Friday, September 30, 2011

Great Deals At Price Chopper

I have not done a single deal at any store this week but had a little time to run into Price Chopper tonight.  So glad I took the time as there are some great deals to be had!

Mt. Olive Pickles are on sale for half price.  Mine were all $1.49.  Minus $1/1 coupon from 8/28 SS.
Out of pocket = $0.49/jar.

Stove Top Stuffing reg.  $1.33.  Buy three.  Minus $1/3 coupon from iSave machine.  Plus (3) $0.50/1 coupons from 9/11 SS.
Out of pocket = 3 for FREE!

Stayfree Pads.  On sale for $2.  Minus $1/1 coupon from 8/21 SS.
Out of pocket = $1/pack.

Wholly Guacamole reg.  $2.99.  Minus (2) $1.50/1 coupons and (1) $2/1 coupon that I printed a while ago and were expiring today.
Out of pocket = $0.99 - $1.49/pack.

Balance Bars.  On sale for $1/each.  Minus $0.55/1 coupon from 9/11 SS.
Out of pocket = FREE!

I actually can't even eat the Balance Bars and Stove Top as they are full of terrible for my tummy glutens.  But I figure that they are great items to donate with the holidays coming up.  So don't overlook free food items even if you won't eat them yourself.  Food pantries will gladly take anything you don't need off your hands.

More Hasbro Game Deals : Just $3.99

OK so if you missed the price matching score at Walmart with the Big Lots ad last week, you can still score great game deals tomorrow at Toys R Us.  Or if you are like me and that store gives you hives, you can go to Walmart and price match.  Walmart claims you don't need the ad but I advise bringing it just in case.

So the deal is that the games are on sale for just $7.99.  Which is honestly a pretty good sale price.  But we have a slew of $4/1 coupons from a few weeks ago that we can use to bring the price down to just $3.99. 

OK so they are not quite as great as the Big Lots/Walmart deal but that is still a really great price for a $20 game.  I already bought enough for my family kiddie gifts but plan to go buy a few more as Toys For Tots donations.

Thanks Centsable Shopin!

FREE Sample : Toothpaste

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

FREE Sample : Dial Lotion

Ooooh this is one of my favorite brands of lotion!  And one I didn't discover until couponing too.  Click the image to request a FREE sample.

Price Chopper Was Featured On TLC's Extreme Couponing Show Last Night!

Well I am totally off my game this week.  I've not clipped a single coupon or even opened the circulars.  A dear friend just passed away and I am not really in the coupon mindset at the moment. 

But to relax last night, I did happen to catch a bit of TLC's Extreme Couponing show.  I don't actually watch regularly.  Not because I dislike it but because I never remember what night it's on. 

Oh and do not get me started on how silly I think it is when people get their panties in a bunch over this show.  It's a TV reality show.  They ask the couponers to show their biggest haul to make it fun for the viewers to watch.  Many of those couponers actually do big donations after the show.  But that stuff usually gets cut.  The bottom line is that it is no more a representation of every day couponing than the Jersey Shore is a representation of either the state of NJ or people of Italian heritage.  Oh and funny thing, did you know that Snookie (who's name I thought was Snoopy for the longest time) is actually of Hispanic decent, not Italian.  True story. 

Anyway, I happened upon the show last night.  And guess where one lovely gal was shopping?  PRICE CHOPPER!  The couponer and her sister were shopping for the sister's wedding and it was actually a sweet story line.  But when I saw those hang tags and realized it was the great P Chop, I perked up.  Then when I saw her do many transactions, I perked up even more.  And when the cashier was sooo nice to her...wide awake!

I mean, I get razzed for using three coupons in a single transaction sometimes.  She was allowed to do a dozen or so transactions and use LOTS of coupons.  I was impressed.  And excited.  In a strange way, it gave me a little bit more confidence to see that Price Chopper recognized a couponer in such a way. 

I would never do a dozen transactions in a store on the same day.  Honestly who has that kind of time and energy?  But knowing they let this gal do that makes me believe that corporate isn't the issue with couponing.  The grumbly cashiers are just grumbly.  Clearly corporate looks favorably on couponing.  Heck, we just got double coupons so they must see the value in couponers, right?

So in a strange twist of events, thanks TLC Extreme Couponing show for showing this Chopper Shopper that the PC Corp apparently does like couponers.  Woo hoo!

Monday, September 26, 2011

FREE Zantac

I love love samples like this.  They are perfect to keep in a purse or little travel bag.  And often come with high value coupons too.  Even if you might not think you will use it, I bet a close friend or family member would be very grateful to get such a sample for free.  It's also good to have a little of everything on hand for company who might unexpectedly need something.

Click the linked image to request your free sample before they run out!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I Feel Like Willy Wonka

So this might be amusing to you.  I don't really like chocolate.  Well, I like it in things.  As in a chip in a cookie.  I love brownies.  And I like chocolate covered fruits.  But I would never eat a bar or kiss of chocolate. 

Which makes total sense that I bought a dozen chocolate bars at CVS today then.  Ha.  They were such a great deal and it really doesn't matter to me if I have to chop up a chocolate bar to make cookies.  The Air Delight bars are so odd- they are so light.  I'm curious to see what they look like.

So here's the deal...
Buy two Hershey bars, get one free.

Buy (3) Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars  $1.19
Buy (3) Hershey Air Delight Bars  $1.19
-Use (3) Buy one Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar, get one Hershey Air Delight bar free coupon from the 8/28 SS.  {will deduct $3.57}

Total out of pocket (before tax) ... $1.19 or just $0.20/bar.

FREE Toothpaste and FREE Toothbrushes At Target

This was an awesome deal at Target that I finally got around to doing today.  The check out girl was less than impressed with savings but whatever.  I must be the only couponer around who rarely scores deals toothbrushes.  So I was extra excited to get these two today. 

However as I sit here and look at my receipt, I realize the gal only used three of the four coupons I gave her.  I knew I overpaid.  Drats!  I still got them for free but I didn't get the overage to use on other things purchased.  Bummer.  Let this be a lesson to pay attention, y'all!

The Crest and Oral B toothbrushes have a deal going where the toothbrush is FREE if you buy the toothpaste.  Your mileage may vary from store to store and even cashier to cashier but you should be able to use a $2/1  Crest Complete Toothpaste or Oral B toothbrush coupon (possibly regional) from the 9/11 SS. 

Crest Complete Toothpaste sale price $2.99.
Oral B Toothbrush price $2.99 or Free after toothpaste purchase.

I Price Matched At Walmart And Lived To Tell About It!

I did it, y'all!  And it was not nearly as scary as I thought it would be.  The check out gal didn't even ask me for the ad, which I did have in my bag just in case.  I've read that a bunch of people were able to score any Hasbro game at $5 as the ad is sort of vague so that was the gamble I took.  And it totally worked!  These games range from about $14 to $25 but I bought every single one for just $5 with the price match.  Then I used (3) $4/1 and (2) $5/1 coupons.  Such a score!  I'm half finished with my kiddie Christmas shopping now.

Oh and I finally used up the last two of my $1/1 Cascade coupons while I was there.  A little random but I wasn't sure I would be back in a Walmart before they expired this coming week.

Free Coupons From Free Magazines

I am way way behind in my magazine reading.  Embarrassingly behind.  So tonight I quickly flipped through a few.  Honestly at this point, I was just flipping through some of the older mags to search for coupons. 

It took me about 10 minutes while I was on the phone with a friend to pull all of these out.

The next time you see me post about a FREE magazine subscription...SIGN UP!  Every single one of these coupons were in a free subscription.  I'm not sure if you can see it at the top but that's actually a free sample from Garnier in addition to the coupon that was in a magazine.  And I am thinking the $2 Bayer coupon might make for a money maker with a reward dollar in the future.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fun Target Deals

I found some fun deals at Target today!  The environmentally conscious side of me does gasp for air a little bit every time I bring home tiny bottles of things instead of big ones.  I will be the first to admit that while great for the piggy bank, doing this is cruddy for dear ole' Mother Earth.  But we all have to draw the line and I happen to draw it at free lotion vs. totally not free and rather pricey lotion.  So sorry Mother Earth.  I'll find other ways to make it up to you.

So the St.Ives lotion (travel size) is on a clearance mark down.  In the Latham store it was in the normal travel size aisle but they all had red clearance stickers on them.  On sale for just $0.67.  I used my $0.75/1 coupons making them BETTER THAN FREE!  I go through travel size bottles of lotion in my purse like nobody's business in the winter time.

Certain packs of Wet Ones are marked down.  As you can see, I accidentally grabbed one on sale and one not on sale.  But I was in a hurry so I didn't bother going back to return/re-buy.  Shout wipes are also marked down.  Again, both of these are in the travel section.  You can find coupons to print out at  HOWEVER...I highly recommend you go through Swagbucks (and certainly join if you have not already)!  It takes a few weeks but you get 10 points for every coupon you use via your Swagbucks account.  That's just easy money, y'all.

And last, Aquafresh.  Also in the travel section.  Regular price $0.97.  I had two print coupons (do not remember where they were from but quite possibly Swagbucks Coupons) and realized I also had a bunch of newspaper coupons all for $1/1.  No size restrictions.  I try to only buy toothpaste that is absolutely free out of pocket.  Can you believe we all used to pay full price for toothpaste?  Ha!  Of course this size is fabu for traveling but honestly, I will use whatever I have at home too.  Travel size toothpaste, travel size deodorant, travel size shaving cream, travel size laundry detergent, travel size anything that's free for me....  Love it all!

New Favorite Lotion

I love blogging.  For many reasons but the top has to be because I get to "meet" the sweetest new friends.  A fellow Upstater posted today that she scored big on this new-to-me brand of lotion and soap at Rite Aid.  She had me at lemon and off I went to score some for myself.  I was on a mission to find these pretty bottles of J. R. Watson lotion for myself and as little gifts too.

Except things never work out the way you plan them.  I went to FOUR Rite Aid stores (all sort of on my way) and came home with exactly one bottle.  Ha.  Win some and lose some, right?

The deal is that they are on sale 2/$3 (this bottle in the photo is normally $8.99) and many also have a peelie coupon for $1/1.  Making them just $0.50 each (before tax)!! 

Let me just tell you, I am bummed that I didn't find more.  It smells A-MAZ-ING!  And is super thick- exactly what my dry skin needs during our long, cold winters.  I did get rain checks at two stores as $1.50/each is still a good deal, especially if the new stock also contains the peelie coupons.  Crossing my fingers!

But if not, I still scored one yummy bottle.  That will never last until winter because it is just so delicious and smells exactly like a lemon pie.  Did anyone else have luck with what I am now calling my lemon pie lotion?  And if you are in the Cap Region, do you know of a store that has a bunch (or any) in stock?

FREE Sample : Fish Oil

Click the image to "like" the Your Beauty Facebook page.  Then click to request a free seven day sample of Nature's Bounty Fish Oil pills.  My dad takes one of these daily and this little pack is perfect for traveling.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FREE Sample : Disney Gummy Vitamins

Click the image to request a free sample of either Cars or Disney Princess gummy vitamins.  Gosh and I didn't think kiddie vitamins could ever get better than the sweet, crunchy Flintstone vitamins.  Gummies...yummy!

Thanks Money Saving Maine-iac!

A Recipe : Turkey Bean Chili

I meant to post this on Monday when I made it but I have barely checked my email in the last 50 hours.  My fur baby, the dog that is the love of my life and possibly the only child I will have, has been very very ill.  The good news is that she is on the mend.  Ish.  Mend-ish.  She is improving but v e r y slowly.  So I've been all-consumed with her and not blogging.

But I did enjoy a fabulous pot of chili this week, thanks to some great coupons at Price Chopper this week.  Now this is not a food a grew up eating so I am not sure if this is authentic or anything.  But it's darn good and really, that's all that matters!

Turkey Bean Chili

* 2 tablespoons EVOO
* ground meat (I used ground turkey but any meat will do or omit if you want meatless)
* 1 teaspoon dried onion
* 1 pack chili or taco seasoning or 3-5 tablespoons homemade
* chili powder to taste
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (optional)
* 2 cans kidney beans, in their liquid
* 2 large cans diced tomatoes
* 1 tiny can tomato paste

* In a heavy bottom pot, heat up EVOO to high heat.  Add meat and all seasonings.  Brown until cooked through.
* Add beans, tomatoes and tomato paste.  Go ahead and add the liquid in the bean cans.  It's free, already right there and helps thicken the chili.  Mix well.
* Turn down to low/simmer and cook for @30 minutes to let all the flavors incorporate.  Add a can or two of water if too thick. 
* Serve with a sharp cheese, sour cream, chips, onions or anything else floating around your pantry.

The salad is one of those Price Chopper salad kits on sale for $2.99 (I think) this week.  I LOVE them- this one has cranberries, golden rasins, feta cheese and a supper yummy dressing.

Now there is a Price Chopper coupon for their store brand of Diced Tomatoes, but I discovered that Tuttorossa brand is actually on sale for a lower price this week.  That's without a coupon.  A lesson to always double check prices as the coupon is not always the very best deal every week.

The chili powder is a steal at just $0.50 after the PC coupon!  It's not a hot chili powder so it can be used in all sorts of yummy fall and winter recipes.

Of course the kidney beans are a rockin' deal this week with the PC coupon!  I plan to go buy a few more cans.  I use beans all the time as a great, filling source or protein when I don't feel like eating meat.  If you make this without meat, you might want to add a few extra cans of beans in there too.

This makes a huge pot of chili and it freezes great if you don't feel like eating it all this week.  On a cold, snowy winter day, it's sort of awesome to heat up a dish of your homemade chili for lunch or dinner.

I know the cinnamon and nutmeg seem a little out of left field but trust me on this one.  Seriously, trust me.  You can't taste them specifically but they really add so much to the recipe.  I actually add a few zips of freshly ground nutmeg to nearly everything savory that comes out of my kitchen.  They are optional but just do me a favor and add them even if you think I am crazy.  I'm not (or not today anyway) and you will love the extra subtle flavors.  In're welcome!

And a final note...
If you want to make this in your crockpot, do the first step of browning off your meat in a pan and then transfer it and everything else to your crockpot.  Cook low all day or high for a few hours.  Is anyone else a total crockpot-aholic too?  Love love that thing!

Monday, September 19, 2011

FREE Magazine Subscription : Draft

Click the link for a FREE one year subscription to Draft Magazine.  A great gift idea for a beer loving man in your life!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Better Late Than Never

Aaaah the week got away from me and I never got around to showing these deals in hopes that y'all could go do the same.  Sorry. 

But I made my first ever purchase from Dollar General last week.  I went in the store one other time but never found what I was looking for and left.  I read on another blog that these smaller bottles of the Nivea body wash were unmarked but on sale for just $2.  I had six $2/1 coupons left and figured it was worth a shot as I was near there anyway.

The were not marked on sale at my store- regular price was $2.50 so they would be cheap even without the sale.  But I did a trusty price check and it turns out, they were ringing up at just $2.  Yay!  I'd read a few blogs over the year saying that DG gives you issues if your total is $0.  Not wanting to deal with that possibility, I picked up the snack pack of peanut butter, something I will always eat, for just $1.  Not too shabby!  And again, even at full price, these bottles would only run you $0.50 after the coupon.  My store had a bunch but only in this one scent (which I really like so it all worked out peachy for me).

Next I ran across the street to Rite Aid.  Cold and Flu season is around the corner.  I used $2 +up RR in addition to coupons, paid about $2 out of pocket and earned another $2 in +up RR.  I actually consider them to be $1 each as I don't factor in Reward bucks until I use them.  But that's still an awesome price.  The Triaminic went into my donation box.  I don't often pay for what goes in there but figured it was a great price and something that is rarely afforded by mommas shopping at a food pantry.

And finally, I popped into Price Chopper for a few things.  I only took this one photo though because I am never in that mindset when putting food away.  The peanut butter was totally FREE though!  And tastes delish with my inexpensive (thanks to a PC store coupon) bag of apples.  Don't you agree that things taste better when you pick them up for FREE?  Mmmm!

I will try to do a much better job of sharing deals and shopping trips this week.  It's my first week in forever without a zillion evening meetings so it might actually happen!

FREE Sample : Puppy Pads

Click the image to request a FREE sample of puppy pee pads.

FREE Magazine Subscription : Baby Talk

No, I do not have a baby.  Grumble.  But I do actually enjoy this magazine.  It often has a few coupons hiddin within too. 

Click the image to sign up for a FREE two year subscription to Baby Talk Magazine.  Again, I only post these things if I would sign up for them myself.  No credit card or similar information is required.  Truly, FREE!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

FREE Sample : Monavie

Click the image to request a sample of Monavie Essentials.  This one looks interesting actually.  I'm looking forward to trying something new.

Friday, September 16, 2011

33 Bottles Of Formula For Free

I've not been great the last few months with dropping off donations to the local food pantry.  I've been so busy.  But I have been great at buying baby formula.  Mostly for FREE.  With coupons of course.  Tips located here.

So when my Junior League decided to do a baby diapers, wipes and formula drive as a kick off event this year, I knew I had the perfect outlet for my growing baby formula collection.  I got my rear in gear and used up all of my coupons to put together what you see here (and then some- there was another bag on the floor of my car). 

In total I had 33 full size bottles/cans of formula.  A mix of Gerber, Enfamil and Similac brands and a total mix of types (complete, soy, fussy tummy, etc).  I didn't know what was what so I purchased like a prep.  I bought the pink and green caps.  Because they were prettier.  Plus I had in there about 10 other formula samples in a variety of sizes (some full size some small single size).  And a bunch of diapers too.

Doing this, I learned several things. 

First, I learned that babies are holy heck expensive!  I am forever shocked at how expensive diapers and formula are.  Wow!

Second, I learned that formula companies recognize the expense and do what I think is a very good job of offering coupons if you just sign up for them.  I've been super impressed at how much is offered to new mommas.  If you just sign up.

Third, I realized how necessary it really is for me, someone clearly not in need of baby anything, to take advantage of these deals to make donations.  If someone is struggling to buy a few food items, it is going to be nearly impossible for her to buy a $30 box of diapers or $9 can of formula. 

I am continually making what to some must be obvious connections.  If your food stamps or tiny pay check barely cover food, you certainly cannot afford to buy feminine items, headache and sinus meds, chap stick or baby wipes.  All things I consider to be life necessities.  Not luxuries. 

I know my donation isn't going to solve the world hunger crisis.  But it was an incredibly easy way to make a teeny teeny tiny dent.

With the exception of the larger pack of diapers, I paid NOTHING for all of that formula and the diaper that you can barely see (sorry I didn't think to take a photo until the car was loaded).  OK so some cans did run me under $1, but others were a profit.  So in the end, it was all completely FREE.  But the value was certainly well over $250 (I also didn't think to add it all up).

Easiest donation ever!

Do you have any tips for either new moms or non-moms with a heart for making donations to food pantries?  And are you judging me for buying formula based on the color of the caps?  Ha!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

FREE Sample : Tea

Click the image to request a free sample of this tea.  In all fairness, I'm not really sure what it is.  I think it's supposed to me more along the lines of an energy drink than a relaxing cuppa. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Big CVS Money Maker

So everyone seems to be reporting that the magic red machine at CVS is giving them a coupon for a FREE box of either Ritz Crackerfuls or Newton Thin cookies.  Mine did too.  The problem is that the stores only received about 40 boxes total of those products. 

My store was out by the time I got there on Monday evening.  I sort of expected that.  I know that drugstores only have the ability to store just so many extra stock.  But I calmly walked to the front and asked if they might give me a rain check.  I personally think that CVS has the best rain check policy of any store.  But the sweet manager did me one better.  She said it was so dumb of the store to give out all those free coupons when she had no idea when more shipments of that item would again be in the store.  So instead of a rain check, she just took off an additional $2.50 (the value of the free coupon) from my purchase!

For me, this was actually a much better deal.  I never expected it but it worked so in my favor.  I can't even eat the two possible free items.  I would have given them to family or friends.  And for the record, I went to the Latham store over by the Lowes.

So this is what I did buy (they were actually out of several items so I left with more rain checks than items).  Four Air Wick I Motion Kits.  That's it.  According to my receipt, they originally sell for $10.49 before tax and were on sale for $4.99.  Ouch, that seems expensive to me!  Four items I won't use/keep actually.  They will all be given away.

Used ...
-(4) $4/1 Air Wick coupons 9/11 SS
-$2.50 from free offer

Total value purchased ... $45.32
Paid out of pocket ... $3.06
Percentage saved ... 93%
Earned ... $10 ECB!!

Which sounds great if I planned to use these things.  But I don't.  So I would not normally justify buying them, even at such a discount.  BUT.... I knew that if I purchased $20 worth of items, I would receive a $10 ECB.  So by spending a little over $3, I earned a $10 store funny money to use later.  This my friends, is a GREAT money maker deal!

Please remember that I include tax- because I have to pay it so I might as well be up front about what comes out of my piggy bank. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

FREE Magazine Subscription : Baby Talk

I am a total magazine-aholic, y'all!  So I love getting all of these free mags.  I actually make it a point to never pay for a subscription now that I know I can get them for FREE.  I don't think I've paid for a subscription in three years actually and am always getting at least a dozen mags each month.  They frequently have coupons in them too!

FREE Sample : Kleenex

Click the image to request a FREE sample of Kleenex from Target.  Cold and flu season is just around the corner...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Success At Price Chopper

I never got around to doing a full post of what I bought at Price Chopper this week.  So this is just a quick pic of some of the great deals.

*The granola was totally FREE!
*Pudding was just $0.50!
*And the Newman's Lemonade Iced Tea was just $0.99 after the $0.50/1 coupon was doubled.  That's with the drink not even on sale.  Not too shabby for something that's very yummy!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

FREE Sample : Green Mountain Coffee

Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee are my two very favorite brands.  Not to mention, Green Mountain Coffee is just up the road in VT.  Click the image to request a FREE sample after you "like" them on Facebook.  It's really yummy, y'all!  You won't be disappointed.  Oh and's FREE!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Inexpensive Diapers At Babies R Us

If you feel brave, head over to Babies R Us (I have a strong aversion to all of the R Us stores) Friday and Saturday only to pick up some cheap diapers.  Use the $2/1 coupon from the 8/14 SS (expires 09/10) to make them just $3 a pack!!

FREE Sample : Twinings Tea

Chilly fall weather is just around the corner (or already here), so the timing of this sample is perfect!  Click the image to request your free samples.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

FREE Sample : Icy Hot

I popped on Walmart's website just to see if they had any new freebies up and they do!  Click the image above to request a FREE sample of Icy Hot. 

FREE Sample : Loreal EverSleek

Click the image to request a FREE sample of Loreal EverSleek.  Go to My Loreal and then click on Special Offers.  

Thanks Centsableshoppin!

FREE Sample : Coffee

Click HERE to request a FREE sample of Joe Coffee.

Tell me, do you take your java with cream, cream and sugar, or just hot and black?  I'm a lots of cream and that's it sort of girl.

FREE Chocolate

Hurry and click one of the links below to "like" them on Facebook.  Mars is giving away 50,000 pieces of candy today!  I am not a big chocolate fan but happen to love love a frozen Snickers bar (as in I stick one of those Snickers mini bars in the freezer and chomp on it- strange- I know!).  Act fast though- these will not last long!




Milky Way

3 Musketeers

FREE In My Mailbox

I've not been good lately about posting photos of my mailbox freebies but just look what arrived yesterday! 

My ballet slippers!  Sooo excited!
John Frieda Root Awakening shampoo, conditioner and coupon!
Enfamil samples and (2) $5 coupons.

Wooden spoon was not free- it's there to cover up my name- ha.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

FREE Subscription: American Baby Magazine

I've been getting this mag for a while now and I really like it.  It seems it is again being offered completely FREE.  Remember that there are frequently coupons in these magazines too.  So click the image above to sign yourself up! 

Great Deals With Price Chopper Coupons

There are some GREAT Price Chopper coupons this week.  Yay!!  It's about time they had some great deals again.  Click the coupons to print them from Price Chopper's Facebook page. 

Use with the $1/1 Emerald Breakfast coupon from the 08/07 RP or print one here to make this FREE!  I'm so excited to try this stuff actually.

Stick a popsicle stick or plastic spoon in the middle of these pudding cups and pop them in the freezer.  Then run the plastic cup under hot water for a moment to release.  Easy peasy and super cheap pudding pops.  Which is pretty much the only way I like to eat pudding.

Monday, September 5, 2011

FREE Children's Books

I don't have a webcam so am not able to take advantage of this one.  But I think this is such a cute idea for grandparents and Godparents and Aunties who live out of town.  You can record both voice and video reading the book.  These can normally run as high as $22! 

Alexander Anteater's Amazing Act


The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Also available for FREE are Baa Baa Black Sheep and Xander and the Wind!  Oh how I wish was able to send these to my Godson in Florida.  These are just such an adorable idea!!

Babies Are Expensive But Coupons Make A Difference

So I ran into a sweet gal who was patiently waiting behind me and my coupon madness Saturday night in Walmart.  Now for the record, I was super organized.  But as we all know, sometimes things pan out and sometimes they don't.  It all comes down to the cashier.  And while the guy was very nice to me, he was sllllooooowww and not familiar with my coupons. 

But in the end, I held fast and was rewarded with getting all of this baby formula for a $3.08 PROFIT!  Seriously. 

I have been saving these baby formula coupons for a while now.  To the extend that sadly, four of them expired a few days before I thought to use them.  Ugh I loathe when that happens!  But my Junior League is collecting baby diapers, wipes and formula to support local Hurricane Irene victims.  So I was cashing in all of my baby stuff coupons for our baby drive.  I do not have a baby (salt...wound...sniff) but I signed up thinking I would give donations to my local food pantry.  And I do usually.  But my JLA drive takes priority at the moment. 

So the sweet gal behind me asked me where I got all of the coupons.  And actually, I wasn't entirely sure.  I know I signed up for most of them (these were all mailed to me) when I first started couponing.  I was not keeping notes on things back then (not that I really keep many notes now but at least I have a better point of reference these days).  So I've done some digging.  As I find more baby coupons, I will update this post. 

Gerber coupons- sign up via email.  See all those cans of Gerber formula?  That's only a fraction of what I've been able to buy for cheap and sometimes FREE with the coupons they mail to me after you fill in your information online.  A GREAT resource!

Similac couponsSign up here.  See those big things of Similac formula?  Those were actually better than FREE.  I have others with a pink top that were @$0.50 after coupons.  They've sent me a few samples too- though I am not sure if that was a special at the time or if they do it for everyone.  Worth signing up either way. 

Enfamil couponsSign up here.  Like Gerber and Similac, Enfamil sends awesome coupons!  These were the ones that were expired this shopping trip.  Sadly.  But they would have made for very inexpensive formula.

$5/$25 Pampers Diapers coupon.

Johnson's baby goods coupons.

Huggies.  It looks like there is only a deal for those able to shop at a commissary.  But perhaps they update with other coupons now and then?  I'll have to check back and update is I see more deals on here. 

Another resource for great, high value coupons is from all the freebies I post on here.  Sign up to get a sample of various products like diapers and wipes and baby foods sent to you and they usually come with coupons too.  This includes all the magazines.  I only ever post magazines if they are truly free.  But there are often lots of great coupons between those glossy pages. 

The Sunday papers frequently have baby coupons.  Ask your neighbors to save those for you if they don't have babies and you do.  I can't imagine anyone refusing to give you coupons if they are not going to use them anyway. 

Amazon often runs one day sales on things like diapers, wipes and baby foods such as those squeeze things.  I will try to be better about posting those deals when I spot them.  But keep your eyes open if you are looking for something specific.  Amazon super sale prices are great but tend to end without warning after they sell a certain volume of product. 

My mecca, Target, offers great coupons.  Remember that at Target, you can use a Target store coupon AND a manufacturer coupon on the same item.  Stack up those savings, baby!  Ditto at Rite-Aid and Walgreens and CVS.  Do note though that sometimes the coupons posted at store sites (such as Target), are actually manufacturer instead of store coupons.  This is good because you can use them anywhere but it means you can't stack it with another manu coupon at Target.

And finally (for now...), make sure you're using Swagbucks instead of Google.  Why?  OMG if you have to ask why...  No, I kid.  But seriously, Swagbucks rocks my pink socks.  Sign up following this link.  Then download the toolbar.  Instead of doing a google or other similar search, just use Swagbucks.  You earn points when you do searches (and daily polls and use coupons and download the toolbar, etc).  Then you can cash in those points for gift cards to places like  Use your gift cards to buy diapers or really anything you like. 

I hope this was helpful.  As I find more baby item coupons, I will be better about posting them here on this blog.  But please always feel free to send me an email.