Friday, February 26, 2010
Safeway is gearing up for what should be an awesome spend $25, get $10 off your next order catalina deal! You can get a sneak peek of that ad courtesy of SlickCate @ SD.
Albertsons is also currently running a Chill Deal- in the buy 10 items, get a $10 catalina good on your next order format. I haven't seen a lot of talk about this deal or participating items (maybe it'll be in next week's ad?) but it might be worth checking out in store.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I know this isn't a ton of clothing, but I was looking for something Birthday for the youngest to wear and was happy to find this cute onsie in the right size for only $1.80! They had matching bibs (both girl and boy) but they were the same price as the onsie so I skipped it. I also found a pair of Christmas pj's for the older boy for only $2.40- perfect because we do Christmas jammie photos every year (alone with our boys and with the other babies on the husbands family's side). I skipped buying any for the younger because I already have some. The Super hero dog pj's were $4.50, a little steep comparatively but pajamas the oldest will wear so rarely go on clearance and he's going to LOVE these. We wandered a bit as well, and noticed that they're taking an additional 50% off toys so I grabbed a pack of 6 mini Tonka trucks for $3 that I can split into Christmas stockings later this year.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I purchased an item this morning that was on clearance for $2.99 (from $12, it's one I plan on including in a gift eventually). After shipping and tax, I paid $9.76 for my item, but when I receive it- it'll come with a rewards card worth at least $10 (and hopefully more!). I can use that to either treat myself to something or purchase another item as a gift. (Note: the rewards card works like a gift card). It would have been even cooler to have free shipping, but this still has some good potential.
Sound like fun? Here are a few cheap items:
- Amber Romance Anti-bacterial hand sanitizing wipes $1.99
- VS Pink Soothing Body Freshening mist $2.99
- VS Pink Nourishing Body Freshening Mist $2.99
- VS Panties (some as low as $2.99, lots at $3.99)
Note: If you place too many of the same kind of order, it's likely VS will cancel them for you. Two of the same/similar orders should be just fine. If you need to place more, you might need to do so under a different account.
What does "minimum $10 (or $20) purchase required" mean? To use store coupons that include a minimum purchase requirement, you must spend a minimum dollar amount on that shopping trip. You will reach the minimum purchase amount based upon total purchases after your Club Card discount is applied. For example, the regular retail price of a box of Cheerios (after Club Card discounts) will count toward the minimum purchase required in order to use the Cheerios coupon.
If you are using several store coupons in a shopping trip, you will only need to meet one minimum purchase requirement. For example, if you are using three coupons, and they each specify a minimum purchase requirement of $20, your minimum purchase requirement for the total shopping trip is $20, and not $60.
The difference is that now your minimum purchase requirement is based on your total after club card discount. Of course, that total is still reached before coupons are applied- and that's a plus. It also means your total will be easier to calculate (since it's based on the sale price). You may want to print a new copy of this sheet to have on hand.
Edit: Looks Like Shari's is also running a free pancake promotion tomorrow for Facebook fans- Thrifty NW Mom has the scoop!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
- 2 boxes Cheerios
- 6 boxes Saltines (3 of which are going to St. Vincents)
- 10 boxes Stove Top Stuffing
- 10 boxes Rice A Roni
- 3 6packs of Coke
- 6 bags Oreo Cookies
- 3 cans Nalley Chili
- 3 2lb bags Mahatma Rice (free from BuzzAgent, I know people who would love to try it and won't use coupons so I bought the bags to give them myself.)
- 2 Whole Chickens
- 2 Onions
- 2 Zucchini
- Bell Pepper
- (or a total of 70 items!!)
I needed some meat and QFC seemed to have the best prices so I picked up some Flank Steak (separated it into enough for 4 meals), a pork roast, and a frozen turkey breast. I also bought grapes, 2 things of sour cream, and 3 doughnuts (not pictured). The pinto beans were $1 a bag at Albies and the Dr. Pepper was free (today only), I used a $2 catalina from last week and only spent $1.11 out of pocket. My grand total in spending for this week is $52.11 with $132.71 saved (or 72%). I shouldn't need to buy anything for a while (or until we run out of milk) and I was able to stock up a little bit on meat- so all in all, it's not too bad.
Friday, February 19, 2010
- Green Magma Juice (a barley grass supplement)
- A variety of Kotex product samples (3 separate links)
- Crest 3D White Strips
- 1 of 3 Fekkai Products: Glossing Shampoo&Conditioner, Technician Color Care Shampoo and 3-Minute Mask, or a Glossing Cream.
- Free OneTouch® UltraMini® Meter & 10 Test Strips (for those with diabetes)
- Tide plus Febreeze
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I'm hearing a lot of talk that this deal is no longer producing a catalina. I'm not sure why (but I have heard rumors) so please be aware that it may not work today. I'll update you all once I know more about it!
Maybe you've been on the lookout for a good soda deal? I frequently am, because the husband likes to have soda with his lunch. Try this scenario:
- buy 3 6pack bottles of Coke (16.9oz bottles) $7.00 (with in ad coupon)
- buy 3 boxes Saltines @ $1.29 each =$3.87
- use three $1 Nabisco cracker coupons from the MIT booklet
- use three $2 off wyb Coke and Nabisco crackers tearpads
- Pay only $1.87 for 3 boxes of crackers and a total of 18 16.9oz bottles of Coke!
Most of these coupons are available in-stores now, although you might have to check at Safeway's CS desk for any leftover MIT booklets. I found the Saltine/Chili tearpads at both Albertsons and Fred Meyer, and the Coke/Nabisco coupons at both Safeway and Albertsons. For a more complete matchup this week (including details on the great P&G promo) check out The Krazy Coupon Lady's matchup post!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
- Smithfield: I was really impressed with their bacon and wrote in to let them know that. Response: A nice thank you along with a note that they occasionally release printable coupons and are currently developing a new coupon program for members of their online community to use at certain retailers.
- Zatarain's: Sent a compliment about the red beans and rice, also mentioned that I'm really looking forward to the new low sodium varieites. Response: Waiting, will update as soon as I hear back.
If you aren't a member, now is a good time to sign up! You'll get this freebie, a $10 off and $35 PINK purchase coupon, and they offer new special promotions every month. Be sure to tell your friends as well because VS is promising to reveal another FREE gift for members once they hit 1 million members, and who doesn't love a good freebie?
Note: I have heard people are having issues with this catalina. Make sure you only buy the 50oz bottles, as the 20% more variety do not work. This catalina can take a moment to print so sticking around for a moment and letting the cashier know you're waiting for a coupon to print might work. Otherwise, you can call the catalina company at 1-888-8COUPONS (1-888-826-8766) as long as you have your receipt(s) handy- they should be able to help. They're open from 7AM - 8PM EST M-F.
Albertsons: $2.49 spent, $18.50 saved
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sign in or register with Vocalpoint to receive a FREE full sized bottle of Pantene Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo now! These freebies go quickly most of the time so I'd hurry.
Monday, February 15, 2010
(Remember that most of the time when you print a coupon, you can print it two times per computer! Simply hit your back button three times)
include something worth at least $0.02 as a filler (single carrots or other small amount of veggies or fruit work great). Just be sure to only purchase the 50oz bottles as the 20% more variety (60oz) don't seem to be producing the $4 catalina.
You might also wait on this, because I've heard rumors this weeks Red Plum will contain a Purex BOGO coupon- and that would make this one sweet moneymaking deal. Of course, that's just a rumor as of now. This deal is good through Saturday. Thanks SD!!
After realizing this morning that we were down to one roll of TP and no boxes of wipes, I knew I'd have to make another albies run. I purchased everything above in two transactions, although I could have split it into three and saved another $3- but I wanted to make it a quick trip (and sometimes saving a little bit of time is worth spending a little bit more- especially when you're out of baby wipes!). I used free item coupons on the STAR Olive Oil and Herbal Essences. I used a few more $1/2 Ronzoni printable coupons to make those free after doublers. The Starkist pouches were $1 each, so I got four of those for free using this $1/1 Starkist printable and a fifth for free using a BOGO coupon from Vocalpoint. The wipes were $1.79/box after $1 coupon and the 6 cans of Del Monte green beans ended up being a $1 moneymaker after this $1/4 coupon and the $2 catalina I earned for buying 6*. The Angel Soft was $2.99 for 12 double rolls after $1/1 printable and doublers. The Cinnamon rolls were marked down to $0.99 and made a nice treat for the husband and toddler who waited patiently while baby and I did our shopping this morning. These deals are all good through tomorrow (2/16).
*My store had select varieties of Del Monte veggies down to $0.50 a can instead of $1 a can. Most stores are $1 a can, so after coupons and catalina they're cheap but not a money maker.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
- Chex mix $4.19 (minus $0.50 IP and $1.50 eq's) $2.19
- BC Frosting $1.39 (minus $0.50 coupon and $1.50 eq's) -$0.61
- Nestle Chocolate Chips $1.99 (minus $0.75 IP and $1 eq's) $0.24
- 6 cups Yoplait $3 (minus $0.50/6 coupon and $1.50 eq's) $1.00
- Fiber One Yogurt $2 (minus $1 IP and $2 eq's) -$1.00
- Motrin $9.99 (minus $1 coupon) $8.99
I also spent another $27 between Safeway and Rite Aid on Tuesday for the following items:
- Palmolive dish soap
- bag M&M's
- bag of conversation hearts
- 2 boxes Wheat Thins and 2 boxes Triscuits (free last week, went into donation box)
- 3 12packs coke (for husband's lunches)
- 2 gallons milk
- 2 half gallons chocolate milk (used FREE w/milk purchase coupons)
- $22.75 of Rib Eyes (2 for VDay dinner in, and 2 for later)
- 2 marked down seasoning packets
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Meat & Produce deals:
- Fresh Asparagus $1.48/lb
- Large Del Monte Gold Pineapple, $1.99 (they'll core them free)
- Artichokes $2
- Fresh Express Salads (American, Romaine, or Italian) $1.25 each (Use $1/1 from the Albertsons "Value Your Heart" booklet)
- 1lb carton Strawberries $2.99
- Healthy Choice Steamers $1.88 (use $1/1 from Con Agra home mailer, or various $1/2 coupons)
- Marie Callender's Pasta Al Dente or Pot Pies $1.88 (use $0.75/1 printable)
- Sara Lee Deluxe Bagles $1.77
- Annie Chun's Noodle or Soup Bowls $2.99 (various $1 coupons)
- Kikkoman Sweet and Sour Sauce $1.99
- Kikkoman Asian Sauce, select varieties $2.99
- Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste $2.49
- Kikkoman Takumi $3.99 (Enter here for a chance at a $1/1 coupon good on any Kikkoman sauce, or look for various $0.55/1 hangtags)
- Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk $1.99 (use $1/1 printable, or there are $1 peelies floating around)
Did you see anything I missed? Let me know!
- Dannon: Compliment about the convenience and cuteness of their Danimals line for my toddler. I also wrote that I love being able to serve him such a fun healthy snack option, especially as he's starting to get picky about what he'll eat some days. Response: Sent a coupon for one FREE (up to $5.50) 4 or 6 pack Dannon cup, drink, or dual tubes and two $0.50 on any one Dannon product (excluding 5.3 and 6 oz cups).
- Duracell (P&G): Compliment on the long-life of their batteries (on a recommendation that they send free item coupons) especially compared to the cheaper battery options we've tried. Response: Thanks, but they have no coupons or samples to send at this time. They mentioned checking the P&G inserts for coupons.
- Michelinas (Bellisio Foods): Compliment of their Chicken Fried Steak. Response: A thank you letter with two FREE entree coupons (max. value $2.50)
So, who are you writing to? I'd love to hear how this experiment is working out for you! If you're new to this series, you can see a list of companies I've contacted and the results or else just catch up on all the posts with this label. Good luck!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
(P.S. If you want to wish us luck with the boys' colds or pray for us, I'd appreciate it! The baby actually spent all but 2 hours of last night screaming at us, and we could use all the prayers and good thoughts we can get right now.)
Monday, February 8, 2010
Thanks to Kim at Puget Sound Prudence for the reminder!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Then, I found out about coupon databases. There are several websites that keeps tabs on what coupons are floating around unexpired out there, and I absolutely love referring back to them. There's something so easy about hoping online and doing a quick search to see if there are coupons I can pair with a sale and where they came from. Especially since I don't always get the paper every weekend (*gasp*). I wanted to share my two favorite databases with you because sometimes it's easier to find a deal for yourself then to wait for someone else to announce it.
Hot Coupon World's database: This one is very user friendly (really! just start typing in the name of the product you're looking for) and is always very up to date. They list tons of coupons and I love that they post both the form of coupon and expiration date. I use this all the time!
Slickdeal's Printable Manufacturer's Coupon Compilation: By far, this is the best and most complete list of available printable coupons I have ever seen. Even when I'm not looking for something specific, I sometimes like to scroll through the list to see what's new. Seriously, it's worth checking out...I can almost guarantee you'll find something you just have to print. (If you're a member at SD, please please rep the OP and contributors to this thread, they do amazing work!).
I hope that these two resources will help you and am almost positive they will. Enjoy them!
Friday, February 5, 2010
- 10% off purchase: Click the star that says "Boys" then click Zach's head
- 15% off purchase: Click the star that says "Girls" and position your mouse above the circle that says $8 graphic tees. Simply click the butterfly when it lands.
- $15 off a $75 purchase (20%): Click the star that says "Girls" then bring the sandals from the right hand column to where the girl's shoes are.
- $5 off a $25 purchase (20%): Click the star that says "Toddler Girls" and drag the red heart from the middle of the hoodie to the red heart outline on the left sleeve.
- $10 off a $50 purchase (20%): Click the star that says "Toddler Boys". Drag the sweater vest combo from the right hand column to the orange hoodie.
Better hurry though! They have a limited number of each coupon and while the ones listed are all currently available- they may not last long. Happy shopping!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
"Looking for a colorful, sultry way to layer your look? Try this sweet deal: Women’s Natural Lace-Trim Camis from Old Navy. They’re $2 (Reg. $12.50) and come in an assortment of bold colors that will add daring to anything you’re wearing – even if you keep them under wraps. Stock up on this irresistible deal – you’ll love ‘em!
Get the Women’s Natural Lace-Trim Camis 2/5 – 2/11 and check them out today at OldNavyWeekly.com, where the highest value coupon is 10% off your purchase!"
I have a few of these in plain solid colors and they're great for layering, or wearing to bed, or around the house (I wear them almost all the time). For $2 a piece, you can bet I'll be picking up more than just a few, and the colors are super cute for spring and summer. Can't wait! Edit: the colors in store were not nearly as bright as pictured. They had white, brown, dark grey, yellow, blue, neon green, and pink at my store.
- Darigold Sour Cream, $0.99 with in ad coupon (limit 3). Pair it with the Buy One Get One FREE q from a recent insert and get 2 for $0.99!
- Philadelphia Cream Cheese, $0.99 each with in ad coupon (limit 3). Use it with the $1/2 from the yellow Bud Bowl booklet and get 2 for $0.98!
- Fresh Express (Romaine, Green&Crisp, or Spinach) for only $0.47 each with in-ad coupons and the $1 coupon from the red "Wellness Ideas" showing up in-stores.
- Mission Tortillas are $1.49 with in ad coupon and Albies will have no problems letting you use the $1 IP if you have it. (If not, it's a better deal at Safeway).
- Bar S Jumbo Meat Franks are $0.88 with in-ad coupon (limit 4), or $0.76 for 2 with this $1/2 printable.
- Check out Jane at All Together Beautiful to see what other deals there are to be had at Albies this week.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
- Rosarita Refried Beans (ConAgra): I wrote in to say we love thecreaminess and flavor if their vegetarian refried beans, and that I'm excited to hear they'll be releasing a salsa soon. I also asked for coupons. Response: They sent me a letter with details on the new salsa and a $0.50 off any 1 can of Refried Beans coupon.
- Lindsay Olives (Bell-Carter Foods): Sent an email letting them know how much we love their black olives and described an old family tradition I'm continuing with my kids involving olives (in order to let them "help" with fancy holiday meal prep, they get to stuff olives with cream cheese. It's yummy and time consuming.) Response: They sent a nice letter and two $0.55 coupons.
- Windex (SC Johnson): Emailed them with a story about my attempt to switch from Windex to a knockoff brand (this was pre-couponing) and how badly the other product worked in comparison. Told them we don't use any other brands for window cleaning products now, and thanked them for continuing to make such an excellent product. Response: they're sending me a FREE product coupon to thank me for my loyalty.
If you're new to this, or want to see what my past results have been so far, you can check that out here. Have you had success in writing to any other companies? If so, I'd love to hear about it!!
used two $0.50 Safeway coupons from Make It Tonight Book and $1/2 ecoupon
Trix $1.50 (wyb 4)
used $1/1 printable and a $0.55 ecoupon
Lucky Charms $1.50 (wyb 4)
used $1/1 printable and two $0.55 ecoupons
2 Cheerios $3.00 ($1.50 each wyb 4)
used two $1/1 printables and one $0.55 ecoupon
2 Nature Valley Nut Clusters $3.00 ($1.50 each wyb 4)
used two $1/1 printables and $1.40 in ecoupons
2 Mission Flour Tortillas $1.98 (with Safeway coupon from ad)
used two $1/1 printable coupons (no longer available)
Mission Corn Tortillas $1.59
used $1/1 printable (no longer available)
John Frieda Root Awakening Conditioner $5.49
used $2 printable and two $2 ecoupons
...and items for which I had no coupons:
- Fajita Seasoning $1.15
- Safeway Bagels $2
- Bread $1.19
- Broccoli $1.16
- 3 Avocados $1.50
- Red Potatoes $0.73
- Celery $0.71
- Garlic $0.50
- Bell Pepper $0.99
- Jalapeno $0.16
- (or a total of: $10.09 and $0.47 in tax)
All in all, a great trip- except that I forgot to bring along the $6.50 in catalinas I had! I do want to warn you though, not all stores allow the stacking of ecoupons with paper coupons (my store manager has okay'ed it) so your store might say no. Since there's no official written policy on this, it really is up to each individual store manager. They do however, allow for the stacking of ecoupons with other ecoupons. Also, because the Mission tortilla store q brings the price down to $0.99, some stores may not allow you to use the $1 printable (and technically they can say no because it would fall under the "no IP coupons worth more than 50% of the item" part of their policy). I chose to go to the store across town who always allows this because the one closest to me does not.