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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy 2010 Everyone!

Happy New Year! I remember when the year 2000 seemed a long ways away and now . . . 2010?! Wow! We hope everyone has a safe and fun New Year's and to help you get organized in the new year frugally we wanted to pass on this link!

Check out Freebies4Mom and her post for FREE 2010 Calendars! There are some great ideas.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Picture People Coupon!

This is a GREAT deal from Picture People being offered through January 3, 2010.

Get a portrait package for $9 which include an 8x10, 2 5x7, and 8 wallets of the same pose. Also, 25 Postcards and $25 in Fun Cash to use buy the end of March. That is a really GREAT deal! Portrait sessions are FREE too!

Go here to read the details and then click on Click Here to Print your Coupon!

Remember to smile pretty!

FREE HotBook Photo Book from HotPrints every month

HotPrints has a great deal right now where you get a FREE HotBook every month. They are even throwing in FREE shipping!

Just go here and register, then upload your photos and create a book. It is very easy - it took me a little longer as this is the first time I have used their site but I just chose about 30 photos from our past month of Christmas. The process to pick your layouts and rearrange your photos was fairly easy.

It appears that this is a "paperback" book not a hardcover and it does come with advertisements which is why the books are free. However, the advertisements will be on removable pages not on pages with your pictures and according to their website "will not include anything offensive".

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A few good Target deals this week!

Obviously, don't forget to check out the Christmas clearance section it should be hitting 75% off tomorrow or the next day. I always get a few generic non-Christmas looking paper for birthdays
throughout the year. This year I bought some very cute paper with stripes for 50% off.

I had been waiting for a sale on these two items and it came just in time as my coupons expire on Thursday and we had one full box left!

**Kleenex - $1.29 a box
Use $.75 off 1 printable coupon here - two prints per computer (It states Kmart but is a manufacturer coupon usable at Target.)
$.54 a box

**Puffs 3 pack - $4.49
Use $1 off Target coupon from recent newspaper insert
Use $.25 off P&G coupon from the December insert expires 12/31
$3.24 after coupons

Also, I noticed winter coats, toys and lots of other sections have started their winter clearance at 30% off. My daughter found the coat she wanted earlier in the season for 75% off - she is such a savvy shopper. Now she is ready for next season!

75% off and FREE Shipping at Expressionery.com!

Expressionery.com has a great deal going on through January 12, 2010! 75% off already clearanced items such as personalized note cards, gift tags, note pads etc. There is a huge selection available. Click here to go straight to their clearance pages.

Just pick out your item, personalize it and add it to your cart. Use the code MADNESS to apply the 75% off and choose FREE Shipping too! I purchased 25 note cards personalized with my sons name in the Disney Cars motif for $5.80 shipped. Just thinking ahead to his birthday and thank you notes.

Is this to early to discuss Christmas presents for next year?! There are some cute note pads a child's teacher might really enjoy!

New Leapfrog Coupons!

Go here to print some newly released Leapfrog coupons!

$4 off 1 Leapfrog Tag book

$5 off 1 Leapster Game

$2 off 1 Leapfrog Jr. Tag book

Toys R Us has the Leapster Games BOGO FREE this week. I purchased 2 Leapster Games and used two $5 off coupons and paid $16.00 total for 2 games. The games at Toys R Us are $24.99 regular price.

Target has also started their toy clearance with lots of items marked down 30% already.

2010 Coupon Insert Preview

Go here for the coupon insert preview for 2010. This list will help you know when to buy a newspaper if you are not a newspaper subscriber or when to buy an extra copy if you are a newspaper subscriber. Anouk and I both subscribe to the Chicago Tribune as their coupons are better than the Rockford Register Star. (Google or do a Swagbucks search for a coupon code for the Chicago Tribune to get a great deal on a subscription.)

Also, remember to put a vacation hold on your subscription when there are no coupons. This will get you an extra 7 weeks out of your paid newspaper subscription!

Thanks to BeCentsable for compiling the list!

Cherrios Coupons!

Sorry it has been a little quiet around here for the holidays! We are busy celebrating Christmas and the New Year like everyone else . . . it is a busy busy time of year. Now - back to deal shopping and couponing!

Sign up here with Cheerios to receive 4 $1 off 1 coupons emailed to your inbox. You will automatically be entered in a drawing to receive a coupon for a FREE box of Cheerios. They will notify you buy mail if you win the FREE box.

Also, at Walgreens this week Honey Nut Cheerios are 2 for $4.
Buy 2 and Use 2 of these $1 off 1 printable coupons AND
Buy 1 gallon of milk and get $2 in Register Rewards.
Basically get the Honey Nut Cheerios for free after coupons and RR!

Hmm, I think General Mills is trying to get us all to start eating healthy in the New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Do you buy lots of diapers?

If you are into buying diapers for you little ones, then I have a site to suggest to you:

Baby Cheapskate is a great website for "baby/kid deals" in general, but their popularity is mostly brought on by their "Top Diaper and Formula Deals of the Week posts."

I highly recommend visiting the website and signing up for their updates - the site has lots of helpful information such as diaper reviews (wonder how the Target or Family Dollar brands hold up? check it out here). But if for nothing else, just finding out where the best deals for diapers are for the week is worth it!

Merry Christmas and Happy Diapering!



Saturday, December 19, 2009

Rockford Airfest 2010 Discounted Tickets!

If you are fan of the Rockford Airfest, then I would say now is the time to buy your tickets! Check out these ticket prices good through midnight on 12/23/2009! An adult ticket is usually $17 (a $2 convenience fee for online purchase) and right now you get a ticket for $6 only - $4 if your go to the terminal and purchase tickets in person! Make sure you look at the Family packages or Specialty packages as these have great discounts as well.

Here is a chart that shows what tickets and packages are available and the significant savings!

Rockford Airfest is going to be held July 31 - August 1, 2010.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Even more free music!

The free Christmas music just keeps on coming! Amazon now has 50 free songs here.

Here is a post on getting 20 Starbucks samplers songs.

And remember Kristie's post here on how to get some free songs from iTunes!

Merry Musical Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Two Target deals this week

Two deals for Target this week through Saturday with coupons that just came out:

**Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup - $.58
Use $1 off 4 printable here
.33 a can

**Delmonte Vegetables - $.50
Use $1 off 4 printable here
.25 a can

FREE Shipping Day!

Today, December 17th is FREE Shipping day and the last day to order with delivery by December 24th. Check out this website for over 700 participating merchants!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Walgreens Diaper Deal plus others

Here is a good deal running this week at Walgreens if you need diapers:

Buy Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers or Pull Ups at $8.99 get $2 in RR
Use $1.50 off coupon from recent SS insert OR
Use $2 off printable coupon for diapers in IE or Safari OR
Use $2 off printable coupon for Pull ups
Get them for as little as $4.50 after coupon and RR's
If you have the children's activity book, then you could save an additional $1

Check out MoneySavingMom here for some additional Walgreens deals for the week!

Free Nivea Body Wash at CVS next week - print coupon now

There will be a deal at CVS next week starting the 20th where you can get Nivea Body wash FREE after ECB's and coupon. Print this $2 off coupon now before it is gone. Once word gets out on the internet it will be gone!

Here is the deal for next week:
Buy 1 Nivea Body wash at $5.99 get $5 in ECB's
Use the $2 off printable coupon here OR Use the $1 off coupon from a recent newspaper insert
FREE to $1 moneymaker depending on which coupon you use!

Remember this deal starts Sunday the 20th!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Swagbucks Sale today only! (Saturday, Dec.12th)

Remember when we posted here that Swagbucks was going to have a blowout sale every day in December? Today, Saturday, December 12th only you can get a $5 gift certificate for only 40 Swagbucks!!! Usually it is 45 Swagbucks so if you are close do some searching today and cash in on your 40 Swagbucks!

If you aren't a member of Swagbucks and want to earn Swagbucks for searching the web, sign up here!

More Free Christmas Music!

This must be the year of FREE Christmas music and I am really enjoying it! I have been trying to get this posted all week but it has been a little crazy.

On top of the FREE daily Christmas song that Amazon is offering and we posted about here, Amazon has 22 FREE Christmas songs to download here. The FREE songs are listed first. I can't say that I recommend them all but you can pick and choose which ones you want to download.

Also, iTunes is offering a FREE Holiday Sampler with 20 Christmas songs here!

(Thanks My Penny Pile for the suggestion to search Amazon for more FREE music and Reader Robin for reminding me to get this posted!)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Walgreens 4-day sale

Money Saving Mom has a great post with some easy scenario's for Walgreens 4-day sale! Check her post out here on how to make $15 with two scenario's.

A Few Good Coupons!

Here are a few good high dollar printable coupons:

$1/1 LipSmackers product or in Safari! Great stocking stuffer!

$1/1 Box of Lucky Charms, Trix, Cocoa Puffs or Cinnamon Toast Crunch or in Safari. Expect some sales on these as they are promoting less sugar in these four cereals!

$.55 off 1 Lunchables - while you at coupons.com printing this one checkout all the high dollar cereal coupons available right now! Remember this coupon doubles to $1.10 at Hilander or Logli.

$1 off 2 Juicy Juice products

Thursday, December 10, 2009

One More Target Deal. . .

Whoops forgot to add a Reader tip for Target!

The Target on E State and possibly 173 (173 hasn't been verified but has a larger travel section) have a 1.4 oz Suave Sweat Pea Deodorant in the travel section for $.97.
Use the .75 off coupon from a recent newspaper insert to get this for $.22!

Thanks Heidi!

A Few Good Deals at Target

Here are a few good deals at Target right now:

**Archer Farms Chips - $2.50
Use .75 off 1 printable here
$1.75

**Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate - $.97
Use $1 off 1 printable here
FREE

**Rayovac Batteries in the Dollar spot - $1
Use $1 off 2 coupon from Sunday's paper
.50 each for a 4 pack of batteries

Gift Card deal (one of many this week)
Get a $5 gift card when you buy 3 bags of Starbucks coffee - $7 each
Use $1 off 1 printable here
Use $1 off from recent newspaper insert or All you magazine
(Make sure you have 3 - $1 off coupons!)
After coupons and $5 gift card - $4.33 a bag BONUS! Each bag when empty will get you a FREE tall coffee at any Starbucks store. That worth a couple bucks for each bag too!

Debit or Credit?

Hello from snowy Rockford! I've been house-bound for the last few days . . . so I haven't been to a store in forever!

I did want to share this tip with you because I think it's important to know the difference between using a debit card and a credit card, especially online. Anyway, enough said, I'll just post Mary Hunt's tip here!

Using a Debit Card Online Is Dangerous to Your Wealth

Dear Mary,
I saw in a recent article that you do not like debit cards, especially for online purchases. This makes me nervous. I have a debit card that can be used as a credit card. I use it online all the time. Is my card different from the kind of debit card you mean? Why do you not like debit cards? Theresa B., e-mail

Dear Theresa,
There is no such thing as a "debit card that can be used as a credit card." Funds are withdrawn directly from your account with a debit card. When you use a credit card, you are creating a short-term debt. I'm sure that you, like millions of others, assume that your debit card is also a credit card because, when you use your card in a brick and mortar store, the merchant will ask you "debit or credit?" Merchants don't know what kind of card you have, so if they see a card with a MasterCard or Visa logo, they need to know whether you will be signing the transaction or using your PIN.

When you use your debit card but you say "credit" when the merchant asks, that means you opt for a signature-based transaction. The paperwork is processed through the merchant's bank with all of the credit transactions. It will not create a debt for you. You will not receive a statement at the end of a billing cycle where you have to make a payment to cover the purchase. The money will come directly from your account. A signature-based debit-card transaction can take two to three days for the funds to be removed from your bank account.

When you say "debit," you are asking for a PIN-based transaction. In this case, the funds are immediately removed from your account and put into the merchant's account.

Theresa, your debit card is no different than other debit card, and you are foolish to use it online. Anyone with your debit-card number could empty your bank account in a New York minute. Online, a thief needs neither your signature nor a PIN to complete a transaction. Suddenly, the money is gone and your bank account is empty. That creates a horrible hassle, including filing a police report, dealing with your bank, proving that you are not the one who drained the account and then waiting to see if you can get your money back. While some issuers are touting "hassle-free" restoration of funds, that is a marketing campaign, not a requirement by law. Those promises can disappear any time. Credit cards are regulated by a different federal law that makes the card issuer responsible in the event that card or card number is stolen. Mary Hunt

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

More cheap crackers at Target!

Here is another great scenario to get some more cheap Keebler crackers at Target this week! This one is from Money Saving Mom and only requires one computer to print the coupons you will need.

Now everyone should be covered on crackers for their Christmas dips and cheeseballs this year!

Cheap Cookies and Crackers at Target!

Check out this great detailed post by Deal Seeking Mom on how to get Keebler Cookies and Crackers for $.52 each this week at Target after coupons and 2 $5 Target gift cards. The nice thing is you only need one computer to print the coupons you will need. Take a look at her scenario!

CVS Deals week of 12/6/09

There are a few good deals this week at CVS:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Only deals:

**Essence of Beauty Bath and Body products - $4.99 get $4 in ECBs (limit 2)
**Merry Brite Santa Hat - $3.99 get $3.99 in ECBs (limit 2)
**Merry Brite mini ornament set of 12 - $1.99 get $1.99 in ECBs (limit 2)

These are all CVS brand products and the coupon scanner has been spitting out $2 off $10 CVS products purchase. Buy one of each and use the coupon to make a little ECBs $!

**Bayer Contour meter - $14.99 get in ECBs $5
Use up to $30 off coupon from 10/25RP and pay just taxes and GET $5 in ECBs! If you don't need it make sure you donate it to someone who can.

**Complete Multi-Purpose Contact Solution - $9.99 get $9.99 in ECBs
Use $1 off from 10/25RP
FREE plus $1 overage after coupons and ECBs

**Buy 1 Zantac 150 24-count or 75 30-count at $8.99 get $8.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1off 1 from the 11/15 SS
Free plus $1 overage after coupons and ECBs

**Buy 1 Emergen-C Immune Booster 2-pack at $3.99 get $3.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

**Buy 2 Crest Toothpaste at $2.25 each get $2.50 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use 2 $0.75/1 coupons from the 11/29 P&G insert
$0.25 cents each after coupons and ECBs

**Huggies Jumbo packs are on sale for $8.97
Use $1.50 from SS insert or

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Giveaway winner!

Congratulations MommaHarms! You've won the Teddy bear / snow globe giveaway! Please contact us and give us your email address so we can get in touch with you!

Merry Christmas to all!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

High $ Lip product coupon

Go here to print a $3 off 1 Neosporin Lip Product then you can do one of these two deals:

CVS - $5.39
Use $2.50 clip free CVS coupon (will be applied at checkout when you use your CVS card)
Use $3.00 off printable
Coupon will be adjusted down to $2.89 and product will be FREE

Walgreens - $4.50 off (not sure of the price at Walgreens possibly $4.99)
Use $1.50 off Coupon in the Decemember Coupon booklet
Use $3.00 off printable
$4.50 off possibly .50 or so.

Obviously, CVS right now is the better deal but maybe you are a Walgreens shopper.

Hilander's 40% off sale

If you are going to check out the 40% off sale at Hilander we posted about here, then you should check out this post from Common Sense with Money. She has listed three places to print Kellogg's coupons. Take note that some are $1.50 off store brand coffee when you buy Kellogg's products or $.50 (which doubles to $1) off fruit when you buy Kellogg's products.

$5 off $5 purchase at Hallmark

Hallmark is throwing out some great coupons this year. I found a $5 off $5 in a FREE magazine I receive and then received another one in my email! Now anyone can print one here!

The coupon is good through Decemeber 24th and it says you may only print once but it prints twice?

I love the Hallmark store! They have some unique things you can't get anywhere else. It has been a long time since I went into one just because there usually isn't anything I NEED in a Hallmark store BUT if you are giving me $5 I will go!

What did I buy when I went?! An adorable butterfly watch for my daughter with one coupon and zipper pulls with their names on them for their stockings with my second coupon. Looks like I may need to make another trip!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Half off books!

Debt-Proof Living is having a "50% off all books" sale! I recommend pretty much any of Mary Hunt's book - they have been helpful to us!

Have a great weekend!

Old Navy Coupons

Here are four Old Navy printable coupons to use over the course of the next month. The coupons only valid during the printed time frame across the top.

Coupon for a FREE Pint of International Delight coffee creamer

If you log into your Facebook account and then click here to become a Fan of International Delight Coffee Creamer then you will be able to print a coupon for a FREE Pint of their coffee creamer. Click on the Coupon tab and then print your coupon. (This coupon is a smartsource coupon so there isn't any special software to download once you click print your coupon it prints automatically.)

I am not usually a fan of creamer in my coffee but I happened to try their new Caramel Macchiato and it is a special treat.

They are offering the coupon to the first 25,000 who become a fan and at the time of this post there are 5,262 fans!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Big Neigborhood Sale! (aka Rummage Sale)


Wow! Our church auditorium is FULL of stuff priced to sell. I had to stop myself from buying too many cute snowmen . . . and if I had kids, I'd be set for Christmas!

Just wanted to give you all the heads' up about the big sale going on in our church building. The auditorium is chalk-full! It's a nice warm place to be getting some good deals! Join us - I'll be at the check-out table!

Where: Morning Star Baptist Church, 3426 Colony Bay Drive, Rockford, IL 61109
When: Friday, Dec 3 from 9am to 6pm
Saturday, Dec 4 from 8am to 2pm

Hope to see you there!

Walgreens mid-week flyer!

Looks like Walgreens is putting out a mid-week flyer on top of their weekly flyer now through Christmas. Take a look at the online flyer here. Page 4 has 5 FREE after Register Rewards items.

**Contact Lense Cleaner
**Acai
**Goody Hair Accessories
**Dentek Dental Care
**Soft & Beautiful Hair relaxer or texturizer

Check out Mummy Deals for a couple easy transactions on how to roll those RR's for these products. There is no limit on how many you can buy BUT you can't use a RR from a product to buy the same product or your next RR won't print!

Hilander 40% off sale

Saturday, December 5th Hilander is having a One Day SALE!

Kellogg's, Keebler, or Sunshine products are 40%.
Target has a manufacturer printable coupon here for $5 off 4 boxes of Kellogg's cereal! That's 40% off and then an additional $1.25 off each box! You can print two of these coupons and once you have printed your two it will disappear from the list.

Kashi Cereal or Crackers are 40%.

They are having a 10 for $10 sale, again you don't have to buy 10 to get the $1 sale price.

Pillsbury Grands, Crescent or Cinnamon rolls are $1. Go here and print .50 off 2 or .40 off 2 coupons to get them for .60 each or .50 each.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Giveaway!


Here is a giveaway that might help you with your Christmas shopping: I am giving away a cute Make-A-Wish® Water Globe with Max Teddy Bear! The winner of this prize will even get to choose what message they would like engraved. And for once, this prize is not limited to readers in the Rock River Valley!

Here are 2 ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling us who you'd give this to if you won it.

2. Subscribe to our RSS feed or to our email alerts, then leave a comment on this post letting us know you did. Leave a separate comment letting us know if you're already a subscriber!

The deadline to enter is Sunday, December 6th at noon. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter!

FREE Nestle Morsels!

Okay, remember the $1 off Nestle Morsels we posted here? You can get them at Target right now for $.78 or Logli's starting today for FREE! How nice is that! Happy Baking!

Logli's is have a 10 for $10 sale and remember you don't have to buy 10 to get the $1 price.

Green Giant Steamers are $1 - use the .50 off coupon here to get them FREE. There is also a .40 off coupon from a recent newspaper insert.

Chex Mix is $1 - use the .50 off coupon here to get them FREE. There is also a .50 off coupon from a recent newspaper insert.

Puffs are $1 - use the .25 off coupon from Sunday's paper to get them for $.50.

Schnuck's Grade A Large eggs are only $.58!

Those are just a few quick things from glancing at the ad that just came in the mail!

Walmart Deals

Here is a huge list of updated Walmart deals from NWA Deals. Good luck it is long!

There are a few disclaimers I would like to note since these sites are NOT local:

1. Rockford tends to have higher prices than most areas - shocker! Right!? Probably not.
2. Rockford's Walmart might not carry the exact same items.
3. Rockford might not receive the same $ coupons as their papers. We have higher prices and we tend to get lower $ coupons - that just doesn't seem right.
4. We have not verified these deals for you. The deals we list on our site are ones for which we have gone to the store and verified or done ourselves. That would not be the case with these Walmart deals.

FREE Christmas Craft E-Book

Go here and download a FREE Christmas Craft E-Book. It has over 25 quick and easy Christmas crafts.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Baby Bargain Forecast

We have mentioned this site before but Baby Cheapskate put out a great post this week we felt needed highlighting. BC Predicts: December Baby Bargain Forecast!

It is a great article with tips to help you find those baby items at there lowest prices.

Free Christmas music from Amazon

Amazon is offering a FREE Christmas song download everyday until Christmas! Check this page here daily to see which song you can download that day for FREE.

Today they are offering Joy to the World by Casting Crowns

Free audiobook download

This month christianaudio.com has yet another free audiobook download. This time it is a novel: The Brothers Karamazov. Sounds like an interesting book, and if you have a long trip to visit family at Christmas, this may be a good book to listen to: it's 19 hours!!!

Christianaudio.com is also having a great sale on most all their audiobooks - $7.49! Maybe this will help you check off a few more names off your shopping list!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Get some good photo gift deals!

(Disclaimer, as noted below: we have not done these deals. We are only linking to sites that tell about these deals in hopes that some of these deals will be of help to you. It may be good to read the comments left by readers on the post to see tips / problems that they have. Thanks!)

Here are a few links to some good photo deals going on online. We have not personally done these deals, but they are posted on some reliable websites.

Free 100 photo cards - This deal expires tonight!

Free $10 credit at Snapfish (for new users only)

Cyber Monday Snapfish deals (good only today)

Free photo gift (good only tomorrow)

Hope this will be helpful to some of you!

Cyber Monday Deals - all in one place!

Just wanted to give you a link to a site that has all the Cyber Monday deals corralled in one place! How is everyone's Christmas shopping going?

A few good coupons . . .

Check out these coupons:

**Don't throw out your Parade Magazine from yesterday's paper. There is a $2 off Huggies coupon.

**$1 off 1 bag of Nestle Tollhouse Morsles! This is a great coupon usually they offer $.50 off 2. These should be on sale lots of places for the holidays. Register or Sign into your very best baking account here and click on promotions. You can also print $1.50 off 1 package of refrigerated Nestle cookie dough.

**Go here to print two different high dollar cracker coupons! $1.50 Keebler Wheatable Crackers and a $1.50 off Kellogg All Bran Crackers. Crackers will definitely be on sale through the holidays so you should be able to score these crackers for $.50 - $1.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Black Friday Ads Sneak Peek

Any of you planning on braving the crowds (and the early morning) to go out and shop on Friday? I hear there may be some good deals to be had!

Here is a site where all the "Black Friday Ads" are corralled into one place.

Me, I'm going to try to get my hand on a paper tomorrow morning - even with all this technology, I'm still a "paper" girl! I like to read books, magazine, recipes, and Black Friday Ads on paper rather than on a screen :0)

Happy Thanksgiving . . . and Happy Shopping!

Thanks Robin and friends for the info on the site!

Swagbucks Holiday Gift Card Blowout!

Are you a fan of Swagbucks yet?! If not, you should be. This year Anouk and I each signed up for Swagbucks and are very pleased with the results. You use Swagbucks for your search engine and earn "Swagbucks" as you search the web. Then you turn those Swagbucks into prizes. For instance 45 Swagbucks gets you a $5 Amazon Gift Certificate. Sign up here if you aren't a member yet.

If you are a member, you will want to check out this blog post from The Swag Guy. Starting Black Friday one Gift Card will be on a "blow out" special everyday through January 1st. They will not tell you which one just check the Gift card section.

So, sign up here if you aren't a member and make sure you download the search toolbar here because the put out message which show up next to TSG on the toolbar and you can earn a Swagbuck without even searching! Then keep an eye on the Gift Card section to see which card is on the daily "blow it out" list!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

FREE Audio Book Download

Are you taking a trip for the holidays? Check out Audible.com and download one of their free books to listen to on the flight or drive.

I downloaded The Wonderful Wizard of Oz but almost got the Secret Garden or A Christmas Carol.

$3 FREE in MP3's on Amazon

Go here and enter this code MP34FREE for a FREE $3 in MP3's added to your Amazon account. You must pick out your music and download it before 11/30/2009.

Updated Walmart Deals

Here is a post with some updated Walmart deals . . .

Centsible Savings Current Walmart Deals

There are a few disclaimers I would like to note since these sites are NOT local:

1. Rockford tends to have higher prices than most areas - shocker! Right!? Probably not.
2. Rockford's Walmart might not carry the exact same items.
3. Rockford might not receive the same $ coupons as their papers. We have higher prices and we tend to get lower $ coupons - that just doesn't seem right.
4. We have not verified these deals for you. The deals we list on our site are ones for which we have gone to the store and verified or done ourselves. That would not be the case with these Walmart deals.

New CVS $5/$30 coupon

Just in time for their Black Friday deals CVS released a new $5/$30. Go here for a quick 3 question survey and print out your coupon at the end.

Monday, November 23, 2009

CVS Huggies Deal

It seems to be a quiet week again on the deal front, maybe it's the calm before Black Friday. CVS has one FREE after ECB's item:

**Complete Contact Solution - $8.99, Get $8.99 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 printable here or from the 10/25 RedPlum insert
Free plus $1 overage after coupons and ECBs

and then there is a diaper deal. . .

Buy $20 worth of Huggies Diapers and/or Wipes, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Diapers are 2/$18.99
Wipes are $6.99
Grab your coupons and see what type of deal you can work out. Depending on your coupons you could get these for about $5 or less a package.
Here is a $2 off printable coupon
I believe the Pure and Natural diapers are included and there have been $3 off coupons floating around for those but no printable ones in the internet right now. Your best bet is probably buying two diapers and one wipe and using 3 coupons. The newspaper had a .50 off wipes coupon last month.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Change has come to Target!

Well, we knew it was too good to be true . . . unlimited coupon prints on Target coupons, available to us at any time until they expired . . .the end of an era.

Target over the weekend has released a new coupon printer from Target.com. They will release coupons weekly and there will be a print limit of 2. It only makes sense as their system was very generous and they are tightening their belt like everyone else. Click on Grocery Coupons at the very bottom of Target's homepage.

I assume that no more coupons will be available at afullcup.com and hotcouponworld.com on their Target coupon generators. It seems that Target for now will just let the coupons expire and not give them liscense to these new coupons.

The first time you click on Target's Grocery Coupons you must install their coupon printer to allow you to print. After you install it then their system is just like coupons.com. You click the check box of the coupon(s) you want and then Print coupons. You will be allowed to print/check each coupon twice (per computer) before the coupon disappears from the list and your limit is reached.

A few deals this week at Target . . . sorry it's been quiet around here Anouk and I took turns being sick. I was sick last week and Anouk is sick this week. I am getting caught back up on projects and mountains of laundry plus school projects etc. We hope to catch you up on some deals!

**Buy 8 cans of Delmonte Vegetables - $.45 each
Use $1 off 8 cans from Sunday's paper
Use $1 off 6 Target printable
.20 each!

**$1 off Up and Up wipes - psa $.97 - under $2
Use $1 off Target printable (still unlimited prints on this coupon)
FREE to very cheap wipes!!

**American Greeting Cards - psa $.99
Use $1 off 3 manufacturer printable
Use $1 off 3 Target printable
$.32 if purchased 3 at .99!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Great book for a great price - AGAIN!

Mary Hunt is offering her great book "Living Your Life at Half the Price" for 50% again (and free shipping). All the details about the book can be found on my earlier post here.

Great book - super helpful! Buy it for yourself or for a gift for someone else! Sale ends 11/30/2009.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Dollar General printable coupon

Are you a Dollar General shopper? I can't say that I have even been in a Dollar General but thought in case some of you go there you might be interested in this printable coupon. The coupon is only valid Saturday and Sunday.

Make sure you read the details! The coupon offers 10% or 20% off certain products.

MacArthur Study Bible on sale until Sunday

Just wanted to let you know that Grace Books International has MacArthur Study Bibles (hardcover) on a great sale: $19.99! Their shipping is a little high ($9.25) but the total for one would still be a few pennies under Amazon's price of $29.64.

If you order more than one, however, the price gets "better." For example:

- if you order two Bible, your total is $39.98 for Bibles, $10.06 for shipping = $25.02 per Bible.
- if you order three Bibles, it's $12.15 for shipping = $24.04 per Bible.
- so on and so forth.

They have other good sales on books (go to their sale link) that you could add to your cart to make the shipping even more worth it. "Adopted for Life," which is an excellent book, would be a good one to add to your cart! Christmas is coming up . . . and books make great gifts!

Thanks Jason for the head's up!

Organic Valley Coupons

Sign up here to receive $10 in coupons from Organic Valley. Make sure you go here to print coupons online too!

A BIG list of Walmart Deals

Couponing to Disney posted a Huge Walmart list - declaring 119 items under $1 and 18 free. Check it out here and good luck!

There are a few disclaimers I would like to note since these sites are NOT local:

1. Rockford tends to have higher prices than most areas - shocker! Right!? Probably not.
2. Rockford's Walmart might not carry the exact same items.
3. Rockford might not receive the same $ coupons as their papers. We have higher prices and we tend to get lower $ coupons - that just doesn't seem right.
4. We have not verified these deals for you. The deals we list on our site are ones for which we have gone to the store and verified or done ourselves. That would not be the case with these Walmart deals.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Print these CVS Coupons now for next week!

Go here and print two of the CVS Glade Sense and Spray Coupons and two of the CVS Glade Lasting Impressions coupons. There should be a moneymaker deal with these CVS coupons and recent newspaper coupons coming up next week.

If you are interested in the deal, print these coupons now before they are gone!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Target Deals the week of 11/8/09

Here are a few notables from Target this week . . .

**Don't forget the Glade candle deal here and the coupons we posted here, it continues through 12/26.

**Also, the $1 off coupon for Up and Up baby wipes we posted about here.
Prices are:
$.97 for 48 flushable toddler wipes
$1.47 for 40 baby wipes
$1.52 for the 72 ct. baby wipes
$1.89 for the refills
Use the coupon and free to .89 for wipes at the most!

**Buy 3 Nivea lip care (found in the chapstick, cold care isle) - $2.94 AND
1 Nivea Essential lotion with a FREE Nivea lip care peelie on it - $4.94
Use the FREE Nivea Lip care wyb the lotion
Use the Buy 3 Nivea Lip care get a FREE Nivea Essentials lotion from newspaper
Use the BOGO FREE Nivea Lip care coupon from the newspaper
Use the $1 off Target Nivea Lip care coupon from the newspaper
$1.94 for 3 Nivea Lip care products and 1 Nivea Essentials lotion!

**Mr. Potato Christmas Spud - $5.99 (found in the Christmas section/toys)
Use $5 off 1 printable (I found it on page 17)
.99!

**Pictureka Flipper and Clue Secrets - regular price at $23.99
Price match with Kmart's ad - you must bring in the ad before 11/14/09.
Target will price match it to $14.99
Use $5 off Target printable here (under H for Hasbro game Pictureka and Clue)
Use $5 off Pictureka and Clue Secrets here
Makes both games only $4.99 each!

**Peppridge Farm Holiday Cookies - $2.50 in Christmas section
Use $.75 off Target printable
Use $.75 off from newspaper
$1.00

More Glade Printables!

Okay go here and print these great Glade coupons!!! Hurry before they are gone. Then head to Target to do this deal!

Make sure you check your newspaper coupons for the $1.50 off one scented oil candle and the get a free refill wyb a scented oil candle.

Once you get a $5 gift card, if you have enough coupons you can roll the deal over and over until you run out of coupons for lots of FREE candles!

Reminder to the Veterans and Active Duty Military!

Here is a reminder to the Veterans and Active Duty Military about a FREE meal at Applebee's tomorrow! We posted this in October but wanted to remind you all for tomorrow. Check the post for specific details and requirements.

Also, WIFR made this announcement on their Facebook status . . .Texas Roadhouse in Rockford is offering a FREE dinner from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Veteran's Day for all active veterans who show up in uniform or with military identification. Address: 7240 Walton Street Rockford, Illinois. (I assume they mean active duty and veterans because active veterans doesn't make sense.)

The Applebee's offer doesn't seem to be time specific so if you are going to get dressed up . . . hit Applebee's for lunch and Texas Roadhouse for dinner.

Thank you for your service!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cheap to FREE Target wipes!

Now to go with all those diaper deals at CVS and Walgreens this week. Stop by Target to pick up some FREE to cheap wipes!

Target released a printable coupon for $1 off Up and Up wipes! These wipes are all under $2. I believe the tubs are around $1.62 while some of the refill packs are closer to $1. After I pick some up this week I will let you know for sure. Stock up as the coupon is good through 12/5/2009!

The coupon is also good on the Up and Up diapers.

More on Target deals this week later . . .

Walgreens Huggies Deal this week

Check out the CVS Huggies deals first and see which deal would work better for you or both if you really need to stock up!


Huggies at Walgreens this week are $8.99.


Buy 4 packages of Huggies at $8.99 each, $35.96
Walgreens coloring book for $.99 (found near the pharmacy or near the regular coloring books.)
Use $1 off Huggies diaper coupon in the coloring book (this will take $4 off)
Use 2 - $2 off printable coupons here (I found them on page 3)
Use 2 - $1.50 off printable coupons here (I found them on page 8)
Use the $5 off $25 printable here

$20.95 plus tax for 4 packs of Huggies and a coloring book!

That's $5.23 for a jumbo pack of Huggies!

Updated Walmart Deals . . .

Here are a few sites that have posted some updated Walmart deals. . . disclaimers . . .

There are a few disclaimers I would like to note since these sites are NOT local:

1. Rockford tends to have higher prices than most areas - shocker! Right!? Probably not.
2. Rockford's Walmart might not carry the exact same items.
3. Rockford might not receive the same $ coupons as their papers. We have higher prices and we tend to get lower $ coupons - that just doesn't seem right.
4. We have not verified these deals for you. The deals we list on our site are ones for which we have gone to the store and verified or done ourselves. That would not be the case with these Walmart deals.


Check them out here . . .

Centsible Savings
Common Sense with Money

CVS Huggies Deal this week!

In case you need diapers here are a couple scenarios this week at CVS to get a good deal.

First scenario if you were able to print the $5 off $20 coupon here:
Buy 2 Huggies Jumbo packs at $9.88 and a filler item for at least $.25
Use the get $4 in ECB's when you spend $20 coupon from the big red Season to Save Christmas book found near the store weekly circulars!
Use the $5 off $20 coupon
Print and use 2 $2 off coupons here (I found them on page 3)
Total after coupons and ECBs - $7.01 for 2 packs of diapers and your filler item!
That's $3.50 for a pack of jumbo Huggies!

Second scenario if you print the $5 off $30 coupon here:
Buy 3 Huggies Jumbo packs at $9.88 and a filler item for at least $.40
Use the get $4 in ECB's when you spend $20 coupon from the big red Season to Save Christmas book found near the store weekly circulars!
Use the $5 off $30 coupon
Print and use 2 $2 off coupons here (I found them on page 3 - if you have another computer print another one to save more OR . . )
Print and use 1 $1.50 off coupons here (I found them on page 8)
Total after ECB's and coupons - $15.54!
$5.18 a pack!

There is a similar deal at Walgreens that I will post about later today, if you prefer Walgreens. Walgreens you don't need a saver's card but you will need to purchase a $.99 coloring book to get a coupon.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Need games? This sounds like a great deal!

I haven't tried out this deal myself, but it sure sounds like a great deal! Looks like you can get 7 Hasbro games for around $4!

Check it out here!

Thanks Common Sense With Money!

Get 10% more from your dollar on gas purchases

Well, essentially it's like getting 10% more on each dollar . . . Road Ranger has a promotion from now until Christmas time - buy a $50 gift card, get $55, or buy $100 gift card, get $110!

I tried it today, and sure enough, they charged me $50 and my gift card has $55 on it! Our Road Ranger is close to home and is usually one of the cheaper ones around - now they'll be getting me to come a few more times since I have a gift card! So it's a win-win!

Just FYI, I did it at the Road Ranger on Harrison near Alpine - I'm pretty sure it's a city-wide deal, but you may want to check your Road Ranger to make sure they're having this deal.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Let's hit the Mall!

Christmas is in the air and Santa's house is going up at Cherryvale Mall. What else?! Coupon books with Holiday specials. The coupon books are about the size of a checkbook and look like this:

BUT . . . if you are headed to the mall click on the picture above or here to be able to select which coupons you want to print and take them with you! So don't panic if you can't find the book they are all available online.

Check out Cherryvale's main webpage here and sign up for their email newsletter in the upper right hand corner. They also have a special page dedicated to coupons and offers here available all year long not just for the holidays. I even found a sales and events page here.

Then make sure you sign up with your favorite stores for email coupons and mailings. Some of my favorites:

Auntie Anne's Pretzels - coupons emailed to you for free pretzels or drinks with a purchase.

Barnes and Nobles - not only do they offer coupons for books and other items but coupons for the cafe as well!

Bath and Body Works - they have great coupons for a free item with ANY purchase or $/$$ coupons. The past two months they have mailed me coupons for a free item no purchase required!

Children's Place - never shop there without a coupon!

Gymboree - right now in the lower left sign up for their email list and receive a 30% off coupon.

Victoria's Secret - sign up with Victoria's Secret here AND join the Pink Nation here. When I joined the pink nation I received a FREE shopping bag worth $20 and since joining have received emails and coupons in the mail for FREE "Pink" underwear. Just this week I went into Victoria's Secret and received two FREE pairs of underwear and a FREE bottle of my favorite perfume - total value was $27! All for FREE - not a penny!

Go here for a complete store listing that will even link you to that stores webpage! How convient!

Thanks to reader Heidi for the tip on the coupon books! The books can be found at the welcome desk and on a table at the entrance between Barnes and Noble and Camille's Cafe. She mentioned they were going fast so I was very excited for our reader's that they also are available for print online!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Target update!

Target's Halloween decorations/clothes/costumes/candy etc. are at 75% off. There are lots of candy coupons out there so make sure you take them with you when you go including these printable Target candy coupons!

Also, Energizer batteries are on price cut. $6.49 for 10 plus some packs have 2 free. I found these hanging in the toy section at 173 near the end cap. The next isle over had the Target Toy book which has a Target coupon for $1 off Energizer batteries. Combine that with this $1 off printable and pay $4.49.

3 good coupons

Three good coupons:

$1 off Scottie facial tissue (yes, off ONE box!). Go here to sign up for the coupon. Remember to refresh (or hit "back button" to get 2 coupons total!

CVS - $5 off $20. Just "peel" the tags by clicking on them with your mouse (good until 12/31).

At CVS - pick up their big "Season to Save" flier (more like a catalog). Inside there is a $4 off $20 coupon.

Thanks MoneySavingMom for the head's up on the 2 printable coupons!

Some stores to check out!

Since Christmas is coming up, I wanted to point out a few stores in town that can help you with all your holiday shopping. I'm not usually a big fan of dollar stores, but I do have 2 favorites, one of which is not as well known (it's a local, non-chain store)

ALDI
If you are from Europe, have been to Europe, or wished you could go to Europe, Aldi is a cool place! They often have specialty items from all over, especially around the holidays. Right now, they have Chocolatines - a.k.a. Chocolate Croissants - and non-Pillsbury Croissants. These are available for a limited time, and since they are half price right now, I'm sure they won't last the week (reg. price $2.99 / clearance price $1.49 for box of 4 chocolatines or 8 croissants). Why not grab a few boxes for a special Christmas breakfast? While you're there, pick up some milk too if you need it - everyday price of $1.79. I find their milk stays fresh longer than most milks. (forgot to mention the first time around that they are in the frozen section, so they will keep until Christmas . . . when you're ready, just let them rise overnight and bake them in the morning.)

Dollar Tree
I went there yesterday to pick up a few things. They have their Christmas stuff out, and let me tell you, some of their decorations are SUPER nice. I'm going to have to go back and pick up a few of their 17" snowflakes (they look better in real life)! I've been more and more impressed with their seasonal things - some of it is still cheap-o looking, but a lot of it rivals the more expensive stores!

Super $1 Store
This is the "local" dollar store in Rockford. There is one off State near Alpine (east of Big Lots, west of Alpine), and one in the strip mall at the corner of Riverside and Main. These are my favorite dollar stores! They sometimes get "leftovers" from Hallmark and other stores, and have a variety of things that I don't see in other dollar stores. If you're big into scrapbooking, the one on Riverside has TONS of stuff for you! Most items in the store are $1, many are less than that, and a few things are up to $2 . . . and NOTHING is over that, except for the one short aisle where they have bigger ticket items. Check it out!

Hallmark Outlet
Located on Alpine near Harrison (next door to Hilander, on the right . . . not the regular Hallmark store which is down on the left). Everything in the store is 50% off retail price, and the Christmas stuff is 75% off. If you like Yankee Candles, they have a varied selection for 50% off.

JC Penney Outlet
Located off of 173 near the big shopping center, this is where I do a lot of clothes shopping. Make sure you get on their mailing list to receive the fliers with all the good deals listed. This Saturday and Sunday, for example, men's pleated & flat front twill pants are $5.99! Can't beat it! It really is a great place: in fact, when my in-laws come to town, we have to make a trip to the outlet! Makes me wonder about the true nature of their visit! Just kidding Mom! :0)

Have fun shopping!

Join us for the Drugstore Game Class!

Don't forget this Saturday, November 7th, at the East State Street Library you can join us for the Drugstore Game Class! There will be giveaways, of course, and tips on how to use the rewards programs at the local drugstores to get free products and save money!

The class starts at 1pm!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My trip to Hilander

WARNING: This is a LONG post . . . but I wanted to post in detail so you can see what good deals can be gotten at Hilander's Mega Deal Event! Apparently it's going on next week too, and often the same deals repeat: so check it out and see what available!

Went to Hilander today to take advantage of the Mega deals going on (buy 10 items, get $5.00 off your total). I went through the self-checkout line because I wanted to do my 5 separate transactions and not have people waiting in line behind me. The help guy at the self-checkout was so nice - even went and got me a cart to transfer my purchases to. I would scan my 10 items, hand him the coupons, pay, and go on to the next transaction.

Well, here are my spoils of the day. Please note that instead of taking the $5.00 off the total, I am taking $0.50 off each of the 10 items to reflect what the actual price per item is.

First transaction: No coupons used.
- Ricola Cough Drops (x2) - $0.50 ea
- Del Monte canned tomatoes (x4)- $0.50 ea
- Scotch Brite spunge - $0.50
- Land-O-Lakes spreadable butter - $0.99
- Zesta saltine crackers (Keebler brand) - $0.99
- Heinz Ketchup 36oz - $1.49
Total OOP (including tax) - $7.07
(there were coupons for Ricola in 10/11SS and for Scotch Brite in 9/20RP but I didn't have them)


Second transaction: One coupon
Armour meatballs (x2) - $1.99 ea
Tombstone pizza (x2) - $1.99 ea
Lays (x2) - $1.78 ea
Fritos (x2) - $1.49
Ore Ida fries (x2) - $1.99 ea ($1.26 ea after $1.50/2 coupon from 9/27 SS)
Total OOP (incl. tax): $17.16


Third transaction: Six coupons
- Pepperidge Farm Natural Pretzel thins - $1.99 ($0.99 after $1 printable coupon - no longer available)
- Pepperidge Farm Sesame Snack Sticks - $1.99 ($0.99 after $1 printable coupon)
- Pepperidge Farm cookies - $1.99 ($0.99 after doubled $0.55 coupon from 9/27 SS)
- Welch's Grape Juice - $2.49 ($1.49 after $1.00 printable coupon here or here in Safari)
- Kleenex aloe and ultra soft (x6) - $0.99 ($0.66 after 2 doubled $0.50/3 coupons from 11/01 SS or here)
Total OOP (incl. tax): $9.01


Fourth transaction: Nine coupons
- Kraft Natural Mozzarella Cheese 16oz - $2.49 ($1.74 after $1.50/2lb any cheese coupon here)
- Kraft Natural Sharp Cheddar 16oz - $2.49 ($1.74 after above coupon)
- Chex Mix (x2) - $1.49 ea ($0.49 ea after doubled $0.50 coupon here, here, or from recent inserts)
- DanActive 4pk - $1.49 ($0.49 after $1.00 coupon from recent insert)
- Activia 4pk - $1.49 ($0.49 after $1.00 coupon from recent insert)
- Yo-Plus 4pk - $1.49 ($0.49 after $1.00 coupon from recent insert)
- Danimal Crush Cups 4pk - $1.49 ($0.49 after $1.00 coupon from recent insert)
- Nestle Chocolate Chips - $1.99 ($0.99 after doubled $0.50 from recent insert)
- Pillsbury Simply refrigerated cookie dough - $1.99 ($0.99 after $1.00 coupon from recent insert, or a better deal for you: a double $0.55 coupon from recent insert or here)
Total OOP (incl. tax): $8.56


Fifth Transaction: Ten coupons
- Chex Mix - ($0.49 ea after doubled $0.50 coupon here, here, or from recent inserts)
- Snuggle fabric softener - $2.99 (more than FREE after $3.00 coupon from 10/04RP)
- Bumble Bee Tuna pouches (x3) - $0.49 ($1.52 overage after 2 $1.00 printable coupons from ?? and one double $0.55 coupon from recent insert - only doubled to $0.99 retail price)
- Land-O-Lake spreadable butter - $0.99 (FREE after doubled $0.55 printable coupon here or $0.19 after doubled $0.40 coupon from recent insert)
- Keebler Fudge Shop Cookies (x2) - $0.99 ea (FREE after two $1.00 printable coupons from a LONG time ago)
- Betty Crocker boxed potatoes - $0.99 ea ($0.19 after doubled $0.40 coupon from recent insert, and $0.49 after double $0.25 coupon from recent insert) Total OOP (incl. tax): $0.15 (the total was actually $-0.19 + $0.34 tax)

So the total for all of the 50 above items was $41.95! Not too shabby! If I had just bought the items without coupons or the mega event (so still shopping sales), my total would have been around $95.00 (hard to figure out the exact amount with tax). If I had shopped retail price, no sales, I would have spent over $145.00!

One more note (as if this isn't long enough): I think if I'm going to post grocery deals, I better switch my grocery day to Thursday instead of Tuesday. Posting deals on Tuesday night when the sale ends on Wednesdays is a bit of short notice for you the readers! Better go rework my weekly schedule!

Target Deals!

Target has a few good deals right now:

**Huggies or Pampers wipes - $1.99
Use .50 off coupons from recent inserts
$1.49

**Hefty One Zip baggies - $1 (price cut through 11/14)
$1 off 2 from Sunday's paper
.50 each

There are a few promotions buy a certain product get something free for example:
Get a free box of fruit snacks if you purchase 2 boxes of poptarts. Check the ad for other options.

Target has a Kellogg's cereal deal - Buy 3 boxes get 1 free
It doesn't seem to be that fantastic of a deal as the boxes were mostly $3.29 or more. Only one kind is $2.66 and there are no coupons for that type currently.
Coupons.com has some Kellogg cereals but I didn't find they matched up with the sale except the Special K Blueberry and again I think it is $3.29.
Go here to print a Target coupon for $1 off Kellogg's cereal too!

Target also released a new toy coupon book found in the store and printable online. Combine these coupons with manufacturer coupons and hopefully we will be able to get some great deals on toys.
Go here to print the Target toy coupons. Coupons.com has some toy coupons here. Go here for a few match up of Target coupons and manufacturer coupons from Moms Need to Know.