Thursday, September 30, 2010

Free Things To Do This Weekend!

Why spend money entertaining the family this weekend when there are so many free activities going on?

Here are a few of my favorites:
6-10pm - First Fridays Self Guided Art Walk, Downtown Phoenix
The best way to get to know downtown Phoenix and experience its diverse culture is to hoof it -- take Artlink's monthly self-guided tour and visit the art galleries, shops, restaurants and bars that make downtown Phoenix a unique destination. From urban contemporary to high-end fine art, the eclectic mix of artwork has made this a must-attend event for more than a decade. Free shuttles get you from 'hood to 'hood and begin at the Phoenix Art Museum.

6pm - Movie in the Park - "Up", Kiwanis Park, Tempe
Watch "Up," an animated feature about a man who ties balloons to his house so that he can fulfill his lifelong dream of exploration. Once he is in the air, he discovers that he has a stowaway - an 8-year-old wilderness explorer. Bring blankets and a picnic dinner.

9am-1pm - Butterfly Bash, Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Come and watch as Monarch butterflies migrate for the fall and pass through Veterans Oasis Park. The Monarch butterfly is celebrated with games, crafts, guided walks, presentations and information for participants to take home.

2pm - Volcom Stone Wild in the Park Championship, Peoria
Watch pre-qualified competitors skateboard in the park. The ultimate winner walks away with a $25,000 cash prize.

All Weekend
Tempe Oktoberfest, Tempe Beach Park
Celebrate the 38th anniversary of this three-day festival featuring polka dancing, multiple entertainment stages and a Kinderfest area with activities focused on children. Get a taste of the German culture with strudel, bratwurst and of course, beer. The beer garden is not only stocked with brews from Germany, but with beers from Ireland, France, China and the United States.

Winner of the $35 CSN gift certificate!

Congratulations to mamipdx - the winner of the $35 CSN gift certificate!

I will contact you with further instructions to collect your gift certificate.

Thanks to everyone who entered the give away.

Stay tuned, there are always more give aways right around the corner!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My Favorite Deals - 9/29/10 edition



CHEAPEST EGGS: None advertised
CHEAPEST BREAD: .50 at Fry's after Target coupon

For complete coupon match-ups, click here to view Pinching Your Pennies.

All manufacturer's coupons equal $1 this week!
10% off Saturday, 10/2 for Military Discount Day!
10% off every Sunday when you wear a Cardinals jersey!
View weekly ad here!

1.00 Aqua Pods
-.75/1 MQ 8/29 RP
FREE, better than free after Catalina savings....

9/6 - 10/3 
Buy (2) 8 pk. Aquapods, get 1.50 OYNO
Buy (3) 8 pk. Aquapods, get 3.00 OYNO

.99 Progresso Soup (Limit 10)
-.50/1 MQ 8/8 GM

.99 Hot or Lean Pockets (Limit 2)
-.50/1 MQ from Safeway $70 coupon book
-1.00/1 Hot Pockets Sliders IPQ - only if Sliders are included

2.50 Fanta 12 pk. (wyb 2)
-2.00/2 peelies - I see these all the time at Fry's
1.50 each

4.99 Tide 2x Ultra Detergent, 50 oz
-2.00/1 MQ from Good Housekeeping or Parents magazines - October issues)
-1.50/1 MQ 8/22 SS
-1.00/1 MQ 9/26 PG

Con Agra 10 for $10, plus 3 items free
I was a lot more excited about this deal before I realized the in-ad Q was a manufacturer's coupon. Boo. So, you cannot combine any other MQs with this promotion. If you want to just buy the Con Agra products without the in-ad Q, you can use the .35/3 Chef Boyardee MQ from the 8/15 SS to get Chef Boyardee for .67 each.

Free Albertsons Milk wyb 3 Kellogg's Cereal, Nutri Grain Bars, Fudge Shoppe Cookies

Buy 3 Keebler: 2 Coconut Dreams + 1 Treasures
Get 2 Gal Milk
Subtotal = $10
Use (2) $1/1 Coconut Dreams
Use (1) $1/1 Treasures printable
Use (1) $2 off store milk wyb 2 Keebler
Less 1 Free Milk Albies Promo
= 2 gal milk + 3 cookies for $7
Thanks Sheryl!

.29 Nestle Single Bars
.49 Iceberg Lettuce (limit 2)
1.77/lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
2.50 7-Up, RC Cola, or A&W 12 pk soda

Manufacturer's coupons are doubled up to $1 every day
View weekly ad here!

.77 Banquet Fruit Pies
-.35/1 MQ from the August issue of All You
-.50/2 MQ 9/12 SS
-1.00/2 Banquet Fruit Pies from Safeway's $70 coupon booklet

.99 7-up, RC Cola
-BOGO 7-Up MQ 9/19 SS
.50 ea. wyb 2

3.99 Hefty Bags
-2.00/1 MQ from Safeway's $16 HBA orange coupon booklet
Phew, good thing this sales price is back. I stilll need garbage bags!

.50/lb. Gala apples
.50 green peppers
.79/lb. red, green, or black seedless grapes
1.68 Bashas Milk gallon - Limit 2

All coupons under $1 equal $1 again this week!
Fry's is accepting competitor's coupons for a limited time!
Bring your reusable bags for a 5 cent discount per bag!
Use this $10 off $50 Fresh & Easy coupon!

1.00 Starkist Tuna Pouch or Can
-.50/1 Facebook IPQ - Like them & print here
-.75/1 low sodium Starkist IPQ - print here

1.00 Dole Salad Blends or Kits
-1.00/1 IPQ - play game & print here

1.00 Fry's sandwich bread
-.50/1 Target bread IPQ - print here

2.00 Halloween Fun Size Wonka Candy
-.50/1 MQ 8/1 RP

1.25 Kroger shredded or block cheese
1.77/lb. fresh Foster Farms boneless skinless chicken breast
All coupons under $1 equal $1 again this week!
View Safeway's NEW coupon policy here!
View weekly ad here!

1.25 Lucerne Cream Cheese
-.55/1 Real CA cheese IPQ - print here
-.55/1 Real CA MQ 5/23 SS

1.99 Lucerne Cheese, 6-8 oz. Shredded or Block Cheese
-.55/1 Real CA cheese IPQ - print here
-.55/1 Real CA MQ 5/23 SS

1.99 Kraft Cheese, 16 oz singles
-5.00/5 IPQ - print here
.99 each wyb 5

1.99 Jennie-O Store Lean - SATURDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY ONLY
-.55/1 Jennie-O tray product MQ peelie - found mine at Fry's

.50 Imperial Spread (with in-ad Q) - limit 4
.77/lb. red or green seedless grapes


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday Shopping ... 12 cents at Fry's & Safeway

I stopped off at Fry's first.... total out of pocket was 6 cents!

.69 Softsoap (8)
-.35/1 MQ from La Voz

1.67 Kraft Cheese (5)
-5.00/5 IPQ - print here
.67 each

1.00 Campbell's Soups (6)
-1.00/1 IPQ here and here & .50/1 IPQ

1.00 Hunt's Ketchup (3)
-.55/1 green peelies found at Bashas (3)
-.50/1 EQ - what a nice surprise!
FREE + .50 overage

And here are my free or close to free after coupon items to get my subtotal up to $50...

7.99 Fry's 8 inch cake from bakery

2.00 Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese

2.49 Triscuit Thin Crisps

3.99 Oscar Meyer Deli Meat

1.19 Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
-.50/1 IPQ - print here (3)
-.60/2 EQ - what a nice surprise!
.01 overage each, plus I received a $1 off my next chicken or beef purchase!

.78 Big K Root Beer 2 liter
-Free Refreshe home mailer from Safeway

.88 Fry's sandwich bread
-.50/1 Target bread IPQ - print here

And here are my "free" groceries ... they ate up the overage from the Fresh & Easy $10 off $50...

1.49 Fry's fresh french bread - used this to make French Bread Pizza for dinner, yum!
2.29 Kroger vegetable oil - why am I always running out of this?
.99 Casa Fiesta refried beans - this brand is good!
1.39 Embasa chipotle peppers - bought these to make sweet pork, yum!

Before coupons:
50.73 + .70 tax = 51.43

$10 off $50 Fresh & Easy coupon deducted, then all other coupons

Total paid out of pocket was 6 cents!
After factoring in the 1.00 OYNO I received, I made 94 cents! Yippee!

I also stopped into Safeway to see if they had restocked their Nesquik yet.
They did, so I cashed in my raincheck and grabbed 3 free after the .35/1 tearpad coupons I found at Circle K. While I was checking out, a 1.10 EQ came off. I have no idea where it came from or how long its been on my card, so I grabbed a Reese's to bring the balance out of the negative. I paid 6 cents tax.

12 cents well spent... :)

A Late Mail Call Monday

And the picture refuses to turn the correct way ... nice!

I did get my grocery ads early on Monday, but I didn't get this posted until tonight. So, no need for an early preview! I will have My Favorite Deals list posted tomorrow morning for the new week of sales!

I did receive my free General Mills samples from the Que Loca Vida campaign. That was super fast! I got a box of Hamburger Helper, a box of Fiber One cereal, and a coupon for 1.00/2 Totino's products. Yay!

I also got a free issue of OK Magazine. Snooki is anorexic now? Honestly...

Monday, September 27, 2010

CLOSED- GIVE AWAY! $35 to CSN Stores!

Let's start the week off with a give away!

CSN has graciously offered another one of my readers a chance to shop at their amazing online mall of 200 + stores free! Someone will win a $35 gift card good to any of CSN's online stores... could it be you?

Have you checked out CSN's stores? They have almost everything ... ranging from children's toys, kitchen appliances, dining tables, and all sorts of other things!

So, how do you enter?

You can enter with a total of five entries per person! Make sure to leave a seperate comment on this post for each entry along with your email address or access to your profile contact info!
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would buy from CSN Stores with your $35. (1 entry)
  2. Post about this give away with a link back in your comment. (2 entries - leave seperate comments)
  3. Grab my button or add me to your blogroll. If I'm already there, that counts too! (1 entry)
  4. Subscribe to Arizona Savings by clicking here! (1 entry) If you already do, that counts!
  5. Become a follower by clicking here. (1 entry) If you already do, that counts!
More Details:

  • This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents ONLY.
  • Sorry, No PO Boxes.
  • This giveaway will close on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 8am AZ time.
  • The winner will be selected via and the winner will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Thanks for entering & good luck!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

They're Here! 7 boxes of free Huggies diapers!

This is a beautiful sight! 7 boxes of Huggies diapers shipped to my door for FREE! Considering the financial state of our family right now, diapers are one last thing I have to worry about now, thanks to the Amazon diaper deal of the century! Remember, those Amazon discount codes expire 9/30, but your order has to be placed prioir to 9/30. If you still have codes, get those diapers ordered now!

If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here for the full explanation and step by step instructions so you can get free diapers too!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Amazon Code Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

The 4 winners for the Amazon 20% discount codes are:

#44 - Christine
"Bummed I had already thrown my August issue, never realized what an amazing deal this could be!"
I almost got rid of my August codes too! They were on their way to Bookman's to be traded in and I pulled those codes out last minute just in case. Phew... at least you've got a September code now!

#14 - Rose
"Great blog!!! I have a friend that sure could use some great deals on diapers :-)"
How awesome are you to think of your friend? I am so happy to be indirectly involved in this charitable act!

#31 - Kris & Amy
"PICK ME! PICK ME! PICK ME! :) I wouldn't of even known about this diaper thing if it wasn't for you. THANKS!!"
Okay, okay, I pick you! :) Well, actually, picked you. Congratulations! Can you email me at so I have your email address? Thanks! Never mind! I found your email address in a previous comment!

#12 - Desatoff Family
"Ooooh! Gimmee gimmee gimmee! I would love to have that code. Nothing is better than cheap diapers :)"
The only thing better than cheap diapers is free diapers ... which is very rare. Have fun ordering your super cheap diapers!

Winners, I will send out your codes right now! Thanks to everyone who entered! If you get in on this Amazon diaper deal, send me your pictures! I want to see everyone's super cheap diapers!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Arizona Blog Hop - Free Upgrade & Refill on Harkins Fountain Drinks!

Harkins Theatres are turning 77 years old! To celebrate, between now and September 30th, when you buy a medium fountain drink, Harkins will upgrade your drink to a large at no additional cost!  AND you also get a FREE refill on that large drink too! Valid 9/3/10 through 9/30/10. Fountain drinks only.

I am so excited about this freebie! I still have some Kellogg's cereal Toy Story concession money left over from that Target cereal deal, so I look at this as a great way to stretch that free concession money! Free fountain drinks are always a great deal!

CLOSED Amazon Diaper Codes Give Away!

Have you jumped in on the Amazon diaper deal yet? If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here to see how I got 7 boxes of Huggies diapers, shipped to my door - ABSOLUTELY FREE! September is quickly winding to a close and I have 4 "W" Amazon 20% discount codes left over that expire 9/30! I want them all to go to good homes where they will be used up, so I am giving them away!

If you want a chance to enter for one of the Amazon 20% off codes, just leave me a comment on this post. That's it - simple! You can leave as many comments as you want, about anything you want.

I'll make this a super quick give away so you have time to use the codes before the end of the month. The 4 winners will be picked tomorrow at noon (AZ time). Please make sure to leave me an email address so I can contact you!

Good luck!

You Asked! Questions from Readers

I always like to post questions from readers for everyone to see - who knows, someone else could have the same exact question! Here are some questions and deals I've received in the past few days...

I saw on your 9-22 post that you can buy bread for .50 after the target coupon that you used at Fry's. Does Fry's take target coupons now? I didn't know that if they do now? - Monica

Hi Monica! Yes! Fry's began accepting Target coupons a couple of weeks ago. They actually list Target in their ad as a competitor, so that makes it super easy in case a cashier questions you (one questioned me last week). Click here for these (plus more!) awesome Target coupons you can use at Fry's:

  • .50/1 Market Pantry bread

  • 2.00 off Market Pantry frozen chicken

  • 1.00 off fresh produce - I think this one might be gone. I already printed it, so I can't tell.
I had my Parent's magazine delivered to my house but didn't see any I just missing them? - Jenny
Hi Jenny! Which month's Parents magazine are you referring to? The 20% discount codes were in the August & September Parents and Parenting Early Years magazines. The October issue did not have any Amazon codes :( They look like this... (with an expiration date of 9/30/10)
You can still purchase the October issue of Parents magazine at stores, but hurry before those get pulled down to make room for the November issues! You can also enter my give away for the 4 W codes I have left! I will post the details later this afternoon!

Hi! I was at my Frys store in Goodyear and they were marking the Oscar Mayer hot dogs down to $.99!! I know Target a while back had a coupon for $1 off of 2 (exp 11/3) which would make an even better deal! Do you know of any other coupons for OM hot dogs? Just thought I would share with everyone! =) - Kim

Great find! I know we got a MQ for 1.00/2 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs in the 8/22 SS. It expires 10/17/10. I'm not sure if your Fry's was marking down the "Selects" variety of Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs, but if they were, here is a link for 1.00 off 1 Oscar Mayer Selects. To access the coupon, you'll have to tell the website what puts you in a good mood and then like them on Facebook. Thanks for the heads up!

If any of you ever have questions, deals, or want to share photos of your shopping conquests, send them all to!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New Freebies & Samples! Including a free A&W Root Beer Float printable!

Do you have any plans this Thursday evening? How about a fun girls night out at a free Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshop? You'll get to be crafty with Martha Stewart Living products and if you are one of the first 30 attendees, you'll score a free project organizer! RSVP by clicking on the Home Depot picture link below!

Knock on wood, I have never had a cold sore. Plenty of people I know do and they are not fun! Cold sores can happen to anyone, at any time.
Click here to print a coupon for a new cold sore medication!

The one-day coupon at Red Plum today is for a free A&W Rootbeer float. Hurry and print yours because this coupon will go fast. I just printed my two and they don't expire until October 23rd!

My Favorite Deals - 9/22/10 edition



CHEAPEST GALLON OF MILK: 1.68 Lucerne milk at Safeway
CHEAPEST EGGS: .77 dozen at Bashas' on Monday
CHEAPEST BREAD: .50 at Fry's after Target coupon

For complete coupon match-ups, click here to view Pinching Your Pennies.

Coupons are accepted at face value
View weekly ad here!

1.00 Marcal Single Paper Towel, Toilet Paper, or Tissues (thru 09/23)
-1.00/1 MQ 8/22 SS


.75 Old El Paso Heat & Serve, Tostada Shells or Beans (wyb 8)
-.50/1 Old El Paso Heat & Serve Side MQ 8/22 SS

.25 - Combine with OYNO deal for meat savings!
Old El Paso:  Taco Shells, Dinner Kits, Seasoning, Refried Beans or Heat/Serve Side dishes
Between: 9/6/10 - 10/3/10
Buy 3 packages listed above and get $1 off your next Beef or Chicken Purchase
Buy 6 packages listed above and get $3 off your next Beef or Chicken Purchase

.77/lb. green seedless grapes
.89 Albie's sandwich bread (wyb 8 participating items)
.99 Albie's 32 oz. long grain rice (wyb 8 participating items)
.99 Albie's Butter (sticks shown in ad)
1.69 Crisco Vegetable Oil
1.88 4 lb. granulated sugar
1.00 whole Del Monte pineapple

All coupons under $1 equal $1 this week!
View weekly ad here!

Seven Days to Save Are Back This Week!

WEDNESDAY - Yoplait Yogurt 3 for $1 (limit 6) -.50/4 or .40/6 IPQ = .17 each
THURSDAY - Carolina Turkey or American Chef Cooked Ham $1.99/lb.
FRIDAY - Widmer, New Belgium Pyramid, Red Hook, Alaskan Ale, Sam Adams $9.99
SATURDAY - Beef Tenderloin $5.99/lb.
SUNDAY - Broccoli or Cauliflower .49/lb
MONDAY - Bashas Large Dozen Eggs, .77 - no limit!
TUESDAY - Assorted Donuts $3.88 per dozen 

1.00 Land O Lakes Buttery Spread

.77 Dole Garden Salad

1.00 Hershey's Milk
-.35/1 IPQ - print here

1.00 Tony's Crisp Crust Pizza
-1.00/2 IPQ - print here
.50 each wyb 2

1.99 Shamrock Farms Cottage Cheese
-.50/1 IPQ - print here

1.99 Philadelphia Cream Cheese
-5.00/5 IPQ - print here
.99 each wyb 5

2.50 New York Garlic Toast - Perfect timing... I need garlic toast!
-.40/1 MQ 9/19 SS or .50/1 MQ 7/25 SS or -.50/1 IPQ

General Mills Cereals $1.99 ea.
Buy 4 GM Cereals & Get (3) 1/2 Gallons of milk FREE!

BEST SCENARIO - Thanks Sheryl!
Buy 2 Cheerios $1.99 each & 2 Total $1.99 each = $7.96
Use (2)
.55/1 Cheerios IPQ

Use (2) .75/1 Total MQ 9/19 SS
Pay $3.96 for 4 cereal + (3) 1/2 gal milk!

.77 5 lb. bag Russett Potatoes
.77/lb. Utah peaches
.88 Bashas Milk (1/2 gallon)

All coupons under $1 equal $1 again this week!
Fry's is accepting competitor's coupons for a limited time!
Bring your reusable bags for a 5 cent discount per bag!

.69 Softsoap Aloe Vera Pump
-.35/1 MQ "Smart Source en Espanol" La Voz - no date on spine, Scott coupons on front
.31 overage!

1.67 Wish Bone Salad Dressing
-.50/1 IPQ - print here and here
-.75/1 Target IPQ - print here
.08 overage!

1.00 Campbells Chunky or Select Harvest Soup
-1.00/1 IPQ - print here and here
-.50/1 IPQ - print here

1.00 Hunts Ketchup
-.55/1 green peelie MQ found on Hunt's bottles at Bashas' last week

2.00 Halloween Fun Size Wonka - Time to start stocking up on Halloween candy!
-.50/1 MQ 8/1 RP

1.00 Fry's Sandwich Bread
-.50/1 Target IPQ (Market Pantry bread is Target's generic brand) - print here

1.67 Kraft Cheese - Shredded or Bar (7-8 oz.), American Singles (10.7-12 oz.)
-5.00/5 IPQ - print here
-.75/1 Kraft cheese IPQ
- print here
-1.00/1 Kraft 2% milk cheese product IPQ - print here
.67 each!

1.98 Cinnamon Toast Crunch
-.55/1 EQ - load here

1.00 Driscoll raspberries
1.00/lb. Gala, Red Golden Delicious, or Granny Smith apples
1.00 Fry's 1/2 gallon milk

All coupons under $1 equal $1 again this week!
View Safeway's NEW coupon policy here!
View weekly ad here!

1.25 Farmer John Sausage Links
-.75/1 IPQ - print here
-.75/1 EQ - load here
.25 without EQ, .50 overage with EQ

1.00 Nesquik Milk
-.50/1 MQ 8/1 RP
(This is a regional coupon, I didn't get it in the AZ Republic)
-.35/1 tearpad MQ found at Circle K

1.28 strawberries (16 oz.)
1.68 Lucerne gallon milk
1.99 10 lb. bag Russet Potatoes

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