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Monday, May 31, 2010

Thank You to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, when we remember the men and women who died while in the military service. Though most of us (including me) spend it with family and friends at backyard barbeques, it's meant to be a day of remembrance. As I told my boys this morning, it's a day when we remember those who died so that we can live free.

In that vein, I encourage you to donate to one of my favorite charities, the USO. They do a lot for those who serve, especially overseas, and especially in combat zones. I particularly like Operation Phone Home, because all of the donations go directly to purchasing phone cards for service members. You can donate to Operation Phone Home or other specific programs here.

Note: I'll be taking the rest of the day off to spend time with my family, but I'll be back tomorrow with some deals and thoughts.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter CVS Transactions 5/30 - 6/5/10

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 for rolling ECBs, but here are a couple of ideas:

Transaction #1:
1 Ban Invisible Solid - $2.99

- $1/1 Ban Solid from 4/18 SS

Pay: $1.99 + tax
Receive: $2 ECB


Transaction #2:
2 Benadryl - $4.99

- $5/2 Cold & Allergy Products from 4/11 RP
- $2 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: $2.98 + tax
Receive: $1 ECB


P&G Scenario Idea:
1 Charmin Big Rolls 16 pk $9.99
1 Bounty Extra Soft Paper Towels 12 pk $12.99
3 Puffs Tissues $0.99 each

- $4/$20 purchase coupon for signing up for email updates here
- $0.50/1 Charmin Megaroll Upromise eCoupon (exp 5/31/2010)
- $0.25/1 Charmin Product from 5/2 P&G
- $0.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins from 5/2 P&G
- $0.50/1 Bounty Paper Towel 6pk+ Upromise eCoupon (exp 5/31/2010)

Pay: $20.45
Receive: $10 ECB

While this is a pretty high out of pocket amount, the overall deals are quite good - not rock bottom prices, but they are definitely stock up prices if you're running low and can't wait for a better sale.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Walgreens Transactions 5/30 - 6/5/10

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 a list of this week's deals here.

It's a good week at Walgreens - there are several items that are free after coupon that don't involve Register Rewards. I haven't included them in these scenarios - just tack them on to any of the deals below if you're interested in them.

Transaction #1:
1 Ecotrin 45ct $2
1 U by Kotex feminine care $3.49

- $2/1 Ecotrin Aspirin Therapy from 5/16 RP or $2/1 Ecotrin printable
- $1/1 U by Kotex Pads, Liners or Tampons, $1/1 U by Kotex Product from April All You, or
$1/1 U by Kotex Tampons or Liners from 4/18 SS

Pay: $2.49 + tax
Receive: $2 RR for Ecotrin + $2.50 RR for Kotex

Note: You could start with just the Ecotrin and pay just tax, but I can see some cashiers not liking that transaction so this "hides" just how good this deal is a little bit.

Transaction #2:
1 Luster White 7 toothpaste $5
1 filler, e.g., Royal Gelatin 20 cents w/ in-ad coupon

- $2 RR from previous transaction
- $2.50 RR from previous transaction

Pay: 70 cents + tax
Receive: $5 RR


Transaction #3:
1 Walgreens A thru Z select multivitamins $2
1 Cortaid Maximum Strength anti itch cream $3.99
1 filler, e.g., Royal Gelatin 20 cents w/ in-ad coupon

- $1/1 Cortaid product 4/25/2010 SS
- $5 RR from previous transaction

Pay: 19 cents + tax
Receive: $2 RR for vitamins + submit the mail in rebate form that prints at checkout for Cortaid for $3.99


At this point, you can roll the vitamin RR into the Ecotrin or Kotex, or just hold onto it for next week.

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CVS this week: 5/30 - 6/5/10

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.

Ban Invisible Solid - $2.99
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$1/1 Ban Solid 4/18/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/5/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: FREE

Reach Floss or Access Flosser - B1G1 FREE psa $1.99
$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)
$1/1 Reach Dental Floss Flosser 10/18/2009 RP Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
$1/1 Reach Toothbrush or Floss 10/4/2009 RP Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
Final Price: as low as FREE

CVS Jumbo Pack Diapers or Training Pants – $5.99
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $3.99

Nabisco Oreo Cookies or Cakesters - $3
Gallon Milk – $2.59
Earn $3 Extra Bucks wyb (2) Nabsico Oreo Cookies or Cakesters PLUS Gallon of Milk (Limit 2)
$1/1 Nabisco Oreo Fudge Creme Cookies 8.5oz May 2010 All You Magazine (exp 7/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $3.59 for all three items!

Spend $50 on iTunes Gifts, Get $10 Extra Bucks (Limit 2)

Suave Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler or Body Wash - $2
Earn $2 Extra Bucks wyb 3 (limit 2)
$0.50/1 Suave for Men Hair Care 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/20/2010)
$0.25/1 Suave Body Wash 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/20/2010)
$0.75/2 Suave Body Wash 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/20/2010)
$0.50/2 Suave Styling Products 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/20/2010)
$1/2 Suave Professional 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/20/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: as low as $0.83/each

Spend $25 on Select P&G Products, Get $10 Extra Bucks. (Limit 1)

Charmin Big Rolls 16 pk $9.99
$0.50/1 Charmin Megaroll Upromise eCoupon (exp 5/31/2010)
$0.25/1 Charmin Product, any 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)

Bounty Extra Soft Paper Towels 12 pk – $12.99
$0.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
$0.50/1 Bounty Paper Towel 6pk+ Upromise eCoupon (exp 5/31/2010)

Duracell Batteries - $5.99

Puffs Tissues - $0.99


Benadryl - $4.99
Earn $1 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$5/2 Cold & Allergy Products 4/11/2010 RP Insert (exp 7/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $1.49/each

Claritin Non Drowsy - $9.99
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$2/1 Claritin Non Drowsy Children’s, 4 oz or 10 ct+ 5/9/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/5/2010)
$3/1 Children’s Non-Drowsy Claritin 4 oz or 20 ct
$5/1 Claritin Non Drowsy 24 ct+ 5/9/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/5/2010)
Search the $0.75/1 Poise Product May 2010 All You Magazine (exp 7/3/2010)
$2/1 Poise or Depend Product
Final Price after Extra Bucks: as low as $7.99

Revlon Cosmetics or Beauty Tools – B1G1 50% off psa $1.99 (Limit 6)
$1/1 Revlon Beauty Tool Product 5/2/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/6/2010)

CVS/Pharmacy Herbal Supplements – B1G1 FREE psa $4.99

CVS/Pharmacy Batteries – B1G1 FREE psa $2.49

Neutrogena Suncare or Sunless Tanning (Excludes Spectrum) – $7.99
$2/1 Neutrogena Suncare Product
Final Price: $5.99

Huggies Little Movers Jumbo Packs – $11.99 (Mega packs may be on 50% off clearance)
$3/1 Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers
$4/2 Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers
$3/1 Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers (IE) or Printable (FF)
Final Price: as low as $8.99

Simply Asia Product – $1
$0.50/1 Simply Asia Product
Final Price: $0.50/each

Duncan Hines Cookies, Cake, Brownie Mix – $1
$0.55/2 Duncan Hines Product 3/28/2010 SS #1 Insert (exp 6/27/2010)
Final Price: $0.73/each

Werther’s Candy – $1.50
$1/2 Werther’s Original Caramel Chocolates 5/9/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1/1 Werther’s Original Caramel Chocolates 5/9/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
Final Price: as low as $0.50/each

Sudafed PE 10-24 ct. – $4.99
$5/2 Cold & Allergy Products 4/11/2010 RP Insert (exp 7/31/2010)
$2/1 Sudafed Select Varieties 3/14/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
Final Price: as low as $2.24/each


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Walgreens this week: 5/30 - 6/5/10

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.

Ecotrin 45ct $2
Use $2/1 Ecotrin Aspirin Therapy 5/16/2010 RP Insert (exp 7/31/2010)
Use $2/1 Ecotrin printable
FREE plus $2 in overage after coupon and register rewards

Cortaid Maximum Strength anti itch cream $3.99, Get Mail in Rebate Form at Checkout
Use $1/1 Cortaid product 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
FREE plus $1 in overage after coupon and rebate

U by Kotex feminine care $3.49, Earn a $2.50 RR when you buy one
Use $1/1 U by Kotex Pads, Liners or Tampons or
Use $1/1 U by Kotex Product Apr 2010 All You Magazine (exp 6/30/2010) or
Use $1/1 U by Kotex Tampons or Liners 4/18/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/30/2010)
FREE after coupon and RR

Luster White 7 toothpaste $5, Earn a $5 RR when you buy one
FREE after Register rewards

Walgreens A thru Z select multivitamins $2, Earn a $2 RR when you buy one
FREE after register rewards

Rejuvicare Ultimate Skin, Hair or ail Supplement $9.99, Earn a $9.99 RR when you buy one
FREE after register rewards

Buy $10 in participating Hershey products and get back $5 Register Rewards

Deal idea
Buy 4 bags of Reeses Pieces 2/$5
Use four $1/1 Pieces Candy 4/18/2010 SS Insert (exp 7/18/2010)
Pay $6 out of pocket and get back $5 Register rewards

Kids Aquafresh toothpaste $0.99 after in ad coupon
Use $1/1 Aquafresh Kids Bubble Mint, 4.6 oz + (hand this coupon first)
FREE after coupons

Reach floss or toothbrush $0.99
Use $1/1 Reach Floss or Toothbrush
FREE after coupon

One a day multivitamins psa $9.99
Use $4/1 in ad coupon
Use $1/1 One A Day Product 3/21/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/30/2010) or $1/1 printable
Pay $1.99 each after coupons

Coppertone products psa $8.99
Use $4/1 in ad coupon
Use $1/1 Coppertone Suncare Product, excludes lip balm or trial sizes
Use$1/1 Coppertone Product
Pay $3.99 each

Huggies diapers $8.99
Use $3/1 Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers (IE) or Printable (FF) or
Use $3/1 Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers or
Use $4/2 Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers
Pay $5.99 after coupon

Lifesavers on sale buy one get one free or 2/$2.29
Use BOGO printable coupon available last week or
Use $1/2 LifeSavers Mint or Hard Candy Peg Bags
As low as FREE after coupon and sale

Imperial Sugar 4lbs $2.19 after in ad coupon
Use $0.50/1 Imperial sugar coupon
Pay $1.69 after coupon

Lindsay Olives $0.99
Use $1/2 Lindsay Olives
Pay $0.49 each after coupon

Michelinas entrees $0.99
Use $1/5 Michelina’s Frozen Entrees 5/9/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/1/2010)
Pay $0.74 each after coupon wyb five

Campbells Chunky soup 4/$5
Use $1/2 Campbell’s Chunky Soup
Pay $1.50 for two or $0.75 each after coupon

Arm Hammer Dryer cloths $2.99
Use $1/1 Arm & Hammer Total 2 – in – 1 Dryer Cloths, any
Pay $1.99 each after coupon

Note: The June Monthly Register Rewards deals are here.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Four recalls yesterday: More drawstrings and magnets

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

Boys' Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Hind Fashions Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory - Click through for additional photos.


S. Rothschild & Co. Recalls Girls' Coats with Strings Due to Strangulation Hazard - Click through for an additional photo and a list of style numbers.


Children's Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Lollytogs Due to Strangulation and Entanglement Hazards - Click through for an additional photo.


Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets Sets Recalled by Maxfield and Oberton Due to Violation of Federal Toy Standard


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

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Morning Coffee: It's Mega Swag Bucks Friday

Search & WinSwag Bucks is by far my favorite way to earn free money, so I love Fridays, when there's an increased chance of winning big Swag Bucks. The Swag Guy has given a heads up that there will be a "Killer" code next week (tied into the new movie The Killers), so keep an eye out for that - they want you to be a "liker" of the Killers Facebook page, but I'm not sure that's going to be a requirement of getting the code. And don't forget that you can now win a daily Swag Buck by taking the new Daily Poll, and another daily Swag Buck for using their toolbar too. Disclosure: If you join Swag Bucks using my referral link, I'll get bonus Swag Bucks, so thank you if you do!

This week's Amazon Friday Salehas a lot of beverages(coffee, tea, etc.), a few tools(preparatory to Father's Day?), and four pages of toys,which seem to be mostly for younger children. Also, the video game moneymaker deal that I posted on Wednesday night is still available. 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 a preview of next week's Walgreens ad - there are several freebies on the last page.

Tia's Saving Cents has this week's Albertson's deals (for SoCal and Nevada).

The LA Times explains how to find the best cherries at a farmer's market.

It's the end of the month, so get those printable coupons while you can!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Becoming a Flybaby again

A few years ago, I turned to FlyLady.net to help me keep my house clean, but then I got pregnant and was pretty much incapacitated by morning sickness. I never got back on track with the FlyLady system. But I never stopped receiving the emails either.

Lately, I've been wanting to keep a cleaner house. The house is okay but not great, and I feel like the kids are old enough now that I can do more. But it's hard to get started.

Enter FlyLady. In my previous incarnation as a Flybaby (as she calls her followers), I had pretty good success. My biggest complaint was the number of emails she sends out every day, so I took someone's suggestion and subscribed to the daily digest email instead - now I get one email that contains all of the previous day's emails, keeping my inbox clutter-free.

I haven't adopted the FlyLady system as a whole. But I love the concept that you can clean your house 15 minutes at a time. Just having that mindset again has me keeping the house as a whole cleaner, and I'm constantly thinking of how to make the house less cluttered and easier to clean - whether it's getting rid of things or simply moving them around.

If you've been struggling to keep your house clean, I highly encourage checking out FlyLady for some ideas and inspiration.

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Morning Coffee: No coupons this weekend but lots of other coupons available

The holiday on Monday means there won't be any coupon inserts in this weekend's paper, although most stores will be having Memorial Day sales that might have good deals.

Everyday SolutionsSign up for P&G Everday Solutions to receive free samples, coupons, and updates from Proctor & Gamble brand products. You can only order samples once every quarter or so, but they're usually good ones that come with a couple of coupons. Links via MySavings.com

Mambo Sprouts has printable coupons for $1/2 Pamela's Baking Mixes, $1/1 Gluten Free Choices products, and more.

Walgreens will have more free-after-RR contact lens solution during the week of June 6.

Common Sense with Money explains how to get a Kodak photo magnet for $1 shipped. I'm picking one up for Father's Day.

Here's a great example of how you can pay less and get more because of coupons.

If you're local and receive the Jons Market circular, don't toss it without clipping the manufacturer's coupons inside! There are coupons for $1/2 Kraft American Singles (exp 6/5), $1/1 Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip (exp 6/12), $1/5 Kraft Mac & Cheese Dinners (exp 6/19), 50 cents/1 On-Cor item (exp 6/1),and 40 cents/1 Knudsen Sour Cream (exp 7/10). I've been able to use manufacturer's coupons from the Jons circular at Ralphs and Pavilions in the past - they usually beep, but since they are manufacturer's coupons with redemption instructions, the cashiers have always pushed them through.

You can get more Kraft coupons by playing the Noodlette game. (Via Common Sense with Money.)

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Deal Alert: Buy this DS game for $10.99, Get $10 + $5 Amazon credits

I don't usually post individual deals but since Amazon has a tendency to changes prices while you blink, I figured I'd get this out there immediately:

Buy the Nintendo DS game Glory of Heracles,which gets 4 out of 5 stars in five reviews, for $10.99. With your purchase, you'll receive a promotional code for $10 off a future video game purchase, and a promotional code for $5 worth of Amazon mp3 downloads (one $5 code per customer during qualifying period). Assuming you make the most of the promotional codes and get free shipping (via Amazon Prime or Free Super Saver Shipping), the deal is a $4.01 moneymaker! I don't think I've ever seen that for a video game.

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!

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Midday Coffee: Map of Jonathan Gold's Favorite Restaurants

If you're local, you've probably heard of Jonathan Gold, our most respected and popular restaurant critic. And now there's a Google Map with his (and a couple of other writers') favorite restaurants. I've been to a handful of the places listed, and while they were good, I wouldn't put most of them on a list of places to go again. So I'm going to treat this as a list of new places to try, but not have high expectations (like I did with, say, Bouchon).

Common Sense with Money explains how you can make money on Scrubbing Bubbles with this printable coupon for $5/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Power Sprayer.

Freebies 4 Mom has more Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards codes. This is my favorite instant win site because I've won 3 or 4 $25 gift cards from it.

The Artisan Bread in Five authors have a video showing how to cook your artisan bread in a cast iron pot on the grill.

Moneywise Moms
demonstrates why having a garden gets kids to eat vegetables. If only my thumb weren't so black!

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Ralphs 5/26 – 6/1/10

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).

On page 5, there's a coupon for a $25 credit when you transfer a prescription to Ralphs (limit one per transaction).

On Thursday, there's an 8-hour sale from 1 pm to 9 pm, which includes the following items:
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail 99 cents (limit 2)

Personal Seedless Watermelon $1.49 (limit 2)

12 Pack Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or Mountain Dew $1.99 (limit 4)

Johnsonville Brats $1.99 (limit 4)
55 cents/1 19.76 package of Brats or Italian Sausage printable
Final price: 99 cents

Ruffles Potato Chips or Tostitos Tortilla Chips 99 cents (limit 2)

Coupon Deals
Oscar Mayer, Hebrew National or Ball Park Hot Dogs Buy One, Get One Free
$1/2 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs from 5/16 SS
75 cents/2 Ball Park products from 5/2 RP
55 cents/1 Ball Park Angus product from 5/2 RP if included in sale
$1/2 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs printable
Final price: varies

Nabisco Snack Crackers $1.88
$1/2 Nabisco Crackers from 5/16 SS
Final price: $1.38 each when you buy 2

Best Foods Mayonnaise or Kraft Miracle Whip $2.50
75 cents/1 printable (FF or IE)
Final price: $1.50

Coca-Cola or Diet Coke 12-packs 4/$11 with in-ad coupon

Lay's Potato Chips $1.88
$1/1 Lay's Brand Kettle Cooked Potato Chips from June All you if included in sale
Final price: 88 cents

Starbucks Frappucino 4-pack $4.99
$1/1 Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Drink any 4 pack from 5/2 SS
$1/1 Frappucino printable
Final price: $3.99

MorningStar Farms or Boca Burger $3
$1/1 printable
Final price: $2

Purina Dog Chow or Kit & Kaboodle Cat Food $9.99
$1/1 Purina Dog Chow printable (FF or IE)
$1.50/1 from 5/2 SS (exp 5/29)

Stouffer's or Lean Cuisine Entree $1.85
$1/1 Stouffer's Corner Bistro Toasted Sub from 4/11 SS if included in sale
$1/2 Lean Cuisine printable (FF or IE)
$1/5 Lean Cuisine from 5/2 SS
Final price: as low as 85 cents

Daisy Sour Cream $1.99
50 cents/1 from 3/28 SS (exp 5/31)
Final price: 99 cents

Coffee-mate Flavored Coffee Creamer $3
50 cents/1 Nestle Coffeemate Liquid Creamer from 5/2 SS
75 cents/1 Nestle Coffeemate Liquid Creamer printable
$1.50/2 Nestle Coffeemate Liquid Creamer printable
Final price: as low as $2

Hillshire Farm Smoked Links or Rope Sausage $3.49
$1/2 Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage from 5/16 RP
Final price: $2.99 each when you buy 2

Padrinos or Mission Tortilla Chips $1.98
$1/1 Padrinos tortilla Chips any from 4/18 SS
Final price: 98 cents

Nestle Pure Life or Arrowhead Water 24-pack $3.50
$1/2 Nestle Pure Life multipacks printable
Final price: $3 each when you buy 2

Kraft Salad Dressing $2
$1/2 Kraft Salad Dressing 14 or 16 oz bottle from 5/2 SS
Final price: $1.50 each when you buy 2

LifeSavers or CremeSavers $1
75 cents/2 LifeSavers Mint or Hard Candy Peg Bags printable
Final price: 50 cents each when you buy 2

Raid Ant & Roach Spray $2.50
$1/1 Raid any product from 5/23 SS
Final price: $1.50

Other Deals
Whole Tri-Tip $1.97/lb

Whole Chicken 77 cents/lb

Large Scallops $5.99/lb

Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs $1.19/lb for 4-pound bag

Pork Spareribs $1.99/lb

Pork Loin Chips $2.99/lb

Ground Beef Patties $3.49/lb for 3-pound bag

Yellow or White Peaches 88 cents/lb

Blueberries $1.50

Hass Avocados 99 cents

Tomatoes on the vine $1.88/lb

Green Onions or Red Radishes 50 cents each

Cucumbers 79 cents each

Vidalia Onions $1.50/lb

Minute Maid Drinks 77 cents

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

Powerade 69 cents

2 Liter Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or Crush 79 cents when you buy 6

2 Liter 7-Up, Sunkist, or A&W Root Beer 89 cents

Ralphs Mustard or Relish 88 cents

Note: Next week's deals will likely be late because the ad probably won't be in Tuesday's mail due to the Memorial Day holiday.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CFO Redux: Don't Forget Those Emergency Diaper Bags

Today we're revisiting a post from three years ago - I wish I could remember why I needed the emergency diaper bag, but it's probably a good sign that I can't!

This post is a friendly reminder to keep emergency diaper bags in your cars and to keep them well-stocked and up to date.

As you might guess, this post is inspired by a recent incident in which my emergency diaper bag came in handy. Fortunately, there were plenty of size 5 diapers and wipes, which is what I needed. But I also found size 1 diapers for Tyler in there (and he's been in size 3's for a couple of months now!) and Alex's emergency outfit was a couple of sizes two small.

The lesson: Update all diaper bags regularly.

As for when to update the bags, do it when your child changes diaper or clothes sizes. But don't just swap out the diapers or clothes - take the time to make sure the wipes are still wet, that you haven't taken out a blanket without replacing it, etc.

A few tips:
  • Put a real package of diaper wipes in the bag, not one of those Especially for Baby cases that everyone has in their regular diaper bag because the wipes will dry out. A Kirkland brand package of wipes from Costco would work well. I buy boxes of Huggies wipes from Babies R Us that contain two large refill bags of wipes. I put bags that are about half full into a zip top bag and put that in the emergency diaper bag - the wipes stay nice and moist that way.
  • Disposable changing pads for beds like theseare larger than the disposable changing pads for baby, and cheaper too.
  • Sunscreen is a must, for the times when you make an unplanned trip to the park or you forget to apply it at home. I like these convenient towelettes.
  • Don't forget to add a nonperishable snack. Small bags of Goldfish, pretzels, or animal crackers would also work well.
  • I always have a couple of blankets in the diaper bags (a good use for receiving blankets once your child is no longer an infant). They come in handy when it gets colder than you expected.
  • Finally, consider keeping the clothes in the diaper bag a size or two bigger than what your child currently wears. Because you might not remember to update the diaper bag after all . . .

Morning Coffee: AAP says it's okay to teach your preschooler how to swim

The American Academy of Pediatrics had previously recommended against swim classes for kids under age 4, but now they are "more open" toward such classes. They continue to emphasize commonsense steps to prevent drowning, like having a fence around all pools, covering drains appropriately, making sure an adult is keeping an eye on kids, etc. Here in Southern California where every other house has a pool, most of my friends have put their children in swim classes before age 4 – it just seems to be the norm here.

Amazon is now offering free returns on selected clothing, which seems like a good move to me - if you get it and it doesn't fit the way you'd hoped, you're not out any money. Click here,and then on the "Introducing Free Returns" banner on the right for details. 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!

I've got to write up a post about Rite Aid; it's on my to do list so I can discuss the new(ish) Wellness+ program and more. But in the meantime, here's a printable coupon (pdf) for $1/1 any Rite Aid brand pain reliever - the link was in an email encouraging me to buy their store brand to replace all of the name brand Tylenol and Motrin I just had to toss because of the latest recall.

Their PR person also emailed me last week because he wanted to let everyone know that Rite Aid's new store brand diaper, Tugaboos, is on shelves and there's a $1 off Tugaboos coupon in the trial-size package, which retails for 99 cents. The new baby care line is part of Rite Aid's plan to revamp its entire private brand program, and will eventually include creams, lotions and wipes.

Common Sense with Money has an update on the Rite Aid moneymaker Olay scenarios she posted - it's now a $26 moneymaker!

Final Rite Aid update: May Video Values videos will close at 12 am EDT on May 29. I just spent about 20 minutes watching videos and reading a book, so I'll have this month's coupons available to print next month in case a hot deal comes up.

VocalPoint members can request a sample of Crystal Light Pure Fitness. I love getting samples from VocalPoint because they usually come with high value coupons.

Freebies 4 Mom explains how you can get a 20-page photo book for $3.50 and free shipping on Thursday and Friday.

Tomorrow, starting at 5 a.m. CST, the first 50,000 Tropicana Juicy Rewards members can redeem 5 points for a coupon for a free carton of Tropicana Pure Premium.

Coupons Inc.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

My Best Buys This Weekend

I've come down with a cold, or possibly the flu, plus three out of the four us seem to have pink eye. So I don't trust myself to write a thoughtful article on how to make and save money this week. Instead, I offer up the good deals I picked up this weekend, in the hopes that you can also take advantage of at least some of them:

Better than free contact solution:
I can't believe how much I used to spend on contact solution, and now I get it for free! Complete Multipurpose Solution is on sale for $7.99 at Walgreens, and is giving an $8 Register Reward. Use the $2/1 coupon from the 5/16 RP to turn the deal into a $2 moneymaker. I had two coupons, so I got 2 of these. I may swing by again this week to pick up a few more bottles without coupons, because they're still free after RR and that's better than paying $4 at Target!

Free barrettes:
Also at Walgreens, selected Goody brand hair accessories are on sale for $2.99 and giving a $3 RR. I picked up 2 of these, too.

Cheap Yo Crunch Yogurt:
At Ralphs, the 100-Calorie Yo Crunch Yogurt 4-packs are on sale for $2. Use the 75 cents/1 coupon from yesterday's SS, which will double to $1. I had two coupons, so I did 2 transactions and got 2 for $1 each.

Cheap Laundry Detergent:
I looked at the Target closest to me, but couldn't find the Green Works detergent that is on clearance at some stores for $3.48 (and becomes 48 cents when you use the $3/1 printable coupon). Fortunately, Ralphs has All detergent on sale for $2.99, and All Oxi is included in the sale. So I used two $2/1 coupons from the 5/16 RP to get 2 bottles for 99 cents each. The sale also includes Surf powder detergent, so I snagged the last box using the $2/1 coupon from the 5/16 RP - I'll give it to the friend I mentioned a few days ago, because she uses powdered detergent.

Better than free men's body wash:
Did anyone get as big a kick as I did out of the varieties of Old Spice body wash? They're free after ECB this week at CVS, with a limit of 2. I think my favorite is the Swagger, but I also got a kick out of Odor Blocker and the High Endurance that came in the NASCAR edition bottle. I used the B1G1 coupon from the 4/18 RP, paid $4 for the one bottle, and got an $8 ECB for next week.

Cheap Challenge Spreadable Butter:
I've mentioned before that I try to stick with RBST-free dairy products, so Challenge butter is my preferred brand. At Ralphs this week, the smaller tub of spreadable butter is on sale for $1.99. I used the $1/1 coupon in the Ralphs coupon booklet to get it for 99 cents. This freezes quite nicely, so you can stock up during sales like this.

Free Odwalla bar:
Odwalla bars are on sale for $1 at Pavilions (and Vons/Safeway), I think through June 15. There's a free magazine at Ralphs right now near the weekly circulars called Optimum, which has several coupons including a 50 cents/1 Odwalla beverage or bar. At $3.29 for less than 16 ounces, the juice is too pricey, in my opinion, but the bar is free after double coupon.

Free Wacky Mac pasta:
Another Pavilions (and Vons/Safeway) deal. Bags are on sale for $1, so free after 50 cents/1 coupon from the 5/16 SS.

Cheap Dixie paper plates:
Rite Aid has packages on sale for $1.99 this week, and there was a 50 cents/1 coupon in yesterday's RP (apparently this is regional, and some areas got a $1/2 coupon instead). I use two of these coupons, and a $2/2 Dixie coupon from Rite Aid Video Values (available last month but not this month). I've been reading some stories on the coupon forums about Rite Aid cashiers refusing to accept Video Values coupons but I had no trouble at all. According to the coupon policy posted at I Heart Rite Aid, cashiers should accept a RA coupon and a manufacturer's coupon for each item, so I was prepared with a copy of it just in case - but I'm glad I didn't need it.

As you can see, I picked up some great deals this weekend, and it's a pretty typical weekend for me. I hit seven stores over the two days, not all at once.

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The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Rite Aid Transactions 5/23 - 5/29/10

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.

Transaction Idea:
1 Cascade Automatic Dishwashing Detergent or Action Packs, $2.99
1 Lamisil AT, $7.99
2 GE CFL Light Bulbs, $2 each
1 Noxema Disposable Razors, $2.99
2 Dixie plates, $1.99 each

- $5 off $20 purchase Video Values coupon
- $0.25/1 Cascade from 5/2 P&G
- $2/1 LamisilAT product from 4/25 SS
- 2 x $1/1 GE Energy Product from 4/18 SS or $1/1 GE Energy Smart Product from April All You
- $2/1 Noxema Spa Shaver from 5/23 RP
- $2/2 Dixie plates Video Values coupon (no longer available for viewing)
- $1/2 or 2 x 50 cents/1 Dixie from 5/23 RP (depending on what was distributed in your area)

Pay: $7.70 + tax
Receive: $2 SCR for Cascade + $2 SCR for Lamisil + $2 SCR for GE CFL

Alternatively, try Common Sense with Money's scenarios for making $14 while buying Olay Regenerist.

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Morning Coffee: Too bad it's not THAT Iron Man

Yesterday morning, I came upon Common Sense with Money's explanation about how you can get free Ironman Muscle Rub or Spray at Walgreens. It's Ironman as in the Ironman Triathlon, but when I said something about it aloud, my boys jumped up and came running over - and it took me a moment to realize they were hoping for Iron Man the cartoon. I got a good laugh out of that :)

Some LA museums now offer free admission to active duty military and their families.

It was nice to learn that leaving the Artisan Bread dough out on the counter overnight just shortens its lifespan, but it's otherwise perfectly fine to use.

Bargain Briana has this week's Meijer and Kmart deals.

Common Sense with Money has this week's Walmart deals.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rite Aid this week: 5/23- 5/29/10

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.

Cascade Automatic Dishwashing Detergent or Action Packs, $2.99
Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

$0.50/1 Cascade Complete 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
$0.25/1 Cascade 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
Final price: as low as $0.49 each after coupon and SCR

Lamisil AT, $7.99
Get a $3 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

$2/1 LamisilAT product 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 7/30/2010)
Final price: $2.99 each after coupon and SCR

GE CFL Light Bulbs, $2
Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 2

$1/1 GE Energy Product 4/18/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/16/2010)
$1/1 GE Energy Smart Product Apr 2010 All You Magazine (exp 6/30/2010)
Final price: $1 each when you use 2 coupons, after SCR

Tugaboos Jumbo Pack Diapers, $6.99
Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

$1/1 Tugaboos Jumbo Training Pants or Overnites
Final price: $3.99 after coupon and SCR

Always Maxi Pads or Tampax Tampons, $6.99
Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

$1/1 Always Products 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
$1/1 Always Pantiliners 34 ct+ 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
$1/1 Tampax 18 ct+ 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
Final price: $3.99 each after coupon and SCR

Benefiber, Gas-X or Ex-Lax, $9.99
Get a $3 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

$1 BenefiberRite Aid Video Values from April (if you still have it)
$1/1 Benefiber Orange Product 5/23/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1/1 Benefiber Product 5/23/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1/1 Gas-X printable
$1/1 Gas-X Product, SS 04/25/10 SS Insert (exp 7/10/10)
Final price: as low as $4.99 after coupon and SCR

KY Kissable Sensations for the Body, $14.99
Get a $3 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1
$5/1 K-Y Brand Intense or Yours + Mine Product printable
$2/1 K-Y Brand Product printable
Final price: as low as $6.99 each after coupon and SCR

Noxema Disposable Razors, $2.99
$2/1 Noxema Spa Shaver 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
Final price: $0.99 each after coupon

Raid Bug Barrier Trigger, $6.99
$1/1 Raid Bug Barrier Starter Kit Rite Aid coupon
AND
$3/1 Raid Max Bug Barrier Starter (exp 12/31/2020)
$3/1 Raid Max Bug Barrier Starter 5/23/2010 SS Insert (exp 7/17/2010)
$3/1 Raid Max Bug Barrier 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/19/2010)
Final price: as low as $2.99 each after coupons

OFF! Clip-on Starter Kit, $6.99
B1G1 Off Clip-On Mosquito Repellent Starter (up to $10 value)
AND
$2/1 Off! Clip-On Starter 5/16/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/26/2010)
Final price: 2 for $4.99 after both coupons

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The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Walgreens Transactions 5/23 - 5/29/10

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 a list of this week's Walgreens deals here.

Transaction #1:
Colgate Toothpaste Total Advances or Enamel Strength $2.99

- $1/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste from 5/9 SS Insert or $1/1 Colgate Total from April All You (or $0.75/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste printable)

Pay: $1.99 + tax
Receive: $2 RR


Transaction #2:
1 Goody Ouchless barrette or flex tip band $2.99

- $2 RR from previous transaction

Pay: 99 cents + tax
Receive: $3 RR


Transaction #3:
1 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend a Clean $7.99
1 filler, e.g., rubber gloves 50 cents w/ in-ad coupon

- $5/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Product from 4/11 SS
- $3 RR from previous transaction

Pay: 49 cents + tax
Receive: $2 RR


Transaction #4:
1 Complete Multipurpose solution $7.99
1 filler, e.g., rubber gloves 50 cents w/ in-ad coupon

- $2/1 Complete Solution from 5/16 RP
- $2 RR from previous transaction

Pay: $4.49 + tax
Receive: $8 RR

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter CVS Transactions 5/23 - 5/29/10

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:
Crest 3D White Toothpaste - $2.99

- $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ from 5/2 P&G

Pay: $2.24 + tax
Receive: $2 ECB


Transaction #2:
2 Old Spice or Gillette Body Wash - $4 each

- B1G1 Old Spice Body Wash from 4/18 RP or 5/2 P&G OR B1G1 Gillette Body Wash from 5/2 P&G (may be regional)
- $2 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: $2 + tax
Receive: $8 ECB


Transaction #3:
2 Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler - 2/$6.97
1 Olay or Olay Total Effects Body Wash or Plus Ribbons - $7

- 2 x $1/1 Pantene Hair Product from 5/2 P&G
- $1/1 Olay Body Product from 5/2
- $8 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: $2.97 + tax
Receive: $2 ECB for Pantene + $2 ECB for Olay


Note: Transaction #3 isn't really a great deal, though it serves as an example of how to roll your ECBs. If you don't need the items, I would recommend holding onto your $8 ECB for next week.

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CVS this week: 5/23 - 5/29/10

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.

Old Spice or Gillette Body Wash - $4
Earn $4 Extra Bucks (Limit 2)
$1/2 Old Spice Anti-Perspirant/Deo or Body Wash 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
B1G1 Old Spice Body Wash 4/18/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
Final Price: FREE + Overage

Sobe Life Water - B1G1 (Limit 6)
B1G1 Free Sobe Lifewater
Final Price: TWO FREE!

Crest 3D White Toothpaste - $2.99
Earn $1 Extra Buck (Limit 2)
$0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz+ 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $1.24

Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler - 2/$6.97
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (limit 1)
$1/2 Pantene 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
$1/1 Pantene Hair Product 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $1.49/each

Olay or Olay Total Effects Body Wash or Plus Ribbons - $7
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (limit 1)
$1/1 Olay Body Product 5/2/2010 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $4

Buy a Dinner & Movie $50 Gift Card, Get $10 Extra Bucks (limit 2)

American Express Prepaid Gift Cards - B2, Get $5 Extra Bucks (Limit 2)

Spend $10 on Ragu, Lipton, or Hellman’s, Get $3 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
Ragu – $1.67
Lipton – $2.49
Hellman’s Mayo 22-30oz – $2.99
$1/2 Ragu, any 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/20/2010)
$0.60/2 Lipton 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/20/2010)
$0.40/2 Hellmans Product 16.5oz+ 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/20/2010)

Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Care
Spend $20, Get $10 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
Prices starting at $5.99
$1/1 Garnier Face Product 3/7/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
$1/1 Garnier Facial Product 5/2/2010 RP Insert (exp 5/30/2010)
$1/1 Garnier Nutritioniste Cleanser or Moisturizer

Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent or Total 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths – B1G1 FREE ($6.99?)
$1/1 Arm & Hammer Total 2 – in – 1 Dryer Cloths, any
$1/2 Arm & Hammer Detergent or Softener, any
$1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry 4/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/15/2010)
$1/2 Arm & Hammer Dryer Cloths 4/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/15/2010)

Strap Perfect or Smooth Away - B1G1 @ $9.99
$1.50/1 Strap Perfect Bra Strap 3/28/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
$1.50/1 Strap Perfect Concealer 2/14/2010 RP Insert (exp 5/30/2010)
$1/1 Strap Perfect Bra Strap 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1.50/1 Smooth Away 5/23/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1.50/1 Smooth Away Product 3/21/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/30/2010)
$1/1 Smooth Away Hair Removal 4/25/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1.50/1 Smooth Away or Vibe Hair 2/14/2010 RP Insert (exp 5/30/2010)
Final Price: $3.49/each

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Walgreens this week: 5/23 - 5/29/10

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.

Complete Multipurpose solution $7.99, Earn a $8 RR when you buy one
Use $2/1 Complete Solution 5/16/2010 RP Insert (exp 7/31/2010)
FREE plus $2 in overage after coupons

Goody Ouchless barrette or flex tip band $2.99, Ear a $3 RR wyb one
FREE after register rewards

Colgate Toothpaste Total Advances or Enamel Strength $2.99, Earn a $2 RR when you buy one
Use $1/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste 5/9/2010 SS Insert (exp 5/29/2010) or
Use $0.75/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste or
Use $1/1 Colgate Total Apr 2010 All You Magazine (exp 5/31/2010)
As low as free after coupon and RR

Carefree pantiliners $0.99 after in ad coupon

Use $1/1 Carefree product 4/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/30/2010) (hand this one first)
FREE after coupons

Soft and Beautiful Botanicals or Just for me Relaxer Kit or Texturizer $4.99, Earna $4 RR wyb one
Pay $0.99 after register rewards

Scrubbing Bubbles Extend a Clean $7.99, Earn a $2 RR when you buy one
Use $5/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Product 4/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/6/2010)
Pay $0.99 each after oupon and RR

Buy $15 in Participating Unilever (Dove, Caress, Suave, degree, Lever 2000) Earn a $5 RR
Use $3/2 Dove Deodorant (IE) or Printable (FF)
Use $2/1 Dove Deodorant (IE) or Printable (FF)
Use $1.25/1 Dove Ultimate Go Fresh Deodorant or Body Mist

Deal idea:
Buy 4 Dove Deodorants 2/$7
buy one Dove Body Mist $3.50
Use four Use $2/1 Dove Deodorant (IE) or Printable (FF)
Use one $1.25/1 Dove Ultimate Go Fresh Deodorant or Body Mist
Pay $0.65 each after coupons and RR

Keebler cookies or crackers 4/$10, Earn a $5 RR when you buy four
Use $1/1 Keebler Sandies 9.5 oz + (IE) or Printable (FF)
Use $0.55/2 Keebler Cookies, any 4/18/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/13/2010)
Use $0.55/1 Keebler Sandies Cookies 4/18/2010 RP Insert (exp 6/13/2010)
Pay $1 for four packs of Sandies after 4 coupons and RR

Huggies diapers 2/$18, Earn a $3 RR when you buy two
Use $3/1 Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers or
Use $4/2 Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers
Pay as little as $4.50 per pack after coupons

Oscar Mayer hot dogs on sale buy one get one free or 2/$2.99
Use $1/2 Oscar Mayer Hotdogs or
Use $1/2 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs 5/16/2010 SS Insert (exp 7/11/2010)
Pay $0.99 each after coupon

Tic Tacs 99 cents
Use B1G1 Free Tic Tac Single 5/2/2010 RP Insert (exp 7/31/2010)
Pay $0.49 each after coupon

Huggies Little swimmers $6.99
Use $1.50/1 Huggies Little Swimmers or
Use $1/1 Huggies Little Swimmers 5/16/2010 SS Insert (exp 6/13/2010)
PLUS use $2/1 Walgreens May IVC (exp 5/29/2010)
Pay $3.49 each after coupons

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One recall on Thursday: Target storage trunks

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

Target Recalls Storage Trunks 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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Morning Coffee: A Few Quick Deals

Coupons Inc.There's a new $2/1 Coppertone Suncare coupon at Coupons.com. With summer right around the corner, there should be some awesome sunscreen deals at the drugstores, so print this coupon while it's available (I printed mine last night and it expires 6/18).

Also, the B1G1 Sun Rype coupons are still available at Coupons.com. I haven't been to Vons/Pavilions/Safeway yet, but online the Fruit Strips are on sale for 33 cents and the Fruit Bars are on sale for $1, so you can get two each for those prices with the coupon. Links via Logical Media

My Good Cents
reports that over at Ralphs, Athenos Hummus is just $1.50, so you can get two for that price using the B1G1 printable coupon if you "like" Athenos on Facebook.

Walmart has a printable coupon for $1/1 Quaker Oatmeal coupon (click on the "get special savings" button).

Drugstore deals are coming up later, and if I'm seeing the ad right, there's a $4 moneymaker at CVS!


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Friday, May 21, 2010

A Few Random Thoughts

I have a few random thoughts to share as we start off the weekend . . .

  • Kindergarten seems like a huge milestone. I’m trying to act casual about it so as not to freak out my boys, but on the inside, I’m a wreck. Intellectually, I know that everything will be fine - kids go off to school all the time. But talk about a major transition, not to mention my having to let go of my baby (sob!).

  • I’ve now cooked two boxes of Ronzoni Healthy Harvest and both times they’ve come out gummy. Maybe I’ve seriously overcooked them, but I don’t think so. The Smart Taste variety comes out just fine, and so do other whole wheat pastas.

  • Maybe the best thing about couponing is being able to easily share with others. The husband of one of my friends lost his job, and I know my friend really doesn’t want to shop the way I do, even though money is tight. I totally understand that what I do isn’t for everyone, but I’m happy to share the fruits of my labor. A couple of weeks ago, I took over three bags full of toiletries, food, and paper goods that I’d probably paid less than $10 for and yet were worth a couple of hundred retail. I love being able to do that!
  • Morning Coffee: It's Mega Swag Bucks Friday

    Search & WinThanks to Swag Bucks, I've been able to buy my family lots of items for free, including video games, books and even food. My boys are loving the organic vanilla cookies I bought them last week. It's by far my favorite way to earn free money, so I love Fridays, when there's an increased chance of winning big Swag Bucks. Plus, now you can win a daily Swag Buck by taking the new Daily Poll. And don't forget the daily Swag Buck for using their toolbar, too. Disclosure: If you join Swag Bucks using my referral link, I'll get bonus Swag Bucks, so thank you if you do!

    This week's Amazon Friday Saleagain includes a Toys & Babysection, which has an eclectic assortment assortment of toys including board games and electronics. The Grocery saleis pretty much assorted energy bars and coffee. 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 a preview of next week's Walgreens ad.

    There's a printable coupon for $3/1 Green Works laundry detergent (registration required), and My Good Cents reports that it was on clearance for $3.48 at her San Diego Target. If you try it and don't like it, you can take advantage of this money back guarantee. If you have an HE washer like I do, you'll be happy to know that their web site says the detergent is "[s]pecially formulated for both standard and high-efficiency washers." (You can also access the coupon by "liking" Green Works on Facebook.)

    Get a preview of the upcoming Target ad.

    There's another $2/2 Huggies wipes coupon. If you missed the first ones, you can find the links here.

    Common Sense with Money has details on a Band Aid coupon rebate, which is great if you were going to buy Band Aids anyway.


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    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Confession: I Haven't Been Menu Planning

    I've talked often about menu planning, but I've also admitted that it goes in cycles with me - and lately, I've completely gotten away from it. I can't remember the last time I planned my menu.

    Things have been okay anyway, but Moneywise Moms mentioned yesterday that participating in a weekly menu planning meme helps her stay on track, and her post reminded me of the many benefits of menu planning: saving money, reducing stress, more variety, less waste, and more.

    So, I'm going back to planning out my menu, but with a focus on easy, fast dinners. Side note: I only plan dinners, since breakfast is usually cereal, toast or oatmeal, and lunch is usually leftovers or a quick sandwich.

    The weather here has been a bit weird - it got warm for a while, and then this week it's been cool again. It even rained a couple of times, which is downright bizarre. But the farmer's markets should be looking good, so I can get some fresh, in-season produce because I also want to make our meals with less meat. I've been reading Mark Bittman's blog, and that along with his article in a recent issue of Cooking Light has me convinced that I should at least try to downsize the amount of meat in our diet. There's no better time for such an experiment than when fresh produce is bountiful and delicious.

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    Morning Coffee: New coupons at Coupons.com

    Coupons Inc.There are new coupons at Coupons.com again - $1/1 Kraft 100 Calorie Packs Cheese Bites, and some Sun Rype coupons. That should make for some pretty inexpensive cheese at Target, and fruit snacks at Vons/Pavilions (I've found Sun Rype products in the produce section there). Banner via Logical Media

    Christian Clippers has this week's Vons match ups, which includes cheap Vitaminwater and free Carefree.

    Christian Clippers also has this week's Stater Brother match ups, which include cheap pasta and sausage.

    My Good Cents reports that you can get a free Amazon giftcard from Coinstar when you trade in your change for Amazon mp3 gift cards.

    I've never been to Henry's, but there's one not too far away so I've been thinking of going sometime. Organic Coupons & Deals has the current match ups.

    Mommy Snacks has details on how to get 10 free points at My Coke Rewards.


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