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  • Morning Coffee: Stock up deal on Finish detergent, Free Garnier at Target & More

    Morning Coffee is published daily and includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    ~ Use two of this printable coupon for $1/1 Finish dishwasher detergent to get two boxes for $1.50 each this week at Rite Aid after +UP reward {works out to about 7.5 cents per piece, which is definitely a stock up price!; limit on the deal is 2, so if you can print 4 coupons, you can get 4 boxes for $1.50 each}

    ~ New Coupons.com printables:

    • $1.50/1 Well Beginnings Diapers {use at Walgreens to get 2 for just $4.75 each WYB 2 and use 1 coupon, since there is a limit of 1 coupon per person}
    • $1/1 Odwalla beverage {super rare!}
    • $0.75/1 Scope Classic, Outlast or Sparkle Rinse
    • $1.50/2 Scope Classic, Outlast, Sparkle Rinses
    • $2 off WYB Dunkin’ Donuts coffee & coffee creamer
    • $1.50/2 Oral-B Toothbrushes

    ~ New printable coupon for $0.45/1 Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese

    ~ Ralphs Facebook page: Digital coupon for $5 off a $15 produce purchase

    ~ For the Mommas: Free Garnier hair care at Target

    ~ LA Times: When California law requires you to show ID to police

    ~ The Kitchn: The difference between apple cider and apple juice

    ~ Hip2Save: $1 Jr. Frosty coupon booklets are back for Halloween at Wendy’s

    ~ 100 Days of Real Food: Homemade, natural Pediasure alternative {hint: it’s a dairy-free smoothie}


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    Evening Roundup: $5/$50 Ralphs coupon, B1G1 fall drinks at Starbucks & More

    Evening Roundup includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Ralphs Facebook page: Digital coupon for $5 off a $50 purchase

    Rewards Gold: Free subscription to The New Yorker

    Starbucks: B1G1 Fall drinks from 2-6 pm, 9/17 – 9/21

    NY Times: The Limited will sell a clothing line inspired by the TV show Scandal

    Another reason to love Google: $1 million in school supplies donated to LAUSD teachers

    For the Mommas: Cheap Kotex liners at Rite Aid

    Money Saving Mom: Cheap store brand diapers at Walgreens

    Hip2Save: Double My Coke Rewards points on select 12-packs

    Wild for Wags: Surprise RR for Huggies wipes at Walgreens

    All Things Target: Cheap Tresemme hair care at Target



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    5 Easy and Affordable Real Food Changes I’ve Made This Month

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    Ever since I reviewed Lisa Leake’s new book, 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love, I’ve really focused on eating more “real food” – by which I mean, minimally processed food.

    We are not, by any means, an entirely real food family – every day, our family consumes some store-bought snacks, soda, and/or other processed foods. But I am making a conscious effort to reduce the amount of processed foods we eat, and that I keep in the house. Here are five easy real food changes I’ve made since reading Lisa’s book, which take almost no effort at all:

    1. We’ve switched to whole organic milk.

    I’ve always bought organic milk for the boys, but since my youngest turned two, I’ve stuck with 1% milk. As Lisa points out, however, reduced fat milk is much more processed than whole milk. So I’ve switched to whole milk and my kids haven’t said a peep. Fortunately, neither of them has a weight issue, so I’m not concerned about the additional calories.

    Although Lisa recommends non-homogenized milk, since it’s less processed, I haven’t been able to find it at the grocery store so I just buy organic homogenized whole milk. The nice thing about this switch is that a gallon of whole organic milk costs exactly the same as organic reduced fat milk.

    2. I now shred my own cheese.

    As Lisa notes in her book, commercially shredded cheese contains an anti-clumping agent and possibly other additional ingredients that need not be consumed. She recommends buying blocks of cheese and shredding them yourself. It occurred to me that my food processor can shred a block of cheese in just a couple of minutes, so when I needed mozzarella cheese last week, I bought a log and shredded it. {I did buy a part-skim log because the texture is so different from whole milk mozzarella and my kids prefer the less-creamy type. Baby steps!}

    I forgot to do an actual price comparison, but I think the price works out to about the same per pound, at least for part-skim mozzarella.

    3. I’m now using honey wherever possible.

    When I need sweetener, I now use organic raw unfiltered honey and organic maple syrup whenever possible {I prefer Grade B maple syrup because it’s darker and has a stronger taste, and Trader Joe’s stocks a great one}. I do still bake with organic sugar, but I try to substitute organic sucanat as much as possible, since it’s less processed that granulated or brown sugar. {However, I rarely use all sucanat because of its strong taste. I buy 12 1-lb bags at Amazon for just $45.88 with Subscribe & Save}.

    4. I now buy organic eggs.

    This is the one change that’s costing me more money. Organic eggs are at least twice as expensive as the “regular” eggs at Trader Joe’s, but I took the time to read the packaging this past week and discovered that the organic variety clearly states no hormones or antibiotics were administered to the chickens, whereas those claims are not on the “regular” eggs. I haven’t found “pastured” eggs yet, which Lisa recommends {meaning the chickens were allowed to graze outside}, but I’m looking.

    5. I read labels even more intensely than I used to.

    Ever since my son was diagnosed with food allergies, I’ve been a careful reader of ingredient labels. But now I’m not just looking to see whether the product is safe for my child or how “natural” it is. I’m also looking to see how processed it is. Lisa’s “five-ingredient rule” for store-bought foods is a great guideline. In other words, I try to buy foods that contain no more than five ingredients.

    This rule works especially well for pre-packaged snacks, which I do buy a fair amount of since we eat on the go quite a lot of the time, thanks to the boys’ busy schedules. So far, my kids have loved BOOM CHICKA POP Sea Salt Popcorn {contains just popcorn, sunflower oil and sea salt; $24 + free shipping for 24 single serve packs at Amazon – but they’re cheaper in the Halloween section at Target right now!}, and Crispy Green Freeze-Dried Asian Pear {contains just pear!; $17.12 for 12 packs at Amazon when you order through Subscribe & Save or $7.49 for 6 packs at my Whole Foods store}. They also like some of the freeze-dried fruit at Trader Joe’s, which are one or two-ingredient products.

    This post will be linked to Thrifty Thursday at Living Well, Spending Less.

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    Best of Ralphs Deals and Match Ups: Sept 17 – Sept 23, 2014

    Here are highlights from the sale starting tomorrow at Ralphs, including FREE yogurt, cheap frozen entrees, and more! Learn about shopping at Ralphs, including their coupon policy, here.

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    Best of Food 4 Less Deals and Match Ups: Sept 17 – Sept 23, 2014

    Food 4 Less coupons and deals

    Here are the best of the upcoming deals at Food 4 Less, a Kroger/Ralphs affiliate here in Southern California. They have fewer locations than Ralphs, and tend to have lower prices. Like Ralphs, their sales run Wednesday through Tuesday.

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