February 28, 2010

Weekly Deals Roundup | 02/28/10 - 03/06/10

Looking for the matchups for this week?

Check out these sites for the best matchups this week, February 28 - March 6, 2010.

*Kroger (03/01-03/07)*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

*CVS*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)

*Walgreens*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Common Sense with Money)

*Target*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Stretching a Buck)

*Walmart*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Passion for Savings)

Have a post with Cincinnati area store matchups? Please leave your link in the comments and I'll add it to the list. ;-)

EXPIRED: HOT DEAL | Hamilton Beach 3 Qt Slow Cooker for $2.99 at Best Buy!


*This deal was so hot, it's gone!*

This is a hot deal on a slow cooker that won't be around long! If you're looking to add slow cooker meals to your meal planning menu, this might be something you need for your kitchen.

Best Buy has the Hamilton Beach 3 Qt Slow Cooker priced at $2.99; this is an Outlet item so I'm betting it will fly off the shelves if you try to find it in store.

You can buy it online and opt to pick it up at your local Best Buy instead if they have it in stock. None of the stores near me had it in stock (take note, fellow Warren County, Ohio readers!). ;-) But shipping is only $6.64 so it's still a decent deal, totalling $10.26 with tax + shipping.

Make your deal even sweeter!

Buy through Shop at Home and you'll get 1% cash back on your order total. Not a member of Shop at Home yet? You'll not only get 1% cash back, you'll also get $5.00 deposited to your account when you join. Click here to get started.

I've been on the look out for a second slow cooker for my kitchen and I'm glad I found this deal! I hope it helps one of you out there, too. ;-)

Enjoy!

February 27, 2010

What I Saved at the Stores {Week 8 of 2010}


Each Saturday, I detail what I spent and saved at the stores; this weekly post is my way of keeping myself on track for my weekly budget goals in 2010.

I hope that by sharing what I saved, you'll be inspired to keep couponing week in and week out.  Over time, your stockpile of high-use items for your family will grow and your total weekly bill will keep coming down, down, down!

What I Saved at the Stores: Week 8 (Feb 22-28)

Kroger (2/22)


Spent: $33.11
Saved: $43.58 (57%)


For the full breakdown of the deals I found and the coupons I used,
read my weekly Let's Go Krogering! post.

Aldi (2/22)


Spent: $16.02
Saved: $0.00

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Weekly Totals
Spent:
$49.13
Saved: $43.58 (47%)

My weekly goal for my grocery/household budget is $80/week. With this week's total, I'm under for the month, coming in at just about $290 spent and $407 saved in February.  Coming under budget for the month is exciting especially since I have so many goodies stockpiled in our pantry and freezer.  I know I'll be able to stick to my budget for March as well.

If you're new to the fabulous world of keeping more of your hard earned money in your pockets by strategic couponing and drugstore shopping, I encourage you to read these posts to help you get started.

Couponing Crash Course

How to Save BIG at CVS

How to Save BIG at Walgreens

You can save like this, too!  In fact, I know you can do this; if you're surfing the web reading this site and others like it, you can learn all you need to know. 

If you have any questions, please ask in a comment!  I love to share what I know about couponing and saving money with you -- it's why I write this site.  ;-)

Did you save big this week at the stores? Be sure to link your post up over at Money Saving Mom's weekly linkup, Super Savings Saturday.

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February 26, 2010

In This Sunday's Inserts | February 28, 2010 {RP & SS - 2 Inserts}

It's always useful to know how many coupon inserts to expect each Sunday and even more useful to know which coupons you'll find in those inserts so you can decide as early as possible if it's a good week to order coupons from a clipping service.

This Sunday, 02/14/10, these are the inserts you can expect to see in your newspaper:

:: (1) Red Plum (*Note* I am seeing some sites reporting that we will should expect a RP on 2/28 and some sites reporting that we will only receive a SS on 2/28. Your mileage may vary (YMMV) this Sunday.)

:: (1) Smart Source

Here are some of the coupons that look good to me:

Red Plum

?? Still looking for a preview of these which is a good sign that 2/28 might be a SS insert only weekend. 

Smart Source

Excedrin, 80+ ct, $1.50/1

Pert Plus for Men, $1.50/1

Schick Intuition Razor, $4.00/1

Splenda No Calorie Sweetners for Coffee, $1.00/1 (I am *such* a coffee addict!)

For a full preview of what coupons you should see in these inserts (remember, coupon values can/will vary by region and your local newspaper may not carry all available inserts), click here (thanks, Sunday Coupon Preview!).

Enjoy!

February 25, 2010

Freebie Roundup!



Time to grab some freebies and make your mailbox happy!

:: Get a FREE 8x10 print at Walgreens today, 2/25, ONLY. Click here for details - what a great gift idea!

:: Fan Zone Perfect on Facebook and receive a FREE sample of Zone Perfect Nutrition Squares; click here to get started.

:: Take a brief survey and then request a FREE sample of South Beach Living Fiber Fit S'mores Bars right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of The Mystical Monkey All Purpose Cleaner right here.

:: Download more FREE songs at Amazon right here.

:: Ohio readers: Register here to receive a FREE First Aid Kit. What a great freebie!

:: Request a FREE sample of Tide Plus Febreeze Freshness right here.

Enjoy!

HOT DEAL | $0.99 Coneys at Gold Star Chili TODAY (2/25) Only!


We are Cincy chili fiends at my house - in fact, I made a big pot of Cincy chili for dinner last night and everyone got their 4-Way and 5-Way on!

Today, you can get $0.99 coneys at local participating Gold Star Chili Parlors. Um....YUM! There's a limit of 10 on this deal.

Click here to get the full info on this deal.

Enjoy!

February 24, 2010

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway | Still Time to Win a Perfect Comforter from Select Comfort (ends 02/26) + Link YOUR Giveaway Post!



If you haven't entered last week's giveaway yet, there's still time to enter for a chance to win a Perfect Comforter from Select Comfort!

Click here to enter; this giveaway ends 02/26 at 10 pm EST.

Do you have a giveaway going on at your blogjoint? Drop your giveaway post link URL below and visit the other links to find more great giveaways, too! In the title of your link, please include this info: (Site Giveaway::Item::End Date of Giveaway). Thanks!




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February 23, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! Week of February 22, 2010


Do love finding deals at your Kroger? This feature is for you! Link your post about what deals you found at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store. Simple rules are here; the 149x149 button is in my sidebar.

My Krogering Trip - Monday, February 22, 2010


Spent: $29.14
Saved: $42.84 (60%)

The sale at Kroger this week includes a GREAT deal on Kellogg's Cereal/Cookies/Crackers/Cereal Bars:
Buy any (4) participatng Kellogg's products (4/$10.00), get (2) gallons of Kroger milk FREE at checkout (limit 1 per transaction).

I hope you printed the $1.50/2 Kellogg's cereal coupons that were available on Coupons.com a week or so ago because they match up perfectly with this sale (and they are no longer available at Coupons.com).

Here are a few more coupons you can use to lower your final total on this deal:

$1.00/3 cereals printable at Red Plum

$1.50/2 cereals printable at Red Plum

$1.00/2 Townhouse Crackers at Red Plum

$1.00/2 NutriGrain Bars, RP 02/07

$1.00/3 Cereals, RP 02/07

Note that Cheez-Its are also included in this sale so if your family loves snacking on those (like my bunch), you could stock up on them as well as on cereal.

I'll likely make at least one more run to Kroger later this week to grab this milk deal again - I {love} these deals!

Other coupons used:

FREE Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal, Vocalpoint mailer coupon

FREE Chiquita Pineapple Bite, Vocalpoint mailer coupon

FREE Tampax Tampons, Kroger catalina coupon (I wish I knew what was triggering this catalina because this is the third one I've received!)

Buy 1, Get 1 FREE Starkist Tuna Pouch, any, Vocalpoint mailer coupon

Trident Layers Gum, $1.00 ea
$0.75/1, SS 02/07
Final price: FREE!

Barilla Pasta, $1.29 ea
$0.75/2, Kroger mailer coupon (Loyal Customer coupons)
Final price: $0.79 ea

Lance Cracker Sandwiches, 8 pk, $2.89 ea
$1.00/1, printable at Smart Source
Final price: $1.89 ea

Kroger Kidney Beans, $0.67 ea
$0.35/2, Kroger mailer coupon (My Magazine)
Final price: $0.50 ea

Hormel Natural Choice Deli Meat, $2.50 ea
$0.55/1, SS 02/07
Final price: $1.50 ea

Kroger Fresh Selections Salad, $1.28 ea
$0.50/1, Kroger mailer coupon (My Magazine)
Final price: $0.78 ea

I also found some marked down items; note the bread ($0.49 ea), the donuts ($0.50 ea), and the chocolate milk ($1.19 ea) have orange and yellow "Reduced for Quick Sale" tags. If you've never purchased items that are reduced for sale, I encourage you to give it a try. I personally trust that whatever Kroger has on it's shelves - whether full price or reduced price - meets their vigorous high quality standards. I tend to buy reduced items that we will either eat within a day or so (dairy/produce) or items that can be frozen for later (meat/bread). I've never been displeased with the quality of the reduced items I've purchased.

Remember to check your weekly ad online for any other items you might need right here. And for the full ad/coupon matchup this week, see this post at Mommy Snacks.

How'd you do at Kroger (or your Kroger-affiliated grocery store) this week? Link *your* Let's Go Krogering! post or your Kroger matchup post all week and help another reader save some $$!



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February 22, 2010

FREE Books from Read It Forward at Crown Publishing Group!

Image courtesy of Crown Publishing

I've mentioned this FREEbie before but I wanted to mention it again because it is an ongoing, changing offer that you might want to bookmark if you're a book lover (like me!).

The Read It Forward program from Crown Publishing gives away FREE books on a limited, first-come, first-served basis.

The books currently listed for February are gone so I hope that means we'll soon see new books offered for March. I would definitely recommend checking back at the site this week and next to see what new offerings they might have.

You can find Read It Forward right here.

Enjoy!

Menu Plan Monday | A Make-Up Week!



I plan my family's dinners in five week blocks to maximize my savings at the grocery store and minimize my stress at dinner time. You can read more about my strategy here in my Q&A post here.

I also answered several more questions about how I plan my big ol' menus and how I shop for them.  For more Q&A (because you're just dying to know, right?), click here.

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This week, I'm actually doing a "make-up" week for my latest 5 Week Menu Plan. My husband ended up traveling last week (guess who had the fun job of shoveling out from last Monday's big snow all by herself?!). Since it was just me and the kiddos, I kept it simple last week (easy dinners + leftovers); now I have the makings of several meals I didn't make just waiting in my freezer and pantry.

Time to put those meals on the menu and give myself an "extra" week! I won't need to grab much at the stores this week as a result. I'll still follow the final three weeks of my latest 5 Week Menu Plan after this week and now I won't need to write a new menu plan until mid-March - by then we'll all be thinking SPRING!!

Monday

Brats, Grinny Beans

Tuesday

Cincinnati Chili

Wednesday

Homemade Pizza

Thursday

Monte Cristo Sandwichess + Fruit Salad

Friday

Fish Fry! (At our Parish church; these are one of the BEST parts of Lent!)

Saturday

Free night!

Sunday

Cranberry Roast Pork, Wild Rice, 3 Bean Salad

The links to all the recipes above can be found at in my 5 Week Menu Plan post right here.

Be sure to visit the Meal Plan Monday linkeroo over at Orgjunkie.com to get more menu plan ideas and share yours as well!

February 20, 2010

What I Saved at the Stores {Week 7 of 2010}


Each Saturday, I detail what I spent and saved at the stores; this weekly post is my way of keeping myself on track for my weekly budget goals in 2010.

I hope that by sharing what I saved, you'll be inspired to keep couponing week in and week out.  Over time, your stockpile of high-use items for your family will grow and your total weekly bill will keep coming down, down, down!

What I Saved at the Stores: Week 7 (Feb 15-21)

Aldi (2/14 - before the BIG snow!)

{No picture; I bought 1 gal milk, 1 box cereal, 2 bunches of bananas, 2 bags of rolls,
1 bag of chips, 1 can of frozen OJ concentrate)

Spent: $8.16
Saved: $0.00

Kroger (2/16)

Spent: $70.15
Saved: $90.81 (56%)
Earned: $4.00 catalina on Pillsbury Biscuits
Waiting: $4.00 catalina on Purex (I contacted Catalina Marketing
 by email and they've been very helpful.)
For the full breakdown of the deals I found and the coupons I used,
read my weekly Let's Go Krogering! post.

That's it! There were good deals to be found at CVS and Target this week as well, but I was far too busy dealing with the latest snowfall here in my corner of Ohio to grab them. And that's just fine! One thing I've learned after almost two years of strategic couponing is that the next great deal is just a week or two away. ;-)

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Weekly Totals
Spent:
$78.31
Saved: $90.81 (54%)

My weekly goal for my grocery/household budget is $80/week. I'm right on track for the month. After the last two back-to-back sales at Kroger, I'm stockpiled on several essentials. I'll need some goodies this week, I'm sure, but I'm hoping to come under my monthly budget in February.

If you're new to the fabulous world of keeping more of your hard earned money in your pockets by strategic couponing and drugstore shopping, I encourage you to read these posts to help you get started.

Couponing Crash Course

How to Save BIG at CVS

How to Save BIG at Walgreens

You can save like this, too!  In fact, I know you can do this; if you're surfing the web reading this site and others like it, you can learn all you need to know. 

If you have any questions, please ask in a comment!  I love to share what I know about couponing and saving money with you -- it's why I write this site.  ;-)

Did you save big this week at the stores? Be sure to link your post up over at Money Saving Mom's weekly linkup, Super Savings Saturday.

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February 19, 2010

FREE Subscription to Rouge Magazine + FREE P&G Beauty Coupons!


I just got the mail and found the Winter 2010 issue of Rouge has arrived.

Rouge is a FREE magazine published by P&G; not only does it have some nice articles, there are....drumroll please....coupons for P&G beauty products! Woot!

To subscribe to Rouge for free, click here.

This issue (Winter 2010) contains these coupons; all expire 03/31/10:

$1.00/1 Zest, Ivory or Safeguard product or Old Spice or Gillette body wash product

$1.00/1 Pefect 10, Root Touch Up, or Nice 'n Easy product

$1.00/1 Secret Clinical Strength product (excludes trial size)

$1.00/2 Head & Shoulders products

Get a FREE Zest Bar (up to $5.00 in value) when you buy any (1) Venus Embrace or Breeze razor or cartridge

$1.00/1 Olay Facial Skin Care product

$1.00/1 Olay Body Wash product

$2.00/1 Natural Instincts product

Enjoy!

Money Smarts | Finding Contentment


Every Friday, I share one way I either save or earn money in my own life in the hopes that it might be useful to you.

This week I'm in a thoughtful mood; Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent and I've given a lot of time to thinking and praying about giving, giving up, and sacrifice.

I want to share something with you -- I don't make big bucks with this site. Shocking, I know. ;-) Seriously, I'm telling you that because it's an important fact for you to know about me. The last thing I want anyone out there to think as the read my site is that I'm an expert on earning money with blogging or online in general. I'm still finding my way on that one and I'm always happy to share what I learn (both my successes and my many stumbles) with you.

I'm fortunate; my husband has a great job with good benefits that provides well for us. I know if that were to change, if it became necessary for me to bring in an income to support us, I'd work harder at the business side of blogging. Need finds a way, you know?

Of course, we could do more if I brought in more money. We could pay our debt off more quickly. We could save more. We could give more. We could do more for our families. We could even *gasp* take a little vacation with the kids (something that I'm now willing to do since all three are fairly self-sufficient; kudos to you moms out there who vacation w/kids in diapers).

But as I get older (don't ask, ok - let's just say mid-thirties and leave it at that), I'm gaining perspective. I'm able - in little bits at a time, never all at once - to stand back and be content with what is in front of me right now rather than wishing upon what might be waiting for me over the horizon.

Earning more money or saving more money are both worthy goals, goals I still have for myself and our family. But if they are my only goals, when I find myself in a knot of worry about how to achieve them, if my mind is forever worrying and thinking and planning and executing, then I'm missing the bigger picture.

Sometimes our best lessons about money, about the making and earning and keeping and saving of money come not from having more money but from understanding that money can never buy contentment. Momentary happiness, yes (who isn't happy about a pretty new thing?); true contentment, no.

This week, as Lent begins, I'm working on giving (always a struggle for me) and on choosing contentment; no matter how many smart choices I learn to make about saving and earning money, willingly choosing to be content can be the hardest, but most fulfilling, choice of all for me.

Those are my thoughts on money this week - if you've made it this far in this post, thank you for reading. It means a lot to me that you spend some of your precious minutes here, especially when I'm in a rambling mood.

Have any thoughts about money v. contentment? Please feel free to share in a comment below. ;-)

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February 18, 2010

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway | Win a Perfect Comforter from Select Comfort (ends 02/26) + Link YOUR Giveaway Post!



I have a terrifically toasty giveaway for you this week!



I was recently contacted by Select Comfort to see if I would like to review their Perfect Comforter.  Since I'm in the middle of the SNOWIEST February on record in the greater Cincinnati area (I think I've personally shoveled more snow this week than I have in the past two winters combined), I was thrilled to give it a try.

You've probably seen the Select Comfort commercials for their Sleep Number beds which allow you and your partner to get the best night sleep by choosing a firmness preference on each side of the bed.  The Perfect Comforter allows you and your partner to choose how warm you want to be while you sleep.  If you're always cold, you can select a heavier weight comforter insert for your side while your partner (who may be a human heater) can select a lighter weight comforter insert for their side.

I opted for a queen sized down Perfect Comforter with medium weight inserts on both sides for my hubs and I.  It arrived with the (2) inserts as well as the queen sized cover.  I timed how long it took me to put the inserts in on each side and get them tied to the interior straps (so they don't shift) and it was just about 15 minutes total.  Not too bad!

While the Perfect Comforter does come with a very nice 300 count Damask Stripe cover, it is white and you'll likely want a duvet cover to coordinate with your bedding/bedroom.  If you're crafty, you can easily sew one yourself from flat bed sheets of your choice; click here for a simple set of instructions on how to do this yourself!

Alas, I had some GREAT pictures (one that had my littlest guy all wrapped up in fluffy white softness of the Perfect Comforter) to share with you but my camera software has decided to malfunction for the time being.  You'll have to take my word that this is a quality product, one that you'll be happy to have during these cold winter nights!  One of the best features is the fact that this is an easy care, machine-washable comforter - both the cover and the inserts.  I {heart} fully machine washable/dryable bedding!

If you're interested in more interesting facts about common sleep disturbances that many couples face, click here to read more at Beds.com

And if you're in the market for a new bed (wow, one of these Sleep Number mattresses does sound delightful!), you can take advantage of this current sale at Select Comfort through 02/21/10:

Through February 21, 2010, you can use the above coupon (code 20379) for these deals:

:: 50% off Sleep Number i9 beds (memory foam bed)


:: $750 off Sleep Number p6


:: The Ultimate Pillow Event - Save 20-50% on Pillows

Onto the giveaway!

I've been graciously given (1) Sleep Number Comforter by Select Comfort to giveaway to one lucky winner! The winner will be able to select the size, weight, and fill (down or down alternative) of the comforter so you and your sweetie can both your best night sleep!

How to enter:

Leave a comment telling us whether you are always hot or always cold (especially compared to your partner) when you sleep.  Is the thermostat war on at your house?  ;-)

You can earn an additional (4) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway (be sure you add @SleepNumberSara to your tweet!) then come back here and leave me a separate comment to let me know you tweeted (add the url from your tweet please).

2.  Post what your spouse does that keeps you up at night on Pete Bils’ post on beds.com and add a link to my review/giveaway.  Leave me a comment letting me know you've done this. 

3.  Fan and then post on the Sleep Number Facebook page and add a link to my review/giveaway.  Leave me a comment letting me know you've done this.

4. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a separate comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a separate comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you MUST leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog - and if you do have a blog that is not public, be sure to leave me a means of contacting you. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified.

**Important Note:  For this giveaway, Select Comfort has asked that I provide them with the name and email addresses of all who enter, so they can add them to their sales/deals/sleep tips email list. They assure me that they will never sell your information; they just like to stay in contact with those individuals who are interested in their products. They have asked that I disclose this with this giveaway.

This giveaway will end on FRIDAY, February 26, 2010, at 10:00 pm EST . I will announce the winners (selected by Random.org) on MONDAY, March 1, 2010.

Good luck!

Do you have a giveaway going on at your blogjoint? Drop your giveaway post link URL below and visit the other links to find more great giveaways, too! In the title of your link, please include this info: (Site Giveaway::Item::End Date of Giveaway). Thanks!




*DISCLOSURE: I received a queen sized Perfect Comforter from Select Comfort as a sample so that I could honestly review it. For more about my personal disclosure policy, read my disclosure page.

Freebie Roundup!



Time to grab some freebies and make your mailbox happy!

:: Request a FREE sample of Berres Brothers Coffee here (you'll need to enter the promo code 21RR on the registration form).

:: Request a FREE sample of Crest 3D White Whitestrips here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Tropical Chewy Lemonheads candy right here (this looks to still be available).

:: Have a Blockbuster Express DVD Rental Kiosk near you? (Use this locator to find the closest one.) You can use this FREE code to rent a DVD from now until 02/28/10: GT9SA

Enjoy!

February 16, 2010

FREE Full Size Bottle of Pantene Nature Fusion Shampoo!


This is a really nice FREEbie because you're getting a full-sized bottle, not just a sample.

Click here for a FREE bottle of Pantene Nature Fusion Shampoo. This is available through Vocalpoint; if you aren't already a member, register for free and then you should be able to request this sample.

Grab it while you can - these bigger FREEbies tend to go fast!

Enjoy!

Let's Go Krogering! Week of February 15, 2010


Do love finding deals at your Kroger? This feature is for you! Link your post about what deals you found at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store. Simple rules are here; the 149x149 button is in my sidebar.

My {Didn't Happen} Krogering Trip - Monday, February 15, 2010

Peeps, it is snowing like CRAZY here! See?


That's the view from my front door at about 9:30 pm on Monday night; I apologize for the picture quality. Frankly, I was too sick of the snow to spend any more time in it than I already had to day just for a picture!

My normal Monday routine looks like this: drop big kids at school; go Krogering; do the happy savings dance; take photo of my loot from Kroger to share with all you fine folks.

This Monday, however, I spent the day playing Let's Go Shoveling! instead. I cleared the snow twice and it is STILL snowing as of 9:30 pm.

I *might* get out to Kroger on Tuesday after digging out (again!); if I do, I'll add a photo to this post and let you know how I rocked the sale.

**Revised, 6:55 pm, 02/16/10**

I made it to Kroger!  And I am officially SICK of snow.  I think our final total was about 10 inches, but who's counting?!  ;-) 

Here's my trip; not included in the picture is an (8) pk of Bounty Paper Towels and a (12) pk of Scott Bath Tissue, both part of the Daytona 500 promotion.



Spent: $70.15
Saved: $90.81 (56%)

All of the items on the right are Daytona 500 sale items. Once again, THANK YOU Kroger for these awesome stockpiling sales!

I received the $4.00 catalina for buying (6) Pillsbury Grands Biscuits but I did not receive the $4.00 catalina for buying (2) Purex. Has anyone else had any issues with that deal?

Other coupons I used:

Coffee Mate Creamer, 16 oz, $1.76 ea
$1.50/1, Kroger catalina
Final price: $0.26 ea

Boulder Canyon Potato Chips, $1.67 ea (located in the organic section)
Buy1Get1FREE, printable from Coupons.com
Final price: $0.84 ea

Soft Soap, $0.88 ea
$0.35/1, SS 01/31
Final price: $0.18 ea

BumbleBee Tuna Pouch, $1.49 ea
$0.75/1, Kroger catalina
Final price: $0.49 ea


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In the meantime, if you've rocked the sale at your Kroger this week, please leave a link to your Krogering post so the rest of us can get the deals you found, too.

Don't forget - this week is the final week of the Daytona 500 Event Sale: Buy 10 particpating items, get an instant $3.00 off your order.  I've detailed some of the cheap & nearly free deals here in my $1 Deals at Kroger post.

Remember to check your weekly ad online for any other items you might need right here.

How'd you do at Kroger (or your Kroger-affiliated grocery store) this week? Link *your* Let's Go Krogering! post or your Kroger matchup post all week and help another reader save some $$!



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February 15, 2010

Target | $1 Deals, Week of 02/14/10 -02/20/10



These are some of the best deals for $1 or less at Target this week.

Note: Target prices vary from region to region so please be sure to check your local ad for final prices. Target does NOT double coupons but you can print Target store coupons here.  You can stack store coupons with with manufacturer coupons to lower your final cost.  Target has also rolled out new mobile/cellphone coupons; read about them here

Kellogg's/Keebler Snacks and Cookies
Unadvertised Gift Card deal; read the full details here
Final price: Several varieties for less than $1.00 after coupons + gift card!

Johnson & Johnson's Buddy Soaps, $0.99 ea
$1.00/1, RP 01/03
Final price: FREE

For the full ad matchup at Target this week, check out this post  courtesy of Stretching a Buck.

Walgreens | $1 Deals, 02/14/10 - 02/20/10



These are some of the best deals for $1 or less at Walgreens this week.

Note: To maximize your savings at Walgreens, you need to use their Register Rewards (RRs) program.  To learn how to save money at Walgreens using RRs, read my How to Save BIG at Walgreens post

For the current Walgreens ad, click here.

Lypsel, $2.99 ea (Earns $2.00 RRs)
Final price: $0.99 after RRs

Chapstick, 2/$2.00 after in-ad coupon
$1.00/3, RP 01/31
Final price: $0.67 ea

Dentek Floss Picks, $1.99 ea
$1.00/1, SS 01/17
Final price: $0.99 ea

Gatorade G2, $1.50 ea
$0.50/1, RP 01/10
Final price: $1.00 ea

Starbucks Frappacino Drink, 2/$4.00 after in-ad coupon
$1.00/1 printable here
Final price: $1.00 ea

Chex Mix, $1.50 ea
$1.00/2, SS 01/17
Final price: $1.00 ea

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, $1.50 ea
$0.75/1 printable here
Final price: $0.75

For the full ad matchup at Walgreens this week, check out this post  courtesy of Common Sense with Money.

CVS | $1 Deals, Week of 02/14/10-02/20/10



These are some of the best deals for $1 or less at CVS this week.

Note: To maximize your savings at CVS, you need to use their Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) program.  To learn how to save money at CVS using ECBs, read my How to Save BIG at CVS post

For the current CVS ad, click here.

Crest Pro Health Enamel Shield Toothpaste, 4-4.2 oz, $3.50 ea  (Earns $3.50 ECBs - limit 2)
$0.75/1, PG 01/17 & PG 02/07
Final price: FREE + $0.75 overage after coupon + ECBs!

Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, 4 oz, $2.99 (Earns $2.00 ECBs - limit 1)
$1.00/1, SS 01/31
Final price: FREE after coupon + ECBs!

Aussie Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler, $2.99 ea (Earns $2.00 ECBs - limit 1)
$1.00/1, RP 02/07
Final price: FREE after coupon + ECBs!

Covergirl Products, $6.00-$10.00 ea (Earn $5.00 ECBs when you buy TWO)
Buy 1, Get 1 FREE, PG 02/07
$1.00/1, PG 02/07 & PG 01/17
Final price: FREE - $4.50 ea with (1) B1G1Free coupon + (1) $1.00/1 coupon + ECBs!

Blistex Lip Care, $1.49 ea
$1.00/2, SS 12/13
Final price: $0.99 ea

Soft Scrub Cleaner, $2.00 ea
$1.50/1 printable here
Final price: $0.50 ea

For the full ad matchup atCVS this week, check out this post  courtesy of Bargain Briana.

Meijer | $1 Deals, Week of 2/14/10-2/20/10





These are some of the best deals for $1 or less at Meijer (Cincinnati Region) this week.

Note: Meijer does double coupons to a maximum doubled value of $1.00 but only allows (2) identical coupons per transaction (meaning if you're stockpiling and buying more than two of the same item with the same coupon, you'll need to make multiple transactions).  Meijer also has printable store coupons available at the Meijer Mealbox; these can be stacked with manufacturer coupons for bigger savings.

For the current Meijer ad, click here.

Dole Iceberg Salad, 12 oz, $1.00 ea
$0.75/1 Dole Salad printable at Coupons.com
Final price: FREE!

Del Monte All Natural Fruit Cups, $1.00 ea
$1.00/3 printable at Red Plum
Final price: $0.67 ea

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Blends, $1.50 ea
$0.40/1, GM 01/03
Final price: $0.70 ea

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, $1.99 ea
$0.55/2 printable at Coupons.com and Smart Source
Use with
$1.00/2 printable at Meijer Mealbox
Final price: $0.99 ea

Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa, 8-10 ct, $0.99 ea
$1.00/2, SS 01/10
Final price: $0.50 ea

Hamburger Helper, $1.00 ea
$0.75/3, SS 01/03
$0.75/3 printable at Coupons.com and Smart Source
Final price: $0.67 ea

Hunt's Tomatoes, 10-14.5 oz, $0.99 ea
$1.00/3 printable here
Final price: $0.67 ea

Barilla Pasta, 12-16 oz, $0.89 ea
$1.00/4 printable at Meijer Mealbox
Final price: $0.65 ea

Bush's Best Variety Beans, $0.89 ea
$1.00/4 printable at Meijer Mealbox
Final price: $0.65 ea

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, $1.50 ea
$0.40/1, SS 02/07
$0.40/1 printable at Coupons.com and Smart Source
Final price: $0.70 ea

Betty Crocker Frosting, $1.29 ea
$0.50/1 printable at Coupons.com and Smart Source
Final price: $0.29 ea

Chex Mix, $1.00 ea
$0.50/1 printable at Coupons.com and Smart Source
Final price: FREE!

Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough, $2.00 ea
$0.55/1, SS 12/6
$1.00/2 printable at Coupons.com and Smart Source
Use with
$1.00/2 printable at Meijer Mealbox
Final price: $0.50-$0.99 ea

Other $1 Deals:

Apples, $0.88/lb

Baby Carrots, 1 lb, $1.00 ea

For the full ad matchup at Meijer this week, check out this post  courtesy of Mommy Snacks.

Kroger | $1 Deals, Week of 2/15/10-2/21/10



These are the best deals for $1 or less at Kroger (Cincinnati Region) this week (2/15-2/21). Kroger does double coupons to a maximum doubled value of $1.00. Kroger also allows for unlimited doubled coupons. To see their weekly ad, click here.

This week is the final week of the Daytona 500 Sale Event: Buy 10 particpating items, get an instant $3.00 off your order. These sales are a great time to stockpile what your family uses most!

Daytona 500 Sale Event Items:

Banquet Brown & Serve Sausage, $1.00 ea | $0.70 ea after Sale Discount
$0.75/3, SS 01/10
Final price: $0.37 ea

Gatorade, 32 oz, $0.99 | $0.69 after Sale Event Discount
$0.50/1, RP 01/10
Final price: FREE + overage!

Campbells Chunky Soup, $1.59 | $1.29 after Sale Event Discount
$0.75/3, SS 01/24
$0.75/3 printable here
Final price: $0.79 ea

Ragu Pasta Sauce, $1.79| $1.49 after Sale Event Discount
$0.75/2, RP 01/31
Final price: $0.99 ea

Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta, $1.00 | $0.70 after Sale Event Discount
$0.35/3, SS 01/10
$0.50/2 printable here (play game to get coupon)
Final price: $0.20-$0.47 ea

Purex Laundry Detergent, 50 oz, $2.49 ea | $2.19 after Sale Event Discount
**Hot Deal!  Buy (2), get $4.00 OYNO Catalina!  Click here for details & scenarios!**
$0.35/1, RP 01/10
$1.00/1 printable here
Final price: $1.19-$1.49 ea

Other $1 Deals this week:

Tennessee Pride Sausage Gravy, 8 oz, $1.00 ea
$1.00/1, RP 01/24
Final price: FREE!

Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste, 4.2 oz - 4.6 oz, $1.69 ea
$0.50/1, SS 01/31
Final price: $0.69 ea

Organic Russet Potatoes, 3 lb bag, $1.50 ea ($0.50/lb)

Seedless Grapes, $0.99/lb

For the full ad matchup at Kroger this week, check out this post at Mommy Snacks.

Menu Plan Monday | Week 2 of My 5 Week Menu Plan {Revised}



I plan my family's dinners in five week blocks to maximize my savings at the grocery store and minimize my stress at dinner time. You can read more about my strategy here in my Q&A post here.

I also answered several more questions about how I plan my big ol' menus and how I shop for them.  For more Q&A (because you're just dying to know, right?), click here.

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I can't believe I forgot the upcoming Lenten season when I made my new 5 Week Menu Plan last week.

Our family is Catholic so during Lent we don't eat any meat on Fridays; usually, we head over to the Fish Fry Dinner at our church. If you're native to or currently live in the greater Cincinnati area, you probably are very familiar with the big tradition of parish Fish Fry Dinners during Lent.

We also abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday (2/17) and fast as well on that day.

I've revised my meal plan for this week to reflect the start of Lent; here's what I've planned:

Monday

Brats, Grinny Beans

Tuesday

Taco Night!

Wednesday

Grilled Cheese & Soup

Thursday

Cincinnati Chili

Friday

Fish Fry!

Saturday

Monte Cristo Sandwiches + Fruit Salad
(I'm looking forward to trying these sandwiches!)

Sunday

Cranberry Roast Pork, Wild Rice, 3 Bean Salad

The links to all the recipes above can be found at in my 5 Week Menu Plan post right here.

And if you're wondering what I give up during Lent, I always give up sugar in all of it's glorious and delicious forms. I'm also considering doing a bit of a Lenten fast when it comes to my time online; I think it would be good way for me to focus on being more efficient when I am online. I also know there's just something liberating about turning your computer and phone off and just walking away from them.

The best of life happens in real life, you know? ;-)

Be sure to visit the Meal Plan Monday linkeroo over at Orgjunkie.com to get more menu plan ideas and share yours as well!

Weekly Deals Roundup | 02/14/10 - 02/20/10

Looking for the matchups for this week?

Check out these sites for the best matchups this week, February 14 - February 20, 2010.

*Kroger (02/15-02/21)*
**Daytona 500 Sale Sale - Buy 10 Participating Items, Get Instant $3.00 Off!**

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

*CVS*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)

*Walgreens*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Common Sense with Money)

*Target*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Stretching a Buck)

*Walmart*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Passion for Savings)

Have a post with Cincinnati area store matchups? Please leave your link in the comments and I'll add it to the list. ;-)

Quick Update | Posts Coming Soon!

I'm running a bit behind today. I thought I'd show you why:


That's right - it's Girl Scout Cookie season! I'm the Leader for my daughter's Brownie troop and yesterday was our day to get our cookies from the distribution point. Thank goodness I have some AWESOME parent volunteers who gave up a few hours on their Sunday afternoon to help get and sort all the cookies for our troop. It's no small task!

I'm glad we went yesterday, even if if completely threw off my writing schedule. Why?


Because it's snowing like the dickens again, that's why! That photo doesn't do justice to the amount of snow coming down. The forecast is 5-8 inches here in SW Ohio with a chance for the I-71 corridor (me!) to get up to 10 inches. I see some serious shoveling in my future...again!

Anyhow, I'll be working all morning to get caught up. Thanks for understanding!

February 13, 2010

HOT DEAL | Sears Outerwear Clearance, Prices as Low as $4.00 {Kids, Men & Women} + 5% Cash Back!


I just saw this deal on SlickDeals and I wanted to share it with you as soon as possible so you can stock up on winter outerwear for your family before this deal is gone.

Sears is having a HUGE clearance sale on apparel, including outerwear. Prices start as low as $4.00 for some of the midweight jackets and as low as $8.00 for heavier winter jackets. You can view some of the serious deals right here.

I took advantage of this sale to pick up (2) new winter coats for my older two children to wear next year (I bought a size up from what they're in now). The winter coat I bought for my daughter was a staggering $8.99! I had to pay a little more for my son's coat ($20.00) because the majority of the sizes left in the big boys are L or XL. It took me a little while to find a coat in his size but hey, I don't mind - what a DEAL!!

I didn't have the option to have these items shipped to my local Sears store for free but shipping is only $6.95 for your ENTIRE order. That's not too bad given the amount I saved on much needed (here in Ohio!) winter coats.

Besides, there's some more ways to save on this deal! ;-)

Want to make this deal even sweeter? Of COURSE you do!

-> Shop Sears.com through your Shop at Home account and get 5% cash back. Don't have a Shop at Home account? Sign up for one here and get an instant $5.00 credited to your account + 5% cash back for shopping Sears.com. Can I get a WOOT?!

Want one last way to make this deal super sweet? {Waving hand furiously} I can verify that this worked for me since I just used this option (and did the happy savings dance!)

-> Spend $50 (including tax & shipping which is $6.95), select the eBillme payment option, and checkout. You will immediately be taken to the eBillme screen where you can enter this code 10OFFEBMSRS01 for an instant $10 off your order of $50 or more! I added a pair of much needed dress pants and a black skirt to my order from the women's clearance. My checkout total at Sears.com was $53.77; after the coupon code at eBillme, my final total was $43.77.

I am thrilled! My two older children have grown so much this winter that their current coats will just make it until spring; now I won't have to worry about paying top dollar this fall for new winter outerwear!

I hope you make this deal work for you - there are some serious discounts in the Sears clearance section on apparel for the family so this is a great way to stock up on what you know you'll need.

Enjoy!

What I Saved at the Stores {Week 6 of 2010}


Each Saturday, I detail what I spent and saved at the stores; this weekly post is my way of keeping myself on track for my weekly budget goals in 2010.

I hope that by sharing what I saved, you'll be inspired to keep couponing week in and week out.  Over time, your stockpile of high-use items for your family will grow and your total weekly bill will keep coming down, down, down!
What I Saved at the Stores: Week 6 (Feb 8-Feb 14)

Aldi (2/8)


Spent: $22.14
Saved: $0.00

Kroger (2/8)

Spent: $13.53
Saved: $5.77 (29%)
For the full breakdown of the deals I found and the coupons I used,
read my weekly Let's Go Krogering! post.

Walgreens (2/8)

Transaction #1

Spent: $3.57
Saved: $3.70 (51%)
Earned: $6.00 RRs

Transaction #2


 Spent: $1.14
Saved: $11.23 (91%)
Earned: $3.00 RRs

Aldi (2/12; no picture)
Milk ($1.88!), chips, salad dressing (my 6 yr old LOVES their caesar salad dressing!)
Spent: $4.36
Saved: $0.00

I also made one last trip on Sunday, 2/7/10, to Kroger to stock up at the end of the last Mega Sale Event (not to be confused with the current Daytona 500 Sale Event). 
Spent: $40.63
Saved: $85.51 (67%)

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Weekly Totals
Spent:
$85.37
Saved: $106.21 (55%)

My weekly goal for my grocery/household budget is $80/week. I'm a smidge over this week but I was a smidge under last week so it comes out as a wash.

I didn't take advantage of the Daytona 500 sale at Kroger yet and I'm sure that my trip on Monday (2/15)will be awesome!  There are so many great stockpile deals for that sale; be sure to check the ad matchup at Mommy Snacks.

If you're new to the fabulous world of keeping more of your hard earned money in your pockets by strategic couponing and drugstore shopping, I encourage you to read these posts to help you get started.

Couponing Crash Course

How to Save BIG at CVS

How to Save BIG at Walgreens

You can save like this, too!  In fact, I know you can do this; if you're surfing the web reading this site and others like it, you can learn all you need to know. 

If you have any questions, please ask in a comment!  I love to share what I know about couponing and saving money with you -- it's why I write this site.  ;-)

Did you save big this week at the stores? Be sure to link your post up over at Money Saving Mom's weekly linkup, Super Savings Saturday.

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February 12, 2010

Rebate Alert | NEW $15 Olay Rebate (Potential Money Maker at Target!)


Is it just me or are the Olay rebates that have been available recently TOTALLY AWESOME?!!

Ok, maybe it's just me. ;-)

There's an all NEW Olay rebate available. Wow!!

Buy any (3) Facial Moisturizers, Facial Treatments, Facial Cleansers, Hand & Body Lotions, Body Washes, or 6+ pack Bar Soaps, and you can receive a $15 rebate.

The printable rebate form is right here; this offer is available from 02/12/10 - 03/12/10.

Want to make this offer even sweeter? Mercedes at Common Sense with Money has word that you can potentially make this deal a $10 money maker at Target; click here to read her post and get the details.

I hope you enjoy getting even MORE Olay products for free!

Printable Coupons: Kellogg's Cereal, Excedrin, Boulder Canyon Chips, Kotex and More!

There are several great high dollar printable coupons available on Coupons.com right now that would be worth printing now and holding onto for use this month.

My faves:

:: $1.50/2 Kellogg's Cereal (Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, Cocoa Krispies)
 (**GREAT matchup with reported catalina deal at Kroger!**)

:: $2.00/2 Kellogg's Special K Low Fat Granola, Raisin Bran Extra, or Frosted Mini Wheats Litttle Bites

:: $2.00/1 Excedrin, 20 ct
(**Use with the Excedrin deal at CVS this week!**)

:: Buy One, Get One FREE, Boulder Canyon Chips
(These just look yummy!)

:: $2.00/2 Kotex Pads
(**Use at Walgreens this week and earn $3.00 RRs!**)

Enjoy!

In This Sunday's Inserts | February 14, 2010 {RP - 1 Insert ONLY!}

It's always useful to know how many coupon inserts to expect each Sunday and even more useful to know which coupons you'll find in those inserts so you can decide as early as possible if it's a good week to order coupons from a clipping service.

This Sunday, 02/14/10, these are the inserts you can expect to see in your newspaper:

:: (1) Red Plum

Having just (1) insert or even no inserts is something that happens a few times a year, particularly during busy holiday weekends. Sunday happens to be Valentine's Day and I'm guessing the manufacturers would prefer we pay top dollar for those last minute gifts!

Here are some of the coupons that look good to me:

Red Plum

Aussie Product, $1.00/1

Centrum Ultra, 200 ct or more, $3.00/1

Quaker True Delights Rice Cakes, $0.75/1

Starkist Pouch Products, $1.00/2

For a full preview of what coupons you should see in these inserts (remember, coupon values can/will vary by region and your local newspaper may not carry all available inserts), click here (thanks, Sunday Coupon Preview!).

Enjoy!

Money Smarts | HouseParty.com


Every Friday, I share one way I either save or earn money in my own life in the hopes that it might be useful to you.


This week, I want to share HouseParty with you.

If you haven't heard of HouseParty, the concept is simple: companies want to get their products in front of their customers; you want to get together with your friends without spending an arm and a leg on party supplies.

To become a party host or hostess, you first have to create an account here.  Once you've done that, you can apply to host a sponsored party where you'll share FREE products with your friends.  If picked, you can post about the fun you're planning for your party and pictures and video of the party at your HouseParty account.

I've actually been picked to host my first House Party and I'm excited that not only will I have the chance to get my Blog*Star friends under one roof for a good time, I'll have some nice freebies for them, too. 

Here are some of the current parties that are accepting applications at HouseParty:

:: Ziplok DIY Home Organization House Party

::  Kraft Foods First Taste House Party

:: GreenWorks Kids Gear Swap House Party

There are several more as well; you can view the available parties here.

Why am I sharing this with you?  Because we all need time with our friends, time to just hang out and have fun.  But the cost of hosting a small party can become a real obstacle if your budget is tight.  The HouseParty concept gives you the chance to be the hostess with the mostest without breaking the bank. 

Have you hosted a HouseParty yet?  What did you think  - like it or leave it?  Please share your experiences in a comment below. ;-)

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