Sunday, January 31, 2010

Freebies by Mail --

Did you know that Wal-Mart regularly offers free samples by mail? Currently there are three offerings. They may or may not interest you, but why not request them anyway? You never know when one of these samples may come in handy personally or to donate to someone in need. Here's how to find the free stuff:
2. On the left side of the page, find the "In Stores Now" tab. When you roll your mouse over it, a pop-out list should appear with four columns of links.
3. The third column over should also say "In Stores Now".
4. The first link on that list should say "Free Samples". Click that link and get started!
5. Check back periodically to see what's new.
6. Enjoy your free stuff! It should arrive just about the time you forget that you ordered it!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Freebies by Mail, 1/30 -- Arm & Hammer!

Go here to snag a free sample of Arm & Hammer toothpaste!

(Thanks, MojoSavings!)

Freebies by Mail, 1/30 -- Shea Butter!

Go HERE to get your free Shea Butter sample!
(Thanks, MojoSavings!)

CVS Deal Sneak Peek for 1/31!

Go here to see the CVS deals that start tomorrow, 1/31!
(Thanks, hip2save!)

Freebies by Mail, 1/30 -- Redken styling product!

Go here and register to score a FREE sample of the new Redken Style Connection. You’ll even get to choose between 3 different styling products!(Thanks, hip2save!)

Saturday Savings, 1/30 -- Publix and Wal-Mart

Publix First:

I determined that today I would not make a couponing mistake or miss a coupon like I've done in the past. Here's what we landed at Publix:

6 Beech Nut toddler meals -- $1.00 each
Used 6 $1 coupons purchased from the coupon clippers.
Cost: FREE!
6 Hallmark cards from the $.99 section
Used 6 $.99 coupons found on tear pads in the card section. (Still have plenty of coupons there -- go get some!)
Cost: FREE!
Ketchup -- $1.79
no coupon
Cost: $1.79
Total was $3.74.
I questioned how it could be that high with only one item that we had to pay for. The cashier looked back through the prices and said that the cost of the Beech Nut meals was $1.25 each instead of $1 each. We went ahead and bought them. The receipt read 4 for $5. In the past, I would have just said, "Oh, it's just a quarter a piece. So what?" Not anymore. I just HAD to check the shelf price. If it was marked $1.25, I was fine paying $1.25 this time. (I would not buy them again from that Publix because I know I can get them for $1 at another store in town.) BUT, the shelf tag said 5 for $5. I was able to get $1.50 back as a cash refund. As an added bonus, while I was at Customer Service, I spotted a stack of Weight Watcher coupons. I snagged two.
So, out of pocket was really $2.24.
Then, Wal-Mart:
WW yogurt cups -- $.50 on sale
Bought 8
Used the 2 coupons I got from Publix! Each was $.60 off 4 yogurts.
Cost: $.35 each
Taco Bell Salsa -- $1.54
Bought 2
Used 2 $1 coupons from the February All You magazine available exculsively at Wal-Mart.
Cost: $.54 each
Bird's Eye Steam Fresh vegetables -- $1.25
Bought 4
Used 4 $.35 coupons
Cost: $.90 each
Hunt's tomato sauce -- $.46
Bought 2
Used $.50/2 printable coupon
Cost: FREE! plus overage!
Contadina tomato sauce -- $.50
Bought 3
Used $.50/3 printable coupon
Cost: $.33 each
Coffee Mate creamer single serving sticks (7 pack) -- $1.18
Bought 1
Used $1 printable coupon
Cost: $.18
Hamburger/Chicken Helper -- $1.50
Bought 3
Used $.75 off 3 coupon
Cost: $1.25 each
Michelina's Lean Gourmet frozen meals -- $1.00
Bought 4
no coupons
Cost: $1.00 each
Knox gelatin -- $1.28
Bought 3
Used 3 $4.00 coupons from 1/24
Cost: FREE! plus major overage!
I want 100 of these coupons!
Before the Knox coupon, my total was $16.33. After the Knox coupon, I paid $8.38!
Our total oop today for both stores was under $11!

Saturday Savings Shopping List -- Wal-Mart

FIRST UPDATE: So FRUSTRATED!! I really don't like how coupon inserts are so regional. Hello, Birmingham is not that far away; why aren't we getting the same coupons they are? I have to remove several items from my great shopping list because there is no coupon. grr. Well, my total estimated spending goes down; my pile of cheap-or-free-stuff is going WAY down.
SECOND UPDATE: Anything in blue represents what I found when I tried to print my coupons. I've also added to my list since I cut so many things out before. Those additions are in blue, as well.
THIRD UPDATE: My shopping trip is done! I'll post a regular post-shopping report a little later, but I wanted to add here (all in green) the successes or failures I had.
Trying to spend just $10 at Wal-Mart today. Here's the game plan for what I hope to get:
Sctotch Travel Size Lint Rollers
Retail: 97c
Coupon: $1 from 1/24 SS
Total: Free!
Buy 3
Looked in the travel section, the home section near the ironing boards and such, and the laundry detergent aisle and did not find this item. I found full-size Scotch lint rollers, but no travel size. I'll look at another Wal-Mart and perhaps at Target.
Coffee Mate Original Sticks (7ct)
Retail: 98c
Coupon: $1 printable
Total: Free!
Buy 1
Got the vanilla flavor priced at $1.18.
Knox Gelatin — $1.32
Coupon: $4 from 1/24 RP (exp 3/9)
Total: Free! (plus potential overage!)
Buy 3
(I don't know if I'll ever use this product, but if I can get over $2 in overage on each product/coupon combination, I'll buy a ton!)
I'm looking at adding over $6 to my shopping budget because of this coupon!
Cost just $1.28 at my Wal-Mart! I wish I had 100 of these!
Klondike ChocoTaco Single
Retail: $1
Coupon: $1 printable
Total: Free!
(I already printed and used this coupon once, so I don't know if I can do it again. I'm going to try, though!)
Buy 1 (I've lost almost 20 pounds; I don't DARE buy more than one!)
Wouldn't print.
Contadina Tomato Paste
Retail: 48c
Total: 23c ea
Yay, got this one!
Got 3 8 oz. cans!
McCormick Taco Seasoning
Retail: 50c
Coupon: 25c/2 from 1/24 RP (exp 2/28)
Total: 25c ea
Buy 2
NOPE, didn't get this one.
Kotex Lightdays Pantiliners
Retail: $1.00
Coupon: $1.50/2 from 1/10 SS (exp 3/7)
Total: 25c ea
Buy 2
NOPE, didn't get this one. It's a shame, too, because this is one of those items that I should always buy at this price. It's unfortunate, but it's one of those things we girls always need to buy.
Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt
Retail: 50c ea
Total: 33c ea
Buy 6
(I like these for breakfast now that I'm dieting. I hope to get that Knox product previously mentioned, so I can get these. If I am sticking to a budget of $10, than this $1.96 for yogurt is a CHUNK of that money. I don't know if I'm willing to spend almost 20% of my spending cash on yogurt. BUT, if I get that overage on Knox, it's like getting the yogurt for free.)
Couldn't find this printable.
Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables 10-12 oz
Retail: 88c
Coupon: 50c from 1/10 SS (exp 2/7)
Total: 38c
Buy 4
My coupon is only for $.35 off. I'm still going to get 4.
$1.25 at my Wal-Mart, but I still got 4 for free, thanks to the Knox coupon overage!
Stayfree Maxi Pads
Retail: $2
Coupon: B1G1 from 1/3 RP (exp 3/31) and $1 printable
Total: 50c ea
Buy 2
NOPE, didn't get this one.
Using the printable makes this item just $1. Maybe I'll still get one.
Couldn't seem to find the printable either. Not getting these today. Have a little stockpile, anyway. I'll wait until I can get them at a price like this.
Hamburger Helper
Retail: $1
Coupon: 75c/3 from 1/3 SS (exp 2/27)
Total: 75c ea
Buy 3
Got 3 great flavors.
I'm up to $8.50, plus tax, after coupons (not counting the $6 overage from Knox).
Sea Pak Shrimp Poppers
Retal: $1.64
Coupon: $1 from 12/13 SS
Total: $.67
Buy 1
(I hope I have this coupon and that our store has similar prices. My husband will love these!)
I'm such a dummy. I didn't buy the paper back in December. I feel like I've been couponing forever and that the coupons are taking over my house, but really I've only been at it for just about a month now.
I think that's where I need to end my shopping list. I'm up to $9.17, plus tax, after coupons (except Knox overage). If I can get the Knox overage, my total will be closer to $3 for all this stuff!
My total is much less now. I'll have to see if I can get all the printables and do one more update to this post, letting you know what I'm getting and how much I should be spending. There'll be a follow-up post with a picture and a dose of the reality that is my shopping trip.
I added the following items to help get me back up to $10. If I get the Knox overage, I NEED these items in order to get to the point where I pay anything at all, since my total now is less than $5.00!
Taco Bell Thick and Chunky Salsa 16 oz
Retail: $1.54
Coupon: $1 from February All You, p. 97 (exp 4/30)
Total: 54c ea
Buy 2
Got it!
Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers
Retail: ???
Coupon: $1.25 off 2 printable
Total: ???
Buy 2
Nah, still too expensive for me.
Healthy Choice Complete Meals
Retail: ???
Coupon: $1.25 off 2 printable
Total: ???
Buy 2
Still too expensive for my $10 limit today.
Impulse buy:
4 Lean Gormet frozen meals
Cost: $1 each
no coupon
Total: $4.00
An important note: I've made my grocery list from Kristin's $1 or less Wal-Mart list on her great blog She's in Birmingham, AL, and our stores here in Pensacola, FL, tend to be a little higher on prices. I've often found items just a little more here than there. I don't think I've ever found an item for less than what she states on her list. So, if I ever have to move, I'm thinking Birmingham -- their Publixes double coupons, too. Think of all the money we could save! Anyway, the point of this whole paragraph was to say that I might come home having spent a little more -- by a couple bucks maybe -- than I was hoping. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Freebie by Mail -- Pampers

The Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max sample offer is now LIVE! Go here and login or register to request your freebie! Hurry!
Tomorrow, January 29th, is offering up a FREE 3 pack sample of Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max! These are brand spankin’ new diapers and won’t hit store shelves until March 2010… so this is one HOT freebie to score! Plus, randomly selected sample packs may include a diaper stamped Team USA and that means that you’ve won a FREE years supply of diapers! Wouldn’t that be awesome?!
I’m guessing this freebie won’t last long!
(Thanks, Hip2Save!)

Freebie at Bath and Body Works!

Bath & Body Works just released a new coupon: save 20% off ANY Purchase! This coupon is valid thru January 31st, so you’ll want to hurry and make use of it! (Thanks, Kelley!)
Also, don’t forget that Bath & Body Works still has this coupon available: Get a FREE Anti-Bacterial Soap (up to a $5 value) with any $10 purchase! This coupon is valid all the way through February 21st!(Thanks, hip2save!)

Facebook Freebie -- Heluva Good! (Hate the name; love the products)

Looks like this offer has already ended.
Here’s yet another Facebook freebie offer! Just become a fan of Heluva Good! on Facebook and receive a coupon in the mail valid for a FREE Heluva Good! product! After becoming a fan, click on the “Promotions” tab and sign up.
I’m lovin’ these yummy food freebies!
(Thanks, hip2save!)

Freebie by Mail -- Stayfree Overnight

Go here to request a FREE Stayfree Ultra Thin Overnight sample!
**This is a NEW link!
(Thanks, hip2save!)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Quick! Friends of Oreo get a free package!

As most of you may know by now, you can score FREE Oreos at 3 pm EST today! Just head on over here now and become a fan of Oreos on Facebook. After doing so, wait until 3 pm EST, and be one of the first 150,000 to fill out the request form that will be available here to score a FREE package of Oreos!
Who doesn't adore Oreos, anyways?

Get your FREE Dairy Queen Blizzard On!

Dairy Queen is offering up a really awesome promotion! Just go on over here and join the Blizzard Fan Club to score six buy one get one FREE coupons, valid for a FREE 16oz Blizzard when you purchase one! You’ll receive the first coupon after signing up and you’ll receive five additional coupons throughout the year, including one on your birthday!
Am I the only one who adored the Nerds Blizzard back in the day? I also really love the Butterfinger Blizzard.

(Thanks, Hip2Save!)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The CVS deal EVERYONE needs to try!

Think you don't know if shopping at CVS is for you?

Let's face it, CVS is seriously overpriced compared to Wal-Mart or Target.

I used to REFUSE to shop at CVS simply because the prices were so outrageous. Even if I only needed something little, I'd drive WAY out of my way to Wal-Mart, rather than to shop at CVS. Then I began to research smart shopping.

What a breakthrough!

I've paid less than $75 to CVS, but have received at least $325 worth of goods.

So, if you want to get in on the serious savings to be found at CVS but find yourself overwhelmed by the coupon-clipping-sale-finding maze, try this simple transaction. It will only cost you $6.00 or $7.00!

1. You need a CVS card. This is very easy to get; just ask the cashier. You shouldn't even have to fill out an application. This card will need to be scanned with each purchase.

2. Consider getting a Green Bag Tag; they cost $1.00. It's exactly like what it sounds. It's green. It's got a little tether to attach to a reusable shopping bag. It's shaped like a leaf. It's cute. Each day you shop at CVS, this tag gets scanned along with your CVS card. Each time you reach 4 scans, you get $1 ECB. (You can only get 1 scan per day.)

3. You will do 6 separate transactions. If you are timid about doing this, like I was at first, just leave the store and put your item in the car each time.

4. Each transaction will consist of buying 1 6-count box of Soy Joy bars. (The first transaction may also include the $1 Green Bag Tag.)

5. CVS has an Extra Care Buck (ECB) promotion right now that generates $6 ECB when you purchase that $6 box of Soy Joy. There is a limit of 6 of these ECB-generating transactions right now.

6. After that first transaction, each transaction may be paid for using ECB rather than cash. When all is said and done, you have spent $6 or $7 out of pocket. You go home with 6 boxes of 6 Soy Joy bars (they really are tasty as well as healthy) AND $6 ECB to use on something else another time. Even if you decide that CVS smart shopping is not for you, you can use those ECBs to buy milk or M&M's.

7. I'd love to hear how it worked for you!

Sunday, 1/24 -- CVS and Publix

I forgot to take pictures of these finds, so I hope you can imagine these great bargains.

5 Beech Nut Let's Grow microwaveable meals -- $1.00 each
Used 5 $1 Beech Nut coupons purchased from
Paid: FREE!
6 $.99 Hallmark cards
Used 6 $.99 coupons found on the card aisle at Publix
Paid: FREE!
1 Weight Watchers yogurt cup -- $.70
no coupon
Paid: $.70
Total before coupons: $11.70.
Total after coupons: $.70!
I bought the yogurt because I couldn't imagine what would happen if I didn't. Would they let me just leave without paying anything? I don't know. I was too nervous to find out, so I just bought a yogurt that I'll eat for breakfast tomorrow.
CVS -- first trip
I did 4 separate transactions.
Each transaction was for 1 box of 6 Soy Joy snack bars priced at $6 each.
Each was paid for with $6 ECB.
Nothing paid out of pocket.
Still have $6 ECB.
First box: total $6. Paid with $6 ECB. Nothing out of pocket. Purchase generated $6 ECB. Second box: total $6. Paid with $6 ECB from previous purchase. Nothing out of pocket. Purchase generated $6 ECB. Repeat.
CVS -- second trip
1st Transaction:
7 bags of non-valentine M&M's -- $3.00 each
Used 3 $1/2 coupons from 1/10 RP
Used $18 ECB
Paid: FREE! (well, I did have to pay tax on the items: $1.58)
Received $10 ECB
2nd Transaction:
4 cans Campbell's tomato soup -- 2 for $1.00
Used $.40/4 coupon from 1/10 SS
Paid: $.40 each, or $1.60
2 Ester-C Vitamin C -- B1G1 Free, priced at $10.79 each
Used 2 $5 coupons from 1/3 RP
Paid: $.79 for 2 bottles of vitamins
2 Dove ultimate deoderants -- 2 for $7.00
Used 2 $2 printable coupons
Paid: $3.00
Received $2 ECB
Almay Intense I-color -- $5.99
Used $1 printable coupon (manufacturer's coupon with Target logo)
Paid: $4.99
Received $4 ECB
Total before coupons: $46 something.
Total after coupons, B1G1: $11.36
Used $10 ECB plus a CVS gift card with a little bit left on it. (Still have $.77 on it!)
So, nothing out of pocket at all!
Received $6 ECB
I did pick up 2 newspapers at Walmart today, spending $2.13. I received $90 worth of products from CVS today, but I paid less than $2! Add the $.70 I spent at Publix, and I spent just under $5 today for over $100 worth of items!

Mariani dried plums FREE sample by mail!

I have great news! The FREE Mariani dried plums sample is available again! Just hurry on over here, scroll down, and enter the promotional code: ADSUPER (use all caps) in the bright yellow box. After doing so, click on the “Click here to begin” link, then a screen will pop up and you’ll be able to fill out your mailing info to score this FREE sample! Allow 7-10 business days for delivery.
Hope this one comes. I don't know if I've ever tried a dried plum before!

FREE Pop-Chips for your friends! 1/24

Wow! How cool is this! Popchips is offering up samples and the best part—you can send a Popchips sample to 3 friends of your choice! Just go on over here and fill out the addresses of the 3 people you’d like to receive a sample. That’s it!
Talani is my best friend, so of course I requested this freebie for him… how could I not?!
(Thanks again, Hip2Save!)

Free Murad Acne Complex 3-Step Regimen!

This sample was available previously and sold out really fast. It appears to be available again, so hurry and get yours!
Just copy and paste this link ( ) to score a FREE sample of Murad Acne Complex Sample 3-step Regimen! The sample includes Clarifying Cleanser, Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel and Skin Perfecting Lotion. Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.
I hope this one comes!
(Thanks, Hip2Save!)

Freebies by Mail -- 1/23

Received a Pull-Ups sample pack today containing 2 boys Pull-Ups.
Received a coupon for a free International Delights pint of flavored coffee creamer. Used it at Publix today and got Caramel Brownie Sunday creamer. Yumm.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Finds, 1/22 -- CVS and Target

I bought more than I expected to tonight, but I felt like I got such great deals! I did 3 transactions at CVS and just one at Target.
In my first transaction, I bought:
6 12-packs of Diet Mt. Dew, 3 for $10
2 bags of Wonka gummies, 2 for $4
5 Dawn with Olay Hand Renewal, $.96 each
3 Dawn Botanicals, $.96 each
1 6-ct. box of Soy Joy
1 bag Stacy's pita chips
Total: $43.06
Used 2 $1 Wonka printable coupons
5 $.50 Dawn with Olay Hand Renewal coupons from the 12/27 P&G
3 $.25 Dawn coupons from the 12/27 P&G
FREE coupon for Stacy's Pita chips for becoming a fan on Facebook
$4 ECB
$5 gift card from Lightspeed Panel (a survey site through which you earn points to trade for gift cards. I've gotten the $5 CVS and a $5 Macaroni Grill gift certificate in about a month and a half.)
Paid $25.81
Received $17 ECB's and a coupon for $1 off lotion
2nd CVS transaction:
1 box of Soy Joy -- $6.00
1 trial size lotion -- $1.29
Total: $7.39
Used $6 ECB
Used $1 coupon off lotion
Paid: $.39
Received $6 ECB
3rd CVS transaction
1 box of Soy Joy -- $6.00
Total: $6.00
Used $6 ECB
Paid: $0.00!
Received $6 ECB
So, over all, I spent about $26 at CVS. I left with $17 ECB for next week. And I got roughly $54 worth of stuff.
Then, to Target!
I bought:
5 trial size Tide detergents -- $.97 each
Used 5 $1 Tide detergent coupons from the 12/27 P&G
4 trial size Sensodyne toothpaste -- $.96 each
Used 4 $1 Sensodyne coupons from the 1/3 RP
2 trial size ReNu contact solution -- $1.52 each
Used 2 $2 ReNu printable coupons
2 Starkist Tuna packets -- $1.49 and $1.89
Used 2 $1 printable coupons
$.49 + $.89 = $1.38
35 count bottled water, Target brand -- $3.59
No coupon used
Before coupons: $19 something.
After coupons: $5.51
A pet peeve:
Why doesn't Target allow the consumer to get the full value of the coupons? It bugs me that I lose the overage at Target. Wal-Mart allows the overage. grr. I could have paid closer to $4.35 if they allowed it. I don't get it because Target is going to turn around and submit the coupons to the manufacturers and be reimbursed for the full amount. It just really gets me that they are getting their money back, plus pennies each time. As if they needed another way to collect pennies. You know what? It's really okay, because free is free. I have all that stuff that I didn't have to pay for. And if it bothers me too much, I can just go over to Wal-Mart where it's not a problem.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Walmart savings, 1/21

Found a few things at Walmart. I'm so sick, I hardly had any energy to look. I don't have the gumption to go take a picture of my finds, so I'll just mention them.
5 packs of mini post-its -- $1.44 each
Used 5 $1 coupons
$.44 each
Carefree pantyliners -- $1.00
Used $1 printable
Always Infinity 18 ct. -- $3.96
Used a free item coupon I got in the mail.
4 Nabisco Barnum animal crackers -- $1.00 each
Used 2 $2/2 printable coupons
4 for FREE!
Needed several other things that I didn't have coupons for, as well as a gift card to put gas in the car, so we ended up spending $75. It's still nice to know that we spent about $13 less than we would have without coupons.

CVS deals coming soon!

Upcoming CVS Deals!
What’s been updated: Almay on 1/24.
Disclaimer: These deals are NOT active yet. They are upoming deals. Be sure to pay attention to the dates and the colors! I don’t want anyone running to the store. :) I am posting the best deals as they are found.
Week of 1/24
Crest toothpaste 6.4 oz – $1.99
ECB: $1 wyb 1 (limit 1)
Coupon: $1 from 12/27 P&G or 12/6 RP
Deal: Buy one and use $1 coupon.
Pay 99c and get $1 ECB
Total: Free!
Ivory bar 2 packs — 99c
Coupon: $1 from 12/27 P&G
Total: Free!

Ester C Vitamin C — B1G1 @ $9.99
Coupon: use 2 $5 from 1/3
Total: 2 for free!

Dove or Degree Ultimate or Ultra Clear 2/$7
ECB: $2 wby 2 (limit 1)
Coupon: $2 printable
Deal: Buy 2 and use 2 $2 coupons.
Pay $3 and get $2 ECB.
Total: 50c ea

Kleenex 110ct or upright 65ct — 99c
Coupon: 50c/3 from 1/3 SS
Total: 82c ea

Almay Intense I color, line, or mascara — $5.99
ECB: $4 wby 1 (limit 1)
Coupon: $1 mfg printable (has Target logo)
Total: 99c
Week of 1/31

Dove’s Men Care — $5.49
ECB: $5.49 wyb 1 (limit 2!)
Coupon: There is rumored to be a $1.25 in 1/31 RP
Total: Free!
Colgate Max Fresh 4.2 – 6 oz — $2.99
ECB: $2 wyb 1 (limit 1)
Coupon: $1 from January All You
Deal: Buy 1 and use $1 Q.
Pay $1.99 and get $2 ECB
Total: Free!
Buy $20 worth of Huggies products and get $5 ECB
Huggies diapers and Pull-ups (Jumbo pk.), 2/$20
Huggies wipes, 2/$6
Scenario for 1/31 only:
Buy 1 Huggies Little Movers Jumbo pack
Buy 1 Huggies Snug & Dry Jumbo pack
Use 2 $2 Huggies printables (print now before they are gone!)
Plus use the Huggies Little Mover and Huggies Snug and Dry Upromise e-coupon
(you will have to activate these ahead of time)
Deal: Buy 2 and use 2 $2 coupons.
Pay $16 and get $5 ECB and $3 added to your Upromise Account.
Total: $11 plus $3 in your Upromise account
ChaChing on a Shoestring!)

Itunes – Buy a $50 card and get $10 ECB

Nature Made vitamins or supplements B1G1 prices start at $4.29 (limit 6)

P&G or Coke Select Products
Spend $25 get $10 limit 1

Unilever Spend $10 get $3 ECB limit 1
Deal scenario:
On 1/24, buy:
1 Crest
2 Ester-C Vitamin C
2 Ivory 2-packs
2 Dove or Degree deoderants
3 boxes of Kleenex
1 Almay product
Use all the coupons mentioned above.
You'll pay about $10.00
And get back $7 ECB
On 1/31, buy:
2 Dove men's products
1 Colgate max-fresh
Use the coupons mentioned above.
Pay $7 ECB's earned on 1/24.
You'll pay about $4.00.
And get back around $13 ECB.
After ECB rewards, that is almost like getting all of those things for only $1!
Or, think of it this way, the first week of February, you could get $13 worth for free because of the ECB's you snagged!

Freebie from Origins!

Origins is offering up a FREE way to pamper yourself! From 1/21-1/24, you can make an appointment to get a FREE Age-erasing Mini-Facial! This freebie includes: Personalized skin consultation, Age-erasing exfoliation, and an Intensive moisture mask. Plus, if you decide to purchase a skincare item, you’ll score a FREE 6-week supply of either the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask or Clear Improvement Active Charcoal mask (while supplies last)!
**Go on over here to check out all the details!(Thanks, GiveMeNeither!)

Freebie By Mail, 1/20

Received a Proctor and Gamble sample today.
Contained an Always pad and some tampons.
Also contained some high value coupons:
$1 off Glade
$1 off Febreeze
$1.50 off Tide Stain Release
I also found a coupon in a package that I missed before. I don't know if this coupon came in the P&G sample or the Being Girl sample I received the other day. This coupon, my favorite of all, is for a FREE package of Always Infinity, up to 18 count. I'm estimating the value of that coupon, then, at $3.99 or so. I hoping to be able to combine that coupon with CVS ECB deals!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Freebie by Mail, 1/19 -- Nutrish Dog Food

Go on over here to get a free sample of Nutrish dog food from Rachael Ray!

(Thanks, Hip2Save!)

Freebies by Mail, 1/19

I finally received something in the mail! It seems as though I have filled out a hundred online requests for free samples and the like. (Seriously, not an exaggeration. 100.) I finally got 2 things in the mail today.
1. Always Being a Girl kit. Contains a pad, wipe, pantyliner, and a few tampons. I think it's geared toward preteens, but I don't care. Free stuff is free stuff!

2. Coupon for a free bag of Stacy's pita chips. I got this one by becoming a fan of Stacy's on Facebook. The promotion for the free bag is over, but you can still become a fan here.

Happy Monday! 1/19 -- Pep Boys, Krispy Kreme

We had to replace a headlight today. We had a $10 email gift certificate from Pep Boys that we received when we had our alternator replaced in the fall. The gift certificate expired at the end of the month, and we'd been holding out on using it. We had decided that we would go buy air freshener or something, just so we wouldn't lose the $10 for free! I'm glad we waited. After the certificate, our headlight cost $2.86!
We had tried to head over to the new Dunkin' Donuts because we heard that they were giving out free samples. They were already closed by the time we got there. So, we went over to Krispy Kreme. We used some of our leftover Christmas coupons, so we had 5 donuts for FREE!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Savvy, 1/17 - Giveaway!

Check out this giveaway from a fellow blogger and Pillsbury! Not too many entries, so there's a good chance you could snag some goodies! Click here to get in on this great giveaway that ends in just a few hours!

Stockpile Status, 1/17 - Bathroom storage

I had been stocking my bathroom-related stockpile in my linen closet in the hall, but that crazy closet is - literally - the width of a large shoebox, so I had to rearrange today. I put all my bathroom stuff under the bathroom sink in my master bath. An under-appreciated space until today. I found myself opening that cabinet just a little while ago, just so I could see my little stash.

I could probably go through my previous posts and find out how much I spent for each item, but I don't have the energy to do that right now. Maybe I'll do an update sometime with that information. I do know that I paid next-to-nothing for my goodies.

From left to right, bottom row:

2 boxes of Always -- bought at Target when the large box was on clearance and I had a coupon for B1G1 FREE! Paid $4.70 for 2 big boxes!

Tucks to-go pads -- don't know if or when I'll ever need these. But they were FREE after coupon!

Nail files -- a Target purchase. FREE or close to it!

2 packages of disposable razors - Wal-Mart -- FREE with coupon!

5 L'oreal eyeshadows -CVS -- $7.95 -- I was originally going for the $3 ECB's with a $10 L'oreal purchase at CVS. One of the eye shadows cost $4.99. The others rang up at $1.49. They did not count toward the $10, so I never did get the $3 ECB's. This eyeshadow would normally have gone for $28.95, so I did all right.

7 Colgate toothpastes -- 1 was FREE! Two were $.50 each. The other 4 were from a jumbo-pack from Sam's before I learned that I could get toothpaste for free or close to it by couponing. I don't want to think about how much I paid for those.

Left to right, top row:

8 assorted facial cleansers -- Almost free! I used coupons and sales plus ECB deals to get some really great cleansers. Most of these are brands that I would have considered too expensive to buy for myself, like Roc and Olay Regenerist. I probably have close to 2 years worth of cleanser already, but I'll keep buying it if CVS and other stores keep practically giving it away!

2 Axe gift sets -- $10 at Target -- got a $5 gift card back.

Wet Ones -- Wal-Mart -- free or close to it with a coupon!

Re-Nu contact solution - Wal-Mart -- FREE after coupon!

3 Aussie products - CVS -- next to nothing after coupon, sale, and ECB deal!

3 men's Shampoo/conditioner - CVS - on clearance for $1.25 each, down from $5.99. I used $2 ECB's to purchase, so I only paid about $1.75 for all 3!

2 3-packs of Ivory soap -- Wal-Mart -- I had a hard time tracking these down, trying to get $.99 soap free at CVS with a $1 coupon, before I realized that they were only $1.07 at Wal-Mart. So, I paid $.14 for 6 bars of Ivory.

Softsoap refill - Target -- $.14 after coupon!

4 Pantene products -- CVS -- almost free after sales, coupons, and ECB deals!

Sunday Savvy, 1/17 - Wal-Mart

One trip; three transactions.

First transaction:

4 newspapers - $.99 each

Used a gift card with just a bit left on it.

Paid: $3.84


Second transaction:

4 pairs of flip-flops - $1 each on clearance
Paid $4.00

6 boxes of Crunch n Munch - $1.00 each
Used 2 B2G1 coupons from January All You
Will submit for $25 coupon booklet
Paid: $4.00
14 frozen Weight Watcher items - $1.80 each.
Used 2 $1.50 off 7 coupons
Paid: $22.20
6 Dannon Lite n Fit yogurt cups - $.50 each
Used $1.00 off 6 coupons
Paid: $2.00
Post-Its - $1.44
Used $1.00 coupon
Paid: $.44
Weight Watcher cream cheese - $1.78
Used $.75 coupon
Paid: $1.03
After tax, I paid just under $35.00.
Third transaction:
Nabisco Barnum animal crackers - $1.00 each
Used $2 off 2 printable coupon
Paid: FREE!!
2 Olay Regenerist Cleansers - $5.97 and $6.64
Used 2 $3 coupons from 1/17 P&G
Paid: $6.61
4-pack Special-K protein shakes - $5.00
no coupon -- impulse buy, but needed for school lunch this week if I have any hope of keeping my new-found diet determination. I don't know if there are coupons out there for this. If there are, I'll find them and use them.
Paid: $5.00
Total after tax: $12.56
I'm excited about submitting this receipt for the Olay rebate for $15.00, making this entire transaction FREE, plus a $2.44 money maker!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

CVS Preview, 1/17 - 1/24

From January 17-March 15th, you can double your extra care bucks!! Click here for more information and to sign up. You will earn 4% back on CVS/Pharmacy Items and $2Ecb for every 2 prescriptions purchased.
Valentine’s M&Ms 12.6 oz 2/$5 = $2Ecb (Limit 1)Use the $1/2 coupon found from the 1/10 RPFinal Cost $1 each!
3.5″ GPS Navigation for Dummies $79.99 (It appears that this same product sells for $106.98 on Amazon)
Executive Chair $29.99
Extra Care Buck Deals
Buy $20 of Pepsico Products (Gatorade 32 oz, Sobe 20 oz. or Pepsi 2 liter 4/$5; Amp, Izze or Starbucks Frapuccino 4 pack $5; Pepsi 12 pack 3/$10; Tostitos or Lay’s Chips 2/$7; True North or Stacy’s Pita Chips 2/$6) = $10Ecb (limit 2)
Deal Scenario #1:
Buy 8 bags of Stacy’s Pita Chips $24
Use 8 $1/1 Stacy’s Pita Chips coupons found here
Pay $16
Get back a $10Ecb
Final cost ONLY $6 for all the above!
**Submit for the $10 Coors Light rebate (you do not have to buy any beer for this rebate; there are several rebate forms listed-look for the $10 rebate when you spend $30 or more on Pepsi, Tostitos etc-be sure to read the fine print to see if your state is eligible!)
Deal Scenario #2:
Buy 12 12 packs of Pepsi 3/$10
Pay $40
Get back $20Ecb
Final cost $20
…AND then submit for the $10 Coors Light rebate found here (you do not have to buy any beer for this rebate; there are several rebate forms listed-look for the $10 rebate when you spend $30 or more on Pepsi, Tostitos etc-be sure to read the fine print to see if your state is eligible!)
Buy 2 Jergens or Curel 13-21 oz = $5Ecb (Limit 1 )
Deal Scenario:Buy 2 Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion 21 oz. for $6.99 (based on on-line price)
Use the $3/2 coupon from the 12/6 SS (there is also a $1/1 coupon in the 1/17 SS)
Pay as low as $10.98
Get back a $5Ecb
Final Cost $2.99 each!
Buy $15 of Dove products (Body Wash 19-24 oz. Lotion 13.5 oz., Invisible solid deodorant 2-3 oz.-excludes Ultimate Clear and Ultra Clear) = $5EcbDeal
Buy 4 Dove Deodorants on sale for 2/$5
Buy 1 Dove Body Lotion 13.5 oz. on sale for $6.99
Use 2 $1.50/2 deodorant coupons found here
Use the $1.50/1 lotion coupon from the All You Magazine Dec 2009 issue or found here
Pay $12.49
Get back a $5Ecb
Final Cost $7.49 total–just $1.50 per item!
Buy 3 Boost Nutritional Drink 6 packs priced at $7.99 each = $6Ecb (Limit 1)
Use 3 $2/1 coupons found here (you will need 2 computers to print-there is also a $1.50/1 coupon from the 1/3 SS)
Pay $17.97
Get back a $6Ecb
Final Cost $3.99 each!
Charmin Bathroom Tissue 20 rolls $12.99 = $4Ecb (Limit 1)
Use the $0.25/1 coupon from the 12/27 PG
Final Cost $8.74!
Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color $5.99 = $2Ecb (Limit 1)
Use the $2/1 coupon from the 1/17 PG
Final Cost $1.99!
Pantene/Head & Shoulders Shampoo or Conditioner $4.99 = $2Ecb (Limit 1)
Deal Scenario:
Buy 2 Pantene Expressions or Restorations Shampoo or Conditioner
Use the $3/2 coupon from the 12/27 PG
Pay $6.98
Get back a $2Ecb
Final Cost $2.49 each!
Happy Bargain Hunting!

Saturday Savings, 1/16 - Kerasal Freebie

Go here to snag a FREE sample of Kerasal Exfoliating Foot Ointment + a coupon! I absolutely love their products, so I’m excited about this freebie!
**Please note you will be required to enter something in address line #2. I just pressed my space bar once and then submitted the form again and it worked.
(Thanks, TheThriftyCouple!)

Saturday Savings, 1/16 - Publix, again

Made it back to Publix this evening.
Lender's bagels - $2.15 each
BOGO sale = $2.15 for 2
Used $1 printable coupon = $1.15 for 2 packages
Muir Glen tomato sauce - $.89
Used $1 printable coupon = FREE! plus overage of $.11
Hallmark birthday cards - $.99 and $3.69 respectively
Used 2 $.99 coupons = FREE! and $2.70 respectively
Total before BOGO and coupons: $9.87
Total after BOGO and coupons: $3.45!

Saturday Savings, 1/16 - CVS

Total spent: $6.84
3 Blade men's shampoo/conditioner - $5.99
on clearance for $1.25 each.
L'oreal eye shadow - $5.99
on clearance for $1.49
I got three of the same shade because the other shades were ringing up at $5.99.
I used $2 ECB's.
On the downside:
I'd read about a CVS shopper finding L'oreal hair color on clearance for $2.something. I tried and tried to find that haircolor, but my CVS just wasn't holding that clearance, I guess. I had some great coupons, too! I have 4 $3 off and 1 $2 off. I had hoped to get 5 haircolors and pay just a few pennies if anything at all due to overage on the $3 coupons. Not that I color my hair; I don't. I'd still buy the color if it was super super cheap or free, though!
The current CVS sale on Almay and Neutrogena: buy one, get one 50% off! Prices start at $1.99 and $3.49 respectively. Where are the $1.99 and $3.49 items? After about 20 minutes of searching, I got up the nerve to ask the cashier. She said that her store (the one I usually shop at as it's closest to home) is a low-volume store. They don't get all the specially-priced items from that the larger-volume stores get. So, my CVS doesn't get $1.99 Almay or $3.49 Neutrogena. Follow up question: Where in Pensacola IS the large volume store? 'Cuz I need to go there. :) (Yeah, I did NOT get up the nerve to continue asking questions. I get embarrassed.)

Saturday Savings, 1/16 - Everyday Minerals

A couple of years ago, I gave into a long-denied temptation and tried Bare Minerals foundation. I loved it immediately and have been using it ever since. I'm addicted.
I'm NOT addicted, though, to the high price of the make up. That didn't stop me from buying several items! ;)
In the last year I came across another mineral make up called Everyday Minerals. Their prices are so much more reasonable than Bare Minerals. I just had to look into it more. It turns out that their products are just as -- if not more so -- natural than Bare Minerals. They have TONS of shades of foundation and offer several levels of coverage as well. The best part about Everday Minerals is that they offer a free gift of choice with purchase (click the link to see the choices). I purchased a shaded lip balm (click the link to see the one I chose!) for $4.00 and received a 4-piece set of foundation to try. I even got to choose the shades of foundation. I love it as much or more than Bare Minerals. When I finally run out of Bare Minerals, I will be purchasing from Everyday Naturals. If that foundation lasts as long as Bare Minerals does (almost forever), I'll probably never go back to Bare Minerals. I just like the prices AND the fact that I get a free gift of my own choosing with every order I place. Check them out!

Saturday Savings, 1/16 - Target

A happy trip to Target. The cashier ALMOST didn't give me the $.05 credit because I was using a reusable bag from Disney World instead of Target. She said to me, so sweetly, "Do you know: if you use a Target bag, you get $.05 off?" I was happy to nicely inform her that every shopping bag got that $.05 off. She acted surprised, said that they had been told not to give the nickle off for anything except Target bags, then scanned the $.05 coupon anyway. I've never had a cashier think that it was only Target bags that got the discount. I hope they don't change the policy to only-Target because I don't have any Target bags. :)
Here's the purchase today:
2 boxes Cascadian Farms granola - $2.69 each
Used 1 of each of the $1 off coupons from here and here
Paid: $3.38 for 2 boxes of yummy granola cereal
2 boxes Special K bars - $2.39 each
1 box Special K crisps - $2.39
Used 2 $1 printable coupons for the bars (If you have access to a second computer, you could print out a third coupon. (Target only allows two prints per coupon per computer.) Since you are buying 3 items, Target will allow 3 coupons. You could get this deal for as little, then, as $1.78 for all three boxes.)
Target is having a sale where if you buy 2 boxes of bars, you get a box of crisps for free.
Paid: $2.78 for 3 boxes
2 Lean Cuisine meals - on sale for $1.88
Used 2 $1 printable coupons
Paid: $.88 each, or $1.76 total
Red tin bucket - $1.00
no coupon
Paid: $1.00
Total: $8.92

Saturday Savings, 1/16 - Publix

Once again, I kind of bumbled with my Publix trip. Total after tax before coupons - $19.61. After coupons - $13.61. Publix says I saved just over $20, after BOGOs and coupons.

A much more experienced couponing blogger, Heather, over at reported spending $14 and change at Publix this week and saving $130 plus. She's shaking her head in amusement at my fumbling and uninformed and unprepared attempts.
Here's the rundown:
2 4-pk. GE lightbulbs
BOGO at $2.09
Used $1.50 printable coupon
Paid $.59 for 8 lightbulbs
Blistex lip balm
no coupon, although the receipt says it was on sale.
Paid $.83
Hefty trash bags
BOGO at $6.49
Used 2 printable coupons
Paid $4.49 for 2 boxes of trashbags.
(I refuse to buy the cheap trash bags, even though I could have gotten something for less than what I did. There's almost nothing worse than three day old trash on the kitchen floor after the explosion of a cheap bag. Yuck.)
Thomas bagel-thins
BOGO at $3.99
No coupon, but I couldn't resist because these just fit my new diet determination at just 110 calories a piece.
Paid $3.99 for 2 bags of bagels.
Lender's bagels
4 packages of these.
BOGO at $2.15
Used 1 $1.00 printable coupon.
Paid $3.30 for 4 packages.
(I had another $1 coupon, but the cashier said she couldn't accept two of the coupons for BOGO items. I thought she was talking about the trashbag coupons, so I didn't fight it. If I had realized the coupon she was rejecting was for bagels, I would have pushed, seeing as how I had 4 packs, not just two. That's okay, though. Why didn't she refuse the two coupons on the two boxes of trashbags when they were BOGO? Anyways.)
Muir Glen tomato sauce, 8 oz.
Used $1 printable coupon
Paid $.78 for 2 cans.
(Another bumble here: after check out, I realized that I had only handed her 1 of my 2 coupons for this. I could have gotten them both for free, plus overage. grr.)
I've bought so many lightbulbs recently. Once I've been at this for a couple more months, we'll be set FOR LIFE for lightbulbs! The lightbulbs we've been able to get so cheaply are not the newer energy efficient ones that we love. There are only a few places in our house where we still need the older kind of bulb. We really will be set for life with this kind of bulb!
After the kids finish their nap, we're headed to Toys R Us (because Handsome Man and HM Junior both love the place). I think I'll visit the Publix next door and pick up another tomato sauce for free and two more packs of bagels for $1.15 after coupon. With the overage from the tomato sauce, it should come out to about $1.25 or so.

My resources

I surely can't come up with deals on my own. I don't have the time or energy or analytical thinking it takes to remember sales and coupons and to match them together for optimal savings.
It's a good thing that some wonderful bloggers out there can spend the time and can share their findings. I've read these blogs so thoroughly and so often lately that I feel like these girls are my friends. I even talk to my husband about them as though we'd had a conversation. "Collin said today that . . ." or "Kristen mentioned . . ." I'm really NOT a raving lunatic, I promise.
Every smart shopper needs to check out these blogs.
Collin is a mom of 3 who specializes in shopping often and paying little. She's a master-couponer who's not ashamed to carry her coupon stash with her everywhere she goes. She has a great video series you can find on her website or on youtube, so check out Follow Me Monday. Her video on CVS was what made me decide to give shopping there a try. Boy, am I glad I did. is one of my most-frequented sites.
Kristen has saved over $2,200 in just over 7 months to pay for her family's upcoming 11 day vacation to Disney World. She's my kind of lady! Also a master-couponer, Kristen also participates in online surveys to earn points towards valuable prizes like gift certificates. She's also incredibly generous -- she just donated the points she's been earning toward a Rainforest Cafe gift certificate to relief efforts in Haiti following the recent devestating earthquake. She was 75% of the way there, now she's starting over. She also has a series of videos on her website (and, I think, on youtube, too.) regarding smart shopping and couponing. She gives great insight on how to make your money work in stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and CVS. She is my original inspiration to try smart shopping. Thanks, Kristen; you've saved us a ton in just the month that I've been smart shopping!
I only just heard about this site yesterday, but I've spent a considerable amount of time there. My favorite aspect of Heather's blog is her fairly-new $40 a week grocery challenge. She's great at stacking coupons with Buy-One-Get-One offers. So far, I've seen mostly information about Publix, although I'll admit to not getting very far on her website. I've prepared a shopping list and coupons specifically for Publix today so I can find out if it's too good to be true. My favorite entry on mysweetsavings is her recent post about her trip to Publix (part of the $40 challenge) in which she spent $14 and change and saved over $130!

Thanks, Collin, Kristen, and Heather, for showing us all how to be smarter shoppers and better stewards of what God has given us.

Now, off to Target, Walmart, CVS, and Publix to save a bundle and spend just a little!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Weekly CVS trip 1/11

A kind-of disappointing trip today, but I'm happy with what I did get.

First of all, the CVS ad says that their Almay products start at $1.99. The ad also says that Neutrogena products start at $3.49. I couldn't find any product in either line for less than $6.49. Most were $7.99 or higher. I ALMOST went and asked the cashier where the $1.99 and $3.49 items were.
The L'oreal products were ECB producers when you bought $10 or more. I picked up a $4.99 item and an item that was apparently on clearance for $1.49; it was supposed to be $5.99. So, not only did I not make it to $10 to get my $3 ECB, but also the $1.49 item did not count toward the $10. I still need to buy $5.01 worth to get my $3 ECB. I don't like that, since I bought $6.50 of product that I normally would not have bought. Anyhoo.
I also could not find the 6-ct box of Soy Joy that I'd heard was going for $6, with an ECB payout of $6. $9 ECB that I expected to get back and didn't. grr.
Anyway, on to what I DID get:
2 Pantene Pro-V products
on sale for 2 for $6.97
used a $3.00 off 2 coupon
paid $3.97 for 2 products
2 GE Reveal 4-packs
on sale 2 for $6
used 2 $2.00 off 1 coupons
paid $2.00 for 8 lightbulbs
2 Roc cleansers
on sale for $3 off normal price of $9.99
used 2 $3.00 off 1 coupons
paid $7.98 for 2 products
2 Clean & Clear cleansers
on sale buy-one-get-one-50%-off
$4.99 each, so one rang up as $2.49
used 2 $2 off 1 coupons
paid $3.48 for 2 products
Used $18 ECB
Paid $3.46 out of pocket
Received $4 ECB back!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Getting ready to be savvy on Sunday, 1/9

I just want to apologize right now for the horrid layout of this post. For some reason, blogger is not putting space between lines where I am pressing Enter. Weird. I tried to space things out differently . . . like every new paragraph or deal is either centered or left-justified alternating. I hope that helps you read the deals. grr. I hate that it's hard to read. Sorry.
The deals for CVS are not as great as I'd hoped for this week. Here's a rundown of what you might expect.
The abbreviations for coupons: SS=Smart Source, RP=Red Plum, P&G= Proctor & Gamble.
Only 2 inserts in this week's paper, by the way. What a letdown from last week's FIVE! Still, don't forget to get an extra copy or 4 so you have plenty of coupons!
CVS's Extra Care Buck program really makes it worth while to shop at CVS. Check out the details here.
Buy 2 CVS Green Bag Tags or Reusable Shopping Bags $0.99=$1Ecb
Check out what Green Bag Tags are all about here.
Buy 2 Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner and Stylers 2/$6.97=$2Ecb
Use the $3/2 coupon from the 12/27P&G
Buy $10 worth of ANY L’oreal Cosmetics=$3Ecb (limit 1)
Some products are as low as $4.99.
So, with as few as one or two products, you could get your $3 ECB.
Use 2 $3/1 coupons from the 1/3RP
You can use 2 coupons, since you are getting 2 items. (Or 3 coupons for 3 items, etc.)
Buy 2 GE Reveal Light Bulb 4pk 2/$6=$2Ecb
Use 2 $2/1 coupons from the 1/10SS
Again, since you are buying 2 items, you can use 2 coupons. That makes this deal totally FREE after ECB's!
Soy Joy Single Bars 5/$1 (This is an unadvertised deal. You won't see it in the flyer tomorrow.)
Use the $2/10 coupon from the 1/3SS
That makes for 10 single bars for FREE!!
All Roc products on sale for $3 off
Buy Roc Age Diminishing Facial Cleanser $4.99
Use the $3/1 coupon from the 1/10 SS or from here.
Final cost is $1.99!
Clean & Clear–Buy 1 get 1 50% off(Prices starting at $4.99)
Use the $2/1 coupons from the 1/10 SS or from here.
Makes these less than $2 per item!
All Almay Cosmetics–Buy 1 get 1 FREE(Prices starting at $1.99)
Use 2 $1/1 coupons from (Click on the grocery coupons link at the bottom of the homepage and scroll through the coupons. There may be several pages of coupons before you find it.)
Final cost as low as 2 for FREE!
Neutrogena Cosmetics–Buy 1 get 1 50% off(Prices starting at $3.49)
Use 2 $2/1 coupons from the 1/10SS
Final cost as low as $0.62 per item!
Soy Joy 6 ct. box $6=$6Ecb
Final cost FREE!
Glade Fabric Spray $3.99=$3Ecb
Final cost $0.99!
You can find more deals here.
Here's what I'm hoping to land:
2 Loreal Items
about $5 oop
get back $3 ECB
2 packs of GE lightbulbs
about $2 oop
get back $2 ECB
10 Soy Joy singles
no ECB
Roc cleanser
about $2 oop
no ECB
2 Almay products
- coupons
no ECB
2 Neutrogena products
just over $1 oop
no ECB
Soy Joy 6ct. box
no coupon
$6 oop
get back $6 ECB
2 Clean and Clear products
about $3.50 oop
no ECB
At this point, I'm up to about $3 out of pocket after tax.. (I'm contemplating a couple more items that will bring me up to about $7 oop, but leave me with only $8 ECB's when it's all said and done.) I have $18 ECB's to use tomorrow.

Saturday Savings, 1/9 - Target

Another good trip to Target. You'll notice that I often buy just an item or two, like this trip. I'm still too new to the smart shopping game to be able to walk in with my Target coupon policy (which every serious smart shopper/Target guest should print and carry), and walk out with a basket full of items for $.19. So, I play it safe and move slowly.
I needed eggs. Since I was already at Target, I just decided to get them there, even though I knew I wouldn't pay the cheapest price. They were marked $1.47, but scanned at $1.24 at the register. Still a bit more than Wal-Mart, but I'm happy that I didn't have to make a trip to any other store for just that one item.
I found another coupon (I misplaced it when I was cutting them out on Sunday) for the Electrosol Finish tabs. They are on special through today at Target for $3.49 for the 12-pack, with a bonus of 25% (or 3 tabs) more. My coupon was for $2.50. So, for $.99, I got 15 loads of dishwasher detergent.
I used a reusable bag, which I shamelessly do, even if I only have one or two items. I want that $.05 credit! After coupon, my total came to $2.44. I used my Target gift card that I got for buying 2 Axe gift sets a little while back. I had used the gift card recently for something else. I posted about using it; I just don't remember what it was for, now. Anyway, I paid with the card; I now have $.01 left! It's so cool to not have to pay anything in cash. :)