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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Need Diapers?! Check out Target!

If you need diapers this week, check out the CVS Pampers deal here and then Target has a great deal on them too this week!

Buy 3 packs of Pampers or Huggies diaper or pullups at $8.99 a jumbo pack and receive a $5 gift card!
If you treat the gift card like cash, it automatically takes the price down to $7.32 a pack. Now add Target and manufacturer coupons. There have been several Target coupons in inserts lately for Pampers and Huggies and manufacturer coupons as well.

The only printable coupon available right now is for $2 off Huggies Pullups.

I do not buy extra papers and I had enough coupons to have 2 per pack. I bought 1 Pampers pull ups and 2 Huggies pull ups and paid $4.15 per pack after gift card and coupons!

If you are interested in trying these $5 gift card deals, I always save a $5 gift card to "roll" on other deals to lower my out of pocket immediately by $5 each time. This allows me to see my savings right away!

Check out Stretching a Buck here for all the deals posted this week. Nothing really poped out at me except the York Peppermint Pieces after coupon that are $1.49! The $1 off coupon was in last Sunday's insert.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

$.10 Greek Yogurt at Hilander.

Here are two coupon links (print each link twice) for $.45 off Yoplait's new Greek Yogurt. Hilander has these on sale for $1. Use the coupon to get the Yogurt for $.10 after doubled coupon.

The Hilander on Mulford near Spring Creek has changed their system and it will only double two like coupons per transaction so . . . either do two transactions or use all four coupons and pay $.32 each per container since only two coupons will double. This is still a VERY good deal on Greek Yogurt and it is delicious! I think it is much better than regular yogurt but it is usually at least two times the price.

Coupon link #1

Coupon link #2 or Safari here

How Stockpiling Really Saves You Money! AND Cheap Pasta!

Let's say you were running to the store because tonight you decided to have Spaghetti! At Hilander Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta is $1.84 shelf price. Now you could buy a generic or go to Aldi or another store and maybe get another type of pasta for around $1.

But this week at Hilander Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta is on sale for $1. Good price, however lets add coupons!

Here are 3 links to $.75 off 1 box of Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta coupons that can be printed twice each link:

Coupon link #1

Coupon link #2

Coupon link #3

NOW, you have a stockpile deal!! You can pick up 6 boxes or Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta for $.25 each OR $1.50 for 6 boxes which is less than the shelf price ($1.84) for one box of pasta when it isn't on sale. In other words it really saves money to stockpile shop . . . wait for the low price and add coupons!

Thanks Money Saving Mom for the links!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

CVS Deals through May 1st

I will post a few highlights of some CVS deals this week:

**Palmolive - $.88
Use .75 off coupon from today's newspaper
.13 after coupon

**Nescafe Taster's Choice Coffee sticks - 7 ct - $1
Buy 2 and Use BOGO Printable coupon AND
Use .75 off coupon

.12 a box

**Oral B Advantage toothbrush - $2.99 get $2 ECB's (limit 2)
Use BOGO Coupon from P&G April insert AND
Use $2 off 1 Advantage from P&G April insert
$1.01 profit after coupons and ECB's

**Pampers Jumbo packs - $8.49 get $1 ECB's (limit 1)
Use $1.50 coupon from recent insert
$5.99 after coupons and ECB's

Check out Common Sense with Money to see if anything else peaks your interest!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More cheap frozen treats!

The Baskin Robbins' 31 cent scoop night is back next week! On Wednesday, April 28th from 5-10pm, you can get a scoop of Baskin Robbins ice cream for less than a third of a buckaroo!

I love how these are always on Wednesday evenings, because when we go to our local one just down the street from the church, half the folks from church are there!

So, mark it in your calendars! And I'll see you Wednesday at the one at Alpine and Harrison, OK?

Blizzard week

If you like Blizzards, this is your week . . . no, I'm not saying we're going to have snow. I'm talking about Dairy Queen's delicious frozen treats!

It's DQ's 25th birthday and they are celebrating by offering this deal: this week until Sunday, if you buy a Blizzard, you can get a second one for only 25 cents.

No coupon is needed, and it is a deal that is posted on the scrolling banner on their site. I would suggest calling your local DQ store just to make sure they are doing the deal. I haven't tried it myself, but have heard about many others who have.

Have you taken advantage of this deal? If so, what DQ? Post a comment and let us know!

A great new tool!

Money Saving Mom rocks! She and her sister (with the help of many others across the country) have come up with a system where you can find what sales and coupon deals are going on at most stores around the country! And the cool thing is, you can sign up to have those deals emailed to you (like I did), or sign up for RSS feed! Woohoo!

I signed up for the Aldi and Kroger (Hilander) deals to be emailed to me. By the way, Illinois is in the Central Division.

This is a great new tool! Use it to your advantage!

Click here to see the list of stores
Click here to subscribe to email or RSS feed of your favorite store (scroll down to #2)

Free Mexican recipe e-book

Recipe Lion has done it again! Provided us with a fun, free new recipe e-book. This time it's for Mexican food. The nice thing about e-books is that you can keep them on your computer and look up recipes, and it doesn't clutter up your shelf!

So head on over and get your "27 Simple Mexican Recipes" eCookbook!

Thanks for the heads up Frugal Girls!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cheap Pull Ups at Walgreens

Walgreens has Pull ups on sale this week for $8.99
Use the $2 off (3/28 SS) or the $1.50 off coupon (4/18 SS) AND
Use the $2 off Walgreens coupon - April Coupon booklet found by the weekly flyer expires 4/24
Pay $4.99 or $5.49 after coupons!

New Huggies Coupon

Go here to print 2 - $3 off 1 pack of Huggies diapers. This will likely go fast so print it now.

Monday, April 19, 2010

CVS Deals through April 21st

Here are a few good deals this week at CVS:

**CVS Bag Tag - $.99 get $.99 ECB's (limit 1)
FREE
Put this on any reusable bag and bring it with you when you shop at CVS. Have the cashier scan it along with your CVS card and for every fourth use you will receive $1 in ECB's!

**Thermacare Neck To Arm Heatwrap - $2.49 get $2.49 ECBs (Limit 2)
FREE after ECBs!

**Buy $10 off select products get $3 ECB's
Deal idea:
2 Dunkin Donuts Coffee - $6 each
Use 2 - $1 off CVS printable coupons here
Use 1 - $1.50 off 2 from recent newspaper insert
$2.75 each if you have both coupons, if you only have the printable coupons it is $3.50 each - still a good deal after ECB's and coupons!

**U by Kotex - $4.99 get $1 ECB's
Use $1 off CVS printable coupon here
Use $1 off Manufacturer printable coupon here
$1.99 after ECB's and coupons

There is a slew of other deals check them out here on Deal Seeking Mom to see if there is anything you may need!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New Target Coupons

Check out Target.com here and browse their coupons. They just released some new ones today and I have noticed they don't stay on their web site very long. Be sure to check out the clothing catagory as they have coupons for women's shirts, men's shirts, and handbags!

Planter's peanuts are on price cut right now for $4
Print and Use 2 of the Target Planter's coupons
Use $1 off 2 Planter's products from a recent newspaper insert
Pay $2.50 a container!

Benedryl anti itch stick - $2.28
Use the $5 off 2 Benedryl products from last Sunday's newspaper
Both FREE after coupon!

If you are a Seventh Generation Fan, Target has Seventh Generation products starting at $2.49.
Use printable coupons here from Seventh Generation and if you printed the $1 off 1 Seventh Generation Target coupons available last week you could get and even better deal.

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion - $4.99 (I think not 100% sure SORRY!)
Use $3.75 off coupon from the RP 4/11/10 newspaper
Use $1 off Target Printable
$.24 after coupons!

Check out Stretching a Buck here for a TON of other coupon match ups that you may interest you!

Walgreens .12 Gummy Bear/Worms

If you are headed to Walgreens this week or if you really like gummy bears or worms (like me!), then pick up this deal! I love it because it doesn't involve more than one coupon or Register Rewards!

Buy 2 Black Forest Gummy Bears or Worms for $.39 each
Use this $.55 off 2 printable coupon
Pay $.12 a bag!

Since I am not a Walgreens shopper, check out the rest of the Walgreens deals this week from Common Sense with Money here.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Happy 25th Dairy Queen!

Starting April 19th, Dairy Queen is celebrating 25 years! This mean a Birthday Treat for everyone. Blizzards will be buy one get one for $.25! This special runs from April 19th-April 25th - no coupon necessary!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Do your kids like to read?

If your kids enjoy reading (or you're encouraging them to read more), The Frugal Girls posted about a fun Barnes & Noble program where your child (Grades 1-6) can earn a free book. Read about it here!

Thanks Frugal Girls!

Home Made Simple

This is a great offer available again from Home Made Simple. Sign up here for a coupon booklet with over $30 in Proctor and Gamble Coupons.

Babies R Us Deal

If you have been contemplating doing this Babies R Us fill a bag deal but haven't yet, I would suggest you make a trip just in case.

The great thing is the 25% off comes off the clearance and reduced sale prices. For example, I bought and adorable boys outfit regularly $12.99 on clearance for $6.20 with a sign posted take an additional 25% off and then with my fill a bag coupon I received an additional 25% off of that price. So, I paid $3.49!

The coupon is good on clothing up to 48 months and shoes - it doesn't all have to fit in the bag you just need to print the coupon and get the bag at the service counter to fill then checkout with your coupon.

Also, while you are there if you are a fan of Seventh Generation cleaners they are on sale right now for buy one get one 50% off. Some of their products are on clearance for $1.98. Use these $1 off coupons to get some great deals on their products. I bought several boxes of their dishwashing tablets and am also going to submit for a rebate (that is no longer available) to receive $5 back for buying 3 of their products. So, my tablets were free after sale, coupon and rebate!

Need Sponges?

Well I was going to post this fantastic deal for FREE Sponges but it looks like Scotch changed the coupon. It was a great coupon for $1 off any 1 Scotch Sponge but now it is $1 off any 2 Scotch products. It will still make for a good deal just not free.

Print this coupon and get the single Scotch sponges at Hilander this week for .50 each after coupon. I hear that Walmart has them for $.84 so if you are a Walmart shopper check it out because then they would only be $.34 each.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Other "Money Smart" Events in Illinois

As per my last post, you know that there are free shredding services going on in Rockford; and per Kristie's post, you know that we will be doing our coupon class this coming Saturday in Rockford.

But Money Smart Week is for all of Illinois! Go here to check out the other events going on in Rockford AND the rest of Illinois. A quick perusal show me that there is free shredding in Peoria and Urbana, as well as a some other great events all across the state - some are specific to kids, others to teens, and some to retirees. You can even narrow your search of events down to topics or cities!

Go check it out!

Free Shredding!

Every year, once or twice a year, I go to "Community Shredding" events. This is where a company will offer free shredding services, usually up to 2 boxes. This is a great way to get rid of old files and receipts you don't want to put in your garbage can. I have a box at home labeled "for shredding." Every time I have something I want to shred, I put it in the box. Then when a free shredding day comes, I take my box and watch them throw my stuff into the powerful jaws of the shredder!

This year, there seems to be a lot of places offering the service. I plan on going to the one on April 24th at the Members' Alliance Credit Union. Here are the three places that are offering the service in the coming weeks:

April 17th - Super Shredders on N Central

April 24th - Alpine Bank on E State

April 24th - Members' Alliance Credit Union on S Alpine

Go and take advantage of the free service!

Other CVS deals

I was finally went to CVS today (though it was an impromptu stop, not a planned one) after weeks of not setting foot in one. It was nice to get the little "rush" of getting a great deal. I took advantage of some of the deals Kristie mentioned in her earlier post this week, and added a couple. Here are the deals I found:

**Aussie hair products - 2/$5 or $2.50 each
Used $2 coupon from 3/14RP
Final Price: $0.50

**CVS brand Cocoa Butter stick - $0.99
Used $1 CVS coupon printed from coupon scanner (many are reporting getting this)
Final Price: FREE

**CVS brand toilet paper - 2/$1
Used $1 CVS coupon printed from coupon scanner (many are reporting getting this)
Final Price: FREE

**Dove Shampoo - $4.49
Used $1.50 coupon from 3/28RP
Final Price: $2.99 (not including the ECB you get back)

I also used a $1 ECB coupon that printed from the scanner (my 1% back on winter purchases, I guess), so my total was $2.97 which included tax . . . and I got a $4.49 ECB back!

I'm back in the game! :) Now let's just hope that CVS has some good deals to play with in the next few weeks!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

FREE Reusable Tote at Target on Sunday 4/18

Head to Target on Sunday, April 18th to get a FREE reusable tote with purchase details here. Don't forget to use that bag every time you head to Target to get a $.05 credit on your purchase.

If you don't make it there on Sunday, then mail 5 plastic Target bags to: Terracycle
121 New York, Avenue Trenton, NJ 08638 and receive $1 towards the purchase of a reusable bag.

$2 off a Rotisserie Chicken at Hilander

This week at Hilander Rotisserie Chicken is in the ad for $4.99. Load a $2 off e-coupon to your Hilander card here to get it for $2.99. This is a great deal!!

Donate your clutter and make money!

It's spring, the time for cleaning and decluttering in a lot of houses. The Salvation Army is offering an incentive to get you to bring in your used items. Drop off items at a participating Salvation Army and receive a $10 coupon for Phillips-Van Huesen, Izod or Bass stores.

I dropped off at the Salvation Army on Alpine and Riverside and received my $10 coupon along with a dated receipt. The promotion runs through May 31st and the coupon is good for 21 days from your dated receipt.

The nearest Phillips-Van Huesen, Izod and Bass stores are in Johnson Creek Outlet Malls in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin or Huntley Outlet in Huntley, Illinois.

A great coupon to use at CVS this week!

Just noticed this new coupon $1 off 1 Dial Nutriskin print here in IE or here in Safari! Use it at CVS to get Dial Nutriskin for FREE!

CVS Deals through April 17th

Here are a few good deals at CVS this week:

**Dove Shampoo or Conditioner - $4.49 get $4.49 in ECB's (limit 1)
Use $1.50 off 1 coupon from recent newspaper insert
FREE - $1.50 moneymaker after coupon and ECB's

**Deal NutriSkin - $5.49 get $4.50 in ECB's
$.99 after ECB's

**CVS Liquid Nutrition Drink (6pk) - $4.99 get $2 in ECB's
$2.99 after ECB's - this is a great price for an Ensure type product!

**Filippo Berio Olive Oil - $3.99
Print $1 off 1 coupon
$2.99 after sale and coupon

**Trident White or Dentyne 3pk - 2/$3 get $1 in ECB's
Use $1 off 3 coupon from Sunday's paper
$.83 a 3 pk pack after ECB's and coupon

**CVS brand paper towels - $1.29
Use $1 off 1 CVS paper product coupon printing from coupon scanner
$.29

**CVS brand toilet paper single roll - 2/$1
Use $1 off 1 CVS paper product coupon printing from coupon scanner
2 rolls FREE

**U by Kotex liners, pads or tampons- $4.99 get $1 ECB's
Use $1 off 1 Kotex printable AND
Use $1 off 1 CVS coupon for Kotex
$1.99 after ECB's and both coupons

**Schick Hydro 3 or 5 blade - $8.97 get $6 in ECB's
Use $3 off 1 from 3/21 SS insert
FREE after coupon and ECB's

FREE Coffee at Starbucks on Thursday, April 15th.

On Thursday, April 15th, at Starbucks bring in a travel/reusable mug and they will fill it with FREE brewed coffee! Also, don't forget to do your taxes . . . maybe this will help!

More details here.

Hilander FREE Reusable bag

Go here and design a bag for Hilander and get a credit on your shoppers card for a FREE Reusable bag next time you shop! They had this promotion last year and it was very easy to design and redeem.

Once you register or log in, you design your bag, submit and automatically receive a credit on your shoppers card for one reusable tote up to $.99. The credit will expire within 30 days.

Babies R Us Fill a Bag Sale

Print this coupon here to receive a FREE reusable tote bag at Babies R Us to fill. Fill the bag with clothes and shoes to save 25% off! This promotion runs through 4/22/10.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Win a Snapfish prize!

Snapfish is turning 10 and is offering cool prizes to their customers! They have a "Spin the Wheel" game where you can win some photobooks, collages, or even a computer or printer! I played last night and won nothing (you get 3 spins), but today I played and on the first spin I won a photo notebook!

This could be a great opportunity to win a prize which will then become a gift for a loved one! Don't tell Jeremy, but I may use my prize for a birthday gift for him!

So go ahead and spin the wheel! If you win a prize, a window will pop up with a code. Copy that code then go redeem your prize: you'll be asked to sign in to your account (or create a new one) and type in the code. Have fun!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

KMart doubling

Thanks to our reader Karalin for reminding me that our Rockford KMarts are doubling coupons this week. I had every intention of heading out there to take advantage of deals and post them here, but it's Thursday and I still haven't gone out.

There are new rules this time around: you must be a "Shop Your Way" rewards member to be able to get double coupons (you should be able to sign up at customer service), and I believe you're only allowed 5 coupons per day. So, if you happen to be by a KMart in the next two days, be sure to take your coupons in with you (up to $2) and get them doubled for some good deals.

Here are some deal scenarios from Common Sense With Money (please note that prices vary from region to region).

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

20 FREE Photo prints at Walgreens Today Only!

Walgreens is offering 7 days of photo deals and today's deal is 20 FREE prints. Upload them to Walgreens.com, use coupon code PRINTS20 and pick them up in the store or print a coupon here to take in the store and print them there.

So, if you want to print some of those adorable Easter pictures you took over the weekend here is your chance to get 20 of them FREE!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Need Gum?

Check out an easy CVS deal this week for gum. . . I didn't see much else there this week.

Stride Berry Gum - $.99 get $.99 in ECB's (Limit 1)
Use buy 2 get 1 free coupon from newspaper insert
Pay .33 a pack after coupon and ECB's

Be sure to scan your CVS card - I received a coupon for a FREE Candy Bar!

Cheap Velvetta Shells and Cheese Bowls

Buy Velveeta Shells and Cheese Cups at Hilander until 4/18 and get a Catalina up to $1.50 on your next shopping trip.

Buy 2 get .50, buy 3 get $1 or buy 4 and get $1.50

Use this Buy One Get One Free printable to get a great deal.


Regular priced they are $1.19.

If you buy 4 at $1.19 and use 2 coupons, you will pay .22 a piece after coupon and Catalina!

Also, Steamfresh vegtables are on sale for $1.
Use .35 off coupons from recent newspaper inserts (I had two) or
Pay .30 a bag

Wishbone Dressing - $1.50
Use $1.25 off coupon from recent newspaper insert
.25! after coupon

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A few more Target deals!

Okay here are a few more deals at Target worth stockpiling . . .

Starbucks Coffee - $7
Use $1.50 off printable Target coupon
Use $1 off from recent newspaper insert
$4.50 after coupons

Kelloggs CleverKids Fruit Snacks - $1.88
Use $1 off printable coupon
$.88

Campbells Cream of Mushroom or Chicken soup - $.75
Use $1/2 printable coupon here
$.25 after coupon

Check out Stretching a Buck's blog for a huge list of Target deals this week!

Target Games' Deal

Okay so if you are in need of some games for gifts or just need to stock your gift box here is a deal at Target good through Saturday.

Buy specifically marked Hasbro games and receive a FREE Scrabble card game or Monopoly deal card game free (regularly $5.24).

Here is the deal I did:

Buy 1 Bop It for $14
Buy 1 Monopoly Deal card game $5.24
Used $5 off Bop It coupon from the recent PlaySaver Newspaper Insert or print here
Used $3 off Target printable Hasbro BopIt
Used $5 off a Monopoly Game from the PlaySaver or print here (For this coupon you are at the mercy of the cashier - Target is offering the FREE Game and you are using a manufacturer coupon so they should go through but not all cashiers see the same, especially at Target)
$1 for both games or $6 for both games if you don't use the last coupon

Either way it is a great deal for two games!

Also, while you are printing your Target coupon click on Home and see if you find a $1.50 off RE brand pillow. It is only one print per computer but Target has them for $2.54 so you can get a new pillow for $1.04!

I have a few more Target deals I will, hopefully, get posted in a little bit but right now I need to deal with a HUGE crumb mess. The price I pay for taking a moment to type a post.