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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Giveaway Winners: Dove Men+Care & Sargento Reduced Sodium Cheese

Thank you to everyone who entered the Dove Men+Care giveaway - the lucky random winner is:

Lisa A. (lahl*****@gmail.com)

And thank you to everyone who entered the Sargento Reduced Sodium Cheese giveaway - the lucky random winners are:

Judyyy (judy****@hotmail.com)
Johanna M. (johannamma**********@gmail.com)
Jessie C. (tcaro*****@gmail.com)
Tharini V. (thari*******@gmail.com)
and Julie D. (akap****@yahoo.com)

Winners, I've emailed you and you have 24 hours to respond with your address!

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Walgreens this week: 8/1 - 8/7/10

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.

Crayola Washable Markers 8ct classics or 20ct super tips $3
Less Mail in Rebate of $3 (I am assuming it prints at the register)
Free after rebate

Crayola Crayons 24ct $1, Earn a $1 RR when you buy one
Free after register rewards

10 pack Penway #2 pencils $0.09

6 pack Paper Mate highliters $0.19

Sharpie markers 2/$1 after in ad coupon

School box $0.59 after in-ad coupon

Penway subject notebook of index cards $0.29

Complete Multipurpose solution 12oz $7.99, Earna $8 RR when you buy one
Free after register rewards

Alive Energy Multivitamins 50ct (men or women’s) $5 $10, Earn a $5 $10 RR when you buy one
Free after register rewards

Buy two select Kelloggs cereal 2/$5, Earn a $2 RR
Use $1/1 Kellogg’s FiberPlus Cereal, 11.5oz + (if included)
Use assorted $1.50/2 Kellogg’s Cereals
Use $1/1 Kellogg’s Cinnabon Cereal 6/27/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/8/2010) if included
Pay as low as $1 for two boxes after coupons and RR

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Morning Coffee: Last day for Amazon diaper deal

Update: The first person to leave their email address will get the code. (You can delete the comment after you get the code.) Gone!

The Amazon diaper deal that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago ends today - and I still have one 20% off stackable code that was never claimed. So the first person to comment on this post to request it will get it today, and I'll do my best to email it asap (although I won't be glued to my computer because I have to take the boys to a birthday party).

A Slickdeals user reports that Best Life Buttery Spread is $1 at Ralphs this week, so it will be free after the $1/1 coupon in the 7/11 RP. I'm hoping to hit Ralphs this morning, so I'll let you know if I find any other great deals.

Get a printable coupon for 75 cents/1 Yoplait Splitz. If you're getting it at Target, you can stack it with the 50 cents/1 printable Target coupon.

The Whole Foods site has new printable coupons that are redeemable at Whole Foods only, including $2/2 Arrowhead Mills.

Here's a preview of tomorrow's Target ad.

Here's a heads-up regarding the free-after-rewards backpack offer at Staples, which ends today. I used the 15% off coupon to make my purchase and it took off $4.50. But when I submitted my rebate online, it reflected the full purchase price. I don't know if the final rebate will still be for the full price, but I'm hoping!


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Friday, July 30, 2010

Target Toy Clearance: It's not too late!

Target's seasonal toy clearance is going on right now, and some of the toys have hit the 75% discount mark. Apparently the store nearest my house is one of the top five stores in the country, which explains why their clearance section is always decimated. So I wasn't expecting to find anything good when I stopped by today to pick up a few other things, and I was shocked to see a couple of Star Wars action figures that the boys will love - a two-pack of Hoth snow troopers with snow speeders for $6.49 and an ARF clone trooper (I'm not kidding, that's what he's called) with some kind of AT-AT walker. There was also a cart full of Hello Kitty travel toys, and I picked one up for a birthday party tomorrow for just $3.08.

The point I'm trying to make is that if the store near me still has stuff, then other stores probably do too. So it's definitely worth checking out!

I'm not the only one loving the toy clearance - see all the stuff Mercedes got yesterday over at Common Sense with Money.

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Musing about abundance and poverty

My college roommate had an older sister who did her junior year abroad in Africa (Kenya, I think), and I’ve always remembered their mother mentioning once that her older daughter had had a difficult time adjusting upon her return because she’d seen so much poverty. It’s a thought that’s stuck with me through the years, and hits me especially when I read posts from bloggers visiting poverty-stricken areas in Africa and South America.

One of those bloggers is Kristen of We are THAT Family, who went to Kenya earlier this year and has periodically shared the residual impact of that trip since her return. Earlier this month (because I am that behind on my reading), Kristen wrote about a boy who was happy and content despite his horrifying living conditions, who, when she asked why he was happy and unafraid, responded, "Because I have Jesus." And Kristen wrote about how, ever since, she has tried to live so that Jesus is enough for her.

Her post brought to mind the same struggle I’ve had for years, and one that’s been on my mind more lately because I’ve been feeling particularly blessed: How do I balance the abundance in my life against the poverty of others?

I am Christian, but I am also very much a capitalist, and so while I believe in charity, I don’t believe in the redistribution of wealth. And yet, I feel guilty when I ask God to continue blessing our family – when I pray, I can’t pretend that I’m asking for more for our family so that we can share our blessings with others. That’s certainly a part of our intention, but not the main part. What I’m really saying is, Please, God, give us the financial security and stability so that we can send our boys to the best private middle and high schools because the public schools are unacceptable and all of our other options are not guaranteed, and I would love to know that my boys’ education can be taken care of without compromising our retirement planning.

My prayers seem, well, selfish and greedy when there are children in this world who starve to death and don’t have enough clothes and are sold into slavery.

I don’t have any answers. I do my best to do God’s will, to be generous and kind, and set a good example for my children. I remember that it makes little sense to help a child thousands of miles away and yet be a bad neighbor or friend. And there are other causes that I want to support too – the USO is especially close to my heart, and I highly recommend the inspiring articles in their magazine, On Patrol. And I can’t do it all.

So I guess it comes down to what most things come down to: Do my best, and hope that it’s good enough.

I'll never really know if it was good enough. But I can live with 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 from Amazon. 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 Daily Poll, and another daily Swag Buck for using their toolbar. Disclosure: If you join Swag Bucks using my referral link, I'll get bonus Swag Bucks, so thank you if you do!

Today's Amazon Deal of the Day is this Freshwater Pearl Necklacefor $69. I thought it was worth mentioning because it has a list price of $295 and a regular price of $129 on Amazon, so it might make a nice gift. 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 sneak peek at the upcoming Walgreens ad - there's better-than-free contact lens solution and free Crayola products.

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming Staples ad, which doesn't have any penny items but does have free-after-rewards paper.

Facebook likers of Eucerin can get a free sample of Eucerin Daily Skin Balance.

Common Sense with Money has some good Walmart deals, including free Schick razor packs.

Have your child create an original recipe using JIF peanut butter and s/he could win a $25,000 scholarship.

Tia's Saving Cents has this week's SoCal and Nevada Albertsons deals, which include cheap Prego sauce.

Christian Clippers has this week's Vons/Pavilions deals, which include free Land O Lakes butter.


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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cybex Solution Booster Seats Recalled For Defective Label

Certain Cybex Solution X-Fix model bosster seats manufactured in February 2010 were produced with an incorrect warning label relating to securing an unoccupied booster seat. If the instructions on the label are followed, there is an increased risk that the unoccupied booster seat could cause injury in a severe crash. Registered owners will automatically receive a new label and owner's manual. To contact the manufacturer, call Regal Lager at 1-800-593-5522 between 8:30 a.m. AND 5:30 p.m. EST.

Read the official recall notice.

Read the recall info at the manufacturer's web site.

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Morning Coffee: Restaurant Deals today

I'm having dinner with a couple of good friends tonight, and we were torn on where to go: Cheesecake Factory has $1.50 cheesecakes today with this Facebook coupon, while Buca di Beppo is offering a free lasagna with the purchase of any pasta or entree and $10 off a $20 purchase with the coupon that was in the paper (I can't find which insert) or printable here.

Coupons Inc.It's almost the end of the month, which means coupons at Coupons.com will be reset. Be sure to print the ones you want because they may not be there come August. And hopefully the ones you've already hit the print limit on will reset and you'll be able to print more.

If you don't play The Drugstore Game and so have a stash of free razors, then you may be interested in this Amazon deal for a Gillette Fusion Proglide Power Razorfor as low as $3.40. The price shown is $5.40, but some of you may have a $2/1 coupon when you click on the "Your Coupon Book" link underneath the price (I didn't have one). Another Amazon deal is the 6-pack of Elmer's School Glue Sticksfor just $1. Note that the shipping date is in 2 to 4 weeks, which could delay your whole order if you order other things with it. But it makes a great filler if you need just a small amount to get to the $25 mark for free shipping. And you should still get it before school starts in September if you order now.

Get a coupon by mail for free Better Oats. Common Sense with Money says the last coupon she requested from them never came, so sign up for this one without high expectations.

Get a free sample of Kotex products. (Via Money Saving Mom.)

A Thrifty Mom lists some additional Rite Aid deals and has an update on the +UP rewards.

Get printable coupons for $1/1 and 85 cents/1 Yoplait Go-Gurt.

Get a printable coupon for $2/1 Method laundry detergent. (Via Freebies 4 Mom.)



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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Morning Coffee: Staples Free Backback Deal Just Got Better

As I've mentioned previously, you can get a free-after-rewards backpack at Staples this week, and today, Staples came out with a 15% off coupon. I'm guessing your rewards credit will be for the discounted price, but 15% off is pretty nice considering the price of most of the higher quality backpacks. If you hit the store today, you'll also be able to pick up this week's penny item (Bic pens).

There are new coupons at Cellfire.com that you can load to your store loyalty card for extra in-store savings. The coupons include Cheerios, Totinos, and Pillsbury. The Totinos and Pillsbury Sweet Moments coupons are ones I've never seen before. Links via Escalate Media Affiliate Network

Freebies 4 Mom explains how you can get three free photo cards for just 99 cents S&H from Shutterfly.

I'm afraid of canning because I'm certain I'll contaminate the preserves, so I'm always impressed when someone does it. A Thrifty Mom shares how she made apricot-pineapple jam.

Moneywise Moms discusses shopping for gluten-free products at Target.

Also at Target, Moms Need to Know reports that you can get free Wonka bars and Bic Pens.


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Ralphs 7/28 - 8/3/10

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

There are a couple of promotions this week. First is Buy 3 12-packs of selected varieties of Coke for $9.99 and get 2 free boxes of Cheez-Its. Second is Get $4 off when you buy participating P&G products - the following items are in the ad, but there are probably more tagged in-store (prices listed are after $4 discount):

Tide Detergent or Stain Release $9.99
$3/1 Tide Stain Release Large from 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
$1/1 Tide Stain Release any from 6/6 or 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
$1/1 Tide Laundry Deterent any from 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
Pay: as low as $6.99

Charmin 6 Mega or 12 Big Roll $5.99
25 cents/1 Charmin product any from 6/6 or 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
Pay: $5.49

Herbal Essences or Aussie Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler $1.99
50 cents/1 Herbal Essences or Aussie product from 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
Pay: 99 cents

Gillette, Old Spice or Secret Deodorant $2.99
Buy 1 Gillette Deodorant Get 1 Body Wash Free from 6/6 P&G (exp 7/31)
Buy 1 Old Spice Fresh Collection Deodorant and get One Old Spice Odor Blocker Body Wash free from 6/6 or 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
$1/2 Old Spice Anti Perspirant/Deodorant or Body Wash from 6/6 P&G (exp 7/31)

Always Pads or Tampax Tampons $4.99
$1/1 Always Pads from 6/6 or 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
$1/1 Tampax Tampons from 6/6 or 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
$2/1 Tampax Pearl or Tampax Compak Pearl Tampons from 6/6 or 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31), if included in sale
Pay: as low as $2.99

Pantene Family Size Pro-V Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler $5.99
$1/1 Pantene Styler, Hairspray or Treatment from 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
$1/2 Pantene Products from 6/6 or 7/4 P&G or 6/13 SS (exp 7/31)
Pay: as low as $4.99

Nice N Easy $5.99
$2/1 Nice N Easy Root Touch Up product from 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
$2/1 Nice N Easy Hair Color from 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
Pay: $3.99

Pampers Jumbo $7.99
$1.50/1 Pampers Diapers or pants from 6/6 or 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
$2/1 Pampers Cruisers, Swaddlers, Sensitive or Extra Protection Diapers from 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
$2/1 Pampers Swaddlers or Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers from 6/20 RP (exp 7/31)
$2/1 Pampers Cruisers Diapers from 6/20 RP (exp 7/31)
Pay: as low as $5.99

Gillette Mach 3 Disposable Razors $6.99

Duracell Value Packs $9.99
75 cents/1 Duracell Coppertop 4 pack or larger AA/AAA or C/D , 9 volt, & Ultra Advanced (AA/AAA) from 7/4 P&G
Pay: $8.99

Coupon Deals
Post Cereal (Family Size) $2.50
$1/2 Post Kids Cereals from 7/25 SS
$1.50/2 Post Kids Cereals AND 1 gallon of milk
Pay: As low as $1.75 each wyb 2 boxes of cereal and milk

Ball Park Hot Dogs $1
75 cents/2 Ball Park Product from 6/27 RP or printable gone!
Pay: 50 cents each wyb 2

Better Oats Revolution Oatmeal $1
B1G1 printable
Pay: 50 cents each wyb 2

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest or Smart Taste Pasta $1
75 cents/1 Smart Taste printable
Pay: as low as FREE

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

Jimmy Dean Sausage Roll $3.49
$1/2 Jimmy Dean Sausage Roll from 6/13 RP
Pay: $2.99 each wyb 2

Smart Ones Entree $1.88
$3/6 from June All You
$1/5 printable
Pay: as low as $1.38 each wyb 6

Dixie Tableware $1.99
50 cents/1 Dixie Paper Plates from 5/23 RP
Pay: 99 cents

Crest Toothpaste or Oral B Indicator Toothbrush $1
75 cents/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz or larger from 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
50 cents/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz or larger from 6/27 RP or 6/6 P&G (exp 7/31)
$2/1 Oral B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage or 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense Toothbrushes from 7/4 P&G (exp 7/31)
75 cents/2 Oral B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage or 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense Toothbrushes from 6/27 RP (exp 7/31)
Pay: as low as FREE

Barcardi Rum $11.10 ($9.99 each wyb 6)
$2/1 Bacardi , Bombay, Grey Goose, Dewars or Cazadores 750 ml or larger from 6/27 RP
$5/2 Bacardi , Bombay, Grey Goose, Dewars or Cazadores 750 ml or larger from 6/27 RP
Pay: as low as $7.49 wyb 6 and use 3 $5/2 coupons

Other Deals
Seedless Watermelon 15 cents/lb

White Corn 20 cents ea

Strawberries or Blueberries $2

Red or Black Plums 99 cents/lb

Yellow Peaches 99 cents/lb

Red or White Potatoes 79 cents/lb

Dole or Fresh Selections Shredded Coleslaw or Garden Salad $1.50

Organic Red or Green Seedless Grapes $2.50/lb

Organic Avocados 99 cents

Organic Red or Green Leaf Lettuce $1.50

Walla Walla Onions $1.49/lb

Tri-Tip $2.47/lb

Chicken Breast or Drum & Thigh Combo 97 cents/lb

Ground Beef $1.99/lb (3-lb chub)

Beef Backribs $1.39/lb

Pork Spareribs $2.49/lb

Full Half Ham $1.99/lb

Ralphs Milk 1/2 gal. $1.50

Ralphs or PictSweet Steam’ables Frozen Vegetables $1

Van de Kamp’s Sliced Bread, Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns $1

SmartWater or PowerBar $1

Ralphs Orange Juice 1/2 gal. $1

Rosarita Refried Beans $1

Arizona Tea, Propel Fitness Water or Fuze Drink $1

Hunt’s Snack Pudding $1

Nesquik Flavored Milk $1

Ralphs Sour Cream $1

Knorr Noodles or Rice Side Dish $1

Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna 50 cents

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

One recall yesterday: Nap Nanny Recliners

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

Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny® Recliners Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards; One Infant Death Reported - 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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Tuna Pasta Salad 2010

One of the very first recipes I posted here was for Tuna Pasta Salad, but I stopped making it for a few years once Alex started eating real food because it wasn't something we could share with him. I began making it again recently, although the kids don't like it. For them, I just set aside some plain pasta and toss it with a little butter, and serve it with some fruit and artisan bread.

My new version of this pasta salad is lower carb - I've cut back on the amount of pasta and increased the amount of tuna. I've also eliminated one of my favorite ingredients, the pine nuts, because of allergy issues.

Tuna Pasta Salad 2010
Serves 4 to 6


6 oz tri-color rotini pasta (like Wacky Mac) or other short pasta
1 lb broccoli, cut into florets
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced
3 cans chunk light tuna packed in water, drained
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded lettuce, optional

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. You can either steam the broccoli separately, or just add it to the pasta in the four minutes to blanch. Drain pasta (and broccoli, if cooking together) and set aside.

2. In the same pot that you cooked the pasta in, heat the olive oil, garlic, basil and oregano over medium heat. When the garlic and herbs are sizzling, add the sun-dried tomatoes, olives, tuna, balsamic vinegar and salt. Stir to combine. Add the pasta, broccoli and parmesan cheese and toss to combine. Serve over shredded lettuce, if desired.

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Morning Coffee: Yummy Lunch Idea

Once a Month Mom's recipes are great because they are all freeze-able. Yesterday, she posted these Ham & Potato Pockets that are easy to make and can be frozen once cooked. I'm thinking this will be perfect to have on hand for a fast and easy lunch.

The Neutrogena sunscreen deal at CVS includes the 1-oz Ultra Sheer tubes again, so if you can find them at your store (I haven't been able to), this is a huge moneymaker. They are priced around $1.99, so use 2 printable $2/1 coupons, and get $10 in ECBs back.

Amazon is offering a $20 credit toward your next order when you buy $100 of selected back to school supplies.It's worth checking out if you can't get to the loss leader sales at the office supply and drugstores. 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 another 5 points at Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards with code BJLKLQJQFKQBPGB. (Via Freebies 4 Mom.)

Get a printable coupon for $1.50/1 Welch's Healthy Start Refrigerated Juice.

Get a printable coupon for 2 "Like It" sized Create Your Own ice creams for just $5 at Cold Stone Creamery. (Via Tia's Saving Cents.)

Get a coupon for Whole Fruit Bars by mail.

Christian Clippers has some Kmart Super Double match ups.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Update on my New Year's Resolution: End of June

Back in January, I shared my financial resolution for this year, which is to save a crazy amount of money to create a large cash cushion. I promised a monthly update, but I've been remiss and I totally skipped last month's. This month is almost over, but I do have an update for the end of June so I figured I'd better get it posted. In the last two months, we've saved 12.5%, which puts us at 42% of our total goal this year. That's a little short of the 50% of the year that's passed, but I'm still quite pleased, because we've consistently saved more than the minimum I've budgeted for each month.

The key to our success has been continuing to do the things I've written about before. Some things, like paying ourselves first, are on autopilot. Other things, like snowflaking extra income, are habits.

One thing that kind of amazes me is that our budget works. Even though I know it should, theoretically, I'm still a little surprised that it works in practice. We've been quite lucky, in that we've been able to avoid large unexpected expenses. For instance, when my small, frequently used oven died, I decided to make do with my toaster oven and large bottom oven instead of buying a new one. (It's still working out for me - I use the big oven once or twice a week, and my toaster oven three or four times a week.)

I'm pretty sure we won't reach our goal by the end of the year, but I know that we'll get closer by aiming high than by setting our sights too low.

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Morning Coffee: One-Day Toy Sale at Amazon

Today only, Amazon is having a one-day toy sale.The selection is pretty limited, but it's always worth a look in case there's something you've been wanting. 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!

Also at Amazon, today's deal of the day is a Kodak EasyShare 10MP Digital Camerafor $99, which is half off the list price. The camera gets four out of five stars in 114 reviews, so if you've been wanting a new one, this seems like a really hot deal.

Get 5 points each at Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards with codes BHSGSWKLGQRQPGB, BHJXFWSCMRQSPGB, and BHSQJQKKMLFTPGB. I love their instant win games because I've won at least $50 worth of gift cards since I started playing, and I've played mostly with free points now that I don't buy diapers or pull ups. (Via Freebies 4 Mom.)

Macys is offering four free downloads by Kidz Bop - I've seen the video for "Say Hey" on one of the kid's channels and at Chuck E. Cheese's. It's a catchy tune - don't say I didn't warn you ;) (Via Dealicious Mom.)

Organic Coupons and Deals has some hot Ralphs deals. The non-organic Better Oats was $1.25 at my local store, so I got four boxes for $2.50. I haven't tried it yet, but they had some intriguing flavors, like Blueberry Muffin and Strawberries & Cream.

Wear orange to Whataburger on August 3 between 5 and 8 p.m. and get a free Whataburger. More info here. (Via Free Stuff 4 Free.)

Get a printable coupon for $5 off a $15 produce purchase at Price Chopper via Facebook.

Wild for Wags has some updates on this week's Walgreens deals.

Here's a list of current Kashi coupons to use in this week's Kashi deal at Target (it was on the last page of my weekly ad, which also had a coupon for a $10 gift card when you get a new or transferred prescription filled at Target Pharmacy).

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Rite Aid Transaction 7/25 - 7/31/10

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.

1 Colgate Total Advanced, Sensitive and select varieties toothpaste, $3
2 Reach Toothbrush, $3.99 each
2 Nivea for Men Bodywash, $1.99 each
2 Stayfree or OB Tampons, $3 each
1 Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Pro Toothbrush, $4.99

- $5 off $25 purchase printable coupon (pdf)
- $1/1 Colgate Toothpaste from 7/11 SS
- B1G1 Free Reach Single Toothbrush from 1/3 RP #2 or B1G1 Free Toothbrush or Value pk from 12/6/09 RP
- $1/1 Reach Toothbrush or Value Pack from 3/7 RP
- B1G1 Nivea Body Wash Products from 7/25 RP
- $1/1 Nivea For Men Body Wash from 7/25 RP
- B1G1 Stayfree Product from 6/27 RP or 2 x $1.50/1 OB Product from 6/27 RP
- $2/1 Arm & Hammer Spinbrush printable

Pay: $6.97 + tax

Receive: $3 +UP for Colgate, $2.99 SCR & $1 +UP for Reach, $1 +UP for Nivea, $2 +UP for Stayfree/OB, $1 +UP for Arm & Hammer, $5 RA gift card for SCR #560 ($15 or more oral care products)

Total profit: $9.02 (before taxes)

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The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter CVS Transactions 7/25 - 7/31/10

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 Dove Bar Soap 2 Pk – $3

Pay: $3
Receive: $1 ECB

Transaction #2:
1 U By Kotex Liners, Pads, or Tampons – $4.99

- $1/1 U by Kotex Product, one box
- $1 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: $2.99 + tax
Receive: $4.99 ECB

Transaction #3:
1 Photo Book 10 6x8 Pages – $7.99

- $4.99 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: $3 + tax
Receive: $7.99 ECB

Transaction #4:
1 Alcon Opti Free Replenish Express Twin Pk 20 oz - $14.99

- $4/1 OPTI-FREE Contact Solution from 7/25 SS
- $7.99 ECB from previous transaction

Pay: $3 + tax
Receive: $5 ECB


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The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Walgreens Transactions 7/25 - 7/31/10

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'll find a list of this week's Walgreens deals here.

Transaction #1:
3 Twizzler 2/$3

- $1/3 Twizzlers Candy bags, 8 oz+ from 6/27 SS

Pay: $3.50 + tax
Receive: $2 RR

Transaction #2:
5 8ct Austin Crackers, or 4.5-5.5oz boxes of Keebler Sandies and Cheez it Crackers 5/$5

- $2 RR from previous transaction

Pay: $3 + tax
Receive: $2 RR

It's a slow week at Walgreens, but if you have any coupons left, you can roll the $3 RR into one of the monthly deals, which you can see at IHeartWags.


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Winner: Third 20% off diapers Amazon code

The first winner of the third 20% off diapers Amazon code never contacted me, so I've selected a new winner:

Congratulations to CE!

CE, you have 24 hours to contact me with your email address.

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Rite Aid this week: 7/25 - 7/31/10

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.

Colgate Total Advanced, Sensitive and select varieties toothpaste, $3
Get $3 +UP Rewards when you buy 1

$0.75/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste
$1/1 Colgate Toothpaste 7/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 7/31/2010)
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 4oz+ 7/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/14/2010)
Final price: as low as FREE + $1 overage after coupon, +UPR and SCR
**Also qualifies for SCR #560 for $5/$15 or $10/$25 Oral Care**

Listerine Pocket Packs or Reach Toothbrush, $3.99
Get a $2.99 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1
Get $1 +UP Rewards when you buy 1

$0.50/1 Listerine Products 3/7/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$0.50/1 Listerine Pocketpaks 4/11/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$1/1 Reach Toothbrush or Value Pack 3/7/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
B1G1 Free Reach Single Toothbrush 1/3/2010 RP #2 Insert (exp 1/31/2011)
B1G1 Free Toothbrush or Value pk 12/6/2009 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
$0.50/1 Listerine or Reach 4/11/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
more Listerine and Reach coupons can be found in my Coupon Database
Final price: as low as 2 FREE + $1 overage when you use a BOGO and a $1/1 Reach, after coupons, SCR and +UPR
**Also qualifies for SCR #560 for $5/$15 or $10/$25 Oral Care**

Listerine Mouthwash or Rembrandt Toothpaste, $5.49
Get $2 +UP Rewards when you buy 1

$1/1 Rembrandt Paste or Rinse
$2/1 Rembrandt Whitening Mouthwash or Toothpaste 1/3/2010 RP #2 Insert (exp 1/31/2011)
$1/1 Listerine Agent Cool Blue or Smart Rinse
$1/1 Listerine Agent Cool Blue or Listerine Smart Rinse (IE) or Printable (FF)
$1/1 Listerine Products
$1/1 Listerine Restoring Mouthwash 4/11/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
Find more Listerine coupons in the Coupon Database
STACK WITH:
$3 Rembrandt June Video Values coupon (if you still have it – no longer available)
Final price: as low as FREE + $1.51 overage after coupons and +UPR
**Also qualifies for SCR #560 for $5/$15 or $10/$25 Oral Care**

Nivea for Men Bodywash, $1.99
Get $1 +UP Rewards when you buy 1

B1G1 Nivea Body Wash Products 7/25/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/25/2010)
$1/1 Nivea For Men Body Wash 7/25/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/25/2010)
Final price: as low as 2 FREE when you use both coupons after +UPR

Stayfree Maxi Pads, Carefree Pantiliners or OB Tampons, $3
Get $2 +UP Rewads when you buy 2

B1G1 Stayfree Product 6/27/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1/2 Carefree Products 34 ct+ 6/27/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
$1.50/1 O.B. Product, excludes trial 6/27/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
Final price: as low as $0.50 each after coupon and +UPR

Revlon ColorSilk Hair Color, $3
Get $2 +UP Rewards when you buy 2

$1/2 Revlon Colorsilk Products 6/27/2010 SS Insert (exp 7/25/2010)
Final price: $1.50 each when you buy 2 after coupon and +UPR

Purex 3-in-1, liquid or Fabric Softener, $3
Get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy 2

$1/1 Purex 3-in-1 Sheets
$0.35/1 Purex Natural Elements Detergent or Fabric Softener
Final price: as low as $1.50 each after coupons and +UPR

Kellogg’s Cereal (select varieties), Pop Tarts or Rice Krispie Treats, $2
Get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy 2

$1.50/2 Kellogg’s Cereals
$1.25/3 Kellogg’s Cereals 10 oz+ 6/27/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/8/2010)
More Kellogg’s Cereal coupons can be found in the Coupon Database
$1/2 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts toaster pastries 8ct+
$1/2 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts Ice Cream Shoppe Toaster Pastries, 6 ct or Printable (FF)
$1/2 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts 8ct + 7/11/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/8/2010)
$1/2 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts, 8 ct+ 6/13/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/8/2010)
Final price: as low as $1 each after coupon and +UPR
**also qualifies for SCR #101: Get a $5 Kellogg’s coupon wyb $15**

Breathe Right Strips or Clear Eyes, $3.99
Get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy 1

$1.50/1 Breathe Right Product 4/11/2010 RP Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
$1/1 Clear Eyes Product 5/2/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/2/2010)
Final price: as low as $1.49 after coupon and +UPR

Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Pro Toothbrush (1 ct.) or Refill (2 ct.), $4.99
Get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy 1 (limit 1)

$2/1 Arm & Hammer Spinbrush, any
$1/1 Arm & Hammer Spinbrush 6/6/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
Final price: as low as $1.99 after coupon and +UPR
**Also qualifies for SCR #560 for $5/$15 or $10/$25 Oral Care**

Dulcolax, $8.99 with in-ad coupon
Get $2 +UP Rewards when you buy 1

$5/1 Dulcolax Balance 14 dose+ May 2010 All You Magazine (exp 9/30/2010)
$4/1 Dulcolax Balance Bottle 5/16/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
Final price: as low as $1.99 after coupons and +UPR

M&M Bags, $2.99
Get $1 +UP Reward when you buy 1

$1/1 M&Ms Pretzel, 9.9 oz+ 7/25/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/5/2010)
Final price: $0.99 after coupon and +UPR

Prevacid, $19.99
Get $5 +UP Rewards when you buy 1

$6 June Rite Aid Video Values (if you still have it – no longer available) OR
$4 Prevacid July Rite Aid Video Values
STACK WITH
$5/1 Prevacid 24HR 28 ct 6/13/2010 Parade Magazine (exp 7/25/2010)
$4/1 Prevacid 24HR Product 6/27/2010 SS Insert (exp 7/25/2010)
$4/1 Prevacid 24HR product 7/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 9/4/2010)
Final price: as low as $3.99 after coupons and +UPR

BOGO Stride Gum
B1G1 Stride Shift Gum 5/16/2010 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
Final price: 2 FREE after coupon

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

CVS this week: 7/25 - 7/31/10

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.

Tena Ultra Thins 32-42 ct. – B1G1 FREE
TENA Ultra Thins MIR 6/6/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
Final Price: TWO FREE after Rebate!

Photo Books 10 6×8 Pages – $7.99
Earn $7.99 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: FREE

U By Kotex Liners, Pads, or Tampons – $4.99
Earn $4.99 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$1/1 U by Kotex Product, one box
Final Price after Extra Bucks: FREE + Overage

Pampers Baby Dry, Swaddlers, or Cruisers Diapers 48-96 ct. – $21.99
Earn $10 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$2/1 Pampers Cruisers 6/20/2010 RP Insert (exp 7/31/2010)
$2/1 Pampers Diapers 7/4/2010 P&G Insert (exp 7/31/2010)
$2/1 Pampers Swaddlers 6/20/2010 RP Insert (exp 7/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $9.99

Neutrogena Sun Care or Sunless Tanning psa $9.99
Buy 2, Get $10 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$2/1 Neutrogena Suncare Product
$1/1 Neutrogena Product 6/13/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/31/2010)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: as low as $2.99

Biore Cleanser, Towelettes, or Pore Strips – $6.99
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
$2/1 Biore Product
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $2.99

Huggies Little Swimmers 2/$15.98
Earn $3 Extra Bucks wyb 2 (Limit 1)
$1/1 Huggies Little Swimmers
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $5.49/each

Dove Bar Soap 2 Pk – $3
Earn $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $1

Arm & Hammer Detergent – $3.50
Earn $2 Extra Bucks wyb 2 (Limit 2)
$1/2 Arm & Hammer Detergent or Softener, any
Final Price after Extra Bucks: $2/each

Schick Disposable Razors – B1G1 FREE psa $7.99
$3/1 Schick Disposable Razors 7/25/2010 SS Insert (exp 9/5/2010)
Final Price: as low as $0.99/each with two coupons!

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Walgreens this week: 7/25 - 7/31/10

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.

Buy 8ct Austin Crackers and 4.5-5.5oz boxes of Keebler Sandies and Cheez it Crackers 5/$5, get $2 RR wyb five
Pay $3 for five packs after register rewards

Twizzler 2/$3, Get a $2 RR when you buy two
Use $1/3 Twizzlers Candy bags, 8 oz+ 6/27/2010 SS Insert (exp 8/7/2010)
Pay $1.50 for three after coupon and register rewards

Lindsay olives 99 cents after in-ad coupon
Use $1/2 Lindsay Olives
Pay $0.49 each after coupon

M&M Candies $0.49 after in ad coupon
Use $1/3 M&Ms Chocolate Candy 7/25/2010 RP Insert (exp 8/22/2010)
Use $0.16 each after coupon

Command Hooks 2/$3
Use $1/1 Command Hooks
Pay $0.50 each after coupon

Pilot Easy Touch pens $0.99
Use $1/1 Pilot Pen
FREE after coupon

Oxy products on sale buy one get one free or 2/$5.99
Use $1/1 Oxy Maximum Product (IE) or Printable (FF)
Pay $3.99 for two when you use one coupon per item

Glucerna Shake or meal bars 4ct $5.99
Use $3/1 Glucerna Product
Pay $2.99 after coupon


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Morning Coffee: Summer is just flying by!

I can't believe we're nearing the end of July already - my baby starts kindergarten in less than two months! I'm mostly ready, at least in terms of materials if not mentally. I don't think that's ever going to happen.

I think this is a new link for another Home Made Simple coupon booklet.

Californians can get a coupon for a free Artisan Snack Plate from Starbucks by mail. (Via Money Saving Mom.)

If you have an Office Max nearby, Freebies 4 Mom reports that you'll be able to get two free backpacks next week.

Watch the video for the disgusting cheeseburger smoothie and you'll be able to print a coupon for $1/1 Jamba Juice Smoothie. (Via Free Snatcher.)

Kids who join the Kmart Birthday Club get $5 in Birthday Bucks.

The CPSC offers some pool safety tips.


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Friday, July 23, 2010

One recall yesterday: More window shades

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

Near Strangulation Prompts Recall of Roman and Roller Shades by Smith+Noble - 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: It's Mega Swag Bucks Friday

Search & WinThanks to Swag Bucks, I've been able to buy my family lots of items for free from Amazon. 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 Daily Poll, and another daily Swag Buck for using their toolbar. Disclosure: If you join Swag Bucks using my referral link, I'll get bonus Swag Bucks, so thank you if you do!

Today's Amazon Friday Salehas quite a few organic baby food products, including six pouches of Plum Organics snacks and ten pouches of Peter Rabbit Organics juice for $15 each. 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!

Amazon is also offering a free download of a sampler classical music album.(Via Freebies 4 Mom.)

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming Staples ad, as well as printable $/$$ coupons good through tomorrow. There's a free backpack offer, as well as 1-cent paper and pens.

Get a printable coupon for free Better Oats when you buy one.

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming Walgreens ad.

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming Office Depot ad (click the "sneak peek" link to the right). Plus get a printable coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase (expires 7/29).


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Thursday, July 22, 2010

One recall on Tuesday: Pacifiers

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

Pacifiers Recalled by Antonio Flores Due to Choking 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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Review & Giveaway: Dove Men+Care

Dove is far and away my favorite body wash, so I immediately agreed when the folks at Dove asked if they could send some of their new Men+Care products for a review. I’ve had Marc using the body wash, and he reports that it’s getting the job done without irritating his skin (possibly the most important quality in a body wash, in my book).

He didn’t want to try the loofah shower tool so I’ve been using it and I really like it. One of the first things I noticed was that it lathers so well that I can use less body wash. Can you say frugal? I wonder if anyone’s done a cost comparison to determine whether the amount of money you save on body wash is worth the cost of a loofah. Of course, if you play The Drugstore Game, you’re getting all of your body wash for free anyway.

Are you curious about Men+Care? You're in luck! Dove wants to give one lucky CFO reader the chance to try Dove Men+Care products for himself. (Don’t worry, you can win the prize for the man in your life too.)

To enter this giveaway, tell me your favorite Dove product in the form below. If you're having trouble with the form, you can go directly to the published form. This entry is mandatory and must be completed before the additional entries below.

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

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

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

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

The giveaway ends at 9:00 p.m. PDT on July 29, 2010, and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!



Disclosure: I received Dove Men+Care products to try. All opinions are my own. Read the full CFO disclosure policy.

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Morning Coffee: From cell phone to Porsche

Remember a few years ago there was a guy who started with a paper clip and kept trading up until he ended up with a house? Well, here's a local teen who started with a cell phone and ended up with a Porsche.

Tia's Saving Cents has this week's SoCal and Nevada Albertsons deals.

Christian Clippers has this week's Vons/Pavilions and Stater Bros. deals.

AllYou.com has some exclusive printable coupons: $1/1 any Jarlsberg Cheese product, $1/1 Borden Singles Sensations, $1/1 NYC New York Color Cosmetics Item $1.72 or higher, $1/1 any Sally Hansen Airbursh Legs product, $3/1 Sally Hansen Insta-Smooth Pods Hair Removal, and $.75/1 Kashi All Natural Frozen Entrees or Pizzas.

Get a printable coupon for $2/1 Farmer John hot dogs.

Get a free sample of Oxy Clinical (leave the promo code field blank).

A Thrifty Mom reports that you can get a free lunchbox at Walmart.

Old Navy is offering 25% off to teachers and high school/college students this weekend (school ID required).


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