Friday, December 12, 2008

12/12/08 Walgreens, Dillons, and Target

The Walgreens run:

I cut one bag of plastic cutlery out of this picture - because I'm just that good w/the camera.

12 2 liters of Diet Pepsi @ $1.25 = $15.00
3 Jiffy Blueberry Muffin Mix @ .39 = $1.17
3 Pure Silk Shaving Cream @ .99 = $2.97
2 3pks Scotch Tape @ $1 = $2.00
1 Reynolds Aluminum Foil @ .99
3 Walgreens Plastic Cutlery @ .39 = $1.17
1 Dozen Grade A Large Eggs @ $1.50
1 Pkg Orange Tic Tacs @ .99
1 Pkg Doublemint Mint Twins @ .99

Total before coupons = $26.78

Coupons & RR Used:
$1 off Reynolds Aluminum Foil
$19 RR ($6, $6, $5, $2)

Total after coupons and tax = $8.37

I paid w/a gift card, so there was nothing out of pocket. I received $5 RR for the $15 Diet Pepsi purchase and $5RR for the $5 for $25 promotion. I will also get a $2 rebate for the scotch tape. So, $12 - $8.37 = $3.63 profit. Good enough for me. And I am stoked that I have more soda to take to work. I'll write about how much 2 liters save me vs buying soda at work in a later post.

Next stop was Dillons:

I have to give a special thanks to Shannon over at The Grocery Weekly for sharing this deal. I had seven Fleischmann's coupons just sitting in my binder waiting to make me some money!

7 Fleischmann's yeast packets @ $1.00 = $7.00

I used three 45 cent coupons and four 40 cent coupons, which doubled.
Total after coupons and tax = $1.35

And I received seven 50 cent off your next order coupons, which Dillons will double. That is a profit of $5.65.

Last, I hit Target on the way out of town to get my one free pkg of batteries and to try and find a white shirt that my daughter needed for her band program.

I was lucky enough to find a white shirt for her on clearance for $3.24. So my grand total for the shirt (not pictured) and the batteries was $3.55. I included the RR I earned from my Walgreens trip in w/this pic because I didn't think to include them in the first photo.

Friday, December 05, 2008

12/05/08 Walgreens trip

The loot:
3 Russell Stover's Private Reserve Luminary Boxes @ 4.99 = $14.97
2 Reach Dental Floss @ $3.00 = $6.00
1 Colgate MaxFresh Toothpaste @ $2.99
1 half gallon milk @ 1.29

Total before coupons & register rewards = $25.25

Coupons & Register Rewards Used:
$1 coupon for the Colgate
$13 in RR ($5; $6; $1; $1)

Total after coupons: $12.73 (paid w/gift card)

Register Rewards earned = $13.00:
$6 for the Reach floss
$2 for the Colgate toothpaste
$5 for spending $25

That's a 27 cent profit. PLUS I will get a $10 rebate on the Russell Stover candy. Add the 10% bonus to that rebate and I believe that makes a total profit of $10.37 for this transaction.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

12/04/08 Walgreens trip

I love this four day sale!

Transaction 1:
4 Walitin @ 6.99 = 27.96
-$24.00 Wags Coupon (on sale for 99 cents)
Total: $3.96 + .29 sales tax = $4.25 paid w/gift card
Earned $5 RR ($5 for purchases of $25 or more)
Earned $6 RR (Catalina coupon reads: Thank you from Bayer Consumer Healthcare)

Transaction 2:
Same as transaction 1 minus the $6RR from Bayer (I knew it was too good to happen twice!)

Transaction 3:
2 Reach Dental Floss @ $3.00 = $6.00
-$5.00 (RR earned in Transaction 1)
Total: $1.00 + .07 sales tax = $1.07 paid w/gift card
Earned $6 RR

Transaction 4:
1/2 gallon milk = .99 + .07tax = $1.06 paid w/gift card

Total spent OOP/gift card = $10.63
Total RR remaining = $17.00
Profit = $6.37

And yes, I will use all those allergy meds. I struggle w/allergies year round, so this was a GREAT deal for me!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Dillons Coupons!

I am so excited! After all of these years of carrying a Dillons card, I finally got some Dillons coupons in the mail. I had filled out the form at Dillons to update my no avail. I finally called them about a month ago and had them update my info over the phone. Here are the coupons I received from them today:

Free - One Tony's Frozen Pizza
Free - One Pepsi 2 liter
Free - One Pkg Sargento Shreds or Slices (any size)
Free - One Oscar Meyer Lunch Meet (8 oz - 16 oz)
$1/2 Sargento Shreds or Slices (3 oz or larger)
$1.50 off any Tide Detergent 100 oz or larger
.50 cents off any one Clorox Liquid Bleach - 82 oz larger
$1/2 Welch's Grape Jelly/Jam (32 oz or 22 oz)
$1 off any Tampax Pearl 36 ct or larger
.75 cents off any two Peter Pan Peanut Butter
$1 off any Bounty 8 roll or larger
$1 off any 2 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
.50 cents off any one New York Toast Crouton Pkg
.50 cents off any one New York brand frozen garlic bread product
$1/1 any John Frieda Collection full size product
.55 cents any Weight Watchers cheese or cream cheese product

The only one I might not use is the Weight Watchers coupon. If I can get it on a good sale, I'll give it a try. But the rest of the products I buy on a regular basis (and by regular I mean I buy them on sale & w/coupons and stockpile them - including cheese which freezes very well). I LOVE Dillons!

Monday, October 27, 2008

If any of you purchased the Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubber refill packs and expected to get a Walgreens rebate for them, you may need to call the EasySaver™ Catalog Customer Service number (888-324-3028). This is rebate # 30. In the book, it is listed as "Action Scrubber, 6 Pack." The rep I spoke with told me that I bought the refills, which didn't qualify. He said I needed to buy a 6 pack of the Action Scrubber. To those of us who purchase and use this stuff, the rebate is obviously for the refill packs. I tried politely explaining to him that they didn't even make six packs of the Action Scrubber, but they did make six packs of the refills for the Action Scrubber. He didn't believe me, but said he would go ahead and do a one time approval. A one time approval? What am I going to again in an hour and ask someone to approve it a second time? I thought it best not to ask. I just want my rebates w/out any more hassle. If he keeps his word, I should have $130.83 put on my card within a few days.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Walgreens had an unadvertised special on Quilted Northern Ultra Plush 6 packs (larger rolls). They were stacked by the doorway and they were marked $3. I had two $1/1 coupons, so I bought two at $2 each. I'm not sure if that deal is going on everywhere, but here is a link for a $1/1 Q.N. Ultra Plush coupon.

****EDIT****I just realized there is also a $1/1 coupon for the Quilted Northern Ultra Plush in the October Easy Saver. So, I could have gotten these for $1 each.

I'm sorry to say that that was the highlight of my Walgreens trip. I've never had so many problems in one Walgreens visit. They didn't have any of their sales programmed in and the RR was not working on the cherry flavored Alka Seltzer (although the RR signs were posted beneath EACH flavor Alka Selzer). I had to ask for a manager no less than four times, and even she didn't know the policy (tried telling me you couldn't use a manufacturer's coupon and expect to get register rewards).

I love the deals you can get at Walgreens, but they could stand to make things less complicated for both the consumer and for their employees. If that manager had not been so nasty, I would have felt sorry for her. There was not a five minute span that went by without her being called to the register, I kid you not! In any case, I will stand my ground in these situations every time. I work too hard to figure my deals and drive too far to get them to go home with anything less. You advertise it, you honor it!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Dillons A.M. Mad Dash...

I left early this a.m. so that I could hit Dillons on my way in to work. The loot:

The cost before coupons: $27.29
The coupons:
4 B1G1 - Glade Plug Ins Scented Oil Warmers (ALL FREE!!)
1 .55/2 Williams Chili Seasoning
1 .45/1 Fleischmann's Yeast
1 $3 catalina for Johnson's purchase
1 $2 catalina (from last week's Glade Plug Ins deal)
1 .50 catalina (from yesterday's Fleischmann's Yeast purchase)
Total after coupons: $2.43 + $1.89 tax = $4.32 OOP
Received $15 in catalinas (3 $4 catalinas - good on any purchase; 1 $3 off any 3 Johnson's Baby product)

I was happy to see that they doubled the .50 catalina, but I didn't get another .50 catalina for this Fleischmann's purchase. ??? I'm not complaining, just contemplating...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

New P&G eSaver

A while back, I registered my Dillons card with P&G so that I could load it up with online coupons. While I love the idea of this convenience, I'm usually disappointed with their lackluster offers. However, this latest batch actually has some good deals! There are some B1G1 deals on Olay Ribbons Body Wash, Cover Girl Mascara, and Pantene hair products. There are also some higher value coupons for $2, $3, and even $5 off. If you have a Dillons/Kroger card and you're not loading it up with e-coupons, you might want to consider it.

You can register here: P&G eSaver

You can get even more e-coupons by registering your card with You can do this at (look for the Shortcuts link in the lower left hand corner). Or you can register directly from

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Forty cents is good, but free is even better!

Dillons had the Suave Shampoo & Conditioner on sale for 88 cents, and their everyday price on Cottonelle 4pks is 99 cents.

I used two .75 coupons for the Suave and a .50 coupon for the toilet paper. Since they double coupons up to $1.00, all three items were free. I paid 15 cents tax.

Ray's Apple Market had both Dawn and Joy dish detergents on a 10/$10 sale. They also double coupons. Using three 50 cent coupons, I got away with three free bottles of Dawn and one bottle of Joy for forty cents (used one 30 cent coupon on the Joy). Tax was 16 cents on this transaction.

My grand total for both transactions = 71 cents. Love it!

Mmmm...monkey bread!

When the autumn air starts turning cool and crisp, this is one of the many things I crave. It's fun to make, too.

  • 3 (12 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Cut biscuits into quarters. Shake 6 to 8 biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix. Arrange pieces in the bottom of a greased bundt pan. Continue until all biscuits are coated and placed in pan. If using nuts and raisins, arrange them in and among the biscuit pieces as you go along.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the margarine with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the biscuits.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. Do not cut! The bread just pulls apart.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Yard sale!

Twice a year, a friend and I hit the Ft. Riley city wide yard sales. The most recent one was this last Saturday. Say what you will, but I have gotten some fabulous bargains at these sales. Here are some of my most recent treasures:

Victoria's Secret purse: $1.00
The "L" purse: 50 cents
Piggy Bank: $1.00 (I just couldn't pass it up)
Karen Neuburger super soft socks - new w/tags: 50 cents
*Dove Cool Moisture Body Wash (24 oz): $2.00
*Dove Cream Oil Body Wash (10 oz): $1.00
*Olay Creme Ribbons Body Wash (10 oz): $1.00
*Neutrogena Lip Gloss (x2): $1.00

*Brand new - purchased from a fellow Walgreens shopper

T-Fal pots & pans: $5.00 for the set

Not pictured:
Full size down comforter+matching pillow shams (excellent condition): $5.00
Sylvania television set: $10.00
Several items of clothing in great condition for cheap, cheap, cheap!
4 or 5 formal gowns for my daughters. The least I paid was $5, the most I paid was $10. I figure what she doesn't use, we can easily sell or donate.

The television set, the pans, and the comforter set I bought for a family member who left a lot of their own things behind in a recent separation. I think she is most excited about the pans. It cost me $20 for all of it. Try buying any one of those items in a store for $20. It's a no brainer!

Yard sales are notorious for junk deals, but you really can find some nice stuff. You better your chances if you can hit them on a day that is designated "city wide."

Thursday, September 18, 2008

It's about to begin...

As a single mom, I am constantly looking for innovative ways to save money on expenses and to earn extra income. I am hoping to share my experiences here and to network with others who are doing the same. Some of my plans for blog topics include:
  • Share the wealth posts - donating to charities and shelters
  • Stockpile photos - I love seeing pictures of the stuff people are getting for free or for next to free
  • Earning extra income from home - Who couldn't use some extra cash?
  • Debt reduction - I need serious help in this department.
  • Local Deals - Walgreens, Ray's Apple Market, Dillons, Target, etc...
  • Coupons - NOT a waste of time if you know how to use them
  • Money saving ideas
  • Organization
  • Recipes
I love reading other blogs that are focusing on these same topics. I have learned so much, already. I can't wait to get my own blog underway so that I can share my own experiences (good and bad) and ideas!