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Sunday, October 31, 2010

One recall yesterday: Britax Chaperone Car Seats

If you have the following car seat, click through to the Safercar.gov press release for more information:

Britax is recalling certain Britax Chaperone infant car seats manufactured from April 2009 through May 2010 because the chest clip was incorrectly produced possibly resulting in a more brittle chest clip than was intended.


As always, I highly recommend signing up for recall notifications from the NHTSA here.

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Winner: Musselman's New Apple Sauce Flavors Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who entered the Musselman's New Apple Sauce Flavors Giveaway. The lucky random winner is:

Katie M. (katie_m******@yahoo.com)

Katie, I've emailed you and you have 24 hours to respond with your shipping address.

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Reminder: Last day for 40 free photo cards at Snapfish

Today is the last day to get free 4x8 photo cards at Snapfish - each set of 20 is $14.99, and you can get one set each using codes BABIES and BABYMAIL. Shipping for each set will cost $5.99.

I used my $10 credit from buying a greeting card from the fall catalog, which was automatically applied to each order, so I paid less than $4 out of pocket for two sets of photo cards. I'm not quite ready to make our holiday cards yet (waiting on someone to send me the photo that I think we're going to use), so I made thank you cards instead. Between birthdays and the holidays, they'll come in very handy in the next six months.

Since you're only paying shipping, you won't get cash back even if you go through a shopping portal like Ebates. At times like these, I like to make a point of shopping through my favorite sites' affiliate links to help support them. I'm not a Snapfish affiliate but most of your favorite mom bloggers probably are, so head over to their sites and take a quick look around for an affiliate link (you can tell it's an affiliate link because it will direct to something other than "snapfish.com" before going to Snapfish).

Happy shopping!

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The Drugstore Game This Week: Starter Walgreens Transactions 10/31 - 11/6/10

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 Afrin 12 Hours Nasal Spray 2/$10

- 2 x $3/1 Afrin 12 Hour Nasal Spray printable

Pay: $4 + tax
Receive: $2 RR

Transaction #2:
If you have the $3/1 Zarbees printable:

1 Zarbees Cough Syrup $5.99
1 filler, e.g., Hunt's Tomato Sauce 34 cents with in-ad coupon

- $3/1 printable coupon previously available
- $2 RR from previous transaction

Pay: $1.32 + tax
Receive: $6 RR

If you don't have the $3/1 Zarbees printable:

1 Zarbees Cough Syrup $5.99

- $2 RR from previous transaction

Pay: $3.99 + tax
Receive: $6 RR

Transaction #3:
Thanks to Common Sense with Money for the deal idea!

4 Secret deodorants $3.99 each
4 packs of Olay Soap $3.75 after 25% off
1 filler, e.g., Hunt's Tomato Sauce 34 cents with in-ad coupon

- 4 x $5/1 Olay Product WYB Secret 10/31/2010 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
- $6 RR from previous transaction

Pay: $5.27 + tax
Receive: $10 RR

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Midmorning Coffee: More new coupons

I am going to skip this week's Rite Aid starter transaction, because there just doesn't seem to be much going on, especially if you don't have the coupons that are no longer available. I'm actually kind of happy to have a bit of a slow shopping week, as last week was just crazy busy!

Coupons Inc.Coupons.com has even more new coupons today, including $1/1 Quantum Finish Tabs, 55 cents/1 Hillshire Farms lower sodium lunchmeat, and $1/1 Rembrandt. Also, at least some coupons appear to have reset. Links via Logical Media.

RedplumThere are also new coupons at Red Plum, including $1.50/1 Johnson's Soothing Vapor Bath, and 50 cents/1 Newman's Own salad dressing. Links via Logical Media.

Through Saturday (11/6), Amazon is offering 3 video games for the price of 2.The deal includes a lot of hot new releases, like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II,Fallout: New Vegas,and NBA 2K11.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, you can get 24 2-oz. bags of Kettle Chips in Sea Saltor Sea Salt & Vinegarfor just $8.88 with Subscribe & Save - that works out to 37 cents per bag, a pretty good price. I'm going to pick up a pack since we don't eat a lot of chips but like to have some on hand, and I won't have to worry about an open bag going stale. You can cancel Subscribe & Save at any time by clicking on "Your Account" at the top of any page at Amazon and then going to "Manage Subscribe & Save Items."

One of the coupon issues at Target involves gift card deals, so one A Full Cup user figured out how to make her transaction go smoothly without causing a headache for herself or the cashier.

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Morning Coffee: Happy Halloween!

After a late night last night, this will have to be a rather short roundup, especially since I have to get ready for Halloween tonight!

Coupons Inc.A new month means new and returning coupons at Coupons.com, and they've got a head start. There's a coupon for 75 cents/1 Wasa product, $1/1 Hidden Valley Salad Kit (redeemable at Walmart), and 55 cents/1 Dannon Danactive. Links via Logical Media.

I discovered a couple of free games for Android this weekend: Flight Director, in which you direct planes and helicopters to the proper landing strip without crashes, and Bebbled, which is kind of a blend of Bejeweled and Tetris. Both are really fun, and did I mention that they're free?

Get a free download of the mp3 version of the Veggie tales album, The Incredible Singing Christmas Treeat Amazon.

Kids in costume eat free with the purchase of an adult meal today at Chevys Fresh Mex. (Via Coupon Cravings.)

Get a free sample of Tena Ultra Thins via Walmart.

Get a free sample of Schiff MegaRed via Sam's Club (membership not required). (Via Free Stuff 4 Free.)

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Walgreens this week: 10/31 - 11/6/10

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.

Zarbees Cough Syrup $5.99, Earn a $6 RR when you buy one
Use $3/1 printable coupon previously available
Free plus $3 in overage after coupon

Cold or Sinus Relief (Afrin or Coricidin Products) 2/$10, Earn a $2 RR when you buy two
Use two $3/1 Afrin 12 Hour Nasal Spray or
Use $2/1 Coricidin HP
Pay as low as $1 each after coupons and register rewards

Buy $10 in select P& G products and get back one $2 RR

Nyquil or Dayquil products 2/$10, earn a $5 RR when you buy two
Use two $1.50/1 Vicks DayQuil or NyQuil 10/31/2010 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
Pay $2 for two after coupons and register rewards

Buy $30 in select P&G Products and get back one $10 register rewards
Use $2/1 Gillette Deodorant 10/31/2010 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
Use $5/1 Olay Product WYB Secret 10/31/2010 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
Use B2G1 Old Spice Body Spray WYB Secret 10/31/2010 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
Use $1/1 Olay Body Products 10/31/2010 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
Use B1G1 Olay Body Wash WYB Facial Moisturizer 10/31/2010 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/2010)

Deal idea
Buy 4 Secret deodorants $3.99 each
Buy 4 packs of Olay Soap $3.75 after 25% off
Use four $5/1 Olay Product WYB Secret 10/31/2010 P&G Insert (exp 11/30/2010)
Pay $10.93 plus tax out of pocket and get back one $10 register rewards.
That’s like paying $0.93 for everything!

Head & Shoulders Shampoo or Conditioner $3.49, Earn a $1.50 RR when you buy one
Use $1/1 Head & Shoulders Shampoo or Conditioner 9/26/2010 P&G Insert (exp 10/31/2010)
Pay $0.99 each after coupon and register rewards

Trident Gum $0.69 after in-ad coupon
Use $1/3 Trident Gum 9/12/2010 SS Insert (exp 11/6/2010)
Pay $0.36 each after coupons when you buy three

Clorox Wipes $1.99
Use $1/1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (click on Products and Offers Tab) or
Use $0.75/1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (IE) Printable (FF)
Pay as low as $0.99 per canister

Ricola $0.99
Use $1/2 Ricola Cough and Throat Drops 10/17/2010 SS Insert (exp 12/17/2010)
Use $0.50/1 Ricola Cough Drops Walgreens IVC
Two Free after coupons (hand manufacturer coupon first)

Ensure Nutritional drink $6.99
Use $3/1 Ensure 10/31/2010 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2010) or
Use $3/1 Ensure
Pay $3.99 after coupon

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Rite Aid this week: 10/31 - 11/6/10

You can find a full roundup of this week's deals at Centsable Momma (thanks, Corrie!). 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.

Select Kendall Products, 2/$7
–Kendall Antimicrobial Gauze or Non-Stick Pads (10 ct.)
–Bandages (10-24 ct.)
–Bandage Roll
Get $3 SCR #77 wyb 2 (limit 1)

$2.50/1 Kendall AMD Antimicrobial Wound Care Product printable (possibly no longer available)
Total after Coupons and SCR: As low as Better than FREE
**Qualifies for $5 +UP Reward wyb $30 Select Health Care Items

Select St. Ives Skin Care Products, $3.99
Get $3 SCR #64 (Limit 1)
–Apricot Scrub (10 oz.) or Collagen Moisturizer (10 oz.)
–Naturally Clear Cleanser (6.75 oz.) or Scrub (4.5 oz.)

$1/1 St. Ives Body Lotion, exp. 10-31-10 (SS 09/19/10)
$0.75/1 St. Ives Body Lotion, exp. 10-31-10 (SS 09/19/10)
Total after Coupon and SCR: As low as FREE

All Single Pack Gum, B1G1 FREE
FREE Stride Shift Gum wyb any Stride Gum, exp. 10-31-10 (SS 05/16/10)
$1/2 Trident Layers Single Pack Gum, exp. 12-18-10 (SS 10/24/10)
$1/3 Trident Gum, Single Pack, exp. 11-6-10 (SS 09/12/10)
$0.50/1 Orbit Gum Oct. RA printable
Total after Coupon: As low as (2) FREE
**Qualifies for $5 +UP Reward wyb $30 Select Health Care Items

*Tide Stain Release (20 oz.), $3.99
Get $1 +UP Reward

$3/1 Tide Stain Release printable
$2/1 Tide Stain Release, exp. 11-30-10 (P&G 10/31/10)
$1/1 Tide Stain Release, exp. 10-31-10 (P&G 09/26/10)
$2/1 Tide Stain Release, exp. 11-30 (Parenting Early Years, Sep)
$2/1 Tide Stain Release, exp. 12-31-10 (Parenting Early Years, Oct)
Total after Coupon and +UP Reward: As low as FREE

Dawn Dish Liquid (9.5-12.6 oz.), $0.99
$0.25/1 Dawn Product, exp. 10-31-10 (P&G 09/26/10)
$1/1 Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Liquid, exp. 4-30-11 (Organize In Style)
$1/1 Dawn Hand Renewal, exp. 10-31-10 (Decor Done Right)
$0.25/1 Dawn Ultra Dish Washing Liquid, exp. 4-30 (Organize In Style)
$0.25/1 Dawn Ultra, exp. 10-31-10 (Decor Done Right)
Total after Coupon: As low as FREE

Bayer Ascensia Contour Blood Glucose Monitoring System, $14.99
FREE Bayer Contour Meter printable – must have prescription
$10/1 Bayer Meter or Monitor, exp. 10-31-10 (RP 08/08/10)
$5/1 Bayer Contour Meter Nov. RA printable
Total after Stacked Coupons: As low as FREE
**Qualifies for $5 +UP Reward wyb $30 Select Health Care Items

Bayer Breeze 2 Blood Glucose Monitoring System, $14.99
FREE Bayer Contour Meter printable – must have prescription
$10/1 Bayer Meter or Monitor, exp. 10-31-10 (RP 08/08/10)
Total after Stacked Coupons: As low as FREE
**Qualifies for $5 +UP Reward wyb $30 Select Health Care Items

Select Febreze Products, $2.49
Get $1 +UP Reward
–Air Effects (9.7 oz.)
–Noticeables Warmer
–Set & Refresh Air Freshener

$1/1 Febreze Air Effects, exp. 11-30-10 (P&G 10/31/10)
B1G1 Febreeze Set & Refresh wyb Candle, exp. 10-31-10 (P&G 09/26/10)
$1/1 Febreze Set & Refresh, exp. 4-30-11 (Organize In Style)
$1/1 Febreze Air Effects, exp. 4-30-11 (Organize In Style)
$1/1 Febreze Noticeables Warmer/Refill, exp. 4-30 (Organize In Style)
Total after Coupon and +UP Reward: As low as $0.49 ea.

Combos, 2/$3
Get $1 +UP Reward wyb 2

$1/2 Combos Snacks Bag, exp. 11-12-10 (RP 09/12/10)
Total after Coupon and +UP Reward: $0.50 ea.

Arm & Hammer Super Scoop Cat Litter (14 lb.), $4.99
Get $1 +UP Reward

FREE Temptations Cat Treats wyb Arm & Hammer Litter (RP 10/17/10)
$3/1 Arm & Hammer Cat Litter, exp. 7-31-11 Sept. All You
Total after Coupon and +UP Reward: As low as $0.99 ea.

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Midmorning Coffee: $3 MP3 credit to Amazon

The mp3 version of Taylor Swift's new album Speak Nowis still $3.99 at Amazon, and Common Sense with Money reports that you can get a $3 mp3 credit by clicking here and entering the code STUDENT3 (exp 11/3). That makes the entire album just 99 cents! (I have no idea when the price of the album will go up since the RSS feed for deals that I subscribe to said it would be a couple days ago.) Amazon also has thousands of 69-cent songsin its mp3 download store. Disclosure: I'm an Amazon affiliate, so any purchase you make after entering Amazon through a link on Chief Family Officer supports this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

I got an email from Kmart that they will be having a double coupon event tomorrow (10/31). Unfortunately, the only link in the email takes me to a store locator page so I don't know any other details.

Starting today for the next 10 days, Conan O'Brien will be giving away 1,000 Team Coco shirts per day. (Via My Good Cents.)

Mambo Sprouts has updated its coupons, and there's now a coupon for $1/2 Simply Organic spices, grinders or vanilla extract.

Maven of Savin has details on this year's Toys R Us Hasbro games rebate. (Via For the Mommas.)

A Year of Slow Cooking has a fabulous-sounding recipe for Crab & Corn Soup.

Bargain Briana has a great post on being happy with what you have.

Coupons Inc.
Banner via Logical Media.

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Morning Coffee: LA Times confirms Target's coupon deduction issues

On Thursday, the LA Times reported that Target has been short-changing consumers for months by failing to deduct the full amount of a coupon. Of course, this has been a known issue for a while. The article just says Target is "aware" of the problem, but doesn't say if or when it will be fixed, and all we coupon users can do at the moment is keep a close eye on the registers. Actually, that's not quite true - we can avoid shopping at Target, and since the stores near me aren't very coupon friendly, I seem to be making fewer trips to Target than ever.

Coupons Inc.Coupons.com has a coupon for 50 cents/1 Pillsbury Simply Buttermilk Biscuits, which are on sale at Vons/Pavilions (and possibly other Safeway stores) for $1.50. If your coupon doubles, you get a can for just 50 cents. I love the Simply products because the ingredients list is so short and normal. I also cannot get my biscuits to come out light and fluffy, so I will probably pick up a few of these. The $3/1 any Similac formula coupon is also still available. Links via Logical Media.

Get a printable coupon for 50 cents/1 Midol 20+ count. (Via Printable Coupons and Deals.)

Wild for Wags reports that if your Walgreens store has started to clearance its costumes, you may be able to pick up a costume for as low as $2.49.

Get a printable coupon for 75 cents/1 RW Knudsen Just Juice. (Via Organic Deals and Coupons.)

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

A Happy Hippy Mom reports that Nestle Raisinets Fun Size Bags (10oz) with a production code of 02015748/UPC number 2800010255 may contain undeclared peanuts, and that a limited number of Mega Pops brand lollipops may contain traces of "foreign particles."

Baby Cheapskate has a helpful November Baby Bargains forecast. Of particular interest is the info that photo deals will hit their low point in the second half of November.

Get a printable coupon for $2/1 Kellogg's FiberPlus Chewy Bars.

PampersGet 5 points at Pampers Gifts to Grow with code 4HAPPYHALLOWEEN. Links via MySavings.com.


Banner via Escalate Media Network

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Friday, October 29, 2010

One recall yesterday: Halloween lanterns

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

Dollar Tree Recalls Children's Halloween Lanterns Due to Fire and Burn Hazards


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

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Midmorning Coffee: It's Mega Swag Bucks Friday

Search & WinSwagbucks is by far my favorite way to earn free money, so I love Fridays, when there's an increased chance of winning big Swag Bucks. Plus, get one daily Swag Buck by taking the Daily Poll, and another daily Swag Buck for using their toolbar. To learn more about Swag Codes (a way to get free Swag Bucks!), check out the Swag Code page. Disclosure: If you join Swagbucks using my referral link, I'll get bonus Swag Bucks, so thank you if you do!

Coupons Inc.As I mentioned earlier, there's a $1/1 Arrowhead water coupon at Coupons.com right now. It's valid on Aquapods, which are reportedly $1 per pack at Stater Bros., so you could get them for free plus the cost of CRV. There's no Stater Bros. near me, so I will likely use the coupon at Vons, where 8-packs of the small sport tops are on sale for $2.50. There's a Catalina deal where you get a coupon for $1 off your next order when you buy two selected multipacks and $2 off when you buy three (expires 10/31). Links via Logical Media.

PampersNew members of Pampers Gifts to Grow can use code 453983270233478 to get 100 free points (exp 11/30). I highly recommend this program because it's free, and even if you don't buy Pampers products, if you patiently collect free codes, you can get free gift cards. Links via MySavings.com.

Get a free sampler box of Cheryl's Cookies and just pay shipping of $6.95, plus you'll get a $10 Reward Card to use toward your next Cheryl's purchase.

Get a printable coupon for Buy One, Get One Free at GAP Outlet, valid tomorrow (10/30) only.

Get a printable coupon for 50 cents/1 Gallo salame product. (Via Printable Coupons and Deals.)

Get a printable coupon for a free Sausage or Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with any purchase at Del Taco (exp 11/10). (Via Coupon Cravings.)

Get a printable coupon for a free lip item (up to $8 value) with any purchase at Bath & Body Works. (Via Money Saving Mom.)

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Morning Coffee

Coupons Inc.Coupons.com has some new (returning) coupons, including $1/1 selected Arrowhead water, $1/1 Hefty waste bags, BOGO Starburst Gummies, and $2/1 any Huggies Little Snuggles. Links via Logical Media.

For the Mommas has info on a Butterball turkey rebate.

SoCal residents can get a printable coupon for Buy One, Get One Free Pumpkin Smash Creamy Treat at Jamba Juice.

Get a printable coupon for 50 cents/1 Tetley Tea. (Via Printable Coupons and Deals.)

Kids 12 and under in costume eat free at Souplantation this weekend (10/30-31; one child per adult with purchase of adult meal). (Via San Diego Saves.)

Eat Better America members can get a free 2011 calendar.

Baby Cheapskate found a good deal on Halo Sleepsacks, which I absolutely loved when my boys were infants.

Members of Office Depot Worklife Rewards can get a $5 Worklife Rewards credit by signing up for Office Depot emails.

Check your email: I got an offer for a free photo mug from Snapfish.

The California Department of Fish and Game is warning all consumers of California spiny lobster and rock crab to eat only the lobster tail meat and crab meat until further notice (i.e., no organs and roe) because of elevated levels of domoic acid toxin.

Money Saving Mom asked if it's okay to go to a hosted sales party (e.g., Pampered Chef) with the intention of buying nothing. The responses offer all kinds of viewpoints.


Banner via Escalate Media Network

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Meet My Blogroll: Wild for Wags


Wild for Wags is relatively new to my blogroll, but it's the perfect example of a "niche blog." Christie does one thing - share the deals at Walgreens - and she does it better than anyone.

In addition to listing the weekly deals at Walgreens, Christie gives a helpful heads up on hot upcoming deals, and I especially enjoy her "Updates from the Field," in which she posts helpful tips. For example, she'll report on deals that aren't going through the way they should, unadvertised deals, and clearance finds.

If you shop at Walgreens, I highly recommend subscribing to Wild for Wags!

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One recall yesterday: Infant shoes

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

Meijer Recalls Infant Shoes Due to Choking Hazard


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

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Midmorning Coffee: Adults should get a whooping cough booster

The whooping cough epidemic has infected over 6,000 people in California, and killed some babies. Public health officials recommend that adolescents (ages 11 through 18) who got the routine vaccine as a child get a booster dose, and that adults get a booster if they haven't had one in the last 10 years. I just went to my doctor's office for a flu shot, and got a pertussis booster while I was there. The LA Times has some suggestions on where to get vaccinated, regardless of whether you have insurance.

Get a printable coupon for 75 cents/1 St. Ives lotion, excluding trial size. (Via Printable Coupons and Deals.)

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

Get a printable coupon for $1/1 Alexia Product from Walmart.

The first 10,000 to text OFFICEMAX to 30364 to sign-up for text alerts get a $5 Office Max savings card via text (sounds like an e-gift certificate). (Via Freebies 4 Mom.)

Get a printable coupon for $8/1 Toy Story 3 Blu Ray/DVD Combo. The coupon expires 11/8 - the DVD comes out on Tuesday, 11/2. You might want to print the coupon now in case it hits the print limit before the deals come out (probably not until the weekend). I normally don't buy movies right when they come out on DVD, but the boys all saw this one without me and I really want to see it. Oh, and of course, they'll enjoy seeing it again too.

Tomorrow only, Whole Foods has Organic Honeycrisp Apples on sale for $1.49/lb. That's a great price for a tasty apple.

Apparently some zip codes are seeing a printable coupon for 75 cents/1 Clabber Girl baking powder at SmartSource, but I'm not. :( At least I'm seeing the $1/1 Colgate toothbrush coupon.

Stretching a Buck reports that bloggers can get 50 free photo cards from Shutterfly.

Coupons Inc.
Banner via Logical Media.

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Morning Coffee: Thanks to Freebies 4 Mom!

I need to give a huge shout out to Heather at Freebies 4 Mom for posting a while back about the Kellogg's Back to School Sweepstakes. She says over 40 of her readers won $250 each, and I was one of them! It's the biggest prize I've ever won, so thanks to Heather for letting me know about the sweeps!

Facebook "likers" of Red Strike Energy Drink can get a free sample (selected states, must be over 21).

I wish there was an Earth Fare nearby - they give out so many freebies! Right now you can get a printable coupon for a free 3-lb bag of organic apples.

Visit a CVS Minute Clinic to get a coupon for $5 off a $15 purchase.

Bargain Hunting Moms
reports that starting Sunday (10/31) through Christmas Eve, Toy R Us Rewards members can get 10% back.

Get a printable coupon (FF or IE) for $1.50/1 Frigo Cheese snacks.

Get a printable coupon for 50 cents/1 Helluva Good product.

Watch a video about how to make a gluten-free boule using the Artisan Bread in Five method.

Get a printable coupon for $1/1 Cold Stone Creamery Smooth Cravings Hot Cocoa Mix. (Via Printable Grocery Coupons and Deals.)


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Winner: Snapfish Pink Gives $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who entered the Snapfish Pink Gives Giveaway. Congratulations to the lucky random winner:
Denise (denise_*****@yahoo.com)

Denise, I've sent you an email and you have 24 hours to respond!

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Walgreens Update: What a haul! (updated)

It's been a long time since I felt comfortable doing more than two transactions in one trip to Walgreens, ever since my favorite cashier disappeared from the store I used to go to. But I've found a new store with an awesome manager, and if you're local, I can't say enough good things about the Walgreens in Encino. They're having a party this weekend to celebrate their one-year opening, and they're doing a "safe trick or treat" for kids too.

I just got back after doing seven transactions that cost me less than $6 out of pocket (I put approximately $2 on a gift card before it ran out). I got four tubes of Colgate Sensitive (my preferred toothpaste) and three boxes of Contac. My transactions consisted of me rolling the Register Rewards between the deals, using the Royal Gelatin as a filler when needed (20 cents after in-ad coupon!). I also picked up two boxes of vinyl gloves, which I wear when cleaning the house or cutting a particularly messy vegetable (like butternut squash or pumpkin, which make my hands orange and sticky). I'd just used my last glove yesterday, so I really needed these.

I also picked up three boxes of Alka-Seltzer Fast Crystal Packs, which were tagged as part of the Register Rewards deal. Buy three at $3.99, use three of the $3/1 coupons that were in last Sunday's RP, pay $2.97 + tax and get back a $5 RR. The Fast Crystal Packs were in the cold and flu aisle, not the antacid aisle.

The Balance bars weren't tagged yet for the mid-week sale, but I tried it and it worked. Pay $1.59 and get a $1.60 RR back. Use the BOGO coupon from the 10/10 SS to get two for free.

Ever since I started needing sensitive toothpaste, I've noticed that they usually aren't included in the free offers. So I'm really excited to have gotten some this week, and I have a couple more coupons and one more Contac coupon so I may head back before the sale ends.

However - I did have one glitch, and that was realizing when I got there that my five $1 RRs from the Halls deal had expired back on Sunday. So, if you've made it this far and can use expired RRs at your store, here's a bit of fun: I will send the expired RRs to the first person to email me with their name and address and the subject line "Walgreens Expired RR Giveaway." Gone to Roberta S!

The rest of us can be envious of those who get to use expired RRs!

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Midday Coffee: Coincidences

My mother-in-law and I were just talking about Drybar, a location that specializes in blowouts/hair styling. And what do you know, one of the Groupon offers today in Los Angeles is for a $25 blowout with conditioning treatment (normally $55). Weird coincidence! Thank you if you join Groupon using my referral link! Don't forget to shop through Ebates to get back 6% of your purchase.

You can get a super cheap subscription to All You magazine through Eversave today. Today's deal is $12 for $26 worth of magazine subscriptions from Blue Dolphin, which has a year of All You for $19.97. So you'll pay $12 for a year of All You, plus have $6 left to apply toward another subscription - they have Delaware Bride for $5, Golf Getaways for $5.97, Good Housekeeping for $7.97, and Family Fun for $9.95. Plus, if you're a new Eversave member, you get $5 when you join, meaning you'll pay just $7 for your $26 voucher. That's the best deal I've ever seen for an All You subscription! Note that Blue Dolphin auto-renews subscriptions, but you can opt out of auto-renewal by emailing them at renewals@bluedolphinmags.com. I also emailed them about renewing an existing subscription, and it sounds like they will process your order as a renewal if the name and address match exactly. You can also get a credit when someone signs up for Eversave using your referral link and makes their first purchase (thank you if you join using my referral link!).

I Heart CVS reports that Rite Aid is accepting the $5/$25 coupons again.

Moms Need to Know reports that you may be able to find cheap Miracle Whip at Target.

Get a free sample of Dove Go Fresh Deodorant from Costco (membership not required).

Get a free sample of Tom's of Maine toothpaste. (Via Mojo Savings.)

Mark Bittman explains how to make Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi.

Chili's Free Chip and Queso
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Ralphs: 10/27 - 11/2/10

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).

There's a 3-day sale from Thursday through Saturday:

12-pack Corona or Smirnoff Ice $9.99

California Pizza Kitchen or DiGiorno Pizza 2/$7 (must buy 2)
$1/1 California Pizza Kitchen Pizza 9/26 SS
$1/1 DiGiorno Pizza 12 inch or larger 9/12 RP (exp 10/31)
2/$5

Halloween Bagged Candy $1.77 with in-ad coupon
$1/2 Wonka or Nestle Fun Size Halloween Candy 10/17 RP (exp 10/31)
$1/2 Hersheys, Kit Kat, Reeses snack size bags 10/17 SS (exp 10/31)
$1.50/3 Mars Brand Candy Fun Size Bags 10/10 RP (exp 10/31)

Cheetos or Fritos 99 cents with in-ad coupon

12-pack Coca-Cola 4/$11 with in-ad coupon (must buy 4)

The Frozen Mega Sale continues this week, so buy 10 participating products and get $5 off. The participating items should be the same as last week, but prices may have changed. Prices listed are after Mega Sale discount:

Birds Eye Steamfresh $1.99
Buy One Birds Eye Steamfresh, Get a Free New Birds Eye Steamfresh Lightly Sauced or Whole Grain Blend Variety 10/24 SS
Note: Both Steamfresh items should qualify for the Mega Sale

Healthy Choice Entree $1.99
$1/2 Healthy Choice Frozen Meals 10/17 SS
B4G1 Healthy Choice Frozen Meals 9/26 SS
$1/1 Healthy Choice or Marie Callender's Meal 9/12 SS
$0.50/1 Healthy Choice Steaming Entrees 9/12 SS
$1/1 Healthy Choice Steaming Entrees printable
$1/2 Healthy Choice Frozen Dinners or Entrees printable
As low as 99 cents

Marie Callender's Entree $1.99
$1/1 Marie Callender's Fresh Flavor Steamers printable
$1/1 Marie Callender's Fresh Flavor Steamers October All You
$1.50/4 Marie Callender's Frozen Meals 9/26 SS
$1/1 Healthy Choice or Marie Callender's Meal 9/12 SS
a low as 99 cents

Eggo Waffles $1.99

Gorton's Grilled Fillets or Tenders $3.49
$1/1 Gorton's Grilled Item printable (FF or IE)
$1/2 Gortons Grilled Shrimp Item any 9/12 SS
$0.50/1 Gorton's Item printable (FF or IE)
As low as $2.49

Hungry Man Entree $1.79
$2/1 Hungry Man dinner Facebook printable
FREE + possible overage
(but see my warning from last week)

Red Baron Pan Pizza or Pasta $3.99
$1/1 Red Baron Pan Pizza or Pan Pasta product 8/29 SS
$2.99

COUPON DEALS
Yoplait Yogurt Cups 50 cents
$0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups 9/12 GM
$0.50/8 Yoplait Yogurt Cups 9/12 GM
$0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt cups 10/3 GM
$0.50/8 Yoplait Yogurt cups 10/3 GM
$0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups or Smoothies printable
$0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups or Smoothies Ralphs eCoupon
As low as 37 cents each wyb 6

Dannon Yogurt Cups 50 cents
$1/10 Dannon Light & Fit Nonfat Yogurt cups 10/10 SS
$1/6 Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt Cups Facebook printable
As low as 37 cents each wyb 6

Tree Top Apple Juice or Cider $1.69
$1/2 Tree Top products printable
$1.19 each wyb 2

General Mills Cereal $1.49 each wyb 4 (Rice Chex, Honey Nut Cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch pictured)
$0.75/1 General Mills MultiGrain Cheerios Ralphs eCoupon
$0.75/1 General Mills Cookie Crisp Cereal Ralphs eCoupon
$0.75/1 General Mills MultiGrain Cheerios Ralphs eCoupon
$0.55/1 General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal Ralphs eCoupon
$0.55/1 General Mills Original Cheerios Ralphs eCoupon
$0.55/1 General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal Target.com printable
$0.55/1 General Mills Cocoa Puffs Cereal Ralphs eCoupon
$1/3 General Mills Cereals printable
$1/3 select General Mills Cereals 10/3 GM
$1/2 select General Mills Cereals 9/19 SS

Quilted Northern Bathroom Tissue $1.99 (4-double roll)
50 cents/1 Quilted Northern printable
99 cents (works out to 25 cents/double roll, which is a decent price!)

Don Francisco Coffee $3.99
50 cents/1 Don Franciscos Coffee any can 10/17 SS
$2.99

Land O' Frost Premium Lunchmeat $3.50
$0.55/1 Land O'Frost Premium Lunchmeats 8/8 RP (exp 10/31)
$2.50

Pace Thick & Chunky Salsa $1.99
$0.50/2 Pace Salsa or PiCante Sauce 8/29 SS
$1.49 each wyb 2

Kraft Cheese $2.50 (selected varieties, includes singles and shredded)
$1/2 Kraft American singles any size 9/26 SS
$5/5 Kraft Cheese or Dairy Products printable
As low as $1.50 each wyb 5

Mars Candy Bars $0.50
BOGO Mars Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way or Twix single 9/26 RP (exp 10/31)
$0.25 each wyb 2

Crest Toothpaste $1
$0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz or larger 10/10 P&G
$0.50/1 Crest Toothpaste 4 oz or larger or Liquid Gel 9/26 P&G
FREE

OTHER DEALS
Whole Chicken 69 cents/lb

London Broil $3.99/lb

Beef Chuck Roast $3.49/lb

Drumsticks or Thighs $1.99/lb

Hebrew National, Nathan's or Ballpark Hot Dogs BOGO

Gala Apples 49 cents/lb

Broccoli or Cauliflower 99 cents/lb

Bartlett Pears 79 cents/lb

Ralphs Half-Gallon Milk $1.50

Ralphs Chunk or Shredded Cheese $1.99

30-pack Coors Light, Bud Light, Miller Lite $16.99 + Get a 24-pack of Ralphs Water for a penny

12-pack Pepsi 4/$10 + Get a free bag of Doritos

Coupons Inc.
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Morning Coffee: Baking Day Recipes to Come

I had a half-baking day yesterday. I made sandwich bread, chicken pockets (pastry dough with a chicken filling), cookie dough, baked pumpkin (for puree), and pumpkin seeds, plus steel cut oatmeal in the slow cooker. It was great, but I'm not done. Today, I need to freeze the cookie dough, puree the pumpkin, and make banana bread (or maybe I'll just freeze the bananas for smoothies). I'll post recipes for the chicken pockets and pumpkin puree soon.

Get a free sample of Axe Dry Phoenix Invisible Solid antiperspirant & deodorant via Sam's Club (membership not required).

Get a free sample of Thomas Coffee (available at Walmart and Sam's Club).

Common Sense with Money reports that you'll be able to get some free Balance bars and other deals starting today.

Freebies 4 Mom reports that you can get 100 free prints at Snapfish when you order two 8x10s.

Christian Clippers has this week's Stater Bros. deals.

Get a printable coupon for $1/1 Dreamfields pasta.


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Recipe: Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

This shot is of oatmeal that's in my slow cooker as I write this up. The liquid on top will absorb as it continues to cook. I love the flavor of the ingredients below, but you can use all water, or use more water and sub in some cream or half & half, increase or decrease the sugar to taste, etc.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal
Serves 6

1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
4 cups water
2 cups milk
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for six to eight hours - the time will depend on how hot your slow cooker runs. Mine is done in about six hours (in the photo, it's been cooking for 4 1/2). I've found that if I let the oatmeal cool completely in the refrigerator, it doesn't stick to the sides much.

I freeze the oatmeal in individual-serving portions and serve it with some dried fruit and approximately one tablespoon of brown sugar.

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Midmorning Coffee: Groupon has NBA tickets today

Today's Groupon deal in Sacramento is a ticket to the 11/6 Kings game for $10 (upper level) or $40 (lower level). You can get a similar deal in Philadelphia for a 76ers game (choice of three upcoming games). Click on "Visit More Cities" at the top of the page to get the deal. You can also get a $10 credit when someone signs up using your referral link and makes their first purchase (thank you if you join using my referral link!). Don't forget to shop through Ebates to get back 6% of your purchase.

I was just in the kitchen making sandwich bread dough and watching Taylor Swift perform on the Today Show. It's so cute watching all those tweens singing along to songs from the new album- they already know all the words! And her promotional appearance did its job, because I'm going to buy the mp3 version from Amazon today. You can't beat $3.99 for 14 songs; buying four songs individually would be $3.96. The info I have from Amazon is that the $3.99 price is only good through today, so don't wait if you want this. 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!

Veterans and active duty military personnel can get a free entree at Applebee's on Veterans Day (11/11).

Get a printable coupon for 75 cents/1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes from Walmart. (Via Printable Coupons and Deals.)

Get a printable coupon for 50 cents/1 Reddi-Wip.

Common Sense with Money reports that you can get a few more freebies at Rite Aid.

If you get a $2/1 Huggies wipes coupon from the CVS coupon scanner with no size restrictions, you can get a travel size case of wipes for free. (Via A Thrifty Mom.)

You can enter to win 10,000 bonus Box Tops for your school.

Get a printable coupon for $1/3 Hershey’s, Kit Kat or Reese’s Snack Size Candy (exp 12/9, possibly rolling exp date).

Coupons Inc.
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