Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bashas free butter!

Challenge butter is $.88 at Bashas starting today for the first 4. There are printable coupons for $.50, $.55, and $.75 off 1. All should double and make these free! Also, check out the coupons on my side bar on the left. (There's a scroll button at the bottom or click to see all coupons at the top.) There are more Challenge butter coupons there too! You can print them right here from my blog.

I also found some $.75 off 1 blinkies at Albertson's tonight. These say "do not double" but start with a "5". So, if your cashier suppresses the doubles, your butter would be $.13, if not they would be free. (I stopped at Albertson's tonight on my way home for some strawberries for $1 each.)

I am really excited about this deal since I have not been able to stock up on butter in a while and it seems like it's been forever since they last ran this deal. Free butter is awesome!!!

CVS, Safeway, Fry's , and Walgreens

I did a lot of running around today and here's what I got:
At CVS, I got 2 bottles of Tide and 13 bottles of Dawn. The tide was $6 each and the dawn was $1 each. So my total before coupons was $25 and when you spend $25 on certain P&G items, you get $10 in ECB back. I did not have any ECB to use on this order, but I used $1 tide coupons and $.25 dawn coupons from this past Sundays inserts. I also used a $5 off $25 CVS coupon from the flu quiz here. So I paid $14.75 oop plus tax and got $10 ECB back.

Then I went to Fry's and used my free La Victoria coupons that expire today. I also grabbed a Betty Crocker cake mix for $.77 (no coupons) and 2 boxes of Green giant vegetables at $1.25 each. I used 2- $.50 printables for the veggies and had a $.50 off 2 shortcuts coupon that came off. So these should have been free. BUT my cashier suppressed my doubles! So not such a good deal for me.

I hit Safeway next and got 7 of the Joint Juices and two packs of Chicken breasts (bone in) at $.99 a lb. I used a $2 WT on the meat and the $5/7 Joint juice and the $10 oyno. I paid $1.58 oop and got both cat's again to use next time.

Last I stopped at Walgreens and I got:
3 Theraflu- used $2 Walgreens coupon and 2- $2 printables (I had these printed from a previous sale- there are no more printables now.)
2 Herbal Essences- used $1 coupons
1 Robitussin to go
1 Dentek- used $1 printable
1 Halls- used $.75 coupon
1 Gillette fusion- used $4 coupon
I grabbed some fillers (tissues, stickers, marker) and used RR to help pay for each order. (Separated into 2 orders) I paid $3.30 oop for all and got $23.50 in RR back. I did not use the $5/ $25 that is good through today because I did not want to spend $20 oop, though I could have used it to make more money. Just didn't want to put out that much this time.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Free Groceries at Safeway

Right now Safeway has a nice money maker on these drinks. If you buy 7 of these Joint juices ($1.39 each here in PHX) you get a catalina for $10 off your next order.
If you buy 8 the first time and use 4 of these printable bogo coupons (you can print 2 per computer)your total will be $5.56 plus tax and you will get the $10 cat. back. You should also get another coupon for $5 off of 7 bottles. (I got this 2 out of 3 times doing this deal). Use the $5 off next time on 7 bottles and pay $4.73. Use the $10 catalina also and you can pick up $5.27 of free groceries and get another $10 cat and $5 coupon. Keep rolling! This is supposed to be good through 10/18.

Super week at Walgreens! Lots of free stuff!

Walgreens has some super deals this week with lots of freebies and some money makers (MM).
Here's a quick run-down of what I got so far:
Gillette Fusion $8.99 used $4 coupon from sunday's P&G and got back $6 RR (Moneymaker!)
Gillette Venus $7.99 used $2 coupon 9/27 P&G and got back $4 RR
Halls Refresh drops $1 used $.75 coupon 9/27 SS got back $1 RR (MM)
Chapstick Fresh Effects $2.99 get back $2.99 (Free)
Vaseline sheer infuion lotion $6.99 used $1.50 printable got back $7 RR (MM!)
Thereflu $4 each used $2 walgreens coupon from Healthy savings booklet in store (takes off $2 for each one)-buy 3 and pay $6 oop and get $8 RR back (MM!)
Dentek flossers $2 use $1 printable get $2 RR back (MM!)
Herbal Essences $2.99 used $1 coupon from 8/23 RP or 9/13 RP get $2 RR (FREE)

I grabbed some oreos, popcorn, and tissues for fillers. I also used some RR for extra newspapers yesterday. I used RR from last weeks deals and previous orders for these and broke the transactions up into smaller orders so I paid the least oop. Be careful as you don't want to use the P&G RR's on other P&G deals- like don't mix the razors or herbal essences RR as you won't get another one.

Some more deals I did not get:
Robitussin to go $2.49 get $2.50 RR back (FREE)
Emergen-C booster $3.49 get $3.50 RR back (FREE)
Oral-B Advantage 1-2-3 toothbrush $3 use $.75 coupon form 9/27 P&G get $3 RR back (MM!)

Also, on Tuesday and Wednesday, you can use this $5/$25 coupon to make even more money! Remember though, your total has to be $25 after all coupons, walgreens coupons and RR come off, so you will be spending $20 plus tax oop.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Walgreens deals

I'm getting a late start since I was working on schoolwork for most of the week when I had some free time.
Here are some of the deals at Walgreen's this week. These are good through Saturday.
True North nut clusters are $3, use a $1 printable or $1 from 1/28 SS and pay $2 and get back $3 RR. $1 moneymaker

Triaminic- 2/$10, use the $2 walgreens coupon in the healthy savings book and pay $6 (will take off $2 each) and get back $5 RR. $1 for two boxes. Some were reporting they had received 2-$5 RR when buying the night cold and cough liquid or the allergy strips, but I have had no luck-only received one $5 RR.

One-A-Day vitamin drink mixes 2ct $.99 each, buy 3 for $2.97 plus tax and get $5 RR back. NO COUPONS NEEDED DEAL-$2 MONEY MAKER!!! (I used RR from previous deals to cut oop spending.) *These were hard to find. I found them at one store hanging on the end of an aisle, but could not find them at another store.

*Not pictured because my daughter took them- Sally Hansen hard as nails nail polish is $2.89 here in AZ (reported cheaper elsewhere). Buy 3 and use $1 coupons from 8/2 or 8/23 RP. Pay $5.67 oop plus tax ad get $5 RR back-good only on Sally Hansen products. If you have girls like I do that go through a lot of nail polish here's a good deal to stock up!

Listerine Total care is $2.99, use $2 coupon from 3/15 SS or 4/26 RP and pay $.99 oop and get $2 RR back. $1 Moneymaker!!! (I bought two in two different transactions.)

Carefree "ultra" pantyliners $1.99, use $1 coupon from 8/30 SS to pay $.99 plus tax oop and get $2 RR back. $1 Moneymaker!!! (I used this $2 RR to buy the pads pictured for my girls. They are on sale for $2.) This deal is good all month!

Ghiradelli chocolate was on clearance for $.65 and I used $1/2 Walgreens coupon in September savings book to get them for $.15 each. I found the candy up by the register.

The TP and butter were fillers for orders I was using RR on.

Stocking up at Food City and Fry's again

I stopped at Food City today since they had flour again for $5.99 for 20 lbs. I also got some fruit- peaches were 2 lbs for $1, pears were 3 lbs for $1 and the apples were $.49 a lb. Hamburger was $.99 a lb, and the 7oz bags of pasta were $.17 each. The spaghetti sauce was not on sale, but I needed it so I grabbed just one.

This is from last week's fry's stock up sale. I got more, this is just one trip.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Got my Tuna and my salsa!

I stopped at Fry's today and they had more tuna! I used the 3 $1/5 coupons I had found yesterday and got 15 cans @ $.27 each. Out of the 15 cans I got, 3 of them had the peelies on them, so I can go back now and get 15 more cans at that price.
I also picked up 6 boxes of the mac & cheese for $.29 each. I usually stock up on this when it's $.25 or less a box, but $.29 is close enough. I was going to get some of the Ramen that's $.10 too, but I only had $6 in my pocket. My total came to $6.01.

I will cut my coupons at some point and head back to really stock up since these are great pantry items for us. These are also great items to stock up on for the food pantry, so I'll likely get extras for that.

When I got home I checked my mail and I got 5 free salsa coupons in the mail today! If you remember my post here about La Victoria I had a lot of points to get the $4/1 coupons. But as with most online printables, after the second coupon print, I couldn't print anymore. I had already redeemed my points and even tried it again. (silly, I know) In all, I had about 4 coupons not print. So I had emailed the company about it and let them know I was out the points with no coupons. It took a while, but I finally got the coupons. I was a little disappointed though to see the expiration date was 9/30 of this year, but I am still happy to actually get them.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Some Albertson's deals

Pay no attention to the dirty counter. ;)
Today is my daughter's 14th birthday, so I took her to Baskin robbins this afternoon for her free ice cream cone. Since it is right next to Albertsons, I stopped to get some of the deals this week. I didn't have all my coupons cut and since the buy 6 get $3 off deal is limited to one per order, I only did it once as I didn't have time to do multiple orders right then. So here's what I got:
1 Betty crocker cake mix $1
1 Betty crocker icing $1
-used $.50 on 2 coupon for those two and paid $.75 each
2 Old El Paso black beans pouch $.75 each and used $.60/2 coupon to make each one $.45
2 Betty crocker pouch potatoes $.75 and used two $.40/1 coupons to make each one $.35
All of these were part of the buy 6 get $3 off and the prices above are after the $3 comes off.
I also got 3 of the yoplait yogurt 4pks that are $1.50 and used $1 coupons on all of them to make them $.50 each 4pk. And I needed some rice, so I grabbed a 2lb bag for $1.49. I paid $6.40 total with tax and saved $17.01. *All the coupons I used were printables.

I also found some peelies on the bumble bee cans of tuna there good for $1 off 5 cans. These are on sale at Fry's this week for $.47 a can. This coupon would make the cans at Fry's $.27 each! Fry's has some good deals in their case sale this week and Albertson's has some good GM deals too.
I have a paper due for one of my classes this week and a test to study for in another, so hopefully I'll be able to get out and get more deals done this weekend. My stockpile is running very low! (Notice I had to actually pay for cake mix and icing! Ugghh!!)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Free Flowers and $1 Restaurant certificates-Today Only!

Today is good neighbor day from FTD florists. You can stop by a participating florist and get a bouquets of a dozen flowers free. You are supposed to keep one and give the other 11 flowers to neighbors or friends. Here are the participating florists in the phoenix area:

Arrowhead Flowers, Glendale, AZ
Flowers on Fourth, Benson, AZ
Fresh Bloomers Flowers And Gifts, Mesa, AZ

Check here to find florists in other areas:
Good neighbor FTD florists

Also in honor of 9/9/09 you can get a $25 gift certificate at 90% off or $1 using code: NINETY
This deal is good for 99 hours (4 days), so good through 9/13. Find a participating restaurant near you:
The certificates are good for a year, so you have plenty of time to use them. Plan a nice night out or use them for a special occasion.
*While this is a good deal, remember these are more like coupons than actual gift certificates. But it can make for a good discount if you are planning to go out to eat anyway.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Awesome Target dog food deal and the dollar store

I stopped by target today to look for some shoes (didn't get any shoes) and remembered to use my dog food coupons. I got 4 bags of the Chef Michael's 1.5lb dry dog food and 8 of the wet dog foods. I used 4 of the buy one get one free insert coupons and 4 of the $3 insert coupons. Since I handed the bogo coupons first, they took off for the $4.xx bags instead of the $.84 cans. Then I used some target coupons-4 for bogo on the cans that took off $.84 each, and 4 for $1.50 off the bags. I also picked up a dog collar for $4.99 and a set of headphones for my daughter @ $16.99. The dog food was free after all my coupons and took off so much overage that I paid $7.34 for the other two items before tax (would have been $21.98) and $10.54 total with tax!
*Remember target store coupons can be combined with manufacturer coupons, but your cashier may or may not allow the overage. At the very least, you can still get free dog food. Look for target printables at

I also hit the dollar store today for a few random items and headphones (before I got the cooler ones at target) and picked up some grocery items too. I got some nectarines, garlic, two honey bees, and some syrup. Remember, while some items are a good deal at the dollar store, some are really priced too high even at a $1; especially if you coupon. The syrup was not a great deal, but the nectarines and garlic were a good deal. And the headphones will be a good cheap backup pair.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bashas deals and the food bank!

Thanks to my friend Raeanna for telling me about the food bank. I donate a lot to the food banks and even help out sometimes at one. But I did not know that the St. Mary's food bank (we went to the westside food bank) actually sells boxes of food to the general public. You don't have to qualify for this, you just show up and pay. Most of the boxes they sell are not really a good value to me as I can almost always get the stuff a lot cheaper than their prices. But the beauty of their program is that when you buy one of their main boxes, they give you extra boxes of random stuff they have extras of. Here I bought the "pantry box" which is normally $13. I paid $11 with a military discount. In the pantry box, I got 2 boxes of mac & cheese, two cans of tuna, 1 small bottle of juice, 1 jar of peanut butter, and 7 cans total of: soup, vegetables, and tomato sauce. So, not a lot. BUT I got all the other stuff here too as extras. Most of the bread is expired or close to expiring, but we will freeze it. In the box is a ton of carrots, some onions, and two heads of lettuce. I also got grapes, celery, a watermelon, and several single serving packs of carrots with ranch sauce and apples with caramel. Plus the laundry and dish detergent, several small chocolate milks, cleaning wipes, ziploc bags, and much more! So, in the bigger picture, it was a pretty good deal for $11.

On the way home I stopped at Bashas for some of their deals on meat and staples this week. They have hamburger at 80% lean for $1.35 a lb and chicken for $.39 a lb-sold in a 10lb bag. Also got a 10lb bag of potatoes for $.99.
No coupon shopping, but I use as many methods as I can find to save money. I will hit some of the stores for quadruples and competitor coupon shopping in the next couple of days!