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Monday, November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday occurs on the Monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday. It is dedicated to all things shopping online. Here are a few good deals you may want to check out. Remember, if you do online shopping, you should always go through a site like Cashbaq to earn money back on your purchases. It's easy and FREE to signup.

Amazon - Okay they have a few good deals. First, you can get a Wii for $199 + a $20 gift card. They also have lightening deals going on throughout the day. While you're there check out their list of 500 FREE MP3 downloads for some Christmas Music.

BabyLegs - I love me some BabyLegs. Check out the BOGO sale on the SuperSoft line + lots of sale items.

Toys R Us - Free shipping with $50 purchase and $10 off a $60 order when you use Google Checkout.

Target - Free Shipping when you spend $50 or more on select items (over 125,000 to choose from).

Children's Place - $5, $6, $7, $8 sale going on & free shipping with code FSCM9.

Gap, Old Navy & Banana Republic - Free Shipping + 20% off with code MONDAY.

Victoria's Secret - Get 3 sweaters for $30 with code 3FOR30 + FREE scarf with code SCARF 09. You can also use code VSSAVE20 to get 20% off your entire order.

Lowe's - Kitchen Aid Artisan Mixer for $99.99 (Retails for $200).

Also, check out this great list from Couponing 101 for more great Cyber Monday deals. If you come across some other great deals today, please leave me a comment here or on Facebook.

Remember, you must shop from the Cashbaq site in order to get your cash back reward. Happy shopping!


Sunday, November 29, 2009

FREE Photo Cards - 1 day left

If you still need Christmas Cards there is 1 day left to snag 100 for FREE. My cards turned out beautifully and I have already started sending them out. You can get them too by following these steps.

1. Go to SEE HERE (by Fuji).
2. Create an account.
3. Design your 4x8 card using a variety of backgrounds, frames and art.
4. Put 50 cards in your cart.
5. Use code "newbaby" or "freebies4mom-1109"
6. Pay $3.19 for shipping.

I received my cards within 48 hours and they also came with envelopes. You can only use 1 code at a time but both codes are still working until 11/30.

*You also receive a credit on your account for 100 FREE 4x6 prints just for signing up.


Weekly Deals 11/29-12/5

Remember, I only post MY favorite deals. You can see full ad matchups by clicking on the store name. Scroll down for Target.

These deals are matched for the Nashville, TN area or Louisville Region.

GIFT CARD PROMO: Purchase $100 in participating gift cards and get $10 off instantly at checkout. Limit of 5 per household. Click link for details.


Ground Chuck (family pack), $1.99 lb
Iceburg Lettuce, $0.88
Avocados, $1.00
Mangoes, $1.00
Red or Golden Delicious Apples, $0.99 lb
Organic Bartlett Pears, $0.77 lb
Kroger Cheese, $1.25
Doritos, $2.48

Tony's Pizza, $1.00
-$0.50 (doubled), 10/4 SS

Nabisco Ritz Crackers, $1.99
-$1.00 WYB 2 Nabisco School Home Mailer or Jingle in Your Holidays Booklet
-FREE Crackerfuls WYB Ritz, 8/23 SS (exp. 11/30)
*Prices Vary depending on coupons used.

Hormel pepperoni, $3.00
-$0.35 (doubled), 11/1 SS
*Total is $2.30

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, $1.00
-$1.00 WYB 3, 11/15 GM
-$0.40 WYB 2
Cellfire or Shortcuts ecoupon
*Total is $1.60 or $0.80 each.

Pillsbury Grands Biscuits, $1.00
-$1.00 WYB 3, 11/15 GM
-$0.30 WYB 2
Cellfire or Shortcuts ecoupon
*Total is $1.70 or $0.85 each.

Crescent Rolls, $1.00
-$0.50 (doubled) WYB 2 printable, printable, printable, printable or 11/15 GM
-$1.00 WYB 2 Cellfire ecoupon

MIX N MATCH 10 for $10: You can buy 1 item for $1.00.

Kroger Cream Cheese
Kroger Sour Cream
Kroger Buns
Kroger Tortilla Chips
Kroger Pretzels
Kroger Marshmellows
Kroger Frozen Pizza
Kroger Peanut Butter

ONE DAY SALE: Friday, Dec. 4th - 50% off selected Kellogg's and Keebler items

Kellogg's Cereal
-$1.00 WYB 3 printable
-$1.00 WYB 2 Rice Krispies printable
-$0.50 off fruit WYB Special K printable

Kellogg's Bars
-$1.00 off Cinnabon Bars printable
-$1.00 WYB 2 Special K Bars printable
-$1.00 WYB NutriGrain Bars printable

Keebler Cookies & Crackers
Various coupons @ Snackpicks

Kashi Cereal & Crackers
-$1.50 off Go Lean Crunch Vocalpoint Home Mailer




Saturday, November 28, 2009

Posting Schedule

I just wanted to share with you what my posting schedule is for Coupon Queen Diaries. There really IS a method to my madness, I suppose. I generally try to follow this posting schedule so that you get the matchups on the day that the new ad comes out.

- Grocery Store Matchups (Kroger)
Wednesday - Grocery Store Matchups (Publix, Food Lion, Aldi)
Thursday - Shopping Trip (See pics and totals of what I bought this week)
Friday - Freebies
Saturday - Drug Store Matchups (Walgreens, CVS)

I post about Popular Printables on an as needed basis and other special deals as they arise. I also post my Workshops as soon as the date and time has been finalized.

If you are an e-mail subscriber, my updates will be delivered to your email box between 3-5 pm each day if there is a new post available. RSS subscribers will receive my feed in their reader of choice anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour after I have posted. Finally, my Twitter followers and Facebook Fans receive notification within just a few minutes of me posting.


Drug Store Deals 11/29-12/5

Here are MY favorites for this week. It's a slow week for CVS but Walgreens has a few decent deals. To see full-ad matchups, please click on the store name. Scroll down for WALGREENS.

Don't forget to be on the lookout for the new December coupon booklet. They are typically right next to the weekly ads at the front of the store.


Complee Multi-Purpose Solution, $7.99
-Earn 7.99 RR
-$1.00 off Complete, 10/25 RP

Oral-B floss or picks, $2.50
-Earn 3 RR WYB 2
-$1.00 off Oral-B, 10/11 or 11/29 PG (use 2)

Band-Aid Bandages, $1.50
-Earn 1 RR WYB 2
-$0.50 off Band-Aid, 8/2 SS (exp. 11/30) (use 2)
-$2.00 off Band-Aid Characters from Walgreens Children's Activity Book (will deduct $4.00)
>Even without the Wags coupon, they are only $0.50 each.

Kids Dental Care Toothbrushes, $2.50
-Earn 5 RR WYB 4
-$1.00 off Oral-B Stages, 11/1 PG (exp 11/30) (use 4)
-$1.00 off Oral-B or Zooth from Walgreens Children's Activity Book (will deduct $4)
>Even without the Wags coupon, they are only $0.25 each.

Gillette Fusion Razor, $8.99
-Earn 4 RR
-$4.00 off Fusion, 11/29 PG
*Total is $0.99

Quaker Cereal, Pancake Mix, Granola Bars, Oatmeal or Syrup, $2.50
-Earn 2 RR WYB 2
*Total is $3.00 or $1.50 each.

Ecotrin, $1.99 with in-ad coupon
-$2.00 off 10/11 RP

Good filler items:
Christmas Pencils, $0.12 with in-ad coupon
Christmas Votives, $0.16 with in-ad coupon


Dentek, $1.99
-Earn 1.99 RR

Natrol Acai, $4.00
-Earn 4 RR

Soft & Beautiful Botanicals Relaxer, $5
-Earn 5 RR

Coke 2 L, 3/$4.50
-Earn 2.50 RR WYB 3
*Total is $2.00 or $0.66 each.

Goody's Hair Accessories, $2.00
-Earn 2 RR

Quilted Northern Bath Tissue, $4.29
-Earn 1 RR
-$1.00 off printable
*Total is $2.29

The $5 off $30 coupon is still working if you haven't printed it already. Also, check out this post on how to get $5 with every $25 eGfit Card purchase.

Honestly, not much caught my eye this week. However, (don't laugh) the one thing that does peak my interest is the As Seen On TV Smooth Away. They are buy 1, get 1 50% off and I have been wanting to try this product. :) After all the great Black Friday deals I found, I'm not too disappointed. On second look, here's one more.

CVS Facial Tissues, $0.99
-$1.00 CVS $100 Coupon Booklet




Friday, November 27, 2009

Freebies 11/27

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Okay, I know this is a little late but technically it IS still Friday. :) I'm all out of whack in knowing what day it is because of the holiday. Anyway, I hope these freebies are an extra treat to go with your Black Friday deals. Be sure and check out some of my Black FRIDAY Freebies too.

MP3 Christmas Claus Album - LINK
Betty Crocker Calendar - LINK
$3 Amazon MP3 Code - MP34FREE
$10 Restaurant.com Gift Certificate - LINK
Millstone Coffee - LINK
Kindle for PC - LINK
Oriental Trading 2010 Calendar - LINK
Power Bar Energy Gel Blasts - LINK
Other Walmart Freebies - LINK

Note: I recommend setting up a seperate e-mail address for things like this but they are legitimate freebies and they do come. I use
RoboForm to help me fill out freebie forms with ease. It is also FREE.


Black Friday Online Edition

Shopping online
Well, it turns out that I didn't brave the crowds this morning. After pouring over the ads I discovered there wasn't anything that I just couldn't live without (downside of already having a jump on your Christmas shopping). The other thing I noticed was that I was finding some really great deals online and you just can't beat shopping in your PJs. Here's a quick run down of some good deals I found. Keep checking back. I will update this post as I come across more great deals today!

Magazines - These make great gifts and now they are inexpensive too. Check out Magazines.com to get a subscription for you or a friend. They have Real Simple ($5), Southern Living ($5), Good Housekeeping ($8), Family Fun ($9), Woman's Day ($10) + MORE! These magazines are known to have great coupons in them too for an added bonus. Men's magazines include Men's Health ($10), Field & Stream ($6), Care & Diver ($10). These prices are a great deal already but if you go through Cashbaq you can earn back 25% of your purchase price. So, that Southern Living magazine I mentioned is really only $4.25.

FLIP video camera - The FLIP deal I told you about yesterday just got better. You can now get one at 6pm.com for only $49.95. Again, if you are a member of Cashbaq, you earn 5% back making it only $42.45. Shipping is only $6.95 or FREE with a $100 purchase.

Shoes - Okay, every girl loves shoes, right!? Again, this is another deal from 6pm.com and you aren't going to believe it. They have NINE WEST shoes for only $9.95 each. Again, don't forget to go through Cashbaq to earn money back on your purchase.

Canvas Print - Some people are hard to buy for because they already have everything. The go to option for these people is photos. I mean who wouldn't love a beautiful family portrait. Well, now you can give them an 8x10 canvas print for FREE. That's right FREE. Check out Canvas People. They offer an 8x10 canvas print FREE or a $55 credit toward a larger canvas size. To sweeten the deal, you can also earn $6 back when using Cashbaq.

Blu-Ray Player - This is a new and hot electronic item to have. Amazon has the Toshiba 1080p (must have) player for $80 and FREE shipping. It is regularly $200, so this is an AMAZING price.

Blu-Ray DVDs - If you get that Blu-Ray player, you will definitely want some Blu-Ray DVDs to go with them. Check out this list of BR DVDs. Most of them are $10 or less.

Barbie Dream Townhouse - This is for the little girl on your list. It is regularly $160 but you can get it here for $99.99 and FREE shipping.

8 x 10 Collage - TODAY ONLY, you can get a FREE 8x10 collage print from Walgreens with code FINDJOY.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving + Deal!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for each and everyone of my readers. I am especially thankful for my family (namely my husband, Mike) who has supported my in this adventure from day 1. THEY are the reason I do this.

As a special Thanksgiving treat, I wanted to share with you a deal I found on Amazon today. (scroll down)
Flip Ultra Camcorder 2nd Generation, 120 Minutes (White) You can get a FLIP video camera for only $89 and FREE shipping. This is a great little camera that you can toss in your purse and take with you everywhere you go. If you have small children, you just never know when you will need that video camera. FLIP also makes it extremely easy to upload and transfer video files to your computer as well. It's a mommy must have! Check it out here.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Shopping Trip - Saved 78%

I am WAY under budget this week. Mainly because the new Publix ad doesn't start until Friday due to the holiday so I didn't get to make that trip this week. I will either stop in for the dry goods while we are away visiting or do a full visit when we get back but there are definitely some good deals that I don't want to miss.

KROGER: Dr. Pepper (3.00), Ice Cream (1.50), choc milk (2.29), OJ (0.99), crescents (FREE), bacon (1.75), egg nog (2.69 - Luv U Dad), yeast (FREE), pineapple (2.24), doritos (FREE), spices (FREE), celery (0.75), jelly (1.69), detergent (1.79).

WALGREENS: Crackers (0.50), Kleenex (0.14), chili (0.33), lotion (FREE), Triaminic (FREE). Best of all I am now eligible to submit the $10 rebate from Nabisco.

TARGET: Yes, I actually graced Target with my presence today. SHOCKER!!! I bought veggies (0.20), cream soups (0.16) + a few Christmas gifts. :)

Regular Price: $170.99
Savings: $132.78 or 78%
Actual Cost: $38.21 ($34.26 after ECP reimbursement)*

*Some of the Crackers and Kleenex will be going to my daughter's school.


Mid-Week Deals 11/25-12/1

Here are MY favorite deals for this week. To see full-ad matchups, just click on the store name. Scroll down for FOOD LION & ALDI.

SPECIAL NOTE: This ad does not start until Friday, November 27th for ALL AREAS. Publix will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Save-A-Lot $5 off $20 coupon. Use this if your Publix considers them a competitor.


Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, $1.79 (STOCKPILE)
Bananas, $0.39 lb.

Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt, $1.25
-$1.25 off printable
>Use $1.00 printable or from 10/4 SS to get them for $0.25 each.

Shedd's Country Crock, $0.87
-$0.50 (doubled) off printable

Fisher Fusions Snack Mix, $0.90
-$1.00 off any Fisher, 11/22 SS

McCormick Ground Black Pepper, $1.40
-$1.00 off McCormick, 11/1 RP
*Total is $0.40

Alexia Crunchy Snacks, $1.00
-$1.00 off 10/4 SS or Nov ALL YOU Mag or printable

Bic Disposable Razors (multiple varieties), $2.75
-$2.00 off 10/18 SS
*Total is $0.75

V8 Fusion, $2.50
-$1.00 off printable or printable
*Total is $1.50

In-ad coupons:
$10.00 off $50 BP Gas Card with $25 purchase (plus gift card)

ADVANTAGE BUYS: Valid until 12/4

Fresh Gourmet Salad Toppings, $1.50
-$1.00 off in Publix Family Style Magazine (front of store)
-$0.50 (doubled), 5/3 SS

Naturally Fresh Dressing, $2.00
>Look for $0.55 hangtag

Dreamfields Pasta, $1.66
-$1.00 off printable
*Total is $0.66

Morton Sea Salt, $1.89
-$0.50 (doubled) printable
*Total is $0.89

Check out Southern Savers and I Heart Saving Money for full - ad matchups.

SPECIAL NOTE: This is the same ad as last week. It will run until December 1st. Food Lion will be open on Thanksgiving Day until 3 pm.

Frozen Turkey 10+ lb, $0.57 lb.
Fresh Turkey 10+ lb, $0.98 lb.
Ground Chuck, $1.97 lb.
Sweet Potatoes, $0.39 lb.

Gold Pineapple, $2.99
-$0.75 off Del Monte Gold printable
*Total is $2.24

Green Onions, $0.44

Wesson Oil, $2.00
-$0.50 off printable
*Total is $1.50


Remember, these deals don't start in our area until Thursday.

SPECIAL NOTE: Aldi will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.




Tuesday, November 24, 2009


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Black Friday Tips

In case you are new to bargain shopping Black Friday is the most beloved deal shopping day of all time. Black Friday occurs on the day after Thanksgiving and truly the early bird gets the worm! Items will be deeply discounted to try and get you out and about in the wee hours of the morning. Most sales begin around 5 am. There will be door buster deals galore as well as ongoing deals throughout the weekend. Here are my tips if you are going to attempt Black Friday shopping. Yes, I will certainly be among them.

Shop early - If you don't want to be out in the Black Friday hysteria, there are plenty of deals to be had NOW. Amazon and Walmart are running some crazy online specials right now.

Get a sneak peek - Retailers will release their Black Friday ads early and you can use the following websites to browse and compare who will have what on sale and find where the best deal will be. You can (and should) grab a newspaper on Thanksgiving Day, which will have all the ads inside.

Take the ad & coupons - Don't expect the store to have copies of the Black Friday ad. Take yours with you. This also might help you identify the exact item you are looking for because size, color and model number do make a huge difference on Black Friday.

Bring a shopping buddy - I mean, if you are going to be up at the crack of dawn and standing in long lines, you might as well do it with someone you like. It will be a bonding experience for sure. Another person can also help you look for that treasured item and you can take turns holding the place in the checkout line while the other one shops.

Don't take the kids - Make a pact with Dad or another family member or a neighbor to watch the little ones. This may even mean picking up a special deal for them while you are out, but kiddos don't need to be up that early or out in that craziness. Honestly, its a meltdown waiting to happen.

Make a plan - Scour the ads to find out which door buster deals you can miss and go there first.

Plan to wait - I would suggest arriving at least 1 hour before the store opens to get a good spot in line. Wear plenty of layers to keep warm. You may want to even consider bringing a chair to sit in. Your buddy can always hold your place in line while you stash it in the car a few minutes before the doors open. Oh, don't forget your COFFEE!! Some Starbucks & McDonalds even open extra early just for us Black Friday shoppers.

Put on your happy face - No pain, no gain, right? And so it goes with Black Friday. You are going to be around grumpy, stingy and selfish people and not to mention the employees who aren't exactly delighted to have gotten up at 3 am. I prefer the kill them with kindness approach. Last year I even offered to help a lady find the LeapFrog she was looking for even after she wasn't exactly pleasant to me. Just be nice and be patient.

Charge your cell - Make sure that cell phone is all charged up and ready to go. This way you can keep in touch with your shopping buddy and find each other if you get lost in the madness.

Remember Cyber Monday - If you didn't find the deal you were looking for or if the idea of being out on Black Friday scares you to pieces, there is always Cyber Monday. This is the Monday after Thanksgiving where you will find a plethora of deals online. Be sure and check Retail Me Not to get special offer codes for discounts and free shipping. Don't forget to go through a site like Cashbaq to earn money back on your purchases.

Happy Shopping - Let me know of any great deals you find!


Popular Printables 11/24

Here's a list of some HOT printables right now. Remember to use the Back and Refresh button in your browser to print each coupon twice.

Rotel - $0.50 (FREE at Kroger right now)
Wet Ones - $1.50
Healthy Choice - $2.00 (reset, goes fast)
Publix Pet Coupons- $20+ total
Ritz Crackers - $1.00
Cofee-Mate - $1.00 (cheap when BOGO at Publix)
Iams Dog Food - $3.00 (comes by mail)
Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong - $1.00 (comes by mail)