Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Walgreens trip 9/28

Sorry for the bad photography, but it seems I'm always in a hurry. I'll try to do better. Anyway, here's what I got yesterday. I did 3 transactions.

1st Transaction
1 Vaseline lotion $6.99
1 Halls Refresh $1.00
2 candy bars 2/.89

Used $1.50/1 Vaseline IP
.75/1 Halls SS 9/27/09
Should have used coupon for Wags ad for candy bars forgot!!
Used $6 RR from hair products last week
OOP $1.37 got back $1 Halls, $7 Vaseline

2nd Transaction
3 Theraflu $4ea total $12.00
used 2 $2.00 manu. coupons (no longer available)
Fall Saving booklet coupon deducts $2/ea total of $6.00
used $2 RR carfree RR
OOP .97 got back $8.00 RR

3rd Transaction
1 Herbal Essence shampoo $2.99
1 Vaseline Lotion $6.99
2 Hershey candy (we already ate those) .89cents/2

used $1.00 herbal essence 8/23/09 RP
$1.50/1 IP Vaseline
.40 cent candy in ad coupon
used $8.00RR from Theraflu
OOP $1.27 got back $7 RR Vaseline, $1.00RR herbal essence

I didn't get the razor coupons, darn it! My store was totally out of the dentek, I'll try another store later. The manager told me they had gone through lots of lotion and were almost out. The Thraflu is a good deal even without the manu. coupons. We do use this so I may do it again with just the Fall Savings Booklet. Generally your Wags will let you keep these coupons because they don't have to have them. I just keep them in my book and have them scan it from my booklet.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Where is the best place to get IP coupons?

I print most of my coupons from a few big coupon sites, however, I often check a full cup's coupon database if I'm looking for a particular coupon. Manufacturers will also have coupons on their sites every once in a while. I'll put a list of my favorite coupon sites on my sidebar. Most of them update once a month, so if it's the end of the month and there's a coupon that you think you might use, print it. It may come back the next month, but it may be gone. Also, these sites will often add coupons during the month so it's a good idea to check back every few days to see if there's anything new. Also, check your grocery store website because they will often have store coupons that can be stacked (used with) manufacturer coupons. Just check at the top of the coupon if it says manufacturer coupon or store(Vons, Safeway, Albertsons, etc.) coupon.

Always set-up a new e-mail account that you use just for couponing and signing-up for other offers. You do not want to give your regular e-mail account when you sign up for newsletters, coupons, etc. You will get spammed like crazy!

I also recommend you join VocalPoint they send out great coupons and also have some good stuff to read and participate in on their website.
If you become a fan of Walgreens on facebook, you can order a free photobook on Oct. 2. You will have to pay a small charge for shipping, but it should be worth it! Great Christmas gifts!

Thanks Common Sense with Money!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Check your Sunday Paper

Be sure to check your USA Weekend for a coupon insert.

Lots of good deals at Walgreens again. Not so much a CVS.


Here are my favorite deals this week. For a more complete list check any of my favorite blogs at the bottom of the page, they all do the Walgreens match-ups.

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion (6.8 oz.) $6.99
6.99 RR
$1.50 Printable Here

Oral B Advantage 1-2-3 Toothbrush $3
$3.00 RR
.75/1 or $1/1 9/27/09 P&G

Chapstick Fresh Effects $2.99
$2.99 RR

Robitussin DM to Go (2 pack)

Halls Refresh Sugar Free (20 ct.) $1.00
.50/1 Oct. Issue All You Magazine p. 151
.75/1 9/27/09 SS

Herbal Essence Hair Care $2.99
$2 RR
$1.00/1 8/23/09 RP
$1.00/1 9/13/09 RP

2 Theraflu Nighttime (6ct) 2/$8.00
buy 2 get $4 RR (not in ad but many have said buy 3 get $8 RR)
$2.00 Walgreens Healthy Savings Booklet (can be used with manu. Q)

There are more, but these are my favorites.

I don't see much happening at CVS but I have to take a good check because I have some ECB's to use up. I'll let you know if I find anything good.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Walgreens Clearance

Okay so I had to go to Walgreens one more time! I heard about a few clearance deals which are vary not only by state but by store. Sometimes they are the same so I always check if I hear about a really good deal. So here's the deal
This TP was marked in my store on Clearance for $3.49 but the super nice cashier told me it was actually ringing up for $1.05 sooo I stocked up! I checked at the 3 other stores closest to my house and they were out. I also heard that the cottonelle 4 packs which are about $2.79 are clearanced for .87cents. Not on clearance at my store but the shelves were cleared at the 3 other stores???? I did have them price checked but not on sale. If you can find the Cottonelle I'm sure there is a coupon, I just haven't checked my binder but they are in the paper all the time.

Good Luck and Happy clearance shopping!!


So, here's my last Walgreens run for the week and a Vons run too.
I got all this, both stores for $1.74--I love couponing!
Okay so here's how I did it.

Eclipse gum clearance 22 cents/ea
Used B1g1 All you Magazine

Sally Hansen Polish on sale 40% off sale price was $1.73
Used $5 coupon from yesterdays SH purchase

Oral B TB 2/$4
Used B1G1 RP 8/23/09

Trident Gum 2/$2
Used $1.00 off 2 printable Here

I bought Halloween tumblers as fillers, forgot to include them in the picture. I'll use those for cub scout treats!

I paid with a $2 RR from Carefree and $2.50RR from Thermacare
OOP .87 cents
Earned $1RR Trident, $2RR P & G (Oral B), $5 SH coupon


They're running a good promo. right now at Vons/Safeway. So a couple of days ago I bought
8 Joint Juice (Don't buy it for the taste, Scott says it helps his joints)
B1G1 IP Here
paid $5.56 and I got back a $5 off 7 JJ coupon and a $10 oyno catalina.

So, today I bought

7 Joint Juice $1.39/ea
$5 of 7 coupon

5 Frosted Flakes on sale buy 5 $1.49ea must buy 5
2 $1 of 2 blinkies found in 1 Vons store not the other

1.44 pounds of oranges on sale .47 cents/lb

1 Capri Sun $2.99
used cat. coupon from last week for free Capri Sun

paid .86cents oop
received $5/7 JJ coupon and $10 Oyno cat.

It was a great shopping trip and I'll be back at Vons soon.

The JJ deal is this
Between 9/21 & 10/18
Buy 3-4 get $3.00
Buy 5-6 get $5.00
Buy 7 or more get $10
Coupon of your next shopping order.

Here we go!

Okay, so I never thought I'd start a blog about how to save money, but here we go! Really I just figured it would be easier for me to share my favorite deals and money saving ideas with my friends and family in this format. That way I'm not sending them long e-mails with my favorite finds. There are so many great blogs and websites with all the "couponing 101" info. so I'll skip that, but I'm happy to answer any questions. The first blog I ever read about couponing got me totally hooked so I must refer you to her blog first Mom's Need to Know is one of my favorite blogs if your a couponing beginner. There are also a ton of great sites with all of the weekly grocery store and pharmacy match-ups, so I've listed my favorites and I'll link you to my favorite match-ups on other sites each week.

I hope to include some other interesting information as I continue this adventure to help my family be more provident. I'm constantly working on my food stroage and trying to find new simple recipes for my family and to include in my food storage.

Here are my favorite Walgreens deals that I've done this week.

I did this in several transactions
Oral B Toothburshes 2/$2
$2 RR
Buy one get one free RP 8/23/09

Thermacare $2.49
RR 2.50
Printable 1.00 off here

Bic Soleil Disposable Razors $4.99
$3.00 off SS 9/20/09

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails buy 3
get coupons for $5 off next Sally Hansen purchase
$1/1 RP 8/2

Carefree Ultra Pantiliners 16 ct $1.99 on sale (monthy RR deal only marked in 2 of my 4 stores)
$1 RR
$1 printable here

The cups were filler items so I could roll my RR. if you plan to pay with RR, know your what your total will be after subtracting coupons because RR cannot be used to pay tax. Yes, I had very bad addition this week and tried not once but twice to use my RR to pay tax.