Friday, July 30, 2010

Can you believe that tomorrow is the last day of July? This month has just flown by!! I wanted to remind you that at the end of the month, a lot of online coupon sites will replace or reset their coupons. That means that coupons that are available in July might not be available in August, or that coupons that are available now will be reset in August...which means that you'll be able to print up to two coupons through July, and reprint them two more times if they are reset in August. If there are some coupons that you are interested in printing, I'd spend a few minutes today or tomorrow printing them off.

Go to these sites to view printable coupons:

Mega Swagbucks Friday!!

Search & Win

Just wanted to remind you that it's Friday, and that means that for those of you who have signed up for Swagbucks that you'll have additional chances to win HIGH VALUE Swagbucks during your searches!! Go ahead and search for the sites you normally go to, and earn bucks to trade in for prizes while you are at it!! Remember it only takes 450 Swagbucks to trade in for a $5.00 Amazon gift card. I've been saving my Amazon gift cards, and I was just searching around Amazon a couple of days ago, and found out that you can actually order gift cards from different stores (Target, Kohls, AMC Movies, Subway, etc.) Once you earn enought Swagbucks you can trade in for different gifts or gift cards...I've been trading in for Amazon gift cards and will be using them to help our Christmas budget!!

So for those of you who are already a part of Swagbucks start searching!! Let me know if you win any big amounts today!! And for those of you who have not joined Swagbucks yet, it is completely free and so easy!! Just sign up for Swagbucks (it's a search google, yahoo,, etc). You have a chance to win Swagbucks for every search you do. You don't have to go search for specific things. The easiest way to use it, is to load the Swagbucks toolbar on your homepage. Instead of typing in a web address that you want to go to, just type it into the Swagbucks search'll still go right where you would be going anyway...but you will be given chances to win Swagbucks!! I joined at the end of December, and have won over $100 in Amazon gift cards...LOVE IT!!

If you are interested in signing up, just click on the banner below to get started. Like I said it is completely FREE and you'll receive 30 Swagbucks just for signing up!!

Search & Win
I decided to take my kids over to Wal-Mart to buy their school supplies this morning. I know, I know there are a lot of great deals on school supplies at other stores, but I just wanted to get it done in the quickest and easiest way. Yes, in some cases I'd rather not hunt for deals and the best possible prices. Their school supply lists had a LOT more items than last year, and I have to say that I was definitely not a savvy shopper today. I still have one or two more items from their lists that I need to buy. I'm guessing that once I buy everything it will cost about $50.00 per child. Does that sound ridiculous to you?

Oh, and we still need to buy their uniforms for school...another item that we won't be getting any good deals on. I'm hoping that they still have a little room in their uniform shirts from last year, and that we will only need to buy new pants/shorts right now. We'll see though.

How are you guys doing on back to school shopping? I felt so strange going through the line at Wal-Mart without a single coupon today. I guess I save in groceries and toiletries so that the sting of paying full price on other items isn't so bad...I'm not sure about that, because it still stings. :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sunday Coupon Preview

Just wanted to give you a heads up that there should be FOUR coupon inserts in this Sunday's SmartSource, two RedPlum, and one Proctor and Gamble. Keep in mind that not all newspapers will receive all inserts, and coupons and their values will vary based on where you live and what newspaper you buy. I've found that newspapers from larger cities tend to have more coupons with higher values.

If you are serious about saving money with coupons, I would encourage you to buy more than one newspaper. If you are just starting out, buy at least two newspapers...with two newspapers you'll have two sets of each coupon...that means that when stores run Buy one Get one FREE sales, you'll be able to use a coupon on each item and really SAVE BIG!!

To see a complete list of coupons that are expected to run in this Sunday's newspaper, go here.

Schick Rebate Check

Did any of you submit for the Schick Hydro Razor Rebate? I mentioned this about a month ago, so I hope you got in on this GREAT deal!! I got my razor TOTALLY free from CVS since I bought it with Extra Care Bucks, and I received an additional $5.00 Extra Care Buck for purchasing the razor. In today's mail, I received a rebate check for $8.97!! I LOVE getting rebate checks in the mail!! If you submitted for this rebate, you've probably already received your rebate or will be getting it in the next few days. What will you do with your check...put it back in your grocery budget, use it to pay down debt, put it in savings, or splurge on a little treat for yourself? $8.97 might not sound like a lot, but every little bit counts when you are working towards a goal!

What did you do with your AWESOME coupons for $2.00 off Pampers Wipes? If you used these coupons, you should have been able to get FREE wipes at Wal-Mart and Target!! My boys are all potty trained (thank goodness!), but I still used all of my coupons...I had a LOT of them! I've given several packages away, and am keeping a few packages for quick clean ups in the car. I'm planning on taking the majority of them to the Pregnancy Help Center to donate to others who will need them.

Once you get serious about coupon shopping, you'll be able to buy more, save more, and give more!! I cannot stress enough that the greatest reward from coupon shopping is being able to GIVE!! Don't miss out on blessing others and getting blessed yourself!!

Target Toy Clearance

I just got back from a quick trip to Target and wanted to let you know that they have a LARGE selection of toys on sale for 75% off. On the shelves and end caps it says that they are 30% off, but if you check the price tags, you'll see that almost all of them are actually marked 75% off the original price. It would be a GREAT time to stock up on birthday and Christmas presents for your kids! I had all three of my boys with me, so I wasn't able to look for presents for my kids. I did buy several toys to put back for Toys for Tots at Christmas. I bought 9 toys for less than the price that 2 of them would have normally cost. To me that really is the best part of coupon/sale shopping...being able to GIVE more and at the same time SAVE more!! They had several toys priced at under $1.00. The most expensive thing I bought today was the Nerf Gun...normally priced at $19.99, marked down to $4.98. If you plan ahead, you should be able to buy all of your Christmas/birthday presents for your kids at a fraction of the cost...AND have money left in your budget to GIVE to others!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Albertsons Ad/Coupon Match Up (July 28 - August 3)

Kellogg's/Keebler Promotion
I won't go into detail about this since I already posted about it, but if you haven't read the post abou this you really should!! AMAZING DEALS!! I can confirm that when I tried this deal today that the Catalina coupons ROLL!! YEA!! If you missed my post about this deal, go here to read about it!!

Smuckers Strawberry Jam $2.99
Jif Peanut Butter
Albertsons Bread

10 Bottles of Powerade $1.00 each
12 pack of Coca-Cola or 24 pack of Dasani Water

Ball Park Franks $3.99
24 pack of Niagara Water
Sara Lee Hot Dog Buns

2 packages of Fresh Express Salad Blends
LiteHouse Dressing
-use coupon for $0.55 off one LiteHouse Dressing (found in 6/17 SmartSource insert)
-use coupon for $1.00 off two LiteHouse dressings (found here and in the 5/2 SmartSource insert)
(NOTE: You will only be able to use manufacturer's coupons on items you get for FREE as long as there is not a manufacturer's coupon at the store that you must use also. You can NOT use two manufacturer's coupons on one product!)

3 Pepsi Cola 12 packs
GET 4th pack FREE

2 packages of Oscar Mayer Bacon
Albertsons Dozen Large Eggs

2 Herdez Salsa
Calidad Tortilla Chips

Albertsons Large Eggs $0.99 (limit 2)

Kraft Barbecue Sauce $0.79

Red Baron Frozen Pizza $2.98

Hamburger, Chicken, or Tuna Helper $1.00
-use coupon for $0.75 off three (found in 6/20 SmartSource insert)
Final Price: $0.75 each when you buy 3

State Fair Corndogs $2.00
-use coupon for $1.00 off State Fair Corn Dogs (found in 6/6 RedPlum insert)
-use coupon for $0.55 off State Fair Corn Dogs (found in 2/14 RedPlum insert)
Final Price: As low as $1.00

Pillsbury Toaster Strudels $2.00
-use coupon for $0.35 off Toaster Strudels (found in 5/16 SmartSource insert) (This will be tripled)
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Toaster Strudels (found in 5/16 SmartSource insert)
Final Price: As low as $0.95

New York Texas Toast $1.99

-use coupon for $0.50 off one (found here)(This will be doubled)
Final Price: $0.99

Hunt's Ketchup $1.00
-use coupon for $0.20 off Hunt's Ketchup (found in 6/20 SmartSource insert) (This will be tripled)
Final Price: $0.40

Red Gold Tomatoes $1.00
-use coupon for $0.75 off three (found here)
Final Price: $0.75 each when you buy 3

Lindsay Olives $1.00
-use coupon for $1.00 off two (found here)
Final Price: $0.50 each when you buy two

Freschetta Pizza $4.99
-use coupon for $1.00 off one (found here)
Final Price: $3.99

International Delight Creamers $1.79
-use coupon for $0.55 off one (found here)
Final Price: $1.24

Ivory Bar Soap (3 pack)
-use coupon for $0.50 off one (from 6/6 Proctor and Gamble insert) (This will be doubled)
Final Price: FREE

Grapes $0.88/lb.

Blue Bell Frozen Novelties 40% off


Single Layer Dessert Cakes (Carrot, Fudge, or Snickers)

Albertsons USDA Choice Beef Boneless Bottom Round Steak or Roast

Albertsons USDA Choice Beef Petite Sirloin Steak or Top Round London Broil

BUY ONE GET TWO FREE (with in ad coupon)--Albertson's Fresh Petite Sirloin Steak (pre seasoned)

HEB Ad/Coupon Match Up (July 28 - August 3)

To be honest, I'm not seeing very many good deals at HEB this week. I am waiting for them to have the Meal Deal where you buy sandwich meat and cheese and get bread, mac and cheese, mayo, etc. for FREE. It seems like they usually run that sale around the time school starts. I only have two packages of sandwich meat left in our freezer, so it's time for me to stock back up! :) Hopefully you'll be able to find some better deals at HEB than I have. Let me know if you see anything GREAT that I've missed!


HEB Fully Cooked Burgers
HEB Soft Drink (2 liter)
HEB Bake Shop Hamburger Buns
Hill Country Fare Sliced Natural Cheese
HEB Potato Chips
That's a SAVINGS of $6.34!!


Planters Almond Grove Almonds or Cashews
-use coupon for $0.75 off one Planter's Flavor Grove Nuts (found in 6/27 SmartSource insert)
-There was also a coupon available from Facebook for $1.00 or $1.50 off Planter's Flavor Grove Nuts. I don't think it is available any longer, but if you have it, it would work GREAT with this sale!!
HEB Potato Chips
That's a SAVINGS of $2.19 BEFORE coupons!

Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water
HEB Easy Melt Shells and Cheese
That's a SAVINGS of $1.50!

HEB Fully Cooked Shredded BBQ Beef
Mrs. Baird's Honey Wheat Bread
Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Lunchmeat
That's a SAVINGS of $5.17!

Oscar Mayer Sliced Bacon (assorted varieties)
-use coupon for $1.00 off Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon (found here) (You will need to make sure that TURKEY bacon is included in this sale in order to be able to use this coupon. The ad states "assorted varieties" so you should definitely check!)
Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese
That's a SAVINGS of $2.28 BEFORE coupons!

Oscar Mayer Family Pack Lunchmeat
Oscar Mayer Lunchables Lunch Combinations
That's a SAVINGS of $2.99!

HEB Chef Prepared Rotisserie Chicken
HEB Family Size Macaroni and Cheese
HEB Romaine or American Salad
That's a SAVINGS of $3.88!

Bounty Paper Towels (8 count)
-use coupon for $1.00 off Bounty Paper Towels (found in 7/04 Proctor and Gamble insert)
HEB Twice as Strong Paper Towels (8 count)

Dreyer's Slow Churned Ice Cream
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Dreyer's Products (found in May 23rd Parade magazine)
-use coupon for $1.00 off three Dreyer's Products (found in July All You magazine)
HEB Creamy Creations Churn Style Ice Cream

Almond Breeze Almond Milk
-use coupon for $1.00 off Almond Breeze Milk (found here)
-use coupon for $0.55 off Almond Breeze Milk (found here)
HEB Classic Granola Cereal

3 Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke, or Coca-Cola Zero 12 packs
Coca-Cola 8 pack

HEB Premium Smoked Sausage Links
HEB Tea (1 gallon)

Borghese Nail Lacquer
Sally Hansen Nail Polish Remover
That's a SAVINGS of $1.50!

Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Pantene Products (found in 7/04 Proctor and Gamble insert)
Pantene Styler

Risk Shower Gel
Risk Antiperspirant Deodorant
That's a SAVINGS of $2.28!

Hill Country Essentials M5 Magnum Razor or Cartridges
HEB Dandruff 2 in 1 Shampoo
That's a SAVINGS of $3.78!

Crest Pro-Health 3D White Toothpaste
-use coupon for $1.00 off one Crest Toothpaste (found in 6/27 RedPlum insert)
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Crest Toothpastes (found in 7/04 Proctor and Gamble insert)
Oral-B Essential Floss
That's a SAVINGS of $0.98 BEFORE coupons!

HEB Isopropyl Alcohol 50%
That's a SAVINGS of $1.14!

HEB Hydrogen Peroxide
That's a SAVINGS of $0.62!

Cortizone-10 or Eczema Cream
-use coupon for $1.00 off Cortizone-10 (found here)
-use coupon for $1.00 off Cortizone-10 (found in 5/2 SmartSource insert)
HEB Strong Strips Adhesive Bandages
That's a SAVINGS of $1.74 BEFORE coupons!

HEB inControl Nicotine Gum
HEB Complete Vitamins
That's a SAVINGS of $5.00!

Any Lunch Kit
Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Cookies
Mars Fun Size Candy Bars

Trudeau Stainless Steel Avocado Cutter
Small Hass Avocado (max. value of $0.79)
Concord Foods Spicy Guacamole Mix


Red Seedless Grapes $0.98/lb. (I try to never spend more than $1.00/lb. for grapes. In my opinion, this is a good deal!)

Large Black Plums or California Large Peaches $1.27/lb.

Large Mangoes $0.77

Organic Strawberries $2.99/lb.

Season's Select Gold Potatoes $2.98/5 lb. bag

Hill Country Fare Bar-B-Q Seasoned Chicken Leg Quarters $1.00/lb.

Sanderson Farms Whole Chicken $0.87/lb.

Prego Pasta Sauce $1.75
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Prego Pasta Sauces (found here)

Kraft Barbecue Sauce $0.88

Charmin Basic Bath Tissue (4 pack) $1.50
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Charmin Toilet Paper (found in 7/4 Proctor and Gamble insert)

Pop-Tarts=FREE Movie Ticket

One more AWESOME thing about the Albertsons sale this week...Select boxes of Kellogg's Pop-Tarts have codes in them that you can redeem for prizes. It takes 5 codes to trade in for a FREE movie ticket. These FREE movie tickets are accepted at our local theater!! You'll need to buy 5 DIFFERENT flavors of Pop-Tarts (look for the boxes with a circle on the front that has a number on should say something like flavor 6 of 27). You'll then be able to enter the codes online and print off a FREE movie ticket!! So not only did I only spend $47.00 on 100 items...I also bought enough Pop-Tarts to get us at least 2 or 3 movie tickets. Three adult movie tickets are close to $ an AWESOME deal!!

Albertsons Trip (July 28)

Just wanted to show you that the Kellogg's/Keebler catalina deal really does work. I bought everything pictured below, and spent...

$47.00. Yes, that is more than I normally spend at the store...more than I try to spend in a week, but this is the perfect sale to stock up on. I also still have a $10.00 catalina coupon that I'll be able to use the next time I shop at Albertsons. I was able to save $321.00...a savings of 87%!!

I bought 100 items:

22 packages of Chips Deluxe Cookies
20 boxes of Kellogg's Fruit Snacks
26 boxes of Kellogg's Pop Tarts
6 boxes of Frosted Mini Wheats
26 boxes of Wheatables crackers

$47.00 for 100 items...$0.47 an item...not a bad stock up price. I'm hoping that I'll be set on fruit snacks, cookies, and Pop-Tarts for a good part of this coming up school year!!

Oh, and I had a LOT of coupons in my own stash that I've been holding on to use with a good sale, so I did not deplete the coupon stash at the store!! :)

AMAZING Deals on Kellogg's/Keebler Products at Albertsons this Week!!

I saw this deal in the Albertsons ad this morning, but before I posted about it I wanted to go up to the store and see how it actually worked. Let me say that this is an AMAZING sale, and includes a lot of stuff that is great to stock up on...products that have a long shelf life and there are a lot of items that are included in this promotion that would make for great back to school treats. Note...the items aren't the healthiest, but everything in moderation, right? :)

The promotion that is being offered this week is buy 10 participating Kellogg's and Keebler products for $30.00 and get $10.00 off instantly...making 10 items for $20.00. PLUS once you check out a catalina for $10.00 will automatically print off. What is a catalina? A coupon good towards your next purchase at Albertsons. This coupon is not for any specific product, but can be used to lower the cost of your next purchase. A lot of times if you use a catalina to help lower the cost of the same deal a second time, an additional catalina will not print out. That is NOT the case at Albertsons this week!! You can do as many of these transactions as you with your first $10.00 catalina and still receive a second catalina!!

To make this deal even better, there are a LOT of coupons available for this deal. For those of you who are new to coupon shopping and have NO coupons, this is still an amazing deal!! If you have absolutely NO coupons your scenario would look something like this:
Buy 10 participating product $30.00
minus $10.00 (automatically deducted at register)
Final Price: Pay $20.00 and receive a $10.00 catalina
Do this deal a second time
Buy 10 participating products $30.00
minus $10.00 (automatically deducted at register)
minus $10.00 catalina from first transaction
Final Price: Pay $10.00 and receive a $10.00 catalina

You will have bought 20 products and spent $30.00...and still have $10.00 left for your next transaction!!

BUT this deal gets a WHOLE lot BETTER!!! Albertsons has coupons available right at the store that correspond with these deals. I took about 5 minutes to walk around the store and found SEVERAL coupons that work with this promotion!!


-coupon for $1.00 off two Keebler Wheatables crackers (found on the cracker aisle by the Wheatables crackers

-coupon for $1.00 off two Kellogg's Fruit Snacks (found on cereal aisle by the Fruit Snacks)

-coupon for $2.00 off two Keebler Chips Deluxe Cookies (found right on the packages...I've also seen these coupons on packages of cookies at Wal-Mart and HEB)

-coupon for $1.00 off milk when you purchase two Mother's Cookies (found on the cookie aisle by the Mother's cookies)

There are also numerous coupons for these products online and in the newspapers:

-coupon for $1.00 off two Pop-Tarts (found in 7/11 RedPlum insert)

-coupon for $1.00 off two Frosted Mini Wheats (found in 7/11 RedPlum insert)

-coupons for $1.00 off two Pop-Tarts (found here this site also has several coupons for various Kellogg's cereals that are part of this promotion)

If you are able to use these coupons you will greatly reduce your out of pocket expenses!!

Pretend Scenario based on coupons available at the store and online (for those of you just starting out and don't already have coupons).

2 Keebler Wheatables Crackers
-use coupon for $1.00 off two (found in store)

2 Kellogg's Fruit Snacks
-use coupon for $1.00 off two (found in store)

2 Keebler Chips Deluxe Cookies
-use coupon for $2.00 off two (found on packages at store)

2 Kellogg's Pop-Tarts
-use coupon for $1.00 off two (found here)

2 Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats
-use coupon for $1.00 off two (found here)

Your total before coupons and sale promotions will be $30.00. $10.00 will automatically be deducted at the register. $6.00 will be deducted from your coupons. You will end up paying $14.00 AND will receive a $10.00 Catalina. If you decide to do this exact same scenario a second time (using all of the same coupons and your $10.00 catalina from your first transaction) you will only pay $4.00 AND will receive a second $10.00 catalina!! An AWESOME deal!!

Just wanted to give you a heads up on this sale and give you a pretend scenario in case you are just starting out. For those of you who have been using coupons for awhile, you should have a large assortment of coupons that will work GREAT with this sale!! Remember, stock up when you find items at rock bottom prices, break up your shopping trip into different transactions, and use one catalina to lower your out of pocket expenses, and in return, get an additional catalina!! Have fun shopping!!
I'm going to sit down and eat lunch with my boys and play some card games with them this afternoon. I will get the HEB and Albertsons Ad/Coupon Match Ups done later this afternoon. Hope you are all able to have a relaxing Wednesday!!

Old Navy--Camis for only $2.00!!

Okay, let me start out by saying that I am a little upset about posting this deal. It's an awesome deal, but we no longer have an Old Navy in the city that I live in. I won't be able to take advantage of this deal, but I'm sure that a lot of you will be able to. Starting tomorrow, July 29th, through Saturday, July 31st, you'll be able to buy Layering Camis for only $2.00! Just print out the coupon (found here) or say "Cami 4 Me" to the cashier. I'd feel a little better having the coupon in hand in case the cashier isn't aware of the promotion. These tanks are GREAT for layering under shirts/sweaters, working out (like I know about this :), or great to wear with pj bottoms. If we had an Old Navy here I'd definitely be taking advantage of this deal!! These camis are normally priced at $8.50, so really a GREAT deal!!

Thanks Deal Finding Chik!

Coupon for All You magazine

I get the majority of my coupons from the Sunday newspapers and online, but there is one magazine that I like to buy because it is FULL of coupons. All You magazine is found exclusively at Wal-Mart (or through yearly subscriptions). There's a coupon available for $0.75 off one issue of All You magazine (found here). This newspaper is priced around $2.50 at Wal-Mart. If you think you might be interested in buying this magazine, I'd suggest flipping through it at the store and seeing if there are any coupons that you will use. I've found that when I buy it, I easily make my money back with the GREAT coupon savings that I'm able to use!!

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Coupon for Go-Gurt

I found a great coupon available for $1.00 off Yoplait Go-Gurt. It's rare to find a coupon for $1.00 off one package, so if you are interested in this coupon I'd go ahead and print it. The last time I checked these were priced a little over $2.00 at Wal-Mart. My boys love it when I freeze these!! Go here to print this coupon.

Coupon for Baskin Robbins Ice Cream

There's a coupon available for Buy one Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone from Baskin Robbins and get one FREE. Go here to print this coupon. Note, this coupon expires on August 8th, so you'll have about a week and a half to use it. I LOVE ice cream!!

Thanks Saving Addiction!

Coupon for Chocolate!!

Who wouldn't want a coupon for chocolate? Go here to print a coupon for $1.00 off Ghiradelli Chocolate!!

GREAT New Coupons

There are some great coupons available from Campbell's Kitchen.

These coupons are:

-$1.00 off any four Campbell's Condensed soups (excluding Chicken Noodle, Creams, and Tomato)
-$0.50 off any two Campbell's Condensed "Great for Cooking" Soups
-$0.50 off any two Campbell's Spaghettios pasta
-$1.00 off any two Pop Secret Popcorn
-$1.00 off any two jars of Prego Italian Sauce
-$1.0 off any two cans of Swanson's Chicken Breast
-$1.00 off any two bottles of V8 100% Vegetable Juice
-$1.00 off any two bottles of V8 V-Fusion
-$1.00 off any one V8 Soups
-$0.50 off any two Campbell's Condensed Soups (excluding Chicken Noodle, Cream of Mushroom, and Tomato)

Go here if you are interested in printing any of these coupons. You should be able to print each coupon off twice. Keep in mind that all of the coupons for $0.50 off will be doubled at Albertsons, so you would get a full dollar off!!

Stockpiling vs. Hoarding

Have you ever seen the shows on television about hoarders? People are basically trapped in their houses with mounds and mounds of stuff packed all around them. It makes me feel claustrophobic just thinking about it! If you've watched any of these shows, you'll find that a lot of the people say they buy things if they find a good sale...whether they need the product or not, just because they think that at one point in the future they might be able to use it. So my question is, what is the difference between stockpiling and hoarding?

In order to really start saving money and seeing a difference in your grocery bill, you must start stockpiling items when they are at rock bottom prices. If you don't do this, you might get a GREAT deal on a specific item, but if you only buy one, you'll be right back to paying full price on it when you run out. Stockpiling is the key to reducing your grocery bill. Every person's stockpile will be different...a family of 3 won't need the same amount as a family of 6. You'll need to evaluate your family's needs to find what an appropriate stockpile should be. Some people might build a stockpile of 4 to 6 weeks worth of pantry staples; while another family might try to get a stockpile that will last for 6 months. It all depends on your family's needs, budget, and storage space.

Like I've said, stockpiling is the key to reducing your grocery budget, but when does it step over the line into hoarding? I think it is when you are so focused on accumulating more stuff just because you can get a good deal and not because you will actually use the items.

As a coupon shopper, you can get so many items for FREE...toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, etc. I was looking through my stockpile last month and I realized that I had 40+ bottles of Men's Body Wash in my closet. Does my family really need that much? I received all of them for free, so how could I pass them up, right? I realized how ridiculous it was...I mean there are so many people in the world who go without and here I was with over 40 bottles of body wash. I put together several bags of toiletries to give away to friends and family. There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying stuff up when you find a good sale, but what are you doing with what you buy? Are you using it to help your family and other families in need, or are you holding on to it because it gives you a sense of security or accomplishment?

Stockpiling is GREAT, but we need to always be aware of our focus. It's not the stuff that we should focus on, but what we do with the stuff. Stockpile for your family and when you have excess, don't hold onto it...GIVE it away!! You'll be able to help your own family and BLESS others as well. There will always be more sales and more opportunities to build your stockpile. Don't lose focus of what is truly important!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Coupons for Lowe's

Did you know that you can find printable coupons that can be used at Lowe's? These coupons include cleaning supplies, light bulbs, brooms, air filters, trash bags, and more. If you are interested in any of these coupons, or want to see a complete list of the available coupons, go here.

Thanks A Thrifty Mom!

Coupon for Welch's Healthy Start Juice

There's a GREAT coupon available for $1.50 off Welch's Healthy Start Juice. I have not seen this type of juice before, so I'm not sure what it is normally priced at, but $1.50 is definitely a HIGH VALUE juice coupon!! Go here if you are interested in printing this coupon.

Thanks My Sweet Savings!

Nestle Coupons

I just received the July Newsletter from Nestle Family in my email. There are several GREAT coupons available for different Nestle Products. Go here to view these coupons and see if there are any that you are interested in printing.

My favorite coupon is the coupon for $1.00 off two Juicy Juice products. This coupon can be combined with the Target coupon for $1.00 off one Juicy Juice 8 pack. Juicy Juice 8 packs are priced at $2.29 at Target. If you buy two, use two Target coupons and one manufacturer's coupon. You'll pay $1.58, or $0.79 each. I think that's a GREAT stock up price. Remember school is just around the corner, and these will be great for throwing in your kids' lunch boxes!!

Coupon for Libby's Fruit

There's a GREAT coupon available right now for $1.00 off two Libby's Fruit Products (any size or style except for tropical fruit). It seems like I have a really hard time trying to find good coupons on any kind of fruit, so this is definitely a GREAT coupon to print. Go here if you are interested in printing this coupon. Remember that since this is a bricks coupon, you should be able to print it twice!!

Albertsons Trip (July 27)

I also ran to Albertsons this morning. I had several coupons for Hunt's Ketchup that would be expiring at the end of the month, and I wanted to make sure and use them before then. I didn't do as GREAT a job at Albertsons as I did at Target. I bought everything pictured below and spent...


While I was at Albertsons, I found some French's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce that I'd be able to get for FREE if the coupons would work out. I decided to run up to the cashier and ask her to price check it for me and ask her if it would work with the in ad coupon. I wanted to know if it could be included in the $0.99 in ad coupon for French's Mustard. She told me that it would be included, so I decided to go stock up. I had coupons for $0.50 off French's Mustard that would be FREE when combined with the in ad $0.99 coupon. When I got up to the register to check out, it turns out that they weren't included with the in ad coupon...I only ended up paying $0.29 for each of them...still a GREAT deal since they are normally $2.29, but not as GREAT as FREE!! I thought about not buying them...but $0.29 is a good deal and I don't think I'll be able to find a better deal.

I bought:

4 Tony's Pizzas
-used two manufacturer's coupons for $1.00 off 2 (this coupon was found online, and is no longer available)
-used in ad coupon to make each pizza $0.79
Final Price: $1.16 (or $0.29 each)

6 Hunt's Ketchup
-used 6 coupons for $0.20 off Hunt's Ketchup (found in 6/20 SmartSource insert) (These were all tripled)
Final Price: $2.40 (or $0.40 each)

6 French's Honey Dijon Mustard
-used 6 coupons for $0.30 off French's Mustard (found in 6/20 SmartSource insert)
(These were all tripled)
-used in ad coupon to make each Mustard $0.99
Final Price: $0.54 (or $0.09 each)

12 French's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
-used 12 coupons for $0.50 off French's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce (found in 6/6 SmartSource insert) (These were all doubled)
Final Price: $3.48 (or $0.29 each)

2 packages of Dentyne Gum
-used 2 coupons for $1.00 off Dentyne (found in 6/13 SmartSource insert)
Final Price: FREE

This sale ends today, so if you want to try any of these deals you'll need to head out today to take advantage of them!! I'm pretty sure that the price for the Dentyne and Hunt's Ketchup have been the same price all month, so they may still be available after today!

Target Trip (July 27)

After finding all of the new Target coupons at yesterday, I had to go see if I could find any GREAT deals at Target. It seems like the last several weeks Target hasn't had a lot of GREAT sales, so I was excited to try and find some things!! I bought everything pictured below, and spent...

$2.08. There should be another Wonka Chocolate Bar...but my boys had it as a snack in the car on the way home. After I left the store, I realized that I had an additional $1.00 coupon that I forgot to give the cashier, so my total should have been $1.08. I always say that you should check your receipts/coupons BEFORE leaving the store...sure wish I had taken my own advice! :)

You can find Target coupons at for Wonka Chocolate, Snyder's Pretzels, Chef Boyardee, Kid Cuisine Meals, Bagel Bites, Juicy Juice, and Sobe Water. There are a lot of other GREAT Target coupons, but these were the coupons that I knew I had manufacturer's coupons that I could combine to double up on my savings. I wrote a detailed list of where to find manufacturer's coupons that will match up with this Target coupons here. Have you found any GREAT deals at Target this week?

FREE Whataburger August 3rd

I just got an email from Whataburger about this awesome promotion they will be running in a few days. Whataburger is about to celebrate their 60th anniversary, and in honor of this, they will be offering FREE Whataburgers on August third from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. In order to get your FREE burger, you'll need to wear orange into the store. I LOVE free food!! Oh, one more thing...this says that it is available for Dine In Only. If you want to read more information about this head over here.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Target Deals

I am not sure of all of the prices on these products. The prices are what I think these are normally priced at, so you'll need to double check the prices before you buy them.

Bic Pens $0.99
-use Target coupon for $1.00 off two BIC stationary items (this coupon can be found quickly by clicking on the School Supply Category)
Final Price: $0.98 for two packages (or $0.49 each)

Wonka Chocolate Bar $2.00
-use Target coupon for $1.00 off Wonka chocolate
-AND use manufacturer's coupon for $1.00 off Wonka Chocolate (found here)
Final Price: FREE

SoBe Lifewater $1.00
-buy two and use two Target coupons for $0.50 off one SoBe Lifewater
-AND use manufacturer's coupon for Buy one Get one FREE SoBe Lifewater (found here)
Final Price: 2 for FREE

Chef Boyardee Food Product
-use Target coupon for $1.00 off Chef Boyardee Food Product
I am not sure what these are normally priced at, but I think that with the $1.00 coupon, you should be able to get them FREE, or VERY close to FREE!!

Kid's Aquafresh Toothpaste $1.62
-use Target coupon for $0.50 off Aquafresh Kids pump toothpaste
-AND use manufacturer's coupon for $1.00 off Aquafresh Toothpaste (found here)
Final Price: $0.12

Bagel Bites
-use Target coupon for $1.00 off Bagel Bites
-AND use manufacturer's coupon for $1.00 off Bagel Bites (found in 6/13 SmartSource insert)

Kid Cuisine Meals
-use Target coupon for $1.00 off Kid Cuisine Meals
-AND use manufacturer's coupon for $1.00 off two Kid Cuisine meals (found in June All You magazine)

Juicy Juice (8 pack)
-use Target coupon for $1.00 off Juicy Juice (8 pack)

Hunt's Pudding Cups (4 pack)
-use Target coupon for $1.00 off three Hunt's Pudding snack packs
-AND use manufacturer's coupon for $1.00 off three Hunt's SnackPacks (found in June All You magazine)

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels
-use Target coupon for $1.00 off one Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels
-AND use manufacturer's coupon for $1.00 off one Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels (found in 5/23 o3 6/27 SmartSource insert)

Nature Valley Granola Bars
-use Target coupon for $1.00 off Nature Valley Granola Bar
-AND use manufacturer's coupon for $0.75 off two Nature Valley Granola Bars (found here)

I'm sure that there are even more great deals, but these were the ones that jumped out at me. Let me know if you see any other GREAT deals!!

Target Coupons Galore!!

Oh my goodness!! I just checked to see if they had issued any new coupons, and I can't believe how many GREAT Target coupons are now available. I'm going to spend some time looking through my coupons to see if there are any manufacturer's coupons that will match up with them. If there are, then I'm sure we'll find some GREAT deals!!
I am finally back!! I had a GREAT time with my family...we spent several days out at the lake and a couple of days in San Antonio. The last guests left yesteray morning, and I think that we are now starting to get back into our normal routine. That means that I can now start searching for deals to post. Hope that all of you had a GREAT week and that you were able to get some awesome deals. I haven't clipped coupons for several weeks, so I'll be spending the next few nights clipping/organizing coupons once my kids are in bed. I'm excited to start coupon shopping again!!

I took a break from all things coupons while everyone was here...I even let my Extra Care Bucks and Register Rewards expire because I didn't want to put the time into looking through the ads while we had family in. I was able to let my sister go through my stockpile and take several large bags full of toiletries and pantry staples home with her. It felt great to be able to give. Now I'll need to start building my stockpile back up again. :) I hope you all found some GREAT deals...I'd love for you to share some of the deals that you've found!!