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Friday, April 30, 2010

30% off Old Navy this weekend 4/30-5/2

April 30-May 2 get 30% off your total purchase at Old Navy. Valid in store only. You can get more information here.

Thanks  30 weekly grocery challenge!

Friday Finals - Grocery Stores - Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods Aldi

Lowes Foods (triple coupons last weekend)

Regular Retail:  $44.60 - $5.06 reward card savings - $30.81 triple coupons = $8.73 OOP
Total Savings:  80%

Harris Teeter
This is actually three visits:
Visit #1  Regular Retail:  $24.09 - $11.97 VIC card savings - $10 coupons = $2.12 OOP
Visit #2  Regular Retail: $59.50 - $28.44 VIC card savings - $22 coupons = $9.06 OOP
Vist #3  Regular Retail:  $11.07 - $5.97 VIC card savings - $3 coupons = $2.10 OOP
Total OOP for all items in picture:  $13.28
Total Savings:  86%

Harris Teeter
4 - Frechetta Pizzas (on sale $4 each) = $16 - 4 $0.75 coupons tripled = $7/ 4 pizza's
2 pillsbury crescent rolls - used 2 $0.70 coupons tripled
2 sargento cheese - used 4 $0.75 coupons tripled
nature made bread - $0.55 coupon tripled
sara lee bread - $0.55 coupon tripled
coffe mate creamer - $0.75 coupon tripled
3 packages of green giant steam fresh - 3 $0.55 coupons each tripled
3 yoplait 6 packs of yogurt - 3 $0.40 coupons tripled
watermelon: $3.99
ortega beans and ortega taco pack - $0.75/2 tripled
old el paso - ? I think it was a $0.50 coupon tripled?
land o lakes butter with olive oil - $0.75 coupon tripled

Regular Retail Price:  $85.54 - $33.41 VIC savings - $37.86 triple coupons = $14.27 OOP
Savings of 87%

Harris Teeter
This was todays (4/30) quick purchase:
Regular Retail Price: $50.50 - $14.04 VIC card savings - $30.27 triple coupon savings = $6.19 OOP
Total Savings 87%

Harris Teeter
Regular Retail:  $65.96 - $22.53 VIC card savings - $37.17 triple coupons = $6.26 OOP
Savings 90%

1 head of lettuce, 3 pack of romaine lettuce, bag of spinach, 3 pack of tomatoes, cucumber, 2 avocado's, bag of baby carrots, 3 pack of colored peppers, brocolli, pack of hamburger buns, and 1 gallon of milk
Total price OOP:  $18.20

Total Regular Retail Groceries: $359.36  
 Total OOP after coupons/ store savings:  $66.93
Total Savings Groceries: 81%

OK, so I might have gone a little over board with the triple coupons this week.  With Lowes having it for three days and now Harris Teeter until 5/4 - I went a little overboard.  This weekend we have our 5 kids here plus a few neighborhood kids (who are teenagers) for the evening, so we will use 5 or more pizza's for just that.  Thank goodness after my $0.75 coupon each they are only $1.75 each. 

How did you do this week at the grocery store?
- Kathleen

Friday Finals - Drug Stores - Rite Aid

I made two stops at Rite Aid this week.  I didn't go to any other drug store's because the sale's weren't worth going with a 22 month old.  Here is what I was able to get at some great savings:

Shopping Trip #1
Dove Conditioner: $3 - $1.50 manufactorer coupon on bottle = $1.50
Dove Conditioner: $3 - $1.50 manufactorer coupon on bottle = $1.50
NYC lipgloss (on sale $0.74 each /reg. retail $2.99) = $1.48 - 2 $1 manufactorer coupons, - $2 rite aid coupon for makeup $2.99 or over (cashier said I could use it since it was regular retail that price, but this will vary per cashier and location) = + $2.52
Reach dental floss x 2  ($3 each ) = $6 - B1G1F coupon = $3
Stayfree pad x2 (1.99 each) = $3.98 - 2 $2 coupons = + $0.02
$3/$15 wellness coupon

Regular Retail:  $31.42 - $ 17 coupons - $14.36 sale prices = $0.76 OOP
I also earned a rebates on the Dove products and the Reach dental floss: $6
Total OOP savings: 98%   after rebate over 116% savings or profit of $5.24
Earned with rebates:  #57 Listerine / Reach $3 & #63 Dove $3 = $6

Shopping Trip #2

Dove Conditioner: $3 - $1.50 manufactorer coupon on bottle = $1.50
Dove Conditioner: $3 - $1.50 manufactorer coupon on bottle = $1.50
4 easter bags  on clearance for $0.49 each = $1.96
2 easter egg sets  on clearance for $0.37 + $0.49 = $0.86
4 stay free pads (on sale $1.99 each) =$7.96 - 4  $2 manufactorer coupons = +$0.04
NYC lipgloss (on sale $0.74 each /reg. retail $2.99) = $1.48 - 2 $1 manufactorer coupons, - $2 rite aid coupon for makeup $2.99 or over (cashier said I could use it since it was regular retail that price, but this will vary per cashier and location) = + $2.52
bunny sipper cup on clearance for $0.49
- $5/$25 rite aid coupon (don't forget when using a rite aid money off total coupon, use it before all other coupons - this is in their coupon policy that it is ok)

Regular Retail Price:  $55.05 - $27.29  coupons - $26. 58 saved sale prices = $1.72 OOP
Total Savings:  97%

One way I  get a little more out of the video coupons and the wellness plan is to have my husband and I both do the video's per our emails, and we also both signed up for the wellness plan seperately.

How did you do at drugstore's this week? 
- Kathleen

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Home Made Simple Coupon Booklet

Another Home Made Simple Coupon Booklet is available here! Hurry over to get your $30 worth of coupons for products such as Cascade, Dawn, Febreze, Swiffer and more!

Happy Couponing!
- Kathleen

Lowes Foods Weekly Ad 4/28 - 5/4

Here are the highlights from this weeks ad:


Sanderson Farms Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast $1.97/lb

80% Lean Ground Beef $1.97/lb

Shady Brook Farms 93% Lean Ground Turkey $1.97 (20.8 oz)

Lowes Foods Sliced Bacon 2/$5

Plumrose Sliced Bacon $3.99

Johnsonville Brats or Italian Sausage $3.99

Land O Frost Sliced Meats $2.99

Perdue Fresh Drumsticks or Thighs $0.99/lb

Hass Avocados 5/$5

Mangoes 4/$5

Fresh Pineapple $2.99

Pepsi 2 liters 10/$10

Simply Orange Juice $2.99

Capri Sun $1.99
     $1.00/1 SS 4-25-10


Eggland's Best Eggs 2/$5
      -$.50/1 SS 1/31
     - $.35/1 SS 3/28

Lowes Foods Shredded Cheese $1.77

Breyers Yogurt 10/$5
     -$1.00/10 SS 3/28
Kellogg's Cereals: Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Rice Krispies, or Corn Flakes $1.67
     (at the lowes in Charlotte off of Prosperity Church had the kellogg's reusable grocery bags, buy 2 boxes of cereal get 1 free.  this is really good since Kellogg's had a mail in form you could send 2 UPC's and $1.75 shipping to get one, here just buy the two boxes and get it free.  they had all three (tony tiger, toucan sam, and the frog from honey smacks) so you may want to check with the lowes closest to you to see if they have this deal)

Chocolate Cheerios or Wheaties Fuel 2/$5
      $.75/1 Wheaties Fuel Print here
      $.55/1 Chocolate Cheerios print here

Van Camp's Pork and Beans $0.59

Old El Paso Dinner Kits 2/$4

Ken's Salad Dressing 8 oz. ($0.99)
     $1.00/1 SS 3/28 (free)

Thomas NY Style Bagels ($1.99)
      $.55/1 SS 4/11
3 Day Sale Friday-Sunday:

Grade A Turkey breast, frozen $0.89/lb, limit 2 per household w/additional $25purchase

Lowes Food Shredded Cheese $0.99, limit 2

Lowes Food Canned Veggies $0.47

Fresh Express Garden Salad $0.89, limit 2

Lowes Foods Ultra Paper Towels (8 rolls) or Lowes Food Bath Tissue Regular or Ultra (12 dbl. rolls) $3.99, limit 2

Happy Shopping!
- Kathleen

Harris Teeter Weekly Ad 4/28 - 5/4 (Triple Coupons All Week)

Here are the highlights from this weeks Harris Teeter Ad.  Don't forget that this entire week is TRIPLE COUPONS.  They will triple up to 20 coupons valued at up to $.99 a day.  That should make for quite a few free items or nearly free items!

e-VIC Item

     HT Bath Tissue 12 double rolls $3.99 (limit 1)

Buy One Get One Deals
     Harris Teeter Sour Cream 16 oz. at $1.55 (77¢)

     Sargento Shredded Cheese 8 oz at $3.29 ($1.64)
          -$1 off Sargento Reduced Sodium Cheeses, SS 4/18
          -$1/2 Sargento Shredded Cheeses, SS 1/31 (exp 4/30)
          -.75/1 Sargento Cheese printable (makes it FREE)Crystal Light 12 quart at $5.29 ($2.64)

Edy’s Ice Cream 48 oz at $5.99 ($2.99)
        -$2/2 Edy’s Slow Churned Ice Cream Nestle School Days Made Simple booklet

Nature’s Own Whole Grain Bread 20 oz at $3.19 ($1.59)

Old El Paso Seasonings 1 oz at $1 (50¢)
    Free Seasoning wyb (2) Old El Paso products coupon on boxes

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers at $2.39 ($1.19)

    -.50/2 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers SS 3/07 (exp 5/1)
    -.40/1 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers SS 3/28 (makes it FREE)

Tostitos Scoops Chips 14-18 oz at $4.99 ($2.49)
      -$1/2 Tostitos Chips, and Tostitos Dip, SS 4/25 (makes it $1.99)

Sweet Whole Watermelon $3.99 ea

Kiwi, Large Limes, or Mangoes 60¢ ea

Vidalia and Sweet Onions 79¢ lb

Angus Beef Boneless Ribeye Steak $6.99 lb

Angus Beef Bone In Chuck Steak $1.79 lb

Smithfield Boston Butt 99¢ lb

Boston Butt Country Style Ribs or Bone In Pork Steak $1.29 lb

Butterball Turkey Bacon or Smoked Sausage 12-14 oz $2.50

Rotisserie Chicken $4.99

Virginia Ham $3.99 lb


Harris Teeter Apple Juice 64 oz $1.25

Florida’s Natural Orange Juice 64 oz $2.87

Nestle Pure Life Water 24 pk, .5 lit bot $3.33
       -$1/2 Nestle Pure Life Purified Water Multi-Packs, RP 4/11

Juicy Juice 64 oz $2.50

Mission Soft Tortillas 17.5 oz, 10 ct $1.50
      Free Harris Teeter Salsa wyb (2) Mission Brand Items

Keebler Deluxe Graham Cookies 12.5 oz $2.49

     -.55/2 Keebler Cookies, 8.5 oz. RP 3/07, 4/18

Hunt’s Tomatos 28 oz $1.67
    -$1/3 Hunt’s tomatoes April All You Mag
    -$1/4 Hunt’s tomatoes Conagra home mailer

Nabisco Chips Ahoy! 14-16 oz $2.99
      -$1/2 Chips Ahoy or Oreo cookies printable (Facebook offer)

Fridge or Frozen
Freschetta Brick Oven Pizza 12.5-20 oz $4.00
    -$1.25 off Freschetta Multi Or Single Serve Pizza, SS 3/07
    -$1 off Freschetta Multi Or Single Serve Pizza, SS 3/07
    -.75/1 Freschetta Multi Or Single Serve Pizza, SS 3/07 (makes it $1.75)

Yoplait GoGurt, Trix, or Kids $2.00
    -.35/1 Yoplait Gogurt, Trix or Kids Yogurt SS 3/21 (makes it 95¢)
    -.75/2 Yoplait Gogurt or Trix Multi-pack Yogurt SS 3/21 (makes it $1.75 /2)

Yoplait Yogurt 4-8 oz 50¢
    -.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups SS 3/21
    -.50/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups printable or printable (makes it 25¢ ea)


All Laundry Detergent 50 oz $3.99
    -$2 off All Detergent 50 oz + RP 2/07
    -$1 off All Detergent 50 oz + RP 2/07

Charmin Bath Tissue 24 rolls $11.99
     -.25/1 Charmin Bath Tissue PG 4/04

Viva Paper Towels 6 roll $5.99
       -.85/1 Viva Towels SS 4/25 (makes it $3.44)
       -.60/1 Viva Towels SS 4/25

Wisk Laundry Detergent 50 oz $3.99
     -$2 off Wisk Detergent 32 oz + RP 3/14 (makes it $1.99)
     -$1 off Wisk Detergent 32 oz + RP 3/14

Find any great deals?  Let us know!

- Kathleen

Bi-Lo Weekly Ad 4/28-5/4

Here are the highlights for this week's Ad.  There is not a lot going on this week.

Meal Deals

Buy 2 Mystic Pizzas, 15.7-18 oz, up to $9.98 and get
    -Pet Ice Cream, 56 oz, FREE
    -Southern Home Potato Skins, 7 oz, FREE
    -Coke, 2 liter, FREE

Boneless Beef Chuck Roast, 2.5 lb, $2.99 lb
    -Baby Cut Carrots, 1 lb, FREE
    -Whole Mushrooms, 8 oz, FREE

Buy One Get One Deals (each item rings at half price)
Hebrew National Beef Franks, 12 oz, at $4.99 ($2.49)
        -.75/1 Hebrew National Beef Franks, SS 3/07
        -$1 off Hebrew National Beef Franks, SS 3/07

Southern Home Tray Pack Chicken Strips, Nuggets or Patties, 32 oz, at $7.99 ($3.99)

Southern Home Original Franks, 16 oz, at $2.89 ($1.44)

Carolina Pride Ham or Turkey, 10 oz, at $3.69 ($1.84)

Southern Home Tilapia, Perch, Cod or Alaskan Flounder, 16 oz, at $8.99 ($4.49)

Nabisco Classics Cookies, 10-12 oz, at $2.99 ($1.49)
       -$1/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers, $55 Nabisco Calendar Booklet

Keebler Ice Cream Cones, 3-5 oz, at $3.19 ($1.59)

Jonathan Apples, 3 lb, at $3.99 ($1.99)

Red Seedless Grapes, $1.29 lb
Fresh Golden Ripe Pineapples, $1.99 each
Cluster Tomatoes, $1.99 lb

Southern Home Fresh Split Chicken Breasts, 89¢ lb
Pork Spare Ribs, $1.39 lb
Butterball Turkey Breast, $3.99 lb
Hillshire Farm Deli Select Sandwich Meat, 8-10 oz, $3.34
     -$1/2 Hillshire Farm Deli Select lunchmeat April Food Network Mag (makes it $2.84)
Fresh Southern Home Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs, 99¢ lb

Southern Home Large White Eggs, 1 dozen, 98¢

Kraft Natural Shredded or Chunk Cheese, 7-8 oz, $2.00

Gatorade, 32oz., $1.00

Minute Maid Juice, 10pk., $1.99

Starkist Tuna Salad, 3oz., $1.00
    -$1/2 Starkist pouch products February Better Homes & Gardens Mag
    -$1/2 Starkist pouch products RP 2/14

Ken’s Salad Dressing, 8oz., $1.50
   B1G1 Ken’s salad dressing 8oz SS 3/07
 -$1 off Ken’s salad dressing 8oz SS 3/07
Chef Boyardee, $1.00
  -$1/5 Chef Boyardee cans April All You March
Manwich, $1.25
     -$1/3 Manwich products April All You Mag

Is there a good deal that I missed?  If so, please let us know!

Happy shopping!
- Kathleen

Monday, April 26, 2010

Free Samples from : Dove Men+ Care, Eucerin, John Frieda

Walmart has a couple of samples available at this time:

Go here for a sample of John Frieda Root Awakening. Click on "Get your Sample"

Go here for a sample of Eucerin.  Click on "Get your Sample"

Go here for a sample of Dove Men+ Care. Click on "Get a free sample"

Happy Sampling!
- Kathleen

Managing Money Monday

How To Keep From Impulse or Emotionally Spending:

Have you ever went into a store and there was this great deal on something that either you really like, but is pushing your budget, or that you probably wouldn't have put on your top 5 things you want but it's 90% off so not it's only $25. Sometimes I get caught up in the sale, sometimes there is a outfit that is sooo cute or a new purse that I really like a lot. Or even worse: a really cute pair of shoes! In my life at this time impulse shopping or emotionally shopping is not within my budget. We are experiencing a major change in our income in the last two years and the outlook doesn't appear it will be changing for a few more until our economoy bounces back. With this being said, I try to follow the five day or thirty day rule when making purchases that weren't planned for or that are stretching the budget. This is especially true for high ticket items. So here are the rules that help me.

The Five Day Rule: When I am tempted to make an impulse or emotional purchase on something that I wasn't searching for, is full price, or is pushing my budget in any way I step back. I walk away from the item for five days. If after five days I still can't get it out of my mind, and I can manage to buy it without it busting my budget, or sacrificing something else that shouldn't be sacrificied (like putting away emergency fund money, or making a payment on something we owe) I go back to take another look. If when I go it is still available then I allow myself the purchase. Again, this is IF I am not sacrificing something I shouldn't.

An example of this is a book I wanted. It was full price, just out and $19.99. In my world, that is a lot to spend on an item. I love to read, love to veg out in the tub with a great book and escape for a while from the stress of life. To me, a book is like therapy. I prefer fiction and mystery / murder mystery types. I really wanted the book and heard it was great. There were only two on the shelf. I had the cash. I walked away. About 4 days later was our neighborhood yard sale. I still had the $20. I realized when at the sale I could purchase 5 used books (that the person could tell me was worth the money to read, that could be with me in the tub with no worry of it getting a little wet, that I wouldn't feel guilty about turning down the page to save my place) and still have $10 left. I bought the used books. I realized that the new book would eventually be in paperback or even better in someone's yard sale within the year.
There certainly have been time that when 5 days passed, I still had my heart set on it and bought it. There have also been times that when 5 days passed I still had my heart set on it, and it was sold out. I figure that is God doing for Me what I couldn't .... saying No to item I truly didn't need!

The Thirty Day Rule: I use this rule for major purchases, such as any type of new furniture, appliances (unless of course I am buying something because my is dead), and just about anything that is over $200. I am not talking about repairs or things that we can't go without. I am talking about when you have a coach, it works, maybe not the best, but it would be fine to use longer. If I see a coach that is oh so cute and would fit perfect with our decoration, I don't just fork over the money and that is that. If I haven't saved the money for that specific item, and that was not the reason I was saving the money, then I need to be very very very careful when making a larger purchase. If I have 3/4 the cash for a coach, and see the one I love, well... I only have 3/4 the money. I walk away. If 30 days later it is still there, and I can manage to swing the other 1/4 without not paying a bill or taking money from something that we need with that money, then I go for it. I rearrange my budget that can be and make up the difference. I am especially careful not to purchase items that are brand new on the market. I know all to well with electronics if I just wait a few year, the price will be much much more reasonable. If a furniture store just got a new living room set, chances are they will still be selling the same set in a few months when I have the money to pay in full.

I know in a society where what you have can resprensent to others who you are, but I CAN NOT forfeit my families well being and future for instant gratification now, espeically to keep up with the Jones's.

What rules do you have to help you from impulse or emotional shopping?

- Kathleen

Sunday, April 25, 2010

CVS Weekly Ad 4/25 - 5/1

Here are the highlights from this weeks CVS ad:

$2 ECB wyb Softsoap or Irish Spring Body Wash 15-18 oz. $2.99 Limit 2

         -.75/1 off Softsoap Nutri-Serum Body Wash printable (no more prints available)

$1 ECB wyb Crest 3D White Vivid 4oz or Oral B 3D White Toothbrush $2.99 Limit 2
        -$2 off Oral-B Pulsar CrossAction, Advantage Toothbrush PG 4/04
        B1G1 Oral-B Advantage Manual Toothbrush PG 3/07
$5 ECB wyb $15 Nivea or Eucerin products shown Limit 1

 Nivea Lip Care 0.17-0.35oz, Body Wash, Lotion, Creme or Eucerin
         -$1 off Nivea Body Wash for Women, 8.4-16.9 fl oz RP 4/11
         -$2 off Nivea Body Wash for Women March & April All You
         B1G1 Nivea Lip Care May All You
         B1G1 Nivea Body Wash for Women May All You

$4 ECB wyb Schick Quattro Men’s Cartridges 4ct, Intuition, Quattro for Women’s Razor 1ct. or Cartridges 3-4ct. $8.99 Limit 1

        -$2 off Schick Quattro Titanium Razor, Trimmer, or Refill SS 3/28
        -$4 off Schick Intuition Razor or Refill SS 4/25
        -$4 off Schick Quattro for Women Razor or Refill SS 4/25 (makes it 99¢)
$2 ECB wyb Colgate Pro Clinical toothpaste 4oz $3.99 Limit 2

         -$1 off Colgate Pro Clinical Toothpaste, 4oz SS 4/11, printable
Arm & Hammer 2x Liquid Laundry Detergent 32 loads or Total 2-in-1 Dryer cloths 40ct. B1G1

         -$1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry products SS 4/11
         -$1 off Arm & Hammer Dryer Cloths printable

Happy Shopping!
 - Kathleen

Walgreens Weekly Ad 4/25 - 5/1

Here are the highlights from this weeks Walgreens Ad:

Register Reward Deals  ( each deal is free after the Register Rewards alone, or with coupons)

$2.99 RR wyb Stayfree Maxi Pads 16 or 24 ct at $2.99
          -$2 off Stayfree Product RP 3/28
          -$1 off Stayfree product SS 4/25

$2 RR wyb Plackers Dental Flossers 90 ct at $2 ea
          -.50/1 off Plackers Dental Flossers 60 ct+ RP 4/18

$2.99 RR wyb Skintimate Shave Cream at $2.99

$3 RR wyb Tone Body Wash at $3.99

       -$1 off Tone Body Wash printable (makes it free)

$4.99 RR wyb Clio Beautytrim Personal Hair Trimmer at $4.99

Things to remember at Walgreens:  You can only use one coupon per item. You can not stack register rewards and coupons on each item like at CVS.  So if you have a coupon for an item and a register reward you are wanting to use, you will need to pair it with an item that doesn't have a coupon to use both.  This time of year you can sometimes find really cheap easter items on clearance, or look in the clearance section for a filler if needed.

Happy Shopping!
- Kathleen

Lowes Foods TRIPLE COUPONS TODAY thru Tuesday

Lowes Foods has triple coupons starting today, Sunday April 25 - Tuesday April 27. 

They will triple up to 20 manufacturer's coupons with your fresh rewards card (don't worry, if you can't find your card they can look it up with your phone number).  They will triple coupons up to $0.99 face value, and there is no minimum purchase required. 

This offer is good at Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Fort Mill, Gastonia, Harrisburg, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill, and Mooresville Lowed Foods locations.

Happy Shoppin!
 - Kathleen

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Arm & Hammer Printable Coupons

Go here for multiple Arm & Hammer printable coupons, including:

Save $1.00 on any ARM & HAMMER® Power Gel Detergent
Save $1.00 on ARM & HAMMER® Cat Litter
Save $1.00 Any ARM & HAMMER Whitening Booster (2.5oz or Larger)
Save $1.00 Off any ARM & HAMMER Toothpaste (4.3oz or Larger)

Save $1.00 on any ARM & HAMMER ® Total 2 - in - 1 Dryer Cloths
Save 75¢ Off Any Arm & Hammer ® Clean Shower ® Daily Shower Cleaner

Save $1.00 on any 2 ARM & HAMMER® Laundry Detergents Or 100ct Larger Fabric Softener Sheets

Save 50¢ Off any Arm & Hammer® Carpet & Fabric Odor Eliminator Powder

Save 75¢ Off Any Arm & Hammer ® Scrub Free ® Bathroom Cleaner

Save 50¢ Off Two 2lb or 4lb ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda OR Fridge Fresh™ Refrigerator Air Filter

Happy Couponing!
 - Kathleen

Eight O'Clock $2/2 coupon

Go here for a printable coupon for $2/2 Eight O'Clock Coffee's.  Once you clink on the link, look towards the bottom middle and you will see coupon.  Click on coupon.

Happy Couponing!
- Kathleen

Join Nestle Family for coupons

Have you signed up on Nestle Family website yet?  If not, then go here and sign up to be able to print monthly coupons (link found in monthly email newsletter).  This month I was able to print a coupon for $1/2 Nestle Juciy Juice products, $1/2 wonka bags or nestle butterfinger fun size or minature bags, and more.
Just another way to expand your coupon selection.

Happy Couponing!
 - Kathleen

Rite Aid Coupon Policy

Rite Aid Highlights for 4/25-5/1 Ad

Here are the higlights for the Rite Aid ad starting Sunday, April 25.  To make your deals even better make sure you are participating in the Rite Aid Video Value Program.  You can watch short video's and then print Rite Aid coupons (which can be stacked with manufactorer coupons) for certain items, and once you have occumulated 20 points you can print a $5/$20 coupon (1 print per month).  There is also a $5/$25 coupon that you can print here ( if you do not see the coupon under your zipcode then try zipcode 43666).  Don't forget that at Rite Aid you can use the money off total purchase coupon before all others, so your total does not have to be $20 or $25 after coupns, but before.  This really can make for great savings. 

You can view the entire ad here (this ad may not be exactly the one you recieve, since advertisements differ per region).

The deals I will be getting:

Dove Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers 2/$6
$3 Single Check Rebate #63 when you buy 2
Use 2 $1.50/1 coupons from the 3/28 RP (expires 4/25!)
Total  FREE!

Select Stayfree Maxi-pads or Carefree Liners $1.99
Use the $2/1 Stayfree coupon from the 3/28 RP
Total  FREE!

Clean & Clear Skin Care $4.50 ea
-$5 SCR #1 wyb (3) Aveeno, Johnson Clean & Clear products
-$2 off Clean & clear printable coupon
-$1 off Clean & Clear SS 3/28
Total 83¢ each

Speedstick 24/7, Pro, or Stainguard $2.99
Use the $2/1 in-ad coupon  ( You can stack an in ad manufactorer coupon with another coupon per their policy)
Use the $0.75/1 Stainguard coupon found here
Total  24 ¢
Deal Scenerio:
 2 Dove Conditioners 2/$6
Use 2 $1.50/1 coupons from the 3/28 RP
= $3  
Select Stayfree Maxi-pads or Carefree Liners $1.99

Use the $2/1 Stayfree coupon from the 3/28 RP
= 0
3 -Clean & Clear Skin Care $4.50 ea

-$2 off Clean & clear printable coupon x 3 (need 2 computers to print this many)
= $7.50
Speedstick 24/7, Pro, or Stainguard $2.99

Use the $2/1 in-ad coupon
Use the $0.75/1 Stainguard coupon found here
= 24 ¢
Total Price before coupons: $24.48  - $5/$20 coupons from Rite Aid Value Program = $19.48
$19.48 -$13.75 in  coupons (shown above) = $5.73 + tax OOP
Qualifies for $8 in rebates   = final price after rebates $2.27 profit (which may be breaking even after tax)

If you do not know Rite Aid's coupon policy or to be even more prepared print a copy of their coupon policy and bring it with you when you shop to avoid any problems using your coupns.

Do you have any other great deals at Rite Aid this week?  If so please feel free to share!

Happy Savings!
- Kathleen

FREE Caress Body Wash Sample!

 To score a FREE sample of Caress Fragrance Infusion go here! You will be able to choose from one of the 3 following: Caress Whipped SoufflĂ©, Caress White Peach Cream Body Wash or Caress Whipped SoufflĂ© Blackberry Cream Body Wash! I’m guessing this freebie may come with a coupon too! Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.    Expired!

(Thanks, Mojo Savings and Hip 2 Save!)
Happy Freebies!
- Kathleen

Heinz $2 coupon on and other new coupons

There are a few new coupons on

Save $2 on Heinz 57 sauce - 10 oz. or larger

Save $2 off  any CeraVe product

Save $1 off Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Save $2 off Dove Deoderant

Save $0.50 on 1 bottle of Heinz Relish

Save $2.00 on Lea and Perrins Worcestersire Sauce - 10 oz. or larger

Happy Couponing!
- Kathleen

Target Savings 4/18- 4/24

I made two stops at Target this week to really be able to get the most out of the printable Target coupons and to use some of my manufactorer coupons that were about to expire on travel size items.  The total amount OOP was $18.57.  I saved $46.50 with coupons (manufactorer and, $14 in sales/ clearance off of the $88.18 regular retail, along with using a $10 gift card.  My total savings was 78%.

Target Trip #1:
2 Merona t-shirts, 2 Merona Purses (was able to snag them on clearance and use the $5 coupons from online for each), 8 travel sized arm and hammer toothpaste, 1 travel size tide, 10 travel sized clean and clear, 6 travel sized St. Ives.
OOP $13.07

Target Trip #2:

2 Merona shirts, 2 packs Merona socks, $1 rake/shovel set, 3 packs Lunchables, 4 Tide travel size, 13 St. Ives travel items, 6 arm and hammer travel toothpaste.
Total OOP: $5.50

Regular Retail $88.18, total OOP:  $18.57  total savings: 78%
I know it seems like I have an excessive amount of travel sized items, but don't worry with 5 kids and my husband and I we will use half of the body wash and face cleaner when we go to the beach this summer for a week, and half will be donated to the women's shelter.  I was able to actually get overage on the travel sized items, which almost never happens for me at Target.

Total OOP week: $90.55 Total % saved: 77%

Total OOP month: $362 Total % saved: 76.5%
Total over budge for month: +$12

Grocery Store Savings 4/18 - 4/24

I was able to make it to three grocery store's this week.  I went to Harris Teeter, Bi-Lo and Aldi's.  All and all I was able to save 70% and spend a total of $47.71 from original retail of $150.75.  Here is the breakdown:

Harris Teeter:
Total Retail: $89.83  - $26 manufactorer coupons - $36.69 store savings= $27.14 OOP
(Not Pictured 3 additional boxes of Kashi Cereal)
69% savings


Regular Retail : $54.17 - $19.35 coupons - $20.50 store savings = $13.82 OOP
74% savings


$6.75 OOP

Total OOP week: $90.55 Total % saved: 77%
Total OOP month: $362 Total % saved: 76.5%
Total over budge for month: +$12

Friday, April 23, 2010

Rite Aid Savings 4/18 - 4/24

This was a really great week for me at Rite Aid.  With the allergy gift card promotion, store printable coupons online matched with manufactorer coupons, and rebates I walked away with more than I spent coming back to me x2.  I made three transactions to optimize my $3/$15, $5/2 $20  and $5/$25 Rite Aid coupons I had.

This is a picture of all three transactions together.  I bought a box of U Kotex pads, 6 boxes of Clariton (one pack is the Clariton D)  10 packs, 2 Omega 3 gummies, 2 snack size bags of emerald trail mix (needed a filler), and 2 bags of TGI Friday chips (used $1.50 coupons off .99- and received .51 overage each).

Total Retail (all 3 transactions):  $ 85.94 - $57.98 (manufactorer and store coupons) = $13.23Total OOP (all three transactions).  I also earned $2.49 in rebate for April, and $25 rite aid gift card for the $50 in allergy medicine promotion (I entered my receipts online and it counted the sale price of the 6 clariton, and didn't take off for coupons).

Final amount after gift cards and rebates:  $14.26 profit

Total OOP week: $90.55 Total % saved: 77%
Total OOP month: $362 Total % saved: 76.5%
Total over budge for month: +$12

CVS Savings 4/18 -4/24

This was a great trip to CVS for me.  Having manufactorer coupons, and CVS coupons (free chocolate bar, and $5/$25) really made it that much better.  

Total retail:  $28.04 - $14.55 coupons - $5.00 ECB = .57 cents OOP  Earned $8 in ECB

Total OOP week: $90.55   Total % saved: 77%
Total OOP month: $362     Total % saved:  76.5%
Total over budge for month:  +$12

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Free Reusable Kellogg's Bag with 2 proof of purchase

You can score a reusable Kellogg's bag with two UPC from any Kellogg's cereals (10 oz. or larger) and $1.75 shipping per bag.  Limit 5 bags, and only 1 bag per order form.  These are pretty cute looking bags, so if you already have the UPC's on some boxes at home, and spending $1.75 for a cute reusable bag is within your budget, then here is the order formI myself can't pass up the honey smack frog bag! 

Stein Mart 20% off coupons 4/23 - 4/25

Friends and Family Stein Mart Sale:

Save 20% on any two items with these printable coupons from Aprill 23 - April 25.

Happy Shopping!
- Kathleen

Thriple Coupons Harris Teeter starting 4/28- 5/4

According to Southern Savers:

It’s official, or as official as you can get, that starting 4/28 through 5/4 Harris Teeter will have Triples! This means that any coupon 99 cents or less will be tripled in value.

You are allowed 20 tripled coupons per day.

Kikkoman B1G1 coupon

Buy any Kikkoman Sauce 10 oz+ and get a FREE 10 oz Ponzu Sauce coupon here. Coupon expires 30 days after you print it.

Happy Couponing!
- Kathleen

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

10 new Pampers Gift to Grow Points

Enter code: GTCSPRINGFREE10 for 10 NEW Pampers Gifts to Grow rewards points.

If you are not a Pampers Gifts to Grow member, you can sign up on the website. You then enter your codes from each Pampers purchase (they are located on the packaging) and redeem them for  FREE products!

Thanks, Mojo Savings!

Harris Teeter 4/21 -4/27 ad highlights

Here are some of the highlights from this weeks ad:

e-VIC Item

•Harris Teeter Marinated Pork Tenderloin 1.15 lb. $3.99 (limit 1)

Buy 1 Get 2 Free
•EZ Peel White Shrimp 2 lb. Bag 21-30 ct. $19.98

Buy 2 Get 3 Free
•Classico Pasta Sauce 26 oz at $2.79
      -  if you have the Buy 1 Classico White Sauce Get 1 Classico Red Sauce Free printable or the $1/2 classico pasta sauce printable from (no longer available) a few days ago, this will make a pretty good deal.  Each Harris Teeter is different about coupons, mine will only let me use a coupon that is good towards the two items I have to buy and none towards the others (in this scenerio I would only be able to use 1 $1/2 coupon for the 5 jars), but I know others have said there's will allow you to use more.

•Breyers Ice Cream 48 fl oz at $5.49

•Hamburger Helper 5.8 oz at $2
      - .75/3 Hamburger Helper SS 3/07,  $1/3 Hamburger Helper SS 3/07 or SS 4/11, .75/3 printable here

Buy One Get One Deals
•Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, or Frosted Flakes 12.2 oz at $3.19 ($1.59)
       -   $1/3 Kellogg’s Apple Jacks, Froot Loops, Corn Pops and/or Froted Flakes RP 4/11,  $1/2 Kellogg’s Froot Loops, Corn Pops and/or Apple Jack Cereals RP 3/07
•Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice 64 oz at $4.19 ($2.09)
      -$1 off Ocean Spray Grapefruit, RP 3/21

•Arnold Breads 24 oz loaf at $3.69 ($1.84)
      -$1 off Arnold premium brand breads SS 3/28

•Arm & Hammer 50 oz. Laundry Detergent at $5.99 ($2.99)
        -$1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent SS 4/11 or printable,   -$1 off Arm & Hammer Gel Laundry Detergent SS 4/11

•Arm & Hammer 100 ct. Dryer Sheets at $3.99 ($1.99)
         -$1 off Arm & Hammer Dryer Sheets RP 3/28,   -$1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry Products printable

•Purina Dog Chow or Puppy Chow, 17.6-20 lb at $15.99 ($7.99)
         -$2 off Purina Puppy Chow printable

Misc. Items on Sale:
•Kellogg's Fruit Snacks $2.19
        - $1/1 Kellogg's Fruit Snack printable
•Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes 2/$4
        - $1/1 Muir Glen printable coupon

Buy any 3 Kashi Items, Get $3 off:
(limit one per transaction, excludes single serve items and items under 5 oz.)
    •Kashi Cookies 2/$5
    •Kashi Crackers 2/$6
    •Kashi Cereals 2/$6
              -$1/1 Kashi Organic Promise Cereal printable
    •Kashi TLC Granola Bars $3.29
              - $1/1 Kashi TLC Bars printable
    •Kashi Frozen Pizzas 2/$10
    •Kashi All Natural Frozen Entrees 2/$6

- This makes for a great deal when pairing with coupons.  If you buy 3 cereals = $9 - $3 instant savings (comes off at the very end) - 3  $1 manufactorer coupons = $3 for 3 items!

Happy Shopping!
- Kathelen

Monday, April 19, 2010

Managing Money Mondays

Distinguish between Wants and Needs:
                Have you ever gotten the Sunday paper and there is this great sale and you have a coupon, so you head on out to get the item before they are all gone.  It is important even with bargain shopping to really evaluate if the purchase we are making is something we really need or just want.  If  an item is something that I am getting for free and we are out of it or going to use in the next week or so, then it is worth the trip.  For me it is not worth a 20 mile drive to get a couple trial size items for free with a coupon, or buy an item for next to nothing that I would not have considered if it wasn't next to nothing.  By the time I pay for gas and tax, those free trial items aren't so free anymore.  Now if I am already going to the store for something I do need, or I am litterally passing by the store, then why not grab a few wants that are free or nearly free that I will use within the next two - three months.  Sometimes I read about deals that are soooo good, I trick myself into thinking I need it, when really I don't.  By doing this I am able to save money a little at a time.  An example of this was the Neutragena sale at Rite Aid this week.  I had coupons, and it was a really good deal.  But when it was all said and done, I still would have paid over $8 for three items.  Now that isn't much for Neutragena items, but it is $8 I didn't need to spend and items I wouldn't have considered otherwise.  By doing this that is $8 to put away for a rainy day or stash in my Christmas Fund. 

How do you determine a need from a want?  When is a deal worth the drive for you?

- Kathleen

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bear Naked Granola, Kashi, Stoneyfield, and more coupons

All you has some great new coupons.  They have quite a few for organic products which are always hard to find.  Be sure to print yours before they are gone.

A few of the highlights are:

Save $1 on any one bag of Bear Naked 100% Pure & Natural Granola

Save $1 on any 1 4oz 4-pack or 16 oz. cup of Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt

Happy couponing!
 - Katheen

Amazon sale on magazines - 50% off until 4/30

Save an extra 50% on the magazine subscriptions you see below when you use code APRMAG50 at checkout. Dozens of magazines are eligible, and you can use this code on as many as you like. Start a new subscription, renew an existing one, or give a gift. Offer expires April 30, 2010.

Examples of savings:

Good Housekeeping (Auto - Renewal)
$7.97 - 50% = $3.99 for 1 year subscription

Harper's BAZAAR (1-year auto-renewal)
$8.00 - 50% = $4.00

Magazines ship free through Amazon - even without a $25 purchase. With auto renewal you can cancel your subscription at any time from renewing by clicking on your " Your Subscription Manager".  You can find this link on the same page as the magazine you order.  So order you magazine and once your order is processed simple click on "your subscription manager" and cancel the auto renewal. 

Happy Shopping!
 - Kathleen

ORIGINS Rocks Earth Month - April 19 10pm EST Macy Gray Concert Online

On April 19th at 10 PM EST Origin will be celebrating their frist Origin Rocks Earth Month Concert featuring Grammy- Award Winner Macy Gray and friends. 

For more information go to Origins.  I personally love these products and use quite a few on a daily basis (and have for about 5 years).

The concert will be streamed live at

CVS Ad 4/18 - 424

Weekly ECB Deals

CVS Green bag tag $0.99, Earn $0.99 ECBs when you buy one (limit 1)

Buy $10 in hershey’s or cadbury products and get $5 ECBs (limit 1)
Use $1/1 Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate 4/18/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/13/2010)
Use $1/2 Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates 4/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/11/2010)
Use $1/1 Pieces Select Varieties 4/18/2010 SS Insert (if included)
Use B1G1 FREE Hershey Bars (Select) 4/18/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/30/2010)
Deal Idea
Buy 7 Hershey’s bars $1.50 each
Use three BOGO free coupons
Use $1/1 Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate 4/18/2010 SS Insert
Pay $4.50 out of pocket and get back $5 ECBs

Buy $10 in Smuckers, JIF, Folgers or Dunkin Donuts coffee and get back $3 ECBs (limit 1)
Use $1/2 Smuckers Products 3/28/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/27/2010)
Use $1.50/2 Dunkin Donuts Coffee 3/28/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
Use $1/2 Folgers Instant Coffee 3/28/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2010)

Deal Idea
Buy two Dunkin Donuts Coffee $6 each
Use $1.50/2 Dunkin Donuts Coffee 3/28/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
Pay $10.50 and get $3 ECBs back (that’s like paying $3.75 each)

Buy $10 in Revlon products and get back $3 ECBs (limit 1)
Use $3/1 Revlon Colorburst Lipstick
Use $5/2 CRT printing for some people last week
Final Price: Possibly better than free!

U by Kotex $4.99, Earn $1 ECB (limit 1)
Use $1/1 U by Kotex Pads, Liners or Tampons or
Use $1/1 U by Kotex Product Apr 2010 All You Magazine (exp 6/30/2010)
Pay $2.99 each after coupon and ECBs

Cover Girl Volume Exact or Lash Exact Mascara $5.99, Earn $4 ECbs (limit 1)
Use $1/1 Cover Girl Product 4/4/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
Pay $0.99 each after coupon and ECBs

Ban deodorant $4.99, earn $2 ECbs (limit 1)
Use $1/1 Ban Solid 4/18/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/5/2010)
-.75/1 Ban Deodorant printable
Pay $1.99 each after coupon and ECBs

Colgate Clinical $3.99, Earn $2 ECBs (limit 2)
Use $1/1 Colgate Pro Clinical or
Use $1/1 Colgate Pro Clinical 4/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/1/2010)
Pay $0.99 each after coupon and ECBs

Colgate total toothpaste $2.99, Earn $2 ECb (limit 1)
Use $1/1 Colgate Total Apr 2010 All You Magazine (exp 5/31/2010) or
Use $0.75/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste
As low as free after ECBs and coupons
Schick gel $2.79, Earn $1.80 ECBs (limit 1)
Pay $0.99 after ECBs

Schick Hydro $8.97, Earn $6 ECBs (limit 1)
Pay $2.97 each after ECbs

Thermacare Heatwrap $2.49, Earn $2.49 ECBs (limit 1)
Use $1/1 Thermacare HeatWraps
Free plus $1 in overage after coupon and ECBs
CVS Brand pain relief 500 ct $9.99, Earn $3 ECBs (limit 1)
Pay $6.99 after ECBs
CVS saline Spray or alergy relief $3.99, Earn $2 ECBs (limit 1)
Use $1/1 CRT printing for some
As low as $0.99 each after CRT and ECBs

Non ECB Deals

Rimmel make up on sale BOGO Free
Use FREE Rimmel Product Apr 2010 All You Magazine (exp 4/30/2010)
TWO FREE after coupon

Crest pro health toothpaste $1.88
Use $1.50/1 Crest Pro Toothpaste 3/21/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2010) or
Use $1/1 Crest Premium Toothpaste 4/4/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
Pay $0.38 after coupon

Method Laundry $5.99
Use $1/1 Method Laundry Detergent Bottle 25-50 loads or
Use $2/1 Method laundry coupon
Pay $4.99 after coupon

Soft Scrub 2/$5
Use $1/1 Soft Scrub Cleaner Apr 2010 All You Magazine (exp 6/4/2010)
Use $1/1 Soft Scrub Total Product
Pay $1.50 each after coupon

To see scans of full ad go here
Thank you, common sense with money,

Nabisco Go Cups 50 cents

There is a new Nabisco coupon available for $1/2 any two Nabisco Chips a Hoy or Oreos Cookies. This coupon doesn’t have any size restrictions. Walmart sells the Go Cups for $1. You can also find the small boxes of Oreos and Chips a hoy at CVS or Walgreens for $0.99.  Target sometimes has these in the $1 section also.  The Snack Sacks also go on sale for $1. Use this coupon on any of these small size items and you will get them for $0.50 each!

Thank you, common sense with money

Friday, April 16, 2010

Grocery Store Deals (Harris Teeter / Walmart / Aldi) for 4/11 - 4/17

This week I went to Harris Teeter, Walmart and Aldi.  This was a week when I didn't spend much, trying to stay in budget (spent a little too much at the beginning of the month.)

Harris Teeter

As you can see I really only went for a few things at a great savings.  I was able to purchase 6 packs of Jumbo Huggies / Pampers diapers ( I know there is only 5 shown, I already needed to use one pack before I was able to take the picture) and 3 green works cleaning products. 

Total retail price:  $79.31 - $20.50 (manufactorer coupons) - $32.47 sale savings = $26.34 OOP

Total Savings:  66%

(sorry no picture, I forgot :-)

Garden Salad bag, 2 packs of baby carrots, tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, and sweet gummy bunnie.  I really needed to pick up some fresh vegetables and they usually have the best prices.

Total OOP:  $5.68


I picked up a bag of Sun Chips (thanks to my free coupon), eyeliner (another free coupon), 2 benedryl sticks, 3 Life Savor single packs of candy,  pack bics razors for men,  pack bic razors for women, 2 travel size Old Spice body wash, 2 - 2 liters of 7 up (not pictured) and an adorable new t-shirt for my youngest.

Total retail price:  $33.98 - $27.51 manufactorer coupons - $1.50 clearance savings shirt = $4.97 OOP
( I had 6 coupons that were for more than the amounts of the items they were for, some over a $1 - my cashier adjusted each coupon for the exact amount, so no overage )

Total savings:  85%

Total OOP for week: $55.55 Total % saved for week: 72%

Total OOP for month: $271.66 Total % saved for month: 75%
Total left in budget: $ 78.34