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Monday, May 30, 2011

Deals of the Day!

 Today's deals are courtesy of 
All at Walgreen's.
Happy Memorial Day!!!

$2 RR WYB Ritz Crackerfuls, 6 oz, at $2
-$1 off Nabisco Ritz Crackerfuls filled crackers, 6 oz, SS 4/17
-.75/1 Nabisco Ritz Crackerfuls product (Facebook) printable
(makes it FREE +profit)

99¢ RR WYB Icy Hot Naturals Pain Relief Cream, .5 oz, at 99¢
 -$1 off IcyHot product, SS 5/01
(FREE plus $1 profit!)

  • $5 RR WYB (4) participating Dove or Degree products at $3.75 ea.
    Shampoo or Conditioner, 12 oz
    Styling Products, 3.3-9.25 oz
    Deodorant, 2.6-3 oz
    -$1 off Dove Go Sleeveless deodorant printable
    -.75/1 Degree Men’s or Women’s deodorant, RP 5/22
     -B1G1 Degree Men or Women’s Premium deodorant or body mist, RP 5/22
    Body Mist, 3 oz
    -B1G1 Degree Men or Women’s Premium deodorant or body mist, RP 5/22

  • **Deal Idea**
    (4) Degree Deodorants $3.75 ea.
    (2) -.75/1 Degree Men’s or Women’s deodorant, RP 5/22
     (2) -B1G1 Degree Men or Women’s Premium deodorant or body mist, RP 5/22
    Total Due: $7
    Get Back: $5 RR, makes it 50¢ ea.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Old Navy's Fabulous Memorial Day Sale!

On the advice of my super savvy clothing shopper sister in law, I hit up the Old Navy sale today. Wow!! So many great deals!! My budget was $30 and I made out like a bandit, spending just $25.60!!
 The flip flops are for my daughter. They are actually from the boys' section but looked pretty unisex to me. They were marked down to $1.99 each but today there was an extra 30% savings off certain items which made them $1.39 per pair!
LOTS of ladies' clothing, shoes and bags were on clearance and today there was an extra 50% off clearance prices!! These kinds of savings will go through Memorial Day but the percentage changes daily.
This gray tee was just $3.74 and the cream one was $2.99. (both after extra discount)
 This fabulous ruffled skirt was $4.24 after extra discount and this long sleeved black sweater was just $4.74, regularly $36.50!!!
 The zippered leggings I got for $.98. The black pencil skirt was $4.49.
I am so thrilled with how well I did and grateful to my sis in law for her insights, guidance, and for helping me stick to my budget!
There was quite a bit of variety and selection. You will have to be willing to dig though!
There are many special Memorial Day prices that are not clearance but still great deals and well-worth checking out!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thursday Shopping Report

 I ran into a few bumps and hiccups today. My coupon mojo seems to be a bit off. But this game comes with lots of learning experiences and I do love learning! :) I hit a few stores to take advantage of different deals. Overall I did well.

 I am so in love with Buy Low Market! Look at all this produce! And I only spent $14.36!
You definitely want to hit Buy Low on Wednesday or Thursday to get the most amazing produce deals.
Here's what we got:
Bananas .59/lb
Cantaloupe 3lb/$1
Jonagold Apples 2 lb/$1
1 lb Baby Carrots .79
Mushrooms 8 oz $1.50
Green Onions 4/$1
Cucumbers 3/$1

Green Bell Pepper 4/$1
Oranges 5 lb/$1
Nectarines $1/lb

Next was Walgreen's. I grabbed the Fusion Razor Gift pack, on sale for $9.89. I used a $4 off coupon and earned $5 in Register Rewards.
The milk is on for $1.99. Sadly, I found out that I couldn't use Register Rewards toward dairy. :( So I went ahead and paid for them and now have $5 RR to use next week.

At Rite Aid, I took advantage of the Conair/Scunci hair products deal twice. (Buy any $10 Conair or Scunci hair products, earn $5 +UP rewards).
I used the $10 in total rewards to buy some Ortho Weed B Gone and a Pump Sprayer and one pack of Orbit Gum, on sale for $1.00. I used a -.25 Orbit Gum Rite Aid Video Values coupon toward it.
Percentage wise this was not an amazing score. I did it anyway though because these were all things that I needed, yes, even the gum, and these were the best deals I had found on them in some time.

Finally, I stopped at Fresh Market to grab 2 heads of Leaf Lettuce at .99 each.

Total spent today: $65
Leftover weekly balance: $10
That's another $10 in the Disneyland fund! :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Another Great Deal for the Day!

Buy Low Market

Meadow Gold ice cream fudge, dream or root beer float bars $1.59
-$1/2 Meadow Gold novelties= $1.09 each!!!

No limit listed!
Great stock up item for summer!

Deal of the Day!


 $7.99 RR WYB Complete Multi-Purpose Solution, 12 oz, at $7.99
  -$1 off Complete Multi-purpose Solution SS 5/22
(makes it FREE + profit)

There is no limit listed in the ad but individual stores may institute their own limits. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Yesterday's Purchases

 Got the last of the week's shopping done yesterday at Macey's. 
  The Kellogg's Cereals were on sale for $1.88 wyb 4 and use in ad coupon. I had coupons from the Nutrigrain Breakfast pack for -$1/2. That also allowed me to use 2 coupons for -$1.00 off any size, amount of eggs (wyb 92) 10+ oz of Kellogg's cereals). That made the eggs just .39/dozen. (medium size)
The Top Ramen noodles are on for 6/.88. The whipped topping was $2.69, not the best price ever but I needed it now. When another good deal comes up I am going to totally stock up!
The Mountain High yogurt was on for $2.50. I used a -.50/1 32 oz coupon to bring it down to $2. 
The Kool Aid drink mixes are a great deal this week! They are 6/.88 wyb 6 and w/in-ad coupon. I bought 30 and used 2 coupons for 5 FREE wyb 10. This made them just .09 each!! Great for summer!
The Meadow Gold ice cream treats are on sale for $1.88 w/in-ad coupon. I used the recent Meadow Gold coupons for -$1/2, making them $1.33 each.
 Western Family Ice cream cones are .79 each.
Atkins products are still on sale. Peanut Butter cups $5.49. -$1/1 Atkins bars or shakes.
The Day Break shakes are $4.99.
-$1/1 Atkins Daybreak product.
They don't stock many of these shakes. I was lucky to get two. 
The Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta is a FREEBIE!
With in-ad coupon: .88 each.
-$1/1 Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta= FREE!!
Just wish I had had more coupons!!! 
A little splurge....
Begonias $2.99 ea.
The Pansies are on clearance for .99. I'd like to get some more of them!
I'm hoping to get them in the ground today... if the weather will give me 10 rain-free minutes! :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Yesterday @ Walgreen's and Buy Low

 Yesterday I took advantage of a couple of things at Walgreen's.

 I did two transactions to get the most value.

Transaction #1:
2 Huggies  27 ct @ 2/$18
-(2)$2.00 off any 1 Huggies Snug and Dry or Little Crawlers Diapers
Total Cost: $15.21
Earned $3 Register Rewards

Transaction #2:
2 Atkins Bar multi pack B1G1 FREE @ $8.29
-$1/1 Atkins Bars multipack  
5 Royal Gelatin @.20 w/in-ad coupon 
-$3.00 Register Rewards
Total Cost: $4.57

Total Retail Value: $44.84 w/tax
Total Spent: $19.78 w/tax

Next stop....

Buy Low

The milk was $1.99 each.
French Bread .79/loaf.
Iceberg Lettuce 2/$1
Tomatoes .89/lb
Green Cabbage 4lb/$1
Red Onions 5lb/$1
Pink Lady Apples 2lb/$1
Cilantro 4/$1

Total Spent: $12.24
I love Buy Low!! Where else can you get such great produce at such an amazing price???

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Deals of the Day!

Rite Aid
$1 +UP WYB (2) Ziploc, Fantastik, Glade Carpet Deodorizer, or Scrubbing bubbles at $2 Limit

-$1/2 Ziploc Sliders (Rite Aid coupon), 10-20 ct, (no longer available to watch) printable
-$1.25/2 Ziploc bags, SS 4/03
-$1/2 Ziploc bags, SS 5/15   
-$1.25/2 Ziploc freezer bags, on product
-$1/2 Ziploc bags (print), Recycle Bank coupon printable
-$1/2 Ziploc bags, SS 4/03
-.55/1 Ziploc slider bags, on product
-.50/1 Glade Carpet & Room odor eliminator printable (limit reached)
-$1/2 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner printable (limit reached)
(use $1/2 store and $1.25/2 manufacturer’s, makes it 38¢)

Even if you don't have the Rite Aid coupon (I used mine already), they are still just .88 each with the deal. That is a great price!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Product Review: Atkins Products

 So I stocked up on Atkins products during Macey's sale last week. I have actually been on the plan for almost 3 weeks now. I was using Slim Fast for two years and it worked really well but I had hit a plateau about 2 months ago and couldn't break through it. Plus I was just tired of Slim Fast.
 It was at that time that I discovered the FREE Atkins samples online. I received them in the mail and read through the literature and then thought about it for at least a week, finally deciding to give it a go. I must say I have really enjoyed this program. Yes, it is a bit restrictive, but I have found that it just sparks my creativity in that department, having to come up with new foods and recipes that fit in the program but that I also enjoy.
 I am loving how efective it is at curbing cravings and am of course thrilled about the 4 pounds I have lost. I started in "Phase 2," with more food options but slower weight loss. I am so glad to finally be moving in the right direction again! I have just 8 pounds till my goal!

 I have tried several of the Atkins products and find them to be satisfying and tasty. My favorites are the Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Caramel Nut Roll, and Strawberry Shakes. I did not like the Chocolate or Vanilla shakes. I had to blend them with water as they had a super thick, almost curdled consistency.
 The Daybreak snacks are super yummy and give you the feeling of eating cookies or fruity bread. Great for a morning snack.
 If you missed the Macey's sale, never fear! Walgreen's has a deal this week; Atkins products B1G1 FREE!!
-$1/1 Atkins Shakes multipack
-$1/1 Atkins Bars multipack
Both of these coupons came out this last Sunday. I am going to Walgreen's today to take advantage of this deal and plan to pay for it with Register Rewards from the current Huggies Deal.
Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers, Pull-Ups or GoodNites 2/$18
Earn $3 RR
-$2/1 Huggies any one package of Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers
= $5.50 each!! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Walgreen's and Saver's

 Today I hit two Walgreen's to get my sugar free Royal gelatin at 5/$1 (limit of 5 per customer) and Potting Soil at .99 each (limit of 3). I love that Walgreen's has stores up and down State street. Grab your limit at one store and just cruise down to the next one for more!

 I was up in Orem to hit Saver's Monday sale. Blue tags are 50% off and Green tags are .99. I needed shorts and t-shirts for my daughter and capris and shorts for myself. I found so many great deals, with the help of my sis in law who is a pro at scouting the second hand stores.

 We did so well and for all of these clothes, which are in fabulous condition, I paid just $27.20. I love Saver's on Monday! If you go, do your best to get there first thing in the morning for best selection and be ready to hunt!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Today at Walmart.. Clearance Clothing!

 Today the kids and I have been taking it easy. I am getting over a nasty cold and sore throat and am sick of having run around rushing days! So today we had a nice slow morning and then finally got things going. The only shopping we did was at Walmart. My intent was just to grab a b-day gift for my mom in law. At the front of the store by the registers though, were several racks of clearance ladies clothing!! I had to take a gander when I saw the price; $1.00!!! The most expensive things were just $2. I got several great tops and a pair of leggings. I was thrilled! I have lost 60 pounds now, if I may take a moment to toot my own horn (TOOT!! TOOT!!!)  and so I am in dire need of some new clothes but I am of course a total penny pincher and so this deal was just perfectly timed! I also grabbed two clearance necklaces to accessorize my new items.

 I am so excited to play dress up and to mix and match the new stuff with things I already have. :) You can be fashionable on a budget! I promise! It is possible!!!
 I also grabbed a couple other things and took advantage of a Hidden Valley deal I came up with.

 The mushrooms were $1.49. The Hidden Valley Ranch (24 oz) was on rollback for $2.98. I wanted regular lite ranch but they were out of stock so I grabbed Buttermilk lite. Might as well have some variety now and then. :)  I used (2) -$1/1 Hidden Valley coupons. The Carefree liners were .94 and I used a -$1 coupon to get it for FREE. The Reach Floss was .88 and I of course used a -$1 coupon to get it FREE also.
 I grabbed a fabulous coupon from a tear pad at Macey's the other day for $1 off any fresh produce wyb 2 Hidden Valley Ranch Dressings. So I used that to get my .89 bunch of Red Leaf Lettuce for FREE!
 What a fun little shopping adventure!
 Yes, I know I have a million things of Reach Floss... but as long as they are going to keep being FREE, I am going to keep picking them up! Same with the Carefree liners! :) FREE is for me!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Yesterday's Shopping Report

 Yesterday I hit 3 stores; Rite Aid, Buy Low and Macey's. I learned a few things and got a few good deals. Here's how it went down:

Rite Aid

Transaction #1:

8 Wet n' Wild Nail Polishes B1G1 @ .99 ea
2 Wet n' Wild Lip Glosses B1G1 @ $1.99 ea
2 Wet n' Wild Cosmetic Pencil Sharpeners B1G1 @ .99 ea
Total: $11.64
Earned: $3 +UP Rewards
I know that's a lot of polish, but they are great for gifts and stocking stuffers, plus, I like me a little color on my nails now and then. :)
With the rewards factored in, they came to .39 each.

Transaction #2:

2 Carefree Pantiliners @ $1 each
-$1/1 Carefree Pantiliners

2 got2b Hair Mousse B1G1 @ $6.49 ea
(2) -$2/1 got2b hair product  *April All You mag*
(1) -$2/1 got2b hair product *Rite Aid video values coupon*

2 Finesse Hair Spray B1G1 @ $4.29 ea
(2) -$1/1 Finesse products
-$2 Finesse Mail In rebate

2 Nature's Bounty Magnesium 500 mg  100 ct B1G1 @ $6.49 ea
(2) -$1/1 Natures Bounty Supplement
(1) -$1/1 Natures Bounty product *Rite Aid video values coupon*

-$3 +UP Rewards

Total Cost: $4.32
Plus I will receive $2 back in the mail!!!
Making it: $2.32
Retail Value: $40.43 w/tax
Approx 3% of retail!!!

Buy Low

4 Cucumbers @ 4/$1

1 Cilantro 2 3/$1
2 Onions @ 4lb/$1

Cluster Tomatoes @ .79/lb!!!!!

Ground Beef @ $1.99/lb
Pork Butt Roast @ $1.59/lb

Total Spent: $18.03


2 Hot Pockets
2 Lean Pockets @ $1.79 ea
-.20 in ad coupon= $1.59 ea
-(2)1.25/2 online coupons= .96 ea!
**Note: Macey's will only let you use 2 like internet coupons per visit. I have another coupon and will use it before the sale is over. This is a really great deal!!!**

3 Bell Peppers @ .50 ea

2 Micelli's 12 oz Cheese Sticks @ $2.19 ea

9 Atkins Bars, Shakes, and Peanut Butter Cups @ $4.99 ea
-(9) $1/1 Atkins Bars/Shakes coupons= $3.99 ea

1 Beef Chuck Roast @ $1.99/lb

10 Western Family 80 ct Baby Wipes @ $1.00 ea
-.12 in ad coupon= .88 ea 

4 Baby Ruth Candy Bars
2 Butterfingers
4 100 Grand Bars  @ .39 ea
-(5).50/2 Butterfinger, Crunch, 100 Grand or Baby Ruth single serve bars=  .14 ea!
Total Spent: $64.48

Budget Breakdown:

The wipes come out of our monthly diaper budget.
The nail polish comes out of my Mary Kay money.
With that said, we came in at $3.53 under this week's budget. That amount will go into our Disney savings fund. :)   


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

FREE Samples!!!

 Here are some fun FREE samples!! These are good ones! With the Atkins kit, if you were to buy the 3 bars individually, they'd be around $1.67 each!

FREE Atkins Quick Start Kit- 3 Atkins bars, carb counter & Quick-Start guide


 FREE John Frieda Root Awakening Shampoo & Conditioner Sample

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Deal of the Day UPDATE!

 So my friends, I must apologize about today's Deal. The coupon I referred to was not the right one. It did not include Honey Nut Cheerios. There is an online print available though, specifically for Honey Nut, -.55/1, at
 I just called into my local Macey's and found out they are out of stock. No surprise since this was a great price and today is the last day of the sale. But...... Yay!!! They do RAIN CHECKS!!! So after my church activity this evening, I am going to hit them up for a raincheck! I suggest you do the same if you also missed out. Just visit the Customer Service Desk.

Today's Shopping Report

 I hit the recycling bins this morning and was sadly disappointed. I will have to try back again tomorrow.
I also made quick stops at Macey's and Fresh Market to grab a couple of things on the sale that ends today. I have been super busy the last few days and finally had the chance to get in there.
 At Macey's, here is what I took advantage of:

 The Broccoli was just .69/lb.
The Old Orchard frozen juice is 5/$5.
The large tub of whipped topping is $1.69.
I grabbed 4 of the WF sugar free Gelatin at .50 each. I know that is way more than I normally would spend on jell-o, but I missed the deal at Rite Aid the other week and needed jell-o. Don't you just hate when that happens??
Total Spent: $10.72

We also hit Fresh Market.

The Frozen Orange Juice was .99 with a limit of 6.
The Yogurts were 4/$1 with a limit of 12.
The Squash was .99/lb.
Total Spent: $12.26

Tomorrow I will be hitting Smith's, Buy Low and Macey's again. I am pretty happy at this point with storage levels. So for now I am working on replenishing as needed and then jumping on amazing deals when they hit. I'm hoping that at this point I'll be able to save more money from my weekly budget to put toward Disneyland. We shall see!

Deal of the Day!

 Today's Deal is one that you better hurry and grab if you want it!


Honey Nut Cheerios $1.49
-$1/2 Cheerios SS 5/8
Buy 2= .99 each

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Deal of the Day: Toothpaste!

 Happy Mother's Day!!!
 Today's deal is at Walgreen's and starts today. Enjoy!

$4 RR WYB (2) Colgate Total Gum Defense or Advanced Toothpaste, 4 oz, or Toothbrush at $3 ea.
-$1 off Colgate Total Advanced toothpaste, 4 oz +, Kroger home mailer

-$1 off Colgate Total Gum Defense toothpaste, April All You magazine
-.75/1 Colgate toothpaste, 4 oz +, SS 5/01
-.75/1 Colgate Adult or Children’s toothbrush, SS 5/01
(use (2) $1 off, makes it FREE)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Grocery Deals, Starting Today!

 What do we have this week?? A few good deals, that's what! I just love weeks like this! Let's jump in, shall we: Here are my favorites at each store.

Fresh Market

Cluster Tomatoes 1.48/lb

Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey Buy 1 @ $3.69, get 1 FREE (equal or lesser value)
Western Family Frozen Orange Juice .99 ea w/in-ad coupon (limit 6)

WF 6 oz Yogurt 4/$1 w/in-ad coupon (limit 12)

Stouffer's asst Frozen meals $8.99 w/in-ad coupon (limit 2)

Meadow Gold Ice Cream 2/$4 w/in-ad coupon (limit 2)

Doritos 2/$4

Werthers Original Caramel Candies 2/$5
-.75/1 Werthers Chocolate Caramels

Meadow Gold Ice cream sandwiches and bars 2/$5
WF 24 oz or 20 oz upside down bottle Ketchup .99

Old Orchard Frozen Juice 5/$5
-$1/4 Old Orchard online coupon

got2b Hair Products $4.99
-$2/1 got2b Hair product (All You magazine)

Sunny D 64 oz .89 w/in-ad coupon (no limit)
-.25/1 Sunny D

Mother's cookies 11.5-16 oz asst varieties 2/$4 w/in-ad coupon (no limit)

Zucchini or Yellow Squash .99/lb


Western Family Creamery Select Ice Cream 2/$5

Doritos $1.88

Honey Nut Cheerios $1.49 (no limit!)
-$1/2 any Cheerios= .99 each!

Toblerone 3.52 oz bar .69 ea w/in-store coupon & purchase of 2

WF Butter  1 lb quarters 2/$5

WF Buttermilk Pancake Mix 56 oz 2/$5

Mother's Cookies 11.5-16 oz asst. 2/$3 w/in-ad coupon (no limit)
anyone know of a coupon for this???

WF Hotdog or Hamburger Buns .99
McCormick Grill Mates $1.19

Nalley Pickles 46 oz 2/$5
-$1/1 Nalley Pickles

Fresh Broccoli .68/lb

Hidden Valley Ranch 16 oz 2/$5
-$1/1 Hidden Valley pourables
It is cheaper to get the 36 oz ranch at Walmart on rollback for $3.98; $2.98 after mfr coupon.

Kraft 16 oz Pourable Dressing select varieties 2/$3
-$1/2 16 oz Kraft Dressing 

Western Family Cereal 11.25-15 oz select varieties 5/$10

WF Specialty Potatoes .99
WF Real Margarine .59

Old Orchard Frozen Juice 5/$5
-$1/4 Old Orchard frozen juice online print

Cluster Tomatoes $1.59/lb

Green organic Onions 2/$1

Cucumbers .33 ea

Crest Toothpaste 4-8.2 oz select varieties 3/$5
-$1/1 Crest 4.0+ oz 

Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Razor $8.99
-$4/1 Gillette Fusion Razor

got2b Hair products $4.99
-$2/1 got2b hair products


Time for another 10 item Mega Event!

Mix and match any 10 items, save $5 at the register. The prices I list are the prices after the discount at the register. There are plenty more items than I will list so be sure to check the ad. As always, I am showing the ones I am interested in. :)

American Beauty Pasta .49
-.50/1 American Beauty Quick Cook Pasta (if included)= FREE

Ragu pasta sauce .99

Capri Sun or Kool-aid jammers $1.99   

Sunny D 64 oz .79
-.25/1 Sunny D 

Cap'N Crunch or Life, other select varieties of Quaker Cereal $1.49
-.55/1 Cap n' Crunch cereal = .94!!! 

Chips Ahoy cookies and Ritz Crackers $1.99

Naturally Rising Freschetta Pizza $4.49
-$1.50/1 Freschetta Naturally Rising pizza

Propel Fitness Water .49
-$1/2 propel water= FREE 

Kraft BBQ Sauce 18 oz

SoBe Lifewater .99
-$1.50/5 20oz Sobe life water 

Quaker Rice Snacks .79
-.55/2 Quaker Quakes 
-$2/5 Quaker Quakes (Catalina coupon)
Nutrigrain Cereal Bars $2.49
-$1/2 Nutrigrain Bars ($5 coupon pack found in Nutrigrain boxes)

Old Spice Deodorant $2.99
-$1/2 any 2 Old Spice products

Cheez-it Crackers $1.99
Crest Toothpaste 4-6.5 oz $1.99
-$1/1 Crest 4oz+ toothpaste

Old Spice or Gillette Body Wash $2.99
-B1G1 Old Spice Body wash= $1.49 ea

Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip 22-30 oz $2.49
-.75/1 Kraft Mayo or Miracle whip dressing 22 oz or larger

Philadelphia Cream Cheese tub 8 oz .99
Jell-o Pudding, Gelatin or Temptations $1.99

Blue Diamond Almonds 6 oz $1.49
-.60/2 6 oz cans of Blue Diamond Almonds= $1.19 ea

Nestle Toll House Ready to Bake Cookies $1.99
-.75/1 Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough= $1.24

 That's it for my favorites. I won't be taking advantage of these deals until next Tuesday. If you go before then, please let me know how you do!

Other items not on the Mega 10 deal:

Land o' Frost 10-16 oz lunch meat $3.99
-.55/1 Land o Frost 16+ oz

Lighthouse Dressing and Dip B1G1 FREE
-$1/2 wyb any 2 Litehouse products


Yesterday's Marathon!

 Hello! I have been crazy busy the last two days! Finally getting a chance to sit down and document yesterday's adventure.
 I hit 4 stores and had a very productive time. I left the kids with my sis in law. That really helped! Walmart was first. I hit the Orem store. Sadly, there wasn't much available of what I went there to acquire. Note to self: get there first thing in the morning next time!

 I did get a few goodies; 4 FREE Speed Stick deodorants, 1 FREE Colgate toothbrush, 1 FREE Yakisoba noodles, 2 packs of string cheese @ $2.48 each and a cucumber for .49. I needed Atkins shakes and bars and Walmart does have the best price, so I went ahead and used $1 off coupons to get each of them at $3.49 each.
 After Walmart, I headed up to the next exit and make a lovely little haul at Target.

 The only deal I had planned to take advantage of at Target was actually the Degree deodorant for women. I was going to ad match it with Walgreen's at 2.49 but was pleased to find that Target had this fun new Degree deodorant for $2.48 each. I used my mfr $1 coupons stacked with Target's $1 off coupons to get 4 deodorants at .48 each.
 I also grabbed the Reach floss that I had wanted at Walmart. Target had them for .97 each and had plenty of stock. I grabbed 13. All FREE!
 The Halls cough drops were a fun surprise. They retailed $1.19. I had a .50 off Target coupon that I stacked with my mfr .75 off coupon. Made all four FREE!
 I ad matched my Wrigley's 5 gum with Walgreen's at 2/$2. I used my Target coupons for -$1/2 off all 4, making them .50 each. Much better than the Target retail price of $1.27 each! They are my hubby's favorite gum. If I keep buying them, he won't have a chance to buy them at full price. :)
 Here's a fun one I put together while I was there. The Sunchips were $3 each. I had $1 off Target Web coupons plus I had the new -$2/2 Sunchips coupons that came  in this Sunday's inserts. Using the coupons made the chips a lovely $1 each. It didn't end there though. Also in this Sunday's ad, was a coupon for a FREE 2 liter bottle of Sierra Mist wyb 2 bags Sunchips. So yeah, I got 2 bottles FREE. There was only 1 bottle on the shelf of the one shown on the coupon. I went ahead and brought a bottle of regular Sierra mist with me up to the service desk and very politely asked if it could be substituted since they didn't have any more. The friendly associate made it work for me. Being nice pays off!
 Another surprise find; Kellogg's Crunchy Nut cereal. It was on sale for $2.50. I had a $1 off coupon. :)
 My adventure at Target netted my best haul of the day as far as value. Total Retail Value: $60.70
Total Spent: $10.71

 Next I hit Smith's next. It was the last day of the 10/$10 mix and match sale and I wanted to take advantage of the $1 Peanut Butter. I grabbed 10 of them. I was also pleased to find Chicken of the Sea tuna at 2/$1. I grabbed 4 of them. Wish I had more in my budget to have stocked up! I grabbed an avacado at .68 and 2 Green bell peppers at .68 each. Sadly, I bought a celery stalk at $1.29, only to find out later that Macey's had it for just .99. :(
 I grabbed 3 loaves of bread at just .79 each. I also grabbed 2 pounds of bananas at .52/lb, an unheard of price at Smiths! As good as Walmart. I like buying things at Smith's if the price is good rather than Walmart because it earns me points toward gas discounts.
 Another thing on my long list of likes about Smith's; they have clearance Salad. Most other places just chuck it when it's close to sell by date. Smith's just puts it on clearance. I was happy to grab what are normally very expensive blends of greens at $1.29 for the one and $1.69 for the other.
 I spent $22.52 and figure I got around 2 or 3 times that in grocery value.

 My last stop was Macey's in Provo.

 They had tons of the Fuze drinks left! I'm amazed that there weren't more people taking advantage of the deal. Maybe people just couldn't find enough coupons; great to be a dumpster diver!
 The Santitas were 2/$3. I have enough now to keep us happy for at least 6 or more months. The Cluster Tomatoes were on sale for $1.59/lb. It was the best price I had seen in some time so I jumped on it.
 There is of course, a $.10 better deal this week.... such is life. :)
 I spent $13.53 there.
 The total I spent today at all 4 stores: This leaves me with $13.55 in my weekly budget to take advantage of the Cottonelle Walgreen's deal. I should be able to get 2 more 12 roll packs and have $5 bucks left over to put in the Disneyland fund. I am feeling so great about sticking to my weekly budget! ($75 for grocery, $25 for household needs)
 I am realizing that I am at a point in this game where my storage is pretty close to where I want it to be and from here on out, it will be a matter of replenishing. That is, except for toilet paper and baby wipes. I need to build those up, but everything else is about to quota.
 So I am making a commitment to myself that from now on I will only get things at the most extreme discounts possible to add to my storage. We'll see how it goes! And whatever money is left each week will be divided equally between paying off our small credit card balance and saving up for an amazing Disneyland trip!
 This effort really does pay off! I know anyone and all of you can do it!!! I'm here to help if you have questions! Please don't hesitate to ask. :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Walgreen's and Buy Low report

 I hit the Provo Walgreen's first. It is interesting to see which items each Walgreen's orders enough of. The one in Provo had plenty of the $2 Gumm Flossers on a side cap right across from the item's home. No limits. I grabbed two. They were all out though, of the Tylenol Precise pads and the Cottonelle toilet paper.
 I called the Springville Walmart and they informed me that they had plenty of Cottonelle. I hit Buy Low in Provo to grab some veggies and then hit Springville. The Springville Walgreen's had no Cottonelle on the shelf but plenty in back. ALWAYS ASK!!! Springville also had about 5 of the Tylenol precise on the shelf, pushed way back. I grabbed two. They were totally out of the Gum flossers however and there is a limit of 2 when they do get more in.

 Between the two Walgreen's I was able to get the things I really wanted;
Cottonelle Toilet Paper $4 ea  Earn $3 RR wyb 2, Earn $4 RR wyb 3. I did the math and it's actually .16 cheaper per package if you do 2 at a time. I will be getting more at the Provo store tomorrow as they are getting a shipment in. There will be a limit of 4 per customer.
-.50/1 online coupon
-$1 off store coupon (May coupon booklet)
Tylenol Precise $7.99 ea
-$3 off Walgreen's coupon (May coupon booklet)
-$5 off tylenol precise online coupon= FREE
Milk $1.99 ea (well stocked in both stores)
Scotch Tape .39 w/in-ad coupon (This product is not hanging on a peg but rather is down in a bin. Took me a minute to find it. Both stores had plenty in stock)
Wall-dryl Allergy B1G1 @ $3.49 ea (both stores had enough of this to go around)
Gum eeze-thru Flossers $2.00  Earn $2.00 RR= FREE
Total Retail Value $ 61.75
Total Spent  $20.12
I am not thrilled with my savings percentage here. I know that if I was able to get everything at one store, I would have been able to get a better deal by using my rewards more strategically. Such is the nature of the game. I am happy to have gotten several things that I have been needing and to get them at great prices! Must stay positive!
Ps. Both stores were out of the Right Guard 5 deodorant and body wash and also the Noxema razors, and the 13.5 oz Head and Shoulders. :(

 At Buy Low, I wasn't thrilled with what I found sale wise. I hadn't had a chance to check out their ad online before I went into town so I had no idea what there might be. I got a few things but the rest of my produce I will grab at Macey's as they have a couple of good things ending tomorrow.

 The Green Cabbage was .59/lb.
Zucchini .79/lb.
cauliflower .69/lb.
yellow squash  3 lb/$1
Mushrooms 2/$3
Cilantro 2/$1
I spent just $7.79.

I won't be hitting Buy Low's produce sale this week. It isn't worth the gas to head into town 3 times in one week. In case you want to though, here's what you'll find:
Wednesday & Thursday only:
Strawberries $1 per lb
Cucumbers 4/$1
yellow onion 4 lb/$1
Italian Squash 2 lb/ $1
Pink Grapefruit 3/$1
Pippin Apples 3 lb/$1
 I'm going to check the produce prices at Walmart tomorrow and will see if they are any better on any of these. You can always ad match them. :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rite Aid 5/1-5/7

 Finally a great week at Rite Aid again! There are several interesting goodies this week. I will, of course, just be listing my favorites. Check today's ad or online at their website for more deals that may be of interest to you! You can also check my FAVORITE deal website; for more deal match ups. Just know that you'll need to double check your local ad to make sure we have the same deals.

Allure Magazine or Rebate Deal
Receive either a FREE subscription to Allure magazine or a $12 rebate wyb $25 participating products:

Covergirl Cosmetics @ 40% off (starting around $2.99)
-$2 off Lip Perfection product RP 4/10
-$2 off NatureLuxe Liquid Foundation (Parade magazine 4/10)

Olay Skin and Bath Care B1G1 50% off
-$2 off Olay Total Effects Body Wash request
-$3 off Olay bar, body wash, in shower body lotion or hand & body lotion WYB Secret deodorant, PG 5/01
-$5 off Olay facial moisturizer WYB Gillette Venus cartridge, PG 5/01

Secret Deodorant, Venus or Satin Care Brand Shaving, B1G1 50% off
-$2 off Gillette Venus razor or cartridge, Because of You PG home mailer or PG 5/01 
-$3/2 Gillette Venus disposables 2-6 ct, Simply Venus 4 ct, Daisy3 4-8 ct, or Daisy 10-18 ct, PG 5/01 
 -$5 off Olay facial moisturizer WYB Gillette Venus cartridge, PG 5/01

Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner, or Stylers, $3.50
-$1 off Pantene conditioner WYB shampoo, Proctor & Gamble $110 booklet
-$1 off Pantene stylant, on product
-$3/2 Pantene product, excl trial size, PG 5/01
(use $2 off, makes it $1.50)

  • Clairol Natural Instincts, Vibrant, or Nice ‘N Easy Hair Color, $6.99 w/ in-ad coupon
     -$1 off Clairol Natural Instincts product, May Rouge magazine
     -$2 off Clairol Natural Instincts hair color, PG 5/01
    -$3 off Clairol Natural Instincts hair color, RP 4/17
    -$1 off Clairol Nice N Easy product, May Rouge magazine
     -$2 off Clairol Nice N Easy product, PG 5/01
    (use $3 off, makes it $3.99)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! **Deal Idea**
    (2) Venus Cartridge, 4 ct, B1G1 50% off at $9.99
    (2) Olay Complete All Day UV Moisture Cream, 2 oz, B1G1 50% off at $7.69
     (2) -$5 off Olay facial moisturizer WYB Gillette Venus cartridge, PG 5/01
     (2) -$2 off Gillette Venus razor or cartridge, Because of You PG home mailer or PG 5/01
    Total Due: $12.51
    Get Back: $12 Allure Rebate (read the fine print at the bottom!)
    makes it 51¢ for everything!!

$1 +UP WYB (2) M&M’s 9.9-12.6 oz, at $2.50 Limit 4
-$1 off SCR #54 WYB (2) Mars M&M’s candy, 9.9-12.6 oz
  -$1/2 Mars M&M’s candy (Rite Aid coupon), 9.9 oz + bags, printable
(buy (2), use $1/2, makes it $1 ea)

Nestle or Wonka Single Serve Candy, 50¢
  -$1/2 Nestle Butterfinger Snackerz printable
(makes it FREE)

$4 +UP WYB (2) Revlon Beauty Tools at 40% off Limit 4 
-$2 off SCR #34 WYB Revlon Crazyshine nail buffer
(note: this makes any tool normally $3.33 or less, FREE after 40% off & +UP)
**Deal Idea**
  • Buy:
    (1) Revlon Crazyshine nail buffer at $2.09 (after 40% off)
    (1) Revlon Tweezer at $1.80 (after 40% off)
    Total Due: $3.89
    Get Back: $4 +UP and $2 SCR
    (you make $2.11 – no coupons needed!!
$2 +UP WYB Crest Toothpaste, Scope Mouthwash, Oral B Toothbrush, at $2.99 Limit 4
-$1 off Crest toothpaste 4 oz + or liquid gel, Proctor & Gamble $110 booklet
-$1 off Crest toothpaste, 4 oz +, Have You Tried This Yet? home mailer
 -$1 off Crest toothpaste, 4 oz +, March Ebony magazine
 -$1/2 Crest toothpaste, 4 oz +, Baking Soda or Tartar, PG 5/01
 -.75/1 Crest toothpaste, 4 oz +, Because of You PG home mailer
 -$1 off Oral B manual toothbrush, Proctor & Gamble $110 booklet
 -$1.50 off Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage toothbrush, PG 5/01
 -.75/1 Oral-B manual toothbrush, Because of You PG home mailer
-.75/1 Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction or Advantage toothbrush, May Rouge magazine
(use $1 off, makes it FREE)

$1 +UP WYB (2) Right Guard or Dry Idea Deodorant at $2.99 Limit 4
-B1G1 Dry Idea or Right Guard product, max $4.49, RP 5/01
 -$1 off Right Guard Total Defense 5 deodorant, in store dispenser
(use B1G1, makes it 99¢ ea)

$5 +UP WYB Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power or Manual Razor, at $9.99 Limit 2
-$4 off Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor, PG 5/01
 -$5 off Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor, Have You Tried This Yet?
-$5 off Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor, March Ebony magazine
(use $5 off, makes it FREE)

$3 +UP WYB Dove Deodorant For Men at $3.99 Limit 1
(makes it 99¢)

$2 +UP WYB (3) Profoot Foot Care at $5 ea Limit 4
-$10 off SCR #2 WYB (3) Profoot Miracle or Triad insoles, Flextastic, Pump Pouches, Heel Rescue cream or Proclearz
-$1 off ProFoot product printable
Nabisco or Keebler Cookies or Crackers, or Lance Crackers, $1 
-$2 off SCR #48 WYB $10 in Nabisco cookies or crackers 
-.55/1 Lance Homepack sandwich crackers, 8 ct printable 
(makes it 45¢) 
Tositos, Sun Chips, Kettle Chips, Tostitos Salsa, or Orville Redenbacher’s Microwave Popcorn, $2.50 
-$1 off Tostitos Tortilla chips 9 oz + or dip 15 oz +, Pepsico Moments to Save insert 
  -Free Pepsi Max 2 L WYB Tostitos chips 9 oz or larger AND dip 15 oz, Pepsico Moments to Save insert 5/01 
-$2/2 Lays Kettle Cooked chips, Sunchips or Rold Gold pretzels, 8.5 oz, Pepsico Moments to Save insert 5/01
 -Free Sierra Mist Natural WYB Sunchips or Lays Kettle Chips, 8.5 oz +, Pepsico Moments to Save insert 5/01
 -$1 off Kettle brand potato chips, 5 oz +, RP 3/20
 -.55/1 Orville Redenbacher Gourmet Popping Corn Pop Up bowl, 3 pk +, SS 4/17 (if included) 
-Free Soda max $1.50 WYB (2) Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet popping corn 3 pk +, on product
 (use $1 off, makes it $1.50)

Hershey’s Bliss or Dove, 8.5-9.6 oz, $2.99
 -$1/2 Dove chocolate (Rite Aid coupon), (no longer available to watch) printable
 -$1 off Dove chocolate, 8.5-9.5 oz, RP 5/01
(use $1/2 store and (2) $1 off, makes it $1.49)

Wrigley’s 5, Trident Xtra Care or Layers, Stride Shift or Spark, Orbit Mist, Mentos, 14-15 ct., $1
-.50/1 Stride Spark gum (Rite Aid coupon), printable
-.25/1 Orbit gum (Rite Aid coupon), (no longer available to watch) printable
 -$1/2 Wrigley Five gum, 15 pk printable
 -B1G1 Trident Layers gum, max $1.49 printable
-$1/2 Stride gum, single pk, SS 4/03
-$1/2 Orbit gum, single pk, SS 4/17
 -.35/1 Mentos gum, 15 ct +, SS 3/20
(use $1/2 stride mfr and .50/1 store, makes it 25¢ ea)

Kellogg’s Cereal Frosted Flakes, Raisin Bran, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, Corn Flakes, or Rice Krispies, or Pop Tarts or Rice Krispies Treats 8 pk., $1.99
-$1/2 Kellogg’s adult cereal printable   
-$1/3 Kellogg’s cereal, 10 oz +, RP 4/17 or printable
-$1.50/3 Kellogg’s Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, Froot Loops, Honey Smacks, Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites, Cinnamon or Frosted Flakes Cereals, 10 oz +, RP 4/10
-$1 off Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes w/ Fiber and Less Sugar cereal (if included) printable
-$1 off Fresh Fruit WYB (2) Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Raisin Bran Crunch, Rice or Cocoa Krispies, Corn Flakes, or Frosted Mini-Wheats, 12 oz +, on product
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereals printable
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Rice or Cocoa Krispies cereal, 12 oz +, RP 4/17
 -.50/1 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts, 12 ct +, Kroger home mailer
(use $1 off, makes it 99¢)

Smart Water, Vitamin Water, Dasani, or Powerade, 88¢
-$1/4 vitaminwater reg or zero, 20 oz, Kroger home mailer
-.75/1 vitaminwater product, tearpad
-$1/2 Coca-Cola or Dasani product printable
-B1G1 Powerade Zero drink, 32 oz printable
(use B1G1, makes it 44¢)

Carefree To Go Pantiliners 18-22 ct., $1
-$1 off Carefree Ultra Protection Liners, printable or printable (if included)
-.50/1 Carefree product, (register) printable or RP 3/27
-.50/2 Carefree liners printable
(use $1 off, makes it FREE)

Colgate Toothpaste Total or Regular, Wisp, 4 pk., Plus or Wave Toothbrush, or Kids $1.99
-$1 off Colgate toothpaste, 5.8 oz +, Get More From Your Pharmacy booklet
 -.75/1 Colgate toothpaste, 4 oz +, SS 5/01
-$1 off Colgate MaxClean toothpaste, May All You magazine
-.50/1 Colgate Wisp printable
-.75/1 Colgate Wisp product, April All You magazine
-.75/1 Colgate Adult or Children’s toothbrush, SS 5/01
(use $1 off, makes it 99¢)

Right Guard Body Wash 13.5 oz, $2.99
-$1 off Right Guard (Rite Aid Coupon) printable
-$1 off Right Guard Total Defense 5 body wash, in store dispenser
-B1G1 Dry Idea or Right Guard product, max $4.49, RP 5/01
(use B1G1, and $1 store, makes it 99¢)

Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, or Stylers, $2.50
-$1 off Garnier Fructis hair care, excl trial, RP 2/06 or RP 3/06
-$1 off Garnier Fructis shampoo or conditioner, printable or printable
-$1 off Garnier Fructis stylant, excl trial size, RP 3/06, RP 5/01, RP 2/06, or printable
 -$1 off Garnier Frustic hair care, excl trial size, RP 5/01
-$2 off Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Blow Dryer Perfector 2-step Smoothing kit printable
-$2 off Garnier Fructis stylant, excl trial size, RP 3/06
(use $2 off, makes it 50¢)

Excedrin, 20-24 ct., or Salonpas Heat Patch or Large Pack, $1.99
-$2.50 off Excedrin PM, 20 ct +, SS 12/05 (if included)
-.75/1 Excedrin product, 20 ct +, SS 4/17
-$1 off Excedrin Extra Strength product, 20 ct + printable
-$1 off Excedrin Migraine product, 24 ct + printable
-$1 off Excedrin PM product, 20 ct + printable
(use $2.50 off, makes it FREE)

Nature Made Vitamins and Supplements, B1G1
-$1 off Nature Made multivitamins, March All You magazine
-$1 off Nature Made product, (sign in) printable or printable
-$1 off Nature Made multivitamins, March All You magazine
-$1 off Nature Made product, (sign in) printable
-$1 off Nature Made product printable
-$1 off Nature Made Vitamin DB supplement, (sign in) printable
-$1 off Nature Made vitamins printable
-$2 off Nature Made C0Q10 supplement, (sign in) printable
-$2 off Nature Made Sleep Product printable
-$3 off Nature Made Vitamin D, February All You magazine
-$3 off Nature Made Vitamins, February All You magazine
-$3 off Nature Made vitamins, March All You magazine
-$4 off Nature Made CholestOff, February All You magazine
-$4 off Nature Made Fish Oil, February All You magazine

 I don't know about all of you, but I am super excited to get over there and see how much I can do with $10! Stay tuned tomorrow for my report!