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Friday, April 30, 2010

Morning Coffee: Amazon Friday Toy Sale

I haven't mentioned the Amazon Friday Salein a while because, well, it's sucked. But today, they actually have 4+ pages of toy deals.I am trying to decide if I should pick up the Little Miss Sunshine Plushfor a friend's daughter's birthday, which is coming up in a month. 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!

Take a look at next week's Walgreens ad.

Get a sneak peek at next week's Staples ad. The last page includes a deal for a $10 Staples gift card when you buy $100 in gift cards, which is a 10% return if you would have spent that $10 at Staples anyway. I can't tell if the gift cards pictured are the only ones included in the deal, though.

Free Lunchables for locals if you still have any of the $1/1 coupons from the 3/21 SS: Gelson’s, of all places, has them on sale for 99 cents through May 4. I’ve never used a coupon at Gelson’s (and have only shopped there a couple of times), but their ad says they "gladly accept manufacturers’ coupons."

Everything at Old Navy is on sale 30% off through Sunday, in store only. Note that you can’t combine the sale with any other discounts.

Buy one adult ticket to SeaWorld for $58.99 and get a child ticket for just $5. I was pricing SeaWorld tickets a couple of months ago, and that is an awesome deal – the regular price on tickets is close to $80 for adults and $70 for kids. (Via A Thrifty Mom.)

Become a Facebook fan of Be Snack Ready and get a printable coupon for Buy One, Get One Free Lay’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.

Get 10 points at Pampers Gifts to Grow with code GTGLEARNMORE089.

Baby Cheapskate has some tips for getting the best deal at The Children’s Place.


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Thursday, April 29, 2010

One recall yesterday: More hoodies

If you think you have the following item(s), click through to the CPSC press release for more details:

Gogo Sports Recalls Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard - Click through for additional photos.


Stay on top of recalls by signing up for recall notifications by email at the CPSC web site.

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Morning Coffee: Some Ralphs Updates

I went to Ralphs yesterday, so I have a few updates for you: Ronzoni Smart Taste is still $1, so it'll be free after any of these coupons listed at Money Saving Mom (just remember that only one coupon per transaction will double to $1). A Thrifty Mom sent me an email about a printable coupon for 75 cents/1 Mission product coupon that will make the Mission Tortillas on sale for $1 free (you have to select a store to get the coupon, but the coupon will be a regular manufacturer's printable coupon). The sale on Tropicana OJ includes Trop 50, so you can use the $1/1 Trop 50 from the 3/14 RP to make it just $1.38.

Get a preview of the 5/2 Target ad.

Get a free potty training kit from Pampers.

My Good Cents explains how you can get a free Amazon mp3 from Toyota.

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

Freebies 4 Mom also explains how you can get a free photo card from Kodak (you'll have to pay 99 cents shipping).

This NY Times food writer warns about differences in kosher salt.

Just Bento highlights some new bento products, and I've just got to get my hands on the kind with a built-in cooling element.


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Winner: Famous Footwear Gift Card

Thank you to everyone who entered the Famous Footwear gift card giveaway, which is spreading the word about the March for Babies. Congratulations to the random winner:

Tina B. (treneeb*****@hotmail.com)

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

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Midday Coffee: Sandwich bread Artisan Bread Style

Alex's upcoming transition to kindergarten is looming large for me these days, and one of the things I think a lot about is his lunch (more on this later). I eagerly tried the sandwich bread technique at the Artisan Bread in Five site, but I'm finding that the crust is still on the tough side for my boys. So I'm going to go back to a more traditional recipe from The Joy of Cookingand see if my bread-making technique has gotten any better.

Get a free sample of Huggies Pull-Ups from Costco (membership not required).

Get 25 free points at Disney Movie Rewards with code FPSNN83JX9. (Via My Good Cents.)

Moms Need to Know explains how you can get free Infusium conditioner at Walgreens.

Get a printable coupon for 45 cents/1 Yoplait Greek Yogurt from Pssst.


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Ralphs: 4/28 - 5/4/10

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).

The 10 for $10 sale continues this week, but it's possible that prices have fluctuated somewhat between last week and this week - so something that was $1 last week might be more this week, and something that wasn't on sale last week might be on sale this week. So if you have time, walk the aisles a little bit and check the shelves for tags.

There's also a deal for 2 free gallons of Ralphs milk when you buy $15 of participating Kraft products. Aside from DiGiorno frozen pizza, the ad doesn't list any participating products so keep your eyes open for shelf tags in the store. There's a picture of a sample tag on the last page of the ad so you know what to look for.

Coupon Deals
Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice $2.38
$1/2 Tropicana Pure Premium or Trop 50 from 2/21 RP (exp 4/30), 4/25 RP or printable
Pay: $1.88 each when you buy 2

DiGiorno Pizza $4.99
$1/1 DiGiorno Pizza & Breadsticks from 4/11 SS or $3/1 printable if included
$1/1 DiGiorno Deep Dish Pizza printable if included
Final price: as low as $1.99

Kelloggs Frosted Mini Wheats $2.50
$1/2 Kelloggs Frosted Mini Wheats from 4/11 RP, printable here, or printable here
Final price: $2 each wyb 2

Jimmy Dean Sausage $3.50
$1/1 Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Sausage from 4/11 RP
$1/1 any Jimmy Dean product printable (must become Facebook fan)
Final price: $2.50

Marie Callender's or Healthy Choice Entrees $2
$1/1 Marie Callender's Pasta Al Dente or Asian Recipes Entree from April All You
$1/2 Healthy Choice Frozen Meals from 3/28 SS or printable
$1/2 Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers from April All You
Final price: as low as $1.50, plus get free half-gallon Deluxe Ice Cream when you buy 5

Dannon Activia 4-pack $2
$1/1 Dannon Activia 4 , 8 12 or 24 pack from 2/28 or 3/28 SS
Final price: $1

Nestle Drumstick $2.50
$1/1 Nestle Drumstick or Lil Drums Cones 8ct+ from May All You if included
Final price: $1.50

Silk Soy Milk $2.50
$1/1 Silk Soymilk or Silk Pure Almondmilk half gallons from 2/21 SS
75 cents/1 Silk Soymilk half gallons from 4/11 SS
Final price: $1.50

Bertolli Complete Skillet Meal for Two $4.98
$1/1 Bertolli Frozen Meal printable
Final price: $3.98

Roman Meal Bread or Buns $2.50
$1/1 Roman Meal Bread printable (FF or IE)
Final price: $1.50

Wesson Oil or Pam Spray $2.50
25 cents/1 Wesson from 3/28 SS
35 cents/1 Pam from 3/28 SS
Final price: as low as $1.80

Ortega 33% off
75 cents/2 Ortega products from 4/18 SS
$1/2 Ortega products from May All You or printable
Final price: varies

Country Crock Spread $1
40 cents/1 Shedds Country Crock Spread from 3/7 RP (exp 5/2) or printable (FF or IE)
Final price: 20 cents

Chef Boyardee Pasta $1
$1.50/4 printable
Final price: 63 cents each wyb 4

Tabasco Hot Sauce $1
50 cents/1 Tabasco Sauce from 4/25 SS
Final price: FREE

Rosarita Refried Beans $1
50 cents/3 Rosarita Beans any from 4/25 SS
Final price: 67 cents each wyb 3

Purex Liquid Laundry Detergent $2.50
35 cents/1 from 4/18 RP
Final price: $1.80

Capri Sun $1.88
$1/1 Capri Sun Sunrise products from 4/25 SS if included
Final price: 88 cents

Maxwell House Coffee $5.99
$1/1 Maxwell House coffee 10.5 oz or larger from 3/21 SS
Final price: $4.99

Knudsen Sour Cream $2
60 cents/1 printable (FF or IE)
Final price: $1

Starbucks Coffee $6.99
$1/1 from 3/21 SS or April All You
Final price: $5.99

Chips Ahoy $2.50
$1/2 printable
Final price: $2

Oscar Mayer Deli Shaved Lunchmeats $3
Use $1/2 from 3/7 SS (exp 5/2) or printable
Final price: $2.50 each wyb 2

Other Deals
Wild Sockeye Salmon Fillet $5.99/lb

Wild Caught Red Snapper or Sole Fillet $5.99/lb

Halibut Steak $6.99/lb

Swai or Tilapia Fillet $2.99/lb

T-Bone Steak $3.97/lb

Country Style Pork Ribs 99 cents/lb

Boneless Pork Loin Roast in the Bag $2.99/lb

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.99/lb

Mixed Pork Loin End Chops $1.99/lb

Pork Shoulder Steak $1.99/lb

Seedless Watermelon 19 cents/lb

White Corn 3/$1

Roma Tomatoes 99 cents/lb

Red Delicious Apples or Navel Oranges 99 cents/lb

Golden Pineapples 99 cents/lb

Cucumbers 79 cents

Fresh Express Salad Kits $3

Organic Valencia Oranges 99 cents/lb

Organic Fuji Apples $1.49/lb

Organic Broccoli $1.50/lb

Gatorade 79 cents

Angel Food Cake $1.99

Garlic Bread $1.49

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

Mission Flour Tortillas $1

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

One recall today: Toy drum

If you think you have the following item(s), click through to the CPSC press release for more details:

Step2® Recalls Basic Rhythms Drum™ Toys Due to Choking Hazard


Stay on top of recalls by signing up for recall notifications by email at the CPSC web site.

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More on Using Your Smart Phone to Streamline Couponing

When I wrote about how my new Droid phone has changed the way I organize my coupons, SoCalKal asked for more details. So here's what I do (sorry it took a while, Kal!):

I have three wallet organizers (like this)in which I keep clipped coupons. Each week, I clip the coupons that I would definitely use from Sunday's paper and put them in the wallet organizers - we're talking coupons on things that I would buy if I saw a good deal, like my preferred brands of body wash or dental floss, wipes, etc. The wallets also hold all of my other coupons - that's coupons from All You and other magazines, printable coupons, snail mail coupons, etc.

I keep the wallets in a shoulder tote bag, and take the tote whenever I go shopping. So I always have the wallets with me in store.

I leave the Sunday coupon inserts mostly intact, aside from the coupons that I clip right away. I write the date of the insert on the front cover, and slip the inserts into an expandable file folder (like this).Each week, as I prepare for my shopping trips, I review the store circulars and applicable deal posts online and clip whatever coupons I need for that week.

When I go shopping, I leave the expandable file in the car. If I'm in the store and see a good sale price on something I think I might have a coupon for in the inserts, I pull out my Droid and access Coupon Mom's regional database. There are quite a few coupon databases out there, but I like Coupon Mom when I'm out shopping because it's regional and limited to the inserts and a few printables. The fact that it's regional means I don't waste time looking for a coupon that people on the east coast got but wasn't put out here on the west coast.

If I find a coupon listed on Coupon Mom that I hadn't clipped, I can go out to the car to get it. Sure, it's a hassle, but it's something that happens very rarely since I clip the coupons that I know I would want to use if I happened across a great sale. The time I save by not clipping and filing every coupon is more than worth that hassle.

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Morning Coffee: A couple of good Amazon deals

I'm not sure how long this deal will last, but right now you can get Planet Earth: From Pole to Polefree at Amazon Video on Demand. I'm a big fan of Amazon's digital video library, because you don't have to download anything and still be able to watch your videos on any computer by going to Amazon. But, if you want to, you can download your digital videos to your computer and I believe to your Tivo also.

Amazon's Deal of the Dayis Bioshock 2for the Xbox 360 or PS3 at $39.98. It looks like you'll also get a promotional credit for $10 off a future video game purchase.

Coupons.comCoupons.com has some great new coupons, including $2/1 Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce - the regular price at my local Target was $2.64, although I decided to wait until closer to the coupon's expiration date to buy it in case it goes on sale. There's also a coupon for 50 cents/1 Heinz relish, and some Ace Bandage coupons too. Links via MySavings.com

The NY Times has a delicious-sounding recipe for Eggplant and Roast Tomatoes Gratin, which is basically a low-fat version of Eggplant Parmesan.

Get a free sample of U by Kotex from Walmart.

Get some printable coupons on Organic Valley products. (Via Organic Coupons and Deals.)

Facebook fans of Oreos can get a printable coupon for $1/1 Oreo Fudge Cream cookies.

Tomorrow is 31-cent scoop night at Baskin Robbins stores. (Via My Good Cents.)

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Monday, April 26, 2010

One recall today: Hoodies

If you think you have the following item(s), click through to the CPSC press release for more details:

Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Polar Bear Gift Shop Due to Strangulation Hazard


Stay on top of recalls by signing up for recall notifications by email at the CPSC web site.

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Ways to Make & Save Money #13: Keep a Gift Wrap Center

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

I've mentioned the gift box before - it's a stash of gifts bought on sale for when you need to give a gift. But being out with a friend who bought not just a birthday gift but also a gift bag and tissue paper reminded me of the corollary: The Gift Wrap Center.

My gift wrap "center" is actually a bunch of containers in a closet. There's a tall plastic bin for rolls of wrapping paper, a bag stuffed with gift bags, and boxes of ribbon. I also keep some cards on hand - inexpensive all-occasion and blank cards. Back in my pre-motherhood days, I also kept some handmade cards around but I don't have time for that anymore.

The paper, bags, ribbon and cards are items I've collected over the years, and which I'm constantly collecting. I buy wrapping paper when it's on clearance after the winter holidays - there are always a few patterns and solid colors that can be used year round. The same goes for ribbon and tissue paper.

I'm also a big believer in reusing gift bags. They're expensive for what they are, and it's rough on the environment to discard them after just one use, or even a few uses. So whenever we receive a gift and the bag is in good shape, it goes into the closet for when I need to give a gift.

My gift wrap center reduces stress, because I'm never scrambling to find wrapping paper or a gift bag. And it also saves me money, because I never have to over spend on last-minute supplies.

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Morning Coffee: Free pasta at Ralphs

Ronzoni Smart Taste is part of the 10 for $10 sale, and Money Saving Mom has links to several printable coupons that would make it free. I used a $1/1 coupon I found in the April issue of Parents to make it free. Also, I received a Catalina with a 10-point code for Pampers Gifts to Grow, which I thought was odd considering I only purchased pasta, bananas and laundry detergent. But it's a good reminder to take all of the Catalinas because you never know what you're going to get!

Get a free sample of Curlesque 5 Pack Sample from TIGI. Shipping will be free too. (Via Tia's Saving Cents.)

According to Mommy Snacks, you can get double points at My Coke Rewards through May 2 when you enter points from Diet Coke products. When I logged in, there was no mention of the double points, but it did say that you can get 20 bonus points when you enter 5 Diet Coke codes by May 2.

I rarely get good CRT and scanner coupons from CVS, so either they've changed their algorithm or they're being more generous with the coupons. Last week, I got a $5 off $40 purchase coupon from the scanner, and this week, I got a $4/1 any Stayfree product coupon - that should make for some free pads, since it's such a high value coupon and can be combined with the $2/1 coupon from the 3/28 RP or the $1/1 in yesterday's paper. Plus, I got 2 free Kodak movie DVDs - they're on sale B1G1 free, and there's a B1G1 free printable coupon at the Kodak web site. And, I'm not sure why, the manager who checked me out gave me a coupon for a free 8x10! (Hat tip: Free Snatcher.)

Money Saving Mom reports that you can get free greeting cards at Walgreens this week.

You can make some money on Ban deodorant at Rite Aid this week. Sub the Ban in for the Dove products in my starter scenario for an even better deal.

Banquet CouponGet a printable coupon for $1/1 Banquet Family Size Entree (registration required). Links via MySavings.com

Banquet CouponGet a printable coupon for $1/1 Marie Callender's Asian Recipes or Pasta Al Dente (registration required). Links via MySavings.com

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Rite Aid Transactions 4/25 - 5/1/10

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 Rite Aid. You'll find a list of this week's Rite Aid deals here.

3 Aveeno products $3.49 each
2 Dove Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler $3 each
2 Reach Toothbrushes $3 each

- $5 off $20 purchase from Rite Aid Video Values
- 3 x $2/1 Aveeno in-ad coupon
- 3 x $1/1 Aveeno product from 4/25 SS or Daily Lotion printable
- 2 x $1.50/1 Dove Hair Product from 3/28 RP (exp 4/25)
- B1G1 Free Reach Single Toothbrush from 1/3 RP

Pay: $2.47 + tax
Receive: $5 SCR for Aveeno + $3 SCR for Dove + $3 SCR for Reach (total SCR = $11)


Note: This deal only works today, since the Dove coupon expires today. Also, YMMV on using 3 in-ad coupons in one transaction (although the deal is still a good moneymaker even if you can only use one).

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Rite Aid this week: 4/25 - 5/1/10

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.

Dove Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers, $3
Get a $3 Single Check Rebate when you buy 2

$2.50/2 Dove Hair Care Products 3/28/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/25/2010)
$1.50/1 Dove Hair Product 3/28/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/25/2010)
Final price: as low as 2 FREE after coupons and SCR

Listerine, Reach Total Care Toothbrush, Reach Ultraclean or Total Care Dental Floss, $3
Get a $3 Single Check Rebate when you buy 2

$1/1 Listerine Products
$1/1 Listerine Products
$1/1 Listerine Agent Cool Blue or Listerine Smart Rinse
$1/1 Listerine Products 3/7/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Listerine Products 12/6/2009 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Listerine Products 10/4/2009 RP Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
B1G1 Free Reach Single Toothbrush 1/3/2010 RP #2 Insert (exp 1/31/2011)
B1G1 Free Reach Total Care Dental 30 yd (up to $3.99 value) 1/3/2010 RP #2 Insert (exp 1/31/2011)
$1/1 Reach Floss or Access Flosser 3/7/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Reach Dental Floss or Flosser 1/3/2010 RP #2 Insert (exp 1/31/2011)
Final price: as low as 2 FREE (toothbrushes) after coupons and SCR

Aveeno, prices start at $3.49
Get a $5 Single Check Rebate when you buy 3
$2 in-ad Aveeno coupon
AND
$1/1 Aveeno Daily Lotion
$1/1 Aveeno product 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
Final price: as low as 3 FREE + $3.53 overage when you use 3 Rite Aid & 3 Manufacturers Coupons

Note: Ageless Vitality is also included in this deal. Prices start at $39.99.
Ageless Vitality coupons include:
$5/1 Aveeno Ageless Vitality Product (exp 6/30/2010)
$5/1 Aveeno Ageless Vitality Elasticity Recharging System May 2010 All You Magazine (exp 6/30/2010)
$5/1 Aveeno Ageless Vitality 3/28/2010 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
$5/1 Aveeno Ageless Vitality 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
$10 Aveeno Rebate 3/28/2010 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
$10/1 Aveeno Ageless Vitality Rebate 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/31/2010)

Maalox or Gas-X, $4.99
Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

$1/1 Maalox 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 7/10/2010)
$1/1 Gas-X product 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 7/10/2010)
Final price: $1.99 after coupon and SCR

Tugaboo Diapers, $7.99
Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

Final price: $5.99 after SCR

Stayfree Maxi Pads, $1.99
$2/1 Stayfree Product 3/28/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
$1/1 Stayfree product 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
Final price: as low as FREE after coupon

Band Aid Bandages, $1.49 with in-ad coupon
$0.50/1 Band-Aid Bandages 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
$0.50/1 Band-Aid Products 3/14/2010 RP Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
Final price: $0.99 each after both coupons

Lady Speedstick Stain Guard or Pro, $0.99 with in-ad coupon
$0.75/1 Lady Speedstick Stainguard Deodorant
Final price: $0.24 each after both coupons

Colgate ProClinical or Total Advanced Toothpaste, $1.99 with in-ad coupon
$1/1 Colgate Pro Clinical
$1/1 Colgate Pro Clinical 4/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/1/2010)
Final price: $0.99 each after both coupons

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The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter CVS Transactions 4/25 - 5/1/10

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.

Transaction #1:
1 Softsoap Body Wash (15-18 oz) – $2.99

- $0.75/1 Softsoap Brand Nutri-Serums Body Wash printable

Pay: $2.24 + tax
Receive: $2 ECB


Transaction #2:
1 Colgate Clinical Pro Toothpaste (4 oz) – $3.99

- $1/1 Colgate Pro Clinical from 4/11 SS or printable
- $2 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: 99 cents + tax
Receive: $2 ECB


Transaction #3:
1 Schick Quattro for Women Razor - $8.99

- $4/1 Schick Quattro for Women from 4/25 SS
- $2 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: $2.99 + tax
Receive: $4 ECB

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Walgreens Transactions 4/25 - 5/1/10

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. You can find this week's Walgreens deals here.

Transaction #1:
1 Stayfree maxi pads $2.99

- $2/1 Stayfree from 3/28 RP (or $1/1 Stayfree from 4/25 SS or $1/1 Stayfree printable)

Pay: 99 cents + tax
Receive: $3 RR

Transaction #2:
1 Skintimate shaving cream $2.99
1 small filler, e.g., household gloves 50 cents

- $3 RR from previous transaction

Pay: 49 cents + tax
Receive: $3 RR

Transaction #3:
1 Plackers Dental Flossers $2
1 Tone Body wash $3.99
1 small filler, e.g., household gloves 50 cents

- $0.50/1 Plackers Dental Flossers from 4/18 RP
- $1/1 Tone Body Wash printable
- $3 RR from previous transaction

Pay: $1.99 + tax
Receive: $2 RR for Plackers + $3 RR for Tone

Transaction #4:
1 Clio Beauty Trim Personal trimmer $4.99
1 small filler, e.g., household gloves 50 cents

- $2 RR from previous transaction
- $3 RR from previous transaction

Pay: 49 cents + tax
Receive $5 RR


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CVS this week: 4/25 - 5/110

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.

Schick Quattro Razor - $8.99
Earn $4 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$4/1 Schick Quattro for Women 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/6/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $0.99

Schick Hydro - $8.97
Earn $6 Extra Bucks
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $2.97

u by Kotex – $4.99
Earn $1 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$1/1 U by Kotex Tampons or Liners 4/18/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/30/2010)
$1/1 U by Kotex Pads, Liners or Tampons
$1.50/2 Kotex Products 4/18/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/30/2010)
$1/1 U by Kotex Product Apr 2010 All You Magazine (exp 6/30/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: as low as $2.99

Colgate Clinical Pro Toothpaste (4 oz) – $3.99
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 2)
$1/1 Colgate Pro Clinical 4/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/1/2010)
$1/1 Colgate Pro Clinical
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $0.99

Crest 3D White Vivid (4 oz) or 3D White Advantage Toothbrush – $2.99
Earn $1 Extra Bucks (Limit 2)
$0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 3/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $1.24

Revlon Colorsilk Hair Color - $2.50
Earn $1 Extra Bucks wyb 2
$1/2 Revlon Colorsilk products 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/23/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $1.50/each

Pampers Diapers or Easy Ups - $8.49
Earn $1 Extra Buck (Limit 1)
$1.50/1 Pampers Diapers or Pants 4/4/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
$2/1 Pampers Diapers 3/14/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $5.49 – $5.99

Irish Springs or Softsoap Body Wash (15-18 oz) – $2.99
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 2)
$0.50/1 Irish Spring Body Wash 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/15/2010)
$0.75/1 Softsoap Brand Nutri-Serums Body Wash
Final Price: $0.24 – $0.49/each

Softsoap Ensembles – B1G1 FREE psa $3.99 – $7.99
$1/1 Softsoap Ensembles Liquid Hand Soap
Final Price: as low as $1.49/each

CVS/Pharmacy Vitamins, Minerals, or Herbals - B1G1 FREE (Limit 6)

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent, 2-in-1 clothes - B1G1 FREE
$1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry 4/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/15/2010)
$1/2 Arm & Hammer Detergent or Softener, any
$1/1 Arm & Hammer Total 2 – in – 1 Dryer Cloths, any
$1/2 Arm & Hammer Dryer Cloths 4/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/15/2010)

CVS/Pharmacy Disposable Camera – B1G1 FREE

Philips Headphones or Earbuds – B1G1 FREE psa $9.99

Pantene or Gillette Hair Care – $2.50 (Limit 6)
$3/2 Pantene Hair Products 3/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
$1/2 Pantene Products 4/4/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
$1/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment 4/4/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
$1/1 Pantene Hair Product 3/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
$1/1 Gillette Hair Care Product 3/7/2010 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
Final Price: as low as $1/each

Emerald Cashew Snacks - $1
$1/1 Emerald Nuts Product 5 oz+ 3/14/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/25/2010)
Final Price: FREE

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Walgreens this week: 4/25 - 5/1/10

There are a couple of great freebies/moneymakers at Walgreens this week. 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.

Stayfree maxi pads $2.99, Earn a $3 RR when you buy one
Use $2/1 Stayfree Product 3/28/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/30/2010) or
Use $1/1 Stayfree product 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/30/2010) or
Use $1/1 Stayfree Brand Product
FREE plus up to $2 in overage after coupon and RR

Plackers Dental Flossers $2, Earn $2 RR when you buy one
Use $0.50/1 Plackers Dental Flossers 4/18/2010 RP Insert (exp 7/31/2010)
FREE plus up to $0.50 in overage after coupon and RR

Skintimate shaving cream $2.99, Earn $3 RR when you buy one
FREE after register reward

Clio Beauty Trim Personal trimmer $4.99, Earn one $5 RR when you buy one
Free after register rewards

Tone Body wash $3.99, Earn $3 RR when you buy one
Use $1/1 Tone Body Wash
FREE after coupon and register rewards

Bayer Breeze or Cotour meters $19.99, Earn a $10 RR when you buy one
Use $30/1 Breeze 2 or Contour Meter 10/25/2009 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2010)
FREE plus $10 in overage

Schick Razor system $8.99, Earn a $3 RR when you buy one
Use $4/1 Schick Intuition 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/6/2010) or
Use $4/1 Schick Quattro for Women 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/6/2010)
Pay $1.99 each after coupon

Schick disposable razors $5.99, Earn $1 RR when you buy one
Use $4/1 Schick Disposable Razors 3/21/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/2/2010)
Pay $0.99 each after coupon

Schick hydro $7.99, earn $5 RR when you buy one
Pay $2.99 each after register rewards

Hershey’s Chocolate bar $0.99
Use $1/1 Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate bar 4/18/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/13/2010) *if included
Free after coupon

Revlon Make up on sale buy one get one half off

Deal idea
Buy two revlon Colorburst lipsticks $8.99 (second $4.49)
Use $2/1 Walgreens May Coupon booklet IVC (exp 5/29/2010) (will deduct $4)
Use two $3/1 Revlon Colorburst Lipstick
Pay $3.48 for two after coupons

Raid Max Bug barrier spray $8.99
Use $3/1 Raid Max Bug Barrier 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/19/2010) or
Use $3/1 Raid Max Bug Barrier Starter (exp 12/31/2020)
Use $2/1 Walgreens May IVC (exp 5/29/2010)
Pay $3.99 after coupons

Scotch packaging tape $0.99 after in ad coupon
Use $1/1 Scotch packaging tape coupon (exp 8/30/2010) (hand this coupon first)
Free after coupon

Purex complete 3-in-one $4.99
Use $2/1 Purex Complete 3in1 4/18/2010 RP Insert (exp 5/15/2010)
Pay $2.99 after coupon

Dove deodorant $2.49 after in ad coupon
Use $2/1 Dove Ultimate deodorant coupon
Pay $0.49 each after coupons

Listerine 1lt $4.79
Use $2/1 in ad coupon
Use $1/1 Listerine Products
Pay $1.79 each after coupon

Bengay products $8.99
Use $2.50/1 in ad coupon
Use $2/1 Bengay 3/14/2010 RP Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
Pay $4.49 each after coupons

Reach total care toothbrush or floss $3.99
Use B1G1 Free Reach Total Care Dental 30 yd (up to $3.99 value) 1/3/2010 RP #2 Insert (exp 1/31/2011) or
Use B1G1 Free Reach Single Toothbrush 1/3/2010 RP #2 Insert (exp 1/31/2011) PLUS
Use $2/1 in ad coupon (will deduct $4)
FREE after coupons (hand manufacturer coupon first and then in-ad coupon)

Gas X Prevention $4.99
Use $2/1 Gas-X Prevention4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 7/10/2010)
Use $2/1 Walgreens May IVC (exp 5/29/2010) (will deduct $4)
Pay $0.99 after coupons

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Winners: SeaWorld & SONIC giveaway

Thank you to everyone who entered the SeaWorld & SONIC Prize Pack giveaway. Congratulations to the lucky random winners:

Kari (srfrg*****@aol.com)
and Tanya (gem****@aol.com)

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

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Morning Coffee: Happy Swag Bucks Friday!

Search & WinToday is Mega Swag Bucks Day, which means you have an increased chance of winning big Swag Bucks. 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!

Get a hot deal at JC Penny through Ebates right now - you'll get 6% cash back (instead of the usual 3%) and take $10 off any order of $10 or more with code 4BESTMOM. You'll have to pay shipping, but there's a spring sale going on so you should be able to find some good deals. I picked up two boys' T-shirts for less than $10 shipped. 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!

Also at Ebates, today's Daily Double store is Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW), which is giving 8% cash back (instead of the usual 4%). You can get free shipping on orders of $35 or more with code SPRSHP and a free membership.

Get a preview of next week's Staples ad. There's free-after-rewards batteries and $1 reams of paper.

You can buy the digital version of Avatarfrom Amazon for $14.99. You'll be able to watch it online or download it to your computer (and possibly your Tivo). The nice thing about buying video on demand from Amazon is that everything you purchase is in your digital library, so now matter where you are, you can log in and watch anything you've purchased online. 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!

Get printable coupons for Buy One, Get One Tresemme Fresh Start and $2/1 Tresemme Fresh Start.

Common Sense with Money explains how you can get free Schick razors at Walmart.

Get 1 point at Tropicana Juicy Rewards with code HMEK9-TKRMF (expires 5/10/10). (Via Common Sense with Money.)

Here's a very interesting article on how Walmart sources its produce and how its produce stacks up in flavor against Whole Foods. (Via Like Merchant Ships.)

All Financial Matters is doing some retirement planning, and illustrates exactly why I find this kind of planning so difficult. Not only do you have to account for inflation, there are so many unknowns.


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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mattel Class Action Settlement for Lead Paint Violations

Remember all those Mattel toy recalls for lead paint violations back in 2007? Well, there was a class action lawsuit that came out of them, and the parties have reached a settlement – the web site is here. The settlement provides refunds to "Class Members" who bought or received the recalled toys, and reimbursement to parents and guardians who had their child tested for lead within 6 weeks after the recall announcements of the toy in question.

If you previously returned a recalled toy to Mattel in connection with one of the recalls and received a voucher or replacement parts, you don’t need to file a claim because you’ll automatically receive a check pursuant to the settlement.

But if you have one of the recalled toys and you didn’t contact Mattel at the time of the recall, you should file a claim if you want to receive compensation. The deadline to file a claim is May 29, 2010, and you can do so online here.

You can see a full list of the recalled toys here (pdf).

One thing to keep in mind about class action settlements is that they usually take a long time to reach disbursement. So even though you have to file your claim now, it could be a few years before you actually receive a check. The web site will probably be updated periodically so you can have some idea of where the case is in the settlement process.

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Morning Coffee: Madonna + Glee = Squee!

I have to reiterate again how much I love watching TV on the internet. I caught up on the Madonna episode of Glee last night, and the music was so good. (I find the storylines depressing, so I mostly listen while I do something else like draft posts.) You can pick up the Glee-cast-sings-Madonna CD from Amazonfor just $6.99. I ordered mine after listening to the "Like a Virgin" and "Like a Prayer" portions of the show multiple times - and got it for free since I paid with certificates I earned through Swag Bucks. I also received a $1 promotional credit toward any MP3 music download (the promotional credit email arrived right after the order confirmation email). 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!

Happy Earth Day! If you have kids, they're probably learning about protecting the environment in school, and if you're out and about, don't forget about the various Earth Day deals like $1 ink cartridge refills at Walgreens and a free cap at Disney.

Philadelphia Minis are $1.49 and included in the $5 off 5 sale at Vons/Pavilions/Safeway this week, so it's a great time to use the Kraft First Taste coupons if you have them. You may also be able to find 55 cents/1 blinkies in store.

Speaking of Vons/Pavilions, Christian Clippers has this week's match ups.

Christian Clippers also has this week's Stater Bros. match ups.

Get a preview of the 4/25 Target ad.

The annual California Strawberry Festival will be the weekend of May 15 and 16 in Oxnard. Details here.

Get a printable coupon for $3/1 Raid Max Bug Barrier Starter Kit.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

One recall today: Girls' Hoodies

If you think you have the following item(s), click through to the CPSC press release for more details:

Trendset Originals LLC Recalls Girls’ Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation and Entanglement Hazards - Click through for additional photos.


Stay on top of recalls by signing up for recall notifications by email at the CPSC web site.

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Afternoon Coffee: Awesome Upcoming Deals

Moms Need to Know gives us the heads up on a couple of great deals coming up next week: first, Staples will have free-after-rewards batteries again (get a 20-pack for $9.99, then get $9.99 in back in Staples Rewards), and second, Walgreens will have free-after-RR Stayfree pads, which will be a $2 moneymaker when you use the $2/1 coupon from the 3/28 RP.

Banner Ad MySurvey is looking for parents (moms) with babies. You can read my most recent MySurvey review here, but in a nutshell, I do recommend them as a legitimate survey company. Just a quick note, their rewards system has changed just a bit, and it's on my list of things to post about. Disclosure: I'm a MySurvey affiliate, so I'll receive bonus points if you sign up using my referral link. Thank you!

Get a printable coupon for $1/1 any Biokleen product.

According to an email I received yesterday, Borders is offering the Avatar DVD for $17.99 through Monday (4/26). The Blu-Ray version is $24.99.

If you're a longtime CVS ExtraCare card holder (say, longer than 5 years), you may be getting a replacement card.

This may be a regional deal, but at least some Walgreens stores have 12-packs of Cottonelle big rolls on sale for $5 right now. Use the $1/1 coupon in the April coupon booklet with the $1/1 coupon from the April All You to pay $3. That works out to 25 cents per roll, which is a pretty good deal.

Here's what will be free and cheap at Shaw's starting 4/23.

MoneySavingMom just started a series on keeping toys to a minimum. I thought about her post yesterday after we got home and the boys dug out their firefighter costumes and played together incredibly well. And I realized that I don't mind the toy overload in our house. Sure, some might think our house is overrun by toys and my boys definitely have more than most (mostly thanks to Grandma and Grandpa), but the looks on their faces as they play with their toys are priceless. I am reminded, though, that we purged some toys that I can get out of the house to remove some clutter!

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Ralphs: 4/21 - 4/27/10

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).

It's a pretty good week at Ralphs, with a 10 for $10 sale. There's also a special promotion that gives you a chance to win a Smart Car when you buy 7-Up products. Details here.

Coupon Deals
Purex Liquid Laundry Detergent $2.50
35 cents/1 from 4/18 RP
Final price: $1.80

Marie Callender's or Healthy Choice Entrees $2
$1/1 Marie Callender's Pasta Al Dente or Asian Recipes Entree from April All You
$1/2 Healthy Choice Frozen Meals from 3/28 SS or printable
$1/2 Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers from April All You
Final price: as low as $1.50, plus get free half-gallon Deluxe Ice Cream when you buy 5

Kellogg's Cereal, selected varieties $1.88
$1/2 Frosted Mini Wheats, $1/3 Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops or Frosted Flakes, or $1/2 All Bran, Crispix, Rice Krispies, Smart Start, Raisin Bran or Corn Flakes from 4/11 RP
$1/1 or $1/2 Special K Low Fat Granola, Raisin Bran Extra or Frosted Mini Wheats Little Bites, $1/1 Smart Start Cereal, or $1.50/2 Kelloggs Rice Krispies, Crispix, All Bran or Corn Flakes from 3/28 RP
$1/2 Frosted Flakes, $1/2 All-Bran, Crispix, Rice Krispies, Smat Start, Kellog's Raisin Bran and/or Corn Flakes, $1/3 Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and/or Frosted Flakes, or $1/1 Smart Start printables
$1/2 Frosted Mini Wheats, All-Bran, or Raisin Bran printable
Final price: as low as 88 cents, depending on what's included in the sale

SoBe or Vitaminwater Zero $1
$1/2 Vitaminwater or Vitaminwater Zero from 4/11 SS
Final price: 50 cents each wyb 2

Campbell's Condensed Soup $1
40 cents/2 Healthy Request Condensed Soups from 2/7 SS
25 cents/3 Condensed Cooking Soups from 2/28 SS
25 cents/3 Condensed Great for Cooking Soups from 3/28 SS
$1/2 Condensed Great for Cooking Soups printable
Final price: as low as 50 cents each wyb 2

Green Giant or Ralphs Frozen Vegetables $1
60 cents/3 Green Giant Frozen Boxed vegetables from 3/7 or 3/28 SS
50 cents/2 Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables printable here, here, here, and here
Final price: as low as 50 cents each wyb 2

Chef Boyardee Pasta $1
$1.50/4 printable
Final price: 63 cents each wyb 4

Michelina's or Budget Gourmet Entree $1
$1/5 printable
Final price: 80 cents each wyb 5

Haagen-Daz or Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Cup $1
$1/2 Skinny Cow Cups printable (FF or IE)
$1/3 Skinny Cow, Haagen-Dazs, or Edy's Cup from May All You
Final price: as low as 50 cents each wyb 2

Kraft Easy Mac or Velveeta Cup $1
Buy One, Get One Free Velveeta Shells & Cheese Cups printable here or here
Final price: as low as 50 cents each wyb 2

Renuzit Adjustable Air Freshener or Glade Spray $1
55 cents/3 Renuzit Adjustables from 3/7 RP
Final price: 67 cents each wyb 3

Hillshire Farm Smoked Links or Roped Sausage $2.50
$1/2 Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage from 4/18
Final price: $2 each wyb 2

Oscar Mayer Deli Shave Lunchmeats $3
$1/2 from 3/7 SS or printable
Final price: $2.50 each wyb 2

Ball Park Meat Franks $2.99
75 cents/2 from 3/14 RP
Final price: $2.49 wyb 2

Bumble Bee Seafood $1
55 cents/1 Bumble Bee Premium Tuna Pouch 2.5 or 5 oz from 2/21 SS
Final price: FREE

Friskies Cat Food 40 cents
$1/15 cans from 4/18 SS
Buy One, Get One from 2/7 RP
Final price: as low as 20 cents wyb 2

Mentos or Wrigley's Gum $1
55 cents/1 Mentos Gum from 2/21 SS
Final price: FREE

Other Deals
Ground Beef Sirloin or Angus Chuck $1.99/lb

Chicken Breast, Drumsticks or Thighs 99 cents/lb

Pork Sirloin Chops $1.99/lb

Pork Spareribs $1.99/lb

Cod Fillet $3.99/lb

Red Seedless Grapes 88 cents/lb

Fresh Selections or Fresh Express Garden Salads or Slaws 99 cents

Champagne Mangos 99 cents

Seedless Navel Oranges 99 cents/lb

Braeburn Apples 99 cents/lb

Italian Squash 99 cents/lb

Organic or Conventional Avocados $1.25

Doritos or Cheetos $1.98

Ralphs Milk or Orange Juice $1.50

Balance, Promax or PowerBar $1

Van de Kamp's Sliced Bread $1

Ralphs Brick Cream Cheese or Sour Cream $1

Calidad Tortilla Chips $1

Ralphs, Celeste or Tony's Pizza $1

Annie's Mac & Cheese, selected varieties $1

Knorr Side Dish $1

Purina One Dog Food $1

Fancy Feast Appetizers Cat Food $1

Hostess Individual Snack Cake $1

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