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Thursday, April 30, 2009

My CVS Deals!

I'm really excited about my most recent cvs deals! Here are the photos of my loot from my shopping trip a few days ago.

$84.30 worth of product
$5.14 Out of Pocket!!

Here are what my transactions looked like. There were 4 total transactions. Here's the breakdown:
Transaction #1:
Reinventing Beauty Magazine $.99
6- Airheads Extremes $.89
1- Glucerna Cereal $4.59
2-La Times Sunday $1.50
-6 $.55/1Q (airheads)
-1 $5.00/1Q (cereal)
-$6 in ECB's from last week
Total Cost: $13.91
FP: $0.03 (did you know that ECB's will take off sales tax, unlike MFQ's? That was a nice surprise!)

Transaction #2:
6- 3M Metal Hooks $2.50 (on sale, normally $6.99ea) (ECB deal, spend $15 on 3M get $5ECB!)
-6 $2.50/1Q
Total Cost: $43.10
FP: $1.16 PLUS I got $5ECB! (So it was really FREE + OVERAGE!)

Transaction #3:
2- Zooth Toothbrushes $1.99 (B1G$1ECB-same as crest deal, so only limit of 2!)
1-Schick Razor $8.99 (B1G$4ECB -limit 1)
-1 B1G1 FREE Q (toothbrush)
-1 $4/1Q (razor)
-$5ECB from Trans #2
Total Cost: $16.71
FP: $2.72 (no ECB's. I goofed on the limits-still a good price though!)

Transaction #4
1- Glucerna Cereal $4.59
1- Huggies Wipes $3.49
1- Gallon Milk $2.49
-1 $.75/1Q (Huggies)
-1 $2/1cvsQ (Huggies)
-1 $5/1Q (Cereal)
Total Cost: $10.57
FP: $1.23

I have no more ECB's but I'm satisfied with this weeks purchases! Can't wait to see next week's deals! I've heard rumor that Kellogg's cereal will be on sale for $2.67 though. Combined with the $1.00/1Q's at that's only $.67 per box! I hope it's true! =)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Printable Coupon Roundup!

Remember to hit the back button on your browser so that you can print these coupons TWICE. Most companies will only allow you to print 2 coupons per computer. Just a little F.Y.I.! 

Quaker Delights $1.00 HERE  and HERE
combine with $1.00 Target printable HERE 
Hidden Valley Dressing: $1.50  HERE
Aveeno: $2.00 HERE
Aveeno: $10/3; $5/2
Tresseme: $1.00 HERE
EveryDay Food Magazine: $1.00 May edition HERE
Vitamin Water $.50 HERE
Kraft Mac nCheese $1.50 HERE
Purell $2.00 HERE
Birds Eye Steamers $1.00 HERE
8 Kellogg's Cereal Coupons! $1.00 HERE
Dove, Degree, Ponds, Hellman's FREE SAMPLES! HERE
Playtex Tampons $1.00 HERE
Sobe Life Water $1.00-or-B1/G1 HERE
KY Products $9.00 HERE
Slim Fast $20 HERE
Science Diet Pet Food $6.00 HERE
Kashi Products $4.00 HERE
French Meadows Bakery Breads $2.50 HERE
Sea Pak Frozen Food $2.00 HERE
Diabetic Health Products $15.00 HERE
Cottonelle $1 HERE
Purina Yesterday's News Cat Food $3.00 HERE
Purina Dog Food $3.00 HERE
ROC product $3.00 HERE
Scrubbing Bubbles $8.00 HERE
Boost Kid Essentials $5.00 HERE
Bayer $2.00 HERE
Leapster Coupons/Online Codes HERE
Whiskas Cat Food $3.00 HERE
V8 Fusion $2.00 HERE
Midol $2.00 HERE
Dove Clinical Protection $2.00 HERE
Degree Clinical Protection HERE
Bertolli Oven Baked Meals $2.00 HERE
Pedialyte $1.50 HERE
Coffemate $2.50 HERE
Glucerna $1.25 HERE
Ocean Spray Cranergy $1.00 HERE
Juicy Juice $1.00 HERE
Nestle Drumsticks HERE
Guerrero HERE
Degree Fragrace $1.00 HERE
BirdsEye Frozen Steamers $1.00 HERE
Birds Eye CW Frozen Vegetables $1.00 HERE
Balmex $1.00 HERE
Pert Plus $1.00 HERE
Ensure B3/G1 FREE HERE

$0.99 Eggs at Stater Bros

I rarely shop at Stater Brothers anymore because they do not double coupons at all. However, there are a few items that are worth looking into this week.

Dozen Eggs: $0.99ea
Danon Activa -or- Danactive Yogurt: 2/$4
-$1/1Q in 1/11SS; 3/1SS
FP: $1 ea!
Bounty Paper Towels: $0.99ea
-$.25/1Q in 4/5PG (exp 4/30!)
FP: $.74ea

PLUS there are 2 MFQ in the Stater Bros weekly ad:
$1/1 Jose Ole Product 
$1/1 Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip

Ralphs Deals April 29-5/5

Here are Ralphs Weekly Deals for the week of April 29th thru May 5th 2009. I post what I feel are good deals, if you feel I missed anything please feel free to leave me a comment below, or email me!

Coke/Diet Coke 24 pk: $4.99 w/ in ad Q
-Limit 1 item and 1 Q per customer
Mission Tortilla Strips/Chips: $0.99 w/ in ad Q
-Limit 1 item and 1 Q per cust.
GM Cereal sel. varieties: 2/$4
-$1/2Q GM Cereal (peely from box)
-$.50/1Q in 3/22SS (Honey Kix)
-$1/3Q in 4/5SS (any 3 listed)
-$.75/1Q in 4/19SS (Banana Cheerios)
-$1/2Q from Tearpad @ Target a month ago (Cheerios)
FP: ? Depends on Q's used
Barilla Pasta: $0.99
-$.50/1Q in 3/29SS (whole grain & piccolini)  
(Ralphs will DBL only the first 5 coupons in a single transaction, so if you have a lot of these coupons left like   I do, buy them only 5 per transaction to get them free!)
FP: FREE! -or- $.49ea
Pace Picante Salsa: $1.99
-$1/1Q in 4/28SS
Ralphs Brand Frozen Vegetables: 10/$10
Dole Fruit Bowls 7 Gel Bowls: 2/$5
-$.75/2Q in 4/26SS (ralphs will double first 5 Q in a single transaction)
-$1/2Q in 4/26SS
FP: 2/$4
Sara Lee Bread/Bagels: B1G1 FREE
Vitamin Water: $.99ea
-$1.00/1Q in 4/5SS
Yoplait Fridge Pack: $3.88
Ortega Full Line: 33% off
-$.75/1Q in 4/19SS remember, this will work towards you Ortega Bed Time Stories Rebate Offer!

Buy $15 worth of Kraft Earn 500 Bonus Rewards Points (Look for Yellow Tag)
Capri Sun: 2/$5
-$1/1Q in 4/19SS
Oscar Mayer Lunchables: 10/$10
-$1/5 catalina from ?
CPK/Digiorno Frozen Pizza: 2/$6
-2/1 IP
-$1.25/1 IP
FP: 2/$3 -or- 2/$3.50 depending on which coupons will work with this sale
Kraft Salad Dressing: 3/$5
-$1.50/1Q (EXP TODAY!)
FP: $.17ea
Kraft Mac n Cheese 10/$10
Jell-O Pudding or Gelatin 6 pk: 2/$5

Albertsons Deals April 29-May 5

Here are the great Albertsons deals this week. If you feel I missed anything please feel free to email me or leave a comment below! Thanks!

The 8 Hour Sale is Back!

85% Lean Ground Beef: $1.79/lb
Albertsons Shredded Cheese: 2/$3
(my mom spoke to her local Albertsons Mgr about the "Real Ca. Milk" coupon, and was told that all of Albertsons dairy product are "Real Ca. Milk" even if the logo isn't there, and he allowed her to use the coupons from the 2/22SS and 3/22SS)
Albertsons Chocolate Chip Cookes 18ct: $1.99
Kellogg's: 2/$3 -Limit 4-
Corn Flakes, Corn Pops, Froot loops
Rice Krispies Treats, Fruit Snacks, Pop Tarts, Yogos
-$1/2Q in 3/15RP (Rice Krispies)
-$1/2Q in 4/5RP (Pop Tarts)
-$1/1Q in 4/5RP (Cereal)
Crystal Geyser 24pk Water: 2/$5     -Limit 2-
Tostitos: 2/$ 3   -Limit 4-
-$1Q in 4/26SS (wyb 1 Tostitos AND 1 Tostitos Dip)

5 Day Albertsons Coupon Sale 5/1-5/5

Coke, Pepsi, 7-Up: 4/$10   -Limit 4
Boneless Skinless Chix Breasts 3lb bag: $5.99  -Limit 2
Mission Tortilla Chips: $1.79   -Limit 2
Guerrero Flour Tortillas: $.99   -Limit 2


Seedless Watermelon: $0.19/lb
Large Mangos: 2/$0.99
Red Bell Peppers: 2/$1
White Corn: 3/$0.99
Fresh Express Garden Salad: $0.99ea

Red Baron Frozen Pizza: 3/$9.99
-$1/2Q in 3/1RP 
-$.75/1Q in 4/19SS
Ball Park Hot Dogs B1/G1 FREE
-$1/2Q in 4/26RP
Yoplait Single Cup Yogurts: 10/$5
-Save $1 instantly wyb 10 in a single transaction
-$.40/6Q in 3/22SS AND 4/19SS
-$1/8Q in Eat Better America coupon book that came in the mail
Kraft Salad Dressing: 3/$5
-$1.50/1Q in 3/29SS (EXPIRES TODAY!)
Tostitos Chips/Dip: 2/$6
-$1/2Q in 4/26SS wyb 1 Chip AND 1 Dip
Powerade Sports Drink: 15/$10
-Q in last weeks Big Saver weekly flyer for Buy10 Get 5 FREE
Vitamin Water: 10/$10
-$1/1Q in 4/5SS
Lawry's Seasoning Mix: 2/$1
-$.50/2Q in 4/19RP
Ortega Green Chiles: 4/5
-$.75/2Q in 4/19SS (this will work towards your BedTimes Stories Ortega Rebate!)
Good Earth Organic Coffee: $7.99
-$2/1Q in 4/19SS
Kellogg's Eggo Waffles: $2.99
-$.75/1Q in 4/5RP
Green Giant Steamers Vegetables: 10/$10
-$.50/1 in 4/5SS 
-$.50/2 in 4/5SS
Weight Watchers Ice Cream: 2/$5
-$.55/1Q in ?
Ronzoni Pasta $10/10
-$1/1Q if Smart Taste is part of this sale

Save $3 Instantly At Check Out WYB 10 participating Kraft/Nabisco Products!
-$1/1Q in 4/5SS (Nabisco Oreo Fun Stix)
-$1/2Q in 3/1SS (Nabisco Honey Maid Bees, Teddy Grahams)
-$1/1Q in 4/19SS (Capri Sun Sunrise)
-$1/2Q in 3/29SS EXP. 4/30! (Kraft Miracle Whip or Mayo)
-$1/1Q in 4/26SS (Kraft Mayo)

Clorox and Kimberly Clark Catalina Promotion 4/26-5/5!
Spend $15 Get $5 Catalina

Clorox Bleach: $1.69
-$.50/2Q in 4/5RP:
Clorox Disenfecting Wipes: 2/$5
Formula 409: 2/$6
-$.75/1Q in 4/5RP
Glad Trash Bags: $6.49
Scott Paper Towels: $5.99
-$1/1Q in 4/19SS
Clorox Clean Up Spray: 2/$6
-$.75/1Q in 4/5RP
Pine Sol: 2/$6
-$.50/1Q in 4/5RP

Get TWO Free Movie Cash Tickets wyb 10 Kellogg's, Keebler, Eggo, Sunshine Products 4/29-5/5
-$1/2 IP (Frosted Flakes)
-$1/1Q in 4/5RP (Kellogg's Cereal)
-$1/2Q in 4/5RP (Kellogg's Pop Tarts)
-$.55/2Q 4/5RP (Keebler Cookies)
-$1/2Q in 4/5RP (Rice Krispy Treats)

Vons Deals April 29-May 5th

Here are what I feel are the Best Vons deals for this week. If you feel I missed any, or have found any great unadvertised deals, please feel free to let me know either by leaving a comment or emailing me! 

The Living Well Feeling Great Catalina Promo is still going on, and ends on May 5th. This is a GREAT sale, where when you spend $30 in qualifying products you get a $10Catalina back. I'm sticking with this deal as best I can, it's been working GREAT for me! Here are the products listed in the sale ad this week, though there are literally thousands more in the store! Click here for a running list of GREAT Living Well Feeling Great Catalina deals....
Propel 6 pck: 2/$6
Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn: B1/G1 FREE
-$0.40/1Q in 4/19SS (vons will DBL to $0.80/1)
-$1/1Q came in mail from...?
FP: ?
CPK Frozen Pizza: $5.99
-$2/1 IP  FP: $3.99ea
Kashi Frozen Pizza: $4.99
Ocean Spray Cranergy: $3.49
-$1/1Q from? FP: $2.49
Irish Spring-or-Softsoap: 2/$7
-$.50/1Q in 4/26SS (Irish Spring- vons will DBL to $1/1) FP: 2/$5
-$.50/2Q in 4/26SS (Irish Spring- vons will DBL to $1/2) FP: 2/$6
Kraft Natural Slices: $3.49
-$.30/1Q in 3/22SS (vons will DBL to $.60/1) FP: $2.89
(this will only work if this package has the "Real Ca. Milk" logo on it. Ask your Store Mgr)
Crest Toothpaste-or-Oral B Toothbrush: $2.49
-$.75/1Q in 4/5PG (Exp. 4/30!) (vons will DBL to $1/1) FP: $1.49
-$.50/1Q in 3/15PG (Exp. 4/30!) (vons will DBL to $1/1) FP: $1.49
Florida's Natural OJ: 2/$6
Skinny Cow Novelties: $3.99
Huggies Big Pack Diapers: $19.99 
-$1.50/1 IP
-$1.50/1Q in 4/19SS  FP: $18.49
Listerine Mouth Wash: $4.49
-$.50/1Q in 3/15SS (vons will DBL to $1/1) FP: $3.49
-$2/1Q in 3/15SS for Total Care FP:$2.49
Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers: 2/$5
-$1/2Q from ?    FP: 2/$4

Buy One Get One Free Event!:
Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs
Nathan's Famous Beef Franks
Smithfield Bacon-or-Smoked Sausage Links
Oscar Mayer Lunchables
-$1/5 Catalina FP: ?
Plumrose Baked Ham Lunchmeat
Jennie-O Turkey Meatballs
Jenni-O Ground Turkey
Tyson Breaded Chix Selections

$5 Family Fridays: 5/1/09 ONLY
Signature Cafe Turkey Pot Roast -Serves 3-4: $5

Vons has 4 Coupons in this weeks ad:
Downy-or-Bounce Fabric Softener: $8.99 w/Q
Safeway Bath Tissue-or-Paper Towels: $4.99 w/Q
Scrubbing Bubbles Aerosol: $1.79 w/Q
Ziploc Storage Bags 30-50ct.: $2.99 w/Q
-$.40/1Q in 3/15SS (vons will DBL to $.80/1) FP: $2.19
-$.55/1Q in 4/5SS (vons will DBL to $1/1) FP: $1.99

Buy ANY 2 COKE 12 pcks GET 2 FREE +FREE Dasani 24pck Bottled Water
Fresh Chix Breast Halves-Bone In: $1/lb
Iceburg Lettuce Heads: $1ea
Safeway Butter Top Breads: $1ea
V05 Hair Care-or-Dial Pump Soap: $1
-$0.35/1Q (dial soap)  FP: $0.65ea
-$1/4 IP (VO5 hair care) FP: 4/$3 ($.75ea)
Power Bar/Pure Protein Bars: $1ea
Quaker Rice Snacks: $1ea
-$1/1Q in 3/29RP FP: FREE
Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies: $1ea
-$0.55/2Q in 4/5RP (Vons will DBL to $1/1) FP: 2/$1 ($.50ea)
Rice a Roni: $1ea
-$1/4Q in 3/8RP FP: 4/$3 ($.75ea)
Rosarita Refried Beans -or- Chef Boyardee Pasta: $1ea
Snyder's Pretzels: $1ea
Kellogg's Raisin Bran -or- Life Cereals: 3/$5 ($1.67ea)
-$1/1Q in 4/5RP FP: 3/$2 ($.67ea!)
73% Lean Ground Beef: $0.99/lb
Rancher's Reserve Chuck Roast: $1.99/lb
Tostitos: $1.99ea
-$1Q in $/26SS (wyb 1 10oz or lrgr Tostios AND 1 Tostitos Dip 15.5oz or lrgr) FP: ?
Sara Lee: 2/$5
Safeway Select-or-Jerseymaid Ice Cream: B1/G1 FREE
Tampax: $2.99
-$.50/1Q in 4/5PG (Exp. 4/30!) (vons will DBL to $1/1) FP: $1.99
Nestle Novelties: 2/$6
-$1/2Q in 4/26SS  FP: 2/$5
Tresseme Hair Care: $3.99
-$1/1 IP  FP: $2.99
Pace Picante Salsa: 2/$5
-$1/1Q in 4/26SS  FP: 2/$4

Buy Low Deals April 28-May 5th

Here are this weeks Buy Low deals including the Wednesday Only Produce Sale, and Thursday Only Meat Sale.

For those of you located in or around the Long Beach area, Buy Low is located on San Antonio/Cherry. Right next to the All Souls and Forest Lawn Cemeteries, where San Antonio ends at Cherry, at Del Amo....
For those of you who are not close to the Long Beach area click HERE for a location nearest you.

Wednesday Only Produce Sale:

Watermelon: 8lbs/$1
Cucumber: 8/$1
Green Cabbage: 8lbs/$1
Oranges: 8lbs/1
Brown Onions: 8lbs/$1

Thursday Only Meat Sale:

Boneless Pork Loin Chops-or-Roast: $1.69lb
Boneless Beef Round Steak: $1.89lb
26-30 Raw White Shrimp: $3.99lb
Boneless Chix Breast: $1.69lb
Boneless Beef Stew Meat-or-Stir Fry: $1.99lb
Tilapia: $1.99lb

Weekly Deals:

Cauliflower: 3lbs/$1
Fuji Apples: 3lbs/$1
Jicama: 4lbs/$1
Red Onions: 5lbs/$1
Romaine Lettuce: 3/$1
1lb Bag Carrots: 5/$1
Celery: 3/$1
Italian Squash 3lbs/$1
8oz Pkg Mushrooms: $1
Tomatoes: 3lbs/$1
Radish-or-Green Onions: 7/$1
Manila Mango: 4/$1
31-40 Raw White Shrimp: $3.99/lb
Tyson Cornish Game Hens: $1.59/lb
Sirloin End Chops: $0.99/lb
Chix Leg Quarters 10lb bag: $4.99ea
Beef Shoulder Roast: $1.89/lb
Bar S Hot Dogs: $0.99ea
-use $0.55/1Q from Blinky Machines at Vons a few weeks ago
FP: $0.44ea.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My Late Night Vons Run

Here is the results of my late not Vons run.
Total Cost: $91.51
Total Out of Pocket Cost: $14.58
Total Catalina's left over: $16.00
Not too shabby!!

Transaction #1
I did my first and only shopping trip for the 4/22-4/28 sale week. Man! It's been one crazy week for us! Nothing spectacular my first transaction at Vons. I went into Vons armed with my shopping list, (complete with 3 different transaction scenarios). But sadly, my scenarios didn't work out like I was hoping for due to items being out of stock. O'well! So this is what my first transaction ended up looking like.

6- Arrowhead Water 6packs $1.99ea
2- Capri Sun $1.99ea
3- Finish Dishwasher Tablets $3.99ea
2- Earth Grains Whole Wheat Bread 2/$5
I used:
-1 $1/2 Arrowhead Water MFQ
-1 $.50/1 Vons Q (in store ad) + 2- $1/1 MFQ on Capri Suns
-3 $2.50/ Finish Dishwasher Tablets MFQ
-2 $/50/1 Earth Grains MFQ (that DBL to $1/1)
-$10.00 Catalina rolled over from last weeks deals...

Total Transaction Cost= $49.96 (pre tax)

My OOP cost ended up being $9.59!! BUT $16.00 in Catalina's printed out! (1 $10 CAT for the spend $30 get $10 promo, AND 3 $2 CATS for the Arrowheads. (Buy 2 Get $2CAT) That's over a $6.00 profit! 

Total Savings= $40.37!!! That's 82% 

Transaction #1 totals....

Transaction #2
6-Capri Suns $1.99ea
1-Bisquick Heart Smart Mix $3.55ea
1-Cranergy 4 pack $2.99
3-Finish Dishwasher Tablets $3.99ea
Total Transaction Cost= $41.55 But I used the following coupons:
-1 $.50/1 Capri Sun VonsQ (in store ad) AND -6 $1/1MFQ's
-1 $.60/1 Bisquick 40oz MFQ (cut from prior box)-this DBL to $1/1
-1 $1/1 Cranergy MFQ 
-3 $2.50/1 Finish MFQ's
-$10.00 Catalina from Transaction #1
Total Cost OOP= $4.99! 
YES UNDER $5.00! (ONE package of Finish was $3.99 pre-tax!)

Transaction #2 also didn't not go how I originally intended. I was originally planning on buying the Yoplait single cup yogurts that were on sale for $.50ea but apparently they weren't part of the catalina promotion. Only the Yoplait multi packs were, which I had no coupons for. O'well. I'm happy with my purchases though! We LOVE Capri Suns here, and they are something I normally am unable to purchase for the kids, it's simply not in the budget! So that was nice!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Target Matchups

I love shopping at Target when I am able to match my coupons to their sales, or better yet, when I am able to combine my coupons with Target Store coupons for free, or almost free items! Oh the small things that make me smile! I am so thankful that there is someone out there who takes the time to match up the sales with coupons to bring us the best deals! I just don't have the time and energy to do ALL the stores I shop at! So if you'd like to see the current sales and coupon matchups for Target click here. Attention Target Shoppers does a great job! Keep in mind that not all Target stores will have the same exact items on sale, and prices can vary from region to region. However, I've found this site to be pretty good, and consistent with my local Target.

OH! And did you know that right now there is a $1.00 printable Target coupon good on any one 20ct box of Capri Sun? Combine that with the $1.00MFQ found in the Sunday paper last week for possible FREE or ALMOST FREE Capri Suns! (They're a favorite around here, and quite frankly I'm not sure who likes them most. The kids, or ME! Childhood nostalgia I suppose!)

Monday FREE RedBox Code


This is Monday's Redbox FREE Rental Code! You will have to swipe your debit/credit card, but you will not be charged unless you fail to return the movie by 9pm the following evening.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sorry about the Silence...

My 7 year old has been doing her Standardized State Testing, requiring me to sit and wait for her all day, without a laptop to post. I haven't forgotten you guys, I've just had no chance to sit down at my computer and post! If you're ancy for some deal posts please go check out these sites.

Sorry about the delay in posting!!
Remember tomorrow is Earth Day and several stores are giving away Freebies! Check out A Thrifty Mom for the Disney Freebie. Then check out It's Hip 2 Save for the Walgreens freebie.

Also, Buy Low has it's weekly Wednesday Only Produce Sale. Check out there weekly ad HERE.
I won't be able to post the Wed/Thurs Only sales this week for Buy Low.... sorry! It's just too crazy of a week!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Newman's Own Pizza Coupon

This just showed up today on Right now at Vons these frozen pizza's are on sale, AND they are part of the Living Healthy promotion where you will receive a $10 catalina for every $30 you spend on select items. See THIS post here for more on that.


A Thrifty Mom posted this, and she makes several good points! All it takes is a few people intentionally cheating the system, to ruin it for all of us. Please read this post:

" Using coupons has become huge lately. I am thrilled that so many of you have learned tricks of the trade, and are saving your family money. We should all be proud of shopping with coupons and doing it honestly. But I have been getting a few emails that are really bothering me lately. Yesterday I got 2 emails telling me that the Sunday papers they bought, had all the coupons taken from them. Two other readers have contacted me to tell me their coupon binders were stolen from the front of their shopping carts!

My local managers are still having trouble with ladies coming in and clearing the shelf. Taking everything the first day of the sale. Or women yelling at cashiers in the store over coupons. Others are using self check out to commit coupon fraud. Some stores can no longer accept coupons at self check out because of this. I was very disturbed by all these comments. Taking coupons from the store papers and not buying the papers IS stealing, and it makes all couponers look bad. Once a negative feeling is put on couponing by the stores, it is hard to change their opinion. SO PLEASE think about what you are doing.

Now to the shelf clearing, I get just as excited as you do for a sale. When it is a good sale I admit some times I have a hard time sleeping at night. But here is a little secret, there will always, always be another sale. I choose to shop at the stores that stock well for the sales, they happily let you take a whole case of something because they are well stocked. But not all stores stock well, keep that in mind. Buy what your family needs but think of others. For example last week I wanted to buy 2 cases of the taco bell refried beans. I went to the store and they only had 12 cans left. I did not buy them that day. Instead I talked to the store manager, told him about the great deal. He said he would place an order that would come in a few days later, not only did he order my 2 cases he happily ordered 60 cases for all of you. I love this store manager, because he welcomes coupons into his store, stocks well for the sales. Don’t get me wrong we will all make a few mistakes as we go, I know I have learned a few things just since I started this blog. Couponing is fun, I love it but I am sad to see others maybe ruin something I love.  "        Click HERE to see the original post by A Thrifty Mom

She lives in Idaho. It seems like another world away from us here in Southern California. She has great coupon friendly stores and managers where coupon doubles are a regular thing, even triples!! 

Southern California is quite a bit different in my own personal experience, sadly. Perhaps it depends on the city you live in here in Southern California. In Long Beach, I've found very few coupon friendly stores. Even fewer who accept Internet Printable coupons, or double coupons. That's why it is ever so important to be completely honest and courteous with your couponing!! Don't lie. Don't cheat. Don't steal. It's really simple. Would you do that with your Mother standing beside you? Grandmother? Children? I sure hope not!!  

There are a few things you should ALWAYS remember when being a coupon shopper:

ALWAYS be courteous to the store employees!! It's not their fault necessarily when the machine refuses to scan, or accept a coupon. Sometimes there may be a glitch in the system. Sometimes the bar code will not scan. Sometimes Catalina's don't print when they are supposed to. Most times employees have no control over these situations. 

There will be situations where an employee will refuse to accept your coupon for various reasons. Many times, in my experience, it's simply because they are not fully aware of their store's corporate coupon policy. Please CALMLY, and NICELY, ask to speak to a Manager. If the Manager also refuses the coupon, and doesn't acknowledge the store policy, just CALMLY, and NICELY ask to put the item aside, and finish your transaction. Getting angry, yelling, being argumentative, and mean is NOT GOING TO HELP THE SITUATION. The best thing to do in this scenario is to call the store's corporate office, explain the situation, using names if possible, and ask them to update you on their corporate coupon policy. Ask them to email it to you if possible, so that you can keep a copy with you on hand for your shopping trips should you need to reference it.  Arguing the rejected coupon only angers the store, and the customers you are holding up in line. Making the atmosphere even more hostile to coupon shoppers the next time around!! I mean really, is a few dollars saved worth not being allowed to use coupons again, and ruining it for all of us worth it?

ALWAYS do your best to know the store's corporate coupon policy BEFORE you head to the store, to avoid confusion, frustration, and disappointment when you are standing at the register. You can simply call your store before you go, and ask to speak to a manager. They will be happy to fill you in on the specifics to the best of their ability. Many stores do not allow their cashiers to override a coupon to make it less than it's face value. Don't ask them to do it. Also, many stores, like Target for example, have a policy where if a coupon DOESN'T SCAN, THEY WON'T ACCEPT IT. Don't try and force them to manually enter a coupon that won't scan. 

ALWAYS follow the specifications on the coupon you're trying to use! Don't try to get one over on the store just to get a freebie!! If it says $1.00 on any TWO items, than make sure you have TWO items!! 

ALWAYS be courteous to the customers behind you in line. If you have a FULL basket, and the person behind you only has a couple of items, let them go ahead of you, or at least warn them that you have coupons, and may take awhile, giving them the choice to move to another lane. When people see us pull out our coupons they cringe... why give confirmation to their opinion? If you do the above suggestions, and are courteous and polite, you just may be able to prove them wrong and change their opinion of us coupon shoppers.

ALWAYS be considerate of the people around you. If there is a really good sale where you can get a select item for FREE or ALMOST FREE don't run out the first day and buy EVERYTHING ON THE SHELF. Leave some for others. How much do you hate finding a really good deal, only to get to the store and find that the item is COMPLETELY GONE!? I do! It's frustrating. A wasted trip. Buy A FEW items, than come back another day. Almost every sale lasts 6-7 days! There is plenty of time to come back. Drive to a few different stores if you don't have the time in your week to make a second trip. That way you aren't clearing out the stores stock, as deliveries can take up to a week!!  Also, don't wait until 10pm the last day of the sale to go shopping, and then get angry when the item is low or out of stock.  

Sunday, April 19, 2009

My Kmart Deals...

Here is a picture of my Kmart deals from this morning. I will write out tomorrow what I bought, coupons used, and total saved. Basically I spent approximately $45 out of pocket for all of this... paying no more than $2.00 OOP for the big ticket items, save for the diapers. They were $5.99... 

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Amazon Kids Shoe Sale up to 70%off!

Amazon has kid shoes on sale right now for CHEAP!! We're talking NAME BRAND shoes!! Etnies, See Kai Run, Buster Brown, Disney, Nine West, Kenneth Cole, Roxy...... the list goes on and on!!
Most shoes are starting at $9.49 from what I can tell. BUT when you spend $25 you can possibly qualify for FREE shipping.

Click HERE for the shoe sale!

OH! And apparently this is a ONE DAY SALE!!!!

Sunday Coupon Preview 4/19

Here's a great preview of Sunday's coupons put together by Attention Coupon Clippers.
There will be coupons for:
Herbal Essence
Yoplait Yogurts
There are rumored to be several Target coupons that are high value, which is GREAT because you can stack a Target coupon with a MF Q for even more savings! =)
To view the COMPLETE list click HERE.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Family Fun Frugal Fridays

I started out a couple of weeks ago trying to post a Family Fun Frugal Friday event for you ever Friday. I haven't this week or last week. Sorry!! I thought it would be easy...WRONG! Blog memes can be hard to follow! I'm working on several Family Fun Frugal Friday posts right now so I'm better prepared come next week! So, I'd like to open this Friday's post up to anybody's, and everybody's comments or tips on a Family Fun Frugal Friday activity. Keep it Frugal, so we ALL can try it!! Thank you everyone!!

Tropicana OJ Coupons!

Click HERE to print the coupons! Be sure to hit your browsers back button to print 2 coupons!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Target Printable Coupons!

Click HERE to print the latest Target printable coupons!! The best thing about these Target coupons is that you can STACK them with a MF Q for even better savings! 
-Please note that each coupon states, "Limit one offer per transaction" so you can't use the same Target Q twice in the same transaction. 
(For example, I printed 2 of the Target Suave Coupons. I will have to do 2 separate transactions to use both coupons.)


Click HERE to get your SOBE Life Water B1/G1 FREE coupon! Make sure to hit your browsers back button to get 2 coupons! 

This week CVS is having a B1/G1 FREE sale for Sobe Life Water. I've heard rumor that when you use the B1/G1 FREE Q paired with the B1/G1 FREE CVS sale that you get both for FREE. (of course you have to pay applicable sales tax and crv...) but still pennies!! 

RALPHS Deals April 15-21

Here are this weeks Ralph's deals. I only post what I feel to be the most frugal deals, and I try to matchup coupons with the sale the best I can. If I missed anything please let me know!

Pepsi, 7-UP, Crush 2L bottles: $0.99

Cornish Game Hens: $0.97/lb

Sobe Life Water: $0.99ea

Suave Products: $0.99ea
#1.75/3Q in 3/1RP insert -or- $1.00/2Q in 3/1RP insert
-$1.00/2Q in 3/29RP insert 
FP: $0.23-$0.99 depending on Q used

Angel Soft 4roll TP: $0.99ea

Scott Paper Towels: $0.99ea

1 Gallon Milk: $1.99ea

Cascadian Farms Cereal: 2/$6.00
-$1.00/2Q peely from boxes (use 2)
FP: 2/$4.00

Organic Milk 1/2 Gal.: 2/$6.00

Ralphs Yogurt $0.50ea

Ralphs Diapers: $6.99
-$3.00/1Q from...?

Glade Air Freshner Spray: 4/$5.00 ($1.25ea)
-B1/G1 FREE Q in 3/15SS insert. (use 4)
FP: 8/$5.00 ($0.63ea if Ralphs will let you. I will try it tomorrow and see how it works!)

Green Giant/Birds Eye Steamers: 4/$5.00 ($1.25ea)

Thomas English Muffins: B1/G1 FREE

Welch's Grape Jelly: 2/$6.00
-$0.55/1Q in 3/29 SS insert use 2 (Ralphs will double to $1.00)
FP: 2/$2.00

Bertolli Skillet Meals $4.99
-$1.00/1Q in 3/15RP insert
FP: $3.99ea

Powerade: $0.99ea
-B10/G5 FREE Q found in Buy Low, Tru Valu, Big Saver weekly ads
FP: $0.66ea

Rice-a-roni/Pasta Roni: 4/$5.00 ($1.25ea)
-$1/4Q in 3/8RP insert
FP: 4/$4.00 ($1.00ea -better sale at Vons for this. $0.89ea!)

AirWick Freshmatic Mini Air Freshener: 25%OFF
-$4.00/1Q in 4/5SS insert (starter kit)
-$1.00/2Q in 4/5SS insert (refills)

Sun Burst Laundry Soap 41-50 load: $1.88ea

Snapple 12pack: B2/G1 FREE

Additional Ralphs Deals and Freebies found at A Dollar Here, A Dollar There

$1.00 Desitin Coupon!

Click HERE to print your $1.00/1 coupon for Desitin diaper rash ointments. Even if you don't have a baby in diapers, you probably know someone who does who could use this stuff! Hit the back button on your browser to print 2 coupons! Limit 2 per computer.

Free Krispy Kreme's Donut

Sign up for their newsletter and you will get a coupon for a FREE Original Glazed Donut. I personally am abstaining from this indulgence, but I have 4 little ones who would LOVE a donut day with Mom!! Click HERE to sign up.

Penny Appetizers & Dollar Entrees at TGIF

If you sign up to become a "Give me more stripes" member by April 30th you can get the above deals! I see a Frugal Date Night coming up in the near future!! Click HERE to sign up.


This is a legitimate company, and I've already signed up for over 5 different magazine subscriptions ALL FOR FREE!! I've never had to even enter my billing information. Only my shipping address to receive my FREE magazines!! Hurry on over and sign up! These offers usually go pretty quickly!! Enjoy your FREE magazines!! Click HERE to sign up!

Albertsons Deals April 15-21

Lots of sales this week. I'm really holding out for the Kmart Super Doubles sale that starts Thursday, and hoping the rumor is true for Vons Mix and Match sale next week. But in the mean time, here are some sales I've found that you all might be interested in.

Foster Farms Whole Chicken: B1/G1 FREE *Great stock up sale!!
-use $1.00/1Q wyb Reynolds Wrap peely on FF Chicken packages
-use $1.00/1Q for Reynold's Wrap in 3/15 SS insert
FP: $1.00 off price of 1 chicken + 1 FREE!

Whole, 2%, 1% Gallon Milk: $1.99 ea
Keebler Sandies Cookies: B1/G1 FREE
-use 2 $0.55/1Q in 4/5RP insert
FP: $1.10 off 1 + 1 FREE

Bar S Hot Dogs: 4/$5.00 ($1.25ea)
-use 4 $0.50/1Q from blinky machine
FP: 4/$3.00 ($0.75ea)

Wisk Laundry Detergent: $4.99
-$2.00/1Q IP -or- $1.00/1Q in 3/15RP inserts
FP: $2.99-$3.99 depends on Q used

Vitamin Water: 10/$10.00
-use $1.00/1Q in 4/5SS insert

Wishbone Dressing: 2/$5.00
-use $1.25/2Q in 3/15RP insert
FP: 2/$3.75

McCormick Gourmet Seasonings: 30% OFF
-use $0.75/1Q in 4/5RP insert
-$1.00/1Q in 3/15RP insert
FP: ?

Sun Chips, Baked Lays, Kettle Cooked:$2.79
-$1.00/1Q from...?
FP: $1.79ea

Eggo Frozen Waffles: 2/$5.00
-use 2 $0.75/1Q in 4/5RP insert
FP: 2/$3.50

Ronzoni Pasta: 4/$5.00 ($1/25ea)
-if Smart Taste is included in this sale use $1/1Q in 4/5SS insert
FP: $0.25ea

Clorox Green Works Products: 2/$6.00
-B2/G1 FREE -w/ in ad Q.
-use 2 $1.00/1Q in ? -or- $1.00/2Q in 3/29RP insert
FP: 3/$5.00 or 3/$4.00 depending on Q's used

Kotex 18-22ct: 10/$10.00
(not sure if this is panty liners only or tampons as well)
-use $2.00/2 IP, $1.50/2 IP, or $1.50/2 IP     -or-
-use $0.75/1Q in 2/22 SS insert -exp 4/18- AND 4/5 SS insert
-use $1.00/1Q in 2/22SS insert -exp 4.18- AND 4/5 SS insert
FP: FREE-$0.25 depending on Q's used

FREE Minute Maid OJ wyb 4 participating GM products:
 Cheerios, Kix, Cocoa Puffs: 4/$10.00
-use $1.00/3Q (any GM cereal) in 4/5 inserts
-use $0.75/1Q (cocoa puffs) IP
FP: 4/$8.25 + FREE Minute Maid OJ (not best cereal deal.....)

Get $5.00 OFF (catalina) wyb $20.00 in participating transactions.
Tons of coupons for this promo! 
-$1.00/2Q in 2/8RP insert (quaker instant oatmeal-if it's part of this deal in stores)
-$1.00/1Q in 3/1RP insert(quaker true delights-also there are $1/1Q's in chewy granola boxes)
-$1.00/1Q in 3/1 RP insert (quaker chewy granola bars)
There were several different IP coupons online a while back for Quaker Life, and other Quaker cereals. Amounts varied....
-$1.00/1Q in 3/29SS insert (Scott Long Lasting/Mega Roll Paper Towels 4pck or >)
-$0.75/1Q in 3/29SS insert (Scott Xtra Soft TP 4pk or >)
-$0.50/1Q & -0.50/2Q in 3/15SS & 3/29SS (Cottonelle TP)
FP: Depends on Q's used....

Buy ANY Seventh Generation Product, GET 1 FREE Reusable Shopping Bag
-IP for $1.00/1 & $2.00/1


Here is the email response from Kmart, with the FULL list included for the participating stores in California for the KMART SUPER DOUBLES SALE! Also, their coupon policy for the sale... Hope your local KMART is part of it!

Dear Rachael,

Thank you for contacting Kmart regarding the Double Coupon Event. We 
appreciate your interest in this promotion.

This event is for select participating Kmart locations from 04/19-04/25.
Coupons up to and including $2 will be doubled. Limit 25 coupons per 
customer per day. The participating California stores are as follows:


Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I just got off the phone with the kindest Customer Service representative for KMart, and I have some REALLY exciting news for you all!! Starting 4/19/09 Kmart will be having a SUPER DOUBLES SALE, where they will DOUBLE ALL COUPONS!! I've never been to one of these sales, but I've read about some GREAT DEALS on other blogs. Here's the best list I could get my hand on for the Southern California area. Though, apparently, there are TONS of stores participating!! If you don't see your local store on the list, please feel free to call Customer Service, and/or your local store! Here's the Customer Service # 1-866-KMART-4U
To find a store near you CLICK HERE.

Here's the list I was able to compile, again not a complete list. Click on the Address to view the map.

2900 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90815

Phone Number: (562) 377-0618 

500 Carson Town Cent
Carson, CA 90745

Phone Number: (310) 533-0285
19330 Hawthorne BLVD
Torrance, CA 90503

Phone Number: (310) 542-8645

902 W Sepulveda
Harbor City, CA 90710

Phone Number: (310) 325-6771

10400 Rosecrans
Bellflower, CA 90706

Phone Number: (662) 925-9561

5704 E Whittier BLVD
Commerce, CA 90022

Phone Number: (323) 724-2750

5850 S Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044

Phone Number: (323) 753-1464       
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone Number: (323) 933-7306

8017 South Atlantic
Cudahy, CA 90201

Phone Number: (323) 771-9500

Do you know of any stores in other areas around Southern California I've missed? Again, this isn't the complete list, but this is all I managed to get from Customer Service for my area. If you know of any other's PLEASE email me or comment, and I will update this post!!

I found this as a broad guideline for the coupon policy during Kmart's Super Doubles. Click here for the original thread.K-mart Super Double
-Super Double Manufacturer Coupons up to & Including $1.00, $2.00 or $3.00 Value depending on location, dates and store types.
-Amount of Credit from doubling a coupon cannot exceed the retail price of an item. No cash or in-store purchase credit will be awarded for any amount exceeding the retail price of the item. Limit 1 coupon for each item purchased. Only 1 coupon will be doubled per item. Normally, you may only purchase 4 of the same items using double coupons. Coupons do not apply to sales tax. Limit 25 or 75 coupons per customer per day depending on current promotion. Internet coupons or copies of manufacturer instant coupons are not valid.
-Offer excludes products prohibited by law, including but not limited to alcohol, tobacco, and prescription medication. Not valid on Non-merchandise, federal or state regulated items, prior purchases, Lands End. Sears merchandise run on Sears registers within Kmart and In the event of a return, coupon savings may be deducted from refund. Sears Holdings(Kmart) reserves the right to modify or cancel this program at any time.
-Available at participating Kmart and Super Kmart locations.

I will be calling the Kmart in Long Beach, Bellflower, and Carson for their policy, to see if it differs from this.

Happy Super Doubles!!


I just got off the phone with the Cinnabon at the Lakewood Mall. (Below Food Court next to Costco) They are taking part in the Cinnabon Tax Day Giveaway. Be there between 5-8pm and you will get 2 FREE Cinnabon Bites per person. 

Thanks A Thrifty Mom for the heads up!

FREE Disney Reusable H2O Bottle!

Click HERE to read the original post by A Thrifty Mom

All you have to do is bring in 3 plastic bottles to a participating Disney store and you get a water bottle for FREE. (not the bag as originally stated)
Make sure to read A Thrifty Mom's original post for more details, and to find participating stores near you!

VONS Deals April 15-21

Here are this weeks VONS Deals. I only posted what I thought to be the best deals. If you find any  deals not listed, or feel I missed anything PLEASE feel free to share! Either email me, or comment me your deal, and I'll make sure it gets posted!

Are you new to coupon lingo? CLICK HERE

VONS is running 3 different promotions that are advertised in this weeks sale flyer.
#1- Buy 3 participating PEPSI 12packs AND 2 participating Tostitos/Doritos chips: $9.99
#2- LIVING WELL FEELING GREAT: Get $10 OFF (catalina) good on your next visit when you spend $30 on participating products
For a full list of participating products CLICK HERE
Otherwise look for these tags:
#3- Spend $50 in a single transaction get a FREE VONS Reusable bag.

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese: $0.59ea

Rice-a-Roni/Pasta Roni: $0.89ea
-$1.00/4Q in 3/8 RP insert
FP: $0.64ea

Tropicana OJ: 2/$5.00
-$1.00/1Q in 3/15 RP insert (use 2)
FP: 2/$3.00

Seedless Red Grapes: $0.77/lb

*Skippy PB: 2/$5.00   (part of $10 catalina promo)
-$1.00/2Q (use 2)
FP: 2/$4.00  

*Motts Applesauce: 2/$5.00 (part of $10 catalina promo)

*Cheerios 18oz: $2.99 (part of $10 catalina promo)
-$1.00/2Q peely in select boxes
-$1.00/3Q in 4/5 SS insert
-$0.55/1 Q -not sure from where

*Power Bar/Pure Protein Bars: 10/$10 (part of $10 catalina promo)

*Capri-Sun: $1.99ea (part of $10 catalina promo)

*Healthy Choice Meals: $1.99ea wyb5 (part of $10 catalina promo)
-$1.00/3Q in 4/5 SS insert
-$1.00/5Q from ?

*Green Giant Steamers: 2/$5.00  (part of $10 catalina promo)
-$0.50/1Q in 4/5 SS insert
FP: 2/$4.00

*Chef Boyardee: 10/$10.00  (part of $10 catalina promo)

Lawry's Marinade: 2/$4.00
-$1.00/2Q in 4/5 RP insert
FP: 2/$3.00

Dannon Activa: 2/$5.00
-$1.00/1Q in 3/1 SS insert (4pack)
-$1.00/1Q in 3/1 SS insert (drinks)
FP: 2/$3.00 if you have 2 4pack Q's, or both kinds are part of sale.

Red Baron Pizza: 2/$6.00
-$1.00/2Q in 3/1 RP insert
FP: 2/$5.00

Orville Redenbacher Popcorn: B1/G1 FREE
-$1.00/2Q in ?
-$1.00/1Q in ?

Pillsbury Cake Mix: 10/$10.00

Trident Gum: 4/$5.00 ($1.25ea)
FP: $.75ea

Schiff  Move Free Dietary Supplement: B1/G1 FREE
-$5.00/1 Q in 4/5 SS insert
-2.00/1 Q in 2/8 SS insert

Dry Idea/Right Guard Deoderant: B1/G1 FREE
-$1.00/2Q (Dry Idea) in 3/8 SS insert
-$2.00/1Q (Gilette) in 4/5 PG insert
$1.00/1Q (Gilette) in 3/15 PG insert

ALL Laundry Soap select varieties: $4.49
-$1.00/2Q in 3/29 RP insert
-$1.50/1Q  IP

Hoffy Bacon: B1/G1 FREE

Ball Park Beef Franks: B1/G1 FREE
-$1.00/2 Q in ? (these were sent to me from VA.)

Kind of a lot this week. Though I'm holding out for next week, hoping that the rumor is true about the return of Vons Mix and Match sale.... We'll see!!