Archive | January 2012

Reasonable Stockpiling

Every couponer needs to stock pile to some extent. What your stock pile looks like depends entirely on your family and housing situation. Stock piling is possible for every family and the reason it is important is that you need enough of the items you regularly use to get through until the next sale. Some things like toothpaste seem to go on sale often while other items such as oatmeal only go on sale once or twice a year.

 A reasonable stock pile for most items consists of three to six months worth of products. If you are in a small space like an apartment you may have to get creative about storing your stockpile. I have seen people store toilet paper under beds, or fit what they can in the pantry because that is the only space that is available. You have to decide what a reasonable stockpile looks like for your family. For my family we have some shelves in the garage to hold my stockpile items, mostly because I have a pretty small kitchen. I only buy what we use, even if it is free if I won’t use it I don’t get it. It is never necessary to clear the shelves in the store, there will always be another deal and it is important to be courteous to other shoppers as well.

When beginning your stockpile evaluate your space and decide where you are able to store your stockpile. For things like toothpaste, razors and medications I have boxes that stack nicely under the bathroom vanity. Being organized helps to ensure nothing goes to waste, rotate your stockpile and know what you  have. I love that by having a stockpile I never have to buy items at retail price but can usually stock up at pennies on the dollar.

Walgreens Update

Stock up for your Superbowl or Oscar parties! This is a great deal!

Kettle Chips $2.00, On Sale thru 2/4
Use 2 $1.00/1 Kettle Chips from RP 1/29
And use $1.00/2 Kettle Chips from February Walgreens Coupon Book
Total: $.50 each wyb 2

Thanks KCL

Let us know what great deals you find this week!

CVS Update

There are reports that some select CVS stores have Old Spice deodorant on clearance.  These are also included in the BOGO 50% off sale.  I’ll let you know if I find any this week. 🙂

Buy 2 Old Spice Deodorant $1.09, On Clearance
Buy One Get One 50% Off
Use $1.00/2 Old Spice products, 1.7 oz or larger limit 4 like coupons in same shopping trip from PG 1/1 (exp 1/31)
Or $1.00/1 Old Spice Deodorant, get $1.00 off (1) Old Spice Body Wash, excludes trial and travel sizes Limit 4 Like Coupons in same shopping trip from P&G 1/29
Or $0.20/1 Old Spice product, excludes trial and travel sizes Limit 4 Like Coupons in same shopping trip from P&G 1/29
Total: $.32 each wyb 2

Physicians Formula Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss $9.99 
Buy 1, Get $7.00 ECB
Use $3.00/1 Physicians Formula Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss, Attached Peelie
Pay $6.99, Get $7.00 ECB
Total: FREE

Deal that is on the razors is reported to also be working on the skintimate shave gel, as well.

Skintimate Shave Gel $3.99
Buy 1, Get $4.00 ECB
Use $0.55/1 Skintimate Shave Gel from SS 1/15
Pay $3.44, Get $4.00 ECB
Total: $.54 Moneymaker

Thanks KCL

Let us know what great deals you found this week!

Easy Ways to Cut Back and Save

A large part of the economy crisis in our country is due to the fact that society teaches and trains us that it’s important to have things now.  Don’t wait, go and get that brand new flat screen or new car.  Why save up and pay for something when you can put it on a credit card?  Trust me when I say that I have been caught up in this mentality just as much as the next person and I’m tired of living life in debt.  My husband and I have started making choices that are helping us save money to pay down our debt more quickly. Here are some of the choices that we have made and I hope they help you as well. 🙂

Library vs. Bookstores:

I love to read and could spend an entire day in a bookstore just browsing. When we started trying to be more frugal with our money I switched from regular bookstores to going to Half Price Books, which I love.  I would find all the books I needed, and more, for myself and my kids.  They have a clearance section where you can frequently find books for a $1.00 and they have sales as well.  I still shop this store when I am looking for gifts and things, but I found another great way to enjoy reading.  The library!  Not only do they have everything that I am looking for, but libraries have a “hold system”, so you can go onto your account and type in all of the books that you are looking for, they notify you when they are available to pick up, and you can read to your hearts content.  They have free programs for children, such as story times, craft programs, special events, etc.  One other discovery that I made is that they have movies to check out as well.  You might have to wait for a little while for the one you want to become available, but patience is something that we can all use more of.  Go to your local library today and check out what they have for you and your family.

Netflix vs. Cable:

Up until recently, our family still had cable.  You can get deals through most cable companies where you get a package of cable/internet/phone for a certain discounted amount per month.  We have also had Netflix since they first started.  For the past several months I had noticed that because Netflix had put so many kids shows, tv shows and movies on their instant streaming we were watching more of that than we were of our cable.  I also noticed a trend that we were receiving more calls on our cell phones than our home phone.  I looked on the internet and found that most of the shows that my husband and I watch were also on there, so I made the switch.  Doing this is actually saving us almost $100 per month and I haven’t been disappointed in any way since we did it.  My husband who is a big sports fan, is still able to catch most of the games on his computer or the radio, so it’s no loss for us.

Thrift Stores vs. Retail:

Most people when they hear thrift stores mentioned they might think of dirty leftovers that other people don’t want.  With today’s struggling economy, thrift stores are actually thriving.  Not only are they doing well, but most of them have nicer things than people realize.  I like to support my local thrift stores and my favorite is Thrift Town.  They have 7 locations in California and are also in Texas, Utah and New Mexico.  There are also nationwide chains such as, Savers/Value Village, Salvation Army, and Goodwill.  All of these stores will offer great sales too.  Just check their websites for upcoming sales and promotions.  For myself, I can’t see paying $70-$100 on a brand name pair of jeans, when I can find the same brand name pair (slightly used) for around $5-$10.  There are some retail stores that offer great clearance prices on clothes and shoes that I will occasionally shop, like Kohls, Target, and Walmart.

Eating in vs. Eating out:

This is an area that my husband and I are still working on.  There is definitely convenience, when you have a busy and hectic life, to eating out.  It is certainly not cost-effective or healthy in most cases.  Most of my dinners that I make for my family are $5 per meal or less.  For breakfast and lunch it’s usually even less than that.  It’s almost $20 for our family to eat at a fast food restaurant. There are health benefits to cooking our own meals too.  Our biggest issue is the convenience of fast food, when I don’t have time to cook.  I am working on ways in our home to pre-make many of our meals so that they become on-the-go meals.  As I make these meals I will begin sharing them with you all.  I know that in the end our bank accounts and waistlines will thank me. 🙂

Great Deals for Target & Walmart: Week of 1/29-2/4

Target

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs $7.00, On Sale 1/29 – 2/3
Use $3.00/1 – Open Season, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, or Planet 51 on DVD – (sonypictures.com)
Total: $4.00

Iams Dry Cat Food or Dry Dog Food, 24 oz. $3.00, Reg. Price
Use $3.00/1 Iams Dry Dog or Cat Food from PG 1/29
Total: FREE

Lipton Green Tea, 20 bags assorted or Lipton Family Size Iced Tea, 18 ct  $1.97
Use $.75/1 – Lipton Green Tea – (facebook.com)
Or $.50/1 Lipton Tea Bags from RP 1/29
And Use $.75/2 – Lipton Tea Bags, 18ct or Larger, Target Coupon – (target.com)
Total: $.85 each wyb 2

Ortega Taco Seasoning Packet, 1.25 oz  $.56
Use $.50/2 Ortega Item from SS 1/15
Total: $.31

Dove Shampoo or Conditioner, 12 oz  $3.49
Use $1.00/1 Dove Hair Care Product from RP 1/29
And Use $1.00/1 – Dove Hair Care Items, Conditioner, Hair Spray or Shampoo, 7oz or Larger, Target Coupon – (target.com)
Total: $1.49

Cascade Action Pacs, 3-pack $.97, Reg. Price
Use $.50/2 Cascade Actionpacs from PG 1/29
Total: $.72 each wyb 2

Market Pantry Frozen Peas $.97, Reg. Price
Use $1.00/4 – Market Pantry or Archer Farms Frozen Vegetable Items, Target Coupon – (target.com)
Total: $.72 each wyb 4

Walmart

Cover Girl Eyeshadow  $3.14
Use $2.50/1 Covergirl products, excludes trial and travel size Limit 4 Like Coupons in same shopping trip from PG 1/29
Total: $.64

Dole Pineapple Cans, 8 oz  $.78
Use $1.00/3 Dole Pineapple cans from RP 1/29
Total: $.45 each wyb 3

Oral B Essentials Floss, 55 yd  $.97
Use $1.00/1 Oral-B Floss or (1) Oral-B Floss Picks 30 ct or more, Limit 4 Like Coupons in same shopping trip from PG 1/29
Total: FREE + $.03 overage

Purina Mighty Dog Brand Dog Food Cans, 5.5 oz  $.60
Use $2.00/12 Purina Mighty Dog single cans or (1) 12 ct variety pack from RP 1/29
Total: $.43 each wyb 12

Purina Whisker Lickin’s Cat Treats, 3 oz  $1.07
Use $1.50/2 Purina Friskies or Whisker Lickin’s, SS 12/4
Or $1.00/2 Purina Whisker Lickn’s from RP 1/29
Total: $.32 each wyb 2

Early California Olives, 6 oz $1.38, Regular Price
Use $1.50/2 –  Early California or Pearls Black Ripe Olives, 6.5 oz sliced or 6 oz pitted – (eatwholly.com)
Total: $.63 each wyb 2

Thanks KCL

Great Deals for CVS: Week of 1/29-2/4

Buy 3 Hallmark Cards $.99
Pay $2.97, Get $3.00 ECB
Total: FREE

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bunny, Cadbury Egg, Reese’s Single Egg, 1.2 oz, Cadbury Mini Eggs, 1.5 oz $.87
Buy 1, Get $.87 ECB, Limit 1
Pay $.87, Get $.87 ECB
Total: FREE

Puffs, 95-108 ct., Puffs Plus, 48-68 ct. $.88
Limit 6
Use $1.00/6 Puffs singles, (2) 3-packs or (1) 6-pack, limit 4 like coupons in same shopping trip from PG 1/1 (exp. 1/31)
Total: $.71 each wyb 6

Dawn, 9-10.3 oz $.98
Limit 6
Use $.50/1 Dawn Hand Renewals, limit 4 like coupons in same shopping trip from PG 1/1 (exp. 1/31)
or $1.00/2 Dawn Hand Renewals, limit 4 like coupons in same shopping trip from PG 1/1 (exp. 1/31)
Total: $.48

Buy 2 Thermacare Heatwraps (excludes 1 ct. ) $5.99
Use 2 $3.00/1 – Thermacare – (thermacare.com)
Pay $5.98, Get $4.00 ECB
Total: $.99 each wyb 2

or

Buy 3 Thermacare Heatwraps (excludes 1 ct. ) $5.99
Use 3 $3.00/1 – Thermacare – (thermacare.com) – would need multiple computers and email addresses
Pay $8.97, Get $4.00 ECB and submit for Thermacare rebate in 1/29 insert
Total: $5.03 Moneymaker

Centrum ProNutrients, 14-50 ct, $9.99
Use $5.00/1 Centrum Pronutrients from RP 1/1
And Use $4.00/1 Centrum Pronutrients from CVS Coupon Machine
Total: $.99

Buy 6 Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick Antiperspirant/ Deodorant, 2.3-3 oz $1.99
Use 3 B1G1 Free Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick, Excludes Trial Size, from SS 1/29 (exp 2/15)
Pay $5.97, Get $6.00 ECB
Total: FREE

Buy 4 Irish Spring Body Wash, 15-18 oz $3.00
Use 4 $1.00/1 Irish Spring Body Wash from SS 1/29
Pay $8.00, Get $6.00 ECB
Total: $.50 each wyb 4

Buy 5 Dove Shampoo or Conditioner, 12 oz or Styler, 4-9.25 oz $3.50
Use 5 $1.00/1 Dove Hair Care Product, excludes trial size, from RP 1/29
Pay $12.50, Get $5.00 ECB
Total: $1.50 each wyb 5

Buy 3 All Jumbo Pack Pampers $9.50
Buy 1 Pampers Wipes, 60-64 ct. $3.00
Use $.60/1 Pampers Wipes, 60 ct. or larger, limit 4 like coupons in same shopping trip from PG 1/29
and Use 3 $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers, limit 4 like coupons in same shopping trip from PG 1/29
Pay $26.40, Get $10.00 ECB
Total: $4.10 each wyb 4

Buy 6 Ragu Pasta Sauce, 15-24 oz $1.66
Use 6 $.50/1 Ragu Pasta Sauce from RP 1/29
Pay $6.96, Get $3.00 ECB
Total: $.66 each wyb 6

Thanks KCL

Great Deals for Walgreens: Week of 1/29-2/4

Hamburger or Tuna Helper, or Old El Paso Taco Shells, 12 pack, Taco Sauce, or Mexican Rice $.99
Or $0.80/4 – Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper and/or Chicken Helper – (coupons.com)
Or $0.80/4 – Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper and/or Chicken Helper – (smartsource.com)
Or $0.80/4 – Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper and/or Chicken Helper, Manufacturer Coupon –(target.com)
Use $0.50/1 – Old El Paso Product, Excludes Old El Paso Refrigerated, Frozen or Soup Products – (bricks.coupons.com)
Or $0.60/3 – Old El Paso Product, Excludes Refrigerated, Frozen or Soups – (bettycrocker.com)
Or $1.00/5 Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper or Chicken Helper Home Cooked Skillet Meals, any flavor from BoxTops 1/8
Total:  $.49 for Old El Paso Product,  $.79 each for Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper

Butterball Chicken Broth $.50
wyb 2, With in ad coupon, limit 4

Total:$1.00 wyb 2

Geisha Mushrooms or Madam Mandarin Orange $.67
wyb 3, With in ad coupon, limit 6

Total: $2.01 wyb 3

Renuzit Adjustables Air Freshener $.89
With in ad coupon, limit 3
Or $1.00/6 Renuzit Adjustables singles or (2) Multipacks, 2 pk or 3 pk Limit of 4 like coupons in same shopping trip from RP 1/22
Use $.55/3  or (1) Multipack, 2 pk. or 3 pk. Renuzit Adjustables singles, any from RP 1/22
Total:  $.71 each wyb 3

Bowl Fresh Toilet Bowl Cleaner or Ajax Cleanser $.59
With in ad coupon, limit 3

Head & Shoulders Shampoo or Conditioner (excludes Clinical) $4.50
Buy 2, Get $2.00 RR
Use 2 $2.00/1 Head and Shoulders Shampoo or Conditioner, excludes trial size from PG 1/1
Pay$ 5.00, Get $2.00 RR
Total: $1.50 each wyb 2

Select Dove Personal Care $3.75
Buy 4, Get $5.00 RR
Use 4 $2.00/1 Dove Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant, any excluding trial size, multi-packs and Dove Men plus Care from Unilever RP 1/29
Pay $7.00, Get $5.00 RR
Total:  $.50 each wyb 4

St. Joseph Enteric Aspirin, 36 count, 81mg dose $2.00
Buy 1, Get $2.00 RR
Pay $2.00, Get $2.00 RR
Total:  FREE

Pur-Absorb Iron Supplement, 28 packets $10.00
Buy 1, Get $10.00 Register Reward
Pay $10.00,Get $10.00 RR
Total:  FREE

Blink Tears Eye Care, .33 or .5 oz. $8.00
Buy 1, Get $8.00 RR
Use $1.00/1 – Blink Tears Lubricating Eye Drops – (bricks.coupons.com)
Or $1.00/1 Blink Tears or Blink GelTears Lubricating Eye Drops from RP 1/15
Pay $7.00, Get $8.00 RR
Total:  $1.00 Moneymaker

Thanks KCL