If you are brand new to couponing and just visiting this blog you can start at the Coupons 101 - Overview to get a start on the how to's of couponing.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

2 inserts tomorrow...

It looks like another week for 2 inserts in the paper - one smartsource and one red plum should be inside. Let's hope it is a good week for coupons to get some cheap or FREE stuff!

A couple of great new coupons...

Coupons.com has a couple of high value coupons available right now. There is a $2/1 Lea & Perrins Worcestershire coupon and a $2/1 Heinz 57 coupon available right now. You can access these coupons through the orange colored widget on the left hand side of this page. Click on "See All Coupons" at the top and then scroll down and select all of the coupons you want to print.

Anytime you want to print coupons from coupons.com, you can access them directly through the orange widget on my sidebar.

I'd suggest printing these now as I'm sure they'll will be gone shortly. We should be able to get some cheap Worcestershire and Heinz 57 sauce in our near future!

(Thanks, Hip2Save!)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Rain checks are your friend!

When a store is out of a product, which can happen frequently with good sales, make sure to ask for a rain check. Rain checks are usually good for one month from the date of issue and get you the sale price once the item comes back into stock.

Last week I was at King Soopers and they were out of blackberries. When I checked out the cashier informed me that they were subbing organic blackberries for the same price. To my disappointment they were also out of organic ones, so I got a rain check instead. The beautiful thing is that Sprouts had blackberries on sale as well last week so I was still able to get blackberries for a good price and I now have a rain check to use to get the good price at King Soopers within the next month. I don't have to pay $4.99 a container, I can use my rain check to get them for $1!

Rain checks can also be good when you need some time to get more coupons. If your store is out of stock ask for a rain check and you just bought yourself another month to get the coupons you want to use with that sale.

Do you regularly ask for rain checks if items are out of stock? If not, get in the habit and save yourself some more money!

Aeropostale $10 off $10 purchase!

Aeropostale has a $10 off a $10 purchase coupon available here. This coupon is only good this weekend April 23 - 25th - but should make for something really inexpensive.

Go here to find your closest store.

(Thanks, SD!)

Wanna see what I got for free?

Thanks to Swagbucks I got the above cast iron skillet completely FREE! I redeemed some of my Amazon gift cards I earned through Swagbucks to get it for nothing out of pocket - including shipping! The best part about the Amazon gift cards you can earn through Swagbucks is that you can stack them to order a more expensive items to save as much money as you can out of pocket.

I know I keep talking about Swagbucks, but it is only because it is super easy and you can earn completely FREE stuff for doing what you already do. Get rewarded for searching the internet!

Today is also Mega Swag Buck Friday which means the odds are better that you will get larger value swagbucks when searching which also means you can get rewards faster!

I am in the process of getting rid of all of my non-stick cookware due to health concerns I have about the Teflon and other non-stick coatings used on them and wanted to try cast iron out. Cast iron is a thrifty cooking option as these pans are not that expensive, the skillet above was only $18.97 on Amazon for the 12" version and it comes pre-seasoned. They are also pretty easy to care for and will last forever if cared for correctly.

I've cooked in it a couple of times and am LOVING it so far. My next purchase is probably going to be a cast iron dutch oven.

For more information on Swagbucks, see my post here. If you want to sign up for a Swagbucks account, go here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Klean Kanteen Sale

In honor of Earth day, Klean Kanteen is offering 25% off of their brushed stainless steel bottles, but the insulated ones are not included. Use code KKEARTH at check out to get this deal through April 26th.

I have several Klean Kanteen bottles and really like them. They are 100% stainless steel except for the tops and are super easy to keep clean. They have a wider mouth than most metal bottles which makes them easier to clean and put ice into. They come in many sizes from small enough for your little ones to use, all the way up to 40 oz.

Invest some money upfront to save money and the planet in the long run! I don't buy bottled water ever anymore and use a water filter at home to fill it up. I take my bottle everywhere I go!

Safeway Weekly Deals 44/21 - 4/27

Safeway has a weekend sale going on this Saturday and Sunday. Here's the deals for that:
2 Liter Pepsi $.69 - limit 4
American Beauty Pasta $.79 - limit 6
Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.69/lb. comes in a 4 lb. bag, so $6.76 total cost
Safeway Navel Oranges (8 lbs.) $3.99

Safeway Variety & Nature's Cupboard Breads $1.29 each

Other weekly deals:
SoBe Lifewater $1

Use BOGO printable here, you must buy 2 to use this coupon
Cost = $.50 each, when you buy 2!

Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes $.99
Use $.25/1 from the 3/28 SS
Cost = $.49

Trix or Cinnamon Toast Crunch $1.67
Use $1/2 printable here, you must buy 2 to use this coupon
Cost = $1.17 each, when you buy 2

Nature Valley Granola Bars $2.50
Use $.40/1 from the 3/7 SS
Cost = $1.70

Classico Pasta Sauce $1.49, you must buy 3 or more to get this price
Use $1/2 printable here, you must buy 2 to use this coupon.
Buy 4 Classico Pasta Sauces = $5.96
Use 2, $1/2 printables from link above
Cost = $3.96 for 4 jars, or $.99 each

Contessa Meal Kits $5.99
Use $1.50/2 from the 3/28 SS, you must buy 2 to use this coupon
Cost = $5.24 each, when you buy 2

There is also a promotion running this week for buy 5 Kraft cheeses, get $5 off instantly. It says that all Kraft cheese items are included, so you essentially would get $1 off each package when you buy in increments of 5. There was a coupon in last Sunday's paper (4/18 SS) for $.50/1 4-pack of Philadelphia Minis which should be part of this deal, I'm just not sure on their price.


Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage $2.50
Use $1/2 from the 4/18 RP, you must buy 2 to use this coupon
Cost = $2 each, when you buy 2

Hillshire Farm Thick Carved Lunchmeat $2.50 (if this variety is included in the sale)
Use $.55/1 printable here
Cost = $1.50!

Rancher’s Reserve 7 Bone Beef Chuck Roast $1.69/lb.
Chicken Legs, Thighs, Leg Quarters $.99/lb.
Whole Boneless Pork Loin $1.99/lb.
80% Lean Ground Beef $1.99/lb.
Healthy Ones Lunchmeat $1.67 each

Red Seedless Grapes $.99/lb.
Broccoli $.99/lb.
Fresh Express Garden Salads or Spinach $1 each
Green Onions $.50 each
Green, Red, or Romaine Leaf Lettuce $.99 each
Baby Peeled Carrots ( 1 lb. bag) $.99 each

If I missed any great deals, let me know and I'll add them to the list!

Did you see...

the $1/1 U by Kotex Pads and $1/1 U by Kotex Tampons or Pantyliners coupon in the paper this last Sunday, 4/18 SS insert?

Use them at Walgreens this month through the 24th to get FREE feminine products after RR.

Buy 1 U by Kotex product = $3.49
Use $1/1 coupon from above or printable here
Cost = $2.49, get $2.50 RR, like getting these for FREE after RR!

Remember that you can only by one product per transaction to get the RR, if you buy more than one, you will only get one RR!

New to shopping at Walgreens? Go here and here for posts about how it all works! You can also go here to see other great deals at Walgreens this week.

You can also sign up for a free sample of this product here and I hear it also comes with a $1/1 coupon too!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

King Soopers Weekly Deals 4/21 - 4/27

The Mountain High yogurt deal that I posted about last week to get 2 FREE cups is still going this week, it actually runs through May 25th! You can also get free gum, cheap Greek yogurt, Country Crock and soap this week!

Weekly Deals:
Mentos Gum $1

Use $.55/1 from the 2/28 SS
Cost = FREE!

Mountain High Yogurt $.50
Use $.50/2 from the 4/11 RP
Cost = 2 for FREE!

Country Crock Spread $1
Use $.40/1 printable here
Cost = $.20!

Yoplait Greek Yogurt $1
Use $.30/1 from the 3/28 SS or $.451/ printable here or $.30/1 printable here
Cost = as low as $.10 each!

Dial Hand Soap (7.5-9.38 oz.) $1
Use $.35/1 from the 3/7 RP
Cost = $.30!

Dial Bar Soap(2 pack) $1
Use $.35/1 from 3/7 RP
Cost = $.30 !

Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes $2
Use $1/1 printable here
Total $1

Pillsbury Dough $1
Use $.40/2 from the 3/28 SS (good on crescent rolls) or $.40/2 from the 1/3 SS (good on dinner rolls and expires on 4/24) or $.30/2 printable here (good on Grands! biscuits) , you must buy 2 to use these coupon
Cost = as low as $.60 each, when you buy 2!

V8 Fusion $2.49
Use $.50/1 from the 3/14 SS, this coupon expires on the 25th!
Cost = $1.49

Select Kelloggs Cereal (12 - 20 oz.) $1.97
Use $1/2 from 4/11 RP, you must buy 2 to use this coupon
Cost = $1.47

Colorado Proud Milk $1.88/gallon

Buy 5 Healthy Choice or Marie Callendar's Entrees 5 for $10, get 1 free 48 oz. Kroger deluxe ice cream free! You must buy 5 to get this deal. Use 2, $1/2 printables here, (good on Healthy Choice) like paying $8 for 5 Healthy Choice meals and 1 container of ice cream!

Fast Fixin' Chicken (6-8 oz.) $1
Use $.30/1 printable here
Cost = $.40!

USDA Choice Boneless Half Ribeye $4.99/lb.

USDA Choice London Broil $2.99/lb.

Red Bird Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Tenders or Strips BOGO

Italian Sausage or Bratwurst $1.99/lb.

Organic Strawberries (1 lb.) $2.50

Organic Green Pears $1/lb.

Organic Green Onions $1

Organic Fuji Apples $1/lb.

Private Selection Organic Mini Peeled Carrots (32 oz. bag) $2.50

As always, if I missed any great deals, let me know and I'll add them to the list!

Walmart & Internet Coupons

As I mentioned before, Walmart has not always been accepting internet printed coupons. The Walmart on 136th & I-25 has signs posted that they are no longer accepting internet printed coupons at all due to a large amount of coupon fraud. Just wanted to pass along this information to everyone so you are not caught by surprise if and when they decline to take these coupons.

Bath & Body Works $10 of $30 purchase!

Bath & Body Works is offering a $10 off $30 purchase coupon that is good through May 9th. Go here to find your closest store.

If you'd rather shop online, you can use code VANILLAS to get this same deal. Shipping is free for purchases of $60 or more using code FREESHIP60, otherwise shipping starts at $5.95.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Make sure you are checking your receipts!

Just a quick reminder to check your receipts and pay close attention when checking out at the store. In the last few weeks I've had a few issues with products not ringing up the correct price or the cashier missing a coupon or two when I've been checking out. It is easiest to resolve these issues if you catch them as they are happening, especially if it is a coupon being missed.

Some stores, like King Soopers, have price accuracy guarantee. If a product rings up the wrong price, they will refund your money and let you keep the item! Some stores just adjust the price to the correct price, but is definitely worth your time to keep on top of these when shopping. I cringe just thinking about how much money everyone overpays because of these inaccuracies not being caught and fixed.

I always approach these situations in a really friendly way as to not burn any bridges at my stores and with their employees.

Thanks for the reminder about this Michele!

$3/1 President Brie Cheese Coupon

Go here to fill out your information and get access to a $3/1 President brie cheese coupon. This is a great high value coupon that we don't see very often for brie cheese. I love cheese and can't wait to get this!

(Thanks, Hip2Save!)

Dairy Queen - Customer Appreciation Week!

Dairy Queen is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Blizzard! Bring this coupon into your nearest Dairy Queen between now and Sunday the 25th to get a second blizzard treat for only $.25 when you purchase one! Yummy!!

The coupon says valid only at participating locations, so I'd suggest calling ahead to make sure your store is participating. Go here to find your nearest store.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Watch your mailbox...

I found this Kohl's ad in my mailbox yesterday and attached to it is a $10 gift card good towards anything in the store - WOO HOO! It is valid this Wednesday, April 21st through May 1st and is good on any in-store purchase of $10 or more. It is literally like getting free money!!

Let me know if you are lucky enough to get one too!

National Park Week...

This week, through Sunday the 25th, is National Park week.

What does that mean for you? It means that you can access the National Parks this week for FREE! They won't be charging entrance fees but will still be charging for camping and tours. Go here to see a list of National Parks in Colorado.

Get outside and enjoy this great weather in a beautiful national park! I've never been during free days but have heard they are pretty busy - especially on the weekends!

JC Penney Friends and Family Event Today!

JC Penney is having a friends and family event online through today. They are offering up an additional 20% off your order when you use code 4DSCOUNT when checking out. They offer free shipping on orders of $49 or more.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Walgreens Weekly Deals 4/18 - 4/24

Another week with the longer ad for us - I'm loving the longer ad with all of the extra deals - how about you?

It looks like a decent week with better than FREE vitamins and cheap toothpaste, razors and pull-ups!

I'm only listing the best deals I see, not everything - so if I missed any great deals, let me know and I'll add them to the list...

Register Reward Deals:
U by Kotex $3.49, get $2.50 RR
Use $1/1 printable here
Cost = $2.49, get $2.50 RR, like getting them free after RR!

Nature’s Bounty Vitamin D-1000 IU (120 tablets) $5, get $5 RR
Use $2/1 printable here (make sure to put in your zip code to access the coupon) or here (if you have not yet signed up for the Healthy Rewards program) - print these soon as I'm sure they will be gone shortly!
Cost = FREE + a $2 moneymaker after RR!

Crest 3D White Dental Care - Toothpaste (5.8 oz) or Rinse (8 oz.) or Oral B Advantage Toothbrush 3/$9, get $3RR
Buy 3 Oral-B Advantage Toothbrushes
Use 3, $2/1 from the 4/4 PG
Cost = $3, get $3 RR, like getting them FREE after RR!

Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strength Toothpaste (4 oz.) or Wave Toothbrush $2.99, get $2 RR
Use $.75/1 printable here
Cost = $2.24, like spending $.24 after RR!

Folgers Classic Roast Coffee (11.3 oz.) 2/$5, get $1 RR
Use $1/2 from the 3/21 RP
Cost = $4, like spending $1.50 each after RR!

Colgate Pro Clinical Toothpaste 4 oz. $3.99, get $2 RR
Use $1/1 from the 4/11 SS or printable here
Cost = $2.99, like spending $0.99 after RR!

Schick Hydro 3 or 5 Blade Razor System $7.99, get $5 RR
Cost = like spending $2.99 after RR!

Other Deals:
Dawn Dish Liquid (10.3 oz.) $0.99, with in-ad coupon
Use $0.50/1 from the 4/4 PG
Cost = $0.49!

Hershey’s Candy (8.5-9.2 oz.) 2/$5
Buy 2 bags = $5
Use 2, $1/1 from the 4/18 SS
Cost = $1.50 each!

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers, Pull-Ups or GoodNites $8.99
Buy 1 Pull-Ups $8.99
Use $2/1 from the 3/28 SS or printable here
Use $2/1 from the April Walgreens Coupon Book (found in-store)
Cost = $4.99!

Maybelline Cosmetics Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
Coupons available in the 3/28 or 4/11 RP
Cost = will vary!

Aveeno Baby, Bath, Skin or Hair Care 25% Off and get a FREE Travel Essentials Kit with purchase of 3 Aveeno products
There are $1/1 printables here
Cost = will vary!

Almay Cosmetics Buy 1 Get 1 at 50% Off
Coupons available in the 3/7 SS
Cost = will vary!

Walgreens Reusable Shopping Bag 3/$1, with in-ad coupon
Cost = $0.33 each! Great “filler” item or way to get some more reusable bags if you are in need of them!

Printer Cartridge Refill black or color $1, with in-ad coupon
- this deal is only available on 4/22 - Earth Day - but is a fantastic price on in refills. I've never had my cartridges refilled so I'm not sure how well it works. If you have used them before to do this, let us know what you think!

Scott Bath Tissue (4 rolls), Bounty Basic Paper Towels (2 giant rolls), Cottonelle Moist Wipes (84 ct.) 2/$5, with in-ad coupon
Buy 2 Cottonelle Moist Wipes = $5
Use 2, $.50/1 printables here
Cost = $2 each!

Happy Shopping!

Free Reusable Bag at Target - Today Only!

In honor of Earth Day or Earth Week as it is now being celebrated Target teamed up with Tide, GE and Coca-Cola to give away free reusable bags with a purchase today only (Sunday April 18th). They are giving away a total of 1.5 million bags. Can you imagine if everyone uses these bags, how many plastic bags we are saving from landfills?

Just head on over to your closest Target and make a purchase to receive one of these bags, though quantities are limited to what is on hand, so I'd get there earlier in the day if you really want or need one! There will be no rain checks given and there is a limit of one per person.

(Thanks for the reminder, Bridgett!)