Saturday, April 17, 2010

4/18 Coupon Preview

Click HERE for a coupon preview of inserts coming tomorrow.

Friday, April 16, 2010

MEGA Swagbucks Friday

Remember, today is Friday which means MEGA swagbucks for searches. Instead of earning 5 or 10 swagbucks for a search, you could earn up to 50 or 100! So get searching!

Search & Win

What is Swagbucks?
It's a search engine, like google. Use it in place of your regular search engine and earn swagbucks every day that can be used towards gift cards and prizes.

Slavetosave Coupon Class(es)!

The poll has closed and the results are in. I'll be holding two coupon classes in the next few weeks, in hopes that everyone who wants to attend will be able to come!

Coupon Class #1:
Saturday, April 24th
1:00 PM
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Coupon Class #2:
Thursday, April 29th
6:30 PM
Cottonwood Heights, UT

We will discuss:
  • Coupon basics
  • Coupon organization
  • Drugstore deals/rebates
  • Grocery store deals
  • And answer all of your questions!

We'll also have some goodies and a few giveaways. This is a great chance to get the jumpstart you need to start saving, and get all your questions answered in one place!

If you'd like to attend, RSVP to me via email and I'll send you directions:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Smith's Shopping Trip

The Fort Union Smith's near me had a grand re-opening this morning. It's not usually the Smith's I visit on Wednesdays, but I figured I'd pop down there and check it out, since they had free breakfast fixings for the first 300 customers, and I needed to pick up a few things anyway.

Transaction #1:
$2.00 Quaker Instant Oatmeal x 5
$0.50 Libby Vegetables x 4
$0.95 Babyfood x 6
$0.34 Reese's Dark
$0.33 Reese's Dark
$2.50 Fiber One Yogurt
$1.56 Milk
$3.49 Lactaid
$2.19 Bread
$0.00 Smith's Eggs
$0.00 Kroger OJ, half gallon
$0.00 English Muffins
$0.00 Hormel Sausages
-$5 instant Quaker savings
-$1 shortcuts yogurt MFQ

-$1 Quaker MFQ x 4

-$0.75/6 Babyfood MFQ

-$0.55 Reese's MFQ x 2

-$2.50 Free Yogurt MFQ
= $17.16 + tax
(Saved $37.67 -- 68%)

Transaction #2:
$2.00 Captain Crunch x 5
-$5 instant savings
-$3/5 MFQ

= $2.00 + tax
(Saved $10.95 -- 84%)

The Quaker sale was fantastic, and the breakfast freebies were a great snatch as well. I love taking oatmeal to eat for breakfast on the days I work, and I've been out (shocking, I know) for a few weeks. But I just couldn't bring myself to pay full price because I knew they'd go on sale! I'm so glad I waited.

I made some homemade carrot babyfood last week to give to the Bambina. The night I tried to feed it to her, she had an absolute meltdown and hated it! She was screaming and arching her back and throwing a tantrum, which is so unlike her. I ended up sending Chris to the grocery store right that second while I calmed the girl down and waited for him to come back with some storebought. I don't know what her deal was, but we're going to stick with Gerber for a bit. So I had to pay for the real deal today, but at least I had a $0.75/6 coupon, lol.

The Smith's store itself was amazing, amazing, amazing. I hope they remodel all of the Smith's stores like that! If you're nearby, stop and check it out.

Total spent for April: $52.93
Total saved for April: $125.30 (70%)

Smith's Deals (4/14 - 4/20)

Click HERE for a printable matchup of all weekly sales with manufacturer's coupons.

{Print the Smith's coupon policy HERE.}

Sale Prices:
  • Kroger Russet Potatoes, 10 lb bag - $0.99
  • Mountain Dairy gallon milk - $1.79
  • Kroger Butter, 1 lb - $1.79
  • Kroger Sips, Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream - $1.00
  • Athenos Hummus - $1.50
  • Smart Balance Sour Cream, Milk, Spread - 50% off
  • Banquet Brown n Serve Sausage - $0.88
  • Kroger Frozen Whipped Topping - $0.79
  • Red Baron Classic Pizza - $2.97

$1.00 Oscar Mayer Ham, 6 oz
-$1/2 MFQ (SS 3/7)
= $0.50

$0.79 Sunny Delight
-$0.25 MFQ (SS 2/7)
= $0.54

3/$11 Mountain Dew, 12 pack
-B3G1 promo
= $2.75 each wyb 4

$0.50 Reeses Dark Peanut Butter Cups
-$0.55 MFQ (SS 3/14)

$1.39 Mission Corn Tortillas, super size
-$0.75 MFQ (SS 3/7)
= $0.64

$0.88 Banquet Entrees, 5-11 oz
-$1/4 MFQ (SS 3/14)
= $0.63 each wyb 4

$1.30 Skippy Peanut Butter
-$0.75/2 MFQ (RP 3/28)
= $0.93

$8.99 Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers
= $5.99

Quaker Promo
Buy 5, get $5 off at checkout. Limit $5 off per transaction.

$2.00 Quaker Cereal x 5
-$5 instant savings
= $1.00 each wyb 5

$2.00 Quaker Instant Oatmeal x 5
-$5 instant savings
-$1 MFQ HERE or HERE (click on in-store coupons link) x 5
= 5 FREE

*You could also use the $3.00/5 MFQ found in Associated Foods' ads this week because it is a manufacturer's coupon! You will pay $2.00 for 5 Quaker items with this!

Movie/Music/Ringtone Promo
Buy 10 participating items and get either a free movie ticket, 15 music downloads, or 15 ringtones. Go HERE for details. Voucher will print at checkout, to be redeemed at Participating items with good deals this week:

$2.88 Breyers Ice Cream
- (no coupons)
= $2.88

$1.25 Pringles
-$1.00/4 MFQ (P&G 3/7, P&G 4/4)
= $1.00 each wyb 4

$3.99 Snuggle sheets or liquid
-$3 MFQ (RP 3/28)
= $0.99

$2.00 Dannon Yogurt, select varieties
-$1 MFQ (SS 3/28) or HERE
= $1.00 each

Smith's Case Lot Sale!
The case lot sale will run two weeks, while supplies last. Items must be purchased by the case. Price per item is listed in parenthesis.

$11.99 Kroger Beans, 24 count case ($0.50)
$11.9 Kroger broths, 24 count case ($0.50)
$18.96 Kroger canned fruits, 24 count case ($0.79)
$23.99 Kroger Chunk Light Tuna, 48 count case ($0.50)
$27.00 Kroger Honey, 16 oz, 12 count case ($2.25)
$7.99 Kroger Mandarin Oranges, 24 count case ($0.33)
$13.92 Kroger Soups, 24 count case ($0.58)
$5.99 Kroger Tomato Sauce, 24 count case ($0.25)
$2.50 Kroger Water, 24 count case ($0.10)
$9.99 Langers Apple Juice, 64 oz, 8 count case ($1.25)
$6.00 Libby's Vegetables, 12 count case ($0.50)
$12.00 Libby's Vegetables, 24 count case ($0.50)
$15.60 Smith's Evaporated Milk, 24 count case ($0.65)
$23.88 Spam Luncheon Meat, 12 count case ($1.99)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Free Magazine or $12 Rebate wyb $30+ P&G Products

Get a free magazine subscription (or $12 rebate by mail) when you buy $30+ of Olay, Secret, Cover Girl or Pantene Products. Offer valid until June 30, 2010.

If you want the magazine subscription, fill out the top form. If you'd like the $12 refund, fill out the very bottom portion and mail to:

Condé Nast Special Programs - P&G
P.O. Box 37722
Boone, IA 50037-0722

What to do when you've got too much? Donate!

So if you've caught the coupon-shopping bug, you may have a closet or two full of random cold medicines, cleaners, razors and creams. Sometimes when you deal shop, you have to buy things you don't need in order to get items you do need for free. And sometimes you end up buying food in groups of tens or twenties in order to get discounts, even though you could never possibly eat it all yourself!

Don't panic! There is help for your exploding closets and pantries.

What do you do with unwanted or extra food, toothpaste, shampoo, cold medicine, lotions, diapers, etc? Donate them of course! I always drop my extra toiletries at the YWCA, because it's close to where I work so it's convenient for me. Donating is a surefire way to make you feel even better about the way you shop. Helping others while helping yourself is definitely a win-win.

Utah organizations accepting donations:

YWCA of Salt Lake
322 East 300 South, Salt Lake City
In need of: Clothing, haircare, cleaners, toilet paper, body lotions & soaps, over the counter medications, car seats, diapers, baby toiletries, etc. (See full list here.)

Rescue Mission of Salt Lake
463 South 400 West, Salt Lake City
In need of: Clothing, food, razors, shampoo

Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective
2312 South West Temple, Salt Lake City
In need of: Toothbrushes, old t-shirts, bikes and parts. (See full list here.)

Utah Food Bank
3150 South 900 West, Salt Lake City

In need of: All food items, especially peanut butter, tuna, canned fruits & veggies, canned stews/chilis, boxed meals and macaroni and cheese.
*Donations accepted year-round at any Harmons location.

Latter-Day Saint Humanitarian Center
15 East South Temple, Salt Lake City
800-453-3860 ext. 26060

In need of: Emergency items

The Road Home
210 South Rio Grande Street (455 West)

In need of: Clothing, laundry detergent, diapers, paper goods & garbage bags, non-perishable food, haircare, deodorant, lotions, razors, toothbrushes & paste, feminine hygiene products, bodywash, soap, chapstick, toilet paper, etc. (See full list here.)

Crossroads Urban Center
347 South 400 East, Salt Lake City
In need of: Clothing, any nonperishable food and reasonable amounts of perishable food, diapers, formula, personal hygiene supplies.

It's generally a good idea to call an organization first before you plan to make a drop off, to make sure they can use the items you are planning to donate. And remember, these organizations are always in need of monetary donations and volunteers as well!

(*If you live outside Salt Lake City and would like to know where to donate, use Charity Navigator to locate a suitable organization near you.)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rite Aid Wellness+ Program Opens Nationwide (4/18/10)

Starting Sunday, April 18, the Wellness+ program opens Nationwide! Wahoo! So get online and make your Wellness+ account HERE, so your card can get in the mail to you.

What is the Wellness+ Program?
It's a card that can be scanned at the beginning of each purchase to earn you loyalty points for every dollar spent at Rite Aid -- including 25 points per prescription!

What is the benefit?
Members-only sale pricing (sort of like a Smith's Fresh Values card), 10% off Rite Aid brand products every day, and 24/7 exclusive access to a pharmacist when you call 1-800-RITE-AID.

What do my points earn?
  • For every 125 points -- a one-time 10% off shopping pass (up to 375 points)
  • 500 points -- 10% off all non-prescription points purchases everyday
  • 500 points -- free health screenings
  • 1000 points -- 20% off all non-prescription points purchases every day
(*Points are per calendar year)

What are CRT's & +UP Rewards?
When you use your Wellness+ Card, you will often get Wellness+ CRT's that print at checkout on the bottom of your receipt -- sort of like catalina coupons at Smith's. So buying certain items will trigger coupons valid on other related items.

When you use your Wellness+ Card and buy specified items, your +UP Rewards will also print at the bottom of your receipt, as a CRT.

How Do My Points Accrue?
You get one point for each dollar spent before manufacturer's coupons and Single Check Rebates, but after any Rite Aid coupons, Video Value coupons (including the $5/20), and Wellness+ coupons. Clear as mud?

Here is an example:

$6.00 Tide Laundry Detergent
-$1 MFQ
= Pay $5.00 + tax
(You will get 6 points for this transaction)

$6.00 Tide Laundry Detergent
-$1 RAQ
= Pay $5.00 + tax
(You will get 5 points for this transaction)

If the Tide detergent in the above example also had a $1 Single Check Rebate, you would still get points as listed above, since points are awarded before rebates.

New Rite Aid Wellness+ Coupons

Rite Aid just released some new Wellness+ coupons! These expire 5/1/10.

  • $3 off any purchase $15+
  • $2 off cosmetic purchase $2.99+
  • $2 off vitamin purchase $5.99+
  • $2 off cold/allergy purchase $2.99+

The cold/allergy coupon will go great with the Allergy Rebate (SCR #552) items this week!

$5.29 Sudafed x 2
-$2 in-ad RAQ x 2
-$5/2 MFQ (RP 4/11)
-$2 cold/allergy RAQ
= $0.42 profit!
(*Buy $50+, get $25 RA GC!)

Click HERE to see the rest of this week's coupon matchups at Rite Aid.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Smith's Reusable Bag Design Contest $25 GC {Review & Giveaway!}

Smith's parent company, Kroger, is hosting their third annual Design A Reusable Shopping Bag contest! You can visit their website HERE and design your own bag using their online tools. They have some really fun graphics and fonts and backgrounds this year. Each person who has a fresh values card and submits a design will receive a credit for a FREE reusable shopping bag on their card!

Visitors to the site can vote for their favorite bag design, once per day. The top 10 bag choices will be featured on the site, and the winners will receive the following prizes:
  • 5 Runners-up will receive $100 Kroger GC (which may be used at Smith's)
  • 4 Finalists will receive $250 Kroger GC
  • 1 Grand-prize winner will receive $1,000 Kroger GC and could see his or her bag design sold in stores!
Slavetosave's Review
I designed my own reusable bag today! It was fun and super quick. The online tools were creative and easy to use, and you even have the ability to upload your own photos or gr
aphics to be used in your design. My favorite part of the whole process is the ability you have to order your bag at the end of the design!

Kroger has partnered with Cafe Press so that you can order your reusable bag design as a grocery tote ($12.99), apron ($16.99), Sigg water bottle ($24.99) or hat ($11.99)!

Smith's was nice enough to send me a $25 American Express gift card from their One-Stop Gift Card Shop so that I can order my own bag design from Cafe Press! Sweet!

Win it!
Smith's has generously offered one reader a $25 Cafe Press gift code so they can order TWO of their own reusable bag designs for FREE!

Mandatory Entry:
  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about shopping at Smith's. (You must do this first before any other entries will count.)

Additional Entries:

Don't forget to leave a separate comment for each entry that includes an email address!

Giveaway is open to US residents only and closes, May 15th, 2010 at midnight MST.

Disclaimer: I received a $25 American Express gift card from Kroger, Inc. in order to purchase my reusable bag design from Cafe Press! Kroger is generously offering one lucky winner a $25 Cafe Press gift code so they can order their own bag design free of charge, as well. This was an unpaid review and the opinions here are expressly my own.

Target Deals (4/11 - 4/17)

Bring a reusable bag to Target and get $0.05 credit per bag at checkout!

{Print the Target coupon policy HERE.}

$4.99 California Cuties, 5 lb box
-$1 MFQ (SS 3/14)
= $3.99

$5.99 Tide Laundry Detergent or Stain Release
-$1 MFQ (P&G 3/7, P&G 4/4)
= $4.99

$6.99 Gillette Fusion Razor x 2
-$4 Fusion MFQ (P&G 4/4) x 2
-$5 Target GC wyb 2
= $0.98/2

$6.99 Venus Embrace Razor x 2
-$2 MFQ (P&G 4/4) x 2
-$5 Target GC wyb 2
= $4.98/2

$2.49 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner x 3
-$0.75 MFQ (SS 3/21) x 3
-$5 Target GC wyb three Scrubbing Bubbles (TQ from SS 4/11)
= $0.22/3

$8.99 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend A Clean Power Sprayer x 3
$4.99 Scrubbing Bubble Power Sprayer Refills x 3
-$4.99 FREE refill wyb sprayer MFQ found HERE x 3
-$5 MFQ (SS 4/11) x 3
-$5 Target GC wyb three Scrubbing Bubbles (TQ from SS 4/11)
= $6.97 for three starter kits and three refills!

$12.99 Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner
-$5 MFQ (SS 3/21)
-$5 Target GC wyb 1
= $2.99

$2.79 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Meat
-$1/2 MFQ (SS 3/7)
= $2.29 each wyb 2

$2.50 Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers
-$1/2 MFQ HERE or (All You Magazine, April 2010)
= $2.00 each wyb 2

$2.49 Febreze Air Effects Spray
-$1 MFQ (P&G 3/7)
= $1.49

$2.49 Pine Sol, 48 oz
-$1/2 TQ HERE
= $1.99 each wyb 2

$2.99 GE Energy Smart Light Bulbs

$4.99 Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion
-$3.75 MFQ (RP 4/11)
= $0.24

$3.99 Snuggle Liquid Fabric Softener
-$3 MFQ (RP 3/28)
= $0.99

$1.82 Kids Bandaids
-$0.50 MFQ (RP 3/14)
= $0.32

$1.67 Kid's Crest Toothpaste
-$0.75 MFQ (P&G 3/7)

$2.99 Lindor Truffles
-$1 MFQ (SS 1/24)
= $1.99

Walgreens Deals (4/11 - 4/17)

{Confused? Learn how to shop at Walgreens HERE.}

$7.99 Schick Hydro 3- or 5-blade system, 1 ct
-$5 RR
-$2 MFQ (SS 3/21)
= $0.99
Buy the Schick Hydro razor AND matching cartridges and get an extra $3 RR at checkout.)

$2.99 Schick Hydro Shave Gel
-$2.99 RR

$18.99 Pampers Cruisers Twin Pack
-$4 RR
-$2 MFQ (RP 3/14)
= $12.99

$3.99 Colgate Clinical Toothpaste
-$2 RR
-$1 MFQ (SS 4/11)
= $0.99

3/$10 Tresemme Fresh Start Haircare
-$2 MFQ HERE x 3
= $1 each

2/$5 Cheez-it, Club or Keebler crackers or Rice Krispies Treats
-$2 WAG Q in-store
= 2/$3

2/$3 Skippy Peanut Butter
-$0.75/2 MFQ (RP 3/28)
= $1.13 each wyb 2

Mead envelopes, press-seal 45 to 65 ct are $0.99 with in-ad Q page 4.

Covergirl cosmetics are BOGO50%. Use the $5/2 MFQ (P&G 3/7) for simply ageless products to get cheap cosmetics.

Monthly deals:

3/$9 Crest 3D White Dental Care or Oral B Advantage Toothbrush
-$2 MFQ (P&G 4/4) x 3
-$3 RR

$3.49 U by Kotex
-$1 MFQ HERE or All You Magazine, April 2010
-$2.50 RR

$4.99 Sudafed PE x 2
-$5 RR wyb 2
-$5/2 MFQ (RP 3/14)
= 2 FREE!

$4.99 Tylenol Allergy x 2
-$5 RR wyb 2
-$3 MFQ (RP 2/7) x 2
= $1 profit wyb 2!

Rite Aid Deals (4/11 - 4/17)

Don't forget to use the $5/20 coupon this week.

{Print the Rite Aid coupon policy HERE or HERE.}

{Confused? Learn how to shop at Rite Aid HERE.}

$8.99 Men's Schick Hydro 3- or 5-blade razor, 1 ct
-$6 SCR
-$3 MFQ (SS 3/21)
-$1 shaving purchase RAQ HERE
= $1 profit!

$7.99 AMO Complete Multi-Purpose Solution, 12 oz
-$7.99 SCR

$7.49 Olay Quench Body Lotion
-$1 MFQ (P&G 4/4)
-$7.49 MIR HERE (must buy before the 16th!)
= $1 profit!

$2.99 Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste
-$2 SCR
-$1 MFQ (P&G 4/4)

$6.99 Tampax Pearl or Always Maxi Pads
-$2 SCR
-$2 MFQ Tampax (P&G 3/7)
= $2.99

$5.99 EverPure Shampoo or Conditioner
$5.99 EverPure Shampoo or Conditioner
-$5 SCR wyb 2
-$2 MFQ (RP 2/21, RP 3/21) x 2
-$1 haircare RAQ HERE
= $0.99 each wyb 2

2/$5 Old Spice High Endurance Deodorant
-$2 SCR wyb 2
-$1/2 MFQ (P&G 3/7)
= 2/$2

$2.99 Nivea Lip Care
-$2 SCR
= $0.99
(*Look for $0.50 tearpad MFQ's in cosmetic displays!)

$6.99 Rite Aid Tugaboos Diapers, jumbo pack
-$2 SCR
= $3.99

$7.99 Garden Lattice Highback Chair
-$2 SCR #6
= $5.99

$7.99 Folding Side Table
-$2 SCR #79
= $5.99

$12.99 Brita Replacement Pitcher Filters, 3 pack x 2
-$5/20 RAQ
-$2 MFQ HERE (register for the filter change reminder) x 2
-$5 SCR #75 wyb $25+ Brita or Greenworks
= $9.98 for 6 filters

$4.99 Women's Nivea Bodywash
= $1.99

$5.29 Sudafed PE x 2
-$2 in-ad RAQ Sudafed PE x 2
-$5/2 MFQ Sudafed (RP 4/11)
= $1.58/2
(*This also qualifies for SCR #552: Buy $50+ allergy products, get $25 RA GC. Valid 3/28/10 to 6/26/10.)

Maybelline cosmetics are BOGO50%. Use the $1 RAQ HERE for Eyestudio shadows for cheap makeup!

No Nonsense hosiery, tights or socks are BOGO50%. Use the $1 RAQ HERE on any No Nonsense for cheap socks & tights!

Huggies and Luvs Mega packs are BOGO50% this week. Use the $1 Luvs MFQ (P&G 3/7) or the $3 Huggies MFQ HERE or HERE or HERE for a decent deal on diapers.

Scenario #1:
$8.99 Schick Razor
$7.49 Olay Quench Body Lotion
$6.99 Charmin Basic 12-big roll pack
-$5/20 RAQ
-$2 Schick MFQ
-$1 shaving RAQ
-$1 Olay MFQ
-$0.25 Charmin MFQ (P&G 3/7, P&G 4/4)
= $14.22 + tax
(And get back $6 SCR and $7.49 MIR -- like paying $0.73 + tax overall.)

Scenario #2:
$7.99 AMO Complete
$2.99 Crest 3D White
$5.99 Everpure Shampoo
$5.99 Everpure Conditioner
-$5/20 RAQ
-$1 Crest MFQ
-$2 Everpure MFQ x 2
-$1 haircare RAQ
= $11.96 + tax
(And get back $7.99 SCR, $2 SCR, and $5 SCR -- like GETTING PAID $3 to buy all this!)

Scenario #3:
$17.99 Huggies Mega Pack
$8.99 Huggies Mega Pack (BOGO50%)
-$5/20 RAQ
-$3 MFQ x 2
= $15.98/2
(*$0.15/diaper for size 3)

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