Saturday, December 31, 2011

Free Skinny Cow

Go here and print the Skinny Cow b1g1 free coupons.  Then- this week 1/1-1/7 at CVS you can buy 2 boxes (that have 6 in each) which are on sale for b1g1 free and get both for FREE!

Yay!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Make your own sale week

It's a slow week as far as coupon match ups go- but the good news is you can make your own sale shopping those christmas 50% off racks!  In addition to great candies- be on the look out for table items like napkins, papertowels, cups, plates- and of course at Target you can shop their baking holiday items too!  I still haven't made it to Target this week- I'm just plain pooped.

However- I did venture to CVS.  They have their 5pack Zyrtec for $5.99 with a $5.99 extra care buck.  I had a $2 coupon so this was a money maker on an item we use- score!  I also bought their Theraflu warming product.  It's on sale for $4.77 (if I am remembering right- that is close if nothing else) and I used the $3 coupons from a couple weeks ago.  Buy 2, get a $3 extra care buck.  So I bought 2- $9.54.  Used 2 $3 coupons- $3.54.  Got back a $3 ECB- $.54 for two packs of cold and flu medicine.  I know I will be glad to have this if we need it this winter.  ALSO- keep in mind that there is a $5 giftcard rebate here when you buy any theraflu- but it's not good with coupons.  But still, you might buy an extra, it will be free after the rebate!

While at CVS- check their christmas clearance, it seems to include lots of toys and such as well!

And at Staples this week you can print a coupon here for 15% off of anything you can fit into the free reusable bag they will supply you with.  They have lots of christmas clearance going on too- and this is good on that as well!  Not to mention- just a good time to buy any ink and such you might need at a discount!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Old Navy Groupon

Last month- Groupon offered a deal to Old Navy where you buy a $20 voucher for $10.  I did- and I used it to buy some gifts for Christmas.  Not only did I get the stores sale price, but I paid with an instant 50% savings certificate!

And guess what?  They are doing it AGAIN!  Click over to Groupon where you can buy a $20 old navy voucher for $10.  Good in their store only and the promotional value expires 1/28/12- but your original $10 you paid never expires.  Regardless- I know I'll be going there before 1/28!!!

You are allowed to buy one for yourself and one as a gift.  I gifted one to my husband so that I could buy two.  Not sure if that is 'legal' or not- but it worked!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Puttin' a plan into action

Every chance I have gotten in the past several months to scarf up cheap candy and handlotion, I have.

And now it is time to use it up.  I am making small treat bags for all of the ladies in the school office, various gym/art/music teachers, bus drivers, and other school people.  In them are a large tube of nice hand cream and gobs of wrapped candies.
All total for 14 or so of these giftbags I have calculated that I spent just under $8.  Each tube of hand lotion retails for about $5, so I think this is a heck of an accomplishment.  This time of year it is hard to be able to give a little something to those that you want to and not break your budget into 1000 pieces.  I think these are nice little gifts that I hope these folks will receive with joy in knowing that we remembered them at such a special time of year.

I am doing something similar for the kids teachers- only I'm including some car wash certificates in the bag as well. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

CVS 12/18

Wow- there have been a few good deals the past weeks, but nothing really newsworthy (if you will).  Plus with all the extra hub bub of the holidays- I've slacked.  Sorry.

Walgreens ad this week is none too impressive.  I did see in their store though that they are beginning to clearance their holiday foods (pumpkin, frenchs onions) so just a reminder to keep an eye out.  When you pair that discount with a coupon you can rock it.

CVS 12/18
I am lovin' the spend $30 get a $10 giftcard deals at CVS lately.  Plus- I typically get either a gas card or a cvs card, so it's a win win!

Total paid $21.29.  Got back a $10 gift card and $3 in extra care bucks ($2 from hersheys and $1 from my green bag tag.)

The Hersheys pot of gold are $3.99 but are part of the spend $30 sale- as is the toblerone and m&m's.  My total before coupons was well over $40.  Also- when I scanned my card at the machine, I got a $3 off 2 pot of gold coupon and $1 off 2 m&m coupon- woohoo!  I used my $1 mq's with those as well, the $.50 mq's for the toblerone, $1 off 2 mars mq and the buy 2 get 1 free hersheys mq.  I had $5 in extra bucks I used too.

Good shopping day!  Plus now I have enough candy to finish all of the school staff and teacher gift bags, as well as boxes of chocolates for a few treasured folks as well!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

CVS- free vitamins!

I don't have a picture to include- sorry.  But I wanted to get this out here in case you want to try and take advantage of it this week as well.

Centrum Pro Nutrients vitamins- $9.99
These are included in the spend $30 get a $10 gift card sale.  (You can pick from various cards- but I typically pick a Shell Gas Card, CVS giftcard or American Express giftcard).

$29.97 3 Centrum Pro Nutrients at $9.99 each
-$21 3 $7 Centrum Pro Nutrients MQ from the 12/11 Smart Source
$8.97 plus tax

PLUS earn a $10 gift card.  Free vitamins.

Also- be sure to scan your CVS card at the magic coupon machine- I got a $5 off any Centrum coupon to boot which made this deal even better!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Marsh Triples Again!

I can not begin to tell you how much I LOVE it when Marsh Triples $1 coupons.  It seems like they are doing it a few times a year- and always on really short notice.  And I so appreciate that they do it- it makes it so much fun for those of us who trim coupons and try to stretch those grocery budgets!

I apologize for this general picture- but I was in an enormous hurry trying to get Sam to school and get back to the hospital to be with mom.  But I couldn't pass the opportunity to shop that morning, so I crammed it in.  Actually, I ended up leaving all no perishable items right there in the middle of the kitchen floor- no time to put them away!

In addition to those bags of groceries is two cases of diet coke and 4 12 packs of various other sodas as well as 2 capri suns and a few frozen things that I slapped in the freezer in the garage.

My total before coupons- $404.82.
After coupons- $103.93.

I purchased 137 items including canned veggies and fruits, skinless chicken breasts, cheese, juice, yogurt, butter, cookie mixes, chips, cereal, ziplocks, crackers, cookies, sausage, and on and on and on.  When they do these sales- you can use 2 'like' coupons, which means you can buy 2 of any item when you have a coupon for each.  Any more than that just rings at face value.  And all coupons up to $1 triple.  It's a couponers dream- and I loved it!!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cheap vanilla!

Wowza!  Not sure how I missed it in the ad- but CVS has their spices on sale this week for $.88.  Included in that sale- real vanilla extract and the big bottles of imitation vanilla extract.  THAT is a heck of a price!  If you can't find it in the store- be sure to grab a rain check!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Catchin up

I failed to post last week.  I just did.  Between sick kids and a crazy week- it just didn't happen.  I picked up a few sale things here and there- but nothing too exciting.  Except that printable spend $50 at target and get a $10 giftcard back.  It was only good for a couple days- but still exciting.  Hopefully some of you got to take advantage of it too.  Otherwise, I'm sorry I didn't share BEFORE it expired.

On to this week.

CVS 12/4/11
$1.27 candy canes
$2.97 3X.99 american greeting cards
$4.50 3X1.50 werther carmels
$5 2X$2.50 m&m's
$1.99 revlon emery boards (tag said $3.99)
$3.19 revlon nail clippers
$18.92 total before coupons

-$2 cvs printable coupon wyb 3 american greeting cards
-$1 mq wyb 2 m&m's
-$1 cvs mailer coupon wyb 2 m&m's
-$1 mq revlon beauty tool
-$1 mq revlon beauty tool
-$1 werther mq (printed from internet, maybe target site?)
-$1 werther mq (printed from internet, maybe target site?)
-$1 werther mq (printed from internet, maybe target site?)

Paid $9.92 cash (used some extra care bucks to whittle that down even more)

Received back $6 EB wyb 2 revlon tools, $3 EB wyb 3 american greeting cards, $1 EB wyb 2 m&m's.  My EB for the candy canes for $1.27 didn't print, so the cashier manually printed it and apparently when they do that they automatically round up- so it printed for $2.  So all total I received back $12 in extra care bucks.  Another money making week!

There are some great grocery items included in the spend $30 get a free $10 giftcard promo this week.  I will go back and work out a deal for that- but last night just wasn't the night.  If you haven't participated in that promo yet- you should.  I typically try to pair coupons with items in the spend $30 category.  As long as you hit the $30 BEFORE your coupons, you will get the gift card.  And they issue it right then!  I've gotten Shell gas station cards, CVS giftcards and American Express giftcards.  It's great!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving CVSing- Negative $4

Call me a nut- but shopping at the CVS Thanksgiving sale was the highlight of my entire week.  I could hardly wait.  Instead of waiting until thanksgiving morning and hitting a store as they opened, I chose to do the Midnight thing at a 24 hour store Wednesday night.  I got there at 11pm, I was the first couponer.  I was in heaven.  I had plenty of time to carefully pick my items, peruse the store and be ready just a few minutes before midnight to check out.  I even ended up taking advantage of a few other 100% reward items, because I was there afterall and had time to hunt them out.  After all- who can't use free batteries and pepto bismal?

I'm not going to individually detail the whole order because if you read the ad or my previous post then you know what I did.

My total before coupons was  $89.25.
My total after coupons was $70.60
Extra Care Bucks earned $74.56

That's right- I came out almost $4 ahead of what I spent- plus I get to keep all that great stuff!

I did split it into 2 transactions and rolled the ECB from the first one into the second to keep my out of pocket down- and I also bought 2 of the coloring play houses for $12.99 each with some of my ECB- but I left there wanting to dance the jig.  This couponing sale hunting thing is totally for me- I love it!

(Side note- 'that coupon lady' that I sometimes mention who beats me to Walgreens and buys ALL of whatever is 100% rewards?  She came in to the CVS around 11:45pm........with 8-10 people.  She lined them up, handed them each a shopping cart with an idential shopping bag and they began a convoy around the store scooping up all the reward stuff.  I'm not even joking.  CVS limits their deals to 1-2 per card, which makes it possible for us all to participate in their sales.  She's apparently found a way around that.  At least I beat her to the store.  And I guess maybe her 'carepackage' ploy is legit- after all, who would come out at midnight on thanksgiving just to help a friend score free toothpaste?)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Them Drugstores!

I can honestly say that the sales I am the most excited about for this years 'black friday' are happening at the drug stores, even though I find it troubling that they are open on Thanksgiving (What is up with that anyway?  Seems like every single place I drive by this year has a sign that they are open on Thanksgiving?  Do people really not have friends or family that they go to visit anymore???).

That being said- there are some pretty good lists of things totally free after rewards, and a little bit of money to be MADE if you have coupons for those items.  Here is a list of what I plan to hunt down:

CVS
Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal $2.87, $2 ECB
M&M's 4/$10, $4 ECB
Excedrin $.99, $.99 ECB
Colgate Total $2.87, $2.87 ECB
Cepacol $4.99, $4.99 ECB
Hershey Drops king size (2) $.99, $.99 ECB
Breathe Right $5.99, $5.99 ECB
Finish Quantum $2.99, $2.99 ECB
Pepto Bismol $2.99, $2.99 ECB
Advil 10ct $2.99, $2.99 ECB
Fiber One 90 $3.99, $3.99 ECB
Wet n Wild Flirt Nail Set $2.88, $2 ECB
Soft Lips chapstick $2, $2 ECB
Carmex $1, $1 ECB
Conair Blowdryer (ours is smoking- which I'm pretty sure is not good) $9.99, $5 ECB
Theraflu $1.87, $1.87 ECB
Color i tunes ear phones $6.99, $6 ECB
Bakugan & Beyblades b1g1 free
giant cardboard play houses that the kids can color $12.99 (I know- right?)

Walgreens:
Some states have WINE free after register rewards- Indiana is not one of them.  boo.
Arm & Hammer laundry detergetn b1g2 free $6.99 for 3!
Welches sparkling juice 2/$5 (I have coupons that will make them $1 per bottle)
Bic Flex 4 razors or Soleil razors 2/$6, $4 RR
Gillette Pro Series Skin Care gel 2/$7.50, $5.50 RR
Revlon Lip Gloss $4.99, $4 RR
Lady Michum Deodorant 2/$7, $5 RR
Dentek Flossers $2, $2 RR
Scunci Hair Elastics 2/$3, $3 RR
Crest 3D White toothpaste $2.50, $2.50 RR
Therma Care $2.49, $2.49 RR
Colgate Pro Clinical toothpaste $3, $3 RR
SAMe $10, $10 RR
Prep H Totables $2.75, $2.75 RR

Can't wait to see what I am actually able to find in the stores!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cars 2 DVD

When Disney releases a big name movie- there always seem to be multiple ways to get it cheap, or even FREE!  Cars 2 is no exception!

First- make sure you are a member of the Disney Movie Rewards.  They almost ALWAYS release a $5 coupon good for the first week a DVD/Blueray is released.  And you know that is when the stores offer some great prices on the new release as well.  SAVE YOUR RECEIPT!

Second- watch those coupon circulars for rebate offers.  Each Disney movie has two proof of purchase tabs- so you can send away for two rebates.

Third- pair with a sale.  For instance, this week at Target when you buy 3 Huggies diapers you get a $5 gift card.  Kimberly Clark offered a $10 rebate on Cars 2 wyb $20 in product (Huggies is one of their products).  PLUS a few weeks ago, Target printed a coupon in the smartsource or redplum for a $5 giftcard wyb $25 in Kimberly Clark Products.  I have three more of these rebates- if you would like one leave me a comment with your email and I will mail one to you.

For Instance:
Buy 3 Huggies $8.99= $27
Earn a $5 giftcard from store promo= -$5
Earn a $5 giftcard from target coupon= -$5
PLUS use any coupons you have for Huggies= -$3 (3 $1 coupons)
$14 for 3 packs of diapers PLUS I can now submit for a $10 rebate on Cars 2!
(I have a baby shower coming up- Diapers are ALWAYS a great present!)

Plus- Band Aid offered another $10 rebate wyb $10 in Johnson & Johnson topical health products (band-aid, neosportin, cortaid, J&J red cross items).

Here's what I'm doing:
Buy 11 Johnson & Johnson Red Cross travel first aid kits (in sample section) for $.97 each= $10.67
Use 3 $1 off any J&J red cross item= -$3
Use 4 $1.50 off any 2 J&J red cross item= -$6
Total $1.67 plus I can now submit for the $10 rebate.

Rayovac also offered a $5 rebate wyb 2 packs of batteries.

Yes- it is a pain to have to trim off the proof of purchase UPC's from all of the products and fill out the forms and photo copy the receipts and such- but I find it to be worth it.  This is going to make a GREAT christmas gift for my kids!

Drugstore 4 day sales!

CVS 11/20:  $3.00
 Turtles $1.99 each- used $1 off coupons made them $.99 each (what a nice addition to a christmas gift for the mailman or teacher?)
Excedrin $.99 (I found one with a bonus free nighttime formula!) get $.99 in ECB.  FREE!
American Greeting Cards $.99- get $.99 in ECB (limit 3 per card)  FREE! You can never have enough cards, plus I have a friend collecting them for deployed soldiers to be able to use to send back home to their loved ones- yay!)



Walgreens 11/20:     $5.05
Hefty ziplocks b1g1 free w/ in ad coupon $3.49- used $1 off 2 coupon, makes them $1.25 per box
Brut deodorant 50% off $1.49- used $1 off any Brut coupon, makes them $.50 each
Infants Advil $4.99.  Buy 2, get $3 RR.  Used 2 $1.10 Manu Qs PLUS 2 $2 Walgreens Qs from the spring infant care booklet.  Paid $3.78 and got a $3 register reward back. Makes them $.39 each.
Same thing with the Childrens Advil (had to do a second transaction- only one RR per transaction on the same items, as always).

PLUS- each Advil transaction produced a $1 manu q from the catalina machine.  AND the cashier gave me back the walgreens infant care coupons- she said she didn't need them and I could reuse them.  I may get two more bottles of the childrens advil- they had a nice long expiration date!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Target- my favorite store!

Target 11/16  $10.75
Wowzers this was a super exciting shopping trip!

2 Heinz Ketchup $1.79 each (regular price- we were out which is cause for panic in our home)
3 Johnson & Johnson first aide kits to go $.97 each
1 Scrabble Flash Game $19.89 (Emily is hoping for this for Christmas- it's on price cut, normally over $25!)
2 pasta sauce $1 each
2 penne pasta $1 each
8 Curel hand lotions at $2.99 each
$54.30 before Tax

Coupons:
-$1 mq heinz ketchup (printed from internet)
-$1 mq heinz ketchup (printed from internet)
-$5 mq scrabble flash (printed from internet)
-$5 target toy coupon book scrabble slam
-$1 target printable wyb both pasta and sauce
-$1 target printable wyb both pasta and sauce
8 -$1 curel lotion mq's
3 -$1 any J&J red cross mq's

Paid $30.75 cash.  Got back 4 $5 gift cards ($20!) from the Curel lotion.  This weeks deal- get a $5 gift card wyb 2 Curel handlotions.  If you buy the $2.99 tubes, and use a $1 coupon on each, you pay $4 and get $5 back.  I made $1 for every 2 tubes I bought!  These are GREAT items to use as gifts for teachers and co workers- not to mention nice additions to care packages and such.  I practically skipped to the car!

(Interesting that in reading through this post, I realized that the cashier failed to scan 4 of the $1 coupons for the lotion.  Man, I tell ya, you have to watch them like a hawk!  Oh well- still a good deal and I'm not going to go back and fight about it.  But I am going to watch better from now on!)

Monday, November 14, 2011

We've gone nuts

CVS 11/14/11
Skippy peanut butter 1.67 each
Nature Valley sweet & salty bars $2.50 each
Jet Dry $2.99
Cashews $5.79- buy 1 get 1 free. 
Crunchy Nut cereal $2.50
Gillette Fusion travel size shave creme $2.37
$35.24 total

Coupons:
-$2 Gillette shave creme
-$.75 Jet Dry
-$.50 sweet & salty bars
-$.50 sweet & salty bars
-$2 crunchy nut cereal magic cvs coupon machine coupon (yay!)

$29.49 total after coupons.

I earned $2 in ecb for the shaving cream PLUS a $10 AMEX gift card for buying $30 in certain items.  Personally, I used $12 in extra care bucks as well to pay for the purchase- so my out of pocket was much lower.  Still though- $19.49 for all that?  Good deal I think.  (I'm putting some of the cashews aside for my father in law to go with his christmas gift- he's going to LOVE them!)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cheap broth- it's that time of year

Sales run in cycles.  This season?  Traditional holiday cooking & baking ingredients.  Stock up on sweetened condensed milk, stuffing and..............broth.
Kroger:
Swanson chicken or beef broth $.99 per can.
Buy 10 cans, save $5.00.  Makes it $.49 per can.
Use 2 $.50/5 cans coupon from 11/6 Smart Source- which double- takes off $2.
Paid $2.90 for 10 cans of broth. 

I wish I could have found some stinking papers last weekend- I luckily was given two inserts from a friend- but that is all the coupons I have.  I would most certainly have taken another 10 cans of this stuff for my cabinet. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Shopping 11/6/11

Walgreens:  $4
$6- 6 Smart Water liters $1 each
$1- 3 Betty Crocker cornbread mix $.33 each (with in ad coupon)
$1- 2 clabber girl baking powder $.50 each (with in ad coupon)
$6- Mars minis 2/$6
-$.50 clabber girl baking powder mq
-$.50 clabber girl baking powder mq
-$1.50 any mars minis mq
-$1.50 any mars minis mq
$10 total (used register rewards to pay)
Received back 2 $2 register rewards for smart waters (get $2 wyb 3- rang up in separate transactions in order to get to register rewards), and $2 wyb 2 mars minis.  $6 total in register rewards received back.


CVS: $3.58
$2.99 Arm and Hammer laundry soap
$2.97- 3 soft soap at $.99 each
$2.97- 3 american greeting cards $.99 each
$1.90- 2 skittles at $.95 each (found them with the 75% off halloween candy- probably just a fluke at my store?)
-$.75 soft soap mq
-$.75 soft soap mq
-$.75 soft soap mq
-$1 any 2 skittles mq
$7.58 total (used extra care bucks to pay)
Received back $3 extra care bucks wyb any 3 american greeting cards and $1 extra care bucks wyb arm and hammer laundry soap.  Received $4 extra care bucks back total.

(PS  I got a rain check for the sale on Jif peant butter- buy 2/$5 and get $3 ECB- makes it $1 a jar!  But of course they were out)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Meijer this week

This week at Meijer, there are just a couple sweet deals that drew me in:

Pillsbury Pie Crust $2- buy 4 get a free gallon of milk
(-$.50/2 mq- which doubles to $1)
Pillsbury Sweet Moments (in the cookie dough case) $2- buy 4 get a free gallon of milk
(-$1 mq)
International Coffee Creamer 16oz
(-$.55 mq which rounded up to $.99- FREE)

So- you buy 4 pie crust and use 2 coupons- you pay $6 out of pocket for 4 boxes of pie crust and a gallon of milk.
Or- you buy 4 Sweet Moments and use 4 coupons- you pay $4 out of pocket for 4 packets of sweet treats and a gallon of milk.

See?  SWEET!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Frugal Findings

I am the room mom for Emily's class.  That is a lot of pressure.  This group of 22 7year olds had been counting down the days to their room party- and I was the only one they were going to tar and feather should it have ended badly.

In years past- room moms have collected $10 from each family for the two annual room party expenses.  I find this to be excessive.  $220 for 2 room parties?  Sometimes they buy a gift for the teacher at Christmas too, but still- really?

This year I decided to just front the whole thing and skip the parent drama.  I knew I could do it inexpensively- and I did.  Here is how it played out:

Games- we played a relay race of pass the apple.  First round they used only their elbows.  Second round they used their chins.  We timed the two rows and let them have a second run to try and improve their time.  Total Cost- $1 (2 apples)

Craft- Scarecrow treat bags.  I used paper lunch sacks ($.88), colored paper ($1) and 'splurged' on google eyes ($2.25).  I precut out all the pieces and the kids glued on their own.  Yellow strips for straw hair, a hat with a colored band, a nose, a mouth, a bowtie and two self sticky google eyes.  Total Cost- $4.13

Snack- Ice Cream Sundaes.  Gallon of ice cream ($4), three squirt bottles of toppings- strawberry, chocolate & carmel ($3 with coupons), Sprinkles ($0- I had them), Whipped Cream ($.89), Marshmallow Topping ($1.39) and cherries ($2.39), Bowls ($1), Napkins ($.50), Spoons ($1).  Total Cost-$14.17.

Take home treats- to fill their treat bags they made.  Halloween pencils ($1.76- 22 @ .08 each), 3 musketeers bars miniature ($.50 with coupon), suckers ($1.29), small hershey bars ($1 with coupon), hershey kisses ($1 with coupon), fruit roll up ($1 with coupons- used 2 boxes @ $.50 each), nestle crunch mini bar ($.50 with coupon), gum ($1), fuzzy sticker pom pom creature guys ($2).  Total Cost- $10.05.

Total Room Party Cost- $28.35.  It could have been even cheaper had I limited some of the toppings.  But I still feel it was a success.  The kids had fun, felt like they hit the jackpot with their treat bags they made and the cost was super low!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Crazy Busy

Sometimes, it comes in so handy that I happen to have an extra or two of most everything we use in our home.  Because some weeks become so crazy busy that you simply CAN"T get out to a store.  The past week or so has been like that for me.

Last week- basically the only thing I managed to take advantage of was a Walmart deal:
I ordered this basket of P&G product for $9.99- but it was on sale for $9 (not sure why) with FREE shipping (I received it the NEXT day).  It comes with a free subscription to Allure magazine.  Or, if you prefer, you can submit for a rebate for $9.99.  Completely free- and shipped to me!  They also included a sample of the Febreeze lantern cover things.

This week I did manage to drag my sorry self out to the store though.

CVS-

2 Folgers Coffee $3.50, used $1 mq, $2.50 per can 4 Pantene Shampoos $3.49, used $3 off 2 mq's (counted toward giftcard deal)
2 Bounty Paper Towels 8 packs $5.99, used 1 $1 mq and 1 $.25 mq (counted toward giftcard deal)
2 Covergirl eye shadow $5.99, 2nd for $1.99 (1/2 off), used $8 mq (counted toward gift card deal)
6 Skinny cow candy bars $1.19, b2g1 free.  Used b1g1 mq's- bought 1 got 2 free.

Paid $27.80- received back a $10 shell gas station gift card.  Not the best trip ever, but we were out of paper towels anyway.  And the coffee was just a great deal.

I must say though, I am disappointed that I have already used up all my $8 covergirl coupons.  This week, with this promotion, had I saved them up I could have bought tons of blush and eye shadows all for free PLUS got free $10 gas cards.  Truly a money maker- but I only had one left. Oh well.

Walgreens-
Major strike out.  The only thing they had that I thought I'd buy was the Ricola dual action cough drops ($2 get $2 register reward) which I would have used my b1g1 q on and gotten 2 for free- but of course I waited until yesterday and they were gone.  Oh well- not a big deal.

I have no less than 6 weeks of coupons stacked on my kitchen counter to cut and file.  Then I am going to get back on my serious business couponing horse- I mean it!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wonderin?

Are you wondering what I'm buying this week?  No pictures I'm afraid- too busy,stressed,tired to bother to take any.  I know- looser.

Walgreens:
Kelloggs cereals 3/$7- I had a couple different coupons.  Not the best sale in the universe, but we were out of cereal so I grabbed a few boxes so that my kids will stop their complaining.
W ultrathin pads $2, get $2 register reward
Hefty ziplocks b1g1, $1 off 2 manu q's- makes them about $1.09 per box!
Halloween plastic cups 8/$1- I'm using these for an upcoming room party

CVS:
Folgers coffee $3.49, $1 manu q's
Wisk laundry soap $4.99, $2 manu q's from Sunday's paper.  PLUS when you spend $30 on certain items you get a $10 gift card.  So if I buy 6 just of detergent, and use 6 coupons, I will pay $18 and get a $10 giftcard back.  That's just over $1 per just for laundry detergent.  There are lots of items included though- batteries, diapers, dishsoap.  It's  a good time to see what coupons you have for items you use.

Staples:
Duracell 16 packs of AA or AAA batteries $9.99 with 100% rewards.  I bought a pack of both and will get 100% back in a couple months. 

Meijer:
Meijer has had a pretty nifty sale this week that ends today.  Things I found interesting were the 10/10 with the 11th free stuff- I always love to match coupons up for this.  Kleenex, sierra mist 2 liters, tostinos pizza rolls, grands biscuits.  Plus- their Sea Pack frozen seafood is on sale for $4.99.  I bought 1 popcorn shrimp $4.99 and 1 fish balls $4.99 and used $1 manu q and $5 manu q wyb shrimp.  Made it $4 for both packages!  My total at Meijer was over $100 and I paid just over $40 out of pocket.  GREAT shopping trip in my opinion.

I am hoping for a good Kroger sale next week though.  I've got a $5 off a $50 purchase coupon from my entertainment book I need to use and we are getting LOW on a few items in our home, Ketchup included.  As you can imagine, that is like an EMERGENCY in a home with three kids!

Monday, October 17, 2011

THOSE people

My sister in law, at a recent family dinner, said "You people are going to ruin it for the rest of us who just want to save a few dollars".  And instantly I felt hurt.

YOU people?  How am I going to ruin anything?  Is she assuming that I am a product grabbing, shelf clearing, hoarder?  Just because I carry a binder and carefully map out my weekly shopping strategy does NOT mean I am doing a single thing wrong.  In fact, I think I am doing it right.  I am stretching the money that the Lord provides for us as far as I can make it go.  My husband works hard to earn that money.  And I have trimmed the amount we spend weekly on groceries by over 50%.  How is that wrong?

For the record- let me share my couponing strategy:

I purchase 4-6 newspapers per week so that I will have multiple copies of each coupon.  I PURCHASE these extra papers from the newspaper company.  That is good for them.  And me.  See?

I then sort through those inserts and clip out any coupon for a product or item my family might use.  I don't clip out coupons for things we would never use.  Certain things we are brand loyal (secret deodorant, free from dyes laundry soap, dove soap), other things we simply use and don't care what brand it is (toothpaste, canned tomatoes, monthly necessity items, toilet paper, spaghetti sauce, butter). 

Then I put them into my binder- sorted by area (dairy, canned goods, cereal, etc).  And that's that.

When I shop, I tend to look through my binder first to see if I have a coupon for an item I 'need'.  You know, milk, meats, veggies, fruits, dairy items.  Then I use my coupons for those items.  If not- then I buy them anyway, depending on who has them at least on sale.  And if it's a good sale on an item (chicken breasts, ground beef, yogurt, etc.) then I may buy a couple of extra packages.   That is my regular shopping for our families necessities.  I have to do this about once every two weeks.  Except the milk.  I buy that all the freakin' time it seems like.

Because I 'coupon'- there are rarely any other items that we 'need'.  I try and stock up a little when I find an item on sale matched with a coupon that is at a price that I consider to be really good.  For instance, if I normally pay $1 for chef boyardee pasta (which is a staple in our house for the kids- they love it) and it is on sale for $.75 per can.  And I have a coupon for $.50 off per 4 that doubles to $1- that makes it $.50 per can, 1/2 price.  That to me would be worth buying 12 cans.  There are times it come even lower, perhaps I would buy 16-20 then.  As long as there is plenty of the product on the shelf for others that is.

Very frequently, I am able to pick up our personal care items for free.  Items like razors, body wash, shampoo, monthly womanly items, tooth paste, tooth brushes, make up.  I will do this, even if we have a few of each in my cabinet.  Because building a 'stockpile' is a slow process that you do by purchasing 2 of an item that is free when you can.  Not 50.  'That' coupon show has folks believing that we all shop like that.  But 'we' all don't.  That is why I don't have a TV show and they do.

Other items that are typically matched up with sales and coupons for GREAT deals are pastas, pasta sauces, meal helpers, taco items, cereals, oatmeal, baking mixes, marinades, dipping sauces, snack bars, fruit snacks and breading type mixes (bisquick, pancakes, etc.).  When these items are on sale and I have a good coupon, I will typically buy as many as I have a coupon for.  Which is almost always a maximum of 6, 7 if my mom has given me her coupon inserts.  Then I have plenty of that item to serve to my family for the next 2 months or so and I can trim it right out of my grocery budget.

See?  Buy extra when it's on sale- save money- have plenty to provide for my family.  Have plenty to share with the food bank.   And other family members.  THIS is how couponing works for me.

And I love it.  It is a hobby that I truly enjoy- hunting down a fun deal each week.  If couponing for you takes up too much time to seem worthwhile, then don't do it.  It is most definately not for everyone, that is for sure.

But for me- it works.  And I even enjoy sharing what I purchase here on this blog. 

When I grocery shop, inevitably someone will ask me if I am 'one of THOSE extreme couponers'.  I almost always answer that I am just a mom trying to save some money.

Monday, October 10, 2011

My 10/9 shopping trip

CVS:   $.29
 $6.93        7 2liters of Pepsi product at $.99 (there is a limit of 5, I had to ring 2 up by themselves)
$10            4 bags of M&M's at $2.50 each
$7.98         2 covergirl eye shaddws at $3.99 each
$2.97         3 American Greeting cards at $.99 each
$27.89 total

Coupons:
-$1 mq wyb 2 sierra mist
-$1 mq wyb 2 sierra mist
-$.55 mq pepsi zero
-$.55 mq pepsi zero
-$1.50 mq wyb 2 M&M's
-$1.50 mq wyb 2 M&M's (if you still have your pretzel m&m coupons for $1 off per bag- this would be a good week to use them)
-$1.50 cvs magic coupon machine coupons- 3 @ $.50 each that printed last week
-$8 mq wyb 2 covergirl face products
-$3 cvs magic coupon machine coupons- save $3 off cosmetics (printed yesterday, yay!)
-$1 mq wyb 2 cheez it's
-$1 mq wyb 2 cheese it's
$7.29 Total, received back $3 CVS buck wyb 3 american greeting cards, $3 CVS buck wyb $10 in m&m/mars products, $1 CVS buck wyb 4 cheese it's/keebler cookies.  (I rolled extra care bucks from last week into my transaction too, so my out of pocket was just a couple dollars.  I will save this weeks extra care bucks to roll into next week.)


Walgreens:  FREE
I did three transactions to buy all six.  These are on sale for $.99 and you receive a $1 reward wyb 2.  I used the $1 wyb 2 Halls mq from mid september.  I paid $1.06, got $1 reward back.  So I guess technically they are $.03 per bag because of tax.  But I know when sore throats come creeping through our house this time, I will be SOOOO glad to have some of these tucked away in the cabinet!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Unadvertised Walgreens Register Rewards

There are two unadvertised sales that started this week- one on Thursday and one on Friday.  The only way I knew about them was from reading other blogs (wildforwags).

The Nature Valley deal is this- buy 3 get a certain reward, buy 4 get a certain reward, and buy 5 get a $3 reward (through 10/31).  This week- through today- they are also on sale 2/$4.  Here is how it panned out:

$12- 6 boxes of nature valley bars (if you only buy 5- the fifth one rings up for $3.99, you have to buy in incriments of two)
-$3 Walgreens october coupon booklet save $1wyb2 boxes
-$.75 Manufacturer Q wyb 2 of the regular kind
-$2  Manufacturer Q wyb 1 of the salty/nuty bars (used 4 $.50 q's)
$6.25 Paid- and received a $3 register reward backIt's like paying $.50 per box.


Cottonelle Deal:  Buy 2 of the Ultra (purple package) 12 roll packages and get a $3 register reward back (through 10/30).  Here's how this deal looks:
$10- 2 packs at $5 each
-$2 Walgreens october coupon booklet save $1 wyb 1
-$.75 Manufacturer Q
-$.75 Manufacturer Q
$6.50 Paid.  Received back $3 Register RewardIt's like paying $1.75 per package.  Or if you still have your $1 off 1 package coupons (I had used all mine) it makes them just $1.50!

I must admit, I stopped at Walgreens yesterday to buy these items.  They were completely out of the regular cottonelle in the blue package.  Every pack, gone.  So I bought the Ultra, not sure if it would work on the sale and I was pleasantly surprised that it did.  Later last night I was reading a blog, and they said that this deal ONLY works on the Ultra.  Yay for me!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fabulously Frugal Fruit Snacks!

Starting today at Marsh, when you buy 4 betty crocker fruit snacks on sale for $1.99, you save an instant $4 on your order.  At my store, the only ones on sale for $1.99 were the Fruit Roll Ups, Fruit By The Foot and Gushers- like are pictured in the ad.  I'm not sure if the actual snacks are included as well.

Here's what my purchase looked like:

$23.88- 12 boxes of various fruit roll ups, gushers and fruit by the foot
-$12 (3 $4 instant savings)
-$6 (6 manufacturer coupons save $.50 wyb 2, which each doubled to $1)
$5.88 total......which is $.49 per box!

Some of the fruit roll ups were smaller sized and had 18 in each box!  These will be perfect for classroom donations and trick or treaters!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Easy Breezy Beautiful........and FREE!

I can not believe sometimes how much FREE makeup I am able to purchase.  And truly most of the time it comes out to be a money MAKER if there is a register reward or if I'm at CVS.  Remember- at CVS, enroll in the beauty rewards club (which is free and added to your CVS card) and for every $50 you spend on beauty products- shampoo and such included- you earn an EXTRA $5 CVS Buck.  You'll be surprised at how quickly it racks up and then BAM! you get a surprise extra $5 reward!

Last Sunday's paper- the Proctor and Gamble insert- had a $8 off any two face Covergirl products.  It includes powder, foundation, concealer, eyeshadow and blush.  There are eye shadows that are only $3 and change people. 
Today at CVS I noticed that this blush was buy 1 get 1 50% off.  That made the first one $5.29 and the second one $2.64.   $7.93 for both.  I used the $8 coupon- whamo!  Free blush.  Plus the cost of the items counts towards my next $50 beauty reward, PLUS (this just keeps getting better and better) Covergirl products are included in the latest Proctor and Gamble $10 Mail In Rebate (click for the form) when you spend $50. 

Boy am I sure glad I bought 8 newspapers last week.  I'm sure I can hit that $50 mark with that many coupons- turning this into not only free make up for a MONEY MAKER!!!!

No excuses for looking bad while couponing now!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

CVS 10/2/11


Dove Shampoo or Conditioner- $3 each + spend $15 get $5 Extra Care Bucks
Schick Hydro 3 or 5 razor $8.29 + earn $3 Extra Care Bucks wyb 1

$18 6 dove hair items @ $3 each
$8.29 schick hydro 3 razor
$26.29 total

Coupons:
-$3 b1g1 dove hair item mq 10/2 red plum
-$3 b1g1 dove hair item mq 10/2 red plum
-$3 b1g1 dove hair item mq 10/2 red plum
-$5 schick hydro razor printed from the internet two weeks ago- no longer available
$12.29 total (I also used a few extra bucks from last week to bring my total down more)

Received back $5 ecb from shampoo + $3 ecb from razor.  It's like I paid just $4.29 for all that.

I also thought I got a good deal on the pepsi co sale this week- but I'm still not sure:
$4-4 lipton iced teas $1 each
$6- 2 cheetos at $3 each
$6- 2 fritos at $3 each
$16 total
-$1 wyb 3 lipton mq pepsi q's 10/2
-$1 wyb 2 cheetos/fritos mq pepsi q's 10/2
-$1 wyb 2 cheetos/fritos mq pepsi q's 10/2
Plus used q from same circular for free Pepsi Max wyb 2 cheetos
$13 total- earned $5 ECB wyb $15 in items
Somehow I had it as a better deal in my head.  Oh well.  Still great coupons!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Wowzers!

You can imagine my excitement when I realized that there were SIX coupon inserts in my paper this weekend!!!!
I bought 8 papers- these are some super great coupons and I CAN'T WAIT to get to clippin to see what's in there.  Total gems I see so far...............$8/2 covergirl face products in the P&G insert (lots of options well under $4 at target- more free make up!) and B1G1 free Dove shampoo/conditioner coupon in the Red Plum.

And I bet there are tons of others!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gimme some SUGAR!

Busy week- but want to share these three things!

Marsh sale starting today, Domino 4lb sugar is $1.99.  I had two different $.50 Domino sugar coupons, one was for 2lb bag up and expired in November and the other was for the 4lb bag and expired 9/30/11.  That makes for a $.99 bag of sugar!!!!  I was able to put a couple bags up in the old cabinet- I'm hoping to get to make carmel apples with the kids..........plus it will be christmas cookie baking time very soon!

Plus- go 'like' Energizer on facebook and you can print a $3 coupon off of 1 8pack of batteries.  I even 'liked' them for my husband too!  That is one heck of a great coupon!

Target:  Go to the target webpage and click on coupons and select the toys section.  Be sure to print you allotted TWO of the $5 off any Transformers Dark of the Moon toy $5.99 or greater coupon.  These are GREAT coupons to use to pick up some of the $7.99 figures or the $11.89 figures that are on sale for $9.99 this week!  I put a couple in my christmas cabinet, I happen to have a couple little boys on my shopping list that just might LOVE these!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CVS

It's like getting all of this for $5.77!
Soft soap- $3 each 
-$.70 coupon (used 2 coupons)
Hersheys air delight bars (on sale buy 2 get 1 free)
-$1.19 b1g1 coupon (used 3 coupons- with sale, I paid for 3 and got 6 more for free)
Thermacare $3.79
Advil $3.99
-$6 free Advil product coupon (I pointed out that it was only $3.99 and she said it was too much trouble to override so she was leaving it alone- woo hoo!)
-$4 cvs coupon wyb 1 thermacare item plus 1 advit item
Excedrin 8 packs- $.99 each
Optic White toothpaste- $2.99
-$1.50 coupon
Colgate toothpaste on clearance for $1
-$.75 coupon (used four coupons)
Oral B twinback pulsar toothbrushes on clearance for $3.09
-$3 coupons (used six coupons)
2 gallons of milk- (not in picture) $3.19 each
Total $17.34 plus tax total after all coupons.  I paid for this mostly with extra care bucks from last week- I try to keep rolling them from week to week.

$11.77 Extra Care Bucks Earned:  $3 wyb 2 softsoap, $1 optic white toothpaste, $1.98 excedrin ($.99 each- limit 2), $3.79 thermacare $2 milk ($1 per gallon-limit 2)

Also- I didn't realize that the hersheys bars were included in the spend $10 get $3ECB- so I will make sure to go back and get $3 more in candy to earn another $3.  And I forgot to look at the Nivea body wash- so I will do that when I go back.

It's a good week at the drug stores!!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Happy Dance!

I've complained commented on here before about this ONE woman who ALWAYS gets to Walgreens first thing Sunday AM and buys ALL of whatever it is that she is shopping for that week.  Then proceeds to have her own personal cashier at the cosmetic counter where they spend two hours ringing up all of her individual sales.  She says she makes care packages- but lets be realistic in knowing that there is no way.  Perhaps some of it does make its way to a good cause.......at least I am hoping......but I think she is slinging razors and deodorant on the underground street corner, if ya know what I am saying.    In my ever so humble opinion.  Ahem.

Yesterday......I made it to the store before her.  I could hardly contain myself.  I felt like a contestant on Supermarket Sweep- running up and down the aisles screaming and crying for joy.  Laughing, giddy like.  Everything I wanted to purchase, it was all there.  I was able to buy every single item on my list.  All of it.  It was an incredible couponing victory.  Just me and one other couponing momma in the store- each of us not clearing a single shelf.

And as I was heading up front to check out- mind you it was just about 7 minutes after the store opened- in she came.  And mark me up for ANOTHER personal victory as I totally refrained from stretching across the automatic doors while screaming "It's All MINE!!!!!".  Nor did I personally point out to her that I had in fact BEAT HER TO THE STORE!  I also did not do a touch down dance while screaming "IN YOUR FACE!".  I did however dance around my entire kitchen, hallway, and bathroom after getting home singing "I beat her to the store, I beat her to the store".  Which, I might add, was a total wasted effort as my family doesn't rejoice in my couponing victories. 

I must admit, I did feel a bit of anxiety I wasn't anticipating as she loaded like 12 boxes of cereal in her cart.  Instantly I questioned what deal I had missed- I swear I didn't see a deal on cereal.  It threw me off my plan- I got all confused trying to check out and I had to take a moment and remember that we don't even LIKE frosted flakes. 

So- why on earth did I bolt out of the house at 7:50am on a Sunday morning and put a total crimp in getting my family ready for church?  To beat her to the store!!!  For the thrill of the hunt.  I personally LOVE couponing and there were some great deals- and I wanted them.

Total cost after coupons- $41.26.  Total register rewards earned with purchases- $42.
I was able to buy all of these items that my family uses and (for the most part- sans candy) needs and leave the store with more in cash for next week than I spent.

Boo-Yah!

Of course, I rolled register rewards from last week into my purchases (4 transactions so that I could get 4 of the sale razors- two for men and two for women!) so my cash out of pocket was much much lower.  And had I not been thrown off by that whole cereal dilema, I could have managed even that better, but I'm still happy with my shopping trip.

One thing I missed when I listed my weekly line up was the Mentos Up2U gum.  With in ad coupon it is on sale for $.99 per pack.  When you stack that with the new coupon in the October Walgreens coupon book (located at the front of the store) for $1 off 2 packs along with the $1 off 2 packs manufacturer q from a couple of weeks ago- it makes it FREE! 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Shopping list 9/25

The sale ads this week are good and I am excited to get out shopping in the morning!  Here is what is on my drug store shopping lists for tomorrow:

Walgreens:

Colgate Optic White toothpast 2/$7.98
-$1.50 coupons (I will use 2)
$6 register reward wyb 2
$1 money maker (yes- I will get PAID to buy an item my family needs!)

Zarbees Nighttime Cough & Sleep Syrup $5.99
-$1 printable from internet (no longer available)
$5.99 register reward
$1 money maker (yay! and with winter coming I will gladly put this in my medicine cabinet!)

Remington KOS Azor 5 Blade razor $4.99
$4.99 register reward
FREE!

W Brand Maxi Pads $2
$2 register reward
FREE!

Schick Quatro Razor $8.99
-$5 printed coupon from internet (no longer available)
$5 register reward
$1 money maker!  (again- making money buying stuff we use anyway- yay!)

I will need to buy some cheap 'filler' type items in order to roll previous register rewards to keep my cash out of pocket to a minimum- like a sale can of oranges, jello or candy.


CVS:

Therma Care lower back and hip single pack $3.79
+ Advil (not sure of price- not on sale)
I have a save $4 coupon wyb 2 therma care or advil (sent to me from CVS a few months ago)
I have a free product coupon for advil (from Advil)
$3.79 extra care bucks
Because of both coupons- this will be a $3.79 money maker!!!

Excedrin sample packs $.99
$.99 extra care bucks
FREE!

Soft Soap Body Wash or Hand Soap 2/$6 (I will buy one of each)
I have a $.75 off body wash coupon and a $.70 off handwash coupon
$4 extra care bucks
$.25 for body wash and $.30 for hand soap

Nivea Products spend $15 get $5
I have some $2 off womens body wash q's
Not sure if I will buy this or not- I need to check out the prices first

And of course I have some extra care bucks from last week to roll over to keep my out of pocket down.

So there are my lists- I will obviously share what I was able to purchase later this week!  Happy shopping!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Crazy deal on M&M's

Remember a few weeks ago when Walgreens had a sale that when you bought 4 medium size bags of M&M's you received a $5 register reward?  Apparently it was ongoing- and is still going now.  The benefit?  No signs, no ads in the paper- so there are actually M&M's to be found!!!!

I'm not sure why- or for how long- but I stopped and bought 4 bags yesterday just to confirm and it worked perfectly.  I came home and dug out the $1 off 1 pretzel M&M coupon from a few weeks ago- that is gonna make for a SWEET deal!  4 bags of pretzel M&M's on sale $2.50 each.  Use 4 $1 coupons.  Pay $6.  Receive a $5 register reward.  That makes each bag a QUARTER!

I personally love to pick up cheap deals on candy so that I can throw them into care packages when we mail them!!!  Who doesn't love getting chocolate?  Plus this will be great for some upcoming church and school parties!

Also- there is a coupon here for $1.50 off 2 M&M products.  It's at the Walmart website- but is a manufacturer coupon.  Also- its in an ad for candy corn M&M's, but prints as any (although I would like to try the candy corn ones!)  REMEMBER, when you print it once and it prints, hit your back button a few times on your browser- you will be able to print it twice.

Here's how your deal will work with this coupon:

4 bags of M&M's $10
2 $1.50 manu q's -$3
Pay $7
Receive a $5 register reward
Yay!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

See- sometimes it just doesn't pan out

I stopped at CVS yesterday to get the things I mentioned on yesterdays post.  Only the pediasure was on sale for $10.99 instead of the $6.49 I'd read about, and apparently I had to buy three mt. dew to get the reward.  Oops.

I don't have the attention span to keep up this week apparently.

But I did get two lipglosses.  And a bag of candy corn.  And the magic coupon machine spit out a buy one get one free 5 gum coupon- which is on sale for $1.  So I bought 2 packs- but the coupon took off the regular price- $1.67.  So that made each pack just over $.20, which was a nice surprise.

Some weeks I can't put a deal together to save my stockpile- this is one of them.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My shopping this week

To say I am unmotivated this week would be an understatement.

I'm tired.  I'm being pulled in 100 directions.  I'm overwhelmed.  I'm running myself ragged.  This week it makes sense to just lay low and let it go.  So I am, as far as couponing is concerned.  I just don't have the energy left right now.

That being said- I will make two stops this week.  One was yesterday,
Walgreens:
Carmex lotions- 2/$10 (shelf was not marked- but it's a month long deal good through 9/24 I think) and get a $5 register reward.  I used 2 $1.50 coupons (from the carmex website maybe?)- so it made this really great lotion $1 per tube.  These make nice little thank you gifts for the office ladies at the school, the ladies I work with, plus I just really like this lotion.

Childrens nighttime cold n cough- $4.99 with a $5 register reward.  The trick to saving real cash for your family is buying this kind of stuff when it is free and you are NOT sick- versus waiting until you ARE sick and have to buy it at full price.  Hopefully we won't need it this year- but I wouldn't bank on that.

Carmex chapstick 3/$3 with in ad coupon.  I used two $.30 coupons I printed a while back.  Made these $.70 a tube.  Not really even worth mentioning- except I am NEVER without a tube of this stuff.  So I picked up a couple to put away for an emergency.  Because being out of Carmex, in my opinion, is an emergency. 

Blistex cold & allergy lip balm $2 with a $2 register reward.  My store was out- but if you are going you might look for it.

For me- those were the items on my walgreens list.

CVS:  I plan to stop there today. On my list?

Revlon lustrous, moon drops or color burst lipsticks- $6.49 with a $5 extra care buck.  Apparently I had some $1 off coupons that expired 9/18- oops.

Gold Emblem candy corn $.99 with a $.99 extra care buck- Sun through today only.

Pediasure- spend $25 get $10 extra care buck.  These are $6.49 each, I plan to buy 4- I printed one $3 coupon (the second one jammed and my printer ate it- opps) and I've heard tale that there were $2 coupons in either this or last weeks paper (but I have yet to confirm that).  If I can get this for cheap- $1 or $2 eachish, I will buy it because it is nice and healthy for the kids for a quick drink/snack.  If not- oh well.

Mountain Dew 2/$9 with a $2 register reward.  Not a huge sale- but we are out and Dan NEEDS this item.

Man I hope things slow down in our lives soon- I am one tired cookie.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Christmas Shopping!

I have begun my Christmas shopping!  Actually, I started when I put away a few things in July, then a few more in August- but now I have officially ordered two more gifts- I am on my way!

Today- I found a cute cute cute deal on another blog I read at Zulily. It's one of those daily deal type shops with close out stuff.  Over the year I have joined several of these- mostly for the initial credit and then I never go back to buy their $300 purses or $800 dresses- because REALLY.  But this site seems to be for kids and mom stuff.  I've heard lots of buzz about them.  But today- I saw this:
Oh dear- dolly and me nightgown sets for $12.99!  This is RIGHT up Emily's alley.  Not only is she all about nightgowns instead of pants with tops- but she ADORES her stuffed animals.  This is going to be an exciting gift for her!

Not especially a super great deal- but a fair price considering it's kind of a novel item!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Walgreens- BOOYAH!

In case you haven't heard already- there is a FABULOUS deal at Walgreens right now.

It has to do something with buying three Gain products.  I did it EXACTLY as the blog I read (krazycouponlady) suggested- and it worked.  I almost fell over, I didn't expect it to.

Buy a powdered or liquid Gain laundry detergent ($5) and two Gain dish detergents ($1.79 each).

Use the $2 coupon for Gain from Sunday's smart source, or the $1 coupon for liquid Gain from a few weeks ago PLUS two $.50 Gain dish soap coupons from a few weeks ago and you pay around $6 ($7 if you buy liquid).  And you get back TWO $3 Register Rewards.

I thought our days of free dish detergent were very rare now, but free dish soap and laundry soap?  Yay!

The Gain is included in the P&G spend $30 get a $10 register reward deal.  So if you do that deal, you will get the $10 plus the two $3- it will make for some super cheap cleaning stuff!

CVS 9/11/11

CVS:
$7.99 each Air Wick air fresheners
$2.99 each Finish dishwashing tabs
$6.79 Brilliant tampons
$2.50 Fig Newtons
$31.25 TOTAL

Coupons:
-$4 Air Wick Air Freshener
-$4 Air Wick air freshener
-$1 Finish detergent
-$1 Finish detergent
-$2.50 Fig Newtons (from magic coupon machine- they were out of the thins so the cashier offered to substitute)

$18.75 Total Cash Paid
Got back $10 Extra Care Bucks (wyb $20 in various items- air wick and Finish), $6.79 Extra Care Bucks for Tampons.

Also- there is a $1 off coupon for the Brilliant Tampons here that you can print.  My printer flubbed up and I gave up on trying to print it.  But if you do- you will actually MAKE $1 when you buy them!

There is another  money maker on some of the air wick products that are on sale for $4.99 when you use the $4 coupons that were supposedly in the paper yesterday.  But my store was out of them already, and I was tired, so I just went with the more expensive ones.  We use them at work so that will be a nice donation.

I haven't done my Walgreens shopping yet- seems like they are most out of everything at my store when I go so I just didn't even stop last night.  Maybe today I'll give another store a try.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Target

If you don't already- you must get in the habit of checking out the printable Target coupons.  Most of these are store coupons that CAN be combine with a manufacturer coupon- which makes for some SWEET savings!

They update them constantly- there seems to always be something new to save on.  Plus, you can print two of each coupon- bonus!

For instance, check this out:

There is a printable Target coupon for save $1 when you buy both pasta sauce and pasta (target brand).  They are on sale for $1 each this week.  So for just $1- you have sauce and pasta!  What a super cheap, easy dinner- or food bank donation. 
There is a website, Totally Target, where she kind of maps out the really great deals each week.  It's worth your time to take a quick scan before heading to the red bullseye, that's for sure.

Have a great day!  May all your shopping trips save you tons of cash!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What am I buying this week?

Walgreens:
 Finish dishwashing detergent tabs- $3.99 get a $1.50 register reward.  I used $.75 coupons.  Makes them around $1.75 and I am running low.  And by running low I mean I am down to less than 8 packages, and that is my new 'running low'.  As opposed to the olden days when I would cut my last tablet in half until I could get out to pay full freakin' price for another box.
Orbit gum- $1.50 per three pack with in ad coupon.  Printed the $1 off Orbit three pack coupon from Target.com website (manufacturer coupon- not a target coupon, yay!)  Made them $.50 per three pack.
Yep- that's it for Walgreens this week!

Target:
Downy $5.99- used $.50 coupons on both, got $5 gift card back. Various proctor and gamble items (mainly cleaning type items) are buy 2 get a $5 target gift card.  I just opened my last bottle of fabric softener, so any deal is okay on that for now since we really are dang near out.  After coupons and gift card, it made my total $5.98 for both- 50% off. 
Cascade trial packs (4 each)- $.97.  This is the regular shelf price- not on sale.  But the $1 off any cascade coupon from the last P&G insert says valid on any size, so these were free. 
Hershey Air Kisses- 3/$8.  The shelf was empty, but I have hopes that they will restock.  Because there is a $1 off coupon on the target.com website PLUS there was a $1 manufacturer coupon a while back.  These will be super cheap and I need them for an upcoming room party where we will transform them into acorns.  Don't ask.

CVS:
No picture- I was there visiting the minute clinic and felt like death.  Sorry.

Hershey Air Candy Bars $.99 with a $.99 extra care buck.  Use the B1G1 manufacturer coupon and you get 2 for free.
Carefree pantyliners- $.99 with a $.99 extra care buck.  Free.  I felt so bad I forgot to buy them.
Seasonal Clearance- check out that 75% off summer stuff that includes charcoal, toys and flip flops.  It will move to 90% soon- good time to pick up some stuff for next summers pool bag!
Edy's Ice Cream- B1G1, I had no coupons but that is still a good price.  And when your throat is on FIRE it is perfect.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Not a single one!

There will be no coupon inserts in tomorrows paper.  And might I just say, phew!  I've been under the weather and I am glad to have a week off!  But I'm sure next weekend I'll be ready to get to clippin!

Hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend.  I'm off to dig through my cabinets for some of that free cold medicine I picked up a few months back.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Marsh 9/2/11 TRIPLES AGAIN!

Yes- my email welcomed me awake this morning with an email from Marsh- triple coupons up to $.99 (limit 2 like coupons) for the next four days.

Be still my heart.

I dropped everything and headed over.  In the past I have waited too long and missed some of the really good or free deals.  Not this time!

Total before coupons (after sale prices) $181.65

 After coupons............$65.66
 It includes things like snack bars, batteries, toothpaste, taco seasoning, chips, pudding, salad dressing,
 brownie mixes, pickles, dishsoap, deodorant, hot dogs, butter, cheese, cooking creams, pasta sauce.........88 items purchased in all!
Also in that total was $6.49 in chicken breasts and $11.30 in ground beef.  Also non-sale and non-coupon (gasp!) beef broth and cherrie pie filling.  I needed them for two recipes I want to make this weekend!

So if you take out those items- it was just over $41 for all the rest of it.

I have a friend (you know who you are) who said she doesn't mess with coupons 'to just save a quarter-no thank you'.
We're not talking quarters here.
 Couponing isn't for everyone, and if you don't see the value, then it's probably not for you.  But for me?  It's like a hobby and I enjoy it.
Especially when Marsh has these triple coupon sales!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

To sweeten the pot

As if making money at Target on the Febreeze electric scent things wasn't good enough...........now there is a rebate when you buy one!  Click here for the rebate form that will give you back the cost of the warmer!

Yay!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Makin' money at the red bulls eye

Proctor and Gamble coupon inserts USUALLY have a coupon that is golden.  This weeks edition is no different.

This week at Target- Febreze air freshener things and outlet things are on sale for $2.50.  Buy 5 and you earn a $5 Target giftcard. 

That P&G insert- it has $3 off the outlet thing coupons.  I'm not even joking.  But because Target doesn't allow for coupon overage- and I do EVERYTHING within my power to not use coupons/scenarios that cause that register to beep- here is what I did:

2 air freshener things ($2.50 each=$5)
3 outlet plug in things ($2.50 each=$7.50)
$12.50
-$9  three $3 coupons from sunday's p&g for outlet things
-$2 two $2 coupons from sunday's p&g for air fresheners
$1.50 paid
$5 giftcard received
$3.50 PROFIT

Might I just take a moment to add that if I were a regular person and I bought these outlet things, I might be a wee bit preterbed to discover that they don't come with ANY of the scented oils that they use.  Those have to be purchased seperately.  Since I didn't technically pay for them, I'm okay with that.  But otherwise I would probably be having a hissy fit.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Walgreens 8/28


I drug my sorry heiny out of bed early today so that I wouldn't miss the deals I wanted.

BOO-YA!
 I did two transactions- so that I could get two of the m&m deals (4/$10 get $5 RR) and 2 of the proctor & gamble deals (spend $30 get $10RR)
I forgot to put the cascade in the first picture- but it was part of what I bought.

1st Transaction:
$10 4 m&m's
$5 gain laundry detergent
$5 gain laundry detergent
$5 gain laundry detergent
$5 gain laundry detergent
$9.59 swiffer starter kit
$3.99 swiffer dry refills
$.69 m&m single pack (needed it in order to use a $5 reward from last week- plus it has the movie ticket $3 coupon code!)

$44.27 before coupons

-$5 RR from last week
-$1 mq any swiffer starter kit
-$3.99 mq free refill wyb starter kit swiffer
-$2 mq gain
-$2 mq gain
-$2 mq gain
-$2 mq gain
-$1 mq wyb 2 m&m's
-$1 mq wyb 2 m&m's

$27.33 total after coupons
Got back $10 RR for P&G, $5 RR for M&M's

2nd Transaction:
$3.49 gallon of milk (we were out!)
$4 tide stain release
$4 tide stain release
$24 cascade (6 @ $4)
$3.99 Playtex Tampons
$10 4 m&m's
$1 2-Geisha mushrooms (with in ad coupon)

$50.48 total before coupons

Coupons:
-$5 RR from last week
-$6 mq cascade (6 $1 coupons)
-$2 playtex tampons
-$1 mq wyb 2 m&m's
-$1 mq wyb 2 m&m's
-$1.50 mq tide stain release
-$1.50 mq tide stain release

Total $36.70 after coupons
Received $10 RR Proctor & Gamble, $5 RR M&M's, $1 RR Playtex Tampons

If you head out to walgreens, look for the Lime or Vanilla Carmex- it is $1.50 and you get a $1.50 RR (FREE!).  Even though I got to the store just a few minutes after they opened- 'that lady' I've spoken about before had the ENTIRE DISPLAY in her shopping cart.  Probably 75 tubes of the stuff- and she was going to stand there and ring them all out individually in order to get them all fro free.  Dan can't understand why I'm upset.  They were on top of her entire cart load of Fall M&M's- she took every single bag they had.

How about you- is it wrong to be upset when someone clears out an entire product and buys more than their home could ever possibly use?  (I call it selfish- what do you think?)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

THREE coupon inserts this weekend

Just a reminder, in case you haven't already heard- there will be a smartsource, a redplum AND a proctor and gamble insert this weekend.

Happy happy happy coupon dance!

(If you get the Indy Star- they put one of their inserts, the redplum maybe???, in their Thursday paper and the other one in their Sunday.  So you might just get two.)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Meijer starting 8/25

Meijer is having a $1 item sale- and if you buy 10 items you get an 11th $1 item free.  The only problem is, properly counting, which I apparently can not do.  I've shopped this sale before and painstakingly selected 10 items, only to forget to pick an an 11th free one. 

The point here is- I'm not sure.  But I will share what $1 items I found to be a good deal:

$1 for a 5lb bag of potatoes- I don't care who you are, this is a good deal
$1 grands biscuits- used a $.30 off 2 cans coupon that doubled to $.60
$1 baby peeled carrots
$1 old elpaso taco shells (I didn't have any coupons- really??)
$1 aunt millies english muffins
$1 betty crocker brownie mixes- used $.75/2 coupon that 'doubled' to $1
$1 pizza rolls- used $.40/2 coupons that doubled to $.80

Other good deals?
Dove bars $3- used $1 coupons (yum!)
Betty Crocker cookie mixes $1.67- used $.40 that doubled to $.80
Philly cream cheese individual packs $1.49- used $.50 that doubled to $1
Eckrich hot dogs $.99 (no coupons)
Tropicana big orange juice $2.50- used $1 coupons

All in all, I  spent just over $40 after using $23.79 in coupons!  And then I managed to leave some of my bags there at the store..........so I get to go back today and get the rest of my groceries.  Luckily, they keep a log book for people like me and they will give me back the stuff I paid for and then left there.  Nothing is easy this week........nothing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Them shelves are empty again!

I stopped at Walgreens last night to pick up the things on my list:

Colgate sensitive toothpaste $4.99 with a $4 RR and I had a $1.50 coupon ($.50 money maker)
Glade scented candle refill things 2/$5 with a $1 RR (I couldn't find my coupons- ugh)
Kelloggs snacks 4/$10 with a $5 RR (with or without coupons- this is a good deal)

Every item was wiped clean- none left.  Not even a single solitary box of rice crispie treats.  Nothin'.

As I stood there in the toothpaste aisle making sure I didn't miss the Colgate, a woman walked up and started putting the little tiny travel sizes of Listerine in her basket.  One after the other.  Again and again.  More and more.  And then.........she banged on the dispenser to get the last 3 or 4 bottles to roll down.  They were on sale for $.99.  I'm sure she had the $1 off any listerine coupons with the nice long expiration dates.  She must have bought 17 bottles of the stuff.

That is the reason I am becoming discouraged.  Although I know that I need to head out first thing Sunday morning if I want to get the hot sale items at the drug stores...........and this just confirmed it.  The number of folks using coupons are growing..........and it's becoming more of a 'hunt' than a 'hobby'.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Walgreens 8/17

Dove Hair Products- spend $15 get $5 Register Reward
On sale 4/$15
Used 2 buy a hair product get a free conditioner/shampoo coupons
Paid $7.80, got $5 register reward back.  Made them $.70 each.

Expo Washable Dry Erase Markers on sale for $3.99
Used 1 $2/2 expo coupon (printed from internet)
Used walgreens August coupon book (in stores with circulars) which took off $3 each, $6 total
FREE! 
Just make sure you buy something else to eat up the $.02 overage or it won't take all the coupons.

Hefty Ziplock Bags- b1g1 free
Use the $1/2 coupon (I think from last Sundays paper?), makes them $1.15 per box

Pert Plus Shampoo (if you can find it, I have had NO luck this week on this item)
$3.99.  Use the $1 coupon from last Sundays paper, pay $2.99 and get a $3 register reward.  FREE.

That was really all I found of interest at Walgreens this week.  There is a $10 reward on a $10 bottle of vitamins and some $2 coupons around- but I forgot to look for it while I was in the store.  I'm guessing they are wiped clean, but I could be wrong!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

CVS and the magic machine of love

Always scan your CVS card at the red machine at the front of the store.  The end.

Yesterday I got an entire ribbon of coupons that I proceeded to wear through the store like a Miss America Sash, because I'm that cool.

It printed a coupon for a FREE carmello candy bar (hello-FREE CHOCOLATE?), a free box of CVS bandaids, $4 off when you buy diapers and wipes, $3 off a $15 grocery purchase and a few others.

The coupons aligned for a delightful shopping trip that finally made me excited.  But no picture because HELLO I was at the pharmacy picking up pain pills for my husband after spending the evening in the ER (flash burn from welding- he's fine).  I was pooped.

Here's what I bought:
2 huggies slip on diapers $8.99 each
1 huggies wipes $2.79
1 cottonelle wipes $1.97 (had a free coupon to redeem)
1 gatorade drink $1 (only had one left- I will look for 4 more at another store to get the $5 ECB's wyb 5)
2 gallons of deans milk $3.19 each
2 special K multi grain crackers 2/$4
2 cheese it white cheddar crackers 2/$4
1 12 pack mt. dew $2.50
1 allergy pills $4.69 (no coupon at all- just needed them)
1 3 musketeer king size (me and emily, naughty girls) $1

My total was over $48!

Coupons:
-$.50 huggies wipes
-$4 machine coupon wyb wipes and diapers
-$3 machine coupon off $15 in groceries
-$1.96 free cottonelle wipes coupon I got in the mail
-$.25 machine coupon off candy bar
-$1 wyb 2 special k crackers
-$3 Huggies $3 coupon
-$3 Huggies coupon again (it was also in the paper last Sunday)
-$2 printable CVS coupon for huggies pull up diapers (no longer available or I'd link it up for you)
-$2 printable CVS coupon again for diapers
-$10 giftcard I got when I filled the pain pill prescription (my CVS honors competitor pharmacy coupons, I got one from Meijer last time I checked out!)

Total was $17.82
I got back a $10 gas card for buying $30 in certain items (diapers, cottonelle, crackers, wipes) and $2 in ECB ($1 for each gallon of milk). 

The diapers will go to a family who could use them at Dan's work, in case you think I've lost my ever loving mind.  It was just too good of a deal to pass up considering I basically got them for FREE with the magic coupon machine coupon!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Marsh Triples Trips

Marsh was offering two days of triple coupons last Friday and Saturday.  Different from the last time they surprised us with this was that it was only for coupons up to $.99.  Same as last time was a limit of two like coupons.

I made three different trips during the two days.  This is a couponers dream after all. 

I couldn't go first thing Friday morning when I got the email- I had a playdate planned that day for Sam and I didn't think it would be fair to drag all the kids to the grocery and pretend it was fun.  So I waited until Dan got home.

By the time I got there, several items I had really good coupons for ($.75 off one- that would triple to $2.25) were wiped out.  To be expected I suppose.  The difference this time was that they didn't seem to restock.  That is mainly the reason I went back a second and third time, hoping some of the gone items would be back on the shelves- no dice.

Regardless- it was still fun.  Not near as impressive as when they tripled the dollar coupons- but still a great savings.

First Trip-
70 Items               $156.03 before coupons               $61.78 after coupons

Second Trip-
27 Items               $52.65 before coupons                 $27.51 after coupons

Third Trip-
10 Items               $22.93 before coupons                 $7.93 after coupons

5 or 6 items were non coupon items that I just needed (eggs, onions, etc.).  These totals include items like lunch meat, frozen pizza items, 12 packs of diet pepsi, cereal bars, cake mixes and icings, canned goods, hand soap...........a good variety of items that I was glad to purchase at 60-70% off. 

I was so excited to see that Marsh was offering such a great coupon sale again.  I thought for sure that the last time would have been just that- the last time.  I can't wait to get another 'surprise' email from them announcing another huge coupon day.............but I'll be better prepared and get there right away I hope!