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cereal sale albertsons

Before coupons or sales this would have cost me $127.50

 I was able to get it all for $26.02 ($23.07 plus $2.32 tax)

 In case you did not know Albertson is having an AMAZING sale on Quaker products right now.  $1.29 when you buy in groups of 6.  BUT when I went to my local Albertsons in Caldwell  yesterday I noticed that they had a sign with them priced at only $.79 each.  The store has coupons at the registers that takes $1.00 off 2 makes them only $.79 each when you buy in groups of 6.

Please note that this is while supplies last, they had 8 pallets full and another 5 pallets full in the back.  SO go stock up, but don’t go to crazy so there is enough o share with everyone :)

  • Use $1/2 Quaker Product, exp. 6/30/13 (ALL YOU Feb ’13)
  • AND use Use $1 off Milk when you buy Quaker Cookies, Cold Cereals or Chewy Granola Bars, exp. 6/15/13 (RP 05/19/13 R) (not in Idaho)
  • Or if you live in Caldwell Idaho, they have the coupons at the register for you
  • Final Price as low as or at $0.79

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albertons shopping trip
I am loving these promos at Albertsons this week. Everything in the photo cost me $20.06 before coupons or promo this would have cost $93.41! That is a savings of 80%!

French’s Spicy Brown $.69 each when you buy 10 promo items (normally $2.49)

  • use the coupon for $.40/1 French’s Spicy Brown or Hoseradish Mustard from the the 5/12 smart source.
  • Final price  $.29 each

Barilla Pasta $.49 (when you buy 10 promo items) normally $1.50 each

  • use the  $.55 Barilla Blue Box Pasta in the 5/19 smart source
  • Final price only $.22 each!!!!

  • Final Price as low as or at $0.49

  • used the $1/1 Best Foods Mayonnaise (5/19 Red plum)
  • Final Price as low as or at $1.99

Eggs $.79 each (limit one)

YoCrunch Yogurts were free with coupons I had

Bread was $1.39

Check the full list of Albertsons promo items and the other coupon match up items.

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pasta roni sale

  • Final Price as low as or at $0.49

  • Final Price as low as or at $0.49

Check the full list of Albertsons promo items and the other coupon match up items.

Milk is a pretty good deal as well and coupon makes them eve better!

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free pasta sauce

Before sale price or coupons this would have cost $28.72, I was able to get it  all for $6.88  not bad for 8 jars of sauce and 3 lbs of Pork Ribs! I used my catalinas to pay for the meat.

This is the week to stock up on Barilla Pasta Sauce at Albertsons! They are on sale for $1.50 each (price good till 5/14)  BUT there is a hidden catalina printing.  After coupon and catalina you can get them FREE (just pay tax).

Barilla Pasta Sauces (buy 4) cost of $6

  • Use 4 coupons for  $1/1 Barilla Pasta Sauces ( coupon insert 4/7 SS)
  • Pay $2 plus tax out of pocket
  • After you pay get back a $2 Catalina 

Update*** a reader told me on facebook that the catalina is printing when you buy 3, if this works it turns them into a money maker!

You can then use the Catalina on your next transaction (buy 4 more, use 4 more coupons plus the catalina) and get them FREE just pay sales tax… plus after you pay another catalina will print out for $2 off your next purchase.

Do not forget to check out our FULL list of Albertsons Coupons Deals this week.  Lots of stock up prices no coupons needed.

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doubles

It was a good shopping day at Albertsons.  Before coupons or sales this would have cost $105.24  I got it all for $17.86.

Today is the LAST DAY to get in on these deals and any of the other Albertsons double coupon matchup deals

THREE good reason to shop at Albertsons this week

Ken’s steakhouse dressing $1.25

  • Use $1/2 Ken’s Dressing, exp. 4/30/13 (SS 03/10/13)
  • or $1/1 Ken’s Dressing, exp. 4/30/13 (SS 03/10/13 R) ~ not in Idaho
  • Final price $.25- FREE

Stride Gum on sale for $1.00

  • Use the $1/2 Stride Gum coupon from the  (4/7 SS)
  • AND a “Twice the Value” coupon
  • Final price FREE just pay tax

David sunflower seeds $1.00 (Thanks Maryhelen)

  • use $1/2 peelie found on product
  • AND a “Twice the Value” coupon
  • Final price $.50 each when you buy 2

Swanson Flavor boost $1.99

All laundry detergent is $2.99 at Albertsons thru April 30
Use these coupons to bring your total down (watch expiration dates)

YoCrunch was free with coupons I had for doing a giveaway.

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How to Stain Concrete Floors

Thanks to Emily for passing along this thrifty tip on how to stain your concrete floors. Oh my word… I totally feel in love with this idea, and it looks amazing! If you would like to be a featured guest post on Look What I Made , watch for our weekly post each Tuesday called A Thrifty online craft fair, link up and you may be selected for our weekly feature post.

DIY Concrete Stained Flooring

Earlier this year we adopted a dog from our local rescue group. This dog was not house trained and in our efforts to “convert” him he chewed a massive hole in our living room carpet all the way through the padding. We didn’t want to replace this with more carpet and didn’t want the expense of tile or wood floors. We looked at so many options and then ran across information on stained concrete floors. We completed the process which I will show you below and it turned out amazingly well. It would have cost us over $3000 for new carpet and more than that for tile or wood floors and we purchased the items needed to stain the concrete ourselves and instead got the job done for less than $600 and have ended up with a much better outcome in my opinion. No more renting carpet cleaner or freaking out when something is spilled, I just wipe it up and move on!

Here are some visuals of different points in our project. The first step is to remove the existing carpet and padding and then thoroughly clean the floors.

DIY Concrete Stained Flooring step by step

So here we are with bare concrete floors after removing the tack strips and yes that is my huge black dog enjoying the cool concrete. The most amusing factor of the whole project was watching my husband try to use a buffer.

As you can see the tape we laid the lines down to make this look like tile/marble and we did not want to actually cut grout lines into our concrete as we didn’t want our house filled with concrete dust. Always follow the directions on your stain, not following directions caused us to have to do the staining process twice. Here is the result after the second round.

DIY Concrete Stained Flooring step by step tape design restain

We were finally satisfied with the color so we removed the tape, sealed and waxed the floors after they had completely dried, and there we have the end result. I used a stencil and gold paint to accent the border. In all it took 5 days and it’s pretty maintenance free from there. I do have to re-seal and wax mine occasionally because of my dogs.

DIY Concrete Stained Flooring Final example

UPDATE : Here are answers to the questions your readers had! I’m so glad people are liking the idea.

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* The entire process takes 4-5 days depending on how dirty your concrete is. The concrete must be completely cleaned including renting a buffer with a “scratch” pad to get all of the dirt and grime up. It took us 2 days to get the floor clean and the kit that we purchased did come with a special cleaner to help loosen any stains that may be on the concrete. Cleaning is your most important step, if you leave stains they WILL show through. If you have previously had carpet you will need to remove the tac strips which will likely leave holes in your concrete, these must be filled and sanded down. We created an 8 inch border around the entire room and used a vinyl concrete to resurface the border due to the large holes the tac strips left behind.

* We purchased our staining kit from  here, we purchased 2 colors of stain to get the marbled effect- Here are a number of color choices to choose from. Make sure you follow the instructions and use the “Concrete Prep” solution to open the pores of your concrete or you risk the stain acting as a paint instead of actually penetrating the concrete.

* You do have the option of scoring or cutting your concrete and this can be done using a worm drive saw. We chose not to do this because we have kids and pets and I didn’t want to be constantly cleaning dirt out of the grout lines. We made a very intricate border and used 1/4 inch Quilters tape. The tape acts as your grout line, you lay the tape after cleaning your floors. You stain the floors to your desired color, seal the floors and when those steps are complete you remove the tape from the floors leaving you a nice gray grout line. You can purchase the quilters tape at Hancock fabrics and make sure you use the white, the neon colors didn’t stick very well.

* I have not experienced the floors being extremely cold like I expected, they are not nearly as cold as my tile floors. Right now my living room is the only room with stained concrete but we plan to continue it throughout the entire downstairs.

Below is a better picture of the border and tape used to create the grout lines and also the gold stenciling within the border.  Also YouTube has multiple videos on how to stain concrete floors.

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DIY Concrete Stained Flooring Final example of tape design

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