July 30, 2010

In This Sunday's Inserts | August 1, 2010 {3 Inserts - SS, RP, PG}

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, 09/01/10, there will be 3 inserts in the Sunday newspapers.

Here's a few coupons that look good to me:

Smart Source

BOGO Bic Disposable Shaver, up to $6.99

$1/2 Bic Stationary Products (pens for back to school!)

Several Glade brand coupons

$0.55/1 Hormel Natural Choice Deli Meat

$1/1 Mission Tortillas

$0.75/1 Pepperidge Farm Soft Bake Cookies (mmmm!)

OODLES of Scrubbing Bubbles brand coupons

Red Plum

$2/1 Bayer AM

$1/2 Hefty Waste Bags

$0.40/1 Lipton Tea Bags (I drink ice tea like crazy in the summer!)

$0.40/1 Orville Redenbacher Popcorn

$0.40/1 Skippy Peanut Butter

P&G

*Kroger P&G Mega Event (buy 4 participating items, get an instant $4 off at checkout) continues through August 8! Be sure to stockup!*

FREE Pampers wipes wyb Pampers Diapers (nice!)

$2/1 Downy 90 ct or bigger

$3/1 Tide Stain Release

$2/1 Tampax Pearl 18 ct+

BOGO Aussie or Herbal Essence, up to $3.23

To see the full list of coupons available in this week's insert, click here (SS) and here (RP) and here (PG) (thanks, Sunday Coupon Preview).

Enjoy your weekend!

July 29, 2010

$25 Conagra Coupon Booklet wyb $10 in Conagra Products 5/6/10-8/15/10


Time to grab your receipts from your shopping trips this summer and find $10 of Conagra product purchases!

There's a nice $25 coupon booklet available from Conagra Foods right now; if you purchased $10 worth of Conagra products between 5/6-8/15, you can send your receipt(s) in with this form to get yours.

Your submission must be postmarked by August 30, 2010.

Enjoy!

Freebie Roundup!


Time for some freebies! Click on through and make your mailbox happy!

:: Request a FREE sample of Kotex righthere.

:: Mmmm....I love these! Click hereto get a FREE pack of Hot Tamales candy.

:: Have a cute kiddo at home and a Kmart nearby? Sign them up for the Kmart Birthday Club right here - they'll get $5 in Birthday Bucks, a crown, a birthday certificate, and a goodie bag on their birthday. Nice!

:: This one is available again -- I think the coupons went super fast last time. Click here to request a coupon for a FREE carton of Better Oats Oatmeal.

:: Request a FREE copy of Truth Endures or Drawing Near from John MacArthur's Grace to You ministry right here (these are hardback books - nice!).

Enjoy!

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Enjoy!

July 28, 2010

Classes USA | Thinking of Higher Education or Going Back to School?


With back-to-school season ramping up for the kids, you might be thinking about finishing a degree or going back to school as well.

If you're looking for some ideas on specific degree programs (on campus or online) near you that offer financial aid packages, click on the banner above to get started searching with ClassesUSA.

While I have a BA in English, I haven't ruled out the possibility of going back to school at some time in the future (when my youngest is in school). Of course, the decision to get another degree would be much easier if I could get that education paid for --- I don't want another tuition bill!

Enjoy!

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Rayovac Snap, Share, and Win Photo Contest, August 2-August 29, 2010

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Have some awesome pictures from your summer adventures? Time to pick the best ones and get ready for the upcoming Rayovac Snap, Share, and Win Photo Contest that will run from Monday, August 2 - Sunday, August 29 2010.

Each week, a new photo theme will be featured; you can upload your entry photo with a maximum of (1) entry per week and an overall maximum of (3) entries during the contest.

If you're a photo geek (I used to be one, but alas! The time!!), the prizes are pretty sweet:

For each of the three themes there will be:
Grand Prize- a Digital Camera Package, complete with a Photo Printer and Rayovac Rechargeables and a Digital Photo Frame for three of the Grand Prize Winner’s friends.
Second Place Prize- Photo Printer
Runner Up Prize- Digital Photo Frame Keychain.

You can like Rayovac on Facebook here. And if you want to share this contest with your readers, you can grab the widget I've got featured above right here.

I kind of wish I'd taken some pictures when I was at camp this weekend (we slept in the Treehouses at Camp Myeerah - it was adventurous!) for this contest but my iPhone battery was dead and I'd forgotten my charger. Oh well! Maybe I'll get some good pictures when we're on vacation in a couple of weeks!

I hope one of you wins!

*Disclosure: The first 50 bloggers to promote the Rayovac Summer Photo Contest won a prize from Rayovac; to see more on my personal disclosure policy, click here

July 27, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! Week of July 26, 2010 (And I Bought NADA!)


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.

Hello everyone! I'm back from camping with my daughter (we actually made it home late Sunday afternoon) with a fresh batch of bug bites and a renewed appreciation for indoor plumbing. 8-)

I've not been to Kroger yet this week {gasp!} and don't intend to go Krogering until next Monday. I made an extra trip to Kroger last Friday to max out the last of my coupons for the $5/10 Mega Event (I spent $23.97 and saved $67.66, and I finally found some of the free with coupon Suave deodorant on the shelves - woot!).

Of course, an extra trip last week means I "borrowed" from my grocery budget this week. So I'm doing a bit of a budget challenge as the month of July rolls to an end; I spent about $37 at Aldi today for fresh produce, milk, meat, and some other necessities and that's it for me this week.

Luckily, the current P&G sale (buy 4 participating P&G items, get an instant $4 off your order) is good through 08/08, meaning I'll have plenty of time to rock those deals (and stock up on Iams dog food again) next week.

To see the matchups for this week at Kroger, this post and some unadvertised deals right here, too (thanks, 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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July 24, 2010

Weekend Break - I'm Camping!

My daughter and I are headed out for a Mom & Me camping weekend with our local Girl Scout Council. It should be lots of fun. 8-)

I'll see all of you on Monday. Have a great weekend!

July 23, 2010

In This Sunday's Inserts | July 25, 2010 { 2 Inserts - SS, RP}

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, 07/25/10, there will be 2 inserts in the Sunday newspapers.

Here's a few coupons that look good to me:

Smart Source

*Kroger Mega Event Items - Use these before sale ends Sunday 7/25!*

$1/1 Clearsil

$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste

$0.40/1 Colgate Toothbrush

$0.50/1 Irish Spring Body Wash

$0.25/1 Palmolive Dish Soap

$0.35/1 Softsoap Hand Soap

Red Plum

*Kroger Mega Event Items - Use these before sale ends Sunday 7/25!*

$1/1 L'oreal Vive Shampoo or Conditioner

$1/2 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars

$1/2 Snickers or Twix Brand Ice Cream Minis

To see the full list of coupons available in this week's insert, click here (SS) and here (RP) (thanks, Sunday Coupon Preview).

Enjoy your weekend!

July 22, 2010

Freebie Roundup!


Time for some freebies! Click on through and make your mailbox happy!

:: Get a FREE subscription to Working Mother magazine right here.

:: Dealing with acne? Try a FREE sample of Oxy Clinical here.

:: This one is CUTE! If you're headed out to get pictures done at Walmart's PictureMe Portait Studio, print this coupon for a FREE Going in Circles Portrait Collage.

:: Request a FREE sample of Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner right here.

:: Request a FREE sample of Burt's Bees All Natural Toothpaste right here.

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Enjoy!

July 21, 2010

Are You an Extreme Saver?


Earlier this week, CNN posted this article featuring people who have applied "extreme savings" tactics to their personal finances.  If you haven't read it yet, it is inspiring, especially since the families and individuals featured are in all different stages of their lives.

I like how the article points out the key methods that these folks have used to achieve their savings goals - I bet most of you are using some (if not all) of these methods already.

I like to think that my hubs Knute and I are pretty good savers, but maybe not as extreme as the folks in the article (although we're getting there).   I did a quick tally with pencil and paper and our savings rate of post-tax income comes in at about 26% (and I'd guess that estimate is a bit on the low side).  Here's how we stack up:

1.  Pay Cash & Avoid Debt

This is one of those goals that we've conquered at different times in our marriage (15 years - woot!) only to have our life circumstances change radically (we moved 6 times in 11 years + kids + medical bills + job changes - oy! ) and find ourselves relying on our good credit again.  I'm happy to say that we're now down to just our mortgage and a consumer loan and we're working on knocking those down a little each month. 

It really took the economy tanking (as well as the value of our investment portfolio and the crashing home values around us) for us to see the true wisdom in avoiding credit debt and striving for a more cash-based financial life.  And because it is a priority for us as a family, over the last three years we've saved the cash to pay our two older children's Catholic school tuition in full when tuition is due. 

2.  Wait, baby, WAIT!

Impulse buys are something we avoid as much as we can and we try to designate part of our budget each month to "splurging" on little extras - seeing a movie as a family, a nice dinner out as a family, or doing something fun like mini golfing.  Of course, all those adventures and splurges are much more fun when you've got a coupon for your destination!

But shopping isn't a sport and shouldn't be a form of entertainment or a means of fulfillment.  I've said it before and I'll say it again - no one ever found true happiness in the Dollar Spot at Target.  8-)

I also know I became much more aware of the example that impulse spending sets for my children once I became a mother.  We want to raise our kiddos to be financially independent with the savvy to make smart choices which includes learning how to wait for what you REALLY want and to save for it.  All three of our children get a small monthly allowance (different amounts based on their age and ability to help out around the house) for the express purpose of teaching them how to manage their money.  They know Mom won't be buying them those Silly Bandz or that Bakugan so if they want it, they'll have to part with their own greenbacks - and many times (I'm happy to say) they decide they don't want it so badly after all. 

3.  Earn Extra Money

While this blog doesn't earn a ton of cash, what I have earned here and with my other online endeavors helps our family budget (our frugal family vacation next month will be paid for out of my earnings).  Any time you can step outside of the box and earn extra money, you can apply it to your financial goals (and not indulge in a little of the #2 above!). 

While I worked full time and part time before becoming a mother (in a myriad of different jobs as we moved around the country), these are some of the top ways I've earned money while being a stay at home mom:

:: Helping at my church (I could bring the baby along)
:: Freelance writing
:: Blogging
:: Selling on Ebay (I paid my oldest's tuition for kindergarten with what I earned doing this)
:: Market Research Studies
:: Yard Sales
:: Guest Speaker (on couponing)

4.  Don't Spend it ALL

Pretty simple idea - even if you have the means, don't buy the biggest house (we'd downsize a bit from our present house if we could right now but the housing market isn't doing so well in our part of SW Ohio) or the fanciest car with all the bells and whistles.  Don't buy into the myth that happy childhood memories require an annual vacation to Disney, a cell phone plan for your ten year old, and a car on their sixteenth birthday. 

Live on less than you earn.  Easier said than done, but I do believe the idea of keeping up with the Jones' is being slowly replaced by the idea that it's cool to be frugal.

5.  Cut Day-to-Day Spending on Necessary Items

I think a lot of this goes back to #2 above; take the time to spend thoughtfully and deliberately and try to spend less on what you need so you have more money left to achieve your financial goals.

Some ways I do this are couponing (but of course!), buying clothes on eBay and at Goodwill, thrift stores, or consignment stores (when my daughter needed summer clothes for camp, I was able to get her lots of cute stuff for about $12 and I didn't care a BIT how muddy she got), swapping items with friends and family (we have a uniform swap for our school),  and re-purposing items in your home. 

6.  Monitor Your Money

This means more than just using your checkbook register.  Ideally, you should have a monthly budget that accounts for monthly expenses and has savings categories to handle annual or biannual expenses (like vacations, birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, vehicle registration fees, home owner's association fees, etc). 

You also need to have a longer-term plan for your financial life which means setting goals and asking yourself the tough questions.  Am I going to fully pay for my kids college tuition or just help them pay their way?  When do I want to retire?  Do I want to buy a house?  To own my house 100%?  To move?  Do I have enough life insurance (whole and term) for my family's needs for when I die?  Tough questions but ones you must answer if you want to build a realistic financial plan on your own or with the help of a financial advisor.

7.  Double Earners, Single Spenders

This is something I hope we can achieve as a family in the not-so-distant future: living on one spouse's income while saving the other.  We've been a single income family for the better part of a decade so I think this will be an achievable reality for us. 

8.  Make It a No Brainer

Set up your savings to come directly of your paycheck or your checking account once a month then build your budget on what's left. 

I remember when we first started investing and buying life insurance; my hubs and I were both twenty-four years old and he was active duty in the Navy.  I won't lie; the first month that our savings and insurance went out of our checking account, it seemed like a huge amount.  But by the second month, we had adjusted and discovered that we didn't really miss it after all.  I only wish I knew then what I know now about couponing!

Since then, we've increased our savings and insurance as our family has grown and our goals have expanded; putting our financial plan on auto-pilot makes it a priority and means it gets done. 

There you have it - my take on how we've implemented some of the methods of the extreme savers featured in the CNN Money article.

After reading the article bashing coupons on Yahoo! Personal Finance this week, it was refreshing to read about so many folks who are doing more while spending less. We frugalistas aren't alone - saving money is hip, peeps!

AMC Theatres | $1 Popcorn & $1 Drink, Sunday 7/25 {Printable Coupons}


Headed to the movies on Sunday afternoon? Click here to get a printable coupon for $1 popcorn or $1 drink at your local AMC Theatre.

For the AMC Theatre closest to you, check here.

Enjoy!

HOT DEAL | GoDaddy New .com Domain Registration for $1.99!


If you're looking to give your blog a unique home on the web with a registered .com domain, you can register a .com at GoDaddy for $1.99 right now. Just use the coupon code BEATHEAT99 at checkout.

I have *cough* a little bit of obsession with habit of collecting domain names (I have 8 registered right now) and GoDaddy is where I buy them. I can usually find a code on RetailMeNot.com to reduce my price but I have to say, $1.99 for a new .com registration is hands down the best price I've seen.

Don't forget to shop via your Ebates account; you'll earn 10% cash back on your purchase at GoDaddy.

Enjoy!

July 20, 2010

FREE Bowling | Printable Coupon for August 7, 2010


Click here to get your coupon for a FREE game of bowling, up to $6.00, on August 7, 2010. Looks like they're trying to break the world record!

As always, take a minute to contact your local bowling center to make sure they are participating in this promotion.

Enjoy!

Let's Go Krogering! Week of July 19, 2010 ($5/10 Mega Event Continues!)


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 Kroger trip, Monday, 7/19 (apologies for the blurry picture):


Spent: $25.59
Saved: $71.97 (73%)
Earned: $1.50 OYNO catalina on (3) Dan-onino Yogurts

The Mega Event continues this week at Kroger: buy 10 participating items, get $5 off at checkout.  I picked up a few things this week and I'll likely make a trip to Kroger on Sunday evening before the sale ends to max out some of my remaining coupons.  The Suave deodorants at my store have been *wiped* out.

Here's the coupons I used this week:

Mega Event Items

Boulder Canyon Chips, $1.49 | $0.99 after discount
$1.00/2, Kroger loyal customer mailer coupon
Final price: $0.49 ea

Spaghettios, $0.99 | $0.49 after discount
$0.50/2 printable here
Final price: FREE*These will be donated since my kiddos don't care for them.*

Keebler Townhouse Flatbread Crackers, $2.49 | $1.99 after discount
$0.75/1, RP 7/11
Final price: $0.99 ea

Wishbone Salad Dressing, $1.99 | $1.49 after sale discount
$1.50/2, RP 06/27
Final price: $0.75 ea

Oscar Mayer Deli Creations, $2.49 | $1.99 after sale discount
$1.00/1 printable here
Final price: $0.99 ea

Sargento Cheese Slices, $2.38 | $1.88 after sale discount
$0.40/2, SS 05/23
Final price: $1.48 ea

Dan-onino Yogurt, $2.29 | $1.79 after sale discount
$1.00/1, SS 07/18
$1.00/1 printable here
Final price: $0.79 ea

Danimals Smoothies, $2.29 | $1.79 after sale discount
$1.00/1, SS 07/18
Final price: $0.79 ea

Planters Nut-RITION Bars, $2.50 | $2.00 after sale discount
$1.00/1, SS 06/20
Final price: $1.00 ea

Philidelphia Minis 4pk, $1.49 | $0.99 after sale discount
$0.55/1, blinkie I found in-store a few weeks ago
Final price: FREE!

Gorton's Frozen Fish, $2.79 | $1.79 after sale discount
$1.00/1, mailer coupon from Facebook promotion a while back
Final price: $1.29 ea

Breyers Dreamy Bars, $2.47 | $1.97 after sale discount
$1.00/1 printable here
Final price: $0.97 (mmmm...these are GOOD!)

Softsoap Liquid Pump, $1.50 | $1.00 after sale discount
$0.50/1 printable here
Final price: FREE!

Lever 2000 2 pk, $1.89 | $1.39 after sale discount
$0.50/1, RP 07/11
Final price: $0.39 ea

L'oreal Kids Shampoo, $2.00 | $1.50 after sale discount
$0.50/1, RP 06/06
Final price: $0.50 ea

Other coupons

Clif Organic Twisted Fruit for Kids, $0.99 ea
FREE, up to $0.89, Kroger catalina
Final price: $0.10 ea

Kroger Cake Mix, $0.89
$0.25/1, Kroger catalina
Final price: $0.64 ea

Kroger American Cheese Slices, 12 oz, $1.29 ea
$0.55/1, Kroger loyal customer coupon
Final price: $0.79 ea

Bumblebee Tuna pouch, $1.49 ea
$0.75/1, Kroger catalina
Final price: $0.49 ea

$4.00 OYNO  Kroger catalina earned last week on school supplies

To see more matchups for this week at Kroger, this post, too (thanks, Southern Savers!).

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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July 19, 2010

My Coupon Savings 2010 Challenge | How Much Have YOU Saved with Coupons in 2010? {Share Your Link!}


I was avoiding the laundry hopping through my Google Reader when this post (rebutting the Yahoo! Personal Finance article that tries to make the argument that coupons are just a waste of time) by my friend Andrea (the mastermind behind Mommy Snacks) caught my eye.

Be sure to read Andrea's rebuttal because she nails every point; if you've been couponing with any amount of dedication for a while now, you'll likely find yourself nodding your head as you read it. 

So, I got to thinking about how much I've saved this year alone with my humble little coupons.  I have a *very* high-tech system of tracking all my spending and receipts - see?


I know, I know - my envelope system is a *stunning* display of awesomeness, isn't it? 8-) As much as I like a good spreadsheet, I like using envelopes to track my grocery/drug store receipts better because I like to save my receipts for any rebates that might pop up in the future.

So, I got to thinking about how misinformed the article on Yahoo! is and how it might make someone who is new to couponing think, "Gee, guess it's not worth it after all."

Strategic couponing and shopping comes down to understanding couponing basics as well as understanding how to best utilize the drug store rebate programs like the CVS Extra Care Bucks and Walgreens Register Rewards to pay as little out of pocket as possible.

Is it an investment of your time? Yes, it is, but so is searching for and working a part-time job to earn extra money (and a part-time job out of the home creates a long list of stresses on your time and your time is your most valuable, non-renewable resource). I look at my time invested in couponing (and with the wealth of information available online and in the blogosphere, I don't have to invest very much time at all) as *very* part-time job that pays me *very* well.

Bottom line: Any money I'm saving on my groceries, drug store items, and household items for my family of five (as well as dog food for our GSPointer Brownie) means more money we then have available for other things that are financial priorities.

I'd rather work for myself by couponing than try to juggle a part-time job out of the home at this point in my life as a mother.

So, how much have I saved so far this year?

From January 1, 2010 - July 18, 2010 (28 weeks), I've saved $2715 with coupons.

Since I spent $2448 over that same time period, I've saved 52%. My weekly average spent is $87 while  my weekly average saved is $97.  

Strategic couponing works.  

Now, let's make this fun, shall we?  8-)

I know I'm not the only numbers nerd out there who tracks their weekly spending and savings with coupons and deals.  Here's how to participate in the My Coupon Savings Challenge 2010:

1.  Grab your envelopes or spreadsheet or ledger - whatever you use - and tally up how much you spent and saved so far this year.  I know many of you out there will *blow* my numbers out of the water.

2.  Post your 2010 savings on your blog and feel free to share your thoughts about strategic couponing or how couponing has altered your financial health/financial outlook/personal situation.

3.  Come back here and drop the permalink (directly to your post) in the MckLinky below.

4.  Please be sure to link to my original post (grab the permalink right here) in your post.  I appreciate it!

This linky will be open through December 31, 2010 so please feel free to come back later and enter your post url. I'll add a link to this post in my sidebar as well.

Let's share our savings and inspire others!

Psst...if you want to add the button to your post, that would be just peachy.   Grab your code below:

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Rebate Alert | Buy $30 of Prilosec, Pepto, Align, or Metamucil, get a $10 Gift Card (exp 7/31)


Here's another rebate offer that's expiring soon; if you've bought any of these products recently (and saved your receipts, of course!), you may already qualify for it.

Buy any (2) of the following products by July 31, 2010 (the form does not state a START date as far as I can see) to total $30 (mulitple receipts ok), get a $10 gift card (I would assume a prepaid VISA or MC type deal on this).

Printable rebate form is right here. Must be postmarked by August 14, 2010.

Participating products:

Metamucil
$3/1, PG 06/06 (exp 7/31)
$1/1, PG 07/04 (exp 7/31)

Align
$5/1, PG 06/06 (exp 7/31)

Prilosec
$3/1, PG 06/06 (exp 7/31)
$1/1, PG 07/04 (exp 7/31)

Pepto Bismol
$1/2, PG 07/94 (exp 7/31)

This could be a really great deal for any of you who regularly buy these products.

Enjoy!

Rebate Alert | Davids Sunflower Seeds $20 Sporting Goods Cash Offer (Good in-store at Walmart ONLY}


Both of my older kiddos just finished up with their t-ball and softball seasons a few weeks ago. I wish I had seen this rebate sooner so I could surprise their teams!

Here's the deal: when buy any combination of 14.5 oz. David Original Sunflower Seeds OR 16 oz. David Jumbo Sunflower Seeds (must buy a total of 20 bags) between 02/15/2010 - 08/31/2010, you can get a rebate of $20 David Dollars to spend on sporting goods in-store at Walmart.

The printable rebate form is right here.

Note that the form does NOT state a rebate limit; the language reads:

"One submission for every 20 qualified bags of DAVID Sunflower Seeds. Additional submissions require an additional offer form to be completed for every 20 qualified bags."

You can use this coupon to make this deal sweeter:

$1.00/2 David Sunflower Seeds 14.5 or 16 oz printable here

My daughter discovered sunflower seeds this year and really loves them - I may use this deal to stock up on them for next season.

Enjoy!

July 18, 2010

Back to School Deals Roundup 7/18-7/24 (Kroger, Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Walmart, Target, Kmart)


Now that July 4th weekend has come and gone, the back to school deals are beginning. You can start stocking up for the coming school year (or for your home office) a little each week with the available sales and coupons.

There are lots of bloggers out there covering these deals; here's links to some of the best I see for this week:

*KROGER*

Crayola Crayons (24 ct) – $0.25/ea (limit 12)

Crayola Classic Markers (10 ct) – $1/ea (limit 12)

Paper Mate Pens (10 ct) – 3 for $1

Oxford Portfolio Folders – $0.15/ea

Kroger is also running a back to school supply catalina on specific brands: buy $10 of participating products, earn a $2 cat OYNO; buy $20, earn a $4 cat OYNO. Brands include: Expo, Papermate, Mead, Sharpie, Crayola, Avery, FiveStar, Uniball; this catalina is available from July 11 - August 21.

Important note: Several bloggers are reporting that the catalina is triggering based upon REGULAR prices, not sale prices, meaning potentially HUGE savings!

{Thanks to the tip from reader Daphne, last week, I bought 2 Crayola Markers on sale for $1 ea {reg price $3.49} and 7 Crayola 24 ct Crayons for $0.25 ea {reg $1.99} and earned a $4 catalina. Thanks for sharing!}

*STAPLES*

Click here to see the best deals this week. Note that the $0.01 deals are available from 7/18-7/21 ONLY.

(Thanks, Common Sense with Money!)

*OFFICE DEPOT*

Click here to find the deals this week. I'm liking the pre-paid Visa card rebate items this week - hello, FREE Purell! Match those up with the new HOT $10/$25 in-store printable coupon (good 7/16-7/24) to make some awesome deals!

(Thanks, Southern Savers!)

*OFFICEMAX*

Click here to see this week's best deals. There are several deals for $0.50 or less!

(Thanks, Stockpiling Dads!)

*WALMART*

Click here for prices on some back to school basics, all priced for $1 or less.

(Thanks, Give Me Neither!)

*TARGET*

Click here and see the list of school supplies on sale at the top of the post.

(Thanks, Stretching A Buck!)

*KMART*

Click here for this week's deals on school supplies. Note that Shop Your Way Rewards members can earn some BIG extra savings from 7/11-8/14.

(Thanks, Stockpiling Moms!)

Don't forget that CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid are also starting to feature super-cheap (and even FREE) deals on back to school supplies as well. Click here to find this week's ad matchups for those stores.

One last note: most school districts have programs in place for lower-income students who need school supplies but can't afford them. You can put your mad coupon skillz to great use - grab a few extra deals while you're shopping and donate them to your local school. They will be much appreciated!

Enjoy!

Weekly Deals Roundup | 07/18/10 - 07/24/10

Looking for the matchups for this week?

Check out these sites for the best matchups this week, July 18 - July 24, 2010.

*Kroger (07/19-07/25)*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Cincinnati Cents)

*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

*Aldi*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Cincinnati Cents)

*Biggs/Remke*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Hot Coupon World)

*Walgreens*

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

*CVS*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)

*Rite Aid*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Wicked Cool Deals)

*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. ;-)

Kroger Mega Event | MORE Matchups (New Ad + Unadvertised Finds!) Good thru 7/25


I finally had the time to walk through my Kroger (Lebanon, OH Marketplace) and do a little research on the unadvertised Mega Event items.

Remember to check out this comprehensive list of matchups (advertised and unadvertised) right here (thanks, Southern Savers!) as well.

If you need extra coupons to stockup on the deals, be sure to get your order in to your favorite clipping service (I prefer this one) very soon. The popular coupons will go quickly and you'll want to be sure to get your coupons in the mail before the end of the sale.

Ok, onto the deals I found .  Please note that my final prices reflect doubled coupon values; coupons valued at $0.50-$0.99 double to $1.00. 

Ghirardelli Brownie Mix, $1.99 | $1.49 after sale discount
$1.00/2, Peelie found on boxes at Kroger (maybe you'll find them?)
Final price: $0.99 ea

Keebler Fudge Shop Cookies, $1.99 | $1.49 after sale discount

Domino Sugar, 4 lb bags, $2.99 | $2.49 after sale discount
$2.00/wyb (1) Domino Sugar 4 lbs & 10 Unsweetened Kool Aid Packets, SS 06/20
$0.30/1 Domino Sugar 2 lbs or larger printable here
Final price: $1.89 (buy just sugar) or use both coupons: buy sugar + (10) Kool Aid (I saw these priced at $0.10 ea) and pay only $0.89 for the sugar + Kool Aid!

Triscuits, the big box, $3.99 | $3.49 after sale discount
$1.00/2, SS 05/16
Final price: $2.99 ea

Wheat Thins, the big box, $3.99 | $3.49 after sale discount
$1.00/2, SS 05/16
Final price: $2.99 ea

Wishbone Salad Dressing, $1.99 | $1.49 after sale discount
$1.25/2, RP 06/27 (value of this coupon varied by region)
Final price: $0.75 ea

Planters Nut Bars & NUT-Rition Bars, $2.50 | $2.00 after sale discount
$1.00/1, peelie I found above the product yesterday
$0.75/1, SS 06/20
0.75/1, SS 04/25
Final price: $1.00 ea

Totino's Pizza Rolls, big bag, $2.99 | $2.49 after sale discount
$0.30/Any Totino's Rolls, GM 05/30
$0.60/3 Any, printable here
Final price: $1.89 - $2.16

Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bites, $2.99 | $2.49 after sale discount

T.G.I.Friday's Frozen Snacks/Appetizers, $2.99 | $2.49 after sale discount


Gold Star Frozen Chili or Chili Bites, $1.99 | $1.49 after sale discount

Tyson Frozen Bagged Chicken Nuggets, Patties, Tenders, $4.49 | $3.99 after sale discount
$1.00/1, SS 06/20
$1.00/1, SS 04/25
Final price: $2.99 ea

Breyer's Carb Smart Bars, $2.47 | $1.97 after sale discount

M&Ms Ice Cream Sandwiches, $2.99 | $2.49 after sale discount

Snickers Ice Cream Bas, $2.99 | $2.49 after sale discount

Dove Ice Cream Bars, $2.99 | $2.49 after sale discount

Twix Ice Cream Bars, $2.99 | $2.49 after sale discount

Chapstick, $1.00 | $0.50 after sale discount

Right Guard Deodorant, $1.50 | $1.00 after sale discount
$3.00/2 Total Defense 5 printable here
$1.00/1 Total Defense 5 printable here
Final price: FREE - $1.00 money maker (if Total Defense 5 is included)

L'oreal Kids Shampoo, $2.00 | $1.50 ea after sale discount
$0.75/1, RP 06/06
Final price: $0.50 ea

Irish Spring Body Wash, $3.00 | $2.50 after sale discount

And here's a few more recent matchups for you:

Spaghettios, $0.99 | $0.49 after sale discount
$0.50/2 printable here
Final price: FREE!
(Thanks, Mommy Snacks!)

Softsoap Liquid Pump, $1.50 | $1.00 after sale discount
$0.50 printable here
Final price: FREE!
(Thanks, Common Sense with Money!)

Have you found any other hidden deals during this Mega Event? Please share them in a comment so your fellow frugalistas can grab 'em, too!

July 17, 2010

HOT DEAL | Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops, 150 count for $9.00 with FREE Shipping


I've been waiting for a deal on these to roll around again because I always see them featured on posts in my Google Reader, then click through to find that the deal has expired.  Bummer!

Right now, you can get YummyEarth Organic Lollipops, Assorted Flavors, 150-Count Container* for $9 with FREE shipping from Amazon.

The current price is $10.48, but if you sign up for "Subscribe & Save" (to have them delivered 1x a month) you'll save 15% off the current price, dropping it to 150 lollipops for $8.91 and...best part...you'll get FREE shipping.

After your order has been received, if you don't want to continue getting these shipped every month (at the full price of $21, I sure don't), you'll just need to cancel the Subscribe & Save option. Just make a note on your calendar when you place your order so that you'll remember to cancel that service later.

I've read lots of rave reviews about how good these are on several blogs (like this one and this one); I'm sure my kids will be thrilled to see these arrive! And I'm thrilled that the unit cost ends up being about $0.06/lollipop!

Enjoy!

*Yup, you guessed it; that's my personal Amazon Associate affiliate link; if you do order through that link, thank you! I appreciate your support. For more on my disclosure policy, click here.

FREE Family Portraits at Sears and Walmart!

My bunch, Sept 2006. Time FLIES!!

Looking to update your family portrait (I am!)?

You can get a FREE 10x13 wall portrait at Sears Portrait Studio  (a $44.97 value) with NO session fee with this printable coupon.  What I like about this coupon is that it doesn't expire until October 3, 2010, which means you can wait a little bit to plan your portrait sitting.

If you don't have a Sears Portrait Studio near you but do have a Walmart PictureMe Portrait Studio, you can use this printable coupon to get a FREE 10x13 wall portrait ($29.98 value) with no purchase necessary. This one expires August 31, 2010.

Enjoy making some family memories -- it's always an adventure trying to get everyone smiling at EXACTLY the same time!!

July 16, 2010

Kroger Mega Event | Unadvertised Matchups Good thru 7/25!


I haven't had a chance yet to do a "research" trip to Kroger for the unadvertised matchups (busy & lazy summer nights!) but I wanted to make sure any of you headed out to do your Krogering this weekend had the full scoop on what deals you can find.

So I did a little searching and found that Jenny over at Southern Savers did some research at her Kroger in Georgia. She found over 70 unadvertised deals!

Can I get a WOOT!

Click here to see her full list of deals which includes both the advertised and undavertised with coupon matchups. Note that while these items should also be included in your Kroger's Mega Event sale, you can expect to see some price differences based on regions.

Here are a few of my faves:

Red Gold Tomatoes, $0.96 | $0.46 after discount
$0.75/3 printable here
Final price: $0.21 ea

Stride or Trident Gum 3 pk, $2.00 | $1.50 after discount
FREE Stride Shift Gum when you buy Any Stride Gum, SS 05/16
Final price: $1.50/4 pks gum or $0.38 ea

Breyers Smooth and Dreamy Bars, $2.47 | $1.97 after discount
$0.50/1, SS 06/27
$1.00/1 printable here
Final price: $0.97 ea

Starbucks Ice Cream, 1 pint, $2.47 | $1.97 after discount
$1.00/1 printable here
$0.75/1 printable here
Final price: $0.97 ea

Suave Deodorant, $1.50 | $1.00 after discount
$0.75/1, RP 07/11
Final price: FREE!

Dixie Plates, 20-45 ct, $1.99 | $1.49 after discount
$0.50/1, RP 05/23
Final price: $0.49

I love these sales! I hope you save TONS of money at your Kroger this weekend!

In This Sunday's Inserts | July 18, 2010 {1 Inserts - SS}

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, 07/18/10, there will be 1 insert in the Sunday newspapers.

Here's a few coupons that look good to me:

Smart Source

$1/1 Danimals Smoothie 6pk, Smoothie 12pk, Crush Cup 4pk or Coolision 6pk

$0.50/1 Dannon Dan-o-Nino Product

$1/1 Mitchum Or Mitchum For Women Product, Any

$5/1 Philips Norelco Model: CC5060 Kid’s Clipper or QC5170 180 Hair Clippers

To see the full list of coupons available in this week's insert, click here (thanks, Sunday Coupon Preview).

Enjoy your weekend!

July 15, 2010

Rebate Alert | $10/$30 of ANY Olay, Venus, Covergirl, Secret, or Pantene Products, exp 9/17/10


Yet another great rebate has been released by Olay! Woohoo!

Purchase $30 of ANY Olay, Venus, Covergirl, Secret or Pantene products between 06/30/10-09/17/10 and receive a $10 rebate. You do NOT have to purchase them all in one transaction; multiple receipts are ok.

Print your rebate form right here.

Submissions must be postmarked by October 1, 2010.

I don't know about you, but I am LOVING the Olay rebates this year! Keep 'em coming, P&G!

HOT DEAL | Biotrue $4 Money Maker at CVS (Good thru July 31)


I was hopping through my Google Reader and I saw this deal posted over at Mommy Snacks. Since both my hubs and I wear contact lenses, anytime I can stock up on contact lens solution with a hot deal, I'm thrilled!

Through the end of July 2010, CVS has the 2 oz bottles (travel size) featured as a FREE after ECBs monthly deal:

Biotrue 2 oz, $2.99
Earn $2.99 ECBS
Limit (2)
Total ECBs: $6.00

You can turn this deal into a $4.00 money maker with this new printable coupon:

$2/1 Biotrue 2 oz Size

You'll need to register to get to the Bricks link coupon; the print limit on this coupon is (2) so hit the BACK button on your browser, refresh, and print a second one.

Biotrue 2 oz, $2.99 (buy 2)
(2) $2/1 printable coupons
Final cost: $1.98; earns 6 ECBs

There is also another printable coupon out for Biotrue but it's for the 10 oz or larger bottles.  Print it and hold onto it because with this being a new product, we'll likely see it featured in the drugstore sales/deals soon.

$2/1 Biotrue 10 oz or larger

Want to use the $2/Biotrue 2 oz printable at Rite Aid instead? See the money maker deal you can get with it right here (thanks, Mommy Snacks).

Enjoy!

Freebie Roundup!


Time for some freebies! Click on through and make your mailbox happy!

:: Register with SmartPiggy.com and you can request a FREE sample of Tetley Tea right here.

:: If you did register for a free account with SmartPiggy.com, be sure to scroll down a bit and request a FREE piggy bank, too! They're only giving 1,000 away so get yours soon! Click here to get started.

:: Join the Pub Club at Fox and Hound (a franchise restaurant) and you'll get a FREE appetizer; click here.

Below are my personal affiliate links; thanks for your support of this site!







Enjoy!

HOT DEAL | $5 The Body Shop 7/15-7/18 Online Code + Printable Coupon {Earn 10% Cash Back with Shop at Home!}



Click here to print your $5 coupon for The Body Shop. You can also use the online code BODYBUCKS  online. Both the printable and the code are good from 7/15-7/18.

There's no minimum purchase amount on this coupon, meaning you might be able to score some deals for free or nearly free with it.

There are several items less than $5 in the "Final Sale" section; click here to see those deals. You can combine this coupon with their current Buy 2, Get 1 FREE deals as well.

Shipping is a flat rate of $5.95; orders of $60 or more get FREE shipping.

So what did I get?  8-)

I found the Wild Cherry Body Butter pictured above, 6.8 oz, for $5.00 in the Final Sale section; the regular price is $20.00.  I paid only shipping ($5.95) and made sure to shop through my Shop at Home account.  This will be a nice little gift for my awesome mom-in-law whose birthday is coming up soon. 

If you're shopping online as well, be sure to shop through your Shop at Home account to earn 10% cash back on your purchase!

Enjoy!

Win up to 30 FREE Prize Tickets for Chuck E Cheese!

Play the Ticket Blaster game here and win up to 30 FREE prize tickets for participating Chuck E Cheese restaurants.

You can play multiple times in one day (if you don't get 30 tickets the first time) but you can only redeem (1) certificate per child per day.

If you're headed out to Chuck E Cheese, be sure to check out the coupons and promotions (including one for good grades on your child's report card) right here.

Enjoy!

FREE Bikini Bra from American Apparel


This is a nice FREEbie so I would assume that it will disappear quickly.

Click here to request a FREE Bikini Bra from American Apparel.  What a super deal!

Note that their sizes are a bit different than you would expect; you can find their size chart right here.

Good luck!

July 13, 2010

Famous Footwear $10/$10 Online Code | Available Now via Email Until 11:59 pm CST 7/13

Did you miss out on the chance to use the $10/$10 printable coupon for Famous Footwear that expired yesterday?  Or were you waiting for the online code for the coupon to be fixed? 

Famous Footwear released directions on how their fans can get the online $10/$10 coupon code; see their Facebook page here for full details.  Be aware that you must email them by today, 7/13, 11:59 pm CST.

(Thanks, Money Saving Mom, for the update!)

Let's Go Krogering! Week of July 12, 2010 ($5/10 Mega Event + School Supplies!)


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 Kroger trip, Monday, 7/12:



Spent: $23.48
Saved: $55.99 (70%)
Earned: $4.00 OYNO catalina

Kroger is running another Mega Event this week and next: buy 10 participating items, get $5 off at checkout.

As I walked through the store, I noticed several unadvertised items; when I asked at the customer service desk for a full list of all the participaing items, they didn't have one yet.  (Usually, you can find a little card or flyer with the full list of particpating items/brands at the front of the store.) I plan on making another trip to Kroger (without the smallfolk) to do some research on those unadvertised deals.

Kroger is also starting to put back to school deals on sale this week and there is a catalina deal available on school supplies as well. Buy $10 worth of pariticpating brands, get $2 catalina; buy $20 worth of participating brands, get $4 catalina.

I loaded up on Crayola and Avery products since they were on sale, and bought $10 worth of those items on sale. However, I received a $4.00 catalina at checkout, making me think that the catalinas are triggered by the full price of the items, not the sale prices. If anyone else experiences this, please share in a comment.

Here's the coupons I used this week:

Mega Event Items

Private Selection Ice Cream, $2.47 | $1.97 after sale discount
$0.75/1, Kroger loyal customer mailer coupon
Final price: $1.22 ea

Boulder Canyon Chips, $1.49 | $0.99 after sale discount
$1.00/1 printable here
Final price: FREE! (These are SO good!)

Philadelphia Cream Cheese, $1.49 | $0.99 after sale discount
$1.00/2, Kroger loyal customer mailer coupon
Final price: $0.49 ea

Kraft Easy Mac Cups, $0.99 | $0.49 after sale discount
$1.00/5, peelie coupon found in-store about a month ago
Final price: 5/$1.45 or $0.29 ea

Sargento Cheese, $2.38 | $1.88 after sale discount
$0.50/1, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $0.88 ea

Scotch Scrub Sponge, $1.50 | $1.00 after sale discount
$0.75/2, RP 06/06
Final price: $0.50

Dannon Danimals {Smoothies or Crush Cups}, $2.29 ea | $1.79 after sale discount
$1.00/1, SS 06/06
Final price: $0.79 ea

Lever 2000 2pk, $1.89 | $1.39 after sale discount
$0.50/1, RP 7/11
Final price: $0.39 ea

Spaghettios, $0.99 | $0.49 after sale discount
$0.40/2, Campbell's booklet (As part of their Labels for Education program; I received these booklets 2 years ago which tells you how long I'll hold onto a coupon and wait for a sale!!)
Final price: $0.09 ea

Other coupons:

Kroger Deluxe Sherbet, $1.88 ea
$0.50/1, Kroger eCoupon found here
Final price: $1.38 ea

And the prices on the Crayola & Avery items:

Crayola Crayons, 24 pk, $0.25 ea (regularly $1.99 ea)

Crayola Markers, $1.00 ea (regularly $3.49 ea)

Avery Glue Sticks, 3pk (I found packages with a bonus glue stick for FREE), $1.49 ea

See more matchups this week in this post, too (thanks, 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 $$!



Thanks for reading and subscribing to The New Frugal Mom!

July 12, 2010

Shoe Deals | $10/$10 Famous Footwear Printable & $10/$10 Naturalizer Printable or Online


There are a couple of shoe deals (think back to school) floating around that might be useful to you.

First, Famous Footwear has a $10/$10 printable coupon for in-store use available here (you'll need to login to your Facebook account to get it). Note that while there was a code for using this online, it's no longer available (and likely won't be before this deal is over; I'm guessing their site was overwhelmed). This deal is good through today 7/12 ONLY; find the Famous Footwear store near you right here. (Thanks, Common Sense with Money!)

You can also get a $10/$10 printable or online coupon for Naturalizer; you'll need to join their Preferred Customer eClub right here to get this deal. To locate the nearest Naturalizer store near you, click here. Remember, if you use this deal online to shop through your Shop at Home account to earn 9% cash back. (Thanks, Bucktown Bargains!)

Have you seen any other good deals on shoes lately? Please share!

July 11, 2010

Pinecone Research | OPEN for New Members {Earn $3.00 per Survey!}


I've mentioned Pinecone Research before - it's one of the few survey companies I like because they pay $3/survey either by check or by PayPal. You get paid for each survey you complete which is nice since many of the other survey sites have a threshold which you have to reach before you can get a payout (like $10 or $20, etc).

Right now, Pinecone Research is accepting new members who meet the following requirements:

:: Female ONLY

:: Age 18-24, or 35+ (excluding those under 18 or between 25-34)

:: Household sizes of 1, 2, 3 or 5+ (excluding Households of 4).  Excluding households with children under the age of 6

:: Education: Less than a college graduate (Some College, High School or Grade School ONLY)

:: Occupation: Cannot accept signup if ANYONE in their immediate household and family employed in a consumer package goods company, marketing researcher or advertising industry


If you meet these criteria, you can click on the banner above to signup or click here*.

Now I'm going to head over to check out my Pinecone Research account...I'm so bad at keeping up with it! 8-)

Good luck!

*Contains my personal affiliate link. For more on my disclosure policy, click here.