Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Value of My Dollar

Most people see the value of the dollar as a set thing. What people don't realize is that you set the value of your dollar. You don't have to accept the set of price of anything. It's not what the dollar means to you as much as what you can do with it. It's worth it to me to spend a few minutes a week clipping coupons and doing matchups to be able to do more for my family. If I don't spend as much on non-negotiable items then I can use any extra money on other things.

One thing couponing has given me is a realization of the actual value of things. Once you're paying $0.75 for a $4 deodorant you don't want to go back. This line of thinking expands to other areas, too. When I found out chicken and mexican rice is not only delicious and will make six meals, but also cheap and simple, I couldn't stomach the thought of paying $30 for a dinner at a sit-down restaurant.

You need to decide for yourself, but my dollar is worth more than used to be.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Free Gain Dish Detergent

Watch this weekend's Proctor and Gamble insert for $1/1 Gain Dish Detergent.
These are $0.97 at Walmart and this coupon makes them free.

You can click HERE to see the coupon preview from all three inserts.

Thanks, MoneySavingMom!

Town and Country 10/08

Price after sales $32.44

My price after coupons $17.44

After an uncomfortable conversation with a manager over the validity of my coupons (which I printed from your site T&C!) I've requested a copy of their coupon policy.

It seems that a large number of people are photocopying coupons and there's an email going around the stores about B&W coupons. They're wanting them in color more and looking for "watermarks" in the background. Again, print B&W at your own risk but I've had very little trouble anywhere else. T&C eventually took them all after finding the "watermark."

The savings from today alone would cover the price of a refilled color cartridge and more, so I may just have to break down and do it. We'll see.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wiseway 10/6 - 10/12

Sweet Moments brownies 2/$5
     Use 2 $1/1 = $1.50 each

Select GM Cereal 4/$6 w/ad coupon and $10 in other purchases
     Use $1/3 or $0.75/1 = as low as $0.75 each

Select 17 oz Kellogs 5/$10 w/ad coupon and $10 in other purchases
    Use $1.50/2 =  $1.40 each

Chex Mix or Bugles 3/$5
    Use 3 $0.50/1 = $1.17 each

View the entire ad HERE

Town and Country 10/7 - 10/13

The new Town and Country ad is out and there's a few great deals in there.

Don't forget you can link to the manufacturer coupons right from their site and also print your 4/$6 ad coupon from there, too.

Select GM Cereal 4/$6 = $1.50 w/store coupon in ad or here
    Use $1/3, , $0.75/1 = up to $0.75 each

Yoplait varieties $0.38 each
    Use $0.40/6 = $0.31 each

Aunt Millie's Bread $0.88

Lady Speed Stick $0.99
    Use $0.75/1 = $0.25

Colgate toothpaste several varieties $0.99
    Use $0.75/1 = $0.25

Maxwell House Coffee $5.99
    Use $1/2 = $5.50 each

View the full ad HERE

Al's Highlights 10/4-10/10

Regular or Simply Cinnamon Corn Flakes, Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks 12-12.2 0z $2
      Use $1.50/2 = $1.25 each
Medium Cantaloupes $1 each
Cottonelle 12 pack double rolls $4.88 with coupon
      Use $0.50/1 = $4.38 each
Select Betty Crocker Gushers, Fruit roll-ups, Fruit by the foot $2
      Use $0.50/2 = $1.75 each
Yoplait - several varieties 2/$1
      Use $0.40/6 = $0.43 each
Home Run Inn Pizza - several varieties $5
Red Baron - several varieties $3

Facebook Coupons

Head on over to theKrazyCouponLady to see a comprehensive list of Facebook coupons available now.

My favorites are B1G1 Butterfinger Snackerz, $1/1 Wheaties Fuel, $1/1 Pretzel M&Ms

Thanks, theKrazyCouponLady!

Walgreens trip 10-07

Lady Speedstick on sale $3.99 - $2 in store coupon
                                      Use $0.75/1 = $1.25

Dove: 2 Deodorant/2 12oz body wash 4/$15 get 5 ECB
                                       Used 2 $2/2

Used 3 ECB = $10. 43 OOP and 5 ECB

Also, if you submit a 7-day review of their Ultimate deodorant Dove will send you a $15 Spa Cash Card
Expires Nov 30, 2010 or while supplies last.

Be watching for mine, Dove!

CVS: Free Azo Itch Relief

There's an unadvertised monthly ECB offer at CVS right now.

Azo Itch Cream $6.99 get 5 ECBs - Limit 5
 Use $2/1 
FREE after coupons and ECBs

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

10/10 Preview

The 10/10 Sunday Coupon Preview is out

Be sure to check if there's any coupons you need for next week's sales

Wags 10/10 - 10/16

Thanks to iheartwags for this week's preview

  • B1G1 Right Guard 5 and Dry Idea
    • Buy 2 and Use 2 $1/1 or 1 $3/2= $0.75 Each
****Keep your eyes peeled for these. This is a frequent sale item you can normally get for free****
    • John Freida B1G1 50% off

    • 3/$10 Gillette/Zest/OldSpice Body Wash + 3 RRs
      • Gillette $2/1 and Old Spice B1G1 PG 9/26
    • Select General Mills 2/$5 - $1 instore coupon
    • Freebie:  Halls Refresh $1 sale = $1 RR = FREE

    Don't forget your raincheck if they're out!!!

    CVS 10/10-10/16

    I love looking ahead to next week's ad and finding my coupons throughout the week. I normally head over to iheartcvs and iheartwags to find the preview ads. They're great at getting the preview ads posted. You can also sign up through CVS and Walgreens websites for preview ads sent to your inbox, but they take longer to arrive.

    Thanks to iheartcvs for next week's previews:  CVS

    My favorites are:
    • General Mills 2/$6 get 2 ECB
      • Use 2(0.75/1) = 1.25 each after coupons/ECBs
    • Dawn $0.97 
      • Frequently 0.25-$1 coupons in the paper
    • Spend $10 get 3 ECB on Biore, Jergen, Curel, John Frieda
    • B1G1 @ 50% off for Loreal Go Clean 360 and Clean and Clear
                        Use 2 of the following for a pretty good deal

    Free Shout Color Catcher Sample plus $1 off

    Facebook Offer:
    Go to the Shout facebook page for a free sample of their Color Catcher detergent and a $1 off coupon.

    Thanks theKrazyCouponLady!

    Free Barilla Plus Pasta

    Free Barilla Plus Pasta. Must be a Vocalpoint member to participate.

    Samples sent in 5-7 weeks

    Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    Free Samples: Tide Detergent and Glad Trash Bags

    There's two new samples at Glad Trash Bags and Tide Laundry Detergent. Samples should arrive 4-6 after order.

    Thanks, ThriftyNWMom!

    $5 off $10 purchase at Ulta Beauty

    $5 off purchase of $10 or more

    Scenerio: Purchase 2 John Frieda @ 6.99 Each
                   Use 2 $2/1 coupon
                   $5 off coupon
                   Total: $2.50 each + tax

    Thanks to KrazyCouponLady

    Walgreens trip 10/05/10

    Quick stop in Wags today.

    Transaction #1  - 12 pack cottonelle $5
                               Cottonelle flushable wipes $3
                               Crunch Bar 0.50
                               Used: 0.50/1 Cottonelle, free flushable wipes, 4RR = $1.56 OOP + 3RR

    Transaction #2 - EOS lipbalm $3
                              2 Aquafresh toothpaste B1G1@ $2.29 each
                              Used: 2 $1/1 coupon and 3RR = $0.66 OOP + 3RR

    Transaction #3 -  12 pack Cottonelle $5
                               Cottonelle flushable wipes $3
                               Crunch Bar 0.50
                               Used: 0.50/1 Cottonelle, free flushable wipes, 3RR = $2.56 OOP + 3RR

    Total: $4.78 OOP and 3RR for my next trip

    CVS and Walgreens 10/03/10

    This is the schwag from a recent trip to CVS and Walgreens last Sunday. My calculations of their crazy markups had this valued at about $60 and change before tax.

    I paid...............................

                     I used:
    • 2 $1/1 Johnson's Lotion or Bodywash
    • 3 $4/1 Schick
    • 1 $1/1 ReNu Multipurpose Solution
    • 4 $2/2 Nivea Lip Balm
    • free shaving cream peelie from a razor package
    Later that day I used another $4/1 schick and spend $4 OOP to get another pack of cartridges, tube of toothpaste, and EOS lipbalm. I will never have chapped lips again. It's ridiculous. I love it.

    Again, I combined my trips to both CVS and Walgreens with this post.

    Final calculations: $70 worth of stuff, $15 OOP, with 4RR and 7.99 ECB's leftover.

    CVS, where have you been all my life?

    Venturing out

    I have been inspired. I have always been pretty open-minded about things but it took my love of writing and office supplies to lead me straight into the midst of a coupon obsession. At the beginning of September this year I stumbled upon a deal at walgreens that would score me 4 pilot pens for $1.

    I couldn't resist.

    I've gone to CVS once in awhile and was delighted when what I bought printed me out a buck or so in ECB's but didn't think much of it and normally would just forget about them. But it was this particular pen transaction that got me hooked.

    Who doesn't love free stuff? And in this economy anything I can do to try and get our bills down is great. What people don't realize about couponing is that it's fun. That's why they call it the Drugstore Game. My favorite part of the week is scanning the drugstore ads and my coupons to look for matchups. I'm not a hoarder or a boring old biddy, I'm just a young mom looking to save money on non-negotiable items to put towards other parts of my life.

    There's many websites you can look at to learn about couponing. What I'm hoping to achieve is a place where you can look to find not only nationwide deals and offers, but also grocery matchups applicable to northwest indiana, the inserts you're likely to find in which local paper and a price list of common items that you should never pay more for.

    I have other goals besides couponing I'd like to try here, too, like craft tutorials and possibly an "apron swap" (or giveaway). We'll see how it goes. For starters, let's just jump right into the deals.