*Saving you some money in the Rock River Valley*

Welcome to our blog! While a lot of our deals may be specific to the Rockford area, you'll find many deals that are also good nationwide! We hope that our blog will be fun, informative, and that it will help you SAVE SOME MONEY!

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Friday, January 30, 2009

CVS 101

Two of our favorite stores in town are CVS and Walgreens. Since we would like to start bringing you the "deals" from those two store we felt a 101 type rundown is in order. Let's start with CVS.

Please read this post from Money Saving Mom on CVS 101!

It may seem overwhelming but it is not. It will cost you real money the first time you make your purchases but with coupons and sales it should be less than $15 to get you started CVSing!

Please feel free to call, email or stop us with questions on CVS or hey maybe we can even go on a trip together to one of our favorite CVS stores in town it's just too bad they don't serve coffee.

CVS has been very helpful for our family budget - I very rarely pay for toiletries, cleaning supplies, medications with the help of extra care bucks and coupons.

Here is a very simple transaction that will make you $5 in extra care bucks. This deal is good through January 31st but new deals will start on the 1st of the month so don't worry we will come up with another way to help you start out.

Buy 1 Children's Throat Cooler Ice Pops at $4.99, Get $4.99 in ECB's
Buy 2 of those and use this Buy one get one free printable coupon
You will pay $4.99 plus tax and receive $9.98 in ECB's there is a limit of 5 on this deal.

I recommend if you are doing to to the deal more than once pay for them separately.

Since I have ECB's built up, I may do this transaction and throw in $5 worth of things I may need to get them free. I would do this buy using say a $10 ECB to pay for the 2 Throat pops and $5 worth of other items I need maybe milk knowing I am getting back $9.98 in ECB just make sure you use the BOGO coupon so your total is around $10.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Free song - and a good one

Wow! I don't know about you, but I'm sure glad I recruited Kristie for this blog! She is a machine! :) Thanks Kristie!

As many of you know, my husband and I are adopting from Liberia. We received news yesterday that all Liberian adoptions are suspended (you can read about it here). Obviously we covet your prayers.

There is a song that has been a particular blessing to me during this time: "I Have a Shelter In The Storm". It is from the CD "Come Weary Saints" by Sovereign Grace, and at this time they are offering it for free. You can download it here at no cost. It's worth it! I guarantee it will be a blessing to you too.

Free Johnson's Buddies Soap!

Okay my kids love these and there are always coupons out there to get them free, lots of them free. Click here and then click on the blue box on the right hand side that says Click to save $1 now. Make sure you print it twice (use the back button and refresh to print again) and take your coupon to Walmart, Target, Highlander, CVS as the Johnson Buddies bar soap are normally listed at .97 or .99. (Highlander and CVS sometimes fluctuate on their prices for these but for the most part they hang right around .99. ) If you have never seen these before, the soap is wrapped in green mesh for easy gripping. Happy scrubbing!

Target Deals

Here are a few good deals this week at Target:

Kashi TLC Soft-Baked Cereal Bars on sale for $2.75 and here is a coupon for $2.00 off (bottom right). Make sure you print two. Once you print it don't close the window just hit the back button and refresh to print a second! My son loves these and .75 for 6 is a great deal!

Yoplait Light Yougart is regularly .54 but combine this Target coupon for $1.00 off eight cups and this manufacturers coupon for $1.00 off four (print twice) and pay .17 a cup! If a coupon says Target across the top it can always be combined with a manufacter's coupon to maximize your savings.

Ocean Spray Light juice is regular price $1.99 combine this Target coupon for $1/1 with this coupon from the manufactuer and get free juice! There was also a coupon in a recent sunday paper for $1/1.

Pampers and Huggies tub wipes are on sale for 1.99 combine that with the .50 off coupon from the newspaper recently and get the wipes for about .02 a wipe if you buy the 77 ct or higher.

An unavertised deal but posted in the store: Digiorno pizza is on sale for $3.99 buy one and get a free 2-liter of Coke. This works great for our family as we deemed friday's as Pizza, pop and chip night plus it saves me from stopping at the grocery store later in the week as that was all I needed!

Coffeemate creamer is still on sale 2/$3 so check out that post from last week, print twice and get two free liquid coffeemate creamers. Sales goes until Feb. 2.

Be sure to check all the clearance clothes items while you are there. I snagged some Hanes sweatshirts and sweatpants for $1.62 in the women's department and two t-shirts! Targert has a lot of clothes, shoes, housewares etc on clearance starting at 30% off!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Coupon for a FREE Dr. Pepper 2 liter or 20 oz.

Click here and then click Get your free coupon on the lower left. Fill out the form and they will mail you your coupon either a 2-liter or a 20 oz. in 4-6 weeks! Enjoy!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Free coffee at Panera on Wednesday, January 28th!

Since we have two Panera's in Rockford, maybe some of you can take advantage of this offer. On Wednesday, January 28th Panera is offering free coffee all day and sampeling's of their new offerings. Sounds yummy on such a cold day!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Need a more comfortable bed?

I was cleaning up my basement today when I ran across this new Simmons Beautyrest Queen Size "Convoluted Foam Mattress Topper" (that's a mouthful). I had originally bought it for what I thought would be a queen size guest bed - which we never ended up getting. At this rate, we won't be getting a queen size guest bed until we move into a bigger house. I used these all the time before I was married, but now that we have a pillowtop mattress, we don't need it.

It is still NIB (new in bag) and was retail $19.99. If you live in the Rockford area and would like to purchase it, it's yours for $10. Just go to the bottom of right side of the blog and click on the envelope "Email Anouk" and send me an email letting me know!

Here's a link that shows a similar (if not exactly the same) item.

Have a great day!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Frugal Networking

I really enjoyed this post at Biblical Womanhood today on the power of networking - frugal networking! It perfectly sums up a discussion Anouk and I had last week. Please email, facebook, smoke signal any good deals our way and we will pass the word along. Let's be good stewards and share the wealth of deals!

Happy Shopping!

Free Coffee Mate Liquid at Target

Target has their 16 oz Liquid Coffee Mate on sale at 2 for $3 (until tomorrow). Click here and sign up to get $1.50 coupon off Coffee Mate - making it free. Even if you don't make it to Target by tomorrow, $1.50 is a pretty good coupon that you can use later.

If you've never printed a coupon from the Web before, you will have to install the "Coupon Printer." It's easy and they will guide you through it (if you use a Mac, be sure to do this from Safari - the coupon printer is not yet supported for Mac Firefox).

I had to go to Target yesterday anyway, so I got my free "Vanilla Caramel" Coffee Mate. My friend Karyn and I had it last night: YUM!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Walgreens Orajel Moneymaker!

Attention Walgreens shoppers . . . in Sunday's paper was a $1/1 Orajel coupon and an $8 Orajel rebate form. Purchase the Orajel cold sore brush or the 8-pack of patches using the $1/1 coupon. Then submit your receipt online to the Walgreens website for the free after January EasySaver rebate.

Then, send in the mail-in-rebate form from the Sunday paper with your receipt and in all you will make $9! ($1 overage from Walgreens and $8 mail-in-rebate)


Bonus - (Thanks Anouk)! You don't even need a form just follow these instructions for your mail-in-rebate.

1. Your name, address, city, state and zip code2. The UPC code proof of purchase from the Orajel Overnight Cold Sore Patch, or Orajel Cold Sore Brush, or Orajel Plaque Revealing Rinse, or Orajel Plaque Revealing Pre-Brush Gel.3. Dated cash register receipt with the Orajel item price circled. The refund will not exceed the purchase price. Receipt must be dated after 1/11/09. Postmark must be before 4/11/09.
Mail to Orajel January 2009 $8 Rebate Offer, c/o Best Marketing Inc. P.O Box 180779, Casselberry, FL. 32718.

Welcome to our new blog contributor!

Kristie is now joining me in the blogging world! Folks, she is a coupon and deal queen! We will be attempting to post our "great deal" finds for those of you in the Rockford area. Stay posted. And please be patient as we try to figure out the blogging world.

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Pinch-a-Penny Store

This is where we will continually post items available for purchase. These prices are great - cheaper than Wal-Mart! Most items are anywhere from 30-75% off the retail price! Please note the following as you shop:

- There is only one of each available unless the (Qty) at the end shows more.
- None of these items are expired unless noted. Some may be missing the UPC, but that's because of rebates (and the reason why we can offer these to you for cheap!)
- If the item is underlined, it is because it is a link so you can see what the product actually is.
- These are great prices: we're trying to save you money! And remember, there is no sales tax. The price you see is the price you pay!

Please email us if you are interested in any of these items!


Windex - original - 32 fl oz - $1.50 (Qty 2)
Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Refill "Vanilla Breeze" - $1.25 (Qty 2)
Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Refill "Hawaiian Breeze" - $1.25
Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Refill "Apple Cinnamon" - $1.25
Glade "French Vanilla" glass jar candle - $1.25
Glade "Apple Cinnamon" glass jar candle - $1.25

Glade Carpet & Room powder "Clean Linen", 32 oz - $1.00

Bic ultra round stic grip ball pens blck med 10 pk - $0.50 (Qty 4)
Post it Page Markers 3 colors 50 each color - $0.50 (Qty 5)
HP 56 (black) cartridge, Office Max Reman - $2.50

Hair Care
Garnier Fructis Fortifying "Sleek and Shine" Shampoo, 25.4 oz - $3.00
Herbal Essences "Body Envy" Volumizing Shampoo, 23.7 oz - $3.00
Herbal Essences "Body Envy" Volumizing Conditioner, 23.7 oz - $3.00
Herbal Essences "Hello Hydration" Moisturizing Shampoo, 23.7 oz - $3.00
Herbal Essences "Hello Hydration" Moisturizing Conditioner, 23.7 oz - $3.00
Pantene Pro-V "Beautiful Lengths" 2-in-1, 12.6 oz - $1.75
Pert Plus "Happy Medium" for normal hair 2-in-1, 13.5 oz - $1.50
Herbal Essences "Long Term Relationship" (long hair) Shampoo, 12 oz - $1.50
Herbal Essences "Long Term Relationship" (long hair) Conditioner, 12 oz - $1.50
Herbal Essences "Totally Twisted" (curls/waves) Shampoo, 12 oz - $1.50
Charles Worthington London "Ultimate Hydration" conditioner, 11 oz - $1.50
Aussie Moist Shampoo, 13.5 oz - $2.00
Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Wave-Enhancing Spray, 8.5 oz - $1.50

Body Care
Irish Spring Original Soap 3-pk - $1.00
Irish Spring Original Soap 2-pk - $0.65
Gillette Phenom Fusion (1 razor, 2 cartridges) - $5.00
Gillette Gamer Fusion (1 razor, 2 cartridges) - $5.00
Gillette Phantom Power Fusion (1 razor, 1 cartridge, 1 battery) - $6.00
Gillette Gamer Power Fusion
(1 razor, 1 cartridge, 1 battery) - $6.00
Bic Soleil (1 razor, 2 cartriges, 1 shaver holder) - $4.00
Bic Soleil 4 pk cartridges - $4.00
Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut body wash, 12 oz - $1.25
Dry Idea Regular Roll-on Antiperspirant, 2.5 oz - $1.00

Dental Care
Crest ProHealth Mouthwash clean mint 16.9 fl oz - $2.00
Orajel Kids Berry Flavor Revealing Rinse - 12 oz. - $2.00 (Qty 2)
CVS Green Mint Mouth Rinse (compare to Fresh Burst Listerine), 8.5 oz - $1.00
Crest Pro-Health Whitening Clean Mint, 4.2 oz - $1.25 (Qty 3)
Crest Pro-Health Night Clean Night Mint, 4.2 oz - $1.00
Colgate Total Advanced Fresh Gel, 4.0 oz - $1.25
Dr. Katz "Thera Breath" Starter Kit (see link) - $2.50 (Qty 2)

Face Care
L'Oreal RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser, 5 oz - $3.00
L'Oreal Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Sheer Tint Moisturizer, Light, 1.7 oz - $5.00
Almay Oil-Free eye makeup remover pads, 80 count - $2.50

(if you're not sure of colors, you can always ask to see them first and decide from there)
CoverGirl Tanfastic Bronzer (#395 Solstice), 8 g - $2.50
Maybelline Expertwear Blush Bronzer (#10 Sunlight), 4.5 g - $2.00
CoverGirl TRUcheeks Blush (#4), 3 different shades, 7.7 g - $2.50
L'Oreal HIP green eyeliner, 1.29 g - $1.50
Revlon matte Kohl eyeliner "Black Truffle" w/ smudger tip, 1.0 g - $2.50
CoverGirl "Rosy Outlook" (#505) eye shadow, 2.5 g - $1.25
CoverGirl "Mauveberry" (#510) eye shadow, 2.5 g - $1.25
Revlon Shiny Sheers "Honey Drizzle" lipstick, 1.4 g - $2.50
CoverGirl TRUBlend Classic Beige (#2) liquid foundation, 30 ml - $1.50 (Qty 2)
CoverGirl TRUBlend Medium Light (#3) liquid foundation, 30 ml - $1.50
CoverGirl TRUBlend Whipped Foundation, Tawny, 28 ml - $1.50
Rimmel Extra Super Lash Black Mascara, 8 ml - $1.25

Misc. Toiletries

Walgreens ultra thin regular w/wings pantyliners (18) - $1.00
Walgreens Multi-Purpose No Rub contact solution, 4 oz - $1.00

Pain Relief & Antacids

AdvilPM Liqui-Gels - 8 liqui-gels - $1.00 (Qty 3)
CVS Extra Strength Acetaminophen 500 mg (like Tylenol), 24 caplets - $1.00
Mylanta Ultimate Strength Cherry - 12 fl oz - $3.00 (Qty 2)

Robitussin Cough Chest Congestion DM -4 fl oz - $1.00 (Qty 2)
Robitussin Cough & Cold CF - 4 fl oz - $1.00 (Qty 1)
Zucol Coldcare - Orange - (18 tablets) - $2.00
Walgreens Saline Nasal Spray, 1.5 fl oz - $1.00

Vitamins, Supplements
Centrum vitamins bonus pack (2 x 130 vitamins) - $6.00 (am willing to break in half, $3 ea)
FreeStyle Freedom Lite Blood Glucose Monitoring System - $4.00
Orajel Overnight Cold Sore Patch (8) - $3.00 (Qty 2)
Nexcare Cold Sore Treatment w/ Microvex soothing emollient, 0.07 oz - $2.00

Misc Health

Extreme Energy 6-hour shot - 2 2 fl oz each - $2.00

OFF! Deep Woods Towelettes (25% Deet), 6 individually wrapped - $1.50

Please note that the color coding is for our inventory purposes only. Kristie and I have separate items, thus we have coded hers in green and mine in blue. If the quantity is a different color than the product, it means we both have the same thing to offer! And anyhow, it makes the page more colorful!

Due to high shipping costs, these items are currently only available to people in the Rockford area. Thank you for understanding.