Thursday, December 18, 2008

Free 8x10 at Walgreens

Through Saturday December 20th, you can get a free 8x10 print at Walgreens.  Log on to Walgreens Photo, upload a picture and use the coupon code FREEGIFT at the checkout.  Then you can pick it up for free at your Walgreens.  You can even grab some of this week's deals while you're at it.  This would make a great gift!

Spend your Thanksgiving ECBS on Monday at CVS!

This Monday, December 22nd, there are quite a few Free-after-ECB items at CVS! This would be a great time to roll (use them up and get more) your ECBs. You specific scenario will depend on how many ECBs you have and what you want to get. Here are a few of the things I might be getting. There are quite a few more in the ad, so check out the CVS ad scan preview. (Note: There are 2 sections in the ad that have free-after-ECB items, so keep scrolling down.)
Listerine 16.9 oz $2.99 (limit 5)

ThermaCare neck to arm heating wrap $2.49 (limit 3)

Excedrin Express Gels 20 ct $3.99 (limit 1)

Arm & Hammer Essentials multi-surface cleaner or degreaser $2.99 (limit 5)
-$1.00 off Arm & Hammer Essentials (click on Get Coupons)

Right Guard Professional deodorant $5.00 (limit 5)

Halls Naturals 25 ct $2.59 (limit 1)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

This Week's Deals-- All in One (through Dec 20th)

Every year at this time of year I think about how next year I will have all the Christmas crafting and shopping done long before now so I can enjoy the season more and not be rushing at the last minute. This year is no different. Hopefully next year will be.

Here's the deal summary for this week:

Progresso $.99 w/ in-ad coupon

General Mills Cereal $1.99

Oral-b stages toothbrushes 2/$4, Buy 2, get $2 RR

Skippy 2/$3

For more deals that might interest you, check out the Walgreens ad.

Probably not anything I'm interested in this week, but stay tuned for next week's deals (I'll post them by Saturday).  There are lots of free after ECB items to get on Monday (no ECB deal after Monday).

If you have expiring ECBs or really need to go to CVS, you can check out this week's CVS ad.

Juicy Juice $2.25

Gold Medal All-Purpose or Unbleached Flour $1.88

Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes $1.50

Green Giant Steamers $.79
-$.60 off Steamers --may be gone now :( 

Yoplait $.50

Philadelphia Cream Cheese $.99

Auntie Millie's Healthy Goodness Bread $1

Apples $.79/lb

Campbell's Cream Soups $.60

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Walgreens 4-Day Sale Success

For those of you who were wondering, this week's 4-day sale is working the same as last week's! The $25 total needed to earn $5 Register Rewards (for $5 off you next purchase of $5+) is before any coupons!

My Walgreens didn't have the 4-day sale ad out. I told the worker at the beauty counter that I saw it online and was looking for it. She grabbed a copy for me. Check to make sure your store is participating.

This is what I got for $.50 out of pocket:

Here's the breakdown:

2 A & H Degergent @ $6.99 = $13.98
2 Walgreens Ibuprofen @ $3.99 or 2/$7 = $7.00
3 Walgreens cough drops @ $.99 = $2.97
1 Hydrogen Peroxide @ $1.29
=$25.24 (before coupons and tax... )

-$10.00 (in-ad coupon for A & H will take off $5 for each one)
-$5.00 (in-ad coupon for Ibuprofen)
-$1.80 (in-ad coupon for cough drops)
-$.90 (in-ad coupon for hydrogen peroxide)
-$1 (A & H printable)
-$1 (A & H printable)
=$5.54 total after coupons

-$5 RR earned last week

Paid $.50 out of pocket! (I don't know where that other $.04 went)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Some Great Printables (and where to use them)!

$1 off 1 Johnson & Johnson Buddies product
USE: on Buddies bar soap (at CVS it's $1.19, I hear it's around a dollar at Walmart)

$1 off Rayovac Batteries
USE: on Rayovac batteries in the One Spot at Target

$1.00 off Mission Better For You Plus Tortillas
USE: wherever you can find Mission tortillas (it's hard out here in IL)

$2 off 4 and $1 off 2 Progresso
USE: Progresso is $.99 at County Market this week, will be $.99 at Walgreens next week

CVS (through 12/13)

Deals are a little slim at CVS this week. If you have all your ECBs you earned over thanksgivng, you may want to hold on to them. There are deals coming up, I promise. There are a bunch of "free after ECB" items coming up the week of December 21st (actually it's a 2-day sale Sun-Mon). I'll talk about those later.

This week there's:

Powerade (32 oz) $1.59, earns $1.59 ECB,
=FREE after ECB

Energizer batteries
Spend $20, get $10 ECBs
AAA,AA 8 pack, C,D 4 pack $5.99
4 pack rechargeable save $2 off 8.99-26.99

Hershey's Candy
Spend $20, get $10 ECB

Complete Eye Solution $8.99, eanrs $8.99 ECB,
- $2.00 off Complete Eye Solution
=$6.99 oop, $8.99 ECB earned

Monday, December 8, 2008

Walgreens (through 12/13)

I'm a little late getting this up this week. The best part of the week is the 4-day sale (Wed- Sat) anyway, so don't bother going until tomorrow.

Spend $25, get $5 in Register Rewards ($ off your next purchase)
If this works like last week's 4-day sale, the $25 is before coupons, which means you can actually make money on this sale or get really good prices. Check back here tomorrow and I'll report if it is working like last week.

Here are the things that caught my eye. For more deals, check out the weekly ad and the 4-day sale ad (I think these ad scans are a lot easier to go through than the ones on

Scotch Magic or Gift Wrapping Tape 3-packs 2/$2
- EasySaver rebate $2 = FREE (though you'll pay $2 oop now)

Coke 12 packs 3/$10, earns $2 RR (this one's for you dad)
= like paying 3/$8
note: You CAN do this in conjunction with the $25 deal and get multiple RRs printed.

Arm & Hammer detergent (reg $6.99) $1.99 w/ in-ad coupon
-$1.00 off A&H = $.99

Aleve 20-ct gelcaps, 24-ct caplets (reg $4.79) 2/$5 w/ in-ad coupon
-$1.00 off Aleve = $1.50

Walgreens Ibuprofen 50-ct (reg, $3.99 or 2/$7.00) 3/$3 w/ in-ad coupon

Walgreens Cough Drops (reg. $.99) $.39 w/ in-ad coupon

As you go through the store, look at the price on the shelf (for things that you have a coupon for) to calculate your total before coupons. Make sure it is above $25, then calculate it with all of the coupons (the in-ad coupons will take off the difference of the price on the shelf and the price on the coupon). If you took advantage of the good in-ad coupon deals, you should be able to get your out of pocket to around $5. Then, you will get $5 RR!

Remember that at Walgreens, you can't have more coupons than items, so always be sure to double check before checking out. With the A & H detergent above, you will use 2 coupons (one in-ad and one manufacturer internet coupon), so you'll need something else that doesn't have a coupon (something that's just on sale w/o a coupon). Oh, and when you redeem your RRs, that counts as a coupon too.

Scenario #1
2 A & H Degergent @ $6.99 = $13.98
3 Walgreens Ibuprofen @ $3.99 and 2/$7 = $10.99
1 Walgreens Cough Drops @ $.99
=$25.96 (before coupons... watch register to verify it goes over $25, if not add something)

-$10 (in-ad coupon for A & H will take off $5 for each one)
-$7.99 (in-ad coupon for Ibuprofen)
-$.60 (in-ad coupon for cough drops)
-$1 (A & H printable)
-$1 (A & H printable)

=$5.37 out of pocket, earns $5 RR

Scenario #2
2 A & H Detergent @ $6.99 = $13.98
3 Coke 12-packs = $10.00
2 Walgreens cough drops @ $.99 = $1.98 OR 2 3-pack Scotch tape $2

-$10 (in-ad coupon for A & H will take off $5 for each one)
-$1 (A & H printable)
-$1 (A & H printable)
=$13.96 out of pocket, earns $7 RR (plus $2 in EasySaver rebate if bought tape)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Walgreens Moneymaking 4-Day Sale

In case you haven't heard, there is a 4-day sale (through Saturday) going on at Walgreens in most locations (check the Walgreens in your area, to make sure your Walgreens is participating). The exciting part of the ad is that if you "spend" $25, you will get a printout for $5 off your next order. I say "spend" because for this promotion, the $25 is before coupons.

I just spent $2 out of pocket and walked away with a $5 off my next purchase coupon and this:

In the ad, there is a coupon to get Wal-itin (Walgreen's version of Claritin) for $.99, limit 4. The price on the shelf (which is a sale price too) is $6.99.

$6.99 x 4 = $27.96 (which is over the $25)
-$24 (coupon takes $6 off each box to make them each $.99)
$3.96 (I got another $2 off because I had a $2 RR I got when I bought Colgate Total yesterday)

There you have it! You can do this same transaction and get 4 boxes and make a little money, or you can figure out your own scenario. You could get whatever you need and just use Wal-itin to bump your total up to $25 ($6.99 bump per box). If you have any coupons that make a product near-free, this would be the time to use them, as the full price will go toward your $25 purchase. Post a comment and let me know what you get!

Hint: You can have other items in your transaction that earn RRs as well. For example, if you spend $15 in Coke products as part of your $25 transaction, you'll get a $5 RR for that, as well as the $5 for spending $25.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

30 Photo Cards for $.48

Here is another FABULOUS deal! I'm not sure how long it lasts, so hurry!

Here are the instructions for getting the deal. (You might want to right click and open it in a new window so you can use her codes and instructions, as well as my hints). Feel free to leave comments here if you have questions. I did a little experimenting to see what the codes work for. Here are a few hints to save time and help you navigate the site:
  • Sign up for your 75 free prints (you don't have to use them now)
  • Upload some photos into a new album
  • After you upload your photos, choose "Cards & Invitations" under "Shop"
  • Scroll down until you see "Our Best Value 5x7 photo print cards" and click on "See all 5x7 photo print cards." Choose from these designs.
  • You can either do three sets of the same card or 2 of one and 1 of another. I don't know if all three can be different, but I imagine so.
  • Make sure to choose to pick them up (I'm picking them up at CVS, but there are other places as well), so your total spent is $.48!
In addition to the 30 cards, you get a credit for 75 free prints to use within the month.

Free Capris from Christopher & Banks!

Hurry and check out Christopher & Banks to get some free capris (or $10 off something, no minimum order). The best part is that there's free shipping! I went through the whole order process and didn't even have to give credit card info!

Use the promo code: 81015

Check out the capris! I don't know how long this lasts, so go place your order now! This could be a free gift for someone on your list, or a special treat for you!
Thanks Moms by Heart for the heads up!

Monday, December 1, 2008

How to Use Your $5 off $25 coupon at Walgreens (12/1 & 12/2)

Planning a trip to Walgreens this week? Make it on Tuesday and you use this $5 off $25 Walgreens coupon (or on sidebar). Your order must reach at least $25 after all other coupons. A good strategy is to get things that have an EasySaver Rebate or will earn Register Rewards. You will have to spend money out of pocket, but you can get it back in rebates and RRs.

Here are some ideas:

Right Guard Professional or Dry Idea Clinical Strength deodorant $5.99
EasySaver Rebate for $5 makes it $.99 (though you'll pay $5.99 oop)

Bald Guyz haed wipes $4.99 (any bald guys on your Christmas list?)
EasySaver Rebate for $4.99 makes it FREE (though you'll pay $4.99 oop)

Reach dental floss (30 yds) or Reach toothbrush 2/$6
Buy 2 Reach products (floss or toothbrush) and get $6 in Register Rewards ($ off next order), so it's FREE (though you'll pay $6 oop) See ad for details.

Colgate Total or Max Fresh toothpaste $2.99
Sign up at to get a $1 off coupon (I got one a while back)
Earns $2 in Register Rewards, so it's FREE (though you'll pay $1.99-$2.99 oop)

All 2x Ultra laundry detergent (12 loads) $1.79
Print coupon for $1.00 off All, makes it $.79

Holiday M&Ms 2/$4 with $1 off 2 coupon from EasySaver Catalog

Dove Chocolates 2/$4 with $2 off 2 coupon from EasySaver Catalog

If you bought all of these (choosing either 2 M&Ms or 2 Dove), it would cost right around $25 (you'll have to do your own math, depending on what coupons you have). Use the $5 off $25 coupon (expires at the end of Tuesday), making your total $20. From there, you will get $8 back in Register Rewards and $9.99 in Easy Saver Rebates ($10.99 when you get your 10% bonus for getting your rebate in the form of a Walgreens gift card). So when all is said and done, these things will cost you about a dollar. Not bad!

Check out the Walgreens ad for more deals.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Steve & Barry's

I have never been to a Steve & Barry's until today. The one in Champaign, up by Sam's Club is closing down this weekend. I went to see if they had any good shelving they were getting rid of for a great price (for our garage), but instead I found some great deals on kids clothes.

Everything in the store is 4/$5
(or $2.98 each if you buy an amount that isn't a multiple of 4, but that would be silly)
(unfortunately, it doesn't include shelving)

I really had to restrain myself, but if want to stock up on baby shower gifts or need some clothes, it's a great buy! They have clothes for all ages and genders, but I mostly stuck to the baby stuff because my time was limited. No promises on the grown-up clothes. You might have to do some digging to find the sizes you want, but for the price, it's definitely worth it!

Pictured above are a few of the things I got: some baby boy gifts and matching spring/summer dresses for the girl cousins on my side of the family!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Back in the Grocery Groove-- My Highlights for the Week

Here are my grocery highlights:

Meijer (through 11/22)

Green Giant Steamers $.89

Idahoan Mashed Potatoes $1
**$.40 off Idahoan Mashed Potatoes =$.60

Pillsbury Sweet or Crescent Rolls $1.25
**$.35 off Pillsbury Crescent Rolls =$.90
**$.35 off Pillsbury Sweet Rolls =$.90

Cool Whip Topping $.89

Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.25
**Catalina Deal (prints a coupon for money off your next order): Buy 5 -- get $2, Buy 6 -- get $3, Buy 7 -- get $4... time to stock up and freeze cream cheese!

County Market (through 11/22)

Campbell's Cream Soups $.50

Imperial Margerine 1lb $.49

County Market Butter 1 lb $1.99

BirdsEye Steamfrech veggies $1

Jet Puffed Marshmallows of Marshmallow Creme $.99

County Market Apple Juice 64 oz $1.50

Schnucks (through 11/25)

Freshlike or Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggies $1
**$1.00 off 2 bags of Freshlike Veggies =$.50/bag

Pillsbury All-purpose Flour 5 lb $1.50

Pillsbury Cake Mix $.50

Monday, November 17, 2008

CVS Deals (through 11/22)

Duracell Batteries are the hot item this week, so if you need to stock up on batteries, check out this deal:

Spend $20 on Duracell batteries, get $15 in ECBs (use like cash on your next order).
AA and AAA 8 packs, C and D 4 packs, others $5.99
AA and AAA 16 packs, C and D 8 packs, others $9.99

You can use your $15 ECB on Thanksgiving weekend at CVS to get lots of things free (you'll get more ECBs back).

Skippy peanut butter 2/$3

Scrubbing Bubbles $2.50
- $2.00 off Scrubbing Bubbles =$.50

Windex $2.50
-$2.00 off Windex = $.50

Pledge Furniture Polish $2.50
-$2.00 off Pledge = $.50
(Let me know if these printables do or don't work for you... I printed them over a month ago and don't know if this url is still good.)

Also, if you haven't scored you free-after-ECB toothpaste, pick up a 2 tubes of Crest Pro-Health toothpaste (look for it in the monthly ad by the store entrance).

That's all that interested me. See if you find something great in the CVS ad!

Walgreens Deals (through 11/22)

Chex Mix $.99
- $1.00 off Chex Mix (print 2)= FREE

Skippy Peanut Butter 2/$3.00

I didn't find much else that I was interested in. Check out the ad and see what you find!

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Coupon Clippers

While the best way to get coupons is for free, there are times when investing a little money in coupons will save you more in the long run. One way to do that is with The Coupon Clippers. They buy lots of Sunday papers (yes, the entire paper) and clip all the coupons, then charge a handling fee for their efforts (coupons themselves cannot be bought and sold). You pay anywhere from $.05 to $.30 for each coupon (from what I've seen), pay a $.50 administrative fee (covers credit card/PayPal fees), and pay for the stamp. Some coupons have a minimum order (must order 5 of this coupon), others have a limit (can only order 10 of this coupon). You also must have a $3 subtotal (before shipping and administrative costs) before you check out, meaning the least amount of money you can pay is $3.92 ($3 order, $.50 admin fee, $.42 shipping).

Be sure to factor everything in when you decide if ordering coupons is worth it. I have to already know what I'm going to use a coupon on before I am willing to make an order. This means it's either an item we are loyal to and will be buying anyway (say you only buy Huggies), an item that I know is on a good sale in the coming weeks (did you know that you can peek at Walgreens and CVS ads for the coming weeks?), or an item that I can almost guarantee will be on sale in the coming weeks. I especially watch for coupons I can use on items with a rebate (you get a reabate on the price before the coupon) or items with special deals (free after ECB at CVS, for example).

Saturday morning is when the new week's coupons are available to order, though you can view them the day before (under Tracker). Some of the coupons go pretty fast.

Here's an example of what I'm planning to order tomorrow:

$1.00 off Steamers @ $.12, limit 10
so 10 coupons for $1.20
**I can guarantee that Steamers will go on Sale for $1 before the coupon expires in January. That means you can get 10 bags of steamers for $1.20 (not including the admin fee and shipping)**

$.40 off Skippy peanut butter @ $.08, limit 10
so 10 coupons for $.80
**I am already planning on stocking up on PB when Skippy is 2/$3 next week at both CVS and Walgreens, so I know I will be able to use these coupons and save $3.20 ($4 - $.80)(not including the admin fee and shipping)**

I'll need to find another dollar's-worth of coupons to meet the minimum, but even with these two coupons it is worth it for me.

If you're planning on making an order this week, I would recommend coupons for Thanksgiving weekend at CVS (many things are free after ECBs, so coupons will make for a profit). Also, there is a coupon for $1.00 off Sure deodorant that will work great in conjuction with an EasySaver coupon at Walgreens the week of Nov 23 (=free deodorant plus $.50 overage). I already got these coupons for myself, my mom, and 2 sisters all at the same time.

I know this can be confusing, especially if you're just starting. Please comment or email me if you're having trouble. I am happy to help!

Thanksgiving Weekend Plans for CVS

There are lots of items that are FREE after ECB (Extra Care Bucks, printed at the bottom of your receipt to be used like cash on your next transaction). Of course CVS is hoping that you'll go out and buy a bunch of these in one transaction, then end up with a bunch of ECBs that you'll either forget about or come back and use on ridiculous regular prices. We're smarter than that, right?

I'll show you my plan that only requires $3 (and some change) out of pocket, will get lots of free things (toothpaste, shampoo, razors, lotion, tampons, chocolate, etc), and will finish you off with over $15 in ECBs (which I will show you how to wisely use on good sales in the future).

Before I begin, I will warn you that my plan includes several coupons. I don't get the paper, but I occasionally order coupons at The Coupon Clippers when I know that the money I save/earn will be lots more than I spend on the coupons. (I was going to explain about The Coupon Clippers here, but it was getting long, so I'll explain it in my next post.) In this case, the coupons minimize the number of transactions necessary to keep the out-of-pocket minimal and rack up the ECBs. I planned this scenario to do with my mom and sisters when I'm home for Thanksgiving. I ordered the coupons for all 4 of us and it came out to $2 of coupons per person. Not bad!

FREE after ECBs that I used in my scenario (see Ad Scan for more)
Colgate Total Advanced toothpaste $2.99 (earns $2.99 ECB) limit 2
Aussie shampoo, conditioner, styler $2.99 (earns $2.99 ECB) limit 2
Hershey’s King Size candy $1.00 (earns $1.00 ECB) limit 1
Johnson’s softlotion $5.69 (earns $5.69 ECB) limit 1
Gatorade G2 20 oz. $1.49 (earns $1.49 ECB) limit 3
Bic Soleil razor $5.99 (earns $5.99 ECB) limit 2
Garnier Nutritioniste towelettes 25 ct. $5.99 (earns $5.99 ECB) limit 1
CoverGirl Smoothers pressed powder $5.99 (earns $5.99 ECB) limit 1
L'oreal lip gloss $6.99 (earns $6.99 ECB) limit 1

Deal from Weekly ad
Playtex tampons 18 ct $3.99 (earns $3 ECB) limit 1$.99 after ECBs

I rounded things up a penny for typing and reading ease ($3.99 = $4)

Transaction #1
1 Soleil razor $6 - $3 coupon = $3
= $3 oop, earn $6 ECB

Transaction #2
1 Soleil razor $6 - $3 coupon = $3
1 Aussie shampoo $3 - $1 coupon = $2
1 Hershey candy bar $1
=$6 pay w/ ECB from T#1, earn $10 ECB

Transaction #3
1 Aussie shampoo $3 - $1 coupon = $2
1 Garnier towelettes $6 - $1 coupon = $5
2 Gatorade $3
=$10 pay w/ ECB from T#2, earn $12 ECB

Transaction #4
2 Colgate $3 = $6 (maybe $1.50 less with printable, buy something for $1 if using coupon, already used mine)
1 CoverGirl Powder $6 - $1 coupon = $5
1 Gatorade $1.49
=$12.50 pay w/ ECB from T#3 +change, earn $13.50 ECB

Transaction #5
1 Playtex tampons $4 - $1 coupon = $3
1 Johnson’s softlotion $5.69 -$1 coupon = $4.69
1 L'oreal lip gloss $7 - $1 coupon = $6
=$13.69 pay w/ ECB from T#4, earn $15.69 ECB

Make adjustments depending on the items you will use. If you're new to this, I'd be happy to help you organize them into transactions that will minimize the out-of-pocket. Just tell me what you want to get and what coupons (if any) you have. I think it's fun!

Free Snapfish PhotoBook-- Just Pay Shipping

Snapfish is offering a free 20-page 8.5 x 11 inch photo book with a custom cover for a very short time. You still have to pay shipping (which I believe is $6.99), but I would say it's still a fabulous deal and would make a great Christmas gift.

I know it's kind of late notice (I've been behind on blogging this week), but if you sign up for your coupon by tonight at midnight and then have your photo book all put together and ordered by Sunday night, you can still take advantage of this offer. Can you guess what I'm working on today?

UPDATE: You will now have until Saturday Nov 22nd to finish your book (so many people responded to the offer that the site is being really slow now). If you haven't signed up for your coupon you can still do so tonight!

$40 in Change = $50 in Gift Cards

Coinstar has a promotion through December 7th:

Convert $40 in change into a gift card or eCertificate and you can send away for a free $10 gift card or eCertificate to the same location.

Check out Coinstar to find the locations around you and what gift cards are available at each location. Once you have entered your zip code, click on the yellow gift icon under each location to find out what gift cards are available. If there is one where you'll be spending $40 anyway, then go check all the dresser tops, couch cushions, and purses for spare change and make $10 on this offer. A form will print out at the bottom of your receipt for you to fill out and send in to receive your gift card. Check here for details on the offer. Oh, and there are no fees when you opt to have your change converted to a gift card or eCertificate!
Thanks Liz!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Walgreens Deals (through 11/15)

Kellogg’s Cereal (Smart Start, Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran) 4/$10
earns $2 RR (to use on next transaction) which makes it like 4/$8
Use $1 off coupons is you still have them from a while back. I saw some Mini Wheats coupons on my sidebar just a little bit ago. I have several for $1 off Smart Start (which usually doesn't go on sale for $2), so I'll be using those.
=4 for $4 after coupons and RR

Royal pudding 4/$1 (with in-ad coupon)

Betty Crocker frosting $.99 (with in-ad coupon)
-$.55 off Betty Crocker frosting
=$.44 after coupon

Carefree Pantyliners $.99 (with in-ad coupon)
-$.50 off any Carefree product
=$.49 after coupons

Kotex (pads, tampons, liners) 2/$6
earns $1 RR (to use on your next transaction) which makes it like 2/$5
-$1 off Kotex pads (2), $.75 off Kotex tampons, liners (2)
= 2/$3 after coupons and RR

There are several other good deals on baking items. Check out the Walgreens ad and see if there's anything else you need.

REMEMBER: You can't have more coupons than items, so just make sure to count before you checkout. If you need more items, try the pudding (it's $.25 each and one in-ad coupon works for up to 8)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

CVS Deals (through 11/15)

St Ives Body Wash $3.99 (earn $ 3ECB) limit 5 (THROUGH MONDAY)
- $2.00 off St. Ives (coupons is for St.Ives Elements, but it works)
=FREE + $1 overage after coupon and ECB

Fructis shampoo, conditioner, or styler $2.99 ($2 ECB) limit 1
=$.99 after ECB

Palmolive$1.49 ($1 ECB) limit 5
=$.49 after ECB

Listerine Agent Cool Blue Tinting Rinse $3.99 (get $3 ECB) limit 5
-$1.00 off Listerine coupon
=FREE after ECB and coupon

Glaceau Smart Water 1 liter $1.59 ($1.59 ECB) limit 1
= FREE after ECB

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Some Current Coupons... and How to Use Them!

Here are some great coupons to help build your stash! I also included some sales (or regular prices) where you could use the coupon to get a great deal! Whether you're going to use them this week or not, I recommend printing them now while they're available and convenient. Try right clicking on each of the links, then choosing for it to open in a new tab or window so you can easily find your way back to this list.

$2.00 off any Goody Ouchless product (PDF, so you can print multiples)
Target and Walmart have many different packs or hair bands for $2.12
Cost after coupon= $.12

$1.00 off Green Giant Steamers (also on sidebar and here, print twice)
Walmart $1.08, County Market $1.00, Schnucks $1.00
Cost after coupon= FREE or $.08

$2.00 off Honey Bunches of Oats Just Bunches
Walmart $2.82, Meijer $2.88, or hold on to it for when they'll be free
Cost after coupon= $.82-$.88

$1.00 off Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flour 5 lbs
Walmart $2.76, Schnucks $1.69
Cost after coupon=$.69-$1.76

$1.00 off 2 Green Giant Boxed veggies
Schnucks $1.00
Cost after coupon= $1.00 for 2

$1.00 off 2 BirdsEye Freshlike Vegetables (also on sidebar, print twice)
Meijer $1.00
Cost after coupon=$1.00 for 2

$.40 off Betty Crocker Potatoes (also on sidebar, print twice)
Walmart $.98, Schnucks $1.00, Meijer $1.00
Cost after coupon=$.60

Also, grab the printable coupons that I used at Walmart last week , that I recommended for groceries this week, and that I listed for this cereal sale.

Cereal at Schnucks (through 11/11)

General Mills cereal (Cookie Crisp, Honey Nut Cheerios, Reese's Puffs, Golden Grahams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch) is 5 for $10 this week. You get a printout for $5 off your next order when you buy 10 boxes. Here are the coupons to use to get the best deal:

$1.00 off Honey Nut Cheerios (print 2)
$.75 off Cookie Crisp (also on sidebar, print 2)
$.55 off Reese's Puffs (also on sidebar, print 2)
$.55 off Honey Nut Cheerios (also on sidebar, print 2)
$.55 off Cinnamon Toast Crunch (also on sidebar, print 2)
$1.00 off 2 General Mills Cereal

There are more coupons than you need to do the "buy 10" deal. If you use two of each of the first five coupons listed above you will save $6.80.

10 boxes @ $2.00 each = $20.00
less $6.80 = $13.20 oop, get a printout for $5.00 off your next order
like paying $8.80 for 10 boxes or $.88 each

Even if you don't have a Schnucks, print these coupons! There will be other opportunities to get great deals with them!

Free 8x10 at Walgreens (through 11/8)

Go to Walgreens's Photo Center, upload a picture, order an 8x10, and use the coupon code: FREEPIC in the checkout to get it free (you might have to pay taxes). This would make a great Christmas gift for the grandparents!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

More Tips on Getting Coupons

Besides printable coupons, there are lots of other ways to find coupons without buying the paper.


Look down the aisles of your stores for the little red blinking coupon machines. Grab a few. Save them for a good deal. They are manufacturer coupons, so they can be used at any store.

Front of the Store
I mentioned a while back that I found a stack of coupons by the ads at Meijer for completely free butter spread. You'll find all sorts of coupon books if you keep your eyes peeled.

Sample Day
If your store has a sample day (Saturday for most stores), chances are they are passing out coupons with the featured items. I grabbed some last week at Meijer.

Newspaper Inserts
Even if you don't receive the newspaper, you can probably get your hands on one. Talk to your neighbors and friends who get the newspaper. Ask if they use the coupon inserts. If they don't, then ask if you can have it. I would guess that most people who take the paper are not avid couponers and would have no problem giving it up.

In or On Packages
Last year there was an sale on Quaker granola bars for $1 a box. Printed on the inside the box, there was a coupon for $1 off your next box. You better believe that I bought a bunch, brought them home, cut up the boxes, then went back for more (and more, and more) for free.

Look Around
The last 2 times I was in Walgreens, I found some stray coupons that someone left in a cart. Seriously. It was like the coupon fairy had sprinkled my cart.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Grocery Deals (through Nov 8th)

County Market
Steamers $1 (10/$10, but you don’t have to get 10 to get the price)
-$1.00 off Green Giant Steamers (also on sidebar)=FREE

Progresso $1
-$1.10 off 1 Progresso Soup = FREE
also -$1.00 off 3 Progresso Soup = 3/$2.00

Hamburger Helper $.77
-$.80 off 3 Hamburger Helper (on sidebar too) = $1.51 for 3 boxes
Thanks Angela!

Quaker Cereal 2/$4.00

Check out the County Market ad to see if there's anything else!

Jello (if you still have coupons for $1.50 off 2 small boxes-- not available this week)
Last week buying 3 in one transaction was pringing a $2 Catalina deom Kraft (can use on anything though). Worth a try!

Taco Shells/ Salsa (Mealbox coupon for $1.50 is back!)
Shells (12 or 18 count) = FREE with $.20 overage
Salsa = $.35 still a great deal

Kellogg’s cereal 5/$10
- $1.00 off Kellogg's coupon= $1 per box
Note: this is a hot coupon, so print now! If it doesn't work, try it in the morning. I heard that the print limint (total, not individual) is reset daily. Also check in the morning if there aren't any $1 Kellogg's coupons now.

Betty Crocker Mashed or Specialty potatoes $1.00
-$.40 off Betty Crocker Potatoes (on sidebar too) =$.60

Grapes $.88/lb

Check out the Meijer ad to see what I missed.

Please share any other great grocery deals you find this week!

Did You Vote?

Go get a free scoop of ice cream at Ben & Jerry's!

Go grab a free doughnut at Krispy Kreme!

Or, if you live in Champaign where there isn't a Ben & Jerry's or a Krispy Kreme...
Go to Smoothie King
wearing your "I voted" sticker and get a free smoothie!
Round Barn (behind Arby's on Springfield)
Campustown (on Green St. next to Murphy's) Thanks Liz!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Drugstore Deals (through Nov 8)

I didn't find too many drugstore deals that I was excited about this week. Let me know if you find anything great.

Crest Pro-Health toothpaste 4.2 oz $3.49 (earns $3.49 in ECB)
-$1.00 off Crest Pro-Health toothpaste
= $2.49 oop, earns $3.49 in ECB
[This week's ad says limit 1, but monthly ad says it is good all month limit 2. I would say 2 is safe. If your ECBs don't print, you can show them the monthly ad where is says limit 2.]

See this week's CVS ad here.

Almay Mascara is FREE after November's Easy Saver Rebate.
This week Almay Makeup is B1G1 (buy one, get one free) so, if you buy your Almay mascara this week (for $6.99) you'll get one free! You will get your $6.99 back with your November Easy Saver Rebate (plus 10% if you choose a giftcard rather than a check). So you'll get 2 tubes of mascara for FREE!

See this week's Walgreens ad here.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Printables! Grab them now!

The coupons have been updated. You can scroll through my sidebar or go to You can print 2 of each coupon. Grab them now and we'll match them up with good deals in the weeks to come! Some of my favorites are:

$1.00 off Steamers (these go on sale all the time for $1, so they'll be free)

$.75 off Betty Crocker Cookie Mix Pouches (these go on sale for $1, so they'll be $.25)

$.40 off Supreme Brownie Mix (Mmmm... love brownies)

$.40 off Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes (on sale for $1 at Meijer through 11/08, lots of yummy flavors, great for when you're in a hurry)

$.75 off Bisquick

$.60 on 3 Yoplait (also $.50 off 6)

Other great sources for printable coupons:

Betty Crocker

Coupons Inc (list of Bricks)

If you're new to couponing, check out my post on printable coupons and coupons in general.

Snail Mail: Samples and Coupons

Samples are a great way to get free stuff. They usually come with coupons, too! And hey, it's always fun to get mail, right!? Here are a few samples I've found:

Head and Shoulders

Kotex plus printable coupons on the same site

Valesine Intensive Care Lotion

Nature's Bounty Tote

Bear Naked Granola


Sign up to receive coupons by mail:

Febreze, Dawn, Swiffer, Mr. Clean, etc coupon book with $27 of coupons

Ivory Soap $2 coupon by mail

Friday, October 31, 2008

Today's Shopping List

As soon as the little one wakes, we're headed out. I've got my coupons all printed and ready to go! Here's my list, (in case you need a little inspiration) along with links for the printables.

Here's a little tip for those of you who are new to couponing. After looking at ads and blogs, I make up my list. I have an envelope for each store. I write my list on the outside of the envelope and indicate which items I have coupons for and how much they are for (or how much I expect to pay and how much I expect back in Catalinas, ECBs, RRs, etc). I put the coupons in the envelope for the store that I'm going to use them at. This prevents me from having to dig through my main coupon holder in the checkout line and not being able to find the ones I need.

Even if you're not heading to the store today, I would suggest printing these coupons now. They are all great coupons, so get your stash started! You can print most of them twice. They print best in Internet Explorer.


WALMART (Prices may vary by area, special thanks to Deal Seeking Mom and Money Saving Mom)

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers $1.27
-$1.00 off Green Giant Steamers =$.27

Nestle Hot Chocolate (10 pack) $.1.00
- $.75 off Nestle Hot Chocolate = $.25

Kraft Bagel-fuls $2.12
-$1 off Kraft Bagel-fuls = $1.12

Kotex pantiliners (16 or 18 ct) $1.00
-$1.00 off Kotex = FREE

Nestle Toll House Morsels $1.98
-$1.50 off Nestle Toll House Morsels =$.48

Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flour 5 lb $2.76
- $1.00 off Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flour = $1.76

Ziploc Sandwich bags (25 count) $.75 *Couldn't find these
-$.75 off Ziploc Bags = FREE

Below are deals at someone else's Walmart, but I passed on them since my Walmart had higher prices. I left them on here so you can at least print the coupons and hold on to them for a good deal. Maybe your Walmart has better prices.

Toaster Strudels $1.50 *My Walmart had them for $2.12
-$1.00 off Toaster Strudels =$.50

Chex Mix Bars $1.98 *My Walmart had them for $2.56
-$1.25 off Chex Mix Bars = $.73

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix Pouch $1.00 *My Walmart had them for $1.50 :(
-$.75 off Betty Crocker Cookie Mix = $.25 (coupon may not still be available)

Progresso Soup 3/$2.00 *My Walmart didn't have this deal. It was $1.50/can
-$1.10 off 1 Progresso Soup = FREE
also -$1.00 off 3 Progresso Soup = 3/$1.00

Eggs $.99

Cheese 8 oz $.99 (buy 4, get $2 Catalina) *All out :(

Taco Bell Salsa $1.48 or Taco Bell 12 or 18 ct shells 1.04
-Mealbox coupon for $1.50 off (No longer available, I printed plenty, thank goodness, if you're in the area, I can give you a couple) =FREE + overage

Jello $.50
-Mealbox coupon for $1.50 off 2 (Still available) = FREE + overage

Strawberry Shredded Mini Wheats 4/$10
-4 coupons for $1 off box of Mini Wheats (no longer available) =$6
Receive $3 Catalina (coupon of next order= 4 boxes for $3

Imperial Margerine $.39 (limit 4)
Sugar 4 lb $1.29 (limit 3)

Milk $1.99
Carrots 2 lbs $.59
Onions 3 lbs $.69

Bubble Mailers 3/$1.oo with in ad coupon (get at at front of store), limit 9

I'm going to try this at Target! If it's a deal at my Target, I'll let you know in a separate post!

Did these deals work for you? What else did you see? Let me know what you found, the good and the bad!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cheap Cheese at Meijer

Meijer has 8 oz blocks of cheese on sale for $.99 through tomorrow (limit 4). To make this deal even sweeter, you get $2 off your next order with the Catalina (coupon that prints at the register). Thanks for the heads-up Liz!

Combine this with some of the other Meijer deals this week and it's definitely worth a trip! See you there!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rudimentary Rules Regarding Rebates

A few years ago, my husband and I did the Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) madness for the first time. We checked all the ads and decided what (if anything) was worth standing in long lines outside (thankfully is was Arizona, so it wasn't cold) in the middle of the night so we could fight our way into the store when the mobs rushed the doors and take as few elbows as possible when reaching across crowds for it. Then there's always the risk that your item is long gone before you even walk through the door. A large portion of these items advertised at too-good-to-be-true prices invovle Mail-In Rebates (MIR), at least in the computer industry. Though we didn't come home with everything we went for, we did get some sweet deals (or at least would become sweet once we received our rebate checks). After sharing our adventure with the rest of the family in town and getting a much-needed nap, we began on the paperwork that would make our deal worth all of our trouble. I had my first lesson in rebates.

Since that first experience with rebates, here is what I have learned:

Finding Rebates
Watch for items at the store or in ads that say "Try me Free." An example of this is the Sure deodorant offer I listed recently. The package has all the information you need to make the rebate submission or will refer you to a website that does.

You can search the internet for rebates for products you buy or would like to buy. Let me know if you find one and I will post it on this site! I have listed a few to get you started in the spreadsheet at the bottom of this post.

Note: Walgreens and Rite Aid have their own rebate programs that work really well and are much easier than MIRs. I will talk about them in the future. If you're dying to know about them now, check out their websites.

Buying a rebate item
For individual MIRs (not Walgreens or Rite Aid rebates), make sure to buy only one item with a rebate in your transaction, as you will almost always need to send the original cash register receipt in with the rebate.

Double check the offer to be sure that you have the correct item.

Use coupons when you can. Coupons will usually more than cover the cost of the stamp to send in your rebate. Also, rebates don't cover taxes, so your coupon can pay for or offset taxes. Anything more is just bonus. Lots of people wonder if you will get the full purchase price of an item back when you use a coupon. The answer is yes. Your receipt will have the full purchase price on the receipt. Coupons are usually subtracted at the bottom of a receipt, but the receipt will not specify what the coupon is for.

That said, if you use lots of coupons (in general), it is a good idea to make sure that your total out of pocket is at least what the full purchase price for the rebate item would be. The only time that I have ever heard of this being a problem is when you use CVS Extra Care Bucks to pay for your whole transaction (they ring up as a coupon), you don't spend any money out of pocket, so the rebate company doesn't think you paid anything for your item (even though you did pay your hard-earned ECBs). If this doesn't make any sense, don't fret. You probably won't ever be in this situation.

Requesting a Rebate
Keep your stuff together. I have an envelope in my coupon organizer that I put receipts I am saving for rebates right after I check out. Don't throw away your item's packaging, because you're probably going to need some of it.

Make your submissions as soon as possible, otherwise you will inevitably lose your receipt and UPC or just plain forget. The reason why rebates are such great deals is that lots of people who buy an item with the intention of requesting a rebate fail to do so. Companies know that.

Read the offer thoroughly. Note the date that the offer must be postmarked by. Note what information needs to be included. Will they accept printouts of the rebate form or do you need an original? Do they want you to circle your purchase? Follow the directions. Make sure you bought the correct item.

Write very clearly. If they can't read your address, they can't send you a check. It's that simple. Also, double check to be sure that you addressed your envelope correctly.

Document your rebate for your own records. If there is a discrepancy or your rebate is contested, you will need the information that you submitted. You can make a copy of the items your sending (receipt, form, UPC) or scan them into your computer. Lately I have been taking a digital photo instead. If you do a photo, just make sure it is clear enough to read all the important numbers.

Following Through
Keep your rebates organized. If you do several rebates, it will be easy to forget when you sent them in, how much they're for, and when you should expect them. I suggest making a simple spreadsheet to keep track of your rebates. You could start from when you first find an offer (I have some listed in the spreadsheet below), then update it when you make the purchase, request the rebate, and receive your check.

Your check will be for the purchase price on the receipt. Most rebates say on the form that the rebate is up to a certain amount of money. Those prices are usually higher than a price that the item would actually be at your store. You will not get this exact amount of money, just the purchase price at the store you bought it from.

If the estimated time has elapsed and you have not received your check or any communication from the company, contact the company yourself.

Here is a spreadsheet for your Rebate Records! I even started you out with a few!

Note: This link will open a Google Document. To save it to your computer, click on the "File" menu (within the Google Documents) and choose to export the file in whichever format is your favorite!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

To celebrate the Meijer Mealbox coupon for $1.50 off 2 boxes of Jello gelatin and pudding coming back (to find out more about Mealbox coupons go to the bottom of this post), I want to share with you my new favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies because it calls for pudding!

Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies (from

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.

Speaking of baking... here are some great Nestle baking coupons. Grab them now and hold on to them until the holiday sales! You can print each coupon twice.- $.75 off chocolate chips-$1.00 off 2 cans of Libby's pumpkin-$1.50 off 2 packages of refrigerated cookie dough-$1.00 off 2 cans evaporate milk.

Deals This Week (through 11/1)

First, check out CVS today! Last week I gave a heads up about deals for Monday (some still available later in the week), so be sure to print your coupons and go get the deals! I just got back from CVS and posted some updates for CVS.

I just posted some deals for Meijer, as well. I just got back from Meijer and it was awesome! I posted updates!

I will post deals for Walgreens and RiteAid later on. I hear that Walgreens isn't too exciting, but Rite-Aid has some great rebates this week.

I just tried to see where the closest Rite-Aid is and was super sad to find that there isn't one here! We just moved here a few months ago and I really thought I saw one as I was driving around. Bummer! They have lots of "free after rebate" things this week! If you use coupons you can even make some money! For those of you who do have a Rite-Aid, check out Deal Seeking Mom for some sweet deals.

County Market's site is down now, so stay tuned for that one, as well.

This Week at Meijer! (through 11/1)

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (4 lb) $7.49

Dozen Eggs $.99

Taco Bell Salsa 20% off= $1. 48 (or 18 taco shells are only $1.04)
-Meijer MealBox coupon for $1.50 off (page three, see note at bottom if you are new to MealBox)
FREE + overage

Jello sugar-free (4-serving) on sale 6/$3 (can also use for regualar gelatin or pudding, price varies, at Meijer on Prospect all Jello gelatin is $.50, not just sugar-free)
-Meijer MealBox coupon for $1.50 off (page two, see note at bottom if you are new to MealBox)
FREE plus overage, you MAKE $.50 with each coupon you use!

Kelloggs Frosted Mini Wheats 4/$10
-Use 4 $1 off coupons from sidebar or here
-Get an instant $2 off at register (This didn't work for me)
-Get a printout for $3 off your next order
You'll pay $6 OOP, but get $3 for your next purchase, (thanks cheapsk8mom!) I haven't tried it at my Meijer, but will give an update on how it goes!

I just got back from Meijer and I'm smiling big! I didn't see 4 for $10 advertised in the cereal aisle, but I did find it where the sales are (between food and clothes, straight ahead when you walk in). It is the 21.5 oz size (NOT the smallest size). I only found the Strawberry Delight (21.5 oz) and regular (24oz) Mini Wheats. If you don't have coupons for this yet, check the sidebar, or the site itself. The coupons come and go, so I have been stocking up. Let me know if you are having trouble finding coupons and I'll help you. Note that any of the coupons for new flavors can be used on any of the new flavors, not just the one pictured. Be sure to grab some taco shells and jello to take another dollar off your order!

Meijer MealBox Coupons Explained
It isn't hard to print these coupons, but I will give detailed instructions for anyone who may need them. So don't be intimidated by the length of the next paragraph!

Use Internet Explorer. Go to the page and find the box outlined in blue that says Meijer Mealbox Beta. Click on the tab (within the box) that says "specials." There are several pages of coupons (currently 3). You can scroll through them using the page numbers just above the top of the first coupon. When you find ones you want, click "add to shopping list" and press "ok" in the little box that pops us. When you have chosen all the coupons you want, click on the tab "shopping list" (next to "specials") . Then press "print list" near the top of the box. It will give you a popup with 3 checkboxes. I only leave "coupons" checked. Click "print" in the next popup. Another small window will open up shoing the coupons. Click on "file" and then "print." That should cover it.

The 2 coupons I mention about for gelatin/pudding and taco shells/salsa are both good until 11/15, so print out as many (or more) than you think you can use before then. They do not limit you to how many you can print, but they may limit you to one of each particular coupon per transaction (though you could do several back -to-back transactions).

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Walgreens on Saturday

If you've looked around any other couponing blogs, you have probably seen this coupon. It's even available in my sidebar. It's a Friday-Saturday $5 off a purchase of $20 or more at Walgreens. My initial thought was, "Well that means I have to SPEND $15 to save $5."

Think again.

It's true that $15 must leave my hands, but if all goes as I now have planned, I will get every cent of it back.

Let me explain.

The October EasySaver Catalog (3" x 7" pamphlet you'll find by the ads at the front of the store, take as many as you like) is good through the 25th of the month. The November one is also out and also in effect. Things purchased Saturday (and Friday) can qualify for rebates for both months.

The way Walgreens does store rebates is pretty cool. You register on, put in some details from your receipt(s), and request your rebate. No stamp required! They will either send you a check or you can opt for a Walgreens gift card. If you choose a gift card, they will give you an additional 10% (a $10 rebate will be $11 on a gift card). You can reuse the same gift card each month. They will "reload" it with the next month's rebates, so you don't have to wait for a new one to come in the mail. Pretty cool system.

So, they key is to spend money that you will get right back in a rebate (or Register Rewards, which are printed coupons for a given amount off your next transaction, but I didn't have any of those in my planned transaction).

If something doesn't work out, I can always grab one of the "free after rebate" items so my total is over $20 after coupons and before tax. There are 3 for October and 2 for November. If's it's really close (I imagine I'll be $.02 off) I'll just grab a candy bar.

My total will be just barely over $20, then $5 will be taken off with the coupon up above. I will pay $15 OOP (out of pocket). I will receive $15.40 ($14 + 10% for choosing gift card). We can consider all these goodies FREE!
That's my plan. The only thing I'm a little unsure of is if the M&Ms are really on sale 2/$5. Hopefully everything is stocked. I'll post an update on how it goes!
FYI- You can get the manufacturer coupons I refer to in the spreadsheet here:
Arm & Hammer click on "get coupons"
Air Wick Freshmatic tons of other coupons, too
The M&M coupon for $1 off 2 is found in the October EasySaver catalog.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Keep Your Eyes Peeled!

I went to Meijer today to redeem coupons for Free Taco Shells and Jell-o Pudding, and found another source of coupons! At the front of Meijer on the shelves where all the ads are (behind where the greeter stands), there were several stacks of nice coupons! Since my couponing is fueled primarily by printable coupons (we don't get the newspaper), I am always on the lookout for other coupons. One of the coupons I found was for a free tub of Promise butter spread. There was a whole stack at Meijer on Prospect. If you're at Meijer, be sure to look around and under the ads at the front of the store for great coupons!
As a side note, I used my last Jell-O coupon and unfortunately it is no longer available to print on the MealBox Site (argh , should have printed more). The taco shells are, though. Today I noticed an 18-pack of Taco Bell taco shells for $1.30 (the same price as the 12-pack)! The coupon is for $1.50 off, so you make $.20 on each one, and now you can get 50% more in the package! Wahoo! We had tacos just the other night. Next time I think we'll have taco salad!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Art of Finding Printable Coupons

I have had lots of people ask me how I find my printable coupons. Here's the scoop:

Looking at other blogs. As soon as I get my site overhauled, I'll put up links to all my favorites. Until then, a few are: Money Saving Mom, Deal Seeking Mom, and Be CentsAble.

Checking the Hot Coupon World database. It's not always up-to-date, but it's a great place to start. Put what you are looking for in the box labeled description. Both general ("toothpaste") and specific ("Crest") are fine. You can put in the type of coupon you're looking for (choose "printable" from drop down menu).

Check my sidebar. You can scroll through the coupons or click to see them all. They change pretty regularly. Be sure and grab the good ones when you see them. Cereal coupons for $1 off show up pretty frequently!

Looking on manufacturer's sites. They want you to buy and become loyal to their products, so they give you coupons to encourage you! If you see something on sale, look up the manufacturer and see if they have a coupon.

I very rarely use a coupon on an item at full price, unless it is a product we would buy at full price. For example, I have used Clean & Clear facewash for over a decade. I usually buy it at Wal-Mart. I googled the manufacturer's site and sure enough there was a Clean & Clear coupon for $2 off any product (and I could print it twice)! Since this is something I will buy whether or not I have a coupon, the coupon (and it's a big one) is just money in my pocket!

Hearing from YOU! Try searching for manufacturers of products you are loyal to or will be buying anyway or found on sale. Leave a comment and share what you find!

Making Plans for Next Week: CVS

I glanced over the CVS ad for next week and found a few things that stood out. I'm sure there are more that I will end up posting later, but here's a quick heads-up.

UPDATE: Links fixed :)

If you didn't get your Kashi cereal at Walgreens last week, you have another chance! Next week at CVS, it's 2/$5.00. You can print off 2 coupons for $2.00 off a box of any Kashi cereal and another 2 coupons for $1.00 off Go Lean Crunch. So you can get 4 boxes of good healthy cereal for $4.00!

If you go on Monday, the fun size candy bars are 2/$3.00. If you haven't already printed this $1.00 off coupon for Nestle LINK UPDATED fun size candy (you can also try this link if the other doesn't work right), you can print off 2 and get 2 bags for $1.00!

There is also a $1.00 off 2 bags of Mars candy that you can print from my side bar (scroll through if you don't see it). Get 2 bags for $2.00! Make sure to go on Monday though! I was only allowed to use one of these coupons per transaction (more than one wouldn't scan), so I had the cashier split my transaction.

You can get some overage with SoyJoy nutrition bars. Next week they are 4/$4.00 and you get $4 EB (ExtraCare Bucks-- printed out at the bottom of receipt for use on next transaction) when you buy four, so it's like getting them free! Apply this $3 off 5 coupon and you'll make some money! 5 bars for $5 - $3 coupon = $2 OOP (out of pocket) + $4 EB! You get the bars for free and come out ahead $2! (thanks Coupon Cravings)

Advil PM Liqui-gels are on sale for $.99. You can print a coupon for $2.00 off any Advil PM. Free Advil PM plus $1 overage! The ad says quantities are limited and there won't be any rainchecks for this one. I had trouble finding this at first. It is in the travel size section since it's just 8 count.

For you locals, the CVS on Mattis and Springfield was out of Mars candy and I couldn't find the Advil. I went to the CVS on Neil and Green and found everything though! The Advil was in the sample section and also up by the register.

My first transaction cost me $.05 out of pocket:

2 bags M&Ms funsize candy 2/$3.00
-$1.00 off 2 bags (see above for link)

2 Advil PM Liqui-gel 8 ct @ $.99 = $1.98
-2 coupons for $2 off Advil PM = -$4.00

The $2 extra from the coupon overage went toward the $2 I had to pay on the candy. I paid five cents tax!

FREE Deodorant plus a dollar!

Find Sure deodorant with this packaging, use this $1.00 off coupon to pay for it, then send in this rebate for the purchase price! (Thanks Be CentsAble!) Since it's a mail in rebate, you will have to pay for a stamp, but the overage from the coupon will more than take care of that, so the deodorant is still free!
You can buy it anywhere, of course, but if you could combine it with this offer at CVS this week (buy $10 in Sure deodorants and Pert Plus shampoo and get $5 EB) , that would be extra cool! It depends on how much the deodorant is, whether or not it would be worth it. (The more expensive, the better.)

Monday, October 20, 2008

FREE (and even better) at CVS This Week (through 10/25)

Stop by CVS and grab some free things this week and make some money as well!

Excedrin Express Gels 20ct $1.99
Coupon for $2.00 off (you can print tiwce)
Get 2 boxes FREE

This one is going to sound funny. My husband doesn't need or want this, but I figure it will make for a good gag/over-the-hill gift for someone. You can make $10 on this one. Read on:

Touch of Gray men's hair treatment $7.99
Coupon for $2.00 off (requires simple registration)
Get $7.99 in Extra Care Bucks (printed out at the bottom of receipt for use on next transaction)
Mail-in Rebate for $8.00
Touch of Gray FREE + $10 overage!

32 oz Powerade $1.69 (limit 1)
Get $1.69 in Extra Care Bucks (printed out at the bottom of receipt for use on next transaction)

Butler GUM 2 pack Toothbrushes $3.99 (limit 5)
Get $3.99 in Extra Care Bucks (printed out at the bottom of receipt for use on next transaction)
These were out at my CVS. I'll check back later in the week.

If you get the Excedrin and Touch of Gray in your first transaction, you can use your EBs to pay for your Powerade and Toothbrushes in your next transaction. You'll get plenty more EBs you can roll into next week's deals!

See the whole CVS ad here

County Market Deals This Week (through 10/25)

There are a couple of sweet deals at County Market this week. You can print a few coupons to make them even sweeter!

Yoplait 6 oz. yogurt, Light, Thick'n Creamy, or Custard: $.39 each (limit 10 per visit)
Coupon for $1.00 off 4 Yoplait Light (you can print twice)
$.39 x 10 = $3.90 - $2.00 = $1.90 for 10 yogurt cups or $.19 each!

Nestle Funsize Candy Bars 2/$3.00
Coupon for $1.00 off a bag (you can print twice)
$1.00 for 2 bags or $.50 each!

Goldkist Whole Chicken $.69/lb (average chicken is 4lb) = $2.7
Don't know what to do with a whole chicken? Put it in the slow cooker until the meat falls off the bone. Use it in your favorite chicken recipe or just out of the pot. It's really easy! There's no complicated carving when you use the slow cooker!

County Market Milk 2/$5.00
This is cheap for County Market, though Aldi is generally the cheapest place for milk. It always seems to be $1.99 there.

I would recommend printing the above coupons even if you don't live near a County Market because they are really good coupons! Hold on to them and check the deals in your area.

To see County Market's ad online go here.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Printable Coupons Specifically

Do you feel like you can't be a successful couponer because you don't subscribe to the newspaper? Think again! Here are a few keys to printing coupons online:
  • Many online coupons come directly from the manufacturer's site. More often than not, they will want you to register with them. I have a special email account that I use just for this purpose (I'm partial to Gmail). Then my regular email doesn't get too out of control. It is nice to have all my coupon and special offer mail in the same place.
  • Coupons that don't come directly from the manufacturer's site (as well as many that do) usually require a "coupon printer." The device is very user friendly, safe, and easy to download (as long as it is a reputable coupon site... no promises on the sketchy ones). Once it is downloaded you are good to go. You can click on my sidebar to download the printer. Once you have the coupon printer installed (or maybe even before) you will see all the coupons available at in my sidebar. You can scroll through (or click on "see all coupons") and them and print them directly. They change periodically.
  • Generally, you are allowed to print online coupons twice, though it depends on the coupon. I usually press back or go through the process again to see if I am allowed to print another. If I am, great. If not, it will tell me that I have reached the limit for this coupon. While I know I could find ways around this, I feel it is important to respect this and be honest in printing online coupons. Some stores have decided to not accept printable coupons because of fraud and dishonesty, fortunately, none that I know of in my area. Let's not ruin it for everyone by cheating the system.
  • If you're having trouble installing a coupon printer application or printing from it, try switching browsers. Firefox is my browser of choice, but I have found a few coupons that don't like Firefox (so I reluctantly copy the address into IE and print).
  • Cut out your coupons. This may seem like a no-brainer for the seasoned couponer with binders and filers galore, but a first-timer may not think of it. Not only is it easier for you to organize, your cashier will be much happier, as well.
  • Recycle! Save money and trees by printing your coupons on scrap paper!
  • One good resource for online coupons is Hot Coupon World's database. Put what you are looking for in the box labeled description. Both general ("toothpaste") and specific ("Crest") are fine. You can put in the type of coupon you're looking for (choose "printable" from drop down menu).
If you're new to couponing altogether, read Coupons in General.

Coupons in General

If you're like me (or like I was), you're probably wondering how clipping (or printing) a coupon for some cents off here and there is going to ever make a dent in your grocery bill. For those of you who are skeptical and/or new to the art of couponing, let me explain a few of my secrets:

  • Never use a coupon on an item at regular price. Obviously, $0.35 off a box of granola bars that costs $2.99 is far from a stellar deal. Though every bit helps and will add up eventually, you can do much better. Read on.
  • Wait until the sale price is good (or great) before using your coupons. When your granola bars are on sale 2/$3.00, your $0.35 coupon makes a bigger dent. Matching coupons up with sales is key.
  • Find out if any stores in your area do double or triple coupon days. Stores usually have a maximum amount they will double (i.e. coupons up to $0.50) and sometimes a maximum number of coupons they will double in a transaction (i.e. up to 15 coupons doubled per transaction). Combine this with a sale, and your coupon gets a lot more mileage. Your $2.99 granola bars are now down to $.80 a box.
  • Look for store coupons as well as manufacturer coupons. They can be combined to go toward the same item. This is a great way to get things free (see example of Pert Plus in the previous post). Store coupons can be found on store websites, in their ads, and monthly circulars. Manufacturer coupons can be found online, in newspaper inserts, in magazines, on tearpads or blinkies in the store aisles, or in your mail.
  • Clip and print coupons for any items that your family uses or would use if you got them dirt cheap or free. When you find coupons you're pretty certain you will use, it is much easier (at least for me) to clip or print them when you come across them, than try to find them when the sale actually comes up. If you don't use them, you haven't lost much.
  • Clip all high dollar value coupons. If you scroll through the coupons on the sidebar, for example, you should find some coupons for $1 off Kelloggs cereal. In Utah there were always 10 for $10 cereal deals at one store or another. That would mean free cereal! Here the lowest I have seen it go is 2/$3 (though I've only been here 2 months), but $.50 for a box of cereal is still pretty good! High dollar coupons don't usually get doubled, but they go a long way with sales. But, once again, don't just use the coupon because you have it, even if it has a high value. Wait for the deal to come along.
  • Plan to stock up. When you can legitimately get more than one of a coupon, do it! If you stock up on things you know you'll need and use, you won't have to make extra trips to the store to go buy them at full price. Having a food (and other essentials) storage is a great idea anyway!
  • Don't stress out and overdo it. Though you may have more time than money, don't overspend yourself saving. It's true that every little bit counts.
To you couponing newbies:
Did this all make sense?
What other questions or curiosities do you have?
Are you excited to start saving or still not convinced?

To you seasoned savers:
Did I miss anything?
What other general couponing advice do you have?