Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Finding prizes...

I needed lots of prizes for a trip I took with middle schoolers. A fellow teacher gave me $50 to get the prizes. I think made the money stretch pretty far!
Highlights include:

Free Mentos Gum from Walgreens this month, Free after RR chapstick, free lip gloss from a few months ago after coupons, free vitamin water from Target, Free Xtremes airheads from King soopers (with doubled coupons), less than $1 bags of candy (Sweetart Jelly beans) and tons of 50% off toys (after Easter) from Walmart and Target.

My favorites are the mango lotion, the polka-dot blanket, light up deep sea squishy fish, and the Nerf gun.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Shopping April 19

I spent 4 hours planning my trips last night and coupon matching. I spent another 15 min. in Safeway organizing transactions. It was worth it.
For being a store that does not double coupons, I still got some great deals.

I got all this for $20!
They have a "buy $30 worth of participating items, get $10 Catalina (like Register Rewards)" promotion going on. Paired with coupons it made a pretty sweet deal. I did 3 transactions (but the limit may be one per card per day- because the in-store paper said that, but the flyer from the paper didn't say that).
I got a lot of my purchase ideas from moneywisemoms.com and the people who linked to her. You can check it out HERE.
When after my first transaction my Catalina's didn't print...I started sweating profusely and questioning the cashier. He didn't have a good answer and questioned my coupons. I continued doing a second transaction to see if it would print. When we discovered the Catalina machine was jammed and putting a lot of ink in one specific spot I was a little more at ease, but wondering what would happen.
After the third transaction, the Catalina's finally spit out correctly.
(and he wrote rain checks for the other ones so I would still get my money).
In the end, I spend $56, and got $36 back in Catalina's SO I got all this for $20!!!!
Highlights of deals before the $10 discounts:
Caprisun- 1.99
.50 Safeway coupon, 1.00 MC = .50/box
Bertoli pasta sauce 2.00 each
$1 coupon, and $.75 coupon, Buy 2 get $2 Catalina deal = 2 for .25
(I ran out of coupons after a while but $1 each is still pretty good.)
Fruitcups $1.50$1.00 MC =.50 each
Yo-Plus $2.50
$1.50 coupon
Sunchips $3.00$1.99 price Safeway coupon = 1.99
Cheerios 18oz. box 2.99
$1.99 price Safeway coupon= 1.99
Smart Balance butter 2.50 each
BOG sticks for free, $1 mc for other one =1.50 for 2
So...that was stressful, but very fun in the long run!


Rice cakes .88
$1.00 MC = Free
Angel Soft TP 1.00
.50 MC doubled = Free
Kroger Salsa .88
.65 coupon = .23
Organic drinks 1.99 each
$1.00 coupon for each from an in-store brochure = .99 each
Kroger cooking spray 1.00
Steamfresh veggies .88 each
3-.35 coupons which doubled = .17 each
Colgate Whisp 1.00
.50 coupon which doubled = Free
Organic Avacados .88 a bag (of 2)
Lindt chocolates (clearance) 1.09
$1 MC = .09:)
My favorite berry bagels 1.99
=7.32 + tax


Soda 3/$11 receive $5 RR, = 3/$6
I did this twice and put it on my gift card ($0 OP) so I could use the RR for my rebate items for this month:
Physicians Formula 40% off
I got one using my $1 coupon, then the cashier gave me a $5 coupon. I ended up with 2 items (will submit for $10 rebate) and will only pay about $1.
Easter ribbon .49 clearance
Hershey's candy 4/$10
$5 rebate on 4
3-$1/1 coupons for Hershey's dark chocolate
=$2 for 4 bags.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Shopping Week of April 5

I hit a bunch of stores on Tuesday because I had between 5-7:30 to waste in town before my VB game.

Vitamin water $1
MC $1
Fruit snacks $1.58
$1 Target coupon
= .58
Hershey's Bliss 2.99
$1 Target coupon
$1 MC
Sinus pills (I needed these right then because I had already used my backups.)
4.21 (price drop)
$1 MC


Most of the deals I got weren't advertised in the flyer that my part of the country recieved, but the deals were still the same as other parts of the country (I guess that means they are un-advertised)...which means the items are in stock!
Playtex $3.99
$1 Easy saver coupon
$1 MC
Oust surface and air cleaner $2.99
$2 MC
$1 Wags rebate
= Free
Edge shave gel $2.99
$3 RR
Mentos Gum 2/$2
2- $1 coupon
Shick razors $6.99
BOGO MC (-6.99)
$3 MC
$2 easy saver coupon (took $2 off each razor)
Thingamagig candy .44
=.44 each (filler for my RR)


Strawberries 4.88 (for 4lbs!!)
Nestle Chocolate chips 1.99

$.75 MC
Greeting cards .99 each
BOGO greeting card coupon
Buy 3 get a free duck beanie-baby
= $1.88 for 3 cards and a beanie-baby:)


Halls cough drops $1.18
MC coupon for FREE item
Doublemint gum $.98
MC coupon for FREE item
Kotex liners .99
$.75 MC
=.25 each
AND...my staples...AWESOME CREAM CHEESE $2.18, and Herpicine L m(SPF 30) $4.88

If you want to know where I find my deals, Target coupons, and other printable coupons or senarios, check out the blog-roll on the side of my blog. Money Saving Mom, Hip2Save and other sites do a GREAT job keeping me updated.