Grocery Price Matching

Saturday, September 11, 2010

So this week was my first foray into price matching. Finally the paper sent me all the local grocery stores' flyers so I was able to compare and see what to buy. We're used to just buying what we want to eat, not worrying how much it cost, and not waiting to buy something that's on sale. I'm trying to change that. Now, instead of planning meals and purchasing food for them, I'm purchasing food and planning meals around that!

I must mention first that I finally purchased a Foodsaver machine. It is winging its way to me from Ebay as we speak. So for that reason, I felt comfortable buying extra of things, so they can be cut up and frozen for the fall. Now this week's goal is to locate and buy a used freezer for the garage to put all my frozen yummies in! Plus I have pulled my old dehydrator out and we'll see what yummies I can make with it!


Not all purchases are shown. We had already put some up and as you can see from the breads, we ate some as well.

2 cabbages ($3.12 for both)
2 lettuce ($1.38 for both)
2 cucumbers ($1 for both)
2 green peppers ($1 for both)
10 red/orange peppers ($10)
10 lbs apples ($6.90)
11 lbs tomatoes ($8.00)
2 pkgs bath tissue ($10)
20 bags Malt-o-meal cereals ($0.50 ea)
9 Good Life buttery spreads (all free!)
2 artisan breads (1 free, other discounted w/coupon)
4 Barilla pasta ($2.36 all 4)
Mixed nuts (clearance rack $2)
2 ice cream 1/2 gallons ($1.88 ea)


Note: Walmart would not price match on the chicken so I headed over to Sunfresh to pick up the original chicken deal there. Walmart also did not have the smaller bags of cereal so I bought those there as well.

(not all meat shown)
18 lbs chicken breasts ($.88 lb)
10+ lbs pork chops and pork stew meat (discounted prices)

This week's total: $96.07

It's not the low number I want it to be but this is lots more food than we'll eat in a week, might cover two weeks with lots frozen for later. I think I did pretty well! Yay for price matching!

I'm Baaaccckkkk!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Yes, its been just about a month of no couponing. Okay, I might have done a few deals a few weeks ago but never posted about them. I'm sure I'll eventually share them, just to keep a visual diary of all that I've purchased. However, I did get some deals today, even  WITHOUT coupons!! Read on...

Today I was heading out, looked in my wallet and realized some of my CVS Extra Care Bucks had expired yesterday. PANIC!! That was a good chunk of money, about $14.00. I don't like to waste money so I popped into my local CVS, even without a plan or coupons and asked if they would honor the ECBs. They were very kind and offered to do just that. I love my CVS! 

The clearance section was a gold mine today. Don't forget to check yours every time. In previous visits I've come home with free makeup and about 10 free hairdye kits (after coupons.) It pays to look around the whole store.


I started this trip with $14.00 ECBs (10 on one card, $4 on another. I joined my two purchases here to save time.)

Excedrine Migraine (Orig. $10.99, sale $9.99)
(2) Dentyne Pure (Orig. $1.29, sale $0.99)
(4) Safeguard 4pk Soap (Orig. $2.99, clearance $0.30)
(3) Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap Pump (Orig. $7.99, clearance $0.80)
(5) Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap Refills (Orig. $3.99, clearance $0.40)
(2) CVS Smooth Skin Lotion (Orig. $5.99, clearance $0.80)
MG217 Medicated Tar Treatment (Orig. $9.99, clearance $0.40)
CVS Earth Essentials Room Mist (Orig. $3.99, clearance $0.39)
(6) CVS Foaming Hand Soap (Orig. $1.99, clearance $0.20)

Spent OOP: $6.77 (after $14 in ECBs)
Original Cost of Items: $107.35
Savings: $100.58
94% Savings!
+ Received $7 in ECBs ($5 for Excedrin, $1 each gum pk)
 
Coupon Kiosk Update: Mine spit out the following for me today: 
$5 off $30 purchase
Free Beauty charm w/$15 Beauty purchase
$3 off Almay Cosmetic
$3 of $10 grocery purchase (9/10 only)

I realize I have $10 more in ECBs that expire TODAY so I will be perusing the sale posts to see what I can use my money on WITH coupons. Stay tuned...

8/09 Target Spending

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

So Monday, I dragged the whole family through Target for 1 1/2 hours. DH was not so happy with me but we had picked him up from work and were going out to eat so I wanted to fit it in between. The deals were worth him frowning at me. :)


Airwick Air Mist (Orig. $2.99, sale $1.99)
used $1/1 coupon here
(2) Glade candles (Orig. $2.50)
used (2) $1/1 coupons 8/1 SS
(5) Tide Travel size (Orig. $0.97)
used $1/1 coupons 8/1 P&G
Merona Shoes (Orig. $19.98, clearance $9.98)
used $3/1 Target coupon here
Nail Polish Remover (Orig. $1.02)
(3) Hartz Crunch & Clean Treats (Orig. $1.66)
used (3) $1.50/1 coupons from ?? insert (I"ll try to update)
(2) Friskies Party Treats (Orig. $1.42)
used B1G1 coupon 7/18 SS
(4) Cesar Dog Treats (Orig. $2.99)
used (4) $2/1 coupons 8/8 RP
(3) Bandaid Bandaids (Orig. $2.29, sale $1.69)
used $0.50/1 Target coupon here
used $3/3 coupon 8/1 SS
(2) Five-Star 5 Subject Notebooks (orig. $3.22)
used (2) $2/1 coupon 8/8 RP (was originally for a binder, but they took it)
used (2) $1/1 Target coupon here
Portfolio Folder (Orig. $0.99)
(4) Post It Notes (Orig. $1)
used (4) $1/1 coupons here
(12) Scotch Tape (Orig. 1.69, sale $0.50)
used (4) $1/3 coupons 8/8 SS
Target Home Shelf (Orig. $19.99, sale $15.00)
used $10/1 Target coupon here

If you bought 1 Fabric Sweeper & 2 Pledge Multi-Purpose Sprays, you got a $5 Gift Card. I did this deal twice, plus bought 2 extra sprays. 
(2) Pledge Fabric Sweeper (Orig. $4.64)
used (2) $2/1 coupons here
(6) Pledge Spray (Orig. $3.99)
used (3) B1G1 free coupons 8/1 SS

Spent OOP: $34.17
Original Cost of Items: $145.41
Savings: $111.24
77% Savings!
+ Received $10 in Gift Cards

I think the best deal (besides the free Post It notes) was on the tape. 3 were $1.50 and with the $1 off/3, I paid $0.50 for 3 tapes! Like paying $0.17 each!


It was not a Super Target so I plan to go back and used my Gift Cards and pick up some yogurt, free Bic pens, more free Post It notes. I also want to do the cheese/free bread deal from the flyer. Hopefully everything won't be gone by the time I get there.

8/09 CVS MoneyMaker!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Well! August started off with a fizzle! 10 days of sickness really cut into my couponing days. It just seems wrong to miss out on a week of good deals! Oh well, I'm back on my game now. Yesterday I went to CVS to do some deals there. It was a definite moneymaker!

*NOTE: IF anyone needs the Dulcolax rebate form, I have an extra. Just holler.* 

(not shown: 2 Lipton tea jugs, 3 candy bars already devoured)

I have two CVS cards so I did these on separate ones to do the deals twice (bought 1 Dulcolax/Schick shaver on one, bought everything else on the other) but I'm putting them together in one list to save time.

Started with $14.98 in ECBs to use, plus a $5 off $30 purchase that printed at the CVS card kiosk

(2) Dulcolax (Orig. $12.99, sale $9.99)
used $4/1 coupon 5/16 SS
used $3/1 coupon 8/8 SS or Dulcolax website here
bottles had rebate tags on them that expired in February, but the company assures me they are honoring them til the fall, so get those in for $5 back!
(2) Hydro Schick (Orig. $9.99, sale $8.97)
used (2) $5/1 coupons 8/8 SS
you can send in for the Schick rebate of one Razor's price: form here
(2) Lipton Tea Jugs (Orig. $3.49, sale $2/$5)
(2) Airwick IMotion Kits (Orig. $9.99, sale $4.99)
used (2) $4/1 coupons 8/8 SS or Airwick website here
(3) Candy Bars (Orig: $0.89, sale B2G1 free)
(4) Almay makeup products (Orig. $7.99, clearance $2)
tried to have them do the B1G1 1/2 off deal on Almay but they wouldn't do it for clearance items, even though the ad didn't say that.
used (4) $1/1 coupons 7/25 SS
(2) Bic Disposable Razor sets (Orig. $3.99, sale B1G1 1/2 off)
used B1G1 free coupon 8/1 SS (it took off $3.99)
Xtra Detergent (Orig. $2.99, sale $1.99)
used $1/1 coupon 6/6 SS
Visine Eye Drops (Orig. $6.99, sale $3.99)
used $3/1 coupon here

Spent OOP: $37.65 - $5 off $30 - $14.98 ECB = $17.67
Original Cost of Items: $125.51
Savings: $107.84
86% Savings!
+ Received $27.98 ECBs + $5 Dulcolax rebate coming
Definite $15.31 moneymaker!! Or even if you didn't have the $14.98 ECBs I had, you make $0.33 at least.

Kmart Couponing

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I wish I lived closer to the Kmart I went to this week. I'm sure there are deals to be had there on a regular basis but I wonder if they would ever be as sweet as my Target/Walgreens/CVS deals? I had to run by this week though because they're having their 'Double Coupon' days. You can use 5 coupons a day, up to $0.99 doubled. That was worth it to me.


(5) General Mills Cereals (Orig. $3.99, sale 5/$10)
*Note: Not all GM were on sale, only select ones
used (5) $0.75 coupons (no longer available) that they doubled
(2) Hartz Crunch Clean Cat Treats (Orig. $1.99)
used (2) $1.50/1 coupons (no longer available)

Spent OOP: $3.48
Original Cost of Items: $23.93
Savings: $20.45
86% Savings!
 
Does anyone shop at Kmart regularly with coupons? I'd like to know about your experiences and if the trip is worth it!

Christmas TOYS Shopping Extravaganza!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

So, yesterday was the big day for most Targets across the country. 75% off select toys. Many were already on clearance and were marked down even further! I'm so glad I read deals forum boards sometimes. This was definitely not the sale to miss! 

(not pictured: screenprinting kit, 7 SkelAnimals the dd picked out and are sleeping on her bed now)

I have now just about covered 6 children's Christmases, a couple items for a teen, 3 children's birthdays, a couple toys to donate to Toys for Tots (which we usually do anyway) and I stocked away several things I know sell pretty well on Ebay at Christmas time. Do you know how I know? I bought very similar items last year! lol I didn't load up 7 carts like I heard some people did and were clearly only there to gather it all to sell on Ebay. But I did buy several things to sell. I figure, the money made off them will buy the Christmas presents for the rest of my family. Win win situation for me!


None of the 4 Targets I went to had Legos or Star Wars on sale like so many people are saying their stores had. Those are the two main things I was shopping for. I did however score a few Playmobil pieces, so I'm very happy with that.


I bought 55 toys with an average spent of: $3.18 a piece. I call this a fabulous deal!

Spent OOP: $174.75
Original Costs: $699.00
Savings: $524.25
75% Savings!!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Post - Almost free CEREAL & Cat Treats!

Walmart Weirdness

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I went to Wally World looking for things I couldn't find at Target. Couldn't find them there either but I thought I'd use up some coupons I had in the meantime.

Purina Kitten Chow (Orig. $3.98)
used FREE up to $2.19 or $2.19 off coupon 5/2/10 SS


Organix Shampoo (Orig. $5.94)
* MAKE SURE TO LOOK for 2-for-1 bottles (see pic, bottom shelf where they're almost gone!) Had a free Conditioner attached to it.*
* has a $5 rebate attached to bottle - when you buy 2 Organix and Alice In Wonderland Blu Ray, which I did here*



(6) Natural Instincts Hair Color (Orig. $5.97)
used (3) $5/2 coupons 7/11/10 RP
*WEIRD! - Cashier took $5 of EACH hair color instead*
Copy Paper (Orig. $3.25, sale $2.50) - needed

Spent OOP: $16.05
Original Cost of Items: $54.93 ( Included the price of two Organix)
Savings: $38.88
71% Savings!
Rebate - Will receive a $5 rebate

All in all this was a very good trip. Don't know why the cashier took $5 off each bottle but I'll take it. What is the coupon etiquette on that? Should I have turned around after I discovered the mistake and gone back? Hmmm, will have to think on that moral dilemma.

Back to Target for MORE DEALS!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

After coming home from Target 2 days ago, I found several more deals that I could do. So back I went yesterday to save myself some more money. Now the only hard part will be keeping the family from eating all the pretzels in one week!

*NOTE: Please excuse the photos. I put everything up before I realized I had not taken a photo. So here are individual photos taken on the stockpile shelves.*


(4) Tide travel size (Orig. $0.97)
used (4) $1/1 coupon 7/4 P&G


(8) Snyders of Hanover Pretzels (Orig. $2.24-$2.59)
used (8) coupons 5/23 SS and 7/25 SS
used (8) Target coupons here


(2) Chef Boyardee (Orig. $1.29, $0.89)
used (2) Target coupons here


(3) Aquafresh Kids Toothpaste (Orig. $1.62)
used (3) $1/1 coupons here
used (3) $0.50/1 Target coupons here


(7) Purina Friskies Cat Treats (Orig. $1.42)
used (4) $1/2 Target coupon here
used (6) B1G1 free coupons 7/18 SS (they took off of each one, essentially making them free)


(2) BIC Pen set (Orig. $1.00)
used $1/1 Target coupon here
used $1/1 Target coupon, came in home mailer
(2) Papermate Pen set (Orig. $1.00, sale $0.50)
used $0.50/1 Target coupon here
used $1/1 Target coupon, came in home mailer 


3 Musketeers (Orig. $0.69) - filler
Lipton Cold Brew (Orig. $2.54) - no sale, just needed
(2) MP Sugar Substitute (Orig. $1.79) -  no sale, just needed

used 39 coupons in all, plus my order (with candy bar) was just over $50, so I received a $5 GC to use another time (found the $5/$50 deal in a Target home mailer.)

Spent OOP: $6.79 (The total OOP is a bit off, the cashier did a bit of fiddling with the coupons and for some reason I saved another $4.98, weird but I'll take it!! lol)
Original Cost of Items: $51.55
Savings: $44.76
87% Savings!
If you subtract the GC, the savings is 97%!!

Target - A 56 Coupons Day!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Target had the best steals deals this week, I could not pass them up! It was all too perfect really, the exact ingredients to make a child happy on the exact day she is struck down with a cold. What could be better?


(2) Dole Salad Mixes (Orig. $2.39, sale $1.99/0.99)
used (2) $1/1 coupons won here
(20) Chef Boyardee (Orig. $1.29, sale $0.89)
used (16) $1/1Target coupons here
used (4) $1.50/4 coupons here
* Rec'd 4 of these cans free - some cans had coupon 'Get can whole wheat Boyardee w/3 cans purchase') *
(8) Juicy Juice 8 pk (Orig. $2.24)
used (2) $2/4 coupons here
used (8) $1/1 Target coupons here
(5) Bagel Bites (Orig. $2.24)
used (5) $1/1 Target coupons here
used (3) $1/1 coupons 6/13/10 SS
used (2) $1/1 coupons here
(6) SOBE drinks (Orig. $1.59, sale $10/10)
used (3) $0.50 Target coupons here
used (3) B1G1 free coupons won here
(4) Papermate Pen pks (Orig. $1.00, sale $0.50)
used (4) $0.50/1 Target coupons here
(4) BIC Pen pks (Orig. $1.00)
used (4) $1/1 Target coupons here

We also saw that Star Wars/Clone Wars sheets were on sale. They weren't marked 'sale' but the twin sheets were $19.97 and the full sheet set was $7.27. My daughter LOVES Star Wars so this was a deal we couldn't pass up!


Clone Wars Sheet Set (Orig. $29.90, sale $7.27) 

Spent OOP: $14.22 (The total OOP is a bit off, the cashier did a bit of fiddling with the free cans price so I probably should have paid $16.88, I don't mind the extra savings! lol)
Original Cost of Items: $107.14
Savings: $92.92
87% Savings!

It's been a stellar week of savings. I think I might just stop here for the week unless something else pops up I can't stand to live without! Walgreen deals didn't look too much fun so I'll hang onto my little RR I have for next week. Ta-ta for now!

* My poor sick babe sleeping peacefully in her new Star Wars sheets (with a cat nearby to take care of her.)

7-25 CVS Visits 97% Savings!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Yesterday was one of the busiest days. Between church, lunch, pet sitting, cleaning, packing DH for a trip, picking up his rental car, packing it, a late dinner and all the other things that go on with a Sunday/weekend day; it was amazing that I was even able to pop into a CVS to get any good deals! And I did it not once, but twice. The first time I was there I was quick because I had a list. But I did see that several things were in the clearance. So the next time I was home, I picked up my coupon box and went back to the store.  I got an amazing amount of loot in these visits!

CVS Visit #1


I started out with $28.97 in ECBs to use on my CVS trips...

(2) L'Oreal Everstrong Shampoo (Orig. $6.99, sale $5.99)
used (2) $1/1 coupons 7/18/10 SS
(2) Aveeno Positively Ageless Sunblock (Orig. $11.99)
used (2) $5/1 coupons here
U by Kotex Tampons (Orig. $5.29, sale $4.99) 
used $1/1 coupon here
Clairol ColorSeal Hair Treatment (Orig. $4.49, clearance $1)
(2) Physicans Formula Makeup (Orig. $1.99, clearance $0.25)

Spent OOP: $0.51 (After spending all my $28.97 ECBs on the order)
Original Cost of Items: $51.72
Savings: $51.21
99% of Savings
ECBs - Received $19.99 for another trip


CVS Visit #2



I started out with $19.99 in ECBs from above to use on this CVS trip...

(2) L'Oreal Everstrong Shampoo (Orig. $6.99, sale $5.99)
used (2) $1/1 coupons 7/18/10 SS
U by Kotex Tampons (Orig. $5.29, sale $4.99) 
used $1/1 coupon here 
(7) Clairol Nice-n-Easy Perfect 10 Hair Kir (Orig. 13.99, clearance $2)
used (7) $2/1 coupons 7/4/10 P&G
(2) Covergirl Eyeliner (Orig. $6.99, clearance $1.25)
used (2) $1/1 coupons 6/6/10 P&G and 7/4/10 P&G
Covergirl Lipstick (Orig. $5.99, clearance $1.25)
used $1/1 coupon 7/4/10 P&G
(3) L'Oreal Expert Hair Color (Orig. $14.29, clearance $2)
L'Oreal Preference Hair Color (Orig. $9.69, clearance $1)
can't remember what $1/1 coupon I used


Spent OOP: $5.72 (After spending $15.00 ECBs on the order)
Original Cost of Items: $180.04
Savings: $174.32
97% of Savings
ECBs - $4.99 leftover + received $9.99 = $14.98 for another trip
Rebate - Will receive a $20 rebate

Total savings for these 2 trips:
Spent: $6.23
Original Cost of Items: $231.76
Savings: $225.53
97% of Savings
ECBs - $14.98 for future use at CVS


Stay tuned for tomorrow's fantabulous, blow you away Target shopping trip!

Dumpster Diving & FREE Frappes

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Yesterday I dragged the little one and hubby to the local paper recycling bin. It's the third time we've done this in the last month. So I think they're finally getting over the embarrassment of throwing the child in the bin to hand us newspapers and hubby and I standing at the car going through the piles of papers. In deference to them, I do 'try' to hurry along, I know exactly what I'm looking for so that makes it easier.

This time was a huge score. Usually we'll get a pile of coupons to cut and file in my coupon box and maybe 8 different Smart Source/Red Plum inserts.


We came up with tons of coupons I had to cut...


and a whopping 24 inserts of Smart Source/Red Plum/P&G. Major fabulous!


I rewarded both of them for their hard work with coupons we found in the bin for FREE Smoothie or Frappe from McDonalds. I call that a sweet reward! (You can find the coupon stuck inside some of the 7/18/10 Parade mag inserts.) We found so many, we have 2 leftover for another day! Yum yum. The smoothies are okay but the caramel frappe is uber scrumptious!

July 18th Target Deals

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sometimes when couponing you're not going to get everything for free. But, as in the case of this week, I had birthday presents to buy. The coupons came in handy and saved me a good deal. I also came upon a full rebate offer, see below. All in all, great Target shopping!

TARGET Visit #1


My bill was much higher than normal this week because I was buying birthday presents of Play-doh. I'm going to have one happy girl on my hands come August 4th.


(2) Right Guard Travel Size (Orig. $0.99)
used (4) $1/1 coupons here
(4) Olay Body Bar (Orig. $0.99)
used (4) $1/1 coupons 7/4/10 P&G
(2) Sally Hansen Nailcolor Pens (Orig. $7.29, clearance $1.82)
(2 Pantene Products (Orig. $3.49)
used B1G1 free coupon 6/27/10 Parade Mag insert
(4) Pantene Travel size (Orig. $0.97)
used (4) $1/1 coupons 6/27/10 P&G
(2) Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kits (Orig. $0.99)
used (2) $2/2 coupon here
(10) Subject Notebooks (Orig. $0.99, sale $0.25, rang up at $0.15)
Play-doh Burger Builder (Orig. $15.99)
used $5/1 coupon won playing Play-doh game
Play-doh Spaghetti Factory (Orig. $10.98, clearance $7.68)
used $2/1 coupon won playing Play-doh game 
Armour All Wipes (Orig. $3.99)
used $3/1 coupon - now expired
Armour All Wipes (Orig. $3.99)
used $2/1 coupon here

Spent OOP: $23.89
Original Cost of Items: $78.21
Savings: $54.32
69% of Savings

TARGET Visit #2

The teen and I made a second Target visit after I was there the first time and saw that Veet was in the clearance, AND after we learned of the full rebate on the lunch bag. Couldn't pass up those deals!

(8) SOBE drinks (Orig. $1.59, sale $1.00)
used (4) B1G1 free coupons won here
(4) Veet Hair Removal w/free tube of same (Orig. $8.80, clearance $7.48)
used $3/1 Target coupon here
used $3/1 coupon here
Embark Lunch bag (Orig. $3.99)
inside has a coupon booklet worth $10 and a rebate of $4.97 back

Spent OOP: $13.91
Original Cost of Items: $45.55
Savings: $31.64
70% of Savings
Rebate: $4.97 coming
 
Total savings for these 2 trips:
Spent: $37.80 - rebate $4.97 = $32.83
Original Cost of Items: $123.76
Savings: $90.93
73% of Savings

Money Maker at Office Depot!

Friday, July 23, 2010


I am super excited about this rebate opportunity. Imagine, getting things for free, in fact it's a money maker! Watch and see how. Hurry, tomorrow (July 24th) is the last day to purchase your items to be eligible AND to use the $10/$25 coupon.

(4) Purell Hand Soaps $4.99 ea
Expo Dry Erase Markers $5.29
used $10/$25 purchase here
Hand Soap rebate form (can do up to 5 bottles)
Expo Markers rebate form (can do 1 package)

Cost: $25.25 - $10/$25 purchase coupon = $15.25
Rebates: $25.25
Money Maker value: $10.00

Now we're all ready for cold season with the hand soap and the markers will come in handy with homeschool math problems. What a fun money maker!

July 18th CVS & Walgreens Visits

I'm behind on typing up this week's savings but they were doozys so I don't want to miss writing about them! I love saving money! Stay tuned for tomorrow's Target post and Office Depot Money makers!

CVS VISIT


I started out with $24.98 in ECBs to use on my CVS trips...

I paid more up front with this order but I was buying diapers for my sister in law. It all works out in the end though with the ECBs. Also, for the sake of time, I'm grouping my two transactions together. I did 2 separate on 2 separate cards, to double my savings.

(2) Huggies Diapers (Orig. $11.99, sale $8.99)
used $1.50 coupon 7/11/10 SS
(2) Pantene Pro-V (Orig. 4.99, sale $2/$6.97)
used (2) $2.00 coupons 6/27/10 Parade Mag insert
(4) M&Ms (Orig. $.79, sale B1G1 free)
used B1G1 free coupon 6/27/10 RP
(2) Celsius 4 pks (Orig. $7.99)
used $2/1 coupon from Celsius (now expired)
(2) Nabisco Crackers (Orig. 1.99, sale $0.99)
used $1/2 coupon 5/16/10 SS 
(4) Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kits (Orig. $0.99)
used (2) $2/2 coupon here
Kiss Fake Nails (Orig. $7.99, clearance $2.00)
used $2/1 coupon here
(2) L.A. Gel (Orig. $0.99, clearance $0.25)

Spent OOP: $9.85 (used $21.98 ECBs to pay before this total)
Original Cost of Items: $71.01
Savings: $61.16
86% of Savings
ECBs - Rec'd $25.97 + $3.00 leftover (previous trip) = $28.97

Walgreens Visit


I didn't have any RR to pay with when I started. I was just like a newbie! hehe

Again, grouping all my transactions into one to save time.

(3) Colgate Total Toothpaste (Orig.$4.49, sale $3.49)
used $1/1 coupons 7/11/10 SS
(2) Dr. Scholls Massaging Gel Heel cups (Orig. $10.99)
used $5/1 coupon in Walgreens book (found in store)
used $2/1 coupon from here
(3) Pilot Pen 2 pk (Orig. $2.99, sale $1.19)
used $1/1 coupon in Walgreens book (found in store)
3 Ring Binder (Orig. $1.99, sale $0.39) - filler
(2) Bic Highlighter 5 pk (Orig. $2.99, sale $0.49) - filler
(2) 5 Tab Divider sets (Orig. $0.99, sale $0.39) - filler
Sharpie Marker (Orig. $1.99, clearance $0.49) - filler

Spent OOP: $4.98 - $3.00 mistake on their part = $1.98 (rolled RRs into each transaction to pay)
Original Cost of Items: $53.38
Savings: $51.40
96% of Savings
RR - $3.49 to use on future trip

Total savings for these 2 trips:
Spent: $11.83
Original Cost of Items: $124.39
Savings: $112.56
90% of Savings
ECBs - $24.98 for future use at CVS
RR - $3.49 for future use at Walgreens


They PAID ME To Shop!

Monday, July 19, 2010

I am most definitely a last minute type person. I couldn't resist getting in ONE MORE DEAL or three before the stores closed on Saturday. Also I found an old CVS card and it works so I was able to do some of the deals again. What fun! Here is the damage of those trips...

CVS Stop

I started out with $20 in ECBs to use on my CVS trips...


I did 2 transactions but for the sake of brevity, I'm combining them here.

(4) John Freida Hair Products (Orig. $6.49, sale 2/$10)
Bausch & Lomb Eyecare Solution (Orig. $9.99, sale $7.99)
Biotrue Eyedrops (Orig. $2.99)
CVS Hand Sanitizer (Orig. $1.19, replacement for free sanitizer pen)
Nestle Crunch Bar (Orig. $0.89) - filler
Frances Candy (Orig. $0.33) - filler
used 4 coupons totaling $10 + CVS coupon for free sanitizer pen

Spent OOP: $15.40 (used $6 ECB to pay before this total)
Original Cost of Items: $41.35
Savings: $25.95
63% of Savings
ECB $20.98 earned + $14 leftover (from previous trip) = $34.98 

So, if you subtract the ECBs from what I spent, essentially I MADE $5.58.

Oops, forgot I went to another CVS after we went to a birthday party. Yes, I'm an addicted shopper!

CVS STOP #2

 (Rings & 1/2 of SOBE not shown)

(2) boxes Book Rings (Orig. $1.00, clearance $0.25)
(24) SOBE drinks (Orig. $1.59, sale $0.77)
used 12 B1G1 free coupons I won playing the SOBE game here
CVS Green Bag tag (Orig. $1.00 - great tool to have. Bring in cloth bags for shopping, attach the tag and every 4 purchases, you get 1 ECB back)

Spent OOP: $0.74 (used $9.99 ECB to pay before this total)
Original Cost of Items: $41.16
Savings: $40.42
98% of Savings
ECBs - Rec'd no new ones but still have $24.99 to use in the future 

And then it was on to Walgreens for a few more goodies...
WALGREENS STOP


Again, for the sake of brevity, I'm combining 2 transactions into 1 post. I started my Walgreens shopping trip with no RR to spend.

(6) Salonpas Hot Patch (Orig. $1.99, sale $0.99)
used 6 of this coupon for $1 off (printed 6x), making them free
(4) Designer Pencils (Orig. $0.69, sale $0.09) - filler
(4) Splash Mini Highlighters (Orig. $0.69, sale $0.09) - filler

Spent OOP: $0.66
Original Cost of Items: $17.46
Savings: $16.80
96% savings

Total savings for these 3 trips:
Spent: $16.80
Original Cost of Items: $99.97
Savings: $83.17
83% of Savings
ECBs - $24.98 for future use at CVS
If you subtract my SPENT $16.80 from the EARNED $24.99 ECBs, I was paid $8.19 to take these items off the stores' hands. I call that a job well done!

Target, CVS & Walmart Dealios

Saturday, July 17, 2010

This week wasn't the best in deals (ie: every thing wasn't FREE like I would prefer) but I managed to snag a few more bargains besides the Walgreens deals I posted here.

TARGET VISIT:


The thing I find funny about this visit is the receipt. I'll show you why...

Clean & Clear Cleanser (Orig. 3.69, sale $2.69)
used $2/1 coupon printable here

Spent: $1.38
Original Cost of Items: $7.38
Savings: $6.00
81% of Savings

Here's the receipt.


It claims I saved $10. If the original items were only $3.69 a piece and I paid $1.38, how am I saving $10? I think they're just making things up to sound cool...

CVS VISIT:


This week I had nice deals at CVS. I had $10 in ECB monies to use and the opportunity to get many back. I paid a bit more out of pocket but just because the cashier was having trouble with things not ringing up the correct prices so I was reluctant to try to do separate transactions. It would only confuse her. I have lots of ECBs to spend next time though.

(12) SOBE drinks (Reg. $1.59, sale $0.77)
used B1G1 free coupons I won playing the SOBE game here
(2) Arizona Tea (Reg. $1.50, sale $0.99 & B1G1 free)
(2) Carefree Pantyliners (Orig. $1, sale 2/$1)
Bausch & Lomb Eyecare Solution (Orig. $9.99, sale $7.99)
Biotrue Eyedrops (Orig. $2.99)
(2) Covergirl Lipstick (Orig. $5.99, sale B1G1 free)
used $1/1 coupon 6/27 P&G
used $1/1 coupon 7/4/10 P&G
(2) Degree deodorant (Reg. $3.99)
used $1/1 coupons - printed 2 - found here

Spent: $17.56 (had used $10 ECB before this total)
Original Cost of Items: $57.02
Savings: $39.46
69% of Savings
ECB $20 for next time 

WALMART VISIT:

I've been wanting to use my Nexcare coupons ever since someone posted somewhere that Target had boxes on sale for $1.24 each. My coupons were for $1 off. But alas, I could not find them for that price or even close, until this week at Walmart. So if anyone decides to get hurt in the next 10 years, I have enough bandaids! lol

Nexcare bandaids - bought 12 (Orig. $1.85, markdown $1.50)
use $1/1 6/6/10SS
use $0.55/1 5/2/10 SS
print $1/1 coupon here (can print many)

Spent: $6.00
Original Cost of Items: $22.20
Savings: $16.20
73% of Savings

P.S. If you're heading to Walmart in the next few days they're having great deals on school supplies already (apparently they don't realize that IT'S SUMMER STILL!!! Urgh!) Great time to stock up.

$0.15 Each
  • 1 Subject Notebook
  • 2 Pocket Folder
$0.25 Each
  • Crayola Crayons (24 ct.)
  • Elmer’s Glue Sticks (2 ct.)
  • Composition Book
$0.75 Each
  • 1″ Binders
$1 Each
  • Post It Notes (Singles)
  • Scotch Tape (Single Rolls)
  • Fiskars Safety Scissors
  • Plastic Pencil Box
  • Zippered Pencil Case
  • Bic Ballpoint Pens, $1
  • Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils
  • Crayola Colored Pencils (12 Ct.)
  • Crayola Markers (10 Ct.)
  • Sharpie Markers (2 Ct.)
  • Pink Erasers (2 Ct.)
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Total savings for these 3 trips:
Spent: $24.94 (- $20 ECBs earned for future trip) = $4.94
Original Cost of Items: $86.60
Savings: $81.66
94% of Savings

    Wheelin' Dealin'

    Friday, July 16, 2010


    I've been playing some daily SPIN-TO-WIN type games. I thought I might post them here (mainly so I can find them again! lol) NOTE: On coupons, make sure to use your 'BACK' button and you can print again. Sometimes up to 4 times.

    PLAY-DOH (you need codes off your playdough or people give away their numbers all the time. Here are a few of mine: KDN185UV9JN34, K8309D0100940, K9356D3701540) Plus $2 to $5 off playdough toys coupons to print
    SOBE (Usually win B1G1 free coupons. They're on sale at CVS this week for $0.77, so pay that for 2 drinks!)
    BEST FOODS  Plus you can print a $0.75 off coupon for mayo
    CARL'S JR/HARDEES ('Like' them on Face book or Twitter to get spins) We've already won 2 paddles/ball set
    DOVE Also pick up $1.50/ off 2 coupons
    HONEY NUT CHEERIOS Print out a $0.75 off coupon as well
    KRAFT (DOUBLE Click on the outside edge of the circle to get a full spin)
    FRIGIDAIRE Spin to be entered to win $50 daily or a refrigerator, plus they donate money every time you spin
    PACE Click to win free products (coupons sent in the mail)
    DAVE & BUSTERS (Win GC, free product, trip, etc)
    BREYERS Plus they have great recipes here
    SCHICK QUATTRO (game is on their Facebook page but you don't have to 'Like' them to play)
    OTTER POPS (click on the right where it says 'Otter Spotter Giveaway')
    DOLE Possibly win a bag of salad, $100 GC or a $5000 trip!

    Let me know if you win something. I'm always curious!

    July 12th Walgreens

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010


    My teen is a unlucky-charm. I took her out this week with me for dealin' instead of the little one who was at VBS. Every store we went to, I had problems! I told her she wasn't good-luck for me. In the end, it all worked out though.

    I am really perturbed by the fact that there are monthly deals at stores like CVS and Walgreens that most of the time don't show up on the shelves so the people look at me like I'm crazy! I wish the store would just publish a list of these deals. What? Are they secret? Don't you want us to purchase your product? We're more apt to do so if we can get it on sale. Just sayin'.

    Walgreens Visit

    (3) Salonpas Hot Patch ($1.99, sale $0.99)
    used this coupon for $1 off (printed 3x), making them free
    Air Wick iMotion Set ($7.99, sale $3.99)
    used $4/1 coupon from 6/20/10 SS insert
    or you can find several Air Wick coupons here
    (2) Act II Popcorn 3 mini pks $1.00
    used (2) $0.40/1 coupon from 6/20/10 SS insert
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    Spent: $1.18
    Original Cost of Items: $15.96
    Savings: $14.78
    93% Savings!

    Every other iMotion kit showed up on sale except this one of course (always my luck.) But I showed her the ad saying all iMotion's 50% off and we double checked my coupon too so it was all correct. Just another thing not labeled in the store.

    The Celsius Teas deal that everyone is talking about on their blogs is just not showing up in my store, not even when scanned by the manager. Nor is the Dr. Scholls Gel Insoles deal. I would love it if a store had universal sales across the country, making it easier for us consumers who are eager to buy their products and get good deals.

    Clean, Regular and Read for School!

    Monday, July 12, 2010


    Yesterday I went to Walgreens. I was determined to get in on the deals early this time instead of waiting until Wednesday like normal and missing out. Figures it was a bad week for getting free money in return. But I still managed to pay almost nothing for the things I did buy. It just means next week I have to pay a bit out of pocket is all.  No biggie. I'm learning as I go along still. Tomorrow I will visit CVS and see what damage I can do there. Stay tuned for that...

    Walgreens Transaction

    (2)Salonpas Hot Patch ($1.99, sale $0.99)
    used this coupon for $1 off (printed 2x), making them free
    (4) Right Guard deodorant ($4.49, in store sale B1G1 free)
    used this coupon for $3 off 2 (printed 2x), making them $2.98 for all 4
    (2) Benefiber Drink Packets 16pk  ($7.99, sale $3 off in store = $4.99 ea)
    used the Walgreens booklet coupon (pick up in the front of the store) for additional $2 off each
    used this coupon for additional $2 off (printed 2x), making them $1.98 for both
    (2) Renpure Organics Shampoo ($6.99, in store sale B1G1 free)
    will use a $6.99 rebate form found on the bottles, making them both free
    (4) Index card sets ($1.99, in store sale $0.39)
    (3) Papermate Mechanical Pencils 10 pk ($2.99, in store sale $0.39)
    Good-n-Plenty ($1.49, in store sale $1) - needed shopping fortification :)

    Total before using Register Rewards (RR = free Walgreens money): $15.81 (includes tax)
    - $8 RR
    Total OOP: $7.81
    I'll be getting a refund for $6.99 from the shampoo
    Total after rebate: $0.82

    Spent: $7.81
    Original Cost of Items: $70.32
    Savings: $62.51
    89% of Savings
    If you take into consideration the refund I'll be getting:
    Spent: $0.82
    Original Cost of Items: $70.32
    Savings: $69.50
    99% of Savings I think this is FABULOUS!

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