Saturday, October 31, 2009

Walgreens Shopping 10/27

Transaction #1
Dulcolax $7
Super Poligrip $2 (not pictured)
Fiber Choice $2.49
Halls $1

$3 off Dulcolax
-$9 Register Rewards

Total Spent 61cents and earned $9.50 Register Rewards

Transaction #2
4 Halloween Tumblers @ 3/$1
Emergen-C $3.49
Halls $1
Chapstick $2.99

-$8.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent 73cents and earned $7.50 Register Rewards

My total spent for the week = $68.80

Kroger Shopping 10/23

I got a few really good deals. Barbara's Cereal for 99cents a box with coupon and sale. YoBaby Yogurt for 99cent Mgr Special. Also a big bag of Chicken Breast for $5.99.

I only used $5 in coupons and my total spent was $40.91

Walmart Shopping 10/23

3 Yoplait Delights @ $2 each
4 Hershey Bars @ 50cents each
Great Value Graham Crackers $2.50
Great Value Marshmallows 92cents

3 $1 off Yoplait

Total Spent $8.76

Walgreens Shopping 10/23

Transaction #1

2 Tuf Towel @ 79cents each
Halls $1
Emergen-C $3.49
Dentek $2
Chapstick Effects $2.99
2 Pert Plus @ $2.50

2 $1 off Pert Plus
40cents off Tuf Towel (Walgreen's Q)
-$12.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent $2.15 and earned $10.50 in Register Rewards

Transaction #2

Emergen-C $3.49
Halls $1
Walgreens Bleach 99cents
Chapstick Effects $2.99
Robitussin $2.49
Northern Toilet Paper $3.99

$1 off Northern
-$13 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.70 and earned $10 in Register Rewards

Dollar Store Shopping 10/23

2 Snuggle Fabric Softener @ $3.75 each

2 $3 off Snuggle

Total Spent $2.14

Target Shopping 10/23

3 Chef Michaels @ $4.21 each
4 Chex Mix @ $1.97 each
4 Rolaids 3pks @ $1.99 each
I also bought a Christmas gift at 75% off for $5.50 (not pictured)

3 $3 off Chef Michaels
4 $1 off Chex Target Qs
4 50cent of Chex
2 $4/2 Rolaids

Total Spent $11.80

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Target Shopping a How To

I will tell you straight up that Target has been a little difficult for me. I have gotten some amazing deals but I have also dealt with a few cashiers and 1 Manager that weren't so coupon friendly.

What kind of coupons does Target Accept? Target issued coupons and Manufacturer coupons including internet Printables. (check out the Target coupon policy here)

What are Target issued coupons? Sometimes you will find "Target" coupons in news papers. They will have the Target symbol on them. Sometimes you will receive "Target" Coupons in the mail. You can also print "Target" coupons online here and here.

Is it true the Target coupons can only be used 1 per transaction? The coupons do state 1 per transaction, however, it really depends on the cashier or store Manager. So far I have never had a cashier refuse me to use more that 1 coupon at a time.

Can you really combine a Target Coupon and a Manufacturer's coupon? Yes you can! This is where the big savings can come in.

Recently I bought Skippy Peanut Butter for $2.04 a jar. I used $1 off Target coupons and 40cents off Manufacturer coupons to get the Peanut Butter for 64cents a jar.

You can check out a couple recent Target trips here and here.

Can I use my coupons on something that is on clearance or costs less than the amount of the coupon? Yes! As long as the item you are purchasing matches the wording on the coupon you can. According to the coupon policy above the cashier can adjust the coupon down to make the item free. I personally have had cashiers who adjusted the coupon and some who allow it to go through as is which gives you overage. I wouldn't expect the overage but be happy when you get it.

When I shop at Target or Walmart I choose my cashier carefully. If there happens to be a young guy cashier I will always go to him. Otherwise I look for a young girl. I have found many times the older cashiers think it is their duty to decide whether or not you should be able to use a coupon. I have experienced this and it wasn't so fun. Once you start couponing the stores often you will figure out which cashiers are the most coupon friendly.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

15% off The Children's Place New Dressy Collection

Click above to print out a coupon for 15% off The Childrens Place New Dressy Collection.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Kroger Best Deals of the Week 10/25

****Please note that I am using an ad for Southern Illinois, so prices may vary.

Baby Peeled Carrots 10/$10 or $1 each

Avocados or Mangoes 10/$10 or $1 each

Organic Red or Gold Delicious Apples 99cent/lb

Laura's Lean Full Line 33% off

Amick Farms Chicken Breast $1.98/lb

Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts, Tenders, Wings or Split Breasts $5.99 a bag

Kroger Large White Eggs 88cents

Kroger Cheese Slices (12oz) $1.50

Kroger is also running the 10 Item Mega Event this week. Purchase 10 of the participating items and have $5 deducted off you total.
For a detailed list of participating items check out A Thrifty Mom.

Target Best Toy Deals of the Week 10/25

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Here are some great deals to get you ahead of the game.

Hungry Hippos Travel Size Game (near luggage) $4.99
-$4 off Printable here

Connect 4X4 $19
-$4 off Printable here

Ice Age DVD's (not Dawn of the Dinosaurs $10
-$2 off Printable here

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Blu-Ray/DVD Combo $24.99
-$10 off Printable here

Playskool Musical Sit and Spin $20
-$10 off (Smart Source 10/18) or -$10 Printable here

For more deals at Target this week head over to Stretching a Buck!

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 10/25

A lot of Freebies again this week!

Robitussin To Go 2ct $2.49 and earn $2.49 Register Rewards

Chapstick Effects $2.99 and earn $2.99 Register Rewards

Dulcolax Balance $7 and earn $4 Register Rewards
-$3 Coupon on Package

10ct Fiber Choice or 12ct Beano to go $2.49 and earn $2.49 Register Rewards

Super Poligrip Denture Adhesive $2 and earn $2 Register Rewards

Emergen-C $3.49 and earn $3.49 Register Rewards

Halls Refresh Cough Drops $1 and earn $1 Register Rewards
-35cents off Halls (Smart Source 9/27)

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Body Lotion $6.99 and earn $6.99 Register Rewards
-50cents off Vaseline Lotion (Red Plum 10/18)

CVS Best Deals of the Week 10/25

There is really nothing I have to have from CVS this week but here are a couple freebies I see.

Nova Max Glucose Monitor $9.99 and earn $9.99 Extra Care Bucks

Gillette Fusion Razor $8.99 and earn $5 extra Care Bucks
$4 off Gillette Fusion (Proctor and Gamble 9/27)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Is Your Walgreen's out of Robitussin To Go?

If your Walgreen's store is out of the Robitussin to go 2pk this week you may be able to get a better deal.

Head on over to Coupons, Deals and More to read about what they had going on at her store.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Free Sample of Pamper's Extra Protection Diapers

Here is a new free sample from

Go here to sign up for a free sample of Pamper's Extra Protection Diapers.

Walgreens Shopping 10/20

I sadly deleted this pic from my camera. The moment I did it I knew I hadn't already uploaded it to my computer. So you will just have to imagine! :)

Transaction #1
2 Ester-C Vitamins @ $10.99 each
2 Glade oil refills @ $2.50 each
Zantac $8.99
2 Sure Deodorant @ $2.79 each
2 Pert Plus @ $2.50 each
5 Palmers Pumpkin Candies @ 44cents each
Snickers 69cents

-$2.58 Sure Walgreens Q
2 $5 off Ester-C
$5 off Zantac
2 $1.50 off Glade
2 $1 off Sure
2 $1 off Pert Plus
-$10.99 for Ester-c b1g1 free
-$13.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.75 and earned $12 Register Rewards

Transaction #2
Walgreens Bleach 99 cents
Sure Men's Deodorant $2.79
Sure Women's Deodorant $2.79
2 Starbucks Frappacino @ $1.99 each
Vaseline Lotion $6.99
Dawn 99 cents


-$2.58 off Sure Walgreen's Q
-$1.40 off Starbuck Walgreen's Q
$1.50 off Sure Men's
$1 of Sure Womens
2 $1 off Starbucks
-$9 Register Rewards

Total Spent $2.10 and earned $7 Register Rewards

Transaction #3
Walgreens Bleach 99 cents
Dawn 99 cents
Zantac $8.99
Dentek Floss $2
Chapstick $3

$5 off Zantac
$1 off Dentek
-$10 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.64 and earned $14 Register Rewards

Transaction #4
Emergen-C $3.49
Vaseline Lotion $6.99
Dawn 99 cents

-$11 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.18 and earned $10.50 Register Rewards

Transaction #5
4 Plastic bowls @ 4/$1
Zantac $8.99
Hall Refresh $1
2 BumbleBee Tuna @ 55 cents each
Robitussin $2.49

-$13.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.31 and earned $12.50 Register Rewards

My Grand Total for my entire week of shopping was $54.62. Add that to last week's total of $83.08 and I have a total of $137.70 for last pay day.

Kroger Shopping 10/17

At Kroger I used a total of $14.55 in coupons this week. I picked up some basics and some more chicken breasts.

Total Spent $30.72

CVS Shopping 10/17

2 Neosporin Lip Care @ $2.89
3 Trial Size Shick Razors @ $1.29 each

2 $3 off Neosporin (adjusted down to free)
3 $1 off Shick Razors

Total Spent $1.21

Walgreens Shopping a How To

At Walgreens you can get a lot for very little as soon as you get their rules down. I found playing the Walgreen's game to be a little tricky at first.

***At Walgreens you do not need any type of loyalty card to do their deals.

Every week I check out Walgreen's weekly ad or I check out some great websites that have all the important deals listed. I can go to places like Hot Coupon World or A Full Cup and see the ad ahead of time. Then I can decide what are the deals that week that I am interested in.

I try to post my favorite deals on my blog at the beginning of the week. I also post coupon match-ups when applicable.

Every week you can earn Register Rewards by purchasing certain items. Register Rewards are basically Walgreen's money. You can use them to buy most anything except lottery tickets, gift cards and prescriptions.

Sometimes there are items that are Free after Register Reward. For example one of the deals this month has been Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion, buy for $6.99 and receive $6.99 back in Register Rewards.

Can you use a coupon for a item that produces a Register Reward? Yes you can!

There was an internet printable coupon for $1.50 off Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion. So you would pay $5.49 plus tax and get back $6.99 in Register Rewards. That is $1.50 money maker.

What do these Register Rewards look like?

Like this!

They are just a thin receipt like piece of paper with the amount on it as well as a bar code and some fine print.

Another way you can save at Walgreens is with in store coupons. Sometimes these are in the weekly ad or in a small pamphlet by the ads in the store. The great part about these in store coupons is that you can combine them with a manufacturers coupon.

For instance, in the ad this week there was an in store coupon for 2/$3 men's or women's Sure deodorant. I had coupons for both the men and women's deodorant. The men's coupons were $1.50 off 1 and the women's were $1 off 1.
So if I bought 2 mens and used the 2/$3 instore coupon and 2 $1.50 off coupons that is 2 sticks of deodorant for free. For the women's coupons it made the deodorant 50 cents a piece.

If I am buying an item that produces a Register Reward can I pay with a Register Reward? Yes!! As long as it is not a Register Reward for the same item.

For instance, let's say I bought the Vaseline Lotion and had a $6.99 Register Reward I could buy another item that produces a Register Reward and pay with $6.99 Vaseline RR. However I could not buy another Vaseline Lotion and pay with the Vaseline Lotion RR.

Here is the part that has been the hardest for me to get straight.....You must have as many items as you have Manufacturers Coupons! Register Rewards count as Manufacturers coupons. (this does not include the in store coupons)

So let's say you are buying 3 RR producing items and you have a coupon for each one and you have 2 Register Rewards you want to pay with you will need 2 filler items. I often look around the store for clearance items or items that are under 50cents to fill in these gaps.

You can go here to check out a trip that I made to Walgreen's. It includes details of how I purchased the items in the picture at this top of this post, how much each item cost, coupons I used and Register Rewards. You will see how I used fillers in order to be able to use all of my coupons.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Target Shopping 10/17

Honey Nut Cheerios single $1
2 Kashi Go Lean @ $2.75 each
2 Ponds Trial Cloths @ 97cents each
Bounty Basic 99cents
Degree Deodorant $3.59
Degree Mist $3.59

$1 off Honey Nut Cheerios
2 $3 off Kashi
2 $1.50 off Ponds
$3/2 Degree Target Q
2 $1.50 off Degree

Total Spent $1.28

Walmart Shopping 10/17

2 White Cloud Toilet paper @ $2 each
3 Febreze Noticeables @ $5 each

2 $1 off White Cloud
3 $4 off Febreze

Total Spent $6.62

Walgreens Shopping 10/17

I can't find the first receipt.

Transaction #1
6 Ragu @ 1.67 each
2 Skippy @ 1.67 each


2 $1.25/3 Ragu
-$10 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.51 and earned $8 Register Rewards

Transaction #2

Vaseline lotion $6.99
Chapstick $2.99
Emergen-C $3.49

$1.50 off Vaseline Lotion
-$11 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.85 and earned $13.50 Register Rewards

Transaction #3

Glade 3 Wick Candle $4.99
Emergen-C $3.49
Chapstick $2.99

$3 off Glade
-$8 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.18 and earned $6.50 Register Rewards

Transaction #4

Robitussin $2.49
Dentek $2
Halls $1
Vaseline Lotion $6.99

$1 off Dentek
-$10 Register Rewards

Total Spent $2.27 and earned $12.50 Register Rewards

Printable Coupon for Free Cookie and Hot Chocolate at Barnes and Noble on 10/24

This coupon is ONLY valid on 10/24! Go here and print it to get a free small cookie and kids size hot chocolate.

Limit one coupon per customer. Coupon is not valid at college book stores.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Febreze Noticeables $1 at Walmart

At Walmart right now Febreze Noticeables are on Roll back for $5. Use the $4 off coupon from the Proctor and Gamble 9/27 insert and get it for $1.

I bought this new Moroccan Bazaar the other day and they smell so good.

Please keep in mind that Walmarts prices tend to vary so it is possible that your Walmart may not have this exact price.

Monday, October 19, 2009

CVS Best Deals of the Week 10/18

Once again there is not much that interests me.

$3.25 Coke or Dasani (12 pk)buy 4 and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks

Spend $15 on Revlon Cosmetics and earn $7 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)

$6.99 Glade Fragrance Collection and earn $6.99 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)

$5 Glade Sense & Spray Starter Kit
$4 off Sense and Spray (Smart Source 10/18)

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 10/18

Zantac 24 or 30 ct $8.99 and earn $8.99 Register Rewards
$5/1 Zantac printable coupon

Pert Plus hair products 13.5oz 2/$5, buy 2 and earn $2 Register Rewards
$1 off Pert Plus (Smart Source 9/13 or 10/18)

Oral B Crossaction Toothbrush $3, buy 2 and earn $3 Register Rewards
$1 off Oral B (P&G 9/27 or 10/11)

Monthly Deals Still Available

Chapstick Fresh Effects $2.99 and earn $2.99 Register Rewards

Robitussin DM To Go 2pk $2.49 and earn $2.49 Register Reward

Halls Refresh Sugar Free $1 and earn $1 Register Reward
75cent off Halls (9/27)

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion $6.99 and earn $6.99 Register Reward
$1.50 Vaseline printable coupon

Emergen-C Booster $3.49 and earn $3.49 Register Reward

Busy Weekend! Sleepover, Shopping and Fort Massac

We had a super busy weekend, hence no blogging since Friday. Hubby got home from his camping trip on Friday afternoon and I skipped my usual Friday shopping day. Then children by the dozens started coming to our home for a sleepover.

Alright not really dozens, 3 nephews (6,6 and 3) and 2 nieces (12, 6 and 1) came over. The 1 year old only stayed for a few hours and all the rest stayed all night. After they went home saturday morning I had to get my coupons prepared and then I went on my shopping trip. Emeri went with me and was recounting how many stores we went to that was under $5.

Then yesterday we headed to Fort Massac in Metropolis, Il. This is a tradition that my family has been doing since I was a child. We met my mom and stepdad along with sister and all the nieces and nephews.

We ate some delicious food! The kids had a blast playing in the forts in the above picture. They shopped for souvenirs. Both of my girls got a really cute blown glass necklace.

We hung out by the river and took lots of pictures of the kids having fun.

The part where the fun ends for me is that battle reinactment. I have a real problem with extremly loud noises and have since a child. I seriously feel like I am going to throw up. So around 20 til 3 my sister, mom and I took the baby and her 3 yr old son to the van far away from the battle. The other kids along with dad's and grandpa stayed back to watch. It's one of their favorite parts of the day.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Target Shopping 10/9

Transaction #1

2 Motts Juice @ $1.75 each
2 Motts Applesauce @ $1.75 each
Motts Applesauce $1.69 (not sure why one of them rang up at this price)

Total Spent $8.73 and earned a $5 Gift Card

Transaction #2

4 Johnson's Buddy Bars @ 97cents each
4 Chex Mix @ $1.97 each
4 Skippy @ $2.04 each

4 $1 off any Johnson's Baby Product
4 Chex Mix $1 Target Q
4 Chex Mix 50cent off
4 Skippy $1 off Target Q
2 40cent off Skippy
-$5 Target Gift Card

Total spent 92cents plus tax (not sure on the tax because I bought other not related stuff that day)

My weekly grand total was $83.08

Walgreens Shopping 10/9

Transaction #1
2 Dove Conditioner @ $3 each
2 Dove Shampoo @ $3 each
4 Dove Deodorant @ $2.24 each
2 Hershey Candy bar @ 29cents each

2 $1 off Dove Shampoo
2 $1.50 off Dove Conditioner
2 $1 off Dove Deodorant
-$12 Register Rewards

Total Spent $4.37 and earned $10 in Register Rewards

Transaction #2
Chapstick $3
Vaseline Lotion $6.99
Emergen-C $3.49
Glade Soy Candle $4.99

$3 off Glade
-$15 in Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.76 and earned $13.50 in Register Rewards

Kroger Shopping 10/9

I am not going to break down every detail but I was able to get some great deals. I also spent $10 on Digornio pizza's for our weekend splurge rather than eating out.

I used a total of $24 in coupons and I got $5 off for the mega event. I also had a Kroger plus savings of $38.

My Kroger total was $76.03

$3/1 Kroger Comforts Diapers Printable Coupon

Often Kroger puts their store brand Comforts Diapers on sale for $5.97 or $6.97, with this $3 off 1 coupon you can get some really inexpensive diapers.

The coupon doesn't expire until 12/31/09

Arm and Hammer Free Fresh-ins Sample

I read on the Freebie Blogger, that you can get a free sample odor eliminating vacuum bag and filter. Just send an email to or call 1-888-800-2302

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Walmart Shopping a How To

Although I do not shop at Walmart like I used to I do still shop there. There are still some very good deals to be had but you have to pick and choose.

Sadly Walmart does not send out a weekly ad like most grocery stores do. So prices do tend to vary from store to store. I find often that items in my store will be higher than the Walmart 20 miles away from me. I think that is because my town is smaller.

One thing you can do to save money at WalMart is ad matching.

Walmart will match prices to any local competitors ad that are during the ad's active dates.

-They do not match buy 1 get one
-They do not match percent off

However they will match exact prices. If you are too busy to run around to multiple stores you can check out your local stores ads, plan your menu around the sales, then head to Walmart and price match the items you want. Be sure to use coupons to make your total cost even lower.

What kind of coupons does Walmart accept?
You can check out their corporate policy here

They accept manufacturer coupons and internet printable coupons.

Denny's: Buy a Burger and Fries Get a Free Burger and Fries Coupon

Go here and print out a this great coupon for Denny's. Buy a Burger, Fries and 2 Beverages and get a Burger and Fries FREE!

This coupon is valid until 11/23/09.

FREE Sample: Hussana Body Wash or Shampoo

If you would like to try out Hussana body wash or shampoo you can go here and fill out a few brief questions.

I always try and do free samples. They are great for travel or for donation.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 10/11

$9 Huggies Diapers or Training Pants (Jumbo), buy 2 packs and earn $4 Register Rewards
$2 off Huggies Printable here (print 2)

$5.99 John Frieda Hair Care and earn $3 Register Rewards

$5 Vicks, DayQuil or NyQuil, buy 2 and earn $5 Register Rewards
$1 off Vicks (P&G 9/27)

Buy 8 or more, and earn $8 Register Rewards; Buy 6 or more, and earn $4 Regsiter Rewards
Items Include: $5.99 Bertolli Meal , $1.67 Skippy Peanut Butter or Ragu Pasta Sauce ,$2.50 Hellman’s Mayo (22-30 oz)
40 cents off Skippy (Red Plum 10/4)
$1 Bertolli in the 10/4 RP Insert (exp 11/29)
$1 Bertolli Printable here
75cents on 2 Ragu (Red Plum 10/4)

Monthly Deals Still Available

$1 Halls Refresh Sugar Free Drops and earn $1 Register Reward
35cent off Halls (Smart Source 9/27)

$6.99 Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion (6.8 oz) and earn $6.99 Register Rewards
$1.50 off Vaseline Lotion Printable here

$3.49 Emergenc-C Booster (2 pk) and earn $3.49 Register Rewards

$2.49 Robitussin DM To Go (2 pk) and earn $2.49 Register Rewards

$2.99 Chapstick Fresh Effects (.15 oz) and earn $2.99 Register Rewards

$8.99 Fusion MVP Manual or Power Razor System and earn $6 Register Rewards
$4 off Gillette (P&G 9/27)

$2 Dentek Floss and earn $2 Register Rewards

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Kroger a How to

Back when I used to do the one trip shopping spree at Walmart I almost never went to Kroger. For some reason I had it in my head that it was just too expensive.

When I switched to using coupons I began shopping more and more at Kroger and now I get the bulk of my groceries there.

Even without coupons I can stay well under budget at Kroger and I proved that this summer when I was too busy to do the coupon clipping.

If you focus on the sales and plan your weekly menu around it you will see the savings unfold. Most of Krogers sales beat out Walmart by far.

Another good tip is to check for Managers specials. You can find these all over the store. When an item gets put on Mgr Special it could be because they are changing the packaging or they are discontinuing the item or it is nearing it's sale by date.

Often times I get meats, breads and even milk on Mgr special. The meats and bread go in the freezer and the milk dosen't last around here a couple days anyway.

So how can coupons maximize your shopping at Kroger?

Matching the items on sale at Kroger with a coupon can make an already low price even lower.

Here's an example:

This week Kroger has been doing the Mega Event where you buy 10 select items and get $5 off automatically at checkout.

I bought

8 Green Giant Valley Fresh steamers @ $1.99 each
2 Healthy Choice Meals @ $2.19 each

I used 6 50cent off Green Giant coupons that doubled to $1 and 2 40cent off coupons that doubled to 80 cents.

I also used 1 $2 off Healthy Choice Coupon.

Then I got $5 off for buying 10 Mega Items and paid $5.70 for the 10 items.

For my local readers, Kroger in southern Illinois double coupons up to 50 cents. Also make sure to have the cashier scan your Kroger card before any items are scanned to ensure that all of your coupons will double.

Here is one more way that you can maximize your savings at Kroger.

Clipless coupons. What are clipless coupons? They are coupons that you put directly on your Kroger card. There are 3 different companies that I use and they are easy to set up. You just go to their site, make an account and add your kroger card. Once your Kroger card is added you can select what coupons you want on your card. The coupons will be added to your card and when your card is scanned during a transaction the coupon will automatically go on your order to match the item you have purchased.



P&G eSaver

Please note: When you sign up for cellfire it will want your cell number and will send you one text for activation purposes. However it will ask you online if you want information to go to your cell phone or email. Select email. I have never once gotten another text message since that very first one.

Walgreens Shopping 10/6

Transaction # 1

Robitussin $2.49
Chapstick $2.99
Halls $1

Used $6 Register Rewards

Total Spent 76cents and earned $6.50 in Register Rewards

Transaction #2

Emergen-C $3.49
Chapstick $2.99
Walgreens Flossers free

used $6 Register Rewards

Total Spent 54cents and earned $6.50 Register Rewards

Free Walgreens Flossers: When I was looking for the Dentek there was a sign that read, Sorry we are out of the Dentek that is Free after Register Rewards Please substitute the Walgreen 90 count floss picks or get a raincheck. When I went up front they had to call a Mgr and he went back to check. We he came back up he wasn't too happy. He gave them to me free but he brought the sign with him and shoved it under the counter.

Transaction #3

Robitussin $2.49
Chapstick $2.99
Dentek $2

used $6.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.55 and earned $7.50 Register Rewards

Grand total spent for this trip $2.86 and still have $16.50 in Register Rewards

My entire weekly shopping grand total is $60.48 my total last week was 94.04, making my grand total for this payday $154.52 which is $45.48 under budget.

Walgreens Shopping 10/2

Transaction #1

Oral B Toothbrush $3
Robitussin $2.49
Halls Refresh $1
Herbal Essences Conditioner $2.99
Tuff Towel 79cents

$1 off Herbal Essences
-$8 Register Rewards

Total spent $1.88 and earned $8.50 Register Rewards

Transaction #2

2 Walgreens Chapstick @ 25cents each
Robitussin $2.49
Gillette Venus Razor $7.99
Chapstick $2.99
Oral B Toothbrush $3

Coupons used
75cents off Oral B
$2 off Gillette
-$12 Register Rewards

Total Spent $3.47 and earned $12.50 Register Rewards

Transaction #3

Dentek floss $2
Chapstick $2.99
Halls Refresh $1
Herbal Essences $2.99
Vaseline Lotion $6.99

$1 off Herbal Essences
-$12 Register Rewards

Total Spent $4.03 and earned $15 Register rewards

Transaction #4

Emergen-C $3.49
Chapstick $2.99
Gilette Embrace $7.99
Dentek Floss $2
2 mini Hi liter @ 15
Herbal Essences $2.99

$2 off Gillette
$1 off Herbal Essences
-$14.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent $3.45 and earned $14.50 Regsiter Rewards

Grand total Spent for the day $12.83 on all transactions above and left with $14.50 in Register Rewards.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Homemade Blueberry Muffins

My hubby has been asking for blueberry muffins so when I shopped last week I made sure to buy some frozen blueberries.

Yesterday I found this recipe here for basic blueberry muffins and whipped some up.

The only substitution I made was 1/4 cup applesauce instead of oil. Next time I will probably use 3/4 cup sugar instead of 1/2 cup. They are perfectly fine with the half cup but I think they could be just a little sweeter.

On days that I am busy instead of actually scooping out the batter into a muffin tin I will pour it all into a greased square pan and then cut into bars. This recipe made 16 square bars.

Target Shopping 10/2

I mainly went in for peanut butter and chex. Then I realized I only had 2 peanut butter coupons with me and they didn't have any of the free chex.

So I got the to Skippy's and called it a day.

2 Skippy peanut Butter @ $2.04 each

2 $1 off Skippy Target Q's

Total Spent $2.10

CVS Shopping 10/2

I had not been to CVS in weeks but I had a $2 Register Reward that was expiring so I thought I would go in and get some milk.
I also found this cute sand bucket full of all kind of summer toys for 99cents.

Total Spent $1.08 and I did earn $1 Extra Care Bucks for my summer spending.

Walmart Shopping 10/2

2 Yoplait Delights @ $2 each
2 Pillsbury Pizza Crust @ $1.96
2 Great Value Pizza Cheese @ $1.96
Chlortabs $2.76
Danimal Crush Cup $2.12
2 Toaster Strudel @ $1.98 each
Frozen Blueberries $2.64
Frozen Raspberries $2.28

2 $1 off Yoplait
2 $1 off Pizza Crust
$1 off Danimal Crush Cup
2 $1 off Toaster Strudel

Total Spent $22.90

Kroger Shopping 10/2

My Kroger trip this week was short and sweet, I only a few things on my list that needed to come from there. I didn't use any coupons.

Total Spent $17.04

Buy 1 Sunday Brunch and Get 1 Free at Ruby Tuesday

Print out this coupon and head to Ruby Tuesday between now and 10/25 to receive one free Brunch entree when you purchase one.

A big thanks to Coupon Cravings for always keeping me up to date on all the hottest coupons available.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Coupon How To

How did I start couponing?

For about a year or so I was trying to make extra money online. During all that time I never thought about making more of our money. Then in August 2008 the light bulb went on and I realized instead of making more money, I just needed to use our money differently. I started this blog and my journey began. It took me a while to learn and I have made numerous mistakes along the way, but I have made a big change in how we live and spend.

Where do I get my coupons?

The Sunday paper - For my local readers the St. Louis Post Dispatch is what I buy. It is way better than the Southern Illinoisan.

Magazines - a lot of magazines are having coupons inside these days. All You is one that has a quite a bit of coupons every month. However I do not pay or pay very much for magazines, I have gotten a lot of free or very low priced subscriptions online.

The internet -,,

Sometimes I buy them online - Technically you can't buy them, you just pay the other person for their time to sort and cut them out. Ebay and Coupon Dede are the sources I use most.

How many Sunday papers do I buy?

Typically I purchase 3 Sunday papers, on a rare occassion I buy 4.

How do I sort my coupons?

Sorting the coupons is something I haven't really decided on. I do have a large Five Star zippered binder. Inside it has folders as well as baseball card holders. Sometimes I get all my coupons clipped and organized in the card holders and other times I keep the inserts together. I still haven't decided which works best for me.

What will I be discussing in future posts?

How to's for:

Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, Target and Walmart

Target Deals 10/4 through 10/10

Mott’s Juice 64 oz or Applesauce 6pk $1.75, Buy 5 and Earn a $5 Target Gift Card

Lysol Disinfectant Spray $1.99
$1 off Lysol (Smart Source 10/4)

Snuggle Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheets $3.99
$3 off Snuggle (Red Plum 10/4)

The Deals below are good past the 10th

Chex Mix 8 oz $1.75
$1 off Chex Target Coupon AND
50¢ off Chex Printable Coupon HERE or HERE

Skippy Peanut Butter 15 oz $2.04 (at my store, as low as $1.79 at others
$1 off Skippy Target Coupon
and use 40cents off Skippy (Red Plum 10/4) Some areas had 75cents off

Wonka Gummies Candy $1.54
$1 Off Wonka Gummies Printable Target Coupon

Crystal Light On The Go 3 pks (by the registers) 99¢
-$2/2 ANY Crystal Light (Smart Source 9/13)

Johnson’s Buddies Soaps 97¢
-$1 and Johnson's Product (Smart Source 9/13)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

CVS Best Deals of the Week 10/4

These are my favorite deals of the week, for a more extensive list check out

Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste (4 oz) or 360 Acti Flex Toothbrush$2.99 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)
$1 off Colgate (Smart source 9/27)

Dial, Tone or Coast Bar Soap (2-3 pk) $1.88 and earn $1 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)
35cents off Dial (Smart Source 10/4)

All Revlon Nail Products $3.99 and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks (limit 6)
$1 off Revlon (Smart Source 9/13)

Arrid or Arm & Hammer Deodorant $1.99 and earn $1 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)

Walgreen's Best Deals of the Week 10/4

Purell Hand Sanitizer (8 oz) $2.99 and earn $2 Register Rewards
50cents off Purell (Red Plum 8/2)

Schick Quattro Razors or Cartridges $8.99 and earn $3 Register Rewards
$4 Off Shick Quattro (Smart Source 8/23)

Hopefully the monthly deals will get stocked back up.

Chapstick Fresh Effects $2.99 and earn $2.99 Register Rewards

Robitussin DM To Go (2 pk) $2.49 and earn $2.49 Register Rewards

Gillette Fusion MVP Manual or Power Razor System $8.99 and earn $6 Register Rewards
$4 off Gillette (P&G 9/27)

Halls Refresh Sugar Free (20ct) $1 and earn $1 Register Rewards
75cents off (Smart Source 9/27)
35cents off (Smart Source 9/27)

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion (6.8 oz) $6.99/ea and earn $6.99 Register Rewards
$1.50 off Vaseline Lotion (Red Plum 8/2)

Walgreen's Shopping 9/29

I did these transactions at 2 different stores.

Transaction #1

Halls $1
Gillette Fusion $8.99
2 Candy Bars @ 33cents each

Used 75cents off Halls
$4 off Gillette
-$4 Register Rewards

Total Spent $2.74 and earned $7 Register Rewards

Transaction #2

Vaseline Lotion $6.99
Candy Bar 34cents
Candy Bar 69cents

Used $1.50 off Vaseline Lotion
-$7.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.20 and earned $7 Register Rewards

Transaction #3

Robitussin DM $2.49
Halls $1
Chapstick $2.99
Dentek Floss $2

Used 35cents off Halls
-$7 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.58 and earned $8.50 Register Rewards

Transaction #4

Oral B Toothbrush $3
Gillette Fusion $8.99
EmergenC $3.49
4 Mini Hi Liters @ 15cents each

Used 75cents off Oral B
$4 off Gillette
-$9.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent $2.93 and earned $12.50 Register Rewards

Transaction #5

Vaseline Lotion $6.99
Dr. Pepper $1.39
Venus Razor $7.99
Dentek $2

Used $2 off Venus
-$12.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent $5.43 and earned $11 Register Rewards
(I messed this one up a bit, I actually had the razor in the 2nd transaction and then changed it at the last minute. This was the 2nd store after being in town for a long day and my brain couldn't think)

Transaction #6

Halls $1
Robitussin $2.49
Herbal Essences $2.99

Used 35cents off Halls
$1 off Herbal Essence
-$4 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.51 and earned $6.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent today was $15.39 and left with $13.50 in Register Rewards

My Weekly Grand Total was $94.04 and that put me $5.96 below the $100 mark.

The other places I shopped:

Walgreens 9/25

Target 9/25

Kroger 9/25

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Free Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap w/any Purchase at Bath and Body Works Through 10/4

If you are going to be heading to the mall today or tomorrow then here is a coupon to take with you. At Bath and Body Works you can get a free Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap with any purchase.