Saturday, September 6, 2008

Cheerios Challenge - Still On

I signed up for the Cheerios Challenge a few weeks ago. The campaign's purpose is to help people lower their cholesterol in six weeks by eating Cheerios every day.

Here's the part I was interested in - signing up gets you SIX $1/1 Cheerios coupons in your e-mail. One coupon per week. Make that 12 coupons since you can print each one twice!

I figured maybe by now it was too late for new sign-ups but tonight I saw a commercial inviting people to log on and sign up.

Go HERE to sign up and start getting coupons.

There are always great deals on cereal, especially General Mills brand. Saving cereal coupons and matching them up with sales means paying $0 to no more than $1 per box from here on out.

Sierra Mist - B1G1 Free!

Click HERE for a coupon for Buy one get one free (B1G1) Sierra Mist 2 Liter!

Friday, September 5, 2008 - $25 gift card for $5!

From Sept. 5 - Sept. 7, get a $25 gift certificate for $5 using code GRAND!

Apparently new restaurants have been added to the site.

Read my post
HERE about my experience with

Go here to get your certificate:

Now take 50% off $25 Gift Certificates. Pay $5 when you use the code GRAND. Valid 9/5/08 through 9/7/08.

And the winner is.......

Congratulations to Kelsey M. - the winner of my 160+ coupons giveaway. picked #35 out of all 35 entries.

I sent you an e-mail, Kelsey. Please send me your address so I can get these out ASAP!


Here are your random numbers:35
Timestamp: 2008-09-05 19:44:15 UTC

Grandparents Day - Sunday Sept. 7

Grandparents Day is coming up!

Don't forget to recognize the wonderful Grandparents in your life.

We are blessed that my husband's and my parents live very close by and see our kids a couple times a week. In fact, they are more like parents to the kids than grandparents!

We love you Grammy, Papa, Grandma and Oompa!

Goodwill Online!

I love thrift store shopping. I don't do it as often as I would like since I seem to have to do my shopping with the kids (3) more often than not.

But, it is always fun to dig and feel the thrill of a great deal.

My sister, however, is a little more into it than me. Check out her six-thrift-stores-in-eight-hours post where she talks about...what else? Great deals...and...uh...hand sanitizer.

Anyway, I found out that Goodwill now has a shopping site online!

I haven't looked it over too much yet and I'm kinda wondering about the shipping - $7.99 flat fee up to 150 lbs. This is a great deal on larger items but maybe not so much on a few kids outfits or toys.

See what you think -

Couponizer Give-Away

Remember this post about the Couponizer?
Well, now's your chance to win one!!!!

Head on over to Moms Need to Know and enter for a chance to win.
She's giving away 2 Couponizers on Sept. 11.

And of course you can click HERE to order one.

Holiday Stationstores - Free Breakfast Sandwich

Print this coupon HERE for a free Breakfast Muffin Sandwich at Holiday with any purchase. Limit one coupon per visit. Exp 9/30/08.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Cub Foods Deals

Here are some good deals at Cub this week. 2 days left!

Spend $25 at Cub (before coupons) and you can get the following:
- Patrick Cudahy Sweet Applewood Bacon $.40 Limit 1
- Cub White Bread $.40 Limit 1
- Head Luttuce $.40 Limit 1
- Beefsteak Tomatos $.40 Limit 2
- Hellmann's Mayo 15oz. $.40 Limit 1
You need the Cub in-store flyer for the coupons to get these items for $.40 each

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix 17.5oz. on sale 2 for $4.00
Print coupon HERE for $1.00/2
= $1.50 each!

Yogos are on sale for $2.00 each
Print coupon HERE for $1/1
= $1.00 each!

Pillsbury Sweet Rolls are on sale for $1.79 each
Print coupons HERE for $1/1
= $.79 each!

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are on sale for $1.79 each
Print coupons HERE for $1/1
= $.79 each!

Signing Up For Samples - Is it worth it?

This is what came in the mail today - a full size roll of Scott Extra Soft bath tissue and a Schick Quattro razor with trimmer (the good kind - not disposable).

So that's great and everything, but how often do these samples really come?

Well, that depends. I sign up for every Walmart sample available because I know they always come....and quick. Remember THIS post? I signed up for the Scott TP on August 18 and it came Sept. 4!

SO, you don't always know how long it will take. Some samples may never come. BUT, if you use the AutoFill button on the Google Tool Bar or Roboform, it only takes seconds to submit your information. Give it a try! It's fun too see a little box in the mailbox instead of just envelopes all the time.

AND - in four months of signing up for free stuff, I've probably received enough shampoo and face cream samples to last me a month or more!

Here's some freebies from Walmart to get you started:

Cottonelle Fresh Wipes

Kotex Pads

Playtex Sport

John Frieda Luxurious Volume

Tampax Pearl


CVS - 8/31-9/6

Here are my favorite deals at CVS this week:

Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Liquid - $.99
Use with $1/1 coupon in the 8/31 paper

Cover Girl Outlast All-Day Lip Color - $9.99 B1G1 (buy one get one free)
Buy 2 for $9.99 total
Use B1G1 (buy one get one free) coupon from 8/31 paper
= 2 Lip Colors for FREE ($9.99 value each!)

Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Sheers - $5.99 and get $3 ECBs (Extra Care Bucks-use like cash on your next purchase) - Limit 2
Buy 2 for $5.99 each = $11.98
Use one $3/2 coupon from a recent insert (if you have them)
= $2.98 for two after ECBs ($11.98- $3.00 coupon -$6.00 ECBs, earned )
or $5.98 for two without the $3 coupon

Cover Girl AmazeMint Wetslicks Lip Color - $5.99 and get $5.99 ECBs Limit 1
Buy 1 for $5.99
Use $1/1 coupon in 8/31/ paper
=$4.99 OOP (out of pocket)
Get back $5.99 in ECBs - make $1 by buying it!

ACCU-CHEK Diabetes Monitoring Kit - $9.99 and get $9.99 ECBs Limit 1
Buy 1 for $9.99
=$9.99 OOP (out of pocket)
Get back $9.99 in ECBs - FREE! Donate this item if you don't need it.
There may even be a $9.99 rebate form inside the box.

Colgate Total Advanced Clean - $2.99 and get $2.00 ECBs Limit 2
Buy 1 for $2.99
Use $1/1 coupon from the 8/31 paper
=$1.99 OOP (out of pocket)
Get back $2.00 in ECBs - FREE!

Zone Perfect Bars - $1.00
Buy 3 for $3.00
Use $1.50/3 coupon HERE
=$1.50 for 3 or $.50 each!

Pringles - $.88
Buy 3 for $2.64
Use $.30/3 coupon from 8/31 paper
=$2.34 for 3!

Arnicare Pain Relief Gel 2.6oz. - $8.99 and get $8.00 ECBs Limit 5
Use $2/1 coupon HERE
=$6.99 OOP (out of pocket)
Get back $8.00 in ECBs - make $1.01 by buying it!
You can do this one 5 times!

Free Visine at Walgreens

Buy two Visine (various different kinds) for $3.99 each - total $7.98
Print two $2/1 coupons HERE
Pair these with one $2/1 coupon from the Sept. EasySaver booklet at the front of the store (this one coupon takes off $2 on each item)
= -$.01

*You should buy something else because Walgreens won't give you cash back and you can't have a negative balance.

**Some stores may not accept both coupons because of the negative balance. My store however, will either allow the overage or adjust the coupon down.

Thanks Budget Help$ for this tip!

In-Store Savings Coupons

Don't these people look happy? Looks like they're shopping at the Mall of America. Next time I shop there, I'll be armed with LOTS of in-store coupons.

My brother brought my nephew over today because he had some clothes shopping to do at JC Penney and Casual Male.

I sat down at my computer and went to Mommy Saves Big.

I ended up printing him coupons for both stores in about 5 minutes or less. If he used them today, then he probably saved $20-$30!

I spend a lot more time than 5 minutes rounding up little grocery coupons that usually get me less savings. I need to remember to check online before I do any shopping. There's plenty of savings to be had!

Here are some of my favorites from Mommy Saves Big:

- 15% off your next order

- Save $5 on a $30 purchase

- Save $20 on a $50 purchase

- $5 off $20 purchase

- $5 off any purchase

- Save $20 on a $75 purchase

- many in-store grocery coupons

Free Sample - X20 Energy Drink

I haven't heard of this...have you?

Click HERE for a free sample of X20 and let's try it out!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Run to CVS - 75% off Summer Stuff!

Today at CVS I found lots of great summer items on clearance.

I got:
- $.49 flip flops for adults and kids
- $2.50 water cooler with spout for drinking
- $1.50 water bottle 2-pack
- $4.40 medium size cooler
- $1.50 insulated lunch box with handle
- $3.64 kids beach chair
- $7.50 oversized adult beach chair

MORE Target Deals - 8/31-9/6

Went to Target and found Easy Mac cups for $.75 each
Buy four for $3.00
Print two coupons HERE for $1.00/2
=$1.00 for four!

ZipLoc bags 25-ct. are $1.00 (by the check-out area)
Buy two for $2.00
Print two coupons HERE for $1.00/2
=$1.00 for two (50 zip-locs)!

Crest White Strips - $16.99
Buy one for $16.99
Print coupon HERE for $7/1
=$9.99 each!

Brita Pitcher - $14.00 (these are nice!)
Buy one for $14.00
Print coupon HERE for $5.00/1
=$9.00 each!

Chex Mix - 6 bags for $2.80 and more at Rainbow

Here are some great Rainbow Foods deals for this week:

Chex Mix - on sale 10 for $10.00 (or $1.00 each)
Buy six bags for $6.00
Print two $.60/1 coupons HERE
Print two $1.00/2 coupons HERE
=$2.80 for 6 after coupons!

Yoplait Trix 6-packs Yogurt - on sale 2 for $4.00
Buy two for $4.00
Print one $1.00/2 coupon HERE or HERE
=$3.00 for 2 after coupon!

Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix - on sale for $.59 each
Buy four for $2.36
Print two $1.00/2 coupons HERE
=$.36 for four packets!

Green Giant Valley Fresh Vegetables Steamers 12oz. - on sale 3 for $4.98
Buy four for $6.64
Print two $1.00/1 coupons HERE
Print two $1.00/1 coupons HERE
=$2.64 for four bags!

Cheerios 13oz. box - on sale five for $10.00 (or $2.00 each)
Buy two for $4.00
Print one $1.00/2 coupon HERE
OR print two $.55/1 coupons HERE
=$3.00 or $2.90 for two boxes!

If you bought and printed the exact amount of coupons I detailed here, you would pay $11.70 for $23.00 worth of groceries! That's a 51% savings!

Of course you can buy and print coupons for more or less items.

Rainbow also doubles up to 5 coupons worth $1.00 or less on Wednesdays. Some of these coupons may allow doubling , but I know some printables will not. Your savings can even be greater! (You have to spend $25 BEFORE coupons in the same order)

P.S. - if you get the Sunday coupon inserts, you should have more Chex coupons!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

RED BOX - Free DVD Rentals - Every Week!

So, I have heard about free Red Box DVD rental codes from other blogs but wondered how to get them on my own.

I went HERE to sign up for an account with Red Box. After I filled out the sign-up information, I hit continue to go on.

Then I clicked on "Get a Free Rental" in the top middle of the page.

This led me to a new page to sign up for text messages.

I now get text messages for a free rental code every Monday. Last week I even got one for Wednesday too!

Things to know about using a free rental code:
- press "Rent With a Promo Code" on the machine to get started
- each code can be used once per credit card
- you have to insert your credit card so they have a way to charge you if you return the DVD late - return the rental on time (usually 24 hours) to avoid a $1 fee

HERE's a link to find a Red Box near you.

Free movies - Yay!

Love This Site -

I found this website a few months ago when I started "coupon-ing".

When you sign up for free, one of the perks you get is Stephanie Nelson's (The Coupon Mom) e-book "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half".

From this book I learned:

- how to figure out the lowest sale price for items I buy
- how to buy things in advance and "stockpile" them for future use to avoid buying at high prices in the spur of the moment
- which stores to use my coupons at
- where to find coupons

Other things I like about this site:

- The Grocery Deals by State is a list I print for items on sale and the location of coupons to go along with them at the grocery and drug stores in my area
- The Coupon Mom Blog posts new deals and coupons daily
- The Grocery Coupon Database gives you direct links to several coupons available
- There are tips and ideas on what to do with your extra coupons and items purchased

Click HERE to check this site out for yourself.

York Photo - 20 Free Prints!

Here's another photo deal. Get 20 free prints from York Photo!

I just got my prints in the mail today and they are great!

Shipping on 20 prints is about $1.75 which equals out to $.08 per picture. This is not a bad price.

Click HERE to sign up with York!

Oh yeah - after I received my order from York, I got an e-mail with a coupon code for 50 prints - 1 cent each!!

Remember these photo deals if you haven't signed up for them yet:

Artscow - 400 FREE prints (and TONZ of other freebies that they just seem to keep adding to your account)

Shutterfly - 50 FREE prints and FREE collage poster static

Coupon Give-Away!

I decided to hold a give-away since that seems like the thing to do in the bloggy world! I have 160+ coupons to give away.

Here's what you can win:

- many diapers/wipes coupons
- lots are straight from manufacturers, not from the Sunday paper
- several are from product boxes
- some are from tearpads at grocery stores
- some are printables

Here's a great way to grow your coupon stash!

All you have to do is enter a comment below. I will pick a winner randomly on Friday the 5th at noon.


$2.00 Magazine Subscriptions

Think gifts! Click HERE for several magazine subscriptions for $2.00 each. Some of the top titles are:

Rachael Ray Everyday - 1 year
ESPN - 2 years
Ebony - 1 year
Car and Driver - 1 year
Family Fun - 2 years
Redbook - 1 year
Shape - 1 year
Woman's Day - 1 year

Monday, September 1, 2008

Free Johnson's Buddies Soap

Johnson's Buddies soaps are around $.97-$1.00 each at Walmart, Target, CVS and other places.

Print these coupons to get several for free! You can use the $2 off 2 coupon for 2 bars.

$1/1 Printable Coupon

$2/2 Printable Coupon

As I always say, hit the back button to print two of each. That's 6 free bars of soap!!

Prescription Transfer Coupon

CVS takes pharmacy competitor coupons. These coupons promise a gift card worth a certain value with a prescription transfer or for a new prescription.

Click HERE to print a coupon for a $30 gift card from Rite Aid. Expires 9/30/08.

Present one coupon with each of your prescription transfers to CVS. (You can print more than one coupon).

Transfers are easy to do - just go to CVS and fill out a form at the pharmacy. They will then call your current pharmacy for the information they need.

I have used this coupon four times for $110 in gift cards for prescriptions that we were previously getting from Walgreens.

It is possible that some CVS pharmacies may not accept certain competitor coupons if the competitor pharmacy is not local. However, I have not had this problem.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Juicy Juice Drink Boxes (8-ct.) - 2 for $2 at Target

Did you receive the 8/17 Red Plum coupon insert in the Sunday paper? If so, there was possibly a $1/2 Juicy Juice Target coupon in it.

Juicy Juice drink boxes (8-ct.) are on sale 2 for $5.

Buy two for $5

Use $1/2 Target coupon in 8/17 Red Plum insert

Use two $1/1 coupons found HERE.

=$2.00 for two 8-packs of drink boxes

Remember to use the back button to print two of the coupons.

Pop Tarts - $.50 at Target

This week Target has Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats (8-ct.), Cheez-Its (10-oz.), Keebler Fudge Cookies (11.5-oz.) and Pop Tarts (12-ct.) 4 for $9. Then you get a $5 gift card back when you buy 4.

Print several $.50/1 Pop Tarts coupons found HERE.

Buy 4 Pop Tarts (12-ct.) for $9.

Use 4 $.50/1 coupons ($2.00)

=$7.00 OOP (out of pocket)

Get $5.00 gift card back.

SO, $2.00 for four 12-count boxes of Pop Tarts!


If you want, go back and buy 4 more, using 4 more coupons. Then use your $5 gift card to help pay for them. Again, you'll receive a $5 gift card.

If you get the Sunday paper, you undoubtedly have even more coupons you could combine on this deal.

You can use one store coupon and one manufacturer coupon on each item.

Baby Basics Diaper Coupon (Cub Foods)

Click HERE for a $2/1 coupon for Baby Basics diapers.

This is the lower priced alternative diapers found at Cub Foods.

The regular price for a jumbo pack is $9.88.

Cheap Soy Joy Bars at Rainbow

Soy Joy bars are 10/$10 this week at Rainbow.

Print the coupon HERE for $3 off five bars.

Buy five and pay only $.40 each!

Remember to use the back button three times to print two of these coupons per computer.

Free Silk Soy Milk at Cub

Click HERE for a $2.25/1 coupon for Silk Soy Milk - quart size.

These are only $1.99 regular price at Cub.

Print two and get two quarts for free!

Don't love soy milk? Try the chocolate. It's not too bad!

This tip thanks to
Budget Help$.