Monday, August 31, 2009

My weekend loot

I'm pretty happy with how this week's trips to CVS and Target went. Besides the Sensodyne and Aquafresh Iso-active toothpaste CVS didn't have in stock yet, I was able to get everything I wanted for the week!

transaction #1:

Gillette Fusion Razor-8.99
Gilette men's shampoo-3.99
Glade Fragrance Reed diffuser-6.99
-2.00 razor coupon
-free shampoo coupon(4.99-yes that's right, they deducted the regular price, not the sale price for the shampoo, so an extra 1.00 taken off!)
-3.00 glade coupon
Total 9.98, paid with 10 ecbs.
Got back: 3ecbs, 1 ecb, 6.99 ecbs = 10.99 in ecbs!!

transaction #2:
1 gallon milk- 1.99
1 6pack mini Almond Joys-.77
-.50 milk coupon
total = 2.26, paid w/ 2 ecbs and .26 change (needed milk and didn't want to make a separate trip to the grocery store. We ususally buy dairy-less milk, such as almond milk or rice milk, but we made an exception this week.

And, my little transaction for my Vornado loving husband:
1 Vornado air circulator fan-26.49 (regularly 52.99!!)
used my 11 ecbs from 1st transaction and paid just 13.00 oop (out of pocket) for a 53 dollar fan! We have one in the boys' room and now one in our room and it's a great sound machine to help us sleep, plus it circulates the air in the room really well.

And on to Target. . .I did my Target shopping trip after dropping my husband and oldest son off at the park to set up their kites to go kite flying :)

In my 20 minute shopping trip I rounded up:
2 boxes Special K crackers
2 boxes Special K chocolate pretzel bars
subtotal - 14.56
-(2) .75/1 box bars q
-(2) .50/1 Target Special K snack coupons
-(2) 1.00/1 Special K crackers q
-(2) .50/1 Target Special K snack coupons)

New Total- 4.06, received 5.00 gift card for promotional offer!

Transaction #2:
Huggies Jumbo pack diapers - 8.99
Boost Kid Essentials drink - 7.99
Motts Apple Juice - 1.83
Hefty 1 zip bags .97
-1.50 Target huggies q
-1.50 manuf. huggies q
-1.00 Hefty q
- 5.00 Boost manuf. q
-2.00 Target Boost q
Total w tax= 9.48- 5.00 gift card = 4.48 out of pocket!!!!

After our quick Target trip, off we went to have a fun evening of kite flying at the park. Can't get much better than that!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Emailing companies really does work!


I took some advice from some other coupon bloggers and emailed Johnson & Johnson ( telling them I was interested in one of their new products yet my Sunday newspaper was excluded from the coupon they provided that week.
I received a reply today and this is what the nice lady at SC Johnson and Company said:

We appreciate your interest in our Fragrance Collection by Glade® soy candle.

I'm sorry the coupon was not found in your Sunday's newspaper. We would like you to be able to try this product so I'm mailing you a free coupon.(bolded that myself) :)

Talk about customer service!! I'm so excited to get my free soy candle now :)

On the email subject, I also received a shipment notice from the Dr. Pepper company informing me that my free bottle of Venom Bite energy drink that I signed up for last week is on it's way! Click on the link to get your free bottle, too! Free chocolate, free energy drink, free candle, almost free cereal . . .Hooray for free fridays!

Super Safeway Trip

Remember how I posted my anticipated Safeway cereal deal on Wednesday? Well I finally made it to the store today for a quick trip and my deal ended up being even sweeter, because I realized that Kashi's Honey Sunshine cereal was included in the cereal deal. Here's how it went:

Post Honey Bunches of Oats=3.00
Post Honey Bunches of Oats=3.00
Special K Blueberry= 3.00
Kashi Honey Sunshine=3.00
Kix cereal = 2.50
- 5.00 off when you buy 5 cereals (store promotion)
-3.00 Free Kashi Honey sunshine coupon from Vocalpoint
-1.00 Special K blueberry coupon here
-.75 Kix coupon here
-2.00 Post HBO coupon here
-2.00 Post HBO coupon here
Total = .75 or .81 with tax =
16 cents per box!!!!!!
During that trip I also got 2 free bags of salad, some bananas, apples, avocados (with a .50 coupon), and an eggplant for a veggie lasagna I'm making tonight. I also used a 1.00 off total purchase coupon I had from buying 2 single servings of shells and cheese (had a BOGO coupon so got both for .60 each) during a previous trip.

My total: 7.05 for everything pictured!

Super Sweet Friday!!

Today is Mars Chocolate Relief Act day, which means you can get a coupon for a FREE candy bar from the Mars chocolate company!! Click here to see if you're one of the first 250,000 for today. And remember, it's only on fridays that they do this giveaway, so go sign up now!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Old Navy weekly

Don't forget, today is Thursday which means Old Navy should be changing their weekly coupon hunt page and resetting the coupons. This could be your lucky night to get 75.00 off 100.00 purchase and give you a jump start on Fall clothing! Click here for the link.

Also, this Saturday they will be continuing their 1 day deals. This time it is Buy 1 pair of jeans @ 19.00, get a free graphic print tee(I'm eying their sweetheart skinny jeans to go with a cute pair of boots:) And, for cardholders, the Stuff and Save 20% event starts this weekend too!

Free Eos Organic Lip Balm

Click here for your free Eos Organic lip balm. Got this deal from Christina over at "A day in the life". Thanks Christina! And hurry, this freebie is only for the first 50,000 people to sign up for the freebie.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Safeway Deals for the day

I will most likely update this in a little bit, but I couldn't pass up mentioning a great cereal deal Safeway has right now.

They are advertising Buy5 Save $5 mix and match cereal deal. Post Honey Bunches of Oats and Kashi Go Lean Crunch and 7 grain puffs are included in the deal. If you buy 5 boxes the price of HBO's and Go Lean Crunch are 2.00, 7 grain puffs are 1.00. Print (2) 2.00 coupons for HBO here.
If you don't have any other Kashi q's in your coupon library, you can print some here: for 1.50 off two. Your deal will look like this:

(2) Post HBO = 4.00
2 Kashi Go Lean = 4.00
1 Kashi 7 grain puffs = 1.00
- 4.00 HBO coupons
-1.50 Kashi coupon
______________total = 3.50 for 5 boxes of cereal, or .70per box! Not bad.

NOW, if you've been stocking up on your coupons or if you've been a Vocalpoint member and have hung on to some of your Kashi coupons, this is what your deal could look like:

(2) Post HBO = 4.00
2 Kashi Go Lean = 4.00
1 Kellogg's frosted mini wheats = 1.50
-4.00 HBO coupons
-2.00 Go Lean Crunch coupons
-.75 Kellogg's mini wheats coupon = 2.75/5= .55 per box!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Target Baby Coupons

Click here to go to Target's new baby coupons, which include 1.00 off 2 Gerber graduatess, .75 off Earth's Best toddler cereal or snack, 2.00 off California Baby product, 1.00 off Aveeno baby product (pair with a 2.00 off any Aveeno product here to score a really good deal . . .just click on the lower left corner where it says 2.00 off coupon by the moisturizer. It's really good on any Aveeno product), and many more great coupons! Remember, you can use both a store coupon AND a manufacturer's coupon for 1 item!!

O.K., here's the list of available coupons:
Here's the list of available Target coupons:
  • $1.50 off jumbo pack or larger Huggies diapers
  • $1 off jumbo pack or larger Luvs diapers
  • $2.50 off purchase of both Pampers diapers or training pants and wipes
  • $.75 off Earth's Best toddler cereal or snack
  • $1 off purchase of two Gerber Graduates fruit juice, treats, Healthy Meals, Fruit Twists, or granola
  • $1 off purchase of two Gerber Graduates Yogurt Melts, Mini-Fruits, Crunchies or Puffs
  • $2 off 6-pk Boost Kids Essentials nutritional drinks
  • $2 off 16 oz or larger Similac powder infant formula
  • $2 off Enfamil 23 oz or larger Enfamil or Next Steps in 12 oz or larger Nutramigen
  • $1 off Aveno baby toiletry (excludes trial size)
  • $1 off Burt's Bees Baby Bee toiletry
  • $2 off California Baby shampoo or bubble bath
  • $1 off Desitin Diaper Rash ointment (excludes trial size)
  • $1.50 off Huggies 184 ct or larger Huggies baby wipes
  • $1 off Johnson's baby toiletry (excludes trial size)
  • $.75 off Kandoo toddler toiletry or wipes
  • $1 off Gerber feeding accessory
  • $1 off Gerber onesies or layette
  • $2 off Medela accessory purchase of $9.99 or more (excludes breast pumps)
  • $1 off 2-pk 9 oz Platex insulator cups
You can print these coupons as many times as you need. The Target coupons expire September 5.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Old Navy Reminder

Thursday nights Old Navy resets their coupon page and you can have a chance at some great coupons, up to 75.00 off 100.00 purchase! Go to their main page ( and click on the upper righthand corner where it says Old Navy I scored a $20 off $50 purchase but am holding out for a better one! Hope I get one tonight! Look around 7pm, that's the general time they reset the site. And do it quickly . . .the coupons go fast!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Check out Becentsable

BeCentsable is a great site to get coupons from, read about grocery deals at various stores, and learn how to stretch a buck. You can check them out here/
They're currently giving their website a makeover of sorts, and doing workshop giveaways to celebrate!

Kashi Coupon alert

If you signed up to be a member of Kashi, you can now print another 1.50/1 box of their Honey Sunshine Cereal! Even though I have cereal coming out my ears, I won't pass up Kashi deals because they're so healthy and my little guy loves their cereal.

New EverSave coupons

Click here to get some new coupons from Eversave/Smartsource. You can sign up for Eversave and get frequent emails on coupon deals sent directly to you if you'd like.

Savemart Deals

Savemart Deals:

Just a few good deals that might make you wanna make a quick pit stop there:

Organix Hair Care BOGO
I've been seeing promo tags on their bottles for a mail in rebate, so if these
tags are indeed on the bottles there or if you have a rebate tag from Walgreen's
or CVS, you can get 2 bottles FREE!

Sunny Select Mac & Cheese 2/$1

Cheez-It, Wheatables, Special K crackers 3/$5
Print a .75/1 coupon here
Final price = .92 each if you can print 3 coupons

more deals coming!

Safeway shopping day!!

Here are the Safeway deals I've found while browsing through the paper today:

Nectarines- .69/lb
logal ORGANIC(!)seedless red grapes- .89/lb
local ORGANIC broccoli- .99/each
local ORGANIC heirloom tomatoes-2.79/lb

Post fruity or cocoa pebbles 1.99 each
use 1.00/2 from 7-26-09 SS
final price = 1.50 each (not great, but not bad either)

Post Honey Comb-.99 with club card and in ad coupon
use 1.00/2 from 7-26-09 SS
final price = .98 each!

Safeway brand hotdog or hamburger buns-1.19/ea

Electrasol 75 oz liquid or 15 to 20 ct. tablets- 3.49 with club card and coupon in ad
use .50/1 printable coupon found here
final price - 2.99

Airwick scented refills 2.49 each after in ad coupon and club card
use .50/1 coupon printed from same link listed above
final price- 1.99

Safeway Select or Eating Right meals-5/10
final price =2.00 each

Lucerne large eggs 18 ct - 1.49 w/ card and in ad coupon

Kraft Handi-Snacks (looks like 6 count) - .99 each!!

Kraft Easy Mac single servig - .69 each

Safeway 100% orange juice (1/2 gallon)- 1.77

Monster Energy Drink - 1.49
use 1.00/1 from coupon tearpad if you have it
final price - .49

Contessa frozen shrimp-3.99/11-12 oz bag with club card and in ad coupon

Safeway chicken nuggets or strips - 3.99 each

Safway English Muffins -.99 with club card and in ad coupon

Iceberg Lettuce - .49 each (not quite the .33 each from Savemart last week, but not bad :)

Safeway brand breads- 1.49 each!

Will post a few great Savemart and Raleys' deals worth mentioning in a little while . . .

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Target's Current Coupons

All of my friends know that I love me some Target, even MOREso when I can use coupons to get great deals! Here are Target's current coupons. Log onto (or click here for a shortcut and go to the Target forum to find out how to use these coupons and get even more bang for your buck.

Gymboree Sale coming up!

Annnnnd, if you're a die-hard Gymboree fan, their circle of friends sale starts Thursday:

Crazy8 clothing coupons

Charlene over at My Frugal Adventures found that has posted a great 25% off coupon code for Crazy8 clothing, which is Gymboree's less expensive sister store. The Friends and Family coupon is good for 25% off your purchase August 20 (Thursday) through August 23. Just use code CZYEMAIL or print out the coupon and take it to your local store. Free shipping on orders of $75 or more or a flat $5 for orders less than 75 bucks. Click here to visit Crazy8's clothing website

Monday, August 17, 2009

CVS this week

So here's my breakdown of my CVS trip from yesterday:

Transaction #1:
2 Composition books= 1.98
get 1.98 ecbs
final price = free

Blink tears (like Visine) 7.99
- (3.00 q)
get 7.99 ecbs
final price= $3 money maker

2 pencil boxes 3.98 (as advertised in ad)
get 3.98 ecbs
final price=free

1 Johnson & Johnson 1st aid kit .99 - (1.00 q)
1 Johnson & Johnson 1st aid kit .99 -(1.00 q)
get 2.00 ecbs
final price - $2 money maker

2 paper refill 1.98
get 1.98 ecbs
final price = free

Emeral nuts trail mix pack 1.00

I also used a $4 off $20 purchase coupon, and
I used 13.99 in ECBs I already had. So after all my coupons
my subtotal was -.04. I had to pay tax. That's it. And I got back 18.00
in ECBs.

Transaction #2 (the one I was really excited about)

1 Loreal advanced revitalizer wrinkle repair 14.99
1 Loreal revitalizer facial cleanser 5.99
- 5.00 printable coupon available here
-4/20 coupon available in CVS's coupon booklet from the pharmacy in back
-1.00 printable coupon available from their website as well. (link is posted above). When you click on the link above, just go to the lower left corner where it says "special offers and savings" and print out the 5.00 and 1.00 coupons.
Subtotal after coupons= 10.98. I paid with the ecbs I made in the previous transaction :).
SO, got it all FREE!!
(Well, again I paid tax (1.40) out of pocket because I didn't want to waste a 2.00 ecb that I have for 1.40 of tax.)

For those of you who don't collect the weekly coupon inserts from newspapers ,this is still a good deal for you to get in on because the coupons are printables from Loreal's website. Then, you get some good skincare stuff and you get in on the ecb action. A great place to start.

AND, I still have 20.00 in ecbs for my next purchases.

And c'mon, WHO doesn't want FREE skincare products? Who doesn't want to prevent wrinkles? Maybe I'm slightly obsessed with taking good care of my skin, but so be it. I will do everything I can (within frugal limits!) to take good care of my skin and what better way to do it than free? :)

Also, you might be asking "What does she need all those school supplies for?" I don't need them. Well, some of them I keep for my son's craft projects but most of them I donate to local schools and have them give them to whatever kids are in need at their school. It's my way of being able to donate to the community but do it within my family's budget.

So there you have it. My CVS trip for the week.

Stay tuned for my Kmart deal I did today!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Free Emergen-C sample

Cold season is just around the corner. How about boosting your immune system with a free sample of Emergen-C? Click here to take advantage of Walmart's freebie offer. It's their new Cherry-pomegranate flavor.

Also, stay tuned to see the great deals I put together for CVS!! Hint: you can score some realllllly cheap Loreal skincare products. AND, if you haven't gotten in on the great CVS deals yet but you've been wanting to, now's the time. You can spend a minimal amount out of pocket, score some great stuff, and be well on your way to stocking up on some ECB's (Extracare Bucks, like cash at CVS).

Friday, August 14, 2009


Today my savings adventure comes in the form of canning my own peaches. Some friends and I took our kids to Chico State's peach orchard yesterday and I picked a daintly load of 11 lbs of peaches. Today I went to Winco and picked up my mason jars for 6.02. After I make the peaches I'll figure out how much per jar they ended up costing. Stay tuned for pictures and results!

CVS deals for week of 8/16

Thanks to Seedlady over at my favorite coupon forum, you can get a sneak preview on the deals to be had a CVS next week. If you want to get into couponing and haven't already, CVS is a great place to get deals at. Go and sign up for an Extra Care card (not a credit card, just their store's club card, like a Safeway card). When you have an Extra Care card, you can buy items and get ExtraCare bucks (ecbs), which are like cash towards your next purchase. Paired with coupons, you can get deals where you actually make money by buying them!

Week of 8/16 CA ad
3-Day Sale:
1.29ECB wyb Ice Breakers Ice Cube sugar free gum 10ct.
no coupon
2.00ECB wyb Dibs 4oz, Nestle or Haagen-Dazs ice cream singles 3-7oz
tearpad coupon

2.00ECB wyb Xtra 2X laundry detergent 28 loads
no coupon
9.99ECB wyb Physicians Formula Plump Potion Mascara
4.00ECB wyb Aquafina or Pepsi 12pk 4/$12
FAECB: (limit 2) filler paper 0.99 and Paper Mate pens 10pk 0.99
no coupon
Ladies Fleece Robe $40 value Now $5
$2/10, $3/15 house brand oar

ECB deals:
2.00ECB wyb any (2) Band-Aid Brand bandages 6-100ct, J&J Red Cross products or any Neosporin products Limit 5
08-02-09 SS,06-28-09 SS, 05-17-09 RP

7.99ECB wyb Blink Tears drops 0.5oz or gel 0.34oz
08-02-09 RP

10.00ECB wyb $20 Lysol, Resolve, Electrasol, Woolite or Airwick products
08-09-09 SS, 07-12-09 SS

1.00ECB wyb Cascade gel or powder 45oz 2.99
no coupon
3.00ECB wyb Cottonelle dbl roll or Charmin big roll 20pk 12.99
07-26-09 SS, 07-26-09 SS, 08-02-09 PG, 06-21-09 SS

1.00ECB wyb Colgate Max tp/tb 2.99
07-26-09 SS

2.00ECB wyb Pantene, Herbal Essences or Head & Shoulders 5.99
08-09-09 RP, 08-02-09 PG, 07-26-09 RP

5.00ECB wyb $15 Garnier Nutritioniste, Fructis, Nutrisse or 100% Color
10.00ECB wyb L’Oreal Advanced Revitalift Deep Set Wrinkle Repair and a cleanser Limit 2
5.00ECB wyb (2) L’Oreal EverPure shampoo/conditioner 1.7-8.5oz
5.00ECB wyb $15 Nivea or Eucerin Skin Care
3.00ECB wyb $10 Pantene Pro-V
2.00ECB wyb multipacks of Crest tp, Glide floss, Fixodent, or Oral-B tb
1.00ECB wyb Listerine 1L 3.99
1.00ECB wyb Milk 1gal 2.29
3.00ECB wyb Bausch & Lomb ReNu Multiplus solution twin pk, or Alaway eye itch relief 12.99
5.00ECB wyb $25 AMC Entertainment Card Limit 2

thanks to socalcheapskate @ afc

Old Navy $2 Tanks!!!

Tomorrow, Saturday August 14th, Old Navy is having a sale on their signature tanks. Score a tank or two for just 2.00 each!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Old Navy Coupons

Every week Old Navy posts a new picture with hidden coupons on their website. If you get there in time, you can score some sweet coupons, such as 75.00 off a 100.00 purchase or 50.00 off 100.00. Other coupons include 20% off, 15% off, etc. The rumor is that they reset the website on Thursday evenings. Click here to check it out and look for your super coupon!

**Edited to add: If you move the girls blue headband from one picture with the headband to the picture of her that doesn't have the headband you can score a 10.00 off 50.00 purchase, perfect for back to school shopping!

Free Burger Hut burger

Head over to Burger Hut next weekend and enjoy one of their tasty hamburgers for free! Just click here and print out the coupon to take in.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Great Kmart Deals this weekend

Charlene from has posted some great finds at Kmart this weekend. Kmart is running a program where they will double your coupons, which never happens to us Californians! Here are some previews:

Free Stuff!!

Scotch Pop Up Tape Dispenser $2.39-3.99
Use $2/1 printable HERE
Final Price: FREE- Don't forget the free sack HERE when you purchase 4 products
Playtex Gloves $1.79
Use $1/1 from 6/28 SS
Final Price: FREE
Ajax Dish Soap $1.99
Use $1/1 printable HERE (85712)
Final Price: FREE
Renuizit Spray $1.89
Use $1/1 from 7/19 SS
Final Price: FREE
Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal 4/$11
Use $2/1 printable HERE (if your store has pecan flavor)
Final Price: FREE
Smart Water $1
Use $1/2 from 6/21 SS (expires 8/20)
Final Price: 2 for FREE
Starbucks Double Shot $2
Use $1/1 from 6/21 SS
Final Price: FREE
{Health and Beauty Aids}
Visine Products $3.99
Use $2/1 from 8/2 SS
Final Price: FREE
Softsoap Body Wash $3.99 (incudes the new NutriSerum)
Use $2/1 printable HERE (45435)
Final Price: FREE
Ban Deodorant $2
Look for $1 peelies on the front of the product
Final Price: FREE
Reach Toothbrushes 2pk $2.99
Use $2/1 from 6/14 SS
Final Price: FREE
Vaseline Lotions $3
Use $1.50/1 from 8/2 RP
Final Price: FREE (not everyone got the $1.50 coupon)
Irish Spring Body Wash $3.99
Use the $2/1 printable HERE (45435)
Final Price: FREE
Dove Ultimate Deodorant $3.99
Use $2/1 printable HERE
Final Price: FREE

Dove Visably Smooth Deodorant $3.99
Use $2/1 printable HERE
Final Price: FREE

Tag Body Spray $3.99
Use $2/1 from 8/2 P&G
Final Price: FREE

Woodcase pencils
click here for coupon
Final price: FREE

American Fare Cran Juice
Free when you click here for coupon

American Fare Microwave popcorn
Free when you click here as well and print coupons

**SS= Smartsource coupon insert from Sundays newspapers. The date of the newspaper the coupon was in is listed as well (i.e. 6/28= june 28th's newspaper)
**RP = RedPlum coupon insert from newspaper.
**if you see a bunck of numbers listed, like (85712), when you click on the link to the coupon site, that's the area code you enter in order to be able to print the coupon.

Check out to find out more great deals, or if you need more explanation . . .she has a great tutorial there.

Special Savemart trip

I think I may scratch a few items off my Safeway list and head over to Savemart for some extra savings on the way home from Safeway. My list will look like this:

EarthGrains Bread 2.49
use .55/1 coupon
final price 1.94

Bananas .49/lbx2= .98

Iceberg Lettuce 3/.99 --will make Iceberg wedge salads with Buttermilk herb dressing from Cooking Light's August issue. Click here for the recipe.
use 1.00 produce q wyb(when you buy) Earthgrains bread
final price: free

Prawn's 4.99 lb x 1 = 4.99--will make Cooking light's Jerk Shrimp recipe to go with my wedge salad. Click here for the recipe

Might buy my ground turkey and/or ground chuck from here, depending on Safeway's prices.

My total should be about 8.00, I'll be getting free lettuce, and I'll shave off almost 11.00 at Safeway (6.99 shrimp, 2.49ish bread, 1.44 bananas)

Grocery Day

I try and do my grocery shopping on Wednesdays, because that's when all the grocery store sale ads come out each week. If you don't get the paper, you can look at them online, just go to, or,, you get the idea. I don't usually shop at Savemart, but they have some good deals this week which I'll post about a little later.

Here's what my Safeway list is looking like right now. Oh, and I should just put it out there that while many blogs will post about fabulous deals on fruit snacks and packaged or processed foods, I try and limit my house's intake of that stuff, so while I may post about a few deals of that nature, most of the time I will bypass them and save my money by making healthful snacks myself or sticking with the good 'ol fashioned snack of fruits or veggies (carrots with peanut butter, anyone? ;) I will also spend more money on fish and fresh meats because I think it's important to eat nutritiously, not just cheap.

Safeway 8/12

General Mills Cheerios and Nature Valley Granola bars 4/$6

buy 2 cereal
buy 2 granola bars (one of them the nut clusters if part of deal)
use coupons:
1.00/1 nut clusters (if part of deal) from
1.00/2 General Mills cereals from,(click on link above)
.40/1 Nature Valley granola bar (
final price: .90 each!

Van de Kamp's fish portions
use 3.00 coupon from

Fresh Express Complete Salad Kit BOGO (buy one get one free) 4.29
*use $2.00/2 coupon from tearpad I previously got at a grocery store-savemart in Tahoe I think
final price: 2.29 for 2

Kraft salad dressing 2/5.00
-1.00 Kraft q
final price: 2/4.00**see note by produce

1 lb Large Raw Shrimp 6.99

Earth Grain's 100% Natural Wheat Bread
use .55 coupon
**see note by produce

Bananas .77/lb (not great, but not going to Winco just for 'nanas)
nectarines, 1.49/lb
use 1.00 off produce coupon from Kraft's 1.00 off produce when you buy 2 dressings coupon
use 1.00 off produce coupon from EarthGrain's 1.00 off produce when you buy their bread

ground chuck 1 lb
**see cheese coupon below

Jenni O's turkey, b1g1f
use 2.00 off fresh meat when you buy 3 kraft products coupon (traded from Hot coupon world)

parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese
use .55 coupon from buy fresh beef, get .55 off real CA cheese

price check :
laughing cow cheese (use 1.00/produce q if I buy that)
Buitoni ready pasta (use 1.00/q)
Kellogg's cereals
If Kellogg's cereals are on sale, I can pair the sale price with (2) .75/1 box of mini wheats cereals, 1.00/2 Kellog's Special K cereals, and the Kellogg's Fuel for school 10.00 rebate you get when you buy 10 kellog's products in 1 transaction. I could score some free juice that way with my 2.00 off Ocean Spray juice when you buy 2 Kellog's mini wheats cereal coupon I have.

OK, that's my main list. I may supplement with more items if I spot some great deals. I think I should spend about 35.00 for this week's groceries. Not too bad.

Please feel free to post comments, recipes, suggestions, etc. anytime you like!!

Oh, and while you're on, don't forget to print your Kashi coupons out to use them at Target and stock up on some healthy and tasty Kashi cereals! There is a 1.50/2 boxes and a 1.00/1 box of granola bars. (And take that Kashi coupon, too!) I will shamelessly plug Kashi because they don't use artificial ingredients in their products. They actually use healthy ingredients!

New York and Company promotion

I love New York and Company. I love their clothes and I love that they almost always have coupons out which means great deals on fashionable clothes. Shopping is a little trickier these days (little boys aren't huge fans of shopping I have discovered, until they discover the joy of pulling clothes off the rack!) so I don't get there as often as I like. For those of you who are thinking you may need a new pair or two of pants for the coming fall season, New York and Company is having a Buy One Get One Free promotion for all of their pants and jeans!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

For any beginners, is great site to get some neat free samples and coupons from. They do a lot of product testing and use normal people like us to give feedback! Check it out here. You can print a Kashi coupon for 1.50 off a box of Kashi Honey Sunshine and Target has Kashi cereal on sale for 2.74 right now. With your coupon, that's just 1.24 for a box of cereal. If you have any non-expired Target printable coupons for Kashi cereal, your deal could get even sweeter.

Burt's Bee's Free Sample

My Frugal Adventures and Saving Cents with Sense both posted about Burt's Bee's Free Acne Solution Sample that's available right now by clicking here. Don't miss out on a great free sample!

Getting started with saving

One of the main ways to save is to check out blogs like mine, or others listed in my favorite blogs section below. There are always posts about how to get great deals. They often involve stacking coupons, which is when you use both a store coupon AND a manufacturer's coupon on 1 item. For example, Target has it's own printable coupons they post online. Check them out here. If you match up a Target coupon with a manufacturer's coupon you can often double your savings. A couple of weeks ago I got a great deal on Kashi cereal bars (.50 or less per box!) and cereal by using both kinds of coupons.

Free Taco Tuesday

Hey everyone!
Jack in the box is having a Free Taco Tuesday promotion. Just print out this coupon here, and take it to your nearest Jack in the Box for 2 free tacos tonight.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Welcome to my new blog!

Hey everyone! I have finally started a blog to help log my weekly savings and to post on all the great deals to be had out there each day. Now, with 2 little ones running around and working part-time, and running a house, and yada, yada, yada, I will try my bestest to keep up on all the deals. Come join me in learning how to stretch a buck!

Today I visited CVS and did the following transaction:
4 jars Skippy p.b. (16.3 oz)
2 jars Ragu (26 oz)
1 Bayer Contour glucose meter (14.99)
1 Revlon Colorstay Mineral Foundation
1 Glaceau Vitamin Water
1 Trident Bubblegum (good behavior treat for my almost 3 year old)

I had a $5 off $25 dollar purchase coupon for taking a survey on their website (click here)
(2) 1.00 coupons for $1.00/2 Skippys
(1) 1.00 coupon for $1.00/2 Ragus
and a 14.99 coupon for the Bayer Meter
I used 17.00 in CVS' Extra Care Bucks
I paid 1.41 out of pocket (.47 subtotal and .94 tax) AND I got 18.00 in ECBs (remember, Extra Care Bucks, which is like CVS cash).
So really, I paid .41 for all that!

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