Thursday, November 25, 2010


I hope that you all have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Day, enjoying the company of family and friends. We all have so much to be thankful for. Get lots of rest in preparation of a big Black Friday tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


These deals will start on Thanksgiving day and go through Saturday at CVS. It is a great time to get started "CVS-ing", as all of these products are free after ECB's. And if you have the coupons, you can make a profit on many of them. Here are the free deals:

3.99 ECB wyb Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste 6 oz. @ 3.99 Limit 2
----$1 off Colgate Sensitive PRINT
----$1 off Colgate Total or Sensitive (SS 11/14)
----.75 off Colgate (October All You Magazine)
-------Use any of these coupons and you will make a profit.

6.99 ECB wyb Eucerin Daily Skin Bal;ance Body Lotion Limit 1
----$1 off Eucerin Hand or Body Lotion RP 11/7
----$1 off Eurcerin Product PRINT
-------Use either of these coupons and you will make a profit.

3.99 ECB wyb Herbal Essence Hydralicious Hair Care @ 3.99 Limit 2
----50¢ off 1 Herbal Essence or Aussie Hair Care RP 11/14
----$1 off 2 Herbal Essence or Aussie PG 10/10
----There is also a coupon for $2 off any "Clairol Family" product 10 the 10/31 PG, which should work on this. I plan to try, as Herbal Essence is a Clairol Product.
-------Use any of these coupons and you will make a profit.

2.99 ECBs wyb Listerine Pocketpaks 3pk @ 2.99 Limit 2
----50¢ off 1 Listerine Pocketpacks RP 8/1 or 10/10
-------Use this coupon and you will make a profit.

99¢ ECB wyb Carmex Lip Balm @ 99¢ Limit 1
----30¢ off Carmex Lip Balm SS 11/7
-------Use this coupon and you will make a profit.

$4.00 ECB wyb Old Spice Fresh Collection or Gillette Odor Shield Deodorant @ $4.00 Limit 1
$2 off Gillette Deodorant PG 10/31
-------Use this coupon and you will make a profit.

79¢ ECB wyb 1 Recee's Single Serving Limit 5
-------Makes it FREE

1.59 ECB wyb Mars King Size Assorted Candy Bars Limit 5
-------Makes it FREE

6.99 ECB wyb Philips In-Ear Headphones or Universal Remote @ 6.99 Limit 1
-------Makes it FREE

2.99 ECB wyb LA Looks Styling Gel 20 oz @ 2.99 Limit 1
-------Makes it FREE

4.99 ECB wyb Renpure Hair Care @ 4.99 Limit 1
-------Makes it FREE
---------Look for bottles with "Try Me Free" stickers and you could also get a rebate for 4.99, which would give you a nice profit.

These products also earn ECBs and, though not free, are still good deals. They are all limit 1.

20.00 ECB wyb Kodak Easyshare 182 Digital Camera at 79.99
-------Makes it 59.99

10.00 ECB wyb Kodak Mini Video Camera @ 49.88
-------Makes it 39.88

10.00 ECB wyb Select Appliances @ 18.88
-------Makes it 8.88

1.00 ECB wyb Xtra 2X Laundry Detergent @ 1.99
-------Makes it 99¢.

Here is a scenario in case you are just getting started. It consists of 5 transactions. This is so that you can "roll" your ecbs. If you make your own scenario, just make certain, after the first transaction, you can cover most of your cost with ECBs. Be careful to keep your total a little under the amount of your ECBs, so that you do not lose any money. You can not get change back from ECBs.

Transaction #1

2 Herbal Essence Products @3.99
---use $1 coupon
Pay 6.98
Get 7.98 ECB

Transaction #2
Eucerin Body Lotions @ 6.99
Use $1 coupon
Carmex @ 99¢
Use 30¢ coupon
1 King Size Candy Bar @ 1.59
Use 7.98 ECB from Transaction 1
Pay 29¢
Get 9.57 ECBs (6.99, .99, 1.59)

Transaction #3
1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste @ 3.99
Use $1 coupon
1 Listerine Pocketpacks @ 2.99
Use 50¢ coupon
1 Gillette Deodorant @ 4.00
Use $2 coupon
3 Recee's Singles @ 2.37
Use 9.57 ECBs from Transaction #2
Pay 28¢
Get Back 13.35 ECBs (3.99, 2.99, 4.00, 2.37)

Transaction #4
1 Renpure Hair Care @ 4.99
1 Philips Ear Buds @ 6.99
1 King Size Candy Bar @ 1.59
Use 13.35 ECBs from Transaction 3
Pay 22¢
Get Back 13.57 ECBs (4.99, 6.99, 1.59)

Transaction #5
1 Listerine Pockpacks @ 2.99
Use 50¢ coupon
2 Recees Singles @ 1.58
2 King Size Candy Bars @ 3.18
1 LA Looks Styling Gel
1 Xtra Laundry Detergent @ 1.99
Use 4.99 & 6.99 ECBs from Transaction 4
Pay 25¢
Get back 11.74 ECBs (2.99, 1.58, 3.18, 2.99, 1.99)

Total out-of-pocket 8.02 plus tax
ECBs for next week 13.33.
So, not only do you have all of this stuff, you have a profit of 5.31 less tax.
Even if you have no coupons, you can still get all this stuff for free (except detergent) except for tax. Just be sure to roll your ECBs to have a low out-of-pocket.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I stopped in Food Lion to grab some of the Kellogg's cereal that was on promo ($5 off instantly with the purchase of 4). I had coupons for Rice/Cocoa Krispies and they were on sale for $2 each. There were also peelies on some boxes for a free bag of marshmallows with the purchase of 2 cereals. This is what I did.

1 Rice Krispies
3 Cocoa Krispies
2 Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
4 Chef Boyardee Can Pasta

For some reason, the $5 did not come off at the register, so a trip to Customer Service was required. After they refunded me $5, I paid a total of 3.50. I saved 18.57. Good Deal!


This is a list of 34 things that I got for free this week through the use of coupons or online requests for samples. It does not include anything that I got by playing the various drugstore games. This is what I got:
1 Mary Kay Mascara
1 Mary Kay Eye Makeuo Remover
1 Sample Splenda (large 24 servings)
8 Martha White Cornbread Mix
3 Glory Cornbread Mix
1 SH Wonton Strips
2 Ronzoni Rotini
2 Sundown Vitamins
1 Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entree
2 Hershey's Syrup
1 Reddi-Wip
4 Whiskas Cat Food Trays
2 Kraft Marshmallows (Only 1 pictured)
3 45ct boxes Ecotrin
2 Heluva Good Dips

The total retail value of all of these is 73.09, based on each store's full retail price. I estimated the cost of the 2 samples. Also, keep in mind that several of these coupons produced overages, making other items cost less. I had a total of 3.81 in overages making my total free 76.90. It was a great week!

Friday, November 19, 2010


I just ran across this great coupon on It is for 50% off of any item under $30. So go HERE to print yours now. This coupon is good November 27th only.


I had a very good trip to Walgreen's this week. Everything that I was looking for was in stock. I had a short list, so I decided to do just 1 transaction. I bought:
2 Vicks Sinex
4 M&M's
3 Ecotrin
1 Holiday Butterfinger.

I bought the Butterfinger as a filler, and did not realize that there was an in-ad coupon for it. I could have saved 20¢ more.
I started with $7 Register Rewards.
I spent 9.61 and received $15 Register Rewards.
That makes the total for this trip 1.61. YAY!


My trip to Bi-Lo this week was quite successful. I was able to stock up on cornbread mix and Eagle Brand milk. Here is what I bought.
1 Gallon Milk (3.13)
1 half-gallon Buttermilk (2.47)
2 Martha White Biscuit Mix (2/66¢)
8 Martha White Cornbread Mix (8/0+40¢ overage)
2 Comstock Pie Fillings (2/2.21)
1 SH Saltines (99¢)
1 SH Onion Soup mix (67¢)
5 Eagle Brand Milk (5/4.40)
2 Stayfree Pads (2/1.00)
1 3lb. bag onions (1.64)
1 SH Wonton Strips (0)
1 received 15¢ credit for using my own bags.

As you can see, I bought several things that I did not have coupons for. One good thing about using coupons, is that it enables you to afford the things that do not have coupons and stay within your budget.

Total value before sales and coupons was 49.26.
The total I spent was 16.52 plus tax.
I saved 32.74 or 66%.


I had another great trip to Publix this week. This is what I bought:

1 Alexia Sweet Potato Fries (1.50)
2 Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entrees (2/4.99)
2 Heluva Good Dips (2/0)
4 Whiskas Trays (4/0)
6 Hershey's Syrups(2 sugar-free) (6/5.45)
4 Campbell's Cream Soups (4/2.40)
2 Nestle's Tollhouse Morsels (2/1.83)
2 Ronzoni Pasta (2/0+61¢ overage)
3 Glory Cornbread Mix (3/0+45¢ overage)
2 Quaker Instant Grits (2/2.23)
5 Hunt's Tomatoes (5/1.48)
2 Sundown Vitamins (2/0+82¢)
1 18 lbs. Kibbles & Bits Dog Food (7.99)
2 Reddi-Whip (2/30¢)

Total value before sales and coupons was 93.12 plus tax.
The total I spent was 26.29 plus tax.
I saved 66.83 or 72%. This number is not as high as the last few weeks, but dog food is quite pricey, even with coupons.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


This is a list of the things that I got for free this week through the use of coupons or online requests. It does not include the things that I got free by playing the various drugstore games.

1 Wholly Guacamole
12 Whiskas Trays
2 Yakisoba Noodles
2 Axe Shower Gel
2 Sundown Vitamins
1 Marcal Tissue
1 SH Sloppy Joe Sauce
1 Gain Dish Liquid
2 Idahoan Potatoes
1 Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entree
3 Glory Corn Bread Mix

Several of these coupons created overage, which actually would have made even more free items. The total I would have paid for all of these is $38.66, plus I had a total of 4.99 in overages.
That makes $43.65 worth of free stuff!

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I seldom use coupons at Wal Mart, since most of the time I leave disappointed. They are usually very coupon-unfriendly. I guess today was my lucky day! I had a $4 Wholly Guacamole coupon and my last $5 Kraft coupon. They were both expiring. I bought:

2 Breakstone Sour Cream
3 Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 Wholly Guacamole
1 Store Brand Loaf Bread

The guacamole only cost 2.28 so I was prepared for a problem. However, if went through just fine. I don't think my cashier keyed it in, but I'm not sure. When she scanned my Kraft coupon, she was prompted to enter the amount. When she entered $5, it only credited me 1.42. She told me this and when I questioned why, she said she didn't know. She then went and asked someone, and when she came back, she entered the remaining 3.58 as a vendor coupon.

I paid a total of .70. WOW!

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Friday, November 12, 2010


I had a really great trip to Rite Aid this week, as usual. I had not shopped Rite Aid in a couple of weeks, so I was really glad to find that most of my list was in stock. This is what I bought, doing 3 transactions.

3 12pks Pepsi/Mt. Dew
3 Nivea Men's Body Wash
4 Axe Body Wash
1 Finish Jet-Dry
2 Garnier Herbashine Hair Color
1 Garnier Shampoo
1 Garnier Conditioner
2 Hall's Cough Drops
1 Oral B Toothbrush
1 Vacuum Wine Stopper (clearance)
2 Halloween Candy (clearance)

I started with $4 +Up Rewards.
I spent a total of 9.76 plus tax, rolling my +Up Rewards.
iI have 4.99 +Up Rewards for next time, making this trip cost me 8.77 plus tax. I would have paid that much for just the drinks. I love Rite Aid.

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I spent more at Bi-Lo this week than usual, but that's because they had ground chuck and boneless chicken breast on sale at the same time. These are staples in my house. This is what I bought:

6 boxes Kleenex
4 4lb bags Dixie Crystals Sugar
1 Mt. Olive Banana Peppers
2 Martha White Biscuit Mix
1 Nabisco Classic Cookies
1 10 Potatoes
2 SH Dip Mix
1 SH Hamburger Buns
5 Chef Boyardee Pasta
1 Marcal Tissue
1 SH Sloppy Joe Sauce
4 Campbells Cream Soups
6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Gallon Milk
1 Gain Dish Liquid

My total before sales and coupons was 93.69.
Total I spent was 41.81.
I saved 51.88 or 55%.

This savings is not as much as usual, but still pretty good, considering I bought potatoes, milk, and ground chuck, and 4 bags of sugar. The meat and sugar were on sale but only by about 40%. Also, I could not find my coupon for the biscuit mix. I did 2 separate transactions because there was a catalina deal on the Kleenex and a limit of 2 on the sugar. I paid for the Kleenex and 2 bags of sugar first and received a coupon for $3 off mt next order, which I used on the second transaction. My banana peppers rang up full-price and I did not catch it until I started writing this post. I will probably stop at the service desk next week and see if they will correct the mistake.

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I had another great trip to Publix this week. Everything was in stock and I got some really great deals. This is what I bought:

5 New York Frozen Bread (5/2.63)
2 V-8 Splash (2/2.19)
2 Lg Wise Chips (2/1.79)
3 Glory Cornbread Mix (3/ 0+.45 overage)
2 Sundown Vitamins (2/ 0 + 2.02 overage)
4 Idahoan Potatoes ( 4/.40)
2 Country Crock Spread (2/.29)
12 Whiskas Trays (12/0)
2 Krusteaz Cookie Mix (2/.19)
4 Kraft Mac & Cheese (4/1.26)
2 Yakisoba Noodles (2/0+.80 overage)
2 Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entrees (2/4.99)
1 8pk Lance Crackers (1.45)
1 Grape tomatoes (2.00)

My total before sales and coupons was 84.34.
I spent 13.89 plus tax.
I saved 70.45 or 84%.

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Friday, November 5, 2010


Go HERE to request your free Tylenol Sleep Solution Kit. The kits contain:
  • Sleep guide and journal featuring practical tips for better sleep
  • Satin sleep mask to help block out intrusive light
  • CD of soothing sounds
  • Coupons worth up to $12
  • Sample of JOHNSON'S® Melt Away Stress Lavender & Chamomile Lotion
Free Sleep Solution Kits are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please allow 6-8 weeks to process.


I had a great trip to Bi-Lo this week. I was able to pair the sale on eggs with my BOGO coupons I printed a while back, though I had to do separate transactions. I also ran across a great close-out deal on Whiskas Dry Cat Food. This is what I bought:

6 Dozen Eggs (6/2.64)
3 Hunts Snack Pack Puddings (3/1.64)
1 SH Apple Juice (99¢)
6 Chex Mix (6/1.50)
2 Caramel Bugles (2/3.58)(rang up wrong & I did not catch it or they may not have been included in the sale.)
2 Keebler Cookies (2/2.00)
1 4C Grated Parmesan Cheese (1/99¢)
1 4C Bread Crumbs (1/0 + 81¢ overage)
1 SH Sloppy Joe Sauce (1/0)
2 Whiskas Fry Cat Food (2/98¢)

Total before sales and coupons was 58.77.
Total I paid was 13.51.
I saved 45.26 or 77%.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I had another great week at Publix. I am now well-stocked on canned tomatoes and more cat food. This is what I bought:

16 large cans Hunt's Tomatoes (16/8.72)
2 Tyson's Anytizers (2/6.99)
2 Pillsbury Savorings (2/1.99)
1 Hefty Styro Plates 130 ct (2.50)
6 Yakisoba Noodles (6/0 + 2.40 overage)
12 Whiskas Cat Food Trays (12/ 0 + 1.10 overage)
2 Boxes Vivarin (2/ 0 + 2.62 overage)
2 Hefty Freezer Bags (2/29¢)
1 Gorton's Filets (2.74)
6 35 oz Hunts Ketchup (6/2.97)

Total value before sales and coupons was 102.20.
The total that I paid was 20.09 plus tax.
I saved 82.09 or 80%.


These are two pics of most of what I got for free last week, through the use of coupons. It does not include anything that I got by playing the various drugstore games.

From Publix:
12 Whiskas Trays
2 Vivarin

From BiLo:
10 Yakisoba Noodles
2 Butterfinger Snackerz
1 SH Sloppy Joe Mix

From Walgreen's:
2 King size Candy Bars

From Rite Aid:
2 Old Spice Body Spray (actually prior week)

From Murphy USA:
King Size Recees

From Taco Bell:
Cherry Limeade

If I had paid regular price for all of these products, it would have been at least $35. I also received my $5 Dulcolax rebate, making the Dulcolax purchase a $9 moneymaker even after tax.