Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wal-Mart Clearance

Jaime emailed to let me know that she found several racks of summer clothes marked way down at Wal-Mart. Kids' shirts and shorts marked as low as $1.00!! It sounds like now would be a GREAT time to stock up on some summer staples!

Sunday Coupon Preview

There are not supposed to be any coupon inserts in this Sunday's newspaper. It seems like if a holiday falls on a Monday, that the newspaper on the Sunday before usually doesn't have any inserts. Not sure why this is, but it seems like that is always the case. If you only pick the Sunday newspaper up for the coupons, you might want to skip this week...or at least flip through the newspaper before buying it to see if there might be an unexpected insert.

HEB Coupon Update

So it sounds like some of you might have had problems using the $5.00 off 5 Kraft cheese coupon at HEB. It doesn't scan properly, so cashiers are saying you can't use it. I had a meeting with Lynn Shipley (the supervisor at the San Angelo HEB) several months ago, and he gave me a copy of an email that he had just recently received concerning Internet coupons. The following is a copy of the email that he printed off for me. I have highlighted the section about Internet coupons.

New Coupon Policy Rolls Out To Stores

At H-E-B, we know it is important for our Customers to stretch every dollar they spend. With that in mind, H-E-B has launched a new coupon policy. The new coupon policy outlines the types of coupons we accept and our coupon guidelines.

A key policy change pertains to internet coupons. Printable internet coupons are extremely popular because they are widely available through a variety of coupon websites and are easily redeemable at applicable locations. In the past, internet coupons were accepted at H-E-B if they scanned correctly at the register. For the convenience of our Customers, the new coupon policy states that H-E-B now accepts all internet coupons even if they do not scan, provided the Customer has met the purchase criteria expressed on the coupon (i.e. the targeted item, brand, and size).

Click here to review the coupon policy and to learn more about our coupon guidelines. The coupon policy can also be found on our website under Weekly Ads and Coupons. For any questions regarding the new coupon policy, speak to your Central Checkout Operations Manager or your Store Leader.

I keep a copy of this email in my coupon binder and pull it out if I have any troubles while I am checking out at HEB. You might want to print a copy of it as well. It seems like HEB has a problem with their employees not being aware of their coupon policy. As a coupon shopper, I know that it can be frustrating at times...but stick with it...the savings are well worth any frustrations!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

HEB Update

A little earlier today I printed off the GREAT $5.00 off 5 Kraft Cheese coupon that I just posted about. I wanted to take it up to HEB to see if it would work with one of their Combo Locos this week.

Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese
HEB Corn Chips
Wolf Brand No Bean Chili

I got to HEB and was surprised to find that the cheese was price cut to $2.00. I picked up 5 packages of cheese, corn chips, and chili and went to check out.

I handed the cashier all of the yellow store coupons first, and then the $5.00 off of 5 Kraft Cheese coupon. Wouldn't you know that the coupon would not scan. The cashier tried to tell me that they no longer accepted internet coupons. I smiled and said that they did. He then told me that they couldn't accept internet coupons if they did not scan. I smiled again and said that they long as it is a valid coupon with a barcode, expiration date, and mail/in information he should be able to manually enter in the amount. I pulled out an email that I received from the supervisor of our local HEB that said just that. He still did not want to accept the coupon. I pulled out one of the bags of cheese that had a peelie on the front that said save $5.00 off of 5 Kraft Cheese products (on the inside it had the website where you could go to print off the coupon). He called someone else over (a manager maybe?), and he finally manually entered it.

I walked out of the store with 5 bags of Kraft Cheese, 5 cans of Chili, and 5 bags of Corn Chips for $5.00 (around $0.33 per item)!! If you try this at HEB you will most likely be told that you cannot use the coupon, but if you remain calm, polite, and hold your ground they should take your coupon off...but it is not for the faint of heart. :)

If you don't want to deal with the hassle over this coupon, you might want to use the coupon for $1.00 off 2 Kraft Cheese found here. (I did not try this coupon to see if it would scan, but it is a coupon from and the coupons from there usually scan!) If you bought two of the combo locos, you'd pay $3.00 (around $0.50 per item), still an awesome deal!!

I see frito pie, chili dogs, and chili cheese dip in my future! :)

Coupon for Kraft Cheese

There's an awesome HIGH VALUE coupon that is available now for $5.00 off 5 select Kraft Cheese Products. These coupons include:

Kraft Singles
Kraft Parmesan Cheese
Kraft Natural Cheese
Kraft String Ums
Kraft Cracker Cuts
Kraft Deli Deluxe
Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Velveeta Cheese
Cracker Barrel Cheese
Cheez Whiz
Breakstone's Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese
Knudsen Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese

Buy 5 of these products and you'll be able to use the $5.00 coupon found here. To make it even better, when you redeem your coupon, Kraft will donate 5 meals to feed the hungry!

You will not be able to use this coupon at Albertsons. In their coupon policy it states that you can't use a printable coupon with a value that exceeds $2.00.

Thanks My Frugal Adventures!!

Albertsons Ad/Coupon Match Up (September 1 - 7)

Looks like there are several FREEBIES this week at Albertsons (as long as you have the right coupons!) There are quite a few Buy One Get One FREE deals at Albertsons this week. Remember that at Albertsons you can use TWO coupons when there is a Buy one Get one FREE sale!

French's Classic Yellow Mustard $1.00
-use coupon for $0.50 off French's Mustard (found in 6/20 SmartSource insert and here)(will be doubled)
Final Price: FREE

French's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce $1.00
-use coupon for $0.50 off French's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce (found in 6/6 and 8/22 SmartSource inserts) (will be doubled)
Final Price: FREE

Mt. Olive Relish $1.00
-use coupon for $1.00 off Mt. Olive Pickles, Peppers, or Relish (found in 8/1 SmartSource insert)
Final Price: FREE

French's Worcestershire Sauce $1.00
-use coupon for $0.50 off one (found here)(will be doubled)
Final Price: FREE

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish $1.00
-use coupon for $0.35 off one Goldfish (found in Save Big. Dream Big. Coupon Book) (will be tripled)
Final Price: FREE

Ball Park All Meat Franks $3.49 Buy One Get one FREE
PLUS Get TWO Sara Lee Whole Grain White Hot Dog Buns FREE

-use coupon for $2.00 off Ball Park All Meat Franks (no longer available to print)
-use coupon for $1.00 off Ball Park Franks (found as peelie coupons on product)
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Ball Park Franks (found in 8/1 RedPlum insert)
Final Price: As low as all 4 products FREE if you use TWO $2.00 coupons

Lay's Potato Chips Buy One Get One FREE

Tyson Bacon Buy One Get One FREE

Eckrich Smoked Sausage Buy One Get One FREE
-use coupon for $0.35 off one Eckrich Smoked Sausage (found in 8/29 SmartSource insert)(will be tripled)

Cinnamon or Butter Sliced Loaf Cakes Buy One Get One FREE

Stride, Trident, or Denytne Gum (3 packs) Buy One Get One FREE
-use coupon for $2.00 off three Stride, Trident, or Dentyne 3 packs (found in 8/8 Smartsource insert) (This was a regional coupon, so you might not have it in your inserts. If you do have it, this might be the time to stock up on gum!)

Nestle, Skittles, or Starburst Candies Buy One Get One FREE

Hormel Always Tender Tenderloin or Pork Fillets Buy One Get One FREE
-use coupon for $1.00 off Hormel Always Tender product (found in 8/1 SmartSource insert)

Albertsons USDA Choice Beef Bottom Round or Eye of Round Roast Buy One Get One FREE

Albertsons USDA Choice Beef Bottom Round or Eye of Round Steak Buy One Get One FREE

Albertsons Fresh Cut Petite Sirloin Steak (pre-seasoned) Buy One Get TWO FREE

Albertsons Boneless, Skinless Fryer Breast (pre-seasoned) Buy One Get TWO FREE

Albertsons Boneless Pork Loin Chops (pre-seasoned) Buy One Get TWO FREE

Gorton's Breaded Fish Fillets, Sticks, Shrimp Poppers Popcorn Shrimp Buy One Get One FREE

Ranch Style Beans $0.50

Lindsay Olives $1.00
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Lindsay Olives (found in 5/2 RedPlum insert and here)
Final Price: $1.00 for two (or $0.50 each)

Chef Boyardee $1.00
-use coupon for $0.35 off three Chef Boyardee products (found in 8/15 SmartSource insert) (will be tripled)
Final Price: $1.95 for three (or $0.65 each)

Ortega Black Beans $1.00
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Ortega Products (found here)
Final Price: $1.00 for two (or $0.50 each)

Mt. Olive Pickles $2.00
-use coupon for $1.00 off Mt. Olive Pickles, Peppers, or Relish (found in 8/1 SmartSource insert)
Final Price: $1.00

Powerade Sports Drink $0.48 each (When you buy 10)

Mrs. Baird's Grab 'N Go Donuts $0.99

Pillsbury Biscuits $1.00
-use coupon for $0.30 off two Pillsbury Grand's Biscuits (found in 8/8 General Mills Coupon Book and here)(will be tripled)
Final Price: $1.10 for two (or $0.55 each)

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls $1.00
-use coupon for $0.50 off two (found here)(will be doubled)
-use coupon for $0.40 off two (found in 6/27 SmartSource insert)(will be doubled)
Final Price: As low as $1.00 for two (or $0.50 each)

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls $1.00
-use coupon for $0.40 off two (found in 8/8 General Mills Coupon Book and here)(will be doubled)
Final Price: $1.20 for two (or $0.60 each)

Minute Maid Fruit Drinks $0.99

Popsicle OrangeCherryGrape $0.99 (limit 2)

Blue Bell Ice Cream $3.34 (limit 3)
-use coupon for $1.00 off one Blue Bell (found here)
Final Price: $2.34

Green Seedless Grapes $0.99/lb.

Jumbo Black Plums $0.99/lb.

HEB Ad/Coupon Match Up (September 1 - 7)


2 Ball Park Beef, Cheese, or White Turkey Franks
-use coupon for $2.00 off Ball Park Products (this is no longer available, but if you printed it from Facebook now would be a GREAT time to use it!)
-use coupon for $1.00 off Ball Park Jumbo Franks (this is a peelie coupon found on the packages of Ball Park Franks at HEB)
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Ball Park Products (found in 8/1 RedPlum insert)
Hormel No Beans Chili
HEB Potato Chips
HEB Soft Drink (2 liter)
Hill Country Fare Relish
That's a SAVINGS of $4.99 BEFORE coupons!


Pepperidge Farm Milano or Distinctive Bag Cookies
-use coupon for $0.50 off Pepperidge Farm Distinctive Cookies (found in 8/1 SmartSource insert...Note, some newspapers received a coupon for $0.75 off one, or $1.00 off two. It just depends on your paper)
HEB Classic Roast Coffee
That's a SAVINGS of $2.57 BEFORE coupons!

HEB Fully Cooked Shredded BBQ Beef Brisket or Pulled Pork with Sauce
HEB Thin Potato Chips
That's a SAVINGS of $2.00!

2 Gatorade G or G2 (8 packs)
Frito-Lay Family Size Doritos
That's a SAVINGS of $4.48!

HEBuddy Chicken Breast Nuggets or HEBuddy Lean Junior Burgers
Oscar Mayer Fun Pack Lunchables
That's a SAVINGS of $2.77!

Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese or Cheese Crumbles
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese (found here)
HEB Corn Chips
Wolf Brand No Beans Chili
That's a SAVINGS of $3.30 BEFORE coupons!

Oscar Mayer Family Size Lunchmeat
-use coupon for $1.00 off two Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat (found here)
Kraft American Singles
That's a SAVINGS of $2.38 BEFORE coupons!

Ruffles Potato Chips
HEB Ridged Potato Chips

3 Mars Single Candy

French's Classic Yellow Mustard
-use coupon for $0.50 off French's Mustard (found in 6/20 SmartSource insert and here)
Hill Country Fare Ketchup

1 lb. of HEB New Harvest Wild Gulf Shrimp
Louisiana Fish Fry Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab Boil

HEB Artisan Mozzarollo
HEB Premium Quality Pita Bread

HEB Chef Prepared Dip
HEB Premium Quality Delicatessen Bite Size or Entertainer Crackers

11" Gourmet Apple Pie
Hawaiian Punch

1 Air Heads Candy

Oscar Mayer Sliced Bacon
Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat

HEB Premium Smoked Sausage Links
HEB Fancy Shredded Cheese

HEB Fully Cooked Beef Brisket
Breyers Ice Cream

Duracell Saver Pack Batteries
-use coupon for $0.75 off Duracell Batteries (found in 8/29 Proctor and Gamble insert)
Eckrich Smoked Sausage

Rubbermaid Cereal Keeper
Post Honey Bunches of Oats, or Honey-Comb, Golden Crisp, Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles, Cupcake Pebbles, or Marshmallow Pebbles


Igloo Island Breeze 28 Quart Rolling Cooler
HEB Soft Drinks (12 pack)
Bag of Ice

Hill Country Essentails Body Wash
Hill Country Essentials Razors

Vicks NyQuil or DayQuil, Formula 44, Sinex Nasal Spray, or Vapo Products
-use coupon for $1.50 off Vicks NyQuil or DayQuil (found in 8/29 Proctor and Gamble insert)
-use coupon for $1.00 off Vicks Product (found in 8/29 Proctor and Gamble insert)
Puffs Facial Tissues

Hill Country Essentials Mouthrinse
Hill Country Essentials Dental Floss

HEB Baby Complete Advantage Infant Formula
HEB Baby Distilled Water (1 gallon)

Sear 'n Smoke Charcoal Grill
$50.00 HEB Gift Card
HEB Charcoal Briquets
HEB Smoking Wood Chunks

O'Cedar ProMist Mop Kit
(Note...there's supposed to be a $5.00 Mail in Rebate on package)
Playtex HandSaver Gloves
Pine-Sol Cleaner


Sanderson Farms Whole Chicken $0.87/lb.

Hill Country Fare BBQ Seasoned Leg Quarters $1.00/lb.

Oscar Mayer Meat Wieners $1.50

-use coupon for $1.00 off two Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs (found in 8/22 SmartSource insert and here)

Hill Country Fare Natural Shredded Cheese 3 for $5.00

Kraft Barbecue Sauce $0.88

Ranch Style Beans $0.50

White Seedless Grapes $1.39/lb.

Strawberries $1.87/lb.

Red Delicious Apples $2.48/3 lb. bag

Texas Grown Corn 5 for $1.00

Colgate Toothpaste $0.99

-use coupon for $0.75 off any Colgate toothpaste (found in 8/29 Proctor and Gamble insert)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Walgreens Shocker!

I ran into Walgreens this morning to take advantage of some of the Register Rewards deals for this week. While I was checking out, I started talking to the cashier about couponing. She told me that she had been working at Walgreens for several years and still couldn't figure out how to use Register Rewards, so she just THROWS THEM AWAY!! Can you believe it? My jaw just about hit the floor when she told me that! It's like she's been throwing money away. I told her that they can be confusing to figure out at first, but that they can really save you money. I told her at the very least, she could take the Register Rewards that she's earned and use them on grocery items. She just shook her head and said she'd probably keep throwing them out. What?!?

New to Walgreens?

If you are new to Walgreens, this week might be the perfect time for you to get your feet wet and start learning how to use your Register Rewards. There are a couple of Register Rewards Deals that require absolutely NO coupons, so everyone (even new couponers) will be able to take advantage of these deals! To get started simply follow the exact steps below!

Transaction #1:

Walgreens Perfection Tampons (8 ct.) $1.99
-Pay $1.99 (plus tax) and receive a $2.00 Register Reward

Transaction #2:

Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm $2.00
-Pay with the $2.00 Register Reward that you earned from Transactin #1 AND receive another $2.00 Register Reward.

You can stop there if you want...spend around $1.99 (plus tax) on two items and still have a $2.00 Register Reward to use next time you shop at Walgreens, or you can keep rolling your Register Rewards.

(At the Walgreens I went to, these products were on an endcap towards the front of the cosmetics area.)

I know that Walgreens can be a little tricky, but once you learn how to use your Register Rewards to lower your out of pocket expenses you will have a BLAST!

Albertsons--Campbell's Catalina Deal

I was at Albertsons this morning, and I noticed a Catalina deal that they have on select Campbell's Condensed Soups.

Buy 4 select Campbell's Soups and receive a coupon for $1.00 off your next purchase at check out.

The Campbell's Soups that are included in this deal are priced from $1.00 to $1.79.

The best deal that I could come up with is:

Buy 4 Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup ($1.00 each)
-use 2 coupons for $0.50 off two Campbell's Great For Cooking Soups (found here and also in the Save Big. Dream Big. Coupon Book) (These will both be doubled)
Final Price: Pay $2.00 AND receive a $1.00 Catalina Coupon at check out. (That's $0.50 per can, and you have $1.00 to spend on your next transaction)

You'll need to be careful when doing this deal. Not all Campbell's Soups are included...ONLY the ones that are labeled in the aisles.

I noticed this for the first time today, but I'm not sure how long it has been going on. It might be a new deal, or it might be something that has been going on all of August and will be ending after today. Either way, it is definitely something to look for the next time you are at Albertsons

Coupons Expiring Today

I just wanted to remind you that a LOT of coupons will be expiring today since it is the last day of August. There are a couple of them that I would definitely try to use today if you will be out.

$1.00 off Tide Detergent (found in 8/1 Proctor and Gamble insert)
-I always save these coupons until the end of the month. If there are no good sales on Tide during the month, I use these coupons to buy the travel size Tide packages at Target. These are priced at $0.97 and have enough detergent in them for one load of laundry. I've been doing this for several months, and I now have close to 40 of them. I could have been throwing them out, but now I have the equivilant of one GOOD size bottle of Tide for FREE!

$1.00 off two Charmin Products (found in 8/1 Proctor and Gamble insert)
-HEB has Charmin Basic packages (4 double rolls) on sale for $1.50...with coupon you can get a package for $1.00. I've always had a hard time finding toilet paper at a great stock up price. When I can find a double roll of toilet paper for $0.25 or less I stock up. I'm not sure what these are priced at Wal-Mart, but you should be able to find a comparable price...if not, you can always price match.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Would you believe that I have not clipped coupons in almost a month? I have over 70 different inserts that are just waiting to be clipped. I've been putting it off for the last several weeks, but I think that tonight I need to start tackling the stack of coupons. Hopefully I'll get a few knocked out tonight and will get caught up in the next couple of days.

I've gone through some of the inserts and clipped a few that I knew I'd be using on my shopping trips, but most of them are still waiting for me. Wish me luck! :)

3 lbs. of Coupon Inserts

I know I've posted about paying to have coupon inserts mailed to me every two weeks. I just received a shipment of three pounds of coupon inserts, and wanted to show you just how many inserts come in each package!

This shipment had 43 coupon inserts:

6 7/25 SmartSource Inserts
2 7/25 RedPlum inserts
5 8/1 Proctor and Gamble inserts
6 8/1 SmartSource inserts
3 8/1 RedPlum inserts
5 8/8 RedPlum inserts
2 8/8 General Mills Inserts
6 8/8 SmartSource inserts
3 8/15 RedPlum inserts
5 8/15 SmartSource inserts

I know several of you have mentioned buying newspapers and not receiving all of the inserts that are scheduled to have been in the newspaper (usually the RedPlum inserts). I also know that a lot of you buy the newspapers JUST for the coupons and end up throwing away the rest of the paper.

I started having the 3 pounds of coupon inserts mailed to me for several reasons:

1. In order to REALLY shrink your grocery budget, you need to STOCK UP when items are on sale. To do this effectively, you need to have multiples of the same coupon. More and more often, I'd go to buy newspapers at the store and find that they had already sold out of the papers.

2. Our local newspaper does NOT have the same amount of coupons or the high value coupons as big city newspapers. The coupon inserts that are mailed are from larger cities, so they tend to be higher dollar coupons. (A BIG plus!!)

3. I felt terrible throwing out all the newspapers that were never even read! I had grand plans of recycling them, but our city is not very recycling friendly, so the majority of the time my stack of newspapers would grow until I got so sick of it that I'd just throw them away.

4. I realized that I would be saving money having coupon inserts mailed to me...not just at the grocery store, but actually on the coupons themselves. The newspaper that I used to buy every Sunday cost $3.00 for each one! Having the coupons mailed to me costs $33.00...less than $1.00 an insert! If I only use one $1.00 coupon from each insert, I will have made my money back, but I can assure you that I will use MANY more coupons than just one from each insert!!

Each shipment of coupon inserts is $33.00. That might sound like a lot, but I easily make that up in ONE shopping trip!! I really think that it is a wonderful investment. You might think that you would never use that many coupons...but as you can see there are several of the same inserts, so think about going in with a friend and splitting the inserts. (Most of the time you receive even numbers of the same inserts, so should be very easy to split!)

I receive my inserts from a small company called American Consumer Services. I contacted Mr. Daniels (the owner) and asked him if it would be okay if I wrote a blog about his business...I wanted to make sure that if any of you were interested in receiving shipments that he would have enough coupon inserts in stock to accomodate new orders. He told me that he should have enough. He did say to have new orders mention that they heard about his business on Lucrecia Wingfield's blog. If you do this, he will take $3.00 off your first you'll pay only $30.00!

This is a smaller company, and he does not have a website. You can contact him at 1-866-790-5088 or email him at

Hope some of you take advantage of this offer...make sure to tell him that you heard about this on Lucrecia Wingfield's blog, so you can be sure to get in on his mailing list. Oh, and this is not something you have to sign a contract to join...try it once, and if you aren't satisfied call and cancel. I signed up to have it delivered once a month, and as soon as I received my first shipment I emailed him to ask if I could get it delivered every two weeks!

Shopping Success!!

My friend, Shelli, sent me an email with a picture of her latest CVS and Walgreens shopping trip. Sorry that the picture is so small, for some reason I wasn't able to enlarge it. She purchased:
2 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
2 Store Brand Sandwich Bags
2 packages of Hershey's Chocolate Bars (each package has 6 candy bars in it!)

She only spent $1.50 on EVERYTHING!! For less than the cost of one item at most grocery stores, she was able to buy all six items!! Way to go Shelli!!

Keep the pictures coming. I love to hear about your shopping trips!!

Wal-Mart - FREE BallPark Franks!

If you still have the awesome coupon for $2.00 off any BallPark product that I posted about here, you will be able to use it to get FREE BallPark Franks at Wal-Mart.

I ran into Wal-Mart this afternoon and noticed that select BallPark Franks were priced at $2.00. Personally, I think it is a better deal at HEB...spend a little more but get 5 extra products. If you don't have an HEB near you, or you just don't shop there then I'd definitely take advantage of FREE hotdogs at

Save Big. Dream Big. Coupon Book

While you are out shopping, keep your eyes peeled for this new coupon book. My mother-in-law picked it up for me at the commissary, but you can usually find these coupon books at Wal-Mart, HEB, and Albertsons as well.

Coupons that are included in this book:

$1.00 off two jars of Prego Italian Sauce
$1.00 off two BIC Stationary Products
$1.00 off two Pop Secret Products
$0.50 off any Success Rice Product
$0.50 off any two Campbell's Condensed Soups (excluding Chicken Noodle, Tomato, and Creams)
$0.50 off two Campbell's Spaghettios
$0.50 off any two Campbell's Condensed "Great for Cooking" Soups
$1.00 off any two Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken Breast
$1.00 off any two V8 100% Vegetable Juice
$1.00 off any one Campbell's V8 Soup
$0.55 off any one Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Bread
$1.00 off any two V8 V-Fusion Juice
$0.35 off any one bag of Goldfish Crackers