Shop Talk with Jenn and Julie

Frugal Rules to Live By as I Say GoodBye

Did you know that the picture above was taken when I was 8 months pregnant with my youngest son...who turns three in just a few weeks? It was then, three years ago, I wrote my first post for Shop Talk. Today I am writing my last. Julie, my Shop Talk partner, has embarked on her own ...

Back to School is a Great Time to Get Back to Organized and Saving Money

The beginning of school is only another week away. Then we'll learn who our teachers are for the year and what classroom the kids will be in. At home, we've begun our "school routine" to get everyone back on a schedule that is more in tune with the rhythm of school days. In the house, I've ...

What Does Back to School Shopping Mean for You?

I remember "Back to School" shopping with my mom when I was younger. It was a big deal: the new supplies, the new clothes, all leading up to that first day of school. What I don't remember was if "Back to School" was as big of an industry as it is now. I was too young and oblivious to ...

Dry Weather and Rising Food Costs: Planning Ahead to Save Money

This week we traveled to Northeast Nebraska for my high school class reunion. It was great to visit with old friends and to show my family the town that I grew up in. We drove, of course, and I enjoyed the familiar landscapes....the rolling hills in this part of Nebraska are amazing, I had no ...

Summer’s Biggest Money Saver

Want to know one of the biggest "deals" of the summer? Fresh produce. Plain and simple, buying produce in season and freezing or canning it is one of the best ways to save yourself money in the long run. With the Farmer's Market, roadside stands and even the produce at the grocery ...

Keep Out of the Heat and Stay on Budget

During the hot summer days everyone does their best to stay out of the kitchen. It's just too hot. Like everyone else we've been grilling: chicken, vegetables, venison and pork. I've even been grilling pizza. In order to keep with our plan to eat from our pantry and freezer as much as ...

Recipe ideas for feeding a family on the cheap

Did you notice Wednesday's Hy-Vee ad?  It said dinner for 4, less than $4.  The ad pictured Hy-Vee brand pasta, pasta sauce, garlic bread and packaged garden salad.  The total of these four products was $3.95. This is great.  So it got me wondering.  What is the least amount you spent ...

Auto Zone Coupons Available

It seems a little cliche to be talking about an Auto Zone coupon on Father's Day, but I'm going to do it anyway. Keeping up maintenance on any item you own will ensure that you keep that item longer. This includes your vehicle. I understand that not everyone is handy, not everyone is a ...

Easy, tasty and cheap – broccoli and pasta recipe

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. I was looking for some cooking inspiration, and came across a You Tube series called Laura in the Kitchen. These cooking videos feature a young Italian woman who makes recipes from her home land. I recognize many of Laura's recipes as those ...

A Picture Perfect Father’s Day

Father's Day is next weekend. Most likely you knew that. At my house, we don't make a lot of fuss over Father's Day and Mother's Day. We don't buy big fancy gifts...and I don't think we've ever even gone out to eat. This year, however, my husband did make a request for Father's Day ...

Waiting for the Good Humor ice cream man

Do you ever look at something and have it trigger a memory? That happened today as I was looking at the Walmart ad.  I saw a variety pack of Good Humor ice cream (24 pack/$9.98), and for some reason it reminded me of those hot summer days growing up on Chicago's west side, and my sisters ...

Free Sub Sandwich at Quiznos

We've found ourselves grabbing a sandwich on the run more than we would like to lately ... I've been sick, we've found ourselves with less time between kid activities than we had planned, the list goes on. It's lack of planning, but it's reality right now. I'm not a fan of fast food and when ...

Free Ocean Spray at CVS

At our house we don't let the kids drink soda, they don't get other crazy flavored drinks unless it is a special occasion so they are left with juice. Unfortunately for them, they get that watered down and only twice a day. The rest of the time its good ol' water. Three kids and two adults ...

Get ready for summer

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer.  There is no more proof needed than to see what's in this week's Journal-World ads. You can outfit your family for the summer at Target.  $5 tshirts and shorts for boys and girls are available this week.  Also check out the kids swimwear ...

A Mother’s Day wish

I sat down with the ads this week and decided I couldn't write about shopping today.  After all, it is Mother's Day. Instead today, I find myself grateful and thankful for the wonderful husband and sons I share my life with. We have certainly had our share of fun and struggles, but at ...

CVS Has Free Allegra to Combat Strong Seasonal Allergies

We just returned from Florida and our adventure to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World Resorts. It was a great conference with great speakers and an incredible experience for the entire family. After driving 20 hours both ways and spending a little more than a week ...

Vacuum cleaner dilemma

I need a new vacuum cleaner.  My current machine does not turn off unless you unplug it.  For the last year or so, the brush roll seems to have a mind of its own.  The unit, a Eureka upright, is about 6 years old.  I guess it's time to put it to rest. For years, I worked for Eureka ...

How has Pinterest inspired you?

I noticed that since I've found Pinterest, I am drawn to thrift stores.  I was known to check out the Goodwill store, after all I found my son's solid wood desk there for $25 several years ago.  I also find myself looking for thrift stores when I'm out and about. The difference now, is ...

New Policies at Dillons for Coupon Shoppers

I have often said that it is a good idea to know the coupon policies of the stores you shop at. I even suggest that you point them out and carry them with you in your shopping supplies. Often the employees aren't aware of the actual store policy. If you are an avid coupon user putting ...

Target helps you incorporate trendy colors for spring

I love when spring finally hits.  We are past all the cold weather and it hasn't yet gotten unbearably hot.   But this spring I am loving all the color we are seeing in fashion.  One look at this week's Target ad shows exactly what I am talking about. If you are looking to incorporate ...