Treasure Hunting

I had quite the response after this post on saving money on my big, fat turkey.  Judy, my loyal commenter, requested that Kitty {treasure-hunter extraordinaire} share some of her treasure hunting secrets.  Judy isn’t playin’ when she comments.  Buh-lieve me. 


We can all learn a thing or two from Kitty on being frugal with our money.  Her intent on acquiring a bargain isn’t so she can hoard her money.  Quite the contrary.  It’s so she has more money to give.  But, that’s an entirely different post.  So, without further ado, I give you Kitty Grubbs.


As most of the local friends know….Joey and I lovvvvvvvvvvve a good bargain!  We shop high and low (sometimes very low) to find the best buys on food, restaurants, home decor and clothes!  Joey has recently accused me of making ridiculous offers (much to Kristen’s embarrassment.)  But, I usually get the item I want for the price I want.  One of my proudest moments lately was over hearing Bobbi Jo [a family friend] make a half price offer at a yard sale!  And she got the prize!  My sister recently acquired a great coverlet set and beautiful pillows ($5) from my yard sale stash.  My recliner in my living room ($40) was one of our great finds recently, along with my new water feature ($5) for my porch. 


Aside from yard sales, we hop over to RiteAid for FREEBATES (items you purchase and are reimbursed the full price for!!) We also use RiteAid’s free cards that give you discounts on the first Tuesday of the month and a 15% discount on their brands every day.  They are also having a special right now where you get a free $30 gift card for every prescription you transfer to their pharmacy.  I got $150 in free gift cards!  Check out RiteAid online for all of these great deals.  CVS and Walgreens also offer free items to get you in their stores.  

I shop all of the grocery ads online.  I buy ALL of my meat on sale and put it in the freezer.  I recently found 80% lean ground chuck on sale at Ingle’s for around $1 per pound.  I called all the locals and we stocked up on ground chuck. I browned 15 pounds of ground chuck, put it in 1 pound bags then straight into the freezer.  This way, I just pull them out for chili, spaghetti, tacos, soup, etc.


I also shop for coupons.  I love their restaurant coupons they put on sale.  I recently acquired a $25 coupon for DAILEY’S for two.  Joey and I had a great evening out!  (Thanks, Sharon for telling me about this website.)  I am also big on bartering for services, and I LOVE to shop for others.  People always let us know what they need, and we often find it.  Speaking of which:  I ALWAYS send out an email when I need something for around the house.  Somebody probably has what you need and would be glad for you to use it!  I recently needed to make some big purchases at Lowe’s and I sent out a “HELP” for a coupon!!  My friend, Jeff Williams, had one and he let me have it!  Saved me $25!!


Anyway, I obviously could go on and on and on.  Hope you learned something!


I sure did.  Thanks, Kitty!  I’m actually treasure hunting this weekend myself.  I am hoping to find a nightstand for John Henry’s room.  I figure if I stare at Kristen’s blog photos long enough, her talent will jump on me, and I’ll have that sucker looking fantastic in no time.


For more deals, hop on over to Christi’s 2 Cents.


Happy Hunting!




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9 responses to “Treasure Hunting

  1. Thanks for the shout out Dusty! (and thanks for introducing us to Kitty!!) She has some great tips 🙂 Have a great weekend, Dusty!

  2. Joey

    Being the most blessed (because she’s my darling wife) I do want to give a tesimony to this amazing women. You are so right when you said that Kitty is a giver. I’m sure she finds the deals because God knows what she plans to do with the savings. She does make old George Washington shed tears when she buys something but she puts a smile on his face when she gives away what she has saved. Just this morning before I read your blog (sorry work comes first) we had a discussion about giving some special people a gift for Christmas. I always love it when she says “I feel we need to give a big gift.” She is the love of my life and I’m so thankful for her!

  3. I appreciate someone that finds a deal! In this world we live in, deals are the best way to go. When I did use charge cards, i would wait until clearence items went out. My Mom has passed it on to me & I passed it on to my girls. Tracy is always telling me what good deals she got! Kitty, you are great, more people should “wait” to get better deals! Thanks!

  4. Judy

    $1 a lb. amazingggggggggg… the grocery add browsing online…I always say I don’t have an eye for the bargains but all this will help me…I really want to see the treasure….JOEYYYYYY, you are just a precious husband…sweet….THANKS DUSTY 🙂

  5. Judy

    OH….THANKS KITTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Dusty,
    I am so glad that you specified that Kitty & Joey like a deal not because they hoard their money but so they can give. They are some of the biggest givers that I know! They bless everyone that comes into their lives. So often I will see a bag of clothing from a yard sale (GREAT STUFF) at my mom’s that Kitty has found for Kenzie, or Bobbi Jo will get the same type of bag for her girls, and I loved Kristen’s blog on Christmas, because you know her momma spent lots of time and love finding those special Christmas items for her. And for us, Matt and I, they gave their time and their heart in counseling before we got married. I can say with complete honesty that not a day goes by that I don’t hold the valuable words that they spoke to us in my heart. The gift of choosing my reaction to Matt, and his to me is due largely in part from Kitty and Joey giving of their time to us. They wow me! Thank you for sharing Kitty!

  7. marla

    you can also go to and put in the zip code or click on the map for the area that you would like to dine and it will pull up a selection of restaurants that you can choose from.
    For example … you can purchase a $25 gift card for $10.
    I believe at some of the restaurants you can purchase a $100 gift card for $40. Different restaurants have different offers and some have restrictions as to when you can use the certificates but overall it is a great deal!!

  8. marla

    oooops sorry, actually takes you to

  9. All i I LOVE Kitty! She has a-l-w-a-y-s given to me . I had diapers & clothes for Paul for the first year of his life..thanks to her! Her heart is BIG! She is an example to me in so many ways…:)

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