Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
- Clementines are now $2.99
- Kraft Cheese now $0.49
- Del Monte veggies, four cans for FREE
- Tree Top Juice now $0.67
Also I have heard reports of $5/25 coupons for Rite Aid at coupons.com. However, I haven't been able to find it in my zip code. Try yours and you might get lucky. There is one at red plum (Thanks, Nicole!)
I am planning on hitting the stores tomorrow, with all the shoppers and two children. Wish me luck and I will post my deals for you to see.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
- Toys 50% off
- Lots of candy deals
- Welch's Sparkling Cider $2.50, use $1.50 from 11/15 SS
- Duracell Batteries, packs on sale for $5.99, $6.99, and $9.99, spend $15 get $5 SCR, varies coupons in 12/13 RP and 11/22 SS
- Ziplocs $1.99, use $1/2 from 12/6 SS and the $0.50 coupon from video values. Buy three and submit for SCJohnson rebate worth $5. Remember you can get this rebate 3 times before June 2010.
- Olay lotions and body wash $4.99 each. Buy two lotions, use two Buy body wash, get lotion free coupons from 11/29 PG. Submit for Olay rebate to get the purchase price of two lotions free. You get two lotions and two body washes free!
- Huggies $8.99, Remember this is the last week to earn your free Huggies coupon (by 5 packs get a coupon for a free pack). the coupon project has all the great diapers scenarios for you. I have to admit diaper deals are my "Kryptonite!" After six plus years of having one or two kids in diapers and always buying name brand. I am loving all these deals to get good diapers for cheap! I might have to pass on this though as I have already earned my Huggies SCR and my gift of savings, not to mention my daughter has a good few months of diapers. I also have to hide them from my husband, because I have too many! Sigh, cheap diapers will come again.
This is also the last week to get your gift of savings, actually until December 24. So, if you need any last minute stocking stuffers, spend your money at Rite Aid.
Friday, December 18, 2009
By the way this is my 101 post on this blog. How have you liked it? Did you learn anything? What would you like to see more of or less of? I have some big ideas that I am going to implement in January, but I would really like your input. Please leave a comment to let me know how I can best help you become a "deal diva!"
Thursday, December 17, 2009
- Free Fred Meyer preserves when you buy 2 jars Skippy Peanut Butter
- 7-up, A&W, Sunkist, Squirt $6/6, stack with $1/2 Sunkist coupon from 11/15 SS to get six Sunkists for $3
- Save $1/2 SC Johnson cleaning products, can be stack with manu and applies to SC Johnson rebate
- Free Huggies Wipes with 2 packs of Huggies Diapers. Huggies diapers are $8.99 for Jumbo pack, use coupon for both packs of diapers and wipes. If you have a Fred Meyer rewards card, you can also load ecoupons ($2/pack) on your card. Go to fredmeyer.com and log in to your account (need card number) and then select your coupons. When you scan your card, they automatically come off. These are again considered "store" coupons so they can be stacked. (I have never done ecoupons, so I am going to try this and post my results next week!)
- Save $10 of Spiral Sliced 1/2 ham
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Happy to say since I coupon and found the secret of drug stores, I do not. I still go in there, but it is rare and it always has a purpose (such as buying an AllYou mag). I have eliminated my several hundred dollar Walmart expense each month. I even have fuller pantry/bathroom/laundry room cupboards and am spending less. What some freedom to have to spend less time in super stores.
Now of course, I shop at walmart.com all the time, but it is a totally different experience. Plus, it is a great source of free samples. Be sure and check to see if there are any new ones you need here. They still have the Huggies and Pampers samples if you haven't got them yet.
So I need to know, do you "Walmart"?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
- Clementines $4.99 for 5 lbs box, $1 coupon from 12/6 SS
- Kraft Shredded Cheese $1.49, use $1/2 from 11/15 RP
- Minute Maid Orange Juice $1.99
- Del Monte canned veggies $0.50, use with this $1/4 coupon
- Buy one Sara Lee Pie, get another pie and 2 Cool Whips free
- Dole Pineapple and Mandarin Oranges $1, use coupon for both in 11/8 SS
- Tree Top Juice $1.67, use $1/2 at this link
- Duracell Batteries $5.99, use with $0.50 coupon from Sunday's paper, spend $15 get $5 SCR
- Buy any Gillette Razor or cartridge, get a Gillette Deodorant free. Use get free Gillette body wash, when you buy any Gillette Deodorant (11/1 P&G), $4 off Gillette razor (11/29 P&G), and $1 off Deodorant (11/29 P&G)
- Buy two Old Spice or Secret Deodorant, get one free. Use get free Old Spice Body Spray when you buy 3 Old Spice deodorants (11/1 P&G), $1 off two Old Spice deodorant (11/29 P&G) or Buy 2 secret deodorants get one free (11/1 P&G), $0.50 off Secret deodorant (11/1 P&G) PLUS qualify for a $2 SCR when you buy any two Old Spice or Secret Deodorants.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Let's review the steps
1. The rules you must obey
A. Always use coupons with a sale
B. It's okay to let coupons expire
C. Don't hit every deal
2. Gather info (read blogs!!)
3. Gather coupons (paper, online, packages, in store, mail, magazines, etc..etc..)
4. Organize your coupons (find a system that works for you)
5. Plan your trip (list and coupon to use)
6. Shop (be vigilant, observant, and polite)
7. Home (look it over, plan your meals)
8. Balance your stockpile (become a storer not a hoarder!)
9. Use rebates
10. Share (what your learned, deals you find with others)
11. Make it a habit (fit your new way of shopping into your schedule)
12. Limit (learn what deals to hit or miss and stay on budget)
I hoped these steps have helped you become a better shopper and couponer. Please take a minute to review them. Don't give up and don't get frustrated. Start slow and simple, you will get it! Remember couponing is like a part time job (10-20 hours/week for me, including blog time). I saved $60 today at the grocery store and it took me about 1 hour to plan. $60 an hour is a pretty nice part time job if you ask me.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
*Free: Philips Flip Universal Remote $9.99, $10 SCR
*Buy $20 in Hershey's Products get $5 SCR, Hershey's Kisses on sale for $1.99, use buy 3 get one free coupon from 12/6 SS. Hershey's Miniature are also on sale for $1.99, use $1/2 coupon from 12/6 SS for some cheap stocking candy.
*Free: Chapstick fresh effect $2.99, get $2.99 SCR
*Band-aid $1.99, with in ad coupon only 0.99
*Nivea Lip Care $2.99, $2 SCR
*Overage: Prell Shampoo 0.99, $2 SCR, overage of $1.01 UPDATE: You can get 5 SCRs on this item, so buy 5 Prells and make $5.05 in overage!
*Free: LA Looks Gel 0.99, use $1 coupon from 10/4 SS
*7 UP two liters, three for $3.99, use in ad coupon to get 3 for $1.99 UPDATE: Sunkist is included, use $1/2 from 11/15 SS to get 3 2 liters for $0.99!
Also please check out hip 2 save for some AWESOME scenarios. Check back on Tuesday when I post the deals for the 4 day ad. Cheap batteries to finish your Duracell deal!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
the krazy coupon lady has a giveaway for their coupon book. What a great way to learn more tips. I just might have to order myself this for Christmas.
frugal living nw has some great "money maker" ideas on that great Olay lotion rebate. I have some of this and is smells wonderful. Here is the rebate form, basically it is buy two Olay Quench body lotion, get a full rebate. There are some great coupons circulating that allow you to also get two free body washes with your lotions, so check frugal living to see how.
Did you find some great deals somewhere, please share.
Friday, December 11, 2009
My mother-in-law, who is not a couponer, but one of the best shopping buddies in the world, just bought a boutique-style, expensive looking nativity set. She showed it to us and mentioned that she got it 50% off. My husband questioned how much it was. She smiled and said:
"It doesn't matter how much, the more expensive it is the more you save when it goes on sale."
Thursday, December 10, 2009
First thing, USE COUPONS WITH SALES. Second thing, collect coupons (Sunday and online)and get informed. (Blogs). Review my steps. Start slow, choose ONE store and just coupon there for a few times. Then gradually start adding stacked coupons, rebates, and other tricks into the mix. The most important thing is not to get discouraged. One day it will all click. Be sure to ask lots of questions to me and other bloggers, we have blogs set up to help people learn. That would be my best advice, what is yours?
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The only time I get double magic is when KMart doubles, which hasn't happened for almost a year ago in the Northwest, or when Albertsons releases their doublers. I hate how you can only use three per transaction though. I am not really a fan of multiple transactions, plus when they did let me do it at Albertsons, they made me feel like I was getting away with something. Triples coupons, never even heard of it!
Another injustice is the price difference and lack of sale items in what is supposed to be a "national" ad...why? Why the unfairness? Aren't Western and Northwestern couponers deserving of the deals? Why do you hear about a great $3 coupon only to find it is $0.75 for your state or zip code? Seems just unfair to me, but maybe there is a reason, I just don't know it, do you?
And what about pulling the Red Plum inserts from the Utah, Idaho, and Nevada papers? Well, at least I can do something about that one. Go here to sign up for the Red Plum via mail. I have to warn you though, I tried this a few months ago and never got anything. However, Oregon still gets the Red Plum inserts in the paper and I did move since then, so probably one of those reasons is why. Which brings me to another injustice, why doesn't the postal service consider coupon mail "forwardable"? I know it is my favorite piece of mail to get, hmmm no love for the couponers.
What injustices have you noticed in your area? Let's vent!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
In ad coupons:
*Darigold Sour Cream 99 cents, use $0.40 from 10/11 SS, limit 2.
*Sargento Shredded Cheese, $1.49, limit 4
*Tropicana Juice, $2.39, limit 2.
*Darigold Butter, $1.79, use $.30 from 11/22 SS, limit 2.
*Stouffer's Lasagna party size $8.99
*Tyson Anytizers $2.49, use with $1.50 from 10/11 SS
Yeah! We have a catalina promo! Spend $15 get $5 cat.
*$1 Items: Progresso Soups, Betty Crocker Cake Mix, Progresso Bread Crumbs, Green Giant Boil in Bag Veggies
*$2.49: General Mills Cereal, Granola, and Snack Bars
*$1.25: SoBe or Pepsi Soft Drinks
*$1.69: Pillsbury Crescent, Grands, Sweet Rolls, Gold Medal Flour
*$1.99: Betty Crocker Premium Brownies, Muffins, Fiber One Toaster Pastries
*$1.39: Progresso Soups
*$2.49: Pillsbury Cookie Dough, Pie Crusts, Big Cresent or Flaky Twists.
*$1.29: Old El Paso Refried Beans, Betty Crocker Potatoes
*$2.49: Old El Paso Dinner Kits
*$0.69: Green Giant canned veggies (good filler to get to $15)
*$1.69: Chex Mix, Bugles, Betty Crocker Cookies, Bisquick
*$1.99: Green Giant Steamers
*$1.49: Betty Crocker Frosting
*$4.99: Aquafina select varieties.
The best part is a lot of these products have three places to print off coupons, so you can get 6 per product. Check out coupons.com, smartsource.com, and boxtops4education (all on sidebar)
You should be able to do several transactions and "roll" your catalinas. We "might" even get doubles on Sunday to save even more (cross your fingers)! Check out a thrifty mom and the krazy coupon lady for more matchups.
*SanDisk SD memory card $12.99, $5 SCR=$7.99
*All detergent $3.99, use $2 from 12/6 RP=$1.99
*Huggies Big Box diapers $17.99 with in ad coupon, use $2 off any box=$15.99 for a big box! Don't forget that you have until 12/26 to get five packs to qualify for the free pack of Huggies coupon SCR.
*Numerous Christmas decor/gift/candy specials.
Monday, December 7, 2009
UPDATE: $10/$25 Coupon
The first time you save more than you spend, get a freebies, or even get paid to take something home, is exhilerating! You will be wanting to hit every store in town to cash in on the great deals. My recommendation however, is DON'T! Several $25-50 trips at several stores will still blow your budget no matter how many "great deals" you are getting. Your time and energy is also important so spend it wisely. Set a limit for yourself and stick to it. You will have less burnout and learn the couponing system faster. This is hard to do and I am still working on it.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
*Phillips Flip Style Remote Control $12.99, $10 SCR=$2.99
*Duracell Batteries, spend $15 get $ SCR. Rechargables and chargers 40% off.
In ad coupon for $2 off hearing aid batteries.
In ad coupon for $1 off batteries, both can be stacked with manu from 11/22 SS
Be on the lookout for coupons inside packages too. I saw $15 coupons in specially marked packs.
*Welch's Sparkling Cider $2.50, use $1.50 from 11/15 SS or $2 printable
*Secret/Old Spice Deodorant 2/$4, SCR $1 on 2, use $1/2 11/29 P&G
Also in 11/29 P&G, buy 3 deodorants get free body spray
and buy 3 deodorants, get free aftershave (all Old Spice coupons)
For Secret use Buy2 get one free from 11/1 P&G
*Scotch pop up tape 2 for $4.28, get $3.29 SCR on 2, use $1/2 from 12/6 RP FREE TAPE. Let me just say, I tried this before and it is a great product. I could barely get it away from my daughter though, tape and a "bracelet" she was in heaven!
*Dymo Labelmaker $19.99, get $10 SCR UPDATE: my store had did not have this product in their store and did not know why not. I got a raincheck, if it pans out, I will let you know the details of getting an SCR item with a raincheck.
Friday, December 4, 2009
I had a question about Staples Rewards. I've never used the program. Is it like a rebate or do they give you a gift card to use at Staples? I'm trying to decide if the battery deal is good for me at not. We rarely go to Staples otherwise.
Good question, I will try to explain the Rewards program a little more. Please review Staples Reward program at their website if you have more questions.
Staples Rewards program is simple. You sign up at the store or online and then are given a card to use each time. It tracks your purchases automatically. The main benefits are:
*10% back in Staples Rewards on all ink & toner purchases
*10% back in Staples Rewards on all case & ream paper purchases
*10% back in Staples Rewards on all Copy & Print purchases
In addition to these, they also give you $3 for each ink cartridge you recycle.
They also will frequently have rebates. Right now the rebate is on batteries, you buy them and it is automatically attached to your account. You can check this online to make sure it was credited to your account. Once a quarter, they will mail out coupons for the amount you have earned. It is an actual coupon with a bar code. It has your name and account number on it (for tracking) and an expiration date, so be sure to use it before it expires, which is usually a few months.
To sum it up, if you don't have a rewards card:
1)Go to Staples, buy batteries (at front display in my store)
2)Cashier will ask for your rewards card, if you don't have one they can give you one right there. It is a simple 3 minute form with just a few name/address/email/etc type questions. (It is not a credit card!) Once you have a card, the rest is done automatically by Staples. All you have to do is wait for your coupon.
3)Your coupon should come in the mail for $12.99 in January. (You can double check your account status online if you want, but not necessary)
4) Use it like cash on anything in the store. No minimum purchase amount required.
It really is free batteries with very little effort. However, like all "deals" you have to decide if it is worth the time and effort on your part, to get to the store, to find the product, to fill out a card, etc... Use your best judgment.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Two fun ones right now: Ellen's 12 days of Giveaways starts today. Enter everyday for a chance to win Ellen's pick of fab Christmas gifts.
Lee Jeans sweeps this is through facebook. Every day for a month Lee Jeans is giving away 120 pair of jeans. Pretty good odds there. I know they are the original "mom jeans" but the picture looked much better than the "old" ones. Besides who doesn't need another pair of jeans. There are also men jeans available to choose from.
Good luck and let me know if you win! Don't forget to check out freebies 4 mom too. Heather regularly updates the most winnable sweeps that are out there.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Anyway the best deals I can see
*toys and electronics
*new-model cars-dealerships want to meet end of year goals
*homes-the best time to the year to buy is between Christmas and New Year's. Owners are usually in a generous mood through the holidays and also want to close the deal before the new year.
Also, be sure to check out After Christmas Sales, especially December 26, for great deals.