Sunday, February 28, 2010


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My Faves, 2/28 -- Walgreens

I am VERY excited about the deals available this week at Walgreens.

I have ordered coupons from and studied my friend Heather's blog, so I'm all set for this week's specials. Or, I will be when I get my coupons in the mail on Thursday!

I chose my favorite of the deals for this week, and am sharing them with you. Let's make a deal that if you go shopping for these things, you'll leave some for me, okay? :)

Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets @ 2 for $9
*get $1 RR*

Use the BOGO coupon from the 2/21 RP

Pay: $4.50 for 2

Get $1 RR back

Crest Dental Care @ 3 for $9

*get $3 RR wyb 3*

Use 3 $2 Q from 2/7 P&G

Pay: $3

Get $3 RR

Nivea Lip Care -- $.99 each with in-ad coupon

Use BOGO Q from 2/7 RP

Pay: $.99 for 2!

Reach toothbrushes -- $.99 each with in-ad coupon

Use $1 Q from 10/4 or 10/18 RP or the BOGO or $1 Q from 1/3 RP

Pay: FREE!

Motrin PM (20 ct.) -- $2.99 each

Use $3/2 from 11/22 SS

Use $1.50 from Walgreens March savings booklet

Pay: FREE after both coupons!

Revlon Matte Eye Color -- $4.99

Minus $3 instant savings

Use $2 Q from 2/21 SS

Pay: FREE after instant savings and coupon. (Be aware: The register may beep and cause the coupon to need to be marked down.)

Dentyne Gum, 12-piece pack -- $.69 with in-ad coupon

Use $1/2 Q from 2/28 SS

Pay: $.19 each after both coupons!

Saturday, February 27, 2010


I just won 20 Swagbucks for searching for "square foot gardening" on!

I'm working toward a payout from Paypal, and I'm about halfway there!

All I do is make sure I do my internet searching on instead of google or bing or any other search engine. I get the same results, and I sometimes win swagbucks in the process.

Go here ASAP to sign up for your account -- you'll get 30 swagbucks to start you off just for signing up!

I think everybody needs to click that link above and sign up. Since you're going to search the net anyway, might as well get rewarded for it!

So far this year, I've gotten 2 $5 gift e-cards for I used them to buy our Disney guide books and paid less than half of what I would have at Barnes and Noble. Talani has gotten 1 $5 Amazon gift e-card, and we did use that for our guide books, too.

There's nothing to lose -- joining won't cost you a thing. Give it a try!

Saturday Savings, 2/27 -- Publix

A fair trip today. I may go back for more things, since I have more of those wonderful Knox coupons to use up before they expire (sometime soon -- March 6, maybe?)

Publix whipped topping -- $1.97
no coupon
Paid: $1.97

2 Publix pies -- 2 for $6
no coupon
Paid: $6

4 4-packs of Special K shakes -- 2 for $9
Used 2 $1/2 coupons (don't remember where I got them)
Paid: $16 for all 4

4 3-lb. bags of rice -- $.99 each
no coupon
Paid: $.99 each

Thai Kitchen ramen -- $.99
Used printable $1 coupon
Paid: FREE!

5 Knox gelatine -- $1.39 each
Used 5 $4 coupons purchased on ebay
Paid: FREE! plus $13.05 overage!

Yakisoba ramen -- $.79
no coupon
Paid: $.79

Pork country-style ribs -- $2.89 lb.
no coupon
Paid: $7.89

Total before coupons: $46.55
Total after coupons: $23.55
Total saved: $42.14

Saturday Savings, 2/27 -- CVS

I streamlined this week and just got a few things. I plan to hit up Wal-Mart and Walgreens tonight, and maybe Target.

1 Lip Frosting lip gloss -- $2.99
no coupon, just wanted to try it
Paid: $2.99

2 Colgate Actiflex toothbrushes and 1 Colgate children's brush -- 2 @$4.49 and 1 @$2.99
Used 2 $1 Actiflex coupons from February All You
Paid: $11.97
ECB generated: $5

Colgate Max Fresh toothpaste -- $2.99
Used $.75 Q from 2/21 SS
Paid: $2.24
ECB generated: $2

4 12-packs assorted Canada Dry and A&W rootbeer -- 4 for $13
(not pictured)
Paid: $13
ECB generated: $3

Total before coupons: $33.28
Total after coupons and ECB's used: $6.08
Total ECB's generated: $10

Friday, February 26, 2010

Join Swagbucks!

Go here ASAP and join Swagbucks!

Swagbucks is a great website. You win Swagbucks randomly when you search the net. You get the same results when you Swag-search that you would get from google or whatever else.

Accumulate enough Swagbucks and redeem for great prizes. So far this year, I have gotten $15 in gift cards that I used to buy my Disney guide books!

You'll get at least 30 Swagbucks just for signing up, then anywhere from 10 to 100 for searching. (You won't win Swagbucks every time you search, but if you do a lot of searching you can win several times per day.) I just won 50 a few minutes ago for searching "hulu".

What are you waiting for? Get over there now!

Saturday Savings, 2/20 -- Publix

1 package Golden Double Stuf Oreos -- FREE with coupon received from becoming a fan on Facebook.

4 Dayquil/Nyquil single dose packs -- $1.29 each
Used 3 $1.50 Q.
Paid: $.66 for all 4!

2 boxes Puffs tissues
FREE! with coupon (Buy 2 Nyquil/Dayquil, get 1 Puffs free)

2 Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes

5 Knox gelatine -- $1.39
Used 5 $4 Q
FREE! plus $13.05 overage!

4 Creamy Chicken ramen -- I think they were around $.87.

A great trip!
All this stuff for $7.65!
I saved over $63!
This trip was almost a week ago, and a long week at that. I don't remember the prices of everything, and I'm too lazy to get up to find the receipts in my purse. (They are all neatly organized, but so far away. I just got back this evening from a conference for work. I'm worn out.)
I do remember that the pizzas were 10 for $10.
I did have some trouble with getting the Knox coupon that I love so much to be accepted. The manager did confirm that it was okay for the cashier to accept it.
Like the architecture? My hubby got really got into it. He's so cute. Speaking of cute, my babies are the cutest! I love that we all have been smart shopping together, even though it is sometimes frustrating to find the deals with the kiddos in tow.

Stockpile Status, 2/26 -- Pantry

My amazing pantry!

A major overhaul is in my immediate future.

It's time to take everything out that isn't food and find somewhere else for those things.

Then I need to take out all the food and rearrange it in an orderly fashion.

On the floor are my bins of bulk items: rice and flour. I also have a box of random items: small appliances, storage containers, etc.

The lowest shelf is for my sister's stuff, so I'll leave that one alone.

The rest of the shelves are mine, and those are the ones I need to do the most work with (duh. obviously.).

Not pictured are the stacks in the laundry room of diet Mt. Dew and Special K shakes.

And to think that most of this disorganized bounty has been stockpiled in just under 2 months!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

For My Baby Sister, 2/20

Hey, Seester, this post's for you. I found the deals I thought would help you get the most out of your shopping trip as a new couponer. I hope this list helps. Leave a comment and let us know how you fared!


Excedrin Menstural Complete 20 – 24 ct — $2.50
Register Rewards: $2 when you buy 1
Coupon: $2 printable (You may have to scroll through a few pages of coupons.)
Deal: Buy 1 and use the $2 coupon.
You'll pay: $.50
You'll get back: $2 RR!

Trident Layers Gum — 99c
Coupon: 75c from 2/7 SS (If I have this coupon, I'll give it to you. Otherwise, there's no savings, unless you buy this coupon from I'm not sure if you're ready for that. :) )
Total: 24c

Crest Toothpaste 6.4 oz — $2.49
Coupon: 75c from 1/17 or 2/7 P&G and $1.50 Feb (I'll do what I can to help with these coupons, too.)
Total: 24c

Colgate 360 (medium #37 or Soft #36) — $2.49
Coupon: $1 printable and $1 from February
Total: 49c

Ester-C Coated Tablets (90 ct) B1G1 @ $10.99
Coupon: $5 from 2/21 SS (I think I have this coupon for you.)
You'll pay: 49c ea

Softsoap Liquid Handsoap 7.5 oz — 99c with in ad coupon
Coupon: 50c from March All You (Pick one or more copies up when you are at Walmart to buy your Sunday paper(s).)
You'll pay: 49c

Mentos Gum — 99c
Coupon: $1/2 from 2/21 SS (only good for sugar-free) (I don't remember this coupon, but I'll look and see if I have it.)
You'll pay: 49c

Goody Ouchless Elastics 27 ct pack — $2.99
You'll pay: $2.99
You'll receive: $2 RR

Gillette Fusion or Venus Razor — $8.99
Coupon: $4 from 2/7 P&G (This is the coupon for the Fusion -- the men's razor. If you're interested in this one, you can have the coupon.)
Deal: Buy a Fusion razor and use $4 q.
You'll pay: $4.99
You'll receive: $4 RR!

Stouffers Macaroni and Cheese — 2/$3
You'll pay: $3
You'll receive: $1 RR!

Joint Juice 30 pouch box — $10
You'll pay: $10
You'll receive: $10 RR!

Children’s Motrin (4oz), $3.49
Coupon: $3/2 from 1/3 RP (I'll see if I have this coupon for you.)
Deal: Buy 2 and use $3/2 Q.
You'll pay $3.98
You'll receive: $3 RR!

Lypsyl Lypmoisturizer Lip Balm Orig Stick .10 oz. — $2.99
You'll pay: $2.99
You'll receive: $2 RR

3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp Bars — 3/$2
Buy 4
You'll pay: $2.67
You'll receive: $1.50
(I hope you are able to find these; they're delicious and fairly low in calories -- I mean, as far as chocolate goes.)

Total value before tax: $63.57
Total value after tax: around $68
Total after coupons listed above: around $32 (great savings!)
Total RR generated: $25.50!

One thing to keep in mind with Walgreens: You have to have more items than you do coupons. With the above scenario, you'll have 21 items and 12 coupons, so you'll be fine.


Ear Rinse 1 oz — $7.99
You'll pay: $7.99
You'll receive: $7.99 ECB!

Simply Asia — 99c
Coupon: 50c printable
You'll pay: $.49

Renuzit Adjustables — 88c
Coupon: B2G1 free from 1/10 RP (I'll check for this coupon.)
Buy 3.
You'll pay: $1.76

Coke 2 liters — 3/$4
You'll pay: $4
You'll receive: $1 ECB!

Power Gel Energy Blast — $1.50
You'll pay: $1.50
You'll receive: $1.50 ECB!

Mom’s Best Natural Oatmeal — $1
Coupon: 75c printable
You'll pay: $.25

Almay Smart Shade or Smart Balance Foundation -- $9.99
Use the $2/1 coupon from the 2/7 SS (I hope I have this one for you.)
You'll pay: $7.99
You'll receive: $5 ECB!

Spend $20 on select L’Oreal Skincare Products (L’Oreal Skin Genesis, Advanced Revitalift Deep-set Wrinkle Repair, Collagen Filler or Age-Perfect Pro-Calcium $16 or L’Oreal Go 360 Clean Cleanser $6) = $5Ecb (Limit 1)
Deal Scenario:
Buy 4 L’Oreal Go 360 Cleansers $6 each = $24
Use 4 $2/1 coupons from the 1/3 RP (I'll see how many I have of these -- I may just have enough!)
You'll pay: $16
You'll receive: $5 ECB!

Total before tax: just over $55
Total after tax: just over $61
Total after coupons listed: around $45 (oh, my, that IS a lot!)
Total ECB generated: $20.49
You could always lessen this out of pocket cost without affecting your extra care bucks by eliminating the following items: Simply Asia, Renuzit, and Mom's Best. This would only take about $2.50 off you're total out of pocket. You could also pick your favorite deals and only buy those. Having $20 ECB for next week is FANTASTIC, though, so you may not want to eliminate anything. You would be getting all great deals, after all.

Something to try at CVS: Scan your Extra Care card at the price scanner found in the store. See what coupons print out. I have regularly gotten $5 off $25, and Talani got a $5 off $15 yesterday.

All together, that's $129 worth of products for around $77 (a 40% discount), with rewards of $46.

If you want to give it a shot, we can put together the coupons tomorrow and hit the stores!

Saturday Savings, 2/20 -- Target

I recently posted about my favorite picks for Target. See how I did:

1. Assorted clearance clothing for the kids:
denim skirt -- $7.98
2 shirts -- $3.50 each
swim trunks -- $3.98 (Why are swim trunks already on clearance? Could these be leftovers from last year?)
1 2-piece outfit -- $4.00
1 pr. khaki pants -- $3.00
Paid: around $26

2. 4 4-packs Special K protein shakes -- $5.04 each
Used 2 $1/2 Q from
Paid: $18.16

3. Excedrin Back and Body -- $2.51
Used $2 printable
Paid: $.51

4. Dove 4-pack of soap with a bonus tiny body wash -- $3.99
Used $1.75 printable and $1 Target printable Q's.
Paid: $1.24

5. 2 Gillette body washes -- $3 each
Used 2 $2 Q from 2/7 P&G
Paid: $1 each!

Used $3 off purchase coupon we received last week when a transaction went horribly wrong.
Total before coupons: around $60
Total after coupons: around $48
Not a huge success, I guess. The kids' clothes are for summer vacation (We always save their new season wardrobe for vacation, so these things are for summer/fall.) Dianna, especially, is needing more things. She has almost nothing for the summer. Maybe I should try consignment shopping or Mom-to-Mom sales. I haven't progressed that far in my smart shopping endeavors, but maybe it's time. $18 was spent on Special K, and I think that's about as cheap as I'll ever be able to find them -- $4.54 per 4-pack. I have almost enough of these shakes now to last me through the rest of the school year.
So, after the clothes and shakes, we only spent about $3 on the rest of the stuff. In spite of the big number on the receipt, I'm pleased with this trip.

Saturday Savings, 2/20 -- Walgreens

Jarod picked the perfect time to come plop in my lap!

Brought to you by The Cutie Cousin Company: Jarod and Ayden.

Our Walgreens stash:

4 rolls of Tuf paper towels -- $.50 each

2 Maxwell House coffees -- 2 for $5

Lypsyl lip balm -- $2.99
RR generated: $2!

1 Walgreens brand aspirin -- $1.29
Used FREE coupon received in the mail.
Paid: FREE!

4 Nyquil/Dayquil -- $5 each
Used 3 $2 Q from 1/17 P&G and 1 $1.50 Q from 2/7 P&G
Paid: $12.50
RR generated: $10!

2 Puffs tissues
Used 2 Free-when-you-buy-2-Vick's-products
Paid: FREE!

2 Crest Pro-Health rinse -- 2 for $7
Used 2 $2 Q
Paid: $3
RR generated: $2.50

2 Ghirardelli chocolate bars -- 2 for $3
Used $1 off Q from the February Walgreens savings booklet
Paid: $1 each

2 Endangered Species -- $1.79 each
Used $1 off Q from the February Walgreens savings booklet
Paid: $1.29 each

Used $5 off $20 "check" received in the mail.

Total before coupons: $51.39
Total after coupons: $26.12
Total RR generated: $14.50

I had some RR to use this time, but I forgot about them until after the cashier had taken the $5 off check thing. Once that went through,

Saturday Savings, 2/20 -- CVS

First Transaction:

1 Aussie product -- $2.99
Used $1 Q from 2/14 RP
Paid: $1.99
ECB generated: $2!

1 CVS brand lotion, 3 oz. -- $1.49
Used $1 Q printed at the register or price scanner (don't remember which)
Paid: $.49
No ECB generated

2 Covergirl pressed powder -- $6 each
Used $1/1 Q and B1G1 Q from 2/7 P&G
Paid: $5
ECB generated: $5!

2 CVS brand tissues -- $.99 each
Used $1 Q printed at the register or price scanner (don't remember which)
Paid: $.98
No ECB generated

Used a $5 off of $15 that printed today at the price scanner!
$1 ECB generated for 4'th use of a green bag tag!

Total before coupons: $19.85
Total oop after coupons and ECB's used: $3.32
Total ECB's generated: $8!

Second Transaction:

1 CVS brand lotion, 3 oz. -- $1.49
Used $1 Q that printed at the register or price scanner
Paid: $.49

2 CVS brand tissues -- $.99 each
Used $1 Q that printed at the register or price scanner
Paid: $.98

Total before coupons: $3.59
Total after coupons: $1.59
ECB's generated: $1 (for 4th use of green bag tag!)

Friday, February 19, 2010

My Top 15 Picks, 2/19 -- Walmart

1. Sara Lee frozen pies
Rollback for $1 to $1.75
Coupon: $1 from here
FREE! or $.75

2. YoBaby 3-in-1 meals
Usually around $1
Coupon: $1 from here after registering here
FREE! or maybe just a little oop

3. Cetaphil, 8 oz.
Coupon: $5 after completing a short survey here

4. Hasbro Games
Rumored to be on rollback
plenty of coupons here
Cheap games -- early Christmas shopping?

5. Buy 3 Olay Ultra Moisture with Shea Butter Body Wash $3.87 each
Total = $11.61
Use 3 $1/1 coupons from the 1/17 PG
Pay $8.61
Submit for the $15 Olay Rebate
Final cost all FREE + a $6.39 moneymaker!

6. Dove travel size stylers
$.99 - $1.07
Coupon: $1.50 from 1/31 RP
FREE! with possible overage

7. Johnson & Johnson Buddies Soap
Coupon: $1 from here

8. Schick ST2 slim twins 12 pk disposable razors
Retail: $1.97
Coupon: $3 from 2/7 SS (exp 3/31)
Total: Free!

9. Dove Deodorant (trial size)
Retail: 97c
Coupon: $1 from 1/31 RP (exp 2/28)
Total: Free!

10. Taco Bell Thick and Chunky Salsa 16 oz
Retail: $1.54
Coupon: $1 from February All You (exp 4/30)
Total: 54c ea

11. Rice a Roni / Pasta Roni
Retail: 92c ea
Use $1/3 from 1/3 RP (exp 4/30)
Total: 59c ea

12. Blistex Lipbalm
Retail: 97c
Coupon: 35c/1 from 1/17 SS (exp 3/31)
Total: 62c

13. NYC Color Liquid Lip Shine
Retail: $1.72
Coupon: $1 from Feb All You (exp 2/28)
Total: 72c

14. Hamburger Helper
Retail: $1
Coupon: 75c/3 from 1/3 SS (exp 2/27)
Total: 75c

15. Borden Singles Sensations
Retail: $1.88
Coupon: $1 from Feb All You (exp 3/31)
Total: 88c ea

If you purchased all of these items as described, you would probably spend about $20 oop. Don't forget, though, that you can submit for the Olay rebate of $15, making it just $5 for all 15 items here!

My Top Picks, 2/19 -- Target

1. Gillette Men’s body Wash is on sale for $3
Use the $2/1 coupon from the 2/7PG
Final cost ONLY $1!
(Thanks, Debbie & Jessica!)

Excedrin back and body 24ct on a price- cut for $2.51
Use the $2/1 coupon from here
Final cost $0.51!

Travel Size Secret Clinical Protection Deodorant $2.57
Use the $2/1 coupon from the (anyone know what insert?)
Final cost $0.57!
(Thanks, Korrine!)

4. Thai Kitchen Ramen noodles $0.99
Use the $1/1 Thai Kitchen coupon available on (use zip code 44256)
Final cost FREE!
(Thanks, Joan!)

Softsoap Pumps 7.5 oz — $1
Coupon: 50c from March All You
Total: 50c

6. Dove Men + Care Bonus Pack of 4 Bar Soap (includes Small Body Wash) — $3.38 – $3.99
Coupon: $1.75 printable or from the 1/31 RP AND $1 Target Store printable coupon
Total: 63c to $1.24

My Top 5 Picks, 2/19 -- Walgreens

All of these deals are for next week. Do NOT go running to the store! :)

1. Hershey’s Pieces 10 or 10.5 oz — 2/$5

RR: Buy $10 and get $5 RR
Coupon: $1 from 1/31 SS (I really hope I got this coupon.)
Deal: Buy 4 and use 4 $1 Qs. Pay $6 and get $5 RR
Total: 25c ea

2. Special K Bars — 2/$5
RR: $3 wyb 2
Coupon: $1/2 from 1/3 RP (exp 2/28)
Deal: Buy 2 and use $1/2 Q. Pay $4 and get $3 RR
Total: 50c ea

3. I got a mailer today with a $5 off of $20! Love it!

4. Excedrin Menstural Complete 20 – 24 ct — $2.50
RR: $2 wyb 1
Coupon: $2 printable
Deal: buy 1 and use $2 Q. Pay 50c and get $2 RR
Total: $1.50 money maker!

5. Goody Ouchless Elastics 27 ct pack — $2.99
RR: $2 wyb 1
Total: 99c

My Top 5 Picks, 2/19 -- Publix

1. Italian Days sale coupons printable here! (You'll find the link to the printables on this page.)

2. Muir Glenn Fire Roasted Tomatoes
Retail: 2/$3
Coupon: $1/2 Publix coupon and $1 printable here or here
Total: 2 for free!

3. Bandaids (small boxes)
Retail: 79c
Coupon: $1 blinkie found in the pharmacy area
Total: Free

4. Muir Glen Tomato Paste
Retail: $1.09
Coupon: $1 printable here or here
Total: 9c

5. Ruffies Trash Bags
Retail: $2.19
Coupon: 50c from 2/13 and $1 Publix coupon from the Yellow flyer (exp 2/28)
Total: 69c ea

I'd hoped to have a lot more than a top 5! It's been hard for me to find deals, since Publix in Florida doesn't double coupons. If any of you know a good site to find Florida-friendly deals, I'd love to know!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday Shopping, 2/14 -- Target

No pictures today. Everything's put away!

3 Venus Breeze Razors -- $6.99 each
Used 3 $2 Q from 2/7 P&G
Paid: $14.97
Received $5 gift card for buying 2 Venus razors.

3 Olay Total Effects bodywash (smaller size) -- $5.50 each
Used 3 Free wyb Venus Q from 2/7 P&G
Paid: FREE!
Received $5 gift card for buying 3 Olay Total Effects bodywashes!

Used $5 from purchasing oatmeal during last week's gift card promotion. Paid the rest using an American Express gift card purchased at Publix during a promotion there.
Nothing on my debit card or out of my wallet!

I didn't get everything I planned, because they were out of stock of some things.
Next trip:
I want to buy 3 more Venus razors (because I have 3 more coupons). I want to buy a Gillette Fusion razor, because I have a $4 from the most recent P&G, plus the texted $2 Q I received today from Target. With those 4 razors, I'll get 2 $5 gift cards!
I want to buy 3 more Olay Total Effects bodywashes because I have 3 more FREE coupons (wyb a Venus razor). Plus, the 3 Olay Total Effects will generate another $5 Target gift card!
Now, if I could just find a Target that has the razors in stock! We went to 3 Targets yesterday, and 2 of them again today, with only the partial success you have read above.

Sunday Shopping, 2/14 -- CVS

No picture today. I put everything away already!

1 Aussie product -- $2.99
Used $1 Q from 2/14 RP
Paid: $1.99
ECB generated: $2!

2 Crest Pro-Health Rinse -- $3.50 each
Used 2 $2 Q from 2/7 P&G
Paid: $3 for both
ECB generated: $7!

2 Glad Sense 'n Spray -- $6
Used 2 $3 Q from 1/24 SS
Paid: $6
ECB generated: $4

2 Covergirl Pressed Powder -- $6 each
Used B1G1 and $1 off Q's from 2/7 P&G
Paid: $5
ECB generated: $5

Total before coupons: $36.54
Total after $5/$25 coupon, plus coupons listed above and $8 ECB: $5.54
Total ECB generated: $18!

What I've learned so far about Walgreens

I've been a Walgreens shopper for less than 2 weeks, but I'm learning quickly how to make Walgreens shopping work for those of us who are stretching our bucks. Here are a few tips I've picked up along the way that will help you be successful, too.

1. You may not have more coupons than items. Learned this the hard way. When you have 11 items, you may not have 12 or more coupons.
2. Walgreens considers Register Rewards to be coupons. So remember to keep track of them when you are counting coupons. Look for coupons or sales where you use one coupon to buy several items. One example of this is the Valentine pencils I have bought recently for my class. There was an in-ad coupon making these 5 for $1. So one coupon for 5 items. I could have used up to 4 other coupons or RR coupons and still would have been okay.
3. You can't use RR to purchase the same RR generating item. This is best explained in contrast with CVS. Recently, I purchased some boxes of Soy Joy bars from CVS. The boxes were $6 each and generated $6 ECB, rendering the bars free. I purchased one box, received the ECB, then turned around and bought another box with those ECB. That purchase generated another $6 ECB. I kept up this cycle until I had reached the limit of the offer, which was $6. So, I spent $6 initially, and then just used ECB for the remainder of the deal. At Walgreens, you might currently purchase Joint Juice for $10. You'd receive $10 RR. You could not use that $10 to buy more Joint Juice. To keep the money saving chain going, you'd have to use those $10 RR to purchase something else that generates RR. You could THEN use that RR to purchase more Joint Juice, thereby keeping the cycle going.
4. There is no limit on the RR deals you can do in a week. CVS has the Extra Care card which you must have in order to land the best deals and which tracks how many of each deal you've gotten in the week. Once you reach the limit of the offer, you will no longer get the special price or the ECB's that are offered. Walgreens doesn't have a card. You are limited to a certain number of RR offers per transaction (example: You can only get $10 RR for Joint Juice once in a transaction.). But you could make the deal happen every day if you wanted.
5. You should hand over the manufacturer's coupons before the in-ad coupon to avoid having the register computer beep to indicate a problem with the coupon. For example, this week (2/14 - 2/20):
Trident Layers Gum $0.69 with in ad coupon
Use $0.75/1 coupon from the 2/7SS
Final cost FREE + overage!
**Hand over the manufacturer's Q before the in-ad Q.**

Well, I'm sure I'll keep learning over the next several weeks. Whenever I come across something integral to making your Walgreens shopping successful, I'll let you know!

My Walgreens Picks, 2/14 - 2/20

Register Reward Deals This Week

*Thanks to Hip2Save for these deals.*

Folgers Classic Roast Coffee 11.3 oz 2/$5 = $1RR
Final Cost $2 each

Shavemate 6 Blade All in One Disposable Razors 3 pack $7.99 = $4RR
Final Cost $3.99!

Oral-B Cross Action Toothbrush/Crest Pro Health, Extra White Plus Scope, or Outlast Toothpaste/Crest Pro Health Mouthwash 2/$7 = $2.50RR (Limit 2)
Buy 2 Crest Pro Health Mouthwash 2/$7
Use 2 $2/1 coupons from the 2/7 PG
Pay $3
Get back a $2.50RR
Final Cost $0.25 each!

Other Great Deals

Personal Care

Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick $6.99
Use the $2/1 coupon from the Walgreens February Coupon Booklet (Look for them in a rack with or near the weekly ad.)
Use the $1/1 coupon from the 1/17 SS
Final Cost $3.99!

Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color $5.99 with in-ad coupon
Use the $5/2 coupon from the 2/14 RP
Final Cost $3.49 each!

L’Oreal Cosmetics Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
Buy 2 L’Oreal Extra Volumizing Collagen Washable Mascara $7.99
(based on on-line price; 2nd one will ring up at $4 due to sale)
Use 2 $3/1 coupons from the 1/13 RP
Use the $2/1 coupon from the Walgreens February Coupon Booklet (will deduct $4)
Final Cost $1 each!

Blistex Lip Balm 2/$2 with in-ad coupon
Use the $1/2 coupon from the 12/13 SS (good for Blistex medicated)
Final Cost $0.50 each!

Ricola Drops 19-24 count $1.29 with in-ad coupon
Use the $1/2 coupon from the 1/17 SS
Final Cost $0.79 each!


Gatorade 32 oz. 2/$3 with in ad coupon
Use 2 $0.50/1 coupons from the 1/3 RP or 1/10 RP (good for G2 variety)
Final Cost $1 each!

Starbucks Frappuccino drink 2/$4 with in ad coupon

Use the $1/1 coupons from here
Final cost $1 per drink!

Trident Layers Gum $0.69 with in ad coupon

Use $0.75/1 coupon from the 2/7SS
Final cost FREE + overage!
**Hand the manufacturer coupon over before the in ad coupon to avoid beepage!

Campbell’s Select Harvest or Chunky Soup 2/$3 with in-ad coupon
Use the $1.50/3 coupon found here
Final Cost $1 each!

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup $0.69 with in-ad coupon
Use the $0.40/4 coupon from the 1/3 SS
Final Cost $0.59 each!

Skippy Peanut Butter 16 oz. 2/$3
Use 2 $0.50/1 coupons from the 1/31 RP
Final Cost $1 each!


Air Wick i-Motion or Freshmatic 50% Off
Buy 1 Air Wick i-Motion Scented Oil Warmer regularly priced at $7.99
(based on on-line price; should ring up at $4 due to sale)
Use the $4/1 coupon from the 2/7 SS (there is also a $3/1 coupon found here)
Final Cost as low as FREE!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Saturday Savings, 2/13 -- Publix

Talani was so impressed with how much the bagger could fit into the one reusable bag we brought in!

All of this came out of that one reusable bag!

Only the milk is missing from this picture. It's already in the fridge. :)

A GREAT trip!

2 Post Raisin Brans -- 2 for $5
Used 2 $2 printable Q (don't remember the origin)
Paid: $1 for both!

2 Post cereals -- B1G1 @4.41
Paid: $4.41

1 gal. milk (not pictured) -- $3.19
Used FREE Q from Publix Yellow Advantage flyer
Paid: FREE!

6 Healthy Choice smart mixers -- B1G1 @$2.99
Used 4 $1 off 1 and 1 $1 off 2 Q (The $1 off 1 came from the February All You. I don't remember where the $1 off 2 came from.)
Paid: $4 for all 6

2 Healthy Choice frozen meals -- $3.79 for both
Used $1/2 coupon (origin?)
Paid: $2.79

4 Yoplait Fiber One yogurt 4-packs -- B1G1 @$2.50
Used 4 $.50 coupons
Paid: $3 for all 4!

3 Knox gelatin -- $1.39
Used 3 $4 Q purchased from ebay
Paid: FREE! plus $7.83 overage!

5 Chapsticks (3 singles and 1 bonus double pack) -- $1.49 each
Used 4 $1 Q from Publix Green Advantage flyer
Paid: $1.96 for all 5!

5 Hallmark cards -- $.99 each
Used 5 $.99 Q from Publix greeting card aisle (those expire tomorrow, so use them up quickly!)
Paid: FREE!

Total after all coupons: $9.68
Total savings: $58.15!

Saturday Savings, 2/13 -- Target

The biggest disappointment of the day came at Target. I was really looking forward to getting a really great Target gift card deal, but I needed 6 items to make it happen. They only had 1 in stock. I've got to try again later at another Target. Here's the deal I didn't get:

Buy 2 Venus Embrace razors @ $6.99 each (a sale price), get a $5 Target gift card.
Use 2 $2 Q from the 2/7 P&G
Pay $10, get $5 gift card back.

Buy 3 Olay Total Effects bodywash, smaller size -- $5.49 each, get a $5 gift card.
Use 2 Buy a Venus razor, Get an Olay bodywash FREE!
Pay $5.49, get $5 gift card back.

Do both in the same transaction, pay $15.49, get $10 in gift cards back.

What we did get:

8 Special K 4-pack protein shakes -- $5.04 each
Used 4 $1/2 Q from ??
Paid: $36.32 for 32 school lunches :)

3 Satin Care shave gels, travel size -- $.99
Used 3 $.55 Q from 2/7 P&G (some areas got $1 off! FREE item!)
Paid: $1.32 for all three!

Not a super trip, since we did pay almost $40, but I really wanted the Special K shakes and the shave gels were a good deal.

Saturday Savings, 2/13 -- Walgreens

Only one disappointment at Walgreens today: I couldn't find the great Valentine pencils with the giant fun eraser. I need just a few more to finish my gifts for my class. What a great addition they will be . . . if I can get just 2 more!

What we did get:

3 Nyquil and 2 Dayquil -- $5 each
Used 5 $2 Q from 1/17 P&G
Paid: $3 each or $15
RR generated: $10
(I should really only needed to buy 4 to get the RR, but I had the coupon and it was a pretty good deal, so I just went ahead with it.

2 Theraflu -- $5 each
Used 2 $2 printable coupons (I printed these so long ago I don't remember where I got them. I AM glad I saved them, though!)
Paid: $3 each or $6
RR generated: $5

3 3 Muskateer truffle bars -- 3 for $2
Used in-ad coupon to make them $.49 each
Paid: $1.47
RR generated: $1

2 Reach toothbrushes -- $1.59 each
Used 1 B1G1 Q from 1/3 RP
Paid: $1.59 for both
no RR generated

Total before coupons: $40 plus
Total after coupons and $10 RR from previous transaction: $14.41
Total RR generated: $16!

Saturday Savings, 2/13 -- CVS

Disappointed today with the CVS deal. I needed to buy 2 of a certain product to make another, much better, deal work. So, naturally, they only had one. grr.
So we got what we could.

Gillette Fusion razor -- $8.99
Used $4 Q from 2/7 P&G
Paid: $4.99
ECB generated: $4

Gillette deoderant -- $3.99
Used $1 Q
Paid: $2.99
ECB generated: $1

Also, scanned my CVS card at the price checker and got a $5 off $25 coupon. I have two now, and have used two just like it in the past week.

Before coupons: $13 plus tax
After coupons and ECB: $3 something
ECB generated: $5

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snow Day on line shopping, 2/12 -- Walgreens

I just ordered my FREE 8x10 collage from! To score yours, go here and scroll all the way down to the bottom to find the banner advertising the free collage. Don't forget to load some of your own photos or you'll have to go back out and do it like I did!
This is ONLY GOOD TODAY, FEBRUARY 12, so don't delay!

Snow Day Shopping, 2/12 -- Walgreens

After CVS, I hit Walgreens.
I had at least 4 transactions planned, but had so much trouble with the second that I just left and went home.
Really, the problem was easily fixed, but there was such a long line behind me at the register by the time I finished that I was so embarrassed.

First transaction:

10 Valentine pencils -- 2 for $1
Used in-ad coupon to get 10 for $2
Paid: $2

5 Crest toothpaste -- each had a bonus travel size! -- $2.59 each
Used 5 $.75 coupon from 1/17 P&G
Used $1.50 coupon from Walgreens' February coupon booklet
Paid: $.34 each or $1.70

3 Disney Activity pads -- 2 for $1
Used in-ad coupon to get 3 for $1
Paid: $1

3 Milky Way AND 3 Dove dark chocolate bars -- 3 for $2
Used in-ad coupon to get all 6 for $.49 each
Paid: $2.94 for 6

Used $7 RR
Paid: $2.06 for $25.65 value!


Second transaction:

10 wrapped pencils -- 2 for $1
Used in-ad coupon to get 10 for $2
Paid: $2

Super Poligrip -- $2
no coupon
Paid: $2
RR generated: $2

2 Reach toothbrushes -- $1.99 each
Used B1G1 Q from 1/3 RP (purchased from
Paid: $1.99 for both

I tried to get 5 Dayquil/Nyquil on sale for $4.49, with coupons for $2 off each. With a purchase of $20 of product, I could have gotten $10 RR. The computer wouldn't accept the coupon for whatever reason -- even though the coupon read "any product". The cashier didn't seem too eager to make it work, so I just asked her to void out the Nyquil/Dayquil. She voided 5, but she must have rung up a 6th on accident. The total she gave me was $10.93. I knew that was wrong -- it should have more like $6 something, but after going around with her a little, I finally paid her just so I could get the receipt and look at it myself. I found her error and had to wait for a manager to come give me a refund. After all was said and done, my total for the second transaction was $6.44.

I had intended to use some of my RR to pay for this, but with the confusion I felt, I forgot all about them.

Total paid at Walgreens today: $8.50 for a $41.87 value!
I now have $5.50 in RR.

Snow Day shopping, 2/12 -- CVS

School was closed today due to inclement weather!
I've never had a snow day before!
Still haven't, I guess, since it has not snowed even a little.
We had some freezing rain yesterday, little balls of ice not at all big enough to be hail, but that's it.
So, today, I hit CVS and Walgreens all alone. My sister watched the kids for me so I could spend a few hours on my own. It really was quite wonderful. I wish I could get out alone more. I was able to find the deals so quickly!
Here is the run down of my success at CVS today:

4 Colgate Total -- Buy 1 at $2.79, Get 1 Free
Used 4 $1 Q from January All You
Paid: $1.58, or $.40 each!

2 Scotch travel-size lint rollers -- $.99 each
Used 2 $1 Q from 1/24 SS
Paid: FREE! (The cashier did adjust the value of the coupon down to $.99, per CVS's coupon policy.)

6 Nivea Lip Care products -- $2.99 and $3.99
Used 3 B1G1 Q from 2/7 RP (I purchased from
Paid: $9.97
ECB's generated: $5

Total before coupons: $28.49
Used $5 off $25 coupon plus coupons listed above.
Used $5 ECB
Paid: $3.17 oop
Received $5 ECB, a $5 off $25 coupon, a $1 off any body wash coupon, and a $1 off any Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers or Glosses.
I have a total of $8 ECB

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday, 2/9 -- Target and Publix

Yesterday at Target, I bought some Olay bodywash that I got for free with a coupon from 2/7 PG. (Free Olay bodywash when you buy a Venus razor.) When I got home, I looked on line and saw that if I had bought the Olay Total Effects body wash, I could get a $5 Target gift card. So tonight, I took back the Olay Quench and bought Olay Total Effects. I didn't have to pay any extra; there are several Olay bodywashes on sale for $5.49 this week. Sure enough, I got a $5 gift card. Hurray!
3 Olay Total Effects body wash -- $5.49 each
Used Target gift cards earned from Venus razor promotion
OOP: $11 and change
Got back a $5 Target gift card.


5 Hallmark greeting cards -- $.99 each
Used 5 $.99 coupons
Paid: FREE!
2 Chapstick double packs -- $1.49 each
Used 2 $1.00 coupons from the Green Advantage flyer
Paid: $.49 each (or $.25 per tube of chapstick!)
So proud of my husband for finding this great deal!
2 Knox gelatine -- $1.39 each
Used 2 $4.00 coupons bought on ebay
Paid: FREE! Plus $5.22 overage!
2 Juicy Juice box packages -- BOGO for $3.99
no coupon
Paid: $3.99
2 packages of meat -- ribs and pork roast -- around $13 for both
no coupon
Paid: around $13
Total before coupons: $28.35
Total after coupons: $13.35

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Couple of GREAT Target Deals

Target has a couple $5 gift card deals out there that you can't miss!
Deal #1:
Get a $5 gift card when you buy 5 select Quaker Oatmeal products.
One of the products is the Brown Sugar Oatmeal Easy Express bowls.
They are on sale for $1.02.
Buy 5 and pay $5.10.
Get a $5 gift card!
Try going here to print a $1/1 coupon, making this not simply a great deal, but a money maker!
You can print 2 coupons on each computer, so the more computers you can access, the better. If you can print 5, you can make this a $.10 out of pocket expense that nets you a $5 gift card. Use 5 more coupons; buy 5 more; pay $.10 from your first gc, and get another $5 gc!
You could just keep going and going!
Deal #2:
Get a $5 gift card when you buy 2 Venus Embrace razors - $6.99 each on sale.
Do this:
Buy 2 Venus Embrace razors -- $6.99
Buy 2 Olay Body Washes -- $5.49 each
Use 2 $2 coupons on Venus from the 2/7 P&G
Use 2 Get Olay Free wyb Venus coupons from 2/7 P&G
Pay $10, get a $5 gc!
I've heard that the Olay Total Effects body wash also generates a $5 gift card, even though this isn't advertised anywhere on the shelf. You have to buy 3. So you should triple the above deal, buying 6 of each. You'd get 3 $5 gc for the razors and 2 $5 for the bodywash. That would make this deal a total oop of around $35 after taxes, and get you $25 back in gift cards!
I tried the buy 6 deal. The body wash I picked up was Olay Quench, not Olay Total Effects, and it didn't generate the gift cards (although I did get 3 for the razors). I'm taking that body wash back tomorrow and trying again with the Total Effects. I hope, too, that going to a different Target will allow me to find the Quaker oatmeal -- it was out of stock at the one we tried tonight.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday Savvy, 2/7 -- CVS

Total before coupons: $26
Total after coupons and ECB: $4.48

5 boxes of Nabisco crackers -- 5/$10
Used 3 $1/1 Nabisco coupons from a newspaper insert (don't remember which one)
Paid $7 for 5 boxes of crackers
2 Pantene products -- 2/$7
Used $2/2 coupon from 2/7 P&G
Paid $5
Scotch travel size lint roller -- $.99
Used $1 coupon from a newspaper insert (don't remember which one)
Paid: FREE!
2 Gillette Bodywash -- $8
Used 2 $2/1 coupons from 2/7 P&G
Paid: $4
Used $5/25 coupon printed from the price scanner
Used $7.49 ECB
After all coupons and ECB: $4.48!
ECB generated: $8

Sunday Savvy, 2/7 -- Walgreens

Total before coupons: just over $58.
Total after coupons: just under $39.
Total oop after RR: $ around $19.

Transaction 1
5 Aveeno products -- on sale for 20% off -- between $5.83 and $5.99
Used 5 $2/1 off from the 1/10 SS
Walgreens reusable bag -- $.99
no coupon
Vitamin Schtick -- $2.99
So, I thought this would be $1.99 and generate $2 RR. No on both accounts. Oh, well.
Total before coupons: $35.96
Total after coupons and RR: $10.74
Transaction 2
Gillette Fusion Razor -- $8.99
Used $4 coupon from 2/7 PG
Pay $4.99
Gillette Deoderant -- $3.99
Gillette Bodywash -- $3.34
Used 1 B1G1 free (free bodywash wyb deoderant) from 2/7 P&G
Used $1 coupon from 12/27 P&G
Pay $2.99
Schick Quattro Pro Titanium -- $8.99
no coupon
Pay $8.99
Total before coupons and RR: $24.31 plus tax
Total oop after coupons and RR: $8.83
Generated $8.50 RR

Saturday, February 6, 2010

My Hoped-For Walgreens, 2/7 - 2/13

Seems like a great week for Walgreens too! Boy, I got in on the Walgreens action just in time! I'm so excited to try another Walgreens shopping trip! I have 6 transactions in the works. I hope the coupons are as expected in tomorrow's paper!


This seems like an appropriate place to give a big thanks to Collin at and to Kristin at They do a wonderful job of compiling the best deals. I surely couldn't smart shop without their insights.
I haven't chosen all of the deals at Walgreens this week. Anything with a printable coupon has to wait until I replace my ink!
Here we go!
Buy $25 of participating Aveeno products (Aveeno is 20% off this week excluding baby and sun care) = $10RR
Buy 2 Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion 12 oz. priced at $7.49 each (should ring up at $5.99 due to 20% off sale)
Buy 2 Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Cleansers priced at $7.29 each (should ring up at $5.83 due to 20% off sale)
Buy 1 Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Brightening Daily Scrub priced at $7.29 (should ring up at $5.83 due to 20% off sale)
Use 5 $2/1 coupons from the 1/10 SS (expires 2/10!)
Pay $19.47
Get back a $10RR
Final Cost $1.89 each!
Buy $15 of select Nivea products = $5RR
(Nivea Skin Care, Lip, Bath or For Men 20% off)
Buy 4 Nivea Kiss of Moisture Hydrating Lip Care priced at $2.99 each(these should ring up at $2.39 each due to 20% off sale)
Buy 2 Nivea Kiss of Shine Glossy Lip Care priced at $3.99 each(these should ring up at $3.19 each due to 20% off sale)
Use 3 Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupons from the 2/7 RP
Pay $8.77
Get back a $5RR
Final Cost $0.63 each!
Schick Quattro $8.99 = $3RR
Pay $8.99
***Plus, submit for the FREE Razor Rebate from the 2/7SS (you will get $8.99 back)!
Final cost FREE + a $3 moneymaker!
Super Poligrip Denture Adhesive $2 = $2RR
Pay $2
Final Cost FREE
This isn't something I need or see a potential need for in the near future. But maybe I can donate, and it's free so why not?
Some regions received a $1 coupon in the 1/3 RP, so this item could be a money maker! I didn't get that coupon, unfortunately, but I'm going for it anyway!
Kotex Feminine Care 2/$6 = $3RR
Buy 2 Kotex Maxipads 14-24 packs
Use the $2/2 coupon from the 1/10 SS or found here
Pay $4
Final Cost $0.50 each!
I can't print this coupon and I didn't get the $2/2 in the paper, so this deal has to wait until I order some coupons from
Buy one Gillette Venus Embrace or Fusion MVP Razor System/3 pack Venus Embrace Disposable Razors $8.99 = $4RR
Use the $5/1 Gillette Fusion coupon from the 2/7 PG
Pay $3.99
Final Cost FREE!
Vitamin Water Lip Care (Acai, Dragon Fruit, Fruit Punch, Lemonade) $1.99 = $2RR
(Mega-Saver price for the whole month)
Pay $1.99
Final cost FREE!
Buy $20 or more of participating Nutri-Pure, Nutritioniste, Fructis, 100% Color, Nutrisse or HerbaShine products = $10RR
Buy 3 Garnier Fructis Hair Care 3/$10
Buy 2 Garnier Nutrisse or 100% Color Hair Color priced at $5.99 each
Use 3 $1/1 Garnier Fructis coupons from the 1/10 RP or 2/7 RP
Use 2 $2/1 Garnier Hair Color coupons from the 2/7 RP
Pay $14.98
Get back a $10RR
Final Cost $1 each!
Buy 1 or more participating Old Spice, Secret or Gillette anti-perspirant/deodorant products $3.99 (on sale this week) = $1.50RR
Buy 2 Gillette Deodorants
Use the Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon from the 2/7 PG
Use the $1/1 coupon from the 12/27 PG
Pay $2.99
Get back a $1.50RR
Final Cost $0.75 each!
Check out even more great deals at and!

My Hoped-For CVS , 2/7 - 2/13

This seems to be a great week at CVS! Lots of great deals to be had. Here are the ones I'm going after:

Buy $10.00 worth of Nivea Products (see ad) – $5.00 ECB (limit 1)
Buy (4) Lip Care @ $2.99 each
Use (2) B1G1 Qs from 2/7 RP and 2 $1 off Qs from 2/7 RP
Pay $3.98 and get $5 ECB
Total: $1.02 money maker!
Listerine Total Care, Advanced Citrus, Arctic Mint 16.9 oz.; Reach Total Care Floss 30 yds. or toothbrush 2 or 4 pack $3.99 = $2ECB (Limit 2)
Buy 2 Reach Total Care Floss
Use the Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon from the 1/3 RP
Use the $1/1 coupon from the 1/3 RP
Pay $2.99
Get back a $4ECB (because you bought 2 Reach Floss)
Final Cost FREE + a $1 moneymaker!
(I have to wait until later in the week to buy these. I have to order the coupons from and wait for them to arrive.)
Wheat Thins, Triscuits or Ritz — 5/$10
ECB: $3 wyb $10 (limit 1)
Coupon: $1 from 1/24 SS
Deal: Buy 5 and use 5 $1 coupons.
Pay $5 and get $3 ECB.
Total: 40c ea
Fusion Razor — $8.99
ECB: $4 wyb 1
Coupon: $4 from 2/7 P&G
Deal: buy 1 and use $4 Q.
Pay $4.99 and get $4 ECB
Total: 99c
Scotch Lint Rollers (small) — 99c
Coupon: $1 from 1/24 SS
Pay: $0!
Total: Free!
Spend $15 on the following P&G products: Pantene or Gillette Hair Care 2/$7; Olay Complete or Active Hydrating Lotion 4 oz. $8; Olay Complete Defense 2.5 oz. or Age Defying Anti-Wrinkle Cream or Lotion 0.5-3.4 oz. $13; Gillette Body Wash 12 oz. $4; Clairol Perfect 10 Hair Color $9.99; Clinical Strength Secret, Old Spice or Gillette Deodorant $8; Gillette Venus, Embrace or Divine Razor $9 = $5Ecb (Limit 1)
Buy 2 Gillette Body Washes priced at $4 each=$8
Buy 2 Pantene Hair Care Products priced at 2/$7
Use 2 $2/1 Gillette coupons from the 2/7 PG
Use the $2/2 Pantene coupon from the 2/7 PG
Pay $9
Get back a $5ECB
Final Cost $1 each!
Spend $10 on Nivea Body Wash 16.9 oz., Lip Care, Body Lotion, Creme or Nivea for Men Facial Care (excludes trial sizes and gift sets) = $5ECB (Limit 1)
Buy 4 Nivea Hydrating Lip Care priced at $2.99 each
Use 2 Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupons from the 2/7 RP
Pay $5.98
Get back a $5ECB
Final Cost $0.25 each
Gillette Fusion Manual or Power Razor $8.99 = $4ECB (Limit 1)
Use the $5/1 coupon from the 2/7 PG
Pay: $3.99
Final Cost FREE!
Secret Flawless, Scent Expressions, Fresh Effects; Old Spice Ever Clear; Gillette Deodorant $3.99 = $1ECB (Limit 2)
Buy 2 Gillette Deodorants $3.99 each=$7.98
Use the Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon from the 2/7 PG
Use the $1/1 coupon from the 12/27 PG
Pay: $2.99
Get back $2ECB
Final Cost: $.49 each!
There are TONS of other great deals at and, my two sources for this post and my shopping plans for tomorrow!
I have to choose only the deals without printable coupons this week, since my printer is out of ink after all the printing I've done since I started couponing! We bought a brand-new printer, just for couponing, and the cartridges that came with it were not full sized. So, until I can replace the ink, it's insert coupons only for us. But look at all the great stuff I plan to get! TONS!
By the way, I hope the coupon inserts don't disappoint me tomorrow! There's a lot riding on being able to find those coupons as described by Collin and Kristin on the blogs I follow!

Saturday Savings, 2/6 -- Publix

Total before coupons and B1G1: around $18 plus tax

Total after B1G1: just under $13 plus tax
Total out of pocket: $2.76!
6 Hallmark cards -- $.99 each
Used 6 $.99 Publix coupons
Total: FREE!
(I still have some of these coupons, and there were plenty in the card aisle today. They expire on 2/14!)
2 Hebrew National Jumbo hot dogs - B1G1 @$5.49 each
Used $.50 coupon I received in the mail after complimenting Hebrew National
Total: $2.50 each or $5.00
Knox Gelatine -- $1.39
Used $4 coupon purchased from ebay
Total: FREE! plus $2.61 overage

Saturday Savings, 2/6 -- CVS

Jarod thinks he's part of the shopping. He said, "I'm stuff too, Mommy!"
Total before coupons and ECB: over $20.

Total after coupons and ECB: less than $1.00 (It would have been less than $2.00, but I had $.77 left on a money card from a refund a while back, so I used that today, too.)

Total ECB generated: $14.48 ( I still have $7.49; I used the rest on my second transaction.)

First transaction:
2 PowerBar gel blast packets -- $1.50 each
no coupon
Total: $1.50 each or $3.00
Generated $1.50 ECB
1 Dove Men Care+ -- $5.49
Used $1 printable
Total: $4.49
Generated $5.49 ECB
Total before coupons and ECB: $8.49 plus tax.
Total after coupon, money card, and $6 ECB: $.36
Total ECB generated: $6.99
Also generated: a slip to update my email address and receive a $4/$20 coupon by email.
Second transaction:
1 Dove Men Care+ -- $5.49
Used $1 printable
Total: $4.49
Generated $5.49 ECB
Colgate Max Fresh toothpaste -- $2.99
Used $1 coupon from January All You
Total: $1.99
Generated $2 ECB
Glade candle -- $3.29
Used $3 coupon that printed when I scanned my ECB card at the price check kiosk.
Total: $.29
Total before coupons and ECB: $12.78 plus tax
Total after coupons and ECB: $.59
Total ECB generated from this transation: $7.49
I'm so thrilled about what I received when I scanned my ECB card at the price check kiosk. Not only did I get that $3 coupon for the candle (which will make a nice -- cheap, but doesn't seem cheap -- addition to a gift basket), I also received a $5 off of $25 coupon. I scanned my card again to see what would happen and I got ANOTHER! No Glade coupon the second time, but I didn't care! I tried a third scan, but nothing worked that time. I'm so excited to start looking at next week's deals to see how I can spend $25. Both coupons expire on 2/20, but I figure I can get a good shopping trip in for the next two weeks. I could use it now on Jillian Michael's cleanse and pay only $18 after coupons and ECB, then get $10 ECB back. I think I'll hold out, though, to try to get more than that.

Saturday Savings, 2/6 -- Walgreens

My second outing to Walgreens as a Smart Shopper!

Two transactions today.

Total of the two transactions before coupons and Register Rewards: around $35.

Total of the two transactions after coupons and Register Rewards: just under $8.00.

Register Rewards generated: $31! (I used $14 of them and still have $17!)
First transaction:
Blink Tears — $7.99
Used $1.50 printable (must register first)
Total: $6.49
Generated $7.99 RR
$1.50 money maker!
Scalpicin — $5.99
Total: $5.99
Generated $5.99 RR
Total before coupons and RR: $14 plus tax.
Total after coupons and $10 RR: $2.93
Total RR generated: $14.
Second Transaction:
2 Advil PM -- $4.49 each
Used 2 $1 coupons (I don't remember where this coupon came from! It was definitely a newspaper insert rather than printable.)
Total: $3.49 each or $6.98
Generated $5 RR
Joint Juice -- $10
no coupon
Total: $10.
Generated $10 RR
Vitamin Schtick lip balm -- $1.99
no coupon
Total: $1.99
Generated $2 RR
Total before coupons and RR: $21
Total after coupons and RR: $5.
Total RR generated: $17.

Saturday Savings, 2/6 -- Target

Total before coupons: around $10.

Total after coupons: just over $3.

Sobe Lifewater — $1 each
Used B1G1 printable here and (2) 50c/1 Target printables
Total: 2 for FREE!
Buy 2 bags of Tositos -- 2/$5
(Target promotion this week: Buy 2 Tostitos, get a free salsa!)
Used $1/2 Tostitos Chips and Dip Target printable and $1/2 from January All You
Total: $1 ea or $3.00

Saturday Savings, 2/6 -- Wal-Mart

Total before coupons: more than $34.
Total after coupons: less than $6.

4 Weight Watcher yogurt cups -- $.50 each
Used $.60/4 coupon that I got from Publix
Total: $.35 each or $1.40
2 tubs Pillsbury frosting -- $1.26 each
no coupon -- we just wanted some :)
Total: $1.26 each or $2.52
2 boxes Rianxeira tuna (I hope I spelled the brand right.) -- $1.88 each
Used 2 FREE coupons from February All You
Total: FREE!
4 Knox Gelatine -- $1.28 each
Used 4 $4 coupons (after the cashier deliberated long and hard about whether or not I was allowed to use a $4 coupon on a $1.28 product. More about that later.)
Total: FREE! plus $10.88 overage!
2 Borden Singles Sensations -- $1.88
Used 2 $1 coupons from February All You
Total: $.88 each or $1.76
4 Great Value yogurt cups -- $.38 each
no coupon -- the kids asked; I'm a pushover.
Total: $.38 each or $1.52
2 Pillsbury cake mixes -- $.88 each
no coupons
Total: $.88 or $1.76
2 Sunbelt Granola Bars -- $2 each
2 Sunbelt Fruit and Grain bars (or something like that) -- $2 each
Used 2 B1G1 coupons from here
Total: $1 each or $4.00
(FYI -- It seemed to me that this coupon was endlessly printable. I printed 3.)
3 Rice-a-Roni boxed mixes -- $1 each
Used $1/3 coupon from 1/3 RP
Total: $.67 each or $2.00
1 Calculator (So I could keep track of my spending as I shop. How did I make it this far without one?)
no coupon
Total: $1.00
1 Dove Ultimate deoderant -- $2.47
Used $2 printable
Total: $.47
I had such a blast on this shopping trip!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Our First Walgreens Adventure

When I first started researching couponing and smart shopping, I read multiple times that newbies should start with CVS and avoid Walgreens and the complications there. I've not conquered CVS my any means, but I've decided to try Walgreens. There's a deal just too great to pass up, and I've learned a key secret, I think, to overcoming the Register Rewards issues. The think with RR is that you can't roll over your RR into another transaction of the same kind. Let me explain by sharing what we bought today:
Walgreens has Pepsi-Co. products on sale, 5 12-packs for $15. We bought 5 12-packs of Diet Mt. Dew, my favorite soda! They have Frito-Lay bagged chips on sale for $2 each. We bought 3 bags. Our total was $21 plus tax. We received $10 in RR. We can use these RR to buy Joint Juice, which costs $10 but generates $10 RR right now at Walgreens. I could use those $10 RR to buy another set of Mt. Dew/Frito-Lay. But what I CAN'T do is use my $10 RR from Pepsi/Frito-Lay to buy another round of Pepsi/Frito-Lay. It appears as though you can go back and forth between the two deals without limit. At least, that's what a seasoned Walgreens shopper has shared with me; I did notice that the Walgreens ad stated a limit of one. (Maybe that just meant one deal per transaction?)
I enjoyed my trip to Walgreens today. The workers were very helpful when the register didn't initially print out our Register Rewards. I will definitely try shopping there again.

Freebie by Mail, 2/5 -- Nick Chavez Hair Care

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*samples are available while supplies last!*
(Thanks, mysweetsavings!)