Harris Teeter Super Doubles

Harris Teeter is one of my favorite grocery stores here in Virginia. I have one within walking distance of my condo so I shop there frequently. Harris Teeter has locations here in Virginia and DC, Maryland, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. If you do not have a Harris Teeter in your area or have never been it one,d it’s your typical mass grocer with average prices and a good selection of major brand products and their own brand including an organic line. What makes them hold a special place in my frugal heart is their periodic Super Doubles special.

During the Super Doubles promotion Harris Teeters doubles coupons up to $2 face value. So that means your measly little $2 coupon becomes a $4 coupon!!! Woot Woot! So when I saw the Super Doubles promotion I quickly searched through my old coupon packets (never throw them away until all the coupons in them expire) and online coupons for any coupons $1 or more. Once I gathered all the coupons I could find for any products I need or may need I headed to Harris Teeter with a smirk on my face and reusable grocery bags in hand.

I planned this trip to only buy items that I had coupons for. I wish there were more coupons for fresh fruits and veggies though. So I’ll do my regular grocery shopping some other time – I needed to concentrate on the Super Doubles. It’s not a game people. Surprisingly, I only spent about 30 minutes in the store, everything I intended to purchase was in stock and I didn’t buy anything that wasn’t on my list or I didn’t have a coupon for. There were a few things I had planned to buy but changed my mind because it wasn’t as good of a bargain as I thought.

Check out what I bought:
Harris Teeter Haul

I know you’re wondering what I paid after all the coupons. The price before coupons was $40.01 and after the super doubles: $14.20!
Here’s the breakdown:
Ragu Pasta Sauce on sale for $1.78 used $1 coupon=Free
Barilla Pasta $2.49 used $1 coupon= $.49
Silk Yogurt on sale for $1.25 used $1 off 3 coupon= $.58 each (bought 3)
So Delicious Yogurt on sale for $1.25 used $1 off 3 coupon =$.58 each (bought 6)
Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears $1.49 used $1 coupon=Free
Black Forest Organic Gummy Worms $1.69 used $1 coupon=free (bought 2)
Oral B Floss on sale $2.99 used $1 coupon=$ .99
Oral B Pulsar Toothbrush on sale $5.99 used $2 coupon=$1.99
Tampax Pearl Tampons on sale $3.99 used $1 coupon=$1.99
Energizer AA Batteries on sale for $5.99 used $1.25 coupon=$3.49

I think the deal on the yogurts was worth it alone. If you have a Harris Teeter in your area hurry and catch the Super Doubles promotion.

Do you use coupons when you shop?

And in case you thought I was kidding about saving old coupon packets. Here’s my current stash:

Pile o' coupons

 

Kettlebell Workout

As I said in a previous post I would post some kettlebell exercises. I bought the kettlebell from Amazon.com a few months ago to improve my ‘home gym.’ By home gym I mean two 10 lb dumbbells, one 15 lb dumbbell, a foam roller and a jump rope. I also purchased the foam roller and jump rope from Amazon and the dumbbells are from Sports Authority. I liked Sports Authority for my exercise equipment and workout clothes because of their League rewards program. This program was similar to most rewards programs where you earn points for each dollar you spend and you receive a reward once you have reached 100 points. They would also give out rewards for your birthday or for no reason at all.  But sadly Sports Authority is going out of business and has discontinued the League rewards program. Silver lining though–that means a Going Out of Business sale. Right now the highest markdown is 30%. You know I already checked it out, not purchasing anything but plotting future buys when the percentage off increases. I am waiting on 50% off or more.  The kettlebells only have 10% off now and plenty left so hopefully I can cop a lighter one later at a good price to expand my home gym.  I am hoping less frugal shoppers don’t pounce too soon on the sale and buy all the good stuff before the markdown increases.

So back to the kettlebell exercises. As I mentioned in this post the 40 lb bell is a little heavy for me so I’ve been doing simpler exercises where I can keep proper form and not injure myself. Here are three of my favorite exercises to do with the kettlebell. If you don’t have a kettlebell these can easily be completed with a dumbbell or with no weight at all for a great body weight workout.  I’ll do a short circuit of 5 rounds of 8 repetitions of each exercise since this weight is a little heavier. With a lighter weight I would do 3 rounds of 10-12 repetitions.

1. Goblet Squats
Hold the kettlebell up against your chest, feet slightly wider than shoulder width and squat down until your hips are slightly below your knees. Make sure your knees stay in line with your feet (not collapsing inward or widening out beyond your feet) and don’t go past your feet. Pause at the bottom then press through your feet and stand up squeezing those glutes as you come up.

Goblet squat finish

Goblet squat start

2. Single Leg Deadlift
Hold the kettlebell (or dumbbell) at your side in one hand with feet under your hips. Keeping your back straight and knee slightly bent, hinge forward at the hips keeping back straight and kicking the leg on the side opposite the kettlebell up behind you. Lower the kettlebell toward the ground until your back  and your swing leg are parallel to the floor. Then return to the starting position.

Single leg deadlift

3. Russian Kettlebell Swings
Hold the kettlebell with both hands, feet wider than shoulder width and squat down keeping your back straight pushing your hips back. Generate momentum by thrusting the bell backward between your legs then quickly straighten your hips and knees squeezing your glutes and quads while the bell swings upward in front of you at eye level (I like to be able to see underneath of the kettlebell as a cue for proper height).  Then allow the bell to fall back down between your legs with your hips and knees bent. Utilize some of the momentum to swing the bell forward again. Do not allow the bell to stop in between repetitions but control the kettlebell throughout the full swing.

KB swing start

KB swing set up

Top of KB swing

Be sure not to hyperextend your spine at the top of the kettlebell swing.  I am borderline hyperextending in the photo above.  Give these a try and let me know what you think in the comment section.

Have you ever worked out with a kettlebell before?

Target Clearance Haul

I used to love, love, love Target. I would make 2 or 3 Target runs a week. I faithfully read their weekly sales ads and checked their website for new coupons every couple of days. I also was on their list to have Target coupons texted to my phone. But my love of Target has faded.

Over the past year my Target runs have cut down to less than one a month for several reasons. The main reason is I have significantly cut out unnecessary spending. That One Spot or Dollar Spot or whatever it’s called now used to catch me every time. That’s that section right at the entrance to encourage impulse buying. They have anything from stickers to vegetable seeds to trash cans to miniature Christmas trees. I bought one of the Christmas trees and two packs of miniature bulbs to decorate it. Everything costs about $1 to $5 and you don’t actually need any of it. Also I noticed Targets prices have increased and the quality of their sales has declined.

To discourage impulse buying and not getting the best deal available, I plan out my Target runs before heading into the store now. First I only go if I need a specific item, then I check the Target Cartwheel app and the weekly sale. If you aren’t familiar with the Cartwheel app it allows you to get an additional percentage or dollar amount off specific items after you add them to your list in the app. The additional discount can range from 5% to 75% off the price of the item, including sale items and can be combined with coupons. So if you aren’t using this app download it before your next Target run.

Cartwheel app icon

My latest Target run was to buy Just Mayo mayonnaise. It’s my favorite new ‘healthy’ mayonnaise. They have plain mayo and different flavors. My favorite is the chipotle flavor. The best part is all their mayos are vegan, gluten-free and soy-free. Just Mayo was on sale for $2.99 and on the Cartwheel App with an additional 15% off. While on the Cartwheel app I found an offer for an additional 20% off all women’s clearance clothing. So my plan was to buy the Just Mayo and glance at the clearance clothes. I ended up buying three shirts, one pair of shorts and a two piece bathing suit.
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Reg. $9 Paid $5 (not included in the Cartwheel savings)

Aztec print blouse

Reg. 19.99 Paid $11.18

Pink Blouse

Reg $19.99 Paid $7.98

Aztec Print Shorts

Reg $22.99 Paid $12.86

Striped Two Piece

Reg $17.99 each piece, Paid $7.18 each piece

The T-shirt was not on clearance so the extra 20% did not apply to it but I couldn’t pass up an inexpensive tee. The total for all six items at regular price would have been $107.95. With the clearance markdown, then the extra 20% from the Cartwheel app my grand total was $51.38! I would call that a pretty good deal.

And in case you were wondering I did buy the Just Mayo too. I tend to have shopping amnesia so I made sure I grabbed the mayo first before heading to the clothing section.

 

Have you ever gone in a store to buy a specific item then buy a bunch of other stuff except what you actually went to the store to buy?

Kettlebells!!!

I got a new toy…a Kettlebell. Thank you Amazon Claus! Actually I should thank my big brother since he gave me an Amazon gift card for Christmas.  The smart folks at Amazon knowing they could profit off of everyone’s fitness New Year’s Resolutions had a great sale on tons of fitness equipment.  The kettlebell I purchased was on sale for $10 per pound.  I had a kettlebell in one of my many Amazon wish lists since beginning CrossFit over a year and a half ago. I was a little impressed with myself since the kettlebell I had in my wish list was a measly 20 lbs.  I think at the time I added it to my wish list 20 lbs was heavy for me. Being a big girl now I bought a 40 lb kettlebell. Yeah that’s right- 4 0.  The 40 lb kettlebell would normally cost $61.  Cha-ching!Kettlebell

The kettlebells we use at my CrossFit gym are measured in poods not pounds. A pood (according to Wikipedia) is a unit of mass equal to 40 funt. So now you get an idea of how much that weighs right? Okay one pood is approximately equal to 36.11 pounds or 16.38 kg. For about the past two months I have been using the 1 pood bell for most WODs (Workout Of the Day). Not wanting to regress I decided to buy one a little heavier than 1 pood.  And boy do those extra 4 pounds make a difference.  I can barely do a full Russian swing with my new kettlebell but I can do a whole WOD of American swings with 1 pood. My form is pretty bad with my new bell due the extra weight too so I’ve been doing partially swing and other exercises including goblet squats, deadlifts and heel raises.  Since this weight is pretty heavy for me now I’ve been doing 4 to 5 sets of 6 to 8 repetitions each. Soon I will post a home kettlebell workout with my new bell.

Do you have favorite piece of home exercise equipment?

Welcome to Frugally Fit and Natural

Welcome to Frugally Fit and Natural. This blog has been a long time coming for me and I am super excited to have it finally up and running. I have been contemplating starting a blog for literally years after shifting to a healthier, more natural lifestyle and finding it to be more expensive than eating and using heavily processed, chemical laden, unhealthy products. I am a bit of a blog junkie and have been following a ton of great beauty, cooking, couponing, fashion, personal finance and fitness blogs.  I thought the world needed one that combined all those things in one place.  So now it’s my turn to contribute to the ever growing blogsosphere.

Frugally Fit and Natural will feature my passion for healthy (mostly plant based) baking and cooking, exercise, CrossFit, natural beauty and hair care, shopping and saving a buck whenever I can.  I’m excited to share healthy recipes, home workout routines, natural hair care tips and bargain shopping finds.  My goal in starting this blog is to help others to see that you do not have to spend a fortune to live a natural and healthy lifestyle. I also hope in writing this blog I will grow in journey to live a healthy, frugal lifestyle as well.