Attention Market Basket shoppers…

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I know many of you visit This Mama Knows to get the deal match ups for Market Basket, the Google analytics info tells me that.  So, I am sure you are well aware of the debacle going on at all Market Basket stores, empty shelves and parking lots that are ghost towns—minus the store employees and supporters holding signs in support of the ousted CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas.

I am just amazed (and I am not using that word lightly) that so many employee and customers are flocking to support a person.  But after reading countless stories about Arthur T.’s selfless acts and generosity, I am not surprised one bit.  I was in a Market Basket store last Saturday morning and the shelves were already becoming bare.  Again for curiosity’s sake, I stopped in on Monday and the situation was even worse, no produce, no fresh meat, no seafood and the other shelves were only about 1/4 the way stocked.  For that reason, in addition to supporting the protesters I did my grocery shopping elsewhere this week.  My wallet took a bit more of hit than normal, but I just had to get creative and deal with it.

If you are a Market Basket shopper and feeling the pain in the wallet for having (or choosing) to shop elsewhere, here are some suggestions for you:

  • Hannaford: If you aren’t familiar with Hannaford, they are a great store, the produce and meat are really high quality.  You can even check the prices of nearly every item they carry in a particular store on their website.  You can also view their sales flyer online as well.  Their prices do vary slightly depending on the location.
  • Shaw’s:  Yes, Shaw’s is expensive for most things, but if you shop just their sale items and use coupons, you can find some great deals there that even beat Market Basket prices.  The best deals this week at Shaw’s can be found here.
  • Shop local farmers markets or farm stands, meat markets and local stores.  For example, my local small town convenience store has a butcher counter and sells ground beef for $3.99/lb.  It is ground fresh to order and is from a local farm and is the best tasting beef.
  • Trader Joe’s:  The past two weeks I have done my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s.  Its not convenient for me to go that often, but I love the stuff they carry.  The organic produce is very reasonable ($2.99 for 3 pack of romaine hearts!) and they have a nice selection of gluten free items too.  Their frozen pizzas are some of the best as well.  They also accept manufacturer’s coupons.

For those that are interested in keeping up with the latest new about the Market Basket strike and protest, check out several Facebook pages that have been set up:

-Save Artie T. & Save Market Basket

-Save Market Basket

FREE $5 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card + FREE Medium Beverage

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TODAY only, when you download the Dunkin Donuts app and sign up for the DD Perks program, you have the chance to score a FREE medium beverage and an additional $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card when you load an existing card to your account.  Here’s how: first download the free app onto your phone, open the app and follow the prompts to sign up and load a card onto your account.  When you load the card, use the promo code BONUS5 and a $5 gift card will be added to your account! The coupon for the free medium beverage will be emailed to you instantly as well.  FREE ice lattes are calling my name!

Farmer’s Pick by Welch’s

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A day doesn’t go by that I am contacted by a brand asking for me to post something about their product on my blog. Its fun to receive so much attention, but I only post a very small fraction of those requests and only for those products that I am personally a fan of.  I recently received a basket of goodies from Welch’s of their Farmer’s Pick products.  This new line of juices and fruit spreads have authentic fruit flavors without any added junk like high fructose corn syrup. The Welch’s Farmer’s Pick juices come in three delicious varieties: Concord Grape, Mango and Blackberry and do not contain preservatives or artificial flavors, colors or ingredients.  Each glass of Farmer’s Pick juice has two servings of fruit, without any added sugar.

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The Farmer’s Pick Fruit Spreads are delicious as well! I rarely purchase store bought jams or jellies because of the added preservatives and high fructose corn syrup.  Each year I will typically can my own strawberry jam because I like knowing that it has simple ingredients.  But its a reality that not everyone has the time or inclination to make their own jams. Welch’s Farmer’s Pick Fruit Spreads do not contain any preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavors.  They actual contain exactly what is in my homemade version: fruit, sugar, pectin and citric acid.

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Be sure to visit Welchs.com to learn more about the Farmer’s Pick juices and spreads and to enter to win a year’s supply of Farmer’s Pick by Welch’s. Now excuse me while I make myself a PB&J with that Farmer’s Pick Concord Grape Spread, yum!

$10 Starbucks Gift Card for $5!

Hurry, this offer won’t last long! Right now on Zulily.com you can snag a $10 Starbucks e-Gift Card for just $5! Would make a great teacher’s gift at a bargain price!

How to get this deal:

1. Sign up or log in to your Zulily account.

2. Do a search for Starbucks (top right hand side of the screen).

3. Purchase and enjoy your bargain!

NEW Pampers Gifts to Grow Code!

Pampers just released a new Gifts to Grow code worth 10 points: FBAPRL892BLE014 . This code is good through April 3rd.

If you aren’t already a member of Pamper’s Gifts to Grow program, you can sign up here for free and score 100 points to get you started! Also, check out my previous posts for more codes that still may be active. You collect points to cash in for prizes like toys, baby products and gift cards.

Disney Frozen DVD/Bluray for BETTER THAN FREE!

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Wowza, I’m glad I didn’t rush out to buy this movie earlier this week because here’s a way we can snag Disney’s Frozen DVD Bluray movie for better than FREE when you shop through Top Cash Back’s link for Walmart . If you aren’t familiar with Top Cash Back, its a somewhat new online cash back website much like ebates or Shop at Home. This deal is only good for new members, but if you already are a member they do not limit to multiple accounts in each household, so sign your husband up.  Here’s how to score the deal:

1. Sign up for a Top Cash Back account (which is free to do, no catches!)

2. Come back here and use this direct link for the special Walmart Frozen DVD deal.

3. Pick up your movie in store and sit back and wait for $22 to be deposited into your Top Cash Back account.  You can then cash out your account into a Paypal account or checking account. You can also cash out for an Amazon.com gift certificate.

As of right now, the movie out of stock online at Walmart.com, but try changing your store locations to find one that has them in stock to pick up in store today. I fiddled around and found a store nearby (Amherst, NH) that had them available.

Thanks Coupon Karma for the heads up on this deal!

NEW Site Feature: Coupon Database

coupondatabaseHave you ever spent time making your shopping list and then wonder if there are coupons out there for the items you plan on purchasing? Instead of flipping through all those Sunday coupon inserts or trying to do an internet search, you can now use a new feature that I just installed on This Mama Knows, a Coupon Database!

To access the database click on the “Coupon Database” box on the right hand side of the blog or use the above link.  To use the database simply type in the brand you are looking for and VOILA! you have the available coupons and where you can find them or print them from. How awesome is that?!

NHYardSale.com

NHYardSaleIf you live in New Hampshire, listen up, because here’s a new venue to buy and sell from. Have you noticed all those Facebook yardsale groups that have popped up lately? Sometimes it can really frustrating to buy or sell on these sites because its hard to scroll through all the items and to arrange the purchase. Your alternative? Check out NHYardSale.com, which is a hybrid of these Facebook groups, eBay and Craigslist, all rolled into one. The creators of NHYardSale.com have taken the good points of each of those sites and created a localized place to buy and sell.

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Curious and want to find out more about NHYardSale.com? Be sure to “like” them on Facebook and check out their FAQs here.  In celebration of their launch, NHYardSale.com is offering a PS4 game system with just a starting bid of $20, with no reserve! Its free to join NHYardSale.com, so check it out, browse the items for sale and maybe even make a few bucks selling your unwanted items!

Need Pantry or Stockpile Shelving?

Check out this great deal on a Sterilite 4-Shelf Shelving Unit, which is perfect for your couponing stockpile or pantry. I have four of these exact same units to store my pantry items and love them. Very durable and keeps things neat and tidy! Right now on Amazon.com these shelving units are on sale for $29.99 and qualifies for FREE Super Saver or Amazon Prime shipping.

Features:

  • Heavy-duty 4-shelf storage unit provides sturdy, economical home or garage shelving
  • Made of plastic with rugged tubular construction; platinum color
  • Non-ventilated shelves, with each shelf capable of holding up to 50 pounds
  • Assembles in less than 10 minutes and requires no tools
  • Measures 34-1/2 by 14-3/8 by 57 inches (LxWxH)

$1/2 Mars Holiday Bag Candy Printable Coupon! + Black Friday Deal Scenario

$1.00 off two MARS Holiday Bag, 7.94 oz - 19.2 oz
Love all these new printable coupons that will come in handy for the Black Friday deals. Here is a new printable good for $1 off 2 bags of Mars Holiday candy. Use it at Rite Aid for the Black Friday sale and score yourself some big bags of M&M’s for just .50 each after coupon & UP Rewards!

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