Saturday, October 3, 2009

Walgreens Highlights - Week of 10/4 to 10/10

Well, the week of 9/27 was so great at Walgreens, this week has to seem a little dull in comparison. But there are still some good deals! Here are the best ones I see:

Purell Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz. @ $2.99, get $2 RR
Use coupon from 8/2 insert (could be either $.50 or $1, depending on where you live)
Pay $2.49-$1.99, get $2 RR; final cost = FREE to $.49 after coupon and RR
**Note: The ad says "while supplies last" by the Purell - I'm guessing this means that they're trying to clear out their stock or something and that supplies could already be low. So, if you really want Purell, I'd recommend getting it pretty early, probably on Sunday.

Campbell's tomato soup @ 2/$1 with in-ad store coupon
Use $1/2 printable coupon
Final cost = FREE
**Note: The coupon is for "cooking soups"; according to the Campbell's website, tomato soup is considered a cooking soup, so this coupon should be good to use here.

Wheat Thins (small box) @ 3/$3
Use $1 printable coupon
Final cost = FREE after coupon

Playtex Handsaver gloves @ $.99 with in-ad store coupon
Use $1 coupon from 5/3, 6/28, or 10/4 inserts
Final cost = FREE after coupons

Dove products (select varieties) are on sale for 25% off, and hair care products are $3. When you buy 8, you get a $10 RR. Depending on the 25% off sale prices, this could be a good deal if you have coupons for everything. I'll update this post at some point when I know more about the prices.

Gillette Fusion MVP Manual or Power Razor System @ $8.99, get $6 RR
Use $4 coupon from 9/27 insert
Pay $4.99, get $6 RR; final cost = $1.01 profit after coupon and RR
Carefree Pantiliners @ $.99 with in-ad coupon
Use $1 coupon found in various magazines (June issues of Ladies Home Journal, Woman's Day, and Good Housekeeping; March issues of Cosmo, Parents, and Shape; Feb. issues of Cosmo, Parents, Seventeen, Shape, and Glamour)
Final cost = $.01 profit
**Note: It's best to give the manufacturer's coupon from the magazine first, then have the cashier scan the in-ad coupon at the very end. Otherwise, the register may beep, which could make things more difficult.

(2) Bengay pain relief, 4-5 pk. patch or 4 oz. cream @ 2/$10, get $5 RR
Use (2) $2 coupons from 8/2 insert
Pay $6, get $5 RR; final cost = 2/$1, or $.50 each after coupon and RR

Also, the ad says to "ask about a flu shot and get $30 in coupons." I'm not sure what the coupons include, but I'll happily find out!

In addition to the above deals advertised in the weekly ad, the following deals were advertised in the 9/27 ad but are actually valid for the entire month of October, so you can still get them:

Emergen-C Booster 2pk., 2.5 oz. each @ $3.49, get $3.49 in RR = FREE after RR

Robitussin DM to Go, 2pk. @ $2.49, get $2.49 in RR = FREE after RR

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion, 6.8 oz.@ $6.99, get $6.99 in RR
Use $1.50 printable coupon
Pay $5.49, get $6.99 in RR = $1.50 profit after coupon and RR

ChapStick Fresh Effects, .15 oz. @ $2.99, get $2.99 in RR = FREE after RR

If you're new to Walgreens shopping, this post may not make much sense to you; you'll probably want to check out my post here, which explains the Walgreens system and how to make it work for you.

Friday, October 2, 2009

CVS Deals 10/4 - 10/10

There are some good deals at CVS this coming week! To make them even better deals, go here to take a flu IQ quiz and get a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase. You only need $25 before any other coupons and ECB are scanned (just make sure they scan the $5/$25 first!), so this is really kind of like "free money" in CVS world. Here are the highlights I saw for the week of 10/4:

Colgate Total Advanced toothpaste or 360 ActiFlex toothbrush @ $2.99, get $2 ECB. Limit 1
Use $1 coupon for toothbrush or toothpaste from 9/27 insert
Pay $1.99, get $2 ECB; final cost = FREE after coupon and ECB

Tone or Dial bar soap, 2-3 pk. @ $1.88, get $1 ECB. Limit 1
Use $1 Tone printable coupon or $.35 Dial coupon from 8/16 insert
Pay $.88-$1.53, get $1 ECB; final cost = -$.12 - $.53 after coupon and ECB

Bayer Breeze blood glucose meter @ $14.99, get $5 ECB. Limit 2
Use "up to $30" coupon from 2/1 insert (coupon will only take off the meter's purchase price, since it is under $30)
Pay $0, get $5 ECB; final cost = $5 profit after coupon and ECB

Johnson & Johnson's medicine, selected varieties, buy $20 worth, get $10 ECB. Limit 1
I haven't figured out a way to get it for free, but there are some scenarios you could do to get it relatively cheap, so if it's something you need right now or if you just use a lot of, it might be worth it.

Scenario #1:
Buy 4 Benadryl @ $5 = $20
Use (4) $1 coupons from 8/2 or 8/23 inserts
Pay $16, get $10 ECB; final cost = 4/$6 after coupons and ECB

Scenario #2:
Buy 2 Sudafed @ $7 and 1 Tylenol cold @ $6 = $20
Use (2) $2 Sudafed coupons from 8/2 insert or printable here (Note: printable is valid only on nasal spray) and (1) $2 Tylenol printable coupon
Pay $14, get $10 ECB; final cost = 3/$4 after coupons and ECB

Revlon nail polish @ $3.99, get $3 ECB. Limit 6
Use $1 "color cosmetic" coupon from 9/13 insert
Pay $2.99, get $3 ECB; final cost = FREE after coupon and ECB

If you're new to the world of CVS shopping, you'll probably want to check out my post here, which explains how the system works and how it to make it work for you.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Jewel Preferred Card Tent Promo - October Schedule

If you've never stopped by Jewel's blue Preferred Card tent when it's in your area, I highly recommend it! The store has a blue tent that they move around from store to store, to encourage people to update the information (address, email, etc.) on their preferred card. When you update your information, you get a book with some really great coupons, including SIX for completely free items:

Free 3 lb. bag of apples
Free Culinary Circle pizza
Free 4-pk. Homelife toilet paper
Free bottle Equaline ibuprofen
Free 1/2 gal. Wild Harvest milk
Free case Jewel bottled water

Personally, unless you absolutely need the items right now, I would recommend holding on to some of these coupons for a while, to see if they go on sale buy one, get one free (BOGO). When Jewel has BOGO sales, the first item rings up at full price, and the second rings up at $0. This means that if you use the "free" coupons when the items are on BOGO sale, you will get 2 items for free! The coupon will take off the full price of the first one, and the second will have already rung up at $0. There are quite a few other coupons too, most of which are manufacturer coupons redeemable only at Jewel.

Here's the tent's schedule for October. Check it out if it's in your area!

Friday, October 2, 3pm-8pm; 145 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock, IL 60098

Saturday, October 3, 10am-3pm; 150 W. Main St., Barrington, IL 60010

Sunday, October 4, 12pm-5pm; 890 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest, IL 60045

Monday, October 5, 3pm-8pm; 140 Lake St., Addison, IL 60101

Friday, October 9, 3pm-8pm; 1040 Summit, Elgin, IL 60120

Saturday, October 10, 10am-3pm; 33 E. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park, IL 60181

Sunday, October 11, 12pm-5pm; 423 E. Dundee Rd., Palatine, IL 60067

Monday, October 12, 3pm-8pm; 3535 Franklin St., Michigan City, IN 48360

Friday, October 16, 3pm-8pm; 901 S. Cottage Ave., Normal, IL 61761

Saturday, October 17, 10am-3pm; 2203 E. Oakland, Bloomington, IL 61701

Sunday, October 18, 12pm-5pm; 2103 N. Veteran's Pkwy., Bloomington, IL 61704

Monday, October 19, 3pm-8pm; 3531 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

Friday, October 23, 3pm-8pm; 446 Washington, Kankakee, IL 60901

Saturday, October 24, 10am-3pm; 6140 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Sunday, October 25, 12pm-5pm; 7900 N. Milwaukee, Niles, IL 60714

Monday, October 26, 3pm-8pm; 11730 S. Marshfield, Chicago, IL 60643

Friday, October 30, 3pm-8pm; 800 W. North Ave., Melrose Park, IL 60160

Sunday, November 1, 12pm-5pm; 900 Rollins Road, Round Lake Beach

Monday, November 2, 3pm-8pm; 1501 E. Algonquin Rd., Algonquin, IL 60102

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Walgreens $5 off $25 Purchase (2 days only)

Walgreens released a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase, good only today and tomorrow. Go here to print yours! The coupon states that it should be used after all your other coupons, so your post-coupon total would need to be $25. However, I have heard the managers at the stores near us specifically instructing their cashiers to take these coupons off first, which means you only need $25 worth before all other coupons. This can make a big difference when planning your transaction, so you may want to ask a manager at your store how they do it. If you use this coupon to buy some of the many things that are already free after Register Rewards this week, you could make a profit! Go here to read about the other deals at Walgreens this week.

Kmart Super Doubles - Over $50 Worth for $.74!!

I went to Kmart on Sunday because they are doing super doubles (up to $2, so a $2 coupon takes off $4). My daughter was very excited about some of the things I got, and she insisted on being in the picture too. :) Here's what I got for a grand total of $.74!

3 Special K cereal @ $2.50 - Minus a $1 printable coupon from my sidebar for the blueberry kind and 2 coupons I found on another cereal box for $2 off 1 Special K cereal and 1 box bars and $5 instant savings for buying 5 Special K products = -$1.92 overage after doubling and instant savings
2 Special K bars @ $2.79
2 cranberry juice @ $3.99 - Minus 2 NAPR (no alcohol purchase required) winetags for $2 off any cranberry juice = FREE after doubled coupons
2 orange juice @ $2.99 - Minus 2 NAPR winetags for $2 off any orange juice = FREE after doubling
1 loaf Wonder bread @ $1.50 - Minus $.55 coupon = $.40 after doubling
1/2 lb. ham lunchmeat @ $3.99/lb. - Minus NAPR winetag for $1 off any deli meats = FREE after doubling
2 Thai Kitchen noodle packets @ $.99 - Minus $.50 coupon = FREE after doubling
1 Kool-Aid Jammers @ $2 - No coupon, but I used my overage to get it because I needed it to finish out my Nabisco back-to-school rebate
12 cans Our Family veggies @ 3/$2 - Used $1/3 any Our Family products coupon found in flyer near front of the store = FREE after doubling
2 Quaker oatmeal @ $2 - Used $1.25/2 coupon = $1.50/2 after doubling, or $.75 each
1 Lea & Perrin's Worcestershire Sauce @ $2.99 - Used $2 coupon = FREE after doubling
2 Easy Mac @ $1 - Minus $.55/1 coupon = $.90/2 after doubling; I also got these because I needed to finish out the Nabisco rebate
2 turtles (fillers I had to grab at the checkout to keep my total from being negative because I apparently miscalculated something. Isn't life tough when you "have" to grab chocolate in the check-out lane?!)

I also used a coupon for $5 off a $50 purchase that I got for signing up for Kmart's emails. I was pretty happy with my trip!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Kmart Super Doubles Deals

Kmart is running a super doubles promotion again this week, although it's not advertised in the circulars and you'll probably want to check with your store to confirm their rules for this particular promotion. This round of doubles seems to be the least consistent. The one consistent thing seems to be that you can't double more than four like coupons per transaction. Some stores may require that your pre-coupon total must be at least $25, others may limit you to 10 doubled coupons per transaction, and some might say they're only doubling Proctor & Gamble coupons (although other coupons will likely still double at the register anyway). I went yesterday and got over $50 worth of stuff for a grand total of $.74! Clearly, there are some great deals! To make it even better, when sign up for Kmart's e-newsletter here, you can get a coupon for $5 off a $50 order. So, if you get $50 worth of merchandise (before coupons), you can use this coupon and get an extra $5 cushion to absorb the cost of things that were not actually free.

Special K cereal or crackers @ $2.50 - Use $1 printable for crackers or blueberry cereal (see link in my sidebar) = $.50/box.
** 5 Special K and get $5 off your order instantly. Use a $1 coupon on all five boxes, and the total is $2.50 after doubling (5 * $.50/box). Subtract $5 instant savings, and you get $2.50 in overage! Note: you'll want to make sure you have enough other things in your order to absorb the overage, so you don't have a negative total.
Welch's refrigerated juice
@ $2.50 - Use $1 printable (see link in my sidebar) = $.50 each
Reese's candy, anything priced under $1.10 - Use $.55 coupon from 8/23 insert = FREE
Reese's peanut butter cups bar @ $.67 - Use B1G1 coupon from 8/23 insert = 2 FREE
Hershey's Bliss bar @ $.67 - Use B1G1 coupon from 9/20 insert = 2 FREE
Lipton tea bags
(small box) @ $1.19 - Use $.60 coupon from 8/2 insert = FREE
Honey Bunches of Oats with Pecans @ $3.99 - Use $2 printable coupon (look in lower right corner) = FREE
Bumble Bee premium tuna pouch @ $1.99 - Use $1 coupon from 6/14 insert = FREE
Kellogg's cereals with fiber @ $2.25 - Buy 2 and use $2/2 coupon from 8/30 insert = $.50/2, or $.25 each
Quaker Oats
@ $2 - Buy 2 and use $1.25/2 coupon from 8/30 insert = $1.50/2, or $.75 each
Nature's Pride bread
@ $1.50 - Use $.75 coupon from 8/16 insert = FREE
Wonder bread @ $1.50 - Use $.55 coupon from 8/30 insert = $.40/loaf
Little Debbie chocolate cupcakes @ $2.50 - Use $1 coupon from 9/27 insert = $.50
Lea & Perrin's Worcestershire Sauce @ $2.99 - Use $2 coupon from 9/27 = FREE
Our Family canned vegetables or tomatoes @ 3/$2 - Use $1/3 in-ad coupon found in flyer at front of store = 3 FREE
Thai Kitchen noodle packets @ $.99 - Use $.50 coupon from 8/30 insert = FREE (the curry flavor is especially yummy!)

Health & Beauty
Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Products - various items, including first aid tape and trial size first aid kits, are priced under $2. Use $1 coupon from 8/2 insert = FREE
Kotex liners @ $1.29 - Use $.75 coupon from 8/23 insert = FREE
L.A. Looks styling gel @ $1.69 - Use $1 coupon from 8/2 insert = FREE
Sally Hansen beauty tools - various items (nail clippers, tweezers, etc.) are priced under $2. Use $1 coupon from 8/2 insert = FREE
Revlon beauty tools - various items (nail clippers, tweezers, etc.) are priced under $2. Use $1 coupon from 8/2 insert = FREE
Visine (select varieties) @ $3.99 - Use $2 coupon from 8/2 insert and/or this printable coupon = FREE
Dove Ultimate deodorant @ $3.99 - Use $2 printable coupon = FREE
Crest Kid's toothpaste @ $2.29 - Use $1 coupon from 9/27 insert = $.29
Reach Max or One ultimate toothbrushes @ $2.50 - Use $2 coupon from 6/14 insert = FREE
Bic Silky Touch razors @ $3.49 - Use $2 coupon from 9/20 insert = FREE

Household & Cleaning Supplies
Formula 409 @ $2.50 - Use $1 coupon from 8/30 insert = $.50
Ajax dish liquid @ $1.99 - Use $1 coupon from (use zip code 85712) = FREE
Playtex Handsaver gloves @ $1.79 - Use $1 coupon from 6/28 insert = FREE
Ziploc bags @ $2 = Use B1G1 coupon from 8/30 insert = 2 FREE
Scotch Pop-Up Tape Dispenser @ $3.99 - Use $2 printable coupon = FREE

Pet Supplies
Hartz Crunch 'n' Clean treats @ $3 - Use $2 coupon from 8/30 insert = FREE
Chef Michaels canned dog food @ $.93 - Use B1G1 coupon from 7/23 insert = 2 FREE
Cesar Bistro Canine Entree @ $1 - Use B1G1 coupon from 8/16 insert = 2 FREE
Purina Fancy Feast Appetizers @ $1.49 - Use B1G1 coupon from 8/9 or 9/13 inserts = 2 FREE

Menards - Free Furniture Cleaner/Polish and $.99 Tarps

Furniture Cleaner or Polish, 12 oz. @ $2 - $2 rebate = FREE after rebate
Limit 2 per household

Large Blue Tarp, 9'4" x 11'6" @ $5.99 - $5 rebate = $.99 after rebate

There are some additional things to be aware of concerning Menards rebates. For items that are simply free after rebate, you are required to also purchase $10 of products that are not free after rebate. However, you should be able to count items that have rebates but are not free toward that $10. If you don't want or need anything else, you could also get a $10 gift card to meet that purchase requirement. Most (maybe all?) Menards also accept competitor coupons, so if you have a coupon for money off your next order at another hardware store such as Home Depot or Lowe's, you could use that to get an even better deal.

Unless otherwise noted, all rebates are submitted directly to Menards, not to each individual manufacturer, so you can submit everything all at once. Also, the rebate will come in the form of a merchandise check, which is good only at Menard's. However, you can "roll" your Menards gift checks, meaning that you can use your merchandise check from one week to purchase the items for another week. By doing this, you will minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.

Free Photo Book from Walgreens

Through October 2, you can get a free 5x7 photo book from Walgreens if you go here and become a fan of them on Facebook. This is not something you can pick up in the store, so you do have to pay shipping ($1.99 standard rate, according to the Walgreens website). But for $1.99, they make great Christmas gifts, especially for grandparents!