Sharing information on coupons and other ways to save money AND maybe a few other things along the way :)

My Kroger Trip/Rite Aid trip 9/13/12

total $227.08, I paid $57.77 and got back $25 in Catalina’s and +Up rewards

Well, I have been so busy these last two weeks my couponing has taken a back burner. I have been car shopping and as with everything I feel the need to get the best deal I can! I shopped at 3 different car lots and tried out many different cars and pitted each salesman against the other lot’s deal so i could get the best deal and it worked! I got a Chrysler town and Country, perfect for hauling lots of groceries in the back!!!! I normally shop early in the week and post my trips but I was so busy I was a little late shopping this week. So here is the breakdown on my trip:
Total: $227.08
I paid: $57.77
and got back $25 in Catalina’s and +UP Rewards

2 kraft Mayo $2.49 ea- $1/2 Q’s= 1.99 (got $2 Catalina each) FREE after CAT
8 Kraft Singles $1.49 ea – $1/2 Q’s=.99 ea (got $1 Catalina each)FREE after CAT
10 Kraft Dressings $1.49 ea (got $1 Catalina each) .49 each after CAT
4 Philly Cream cheese $1.29 ea – .50/1 Q (doubled) =.29 ea (5.16 toward the Philadelphia CAT: get $2 wyb $20 worth)
4 MT. Olive pickles $1.99 ea -.50/1 Q’s (doubled)= .99 ea
1 Kraft Fresh take $1.99 -.50/1 Q (doubled)=.99 ea
3 Banquet chicken patties $3.49 ea -$1.50/1 Q (from product package) = $1.99 ea
2 Clif Kidz bars .99 ea – .50/1 Q (doubled)=FREE
3 M&M’s .89 each B2G1 free = .59 ea
8 Green giant steamers $1.49 ea -.75/2 Q’s = $1.12 ea
3 Ritz crackers $1.99 ea – $1/2 and B2G1Free Q= .99 each
4 Oscar meyer ready to eat bacon $2.49 – .50/1 Q (doubled)= $1.49 ea
2 Jello mix ins $1.79 ea -$1 Q(kraft account) =.79 ea
5 Multigrain Pringles .99 ea – .75/1 Q=.24 each
2 Jose Ole chili mix .79 ea – .50/1Q (doubled) = free +.42 overage
3 gerber yogurt melts $2.08 – $1 Q= $1.08
2 Glade fragrance mist kits $4.29 ea -$2/1 Q and B1G1 free Q= $2.29 for 2 (got $1 CAT)
4 Dawn dish liquid $1.49 ea – .50/1 Q (doubled) = .49 each
4 carmex lip products $1.04 each – .30/1 Q (doubled) = .44 each
5 Kraft Mac and cheese single cups .49 each ( i used these for fillers to meet the quantity of 10 for the mega sale)
1 Kroger Wheat bread $1 each
total $207.11
i paid $51.80…saved $155.31 / 80 items for an average of .64 each 😉 75% savings
and got back $23 in Catalina’s for next time!

Rite Aid
2 Chips ahoy cookies 2/$6 – $1 Q’s =$4 for two and get back $2 in +Up Rewards
2 Nivea mens lotions $8.99 B1G1 50% off (8.99+ 4.49)= $13.48 (no Q’s, my hubby needed this though)
1 chap stick overnight healing balm ($4.99 50% off) $2.49
total $19.97
redeemed $14 in +UP Rewards from last time
I paid $5.97 and got back $2 in +UP Rewards
I went after the lysol cleaner that was free after rewards and q’s but they were out so i got a raincheck!

Be sure to share any deals you may know of! Happy Couponing and dealseeking!!!

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Rite Aid free or cheap week of 9/2-9/8

***UPDATE*** the in ad coupons are regional,so some may not get them… i didnt get them, and i was really looking forward to the Nivea in-ad Q 😦

Colgate – $2.99
Use $2/1 in-ad coupon And $0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste (SS 08/26/12 R)
Or $1/1 Colgate Toothpaste (SS 08/26/12)
Final Price: FREE

Aqua Net, Rave, Prell, L.A. Looks, LaBella – $2.99
Use $1/1 Prell Shampoo (RP 04/29/12) Or $1/1 L.A. Looks Product (RP 08/19/12)
Pay as low as $1.99 OOP Get $2 +up (limit 1)
Final Price: FREE

Sani-Hands Wipes – $2.99
Pay $2.99 OOP Submit for $2.99 SCR
Final Price: FREE great donation item for your kids’ school!

Organix, Got2b, Infusium – $4.99
Use $2/1 Organix Hair or Body Product, exp. 9/20/12 (SS 07/22/12 R) regional or $2/1 Infusium Product (RA Video Values, Aug)
Pay $2.99 OOP Get $3 +up (limit 2)

Final Price: FREE

Samy Fat Foam – $9.99
Use $5/1 in-ad coupon And $2/1 Samy Fat Foam Hair Color (RA Video Values, Aug)
And $5/1 Samy Fat Foam Hair Color printable (facebook)
Final Price: As low as Free

Breath Right 10ct – $3.99
Use $1/1 in-ad coupon And $1/1 Breathe Right (RA Video Values, Sept)
And $1/1 Breathe Right Product printable
Final Price: $0.99

Revlon Beauty Tools B1G1 50% OFF
prices start at $1.45 Use (2) $1/1 Revlon Beauty Tools printable Or (2) $1/1 Revlon Beauty Tool (SS 06/24/12 R) regional
And $2/1 Revlon Eye Beauty Tools or Brow Pencils (RA Video Values, Aug)
Pay as low as $0 OOP Get $3 +up when you buy 2 (limit 2) Submit for $2 when you buy $5 SCR #30
Final Price: FREE or moneymaker!! I love the revlon tweezers!

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Have your shopping habits changed since you started couponing?

I know my shopping habits have changed since i started couponing. I definitely pay more attention to each individual stores pricing and sale ads. I’ll be honest i never even picked up a sale ad until i started couponing :/ I always have some sort of plan/list…whether it’s a big list and my coupon binder or a small list and an envelope of coupons, I always have a game plan. I now shop at stores i never would have imagined I would. For instance, you can get some great deals at the major drugstores like CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. I always thought they were so expensive, BUT shopping their sales, using coupons and their reward systems have definitely changed my mind! I have less impulse buys on cosmetics/health & beauty items because i know I can get great deals at the drugstore if I just wait for a good sale and coupon matchup. I am no longer brand loyal, I buy whatever is on sale with a coupon instead of sticking to a certain brand all the time. I also used to go to the store once a week and buy all the things I need for that week regardless of if they were on sale or not and I would spend close to $200.00 each week. I now have a good stockpile of products purchased with coupons so I can concentrate on stocking up on things we will use when they are at good stock up prices, (which saves you money in the long run) instead of needing so much stuff that it leaves me no leftover money for stocking up. <—That leads to buying multiples of a product when it is a stock up price! There was no way i would go buy 6 jars or miracle whip before but now If i find something we use a lot of on a good sale with a coupon, I stock up to last us until the next time it’s on sale.  I’m so much more frugal now that I started using coupons, I clearance shop for clothes at the end of the season and buy a size larger for my kids for the next year as well as calling my service providers and asking for discounts and reviewing plans to save the max amount of money i can.  How have you changed your habits?

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Rite Aid trip 8/23/12

I took a trip to Rite Aid today and found some goodies. I went looking for the nail polish reportedly priced at .99 each and you get $3 +UP back wyb 3 making them FREE after rewards…well my rite aid didn’t have any priced at .99. I also found some clearance cold medicine for 6.99, but was 50% off and a $2 peelie Q on them making them a little over $1 each and some pantyhose for b1g1 50% off and with a $3 +UP reward when you buy 2 so it made them about .51 cents per pair after rewards. I wasn’t that excited and I didn’t have my binder with me so I just picked up a few items we needed:
1 Samy fat foam hair color $8.99 -$6 in ad coupon -$5 printable coupon= $2.01 money maker!
3 sinful colors nail polishes $1.99 ($1.79 ea with my silver discount) each= $5.37 get back $3 reward wyb 3
2 packs no nonsense mens socks $6.99 b1g1 50% off= $10.48 (6.99+3.49) get back $3 reward wyb 2
total would have been $25.67, I redeemed $11 in +UP Rewards and after coupons I paid only $3.67 and got back $6.00 in +UP Rewards for next time! Now my hubby can quit whining about his white socks being pink! LOL! Someone had a laundry fail a couple of weeks ago!

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How to deal with Coupon burnout!

Ok so I will be the first to admit I get burned out on coupons all the time! It happens to every couponer at some point so don’t feel bad if it happens to you. Sometimes clipping, sorting, organizing, making lists, driving to all the stores, trying to eye every deal in ther store, hauling your goodies home and finding a place to store it all can get very tedious! Whew…i just came off a break from couponing and i must say it is refreshing! So here is my advice to anyone suffering from coupon overload:

1. Don’t go after every deal! This is a great piece of advice for any new couponer. You will want to go to every store, use every coupon and get every deal, but doing so will burn you out quickly!!

2. Wait for a really great sale! You will get to the point where you have a good little stockpile and there isn’t anything you really just have to have.  So when a great sale comes you will be all to excited to get out that binder and get couponing again!

3. Take a break! Sometimes couponing get to be too much! Working, doing all your daily chores, taking care of a family and running errands can be a lot and adding on couponing tasks can be too tiring, so just shopping the sales and price matching can save a good bit if you need a little break.

4. Set aside a certain time to clip and file your coupons! I cant tell you how many times I have clipped a few coupons here and there and ended up with a disorganized mess that i didnt want to deal with! Now I try to set aside 20 minutes a day a few times a week to clip, organize, and browse the sale ads. Maybe during your kids’ nap times or when you settle down to watch your favorite tv show. I try to clip for a few minutes and then immediately file them in my binder so the clipped pile doesnt get too out of control! There will be weeks that you will fall behind so don’t be too hard on yourself, there is always going to be another deal so missing a few will be ok!

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interesting article…a must read for Target shoppers!

This is a great article on how to save money at Target.  Like how to decode those clearance tags to see if an item will be marked down any further. Also what days of the week they mark down specific items,  for ex: cloting, home decor, jewelry.  A must read for any Target shopper looking to save some $$$$ 😉
For the full article go here :
Happy Saving!!

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follow me on Pinterest and I’ll follow you too!!

I’m sure by now you have all heard of Pinterest! i’m a little obsessed! Follow me and I’ll follow you back 😉 the more people i follow the more interesting things i find!
Happy Pinning!!!

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catalina deals for Kroger

I love combining Catalina’s with coupons to further my discounts! If you are a kroger shopper, they are having a megasale this week ( check your local ad) and there are some really good catalina’s to correspond with the sale! I get all my kroger information from so go on over and check it out! Find the catalina’s under the Catalina tab at the top! There is also a full inclusion list that has all the sale items in the mega sale this week on it here:

Happy Couponing!!

Remember the ad’s and catalina’s can be regional 😉


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Allure giveaway starts at noon today!

Free stuff giveaway from Allure magazine starts today at 12 pm!
some good stuff today…let us know if you win! new items at  12:00,  1:00,  2:00,  4:00,  5:00,  6:00,  and 7:00, go here to see all the items on the giveaway calendar!!

 Premium Denim cotton lycra shorts ($168 retail) starting it off at noon!  <—click here for the form to fill out and be ready to submit when the clock hits the top of the hour!!!
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couponing question #1 Is the show extreme couponing real?? And can you really get 1000′s of dollars of “stuff” for just pennies?

I have been getting a lot of questions about couponing lately so i decided to answer them on here:

Coupon Question #1 : Is the show extreme couponing real?? And can you really get 1000’s of dollars of “stuff” for just pennies? I’m just going to give my opinion on this one and you all feel free to do the same…When i first started watching the show is when I really started couponing…i used to use an occasional coupon for diapers if i got one in the mail…i had no idea people were “extreme couponing”. I think the show has shed light on couponing as a way to save money and giving back to charities and their communities, but the people on the show have also done some shady things such as coupon fraud and clearing shelves of all of one product which is unfair to other shoppers. Also the stores, in an attempt to get some publicity have bent their rules on coupon redemption for some of the people on the show so the everyday Joe may not be able to do some of the things they have on the show. So after couponing for about 2 years, Yes i think it is possible to get lots of stuff for cheap or free BUT you cannot get everything you need to sustain a family for free…nobody can live off hot sauce and toothpaste! UPdate: i do not watch TLC’s extreme couponing anymore 😉

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