Free Coffee at McDonald’s and Xtra Mart

Free Coffee Image

I hope your New Year’s Resolution wasn’t to give up coffee, because I have a few more free coffee deals for you!

Xtra Mart Convenience Stores (located throughout the Northeast, but none directly in Boston) gives out free coffee the first of every month, which is today!

Also, McDonald’s is giving away Free Small Hot McCafe coffee from January 1, 2014 to January 7, 2014 a la carte only at participating locations! I found this deal by opening up my cool new McD’s app, and it was the first offer. However, you don’t need to download or show the app to get this offer I believe! (However, you may want to check the app out since there’s free burgers and such on there).

Happy New Year!! :)

Shaw’s Holiday Gift Card Promotion 2013

Shaws Gift Card Promo 2013

Shaw’s is doing a gift card promotion this week which is perfect if you are doing a little holiday shopping soon. Buy $100 in select gift cards, and earn $20 off your next grocery purchase now through 12/5/13. Here’s a few of the terms that you can’t read in that little gray print in the box above.

“See store for participating gift cards. $20 free grocery coupon issued at checkout and may be redeemed on your next grocery purchase. Coupon expires 1 week after issuance. Coupon not valid on previous purchase and cannot be used to purchase gift cards… while supplies last…”

I did this gift card promotion last year. Only select gift cards will get you the $20 grocery coupon, but they’re will be a sign on the gift card display with the eligible gift cards, and if not, just ask. I personally like doing it because I am going to spend over $100 in holiday gifts this year at some of the stores above, and I’ll get $20 in free groceries.

Also, the Stop & Shop Gift Card deal is also still running, so if you’d rather have gas than groceries, check that out! Happy shopping!

Stop & Shop Gift Card Gas Rewards Deal Perfect for Holiday Shopping

Stop and Shop Gas Point Deal

Stop and Shop has a gift card deal that will give you 4X gas rewards on (almost) all gift card purchases when you use your Stop and Shop card now through December 5, 2013.

To break it down, you will earn 4 gas points for every dollar spent on a gift card. If you spend $100 on gift cards, you will receive 400 gas points which equals .40 off a gallon of gas. If you have a 20 gallon tank you would be saving $8 at the pump, which isn’t too bad. The maximum savings in this scenario would be $14 since 35 gallons of gas is the limit for gas rewards.

Obviously if you buy more gift cards, you will save more on gas. You can only redeem 22000 points at a time for a maximum savings of $2.20 per gallon and leftover points would rollover to the next time. Gas points typically expire within one month, but will have the exact date on the receipt when you check out.

If you have a car and are looking for ways to save on gas, this is a great way to do so. You can give the gift cards for holiday gifts or you can buy gift cards at specific stores you plan to shop at to help lower gift giving costs.

For example, if you plan to go Christmas shopping at Kohl’s, buy a gift card that matches up with your budget and pay with the gift card. You can also combine the gift card with Kohl’s coupons and other promotions to help lower costs. You will also get the gas deal which helps with gas to the store. This is a great way to save even more money on your holiday shopping.

How do you plan to save with your holiday shopping? Have you done Stop & Shop gas points before?

*Also, I won’t be doing weekly grocery deals each week since there are so many great blogs that do the match-ups already, and they were a lot more work than I initially thought! However, if there’s anything great promotions or gift card offers like this, I will share them!

Thanks, How to Shop for Free!

The Best Grocery Deals and Coupon Match-Ups for 10/18/13-10/24/13

cheap weekend fun!

Okay, here are the best grocery deals and coupon match-ups from Shaw’s and Stop and Ship for 10/18/14-10/24/13! Keep in mind that prices do vary from store to store to check your own weekly ad for your favorite store.

Shaw’s:

Country Style Pork Ribs: .99/lb (must buy 3/lbs or more)

Betty Crocker Cake Mix, 15.25-18.25 oz: $1.25
Use $0.85 Off Betty Crocker Cake Mix or $0.75 off TWO Betty Crocker Frosting or Mix
And Use .75/2 Betty Crocker Cake Mix SavingStar Deposit
Final Price: .03 after coupon doubles and SavingStar

Fleischmann’s Yeast, .75 oz: $1.50
Use .40/1 Fleischmann’s Yeast Jar Or Strip from 9/8/13 or 10/6/13 Red Plum Insert
Final Price: $0.70

Tostitos Tortilla Chips, 9-13 oz: $2.00 (3-day sale item)

Tropicana Orange Juice, 59 oz: $3.69, buy one, get one free, limit 1 (3-day sale item)
Final Price: $1.85 each

Shaws Large Dozen Eggs: $1.50 each
Use $0.55/2 Eggs, Any Dozen Cartons Facebook Coupon (No longer available)
Final Price: As low as .95 each when you buy 2 (but still a good deal if you didn’t print the coupon)

Scotties Facial Tissues, 70-120 count: $1.00
Use SAVE $1.00 on any FIVE (5) boxes of Scotties® Facial Tissues
Final Price: .80 each when you buy 5

Dial Hand Soap, 7.5 oz: $1.00
$1.00/2 Dial Foaming Hand Soaps from the 10/6/13 Red Plum Insert
Final Price: .50 when you buy 2

Wilson Honey or Virginia Ham: $4.99/lb
$1/1 or $2/1 Wilson Ham printable 
Final Price: As
low as $2.99 after coupon

Stop and Shop:

Red Seedless Grapes: $0.88 (with in-ad coupon and $25 minimum purchase)

S&S Fresh Value Pack Ground Beef, 80% Lean, Value Pack: $1.99 (with in-ad coupon and $25 minimum purchase)

Ronzoni Pasta: $1
.75/1 Healthy Harvest Ronzoni Pasta or $1/2 Ronzoni Pasta Coupon
Final Price: As low as FREE when coupon doubles

Select General Mills Cereal: $1.99
Use $0.50 off ONE BOX Lucky Charms cereal, $0.75 off ONE BOX Trix cereal or $0.50 off ONE BOX Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
Final Price: As low as .49 a box

Any feedback on whether you like or dislike these weekly grocery store round-ups? Are they overwhelming, helpful, useless, etc? Share your thoughts below or send me an e-mail at kate {at} bostononbudget.com. Thanks!

Note: This post does contain some affiliate links, please see my disclosure policy here.

 

The Best Grocery Deals in New England for 10/11/13-10/17/13!

New England Grocery Deals

Here’s some great grocery deals to add to your shopping cart this week! Keep in mind that prices and deals may vary from store to store so make sure to check your own weekly ad and prices in-store.

Some deals include SavingStar which is a great program that Stop & Shop and Shaw’s participate in where you can upload coupons right to your rewards card and combine with other coupons, however, you need to request a special card from Shaw’s to participate.

Shaw’s:

Scarlett Red Seedless Grapes: $0.99/lb

New York Brand Croutons: $1.00

Jones Golden Brown Sausage: $1.67
Use .75/1 Jones Golden Brown Sausage from the 9/15/13 Red Plum Insert
Final Price: .17!

General Mills Cereal: $1.88
Use $0.50 off ONE BOX Original Cheerios cereal or $0.50 off ONE BOX Lucky Charms cereal or $0.60 Original Cheerios cereal or $0.60 Lucky Charms Cereal
And Save 50¢ when you buy ONE (1) BOX Lucky Charms®  cereal..Expires 10/31/2013.Save $0.50.
Final Price: As low as .18 (lucky charms) with coupon doubles and SavingStar

Yoplait Greek Yogurt: .88
Use $1.00 off FIVE CUPS any Yoplait Greek yogurt
And Save $1.00 when you buy FIVE (5) CUPS any variety Yoplait® Greek yogurt..Expires 10/31/2013.Save $1.00.
Final Price: .48 after coupon and SavingStar

Campbell’s Skillet Sauce: $2.00
Use .75/1 Campbell’s Skillet Sauce in the 10/6/13 Smart Source Insert
Final Price: .50 after coupon doubles

Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce: $2.00
Use $1/1 Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce in the 10/6/13 Smart Source Insert
Final Price: $1.00 (better deal at Target this week though)

Stop & Shop:

Jones Golden Brown Sausage: $1.67
Use .75/1 Jones Golden Brown Sausage from the 9/15/13 Red Plum Insert
Final Price: .17! (buy 7 items, get 400 gas points)

Perdue Oven Stuffer Roaster: .88/lb

Betty Crocker Brownie or Cake Mix: .88, limit 4 (3-day sale item)
Use $0.75 off TWO Betty Crocker Frosting or Mix
And Save 75¢ when you buy TWO (2) Betty Crocker® Ready to Spread Frosting, Supreme Brownie Mix, Dessert Bar Mix, Supermoist® Cake Mix, OR 17.5 OZ OR LARGER Cookie Mix..Expires 10/31/2013.Save $0.75.
Final Price: As low as FREE when coupon doubles and SavingStar

Final Price: .49 when you buy 2
Final Price: As low as FREE, when coupon doubles
Roche Bros:

85% Ground Beef: $2.22/lb, when you buy 3/lbs or more (3-day sale item)

Mama Rosie’s Ravioli: .99 for a 12-14.5oz bag

Prince Pasta: .99
Use $1/2 Manufacturer Coupon from Prince Pasta Wednesday Promotion
Final Price: .50 each when you buy 2

Okay, what are you favorite deals? What did I miss?

The Best Grocery Deals in New England for 9/20/13-9/26/13!

New England Grocery Deals

As I mentioned last week, I will be posting the coupon match-ups and deals for local grocery stores in the Boston area every Friday to help you save even more money! Check out the best grocery deals (in my opinion) and let me know in the comments if I missed any hot deals!

Shaw’s, Stop & Shop and Roche Bros all double coupons up to .99, and Shaw’s and Stop & Shop participate in SavingStar, which you can upload deals right onto your rewards card to save even more money. (Note: You will need to request a SavingStar card from Shaw’s). Keep in mind that prices may vary, depending on your local store, so check your own weekly ad too.

Shaw’s:

Boneless Chicken Picture

Update 9/21/13: I went shopping this morning and found Perdue Boneless Chicken Breast for .99/lb. Check the chicken breast section to see if you can find any on markdown in your local store! Best price I’ve ever seen for Boneless Chicken! I also added a few more finds :) Happy Shopping!

Fresh Turkey Breast: $1.29/lb

Chobani Greek Yogurt: .88, limit 20 (3-day sale valid 9/20-9/22)
Use .30/1 Chobani Greek Yogurt printable
Final Price: .28 each after coupon doubles

Friendly’s 48oz Ice Cream: $1.99, limit 6 (3-day sale valid 9/20-9/22)

Fresh Express Salad or Baby Blends: .99 (3-day sale valid 9/20-9/22)

Bone-in Pork Loin Sirloin Chops: $1.49/lb (3-day sale valid 9/20-9/22)

Crest Toothpaste, 6.4oz, select varieties: $1.00
Use .50/1 Crest Toothpaste from P&G Insert 9/1/13 or $0.50 off ONE Crest ProHealth Toothpaste (might not be included)
Final Price: As low as FREE after coupon doubles

Soft Soap, 7.5oz: $1.00
Use .35/1 Soft Soap Coupon from Sunday’s Smart Source 9/22/13 Insert
Final Price: .30 each after coupon doubles

Perdue Short Cuts: 3/$10
Use .75/1 Perdue Short Cuts from Red Plum Insert 7/28, expires 9/23 or $1/1 Short Cuts Printable Coupon
Final Price: As low as $1.84 after coupon doubles (and use by 9/23/13)

Domino Baking Sugar: $1.00
Use .50/2 Domino Brown or Confectioners Sugar from Red Plum 9/8/13 (I didn’t have a Domino coupon that worked from the Boston Globe’s Insert)
Insert Final Price: .50 each when you buy 2

E.E. Garlic Bread: $1.25-$1.79 (it was $1.79 at my store)
Use $1/1 E.E. Garlic Bread Shaw’s Store Coupon
Final Price: .25-.79, depending on your store

E.E. Canned Pasta: .79
Use $1/1 E.E. Canned Pasta Shaw’s Store Coupon
Final Price: FREE

Stop & Shop:

Ripe Hass Avocados or Mangoes, Limit 6: .79 each (3-day sale valid 9/20-9/22/13)

Stop & Shop Whole or Half Pork Loin, Limit 1: $1.49/lb (3-day sale valid 9/20-9/22/13)

Coca-Cola 2 Liter (Must Buy 5!): .79 each (3-day sale valid 9/20-9/22/13)

Stop and Shop Peanut Butter 18oz Jar, Limit 3: .99 (3-day sale valid 9/20-9/22/13)

Stop and Shop Pasta, Limit 6: .49 (3-day sale valid 9/20-9/22/13)

Stop & Shop 80/20 Ground Beef: $1.99/lb

Shady Book Farms Ground Turkey, 20.3 oz package: $1.99 each

Progresso Classic Soups: $1.00
Use (2) of $0.50 off TWO CANS any flavor Progresso Soups or $0.50/2 Progresso Soups printable
And use $1/4 Progresso Soup or Progresso Recipe Starters Cooking Sauce (SavingStar Deposit)
Final Price : .25 when you buy 4 (after coupons and SavingStar)

Yoplait Yogurt: .50 each
Use $0.40 off SIX CUPS any variety Yoplait Yogurt or .40/6 Yoplait Cups in the Smart Source 8/25/13 Insert
And $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups (SavingStar Deposit)
Final Price: .24 each when you buy 6

All Liquid Laundry Detergent, 50-60 oz: $2.99
$1.00 off any (1) all 32/33ld (50oz) product
Final Price: $1.99

Utz Potato Chips, 3.75oz: $1.00

Roche Bros:

Mass Grown All Purpose Potatoes, 5lb bag: $1.99 (3-day sale valid 9/20-9/22)

Butternut or Acorn Squash: .69/lb (3-day sale valid 9/20-9/22)

Pepsi 2 Liter, Limit 6: .77 each

Progresso Classic Soups: .99
Use (2) of $0.50 off TWO CANS any flavor Progresso Soups or $0.50/2 Progresso Soups printable
And use $1/4 Progresso Soup or Progresso Recipe Starters Cooking Sauce (SavingStar Deposit)
Final Price : .25 when you buy 4 (after coupons and SavingStar)

Jennie-O Turkey Bacon, 12oz: $1.99
Use .55/1 Jennie-O Turkey Bacon Coupon in the 8/11/13 and 8/18/13 Smart Source Insert
Final Price: As low as .99 after coupon doubles

Cains 30 oz Mayonnaise: $1.99
Use $1/2 Cain’s Mayonnaise Printable Coupon
Final Price: $1.49 each when you buy 2

California Iceberg Lettuce, limit 1: .88 (with $25 minimum purchase)

Roche Bros English Muffins, Regular 12oz: Free with Store Printable Coupon (when you meet minimum purchase amount)

Roche Bros Single Serve 1oz Potato Chips (*located at check-out area): Free with Store Printable Coupon (when you meet min purchase amount)

Food Club 5oz Solid White Tuna: $1 off with Store Printable Coupon (when you meet min purchase amount)
Final Price: Varies (but this should make for some cheap or even free tuna)

What do you think? What great grocery deals were missed this week?!

*Note: The Grocery Deal posts contain some affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy here.

The Best Grocery Deals in New England!

New England Grocery Deals

A little while ago, I asked everyone in survey form what you liked, didn’t like and wanted to see on Boston on Budget. I was surprised how many people were interested in grocery deals on Boston on Budget; I didn’t think it would have been the second most wanted idea. I’m going to start sharing the best grocery deals (in my opinion) each Friday on a trial basis to start, and we can see how it goes!

I mainly shop at Shaw’s, and sometimes Roche Bros and Stop  & Shop. If I notice a great deal at another grocery store, I’ll try to add it, but feel free to leave a comment if you notice a great deal at your local grocery store if it’s not on the list. Also, keep in mind that prices may be a little different depending on what store you shop at, especially if you shop in an expensive area, so make sure you look at your own weekly ad too.

Shaw’s, Stop & Shop and Roche Bros all double coupons up to .99, and Shaw’s and Stop & Shop participate in SavingStar, which you can upload deals right onto your rewards card to save even more money. (Note: You will need to request a SavingStar card from Shaw’s).

Here’s the best deals at local grocery stores this week:

Shaw’s/Star Market

Boneless Half Pork Loin: $1.99/lb
Use $1/1 Pork Be Inspired Fresh Pork printable (no longer available?)
Final Price: Varies depending on poundage

Shaw’s Milk: $2.49

Progresso Classic Soups: $1.00
Use  (2) of $0.50 off TWO CANS any flavor Progresso Soups or $0.50/2 Progresso Soups printable
And use $1/4 Progresso Soup or Progresso Recipe Starters Cooking Sauce (SavingStar Deposit)
Final Price : .25 when you buy 4 (after coupons and SavingStar)

Betty Crocker Potatoes: $1.00
Use $0.50 off Ultimate Betty Crocker Potatoes, Helpers or use $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes from Smart Source Insert #2, 9/8/13
And $0.50/1 Ultimate Betty Crocker Potatoes, Ultimate Hamburger Helper or Ultimate Chicken Helper Home Cooked Skillet Dishes (SavingStar Deposit)
Final Price: Free, if the Ultimate Potatoes are included not included, so .50 with the insert coupon

Perdue Nuggets or Cutlets: 2/$5
$0.75/1 Perdue Refrigerated Breaded Chicken Product, from Red Plum Insert, 7/28/13 (a .75/1 printable version was previously available)
Final Price: $1.00

Yoplait Yogurt Cups: .50 each
Use $0.40 off SIX CUPS any variety Yoplait Yogurt or .40/6 Yoplait Cups in the Smart Source 8/25/13 Insert
And $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups (SavingStar Deposit)
Final Price: .24 each when you buy 6

Quaker Soft Baked Cookies: 2/$4
Use $1/2 Quaker Products printable (no longer available?) or $0.75/1 Quaker Cookies from Quaker Insert, if you have it
Final Price: As low as .50 each

Barilla Pasta: .88 cents (3-day sale; price valid 9/13-9/15)
Use .55/2 Barilla Pasta coupon from the Smart Source 9/8/13 Insert or $1.00 off when you buy any TWO (2) boxes of BARILLA Pasta
Final Price: As low as .33 each when you buy 2

Eastern Potatoes (5lb bag) or Carrots (3lb bag): $1.49 a bag (3-day sale; price valid 9/13-9/15)

2 Liter of Pepsi (Limit 10): .88 (3-day sale; price valid 9/13-9/15)

Shaw’s Printable Store Coupons

 

Stop & Shop

Kellogg’s Cereal: $1.49, limit 2 (3-day sale; price valid 9/13-9/15)
Use $1/1 Kellogg’s Coupon (use Zip 77477 on Coupons.com)
Or check Kellogg’s Family Rewards for exclusive coupons and rewards
Final Price: As low as .50 a box, limit 2

Final Price: $2.99 for a pound

Sweet Green Grapes: .88/lb, limit 5 lbs (3-day sale; price valid 9/13-9/15)

Bumble Bee Tuna: .88, limit 6 (3-day sale; price valid 9/13-9/15)

Green Giant Canned Vegetables: .49, limit 6 (3-day sale; price valid 9/13-9/15)

Chock full o’Nuts Coffee: $1.49 (3-day sale; price valid 9/13-9/15)
Use $1/2 Coupon in the Smart Source 8/25 Insert
Final Price: $1 when you buy 2

S&S Fresh Boneless Chicken Breast: $1.79/lb

Perdue 93% Lean Ground Turkey: $3
$1.00 off one (1) PERDUE Ground Product
Final Price: $2 for a 16oz Package of Ground Turkey

Best Gas Deal: Buy Any 3 items, get .40 off per gallon
Buy 3 Better than Ears Dog Treats: 3/$7
Use 3) $1.00 off any one package Better Than Treats
Pay $4 out of pocket, and get .40 per gallon in gas miles ($6 Money Maker if you fill up with 25 gal)

 Roche Bros

Roche Bros English Muffins, Regular 12oz: Free with Store Printable Coupon (when you meet minimum purchase amount)

Roche Bros Single Serve 1oz Potato Chips (*located at check-out area): Free with Store Printable Coupon (when you meet min purchase amount)

Food Club 5oz Solid White Tuna: $1 off with Store Printable Coupon (when you meet min purchase amount)
Final Price: Varies (but this should make for some cheap or even free tuna)

Cains 30 oz Mayonnaise: $1.99
Use $1/2 Cain’s Mayonnaise  Printable Coupon
Final Price: $1.49 each when you buy 2

Campbell’s Chunky Soup: $1
Use .50/2 of Campbell’s Chunky Soup Printable Coupon
Final Price: .50 each when you buy 2 (after double)

What deals did I miss? Do you have any questions about couponing and getting great buys at grocery stores? Do you like this new segment on Boston on Budget! Please share below!