Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Free at CVS for January!
Don't forget to use the coupons listed below so that you can actually MAKE money!
NasoGel Drip Free Gel Spray 1.52 oz. = $7.99Earn $7.99 ECBs (limit 2)Children’s Throat Cooler Ice Pops 6 ct. = $4.99Earn $4.99 ECBs (limit 2)Nutra Trim Weight Management Chewing Gum 48 ct. = $3.99Earn $3.99 ECBs (limit 2)
BOGO Throat Coolers. Get it here.
Nasgel Drip Free Gel Spray, $2.oo off. Get it here.
I have found that in the Cincinnati region (which sometimes reflects this area in KY) that there are going to be 5 inserts in papers. Check out Jamie over here and then just a few min. ago I found this at Taylortownpreview.com! We are going to be very busy coupon cutters this weekend!
Don't forget to check out Club Coupon! Starting Jan. 1st we will be offering 1 month free membership with the purchase of 1 month! That is up to 160 coupons for $5.00! 20 coupons per week for 8 weeks!
I've been doing the coupon/grocery game since around May. I have to send out a thanks to my dear friend Dana for getting all this started! She is the one that introduced www.thegrocerygame.com to me and got the ball rolling! It can still be overwhelming to me at times but I do feel like going into 2009 I have a much better grip on things. I still cring at the thought of having to deal with Walgreens and my local CVS still rocks! Next year I'm going to start taking on the challenges of Target I believe. I see so many good deals on posts and I get envious letting them slip through my hands. The store is so close there really is no excuse to let this happen!
One of my main goals this year (some of you may laugh) is getting my toddler potty trained. I was one of those mothers that thought "oh how tough can this be with daycare working with me and STUFF"! WHAT WAS I THINKING! I have heard an old wives tail that it is best to try in the spring time! If you have any tips or tricks please please please leave a comment! I so want to get out from under the cost of Pull Ups (or whatever brand is on deal).
I would also like to become more organized. HAH! I have been compared to a moth at a light at times! My head just get's going faster than my feet will go so I end up spinning in circles. However I do continue to try to improve. I just try to do too much at one time! What is really funny is I will look up and my daughter is going behind me shutting doors and shaking her head! She is ONLY 28months!
Speaking of spinning I've got to run for now. My posts are going to get back to being more informative and linking to deals to help us all out more. I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I haven't posted for a bit because well it's just crazy! As always I have put things off until the last min. and now the bell is ringing and I hear some lady singing in the background! Oh wait I think that might be my toddler snoring on the couch! Hey I'm tone deaf what can I say!
I did the CVS run on Sun. and it was actually pretty funny! You could spot the couponers coming down the aisle! Then you would see us checking out each others basket like "Did they find that Right Guard? That shelf was empty!" I really hope that those of you that found the aerosol Right Guard found it in the box! There were $2 coupons on the inside that made this a great money maker! Because of that CVS run I have been able to make some little extra gifts (very simple packets of homemade peanut butter roll and the cutest little ornaments I found). I hate to say it but I look forward to shopping right at the holiday or right after because of the deals!
It's going to be a bit sparse until after the holidays on here I'm afraid. I just have to step back and give myself some breathing room so that I can enjoy the holidays! I hope everyone is finding peace and the greatest of joys in their frugal holidays. Remember what is important... love, the joy of being with those you love and love you, gratitude because even in these tough times we are much better off than a lot of people, laughter and giving.
Oh really quick! I dare anyone that reads this post to do this if you haven't already! During these crazy times and very cold times this week there are bell ringers out there trying to help those in need! Please stop and ask them if they would like a cup of coffee or hot chocolate or even a soda. Trust me it is very appreciated!
Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year! if I don't see you before then!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
You are now ready to begin to figure out where to shop. I strongly recommend http://www.grocerygame.com/ for the beginner. You can get a 4 week trial offer for $1. After those 4 weeks it is $10 for your first store and $5 for each store after that. This will gain you access to all the stores that are on their lists in your region. Here in Lex., KY that included Krogers, Meijers, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens. At the end of your trial period (choose before the trial period is up) you can pick and choose the stores you want access to.
What this site does is compiles all the sales for those stores for the week. They will take the Kroger sale prices and compare them with their database and list all prices. Prices that are at the lowest that they have been for 12 weeks are indicated with blue and if an item is FREE it will be green. They also match up the coupons that have been released over the last 12 weeks that match with those sales. This makes things so much easier for you especially if your a beginner! A lot less work that's for sure! The list comes out anywhere between Mon. night or Tues. morning by 8a.m.
There are several other sites out there that have lists such as http://www.couponmom.com/ (which is free and a great site) however I have found that when I began all this GG was the easiest for me. It's very organized.
Occasionally you will have coupons that they don't have or vice versa. This happens to me when I have used the coupon at one store then another store on the list hits a rock bottom. The individual lists don't compare to each other. That's your job. Also when I get coupons directly from the manufacturer these aren't published so there is no way of them knowing this. There for I do tend to check everything on the list "just in case".
Coupons are a very BIG part of it but they aren't all of it. I shop for items at their lowest prices and stock up so that I won't need that item again until it hits it's lowest possible price. There are always some needs items such as produce, milk (although you can freeze milk). However no more $4 boxes of cereal or $9 razors!
Sale trends tend to run on a 12 week cycle. That means an "butter" will hit it's lowest rock bottom price approxomately every 10-12 weeks. Then the "butter" will be on sale for about 2-3 weeks. Coupons tend to come out at the time of those sales or a few weeks before. In between you may see the "butter" on "sale" but it's not at it's lowest possible price so don't let it fool you. When it does finally hit it's lowest price I estimate how much my family will use for 12 weeks and combine my collected coupons for that "butter" with that rock bottom price.
For example: butter has ranged in price from $1.75 to $2.50 for 10 weeks. I have 6 .50/1 coupon. The butter hits rock bottom at $1.50 at my store that doubles coupons up to .50 (making it $1 off). I then purchase 6 packages of butter at .50 each costing me $3.00. I simply take them home and toss 5 in freezer until needed. At that point I have saved anywhere from $4.50 - $12.00 for 12 weeks.
I am addicted to anything I can get for FREE. The free things or below .50 each are things like H&B items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, razors. I find most household cleaners in this range as well. Now, because if I have extra's I can donate those items to charities. Yes you can deduct health and beauty products such as soap, shampoos, conditioners and household items from your taxes but that's another posting. Women's Centers are a great location for donating!
This can be a:
3 ring binder
flexible coupon holder
You may have to experiment a few times to get it right. I personally use a 4 inch 3 ring binder. I have it in 2 sections. First household including Health and Beauty then Grocery. Pet food goes in grocery. Everything is alphabetized. This was my second solution to organizing coupons.
The inserts I use to hold the coupons may be bought at office supply stores or even Walmart. They are base ball card holders that come in sheets and usually a couple dollars a pack. You need the seperated pockets to keep the coupons organized where you can see them and they don't mix up with each other. It will not work for you if they aren't organized because you will get frustrated and give up.
Where do you get your coupons from?
-http://www.clubcoupon.homestead.com/ Is my favorite of course! It's a membership which is different from some coupon clipping services but that makes it cheaper. For $5.00 a month you get to choose up to 80 coupons (20 coupons per week) plus access to our newsletter that comes out monthly.
-Sunday paper inserts (and yes there is a method and schedule for coupon inserts)
-Ask friends if they aren't going to use their coupons to give them to you
-You can print coupons from online at sites such as http://www.coupons.com/ and http://www.coolsavings.com/ . Be aware that some stores don't accept online printed coupons or they are strict about them.
-Go directly to manufacturer sites. Often they will have coupons to print.
-Email the manufacturers and tell them if you enjoy their product(s). We have been very successful with this. Often they send coupons that you will never see printed in the inserts.
-Download Proctor & Gamble coupons at http://www.kroger.com/ to your Kroger card. You can also download food coupons from http://www.shortcuts.com/ to your Kroger card. Recently they have come up with a way to download them through your cell phone at http://www.cellfire.com/ I haven't done this because I don't have a cell phone.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Total Shelf Price:$340.18
Total Savings: $277.34
Total out of pocket!!!: $62.84
A little bit of time and effort involved but personally I think it's worth it!!!!
Actually I messed up because I thought the peas/carrot mix was included in the Del Monte deal but it wasn't so oops!
1 Del Monte peas/carrots
1 Mardi Gras napkins
1 Del Monte sliced beets
1 Del Monte sliced carrots
4 Del Monte cream style corn
1 Del Monte whole kernal corn
2 Del Monte sauerkraut
2 Del Monte spinach
1 Del Monte sweet peas
Total Shelf: $16.08
Total Savings: $10.33
Total out of pocket: $5.75
1 Huggies Baby Wipes
1 McCormick taco seasoning
1 McCormick salsa seasoning
1 Del Monte seasoned green beans (this was an oops too because it was listed as part of the Del Monte deal)
1 Meijer parmesan cheese
1 Meijer tortilla chips
1 Argo Corn starch
1 Lipton Tea bags
1 Del Monte potatos
1 Del Monte beets
2 Del Monte carrots
1 Del Monte sauerkraut
2 Del Monte spinach
1 Del Monte peas
1 Del Monte whole kernal corn
1 Knorr soup/dip mix (free with purchase of 2 Hellman's mayo)
2 Ragu Spag. sauce
1 Hefty kitchen bags
1 3lb bag onions
1 gallon Meijer 2% milk
2 Hellman's Mayo
Total Shelf Price: $45.99
Total Savings: $23.66
Total out of pocket: $22.33
1 GG frozen potato
1 Wishbone salad dressing
1 Pillsbury Frozen Grands cinnamon rolls (free from Psst membership)
1 Dole complete salad mix (Free from Dole website game)
1 Value Time black pepper
3 GG Steamers frozen broccoli
1 GG Steamers green beans
1 GG Steamers mixed veggies
1 Melitta coffee filter (non bleached)
1 GG Steamers whole kernal corn
1 Kellogs Rice Krispies
1 Kellogs Fruit Loops
Total Shelf Price: $34.12
Total Savings: $28.83
Total out of pocket: $5.29
6 Philly Cream Cheese 4/$5.00
1 Kraft Cool Whip .99
3 .50/2 which doubled
1 Free Cool Whip with purchase of 3 Kraft items/ Philly was on list
Total Shelf : $13.39
Total Savings: $8.89
Total Out of Pocket: $4.50 (66% savings)
A Catalina printed out for the Philly purchase of $3.00 off your next order.
2 boxed Green Giant limas
4 boxed GG brussel sprouts
2 boxed GG spinach
2 boxed GG peas
3 4pk Cottonelle toilet paper
1 Kroger coffee creamer
1 Kroger Mericheno cherries
1 Private Selection Wheat Bread (marked down to .99)
2 DanActive Yogurts (marked down to .75 each)
1 Friskies can cat food
1 10.5 oz Kroger marshmellows
1 1/2 gallon Private Selection Ice Cream
1 Huggies Pull Ups 29 count
1 2liter Big K Cola
1 2liter Big K Dt. Cola
Total Coupons I Used: $15.00 (this includes downloaded to Kroger card Shortcuts q's)
5 Green Giant .50/2 frozen boxed veggies
1 $1/1 Private Selection Ice Cream
2 .50/1 DanActive
3 .50/1 Cottonelle
1 $2/1 Huggies
Total Shelf Price: $48.62
Total Savings: $29.86 (62% savings)
Total out of pocket: $18.76
Transaction 3 (I had to do this one seperate because I couldn't use 2 of the ice cream coupons in one transaction)
1 Private Selection Ice Cream
Shelf Price: $2.50 (on sale 2/$5)
Total out of pocket: $1.50
Saturday, November 22, 2008
CVS was crazy this week and I have quite a few ECB's to roll over for next week. The week of Thanksgiving there are supposed to be some incredible deals. I'm going to be making some recommendations later today on how to make the most out of the ECBs you can gain.
I went in with $19.59 in ECBs (extra care bucks) and $2.51 on a gift card.
1 Loreal Age Perfect Moisturizer - $15.99
1 Glade oil burning refil - $3.99
1 Glade Plug In with fan - $7.99
Coupons and ECB's I used:
1 $1/1 Loreal
1 Glade buy one refill get one Plug in Free
$19.58 in ECB's
Total Shelf: $32.53 (remember this always includes tax)
Total Savings: $31.57
Total used on gift card: .96
No out of pocket expense and I got back $20.99 in ECBs.
Time for the Duracell deal and MORE Glade. This one was buy $20.00 in Duracell batteries and get $15.00 in ECBs. I lucked out with the tear pads at my CVS location and had 2 of those (save $5.00/2) to use as well as the one's from the paper which were .75/1. Now by the time I got to CVS the 8 count AA packs that were on sale for $5.99 had already been picked over and but I still did ok.
1 9V 2 count pack $5.99/1
2 4 pk Digital AA packs $5.99/1
1 Duracell Ultra AA $5.99/1 (These rang up $8.99 but the clerk discounted it to the $5.99
without me even asking)
2 Glade Oil candle burners at $5.49/1
Coupons I used were:
2 .75/1 Duracell
2 $5.00/2 Duracell Tear Pad coupon
1 Glade Buy One Get One Free coupon = $5.49
$16.99 in ECB's
Total Shelf Price: $45.89
Total Savings: $44.48 (remember she took $3.00 off one battery automatically)
Total Out of Pocket: $1.41 and I walked out again with $20.00 dollars in ECB's
8 Glade Glass scents $5.00/2 (they had been out of these until today)
2 13oz Maxwell House Coffee BOGO free $4.99/2
1 Essence of Beauty Scrunchy Bathy Sponge thingy $2.99/1
Coupons I used:
4 BOGO Glade Glass scents
1 .75/2 Maxwell House Coffee
1 $2.00/1 Essence of Beauty item (you find these in the Rejuvenating Beauty magazine they sell for .99 which makes it a big saver) (This is also a filler that kept me from losing .99 in ECBs)
Total Shelf: $39.65
Total Savings: $39.06
Total Out of Pocket: .59
2 Glade Oil Refills
2 Glade Oil Candle Burners
2 Glade Oil Plug Ins
1 Blade solid deodorant
Coupons I used:
2 Buy one Glade Oil refill get one Glade Plug in Free
1 BOGO Glade Oil Candle Burner
1 $2/1 Blade (from Rejuvenating Beauty mag) (Filler)
Total Shelf Price: $38.60
Total Savings: $37.43
Total Out of Pocket: $1.17
Gained $16.00 in ECBs
4 4 pack AA batteries
Coupons I used:
2 $5/2 CVS tear pad coupons
3 .75/1 Duracell coupons from Sunday inserts
$15.00 in ECBs
Total Shelf Price: $21.32
Total Out of Pocket: .58
Total Savings: $20.74
Gained another $15.00 in ECBs
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Be sure to check out our coupon clipping service at www.clubcoupon.homestead.com
Kroger Mega Deal items - Automatic $5.00 off when you purchase 10 specified items.
4 Danactive Yogurt 4 packs
3 Scotch Mini Lint rollers - FREE after deal
1 Tylenol Extra Strength Rapid Release caps - FREE after deal
2 Tylenol PM Rapid Release caps - FREE after deal
Non Mega Deal items
2 1/2 gallons Kroger milk
3 quarts Dannon plain yogurt marked down to $1 each (Yogurt freezes well!)
2 8 count Yoplait Gogurt boxes marked down to .75 each (These freeze for great frozen yogurt treats)
2 Prices Hearty Bacon Pimento Cheese spreads marked to $1.25
Coupons I used:
4 $1/1 Dannon Activia Yogurts (these blinkies made them .50 each after deal)
3 $1/1 Scotch Mini Lint rollers (FREE)
3 $2/1 Tylenol (FREE)
1 .75/1 Kroger Dannon coupon (someone had left this sitting on the yogurt!)
1 $1/2 Dannon yogurt
2 .35/1 Price's Pimento Cheese spread
1 .75/2 Yoplait Gogurt
Total Price: $41.05
Total Savings: $34.11
Total Out of Pocket: $6.94
Friday, November 7, 2008
Kroger Mega Deal items
2 packs O-Cello scrub pads
8 Glade candle refills
1 Pillsbury Cake Mix
1 Pillsbury Frosting
2 Smuckers Preserves
1 Hefty Storage Bag
4 Claim Jumper meals
2 Tylenol PM Rapid Release Gels
4 Tylenol Rapid Release Tablets
14 Carnation Evaporated milk
1 Early California Black olive
1 Armour Meat Balls
1 Nestle Morsel
2 5lb package Domino Sugar
2 Land O Lake 1lb butter packages3 3bar pack Dial soap
1 Herbal Essence shampoo - free
1 Herbal Essence conditioner – free
1 Kroger flour tortilla 1.24
2 Kroger pecan twirls 2.00
1 Kroger saltines .99
2 Gillette Sensor disposable razors free
1 Pork roast 4.44
1 Hershey extra dark bar .50
2 Big K cola .69 each
2 2lb packages Tennesse Pride sausage 1.99 each - these were on close out.
1 Kroger can coffee free
1 qt. Kroger milk – not pictured 1.25
1 Kroger Nice and Soft 6 pack double roll toilet paper 2.54
½ loaf Bunny Bread .79
4 Buy One Get One Free + $3/3, $2/2 (be sure to give the 3/3 and 2/2 before you hand over the BOGO’s
1 .40/1 Pillsbury Cake Mix
2 .35/1 Smuckers
1 .35/1 Hefty (this was a peely on the box)
2 .50/2 Claim Jumper meals
2 $2/1 Tylenol PM
4 $2/1 Tylenol Extra Strength Rapid Release
1 $1/2 Superpretzel
7 .50/2 Carnation Evaporated milk
1 $1/1 Armour Meat Balls
1 .75/1 Nestle Morsel
1 .50/1 Domino Sugar
1 .35/1 Domino Sugar
2 .55/1 Land O Lake butter
3 .30/1 Dial soap
1 .35/1 Kroger frozen vegetable
1 $3/2 Herbal Essence
1 BOGO Herbal Essence P&G eSaver on my Kroger card
2 $3/1 Gillette Sensor 3 Razor
2 $3/1 Gillette Sensor 3 Razor P&G eSaver on my Kroger card
1 $1/1 Hershey Dark bar
1 FREE Kroger coffee
1 .75/1 Kroger Nice and Soft
1 .25/1 Bunny Bread
Now the kicker to this is $44.03 WAS NOT part of the Kroger Mega Deal.
I did 2 transactions total. That means 3 Mega Deals in first transaction and 1 Mega Deal in 2nd transaction along with non-deal items.
70 Pieces total
Total Savings: $160.64
Total Out of Pocket: $36.96
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Chuck roads 2.79lb/4.88 (red meat in this house is a treat and this wasn't too bad of a buy)
Western Style ribs 1.19lb/3.36
2 cans mushrooms .60/1.20
1 Huggies wipes 2.39
I used the 2 coupons for Huggies at 2.00 off
Out of pocket: 9.88
Krogers. We do try to avoid boxed food as much as possible but there are times the convenience is just needed.
3 boxes Hamburger Helper
9 boxes Betty Crocker Instant potatoes
1 Quaker Quick Oats
10 Halloween decorations reduced (these were supposed to be marked down to .20 each)
1 dozen eggs
1 Jumbo pack Huggies Pull Ups
1 Kroger coffee creamer
Used the following coupons:
9/.35 Betty Crocker (These had the HH peelies for free boxes!)
3/FREE boxes Hamburger Helper w/purchase of the 9 boxes.
1/.50 P&G eSaver coupon on Kroger card
$5.00 off automatically for Mega Event
And 7 of the 10 Halloween decorations rang up wrong so I got back $8.40 when I went to customer service to bring it to their attention. The clerk checked it out and just refunded the entire amount back for what rang up wrong!
Total Shelf: $69.15
Total Savings: $53.38
Total out of pocket: $15.77
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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