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Shopping Trip 8-29

I just love it when CVS starts their sales early!  You get to have the best of both worlds & shop the sales concurrently.  Works for me!

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Transaction #1 (my card):

Viologie Shampoo $3.99

Viologie Conditioner $3.99

Glade Reed Diffuser $6.99

CVS candy $.99 (not pictured – ate it already 🙂 )

CVS Candy $1.50

– Viologie BOGO sale – $3.99

Viologie BOGO coupon – $3.99

-$3 Glade Q

-$2/10 CVS brand purchase

-$2 ECB

-$1/2 CVS brand candies

Total $1.59 OOP, got back $6.99 ECB (Glade).  That’s a $3.41 MM!


Transaction #2 (DF’s card):

Viologie Shampoo $3.99

Viologie Conditioner $3.99

CVS disinfecting wipes $2.50

CVS disinfecting wipes $2.50

Glade reed diffuser $6.99

Eclipse Gum $1.29

Eclipse Gum $1.29

Kotex Liners $1.49

Kotex Liners $1.49

-Viologie BOGO sale – $3.99

Viologie BOGO coupon -$3.99

-$2/10 CVS purchase

-$2 Glade diffuser Q

-Eclipse BOGO coupon – $1.29

-Kotex BOGO – $1.49

– Kotex coupon $.75

-Kotex coupon $.75

-$8 ECB

Total was $1.34, ECB back $6.99 (Glade) and $2 (CVS wipes, when you buy 2).  Net cost of this one was about $.34 after coupons & ECB.


The manager told me today that they are no longer able to adjust ECB down, which is why I had to add on the gum.  I hope that is really not the case everywhere.  He said that they didnt want people having $0 OOPs any more 😦  If that really is the case I will be pretty sad.  Looks like those $.01 highlighters/pens will make awesome fillers while they last!


August 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

How to get started with Walgreens

Shopping at Walgreens is very similar to shopping at CVS, but there are some key things to remember.

  1. When coming up with deals for Walgreens, you can not have more coupons than items in your order, even though you can use a manufacturer coupon & a Walgreen’s coupon per item.  You must maintain a 1:1 ratio of coupons & items.
  2. Any x/xx coupons (usually a $5/$25 purchase), must be AFTER all other coupons (CVS lets you use it before), so your out of pocket (OOP) expense when using these coupons will be higher.

Walgreens has in-ad coupons for certain sales.  In order to get the sale price, you must remember to show the ad to the cashier.  I like to cut these coupons out of the ad and hand them in with my other coupons when checking out, so that I dont forget them.  These in-ad coupons can still be combined with manufacturer coupons, but make sure to get the order of your coupons right (see below).

The Register Rewards program is similar to CVS’s ECB program.  When you buy certain items, you will get Register Rewards (RR) back.  Details of the program include:

  1. Register Rewards deals are not tied to a loyalty card, so you can do as many as you want!
  2. Register Rewards (RR) can be used like cash basically – you can use them to buy anything (except alcohol, tobacco, prescriptions, lotto, and stamps).
  3. RR count as manufacturer coupons, and count towards your item-to-coupons ratio
    **Because of this, it is sometimes necessary to purchase “fillers”, or small, inexpensive items to even out your coupon-to-item ratio**
  4. You can only do one register rewards deal per promotion per transaction.  For example, if Edge shave gel is producing a $3 RR when you buy one can, you will only get one RR even if you buy more than one can per transaction.
  5. You can not use a RR from a specific promotion to buy more products from that same promotion.  So if the Edge shave gel gives you a $3 RR, you cant use that to buy more Edge & still get another RR to print.
  6. You can use RR from one promotion (Edge) to buy items from a completely unrelated promotion (ex: Ragu) and still receive RR.
  7. RR usually last for 2 weeks before they expire (in comparison, ECB usually last for 1 month).
  8. Unlike ECB, RR can not be adjusted down if your coupon value exceeds the item value.  You will need to purchase a filler to make up the difference.

And finally, there is also a monthly ad called the Easy Saver.  There are small booklets in the store near the weekly ads.  These booklets contain special Walgreens coupons that can be used all month long.  Often times the Easy Saver coupons can be combined with manufacturer coupons in order to get items for free, or even make money on them!

When shopping at Walgreens, it is important to remember the correct order in which to give the coupons.  I like to organize my coupons in the order that I want them scanned, and hand them to the cashier by type:

Manufacturer Coupons – Walgreens Coupons (including in-ad coupons) – Register Rewards

If coupons are scanned in this way, you can often benefit from “coupon overage” – the lovely thing that happens when the amount of your coupons actually exceeds the amount of the items that you are purchasing.  Overage needs to be applied to something else in your order though, so make sure you have other items or fillers to use it up.

August 28, 2009 at 4:11 pm 2 comments

Beech-Nut Baby Food Coupons!

If you have a little one who is eating baby food, check out these coupons. My local Save-A-Lot usually has the baby food pretty cheap, and they take coupons as well. Nothing like scoring free baby food!

$1 off any 3 Beech-Nut items

$1 off any 2 Beech-Nut cereals

Check out the Beech-Nut website for more coupons & deals (also has links to Similac deals).

August 28, 2009 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

Drugstore Deals 8-30 to 9-5


  • Glade Fragrance collection reed diffuser or soy candle $6.99, get $6.99 EB. Use the $2 printable here to make this a money maker.
  • Bounce dryer bar – $3.99, get $1 EB. There is a $1 coupon in the August P&G.
  • Buy 2 Gold Emblem cookies (CVS brand), get $2 EB. There are several CRTs (cash register coupons) for $1 off one box of cookies. Use 2 of these, and pay $1 for 2 boxes of cookies. Not bad!
  • Buy 2 Gold Emblem cookie dough bites or gummy sharks, get $1 EB. Use the CRT for $1/2 candies to get these for free!
  • Buy 2 canisters GE gum, get $3 EB. Ends up being $3 for 2 60-piece canisters of gum – not a bad deal if you go through gum like we do!
  • $2 EB when you buy 2 CVS disinfecting wipes. Use a 2/10 CVS purchase to make this even better.
  • Nivea or Eucerin – get $5 EB when you buy $15 worth. This week Nivea shaving cream will be $2 off, so you could end up getting 14 cans of shaving cream for $3.26 after extra bucks & coupons – or $.23/can. The coupons are found on Nivea displays in some stores, or check eBay.


Yay! Finally something to post for Walgreens 🙂 I was starting to feel sad about not visitng!

  • $5 RR when you buy Rembrandt toothpaste for $5 = FREE!
  • $1.99 RR when you buy Carefree Ultra Protection = FREE
  • $3.99 RR when you buy Men’s Zone 6 blade razor system for $3.99 = FREE
  • $2.99 RR when you buy Colgate 360 actiflex toothbrush = FREE!

A great scenario for these:

Purchase the Rembrandt Toothpaste & the Carefree, pay $7 + tax, get $7 RR.

Use the $7 RR to buy the Men’s zone & the Colgate brush, get $7 RR back.

Rinse & keep repeating!

  • Kelloggs cereal – BOGO.
  • **Saturday night only ** this might double dip with the current 2/$5 sale, and get a $2 RR back. If that is the case, then you will get 2 boxes of Kelloggs cereal for only $.50!

Thanks to AFC for these deals.

August 28, 2009 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

Clean & Clear Deal at CVS – check it out!

Now is a great time to stock up on Clean & Clear products. Right now at CVS, you will get back $5 EB when you buy $15 worth of products (limit 3 deals). Most facial cleansers are on sale for $4.99, and the acne control kits are on sale for $19.99. Go to the Clean & Clear website to print out coupons – $2 off of any product, or $5 off of the kit.

Here are some possible scenarios:

Scenario 1:
4 facial cleansers @ 4.99 each = 19.96
-4 coupons for $2 each = 11.96
-$4/20 beauty purchase = 7.96
Get $5 EB back, so its like paying $2.96 for 4 bottles of cleanser, or about $.75/bottle.

Scenario 2:
1 acne control kit – $19.99
– $5 coupon from Clean & Clear site
– $4/20 beauty purchase
Get $5 EB back, so its like paying $5.99 for this kit! I like these better than the ProActive or AcneFree kits – they dont seem to dry out my skin as much, and they last for 2 months on average.

August 26, 2009 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Grocery Deals 8-26 to 9-1

Price Chopper

  • Cantaloupe $.98 (limit 3)
  • Ground Round $1.68/lb
  • Fresh mozzarella balls 2/$5
  • Arm & Hammer laundry detergent $1.98
  • Tilapia fillets – $2.99/lb
  • Coke 12-packs – 4/$12. Get a free one when you buy 4, so its 5/$12 or $2.40 each

4 day sale 8-27 to 8-30

  • TenderBird frozen chicken breasts – $4.99 for a 3lb bag
  • Roberts Orange juice $.99.
  • Coke 2L – $1
  • Progresso soups – $1
  • Betty Crocker Suddenly Salads – $1
  • Tony’s pizzas – $1
  • Totino’s pizza rolls – $1
  • Aquastar 4oz fillets – $1
  • Dole Pinapple – $1


  • General Mills Cereals $1.58. Use the $.55 printable here for Cheerios, and the online coupon for $.25/any box of cereal (HyVee printable) to get these for $.78/box.
  • 85% ground beef – $1.68/lb
  • C&H sugar – $1.77 with in-ad coupon.
  • HyVee brats or Italian sausage – 10/$6
  • Hunts spaghetti sauce (large can) – $1
  • 1lb cooked & frozen shrimp $4.99
  • Coke 12-packs – 4/$12. Get a free one when you buy 4, so its 5/$12 or $2.40 each

Hen House

  • Fresh salmon fillets – $6.99/lb
  • Pepsi 12-packs – 4/$12. Get a free one when you buy 4, so its 5/$12 or $2.40 each
  • Suddenly Salads – 4/$5, Use the $.40 printable coupon here to get these for $.45 each.
  • Bell peppers – 3/$1

August 26, 2009 at 7:22 am Leave a comment

How can I help you?

I started this blog to help out a few friends by listing the local deals.  For those that read…how can I help you more?  What kinds of deals would you like to see more of?  Diaper deals, grocery deals, online deals, etc.  Leave me a comment & let me know 🙂

August 25, 2009 at 6:34 am Leave a comment

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New? Check out these posts to get started

How to get started with CVS ________________________________ How to get started with Walgreens ________________________________ How I use my printer to print money ________________________________ How to get coupons and keep them organized ________________________________ Stockpiling Basics

Coupon Terms

BOGO = Buy one, get one (usually buy one get one free).

EB = Extra Bucks. Use these like cash at CVS.

IP = Internet Printable coupon.

IVC = Instant Value Coupon. These are at Walgreens

MIR = Mail in Rebate

OOP = Out of Pocket

P&G = Proctor & Gamble. One of the Sunday
coupon inserts.

RP = Red Plum. One of the Sunday coupon inserts.

RR = Register Rewards. Use these like cash at Walgreens.

SS = Smart Source. One of the Sunday coupon inserts

WYB = when you buy

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