Sunday, May 24, 2009

Out of town!

We are spending a much needed week in FL, visiting family, so I'm not going to be posting the deals this week.  But, be sure to check out the AMAZING deals at CVS this week.  They are running some specials that end tomorrow, so check them out!  Even though we are on vacation, I still made sure to hit up CVS today for the deals.  I don't have time to blog about them or take a picture, but just know there are some great ones.  The best ones were...Colgate Total Toothpaste, Clearasil Face Wash, Sobe Life Water, Post Trail Mix Cereal, Bandaids, and Playtex Tampons.  

I will be back in town next weekend, so I will be sure to start blogging the deals when I return.  I hope you guys are finding these posts helpful!  I will most likely be changing my page a bit in the coming days and devoting it solely to money saving tips and weekly store deals.  What do you think?

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!!  

And if you haven't checked out my new blog, spend some time now!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Publix Deals (5/21-5/26)

Publix has some AMAZING deals this week! There are a bunch of things Buy One Get One Free this week (and remember, at Publix you do not have to buy 2 to get the deal...each item will ring up 1/2 price!)

If for nothing else, go to Publix to get these things:

1. A1 Sauce (B1G1) - $2.10 - Use $2 coupon (from Sunday Paper) = $.10

2. Kraft Salad Dressing (B1G1) - $1.49 - Use $1.50 coupon (from Sunday Paper) = FREE

3. Pedigree Dentastix (BIG1) - $1.90 - Use $2.50 coupon (print below) = Make $.60!!!

**Print coupon here:

4. Dixie Paper Plates (B1G1) - $1.50 - Use $.50 coupon (From Sunday Paper) (Publix doubles this) = Total $.50

5. Two containers of Helluva Good Dip (B1G1) - $1.00 each - Use 2 $.50 coupons (print below) = FREE

**Print coupon here:

Grand Total for 6 items: $.32(tax) - (Total savings: $17.95)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kroger Deals

Here are the deals for Kroger this week (until May 23). This is the week to stock up on boneless skinless chicken breasts! They are $1.99 per lb., so go get as many packs as you can hold in your freezer! :) Chicken prices will be going up in the near future (thanks to the recession) so you need to stock up now. To see how we store all our cheap chicken, check out my earlier post -

Green Giant Frozen Veggies (I bought 2, but you can buy as many as you have coupons for) - $1 each - Use $.50 coupon (Kroger doubles these) = FREE

**Print the coupon here:

Vitamin Water (I bought 2, but you can buy as many as you have coupons for) - $1 each - Use $.50 coupon = FREE

**Print the coupon here:

Quaker Quakes - $1 each - Use $.50 coupon (from Sunday paper) = FREE

Grand total: $.08 (even though everything is FREE, you still have to pay tax. :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Target Deals

I've decided that Target is not my favorite place to get deals....I mean, don't get me wrong, I LOVE Target and they do run good sales, but not a very coupon friendly place. I just got back from trying to get some deals there and the cashier was not very good. She tried to tell me that you can't "stack" a target coupon with a manufacturer's coupon...but you can!! So, I didn't get much, but thought I would share anyway.

Here's what I got:

  1. 2 Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs (I had to do 2 separate transactions for this, since the target coupon is one per transaction) - $2.04 each - Use $1 Target coupon and $1 manufacturer coupon) = $.04 each

2. Travel Size Coopertone Sunscreen - $.99 - Use $1 coupon = FREE

3. Travel Size Dove Deodorant - $.97 - Use $1.25 coupon from paper = FREE

**Grand Total: $.08

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Publix Deals

The deals at Publix this week are okay. I only bought the things I needed or use often that were on sale and I had a coupon for. So here are the deals:

Bic Lighters - B1G1 - Use $1 off coupon = $.75

Yoplait Yo-Plus Yogurt (4 packs) - B1G1 - Use $1.50 coupon = FREE (you actually make $.25 on this deal!)

2 boxes Smart Taste Pasta - 4/$5 - Use $1 off 2 coupon (from Sunday Paper) = $1.50 for 2 boxes

1 box Dreamfield Pasta - 3/$5 - Use $1 off coupon = $.67

Grand total: $2.67 (plus applicable tax)

**If you do nothing else, go get that Yoplait Yo-Plus Yogurt! You will make money and have 4 yogurts!! :)

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kroger Deals

Alright, time to head to Kroger! They have a few GREAT deals this week! Remember that Kroger doubles $.50 coupons, just like Publix!

Here's what I bought:
6 bottles of Vitamin Water 10 - On sale for $1 each - Used 2 B1G1 Free coupons (from Publix Flyer), 1 $1 off coupon (from Sunday Paper), and 1 $.50 off coupon (Print from link below) - $2 Total

1 Grill Mates Seasoning - On Sale for $1 - Used $1 off coupon (from Sunday Paper) - FREE!

1 Large bottle of French's Mustard - On sale for $1.50 - Used $.50 off coupon (Print from link below) - $.50 Total

1 bag of Mahatma Rice - On Sale for $.99 - Used $.50 off coupon (from Sunday Paper) - FREE!

So head over to Kroger and get your FREE items! :) My grand total was $2.74. I had a savings of 83%! Can't complain about that!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Publix Savings

If you haven't already noticed, I am really getting into the couponing and saving money lately! I have always been a fan, but have recently decided to step it up a notch...and I'm so glad I did! Today's Publix trip was one of our best ones yet.

Here's what we bought:

This should have cost us $60, but we spent $26!! I have attached our grocery list below, along with links to some of the coupons we used! The rest of the coupons were found in the Sunday Paper and Coupon Displays found in Publix.

2 boxes Back to Nature Organic Cookies - B1G1 Free & $1 off coupon - $2 total

1 loaf Whole Wheat Earth Grains Bread - 2/$5 - $2.50 total

1 bag Snyder's Pretzels - $2.99 (Unfortunately I didn't have a coupon for these)

1 loaf Crusty White Bread - $1.19 (No coupon)

Horizon Organic Milk - $3.59 & $1 off coupon - $2.59 total

1/2 pound Boar's Head Sandwich Meat - $4.07 (No coupon)

2 boxes of Frozen Green Giant Veggies - 10/$10 & 2 $1 off coupons - FREE!! -

1 Navel Orange - $.65 (No coupon)

1 bag Baby Carrots - B1G1 Free - $.85 total

1 bag Frozen Cheese Tortellini - $2.99 (No coupon)

2 ears of Corn - 8/$2 - $.50 total

3 boxes of Scotties Tissues - $.99 each & $1 off 3 boxes coupon - $2 total

1 box Cascadian Farms Cereal Bars - B1G1 Free & $1 off coupon - $1 total

1 packet Taco Seasoning Mix - $.75 (No coupon)

1 pack Hebrew National Hot Dogs - B1G1 Free & $1 off coupon - $1.50 total

1 bag Publix Chips - $.01 Coupon - $.01 total

2 boxes Post Trail Mix Crunch Cereal - B1G1 Free & 2 $2 off coupons - FREE!!

1 bottle Glass Plus Cleaner - B1G1 Free & $1 off coupon - $.25 total

So, now you can go to Publix and get some of the same deals! If nothing else, go and get the Green Giant Frozen Veggies and Post Cereal for FREE!!! And if you don't eat that kind of cereal, you can donate it to a local food bank!

Happy shopping!

Friday, May 8, 2009


Oh my word!! I have figured it out and it's GREAT!! If you have a CVS anywhere near you, you need to invest some time in figuring out how CVSing works! It's definitely worth it! I just got back from my CVS and my heart is pounding with excitement...who would think I would get this excited about saving money...but wait till you see why?!

So, here's what I bought: 5 12 packs of Coke Zero, 1 liter bottle of Listerine Mouthwash, 2 Colgate Toothpastes, and 1 9 pack of Charmin Toilet Paper. How much do you think this cost me?

In all, I spent $9.80 out of pocket.....BUT, I still have $5 in CVS bucks to spend next time I shop there. So, really I only spent $4.80!!!!!! AMAZING! If you want to do the same thing, here's what I did:

1. Buy 5 12 packs of Coke (any variety), hand the lady a $4 off $20 purchase coupon ( You can print one from there, or if your register your extra care card (the CVS card) online, they will e-mail you some!, then give the lady 5 $1 coke coupons (which I printed offline, but now I'm afraid they stopped allowing people to print them), then I already had $3.50 in CVS bucks, so I used that too. So my total was $7.75. But when you buy $20 in coke products, your receipt will print $10 in CVS bucks to use next time.

2. I then had my next purchase 1 pack of charmin ultrasoft, 2 colgate max toothpastes, and 1 listerine total care mouthwash. I had a $.25 coupon for the toilet paper (from the Sunday paper), a $.75 coupon and a $1 coupon for the toothpastes (from the Sunday paper), and a $2 coupon for the mouthwash (from the Sunday paper). Then I handed the lady my $10 CVS bucks from my last purchase (the cokes), and payed a total of $2.05. But, when you buy the Charmin you get $1 back in CVS bucks and when you buy the toothpaste (2 of them) you get $4 back in CVS bucks. So, now I have $5 left to spend on my next trip!

Man, this was fun!!! I definitely plan on continuing my CVSing! I'll try to post after each trip and then if you want to follow what I'm buying, I will lay it all out for you. But you will definitely need to start clipping coupons or printing them from the internet! That is key to making this system work for you!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Saving Money!

As many of you already know, I am a HUGE fan of coupons! We (yes, me and Brian) always do our grocery shopping on Sunday. I bring him with me to help with the number crunching involved in finding the best deals. But, since we were out of town this last weekend, I had to go grocery shopping alone today! It can be very dangerous when I go alone! But I was very proud of myself for sticking to my list and the item on sale! I have had several people ask me about how I do my grocery shopping and coupons, so I figured I would write a post about it. Today was not my best day of savings, but it was a typical week's grocery shopping trip and savings. So this will give you an idea...but know that you can do even better on other weeks! :)

Here's what I bought. How much do you think this would have cost (without any coupons or sale items)? Look closely at everything I bought - Shampoo & Conditioner, Ziploc Bags, Milk, 3 Large Boxes of Cereal, Organic Cookies, a week's worth of Boar's Head Sandwich Meat, All Natural Chicken Sausages, 3 Kashi Frozen Meals, Organic Cranberry Juice, 2 Cartons of OJ, and more!

So, how much? Well, if I hadn't used any coupons or shopped the sales, I would have spent $77.47 BUT....I only spent $43.67! Here's how I did it.....

1. Always shop the sales! This may go against what you would think, but even if you don't need it, if it's something you always use and doesn't go bad....BUY IT! For example, we drink orange juice everyday. With only 2 people drinking it, do we really need 2 cartons this week? Of course not! But, it was on sale AND I had a coupon!! Since it doesn't expire until the end of the month, I bought 2! Do we need 3 large boxes of cereal, of course not. But they were on sale (buy 2, get one free) and I had a 3 coupons (one for $1 off 3 boxes, one for a free reusable grocery bag when you buy 2 boxes, and one for a free gallon of milk when you buy 3 boxes). So in buying the 3 boxes I got a free gallon of milk, a reusable grocery bag, and a free box of cereal!

2. Always use coupons! This goes along with #1. If something is on sale AND you have a coupon for it...BUY IT! Don't let your coupons dictate what you buy....let the sales! Some people fall into the coupon trap of buying whatever they have a coupon for, thinking they are getting a good deal. But, that's not always the case. Sometimes the item you have a coupon for is the most expensive. Make sure you do the math to see if it is cheaper to use your coupon or to buy a different brand. (That's why I bring Brian!) If something you regularly use is on sale, check to see if you have any coupons for it...if so, stock up!

One last money saving tip for you....NEVER pay full price for boneless/skinless chicken breasts. These can be very pricey! BUT....I never pay more than $1.99 per pound. When it goes on sale, I buy a BUNCH of packs. Then when I get home, Brian and I spend a few minutes preparing them for the freezer. First, we trim off any fat, then we pound them (this makes the cooking process faster when the chicken is thinner), then we wrap them individually in plastic wrap, and place the wrapped pieces into large ziploc bags and freeze them. Then, whenever we want chicken for dinner, I take out the number of pieces I need and defrost them in the fridge overnight. Yes, it would be easier just to freeze the whole pack as is, but when you only need 2 pieces or if you need 4 or 5, it won't work. The packs usually have 3 pieces in them. If we only need 2, we would be wasting the 3rd. Plus, we are doing all the prep work up front, which makes cooking much easier!

So, where do I get my coupons? Several places: The Sunday Paper, websites ( and, company websites (I search for the different products that I buy regularly), store flyers (Don't pass up the flyer stand at the front of the store. Publix always has a bunch of coupons up there!), and coupon dispensers on the aisles. I have a very detailed and organized way of storing and sorting my coupons, but I won't go into that on here. But find a way that works for you. It definitely takes time to get used to using coupons and will take some trial and error in finding out the best way that works for you. But don't give up! You will love seeing how much you save each week! It's like a game for us now. We can't wait to see how much we can save! :) It definitely makes grocery shopping more fun!