Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Have you Tried Cici's Pizza yet?

As I told you here, we found a great inexpensive dinner buffet, Cici's Pizzas.

Cici's Pizzas has a $4.99 endless value dinner (buffet) that includes pizza, pasta, salad, bread sticks, and desserts! And for kids the endless value dinner is even less (it is less that $3). Which means my HUGE family of 2 adults and 4 kids (that eat) can eat for less than $25.

I told you before that the kids and I ate at Cici's Pizzas once but that Wes had not yet tried it. Well, we had the chance to go over there with Wes, my mom, brother and sister after baby E was born. And guess what? Everyone really liked it. Wes thought it had great variety and that the food was good-especially for the price!

So, next time you need a night off from cooking and are looking for an affordable, tasty and fun place to take the family, check out your local Cici's Pizzas. You won't regret it!

***By way of disclosure-I was not monetarily compensated for this post, but I will receive 2 free buffet coupons. I am going to use them to take my husband and kids over there and have a will be such a treat with the new baby coming so quick!***


Walmart "no need to bring ads" is sooo least for me...

You may or may not be aware that Wal-mart updated their ad matching guarantee policy and coupon policy recently. I have not mentioned this to this point, but I want to say a few things about the new ad matching guarantee policy and how it has affected me locally.

First thing I want to note is that the new policy states "We do not require customers to have the ad with them to honor a competitor's ad." Many, Many bloggers are praising this new note as it makes ad matching easier to do when you do not have to bring the ads and prove each price match. Apparently at most Wal-Marts nationwide in the past it has been commonplace to have to have the ads with you before this change. That is not the case here in Omaha.

Here in Omaha, I have never before this policy change brought ads with me to price match. I just have a list with the price matches listed on it. I have never had a problem price matching like that and have only been asked to prove an ad match 2 times total (thank goodness I happened to have the ads with me both times).

Since this new policy went into effect, it has actually made price matching harder here in Omaha and has caused me to NEED my ads with me all the time. Why you ask? Well, because the checkers are supposed to be responsible to know the ad matches, so the local managers have made up basically cheat sheets of the most common ad matches from week to week for the checkers to use. This means that each time I have a price match the lovely checkers grab their list and check to see if it is listed on it. The problem there is that not all ad prices are listed-only the most common or popular ones (I have found that ends up being the front page items usually).

So, if I give a valid price match that is not on their incomplete list from the managers, the checkers will NOT believe it is valid and will NOT give the price match. So you have to get a manager over and depending on the manager, they often will also NOT match the price UNLESS you show it to them in the ad. SO...I have to have my ads with me all the time to shop now because their lists are SOOOO incomplete. It sucks...that is all.

Another note about the new policy that I hate is that they "DO NOT match the price of Competitors' private label price promotions." This means they no longer price match generic brand to generic brand. DANG! That is super frustrating...

So, is price matching at Wal Mart still worth it? Well, it is now a bigger hassle than it used to be, but it is still a bigger hassle to price match at Target (since I have to go to customer service to check out with price matches there). So, yes, I will continue to price match at Walmart as it saves me so much money, but I will also continue to complain to the managers and corporate at Walmart about how their new policy has had the opposite effect they wanted.

I also will continue to keep my ads in my diaper bag just in case and I will make sure to keep a copy of the ad matching guarantee policy and the coupon policy with me as well. I recommend you also print out the policies and keep them with you.

Have any of you had similar problems or is this just me?


Beckee's Best of Omaha Grocery Deals 5/4-5/11

Here are my favorite deals in Omaha grocery this week:

  • Dannon Yogurt 6 oz varieties 10/$3 ($.30 each)
  • Post cereal 6.2-14.75 varieties $1.68
  • Sun Chips or Tostitos 9-13 oz 2/$5 (Only ok, but if ou buy 2 bags, there is an in ad coupon for a free 15.5 oz Totitos salsa making it a pretty good deal.)

No Frills Fresh
  • If you buy 4 participating General Mills items in one transaction, you can get FREE milk with the in ad coupon.
  • Our Family 24 pack water $2.99
  • Big 28 oz cans Van Camp's Pork and Beans 4/$4 (with in ad coupon)
  • Coke Product 2 L 10/$10
  • Aqua Star Snow Crab Legs $5.99/lb (Sold in a 2 lb package for $11.98)
In addition to their regular week long special, No Frills also has a 3 Day Price Buster Sale Friday 5/6-Sunday 5/8 that includes the following:
  • EL Fudge cookies (these used to be my fave and I have not had them in years!!) $1.48
  • Diet Rite, RC, Diet RC, Squirt, Sun Drop, Sunkist, or Big Red 12 packs $1.98 (limit 3)
And the Baker's Square location on 132nd and Center is having a Customer Appreciation sale all week that has the following deals this week:
  • Tyson frozen Skinless boneless chicken breast tenders $1.38/lb
  • 1 lb Our Family Butter $1.88 (with in ad coupon)
  • Dole Lettuce Iceberg Lettuce $.69 (with in ad coupon)
  • 5% discount for Seniors over 55-just tell them you are a Senior to get 5% off your entire order

Bag N Save
  • Charmin Bath Tissue 12 ct double $4.99
  • 32 oz Gatorades $.77 (limit 12-these would be awesome for sports...)
  • Idaho Green Giant Russett Potatoes 5 lb bag $1.99
  • El Monterey Taquitos or Tamales 21-24 oz $4.99
  • El Monterey Burritos or Chimichangas 32 oz $2.98
  • Bar S Smoked or Polish Sausage 8 oz 10/$10
In addition to their regular week long special, Bag N Save also has a 3 Day Price Buster Sale Friday 5/6-Sunday 5/8 that includes the following:

  • 8 count Our Family hot dog or hambuger buns $.69
  • 4 lb bag Our Family granulated Sugar $1.77
  • Bakeshop Ciabatta Bread or breadsticks BOGO (Buy one at $3.49, get second free)
Baker's (Remember their sales are almost always WITH card)
  • Kroger Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts, Tenderloins or Thighs $1.66/lb (sold in 3 lb bag for $4.98
  • Fresh Artichokes 10/$10
  • There is a 10 Item Mega event where you can get $5 off when you buy any 10 of the participating items. That means you essentially get $.50 off  each item.  The following items listed are part of that deal and the price I list is the price AFTER the $.50 off:
  • American Beauty Pasta 12-16 oz varieties $.49
  • Capri Sun or Kool Aid Jammers $1.40
  • Oscar Mayer Ham or Turkey Lunch Meat 10 oz $1.99
  • Cheetos or Fritos 7.7-10.2 oz $1.98
  • Armour Meatballs 12-14 oz $2.49
  • Baking Potatos 5 lb bag $.99
  • Green Peppers 3 pack tray $.99
Super Saver (FYI-this week SS is celebrating it's 27th Anniversary with an anniversary sale!)
  • Roberts Milk Skim, 1%, 2%, or Vitamin D Gallon $2.48
  • Pepsi Products 24 pack $4.98 (limit 2)
  • General Mills Cheerios. Honey Nut Cheerios or Golden Grahams 12-14 oz 2/$4
  • Pringles Potato Crisps Original or Sour Cream and Onion $.88
  • Bananas $.38/lb
  • Whole Beef Brisket $2.47/lb (Mmmm...I think I know what I want for Mother's Day dinner...someone better tell Wes!)
  • Tostitos Tortilla Chips 13 oz $1.88
In addition to their regular week long special, Super Saver also has a 3 Day Price Buster Sale Friday 5/6-Sunday 5/8 that includes the following:

  • Hersheys Candy Bars 1.45-1.55 oz 10/$4
  • Land O Lakes gallon Chocolate Milk $2.78
  • Prego Spaghetti Sauce 24 oz jars $.97
  • Red Potatoes $.73/lb
  • Monterey Sliced or Whole Bella Mushrooms 8 oz $1.28
  • Green Peppers or Cucumbers 2/$.89
  • Granny Smith, Fuji, or Pink Lady apples $.73/lb 
***Remember that I generally just price match at Walmart as much as I can rather than go to all the stores separately! I LOVE being able to do that. You can also pricematch at Target, but I find it easier to pricematch at Walmart.