Thursday, June 10, 2010

CVS: 2 FREE Coppertone Sunscreen

I love that the CVS manager looks out for me. I had that $2 ECB print from the scanner (scan yours, many are getting this). She told me that some customers are using this for the Coppertone deal along with the $3 off $15 suncare. I looked and looked everywhere for the $2 manufacturer's peelies. Instead I found a couple of $1.50 CVS coupons. When the coupon hunt gets the better of me, the only chance of escaping my OCD tendencies is to pray that God will help me walk away. Otherwise, I would be there forever going down every aisle looking for coupons (which I was very tempted to do). Then I felt this urge to roll the Coppertone stand. There I found the last $2 peelie! Thanks to Coupon Chix, too, for a link for $1 manufacturer's.

*The CVS coupons are expired but I took a chance and asked if it's ok to use them. It's a store coupon after all. She said yes. So I suggest putting on your politeness pants. Hunt for your $1.50 CVS coupon and ask if you could use it.

Buy 2 Coppertone Continuous Spray ($10.49 or more)
-$3 off $15 suncare Q from price scanner
-$2 ECB from price scanner (most are getting it for no reason)
-$2 x2 Peelie (or $1 PRINT or $1 PDF)
-$1.50 x2 CVS Q peelie*
=$21 -12 in coupons
=Pay $9 and get back $10 ECBs
=2 FREE sprays and $1 Money Maker!

Make this deal better with the $5 off $15 that's been printing on the some receipts. With this coupon, you'll have $6 overage!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Thrifty Tip Tuesday; Get FREE Coupon Inserts at Wal-Mart

I was reading over Money Saving Mom about "dumpster diving" for newspapers. Well, I wouldn't call it that, since she was finding coupons in a recycling bin meant only for newspapers. But the comments posted lots of other ideas I never thought about, like asking gas stations for the coupons in their unsold papers.

Here's my Thrifty Tip: Ask Wal-Mart for Coupon Inserts!

If you've been extreme couponing for a while, you might not even step inside a Wal-Mart except to get a gift card to get 3 cents off gas. But, this might change your Sunday driving routine.

Since Wal-Mart sells newspapers for $0.99, I sometimes buy papers there. One Sunday morning, I checked out at Customer Service and noticed a huge stack of coupons. After my heart stopped beating fast, I asked if I could have some. They gave me two of each SS & RP! I still bought a paper. After that, I just stop in on the way to Church, ask for coupons and leave! Sometimes, I get ornery CS reps who only give me one, because "It's for the employees" they say. Most of the time, I get at least two of each insert FREE! I feel like Wal-Mart is paying me back for all those years they've been taking my money before I learned to coupon.

Get there early Sunday because it runs out by noon. How does it work? Well, each register needs to have a copy Sunday ads. So, they separate those for the registers and collect all the coupon inserts in another pile. Since they can't sell the incomplete newspapers, they give away the coupons. Check your Wal-Mart this Sunday and get your free coupons!

CVS Deals June 6-12

This week's deals abound. I found my coupon match-ups at Hip2Save. Of course, doing multiple transactions will cost the least out-of-pocket. If you are a newbie, I hope you'll enjoy this video: 3 transactions, pay $4.97 and get $5 ECBs back.

Below is the breakdown. Just so you know, with the economy as it is, CVS is better than Wall Street when it comes to your return on investment! And the IRS will never hunt you down for your CVS earnings. Food for thought.

Dove: Buy $15 Get $5 ECBs
Buy 6 deodorants:
$2.50 x 6 = $15
-$5 off $15 CVS coupon (from receipt not scanner)
-$8 Manuf coupons*
=Pay $3
=Get $5 ECBS back

*($1.50 PRINT & $1 PRINT- not available)

SC Johnson: Buy $10 Get $5 ECBs
Buy 4 Windex- Multi Purpose
$2.50 x 4 = $10
-$1 x 4 coupons PRINT or 5/16SS
-$5 ECBs from #1 transaction
=Pay $1
=Get $5 ECBs

Gillette Pro-glide: Buy at $9.97, Get $5 ECBs
Buy 1 at $9.97
-$4 from 6/6 PG
-$5 from #2 transaction
=Pay $0.97
=Get $5 ECBs

Total $4.97 out-of-pocket. But STILL have $5 ECBs for next week.Without coupons or ECBs the total would be $34.97!

Publix: Super-Stacking Coupons

I had a DUH moment when I read this simple reminder at I Heart Publix: use the $5 off $50 Retailer Gift Card from Winn-Dixie's ad at Publix. Again, duh! Why didn't I think of that? Afterwards, my brain started waking up and I came up with this ultra-fabulous (praying it works!) scenario:

A Lowe's gift card will earn me lots of brownie points for Father's Day!

Thanks to Frugal Fairhope, with the help of Julie, I found out that Publix now takes Apple Market coupons.

First up: Apple Market's $5 off $50- a competitor coupon.
Then, please scan my $5 off $50 retailer gift card coupon. (it should be considered a store coupon, not a $xx off $xxx.)
Third, throw in $5 Walgreen's RR - a Manufacturer's coupon!
Finally, I have $15 in a Publix gift card to make it cheaper.
With all these coupons, my total should be $20 for a $50 GC!

In case they give me trouble, I'll add a banana for a filler item.
Will it work? Stay tuned.

On top of that, I might even get a $10 off $50 Lowes coupon to further sweeten the deal. This Saturday is a Build and Grow Clinic at Lowes. The project is a picture frame for Dad. They will most likely give a Father's Day coupon (maybe $10 off $50) along with the Certificate like they did for Mother's Day. So take your kids or your neighbors'!

CVS- Baby Clearance Alert!

If you need baby stuff, check out CVS for 75% clearance on diapers, wipes, pacifiers, formulas. You might snag yourself a few deals!
I was hoping for Huggies diapers because they were $4.49 and with the $3 PRINT, only $1.49 for Jumbo sizes. But all they had were Pampers for newborns at $2.99. Maybe yours is still on sale. Ours went back up to $8.99 on Sunday (would have been great with $1.50 from P&G). But even now they still have lots left, including $2.49 for Good Start and Similac Advance to Go. I paid nothing since I paid with my ECBs. I *love* CVS! Here is a video showing some of the deals I found Saturday:
Go to YouTube if you can 't view it here. And thanks to Money Saving Mom for the heads up! I knew the CVS brands were 75% off but she pointed out the $2 ECB deal last week. So I got a Jumbo pack for $0.24... so now I just need to figure out who'd use it! We're thankfully potty trained around here. But I just couldn't pass up these deals. There's bound to be a baby shower or two this summer!

CVS- Dove Chocolates Only $0.50!

Yup! You heard right, that bag of wonderful Dove chocolate was only $0.50! These are on sale this week for $2.50 and I got a coupon for $2 off from the price scanner. Sweet! Make sure you check your card (and your hubby's and neighbors') because I also got $1 off Dove plus B1G1 FREE Godiva Gems (up to $4.99).

Is June chocolate month?

On to other deals:
Dove items are on sale & Buy $15 Get $5 ECBs

I bought 6 Dove Deodorants for $15
-$1.50 x 4 PRINT (Thanks Hip2Save!)
-$1 x 2 PRINT (from awhile back)
-$5 off $15 CVS (from last week's receipt)
Paid $3 and got $5 ECBs
=$2 Money Maker!

Gillette Gamer razor on clearance, $4.99
-$4 from 6/6 PG
-$0.99 (used ECBs)

Here's a helpful tip: When they ask if you want to donate to some charity they're showcasing, use you ECBs to donate! I had to use up some ECBs but instead of pricing them down*, I asked if a portion could be used to donate and they said YES. Thanks to my smart cashier who figured it all out for me! I ended up paying nothing but tax and got $5 ECBs plus $1 from my green tag. Already, that donation came back to me. You really can't outgive God!

*(If you are paying with ECBs and they are more than your total before tax but you can't find a cheap filler item, the cashier can decrease your ECB amount, meaning price it down. So you will lose the value of your coupon but if it's less than $0.50, I usually don't worry about it.)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Beulah Berries

What a fabulous time we had last week picking blueberries. North of Pensacola, Beulah Berries has deliciously large berries. With a simple and inviting atmosphere, it's the best U-Pick I've ever been. It's not far from the Publix at Pine Forest. Instead of heading into Publix, make a right on Nine Mile and before long, you're there. Directions are posted on their website as well.

After five minutes of picking, it started raining heavily, so we sat in the picnic shelter and shot a video explaining more of what you can expect to see there. After that, the rain eased-up a bit and my husband and I picked berries under our huge umbrella. Our kids stayed in the shelter, playing on the porch swing and giggling a lot. Picking in the rain was the best because it wasn't humid or hot anymore!

I've also learned since then that it's okay to pick some of the flowers (they're FREE!) plus you can nibble on a few berries while you're picking free of charge. After about 30 minutes, we filled up the bucket and headed back to the shelter. We even stayed for a picnic lunch. What a lovely and memorable family outing!

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