Thursday, October 29, 2009

$2 costumes at Old Navy!!

A just read online that Old Navy will have all Halloween costumes and apparel on sale in-store only for just $2 on Friday & Saturday (10/30 & 31).

Great for the last minute costume or time to stock up for next year!

I've bought Old Navy costumes in the past and they are very well made!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Free Grilled Chicken Today at KFC!

 If you are headed out anytime today (10/26) stop into any KFC and get a free peice of grilled chicken.

 No coupon or purchase necessary.

$10 off $10 purchase for online shopping = FREE items!

If you are a fan of online shopping there are two great coupons codes out right now.

JC Penney

At JC Use code SWEETS4U and get $10 off any purchase of $10.  Choose ship to store to save a little on shipping.

Lands End

At use code LandsEnd and pin # 1124 to save $10 off a $10 purchase.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chicago Tribune delivery deal!

A lot of people ask me where I get my coupons - they come from the Chicago Tribune! Much better coupons in there than the local paper.  And it's easy to get it for the same price as the local Pantagraph!

While reading my Chicago Tribune on Sunday there was an sticky note on the front that advertised a gift card giveaway!  They are giving away:

Grand Prize $1500.00 in Jewel-Osco gift cards
Runner-up prizes $500 in Jewel-Osco gift cards(4)

More details at:

Thought I'd sign up for the drawing - it would be awesome to get those gift cards!  Here's how the conversation went this morning on the phone:

Me: I'd like to be entered in the Jewel gift card drawing.
Rep: Sure, I can help you with that.  What's your name, phone, address?
Rep: Are you a current subscriber?
Me:  Yes, but my subscription runs out in 2 weeks.
Rep: Would you like to sign up for 3 day delivery for $xx.xx a week?  And if you sign up for easy pay I can send you a Target gift card.
Me:  No thank you - I only read the Sunday paper.
Rep: I can get you the Sunday only for $1.75 a week and if you sign up for easy pay I can get you the same gift card deal.
Me: No thank you - I can buy the paper locally for $1 on Sunday.
Rep: How about $0.99 a week for the Sunday only?  With the same gift card offer for easy pay?

So I will not be getting the Sunday paper delivered to my doorstep for $0.99 a week AND be getting a $10 Target gift card!!  It's a 13 week offer on the price.  But I know from experience that they will extend it for another 3 months since I'm on easy pay.  So that's 6 months at $0.99 a week (about the same price as I can buy it for here) AND a $10 Target gift card!  That's awesome in my opinion!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Great deal at Jewel starting 10/8

Jewel has a BIG promo starting tomorrow.  You buy $10 and get $3 off instantly!  In the past these types of deals are mix and match (can have things from more than one price category) and they stack (you can buy $20 worth and get $6 off instantly).

Here's some coupon matchups for the items included in the ad.

Buy $10 get $3 off instantly 10/8-10/14

$1.00 items ($.70 each after savings)
Daisy sour cream, 8 oz.
Sparkle Paper Towels, 1 ct Big Roll.
$0.50/2 9/13 RP.
Scotties facial tissue
$0.50/3 8/9, 9/13 RP
Nursery water, 1 gallon
Softsoap liquid hand soap
Ultrabrite toothpaste, 6oz
Playtex disposable gloves, selected
$1.00 (Use ZIP 30133)
$1.00/1 5/3 SS
Blistex lip balm or ointment
Duncan Hines brownie or cake mix
McCormick Grill Mates Marinade, Gravy, or Seasoning Mix
Ronzoni Healthy Harvest or Smart Taste Pasta
$1.00/2 c/o Healthy Harvest at
$1.00/2 8/2 RP
Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Rice
$0.75/2 9/13 RP
Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn
Bush’s Beans
Wet Ones Moist wipes 15 ct.
$1.00/1 here (not sure if valid on these packs).
7up, Dr Pepper, A&W, Squirt, 2 liters.

$2.00 items ($1.40 each after savings)
Sargento shredded cheese.
Glad Cling Wrap.
Hartz Crunch n Clean Cat Treats
$2.00/1 8/30
Irish Spring Bar Soap
$.50/2 9/27 SS
Colgate Wisp
$.50/1 Sept. AY
Select Blistex lip care
Hersheys Baking chips
Mott’s applesauce
Hormel Compleats.
$2.00/1 Oct. AY.
$.75/2 8/16 SS.
Sunsweet Pitted Prunes
Emerald Dry Roasted Peanuts

$2.50 items ($1.75 each after savings)
Nivea Kiss or Essential Lip Balm
$1.00/1 8/30 RP
Wet Ones Canister or Singles
International Delight Creamer.
Kozy Shack Pudding.
$.55/1 June, Aug AY.
$.35/1 10/4 SS
Nestle Cookie Dough.
$1.00/1 9/13 RP
Birdseye Steamfresh Vegetable Blends.
Eggo Bake Shop Twists, Pancakes, muffins, blueberry muffin tops, Toaster Sticks.
$.55/1 10/4 RP
Pepperidge Farms Toast or Cheese Bread.
$.50/1 10/4 SS.
Super Pretzel.
$.50/1 8/16 and 9/27 RP
Angel Soft Bath Tissue, 4 double roll pack.
Smart Balance spread.
$1.00/2 9/13 RP.
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.
$.50/1 10/4 RP.
Formula 409.
$1.00/1 8/30 RP.
Formula 409.
Glad Freezer Bags.
Glad Press and Seal.
Hartz Crunch and Clean Dog Biscuits.
Palmolive Dish Detergent.
$.25/1 9/27 SS.
$.75/1 Pure & Clear 9/27 SS
Softsoap Premium Liquid Hand Soap
Colgate Toothpaste selected (pictures Total).
$1.00/1 9/27 SS.
Ball Park Meat Franks
Hormel sliced pepperoni 5-8 oz.
Dinty Moore Stew.
Hormel Spam.
KC Masterpiece Barbeque Sauce.
Log Cabin Maple Syrup.
Newman’s Own Pasta Sauce.
$.50/1 8/23 RP.
Smart Balance Peanut Butter.
Sue Bee Honey.
Valley Fresh Chunk White Chicken.
Welch’s strawberry spread.
Mott’s 100% Apple Juice or Mott’s for Tots
Ocean Spray 100% Juice.
Snyders Pounder Pretzels.
IBC Soda 6 Packs.
7up or A&W 6 packs,
Oean Spray Cranenergy 64 oz bottles.
Clorox anywhere spray.
Sargento Finishers.
$.75/1 8/16 and 9/27 SS.
Smart Balance Oil Blend.
Breyers Disney yogurt.
$.75/1 9/13 SS.
Yo Crunch 100 cal packs.
$.75/1 8/2, 9/13 SS. $.50/1 July AY.

$5.00 items ($3.50 each after savings)

Birds Eye Steamfresh Meals.
$1.50/1 at
$1.50/1 9/13 SS.
Snapple tea 12 pack bottles.
Woolite rug cleaner.
$1.00/1 9/20 SS.
Colgate Battery Powered Toothbrush.
Infusium Shampoo or Conditioner.
$2.00/1 9/20 SS, Oct AY.
Splenda granulated Sweetener 9.7 oz.
$.55/1 Oct. AY.
$1.50/2 8/30 SS.
Nivea for Women Body Wash.
$1.00/1 8/30 RP.
Schick selected disposable razors.
$1.00/1 9/13, 9/27 SS.
Gortons Fish Sticks, Portions, or Popcorn Shrimp.
$.40/1 9/13 SS.
$1.00/1 shrimp March AY.
Barber Chicken 10 oz.
Print $1.00/1

This week's deals

So - wanna know what this week's deals are? I realize the week is half over, but I've finally gotten the chance to check out a few deals. Here's what I'm shopping for this week:

Meijer 10/4-10/10
It's Meijer brand sale week. There are some good deals on items, but I am skipping Meijer this week.

Walgreens 10/4-10/10

  • WEDNESDAY ONLY Walgreens Photo My Personal Movie Photo DVD 1 ct., $1 (Regular $19.99)

  • Crest Baking Soda & Peroxide Whitening 6.4 oz 2/$4 - $2 RR wyb 2
    $1 c/o (PG 9/27)

  • Vaseline Sheer Infusion Body Lotion 6.8 oz $6.99 sale price get $6.99 RR

  • Oral-B Advantage 1-2-3 Toothbrush $3, Receive $3 RR wyb one
    Use $0.75/1 coupon from 9/27 P&G insert

  • Chapstick Fresh Effects ($2.99), Receive $2.99 RR

  • Robitussin DM To Go (2pk; $2.49), Receive $2.49

$2 c/o

  • Dentek Roll Floss ($2.79), Receive $2 RR

-$1 Dentek Floss Picks c/o

  • Halls Refresh Sugar Free (20ct; $1), Receive $1 RR

BOGO c/o

-.75/1 Halls Refresh, SS 9/27
-.35/1 Halls 20 ct+, SS 9/27

  • Gillette Fusion MVP Manual or Power Razor System at $8.99; $6 RR
    -$4 Gillette Fusion PG 9/27 (makes it
    FREE plus overage)

  • $2 RR wyb Purell Hand Sanitizer 8 oz, at $2.99
    -$0.50 off Purell Product, any except 1 oz, SS 8/02

  • Playtex Gloves HandSaver or 10 pk All Purpose 99¢ w/ in-ad coupon
    -$1 off Playtex Disposable Gloves, any, SS 5/03, 6/28
    -$1 off Playtex HandSaver or Living Gloves, SS 5/03, 6/28

  • Color or Black Printer Cartridge Refill $9.99 w/in-ad coupon

  • Visine Eye Drops PSA $3.99
    Use $2/1 manufacturer coupon from 9/27 SS insert or $2/1 printable coupon (
    IE Link) (FF Link)
    Use $2/1 in-ad coupon
    As low as FREE after coupon

  • Trident Xtra Care Cum 14 ct., $1
    $1/3 Trident, Trident White, Trident Xtra Care Or Trident Splash Gum, Any Single Packs – 08-30-09 SS
    Earn $1 Register Rewards when you buy 2
    Final Price after Register Rewards: $0.34/each

  • Campbell’s Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup, $0.50
    $1/4 Campbell’s Condensed Tomato or Chicken Noodle soups, 10-04-09 SS
    Final Price: $0.25/each

  • Unilever Register Reward promotion
    • $17.92 when you buy 8 Dove Deodorant that are regularly priced $2.99, but on sale for $2.24
    • -$8 when you use eight $1/1 from 10/4 Red Plum insert and $1/1 printable coupons (can print two per computer)
    • Spend $9.92 plus tax, get $10 Register Reward. Get eight free deodorants after coupons and register rewards!

Schnucks 10/5-10/11

  • Barilla Pasta $1

$0.50 c/o doubled (S 8/23)

$0.75 c/o doubled (S 8/23)

  • Fruit2O $1

$0.50 c/o (S 8/23)

  • Green Giant Steamers $1

$0.40 c/o doubled (GM 10/4 or S 10/4)

$0.50 c/o doubled (GM 9/13 or S 9/13)

$0.50 c/o doubled (

  • Kleenex $1

$0.50/3 c/o doubled (S 10/4)

  • Freshlike Veggies $1

$0.35 c/o doubled (S 9/13)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Over Budget!

Well - I am officially "over budget" for the year. I've gone over my $2000 budget by about $80 as of September. I am still waiting on roughly $150 in rebates to come back to me.

I've also been helping out some friends over the last couple months because they were going through rough times. They are back on their feet and are asking to pay me for my help! I said NO - I wasn't expecting anything in return for my help. They showed up earlier today with gift cards to my favorite stores and homemade baked goods!! It was a wonderful surprise!

My goal for October is to purchase everything using the gift cards - NO MONEY OUT OF POCKET! We will see how that works! I'm also hoping to get my totals up weekly again. Now that the beginning of the school year has calmed down - I'm hoping I can get this done more consistently now.

September Totals

Wow... lots of shopping at Walgreens this month! Here are my monthly totals:

Walgreens $66.60
Jewel $12.28
Meijer $37.93

Total spending for September = $116.81.

I am still waiting on my rebates. I should have sent them in before the last day! I think a lot of people wait until the very end - and then it takes longer to get the rebate.

I also shopped at Target & Kmart - but it was almost all for shopping ahead on Christmas gifts - not for day to day household needs.