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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dairy Makes Sense Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered the National Nutrition Month 48-Hour Giveaway from the Midwest Dairy Association. Congratulations to the lucky random winner:

Denise (denise_2****@yahoo.com)

Denise, you have 24 hours to contact me with your shipping address.

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Ralphs: 3/31 - 4/6/10

Note: This summary of deals is based on the ad I get in Los Angeles, where Ralphs stores double coupons up to $1 (one like coupon per transaction). I don't list all of the deals, only the good ones. If I missed any, please let us all know in the comments. You'll need a Ralphs Rewards card to get most of these deals, so I use the Rewards card price in this post and assume you have your card scanned with each transaction. In addition to the coupons listed, you can also add electronic coupons to your Ralphs Rewards card at these sites: Shortcuts.com, Cellfire.com, Softcoin and Upromise. If you give Ralphs your email address, they may also send you emails with e-coupons that are exclusive to your card. And if you bring reuseable bags, Ralphs will give you 5 Rewards points for each bag used (though you may need to remind the cashier).

There's 8-hour sale on Thursday from 1 to 9 p.m. Here's what's included:

Ralphs Dozen Large Eggs - 99 cents (limit 2)

Tropicana Pure Premium OJ - $1.88 (limit 2)
$1/2 from 2/21 RP or $1/1 Trop50 from 3/14 RP
Final price: 88 cents

Entenmann's Donuts or Danish - $1.88 (limit 2)

Kendall-Jackson Wines - $7.77 (limit 6; get a 10% discount wyb 6)

Jumbo Scallops - $5.99/lb

Filet Mignon Steak or Roast - $5.99/lb (limit 3 pkgs)

Coupon Deals
Farmer John Bacon - $1.97
$1/1 Farmer John Bacon printable
Final price: 97 cents

Post Cereal, Quaker Chewy Granola Bars or Fiber Omega Bars - 4/$6 wyb 4 (limit 2 offers)
$1/2 selected Post Cereal from 2/28 or 3/14 SS
$2/1 Post Natural Advantage Cereal printable if included in sale
$1/2 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars from 2/14 RP
$1/2 Quaker Fiber & Omega 3 Chewy Granola Bars from 1/24 RP (exp 3/31)
Final price: as low as free

Lays Potato Chips - $1.88
$1/1 Lays Brand Kettle Cooked Potato Chips from 3/21 SS if included in sale
$1/1 Lays Potato Chips made with Natural Ingredients from 3/13 SS if included in sale
Final price: 88 cents

12-pack Coca-Cola, selected varieties - 4/$10 with in-ad coupon (must buy 4; limit 1 coupon offer)

Hillshire Farm Smoke Sausage - $2.50
$1/2 from 1/31 RP or 3/21 RP
Final price: $2 each wyb 2

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage - $3
$1/1 Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Sausage from 1/31 RP
$1/1 any Jimmy Dean product printable (must become Facebook fan)
Final price: $2

Marzetti Dip - $2.50
$1/1 Marzetti Veggie Dip from 1/31 SS
Final price: $1.50

Nestle Toll House Morsels - $2
$1/2 from 3/21 RP
50 cents/2 printable
Final price: $1.50 each wyb 2

40% off selected wines
$1.50/1 Robert Mondavi Private Selection bottle from 3/21 RP
$1.50/1 Blackstone bottle from 3/21 RP
$1.50/1 Estancia bottle from 3/21 RP
Final price: Varies

Smirnoff Vodka or Malibu Rum - $9.99
$5/2 Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Jose Cuervo, Smirnoff or Tanqueray specific varieties 750 ml or larger if included in sale
Final price: $7.49 each wyb 2

Folgers Coffee - $5.99
25 cents/1 Folgers Product 7 oz or larger from 3/28 RP
50 cents/1 Folgers Instant Coffee Crystals from 3/28 RP if included in sale
Final price: as low as $4.99

Coffeemate Refrigerated Creamer - $2.39
75 cents/1 from 2/7 RP
Final price: $1.39

Ocean Spray or Welch's 100% Juice - $2.99
$1/1 Welchs 100% Grape Juice or 100% Grape Juice Blend from 2/7 SS
Final price: $1.99

Campbells Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken Soup - $1
25 cents/3 Campbells Condensed Great for Cooking Soups from 3/28 SS
25 cents/3 Campbells Condensed Cooking Soups from 2/28 SS
40 cents/2 Campbells Healthy Request Condensed Soups from 2/7 SS if included in sale
$1/2 Campbells Condensed Soups
Final price: as low as 50 cents (get a better deal at Walgreens through Saturday)

Aunt Jemima Syrup - $2.99
$1/2 Aunt Jemima Mix or Syrup 24 oz or larger from 1/3 RP
Final price: $2.49 each wyb 2

French's Mustard - $1.67
50 cents/1 Frenchs classic yellow mustard from 1/24 SS (exp 3/31) or 3/21 SS
50 cents/1 Frenchs Mustard Spicy Brown, Honey Mustard or Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce from 1/24 SS (exp 3/31) or 3/21 SS
Final price: 67 cents

Ralphs or Birds Eye Steamfresh Frozen Vegetables - $1
$1/3 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables, Rice or Pasta from 3/7 RP or 3/21 SS
Final price: 67 cents each wyb 3

Red Baron Pan Pizza, Pan Pasta or Freschetta Pizza - $4.99
$1/2 Red Baron Multli Serve Pizza from 2/28 SS
$1/1 Freschetta pizza printable
Final price: as low as $3.99

Scotch-Brite Sponges - $1.88
75 cents/2 Scotch Brite Scrub Sponge , Scour Pad , Dishwand or Dishwand Refills from 3/7 SS
Final price: $1.38 each wyb 2

Other Deals
Farmer John Full Half Ham - 88 cents/lb

Hebrew National or Nathan's Franks - B1G1F

Zacky or Jennie-O Turkey Breast - $1.47/lb

Roasting Chicken - $1.69/lb

Farmer John Spiral Sliced Half Ham - $1.99/lb

Pork Spareribs or Country Style Pork Strips - $1.99/lb

Farmer John Meat Wieners - $1

Pineapple - 49 cents/lb

Strawberries - 88 cents/lb (limit 4)

Asparagus - $1.88/lb

Iceberg Lettuce - 99 cents

Hass Avocado - 99 cents

Russet Potatoes - 50 cents/lb

Seedless Navel Oranges - 99 cents/lb

Celery - 99 cents

Green Onions or Red Radishes - 50 cents

Braeburn Apples - 99 cents

Peeled Carrots - 99 cents

Gold Medal Flour - $1.99
(cheaper at Vons/Pavilions this week)

Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix - $1

Keebler TownHouse or Club Crackers - $1.88

Ralphs Canned Corn, Green Beans or Peas - 50 cents

Van de Kamp's Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns - $1


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Walgreens this week: 3/31 - 4/3 Midweek Ad

I guess because Easter is coming up, Walgreens is putting out a special ad for Wednesday through Saturday. Thanks to Common Sense with Money for the following roundup of the best deals. You can see the rest of this week's deals here.

Dove Shampoo, Conditioner or styler $4, Earn a $4 RR when you buy one
Use $1.50/1 Dove Hair product coupon from 3/28 insert
Free plus up to $2 in overage after coupon and RR

Just for men shampoo and conditioner $4.99, Earn a $4.99 RR when you buy one
Free after RR

Dentek Floss $2, Earn $2 RR when you buy one
Use $1/1 Dentek Floss Picks March 2009 All You Magazine (exp 4/14/2010) or
Use $1/1 DenTek Floss Pick or Floss 1/17/2010 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2010)
Free plus up to $1 in overage after coupon and RR

Lady Speedstick $1.99, Earn a $1 RR when you buy one
Use $0.75/1 Lady Speedstick Stainguard Deodorant
Pay $0.24 each after coupon and RR

Crest toothpaste and Oral B indicator Toothbrush $1.99, Earn $1 RR when you buy one
Use $1/1 Crest Premium Toothpaste 2/21/2010 P&G Insert (exp 3/31/2010)
Free after coupon and RR

Chinet dinner plates 2/$3
Use $1/1 Chinet Product 3/28/2010 SS #2 Insert (exp 6/30/2010) (regional; we didn't get it in SoCal)
Pay $0.50 each after coupon

Campbells Cream of Mushroom or Chicken $0.79 after in-ad coupon
Use $1/2 Campbells Condensed Soups
Pay $0.29 each after coupons

Barilla Pasta 2/$2 after in ad coupon
Use $1/2 Barilla Whole Grain Pasta any 3/7/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/2/2010)
Pay $0.50 each after coupons

Chex Mix 99 cents
Use $0.50/1 Chex Mix Chocolate 4.5 oz+ (exp 3/31/2010) or
Use $0.50/1 Chocolate Chex Mix 4.5 oz+, any (exp 3/31/2010) or
Use $0.50/1 Chex Mix 4.5 oz+ or 100 Cal Snacks
Pay $0.49 after coupon

Revlon Fantasy Lengths lashes $5.99
Use $5/1 coupon from April Walgreens Coupon booklet
Pay $0.99 each after coupon

Register Rewards deal: Buy Velveeta Shells & Cheese Cups between 3/22 – 4/21
Buy 2, Receive $0.50 Catalina
Buy 3, Receive $1.00 Catalina
Buy 4 or more, Receive $1.50 Catalina

Deal idea: Buy 4 Velveeta Shells cups $1 each
Use two buy one get one free Velveeta cups printable coupons
Pay $2 out of pocket and get back a $1.50 register rewards

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Musselman's Apple Sauce Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered the 48-Hour Musselman's Apple Sauce Giveaway. Congratulations to the lucky random winner:

Tina R. (eaglesfo*****@gmail.com)

Tina, you have 24 hours to contact me with your shipping address.

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Afternoon Coffee: More Deals

Common Sense with Money has this week's Copps/Rainbow Foods/Pick N Save deals.

Download free Mozart for babies from Munchkin.

Here are some tips for maximizing your dollars at HEB (they seem to have locations in Texas only).

A Thrifty Mom has a guest post with a detailed explanation of how to buy cheap (new) clothes for kids.

Money Saving Mom shares four ways to save on laundry detergent. I was most fascinated by her target price of $2 for a 48 load bottle, because mine is $2 for a 32 load bottle. I'm wondering if this is a function of our geographical location, or the fact that I use HE detergent. I know I've missed out on some great laundry detergent deals because of the HE factor - a lot of stores don't carry the HE variety. So, for instance, I missed out on the free Purex at Walgreens at the beginning of the month. Also, my preferred detergent is All Free & Clear HE, and the Small & Mighty version comes in a 32 load bottle, which I can regularly get on sale for $1.99. So is that the difference? Or is Crystal just a better shopper? I'm inclined to think it's the latter :)

Redplum
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Morning Coffee: No Rite Aid Starter Deals this week

I'm going to skip this week's Rite Aid starter deals, since there aren't any great $/$$ coupons and most of the weekly deals stand on their own. In fact, I'm finding that with Rite Aid, the starter scenarios don't seem that important since you're not rolling any deals because you don't get any coupons back at the register to spend on your next deal.

Common Sense with Money suggests a scenario for free Hasbro games, and reports that the printable Hasbro coupons have reset. Note: the rebate she mentions (pdf) is different from the rebate I posted about last November, because it has different dates.

Become a Facebook fan of Sara Lee Soft & Smooth and get a printable coupon.

"Deal"icious Mom explains how you can get the new Curious George DVD for $1.99 after online rebate.

Mommy Snacks explains how you may be able to get cheap Velveeta Shells and Cheese.

Moms Need To Know has this week's ShopRite deals.

Bargain Briana has this week's Kmart deals.

Through today, you can get up to 40% off scrapbooking supplies at Joann Fabric & Craft Stores. Use code ACD89 to get free shipping too. Don't forget to go through a shopping portal like Upromise or ShopAtHome,* which are both giving 6% cash back. (Via Christian Clippers; *referral link.)

There are new coupons at Coupons.com, including Windex and Sun-Rype Fruit products. Common Sense with Money explains how you can get free Windex at CVS this week. Links via Escalate Media Affiliate Network

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Monday, March 29, 2010

National Nutrition Month 48-Hour Giveaway from the Midwest Dairy Association

The Midwest Dairy Association wants you to know that March is National Nutrition Month, and that dairy has important nutritional benefits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. I didn't need any convincing about dairy being nutritious, but I learned a few things, including:
  • Milk and yogurt contain as much potassium as a banana. Potassium regulates the body’s fluid balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure.
  • Milk and yogurt are excellent sources of Vitamin B12, which helps maintain healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue.
  • Milk is one of the few dietary sources of vitamin D and just one 8 ounce glass provides 25% of your recommended daily value. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption and helps strengthen bones.
  • Milk, cheese and yogurt contain protein, which builds and repairs muscle tissue and can help you feel full while giving you a boost of energy
You can learn more about the nutritional benefits of dairy and find some great recipes at Dairy Makes Sense.

To help you get the most from your dairy, the Midwest Dairy Association is giving one lucky CFO reader a special Dairy Makes Sense prize pack that includes a Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender ($55 value), recipe cards, an apron, hot pad, cheese knife, grocery pad and refrigerator magnet.

To enter this giveaway, visit Dairy Makes Sense, then come back and tell me something you learned in the form below. If you're reading this post in a feed aggregator or email, you may need to click through to the post to reach the form. If you're having trouble filling out the form, try going directly to the published form.

For an additional entry, subscribe to CFO via RSS or email and fill out the form again to let me know you've done so. You'll get the latest on CFO delivered right to your favorite feed aggregator or inbox. If you're already a subscriber, just fill out the form to let me know.

For a third entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Then fill out the form to let me know you've done so (include the link to your update).

For a fourth entry, blog about the giveaway on your own blog. Then let me know about it by filling out the form again with the link to your post.

You can enter up to four times (one for each type), and you must complete the form once per entry. Only one entry of each type per email address will be counted. I'll select the winner using Random.org and announce them here on CFO as well as contact them by email. The winner must respond within 24 hours, otherwise their prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends at 9:30 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, March 31, and is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck!



Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate and/or referral links, and may refer to items that were sent to me for review. However, all opinions are my own. You can read Chief Family Officer's full disclaimer and disclosure policy here.

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Ways to Make & Save Money #12: MySurvey

Updated May 19, 2011

You can read the rest of the Ways to Make & Save Money series here.

I've been a member of MySurvey.com for a while now and I definitely recommend them as reputable and reliable. They seem to work mostly with major manufacturers and service providers, and I've received a couple of full-size products to test. They were the type of products I use anyway, so it was like getting something for free that I would have had to buy otherwise.

That's pretty rare, but I do find myself filling out surveys for them a few times a week. Most of the surveys are qualifiers, which ask some basic questions about me to see if I qualify for a survey. I must not be a desirable demographic, because I don't get many actual product surveys. However, given how often they ask me about diapers, they seem to need more mothers of children who wear disposable diapers and training pants.

What I like most about MySurvey is how legitimate they appear to be, and how reliable they are about payments. Their privacy policy is easy to find, and includes a promise to never sell members' personal information.

You earn points for each survey, and can redeem the points for prizes or cash payments. You need 1,100 points to request a $10 check, or 2,200 points for a $20 check or Paypal deposit. I've never had a problem with receiving payment from MySurvey.

The qualifier surveys give you 5 to 10 points, depending on length. Longer, product-specific surveys give you more points and depend upon the length of the survey. Without referral points, it does take a while to accumulate enough points for a payout, but I do suspect that I'm in a demographic that just doesn't get a lot of surveys and that others accumulate points a lot faster. On the rare occasion that my points didn't get credited properly, a quick email via their online contact form has gotten the problem resolved within a couple of days.

MySurvey emails you to let you know that there's a new survey available so you don't have to log in every day. As with all legitimate survey companies, MySurvey won't make you rich, but it's an easy and simple way to make a few extra bucks.



Disclosure: The link to MySurvey is an affiliate link that benefits CFO at no cost to you. Thank you if you join(ed) MySurvey through it! You can read the full CFO disclosure here.

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Morning Coffee: You Have to Enter to Win

You can now vote for your favorite Folgers Jingle and be entered to win $10,000. It seems like an easy way to enter a contest, and as A Thrifty Mom recently pointed out, you have to enter these things to have any chance of winning - it worked for her, she won a cruise!

Get a sneak peek at what will be free and cheap next week at CVS.

Get a printable coupon for $2/1 Clean & Clear product.

Here's what's free and cheap this week at Market Basket.

Stretching a Buck has this week's Target deals.

Get a preview of what will be free and cheap at Roche Bros. the week of 3/30.

Get a preview of the 4/2 Shaw's ad.

Get a printable coupon for $1.25/3 Pop Tarts at RedPlum. (Note: The print limit seems to be one. Link via Logical Media)

Bargain Briana has this week's Meijer deals.

Common Sense with Money has suggestions on where to get free Snuggle with the $3/1 coupon in yesterday's paper.

Moms Need to Know has this week's Superfresh deals.


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Sunday, March 28, 2010

48-Hour Giveaway: Musselman's Apple Sauce

Remember my post from a couple of weeks ago with craft and recipe ideas from Musselman's? You can find a recipe and template for a Bunny-Face Side Dish on their Facebook page.

Best of all, the folks at Musselman's want to share their apple sauce goodies with one lucky CFO reader. The winner will receive two jars of Musselman's apple sauce, a jar of cinnamon, and a bunny-shaped cookie cutter.

To enter this giveaway, visit Musselman's on Facebook, then come back and tell me something you learned in the form below. If you're reading this post in a feed aggregator or email, you may need to click through to the post to reach the form. If you're having trouble filling out the form, try going directly to the published form.

For an additional entry, subscribe to CFO via RSS or email and fill out the form again to let me know you've done so. You'll get the latest on CFO delivered right to your favorite feed aggregator or inbox. If you're already a subscriber, just fill out the form to let me know.

For a third entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Then fill out the form to let me know you've done so (include the link to your update). Feel free to retweet the following: Enter to win a Musselman's Apple Sauce Easter Prize Pack from @cfoblog http://bit.ly/bQbxQB.

For a fourth entry, blog about the giveaway on your own blog. Then let me know about it by filling out the form again with the link to your post.

You can enter up to four times (one for each type), and you must complete the form once per entry. Only one entry of each type per email address will be counted. I'll select the winner using Random.org and announce them here on CFO as well as contact them by email. The winner must respond within 24 hours, otherwise their prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends at 9:30 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, March 30, and is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck!

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Rite Aid this week: 3/28 - 4/3/10

You can find a full roundup of this week's deals at Moms Need to Know (thanks, Mindi!). I've listed the deals that I think are the best for playing The Drugstore Game this week (starter scenarios to come later), as well as the prices that are rock-bottom in my price book.

Old Spice High Endurance or Secret Invisible Solid Deodorant, $2.50
Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 2 (Limit 1)

$2/2 Old Spice Products 2/21/2010 P&G Insert (exp 3/31/2010)
$1/2 Old Spice Deodorant or Wash 2/21/2010 P&G Insert (exp 3/31/2010)
$1/2 Old Spice Deodorant or Wash 3/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/3/2010)
$0.50/1 Secret Deodorant 3/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/3/2010)
Final price: as low as $0.50 each after coupons and Single Check Rebate

Neutrogena/Clean & Clear/Johnson’s
Get a $5 Single Check Rebate when you buy $20 (limit 1)
Neutrogena Face, Lip or Eye Cosmetics, On Sale Buy One Get One 50% off
Neutrogena Skin & Bath Products, On Sale Buy One Get One 50% off
Clean & Clear Skincare
Johnson’s Soft Lotion & Soft Wash, 10-20.3 oz.

$10/1 Neutrogena SkiniD Regimen printable
$5/1 Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Acne Therapy System printable
$5/1 Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator Starter Kit printable
$5/1 Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Kit printable
$3/1 Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator Puff Refills printable
$3/1 Neutrogena Total Skin Renewal Starter Kit printable
$2/1 Neutrogena Pad Refills printable
$5/1 Neutrogena Clinical Mar 2010 All You Magazine (exp 9/30/2010)
$3/1 Neutrogena Cosmetics Apr 2010 All You Magazine (exp 5/14/2010)
$3/1 Neutrogena Acne System Feb 2010 All You Magazine (exp 4/30/2010)
$2 Clean & Clear in-ad Rite Aid coupon
Submit for $15 MIR Neutrogena Clinical Product printable
Final price: varies

Bic Soleil, Comfort 3 Advance, Hybrid, or Flex 4 Disposable Razor, $4.99
Get a $2 when you buy 1 (Limit 1)

$2/1 Bic Disposable Shaver 3/28/2010 SS #2 Insert (exp 5/9/2010)
$2/1 BIC Soleil Razor or Cartridge Refill 03/07/10 SS Insert (exp. 4/18/10)
Final price: $0.99 each after coupons and Single Check Rebate

Schick, Quattro and Skintimate Products
Get a $1 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1 gel and 1 razor (Limit 2)

Edge or Skintimate Shave Gel, $2.50
Schick Quattro or Intuition Razor, $6.99

$4/1 Schick Intuition Plus Product 2/28/2010 SS Insert (exp 4/11/2010)
$4/1 Schick Quattro 2/28/2010 SS Insert (exp 4/11/2010)
$4/1 Schick Quattro for Women Product 3/21/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/2/2010)
$2/1 Schick Razor or Refill 3/28/2010 SS #1 Insert (exp 5/9/2010)
$1.50/2 Skintimate Product 3/28/2010 SS #1 Insert (exp 5/16/2010)
Final price: $3.74 for both after coupons and Single Check Rebate

Hershey’s, Reese’s, Nestle or Cadbury Easter Bagged Candy, $1.99
$2/3 Hershey Easter Candy printable
$1/2 Nestle NestEggs printable
$1/2 Hersheys 8 oz+ Feb 2010 All You Magazine (exp 3/31/2010)
$2/3 Hersheys, Reeses, or Cadbury 3/14/2010 SS Insert (exp 4/4/2010)
Final price: as low as $0.99 each when you buy 2 after coupon

Lifesavers or Starburst Jelly Beans, $1.99
$1/2 Lifesavers Jelly Beans printable
$1/2 Starburst Jelly Beans 14 oz 3/7/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/6/2010)
Final price: $1.49 each when you buy 2 after coupon

Xtra Laundry Detergent, $2.50
$1/1 Xtra Laundry Detergent 3/28/2010 SS #2 Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
Final price: $1.50 each after coupon

Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System, 50% off (should be priced at about $8.50)
$5/1 Lysol No-Touch Kit 3/28/2010 SS #1 Insert (exp 5/25/2010)
Stack with $1/1 Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Rite Aid Video Values printable
Final price: as low as $2.50 each after both coupons

Finish Gel, Jet-Dry or Powerball Tabs, Buy One Get One Free
$0.75/1 Electrasol/Finish Cleaner
$1/1 Finish or Electrasol Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Rite Aid Video Values printable
$1/1 Finish Dishwasher Cleaner 3/21/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/2/2010)
Final price: varies

Select Deodorant Products, $3 each w/in-ad coupon
Dove or Degree Deodorant
Axe Deodorant, Shower Gel, Body Spray or Detailer
$2/1 Dove Visibly Smooth printable
$3/2 Degree Men or Dove Ultimate Deodorants printable
$1.25/1 Degree Men or Dove Ultimate Deodorant printable
$1/1 Degree Deodorant printable
$1/1 Degree Men or Women Anti-Perspirant Deodorant printable
$0.75/1 Dove Deodorant or Body Mist 3/28/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/25/2010)
$1.25/1 Dove Ultimate Deodorant 3/28/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/25/2010)
Final price: $1 each after coupons

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The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Walgreens Transactions 3/28 - 4/3/10

If you're new to playing The Drugstore Game, these transactions should help you get started. If you don't understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money's FAQ, and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at Walgreens.

It's a great week at Walgreens, with lots of free-after-Register Rewards items. In fact, I'm planning multiple transactions at multiple stores on multiple days. Here's one way to get started:

Transaction #1:
1 Dove Shampoo, Conditioner or styler - $4

- $2/1 Dove Hair Products printable (or $1.50/1 from 3/28 RP, may be regional)

Pay: $2 + tax
Receive: $4 RR

Transaction #2:
1 Dentek Floss - $2
1 Walgreens One Daily Multivitamin 100ct $3

- $1/1 Dentek Floss Picks from May 2009 All You or $1/1 DenTek Floss Pick or Floss from 1/17 SS (exp 3/31)
- $4 RR from previous transaction

Pay: tax
Receive: $2 RR for Dentek & $3 RR for Walgreens Vitamins

Transaction #3:
1 Dulcolax 8.3oz - $10
2 fillers, e.g., Easter Tumbler - 13 cents each w/ in-ad coupon

- $4/1 Dulcolax Product printable (or $3/1 Dulcolax from 12/13 SS)
- $2 RR
- $3 RR

Pay: $1.26 + tax
Receive: $10 RR

Transaction #4:
1 Simply Saline 4.25oz - $7
1 Dove Shampoo, Conditioner or styler - $4
2 Band Aids - $2.99 each
1 First Aid kit - free when you buy 2 participating products (like the Band Aids)
1 filler, e.g., Easter Tumbler - 13 cents each w/ in-ad coupon

- $1/1 Simply Saline from 11/15 SS or 1/24 SS
- $2/1 Dove Hair Products printable (or $1.50/1 from 3/28 RP, may be regional)
- 2 x $1/1 Band Aid from 1/3 RP (exp 3/31) (or 50 cents/1 from 3/14 RP)
- $1/1 First Aid from 1/3 RP (exp 3/31; may not be accepted if kit rings up free)
- $10 RR

Pay: $1.11 + tax
Receive: $7 RR for Simply Saline & $4 RR for Dove

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The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter CVS Transactions 3/28 - 4/3/10

If you're new to playing The Drugstore Game, these transactions should help you get started. If you don't understand the transactions, read my Drugstore Game Primer, Common Sense with Money's FAQ, and my explanation of How to Play The Drugstore Game at CVS. You'll find a list of this week's CVS deals here. In these transactions, I assume that you do not have any ECBs to start with.

It's not a great week at CVS, but sometimes that's good if you're just getting started so you can ease into things.

Transaction #1:
1 Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Toothpaste or Oral B Advantage Toothbrush (1 ct.) - $2.99
1 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock 1 oz. - $1.99

- $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ from 2/7 P&G (exp 3/31) or 3/7 P&G
- $2/1 Neutrogena Suncare printable (registration required; will probably beep and need to be adjusted to $1.99)

Pay: $2.24 cents + tax
Receive: $2 ECB for Crest

If you want to end the week with ECBs, you can stop here. If you want a cheap dry cleaning alternative, then you could do the following:

Transaction #2:
2 Arm & Hammer Total 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths (40 ct.) – B1G1 @ $4.69

- 2 x $1/1 Arm & Hammer Total 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths, any (or $0.50/1 Arm & Hammer Dryer Cloths from 1/31 SS [exp 3/31])
- $2 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: 69 cents

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Walgreens this week: 3/28 - 4/310

You can find a full roundup of this week's deals at Common Sense with Money (thanks, Mercedes!). I've listed the deals that I think are the best for playing The Drugstore Game this week (starter scenarios to come later), as well as the prices that are rock-bottom in my price book.

Dove Shampoo, Conditioner or styler $4, Earn a $4 RR when you buy one
Use $2/1 Dove Hair Products
Free plus up to $2 in overage after coupon and RR

Dentek Floss $2, Earn $2 RR when you buy one
Use $1/1 Dentek Floss Picks May 2009 All You Magazine (exp 4/14/2010)
Use $1/1 DenTek Floss Pick or Floss 1/17/2010 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2010)
Free plus up to $1 in overage after coupon and RR

Colgate Pro Clinical $3.99, Earn a $2 RR when you buy one
Use $1/1 Colgate Pro Clinical Coupon
Pay $0.99 each after coupon

Dulcolax 8.3oz $10, Earn $10 RR when you buy one
Use $3/1 Dulcolax 12/13/2009 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
Use $4/1 Dulcolax Product Coupon
Free plus up to $4 in overage after coupon

Walgreens One Daily Multivitamin 100ct $3, Earn a $3 RR back
Free after register rewards

Simply Saline 4.25oz $7, Earn a $7 RR back when you buy one
Use $1/1 Simply Saline Nasal (5/31/10) SS 1/24/10
Use $1/1 Simply Saline Nasal Product (12/31/12) SS 11/15/09

Buy two participating products and get a free First Aid Case $4.99 value

Deal Idea
Buy two Band Aids $2.99 each
Use $3/2 Neosporin AND Band-Aid Product 2/21/2010 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2010)
Pay $2.98 out of pocket and get free kit as well

Coffee Mate Liquid 2/$3
Use $0.75/1 Coffee Mate Liquid or powder product
Pay $0.75 each after coupon

Betty Crocker Frosting or Warm Delights $1
Use $0.75/1 Betty Crocker Delights 3/28/2010 SS #2 Insert (exp 5/22/2010)
Use $0.50/1 Betty Crocker Frosting Tub from 2/7 SS insert
Use $0.50/1 Betty Crocker Frosting, any
Use $0.50/1 Betty Crocker Frosting tub
Pay as low as $0.24 each after coupon

Bumble Bee tuna $0.69 each after in ad coupon
Use $1/5 Bumble Bee Tuna Products
Pay $0.49 each after coupon

Reese’s cups $0.39 after in ad coupon
Use $0.55/1 Reeses Dark PB Cups 1.5 oz+ 3/14/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
Free after coupons


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CVS this week: 3/28 - 4/3/10

You can find a full roundup of this week's CVS deals at Bargain Briana (thanks, Briana!). I've listed the deals that I think are the best for playing The Drugstore Game this week (starter scenarios to come later), as well as the prices that are rock-bottom in my price book.

Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Toothpaste or Oral B Advantage Toothbrush (1 ct.) – $2.99
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ 3/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/3/2010)
$0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ 2/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 3/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $0.24/each

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers or Pull-ups (excludes Overnites) – 2/$17.98
Earn $5 Extra Bucks wyb 2 (limit 1)
$1.50/1 Huggies Diapers 3/21/2010 SS Insert (exp 4/17/2010)
$3/1 Huggies Diapers
$2/1 Huggies Diapers 3/21/2010 SS Insert (exp 4/17/2010)
Final Price: as low as $5.99

Clean & Clear – PSA $4.99
Spend $15, Get $5 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$1/1 Clean & Clear Product 3/28/2010 SS #1 Insert (exp 4/25/2010)

CoverGirl Products - PSA $2.89
Spend $20, Get $8 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$1/1 Cover Girl Product 4/4/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
$1/1 Cover Girl Product, any 3/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
$1/1 Cover Girl Queen Collection 2/14/2010 RP Insert (exp 3/31/2010)
$1/1 CoverGirl Product, any 2/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 3/31/2010)
$2.50/2 CoverGirl Product, any 2/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 3/31/2010)
B1G1 Free Cover Girl Face Product 2/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 3/31/2010)

Arm & Hammer Total 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths (40 ct.) or Liquid Laundry Detergent (32 loads) – B1G1 @ $4.69
$0.50/1 Arm & Hammer Dryer Cloths 1/31/2010 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2010)
$1/1 Arm & Hammer Total 2 – in – 1 Dryer Cloths, any
$1/2 Arm & Hammer Detergent or Softener, any
Final Price: $1.35/each

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Morning Coffee: Lots of coupons & deals

There are some new exclusive coupons at AllYou.com, including Kashi products, Bear Naked Granola, Oikos Greek Yogurt, and $4/1 any Brita System.

Common Sense with Money explains how you can get a pillow for just $1.04 at Target.

Get a printable coupon for $3/1 Renu Fresh or Renu Sensitive Multipurpose Solution 12 oz or larger. (Via Printable Coupons and Deals.)

Right at Home has $9 worth of printable coupons on Pledge and Scrubbing Bubbles products.

Get a printable coupon for $2/1 Clean & Clear Finishers Moisturizer or Cleanser.

Kellogg's is giving away a Special K sample pack (registration required, though if you're like me, you already have a Kellogg's All-K Pass anyway).


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Friday, March 26, 2010

One Million Infantino Slings Recalled

Following the recent warning about using slings, the CPSC and Infantino have recalled one million SlingRider Baby Slings after three babies died in them last year. Consumers should stop using the recalled slings immediately and contact Infantino to receive a free replacement product, with a choice of a Wrap & Tie infant carrier, or a 2 in 1 Shopping Cart Cover, or a 3 in 1 Grow & Play Activity Gym. A Jittery Pals Rattle will also be provided. Contact Infantino toll-free at (866) 860-1361 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.infantino.com.

You can read the CPSC press release here - there's also a photo of one additional sling style.

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Afternoon Coffee: Still Catching Up

Quite possibly the worst part about getting sick is that you fall behind on everything, not just one thing. Plus, I still feel tired and weak, so I'm taking things slow. But I've got some good deals to share, so I'd say everything's going quite well :)

Get printable coupons for $1/1 off Special K Granola, Fruit Crisps and Protein Shakes.

Here’s a huge list of restaurants and other establishments that offer birthday deals. We recently picked up free birthday ice cream at Baskin Robbins, so these deals can definitely make for cheap and fun birthday outings.

Mommy Snacks is giving away $25 Kroger gift cards. Ends 3/28.

California residents: Tia's Savings Cents has details on how you can get a free pair of designer glasses on March 31.

Love & Olive Oil has a recipe for Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies that sounds amazing. I love almonds, but had to stop keeping any kind of nut product in the house due to one of the boys being allergic. So if you make these, you'll have to let me know how they are.

Morning Coffee: Mega Swag Bucks Friday

Search & WinToday is Mega Swag Bucks Day, which means you have an increased chance of winning big Swag Bucks. And did you happen to catch the Swag Code I tweeted about last night? It was released in conjunction with The Swag Guy's announcement that we can earn Swag Bucks in denominations of 11 to 19. Learn why Swag Bucks is my favorite way to earn free money. Disclosure: If you join Swag Bucks using my referral link, I'll get bonus Swag Bucks, so thank you if you do!

Rumor has it that the $3 Huggies coupon at Coupons.com and Facebook have both reset. (To easily find the Facebook coupon, filter conversations by "Just Huggies.") If you buy diapers, it can’t hurt to try!

Ebates currently has some Easter bonus cash back deals, and they include 5% back from Children's Place (usually 3%). Right now, there's a 50% off spring sale, and they offer $5 flat rate shipping. To learn more about Ebates, read my original review. If you sign up through my referral link, we'll both get a bonus when you make your first purchase within 30 days!

Moms Need to Know has this week’s Giant Eagle deals.

Through tomorrow (3/27), you can get 75% off a custom photo book at Walgreens with code BOOK75. You’ll still have to pay shipping - Freebies 4 Mom reports that you’ll end up paying a total of about $14.49 + tax.

Freebies 4 Mom has a better photo deal that expires 3/31: a free photo book from Picaboo with code AFFLGB (possibly for new customers only). You’ll have to pay $8.99 shipping. Unfortunately, you have to download their design software (which is a dealbreaker for me).

And here are a bunch of sneak peeks for upcoming ads:

Sunday’s Target ad

Sunday’s Toys R Us ad

Sunday's Walgreens ad

Sunday's Staples ad


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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Afternoon Coffee: More Catching Up

Moms Need to Know and Bargain Briana are giving away a $50 credit to PhotoWorks. Both giveaways end 3/30.

Koupon Karen shares links to coupons for Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta. These are included in the Buy 8, Save $4 promo at Ralphs - last week, they were 99 cents, which made them free after double coupon. I don't know if they're still 99 cents, but even if they're not, they should still be pretty cheap after coupon.

A Thrifty Mom has some suggestions if you're having trouble printing coupons.

Growing Up Gabel has a nice roundup of ideas for homemade Easter basket treats.

If you shop at Bloom and don't know if they double coupons, it would be worth checking since they may double coupons up to 99 cents every day.

Redplum
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Morning Coffee: Catch Up Time

I'm feeling much better, but that just means I've got tons of catching up to do, in every part of my life. So here we go:

Christian Clippers has this week's Vons/Pavilions deals, which include 88-cents/lb tomatoes and 47-cents/lb bananas (weekend only). Checking online, I believe you'll also be able to get free Dial handsoap if you've got the $1/1 printable from a couple weeks ago, since they're on sale for $1. There was also a 35 cents/1 in the 3/7 RP.

Christian Clippers also has this week's Stater Bros. deals, which include 99-cents/lb organic apples and cheap Aunt Jemima and Quaker products.

Get a printable coupon for $1.50/4 ConAgra products, including Healthy Choice, Marie Callender's and more.

Bargain Briana has this week's Aldi deals.

Get a free 5-pack sample of Gourmet Wraps Pet Treats for Dogs. (Via Moms Need to Know.)

Get a printable coupon for 35 cents/1 Hershey's Milk or Milkshake.

If you get the $1/1 CVS hair care product coupon from the register or scanner, look for hair gel in the travel section that's priced at around 99 cents and get it for free or almost free.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Afternoon Coffee: Still recovering

I feel much better today, but I spent most of my time last night working up the Ralphs deals before heading to bed early again, so this will be another short post. Hopefully things will be back to normal around here by tomorrow!

This one is for Karen: Register for the BeFreeforMe.com email list to get gluten-free and allergy-free coupons and samples. (Via Money Saving Mom.)

Today's Amazon Video Game Deal of the Dayis one of my all-time favorite games: Bejeweled Twistfor the Nintendo DS at $12.98. If you love Tetris (which is possibly my absolute favorite video game of all time), then you'll love Bejeweled. Disclosure: I'm an Amazon affiliate, so any purchase you make after entering Amazon through a link on Chief Family Officer supports this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

There's a new cartoon at Cartoon Network called Adventure Time, and you can download a free episode from the iTunes store (search for "Adventure Time" and then filter by TV shows).

Get 5 points at Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards with code BFMJCPNQCJBNPGB. (Via Freebies 4 Mom.)

Common Sense with Money explains how you can get Scotch tape for 29 cents at Walgreens.

Congratulations to Sarah and Matt of A Thrifty Mom - they just welcomed a baby boy into their family!

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Ralphs: 3/24 - 3/30/10

Note: This summary of deals is based on the ad I get in Los Angeles, where Ralphs stores double coupons up to $1 (one like coupon per transaction). I don't list all of the deals, only the good ones. If I missed any, please let us all know in the comments. You'll need a Ralphs Rewards card to get most of these deals, so I use the Rewards card price in this post and assume you have your card scanned with each transaction. In addition to the coupons listed, you can also add electronic coupons to your Ralphs Rewards card at these sites: Shortcuts.com, Cellfire.com, Softcoin and Upromise. If you give Ralphs your email address, they may also send you emails with e-coupons that are exclusive to your card. And if you bring reuseable bags, Ralphs will give you 5 Rewards points for each bag used (though you may need to remind the cashier).

There's a coupon on the last page of the circular for 2,000 Rewards points when you transfer a prescription to Ralphs pharmacy. That works out to a $20 coupon when you get your quarterly certificate, so if you'd get a little more money if you use the $25 CVS transfer coupon that's in this week's CVS ad. (I believe all Ralphs pharmacies accept competitor coupons.)

The Buy 8, Save $4 promo continues this week. There are a ton of items in this promo; here are the ones in the ad (prices are after promo discount):

Kellogg's Cereal or Pop-Tarts 12-ct - $2.49
$1/2 Apple Jacks, Froot Loops or Corn Pops from 3/7 RP
$1/2 All Bran, Frosted Mini Wheats or Raisin Bran from 3/7 RP
$1.50/2 cereal printable
Final price: $1.74 to $1.99

C&W or Birds Eye Steamfresh Frozen Vegetables - 99 cents
$1/3 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables, Rice or Pasta from 2/28 SS (exp 3/28), 3/7 RP or 3/21 SS
$1/3 Birds Eye C&W Vegetables (excludes Steamfresh) any bag from 3/21 SS
Final price: 66 cents each wyb 3

Best Foods Mayonnaise or A-1 Steak Sauce - $1.99

Arrowhead Spring Water 24-pack - $3.49

VitaminWater - 75 cents

Stouffer's or Lean Cuisine Entree - $1.79
$1/4 Lean Cuisine printable
Final price: $1.54 each wyb 4

DiGiorno or California Pizza Kitchen Pizza - $3.97
There's a Catalina deal for the CPK pizzas (ends 3/28):
Get a $1 Catalina coupon to use toward your next purchase when you buy 2
Get a $2 Catalina coupon to use toward your next purchase when you buy 3
Get a $3 Catalina coupon to use toward your next purchase when you buy 4 or more
Final Price: As low as $3.22 each

Tostitos Tortilla Chips, Lay's Potato Chips, Tostitos Salsa or Queso Dip - $1.99
(There are reports of $2/1 peelies at Ralphs and $1/1 peelies at Vons. Good luck!)

PowerAde - 39 cents

Kraft Shredded Cheese - $1.99

Nabisco Snack Crackers - $2.49
$1/1 Nabisco Crackers from 1/24 SS
$1/1 Nabisco Ritz Munchables Pretzel Crisps from 3/14 SS (these were included in the promo at my store)
Final Price: $1.49

Seattle's Best Coffee - $5.99

Mott's 100% Apple Juice - $1.49

Ken's Salad Dressing - $1.99
$1/1 Kens salad dressing 16 oz. or Lite Accents any from 3/7 SS
Final price: 99 cents

Deluxe Ice Cream - $1.49

Krusteaz Pancake Mix - $1.99

Del Monte or S&W Tomatoes - 49 cents
$1/4 Del Monte tomatoes from 2/7 RP
$1/8 Del Monte Fruits, Vegetables or Tomatoes 11-15.25 oz can or Fruit Cup Snacks 4 pk from 3/21 RP
Final price: as low as 24 cents each wyb 4

Wesson Oil or Pam Cooking Spray - $2.49

Classico Pasta Sauce - $1.49
Use $1.50 off fresh beef wyb 2 Classico sauces from 3/14 SS
Final price: Varies

Aquafresh Premium Toothbrush or Aquafresh Toothpaste - $2.49
$1/1 Aquafresh Gel Flex or Deep Action Toothbrush from 1/3 RP
75 cents/1 Aquafresh Advanced, Extreme Clean, White & Shine or Sensitive Toothpaste from 1/3 RP
Final price: $1.49

Listerine Mouthwash - $3.99
50 cents/1 from 3/7 RP
$1/1 printable
Final price: $2.99

Mennen or Lady Speed Stick Deodorant - $1.99

Coupon Deals
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter or Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits (8 ct) - 99 cents
50 cents/1 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter printable
30 cents/2 Grands! from 1/3 GM (exp 3/27) or 3/7 SS
Final price: FREE ICBINB or 69 cents each Grands! wyb 2

Starburst or LifeSaver Jellybeans - $1.50
$1/2 Starburst Jellybeans from 3/7 RP
$1/2 LifeSavers Jellybeans printable
Final price: $1 each wyb 2

Land O'Frost Premium Lunchmeat - $3.99
$1/1 from 1/31 RP
Final price: $2.99

Smirnoff Vodka - $16.99
$5/2 Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Jose Cuervo, Smirnoff or Tanqueray specific varieties 750 ml or larger from 3/21 RP
Final price: $14.49 each wyb 2

Silk Soy Milk - $2.50
$1/1 Silk Soymilk or Silk Pure Almondmilk half gallons any from 2/21 SS
Final price: $1.50

Other Deals
Fresh Ground Beef, 1-3 lb chubs - B1G1

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Thigh - $1.99/lb

Salmon 6 oz (farm raised) - $2.99

Imitation Crab Meat - $1.99

Red Snapper or Pacific Sole Fillet - $3.99/lb

Oregon Bay Shrimp Meat - $3.99/lb

Grilling Shrimp - $4.99/lb

Cornish Game Hens - $1.49/lb

Pork Spareribs - $1.69/lb

Beef Brisket Flat Cut - $3.99/lb

All Fresh Ground Beef Patties - 25% off

Fryer or Whole Cut-Up Chicken - $1.99/lb

Boneless Top Sirloin Steak - $3.99/lb

Alaskan Cod Fillet (wild caught) - $3.99/lb

Hass Avocado - 47 cents/each

Navel Oranges Or Red Delicious or Braeburn Apples - 99 cents/lb

Ataulfo Mangos - 99 cents/lb

Romaine, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce - 99 cents/each

D'Anjou or Red Pears - 99 cents/lb

Fresh Cucumbers - 77 cents/each

Almonds or Walnuts 16 oz pkg - $3.99

Ralphs Half Gallon Milk - $1.79

Ralphs Butter - $2.50

Van de Kamp's Butter Split Top, Multi-Grain or California French Toast Bread - $1.79

Ralphs Chunk or Shredded Cheese - $3.50

Ralphs Canned Corn, Green Beans or Peas - 50 cents

Buy an iTunes Gift Cards $30 multipack - Get $5 off a future shopping order; valid through 4/3, limit one coupon per transaction

Passover Deals
Streit's Matzo Mix - $1.50

Empire Kosher Cut-Up Chicken
- $4.39

Kedem Juice - $1.50

Silver Springs Horseradish - $1.99

Streit's Macaroons - 2/$3 w/ in-ad coupon & $10 minimum purchase

Osem Israeli Matzah 5 lb - $2.99 w/ in-ad coupon & $10 minimum purchase


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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hot Deal: Swag Bucks sale on PayPal

Search & WinThrough tomorrow evening, the $5 PayPal gift card is on sale at Swag Bucks for just 550 Swag Bucks. That’s a great value, considering the $5 Amazon gift certificate is 450 Swag Bucks and the next best value Amazon certificate is the $50 GC at 5900 Swag Bucks. The usual limits apply, so you can only order two of these per day.

As attractive as this offer is, I thought I wasn’t eligible because my PayPal email address is not the same address I used to join Swag Bucks. However, a commenter on the Swag Bucks blog noted that you can add email addresses to your PayPal account, and said that doing so worked for him when redeeming the $5 PayPal gift certificate in the past. So that’s what I’m currently trying.

To add an email address to your PayPal account, log in to PayPal, then go to your profile and click on "add or edit email." You should be able to add an email address, and you’ll receive an email from PayPal with instructions on how to confirm your new email address.

Swag Bucks says that it takes 2 to 3 weeks for the payment email to be sent, so you won’t see the money right away. But $5 is $5 - especially when it’s free!

(Learn why Swag Bucks is my favorite way to earn free money. Disclosure: If you join Swag Bucks using my referral link, I'll get bonus Swag Bucks, so thank you if you do!)

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Morning Coffee: Ugh, I've got the flu!

Just a short post this morning because - that's right - I have the flu and I feel awful. But I didn't want you to miss out on these deals:

Last month, P&G issued a rebate where if you buy $50 worth of P&G products, you'll get a $100 coupon book by mail. I mailed my form in less than three weeks ago, after I realized that I'd bought $50 worth of Bounty and Charmin at Pavilions during this incredible deal. (I love that the form specifies that the $50 is before coupons.) Amazingly, my coupon book arrived yesterday! It's got quite a few high value coupons, though some are lower value and the same that we get in the monthly P&G insert. Still, I expect to get some good deals out of them. You have until April 15 to make your purchases, and until April 30 to submit your completed form.

Search & WinTodd at SwidgetWatch asked me to try out his site, which monitors the Swag Bucks Swidget and lets you know if there's a Swag Code available. I subscribed to the RSS feed, and it seems to update in a timely manner, before the codes expire. I've spotted at least two codes thanks to SwidgetWatch, so I recommend giving it a try. (Learn why Swag Bucks is my favorite way to earn free money. Disclosure: If you join Swag Bucks using my referral link, I'll get bonus Swag Bucks, so thank you if you do!)

There are new coupons at Cellfire.com today. They're for the usual things, like Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Cheerios, etc. The really good news is that they've added another store, which means you can now add Cellfire coupons to your Fred Meyer card. Banner via Escalate Media Affiliate Network

I wanted to make sure you spotted this Staples deal for a 4GB flash drive for just $2.74 + tax. Today's your last chance for that low price. Tomorrow, it'll be $4.99 + tax.

Today is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's, so head in between 12 and 8 p.m.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Get a 4GB flash drive for $2.75 at Staples (through tomorrow 3/23)

There's an amazing deal on a 4GB Sandisk flash drive at Staples through tomorrow. The flash drive is on sale for $14.99 this week, and it's eligible for a $10 Staples gift card rebate. But if you use this 15% off coupon that expires tomorrow, then you pay only $12.74 + tax, and still get the $10 gift card.

I just submitted my rebate information, and the gift card appears to be a true store gift card with no expiration date. That means the gift card will be perfect for the back to school deals that are only a few months away.

(Hat tip: Common Sense with Money)

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Ways to Make & Save Money: Grocery shop with coupons

Every Monday, I share a way to make and/or save money, as I strive to achieve my New Year's Resolution of banking a large sum of money by year's end. You can read the rest of the series here.

This tip will seem overly obvious to regular readers, but it's a big one and worth repeating. Last year at this time, I was still doing the vast majority of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. It was a routine that I began during the 2003 grocery worker's strike, when I discovered that I love Trader Joe's. It's like they were made for me, with their large stock of organic and hormone/antibiotic-free products. Their everyday prices are far and away better than mainstream markets like Ralphs and Vons.

But.

There's always a "but," isn't there?

I discovered the joy of massive coupon use in 2008 when I began playing The Drugstore Game. Last spring, I discovered the joy of carrying over the coupon use to markets like Ralphs and Vons/Pavilions. It really hit home in April, when Vons and Pavilions (which are part of the Safeway family of stores) had their Living Well promotion. When you bought $30 worth of qualifying products, you got a $10 Catalina coupon to use on your next order. And the deal rolled, so that you could pay with the $10 Catalina and get another $10 Catalina if you bought $30 of qualifying products. The promotion went on for several weeks, and I made multiple trips to the store each week because I was getting napkins for 33 cents per package (which was way below my target price), garbage bags for my target price of 6.6 cents per bag, and Huggies wipes refills for $3.

The Living Well promotion opened my eyes to the great deals to be had at the major markets. Since then, I've regularly shopped at Ralphs, Vons and Pavilions, and increasingly bought more of my groceries there. And I've discovered that sometimes I can get cheaper prices at the major markets than elsewhere.

For instance, sometime this past fall, Vons lowered the price on their store brand gallons of organic milk to $5.49. I'm not sure how long it took me to realize that I was paying 50 cents more at Trader Joe's, but needless to say, I started buying my weekly two gallons at Vons or Pavilions. But half-gallons are 10 cents cheaper at Trader Joe's ($3.29 vs. $3.39). Of course, you have to keep an eye on the prices, because Vons raised the price to $5.99 a couple of months ago, but right now they're on sale through the beginning of April for $5.49 again.

Another example is Challenge butter – last year, I discovered that it's RBST-free, just like the butter I'd been buying at Trader Joe's. And by combining sales and coupons, I've been able to buy Challenge butter for less than I would have paid at Trader Joe's.

It's these kinds of discoveries that I want to keep my eyes open for in 2010 to maximize our grocery dollars. Right now, we spend about 40% less than we did a year ago. I won't compromise the quality of food we eat, but I'm convinced that with some astute grocery shopping and meal planning, I can reduce that number to 50% or more.

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