Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Crossroads



Back when I started this blog, I told myself and my husband that if either of us felt that this was putting too much stress on me or taking too much time away from my family, I would call it quits. Well, Monday night I hit that crossroads. With 2 very young children at home, I have decided that I need to spend more of my attention on their needs as well as my own and my husband's. I really have been enjoying this blog and a chance to share my experiences with money saving and deal seeking, but I guess now is not the time for it.


After much thought and prayer, I have decided to simplify things and put a hold on my blog. Hopefully some day when my children are a bit older, I will be able to return to it. But for now, it is not to be.


So as not to leave you in the lurch, I have come up with a list of great resources! These blogs are where I've learned just about everything I know about saving money. I hope that you will benefit from them as well!


Money Saving Mom- Crystal does a great job listing all the current deals, freebies, and has several great posts on how to save money. She feeds her family of 4 on $40 a week!

Common Sense with Money- Mercedes also has a great blog and lists all the weekly deals for Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS, as well as other great posts on saving money. She has a great post here on saving money at the grocery store without using coupons.

Freebies4Mom- Heather lists lots of current freebies and online sweeps

$5Dinners- A great blog with daily $5 dinners!

Deal Finding Mom- Shaws weekly deals!

SlickDeals- a forum for all kinds of deals. I follow the Shaws thread that lists all the current Shaws deals and Catalina deals
I have found the easiest way to keep track of blogs is to use Google reader. If you have a gmail account, you can easily set up Google Reader. If you don't have a gmail account, it's free and easy to set one up. Google Reader keeps all your blogs organized and lets you know when a blog has a new post.
If you have any questions, please email me at recession proof shopping @ gmail dot com (minus the spaces) and I will be happy to help!
Good luck on your quest to save money and find deals! Thanks to all my loyal readers! It was a pleasure!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee $0.50 Tomorrow!


Dunkin Donuts 16oz Iced Coffee is only $0.50 tomorrow! For more info, click here.


What a great two days...free Iced Latte today, free ice cream tomorrow, $0.50 Iced Coffee tomorrow....wish I had a Ben and Jerry's near me and liked coffee!

Free Redbox Rental today only


This Monday's free Redbox code is M6FR97 Select Rent with Promo at the Red Box machine and enter the code for a free movie! The code expires tonight at midnight and the rental is good for 24 hours.


To locate the Redbox nearest you and the available videos there, click here.

Free Cone Day April 21!



Tomorrow, Tuesday April 21 is Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry's! You can get a free scoop of ice cream between 12pm and 8pm!


Bummer, there's none near us!

Free Iced Latte at Cold Stone Creamery Monday 4/20




From 12pm to 5pm today only you can get a free Iced Latte at Cold Stone Creamery (select MA and NH locations). To find out if your Cold Stone Creamery is participating, check here.

Menu Plan Monday


Monday: Meatloaf with my mother's recipe (the best meatloaf ever!), veg, mashed potato
Tuesday: Pot Roast in the crockpot
Wednesday: Crockpot Pea Soup with leftover ham bone from ham a few weeks ago (I never did make this last week), bread
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Some sort of chicken! Haven't decided what yet.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Free Burritos!


A new burrito will be hitting stores near you this fall. Be one of the first 50,000 to sign up, and you'll receive a coupon for a free Evol Burrito.

Super Savings Saturday!

Money Saving Mom hosts a Super Saving Saturday round up each week and I thought I'd join in this week with my deals! The deals I'm sharing were all acquired this morning in a matter of 45 minutes.

First was a mirror for our hallway. We've been keeping our eyes peeled, but didn't want to spend much. It was worth the wait! I found this mirror for $2 at a yard sale a few houses down from us this morning!





While I was there, I also picked up this old lantern for $1 to go on top of our new bookcase!




I then ran to Shaws and took advantage of their catalina deal, spending $11.16 out of pocket and receiving $10 to use on my next shopping trip.





On my way home I saw these for free on the side of the road and picked them up for my girls who are thrilled with them!



It was a very successful start to our Saturday!
To see other people's Super Savings Saturday's, visit Money Saving Mom!

Shaws Catalina Deals 101

First of all, what is a catalina?! A catalina is a coupon that prints out at the register.

Alright, so how do you take advantage of these deals and really make it work for you?! This particular deal works by purchasing $25 worth of the above items based on their pre-sale prices. However, you only pay out of pocket the total of what the sale price is. After you pay out of pocket, the register will print off two coupons for $5 off your next visit. Make sure you remind the cashier to give them to you if they forget!

Here is a scenario I just did:

(1) Wesson Canola oil (7.99) 2.50
(1) Wesson Vegetable oil (5.69) 2.50
(1) Wesson Best Blends oil (5.69) 2.50
(2) Hunts Ketchup (1.79) 1
(1) Popcorn (2.79) 3/5

Pre-sale total: 25.74
Sale total: $11.16
Received two $5 off your next visit coupon

What I will do is figure out more deals that come to about $10 after coupons and sale price and just keep using my $10 off and getting more $10 off and stock up on things like tomatoes, sauce, oil, hot dogs, etc.

My current system for figuring out deals is to write the product in one column, the pre-sale price in the next column, the sale price next, and then any coupons I have. I then add up the pre-sale price to make sure it's above $25, then add up the sale price and coupons. I subtract the coupons from the sale price and if it ends up being $10 or just above, I keep the scenario. If it's more than a dollar or two above $10, I rework the scenario. If the sale price comes out to under $10, I figure out what other groceries I need that could bring me up to the $10 mark so I can use my $10 coupons and get other groceries I need for free and still receive another $10 in Catalinas.

Other things to note are:
~Catalina's (the $5 coupons to use on your next order) usually expire in 2 weeks, so make sure you use them in that time.
~the Catalina deals do not work on manager special items or items that are reduced...I've tried it!
~you generally can only do one deal at a time, bring your purchases out to the car, then go back into the store to do your next deal and use your catalinas. They don't generally let you do back to back deals.
~you can only use 2 of these $5 catalinas at a time

If you need any help, please leave me a comment and I'll do my best to help. My biggest suggestion is to go to your store and mark down all the pre-sale prices on your flier and then figure out your deals. Good luck!

Shaw's Deals 4/17-4/23- GREAT week!

Shaws has a great catalina promo this week where you should be able to score some freebies or cheap deals if your store still bases the sale on pre-sale prices. (Some stores stopped doing this and base the sale on sale prices now).

I'll list the deals for this week and then explain how to make the most of the deal in the next post

CONAGRA CATALINA DEAL (pre-sale prices in parenthesis) 4/17-4/23
Buy $25 worth of the select items and get $10 in coupons to spend on your next shopping trip.


Marie Callender's Complete Dinners 12.5-2.1 oz (4.29) 4/$10
Banquet Dinners 6.75-11oz (3/$4) 10/$10
Healthy Choice Complete Selections 10.5-12.5 oz (3.99) or Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers 9.5-10.4oz (4.49) 2/$6
- $1/2 Healthy Choice Dinners
Marie Callender's Pot Pie 16.5 oz (4.19) $2.99
Kid Cuisine Dinners 7.15-10.5 oz (4/$10) 4/$10
Hunts 14.5 0z or Rotel Tomatoes 10 oz (3/$4) 10/$10
Pam Cooking Spray 5-6oz Selected Varieties (3.79) $2.99
Wesson Cooking Oil 48oz (Canola Oil 7.99- the rest 5.69) 2/$5
Hunts Tomato Sauce 15oz (10/$10) 10/$10
Reddi wip Whipped Cream 7oz (aerosol only) (3.29) 2/$5
Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn 4ct, 6oz (2.79) 3/$5
Egg Beaters Egg Product 15-16oz (3.99) 2/$5
$1/1 Printable Coupon
Hebrew National Franks or Knockwurst 11-12oz (5.99 for franks- couldn't find knockwurst at my store) Buy 1 Get 1 Free
- $1/1 Printable Coupon
Hunts Ketchup (1.79) 10/$10 (not advertised but working with the deal)

These are listed on the ad but no picture or sale price is given. The next time I go to Shaws I'll get the prices and update this...I just noticed it as I was typing this up!

Van Camps Pork and Beans 15oz
Snack Pack Pudding 4 pack
Peter Pan Peanut Butter 18oz
Hunts Pasta Sauce 26-26.5oz
Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta 15oz and Microwaveable cups 7.5oz

Please remember these pre-sale prices are good at my store, but not necessarily all stores. Please check your particular stores shelf prices (they will be listed above the sale tag for the item on the shelf at the store).


OTHER DEALS WORTH MENTIONING

Hood Ice Cream $1.99
Shaws American Cheese or Wilson Virginia Ham $2.99/lb
Northwest or Eastern Apples $0.88/lb
Yoplait Yogurt 20/$10 -$2/20
In Ad Store Coupon AND
-(2) $1/8 Printable Coupon=$0.30 each
Gorton's Frozen Seafood 50% Off
-$1/2 from 3-01SS
- $1/1 Shrimp Product
- $0.75/2 Bagged Product
Sun Light Dish Soap $1.00-
-$0.25/1 from 2-22SS=$0.50
Nature's Pride Bread $2.50
-$0.55/1 from 2-22RP=$1.40
Kotex Pantiliners $1.00
-$1.50/2 printable from my side bar=$0.25 each
Ocean Spray Cranergy $2.50
- $1/1 Printable Coupon=$1.50


4 PACKAGES OF MEAT FOR $19.99
Mix or Match w/ in ad Coupon

Shaws Boneless Strip Steak
Shaws Cube Steak
Swift Premium Thin Sliced Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops
Swift Premium Boneless Country Style Spareribs
Swift Premium Fresh Pork Tenderloin
Cooks Ham Steaks
Shaws Chicken Leg Quarters
(3-lb or more)
Perdue Boneless Chicken Breast
Perdue Roasting Chickens
Shaws Ground Beef 85% lean
(2-lb average)
Shady Brook Farms Ground Turkey Breast (3-lb package)
Mrs Budd's Chicken Pie
Our Best Meatballs
(2-lb bag frozen)
Johnsonville Brats or Italian Sausage
-$1/2 from 4-05SS
Curly's Pulled Pork
Steakhouse Choice Fresh Pub Burgers
(original only)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday's Frugal Find


This week's Friday's Frugal Find comes in the department of make-up! Ever have stubborn make-up that refuses to come off your eyes no matter what you use? Stop buying those fancy eye make up removers and instead buy a jar of Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly.


I read in a magazine this week that using a Q-tip and Vaseline to remove eye make up works wonders. I was a bit skeptical at first. I was especially afraid it would make my eyes feel greasy. I tried it and it worked really well! It took the make up right off, better than the eye make up remover, and didn't leave my eyes feeling greasy. Then I just used the excess on my finger to soften my lips!


Not only is this effective, it's economical! One jar of Vaseline will last you quite a while and is much cheaper than eye make up remover!


Did you have any frugal finds this week? Let us know in the comment section! To check out more frugal finds, visit Life As Mom's Frugal Friday roundup.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

2 Free bottles of laundry detergent!


CVS has Purex laundry detergent on sale buy 1 get 1 this week. Some areas are getting a buy 1 get 1 coupon through this link. Type in your zip code to see if a Purex coupon is available in your area. You may even be able to print it twice and get 4 bottles for free!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Shaws Deals until tomorrow 4/16


Some Shaws deals to note:

Boneless Chicken breasts $1.79/lb
$1/3lbs Shaws printable
= $1.46/lb for 3lbs

Shaws Bottom Round Roast or Swift Premium Boneless Pork Sirloin Cutlets $1.99/lb

Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.00

Duncan Hines Cake or Brownie Mix $1.00
-$1/3 cake mix from 3/29 Smart Source insert
-$1/3 brownie mix from 2-01 Smart Source insert
=$0.66/box for either

Filippo Berio Olive Oil $9.99
-$1/1 Shaws Printable AND $1/1 Printable from my side bar
=$7.99 for a 51-oz

Hood Sour Cream 2/$3
-$1/2 from 4-05 Red Plum insert
=2/$2 or $1.00/each

Wise Potato Chips 2.00
- $0.50/1 Printable Coupon
=$1.00

Apple & Eve Natural Apple Juice 3/$5
- $1/2 Printable Coupon
=$1.17/each

Crunch N Munch $1.00
- $1/2 Printable Coupon
=$0.50

CAT PROMOTION (presale prices in parentheses)

Buy $20 in Participating Products and get $5 off a future shopping trip.


At many stores, these catalina deals are based on pre-sale prices. So, if you purchase $20 worth based on pre-sale prices, you should still get your $5 catalina coupon (prints at the register to use on future shopping trips). Some stores do not allow it to be based on pre-sale prices, so it will depend on your store.


Scott 12 Roll Paper Towels (14.49) or Bath Tissue (13.99) 2/$15 (

Cottonelle Ultra 12 double roll or 8 triple roll (8.69) $6.99
-$1/1 12 roll from 3-15SS
$1/1 4pack Printable Coupon

Viva 6 roll Paper Towel (8.79) $6.99
-$1/2 from 4-05SS

Scott Napkins 400ct (4.69) $2.99

Kleenex Facial Tissue (2.29) 2/$3
-$1/4 from 4-05SS



WILD HARVEST ORGANICS
$1/1 Printable Coupon

Baby Food $0.79 or $0.59
-$1/1 coupon=FREE + Overage?

Pasta $1.29
-$1/1 coupon=$0.29

Organic Milk 64-oz $3.49
-$1/1 coupon=$2.49

Yellow Mustard $1.50
-$1/1 coupon=$0.50

Veggies $1.50
-$1/1 coupon=$0.50

Pasta Sauce $1.99
-$1/1 coupon=$0.99

Crackers $1.99
-$1/1 coupon=$0.99

Honey $2.19
-$1/1 coupon=$1.19

Coffee $4.99
-$1/1 coupon=$3.99

Extra Virgin Olive Oil $5.99
-$1/1 coupon=$4.99

Making the most of Walgreens!



Walgreens has a whole different system than CVS. They put out a catalog called the "Easy Saver Catalog." It is usually located right next to the flyers in the front of the store. You can also access it online at Walgreens website. I think the easiest way to understand Walgreens is to go through the catalog category by catagory.


1) The front of the catalog gives you the dates of the rebate period. This month's catalog says March 29- April 25. The catalogs often overlap for a few days a month.

2) The beginning of the catalog has store coupons in it. Since they are store coupons, these coupons can be used in conjunction with manufacturers coupons for the same item.

3) Next is the mail in rebate form. You can either fill out this form and mail it in, or you can fill out the form online. The online form is quick and easy and does not require you to send in your receipts, though it requires a number from your receipt. Also, after you've filled in the information online, if you forget to claim the rebate at the end of the month, they will send it to you automatically. Obviously, if you forget to mail in your form, they're not going to know to send you anything!
-At the end of the rebate, you will be asked if you want your rebate in the form of a check or gift card. If you are planning to shop at Walgreens regularly, choose the gift card because they will tack on an extra 10%. If you do this each time you submit rebates, you could build up a nice amount of free money!
-If you already have a gift card, you can choose to have your rebate added to this gift card. This way, you can use your gift card towards future deals/rebates and never spend money out of pocket at Walgreens again!
-It generally takes 4-6 weeks to receive your first rebate, then 2-3 weeks to have additional rebates added to your gift card if you choose this option.

4) Next in the Easy Saver Catalog is the list of rebates good for the rebate period.
- Each rebate offer is numbered to make it easier to fill out the form.
- There is a limit to each rebate offer. For instance, in this months catalog there is an offer "Buy $20 of any Garnier product, get $10 back by mail- rebate limit $10". Therefore, you could only do this offer once for the month.
- To take advantage of the rebate, you need to buy the quantity required of the particular item on the offer (pay attention to any size requirements or other specifics listed.) When you get home, fill out the rebate and they will send you the money in either a check or gift card as stated above.
- Each month there are usually a few "free-after-rebate" products as well as others for part of the money back.
- Generally, throughout the rebate period, the items in the various offers will go on sale for at least one week making these rebate offers even better. You can often stack manufacturer coupons with this sale and rebate to get them free. I would strongly recommend waiting for the items to go on sale before you take advantage of the rebate offers.


Thats about it for the Easy Saver Catalog. However, Walgreens also has other savings programs.

1) In-Ad coupons- Each week, the weekly flier has coupons in it. By using these coupons, you get the item advertised at the price listed on the coupon. For instance, with the in-ad coupon last week, you could get Russell Stover Chocolates for $3.99. Each coupon also has a limit. For this particular coupon, you can use it for 3 items. This also means that if you want to buy 3, you only need to use the one coupon. You do not need 3 of these coupons. However, you could not buy 6 and use 2 coupons. The register will only apply the price to 3 of the items no matter how many of these coupons you have. Any item past that limit is full price. Since this is also a store coupon, you can use it in conjunction with a manufacturer's coupon. You could 3 each in two different transactions with one coupon for each transaction and then get 6 at the coupon price.
2) Register Rewards-A register reward is a coupon that will print out at the register when you buy a particular item.
-These coupons can be used on any future transaction until it expires.
-Most Register Rewards can not be used on that particular item to produce another Register Reward for that item. For instance, this month you can buy Chapstick Natural or True Shimmer at $1.99 and get a $1.99 Register Reward. If you use this to buy another Chapstick again, you will not get another $1.99 Register Reward. Occasionally, these deals do roll over though. A few weeks ago, you could buy one Softsoap Body Wash and get a Register Reward for a free Softsoap Body Wash. You could use that Register Reward to buy another Softsoap Body Wash and another Register Reward would print out to get another one free. This only worked for a few days before Walgreens stopped that!
-You can use manufacturer coupons in conjunction with the Register Rewards.
-You can often find coupons to match up with Register Reward deals to make them free or almost free after coupons and register rewards.
-Unlike CVS, Register Rewards are not tied to a store card, so there is no limit as to how many times you can take advantage of a Register Reward deal.


A few notes about Walgreens:


1) You can only use as many coupons as you have items. Before you check out, make sure you count how many items you have and how many coupons you have. If you have a few too many coupons, buy a few very inexpensive items to make up the difference.


2) The order you hand your coupons to the cashier is very important. It should be as follows:
-Register Rewards
-Manufacturer's Coupons
-Store coupons

-If not done in this order, you may not get the deals you intend.
-I usually will hand them the Register Rewards first, let them enter them, then hand the manufacturer's coupons, let them enter them, then the store coupons instead of handing them all at once. I've had cashiers sort through them wrong if I give them all at once and then they don't work right.

3) If a coupon does not go through, the cashier can not push it through like most other stores. In this case, if you still don't want the item, just ask them to void it.

4) Walgreens often has items marked way down on clearance at the end of their back aisles. Be sure to check these as this is how you can really get some great deals and make some money! If you find an item marked down, you can still use a coupon on it, submit it for rebate or use it towards a register rewards deal. Last week I found a razor marked down to $2 and I had a $4 coupon for it, so I actually was paid $2 to get the razor free! Definitely familiarize yourself with the location of their clearance products!

5) Walgreens has in the past had online coupons for $5 off $25 for select days only (generally a weekend). This can really work to your advantage if your total is $25 before coupons. Make sure you hand this coupon to the cashier first, then the remainder of your coupons. It also would work well if your rebate items add up to more than $25.
Walgreens can seem very overwhelming at first. Take it in stride and after you do a few deals there, it will be old hat!
Leave me a comment and let me know if I missed anything! I'm still fairly new to Walgreens myself!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Freebies for Tax Day April 15!


I knew there had to be something good about tax day! How about some free food! Tomorrow only, you can get:




~Free Cinabites at Cinnabon (Mall locations only, does not apply to airport locations) from 5-8pm (Sounds like a good dinner to me!)




~Free small McCafe coffee or medium McCafe iced coffee at McDonald's in Baltimore and possibly other locations


~Free taco at Taco del Mar with this coupon



For more Tax Day deals, go here

Great deal on coffee just in time for Mother's Day!



Are you looking for a new coffee maker or a great Mother's Day gift? Right now, you can get a stainless steel programable coffee maker and stainless steel scoop, along with a Gevalia travel mug and four half-pound bags of your choice of Gevalia coffee (reported to be exceptional in taste and quality) for only $29.95 plus $5.95 shipping and handling. That's a coffee maker and 2lbs of coffee for only $36-less than just buying a stainless steel coffee maker!

To order your Gevalia coffee maker and coffee, you need to become a member. Just enter your billing and shipping info and choose your 4 coffees. If you no longer wish to receive automatic deliveries, you can cancel at anytime by calling 1-800-438-2542 and you will not receive any more shipments or bills (so if you wish to take advantage of this deal only, cancel after you order your coffeemaker and coffee.) Just click on the above image to order!

If you don't need the coffee maker, but would like to try Gevalia coffee, you can get 3 half pound bags of coffee and a stainless steel travel mug for only $3 here!

Walgreens Deals 4/11-4/18




This is a great week at Walgreens! There are lots of freebies and register rewards you can roll (use the register rewards from one deal to pay for another deal).


~Mentos Gum-2 for $2 this month (must buy 2 to get this price)
Buy two and use two $1/1 coupons from the 3/1 SmartSource insert
Free after coupons

~Just For Men hair care products-$8.29
Use the $2/1 printable coupon here
Use the $1.50/1 Easysaver coupon (page 11)
Spend $4.79 out of pocket
Submit for the full rebate
Free plus $3.50 overage after coupons and rebate

~Excedrin Pain Relief 24 ct. tablets or Express Gels-B1G1 (2 for $4.79)
Buy 2 and use 2 $2/1 coupons here
$0.40 each after coupons and sale

~Chex Mix Snacks- $0.99
Use $0.50/1 coupon from 2/22 insert
$0.49 each after coupon

~Coffee Mate 16 oz. liquid- 2 for $3
Use the $1/1 printable coupon here
$0.50 each after coupon

~Skippy Peanut Butter-B1G1 (2 for $2.29)
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from 4/5 RedPlum insert
$0.65 each after coupon

~Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner-B1G1 (2 for $2.99)
Buy 2 and use two $0.75/1 coupons from 3/15 insert
$0.75 each after coupons

~Printer Cartridge Refill- $10 (black or color)
Submit for Easysaver #28--get $7.50 back when you buy one (Limit 1)
$2.50 per refilled cartridge after sale and rebate

~Bertolli Oven Bake Dinners-$5.99
Use the $2/1 printable coupon here
$3.99 each after coupon

REGISTER REWARDS DEALS

~ Colgate Max White or Max Fresh Toothbrush- $3.49, Get $3.49 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 coupon here (click on Sign Up Now to register and print your coupon) or $0.75/1 coupon from 3/29 SmartSource insert
Free plus overage after coupon and Register Rewards

~Scunci Elastics 18 pk. $2, Get $2 Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

~Fiber Choice 10 ct. Tablets at $2.49, Get $2.49 Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

~Buy any Bayer Glucose Contour Meter, Get a coupon for a free Crest toothpaste
Use the $30/1 coupon from 3/1 or 3/22 inserts (coupon will have to be adjusted down to the price the monitor is at).
Get both the monitor and the toothpaste free
(If you have four Bayer coupons, you can get four free Crest products and then submit your rebates for the $5 April EasySaver when you buy four Crest products.)


~Dove Deoderant trial size (0.5 oz)- $0.99
Buy 6
Use 3 $1.50/2 coupons from the 3/15 Red Plum insert
Spend $1.44 out of pocket and receive a $6 Register Reward for the "buy 6 Unilever products and receive $6)
FREE plus overage

~Buy two Axe products and get $3 in register rewards back (page 7 of weekly ad)
2 of the qualifying products are on clearance for as low as $1.39:
AXE bullet essence 4 pack deodorant body spray UPC 079400299802
AXE Vetyver Proximity body fragrance 4oz. UPC 079400384751
Use the $1/1 Axe coupon from 4/5 red Plum insert.
$0.78 plus tax out of pocket for two of them and get a $3 Register Reward
Free plus overage after Register Reward and coupons
(Axe products are Unilever products and also qualify for the Free Turkey/Ham rebate. Use the Degree Deoderant and the Axe towards this rebate!)

~Phantom Gillette Fusion Power Razor reported to be on clearance for $3.19
Use the $2/1 coupon from 4/5 P&G insert
$2/1 Walgreens coupon on page 10 of the Easysaver catalog
FREE
Hand the cashier the manufacturer's coupon first, then the Walgreens coupon and make a profit of $0.81

APRIL FREE-AFTER-REBATE DEALS

~One-A-Day Multi-Vitamin Drink Mix 2 ct. at $1.49
Use $1/1 One-A-Day coupon from the 3/22 SmartSource insert
Get $1.49 April EasySaver Rebate (offer #1)
Free plus overage after rebate and coupon

~Buy 1 Wal-Itin Allergy Relief 30 ct. at $6.99
Get $6.99 EasySaver rebate (offer #10)
Free after rebate

~Get 1 printer cartridge refill at $7.50
Get $7.50 EasySaver rebate (offer #28)
Free after rebate

~Buy $10 in Physicians Formula Organix Wear Make up, Get $10 via Easy Saver Rebate #6
Buy Physicians Formula organic Wear Origin Tinted moisturizer $12.99
Use $1/1 coupon from 2/22 SS insert
Pay $1.99 after coupon and rebate

~Skintimate and Edge Shaving Cream $2.99-$3.49. Get $2.99 or $3.49 Register Rewards
FREE after register reward

~Chapstick Natural or True Shimmer Lip Balm $1.99, Get $1.99 Register Reward
FREE after register reward

~Easter candy is supposedly 50% off right now, so if you buy Hershey Kisses marked down to $1.25 a bag and submit them for the April Easy Saver $5 off any 4 bags of Hershey's rebate #25, get them FREE


I'll try to write up a Walgreen's How To soon. Thanks goes to Money Saving Mom and Common Sense With Money for compling these lists!

Monday, April 13, 2009

CVS deals April 11- April 18


~Colgate Enamel Protect, Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste (6 oz.) or 360 Sensitive Toothbrush- $3.99, Get $3.99 ECBs (Limit 2)
$1/1 printable here or $0.75/1 or $1/1 coupon from the 2/22 or 3/29 SmartSource Inserts
Free plus overage
~Softsoap Scrub Body Wash (18 oz.)-$4.99, Get $4.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
$1.50/1 coupon from the CVS Reinventing Beauty magazine or $1/1 from the 3/29 SmartSource insert
Free plus overage after coupons and ECBs
~Buy 2 Pantene Pro-V Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler at $3.50 each, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 3)
Use 2 $2/1 Styler coupons from the CVS Reinventing Beauty magazine
$0.50 each after coupons and ECBs
~Buy 2 Pert Plus 2-in-1 products at $2.50 each, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
$0.50 each after coupons and ECBs
~Vitamin Water10 (20 oz.)-$1
$1/1 coupon from the 4/5 RedPlum insert
Free after coupon
~SoBe Lifewater-B1G1
Buy 2 and use 1 B1G1 coupon here
Get both free after coupon and sale
~Colgate Toothpaste-B1G1 (Starting at $1.99 each)
Buy 2 at $1.99 and use 2 $0.75/1 coupons from the 2/22 or 3/29 SmartSource insert
$0.25 each after coupons (Or get your toothpaste at Rite Aid free this week)
~Airwick Freshmatic Mini Automatic Spray-$4.99
$0.99 each after coupon
~Kellogg's Cereals- $2
Use $1/1 coupon from the 4/5 RedPlum insert or the $1/1 Raisin Bran coupon here
$1 each after coupon
Monthly Extra Care Bucks Deals
~Buy 1 Natural Dentist Mouthwash $6.99, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 5)
Buy 2 Natural Dentist products at $6.99 each
Get $8 ECBs
Send off for $10 mail-in rebate here when you buy two products
Free plus $8 in overage after coupons, ECBs, and mail-in rebate

~Buy 3 Mentos Gum at $1.29, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 5)
Use 3 $1/1 coupons from the 3/1 SmartSource insert
Free after coupons and ECBs

Two other Rite Aid Freebies


~Aquafresh Toothpaste--on sale for $0.99
Use the $1/1 coupon from the 1/4 SmartSource insert
Free after coupon
~Rite Aid Extreme Toothbrush--on sale for $0.99
Use this $1/1 printable (available when you sign up for My Rite Aid)
Free after coupon
Thanks to Money Saving Mom for finding these.

Rite Aid Deals 4/12-4/18


There's only one freebie this week, but don't forget there is a coupon for $5/$25 at Rite Aid.

Weekly Single Check Rebate Deals

~Huggies Baby Wipes (40-ct.) $1.49,
Get a $1 SCR when you buy 1
Pay $0.49 each after Single Check Rebate

~Swiffer Wet Cloths, Duster Kit, Dry Cloths or Dust & Shine Spray $3.99,
Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1
Use $1/1 coupon from Home Made Simple coupon booklet
Pay $0.99 or more and save receipt to submit for Swiffer rebate (Get a $5 Debit card if you buy $10 Swiffer refill products or $10 debit card when you buy $20 in Swiffer refill products)

~Swiffer Dry Sweeper Kit $8.99, Get $3 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1
Use $2/1 coupon from Home Made Simple coupon booklet
Pay as low as $3.99

~Maalox $4.99, Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1
Use $1.50/1 coupon from 3/8 SS insert
Pay $1.49 after coupon and SCR

~Gas-X $4.99, Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1 (Limit 2)
Use $1.50 printable coupon
Pay $1.49 after coupon and Single Check Rebate

~GE CFL Light Bulbs 2 for $5.50, Get a $1.50 Single Check Rebate when you buy 2
Use $1 printable coupon (you will need to take pledge to have access to coupon)
Pay $1 each after coupon and SCR

~Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner $12.99, Get a $3 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1
Use $7 printable coupon (if your store takes IPs with value higher than $5) or $3/1 coupon from 3/29 SS insertPay $2.99-6.99 after coupon and SCR


Other Weekly Deals

~Vitamin Water $0.99Use $1 coupon from 4/5 SS insert
Free after coupon

~Suave Shampoo or Conditioner $0.99
Use $1/2 coupon from the 3/29 Red Plum insert
Pay $0.98 for two after coupon

~Soft Soap $0.99
Use $0.35 coupon from 3/29 Smart Source insert
Pay $0.64 each after coupon

~Kotex pantiliners $0.99
Use $0.75 from 4/5 Smart Source insert
Pay $0.24 each after coupon

~Splenda Sweetener: $2.99
Use $3/2 coupon from 3/29 Smart Source inserts
Pay $2.98 for two after coupon

Today's Free Redbox Code 4/13


Get a free movie rental at the Redbox near you with the code J89LA2. Just enter the code at checkout to get your movie free. This code works today only and the movie will need to be returned witin 24 hours. Anytime over that will cost you $1 a day.

Menu Plan Monday



Our menu for the week:

Monday: Leftovers from Easter- Wake Up Casserole (great recipe for using leftover ham, sausage, bacon, eggs!), Cinnamon Rolls, Bagels and Toast, and fruit

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken (marinated in Italian dressing) on the grill, veg, baked potato (this was so good last week, we're having it again this week!)

Wednesday: Crockpot Pea Soup with the ham bone from Easter's casserole

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner! Pancakes, Sausage, Homemade Homefries

Friday: Pasta and Sauce

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: We're generally not home on Sundays, so I don't really plan anything for Sunday

For more menus, check out Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Shaws News Flash!



I just saw an add on TV for Shaws saying if you spend $25 before 4/12 you will get 2 $10 coupons to be used on your next shopping trip. It sounded like one was for next week and another was for the week after. I couldn't find anything about this anywhere else and I only saw the ad once, so I hope I heard right! I'm going to try it and then I'll let you know. I probably won't be able to post about it until tonight though, so if anyone is interested, try the deal today!

Frugal Fun


How do you keep a toddler and a baby entertained the day before a holiday when you have a house to get ready for guests?


Put your baby in the highchair and give her lots of plastic dishes

Place your toddler below her.


Your baby will stay entertained by dropping the dishes and your toddler will be entertained by picking them up and handing them to the baby!

Bear with me....

Please bear with me as I try to make this blog a little more reader friendly! I'm still trying to figure out how to use Blogger!

Friday, April 10, 2009

My Walgreens Deals for this week


Transaction #1:
(1) Colgate Total Toothpaste $3.49

Coupons Used:
(1) $1/1 Colgate Coupon

$3.49 before coupons
$2.49 after coupons
$3.49 Register Rewards Received

(Made $1 off this one!)

Transaction #2:

(4) Bags of Hershey's Minis 4/$10
(1) BIC Soliel Razor marked down to $1.79
(1) Shick Quattro Razor $6.99
(1) Shick Intuition Razor marked down to $2.39
(1) Physicians Formula Origins Moisturizing Cream $12.99
(1) Oust Surface and Air $2.99
(1) Softsoap Body Wash $4.49

Coupons used:
(1) $1.50/1 Hershey's mini's from recent insert
(1) $2/1 Bic Soliel Razor from recent insert
(1) $4/1 Shick Quattro Razor from recent insert
(1) $2/1 Shick Quattro Razor from Easy Saver Catalog
(1) $4/1 Shick Intuition Razor from recent insert
(1) $1/1 Physician Formula from recent insert
(1) $2/1 Oust from recent insert
(1) Catalina coupon for free softsoap from a recent Walgreens deal

Total before coupons: $41.64
Total after coupons: $18.06
After submiting for Easy Saver Rebate I should get another $10 for Physicians Formula, $5 for candy, $1 for Oust so my total out of pocket will be $4.55 for my whole Walgreens trip!

My CVS Deals this Week

Sorry there are no pictures from this run. Here's what I got this week.

Transaction #1

(2) Excederin PM 1.99
(2) Huggies Jumbo Diapers 10 each
(1) Huggies Wipes 5

Coupons used:
(1) $3/1 Huggies diapers from Coupons.com that is no longer available
(1) $1.50/1 Huggies diapers from a recent insert
(1) $0.50/1 Huggies Wipes from recent insert
(2) $2/1 Excedrin
(1) $1.50 ECB quarterly ECB 2% back
(1) $4 ECB
(1) $6 ECB

18.98 Before Coupons
$8.48 After coupons
$10 ECB for buying $25 in select baby products

Transaction #2
(1) CVS Calcium $10.99 (It killed me to spend this much and not get it on sale, with a coupon, but I'm a nursing mom and need the calcium

$10.99 Before Coupons
$10 ECB
$0.99 After Coupons

Transaction #3

(1) Nivea Mens facial cream marked down to $1.50
(2) Natural Dentist Mouthwash $6.99 each

Coupons used:
$1/1 Nivea Facial Cream
(2) $2/1 Natural Dentist mouthwash

$15.48 before coupons
$10.48 after coupons
Will submit Natural Dentist for $10 rebate
$4 ECB received for buying Natural Dentist

Fridays Fugal Find!


This week's Frugal Find is an update on last week's Frugal Find. The $60 bookcase is done! It came out beautiful! It's exactly what we wanted, fits the spot perfectly and really enhances our space.



Without further ado, the $60 bookcase!




Pretty good for being made out of an old bookcase and scrap wood found in the garage! Good job hubby!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Coupons aren't for me...


"Coupons really aren't for me. I can only ever find coupons for things I don't buy." This was what I thought before I really started focusing on paring down our grocery bill.

I discovered coupons aren't for everyone. They aren't for you if:

:: You don't want to spend the time they entail- and that is perfectly OK! If you feel comfortable with your current grocery and toiletry bill, that is perfectly fine!

OR

:: You don't buy the following:


Toothpaste/Toothbrushes/Mouthwash
Shampoo
Body Wash/Soap
Deodorant
Razors/shaving cream
Makeup
Pain relievers
Diapers/Wipes
Toilet paper
Cleaners
Air fresheners
Laundry detergent
Baking mixes
Frozen Vegetables
Spaghetti sauce
Canned vegetables, including tomatoes
Canned soup
Cereal
Salad dressing
etc, etc, etc.


So, if you are looking to cut your grocery bill, but you still don't see coupons you think you can use, try considering a few things:

:: Don't be brand specific- Sure you like a particular brand, but would you like another brand that much less if you could get it for free or cheaper than generic?


:: Try just using coupons on toiletries- everyone needs toiletries- you could even track your savings to see if coupons are worth it for you


:: Yes generic is cheaper than most brand name items, but brand name items can be cheaper if you match the right coupon to the right sale:: Frozen vegetables can be just as nutritious as fresh; if your grocery store doubles coupons, you could get many of the frozen vegetables free or under $1


:: Look at your local grocery stores- is there a grocery store nearby that you don't shop at because you think it is too expensive that just may have some great deals on their sales? I used to completely avoid Shaws because on a whole their products are very expensive. Once I discovered they double coupons up to $0.99 and have incredible sales on occasion, I have really cut my grocery bill. Check A Full Cup to see if your local grocery store coupon matchups are listed or check online to see if there is a blog that lists deals for your local grocery store.


Some things I've found true for myself are:



  • I use the most coupons on toiletries and household items.

  • I always check to make sure the deal I think I'm getting is cheaper than another brand or generic.

  • I shop at 2 grocery stores a week. On Wednesday's I come up with a menu and grocery list based on what I have in the house. On Thursday's I check the Shaw's online flyer for sales. Whatever I need that I can't get on sale at Shaw's, I get at Market Basket Thursday morning. I hardly ever use a coupon at Market Basket because their generic is cheaper than any other brand I've found. On Friday I make a trip to Shaws since their sales run Friday thru Thursday. I only ever buy what I can get a really good deal on at Shaws. Otherwise they are much too expensive.

  • Unless there is a great deal at the grocery store, I always get my toiletries at CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid when they are on sale. I try to always keep a stockpile and pick things up when they are on sale and I know we're getting low. You can get most of the toiletries listed above either free or really inexpensively (ie: less than $1) at these drug stores with coupons, sales, and/or rebate.

So think about your individual situation. Could there be a place for coupons in your life?

Free Samples




Here are some free samples worth mentioning:



Free order of Cini-Sopapilla at Taco Johns when you sign up for their email list


Free tire rotation and vehicle inspection at Mr Tire when you print this coupon

Free sample of Protein2Go

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Free Simple and Delicious Coupon Book




Go here to request your free Simple and Delicious coupon book. This coupon book contains $10 in coupons, including a coupon for a free bottle of Hunts Ketchup!

A few more Walgreen's Deals

Here are a few more Walgreens deals for this week!

Vitamin Water10 on sale 3/$3
$1/1 coupon from 4/5 SS inserts
$1/2 coupon from Easysaver catalog
FREE plus overage!

Schick Disposable Razors $6.99
Buy 2 and use BOGO coupon from 4/5 SS inserts
$4/1 any Schick Quattro coupon from3/22 SS insert
$2/1 coupon from Easysaver catalog
FREE plus $1.01 in overage when you buy two! (Thanks Southern Savers)

Armour Vienna Sausage $0.49 each after in-ad coupon
Buy five, spend $2.45 out of pocket and submit for this rebate: “Buy Five Items, get $5 Back
FREE plus $2.55 in overage!

One a Day Multivitamin Drink Mix $1.49$4.47
Buy three One A Day Multi-Vitamin Drink Mix (2 ct) $1.49 each
-$4 when you use $4/2 coupon from 3/22 SS insert
Pay $0.47 plus tax out of pocket and get back $1.49 via EasySaver Rebate
FREE plus $1.02 in overage (Thanks NWA Deals)

Thanks Common Sense with Money for the heads up!

For more Walgreens deals this week, check here.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Huggies Sample

Free 3 pack sample of Huggies new Pure and Natural diapers, sizes newborn through size 2. Go here to request your sample. This sample comes with a coupon as well. I've also heard that Walmart will be having a free sample of these online soon! Free diapers are always welcome around here!

Free 3oz lotion at Bath and Body Works


Print your coupon here for a free 3oz lotion at Bath and Body Works with any purchase. There is no minimum price for the purchased item, so you could get something really cheap and get this free lotion as well. The coupon expires April 22.

$2 off ALL Small and Mighty- only until 11pm tonight



Go here to print a coupon for $2 off 1 All Small and Mighty laundry detergent. This coupon is only available until 11pm tonight. After 11PM, the coupon switches over to a $1 off 1.

Walgreens Deals 4/5-4/11

WEEKLY DEALS

:: Oust Surface and Air Sanitizer $2.99
$1 Easy Saver Rebate #20 (Limit 4) (You can find this in the Easy Saver catalog located next to the fliers as you walk in the store or you can find it online at Walgreens website)
$2/1 coupon from 3/29 SS insert
FREE after coupon and rebate

:: Palmolive Dish Liquid $0.99 after in-ad coupon
$1/2 coupon from 3/29 SS insert
Pay $0.49 after coupons

:: Playtex Feminine Care $3.99
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/22 SS insert
Use $1/1 coupon from Easysaver catalog
$1.99 each after coupons

:: Glade 4oz Jar Candles $2.99
$1 rebate #20 when you buy one (Limit 4)
Use $1.50/2 coupon from 3/15 SS insert
Pay $2.48 for two after coupon and rebate

:: Garnier Fructis Hair Care 3/$10
Get $10 when you spend $20 via Easy Saver Rebate #3
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/8 insert
Pay $4 for six items after coupons and rebate

:: Hershey’s Candy 4/$10
Get $5 back when you send $10 via Easy Saver Rebate #25
Use B3G1 free coupon from 3/15 SS insert
Pay $2.50 for four bags after coupon and rebate


REGISTER REWARDS DEALS

:: Colgate Total Advanced 4oz $3.49, earn $3.49 in Register Rewards when you buy one
Use $1.50/1 from March All You magazine
FREE plus $1.50 in overage after coupon and Register Rewards

:: Visine A.C. $3.99, Earn $3 in Register Rewards when you buy two
Use two $3/1 coupons from 3/15 Red Plum insert (found in the Sunday paper)
FREE plus $1.2 in overage after coupons and Register Rewards

:: Reach Ultraclean Toothbrush and Floss 2/$5, Earn a $2.50 Register Reward when you buy two (mix and match)
Use $1/1 coupon from 2/8 inserts
Pay $0.50 for two after coupons and Register Reward



MONTHLY EASY SAVER REBATE DEALS

:: One a Day Multi-Vitamin Drink Mix 2ct $1.49
FREE after Easy saver rebate offer #1

:: Buy $10 in Physicians Formula Organix Wear Make up, Get $10 via Easy Saver Rebate #6
Buy Physicians Formula organic Wear Origin Tinted moisturizer $12.99
Use $1/1 coupon from 2/22 SS insert
Pay $1.99 after coupon and rebate

For those of you unfamiliar with Walgreen's system, I will have a post soon about how to make the most of Walgreens.

Rite Aid deals 4/5-4/11



:: Blink Tears $7.99
-$2/1 coupon from 3/1 RedPlum insert
-$7.99 back through Single Check Rebate
Free plus $2 overage after coupon and rebate

:: Colgate Total Toothpaste $1.99
-Use both the $1/1 off coupon from the Rite Aid ad and the $1.50/1 coupon March All You magazine to make this free after coupons

:: Mentos Gum $0.99
-$1/1 coupon from the 3/1 SmartSource to make this free

:: Trident Extra Care Gum $0.99
-$0.75/1 coupon from 3/8 SmartSource insert to make this $0.24 after coupon

:: Glade Air Freshener $0.99
-Use B1G1 coupon from 3/15 SmartSource insert to make this $0.50 each after coupon

:: John Frieda Hair Care $5 each
-Buy 4 and use 4 $2/1 coupons from the 4/5 SmartSource insert then submit receipt for a $10 Single Check Rebate to make these $0.50 each after coupons and rebate

:: Halls Cough Drops $1.50
-Use $1/1 coupon from 3/29 SmartSource insert to make this $0.50 after coupon
:: Olay Bar Soap (2-pack)--$2.50
-Use $2/1 coupon from 4/5 P&G insert to make this $0.50 after coupon


Deal Idea from Money Saving Mom
Buy 1 Blink Tears at $7.99
Buy 4 John Frieda Hair Care products at $5 each
Use $2/1 Blink coupon from 3/1 insert
Use 4 $2/1 John Frieda coupons from 4/5 insert
Spend $12.99 plus tax after coupons
Get $17.99 back in a Single Check Rebate
Free plus $5 overage after coupons and Single Check Rebate

CVS deals April 5-April 11



Here are the best deals I see for this week:


There are 2 deals good through today (Monday) only:
:: Buy 1 Easter Grass at $0.79, Get $0.79 ECBs (Limit 2) Free after ECBs
:: Buy 1 Bamboo Easter Basket at $1.99, Get $1.99 ECBs (Limit 2) Free after ECBs


Other free deals this week:
Extra Care Bucks deals:
:: Buy 1 Skintimate Shave Cream at $3.49, Get $3.49 ECBs (Limit 1)Free after ECBs

:: Buy 1 Colgate Max Fresh or Max White at $2.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
-Use $1/1 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert to make it Free after coupon and ECBs

:: Buy $20 Worth of CoverGirl products, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1)
-There have been reports of $10 off $20 coupons printing at the Extra Bucks scanners throughout the store. If you pair the $1/1 or the $4/1 coupons from the 4/5 insert, you could get free CoverGirl products plus overage after ECBs.

:: Buy $25 Worth of Huggies Products, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1) This would be an even better deal if you have any of the $5 off 1 or $3 off 1 coupons from Coupon.com from a little while ago (these are no longer available.)
Non Extra Care Bucks deals:
:: Revlon Cosmetics--on sale B1G1
A few deal ideas include:
-Buy two items at $1.99 and use one $2/1 from the 3/15 SmartSource insert to make them free
-Or, buy two items at $4 or less each and use 2 $2/1 coupons from the 3/15 SmartSource insert to make them free

:: Excedrin 20-24 ct.--$1.99
-Two $2/1 printables here and here would get you 2 free


Other good deals that are not free:
:: Nivea Lip Care products-B1G1
-Buy 2 products at $2.99 and use 2 $1/1 coupons from the 2/8 RedPlum insert making them $0.50 each after coupons and sale
:: Schick Intuition Plus razors- B1G1 (2 for $9.99)
-Use 2 $4/1 coupons from the 3/22 SmartSource insert to make them $0.99 each.

APRIL ECB DEALS
:: Buy 1 Natural Dentist Mouthwash $6.99, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 5)
- Deal Idea
Buy 2 Natural Dentist products at $6.99 each
Get $8 ECBs
Send off for $10 mail-in rebate here when you buy two products
Free plus $8 in overage after coupons, ECBs, and mail-in rebate

:: Buy 3 Mentos Gum at $1.29, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 5)
-Use 3 $1/1 coupons from the 3/1 SmartSource insert to make them free after ECBs

Free Coffee!


If you have a Seattle's Best Coffee near by (I guess they are also located in Border's bookstores), you can stop by today for a free coffee. They also have some other great deals this month to celebrate their 39th anniversary.


Tuesday, April 7 - Tuesday, April 28: Free medium coffee for all 39-year-olds. (One per customer)

Friday, April 10 - Sunday, April 12: Free medium cup of Anniversary Roast coffee when you buy a pastry.

Friday, April 17 - Sunday, April 19: $0.39 for a medium cup of Anniversary Roast coffee.

Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26: Free medium drink with purchase of any 12 oz or larger bag of coffee.
Thanks Coupon Cravings for the heads up.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Menu Plan Monday





Menu Plan Monday is here again! Here is what our menu looks like this week:



Monday- Leftover Ziti Bake from the freezer- I'll be out all day


Tuesday- Grilled Chicken (on the grill if the weather is decent!) with a veg and baked potato


Wednesday-Lentil Soup with Bread (this is a really delicious soup! If anyone wants the recipe, let me know!)


Thursday- (Holy Thursday) Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches done in the crocpot with homemade baked potato fries


Friday- (Good Friday) Leftover Lentil Soup


Saturday- (Holy Saturday) Sandwiches, Carrot/Celery Sticks and dip


Sunday- (EASTER!) Brunch here with my family to include Wake Up Casserole, Muffins or a breakfast bread, grapes/pineapple/canteloupe, juice, tea and coffee and jelly beans! (And everything any of us gave up for Lent- chocolate, dessert, beer/wine, chocolate, and more chocolate!)

Check out other menus here at the Menu Plan Monday roundup!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sunday's Paper

I would highly encourage you all to make sure you get a paper this Sunday. There will be four coupon inserts in this Sunday's paper! For anyone who is new to couponing, this is a great place to start! Also, if you have free access to extra copies of the insert, I would encourage you to pick some up!

Shaws Deals 4/3-4/9

This weeks Deals and Steals at Shaws include:



:: 3 Day Meat Sale- Friday to Sunday ::

Boneless Chicken Breast $1.69/lb

73% Ground Beef 3lb $4.99


:: Other deals worth mentioning::

Fresh Strawberries 16 oz $1.49

Carando Spiral Half Ham $1.99/lb
-1/1 Shaws Printable

Del Monte Gold Whole Pineapple $1.99
- $0.75/1 Printable Coupon= $0.49

Green Giant Veggies $1.00
-$1/6 Shaws Printable and
-(3) $0.60/2 Printable Coupons=6/$1.40 or $0.23 each

Land O Lakes Butter $1.88 (limit 2)
-$0.55/1 Printable (you have to sign up in order to print the coupons)=$0.78

Nabisco Snak Saks 2/$3
**Deal Idea**Purchase 4 for $6
-$3/4 Nabisco coupon from last week found in Shaws=4/$3 or $0.75 each

Tropicana Juice 2/$5
-(2) $1/1 Trop50 from 3-15RP=2/$3 or $1.50 each + FREE dozen eggs
(There is a coupon in the flyer for buy 2 Tropicana's and get a free dozen eggs. Don't forget there is also a CAT promo going on purchase 3 Tropicana Juices and get a coupon for a FREE OJ. It's a mail in I believe, you will get a CAT w/ information on it when you purchase the OJ.)

Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast $2.00
-$0.40/1 from 11-02SS and 12-07SS=$1.20

Garelick Over The Moon Milk 1/2 Gallon $2.99
-$1/1 from 3-01SS=$1.99

Red Baron Pizza 2/$5
-$1/2 from 3-01RP=2/$4 or $2.00 each

Birds Eye Steamfresh Bagged Veggies $1.00
-$1/2 manufacturer coupon from the Shaws Freezer coupon books OR
-$1/3 from 3-29SS=2/$1.00 OR
- $0.50 each OR
-3/$2.00 or $0.67 each depending on which coupon you have

Ronzoni Bistro Meals BOGO
-BOGO coupon from recent insert
FREE

:: Coupons found in the Shaws flyer ::

Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip 2/$6 Buy 2 Get a FREE Dozen Shaws Eggs w/ coupon
-$1/2 from 3-29SS=2/$5 + FREE eggs

Hershey's Baking Morsels 2/$4 Buy 3 Get a FREE Dozen Shaws Eggs w/ coupon

Tropicana Juice 2/$5 Buy 2 get a FREE Dozen Shaws Eggs w/ coupon
-(2) $1/1 Trop50 from 3-15RP=2/$3 or $1.50 each + FREE dozen eggs


Save $5 on your Easter Ham or Roast when you buy $20 in participating Kraft Products in a single Transaction w/ in ad coupon.

Participating products include:
Maxwell House Coffee $5.99
Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.00
Oscar Mayer Bacon 2/$7.00
- Save $1 WYP OM Turkey Bacon AND Kraft 2% Shredded Cheese
Cool Whip $1.00
Cracker Barrel Cheese 2/$5
Breakstone's Sour Cream 2/$3
-$1/2 from 3-29SS
Oscar Mayer Weiners $2.50
JELLO Gelatin or pudding $0.75
Nabisco Snack Crackers $2.50
-$3/4 recent tearpad q (may still be in some stores)
-BOGO Artisan Wheat thins from 3-15SS
-$1/2 Wheat thins or Triscuits from 3-15SS
Ritz Crackers $3.00
Chips Ahoy Cookies $2.50
-$3/4 Nabisco from recent tearpad
California Pizza Kitchen $5.99
Kraft Singles $2.50
Kraft Shredded Cheese $1.99
- Save $1 WYP OM Turkey Bacon AND Kraft 2% Shredded Cheese
DiGiorno Pizza $5.99
-$2/2 tearpad
-$1/1 from 2-01SS
Kraft Dressing 3/$5
-$1.50/1 from 3-29SS
Kraft BBQ Sauce $0.99
Seattle's Best Coffee $5.99
Stove Top 4/$5
A1 Steak Sauce $3.00
Planters Peanuts $2.99
Planters Mixed Nuts or Cashews $2.99
Jet Puffed Marshmallows 4/$5


Thanks to Deal Finding Mom for creating this list!

A Full Cup- A Great Resource!


Last night I had the fun of being able to attend a site-warming party at Twitter to celebrate the new look and feel of A Full Cup. I had never visited this website before, but let me tell you, it's going to make my life so much easier!


This website has it all for couponers and deal seekers. It's packed with shopping lists full of deals and steals at all the big grocery store chains, coupon databases, and even has a section where you can print Target coupons from! They have the schedule for which coupons are to be released in the paper and a place to trade coupons with others! I have yet to make my grocery list based off this website, but I have a strong feeling it should cut my prep time for grocery shopping at least in half! They even match up any available coupons to the current sales!


Please go ahead and check them out at A Full Cup! To maximize your use of the site, register for free with them.


(And no, I'm not being paid to write this review of them! )

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fridays Frugal Find- recreating what you already have!



This week's Friday's Frugal Find is compliments of my husband! We bought a house last year and have been working long hard hours at remodeling the inside. One wall is rather large and in need of a large piece of furniture. We decided we would like to make that section of the house into a sitting area with a bookcase. After searching online for a large bookcase, we decided it would be much more economical (aka frugal) for my husband to build one himself.


Not only does building anything yourself take time, but it costs money as well. After searching through our garage, my husband came up with enough scrap wood to make a beautiful bookcase that would fit our spot perfectly and be designed exactly as we would want it! So, something that would have cost us over $300 to buy brand new, cost us less than $60 to build ourselves. All we needed to buy was one sheet of wainscoting, some primer, two knobs for the doors on the base of the bookcase, three magnets for the doors, angle braces, and one 1X6X10in board.

Find more great ideas for a Frugal Friday at Life as Mom.

What about you? Have you been able to recreate anything from items you have laying around the house? Please share in the comments section!

New Coupons for April!

April is here! That means a new batch of coupons is available on my sidebar or at Coupons.com. (The coupon bar on the side of my blog contains all the coupons you would find at Coupons.com making it easier for you to acquire them, esp. when I refer to them. And, unfortunately, if you reach your coupon limit from my blog sidebar, you can not print more from Coupons.com or vice versa).

Happy Savings!

Shaws run 4/2/09

I did another Shaws run today. I don't have any pictures because we got home after lunchtime and both girls were hungry and getting close to meltdown mode. Plus, my camera battery was dead! Ah well....

Transaction #1:

(1) Lemon $0.67
(3) Shaws Lemonade concentrate $1.19
(3) Shaws Steamable Vegetables $1.79
(1) Franks Hot Sauce $0.69
(6) Trail Mix Crunch Post Cereals 2/$3
(1) Barilla Elbows $1
(1) Hunts Spaghetti Sauce $1
(2) Soy Milks 1/2 Gallon marked down to $1

Before coupons $23.30

Coupons used:
(1) Free Lemon Shaws Wellbeing (exp. today)
(3) Free Shaws Lemonade Concentrate from Cool Savings booklet out a few weeks ago- exp today
(3) Free Shaws Steamable Vegetables from Cool Savings booklet
(1) $0.50/1 Franks Hot Sauce doubled to $1
(3) $2/1 Trail Mix Crunch Cereal from Post website

(1) $5 off your next order Catalina

Total out of pocket: $1.56
Received $5 off your next purchase Catalina coupon for purchasing 5 or more Post cereals


Transaction #2

(5) Post Raisin Bran marked down to $1 each because of box being damaged

Used $5 Catalina coupon
Paid $0.00 out of pocket

I thought I would receive a $5 Catalina coupon for buying 5 Post cereals, but I didn't, so I guess Catalina deals don't work when items are marked down. Oh well. I still got it for free!

Another Shaws success!

Yesterday I ran to Shaws and bought:

(6) Post cereals 2/$3

$9 before coupons; used $1/2 Post cereals (raisin bran) from recent insert and one $5 off your next purchase Catalina coupon

Total out of pocket $3- Received $5 Catalina coupon for buying the 5 Post cereals.