Thursday, December 3, 2009

I finally went to a store today...

for the first time in over a month! The sad thing is...I didn't use any coupons and tried to get what I needed and get out as soon as possible. I feel like a different person from who I was in October. I hope I can find that coupon loving- money saving chica back soon. In the mean time...I might be posting again soon, but if you want to know why I have been not posting check out this post from my other blog:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
I miss my money saving friends.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Taking a break

I'm taking a break from couponing for a bit. I hope to get back into it in December, but I've been busy and sick and that has been one thing to give up for a short while.
Luckily because I have a nice stockpile- the only thing my husband needs to get from the store is produce, bread and eggs. I gave him a list for Walgreens the other day and he did good. I think I am easily staying within the grocery budget- mostly because I am not doing as much shopping.

Friday, October 30, 2009

King Soopers and Walgreens deals

I finally got out and found some great deals. I hadn't gone to the grocery store in over 2 weeks, so I was scared of what my total bill would be:(
King Soopers:

Mega Event deal.
I got did the buy 10 select items save $5.00 deal 3 times. The price I list is after the .50 off each item.
Gatorade .49 each
Betty Crocker Mashed Potatoes .99 used 2- .25 which doubled, and 1- .40 which doubled, 2- .40 also came off from =.13 eachKraft Cheese (4lb bag) 2.49 eachSteamfresh lightly sauced veggies with pasta 1.49, used .50mc which doubled =.49 each
Steamfresh meals for 2 5.49 each, Used BOGO mc which took off 7.99?!, used $1.25 off MC from King Soopers insert = .87 each
Ore Ida tater tots $2.49, $1 mc from King Soopers mailer =$1.50
Fudge Cookies .99 each, used $1.50/2, =.25 each
Q-tips, WAY TOO EXPENSIVE because my coupon didn't double, but that's ok:)
Daisey Sour cream $1.50 (this stuff lasts way better than the cheap brand)
Playtex living gloves .99, used $1 mc, =free
Carnation Evaporated Milk .50each, used 2 .50/2 which doubled =freeKleenexes .99 each, .50/3 MC which doubled =.66 each

Here are the other deals I found at King Soopers(or stuff I wanted:)

Not included in the pictures are the .05 4x6 prints I got because the grocery store has re-modeled:)
I'll just highlight the deals:
Tortillas 1.00
93% Ground beef $1.99/lb, bought $5 worth and used $1 King Soopers from mailer. $4.00/2.5lbs
Snapple $1.00, used .50 mc which doubled = free
Dole Mandarin oranges $1.00 each, used .50 mc which doubled =free
Apples .77/lb and .99/lb
Oven Roasted Chicken $4.99, used $1 King Soopers from mailer =$3.99
Dole Salad $1.99, used $1 mc =.99
Bag of Potatoes $2.49, used $1 King Soopers from mailer =$1.49

For everything in the two pictures =$54.00 Not too bad:)


I read about the Dove deal at Hip2Save (see blog-roll on the side)
7 Dove Conditioner, 1 Dove Shampoo, $4.99 each,BOGO free, Used 7 $1.50mc and 1 $1mc = 9.50, received $10 RR. =.50 overage
Always pantiliners $3.89, had $2.00 Catalina, =$1.89
Rimmel Mascara 50% off (3.74 each), used BOGO mc and $2.00 MC =.87 each
Trident gum $2/2, used 2 BOGO mc I found on a tearpad at Safeway which took $1.29 off each one, received $1 RR for each 2, =.58 overage total
Highlighter .10 (so I could use RR's)
Toy pen thing $1.29 (for prize)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Man, I feel like I've been away from the shopping scene for a while. Even my husband was surprised that I hadn't gone shopping in over a week. I see that King Soopers has some great deals this week, and after the snow calms down...I might venture out:) In the meantime I will continue making WARM food to keep the house toasty. Let it snow..I want a snow day:)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thinning the Stockpile

All my deal hunting from this summer has created an overflow of "stockpile" in my basement. I donated a bunch of stuff to a local pregnancy resource center this week.
I hope they love the stuff!

Other highlights of my shopping week include Safeway: Snapple was .99 each when you buy 4, I used 4 .55 mc which doubled .45 =4 free Snapple's. I bought some gum as filler. I also had $10.00 left over from Joint Juice deal that needed to be used up, so I bought 2 rotisserie chickens. My receipts said my savings were 91% and 100%!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wags this week

Since I get at least 8 coupon inserts from School each Monday, I decided it was a good time to do the peanut butter deal. Buy 8 @ 1.66 each, use 8- .40 coupons get $8 back= .38 each
Other deals were to roll RR and get more free stuff.
Trident $2/2, 2- .75MC, $1RR=.45 overage
Razor $8.99, $4.00MC, $6 RR = $.99 overage
Halls $1, .50MC, $1 RR =.50 overage
Dentek 2.79, $1 MC, $2RR = .21 overage
Boot Shoelaces $1 clearance
Light bulb $1.50 clearance
Highlighters .10 clearance
Nuetrogena baby face $1.24 used $2 MC =.76 overage
I also used a bunch of these RR's on other things I needed.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Organization Saturday

With snow and cold weather to keep me indoors, I did some heavy duty cleaning and some major organizing.
I wanted to do a lot of baking, but I was limited by ingredients (mostly eggs). I hate running to the store because it is COLD out, and because the nearest supermarket is 10 min. away and pretty expensive. To help me with these problems in the future I did an inventory of my pantry, and my extra storage in the basement. Now I know what I need.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Last minute grocery deals and Walgreens

I decdided to stop by King Soopers and Safeway for some last minute grocery deals (the sale ad ends today) and I got my first chance to go to Walgreens this week too.
King Soopers

I had a lot of .55 off 1 Zone Perfect Bar coupons. KS doubled to $1 and they were on sale for $1. I did 3 transactions to get 9 free.
I also saw that Mountain High Yogurt was 2/$1 at the store I shopped at last week. I cut out tons of coupons for .50/2 (which doubled) and got 18 yogurts for free.
Strawberries were 1.77, Pesto was a little on sale and I had a coupon. I also got a full size poster for .80 (not pictured).


I wanted to use some of my $10 Catalina's from Joint Juice so I bought a few things that weren't free:)
Cheerios (huge size) 3.00, $1 MC =$2 each
Joint juice (one last time) 1.39 each, $5.00/7 coupon, received $10 Catalina =$5.27 overage
Mr. Clean products $2.99 sale, BOGO coupon (which took off 4.69), .75 MC from mailer, Safeway coupon for $2.49 (for each one) =.46 overage. I expected to pay for these, but hey- if they want to pay me to take it, I won't complain:)
Tortillas 1.89 each
Roasted chicken $5
Oatmeal .99 clearance
Cream cheese 1.49
Total=$25, used 2-$10 Catalina's, pd $5, got $10 Catalina back.

There were some deals that I read about on Hip2Save that didn't work in CO. For example the Hershey's Dark chocolate bars were not for 2/$3, the Rimmel mascara was not BOGO.
I did need to use RR' here is what I got:

8 Dove deodorants 1.94 each, 8- $1 MC, got $10 RR back =$2.48 overage
Trident Layers 2/$2, used 2- .75 MC, got $1 RR = .50 overage
Playtex gloves .99 with in-add coupon, 1.00 MC =Free
Starbucks Frapachinno drinks 3.99 each with in-add coupon. I like to use these as thank yous for teachers who cover my classes. Tie a bow this sugary energy booster and it will brighten anyones day.
Hershey's .29 each, highlighters .15 (filler items)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Super Walgreens week

It was a super week at Walgreens this week. I did more transactions than I have ever done! At the first WAGS I did 6 transactions, and at the second one I did 6 or more.

I spent a little over $20 for all this, but it includes 8 12-pks of soda, so it still is a good deal! I did most of my transactions on Tuesday so I could use the $5/$25 coupon. The post-it notes were .15 each on clearance and were nice when I wanted to use RR. I also liked the baby powder RR to add as filler. Also, the store had many lotions and shavers still on the shelves when I left:) See how to get these deals at Hip2Save HERE. FYI- The Theraflu deal that everyone else is talking about isn't working here in CO.
The only other place I went lately is King Soopers where I did 3 transactions and got 9 Zone perfect bars for free. They are 1.00 on sale this week, .55 MC from 9/13, Doubled to 1.00= Free.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

All about the Overage...

Gotta love it when you get a LOT of overage...
The highlights of my trip today were Rite Aid and Safeway.
Rite Aid
See Hip2Save posts HERE
2 pkgs Huggies wipes 2.50 each, 2- $2 off Huggies diaper product coupons, $1 Mail-in-Rebate =Free
Proantinox $6.99, -$6.99 Rebate, -$3 Rite Aid Adperks coupon, =$3 overage
Electrasol 2.99, -.75 MC, -1.50 Rebate =.74
Tag Body spray 4.99 each, BOGO 50% off store sale -2.49, BOGO coupon -4.99, -2.00 MC =.25 each
Clean and Clear $4.50, -$2 MC, -$3 Rite Aid Adperks coupon = .50 overage
KitKat .88 BOGO free =.44 each
Little crayon things .12 each
used $5/25 coupon
Total purchace = $6.13 OVERAGE Plus over $25 of it qualifies for teh rewards program which will probably get me a $10 gift card between last week and this weeks transactions. My total before rebates was a little over $5, but I had a gift card from previous deals so $0 OP.

I read about the Joint Juice deal at Money Saving Mom HERE
8 bottles of Joint Juice $1.39 each, used 4 BOGO coupons, 1- $1 MC, Received $10 Catalina for next purchase =$5.44 overage
Trix, Cheerios, Nut clusters, Granola bars $1.50 each because of a rain check from last week. Used .55 Trix MC doubled to $1, $1 Cheerios MC, $1 Nut clusters MC, and .40 granola bar MC which doubled to .80, plus 2.50 in e-coupons which came off automatically (I added them to my card at home) =.30 overage
Capri-Sun 1.99, Catalina for free =FREE
Second transaction 7 bottles of Joint Juice, $5 off 7 Catalina that printed from the first transaction, received $10 Catalina for next order = $5.27 overage
Total overage from Safeway = $11.01

8- Crystal Light 3-pks .68 clearance, used4- $2/2 MC, =$2.56 overage
Sara Lee Deli meat 2.78, 2.65, used 2-$3 MC (from becoming a fan on facebook)= .57 overage
Oatmeal 1.02 each, $1.25/2 mc = .40 each
Syrup $2.50
Multi-pack notebooks .15 clearance
Book covers .20 clearance
Total =.80 before tax

Saturday, September 19, 2009


I decided to go to Fort Collins to shop because I could pick up my $10 gift card to the mall for free and I could stop by Rite Aid. It turned out to be a great choice.
Check out all my deals!
Rite Aid
I read about my Rite Aid deals at Hip 2 Save. Johnson's Baby items 2.99 each, used 10 $1 MC, Purchase 10 get a $15 rebate, Used $5/20 coupon I got for watching ads online, =FREE
Suave Lotion 1.99, $1 Single Check Rebate (SCR), .75 MC, =.25
Wet Ones 1.99, $1 SCR, $1 MC, =Free
Cover girl face makeup 7.59, 7.59, 8.29 and 8.29, BOGOfree deal at store, 2 BOGO MC, 2- $1 MC, =$2 overage!!
Plus I used my Rite Aid gift card from previous promotions $0 OP

The Mall
I signed up earlier to get a $10 gift card for presenting an e-mail that I signed up for earlier from Shop Smart Look Fab. I was looking for black pants, and after shopping around at a few stores, I found some clearance pants at The Limited. (Normal price for pants at that store is $69.00) I found some for 19.99 with 40% off, and khakis for 6.99 with 40% off. After using the $10 gift card, I spent $20 for 3 pairs of Limited pants!

I found a bunch of $1 item by the door 75% off so everything in this picture was .25 each. I have a bunch of things for the Shoe boxes for kids at Christmas and presents for my niece and nephews:) I also had 5 $1.50 off Kashi items from previous deals that I wanted to get but they were I decided to do the Kashi deal this time.
5 items $2.88 each, buy 5 get a $5 gift card, used 5 $1.50 MC =5 items for $1.90 (.38 each)

Groceries- Since my kitchen is well stocked with the basics (and I have been freezing veggies and fruit if it is about to go bad- then using it like a week later) I only got super deals this week.
Safeway 4 Nature Valley Nut clusters 2.50 each, Buy 4 save $4 promotion, used 4 $1 MC, saved $3.20 in e-coupons!, =$1.20 overage!8 cans Campbell's tomato soup .50 each, used 4 $1/2 MC =FREE (and I earned 100 Labels for Education points)
I also bought a $5 roasted chicken so they wouldn't owe me money:)

King Soopers 7 Nestle Chocolate chips 2.49 each, Buy 10 save $5 promotion =1.99 each, .50 MC which doubled =.99 each
Hot pockets 1.99, Buy 10 save $5 promo= 1.49, .50 MC which doubled, = .49
Mentos Gum $1.00 each (rain check from last week) used 9 .55 MC which doubled to 1.00=FREE
Jello 1.27, Buy 10 save $5 promo= .77, used .50/2 MC which doubled =.27 each

Garage Sales
I only went to 2, and I only spent $2, but I got this:

I was planning to avoid Goodwill, but they advertised "big sale" outside and I got sucked in. It was 1/2 price everything day:) I got tons of blue binders for .25 each. I plan on using them to put between the computer screen when the kids are testing in the lab.
I couldn't pass up a stuffed moose for .50. I got a swimming suit top, a few shirts and a large canvas bag in a cool print.
This is how I plan on getting the binders to school:) Phew. What a fun day!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Wags this week

I got a few good deals at Walgreens (and used up a whole bunch more RR).
True North nuts $2.99, $3 RR, $1MC, TRY me FREE offer, =potential overage of $4.
Shick Quattro razors 8.99 each, BOGO, used 4 $4MC, =2/.99
Scotch packing tape, $1.49 clearance, .50MC =.49 each
Carefree pads $1.99, $2 RR, $1MC, =$1 overage
Candy= filler items for RR coupons used.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Too busy to shop

I haven't posted here lately because school and VB has kept me too busy to shop for the most part.
I was excited this week because I got this in the mail:

I have always wanted to be a randomly selected home by Neilson to do a survey about our TV's, computers, and viewing habits. The best part was that they included $2 right in the package. WOO HOO.
I also found a place where I can sign up to do other kinds of surveying for them to get prizes. We'll see if that works out.

I went to Walgreens this week to use up some RR that were about to expire. All I bought was Starbucks Ice cream and Cran-Grape juice. Boring:)
I got tons of great deals at King Soopers (Mentos Gum, Organic Yogurt, Healthy Choice Steamers). I also bought meat, cheese, eggs, bread, milk and lots of produce and still stayed within the $40 limit. SWEET. No time to take pictures and brag:(

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Walgreens this week

I made my Walgreens trip very quick today, because I wanted to roll some RR, but I didn't have a lot of time to plan.

Carefree 1.99, $1 MC, $2 RR = $1 overage
Rembrant toothpaste $5, get $5 RR =free
Shaver $4 get $4 RR =free
Buy 2 Reeses, get Coke zero 20 oz. free, used BOGO MC and .55 MC = .44 for 2 Reeses and a coke
Toothbrush 2.99, .40 MC, $2.99 RR = .40 overage

You can find all kinds of great deals at Hip2Save HERE.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Safeway this week

I got a lot of great deals at Safeway yesterday.

I had 4 $2 off Angel Soft and Sparkle coupons that I printed a long time ago, so I got some free TP and paper towels.
I also had a free sandwich from the deli area (buy 7 get the 8th free or something like that). There is a special this week where if you get a sandwich you get a free 20 oz. coke. In my second transaction I got another sandwich for 3.99 (with in-add coupon) and another free Coke. So I got 2 sandwiches (Tuscan Chicken with fancy cheese, special sauce, onions...yummy!), and 2 cokes for $3.99. SUPPER!
I also did the buy 5 get $5 off cereal/nut cluster deal, but they didn't have any of the Kashi cereal I wanted, so I had to settle for some other choices.
I also did the Velveeta cups deal again (BOGO free, and get $1 Catalina for buying 2)
I did buy a few other things like batteries, apple juice and cheese (for .60 a bag!) to help my total before coupons get up to over $20.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Walgreens this week

I followed Hip2Save post about Walgreens deals HERE because I wanted to spend all my RR from last weekend (they expire on the 31st). I did 6 different transactions because each $5 RR said cannot be combined with another $5 RR. Each of my transactions was a little over $5, and I got mostly stuff I can use. I went in with $30 RR and left with $23 RR. Pretty good.
My favorite find: I picked up 3 coupons books from an isle display at Safeway. One of them was a $1.00/2 Planters Trail Mix coupon I was bummed because they coupons said "only good in August", or "only good September"...but when I saw the add for Walgreens had an in-add coupon for .99 each, I decided it would make a good deal.
(.50 each)This happens to be one of Obama's favorite snacks.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

More Walgreens:)

I definitely took advantage of the $5 RR when spending $25 deal. Because the $25 only needed to be reached before coupons, I spent between $5-13 most transactions (and got a lot of RR back) One transaction I used some other RRs and spent $2.48.
Here is the majority of things I got (some soda and a few other things aren't pictured).

Zyrtec =$2.62 overage (I used the $2 MC instead of the $3 Internet printable to avoid beepage)
Zantek= free after coupons
Digital photo album $5.19 (suggested retail on the box is $49.99!). I used a few $5 RR to buy these.
Highlighters= .39 each, used $1/2 MC's =.66 overage
I found the Glade candles that were free after coupon at ONE Walgreen's (I stopped at 4 different stores in 2 days).
Bandaids= $2 overage for all of them.
Huggies wipes= $2.13 overage for them
Softsoap= free
Visine $1.49 clearance, $1MC=.49 each

I don't feel like calculating out transactions, but all those deal above don't include the extra $5 RR that came from six transactions.
= Over $35 in overage to spend on other Walgreens stuff

Friday, August 21, 2009

Walgreens and Target

I did 3 transactions at Walgreens to get 3 $5 RR for having $25 before coupons.

9 12pks of Soda
2 Softsoap body washes
2 Zyrtec stuff
2 Bandaids
2 Starbucks drinks (I drank one)
2 Pringles
Digital keychain photo album
Fusion razor
Gillette bodywash
Air Wick freshener
Total cost not including tax after calculating in RR= 10.58!


Kudos bars $2, used $1 Target coupon= $1 (I love these!)
Dove deodorant $3.29, $2 MC, $1 Target =.29 each
Sandwich maker $7
Straw-like stuff $1.25
Venus razors 7.49, used 2- $2 MC, used 2-Buy razor get shave gel free coupons, got $5 Target card for buying 2 razors =not that cheap, but cheap enough to get some razors:)

Check out my new set-up for when you come in the house:

Table $2 garage sale, fake plant $3.14 Target, candle (present), candle holder .25 garage sale, green vase $2 garage sale, dark pot $3 garage sale, candy dish $13 at a school fundraiser (it was filled with cookies:), straw- like things from target. I was thinking about getting greenery for it but I thought that might be too green. Should I spray-paint the straw a different color? Should I cut it down some? Should I leave it? :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Candy Company Tour

I posted on my other blog about a candy company tour in Denver that is FREE.
Check it out HERE if your looking for FREE things to do in the Denver area.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Safeway deals

I was super glad that Money Saving Mom posted the deal about Fruit snacks at Safeway HERE.

I did 4 different transactions to make sure the Catalina deal didn't overlap...which meant I had to have $20 in each transaction before coupons because the in-add coupons require that.
Here is an example of one transaction:
4 Fruit snacks 8.00
4 Cheerios 10.00
All detergent 3.99
2 Velveeta cups 2.50
Used in-add Safeway coupons: $4 off fruit snacks, $4 off cheerios, .50 off All, .46 off Velveeta.
MC: 4- .40 fruit snacks, 2- 1.00/2 Cheerios, $1.50 (Catalina) off All, BOGO Velveeta (1.59)
PLUS: I got a $2.50 Catalina for purchasing fruit snacks, and a $1 for buying 2 Velveeta cups.
=Fruit snacks were Free, Cheerios $1 each, All detergent $2.00, Velveeta cups .55 overage
In all I spent $35 on all this stuff, which is pretty good considering the chicken strips were $12, and the laundry detergent was $7, and the Sun dried tomatoes were $5.

I forgot to mention that I earned $4 for my school with box tops, and if I use the redemption code at Safeway between Sept 18 and Oct 16 I can donate 10% of what I spent back to the school (on the receipt it says I spent $61 on qualifying purchases which would be another $6.10 to the school. Not only did I get a lot of the food for free, I also earned over $10 for my school!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Target, Walgreens and the Mall

I finally had a chance to to go shopping and find some great deals.

Kudos bars $2.00 used $1.00 Target coupon= 1.00 a box
Mach 3 razors 5.99, $2 coupon = $3.99
Planters nuts $3.00 each, $1/2 MC =$2.50 each
Air wick freshener $5.99, $6 MC = free
Kashi Cereal 2.74, $1 Target coupon, $1.50 MC =.24
Alexia fries $1.05 on clearance, $1 MC =.05
Kraft cheese 1.89 each, Used $1/2 MC from Safeway book, and $1/2 Target coupon =.89 each
Edwards pie $1.60, $1 printable coupon = .60 each
French's Mustard $1.11, used 1- .50 coupon, and one BOGO coupon = .31 each
Starburst and Skittles $2.24, used $1.00 MC =$1.24 each
3 Musketeers .52, BOGO =.26 each
Everything else in the picture (magnets, clips...) .25 each (75% red dot clearance)!!

I also got some Target stuff for school

The bags were .63 each (clearance)
A lot of the other stuff in the front was .25 and will make great prizes for the kids!

I spent a lot of time at WALGREENS

I did a LOT of transactions, and ended up with a lot of great stuff.
I did a neosportin transaction twice: $3.99 each, used 2-.50 coupons, and the WAGS $2 coupon (from the coloring book), received $4 RR = $1 overage
Bandaid deal once 2.99 each, 2-.50 coupons, $4 RR = .50 each
The Listerine deal twice: Buy 3 at $3 each, used $3/3 coupon and got a $6 RR = free
The toothbrushes were on clearance, so I paid .65 total for all of them.
Rice Krispy treats were 4/$10, I used 2- $1/2 MC, got $5 RR = $3 for all
Huggies wipes 2.79, $2 Wags coupon, .50 MC = .29
Zone bars $3/3, 6- .55/1 MC (from my sister in NE), .50 WAGS coupon (in savings book)=.30 overage
Colgate toothpaste $2.99 $1MC, received $3 RR = $1 overage
Toys in front .25 each (filler for RR coupon #'s) Toys on side .49 each (filler for RR coupon #'s)
Fan in back $3.24 (75% off!)
=5.00 for everything including the fan!
One of my toothbrush transactions didn't print the RR, and I knew exactly what to do, and was pretty sure why it didn't print.(the toothbrushes were on clearance)..but I couldn't decide whether to tell them how to return it and do it over differently, or to let them figure it out. After about 5 min. of the asst. manager and the cashier trying to figure it out, I finally told them why I thought it didn't' print, I helped them figure out the return with adding the coupon $ back on..and then doing a separate transaction with 3 floss instead of toothbrushes. It worked fine. Why can't WAGS employees or managers figure out the system? That's OK. They are very nice, and I think they know everything I am doing is legal, so they value my input on why things aren't printing correctly.
The Mall

I got my $10 off anything from Christopher & Banks, and got this brown and white skirt. They didn't even charge me tax! =free
I got a free VS undie using a coupon from the mail.
I paid $3.99 for this skirt/dress from Vanity. It is so colorful!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hot Walgreens deals

I don't have time to go into detail until the weekend, but I got Huggies wipes for .09-.29, I made $2 on Neosporin, and I got free Listerine and Reach by reading Hip 2 Saves Walgreens posts. I didn't think I would be able to find the coloring/activity book everyone was talking about, or the $50 in savings booklet by the door, but I found them both!!! Check it out here (and keep scrolling down...they are all Walgreens related)
I couldn't find any of the other clearance she has mentioned lately...but it is still worth taking a trip to Walgreens this week.
I also found 2 new coupon books in the at King Soopers and Safeway. Look for them on Big yellow stands at the ends of Isles in the store.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A blissful Rite Aid experience:)

I had a chance to go to Rite Aid today. I was kind of expecting some of the FAR (free after rebate) items to be gone...but NONE of them were!
I followed Hip 2 Save's Rite aid post HERE very closely:)
I printed off 3 $5/25 coupons and did these transactions.

Scenario #1 (Stocking your pantry):
Buy 4 Skippy Peanut Butter $1.99 each=$7.96
Buy 4 Ragu sauces $1.99 each=$7.96
Werther’s Original Caramel Chocolate Candies $2.99
Buy 2 Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal Cup .99=$1.98
Buy 1 Zantac 150 (8 ct) $4.99
Use the $5 off $25 coupon from
Use 2 $1/2 Skippy coupons from the 8/2RP
Use 2 Ragu $1/2 coupons from the 8/2RP
Use the .55 Werthers coupon from the 4/26SS
Use 2 .55 coupons for Honey nut Cheerios from
Use the $3 Zantac coupon from here
Pay $12.23

BUT then get back a $5 Single Check Rebate for the Skippy & Ragu, a $2.99 Single Check Rebate for the Werther's, a $4.99 Single Check Rebate for the Zantac. Final cost for all the above--FREE + a .75 moneymaker!

I changed this next scenario quite a bit because I didn't have the BOGO Panteene coupon or the Garnier coupon.??.. (must have been regional coupons)
Scenario #2 (Stocking Your Bathroom):
Buy 1 Mach 3 disposable razors 4.99
Buy 1 Crest Pro Health Toothpaste $2.79
Buy 1 Aveeno lotion (10% off this week) 5.61
Buy 1 Gillette Venus Razor $7
Buy 1 Banana Boat or Hawaiian Tropic $7.99
Use the $5 off $25 coupon
Use the $2 disposable razor coupon 8/2 PG
Use the .75 Crest coupon from the 7/5 or 8/2PG
Use the $2.00 Aveeno coupon from the inside of the package of various small Aveeno products that was free with a deal at Walgreens a few months ago.
Use the $2 Venus coupon from the 8/2PG
Use the $2 printable Banana Boat or Hawaiian Tropic coupon from above
Pay $14.63

BUT then get back $2.79 for the Crest, $5 for the Venus razor, $2 for the Banana Boat/Hawaiian tropic. Final cost for all the above--4.84. I could have done better, but considering the next transaction, I will consider it free.

Scenario #3 (It's all about the PROFIT!):
Buy ReNu MultiPurpose Solution 8 oz Bottle Twin Pack $9.99
Buy Natrol Probiotic $8.99
Buy GE Soft White Long Life Light Bulbs $2
Buy Duck Brand EZ Start Frustration Free Tape $1.49
Buy 6 BIC Crystal Stick Pens (10 ct.) 2/$1=$3
Use the $5 off $25 Rite Aid coupon from
Use the $2 ReNu coupon
Use the $3 Natrol coupon (for these coupons see Hip-2-Save's post)
Use 3 $1/2 Bic coupons
Pay $12.47

BUT then get back $9.99 for the ReNu, $8.99 for the Natrol, $2 for the GE light bulbs and $1.49 for the Duck Free tape. Final cost FREE + a $10 moneymaker!

Thanks again for Hip-2-Save for making it so easy this week!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Shopping around town

Got some great deals today.
I'll start out with my clothing deals.

I found a coupon for $10 off your purchase at Christopher & Banks over at Money Saving Madness. I was a bit skeptical, partly because it seems like a GREAT deal, and partly because it seems like an old lady clothes store. I was pleasantly surprised to find a whole wall of 9.99 clothing at the store (they had really cute skirts too). I got this sweater (originally $39.50) to go over some of my teaching outfits and paid .63 (tax).


I got a card in the mail for a free lacie undie and $5 off 1 bra and $15 off 2 bras. Normally I walk in and get the free undie and leave. Today I took a look around and found Demi and Ipex bras at 40% off (with all the sizes and colors available) I got 2 Demi bras and a lace undie for $30. (normal price for 1 bra is $38)

Many racks were 75% off already reduced prices at Maurices. I had a $10 off punch card that was full and a gift card so I got these deals and paid $1.65 OP.

The socks were .99 each, the shoes were under $5, I forget how much the shirts were. This dress was 9.99!

I stopped at Office Max to get something printed. I also got these deals:

Crayons .01 each box
Eraser pack .25 each pack

Limit for teachers is double the regular limit.

My average savings for grocery store receipts (it says it at the bottom) is 66%. I'm hoping to increase that, but the last 4 receipts have said 66%:)
FYI- When I find my grocery deals on other blogs the prices vary some, and usually the produce deals are NOT the same.
I found some of my Safeway deals at Moneywise Mom HERE and at being frugal is fabulousHERE

I got some "pretty good" deals I normally would pass on because I had a $10off $50 from a home mailer that I wanted to use.
Sweet corn 6/$1
Honey Bunches of Oats 1.99 each, used 2- $1.00/2 coupons and was planning on the Catalina promo mentioned in moneywise mom's blog post. It didn't print, but customer service was so busy they took my word on it and gave me the $5. =.59 each box
Pasta $1.00 each

Doritos 1.88 (in-ad coupon)
Bread .99
Nevia lip stuff 1.99 (mark-down), .50 coupon, doubled =1.00
Crest 1.79, .75 P&G e-coupon, .50 MC, doubled =.04
Gillette fusion razor 4.99, used $4 MC =.99
Nectarines (too expensive:)
Duracell 5.99, $2 Safeway coupon (in-ad), .50 MC, doubled, $1 P&G e-saver coupon (that didn't come off but I can take care of that later) =1.99
Rice Krispie Treats .99 (in-ad coupon)
Deli Sandwiches 3.99 (in-ad coupon), BOGO from home mailer = $2 each sandwich. I ate one for dinner and supper and John ate one for supper. They are delicious! Our favorites are Tuscan Chicken and Ham and Swiss Pannini.
Not pictured: Large bottle of Safeway brand laundry detergent 9.99, 2 24pks of Nestle life water. (used 1.50 mc and .50mc doubled and got $2 cat for buying 2 = $1.75 each 24 pk.
Those were pretty good deals and I got $10 off because I used my $10/50 before the other coupons. I spent $32 and got $7 back =$25

King Soopers
I got most of my deal ideas from Stretching a Buck HERE

Kellogg's products were on sale Thursday only for 50% off.
Special K blueberry cereal $1.74, $1 MC =.74 each
Special K pretzel drizzle bars $1.49, .75 MC +.25 double =.49
Sandies cookies 1.99, used $1.00 MC and $1.00 off milk when you buy Sandies (peel off package)= free
Healthy ones lunch meat $2.49, .50 MC doubled =1.50
Raspberries .97 each
Organic lemonade 1.00, used .75 coupon +.25 doubled =free
Not pictured: Sour cream, lettuce, milk

Part of the Buy 4 get 4 deal:
Herbal Essence products 2.99
Bought 4 =11.96
used 2-BOGO coupons -$5.98
used 2- 1.00 off 1 MC -$2
1.00 P&G esaver coupon -$1
-$4 promo
= $1 overage

Cascade 3.99
-1.00 MC
-.50 p&g e-saver coupon
-$1 Buy 4 save $4 promotion

Tide 5.88
used $1 Catalina coupon
.35 p&g e-saver coupon
-$1 Buy 4 save $4 promotion

Secret $2.29
-$1 MC
-$1 Buy 4 save $4 promotion

Always Infinity pads 3.99
-$1 MC
-$1 p&g esaver coupon
-$1 Buy 4 save $4 promotion

Tampax pearl $3.99
-.50 MC doubled
-.50 p&g e-saver coupon
-$1 Buy 4 save $4 promotion
= $1.50

Not pictured: 2- Always liners 2.99, $1/2 MC, -$2 Buy 4 save $4 promotion =$1.50 each
Gillette Mac3 disposable razors 6.49, $1 Buy 4 save $4 promotion, $2 p&g e-saver =3.29

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Shopping: Target, Staples

My DH (BTW-many bloggers use this term to refer to thier husbands...It might mean Designated Husband or something like that, but I use it too because it works) was having a friend over tonight and told me to "go shopping or something" so they could hang out and talk. He didn't have to ask twice:)

Softsoap 3.00 each, used 2-$2 Target coupons and 1- $2 MC = all free
Flower/plant thing 3.14 (was originally 24.99) :)
Kids sunglasses .75 (these will be great for the orphanage in Peru)
Pop-Tarts 1.52, used .75 target coupons and .55 MC (2 printable ones for blueberry muffin top flavor and 2 coupon insert any flavor ones) =.22 each box
Dawn direct foam 2.29, used $1.50 MC from mail coupon book, used .50 Target coupon (from a Sunday doesn't show a picture but it does say Dawn)
Fruit snacks 1.50 (with rain check)

If you are looking for some of the coupons, go to MoneySavingMom, click on Categories along the top, and choose either Target Deals or Printable coupons. If I realize there is a deal and I want to find the printable coupon I check that first, if I can't find it there- then I go to hip-to-save and click on the category that may have it.


Desk chair 19.99 will receive $10 rebate (and I bought it for school, so I will submit it for reimbursement)
6- 5pks of Bic Mechanical Pencils .25 each THE LIMIT FOR TEACHERS ON THESE AWESOME DEALS IS 25!!!!! I still only bought 6 but it is pretty awesome to know that I can get more if I want. Oh, I used 1 $1.00/2 bic products coupon =6 pkgs for .50
Staples 12pk. mechanical pencils .25 each
So I got 54 mechanical pencils for $1.00 These are going into my prize bin for kids:)
Note card .25 each
Paper $1 after easy rebate