Thursday, April 30, 2009

Check out free samples from Unilever

Money Saving Mom has id'd some great savings on Caress soap, Hellmans mayonnaise, Degree deodorant for women, and Ponds cold cream.

Check it out here

Samples found directly by going here

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Still think coupons are a waste of time?

Rather shop at Wal-Mart SuperStore where you're convinced you're getting a deal?

Think again.

Check out this blog from Jill Cataldo which lays out just why combining a coupon with a sale (and sometimes a promo like the one currently running at Dominick's) is such a better deal!

Free coupon book from Home Made Simple

Sign up today for yours by clicking here

Plenty of great coupons for things like Dawn, febreeze and Cascade and other cleaning supplies.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Looking for healthy pet food coupons?

A $5 (dog food) and $3 (cat food) off coupon is available for this high quality pet food. Take the true blue compare test here and at the conclusion fill in the form to have the coupon sent to you.

Jewel catalina deals

Spend $25 on select products, get $10 off your next purchase.

List of products found here. (Thanks to Saving with Melissa for the link!)

Complete list of brands below (but check for specific items in the link).
  • Marie Callender
  • Egg Beaters
  • Hunts tomato sauce
  • Hunts pudding packs
  • Orville Redenbacher popcorn
  • Banquet dinners
  • Kid cuisine dinners
  • Rosarita beans
  • Peter Pan peanut butter
  • Healthy choice meals
  • Van camps pork and beans
  • Pam cooking spray
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Rotel tomatoes
  • Reddi whiip
  • Hebrew national franks


Free samples:

Dove Ultimate deodorant here

Chance to win an Oprah spring tote filled with goodies here

Prevent animal cruelty action pack here (sponsored weirdly enough by McDonalds)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Target Deals


Includes stuff I buy like:

Kraft Mayo--price cut to $1.99 at some stores
Buy 2 and use $1/2 Target coupon here
Stack with 2 $1/1 from the 4/26 SmartSource insert$0.49 each after coupons

Electrasol Tabs--on price-cut for $3 at many stores
Use $2.50/1 coupon from the 4/19 insert$0.50 after coupon

Kashi Frozen Waffles--$1.99 each
Use $1.50/1 here$0.49 each after coupon

See more on the website above.

4 $1 coupons from Cheerios

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Who knew you could get tomorrow's paper today?

I have been obviously living under a large rock!

I popped into the Dollar Tree today and lo and behold the SUNDAY TRIBUNE and all for $1.

Of course I bought three papers and gave everything but the inserts to the man in line behind me who planned to use the bulky papers for his dogs cage.

How did I get to be my age and not know this? And so many nice coupons!

Wish Bone salad dressing and spritzers almost FREE today

Dominicks (Safeway) is having a three day sale on Wish Bone salad dressing. Sat-Sun-Mon it will be on sale for $1.29 bottle for dressing and spritzers. Use your $1/2 coupons from 3/15 RP insert and get these for $0.60 EACH

That's a savings of 83% off of full price!!!

Stock up!
The cashier noticed my coupon binder (oh, you mean the big, white 3" binder scrawled with MOMMY'S COUPONS?). We had a little chat about coupons and savings. It amazes me that even checkers don't get how it all works.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Brainiac gets an award


Catherine was one of 38 4th grade students to score high enough on the ACT Explore to be recognized at Northwestern University in June. That's one of 38 kids from IL, IN, WI and MN combined!

The ACT Explore is a test given to 8th grade students. Gifted kids have the opportunity to take this test as early as the 3rd grade. This was her first year of taking the test.

She will get a medal with her name on it and a certificate. If she scored the hightest in any of the categories of reading, langugage arts, math or science, she gets a partial scholarship to a NU summer program. We won't know that until the day of the ceremony.

We're so proud of Catherine!

Free subscription to Organic Gardening magazine

Get a free subscription to Organic Gardening magazine, courtesy of Steonyfield Farms. All you have to do is join the Stoneyfield Farm community here and then go here to sign up for your free subscription!

Deals and Steals

I hit Domincks and Jewel at lunch today. It was a whirlwind because I had to get back to the home office.

First Dominicks.

Unless you take with you the printout of the 3800 items that are part of this living Well promotion of theirs, good luck trying to figure out what is and isn't on special. Only the items current on sale AND in the LW promo are tagged.

I still managed to get out of there was a $10 coupon OMNP and $20 off in coupons. I got out of there was 50% savings. If I had had more electrosol coupons I would have stocked up more. I'll have to try out the buying coupon thing. I've never done that before.

Next Jewel.

Nothing too special here, but scored a bunch of Kashi bars that were 2/$3 and I have $1.50/2 coupons. I ended up with 50% savings here as well.

I am in awe of the women who save 97% over at but then I seriously think my family would take me for a psych eval if I came home with 22 pouches of pasta sauce.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mad Coupon Saturday

Run run run around to take advantage of sales and expired coupons today. Having fun with it, really!

  • cereal for 77 cents a box using $1.77 sale +$1 off Q,
  • Strawberries on sale
  • three packs of Kotex pads (can you have too many??) + 3 75 cents off Qs
  • Thomas English Muffins BOGO
  • Milk (free, used last of free milk catalina coupons)
  • Impulse York peppermint candy (BOGO for the kiddies)
  • Apples, on sale in bag
  • Total savings: 56%


  • 4 Crest toothpaste sale (2 for $4) + 4 75 cent off Qs
  • Skippy peanut butter (hope I won't get salmonilla!) BOGO +2 40 cent Qs
  • Dove bar soap, 2 six-packs, 25% off + 2 $1 off coupons
  • Total savings: 47%

Am very happy to see my bill cut in half or more on each trip!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Cereal for less than a buck a box

If you pay more than a $1 per box for cereal, for shame for shame!

(OK, sometimes I do. It happens to all of us.)

Jewel shoppers in Chicagoland:

Kellogg's Cereal $1.99
Use $1/1 coupon from 4/5 RP
= $.99

I have like ten boxes of cereal from my last cereal deal (and a free gallon of milk I need to get today).

I'm well stocked from Easter leftovers (and my major ooops--buying a full turkey instead of a turkey breast, and BOGO at that!)

Will make the grocery run later tonight.


Walgreens has me making a stop as well. I need Crest (DH won't use any other) and their price + coupon is less than Walmart on sale with coupon($1.25 for a 6.4oz tube verus $1.82 at Walmart). I'm also getting more Skippy peanut butter there (another beats Walmart deal at $1.25 for a 16.3 oz jar with 4-05 Unilever coupon).


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

some great links for beginners

Try these helpful sites. I learned everything I know (and there is still more to learn) from these great sources.

Free Stuff: Laundry Soap

You can get your free sample from this company by click this
Free is good, no?

**UPDATED July 16, 2009** Have you gotten your free sample yet? I haven't. What gives "Finest laundry powder?" Perhaps time to find the "finest" distribution system!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Free Mr Clean Magic Eraser

Go here to get one free bar per household.

Remember to NOT use Mr Clean Magic Eraser on painted or wood finishes. This is just a block of super fine sandpaper folks. You'll burnish anything except ceramic and porceline. Good on tile floors for scuff marks.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The grocery run

The grocery store is an interesting place at around 8pm at night.

First, the place is nearly empty-- of customers AND employees. The shelves were not well stocked and the lone stocker, a manager, was grumbling that one of his stock guys hadn't come in. I was lucky to be able to get most of the items on my list (I was short a brownie mix because there were only two left, and I couldn't use the walnut version since a) I hate nuts in brownies, and more importantly b) I'd hate having to jab my son with a giant epi pen if he ate walnuts.

So I bought two boxes even though the coupon required me to buy three and worked it out with the cashier.

Did you know they put away the produce at night? As I was scurrying to get strawberries and lettuce, the lone product kid was loading grocery carts with cabbages and grapes to take to the walk in cooler. I'm not sure what you would find if you worked the second shift and needed to buy produce at midnight or 2am. I think your choices would be potatoes and hard squash.

I needed to shop Tuesday night to take advantage of all the 4 day sales. There were tons of BOGO offers on large items like turkey breast and pork loins that I need for the family and Easter and guests this week, plus I had several catalina deals to combine with coupons. I spent about an hour organizing my list, coupons and laying it all out based on store sections to maximize the trip, but still was surprised it took an hour and filled the cart.

At the check out my choices were few. Self Check (can be a pain), the teenager who gets off at 9pm and the senior guy, about 80, who I know from experience is the worlds SLOWEST checker. He scans and then looks at every item before moving it along. I think this old habit comes from days when price stickers were on every item. I think he's convinced the bar code may not actually be correct, and he's looking for the price sticker to confirm it.

I went with teenage boy on aisle 3.

Teenage boy on aisle 3 did not have a bagger. In fact, I did not see any baggers.

Wait, I lie. I did get a bagger eventually. But he only had one arm.

Then came the bill. Hubby had wanted to come to see the spectacle which is checkout for me. I had a stack of coupons almost an inch thick plus electronic coupons stored on my preferred customer card.

Total savings: $130, plus received $6 off my next trip. That was a savings of 47% on 81 items.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jewel card instant coupons!

Thanks to Saverchic!! I found out that I can load coupons directly onto my Jewel preferred customer card via their website (after I called customer service and updated my 17 year old phone number to my current one).

Here are the deals you can get via the card. (Be oh so impressed how I managed to get these posted neatly off Jewel's website!)

Rubeus Wines
750 ml.
$4.00 OFF

Nancy's Frozen Quiche
6 oz.
$1.25 OFF
Limit 6 per household

Jewel Shredded Wheat, Frosted Flakes or Cocoa Crunchies Cereal
13.75-20 oz.
$1.00 OFF

Newcastle Brown Ale
12-Pack 12 oz.
$3.00 OFF
Limit 6 per household

Jewel Candy
6.25-20 oz. Bags
$0.40 OFF
When you buy 2

Jewel Coat and Bake Mix
6 oz.
$0.40 OFF

Jewel Real Whipped Cream Aerosol
14 oz.
$0.75 OFF Jewel Flower, Alligator, Soccer or Flag Cupcake Cake
13-15 ct.
$2.50 OFF

Jewel Canned Fruit
29-30 oz.
$1.00 OFF
When you buy 2

Jewel/homelife 6 Inch White Paper Plates
100 ct.
$0.75 OFF

Jewel Shredded Cheese
32 oz.
$1.50 OFF
Electronic Coupons
Good through midnight, Thursday, April 9, 2009

Welch's Frozen Juice Concentrate
Any Size,. Any Flavor
$1.00 OFF
When you buy 2
Limit 2 per visit

Dannon All Natural Yogurt
4-Pack Cups
$0.75 OFF
Limit 2 per visit

Tums Antacid
60-160 ct.
$1.50 OFF
Limit 2 per visit

Seattle's Best Bagged Coffee
12 oz.
$3.00 OFF
Limit 2 per visit

Bounty Paper Towels
8 Rolls
$1.00 OFF
Limit 2 per visit

Marie's Homestyle & Buttermilk Ranch Dips
15.5-16 oz.
$1.00 OFF
Limit 2 per visit

Equal Sweetener Packets
100-200 ct.
$1.00 OFF
Limit 2 per visit

Taco Bell Dip Bowls
$0.75 OFF
Limit 2 per visit

Eckrich Smok-y Breakfast Links Sausage
10 oz.
$1.00 OFF
Limit 2 per visit

Dannon Light & Fit Smoothies. (Not valid on Carb & Sugar Control Smoothies)
$1.25 OFF


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