Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Walgreens 1/3- Trip #2 Tuesday

I did 3 transactions but took just one picture(b/c I kinda forgot that I did 3 transaction).  I did 3 b/c I returned the Ester-C and then re-bought it separately to make a coupon work!

Transaction #1:
2 Nabisco Oreo's on sale $.99 each (it had been reported that they were printing $2RR making them free, but that didn't happen for me- don't know why. But oh well, can't win them all!)
1 Popcorn $.39(so I could use 2 RR and lower my OOP)
-$1 RR
Total OOP: $.42
Total Saved: $4.00

Transaction #2:
2 Glucerna Cereals $4.99 each
1 Loreal Towelettes Cleansing Cloths $4.19 clearance priced!! (Reg. $7.99)
1 Electrasol Gel Pacs 20ct $3.49 on sale(the sign was just in front of the powerballs which were sold out, so I took the Gel pacs up to the front and had them do a price check and the rang up on sale too!!! So you can get these and still use your coupon plus get the $1RR back!)
2 Glade Candles 2oz $2.50 each on sale
1 Garnier Nutritioniste Daily Exfoliating gel Cleanser $3.19 clearance priced!! (Reg. $5.99)
1 Nivea Moisturizing Creme .84oz $.60 clearance (Reg. $1.19)
2 Reach Total Care 30yd Floss $3.99 each
1 Listerine Agent Blue Rinse $3.19 clearance priced (Reg. $5.29)
1 John Frieda Luxurious Volume Hairspray $1.79 clearance(Rumored that if you bought 2 of these a $5RR would print out- but my store only had one of these so this is what I bought b/c that is still a good steal of a deal! Hee hee!)
-$3 RR from last Wags trip
-$2.50 Electrasol man. coupon 1/3
-$1/1 Listerine Agent Cool Blue 1/3RP
-$2 Mistery coupon( I just can't figure out what it was for)
-$1/1 Reach Total Care Floss 30yd
- BOGO FREE Reach Total Care Floss 30yd (value $3.99)
-$1/1 Loreal Facial Cleanser 11/15ss
-$2/1 Wags coupon for Reach(Deducted $4 since I bought 2)
-$3/2 Glade coupon (ALL You magazine I think)
-$3/2 Glade coupon (Parade magazine-maybe)
-$1/1 Garnier Nutritioniste coupon 12/6RP
-$1/1 Mystery coupon(ha, ha- the kids make me crazy and I can't keep up with the coupons. but I do know that all the ones I handed him,he used and they worked. So I must have had this one!)
-$2/1 Wags coupon for Glucerna (Deducted $4 since I bought 2)
-$1.50/1 Wags coupon for Glucerna(deducted $3 since I bought 2)
-$2.50/2 Glucerna man. coupon(the manager had to force this one through- yeah for her doing it!)
Total OOP: $16.72(I returned the Ester-C which is incl. in this total, so really I spent $5.07!!)
Total Saved: $ 35.99(just in coupons), not going to list Wags Savings b/c it probably includes the Ester-C and I don't want to mess with that!

Transaction 3:
2 Ester-C $10.99 BOGO FREE
-$5/1 Ester-C coupon (it was posted that you could use 2 but I tried to use both on trans. 2 and neither worked, so I came back to the store after going to the library and had the manager return the Ester-C. Then re-ring it up, so I could hopefully use at least 1 coupon! It worked! I didn't try to use 2 as it didn't seem like that was going to work with them and I really did get one at $0.00, so I can complain)
Total OOP: $6.65
Total Saved:$5.50(really $16.49 since you get a free Ester-C valued at $10.99)
Making each Ester-C $2.99 without tax-Sweet!

Earned $3RR for the Glade and a $1RR for the Electrasol! So all in all I paid $12.14- $4RR= $8.14! YIPEE!) That isn't even the price for 1 Ester-C!!

So did you round up a few more deals after reading some extra later posts? Tell me!

NOTE: Look around your stores for clearance items! You might just find one that is awesome and it lines up nicely with a coupon you have! That is what the Garnier, Loreal, and Listerine Agent Cool Blue were for me this trip!

75 Ways to Save Money Every Day

I found this on another blog. These are not my words, but some of the ideas of how to save aren't such bad ideas! I thought ya'll might enjoy reading this!

Daily Frugalness -
  1. Shop at home first. What's lurking in those cupboards. I bet you can make dinner out of what's already in your pantry.
  2. Meal plan your dinners.
  3. Turning off the lights. Keep all the lights out during the day, and at night, only the rooms currently being used are lit.
  4. Washing only full loads (dishes/laundry) and air drying.
  5. Keeping the thermostat at 78 degrees (higher if we're out). If it gets too hot, we turn it down until we feel comfortable, then turn it back up to 78.
  6. VHS movies. You can find them dirt cheap just about anywhere. Watching movies is one of our favorite pastimes, and having lots of movies we picked up for $.25 to $1 makes it a cheap one.
  7. Own only one car.
  8. Learn how to fix things. Like the car, the computers, clothing, toys, etc.
  9. Thrift store shopping. Except for consumables, buy everything used. If you can't find it at a thrift store, search online - Craigslist, half.com, ebay....
  10. Speaking of Craigslist, keeping an eye on the free section, especially on Saturdays and Sundays around the time people start packing up their yard sales, has really paid off. Lots of people give away what they can't sell.
  11. Oh, and Freecycle, too.
  12. Having pets vaccinations/spaying/etc. done at low-cost clinics, rather than at a vet's office.
  13. Eat smaller portions. Really. Cutting back is better for you and your wallet.
  14. Keep abreast of grocery sales. Even expensive stores often have loss leader items that are a steal!
  15. Know how much you pay for our usual grocery items. This way, you'll know a good deal when you come across it.
  16. Home hair cuts.
  17. No cable/satellite/Netflix. Just plain ol' network TV. Get a digital converter box (with the government's $40 coupon)
  18. Use a reel mower, rather than a gas-guzzling mower.
  19. Don't shopping hungry.
  20. Find things to do around the house - lots of board and card games, vhs movies, reading (library books), chatting on the phone (local), drawing, listening to records, writing, just hanging out, etc.
  21. Really considering before throwing something away.
  22. Really considering before making a purchase of any kind.
  23. Keep the house nice and livable so we are happy staying home. Having a nice, clean house means we aren't wanting to escape all the time.
  24. Put out the word when we're looking for something. Friends and family may want to give up what you are looking for or know someone who does.
  25. Do things for yourself that make you feel the abundance in life. Sitting down, drinking a cup of herbal tea, listening to music, and reading a good book. It's hard to feel lacking in life while doing something like that. If you don't feel lacking, you don't have such a desire to buy "stuff." You don't feel like I need more .
  26. Make do as long as you can. Procrastinating before buying.
  27. Take short showers.
  28. Actually eat the leftovers.
  29. Be really creative with gift-giving. Making things, putting together a basket of pretty things we have around the house, etc.
  30. Water the lawn as little as we can get away with.
  31. Park in the shade (this minimizes gas loss due to evaporation)
  32. Walk.
  33. Doing instead of buying - finding alternatives to buying any way we can: waiting, making do, fixing, repurposing, making something ourselves, etc.
  34. Bake your own bread.
  35. Save the change. Instead of spending it, we put our change in a pretty jar at the end of every day. It adds up quickly, and it really makes you think about those smaller purchases.
  36. Snap digital photos and getting prints only of our favorites.
  37. Use the crock pot, rather than the stove and the toaster oven, rather than the full-sized oven.
  38. Grow some of your own food (tomatoes, herbs, etc.)
  39. Not being afraid to pick up the things people have left on the curb.
  40. Buy clothes on clearance at the ends of seasons.
  41. Have only as many clothes as you need.
  42. Go to grocery store only once every other week instead of the usual weekly trip.
  43. Use coupons and combine with sales.
  44. Cancel your home phone line and only use cell phone.
  45. Buy gallon of whole milk and cut it with water to make 2 gallons.
  46. If you're driving less, check with your insurance company about a lower rate. I get about 50 bucks off every 6 months because I drive less than 7500 miles per year.
  47. Use cloth diapers.
  48. Use cloth wipes with plain water.  
  49. Price shop on phone plans.
  50. Eat cheaper sources of protein: eggs, beans, quinoa, nuts
  51. Use cloth napkins.
  52. Use rags instead of paper towels.
  53. Use simple soaps instead of fancy bath washes.
  54. Consolidate trips, travel much less.
  55. Use the library, but keep good eye on due dates so fines don't add up.
  56. Curb urge to get out of the house and drive somewhere for entertainment by riding bikes in neighborhood or walking.
  57. Use up odd cuts of meat in the freezer.
  58. Take up any offers of stuff from people's gardens, look for a recipe online if I don't know what to do with it.
  59. Use Internet to help us learn how to fix things.
  60. Don't set foot in a mall, throw away sale ads from newspaper so you're not tempted to buy anything you don't need.
  61. Use cold water for clothes washing.
  62. Wash clothes only when dirty rather than after every wearing out of habit.
  63. Sell stuff on eBay that you've been holding onto for who knows why.
  64. Cut up other items to sew new things (a single wool sweater became legwarmers, mittens, breast pads and cloth diaper cover).
  65. When you break a $20 bill, put all of the $1 bill into a jar and apply that savings towards paying off debt.
  66. Stay home - if you go out you always spend a bit here and there.
  67. If you do get take out, get Chinese and only order one entrée and rice. You can have a nice family meal for $9.
  68. Bring snacks and drinks on errands so you aren't tempted to stop at the drive thru.
  69. Buy an Entertainment book for your vacation destination.
  70. Go on hikes instead of trips to the mall.
  71. Rip dryer sheets in half.
  72. Build up a pantry.
  73. Start a family change jar.
  74. Use vinegar as a cleaner.
  75. Buy memberships or year long passes to parks/zoos/aquariums in your area.


store brand formula coupons

This is a FREE coupon for Store Brand formula.   Anyway, it is worth taking a moment to request HERE.  You get to list your top 3 stores for buying store brand formula, so maybe they send a coupon for each of them – we will see! Either way, saving money on generic is AWESOME!
For more information on Store Brand formulas, go HERE!

Savings Spreadsheets

The Coupon Project has a great Spreadsheet for calculating your savings vs. spending. Go HERE to check it out.

Another place to find a Spreadsheet for calculating savings is to Go HERE to Jill Cataldo's website and download her spreadsheet.

If you find another one that looks great and works for you, let me know and I will post it for others to enjoy. Track your Steals and enjoy the deals!

Free samples and coupons from Proctor & Gamble

  The samples and coupons have been restocked. Go here and login to request free samples and coupons from Proctor & Gamble.

I have to wait until Jan 11th to request free samples and coupons again. So enjoy getting your if you can now!

FREE Gooseberry Patch Recipe Booklet!

Here’s yet another great freebie! Go here to request a FREE “Breakfast & Brunch” Recipe Booklet by Gooseberry Patch and Post Cereal!

(Thanks, Freebies4Mom!)

New $1/1 Johnson’s Coupon = FREE Soap!

Red Plum just released a few new coupons, including a $1/1 Johnson’s Baby Product Coupon! This coupon does exclude trial size products.  If you don't need J&J products, you can just print this out and score a Steal of a Deal for someone else!! (ME!!! :-)  Remember, you can use this coupon to score FREE Johnson’s soap buddies at Walmart, Target, Kmart and various other stores!

Target has them priced at just $.97 but they do price adjust the coupon down to the $.97! That still makes it a 'STEAL OF A DEAL'!( Can you tell this is going to be my new signature catch phrase!! :-)

Blur Ribbon Foods: FREE Chicken, Pork Chops + More (Select States ONLY)!!!

 If you live in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina (that’s me!), South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee or Virginia you can score some amazing FREE food samples! Blue Ribbon Foods will send you two lemon pepper boneless chicken breasts, two super-select boneless pork chops, and two gourmet steak burgers. Everything comes in a reusable, personal-size cooler too! …AND yes, all of that is completely FREE! Just hurry on over here to request this freebie!

(Thanks, FreeStuff!)

I just signed up for this so we will see if it works! If it does, my hubby will just love me for getting this meat and FREE too!

Bath & Body Works: FREE Travel Size Item!

Bath & Body Works has a new coupon available: Get a FREE Signature Collection Travel Size Item with ANY purchase (up to a $5 value)! This coupon is valid through January 27th!
Remember, this coupon states ANY item, so look for an inexpensive product. Think clearance, a small hand sanitizer , nail file or any other product priced around $1-$2! Also, these little travel size lotions and shower gels make great additions to gift baskets!
(Thanks, MojoSavings!)

FREE Travel Size Visine at CVS & Elsewhere!

Here’s a little freebie you can score at CVS! In the front of the store, at the checkout counter, you should see a small (travel size) Visine priced at just $1.99! Use the $2/1 coupon from here (doesn’t exclude travel size) to score some FREE Visine!
You may be able to find this products elsewhere too! Let us know!

(Thanks, Makin’ItInMichigan!)

If you have already printed out 2 of these previously, you will not be able to get more. :-( But joy to the ones that can get this STEAL OF A DEAL!

Perform Better Offer

I just got email about this offer! I have the foam roller plus(advertised below for $29.95 on sale- I think I paid $40-50ish, so it is on sale for a good deal!) for sore muscles from this company and I love it! It has served me and hubby well in rubbing out a muscle. Check them out if you are interested in some home exercise equipment as it seems they have some deals going on! :-)

Web Only Specials

Sale Ends January 31, 2010 or
while supplies last.

This month's online sale items include:

Speed & Agility

The Cat
Balance & Stabilization

Posture Ball

Medicine Balls

Swing Core Trainer Medicine Balls

Bands & Tubing

Lifeline Professional Exercise Tubing With Handles

Books & DVD's

Bootcamp Dynomite DVDs

Stackable Steps

FREE Glade Sense & Spray–1st 3,000!

Right@Home is offering up a new giveaway! The first 3,000 people to respond here will receive a FREE Fresh Start Gift Pack–which includes a FREE Glade Sense & Spray Starter Kit!

(Thanks, SmartCouponing!)

FREE Slim-Fast Peanut Butter Crunch Bar!

Sam’s Club is offering up a great little freebie and this time, you do NOT have to be a Sam’s Club member to snag this sample! Just go on over here and click on the “Get a Sample Now” link to score a FREE Slim-Fast Peanut butter Crunch Bar! Allow up to 4 weeks for delivery.
(Thanks, PinkCouponCafe!)

2 FREE Packets of Stevia Extract!

Go here to snag 2 FREE packets of Stevia Extract In The Raw and a coupon towards your first purchase! Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

(Thanks, MojoSavings!)

Spotting Coupon Fraud

There are lots of coupons out on the internet that aren’t “good” coupons.  There are also lots of ways to misuse a coupon.
Here are a few rules to help you stay on the right path in couponing:
  • Always follow the words on the coupon.  If it says it is for a 6oz box, then buy the size indicated.  While it might work for another size or even product that is fraudulent use of the coupon.
  • Don’t intentionally use expired coupons.  If your store has said that it is okay, you should still ask before using one on every trip.  Most stores DO NOT allow any.
  • You should never make a copy, scan, or fax of a printable coupon in any way.  There are lots of security features built into these coupons.  While they may scan in the grocery store - the store will never get reimbursed for them.
coupons_security_features_largerTo put this into lay person terms:
  1. The unique 2-D barcode on the upper left is a different number for every coupon you print, even for a second print of the same coupon.
  2. The dotted line around the entire coupon is really text.  It has your user id, the date and time and coupon offer information printed - repeating at least 35 times around the coupon.  This is also printed at the bottom of the expiration date box.
  3. The long barcode at the bottom also has a portion of the unique 2-D barcode number in it.  These barcodes are much more specific and very soon will be the barcode that is scanned in all stores!
Coupons sent via email
There are many coupons that are passed around in emails that are for FREE products.  These all fall into the “too good to be true category”.  Most of these have been scanned from a coupon that someone received from a manufacturer directly.  Don’t get mad at the person that sent it to you, they have been passed around for years.  Manufacturers rarely if ever release printable coupons for free products.  If they do it is not often through a .pdf coupon.
To see a full list of coupons that are fraudulent go here.  You’ll also notice many of these have rewards offered for catching the original person that created the coupon!
What are the consquences of Coupon Fraud?
  • The cost of coupon “misredemption” to manufacturers annually is estimated to be over 300 million dollars.  It does get passed on to you in the end.
  • Coupon Fraud is prosecuted.  Meet the CIC, they prosecute coupon fraud and boast about having never lost a case since 1986.
    The penalties they have seen:
    Longest prison sentence: 17 years
    Highest financial penalty: $5 million
    Prison sentences of three to five years are not uncommon.
    Financial penalties generally vary, but have often been in excess of $200,000.

Walgreens: Glucerna Cereal $0.24 Per Box!

Well, it looks like you may be able to score some very inexpensive Glucerna cereal and possibly other Glucerna products too! There are 3 different coupons you can stack on top of one another to really come out ahead! First, there’s a bonus Walgreens $2/1 Glucerna printable coupon available here–valid on snacks, cereal, bars or shakes! You can also combine this coupon with the $1.50/1 Walgreens coupons available in the Diabetes and You coupon booklet (there is a $1.50/1 shakes coupon and a $1.50/1 cereal or bars coupon inside the booklet).
…AND finally, you can combine the above coupons with either the $3/3 coupon from here (manufacturer coupon with Target logo–click on the healthcare category on the left hand side to access the coupon fast) or use the new $2.50/2 manufacturer coupon from the 1/3SS!
Alright, so now that you know the coupons to use, here’s a deal scenario:
Buy 2 boxes of Glucerna Cereal $4.99 each=$9.98
Use the $2/1 Bonus coupon (will deduct $4 since you’re buying 2 boxes)
Use the $1.50/1 Diabetes and You coupon (will deduct $3)
Plus, use the $2.50/2 manufacturer coupon
Final cost ONLY $0.24 per box!
NEW UPDATE: Submit your receipt to the Caregivers Marketplace and you’ll get a $0.75 rebate back (per box of cereal purchased)! That will turn this deal into a nice little moneymaker!
(Thanks, SharpenYourScissors!)
**The Glucerna shakes (6pk) are on sale for $8.99, so you should be able to score a pretty great deal on these too!

Walgreens: Bayer Quick Release Moneymaker!

Heads up–next time you’re at Walgreens be on the lookout for Bayer Quick Release Crystals (20 ct) on clearance for just $2.19 per box! Plus, these are part of a monthly Register Reward deal: buy 3 participating products and get a $6 Register Reward or buy 2 and get a $3 Register Reward!

Deal Scenario:

Buy 3 Bayer Quick Release Crystals $2.19 each=$6.57
Use 3 $1.50/1 coupons from the 10/25RP
Pay $2.07
Get back a $6 Register Reward
Final cost FREE + a $3.93 moneymaker!
**There is also a $1/1 coupon available in the new 1/3SS!
Let us know if you’re able to find these on clearance at your local Walgreens!

(Thanks, WhoSaidNothingInLifeIsFree!)

Target: Juicy Juice (64 oz) ONLY $0.50!

Yay! Here’s yet another *HOT* Target deal! If you need to stock up on juice then this is the deal:
Juicy juice 64 oz on a price cut for $2 (thru 1/9)
Use the $1/2 Juicy Juice coupon from here (manufacturer coupon w/ Target logo)
(Or use the $1/2 manufacturer coupon from here)
Plus, use 2 $1/1 Juicy Juice Target store coupons from here
Final cost just $0.50 per juice!
(Thanks, Kay!)
**Check out the rest of the Target weekly deals here!

Anyone going to Target who has these coupons but doesn't need this juice- I will buy it from you for the $.50 you pay! I think I am fresh out of these coupons and I am out of one ink so my printer won't work!

FREE Book Download: Start Over, Finish Rich!

Wow! Check out this FREE book download offer–perfect to help us start out 2010! Just go here to download David Bach’s new book: Start Over, Finish Rich: 10 Steps to Get You Back on Track in 2010! This is only available thru today, so hurry and download your FREE copy!

(Thanks, Stacy!)

New Coupons: Nabisco, Smucker’s + Lots More!

Yay! An awesome new high value Nabisco coupon is available! Just go here ( IE or Firefox ) to print a $2 off ANY two Nabisco Crackers coupon! Press your browser back button to print a total of 2 coupons per computer! This coupon should easily make for some sweet deals when paired with in-store sales!

Other New Coupons:

Save $1 on any 2 Smucker’s Sugar Free or Low Sugar Jams, Jellies or Preserves

New Coupons.com coupon!

Red Plum has released quite a few new coupons:

$3 off Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs on Blue ray or DVD
$1 off any one Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers
$1 off any one Marie Callender’s Home-Style Creations
$2 off any Bengay product (except trial size)
$1 off any Flavor/Variety Muir Glen Product (new link)
Join the Muir Glen Connoisseur’s Club on the bottom right side of page!
Save $0.50 off any One Gorton’s Grilled Item: IE or Firefox
Save $2/1 Neutrogena Moisture Wrap, Soothing Wrap or Intensive Moisture Wrap Body Lotion
(Thanks, FreeSnatcher!)

(Thanks for lots of these, PrintableCouponsAndDeals!)