Sunday, May 31, 2009

Houston Chronicle Sunday Section A coupons

If you still have your Houton Sunday paper, there are two good coupons buried in the A section.
On page A20 is a $1 off any Tyson Fresh chicken product coupon. These go on sale regular as bogo at Kroger, so a very good coupon to hold onto.
On page A25 is a Kroger advertisement, with a $25 gift card offer with any Transferred prescription. If you were needing a refill anyway, some Walgreens and CVS will take competitor coupons to keep your business. That makes this a FREE $25 if you are getting a prescription anyway.
Thanks to greeny for the heads up on these two hidden Houston Chronicle coupons!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Children's Place clearance sale

The Children's Place is having a pretty good clearance sale right now online. Shipping is $5 regardless of the size of your order. I also received a 20% off code in my inbox a few days ago that I was able to combine with this sale for additional savings. I was able to snag three pairs of shoes and 3 items of clothing for my girls for $27 after shipping and tax. I am happy with that considering 2 pairs of shoes using easily cost that.

Here is a picture of just one of the cute shoes they have on their site right now. Hurry over as inventory is running low on many items.

My 20% code was a one time use, but you can use this 15% code for additional savings: S2A59 - exp 6/7.

Don't forget to go through ebates, mypoints or upromise account for additional savings(ebates has 3% back currently, mypoints earns 2 points per dollar spent, 3% back through upromise)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

More Walgreens Clearance

Stopped into Walgreens and found the following clearance

3 All Small and Mighty $1.89 each (we have .40/1 and $1/2 coupons 5-10 RP but I didn't feel like running out to my car)

1 Gain laundry detergent $1.29 - $1 P&G homemailer

1 Norelco beard trimmer $7.59(was $29.99)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

CVS and Kroger

At CVS, there is an ECB promo on Neutrogena Sunscreen products. Purchase two and receive a $10 ECB. At some stores, there are 1 oz tubes of the Ultra Sheer for $1.99 each. If you can find a store with two of these, it is a $6.02 money maker(the trick is finding a store that carries them and then actually locating them) As you can see in the picture, they are smaller than the size of Carefree pantiliners, so they can be hard to spot. (Thanks Chau)

My transaction

2 Neutrogena sunscreen $1.99 each

4 Carefree pantiliners on clearance for .75 each - 2 $1 peelies and 1 $1 homemailer(you can find a .50 printable here-they are free at Kroger this week with this coupon doubled)

Paid with a $4 ECB adjusted down to $3.98 and got back a $10 ECB.

Good luck finding the Neutrogena and Happy Hunting.

I had not been to Kroger for a week, so I ventured over at lunch to pick up the following items:

3 Yakisoba meals $1 - .35 coupon tripled(3-8, 5-10 SS) = free
1 Dial soap $1 - .35 coupon tripled(5-17SS) = free
1 Glade aerosol $1 - .50 home mailer doubled = free
2 Glade warmers $1.99 - free coupon from Sc Johnson booklet found at Randalls = free
4 Reach toothbrushes $1 - 3 .50 coupons doubled (3-15 SS) - 1 .50 home mailer doubled = free
3 Purina kitten chow $2.09 - free coupon (4-26SS) = free
2 Propel .99 - .50 tearpad doubled = free
3 Hunt Ketchup $1 - .20 coupon tripled (5-10SS) = .40 each
1 Pedigree Naturals dog treats $4.59 - $2.50 shortcuts loadable - $2.50 coupon(4-19RP) = .41 MM
1 Huggies diapers $8.99 - $3 homemailer - $1 cellfire loadable
1 Huggies Pull ups $8.99 - $2 coupon (5-17SS) - $2 shortcuts loadable
-$3 for buying $15 in Huggies products
-$1.50 catalina from prior purchases

Paid $6.77 and will get $1.50 back for Caregiver rebate on the Huggies and earned $1.50 for college savings through Upromise.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Great dining out deal at Applebee's

My husband LOVES Applebee's but we rarely go since it is hard to find good coupons for them. Thanks to Erin's post today, my husband may just get Applebee's tonight. Check out the awesome deal listed on Erin's SuperSaver blog.

H-E-Buddy Promos

Summer is quickly approaching and HEB has started their summer reading club again. You just fill out the form listing 10 books your child has read(parents can read to the kiddos too young to read). Initial the form and mail it in. The children get a t-shirt and according to the form, cool prizes. I love this program, since they don't have a min. age requirement(I was able to enroll my one year old last year).

Also, HEB has a birthday club for kids. Sign your child up and they will receive a birthday card, a Buddy Buck(for the crane machine inside stores), 50 point sticker(to redeem for prizes), and special birthday coupons(what couponing kid doesn't want their own coupons!)

For those with the 4 legged kids, they also have a birthday club for them. Max's birthday club is designed to sign your pets up and they will receive a birthday card and special offers(sponsored by Purina)

Want to make eating fruits and veggies fun for your kids? The healthy buddy kids club lets them color in shapes for each day they eat that color fruit or vegetable. When all shapes have been colored, mail in the form and your child will receive a HEBuddy Memory game(limit one per child per year, child must be 4-11; I have not done this one, so not sure what the memory game is like!)

*Note, you have to fill out one form per child and pet, but it does not state that you can't mail each programs set of forms together.

Thank you to all my readers for your patience in my lack of posts lately. I have come down very ill and have not been shopping in days. I hope to be back full force soon and will resume posting my finds and deals.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Feminine Hygiene on the cheap

While searching for the Pull-ups at Walgreens, I stumbled across a store that had just marked down a ton of Feminine Hygiene products. I ran out to my car and grabbed my coupons and got the following:

9 Playtex Sport $ 1.32 - $1 (3-22SS)
3 Playtex Gentle Glide $1.32 - $1 (3-22SS)
1 Tampax Compact 4o ct $2.12 - $1.50 (homemailer)
2 Kotex Maxi 40 ct $1.74 - $1 (4-5 RP)
4 Tampax Pearl 40ct $ 2.12 - $1(homemailer, no coupon for other 3)
Sales tax : $1.11
Paid $14.53 for 17 boxes of Tampons and 2 boxes of pads. My sister will be paying me for the Pearl since her daughter is brand loyal and pays FULL price for them(GASP!)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Enjoy the Ride - Huggies

Huggies has started a new program to earn points and a chance to win some cool gift cards.
Enjoy the Ride is the name and it costs NOTHING but a little time to sign up and enter codes. You receive codes from mailers, flyers, coupon inserts, watching online videos, taking surveys etc. So if you have a little time on your hands, you may want to check it out. With the help of Mercedes and watching the videos and taking the available polls, I am already up to over 100 points! These I can use to enter sweepstakes or instant win games for gift cards.

Hop on over to Mercedes blog for codes for 79 points. You will also get 10 points just for signing up!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Huggies Pull-Ups Super Cheap

I got a message from my friend Stefanie informing me of an awesome clearance deal on Huggies Pull-Ups at Walgreens. Walgreens is clearancing out the Cool Alert pull ups for $3.19. What is even better , is we have $2 coupons from the Sunday paper (5-17 and 4-26 SS)
Plus, there is the Caregivers Rebate that gives you back .75 per pack.
So $3.19 - $2 = $1.19 - .75 rebate = $0.44 a pack!
I bought 13 and with tax($1.28) I spent $16.75
I will get back $9.75 from the rebate so $7 for 13 packs of Pull-ups!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Walgreens - Imagine my suprise!

I stopped into Walgreens today to see what they had to offer and was very excited to find more Benadryl Itch Stopping Spray. My two kiddos are mosquito magnets and the creams wipe off so fast, that I thought these sprays were a great deal. They were clearanced at $1.59 and I had $1 off any Benadryl coupons(4-26 RP). I bought the last 9 this store had, thinking .59 was a GREAT deal for anti itch medicine. You can imagine my suprise when the cashier handed me my receipt and a $4 RR! Apparantly, Walgreens has a RR promo going that includes this Benadryl spray. If you buy $10 worth(7 of these!) you get a $4 RR oynso.
So the math for 4 is as follows:
$1.59 * 7 = $11.13
- $7 (7 $1 coupons)
= $4.13
Earns $4 RR so real cost is .13 for 7 of these!
GREAT deal. Keep in mind they have these on the regular shelf and most stores have an endcap display with these on them. The endcap is where you will find the numbers you need for this deal.
* I bought 9 because I knew nothing about this promo
Also, the Disney scrapbook stickers were clearanced for .50 and I need to work on my Disney scrapbook ,and my friend is going in December, so I grabbed a few of those!

Save $5 off $25 purchase at Walgreens Wed or Thurs

Walgreens sure does have a wonderful way of welcoming me back into couponing after my vacation. For two days, they are offering a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase online or in stores.
Please read the fine print of the coupon for exclusions.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Home Again

Sorry for the limited posts. I went on vacation (an amazing cruise) and just got back yesterday. I am exhausted and happy to be home. I will start back up to shopping tommorrow and hopefully regular posting to the blog again. I am also, trying to get to all the comments that you guys left during my absence.

Save $3 instantly at checkout*when you buy $15 worth of HUGGIES Products at participating Kroger stores, 5/17/09 through 5/30/09!

Mix and match from the entire HUGGIES Brand.

*with your Shopper's Card. All items must be purchased in the same transaction. Limit two per transaction.

Cellfire just added new coupons and there is a loadable for $1 off any package of Huggies Diapers which will be GREAT with this promo. Don't forget to add these to your card before you go to the store, or from your cellphone in the store!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

So many Expired Coupons!

I cleaned out my binders and coupon box at the end of April and this is what my expireds look like most month ends. That stack of whole insert pages is about 6 inches tall, and the lose coupons are what came out of my binders.
You are probably asking what I do with all these coupons now that I cannot use them. Well, that is where my good friend Kim comes to the rescue! Kim told me about a local Methodist church in Katy that has adopted a military base in Germany.
Our troops overseas can use expired coupons at their Military Commissaries for up to 6 month past the expiration date. However, they have limited means of getting coupons so this is where comes to the rescue. This is a patriotic charity run by volunteers to help get these coupons to our troops. Every little bit helps them stretch their salaries even further.
On the ocp website, you can even see the total $ amounts donated by individuals and organizations. If you do not want to foot the cost of mailing these out yourself, consider looking for a local organization that you can give your expireds to!
Holy Covenant Methodist Church is the one I contribute to and they clip and categorize the coupons: food - nonfood - pet food - cleaning supplies and total the value of the coupons they send over.
My friend Kim informed me they used to have donations of about $3000/month, but with my most recent contributions, that has increased to $11,ooo! That is alot of savings potential for the families of the brave men and women fighting to maintain our freedom.

Friday, May 15, 2009

CVS clearance Finds

Browsed the clearance section of my local CVS and found:
5 7lb buckets of Tidy Cats scoop litter $2 each - $1 peelies
1 Jergens Natural Glow face lotion $3.75 - $1 CVS receipt coupon - $2 man. coupon(from booklet found at CVS)
Paid $6.16 after tax on gift card earned from prescriptions.

Note: I am on vacation, so comments will not be posted in a timely fashion.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Walgreens Clearance deals

I needed some Tea Tree Oil so stopped in Walgreens. Found some great clearance items while there:
4 Gillette Body wash $1.29 - $1/2 (4-5P&G)
2 Dove Cream Oil Wash $1.59 - $1.50 (3-15 RP)
11 Adidas Hair and Body Wash $1.29 - $1 (4-5 RP)
1 Johnson and Johnson Body wash $1.59 - $1 (2-22 RP)
1 200 count coffee filters .50* (these rang up $1.99, so I need to go get my money back)
1 Natures Bounty Tea Tree Oil $9.49 YIKES! - $2 (Kroger insert 4-26)
1 Benadryl itch stop $1.59 (couldn't find my coupon but there are $1 ones out)
1 Over the door shoe organizer $1.59
4 Lipton tea bags $.80 - .75 (3-15 RP)
Paid with $5 RR, 2 $3 RR and $8.98 off my gift card.

Free Swiffer and St Ives

This week Target has a great deal on Swiffer products so went at lunch and got the following:
6 Swiffer refills*(both wet and dry) $4.04 each - (1) .50 coupon (from P&G home mailer)
2 Kraft salad dressing $1.99 each - $1/2 Target printable - $1.50 coupon (5-10 SS)
1 Quaker Granola bites $1 - $1 Target coupon
Spent $24.36 on gift card and earned $15 back on gift cards
*Target has a promotion on select Swiffer products. Buy 2, earn a $5 Target gift card. You can do multiples in the same transaction or you can do them in seperate transactions to roll the gift cards. Also, Swiffer has a rebate (requires the UPCS) for a $10 Visa debit card when you buy $20 in Swiffer refills.(6 @ $4.04 = 24.24) (Hurry as items must be purchased by Friday for rebate!)
So my oop was $24.36 on gift card but will get back $10 Visa card and got $15 in Target gift cards.
$0.64 MM which should pay for the stamp to mail the rebate!

Off to CVS on my way back to work. CVS sales St. Ives Apricot Scrub in the trial size section for $1.49. We got $1.50 any St. Ives facial product coupons in the 5-10 SS so FREE! Great travel size too for my upcoming trip.
Thanks to Mercedes for highlighting these deals!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kroger and Randalls run

Stopped in Kroger yesterday to pick up a couple more Softsoap and went ahead and got a few other items for cheap.
3 Angel Soft toilet tissue $1.22 each - .50 coupon doubled (4-19 RP)
3 Yakisoba noodles $1 each - .35 coupon tripled(5-10 SS)
Kroger Comfort for Baby water $1 - $1 peelie
3 Purina Kitten chow $2.09 each - free coupon (4-26 SS)
1 Hunts ketchup $1 - .20 coupon tripled (5-10 SS)
3 Glade scented gel warmers $1.99 - free coupon from SC Johnson booklet(found at Randalls)
3 Softsoap .99 each - .35 coupon tripled (4-26 SS)
2 Wrigley gum $1.29 each - free coupon (3-15 SS)
1 Pedigree Dentastix natural dog treats(not pictured-gave to my sisters dog) $4.59 - $2.50 shortcuts loadable - $2.50 coupon (4-19 RP)
Tax .02
Total spent $0.67

Following Erin's lead, I went to Randalls to see about getting a good deal on hamburger meat. I still had a $10 Living Well catalina to spend and a $3 catalina from buying the Kraft BBQ sauce.
When I got to Randalls, I noticed the 80/20 Hamburger was on sale for $1.99/lb and it had a sale by date of that day. I went up to the meat counter and asked if they would be willing to mark it down if I bought all the packages they had left. They called the manager and he agreed!
So after my 10% off, and the 30% off each package, I paid with my $10 LW and $3 Kraft catalina and paid $8.12 on my gift card.
Total cost: $21.12 for 17 lbs of hamburger or $1.24/lb.

Monday, May 11, 2009


For those of you that shop in or around the Mission Bend Area, please be aware of a Beef recall at the Mission Bend HEB on Bellaire and Hwy 6!
Please read all about it here

Thank you to Harmony at Katy Money Savvy Moms for alerting me to this recall!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

CVS Quick Run

I was very excited when I saw the CVS ad today. I needed to pick up some Nivea Self tanning lotion for a cruise I am going on and CVS decided to put it on Extra Bucks just in time. Luckily, the paper decided to contribute to my cause by providing me with a coupon for free body wash when you purchase Nivea Sun Kissed Beautiful Legs lotion. Here is my breakdown:
1 Nivea Sun Kissed Beautiful Legs lotion $9.99
1 Nivea body wash $5.99 - free coupon
1 Bayer Contour monitor $14.99 - free coupon
Used $8 in ECBs and $2.13 on my gift card(earned from kiddos scripts)
Got back $5 for Nivea, spend $15, get $5
and $5 for Bayer Contour
So total cost was $0.13 for something I was getting anyway, and got free bodywash as a bonus!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Target goodies

Stopped in for a quick trip to Target since Mercedes keeps posting such great deals. Here is the breakdown:
3 Hershey Bliss candy bars $.99 each - $1 Target coupon (coupon beeps)
3 Quaker bites $1 each(two not pictured - kids drive homesnack that day!) - $1 Target coupon
2 Apples .96 - $1 Target coupon(cashier adjusted down without scanning coupon)
3 Yoplait Fiber One yogurts $1.88 each* - .55 home mailer - 2 .50 4-19 insert coupons
1 Fiber One toaster pastries $1.79 - free wyb 3 Fiber one products peelie
Paid $4.06 on a gift card for everything and got back a $5 gift card for buying 4 Fiber One products.

**Target coupons state one per transaction so I set all these on the belt as separate transactions, however the cashier informed me he could ring this up in one transaction.

Randalls Mothers Day Promotion

I thought I was done with Randalls for awhile, but they have a mother's day promotion going right now that I could not pass up. Actually it is a combination of promos. Here is the breakdown:

1 Dozen roses $9.99 - $4 wyb 2 Hallmark cards(have to cost more than .99)
6 Kraft* bbq sauce 18 oz $.99 each - .75 coupons(5-3 SS)
6 Sierra mist 2 liter .75 each - bogo tearpad(each took off $1.99???) THANK YOU MIKE for these fabulous coupons!
1 Propel body peach .88 - .50 tearpad doubled- Again THANK YOU MIKE!
2 Divoga fashion journals free wyb 3 Hallmark cards- automatically rings up zero with club card
2 Coca Cola 8 packs 8 oz cans free wyb 3 Hallmark cards- auto rings up zero with club card
4 Mother/Grandmother day cards @ .99 each
2 Grandmother cards @ 1.99 each
10% savings on my Randalls card -$1.53
Spent $7.24 and got back a $3 oynso for purchasing 6 Kraft BBQ sauce
*Kraft bbq sauce promotion: Buy 4, get $2, 5 get $2.50, 6+ get $3. They are on sale for .99 - .75 coupons = .24 each. So if you have 6 coupons, your cost is $1.50 and you get back $3.

Not a free trip, but I was able to get mother's day cards for my mom and mil, grandmother cards for our moms from the girls, grandmas day cards for my dh and my grandmas, a dozen roses for myself and a few other goodies.


Mars foods is having a chocolate giveaway every Friday from now until September. Be one of the first 250,000 every friday and win a coupon for a free candy! The game starts tommorrow at 9am ET and you can go to the website to sign up for reminders! I suggest you go and sign up today so you can win some FREE CHOCOLATE. I gotta say I do LOVE My Snickers bars!
You can win once a week up to 4 times per household.

Fine print: Offer valid from 9:00:00 AM ET to 11:59:59 PM ET on the Friday only of each week beginning 5/8/09 and ending 9/25/09 ("Offer Period"). Offer fulfilled as a coupon ("Coupon") redeemable for consumer's choice of one (1) single-sized package of any M&M'S® Brand, MILKY WAY® Brand, SNICKERS® Brand, 3 MUSKETEERS® Brand, TWIX® Brand and DOVE® Brand product (together, "Participating Products"). Offer good while supplies last. In order to claim your Coupon, you must submit your complete and correct name, address and email address ("Registration Information") within five (5) minutes of receiving the on-screen message requesting your Registration Information. Failure to submit your Registration Information within five (5) minutes will result in your Coupon being forfeited. Limit: 250,000 Coupons per Friday during the Offer Period. Offer valid only to individual legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 13 years or older, as of time of registration.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Kroger home mailers

This post is to remind you that you really should use your real address when signing up for those store loyalty cards. In my mail yesterday I got my home mailer from Kroger. The first two coupons staring me in the face were FREE Honey Nut Cheerios 12.25oz-14oz and FREE Cheerios 14 oz.
Some other notable coupons:
Save .50 off one 9 oz Glade Aerosol Freshener
Save .50 off one 12 oz French's Spicy Brown or Honey Mustard
Save .50 off one 12 oz Frank's Redhot Sauce

These coupons are typically based on what you purchase with your club card, so definitely worth confirming your address on your card. If you are not getting these mailers in your mailbox, call (1-877-223-4390) and inquire with the marketing department as to why you are not on the mailing list.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Walgreens FREE 8 x 10 Photo WEDNESDAY ONLY

Just go to WPhoto and upload your favorite picture. Choose 8 x 10 and at checkout type the code: MOTHER.
The code will only work on Wednesday May 6th and you can select your local store for instore pickup to avoid shipping charges.
Hint: If you use the pay online feature when placing the order(you won't really pay as the code gets it to you free) you do NOT have to pick it up on Wednesday for it to be free. If you select pay in store, you WILL have to pick it up on Wednesday or else they will charge you. This is a great perk to all us busy parents who might be shuttling kiddos from one event to the next. Just remember to pick it up within a week!
Hint 2: This is limit one per customer NOT per household!
Fine Print: Coupon code MOTHER valid for one use per account only on May 6, 2009. Online orders must include 8x10 print at time of checkout to qualify. Code must be entered at time of checkout to apply discount. Multiple coupon codes may or may not be used based on cart contents. Does not apply toward collage prints, taxes or shipping charges. Order must be placed by logged-in customer by May 6, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to qualify. Timing will be determined by Walgreens server clock. Offer valid online only. 8x10 print format not available at all locations.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Still living inside Randalls

I thought I was just about done with Randalls but NO! My coupon friend had to give me $2 Precious peelies(Thanks again Maya) that she was not using, so off to Randalls I went yet again! This was done in two transactions:

Trans #1 : 2 Ozarka Water $1.99 each - $1/2 catalina
2 Ziploc bags $3.29 each - 2 .40/2 insert coupons (one doubled)
2 Electrasol $3.99 each(this store had the old packages, but same upc as the new finish)- $2.50 coupons
2 Precious string cheese $3.49 each - $2 peelies good on any 6 oz+
2 Mr Clean magic erasers $3 each - bogo coupon from todays paper(it took off $3.49?)
20% discount - 4.30
Paid .03 oop
Also used a $10 LW catalina and 2 $1.25 catalinas and earned back $10 Lw, $2 for water and $1.25 for Ziploc

Trans #2 :
2 Ozarka Water $1.99 each - $1/2 peelie
2 Ziploc bags $3.29 each - 1/2 insert coupon
1 Electrasol $3.99 each(this store had the old packages, but same upc as the new finish)- $2.50 coupons
3 Precious string cheese $3.49 each - $2 peelies good on any 6 oz+
2 Mr Clean magic erasers $3 each - bogo coupon from todays paper(it took off $3.49)
1 Banana .25
20% discount - 4.26
Paid .02 oop
Also used a $10 Lw catalina and $3 catalina from Pillsbury and earned back $10 LW, $2 for water and $1.25 for Ziploc

So final for this run:
Cost: $10 +$1.25 + $1.25 + .03 + $10 + $2 +.02 = 24.55
Earned: $10 + $2 + $1.25 + $10 + $2 + $1.25 = 26.50
so $1.95 money maker to get my kids string cheese!
The water will go to my sister since she is in a hurricane area too and does not coupon (GASP!)

Even better: Each package of the cheese has 3 coupons in them for more cheese purchases. There is a $3/2 inside the packages for the size that is part of the Living Well promo, so you can keep getting more cheap cheese.

I have included a picture of my receipt so you can see each one shows 100% savings, WHOOP!
To get a better look, you can just click on the picture and it should enlarge it for you. Notice each has 2 10% off lines, hence the 20% savings! I am sure gonna miss it when it is gone.