Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Home Made Simple link--Organize in Style

This one is called Organize in Style. Go here to get yours!!

This booklet usually has the $1/1 Dawn Hand Renewal coupon. I use this coupon when CVS and/or Walgreens has their Dawn for .97-$1 to score free Dawn. This happens to be one of the very few things that I am brand loyal to, so I like to stock up.

Free audio books, and more, all without a coupon...

Do you have an MP3 player and do you like audio books, or like nice music even if it isn't by some main stream artist? Check out for a site chock full of free, public domain, downloadable media.

If you need a bit of aural stimulation, their Audio section has quite a few categories:

If you are more in the Moving Images scene (Video, movies, etc.), categories like Animation & Cartoons, Arts & Music, Community Video, Computers & Technology, Cultural & Academic Films, Ephemeral Films, Home Movies, Movies, News & Public Affairs, Prelinger Archives, Spirituality & Religion, Sports Videos, Videogame Videos, Vlogs, Youth Media, and Electronic Program Guide might be more your speed.

This is a huge site. They have electronic Texts in categories like American Libraries, Canadian Libraries, Universal Library, Community Texts, Project Gutenberg, Children's Library, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Additional Collections, Columbia International University

They even have free software, downloadable maps, etc...

Now, now, don't go all geek on me!

Posted by: Kevin

Kroger 4-day General Mills and Quaker Sale!!

New to Kroger? Go here for How To Do Kroger.

THIS WAS AN AMAZING TRIP!! Go here to read about it.

Today Kroger starts the 50% off select General Mills and Quaker sale. This 4-day sale starts today and goes through Tuesday.

I went this morning. I got lots of Cheerios because Kevin loves them. He says that he'd be happy if plain Cheerios was the only cereal left in the world. Whew! Good thing he's not King of Cereal Selections! ;-)

Below are the items that are included. You should have coupons for almost everything. Don't forget to load your e-coupons too!! That is what really makes this deal fantastic! There are e-coupons for all of the things I have placed * next to. Get your e-coupons from Cellfire, Shortcuts, Kroger, and P&G.

(I've included the prices that I remember.

General Mills Cereal
*Cheerios 18 oz ($2.19)
*Cinnamon Toast Crunch 17oz
*Cinnamon Toast Crunch 24.9oz
*Fiber One Original Bran 16.2 oz ($1.97)
*Fiber One Honey Clusters 14.25oz ($1.97)
*Honey Nut Cheerios 17oz ($2.09)
Lucky Charms 16 & 24oz
Whole Grain Total 10.6oz ($1.71)

General Mills Bars
*Nature Valley Nut Clusters Granola Nut 5oz ($1.89)
*Fiber One Chewy Bars
Chex Mix Bars
Golden Grahams Treats

Fruit Snacks

*Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Roll ups, Fruit Gushers ($1.34)
Betty Crocker Milk & Cereal Bars

Quaker Cereal
Cap'n Crunch (includes Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch) 15/16oz ($1.29)
Quaker Cinnamon Life 15oz
Quaker Instant Oatmeal
Quaker Oatmeal Squares 16oz ($1.69)

It sure was nice to stock up again! Yay for coupons!

Happy shopping!

AMAZING Kroger Trip #2!!!!

As if yesterday's deals weren't amazing enough, Kroger started their 50% off of General Mills, Betty Crocker, and Quaker products sale today!! Go here for more information about this sale.

Here's what I got today:

4 boxes Fiber One cereal (Buy 4, get $4 back Catalina deal)
3 big boxes Cheerios
1 big box Honey Nut Cheerios
1 box Total cereal
1 bag Nature's Valley Nut Clusters
1 Olay Quench lotion
1 Olay Regenerist cleansing wipes
2 Frank's Hot sauce
2 Weber Grill seasonings
1 box Crayola markers
3 Cover Girl mascara
3 Cover Girl eye shadow
3 Cover Girl makeup puffs

Coupons I used:

Regular Price: $94.70
I paid: $8.60
I receive: I purchased enough Olay and Cover Girl items to submit for this rebate (Purchase $30 worth of Olay, Venus, Covergirl, Secret, or Pantene, and receive $10 back). Now, to sweeten this deal, I'll get $10 back!!

Soooo.....I GOT PAID $1.40 to buy this stuff!!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

BIG Huggies Overnights for $10.13--SHIPPED!

I am extremely happy about this deal!!

We have used these diapers on both children and have never once had a problem with overnight leaks. When Olivia came along, I thought I'd try the Pampers Extra Protection (mostly because I had really good coupons for them), but they were awful. So, all that to say, "These diapers rock!"

When I was in the store today, I was going to pick some up. The size 5 package had 27 diapers in it. It cost 8.99. This deal gives you twice as many for only a dollar(ish) more AND it is delivered right to your door!

The size 5 diapers are the cheapest ones for this deal. The bigger diapers usually cost quite a bit more, so to find the larger diapers cheaper than the smaller ones was extra nice.

Here's what you do:
  • Go here
  • Choose your size.
  • On the right side of the page, you'll see a box that says, "Subscribe and Save." Click this box. You can choose the how often you receive the shipment. If you don't want to receive it after this first shipment, simply go to your Account and cancel the service. Since the price isn't locked in, I will probably cancel after my first shipment.
The shipping cost will come off after you subscribe.

YAY for cheap, fantastic diapers!

(Thanks, Common Sense with Money!)

AMAZING Kroger Trip, July 30, 2010

New to Kroger? Go here.

I'm beyond thrilled about this trip! There are not enough exclamation points to convey my excitement! Kroger is having its Procter & Gamble sale this week. Buy any 4 participating P&G products, get $4 off of your order instantly.

I did 2 transactions. The first is mostly my P&G items.
I got:
2 Ronzoni pastas
1 Downy fabric softener (Fragrance Free!! This is hard to find. We have to have it because of Kevin's breathing troubles.)
12 Crest toothpaste
2 Old Spice Body Red Zone body washes
2 Old Spice regular body washes
1 Febreeze Air Effects room spray
1 Covergirl nail polish
3 Covergirl eye shadow singles
2 bars Olay body soap
4 Oral B Indicator toothbrushes
2 Lady Speed Stick deodorant
2 Softsoap hand soaps
1 A&W dessert topper (prints a $2.50 store coupon!!)
1 large box Bounce Dryer Sheets (again, fragrance free!!)

Coupons used:
  • (2) $1/1 Ronzoni pasta (I find these in most of the magazines I subscribe to)
  • (1) $1/1 Downy Fabric Softener (from the $100 Year of Savings coupon booklet) AND the $2/1 Kroger e-coupon or P&G e-coupon
  • (4) .75/1 Crest toothpaste
  • (8) .50/1 Crest toothpaste
  • (1) $1/2 Old Spice body wash coupon AND $1/2 Old Spice body wash, deodoarnt, or body spray P&G e-coupon
  • (1) $1/2 Old Spice Body wash coupon AND $2/1 Old Spice Red Zone body wash Kroger e-coupon
  • (1) $1/1 Febreeze Air Effects spray AND $1/1 Febreeze Air Effects Kroger e-coupon
  • (4) $1/1 Any Covergirl Product
  • (1) $1/1 Olay Bar, Body Wash, or In Shower lotion AND $1.50/1 Olay Bar, Body Wash, or In Shower lotion P&G e-coupon
  • (2) $2/2 Oral B Indicator toothbrushes AND (1) .75/1 Oral B Manual toothbrush P&G e-coupon
  • (2) .50/1 Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick
  • (2) .35/1 Softsoap Handsoap
  • (1) $1.50/1 Bounce Dryer sheet coupon (received in mail)
  • (1) .75/1 Dessert Toppers Cellfire e-coupon
I paid with the $5 store coupon that I got from the Kraft Deal last week and $1.82 cash. I then received the $2.50 coupon for the A&W dessert topper!

Regular Price: $102.99
I paid: 1.82 OOP
I received: $2.50 back!!!!
It was like getting paid .68 to take everything home!

For my 2nd transaction I got things that we needed:
1 gallon milk (reduced to $1.25)
2 BIG boxes Post Raisin Bran (on sale for $2.50 each)
1 package of pretzels (didn't need these, but the children were about to wither away from starvation right there in the store. It was a sad, sad thing!)
2 bunches bananas (one reduced because I want to make banana bread/muffins)
1 Feta cheese (reduced to 1.50)
1 Cherub grape tomatoes (B1G1 Free)
1 Sunburst cherry tomatoes (B1G1 Free)

Coupons used:
  • Get $1.50/1 milk when you buy 2 Post Cereals
I paid with the $2.50 coupon from my first transaction and $10.76.

Regular Price: $23.04
I paid: 10.76 OOP

In the end, I got $127.43 worth of stuff for $11.44!!

Yay for coupons!!!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Shutterfly: 3 FREE Photo Cards

Head over to Shutterfly and get (3) 5x7 folded photo cards for only the cost of shipping. Shipping is .99 for ALL THREE. When you check out, use the code SUMMERCARDS (expires 9-1-10).

Remember, it is never to early to start thinking of Christmas gifts/cards!!

$2 Layering Camis at Old Navy

Take this coupon over to Old Navy and pick up Layering Camis for $2 each! There is a limit of 5. The sale is from July 29-July 31.

I love to wear these under my shirts. It seems like you can't find a decent shirt these days that doesn't require you to wear something under it in order to be modest. So, stock up!

New $2.50 Huggies coupons

Yay for diaper coupons!!

Go here to print 2 $2.50/1 Huggies diapers coupons. They are good for 14 days from the time you print them. Make sure to print both coupons!

Since Pampers were on sale at CVS this week, there is a good chance that Huggies will be on sale next week.

McCalister's FREE Tea Day!!

Head over to McCalister's today for your FREE tea!! There are no strings attached and no coupons needed. Just show up, pick it up, drink it up. Yay!! Rumor has it that it is the 32 oz. size. If you're dining in, your refills are free too.

Free sweet tea....does it get any better than that?!

For those who are interested, Longview is still #1 in the Tea Town contest. If Longview wins, we win $50,000 for new shade trees or park improvements! Vote today!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How I Organize My Coupons

One of the questions that I get asked most often is, "How do you organize all of your coupons?"

I purchased a 3-ring binder that has a pocket in the front (Any 3-ring binder will work. It does not have the be a zippered one). I use the pocket to hold my store envelopes. Before I head to the stores, I put all of the coupons that I need for a specific store (like all the ones I plan to use at CVS) in its corresponding envelope. That way, when I'm in the store, I don't have to search for each coupon for each sale. I save a lot of time by doing this one little thing. I have envelopes for CVS, Walgreens, and Kroger. You can add others for the stores that you shop at most often.

I store all of my coupons in 9-pocket baseball card holders. I do have to
fold some of the coupons to make them fit, but it is worth that small bit of time. Since I switched from my accordian style coupon holder to this, I save a significant amount of time in the store. I simply flip a page and scan the coupons on that page instead of having to pull out a whole category to dig through them. As you can tell, I'm all about doing my couponing efficiently.

I divide my coupon book into many categories: Refrigerated, baking/spices,
frozen, condiments, meats, cans/jars, rice/pasta, snack foods, drinks, Body,
face, teeth, deodorant, razors, baby, household, and personal (think feminine products. I know that this is a lot of categories. After much trial and error, I find that it works best for me to have them divided this specifically. You can always start with what you think will work best and tweak it to fit your style. I use plastic tabs that stick to the pages for dividing.

In the back of my binder are 2 pencil pouches. In one, I keep gift cards and
store coupons. Stores like Lowe's, Penney's, Lane Bryant, various restaurants, etc. send their coupons on hard plastic or cardboard-like stuff, and they don't really fit into the pockets very well. That is why I put them in the pouch. The other pouch is for regular coupons that are oversized or made from cardboard.

I weed through my coupons weekly. This isn't as hard as it sounds. I simply
sit on the sofa while watching a TV show and flip through the book quickly.
Since you can see each coupon, it is a fairly easy job. Yes, there are some
that you will have to fold in such a way that makes seeing the expiration date
hard, and you'll have to pull those out. If you miss some, it's no big deal.
You'll notice it eventually. It is not unusual for me to find a stray one from
a month ago (or more!).

I hope that was helpful. If you have questions just leave a comment.

If this sounds like too much work, YES I will make them for you. I do have to charge for them because of the materials and all of the time that it takes to put the books together. I can guarantee you that this is worth every penny!! Just email me at or leave a comment.

Monday, July 26, 2010

$3/1 Huggies coupon is back!!

The $3/1 Huggies diaper coupon was reset!! Go here to print yours. Remember to hit the back button and print it twice. Hang on to it until there is a good sale to match it with.

If only Livi would hurry up with this potty training stuff.......

1 Year Subscription to Woman's Day for $5!

Amazon has a 1 year subscription (15 issues) to Woman's Day magazine for only $5!! Go here to get yours.

I have a subscription to this magazine. I like it because of the fun recipes and because it has coupons in it!! I got my subscription for free with reward points from another company, but I am sure that the coupons would make the .33/month worth it!

HEY! Where's my insert?

You drive all the way to the store and pick up your newspapers. You come home and dig through them to find your precious little coupons. You pull them out excitedly and, wait, what's this? Your inserts are missing? Well, before you dissolve into a little puddle of disappointment, let me tell you what you can do in this situation.

This has happened to me once. What I did was call the newpaper's Customer Care line. I tell them what paper I purchased (Dallas Morning News double edition), what store I purchased it at, and which insert is missing.

For the Dallas Morning News, you'd call:
Customer Care Specialist: (214) 745-8383 or toll free (800) 925-1500.

(Special thanks to Stephanie for this post suggestion!)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Home Made Simple link

Click here to get your Home Made Simple $30 coupon booklet. This is the booklet that I use to get all of my Dawn for free. There is always a $1/1 Dawn Hand Renewal coupon. This soap goes on sale at CVS and Walgreens for .99 every few weeks.

Included are coupons for Swiffer, Febreeze, Mr. Clean, Dawn, Cascade, etc.

You want this booklet! 8o)

Friday, July 23, 2010

FREE Sample Gano Excel Coffee

Go here for your free samples of Gano Excel coffee. We're not big coffee drinkers, but we save samples like this for when we have guests.

FREE Sample of Oxy Clinical

Go here for your free sample of Oxy Clinical. You'll receive one Advanced Face Wash, one Clearing Treatment, and one Hydrating Therapy.

In addition to getting a free sample, you will almost always receive a very good coupon with your samples

Black Friday in July at Target


Target is trying a new sales strategy this year--Black Friday in July. It is online only, so you don't even have to leave your house!!

Starting and ending today, you can go here and do some serious saving!! We are in need of some new sheets for our bed, so I have been holding off until this sale. I'm pretty excited.

So, go and check it out! Comment back and let me know what great deals you found!!

Happy, happy shopping!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

4 FREE SpaghettiOs at Kroger

This morning I posted a list of printable coupons places. I noticed that there was a $1/2 SpaghettiOs coupon here. After you print it, hit the back button to print another one.

These are on sale at Kroger this week for .49. Buy 4 and use 2 coupons to get 4 FREE!

Printable Coupon List (includes Organic stuff)

Here's a list of printable coupons that you may want to browse through. I'll add more as I find them and make this an ongoing list. Please note that you DO NOT have to use printable coupons to get great deals on things. Up until about 3 weeks ago I never used a printable coupon, and I've always done very well without them! So, don't be discouraged if you can't print coupons!!

Organic Valley printables

Betty Crocker printables

Con Agra printables

Nestle printables (Mmmm chocolate!)

Campbell's printables

(Special thanks to my cousin, Melissa, for help with this list)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Reynold's Wrap Coupons & Rebate

Go here to print your coupon for $1.25/1 Reynold's Wrap Non-Stick Foil.
Go here to print your coupon for $1.25/1 Reynold's Wrap 100% Recycled Foil.
Go here to print your coupon for $1/1 Reynold's Wrap Aluminum Foil.
Go here to print your coupon for $1/1 Reynold's Parchment Paper.

And the cherry on top:
Go here to print a rebate form to receive a die-cast car when you purchase 2 Reynold's products in one transaction!! (Thanks, Freebies4Mom)

V-8 V-Fusion $1/1 Coupon

Go here to print your coupon for "$1.00 off V8 V-Fusion® juices in any 6-pack of slim cans or 46-oz. bottle."

These go on sale at Kroger and CVS quite often. The coupon won't expire until 9-3, so hold on to it for a good sale!

FREE Sample Nexxus Hair Care

Go here for your free samples of Nexxus Therappe Shampoo, Humectress Conditioner, and Humectress Deep Conditioner.

In addition to getting a free sample, you will almost always receive a very good coupon with your samples

Kellogg's Fiber Plus Bars for .50 at Walgreens

Here's another deal to add to your Walgreen's shopping trip this week.

Buy 2 Kellogg's Fiber Plus Bars (Dark Chocolate Almond) at $2.50 each
  • Use 2 $1/1 printable coupons (look in the dotted box on the right)
  • Pay $3 OOP, Get $2 RR
  • Total: .50 each
To view the other deals from this week, go here.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Better Than Ears dog treats

Click here to get a freebie for your pet! Better Than Ears is the "Soft & Chewy Pig Ear Alternative!" That made me laugh. ;-)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Great Deal of Kraft at Kroger!

There is a new Kraft deal that starts at Kroger today. Buy 5 participating Kraft products, Save $5, and Donate 5 Meals for Feeding America. It starts today and goes through August 15. For every item purchased, Kraft will donate a meal to Feeding America. YAY for everyone!

This week, as part of the Mega Sale, Philadelphia Cream Cheese is .99. Purchase 5 and then receive $5 after you check out. Remember that to get the .99 deal from the mega sale, that you have to purchase 10 items. So, just make the cream cheese part of your 10 items!

I was in Kroger yesterday and found $1/2 Kraft Shreds or Chunks. I picked up a couple. My plan is to do this:

  • 4 bars of Kraft cheese ($1.88 each)
  • 1 Philadelphia Cream cheese
  • 5 other items from the sale
  • Use (2) of the $1/2 coupons
This makes my Kraft items .30 each!!!! Yay for .30 cheese!!

I will probably do 2 transactions so that I can buy 5 more cream cheese. Olivia loves this stuff on broccoli, and I imagine Kevin would enjoy a cheesecake.

Also included in the deal are:
  • Kraft Singles
  • Kraft Parmesan cheese
  • Kraft Natural cheese
  • Kraft String-Ums cheese
  • Kraft Cracker Cuts cheese
  • Kraft Deli-Deluxe cheese slices
  • Philadelphia Cream cheese
  • Velveeta cheese product
  • Cracker Barrel Cheese
  • Cheez Whiz processed cheese
  • Breakstone’s sour cream
  • Breakstone’s cottage cheese
  • Knudsen Sour Cream
  • Knudsen Cottage Cheese
If I find any other good combinations, I'll let you know! Happy shopping!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Walgreens, July 18-24, 2010

Buy $10 in Dr. Scholls products and get back a $5 Register Rewards

  • Buy 2 Dr. Scholls Hidden Arch Inserts for $5.99
  • Use two $2/1 Dr. Scholl’s For Her Insoles
  • Use the $5/1 coupon from the Walgreens July Savings booklet (will come off twice)

Make sure that you are either purchasing this with other items or that you have a small item to cover the overage that you'll receive.

Total: FREE plus $6 overage!!!

Buy 1 Colgate Total Toothpaste @ $3.49, get $3.49 RR

  • Use $1/1 Colgate Toothpaste
  • Total: FREE plus $1 overage
Pilot G2 pens--$1.19
  • Use $1/1 printable AND
  • Use the $1/1 coupon from the Walgreens July Savings booklet
  • Total: FREE plus .81 overage

Buy 1 Celsius Green Tea (4 count) @ $4.99, get $3 RR (month long deal)

  • Use $3/1 Celsius (4-25-2010 insert) or $2/1 printable
  • Total: FREE (possible $1 overage)
Expo Washable Markers (6 count)--$5.99
  • Use $1/1 Expo Washable Marker printable or this printable AND
  • Use the $3/1 coupon from the Walgreens July Savings booklet
  • Total: $1.99
Crayola Crayons (24 count)--.79 after in-ad coupon

Kettle Chips--$1.50
  • Use the $1/1 Kettle Brand Potato Chip coupon
  • Total: .50

School Supply List (Thanks, Southern Savers!)

  • Penway Wooden Ruler 12 in, 9¢ ea
  • Penway Highlighter 9¢ ea
  • Penway 2 Pocket Folder 9¢ ea
  • Penway One Subject Notebook 29¢
  • Penway Paper 60-70 sheets, 29¢ ea
  • Penway Pink Erasers 2 pk., 29¢ ea
  • Corner Office Sheet Protectors 10 pk., 29¢ ea
  • Corner Office 5 Tab Dividers 39¢ ea
  • Penway Poly or 3 Ring Binder., 39¢ ea
  • Penway Cap Erasers 15 pk., 39¢ ea
  • Penway Glue Sticks 3 pk, Jumbo Glue Stick or Glue 4 oz., 49¢ ea
  • Splash Poly Portfolio, 49¢ ea
  • School Box 49¢ ea
  • Bic Brite LIner Highlighters 5 pk., 49¢ ea
  • PrintWorks Multipurpose Paper 400 sheets, $1.99 ea w/in-ad coupon
  • High Trails Backpacks, Urban Duffel Bags, Overland Bags B1G1 at $9.99
  • Urban Sport Backpack Sling or Deluxe B1G1 at $19.99

Saturday, July 17, 2010

CVS, July 18-24, 2010

Boo! It is a slow week at CVS. Here are the best things that I could find. The overage on the tea will be nice since I used up the rest of my ECBs on toilet paper last week. I guess all is NOT lost!

Buy 1 Bayer Contour Meter @ $14.99, Get $5 ECBs

  • Limit 1
  • Use $10/1 Select Monitors (4-25-2010 insert)
  • Total: FREE

Buy Celsius Green Tea (4 count) @ $7.99, get $7.99 ECBs

  • Limit 1
  • Use $2/1 Celsius printable or $3/1 Celsius tea(4-25-10 insert)
  • Total: FREE plus $2-$3 overage

Buy Huggies Diapers, Pull-Ups, Goodnights or Overnights @ $8.99, get $3 ECBs

  • Limit 1
  • $1.50/1 Huggies Diapers or$1.50/1 Huggies Overnites Diapers or
    $1.50/1 Pull-Ups Training Pants or $2.50/1 Huggies Pure and Natural printable
  • Total: As little as $3.49
Renpure Organics--$6.99, Buy One Get One Free
  • Use full rebate found on select bottles.
  • Total: 2 FREE after sale and rebate

Xtra 2X Laundry Detergent--$1.99

  • Use $1/1 Xtra Detergent or Softener
  • Total: .99

Also, if you haven't already gotten the limit on the month long sale items, don't forget. They are:

Buy 1 Bausch & Lomb Biotrue @$2.99, get $2.99 ECBs

  • Limit 2
  • Use $2/1 Biotrue printable (good on the 2oz. bottle!)
  • Total: FREE

Buy 2 CVS pantiliners @ 2/$1, get $1 ECB
  • Limit 3
  • Total: FREE!

Free Softsoap

Softsoap hand soap is on sale this week at Kroger for $1. Go here to print your .50/1 coupon and score this for free (Kroger doubles coupons)!

Friday, July 16, 2010

What do you do with all of that overage? 7-16-2010

You buy household necessities that you don't usually get for free!

I am a bit crazy when it comes to toilet paper. I cannot stand the thought of running out of toilet paper. I know it's weird, but we'll just add that to my ever-expanding list. I can honestly say that we have never run out of toilet paper in my house.

Okay, enough of that rabbit trail. This week CVS was supposed to have Cottonelle B1G1 Free. However, they ran out. Apparently ALL CVSs ran out, so they substituted Scott instead. We are brand loyal to our toilet paper, and we were running low (read 6 rolls), so I decided to buy during this sale.

The sale is Buy One 12 roll Scott toilet paper @ $11.99, get one free. I know that I can get 24 rolls at Wal-Mart for $16.50, so this was a great deal:

  • Bought 2 packages Scott Toilet Paper
  • 1 Milky Way Caramel candy bar
  • Used the .50/1 Milky Way coupon that printed out of the CVS machine today. (gave the candy bar to the pleasantly surprised cashier)
  • Paid with $11 ECBs and $1.50 OOP!
Regular price: $18.82 I paid: $1.50

Great Savings on Paint at Wal-Mart

Lately, I have really been wanting to redecorate our room. We haven't done a thing to it since we moved here 8 years ago!

Part of my problem is that I am decoratively-challenged. The other part is that paint can be very expensive. I prefer to buy paint at a store that we'll call...uh...Werwin Shilliams. The problem is that their paint is VERY expensive. I prefer this paint because, since I hate to paint, I want to put it on the wall and have it stick the first bubbling or peeling or any of that mess. So, I tend to shy away from cheaper paint.

So, I have noticed a rack in the back of the paint section at Wal-Mart several times. I always thought that it was where they stored the mess ups until they could dispose of them. When I walked past it today, I noticed that there were clearance stickers on it, but many didn't have prices. I asked the lady who worked in that section how much they were discounted. She said 50%!!

Apparently when someone picks a color and it doesn't come out quite how they wanted, the store doesn't want to lose that money, so they discount the "mistinted" paint.

So I got a $24 gallon of Dutch Boy paint for $9.98!!

Now, who wants to help paint?!

Barnes & Noble $1.99 Books + 5% Cash Back

Barnes & Noble is having a summer clearance sale with loads of books for $1.99! I am partial to children's books and cookbooks. Go here and see what you can find! I find it easiest to choose the category that I want to search in and then sort them by price. I have even found some children's books as low as $1.78!
You can also go through Shop At Home and earn another 5% back on your entire purchase. Simple type "Barnes & Noble" in the search box. Click on the store when it comes up. On the right hand side, there will be a green button that says "Shop Now." Click that. That's all. It will redirect you to the Barnes & Noble site and then shop as usual. (More on Shop At Home and Ebates later today)

I'm excited! This is a great way to stock up for all of those birthday parties and Christmas gifts!

Comment back and let us know what great deals you got!

Happy shopping!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Where do I get my coupons?

This is always one of the first questions people ask when they find out about my couponing adventures. They are often shocked by my answer--FROM THE NEWSPAPER! Really! I buy the double edition of the Dallas Morning News each Sunday. It costs me $5, but it is absolutely worth it. It usually pays for itself in the first week! No matter where you live, buy the paper that is from the largest city near you.

I have only in the past 3 weeks begun printing coupons. Before then, we had no computer that had Windows on it, and therefore I could not print coupons. I still did amazingly well with my shopping. I really don't feel like I was ever missing out on things. So, if you can't clip coupons, don't dispair! Think of all the money you'll save on ink!

That said, there are a couple of other places that I have used to get them:
  • eBay. I have only used eBay 4 times before. I purchased a couple of lots of coupons each time and then split them up with a friend. I ONLY did this because the coupons made for fantastic, FREE deals: 40 bottles of laundry soap FREE, 20 boxes Huggies wipes FREE, 15 bottles Softsoap FREE, 20 cans Pillsbury biscuits FREE.
  • Magazines. A lot of magazines have coupons in them. I know of 3 that I get that almost always have a few good coupons in them. I haven't paid for pasta in about 8 months since the Ronzoni $1/1 coupons have come out! Keep a look out!
I'm sure that there are other places that I will run across in the future. I'll add those as needed. Happy clipping!!

Johnson & Johnson coupon

Click here to print your coupons for $3/2 Johnson & Johnson Red Cross products (hit your back button print twice). CVS has the small first aid kits for .99. They are over with the travel sized soaps and such.

Buy 2, use this coupon, and get $1 in overage!

Benjamin likes having these. He once told me that he "wants to have 100 of them so that he can give them to the people who don't have homes because they probably have a lot of hurts."

$2/1 Smart Balance Milk Coupon

Go here to get yours!

I have gotten several of these coupons lately either in the paper or online. We really enjoy this milk. It is fat free, but doesn't taste like you just rinsed out your milk cup with water. Ugh!

If you use it at Kroger this week, it will make it .99! That is what I will do.

Goldfish Crackers Coupon .75/1!!!

Go here to print the new .75/1 Goldfish coupon. I'd do it ASAP since this coupon goes quickly.

You can either hold it until you find a good sale, or use it at Walgreens this week. I will probably take mine over to Walgreens. Livi loves these crackers!

Super 1 Deals

Well, Super 1 doesn't usually have a lot of stuff each week that is newsworthy, but there is a thing or two here and there. Here's what I saw in the paper:

Cantaloupe .98

Kellogg's Cereals, select varieties, 11.4 -20oz boxes $1.78

Pop Tarts .98

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

FREE Sample John Frieda Root Awakening

Go here to sign up for your free sample of John Frieda Root Awakening hair products. I love this shampoo. It leaves my head with that cool, tingling feeling. Ahhh!

In addition to getting a free sample, you will almost always receive a very good coupon with your samples

How to do Kroger

Our Kroger in Longview:
  • Triples coupons up to .39
  • Double coupons .40 to .50
  • Will only double or triple 3 like items. So, if you have (4) .35/1 coupons for an item, use 3 coupons in one transaction and then use the remaining one in another transaction.
  • Allows you to combine a manufacturer's coupon with a Kroger coupon (store coupon) for even greater savings.
  • Allows you to combine a manufacturer's coupon with an E-coupon (see below) for even greater savings.
  • Accepts internet printable coupons.

I am very sure that I have forgotten things or just forgotten how confusing this can be. If you have questions, please leave a comment and I will add your questions to this list.

Kroger Mega Sale Starts Today!

New to Kroger? Go here.

Kroger's Mega Sale starts today. Buy any 10 participating items (you can mix and match items) and receive 5.00 off your order instantly at checkout. Prices below reflect the discount. If you don't buy items in sets of ten, add .50 to the price.

Suave Deodorants $1
.50/1 Suave Deodorant

Right Guard Deodorant $1.49
$3/2 Right Guard printable
FREE (wyb 2)

Dannon Yogurt (4-6 count) $1.79
Catalina Deal: Buy 2 Dan-o-nino, get $1. Buy 3, get $1.50. Buy 4+, get $2.
$1.50/1 Dannon Dan-o-nino

Idahoan Potatoes .49
.75/3 Idahoan product printable

Kraft Easy Mac or Velveeta Shells & Cheese .50
B2G1 Free printable

Tombstone Pizza $2.49
$2/1 printable

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers $1.49
.50/1 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers printable (Thanks, Southern Savers!)

Scotch Packaging Tape $1.50
.50/1 Scotch Packaging tape

Gatorade or G2 .50

Lever 2000 Soap (2 pack) $1.50
.50/1 Lever 2000, 2 or 4 count

Wishbone Salad dressing and Spritzers $1.49
.75/1 Any Wishbone salad dressing

L'oreal Kids Shampoo $1.50
.75/1 L'oreal Kids Shampoo

Rice-A-Roni or Pasta Roni .79

Kraft Miracle Whip or Mayo $1.69
$1.50/2 Kraft Miracle Whip or Mayo

Philadelphia Cream Cheese .99

Snyder's Pretzels $1.99
$1/1 Snyder's Pretzel coupon

Stayfree Pads, select varieties $2
B1G1 Free coupon
$1 each (wyb 2)

Lean Cuisine or Stouffer's frozen meals $1.69 (a few were a bit lower)
Catalina Deal: Buy 5-7, get $3 back. Buy 8 or more, get $4 back
$1/5 Lean Cuisine frozen entrees or
$1/3 Lean Cuisine Casual Cuisine Paninis printable
Combine either with $1/3 E-coupon
As low as $1.02 each

Quaker Life or Cap'n Crunch Cereal $2.19
.50/1 Cap'n Crunch cereal

Keebler Town House Crackers $1.99
$1/2 Keebler Town House Crackers

Welch's Juice $2.49
.75/1 Welch's Juice or $1/1 printable

Good deals, but not part of the Mega Sale

Reach Flossers $1
$1/1 Reach toothbrush or flosser or
$2/2 Reach toothbrush, flosser, or mouthwash or
$3/3 Reach toothbrush, flosser, mouthwash

Reach Toothbrushes $1
$1/1 Reach toothbrush or flosser or
$2/2 Reach toothbrush, flosser, or mouthwash or
$3/3 Reach toothbrush, flosser, mouthwash

Yoplait Greek Yogurt $1.19
.30/1 Yoplait Greek yogurt or .30/1 printable

Bounty Basic Paper Towels $1.09 (regular price)
.25/1 Bounty Paper towel roll

Yoplait Delights 2.49
.50/1 Yoplait Delights
STACK WITH $1/1 Yoplait Delights e-coupon here or here.

Smart Balance Milk 2.99
$2/1 Smart Balance Milk

Dole Pineapples $2
.50/1 Dole Pineapple printable (no longer available)

Kroger Trip, July 14, 2010

I will try to put up a list of Kroger sales in a little bit.

Here's what I got:
  • Orange Juice
  • 2 Smart Balance Fat Free milk
  • Welch's Blueberry/Pomegranate/Grape juice
  • Pineapple
  • Bag baby carrots
  • Package of mushrooms (clearanced)
  • 5 pounds Jenny-O ground turkey (clearanced to 1.19/lb)
  • 2 Snyder's Pretzels
  • Bounty Basic Paper Towel roll
  • Wishbone Raspberry Hazelnut dressing
  • 2 Right Guard deodorants
  • 2 L'oreal kid shampoos
  • Wishbone Ranch Spritzer
  • 2 Yoplait Greek yogurts
  • 1 Dannon Greek yogurt
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1 pound butter
  • 5 Lean Cuisine frozen meals
  • Yoplait Delights
  • Gorton's fishsticks
  • 3 Suave deodorants
  • 2 Stayfree pads
  • 5 Reach flossers
  • 5 Reach toothbrushes
  • 4 Glade plug-in refills (clearanced for $1.49)
Here's what coupons I used:
  • (2) $2/1 Smart Balance Milk
  • .75/1 Welch's juice
  • .50/1 Dole Fresh Pineapple
  • (2) $1/1 Snyder's Pretzels
  • .25/1 Bounty Paper towel
  • (2) .75/1 Wishbone dressing
  • $3/2 Right Guard deodorant
  • (2) .75/1 L'oreal for Kids Shampoo
  • (2) .30/1 Yoplait Greek yogurt
  • FREE Dannon Greek yogurt cup (store coupon)
  • $1/5 Lean Cuisine frozen entrees
  • .50/1 Yoplait Delights
  • (3) .50/1 Suave deodorant
  • B1G1 Free Stayfree Pads
  • (2) Buy any 3, get $3 off Reach coupon
  • (2) Buy any 2, get $2 off Reach coupon
  • (4) $2/1 Glade refills
  • $2 off when you spend $10 in the frozen food section (Kroger Coupon)
Regular price: $119.18
Paid: 34.96 OOP
Received $3 Catalina for the Lean Cuisine (this was a pleasant surprise)
Grand Total: $31.96!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kroger Mega Sale starts tomorrow!

Stephanie and I are going out first thing in the morning to see what we can see. I'll try to get it up ASAP tomorrow. I <3 Mega Sales!!

New Home Made Simple link

Click here to get your Home Made Simple $30 coupon booklet. This is the booklet that I used to get all of my Dawn for free.

Included are coupons for Swiffer, Febreeze, Mr. Clean, Dawn, Cascade, and others that I'm sure I'm forgetting.

You want this booklet! 8o)

(Thanks, Southern Savers!)

FREE Natura Dog food

Click here for your coupon for a FREE 5-6 POUND (!) bag of Natura Pet Food. In Longview, you can pick it up at Wet Pets & Critters!

From their website:
"Save on Natura’s natural pet foods – HealthWise®, Innova®, EVO®, Karma® and California Natural® – including the new California Natural grain free formulas!"

In addition to getting a free sample, you will almost always receive a very good coupon with your samples

(Thanks, Common Sense With Money!)

High Value Tombstone Pizza Coupon

Go here to print your $2/1 Tombstone Pizza coupon. You need to "like" them on Facebook to print it. I did it and then went back in and "unliked" them. ;-)

Kroger is having one of their Mega Sales this week (YAY!). The pizza is on sale for $2.49.

.49 pizza sounds good to me!!