CFO Logo

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Musing: Transitioning to Being Home

My last day at work was three weeks ago tomorrow, and I really thought things would be running a lot more smoothly by now. After all, I'm pretty smart and organized, and I'm spending more time at home so naturally I should be able to get my home put together.

Yeah right.

The reality has been that two big transitions at the same time - me being home and Alex starting kindergarten - is an awful lot to handle. There's just so much that's new, like juggling homework and dinner prep in the afternoon. I have time to cook dinner every night, but I don't have a laundry routine anymore. I just do it when the basket is full, but I nearly forgot to wash the kids' sheets yesterday.

I do sense that things are starting to settle down a little. I finally was able to itemize all of the items we've set aside for charity, and will be dropping them off for a fund-raiser garage sale tomorrow. It will feel fabulous to have all of those things out of the house.

I am also gradually cleaning and organizing here and there, but I do find myself wishing I had larger blocks of time to do these things.

And that brings me to something I wasn't expecting: shopping burnout. Already. One of the things I was so excited about with this transition to being home was that I could go shopping any day of the week, whenever I wanted. And I felt like I had to - after all, one of my jobs now is to shop smart and save my family money so that the loss of my income doesn't hurt that much. But over the last few days, I've come to realize something that I've learned previously: it's too stressful to try to catch every deal.

So I'm going to cut back on the shopping trips, be okay with missing a few deals, and focus on getting my home in order rather than stockpiling so that I don't have to pay full price for something if we run out. The chances of that happening are minimal anyway, since I've been couponing for a while and we have a pretty good stash of most things. And I'll still shop some - just not as much.

Hopefully within a couple of weeks, I'll be feeling much better about the state of things around here. Especially because there's a moment every day when I pause and give thanks for how lucky I am to be able to stay home now. I've spent time in Alex's classroom and seen how great his teacher is, I've attended every meeting at school that's been open to parents, and I've been able to reassure myself that he's in a good environment that I can help to make even better. Those things would have been much harder to achieve if I still worked at an office downtown, and I would have been incredibly stressed out. So I'm very glad and grateful that we worked hard to be able to make this happen, because it was well worth it!

*Previously: Coping with Drugstore Game Burnout

Midmorning Coffee

Some Groupon deals today:
  • The $20 Soap.com certificate for $10 deal is a side deal in Los Angeles (shipping included, although a $25 minimum purchase may apply - it's not clear to me).
  • Get 4 movie tickets from WeeklyCinema.com for $20 in Pittsburgh.
  • Get $75 worth of wine from Wine Insiders for $25 in Cleveland. The Groupon can be applied toward shipping.
These are online deals that can be purchased by anyone regardless of where you live - just select "Visit More Cities" at the top of the page. Disclosure: If you sign up for Groupon using my referral link, I'll get a bonus when you purchase your first Groupon. After you've registered, you can purchase your Groupon through Ebates to get back 3% of your purchase price. Thank you!

Also today only, get a printable coupon for $1/1 Tic Tacs.

Facebook likers of Walgreens can get a free 8x10 from Walgreens Photo through tomorrow (10/1).

Freebies 4 Mom reports that you can get a free 5x7 photo card at Shutterfly with code CARD4U (exp 11/17; you'll have to pay 99 cents shipping).

Common Sense with Money reports that you can get free Nescafe Tasters Choice at CVS with this printable coupon (registration required).

Get a printable coupon for $1/1 refrigerated sugar-free JELL-O snack. (Via Mrs. Moneysaver.)

Tammy's Recipes shares a method for cooking pinto beans in the slow cooker. I have a bag of dried beans that I've been meaning to cook using this method that's moving to the top of my priority list now. (Via Like Merchant Ships.)

Coupons Inc.
Banner via Logical Media

Labels: ,

Morning Coffee: Earlier Daily Emails

In order to help you get the deals posted here at CFO in a timely manner, I've set the daily email that goes out to email subscribers to go out a couple of hours earlier. You should start receiving it between 1 and 3 p.m. Pacific time, and hopefully that'll kick in today. Of course, if you think you might be missing something here, you can always click through to the site and see what's up. If you're not a subscriber yet, you can subscribe to get daily emails (don't forget to click through on the confirmation email) or add CFO to your favorite RSS aggregator, like Google Reader. If you have any suggestions or comments, as always, I'd love to hear them!

RedplumThere are new coupons at Red Plum, including one for Buy One, Get One Free any Schick disposable razor pack. Hopefully there will be a Buy One, Get One Free sale at a drugstore soon! Links via Logical Media

Get a printable coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase at Dollar General. (Via Free Stuff 4 Free.)

PampersGet 10 points at Pampers Gifts to Grow with code PUNTOSPARAMI123 (exp 6/30/11). I love Pampers Gifts to Grow because I earn free rewards like photo books and gift cards - in the last five years, I've earned about $75 to $100 worth of free stuff. It's not a huge amount, but it didn't take a lot of effort either - all of the points were from products I would have bought anyway (diapers and wipes) or free codes like this one. And when you register with Pampers, you'll have a chance to win a year of free diapers. (Via Freebies 4 Mom.) Links via MySavings.com

You can reportedly get 30 Energizer batteries and a $10 iTunes gift card for less than $12 at Meijer.

Unilever has new printable coupons (registration required), including Suave, Dove, Lipton, Hellman's/Best Foods, Lever, Vaseline and Caress.

Get a free sample of Aleve via Sam's Club (membership not required).

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

Savings Lifestyle reports that you can get two Strawberry Shortcake Berry Cruiser RCs for just $2.48 each at Toys R Us this week.

Common Sense with Money has a few more Target deals, including free Joint Juice and cheap hot dogs.


Banner via Escalate Media Affiliate Network

Labels: ,

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Midday Coffee: Cookie Recipe Correction

I have to apologize, because in the Chocolate Chip-Cranberry-Oatmeal Cookie recipe I posted yesterday, I got the flour amount wrong - it should be 2 1/2 cups of white whole wheat flour, not 3. I've fixed the original post but wanted to mention it today too. Sorry!

If you're local, you can get a one-month membership with waived initiation fee plus unlimited open gym attendance at Gymboree for $32 at select locations through Groupon. Gymboree is a lot of fun for little ones, and that it is a great price. If you sign up for Groupon using my referral link, I'll get a bonus when you purchase your first Groupon. After you've registered, you can purchase your Groupon through Ebates to get back 3% of your purchase price. Thank you!

Today's Plum District deal today is a customizable photo book from Snapfish for $15 ($28 value). These make great grandparent gifts for the holidays. Disclosure: If you join Plum District using my referral link, we'll both get a bonus when you make your first Plum Deal purchase - thank you!

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

Common Sense with Money reports that there is a new printable coupon that makes for free-after-RR Vaseline lotion this week.

Sam’s Club members can get a free sample of Children's Claritin chewable tablets.

Today only, get a printable coupon for $5/1 Four Paws Wee-Wee Pad On Target Trainer.

The CPSC is warning parents about the dangers of sleep positioners.

Tomorrow at noon PDT, Facebook likers of Zone Perfect can get a free Zone Perfect Cookie Dough bar.

Money Saving Mom explains her weekly couponing routine and reports that she spends about 2 to 2 1/2 hours on couponing and shopping each week. I think I spend a few more hours than that shopping each week now, but given our new financial circumstances, I am trying to snag more deals to keep our expenses down. (More on that later, as I am starting to burn out.)

Life as Mom has some tips on making the most of a parent-teacher conference.

If you don't like the way emails are grouped together in Gmail's conversation view, you can disable it.


Banner via Escalate Media Affiliate Network

Labels:

Works for Me: Moisturize while washing dishes (plus a deal on rubber gloves)

Since I'm spending more time at home now, I've been washing my hands and dishes with greater frequency, and my poor hands were paying a heavy price - cracked, dry skin that was painful. I don't remember where I first read this tip a few years ago, but it really works: put on a thick moisturizer before washing dishes with rubber gloves. There's just something about the skin being encased while bathed in hot water that speeds healing and moisturizing.

Walgreens has the gloves pictured to the right for 50 cents per pair this week. Even if you've never shopped at Walgreens before, you could do two transactions for cheap gloves:

Transaction #1:
1 Fullbar Fit Appetite Control Bar $1.99

Pay: $1.99 + tax
Receive: $2 Register Rewards (a coupon you can use on your next purchase)

Transaction #2:
4 pairs of Homecenter Gloves 50 cents each with in-ad coupon

Use $2 RR from previous purchase

Pay: tax only

Find more Works for Me Wednesday tips at We are THAT Family.

Labels:

Ralphs: 9/29 - 10/5/10

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. I don't print every coupon listed, so please verify amounts and quantities listed. 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).

I’m going to do an abbreviated round up of Ralphs deals this week, because I am going crazy with too much to do and not enough time to do it. I would have skipped the round up entirely, but there are too hot deals not to list them. :)

Barilla Pasta 88 cents (selected varieties)
$1/2 Barilla Plus Multigrain from 9/26 SS, if included in sale
$1/2 Barilla Whole Grain from 8/29 SS, if included in sale
$1/2 Barilla Piccolini from 8/29 SS, if included in sale
(there's a printable coupon here, I think it's $1/2 Barilla Whole Grain but not sure)
38 cents each wyb 2

Campbell’s Condensed Soup 88 cents (selected varieties)
50 cents/2 Campbell’s Healthy Request Condensed Soups from 9/19 SS
40 cents/4 Campbell’s Condensed Great for Cooking Soups from 9/12 SS
40 cents/2 Campbell’s Condensed Soups excluding Chicken Noodle, Tomato and Great for Cooking from 8/29 SS
40 cents/2 Campbell’s Condensed Kids Soups from 8/29 SS
$1.50/3 Campbell’s Condensed soups (excluding Chicken Noodle, Tomato & "Great for Cooking" soups) printable
$1.50/3 Campbell’s Condensed "Great for Cooking" soups printable
$1/3 Campbell’s Condensed Healthy Kids soups printable
$1/3 Campbell’s® Healthy Request® Condensed or Campbell’s Condensed Light soups printable
As low as 38 cents each wyb 2

Dannon Activia or Light & Fit Yogurt $2
40 cents/1 Dannon Light & Fit 4-pack from 9/19 SS
55 cents/1 Dannon Light & Fit 4-pack from 9/12 SS
50 cents/1 Dannon Light & Fit 4-pack printable
$1/1 Dannon Activia from 9/12 SS
$1/1 Dannon Activia Dessert from 8/29 SS
75 cents/1 Dannon Activia 4-pack printable
As low as $1

Padrinos Tortilla Chips $1.98
$1/1 Padrinos Tortilla Chips from 6/27 SS (exp 9/30)
98 cents

Tropicana Trop 50 $3
$1/1 Trop 50 from 9/26 RP
$2

Best Life Buttery Spread $1
$1/1 Best Life Buttery Spread from 8/29 RP
FREE

Eggland’s Best Large Eggs $2.99
Buy One, Get One Free Eggs printable (no longer available; note that max coupon value is $1.50)
50 cents/1 Egglands Best Eggs from 5/2 SS (exp 9/30) or 9/12 SS
As low as $1.99 for 2 $1.74 each when you use both coupons

Post Cereal $1.98 (selected varieties; Cocoa Pebbles & Fruity Pebbles pictured)
75 cents/1 Post Marshmallow Pebbles from 9/12 SS, if included in sale
75 cents/1 Post Marshmallow Pebbles printable
98 cents

Starkist Chunk Light Tuna $1
50 cents/1 Starkist pouch Facebook printable
75 cents/1 Starkist New Low Sodium Pouch printable, if included in sale (registration required)
75 cents/1 Starkist New Yellowfin Tuna Pouch printable, if included in sale (registration required)
FREE

Yo Baby Yogurt 4-pack $2
$1/1 Stonyfield YoBaby Yogurt from 9/26 SS
$1/1 Stonyfield YoBaby Organic Yogurt printable (registration required)
$1

Coupons Inc.
Banner via Logical Media

This post contains affiliate coupon links, which help support this site at no cost to you. Thank you for printing through them!

Labels:

Morning Coffee: Free Kleenex for a friend

I haven't mentioned this before because I thought it would be gone super fast, but apparently you can still send a free pack of Kleenex to a friend. (I did mention it on Twitter!)

Get a printable coupon for 50 cents/1 quick cook pasta from San Giorgio, Creamette, Ronzoni, American Beauty or Skinner.

Walgreens has a new daily instant win game called Get in the Spirit of Savings. You could win a $25, $50 or $1,000 Walgreens gift card.

Get 5 points at Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards with code BJQRFNCNMCNPPGB.

Money Saving Mom reports that you may be able to get free Revlon products at CVS this week.

Get three samples of Parents Choice formula: Free Parents Choice Advantage,Free Parents Choice Gentle, and Free Parents Choice Premium. (Via Free Snatcher.)


Banner via Escalate Media Affiliate Network

Labels: ,

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Recipe: Chocolate Chip-Cranberry-Oatmeal Cookies

Note: I'll be posting more recipes and food-related posts since I'm spending more time in the kitchen, and I want to be better about adding photos to them. You'll have to bear with me as I learn about food photography!

One of my goals now that I'm home more is to cook from scratch more, and sneak healthier foods into everyone. Plus, Alex now needs an after-school snack every day. I've taken to making fresh fruit smoothies most days, but sometimes there's nothing better than a platter of cookies. And Ellyn Satter recommends occasionally serving a snack of as many cookies as the child wants so the child understands that things like cookies are not a restricted commodity meant to be coveted and inhaled when available.

I adapted this Cooking Light recipe, since it's relatively healthy as cookie recipes go and it's been a hit around here.

Chocolate Chip-Cranberry-Oatmeal Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen cookies

3 cups packed brown sugar (I used dark, but you can use light or a combination)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped (sweetened okay)
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sour cream and sugar until fluffy and smooth. Add vanilla extract and eggs and beat well.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Stir with a fork or whisk to combine well. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until just blended. Fold in the cranberries and chocolate chips.

4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet coated with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper, leaving at least two inches between cookies (they will spread quite a bit). Bake for 15 minutes or until edges of cookies are browned. Let cool on pan five minutes or until firm enough to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

5. If you want to freeze the dough, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form dough into tablespoon-size balls and place on the baking sheet, making sure the balls don't touch. Freeze overnight, then transfer to a zip-top bag. The dough will not get super hard, so I wouldn't keep it longer than a month. To bake, place frozen balls on a cookie sheet coated with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper, leaving at least two inches between cookies and bake for 20 minutes or until edges of cookies are browned. Let cool on pan five minutes or until firm enough to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Note: The photo shows some frozen balls that I placed on a small baking sheet and baked up in my toaster oven. As you can see, I tend to reuse parchment paper if it's clean. It usually lasts through two to four batches of cookies.

Find more recipes at Cooking Thursday at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

Labels:

Midmorning Coffee: Hot Egg Coupon

Pledge to "Eat good, do good" and get a printable coupon for Buy One, Get One Free Eggs. Hurry, because this coupon will go fast.

Ralphs has half gallons of Heritage Organic Milk on sale for $3.50 right now. This brand should have the Real California Milk seal on the package. Use the printable coupon (pdf) for 55 cents/1 gallon or half-gallon of Real California Milk to get it for just $2.50, which is an awesome price for organic milk.

Target has Shout Stain Remover priced around $2.24 (varies somewhat by region), so if you stack the 55 cents/1 manu coupon from the 9/26 SS and the printable Target coupon, you can get it for about 69 cents. (Via Moms Need to Know.)

Facebook "likers" of Earth's Best can get a free sample of Earth's Best Organic Infant Formula.

Get a printable coupon for 25% off your entire purchase at Carter's (also valid online; exp 9/30). They're having a sale right now, so you may be able to snag some great deals. (Via Coupon Cravings.)

Moolanomy is giving away a $150 Amex gift card.

Coupons Inc.
Banner via Logical Media

Labels: ,

Morning Coffee: Donate for Coupons

Donate $15 or more to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure through my favorite magazine, All You,and get a free copy of All You's Fashion & Beauty Special Issue, which has over $30 in coupons. Details here.

Get printable coupons on several Ian's products, including $1/1 Ian's chicken product and $1/1 Ian's cookies or wafer bites. (Via Organic Coupons and Deals.)

Get a printable coupon (pdf) for $1.50/1 Ace Hot & Cold Therapy product. There are no size restrictions so you should be able to use it on a travel or single-size item to get it for free or close to free at a store like Rite Aid. (Via Money Saving Mom.)

Facebook "likers" of Starkist can get a printable coupon for 50 cents/1 Starkist tuna pouch.

Get a printable coupon for 50 cents/1 Dial Complete Foaming Hand Wash (look for the coupon link on the right of the page). (Via Printable Coupons and Deals.)

Money Saving Mom reports that you may be able to get free Reach flossers at CVS this week.

Wild for Wags reports that if you have two $2/1 Pantene Beautiful Lengths coupons from the 8/29 P&G, you have through Thursday to get two for free at Walgreens.

Get a free sample of Curel Sensitive Skin Remedy Lotion.

For locals: Get a printable coupon for $5 admission to the LA County Fair after 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

The LA Times has a recipe for homemade ricotta, and it sounds super easy.

The end of the month means some coupons at Coupons.com will disappear - print them while you can! The coupons that will be gone include:
  • $4.00 off any Tag™ book over $9.00
  • $5.00 off On Snuggie Varsity Blanket only
  • $0.50 off on one (1) Egg Beaters
  • $2.00 off 1 HUGGIES Baby Wipes
  • $1.00 off Energizer batteries or flashlight
  • Links via Escalate Media Affiliate Network

    Labels: ,

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Rite Aid Transaction 9/26 - 10/2/10

    If you're new to playing The Drugstore Game, this transaction 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 Crest Toothpaste, 3D White Rinse, Oral-B Cross Action Manual Toothbrush, Floss or Floss Picks, $2.99
    1 Crest Twin Pack Toothpaste, Pro Health Rinse, 3D White Rinse or Oral B Pulsar Toothbrush, $4.99
    2 Mom’s Best Naturals Quick Oats, $1.50 each
    1 eos Lip Sphere, $2.99
    1 Gas-X (18-20 ct), $4.99
    1 Carefree Pantiliners, $2.99

    Subtotal: $21.95

    - $4 off $20 purchase from Rite Aid Video Values
    - 2 x $1/1 Crest or Crest Pro Health For me Rinse, $1/1 Oral-B Pro Health For Me Floss Picks, or $1/1 Crest Paste from 9/26 P&G, or $1/1 Crest Toothpaste or $1/1 Crest Mouthwash from 8/29 P&G (exp 9/30)
    - 2 x $0.75/1 Mom’s Best Naturals Product printable
    - $2/1 Gas-X Prevention Product printable (FF or IE)
    - $1/1 Benefiber, Ex-lax or Gas-X from Video Values (if you still have it; no longer available)
    - $1/1 Carefree Ultra Protection Product printable

    Pay: $10.45 + tax
    Receive: $2 +UP for Crest, $3 +UP for other Crest, $1 +UP for Mom's Best, $2 +UP for GasX, $1 +UP for Carefree and $2 SCR for eos (total received = $11)

    Labels: , ,

    Menu Plan Monday: Trying to make this a habit




    This is my first time posting our menu for the week. I'm totally unprepared past Tuesday, but here's what I'm thinking:

    Monday - Tuna Noodle Casserole, Steamed Broccoli, Artisan Bread

    Tuesday - Meatloaf Burgers, Tossed Salad, Artisan Bread

    Wednesday - Miso Chicken, Rice, vegetable depending on what's at Farmer's Market

    Thursday - plans to eat out

    Friday - Pasta Bolognese, Artisan Bread, vegetable depending on what's at Farmer's Market

    Saturday - Breakfast for dinner: waffles, bacon, eggs, fruit

    Sunday - plans to eat out

    Lunch for Marc and me is usually leftovers. Lunch for the kids is an entirely different story and worthy of its own post in the next week or two.

    See more weekly menus at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

    Labels:

    Midmorning Coffee: Fisher Price TRIO sale

    Amazon has a deal on some Fisher Price TRIOtoys right now:

  • The Fisher-Price TRIO Construction Crewis just $2.99 (list price $9.99).
  • The Fisher-Price TRIO Siege Toweris just $7.42 (list price $14.99).
  • The Fisher-Price TRIO King's Gatehouseis $9.76 (list price $24.99.
  • The Fisher-Price TRIO Airport Toweris $17.25 (list price $29.99).
  • The Fisher-Price TRIO King's Castleis $52.45 (list price $74.99).

  • These would make great holiday or birthday gifts to stock up on. Keep in mind that Amazon prices can change at any minute. (HT: A Thrifty Mom.) 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!

    Today's Ebates Daily Double store is Land's End, which is giving 6% cash back (instead of the usual 3%). Their Friends & Family sale is going on right now, which means 25% off all regular price items and free shipping with code FAMILYSHARE and PIN 9392. To learn more about Ebates, read my original review. If you sign up through my referral link, we'll both get a bonus when you make a $20 purchase within 30 days!

    More deals that are valid today only over at Groupon:
    • Get a $20 gift certificate to Soap.com for just $10 in Atlanta (click on "Visit More Cities" near the top) - Soap.com is a lot like an online drugstore, and since it's online, anyone can buy and redeem this Groupon. 1-2 day shipping is included in the deal.
    • Get 4 movie tickets for $20 in North Jersey. You have to redeem the Groupon at WeeklyCinema.com by 12/28/10, and redeem the codes generated there at Fandango or MovieTickets.com within 90 days of Groupon redemption. Valid for IMAX and 3D up to $14, and can be used in multiple visits.
    • Get $40 worth of gourmet brownies, cookies, and more online at Fairytale Brownies for just $20 in Chicago (side deal). I've purchased this Groupon to use a a gift at some point but haven't redeemed it yet. The brownies look amazing, and the Groupon can be used toward shipping which is $6.95 starting October 1. Some of the packages are in the low $30 range, so the $40 will cover basically the entire cost of the gift.
    • Get $50 worth of personalized goodies at Zazzle.com for just $25 in Birmingham.
    At this point, I've redeemed two Groupons and had no issues with them. I'm loving the deals, especially the gourmet food ones. If you sign up using my referral link, I'll get a bonus when you purchase your first Groupon. After you've registered, you can purchase your Groupon through Ebates to get back 3% of your purchase price. Thank you!

    Today only, you can get a printable coupon for $1/1 Jif Omega-3 Peanut Butter. That's the highest value Jif coupon I've ever seen.

    Facebook likers of Price Chopper get exclusive printable coupons.

    Wild for Wags has a couple of scenarios for getting cheap Mr. Clean Magic Eraser at Walgreens through 9/30.

    Freebies 4 Mom reports that you can get a free full-size John Frieda Root Awakening shampoo or conditioner at ULTA Beauty with this printable Facebook coupon.

    Labels: , ,

    Morning Coffee: More Printable Coupons

    RedplumThere are new coupons at RedPlum, including $1/2 Skittles, Starburst or Lifesavers, $2/2 Gallo Salame, and $1/1 SlimFast product (which might make for a free bar or can with a good sale!). Links via Logical Media

    It's been a while since I mentioned it, so I wanted to remind you that I tweet or re-tweet a lot of deals on Twitter that I don't get to here, or before I do it here. For example, yesterday I re-tweeted a deal from Common Sense with Money about a moneymaker at Walgreens, and I Heart CVS's rumored Black Friday deal on close-to-free Sonicare and Norelco razors. You can follow me on Twitter, or subscribe to my Twitter feed via RSS.

    So . . . about that moneymaker deal at Walgreens - at least yesterday, the Tilex/Clorox RR deal was printing two $2 RRs instead of just one, so if you bought two Tilex sprays or Clorox wipes (on sale for 2/$5) and used two $1/1 coupons (Tilex here or Clorox here), you paid $3 and got back $4 in RRs. Sweet! (Via Common Sense with Money.)

    The deals at CVS aren't very hot this week, so I am going to skip the starter transactions. The only one I would have pointed out is the more or less self-contained Oral B rechargeable toothbrush deal, but that requires $13 + tax out of pocket after coupon if you don't have any ECBs to roll. But if you've been wanting an electric toothbrush, you can't beat free!

    Stretching a Buck has this week's Target deals.

    Buried in my feed reader (I'll be catching up on posts from the last few months for the next week or so):

    The CPSC concluded that there is no proof that Pampers Dry Max diapers causes abnormal skin problems.

    Frugal Dr. Mom shares a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Quick Bread.

    Zakka Life shares a recipe for Furikake Chex Mix.

    Unclutterer offers some tips for getting the kids to school on time, without stress.

    Disney Cruise Line Vacation Planning DVD
    Banner via MySavings.com

    Labels: , ,

    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    Rite Aid this week: 9/26 - 10/2/10

    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.

    Crest Toothpaste, 3D White Rinse, Oral-B Cross Action Manual Toothbrush, Floss or Floss Picks, $2.99
    Get a $2 +UP Reward when you buy 1

    $1/1 Crest or Crest Pro Health For me Rinse 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Crest Toothpaste 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 Crest Mouthwash 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    B1G1 Oral-B CrossAction Manual Toothbrush 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Oral-B Pro Health For Me Floss Picks 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    more coupons in the Coupon Database
    Final price: FREE after coupon and +UPR

    Crest Twin Pack Toothpaste, Pro Health Rinse, 3D White Rinse or Oral B Pulsar Toothbrush, $4.99
    Get a $3 +UP Reward when you buy 1

    $1/1 Crest or Crest Pro Health For me Rinse 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Crest Toothpaste 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 Crest Mouthwash 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 Oral-B Pro Health For Me CrossAction or Pulsa 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    Final price: $0.99 after coupon and +UPR

    Mom’s Best Naturals Quick Oats, $1.50
    Get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy 2
    $0.75/1 Mom’s Best Naturals Product
    Final price: $0.25 each when you buy 2 after coupons and +UPR

    eos Lip Sphere, $2.99
    Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 1

    Final price: $0.99 after SCR

    Maalox 12 oz or Quick Dissolve (90 ct), Ex-Lax (24 ct) or Gas-X (18-20 ct), $4.99
    Get a $2 +UP Reward when you buy 1

    $2/1 Gas-X Prevention Product (IE) Printable (FF)
    $1/1 Gas-X Product (IE) Printable (FF)
    $1/1 Gas-X Product 7/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1.50/1 Gas-X Prevention 7/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 Maalox Advanced or Total Relief Product 7/11/2010 SS Insert (exp 10/16/2010)
    STACK WITH
    $1/1 Benefiber, Ex-lax or Gas-X Rite Aid Video Values (f you still have it – no longer available)
    Final price: as low as FREE after all coupons and +UPR

    Stayfree Maxi Pads or Carefree Pantiliners, $2.99
    Get a $1 +UP Rewards when you buy 1

    $1/1 Carefree Ultra Protection Product
    $0.50/1 Stayfree Product 9/26/2010 RP Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
    Final price: as low as $0.99 after coupon and +UPR

    Hershey’s or M&M Fun or Snack Size Candy, $2.50
    Get a $1.50 +UP Reward when you buy 3

    $1/3 Reese’s, Kit Kat, or Hershey’s Snack Size Bag
    $1/3 M&Ms Brand Fun Size Candy 9/26/2010 RP Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/3 Hershey’s Reese’s or Kit Kat Snack Size Bag 9/26/2010 SS Insert (exp 10/16/2010)
    Final price: $1.67 each when you buy 3 after coupon and +UPR

    Theraflu or Triaminic, $4.99
    Get a $1 UP Reward when you buy 1

    $2/1 Theraflu
    $1/1 Triaminic Product (IE) Printable (FF)
    $1/1 Triaminic Product 8/22/2010 SS Insert (exp 10/16/2010)
    Final price: as low as $1.99 after coupon and +UPR

    Clear Eyes Eye Drops, Chloraseptic, Little Noses Saline Drops, Little Colds Multi Symptom, or Little Remedies Allergen Blocker, $4
    Get a $10 +UP Reward when you buy 5

    Final price: $2 each after UPR

    Soft Scrub with Bleach or Bath & Bowl, Febreze Set & Refresh or Airwick Aqua Mist, $2.50
    Get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy 2

    $1/1 Soft Scrub Total Bath & Bowl or Total Kitchen 9/19/2010 RP insert (exp 10/30/2010)
    $3/2 Soft Scrub Product 9/19/2010 RP Insert (exp 10/30/2010)
    $0.75/1 Soft Scrub Cleanser Product
    $1/1 Febreze Set & Refresh 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    Final price: $1 each after coupon and +UPR

    Oxi Clean powder, spray or max Force, $3.49
    Get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy 1

    $1/1 OxiClean MaxForce Power Paks or Liquid Gel 9/19/2010 SS Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
    $1/1 OxiClean Versatile Powder 9/19/2010 SS Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
    Final price: $1.49 after coupon and +UPR

    Pantene Restorative Beautiful Lengths, $3.49
    $2/1 Pantene Restore Beautiful Lengths Product 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    Final price: $1.49 after coupon

    Proctor & Gamble Deal, Get a $10 +UP Reward when you Buy $30 in Participating Products

    Gillette Body Wash or Deodorant (select varieties), Old Spice Everclear or Fresh Collection or Fresh Collection Spray, Secret Flawless, Sheer Mineral, Scent Expressions, Smooth Effects or Body Spray, $4
    Get a $2 Single Check Rebate when you buy 2

    B2G1 Secret Body Spray WYB Scent Expressions 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 Secret Deodorant P&G What Matters Most Mailer (exp 11/30/2010)
    $0.50/1 Secret Deodorant 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    B1G1 Old Spice Body Spray WYB Fresh Collection 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/2 Old Spice Products 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    B1G1 Old Spice Body Spray 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)

    Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers, $3
    $1/2 Pantene Hair Care Products 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner P&G What Matters Most Mailer (exp 11/30/2010)
    $2/1 Pantene Restore Beautiful Lengths Product 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/2 Pantene Products 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)

    Venus & Satin Care Shaving Products, Buy One Get One 50% off
    $2/1 Venus, Daisy, Mach3, Sensor3, or Custom Plus 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $3/1 Mach3, Venus, Sensor3 or Custom Plus Razors 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $3/1 Mach3, Venus, Sensor3 or Custom Plus Razors 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $2/1 Mach3, Venus, Sensor3 or Custom Plus Razors 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)

    Tide Laundry Detergent, $5.99
    $1/1 Tide Detergent 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $2/1 Tide Laundry Detergent Good Housekeeping (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1.50/1 Tide Laundry Detergent 8/22/2010 SS Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 Tide Laundry Detergent 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    more coupons in the Coupon Database

    Olay Skin & Bath Care, Buy One Get One 50% off
    $2/1 Olay Hand & Body Lotion 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1.50/1 Olay Bar, Body Wash, In-Shower Lotion & Hand 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $3/1 Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizer or Cleanse 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    more coupons in the Coupon Database

    CoverGirl Cosmetics, Buy One Get One 50% off
    $1/1 CoverGirl Product P&G What Matters Most Mailer (exp 11/30/2010)
    $2/2 CoverGirl Face or Lip Product 8/15/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $2/1 CoverGirl Face Product or Lip Product 8/15/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 CoverGirl Face Product or Lip Product 8/15/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 CoverGirl Product 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)

    Labels: , ,

    CVS this week: 9/26 - 10/2/10

    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.

    Oral B Vitality Floss Action Rechargeable Toothbrush – $23
    Earn $13 Extra Bucks (Limit 2)
    $10/1 Oral-B Vitality or Other Rechargeable Toothbr 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    Final Price after Extra Bucks: FREE

    Crest or Oral-B Pro-Health for Me
    Rinse 15.5 oz., toothpaste 6 oz., or toothbrush 1 ct.
    Earn $5 Extra Bucks when you spend $10 (Limit 2)
    prices starting at approximately $4.49
    $1/1 Crest or Crest Pro Health For me Rinse 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Crest or Crest Pro Health For Me Toothpaste 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)

    ThermaCare or Advil Products
    Buy 2, Get $5 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
    –ThermaCare Heatwraps (excludes 1 ct.), $5.99
    $1/1 ThermaCare 9/26/2010 RP Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
    $1/1 Thermacare HeatWrap
    $3/1 ThermaCare
    –Advil Tablets, caplets, gel caplets 100 ct., liquigels 80 ct., or PM 32-40 ct, $7.99
    $1/1 Advil PM 9/26/2010 RP Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
    $1/1 Advil 9/26/2010 RP Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
    $2/1 Advil PM

    Johnson’s Baby Care – $4
    Includes: Johnson’s Powder 22 oz., wash, bath, lotion 9-15 oz., shampoo 10 oz., massage gel 5 oz., Aveeno baby lotion 8 oz., or cream 5 oz.
    Earn $2 Extra Bucks wyb 2 (Limit 1)
    $1/1 Johnson’s Baby Bubble Bath & Wash (IE) Printable (FF)
    $1/1 Johnson’s Baby or Natural Product 9/12/2010 RP Insert (exp 11/21/2010)
    $1/1 Aveeno Actives Natural or Baby 9/26/2010 RP Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $2/2 Aveeno Baby Products
    $1/1 Aveeno Baby Product (IE) Printable (FF)
    Final Price after Extra Bucks: as low as $2/each

    Tresemme
    Spend $10, Get $5 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
    $1/1 TRESemme Fresh Start Product (IE) Printable (FF)
    $1/1 TRESemme Fresh Start Product (IE) Printable (FF)

    Spend $10 on the following products, Get $5 Extra Bucks (Limit 1)
    –Olay Body Wash, $7
    $1.50/1 Olay Bar, Body Wash, In-Shower Lotion & Hand 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    B1G1 Olay Total Effects Body Wash WYB Moisturizer 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 Olay Body Wash or Lotion 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    –CoverGirl Clean foundation liquid or pressed powder, $4
    $2/2 CoverGirl Face or Lip Product 8/15/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $2/1 CoverGirl Face Product or Lip Product 8/15/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 CoverGirl Product 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    –Secret, Old Spice, or Gillette, $4
    $0.50/1 Secret Deodorant 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Old Spice Deodorant P&G What Matters Most Mailer (exp 11/30/2010)
    $1/1 Gillette Deodorant 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    –Olay daily facials 30 ct., cleanser, or gentle foaming wwash 6.78-7 oz., $5
    $2/1 Olay Facial Cleanser 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Olay Facial Moisturizer or Cleanser 9/12/2010 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Olay Facial Moisturizer or Cleanser 8/15/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    –Pantene or Head & Shoulders, $5
    $1/2 Pantene Hair Care Products 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $2/1 Pantene Restore Beautiful Lengths Product 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/2 Pantene Products 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 Head & Shoulders Shampoo or Conditioner 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Head & Shoulders 8/15/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)

    Halloween Bagged Candy
    Spend $10, Get $3 Extra Bucks (Limit 3)
    –Hershey’s Snacks Size, $2.50
    –Fun Size Candy Mars, Nestle, Hershey, Swedish Fish/Sour Patch, $5.99
    B1G1 Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy
    $4/6 Gum and Candy Assorted Varieties 8/8/2010 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $2/3 Gum and Candy Assorted Varieties 8/8/2010 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    –Mars or Wrigley Fun Size, $2.50
    –Nestle Fun Size Assorted 10-12.5 oz., $2.50
    $1/2 Nestle or Wonka Candy
    $0.50/1 Nestle or Wonka Candy 8/1/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)

    Arm & Hammer Total 2-in-1 dryer cloths 40 ct., liquid laundry detergent 25-32 oz. – B1G1 FREE
    psa at $4.69
    $1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry Product 9/19/2010 SS Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
    $1/1 Arm & Hammer Total 2-n-1 Dryer Cloths
    Final Price: as low as $1.35/each with two coupons!

    Colgate Wisp 4 ct., All 2in1 4.6oz., MaxWhite, MaxFresh, or Total 6 oz. – $1.97
    $1/1 Colgate Wisp from October 2010 All You
    $0.50/1 Colgate WISP
    $1/1 Colgate Wisp September 2010 All You
    $0.75/1 Colgate Max White or Max Fresh Toothpaste October 2010 All You
    $1/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste 9/12/2010 SS Insert (exp 10/2/2010)
    $0.75/1 Colgate Total September 2010 All You
    Final Price: $0.97

    Dawn Dish Detergent – $0.96
    $0.25/1 Dawn Product 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $0.50/1 Dawn Dishwashing Liquid P&G What Matters Most Mailer (exp 11/30/2010)
    Final Price: as low as $0.46

    Downy Liquid 40 loads – $3.99
    $1/1 Downy Fabric Liquid Softener 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    Final Price: $2.99

    Buy $25 of these P&G Products, Save $15 on Iron Man 2 DVD ($19.99)
    Available in stores on 9/28:

    Tide Laundry Detergent – $5.96
    $1/1 Tide Detergent 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1.50/1 Tide Laundry Detergent 8/22/2010 SS Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    Final Price: $4.46 – $4.96

    Always or Tampax Pearl – $2.99
    $1/1 Always Pad or Cleansing Cloth 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/2 Always Pantiliners 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 Tampax Tampons 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Tampax Tampons 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $2/1 Tampax Pearl or Compact Pearl 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $2/1 Tampax Pearl or Compact Pearl 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    Final Price: as low as $0.99

    Pantene Pro-V shampoo, conditioner, or styler – $3.47
    $1/2 Pantene Hair Care Products 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner P&G What Matters Most Mailer (exp 11/30/2010)
    $1/2 Pantene Products 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    Final Price: as low as $2.47

    Clairol Natural Instincts or Loving Care Hair Color – $5.88
    $2/1 Clairol Hair Color P&G What Matters Most Mailer (exp 11/30/2010)
    $2/1 Clairol Hair Color 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    Final Price: $3.88

    Gillette Disposable Razors 2- 12 ct. – $5.97

    Pampers Diapers or Easy ups – $8.99
    $1/1 Pampers Diapers: Cruisers, Swaddlers, Extra 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Pampers Diapers or Easy Ups 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    Final Price: $7.99

    Bounty Basic Paper Towels 8 pk. – $5.96
    $0.25/1 Bounty Paper Towels or Napkins 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $0.50/1 Bounty Paper Towels Upromise eCoupon
    $1.50/1 Bounty Paper Towels or Napkins 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    Final Price: as low as $3.96

    Duracell Batteries – $5.99
    $0.75/1 Duracell CopperTop Batteries 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 Duracell CopperTop Batteries 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    Final Price: as low as $4.99

    Crest Pro Health – 2/$7.98
    Includes: Toothpaste 7.8 oz., Gum Protection 5.8 oz., w/Scope Outlast 7.6 oz., Pro Health Rinse 500 ml, or Glide Gum Protection Floss
    $0.75/1 Crest Glide Floss 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    $1/1 Crest Glide Floss 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    $1/1 Crest Toothpaste P&G What Matters Most Mailer (exp 11/30/2010)
    $1/1 Crest Toothpaste 8/29/2010 P&G Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
    Final Price: as low as $2.99

    Labels: , ,

    Morning Coffee: 500 GB Hard Drive for $65

    I just ordered Amazon's Deal of the Dayfor myself: it's this Iomega eGo 500 GB Portable Hard Drivefor just $64.99. It'll help us back up our computers, especially all of those iTunes shows that take up a lot of memory. It gets 4 out of 5 stars in 16 reviews, plus it's pretty. :) 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!

    Coupons Inc.Coupons.com has some new coupons, including 50 cents/1 Old El Paso, $1/1 Sambucol, and $1/1 Joint Juice. There's a Catalina deal at Kroger stores right now, including Ralphs, where you get $1 or $3 off your next beef or chicken purchase when you buy 3 or 6 packages, respectively, of Old El Paso Taco Shells, Dinner Kits, Seasoning Packets, Refried Beans or Heat & Serve Side Dishes. According to the printout I received at Ralphs, the offer expires 10/3. Links via Logical Media

    There's a new printable coupon for $1.50/1 Hyland’s Cold and Cough, which is free after Register Rewards this week at Walgreens. Use the coupon for $1.50 profit! (Via Common Sense with Money.)

    Search & WinIf you noticed Swag Bucks having trouble with the site since Thursday, you'll be happy to know that everything is supposed to be back to normal now.

    Just Hungry's Maki Itoh shared a recipe for Eggplant with Miso Meat Sauce in the Japan Times. It's one of my favorite dishes, although the recipe I've used calls for a small amount of ground pork.

    A Full Cup user hermashaw shared her stockpile pics.

    Labels: ,

    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Walgreens Transactions 9/26 - 10/2/10

    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.

    This week's Walgreens deals are here. In these transactions, I assume that you do not have any Register Rewards to start.

    Transaction #1:
    2 Fullbar Fit appetite control $1.99 each

    - Buy one get one free Fullbar coupon printable

    Pay: $1.99 + tax
    Receive: $2 RR
    note: the Fullbar coupon that I printed out says "any Fullbites or Truffulls product" so whether it works with this deal will depend on what's tagged as included in the sale in store; if the coupon doesn't apply, just buy one bar or skip it and go straight to transaction #2, you just won't need a filler

    Transaction #2:
    1 Vicks Sinex $6
    1 filler, e.g., Halloween gift sack or tumbler 13 cents with in-ad coupon

    - $4/1 Sinex Product from 9/26 P&G
    - $2 RR from previous transaction

    Pay: 13 cents + tax
    Receive: $2 RR

    Transaction #3:
    1 Emergen-C Vitamin C Supplement $3.49

    - $2 RR from previous transaction

    Pay: $1.49 + tax
    Receive: $3.50 RR

    Transaction #4:
    1 Highland’s Cold n Couch $4.99

    - $3.50 RR from previous transaction

    Pay: $1.49 + tax
    Receive: $5 RR

    Transaction #5:
    1 Vaseline Sheer Infusion $5.99

    - $5 RR from previous transaction

    Pay: 99 cents
    Receive: $5 RR
    note: look for $2/1 peelies; if you can find one, you'll need a filler like the 13-cent cup or sack


    Labels: , ,

    Walgreens this week: 9/26 - 10/2/10

    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.

    Vicks Sinex $6, Earn a $2 RR when you buy one
    Use $4/1 Sinex Product 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    Free after coupon and RR

    Highland’s Cold n Couch $4.99, Earn a $4.99 RR when you buy one
    FREE after RR

    Emergen-C Vitamin C Supplement $3.49, Earn a $3.49 RR when you buy one
    FREE after RR

    Fullbar Fit appetite control $1.99, Earn a $2 RR when you buy one
    Use buy one get one free Fullbar coupon
    Get two free after coupon and register rewards

    Vaseline Sheer Infusion $5.99, Earn a $5 RR when you buy one
    Look for $2/1 peelie coupons on products
    Possibly free after coupon and RR

    Tilex 2/$5, Earn a $2 RR when you buy two
    Use two $1/1 Tilex Mold & Mildew Products (exp 10/2/2010)
    Pay $1 for two after coupons and RR

    Spend $10 in Participating P&G products and get back $3 RR
    Includes Downy, Bounce, Tide Stain Release, Cascade, Swiffer, febreze and Mr Clean

    Deal Idea
    Buy three Downy 40 loads $3.99
    Use three $1/1 Downy Fabric Liquid Softener 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    Pay $1.99 each after coupons and register rewards

    Kraft Homestyle macaroni $1.99
    Use $1/1 Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese Dinner (IE) Printable (FF)
    Pay $0.99 after coupon

    Purina Tidy Cats scoop litter 2/$10
    Use $1/1 Purina Tidy Cat 9/12/2010 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2010)
    Pay $4 each after coupon

    Stride Shift gum $0.99 after in ad coupon
    Use B1G1 Stride Shift Gum Free 5/16/2010 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    Pay $0.99 for two after coupons

    Oxi Clean Max Force 2/$5
    Use $1/1 OxiClean MaxForce Power Paks or Liquid Gel 9/19/2010 SS Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
    Pay $1.50 each after coupon

    Gillette Bodywash $2.99
    Use $2/1 Gillette Bodywash 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
    Pay $0.99 after coupon

    Tresemme products $2.49
    Use $1/1 TRESemme Fresh Start Product (IE) Printable (FF)
    Pay $1.49 after coupon

    Halls refresh 2/$2
    Use $0.75/1 October All You
    Use $0.75/1 September All You
    note: I've also found $0.75/1 Halls Refresh peelies at the entrance to several drugstores; they're in the side of the security scanner as you walk in
    Pay $0.25 each after coupon

    Labels: , ,

    Midmorning Coffee: Daily Deals

    Amazon's Deal of the Dayis this Scotch Thermal Laminatorfor just $17.99 (list price over $80). It gets 4 1/2 out of 5 stars in 80 reviews. 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!

    The other day, I mentioned Plum District, a deal of the day site that offers a daily discounted deal. I thought some of you might be interested in today's deal, which is $30 worth of eco-friendly bags from Pouch Pals for $15. They have reusable sandwich bags and reusable snack-size bags, so you can replace any plastic baggies you might be sending with the kids or using yourself. The bags can be wiped down or even put through the washing machine, and they are PVC, BPA and phthalate free. The sandwich bags are $9 and the snack bags are $7 (you can't use the $30 voucher towards shipping, and I can't figure out how much that costs - does anyone know?). Disclosure: If you join Plum District using my referral link, we'll both get a bonus when you make your first Plum Deal purchase - thank you!

    Get free admission to over 100 National Parks nationwide today - find a park near you. (Via Dealicious Mom.)

    Keep an eye on your email for an offer from Shutterfly - I got one for 10 free 5x7 folded greeting cards or 10 free 5x7 flat stationery cards. Although as I recall, I didn't go for the last free card offer because shipping was per card even when shipping to the same address and I wasn't about to pay 99 cents per card. I haven't tried this one yet to see how the shipping is priced.

    Money Saving Mom reports that you can get a photo book at Snapfish for just $1.99 shipped with code babybook. I'll be getting one as holiday gift for one of the grandparents or great-grandparents.

    Coupons Inc.
    Banner via Logical Media

    Labels: ,

    Morning Coffee: Breast Cancer Research Deals

    Load these e-coupons to your Ralphs Rewards card and support breast cancer research while saving money.

    Facebook "likers of Hebrew National can get a printable coupon for $1/1 Hebrew National Beef Franks. (Via Printable Coupons and Deals.)

    Get a printable coupon for $1/1 Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese Dinner.

    Facebook "likers" of Wetzel's Pretzels can get a printable coupon for a free pretzel with purchase through Sunday (9/26). (Via Mrs. Moneysaver.)

    Get a printable coupon for 50 cents off Hostess Muffins with Fiber.

    Get a printable coupon for $1/3 American Greetings cards (excludes 99-cent cards). (Via Centsible Savings.)

    Baby Toolkit shares a recipe for homemade Iced Chai Latte.

    Mercedes of Common Sense with Money is making her own piñata.

    Get a free sample of Sofn' Free n' Pretty. (Via FreeStuff4Free.)

    Get a free night of theater in October in selected cities. (Via Northern Cheapskate.)

    At the end of last year, I reviewed a book called Cowboy & Wills: A Love Story,about an autistic boy and his canine companion. On Tuesday (9/28), the author, Monica Holloway, will hold a live video chat on the Cowboy & Wills Facebook page.

    Snapfish is raising money for breast cancer research by donating 30% of proceeds from its Pink Gives store. And if you spend $10 on any Pink Gives product in October, you'll receive a free set of address labels, and 3 sets of self-exam reminder stickers when you order a photo calendar using code PINKGIVES.


    Banner via Escalate Media Affiliate Network

    Labels: