Thursday, July 30, 2009
"I've got one question on this milk coupon.. and would like you to think about it. Is it ethical to print the other zip codes just so we can get the coupon? If they had wanted us to have it in our area, they would have given it. I think they limit it to certain zip codes in a way to limit the number of coupons they allow to go out. Not sure, but thats my thought, so if we publish the zip, then it goes cross country and who knows how many stores will accept them... and maybe not be paid for them since they weren't for their area. Just a thought."
I thought about this before posting the coupon originally, and I gave it quite a bit of thought again last night. Generally speaking, I use my regular zipcode when printing coupons because if there are deals specifically geared towards where I live then I want to see them. I don't know the reasoning behind making coupons available only in certain zipcodes, but I don't believe it's to limit the number of coupons going out. In the past, coupons.com has put restrictions on the number of coupons going out (that's why really hot coupons go so quickly...I'm thinking specifically of the $3 and $5 huggies coupons in March). Other times they make it clear coupons are to be used only in some places (example: those neat dairy coupons redeemable in Utah and Idaho only earlier this month). The wording on this coupon is that it's good everywhere except Alaska and Hawaii, so I feel confident the stores will be reimbursed as long as the other criteria is met ($100 grocery purchase for free milk, and purchase of milk for free half gallon chocolate). Of course, now I'm really curious as to the reason behind making some coupons available only in some zip codes. I think I may contact the website and find out for myself!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
- 2 toddler polos (3t and 4t) (.52 each)
- brown pants 3t (2.36)
- jean shorts 2t (.92)
- a cute beach towel (2.62)
- 3 tank tops for me (2.46 each for lace, 1.67 for plain)
- 1 long sleeved shirt for me (2.85)
- 2 polos for the husband (3.83 each)
- matching swim trunks for the boys next year (.65 each)
- a red & white ball (.46)
- one cute tank top for the cousin's toddler girl (.85)
Transaction one: 2 bottles syrup and 3 wet ones. I used 3- $1 wet ones printable coupons, and the $3 instant off made my total $2. We're brand loyal to this syrup so it was perfect!
Transaction two: 2 boxes instant oatmeal, pack of stir-fry beef, and one $.37 zucchini. $1 came off for "produce" (because I bought 2 boxes of quaker instant oatmeal). I also had 2 $1 peelies for the oatmeal and a $1 meat coupon. After the doublers, I paid $1.72 for all this.
Transaction three: four 12 packs coke, 4 candy bars, and 5 pints of Breyers. I had a raincheck for the ice cream and my $4 off 5 catalina. I also used 2 $1 off coke coupons (no longer available) and a $1 off 2 mars candy bars. After doublers, I paid $8.21. ($1.59/coke, a fairly good price)
If you're looks for more coupon & doublers matchups, check out http://alltogetherbeautiful.blogspot.com/2009/07/i-found-3-twice-value-coupons-in-middle.html or KrazyCouponLady's scenario post.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
*sorry! It appears as though Honey Nut Cheerios are not included, so the deal I had posted earlier is no good!
If you're headed to Safeway, swing by the refrigerated fruit section. Chiquita bites are currently on sale for Buy one, get one free AND there are Buy one, get one free peelies attached to some containers. Use that coupon to make two containers free!
Starbucks Frappucinos- 4/$5 with in ad coupon
pair it with the $1 insert coupon to pay $0.25 each
Chef Boyardee canned pastas- sale 4/$5 or $1.25 each
use this $1 printable to pay $.25 a can
Conair Gel Grips Hair Dryer- sale $14.99, with $10 register rewards*
Mars candy Bars- $0.49 with in-ad coupon
look for a $1 off 2 coupon in some papers this Sunday to make these free
Scotch Bubble Mailers, $.39 with in-ad coupon
Look for a $.50 off coupon in some papers tomorrow, use it to buy two for $.28
*Register Rewards, for those who are new to "wagging", are Walgreens catalina coupons- good for your next purchase. If you wanted to buy the hair dryer this week- you could purchase that separately in one transaction, followed by $10+ worth of merchandise in a second transaction (almost anything you wanted). They do expire two weeks from the date that you receive them, so you might also wait to see what other deals are coming up next week. Just remember that they are manufacturer coupons, and Walgreens will not allow you to use more manufacturer coupons than you have items. Got questions? Ask them in my comments or email me, and I'll get back to you as quickly as I can.
Running total spent for the week: $40.06. The husband had to make a run to the store last night for a loaf of bread, broccoli, and cauliflower that cost about $5.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
That's 12- 12packs. The husband should have enough Dr. Pepper to last him for quite some time. Ready for some bad news? Some Albertsons stores are reporting that this deal (the Buy 2 get 2 free part) is a pricing error and the deal is apparently no longer running in Utah. If you want to do this deal, you may want to head out tonight to give it a shot.
Running total for the week: $16.60 spent
If you decide to spend some time hunting for coupons today, or are looking for more information, my two favorite blogs with ON (old navy) chats are: The Thrifty Mama and Thrifty Northwest Mom. If you swing over to either of these sites to chat you can ask any questions you may have. They both have rules, but so long as you follow these three- you'll be fine in either chat: keep the chat "family friendly", do not post after the bell rings (it means the site is about to load) unless you are posting a coupon location, and no begging for coupons.
It's a great way to get some free/cheap clothes! You can print this coupon as many times as you'd like. The store should not/will not let you use the $10 coupon more than once in a visit. You can bring a friend though and each of you can use one, or you could stop by a few times. The coupon is good until August 16th.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Buy 4 Dr. Pepper 12 packs @ $5.29 = 21.16 (+ tax)
After the buy two, get two free discount, you'll pay $10.58 (+tax)
Plus you qualify for the Dr. Pepper/Kelloggs promo, so you'll get a $10 catalina good for your next order! You can use this to buy another 4 12 packs of Dr. Pepper if you'd like and pay only the $0.58 (+tax) for every transaction. That's some CHEAP soda! This deal has been confirmed on both regular and diet, in all flavor varieties.
Please note: some stores have Dr. Pepper for a lower price...if you're paying less than $5 per 12 pack, you will need to add a 2 liter or 20oz soda to get your pre-discount total up and over that $20 marker.
I'm not going to go into crazy detail, because I posted the info about this yesterday. I did this all in one transaction (the $3 discount comes off for every $10 you spend) to make things easier on myself. The gloves were all gone, so I bought a pack of wetones (find a $1 coupon on their website) to get me up to $30. The perfect10 was on clearance for $5 but rang up as $1 and I still got to use a $5 coupon on it. WOOHOO! The overage cut into my taxes, which is fine by me! My savings show up as being about $67.
If you live in the area, the Brem. store had 3 boxes left (all blonde) in a cart in the frozen food aisle. I tucked coupons into those boxes, so if you're headed there you may want to check it out. I can't guarantee they'll ring up at $1, but even if they don't give you overage...they'll be free.
Weekly total spent: $36.88. Look for my spending re-cap tomorrow morning!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Right now, you can use this $2 coupon (print it twice) and three $1 off playtex coupons (from the paper a couple of weeks ago) to do this. Buy 2 single rolls Sparkle, 2 packs (4 roll) Angel Soft, and 3 (10 count) playtex disposable gloves. Total will be $10, but $3 should come off automatically. After your two $2 printed coupons and your three $1 coupons- your total will come to ZERO (maybe tax?).
Don't have the $1 Playtex glove coupon? That's okay. If you can access a second computer and print 1 more of those $2 coupons, you can buy 3 Angel Soft and 3 individual rolls Sparkle paper towels and pay only $1.50. Not shabby for 12 double rolls of toilet paper! And if you can't use another computer? Pick something you'll use, or buy any 3 items from the $1 section and pay only $2.10 for your 2 packs TP, 2 rolls paper towels, and 3 misc items. Still not a bad deal!
My store had piles of the TP and paper towels today, I'm hoping to get there in time to score some for myself tomorrow!
So really, it's more like $0.85 net cost for all the items pictured above (if you like to think like that). $4 in catalinas came from the 8 BBQ sauces I purchase, the other $2 was from purchasing 4 of the Ben & Jerry's in one transaction. I saved $85.63, but I'd like to think I'd never spend that much on the items pictured above. The husband should be in ice cream heaven, since most of the Ben&Jerrys is for him. I could have cut my out-of-pocket expense by using the catalinas from my first transaction, but since I had 4 transactions in a row (with one of my favorite cashiers), I just paid cash and let him give me all the receipts and catalinas at the end of the transaction.
It also means my weekly spending is up to $31.16 at the moment. I do still have $10 for QFC and I'm up to $6 at Albertsons. The husband is out getting milk and bread right now, so my total will go up...but then we're all set for the rest of the week.
I'm going to head to Albertsons tonight to use up the last of my coupons for this promo and probably pick up some more Ben & Jerry's (you really can't beat $0.50 a pint- I'm using $1 off 1 coupons and doublers to get that price).
My weekly spending is up to about $23.31 currently. I did the amp deal 2 more times, purchased about $5 worth of produce, and bought some draino for the tub ($5) that had clogged.
I've posted about these sites before, but thought I'd give you a quick reminder since they've made a few changes. Ecoupons are coupons you can find online, and load onto your loyalty card at stores like Safeway and QFC (Kroger). They come off automatically. Upromise is one, that works differently. Instead of getting a discount on the item you purchase, the amount is put into a college savings fund for your kid(s). I have no experience with that site. The ones I do use are:
- Works for Safeway and QFC
- They also have special offers for local stores, and coupons you can have sent to your cellphone for things like rent one get one free movie rentals at Hollywood video.
- The number you enter does not need to be a cellphone number if you only plan to use the grocery coupons
- Works at Safeway and QFC
- No phone number required, this site is simply linked to your loyalty card
- Offers some of the same coupons as Cellfire
- I believe this one only works at QFC, but it may have been updated to include Safeway (I cannot remember my password for the life of me...will update as soon as I can log in)
- Does not offer the same coupons as Shortcuts and Cellfire, but has some great brands
- Works for QFC only
- Has unique coupons
These coupons are all very easy to use, and the sites are updated frequently with new offers. For the sites compatible with multiple stores, you can only load each coupon onto your card once...so choose the store you do most of your shopping at. Some sites take longer for the coupon to become active on your card than others, so it's a good idea to load the coupons 24 hours in advance just to be sure. You'll also need the number located on the back of your shoppers card to sign up, so find that card before you start signing up!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Albertson's (see the ad here) -no doubles in the ad
- Free milk, bread, and eggs instantly (up to $4) when you buy 4 participating GM cereals (on sale 4 for $10).
- $0.98/lb Cherries, Tomatoes on the vine, and plums (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only)
- Get a $10 catalina good on your next order when you buy $20 worth of participating Dr. Pepper & Kelloggs products.
- There's a new Mix and Match promo- completely new items, with a spend $10 (before coupons) get $3 off instantly.
- Check out KrazyCouponLady's matchup with a great Keebler cookie scenario!
- 80% lean ground beef $1.49/lb
- $0.79/lb whole chicken
- $1 each yellow & red bell peppers
- $0.97/lb cherries
- Mix and Match promo- buy 5 items, save $5 instantly
- $1/lb zucchini, yellow squash, and walla walla onions
- Looks like great prices on fruit and veggies. Maybe something good will come of the mix and match deal...I'll keep you posted!
- lots of cheap back-to-school goodies. My kids are too little for this, but now seems to be the time to buy your school supplies.
- Mentos gum, sale $0.99 with in-ad coupon. Use the $1 coupon from 6/21 inserts to make it free
- Pilot G2 Gel pens (2pk) on sale $1, with $1 in Register Rewards.
- Note: this doesn't look worth the trip to me. We should have some better weeks coming soon (hopefully!)
I don't usually shop RiteAid, but there are quite a few deals going on this week. MoneySavingMom has an awesome post with tons of deals and scenarios, you can check it out here. I know it was their policy not to accept printed coupons that did not come from their site, but have heard they changed that rule. Depending on the store, they may or may not want to accept printed coupons so keep that in mind.
P.S. It's Monday so if you're looking for a free mocha, McDonalds is the place to go. Most of the local ones should be participating- I saw a sign up at one the other day and the three in town are all owned by the same people.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I also went to Albertsons to buy 4 more pints of Breyers (free) and some Ben & Jerry's for the husband ($3.00 for 2 pints after coupons and doublers). Today, I grabbed 10 more cans of AMP and 2 papers for a total of $3.86. I have a $10 GC for my next QFC trip, but I may do the AMP deal one or two more times before I cash the card out by buying groceries we actually need.
That brings my total weekly spending to $13.31. While you're here, don't forget to enter my little coupon giveaway!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
- Kraft BBQ sauce- currently on sale at $1 apiece and part of the Epic Savings promo. For every 2 bottles you buy, you'll get back a $1 catalina good on your next purchase. Buy 10 bottles, pay $5 out of pocket and you'll receive $5 in catalinas making all your BBQ sauce free!
- Kraft Pasta Salad- not quite as easy, this one may take a little luck. The boxes are on sale at $1 and also part of the Epic promo, so when you buy 10 an instant $5 will come off your total. If you can find 5 boxes with "$1 off 2 boxes" coupons attached, they will be free. If you can only find 3, you can use two doublers (find them in the weekly ad, available at Customer Service) to make them all free. Don't like pasta salad? use just the pasta part for anything you want! Please note: you can mix and match any of the Epic Promo deals. Only able to find one peelie for Pasta Salad? Use that and a doubler to buy 4 boxes and grab 6 bottles BBQ Sauce. You'll have to pay $3 but you'll get that $3 back...making this whole transaction FREE!
- Breyer's Ice Cream (pint sizes)- print two "$1 off 2" coupon here before you head to the store. Get those double coupons. Pick up 4 pints on sale for $1 each. Pay nothing, and you'll get a "$4 off 5" coupon you can use (no doublers needed) to buy another 5 pints for $1 total.
- Honey Nut Cheerios (17 oz)- $1.99 as part of the Epic Promo. You can print a $1 coupon here, and use a doubler with it to make it free. Note: it does say "Do Not Double" but in most parts of Washington, it doesn't matter to the store. You can print this twice and mix the two of these with 8 BBQ sauce bottles to make the most of this freebie.
- Nature Valley Nut Clusters- $1.99 as part of the Epic Promo. Find a $1 coupon here, print it twice, when used with a doubler it's free! Mix them with 8 BBQ sauces or 8 boxes Pasta Salad (provided you have 4 peelies) to make the best of this deal. There's another coupon available here, this one can also be printed twice!
Remember, if something is part of the Epic Promo you'll need to have 10 participating items to make it work. Otherwise, after the coupon and doubler- you'll pay $0.50 per item (that would have been free otherwise). Also, you can only use 2 doublers per transaction, but most stores will let you do three in a row with no problem (as long as the lines aren't crazy). If you feel funny doing this (and some people do) you can leave the store after each transaction and put your groceries in the car. You can use the $1 catalinas you earn buying the BBQ sauce to pay for more BBQ sauce and will still get those $1 catalinas back. Still unsure about what to do? here's a sample scenario:
buy 8 BBQ sauce and 2 boxes Cheerios. Use two of the cheerios printable coupons and two doublers. You'll pay $4 and get back 4 $1 catalinas.
buy 8 more BBQ sauce and 2 bags Nut Clusters. Use the two nut cluster coupons, two doublers, and the $4 in catalinas from your last transaction. Pay nothing (except maybe tax?) and get back 4 $1 catalinas.
buy 4 pints of Breyer's and any other groceries you might need. Use your two Breyer's coupons and two doublers. If buying other groceries, you can pay with the $4 in catalinas you have. If not- your total should be nothing (except tax?).
If you purchased nothing else, you'll go home with: 16 bottles BBQ Sauce, 2 boxes of cereal, 2 bags Nut Clusters, 4 pints of ice cream, and $4 to use the next time you shop at Albertsons. You'll have spent $4 and maybe small amounts of tax. Yes, it's a lot of BBQ sauce- you can either give some away or learn new recipes to use it up. I'm sure you'll figure something out!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
- Sign up for a free coupon for Venom Energy Drink. Read my details about it here.
- Read here to find out how to get a coupon good for a free pint of Starbucks ice cream (facebook users).
- Go here and sign up for a coupon good for one free Mars candy bar. You can request up to 4 per household!
and don't forget to enter my coupon giveaway while you're at it! It could mean more freebies for you!
running total spent this week: $0.98
this was the best we got for 4th of July together cuteness (shirts were both on clearance last month at Fred Meyers, and not too matchy!):
I thought it was about time I update the blog, I hope this a little bit more friendly on the eyes. I stumbled upon Cori's Scrap-e-blog last night and loved all her adorable free backgrounds! She also makes headers for a small fee...I'd love to get one, I'm just not sure what I want on it yet. Let me know what you think of the new look and maybe pop on over to her blog and see what she's got. She does have a donate button, so if you pick up one of her free backgrounds, you may want to consider making a donation.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This bumps my weekly total up to: $42.91 but it is unlikely we'll do more shopping until tomorrow, so I'm going to call it $43 for the week. I'm feeling pretty great about that. Next week should be cheaper, since I did the bulk of my shopping this week.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
There was also a twix candybar and another box of mac&cheese in there, guess the toddler snatched it? Anyways, this is what I did today in two transactions, using 5 doublers each time. I am really loving the $1 beef coupon for getting cheap steak! I did use $2 in catalinas to help cut down my out of pocket cost, but the mac&cheese got me another $1 catalina towards my next purchase.
I wanted more of the honey nut cheerios but they were out of the size I wanted! I found a few neat coupons while walking the store today, and got some awesome coupons for the Easy Mac cups from my husband's cousin who was doing her shopping too! (Thank you!!)
Current total spent this week: $28.01
Monday, July 13, 2009
I've never been a weekly budget type of person but since we get paid every 2 weeks I'm going to use that. Thursday was payday, so that will be the start of my week. So far, I've spent $11.88 on groceries and about $15 on milk & newspapers (eep!) and some salad dressing coupons. Between the toddler's love of dipping and all the tuna, we've been going through ranch dressing really quickly. I do plan to do some more shopping this week to pick up free honey nut cheerios and to use some of those $1 off beef coupons I found. I am interested to see where I end up, spending-wise!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I've heard mixed things about this drink, mostly that it tastes kind of like cough syrup. I'm not big on energy drinks but I signed up anyways so the husband could try it.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
*Honey Nut Cheerios are $1.99 as part of the mix and match promo, you can print $1 off 1 and $1 off 2 coupons on the same page. If you combine those with doublers, they're free. The wording on the coupon is "Do not doubler or triple" but most Washington stores ignore that wording on coupons. Even without doing the mix and match, they end up being $0.49 each after coupon and double...not bad!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I recently purchased a product and was disappointed with the quality (ranch dressing that tasted like mayo- yuck!). I used to just let things like that go, but thought maybe I'd take a minute to let the company know. They responded rather quickly to let me know they were sending a coupon for a free product, and hoped I'd give them another try. Before I began using coupons, I'd never have done something like that! I've heard of other bloggers "balancing things out" after making a complaint by contacting a company to compliment a product they like. It sounded like a nice idea, so I wrote in about the new Skintimate cream shave (I love, love, love that stuff!). Today, I got a thank-you email from them with the promise of another free coupon! Neither one of these emails took me more than a couple minutes to write, and it was exciting to hear back from both companies so quickly. Writting a company to compliment/complain is a great idea and something I will do more of in the future.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Things that are free after coupon and a doubler!:
- Starbucks Double Shot $2 ($1 coupon from a couple weeks ago)
- Nescafe Taster's Choice- individual packet boxes $1 ($0.50 coupon at everydayeating.com)
- AirWick Aerosol $1 ($1 off 2 coupon on their site)
"Epic Savings" Deals (must buy 10 participating items, prices are after discount):
- Capri sun $1.50
- Kraft BBQ Sauce $0.49 (use $0.50 coupon to make it free)
- Planter's Trail Mix $0.99 (use $1/2 tearpad and doubler to make it free)
- Kraft Salad Dressing $1.49 (use $1 coupons to make this $0.49 or free/btf* with doubler)
- Kraft Mac&Cheese $0.50 (see how I did that last week here)
- Kraft EasyMac cups $0.50 ($0.55 off 2 or BOGO free makes these free/btf*)
- Edwards Single Pie $1.49 (or $0.49 each when you buy 2 and use the $1 off 2 coupon with a doubler)
- Kraft Pasta Salad $0.50 (there are still $1 off 2 peelies out there)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I did 2 transactions, one with just the milk and cereal (find $1 cereal coupons at coupons.com) that cost $2.98. Transaction 2 had 45 pouches of tuna, 5 cans beans, salad dressing, and buns. I was super excited to find tons of tuna in-store, but didn't use all my coupons since I do have a raincheck I can use later... plus, it's been so hard to find I didn't want to clear the shelves for anyone else searching today. Still, it was an exciting trip!!
If you have DirecTV, you can flip to channel 115 and push a button on your remote to claim a coupon for a free box of Lipton Tea. If not? You can call 1-888-435-3639, and leave your name and address. I called and the recording said it should arrive in 4-6 weeks. This is a nice freebie, because we go through quite a bit of this tea when it's cooler.
Monday, July 6, 2009
I didn't get a paper yesterday, and it seems that it was the only way to get the doublers for this weekend, so my trip was not quite as exciting as I had hoped. I did want to get some Mac & Cheese for the church, plus I had some good pb coupons (thanks to Jane @ All Together Beautiful for the heads up on free bread coupons!) to use this week.
The Mac&Cheese deal is awesome! You can find Buy 3 get 1 Free coupons here (how well you do with these depends on how they enter the value- either $1 or $0.50) and there's a catalina deal as well tight now! You'll get $1 for 4 boxes, $1.50 for 5 boxes, and $2 for 6 or more boxes. You only get 1 catalina for each transaction, so keep that in mind when creating your plan.
The Carmel Macchiato flavor is my favorite, it's amazing! I've heard good things about the Mocha Java Chip as well, for free you may as well give it a try! Note: you can only request 1 free pint, and only 1 will be sent per household (so if you have your friends send you one, make sure it goes to their address!).
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
That's canned goods and pasta stuff. Below it is another shelf with lots of oatmeal, peanut butter, bbq sauce and some salad dressing. I have more salad dressing in the house. Below that one is a shelf with juice, water, and 2-liters of soda.