Saturday, December 27, 2008

I Forgot to Mention This...


I have been coveting thinking about buying these too cute holiday glasses at Kroger. They were priced at $1 each, which isn't bad. At the current price of .50 though, they were irresistible! I have some blue snowman holiday dishes that these go perfect with! They also have a poinsettia style.

Kroger (December 27--75% off SALE!)


The Kroger at Old Fannin and Spillway Road is having a 75% off sale on selected holiday foods. The wall on the other side of the floral department was stocked with baking supplies, canned goods, and other food items. Here are some of the deals I snagged:

Eagle Condensed Milk
.70
Used .55 cent coupon doubled to .70
FREE

Kroger Canned Green Beans
.17

Kroger Canned Yams
.42
Kroger Canned Pineapple
.30
Karo Syrup
.69
Used .75 coupon adjusted down to .69
FREE
Kroger Pure Vanilla Extract
$2.75 for 4 oz. (The 2 oz. was $1.50)
Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Stuffing
.82
Kroger Milk Chocolate Chips
.42
Kroger Chocolate Bark
.90
Kroger Marshmallow Cream
.30
LeSeuer Green Peas
.36
Kroger Vegetable Oil
.75
Kroger Canned Chicken Broth
.17
Other deals I found:
One variety of Pert Plus was marked on closeout for $2.03. I used a $2 coupon to get it for 3 cents.
I got an Olay Total Effects Facial Cleanser from the markdown section for FREE using a $1 coupon.
Kiwi shoelaces start at 89 cents. If you have any of the $1 coupons, these will give you a small overage.
The Peppermint flavor Mentos Gum was on closeout for 79 cents. I used .55/2 which doubled and paid .24 each.
Red Gold tomatoes are $1 per can. I used a .75/2 coupon.
I got the baby formula FREE with coupons from my store's grand opening.
I'm sorry I don't have any coupon links for you to use. Anything I had was from my stash and is no longer available. But this is a GREAT example of why I take my coupon binder in with me every time. You never know what kind of deal you may stumble across!

Friday, December 26, 2008

REDBOX Code for December 28th

It's movie night! (Yes, on Sunday!)

REDBOX is a DVD rental machine. You can rent movies for $1 per day per DVD.

On Sundays in December, however, they are treating us with a code for a FREE rental.

Tomorrow's code is: 11moms4uT

You must swipe a credit card for authorization, but it won't actually charge. The code is only good for 1 night, extra nights will charged to your preauthorized card. You can use the code once per credit card.

Thanks to Wal-Mart's Eleven Moms for the notification!

Coupon Preview for December 28

There will be one insert in this Sunday's paper, a P&G insert. It's got all the good P&G coupons for products like Gillette, Tide, Dawn, Bounty, and much more! With all our old P&G coupons expiring on 12/31, it's perfect timing.

And, just a reminder, the current PGEsaver coupons on your Kroger card will be expiring on 12/31 as well.

Be on the lookout for the 1/4 inserts...there is rumored to be 4!

Monday, December 22, 2008

REDBOX Code for December 22nd

It's movie night!

REDBOX is a DVD rental machine. You can rent movies for $1 per day per DVD.

Today's code is: EC22KP

You must swipe a credit card for authorization, but it won't actually charge. The code is only good for 1 night, extra nights will charged to your preauthorized card. You can use the code once per credit card.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

REDBOX Code for December 21st

It's movie night! (Yes, on Sunday!)

REDBOX is a DVD rental machine. You can rent movies for $1 per day per DVD.

On Sundays in December, however, they are treating us with a code for a FREE rental.

Tomorrow's code is: 11moms4uN

You must swipe a credit card for authorization, but it won't actually charge. The code is only good for 1 night, extra nights will charged to your preauthorized card. You can use the code once per credit card.Thanks to Wal-Mart's Eleven Moms for the notification!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Coupon Preview for December 21

Unless P&G pulls a switcheroo on us, there will be no coupons in this Sunday's paper. This would be a great time to sort through your coupons. Pull all your expireds and get organized for the After'Christmas Clearance!

TWO FREE 8x10's @ Walgreens

Go to Walgreens website. Upload your favorite photo and order an 8x10. Use code FREEGIFT to get it FREE and pick it up at your local store today!

You can do another one through Snapfish. Use code WALFREE if it doesn't automatically deduct. If you're not already a member, you can get 50 free 4x6 prints when you sign up.

Thanks to Centsable Momma!

Holiday Busyness

I always have this image of the holidays: sitting curled up & cozy on the couch listening to Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a crackling fire while sipping hot cocoa.

The actuality: I can't get my kids presents wrapped because they won't go to bed, I'm never going to finish my craft gifts and homemade cookies, my to-do list is longer than Santa's "Naughty or Nice" list, and a crackling fire would be ridiculous on a 70 degree Mississippi December day!

Each day, I decide I don't have time to blog because I have too much to do. Then it doesn't get done anyway!

Oh well. At least I have fudge to comfort me! ;)

Monday, December 15, 2008

REDBOX Code for December 15th

It's movie night!

REDBOX is a DVD rental machine. You can rent movies for $1 per day per DVD.\

Today's code is: 47J2L8

You must swipe a credit card for authorization, but it won't actually charge. The code is only good for 1 night, extra nights will charged to your preauthorized card. You can use the code once per credit card.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

REDBOX Code for December 14th

It's movie night! (Yes, on Sunday!)

REDBOX is a DVD rental machine. You can rent movies for $1 per day per DVD.

On Sundays in December, however, they are treating us with a code for a FREE rental.

Tonight's code is: 11moms4uA

You must swipe a credit card for authorization, but it won't actually charge. The code is only good for 1 night, extra nights will charged to your preauthorized card. You can use the code once per credit card.

Thanks to Wal-Mart's Eleven Moms for the notification!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

See Kai Run Smaller Giveaway @ Thrifty & Chic Mom

Thrifty & Chic Mom is hosting a giveaway for some GREAT baby shoes. My Bebe Girl could really use a pair of these! Check out all the details here.

Coupon Preview for December 14

According to The Coupon Clippers, there are three inserts in this Sunday's paper: 1 Red Plum/Valassis, 1 SmartSource, and 1 P&G. Looks like a pretty decent week for coupons!

There's the Pillsbury and Bettty Crocker coupons we've come to know and love, along with some we don't see very often. The P&G insert has a few different ones, like FREE Gillette Shampoo or Body Wash when you buy Fusion cartridges.

If you have a Publix near you, you'll also get one of their coupon inserts.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Brookshire's December 10-16


As part of The Grocery Gathering at BeCentsable, I report on the Brookshire’s weekly advertisement. I apoligize for the tardiness, but these deals are still good through Tuesday.

You do need a Brookshire’s “Thank You” card for most sale prices. The card is free and can be obtained at the customer service desk.

Brookshire’s locations in Central Mississippi are currently TRIPLING manufacturer’s coupons up to and including 60 cents. Only one of each kind of coupon will TRIPLE, all others will be redeemed at face value.

*This week, Brookshire's has a coupon on the front page of the ad that states: $10 off your total bill of $100 or more with your Brookshire's Thank You Card. There are the usual exclusions (alcohol, prescriptions, gift cards, stamps, etc.) and the offer applies to single transactions.


**Purchase $10 worth of selected store brand items, and receive a coupon for $1 off your next order, including at the gas pump. This promotion keeps a running total form order to order and does not have to be all in one transaction.


***Here are the best deals of the week with coupon matches:

Betty Crocker Cake Mix
79 cents
$1/3 blinkie from Kroger


Gold Medal Flour, 4.25-5 lb. bag
$1.50
LIMIT 2 bags with $10 additional purchase


C&H Sugar, 4 lb. bag
99 cents
LIMIT 1 bag with $20 additional purchase


Food Club Vegetable Oil, 48 oz.
$1.99
LIMIT 1 with $20 additional purchase


Gladiola Cornbread Mix
.44
.55/2 coupon from 11/9 Valassis

Jell-O Pudding or Gelatin
.50
$1/3 blinkie from Kroger


Philadelphia Cream Cheese
99 cents


Food Club Macaroni & Cheese
33 cents
LIMIT 6 boxes with $10 additional purchase

Green Cabbage
49 cents per pound

Russet Potatoes, 10 lb.bag
$4.99

USDA Select T-Bone Steak
$3.79 per pound
LIMIT 3


Playtex Tampons, 16-18 ct.
$3.97
$1 printable for Playtex Sport


Electrasol Dishwashing Detergent
$2.99


Pampers Wipes, 72-77 ct.
$2.99
.50 coupon from P&G inserts

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pleasantly Surprised!

When I was checking out the coupon previews last week, The Coupon Clippers only showed one insert in the December 5th paper. I guess I need to double check with Taylortown from now on! I was pleasantly surprised to find 2 inserts in my newspaper--and many good coupons!

If you haven't gotten your paper yet, you may want to grab one or two.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Hobby Lobby Week of December 8th

Print your coupon for 40% off any one regular priced item.

Check out the full ad here.

Redbox Code for December 7th

It's movie night! (Yes, on Sunday!)

REDBOX is a DVD rental machine. You can rent movies for $1 per day per DVD.

On Sundays in December, however, they are treating us with a code for a FREE rental.

Tonight's code is: 11moms4uS

You must swipe a credit card for authorization, but it won't actually charge. The code is only good for 1 night, extra nights will charged to your preautorized card. You can use the code once per credit card.

Thanks to Wal-Mart's Eleven Moms for the notification!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Getting Started (Week of December 7)

I am attempting a weekly post dedicated to those people who are just starting out on their frugal journey. For those who don't have a binder full of coupons, a stash of ECB's or RR's (or even know what those are!), or a real history of using coupons.

Using only this current week's coupons and available printables, here are the best deals of the week:

CVS

Reading this first might help.

Hershey Candy (selected Varieties)
Buy $20 and get $10 ECB's
$1 printable for Hershey's Bliss

Nestle Hot Cocoa, 6ct.
$1.50
.75 printable

Powerade, 32 oz.
$1.59
Earns $1.59 ECB's (LIMIT 1)

Promax Bars
3/$5
Earns $5 ECB's (LIMIT 5)

Complete Multi-Purpose Solution Easy Rub Formula, 12 oz.
$8.99
$2 printable (Look for "Coupon Downloads" at the bottom of the page. Register. Once the first coupon prints, hit back and refresh to print a second one.)
Earns $8.99 ECB's (LIMIT 2)

Theraflu (selected varieties)
$5.99
$2 printable
Earns $2 ECB's (LIMIT 5)

Colgate Total Toothpaste (selected varieties)
$1.99
$1.50 printable (must register)

K-Y Yours & Mine or Intrigue
$14.99
$5 coupon in Red Plum insert

Energizer Batteries--Buy $20 and get $10 ECB's
Price Varies
Look for "peelie" coupons on packages
$1 printable here

Walgreens


First, read this.

Walgreens is having a 4-Day Sale from Wednesday to Saturday. If you spend $25 (pre-coupon) in one transaction, you get $5 Register Rewards. These RR's will roll into each other, so you can use one to pay for a transaction of $25 or more (pre-coupon) and you will get another $5 RR. You can only used one of the $5 RR per transaction, though.

Scotch Tape (3-pack)
2/$2
Earns $2 rebate from Easy Saver catalog (Must buy 2)

Sure Deodorant
$2.50
$1.50 coupon in the Easy Saver catalog
$1 printable

Arm & Hammer Detergent
$6.99
Use in-ad coupon to get it for $1.99
$1 printable here (Click on "Get coupons" and register. When coupon prints, hit back and refresh to print it twice.)

Please let me know if you see any other great deals based on this week's coupon inserts and currently available printable coupons. I will continue to ad to this as I find more deals!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Brookshire's December 3-9


As part of The Grocery Gathering at BeCentsable, I report on the Brookshire’s weekly advertisement.

You do need a Brookshire’s “ Thank You” card for most sale prices. The card is free and can be obtained at the customer service desk.

Brookshire’s locations in Central Mississippi are currently TRIPLING manufacturer’s coupons up to and including 60 cents. Only one of each kind of coupon will TRIPLE, all others will be redeemed at face value.

*This week, Brookshire's has a coupon on the front page of the ad that states: $10 off your total bill of $100 or more with your Brookshire's Thank You Card. There are the usual exclusions (alcohol, prescriptions, gift cards, stamps, etc.) and the offer applies to single transactions.

**Purchase $10 worth of selected store brand items, and receive a coupon for $1 off your next order, including at the gas pump. This promotion keeps a running total form order to order and does not have to be all in one transaction.

***Here are the best deals of the week with coupon matches:

Food Club Milk, Half Gallon
99 cents
(Limit 2 with $10 or more additional purchase)

Kellogg's Cereal, Selected varieties
$2
$1 MQ from 11/9 RP insert

Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks, 6-10 count
$1.50

Oreo Cookies, 15-18 oz. package
$2

Russet Potatoes, 5 lb. bag
$2

Navel Oranges, 4 lb. bag
$2.99

Green Cabbage
44 cents per pound

Pictsweet Vegetables, 14-16 oz.
$1

Coupon Preview for December 7

Just 1 insert again this week. It's a Valassis insert, and the coupons are a bit of a smorgasboard. There's a few pet coupons, a few Health & Beauty, and some for groceries. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the McDonald's coupons that are supposed to be in there.

See the full preview here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Walgreens Register Reward Deal

Today through Saturday, Walgreens is having a 4-day sale.

Most of the sale items are the same as the November 30th ad.

There is one great deal:

Spend $25, get a $5 Register Reward!

My assumption is that your total only has to be $25 BEFORE coupons, because that's how other register rewards for products work.

Read more about Register Rewards here.

FREE Food at Local Krogers!

In celebration of our new and remodeled local stores, Kroger is giving away a FREE item for the first 200 customers between 4pm and 6pm today through Tuesday.

Wednesday, December 3rd: Pepsi 2-liter
Thursday, December 4th: Oscar Mayer Deli Creations
Friday, December 5th: Fresh Express Salad
Saturday, December 6th: Fountain Health Hummus
Sunday, December 7th: Kroger Bread (1 Loaf)
Monday, December 8th: King Cotton Smoked Sausage
Tuesday, December 9th: Private Selection Green Beans

Valid only at these locations:

4910 I-55 North in Jackson
1070 Spillway Circle in Brandon
3408 Pemberton Square Boulevard in Vicksburg
107 Highway 80 East in Clinton

I'm not sure if you have to be the first 200 at the door or the first 200 making a purchase. I will call and find out.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Walmart (Yes, Walmart!)

Since I started serious couponing, I haven't been to Walmart much. But I had a small collection of coupons that would net me some FREE (or tax-only or cheap) goodies.







2 Gillette Fusion Razors (Read about what kind here)
$4.94


Kotex Pantyliners
$1


Ruffies Trash Bags
$1.52


2 Reynolds Oven Bags (Turkey size)
$1 each


2 Glade Scented Oil Candle Holders (holder only, no candles included)
$2 each


3 Glade Scented Oil Candle Refills
$2 each


6 Johnson's Buddies Soap bars
.97 each


5 Ramen Noodles
.15 each


Coupons used:


2 $4 off Gillette Fusion coupons from 11/30 P&G insert
$1 off any Kotex coupon from a sample
.50 off Ruffies coupon from my coupons.com sidebar on the right
2 $1 off any Reynold's Oven bags (not sure where I got those)
B1G1 FREE Scented Oil Candle Holders (from an insert a few weeks ago)
$2 off Scented Oil Candle Holder (grocery store blinkie)
B2G1 FREE Scented Oil Candle Refills (from inside the package of a Scented Oil Candle Holder I bought previously)
$2 off 2 Scented Oil Candle Refills (grocery store blinkie)
2 $3 off 3 Johnson's products printable--I can't find the link :(


I paid $7.64 OOP

Walgreens (December 1)


2 Gallons of Milk
$3.99 each

2 Arm & Hammer laundry detergents
Buy 1 for $6.99, get 1 for a penny
(Must use in-ad coupon)

2 Reach Ultra Clean floss
$3 each
Earns $6 RR's WYB 2

Colgate MaxFresh toothpaste
$2.99
Earns $2 RR's

Glade Wisp Candle
$3.99

Florida's Natural Apple Juice
Buy 1 for $2.59, get 1 for a penny

Coupons used:

$1 off Arm & Hammer Detergent (Click on "Get Coupons" to register. After the first coupon prints, hit the back button, then refresh.)

***Make sure the cashier scans those before the in-ad coupon.***

$3 off Glade Wisp candle from an insert last month

$5 off $25 purchase coupon from the coupon.com sidebar on the right (Valid yesterday and today ONLY!)

With this Walgreens coupon, your total after all manufacturer's and store coupons (except the $5/$25) has to be at least $25. So your final total will be at least $20.
My total was $22.35
Paid with a gift card.
Zero OOP.

This is why I LOVE CVS!

I didn't know if I was going to go to CVS this week. It's a pretty slow week.

However, we needed flushable toddler wipes, so I went to CVS and came up with a scenario. I paid what I would've paid to just get the wipes and got a whole lot more.
Duracell 8-pk AAA
$5.99

Duracell 8-pk AA
$5.99
Oral-B Flossers
$3.99

6-Hour Energy Shots
$4.99

2 CVS Toddler Wipes
$1.49 each

2 J&J First Aid Kits
.99 each

J&J Buddies Soap
$1.19

Coupons used:

$5/$25 purchase from a previous receipt
(2) .75 off Duracell from 11/30 P&G insert
$5/2 Duracell from CVS Tearpad
$1 off 1 Johnson's Product (from Tosha @ Savings Makes Cents)
Used $5 and $6 ECB's

Paid $1.87 OOP
Earned $10.99 ECB's
Check out more CVS Superstars at The Centsible Sawyer!

Kroger (November 30)

I noticed a few days ago that the Kroger on Lakeland Drive in Flowood had the Venus Embrace razors for only $4.74. That's a great price for my ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE razor!

I knew that CVS was having an ECB deal this week on Venus and Fusion razors, also. I didn't know how much the razors would be at CVS, so I waited until Sunday to check prices. I was not impressed with the CVS sale prices, so I got them at Kroger.

I also had $4 coupons from VocalPoint, so I paid 74 cents each plus the pre-coupon tax.


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hobby Lobby Week of November 30th


Hobby Lobby has all the best stuff on sale this week!
50% off in the following categories:
Framing
Scrapbooking
Christmas
Floral
Jewelry Making
Check out the ad here and get your 40% off coupon here.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Getting Started (Week of November 30)

I will be attempting a weekly post dedicated to those people who are just starting out on their frugal journey. For those who don't have a binder full of coupons, a stash of ECB's or RR's, or a real history of using coupons.

Using only this current week's coupons and available printables, here are the best deals of the week:

CVS

Reading this first might help.

Duracell Batteries 8-pk AA or AAA, 4-pk C or D, 2-pk 9-volt
Sale Price $5.99
Earns $2 ECB's
LIMIT 5
Available Coupons:
.75 Manufacturer's Coupon from Procter & Gamble insert
$5 off 2 tearpad at CVS


Duracell Scenario:
Buy 2
$11.98
-.75 MQ
-.75 MQ
-$5 CVS Q
Pay $5.48
Earn $4 ECB's

All Roc Skincare is $4 off regular price
Available coupon:
$3 off printable

Extreme Energy 2-pk, 4 oz. total
$4.99
Earns $4.99 ECB's
LIMIT 1

Progresso Soup 18.5-19 oz. can
Buy One Get One Free
$3.19
Available Coupons:
$1.10 printable (use two)
$1 off 2 printable


Buy $15 worth of Gillette Venus/Fusion razors or cartridges, earn $5 ECB's.
LIMIT 1
Available coupon:
$4 off Gillette Fusion Razor Manufacturer's Coupon from Procter & Gamble insert

Clairol Nice & Easy hair color
$4.95 Sale Price
Available coupon:
$1 Manufacturer's Coupon from Procter & Gamble insert

Walgreens:

First, read this.

Next, print this coupon for $5 off $25 purchase, good only December 1st-2nd.

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent
Buy one for $6.99, get one for .01
Available coupons:
Must use in-ad coupon for sale price
$1 printable here (click on "Get Coupons", then print twice and use both)

All Free & Clear Laundry Detergent
$1.79 Sale Price
Available coupons:
Must use in-ad coupon for sale price
$1 printable here (print twice for scenario below)

Excedrin Express Gels 40 ct.
$5 Sale Price
Earns $8 RR's when you buy 3
Available coupons:
$2 printable here
Check your local grocery store for $2 blinkies

Reach Ultra Clean Dental Care
$3 Sale Price
Earns $6 RR's when you buy two

Colgate MaxFresh Toothpaste
$2.99 Sale Price
Earns $2 RR's

Scenario:
2 Arm & Hammer Detergents
(Use 2 $1 coupons & in-ad coupon)
2 All Free & Clear Detergent
(Use 2 $1 coupon & in-ad coupon)
3 Excedrin Express Gels 40 ct
(Use 3 $2 coupons)

2 Reach Ultra Clean Dental Care products
1 Colgate MaxFresh Toothpaste
1 candy bar or other item that costs at least 43 cents

This will make your pre-tax total $25+
Then use your $5 off $25 coupon
Pay $20 plus tax
Earn $16 RR's good toward your next purchase

Wal-Mart

Gillette Fusion Razor
***Look for the package with a cardboard backing, not the large plastic blister pack. I found these on a clip strip toward the back of the shaving aisle.***
$4.94
Available Coupon:
$4 Manufacturer's Coupon from Procter & Gamble insert

Please let me know if you see any other great deals based on this week's coupon inserts and currently available printable coupons.

She's a Rock Star!

I just want to send a shout-out to a ROCK STAR bloggy friend, Tosha at Savings Makes Cents. When I was prepping for all my FREE goodies at CVS this weekend, I realized that I didn't have several of the money making coupons that other regions had. I sent Tosha an e-mail asking if she had any extras. Like lightning, she popped them in the mail! How awesome is that?!?!

I didn't have time to take a picture of them because I went straight from my mailbox to CVS! LOL!

Thanks Tosha!

A Few Local Grocery Deals

The Kroger on Lakeland Drive at Dogwood has marked their Honeysuckle White Turkeys to 39 cents per pound.

That same Kroger also has grape Pedialyte on Manager's Special for $1.19. This is an AWESOME deal for Pedialyte--admit it, you only buy the stuff when you really need it and you run to the closest store and pay WAY TOO MUCH! This is regularly priced at $4.99 and doesn't expire until October 2010.

The Kroger at Spillway Road has organic eggs for 99 cents and $1.99 depending on the variety. There are sell by November 30.

Coupon Preview for November 30

Only 1 insert this Sunday. A Procter & Gamble. Pretty much the same coupons they always put out, but all the old P&G coupons expire tomorrow.

There's the usual $4 off Gillette Fusion razor. If you're not into playing the drugstore game, look at Wal-Mart for a Fusion razor with simple cardboard backing package rather than the large plastic blister pack. I found them at the back of the shaving aisle on a clip strip for $4.94. Minus the coupon, you've got a high-quality razor (or an extra cartridge for the Fusion razor most of us already have) for 94 cents!

The cheapest place to get a local paper is Wal-Mart for $1.29.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

CVS 3-Day Sale--I Can't Get Enough!

After going to bed at 4am, I decided not to set an alarm as I had originally planned to make another CVS trip to a non-24-hour store. But when my Bebe Girl was perky at 8:30, I scooped her up and headed out.



I found the Bic Soliel Razors, got another Schick Quattro Titanium razor (The LIMIT on these is actually 2!), and got one of the Right Guard Professional Strength Deodorants.




I spent $1.35 OOP. I now have $19.99 ECB's.



Now I'm going to relax and enjoy some delicious holiday food! Happy THANKSGIVING!!!

CVS 3-Day Sale Addendum

It's 3am, and I just got home from our local 24-hour CVS! I got everything on the FREEBIE list except for the Bic Soliel Razors. I also got two toys (not pictured--I had to hide them!) that were BUY ONE GET ONE FREE.

I did four (!) transactions. I really don't like doing so many, but the store was pretty empty and the cashier was fabulous!
I started out with $25.48 ECB's.
Transaction #1
I spent $1.43 OOP
Transaction #2
I spent $2.93 OOP
Transaction #3
I spent nothing
Transaction #4
I spent 29 cents
The Maybelline ECB didn't print, so the cashier (who was also the Assistant Manager) chose to do a cash refund. He gave me $8.99 plus tax ($9.62).
I still have $17.97 ECB's.
I have updated my prior post to reflect UNADVERTISED LIMITS on a few items.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

He's a Smart Boy

My husband called me to my sons' room this morning and said, "Look what your son spelled on his magnet board."

I was afraid he'd learned some dirty word, but, to my amazement, I found this:






I was so proud!

CVS 3-Day Sale

CVS has a rockin' good sale for Thanksgiving. Sale starts tonight at Midnight at 24 hour stores (Brandon by I-20 or Canton Mart by I-55 for the locals) or at 7 am for other stores. I think you can get these deals online, too, at CVS.com. You can also view the ad there.

Here are the FREE after ECB's and coupons deals:

Schick Quattro Razor or Trimmer
$7.99
Use this $2 printable coupon
OR
Use $4 off coupon found in December All You Magazine
Pay $5.99 or $3.99
Earns $6 ECB's
LIMIT 2

Playtex Gentle Glide or Sport Tampons 16-18 ct.
$3.99
Use this $1 printable coupon
Pay $2.99
Earns $3 ECB's
LIMIT 2

5-Hour Energy Extra Strength 2 pk., 4 oz total
$3.99
No coupon
Pay $3.99
Earns $3.99 ECB's
LIMIT 1

Aussie shampoo or conditioner 13.5 oz. or styler 6-14 oz.
$2.99
Use $1 off coupon from 10/12 Procter & Gamble insert
Pay $1.99
Earns $2.99 ECB's
LIMIT 2

Bic Soleil Single Razor with 2 cartridges and shower holder
$5.99
Use $3 off coupon from 11/2 SmartSource Insert (My region did not receive)
Pay $2.99
Earns $5.99 ECB's
LIMIT 2

Colgate Total Advanced Clean, Advanced Fresh or Advanced Whitening 4 oz
$2.99
Use this $1.50 Printable Coupon
OR
Use this $1.50 Printable Coupon
OR
Use $1 coupon from 11/2 or 11/16 SmartSource Inserts
Pay $1.49-$1.99
Earns $2.99 ECB's
LIMIT 2

CoverGirl Smoothers liquid makeup
$7.99
Use $1 coupon from 10/12 or 11/2 Procter & Gamble Insert (My region did not receive)
Pay $6.99
Earns $7.99 ECB's
LIMIT 1

CoverGirl Smoothers pressed powder
$5.99
Use $1 coupon from 10/12 or 11/2 Procter & Gamble Insert (My region did not receive)
Pay $4.99
Earns $5.99 ECB's
LIMIT 1

Garnier Nutritioniste cleansing towelettes 25 ct.
$5.99
Use $1 coupon from 8/24, 9/14, or 11/9 Red Plum inserts (My region did not receive)
Pay $4.99
Earns $5.99 ECB's
LIMIT 1

Gatorade G2 20 oz, assorted types
$1.49
Check your local gas station cooler for coupons
Pay $1.49 or less
Earns $1.49 ECB's
LIMIT 3

Hershey’s King size milk chocolate, with almonds, Reese’s, Cookies’n Creme or Kit Kat 2.6-3.0 oz $1
No coupon
Pay $1
Earns $1 ECB's
LIMIT 1

Johnson’s Softlotion 11 or 14 oz.
$5.69
Use this $1 printable coupon
Pay $4.69
Earns $5.69 ECB's
LIMIT 1

L’Oreal Colour JuiceSheer lip gloss
$6.99
Use this $1 printable coupon (You must register)
OR
Use $1 coupon from 11/2 Red Plum Insert
Pay $5.99
Earns $6.99 ECB's
LIMIT 2

Magnavox Universal Remote or Philips Headphones
$6.99
No coupon
Pay $6.99
Earns $6.99 ECB's
LIMIT 2

Maybelline Mineral Power liquid foundation
$8.99
Use $2 coupon from 9/21 Red Plum insert (My region did not receive)
OR
Use $3 coupon from 10/26 Red Plum Insert (My region did not receive)
Pay $5.99
Earns $8.99 ECB's
LIMIT 1

Sally Hansen Maximum Growth plus Nourishing nail color
$3.79
No coupon
Pay $3.49
Earns $3.49 ECB's
LIMIT 1

This is a good deal on deodorant:

Soft & Dri Pulse or Right Guard Sport
99 cents
Use 55 cent peelies on package
Pay 44 cents
Earns No ECB's

There are lots of BUY ONE GET ONE FREE deals including toys and tons of other ECB's deals.

Happy shopping!

Monday, November 24, 2008

REDBOX Code for November 24

It's movie night!

REDBOX is a DVD rental machine. You can rent movies for $1 per day per DVD.

On Mondays, however, they release a code for a FREE rental.

Tonight's code is: 2MNC92

You must swipe a credit card for authorization, but it won't actually charge. The code is only good for 1 night. You can use the code once per credit card.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Show & Tell: November 19

Back to CVS and two more transactions:

Transaction #1

There were two candy bars, but they never make it into the picture...
$1.39

Crest Pro-Health Whitening Toothpaste 4.2 oz.
$3.49
No coupon
Earns $3.49 ECB's
Glade Scented Oil Refill 1-pack
$3.99
Glade Scented Oil Refill 3-pack
$7.99
(2) Glade Scented Oil Warmer
$7.99 each
Used (2) coupons "Buy Refill Get Warmer Free"
Details on Glade Deal:
The warmers were not in the ad for the Glade deal, but they were included. Even thought they were free for me, they went toward my total. I spent $27.96 on Glade, I got $10 ECB's for the $20, and the $7.96 is available if I buy more Glade. The total compiles from transaction to transaction, so my overage on this Glade purchase goes toward my next Glade purchase. Also, the 3-pack had a sticker that stated "Get $3 ECB's for purchasing this item". The ECB's didn't print, but the store gave me cash back.
Used $5/$25 coupon from previous receipt
Used $5 and $6.86 ECB's
Paid $1.12 OOP
Earned $13.49 ECB's
Got $3.21 Cash Back


Transaction #2



Glade Candle
$2.50 Sale Price
No coupon
Earned $5 ECB for fulfilling the rest of the Glade deal
Rightguard Deodorant
$2.99 Sale Price
Used 55 cent peelie
Earned $2 ECB
CVS Purse Tissues
50 cents

Duracell Power Pix 4-pack
$5.99 Sale Price
Used $1 peelie
Duracell Rechargeables 4-pack
$12.99 Sale Price
Earned $15 ECB for Duracell Deal
(I had a small balance remaining from a previous transaction.)

Used $5/$25 coupon from previous receipt
Used $15 & $3.42 ECB's
Paid 11 cents OOP
Earned $22 ECB's

JCPenney Coupon

This coupon is good for $10 off a $25 purchase. Valid now through Wednesday November 26th.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Kroger Coupons

My Fancy Schmancy New Kroger (on Spillway Road) has some new tearpads in the foyer. There's about a dozen or so. They are store coupons good until November 27th.

Here are a few that I nabbed:

50 cents off Kroger 64 oz. Orange Juice
50 cents off kroger 24 oz. Shredded or Bar Cheese
50 cents off Big K 24-pack 12 oz. soft drinks
50 cents off Kroger 16 oz. cocktail smokies
$2 off Cedar Hollow Spiral Ham

Each says:

Limit one coupon per customer per visit. Subject to applicable taxes. Coupon valid Nov. 8-Nov. 27, 2008. Coupon not to be doubled. Coupon is non-transferable. Duplication is prohibited.

My Coupon Organizer (Part 2)

A lot of you have inquired about where my coupon binder and pages came from.

Good news: My binder was only $3.74.

Bad news: It was a clearance item at CVS after school started this year.

You won't be able to find my specific binder, but I found a similar one at Wal-Mart for $9.96. It has pockets on the outside for small scissors or a calculator.
The expandable file is inside. I really like mine being on the outside, but this binder still seems very useful.


The sleeves I use for my coupons are actually photo album pages. They are made to hold 5x7 size photos and they have two pockets per page. It is $1.96 for 10 pages. My binder has 25 pages.

My categories are in order of how I shop at my most frequently shopped store (I printed the categories from my computer onto cardstock and cut them to size). Map out the aisles of your favorite store and write down the categories you find works best for your coupons.

I just used regular sheet protectors at the back of my binder for restaurant coupons, retail stores' coupons, and rebate forms.
I didn't run out and buy this when I first started couponing. I made my small check file work until it wouldn't even close. I used an empty 12x12 scrapbook. Then I used an old 3-ring binder and regular 8.5"x11" sheet protectors that I already had. This gave me ideas about what worked for me and what didn't (I knew I didn't want to use the trading card pages I'd read about). Then I patiently searched for just the right system. Also, I felt better about waiting until I had saved a substantial amount of money using coupons.
One thing I read about on someone else's blog (I can't remember whose :(...) was to have a category for "HOT!" coupons. Items that will be FREE, super cheap, or that you really love can go into this category. I haven't used this yet, but I thought it was a cool idea.
I have envelopes for each store that I keep in the expandable file with the ads. If I get a store coupon or a coupon that I know I want to use at a specific store, I just put it in the correct envelope. These also hold my savings cards, ECB's, and RR's.
Let me know if you have any questions!

Coupon Preview for November 23

It is a very slow coupon week. Just one SmartSource insert and nothing special to mention inside.

A slow clipping week means this would be a great time to get all your coupons gathered and organized. Throw out your expireds and get things sorted to get ready for BLACK FRIDAY!

You can see the full preview at The Coupon Clippers (Click on Tracker).

A Special Edition 100th Post!

In honor of my 100th post, I wanted to make a list of things that couponing has done for me (both good & bad!):

  • Saved me money
  • Made me money
  • Completely skewed my ideas about what I should have to pay for basic items ($1 for toilet paper? R U crazy!?!)
  • Allowed me to try new products
  • Made me prettier (free makeup and high quality facial products!)
  • Intrigued my husband
  • Taken up most a lot of my time
  • Made me new friends
  • Provided FREE clothes for my children
  • Given me a new area of ministry
  • Filled my pantry and my "stockpile" closet
  • Supplied me with more Glade than any woman could ever use :D
  • Impressed shoppers in line behind me
  • Aggravated shopers in line behind me
  • Made me feel like I can contribute to my family's budget without an "income"
  • Addicted me to deals
  • Made CVSing an adventure
  • Given my minivan more use running to and from stores
  • Dirtied my house (I've been out of the house and websurfing too much to clean! LOL!)
  • Provided Christmas presents for my kids (from CVS and Walgreens? Yes.)
  • Eliminated 75% of my time in Wal-Mart
  • Allowed me to watch movies for FREE

On one of my first trips to CVS, my husband stayed in the car with the kids while I went inside. I came back out and gave the boys a bag of M&M's to share.

DH: "Isn't this coupon thing supposed to be about saving money?"

Me: "Yeah, but when your balance is negative, they can't give you cash back."

He's never questioned another purchase, and I can't figure out if that sheepish grin he gives the Kroger cashier is pride or embarrassment. Maybe a little of both, but he always repeats my total a few times on the way to the car.

"56 cents! 56 cents? 56 cents."

Another funny story:

We picked my husband up from work, and he begins asking the boys what they did that day and where we went. My oldest tells him we went to CVS and Walgreens. My husband asks him how many CVS's we went to. My son replied,"I don't know. There were just so many!" ROTFL!

In closing, I want to say that I hope all of you enjoy this blog and that I can help each of you in some way. I also hope you realize that I may not always post every great deal or shopping trip. I'm just another Mommy managing, and my family has to come first. Also, I never intended this to be just a "frugal" blog, and I plan on posting about other things as time allows.

Thank you for your readership!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Show & Tell: November 17

CVS

This is a GREAT week at CVS. So far, I’ve done three transactions.



Transaction #1:

L’Oreal Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Tinted Moisturizer
$15.99 Sale Price
Used $1 off L’Oreal Moisturizer
Earns $15.99 ECB

Zantrex 3 Energy Shot 2-pack
$4.99
No coupon
Earns $4.99 ECB

(2) Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste
$3.49 each
Used (2) $1 off Crest
Earns $3.49 ECB each

Also used $5/$25 CVS coupon (from previous receipt)
Used $10.59 ECB’s

$2.76 OOP
$27.96 ECB’s earned



Transaction #2:

Duracell AA 16-pk
$9.99
Used .75 coupon

Duracell AAA 16-pk
$9.99
Used .75 coupon

Duracell AA Power Pix 4-pk
$5.99
Used $1 peelie on pack

Also used $5/$25 CVS coupon (from previous receipt)
Used $15.99 ECB’s

$2.83 OOP
$15 ECB earned for purchasing $20 of Duracell products

Transaction #3:

Duracell AA 16-pk
$9.99
Used .75 coupon

Duracell AA Power Pix 4-pk
$5.99
Used $1 peelie on pack

(4) Glade Glass Scents
$2.50 each
Used (2) B1G1 Free coupons

Hershey Bar
.50
No coupon, just cravings and fillers

Also used $5/$25 CVS coupon (from previous receipt)
Used $15 ECB’s

.18 OOP
$15 ECB earned for purchasing $20 of Duracell products

Couple of additional notes:

If you’re a local looking for the Crest Pro-Health Whitening Toothpaste (4.2 oz.), the Pear Orchard Road location still had a bunch on an end cap yesterday. The limit on this is rumored to be 4 even though the Monthly Value Book states 2. I have bought two, and my receipt still shows I’m eligible for more.

The Glade and Duracell deals compile totals from transaction to transaction. This helps if one store has half of what you need and another store has the rest. Check your receipt for your balance.

Walgreens

We totally won't use this, but it was a $9 moneymaker.

Just For Men Hair Color
$6.99
Used $2 printable
Earned $7 RR

Used $4.57 Gift Card
.91 OOP

Will get back rebate here

REDBOX Code for November 17

It's movie night!

REDBOX is a DVD rental machine. You can rent movies for $1 per day per DVD.

On Mondays, however, they release a code for a FREE rental.

Tonight's code is: 57DRW3

You must swipe a credit card for authorization, but it won't actually charge. The code is only good for 1 night. You can use the code once per credit card.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Coupon Preview for November 16

Looks like a pretty darn good coupon week! There are only 2 inserts, but they are JAMPACKED with great coupons!

There are even a bunch that coordinate with Kroger's Mega Event, like Betty Crocker, Quaker, and Scothbrite.

Check out the full preview at Taylortown or at The Coupon Clippers (Click on Tracker).

My First Coupon Class

I taught a "mini-workshop" at a women's holiday event at my church tonight.

It went well, and I hope the ladies enjoyed attending.

I hope this is something I can do again--but I hope I have more than 20 mintues to teach next time. That's not nearly enough time to share all the deals!

Sidebar Coupons

There are a couple of GREAT coupons available right now from my coupons.com sidebar.

$5/$20 purchase at Walgreens: If you haven't purchased this month's Free after rebate items, this is a great chance.

$1 off any box of Kellogg's cereal 10 oz. or larger: Use these at CVS this week to get cereal for $1 (Less if you have $/$$ coupons!)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I've Never Been So Happy To Be So Wrong!

Brookshire's is still TRIPLING coupons up to and inlcuding 60 cents!!! YAY!

They hid it deep on page four, and it was written in black & white versus the usual red.

I'm a bad blogger for missing it, but I'm a happy blogger for finding it!

Ad workup with coupon matches coming soon!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sacrilige!

I was checking out at the U-scan at Kroger yesterday. Guess what I saw in the garbage? Two "$1 off your next order" coupons!!! I can possibly understand throwing away a coupon you don't think you'll use--but these were FREE MONEY!!! Yes, I took them out of the trash. Stop giving me that funny look.

Monday, November 10, 2008

REDBOX Code for November 10

It's movie night!

REDBOX is a DVD rental machine. You can rent movies for $1 per day per DVD.

On Mondays, however, they release a code for a FREE rental.

Tonight's code is: LK43CE

You must swipe a credit card for authorization, but it won't actually charge. The code is only good for 1 night. You can use the code once per credit card.

Find a location near you.

Hobby Lobby Week of November 9


If you need to stock up Christmas goodies, now is a good time at Hobby Lobby:

30% off Christmas Trees
40% off Christmas Crafts
50% off Christmas Decor

You can also find a lot of gifts there:

50% off Home Decor

McCall's patterns are on sale for 99 cents (LIMIT 10).

Don't forget to print this coupon for 40% off any non-sale item. (One per customer per visit.)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sunday & Monday Only Deals @ CVS (Nov 9 & 10)

CVS has a couple of two-day deals good Sunday & Monday only:

L'Oreal Advanced Revitalife Anti-Wrinkle Serum
$11.99
Earns $11.99 ECB's
Use $1 coupon from 10/19 SmartSource Insert
PROFIT: $1
Limit 1

St. Ives Body Wash
$3.99
Earns $3 ECB's
Use $2 off Printable Coupon
PROFIT: $1.01
Limit 4

I am sooo excited about this ad. It is chock FULL of FREEBIES and good deals! See the full ad scan here, courtesy of A Full Cup, and the full breakdown here, thanks to I Heart CVS.

Herbal Essences LongTerm Relationship Shampoo & Conditioner

Since I started couponing, Herbal Essences has become a standby product for me. Mostly because of getting great deals on their products.

CVS had them on sale for $2.88 a few weeks ago and I had several $2 off coupons. When I paired that with $5 off $25 purchase coupons and other purchases, I basically got FREE (or really cheap!) shampoo and conditioner.

I discovered the "Long Term Relationship" line of products, and I have been so pleased! Just so you know, my hair is waist length. Most conditioners that help with detangling leave my hair feeling heavy and oily. But no more! My hair is soft, tangle-free, more managable, and even less frizzed.


This picture was just taken at the end of October, after using the Long Term Realationship Shampoo and Conditioner for about two weeks.


My Bebe Girl even thinks it tastes good. ;D

So what's better than beautiful hair? Beautiful hair...and FREEBIES! Specially marked bottles are offering a FREE haircut or FREE manicure/pedicure. Yes--you can get both! I found the mani/pedi bottles, but I am still looking for the haircut bottles. (Little help, local girls?)

Kroger currently has the regular size bottles for $2.49. There is a PGEsaver coupon for $2 off 2 that you can combine with the $3 off 2 paper coupons from recent P&G Inserts. Makes them FREE, so keep your eyes peeled for the specially marked bottles.

Cellfire

Cellfire is now available in Mississippi!

The first time I heard about Cellfire, I went to the website and was sadly turned away because of my "39***" zip code. It didn't hurt too much. I'm used to being punished for being a Mississippian secluded from a lot of deals.

I decided to try again a few days ago, and WOOHOO!

There are grocery coupons that can be loaded onto your Kroger Card, and there are a few retail/dining coupons that load to your cell phone.

Like PGEsaver and Shortcuts online coupons, you load these to your card and they come off automatically when you purchase the correct item. They can be used in conjunction with paper coupons. They can supposedly be used in combination with the other ecoupons as well, but I have not been able to confirm that.

Regular text messaging/internet fees will apply to your phone bill.

If you are thoroughly confused, read my post about shopping at Kroger.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

November 9 Coupons

This Sunday could be a good coupon day, just depends on what we get locally. There is one SmartSource Insert and one Red Plum Insert.

Check out the full preview at Taylortown or at The Coupon Clippers (Click on Tracker).

Brookshire's November 5-11


As part of The Grocery Gathering at BeCentsable, I report on the Brookshire’s weekly advertisement.

You do need a Brookshire’s “ Thank You” card for most sale prices. The card is free and can be obtained at the customer service desk.

Brookshire’s locations in Central Mississippi are currently TRIPLING manufacturer’s coupons up to and including 60 cents. Only one of each kind of coupon will TRIPLE, all others will be redeemed at face value.

There are three package deals this week:

1) Pick Five! Meat Sale: Choose five of the specially marked “PICK ME!” packages and pay only $19.95 plus tax. All items must be purchased in one transaction. While supplies last.

2) Purchase $10 worth of selected store brand items, and receive a coupon for $1 off your next order, including at the gas pump. This promotion keeps a running total form order to order and does not have to be all in one transaction. Some of the sale items this week good putting toward your $10 are:

Top Care Cold & Flu Medicine @ 40 % off
Food Club Aluminum Foil @ 99 cents
Food Club Relish @ 88 cents
Food Club Cheese (8 oz.) @ $2
Food Club Jumbo Biscuits (canned) @ $1.25
Food Club Orange Juice @$1.99
Food Club Vanilla Wafers @ $1.50
Food Club Vegetable Oil @ $2.59

3) Buy 2 bottles of Hershey’s Syrup (Selected 17.5 to 48 oz bottles) and receive $1 off a store brand gallon of milk, which will also count toward the package deal mentioned above.

Here are the best deals of the week with coupon match-ups:

Sweet Potatoes
79 cents per pound
***Produce Hint: Look for small brown bags already pre-filled and marked with a coupon for 50 cents off to save even more. (Coupon does not triple.)***

Green Cabbage
44 cents per pound

Russet Potatoes 10 pound bag
$4.99

Keebler Ready Crust Pie Crusts
$1
***There is a $1/2 coupon scheduled to be in this Sunday’s paper. I don’t know if we will get it locally.***

Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies
$2.50
Multiple coupons from Sunday papers
Print $1/2 from my coupons.com sidebar

Lawry’s Marinade
$2
.50/1 from 8/17 Red Plum Insert (Expires 11/9!)

Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast (Frozen)
***Buy One Get One Free***
Priced $3.14 and up at my local store
.55/1 from 10/5 SmartSource Insert

Pillsbury Biscuits or Dinner Rolls (Frozen)
$2.50
.40/1 from 9/7 & 10/5 SmartSource Inserts
.50/1 from my coupons.com sidebar

Pop-Tarts (12 count)
$2
.55/1 from 10/12 Red Plum Insert (My region did not receive)
***There is a .55 coupon scheduled to be in this Sunday’s paper. I don’t know if we will get it locally.***

Select General Mills Cereals
$2.50
Various coupons from various inserts

Hefty OneZip Bags
$1.69
.55/1 or $1/2 from 9/28 or 11/2 Red Plum Inserts

Monday, November 3, 2008

There's Corn in my Car

Last November, we were shopping for a minivan, thanks to impending arrival of a third child.

We test drove the Kia Sedona (hated it), the Toyota Sienna (too expensive), and the Chevy Uplander that now sits in my garage. It was 5 months old and had been used by a car rental company. It was in perfect condition with low miles and a great price tag. It also had great features like a DVD player, power door, 6 disc CD changer, etc.

One feature we were particularly excited about was its "Flex Fuel" capabilities. It could run on regular gasonline, or E85, a mixture of grain ethanol alcohol and gasoline. After we bought it, I hunted for an E85 gas pump to no avail. I checked online only to discover that Mississippi didn't have a single gas station offering E85.

Now, a year later, that has changed! A local BP now offers E85 (For the locals, it is "Cappy's" at the corner of Old Canton Road and Lake Harbour Drive in Ridgeland). It is currently priced at $1.69 per gallon. Your mileage may vary up to 20% from regular gasoline, but I have only noticed a 5% decline. Mathematically, this is a much better option for me.

This is still much controversy about whether this is better for the environment. I will continue to monitor that, but I mostly see an opportunity for America's independence from oil-rich Middle Eastern countries.

It was very nice to fill up and only deduct $38 from my bank account! You can check your local E85 prices here.

REDBOX is here!

How much do you usually pay to rent a movie? $4.59 plus tax? $18.99 per month with an online membership?

How does $1 sound? Or better yet...FREE?

REDBOX is finally in central Mississippi!

The Wal-Mart stores in Pearl, Flowood, and Madison all have a REDBOX.

You can rent movies for $1 per movie per night. I've been using the "New Release" machines inside Kroger to do the same thing, but the perk to REDBOX is that they release coupon codes for FREE rentals.

Today's code is: 67JFP8

The code is good until midnight. You can use this once per credit card. The card will be authorized, but not actually charged. It is only good for one day's rental, so if you keep it longer than one day, you will pay additional fees.

Check out www.redbox.com for more details.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I'll Be Back Soon!

I'm so sorry I haven't been able to post regularly this week. I am dying to get back to regular blogging! Hopefully just a few more days...

FYI--Our local Brookshire's is still TRIPLING coupons up to and including 60 cents (only one of each kind will TRIPLE).

Kroger is having an 8-hour moonlight madness sale. Good deals--check your ad!

CVS Moneymaker--Print a coupon here for $3 off 5 Soyjoy bars. Buy 5, use $3 off Q, spend $2 OOP, and earn $4 ECB's.

I have lots of things planned when I get my internet back up & running! Stay tuned!

Friday, October 24, 2008

FREE Tacos

Tuesday, October 28, from 2-6pm at Taco Bell, you can get a FREE taco just because somebody stole a base in the World Series.

I'm not a baseball fan, per say, but I am a FREE food fan.

Sunday & Monday Only Deals @ CVS

CVS has a couple more Two Day Sale Items:

Hershey, Mars, & Nestle Fun Size (9.5-13.3 oz) or Twizzlers Snack Size (22 oz)
2 for $3

Gold Emblem Nuts (Selcted Varieties)
2 for $5

You can see the full ad here or see the full workup with coupon mathes here.

Don't forget that this is the last week to get the monthly ECB deals for October.

I'm a Winner...Yes, Again

I forgot to mention that I won this giveaway at The Thrifty Mommy. My kids love the yogurt with Diego on it and I love two things about it: 1) It has 25% less sugar than other "kids" yogurts; 2) Its thick texture clings to the spoon for less mess!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Old Navy Freebies

You have got to check out this post!

Free T-shirts? Free Trick-or-treat Bags? Free COUPONS?!?!

I'm so there...

Walgreens $5/$20 Coupon for October 24 & 25/Double Dipping Info

If you're new to shopping at Walgreens, read this and jump right in.

Your purchase only has to total $20 after coupons, as opposed to the last coupon that was $25.

If you haven't picked up this month's FREE after rebate items, here's your last chance!

You can print your coupon here or go to coupons.com and print one (or two).

These are also the two "Double Dipping" days when the October EasySaver Catalog overlaps with the November EasySaver Catalog. I don't see much that interests me this time around, but here are the "Double Dips".

Dove Mini's (9.5 oz) $4.79
Oct - $1/2 (States the Susan G. Koman ones)
Nov - $2/2
Final Price: $3.29 each

Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares (5.32 oz) $3.99
Oct - $1/2
Nov - $1/2 (States the Holiday ones)
9/21 SS - $1/2 exp. 12/31/08
Final Price: $2.49 each

Curel Life Stages (8.5 oz.) $6.99
Oct - $1/1
Nov - $1/1 (States the Life's Stages kind)
***Same Bar Codes--May not work***
10/12 SS - $1/1
Final Price: $3.99

Rogaine 3 Pack (90 day supply)
Oct - $10/1
Nov - $10/1
***Same Bar Codes--May not work***

Schick Quattro 3 pack $7.99
Oct - $2/1
Nov - $3/1
Final Price: $2.99

KY yours+mine $19.99
Oct - $5/1
Nov - $5/1
Print $5/1 from Website KY® Special Offers
Final Price: $4.99

UniFiber $13.99
Oct - $4/1
Nov - $4/1
$2/1 - Aug. 2008 Good Houskeeping Mag, exp 12/31/08
Final Price: $3.99

Ocean Complete Mist & Wash Sinus Irrigation (6 oz) $14.99
Oct - $2/1
Nov - $3/1
Final Price: $9.99

M&M's (11 - 14 oz bags) $3.29
Oct ES q - $1/2
Nov ES rebate - $5/4
9/28 RP - $1/2, exp. 10/31/08
Final Price: $1.04 each (if you have 2 Manufacturer's Q's)

Lysol Neutra Air or Airwick Freshmatic Kits $5.99
Nov ES rebate is $3 (limit one)
9/7 SS - $5/1, exp. 11/3/08
MONEYMAKER! $2.01 PROFIT!

L'Oreal Preference Hair Color $7.99
Nov ES q - $2/1
10/5 RP - $2/1, exp 12/28/08
Final Price: $3.99

MUCH thanks to myoung and theirfavoritemommy at A Full Cup for help in compiling this information.

October 26 Coupons

It's another slow coupon week.

There are a couple of Huggies coupons, several make-up coupons, and a bunch for medicine.

One worth mentioning is 25 cents off any Cottonelle TP. I'll combine this with my Shortcuts.com Cottonelle coupons and get some more FREE TP (my store doubles).

Youc an check out the full preview at The Coupon Clippers. Click on Tracker.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kroger October 22-28

If you are new to shopping at Kroger, read this.

There are two package deals at Kroger this week:

1)Save $3 INSTANTLY when you purchase $10 worth of Hellmann's®, Lipton®, RagĂș®, Shedd's Spread Country Crock® Spread, Wisk®, or Klondike® products

Hellmann's Mayo
*Price Unknown*
.60/1 coupon from 8/17 RP

Lipton Iced Tea Bags (24 ct.)
$2.50
multiple coupons from 8/17 & 10/5 RP

Lipton Tea To Go (12 pack)
$3.49
multiple coupons from 8/17 & 10/5 RP

Country Crock Spread (30-45 oz.)
$2.49
.25/1 coupon from 10/5 RP

Ragu Pasta Sauce
$2
$1 off WYB 2 Ragus AND 1 dry pasta from 9/21 RP

2) Get a checkout coupon for $5 off your next order when you buy $15 of qualifying candy. There were various coupons in the 9/28 SS insert. There is a $1/3 printable here.

There is also a 10 for $10 sale. You do NOT have to purchase 10 items! They are simply $1 each. Here are the ones with coupons:

Campbell's Soups (selected Varieties)
Various coupons from 10/12 SS

Hunt's Snack Pack Pudding
.75/2 from September All You

Chef Boyardee Pasta
.35/3 coupon from 10/19 SS

Betty Crocker Cake Mix
(There was a coupon on Shortcuts.com, but it is no longer available.)

Sunny D
.55/2 coupon from August All You

Puff's Plus Tissues
.25/1 coupon from 9/28 P&G

Aquafresh Toothpaste
various printables

Here are the rest of the deals and coupon matchups for this week:

Yoplait Yogurt (4-6 oz.)
50 cents each
.50/6 printable
$1/4 printable
$1/8 printable

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
$1.97 per pound

Green Giant Frozen Vegetables (7-16 oz.)
$1
Various coupons from 9/7 and 10/5 SS
.50/1 printable
.50/2 loadable coupon from Shortcuts.com
.50/1 loadable coupon from Shortcuts.com (This is part of the Pasta Meal Deal)

Lean Cuisine or Stouffer's Red Box Entrees
$2 each
Buy 5, get 1 FREE
$1.50/3 printable
Scenario:
Buy 6
Use 2 of the above Q
$7 for 6 Lean Cuisines

Private Selection Ice Cream (56 oz.)
$3.34
.75 loadable coupon from Shortcuts.com (This is part of the Birthday Meal Deal)

Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad
$2
.40/1 printable

Hamburger, Tuna, & Chicken Helpers
$1 Each
.75/3 from 9/7 or 10/5 SS
.80/3 printables here or here

Cottonelle 4-pack Toilet Paper
99 cents
.50 loadable coupon from Shortcuts.com (There are two of these)

Pampers Diapers
$9.99
$1.50 loadable coupon from PGEsaver.com
$1.50 coupon from 9/28 & 10/12 P&G Insert
Scenario:
Buy 1
Use loadable Q and paper Q
$6.99 Final Price

Pantene Shampoo, Condtioner, & Stylers
$3.34
$1/1 coupon from 9/28 P&G Insert
Buy 1 Shampoo, Get 1 Styler Free loadable coupon from PGEsaver.com
Scenario:
Buy 1 Shampoo & 1 Styler
Use 2 paper Q's & loadable Q
$1.34 for both

Powerade 32 oz.
88 cents
***Check your local gas stations fro Tearpads***

Brookshire's October 22-28


As part of The Grocery Gathering at BeCentsable, I report on the Brookshire's weekly ad.

You will need a Brookshire’s “Thank You” card for most sale prices.

Coupon policies vary by region, so ask for your store’s policy. I am in central Mississippi, and my area Brookshire’s stores are currently TRIPLING coupons up to and including 60 cents. They will only TRIPLE one of each kind of coupon, all others will be redeemed at face value.

This week only offers one package deal:

Buy $10 worth of selected store brand items and get a $1 coupon good on your next purchase, including at the gas pump. From what I can tell, this compiles from transaction to transaction and does not have to all be in one transaction. (Food Club Milk & Cheese are great prices this week!)

Here are the best deals with coupon matchups:

Green Cabbage
44 cents per pound

Food Club Milk (Gallon)
$3

Food Club Shredded Cheese (8 oz.)
$1.50

Country Crock Spread (45 oz.)
$2.50
.25/1 coupon from 10/05 RP

Hillshire Farm Lunchmeats
$2.99
.55/1 coupon from 10/5 RP (DND)

Chicken Fryer Leg Quarters
49 cents per pound

Ground Beef (5 lb. Chub)
$1.59 per pound

Birdseye Steamfresh Vegetables
$1.50
.35/1 coupon from 10/12 SS

Hormel Compleats Microwave Meals
$1.88
.75/1 coupon from 8/17 SS (EXP 10/26!)

Chef Boyardee Pasta
88 cents
.35/3 coupon from 10/19 SS

Hatch Diced Tomatoes
50 cents

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
$1.39
.40/1 coupon from 9/7 SS or 10/19 SS

Chex Mix, Cheerios Snack Mix, or Gardetto's
$2
.50/1 coupon from 9/7 SS
.50/1 coupon from 10/5 SS

Ziploc Bags (15-25 Count Box)
$2
I'm not sure which insert, but there are several 55 cent coupons.

Fantastik All Purpose Cleaner
$1.99
$1.50 printable or $1 coupon from 9/21 SS

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent (32 Loads)
$3.29
$1 printable (click on "Get Coupons")

Aquafresh Toothpaste
$1.47

Intermittent Internet

I am in the process of switching from cable internet to satellite, and I will be in-and-out for a week or so. I should have the Brookshire's Ad info up later today.

Sorry for the lack of posting--please don't give up on me!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sunday & Monday Only Deals @ CVS

There are three Halloween items FREE after ECB's, but ONLY Sunday & Monday.

Pumpkin Pail (The classic candy-gatherer!)
99 cents
Earns 99 cents ECB
Limit 2

Brach's Pumpkins, Autumn Mix, Indian or Candy Corn 10 oz.
$1.29
Earns $1.29 ECB's
Limit 2

Funlight 6" Smart Light (Great idea for SAFE Trick-or-Treating!)
99 cents
Earns 99 cents ECB
Limit 2
(Just an FYI--You can freeze glow sticks like this, and then pull them out to use later. We've had the same ones for months at a time!)

If you're new to CVS read this post. These items are a great way to get started building ECB's!

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Last chance to enter my giveaway!

I will announce the winner at 5PM, CST.

Good LUCK!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

October 19 Coupons

Get a paper this week. Notice I said "a" paper. Not two, not three, not more than one, especially for the locals.

You can see the blase preview at Taylortown or go to The Coupon Clippers and click on "Tracker".

Walgreens $5/$25 Coupon for Oct 17 & 18

I knew better than to go to Walgreens on Tuesday this week.

They've released another printable coupon, this time for $5 off $25 purchase, good only Friday and Saturday. You can print yours here.

Remember, Walgreens is sneaky-sneaky and states that your total must be $25 after all other coupons, including Register Rewards.

Check out this post for some of the best sale items this week.

FREE Baby Formula

Alright. I know you're tired of hearing about my Fancy Schmancy new Kroger, but this has to be mentioned!!

In the foyer on a table with the ads, there is a stack of coupons for FREE baby formula. It is the Kroger brand Ultra Comforts 25.7 oz. can of powder. It says you must use your member card. You can use one coupon per transaction, which means a lot of FREE formula! Coupon expires 12/31/08.

Beyond the Blog

Do you like good food?

How about spending time with Christian women?

Attending fun, entertaining, & educational workshops?

What about getting away from the kids for a couple of hours?

My church hosts a women's ministry event each year in preparation for the holidays. We each bring some food, enjoy some fellowship and a devotional, and then attend two 30-minute workshops. Last year, workshops included things like cake decorating, holiday decorating, making gift baskets, involving your children in the holidays, and scrapbooking.

I am honored to be teaching one of the workshops this year. I will be discussing coupons and frugal shopping.

"Embracing Peace through the Holidays" will be at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland, Mississippi, on November 13th at 6:30 pm. If you need childcare, registration is required by November 2nd and is $5 per child with a maximum of $15 per family.

E-mail me at mommymanaging@live.com if you need more info or want to register your children.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008


As part of The Grocery Gathering at BeCentsAble, I report on the Brookshire’s weekly ad.
You will need a Brookshire’s “Thank You” card for most sale prices.

Coupon policies vary by region, so ask for your store’s policy. I am in central Mississippi, and my area Brookshire’s stores are currently TRIPLING coupons up to and including 60 cents. They will only TRIPLE one of each kind of coupon, all others will be redeemed at face value.
There are 5 package deals this week:
1) Buy $10 worth of selected store brand items and get a $1 coupon good on your next purchase, including at the gas pump. From what I can tell, this compiles from transaction to transaction and does not have to all be in one transaction.

2) Get the following four items FREE
Barilla Pasta 13.3 to 16 oz.
Fresh Baked French Bread Loaf
Dole Salad Mix 5 to 12 oz. bag
Lawry’s Garlic Salt 6 oz.
When you buy ANY four of these items:
Shedd’s Spread Country Crock 45 oz.
Ragu Spaghetti Sauce 16 to 26.3 oz.
Bertolli Lucca Olive Oil 17 oz.
Bertolli Complete Skillet Meals 24 oz.
Breyer’s All Natural Ice Cream1.75 Quart (The chocolate version of this is awesome!)
Wish-Bone Salad Dressing, Selected Varieties

All items must be purchased in one transaction. Limit one offer per transaction.

3) FREE Pillsbury Cake Mix when you buy an 18 oz. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise (The squeeze bottle is $3.59).
All items must be purchased in one transaction. Limit one offer per transaction.

4) Buy $20 in “Tailgating”” supplies, get $5 off your order instantly. Qualifying items include:
Kingsford Charcoal
KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce or marinade
Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
Glad Products

All items must be purchased in one transaction. Limit one offer per transaction.

5) FREE 8 oz. Daisy Sour Cream when you buy 16 oz. Daisy Cottage Cheese.
All items must be purchased in one transaction. Limit one offer per transaction.

Here are the best deals and coupon match-ups for this week:

Sweet Potatoes or Baking Potatoes
50 cents per pound

Texas Navel Oranges
79 cents

Green Cabbage
44 cents per pound

Distinctively Dole Salad Kit (These are really great, they already have all the fixin’s!)
$3.49
50 cent coupon from 9/14 or 10/12 SS insert

Split Breast Chicken
99 cents per pound

Boston Butt Pork Roast
$1.49 per pound

Land O’ Frost Deli Shaved Lunchmeat 12 oz.
$2.29

Pop-Tarts 12 ct.
$2.50
55 cent coupon from 10/12 SS insert (My region did not receive)

Kashi Cereal, Selected Varieties
$2.50
$1 off Go Lean Crunch printable coupon

$2 off any Kashi product printable coupon

Kellogg’s Cereal, Selected Varieties
$2.50

From the coupons.com widget on the right, $1 off Mini-Wheats cereals (all varieties are included) and $1 off Raisin Bran cereal

General Mills Cereal, Selected Varieties
$2
$1/3 coupon from 9/7 or 10/5 SS insert

55 cents off Trix from coupons.com widget to the right

$1 off Cheerios here, here, here, here, and here

55 cents off Reese's Puffs here

Kraft BBQ Sauce
68 cents
LIMIT 4

Duncan Hines Cake Mix
99 cents

75 cent coupon WYB BOTH cake mix and frosting from 10/12 SS insert

Betty Crocker Frosting 12 to 16 oz.
$1.69

Del Monte baby food 4oz.
35 cents

Yoplait Yogurt 6 to 8 packs
$2.50

$1.50 off Kids variety here or $1 off Kids variety here

50 cent coupon from 9/7 SS insert

Gatorade 32 oz. or Propel 23.7 oz.
89 cents
Check for tearpads at your local gas stations

Ozarka Bottled Water 24 pack/.5 Liter bottles
$3.50
LIMIT 4

Tampax Tampons 20 ct.
$2.99
50 cent coupon from 10/12 P&G insert

Windex Glass Cleaner 26 oz.
$2.19

$2 printable here

$1 printable here

75 cent coupon from 9/21 SS insert

Shout Laundry Stain Remover
$2.50
$1.50 printable here

75 cent coupon from 10/5 SS insert

Ziploc Zip ‘n Steam Microwave Cooking Bags
$1.99

55 cent coupon from 8/24 SS insert

The following are Buy One Get Free offers for this week:

Tostitos Tortilla Chips 9 to 13 oz.
Does not include Baked or Natural varieties

McCormick Season-All Seasoned Salt 8 oz.

Food Club Cocktail Sauce 12 oz.

Bisquick Shake ‘n Pour Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Top Care Children’s Aspirin 36 ct.

Dingo Dog Treats 7 ct.

Nascar Pez Candy Dispenser