I’ve Got $10, What do I Buy?

Here’s my top picks for this week!  See the details and coupon links for each deal in yesterday’s post. While I typically limit myself to 2 stores per week, there are good deals at several stores this week.  I’ll probably visit three–Kroger, Wags and Target.  Pick your favorites from my $10 list below!

(For all the newcomers, the costs below assume you already have all of the coupons listed.  If you need information on where to get more coupons, check out my post on Where to Get More Coupons.  Also, if you’re from outside the Cincinnati area, double check your local store ads to make sure prices are the same.  Typically they don’t vary much from Louisville to Cincinnati, but sometimes they do.)

First stop, Kroger:

Buy:

  • 2 Daisy Sour Cream, $1 each
  • 6 half gallons milk, $1 each
  • 4 Tennesee Pride Sausage Gravy, $1 each
  • 4 Lifesavers Candies, $1 each
  • 2 packets Fleischmann’s yeast, $1 each

Total BC (before coupons):  $18 plus tax

Use:

  • 2  .50/1 Daisy Sour Cream (SS 11/16/08)
  • 4  .55/1 Tennessee Pride Product (V 11/16/08)
  • 4  $1/1 Lifesavers Candy (SS 10/19/08)
  • 2  40/1 Fleischmanns Strip or Jar (SS 12/7/08)

Total AC (after coupons):  $6 plus tax

Second Stop, Meijer (optional)

Buy:

  • 10 Duncan Hines Carrot Cake Mix $1 each
  • 4 Coffee Mates, $1 each
  • 4 Land O’ Lakes tubs, $1 each (Cincinnati area only)

Total bc:  $18

Use

  • 10 Duncan Hines Carrot Cake $1/1 (SS 11/9/08)
  • 2 CoffeeMates .50/1 (RP 11/12)
  • 2 CoffeeMate $1/1 printables
  • 2 Land O Lakes .55/1 printables
  • 2 Land O Lakes .55/1 (10/12 SS)**

Total ac:  Free!

If I had an extra $10 to spend, I’d get 11 boxes of the Kellogg’s Mini Wheats at Meijer.  11 boxes after coupons = $9.68.

**These Land O Lakes q’s are two different q’s.  Both sets of 2 should double at Meijer–though you may have to watch the register to make sure they do.  Their policy is only the first two identical coupons double.  Since these are two different coupon–one a printable, one from the inserts–they are not identical and therefore all four should double.

Third stop, Target

buy:

  • 4 Air Wick Luminares  $4.99 each
  • 10 Rayovac batteries $1 each

Total bc:  $30 plus tax

Use:

(Target’s computers will beep on the Air Wick, as the coupon is for .01 more than the product.  Their corporate policy says they will adjust down the value of the coupon to the $4.99.  If you get trouble over this, ask for an LOD–the daily store mgr.)

Last stop, Walgreens

Buy:

  • 6 Scotch Tape 3 pks, $1 each
  • 10 Reynolds Wrap 20 sq ft, $1.49 each
  • 1 Schick Quattro Titanium razor, $6.99 each
  • 4 Maybelline Lipsticks, about $8 each, BOGO sale
  • 1 Kellogg’s cereal, $1.99 each

Total bc: $37.90 plus tax

Use:

  • 1 $1/1 Kellogg’s printable coupon
  • 4 Maybelline $4/1 (12/07)
  • 3 $1/2 Scotch tape q’s (11/23 SS)
  • 10 $1/1 Reynold’s Wrap (11/16 SS)
  • 1 .99 Walgreens in-ad coupon (only need one for all 10 boxes)
  • 1 $3/1 Schick razor q from EasySaver catalog in Walgreens stores
  • 1 $4/1 Schick razor from the December All You Magazine

Total ac: $3.99 plus tax

Altogether, that’s $103.90 before coupons, and $9.99 after coupons!  That’s a 90% savings!


Decent deals this week!

I haven’t opened my paper yet today, but browsing through the web I’m seeing some decent deals.  I’m going to compile them here for you guys, then I’ll come back later today after I’ve seen the paper and make my $10 list.

BTW, this appears to be a decent week for coupons.  If you’ll use Rayovac or Maybelline, I’d suggest picking up a few extra copies.  The Rayovac q means free batteries at Target, while the Maybelline means free makeup at CVS and Walgreens!  There’s also Pillsbury q’s…which often means good things!

Target:

  • Keebler cookies or Club crackers Buy 5 @ $2.50 each get $5 gift card.  Use $1/1 printable.  After coupons and gift card, total price is .50 each!
  • New Target coupons include one for Totino’s pizza rolls, 40-90 ct.  Combine with a .35/1 printable from Coupons.com to get the 40 ct for only .94 each!

Walgreens:

  •  Scotch Magic or Gift Wrap tape $2/2.  Use the $1/2 from the 11/23 Smartsource to get it for .50 each!  Then, submit the EasySaver rebate to make it a moneymaker!
    • Sorry for the mistake earlier.  I was relying on another blogger which had the $1/1 listed as a coupon match.  I looked, and found that Q was only good on packing tape.  Still, .50 for three rolls is an excellent deal, plus the rebate!
  • Reynold’s Wrap Aluminum Foil 20 sq ft $0.99 after in-ad coupon (you only need one coupon–the computer will adjust for however many you buy.)  Use $1/1 from 11/16 Smartsource insert to get it free!
  • Schick Quattro Titanium Razor is $6.99.  Use $3/1 from December Easy Saver Catalog, along with the $4/1 from December All You Magazine.  Its FREE!
  • Maybelline Lip Products are on sale 2 for $4.99 Use $4/1 from 12/7 inserts to make them FREE!
  • Kelloggs Cereals are $1.99.  Use $1/1 from 11/09 Red Plum.  That makes them .99 each.

Mid Week Walgreens will have other deals.  The best one I see so far is two Register Rewards (RR) deal:

  • Buy $15 in Pepsi Products and get $5 in Register Rewards back
  • Spend $25 and get $5 in Register Rewards back

–Arm & Hammer Liquid Detergent $1.99 after in ad-coupon (normally $6.99-7.49)

  • Use $1/1 internet printable
  • Pay $0.99 each after in ad coupon
    • Possible Shopping Plan:
      • $27.96 buy 4 Arm & Hammer Liquid Detergent
      • Use 4 printable mfq’s
      • $20 when you use in-ad coupon (remember, you only need one for all 4 bottles)

total ac:  $3.96 plus tax

Get:  $5 RR in return!

Around here we call that Getting Paid to Shop!

CVS

CVS isn’t a hot ticket this week, though I do see a few deals.

  • Maybelline Lipcolor is BOGO.  Use $4/1 coupon from 12/7 Red Plum to get them FREE after coupons when you use one coupon per item.  (allowed in the CVS corporate policy.  If you have my Guide to Couponing, you have a copy of this policy in there.)
  • Powerade is $1.59 and get $1.59 in ECB’s–making it free after ECB’s.  There’s a limit of 1 though, so not something you can stock up with.

Okay, I’m off to look at grocery ads!

Kroger

  • Looks like they have $1 half gallons in the Cincinnati area!  That’s definitely a Stock Up price!
  • Daisy Sour Cream (8 oz.), $1
    .50/1 Daisy Sour Cream (SS 11/16/08) or .50/1  printable on Daisy website (thanks kasey!)   FREE after coupon!
  • Tennessee Pride Sausage Gravy, $1
    .55/1 Tennessee Pride Product, (V 11/16/08) FREE after coupon!

    • note that in the Louisville area, this coupon will not double, so the gravy will be .45 each
  • Fleischmanns Yeast (3 pack), $1
    $0.40/1 Fleischmanns Strip or Jar, exp. 4-12-09 (SS 11/2/08)
    $0.40/1 Fleischmanns Strip or Jar, exp 5-10-09 (SS 12/7/08)
    $0.40/1 Fleischmanns Yeast, exp. 1-31-09 (SS 10/5/08)

    • This is another MoneyMaker!  From 9/8 – 12/28 Buy any Fleischman’s Yeast Strip, receive a $.50 Catalina.  Free plus money back!
  • Lifesavers Candy (2.72 – 7 oz.), $1
    $1/1 Lifesavers Candy (SS 10/19/08)  FREE after coupon!

Meijer

  • Free Duncan Hines cake mix using the $1/1 q from the 11/9 Smartsource
  • .88 a box for Kellogg’s Mini Wheats, on sale for $1.88.  Use the printable $1 coupon or the $1 coupon in the November All You Magazine.
  • $.99 16 oz Coffee Mate Flavored Creamers Use the $.50 in the 11/2 Red Plum Insert or the $1 Printable hereFree after coupon.
    • Remember that Meijer will only double two like coupons per transaction when planning your trip.
  • $1 Land O Lakes Fresh Butter Taste Butter Use the $.55 Printable here, $.30 and a $.55 in the 10/12 Smart Source Insert.  Free after coupon.
    • note that in the Louisville area, the .55 coupons will not double.
  • Free toothpaste comes up monthly, but if you need it before the next deal, try this one: $2 Colgate Total or Max Fresh Toothpaste. Use $1.50 September (exp 1/31/09) All You, $1.50 Total and a $1 Max Fresh Printable here (registration required), $.75 in the 12/7 Smart Source Insert (exp 12/27).  After coupons–.50-$1 each.


Good Food!

Good couponers know that when you learn to shop right, you can eat well on almost any budget!  One of my best friends taught me that–that just because I was being frugal, didn’t mean I had to eat junk.

I want to reccommend you check out a great new blog, Modern Home Cooking.  My friend writes it, and she is generally known amongst all of our acquaintances as the best cook we know.  There is never a shortage of people wanting to eat at her home!  (Add in that she’s a lively redhead who many of us love dearly, and you’ve got a recipe for a great time!)  She doesn’t cook ‘fancy’ food.  There’s nothing unrecognizable or unpronounceable in what she cooks.  But we never leave her home without feeling like we’d just eaten one of the best meals of our lives!

She’s a foodie, without being a snob.  A wine afficianado without all the swirling and sniffing.  She’s frugal without being cheap.  And one heck of a great lady.  If you’re looking for some new ideas for dinner, check her blog out.  And if you’re making up that menu plan I’m always prattling on about–definitely check her out!


Produce and Couponing

One of the most common comments I hear when I tell people that I spend less than $200 a month on my family’s food is “You must not eat a lot of produce!”  To which I reply–“Really?  Don’t tell my overflowing produce bins that!”

Yes, you can coupon and still eat a lot of fresh foods.  In fact, because I coupon I can afford BETTER fresh foods than I did before!  There are often coupons and deals on fresh foods–just this week Meijer ran Organic Mushrooms for $1 a package–which I bought a ton of, cooked up and froze for future use.  Walmart had grapes for .88/lb so we grabbed a ton of those too.

One of my favorite bloggers, MoneySavingMom, shops every other week on a budget of $40 a week for her family of four–and she’s expecting a new baby early next year.  Here’s her post today of her run for under $40–to all the naysayers, look at how much fresh fruit there is!


Inexpensive Gifts!

Looking for an inexpensive gift for a sister in law, a neice, a nice stocking stuffer for the teenage girl in your life?  I suggest you check out SilverJewelryClub.com!

Melissa highlighted them over at SavingCentral–and I’m so convinced they’re a great deal, I wanted to share them here too.   SilverJewelryClub sends you free jewelry–that’s right, FREE–and all you pay is the shipping.  Earings and rings, with small gemstones in them, for $6.99.  Nothing flashy, nothing too fancy, but just right for those small but tasteful gifts we all need to give!

I learned about SilverJewelryClub when I was doing a story with Michelle Hopkins for WLWT back in the early fall.  We were talking about everyday freebies you could get without a coupon, and SilverJewelry club was one of the freebies we tried.  Michelle was very pleased with the jewelry she ordered and said she was going to order more.

Every 15 minutes a new piece pops up–so grab the ones you like fast, because once they’re gone, they’re gone!  There’s also a link at the bottom where you can see what’s coming up in the next few hours.  Even better, they accept Paypal!

I’ve posted other great deals under $20 recently, including free mineral makeup and free photo gifts, so don’t forget to scroll down and check them out!



Quick Form fillouts

I apologize for the two spam sites that were posted.  When I first checked them out, they both appeared to be fully functional, legitimate sites.  There were no ‘deals’ or ‘offers’ to complete.  However, they have both changed that and now require things I don’t recommend anyone should do.  I’ve gone back and researched the sites’ host domains and it appears both were created within the past 48 hours and are owned by the spam sites that popped up recently.  I’ve checked all the other sites out and they are legitimately owned and operated.  Again, I apologize.

That does bring up something important.  Whenever I sign up for free offers like that, I use something in my Google Toolbar called AutoFill.  In AutoFill I’ve inputted a generic name (LittleMiss KnowitAll) and generic information, including an email box just for coupon offers.  I don’t use my normal email address, to avoid as much spam as I can.  Every 2-3 days I check the coupon email box for new offers, and delete the ones I don’t want.  I know some others who have used clever names like Smart Shopper or Your Customer instead of their real names.  I do give my real address, but without my name and email, it makes phishing for my private info a LOT harder!

Using AutoFill saves me tons of time every day–all those forms on websites take only one click to fill out.  I NEVER put my financial info into AutoFill–though you can.  But I find it to be a real timesaver, and it protects my privacy!


More Freebies!

They just keep popping up!  I had my free Arby’s sandwich yesterday…I’m off to try a free Mint Chocolate shake today!  BTW, when I was there yesterday, they stuffed a couple of coupons in my bag for a Regular Roast Beef or Beef N Cheddar Value meal for only $2.59.  So watch your bags!

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of doing what I can to help care for Creation.  (Link removed) is giving away free reusable grocery bags, something I’m a HUGE fan of!  Its a small thing we can do everyday to make a BIG impact.  Plus, the bags are bigger than the plastic ones so more of our purchases fit into one bag–typically 2-3 plastic bags fit into each reusable bag.  I love that I can also sling them on my shoulder instead of having to take a cart outside.  And many stores will give you a refund of .03-.05 each time you bring in your own bags!  UPDATE:  Sorry everyone, I’ve removed that link until some things are worked out.  I don’t trust that site right now.  I got it from various other reliable boards, including Hotcouponworld and Afullcup.com, but now its doing funny things.  To protect everyone, I’ve removed it until I get in touch with the site owners.

Parents Magazine and Young Chefs Academy are offering a free session tomorrow, December 6th!

Don’t forget that Feed it Forward is still going on at Restaurant.com, where you can send a $10 gift certificate to your friends for free every day until Christmas!  While you’re there, if you decide to buy a few certificates for yourself, use code LIST to get 60% off.  The code is good until 12/7, making a $25 gift certificate only $4!


Freebies!

Who doesn’t love a good freebie?

Take the Chevron challenge and you could win a $5 gift card!  I did this a few months back and got my card in only a few weeks!

Put your kids in a Free Santa Video! 

Arby’s has a Free Medium Mint Chocolate Shake when you signup to be an Arby’s Extras member and a Free Regular Roast Beef with any purchase.

More Free Buddies soaps!  Go here and print out a $3/3 Johnson and Johnson products.  These are great little soaps that are typically about $1 at most stores!

Amazon is offering free Holiday tunes every day!  Click on the link and then go to the Digital Downloads-MP3 area to find them.

Update:  The cookie cutter offer has been removed as it now appears to be a Phishing site.

If you’ve not signed up already, don’t forget about the Free Fruit Roll up sample and the free booklet of coupons from Betty Crocker.

You can get free samples and coupons when you sign up for the Huggies Baby Network.

Enjoy!


Come See Me Tonight!

I’ll be at the Newport on the Levee tonight for the Moms Like Me Holiday Party.  I’ll be there from 4-9, ready to answer questions or just say Hi!

They’re also going to have lots of others from Moms Like Me!  Even more, there will be FREE photos with Santa, taken by a professional photographer from the Enquirer!  Come on down!!!!  If you’d like, bring an unwrapped toy for Santa, who will be giving them out at health clinics around the city.

Bring your binders!  We can have a coupon swap!!