Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Prescriptions Are Like...Purses?

Prescriptions Are Like Purses
Prescription drugs are a lot like purses. Really…you could buy a Gucci purse for $800 or you could buy a cute purse at Target for $25. Do they both carry your wallet and cell phone? Since they do the same job it comes down to personal preference and how much you are willing to spend for that purse. Well the same thing is true with prescription drugs. There are brand name drugs and generic drugs. Most work the same, so the difference is price and personal preference. I’ve listed tips and suggestions to help you make the best and most cost-effective decision when it comes to your medications.

Most doctors are just concerned with your health and what the best medical solution is for you. Having a conversation with your doctor and asking questions can enable you to get the best treatment possible while still keeping your budget in mind.

1. Before you start a prescribed drug it could be worth it to ask are there any lifestyle changes I can try before starting a drug regimen? Why pay for drugs if a change in diet and exercise can rectify the problem.

2. Can I take a generic drug instead? Older drugs, which will usually be generic versions, are often as effective as newer ones for certain conditions but are usually a lot less expensive.

3. Try before you buy. Before you pay for an expensive name brand drug, it could be a good idea to ask your doctor if s/he has any samples you can try. But keep in mind that samples are available because they will always be the newest and most expensive brand-name drugs, and after the free samples run out, you are more likely to continue buying that brand. If you already have a prescription, it’s not too late to consult your pharmacist about filling it with a generic.

4. It may be worth asking your doctor if you can split higher-dosage pills in half. Some medications cost about the same, per pill, no matter what the dosage. However, not all medications can be split safely. For instance, drugs that have special coatings or are slow-release should never be cut in half: you could wind up with side effects or a dosage that's too high.

Once you’ve worked with your doctor to determine which prescription is best for you there are still ways to save money.

1. If you have insurance, your health plan might work with a company that provides cheaper mail order prescription drugs in bulk. Other mail order pharmacies cater to the uninsured; provided you meet the income eligibility, and you can get drugs at steep discounts. Mail order pharmacies save you trips to the pharmacy, and that's especially important for people who are homebound.

2. If you have a low income, there are hundreds of different programs available that might get you cheap or free medications. One group that provides information about these programs is NeedyMeds at

3. Shop around. A grocery store may fill 10 prescriptions a day while a warehouse pharmacy fills 1000, yet the overhead costs of staff and keeping shelves stocked are comparable. As a result, Sam’s and Costco prices could be lower and you don’t need to be a member to use the pharmacy.

4. Manufacturers regularly offer printable coupons for dollar-off discounts, free trials, and co-payment reductions on many brand-name medications. There are also money-back mail-in rebates and savings. Make sure you present prescription coupons to the pharmacist BEFORE you fill your prescription. Check out this link for current offers:

5. A Healthcare Flexible Spending Account, or FSA, is a reimbursement account available through many employers. It allows you to set aside money from your paycheck for health care costs each year before taxes are taken out. The money is then used to reimburse healthcare expenses not paid for by your health insurance plan during that calendar year. Healthcare FSA funds can be used for prescription co-payments and many over-the-counter (OTC) medications and products.

6. You can get free gift cards if you use pharmacy coupons to transfer your prescriptions from drugstore to drugstore.* Centsable Momma does a great job of updating all the current prescription coupons.

* Keeping all your prescriptions at one pharmacy allows the Pharmacist to alert you if you are taking drugs that may interact with each other. If your prescriptions are in different locations please be extra careful to let your doctors know what drugs you are taking and to check on interactions.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Shopping Trip; Sloppy Joe, Gaucamole, Raspberry Muffins

Homemade whole grain raspberry muffins. I used plain almond milk in replacement of the cow's milk and milled flax seed mixed with water in replacement of the egg. They smell divine and taste heavenly!

Homemade sloppy joe. I've been craving beef. Ever since I made these for the first time, I've never bought canned mix again. The only change I made was to add a dash of worcestershire sauce.

Homemade guacamole. A must-do with summer-fresh tomatoes and avocados.

I couldn't help myself, and bought these when I saw they were discounted for $5. My sunflowers aren't blooming yet, but getting there. Don't they look great next to the new cranberry walls?

Part of my Kroger trip today: The Pampers wipes were from a checkout coupon and were $0.59, the mustard was $0.49, the Poise pads were free from a checkout coupon, the almond milks were $1.25 with coupon, and organic lettuce $0.99 on discount. Try a Smart Balance fat free milk this week, and get it free with rebate using the form in this weekend's ads. The hand is from my little helper :).

Other half of Kroger trip: the Crackerfulls were free from Kraft First Taste and bread was buy one get one free. I got a soup bone to make veggie soup with.

Total before sales: $92.09. Total after sales, coupons, and rebate: $63.75. Savings of about 30%.

My Walgreens trip
Total before trip: $41.03. Total after sale and coupons: $19.29
Register Rewards earned: $10 Total out of pocket: $9.29
I also got a checkout coupon for a free Shape Workout DVD.

CVS trip

Total before deals: $39.56
Total after sale, coupons, and Extra Care Bucks: $25.06
Extra Care Bucks received: $10
Mail-in rebate: $10
Total out of pocket: $5.06

Friday, June 25, 2010

Frugal Fridays

Join me at The Motivation Station for Frugal Fridays With Jen. This week we explore how to get freebies.


Hey everyone- I just wanted to introduce my friend Diane, who will be blogging with me. When it comes to frugality, she is the Yoda Master and I am but a young Obi Wan Kenobi.



Have you come across saving money blog posts that look like some sort of cryptic code took over? Well never fear, your frugal code breaker is here! Let’s uncover the secret agent in you as we work to figure out the frugal code. If you stick with me, deciphering the code may lead to big money savings!

Coupon Inserts (These are generally found in your Sunday paper):
P&G: Procter & Gamble Sunday insert

RP: Red Plum

SS: SmartSource

V: Valassis

Coupon lingo:
$1/1, $1/2:
One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.

2/$1, 3/$2: Two items for one dollar, three items for two dollars, etc.

B1G1: Buy one item get one item free

B2G1: Buy two items get one item free

Blinkies: Grocery/drugstore coupon dispensers with blinking lights

BOGO: Buy one item get one free

Cat: Catalina coupon, prints from a separate machine when your receipt prints

CRT: Cash register tape, usually used when referring to CVS coupons that print with receipt

DND: Do not double

ECBs: ExtraCare Bucks, CVS loyalty rewards system

FAR: Free after rebateIPQ: Internet printable coupon

IVC: Instant Value Coupon, Walgreens' store coupons found in ads and ESR booklet

MFR: Manufacturer

MIR: Mail-in rebate

OYNO: On your next order

OOP: Out of pocket

Peelie: Peel-off coupon found on product packaging

PSA: Prices starting at

RRs: Register Rewards, Walgreens' Catalina coupons

SCR: Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid monthly rebates program

UPC: Universal product code or bar code

WYB: When you buy

YMMV: Your mileage (or manager) may vary, meaning some stores might give you a deal but others might not

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday Deal Roundup

Tonight's Walgreens shopping trip: Pampers diapers, 2 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners, and a Kit-Kat. Total prior to deals: about $16. Total after register rewards, coupon for $0.75 off Lysol product, and buy one get one free toilet bowl cleaner sale: $1.10. I got $1 in RRs back for buying a Lysol product, so total is actually $0.10 for everything!

Said the cashier: "Wow, you are a good shopper!"

Yes, the Pampers are for us. Mr S will be playing in a tournament, and my energy levels are very, very low- so disposables for us this week.

The bags at the bottom are the three Envirosax I got for $5.99 on a b trendy deal. Also, two flavored mayo samples from Kraft.

What do you make when you have lots of free pasta, 12 jars of $0.29 a jar spaghetti sauce, and 6 packages of cheap pepperoni?

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta of course! This was quick to make and tasted good. I added olives, a green pepper, and some red onion. I sprinkled the top with Italian seasoning as well.

Today's deals:

$2.50 off 1 pack of Luvs coupon

LOTS of Freebies, including Cascade Actionpacks, Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo (just got mine in the mail!), Goodnights underwear, ob tampons, and subscriptions to OK magazine and Cosmopolitan online.

FREE DiGiorno Deep Dish Pizza. I just tried this, since I am a member of Kraft First Taste, and get many coupons for free grocery items. This was pretty tasty.

FREE Bruegger's Bagel.

Fridays for kids at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

A boatload of Huggies coupons.

Jumbo Huggies diapers and wipes at Target for $9.48.

$7 off at Cedar Point.

Pedipeds for $18. These usually retail for at least twice this amount.

Health magazine for $5.

Kraft Salad dressing and Sandwich Shop Mayo for $0.50 at Walmart.

Freebies for CVS members.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Weekly Match-ups

Weekly Match-ups:







Mail-in rebates, including for Schick razors, Star wars toys, Aveeno, and more!

Free call from a Disney character

Free address labels from Vistaprint. Just pay shipping.

Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner for as low as $0.25 at Walgreens

Free "Mommy business cards" from Kodak

Low-priced Pampers on

Bull's-Eye BBQ sauce for $0.25 and Aveeno lotion for $0.68 at Target

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Weekend Shopping Trips

Felt food- the first batch of a few recent orders from Etsy. No fears of lead-filled fake food from China.

Kroger shopping trip. Total before deals: $71.38. Total after deals: $40.37. Savings: 43%

My total would have been $2 less,and I was so bummed that I didn't get to the store until last night at 10PM. My Ronzoni pasta coupons had expired (otherwise would have gotten them for free), and the Reach toothbrushes I could have gotten for free (and earned $4 for my small effort) were sold out.

The Bob Evans Sweet Potatoes I won for free on Kroger's website, and the Kool-Aid Fizz, Oscar Meyer deli meat, Digiorno Pizza, and Kraft 100 Calorie Cheese packs were all freebies from Kraft First Taste. The Kool-Aid will go to another family. The Dial liquid soap was $0.30, the Rotel cans and Easy Mac were $0.67, some almond milk was $0.99, and two larger cartons were $1.25.

My CVS run. Huggies diapers and two razors for $1.68. The diapers and razors go to the shelter. The Eucerin lotion was a free sample.

More mail freebies. A Go-Trax DVD for my train-obsessed toddler and Working Mother Magazine from my MIL (apparently my SIL was given a free subscription, but she doesn't need it.)

Our busy week prepping our kitchen and dining room for the painter meant fewer trips to the store. Our dining room.

And the kitchen. It went from Smurf Blue to Cranberry.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday Deal Roundup

Sorry for the lack of match-ups this week- we have painting going on in this house, and the prep work has kept us up until midnight the past few nights.

I did get a chance to hit CVS and Walgreens yesterday and got some good deals:

Walgreens: FREE Nivea Active Body Wash, three FREE Neutragena Sun Care items (used RR, they were on sale, and got $10 RR back when I bought 3, HOWEVER this scenario is great if you don't have RRs that you need to use up), FREE Cascade dishwasher powder (used RR and there was a $2 peelie on the box), FREE Gillette Proglide and FREE Schick Hydro3 Razors. Total out of pocket: $13.00 (for other things).

CVS: Huggies diapers for $1.60 (used ECB, coupon, and they were on sale)and FREE Schick Hydro Razor.

Even better, I can get $10.00 back for the Schick Razors I got for free with this mail-in rebate.

Here are some links for more great match-ups this week:








FREE Ronzoni Smart taste at Kroger this week

HUGE list of free samples!

FREE sample of Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce

At Kroger, Lean Cuisine for $0.55 and Almond Breeze for $0.34.

Two Olay Body Wash and 2 Ivory Body Washes for $1.98 at Kroger, with catalina.

$1 off Philly Cream Cheese coupons. Hopefully this can mean free cream cheese in our future!

FREE Father's Day craft book.

Burt's Bees Grab bag for $25.

FREE Gillette Body Wash, Old Spice Body Wash, and Vlasic relish at Kroger.

FREE Nivea Q10 Shave Gel and Eggo Waffles for $0.75 at Target.

FREE Heluva Dip at Meijer.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Kroger/Meijer Shopping Trip and Friday Roundup

Yesterday's Kroger shopping trip:
Original total: $46.78
After deals: $22.40
Savings: 52%
Best deals: Silk almond milk for $1.25 each, Pampers Wipes for FREE (I combined a checkout coupon with this Sunday's $2 off coupon), Green Giant Steamers for $0.67 each, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls for $0.83 each, 2 Gillette Body Washes for FREE, Kroger tortilla chips for $1.

Meijer trip:
Original total: $61.31
After Deals: $21.92
Savings: About 65%

Best deals: Country Crock for $0.20, 3 Betty Crocker Warm Delights for FREE, Aunt Millie's hot dog buns and wheat bread for $0.29 each, Hormel Pepperoni for $1 each, Sunny Delite for $0.50 each, Totino's Pizza Rolls for $0.67 each, Bull's Eye Kansas City BBQ Sauce for FREE ( a Kraft Sampler Pack freebie), KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce for $0.25, 6 Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes for $0.50 each, Taco Bell Refried Beans for $0.50 each, Red Gold Tomatoes with chilies for $0.67 each, Daisy Sour Cream for $0.50 each, Kashi TLC bars on clearance for $1.79 each.

And for today's roundup, a bit brief as we are all home sick today:

FREE subscription to Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine.

FREE dog treats from Science Diet.

FREE samples from Kotex.

$50 store credit from Sears when you buy $50 of men's clothing. Be sure to read the comments section.

FREE Reach toothbrushes at Walgreens.

Next week: GREAT deal on Huggies at CVS. Get a $19.99 pack of diapers for $3.99!

10 FREE Rental codes for Blockbuster.

20% off at The Children's Place.

If you have created an account at and linked your shopper card to it, you can play this instant win spin game every day for the next three months for a chance to win freebies. Today, I won a FREE Bob Evans Side Dish! It was loaded instantly to my shopper card.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday Deal Roundup

Buy one get one Snapple.

FREE Proportions meal kit for dogs.

FREE photo card from Walgreens.

Surf and All laundry detergents for $0.99 at Kroger.

$7 off at the Macaroni Grill.

FREE Redbox rental.

Kashi Cereal for $0.50 each at Walgreens this week.

Goldfish crackers coupon.

EOS Shaving Gel sample.

FREE sample All Oxi-active detergent.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wednesday Deal Roundup

$4 movie tickets in certain cities.

$10 off $10 at JC Penney.

Lots of FREEbies at Target this week.

FREE Fresh Express salad mix. (This code worked for me.)

Buy one get one free El Monteray product.

Lysol Wipes for $0.78 and FREE Pampers wipes at Walmart this week.

Reach Toothbrush catalina at Kroger. Pair with the recent coupon for a great deal!

$4 off $15 Meijer Naturals.

Tickets to the Cincinnati Butterfly Show at Krohn's for $1.75 each!

70% off Melissa and Doug products. I got the gardening set.

FREE tall Starbucks coffee.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tuesday Deal Roundup

$0.50/off 2 Campbell's Condensed Soup Coupons.

$10 off $10 JC Penney Online.

FREE World's Best Cat Litter.

Taste of Home subscription for $3.65.

FREE Limeaid at Taco Bell.

FREE sample Bounty Paper Towels.

FREE photo mug and 50 prints at Snapfish.

Quizno's Sub Combo for $2.99.

FREE Bounce Bar, FREE Rolaids, FREE Pampers Wipes, Wishbone Spritzers for $0.08, Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Cleaner and Refill $0.69 for both at Target.

$56 in coupons from Eat Better America.

$25 gift card with each transferred prescription at Kmart.

Scan your CVS card for $2 free ECB!

Three Envirosax from b trendy for $5.99. I use my Envirosax daily and get lots of compliments on them.

Bassinet for $38 shipped from (The reviews don't look so hot though, just a warning.)

FREE sample of Organo Gold Coffee.

FREE K C Masterpiece BBQ Sauce at Walmart this week.

$10 credit at Walgreens online.

Fitness magazine subscription for $2.99.

FREE Skinny Cow at CVS.

$10 credit at Beyond The Rack may mean FREE or very cheap wooden toys.

FREE sample Salonpas pain relieving patch.

FREE sample Aveeno Nourish Hair care.

FREE sample Secret Clinical Strength.

Silk Almond Milk Giveaway at Centsible Savings.

FREE rentals at Blockbuster Movie Express.

FREE Lubriderm and Clean and Clear products at Rite Aid.

Three pounds of Fair Trade Grounds For Change Coffee for $17 today only.

$2 off Aveeno Sun Care coupon. 80% off. Get a $25 certificate for $2.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Weekly Match-ups

Stretching a Buck shows possible FREE Olay Total Effects Body Wash.
Cincinnati Cents shows Quaker Oatmeal for $1, Air Wick Starter Kits for $1.99, Hello Kitty Band-aids for $0.64.
Nickels N Dimes shows Huggies $20 box for $10.49 each, Vitamin Water $0.50 each.
Mommy Snacks shows Pampers Wipes for $0.39, Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion for $0.99.

Cincinnati Cents shows Oscar Meyer Bologna for $0.89, Yoplait Yogurt for $0.33, Daisy Sour Cream for $0.79, Lean Cuisine for $1.38, Green Giant Fresh Steamers for $0.67, Ken's Salad dressing for $0.67.
Nickels N Dimes shows Ball Park or John Morrell franks for $0.75 each, Jello $0.50, Philadelphia Cream Cheese $0.75 each, Silk Almond Milk $1.25.
Deal Seeking Mom shows Old Spice Bodywash and Deodorant for FREE, Gillette Body Wash for FREE.

Nickels N Dimes shows Daisy Sour Cream for $0.50, KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce for FREE, Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing for $1, Green Giant Frozen Veggies for FREE, Betty Crocker Potatoes for $0.50, Hormel Pepperoni for FREE, Shedd's Country Crock margarine for FREE, Red Gold Tomatoes for FREE, Betty Crocker Warm Delights and Cookie Mix for FREE.
Cincinnati Cents shows Aunt Millie's bread or buns for $0.29 each, Knorr Pasta or Rice sides for $0.05 each, Post Cereal $1 each, Snyder's Tortilla Chips or Pretzels for $0.67 each, Log Cabin Syrup $1, Totino's Pizza Rolls $0.50, Hamburger or Tuna Helper $0.67 each, Sunny Delite $0.50, Old El Paso Refried Beans $0.50.
Mommy Snacks shows Blue Grass meats for $1.50, Hillshire Smoked Sausage for $1.17, Lysol Cleaners for FREE.

Cincinnati Cents shows Tampax Pearl for $0.97, two FREE Rolaids bottles or soft chews, John Frieda hair care products for $0.50, Coppertone Suncare $4.49, Gillette Fusion razor $0.97.
Deal Seeking Mom shows Alice in Wonderland DVD for $11.99, four Glade Plugins Scented Oil refills for FREE, two Rolaids for FREE, 6 Dove Deodorants for $0.16 each ( does NOT include Dove Ultimate), two Old Spice Deodorants for $0.99 each, Gillette venus Cartridge for $7.99, Metamucil for $5.99, 2 Kellogg's cereals and one Nutrigrain bar for $1 each, 4 Old Spice Body Washes for $1.25 each.

Cincinnati Cents shows Gillette Fusion razor for $0.89, John Frieda Hair Care Products for $0.33 each, Bic Disposable razors for $0.49, Pampers Wipes for $0.49, and Bayer Aspirin for FREE.
Frugal Coupon Living shows Rimmel Cosmetics (some) for FREE, Aveeno Products $0.99 each plus FREE travel kit, 3 Gillette deodorants and 3 Gillette Bodywashes for $0.58 each, Kellogg's Cereal $1 each.
Deal Seeking Mom shows FREE Dawn Hand Renewal, FREE Bayer Aspirin, Gillette Fusion Razor for $0.89, Make Money buying 4 Old Spice Bodywashes and 4 Old Spice deodorants (I did this !), Kellogg's Cereal for $0.75 each,
Stretching A Buck shows Honest Tea for $0.50.

Rite Aid
Deal Seeking Mom shows Blink tears for FREE, Old Spice Bodywash and Deodorant for FREE, Listerine and reach Toothbrushes for FREE, $50 of Olay products for FREE, Post Ceareal for FREE, carefree pantyliners for FREE, One Aveeno Ageless Vitality and 2 Aveeno Lotions for $0.12 each!

Cincinnati Cents shows Sargento Low-Sodium Cheese for $0.49, Yoplait Frozen Smoothies for $0.74, Yoplait Greek Yogurt for FREE, Yoplait Delights parfait for $0.99.

Jungle Jim's
Nickels N Dimes shows Bar S Franks for $0.50, Dannon Activia for $0.67, Freschetta Pizza $0.47 for THREE!

Deal Seeking Mom shows FREE Pampers baby Wipes,
Mommy Snacks shows Pampers Wipes for FREE, Muir Glen Tomato Paste for FREE, Taco Bell Seasonings for FREE, Old El Paso taco Shells for $0.70, Lawry's Marinades for $0.96.

Menu Plan Monday

A lot of hunting and pecking this week, as we clean out the fridge and get through a busy week.

Monday: hunt and peck

Tuesday: Deviled Eggs a la Alton Brown

Wednesday: hunt and peck

Thursday: hunt and peck

Friday: Pasta with Bacon and Asparagus from last month's Light and Tasty magazine

Saturday: dinner at local Indian Restaurant with coupon

Sunday: hunt and peck for one

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday Drugstore Shopping Trip

Walgreens shopping trip: Total out of pocket, after Register Rewards and tax, $8.00ish. I have $19 in Register Rewards left now. The Bayer Aspirin and all the Old Spice Products were tax-only, the Pampers Wipes and Bic Soleil Razors were $0.50 each, the Gillette Razors were $0.89 each after Register Rewards and coupon, and two nail tools were $1 each. I have another Pampers Wipes coupon, and will try to get a tub for FREE at Walmart this week.

My CVS shopping trip. My original total was $97. I paid $33 out of pocket and got $15 ECBs back, for a total out of pocket of $18. I totally screwed up the Dove deodorant deal- apparently the Dove Ultimate is not part of the Extra Care Bucks, otherwise my out of pocket would have been $5 less. The Rolaids (2 packs), Glade Scented Oil Refills (4 packs), Metamucil (old ECB plus coupon plus new ECB) and Dawn were all free. The Tampax Pearls were $0.97 each. The Gillette Body washes ended up being $1 each after coupon and ECBs. I bought two newspapers today but am totally tempted to go back and buy 2 more just for that P & G brand saver insert. Most of my freebies this week are from that.

*updated. Just found out I can get a $5 rebate for the SC Johnson products, making my CVS out of pocket $15.

I now have two overflowing boxes for the homeless shelter and will have to schlep it all SOON- as soon as those $1.68 jumbo pack of Pampers arrive.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Saturday Deal Roundup

Today's Walmart find. I went to one store yesterday plus Target looking for the Noxema Bikini Shavers, and finally settled for these bonus packsat Walmart #2 today. I used five coupons to get them for $0.97 each, and was happy they all had 2 extra razors each.

This looks pretty revolting, eh? It's the marinade for our Rosemary Mustard Grilled Chicken. I ran out of rosemary, so I used Mrs Dash instead, and we don't have a grill, so I cooked it on the stovetop.

And hey, it turned out to be delicious!

Today's deals are few, but it's Saturday. Tomorrow I should have the first of the weekly match-ups.

Subscription to Woman's Day Magazine for FREE.

Better Homes and Gardens subscription for $2.99.

FREE subscription to American Baby and FREE Pampers sample.

Print this coupon for Reach Toothbrushes to get them FREE at Walgreens or Dollar General this week.

FREE Chavrie Goat Cheese.

FREE Skinny Wrap Address labels. Well, pay $3.95 for shipping.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday Deal Roundup

Above bottom: Toothpaste freebie, plus clearance reusable produce bags and bamboo utensils to take to day care.

Above top: The best deals from my Meijer trip. Taco Bell seasoning for $0.18 each (tried to find it at Walmart for less but wasn't there), Jimmy Dean Sausage for $1.14 each, and Chex Mix for $0.25 each.

I ended up hitting CVS tonight and finding some Size 6 CVS brand diapers on clearance 75% off. I got a jumbo pack for $3.68, CVS booty ointment for $1.29, and a Johnson's Bath Wash for $1.99. Those will go to the shelter. Walmart and Target had nothing I needed. I was so bummed Walmart didn't have the Noxema Women's Shavers I could have gotten for free, so I might try a different store tomorrow.

Buy 2 get one FREE Redbox rentals.

Today only- Shape magazine for $3.60.

Combine this Febreze rebate with a Register Rewards deal at Walgreens next week.

Great Dove coupons are available.

FREE Bible.

Three FREE meals at IHOP. To be honest, the one time we ate there, it was awful. I'll pass.

FREE Zantac 150 sample.

Stonyfield Farm coupons.

$1.68 for a jumbo pack of Pampers. I did this deal today, and the code that worked for me was actually in the comments section- FIRST10.

Two FREE Blockbuster Express DVD rentals.

Cheez-It coupons.

Office Depot has some software that are FREE after rebate.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thursday Deal Roundup

Today's shopping trip to Walgreens #3: 1 small Citrucel, one 18-ct Always pads, two 45-ct Ecotrin aspirins. Walgreens counts a Register Rewards as a coupon, and only allows one coupon per item, so I used a $10 RR, a $2 off Ecotrin coupon, a $2 off Citrucel coupon, and the FREE Always coupon. I paid $3.88 out of pocket, and got a $2 RR back for the Ecotrin. ( I now have enough free aspirin to last me an entire pregnancy, should it ever happen). Total out of pocket: $1.88.

Target trip: I used a coupon clipping service on Ebay to score 10 $1 off Tazo Tea coupons. I lucked out when I spied these teas (usually $3.49 each) for $1.64 on clearance. I got 4 teas for $0.64 each. I got 4 Green Giant frozen veggies for $0.75 each, two 4-packs of GE Reveal light bulbs for $0.50 total, and two Eggo waffles for $1.14 each. They were out of the $1.74 Eggos, so I opted for these instead, as they still were cheaper than the Walmart generic brand.

I still have my Target and manufacturer's Armor All coupons that should let someone score two free Armor All products at Target. I am giving them away- first come first serve. I did see some peelies on a few of the Armor All products that offered a rebate if you purchased the Tire Care product as well, so there is the potential for three FREE products. Drop me an email if you want them!

FREE Bruegger's Bagel and Cream Cheese.

FREE pedometer, Yogi Tea, scoop of ice cream at Friendly's and more.

FREE donuts tomorrow and Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts!

50 FREE prints plus 25% off at CVS photo.

$1 off 1 Lean Cuisine coupon. Pair with a sale for a very low-cost meal!

$2 off $10 Meijer Gold purchase coupon.

LOTS of coupons for organic items!

Prints for $0.10 each when you order at least 50 at Walgreens.

$2 off 1
Welch's juice coupon.

sample Starbucks ready brew.

$10 off $10 or more purchase at Medco online.

FREE digital subscription to OK magazine.

$2 tanks
at Old Navy next Saturday.

Magnet and 50 FREE prints for new Kodak Gallery members.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wednesday Deal Roundup

Pictured to the right, today's Walgreens purchases. I ended up going to two stores, and both were sold out of the free Walgreens vitamins. I ended up with Kotex tampons, pads (the coupon was expired, so I got them for $0.99 instead of free), two Luster 7 Whitening toothpastes, 2 45-ct Ecotrin aspirins, two Reach toothbrushes, and 4 Neutrogina soaps (I bought one more than the deal requires under the mistaken impression I needed to spend at least $10). I haven't been to Walgreens in months, so I had to pay up front out of pocket for these Register Rewards items. I spent $29.85 out of pocket and got $29 in Register Rewards back, PLUS I got a checkout coupon for a FREE 18-ct Always pads.

Essentially- I came out ahead!

$1 off 2 Earthbound Farms product.

$10 off $10 plus 3% cash back at JC Penney.

FREE Armor All Glass Cleaner or Tire Foam for $0.29 each at Target.

Win a jar of Pace Salsa.

Three Neutrogena Skincare bars for FREE at Walgreens. I just got this one tonight!

National Geographic subscription for $10.

FREE GE Reveal light bulbs at Target.

Shout Stain Remover for $0.22 or Shout Wipes for FREE at Target and travel size Ziploc bags for $0.25 each. I don't use either of these products- we rarely use stain remover and we prefer environmentally friendly reusable bags and containers- but if you want this coupons, drop me an email!

Possible FREE Frosty Jr. at Wendy's.

Scrubbing Bubbles for $0.69 at Target.

Taco Bell Seasoning for FREE, Raid Ant Traps for FREE (or use cinnamon at your doors and fill ant hills with Borax as we do), and Silk Almond Milk for $1.50 at Walmart.

At Rite Aid next week, FREE Blink eye drops, Gillette Fusion Proglide for $0.99, and FREE Reach toothbrushes.

FREE sample
all natural dog cookies.

Everyday Food Magazine subscription for $4.50.

FREE sample
Cottonelle Ultra toilet paper and Fresh Wipes.

FREE sample of Purina cat or dog food.

LOTS of baby items of clearance at CVS, including diapers, Johnson's bath Buddies and Baby Powder and more. Check this link for coupon links and complete list.

John Frieda Hair care for $0.83.

FREE photo book from Shutterfly when you "like"them on Facebook.

$33 of Coppertone products for $6.03 at Rite Aid this week.

Buy one burger, get one free at Champps.

Are you a member of Kraft First Taste? I am, and I just got this offer when I logged in today: ONE (1) FREE package each of KOOL-AID Fun Fizz Drink Drops (up to $2.49), OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Shaved Meats (up to $4.50), RITZ CRACKERFULS Filled Crackers (up to $3.49), KRAFT 100 CALORIE PACKS CHEESE BITES (up to $3.29), KRAFT HOMESTYLE DELUXE Macaroni & Cheese Dinner (up to $3.99), and DIGIORNO® Deep Dish Pizza (up to $3.30). Awesome!

CVS brand diapers for $0.37 this week! I wasn't planning on hitting my CVS this week, but maybe I will swing by and try to get some cheap diapers and baby items for the shelter!

Is this supposed to be difficult? ALL YOU magazine is running a contest that challenges you to spend only $25 per person in your household for groceries every week. You can win a chance for $1000. Hmmm...maybe I should enter- we already do this!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tuesday Deal Roundup

Totino's Party Pizza for $0.85 each wyb 3, Oscar Meyer Hotdogs $0.67 each wyb 2 at Meijer.

Cellfire Ecocoupons that can be loaded to your Kroger card here.

Post cereal for $1.29 and FREE Edward's Pie Slices at Jungle Jim's. Peaches are also $0.79/lb. I might grab 5-6 lbs and stock my freezer with this recipe for pie filling.

Tony's Pizza and SoBe Water each for $0.50 at Remke this week.

$2 off coupon for STP products (some may end up FREE). I was able to print two.

OxiClean Power Paks for $0.99 at Walgreens.

Chex Mix for $0.25 at Meijer.

$1 off Jimmy Dean coupon on Facebook.

Buy $25 in Clinique products and get $75 in bonus products. They usually come in a nice bag- I used to score my aunt's Clinique bonus bag every year back in high school...

50 oz Tide for $3.97, Red Baron Pizza $1.38, and Fancy Feast for $0.26 at Walmart.

Play a fun game to win Kraft Mac n Cheese Coupons.

FREE subscription to Maxim. Not my cup of tea, but passing it on.

FREE Nivea for Women Body Wash at Walgreens.

Another FREE Gillette Proglide Razor.