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Reminder! Farmer's Market every week in Shelbyville.

Posted Sunday, August 14, 2011, at 10:20 AM

I bring this up for YOU the consumer, more than the farmers, because it seems they sell out quickly, so they don't need help.

You on the other hand may be like some of our garden club members (which meets this Friday, by the way) who are forgetting the start time or may not have found the location yet. The new changes have not settled into their busy schedule yet.

"The Bedford County Farmers' Market opens every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. until they sell out at the Celebration Pavilion under the blue water tower on the Celebration Grounds. Come support Middle Tennessee growers and purchase some homegrown produce!"

Those who are remembering the start time and location (blue water tower on the Celebration Grounds) all say to go EARLY. Maybe 30 minutes or maybe even an hour early to catch the farmers as they set up.

Why? Because others are doing it and you may show up 30 minutes into the market and have already missed what you wanted. It's a tough world out there folks. GO FOR IT!!


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Better tell them not to take the new Bypass. That would take them completely around the celebration grounds.

Also, nine people will be killed trying to get on or off the Bypass on US 231 during the National Walking Horse Celebration with no red lights at the two entrances/exits. And that is not including the semi trucks flipping over on the exit ramps.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 12:48 PM

Do the Farmers Market farmers take Coupons? If they don't they are losing out on a good scam.

Look at what Walgreens done this week:

Walgreens took their Pringles which sell at any store for $1.50 per can and raised the price up to $1.99 so they could offer their Pringles for $1.50 per can (if you buy 3 cans). (and these are the smaller cans)

So if you buy one can or even two cans and use a $.50 coupon off on each can, you still have to pay $1.49 per can.

However, Walgreens gets $.49 extra by raising the price up to $1.99, PLUS they also get the $.50 back on each coupon.

The customer pays $.50 more for those one or two cans of Pringles and if they use a $.50 off coupon they still are paying the regular price for the Pringles.

Who really makes the MONEY on the Pringles and Coupons? Why it is Walgreens of course. Walgreens pockets a quick $.99 per can unless you buy 3 at a time, then they only make $.49 per can if you use coupons. Plus the store makes its own mark up on all products.

The customer has to find, cut and use a coupon just to pay the regular price for them. Oh My!

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 1:18 PM

Unique-Lies -- I saw that myself yesterday when I was going to use a coupon on Expo markers, which would have netted free ones. But in this area, instead of the markers being 99 cents like in other states, they were $2.49, so you could not get free ones. A way to cheat Walgreens is to take their sale ad to Wal-Mart and still get any sale price they have that may be lower than Wal-Mart. I went to Walgreens once to get some free toothbrushes and was explained by the manager that they are not the Goodwill and do not give items away for free. That was my first and last trip to Walgreens.

Steve -- I have heard that some farmers markets accept the EBT cards. If this one does, it would be great for any of the people out there looking for great and fresh food to be able to get them at reasonable prices since there are so many people that are using EBTs now.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 5:33 PM

PrpleHze,

I got 2 free expo markers today at this Walgreen, you needed to get the 6 pack, not the 4 pack. I also got the two packs of Stayfree for free. Buy One get one free, but I had a coupon for Buy One Get one free as well, so I got them both free LOL.

They paid me 2 dollars for each of the Vitamen supplments, bought two, they were normally 26.00 dollars on sale for 10 plus got 10 dollars in register rewards.

I guess it is a scam if you buy certain things, but we stock up. I got enough toilet paper for the Apocalypse. 90 Razors, 18 cans of shaving cream, 54 bottles of body wash, 88 bottles of hand soap, 70 bottles of shampoo (all brands), 70 tubes of toothpaste, 20 toothbrushes, and the list goes on. This is about 8 months of shopping for deals and never taking more than 4 at a time. It just takes planning and working the deals. The most I ever paid was 7 dollars and it was the first one. After that I used register rewards.

Pringles, I got those for 35 cents each at Krogers a few weeks ago, bought 10 of them, should last us 3 months. Sales go in cycles, you just needs to keep a log book, after about 6 months, you get a good idea when the best time to stock up on a certain item or brand.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 11:12 PM

EM did you add another room to the house for storage? ;-)

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 7:09 AM

No, 4 bedroom 2 baths. Each kids has own room, then wife and I. Got a spare freezer, and plenty of space for everything else. Closets, cabinets and hidden shelving, its like the batcave!

Grocery bill is now after 6 months, about 50 a week. Because there is rarely coupons for meats, fresh veggies and fruit. Our coupon saving averages around 80-90 percent.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:04 AM

EM, If store has a B1G1 free and I have one you are saying I can use mine and make the item free?

I have gotten items completely free but usually items I don't really need. Why stock up on items you don't need or use when you do have to spend some OOP money, even though you can spend the RR etc the same day.

As far as food goes, I just hit all the biggest sales and stock up then on whatever. Folgers instant coffee was on sale last week for $4.99 a jar. The same jar has jumped up to $9.++ this week.

I find that you have to read the coupons as well as the ads because both have restrictions now. The store may have a limit on how many you can buy and the coupons have limits also. Most coupons eliminate the ETS since the TLC Show Extreme Couponing.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:39 AM

They did at Walgreens for me. I don't use Stayfree, but two in my house do. I do not purchase things unless I know we will use it.

Yeah You just have to know the store's policies and I actually carry a copy of it with me as the Managers sometimes make up rules (Best Buy is the worst offender). But to be honest, I have never had one problem with any local stores.

They pretty much know me, but I go in with a very organized list and layout everything way ahead of time. I never split up transactions, I never buy more than one cart worth of items. I find it greedy and underhanded.

For example, Target is an excellent source for deals, I got a 40 inch HD LED LCD TV with 3 year warranty for $324. And this was a Sony Bravia.

Brand new Xbox360 (Final Fantasty Edition) 87 dollars.

I will never pay over 50% of retail. Ever.

I don't drink coffee, Folgers Instant is your preference? Ok, February 11th, coupons came out that were 1.50 - 2.50 off, so very shortly, there should be some good ones coming out.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 11:41 AM

One last tip, Also send critical emails to your favorite companies how they can improve their product. I get some of the best coupons from them. Be honest, and give constructive suggestions, if you really spend time on the letter, I noticed I got better coupon quantities and quality.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 11:45 AM

Phenomenal savings here! Debbi uses coupons a lot but if she was saving that much, I think I would hear more about it.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 12:18 PM

EvilMonkey,

I agree. There is a site that I often go to Couponing to Disney and she has a HUGE database of companies that you can write to, to get coupons for either cents off or free products. She calls it the "5 A Day" program. Just sit down and send 5 emails to companies that you use and give them your opinion. Some companies send a thanks. And some send coupons. I keep a list of what companies I have written to and the dates. You can contact them around every six months but nothing sooner than that.

As for problems with stores, the only one was Walgreens. I have never had a problem anywhere else.

And normally about once a month we have a "freebie" day. Where we gather up our freebie coupons and cash them in. We also use gift cards that I have earned and cashed out for for food and gas while we are out.

As for stocking up, we have enough deodorant and kleenex for about 3 years. And enough disposable razors for about 5 years. School supplies and printer paper for about 2-3 years. We can't seem to stock up food for long, but we are learning.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 1:02 PM

How does the Farmers Market compare with store prices? I haven't been to the farmers market locally. I went to one in Nashville several years ago and they had everything and very reasonable I might add.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 1:18 PM

I am never around to try it out. Anyone care to comment?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 2:17 PM

Gonna go Thursday Steve. Will let you know.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 3:40 PM

For mothers with young children, there are a few vendors who accept the farmer's market WIC vouchers. I'm sure alot of mom's didn't know this. I didn't for a long time.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 7:19 AM

EM, I will be watching for the Folger coupons. Thanks for the heads up. They came out with some $1/2 coupons this past July and a $1/1 for Folgers black silk, ugh.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 9:34 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.