My 6/4 Walgreens Trip – $167.35 for $12.57 or 92% Off

It was a great trip to Walgreens today – I take the Omega Smart fish oil pills every day and absolutely love being paid to buy them!  My girls go through hair accessories like crazy so they’ll be thrilled to see these headbands and clips, hubby will be SO happy to get the batteries into the TV remote and I’ve already hidden the chocolate 😉  Today I bought $167.35 worth of goodies for $12.57, or 92% off!  Here are the deals:

All 2X Detergent 28 to 40 Loads or Snuggle Fabric Softener 80 Sheets or 32 Loads $3.49
-$1/1 all liquid laundry detergent 24 loads+ (RP 06/03/12)
-$0.50/1 Snuggle Liquid or Dryer Sheets, exp. 6/10/12 (RP 04/29/12)
Final Price:  $2.49 each

Get $2 RR WYB Goody Ouchless Medium Thin Flex Headband Single or 2pk or Barrettes 2pk $2 = FREE!

Get $10 RR WYB Omega Smart Ultimate Fish Oils Super Critical Omega-3 30ct $10
-$2/1 Omega Smart Super Critical or Omega Smart Super Krill exp 12/31/12 (no longer available check your binder!)(I used 4 of these)
-$3/1 Omega Smart Fish Oils (no longer available check your binder!)
Final Price:  $2 Money Maker!

Get $2 RR wyb (1) Reach Total Care Dental Care Floss 30yds or Toothbrush $2.99
-$1/1 any Reach Floss (coupon found in store)
Final Price:  Free!

Energizer Max Batteries AA or AAA 8 pk; C or D 4 pk; 9-volt 2 pk; Rechargeable AA or AAA 2 pk; Advanced Lithium AA or AAA 4 pk; 9-volt single $6.99
-$1.25/1, $1/1 Energizer Batteries or Charger (SS 05/06/12)
-$1/1 Energizer Batteries or Charger, exp. 6/3/12 (SS 04/22/12)
Final Price:  $5.99

Get $6 RR WYB Lansoprazole Acid Reducer 14ct $6 = FREE!

Mars or Dove Candy, 1.1-2.13 oz, 59¢
.50/2 Dove chocolate singles bars
.75/2 Mars Milky Way single bars, 1.76-1.91 oz
Final Price:  22¢ each

Studio 35 Hair Accessories B1G1 starting at $2.49

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

My 6/4 CVS Trip – $13.12 for $2.62 or 80% Off

Thank goodness CVS is right across the street from my other stops this morning or I would have been very disappointed if I had made a special trip!  This mouthwash is actually the only thing on my list that they had left and it’s just Monday!  I’m not really surprised that they were out of some of the things I wanted, like the Starbucks Refreshers, but they were even out of milk.  Oh well – at least I got a great deal on these and I’ll be minty fresh!  Today I bought $13.12 worth of stuff for $2.62 or 80% off!  Here are the deals:

Get $5 ECBs Crest Pro-Health Rinse (1 Liter), Whitening (16 oz.), Oral B Cross Action Power Toothbrush or Refill (2 ct.) – $5.99 (Limit 2)
-$.25/1 Crest Rinse (458mL+), exp. 6/30/12 (PG 6/3/12)
Final Price:  74¢ each!

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Couponing 101: 5 Tips Beginners Should Know

If you’re a dedicated saver, then couponing is surely something you should be doing. Couponing is a wonderful way to save precious dollars on your regular trips to the grocery store. If you’re a beginner at collecting and using coupons, then here are some tips you might find extremely helpful:

1) Know where to find coupons.

A real saver knows where to find coupons. The Sunday newspaper is a cherished source of coupons, and so are the flyers being given out at the supermarket. You should definitely also take advantage of the Internet. Perform an online search for coupons that you can print out. If you’re looking for a coupon for a particular brand, then check the merchant’s website to see if there are any great deals you can take advantage of before hitting the stores.

2) Try new things.

As you clip coupons, you’ll find wonderful deals on all sorts of brands and products. If you want to use these coupons, keep in mind that you should be open to trying new products. You can’t always be loyal to a particular brand if you want to get the best deals.

3) Plan ahead.

Plan your weekly menu based on the coupons you’ll be using to match with the sales for that particular week. If you’re using a coupon for chicken, then plan on cooking several meals using chicken over the next few days. This way you’ll be able to truly make use of your coupons instead of letting things go to waste.

4) Stock up on non-perishable items.

If you’ve got coupons for basic non-perishable items such as soap, toothpaste and paper towels, take advantage of them even if you aren’t running low on supplies yet. There’s nothing wrong with stocking up on some items if you know you’ll eventually use them. Of course, make sure you’ve got space for it at home!

5) Aim to save.

Remember that the ultimate goal behind your couponing is to save money on the items that you need! Sure, you have a coupon – but don’t purchase a particular item if you don’t actually need it or have a use for it.

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Online Shopping: How to Save Money with Rebates

Do you love online shopping? If you do, then rebating is something you should do regularly. Rebates are a wonderful way to stretch your budget a little further, as well as try out new products and shop at new stores!

If you’re a newbie to the world of rebating, then don’t worry. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Use a trusted rebate or cashback site.

The first thing you need to do is find a steady source of rebates. You may want to try popular websites like Ebates, zuuzs, Mr. Rebates, BigCrumbs and FatWallet. Different rebate or cashback sites are affiliated with different stores, so be sure you choose a website that can get you rebates on your favorite stores!

2. Signing up is easy.

In most cases, signing up for a rebate site is as easy as entering your email address or creating a user name and password. You can usually start shopping as soon as you’ve set up your account.

3. You can start shopping with your rebate site.

Log in and start shopping! Make sure that you begin your shopping session at your rebate site. Always click first on your store’s link through the rebate or cashback website.

4. Shop like you normally would.

When you get to the store’s website you will just shop as you normally would. Put items in your cart and pay for them when you’re done. You won’t see any difference—so don’t panic if nothing extraordinary happens.

5. Check the rebate site later on.

At some later point, your rebate information will show up on your account. This can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of weeks, depending on the store and the site you are signed up with.

6. Request for your rebate.

A site member usually needs to reach a minimum amount before rebates can be released. Once you’ve reached this amount, simply request your rebate and wait. Sites use various methods to send over rebates, such as via check or PayPal. Some sites even allow you to donate your rebates to charity!

7. Refer your friends.

Referrals aren’t required—but most rebate sites offer bonuses if your friends or family members sign up with them and also make a purchase.

As you can probably tell by now, rebating doesn’t take a lot of extra time or effort. It’s free to do and really is that simple. You’ll save money whenever you shop online, and all you need to do is make a few extra clicks!

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My 11/16 Publix Trip – $244.51 for $63.57 or 74% Off

Wow – I haven’t spent this much at the grocery store in a LONG time, but my excuse is that I’m not planning to make a grocery trip at all next week since there won’t be a new ad until next weekend.  Oh, and I did a bunch of Thanksgiving dinner shopping so that added up quick.   I’m super happy to have stocked up on cheese again since we just ran out in the freezer and we use a lot of it for tacos and homemade pizzas.  We haven’t seen any good sales on sodas lately so I’m also happy to have had qs to match with the Coke sale today cuz I simply cannot run out of my Caffeine Free Diet Cokes 😉  I had a $3 off $30 Publix coupon from the Fitness and Nutrition Challenge, and my mom gave me hers too so I made hubby go with me and between us we also used $25 Register Rewards.  Today I bought $244.51 worth of groceries for $63.57, or 74% off!  Here are the deals:

Ocean Spray Juice, 64 oz, BOGO $3.79
-Free Ocean Spray Sparkling 4pk wyb (2) 64 oz Ocean Spray  Juice drinks (I used 2 of these)
Final Price:  $1.90 plus FREE Sparkling 4 pks

Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix, 18.25 oz, BOGO $2.79
-$1/2 Duncan Hines Cake Mix, Frosting or Comstock Fruit Filling Target Coupon Thanksgiving Booklet (exp 12/31)
-$0.50/1 Duncan Hines Cake Mix wyb Comstock or Wilderness 11/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
-B2G1 Duncan Hines Cake WYB Comstock or Wilderness 11/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
$1/1 Duncan Hines Decadent Cake or Amazing Glazes Rolling (I used 2 of these)
Final Price:  $0.40 each

Mueller’s Lasagna Pasta, 16 oz or Jumbo Shells, 12 oz box, BOGO $2.19
$0.55/1 package of Mueller’s Pasta  (sign up)
-B2G1 Pasta, any up to 1 lb Free WYB two (2) Ragu Pasta Sauce, any (Max of four identical coupons allowed in same shopping trip) – 11-13-11 RP Insert (exp 12/11/2011) (I used 2 of these)
Final Price:  FREE!

Ragu Pasta Sauce, 16 to 24 oz, BOGO $2.59
-$0.50/1 Ragu Coupon (regional)
-B2G1 Pasta, any up to 1 lb Free WYB two (2) Ragu Pasta Sauce, any (Maximum of four (4) identical coupons allowed in same shopping trip) – 11-13-11 RP Insert (exp 12/11/2011) ( I used 2 of these)
Final Price:  $1.30 each plus free jumbo shells!

Del Monte Fresh Canned Fruits, 14.5 to 15.25 oz can (Excluding Lite Apricot Halves) BOGO $1.95
B3G1 Del Monte Canned Vegetable WYB 3 Fruit TARGET Target.com (exp 12/6/2011) (I used 1 of these)
Final Price:  $0.98 each plus free can of peas!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spread, 8 to 10 oz bottle, 16 oz box, 15 oz tub or 2 ct 7.5 oz tub, BOGO $3.69
-$1.50/2 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Printable (no longer available; I used 1 of these)
-$1.50/1 I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Sticks Printable Coupon (no longer available; check your binders)
-$2 off bread when you buy 2 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter printable coupon (no longer available; I used 2 of these!)
$1/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Tub Product (exp 12/2/2011)  (and I used 2 of these)
Final Price:  $0.97 each plus 2 loaves of cheap bread!

Sargento Fancy Shredded Cheese, 8 oz, BOGO $3.99
-$0.55/2 Sargento Shredded Cheeses Product 11/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/10/2011) (I used 1 of these)
-$0.50/2 Sargento Shredded Cheeses Products 11/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/10/2011)
$0.55/1 Sargento Shredded Cheese Rolling (and 3 of these)
-$0.40/2 Sargento Shredded Cheeses Products 11/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/10/2011)
Final Price:  $1.56 each bag

Rondele Cheese Spread, 8 oz pkg, 2/$5
$2.50/1 President Specialty Cheese 11/10/2011 Great Cheese.com (exp 4/30/2012) 
$1/1 President Specialty Cheese (exp 4/30/2012)
Final Price:  $1.50

V8 V Frusion Vegetable & Fruit Juice or V8 V Fusion + Tea or 100% Juice, 36 or 46 oz bot (Excluding Vegetable Juice Items) BOGO $3.99
$1/2 V8 V-Fusion Juice Rolling (I used 2 of these)
-$1/2 V8 V-Fusion Regular or Teas 11/6/2011 RP Insert (exp 12/18/2011)
$1/1 V8 V-Fusion Energy or V-8 Fusion Juice Rolling
$1/1 V8 V-Fusion Tea Rolling
Final Price:  $1.50 each bottle

Vanity Fair Premium Napkins, Dinner or Elegant, 40 or 100 ct, or Regular, 40 ct, BOGO $2.29
$0.55/1 Vanity Fair Napkins (exp 12/2/2011)  (I used 2 of these)
$1/2 Vanity Fair Products Rolling
-$0.65/1 Vanity Fair Napkins 10/23/2011 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
-$1.25/2 Vanity Fair Napkins 10/23/2011 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
-$0.55/1 Vanity Fair Napkins, plates, bowls, or cups Cooking Light, Sept 2011 (exp 12/31/2011)
-$0.55/1 Vanity Fair Napkins 8/14/2011 RP Insert (exp 11/16/2011)
-$0.55/1 Vanity Fair Napkins, Plates, Bowls, or Cups Women’s Day, Sept 2011 (exp 12/31/2011)
-$1/2 Vanity Fair Napkins 8/14/2011 RP Insert (exp 11/16/2011) (and 1 of these)
-FREE B2G1 Vanity Fair Napkins WYB Plates, Bowls or Cups Publix Yellow Flyer, Happy Thanksgiving 11/12/2011 (exp 12/2/2011) (I used this one incorrectly, please see comments below)
-$1/2 Vanity Fair Napkin Packages Winn Dixie Believe in Heroes Booklet (exp 11/30/2011)
Final Price:  $0.25 each

Publix Young Turkey, $.59/lb (more than 5, $.99/lb)

Oscar Mayer Sliced Bacon, 12 to 16 oz, 2/$7
$1/1 Oscar Mayer Bacon TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 12/3/2011) (I used 3 of these)
-$2 Off Pepperidge Farm Bread wyb Oscar Mayer Bacon (hang tag) (and 1 of these)
Final Price:  $2.50 each plus cheap sourdough bread!

Diet Cokes, 12 pk cans B3G1 Free $4 ea
-$1.50/2 Diet Coke 12 pks Publix store coupon (I used 2 of these)
Final Price:  $2.25 each 12 pk

Publix Baby Cut Carrots, 16 oz, BOGO $1.69 85¢ per pound.

Fresh Express Salad Blends, 5 to 13.8 oz, BOGO $3.99 $2 per bag. 

Sweet Potatoes, $.39 lb (that’s a great price!)

Chef Boyardee Pasta, 14.5 to 15 oz, $.89

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

Final Numbers for October – Saved $910.62

We were running well below budget for the month of October, but then I got a notice that Zaycon Foods would be delivering 93/7 lean ground beef in November and I hustled on over to place my order.  Although we won’t get the beef until next week, we paid $115 for it during October so it is included in the monthly numbers.  We bought 40 pounds of chicken from them last month so the freezer will be pretty well stocked up for awhile.  Now I’ve just got to plan another freezer cooking day for next weekend.  I’m happy that we still came in nearly $30 below our monthly budget of $375! For the month of October we spent $345.35 to buy $1,255.97 worth of groceries, toiletries and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 73%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $2,373.04 so far this year for $11,355.16 worth of stuff, or 80% off. That equates to an average of $237 per month for our family of seven, or a little over $1/day per person!

My 10/26 Publix Trip – $122.25 for $16.85 or 86% Off

Last time the Pillsbury Grands Biscuits were on sale my store never had any in so I had to stalk that aisle for a month in order to use my raincheck.  Today I was very happy to see that they had a LOT of them in stock because they’re wonderful and I really dig them!  There was recently a Dollar General grand opening in my area and I got a $5/$20 coupon in the mail, but I also had a $5/$55 Winn Dixie catalina that both expire this week and you can’t use them both in one transaction so I forced hubby to go with me and check out also.  I used free coupons for the Hillshire Farms lunchmeat, Jimmy Dean pancakes & sausage, and the Bayer aspirin so I could reach those $55 and $20 limits – I always like to save my free item coupons until I need them to hit a total like that 😉  My only disappointment today was that the store didn’t have the new Friskies Crispies cat treats because I had coupons that would have made them free when I purchased the Party Mix, but it was still a great trip!  Today I bought $122.25 worth of groceries for $16.85, or 86 % off after coupons and $12 Register Rewards.  Here are the deals:

Kit Kat Snack Size Treats, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Pumpkins, or Hershey’s, or Peter Paul Almond Joy Jumbo Bags, 16.3 to 24.44 oz, BOGO $5.99
-$1/1 Hershey’s Halloween Bags 9 oz+ (I used 2 of these)
-$1/3 Hershey’s Candy Snack Size Bags 9/25/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
$1/2  bags of 17.1 oz or larger kit-kat, almond joy, peanut butter cups, or hershey’s candies Target coupon (and one of these)
Final Price:  $1.50 each bag

Nestle Best of  Butterfinger Assortment or Assorted Miniatures, Wonka, Laffy Taffy Candy or Mix Ups, 40 to 48 oz bag, BOGO $9.59
$1/2 Wonka Halloween Candy Fun Size Bags (exp 11/30/2011)
-$1/2 Wonka Fun Size Halloween Candy 10/16/2011 RP Insert (exp 10/31/2011)
$1/2 Wonka Halloween Candy (exp 10/31/2011)
$1/2 Wonka Halloween Candy Fun Size (exp 11/2/2011)
$1.40/1 Nestle or Wonka Halloween Candy (exp 11/2/2011)  (I used 1 of these)
$1.50/1 Nestle or Wonka Bagged Candy TARGET coupon Target.com (exp 11/12/2011) (and 1 of these)
Final Price:  $1.90 a bag

Lay’s Potato Chips 10 to 10.5 oz, (Excluding Kettle Cooked, Baked, Light and Natural) BOGO $4.29 or $2.15 each

Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup, 24 oz, BOGO $1.85
-$0.25/1 Hunt’s Ketchup (zip code 76109) (I used 2 of these)
Final Price:  68¢ each bottle

Nissin Chow Mein Noodles, 3.26 to 4 oz, BOGO $.79
-$1/3 Nissin Chow Mein or Chow Noodles peelie (exp 12/31/2011)
-$.50/2 Nissin Chow mein or chow noodles, tearpad (exp 12/31/2011)
Final Price:  40¢ each (I had no qs)

Apple & Eve FruitSmarts Juice Beverage or Fruitables Fruits & Vegetables or 100% Apple Juice, 64 oz, BOGO $3.49
$1/2 Apple & Eve Cranberry Product Rolling  (I used 2 of these)
-$1/2 Apple & Eve Fruitables, any 64 oz bottles or 8 pack boxes – 09-18-11 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
-$0.75/1 Apple & Eve Blinkie
Final Price:  $1.25 each bottle

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, 4.5 to 8 oz, BOGO $2.93
-$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks 10/9/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/3/2011) (I used 1 of these)
-$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks 9/11/2011 GM Insert (exp 11/5/2011)
-B1G1 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks peelie
Final Price:  $1.22 each box

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel 6 ct, Grands! Biscuit Sandwiches, 2 ct, or Egg Scrambles 8 oz, BOGO $2.99
-$0.50/2 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, Toaster Pastries 10/2/2011 GM Insert (exp 12/24/2011)
$0.50/2 Pillsbury Strudel, Scrambles or Pancakes Target.com (exp 11/5/2011)
-$0.75/3 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, Pastries or Pancak 10/2/2011 GM Insert (exp 12/24/2011)
-$1/1 Pillsbury Egg Scrambles or Biscuit Sandwiches 10/2/2011 GM Insert (exp 12/4/2011) (I used 6 of these)
$1/1 Pillsbury Frozen Scrambles or Biscuit (IE) Rolling  Printable (FF)
$1/2 Pillsbury Strudel, Scrambles or Pancakes (exp 11/10/2011)
$1.10/1 Pillsbury Frozen Egg Scrambles OR Biscuit (exp 11/10/2011)
-$0.50/2 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel 9/11/2011 GM Insert (exp 12/3/2011)
-$1/1 Pillsbury Frozen Egg Scrambles or Biscuit 9/11/2011 GM Insert (exp 12/3/2011)
$0.50/2 Pillsbury Strudel, Scrambles or Pancakes (exp 11/5/2011)
-$0.50/2 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, Scrambles 8/7/2011 GM Insert (exp 10/29/2011)
Final Price:  50¢ each box

Purina Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats, 2.1 oz, BOGO $1.75
B1G1 Purina Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats TARGET Target.com (exp 11/11/2011)  (I used 2 of these)
-FREE Purina Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats, Any Free WYB Tidy Cats Brand Cat Litter Scoop, Any (Manufacturer coupon redeemable only at Meijer) – 10-02-11 SS Insert (exp 11/6/2011)
-FREE Purina Friskies Crispies Brand Cat Treats, Any FREE WYB Purina Friskies Brand Cat Treats, Any – 09-25-11 RP Insert (exp 12/25/2011)
Final Price:  44¢ each

Ocean Spray Juice Cocktail or Juice Drink or 100% Cranberry Juice Blend, 101 to 101.4 oz, BOGO $5.59 or $2.80 each

Nabisco Munch Packs or Variety or Single Serve Trays or Kraft Handi Snacks, 12 or 15 ct, 9.45 to 25.2 oz, BOGO $6.49 or $3.25 each

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

Final Numbers for September – Saved $686.42

September was a great month for stocking the freezer back up with lots of frozen entrees, and the numbers include the $60 we paid for 40 pounds of chicken from Zaycon Foods even though it won’t be delivered until Monday.  I’ll need to take some time this weekend to plan a freezer cooking day for the chicken for early next week!  If anyone has some suggestions on their favorites I’d love to hear them 🙂  This month we came in $133 under our monthly budget of $375! For the month of September we spent $242.05 to buy $928.47 worth of groceries, toiletries and cleaning supplies, or a savings of 75%! According to the spreadsheet we’ve spent $2,027.69 so far this year for $10,099.19 worth of stuff, or 80% off. That equates to an average of $225 per month for our family of seven, or about $1/day per person!

Mom2Mom Consignment Sale Haul!

I had planned to get a few items together to sell at this fall’s Mom2Mom consignment sale and then ended up consigning more than 350 items!  In addition to making a few bucks off the gently used clothing that my kids have grown out of, one of the best benefits for me is the ticket they give you to come in and shop early before the sale is open to the public.  My ticket got me in at six last night which is terrific since the sale doesn’t open to the public until tomorrow.  I spent $249 and came home with all of this:

(2) Easy Bake Ovens (barely used still in boxes)

(2) Polly Pockets sets (new in boxes)

(3) K’Nex cases

(1) Nascar car carrying case

(35) Action figures and toy cars

(10) Transformer toys

(2) Pair boots

(2) Pair shoes

(2) Jewelry / trinket cases

(1) Purse

(1) Old Navy hoodie (new)

(1) Gap winter coat

(9) Girls pajamas

(5) Girls shirts

(1) Cardigan sweater

(5) 2 pc girls outfits

(7) Girls pants

(2) Skirts

(4) Boys shirts

(4) Boys jeans (Levi’s & Old Navy)

(6) Boys pajamas

(5) Girls uniform pants

(2) Boys uniform shorts

(5) Boys uniform pants

That’s a total of 117 items for an average of $2.12 a piece!  Whoohoo, I’m thrilled and the kids are super excited about their “new” toys 😉  I’ve even put away a few of the new things for the quads’ upcoming birthday next month.