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May 21 15

How I read Giant Gas Deals

by Kathy

For first timers trying the gas deals, it can be intimidating or overwhelming. I spoke to a group one time and they were just baffled and amazed at how you need to figure the math out. You can spend a lot of time and thought into figuring out the deals and there are so many different ways to do it. Everybody does math a little differently! Find your unique way of doing it, and do it your way that works for you!

Here is how I quickly interpret the gas deals and determine which prices are good stock up prices for our family.

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1. Calculate the total amount saved in gas. In the example above, I will take the 40 cents per gallon and multiply it by 25 gallons. That means I will save $10.00 in gas if I buy 5 of the items.

2. Determine the amount saved per item. If I am saving $10.00 in gas, and need to buy 5 items, that means if I divide 10 by 5, I am saving $2.00 per item pictured. That makes Aunt Jemima pancakes FREE, or Mars Ice Cream Bars only $1.00 per box.

I will cross out the price for every item and write the new price in. If its a good deal, I will get it, since I will be buying gas anyway. Sometimes if I am out of pasta sauce and it is less than $1.00 I will get it even if it is not free. It just depends on my needs at the time.

And yes, sometimes I splurge a little. Have you ever tried the Talenti ice cream that is on sale in this ad for $3.50. With the $2.00 gas savings it is only $1.50. If there is a celebration, anniversary or birthday, or even a stressful week and I know my husband and I will need to decompress, I will get this as a special treat for after the kids go to bed! It is delicious!

3. Search for coupons to make the deal even better. I will search other blogs or coupon sites like to see if there are coupons available for the items that are around $1.00 or less after the gas deal. For instance this week there is a Mars Ice Cream coupon for $1.00 off making them FREE!

4. Figure out my totals. Sometimes I will buy 5 of an item if I need it, but sometimes I don’t need 5 so I mix and match. I might only want 2 loaves of bread, and 1 box of waffles, so I will fill in with 2 of something else. I don’t need to do the math out because I know what I am paying per item since I already tallied that in step 2 above. It won’t matter how many I buy, I will always be paying the same price, as long as I get a multiple of 5 items.

May 21 15

Money-Maker on Gerber Graduates through Giant Gas Deals

by Kathy

$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Meals or Sides


Buy (8) Gerber Pasta Pick-Ups, Lil Meals, Dices and Breakfast Buddies at $1.33 each
Use (2) $1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates coupons
Pay $8.67
Earn $12.50 in gas
Total Cost is an EARNING OF $3.83!

This deal ends on Saturday, May 23, 2015. If your store is out of stock of these items, ask for a rain check.

May 21 15

Giant Deals this Week, May 17-23, 2015: FREE Mars Ice Cream and Aunt Jemima Pancakes

by Kathy

There are some great Giant gas deals this week again! Many you don’t even need coupons for. Keep in mind, these deals are best if you fill up 25 gallons (which you can do by filling your vehicle plus a gas can).

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You need to buy 5 items in the first category in order to earn $10 worth of gas (400 points = $.40 off per gallon x 25 gallons = $10). I like to mix and match my gas deals, because I typically don’t need 5 of one product. So I just get what I need, like this:

Be sure to print this coupon first! I used two computers to get 4 coupons (you can print each coupon twice).

$1.00 off (1) SNICKERS Brand Ice Cream


(4) Snickers Ice Cream Bars $3.00 each
use (4) coupons $1.00 off each
(1) Aunt Jemima Pancakes $2.00
Pay $10.00
Earn $10.00 in gas

If you go to the store now, and try this, you might be in luck (because my local store restocks sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday night), or you might find that they are sold out of the best deals. Like the Snickers and the baby food deal. Don’t get frustrated! The customer service is very friendly. Just ask them for a rain check on the items that they do not have, and go back sometime in the next few weeks to make your purchases.

May 18 15

Oregon Dairy | Family Farm Days

by Kathy

Family Farm Days will be at Oregon Dairy on June 16, 17, 18 of 2015! Family Farm Day Hours: 10am – 7pm

Chicken BBQ Hours – 11am – 7pm.

Event Sponsors: Additional Sponsored by: Oregon Dairy, Fulton Bank, Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, John Sauder Chevrolet, New… #familyfarmdays

Source: Oregon Dairy | Family Farm Days

May 14 15

Come Explore, Create and Invent with Clifford: May 16, 2015

by Kathy

Join your friends from WITF and your favorite big red dog at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum  in York, PA on Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM!

This free, fun, family event, specifically designed for children 3-8, will get the whole family discovering and learning together.

Younger and older siblings welcome!

Fun for the whole family! This event is FREE, but please RSVP.

May 11 15

FREE cone at Haagen Daaz on May 12 from 4-8pm

by Kathy

Stop in at the Haagen-Dazs Shop at Park City Mall food court for a FREE CONE of your favorite flavor on Tuesday, May 12 between 4pm and 8pm. Located at 1205 Park City Center Space L205, Lancaster, PA.

May 1 15

Kids Bowl FREE at Dutch Lanes for Summer of 2015

by Kathy

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Be sure to sign up for the Kids Bowl FREE program at Dutch Lanes in Ephrata this summer!

Apr 30 15

Customer Appreciation Days at Manheim Agway on May 1-2, 2015

by Kathy

Agway G&G Feed Supply in Manheim will host their customer appreciation days Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd, 2015.  There will be refreshments and door prize drawings both days. On Saturday there will also be kids activities including a clown, make your own soft pretzel and barrel train rides.

290 S. Oak Street, Manheim. Call 717-665-5001 for more info.

Apr 28 15

Test-Driving an Electric Car in Lancaster County

by Kathy


This week my husband, as part of Five30Reviews, is test-driving a Chevy Volt in Lancaster County. Have you ever wondered how much of a money-saver an electric car would be for you and your family? Follow his frugal findings on his Five30Reviews blog, facebook, twitter, YouTube and Google+.

Apr 23 15

Esbenshades Open House this Saturday, April 25

by Kathy

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Spring Open House at Esbenshades on Saturday, April 15th from 10am to 4pm. There will be FREE face painting and balloons for the kids, hot dogs, expert advice and door prizes and giveaways!