Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

I apologize for the lack of posts this weekend! I am spending lots of time with my family and relaxing during this long weekend. Enjoy yourselves & remember all of those men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. I'll be back to regular posting on Tuesday with a belated Mail Call Monday (no mail on Monday this week!) & of course, "My Favorite Deals" will be posted on Wednesday morning!

Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saturday Shopping!

I headed out this morning to do some Saturday shopping at Fry's (more Powerade!), WalMart (summer fun stuff!), & the Superstition Ranch Market (amazingly cheap fresh produce).
I filled up my car at the Fry's gas station using my 10 cent fuel rewards I have accumulated and paid 2.49/gallon - wowza! Then I headed inside for 2 more cases of Powerade. I used 15 .75/2 tearpad MQs for a total cost of 90 cents plus .03 tax. Paid .93 on a Fry's gift card.

I went to Wally World because we needed some summer essentials ... bubbles and a water toy! What is Memorial Day weekend without backyard fun? Well, I forgot the bubbles :( but I did find an awesome flower sprinkler that attaches to the hose and whips water all over the place on clearance for $3.00! I also picked up a pack of boneless skinless chicken breasts for 3.10 (price matched to Safeway) and 1.00 hamburger buns and hot dog buns. While I was there, I stopped by the RedBox and grabbed a free rental of "Dear John" to watch later tonight. My total was 8.10 paid on a WalMart gift card.

I have professed my love for the farmer's market before on this blog, but look at all that colorful, fresh produce! How can you not want one of everything? And I only spent 10.88 total!

1.42 red seedless grapes (.69/lb.)
1.19 5 pound bag of potatoes
.50 strawberries (1 lb.)
.99 blueberries
.99 yellow peach (.89/lb.)
.34 kiwi
.34 mango
.59 tomatoes (.69/lb.)
.34 iceberg lettuce
.31 nectarine (1.29/lb.)
.34 orange bell pepper
.25 yellow & red bell peppers
1.26 bananas (.59/lb.)
.57 green beans (1.49/lb.)
.17 cucumber
.10 white corn (3 ears @ .10 each)
.34 blackberries (2)
.92 seedless watermelon (.12/lb.)
TOTAL = 10.88

TOTAL OOP = 10.88

Friday, May 28, 2010

75 Powerades for $3.00!

I wait for this Fry's Powerade sale all year and then I stock up! We were just getting down to our last case from last year's sale, so this was great timing! If you can find the .75/2 Powerade tearpad Qs, you can stock up at 3 cents per bottle! I have seen these coupons everywhere (Circle K, QT, & Fry's), but they expire 5/31/10, so you have to hurry and use them by Monday. The limit is 3 cases (or 45 bottles) per transaction, so I did 2 orders.

.80 Powerade (45)
-5 free wyb 10 store discount (.80 x 15 = 12.00 discount)
-.75/2 tearpad Q (22)
2.00 cost
My cashier doubled all of these, but YMMV. Their policy is 3 like coupons doubled per order.

2.24 Mirra make-up brushes (6)
-5.00/2 IPQ - print here
1.56 overage
You may or may not get the overage on these. If the cashier doesn't push these through, ask the cashier to adjust the coupon price down or just buy a Mirra product that is more expensive, like the Mirra cleansing cloths for 2.99 so you get over the 5.00 mark.

1.19 Bounty Basic paper towel
-.25/1 MQ 5/2 PG
This coupon expires 5/31/10, so if you have any left, use them up before Monday!

1.00 Right Guard deodorant (14)
-.55/1 MQ (14) from Safeway May 2010 HBA coupon booklet - found in beauty aisle
Again, my cashier doubled all of these, but YMMV.
1.88 milk

2.51 subtotal + .90 tax = 3.41 total
Paid with $3 Kraft Dressing OYNO and .41 on Fry's gift card
3.41 cost

.80 Powerade (30)
-5 free wyb 10 store discount (.80 x 10 = 8.00 discount)
-.75/2 tearpad Q (15) - My cashier doubled all of these, but YMMV. Their policy is 3 doubled per order.
1.00 cost

1.00 subtotal + .53 tax = 1.53 total paid on Fry's giftcard

FINAL SUMMARY: 4.94 cost

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Safeway & Bashas

I got some of my shopping done today. I'd rather not go out over the long weekend, so I tried to get some of it out of the way today...

5.99 Tide Stain Release (with in-ad Q)
-3.00/1 PG Home Mailer or 5/2 MQ PG
-3.00/1 EQ - load here
.01 overage

1.00 Zone Perfect bars (3)
-.55/1 MQ 5/16 SS (3)

1.99 Ziploc Containers (4) - price wyb 3+
-.55/1 MQ 5/16 SS (4)
3.96 OOP, Earned (2) $2 OYNO
.04 profit

.33 Sun Rype Strips (2) - price good through 6/15
-BOGO IPQ - print here (auto'd at .59)
4 cents each

.99 Oscar Meyer Hardwood Smoked Turkey Hot Dogs (2) with in-ad Q
-1.00/1 green peelie found on package (2)
.01 overage each
The green peelie is only good on the Angus and Hardwood Smoked Turkey varieties. A previous commenter noticed the Angus was not included in the .99 sale, so we assumed the green peelies did not apply to this sale. However, when I went to my Safeway today, I noticed the Hardwood Smoked Turkey variety is included. And these are the ones I wanted anyway - turkey and no nitrates! Time to stock up!

1.99 Sun-Maid Raisin Boxes
-.55/1 peelie MQ
We are out of raisins and 99 cents is a good price - cheaper than the Safeway brand!

5.00 subtotal + .98 tax = 5.98 on Safeway gift card
Earned (2) $2 OYNO
SUMMARY = 1.98 cost

I was planning on cashing in my 9 Pantene 1.00/1 MQs for the .99 clearanced products I found (thanks for the tip Sheryl!),  but every coupon beeped because it exceeded the price. The manager said he would push 3 through, but not all 9. I just took them all off. I'll go to another Safeway. The one I went to (Val Vista/Southern) didn't have any shampoo or conditioner anyway. It was all hair spray and gel.

Today was a fantastic day to find coupons at Safeway! Here's what I found:
  • "Add Dairy to Your Summer Adventure" Coupon Booklets - I've seen these all over the coupon blogs, but hadn't seen them here before today. They have arrived in AZ! There were tons in plastic hanging cases in front of the cheese, yogurt, and near the milk. Make sure to pick one up - they are full of awesome MQ & Store dairy Qs!
  • 1.00/1 O Organic Coupons - I've been hearing about these mythical coupons for awhile, so I was excited to finally see some at my Safeway at the pharmacy counter. It's a single coupon on cardstock good for 1.00/1 O Organic item and it doesn't expire until 12/31/10! Other couponers are getting free Organic dairy by pairing this coupon up with clearanced items. Keep your eyes peeled for these little treasures!
  • May 2010 HBA Coupon Booklets - I had a few from earlier in the month, but I wanted to grab another few so I could stock up on free Right Guard deodorant at Fry's using the .55/1 MQ in these booklets. (Thanks for the heads up Sheryl and KC!)
I had a few of the 1.00/2 Bar S MQs, but I knew each transaction had a limit of 2 with a $10 minimum purchase. So, I went to self check-out, and before scanning my Bashas card, I scanned 2 hot dogs, plus enough items to get me over the $10 requirement. Then, I scanned my Bashas card and my coupons. Each of my transactions needed a banana or two to bring it positive. I didn't pay any OOP at Bashas. Here are the deals I got:

.47 Bar S Hot Dogs (6)* (with in-ad Q)
-1.00/2 MQ 5/16 RP
.06 overage
* These were split into multiple transactions of 2.

.99 American Beauty pasta (2)
-.50/1 IPQ (2) - print here

.99 Vlassic Relish (4)
-.55/1 IPQ (4) - print here
.01 overage each

1.00 Farmer John sausage
-.75/1 IPQ - print here

.59/lb. bananas - fillers

While at Bashas, I realized the McCormick Grillmates were 1.50, not 1.00, so no free seasoning. Oh well, I'm sure it will be free pretty soon here.

I found lots of tearpad, blinkie, & peelie Qs. My favorite was Free Eggs wyb 2 Kellogg's cereals.

Bashas at Crismon & Baseline is always fun because you get to scan your own coupons in. I LOVE that because I can verify the sales prices as I scan the items & make sure each coupon is scanned and none are stuck together and missed.

New Kraft Instant Win Game!

And the instant win games just keep on coming!
This one is Kraft has a fun new instant win game you can play called Noodlette.
  • .55/2 Blue Box Macaroni & Cheese
  • B2G1 Mac & Cheese Cups
  • BOGO Kraft Mac & Cheese Homestyle Dinners

    I was confused on how to get the spinning noodle started, but after a few spins, it seems like you just hover over it with the mouse and move the mouse really fast. I don't know if that's how you're suuposed to do it, but it worked for me. My first game, I racked up 11,000 points! This qualified me for all 3 coupons (these are Bricks IPQs, so print each one twice).

    Also, there is a Target Q available to print for a free Kraft Homestyle Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner when you buy 2. It expires 6/5 and would be awesome to stack with the BOGO IPQ you win. You can play as many times as you want, but you can't print any more than 2 of each coupon from the same computer.

    This is the button I'll post on the right side of  my blog for this Kraft instant win game:
    Good luck! Win some coupons so we can all fulfill our $10 Kraft rebates from the Facebook promo (no longer available). All purchases have to be made by 6/13, so these Kraft IPQs are just in time!

    Also, here is a recap of the other Freebies & Giveaways listed on the right side of my blog....

    • Safeway's Dairy Summer Adventure - Enter daily for a variety of awesome prizes and a grand prize of Ultimate Summer Backyard Makeover. Runs through 6/21/10.

    • Circle K Diamondbacks Strike Out Meter promo - Seems like coupons are released the day after Diamondbacks home games. Next home game is 6/4/10.

    • AZ Central 30 Prizes in 30 Days - Enter daily for awesome daily and weekly prizes including movie & concert tickets. Runs through 6/15/10.

    • Kraft Noodlette Instant Win Game - Play as many times as you want to earn points towards high value Kraft coupons. Runs through 8/9/10.

    • 3 Free Taco Bell Tacos When Diamondbacks Score 6+ Runs - The deal is good from 4-6PM the day AFTER the team scores six runs. Ask for the Diamondbacks Special. Purchase of one large soft drink is required. Runs through baseball season.

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Target & Free Flashlights!

    I ran over to Target today for a few deals. I wanted to replicate KC's awesome Venus razor deal, but sadly, the razors were only clearanced to 4.24 at the Target on Gilbert & Southern and Power & Southern in Mesa. I even scanned them to make sure. This still makes them a .52 money maker, but after tax, it would probably be a wash. I was hoping for a 2.04 money maker and honestly, I have enough razors. I'll wait and see if they'll come down in price at all this week.
    3.00 Mountain Dew 12 pk. (5)
    -1.00/2 Target Q (2) - print here - scroll down & click on "Coupons" at bottom
    -2.00/4 MQ - print here A commenter reported this is a counterfeit coupon. It's not on the CIC list of fradulent coupons, but you may want to call PepsiCo to verify.
    11.00 OOP, earned $5 gift card for purchasing 5 12-pks.
    6.00 cost or 1.20 each
    Thanks Hounding with FrugalSuz!
    My husband likes Mountain Dew and at 1.20 per 12-pk., we're out of it, & 1.20 is not a bad stock up price for the summer.

    .99 Bic 7-pk. pens (2)
    -1.00/1 IPQ (2) adjusted to .99 each - print here

    My sweet baby girl "needed" some clothing for her 2 year pictures. :) And she honestly needed a couple of church dresses. We have tubs and tubs of hand-me-down clothing she's been wearing since she was born, but there seems to be a lull in our supply around 2T. Remember how I said I was getting ready to do a mall trip? Well, I did, and I couldn't bring myself to spend $24 on a dress for my 1 year old. Or $12 for a pair of shorts. I mean, really. She's going to grow out of it in 6 months anyway. So, I ditched the mall idea and decided to head to Target. I used this $5.00 off 30.00 in Cherokee children's apparal IPQ and a couple of 2.50/1 Target hangtag Qs (finally found a couple of these!) to bring my OOP down. Here's how I did:

    11.00 Brown & White Flower Dress - LOVE THIS!
    4.48 puffy White Flowered Dress - clearanced
    5.00 Pink Blouse
    6.00 Plaid Shorts
    2.98 C9 clearanced Girl's Shirt -2.50/1 hangtag found on Tide with Febreeze = .48
    2.98 C9 clearanced Boy's Shirt -2.50/1 hangtag found on Tide with Febreeze = .48
    32.44 before coupons, 22.44 after $5/30 and 2 2.50/1 hangtag Target coupons (in that order).
    As much as it makes me want to puke to spend money like this, I am happy with what I got for $22.
    Total Target Cost = 28.44 paid with Target gift cards

    I also had 3 free LED flashlight coupons at Harbor Freight. They were in the Harbor Freight ad in the Sunday paper on 2/14, 3/7, 4/18, & 5/2. They do say one per customer, so I was worried I'd have to come back daily to collect all my flashlights. The cashier was super nice and gave me all 3 in one transaction. They are bigger than I thought they would be and I am excited to use these for emergency kits & stocking stuffers. Make sure you use up all those coupons and get your free LED flashlights too!

    Tearpad Hunting & Online Safeway Instant Win Game

    I went out on a coupon hunt today.

    I went to a few Circle K gas stations looking for more Powerade tearpad MQs for the sale at Fry's this week. I didn't find any more of those, but I did find lots of other great coupons:
    • 1.00/2 1-liter or 1.00/1-2 liter A&W, 7Up, Canada Dry, or Sunkist - I see free soda in my future!
    • 1.00/2 1-liter Dasani bottled water
    • 1.00/1 Minute Maid Enhanced bottled Juice Drink, 12 oz.
    • 1.00/1 Breyer's Ice Cream pint
    • 1.00/2 12 oz. 8-pk. Pepsi, Crush, Sierra Mist, Mountain Dew peelies
    There are lots of awesome prizes from these manufacturers:
    Plus, there are other instant win prizes and the grand prize includes a patio set, gas BBQ, fire pit, & outdoor cooler!
    Here is the fine print:
    1. You can enter once a day through 6/21/10.
    2. Each daily play automatically enters you for a chance to win the Ultimate Summer Backyard Makeover - see prizes here.
    3. Contest is open to residents of: AK, AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, HI, ID, IL, MD, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OR, PA, SD, TX, VA, WA, WY. Must be 18 years or older.
    Between this game, the Circle K Diamondbacks promotion, the AZ Central give away, and the Taco Bell Diamondbacks Taco Deal, I think we need a section on the blog to remind us of these daily win games! I will post these on the right side of my blog so we can all remember to enter every day!

    And of course, if any of you are lucky to win any of these prizes, please let us know so we can get excited for you!

    My Favorite Deals - 5/26/10 edition

    Holy Toledo! ALL 4 major grocery stores are multiplying coupons this week! Bashas has jumped on the band wagon with their Quadruple Coupons event! This is the week to stock up on all of your summer BBQ items. These sale prices are crazy!


    CHEAPEST GALLON OF MILK: 1.99 at Bashas' or 1.68 at Fresh & Easy - thanks Anon!
    CHEAPEST EGGS: 1.29 18-count at Safeway
    CHEAPEST BREAD: 1.00 Sara Lee bread at Safeway (after MQ)

    CHIPS: 1.77 Lays at all 4 stores
    SODA: 2.47 Coke products 12 pk. w/ $10 purchase at Fry's or 2.47 wyb 4 at Albie's
    BUNS: .99 Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns at Safeway
    HOT DOGS: Free Oscar Meyer at Safeway or Free Bar S at Bashas
    BBQ SAUCE: .50 Kraft BBQ Sauce at Albie's
    BAKED BEANS: .50 Van Camp's Pork & Beans at Albie's
    SEEDLESS WATERMELON: 2.88 Whole Seedless Watermelon at Bashas, limit 2
    CORN ON THE COB: 12 cents each California White Corn at Bashas, limit 16 ears

    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!
    10% military discount all week!

    1.47 Capri Sun
    1.00 Shamrock Farms sour cream
    .50 Kraft BBQ sauce
    .50 Van Camp's Pork & Beans - counts towards Con Agra rebate
    1.99 seedless grapes

    All coupons less than .25 will be quadrupled, coupons .26 to 1.00 equal 1.00!

    .47 Bar S hot dogs* (with in-ad Q)
    -1.00/2 MQ 5/16 RP
    .03 overage each wyb 2
    *Limit 2, $10 purchase required

    1.00 Farmer John Sausage Links or Roll
    -.75/1 IPQ - print here

    1.00 1.50 McCormick Grill Mates Seasoning
    -.50/1 MQ 4/18 RP
    .50 - corrected after verifying correct price in the store - sorry for the confusion

    1.00 Vlasic Relish (9-10 oz)
    -.55/1 IPQ - print here - click "Coupon" in menu bar

    .99 American Beauty Pasta
    -.50/1 IPQ - print here
    .99 Sunny D
    -.25/1 MQ 4/18 SS

    1.99 Bashas milk
    .99 Shamrock Farms sour cream
    .48/lb. bananas
    2.88 whole seedless watermelon

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

    .58 Bar S hot dogs, limit 4
    -1.00/2 MQ 5/16 RP
    8 cents each

    .88 Items:
    Van Camps Pork & Beans
    Minute Maid Lemonade or Punch
    Popsicles Novelties

    .88 Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
    -1.00/2 MQ 5/23 SS
    .38 each

    .53 Powerade wyb 15 (Buy 10, get 5 free)
    Limit 45 Powerades per transaction
    -.75/2 Powerade tearpad MQs at Fry's
    3 cents each

    1.00 Betty Crocker cake mix & brownie mix

    Remember, the Mirra deal continues into this week also! Details here!

    All coupons under $1 equal $1 again this week!
    View Safeway's coupon policies here, here, & here

    2.00 Sara Lee bread products
    -.55/1 Sara Lee Delightful product MQ 4/25 RP
    -.75/1 Sara Lee Hearty & Delicious product MQ 5/2 RP (pictured in ad)
    1.00 per loaf

    .99 Safeway hamburger & hot dog buns

    5.99 Jennie-O turkey burgers

    1.99 Best Foods Mayo (with in-ad Q), limit 2
    -.25/1 MQ 5/23 RP
    .99 each

    .99 Oscar Meyer Hardwood Smoked Turkey hot dogs (with in-ad Q), limit 5!
    -1.00/1 green peelies on packages
    .01 overage
    Green peelie coupon only matches up with the Hardwood Smoked Turkey variety.
    Thanks Frenzied Family of Four! Good eye!

    1.29 18-ct. eggs (with in-ad Q), limit 2

    5.99 Tide Stain Release or Detergent (with in-ad Q)
    -3.00/1 MQ 5/2 PG
    -3.00/1 PG EQ - load here
    .01 overage

    1.88 Doritos (with in-ad Q)

    Remember, the Ziploc Deal continues into this week also! Details here!


    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Safeway & CVS

    I wanted to grab some Old Spice body wash ($4 money maker after coupons & EB), but they were cleaned out. That's ok, I got a raincheck, so I'll do that deal when they restock. We were out of diapers (the diaper deals have really been lagging lately!) so I grabbed a pack with a raincheck price from a couple of weeks ago.

    8.49 Huggies - raincheck price
    -3.00/1 IPQ - print here
    -2.00/1 CRT
    3.49 subtotal + .62 tax = 4.11 OOP
    Paid with $4 EB, .11 on CVS gift card
    Earned $2 EB
    2.11 cost

    1.99 Ziploc Containers (4) - price reflects buying 3+
    -.55/1 MQ 5/16 SS (4)
    3.96 - Earned 2 $2 OYNOs
    *This sales price and Catalina deal continues through the next sales week, at least.

    2.00 Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix (2)
    -.75/2 IPQ - print here
    -.75/2 Shortcuts EQ (3) - load here
    -.50/2 Shortcuts EQ - no longer available
    .12 each

    4.21 subtotal + .37 tax = 4.58 paid with Safeway gift card

    Earned 2 $2 OYNOs = .58 cost

    Thrifty Tidbits - 5/25/10 edition

    Here's what I have done to be thrifty today:
    And of course, I am furiously working on all of "My Favorite Deals" to post tomorrow morning. Get excited - there are tons of great BBQ deals and freebies starting Wednesday! Make your last minute runs tonight if you haven't already cashed in on these deals ending tonight:
    What have you guys done to be thrifty & frugal today?

    Monday, May 24, 2010

    2.23 profit at Fry's & free bananas at Circle K!

    35 free Weight Watchers Smart Ones meals? I already feel thinner!
    Sorry for the unexciting Smart Ones picture. I was trying to get them into my work freezer as quickly as possible, so no time to construct a beautiful tower of low calorie yumminess!

    I could hardly get to Fry's quickly enough to cash in on this awesome Smart Ones deal! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, click here for the full outline.

    1.00 Smart Ones (10)
    -5.00/10.00 IPQ - print here
    5.00 OOP, earned $5 OYNO

    1.00 Smart Ones dessert
    -Free MQ wyb 5 Smart Ones entrees (home mailer with free insulated bag I requested)
    Cashier deducted 2.18
    1.18 profit

    3.17 Smart Ones pizza
    -Free MQ wyb 5 Smart Ones entrees (home mailer with free insulated bag I requested)

    2.24 Mirra make-up brushes (4)
    -5.00/2 Kroger IPQ (2) - print here
    1.04 overage
    *The second 5.00/2 IPQ beeped and required a manager's key. He pushed it through, but you may have a nmanager who adjusts the value of the coupon down.

    1.67 Kraft dressing (4)
    -.55/1 MQ 5/2 SS (2)
    -.35/1 peelie MQs (2) - found at Safeway
    2.68 OOP, earned $3 OYNO
    .32 profit

    -.15 reusable bag credit (5 cents per bag)

    5.31 subtotal + .29 tax = 5.60 paid with Fry's gift card

    Earned 8.00 in OYNOs = 2.40 profit

    1.00 Smart Ones (10)

    -5.00/10.00 IPQ - print here
    5.00 OOP, earned $5 OYNO

    3.17 Smart Ones flatbread, anytime appetizer (2)
    -Free MQ (2) wyb 5 Smart Ones entrees (home mailer with free insulated bag I requested)
    1.67 Kraft dressing (4)
    -.55/1 MQ 5/2 SS (2)
    -.35/1 peelie MQs (2) - found at Safeway
    2.68 OOP, earned $3 OYNO
    .32 profit

    .50 candy bar - filler

    -.15 reusable bag credit (5 cents per bag)

    8.03 subtotal + .09 tax = 8.12 paid with 8.00 OYNOs from transaction #1, .12 change

    Earned 8.00 in OYNOs = .12 cost

    1.00 Smart Ones (10)

    -5.00/10.00 IPQ - print here
    5.00 OOP, earned $5 OYNO

    3.17 Smart Ones breakfast entree
    -Free MQ wyb 5 Smart Ones entrees (home mailer with free insulated bag I requested)

    -.15 reusable bag credit (5 cents per bag)

    4.85 subtotal + .20 tax = 5.05 paid with 5.00 OYNO from transaction #2, .05 change

    Earned 5.00 OYNO = .05 cost

    FINAL FRY'S SUMMARY = 2.23 profit!

    I am out of coupons, or else I would be living at Fry's tomorrow to soak up the rest of this deal. I packed my work freezer full and I can't wait to try all the delicious varieties! WARNING - DO NOT BUY THE RICOTTA & SPINACH VARIETY! FOR SOME REASON, IT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE OYNO DEAL AND WON'T COUNT. THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP SHERYL! Also, Janae left a comment that she found some freebie Smart Ones MQs wyb 5 entrees inside the entrees she purchased today! Check those boxes for more savings! Thanks Janae!

    I also grabbed a FREE 3 pound bag of bananas at Circle K this afternoon. They were free as part of their awesome AZ Diamondbacks promo they are running. Each day, Circle K releases a new free item internet printable coupon. How exciting! Click here every day so you can check to find out what you're getting free!

    Mail Call Monday 5/24/10

    All kinds of awesome freebies in my mailbox ... as usual!
    Due to popular demand, I will start including a quick preview of the weekly grocery ads that start Wednesday. 5/26. I wish I had a scanner so I could just post them online for all of you, but I haven't seen a coupon for a scanner recently. :)

    Double, Triple, Quadruple Coupon Event Continues!
    10% Military Discount all week!
    • 1.47 Capri Sun
    • 1.00 Shamrock Farms sour cream
    • .50 Kraft BBQ sauce or Van Camp's Pork & Beans
    • 1.99 seedless grapes
    Quadruple Coupons! Yay! Bashas has finally caved in and joined everyone else in multiplying coupons!
    • 1.99 Bashas milk
    • .99 Shamrock Farms sour cream
    • .99 Sunny D - free after .25/1 MQ from 4/18 SS
    • .48/lb. bananas
    • 2.88 whole seedless watermelon
    All MQs equal $1.00 again this week!
    • .58 Bar S hot dogs, limit 4
    • .88 Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce, Van Camps Pork & Beans, Minute Maid Lemonade or Punch, Popsicles Novelties
    • .53 Powerade wyb 15 (Buy 10, get 5 free), limit 45 Powerades per transaction - .03 after .75/2 Powerade tearpad MQs at Fry's
    • 1.00 Betty Crocker cake mix & brownie mix
    All MQs equal $1.00 again!
    • .99 Safeway hamburger & hot dog buns
    • 5.99 Jennie-O turkey burgers
    • 1.99 Best Foods Mayo (with in-ad Q) - .99 after .25/1 MQ in 5/23 RP
    • .99 Oscar Meyer hot dogs (with in-ad Q) - Free after 1.00/1 green peelies on packages
    • 1.29 18-ct. eggs (with in-ad Q)
    • 5.99 Tide Stain Release or Detergent (with in-ad Q) - Free after 3.00/1 MQ 5/2 PG, 3.00/1 PG EQ
    Ok, that's a quick overview of the best deals I saw after a quick glance through the ads. Iwill have "My Favorite Deals" posted Wednesday morning. In honor of Memorial Day weekend, I will include a special section highlighting the best prices for all of your weekend BBQs! This is the week to stock up on all of your BBQ items - free hot dogs, 1.88 Doritos, lots of soda deals, plus more!

    Yard Sale Finds in California!

    We were out of town visiting family this weekend in Southern California, where it was freezing cold & raining! What the heck? I don't think the So Cal meteorologists got the memo that it's almost June! My little sister and I went out and hunted down a few great yard sales.

    Here's what we found:

    1.00 Dress (worn once!)
    .50 Children's Place Hats
    .50 Old Navy Sweater
    .50 I Spy Book

    2.00 Closet Organizer
    I am so excited about this! My daughter's pants are in piles on a closet shelf, but the piles always get mixed together. This will keep them seperate and organized! (This is my super cute little sister modeling the organizer!)

    Get excited ... this is the most amazing find ever!
    1.00 Antique Coupon Organizer FULL of Coupons with No Expiration Dates!
    Look at these old, yellowed coupons! Some of them are so old, they don't even have bar codes at all! Wow. I wonder if the redemption addresses are still valid.
    You know me. Coupons are my passion. I saw this little treasure sitting on a driveway for $2. I couldn't believe my eyes! I felt like Al from Al's Toy Barn (Toy Story 2) when he found Woody at the yard sale. As I was looking through all the coupons in speechless amazement, the yard sale woman said she would take a dollar for it! GAH! Is this woman crazy? She clearly had no idea what she had here! Well, I whipped out that dollar and tucked this little treasure under my arm. I can't wait to really take an inventory of what I have so I can start putting these to use. I just couldn't wait to post this because I knew all my couponing friends would share in my delight!

    What have you found at yard sales recently?

    GIVE AWAY! 500 Business Cards + Free Shipping!

    KC over at Desert Deals Diva is hosting another one of her awesome give aways!

    Here are the details:
    • 500 Business Cards
    • 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.75 x 3.5” (slim card)
    • 14 pt gloss cardstock, 14 pt matte cardstock or 13 pt recycled uncoated cardstock
    • Full Color Both Sides; Offset Press; 3 Business Day Printing
    • Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping
    • Eligibility: Limited to US Residents only. Must be 18 years old and up.
    Hurry! The give away ends 5/25/10 at 8pm AZ time!

    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    30 Prizes in 30 Days on

    Woo hoo! Fun give away for the local Arizona readers!

    AZ Central is giving away a prize a day now through June 15th. Visit every day for a chance to win awesome prizes! This week, the daily prize is an Attrezzi blender and your choice of digital picture frame or MP3 player. The grand prize is a 50 inch flat screen TV!

    Here is a schedule of the rest of the prizes:

    Here's an extra little perk... just for entering, everyone gets a printable coupon for a free chicken soft taco from Del Taco! So, everybody is a winner!

    Saturday, May 22, 2010

    Getting your hair did - the Arizona Savings way!

    I have a confession to make. I cannot remember the last time I got a really great hair cut. When I was in college, I used to get my hair highlighted, cut, & styled every 6 weeks - at a cost of $60 per appointment! Gah! I have turned into such a cheapskate, there is no way I could bring myself to spend money like that. So, I occasionally go to a discount hair salon like Supercuts or Great Clips. These are fine for a simple haircut, but I haven't had my hair styled in ages. I just let my hair grow ... and grow.. and grow, until it was to my lower back and hung there, dead... like drapes on the side of my head. I had to figure out a frugal way to get my hair done.

    Enter Brillare Hairdressing Academy...
    Brillare is a local hair academy in the valley with 2 locations (one in Chandler 10/Chandler Blvd. & one in Scottsdale off Scottsdale/Camelback). They train students in all aspects of hair styling, cutting, coloring, and other salon services. But they need people to practice on, right?

    Enter you...
    Don't get skeptical yet! It may sound a little sketchy to have newbie hair stylists working on your hair, but I have only had FABULOUS experiences with the students. They have experienced instructors who closely monitor all cuts, color, and styling.

    Now here comes the exciting part... the prices are ridiculously low!
    I know you're excited now! See the full list here!

    As if this weren't enough, they also do waxing services! I got my hair shampood, cut, and styled and I got my lip and eyebrows waxed yesterday for $24 total plus tip!

    So, all my frugal friends, go treat yourself to a little mini-makeover for super cheap! Click here for contact information and to make an appointment!

    Friday, May 21, 2010

    Fry's, Wags, & Albie's = 1.24 cost!

    I had some rainchecks for Bugles & Suddenly Salad to cash in, but as I stood in the check-out line, I realized my Bugles MQs expired on 5/15! Sad. Oh well. Probably didn't need those tasty, unhealthy snacks in my house. Also the Marcal 4 pack of toilet paper is priced at $1.00 through 6/1/10 and the Marcal paper towels (singe roll) is priced at $1 through 9/23/10! I got shut down on the 2.00/1 Marcal toilet paper MQs because they would have created overage. They wouldn't even take 3 coupons on 6 toilet papers making the whole transaction a wash. Fine. At least he let my DND .40/1 Suddenly Salad IPQs triple up to $1.

    1.00 Suddenly Salad (4) - raincheck price
    -.40/1 IPQ (4) - print here

    1.00 Marcal paper towel (3)
    -1.00/1 MQ 5/16 SS (3)

    .99 Lean Pocket (with in-ad Q)
    -.40/1 MQ (found inside previous package)
    .01 overage

    .59 dozen eggs (2) (with in-ad Q)
    No coupon, but amazing price!

    1.17 subtotal + .18 tax = 1.35 cash paid OOP

    SUMMARY: 1.35 COST

    I don't think this is in the ad, but the Knorr Buillon Cubes (not the mini-cubes) are priced at 79 cents each! Pair that up with the .35/1 and .45/1 MQs from the La Voz Smart Source en Espanol from a few weeks ago (no date on the insert spine) and you've got FREE seasoning! I go through this stuff like water when I make Spanish rice, so I stocked up. I got 14 packs and made 2.80 overage! If you buy more than 10, make sure to split these up into seperate transactions. After 10, the register rings them up at 99 cents each.

    .79 Knorr Buillon Cubes (10)
    -.35/1 & .45/1 MQ La Voz (10)
    2.00 overage

    1.77 Farmer John bacon - raincheck price
    -.75/1 IPQ - print here
    -1.00/1 Shortcuts EQ - load here
    .23 overage

    1.00 Hunt's Ketchup (3)
    -.20/1 MQ (3)
    As previously reported, these only multiplied up to 80 cents. I had the cashier correct it so it took off the full $1 making the ketchup free.

    .99 Sara Lee sandwich bread

    1.00 whole pineapple

    -.05 reusable bag credit

    -.29 subtotal + .20 tax = -.09 total paid out to me by cashier

    1.77 Farmer John bacon - raincheck price
    -.75/1 IPQ - print here
    -1.00/1 EQ - load here
    .23 overage

    .79 Knorr Buillon Cubes (4)
    -.35/1 & .45/1 MQ La Voz (4)
    .80 overage

    .99 Sara Lee sandwich bread

    -.05 reusable bag credit

    -.09 subtotal + .07 tax = -.02 paid out to me by cashier.

    SUMMARY: .11 profit

    FINAL SUMMARY: 1.24 cost

    1.00 Stride Gum (6)
    -1.00/2 Wags Q from monthly Q booklet (deducted 3.00)
    -BOGO Stride Gum (3)
    No tax! I don't know if I've ever had a zero OOP at Wags!
    Also, the Wags on Greenfield/Southern in Mesa is giving out free Cardinals magazines due to overstock with any purchase. Yay for extra, unexpected freebies!

    Free Smart Ones at Fry's 5/23 - 5/25!

    Clear out your freezers!
    Natalie left a comment with this AWESOME deal to share with all of us! And just in time for bathing suit season too! Our waistlines thank you Natalie!

    There is a Smart Ones OYNO deal starting Sunday, 5/23. Here are the details:
    Buy 6, get $3.00 off your next order
    Buy 8, get $4.00 off your next order
    Buy 10, get $5.00 off your next order

    Here's the deal:
    Buy 10 at $1 each = 10.00
    -5.00/10 IPQ - print here = 5.00
    Pay 5.00 OOP, receive 5.00 OYNO
    Cost = FREE!

    Then you repeat the above until you run out of 5.00/10 IPQs, using the $5 OYNO so you have no OOP and each time, you'll receive ANOTHER $5 OYNO!

    This deal gets even sweeter if you have any additional Smart Ones MQs lying around. I have a booklet of Smart Ones MQs that came with my free insulated Smart Ones bag. They are all for a free Smart Ones product wyb 5 Smart Ones entrees, so I'll be using 2 per transaction. Hopefully, they'll auto and this will become a money maker, but if not, getting all these meals free is good enough for me!

    I've tried all the different kinds of freezer meals and Smart Ones are my absolute favorite. I've been eating their Fettuccine Alfredo for the past couple of months after getting a ton free during the March Frozen Foods promo at Safeway. They are delicious and most of their entrees are under 300 calories.

    Well, you know where I'll be ... in the freezer section at Fry's! See you there!

    Mega Swagbucks Friday!

    It's Friday & you know what that means! It's Mega Swagbucks Friday! You can earn a ton more Swagbucks today, simply by searching the internet on a Friday!

    For you non-Swaggers out there, you have no doubt seen Swagbucks discussed in the blogosphere - but what is it? Swagbucks is an online search engine (like Google or Yahoo) that rewards you with Swagbucks when you search on their site. Swagbucks can be redeemed for all kinds of awesome things like books, magazines, & gift cards! If you're like me, you are probably skeptical and think it's a scam. It's not! KC over at Desert Deals Diva regularly redeems her Swagbucks for Amazon gift cards which funds her Christmas shopping! What a great way to pay for Christmas just by using the internet as you normally would! And it only takes 450 Swagbucks to earn a $5 Amazon gift card. Sounds like a lot, but you will be amazed how quickly those Swagbucks rack up.

    Ready to sign up yet?

    If you're on the fence, today is a great time to sign up. Each Friday, Swagbucks are multiplied, so instead of earning 5 or 10, you can earn 50, 100, or even 1000 Swagbucks on a single search! All you have to do is click here to get started!

    What are you waiting for? Start swaggin' it up!

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    UPDATED! Mall Savings!

    When I was a teenager, I would regularly go to the mall and blow through a couple hundred dollars, no problem. I lived with my parents and had a part time job with no bills. Wow, how times have changed! I would throw up if I spent that much money now. I am planning a trip to the mall in the next couple of days because I need to grab a new swimsuit for my daughter and I need some new work clothing. I am cringing inside thinking about having to spend real cash.

    So, to make this as inexpensive as possible, I have been rounding up coupons to use. I'm planning on heading out to Arizona Mills in Tempe so I can shop the outlet stores for additional savings. Here are the coupons I've got so far...

    Free Travel Size Signature Collection Item when you spend $5 or more (sign up req.)
    20% off any purchase (exp. 5/23/10)
    In my mail yesterday, I got what I've been waiting for ... a $10/30 purchase Q for Bath & Body Works! Only problem is, it expired May 9th! :( I'm taking it with me anyway! The worst they can say is no. Darn postman!

    I found a Gymboree coupon for 20% off my entire purchase in my free Parents magazine. It came with a 3.00/1 Tide Stain Release coupon.

    $1.00 flip flops this Saturday, 5/22 only while supplies last. Limit 5 per person. No coupon required.

    Do you guys know of any other retail coupons floating around out there?
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