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What Foods Should You Really Donate to a Food Drive?

Items Food Pantries Really Need

 

 

Why We Should Care

Did you know that 1 in 4 Mississippians don’t have enough to eat and 1 in 4 children in our state go to bed hungry almost every night? Nationwide, 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger. You can check your state and even county statistics at FeedingAmerica.org.

Food pantries are seeing more people depending on them to supplement their food supplies (from The Journal of Hunger and Enviornmental Nutrition, June 2013 issue). This same journal shows that the more food-insecure that people are, the higher their body weight (January 2013 issue).

A few weeks ago, I shared that The Daniel Plan was helping me to make better food choices for my family, and as a result, I questioned what types of food we should be donating to food pantries.

It is hard to pass up foods we get for free with sales and coupons, even if they have high sugar or sodium content. But according to these statistics, we should be concerned about what we are donating. These foods can both ease the hunger of our neighbors and improve the health of our communities.

 

 

Food Pantry Preferences

I talked to several local food pantries, and as expected, each food pantry is different. But they were the same in that all pantries wanted to provide nutritious food for their clients.
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Dollar General – Tide Pods for $1.95

Tide Pods

 

Dollar General has the Tide Pods and Gain Flings 14 counts on sale for $3.95 through November 29. Load the DG digital coupon for $2 off.

Tide Pods or Gain Flings, 14 ct  – $3.95
-Use $2 DG digital coupon
=$1.95, or 14 cents/pack!

Further sweeten the deal by counting it towards the P&G Saving Star deal. It is a One or Many deal, and you will earn $10 credit when you spend $30 on select items through January 17, 2015.

 

If you received the 11/16 Red Plum insert, you can get some great another pack for $2 off with the same coupon there.

If you would rather pick it up while you are at Walmart, the 14 ct is right around $4 a pack there, too.

 

 

Note: Some of the links above are my referral links. You can read my disclosure policy here.

 

Walgreens Deals Nov 23-26, 2014

Walgreens also has some free deals for early this week!

The Register Rewards are one per transaction for each item. So you could purchase all 8 Free deals in one transaction and get all 8 Register Rewards. But if you tried to purchase 2 of the multivitamins in one transaction, you would only get one reward.

Here is their Black Friday preview ad. It includes a coupon for 25% off regularly-priced items, 40-50% off children’s toys priced $14.99-19.99, Balance Rewards points on Duracell batteries, and lots of Free Deals after Register Rewards or Balance Rewards.

 

 

Free Deals

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgHealthy Delights Chews or Bites, 30 ct – $7
-Receive $7 Register Rewards
=Net cost of FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgVivioptal Multivitamins – $10
-Receive $10 Register Rewards
=Net cost of FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgScope Classic or Outlast Mouthwash, 16.9 oz – $3
-Use $1 from 11/23 Red Plum insert or 10/12 Red Plum insert or 10/26 P&G insert or $0.75 printable
-Receive $2 Register Rewards
=Net cost as low as FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgReach Toothbrush, Complete or Total Care or Advanced Design – $3
-Receive $3 Register Rewards
=Net cost of FREE
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Clarion Ledger Coupon Inserts 11/23/14

newspaper and coffee (1014 x 713)This Sunday there are two Clarion Ledger coupon inserts. Be sure to cut out the Crest and Colgate coupons for (almost!) free toothpaste at CVS through Wednesday!

 

 

RedPlum 11/23

(coupons expire 12/31 unless noted)
$2 off Crest and Oral-B 3-D White Whitening Duo, excl trial size RP 11/23
$1 off Finishing Touch Elite Personal Hair Remover RP 11/23 (exp 1/31/15)
$4 off Finishing Touch Yes! Professional full body hair remover RP 11/23 (exp 1/31/15)
$2 off Gillette Fusion Shave Prep, excl trial size RP 11/23
$3 off Gillette Male Razor, excl disposables and trial size RP 11/23
$3 off Gillette Venus razor, excl disposables and trial size RP 11/23
$1 off MicroTouch Max Precision hair remover RP 11/23 (exp 1/31/15)
$15 off Nicorette Gum, 100 ct+ or NicoDerm CQ, 14 ct (exp 12/6)
$3 off Oral-B replacement brush heads, 2-ct. + RP 11/23
$5 off Oral-B Vitality Electric toothbrush RP 11/23 (exp 12/7)
.75/1 Satin Care shave gel, excl trial size RP 11/23
$1 off Scope mouthwash, 250 mL+ RP 11/23
.50/1 Crest toothpaste or liquid gel, 3 oz+, excl Cavity, Baking Soda, Tartar Control and trial size RP 11/23
$7 off Oral-B Professional Series 1000, 1500, 2500, Deep Sweep 1000, or Pulsonic rechargeable toothbrush RP 11/23 (exp 12/7)
$8 off Furreal Friends Get Up & GoGo My Walkin’ Pup toy WYB (1) Duracell Quantum, Coppertop or Rechargeable 4 pk. + RP 11/23 (exp 12/24)
$3/2 Duracell Quantum AA or AAA, 6 pk., C3, D3, or 9V 2-pk., or Coppertop AA or AAA 8 pk.+, C4, D4, or 9V2 or any rechargeable, hearing aid or specialty batteries RP 11/23
$7 off Crest 3D White 1 Hour Express, 4 ct., Professional Effects, 20 ct., Professional Effects + 1Hour Express, 22 ct., or Supreme Flexfit, 14 ct., Whitestrips, excl trial size RP 11/23

 

 

SmartSource 11/23

(coupons expire 12/31 unless noted)

$1 off Better Than! dog treats SS 11/23 (exp 1/18/15)
.50/1 Colgate toothpaste, 3.4 oz + SS 11/23 (exp 12/6)
$2 off Excedrin, 24 ct+ (exp 11/29)
$1.50 off Excedrin, 100 ct+ (exp 1/10/15)
$2 off Poise pads or liners, 27 ct. + SS 11/23 (exp 1/3/15)
$1/2 Sauer’s dry mixes and steamer bags (exp 12/21)
$1 off Sauer’s spice, extract, or food coloring (exp 12/21)
.50/1 Wonderful Sweet Scarletts bag or box SS 11/23 (exp 12/23)

 

22 Free Items! CVS Deals Nov 23-26, 2014

Many stores are starting their Black Friday sales early, and the drugstores are no exception. Last year we didn’t see this many Extra Care Bucks deals until Thursday and Friday.

(You can preview the CVS Black Friday ad that will begin Thanksgiving Day at most stores. Some new deals on those days are free batteries, paper towels, toothbrushes, and gum. There are also tons of B1G1 Free deals.)

 

Free Deals

**All of these Free ECB deals are 1 offer per household, unless otherwise noted.

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgCVS Brand Baby Wipes, 12-20 ct – $0.99
-Receive $0.99 ECB
=Net cost of FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgCVS Brand Training Pants, 2 ct – $0.99
-Receive $0.99 ECB
=Net cost of FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgCVS Brand Pantiliners, 20 ct – $0.99
-Receive $0.99 ECB
=Net cost of FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgAdvil Film-Coated, 4 ct – $0.99
-Receive $0.99 ECB
=Net cost of FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgMigralex for Tough Headaches, 4 ct – $0.99
-Receive $0.99 ECB
=Net cost of FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgRescue Stress Relief Gum, 17 ct – $5.79
-Receive $5.79 ECB
=Net cost of FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgTricalm Steriod-free Hydrogel, 2 oz – $9.99
-Receive $9.99 ECB (limit 2)
=Net cost of FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgRobitussin Medi-Soothers, 4 ct – $1.49
-Receive $1.49 ECB (limit 2)
=Net cost of FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgTotal Home Laundry Detergent, 20 oz – $1.79
-Receive $1.79 ECB
=Net cost of FREE

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgViva Vantage Paper Towel, single roll – $1.99
-Receive $1.99 ECB
=Net cost of FREE
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Starkist Tuna Pouches for 12 Cents Each!

Right now you can pair a printable coupon with an Ibotta credit to get Starkist Tuna Pouches for almost free at Kroger!

Buy 2 Starkist Tuna Pouches for $1 each (Seasonal Low Price)
-Use $1/2 printable
-Pay $1 plus tax out of pocket
-Receive $0.75 Ibotta credit (exp 11/26)
=$0.25/2, or 12 cents each!

 

If you are a Walmart shopper, you can get almost as good a deal.

Buy 2 Starkist Tuna Pouches for $1.25 each
-Use $1/2 printable
-Pay $1.50 plus tax out of pocket
-Receive $0.75 Ibotta credit (exp 11/26)
=$0.75/2, or 38 cents each!

 

 

Note: Some of the links above are my referral links. You can read my disclosure policy here.

 

Clarion Ledger Coupon Inserts 11/16/14

The Clarion Ledger had 2 coupon inserts this week. For 11/23/14, look for a Red Plum insert and a Smart Source insert. Be sure to check the papers before you buy them!

 

 

RedPlum 11/16

$1 off Advil Children’s (exp 12/28)
$3/2 Children’s Advil, Robitussin, Dimetapp, or Centrum FlavorBurst (exp 12/28)
$2 off
Alka-Selzer Plus item (exp 12/13)
$1 off Centrum Flavor Burst kids product (exp 12/28)
$1 off Dimetapp Children’s (exp 12/28)
$1/2 Hefty Foam plates or bowls (exp 2/28/15)
$1 off Icy Hot patch item (exp 1/31/15)
$1/2 King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls, 12-pk., or (1) 24-pk (exp 1/31/15)
$1/4 Libby’s vegetable products (exp 1/31/15)
$1/3 Libby’s fruit products (exp 1/31/15)
$1 off Nexium 24Hr item (exp 1/18/15)
$5 off Nexium 24Hr item, 28 or 42 ct. (exp 12/1)
$2 off Phillip’s Fiber Good Gummies item (exp 11/30)
$3 off Phillip’s Probiotic supplement item (exp 11/30)
.25/1 Quilted Northern Ultra Plush 6 double roll + (exp 12/16)
.75/1 Quilted Northern Ultra Strong & Soft 6 double roll + (exp 12/16)
$1 off Robitussin Children’s (exp 12/28)
$2 off
Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstopables, Bounce Bursts, or Gain Fireworks, excl Tide Pods 5 ct, Gain Flings 5 ct., and trial size (exp 12/31)
$3/2 Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstopables, Bounce Bursts, or Gain Fireworks, excl Tide Pods 5 ct, Gain Flings 5 ct., and trial size (exp 12/31)
$1 off TRESemme styling item, excl 4.2 oz hairspray and trial size (exp 12/14)
$2 off TRESemme wash and care item, excl trial size (exp 12/14)

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Kroger Delta Deals 11/1/9/14

Update: There are more items included in the Free Milk Promotion. See the list below.

 

These Kroger Delta deals are good through Thanksgiving Day. So the new ad will come out next Friday instead of Wednesday. A lot of Thanksgiving items are still on sale, but they are not as good deals as they were last week. Do look for the new Free Milk Promotion.

Know where you’re shopping on Black Friday? Earn 4x Fuel Points on Gift Cards (11/19-12/9). Restrictions apply.

 

 

Produce & Meat

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgGala Apples, 5 lb bag – $3.99
=80 cents/lb

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgClementines, 3 lb bag – $3.99
-Use $0.50 Halo coupon from 11/16 Smart Source insert
=$3.49, or $1.16/lb

Bartlett Pears – $0.99/lb

 Cranberries, 12 oz – 2/$5
-Receive $0.25 Checkout 51 credit (Pick Your Own offer)
=$2.25 after credit

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgRed or Gold Potatoes, 5 lb bag – $1.99
-Receive $0.25 Checkout 51 credit (Pick Your Own offer)
=$1.74 after credit, or 35 cents/lb

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgSweet Potatoes – $0.59/lb
-Receive $0.25 Checkout 51 credit (Pick Your Own offer)
=34 cents for 1 pound after credit

Collard, Mustard, or Turnip Greens – $0.59/bunch

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgAsparagus – $2.99/lb
Simple Truth Organic Carrots, 2 lb bag – $1.48

Dole or Fresh Selections Salad Blends – 2/$5
-Use Dole $0.50 Kroger digital coupon
=$2

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgGrade A Turkey, frozen – $0.78/lb (limit 2)
.

Private Selection Turkey, frozen – $1.19/lb (limit 2)

blue-scissors-Custom-2_thumb19_thumb.jpgButterball Turkey, frozen – $1.49/lb
-Use $3 printable when you buy 3 select items and a Butterball Whole Turkey
-Receive $3 Saving Star credit when you buy 3 select items and a Butterball Whole Turkey

Smithfield Shank Half Ham, bone-in – $1.99/lb

Smithfield or John Morrell Spiral Sliced Ham, bone-in, $2.79/lb
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Clarion Ledger Coupon Inserts 11/9/14

RedPlum 11/9

.50/1 Argo starch item (exp 12/6/)
.40/1 Fleischmann’s yeast item (exp 12/6)
$3 off Gillette male razor, excl disposables and trial size (exp 12/31)
$1 off Gillette shave prep, excl trial size (exp 12/31)
.75//1 Jimmy Dean or Delights frozen lunch or dinner entrée (exp 12/7)
.50/1
Karo syrup (exp 12/6)
$1 off Simply Homemade baking mix (exp 12/6)
$1/4 Uncle Ben’s rice products (exp 1/4/15)
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Friday Freebies – York & Hillshire Farms

York SingleThis weekend, grab a sweet freebie and a sweet freebie! Saving Star will give you 100% credit back when you buy a Dark Chocolate York Peppermint Pattie (1.4 oz). Activate the offer, and make your purchase through Sunday, November 16.

 

 

Hillshire Farms NaturalKroger has their Friday Freebie digital coupon offer for a tub of Hillshire Farm Natural lunch meat (8 oz). This coupon is good through 11/30/14, but be sure to log-in and load it today!

 

 

Note: Some of the links above are my referral links. You can read my disclosure policy here.