Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Here's a little kick start to that New Year's resolution to quit smoking! Get a free sample of Nicoderm CQ and a $7 coupon for Nicoderm CQ with Smart Control.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Now that I've posted about making homemade yogurt it's inevitable that a great coupon like this one becomes available from Yoplait. Even though one can make their own yogurt, sometimes it's good when you don't have to. Print this twice and cross your fingers that there will be a BOGO deal on YoPlus soon! You'll have to use Internet Explorer to print it because I can't seem to get a link for Firefox.

Here's my first savings roundup. I've decided to pick my favorite deals, coupons, rebates, etc. from the blogs that I regularly read.

Deal Seeking Mom is giving away a free 1 year subscription to All You Magazine - This is a great magazine that pays for itself with the coupons it contains. I have two subscriptions to it.

Common Sense With Money has blogged about a free sample of Yoplait Yogurt - Sign up for Betty Crocker's newsletter and you'll get a coupon for some free Yoplait yogurt!

Swaggrabber has posted about a Toys R Us Leapfrog Games Deal

I Heart Publix shows us a great deal on Emerald Nuts

Crystal the Coupon Mama - $10 in Savings Bayer Healthcare Coupon Book at Publix

The Krazy Coupon Lady - $0.75 off Shake N Bake Printable Coupon

Hip2Save - FREE Home Made Simple $35 Coupon Booklet (New Link)

Have you seen any great deals today? Leave a comment and let me know!

Savings Roundup

I love sharing deals with my readers! It's wonderful to be able to search all of the other great coupon and finance blogs to let you know what is out there. Having said that, my goal is to have a daily savings roundup shoeing the great deals that I have found that day. I'll be posting it in the afternoon/evening each day. I hope it helps everyone!

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Homemade Yogurt

We eat a lot of yogurt in our family. My baby especially loves it. The problem is, it can be pretty expensive if you can't find a good deal on it. Making yogurt is very simple and inexpensive. Also, by making my own yogurt, I control the ingredients that go in. A yogurt maker is not needed.

I buy my starter yogurt in the grocery store in a 32 ounce container. Plain is what you want. To make life easier, I spoon 2 TBS of yogurt into each section of an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, I remove them from the tray and place in a zippered freezer bag for storage. You can re-culture yogurt from the yogurt you make, but after time that fizzles out and you'll need to use a new starter from the freezer. 32 ounces lasts a pretty good while.

Items needed:

32 ounces of whole milk
2 TBS of live culture plain yogurt (this is your starter)
Boiling Water
2 Thermoses


  1. Pour boiling water into the thermoses to sterilize them. You may also want to sterilize the thermometer and spoon that you use to stir the yogurt.
  2. Heat the milk in a pan to 200 degrees. Hold the milk at that temperature for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, allow the milk to cool to 110 degrees. While the milk is cooling, pour the water out of the thermoses. You do not want them so hot that they kill the bacteria in the yogurt starter.
  3. When the milk reaches 110 degrees, pour off 1 cup into another container and add the yogurt starter. Stir well and then add it back to the original pan of milk. Stir again. Now, pour this mixture into the thermoses and close tightly.
  4. Allow it to incubate in a warm area for 12 hours. As the yogurt sits, it becomes thicker and more tart. Let it incubate until it has a flavor that you like. This yogurt is not going to be as gelatinous as commercial yogurt, but you'll become used to that.
  5. After the yogurt is done, place it in the refrigerator and enjoy! You can sweeten it with sugar, honey, Splenda, etc. I like to add wheat germ and frozen fruit that I thaw and puree. Fresh fruit is good too.

Additional notes:

  • If you like a really thick yogurt, you can allow it to sit for 24 hours. You can also strain it like you would make a yogurt "cheese" for additional thickness.
  • A heating pad on low can be used to help hold the heat in the thermos if it's especially chilly.
  • If you prefer to use skim milk, add 1/2 cup of non-fat powdered milk to the mixture to help make the yogurt less watery.
  • I've added a vanilla bean to the cooking milk for vanilla yogurt. You can add a sweetener after it's incubated if you'd like.
  • Don't have a thermos? Put the yogurt in a jar with a lid and insulate by wrapping a towel around it.
  • The liquid that forms on top of the yogurt is the whey and can be stirred back in or poured off. Stirring it in will give you a more tart yogurt.
  • You can make creme fraiche with whipping cream by culturing it with a spoonful of your own live-culture yogurt and making it the same way.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Tombstone Pizza - $2.99 x 2 = $5.98
Bertolli Complete Skillet Dinner for 2 - $4.99 x 2 = 9.98
minus $2/1 Sav-A-Lot coupon - $2.99 x 2 = $5.98
Publix black eyed peas - $0.79 x 2 = $1.58
Bumblebee Premium Tuna BOGO - $3.69
Pace Salsa BOGO - $2.79
minus coupon for free Pace Picante Salsa - FREE
Cantaloupe - $1.50
Chiquita Bananas - $0.39/1 lb x 4 lbs = $1.56*
Boston Butt Pork Roast - $1.19/1 lb x 5 lbs = $5.95*
Whole Boneless Pork Loin - $1.99/1 lb x 6 lbs = $11.94*
Publix Milk, 1 gallon - $3.19
Cracker Barrel Cheese - $3.00 x 2 = $6.00
minus $1/2 coupon = $5.00
Viva Paper Towels - $6.99
minus $2/1 coupon = $4.99
plus 7.5% sales tax = $5.36


Boneles Chuck Roast - $1.99/1 lb x 3 lbs = $5.97

Approximate Grand Total - $57.70
Approximate Value of Groceries - $106.43

That's 45.8% savings!!

While this is not a deal like some couponers get, I do try to buy items that we actually use. This weekly trip is $92.30 less than my old $150 a week budget. Therefore, I have a nice hunk to go into my savings account this week! This is the first time I have tried to figure out my actual cost before hand so I'll update after I shop and let you know how it goes.

*weighed items are an approximate guess.

I wanted to find some different recipes for using the leftover turkey from Christmas this year. Turkey salad gets a bit old after a while and isn't really pleasant to freeze. Here are a few that I'm going to be trying. We're a small family so a whole turkey, even though it's small, is going to last us a good long while. I'll do some changes to the original recipes to use what I have on hand and keep my costs low.

Tex-Mex Turkey Soup (from Allrecipes)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup water
    3 cups homemade chicken stock (original calls for 4 cups water and 3 chicken bouillon cubes)
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 4 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley2 cups cooked black beans (original recipe calls for one 14 ounce can rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 TBS dried cilantro (original recipe calls for 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro)
  • 6 cups corn tortilla chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack
  • cheese blend1/2 cup sour cream

1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add minced onions and cook until onions begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
2. Stir in water, tomato soup, diced tomatoes, salsa, shredded turkey, parsley and bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until bouillon cubes dissolve. Add black beans, corn, sour cream and cilantro. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
3. Serve soup with crushed tortilla chips, chopped green onion, shredded cheese and additional cilantro and sour cream.

Turkey Curry (from

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups chicken stock (homemade)
  • 1 can (8 to 9 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 3 cups cooked diced turkey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • hot cooked rice

In a large skillet, heat curry powder in butter, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in onions; continue cooking, stirring frequently, until onions are softened. Blend in flour and ginger; add chicken broth and pineapple. Heat to boiling; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in turkey. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes longer, or until heated through. Stir in lemon juice. Serve with hot cooked rice.

And last but not least, I'll use the turkey carcass to make turkey stock. I love, love, love homemade stock. It's much richer and more flavorful than the stuff you get in the grocery store. There is less sodium, it freezes well, and can save you a bit of money.

I keep my homemade stock recipe pretty simple:

1-2 bird carcasses (chicken or turkey)
2 stalks of celery
2 carrots
1 onion
unknown amounts of parsley, rosemary, and thyme

Add all ingredients to a stockpot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then lower the temperature to low. Simmer for 2-3 hours. Strain through a colander with a coffee filter into a bowl. Allow to cool in the refrigerator. Once it's cool, I pour it into quart sized zip bags and freeze.

Save 70 Swagbucks on a $50 gift card today only! The gift card is regularly 590 Swagbucks and today it's only 520 Swagbucks! What a deal! You can join Swagbucks here to start earning today.

Copy and paste into your web browser to be directed to a form to fill out for a free sample of Arm & Hammer toothpaste. Make sure you copy/paste or type it into your browser or you'll be redirected to something else on the Arm & Hammer website.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Learning to Save

At the beginning of November, my husband and I started to work on saving money and getting ourselves out of debt. I am very amazed by how we have done so far. We live on one income and have a 15 month old baby. Our goal is to get our emergency fund established ($1000) and 6 months of income saved in case of a job loss. Here's hoping that job loss won't happen!

What we have done so far:

  • Refinanced our car and paid off all credit card debt. Many financial savvy people don't advise this, but the credit cards we had were increasing interest rates and starting to charge annual fees. The car loan is at 6.75% interest which is much less than the credit card APRs. This is going to be paid off in two years or less.
  • Couponing (of course!) is the next thing we started. I check out the sales ads each week and purchase 2 Sunday papers. I have a coworker who gives any unused coupons to me as well. I match up the sales ads to the coupons with a lot of help from other sites like Hot Coupon World, Deal Seeking Mom, The Krazy Coupon Lady, Common Sense with Money, and Swaggrabber. I've learned that the best deals are usually deals that are buy one item, get one item free. You can use two coupons (one for each item) and that makes many things so very inexpensive, free, or even a money maker. Stacking store coupons and manufacturers coupons can also give you a good bargain on something. Doing this has cut our grocery bill almost $300!!!
  • The third thing that we have done is cut way back on eating at restaurants. Actually, that's what I have done. My husband doesn't eat at restaurants often at all. I usually eat breakfast at a fast food place and go to lunch with my best friend 2-4 times a month. While I haven't completely given it up, I'm working on it. I'm also trying to do better by taking my own lunch and drinks to work. If I can manage to take my lunch and drinks to work each day (instead of eating in the cafeteria) then I would save and additional $75 per month. I do drink soda which some frugal folks avoid, but I try to pay no more than $0.25 per can which is half of what I would pay at work.
By doing the three things above for almost two months, we managed to save around $417 which is almost half of the emergency fund. I never realized how much one could save with coupons and good sales.

Our savings would have been even more, but my husband and I bought ourselves a Flip UltraHD Camcorder. We did take a bit from the savings to purchase it. It was regularly priced at $149, but we paid around $117 after using Amazon gift cards that I received by searching with Swagbucks.

Do you have any frugal tips to offer? I'd love to hear them!

Colgate Coupons

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Here's another great coupon from Contandina for $0.75/1 Contandina product. We use a lot of tomatoes and home and coupons like this one really help!

Today is day 12 of the 12 Days of Whataburger. Click here to get your coupon for a free Whataburger.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Work and the holidays has been keeping me busy. Anyway, without further ado...

Mercedes at Common Sense with Money has passed along some great information regarding Walgreens and coupons.

Can a customer use both a Manufacturer’s coupon and Walgreens coupon for the same item in a purchase?

  • One Walgreen and one manufacturer coupon can be used for the same item, unless either coupon prohibits such use.
  • Walgreens Roto Ad Coupons, Instant Value Coupons (IVC), and a manufacturer’s coupon can be used towards the purchase of any one item. “One coupon per purchase” means one coupon must be tendered for each PIECE sold.

What happens if the Manufacturer coupon’s value is more than the retail value?

  • Walgreens does not provide cash back if a coupon is presented for more than the purchase value of the item (e.g., the customer is using the coupon to purchase a clearance item).
  • If the retail of the item is less than the face value of the coupon:
    • the coupon value shall be the retail value if the state requires taxes to be paid on that item,
    • the coupon value shall be the retail value plus taxes if the state does not require taxes to be paid on the item.

Can a customer use a coupon after a sale has been made?

  • All valid coupons must be presented to the cashier at the time of sale only!

If there is no quantity limit on a Walgreens coupon can a manager impose his/her own limit?

  • Yes, managers have the right to limit the quantities of all advertised items.

Does Walgreens price match or accept coupons from other retailers?

  • Walgreens does not price match with other retailer.
  • Walgreens does not accept coupons from other retailers or coupons for products not carried in our stores.
  • Walgreens does not accept expired coupons.

A customer purchased an item using a manufacturer’s coupon and wants to return it. At what price do we return the item?

  • If an item purchased with a manufacturer’s coupon is returned, the customer will get the retail price of the item. If the customer purchased an item with a Walgreens coupon, the customer receives the price paid.
    • Example 1: If the retail price for an item is $1.49 and the manufacturers coupon was 25¢ off, the refund amount would be $1.49 plus tax.
    • Example 2: If the retail price for an item is $1.49 and the Walgreens coupon was 25¢ off, the refund amount would be $1.24 plus tax.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Oh man, more yummy ice cream coupons! Get your $1/1 Skinny Cow Truffle Bars coupon here.

Fill out the form here to see if you qualify for a free OneTouch UltraMini Meter. You'll be able to select the color of your choice and they have some very nice colors to choose from!

Get a free photo calendar at American Greetings Photoworks when you buy one. Select your calendar, upload your photos, then create it! When you check out, enter coupon code BOGOCAL to get your free calendar when you buy one.

Home Depot is offering Do-It-Herself classes free! You can register here for the class and for special savings.

The first class is January 14th from 7:00-8:30pm and you'll receive a free My Coke Rewards Bonus Point Card when you attend this workshop.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jergens is offering a $1/1 printable internet coupon on their Jergens Naturals Daily Moisturizer. This coupon has a far away expiration date of 1-14-2010! It may be rolling depending on when you print it.

You can print a new $5 off $20 purchase coupon from Sav-A-Lot here. It's expiration date is not until 1-10-2010! If you have a grocery store that price matches competitor's coupons then this is also for you. They also have a great list of printable coupons. One of my favorites is the $1/1 Mrs. Smith's Assorted Pies! Yum! I like to get two and use them for the BOGO deals at the grocery store when they have them.

Monday, December 14, 2009

While this is not the moneymaker it was last week, it's still a pretty darn good deal. When you register here at BeneVia you'll be allowed to print a $5/1 four pack of nutrition drinks. When you purchase BeneVia at Publix and use the $3/1 Publix coupon from the Green Advantage Flyer you can get it for as low as $0.49! Regional prices may vary.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The main reason for us to start using coupons is to lower our spending and save more. We want to have a nicely built emergency fund as well as money for big budget items. Our goal is to pay cash for everything. While working toward this goal, I am doing a lot of reading about finances and here are some articles that I enjoy.

How To Cook More, Eat Out Less

One great tip from this article is the tip to not buy cookbooks. A few months ago, I tossed ALL of my cookbooks except for one favorite from a locally owned restaurant. I'm able to go to many websites on the internet and find pretty much any recipe I need. If that recipe becomes a favorite, it goes into our "family cookbook" that we made from a photo album.

6 Powerful Strategies for Paying Down Debt

The First Step Towards Getting Out of Debt

I love The Simple Dollar blog. I have read and re-read many of his posts. One day, I'll be brave enough to comment! Trent's blog is what really got me started thinking about my personal finance. In fact, I'm going to throw another article out there by Trent at The Simple Dollar.

Breaking Down the Numbers on Why Frugality Works

How to Minimize Bank Account Fees

Household Budgeting Made Easy

Hope you enjoy these blog articles! Do you have any favorites that you'd like to share?

Register here to get a $1/1 coupon for Horizon's Little Blends 4-pack of yogurt. My little girl loves these! You can print the coupon twice.

Dunkin Donuts has the DD Perks Program. You can go HERE to enroll in the program (free and no obligation). When you register, you'll be entered in a special promotion to win coffee for a whole year. Every week they will pick a winner who will receive 2 lbs. of Dunkin Donuts Coffee delivered to their door every month for a year. You DO NOT have to purchase a perks card to be eligible to win. Once enrolled, you are automatically entered. When you fill out your enrollment form enter the promotion code DDPERKS Coffee at the bottom of the form and they will snail mail you a coupon for a free coffee at any Dunkin Donuts location!

Thanks, Totally Target!

Some folks may have these coupons, but many of them are new to me. Looks like I have a bit of printing to do!

After printing some coupons today at I noticed a bunch of links with offers from partner's websites. Bausch & Lomb have a great deal of coupons and rebate offers here. Know of any great ways to use these? Tell us about it!

Register Rewards Deals

Complete Multipurpose solution $7.99, Earn $7.99 RR when you buy one
$1/1 coupon from 10/25 RP insert
FREE plus $1 in overage after coupon and register rewards

Hershey’s Pot of Gold 2/$9, Earn $3 RR when you buy two
$1/1 coupon from 12/6 SS insert
$2 each after coupons and register rewards

Mucinex 14-20 ct $9.99, Earn $5 RR when you buy two
$1/1 coupon from 10/11 SS insert
$12.98 for two after coupons ans register rewards

Scope Outlast 2/$7, Earn $2 RR when you buy two
$1/1 coupon from 11/29 P&G insert
$3 for two after coupons and register rewards

Colgate Total Toothpaste or Wave Toothbrush 2/$5, get $1 RR when you buy 2.
$1/1 coupon from 12/6 SS insert
$1 each after coupons and register rewards

Gillette Fusion Razor $8.99, Earn $4 RR when you buy one
$4/1 coupon from 11/29 P&G insert
$0.99 each after coupon and register reward

Pantene 25.4 ounces $5.99, Earn $2 RR when you buy one
$2/1 mailable from Vocalpoint (if you received it)
$1.99 each after coupon and register rewards

Dimetapp 4oz 2/$10, Earn $3 RR when you buy two
$2/1 printable coupon
$3 for two after coupons and register rewards

Huggies Diapers or Pull Ups jumbo packs $8.99, Earn $2 RR when you buy one
$1.50/1 Huggies diapers coupon from 11/15 SS insert
$2/1 Huggies diaper printable coupons (IE) (FF)
$2/1 Huggies Pull Ups printable coupon
$1/1 Huggies Walgreens coupon from the Walgreen's Children's Activity Book.
As little as $3.99 after coupons and register rewards

Buy $30 in selected products and get $10 register rewards
Includes select Dulcolax, Gas-X, Ex-Lax, Benefiber, Imodium, Maalox, Pepto Bismol, Tums, and Zantac.

$2/1 Benefiber (IE) (FF)

$2/1 Benefiber Sticks (IE) (FF)

$1/1 Gas-X (IE) (FF)

$2/1 Immodium and $1/1 Immodium (Multiple coupons)

$2/1 Zantac

$5 rebate, $3/1 coupon, $2/1 coupon from Ducolax.

$3/1 Tums Dual Action

$1/1 Tums

Other Deals

Blistex 2/$2
$1/2 coupon from 11/15 SS insert
$1 for two after coupon

Schiff Mega Red on sale buy one get one free
Use 2 of the $2/1 printable coupon.
$20.99 for two after coupons

Lindsay Olives 99 cents after in-ad coupon

$1/2 Lidsay Olives printable coupon
$0.98 for two after coupon

Campbells Soups $0.69 each after in-ad coupon
$1/4 printable coupon
0.44 each after coupon (when you buy 4)

Campbell’s Gravy 2/$1 after in-ad coupon
$1/4 printable coupon
0.25 each after coupon (when you buy 4)

Progresso Soup $0.99 each
$1.10/3 printable coupon
$1/4 coupon from 12/6 SS insert
As little as $0.62 each after coupon

Hunt’s Tomato Sauce 3/$1 after in-ad coupon
$1/3 printable coupon after playing game
FREE after coupons

Select General Mills Cereal $1.99
$1/1 any size box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms or Trix (IE) (FF)
$0.99 each after coupon

Blue Diamond Almonds on sale buy one get one free or 2/$3.49
$1/2 coupon from 11/15 SS insert
$2.49 for two after coupon

Splenda with Fiber 80ct $2.99
$1/1 coupon from 11/8 RP insert
$1.99 each after coupon

Coffee-mate 16oz on sale buy one get one free or 2/$3
Use 2 of the $1/1 printable coupon
$0.50 for one after coupon

Sun Maid Raisins 18 oz 2/$4
$1/2 coupon from 11/8 SS insert
$3 for two after coupon

Ghirardelli 2/$5
$1/1 Ghirardelli chocolate printable coupons (IE Link) (FF Link)
$1.50 each after coupon

Lindt’s Lindor Truffles 2/$5
$1/1 printable coupon (You'll need to keep refreshing the page until the Lindt’s Lindor ad appears below the picture of the turkey in roaster)
$1.50 each after coupon

Here is a sneak peek at the ad for the week of 12/13.

Guitar Hero World Tour bundle $88
DJ Hero Bundle $88
Tony Hawk Ride Bundle $88
RockBand2 Bundle $88
Garmin Nuvi 205W GPS $99
Magnavox 42″ 108 0p LCD TV $599
HP Digital Photo Frame $69
-$5/1 Kodak Camera or Digital Photo Frame TQ PRINT
Play Wonder Wooden Kitchen $89.99
Sterling Silver Rings with Genuine Stones $15
Room Essentials Twin Size Comforter $9.99
Home Microplush Blanket $16
Emerson 12-Bottle Wine Fridge $75
Crock-Pot Trio $75
Hamilton Beach 6qt Stay or Go Portable Slow Cooker $29
Euro-Pro Large Capacity Toaster Oven $29
George Forman Indoor Grill $29
Selected Smith & Hawken Bulb Kits $7
Single Roll Wrapping Paper 175ft $4
Planters Peanuts 20 oz $2.75
-$1/2 Planters Cocktail Peanuts (12 oz or larger) – Sunset, October 2009
-$1/2 Planters Peanuts, Any – Tearpad

Reduced Fat Wheat Thins & Selected other snacks $2.75
-$1/2 Nabisco Calendar Booklet $55 In Savings
-$1/1 from 11-08-09 SS
-$1/2 (Nabisco Site- click on “Get Started”)
-$1/1 Kraft Food & Family, December 2009
-$1/2 Keep the Jingle in your Holidays Booklet
-MIR for $10 Back by Mail wyb 10 Participating Nabisco Crackers

FREE Any Hasbro Card Game with purchase of any $10 or more Hasbro Game
-$5/1 Hasbro boggle game – Parade, December 2009
-$5/1 Hasbro Pictureka! Flipper Game – Disney Family Fun, November 2009

DS Games $25 each
Zelda Spirit Tracks
Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Imagine Sweet 16
Style Savy
Kingdom Hearts 385/2 Days
& Selected Others

Kodak MD41 Digital Camera $95
-$5 off a Kodak Digital Camera TQ PRINT
Sony Bravia 46″ LCD 1080p TV $999.99
-$50 off a 46″ or Larger TV TQ PRINT
G-Force DVD $15.99
G-Force Blu Ray
(it is advertised in ad as “low price”- I am pretty sure it is $29.99)
-$5 off A Blu-Ray Disc Purchase TQ PRINT
-$10 off G-Force DVD PRINT

Thanks, Totally Target!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Get $5 off when you purchase Hill's Science Diet Nature's Best dog or cat food. You can find the coupons here. It's printable only one time.

You'll need to register for the coupon. I'd like to recommend making an additional email address through Yahoo! or Gmail especially for situations like this (registering for coupons) that way you don't have your main email address flooded with news, promotions, etc. Those emails will go to your "coupon" email for you to peruse at your leisure.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Weekly Deals:
New England Freshly Ground Coffee BOGO $5.79
- Use two $1/1 PRINTABLE coupons
- watch for peelies!

$1.89 each after coupons

Fast Fixin’ Chicken BOGO $5.99
- Use two $.75/1 coupons found in the Oct or Aug All You mag
- or use two $1/1 PRINTABLE coupons (must join!)

$1.99 to $2.24 each after coupons

Fresh Express Salad Blends BOGO $3.99
- Use two $.55/1 PRINTABLE coupons
$1.44 each after coupons

Betty Crocker Premium Muffin Mix BOGO $2.59
- Use two $.50/1 PRINTABLE coupon
- if Fiber One is included

$.79 each after coupons

General Mills Cereal BOGO $3.49
- Chex Cereals, Cocoa Puffs, Trix, or Golden Grahams
- Use the $1/2 coupon found in the 11-08-09 SS insert
- or use the $1/2 PRINTABLE coupon
- or use two $.75/1 PRINTABLE or PRINTABLE Cocoa Puffs coupon
- or use the $1/2 PRINTABLE or PRINTABLE Chex coupon

$.99 to $1.24 each after coupons

Hunt’s Tomatoes BOGO $1.39
- Use the $1/3 PRINTABLE coupons (end of game)
- or use the $1/4 coupon in the Dec All You Magazine

$.36 to $.44 each after coupons

Juicy Juice BOGO $3.65
- Use the $1/2 PRINTABLE, PRINTABLE, or PRINTABLE coupon
$1.32 each after coupons

Bertolli Pasta Sauce BOGO $3.75
- Use the $1/2 coupon found in the 11-15-09 SS insert
- or use the $.75/1 coupon in the Dec All You Magazine

$1.37 each after coupons

Campbell’s Select Harvest Soup BOGO $2.39
- Use two $1/1 PRINTABLE coupons (end of game)
- or use the $1/2 coupon found in the 09-20-09 SS insert

$.19 to $.69 each after coupons

Lipton Tea 100-ct box BOGO $3.95
- Use the $1/2 or $.75/1 coupon found in the 11-15-09 RP insert
$1.22 to $1.47 each after coupons

Wishbone Dressing BOGO $2.69
- Use two $.75/1 PRINTABLE or PRINTABLE coupons
$.59 each after coupons

Marie Callender’s Croutons BOGO $1.39
- Use two $.55/1 coupons found in the 11-08-09 RP insert
$.14 each after coupons

Emerald Deluxe Mixed Nuts or Almonds or Cashews BOGO $5.79
- Use two $1/1 coupons found in the 11-08-09 SS insert
$1.89 each after coupons

Klondike Ice Cream Bar or Ice Cream Sandwich BOGO $3.59
- Use two $1/1 PRINTABLE coupons
$.79 each after coupons

Thanks, I Heart Publix!

Natures Pride Bread $2.50
Use $ .75/1 Printable here
Final Price $1.75

Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables 12 oz. $1.32

Use $1.00/2 (12/6 Smart Source) or
Use $ .50/2 Printable Coupon HERE., HERE, HERE, or here
Final Price *As low as $ .82 each

Wishbone Salad Dressing $1.78 *Sale
Use $ .75/1 Printable Coupon HERE
Final Price $1.03

Betty Crocker Potatoes $ .78
Use $35/1 (11/22 Smart Source)or
Use $ .40/1 Printable Coupon HERE., HERE, Here, or $ .50/1 Printable HERE
Final Price * As low as $ .28~ $ .38 each

Betty Crocker Cookie Icing 6.4 oz. $2.47
Use $1.00/1 (12/6 Red Plum)
Final Price $1.47

Goya Rice Mix $1.19
Use $1.00/2 Printable Coupon HERE
Final Price $ .69 each

You can find more deals here.

Thanks, Frugal Living and Having Fun!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Yum! I love Honey Baked Ham! We get gift certificates each year and this will help stretch that gift certificate a little bit more. Get your coupon here for a bone in Honey Baked Ham.

Thanks, Free Snatcher!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Still Organizing...

I found this great You Tube Video on how to cut multiple coupons easily.

Cutting Multiple Newspaper Inserts

Soon, I'll learn how to embed videos!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Become a fan of Walgreens' on Facebook and check their fan page tomorrow at 8 am CST for a special gift! I love surprises!

There's another opportunity to print the $1/1 Toaster Strudel coupon. Last time this coupon was available, Toaster Strudel was priced at $1.45 at Walmart which made these $0.45 a box after coupon. Even if it's not on sale, Walmart's price of $1.97 still makes it a good deal!

There are some new printable coupons at Target. Some are not manufacturer's coupons, but Target web coupons so they can be used on top of others if your store accepts competitor's coupons.

$1/1 Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh Lunch Meat (Target coupon)
$1/2 Ghiradelli products (Target coupon)
$0.50 Hershey's Cocoa Powder (Target coupon)
$1/1 Mott's Apple Juice (Target coupon)

If you visit the Zantac website and fill out this form you can print a coupon for $2.00 off any Zantac product.

CVS is offering a deal on Zantac this week. If you buy one Zantac at $8.99 you get $8.99 in ECBs. Use this coupon to make it a $2.00 money maker!

Busy Saturday

I had a busy day yesterday, so I did not do a blog post. Being new to couponing means that my coupons are still not organized. The organization method I am using is called the binder method. I could not find trading card inserts at my local Walmart so I purchased them on for $18.42. While I was there, I also purchased The Complete Tightwad Gazette since I have been wanting to read it.

I have about a bazillion coupons and it's taking me a long time to get each category organized. I've done about 10 so I'm halfway there! Once it's done, I'll post a picture and my thoughts about it.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Not only do I love ice cream, I love flavored coffee creamer as well. And this is an awesome deal! When you become a fan of International Delight on Facebook, you will get the opportunity to print 2 coupons for a pint of FREE creamer! How great is that?

(Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom!)

The Body Shop has got some great deals going on! Here are the deals that I have found:

Buy 1, get 1 50% off here, here, and here.
50% off Limited Edition Makeup.
Lip Butters & Balms, 2 for $12.
$5 Flat Rate Shipping at $1-$49 and FREE SHIPPING when you spend $50 or more!
50% off Body Focus Products.
25% off Holiday Accessories.
BOGO Soaps.
30% off Holiday Gifts.
Last Chance Clearance Items.

And you can use coupon code FNF2009 to get an additional 20% off all orders! There is a great potential for savings!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

This cute little Christmas tree is a cool freebie, but one that might arrive AFTER Christmas. It will be good for next year though. Just fill out the form here and you'll get notification that it should arrive in 6-8 weeks. There will be a pop up window that might come up. I just closed it out.

There are some great printable coupons at Healthy Seasons. You can print each coupon twice from the same computer. There's also a rebate form for $10 back when you purchase Zyrtec.

Some of the available coupons:

$2/1 Zyrtec
$1/1 Mylanta
$1/1 Tylenol
$0.50/1 Listerine

e.l.f. Cosmetics always has a great offer going on. I just received an email that offers a free mini makeup collection ($15.00 value) with any purchase. Just use the coupon code LOYAL. You can choose one $1 item from e.l.f and add the coupon code at checkout. Shipping is just $6.95 which means this is a great deal at $7.95! I ordered the nourishing cuticle pen since my cuticles always look so rough. What will you get?

Update! I found some more e.l.f. deals here! (Thanks, Free Sample Freak!)

Save On Ice Cream!

Me, I love ice cream. So when I see a coupon for ice cream (any brand) I snatch that baby up. I'm one that will try to get 2-4 of the ice cream coupons. Especially if I can find a great B1G1 deal. Print out a couple of these $1/1 Blue Bell ice cream coupons here.

How cool is this? There is a great manufacturer's coupon that's printable at Target's website. $5 off four packages of Kellogg's cereal. That's $1.25 off each box!!

(Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom!)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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As you can see, my cheesecake has a GINORMOUS crater in it!!! My dingbat self accidently set the temperature to 375F instead of 325F so it cooked faster than it needed to. Learn from my mistakes, folks!

Get them while the getting's good! Normally, these Swagbucks gift cards for Paypal are 70 Swagbucks, but you can get them right now for only 55 Swagbucks! What a deal! This is the best bang for your buck after the Swagbucks $5 Amazon gift card.

First things first - get your coupons for Philadelphia Cream Cheese here.

So, I'm making a cheesecake for a co-worker's belated birthday. This is the second one I have made in the past couple of months. That's a lot of cheesecakes (and baking) for me. I decided I should search for some tips on how to make the "perfect" cheesecake.

Some of the things I found:

  • Make sure your cold ingredients (eggs, cream cheese, etc.) have been brought to room temperature before mixing the cheesecake filling.
  • Don't skip on the fat content. Use full fat cream cheese and sour cream, not that light stuff! Of course, my last cheesecake was made with that Neufa(unpronouncable named) cheese.
  • Beat the cream cheese by itself before adding other ingredients.
  • Don't overmix. This will introduce too much air into the batter.
  • Cook slowly at a low temperature.
  • Cool slowly in a draft free area.
  • Most importantly, DON'T PEEK! Unless you just look through the oven window, that is.
If you have tips for your perfect cheesecake, please comment!

Store Coupon Policies

Since I spoke about coupon policies in my last post, I decided to post the policies of the stores where I shop. While I keep them in my coupon binder in a file type pocket, I will be transferring them to protective sleeves soon.

Without further ado, here are the coupon policies for the stores where I shop the most.

CVS Coupon Policy (Thanks to Krazy Coupon Lady)

Publix Coupon Policy (Thanks to Centsible Living)

Target Coupon Policy

Walmart Coupon Policy

Walgreen's Coupon Policy (Thanks to Krazy Coupon Lady)

The three policies that I posted from other blogs are policies that you can get by contacting the stores from their main website.

Winn Dixie Coupon Policy

So, Is It Love?

Not in the beginning, no. Today is the one month anniversary of my affair with couponing and saving on groceries, personal care items, and oodles of other things.

This is a developing relationship. Learning how to play the coupon game is challenging, but can also be very rewarding. Of course, there are limitations. First, I'm in Florida which is the Land of No Doubling. Apparently, there is not enough competition in the grand state of Florida to make stores want to be more competitive. Then, you have clerks and managers who don't know the coupon policies of the store that they work in.

**Tip - Carry the coupon policies of each store where you shop. I carry mine in my coupon binder and whip it out if/when needed. Some stores update their policies frequently so you might want to check their website once every couple of months to see if anything changed.

So it begins... Here I will blog my relationship with coupons and see if we are a fit. From my perspective, I think we are. It just takes time and patience, just like any relationship.