Saturday, April 30, 2011

What's worth buying at Wal-greens starting 5/1


Don’t forget to print the Walgreens Coupon Policy and take it with you. Refer to past blog posts here and here if you have questions regarding shopping at Wal-Greens.

Tylenol Precise $6.99
$5/1 Tylenol Precise Printable
$3/1 Tylenol Precise Cream, 2.5oz or Heat Patch 3 or 4pk (May Walgreens Coupon Book)
Money Maker after stacked coupons

Right Guard Total Defense Body Wash BOGO
B1G1 Dry Idea or Right Guard Product, exp. 5-31-11 (RP 05/01/11)
Two for FREE!

Noxzema Disposable Razors $3.99, Get $3 RR
$2.00/1 Noxzema Spa Shave 4-blade shaver 4-pack, Super Smooth Triple blade shaver 4-pack or larger, Premium-pivot twin blade 12 pack OR Bikini shaver 3 pack (RP 05/01/11)
Money Maker after coupon and RR

Gum Eez-Thru Flossers $2.00, Get $2.00 RR

Scotch Tape or Padded Mailers $.39 after in-ad coupon

Gillette Fusion Proglide $9.89, Get $5 RR
$4/1 Gillette Fusion Razor (PG 05/01/11)
$.89 after coupon and RR

Collage Prints $.99 after in ad coupon

Arizona Tea 2/$1 after in-ad coupon

$5 Foot locker e-gift card at checkout wyb $10 or more Gatorade products

Renpure Organics Hair Care $5.99, Get $4 RR
Can be turned into a money maker if you can find the MIR hang tags!

U by Kotex Feminine Care 2/$7, Get $2 RR wyb 2
$1/1 Kotex U Pads, exp. 5-28-11 (SS 04/17/11 #2)
$1/1 Kotex U Liners, exp. 5-28-11 (SS 04/17/11 #2)
$1/1 Kotex U Tampons, exp. 5-28-11 (SS 04/17/11 #2)
$1.50 each after coupon and RR

Head & Shoulders Shampoo or Conditioner 2/$8 , Get $2.00 RR wyb 2
FREE Head & Shoulders Conditioner wyb Shampoo (RP 04/17/11 #2)
$1.00 each after coupon and RR

Cottonelle 12 rolls $5.00, Get $3 RR wyb 2
$1/1 Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue 12 large rolls, 167 sheets (Walgreens May Coupon Book)
$0.50/1 Cottonelle Toilet Paper printable
$2.00 after stacked coupons and RR

*HOT!* Scott Naturals toilet paper deal at Wal-Mart!

There is a High Value Scott Naturals Coupon that you'll want to be sure to print! Plus, there is an awesome deal on Scott Naturals Toilet Tissue at Walmart using this coupon.

Scott Naturals Toilet Tissue (4 Mega Rolls – 205.2 Sq. Ft.), $2.68
Use the $1.50/1 Scott Naturals Coupon
Pay just $1.16 per pack after coupon which is just $0.006 per sq. ft!

You can also “Like” Scott Naturals on Facebook for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Charmin Basic Toilet Paper $0.011 per Sq. Ft.


WOW! The toilet paper deals just keep coming! There is now an Amazon Deal that includes Free 2 Day Shipping on Charmin toilet paper!

Charmin Basic Double Rolls (4 Ct Packages) 10 Packages for $16.28 when you use Subscribe and Save.

Each Package has 146 Sq. Ft. and there are 10 Packages so this works out to ($16.28/1460 sq. ft.) just $0.011 per Sq. Ft. or $0.20 per Regular Roll.

Money Maker on John Frieda Hair Color at Target


John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Color $11.99 (buy 2 get a $5 Target gift card)
Coupons: $5 Target printable coupon plus $5 manuf in 5/1 SS
Final Price: $1.01 money maker (before tax)

1SaleADay: Free SpeakEasy Headset + Free Shipping


Hurry over to the 1SaleADay Facebook page and post a comment/testimonial. After doing so, head on over here to order your completely FREE SpeakEasy 2.5mm Mobile Headset with FREE shipping!

*Limit 1 per customer.

(Thanks, I love free things!)

Friday, April 29, 2011

FREE Tub of Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes


Cottonelle is offering up yet another Give a Tub. Get a Tub promo! You can not only receive a coupon redeemable for a free tub of Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes, but also send an invite to a friend to do the same! Hurry here!

(Thanks, Coupon Pro!)

Mega Swagbucks day!

Today is MEGA Swagbucks Day at Swagbucks.com!

Every Friday is Mega Swag Bucks Day, which means better odds of winning our BIG Swag Bucks denominations! Simply search as you normally would, you’ll be winning large bills starting at 20 Swag Bucks and up.

Mega swagbucks is only on Friday but you can still win $10 to $50 Swagbucks any other day!

Not a member of swagbucks? Join HERE (you get 30 swagbucks for registering)

***Remember you can get a $5 Amazon.com gift card with only 450 swagbucks!!!!***

Kraft Mac and Cheese Coupon coming!


Go and follow Kraft Macaroni & Cheese on Twitter as they announced on their Facebook Page that they are going to be TWEETING a coupon on May 2nd! Click here to follow them!

Dollar General Rewards Program


If you like to shop at Dollar General then you will love this new rewards program. Certain items that you purchase earn you points that add up to ultimately earn you free Dollar General gift cards! Click here to read more about this program.

Happy Friday!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Free scoop of frozen custard from Culver's!


Culver's facebook states:
Deliciousness in a text message? Yes, we can! Join Culver's Text Club for news and offers today. A free scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard is your sign-up reward. You'll be glad you did!

Go HERE to sign up for Culver's Text club for your free scoop of frozen custard!

Couponing FAQ Part 1 - Avoiding the 5 top "Newbie" Couponing Pitfalls

Disclaimer: This was written by a fellow WUCer (weusecoupons.com forum follower), but I thought it might be helpful to my beginning couponers!
By Shortpants 04/29/2011

It was March of 2010 when I first saw MrCoupon (Nathan) from WeUseCoupons.com on a Nightline special talking about this "Extreme Couponing" business. I watched that segment 5 or 6 times trying to catch the website address spelled out in Jell-O boxes in the driveway. LOL Once I finally had it, I was off! I lurked and read at WeUseCoupons.com for a month before I finally jumped in and joined the site (it's FREE, by the way... my favorite price! hehe), there was soooo much information there, I was like a kid in a candy store, reading and absorbing all that I could. The wealth of information that folks share out of the kindness of their hearts is simply astounding. So here I am a little over a year later, saving tons of money (LOL) and now sharing the information I have learned for couponing in Vermont and New England both as a Forum Leader at WeUseCoupons.com, and my own Blog, VTCouponer.

In my couponing travels, I not only fell into many of the Newbie Couponing Pitfalls myself, I read about them all the time on the forums. Here are all the things I have experienced / read about that are very common among new couponers and how to avoid them:

1 - I am so overwhelmed! This is too much! I don't know where to start!
This has got to be the TOP post I see from new couponers. Heck, I've been there myself, I know how you feel. But as with learning ANY new skill, learning to coupon takes TIME to perfect. It's not something that happens overnight. The best advice for newbies is to pick ONE store in your area to concentrate on first, only ONE, learn that store inside and out and get comfortable with couponing in general. I know, I know, there are soooo many great deals out there it's hard to not want to run out and grab them all! The problem with that arises that you end up spending MORE right off the bat rather than less, and/or you get so burnt out by taking on too much at first that you get overwhelmed and give up. Pick ONE store, grocery, box store, drugstore, it doesn't matter, once you get comfortable with couponing practices, wording, policies, idiosyncracies, etc at ONE store, it is much easier to learn others. Just relax, take your time, learn how to coupon correctly and courteously, and you will be couponing like a pro in no time!

2 - Hey wait, I'm spending MORE since I started couponing and I'm blowing my budget... what gives?
As mentioned above, this is a VERY common thing. First off, you are thinking, "I have ALL these coupons, I HAVE to use them!" The main reason seasoned couponers are so successful is because they know how to play the waiting game. Sales and coupons are cyclical, they always come around again. Wait for a sale on the item you have a coupon for, don't use it when the item is full price, and if there is no deal before the coupon expires, there will be another time, another sale and another coupon, I promise! The other thing I also mentioned above was the desire to run out and grab every deal, this can be a budget blower for sure! Even if the item is free, you have to remember tax, gas, buying coupons or newspapers, ink and paper for printing coupons, fillers, all the things that are just pocket change or dollars, and as we learned from one of the Golden Rules of Couponing, "Those cents and dollars add up!", well that works in reverse also. Those cents and dollars you are saving are quickly negated when you account for the "cost" of your couponing.

3 - I have all these coupons I'm never going to use, what do I do with them?
First off, let me tell you my perception of "coupons that I would never use in a million years" has changed dramatically since I first started couponing. I was way too eager to get rid of coupons that ended up being freebies or money makers down the road just because I wasn't patient enough. I now tell all new couponers to hang onto everything they get, with the exception of course being the things you are 100% sure you will not use, for instance: diaper or formula coupons when you don't have a baby, pet supply coupons when you don't have any animals, and so on. But if you are only 99.9% sure you will never use it, hang onto it. There is a wonderful RAOK (Random Act of Kindness) and FSOT (For Sale or Trade) forum at WeUseCoupons.com to give away or trade coupons you don't need. Worst case scenario, you don't use the coupon before it expires, in that case there are wonderful people right at WeUseCoupons.com that take expired coupon donations and send them to US Military bases overseas where they can use them up to 6 months past the expiration date.

4 - I'm finding all these printable coupons online, I'm printing them all, should I?
Yup, been there, done this one too. I printed everything I could get my hands on when I first started and ended up wasting alot of paper, ink, time clipping, and ended up with alot of expired printable coupons. I am much more selective about what I print now, the only time I print a coupon for something that isn't an sale that week is if it is a really hot coupon and quite possibly will be gone if I wait or if it's an item that I purchase regularly and again, know I will use the coupon. Forums like WeUseCoupons.com have lots of posts letting fellow couponers know when there is a hot coupon available for print. Over time you will find the balance of what you need to print and what you can pass on.

5 - I only have "ABC" store and they don't double or I live in *insert name of really small town here* and am very limited on stores, there is no way couponing will work for me, right?
The answer is yes, it will work for you to both situations. Sure, you won't get some of the deals you see some other couponers in other areas get, but I know many, MANY couponers that have NO stores that double and/or live in a VERY small town or rural area and they do phenomenal! It all goes back to learning and knowing your stores and putting the time into finding the best deals available to you in your particular area. You can Extreme Coupon pretty much ANYWHERE, except for places that don't take coupons, of course! LOL I live in a pretty rural area of VT and I still save anywhere from 50% to 85%, sometimes more, on my shopping trips, even at the stores that don't double.

Petco: Free Fancy Feast TODAY ONLY!


You can get a FREE can of Fancy Feast Cat food today, April 29th at PETCO. You will need to be a PALS member to redeem this coupon. You can sign up for free on-line or in the store.

(Thanks, My Pet Savings!)

Wal-Mart Price Match-Ups


Ronzoni Pasta, $1.18
Use $1/2 Ronzoni Smart Taste printable
or use $0.55/1 Ronzoni Quick Cook, exp. 6-30-11 (SS 04/10/11)
Final Price: $0.63

Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Rice, $1.50
Use $0.75/1 Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White Rice, exp. 5-15 (RP 03/20/11)
Final Price: $0.75

Country Bobs Sauce, $2.47
Use Free Bottle of Bob’s Sauce printable(Link may be down)
Final Price: FREE

Mom’s Best Cinnamon Squares Cereal, $1.74
Use $0.75/1 Mom’s Best Naturals Product printable
Final Price: $0.99

Country Crock Honey Spread, $1.12
Use $0.40/1 Country Crock Product printable
or use $0.60/1 Shedd’s Spread Country Crock, exp. 5-15 (RP 04/17/11 #2)
Final Price: $0.52

Propel Zero Water, $0.50
Use $1/2 Propel Zero Calorie Drink, exp. 5-31-11 (SS 02/13/11)
Final Price: 2/FREE

Shout Wipes, $0.97
Use $0.55/1 Shout Laundry Product, exp. 5-14-11 (SS 04/03/11)
Final Price: $0.42

Frito Lay: Free Chips today!!


Here’s a great free offer available from Frito Lay today, April 29th at 2 pm CST! To celebrate the fastest increase in fans in 24 hours, they will be giving away 24,000 bags of chips. Make sure to Like them and set a reminder so you don’t forget!

(Thanks, Must Love Coupons!)

New $1/1 Better Oats Coupon!


There is a new coupon for $1/1 Better Oats product (excluding Mom’s Best Varieties). I have seen these for $1.25 or so at many stores in the past, so you might be able to get some for just $0.25! This oatmeal is sooo yummy!

(Thanks, Printable Coupons and Deals!)

Tidy Cats – Money Maker!


Remember I posted the other day about the Tidy Cats $1.10 coupon? Well, you can call and request a $2/1 Tidy Cats Litter coupon by calling: 1-800-778-7462.

The coupon will be mailed to you and get to you quick!

Wal-Mart has the 10-lb bags of Tidy Cats priced at $1.77
Use $2/1 Tidy Cat coupon
Total: $.23 money maker!

(Thanks, My Pet Savings!)

Bath & Body Works: Free Royal Collection Lip Gloss or PocketBac


There is a new Bath and Body Works Coupon valid today only! You can print this coupon for a Free Royal Collection Lip Gloss or PocketBac with any purchase. The coupon does say any purchase so look for smaller sized items at the front by the cash registers or check out the travel section if you’re looking for an inexpensive item to purchase.

Kids Starfish Flip Flops $2.55!!


Right now at Totsy, Melissa and Doug toys are on sale, as well as these Kids Starfish Flip Flops for only $2.55! Use coupon code SHIPFREE when you check out to get Free Shipping on your purchase of $50 or more!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

FUN AND FRUGAL SPRING/SUMMER IDEAS FOR KIDS

Eggshell Sidewalk Chalk:

Materials Needed:

* 4-5 eggshells
* 1 tsp flour
* 1 tsp hot tap water
* food coloring, optional, use when you want colored chalk

Instructions:

* Wash and dry eggshells.
* Put in a bowl and grind into powder.
* Throw out any large pieces.
* Pour flour and hot water plus 1 TBSP of the eggshell powder in another bowl.
* Mix until mixture looks like paste.
* Add food coloring at this point if you wish.
* Shape and press the paste into the shape of chalk sticks.
* Roll up tightly in a strip of paper towels and allow to dry for about three days.

Homemade Watercolor Paints:

Materials needed:
*3 tbsp baking soda
*3 tbsp cornstarch
*3 tbsp vinegar
* 1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup
*food coloring

Instructions:
In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons each of baking soda, cornstarch, and vinegar with 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup. Wait for the fizzing to subside, then seperate the mixture into several small containers or jar lids. Add eight drops of food coloring to each batch and mix well. Put a different color in each batch or combine colors to make new shades. Kids can either use the paint right away, or wait for them to harden, in which case, they'll need to use a wet brush before painting.

Homemade Sprinkler:

Materials needed:
*1 clean 2-liter soda bottle
*Knife or scissors
*Duct Tape
*Water hose

Instructions:
Just cut three 1-inch vertical slits in one side of a clean 2-liter soda bottle. Or make the slits at different angles so the water will squirt in different directions. Attach the nozzle of the hose to the bottle top with duct tape (make sure it's fastened on tightly). Turn on the tap, and let the fun begin!!

* please note duct tape is not waterproof, and the adheseive will eventually wear off from water usage.

Homemade Bubbles:

Materials needed:
*10 cups water
*2 cups Dawn dishwashing liquid
*8 Tbsp glycerin
*Bubble wand (directions below)

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients in a large container, such as a cooler. Let sit for two hours. Submerge bubble wand in liquid and see what appears!

To make bubble wand, you’ll need:

*1 plastic coated wire hanger
*yarn

Instructions:
Straighten handle part of hanger. Reshape hanger portion to make a circle, approximately 18” in diameter. Wrap yarn tightly around circle portion of hanger and tie off.

Homemade Kool-Aid Play Dough

The children will love the smell of this playdough!

Materials needed:

*2 1/2 cups flour
*1 cup salt
*3 tablespoons vegetable oil
*2 cups boiling water
*2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid

Instructions:

Mix dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Wearing gloves, knead for 10 minutes. Store in zip lock bag in refrigerator.

Notes:

Your hands may smell of the Kool-Aid flavor even with gloves.

***Another fun activity:
This is a great and yummy activity if you're outdoors. Pour a small box of instant pudding mix in a sealable plastic bag and add the amount of milk called for on the box. Seal it up and then seal that bag in another sealed bag. Now you're ready to play football. Toss the bag of pudding around with your friends until it mixes and the pudding forms. Open the first bag and remove the second bag. Pour the pudding flat-bottomed ice-cream cones and chow down.

Free Phenom Coconut Water @ GNC


Here’s a Coupon for a Free Sample of Phenom Coconut Water at your local GNC Store. You can just print this coupon and take it to your Local GNC Store to receive your sample. Limit 1 per person. Expires May 15, 2011.

Coupon Network: New Printable Coupon Source + Catalina Offers!


There is a brand-new coupon source available: Coupon Network. This website has been known to feature some really high value coupons and I look forward to seeing their coupon site expanding. This website is comparable to coupons.com, Smartsource, and RedPlum.

Coupon Network even features an ongoing list of Catalina Offers!

*Catalina – Coupon that prints at the register after you purchase specified items.

They do not have all the offers out there listed, but it is still a very helpful resource. Visit the “YourBucks Offers” section at the top to see the available offers. Click on each offer to see if it’s available at your local store.

Just head over to Coupon Network to sign up!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Did you buy Enfamil from 2005 to 2010?


Did you buy Enfamil LIPIL formula between the dates of October 13, 2005 and March 31, 2010? If so, you may be entitled up to $12 or two free cans of formula. Enfamil reportedly got in trouble for claiming it was the only formula containing DHA and ARA. The claim form does not require receipts, only sworn statements. Go HERE to submit your claim.
(Thanks, Frugalissa Finds!)

Kohls: SO Solid Color Flip Flops $1.62 Shipped!


Kohl’s has the SO Solid Flip Flops marked down from $5 to just $1.99 each. But if you are a card holder you can get them for $1.62 shipped free to your front door in time for summer!

How to get the deal:

* Go on over to Kohl’s & type SO Solid Flip Flops into the search bar at the top.
* Add your select size and color to your cart.
* Use the coupon code SPRING15 to knock off 15%
* Use the coupon code SHIP4FREE to get FREE shipping

This should bring your total to $1.62. There seems to be a good variety of colors and sizes right now, but these will go fast!

Free Nature Valley Granola Bars at Target


Manufacturer Coupon is back on the site (not reset, but if you missed it before, you can print it now)

2 ct Nature Valley Bars (in dollar spot) $1
Coupon: $1/2 Target printable coupon PLUS 50¢ manuf printable coupon
Final Price: FREE

(Thanks, Totally Target!)

Easter Clearance at Target

You'll learn pretty quickly that one of my favorite places to shop is Target. They're pretty good about coupons and they usually have AMAZING clearance sections to match with coupons. One of my favorite times to shop at Target is right after the holidays (Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas). Everything is marked 50%-75% off and it's the perfect time to stock up on everything (besides candy) for the following year! Be sure to head over to Target for their after Easter Clearance! A frugal shopper never starts shopping for special occasions too early!

Here are a few of the items I purchased during Target's Easter clearance in 2010! (All except for the sippy cups..Brendan insisted that those be in the picture lol!) :)


Wal-Mart, Hy-Vee and K-mart should have their Easter items on clearance as well!

10 lbs Tidy Cat Litter $0.67 at Walmart


If you have a cat or like to donate to the local animal shelter here is an amazing deal at Walmart!

Tidy Cats Cat Litter 10lb – $1.77
Use the $1.10/1 Tidy Cats Cat litter printable coupon
$0.67 after coupon!

This is great even if you don’t have a cat for cleaning up garage spills and more!

(Thanks, Clippin with Carrie!)

Cheap Cleaning Solutions!

This Article was written by Heidi Ramsey the author of Little People Wealth.
Every once in a while I get in a “super cleaning” mood. A couple of days ago I was in the midst of my cleaning flurry when my husband gave me a strange look and asked why on earth I had the car polish in the bedroom.

I like to clean with “unconventional” supplies. I find they work better, are usually cheaper, and don’t hurt my eyes and nose (or make me worry if my children are “helping” me clean). Here are a few of my recipes and tips:

Shaving Cream – Use shaving cream to clean the mirrors in your bathroom. It will make them shine! Plus, they will not fog up after you use the shower and for about 3-4 weeks if you see a spot a little toilet paper or corner of a towel will shine it back up – no windex required. BONUS! Let your preschool/kindergarten kids help you clean the mirrors and write letters in the shaving cream. It’s lots of fun and your mirror will be cleaned in the process.

Car Polish – I hardly ever (okay not in ten years) polish my car. I do, however, have car polish. You can find cheap polish at the dollar store. Use this to polish your bathroom counters, sinks, and faucets. It will then repel dirt and water for about a month (and shine them up). Super easy and good looking!

Homemade Cleaners – I live for my essential oils and homemade cleaners! When I was pregnant with my first I researched the different recipes online and then I tweeked them using my microbiology background to make sure that it really was killing the microbes that I wanted killed. Click the links to see my recipes for Disinfectant, Wood Floor Cleaner, and Glass Cleaner.

What are your homemade cleaner tips and questions?

About the Author: Heidi is a wife of seven years and mom of two. Little People Wealth simplifies deals in order to save you money on everything! It also shows you how to diversify your income streams and manage your money wisely.

FREE Freschetta Pizza By the Slice at Target!


If you are shopping at Target be on the lookout for Freschetta Pizza by the slice for just $1.99 with a "Try Me FREE" rebate advertised on the box. They're priced at $1.99, but you'll get the full amount back.

While you're out, you can also look for the following deal:
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $2.69 ea.
$2/1 Aveeno printable coupons from Recyclebank
$1/1 Aveeno Skincare or SunCare TARGET coupon
Final Price: FREE after stacked coupons

350 Seventh Generation Chlorine FREE Baby Wipes $8.32


Amazon has a great deal today on Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Wipes, 350 Unscented Wipes for $11.89, or just $8.32 when you select Subscribe & Save. Shipping is FREE!

The deal says it is part of the Amazon Moms program, however my free Amazon Mom trial ended and I was still able to get the price! You can get the details on Amazon Mom here.

Cap’N Crunch Clearance = 4 FREE Boxes!


$1 packs of Cap’n Crunch cereal are reportedly marked down to $.25 at some Wal-greens stores! Clearance varies from store to store but if you happen to find the same at your store, here’s how you can get 4 FREE boxes…

BUY
(4) Cap’n Crunch $1 packs on Clearance to $.25
Total = $1
(1) -$1/2 Quaker Cap’n Crunch Cereal, Any – 04-17-11 RP x8/31
= 4 FREE Boxes!

WOW!!!! Stockpile price!
(Thanks, Wild for Wags!)

Upcoming Cottonelle Deal – Print Your Coupons!!

Starting Sunday 5/1 you can get a 12pk of Cottonelle for just $2.17 after coupons and Register Reward deal:


RR deal is: Get a $3 RR WYB (2) or $4 RR WYB (3) Cottonelle 12pk Toilet Paper

Cottonelle 12pks $5 Each (Buy 3)
Coupons: 50¢ manufacturer Cottonelle 4pk+ printable OR printable AND $1/1 store Cottonelle 12 roll in May Coupon Book (will take off $3)
Pay = $10.50 and get $4 RR
Final Price: $6.50 for (3) 12-packs or $2.17 each

**the new coupons from the May coupon booklet do not start until next week

OR
THIS WEEK
2- Cottonelle 12pks $5 Each
Total = $10
(2) $.50/1 Cottonelle Toilet Paper 4pk+ PRINT OR PRINT
Total = $9, Get Back $3 RR
= $3 EACH

(Thanks, Wild for Wags!)

Free Comic Book Day May 7th!


Free Comic Book Day is coming up! The first Saturday of May each year can snag you a Free Comic Book at participating locations. Just enter in your location to find a store near you who is giving them out. If you live near me, Mayhem in Ames is participating!
(Thanks, Freebie Blogger!)

U-Build Mouse Trap Game only $5.00 Shipped!


This is a GREAT price to throw in a closest or box for birthdays and other occasions where you might just suddenly need a gift idea!

Right now, Amazon has the U-Build Mouse Trap Game for only $5.00! (Normally $20) Plus, it will ship Free with 2 Day Shipping if you sign up for the Free Amazon Moms Program.

Coupon Insert Preview 5/1/11


Here is the Coupon Insert Preview for this weekend 5/1 There will be up to 5 inserts (P&G, 2 SS, RP, and Pepsico) These vary by region.

Proctor & Gamble
P&G 5/1

* Save $0.25 On any ONE Cascade 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Cascade Rinse Aid 5/31/2011
* Save $0.25 On any ONE Dawn 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Dawn PLUS 5/31/2011
* Save $0.25 On any ONE Downy Liquid Fabric Softner or Dryer Sheets 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Downy Liquid Fabric Softner or Dryer Sheets 5/31/2011
* Save $0.35 On any ONE Tide Detergent 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Tide Stain Release 5/31/2011
* Save $3.00 On any ONE Tide Stain Release 26-50 oz powder, 15-34 ct duo pac or 36-68 oz liquid 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Tide To Go 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Febreze Fabric Refresher 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Febreze Air Effects 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Febreze Noticeables Refill Pack 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Febreze Candle 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Febreze Set & Refresh 5/31/2011
* Save up to $3.29 Buy any ONE Febreze Noticeables Refill, Get any ONE Warmer FREE 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Mr. Clean Products (Liquid, Spray or Eraser) 5/31/2011
* Save $1.50 On any ONE Mr. Clean twin pack or TWO any other items (spray, liquid, eraser) 5/31/2011
* Save $2.00 On any ONE Swiffer Starter Kit 5/31/2011
* Save $0.25 On any ONE Bounty Towels or Napkins 5/31/2011
* Save $0.25 On any ONE Charmin 5/31/2011
* Save $1.50 On any ONE Pampers Diapers or Pants 5/31/2011
* Save $2.50 On any ONE Pampers Diapers or Pants 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Pampers Wipes 60ct+ 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Pampers Wipes 60ct+ 5/31/2011
* Save $1.50 On any ONE Pampers Easy Ups Trainers, UnderJams Night Wear or Splashers 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Always Pad, Clean or Feminine Cleansing Cloth 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Always Pantiliners (34 ct. or higher) 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Always Infinity 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Tampax Pearl or Tampax Pearl Compak (18 ct or higher) 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Tampax (18 ct. or higher) 5/31/2011
* Save $3.00 On any ONE Align 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Metamucil product 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Metamucil product 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Prilosec 5/31/2011
* Save $10.00 On any ONE Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express or Professional Effects Whitestrips 5/31/2011
* Save $0.75 On any ONE Crest Rinse 440mL or larger 5/31/2011
* Save $1.50 On any ONE Crest Pro-Health or Crest Sensitivity Treatment and Protection Toothpaste 4.0 oz. or larger 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any TWO Crest 4.0 oz. or larger (excludes Crest Cavity, Baking Soda, Tartar) 5/31/2011
* Save $1.50 On any ONE Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage OR any TWO Indicator OR Cavity Defense 5/31/2011
* Save $0.75 On any ONE Oral-B Satin, Glide Floss 25M or more or Glide Floss Picks 30ct or higher 5/31/2011
* Save up to $3.00 Get ONE Fixodent Cleanser FREE 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Fixodent Adhesive or Fixodent Cleanser 5/31/2011
* Save $0.50 On any ONE Herbal Essences OR Aussie product (excludes trial size) 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE CoverGirl product 5/31/2011
* Save $3.00 On any TWO Venus Disposables 2ct, 3ct, or 6ct , Simply Venus 4ct, Daisy3 4 ct or 8 ct, or Daisy 10 ct, 12 ct or 18 ct 5/31/2011
* Save $0.55 On any ONE Gillette Series Shave Preps 5/31/2011
* Save up to $4.99 Buy any ONE Gillette Bodywash, Get ONE Gillette Deodorant FREE (excluding trial size) 5/31/2011
* Save $3.00 On any TWO Pantene products (excludes trial size) 5/31/2011
* Save $4.00 Buy any ONE Secret, Olay PCC and Olay H&B together 5/31/2011
* Save up to $3.99 Buy any ONE Old Spice Bodywash, Get any ONE Old Spice Bodywash FREE (of equal or lesser value) 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any TWO Old Spice products (1.7oz or larger) 5/31/2011
* Save $1.00 On any ONE Secret 5/31/2011
* Save up to $4.00 Buy any ONE Secret Clinical Strength, Get $4 off any ONE Gillette Clinical Strength Deodorant 5/31/2011
* Save $3.00 Buy any ONE Secret Deodorant, Get $3 off any ONE Olay Bar, Body Wash, In Show Body Lotion OR Hand & Body Lotion 5/31/2011
* Save $2.00 On any ONE Nice N Easy 5/31/2011
* Save $2.00 On any ONE Natural Instincts Hair Color 5/31/2011
* Save $2.00 On any ONE Venus razor 5/31/2011
* Save $5.00 Buy any ONE Venus Cartridge, Get $5 off ONE Olay Facial Moisturizer 5/31/2011

Smart Source
SS #1 5/1

* Alpo cans $1/8 (6/13/11)
* Alpo 13.2 oz can B1G1F to $.89 (6/13/11)
* DiGiorno Small Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza 8.5-9.2 oz $1 (6/30/11)
* Lean Cuisine $1/4 (8/7/11)
* Nestle Bars, Sandwiches, Nestle Drumsticks or Push-Up Frozen Snacks 4 ct+ $1/2 (6/25/11)
* Nestle Purelife Purified Water .5 liter multi-packs (20 pack+) $1/2 (6/12/11)
* Nestle Purelife Purified Water 8 oz Multi-Packs 24 pack+ $1/2 (6/12/11)
* Purina Tidy Cat $1 (8/1/11)
* Purina Kitten Chow or Cat Chow $1 (6/26/11)
* Purina Whisker Lickins $1/2 (8/1/11)
* Purina Dog Chow or Puppy Cho 17.6 lb $1.50 (5/28/11)
* Purina Dog Chow or Puppy Chow 4.4 lb $1 (5/28/11)
* Purina Moist & Meaty 54 oz+ $1 (6/13/11)
* Purina Mighty Dog 12 cans or 12 count variety pack $2 (6/20/11)
* Purina T Bonz or Purina Tiny T Bonz $1 (8/1/11)
* Purina Beneful Snackin Slices $1 (8/1/11)
* Purina Busy $1 (8/1/11)

SS #2 5/1

* Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot, etc. (6/25/11)
* Betty Crocker Supreme Brown or Dessert Bar Mix .50 (6/25/11)
* Campbell's Chunky soup $1/4 (6/12/11)
* Chex Mix or Chex 100 Calorie Snack $1/2 (6/25/11)
* Colgate Toothpaste 4 oz+ .75 (5/21/11)
* Colgate Max White Sonic Power or 360 Sonic Power Toothbrush $1 (5/21/11)
* Colgate Adult or Children's Toothbrush .75 (5/21/11)
* EggLands Best Cage Free Dozen or Organic Dozen Eggs .50 (9/30/11)
* Egglands Best Eggs .35 (9/30/11)
* Ensure 4 packs B3G1F to $8.99 (8/7/11)
* Ensure 4-pack $2 (8/7/11)
* Fiber One 90 Calorie Chewy Bars .50/2 (6/25/11)
* General Mills cereals $1/3 (6/11/11)
* Glade Plugins Scented Oil twin refill or two single refills $1 (6/11/11)
* Glucerna Shake $2 (6/26/11)
* Glucerna Bars $1.50 (6/26/11)
* Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, or Chicken Helper .75/3 (6/25/11)
* Hershey's Kisses, Reeses, Miniatures and York candy bags $1/3 (6/15/11)
* Hasbro Ratucki buy 1, get another Hasbro card game free to $5.99 (6/7/11)
* John Frieda product $1 (6/4/11)
* John Frieda Precious Foam Color $5 (6/4/11)
* John Frieda Root Awakening $3 (6/4/11)
* Nature Valley Granola Bars .50/2 (6/25/11)
* Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick .50 (5/21/11)
* Irish Spring Body Wash or 2 Multi-Bar Packs 3 pack+ .50 (5/21/11)
* Irish Spring Deodorant .50 (5/21/11)
* Palmolive Dish Liquid 20oz+ .25 (5/21/11)
* Palmolive Soft Touch Dish Liquid Only 20 oz+ .75 (5/21/11)
* Phillips Sonicare FlexCare+ or FlexCare Rechargeable Toothbrush $15 (8/31/11)
* Phillips Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush excludes Xtreme Battery $10 (8/31/11)
* Phillips Sonicare Brush Heads Multipack or Philips Sonicare Xtreme Battery Toothbrush $5 (8/31/11)

Redplum
RP 5/1

* Advantage brands $1.00/1 (8/1/11)
* Ball Park, any products $1.00/2 DND, DNT (6/4/11)
* Carolina or River Rice .50/1 (8/31/11)
* Cesar dog treats any $1.00/1 (6/12/11)
* Citrucel Bulk Fiber Therapy $1.50/1 (8/1/11)
* Dove any bag of chocolate (8.5oz – 9.5oz) $1.00/1 DND (6/12/11)
* Dove any chocolate large bars (3.3oz) $1.00/2 DND (6/12/11)
* Dove any Dovebar multipack, Dove miniatures, or Dove ice cream 8.67 fl oz or larger $1.00/1 (8/31/11)
* Dry Idea or Right Guard product product Buy One Get One FREE Up to $4.49 DND (5/31/11)
* Ecotrin Aspirin product $1.50/1 (8/1/11)
* Emerald any Breakfast on the Go! product 7.5 oz or larger $1.00/1 DND (6/11/11)
* Eucerin any hand or body product (2oz - 16.9oz) $1.50/1 (6/25/11)
* Garnier Fructis style product any $1.00/1 no trial (8/1/11)
* Garnier Frustic Shampoo, conditioner or treatment $1.00/1 no trial (8/1/11)
* Garnier Moisturizer or Treatment $2.00/1 (8/1/11)
* i-flex 120 ct $5.00/1 (5/31/11)
* Jimmy D’s any product DND, DNT $1.00/1 (6/30/11)
* Kellogg’s any Special K cereals (11.4oz or larger, any flavor, mix or match) $1.00/2 (6/12/11)
* Kellogg’s any Special K protein meal bars, protein snack bars, protein shakes and/or K2O protein water mixes (4ct or larger, any flavor, mix or match) $2.00/2 (6/26/11)
* L'Oreal Paris lip product $2.00/1 (6/26/11)
* Luigi's Real Italian ice product .50/1 (6/12/11)
* Nicorette any product (72ct or larger) $7.00/1 (6/5/11)
* Nivea Body lotion (8.4 floz - 16.9 fl oz ) $1.00/1 (6/5/11)
* Nivea Sun-Kissed Gradual Tanner (6.7 fl oz - 8.4 fl oz) $2.00/1 (6/5/11)
* Noxzema Spa Shave 4-blade shaver 4-pack, Super Smooth Triple blade shaver 4-pack or larger, Premium-pivot twin blade 12 pack OR Bikini shaver 3 pack $2.00/1 (6/30/11)
* Os-Cal Calcium supplement $1.50/1 (8/1/11)
* Pedigree any Goodbites treats for dogs $1.00/1 (6/12/11)
* Pedigree any bag of new food for dogs (8.8lbs or larger) $2.00/1 (6/5/11)
* Pedigree any canned food for dogs (13.2oz) Buy THREE get ONE FREE up to $1.09 (6/5/11)
* Pedigree any Dentastix treats for dogs $1.00/1 (6/12/11)
* Pure Protein drink or powder $1.00/1 (6/26/11)
* Pure Protein Bars $1.00/2 (6/26/11)
* Purex Complete Crystals softener $1.00/1 (6/12/11)
* Purex Laundry Detergent (50 oz - 100 oz) no trial $1.00/1 (6/12/11)
* Purex laundry detergent 150oz or larger no trial $3.00/1 (6/12/11)
* Superpretzel Pretzel dogs product .50/1 (6/12/11)
* Tabasco brand of family flavor any size-flavor .50/1 DND (6/12/11)
* Temptations any new mixups treats for cats $1.00/1 (6/12/11)
* Zyrtec Adult any 12 ct or larger $3.50/1 (6/30/11)
* Zyrtec Adult any 24 ct or larger $4.00/1 (6/30/11)

Pepsico
Moments to Save $20 Savings

* $2 wyb 3 Life, Quaker Oatmeal squares, Cap'n Crunch Careal 12-24 oz, or Tropicana pure premium and Trop50 59oz or larger
* Free 32 oz Gatorade WYB 1 Gatorade Prime and 1 recover
* Free Pepsi Max 2-ltr WYB Tostitos Chips (9oz or larger) and Tostitos Dip 15oz
* $1 Tostitos Tortilla chips 9oz or larger or any Tostitos Dip 15oz or larger any
* $2 any 2 Pepsi Brand 18pck, 20 pk, or 24 pk 12 oz cans
* $2/2 Lipton 12 pks any
* $2/2 Frito Lay 22ct Multipacks any
* $2/2 Starbucks Frappuccino or Double SHot 4pks
* .55/2 Quaker Quakes Rice Snacks 3oz or larger
* $1 Propel or Propel Zero 6pk
* $1.50 any 5 Sobe 20oz
* $2/2 Lays Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, Sunchips, or Rold Gold Prezels 8.5oz
* Free Siera Mist Natural wyb any Sunchips or Lays Kettle Chips 8.5 oz or larger

Aldi deals beginning 4/27


Here are the best deals at Aldi for the upcoming week.

Remember you will need a Quarter if you need a cart and bring your own bags because Aldi does not provide bags. They also don’t accept coupons, but they offer some great deals.

L'Oven Fresh Plain English Muffins $0.99

Berryhill Pancake Syrup $1.49

Breakfast Best Brown & Serve Sausage Patties $0.89

MamaCozzi's Pizza Kitchen : Spinach & Goat cheese pizza $2.99

Cooper's Onion Petals $1.79

Breakfast Best French Toast Bites 14oz $1.99

Cantaloupe $.99 each

Strawberries $1.29 each

Mangos $.89 each

Avacados $.89 each

Bananas $.44/lb

Fareway Deals beginning 4/26/11


Fareway accepts internet printables, and allow stacking (one store & one Manufacturer coupon per item). Here are some of the best deals I see this week.

Remember Fareway will also match local competitors ads. You must have ad in hand when you are at the store.

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 4/$4
With in ad coupon (must purchase 4)
$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 4/17/2011 SS Insert (exp 6/11/2011)
$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks
$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks (exp 5/5/2011)
$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 3/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
Buy 4 use in ad coupon, & (2) $0.50 coupons
Pay $0.75 a box

Act II Popcorn 3 pack $0.99
$0.55/1 Act II Microwavable Popcorn 2/27/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/29/2011)
$0.44 after coupon

Van Camps Pork and Beans 3/$1
With in ad coupon (must purchase 3)

Fareway Shredded Cheese 8oz $1.77

Glacier Clear Water 24 Pack $2.99

Frito Lay Tostitos 2/$4

Regular or Diet Pepsi or Mtn Dew 12packs 3/$9
With in ad coupon

Fareway Peanut Butter 18 oz Jar $0.99

Fareway Grape Jelly 18 oz Jar $0.99

Hunt's Manwich $0.99

Knorr Pasta, Noodle,or Rice Side Dishes 10/$10
$1/3 Knorr Rice and Pasta Sides
$0.67 after coupon

Old el Paso Refried beans $0.99
$0.60/2 Old El Paso Products
$0.70 each after coupon

Old El Paso Seasoning Mix $0.77
$0.60/2 Old El Paso Products
$0.47 each after coupon

Wishbone or Western Salad Dressing $1.77

Pillsbury Angel Food Cake Mix $1.49

Aunt Jemima Syrup 2/$5

Tom Toms Toaster Pastries $0.99

Kellogg's Cereal 2/$4
$1/2 Kellogg's Krispies Cereal 4/17/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/29/2011)
$1/3 Kellogg's Cereals 4/17/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/29/2011)
$0.70/1 Kellogg's FiberPlus Cereal 4/17/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/29/2011)
$1/2 Kellogg's Rice or Cocoa Krispies Cereals
$1/2 Kellogg's All Bran, Crispix, or Corn Flakes
$1/3 Kellogg's Cereals
Kellogg's Corn Flakes Cereals $1/2 Kelloggs (exp 5/10/2011)
$1.50/3 Kellogg's Cereal 4/10/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/22/2011)
$0.70/1 Kellogg's Cereals 3/27/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/8/2011)
$1/2 Kellogg's Cereals 3/27/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/8/2011)
$1/1 Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Fruit printable (No Longer Available)

Folgers Coffee $2.99
$1/1 Folgers Coffee 4/10/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/14/2011)
$1.50/2 Folgers AND International Delight Products All You Apr 2011 (exp 5/31/2011)
$1.50/2 Folgers Instant AND International Delight 3/6/2011 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
$1/1 Folgers Coffee
As low as $1.99 after coupon

Pepsi or Mtn Dew 2 Ltr $.89

Kleenex Facial Tissue $0.99
$0.50/2 KLEENEX Facial Tissue uprights All You Apr 2011 (exp 6/25/2011)

Ball Park Franks 2/$5
$0.55/1 Ball Park Product
$1/1 Ball Park Product
$0.75/2 Ball Park Products 3/27/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/25/2011)
$0.55/1 Ball Park Angus Product 3/27/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/25/2011)
$1/2 Ball Park Product 3/27/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/25/2011)
As low as $1.50 after coupon

Thick Cut Iowa Pork Chops $2.49 lb

Jack's Original Pizza 4/$10

Breyers Ice Cream $3.48

Fareway Cottage Cheese 24oz $1.49
With in ad coupon

Florida Natural Orange Juice 89 oz $3.99

Fareway String Cheese 12 oz $2.99

Idaho Russet Potatoes 5 lb $1.69

Green Bell Peppers 3/$1

Kiwi Fruit 4/$1

Tasty Cantaloupe $1.88

Broccoli Crowns $0.99 lb

Hy-vee deal match-ups 4/26-5/2!



Here is our first deals Match-Up!!! Below are the best deals I see at Hy-Vee this week. Remember this is not the full ad. This sale runs 4/26 – 5/2 depending on your area. Head to Hy-Vee to see the full ad

Also, check your local store, but the first Wednesday of the month typically offer a 10% bag sale in the Health market. This is a great time to get those gluten free products! Some stores have full store brown bag deals, ask at customer service. Each stores Brown bags sales are different so check with your store!

Plus, Hy-Vee has a mobile-phone couponing initiative called “Now Wows.” NOWWOWS are incredible Hy-Vee coupons sent to your mobile phone. You’ll never know when you will get a NOWWOW so stay alert! Text NOWWOWS to 49833 (HYVEE) or visit HERE to sign up today and for full terms and conditions.

Don’t forget you will get a $0.05 bag credit for each reusable bag you bring in!

BEST DEALS:

Heinz Tomato Ketchup, 40 oz. -$1.99
-$2 Heinz Ketchup Facebook Coupon (No Longer Available)
FREE after coupon!!!! WOW!

Dole Premium Classic Salads, select varieties, 9 to 12 oz. 4/$5
$1 Dole Salad printable coupon (No Longer Available)

$0.25 each after coupon if included!
Snickers Peanut Butter Squared, 1.78 oz 4/$2
Purchase 4 Snicker's Peanut Butter Squared 1.78 oz. Receive 2 free. Purchase of 4 required. (in ad coupon)
B2G1 Mars Peanut Butter Products, Select 3/27/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/22/2011)

Buy 6 Use in ad coupon & 2 Manufacturers coupons
Pay $0.17 Each after coupons

Pepsi Products 12 Pack 3/$9
Get 1 Pepsi 12 Pack Free wyb 2 Palermos Primo Thin, naturally rising, organic or hand tossed pizzas select varieties, 14.75 to 32.25 oz. (limit 1) In ad coupon
B1G1 Palermo’s Pizza
$1/2 Palermo's Pizza
$1/2 Palermo’s Premium Pizzas printable

Use BOGO Pizza Coupon and In Ad coupon.
Pay for 1 Pizza and get 2 liter & other pizza free!
Duracell Batteries AA 20CT BOGO (NPL)
$1.50/1 Duracell Products 4/3/2011 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2011)

Maruchan Ramen, select varieties. 2.25 oz. 3/$1
$0.50/1 Maruchan Yakisoba 3/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 5/31/2011)
Free after coupon if included

Knorr Sides, select varieties, 4 to 5.8 oz. 10/$10
$1/3 Knorr Rice and Pasta Sides
$0.67 each

Tony's Crispy Crust, Pizza For One or Larry's Potatoes, select varieties, 5.51 to 10.42 oz. 10/$10
$0.50/2 Tony's Pizza 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
$0.50/2 Tony's Pizza 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
$1/2 Tony's Original Crust Pizza 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
$1/2 Tony's Pizzas
$0.50 each after coupon

Michelina's Entrees, authentico, traditional, lean or budget gourmet. select varieties, 4.5 to 9 oz. 10/$10
$1/5 Michelina’s Entree or Snacker Products
$1/5 Michelina's Traditional or Authentico Product
$1/5 Michelina's Lean Gourmet Product
$0.80 each after coupon

Bar 'S' Jumbo Franks 16 oz. and Bologna 12oz $0.88
$1/2 Bar-S Product printable
Buy 2 pay $0.38 each

Purina ONE Beyond Dog Food, 3.5 lb $5.98
$2/1 Purina ONE Brand beyOnd Dog Food 4/17/2011 SS Insert (exp 5/16/2011)
$2/1 Purina ONE brand beyOnd Cat Food 4/17/2011 SS Insert (exp 5/16/2011)
$3.98 after coupon

Kiwi Fruit, each 4/$1

Ataulfo Gold Mangoes, each $.88

Chilean Red Seedless Grapes, $0.99 lb.

Are free samples worth it?

Is there any value to ordering free samples? This post will alert you to the benefits of requesting free samples listed on my blog.

Free Samples

All companies want your business. They want tempt you to buy their product in any way possible. Sometimes that means offering you a free sample. Even though they are small I always sign up for them. They give me a chance to try a product I wouldn’t normally purchase. They fit in my purse or in the diaper bag perfectly, and they are awesome for travel. I have even seen posts on other blogs showcasing gift baskets made entirely of sample sized products and they turned out really nice!

They are free, it takes seconds of your time to sign up, and they usually come with coupons..what more could you ask for?!

Personal Information

Free sample request forms typically only ask for your name, address, and email. I recommend opening a Gmail account for freebie purposes; that way your personal account isn’t slammed with offers from companies. Almost every company you sign up for has a privacy policy in small type, or a box that you can uncheck so that they do not share your info. Look for these if you are concerned.

Companies getting your address could be a good thing. The amount of coupon mailers in my mailbox has increased since I began applying for these freebies!

There is also a fun trick with Gmail! If you have a gmail account you can type in your email address with a (.) anywhere in it and the email with still come to you.

For example:

* the.secrettosaving@gmail.com
* t.h.e.s.e.c.r.e.t.t.o.s.a.v.i.n.g@gmail.com
* the.secret.to.saving@gmail.com
* thesecret.tosaving@gmail.com
* Or any variation you can think of.

Why is this helpful? All of those photo offers, and freebies I post. You can sign up using your gmail variations. They will count as a new account, but the emails will all come to the same place! Pretty cool, huh?!

Company Newsletters

Signing up for company newsletters to get coupons and other freebies is a big plus in my book. They will send you recipes, coupons and other special offers. Again, I would use a special email address so your regular email address doesn't get slammed.

Most companies will send out an email monthly, some weekly. Either way, I love getting great coupons to use at the grocery store!

Review Companies

One more great way to score freebies and coupons is to sign up for these review companies. They will send you offers for freebies and coupons if you review what they send, or spread the word. These are all amazing and I belong to all of them! I have received several awesome freebies from them! Check them out!

* Vocalpoint
* Kraft First Taste
* Buzz Agent
* Viewpoints

I hope this helped open your eyes to the possibilities in the world of freebies, and offers! As always, if you have any questions just shoot me an email! I will do my best to answer!

Great American Cookies: 6 FREE Cookies or $2 Off Cookie Cake


Here's a sweet Mother's Day offer!

Get 6 FREE cookies or $2 off a Cookie Cake at Great American Cookies. Just take that coupon with you to a participating location.

Coupon expires May 8th.

Taste of Home $5 Cookbook Blowout Sale (reg. $24.99) + $1.00 Shipping!!


Shop Taste of Home is once again offering their $5 Cookbook sale, regular price on these are at least $24.99, lots of great titles, and they have added a few new titles, so do check them out. I totally stocked up last time this was available, and they are all hardcover with great quality, and they makes great gifts too!

Shipping is only $1.00

Simply use the coupon code (or suite code) 2046P at checkout to get $1 shipping

Click HERE to check this out!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Minnie’s Masquerade DVD $7.99 after Coupon


There are some great deals at Toys R Us this week including a nice deal on the Minnie’s Masquerade DVD when you stack it with the $4 Coupon on Coupons.com.

Buy 2 Disney Playhouse DVDs and save $6
Minnie’s Masquerade DVD, $14.99 Each
Buy 2 and use 2 of the $4 Minnie’s Masquerade Coupons
Save $6 Instantly
Pay just $7.99 each! Keep on and give one as a gift!

How to build a stockpile!

Stock piling means never having to pay full price again.

*Stock·pile – A supply stored for future use, usually carefully accrued and maintained.

A stockpile is simply buying more than what you need for immediate use when prices are extremely low, so that you do not have to pay full price in the future. A stockpile can help you save quite the large sum of money!

Here are my tips for stockpiling:

Buy Multiples

To start a stockpile you will need multiple coupons. In order to get multiple coupons, you will need to buy multiple Sunday newspapers, dumpster/recycle bin dive or collect coupons from your friends and family or purchase bulk coupon inserts. The general rule is one coupon per family member residing in your household, but you can do more in the beginning when building your stockpile (I generally use 5, which is one more than the number of household members.)

Wait for Sales

When items go on sale at their lowest price (rock bottom price), that is when you want to use all your coupons. Say, for instance, that laundry detergent has gone on sale for $1 and you have a $0.25 coupon and your store will triple coupons. That makes the detergent just $0.25, which is a great price. So, if you have four $0.25 coupons then you could buy four bottles and pay just $0.25 per bottle! You may not need all four bottles this week or even next week, but you will use them eventually. This way, you get to pay a rock bottom price for laundry detergent and you won’t have to pay full price for it the next time you need it. You have enough to last you until the next time it goes on sale.

Sales Cycles

Stores run sales in cycles. Everything typically goes on sale about every 8 – 12 weeks. If you buy 8 – 12 weeks worth of everything when it goes on sale, then you will have enough to last you until the next time it goes on sale. If your family goes through one container of peanut butter a week, then go ahead and buy several containers. If your family only goes through one container a month, then maybe just buy a couple containers.

Buy Only What You Like

It is very important that you only stockpile foods and products that you know your family will actually use. Don’t buy 10 boxes of cereal that your family has never tried before or it may never get eaten. If your son doesn't like a certain brand of shampoo, don’t stockpile that brand, even if it’s FREE. If you won’t use it, what’s the point? By buying it you are just preventing someone who could actually use it from buying it and taking up valuable storage space in your home.

Watch Expiration Dates

You NEED to keep an eye on expiration dates when you stockpile. It is very important to rotate your stockpile. This means you need to put the new items you purchase at the back and keep the oldest products at the front where you can get to them. Keep in mind that most items expire (including toothpaste!)

Don’t Go Overboard

It’s very tempting to buy tons and tons of products – especially when they’re free. Please remember the 8 – 12 week sales cycle. It WILL go on sale again! You don’t have to buy 72 mustards right now (everyone got upset when a fellow couponer purchased over 50 mustards on TLC's Extreme Couponers). There is no need to be a shelf-clearer. Buy a few now, then buy a few again the next time it goes on sale. If you realize you’ve accumulated too much mustard, skip a few sales or donate a few.

If you build a stockpile and carefully maintain it you can save a lot of money and always have your favorite products on hand! No more running to the store at 4am because you’ve run out of baby wipes!

Free Arbys Roast Beef Sandwich!


Sign up to the Arby’s Extras newsletter and get a coupon for a free roast beef sandwich.

The thank you message told me to look for my free coupon in my inbox within the next 24 hours!

FREE Coastal Contacts Glasses starting at 11 am cst


Coastal Contacts is giving away 10,000 FREE eyeglasses today, Tuesday April 26th, starting at 11 am CST.

You will need to go ahead and set up an account with Coastal Contacts now and get your order ready. I recommend picking out your frames and having them in checkout.

Then at 11 am cst, go to the Coastal Contacts Facebook page and click on the FREE GLASSES tab to get your code for your free glasses.

You will have to pay $14.95 shipping and handling and it is limit one per household so if you have already gotten your free pair, you won’t be eligible again. I did this back in December and I love my new glasses! :)

Giveaway: Win a $10 Burger King Gift Card! {4 Winners}


ENTER TO WIN one of four $10 Burger King Gift Cards from Baby Good Buys!

I'm thinking that this would be a FABULOUS gift card to add to my vacation fund! :) I've recently checked out for (2) $25 Gap gift cards from Huggies Gifts to Grow, (1) $5 Chili's gift card from my coke rewards, (1) $10 Chili's gift card from my points, (3) $2 CVS gift certificates from Checkpoints, (3) $5 Starbucks gift cards from an AOL online promotion and (1) $10 gift card from Recyclebank.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Why didn't my Register Reward print?

I think this is one of the most commonly asked questions about shopping at Wal-greens. We've all been there, even me! Wal-greens register rewards are really difficult to understand in the beginning! There are so many rules you have to remember, and for the beginner couponer (and sometimes experienced couponers too!) – they can really be confusing!

Here are a few common reasons for your register reward not printing:

1. You bought the wrong items. Register Rewards can be very picky! Make absolutely sure you picked up the exact size, variety and flavor featured in the ad. Sometimes more items will be included than what is pictured in the ad, but not typically. You need to buy exactly what is pictured if you plan on convincing the manager that you should have received a register reward.

2. You did not meet the purchase amount. If the register reward requires you to spend a certain amount (for example: Buy $10 worth of Pampers to receive a $5 Register Reward!) you must spend at least that amount. $9.99 is NOT the same as $10 when it comes to register rewards!

3. You used a Register Reward from the same brand. You cannot “roll” register reward deals. The register reward you use will cancel out the register reward that should print. This only applies to rewards from the same brand/company (for example you cannot use a Register Reward you received from purchasing a Procter and Gamble item towards the purchase of an additional Procter and Gamble item and expect an additional Register Reward in return.) If you use a register reward that was earned by buying a product manufactured by a completely different company, then your register reward should still print.

4. The register reward machine was not working. This actually does happen! Either the Register Rewards machine may be broken, or the Register Reward scenario is not in the system. If this happens, ask to have them re-ring your purchase at a different register.

5. You saw a black cat. You broke a mirror. You opened an umbrella inside. It's Friday the 13th. There’s a full moon. I’ll say it again: Walgreen’s register rewards can be difficult! Sometimes I am completely confused, and have absolutely no idea why my reward didn’t print!

Here are some rules to remember when using register rewards:

* You cannot have more coupons than items - register rewards are considered coupons! If you buy 2 items and plan to use 2 coupons on them, you will not be able to use a register reward also. You could, however add a very cheap item to your order, such as a pencil or 25 cent piece of candy (this is also known as a filler) to even out the item to coupon to item ratio.
* You cannot use a register reward on an item earning a register reward for the same deal. Register rewards from the same company cancel each other out. P&G makes a ton of products like Pampers and Proglide razors. If you buy Pampers and earn a register reward and you want to buy a Proglide razor and earn the register reward advertised for it, you can not use the Pampers register reward! If you do, the Proglide register reward will not print! However, you can use a register reward that was earned by buying a product from another company (such as Kimberly and Clark..aka Huggies) and the register reward will print. The Register Reward will say something like “compliments of (insert company here)” or look in the fine print for “(insert company here)”
* They expire much faster than most coupons! Two weeks is all they give you to use a register reward. If you don’t think you will be back in time to use it, go ahead and purchase something right then and use your register reward.

If you have any other questions or if this was confusing, please leave a comment with your question or send me an email! I want you to be able to shop at Walgreen’s with confidence!

Shopping at Wal-Greens

Wal-greens can be more complicated to shop than Target or Wal-Mart because of their many varieties of coupons. This guide will teach you how to shop at Wal-greens effectively.

Wal-greens Weekly Ad Coupons:
Weekly Ad Coupons are coupons found in the weekly store ad (who would have guessed?!). They usually advertise a price (Example: Nestle Candy for 39 cents) and most have a limit on how many items you can buy with the coupon (Example: limit of 6..check the fine print underneath the item to be sure). You must use the coupon in order to get the advertised coupon price. If the coupon says Nestle Candy 39¢, limit 6 then you can buy 6 Nestle candy bars and use the one coupon. Once the coupon is scanned it will subtract a certain amount that will make all 6 Nestle candy bars 39¢ a piece. Coupon etiquette would be to only purchase 6, however the register knows no limit and most cashiers aren't going to know the difference if the register doesn't beep. These coupons can be combined with all other coupons. Also, most stores don’t require you to cut them out! Just show the cashier the coupon you want to use and they will scan it or type in the coupon code.

Walgreens EasySaver Catalog Coupons:

The Walgreens EasySaver Catalog is found at the front of the store with the Walgreens Weekly Ad. The front of the booklet has Walgreens coupons called Instant Value Coupons – IVC. These coupons can be combined with manufacturer coupons. They usually have a limit of how many items you can use one coupon on but sometimes will work for more than the limit. These coupons do not have to be clipped either. *Note – these coupons do say “manufacturer coupon” but Walgreens treats them like store coupons. You CANNOT use an IVC, Wal-Green's ad coupon and manufacturer coupon towards the purchase of ONE item.

Walgreens Register Rewards:

Walgreens Register Rewards – RR – are manufacturer coupons that print out when your transaction is complete. They are coupons that are used on your next purchase. When doing a deal that earns Register Rewards you CAN use coupons! Coupons have no effect on the deal. Read THIS if your Register Reward doesn't print.

Coupon Rules:

Walgreens registers will not let you use more coupons than items purchased (excluding Walgreens Ad coupons & IVCs). You can buy 1 item, use an IVC and a manufacturer coupon and it will be fine, but if you try to use a RR too it will not let you. Add a cheap candy or pencil to your order and the register will accept the coupon. If you want to buy 1 item you cannot use 2 RRs to pay for it because the number of coupons is exceeding the number of items, however you can add a filler item (think $.10, $.25 or $.35!).

Coupon Order:

The best order to give the cashier your coupons is Manufacturer Coupons, then IVCs, then Walgreens Ad Coupons, then Register Rewards. That way there is a possibility for overage (most stores will not allow it).

The Walgreens coupon policy is now available online!



This video, originally posted on Raining Hot Coupons may help you!

Seventh Generation Diapers, $6.27 a Jumbo Pack (Including Shipping!)


Amazon has Seventh Generation Diapers marked down today! You can get 4 Jumbo Packs of Diapers for just $35.87 (Down from $42.12).

If you join Amazon Mom (Free to Join) then you can save an additional 30% when you use Subscribe and Save (You can cancel subscribe and save after your order ships) making these just $25.11 including free 2 day shipping. That works out to just $6.27 a Jumbo Pack or around $0.17 per diaper which is a great price for the Seventh Generation Brand!

20 FREE Photo Prints at Target!


Target has Photo Prints on sale for just $0.10 each this week. There is a Target coupon for $2 off 20 or more prints. That means you can get 20 prints for FREE when you use the Target Coupon.

To find this coupon quickly click on “Photo” on the left sidebar.

Possible FREE propel at Wal-Mart!


A reader alerted me that this weekend Wal-Mart was sampling the new Propel Zero. They also have this on Rollback right now for just $0.50. If you were lucky enough to get the $1/2 Propel Zero Calorie Drink in the 2/13 Smartsource insert you can grab this for FREE!

Propel Zero Singles, $0.50
$1/2 Propel Zero Calorie Drink, exp. 5-31-11 (SS 02/13/11)
FREE after Coupon!

Free Mother’s Day Cards


There are 2 Great Offers available for Mother’s Day Cards right now.

Free Mother’s Day Greeting Card from Tiny Prints
Get a Code for a Free Card on Facebook
Then Log In to Tiny Prints and Create your Mother’s Day Card
You can also try the codes: MDGIFT – MDCARD – or MDFREE at Checkout.

Free Mother’s Day Card from Shutterfly ($0.99 Shipping)
Sign Up Here and get 50 Free 4×6 Prints
Then create a Custom Mother’s Day Card and get it shipped for just $0.99! You can even have it shipped directly to the recipient.
Use the code: MOMCARD at Checkout

itsThoughtful: $5 Amazon Gift Card Mother’s Day Giveaway (200 Winners!)


In honor of Mother’s Day, itsThoughtful.com is offering up 200 FREE $5 Amazon gift cards! Through April 29th, you can head on over here to enter by adding your favorite Mother’s Day gift! itsThougthful.com will then randomly draw 200 winners from all of the eligible entries. All winners will be notified via email on itsThoughtful.com on May 7th and then all gift cards will be emailed to the winners on May 8th.
(Thanks, hip2save!)

FREE Mystic or Verspa Tan through 4/30!


Now through 4/30 at livesunless.com you can print out a voucher to get a FREE Mystic or Verspa Tan. These are the sunless tanning machines and a session in one can range up to $20.00, so to be able to get a free session is awesome! From the look of it there are A LOT of participating locations, so hopefully you can find one near you!

(Thanks, The Dealyo!)