Saturday, October 31, 2009

Nashvillians- Kroger Mega/Triples possiblilities

ETA: HT is definitely tripling- so we'll hope for a Kroger match! I'll be headed down Wednesday morning just in case!!

Heads up to my fellow Nashvillians. There is a rumor that HT will be tripling this week, starting Wednesday. If this turns out to be true, then it will overlap with the Kroger mega sale. If Kroger matches (as they have been doing) and most of the same mega items are on sale- there's some great freebies that we don't often see! I went ahead and pulled to gether a list since there are some printables that may be gone today, so get printing after you get the kids in from Trick-or-Treating.
The great thing about the mega is that after the q triples, up to the value of the item (no overage), the mega comes off of THAT. So if your item is free after q, then the mega comes off, you make $.50 for the item. Then any eq's you have will be additional over.

Happy Halloween everyone! (and Happy Anniversary to me :) Hubby and I are celebrating our 7-year today!)

Here's what I found so far. . .

Pepperidge Farm Frozen Bread or Cakes $1.49
-.50/1 Pepperidge Farm Frozen Bread SS 10/04
=Free after mega

Birds Eye Steamfresh $1.49
-.50/1 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables any SS 10/18
=Free after mega

Chung’s Egg Rolls $2.29
-.75/1 Chung’s Product SS 10/04
=$.04 after mega

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, tubs, spray or sticks 99¢ ea
-.75/1 I Can’t Believe Spray IP HERE
=Free, plus mega

Land O Lakes Spreads or Sticks 99¢ ea
-.40/1 Land O Lakes Spread SS 10/18
=Free, plus mega

Kozy Shack Pudding
-.35/1 Kozy Shack Product SS 10/04, 8/23
-.55/1 Kozy Shack Product August All You Mag or SS 8/16
(price unknown, but I believe it was $1.49)
=Free or Free plus mega, depending on coupon used

Heinz Ketchup 36 oz Regular or 32 oz Easy Squeeze $1.49 ea
-.75/1 Heinz Tomato Ketchup, SS 10/4
=Free, plus mega

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce 12 oz Hot or Wing Sauce $1.49 ea
-.50/1 Frank’s Red Hot Sauce IP HERE or various tearpads
=Free after mega

Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes $1.49
-.50/1 Betty Crocker Potatoes SS 9/13
=Free after mega

Wishbone Salad Dressing $1.49
-.75/1 Wishbone Dressings IP HERE
=Free, plus mega

Pepperidge Farm Cookies 5.5-7.5 oz $1.99 ea
-.75/1 Pepperidge Farm Cookies SS 9/27 (not in Tennessean- found in AJC)
=Free, plus mega

Cheez-It Crackers 7.5-10.5 oz 99¢ ea
-.75/1 Cheez-Its IP HERE
=Free, plus mega

Chex Mix, Bugles or Gardetto’s Snacks 7-8.75 oz $1.49
-.50/1 Chex Mix 4.5 oz.
-.50/1 any Chex Mix IP HERE
-.50/1 cellfire or shortcuts coupon
=Free after mega, plus ecoupon

Reynolds Parchment Paper $2.19
-.75/1 Parchment Paper SS 10/11
= $.44, -$.06 after mega

Scotch Tape, single roll $1.50 ea
-.50/1 Scotch Double Sided Tape RP 8/09
=Free after mega

Synsodyne Toothpaste $3.49 or for Kids $2.19
-.75/1 Sensodyne for Children IP HERE
=Free, plus mega

Right Guard $1.00
-.55/1 Right Guard peelie
=Free, plus mega

Carnation Evaporated Milk 12oz $.79 ea
-.50/2 Carnation Evaporated Milks SS 9/27
=$.08 for two after mega

Nestle Toll House Morsels 12oz., $2 ea
-.50/1 Nestle Morsels RP 9/13
=$.50/ea after mega

Chung’s Egg Rolls $2.29
-.75/1 Chung’s Product SS 10/04 (regional)
=$.04/ea after mega

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 4.5-9 oz $1.49 ea
Buy 3 and get $1.50 Buy 4 get $2.50, Buy 5 + get $3.50 off your next order
-.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks printable or SS 9/13
-.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks Shortcuts eCoupon
-.40/1 Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes printable
-.40/1 Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes Shortcuts eCoupon

**Scenario 1**
Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES $1.49
Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES $1.49
Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES $1.49
Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES $1.49
Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES $1.49

5x $.40/1 Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES
-$.40/1 Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES shortcuts ecoupon

=$1.05 oop
earn $3.50 oyno cat

**Scenario 2**
Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES $1.49
Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES $1.49
Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES $1.49
Betty Crocker Fruit SNACKS $1.49
Betty Crocker Fruit SNACKS $1.49

3x $.40/1 Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES
$.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit SNACKS
-$.40/1 Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES shortcuts ecoupon
-$.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit SHAPES shortcuts ecoupon

=$1.45 oop
earn $3.50 oyno cat

General Mills Cereals $1.99 ea- Cocoa Puffs
-.75/1 Cocoa Puffs shortcuts ecoupon
-.75/1 Coca Puffs IP (no longer available)
=Free, plus ecoupon

Mom's Best Naturals Cereal $1.39 ea
-.75/1 IP HERE
-$.75/1 ecoupon from shortcuts
=Free, plus ecoupon reset

Sometimes on the last day of the month, many of the coupons that are available for the month are accidentally reset while the new ones for the next month are being loaded. Head over to to see if you can print more, but I was able to print more of the Starkist tuna, coffeemate and other high value q's!
Look for new q's to be up tomorrow, but for now...enjoy the extra good q's!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kroger Mega 10/29

Here's my deals today

4 Whiskas Temptations cat treats .99
-$.50/1 mq (doubled) = Free
4 Nestle Butterscotch Morsels $1.99
-$.50/1 mq (doubled) = $.99/ea
4 Carnation Evaporated Milk $.79
-$.50/2 mq (doubled) = $.29/ea
1 Betty Crocker Potatoes $1.49
-$.50/1 mq (doubled) + $.40/1 Shortcuts = $.09
4 Ore-Ida frozen fries $1.99
-$1.50/2 mq = $1.24/ea
4 Starkist Tuna $.99 (not part of mega)
-$.50/1 mq (doubled= Free
1 Tombstone Pizza $1.99
-no q's
1 Simply Apple Juice $2.49
-no q's
4 Halls Cough Drops $.50
-$.35/1 mq= -$.20/ea
16 Rolaids 3pk $1.00
-$4/2 mq = -$16.00
1 Chex Mix $1.49
-$.50/1 mq (doubled) + $.50/1 shortcuts = FREE

Total tax: $3.85
Total oop: $1.65
Total savings: $94.37 (98.3%) <-- best I've ever done at a Kroger without a super-doubles/triples. :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Kroger Mega 10/25 week, Nashville region

Here are some prices I found. I will match up q's later...

Mega deals are the Kroger deals in which you buy ten participating items and get $5 off your total. Essentially, this means when you buy ten, you get $.50 off each item. The prices I have listed here are the price AFTER the mega $.50 comes off.

ETA: 10/29: I just got back from Kroger and was able to use the $4/2 Rolaids on the 3-pks getting $1 overage each!! I'll post my items in a bit, but that was great overage for Kroger. :)

Ricola cough drops $.50
Halls cough drops $.50
-$.35/1 9/27 SS
Advil $2.50
-$1/1 - $2/1 various
Motrin $2.50
-$2/1 7/26 (??) RP
Tylenol (various) $2.50
Aleve $4.00
-$1/1 10/25 RP
Simply Sleep $2.50
-$2/1 mq Simply Sleep tearpad
Bayer $4.00
-$1/1, $1.50/1, $2/1 various inserts printables
Goodys $2.99
St Joseph's Aspirin $2.00
-$1/1 ip HERE, $1/1 mq 7/19 SS
Breathe Right Strips $4.00
-$1/1 10/18 RP
Rolaids 3pk $1.00
-$1/1 10/4 RP, $4/2 10/4 RP
Tums $3.00
-$2/1 8/30 RP (Dual Action, if included...)
Surf $2.99
-$3/1 mq (regional- hey look a high value q I actually GOT!)
Snuggle $2.99
-$3/1 mq
Playtex Handsaver Gloves $.50
-$1/1 6/28 SS
Playtex Living Drip Catch Cuff Gloves $1.00
-$1/1 6/28 SS, 10/4 SS
Playtex Disposables $.50
-$1/1 6/28 SS
Airwick Oil Refill $1.99
Glade Oil Refills $1.99
-Free wyb holder blinkie, more
Kleenex $.99
-$1/2 mq Smart Savings booklet (found at Publix- Kimberly Clark products)
Sensodyne Pronamel $2.00
Colgate Total Toothbrush $1.00
Right Guard Deo $1.00
-$1/1 peelie, $.55/1 peelie
Whiskas Temptations $.99 (exludes naturals)
Hormel Chili $.79
-$2/3 mq
Betty Crocker Potatoes (box) $.99
-$.25/1 mq 9/13 GM & $.50 shortcuts coupon
Bumblebee tuna pouch $.49
-$.50/1 ip (no longer available)
Carnation Evaporated Milk $.79
-$.50/2 mq
Nestle Tollhouse Morsels $1.99
-$.50/1 mq
Fudge Shoppe Cookies $.99
-$1/1 mq ip (no longer available)
Snyder's pretzels $1.99
Lay's chips $1.78
Chex Mix $1.49
-$.50/1 mq ip & $.50/1 cellfire coupon
Ore-Ida frozen fries/tots $1.99
-$1.50/2 mq 9/27 SS
Daisy Sour Cream $1.49
Land O'Lakes $.99
Smart Balance $1.49
-$1/1 10/18 RP
Simply Juices $2.49
Sunny D $.89
Pillsbury Simply cookies $1.99
-$1.25/1 & $1/1 mq ip & $1/1 mq 9/13 GM
Odwalla juices $1.99
-$1/1 mq (found at Whole Foods)
Dannon (various) packs (Activia, Drinkables, etc) $1.49
-$1/1 10/4 SS, 8/30 SS
Yoplait Yoplus $1.49
-$1/1 10/4 SS
YoPlait Kids/GoGurts $1.49

Great printables! 10/28

There's some really great printables out today! These high value ones go fast, so run and get them now while they're still available!

Check them out...

Huggies $2/1 HERE

Huggies $2/1 "Diaper Product" HERE (free wipes! this one may not have reset for some of us- it didn't for me)

Ro-Tel $.50/1 HERE

Coffee-Mate $1/1 HERE

Vlasic Pickles $.50/1 HERE

Cottonelle $1/1 HERE

Glade Candle bogo HERE
(use this week at Publix- buy four, use two $3/1 from the One Stop booklet, and two bogo mq's here and get four for $.38, then submit for $5 rebate HERE)

$1 meal at Boston market

Back in the day when I ate meat, I always liked Boston Market. Super yummy. I don't even think we have them here in TN (could be wrong...) but I know they are in GA, so if you are near a Boston Market, take advantage of this q! It expires 11/1 and states one per customer, but no one isn't saying your children aren't customers. hand them a dollar and a coupon, and let them order their own meal. :)

Go HERE for the coupons.

Coupon is for $1 for a "Real Chicken Meal" (which is a quarter white or 3-pc dark chicken served with mashed potatoes and cornbread)

(Thanks Southernsavers!)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Kroger mega sale!

Some great deals this week at Kroger. Our region is the "Louisville region" and not "southeast", so when browsing blogs, keep that in mind. I am hoping to get in tomorrow to check prices and see exactly what is included. I will post here when I find out more details. Meanwhile, if you're out, you might want to head over and browse for freebies. :)

Final week for Super deals at Walgreens

This is the final week for the October deals.

A few notable items this week:
*The Robitussin TOGOs are having manufacturing issues. Walgreens has sent information to all stores that the 4oz Robitussin DM (that is on sale $4.99) is to be substituted for the RobiToGos at the $2.49 sale price, printing the $2.50rr. The awesome thing is that there are $2/1 printables at and $1/1 coupons from the 9/27SS. Turns this into a mm.
Many of the stores don't have this info so tell them they can find the signage here:
"look in signsplus......corporate batches...The ad apology is there" This apology explains that the 4oz should be subbed for the robitogo. If they can't find/don't have the coupon to scan making it $2.49, they can price modify the item.

*Quaker items are buy 4, get a $5rr. Quaker quick-cooking oats tubes are included. There is a bogo coupon in the Walgreens ad for this product. These are listed as 2/$5, but when you use the bogo coupon, you get them bogo at $3.19. 4, use the bogo coupon and pay $6.38 for four, and get a $5rr.

*Softsoap Ensembles. Look at your Wags for a $2/1 Softsoap Ensembles base or pump coupon tearpad (mine were at the cosmetics counter). There was also a coupon in the paper this past Sunday, free base wyb pump. This week these are priced: Pump $5.99, Base $3.99, get $4rr wyb one of each.
buy 1 Softsoap Ensembles pump 5.99 - use $2/1 mq tearpad = 3.99
1 Softsoap Ensembles base 3.99 - use bogo mq = 0.00
Total 3.99 + tax, earn $4rr = Free.

If you're just getting started, I'll get you going, then look below for deals using the $9rr from last week's Zantac deal.

For these deals, I'm assuming you have coupons from papers this month and a few printables and tearpads that are easily found. If you don't have these your oop will be higher. Adjust as necessary. If you need help with scenarios, comment below and I'll do what I can to help you out.

Starting from Scratch

Transaction #1
Halls Refresh 1.00

$.50/1 Halls tearpad q (found at Kroger, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc)

Total oop: $.50
Earned: $1rr

Transaction #2
Dentek 2.00
Act II Single pack popcorn $.25 (w/in-ad q)

$1/1 Dentek mq 10/11 SS
$1rr (Halls)

Total oop: $.25
Earned: $2rr

Transaction #3
Robitussin 4oz (subbed for Robitogo) 2.49
Halls Refresh 1.00
Act II Single pack popcorn $.25 (w/in-ad q)

$1/1 Robitussin mq 9/27 SS
$.50/1 Halls tearpad q
$2rr (Dentek)

Total oop: $.24
Earned: $2.50rr (robitussin) + $1rr (Halls)

Transaction #4
Chapstick 2.99
Halls Refresh 1.00
Act II Single pack popcorn $.25 (w/in-ad q)

$.50/1 Halls tearpad q
$2.50rr (Robitussin)

Total oop: $1.24
Earned: $3rr (chapstick) + $1rr (Halls)

Transaction #5
Dulcolax 7.00
Act II Single pack popcorn $.25 (w/in-ad q)
Act II Single pack popcorn $.25 (w/in-ad q)

$3/1 Dulcolax mq (hangtag on bottle)
$3rr (Chapstick)
$1rr (Halls)

Total oop: $.50
Earned: $4rr (dulcolax) *submit MIR form from hangtag for $5 back

Transaction #6 (option A)
Fusion Razor 8.99
Act II Single pack popcorn $.25 (w/in-ad q)
Act II Single pack popcorn $.25 (w/in-ad q)

$4/1 P&G mq 9/27 PG
$4rr (Dulcolax)
$1rr (Halls)

Total oop: $.49
Earned: $6rr (Fusion)

Transaction #7 (option A)
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19

$bogo in-adq = -$6.38 (it will look different from this on your receipt, but that's the bottom line)
$6rr (Fusion)

Total oop: $.38
Earned: $5rr (Quaker)

Transaction #6 (option B)
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19

$bogo in-adq = -$6.38 (it will look different from this on your receipt, but that's the bottom line)
$4rr (Dulcolax)
$1rr (Halls)
$1rr (Halls)

Total oop: $.38
Earned: $5rr (Quaker)

If you're starting with the $9rr from the Zantac deal last week, try this

Transaction 1
Robitussin 4oz (subbed for Robitogo) 2.49
Dentek floss 2.00
Halls Refresh 1.00
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19
Quaker Quick Cooking Oats 3.19

$oats bogo in-adq = -$6.38 (it will look different from this on your receipt, but that's the bottom line)
$.50/1 Halls tearpad q
$1/1 Dentek mq 10/11 SS
$1/1 Robitussin mq 9/27 SS

Total oop: $.37
Earned: $5rr (Quaker), $1rr (Halls), $2rr (Dentek), $2.50 (Robitussin)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Free cereal at Target

If you have a Target and a CVS near you, (unfortunately I don't), you can score some free Kellogg's.

First find some $1/1 blinkies- my Food Lion still has them (for Fruit Loops and Apple Jacks) then snag those and head over to Target, along with your CVS flyer.

CVS has Kelloggs cereals 2/$4. Target will price match this, so get your Apple Jacks, print out a $1/1 Kellogg's Target q, stack it with your blinkie.

Free Cereal!

ETA: When I price match, I don't even tell them I have coupons. I go to the CS desk and say, I have a price match for this item. Here's the item, here's the ad. I let them ring it up, when they announce the total, then I hand over my coupons. First the Target q's, then the mq's. I haven't had any trouble yet. Although, I have heard that the registers are getting sneaky with the coupons, so make sure all your coupons scanned before you leave the store!

Get your free bagels at Publix!

If your store takes Target as a competitor, I found today that the Publix 4-pack of bagels in the bakery are bogo at $1.59, use the $1/1 Target Archer Farms bakery coupon for overage on bagels!

While we're on the subject of cheap breakfast, don't forget your eggs- use the $1/1 dozen eggs FLip on the eggs priced $1.19/dozen for $.19/dozen eggs.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

For fun...

How many papers do you normally buy? Do you pay cash for them or try to work them into deals (overage at Publix or use rr's/ecb's)?
How many did you buy today?
Do you dumpster dive for inserts?
Do you ask friends and/or neighbors to pass along unused coupons?

What other methods do you have for getting inserts?

Maybe by sharing, we can give each other ideas!

To answer my own questions...
I normally buy between 6-10 papers depending on how good I think the q's are. I generally use rr's on them, but ocassionally will pay cash at Dollar Tree (since the Sunday paper is cheaper there).
Today I bought 27 papers. LOL. And picked up 4 out of the recycle bin.
My grandparents and mom give me their inserts and I shop for them.

I also have a deal with the store manager at Food Lion, he lets me come in on Saturday afternoon and get any leftover inserts from the previous Sunday (although I sometimes forget, and sometimes there aren't any, this is a pretty good deal sometimes!)

Wal-Mart freebie

I was actually in Wal-Mart today *gasp* :) And was browsing some of the prices of frozen items and noticed that the Healthy Choice frozen meals are on rollback for $1.78. With the $2/1 Printable HERE, that makes them free +.

Good luck!

Wal-Mart shopping

Ok, I know. Not all of you are blessed to have a Publix nearby and must resort to Wal-Mart for your groceries. My condolences. Wal-Mart and other large chain stores *cough* Target *cough* are notoriously BAD for couponers. These stores have zero coupon training and if a coupon beeps for any reason they will start in on the pull-random-excuse-why-I-can't-take-your-coupon drama.

If you're limited to Wal-Mart, I have put together some good deals for you. A few tips for having a good Wal-Mart shopping experience.

1) Test the waters. When you have some time, put together a small list with a few different types of coupons to see what will happen. Get one that gives you overage, one that you are using on a trial-sized item that doesn't exclude trial sized items, one ip that will give you a free item, etc. Wait to see what happens. Go in with a smile on your face and expect to have answers. Be prepared to explain your coupons. KNOW YOUR STUFF! Because they won't.

2) Time to practice a little thing I like to call "Cashier profiling". Yes. I do it. Yes it works (mostly). Older women are a no-go. They like to scrutinize coupons. Young males are the best. They aren't careful, so make sure they scan them all, but generally, they'll push anything through. If there are no young males, go for a young female, but look for one who is smiling. Cashiers that are in a bad mood like to pawn that off on you. If you find a line with a young male, and you expect trouble, buy tampons. Or pads. It usually flusters them and they will just push it through so they don't have to ask any questions. LOL.

Find more hot Wal-Mart deals at NWA Deals and Hot Coupon World

Here are some deals just for you Wal-Mart shoppers:
(Note: Wal-Mart deals differ based on...something. So you may or may not find these at your store...)

$1.25 hamburger roll (on rollback)
-$.50/1 beef coupon HERE (see previous post HERE) = $.75

Knox gelatin $1.32
-$4/1 ANY knox coupon HERE

Tide trial size $.97
-$1/1 mq P&G 9/27 P&G

8th Continent Soy Milk $2.73
-$2/1 printable HERE

Carnation Evaporated Milk $0.98
-$0.50/2 mq 9/27 SS

Cascadian Farms Granola $2.68
-$1.00/1 Printable HERE

Del Monte Canned Vegetables $0.67 (Rollback from $0.98)
-$1.00/5 mq 9/20 RP
=$0.47 each when you buy 5

Land O Lakes Spreadable Butter $2.00
-$0.40/1 mq 10/18 SS

McCormick Pure Vanilla $2.28 (1 oz. on Rollback from $3.28)
- $1.00/1 Printable HERE

Alexia Crunch Snacks $2
-.75/1 Printable HERE

Clorox Bleach $1.22
-.50/2 mq 10/4 RP
=.97 cents each when you buy 2

Diamond Walnuts $3.28
-$1/1 Printable HERE

Silk Soy Milk $2.08
-$0.75/1 mq 9/13 SS

Starkist Tuna Pouches .93
-$1/2 Printable HERE
=.43 cents each when you buy 2

Wishbone Salad Dressing $1.42
-$1.25/2 mq 10/4 RP
=.80 cents each when you buy two

Ore Ida Microwaveable Crispy Fries $0.88
-$1.50/2 Ore Ida French Fry Products printable HERE or 9/27 SS
=.13 each wyb 2

Idahoan Potatoes $0.42
-$0.75/3 Idahoan Potatoes Printable Coupon HERE
=.17 each

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Rite Aid, week of 10/25

Or, get free diapers at Rite Aid this week...

A few good deals, and a way to get free diapers.

Here you go:

Huggies 9.99
GE Lightbulbs 1.00
GE Lightbulbs 1.00
Vaseline Sheer Infusion 4.99
St. Ives 3.99
Kotex Maxi pads or tampons 2.99
Nestle Fun/Snack size candy 2.44

$5/25 HERE
$2/1 Huggies Video Values from last month
$3/1 Huggies Pure and Natural (if included) 10/25 or HERE
$1.50/1 Vaseline HERE or $1/1 Vaseline lotion 10/18
$1/1 St Ives 9/20
$1/1 Kotex HERE
$1/1 Nestle HERE

Total oop: $11.90 (or $12.40 depending on Vaseline q used)

Total earned: $14
Profit: (around) $2

If Pure and Natural are not included, there are other q's out there- both for pull-ups (also part of the deal) and regular dipes. The oop will be a little more. This weekend's paper will have a Huggies insert in it so you can use the q from there. There are also various printables.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A great week!

This has been a great week.

I have been so busy shopping and trying to tell all of you about the good deals I've been finding that I haven't told you what I have bought. :)

I spent around $3 at Publix and saved around $400 on Monday.

Rite Aid- I spent around $80, but will get back somewhere in the neighborhood (ballparking here) of $140 for what I bought.

Walgreens- by far my best deals. I started the week with around $40 in rr's. I spent no more than a bit over tax on all the stuff I bought- Probably around $40, and today I had $105 in rr's when I was done. I decided to blow a bunch of rr's on stuff. :) Bought my 4-year old a Disney princess thermos that was on clearance, bought some other clearance items to build up my Christmas gift baskets, some of the Indiana popcorn that has a coupon in the October IVC book, and some drinks. And I still have $80-ish in rr's!!

CVS- bought some of the free after ecb's Glade candles with $3/1 mq's making them moneymakers. I didn't have any ecb's to roll, so I paid some oop but have $7/ea ecb's left to rolllllll

Kroger- found some bogo Glade coupons that I hope to be able to use at Target once our Target stores get the holiday candles in that offer the $5 gift card. (more on that moneymaking deal later...)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

$.50/1 Beef coupon

Go HERE and play for your chance to get a burger timer or .50/1 beef coupon. You can play up to five times per day. Use code A23568 to play.

This coupon states "ANY beef", and if your store doubles, it makes this $1/1 beef.

For those of you starting out- This is where you think like a couponer. Instead of buying your normal several dollar package of beef, find the SMALLEST package and get free beef!!

Or, if you find really cheap packs, possibly even overage??

New Target printables

The new Target printables are up and there are some good ones if your Publix accepts these.

$1/1 2lb or larger bag of apples
$1/1 11.2 oz or larger Kellogg's cereal (great match-up with the Kellogg's blinkies- I found some at Food Lion)
$1 off $1 or more in Archer Farms bakery (can be used on Publix brand bakery item - buy something under a dollar and makes it FREE!)

Go HERE for the printables.

Got any Chef Michael's coupons?

For those of you without dogs who might not need these and be willing to pass them along...

$3/1 Chef Michaels' dry food Manufacturer's coupon 10/11/09 SS
$1/1 Chef Michael's dry food Target coupon 8/30/09 SS

I could use some extras of these for my dog food stash. :)


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This is the weekend to find LOTS of papers

That's right folks, the Bayer Meter coupon is back!

For those just starting this coupon thing- you may not know but this is a great coupon. It allows for "Up to $30 off" any Bayer Contour or Breeze 2 monitor (for diabetics).

These guys periodically have good money-making deals at Wags and CVS. The best one was at Wags. The monitors were $9.99 and you got $10rr for each one you bought! (free after rr). Well, buy one monitor, use your coupon and get it free, (only pay tax) and out pops a $10rr!!

The $10rr was more rare, but they seem to have $5 rr/ecb deals about once every 6 weeks or so.

I will be buying a lot of papers this weekend. And hitting the recycle bin. Several of them. (Lindsey, it might be time for me to come take a peek in the one you visit! :) )

What to do with the monitors? Donate them. I donated 52 monitors to the midwifery group I went to to deliver my children. They have a clinic in a low-income area where many of the moms are uninsured and they were thrilled to get these for the Moms who are diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, and I was thrilled that I could give them to a group that I felt good about. (Love my midwifery group)

Organizing your coupons.

I have had several requests to post how I organize my coupons. I know you'd think I am highly organized, but I am not as organized as I should be. As I type, my wrists are resting on two small stacks of blinkies and sale ads, with a pair of scissors near my left arm and to the left of that a stack of printed q's. LOL.

This is one of those things that I truly feel takes some time to figure out what works best for you. I started out clipping. I did the binder thing with baseball cards holders thinking that would work. Then that got out of control because I never had time to cut all the dratted coupons. I started dumpster diving and buying multiple papers and there was NO WAY I was clipping them all. Plus, most sites with q databases list the location of the coupon and once you clip it, you don't know where it came from.

I went through several different cycles of different things and FINALLY I have things in some semblance of order. It’s not perfect. The drawback is that I don’t have ALL my coupons with me. So if something is on sale I may not have q’s for it. This is a bummer (CVS diaper clearance anyone?), but you have to pick and choose. Here’s what I do now…

1) I buy my papers and pull out the inserts. I flip through them to see what is in there. I have a pretty good visual memory and once I see it, I can usually remember it’s there. I may not remember the exact amount, but I know, say, “there’s a coupon for Visine somewhere”. I have three small filing boxes. Two are crate looking things and the other is a box with a handle that you can carry around. In the two crates, I have hanging folders and file folders labeled with the date and insert. Like, “8/30 Red Plum ” and so on. I shove the entire insert in the folders. In the other, I have folders with all the booklets I find.

2) Tearpads/blinkies/peelies, etc. I have a temporary holding zone for these in the form of a Huggies wipes box. It's convenient b/c it is a good manageable size and it sits on my desk. When I have coupons I ended up not using, I put them in there along with those blinkies.
I also have a binder I don’t use for my weekly q’s anymore and my GOAL is to get all these from the huggies box into the binder. But that hasn't happened yet. ;)

3) Printable ones are in a stack on my desk. LOL. I clip these when I think I’ll need them – otherwise they just stay there.

When I head to the store- I have an envelope for each store. I recently bought some zip-top durable pouches that kind of look like pencil pouches but without the holes and use those for taking my coupons to the store. (Found them at Office Depot) Over the course of several days, I pull the q’s I want to use for that sale and toss them in the appropriate envelope. As I create my actual list, I type it up and then print it out when it’s DONE. I then pull all the q’s and match them to my list. I sort them and make sure they’re all there. Then I put my envelopes in a gallon Ziploc bag so none get lost in transit. The bag goes everywhere.

When I am making my list, I use hotcouponworld's coupon database HERE to find my coupons. You can enter what you're looking for and it will list all the coupons available for that product.

As I said, the drawback is I don’t have all my coupons with me at all times. I have been known to put the entire bin in the car, just in case, but it is a major pain in the rear.

For events like Kroger triples, I get a baby wipes box and toss in anything that “might be a good deal”. Like $.75 coupons and $.50 coupons for items like hot sauce, etc, which I know might be freebies. When I get to the store, I just meander around looking at the q’s I have. It’s not organized, but I don’t have any way of knowing what’s on sale or what the regular prices are, since I’m shopping stores that are not in my area. The longer you do this, the better you'll be at knowing what "good deals" might be. {I would be AWESOME at the Price is Right these days!!!}

I will try to get some pictures up with this post tomorrow if I can find time. Meanwhile, I hope this helps some of you!

Making more money at Walgreens

Alright- if you're interested in making some more money at walgreens this week- and you've got the coupons- here's some more transaction scenarios starting with the last Zantac rr earned from the last set.

Head over to your local Food Lion/Kroger/grocery store and look for the blinkies for Glade: Free refill wyb candle tin. Then go to Walgreens with those blinkies and take a peek inside the tins to see if there are coupons for $1.50/1 glade. If so, see transaction 2 for a scenario for free candles. Great Christmas gifts. :)

Don't forget to pick up your free Sure for Men deodorant- throw it into any of your transactions as it will be tax only no matter what you buy it with.

Transaction 1
Triaminic 4.99
Triaminic 4.99
Triaminic 4.99
Pert plus for Men 2.50
Pert Plus for Men 2.50
Robitussin To Go 2.49
Halloween pencil .13

-$3/2 Triaminic 10/18 SS
-$1.50/1 Triaminic 10/18 SS
- $2/1 Triaminic Wags q (Healthy Savings booklet)= $6
Pert Plus for Men $1.50/1 10/18 SS
Pert Plus for Men $1.50/1 10/18 SS
$9 rr (from Zantac)

Total oop: $.09 + tax

$8rr Triaminic
$2rr Pert
$2.50rr Robitussin

Transaction 2
Glade candle tin 2.50
Glade candle refill 2.50
EmergenC 3.49
Halloween pencil .13

-$1.50/1 Glade mq from candle tin
-$Free refill mq blinkie
-$2rr (from Pert)
-$2.50rr (from Robi)

Total oop: $.12 + tax

$1rr Glade
$3.50rr EmergenC

--if you don't want the glade, or can't find the q's, then don't do this transaction--

Transaction 3
Vaseline Sheer Lotion 6.99
Pert plus for Men 2.50
Pert Plus for Men 2.50
Halloween pencil .13

-$1/1 Vaseline lotion 10/18 SS
-$1.50/1 Pert Plus for Men 10/18 SS
-$1.50/1 Pert Plus for Men 10/18 SS
-$8rr (from Triaminic)

Total oop: $.12 + tax

$7rr Vaseline
$2rr Pert

Another super-cheap or freebie at Wags

Just stumbled across this deal- although we didn't get the Ricola coupons in our paper (whoa- big surprise) so I can't do the deal. :(

Ricola cough drops 2.49 (1.50 with in-adq)
Ricola cough drops 2.49 (1.50 with in-adq)

1 bogo Ricola mq 10/11 SS
{hand this one first, cashier will probably enter $2.49 and not $1.50)
-$.50/1 Wags q from Healthy Savings booklet = -$1.00 {register will automatically take off two}
-$.99/ea Wags in-ad q (taking them from $1.49 to $1.50 each}

If you hand the q's in that order, and cashier enters 2.49 for the price for the bogo q, then it will take off $5.47 from your total of $4.98. Overage of $.49 for two bags. Even if the cashier enters the price as $1.50 instead of $2.49, these will still be cheap.

Be sure to get other items in your transaction in case of overage. :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sign up now for $15 to spend at Kodak

Kodak is giving away $15 (code will be emailed to you once you sign up) to the first 300,000 to sign up HERE to spend at their online store. With the holidays just around the corner, photo gifts make the best presents.

Thanks ThriftyMama!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Official Rite Aid coupon policy

I know a lot of people have trouble with their Rite Aid stores and stacking, accepting bogo q's with a bogo promotion and hosts of other issues. I don't. My store is awesome. :) But, for those of you who have stores that may cause you problems, here's the Official Coupon Policy from Rite Aid
Download PDF file HERE

Here's the text (thank you IHeartRiteAid):

To Our Valued Customers:

Rite Aid gladly accepts manufacturer coupons, Rite Aid coupons and certain Internet/Print at Home coupons in all stores as detailed in these coupon acceptance guidelines:


Multiple Coupons

*Rite Aid accepts manufacturer coupons and Rite Aid coupons for the purchase of a single item. However, no coupon’s redemption amount can ever exceed the price of the item.

*Only one manufacturer coupon is accepted for each product, unless coupled with another manufacturer coupon found in a Rite Aid circular.

*Rite Aid may accept multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers within the store manager’s sole discretion.

*Rite Aid reserves the right to limit bulk purchases of items if the purchase will deplete our supply for other customers.

Buy One, Get One Free Coupons

*When items are featured on a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the item being purchased.

*If a customer presents a Buy One Get One Free coupon for the purchase of two items that are on a Buy One Get One Free promotion; we accept the coupon, essentially making both items free.

*Be advised that the cash register will compute any sales tax due, which sales tax varies and is defined by applicable state law.

Internet/Print at Home Coupons

*Rite Aid only accepts coupons printed off the internet from manufacturer’s websites, emails and coupon websites up to a maximum of $5.00 off per item as long as the coupon redemption amount never exceeds the price of the item.

*Rite Aid coupons are not considered internet/print at home coupons, even when they are printed from an internet site or an email, and therefore these coupons only are not subject to the $5.00 limit.

Total Purchase Coupons

*From time to time, Rite Aid may feature total purchase coupons which discount the total purchase amount based upon meeting specific requirements. For example, $5 off a $25 purchase price threshold coupon.

*Any manufacturer coupons that may be presented with a total purchase coupon will be deducted after the purchase total has been determined.

*Rite Aid may accept more than one total purchase coupon as long as each total purchase coupon is used in separate transactions with each transaction meeting the minimum purchase requirements. Rite Aid reserves the right to limit the number of total purchase coupons that may be used by a customer in a single day.

Sale Items

*Rite Aid will accept coupons for an item that is on sale

*In the event that any item’s selling price is less than the value of the coupon, Rite Aid will only accept the coupon in exchange for the selling price of the item. Coupon redemption can never exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is ever provided in exchange for any coupons.


*Coupons and their face value cannot be exchanged for cash

*Competitor coupons are never accepted at Rite Aid.

Great deals at Office Max

(Thank you Southern Savers!)

I am always hunting for good deals on paper and I am just about out of file folders to file my inserts. This is awesome!!

Go HERE for OfficeMax MaxPerks- and get these items "free" this week after rewards back. The really great deal is that you can order these deals online, and your order is over $50, get free shipping and also get your rewards. Not having to haul a huge thing of paper home- Even better.

If you're not familiar with the rewards program, once you join, use your rewards # when you purchase. Then you will be issued your reward dollars to your account. These dollars can be used toward your next purchase.

Here's the deals- Notably, for those starting out- Here's the perfect makings for your coupon-clipping needs. Paper, to print the online q's, file folders, to file your weekly inserts, a banker's box, so you have somewhere to put the file folders, and sharpie markers, to label your file folders. It's like they are speaking just to us couponers! ;)

$17 Reward wyb Office Max Printer Paper 5 ream Case at $16.99 (limit 3)

$10 Reward wyb Fellowes Banker Box, storage box 10pk., at $9.99 (limit 3)

$7 Reward wyb Manilla File Folders 100ct., at $6.99 (limit 3)

$2 Reward wyb 2-pk Sharpie Markers, at $1.99 (limit 3)

To order:

If you don’t have an office Max Rewards number go here and register for one.

1. Then go to EBates and sign up (if you're not already a registered user). Use their link for OfficeMax to make your purchase and then get an additional 3% cash back… (new users will also get a $5 bonus)

2. Search & Order products:

20155699 - Paper
21651106 - Storage boxes
21664735 - Folders
(still looking for the Sharpie order number- I'll add it when I find it)

3. Get Free Shipping for ordering over $50!!

Your account will be credited in 7-10 days with the reward cash. It will need to be used on purchases at Office Max, but if you have other office needs you might as well get something for free on top of a purchase you already need!

Free coupon booklet

Remember me telling you about Home Made Simple? Well, it just so happens a new coupon book is available. You may request two per year, so if you've already gotten two this year, you won't be able to get this one.


Walgreens- a few more deals

Thanks to today's insert coupons, there are some more good deals! These will be good for my Christmas gift baskets I am building.

Pert Plus for Men 2/$5 (buy two)
-$1.50/1 mq 10/18 SS
=$2.00 oop
Earn $2rr wyb 2
=Free after rr

Sure Deo for Men $1.50 with in-ad coupon
-$1.50/1 mq 10/18 SS

Trident 2/$2 (these ring up at $1.29 and $.71)
-BOGO mq 10/18 (regional, we did not get this)
=Free or mm. Your cashier should input the free amount as either $1 or $1.29

Triaminic $4.99/ea (buy 3)
-$1.50/1 mq, $3/2 mq 10/18
-$2/1 Wags q from Healthy booklet = -$6
=$4.47 oop
earn $8 rr
=profit $3.53 after rr

There is also a $1/1 Vaseline lotion coupon that will work for the Sheer Infusions, making it a $1 mm if you are out of $1.50 printables.

Also, if you have a Rite Aid in your area, look for tearpads for $.50/1 Halls and take them to Wags to make your Halls a $.50 mm.

$2/1 Theraflu printable HERE
$1.50/1 Triaminic printable HERE

Halloween Candy @ Rite Aid

For those of you needing Halloween candy to fill buckets for Trick-or-Treaters...check out Rite Aid. Since there are moneymaker deals with all the free after scr deals, work in a few bags of fun-size m&m's. Who doesn't love M&M's?

Like this...

If you have a $5/20 from Video Values:

Little Allergies gel $9.99
NeilMed NasoGel $5.99
M&Ms $1.99 (on sale from 3.99)
M&Ms $1.99 (on sale from 3.99)
Total: $19.96

$5/20 {Even though the total pre-tax is under $20, coupon will still scan fine - I tried it today- apparently it's after tax}
-$1/2 M&M mq 10/11 RP
-$3/1 Little Allergies 5/3 SS
-$2/1 NasoGel HERE

Total oop: $8.96+tax
Earn: $15.98 in SCRs
Profit: $6.98

If you have a $5/25 from HERE:

Little Allergies gel $9.99
NeilMed NasoGel $5.99
Zucol $5.99
M&Ms $1.99 (on sale from 3.99)
M&Ms $1.99 (on sale from 3.99)
Total: $25.95

-$1/2 M&M mq 10/11 RP
-$3/1 Little Allergies 5/3 SS
-$2/1 NasoGel HERE
-$2/1 Zucol 3/8 SS

Total oop: $12.95+tax
Earn: $21.97 in SCRs
Profit: $9.02

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Rite Aid week of 10/18

It's another great week at Rite Aid!!

ETA: I've been researching the NeilMed q's and they are q's emailed from the NeilMed site. All emailed files have the same barcode and Rite Aid is a participating location. I don't know why it states that third parties are not reimbursed, but based on the info available on the site, Rite Aid will get reimbursed. So YAY!! Good coupons! :D (Thanks for bearing with me! :) )

Here are the freebies for the week and a few scenarios that I will be doing.
Moneymakers (with coupon):

*Blink Tears Lubricant Eye Drop 15 mL get Up to $7.99 SCR #23
-$4 Blink Tears or Blink GelTears Lubricating Eye Drops, any V 8/2/09
-$1.50 Blink Tears Lubricating Eye Drops HERE

*Children’s Coldcalm Pellets 80 ct or Chestal Honey Cough Syrup 8.45 oz get Up to $7.99 SCR #24
-$1 On Children’s Oscillococcinum®, Children’s Coldcalm®, or Children’s Chestal® (any size) HERE

*Little Allergies Allergen Block 150 applications get Up to $9.99 SCR #28
-$3 Little Allergies Allergen Block SS 5/3/09

*Zantac 150 or 24 ct, or Cool 24 ct, or 75 30 ct get up to $8.99 SCR #2
-$5 zantac, any HERE
-$1 Zantac SS 8/23/09 or SS 5/17/09

*Zucol Lozenges Orange Cream Flavored 18 ct get Up to $5.99 SCR #22
-$2 Zucol Cold Care or SS 3/8/09

*Neilmed Sinuflo Ready Rinse 8 oz or NasoGel Drip Free Gel Spray 45 mL get Up to $5.99 SCR #20
-$2/1 printable HERE

*Neilmed Nasal Mist Saline Spray 6 oz get Up to $9.99 SCR #21
-$2/1 printable HERE


*Cepacol Fizzlers Just for Sore Throats 12 ct get Up to $4.99 SCR #31

*Chloraseptic Kids Grape Kids Throat Spray 6 oz or Grape Kids Sore Throat Relief Strips 40 ct get Up to $4.49 SCR #27

*EOS Lip Balm .14-.25 oz get Up to $1.99 SCR #30

*Little Colds Mucus Relief Melt 12 ct or Sore Throat Melt 12 ct get Up to $5.49 SCR #26

*Little Colds Multi-Symptom Formula 1 oz get Up to $3.99 SCR #25

*Sambucol Lozenges 30 ct get Up to $7.99 SCR #29

*Rice Krispies bogo- price unknown
-Rice Krispies "FREE" from Vocalpoint = 2 free!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Walgreens, week of 10/18

Getting started, week two

All deals should print rr's. You CAN use coupons on rr deals and still get rr's. If you use a coupon, buy the correct product and you do not get an rr, call Catalina and they will issue you a rr. OR tell the manager your rr didn't print. If they are coupon savvy, they will help make it right. If not, you may end up calling Cat anyway. *shrug* It's one of the drawbacks to Wags and Catalina- many/most stores do not know how Catalina works and make up whatever excuse they can think of as to why it didn't print.

Transaction 1
Dentek floss 2.00
Robitussin To Go 2.49
Chapstick 2.99
Total $6.48

$1 Dentek mq from 10/11
$5 rr

Total oop: $1.48 +tax

$2 rr Dentek
$2.50rr Robitussin
$3rr Chapstick

Transaction 2
Theraflu 4.99
Theraflu 4.99
Theraflu 4.99
fill .20
Total: 15.19

$2/1 Theraflu mq 10/18
$2/1 Theraflu mq 10/18
$2/1 Theraflu mq 10/18
$2/1 Theraflu Wagsq (from Healthy Living booklet found in store- have cashier scan it, it will automatically multiply by three to reflect the three purchased) = $6
$3 rr (Chapstick)

Total oop: $.19 + tax

$8rr (Theraflu)

Transaction 3
Zantac 8.99
Trident 2/$2.00
Trident 2/2.00
fill .20
fill .20
Total: 11.38

$5/1 Zantac mq printable HERE
$.75/1 Trident printable HERE
$.75/1 Trident printable HERE
$2 rr (Dentek)
$2.50rr (Robitussin)

Total oop: $.38 + tax

$9rr (Zantac)
$1rr (Trident)

*With these transactions, you'll have spent under $2.00 and have leftover a $8rr, $1rr and a $9rr. You just made $17. How does that feel? :)

Attention Walgreens shoppers

Buy lots of papers this weekend. You want the $2/1 Theraflu coupon. If your paper has it (check before purchasing), you've got a great moneymaker on your hands with the $2/1 Walgreens coupon from the Healthy Living booklet found in stores.

I'll round up a scenario for you tomorrow, but the deal is get $8rr wyb 3 Theraflu. Use 3 $2/1 mq's and the Wags q (which will multiply itself by three) and pay $2.97 for three bottles, earning an $8 rr.

This with the Zantac moneymaker makes for some great deals this week at Wags!

If you haven't already shopped this week, go ahead and head out using the scenarios I outlined earlier on this week. You'll end with a $5rr from the Unilever (Ragu/Skippy) deal. I'll start next week's scenario with that rr.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ongoing moneymakers at Publix - Update 10/21

For those that need some help with is a list for you of ones I've seen/found/blogged about, etc. :) Many of these use competitor coupons so YMMV (that means "Your Mileage May Vary") on whether your store will accept them. It will depend on whether your store considers them a competitor or not. Included are Whole Foods, Rite Aid, etc...

If you found any other Moneymakers, please let me know!!

For those starting out- all these little $.50 here and $1.00 there really add up. Don't dismiss a $.50 moneymaker.

2x Sundown Vitamins Vitamin D 400mg 2.99/ea
-$6/2 Publix coupon from Adv Buy flyer
-$1/1 mq (x2) or printable- various sources, blinkies, inserts, etc.
=$2.00 overage

Maybelline eyeliner $2.49
-$2/1 Publix q from Adv Buy flyer
-$1/1 mq (regional)
=$.51 overage

2x Band-Aid Travel packs $.79/ea
-$3/2 blinkie found in Publix
=$1.42 overage

Yakisoba noodles $.79/ea
-$.50/1 mq (doubled) 8/23 ss, 10/18 ss
=$.21 overage

Muir Glen tomato sauce $.79-.89/ea
-$1/1 mq printable (various) (New printables HERE and HERE as of 10/20)
=-$.21-$.11/ea (depending on price at your store)

Knox Gelatin $1.39/ea
-$4/1 ip HERE (you can only print one per computer of this q)
or new printable HERE !! You can print this twice! (as of 10/21)
=$2.61 overage

Clorox Greenworks $2.99/ea
-$2/1 mq from Greenwise magazine (not current issue, one before)
-$2/1 Food Lion coupon from Healthy Community booklet found in stores
=$1.01 overage

Oikos Yogurt $1.67/ea (price varies by store)
-$1/1 Whole Foods coupon from Whole Deal booklet
-$1/1 mq
=$.33 overage

Bear Naked Granola Bars $1.59/ea
-$1/1 Whole Foods coupon from Whole Deal booklet
-$1/1 mq or $2/1 mq (printables no longer available)
-$2/1 printable HERE for $.41 overage without the WF to stack...
=$.41 - $1.41 overage

Clean and Clear astringent $3.99
-$3/1 Rite Aid coupon from Video Values program- printable
-$2/1 mq printable from
-$1.01 overage

Purina Natural Sensations Cat Treats (price unknown)
-$Free mq from insert
-$2/1 Publix coupon for any Purina treat from Savings for All Seasons booklet
=$2 overage

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Great printable

Here's a great printable coupon for the CVS shoppers. Might make a good deal at some Publix stores as well with the coupon in the adv. buy flyer, depending on the price at your store.

Neosporin Lip Ointment $3/1 HERE (Firefox) and HERE (IE)

These are priced at $2.99 at CVS this month, so this makes them free. Use this to add to your transaction to get up to $25 so you can use the $5/$25 printable coupon and get an additional $5 off.
(I'll explain in more detail when there's a better week at CVS)

What you need to know- Print this.

That is all.

Publix weekly deals

Here are the deals I see this week:

Snuggle Fabric Softener or Snuggles Exhilarations, Assorted Varieties, 32-oz bot, 2/$6
-$3/1 mq 10/4 RP

Arm & Hammer Dental Care Toothpaste Mint: Advance Cleaning, Peroxi-Care Baking Soda & Peroxide, or Complete Care Extra Whitening, 6 or 6.3-oz box, (Excluding Advanced Varieties), BOGO $2.99
-$3/2 mq 8/16 SS

Birds Eye Steamfresh Frozen Vegetables, Assorted Varieties, 10 to 13-oz bag, or Corn on the Cob, 4-ct bag (Including Steam and Serve Trays), 50% off {These start at $1.79 at my store, so those are mm's with the $.50/1 q.}
-$.50/1 or $.35/1 9/13 SS or 10/18 SS
=FREE, MM or Cheap

Stacy's Pita Chips or Bagel Chips, Assorted Varieties, 8-oz bag, 2/$4
-$1/1 printable HERE
-$1/1 CVSq HERE
=FREE (for those of you whose stores take CVS as competitor coupons) or
=$1/ea (for the rest of us)

Maybelline Mascara, Assorted Varieties, (Excluding Great Lash & Pulse Perfection Mascara), 40% off
-$2/1 Green Adv. Buy flyer Publixq
-$1/1 mq (regional, not in our area) 10/11 RP
= Cheap, Free or MM (depending on regular price of mascara)

Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix: Original, Mild, Cheesy or 40% Less Sodium, 1-oz pkg, BOGO $1.07
-$1/2 printable no longer available that I told you to print last week and hold onto ;)
-$free Seasoning wyb 2 products peelie
=$.04/ea (and if you have peelie, buy three, use the peelie and the $1/2 and get three for $.08)

Krusteaz Pancake Mix or Belgian Waffle Mix, Assorted Varieties, 24 to 32-oz box, BOGO $2.19
-$.50/1 mq from 10/11 SS

Krusteaz Cookie Mix, Bakery Style: Chocolate Chunk, Sugar or Peanut Butter, 15.5 to 17.5-oz box, BOGO $2.29
-$1/1 mq from 10/11 SS

Peter Pan Peanut Butter, Assorted Varieties, 13 or 16.3-oz jar, BOGO $2.47
-$.50/1 Printable (no longer available) or from October All You
=$.24/ea plus free crayons if you have the "Buy Peter Pan, Get Free Crayola" from August All You Magazine

Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters, 5-oz bag, 2/$5
-$1.60/1 printable no longer available
-$1/2 Food Lion coupon from booklet found in store

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, Assorted Varieties, 12 to 16-oz pkg, BOGO $1.79
-$1/2 printable HERE or HERE, or peelie (found on Minute brown rice)

Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage or Polska Kielbasa or Cheddarwurst, 14 or 16-oz pkg, $1.99
-$1/2 mq 10/4 RP
-$1/1 Publix q from Yellow Adv Buy flyer
=$.98/2 wyb 2 and use three coupons (one mq and two publix q's)

Marie Callender's Dinners or Entrees, Assorted Varieties, 10 to 21-oz box, (Excluding Pot Pies), BOGO $2.99
-$75/1 Printable HERE and HERE

Eggland's Best Large Eggs, 12-ct ctn., 2/$4
-BOGO (up to $1.50) printable no longer available
-$.50/1 mq 9/13 SS

Contessa Meals, Assorted Varieties, 20 to 24-oz bag, BOGO $6.99
-$2/1 mq printable HERE

SeaPak Shrimp Co. Shrimp or Salmon, Talapia or Crab Cakes, Assorted Varieties, 8 to 20-oz box, BOGO $7.59
-$1/1 mq from 9/27 SS

Nabisco Cakesters Soft Snack Cakes, Oreo: Original, Chocolate Creme or Peanut Butter Creme; or Nilla: Original or Strawberry Creme, 6-pk, 10.56 or 12-oz box, BOGO $3.29
-$1/1 FLip HERE
-various peelies/tearpads...

Possible Band-Aid moneymaker at Walgreens

Allright, I want to preface this with...I don't know if this will work because of coupon wording. BUT several people have reported that they were able to do the deal, so I want to pass it along, because it's a great one if you a) feel comfortable doing it and b) have lenient cashiers/managers who will let you.

Deal: Children's character Band-Aids

Coupons Needed:
*$3/2 Johnson's blinkie mq from Publix (or other store) or $.50/1 or $1/1 mq from 8/2 SS
*Children's activity booklet coupons from Walgreens. Booklet can usually be found in the pharmacy, NOT with other workbooks. Booklet costs $.99 and coupons can be scanned and reused- you don't need to hand them over.
*10/11-10/17 weekly ad.

Children's Character Band-Aids are regularly $3.79.
In this week's ad, there is an in-ad q making these $1.99/ea.
Activity booklet coupon takes off $2/ea
Manufacturer's coupon is overage.

So, this is how you hand over your coupons to make this work:
Scan items.
Hand cashier any manufacturer's coupons.
Have cashier scan activity booklet Walgreens coupon.
Have cashier scan in-ad coupon.

Make sure you get extra items to cover overage. I recommend buying items that earn rr's, then you have an even bigger moneymaker. :)

The problem is that wording on the Activity booklet coupon states "off regular retail". This indicates that the coupon should actually not be used on sale items or in conjunction with the in-ad coupon.

Make of this what you will, but I wanted to share because it IS a great deal if you are successful! (especially for those of you with a four-year old like mine who insists on a band-aid for every "ouch")

Here's what the activity book looks like:

Great deals not to miss!

If you're starting out, these high value coupons are q's you want to SAVE! Don't run out and use them right away! Usually a release of a high value q means a sale is coming soon. When you use a coupon with a sale you get the best deal. Think of it this way- You can always buy the item full-priced with the coupon the day before the q expires. But if you wait for a sale, you can get super-cheap, free, or make money off it!

$1/1 Honey Nut Cheerios and free sample HERE

$.55/1 Snapple drink HERE (great for triples)

$1/2 Kraft Naturals Cheese HERE (Firefox) or HERE (Internet Explorer)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Publix trip 10/13

Not a huge trip today, just picked up a few necessities- bread, potatoes, eggs. :) And some moneymakers, cheapies.

Total non-food tax: $2.54
Total food tax: $4.94
Total oop: $.71
Total saved: $160.88 (99.6%)

Moneymakers I picked up:
Oikos yogurt
Bear Naked Granola Bars
Lipton tea bags (with Food Lion coupon from booklet found in store)
Progresso/Pillsbury deal (with raincheck)
Sundown (2 bottles)
Maybelline eye-pencils

Free stuff:
Bumblebee tuna
Huggies soft pack wipes
Sorrento cheese stringsters (with raincheck)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Getting CVS

Here are some basic rules for CVS:
CVS uses a loyalty card. Limits are set based on card purchase. Get yourself a CVS card and use it with every transaction. This is how you earn special promotional discounts and Extra Care Bucks (ecb's).
ECB's print out at the bottom of your receipt. ECB's are like cash and can be used on anything (except the usual excluded items, alcohol, tobacco, etc). You can roll them into your next deal, including the same item (unlike Walgreens). You can buy one thing, get an ecb, turn around and use that ecb on the same thing. Since CVS uses a loyalty card system and can limit the amount of "deals" you get per card, they don't have to worry about all the catalina hijinks that Walgreens has to do with not being able to use an rr to get an rr for the same product, etc.
After I do my first transaction, I use the edge of the counter to tear off my ecb's from the bottom of the receipt and then use them in the next transaction- or if I'm on the last transaction, I put the ecb in my CVS envelope so I know where it is. (those receipts tend to get lost)

This is not a great week to start at CVS.

So I'll tell you this- If you're starting out, and will be near a CVS, go ahead and stop in and get a CVS card. Register with it online and enter an email address and they will email you a $4/$20 coupon.

If you shop before Tuesday, pick up these free after ecb deals (only good Sunday through Tuesday):

Transaction 1
Halloween Nylon Treat Bag $.99
Total: $.99+tax

Earn $.99 ecb

Transaction 2
4-in-1 Carving Tool $1.99

$.99 ecb (from trans.#1)

Total: $1+tax

Earn $1.99 ecb

Transaction 3
4-in-1 Carving Tool $1.99

$1.99 ecb (from trans.#2)

Total: $0+tax

Earn $1.99 ecb

This is a good intro to CVS. You'll spend around $2 and have $1.99 ecb's to roll next week.
We're starting small.

Getting started...the basics.

I want to take a moment to start from the beginning.

What are Coupons?
Coupons are essentially a promissory note from the manufacturer to the retailer. Once they are in your possession they are your property until you exchange them for products.

When I walk out of Publix with a cartful of groceries (or two ;) ) in which I paid $4 cash, that looks like I got something for free. I assure you, this is not the case. In my transaction I exchanged several hundred dollars worth of promissory notes for my items. These notes will be sent to a coupon clearinghouse to count and sort. Then a few more things happen (I'll spare you the gory details) and the end result is the manufacturer reimburses the retailer face value of the coupon plus $.08 per coupon for handling.

The trick is to find a store with a Manager who understands this. Many of them look at you and think, look at all that stuff that woman got for free. (And they get jealous, or mad, or something...) But once you find a store with a manger who understands how coupons really work, I recommend you shop there. And nowhere else.

Types of coupons.
There are several types of coupons, and these are released in different venues. I've covered the places to find coupons, papers, tearpads, blinkies, etc. I now want to talk about types.

The main type of coupon is a manufacturer's coupon. A manufacturer's coupon (or manuq, or mq for short) is a coupon released by the manufacturer to be used by the consumer at a retail outlet. A manufacturer puts out coupons to encourage purchase of specific products. Often these are new products on the market- so that people try these items at a discount, love them, and continue buying them. Coupons from manufacturers are generally released seasonally. You're not going to find soup coupons in the summer or charcoal coupons in the winter.

Store coupons. Store coupons are coupons that are store specific. The way these work is that a big-wig at the Manufacturer gets together with a big-wig at the retailer. They work up a deal where the store puts out a coupon specific to that item at only their store. In return, the retailer gets... something. The "something" will depend on the deal. It might be 50% of face value of coupon turned in. It might be a specific amount of money. Whatever the deal, the store generally does get reimbursed something for the store coupons used.

Coupon Usage.
Coupon usage will differ depending on the store you are shopping at, but there are a few steadfast rules.

1) You may only use one Manufacturer coupon per item. Period. Ever. If your coupon states "Save $1 on 2 Ragu pasta sauces" then that coupon applies to two jars of sauce. You may not buy two jars of sauce and use one $1/2 coupon and also a fifty cents off one coupon. These may have different values, but the rule of one coupon per item applies. The coupon that is "off of two" applies to both items.
2) Never, EVER photocopy coupons. It is illegal. Period.

Then we move into the other info that will vary by store.
Many stores will allow "stacking" of coupons. This means you may use one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon per item. This is where you get the best deals.
Some stores that allow this? Publix, Target, Kroger, Whole Foods, Food Lion, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS.
When stacking, read the fine print on coupons to make sure the coupons do not exclude this usage.

Some stores will accept competitor's coupons. Publix. Some Kroger stores (ask at your store). Some Wal-Mart stores.
If your store accepts competitor coupons, ask Customer Service who that store considers a competitor- you will find out it varies by store, but it is worth asking.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Free razors at Food Lion

As if you haven't gotten enough free razors lately, here's another deal for you:

A while back KMart had a booklet called $62 in savings or some-such. Most of the q's expired 10/3, but a few are still good. There was one for $1/1 any Noxzema product that expires 10/18.

Food Lion has Noxzema disposable razors for $1 (I found these at the checkout with the impulse-buy items).

Getting started... Where to sign up for coupons.

Start thinking of all your favorite brands. Then go to their websites. See if they have a "join" or "register". If they do, they will often email or mail you coupons. It's a start.

Next, start clicking on those "contact us" links. Send an email telling them how much you love their products. By doing this, I have received coupons 95% of the time. I do not ask for coupons. I just tell them how much I love "x" product and they respond saying thank you and can we have your mailing address to send you coupons? Often these coupons are for "Free" products.

There are some places to register for freebies also. See links below.

VocalPoint - this is a GREAT one! I get great coupons from this. These q's are either for "free" items, or are so high that with a sale, they = free.
Homemade Simple - This is a neat site that often has good printables. They also periodically have a sign-up for a mailed booklet that has a bunch of coupons in it. Last time there was a "Free" Cascade jet dry-thing coupon in it. High value q's! Check back occasionally for that.

Getting started ... Where to find coupons.

If you're just getting started, you're wondering where all these coupons come from. Some do come from the Sunday paper, but there are other places these coupons come from as well.

Rule of couponing
Never get rid of any coupon. EVER. Collect any coupons you see. Even if it's not something you'd ever use. You may not be diabetic but if you had Bayer meter coupons and tossed them out, yuo'd be kicking yourself now since these have been free and yielding $5-$10 in ecb's and rr's over the last 6 months.

Sunday paper. This is where most people think of coupons being. You don't have to pay for the Sunday paper to get inserts. I buy between 4-10 papers per week depending on how good the papers are. You can also find the closest recycling center and go and dig around in the newspaper bin. Some people think "EWWWW" but it's all papers and nothing gross. I always look in if the bin is near full and just pull out any glossy papers I see and sort through them later to see if there's any inserts. On a slow day you may pull out a few, a good day could yield 20-50 inserts!! I also have a deal with the Store Manager at Food Lion that I can go in on Saturday afternoon and he will let me have any inserts leftover from the previous Sunday's papers. Be creative!

Blinkies is a term for the coupons that spit out of those little machines attached to the edge of the shelves that have a blinking light. These will spit out one, then another fairly quickly. You will have to wait a few seconds for the next set to pop out. If it looks like a hgih value coupon, get at least 5 or 6. Anything else, take at least two. EVEN IF IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU USE!

Some stores periodically have booklets out with coupons in them. When you go in the store, look around. Look for any booklets or flyers near their sales ads. Publix routinely puts coupon booklets out in the rotating kiosk at the fornt of the store and on stand-alone displays. I've seen stand-alone displays at Kroger and Food Lion. I have also seen booklets at Food Lion with coupons in them. It may not look like it has coupons, but surprise! you. So if you see a booklet, pick it up and flip through it. If it has coupons, take some. I also picked up a whole booklet of coupons at KMart once, so you just enver know.


Tearpad coupons are everywhere. You just have to open your eyes and start seeing the grocery store differently. Look up and down at shelves. Look on cooler doors. Tearpads are everywhere. I've even seen them hanging on endcaps.

Alright, I'm going there. Peelies. Peelies are coupons located on the product itself. There is a whole moral thing going on with peelies. Some people believe it's ok to take the coupons stuck to the product, some think if you don't buy it, you shouldn't take the peelie off. My opinion? I don't have a problem with it. I think it's kind of lame to take EVERY peelie off every product unless you're going to use them right away. A lot of times those peelies are for a completely different product- for example peelies on Tortilla chips for "$1/1 ground beef". What, huh? This is a good example. I bought bags of tortilla chips with these peelies on them. We don't eat meat. I could have cared less if someone had taken those peelies b/c we wouldn't use them. I peeled them off and left them on the shelf for someone else, but most people probably wouldn't do that.

Coupon ettiquette
There's the etiquette for peelies and for tearpads. Taking an entire full tearpad and not leaving any for anyone else is not very nice, but I don't have a problem with taking 30 from a full pad. Really? It's all about what you're comfortable with.

Hidden tearpads.
Don't just look for tearpads at grocery stores. Look for them in gas stations. Gas stations yield the BEST drink tearpads, $.50/1 Vitaminwater, $1/1 Snapple and so forth. These are good used at the gas station, but taken to a grocery store and you'll get free drinks if you wait for a sale.
Now, you may say, I've never seen a tearpad at a gas station. Where do I look?
Hint: Open the cooler and look on the inside of the door. Those gas stations are SNEAKY!!

Good deal on Naked Juice at Publix

I love Naked Juice- it's super yummy and has great protein and vitamins.

These are on sale for the yellow advantage buy sale cycle 2/$5.
Go HERE and sign up - you will get a $1/1 coupon emailed to you.
If you are lucky enough to have some of the B2G1 q's from the Family Fitness booklet (available in the FL area- I traded for some) you can use one B2G1 coupon and 2 $1/1 q's and get three juices for $3!

Rite Aid wonders

Here's what I got at Rite Aid today:
{I forgot to take the throat coolers coupon, so I didn't get those this time around}

Bee MD Throat Drops 2.49
Beyond Bodiheat 2.99
Carmex 1.99
Carmex 2.29
Sucrets 2.99
Chloroseptic Allergen Block 9.99
Super Poligrip 1.99
Simply Saline Nasal 4.99
Simply Saline Childrens 3.99
Total 33.71

-$5 off $20
$1/1 Simply Saline 7/26 ss
$1/1 Simply Saline 7/26 SS
$free Poligrip 10/4 RP
$1/1 Beyond Bodiheat peelie
$3/1 Chloroseptic 5/3 ss

Use $20 GOS Certificate

Total oop: $1.55 + tax

$33.71 in scr's
$1.00 Bee MD MIR

Free Tuna

Print as many of these as you can- Free tuna!

Go HERE and look for the $.50/1 Bumblebee tuna pouch q, as this doubles at many stores, this pretty much makes it free. (Try zipcode 30013)

Then go HERE and look for the $.50/1 Starkist tuna q. Same deal as Bumblebee. (Try zipcode 37043)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Getting started... at Rite Aid

ooooh- this is a GREAT week to start at Rite Aid!!

The Rite Aid basics...
1) Rite Aid puts out in-ad coupons that may be stacked with manufacturer coupons. These in-ad q's actually say "manufacturer coupon" on them, but they are not. Any Rite Aid coupon will begin with an "RC" or "RA". If you call corporate, they will tell you these can be stacked.
2) Rite Aid offers a mail in rebate program they call "Single Check Rebates" (SCR's). Different deals have different limits. Most deals offer cash back. You purchase the required items and then go online and register, enter your receipt info and at the end of the month, request a check (only do it at the end though, because you can't request another for the month!). They send you a check you can take to the bank. Some deals offer a gift card back. Such as, "buy $50 in Procter and Gamble products and get a $10 gift card". Most of these offers/deals are AFTER coupons, so GREAT deals!
3) Video Values. New program offered by Rite Aid. Go HERE and sign up. Watch commercials to earn credits and coupons. These are in the form of Rite Aid coupons that can be stacked with manuq's. Once you watch a certain amount (20 credits) you can print a coupon for $5/$20 purchase. (BEFORE coupons!)
A hint- whe the page pulls up for the selected coupons, print as many as you think you want because once you print them, they're gone, never to return (unless you sign up under a different account and watch them all over again).

A $5/$25 coupon HERE

Rite Aid
ETA: At my Rite Aid today I found Sucrets with $1.50 Mail in rebate stickers on them and $1/1 peelies on the Beyond Bodiheat! Watch for those and sub in your scenarios where you want.

Bee MD Throat Drops 2.49
Children's Throat Coolers 2.99
Super Poligrip 1.99
Comtrex 3.99 {look for box with a coupon on it!}
Sinus Buster or Allergy Buster 8.99
Total: $20.36

$5/$20 Video Values coupon
$Free Super Poligrip mq HERE (sign up to get coupons)
Comtrex coupon (if you find it)
$1 Childrens Throat Coolers HERE
-$7.99 (plus Comtrex if you find it)

Total oop: $12.37 +tax (less with Comtrex q)

earn $20.36 in scr's.
Then print THIS REBATE for Bee MD for an additional $1 back
=Profit 8.99

Really, there are a bunch of Free after scr items, group any of them into groups of $20 or $25 and use a $5/$20 or $5/$25 and it makes them moneymakers. I included the ones with printable q's for the best profit scenario.

Free Items this week!!
Comtrex 20 ct. $3.99
Sucrets Throat Lozenges 18ct., or Ice Pops 6ct., $2.99
Breath Again SinoMarin Nasal Spray 3.3oz $7.99
Beyond BodiHeat Pain Relieving Heat Pads 3-4ct. $2.99
Children’s Throat Cooler 6ct., $2.99
Dr. Thompson’s Coldwar 20ct., $3.99
Simply Saline Nasal Mist 3oz., $4.99
Simply Saline Children’s Nasal Mist 1.5oz., $3.99
Bee M.D. Throat Drops 21ct. $2.49
Chloraseptic AllergenBlock Gel, 20ct. $9.99
Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm .075 oz., $2.29
Carmex Lip Balm 3pk. tubes $1.99
Sinus Buster or Allergy Buster 20mL $8.99
Poligrip Denture Adhesive Cream .75 oz., $1.99

Getting started... at Walgreens

I am going to start a series for those just starting out, or for those wanting to take their coupon habits to the next level (at the request of a relative :) ). So, watch for that, coming soon. In the meantime, here are a few scenarios for the least out of pocket, just starting out.

I am assuming that just starting out, you do not have insert coupons, so the access you have to coupons are printables. That is taken into consideration. Meanwhile, go ahead and go out tomorrow morning and buy two papers. Start small. :) You don't have to clip the coupons out, just get yourself a file folder and label them 10/11 inserts and start a file system- most websites list coupons by the insert they were found in and it is MUCH easier to do this than clip them all, then hunt for them later.

Also, while out shopping, if you see blinkies or tearpads, snag a few of them. You may think, why? It's not something I want, need or would buy. Maybe, but if it goes on sale and makes you money three weeks from now, you'll be kicking yourself because those q's will be long gone.

A quick note. The key to working Walgreens and CVS is to do multiple transactions. Roll those rr's and ecb's baby! This will get easier as time passes. The first time I went in to do a CVS purchase with several transactions outlined I was sweating bullets! Now, it's old hat. :)


Working Walgreens
Walgreens "deals" are Register Rewards. When you buy an item that produces a Register Reward you may use that Register Reward (rr) on a future purchase (transaction).
The secreat to learning Walgreens is understanding the following basic rules:
1) Limits. Most Register Rewards deals are "Limit one per transaction". You cannot buy two deals and have it print two rr's. You will need to split up your purchases in order to receive more than one RR.
2) RR's are actually Manufacturer coupons. Basic rule of couponing is that you may only use ONE MANUFACTURER COUPON per item. Since a RR is a manufacturer coupon, you need another item for this coupon to "attach to". Hereout referred to as "fillers". Any time you see "filler" it means buy the cheapest thing in the store you can find that does not require a manufacturer coupon. (Walgreens coupons do not count as manufacturer coupons, they are something different).
3) You cannot purchase an item with the same rr that just printed for that item. (Well, you can, but it will not produce another rr). This often also applies for manufacturers as well.

Knowing these basic rules will get you far in the ways of Walgreens.

Here's how to get the FARR (Free after Regsiter Reward) items for as little as possible, plus a few other things.

If you do jump in with both feet doing multiple transactions, just tell the cashier you have a few different transactions. . . if you feel the old stink-eye from the cashier, smile, be nice and if someone gets in line behind you, hop out and go to the end to do another transaction.

oh, and ALWAYS check out at the cosmetics counter. Less line.

Transaction 1
Trident 2/$2.00
Trident 2/$2.00
Dentek Floss Picks $2.79
EmergenC $3.49

$.75/1 Trident printable HERE
$.75/1 Trident printable HERE
$1/1 Dentek floss Picks printable HERE
Total oop: $5.78 + tax
Earn $3.50rr (EmergenC), $1rr (Trident), $2rr (Dentek)

ETA**If you took my advice and purchased Sunday papers yesterday, do this instead for Transaction 1:

Transaction 1
Trident 2/$2.00
Trident 2/$2.00
Dentek Dental Floss $2.00
EmergenC $3.49

$.75/1 Trident printable HERE
$.75/1 Trident printable HERE
$1/1 Dentek floss 10/11 RP
Total oop: $4.99 + tax
Earn $3.50rr (EmergenC), $1rr (Trident), $2rr (Dentek)

Transaction 2
Robitussin To Go $2.49
Chapstick $2.99
Halls Refresh $1.00
Total: $6.48

$3.50rr (from EmergenC)
$2rr (from Dentek)
Total oop: $.98 + tax
Earn $2.50rr (Robitussin), $1rr (Halls), $3rr (Chapstick)

Side-note: Word on the street is that Halls and Trident cannot be used to pay for one another. Using a Halls rr to purchase Trident will result in your rr not printing, and vice/versa.

Transaction 3
Vaseline Sheer Lotion $6.99 {Make sure this rings up correctly- many stores are reporting that this is ringing up $7.79, but the display for the monthyl deal says "Free after rr $6.99"}
Halloween cup fill $.25 (or something else cheap)
Halloween cup fill $.25 (or something else cheap)
Total: 7.49

$3 rr (from Chapstick)
in-ad q for Halloween tumbler (does not count in your coupon count)
$1.50/1 Vaseline printable HERE
$2.50rr (from Robitussin)
Total oop: $.49+ tax

Transaction 4
Fusion MVP Razor $8.99
Halloween cup fill $.25 (or something else cheap)
Total: 9.24

$7 rr (from Vaseline lotion)
in-ad q for Halloween tumbler (does not count in your coupon count)
$1rr (from Trident)
Total oop: $1.24+ tax
Earn $6 rr

Transaction 5
(If you like, you can do all 8 of these sauces, and use four coupons for less oop, but note that you may need two fillers since the coupons each "attach" to two items, accounting for all the items in the transaction.)
Ragu pasta sauce 3/$5
Ragu pasta sauce 3/$5
Ragu pasta sauce 3/$5
Ragu pasta sauce 3/$5
Skippy Peanut Butter 3/$5
Skippy Peanut Butter 3/$5
Skippy Peanut Butter 3/$5
Skippy Peanut Butter 3/$5
Total: $13.33

$.60/2 Ragu printable HERE
$.60/2 Ragu printable HERE
$6 rr (from Fusion Razor)
{Side-note, you can't use the Vaseline lotion rr on this deal because both are products by Unilever and the rr may not print. See rule #3}
$1rr (from Halls)
Total oop: $5.13 + tax
earn $5rr

Grand total:
All the above items for $13.62+ tax and you have a $5 rr leftover to use next week. 8 jars of pasta sauce/peanut butter would cost you around $10 at Wal-Mart.

Welcome to "Working Walgreens!"

Swagbucks... earn free money!

I know many of you already use swagbucks, but for those who don't, it's worth a mention.

Right now, you're paying google (or whatever search engine you prefer) for your searches. Why not get paid for your searches?

Now, Swagbucks has added a paypal option. When you earn 70 bucks, you can "buy" $5 in paypal $. Which is real money. No buying a gift card, no buying something you won't use, just plain old money. Once the money is in your account, you can transfer it into your bank account.

I have found that with the average swagger, I get between 1-5 bucks per day depending on how often I use the search bar. (Add their toolbar to your toolbar, it is really fast and easy- plus you get bucks to do it).

There are additional ways to get bucks, like looking for, finding, and entering the hidden codes, but I like to use the search bar.

Go HERE to sign up! (or click on my link on the left)

Why pay someone else when you could get paid for something you do anyway?

Christmas money? Check.

With our extremely limited budget right now, the thing weighing on my mind is finding money to pay for Christmas gifts for my kids and Zachary's birthday.

We don't go all out, just little things, but I do like them to have a variety of fun things to open on Christmas morning.

I am THRILLED to say that the yard sale today was a huge success. I gathered all my stockpile overage, priced it over the last few days and loaded it in the van. My Mom's employer had a huge yard sale today which was nice b/c I didn't have to advertise, set up tables, etc.

I sold 90% (or more) of the items I had out (including all 40+ bags of charcoal) for

That's right my friends. $700.

Christmas is more than handled. And I can also get some new glasses (which I have been putting off- haven't done in three years), treat my family to dinner out tonight (a very, VERY rare treat) and add to my "van-tire" fund.