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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Weekly Deals 1/31-2/6

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

These deals are matched for the Nashville, TN area or Louisville Region. It's the last week of the Mega Event (see below) so be sure and take advantage of these deals.


Red or Golden Delicious Apples, $0.99 lb.
Red or White Seedless Grapes, 1.28 lb.
Doritos, $1.99
Tyson Entrees, $3.50
Assorted Pork Chops, $1.99 lb.
Angus Ground Chuck, $1.99

Heinz Ketchup, $1.59
-$0.75, 01/03 SS
*Total is $0.84

Old El Paso Heat & Serve, $1.25
-$0.50 (doubled), 1/3 SS
-$0.50 Cellfire ecoupon
>See Catalina deal below to make this a money maker!

MEGA EVENT: Instantly recieve $5 off your order WYB 10 participating items. You must purchase in multiples of 10 to get this discount. Limit 3 per transaction. Prices below shown after $0.50 per item discount.

Pepsi 2L, $0.79
Kraft Mayo, $1.99
Motts Apple Juice, $1.49

Philadelphia Cream Cheese, $0.99
-$1.00 off from Winter Publix Grape Magazine

Capri Sun 10 pk, $1.61
-$1.00 WYB 2 Capri Sun printable
*Total is $2.22 or $1.11 each.

Rotel Tomatoes, $0.50
-$0.30 (doubled), 1/24 SS

Sargento Cheese Shreds or Slices, $1.49
-$0.50 (doubled) Kroger My Magazine
*Total is $0.49
>Also look for $0.55 Q in the Nov. & Dec. ALL YOU Mag to get them for $0.94.

Honey Bunches of Oats, $2.19
-$1.00 WYB 2, 1/17 SS
*Total is $3.38 or $1.69 each

Birds Eye Steamers, $1.49
-$0.50 (doubled), 1/10 SS
*Total is $0.49

Chex Mix, $1.49
-$0.50 (doubled) Chocolate Chex Mix printable or printable
-$0.50 Cellfire or Shortcuts ecoupon

Franks RedHot Sauce, $1.19
-$0.50 (doubled), 1/14 SS
*Total is $0.19

Electrasol Finish Detergent, $2.99
-$2.50 off, 1/3 SS
*Total is $0.49

Quaker Quakes Rice Snacks, $0.79
-$0.75 off, 1/10 RP (regional Q)
*Total is $0.04

French's Mustard, $1.19
-$0.30 (doubled), 1/24 SS
*Total is $0.59

Hunts Can Tomatoes, $0.50
-$0.45 (doubled) WYB 3, 01/10 SS
-$0.45 WYB 3 Shortcuts ecoupon
*Total is $0.15 or $0.05 each.

Kraft Cheese Bars, Shreds or Cubes, $1.49
-$1.00 WYB 2 Kraft printable or 1/24 SS
*Total is $1.98 or $0.99 each.

New York Garlic Bread, $1.99
-$0.50 (doubled) New York printable or printable
*Total is $0.99

Nature Valley Granola Bars, $2.19
-$0.40 (doubled) Nature Valley printable or printable 1/3 GM
-$0.40 Cellfire ecoupon
*Total is $0.99

Mission Tortillas, $1.49
-$1.00 Mission printable
*Total is $0.49

Hormel Chili with Beans, $0.79
-$0.55 off WYB 2 1/24 SS
*Total is $1.03 or $0.52 each.

Fiber One Bars, $2.19
-$0.40 (doubled), 1/3 GM
-$0.40 Cellfire or Shortcuts ecoupon
*Total is $0.99

Toaster Strudel, $1.49
-$0.55 Cellfire or Shortcuts ecoupon

Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn, $2.49
-$0.50 (doubled), 1/24 SS
-$0.70 Shortcuts ecoupon off Poppycook (if included)
*Total is $0.79.

I Can't Believe Its Not Butter, $0.99
-$1.00 off, 11/15 RP

Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat, $2.99
*Total is $1.99

KROGER CATALINA DEALS: Visit Mommy Snacks for more details.

Kraft: Purchase $20 and earn a $2.00 Catalina to use on your next order. Expires: 5/8

Purex: Buy 2 detergents and earn a $4.00 Catalina. Buy 3 detergents and earn a $5.00 Catalina to use on your next order. Expries: 3/7

Pillsbury: Buy 4 refrigerated goods and earn a $2.00 Catalina. Buy 5 and earn a $3.00 Catalina. Buy 6 and earn a $4.00 Catalina to use on your next order. Expires: 2/21

Old El Paso: Buy any 3 OEP products and earn a $1.00 Catalina. Buy 6 and earn a $3.00 Catalina to use on your next order. Expires: 2/21




Saturday, January 30, 2010

Drug Store Deals 1/31-2/6

Here are MY favorites for this week. To see full-ad matchups, please click on the store name. Scroll down for CVS.

Beware that there are many coupons expiring on Sunday, 1/31. You will need to hit up the stores on day 1 to make those deals work.

WEEKLY DEALS: Lots of FREE or MONEY MAKER deals this week.

Vitamin Schtick Lip Care, $1.99
-Earn 2 RR

Blink Tears, $7.99
-Earn 8 RR
-$2.00, 1/31 RP

Joint Juice 30 pk, $10
-Earn 10 RR
-BOGO Joint Juice printable (must register)

Scalpicin Wipes, $5.99
-Earn 6 RR

Zicam Cold Sore Gel Swabs, $10
-Earn 7 RR
-$1.00, 11/22 SS
*Total is $2.00
>Check for $3 peelies to make this FREE.

Accu-Check Aviva Glucometer, $14.99
-Earn 5 RR
-$10.00 off Aviva, 11/08 SS
-$5.00 Winter Diabetes & You Mag (found in the pharmacy) - exp. 1/31

Advil/Thermacare Promo: Earn 5 RR WYB 2
Participating Products Inlcude:
Advil 40-50 ct, $4.49 ($2.00, 11/15 RP - exp. 1/31)
Advil PM 16-20 ct, $4.49 ($2.00 off Advil printable or printable)
ThermaCare 8 hour, $5.99 ($3.00 ThermaCare printable)
*Prices vary. Can get 2 Advil FREE or 2 TC for $0.49 each.

PepsiCo Promo: Earn 10 RR WYB $20
Participating Items Inlcude:
Pepsi 12 pk, $3.00
Tostitos Chips or Dip, $2.50 ($1.00 WYB both Jan. ALL YOU Mag)
Lays Chips, $2.00
Doritos, $2.50
Pepsi 2L, $1.25
*Mix and match to get to $20 (before coupons) to earn 10 in RRs. Also valid for PepsiCo Rebate.

Campbell's Cream Soups, $0.89 w/in-ad coupon
*Total is $2.56 or $0.64 each.

Printer Cartridge Refill, $9.99 w/in-ad coupon
>Not all stores have this equipment. Call ahead.

Good filler items:
Russell Stove Valentine Candy, $0.29 with in-ad coupon
Royal Gelatin, $0.20 with in-ad coupon
Scotch Mailer or Tape, $0.39 with in-ad coupon
Valentine Tumbler, $0.17 with in-ad coupon

CVS is now offering Double Bucks on CVS brand items and prescriptions until March 15th. You will need to enroll your CVS card here.

Dove Men's Care, $5.49
-Earn 5.49 ECBs, limit 2
-$1.25 off Body Wash or Scrubber, 1/31 RP

Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste, $2.99
-Earn 2 ECBs, limit 1
-$1.00, Jan. ALL YOU Mag
>Use Colgate $0.75 printable to get it for $0.25

Unilever Promo: Earn 3 ECBs WYB $10, limit 1
Participating Items Include:
Hellman's Mayo, BOGO ($0.75 Hellman's printable)
Skippy Peanut Butter, 3/$5 ($0.40, 1/31 RP)
Ragu, 3/$5 ($0.75 WYB 2, 1/31 RP)
Lipton Tea Bags, $2.50 ($0.60, 1/31 RP)
*Mix & Match to get to $10 (before coupons) to earn 3 ECBs.

Huggies Promo: Earn 5 ECBs WYB $20, limit 1
Participating Items Include:
Diapers, $10 ($1.00, 1/17 SS, printable OR $2.00 off Movers printable, Overnights printable)
Pull Ups, $10 ($2.00, 1/17 SS or printable)
Wipes, $3 ($0.50, 1/17 SS)
*Mix & Match to get to $20 (before coupons) to earn 5 ECBs.

Procter & Gamble Promo: Earn 10 ECBs WYB $25, limit 1
Participating Items Include:
Coke 2L, $1.25 ($0.50 off Coke printable)
Coke 12 pk, $3.33 ($0.50 off Coke printable)
Powerade or Fuze, $1.00 ($0.50 off Coke printable)
Pringles, $1.50
Pantene, $5.99 ($3.00 WYB 2, 12/27 PG- exp. 1/31)
Aussie, $5.99 ($1.00, PG 12/27 PG - exp. 1/31)
Herbal Essences, $5.99 ($1.00, PG 12/27 PG - exp. 1/31)
Head & Shoulders, $5.99 ($2.00 WYB 2, PG 12/27 PG - exp. 1/31)
Old Spice Deodorant, $2.50 ($1.00 WYB 2, PG 12/27 PG - exp. 1/31)
Secret, $2.50 ($0.25, PG 12/27 PG - exp. 1/31)
Bounty 6 pk Towels, $5.79 ($1.00 WYB 2, PG 12/27 PG - exp. 1/31)
Febreze, $4.49 (BOGO, 1/17 PG)
Tide, $10.96 ($0.35, 1/17 PG)
Duracell AAA or AA 4 pk, $2.99 ($0.75, 12/13 RP - exp. 1/31)
*Mix & Match to get to $20 (before coupons) to earn 10 ECBs.

MONTHLY DEALS: Check out this post for the full list. Valid until 2/14.

Soy Joy 6 ct. Box, $6.00
-Earn 6 RR, limit 6
-$2.00 off WYB 5 CVS CRT

Glade Fabric Spray, $3.99
-Earn 3 ECBs, limit 3
-$1.00 off from SC Johnson Booklet

Oust Air Sanitizer 10 oz, $3.99
-Earn 3 ECBs, limit 6
-B1G1, 1/3 SS
*Buy 2 & use 1 Q: MONEY MAKER: $2.01

Wonka Gummies, $2.00
-Earn 1 ECB WYB 2, limit ??
-$1.00 off printable (use 2)
*2 FREE or $0.50 each. (Depends on limit)

Cottonelle Fresh Wipes Combo 84 ct. total, $5.98
-Earn 3 ECBs, limit 3
-$1.00 off 12/13 SS
*Total is $1.98




Friday, January 29, 2010

Popular Printables 1/29

If you are like me you are stuck at home today due to the impending snow storm. We'll January is drawing to a close so here's your reminder to print coupons before they disappear or reset. Check all your favorite sites like Coupons.com, SmartSource, Red Plum & Betty Crocker. Also, don't forget to load up ecoupons from Cellfire and Shortcuts. My suggestion is to do it now before the power goes out. :)

And a few more...

*RESET* Kraft (various products) - $10 total. Another set here.
*RESET* Kraft Cheese - $1.00 WYB 2 (Makes it $0.99 with the Kroger Mega Event)



Freebies 1/29

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Check out this list of FREEBIES. Don't forget to check out other FREEBIES posted every Friday. Hurry, some offers go fast!

Veggie Tales DVD - Shipping $2.99
Shutterfly 7x9 Book - Use code READYMADEBOOK (Shipping $5)
Kashi Sample - 3 to choose from
Surf Oil Essentials - must leave a tip on getting stains out (my fave is the good ole sun).
Kotex - 3 packages to choose from
Uniball Pen - Daily at 12 CST to the 1st 10,000

SHOPTEXT: Standard messaging charges apply
Text DOVEMEN to 46767 to recieve $4 in coupons for Dove Men+Care products. No one is certain if these will be mfg coupons or Food Lion store coupons.

AMC Movie Ticket - 1st 200,00 fans

*I use RoboForm to help me fill out freebie forms with ease. It is also FREE.



Thursday, January 28, 2010

Shopping Trip - Saved 76%

I was really worried about going over budget this week with all the good deals to be had. Can you say Mega Event? In the end, it all worked out just fine and I came in under budget yet again. Me likey!I

WALGREENS: I was back again this week for the Pepsi deal and I must say that our soda stockpile is looking pretty good. Hubby is happy for obvious reasons. I am happy because I won't be stuck paying for that little budget breaker for a while. I bought Mt. Dew (1.91), pita chips (0.09).

KROGER: I was all excited about the Mega Event this week. I ran out on day #1 to take advantage of the last day of the Kraft Catalina, which essentially meant very inexpensive cheese. I bought OJ (0.99), Rotel (FREE), cheese (0.37).

Round #2: I bought chocolate milk (2.59), rolls (0.99), tortillas (0.49), El Paso sides & shells (FREE), tomato products (0.05), egg roll wrappers (2.39), bread (0.78).

PUBLIX* & FOOD LION & ALDI: I bought raisins (1.49), ibuprofen (1.99), banana bunch (0.78), canned veggies (0.46), fries (1.63), grapes (1.79 lb). apples (0.80 lb), mango (1.00), carrots (0.99), lunchmeat (2.00), aspirin (MM), gelatin (MM), dressing (0.73), mac & cheese (0.50), Tyson entree (0.50), pizza (FREE).

Regular Price: $174.81 +4.61
Savings: $132.78 or 76%
Actual Cost: $42.03 + 4.61 (ALDI) = $46.64

*At Publix I had a 1st and, I'll admit, I was a little shocked. They literally handed me money out of the register. I'm sure you are wondering how I ended up in the negative. Well, my Publix accepts Walgreens Register Rewards since they are technically manufacturer coupons. I had guesstimated that my total would be around $12 so I included $11 in RR with my coupons. Turns out my total was around $10, so that put me in the negative. I tried to have them just give me back the $1 RR but the manager said he would take care of it and told me they were paying me to shop at their store today. :) Um, okay. Fine by me.
What about you? How did your shopping go this week? What good deals did you find?


Cutting the Mustard

I know, not the best of titles but I bet it got your attention! Keep reading. I promise there is a point.

Yesterday a friend of mine made a rather humorous comment on Facebook about being in line behind a "couponer" at Kroger who was purchasing 8 bottles of mustard. This sparked a pretty interesting string of comments. I adore my friend (luv u EE) but I was all for this coupon lady who was clearly stockpiling the French's mustard that is on sale for $0.59 this week at Kroger after sales & coupons. The question arose as to why this lady couldn't just buy the Kroger mustard at the same price ($0.59) and be done with the whole ordeal without ever clipping a coupon. No, and here's why.

It's a common myth that buying the store brand is the most inexpensive and the best way to save money. As I teach in my classes, manufacturers spend big bucks promoting their products throughout the year. One of the ways they do this is by having the item on sale so that it gets face time in the weekly ad for grocery stores. The other way they promote is through coupons. When a savvy shopper combines a coupon with a sale price they will almost always be able to purchase the brand name for less than the store brand. In the case of the French's mustard. The retail price is $1.95. The Kroger brand retail price is $0.79. The couponer in question combined her coupon with the sale price to get the brand name for $0.59 or $0.20 less than the Kroger mustard. Note: If she was lucky enough to have the $0.50 coupon she would have gotten the mustard for $0.19 each.

There was also a debate about why she needed to purchase 8 (I repeat 8) bottles of mustard. First of all, we have no idea how many folks she is feeding at home. She "could" have a rather large family to provide for. Second of all, mustard has a very long shelf life. I checked a bottle today and the shelf life says is good for another 16 months. The later brings me to the concept of stockpiling. You can read more about stockpiling in my other blog post. The jist of this shopping style is that you buy enough of a product at a rock bottom price to last you until that item goes on sale again. Sale cycles typically run 6-12 weeks. If you purchase a 3-month supply at that super low price then you won't be stuck paying full retail when you run of that product in a few weeks and then a few weeks after that and so on. In the above case, this woman purchased 8 bottles of mustard for the retail price of just 2 which is a savings of $10.88 overall. The impending weather situation is another reason to stockpile.

My poor friend was stuck in line behind this mustard gal for quite some time because the lady had a rather large purchase and many coupons. Personally, I know this is me many times. I do try and let folks scoot in front of me if I see they have just a few items because I know my order will take time. However, ultimately I am doing what I know I have to do to keep my keep my family fed while saving money and I am certainly not going to apologize for that... no matter how long I hold up the line. :) I know that couponing is not for everyone but, for those who are willing, it honestly can save you big bucks. Check out my post on how I saved over $6000 in 2009. My point is, don't knock it 'til ya try it.

What are your thoughts about stockpiling and couponing in general? What is your honest reaction if you are in line behind a coupon queen like me? Inquiring minds want to know. =)


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Popular Printables 1/27

There are loads of great coupons this week. Remember to print right away as some reach print limits quickly!

Baked Lays - $1.00
Bayer Asprin - $1.00 (FREE @ Publix this week)
Kraft Cheese - $1.00 WYB 2 (Makes it $0.99 with the Kroger Mega Event)
Johnson's Baby Product - $1.00 (Score cheap or Free Buddies Bars)
Post Cereals - $2.00
Kraft Cheese - $1.00 WYB 2
Chex Mix - $0.50 (FREE with Kroger Mega Event & ecoupon)
Kraft (various products) - $10 total. Another set here.
Perdue Short Cuts - $1.00 (zip 45459)

Big Lots - 20% off entire purchase (exp. 1/31)