Monday, May 24, 2010

Walgreen's Deals! Rollin' Register Rewards!

Transaction #1: Complete Multi-purpose solution 12oz $7.99 / $7.99 RR
Use $8 RR
Pay $0 oop and earn $7.99 RR

Transaction #2: IronMan Muscle Rub or Spray 3 oz $5.99 / $5.00 RR
Goody Ouchless Rubber Bands $2.99 / $2.99 RR
Total $8.98
Use $7.99 RR
Pay $.99 oop and earn $7.99 RR

Transaction #3: Keebler 16 oz cookies
2-8 pack Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
Sandies 16 oz cookies 4 @ $10.00 / $5.00 RR
Total $10.00
Use $7.99 RR
Use $1 / 1 Keebler coupon
Pay $1.01 oop and earn $5.00 RR

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Quick! Everybody! Look!

Sorry for the hiatus, apparently my thyroid has freaked out. It's cool. After 4 days of hospital visits for testings and whatnot, I think I'l be just fine. Apparently, I'm "hyperthyroid". Kudos for the weight loss, but the dizziness can leave now. That'd be great. Anyway, I go back for more tests on June 1 so maybe, just maybe, I'll know more then.

Anyway- so at CVS right now there is a couple of super great deals. I'm winging it right now as I don't have my sales paper with me so bear with me.

Blade 5 razor
$6.99 with $6.99 ECB
So basically, it's FREE

Aussie hair care
Sale price is $2.99 bottle with $2.00 ECB (limit 2)
5/16/10 Sunday paper had a $2.00 coupon for any Aussie styler with purchase of shampoo or conditioner
So, I bought shampoo and leave-in spray conditioner for $2.99 each.

$2.99 x 2= $5.98
Used a CVS coupon (from the store card scanner) for $1/ any hair care product
Used the $2/ Aussie coupon from 5/16 paper
Total was $2.98 AND I got back $4.00 in ECB!!
Dude, they paid me $1.02 to take it out of the store!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Things I Bought FOR FREE!!!

Not a whole lot going on around here. I DID; however, find an exciting purchase last night. The Kroger / Old Brookshires on Lake Harbour has some cool stuff on clearance:

The following I bought FOR FREE!!

2 (32 oz) cans of Enfamil formula (a $50 value)
- Each was marked to $6 per can= $12.00
- I have two $5 off coupons = $10.00
- I also had two $2 off next Kroger purchase
$12.00 - $10.00 = $2.00 - $2.00 = FREE

My sister in law was excited by this as the formula went directly to my sweet baby niece, Chandler.

Then I bought the following:

8 jars of Pace Picante sauce
-Each jar was .40 on clearance
-I had four “.40 off two” which Kroger doubles to .80
-8 x the .40 clearance price= $3.20
-Four .40 coupons= $1.60
-Doubled to $3.20
-$3.20 - $3.20 = FREE

6 boxes of Hamburger Helper
-Each box was .49 on clearance
-I had two “.75 off three”
-I also had 2 online coupons on my Kroger card for .75 off 3
-6 x the .49 clearance price= $2.94
-Two .75 manufacturer’s coupons= $1.50
-Two online $.75 coupons= $1.50
-$2.94- $3.00 = FREE + .06 overage!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Happy Birthday, Brogan!

Four years ago today, our daughter Brogan Elyse was born. She has forever changed our lives for the better, despite her smart mouth. Hapy birthday, my Princess. I love you the most trees.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

2- How do you match coupons with sales?
3- How do you remember to use them before they expire?
4- How do you know who doubles coupons?
5- Where in the heck did you get your super cool, one of a kind, fashion diva coupon binder? (Ok, maybe without all the adjectives)

Matching Coupons with sales:

The easiest way to answer this is to advise you to 1- clip every coupon you see whether you think you'll use it or not and 2- Make a habit to check weekly circulars. Now, the reason for #1 is simple. You may not be willing to try a $4 box of cereal; however, if the manufacturer issues a $2.00/1 box of cereal and that cereal goes on sale to $2 a box, well that's FREE cereal right there and we all know that free food just tastes better.

Say you get a Sunday paper each Sunday and you decide to check this site each Sunday to see what cool coupons I link to. Well, I recommend getting all of your coupons together and holding them for a few weeks. That's right. HOLD THEM. The reason being that most grocers actually run their ads on a 6 week cycle. Subsequently, most retailers run their coupons on a cycle as well. That means the items you received coupons for in this Sunday's paper will more than likely be on sale in a few weeks. Sale items plus coupons equals tremendous savings.

2- How do you know who doubles coupons?
Kroger does up to $.60 per coupon (means a $0.60 coupon is actually worth $1.20)! Brookshires triples their $0.60 coupons to $1.80, but we don't have any local Brookshire's stores anymore. I only learned of their coupon doubling/tripling by reading the weekly circulars.

3-How do you remember to use them before they expire?
Truth be told, I actually let some coupons expire without ever using them. If I say I am not paying more than $1.00 for a box of cereal and if between the coupon and sales price, it never goes below $1.00? I don't buy it. Period

**btw, I've learned that expired manufacturers coupons can be sent to our military bases overseas and their commissary accepts expired coupons for up to 6 months! They do not accept printed coupons though. I'll post the address as soon as I find it!

Another way to keep them from expiring if I inted to use them come heck or high water is to develop a REALLY good organization system. This goes hand in hand with the next question, but for me I use the binder method. Yes, it's bulky, but it works for me. I started with a plastic accordian folder which I quickly outgrew. I then moved onto the index box method, which became more difficult for me to organize as my coupons increased. Now, I'm at the binder method. I actually recommend this to EVERYONE regardless of your coupon background. It's so simple:

Step 1:
Visit this site and link to all your favorite coupons. And don't forget your Sunday paper!!

Step 2:
Gather, print, and clip all your coupons.

Step 3:
-Get a 3" binder - Trust me, don't even attempt a 1" or 2". You will outgrow it and it is a PAIN to switch them over

-Purchase (2 packs) divider tabs. Pay a little extra to get the hard plastic ones with the holders on them. They are about $3.88 per pack at WalMart and I use two packs because of the way I have my things labeled. The paper dividers will tear easily and the holders are wonderful for coupons not yet clipped.

-Purchase a pack of baseball card sheets. At my local WalMart they are actually found by the tobacco isle, with the game cards. Thanks for the heads up, Rhonda! I looked ALL OVER for these things. They are about $4.88 for a pack of 35 sheets. Each sheet holds 9 coupons, so use your judgement on how many to purchase. I would only start with one though. To date, I only have 2 packs total and have plenty of room. And I use A LOT of coupons.

Step 4:
-Label your tabs. This varies for everyone. Mine are as follows:

Grains / Sauces (at my WalMart, the bread is opposite the pasta and sauces)
Cans / Boxed
Snacks (I put candy, chips, cookies here)
Breakfast (cereals, grits, poptarts, granola bars, Fruit Rollips- these are all on the same isle)
Fridge (if it goes in the fridge, it goes here)
Children (baby needs, toys, DVD's)
Paper / Foil
Pet Care
Target coupons
Kroger coupons
Extra Care Buck Deals

Buy $15 or more of Eucerin or Nivea select products = $5 Ecb (Limit 1)
Buy 2 Nivea for Women Body Wash 16.9 oz. $4.88 each
Buy 2 Nivea Lip Care .17 oz. $2.99 each (based on on-line price)
Use the Buy 1 Body Wash Get 1 Free coupon from the All You Magazine May 2010 issue
Use the $4/1 Body Wash regional coupon from the 5/2 RP
Use the Buy 1 Lip Care Get 1 Free coupon from the All You Magazine May 2010 issue
Use the $1/1 Lip Care coupon from the 5/2 RPPay $2.87
Get back a $5 Ecb
Final Cost FREE + $2 moneymaker!

Gillette Venus Embrace or Breeze Razor (excludes disposables) $9.79 = $6 Ecb (Limit 1)
Use the $2/1 coupon from the 5/2 PG
Final Cost $1.79!

Listerine (select products 16.9 oz or 1 liter), Reach Toothbrush 2-4 pk. or Total Care Floss 30 yd. $3.99 = $2 Ecb (Limit 2)

Deal Scenario:
Buy 2 Total Care Floss $3.99 each
Use the Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon from the 1/3 RP
Use the $1/1 coupon from the 1/3 RP, 3/7 RP
Pay $2.99Get back a $4 Ecb
Final Cost FREE + a $1 moneymaker!

Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix 18.3 oz. or Warm Delights 3.1 oz. 5/$5
Use the $0.75/1 Warm Delights coupon from the 5/2 SS
Final Cost $0.25 each!

Gatorade Thirst Quencher 32 oz. or Sobe Lifewater 20 oz. Buy 1 Get 1 FreeUse the Sobe Lifewater Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon found here
Final Cost 2 for FREE!

Thanks Hip2Save!!