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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Claritin coupons at Coupons.com




New Claritin coupons at Coupons.com...check it out!
4 new coupons!

Redplum has great Glade coupon


Redplum just released some great coupons. These are my three favorites. Head over there quick, before you go to CVS today! I used my own zipcode which is 75169.

$3 on any 1 (one) product from the Fragrance Collection by Glade (Will go great with the CVS deal this week. You'll get $3 overage. Woo hoo!
$1 on any 1 (one) Softsoap Nutri Serums Body Wash. Another great CVS coupon.
$1 on any Success Rice product.

There are also coupons for Hefty, Colgate, Welch's, sugar, and more.

My very first Kroger trip


As soon as I walked in I knew it was going to be my kind of place. "Ooh, let me see your set up" one woman when she saw my coupon binder. She was impressed...thank you very much. When I told her this was my first Kroger trip she asked how that was possible until I told where I lived. "Ah, East Texas. Well I hope it's worth the drive for you." (Just for the record, I didn't drive 40 miles just to go to Kroger in Mesquite. Hubby had to go get some dress clothes for work so we had to go anyway.)

Hubby went in and got our Kroger card while I started shopping. It wasn't that different from Brookshire's, which is my local store, but the couponing was. You see, Brookshire's only accepts IP coupons up to $1.99 and you cannot get anything for free using them so you can't even use a bogo coupon. I know, sucks. But Kroger doesn't have those restrictions.

They had some good sales that I was able use coupons with. The one thing I was really after was the Smithfield Bacon, which I have 4 $3 coupons for but they didn't carry it. No one seems to carry it except Brookshire's, where I can't use the q. I swear! I couldn't really buy anything frozen either because of the heat and the 45 minute drive, it would have melted so I didn't even bother to go down the frozen foods and ice cream isles.

Ok, for some totals. Before coupons and Kroger savings my total was $119.60. After coupons and Kroger savings my total was $37.57...a savings of 69%. I was impressed.

The employees there were very friendly and very coupon friendly. At Brookshire's, at times, if you don't get the right cashier, they tend to treat you like you're trying to pull one over on them by using a coupon. I've learned which cashier's to avoid though so I don't have to go through that. I'm glad I went to Kroger this weekend, I just wish I could have have when they had the big doubler day a couple of weeks ago.

I still have to go to Brookshire's today though to snag some Ball Park franks for $.75 after coupons and some Tidy Cats cat litter for $2.50 after coupon. I'll combine that with my CVS run.

I will return to Kroger but I don't think making a special trip to go there is quite worth it. Then again, making the special trip when it starts getting cooler out might be worth it, especially if I just HAVE to go to the mall for something, which is always a good thing. I got a pair of shoes at Payless with the BOGO event and hubby got a pair for work. And my daughter was able to find 'the perfect' purse for 75% off...and it was still $40 so she was thrilled with that while me and hubby were thrilled with the savings. All in all it was a good shopping & savings day.

Friday, August 28, 2009

How do you get ready for a shopping trip?

I used to pick up my purse and walk out the door, not saving much money and always wondering why, eating cheaply, we never seemed to have any money in the house. 'Maybe I'll try couponing' I said to my husband a few years ago..it never really went anywhere.
With my 2 or 3 coupons I'd go out the door and those for those couple of items and then wonder why I didn't really see any difference in my bill. So, I gave up.

Then one day I was looking on Twitter and put in coupons for the fun of it. FUN?? OMG!! It was like I hit the jackpot. I found a few 'mom blogs' and it all changed. I started to look at all the cool deals they were finding and decided to try some.

Then 3 BIG things happened. #1 my local grocery store began accepting printed coupons. #2 I learned how to match ads and coupons instead of making mindless lists. #3 I discovered CVS.

I began saving money hand over fist (pun intended) and my hubby was constantly shocked. "Why didn't you start doing this before now?" he would ask me, but I just couldn't give him a good answer.

I started off with a big wallet type thing for my coupons, then went to an accordion folder. If hubby wanted to go to the store I would tell him to let me know with lots of time so I could get organized. It was a pain in the butt. Then I discovered it...the coupon binder!!



I bought a 3" binder (actually first bought a 2" binder but it was not big enough) and a bunch of baseball card sleeves. It took me 3 days to sort and categorize all my coupons but it was soooo worth it. Now I can just get up and walk out the door again 'on a dime' when hubby beckons. Yes, I have to make sure I keep everything together and I do still make lists of the sales I want to coupon match but this has made my life so much easier.

What do you do?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Water Pik giveaway on Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls



I just found out about this great giveaway.
I remember having one of these as a teenager when I had braces and it was A.MA.ZING!!
Take a look...... Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

P & G brand SAVER in Wednesday's paper

I subscribe to the Dallas Morning News and get it on Wednesdays and Sunday because of a special deal. I looked through the paper this afternoon to find a P&G coupon flyer inside of it. It's the same one that was in Sunday's paper Aug 2nd, but it was a good one, so I thought I'd let y'all know!