Thursday, October 7, 2010

Halloween CRT Gives Overage!


Re-nu sensitive 7.99
6 Snickers .50 each, on sale for buy 2 get 1 free (used 3 BOGO coupons so I only paid for 1)
Hydro razor 8.97 (used 4/1)
Light up pumpkin 1.99 (used 5/1 Halloween CRT=overage!) (not pictured, it was being played with)
used 9.99 ECB
subtotal: .46
w/tax: 1.25 on gift card, received 5 ECB for Hydro and 7.99 ECB for Re-nu

Rite Aid

Cascade 3.59 w/ my 20% discount
2 Friskies pouches .79 each w/ my discount
Tugaboos trial pack .79 w/ discount (used 1/1 from previously purchased trial pack)
4 Oral B toothbrushes 2.69 each (used 1/10 RA oral care)
Tena Ultra Thin 10.39 w/ my discount (used 2.50/1)
used 5/25
used 13 +up
subtotal: 4.61
w/ tax: 5.47 on cc, received four 2.69 +up for Oral B and TWO 3 +up for Tena (Not sure why I received two.  Did anyone else??), will submit for Tena TMF

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Free Halloween Plates

Literally ran into CVS to quickly use an expiring ECB.  I got a $5 off Halloween items coupon from the red machine and used it to get some free plates but there are tons of options.  There are Halloween socks for $2.50 and tons of cheap decorations.

Renu sensitive 7.99
2 Halloween plates 2.50 each (used $5 off Halloween items from red machine)
used 4 ECB
subtotal: 3.99
w/ tax: 4.24 on gift card, received 7.99 ECB for Renu

If you're heading to CVS for the Renu, keep your eyes peeled for a bonus pack that has 2 bottles for the price of one.  This bonus pack apparently also produces the ECB, but I couldn't find it at my store.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

$19 Money Maker at Shoprite!

Here's the deal I did this twice at Shoprite this week.  These catalina deals will continue through this coming week, so there's still plenty of time if you have the right coupons:

10 Philadelphia cream cheese (limit 4 per variety) .99 each (used 2 5/5 Kraft IP's)
1 Maxwell house coffee 1.99 (used 1/1 IP)
total: $.89, received 4 $5 catalinas, one good for each upcoming week

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Using Up Some +Up Bucks

Got this idea from Frugalsuz.  I've been swimming in +up bucks lately so I decided to buy a Duracell MyGrid Power Skin at Rite Aid because it's 26.99 with my 10% wellness discount and I will submit for $25 SCR.  Hopefully I can sell it on ebay for a few bucks :)  I don't even know what is it, exactly...  LOL

Duracell MyGrid Power Skin 26.99
4 Alpo dog food at 1.25 each
quaker oats 1.99 (used 1/1 manuf. coupon)
used 5/25
used 24 +up bucks
subtotal: 2.98
w/ tax: 6.14, received 1+up for quaker oats and will submit for $25 duracell SCR

So happy that I'm ALMOST at 20% wellness discount.  Does anyone know how long the discount will last?  Will it all reset at the beginning of the new year?  I hope not!

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the 250 business cards from is...  Chitra!  I will be emailing you shortly.  Congrats and I hope to have another giveaway soon!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Amazingly Easy Black Bean Salsa Dip

One of my co-workers made this for a work party a couple of years ago, and I asked her for the recipe.  Over the years, I've simplified it again and again until now it's so easy I can make it while holding a small child.  And isn't that the kind of recipe every mom needs? :)

All you need to do is drain a can of corn, a can of black beans, and a can of diced tomatoes (choose a zesty one for more flavor).  Dump them all into a giant bowl, mix it together, and top it off with some Paul Newman's Balsamic Dressing.

The original recipe listed this specific dressing and I haven't wavered from that.  I'm sure other balsamic dressings would be fine, but I haven't tried yet...  Serve with tortilla chips and you have a snack, an appetizer, or even a simple meal for a relaxing night watching a movie.  You could even put this in a fancy bowl and bring it to a party.  I promise everyone will think you put in more work than you did!  The best part of this recipe is that my fussy children love it and they eat some corn, tomatoes, and beans (3 things that they are often fussy about when served by themselves or in different forms).

For all you adventurous chefs, the original recipe called for scallions and garlic and a few other little additions, but then you would need full use of both extremities. :)

**Please enter my giveaway!  The chances of winning are very good!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Squeaky Clean Kids... Thanks to Rite Aid

Have I mentioned how much I love Rite Aid lately?

Transaction 1:
7 Johnson & Johnson items 3.99 each (used 7 1/1 and 1/1 vv))
1 Desitin 3.99 (used 1/1)
used 5/25
used 10+up, 5 +up, and 1.50 +up
subtotal: 1.42
total w/ tax: 3.25 on gift card, received 8 2+up (for each item) and 10+up for buying $30 worth of Johnson & Johnson items

Transaction 2 - not pictured, but basically a repeat of Transaction 1.

I tried to use a +up the other day but it was cutting into the tax so the register didn't accept it.  I tried to use it today but because it had been scanned the other day, the register said it was already used.  The manager looked at me suspiciously, but punched something into the register and accepted it.  I really hope Rite Aid fixes this glitch soon.  Is anyone else having problems with this?

**Please enter my giveaway!  The chances of winning are very good!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Giveaway: 250 Business Cards!

I'm really excited to be hosting another giveaway!  The winner of this giveaway will receive 250 Die Cut Business Cards from  My husband is just beginning a side business, so that got me thinking that this would be a great way for someone else to promote themselves or their business.  Maybe you sell items at craft fairs or just want to promote your own blog...  I bet these will be super useful for someone!  You can check out some of the cool options for designing your business cards here.  

Here's more information about the business cards the winner will receive:
  • 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.75 x 3.5” (slim card)
  • Die cutting options available: Rounded Corners, Leaf, Rounded One-Corner, Half-Circle Side, Circle
  • Paper Type: 14pt Cardstock Gloss, Matte, or High Gloss; 13pt Cardstock Uncoated       
  • Color: 4Color Front, Blank Back; 4Color Front, Black Back; 4Color Both Sides            
Mandatory: To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment on this post.  You can tell me what you would do with the business cards, share a great deal going on this week, or just say hi!  Make sure you include your name and email address.  This giveaway is limited to US residents, 18 years old and older.  

Additional entry:  For additional chances to win, become a follower of this blog, let me know you are already a follower, or blog about this giveaway.  Then leave a comment to let me know you did one or both of these things!

This giveaway will end on Friday, September 24th at 9PM, and the winner will be announced and emailed the following day.  Good Luck!!

*I will also receive 250 business cards for hosting this giveaway.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Free Toilet Paper and Toothpaste But a Lot of Anxiety!

I volunteered to do my non-frugal grandmother's shopping today since I was going to Shoprite.  But her giant and very specific list + my coupons + chatty child in cart = anxiety attack.  Not a fun trip.  The cart was overflowing, I kept dropping coupons,... ugh.  And it took soooo long.  Trying to shop for someone else (especially someone who's very specific) is like a scavenger hunt.

  • 3 SR spring water .79 each
  • 6 Marcal (6 freebie coupons)
  • 2 Hefty trash bags 1.24 each (used 2 .55/1)=.14 each
  • 12 alpo dog food - 6 for 3.99 (used 1/6)
  • 3 hamburger helper - 3 for 4.00 (used .75/3 doubled and .75/1 cellfire coupon) = 1.75/3
  • 1 chex mix and 1 bugles 1.50 each (used .50/1 cellfire and 2 .50/1 doubled)
  • perdue chicken 5.38
  • sr ground turkey 2.61
  • reduced salad 1.50  (used .75/1)
  • organic grapes 6.07 - crazy!!!  I didn't notice the price but I think I have a produce NBPR rebate
  • bananas .99
  • yo crunch fruit parfait 2.50 (used freebie catalina)
  • 2 international delites 1.99 each (used 2 .55/1 doubled)=.89 each
  • totinos pizza rolls .88 (had a .55/1 coupon but I forgot it - oops)
  • fisherboy fish sticks .99
  • 12 kaiser rolls 1.99 (1/1 sr bakery coupon)
  • 6 colgate toothpaste .77 (used 6 .75/1)

total: 31.60 - I was so frazzled by the time I left that I just shoved the catalinas in my purse and haven't checked them yet, but I should have received 1.50 catalina for hamburger helper and .50 for alpo.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Making Money on Air Wick at Rite Aid

My fussy cat loves Purina Friskies pouches of cat food.  Won't touch any other type of wet cat food.  He's also allergic to salmon and beef makes him throw up.  Rite Aid and Petsmart are the only places I have found that sell the individual pouches of cat food.  Everywhere else sells a variety pack which includes one or two of the types my cat can't eat.  So off to Rite Aid to turn air fresheners into cheap cat food...

Transaction 1:
7 Air Wick i-motion kits 4.99 each (used 7 4/1 from 8/29 SS and 1/1 Airwick vv)
used 5/25
subtotal: .93
total w/ tax: 3.32 on gc, received $10 +up

Transaction 2:
10 pouches of friskies .89 each
2 biotrue 4.49 each (used 2 2/1)
1 alpo 1.25
1 c.booth honey almond body butter 4.99*
used 5/25
used 10+up, 1+up, and 2+up
subtotal: 2.12
w/ tax: 2.93 on gift card, received 2 4+up for biotrue
*I realized right after I paid that I forgot to use the 5/1 c.booth in-ad coupon that I was holding...  Those of you who shop with kids totally understand how this can happen, right?  Anyway, I told the cashier and she gave me $5 cash back.  Thanks! :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Be on the Look Out for Free Shave Gel Peelies at CVS

milk 3.48
purina cat chow 3.98 (used 1/1)
subtotal: 6.46
w/tax: 6.78 on gift card

pez .38 clearance
scott paper towels 4.99 (used 1/1)
schick hydro razor 8.97 (used 5/1)
schick shave gel 3.99 (used freebie peelie on the schick hydro razor wyb both, cashier took off 4.99)
5 alpo dog food cans 1.19 each
peppermint patty for my mom .89
used 7.99 ecb, 4 ecb, and 3 ecb
subtotal: -.81
w/tax: 1.20 on gift card, received 4 ecb for hydro

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Watch Carefully When +Ups Are Scanning at Rite Aid

Grabbed a few things at Rite Aid yesterday in what was supposed to be a quick trip.  But my total seemed really high, and then I realized that 6 +up bucks that I had given the cashier were not anywhere to be found on my receipt.  I was sure they were scanned because :I saw her do it, but she also scanned a bunch really quickly.  The cashier and supervisor played around with the register for a LONG time before deciding how to handle it.  They ended up just giving me $6 in cash.  So I learned my lesson and now have to hand over each +up buck separately and watch to make sure the amount is deducted.  Don't you hate these games we have to play?

  • gain .89 (used 1/1 from 8/29 P&G)
  • poland spring 3.99 and 1.20 bottle deposit charge
  • tugaboo diapers trial size .89 (used 1/1)
  • cascade 4.04 (ouch- we ran out)
  • poster lights 3.59
  • pantene restoratives 4.00 (used 2/1 from 8/29 P&G)
  • bufferin 6.99 (used 3/1 from  7/11 SS)
  • john frieda root awakenings smoothing lotion 6.29 (used 3/1)
used 4 +up
subtotal: 12.88
w/tax: 14.38 on gc and cc, received 1 +up Poland spring, 2 +up Pantene, will submit for $6 scr Bufferin and 3.59 scr poster lights, will also try to get a $10 gift card for buying John Frieda here

**Rite Aid's coupon policy states they do not give overage, but sometimes their registers do anyway.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

How I Got Free Cheese at Shoprite!

I wasn't too thrilled with my recent unorganized trip to Shoprite so I thought I'd redeem myself...  Before I breakdown my purchases, I wanted to share that the Borden cheese slices sale ( .99 each) includes the Single Sensations (which are really good, by the way), and there's a $1.00 PDF available here.  Just click on Get Special Savings.

  • 3 Quaker Mini Rice Cakes .99 each (used 3 .75/1 doubled found in boxes of Quaker oatmeal)=.51 overage on each
  • 2 marcal toilet paper .99 each (used 2 freebie coupons)=free
  • 1 can SR corn .75
  • Uncle Ben's Spanish Rice 1.99
  • santitas tortilla chips 2.00
  • SR white bread .88
  • Fast Fixin buffalo tenders 6.49 (used 1.25/1 from recent All You, sorry can't remember if it was July or August)
  • 2 Del Monte fruit smoothies 1.00 each (used 2 1.00/1 from (these are located in the produce aisle)
  • garlic .52
  • 4 Mission burritos 1.64 each (used 4 .75/1 doubled)=.14 each
  • 6 Borden Single Sensations .99 each (used 6 1.00/1)=.01 overage on each
  • used $1 catalina
  • received .20 canvas bag refund
  • total: $6.50 on cc, will submit for $6.49 TMF refund on Fast Fixin (TMF sticker on the bag)
Looking at my receipt, I see that there are 2 mistakes.  It seems like the cashier accidentally scanned the Fast Fixin 1.25 coupon twice, and there's also an extra .75/1 doubled coupon.  This explains why my total is a little lower than it should be.

I'm totally planning to go back on Saturday and snag more free cheese and cheap tortillas!  Does anyone know if tortillas freeze well?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nothing to Brag About at Shoprite, But Bragworthy Meatballs at Home!

My Shoprite trip is really not blog-worthy due to lack of planning and organization.  I didn't go food shopping at all over the weekend, and we were really in need of some of the basics...  But here it is...

3 SR spring water .79 each
2 Marcal toilet paper .99 each (used 2 freebie coupons)
Gerber baby food .99
6 Alpo dog food 6 for 3.99
SR tortillas 1.50
pampers jumbo pack 8.99 (used freebie coupon I received for complaining about Dry Max) (wanted to use this at Rite Aid this week for +up bucks but the freebie coupon for wipes when you buy diapers expires today and I just couldn't get over to rite aid...)
5 Earth's Best baby food .55 each (used 1/5 from a magazine)
Kraft mac and cheese cup 1.00
4 Campbell's Shrek soup 1.00 each (used 1/4 manu. IP) (*Shrek soup is on clearance still!)
5 cans of Apple Juicy Juice reduced to 1.09 each (*apple juicy juice is the only one I saw marked down)
bimbo wheat bread 1.69
2 SR ground turkey 3.00 each
reduced oranges 1.62
organic apples 2.03
Hillshire farm turkey 3.50 (used 1/1 peelie)
egglands best 1.99
milk 3.21
2 eggos .99 each (used 1/2)
blue bunny ice cream 1.99 (used 1/1)
1 pk rolls 1.74
pampers wipes 2.99 (used freebie coupon when you buy diapers 8/1 P&G)
organic baby carrots raincheck price of .99
total: 45.06, received 1 catalina for Campbell's soup, will submit for $5 Hillshire Farm rebate

I really don't enjoy cooking.  It's one area of my life where I feel really insecure, and my fussy children don't help to boost my confidence in the kitchen.  I'll try out a new recipe, work really hard on it, and it's met with "yuck - can I have spaghettio's instead???"  So I was initially a little hesitant to try a recipe that was stuck on the top of a jar of Ragu that I got during an Extra Bucks deal at CVS a few weeks ago.    

But "Mama's Best Spaghetti and Meatballs" sounded really easy.  My family likes spaghetti, but I'll admit I've never made meatballs before.  I don't use ground beef, hence the ground turkey I got at Shoprite today.  All I needed was 1 lb. of ground turkey, 1/2 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs, 1 jar of Ragu, and 1 egg.  And spaghetti, of course.  I used Ronzoni Garden Delight from my stockpile.

First, I cooked the spaghetti.  Easy.
Then I mixed one egg, 1/2 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs, and the 1 lb. of ground turkey together.  Shaped it into about 12 meatballs.
Then in a separate pot, I boiled the Ragu sauce.  Dropped in the meatballs, covered, and reduced to simmer for 20 minutes.

Poured it over the spaghetti and Done!  I was hoping for a meatball sandwich for lunch tomorrow, but there are NO leftovers - a sure sign that this recipe is a winner, even in my house o' picky eaters!  And nobody asked for spaghettio's tonight!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the 50 custom greeting cards from is...  slugmama!  I will be emailing you shortly.  Congrats and I hope to have another giveaway soon!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

How I Basically Got Free Dog Food at Rite Aid

Rite Aid

9 cans of overpriced Alpo 1.25 each
4 Royal Gelatin .25 each
Tone Bodywash 2.99 (used 1/1 manu.)
Tugaboo diapers trial pack .89 (used 1/1 found in previously purchased trial pack)
Ben Gay 4.94 (used 3/1 manu. IP, 3/1 in-ad, and 1/1 vv)
2 Rolaids (used 4/2 manu.)
Kendall bandages 2.50 (used 2/1 manu. and 2/1 vv *not sure why but one of these went through as 2.99)
2 Garnier face wipes BOGO 50% off 6.29 and 3.14 (used 2 2/1 manu. 8/8 RP., 2 2/1 vv, and 1/10 RA skincare)
used 5/25
 used 3 +up
subtotal: .01
w/tax: 1.49 on gift card, received 2 3+up Garnier, 1 +up Ben Gay, and 1 +up Gelatin, will submit for $2 SCR Tone

**Rite Aid's coupon policy states they do not give overage, but sometimes their registers do anyway.

***Please enter my giveaway!  The chances of winning are very good!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Rite Aid Transaction for Free Milk

Rite Aid
Milk 2.24
Folgers 2.99 (used 1/1 manu. that I got for complimenting their product)
Tugaboo diapers trial pack .89 (used 1/1 I got from previously purchased trial pack)
Huggies jumbo pack 8.99 (used freebie coupon I got for complaining about tab ripping off diaper)
Ben Gay 4.94 (used 3/1 in-ad and 2/1 blinkie in aisle)
Stopain 6.99
2 Peppermint patties .50 each (used .50/2 vv)
used 5/25
subtotal: 7.44
w/ tax: 7.80 on gift card, received 2 1+up for Folgers*, 2 +up for Huggies, and 1 +up for Ben Gay, will submit for 1 SCR for Tugaboos and 6.99 SCR for Stopain which makes this trip a money maker even before considering the +up bucks!  Also will submit for Stopain $2 rebate.

*Saw on Slickdeals that the Folgers is printing 2 +up bucks for $1 each...  not sure if this is a glitch in the system that will be fixed but it worked for me yesterday.

**Rite Aid's coupon policy states they do not give overage, but sometimes their registers do anyway.

***Please enter my giveaway!  The chances of winning are very good!

Free Cheerios, Soup, and Post-its

Campbells Select Harvest 1.50 (used .50/1 Target coupon and 1/1 manu.)=free
2 Red Baron pizzas 2.50 each (used 2 2/1 manu.)= .50 each
5 Post-it Notes 1.00 each (used 5 1/1 pdf)=free
subtotal: 1.00
w/tax: 1.40

*May have to head back to Target after seeing some other great deals on this blog.

4 Multigrain Cheerios (even my fussy eater LOVES these!) 1.49 each (used 4 .75/1, 3 doubled, 1 did not)
12 pk rolls reduced 1.25
organic plums .63
3 SR spring water .79 each
6 earth's best baby food (used 1/7 IP - one must have not been scanned because I did buy 7 but the coupon didn't beep)
bread crums 1.00
4 Muir Glen organic tomato sauce .99 each (used 4 .75/1 - didn't double)
used 2.70 bottle refund
used 3.00 catalina
total: 3.56  

**Please enter my giveaway!  The chances of winning are very good!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My First Giveaway: 50 Custom Greeting Cards!!

I've entered tons of blog giveaways over the past year, and I've won some really fun things!  So I am extra excited to be hosting my own giveaway!  Thanks to UPrinting, a commercial printing company, one winner will get the following:

50 7x5 Folded Cards with Plain Envelopes    
14pt Cardstock Gloss    
4 Color Front, Blank Back    
4 Baronial Blank Envelopes    
Half Fold (Scoring only)    

These would be great as thank you cards or holiday cards... and the best part is you get to design these custom greeting cards yourself with your own images, text, and layout!

Mandatory: To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment on this post.  You can tell me what you would do with the cards, share a great deal going on this week, or just say hi!  Make sure you include your name and email address.  This giveaway is limited to US residents, 18 years old and older.  

Additional entry:  For additional chances to win, become a follower of this blog or blog about this giveaway.  Then leave a comment to let me know you did one or both of these things!

This giveaway will end on Sunday, August 29th at 9PM, and the winner will be announced and emailed the following day.

*I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

38 cents for Diapers, Wipes, Dog food, and Cat food!

Rite Aid
*Before I even post my deal, Rite Aid's coupon policy states that they do not give overage.  But sometimes the registers do anyway.  So YMMV.

6 pouches of Friskies .89 each
6 cans Pedigree .79 each
1 c. Booth butter cream bath soap 5.39 (used 6/1 in-ad)
Tugaboos trial pack .89 (used 1/1 from previously purchased trial pack)
Everlast energy supplements 5.39 (used 10/1)
pampers wipes 3.14 (used free wipes when you buy diapers coupon from 8/1 P&G)
pampers jumbo pack 10.79 (used freebie coupon I got from pampers for complaining about the new Dry Max diapers)
used 5/25
total: .38 on gift card, will submit for $2 c. Booth SCR, $2 pampers SCR, and $1 tugaboos SCR

2 Ritz crackers 1.00 each (used 2 1/1 coupons I found at Shoprite)
2 Pez on clearance for .37 each (stocking stuffers)
Blink tears gel 7.99 (used 1.50/1)
4 SOBE 1.69 BOGO (used 2 BOGO from
used 5/15 from red machine
total: 2.44 on gift card, received 7.99 ECB for Blink

4 Hefty bags 1.24 each (used 4 .55/1 doubled)
4 Chock Full o' Nuts 1.99 each (used 4 .55/1 doubled)
bread 1.79
3 Right Guard 1.99 each (used BOGO and 3/2)
1 reusable bag .99 (used freebie coupon that I got from previous deal)
used .40 in bottle refunds
.05 bag refund
total: 7.27 in cash, received $3 catalina for Right Guard

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Free Peanut Butter, Pasta, and Cheerios Next Week at Shoprite!

Not a ton of deals next week (8/22-8/28) at Shoprite, but I saw a few freebies on Slickdeals:

Peter Pan Peanut Butter .99 (4 day price break - Wed. through Sat.)
use .60/1* from 8/1 SS doubled = free (*some got $1/2 instead)

Ronzoni Garden Delights 12 oz. pasta - 3 for $4
use .75/1 coupon here doubled = free

General Mills Cereal 1.49
9 oz Multigrain Cheerios free w/ coupon here doubled

Clearance Campbell's Soup at Shoprite

Chock Full O'Nuts 1.99
SR Decaf Coffee 3.49 (why does decaf have to be so expensive?!)
4 Campbell's Shrek Soup clearanced to $1 (used 2 .50/2 doubled)
Olivia's Organics Salad reduced to 1.64 (used 1/1)
SR ricotta 2.49
Digiorno 5.99 (used freebie coupon)
Blue Bunny caramel champ cones 1.25 (used 1/1)
used $1 catalina
total: 10.86 on cc, received $1 catalina for campbell's soup

Blink Tears 7.99 (used 1.50/1)
4 SOBEs BOGO (used 2 BOGO)
used .50 ECB, 1.00 ECB, 3.00 ECB, and 1.00 ECB
subtotal: .99
w/ tax: 1.25 on gift card, received 7.99 for Blink

I Got Invited to Another Bzz Campaign!

So excited!  I just posted the other day that I was invited to the Sebastian Bzz Campaign through  Last night I got another invite - this one to a Friendship Dairy Bzz Campaign.  I don't know what I'm going to receive yet, but whatever it is, it'll be free! 

14 cent Hefty Bags and 25 cent Blue Bunny at Shoprite!

4 Hefty Bags 1.24 each (4 day price break) (used 4 .55/1 doubled from 8/1 RP)
4 Aunt Jemima waffles .99 each (4 day price break)
4 Blue Bunny champ cones 1.25 each (used 4 1/1)
total: 4.74 on cc

How I Got Milk for .06 at Rite Aid!

Milk 2.24 with 10% discount
c. Booth Honey/Almond Body Butter 5.39 with 10% discount (used 6/1 in-ad)
subtotal: 1.63
w/ tax: 2.06 on gift card (will submit for $2 c. Booth SCR)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Blue Bunny Peelie Hunt at Shoprite for Free Ice Cream

I LOVE the Blue Bunny caramel Champ cones.  I am drooling just thinking about them.  So there's an opportunity to get free Blue Bunny Champ cones this week at Shoprite IF you can find the peelies.  Some of the boxes have $1.25/1 peelies on them, and they are on sale for 4 for $5 which means they would be free!  Good luck!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

My Shoprite Trip Today

Short and sweet Shoprite trip today.  I was thinking about also running into CVS but the deals have been kind of lackluster lately, so I decided to skip it.  I was unable to find the elusive Pops Mix-it at my store, so I couldn't do the money making deal I had hoped for. 

Transaction 1:
4 Breakstone sour cream 2.29 each (used 4 .75/1 doubled)
1 Kraft singles 1.88
6 Rite Guard deodorant (used 3 2/2)
St. Ives bodywash 2.00 (used .50/1 doubled)
.25 bag refund
total: 5.61 on cc, received $1 catalina from St. Ives and $5 catalina for buying 5 Kraft items (Breakstone is a Kraft item).  Also received a freebie coupon for YoCrunch Fruit Parfaits.

Transaction 2:
4 SR spring water .79 each
2 Earth's Best baby food .55 each
2 Jack Rabbit beans .88 each
Bimbo soft wheat bread (Wait... is it really called BIMBO?  I'm not near the kitchen to go check but that's what it says on my receipt.  Too funny!) 1.69
organic nectarines 1.83
Hillshire Farm turkey 4.39 (used 1/1 peelie)
Wise popcorn .58 with SR coupon
used $5 and $1 catalinas from first transaction
total: 7.76 on cc, will submit for $5 Hillshire Farm rebate

Thursday, August 12, 2010

BzzAgent=Free Salon Brand Shampoo

Since I started "doing the deals" I have a mental list of a bunch of things I refuse to pay money for.  This includes shampoo, toothpaste, razors...  you know the stuff we're always getting paid to remove from the store shelves.  But sometimes the free shampoo isn't so great.  That's why I was so happy to get invited to the Sebastian Professional Volume Collection BzzCampaign on  I joined BzzAgent last year, and in that time, I've gotten to try a bunch of free things: Children's Claritin, got2b hair products, Cover Girl products...  I haven't gotten the Sebastian products yet, but I'm really excited because salon hair products are usually so expensive.  I'll post a picture when it arrives.  Go to to sign up.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Possible Money Maker at Shoprite!

There's a new .75/1 printable coupon for Pops Mix-it.  (I think it's flavoring to mix with Corn Pops but I'm not positive).  It costs around $1.79 at Shoprite - IF you can find it.  It's not in all stores yet.  Plus, the buy 10 Kelloggs, get $10 catalina is still going on.  If your SR doesn't limit to 4 like coupons, you can easily have a money maker with this if you can print from a few computers. I think I can print 8, so here's what I'll try:

8 Pop Mix-it 1.79 each (use 8 .75/1 doubled) = .19 each
2 Eggos 2.25 each (use 1/2 7/25 RP) = 3.50
Pay $3.88, get $10 catalina

It you can only use 4 Mix-it coupons, you can still make this a small money maker:
4 Pop Mix-it 1.79 each (use 8 .75/1 doubled) = .19 each
6 Pop Tarts 1.67 each (use 3 1/2 from 7/11 RP)
Pay $8.18, get $10 catalina

Thanks to Living Rich With Coupons for the idea!

New Huggies Coupons has a couple new Huggies coupons.
2/1 Huggies Little Snugglers
2.50/1 Huggies Pure and Natural

Also, if you haven't printed them yet, these are still available at
2.50/3 Huggies wipes
4.00/2 Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers
3.50/2 Huggies Snug and Dry

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My Shoprite Shopping List

Here's my plan of attack for shoprite this week...  Nothing too amazing.  I'm going to try to stick to a few freebies, a few essentials that we need each week (water jugs, bread, and fresh fruit/veggies), and eat out of the stockpile.

Gum toothbrush .99 (use .75/1 8/8 RP) = free
Blue bunny bars 1.49 (use .75/1 doubled June All You) = free
Right Guard Deodorant .88 each (use 2/2 printable) = free
Hillshire Farms lunchmeat 3.99 ($5 in coupons or rebate) (thanks to frugalsuz for posting about this)
Organic baby carrots .99 with in-ad coupon
St. Ives Body Wash 2.00 (use 1/1 from 7/18 SS) = 1.00, get 1.00 catalina
Butterball turkey franks 1.64 (use .75/1 from 8/8 doubled) = .14

See anything amazing that I missed?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Pampers Redeems Itself

I was less than thrilled with the new Pampers Dry Max.  After using the diaper, one of my children got a bumpy rash.  I emailed Pampers about it, and they sent me 3 coupons for free jumbo size diapers.  I won't be buying any more Dry Max diapers, but Pampers informed me that the Baby Dry diapers have not been changed and do not contain "Dry Max."  I'm glad I took the 5 minutes out of my busy day to complain!  It certainly paid off.  Anyone else having good or bad experiences with Dry Max??

(Real) Life Gets in the Way

I took a little hiatus from blogging due to a nasty cold running through the family, hectic days at work, an unexpected trip to the ER due to a door knob inflicted head injury (he's fine, thank goodness), and some   un-blogworthy shopping trips.  I thought about just throwing in the blogging towel.  Then I saw The Coupon Goddess's blog today with her amazing trip to the BlogHer conference.  Wow!  I only hope that I can one day get to the point where I get to experience some of these awesome perks of blogging.  But in the meantime, I'm going to plow along, posting all my shopping trips, even the embarrassingly poorly planned ones with high OOP totals.  And maybe in 2011, I'll even try to achieve some totally impossible goal like $1000 budget for the whole year, diapers, dog food, and all! 

Friday, July 23, 2010

Clearance Huggies

Rite Aid

Biotrue 4.49 (used 2/1)
zegerid 14 ct 10.00 (used 4/1 manu, 3/1 in-ad, and 3/1 vv)
Huggies mega pack clearanced to 8.99 (used 2.50/1)
used 5/20
used 2 +up
subtotal: 1.98
w/ tax: 2.35 on cc, received 7 +up zegerid, will submit for 4 biotrue scr, and will submit for TMF zegerid

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Spoiling My Furry Babies

Purina One dog food 6 oz. bag 1.99 (used 2/1)
whisker licken cat treats .99 clearance section
10 packets of friskies cat food 5 for 4.00
2 boxes of envelopes 1.29 each (used in-ad making each .69)
used 4RR, 3RR, and 1RR
subtotal: 2.36
total w/tax: 3.35 on gift card, didn't get any RR back but these were all items we need/use frequently so it was an ok trip

CVS - card 1
2 cvs pantiliners .50 each
1 avent 4 oz BPA free bottle clearanced to 2.62 (this is the same one I got for a few bucks more the other day at target... maybe I'll return it.  It's still unopened.)
1 huggies 8.99 (used 2.50/1 I got in the mail)
2 maxwell house 5.99 BOGO
used 2.97 ECB, 4 ECB, 3 ECB, 4ECB, 1ECB
subtotal: 1.13
total w/ tax: 1.74 on gift card, received 1 ECB for pantiliners, 3 ECB for huggies

CVS - card 2
Zegerid  14 ct 9.99 (used 5/1 I got in the mail)
ice cream cones 1.00
2 alpo dog food cans 1.19 each
used 8 ECB
subtotal: .37
w/tax: .56 on gift card, received 3 ECB Zegerid and will submit for TMF rebate

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Can Can

Horrible quality pic because he camera battery wasn't charged so I used my phone.  Today was not one of those amazing Shoprite trips where I got a cart full of groceries and paid with some change out of the bottom of my purse.  But for someone who's still working on accumulating a decent stockpile sometimes I end up spending a little more to make sure my family's well fed...  OK, no more excuses... here's how I did:

4 Tuttorosso pasta sauce .88 each
2 turkey hill ice cream 1.99 each (used 2 .50/1 doubled)
1 lime .25
cilantro .99
bananas .90
tomato on vine .49
sr baby carrots 1.99
sr mushrooms reduced produce 1.39
shredded lettuce reduced produce 1.74 (used 1/1)
sr wheat bread 1.69
sr mini pretzels 1.49
3 sr spring water .79 each
4 scrubbing bubbles wipes 1.99 each (used 2 2/2)
3 rotel tomatoes .88 each (used 1/3 and online coupon loaded onto price plus card another 1/3)
4 sr canned veggies .75 each (oops - I guess not all the sr canned veggies are included in the can can sale... have to check on this)
8 sr canned veggies .60 each
2 chock full of nuts 1.99 each (used 1 .55/1 doubled)
12 alpo cans 7.98 total (used .75/10)
used .70, .90, .15, and .25 bottle refunds
$4 SR family taken off total
.35 canvas bad refund
total: 35.30 on cc, received 2 $2 catalina from scrubbing bubbles and I will use this receipt for a produce No Beer Purchase Required rebate

Rite Aid
milk 2.24
johnson and johson gauze pads 3.14 (used 2/1 and 2/1 in-ad)
total: 1.38 on cc, received 1 +up for gauze

Saturday's Round-up

Rite Aid
Oral B toothbrush - 5.99 (used 3/1)
toms of maine toothpaste 4.49 (used 1/1)
wet ones 2.96 (used .50/1)
everlast energy 5.39 (used 10/1)
crest 2.49 (used 1/1)
renu sensitive 7.29 (used 2/1 and 2/1 vv)
4 stayfree 3.99 BOGO (used 2 BOGO)
used 1 +up
used 5/25
subtotal: 3.11
w/ tax: 5.02 on gift card, got 7.49 renu scr, 4.00 oral b scr, 1.00 wet ones scr, and 2 +up crest

3 muskateers .50 (used .50 crt)
biotrue 2.99
12 sobes .77 each (used 6 BOGO, cashier took off 1.69 for each coupon=small overage for each)
papermate pens .99
used 1 ECB and 1 ECB
subtotal: 1.08
w/tax: 1.94 on gift card, received 2.99 ECB biotrue.  I thought I would get .99 ECB for papermate but with the special 3 day ECB deals, they don't print early like the usual sales at my store.  Live and learn.

6 alpo dog food cans - 3 for $4 (used 1/3)
2 cans libby's veggies 1.00 each (used 2 freebie coupons)
3 SR spring water .79 each
organic apples 1.55
danimals yogurt 2.00 (used 1.50/1)
SR large eggs .77
2 SR frozen peas 1.00
SR peas w/ onions .88
8 celeste pizzas for one .88 each
used .50 catalina
total: 17.11 on cc, got .50 Alpo catalina

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Humidity, anyone?

pic coming later...

Mars bar - .50 (used .50/1 candy CRT)
2 cvs pantiliners .50 each
Biotrue contact solution 2.99
1 Got2B hair mousse 4.71 (used freebie coupon)
6 SOBEs - BOGO 1.69 (used 3 BOGO coupons)
Blade razor 6.99 (used raincheck)
suave shampoo 2.69 (used freebie coupon, cashier took off 3.00, not sure why)
used 10 ECB
subtotal: .67
total w/ tax: 2.35 on gift card, received 2.99 ECB Biotrue, 1 ECB pantiliners, 1 ECB current Blade deal, and 6.99 ECB rainchecked Blade deal


Wanted to pick up more free Feline Pine cat litter but the shelves were empty.  Got a raincheck but hopefully they'll restock by Saturday.

4 Farm Flavor apple juice .99 each
6 Alpo dog food 6 for $4 (used .75 coupon)
4 Chew-eez stix dog treats .95 each (used 1 4/4 coupon)
strawberry margarita mix 1.49
margarita mix 1.99
3 goldfish 3 for $5 (used 2 .50/1 doubled and 1 .75/1 doubled)
organic nectarines 1.79
NY texas toast garlic bread 2.50 (used .50/1 doubled)
used 10.00 and .50 catalina
total: 5.75 on credit card, received .50 catalina for Alpo, will submit, along with other recent SR receipt, for NBPR produce rebate


Celsius Green Tea 4.99 (used 3/1)
Oral B Advantage toothbrush 2.99 (used 2/1)
milk 3.19
used 4.50 RR
subtotal: 1.67
total w/ tax: 2.31, .89 on gift card and the rest in cash, received 3 RR for Celsius and 1 RR for Oral B

Now I gotta go prep for Rite Aid tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Free Cat Litter!


4 Feline Pine Litter - listed as 1.99 but rang up .99 each! (used 4 1.50/1 coupons *there were also peelies on a lot of bags, I think .55/1)
2 Libby canned veggies - 1.00 each (used 2 freebie coupons)
6 Alpo dog food cans - 6 for $4
1 bag of goldfish - 1.84 (used .50/1 doubled)
organic grapes - 4.71 (horrible price but I like to give my kids organic fruit when they eat the skins, and I'll use for a produce No Beer Purchase Required rebate)
used 2.00, 3.00, and 3.00 catalinas
total: .14 cash, received .50 catalina for Alpo, also received $3 at customer service for recent trip when I was overcharged for water


4 Eggos 1.75 each (used 2 1/2 coupons and 1 1/2 target coupon)
Purina cat chow 3.59 (used 2.00 coupon)
2 rayovac batteries .50 each (used 2 1/1 reduced down)
can opener 5.99
bottle 7.99
nipple 4.99
subtotal: 24.56
total w/ tax: 26.44, used target gift cards and 14.80 in cash

Saturday, July 3, 2010

More Money in My Purse Than When I Left!

Slim pickings at Walgreens today...  Wanted to get some items that are part of the 4 day sale, but nothing was marked, and I didn't see anything about it in my ad.  Was it regional?  I didn't feel like having an item scanned to check so I just skipped it.  When I went to check out, the male cashier I've never seen before looked at my Reach coupons and said, "you printed these from the internet???" with an astonished tone to his voice.

4 Reach Crystal Clean toothbrushes 1.79 each (used 2 2/2 and in-ad took off 3.20)
5 Friskies pouches 5 for 4.00
used 2 RR
subtotal: 1.96
total w/tax: 2.60 on gift card, received 4 RR from Reach

Rite Aid...

6 Friskies pouches .89 each
Huggies 8.99 (used freebie coupon, cashier took off 11.99 regular price)
Tena pads 11.69 (used 3/1 peelie and 3/1 in-ad)
used 5/25
used 1 +up
subtotal: 2.03
total w/ tax: 2.42 on gift card, will submit for Tena TMF rebate and Buy 5 get 1 Huggies SCR

This was my favorite Shoprite trip to date!

3 SR spring water .89 each
2 International Delite creamers .88 each (used 2 .55/1)
1 lunchables 2.59
1 Butterball turkey franks 1.64 (used .75/1 doubled)
4 SR veggies 1.00 each
2 Breyers smooth and dreamy ice cream bars 3.50 each (used 2 1/1)
3 Dove deodorant 2.49 each (used 2 2/1 and 1 .75/1 doubled)
3 Dove shampoo 3.49 each (used 3 1/1)
used $25 credit from Kraft deal
got .20 canvas bag refund
total: .89 in cash, received $10 catalina for buying 8 Unilever items (Dove and Breyers) and 2 $3 catalinas for buying Dove.  Then I realized the International Delite coupons didn't double, so I went to customer service and was refunded $1.10.  Did you see me today?  I was the one leaving Shoprite with a big smile on my face!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Kids Love Capri Sun Drink Pouches, Don't They?

No shopping today, but yesterday, on June 30th, I finally finished buying the last 3 capri suns needed for the Kraft Back to School Rebate that I've been working on for months.  Nothing like procrastinating until the last day...

3 Capri Suns 2.19 each
NY texas toast 2.50 (used .50/1 doubled)
6 pedigree dog food cans 3 for 2.00
total: 12.92 on cc, will submit for $20.00 Kraft rebate

Monday, June 28, 2010

Quick Rite Aid and CVS Stops

Pic coming later...

I needed to use my $20 Rite Aid allergy certificate before it expired, and I had limited time today.  So I did a super fast trip trying to basically roll the $20 into rebate money.  I'm sure I could have planned a much better money making transaction, but sometimes I just don't have the time...

2 Friskies cat food cans .80 each
Organix shampoo w/ try me free tag 6.29
physicians formula mascara w/ try me free label 9.85
style science sunglasses 11.69 (used 10/1 vv)
crest 2.99 (used 1/1)
5 kit kats .50 each
1 M+M's .79
used 5/25
used $20 allergy certificate
subtotal: -.29
total w/ tax: .57 on gift card, will submit for $5 sunglasses scr, 2.99 crest scr, and the 2 TMF rebates.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Nothing Like Waiting 'Til the Last Minute...

I ran around town trying to finish up a bunch of deals that end today.
First stop...  my favorite - Rite Aid...

Milk 2.06 (I'm now at 10% off wellness level)
Finish quantumatic kit 5.49 (used 3/1 and 4/1 vv)
Nice and easy 7.19 (used 1/1 and 2.50/1 in-ad)
2 Purex 3in1 3.00 each (used  2 1/1 and 2 2/1 vv)
Motrin PM 3.00 (used 2/1)
2 Ph. Formula eye liners BOGO 50% off 5.50 and 2.75 (used 2 5/1 RA coupons)
Zegerid OTC 11.69 (used 4/1 and 3/1 vv coupon)
used 1 off household purchases from previous receipt
used 5/25
used 3 +up
subtotal: -.82
total w/ tax: .85 on gift card, received 3+up Motrin, 2+up Nice and Easy, 1+up Purex, and will submit for $3 Nice and Easy SCR, $2 Zegerid SCR, and TMF Zegerid

2nd Rite Aid
mousepad 11.69 (used freebie vv coupon - took off 12.99)
4 cans Alpo dog food 1.25 each
everlast e-drenaline 5.39 (used 10/1)
2 Kotex 3.50 each (used 2/2 and 2 1/1 vv)
Huggies 8.99 w/ raincheck (used 3/1 and 1/1 vv)
Motrin 3.00 (used 2/1)
subtotal: 3.08
total w/ tax: 3.90 on gift card, received 3 +up Motrin and will submit for $3 Kotex SCR

Can't wait until I get to the 20% off Wellness level!!!

Herbal essence shampoo 2.99 (used 1/1)
2 Gillette body wash 4.49 (used BOGO)
used 6 RR
subtotal: .48
total w/ tax: 1.44 on gift card, received 2 RR Herbal essence, 4.50 RR Gillette

On to Shoprite to finish the spend $125 get $50 off next purchase deal...  I started the other day w/ some Kraft freebie coupons and got the $5 off my next purchase.

Transaction 1:
2 Old el paso soft shells 2.49 each (used .60/2 doubled)
2 Old el paso beans 1.50 each (.60/2 doubled)
2 Old el paso rice packets 1.49 each (used .60/2 doubled)
3 Old el paso seasoning packets (used 3 peelies for buy 2 Old el paso products, get a seasoning packet free)
2 gerber graduate snacks 2.19 each (thought these were labeled 2 for $4 but maybe they already posted the Sunday sales??)
2 Al Fresco breakfast sausages 3.49 each (used 2 2/1 - I messed up here... this great coupon will give .50 overage when the items go on sale, starting Sunday... oops.  Wonder if I bring them back, Shoprite will do a price adjust?)
used $5 coupon fron Kraft deal
total: 9.62, received $20 coupon from Kraft deal

transaction 2:
4 Cheerios 2.49 each (used 1/1 peelies)
feline pine cat litter 4.99 (used 1.50/1)
Kraft homestyle mac and cheese 2.99 (used freebie coupon)
Maxwell house coffee 2.49 (used 1/1)
Shoprite spring water 3 pk 2.99 (uh oh - just realized I was charged for 2!  It always pays to check your receipts.  Now I definitely am going to go back and get my 2.99 refunded that I was overcharged.)
4 Lunchables 2 reduced to 1.30 each, other 2 were 2.59 (used 2 1/2 peelies)
3 Oscar meyer delifresh chicken 3.50 each (used 1 1/2)
Turkey hill ice cream 1.99 (used .75/1)
2 skinny cow ice cream cups 1.00 each (used 2 1/1)
12 pk rolls 1.99
used $20 coupon from kraft deal
total: 16.06 on cc, received $2 from OM delifresh, should get 2.99 refunded for overcharged water

transaction 3:
4 cheerios 2.49 each (used 4 1/1 peelies)
total: 5.96 on cc, received $25 coupon for Kraft deal

*I could have definitely done different scenarios with the Kraft deal to spend less money out of pocket, but I only wanted to buy items that my family will definitely eat.  I'm pretty happy with how it went.

Friday, June 25, 2010

.40 OPP at Rite Aid

OK, here's my awesome $0.40 OPP RA trip:

Finish Quantumatic Detergent Dispenser System 5.49 (used 3/1 and 4/1 vv)
Mega pack huggies clearance 8.99 (used 3/1 and 1/1 vv)
2 friskies cat food pouches .89 each
Motrin PM 3.00 (used 2/1)
mousepad 11.69 (used freebie vv coupon that took off 12.99)
use 5/20
subtotal: -.04
total w/ tax: .40 on a gift card, received $3 Motrin +up

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

CVS Meeting All My Needs

A little over a year ago, I never used to go to CVS.  Occasionally I'd stop in for something like hair dye or makeup.  But now using Extra Care Bucks, I manage to pick up all kinds of random things that we need like dog food and dish washing detergent...Even when these things aren't on sale at CVS, it's better to use ECB than real money, right??  I'm jealous of the couponers with awesome stockpiles who NEVER need to buy anything when it's not free or almost-free, but I'm not there yet.  Hopefully one day!

Transaction 1:
1 roll of tape - clearance .62
Maxwell House decaf coffee 3.00
2 Colgate 2.99 each (used 2 1/1)
3 powerbars .99 each
used 6.99 ECB
subtotal: 3.58
total with tax: 4.11 on gift card, received 2.97 ECB from powerbars, 4 ECB from colgate

Transaction 2:
2 cascade 2.99 each
2 alpo dog food cans 1.19 each
stamps 8.80
used 16 ECB
subtotal: 1.16
total with tax: 1.83 (1.46 on gift card, .37 in coins) / None of these things were a great deal, but I had ECB expiring today and used them for things I am always in need of.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Free Father's Day Gift But Still Messing Up at Wags

First, a great Rite Aid trip...
Mousepad 11.69 (used freebie VV coupon, took off 12.99!)
Huggies jumbo pack 8.99 (used 3/1 from and 1/1 vv)
trial pack of Tugaboos .89 (used 1/1 found inside trial pack)
Ivory soap 3 pk .99 (used 1/1 from Rouge coupons mailed to me)
Herbal Essence shampoo 2.49 (used 1/1)
used 5/25
subtotal: .06
total with tax: .47 on gift card, received 1 +Up for Huggies, and will submit for 1.50 SCR (Herbal Essence).  This will also count toward buy 5 get 1 Huggies

Now my not so great Walgreens trip...
Nivea bodywash 5.99 (used 3/1)
2 Reach total care toothbrushes 4.79 each (used BOGO and in-ad 3/1 coupon)*
Nestle crunch bar .39
used 2.50 RR
subtotal 2.67
total with tax: 3.72 on gift card, received 6RR for Nivea

I expected the in-ad coupon to take off $6 automatically, but it only took off 3.  I think this happened because I believe the cashier scanned the RR before the in-ad coupon, which brought my subtotal below $6.  Oops.  Still learning all the ins and outs of Walgreens.  Maybe I'll try this transaction again tomorrow and try to redeem myself.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Convincing My Husband and Dad to Start Using Bodywash!

I've got so much men's body wash piling up, I'm glad it's finally being used!

Simple CVS trip today:

1 box CVS tissues (used 1/1 allergy CRT)
2 Gillette Bodywash 4.00 each (used 4/2 coupon)
used 4 ECB
subtotal: .00
total with tax: .65 on cvs gift card, received 8 ECB

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cleared Out Walgreens=Free Dog Food

The Walgreens I went to had NONE of the items I was hoping to snag.  So I used my expiring register rewards to buy something useful - dog food.  Nothing exciting about this transaction, but it saves me a trip to Petsmart:

5 cans of dog food .99 each
used 2.50 RR and 2.00 RR
subtotal: .45
total on gift card: .85

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Getting Free Kraft Products at Shoprite

I got 6 freebie coupons from Kraft First Taste program that I used today.  I'm going to send this receipt in to finish up the spend $30 get $10 Kraft rebate.  Also, starting today at Shoprite, all Kraft, General Mills, and Unilever items are part of a catalina.

Sorry - no pic.  Was in a rush to get everything put away...

cheerios 2.49 (used 1/1 peelie)
3 shoprite spring water jugs .89 each
campbells soup 2.00
kool aid fizzing drink things?!  1.99 (used freebie coupon)
4 gerber organic baby food 1.59 each (used .75/4)
SR green beans .99
2 marcal toilet paper. 95 each (2 2/1)
2 friskies cat food .52 each
hefty garbage bags 2.24
uncle ben's spanish rice 1.99 (used 1/1)
2 rinaldi sauce 1.00 each
ritz crackerfuls 2.99 (used freebie coupon)
land o lakes buttery spread .99 (used .55 doubled )
10 breyers yogurt 10 for 3.90 (used 1/1)
coffeemate 1.24 (used .75 doubled)
oscar meyers delifresh chicken 3.50 (used freebie coupon)
kraft 100 cal cheese bites 2.99 (freebie coupon)
digiorno single deep dish pizza 3.59 (used freebie coupon)
12 pk kaiser rolls 1.99
used 2.00 yourbucks catalina
got .30 off for using canvas bags
tax: .79
total: 21.64 on cc
will submit along with last week's receipt for buy $30 get $10 from Kraft

Monday, June 7, 2010

Starting the RiteAid Skincare SCR

I've been feeling a little overwhelmed by the RiteAid skincare SCR because of all the options.  Not sure yet how I'll finish it up yet, but at least this is a start...

Aveeno Ageless Vitality 34.99 (used 5/1 in-ad and 5/1 manufacturers)
Everlast e-drenaline 5.99 (used 10/1)
Tugaboo trial pack .89 (used 1/1)
2 Physicians Formula Bronzers BOGO 12.95 (used 2 5/1 RA and 2 5/1 peelies)
used 5/25
subtotal: 8.82
with tax: 12.30 on cc, will submit for $20 Aveeno rebate and now I have about $35 toward skincare SCR

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Last Minute Deals and $3 Dinner Out

Some hits and misses yesterday afternoon...  I hate to post after most of these deals have already ended, but sometimes it's hard to fit everything in.  I don't know how all you supermoms out there do it, juggling kids, jobs, couponing, etc, etc...  I try to post on the blog after the kids go to sleep, but sometime in the middle of reading one of the Magic Tree House books to my kids last night, my eyes shut and didn't wake up until the morning....

1 Kotex 3.49 (used 1/1)
2 Reeses minis 2 for $5*
used 5RR and 2 RR
subtotal:  49
total with tax: 1.17 paid with cash, received 2.50 RR for Kotex and coupon for free Always

*There was a sign by the Reeses that said if you buy 2 for $5 you get $5 register rewards.  I believe this was a mistake because the ad said you had to buy $10 worth.  I gave it a shot and the RR didn't print.  I showed the cashier the sign and she tried to tell me the RR didn't print because I paid with RR.  I hate having to explain how the RR program works to the employees!  I just got a refund, in cash, of 5.40 and returned the candy.

Rite Aid 1
Style science sunglasses 9.99 (used 10/1 vv)
trial pack of tugaboos diapers .89 (used 1/1 in each package)
1 jumbo pack of huggies 8.99 (used 3/1 and 1/1 vv)
1 can Alpo 1.39
used 5/25
subtotal: 1.26
total with tax: 2.17 on gift card, will submit for $2 Huggies SCR, and after next pair of sunglasses $10 SCR

Rite Aid 2
2 pairs of Style Science sunglasses 9.99 each (used 2 10/1 vv)
wet ones 3.29
Pssssst dry shampoo 3.49
used 5/25
subtotal: 1.76
total with tax: 3.50, will get $10 back for buying sunglasses (I only needed one more, but I couldn't find anything else I wanted or had coupons for, so free sunglassses are fine with me!) and 3.49 for Psssst with Try Me Free label

Uncle Ben's Rice 1.59 (used 2.50/1 coupon I got for complimenting the company!)
Listerine 5.34 (used 2/1)
subtotal: 2.43
total with tax: 2.86 on gift card, will submit for $10 Listerine rebate

2 100 cal snacks 2.50 each (used 2 1/1)
capri sun 2.19
3 Kraft easy mac 1.99 each (used 3 freebie coupons)
3 Marcal toilet paper (used 3 freebie coupons)
2 Melitta coffee 2.99 each
6 Alpo 5 for $4 (used 1/1)
2 spaghettios .99 each
SR wheat bread 1.49
3 al fresco sausage 1.49 each (used 3 2/1 coupons=overage)
oranges 1.29
Baileys creamer 2.99 (used freebie coupon)
2 yoplait .69 each
1 yo crunch .50
2 100 cal. cheese 2.29 each (used 2 freebie coupons)
pizza dough 1.79
used $3 catalina
.15 canvas bag refund
total: 20.24 on credit card, received $2 catalina for signing up at; will use all of kraft items purchased toward Kraft rebate Buy $30, get $10 (received in the mail)

Today we had a Red Robin dinner that turned out to only cost $3 for a $40 meal!  A few months ago, I was disappointed in our experience at the restaurant and decided to email the company and politely complain.  They sent me back 2 free entrees.  My dad had a Red Robin gift card he got from credit card points.  So after both of these, we got a really cheap, big dinner!  It pays to compliment or complain!!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

My Future's So Bright...

Yup, more sunglasses.  Here's my Rite Aid trip today:
1 Style Science sunglasses 9.99 (used 10/1 vv)
1 Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Mascara 10.95 (used 4/1 peelie and 5/1 RA)
1 pack Everlast supplements 5.99 (used 10/1)
milk 2.29
1 pack stayfree 1.99 (used 2/1)
1 box sugar 1.99
3 cans of alpo 1.39 each
1 sample pack Tugaboos diapers .89 (used 1/1 found in each trial pack)
1 blow pop .88
used 5/25
subtotal: 2.14
total with tax: 4.02 on gift card and I will get 10.95 for Physician's Formula Try Me Free rebate, and $10 SCR for buying 2 sunglasses

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Getting Greedy

I ran into CVS to check on the prices of Huggies Mega packs.  They are at varying clearance prices.  The ones at the store I went to were marked 11.99, I think, but scanned at 8.99.  But I heard that other people have now found them for $4.49.  So I'm holding out.  Hopefully they'll continue to be reduced in my region.

On to Rite Aid...
1 can of alpo 1.39 (horrible price, but the dog's gotta eat and I needed a filler to get to $20)
1 style science sunglasses 9.99 (used 10/1 vv)
1 huggies 8.99 (used 3/1 and 1/1 vv)
used 5/20
subtotal: 1.37
total with tax: 2.26 on gift card, will receive $2 Huggies SCR, and once I do this deal again, I'll get $10 sunglasses SCR

Monday, May 31, 2010

My Husband Thinks I'm Becoming a Hoarder!

I love those shows about extreme hoarders.  I think it's so fascinating, maybe because I do have some small hoarding tendencies.  I love looking at the packed shelves in my bathroom, full of stuff I didn't pay for!

In other news, I can't believe 2 of my picks went home on the Bachelorette tonight!

6 Olay Toners 2.99 each (used 3 2/1 and 2 1/1 - I had 3 1/1 but I guess one didn't scan)
1 Uncle Ben's rice 1.59 (used 2.50/1 = overage)
1 Purina cat food 3.99 (used 2/1)

subtotal: 11.02
total with tax: 11.57 on cc, received $15 in Target gift cards for the Olay (buy 2 get $5 gc)

Walgreens Trans. 1
3 Neutrogena soaps - 2 of them were 2.69 each and 3.19 for the acne soap (they didn't have any more of the regular ones)

Used 8 RR
subtotal: .57
total with tax: 1.26 on gc, received 10 RR

Walgreens Trans. 2
 Kotex  3.49 (used 1/1)
Luster toothpaste 5.00
A-Z vitamins 2.00
Ecotrin 2.00 (used 2/1)
Cortaid 3.00 (used 1/1)

Used 10 RR
subtotal: 1.49
total with tax: 2.17 on gc, received 2.50 RR (Kotex), 5 RR (Luster), 2 RR (A-Z), 2 RR (Ecotin), and a rebate form to get 3.00 back on Cortaid.  I also got a coupon for a free Always Ultra or Maxi Pad up to 16 ct (for buying Kotex)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

What Should I Have Done Differently at Rite Aid Today?

I'll post the pic and details later, but I needed to get some Primatine Mist for my husband and thought I would try to get it as cheap as possible at Rite Aid.  I tried to get overage buying the Physicians Formula Bamboo Compact, using a $5 RA Physicians Formula coupon, and a $5 peelie.  I also used a 5/20 RA coupon.  I thought everything went through, I paid, and then discovered that only one of the $5 Physicians Formula coupons was on the receipt.  I think the RA one wasn't but the cashier never said anything about them not working and put both in the register.  I went back to ask, and by now the cashiers had changed.  This cashier told me that I couldn't use both because they are more than the cost of the item.  She said she couldn't adjust it down.  I asked to return it, and she said she could only give me $1.95 back, the cost after the coupon.  So I decided to just keep it and still do the rebate, so I'll get the 6.95 back.  What do you think happened?  Do you think this would have given me overage but the cashier didn't scan one coupon correctly and didn't notice?  I know that RA doesn't officially give overage, but I have gotten overage on things before.

Huggies Mega Packs 50% Off at CVS!?!?!

People are reporting finding Huggies Mega Packs (normally 17.99) on sale at CVS for 8.99.  Combined with a 3/1 coupon, and of course any CVS coupons you may have, that's a great deal!  I'm going to try to swing by my CVS today or tomorrow to check it out.

Also, the CVS Ultra Thin diapers may be on sale for $4.74.  There's a 2 ECB for buying CVS diapers so that's only 2.74 for a pack.  Limit is one.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Check Your Receipts!!

At Shoprite today, I thought I did pretty well.  I estimated my total to be somewhere around $20.  When the cashier said $43.48, I actually felt embarrassed by such a high total.  I'm sure $43 was a low total for most shoppers on a Saturday afternoon, but I had counted on all this overage.  I even added in a few items I need because I was doing so well.  So what happened?  As I slowly walked to my car examining the receipt, I realized that my Price Plus card didn't scan.  The cashier handed it back to me so I assumed he scanned it, but I guess not.  Customer service refunded me $26.66, bringing my actual total to $16.82.  Plus, I got a $3 catalina for buying Breyers I will also submit for 2.99 yogurt rebate.  However, since all the prices on my receipt don't reflect the Price Plus savings, I'm just going to list what I got without each item's price.

Gerber yogurt (will submit for Try Me Free / peelie on item)
Gerber graduates spaghetti rings (my kid is a very picky eater, unfortunately)
4 Alpo dog food (used 1/4 coupon)
2 Marcal toilet paper (used 2 freebie coupons)
3 SR spring water
SR amish pretzels
lansinoh nursing pads
Simply Smart milk (freebie coupon)
2 Breyers ice cream pops/sandwiches (freebie coupons)
1 Breyers ice cream (1/1 coupon)
12 Bordens cheese slices (used 12 1/1 coupons = overage on each of .12)
1 tomato
1 watermelon (not pictured - for my dad)
1 pkg smart dogs
6 al fresco chicken sausages (used 6 2/1 coupons and got about .50 overage on each!)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Trial Sizes and Tribulations

OK, sorry about that title.  It's pretty bad.  I have to get better at thinking up creative titles to blog posts.  Ventured out to Target after a week of no shopping.  I usually go on Fridays because that's when my favorite coupon-friendly cashier is working.  He even gives my kids Target stickers!  Is it weird if I ask him for his schedule so I make sure never to shop when he's not there?  Probably not a good idea - there are stalker laws, after all!

2 Satin Care  .99 each (used 2 1/1=overage)
2 Bic pens .99 each (used 2 1/1=overage)
3 Tide .97 each (used 3 1/1=overage)
Gerber wagon wheels 2.19 (helper bribe)
York peppermint patties 3.99 (my mom asked me to buy them for her)
Kit Kat .67 (more bribes)
Butterfinger .67 (freebie coupon)
Market Pantry oatmeal 1.94 (for mom also)
3 Olay bar soap .97 (used 3 1/1=overage)
Venus 4.24 (used 3/1)
Venus 5.99 (used 3/1)
Bandaids 1.82 (see notes below)
4 Visine 1.99 each (used 2 5/2=overage)
2 Renu 1.44 each (used 2 2/1=overage)
5 Pepsi 12 packs 4.00 each (used 2/4)
Also .60 deposit for each 12 pack.

subtotal: 27.41
total: 30.23 (8.61 on gc, 21.62 on cc)  Received $5 gc.

A few notes...  I thought all Targets had Pepsi on sale for 5 for $15 but at mine it was 5 for $20.  I didn't realize until after I got home.  Probably wouldn't have done this deal if I had realized.  I could only find one Venus at a clearance price but since I had 3/1 coupons, I did the deal to get a gift card anyway.  The cashier couldn't get the gift card coupon to scan so he just took $5 off my total.  I've been realizing lately how much I would save if I just stuck to a list, but it's hard shopping with kids!!  The Bandaids I was guilted into buying because I had a bunch of 1/1 Nexcare coupons, but I couldn't find them in the travel section anymore.  I had promised Bandaids so I ended up buying them with no coupon.  The shame!!

In diaper deal news...
  • The Huggies coupons keep on coming!  There's a new 2.50/1 Huggies coupon at and some diaper and wipes coupons at that are manufacturer coupons.  There's also a wipes coupon at  Try reprinting the facebook Huggies coupon - it may have reset.
  •  If you didn't get to buy all 5 Huggies at Rite Aid for the Buy 5 Get One Free SCR, check your rebate status anyway because some people were reporting that this deal was clearing after only 3 or 4 Huggies were purchased. 
  •  Starting Sunday, the best diaper deals appear to be Rite Aid and CVS.  CVS Brand diapers are 5.99 and you get back 2 ECB.  I haven't tried these diapers but I've heard some poor reviews so I'm going to skip this one.  Rite Aid has Huggies jumbos for 8.99, and you can use one of the many 3/1 available combined with a 1/1 VV coupon at  Then submit for a $2 SCR.  This would make the diapers 2.99.  However, I'm going to try to get overage using this Physicians Formula Rite Aid coupon combined with a manufacturers coupon to make the diapers (and the makeup) free.  There are manufacturer coupons in 3 inserts: 2/28 SS (expires 5/31), 3/21 SS, and 4/18 SS. Also, there are usually peelie coupons right on some of the products.