October 30, 2010

What I Saved at the Stores {Week 43 of 2010}


I share my weekly savings with the hopes that you might be inspired; this weekly post also serves as a means of keeping me on track with my budget goals.  Thank for stopping in to check it out!

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Kroger 10/25
(Get the full details on the coupons I used this week in my Let's Go Krogering! post.)


Spent: $46.70
Saved: $28.42(38%)

Kroger 10/28
 (No picture; school party supplies)
Spent: $3.39
Saved: $0.20 (5%)

Kroger 10/29
 (No picture; grabbed more of the GM Cereal deal items to stockpile + a few other items with q's.  I also had a $5 off your next order Hershey's catalina I used to lower my final total.)
Spent: $9.53
Saved: $24.53 (72%)

CVS 10/26
(No picture; Halloween candy)
Spent: $4.29
Saved: $3.98 (48%)

Remke/Biggs 10/29
(Super Double Coupon Event; read more about this trip here.)

Spent: $15.55
Saved: $44.36 (75%)

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Weekly Totals

Spent: $79.46
Saved: $101.49 (56%)

My weekly goal for my grocery/household budget is $80/week. I'm just squeaking under this week and I'm really happy with some of the great stockpiling items I was able to get for my family.  Between the GM Cereal deal at Kroger and the Super Double coupon event at Remke/Biggs on 10/29, my pantry and freezers are loaded up again.  Sounds like it's time for a Pantry Challenge menu plan at my house!  ;-)

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.

Thanks for reading and subscribing to The New Frugal Mom!

October 29, 2010

In This Sunday's Inserts | October 31, 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, 10/31/10, there will be 3 inserts in the Sunday newspapers.

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

Smart Source

$0.75/1 Chock Full o'Nuts Coffee

$1.00/1 Colgate Toothpaste

$1.00/1 Mount Olive Pickles

Red Plum

$2.00/1 Advil PM 32ct+

$2.00/2 Dunkin Donuts Coffee Bags 11oz

$0.75/1 Smart Balance Milks 1/2 gallon carton

P&G

$2.00/1 Febreze Home Collections candle

$2.00/1 Gillette Deodorant

$2.00/1 Tide Stain Release product

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

Enjoy your weekend and don't eat too much Halloween candy! ;-)

Remke/Biggs {Mason, OH} Super Double Coupon Event 10/29 | My 75% Savings + Observations


Remke/Biggs Double Coupon Event (Mason, OH) 10/29

Spent: $15.55
Saved: $44.36 (75%)

I headed down I-71 to the Remke/Biggs on Mason-Montgomery Rd just after dropping my older two off at school around 8:30 am.  Since I'm just up the road a bit (in Lebanon - love love LOVE it here), I was in the store walking the aisles just before 9:00 am.

Since this sale event began at 6:00 am, many of the hottest deals were already out of stock. Oh well!

I chatted with some of the employees that I met as I shopped (all who were just wonderful and friendly and thrilled to see us couponistas rockin' the deals); from what they told me, it sounded like there were lots of shoppers who were at the doors at 6:00 am with their coupons in hand. 

A few other observations:

:: All the couponers I saw (and it was mostly serious couponers in the store with me judging by the amount of binders, filers, and coupon systems I saw in the shopping carts) were super nice.  I saw and heard a lot of helpful conversations, sharing of coupons, and good-natured commiserating over the missed deals {oh wait - that last one was me.  ;-) }  Thumbs up to my fellow couponistas for their generous spirits and kindness to one another today!

:: I've shopped other double coupon events at Biggs (most notably this one last fall where I saved 83%; that one was a triple/double coupon event at Biggs in Mason, OH).  Today, it seemed like there were slightly fewer staffers re-stocking hot items than last years event.  I don't know if this is a staffing issue (ie: not having enough people) or a stock issue (ie: not having enough extra stock) but that's just my personal observation

:: The cashiers at the registers did a superb job (imho) of keeping the lines moving, opening new lines, and scanning each and every coupon quickly.  I was through my line and out the door very quickly.  Thumbs up to Remke/Biggs for awesome customer service at the front end of the store!

:: The register system is set to automatically adjust the value of your doubled coupon down to the price of the item which means you will not get any overage on your coupons during this event.  Which was ok with me - the deals were steller enough without overage.  ;-)

FYI, here's the coupons I used:

Tic Tac Big Pack, $1.19 ea (located at registers)
$0.75/1,SS 10/24
Final price: FREE!  (coupon doubled by $0.44 to make the item FREE - no overage)

Rhodes Crusty Rolls, $1.19 ea
$1.00/1 any Rhodes, RP 09/19
Final price: $0.19 ea

Red Gold Diced Tomatoes, $1.00 ea
$1.00/3, SS 09/19 & SS 10/24
Final price: $0.33 ea

Fuze Drinks, $1.00 ea
$1.00/2, SS 10/24
Final price: FREE!

Mahatma Rice, $1.49 ea
$0.75/2, RP 10/24
Final price: $0.75 ea

Folgers Coffee, $4.49 ea
$1.00/1, RP 10/10
Final price: $2.49

Campbell's Chunky Soup, $1.25 ea
$1.00/2, SS 10/10
Final price: $0.25 ea

Chi Chi's Soft Taco Tortillas, $1.89 ea
$1.00/2, SS 10/24
Final price: $0.89 ea

Kellogg's Fruit Snacks, $1.99 ea
$1.00/1 printable here
Final price: FREE!

Sure Deodorant, $1.99 ea
$1.00/1, SS 10/17
Final price: FREE!

For the best matchups for this (1) day Super Double Sale event, click here {thanks, Saving Money Wisely --and I think I was right behind you in the canned tomato aisle!  ;-)  }

Did you hit this sale event?  What kind of deals did you find?  What time of day did you shop?  Leave a comment below and let us know what your experience was like.  Feel free to drop a link to your own blog post in your comment, too.  ;-)

October 28, 2010

Remke/Biggs SUPER DOUBLE Coupons 10/29 {Mason, OH Only} | Find Hidden Deals Using In-Store Special Search at Remkes.com!!

So, as I noted in this post, Remke/Biggs is having a 1 Day Super Double Coupon Event tomorrow, (Friday, 10/29 6 am - 11 pm) only at their Mason, OH store.

I finally had a chance to sit down today (a few minutes ago, to be exact!) and start organizing for this awesome stockpiling event.

When I hopped over to the Remkes.com to check the sale ad online, I noticed how much the site has changed since Remke bought out Biggs.

Changed for the better, that is, especially one nifty little feature that I promise will rock your couponing socks right off your toes!

Take a look at this (don't worry, I'll explain in a second!):


Remkes.com not only has their normal Weekly Ad available online (nothing new or spectacular about that), they also have a feature tab called  "In-Store Specials" where you can search for unadvertised in-store specials.

Oh my sweet clipping scissors!

In the screenshot above, I searched the category "Dairy" then the sub-category "Eggs" and found that Egg Beaters, 16 oz, are on sale (unadvertised) for $2.79, a savings of $0.50 from their usual price of $3.29.

Ok, great, you might be thinking, but what's the big deal?  Why is this so darn exciting?

Because if you're headed to the Mason, OH store for the (1) Day Super Double Coupon Event, you can first search for unadvertised "In-Store Specials" that you might need to stockpile and then you can search the free coupon database at HotCouponWorld (click here) to find any available coupon matchups. 

To fininsh my Eggbeater example, a quick search of the free database at Hot Coupon World showed a $0.75/1 printable here.  Tomorrow (10/29), that coupon will double to $1.50/1 so my final price would look like this:

Eggbeaters, 16 oz, $2.79 ea
$0.75/1 printable here (doubles to $1.50/1)
Final price: $1.29 ea

This is kind of a big deal, my fellow couponistas!

Ok, so here's your action items to get ready for tomorrow (after checking out the list of known sale/coupon matchups here):

:: ONE - Go to Remkes.com

:: TWO - Make sure you have the Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH store selected as your location here

:: THREE - Click on "Weekly Ads" in the red tabs

:: FOUR - Click on "In-Store Specials" in the orange tabs

:: FIVE - Search your little coupon-loving heart out for hidden deals that you need for your stockpile!

:: SIX - Last, search for the best coupon matchups for those hidden deals at Hot Coupon World (remember, $1.00-$1.99 coupons will double to a maximum doubled value of $2.00)

:: SEVEN - Sleep well, couponista, for the coming dawn will bring a day of couponing to thrill even the most jaded coupon lover's heart!  ;-)

Ok, see you at Remkes tomorrow!  I've got some serious organizing to do tonight!

FREE with Q's | Drugstores 10/24/10- 10/30/10



As I mentioned here, FREE with Q's is a new weekly feature here at TNFM. My hope is that I can make your weekend drugstore trips a little easier (and packed with more savings) by highlighting the deals you can get for FREE with Q's (coupons).

Whether you're planning on stockpiling those items for your family or simply donating what you can't/won't use, FREE with Q's means more bang for your hard-earned bucks. Besides, FREE is my personal fave flavor! ;-)

Please note that these deals (Drugstores) include items that may be FREE with Q's after you calculate the impact of Register Rewards (Walgreens), ECBs (CVS), or Single Check Rebates/UP Rewards (Rite Aid) on your overall total.  If you are new to couponing or are unsure about how to work the deals at each drugstore, I have linked to a tutorial for each drugstore for your convenience. 

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**If you have Register Rewards from previous weeks to spend, you can use them like "Walgreens Money" to get your items for FREE!  To learn how to work the deals at Walgreens, read my Walgreens: How to Save Big tutorial post here.**

Register Reward Deals:

Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste, $3.49 ea (earns $3.50 RR)
$1.00/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste, SS 10/10
Final price: $2.49 ea (pay with RRs if you have them) + $3.50 RR to spend later = FREE + $1.01 overage!

Contac Cold & Flu, 28 ct, $6.00 ea (earns $6.00 RR)
$2.00/1 Glaxo Smith Kline Products, RP 10/10
$2.00/1 Contac printable here
Final price: $4.00 ea (pay with RRs if you have them) + $6.00 RR to spend later = FREE + $2.00 overage!

Coupon Deals:

Mentos Gum, $0.99 after in ad coupon

$1.00/1, SS 10/03
Final price: FREE!

Listerine Zero Mouthwash, $2.99
$4.00/1, RP 09/19 (if you lucked out and got this coupon - likely regional)
Final price: FREE + $1.01 overage!

(For more deals at Walgreens this week, see this post at Common Sense with Money.)

 

**If you have ECBs from previous weeks to spend, you can use them like "CVS Money" to get your items for FREE! To learn how to work the deals at CVS, read my CVS: How to Save Big tutorial post here.**


ECB Deals:

Bayer Contour Blood Glucose Monitor, $14.99 ea (earns $5.00 ECBs; limit 1)
$10.00/1 Bayer Meter (includes Contour), RP 08/08
Final price: $4.99 (pay with ECBs if you have them) + $5.00 ECBs to spend later = FREE!

(FYI: I donate these when I can get them for free to my local food pantry, Goodwill, and also to local nursing homes/senior centers.  Since Type II Diabetes is reaching near epidemic proportions in our nation, these monitors are much needed by many folks who can't afford them.)

(For more deals at CVS this week, see this post at Bargain Briana.)



*If you have UP Rewards from previous weeks, you can use them like "Rite Aid Money" to get your items for FREE!  To learn how to work the deals at Rite Aid, please read this Rite Aid 101 Tutorial by Kelly at Faithful Provisions.  She explains all the different rebate programs very thoroughly.*


UP Rewards:

Alka Seltzer Plus Fast Crystal or Powder, 10 pk, $5.00 ea, (earns $2.00 UP Reward)
$3.00/1 Powder Packs, RP 10/24
$1.00/1 Alka Seltzer, Rite Aid Video Values printable here
Final Price: $2.00 (pay with UP Rewards if you have them) + $2.00 UP Reward to spend later = FREE + $1.00 overage!

Aveeno Shampoo, Conditioners, Stylers, $5.99 ea  (earns $1.00 UP Reward)
$1.00/1 Aveeno Nourish+ printable here
$4.00/1 Aveeno, Rite Aid Video Values printable here
Final Price: $0.99 (pay with UP Rewards if you have them) + $1.00 UP Reward to spend later = FREE!

Nivea Happy Sensation  Lotion, $5.99 (earns $5.00 UP Reward)
$1.00/1 Nivea Body Lotion, RP 08/29
Final price: $0.99 (pay with UP Rewards if you have them) + $5.00 UP Reward to spend later = FREE!

Halls Cough Drops, 2/$3.00, (earns $1.00 UP Reward when you buy 2)
$2.00/3, (Asst Brands, Halls included), SS 08/08
Final price: 2/$1.00 (pay with UP Rewards if you have them) + $1.00 UP Reward to spend later = FREE!

(For more deals at Rite Aid this week, see this post by The Thrifty Mama.)

Did you find any FREE with Q's deals this week at the drugstores?  Please share them in a comment below so other readers can grab 'em, too!

FREE with Q's | Grocery Stores 10/24/10-10/30/10


Apologies for not getting this post up for last week's FREE with Q's deals. While I'm pretty good at stretching our family's dollars, I've yet to learn how to bend time to my will. ;-) 

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As I mentioned here, FREE with Q's is a new weekly feature here at TNFM.  My hope is that I can make your weekend grocery trips a little easier (and packed with more savings) by highlighting the deals you can get for FREE with Q's (coupons). 

Whether you're planning on stockpiling those items for your family or simply donating what you can't/won't use, FREE with Q's means more bang for your hard-earned bucks.  Besides, FREE is my personal fave flavor!  ;-)

Please note that Kroger, Cincinnati Region, allows unlimited coupons per transaction and doubles coupons to a maximum doubled coupon value of $1.00Meijer, Cincinnati Region, also doubles coupons to a maximum doubled coupon value of $1.00 but only allows (2) of the same coupon for (2) of the same product per transaction. Remke/Biggs also doubles coupons to a maximum doubled value of $1.00 but allows up to (12) of the same coupon for (12) of the same product per transaction.

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*Sale runs 10/23/10-10/31/10*

Frozen Foods Mega Event Items (MUST buy 10 participating items to get an instant $5 off at checkout)

Hungry Man Entree, 14-18.1 oz, $2.28 ea | $1.78 ea after Mega Event discount
$2.00/1 printable here (Facebook coupon)
Final price: FREE + $0.22 overage!

Birdseye Steamfresh Vegetables, $1.99 ea | $1.49 ea after Mega Event discount
FREE bag any (1) Steamfresh Lightly Sauced or Whole Grain Blends variety (to $2.99), SS 10/24
Final price: FREE!

Other Deals

Energizer Eveready Flashlights, $0.99 ea
$1.00/1 Energizer Brand Batteries or Flashlight, SS 09/12 & SS 10/03
Final price: FREE!

Maruchan Yakisoba, $0.94 ea
$0.50/1, SS 10/10
Final price: FREE!

(For more deals at Kroger this week, see this list at Savings Lifestyle and the deals I found this week in my Let's Go Krogering! post.)


Campbell's Chunky Soup Can (18.6-19 oz) or Bowl (15-15.3 oz), $0.80 ea
$0.50/1 printable here
Final price: FREE + $0.20 overage!

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest & Smart Taste Pasta, $0.99 ea
$1.00/1 Healthy Harvest, SS 10/10
$1.00/1 Smart Taste, Woman's Day magazine, Nov 2010
$1.00/1 Smart Taste, Parents magazine, Nov 2010
Final price: FREE!

Zatarains Rice Mix, 7-8 oz, $1.45 ea
$2.00/1, RP 09/19
Final price: FREE + $0.55 overage!

Pompeian Olive Oil, $2.99 ea (this is the sale price; on sale 50% off this week)
$2.00/1 Meijer Mealbox printable
-->Stack with:
$1.00/1 printable here
Final price: FREE!
(Thank you, Meijer Madness!)

(For more deals at Meijer this week, see this post at Savings Lifestyle.)


Super Double Coupon Event, FRI 10/29, Mason, OH store ONLY!

:: There are LOTS of FREE items with coupons for this event at the Mason, OH store; see this post for the full details.

*Regular Sale items at all Remke stores; sale runs 10/25/10 - 10/31/10*

Totino's Pizza Rolls, $1.00 ea
$0.50/1, GM 08/08
Final Price: FREE!

Totino's Crispy Crust Pizza, $1.00 ea
$0.50/1, GM 08/08
Final price: FREE!

(For more deals at Remke this week, see this post at Saving Money Wisely.)

*Please note that Target stores vary prices by region - check your local ad/store.*

Coffeemate Creamer, 16 oz, $1.50 ea
$1.50/1 printable here
Final price: FREE!

Reach Dental Floss, $0.97- $1.12 ea
$1.00/1 Reach Floss, RP 03/07
$1.00/1 Reach Floss printable here
$1.00/1 Reach Floss or Toothbrush printable here
Final Price: FREE - $0.12 ea!

Rayovac Batteries, $1.00 ea (in Dollar Spot bins)
$1.00/1 printable here
Final price: FREE!

(For more deals at Target this week, see this post at Stretching a Buck.)


*Please note that Walmart stores vary price by region - check your local ad/store.*

Gain Dish Soap, $0.97 ea
$1.00/1, PG 10/10
Final price: FREE!

(For more deals this week at Walmart, see this post at Passion for Savings.)

Did you find any FREE with Q's deals this week at the grocery stores?  Please share them in a comment below so other readers can grab 'em, too!

October 27, 2010

HOT DEAL! Biggs Remke SUPER DOUBLE Coupons, 10/29/10 | Mason, Ohio Location ONLY


Oh me, oh my, oh coupon high!

If you haven't heard yet, Remke/Biggs in Mason, Ohio (just off I-71 at the Fields Ertel Exit) is having a SUPER DOUBLE COUPON DAY this Friday, 10/29/10.

This event will ONLY be at the Mason, Ohio location. Sorry if this isn't close to you; however, the deals available are stellar . You may want to ask a few of your closest coupon buddies if they'd like to go on a coupon road trip with you!

Here's what you need to know before you go:

:: Sale runs from 6 am sharp to 11 pm on Friday 10/29/10 ONLY at the Mason, Ohio Remke/Biggs store
:: Coupons will be doubled to a maximum doubled amount of $2.00 (ie: $1.00 coupons double to $2.00 and $1.50 coupons also double to $2.00)
:: Coupons $2.00 or more will not double (face value only on those higher dollar coupons)
:: Per Remke/Biggs coupon policy, there is a limit of 12 identical coupons per identical items (ie: you buy 12 Honey Nut Cheerios and can use 12 $0.50/1 Honey Nut Cheerios coupons)

To see the matchups for this sale, click here

(Everybody give a big high five thank you to Saving Money Wisely for doing a pre-sale store tour to get the price matchups!)

If you go, be a peach and don't wipe out the shelves, k? I know I've said it before but I'll say it again: It's bad coupon karma. ;-)

I'll be shopping, too, after I drop my (2) oldest off at school. If you see me there around 8:45 or so (and my little guy who's 4 and a cute handful of energy), please wave and say hi! I don't bite and I do so love to chat coupons!  ;-)

Psst...I'll be the one with the stack-o-coupons and a Starbucks mug of home brew java. ;-)

Are you heading to the Super Double Event at Remke/Biggs, Mason, OH? Spot any hot freebie or cheapie matchups for this sale? Share in a comment below and thanks for reading!

October 26, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! Week of October 25, 2010 (Cinnamon Toast Crunch $0.49 ea!)



This week the Kroger Frozen 10 Item Mega Event continues (buy any 10 participating items, get an instant $5.00 off at checkout). I still didn't find anything that I found stockpile-worthy for my family; I mean, while I'd like to stockpile (10) half-gallons of ice cream, I probably shouldn't!

(Mmmmm......Cookie Dough Ice Cream....!)

There are some nice dealios to be found that aren't part of the Frozen Mega Event sale. 

The biggie, IMHO? 

Cinnamon Toast Crunch (which hubs and I joking refer to as Cinnamon Toast Crack given how much our boys love it) for as low as $0.49/box.  DEAL! 

Don't forget - Kroger is having a (3) Day Halloween Sale from Friday-Sunday this week - you can get some great candy deals if you still need to fill your treat bowl! 

Anyhooo....here's my Krogering trip for Monday, 10/25:

My Krogering Trip, Monday, 10/25/10

Spent: $46.70
Saved: $28.42 (37%)

Here's the coupons I used; please note that Cincinnati area Kroger stores allow unlimited coupons and double coupons to a maximum doubled value of $1.00.

Kroger Value Cookies, $1.38 ea
$0.40/2, Kroger My Magazine School Days
Final price: $1.18 ea

Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Bread, $1.49 ea
$0.55/1, Kroger My Magazine School Days
Final price: $0.49 ea

Kroger Milk Gallon, $2.58 ea
$1.00 Milk when you buy Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Bread, tearpad found at my local Save-a-Lot
Final price: $1.58 ea

Cinnamon Toast Crunch, $2.99
::: Buy (4), get an instant $6.00 off at checkout (brings price down to $1.49 ea) :::
$0.65/1 Cinnamon Toast Crunch printable here
$0.55/1 Cinnamon Toast Crunch printable here
Final price: $0.49 ea after $6.00 discount and (4) doubled coupons

Kroger Taco Shells, $1.70 ea
$0.40/2, Kroger My Magazine Celebrate the Americas
Final price: $1.50 ea

Chef Boyardee Ravioli, $0.88 ea
Buy (3) Chef Boyardee Ravioli, Get (1) Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pasta ($1.00 ea) FREE, tearpad found at Kroger
Final price: (4) for $2.64 or $0.66 ea

Birds Eye Steam Fresh Veggies, $1.99 ea
::: Kroger Frozen Food Mega Event Item :::
FREE Birds Eye Steam Fresh Veggies, SS 10/24
Final price: FREE!

Notable sale prices:

Kroger Medium Eggs, $0.50 ea (I see omelets in my future!)

Driscoll's Strawberries, 2/$4.00 ($2.00 ea)

Also, I wanted to update you on the Kroger Brands Shop & Save promotion (buy $100 worth of Kroger brand items in October, get a $5.00 off your next order coupon) I mentioned here.

Today, my Kroger brand items purchased in October pushed me over the $100 threshold; here's what my $5.00 off my next shopping order looks like:


Note that the $5.00 coupon is at the bottom of my receipt rather than a separate catalina from the coupon printer.  Also, it looks like there's no limit to how many of these you can earn in October (if your shopper loyalty card was selected for this promotion); my purchases that went over the $100 threshold started tallying for another $5.00 off your next order coupon.

 I doubt I'll spend another $85 on Kroger brand items before Sunday 10/31 but it is nice to see that this was a rolling promotion.  Hey Kroger folks - bring this one back again, k?  ;-)

To see the matchups for this week at Kroger, click here (thanks, Savings Lifestyle) and you can also check here for some unadvertised Frozen Food Mega Event items (thanks, Deal Seeking Mom).

Did you find any unadvertised deals or awesome closeouts at Kroger this week?  Share 'em in a comment below!

October 25, 2010

Weekly Deals Roundup | 10/24/10 - 10/30/10

Looking for the matchups for this week?

Check out these sites for the best matchups this week, October 17 - October 23, 2010.

::: Need Halloween candy deals? See this big list here! :::

*Kroger (10/25/10-10/31/10)*

::: 3 Day Halloween Sale, Fri-Sun, 10/29-10/31 :::

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Savings Lifestyle)

*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Savings Lifestyle)

*Aldi*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Cincinnati Cents)

*Biggs/Remke*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Saving Money Wisely)

*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 The Thrifty Mama)

*Target*

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

*Walmart*

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

October 20, 2010

Frugal Failure | Multi-Tasking Gone Wrong, Laundry-Style


(Trying to salvage my favorite sweater.)

While I'm big on saving money and ways to do more with less as a part of frugal living, I'm just as passionate (or crazed, depending on how you look at it) about saving time.  

Of course, if saving time ends up costing me money, then I've wasted both.  

That picture above happened during my busy Monday morning.  Like every weekday, I was up early (sometime between 5 and 6am) so I could get ramped up for the day.  Before 8:15 am, I had already done more than I can list here; believe me, I tried and when I got to the 11th item on the list - about 2/3 of the way, just before the laundry disaster above - I realized how nutso (and over-caffeinated) I might seem to some of you out there!

On my way out the door with my three kids (I had to drop my older two off at school then head a-Krogering with my little guy), I tossed the first load of laundry in the dryer and filled the washer again with the whites that needed bleaching.

In my rush, I didn't see that my favorite cream-colored silk blend sweater (one I got at JCP.com clearance section for just $6 with one of the infamous $10/$10 JCP.com coupon codes) was mixed in with the sheets, towels, and my older two's school uniform polos.

Oh no.

When I found it later in the day, the damage was done - there were yellow stains all over it. 

I immediately soaked the sweater in my kitchen sink and started googling for ideas on how to fix it.  I came across this article which helped to explain what might have happened and how to fix it.  I've yet to buy the Rit products in the article but I do intend to give it a try.  I reallly like that sweater!

Of course, the whole time I was searching for a solution, I was mentally kicking myself.  If only I'd checked the laundry before I tossed it in the washer.  If only I'd taken a moment to put the sweater up on the shelf in my laundry room when I hauled the hampers down from upstairs (which is what I usually do with items that need to be washed delicately). 

If only I'd just slowed down a little bit.

I'm sharing this little laundry disaster (and this is just one in a long list of many laundry disasters in my mommying life) with you because I'm betting many of you are just like me - moms who are busy, busy, BUSY

Don't get me wrong; busy is good - it gets the job done.  And let's face it, busy is just plain necessary for us modern moms who balance so many different roles.  But sometimes I get so caught up in the whirlwind of my own busyness that I end up wasting time, money, or both. 

And then there's the stress that comes with living life at a frantic, gotta go-go-GO! pace.  It's unsustainable over the long term.  Remember the story about the tortoise and the hare? 

That tortoise had the right idea.  ;-)

So my fellow frugalistas, as I make a note on my own to-do list for this week to buy those Rit products (assuming they don't cost an arm & leg), remember that your to-do list should be a tool in your frugal time management toolbox, not a tyrant that rules your life.

And remember to check those whites before you toss in the bleach! ;-)

October 19, 2010

Let's Go Krogering! | Week of October 18, 2010 (FREE Crest & Bumblebee!)



This week Kroger is running a Frozen 10 Item Mega Event (buy any 10 participating items, get an instant $5.00 off at checkout). If you normally buy the participating products, you can find some decent savings. For our family, I generally don't buy too much from the freezer section...other than ice cream, popsicles, and steamer veggies!

I would imagine that we'll see the Frozen 10 Item Mega Event repeating next week so keep an eye out for new coupon matchups in this coming Sunday's inserts.

My Krogering Trip, Monday, 10/18/10


Spent: $19.31
Saved: $46.07 (70%)

Here's the coupons I used; please note that Cincinnati area Kroger stores allow unlimited coupons and double coupons to a maximum doubled value of $1.00.

Crest Toothpaste, 4.6 oz, $1.00 ea
$0.50/1, PG 09/26
$0.75/1, PG 10/10
Final price: FREE!

Bumblebee Tuna Pouch, $1.00 ea
$0.55/1 blinkie near product
$0.55/1, SS 09/12
Final price: FREE!

Dial Liquid Hand Soap, $1.00 ea
$0.35/1, RP 10/10
Final price: $0.30 ea

Kroger Shredded Wheat, $1.99 ea
$0.40/2, Kroger My Magazine (School Days)
Final price: $1.79 ea

Kroger Fresh Selections Salad, $1.25 ea
$0.50/1, Kroger Best Customer mailer
Final price: $0.65 ea

Kroger Tampons, $2.99 ea
FREE box, Kroger catalina I received a few weeks ago
Final price: FREE!

Notable sale prices:

Driscoll's Strawberries, 3/$5.00 ($1.67 ea)

I also made a trip to Kroger on Sunday evening as we were headed home from a meeting at church; I wanted to stock up on Philadelphia Cream Cheese (it was free with the $5.00/5 Kraft Cheese printable coupon) and grab some of the Nestle/Wonka candy that was part of the Mega Event.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Spent: $5.46
Saved: $19.59 (78%)

I earned a $3.00 catalina on the Nestle/Wonka candy as well which I used in my Monday 10/18 Krogering trip.

If you're headed out to the One Day Halloween Sale at Kroger today (10/19), make sure you check out this post to see how you can get (4) bags of Wonka Candy for $1.32 after coupons and the $3.00 catalina!

To see the matchups for this week at Kroger, click here (thanks, Savings Lifestyle) and you can also check here for some unadvertised Frozen Food Mega Event items (thanks, Deal Seeking Mom).

Did you find any unadvertised deals or awesome closeouts at Kroger this week?  Share 'em in a comment below!

October 18, 2010

HOT DEAL! | Nestle/Wonka Kroger Catalina + One Day Sale 10/19 = HUGE Savings!


Oh boy - there is a HOT catalina deal at Kroger on Nestle/Wonka candy that pairs up beautifully with tomorrow's (Tuesday, 10/19) One Day Halloween sale!

First, here's the details on the catalina:

Buy any Nestle or Wonka bags 9oz or larger between 10/13/10 and 10/24/10 and save up to $3.00 on a future order.

:: Buy 2, get $1.00
:: Buy 3, get $2.00
:: Buy 4 or more, get $3.00

Coupon printed at register. All items must be purchased in one shopping order. Limited to product in stock. No cash back.

Tomorrow (10/19), Kroger (Cincinnati region - other regions?) is running a One Day Halloween sale. If you're planning on shopping the deals, you can use this catalina deal to save BIG time on Nestle/Wonka products.

One Day Halloween Sale (10/19) Deals

Wonka Laffy Taffy, Nerds, or Pixy Stix Candy, 9.48 oz - 12 oz, $1.58 ea
$1.00/2, RP 10/17
$1.00/2 printable here (must sign up for/log in to Nestle Family acct)
Final Price: $1.08 ea
---> Use (2) coupons, buy (4) for $4.32, get $3.00 onyo back! <----

Butterfinger or Baby Ruth Candy, 8.67 - 12.5 oz, $1.68 ea
$1.00/2 printable here (must sign up for/log in to Nestle Family acct)
$1.00/2 Butterfinger Snakerz, Crisp, or Fun Size bags, 11 oz+, RP 10/03
Final Price: $1.18 ea
---> Use (2) coupons, buy (4) for $4.72, get $3.00 onyo back! <---

If you're looking to stock up on your Halloween candy my advice is to roll that $3.00 oyno catalina into a second transaction (or third). You'll only pay $1.32 or $1.72 (assuming you have enough coupons to do this deal more than once).

Just be a peach and don't wipe out the shelves at your Kroger by doing this deal oodles of time, k? It's bad coupon karma. ;-)

Enjoy!

Meal Plan Monday | You Need a MELLY!


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 posted my October Menu Plan last week; I'll be sticking to this week's menu with one small change. We have another event this weekend (kid-related) and will be munching on some yummy cookout food at the party. I've moved the rest of the menu around for the week to accommodate Sunday as our *free night* rather than Saturday.

As I've mentioned before, I menu plan far in advance for our dinners (usually 4-5 weeks). While it might seem that this would be harder to do than planning a week at a time, it's actually easier for me in the long run.

First, I can look ahead to all the busy nights on our schedule and plan easy or freezer meals (meals I made doubled amounts of and froze the extras for quick dinners) for those nights.

Second, I can save more money on staples for the meals (particularly meats) by keeping an eye on the sales. If I see ground beef on sale (like the rock bottom price of $1.57/lb this week at Kroger), I'll buy what I need for the coming weeks based on how many meals I have planned that require ground beef. I just toss it in my freezer and thaw it when I need it.

But the biggest reason why menu planning for 4-5 weeks at a time is easier than a week at a time for me is simply this: I have a MELLY.

No, not smelly - though it is laundry day here and I am finding that basketball practice for (2) kids = seriously stinky laundry hampers!

MELLY isn't my personal assistant or chef, either, (oh, how nice that would be!).

Nope, MELLY is just a little acronym I came up with a while ago to help me with my big ol' menu plans. Here's what it stands for:

                   :: Meals Everyone Likes List {for} Your {family}


See? Not too complicated. ;-)

When I first shifted from writing weekly menu plans to writing 4-5 week menu plans, I spent fifteen minutes or so looking back over my weekly menus (I keep written copies of my menus; I know, in the age of everything digital, I am a bit of a pencil and paper throwback) and noting the meals that most everyone in my family of five enjoyed.

Note that I say *most* everyone. I can't and don't expect to please two adults and three kids every night of the week at the dinner table. I shoot for four out of five and encourage my kids to just TRY it. Most times, they do try at least a bite. Sometimes they discover they like it, sometimes not.

After I had those meals I found on my older menu plans added to the list, I asked my kids and hubs for their input. Many of the meals they said were already on my list but there were a few that weren't. Those got added, too.

By the time I was done, I had a good list of 20 or so main dishes and about 20 sides/vegetables on my MELLY

Now when I need to menu plan for the coming month, I take a look at my MELLY and use that as a guide to filling in the busier days.  On days when I see that I'll have a little extra time, I might toss in a new recipe (like this week's New Orleans Corn Bisque with Smoked Sausage) to try.  Sometimes the newer recipes end up to be so well- liked by my gang that  - you guessed it - they get added to the MELLY, too.

Next week, I'll share my MELLY with you all (with recipe links) in the hopes that it might be useful to you in creating your own MELLY

If you have any tried and true recipes that your family loves to see on the dinner table, please share them in a comment below.  If there's a link to the recipe online, feel free to leave that in your comment.  I'm always on the lookout for new dinner ideas for my bunch.  ;-)

Looking for more menu planning inspiration?  Be sure to hop through the Menu Plan Monday links over at OrgJunkie.

October 17, 2010

Weekly Deals Roundup | 10/17/10 - 10/23/10

Looking for the matchups for this week?

Check out these sites for the best matchups this week, October 17 - October 23, 2010.

*Kroger (10/18/10-10/24/10)*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Savings Lifestyle)

*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Savings Lifestyle)

*Aldi*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Cincinnati Cents)

*Biggs/Remke*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Saving Money Wisely)

*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 Couponing to Be Debt Free)

*Target*

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

*Walmart*

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

October 16, 2010

What I Saved at the Stores {Week 37 of 2010}


Well...I sure have fallen off the wagon when it comes to posting my weekly savings! {blush}

After digging through my archives to see when I had last posted about my weekly deals, I realized the last Saturday I did this we were at the end of Week 24 of 2010.

Um....it's the end of Week 37 of 2010!

So, what happened to those 13 weeks in between?

{Summer with 3 kids followed by the back-to-school frenzy.}

Was I still saving with my piles o' coupons?

{Oh, heck yeah!}

I just fell off the blogging wagon for a bit and you know what?

That's ok.

If your blog isn't paying the bills (and I mean big bills, like putting a roof over your kids head and food on the table ... and mine isn't), then it's more of a hobby/passion than a business/job meaning it's perfectly ok to step away for a while if/when you need the time/space.

And this summer and early fall, time and space is exactly what I needed. I feel refreshed and rejuvenated and inspired again;  this post by Amy who has inspired so many bloggers had a lot to do with shifting my perspective {thanks again, Amy}.

So, with all that being said, here's my savings for Week 37 of 2010. 

Walmart
(No picture; grabbed a couple of loose apples as well as the FREE Gain Liquid Dishwashing Soap
while I was there picking up supplies for my Girl Scout troop.)

Spent: $2.44
Saved: $2.00 (44%)

Kroger
(Get the full details on the coupons I used here in my Let's Go Krogering! post.)

Trip #1


Spent: $49.16
Saved: $63.56 (56%)

Trip #2


Spent: $1.89
Saved: $5.18 (73%)

Aldi
(Carving pumpkins for $1.99 each - DEAL!)


Spent: $31.21
Saved: $0.00

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Weekly Totals

Spent: $84.80
Saved: $70.74 (45%)

My weekly goal for my grocery/household budget is $80/week. I'm a bit over this week but I was under last week (spent $70) so it averages out just fine. ;-)

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.

Thanks for reading and subscribing to The New Frugal Mom!

October 15, 2010

HOT! New Target Mailer Coupons | (2) New/Transfer RX Coupons for a $10 Target GC!


I was so glad to find this Target Pharmacy coupon booklet in my mailbox yesterday - I have (2) prescriptions for my children's asthma inhalers I need to fill and I've been on the lookout for Rx coupons to use.

Included in this coupon mailer are these coupons:


:: FREE $10 Target GC with purchase of prescription and sign-up for Auto Refill

:: FREE $10 Target GC With purchase of any new or transferred prescription

:: $1.00/1 up & up multivitamins

:: $1.00/1 25 ct or larger Halls cough drops

:: $0.50/1 59 oz Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice

:: $1.00/1 Cold/cough relief item (Theraflu or Triaminic; excludes trial size)

:: $0.50/1 up & up hand sanitizer

:: $0.50/2 Campbell's condensed soups

:: $1.00/1 Lipton bagged tea

If you normally get Target coupon mailers, this might be on the way to your mailbox as well. Keep an eye out for it!

In This Sunday's Inserts | October 17, 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, 10/17/10, there will be 2 inserts in the Sunday newspapers.
Here's a few coupons that look good to me:

Smart Source

$3.00/1 Bufferin

$1.50/1 Theraflu (any)

B1G1FREE Glade Automatic Spray Refill (up to $5.49)

$2.00/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, 320 ct

$2.00/1 Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers

$1.00/1 Welch's Healthy Start 100% Juice

Red Plum

$0.50/2 Domino Sugar Products, 2 lbs or larger (think holiday baking!)

$3.00/2 Nivea Body Wash for Women, 8.4-16.9 oz

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

Enjoy your weekend!

October 14, 2010

FREE with Q's | Drugstores 10/10/10- 10/16/10

As I mentioned here, FREE with Q's is a new weekly feature here at TNFM. My hope is that I can make your weekend drugstore trips a little easier (and packed with more savings) by highlighting the deals you can get for FREE with Q's (coupons).

Whether you're planning on stockpiling those items for your family or simply donating what you can't/won't use, FREE with Q's means more bang for your hard-earned bucks. Besides, FREE is my personal fave flavor! ;-)

Please note that these deals (Drugstores) include items that may be FREE with Q's after you calculate the impact of Register Rewards (Walgreens), ECBs (CVS), or Single Check Rebates/UP Rewards (Rite Aid) on your overall total.  If you are new to couponing or are unsure about how to work the deals at each drugstore, I have linked to a tutorial for each drugstore for your convenience. 

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**If you have Register Rewards from previous weeks to spend, you can use them like "Walgreens Money" to get your items for FREE!  To learn how to work the deals at Walgreens, read my Walgreens: How to Save Big tutorial post here.**

Register Reward Deals:

Halls Refresh Lemon Raspberry Drops, $1.00 ea (earns $1.00 RR)
$1.00/2 Halls Cough Drops, SS 10/10
Final price: (2) for $1.00 (pay with RRs if you have them) + $1.00 RR to spend later = FREE + overage!

Noxema Razors, $3.99 ea  (earns $3.00 RR)
$1.00/1 4pk, RP 08/08
Final price: $2.99 (pay with RRs if you have them) + $3.00 RRs to spend later = FREE!

Coupon Deals:

Reach Total Care Products, $3.99

$2.00/1 in ad coupon
$2.00/1 Reach Floss, RP 10/10
Final price: FREE!

(For more deals at Walgreens this week, see this post at Common Sense with Money.)

 

**If you have ECBs from previous weeks to spend, you can use them like "CVS Money" to get your items for FREE! To learn how to work the deals at CVS, read my CVS: How to Save Big tutorial post here.**


ECB Deals:

Veet Hair Removal, (prices start at) $4.54 ea (earns $2.00 ECBs; limit 1)
$3.00/1 Veet printable here
Final price: $1.54 (pay with ECBs if you have them) + $2.00 ECBs to spend later = FREE + overage!

M&Ms Chocolate Candies, 1.14 oz, 2/$1.00 (earns $1.00 ECB wyb 2; limit 1)
$0.75/2 M&Ms, SS 06/20
Final price: $0.25/2 (pay with ECBs if you have them) + $1.00 ECB to spend later = FREE + overage!

Celsius Green Tea 4pk, $7.99 ea (earns $7.99 ECBs; limit 1)
$3.00/1 4pk, SS 04/25
Final price: $4.99 (pay with ECBs if you have them) + $7.99 ECBs to spend later = FREE + overage!

(For more deals at CVS this week, see this post at Bargain Briana.)



*If you have UP Rewards from previous weeks, you can use them like "Rite Aid Money" to get your items for FREE!  To learn how to work the deals at Rite Aid, please read this Rite Aid 101 Tutorial by Kelly at Faithful Provisions.  She explains all the different rebate programs very thoroughly.*
Single Check Rebates (SCR) Deals:

(All items generate a SCR rebate check for you at the end of the month.  You MUST submit your items/receipt online here and request your rebate check (via a bank check mailed to you) before the end of rebate period.  The items listed below are FREE after SCR so you will pay out of pocket for them at Rite Aid unless you have UP Rewards to use.)

Antiox Immune Support Shots 2pk, $2.99 ($2.99 SCR)
Final price: FREE!

Blistex Ointment, $1.49 ($1.49 SCR)
Final Price: FREE!

Comtrex $3.99 ($3.99 SCR)
Final Price: FREE!

Emergen-C Immune Booster Shots 2pk,  $3.49 ($3.49 SCR)
Final Price: FREE!

Kids-EEZE, $4.99 ($4.99 SCR)
Final Price: FREE!

NeilMed NasaDOCK Plus Drying Stand, $5.99 ($5.99 SCR)
$2.00/1 NeilMed printable here
Final Price: FREE +  $2.00 overage

NeilMed Nasa Mist Spray, $9.99 ($9.99 SCR)
$2.00/1 NeilMed printable here
Final Price: FREE + $2.00 overage

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Butter, $1.99 ($1.99 SCR)
Final Price: FREE!

PediaCare Children’s Cough Syrup or Multi-Symptom Cold, $4.99 ($4.99 SCR)
$1.00/1, SS 10/10
Final Price: FREE + $1.00 overage
PediaCare Gentle Vapors Vapor-Plug Unit and Nightlight Mini Waterless Vaporizer, $6.99 ($6.99 SCR)
$1.00/1 Pediacare Product, SS 10/10
Final Price: FREE + $1.00 overage

Sucrets 18ct, $2.99 ($2.99 SCR)
Final Price: FREE!

UP Rewards:

Crest Toothpaste, $2.49 ea, (earns $1.00 UP Reward)
$0.50/1, PG 09/26
$1.00/1, Rite Aid Booklet (if you can find it; see here for details)
Final Price: $0.99 (pay with UP Rewards if you have them) + $1.00 UP Reward to spend later = FREE!

Udderly Smooth Lotion, 40 oz, $1.00 ea (earns $1.00 UP Reward)
Final Price: $1.00 (pay with UP Rewards if you have them) + $1.00 UP Reward to spend later = FREE!

Coupon Deals:

Gain Dish Soap, $0.89 ea
$1.00/1, PG 10/10
Final Price: FREE!

(For more deals at Rite Aid this week, see this post by Couponing to be Debt Free.)

Did you find any FREE with Q's deals this week at the drugstores?  Please share them in a comment below so other readers can grab 'em, too!