb (or other Safeway store). You can usually find these coupon booklets in the pharmacy aisles. Even though it’s not summer anymore, I stopped by Tom Thumb today and got the booklet.

Thanks Katy Couponers!

Price Comparison (DFW): Produce & Some Meat, Dairy & Nuts – week of 7/14/10

Cheap Peaches & Nectarines
If you are looking for cheap US-grown peaches and nectarines, today is the last day to get them for $0.47/lb at Newflower Farmers Market. The store is located at 1800 N. Henderson Avenue, north of downtown Dallas. I purchased several pounds of their peaches a few days ago.

They are not nearly as good as the Texas-grown peaches I purchased at Central Market for $1.50/lb, but they’re fine for making peach sorbet and sauces!

Speaking of Texas-grown peaches, the man who did the Williams-Sonoma technique class last weekend raved about Ham Orchard peaches. My daughter and I are planning a trip to Terrell to check it out. I’ll let you know what we find!

Best Price on Organic Fuji Apples
I am only buying organic apples these days, and the prices usually range from $1.99-2.49/lb. I have found that my apple peeler/corer/slicer consistently works the best with Fuji apples and had been paying $2.49/lb for these apples at Whole Foods and Central Market.

Last week, I found that Super Target sells them for $1.99/lb! Target does not have a huge quantity of these apples, and I only found a few that I felt were still worth buying, but given the amount of apples I buy each week, a $0.50/lb savings is huge!

I use the apples to make applesauce (which we eat as is, and also in recipes) and baked apples. I have also started juicing apples since no commercial apple juices are “legal” on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Have you heard?
Roy’s Natural Market is closing in early August. The store is located at Preston/Royal in Dallas. From now until July 16, visit the store between 2-4PM to wish Roy a happy retirement, get discounts and register to win prizes.

Now on to the produce comparison document for the week of July 14…

Here’s what I am thinking about buying this week:


– Welch’s 100% Grape Juice 64 oz – $1.49 ea (use $1.00/1 printable coupon and must buy 10 participating items in mega sale – I may buy batteries). I printed the coupon last week, so I’m not sure if it is still available.
– Hass Avocados (small) – $0.50 ea

Newflower Farmers Market

– Apricots (US Grown) – $0.88/lb
– Blueberries (US Grown) – $0.88/pint
– Peaches (US Grown – 7/14 only) – $0.47/lb
– Seedless Watermelon – $0.19/lb (they weigh around 10 lbs)
– Celery (Organic) – $0.99 ea
– Chard & Kale (Organic) – $1.50/bunch
– Cashews, unsalted or raw – $4.99/lb
– Yellow Cheddar – $2.99/lb


– Seedless Watermelon – $1.49 ea (if cheaper than Newflower Farmers Market)
– Almonds, unsalted/raw – $4.99/lb

Download the full comparison (PDF format). It covers the DFW-area following stores:

Central Market
Market Street
Sunflower Market
Tom Thumb
Whole Foods

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Produce Price Comparison for week of 6/23 (DFW)

My blog re-design is finally live, but there are still several issues I need to fix and content that I need to add, so it will be a work-in-progress for a few more days.

The homepage should work. If it does not look right to you, please let me know what browser you are using.

Issues I am aware of:

1. IE browser – right column is halfway down the page
2. IE and Firefox browsers – inner pages have right column covering the content

I am also going to tweak a few things to make it easier to read, but that’s after I work out the major kinks!

Now…on to the produce price comparison for this week!

Produce Price Comparison

On the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, we are buying LOTS of produce – mostly bananas, apples, pears, blueberries, zucchini, carrots, chard, and French-cut green beans at this stage. We go through dozens of bananas, apples, zucchini and carrots each week for homemade applesauce, banana pancakes, flourless muffins, banana cake, zucchini noodles, etc.

I price-checked produce at Sam’s Club this week to see if I could buy any of these items at a lower cost, but Sam’s was just as expensive or more expensive than the grocery stores! That is not always the case though. I am going to try to hit Sam’s and possibly Costco occasionally to see if buying in bulk will be cheaper. While I will not be covering the warehouse clubs’ prices regularly, I will post any deals I find there.

I am now trying to buy organic whenever possible. For example, I am only buying organic apples since I have read that apples are on the “dirty dozen” list of of produce where it makes the most sense to go organic. I figure if we’re going to do this diet to see if it helps my daughter’s health, then we might as well avoid eating those foods with higher concentrations of pesticide residues. I will include conventional and organic produce in the comparison chart so you can decide where to go based on your preferences. I will create three graphical icons to indicate if produce is:

– Organic
– Locally-grown (“Texas”)
– USA-grown

but for now I just used symbols in the spreadsheet (the symbol meanings are in the footer of each page).

Please keep in mind that stores do not always list the size of the produce. For example, avocados are usually “small” or “large” but the ads don’t always specify. So it will be difficult to know for sure which store has the best price. Whenever possible, I will check on sizes in person and will update the chart.

And last but not least, this is a work-in-progress. This week, I am posting just a PDF download of the chart. In future weeks, I will pull out the best deals and post a summary with a link to the full download.

Please let me know what you like or dislike about this format. And if you stop by a store and find additional produce on sale that is not advertised, please let me know and I will update this list. I plan to do similar comparisons for meat/seafood, nuts and dairy soon.

Download the produce comparison chart for DFW-area stores (PDF format).

Walmart – Avocados & Bananas

I don’t shop at Walmart very often, but I needed to use several $2.00 Discover coupons before they expired at the end of October, so I stopped in at Walmart between grocery store stops to see what I could for cheap get in their produce area.

I found bags of five medium-sized Hass avocados for $1.50, and bananas were $0.35/lb. Since I don’t shop there very often, I don’t know if produce is priced consistently at all Walmart stores, or if each store has its own pricing. If you’re in Dallas, I found this pricing at the Forest/Abrams location.

My Walmart Trip – 7/8 – Free Hefty & Nestle Pure Life Water

I went to Walmart on Wednesday after reading a blog post at Katy Couponers about free Hefty OneZip quart (22 ct) and gallon (17 ct) bags.

I had my coupons ready to go to CVS to get the 8 count boxes for free using the coupons from the 5/17 RP insert, but was thrilled to see that I could get almost three times as much for free at Walmart! I didn’t see the blinky coupons that Stephanie at Katy Couponers found, but be sure to look for them when you visit your Walmart.

While getting the Hefty OneZip bags, I noticed that the 6-packs of Nestle Pure Life bottled water were only $1.00. You can print two $1.00/1 Nestle Pure Life multi-pack water coupons here to get 12 bottles for free. Both the plain and lemon flavored products worked. Given the recent reports questioning the purity of bottled water (including Nestle), free might be the only time you’d pick up this bottled water!

Walmart Freebies – week of 5/17

I stopped by Walmart tonight to pick up some free Evercare travel-sized lint rollers, and noticed that the Wet Ones are $0.97 and the David Sunflower Seeds are $1.00, so you can get all of these for free with coupons (all free except the David Sunflower seeds)! Cottonelle 4 packs are also free using the printable coupon.

Please note:
My experience with Walmart deals has been that they can vary quite a bit across the country. I’ve spent a lot of time getting a list and coupons together for Walmart that I’ve read about on various blogs only to arrive at my store to find that nothing was on sale! The following are deals I found in Dallas, TX. They may not be available in other parts of the country.

Evercare Travel-sized Lint Rollers – $0.03 overage for each
Price: $0.97/1
Coupon: $1.00 – printable coupon here (print 2) and here (print 2 more).

David Sunflower Seeds – FREE
Price: $1.00
Coupon: $1.00 – printable coupon (print 2)
I found these at the front of the store when I walked in. I’m not sure what the area is called, but it’s full of “rollbacks”.

I went back to get the sunflower seeds and the bags are 7.5 oz, but the coupon states 13 oz or larger, so this won’t work. 🙁

Wet Ones Travel Packs – $0.03 overage for each
Price: $0.97
Coupon: $1.00 – printable coupon (print 2)

Cottonelle 4-pack toilet paper – FREE
Price: $1.00 (have not confirmed this but original poster lives in DFW, so price should be correct for this area. Not sure about other parts of the US)
Coupon: $1.00/1 – printable coupon (take the pledge and print 2)
Credit goes to for this one. Be sure to check her site for other Walmart deals.

I also just read at My Penny Pile to look in the frozen food section for the El Monterrey Tornado product with the “try-me-free” sticker. I’ll check mine tomorrow.

For a great list of match-ups and a “Mr. Linky” (links to other bloggers’ Walmart deals), check out NWA Deals. Just be aware that you might get to Walmart to find that a great deal someone listed is not available at your store.

My Walmart Trip – 3/15

I went to Walmart to look for the free Iams kitten food that I’ve seen people write about on various blogs. But it was $7.98 a bag at both Walmarts I visited… nearly $2.00/bag more than Kroger’s every day price! So much for low prices at Walmart. As with every store, it pays to shop around.

I did get some free cat treats, cheap wet cat food and a free Rimmel mascara. Total cost: $1.98!

Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara – FREE
Price: $6.47
Coupon: Free coupon from April 2009 All You Magazine – good at Walmart

If you don’t already subscribe to All You Magazine and you want some free mascara, this is a great time to pick up a copy at Walmart. Then be sure to subscribe. I noticed is running a special: 1-year subscription to All You Magazine between now and March 31 for $19.95 and get a $5 gift card good toward a future purchase. Or get a 2-year subscription to All You Magazine for $39.84 and get a $10 gift certificate.

Or for an even better deal, you can get a 2-year subscription for only $20 at Cherrydale.

Meow Mix Cat Treats – $0.03 overage per bag
Price: $0.97/bag
Coupon: $1.00/1 – 3/1 RP

Meow Mix Market Select Cat Food – $0.15/cup
Price: $0.48/cup
Coupon: $1.00/3 – 3/1 RP

In case anyone is wondering why I buy so much cat food, it’s because I have 4+ cat mouths to feed. I have two 11 year old indoor cats that I adopted about six years ago from Operation Kindness, two feral 15 month old cats that I trapped and fixed when they were less than 12 weeks old (they now call my backyard “home”) and the occasional visit from daddy and mommy feral cat.

Here are my feral kitties a year ago:

Aren’t they cute? I contacted Feral Friends to see if they could place them in a foster home, but unfortunately they didn’t have room and the vet thought they were past the point of being domesticated (typically by 12 weeks at the latest and they were 12 weeks when they were fixed). So I got the mom and two babies fixed so they couldn’t reproduce any more. I couldn’t catch the dad. He couldn’t be swayed by tuna.

And here they are now (photo taken through the window with the flash scaring the black kitty)…

The female was very skittish as a baby, but now lets me pet her. The male is a lot more skittish than he was as a baby, but loves to play with me through the window (along with his sister).

And my indoor cats…

Even though they have lived together their entire lives, they can’t stand each other!

Endcap Treasure Hunts

Endcaps are displays for a product placed at the end of an aisle. Target, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart not only use endcaps to promote new products, they also place clearance items here. I never paid attention to endcaps until I started using coupons regularly, but now I circle through stores looking for them. You never know what you might find – like the Skin Effects self-tanning lotion and sunscreen that were 90% off at CVS, which I then paired with the $5 off CVS coupons to make money on my purchase.

Today, I got eight bags of Iams Naturals cat food from a Walmart clearance endcap for a total of $2.86. They were on sale for $3.33 and there are $3 coupons in the Procter & Gamble (P&G) newspaper inserts from 12/14 — so eight bags for less than the sale price of one bag. Since the daddy feral cat is back (my daughter has named him Hairball Harry), we now have a fifth feline mouth to feed so I love these cat food deals.

The next time you’re at Target, Walmart, CVS or Walgreens, check for clearance endcaps. You might find something interesting!

CVS & Walmart

On the way to a 2 hour focus group on the topic of traveling to San Antonio, I stopped in a CVS to see if they had the Febreeze Spice scented candles. They are on sale for $0.79 (an unmarked sale of 90% off). There are $2 off coupons in the Procter & Gamble 12/14 insert. Sure enough, the CVS had 10 of them! I put four in my basket and then noticed the Christmas items were 90% off too and they had quite a few items left. I decided to get the candles and use the overage from the coupons to buy some Christmas wrapping paper and other items. I also wanted to roll some Extra Care Bucks (ECBs), so I got some weight loss gum (free after ECB) and Soy Joys (free after ECB). Unfortunately the cashier noticed the coupons were worth more than the candle’s sale price and wouldn’t let me use them. I’ve never had that problem before, so I asked her to remove the candles and I kept my coupons. I will try again!

Poseable Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer (1)Paid: $0.79 (regularly $7.90 – and the nose really lights up!)

Christmas Wrapping Paper (2)Paid: $1.28 total ($0.59 each – regularly $5.90 each)

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Tea (4)Paid: $1.56 ($0.35 each – regularly $3.50 each)

Soy Joy 6 packs (3)Paid: $0.00 after ECBs
Cost: $6.00 each
ECBs Earned: $6.00/box

Nutra-Trim GumPaid: $0.00 after ECBs
Cost: $3.99
ECBs Earned: $3.99

Reinventing Beauty CVS MagazinePaid: $0.99
This magazine includes coupons that usually can be used to get free products (after ECBs) at CVS. Sometimes you can find sheets of these coupons in the beauty product aisle that are free.

PAID: $25.97 in ECBs and $0.38 cash
ECBs Earned: $21.99
Today I Saved: $62.00


After the focus group, I went to Walmart where cat food is rumored to be on sale. Now that we have four cats to feed (two ferals, two indoor), I always love a cat food bargain! Unfortunately the Goodlife bags were not on sale as posted on various websites, but I was able to use a coupon for a free bag of Iams and use a $2 off coupon for Goodlife. So I paid $2.13 for two bags of cat food. Had the Goodlife been on sale, I would have paid $0.33, but $2.13 is not too shabby!

UPDATE: I found $3/1 coupons for Iams Naturals and was able to buy eight bags that were on sale at Walmart for $3.30/bag, so I paid $2.40+tax for eight nice-sized bags!!

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