Friday, April 30, 2010

All this AND I made $1.12!

Lots of deals out there! I've been running around chasing them all week!

I went to a different CVS to try to find that darn 2 oz. sunblock. They had one left on the shelf, so I grabbed that one plus a new green bag tag. I had a $3EB to use so I needed a filler to get to 3.00 and I have no idea where my green bag tag is. Truthfully, I am 100% sure it is swimming around on the bottom of my purse somewhere, but I haven't cared enough to really search for it. Why not just buy a new one with EBs and put 2 green bag tags to work? Anyway, I paid 44 cents on a CVS giftcard ... and I am on the hunt for one more 2 oz. bottle of sunblock.

I remembered today that I had a free reusable shopping bag waiting to be redeemed on each of my Fry's cards. Did you guys all design a reusable bag on Fry's website? If you didn't, make sure you do it by May 21st! Just for designing a bag (which took me less than a minute), Fry's will load a credit for a free reusable bag! If you are one of the top 10 bag designs chosen by voters, you'll win great prizes up to a $1000 Fry's gift card! Click here to get started on your design, so you can earn a free bag too! Yay for freebies! I also found 7 La Voz newspapers this morning, so I had 7 more .55/1 Mentos MQs to burn through.

Card #1 - Fry's
.50 Fry's reusable shopping bag
-Free Reusable bag credit (took off .50)

1.00 Mentos gum (7)
-.55/1 Mentos MQ 2/21 SS or 4/25 SS

-.05 reusable bag credit (my cashier put that bag to use immediately!)
.09 tax
.04 paid on Fry's giftcard

Card #2 - Kroger
.50 Fry's reusable shopping bag
-Free Reusable bag credit (took off .50)

Within those 7 La Voz newspapers, I also found more Marcal MQs! Yay for more free TP & paper towels! Except the free TP thing didn't quite work out, the cashier gave me the evil eye as soon as she saw me loading up the conveyer belt with Marcal and Mission products. She called the assistant manager over and there was a lot of whispering and pointing going on. The cashier wanted to limit me to 3 like coupons (I wanted to use my coupons in multiples of 7), but the assistant manager reminded her the limit of 3 like coupons only applied to doubling, which I did none of today. The cashier was a little peeved and handed the transaction over to the assistant manager to complete. Fine by me, I have nothing to hide. The assistant manager was super helpful, but wouldn't adjust my 2.00/1 Marcal MQs to the 1.13 toilet paper price. She said they wouldn't change the coupon's value even though my cashier at the same store did last night. Oh well, no biggie. I had her take those off my order. Note - Those 2.00/1 MQs are beepers on the TP so be prepared to ask the cashier to adjust the value down. It's really in the best interest of the store to do this - they'll make an .87 profit!

.39 Kraft Mac & Cheese Explosion (6) - with in-ad Q
-.55/2 Kraft tearpad MQ (3)
.11 overage each

1.00 Marcal paper towels (7)
-1.00/1 MQ 4/25 SS (7)

.99 Mission tortilla chips (8)
-1.50/2 any Mission product tearpad MQ (4)
.24 each

1.26 subtotal + .65 tax = 1.91 OOP

.39 Kraft Mac & Cheese Explosion (6) - with in-ad Q
-.55/2 Kraft tearpad MQ (3)
.11 overage each

.99 Mission tortillas (6)
-1.50/2 any Mission product tearpad MQ (3)
.24 each

.78 subtotal + 0 tax = .78 OOP

1.99 Windex (4) wyb 3+
7.96 subtotal
-1.00/1 Windex MQ (4) 3/21 SS or 4/11 SS
3.96 new subtotal
THEN... have cashier scan in-ad Windex Q, takes off 4.53
Pay -.57 + tax AND receive 2 $2 OYNOs!
4.57 profit!

I did this twice adding in a Reese's PB cup so I wasn't negative. Make sure you only do 4 per transaction.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Albie's, Fry's, & CVS = 3.12 cost!

Sorry for the crappy picture... it looked better on my camera. Now that I have it on the computer, I can see the awful glare and how distant everything is. Sorry, I am not pulling everything back out to take a better picture!
1.00 Marcal paper towels (3)
-1.00/1 MQ 4/25 SS (3)

1.13 Marcal toilet paper (3)
-2.00/1 MQ 4/25 SS (3) - adjusted to 1.13

1.00 Nestle Flipz (13)
-.50/1 MQ 3/28 SS (13)

1.00 Tabasco sauce (5)
-.50/1 4/25 SS MQ (3) all doubled
-.50/1 IPQ (2) - print here - all doubled

.39 Kraft Explosion Macaroni & Cheese (6) with in-ad Q
-.55/2 Kraft tearpad MQ (3)
.11 overage each

1.00 cantaloupe
1.24 bananas (.49/lb.)

1.54 subtotal + .42 tax = 1.96 paid OOP

I wasn't sure if the $2.00 Marcal Qs would give me overage on the 1.13 packs, so I added the bananas & cantaloupe just in case. The 2.00 Qs beeped and they were adjusted down, so no overage there, but that's ok. This was a great Albie's run and I will definitely be heading back for more money making Kraft Mac & Cheese!

1.00 Smart Taste Ronzoni (2)
-.20/1 Smart Taste Ronzoni tearpad MQs (2) Thanks Eve!

7.99 DiGiorno Pizza & Breadsticks (5)
-Free DiGiorno Pizza & Breadsticks (up to $8) MQ (5) from House Party - click here

0 subtotal + 1.16 tax = 1.16 total paid on giftcard

I had a ton of DiGiorno House Party MQs expiring 4/30, so I wanted to use those up. We had a Suns playoff pizza party with some friends so the free DiGiorno was perfect!

I was able to print two more of these 1.00/1 Fig Newton IPQs, so I grabbed two more free boxes. No tax, so no OOP!

Quick note - I aways make a point of chatting it up with the store managers at my usual stores. In regards to store managers, I have found you'll attract more bees with honey. :) Today, as I ran in to grab my free Fig Newtons at CVS, the manager pulled me aside. Just as I was thinking, "Oh great. What now?", he handed me a 2010 Entertainment Book. He said the store had purchased it and used a couple of the coupons, but didn't need it anymore. He said he wanted their best shopper to have it because he knew I would put it to good use. How awesome is that? The best part is - there are 4 5.00/50.00 Safeway coupons in it! That totally made my day!

I've been avoiding Wags all week, because it hurts my head to think about all the Register Rewards and I HATE paying tax on the pre-coupon total! Unless there are major moneymakers, for me, it isn't worth all the trouble. I really want to stock upon Skintimate shave gel & Kotex U tampons (both free and/or profitable after coupons & RR), but I really don't want to jump back on the Wags RR carousel! We'll see what's left on the Wags' shelves tomorrow... I always get sucked back in!

Mail Call Monday ... on a Thursday!

I had such a great mail day yesterday, I HAD to tell you about it!

1. Another free Cosmo magazine from my free yearly subscription - love this magazine!

2. A free sample of Pretzel M&M's from Facebook promotion last week. Husband and I ate these while we watched Siobhan get kicked off American Idol. The M&M's were yummy ... and as long as Lee and Casey are still on American Idol, I am happy! Sorry Siobhan, I'll miss your screaming notes and crazy outfits. :)

3. A sheet of Scott products MQs redeemable at Family Dollar.

4. My Food City & Sprouts ads which included... A FREE RED PLUM INSERT!!! I love getting free coupons in the mail! Yesterday, I got a P&G insert, today a Red Plum insert. Maybe tomorrow, the postman will just put cash in my mailbox.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lots of deals at Fry's!

Tons of great deals at Fry's today, plus I found 2 full tearpads of the .55/2 Kraft Macaroni & Cheese tearpad MQs referenced in My Favorite Weekly Deals post here! If you can find these, you'll make 22 cents off every 2 boxes of Kraft Mac n Cheese Explosion at Albie's this week!
1.00 Mentos gum (5)
-.50/1 MQ 2/21 SS, 4/25 SS

1.00 Yoplait Greek yogurt (10)
-.30/1 MQ 3/28 SS, .45/1 IPQ - print here

.88 Rosarita refried beans (3)

-.50/3 Rosarita refried beans MQ 4/25 SS
.55 each

.97 Mission corn tortillas (4)
-.75/1 any Mission product IPQ - print here
-1.50/2 any Mission products tearpad MQ
.11 each

1.50 Oroweat Dutch Country bread (3)
-.50/1 Oroweat Fry's DBacks flyer Q - details here
1.00 per loaf
*These 3 loaves had to be purchased in seperate transactions, because the Fry's DBacks flyer Qs state one per transaction. I love this bread, so I stocked up.

1.00 Lawry's spice blends (4) - raincheck price
-.50/1 MQ

My total was 5.09 paid on a Fry's giftcard.

I found some unadvertised deals at Fry's while I was shopping tonight. I'll make sure to add these to my Favorite Deals post, so you have a complete list for each store.

1.78 Fry's gallon milk

1.50 Oroweat Dutch Country bread
-.50/1 Oroweat Fry's DBacks flyer Q - details here
1.00 per loaf

1.99 Oroweat english muffins
-.50/1 Oroweat Fry's DBacks flyer Q - details here

1.00 Ronzoni Smart Taste & Healthy Harvest pasta
-1.00/1 & .75/1 IPQ - print here, here, & here

I also found one lonely 1.50/2 any Mission products MQ taped to a bag of Mission tortilla chips. I snagged that one, but couldn't find any others! I'll keep searching, but make sue you check your Fry's for the Kraft & Mission tearpads!

My Favorite Deals - 4/28/10 edition UPDATED!



Here are the best prices I have found:
.88 Rosarita refried beans (.55 after coupons) at Fry's
.97 Mission tortillas (.22 FREE after coupons) at Fry's
.99 Mission tortilla chips (.24 FREE after coupons) at Albie's, Fry's, & Safeway

Albie's has really stepped it up this week! I think I'll head over after a 3 month hiatus.
Here are some other great deals to get you started this week!
For complete coupon match-ups, click here to view Pinching Your Pennies.
All coupons under $1 are doubled, tripled, & quadrupled up to $1 this week!

1.00 Nestle Pretzel Flipz
.50/1 3/28 SS

1.00 Tabasco sauce
-.50/1 4/25 SS *NOTE- Eve at My Southwest Savings tested this out today & her MQ didn't double. This coupon is a DND. However, Living The Domestic Life's Tabasco MQs did double - see post here. You can try the MQs or you can use the printable for guaranteed free Tabasco sauce.
-.50/1 IPQ - print here

1.00 Dial hand soap
-.35/1 MQ 3/7 RP

1.00 Colgate select toothbrushes & toothpastes
-.75/1 MQ 4/25 SS

1.00 Marcal paper towels
-1.00/1 MQ 4/25 SS
Thanks "Living The Domestic Life"!

2.80 Marcal toilet paper - 4 pack
-2.00/1 MQ 4/25 SS
Thanks Living The Domestic Life!

.99 Mission tortilla chips or tortillas
-.75/1 any Mission product IPQ - print here
-1.50/2 any Mission product tearpad MQ
.24 each!

.39 Kraft Macaroni & Cheese - limit 6 (with in-ad Q)
.55/2 tearpad MQs (Eve found these at Safeway) - Click here for details!
.22 overage wyb 2!

1.00 cantaloupe
.49/lb. bananas

Bashas doubles MQs up to 1.00 every day!
1.99 gallon milk
.79 10-lb. bag of potatoes
.79 Dole Classic Iceberg salad mix

1.00 Barilla pasta
-3/7 MQ SS

2.99 Snuggle Fabric Softener
-3.00/1 MQ 3/28 RP
FREE Cinco de Mayo dinner!
Here are the details:
Purchase a family size Rotisserie Chicken at $7.99
Use in ad coupon to get all of the following free:
Food Club Cheese, Rosarita Enchilada Sauce, Mission Corn Tortillas

1.99 Kellogg’s Cereal, Fruit Snacks or Pop-Tarts PLUS get a free reusable bag wyb 2 Kellogg's products!! Pair this sale up with this 1.50/2 Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats, All Bran, or Raisin Bran IPQ. Pay 2.48 OOP for 2 boxes of cereal, plus get your free reusable bag!

All coupons under $1 equal $1 again this week!
Bring your reusable bags for a 5 cent discount per bag!
1.78 gallon milk

1.00 Country Crock spread
-.30/1 or .50/1 3/7 RP

1.00 Yoplait Greek yogurt
-.45/1 IPQ - print here
or -.30/1 MQ 3/28 SS

1.50 Oroweat Dutch Country bread
-.50/1 Oroweat Fry's DBacks flyer Q - details here
1.00 per loaf
1.00 Ronzoni Smart Taste & Healthy Harvest pasta
-1.00/1 & .75/1 IPQ - print here, here, & here

1.00 Mentos gum
-.50/1 MQ 2/21 SS, 4/25 SS

.88 Rosarita refried beans
-.50/3 Rosarita refried beans MQ 4/25 SS
.55 each

.97 Mission flour & corn tortillas
-.75/1 any Mission product IPQ - print here
-1.50/2 any Mission products tearpad MQ
.22 each

.87/lb. red seedless grapes
1.50 mini seedless watermelon
1.50 Kroger brand shredded/block cheese

All coupons under $1 equal $1 again this week!

According to multiple reports, the Kraft "Buy 5, Save $5" event continues through May 4th!
Kraft individual cream cheese 4 packs - .51 overage each!
Kraft 100 calorie cheese cube packs - .49 each!
Kraft Deli Deluxe Cheese Slices - .99 each!
Click here for details on how to make money while stocking up on Kraft cheese!

Mission tortillas for a quarter FREE! These tortillas are on sale EVERYWHERE! Use this .75/1 any Mission product IPQ to get them free! I've also seen tearpads in most Safeway stores (near the chips) for 1.50/2 any Mission products MQ. Pair that up with this in-ad Safeway Q and you will get 2 packs of Mission tortillas for 50 cents total! And the limit is TEN! I will be stocking up on these for sure!

We may be able to get Sargento cheese for 69 cents after coupons! Print this 1.00/1 Sargento Reduced Sodium IPQ and pair it up with the in-ad Q for .69 cheese! I am crossing my fingers that "selected varieties" includes reduced sodium.

Some reports have filtered in of Kraft dressing bottles having a .35/1 peelie MQ on them. Safeway will triple this coupon up to $1 giving you free dressing! I haven't spotted any yet, but I will let you know if I find any.

.99 blackberries - 6 oz.
.33 Hass avocados
.25 mangos


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday Shopping Round-Up! 4/27/10 edition

I grabbed some more 68 cent milk! With the way my family goes through milk, I couldn't pass up that price! I was really excited for the 100 calorie cheese packets. I thought it would be a great snack for my 1 year old and for me to take to work. I have to be honest... they're gross. I'm so sad, I really wanted them to be good. They taste like Velveeta cheese instead of Kraft block cheese. I guess that makes sense because the front of the package says "pasteurized cheese product". Kraft, if you are reading this, please make cheese cubes with REAL cheese! And if you could make it zero calories too, that would be fantastic.

1.00 Fig Newtons (2)
-1.00/1 any Fig Newton IPQ (2) - print here

Have you seen the CVS sunblock deal discussed on the coupon blogs out there? The deal is - buy 2 CVS sunblock items, receive $5 EB. The exciting news is the 2 oz. bottles of sunblock is included, so you buy 2 at 1.99 each, paying 3.98 and receiving 5.00 EB = 1.01 profit! I looked for the 2 oz. bottles of sunblock, but my CVS only had 1. I'll check at another CVS and report back.

1.39 eggs
2.50 Yoplait Delight .50 overage
1.49 Kraft 100 calorie cheese packs wyb 5 Kraft products (4) .49 each
.49 Kraft cream cheese wyb 5 Kraft products .51 overage
1.68 milk (2) .68 each
.44 3 Musketeers candy bar (filler)
14.14 subtotal
-.50/1 Yoplait Delight MQ 3/21 SS
-1.00/1 Yoplait Delight Cellfire EQ (2) - load here
-1.00/1 Kraft 100 cal IPQ (4) - print here
-.50/1 Kraft cream cheese MQ 4/18 SS
-.55/1 any Real CA dairy product IPQ (2)- print here
4.14 paid with $4 in OYNOs and .14 cash

I am working furiously on the new grocery deals starting tomorrow! There are lots of great Cinco de Mayo sales and several freebies! I will post my favorite deals ASAP!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Safeway - .68 gallons of milk!

Cheap milk? I'm in!
Although Safeway's advertised milk price this week is 1.88, Val Vista & Southern has their Lucerne milk for 1.68 per gallon through Tuesday, 4/27! An amazing price on its own, but pair it up with this .55/1 any Real California Dairy product IPQ and get your milk for 68 cents a gallon! Before you get to the register, make sure to check with your store's management to verify you can use this Q on the milk. We have discussed these Real CA coupons at length on this blog, but long story, short - the Q says the milk has to have the CA seal, the milk doesn't have it, but the label says it was produced in CA. So YMMV, but for 68 cents a gallon, I would definitely ask.

Here's my run from tonight... I had to split the milks up into 2 transactions because its a limit of 2. In the interest of time & space, I combined them here. And the Suns are up by 10 in the play offs, so I have to go cheer them on! :) I am a self-admitted fair weather fan. When the home team is doing well, I am onboard. But don't ask me any of the players names or stats, I have no idea. :)

.99 Hamburger Helper (3), BC potatoes (wyb 4) .31 overage each
1.68 milk (3) .68 each
2.50 Ball Park hot dogs .75
.98 bananas (.49/lb.)
12.48 subtotal
-.75/3 Hamburger Helper MQ 3/7 SS
-.75/3 Hamburger Helper EQs (4) - load here and here
-.40/1 BC potatoes EQs (3) - load here and here
-.55/1 any Real CA dairy product IPQ (3) - print here
-.75/1 Ball Park Angus hot dogs IPQ - print here
-.75/1 Ball Park Angus EQ - load here
2.53 paid with $2 Windex OYNO, .53 cash

Grab your grapes, bananas, & milk before the end of the sale on Tuesday - I've looked through the ads and all those prices are going up starting Wednesday!

Mail Call Monday 4/26/10

I got my grocery ads a day early AGAIN this week! Wow, I must be living right! :) Just kidding, but seriously, I really love getting my ads a day early so I can start planning my grocery attacks ASAP. There are lots of awesome Cinco de Mayo sales starting Wednesday, so stay tuned for my favorite deals list!

I received 4 free magazines - Forbes, Dirt Rider, Bloomberg Businessweek, & Flying. My husband will read Flying and the rest will go in the Bookman's pile for trading. I really need to make a run there this week. My stack of magazines is getting pretty tall! If you aren't familiar with Bookman's, click here!

With the grocery ads, came a free P&G coupon insert! I wonder how many thousands of these get thrown out with the "junk mail" in other households... so sad to think about all those coupons in the garbage. Almost makes me want to become a dumpster diver... almost. :)

What did you get in your mailbox?


Sheryl over at Cents'Able Shoppin' is hosting a give away for 8 snack size bags of Popcorn Indiana Kettlecorn!!! Yep, the kind in the red bag! If you have not tried this popcorn, you have never lived! It is so delicious and so addicting!  Some of their flavors include: Cinnamon Sugar, Movie Theater Popcorn & Aged White Cheddar Kettlecorn, and my personal favorite, Famous Original Kettlecorn.

If you want a chance to enter, click here for all the details! I've already entered, but if I don't win, I want one of my readers to. Good luck!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Safeway - Lots of moneymakers!

Thanks to Eve at My Southwest Savings & Sheryl at Cents'Able Shoppin' for the great deal outlines! Click on each deal for the details!
2.99 Sun Chips (2) .99 each
9.99 Delimex taquitos 1.01 overage!
1.49 Kraft cream cheese wyb 5 (5) .61 overage each!
1.68 milk (2) .68 each
1.99 Windex (4) .26 profit each!
6.99 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean starter kit 2.00 profit!
3.50 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean refill 2.00 profit!
1.44 bananas (.49/lb.)
1.53 grapes (.88/lb.) not pictured
1.49 tax = 49.69 subtotal
-.25/1 Sun Chips tearpad MQ (2) - thanks Eve!
-1.00/2 Sun Chips cellfire EQ (2) - load here
-3.00/1 Delimex in-ad Q
-2.00/1 Delimex MQ 4/18 SS
-3.00/1 Delimex Shortcuts EQ (2) - load here
-1.49 Free Kraft cream cheese MQ from Kraft First Taste - details here
-1.00/1 Kraft cream cheese MQ from Kraft First Taste - details here
-.50/1 Kraft cream cheese MQ 4/18 SS (3)
-.55/1 Real CA Dairy product IPQ (2) - print here
-1.00/1 Windex IPQ (4) - print here
-1.00/1 Windex Safeway EQ - load here
-5.00/1 Scrubbing Bubbles MQ 4/11 SS
-3.50 Free Scrubbing Bubbles refill IPQ - print here
8.70 paid with $5 in OYNOs & 3.70 giftcard
Received $10 in OYNOs (4.00 Windex, 6.00 Scrubbing Bubbles)
SUMMARY: 1.30 profit

One more transaction of 4 Windex:
1.99 Windex (4) .15 each
.64 tax = 8.60
-1.00/1 Windex IPQ - print here
4.60 paid with $4 in OYNOs, .60 on giftcard
Received $4 in OYNOs
SUMMARY: .60 cost or .15 each

FINAL SUMMARY .70 profit!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Walgreens Fun!

I had lots of fun at Walgreens today. I got $54 worth of products and made over $11!
I did 10 transactions between 2 different stores. I won't bore you with an outline of each transaction, but here are the deals I took advantage of:

5.00 Nature's Bounty Vitamin D - Receive $5 RR = Free!
Or a moneymaker if you have any Nature's Bounty coupons. I had 5.00/1 IPQs from the Nature's Bounty rewards program - click here for details. So, I paid just tax (.40) and got $5 RR back for each of the 6 bottles I bought.
You can also use any of these coupons for an instant profit:
1.00/1 MQ 3/14 RP
1.00/1 IPQ - print here

3.49 Kotex U Tampons, Pads, Liners - Receive $2.50 RR = .99
I used these coupons to make these free:
1.00/1 Kotex MQ 4/18 SS
1.00/1 Kotex IPQ - print here

.39 Black Forest gummy bears/worms
I used .55/2 internet printables to make these 11 cents each. The IPQ is no longer available - sorry!

I threw some sugar free candy in a few of my orders for my dad's birthday. He's diabetic so he doesn't get to eat a lot of sweets, so I always make sure to spoil him on his birthday!

My stores were full stocked with Nature's Bounty, so head out for some profitable vitamins!

My Favorite Deals - 4/21/10 edition


Here are some other great deals to get you started this week!
For complete coupon match-ups, click here to view Pinching Your Pennies.
10 for $10 sale:
Gatorade (32 oz), Propel (24 oz)
Birds Eye Steamfresh frozen veggies
7-Up, RC A&W 2 liters
Vitamin Water, Smart Water
Suddenly Salad, Hamburger Helper
Minute Maid fruit punch
Albie's sour cream, cereal, & apple juice
Bashas doubles MQs up to 1.00 every day!

.17 Food Club tomato sauce - great stock up price!

.99 Bashas sandwich bread

40% off Shamrock Farms dairy
Plus, buy any 5 participating Shamrock Farms products & receive a free family four-pack voucher to the Shamrock Farms tour! Farm is located in Stanfield, AZ (just west of Casa Grande). Voucher prints at checkout. What a fun promotion!

1.25 Hormel Chili
-.55/1 2/28 SS
All coupons under $1 equal $1 again this week!
.88 strawberries

1.68 gallon milk

BOGO Nature Made or Sundown Vitamins

1.00 Bumble Bee tuna pouch
-.55/1 MQ 2/21 SS

1.88 select Kellogg's Cereal (Rice Krispies & Raisin Bran are for sure included, maybe more!)
-1.00/1 Kellogg's MQ 3/28 RP (If Raisin Bran Extra included)
1.50/2 Kellogg's cereals MQ 3/28 RP
As low as .88 each!

All coupons under $1 equal $1 again this week!
.88 seedless red grapes

1.88 gallon milk

1.00 Dial NutriSkin Handsoap
-.35/1 any Dial hand soap 3/7 RP

1.67 Cinnamon Toast Crunch & Trix cereal
-.55/1 Trix IPQ - print here
-1.00/2 General Mills cereal IPQ - print here
-.55/1 Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cellfire EQ - load here
.67 Trix
.89 Cinnamon Toast Crunch (wyb 2)

.99 Hamburger Helper or Betty Crocker Potatoes (wyb buy 4)
-.25/1 Betty Crocker MQ 3/28 SS or .40/1 IPQ - print here
-.40/1 Betty Crocker potatoes Cellfire EQ - load here
-.40/1 Betty Crocker potatoes Shortcuts EQ - load here
.21 overage each, wyb 4

6.99 DeliMex Taquitos - 60 count (with in-ad coupon)
-2.00/1 DeliMex MQ 4/14 SS
-3.00/1 DeliMex Shortcuts EQ - load here
1.99 each
If you have the previous $3.00/1 DeliMex Shortcuts EQ loaded on your Safeway card, they may both come off at once giving you 1.01 in overage! Remember to always load those EQs onto your card even if you think you may not use them. You never know what sale will come up!

Some possible Kraft coupons to pair up with this sale:
1.50/1 Kraft Natural cheese blinkie MQ
1.00/1 Kraft Deli Deluxe Cheese MQ 3/21 SS
1.00/1 Kraft 100 cal cheese bites IPQ - print here

1.49 Classico pasta sauce (must buy 3+)
-BOGO Classico IPQ (2) - print here out of prints already!
.74 each!

2.49 Lay's Kettle Baked/Regular chips
-BOGO Lay's Facebook IPQ - print here
1.24 each!

.99 10-lb. bag potatoes

.99 Safeway sandwich bread

.79 Ronzoni (limit 6)
-1.00/1 & .75/1 IPQ - print here, here, & here!
FREE (assuming these varieties are included)

.69 7-Up & Pepsi 2 liters (limit 4)
-1.00/1 7-Up IPQ - print here (may be out of prints)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday Shopping Round-Up! 4/20/10 edition

If you've been a reader of this blog for any length of time, you know I procrastinate the grocery deals until the last minute on Tuesday & then run around from store to store like a crazy person! Today was no different. I will post a picture when I get home, but wanted to outline the deals I just did so you can duplicate them if you want to. Click here for a full recap of My Favorite Deals this week!

I had tons of duplicate EQs saved up, so I headed to Safeway to cash them in...

3.50 Pupperoni dog treats (2)
-1.00/1 IPQ (2) - print here
-2.00/2 (2) & 1.00/2 (2) EQs - load here
1.00 overage

2.19 Betty Crocker Warm Delight
-.50/1 MQ 3/28 SS
-1.00/1 Cellfire EQ (2) - load here
-.50/1 Shortcuts EQ - load here
1.31 overage

2.50 Nabisco 100 cal Oreo Cakesters (2)
-BOGO Oreo Cakesters MQ received in mail (auto'd at 3.59)
-1.00/2 Nabisco 100 cal Cellfire EQ (2) - load here
.59 overage

2.29 Healthy Choice frozen entree (2)
-1.00/2 MQ 3/28 SS
-2.00/2 (2) Shortcuts EQ - load here
.42 overage

2.79 Ben & Jerry's ice cream pint (2)
-1.00/1 B&J pint tearpad MQ (2) - found at Circle K
-2.00/2 (2) B&J Shortcuts EQ - load here
.42 overage

1.99 Lucerne cheese slices (3) with in-ad Q
-.55/1 Real California Cheese IPQ (3) - print here
.99 each

.89 Reese's (for my husband) :)

My subtotal after all coupons was .12 + .45 tax, so I paid .57 OOP. I was expecting a $1 OYNO for the Pupperoni, but it didn't print. Oh well, it was still a profitable purchase, so I'm not worried about it.

I spent some time this morning trying to put together a P&G run to cash in on the "Buy $25, get $10 OYNO" deal (details here), but I decided to not even bother with it. There have been lots of reports of OYNOs not printing and I didn't want to worry about the calculations. I felt much less stressed after I dropped the P&G items from my list, so I made the right decision. Maybe if I had planned earlier, it would have worked out better. It ends today & I didn't want to rush it and lose money.

I headed to Fry's for some free Lawry's marinade and spice blends after seeing this deal outlined here on Cents'Able Shoppin' - thanks for the info! The IPQs were already depleted when I tried to print them today, but I did have the MQs from Sunday's RP. My Fry's was out of Lawry's Spice Blends, so I got a raincheck for those. I was able to grab 4 bottles of Lawry's marinade for free after coupons - yay for summer grilling! I also had $8.00 in OYNOs expiring today, so I bought a $10 Fry's giftcard which allows me to spend my Fry's money at a later date. I paid the difference with another Fry's giftcard I have.

What last minute deals are you guys running around for today? Get last week's shopping out of the way tonight because next week's sales are amazing! I'll have My Favorite Deals posted bright and early tomorrow morning for the next sales cycle which starts tomorrow!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mail Call Monday 4/19/10

Monday always brings wonderful treasures to my mailbox!
Today I got:
3 free magazines - Four Wheeler, Spin, & Cosmo
a Betty Crocker coupon booklet
a Bed, Bath, & Beyond ad with a $5 off $15 purchase coupon! - Love those!
AND my grocery ads came a day early! So exciting!

Does anyone else get "Christmas morning" excited when the ads come early? Or am I just weird? I also LOVE the free crossword that comes with the ads - I can never finish it, but I love working on it all week. I'm such a nerd. :)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

No more Kashless Rewards!

Sad news... one of our favorite coupon sources has dried up (for now at least). Kashless had partnered with RecycleBank to reward "green" behavior. Once you have some RecycleBank points saved up, you can redeem them for AWESOME, high-value coupons like $4/20 CVS coupon, BOGO CVS Bag Tag, & (my favorite) BOGO Huggies Diapers. There were several ways to earn points for RecycleBank, but Kashless was (in my opinion) the easist and fastest way to build a lot of RecycleBank points. If you missed out on the Kashless Rewards program, click here for my previous post about how great it was. They may start the program again in the future, but for now it is on hold.

Here is the email I received from the CEO of Kashless, Martin Tobias: As a not for profit, is always in search of the best ways to promote our Reuse mission with the limited resources available. As of today, our resources to support the free Rewards benefits have expired and we are closing down the Rewards program (for now). While Kashless Rewards has come to an end, members can still use stay green and to give and get free stuff. Members who have earned Rewards points can access their balances over at RecycleBank at anytime. will continue to explore ways to increase value to our members and encourage a dynamic Reuse community world-wide.

You can still use RecycleBank to earn and redeem points for those great coupons. For example, just for joining, you get 100 points. You can get a BOGO CVS Bag Tag for 25 points. Pair that up with the CVS Bag Tag Extra Bucks deal this week and you've got 2 Bag Tags for the price of one! Click here for details on the Bag Tag EB deal - thanks Cents'able Shoppin'! We'll just have to figure out other ways to build up points. If you find any easy ways, let us know! I'll do some hunting around too.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Couponing Basics - Double Coupons

Coupons. We all know and love them. We already know using them is a great way to lower your grocery bill. Once you are comfortable clipping & using coupons, it is time to make those coupons work for you and elevate your savings to the next level. Doubling coupons will get you items at deep discounts or even free.

If you are a reader of this blog, you already know many retailers around the country will actually double the face value of your coupon. The trick is to understand which stores do this & what limitations (if any) they have.

Here are a few tips to make the most of double coupon deals:

Do a little legwork.
None of us have spare time, but doing a little prep work can save you lots of money in the long run. Check with each of your local retailers to confirm their policies on doubling coupons. I have spoiled my fellow Arizonans and done the legwork for you. The current coupon policies of our big retailers are listed on the right side of my blog. Some retailers keep a copy of their coupon policy at the customer service desk, but to be safe, I recommend printing a current copy off the store's website. It's a good tool to have in your coupon binder. Print a few copies; you never know when you'll need to educate staff members and leave them with a company document they should already have.

Know your limits.
Each retailer varies slightly on their policy. Some retailers may limit double couponing to values up to $1.00, while other retailers may double higher values.

Special Deals
Some retailers might not double coupons as standard practice, but keep an eye on these store's ads for special promotions when they do. It's not a bad idea to call your favorite grocery store & ask if they offer such deals on a regular basis. For example, Kmart (for the past few years) has run Super Double Coupon events where any coupon up to $1 in face value is doubled, which turns $1.00 coupons into $2.00 coupons. This always creates several freebies & makes me a happy Kmart shopper!

Not all coupons are created equal
Pay attention to the fine print. Some manufacturers limit their coupons' value by specifically noting “Not Subject to Doubling”, or “Do Not Double” on the coupon itself. It’s typically written in bold type across the top of the coupon. If the coupon coding starts with a 5, it will double automatically unless the cashier manually supresses it. If the coupon coding starts with a 9, it will not double.

Save every coupon!
I religiously keep every single coupon until it expires. I have dog food, hair color, & denture cream coupons even though I don't have a dog, don't color my hair (yet!), & don't wear dentures (yet!!). I have had too many missed money making deals because I threw away a coupon thinking I would never need it. You never know when Poligrip is going to be a $3 moneymaker or when a rebate will pop up for hair color. Believe me, keep all those coupons.

And finally, some love for my fellow Arizona shoppers - here is a quick overview of the Arizona grocery stores (thanks SD!):


Doubles coupons everyday
Ad viewable online Tuesday after midnight at
Can use Basha's Coupon and MQ (should have several leading zeroes)
Cannot have/use more coupons than item total

Does not double
Can use an IN store coupon & MQ together
Ad viewable on Tuesday usually after 10pm at
Has an additional "Big Book of Savings" monthly ad that sometimes has a coupon in it.

Doubles coupons everyday
Ad viewable on Tuesday usually after 10pm at
Often has an additional smaller ad on Sundays

Doubles coupons everyday
Can only use 1 internet printable coupon per transaction (per corporate) YMMV
View ad the day before online (they activate the pricing the day before for grocery deliveries)
Often has an additional ad on Sundays

No coupons accepted, generally speaking. Some select stores may accept them.
Double-Ad day on Wednesdays

General Info
The regular grocery ads run from Wednesday-Tuesday

Friday, April 16, 2010

Winner of the Seeds of Change" prize pack!

I am so impressed by all of your comments! So many of you are doing great things to help the environment & I am so excited my readers are so earth friendly! I wish I had tons of prize packs so everyone could have their own, but I can only have one winner.

Congratulations to SC of the Cents'Able Shoppin blog! She is the winner of the Seeds of Change" prize pack!

SC said, "Hi there!!! :) We use cloth diapers! And have on every child! We dont buy disposables for anything...and we dry the diapers outside on the clothesline. I dont buy baby wipes (my MIL does though), I use cloth wipes to boot!"

Wow SC! That is dedication! I will email you with further instructions to collect your Green Giant "Seeds of Change" prize pack. Congratulations and thanks again to all the other readers who entered! Keep up the "green" living and stay tuned - there are more give-aways to come!

Reminder - Give Away ends today at noon!

Last chance to enter to win a Green Giant "Seeds of Change" prize pack! See full details here!
There will be only be one lucky winner selected! You can submit up to 6 entries! This giveaway will close today, April 16 at 12:00pm (AZ time)!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cheap cheese and free fruit at Safeway!

I made a quick stop into Safeway today and found lots of great deals!

2.99 Lucerne sliced cheese (3)
-in-ad Q takes off $1 for each pack - up to 3.00
-.55/1 Real California cheese IPQ - print here (3)
I paid .99 for each pack or 2.97 total! This is a great time to stock up on sandwich and BBQ cheese for the summer. These packs are good through September, so there is plenty of time to get through all this cheese. I might pick up a few more packs before the end of the sale on Tuesday.

.99 Del Monte canned fruit (3) - no sugar added
-.40/1 MQ 4/11 RP (3)
3 cans of fruit free!
NOTE: These coupons do not say "Do Not Double", but they are coded with a 9, so they don't automatically double. Make sure to alert your cashier so they can correct it at the register or go to customer service to get your money back.

.99 Hormel clearanced ham
I found one more clearanced package of Hormel lunch meat and grabbed it (using a DND .45/1 blinkie MQ) for 45 cents! Awesome deal!

I tried to get 2 jars of Del Monte Orchard Select for free using a BOGO Vocal Point MQ, but the cashier decided I needed to actually PAY for an item to use the BOGO MQ. I let it go because the coupon expires today, but technically, that's not correct. If manufacturer's coupons are actually a form of payment (which they are), then I am PAYING for the item not included in the BOGO sale. I am getting 2 free products, but Safeway will be reimbursed for the other item. I have read on several other blogs that other couponers were able to get both Del Monte jars free, so it just depends on your cashier.

Happy Tax Day! Reward yourself for paying your taxes!

April 15th is a stressful day for lots of people - accountants, business owners, & good ol' tax payers! If you are one of those people, I have great news! There are tons of freebies and great deals to celebrate Tax Day! Make sure to call your local retailers to double check they are participating in the Tax Day festivities!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Purchase ANY size drink and receive a FREE Taco al Carbon or ANY item from our Loco Value Menu! Click here for coupon!

Not sure if this is an Earth Day freebie or a tax day freebie, but we couponers don't discriminate over which kind of freebie this is! Starbucks is promoting a switch from paper cups to reusable mugs....stop in on 4/15 with a reusable travel mug & get a free cup of Starbucks coffee! I don't drink coffee...hmmm, I wonder if they would give me a Caramel Apple Cider instead. Probably not. :)

Subway is declaring April 15th "Free Cookie Day"! Anyone who walks through the door of a Subway will be eligible for one free cookie (no purchase necessary, while supplies last). Click here for more details! I will be picking up a Chocolate Chip M&M cookie. It may have almost as many calories as the 6 inch sandwich I usually order, but those cookies are sinfully delicious!
Taco Del Mar is offering up a free taco when you share your name, email, and zip code. You can opt out of its newsletter if you want and still get the freebie. Click here to get your free taco!

Papa John’s is offering a “1040″ online offer from now until midnight on tax day. Now, through April 15, Papa John’s is offering a large cheese pizza on original crust with up to three toppings for only $10.40. Click here to order online!

Snag two free cupcake bites from U.S. shopping mall based Cinnabon stores from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 15. Two cupcake bites per guest, while supplies last. Full details here!

P.F. Changs is offering a 15% discount off of your bill on tax day. See full details here!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Quick stop by Safeway!

1.19 Beech Nut baby meals (5) -1.00/1 MQ 1/3 SS (5) = .19 each
.99 Hormel ham - clearanced -.55/1 blinkie DND MQ = .45
1.40 paid on giftcard

I made an error in my weekly deals. I thought the Beech Nut MQs were actually Gerber MQs that would have matched up with the $1 sale this week. I have corrected my weekly list with the accurate pricing- sorry for the confusion!

I found this Hormel deli ham on clearance for 99 cents. A good deal on its own, but it became a fantastic deal when I noticed the blinkie MQs right next to the ham! The Hormel MQ started with a 9, so no doubling, but .45 is a great price for lunch meat! This is a good reminder to always be on the lookout for surprise deals when you are out shopping the stores!

My Favorite Deals - 4/14/10 edition




Here are some other great deals to get you started this week!

For complete coupon match-ups, click here to view Pinching Your Pennies.
Albie's accepts MQs at face value.

1.77 Doritos Tortilla Chips, 11.5-12 oz (with in-ad Q)

.25 corn on the cob

2.00 Oroweat Sandwich Thins, 8 ct
- 1.00/1 coupon 3/28 SS
Bashas doubles MQs up to 1.00 every day!

1.66 Crystal Lights on the Go Drink packets
-1.00/1 3/21 SS

.99 Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta - another chance for free Ronzoni!
-1.00/1 & .75/1 IPQ - print here, here, & here!

.99 Betty Crocker Potatoes
-.25/1 MQ 3/28 SS
-.40/1 IPQ - print here
.19 - .49

Free Bashas’ milk wyb 4 Big G cereals, Fiber One Bars or Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes @ $1.99 each

Here are some coupons to pair up with this promotion:
-1.00/1 Kix IPQ - print here & here
-1.00/3 Big G Cereals 3/28 SS
-1.00/3 Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes 3/7 SS
-1.00/2 Fiber One or Total Cereal 3/21 SS

7.96 Buy 4 Kix cereals at 1.99 each
-1.00/1 Kix IPQ (4)
Pay 3.96 OOP for 4 boxes of Kix cereal + free gallon of milk!

Fry's $1 coupon event continues!

Digital Choice Promo - For full details, click here
(Free Music Downloads, Movie Ticket, or Ringtones WYB10 participating products - *'d)

*2.99 Snuggle
-3.00/1 3/28 RP
.01 overage!

*1.00 7-Up 2 liter
-1.00/1 7-Up IPQ (no longer available)

*1.88 Keebler Cheesecake Middles
-.55/1 3/7 RP

*1.79 Skippy peanut butter, buy 2
-.60/1 3/28 RP (2)
Pay 1.58 for 2, earn $1 OYNO
.29 each!
*You will receive multiple OYNOs for each 2 you buy! No need to split them up into seperate transactions.

*1.99 Activia, Dannimals yogurt
- 1.00/1 3/28 SS
.99 each

*1.99 DanActive yogurt
- 1.00/1 2/28 SS

*2.00 Redi-Whip
- .50/1 3/28 SS

1.29 Betty Crocker potatoes
-.25/1 MQ 3/28 SS
.29 each
Buy 3, get $3 OYNO = 2.93 profit!
Click here for OYNO details - prints through 4/18!

2.19 Oroweat Dutch Country bread
-1.00/1 3/28 SS
-.50/1 Oroweat Dutch Country bread Fry's Q - see details here

1.99 Daisy Cottage Cheese
-.45/1 3/21 SS

All coupons under $1 equal $1 again this week!

1.99 Lucerne slices (with in-ad Q)
-.30/1 Real CA cheese peelie or print here
.99 each

1.19 Gerber main meals
-1.00/1 MQ 1/3 SS

1.00 Lunchables

-1.00/1 3/21 SS

BOGO Del Monte Orchard Select jarred fruit
-BOGO Vocal Point MQ - click here
2 free!

Buy 5, Save $5 Event! - It has been my experience at Safeway that you can mix and match any participating items as long as they are in the same price category.

1.00 Pop-Tarts (wyb 5)
-1.25/3 Pop-Tarts MQ 3/28 RP
75 each!
Submit for the "Discover Our Flavor Rewards Pop Tarts" promotion - see details here at My Southwest Savings.

1.50 Quaker instant oatmeal (wyb 5)
-1.00/1 Quaker oatmeal IPQ - print here, here, and here
.50 each!

1.50 General Mills cereals (wyb 5)
-1.00/1 Cheerios IPQ - print here
.50 each!

1.50 Post cereal - Fruity & Cocoa Pebbles (wyb 5)
-1.00/2 Pebbles cereal 3/14 RP (2)
Pay 5.50 OOP, receive $4 OYNO
.30 each! (after Q & OYNO savings)

Post OYNO details:
Buy Post Pebbles cereal through 4/18:

Buy 3, get $2
Buy 4, get $3
Buy 5 or more, get $4 OYNO

P&G Promotion is back! Get $10 OYNO when you purchase $25 in participating P&G products (before coupons!) I am surprised to see this promotion return so soon. It was just a few weeks ago we were all running around like crazy people for super cheap Charmin & Bounty - remember this and this? See a list of match-ups here at My Southwest Savings - thanks Eve!
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