December 26, 2008
December 13, 2008
December 11, 2008
The most important thing is: if you get a rebate check PLEASE verify it is not from this company BEFORE you cash the check! Associated Bank charged me an $8 fee for cashing a bad check. I called the company right away and they said they would issue me a check for the rebate amount plus my bank fee. This was about 2 weeks ago and I have yet to receive anything.
I am a bit irritated as they must have known the bankruptcy was coming and they still issued these checks. And I hope this isn't a sign of things to come and that this doesn't prevent companies from issuing rebates in the future. What strange times we are living in!
December 3, 2008
Speaking of Amazon.com, if you shop there do me a favor and click through the Amazon box on this blog or my blog. Jerry (my dh) signed up to be an Amazon Associate and gets a (very) small percentage of each purchase made through that link. It is for any product they sell, new or used. Thanks!
Register rewards expire in 2 weeks, not one month like ECBs, so be sure and spend them before they expire!
Speaking of register rewards, they changed the wording on register rewards again so you can only use one per transaction. So if you have more than one register reward to spend, break up your order into however many transactions you need to be able to use them. If you happen to get a survey at the end of your receipt go online and fill it out and be sure to mention how inconvenient that is for both you, the customer, and the cashier.
December 1, 2008
November 30, 2008
November 29, 2008
November 28, 2008
I have 6 more coupons, good til April, for more pie crusts.
I did two transactions and got 2 free butters.
I have until the end of January to use up my 12 boxes so we will have chicken pot pie (or turkey) every other week til they are gone!
November 24, 2008
Here is a link with a sneak peek at the deals and where to find the coupons! I'm not normally a Black Friday shopper...but I think this year I'll make an exception and head over to my favorite store!!
November 14, 2008
I did two transactions paying $23.99 in ECBs and $3.61 with a gift card. I got back $27.57 in ECBs so I broke even, well...okay I made 3 cents. It's hard to "make money" without the CVS $/$$ coupons. I didn't take a picture but here is what I got:
$20 worth of chocolate :) 6 bags Hershey's Bliss and 1 bag Kisses
3 Palmolive dish soap
1 Garnier hairspray
1 Listerine Agent
1 Vitamin Water
2 Crest Pro-Health
I didn't make money here either but I got several items for cheaper than I would have paid elsewhere. Sometimes I don't take advantage of the $5 off $20 coupons but this week I was able too! I took a picture for you:
6 rolls of Hallmark wrapping paper (Buy 1 get 2 free)=$.66 each
3 packs of bow (Buy 1 get 2 free)=$.33 each
3 packs of tissue paper (Buy 1 get 2 free)=$.33 each
3 packs of tags (Buy 1 get 2 free)=$.33 each
5 pencils with toppers (shhhh.....stockings!)
6 coloring books (stockings-Roz gets one too!)
4 instant pudding boxes
1 Almay mascara
1 Quattro razor/trimmer
1 mini-Martinellis (Roz stocking)
2 Reach toothbrushes
3 Smucker jams
4 Kellogg's cereals
10 lb. of sugar
I paid $27.55 on my gift card. Got a $2 RR and will get back $7.69 for the mascara rebate. For a real total of $17.86. I thought the wrapping supplies were a really great deal. I usually go to the dollar store for wrapping paper but $.66 is even better! I got several little stocking stuffer type items too. The food alone would have cost that much at the grocery store. I might go to a different store for the peanut butter and frosting (they were out) if I have time tomorrow. Jif is 3 for $5 and I have several $.55 coupons. Not a stock up price but decent. Frosting is $.99 and I have $.55 coupons. Cake anyone? :)
November 8, 2008
(Edited by Shelly to fix the link.)
November 7, 2008
Anyway, the ad is for NEXT week (Nov. 9 thru Nov. 15) and they are having their annual 50% off McCormick spices and extracts sale. Stock up now to last you until next years sale! I don't buy most of my dry spices during this sale since I use the generic $1 jars or buy in bulk. However, there are several items that I do stock up on at this once a year sale: clear vanilla (best for really white cake/cookie frosting), maple extract (for homemade maple syrup-much cheaper than store bought!), and various other extracts (lemon, almond, etc.)
They also have several good deals with coupons like 48 cent baby carrots and 88 cent eggs. Also on sale are canned Del Monte veggies 48 cents (limit 10) and Hormel bacon $1.88. I don't remember...have we gotten coupons for these items lately? I'll have to check. That would make these deals even better.
If you need help organizing all the canned goods that are on sale this time of year. Check out this handy, make yourself can storage. I made one. It was a bit challenging to put together...kind of like a puzzle. But it worked nicely, holds 12 cans, and best of all it rotates the cans for you. (I'm bad about that...green beans from 2006 anyone?)
P.S. A little bird told me boneless, skinless chicken breasts are on sale for my stock up price of $1.67 a pound at Piggly Wiggly through Tuesday. Thanks little birdie!! :)
November 5, 2008
In addition to getting a free product, lots of freebies come with a high value coupon. I have found Walmart has great freebies. They are mailed right to your door. I'm sure my mail lady loves delivering to my mailbox!
The link to Freebies 4 Mom has been in the sidebar for a long time but I thought I'd mention it again so you can start to get excited about opening your mail box each day too!
November 4, 2008
- Catalina - coupon that comes out of machine at checkout
- CRT- cash register tape or receipt
- Double Daze - the days Copps let you double 5 coupons with $25 purchase
- Double Double Daze - the days Copps let you double 10 coupons with $25 purchase
- DND - Do not double
- ECB - Extra Care Buck(s), the name of the instant rebate that print with your receipt from CVS, use it like a gift card to pay for another purchase
- FAC - Free after coupon
- FAR - Free after rebate
- GM - General Mills
- Insert - Booklet of coupons found in the Sunday newspaper
- IP - Internet printable
- IVC - Instant value coupon, Walgreens monthly coupon found in their monthly booklet.
- MC or MQ - Manufacturer Coupon
- MIR - Mail in rebate
- MM - Money Maker, a deal where after coupon or rebate you get overage
- OOP - Out of pocket
- Overage - item costs less than coupon value but the whole amount comes off your total
- OYNO - on your next order
- PG or P&G - Proctor & Gamble Sunday insert coupon
- Printable - a coupon that you print from the internet
- PSA - prices starting at
- RC - raincheck
- Rebate - mail in offer that refunds your money when you purchase a speciﬁc item
- RP - Red Plum Sunday supplement coupons
- RR - Register Reward, the name of the instant rebate or Catalina that prints from Walgreens, use it like a gift card to pay for another purchase
- SMP - Specially marked packages
- SS - Smart Source
- Stacking - using more than one coupon per item
- TMF - Try me free, a form that you mail in to receive full purchase price back
- WYB - When you buy
- YMMV - Your mileage may vary - the success of the attempt may vary
October 24, 2008
October 22, 2008
Stockpiling has saved me a TON of money. If you don't do it...give it a try. Just find a corner to pile your stuff and start watching the sales. Shelves are nice but not necessary. I remember reading in the Tightwad Gazette once...Would you rent out the space under your bed for $30 a month? Who wouldn't? Well, if you put food under there that you got a great deal on that is essentially what you are doing. Most of us here in WI are fortunate enough to have basements so maybe you won't even have to put a bunch of stuff under your bed!
Think you don't have room in your budget to stockpile? Think again. The little bit you save this week can be used to save more next week....until you rarely pay full price for the things you use the most. (Like rolling ECBs!) If you already stockpile a little bit (toothpaste anyone?), branch out to other products to save even more.
I've talked about this before but since this is a good time of year to buy certain sale items I thought it might be a good reminder. Keep an eye out for sales on baking supplies, spices, and turkeys(!) in the next few weeks. Buy enough to last you until next year at this time. You'll love pulling out items instead of adding them to your shopping list. And come this time next year if prices have gone up (and they will!) you be using items bought at this year's (lower) prices!
Below is a picture of some of my current stockpile. I didn't pay full price for any of these items and some I got for free.
"Internet coupons should be legible and say "Manufacturer Coupon". There should be a valid remit address for the manufacturer and a scanable bar code."
The Dept head told me that they are on the lookout for these other coupons and that most coupons are completely legitimate - now that was a relief to hear! At least we can use them at Walmart. Does anyone know of any other place in Green Bay that takes them?
October 21, 2008
October 11, 2008
October 10, 2008
October 9, 2008
Use coupon code FALLPENNY08 at checkout on Snapfish through this Saturdy 10/11 to get 50 4x6 prints for a penny each! Code can be used only once and any prints over 50 will be charged their regular price of 9 cents.
I have found Hooray for Freebates (http://freebates.blogspot.com) to have some good deals.
October 2, 2008
|HURRY! KMart is offering super MoneySavingMom.com. Not all seem to think they are "participating stores." I called the on Lombardi Ave and they said, "No, we are not participating." However, I then called the KMart national customer service line, and they said "Yes, ALL stores HAVE TO participate." So, the customer rep I spoke to sent an e-mail to the store manager at KMart on Lombardi, and then I called them back to tell them what I learned. So, they are now participating. If you shop at KMart East, you might want to make the same phone calls. The KMart national customer service phone # is . Happy shopping! ~Anne T.days Oct 1 - Oct 5. They will double coupons $2 or less, and you can use up to 75 coupons per day (NO printables, though). I heard about this deal on|
October 1, 2008
September 8, 2008
If you want to do the Kashi deal (see post below) I just checked MoneySavingMom and it looks like there are Kashi printables. She worked it out to be free cereal with the printables!
Use coupons from the Vocal Point mailer if you got them. Get four boxes ($11) and use one $2 off coupon and three $1 off coupons. Get $5 gift card. End price: $1 for four boxes of cereal!!
If you haven't tried any Kashi cereals....Jerry really likes the Go Lean Crunch and I think the Mountain Medley granola is really good!
September 7, 2008
Four coupon inserts in today's paper too! Pretty exciting! If you want multiple copies of the Press Gazette they do sell the Sunday paper at Dollar Tree for only $1. Too bad they don't sell the Chicago Tribune. :)
FYI: I did try the Crest Pro-Health Rinse deal at Walgreens and it worked with no problems. This deal lasts all month so you can get as much free mouth rinse as you want! There is a coupon out for 75 cents that makes this a small moneymaker.
September 4, 2008
|I'm SO excited! I had a GREAT shopping day at Copps & CVS. As you probably know, today is double coupon day at Copps. Since I've been wanting to take a picture of one of my successful shopping trips, I decided to do it today. Unfortunately, my totals weren't .25 or $1, or anything like that, BUT they were good totals for our family and I got really great deals. Here's the scoop (pictures attached):|
10 boxes Hamb Helper (sale 10/$10)
10 bags Chex Mix/Bugles (sale 10/$10 + (3) .50/1 coupons)
5 boxes GM Cereal (sale 5/$10 + $1/3 coupon doubled = FINAL 5/$8)
Febreze Starter Kit (sale $7.49 + $5/1 coupon = FINAL $2.49)
2 Tide (sale $8.99ea + $2/1 coupon = FINAL $15.98 for both)
4 El Paso Taco Seasoning (sale .59ea + BOGO free = FINAL $1.77 for 4)
2 El Paso hard shells (sale $1.29ea + $1/2 coupon = FINAL $1.58 for 2)
4 - 12pks Diet Coke (sale 4/$10)
6 jars Prego sauce (sale $1.88ea)
Scott bath tissue (sale $9.99 + $1/1 coupon doubled = FINAL $7.99)
2 Roundy's ice cream (sale $3.88ea)
2 Totino's pizza rolls (sale $2.99ea + (2) .35/1 coupons = FINAL $5.28 for 2)
Huggies mega-pack wipes (sale $5.99 + .50/1 coupon doubled = FINAL $4.99)
Huggies Pull-ups (sale $12.99 + $2/1 coupon = FINAL $10.99)
Oscar Mayer weiners (sale BOGO free = FINAL $2.29 for 2)
7lbs ground beef (sale $1.89/lb = FINAL $13.23)
Chuck roast (sale $2.29/lb = FINAL $9.11)
(2) whole chicken fryers (sale .69/lb = FINAL $6.76 for 2)
Family pak chx breasts (NOT on sale - EEK! $14.80)
(2) Kotex pads (sale 2/$5.50 + (2) $1/1 coupons doubled = FINAL 2/$1.50 - YAY!)
Gillette disposable razors (sale $5.99 + $2/1 coupon = FINAL $3.99)
Gillette shave gel (sale $2.24 + $1/1 coupon = FINAL $1.24)
Nexxus shamp/cond (NOT on sale, but generated $10 coupon - $20.38 for both)
Vidalia onions (NOT on sale - $1.57)
Romaine lettuce (NOT on sale $2.25)
Peanuts (NOT on sale ($3.26)
Butter (sale .98)
(3) Roundy sliced cheese (sale $1.79ea)
20lb container cat litter ($5.79)
FINAL TOTAL w/tax = $206.28
SAVINGS = $108.03 YAYYYYY!!!
PLUS I got a $10 coupon for next time; a $1.25 coupon for Pampers; a $1 coupon for Pampers wipes; AND 100!! bonus box tops for GBACH (+the ones on the boxes - a lot of which have extra bonus box tops + an entry for a chance to win 250,000 box tops)
Pantene deal (3/$9.99 + (2) BOGO coupons for FREE styling aid + $2ECBs)
Pantene Expressions Shamp ($4.50 + $2/1 coupon)
Pantene Expressions Cond ($4.50 + $2/1 coupon)
Suave deal (3/$6 + $2ECBs)
Pampers pull-ups (sale $9.99 + $1/1 coupon)
(2) Dawn (sale .99 + (2) .50/1 coupons)
(2) Colgate (sale 2.99 + $1/1 and .75/1 coupons + $4ECBs)
(2) 4-pk Duracell Power-pix batteries (sale $2.99 ea + (2) .75/1 coupons)
Covergirl powder ($5.49)
Covergirl foundation (sale 50% off for buying powder, so $2.74)
(2) Rubbermaid laundry baskets ($5.99 + (2) $1/1 coupons)
(2) CG Wetslicks gloss ($5.99ea + BOGO free coupon + $5.99ECBs)
(2) birthday cards (NOT on sale, no coupons, but needed - UGH!)
Play cash drawer (yes, I brought the kids with - $4.99)
I was watching the screen while items were being scanned. The total before coupons was $103.??. After coupons . . . . $54.15!!!!! YAYYY!! I know it's not .25 or $1, but still a GREAT deal in my book. If I hadn't needed the b-day cards or had the kids w/ me, it would've been only about $43. PLUS, I have $13.99 in ECBs for next time. Woo-hoo!!
From Anne Tess
August 30, 2008
Okay - For the record, I did not go back to get the FOUR 1.75 qt's of Ice cream for this picture so pretend it is there, okay....and I'm not an expert at the whole "listing each item thing" so bare with me.
First, I went to CVS, not pictured here and spent $15 in cash (Shelly and Theresa, don't cringe that I spent more than one dollar) but I got back $28 in ECB's - I felt really good about that, then I went to Walgreens...
This picture is from my $90 purchase at Walgreens - minus the ice cream. So, here is the rough breakdown...
My total started at right around $90, but my subtotal with all of my coupons taken off (including the $10 off $40) was 52.34; when i got home I found 4.34 in errors (plus tax) but when I went back today to get it corrected, they totalled them up as $7.53; plus I have $34.76 so far in rebates coming back so with tax I paid $12.99. WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO
I had to call Shelly that evening because I was so excited and so confused as to whether or not I should have gotten more FREE after Rebate Items right away. I think she straightened me out and I was back there today getting my refund and two more rebate items - but Theresa probably took the last Excedrin :))))))) Shelly, I forgot all about the whole Glade thing when I went today so maybe I missed out on that deal.
I felt like a really frugal wife and mother after this trip. I did find every coupon I was supposed to to make it all work out - thanks to now buying TWO Chicago Tribunes each weekend. I was also excited to just FIND the items that I was looking for - I took the one and only Pert - after trying all month to get it, plus I took the last two Spray and Wash - this all made me just tickled as I walked around the store. So I still do love Walgreens too!
August 28, 2008
August 21, 2008
My other sad story for the week is that I let me latest $5 RR go to waste b/c I didn't shop at Walgreens for 2 weeks and found it the day after it expired. That is maddening...so much for taking a break from saving and not feeling bad about it!
August 18, 2008
August 13, 2008
I just wanted to show you some deals I made at Copps today. Thanks to Shelly for letting me know about the coupons for FREE items that were available at the Pig in De Pere. I went there yesterday and got about 5 sets. I then took a lot of the coupons today to Copps because I knew they were having some good sales.
They have Kool-Aid for $0.10 each which is a Kraft product. I bought 9 packets and got 3 items for free.
They also have Kraft Mac and Cheese on sale for $0.48, so I bought a lot of those (15 boxes) and got 5 more items for free.
I also bought 3 pkgs of Kraft Cheese singles which were on sale for $1.88 and got one more free item. The free items were: Crystal Light, Oscar Meyer hot dogs, Kraft dressing and Wheat Thins.
Another great deal going on this week at Copps is Huggies Clean team refills are on sale 2/$3. If you have a coupon from the paper a few weeks ago (sorry, don't remember which week), you can get 2 packages for FREE!!!
August 11, 2008
1 Alavert on sale for $5.99 get 3 ECBs back and use this $4 off printable coupon
1 Children's Advil for $5.79 get 5.79 ECBs back and use this $1 off printable coupon
-2 off 10 CVS coupon (email me if you need this)
-4 off Alavert coupon
-1 off Advil coupon
Spend $4.78 plus tax OOP
Get $8.79 back in ECBs making you just over $4 in ECBs
I bought 3 Kool Aid lemonade packets for 45 cents and got a free box of Wheat Thins with the tear pad coupon and saved my All You coupon for another time. It worked flawlessly! I grabbed 2 of each coupon and will try and use them before they expire. As much as I wanted to grab the whole tear pad...I restrained myself and left some for the rest of you! :)
So keep an eye out for that tear pad. I'm guessing they could be by any Kraft/Nabisco/Oscar Mayer product. But at the DP PW they are right by the Wheat Thins.
When I send Jerry to CVS to do a deal for me this is how I do it. This method may or may not work for you! :) I try to stick with simple, straightforward deals...nothing too complicated.
Part 1: The List
Make it as detailed as possible. Include pictures especially when including products husbands may not even know exist. Make it easy for them to match the picture to the product. Include prices and remind them that if the price doesn't match then that is probably not the right product.
Part 2: The Coupons
Put all the coupons in the order that you want them given to the cashier. Then, and this is very important, paper clip them together so none get lost under the seat of the car or blow away in the parking lot.
Part 3: Do the Math and ECBs
Do all the math and give them the proper number of ECBs and figure out how much it will be OOP. This is another good double check. If the total isn't right then something is wrong!
Part 4: The Red Box
You may or may not want to have them scan your card at the red box. I have had both good and bad luck with this. If the red box is used remind them NOT to throw the coupons away even if the coupons are for "stuff we'd never buy anyway".
Part 5: Back Up Plan
You might want to tell them that if the deal can't be done just forget it. But if you are brave then you can add a few back up plan items to the list.
Part 6: No impulse buys
Buying a candy bar because you are starving or a nice ice cold soda will screw up the math! Proceed at your own risk!
Part 7: Thank You
Don't forget to say thanks! :)
Jerry usually does great. He always gets a kick out of the cashier who gets all excited that he spends so little. When I ask he usually rolls his eyes (CVS again!) but since he knows how much it saves so he is willing to do it for me!
August 10, 2008
Scott paper towels
Pork chops and ribs
Old Orchard 100% juice (frozen)
Maybe later I'll post coupon links or insert info for coupons...
August 5, 2008
Vlasic $1 coupon-use to get free relish or cheap pickles at Cub or Walmart (save as pdf and print off a few each time you head to the store)
If you see any others we could use don't forget to share them!
Buy 6 Kellogg's snacks @ 5 for $10, see page 3 (use three $1 off coupons from today's Kellogg's insert)
-$5 in coupons
Get $10 in RR
Fill out $10 rebate from Kellogg's insert (has to be 8/5 or later and all in one transaction)
Make $5 profit!!!!!!!
August 4, 2008
August 2, 2008
July 31, 2008
July 27, 2008
July 25, 2008
- Sugar $.99 (Limit 1 per transaction but you can stop for sugar every time you drive by!)
- GM Cereal 6 for $10 (That's $1.66 per box! Great deal with coupons!!)
- Blueberries $1.49 (freeze some for future muffins!)
- Cheese 3 for $5
July 24, 2008
July 20, 2008
July 16, 2008
1. do you cut out your grocery store coupons each week to put in your smaller file so that you can take it into any given store and actually use them? (if they stay in the big one I find I just don't use them up before they expire)
2. Do we get the "All You" magazine that is mentioned on MSM and when or how?
3. Does any store in our area sell Egglands Best Eggs?
4. I'm noticing long lists of "sale" items on MSM for Walmart - where do these come from? I get an occasional flier in the mail or even the paper once in awhile but since Walmart touts itself as a non-sale type of store that just offers the lowest price, I'm surprised by these long lists...anyone have any insights on the whole Walmart thing? Do you shop at Walmart and use this type of saving list?
5. Are our local walmarts still taking Internet coupons? I got out of the practice of even trying to do IC's because it seemed like almost no one in GB was taking them.
6. Did anyone find the $5.00 off 1 coupon mentioned on MSM for the Schick razors 10 pack - I checked everything I had and couldn't find it? I also never found the $1.50 off Colgates - the only ones I had were expired. I didn't think Walgreens would go for that!
7. Anyone been to Walmart this week to check out school sales? I wanted to know if they were really terrific as someone online said - the lady at Shopko told me next week is their big kick off week so sales should be good.
8. And just because it is soooo helpful to me - if you find any deals in CVS or Walgreens that don't come up on MSM, can you post them here? Once in a while I decide to persue an ad and then find a coupon for it and wonder "what constitutes the "best deals"? in order to be included b/c sometimes I'm surprised some things are not...but I can't read the 50 plus posts that are all listed after her ad lists each week - think about it, it took me TWO hours just to go through coupons tonight - that is 2 hours I wasn't scrapbooking, cleaning, sleeping, etc. UGH!!!!
That's all for now - I'm sure I will come up with more. THANKS for helping me save money :)
For the most recent Piggly Wiggly deals click here!
Green Bay Area Store Locations:
527 Swan Road, De Pere (920) 336-7080
2465 Lineville Road, Howard (920) 434-0921
2400 Crooks Avenue, Kaukauna (920) 766-6080
1901 E. Main Street, Little Chute (920) 766-6090
1339 N 8th Street, Manitowoc (920) 682-4931
Piggly Wiggly is a national chain but GB area stores are locally owned. Currently the Company operates corporate stores and services independent franchisees under a chain-style program.
At Piggly Wiggly you need a free Preferred Club store card to get the sale prices. You can apply for a card online here.
Do NOT double coupons.
Accepts internet coupons up to $2.00 but not free item or BOGO internet coupons.
You can use a manufacturers coupon with a store coupon.
Weekly internet only store coupons can be found here (Larry's) and here (Olsen's).
Exclusive Internet Coupons:
Available here for Larry's PW and here for Olsen's PW. These are store coupons so they can be combined with manufacturer coupons if any are available. They can only be printed at home.
Red Box Coupons:
De Pere location has a red interactive coupon box in the bakery area. This is powered by Coupons.com and these are manufacturer's coupons. You may print as many as you like. These are often the same coupons you can print at home, but why not let PW pay for the paper and ink! Print any you think you MIGHT use and then hold on to them and watch for a sale.
Most coupons in the newspaper ad are store coupons and can be used with manufacturer's coupons.
(Regional Website here and Larry's Website here)
Internet Only coupons
Facebook "Like" Piggly Wiggly on Facebook, click here for Larry's Piggly Wiggly (stores: De Pere, Kaukauna, Little Chute, and Manitowoc) and here for Olsen's Piggly Wiggly (Howard).
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Source: ShopThePig.com and LarrysPW.com
July 5, 2008
While I am really missing the $/$$ coupons, I still managed to get a few good deals this week.
4 bags of Lifesavers, free after combining BOGO sale and BOGO coupon
2 Listerine Smart Rinse, free with rain check from last months book
Huggies for $.49 each, after raincheck and coupons
2 CVS pantiliners, free after ECBs
2 CVS tampons, free after ECBs
1 mascara, free after ECBs
1 OB tampons, $1.49 after coupon and ECBs
1 Rolaids, free after CVS red box coupon and man. coupon
2 Sure deodorant, more than free after BOGO coupon and ECBs
2 Trident gum for$.62 each after coupon and ECBs
2 Coppertone sunscreen sticks, more than free after ECBs
2 free CVS water bottle from a friendly cashier!!! :)
(the bottle say "pays you back"...they're NOT kidding!!)
I planned wrong and ended up with no little ECBs left to pay so I used $2.99 from my gift card. I did get my quarterly ECB from the red box...a whoppin' 50 cents!! Guess that is good though...then I know I'm not spending much OOP!!!
July 4, 2008
a few weeks ago there was a buy one Lifesavers bag candy get one free coupon...this week CVS has them on sale for buy one get one free. So CVS pays for one and the coupon pays for the other and you get free candy! Although, my CVS was pretty picked over.
On a side note, there was a lady there shopping with a big coupon binder who stopped at the front and asked if she really could get free candy with the coupon. The cashier said "how so?" when the lady explained the above deal the cashier said "that can't be right!". The cashier called the manager up and asked and she quietly said "Yes, that is correct." :)
July 3, 2008
I just tried this and it really worked! If you need diapers or pull ups (store brand) head on over to Walgreens.
First, stop by the pharmacy and ask for the red coupon pamphlet (it says: $50 in Great Savings a "Thank You" gift from Walgreens). Then head over to the diaper aisle and get 3 packages of Walgreens brand diapers or pull ups that are on sale for $5.99 (reg. price $7.99). When you check out give them the coupon out of the red pamphlet first ($2 off) and then the coupon for $5 off two (really $2.50 of each) from the July Easy Saver booklet (page 17). Your total will be $5.13 and you will get a $5 register reward for buying 3 packages (see page 27 of ES booklet)!
Ask for the $2 coupon back and do it again! This deal is good all month but the diapers are only on sale for $5.99 until Saturday (6/5). After that you can still do the deal but you will be paying $5.47 for the 3 packages. But $1.82 still isn't bad for a pack of diapers or pullups!!!
*Note: for some reason my $2 coupon beeped when I tried to get the "premium" diapers in the red package but I had no trouble at all with the regular (white) package. So watch the cashier!
July 1, 2008
June 29, 2008
June 27, 2008
June 17, 2008
6 packs of Kotex pads @ $1 ea = $6
1 ream of HP paper @ $3.97
1 Trial size Gillette 2 in 1 @ $0.79
2 Page marker post-it notes @ $0.97 each = $1.94
1 pkg batteries = $5.67
Total before taxes and coupons = $18.37
Less $6 Kotex coupons
Less $3/2 post-it note coupon
Less $1 Gillette 2 in 1
Less $1 Energizer coupon
Less $3 Paper coupon
Total after coupons and taxes = $5.38 . So I could have gone there and just got my batteries and spent $5.67 less $1 coupon, plus tax and just walked out with my batteries. Instead, I got my batteries as well as all this stuff for about as much as I would have paid for just the batteries, even with the $1 coupon.My CVS trip was pretty good as well. I already miss the $/$$ coupons, so had to make due with what I had.
I bought in 2 separate transactions:
3 bottles of Listerine Smart Rinse @ $3.49 each
4 bars of South Beach Diet bars @ $3/2
1 Huggies baby shampoo = $3.49
4 Oral B toothbrushes @ $5.99 each
2 Oral-B Vitializer toothbrushes @ $6.99 each
2 Revlon nail files @ $1.79 (sale B1G1)
1 Reese's Whips candy bar $0.50 each
Total before coupons and taxes: $58.19
Less coupons = $19.89
ECBs used: $38.94
Total on gift card = $2.00
Received $41.45 in ECBs, so even without the $/$$ coupons, I was still able to make some money. Gotta love CVS!!
June 11, 2008
On a side note, my cousin is a drug rep in Minneapolis and in a recent email this is what she said:
I occasionally read your blog online to keep up on what's going on and all the deals you're getting at CVS! Funny, because of how big CVS has become in the last few years, they pretty much tell us what they are going to pay for our generic drugs!
I better be on the lookout...if CVS (or Google!) ever take over the world...I'm afraid I'll just follow blindly! :)
Whose birthday is next?
June 5, 2008
ANSWER: Walgreens does not make their corporate policies public. If you are having problems it is a training issue and you should call corporate to complain.
(Shelly says: That doesn't help when you are standing in the store!)
NEXT QUESTION: What is the proper way to use a $10 off $30 Walgreens coupon?
ANSWER: Official policy is you have to spend $30 AFTER coupons to save the $10. All GB area managers will be reminded of this at an upcoming meeting.
(Shelly says: So you have to spend $40...or whatever...to save $10 off your $30...that isn't a good deal!)
NEXT QUESTION: Can you use man. coupon when buying an item you are going to earn RRs on? (I haven't run across this one yet but I guess some cashiers are saying if you use a man. coupon then the RR won't print.)
ANSWER: Yes, but you can't "roll" RR's on the same product.
NEXT QUESTION: Use more than one RR to pay?
ANSWER: No. Must separate the transactions and total must exceed the RR after coupons..
(Shelly says: What a time saver for both me and the cashier! Ha! I think I might have to stop shopping at Walgreens.)
NEXT QUESTION: Coupon for $1 off item that is on sale for 75 cents. Adjust or not?
ANSWER: Yes, they should adjust. Some internet printed coupons cannot be adjusted. Manager may have to call company.
(Shelly says: Don't shop with your kids...it may take awhile!)
NEXT QUESTION: Do you take internet printed coupons? Can they be in B&W?
ANSWER: Yes, unless a warning was issued that a particular coupons was fraudulent. They can be in color or B&W.
I find it very hard to believe a LARGE, NATIONAL company such as Walgreens doesn't have a WRITTEN coupon policy available for customers to reference (if not on their website at least when you request it). I think confusion is part of their strategy. The D.M. told me she thought there were just too many coupons out there making it too complicated. She was longing for the good ol' days of just man. coupons. This conversation was all well and good, but I STILL have no proof to "educate" the cashiers/managers on these policies unless I have something in WRITING. Now if I have an issue and I know the cashier is wrong, the only thing I can do is call corporate when I get home. With my luck...should I put them on speed dial or what?
June 4, 2008
Buy 2 gallons of Kemps Select White milk for $2.79 each (not unreasonable) get the following FREE:
1 dozen large eggs
1 64 oz. container orange juice
1 8 oz. spreadable butter
6 ct. english muffins
Seems like a pretty good deal to me! Additionally, there is a separate coupon for a free pound of grapes.
June 2, 2008
May 31, 2008
This is what I bought:
1 - Playskool Diapers - $10.99
1 - Viactiv Glides - $8.99
8 - Bottles of LifeWater @5/$5 = $8
Total before coupons = $27.98
$5 off $15 CVS coupon
$3 off Playskool diaper CVS coupon
$2 off Playskool diaper M.C.
$4 off Viactiv glides CVS coupon
Total OOP = $0.00, received $7 ECBs
1 Playskool Diapers = $10.99
1 Viactiv Glides vitamins = $8.99
2 Lifewaters = $2.00
Total before coupons = $21.98
$5 off $15 CVS coupon
$3 off Playskool diaper CVS coupon
$2 off Playskool diaper M.C.
$4 off Viactiv glides CVS coupon
OOP = $0.00, received $9 ECBs
I didn't take a picture of the deals, but I do have a picture of the receipt to actually show you that I paid nothing. I came to realize that the reason I didn't pay anything was because all of my coupons rang up as CVS coupons and they take off taxes. Because my first order actually was $4.22 at one point, but when I gave her my $4 ECB, it went down to $0.
May 29, 2008
Here is what I got:
- 2 travel tubes and a booklet of coupons from Aquafresh (I called with a defective product complaint--when I got a travel size tube freebie with a coupon from CVS was not sealed right and had the bottom completely open!)
- a $12.99 check from Sambucol
- a coupon for a free bag of dog food
- a coupon for a free bag of cat food (I'll give this to my sister)
- a free baby bottle (I'll give this to my sister too!)
- deodorant sample (Roz already claimed for her gym locker)
- two coupons for a free chicken sandwich from McDonald's (a nice, unexpected surprise in with my Amazon order!)
May 23, 2008
May 22, 2008
May 19, 2008
Totals: CT = 196 total and PG = 79
That about says it all but in case you'd like to see the breakdown - and remember this is not scientific but I tried to generally catagorize the coupons....
Food - CT=78 to PG=36
Toiletery - CT=43 to PG=16
Pharmacy - CT=22 to PG=6
MakeUp/Beauty - CT=16 to PG=5
Baby - CT=9 to PG=9
Cleaning - CT=17 to PG=7
Pet - CT=11 to PG=0
I guess they think we don't own pets up here :))))))
And so we will try to stop at the store each Sunday and either pick up a Tribune or a Sentinel in order to get the coupons - these papers are only 2.15 to 2.50 - that's not bad for an extra 100 plus coupons! Vivian
May 17, 2008
May 16, 2008
May 15, 2008
May 13, 2008
Here's what I got:
3 Casacade @ $2.50 each
2 Mr. Clean @ $2.50 each
4 Crest Pro-Health Night @ $2.50 each
1 Venus @ $9.99 each
1 Zantac @ $3.99 each
2 Snickers @ $.50 each (sustenance for the GBAMOM resale!)
I used the Easy Saver coupon ($3 off 2) for the Crest and $13.49 in manuf. coupons. I paid $20.06 out of pocket since I had already used my gift card for the monthly freebies. BUT I got back $29 in Register Rewards. So they paid me $8.94 to buy this! I could have made even more if they had the products I wanted! (I had coupons for more toothpaste and better coupons for the Action Pack Cascade.) I did do the deal twice last week to get more Cascade. So right now I have over $50 in RRs to spend. I would have more but I did use some of the Venus/Zantac RRs to pay for the next deal. Looks like there aren't any really great deals at Walgreens this week so I'll have to figure out something to buy before these RRs expire.
May 12, 2008
May 6, 2008
Hello GB Savers - I just thought I'd way in on this coupon thing. I have been recently turned down at the Olson's Piggly Wiggly with my internet coupons and was told Woodmans would not accept them either so I got to thinking about Theresa's suggestion of using a big city paper. Well, I thought I'd give you my comparison from the May 4th Sunday paper:
Smart Source in GB had:
8 - food cpns
7 - household coupons (cleaners, razors, etc)
4 - restaurant cpns
2 - pharmacy cpns (vitamins, etc)
While the MIL Sent had:
14 - food cpns
24 - household cpns (that is NOT a typo)
4 - restaurant cpns
10 - pharmacy cpns
Wow was my response to that. Also my GB paper had no Red Plum this week and I didn't get a P&G saver book either - but both were in the Mil Sent paper.
Did you GB savers get a P&G in your GB Press paper this week? What do we do if we are jipped one? Curious....
May 5, 2008
I bought 2 Kiss glue for $1.99 each
4 Johnson's buddies for $0.99 each
1 Centrum Cardio for $9.99
1 Colgate 360 toothbrush for $3.99
1 Aquafresh trial size toothpaste for $0.99
Used the following coupons:
1 - $3/$15 CVS coupon
2 - $2/2 Johnson's coupons (coupons were about to expire, so I wanted to get them used up)
1 - $3/1 Cardio coupon
1 - $1/1 Colgate toothbrush coupon
1 - $0.99/1 Trial sized toothpaste coupon
Paid $0.68 OOP
Received $9.99 ECBs back
Will also receive $9.99 for Centrum Cardio rebate from past weekend's newspaper (don't recall if it was in the Press Gazette). Got it for sure from Chicago Tribune.
I did the following all in one transaction, but am putting it in a few groups.
I bought 9 Crest Pro Health toothpastes for $2.50 each = $22.50
Less Walgreens $3/2 coupon from Easy Saver catalog = $13.50
Less $6.50 Crest MF coupons (had 4 -$1/1 coupons, 3 - $0.50/1 coupons and 1-$1/2 coupon)
Total for toothpaste = $2.50 + tax
Received $20 RR
I also bought 1 pk of Zantac for $3.99
Used $5/1 coupon, it didn't get adjusted down, so I actually got it free, plus overage. Plus I also received a $3 RR
I bought 2 more of the FAR items (Energy spray, $3.29 and Nexcare Cold Sore Treatment, $8.99) kind of as a filler because I had so many coupons and because I hadn't bought them yet for the month.
Plus 2 more fillers of chocolate sprinkles @ $0.99 each.
I also used 2 $6 RR from the Venus Embrace shavers I had bought from a previous trip.
I should have actually put in a couple more fillers so I could have used my 3rd $6 RR, but didn't so I paid $5.88 on my gift card, so I got all of this for FREE!! Plus, I still have $32 RR for another trip and will receive another $12.28 from FAR items. Too bad I have already bought so many of my FAR items for the month. I could have used my RR for them.
I'm thinking of going back and see if I can get the Cascade/Mr Clean deal as well. Have lots of $0.50 off coupons, which would still be a money maker, just not as big as the toothpaste deal.
May 2, 2008
Hi Ladies - The one time I took a picture you never saw it and so many times I don't get on to record my story but I am motivated this am to tell you about my success - even though I know several of you already heard :) - Sorry, no picture!
I went on May 1st because I had ECB's expiring that day - but didn't realize til I got there that the new monthly sale book would be out. YEAH! I got in to the store at a good time since they were well stocked on the freebies and there were lots of them.
Here is what I bought - I had NO coupons with me but I know some of these have cpns:
3 Dole Fruit 3/$5.00 (need for lunches)
1 Bic Soleil Razor 5.99 - get $3 ECB's
2 Colgate 360 toothbrushes - 3.99ea - get 3.99 ECB's (have seen cpns)
1 Orapik Travel kit - 2.79 - get 2.79 ECB's
2 Aquafresh toothpaste - 2.99ea - get 2.99 ECB's (have seen cpns)
3 CVS Loratadin - 3.79ea - get 3.79 ECB's (this is like Claritin allergy med)
1 Tums Quik Pk - 4.69 - get 4.69 ECB's
2 Palmolive Dish soap - 1.59 - BOGO so .80ea
4 Pepsi 2 liters - 1.79 - BOGO so .90ea
2 ALL Laundry detergent - 6.49 - BOGO so 3.25ea
2 Tostitoe Products - 3.79 and 2.99 - BOGO so I saved 2.99
2 CVS Liquid Soap - 1.49 each and I think they were supposed to be BOGO and I didn't get it
GRAND TOTAL would have been $81.56 but with the sales the register took off automatically my NET TOTAL was $58.44 - I had one $3 off $10 CVS because of scanning my card AND $35.94 in ECB's - so my total bill was $24.09.
THE great part was I got $35.81 in ECB's back to spend the next time I go :))))) YEAH! and I didn't even have the $3 off $10 coupon they mentioned at moneysavingmom.com nor the $5 off $30 coupon that Shelly mentioned came in an email. That would have been another $8 off.
HAPPY SHOPPING - Vivian
April 26, 2008
April 24, 2008
April 21, 2008
I provide this little ditty to enlighten you on how NOT to shop - although I'm sure it will bring more of a smile to your face rather than any wisdom you don't already know....
After two weeks of almost no Saver Shopping let alone any shopping I decided in the 45 min time slot I had in between piano lessons that i would RUN to and through Cub Foods - a store I have not shopped at for many, many years. I had the ad in hand -with no time to prep with a list or coupons - was I being impulsive or what? I really needed eggs - that is what started it.
I decide to do the "deal" on the flier that said if you buy $25 of these products you get 2 free movie tickets AND if you buy $25 of these products you get 2 more free movie tickets AND $10 to spend - that is what I was trying to do - but in my rush I forgot the $25 on the 2nd deal and only ended up at $10 and I didn't get the 2 extra movie tickets nor the $10 and probably ended up with an overload of products I use less often.
I came home frustrated as my life spins out of control and I really need to get to CVS to use my ECB's!!!!!!
Drowning - Vivian
April 20, 2008
- (unadvertised) Softsoap Spa Radiance 18 oz sells for $5.49, receive $5.49 EBCs = FREE (limit 5) - And it works as I did it 5 times on one of my cards.
- Zone Perfect Nutrition bars p.s.a. $1.19 each, buy 3 receive $2 ECBs. Use 3 $1/1 bar (don't remember which week the coupons came from) = FREE, plus overage.
April 18, 2008
I did get the "unadvertised" M&M ECB deal though. They were buy one ($3.29) get one and then a $3 ECB printed! Two big bags of M&Ms for 29 cents! Jerry is going to run to the CVS by his work to see if they have the Contour meters so I told him to pick up some more M&Ms. I made M&M cookies on Tuesday that were REALLY good with some Easter M&Ms I saved. Now I can make more. Maybe I'll post the recipe on my blog.
The CVS brand diapers (B1G1) are a good deal too! Especially if you use a 3 off 10 from the red box. I also got the Kraft Mac and Cheese. I think 50 cents a box beats even the Sam's Club price. My CVS didn't have the four packs but she let me buy 8 singles and used the code like I was buying the 2 four packs. The manager at my CVS was telling me they just got their copy of the May book. She said when she went to order the "free" after ECB items the warehouse was already out of stock. She gets pretty frustrated with them for that. My store usually limits the free items to one or two per customer for that reason. Ugh!
April 15, 2008
Just thought I'd mention quick two other deals. Walgreens has Glade Plug-Ins buy one get one free and there were $3 off coupons in the 3/16 Smart Source. My Walgreens took both giving me $1.21 overage. Also this week at CVS there is another glucose meter deal (Ascensia Contour) that could make you $14.99 if they will adjust the $30 off coupon. (Vivian was going to try it...hopefully she'll let us know if it works!)
April 13, 2008
Just for Men Touch of Gray hair color - $8.29
Use $2/1 coupon (registration required)
Use this rebate or this rebate (You'll need to request a duplicate receipt in order to get Walgreens rebate and Manufacturer's rebate.)
*Note from Shelly: We don't need a duplicate receipt since we can fill out the Walgreens rebate online!*
GB Savers - has anyone had difficulty in the GB area using Internet Coupons? I'm noticing a lot of skepticism when I present them at various places. I had to tell a lady at Walmart once where I got it and that she could tell her manager to look it up if they wanted. Just wondering what you have experienced? Shelly - did you talk to the owners at your Piggly Wiggly by you about their decision not to accept them? Vivian
April 12, 2008
Here is what I bought:
- 4 Sunsilk styling @ $3.49 each
- 5 Excedrins @ $1.99 each
- 1 - Degree deodorant @ 2/$5 = $2.50
- 2 - Covergirl blushes @ $6.99 each
- 1 - Covergirl Tru Foundation @ $6.99
- 1 - Covergirl Trublend Foundations @$9.49
- 2 - Pepcid AC EZ Chews @ $7.99 each
Did this in 2 separate transactions and used the following:
- 2 - $4 off $20
- 2 - $2 off Pepcid coupons
- 1 - $1 off Degree coupon
- 2 - B1G1 Covergirl coupons
- 4 - $1.50 off 1 Sunsilk styling
- 5 - $2 off Excedrin printable coupons
- ECBs to cover the rest as close as I could get.
Will also receive $5.50 x 2 = $11 mail in rebates for the Pepcid AC
Spent $3.87 OOP, but will receive $11 in rebates for an overage of $7.13
- 1 - Touch of Grey for Men hair color
- 2 - Nutrisse hair colors
- 4- Packs of Extra gum
- 1 - Crest White stripes
- 1 - Glucerna cereal
- 1 - Wyler's Light Pink lemonade (filler)
- 4 - Matchbox type cars for the boys (filler) - not pictured as the boys were playing with them.
- 1 - $5 off $20 Walgreen's coupon for Friday only
- 1 - $3 off $10 Walgreen's coupon good for Military St. Walgreen's only
- 1 - $3 RR from a purchase last week
- 1 - $2 coupon for Touch of Grey Hair color
- 2- $2 MF coupon for Nutrisse haircolor
- 2 - $2 Walgreen's coupon for Nutrisse haircolor
- 2 - B1G1 Off Extra gum
- 1 - 3/$2 Walgreens' gum coupon
- 1 - $0.99 off Extra gum (Walgreen's coupon)
- 1 - Gift card with $9.81 left on it
I received $10 RR good the next time I shop from the Crest White Strips
Will also receive:
- $7.49 Easy Saver Rebate for the Touch of Grey
- $5 Easy saver rebate for Nutrisse Haircolor
- $7.99 mail in rebate also for Touch of Grey haircolor
April 3, 2008
March 30, 2008
I bought $49.93 + tax worth of products.
Went to the store on Military and used the $3 off $10
Used $27 worth of coupons, including 2 x $5 RR from previous trip
Spent $22.51 OOP, but received $17 in RR for next trip and will receive $7.48 + 10% =$8.22 from the EasySaver Rebate
Basically, they will pay me $2.71 to buy all of these products.
I actually made 2 transactions. The second one was better than the first, but both good. Sorry, I don't have any pictures.
2 pkgs CVS diapers 2/$12 (I needed some diapers, not necessarily a good deal)
1 Softsoap $4.99
Total = $16.99+tax
Less: $5 off $15 coupon
Less $3 of $10 CVS product coupon
Less $1.50 off Softsoap (coupon found in Chicago Tribune newspaper today)
New total: $7.49+ tax
Used $5 ECB
Total OOP: $2.71 (could have brought it lower, but most of my ECBs were for higher amounts.)
Received $4.99 ECBs back
4 Speed Stick deodorants $2/$5 = $10
1 Softsoap = $4.99
Total: $14.99 + tax
Less $5 off $15 coupon
Less 4x$1 Speed Stick deodorant coupons = $4
Less $1 Softsoap coupon (found in Milwaukee Journal paper from Sunday)
Less $4.99 ECB received from first transaction
Total OOP $.28 which was all just tax!!
Received $10.99 ECBs back!!
Total spent for the day = $2.99 for $31.98 worth of products.
March 20, 2008
March 17, 2008
March 13, 2008
Don't forget it is free Jane makeup week at Walgreens again this week!
I did find this one coupon link that I thought you could use. It is for the Listerine Smart Rinse that is free after rebate at Walgreens this month. Since it is a new product I had a feeling they would put out some coupons. Looks like it will be free after ECBs next week. So make $1 ECB if you have the coupon. Looks like it will be limit 2 and I was able to get two coupons to print. The Venus offer continues next week as well if you haven't been able to get one. My CVS is very well stocked on these right now!
CVS has emailed several of the big coupon deal websites and asked them not to put their coupons on their website anymore. So stay on the up and up when using the CVS coupons! Both Sara and I got $5 off $30 coupons out of the red box this week so they aren't stopping them all together, maybe just trying to control them a bit more. If you still have the $5 off $15 from Wellness360 it is good through the end of March and you should still be able to use those.
My Piggly Wiggly put up a sign this week that they are no longer accepting internet coupons. I am very disappointed about that and will be let them know about it when I have a minute. I really hope this is not a new trend in the area because that would really limit our savings. My informal comparison of coupons in different markets (here and AZ) has shown that we get a bum deal on the coupons in the paper. This last week there were $1 off Garnier Fructis coupons in the AZ paper that we didn't get here. These made the CVS deal items this week free. Nothing we can do about that I guess. Theresa mentioned the Milwaukee paper did have better coupons than ours so if you are buying a paper it might be worth it to buy the Milwaukee paper every once in awhile if you know it's a good coupon week.
That's all I have for now...if you miss my shopping list go check out MoneySavingMom she has great lists and deal ideas. If you don't have anything going on the 27th and 28th we are still looking for more help to load and unload for the move!! :)