Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Free at Food Lion!

If you've got a Food Lion in your area, you're in luck right now! Some good deals with the current "instant savings" promotion. And a SUPER Food Lion printable coupon!!

$2/1 Capri-Sun Food Lion printable HERE
(this can be stacked with a manufacturer coupon, if you have any)
Capri-Sun are $2.07 at Food Lion, so only $.07 each with coupon!! If you're new to Food Lion, these printables can only be used one time in a transaction.

When you buy 5 participating items, you get $5 off instantly. So basically, you take off one dollar for each item.

One is a "sweet deals" promotion and include:
Cool Whip- Whipped Topping 2/$2 (or $1 each, yeah, buy 5, and without any coupons whatsoever, only pay tax!)
-$.20/2 mq 6.27.10 SS
Smuckers Toppings 3/$5
-Bogo ip HERE
Bomb Pops $2.99 bogo (or $1.50/ea)
(If you go here and sign up for the iscream team, you will get an email with a coupon for $1/1 any Blue Bunny carton or "novelty carton", so if your store considers Bomb Pops "novelties" - which, what else would they be?, then you can use this $1/1 on these, for a $.50 mm on each one)

Some scenario ideas:
4 Smuckers toppings $1.67, 1.66/ea = $6.67
-2x bogo q's = $3.33
1 Cool Whip $1.00
(no q)
-$5 instant savings
=-$.66 (get something else to eat the overage)

2 Smuckers toppings $3.33
-bogo mq= $1.67
3 Cool Whip $1.00/ea
-$.20/2 mq
-$5 instant savings
=-$.34 (get something to eat overage)

And then the other instant savings promotion is by Kraft, and included are Crystal Light and Kraft Sandwich Shop mayo.

Crystal Light 2/$5 ($2.50/ea)
-$2/1 Vocalpoint home mailer (If you haven't signed up for Vocalpoint, they send out some super q's! Go HERE to sign up!)
Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo 2/$4 ($2/ea)
-$1/1 mq 6.13.10 SS

3 Crystal Light $2.50/ea
-$2/1 mq home mailer
2 Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo $2/ea
-$1/1 mq
-$5 instant savings
=-$1.50 (get something you need to eat the overage)

OR, alternately, you might want to hang onto those Kraft mayo q's for the big moneymaker at Publix!! :)

Unadvertised Bogo at Publix = Moneymaker!

More on my Publix deals later, but I found this:

Kraft Sandwich Shop mayo $1.99 BOGO
-$1/1 mq 6.13.10 SS
-$1/1 Publixq Yellow Flyer
=$1 overage each!

I didn't know this was going to ring up bogo- it wasn't marked at ALL, I was buying them b/c they were free, and at the end, I wondered why my total was so low. I didn't think I had that much overage! I reviewed my receipt and found that the mayo is ringing up bogo! Awesome!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Walgreens 4-day sale scenarios

Here are some ideas for the 4-day sale starting tomorrow. Don't forget to hang onto your reach q's to get them beginning the first for the catalina deal!

Scenario 1
Celsius drink $3.99
-$3/1 mq (regional, I bought some from CouponsthingsbyDede)
Noxzema razors $3.99
-$2/1 mq 5.23.10 RP
fill $.20 (Royal Gelatin?)

Use $3rr from Socks or Blistex
=$.18 oop+tax

Earn $3rr, $3rr

Scenario 2
Sure Deodorant $1.99
-$1.50/1 mq 5.2.10 SS
Crest $3.00
-$.75/1 mq 6.6.10 P&G, 6.27.10 RP
fill $.50 (Campbells soup, Arizona Tea, Wags straws, etc)

Use $3rr (from Blistex, socks, Celsius or Noxzema- if you do that transaction first)

earn $1rr, $3rr

Scenario 3
Sure $1.99
-$1.50/1 mq 5.2.10 SS
Efferdent $2.99
-$.55/1 mq 5.2.10 SS
Noxzema razors $3.99
-$2/1 mq 5.23.10 RP
$.20 fill

use $5rr from Blistop
=$.12 +tax oop

earn $1rr, $2rr, $3rr

Scenario 4
Celsius $3.99
-$2/1 printable HERE
Crest $3.00
-$.75/1 mq 6.6.10 P&G, 6.27.10 RP
Sure $1.99
-$1.50/1 mq 5.2.10 SS
fill $.20

Use $5rr from Bistop
=$.23+tax oop

earn $3rr, $3rr, $1rr

And, if you still have some $10rr's you want to use, try this
Scenario 5
Celsius $3.99
-$2/1 printable
Noxzema $3.99
-$2/1 mq 5.23.10 RP
Blistex $3.00 (or Aloe socks if you can find 'em!)
Crest $3.00
-$.75/1 mq
Brut Deo $1.99
-$1/1 mq All You Magazine

Use $10rr from Neutrogena
=$.21 oop+tax

earn $3rr, $3rr, $3rr, $3rr, $1rr

Monday, June 28, 2010

My deals today, Walgreens

So, as any of you Walgreens shoppers know, the socks reward wasn't printing this morning. It didn't mess me up today, since I was wanting to roll my $10rr's and not use the $3rr's right away, so the manager said I could come back on Wednesday (when she works next) so that I can get my rr's for the socks I bought. I did go ahead and get them b/c I wanted them for Christmas baskets- they are soooo soft. Plus I wanted a few pair for myself, and Natalya had laid claim to a pink-striped pair. :)

I am VERY lucky that my store is awesome and will push through beeping coupons, allowing overage. I love them.

Started with $82.50 in rr's

6 Kotex U 3/$10, earn free movie ticket code wyb 3
12 Airplus Socks $3.00, earn $3rr
7 Flexitop Blistop $5.00, earn $5rr
7 Blistex $2.99, earn $3rr
12 Newspapers $1.19
6 Oral-B TB $4.99
3 Cottonelle Fresh Wipes $1.99 w/in-adq
2 Cracker/cheese dippers $1.00
1 Can sliced peaches $.79
52 Dentyne gum (just realized she rang up an extra one, and shorted me a coupon, but I'm not worried about it. ;) )
1 Dawn Dish Detergent $.99

Total tax: $18.18
Total oop, cash spent: $26.32
Total rr's spent: $5

RR's leftover: $96.50 (including the $36 owed to me for my socks. :) )
Also earned 2 Free Movie tickets (from Kotex deal) and 2 "Free" Always pads catalinas

My deals today, Rite Aid

I made several runs today, two trips to my Walgreens and one each to the two Rite Aids near me.

Rite Aid
I was very, VERY disappointed that our Short ad was missing most of the great deals for the week. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo Short ad!
Anyway, I did get a bunch of great deals, but it was a lot of the same items, and not a variety of deals like I had planned.
I tossed in a few gift cards into my transactions and paid using some of the $10 up+ rewards I had earned. I wasn't sure if it would let me and wanted to try it out. Worked perfectly, no problems. I don't know if you'd be able to just buy gift cards and pay with Up+, but it certainly worked in a larger transaction.

I gotta say, Rite Aid is fast becoming my favorite drugstore, followed by Walgreens with CVS running a far distant third.

21 John Frieda Sheer Blonde $5/ea
15 John Frieda Root Awakening $5/ea
10 Benadryl $4.94 (with 10% wellness discount)
4 Crest ProHealth $2.99
20 Stayfree $3.99 bogo
24 Pretzel M&M's $.88 bogo {these are quite yummy!!}
3 Clearasil $4.94 (with 10% wellness discount)
1 Dasani $1.34 (with 10% wellness discount)
1 Snapple $1.07 (with 10% wellness discount)
2 Lays chips $3.99 bogo
1 20oz Mt Dew $1.43 {and might I just note that this went up in price AGAIN! to$1.59- that is INSANE for a measly 20oz drink}
1 $25 Amazon Gift Card
1 $15 Starbucks Gift Card
1 $20 Subway Gift Card

Total tax: $22.95
Total oop: $20.87 (on RA gift card)
Total Up+ rewards spent: $86.00
Grand Total spent: $106.87

Total Up+ Rewards leftover: $40
Total SCR's earned: $11.96, $49.40 toward my next allergy certificate ($75 needed)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Check your cat stash

I just sorted through some Wags catalinas and found three $2/1 Cottonelle flushable wipes cats (not totally sure when I got them), There's an in-ad q for $1.99 for the tubs, making them a penny overage with in-adq and cat!

Crazy drugstore deals: Rite Aid

Well. It wasn't as crazy as it could have been because I'm in the short ad area which royally sucks this week. :( There are still a few great deals, but not as many!!

Rite Aid
Ever since the UP reward program started, I've had trouble with q's and beepage at RA. Today I discovered that if I have a bogo and a $/$$ coupon for an item, I need to hand over the $/$$ first, then the bogo, since the bogo will beep anyway, when I handed the bogo first, it would not accept the $/$$. I also had a lot of trouble with the Up+ certs, telling me that "$.xx more needs to be added to transaction to use coupon", even if my total was over $16! I don't know WHAT is giong on with these things. I hope they fix the glitches soon!!

John Frieda: 4/$20, earn $10 Up+ wyb 4!!!
-$3/1 Root Awakening mq
-$2/1 Any JF product mq
-$1/1 Sheer Blonde VVq

Crest Pro-Health $2.99, earn $2.99 SCR
-$.50/1 mq 6.6.10 P&G or 6.27.10 RP

Stayfree BOGO $3.99
-BOGO mq 6.27.10 RP
-$1/1 mq 4.25.10 SS (exp 6.30)
-$1/1 VVq (exp 6.30)

So, here's what one of my transactions looked like:
4x John Frieda Root Awakening 4/$20
2x Stayfree 32ct (24+8bonus size) $3.99 bogo

-4x $3/1 JF Root Awakening
-$1/10 Haircare RA coupon
-Stayfree bogo = $3.99
-2x Stayfree $1/1 VVq
-$1/1 mq 4.25.10 SS

=-$1.00 +tax, earn $10 Up+ reward!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Holy drugstore deals Batman! Walgreens.

What a great week for drugstore shopping!


This week Walgreens has the regular sale and then a 4-day sale beginning on Wednesday and lasting through Saturday. There are some SUPER deals! And things I really want. :) Those aloe socks are soooo soft, I checked them out today.

Weekly sale items:
Blistex Smoothies 3-pk $2.99, earn $3rr
=Free after rr

Airplus Aloe Infused Socks $3, earn $3rr
=Free after rr

Flexitol Blistop $5, earn $5rr
=Free after rr

Dentyne $.99/3 w/in-adq
-$1/1 mq 6.13.10 SS (I think?)
=-$2.01 could have problems with this- it will depend on how much these are before using the in-ad coupon. If they ring up regular price, then you'll be fine. If they ring up some kind of sale, you could get some beeps. I will try to follow up on this tomorrow if I pick some up.

4-Day Sale items:
Sure deodorant $1.99, earn $1rr
-$1.50/1 mq 5.2.10 SS
=$.51 MM after rr

Brut Deodorant $1.99, earn $1rr
-$1/1 mq All You Magazine
=-$.01 after rr

Celsius Green Tea $3.99, earn $3rr
-$3/1 mq (regional, CouponsThingsbyDede has some)
-$2/1 ip HERE
=$2.01 MM or $1.01 MM depending on q used, after rr

Efferdent tablets $2.99, earn $2rr
-$.55/1 mq 5.2.10 SS
=$.44 after rr

Noxzema Razors $3.99, earn $3rr
-$2/1 mq 5.23.10 RP
=$1.01 MM after rr

Crest Toothpaste $3, earn $3rr
-$.75/1 mq 6.27.10 RP
-$.50/1 mq 6.6.10 P&G
=$.50-$.75 MM depending on coupon used

Dawn Dishwashing Detergent $.99
-$1/1 mq Rogue Magazine

Then there's this whole deal with Reach toothbrushes. You want to buy them after Wednesday though because on the first, a great Cat deal starts. Get $2 cat wyb 2, Get $3 wyb 3 and get $4 wyb 4. There are a gazillion coupons out there for Reach, $2/2 printables, $1/1, BOGO, etc.There is a $.99 in-ad coupon for these. Present the mq first, then the in-adq to get the pennies overage. These will be free with coupons and then you'll get the rr back.

I have $10rr's from Neutrogena I'd like to roll into smaller rr's, so I am going to do this:
1 Flexitol $5
1 Aloe socks $3
1 Blistex $2.99
Use $10rr
=$.99 oop+tax

Earn $5, $3, $3 rr's

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kellogg's recall

There are a lot of deals lately on Kelloggs, so I wanted to post this from the Kelloggs website. There is a recall on Corn pops, Apple Jacks, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks.

Go HERE for more info.

What products are included in the recall? What code dates I should look for?
We are recalling the following cereal products packaged in white foil bags due to an off-flavor and smell coming from the bag.

Only products with the letters "KN" following the Better If Used Before Date are included in the recall.

Kellogg's® Apple Jacks®
UPC 3800039136
17 ounce package with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 10 2011 and JUN 22 2011

UPC 3800039132 3
8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between JUN 03 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg's® Corn Pops®
UPC 3800039109
12.5 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

UPC 3800039111
17.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

UPC 3800039116
9.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 05 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg's® Froot Loops®
UPC 3800039118
12.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

UPC 3800039120
17 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

UPC 3800039125
8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg's®Honey Smacks®
UPC 3800039103
15.3 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Again, only products with the letters "KN" following the Better If Used Before Date are included in the recall.

What should I do if I have product that is affected by this recall?
If you have questions or you would like a replacement coupon, you may contact the Kellogg Consumer Response Center at 888-801-4163.

You should not eat the recalled products because they do not meet our quality standards.

Were the recalled products distributed nationwide? Where were these packages sold?
The products involved in the recall were shipped throughout the U.S.

All retailers that received these products are being notified.

Are the products involved in the recall safe for consumption?
Consumers should not eat the recalled products because they do not meet our quality standards. A few consumers have experienced temporary symptoms, including nausea and diarrhea. Consumers with concerns should consult their health care provider.

Why are these products being recalled?
We have identified a substance in the package liners that can produce an uncharacteristic waxy-like off taste and smell.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I can't ever get coupons for the things I need

Boy, if I had a dollar for every time I heard that, I would not need coupons!

Well, for those who have milk on that list, here's a Milk deal for you!
Smart Balance Milk is $3.59 bogo this week at Publix and some areas were lucky enough to get a $2.50/1 coupon in the 6.13.10 RP (not us. Ours was $.75/1). Free milk with the $2.50/1, and pretty cheap with the other regional values.

Smart Balance $1.80
= $1.05


Smart balance $1.80

Yes, you can freeze milk. Enjoy!

High Value Smart Ones printable coupon!

Go HERE to print a $5/10 Smart Ones products coupon! Get it quick, these things always go fast. :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Huge MM at Rite Aid: week of 6.27.10

Another huge Rite Aid Moneymaker next week!

Deal next week:
John Frieda Hair products 4/$20, earn $10 Up+ wyb 4
-$3/1 mq
-$1/1 VVq
-$1/10 Haircare Wellness coupon

Here's your deal:

4 John Freida $20
-4x $1/1 VVq
-4x $3/1 mq
-$1/10 Haircare coupon
-$5/20 mq
=-$2.00 oop (add something you need, or perhaps the Crest that's free after scr, to get positive)

earn $10+up

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Saving money on vacation

While planning my family vacation I tried to save money on every possible thing I could. Some of the things we did were specific to themeparks, but here are some suggestions for your vacation planning!

To me, the most expensive part of vacation is food. So, we planned on taking most of our food. We took bottled Vitamin-Waters, three 4pks of Starbucks Doubleshots (for the drive!), a case of Mt Dew, and two cases of bottled water so we didn't have to buy drinks as well as food for lunches and snacks: cheese sticks, lunchmeat (veggie :) ), yogurt tubes (frozen), carrots, Crunchpak apples, peanut butter, jelly, bread, chips, crackers, Lance cracker packs, trail mix, Gerber Graduates snacks for my 19 month-old, etc. All these things I bought over time, using overage, so very little out of pocket expenses.

This is what my van looked like after I packed the double stroller, cases of water and food/snacks. I still had to load in the luggage. ;) The banker boxes are labeled "snacks", "lunches" and "road food". There's also a small bin of sunscreen. lol.

We own a cooler that plugs in to the outlet in the back of our van (you can see it on the left in the above picture, which was purchased for DH when he was an over-the-road trucker), which comes in very handy for trips! If you do a lot of driving, I highly recommend one. The one we have is a Coleman PowerChill Thermoelectric Cooler (40-Quart)
and while it doesn't keep things ICE cold, It is waaay better than continually buying ice and worrying about things getting ruined by sitting in water when the ice melts. It kept our drinks, yogurt tubes, cheese sticks and fruit cold enough, and was perfect for our road trip. :)

The first portion of our trip was planned at a Bed and Breakfast, so a pancake breakfast was included, and we specifically chose a Bed and Breakfast with a large kitchen for the guests. We were able to use the stove/fridge to cook/heat anything we brought! Once there, we shopped at Publix for eggs and fresh fruit to add to our breakfasts. Of course I used overage at Publix to buy those things. :)

For dinner, I purchased several certificates at 80% off. I didn't know if these restaurants would be good, or even open, but the idea was at $2/ea, even if we didn't use all four, we still came out way ahead! We ended up using one of the four, and saved $17, after factoring in the cost of the four certs. The first B&B we stayed at was in a fairly touristy town, and they gave us a booklet of coupons when we checked in- we were able to use several coupons out of that booklet for meals while there.

We also bought a BOGO coupon for one of the restaurants on Tropicana Rewards, which, if you haven't signed up for, I highly recommend.

When we ate out for dinner, we had plenty of leftover, enough so that one evening, we all had repurposed leftovers in the B&B Dining Room/Kitchen for dinner.

For activities, in the first city, St Augustine, we did a lot of "tourist" attractions and walking around. I used a bogo trolley coupon at Tropicana Rewards to save $22, and that was our transportation for the entire time we were there! The trolley took us anywhere we wanted to go and the kids loved riding the "train". (entertainment in itself).

Of course, the beach was free. :)

Once we moved onto Orlando, we stayed at the Doubletree on the Disney resort. I signed up at for the monthly email, which has discounts. I was able to get a 35% discount on the room, and free breakfast. Included at the hotel was a bus to the Disney properties, so we saved money on parking at the themeparks ($12 a day!!).

We weren't able to find discounted Disney tickets, so that was the one thing we paid full price for *gasp* but had we been buying 5-7-day tickets, we could have gotten a discount, but we weren't there that long.

Again, food was the most expensive item, so we packed in all our food to the parks. All the Disney parks allow you to bring in food (Hollywood Studios does not, but as far as I can tell, all others do). We filled a large backpack, packing frozen bottled water in the bottom, then a container on top of that with cheeses, yogurt, lunchmeats, etc. On top of that were pb&j sandwiches and crackers and other snacks. We splurged on a few treats, like popcorn and an ice cream/smoothie, but we saved a TON of money by not buying park food. (Plus we ate way healthier!) (A bottle of water is $3.75 at the park!)

For dinner the first night in Orlando, I went over to a salad/sandwich place across the street to get a large takeout salad, while the kids and DH swam at the hotel pool. I paired the salad with leftovers from an Italian restaurant we ate at in St Augustine, for a cheap meal! I paid under $7 for the salad, and we all ate off that and the leftover spaghetti.

Another thing I would watch out for are any deals offered by gas stations, and Facebook deals. At the beginning of April, Pilot Gas Stations had a "Free" 32 oz drink coupon on Facebook. I printed a few of these and took them with us- that way if we needed a drink, or wanted a treat, we could stop at a Pilot and get a fountain drink (and we did a few times) for free.

The other expense incurred on road trips? Fuel. So over the course of a few months, I purchased BP gas cards at Publix when they offered the deal on those (with overage in some cases) and took those with us. We didn't pay a penny on the trip for fuel. We used four $50 gas cards on the trip and still had one leftover when we got back. Yes, we paid for the cards, but we paid in advance, so I didn't have to worry about having enough money for fuel on the trip (plus I used some overage for a couple of them, so was able to save a little bit more!).

I hope this helps give you some ideas about thinking outside the box when planning your vacation! If you have any questions about our trip, shoot! :)

Oh, another idea would be to go sign up at Entertainment - when you sign up, you can print out coupons for things in all cities, not just your city (which is what you'd have if you purchased a book for your area). Right now, it's $4.95/month, and you'd only need one month to print coupons for your trip. ;) Go HERE to get an online membership. And, when you buy a book, you also can sign up for free to print out deals from other cities. HERE to activate your book. So that might be worth checking out. :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Free this week, 6.20.10

Here are some of the free deals you can pick up this week:

Pampers Wipes $1.97 rollback
-$2/1 mq

Sobe Lifewater $1.00
-$.50/1 Targetq
-Bogo mq (Go HERE to try your luck for a prize- I won a BOGO coupon yesterday- heads-up, these have a print limit of 4, not 2!!)
=Cheap to a MM, depending on your q's.

Food Lion
While you're at Food Lion, look for a blinkie machine for $.50/1 Ronzoni pasta- it's baaaaack! Expiration isn't until October! I got loads of mm pasta at Publix with these blinkies. :)
Food Lion Chunk Cheese $2.00
-$2/1 FLip

Food Lion pasta $1.00
-$1/1 FLip

Gillette Body Wash $4.49, Earn $4.50 rr
-bogo mq 6.06.10 P&G
-$4/2 mq 5.02.10 P&G (This doesn't help you if you're buying two full size, since you would only get one RR, but if you can find the travel size at your Walgreens, you've got a MM, since the q does not exclude travel and won't beep!)
=2 for Free after RR, or MM if you can find the travel sized ones

Rephresh Tampons $5.99, earn $5 rr
-$1/1 mq HERE
=Free after RR

Neutrogena Bars $2.69 or $2.99, earn $10rr wyb 3 (working again!)
-$1/1 mq 6.13.10 SS
=$5 MM with coupons and cheaper bars

Herbal Essences $2.99, Earn $2rr (was rolling as of yesterday!)
-$1/1 mq 5.16.10 RP
=Free after RR

Rite Aid
Motrin PM $3.00, Earn $3 up+
-$3/1 mq 4.18.10 RP
=$3 MM

Harris Teeter Super Doubles
(beginning Wednesday, thank you to the posters at HCW for the match-ups)
Lots of free things, but here are the highlights for those of us with the strict stores that do not double anything that says DND:

danimals crush cups 4pk 1.99
$1.00/1 6/6 SS

Yoplus 2.00
$1.00/1 IP Here
= Free

Wholly Guacamole 7 oz – 1.99 *Not all stores carry this size.
$1.50/1 IP Here
= Free

Wholly Salsa – 1.99 *Not all stores carry this size.
$1.50/1 IP Here
= Free

Yakisoba $1.00ea
$1.00/2 5/15 SS

Kotex Pantiliners $1.49
Use $1.50/2 05-16-10SS
= Free

Pure Protein Bars - 1.50
$1.00/1 Any Pure Protein Item All You May
= Free

French's honey mustard dipping sauce $2 (on sale through 8/3)
$1.00/1 of $1.50/1 (4/11 SS)
= Free

Terra chips B1G1 1.99 (on sale through 6/29)
$1/1 3/28 SS
= free

Kahiki Egg Rolls 3.95 BOGO
$1.00/1 5/16 SS
$1.00/1 IP
Here (Use zip code 45345)
= Free

Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target and Wal-Mart (yes, I went to Wal-Mart!)

Made the rounds yesterday. It was weird driving around and buying stuff, putting things into a small car (I'm driving a loaner while my van is in the shop). It really zips around, but I miss my van!

I made my usual Walgreens and Rite Aid Sunday run, but also hit up Target and Wal-Mart for a few deals. I'll be going back to Target for more Sobes! I love those things.

Wal-Mart was for Pampers wipes. I wasn't sure I'd find another deal on these, and hey, free is free. Of course the q's beep, and of course the cashier questioned it, but I convinced her they were ok to push through, so she did. *whew*. I think I have ten more of these coupons I haven't clipped yet, so I need to go dig those out before they expire on me.

16 Pampers wipes $1.97/ea
-$2/1 mq
1 Gum $.86
Total tax: $3.08

Total oop: $3.46

10 Sobe
-2x BOGO mq -10x$.50/1 Targetqs
1 Trail Mix $3.29 (I am addicted to the Chocolate/banana/dried cherries mix...yuuuummm)
1 Cheddar Whales $1.00
Total tax: $.39 Total oop: $7.68 (used gift cards from previous purchases, so no cash spent)
Gift Cards Earned: $5.00

Rite Aid
Did the Motrin PM deal 11 times :) Left lots on the shelf, hoping to get a few more with my other q's by the end of the week. A note about the prices- I have a wellness card at the silver level so I get 10% off ALL non-sale items.
11 Motrin PM $3.00, Earn $3 Up+/ea
-$3/1 mq
2 Benevia (BOGO raincheck) $8.09
-$5/1 ip mq
-$2/1 RAVVq
$8 Rite Aid gift card
2 Reeses cup $.88/bogo sale
1 Old Spice Body Wash $4.31
-$free BW wyb Deo (equal or lesser value) = $4.31
1 Old Spice Fresh Collection Deo $4.94
-$free Deo wyb BW (equal or lesser value) = $4.31
Total tax: $4.32
Total oop: $2.92 ($2.90 on gift card, $.02 oop)
Total remaining on gift card purchased: $5.10

I had ordered 20 of the Neutrogena bars but was unable to get in to buy them while they were still 25% off. Darnit. That was a loss of $14! I placed some single photo orders on Saturday night for fillers. I really didn't want a ton of useless crap. Started with $69 in rr's.

21 Neutrogena fragrance free bar soap $2.69/ea
-$1/1 mq
32 pictures $.19/ea (for fillers)
5 Renu $7.49/ea
- $2/1 mq, $1/1 mq
1 Gillette Fusion Razor $9.89
-$4/1 mq
6 Rephresh Tampons $5.99
-$1/1 ip
13 Herbal Essences products $2.99
-$1/1 mq
9 Reeses cups $.49/ea w/in-adq
1 20oz Mt Dew $1.49
1 Lays chips $.99
3 Newspapers $1.19/ea
Total tax: $18.01
Total oop: $24.48

RR's leftover: $103.50, increased by $44.50
Total saved: $226.42;

Grand Totals:
Total oop: $38.54
Total Cash oop: $27.96
Total rr's/up+/gift cards, etc earned: $87.60
Total Profit overall: $59.64

Now, If only I could barter Body Wash at the Honda dealership to get my A/C fixed on my van!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rite Aid MM next week

Big Rite Aid MM next week that might be worth getting your hands on some extra coupons:
Motrin PM is $3
-$3/1 4.18.10 RP
=$0 (pay only tax)
Earn $3 Up+ reward!

Special deals at new Nashville Publix: Charlotte Ave Grand Opening

I went over to the new store today and picked up a few things and the special ad for the grand opening. I have those special BOGO sales listed here with coupon match-ups! I am stoked about the Goldfish with the current printables!

$1 off meat coupon in ad

Lawry's 30 Minute Marinade BOGO $2.99
-$.50/1 mq HERE
-$.50/1 or $1/2 5.23.10 RP
-$1/2 Publixq Summer Savings booklet

Publix Pasta BOGO $1.15

Mt Olive Pickles BOGO $2.79
$.50/1, $.75.1 mq blinkie
-$.55/1 hangtag

McCormick Black Pepper BOGO $2.19

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Snack Crackers BOGO $2.19
-$.35/1 ip (no longer available)
-$.75/1 Goldfish grahams (no longer available)

Hellman's Easy Out! Mayo BOGO $4.69
-$.25/1 5.23.10 RP

Hunt's Tomato Ketchup BOGO $1.39
-Hunt's BOGO June All You (in store version)
-$1/2, $.20/1 mq 5.16.10 SS

Sara Lee Premium Bakery Bread BOGO $1.99
-$1 off one Sara Lee wyb Ball Park Franks

6pk Coca Cola Products BOGO $3.79

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Things on my list for Publix this week, 6.16.10

Thought this might give you guys some ideas. Here's what's on my list this week:
(I will list all the competitor q's for these, even though they're not accepted at all the stores around here)

Tombstone Pizza $5.79 bogo
-$1/1 FLip

Wishbone dressing $2.65 bogo
$.50/1 mq HERE
-$.75/1 Targetq
=$.43 MM

Nature's Own Bread $2.85 bogo
-$.75/1 mq HERE (zipcode 23322)

Old El Paso Dinner Kits $2.95 bogo
-$.50/1 mq HERE (zipcode 90210)

Tostitos $4.99 bogo
-$1/1 Targetq

Bailey's Creamer $2.09 bogo
-$.55/1 Publixq (Yellow flyer)
-$1/1 ip HERE
=$.50 MM

Starbucks Ice Cream $3.79 bogo
-$1.25 or $1.50/1 mq 5.23.10 RP

Eggo Waffles $2.49 bogo
-$1/2 blinkie or 6.20.10 SS
-$1/1 Targetq
=$.51 MM wyb 2

GE Reveal Lightbulbs $3.49 bogo
-$1.50/1 Targetq
-$1/1 4.18.10 SS
=$.75 MM

Dove Deodorant $2
-$2/1 ip HERE or HERE
-$1/1 Targetq
=$1.00 MM

Combat Ant traps $3.69
-$3/1 Publix yellow flyerq
-$2/1 HERE or from at zipcode 23322 (thanks Colleen!)
=$1.31 MM

Sundown Vitamin D $2.99
-$1/1 peelie
-$6/2 Publixq, Green Adv Buy flyer
=$2.02 MM wyb 2

Schick Razor trial pack $.99
-$2/1 mq
=$1.01 MM

Nashville Publix shoppers near Nippers Corners

I have found that there are random items that are WAY cheaper at Nippers Corners than other Publix stores (no clue why).

Yesterday I was desperate to get some Mott's Medleys juice since it was free+ with the Publix and mq from Sunday's paper. I had already gotten two rainchecks at MF, one Friday and one yesterday) so I ran to Nippers to see if they had them in stock.
Well. Not only did they have them in stock, they are only $2.09 bogo instead of $2.79 bogo!
So I got $.95 overage for each one! (no problems with the overage either *whew*) I was doing the happy dance all the way to my car!

So if you are still looking for juice, might want to go there. Or if you need rainchecks, or need a cheap place to USE your raincheck- head there!

Target deals not to be missed this week!

Huge moneymaker on Scrubbing Bubbles trigger things.

Scrubbing Bubbles on sale $6.99
-$5/1 mq 6.13.10 SS
Use $5/1 gift card coupon from 5.23.10 SS (I think it was SS)
=$3.01 mm after gift card
(if you don't have the $5/1 gift card coupon, you could alternately use the $3/1 Target coupon at their website for a small mm. Policy is that you may use one mq and one Targetq per item, so you really shouldn't use all three on one bottle).

If you need to reduce oop expenses, you could do this:

2 Scrubbing Bubbles Trigger $6.99/ea
-2x $5/1 mq
-$3/1 Target coupon
And use a $5 gift card coupon to earn a $5 gift card.

Dove deodorant deal:
Dove $3.49
Dove body Mist (rings up free with bogo deal)
-$2/1 ip x2
-$1/1 Target Dove coupon (you can only use one, the register will kick out the second, stating "coupon may not be used on free item")
=$1.51 mm

My Walgreens and Rite Aid trips

Some of you have said you like seeing my deals, so I am hoping to be able to post them sometimes. Here's my Rite Aid and Walgreens trips so far this week. I still need to get a few more items at Rite Aid. :)

I spent more oop than I normally do b/c I didn't have anything to roll my Niveas but I couldn't turn down the $3 moneymakers.
8 Nivea Men's Bodywash
10 Schick Hydro Razors
1 Gillette ProGlide
15 Newspapers
2 cans Mandarin Oranges
15 Neutrogena bars
6 Nestle Crunch bars
2 caramels

Total tax: $16.39
Total oop: $28.48
Total Saved: $208.68
Started with $20rr's and ended with $69rr's

Rite Aid
2 Huggies Jumbo packs
2 Huggies Mega packs (on clearance)
1 Coppertone sunscreen stick
2 Nature's Bounty Cal/Mag/Zinc
4 Nature's Bounty Vitam D
1 Ivory Soap 3 pack
2 Benadryl Allergy/Sinus
4 Gillette Body wash
2 kid sunglasses
2 Benevia (bogo with raincheck)

Total Tax: $7.80
Total OOP: $7.12

SCR's earned: $18, $9.98 toward allergy/benadryl&zyrtec certificate and $8.99 toward skincare rebate

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Free this week, 6/13/10

Here's some frees I see this week, I may add to this later b/c it's late and I still have to put together my deals for tomorrow's trip out. :)

Neutrogena Moneymaker! All Neutrogena is 25%off, Soap bars are $2.69 and $2.99 before discount. Then there's a monthly rr deal where you get a $10rr for every three Neutrogena you buy. And there's a $1/1 Neutrogena coupon in the paper tomorrow.
Buy 3 Neutrogena bars @ $2.01/ea after discount
-$1/1 (if it is in your paper and good for the bars)
Earn $10 rr!!

Nivea Men's Body Wash $5.99
-$3/1 mq
Earn $6rr

Schick Hydro Razor $7.99
-$5/1 mq 6.13.10 SS (regional, possibly a $4/1- yes we got the $4/1's in our area)
Earn $4rr

Rite Aid
**Look for clearanced MEGA packs of diapers- my store had Pampers, Huggies, Rite Aid brand, Luvs...all on clearance, Pull-ups also included.

Ivory Bar Soap 3pack $.99
-$1/1 mq (Rogue Magazine)

Bayer Aspirin $.99
-$1/1 mq 3.21.10 SS or printable

Gillette Body Wash $2.99
-$4/2 mq 5.02.10 P&G
*Buy two @ $2.99/ea = $5.98, use $4/2 coupon = $1.98
earn $2.99 SCR

Nature's Bounty Vitamins BOGO $4.99
-$3/1 ip
=$1.01 mm wyb 2

StyleScience Sunglasses for kids $7.99 bogo50%
-$4/1 Rite Aid VV coupon

2x Kids Style Science Sunglasses = $11.98
-2x $4/1 RAvv coupon
=$3.98 oop
Earn $10 SCR
= $6.02 MM

Benadryl qualifies for the Allergy rebate and the Benadryl/Zyrtec rebate, so this is a GREAT deal, if you've got the coupons. In fact, this is a $55 moneymaker!!
Benadryl $5.49 (and if you're at the silver or gold Wellness level, it will be even cheaper)
-$5/2 mq 4.11.10 RP
-$2/1 in-ad coupon
-$1/1 VVq

Transaction 1
8x Benadryl $5.49
-4x $5/2 mq
-8x $2/1 in-adq
-8x $1/1 VVq
*add $5 of something you need, or perhaps some SCR items, like the kids sunglasses

Transaction 2
6x Benadryl $5.49
-3x $5/2 mq
-6x $2/1 in-adq
-6x $1/1 VVq

Earn $25 RA gift card for allergy rebate and a $20 gift certificate for the zyrtec/benadryl program.

This makes this a $55.xx moneymaker!!!

**A few deals on sunscreen, not FREE, but cheap, and worked into a deal with a $5/20, could be free!
Coppertone $8.99, Earn $2 +up reward (one per transaction)
-$2/1 ip (no longer available)
-$1/1 ip HERE
-$3/1 VVq
=$3.99 oop, earn $2 +up
This also applies to the skincare rebate- buy $25 and get $5 back

Aveeno Positively Ageless Sunblock $11.99, 20% off =$9.49
-$5/1 ip
=$4.49 oop
This also applies to the skin care rebate

AND, a good deal on Huggies...again, work it in with a deal and use a $5/20
Huggies $8.99, earn $1 +up AND $2 SCR
-$3/1 ip
-$1/1 VVq
=$4.99, earn $1 +up per transaction and $2 SCR (limit one) = $1.99!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Keeping up with mail-in-rebates?

Allright, so I might be the coupon queen, but I am the WORST when it comes to keeping up with mail in rebates. I buy the items with the intention of sending them in, then I either misplace the receipts, forget to cut out the upc codes, or some combination of the above.

So, does anyone have any good tips for keeping these together? I have tried several different methods and they are really not working. I am going to lose out on two Olay rebates of $20 each and two Swiffer rebates of $10 each because I can't find receipts/ forms/ upc codes. UGH! That's $60!!!

I can't wait to see what you guys have!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Great deals on Eco-friendly items~including diapers!

Are you swagging yet? If you haven't yet joined Swagbucks, now might be the time. There are some high-value sbucks to be found and a new gift card available!

I was thrilled to see this:
$5 gc to store for only 115 swagbucks! (a $5 gift card to Amazon is $420 bucks, for comparison)
This store seems to have everything organic that you can imagine. I have been wanting some new cloth wipes and a stainless steel bottle/cup for my son, so I am currently browsing the offers they have.

They have tons of items, including Seventh Generation diapers for $18.99. So with 460 swagbucks, you could get a free pack of diapers! It doesn't take long at all to build them up either.
Discovered there is a minimum $20 purchase and only one gc per transaction! Still a nice deal, but not as good as free with this site. :( Sorry guys!!!

If you're a cloth diaperer at heart, like I am, they also have ecobaby fitteds for only $15.99! That is an incredible deal! Especially if you're trying to build a stash with limited funds. Use your swagbucks to reduce the cost of something you're already buying!

You just can't beat free, and Swagbucks is FREE money. :)

Go HERE to sign up!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Rite Aid's crazy deals get crazier

If you're not a regular Rite Aid shopper then you'll be even more confused, since I certainly am.

Rite Aid has a new program called Up+, that is working like CVS ecb's and Walgreens' rr's. This is a coupon that prints out at the bottom of your receipt when you buy participating "deals/products". It can be used toward anything in the store, including on the same deal. It is tied to your wellness card in that you must scan your card to get the deal, but as of now there are no limits, unlike CVS. But it is apparently keeping track of your purchases, since it seems you don't have to purchase all items in one transaction to get the deal.

For example: (This deal might only be good in the "test" cities.)
Huggies diapers are $11.99 regular priced. There is a deal going on through 6/13 where if you buy three packs of diapers, you will get a $11.99 up+ reward coupon. You don't have to get all three of these at once. So you can purchase them in separate transactions and after the third one is bought, it will print the reward.

As far as I am concerned, this is the best of both worlds of ecb's and rr's. no limits, and you can roll them into themselves.


But Rite Aid is going crazy with the deals and programs. So confusion may set in. Just get all your ducks in a row before you go shopping and you should be fine!

High Value Pampers coupon

As many of you have noticed, there is a super high value Pampers wipes coupon in the paper today. It is for $2 off any 60+ct pack of Pampers wipes. This is one of those coupons you can use now to get free wipes, or you can hang onto a few in hopes of a mm somewhere.

Currently Free at:
Walmart: $1.97 on rollback

Super cheap:
Target: $2.39 on sale
Rite Aid: $2.49, used with other items and a $5/20= free
Walgreens: $2.50

I would suspect there will be more deals on these somewhere before they expire.

Word is out that some of the big packs of Pampers wipes are included in the clearance baby items at CVS as well, so you may be able to score a free big pack of wipe refills there- just price check.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Vacation fun

In the meantime, here's a few pics of my family from vacation :)

Thanks for reading and keeping up with the deals!

And finally, a picture of our yummy pirate pancakes from our stay at the Pirate Haus Inn in St Augustine, Fla.

Back from vacation

Whew! Sorry for the absence. :) We went on vacation last week, took the kids to the beach in St Augustine, Fl and to Disney World. We had a blast, and I'm working on a post on saving money for vacations, but I wanted you all to know that I am still alive. lol.

Want a free Juno baby DVD?

I was lucky enough to be one of the first 250 people enrolled in "Heard it from a Mom" to get the free Juno Baby DVD. I can now pass it forward (supplies are limited though). If anyone would like me to pass it forward to you, you will receive a free DVD while supplies last.

Email me your name and email address and I will submit it for a free DVD.


My nearly-5 year old and my 19 month old both love this video- my son loves the music and my daughter struck up a conversation all about what not to be afraid of, and how you should try new things (what the video is about :) ). Not to mention, even my husband was walking around singing about getting a haircut. lol. It's pretty catchy. ;)