Saturday, January 31, 2009

Links to freebies and coupons

I want to remind you that if you have the time (yeah, yeah I know) to sit down at the computer start emailing some of the companies whose products you use on a regular basis. Tell them thanks for their great product and if you want even ask that they might mail you some paper coupons. Many companies don't publish q's in the paper but will gladly mail you some. Often they are of higher value than you find in the paper as well! If your not sure how to go about this pick a manufacturer such as Celestial Seasonings (I just received 2 .50/1 and 1 FREE coupon from them). Go to the Contact Us page. There is usually going to be a form to fill out and a space for comments. Fill this in and watch your email box. Before receiving any coupons I generally get an email from the company saying they received my comment/request and that they would mail me some. IF there is no form for your mailing addy just put your email address in the correct locations (this will be offered) and they usually email you back asking for your mailing address.

I have taken some time this morning to dig up a few freebies and links for you if you happen to peruse this blog. Check out the links below!

$2 off any Aveeno product just sign up
Free Diet Dr. Pepper 20oz or 2 liter
Earth's Best Baby Foods coupons and more!
Sure deodorant for free I had a little problem with this link for some reason
Go here for over $31 in printable money saving coupons from Right @ Home (Thanks Crystal! )
Free subscription to Women's Day go here (Thanks Crystal!)

Sorry there isn't more for now. I'm going to dig around and see if I can figure out what might be happening next week! Please feel free to drop a comment or question!

Kroger Run 1/29/09

One statement I hear from "non-couponers" or newbies is "I couldn't find any coupons in the paper that I will use". What they are doing is locking themselves in a box still. I literally clip every coupon my greedy little paws come across. Mind you I have a crafting paper cutter so that speeds the process but there are still coupons that I might not use. HOWEVER, now that we aren't limiting ourselves to certain brand names clipping coupons for items I didn't think I would ever use has become more and more valuable. For example my run below at Krogers this week. I don't believe in my life I have EVER bought a can of Rotel tomato's. With the deal this week though the coupon I had for them gave me a serious BANG to reach the required 10 items. Also the Snapple. Would I have ever put that in my shopping cart if I couldn't get such a great deal on it? NO WAY! As long as I can get the item(s) for just pennies or even better FREE then sure I will include it in my deal if it helps me to obtain my ultimate goal. Below is what I purchased on the Kroger buy 10 items get $5 off your order automatically. I have listed the items with pricing BEFORE coupons and before the $5 off.

4 Snapple $1.00 each regular price $1.59 without card.
1 Rotel tomato $1.00 each regular price $1.18 without card
5 Kraft cheese (these were the ones made with 2% milk so I could utilize the blinkie q.) $1.99 ea regular price without card $4.19.

Coupons I used were:
Snapple .75/1
Rotel .30/1 (doubled to .60)
Kraft cheese .75/1

Total Shelf Price: $28.49
Total Savings: $25.14 (this includes the Kroger card discounts)
Total out of pocket: $3.35 YEAH BABY!

Now I do want to make this note on purchasing items that you normally won't use. Please don't do it if it's not truly useful to you. Will I use the Rotel tomato's in place of a can of Hunts tomato's?, sure! Am I going to spend .50 on a can of dog food? NOPE... we don't have a dog. You don't have to be stuck using only Ronzoni pasta, others are fine if the pricing is right. I hope this all makes sense and if it doesn't please feel free to email me at or leave a comment below and I will get back to you! If you have had a successful run at the store this week please feel free to post!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I thought the stores were crazy yesterday!

this is just a quick post as much for my own entertainment as anything. So far the winter storm has mostly been ice. They say we got about 1 1/2 inches of snow last night (you folks up north can just quit laughing :) ) but the rest has a beautifully glistening COATING of ice! You know that feeling you get that is like living in an ice cube!? That's what is happening here. So far Lex. has been OK (knock on wood) but several surrounding counties are losing electric do to the trees coming down. Lex. had an ice storm come through that dropped 2 inches of ice on everything several years ago and just our side of the street was without power for 8 days. Now a lot of times there are things you can do to "make do" in that situation but my Mom was living here at the time and she is on an oxygen concentrator. Needless to say no I'm not having fun today. Anyways enough of my yabbering about our weather. I've got to do some digging around on the web to see if I can find anything that might help us all. I haven't done any shopping this week so nothing exciting happening there. Hope everyone stays warm!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sun. Jan. something, coupons for hours and oh look it's snowing outside and we are in for a winter storm.

Those are the words I hear echoing in the trees when Lexingtonians see one tiny snow flake coming out of the sky! For some reason here in central KY everyone has this mad desire to go wipe out every grocery store of beans, milk, bread and toilet paper as if they are going to starve in this mighty blizzard that is about to bestowed upon us! Never mind the fact that 90% of us will get up in the morning and trudge through the dreaded 1/4" of snow that we might get lucky enough to actually have on the ground to go to work! I really do get a kick out of going to the store at times like this just to watch people! Art, my other half is from up state NY and gets a very BIG kick out of all this adventure! Oh look it's starting to stick! Better go fill up the truck! LOL
I spent about 5 or 6 hours earlier today basically clipping coupons and sorting for the binder and the one's I want to mail out on my train. The last couple of weeks I have been very blessed with friends bringing me extra inserts and somehow I was completely overwhelmed with what I had! However I am caught up (for the most part as it always seems there are some coupon gremlins hiding more from me). I've been pretty lazy today but that's ok. It's been gray outside and the three of us have just hung out together. I sat down here to dig around and see if anyone had started posting deals they had located for the week and came across this blog from Pancakes/Diary of a new American. I ended up getting lost just reading about a few adventures she has had since coming to America. I can't imagine the culture shock of actually moving to a new country although I have visited several others. The difference was that I knew I would be returning home. It sounds as though she is loving life and her family and I think that's wonderful. Check it out if your willing to look at American life through her eyes and laugh at yourself!