Thursday, May 28, 2009

Veggie Burgers: Morningstar Farms Coupons

Join the Morningstar Farms mailing list and receive coupons for their vegetarian products.

FREE coffee sample from Dunkin Donuts

Go here to receive a 1.1 oz. sample pouch by mail. You'll be tasting Dunkin' Donuts coffee at home in no time.

FREE Reusable Shopping Bag

While Supplies Last

Click here for your free SAVE WATER/DRINK RIESLING reusable shopping bag and join us in raising awareness of the precious nature of our valuable rivers and waterways resources. Fill out the form below to receive your free bag


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

FREE Burt's Bees Lip Balm

In celebration of Burt's Bees 25th anniversary, the company is giving out 1,000 FREE lip balms per day to the first 1,000 people to register on their website every day for the next 25 days (registration starts at 9am).

I like Burt's Bee's facial products and lip balm. Who doesn't want to smell like a lemon poppy seed muffin I ask you?

Go here to claim your lip balm.

And if you think Burt looks an AWFUL LOT like Ernest Hemmingway, well, you're not alone.

Wonderful things come in threes!

Yesterday was a very good day.

My company has been having a series of quarterly layoffs and the latest hit our department this week. My boss called to tell me that I AM NOT getting laid off. This is wonderful news and a great relief for all the stress I have been under the last few weeks.

My sister called in the afternoon to tell me that she won't be attending Thanksgiving with us this year (to which I replied huh?) because she is having a baby in November!!

My son came home from school with an envelope from his teacher. Inside were his COGAT scores (it's an IQ test). He'd qualified for gifted math in the fall. He was ecstatic!

Three bits of great news in what had started off as a pretty down day. We all went home and ate ourselves sick on imported Swiss chocolate.

Which I had purchased....without a coupon!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Free shopping bag with 3 proofs of purchase

We tend to buy this type of garlic bread so I'll be participating if I can remember to save the UPC codes (Is this the lamest image or what? I know, I know).

While supplies last, you can get our reusable designer shopping bag from Cole’s. All you have to do is send in 3 proofs of purchase and we’ll send you the bag free of charge.
Download Order Form w/ Instructions
Send in the the order form with your complete mailing address.
Be sure to send 3 proofs of purchase for each bag you are ordering. Original Register Receipts required.
Send your form and proofs of purchase to the address provided on the form.

May 26th Coupons: Organic Foods

Organic Food Coupons

If you are a serious organic food shopper, you know that it is often hard to find coupons for these types of foods in your Sunday paper. Thrifty Mama has compiled a nice list of websites for organic companies that offer coupons.

Find her great list here. I 've signed up and printed tons of coupons for new products to try.

If you love tea

Get your free sample of Mighty Tea here. Who knew you could go to Krogers website and order free samples? We don't have a Krogers anywhere around here, but the manufacturer doesn't care. They'll send the sample pretty much anywhere in the USA. I've had this tea in fancy hotels and it is really good. The silk-like bag is an elegant touch. The tea is also high quality--not the sawdust you get in a typical cheapie tea bag.
Thanks to Thrifty Mama!

Monday, May 25, 2009

$3 Coupon for Coppertone Sunscreen

I'm actually running in from the grill to post this coupon for you all.

Save $3 on Coppertone sunscreen. Go here.

5/26 corrected link!

Friday, May 22, 2009

A lovely day!

I'll be taking a hiatus from the blog for Memorial Day. Only popped in to say I ran out to the store (Jewel) to get a few things and was very happy to have saved $70 on my bill (including $25 in coupons). Got some deals, including taking advantage of the 19 cents an ear corn on the cob and a lot of FREE goodies that I'll be donating to the food pantry (I can only have so much BBQ sauce in the house).

I am in prep mode for the big Cub Scout family camp out in a few weeks, so had to run to Target to buy some sleeping bags. Who knew there were so many options on sleeping bags? Now it might be a good time to actually take the two tents we bought at a garage sale TWELVE YEARS AGO and see if they actually go together, or have disintegrated.

I'll be putting the petunias in the deck planters and getting the urns I just spray painted filled with flowers for the front porch. Then I call it quits and summer has officially begun.

Free chocolate Friday

Are you all tired of seeing this one every week yet??

Go HERE at 9am EDT to get your coupon for a free chocolate bar. First 250,000 to sign up each Friday get a free candy bar coupon sent to them.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

$1.35 coupon towards Fiber One bar. Must Print TODAY

I missed this one in my inbox so I'm sorry to say you must print it before May 21st in order to get it.

Chocolate Mocha Fiber One Chewy Bars combine a rich chocolate taste with a smooth coffee flavor - in one delicious snack. Each bar is a surprisingly great-tasting way to get 35% of the Daily Value of fiber and is also a good source of calcium with fewer than 150 calories. We say, Cardboard No. Delicious Yes.

I've enjoyed the chocolate Fiber One bars in the past. Hope you will, too!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Listen to Jill Cataldo on public radio

I'm going to see her in person in June. I enjoyed listening to this public radio interview. It lasts about 20 minutes


FREE DiGiorno's Flat Bread Melt Coupon

Good for the first 100,000 to sign up TODAY (May 18th).

I did, and my coupon is in the mail. One per household.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Read how this mom saved 89% at Super Target

I am copying this because I want you all to see what can be done if you really work at it (I am too lazy to work at it this hard!) I hope Stephanie won't mind since I am also link her site directly.

Super Savings Saturday - 89% Grocery Savings
by Stephanie on May 16, 2009
Paid: $8
Saved: $70.25 (89%)

Organic apple tree spray

UPDATE August 2009: I wanted to share exactly what happened when I did as below: I never missed a spraying. Not one. NEVER. I hauled myself out there in the 90 degree heat like a slave. I resprayed after every rain. These trees were in a spa as far as I was concerned. But guess what? It made NO DIFFERENCE. In fact, I even gave up on organic at one point in June and added fruit tree spray (malathian and captan) to the mix. Zippo. It seems that despite all my effort and spraying, what really matters most to apple disease is the weather. We had a very cold and very damp May and June (and July was still cool. We were wearing jackets on the 4th of July). The weather did not cooperate. So despite all my efforts and my best attempts, I have tons of ugly looking (but no doubt still tasty apples). Sigh. If you want to see what I ended up doing with my apples, see this post from September.

I have two large apple trees on my property that tend to suffer from scab and fly speck (which is a type of blight) every year. The fruit is pefectly edible, if not particularly pretty, but the disease hurts the crop yield. None of this kills the tree, but it affects the number of homemade apple pies and apple sauce I can churn out in the fall!

I have come across an organic apple tree spray which can be made cheaply and used on practically anything (I can't think of anything you COULDN'T spray it on!).


1 Cup of liquid seaweed with iron (you can order this online for less than $10 a quart and it will last all season). I use Maxicorp Liquid seaweed with Iron. You might be able to find this in your garden center. My local garden centers looked at me like I was from Mars when I asked. And forget about Home Depot or Lowes. You need a real gardners garden center

1 Cup of vinegar (any kind will do. I use apple cider but only because it is what I had on hand)

1 Cup Murphy's oil soap

I put all of this in a hose end sprayer and set the dial to 2 ounces per gallon. This spray mixture will last you a couple of sprayings, but you will need to spray WEEKLY.

If you aren't picky about organic, through into the mix a cup of regular old fruit tree spray (the kind with Captan). Or Bordeau Powder (which is organic).

The seaweed provides a follicular feeing. The vinegar helps control fungus and pest, and the oil soap helps keep the solution on the leaves and branches longer.

I will report back at the end of the season to let you know how it worked. So far so good. I am also using it to spray my black eyed Susan's which suffer from a black blight every year.

Apple trees they look so pretty

And their pies, they taste so sweet

But if you want organic apples

You must spray them every week!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Target deals: commando mission!

I was in and out of this store in about 5 minutes. We had to get to the library!

Kraft Salad dressing (I use this to marinate meat for the grill)
$1.99 x 2
Used 2 $1 manuf coupons
Used $1 off 2 coupon from Target
Final price: 49 cents each saved 75%

Nabisco snack pack
$1/1 manuf coupon
$1/1 Target coupon
Final price: 4 cents saved 99%

Kraft Mayo
$2.89 x 2
$1/1 x 2 manuf coupon
$1/2 Target coupon

Final price: $1.48 saved 51%

Friday, May 15, 2009

Jewel: Kraft salad dressing 95% off

We go through a lot of salad here, so I like to stock up on salad dressing when it goes insanely on sale like it is right now at the Jewel (Albertson's).

Kraft Salad Dressing 16 oz. Selected Varieties

Sale price: $1.67
Coupon: $1.50/1 (5-10 SS)

= $0.17 after coupon

95% savings

Now I am kicking myself I didn't get more of these coupons since I only managed to grab one Sunday paper. You can buy coupons for pennies on the face value at The Coupon Clippers . I have done this and it makes sense when you can get a great deal like the one right now.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Free samples of Bodycology lotion at Walmart

Ok, I don't think high quality body lotion and Walmart in the same sentence, but I am a sucker for sweet smelling/fruity smelling body lotion. And anything purse/travel size is a go for me.

You can claim one of two scents here. Coconut lime shown above, but there is also a brown sugar vanilla in case you want to smell like a cookie. Or a margarita....

If you don't like it, donate it. The older ladies in my church love hand lotions.

Sign up at Vocalpoint to get free stuff

Vocalpoint is a Proctor and Gamble sponsored consumer site where you can discuss products with other members. More importantly, since I am not likely to ever just go there have a chat, you can receive free samples and coupons mailed to your home.
It's free. To sign up, go here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Just to prove it exists

Finally I've gotten around to take a few quick pics of the infamous binder mentioned previously. Oh don't be that excited; it's a binder.

The total amount of savings it contains is several hundred dollars. I have many multiple copies of coupons for items I typically buy, as well as a couple sets of some really high value coupons for items I would consider trying if they were free.

Oh, you can forget about and Colgate toothpaste coupons you might see. Hubby as put the kibash on anything except Crest tartar control gel. "I've been brushing with Crest for 46 years and I have never had a cavity."

There are some battles that just aren't worth the savings, know what I mean?

Oh, yes, where were we?

I fill 9 per page, one sided.

Almost all of these baseball card protector sheets are filled.

Just to prove I did do the Dominicks/Safeway you wouldn't believe me!

There is a nice fat stack of Kraft coupons I printed off the Internet today, three sets, waiting to be filed. No hurry as there are only one or two varieties I am interested in right now. Kraft dressing and those elusive Kashi waffles that my Target doesn't carry.

Monday, May 11, 2009

$50 in Kraft food coupons

There are a lot of high value coupons out today from Kraft. Why not see if there is something that might be useful to you?

Find the coupons here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Comments like these make me scream

Take a peek at the comment section on this article about super couponer Jill Cataldo. While I may not be buying stacks of pop tarts and frozen pizza that she mentions, I am saving a lot of money on things I normally buy. The misconception that couponers are stealing from the stores leading to higher prices, or feeding their families only processed crap is ludicrous. If you don't eat it, don't buy it.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

It's ok, really

The following lessons I am learning as I become a better couponer:

  • It's OK if you forget to bring your coupon binder. The world will not end.
  • It's OK if you don't have the right coupon for a sale, or discover it has expired. Food goes on sale ALL THE TIME. You haven't missed your one and only shot.
  • It's OK if you don't have time to get the Sunday coupon insert this week. Next week there will be another.
  • It's OK if you actually need to buy something not on sale or without a coupon. Life is like that. You'll live.
  • It's OK to have to run to the grocery store without a printed list of every deal off the Internet, sorted by UPC code. Sometimes we need to attack the grocery store like a commando mission because baseball starts in TWENTY MINUTES and you just realized you are the snack mom.
  • It's OK to decide you do not have room for any more "stockpiled" items. You aren't saving money if you need a bigger house.

It's a nice day. The sun is out. Put down your scissors, binders and the inserts and go outside and play with your kids.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Because it's free, and it's chocolate

And really, do I need another reason?

I've just found out about a free giveaway for Mar's bars if you click here.

I just did and I already received an email saying I am one of the 250,000 people to receive a coupon for a free bar of chocolate. So what are you waiting for??

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dove Ultimate $2 coupon

High value coupons always excite me, even if I'm a devout Ban user.

You can go here to print a maximum of two coupons from Dove. Page two have the coupon.

Target: Kashi Waffles for 47 cents

I've maxed out on my printing but wanted to share with you all. If you like Kashi waffles, now is the time to buy buy buy at Target.

Here's the deal-io:
Kashi Waffle sale price: $1.97 per box

Target printable coupon: $1.50 per box

Final price: 47 cents per box

Savings of 76%!
Updated: well, crud, my Target does not carry these waffles. Oh the humanity!!

Free Strawberries at Dominick's

Dominick's (Safeway) is offering one free 1 lb. container of strawberries. Some people have posted they can get it to print more than one coupon, but only one would print for me. You have to buy $10 worth of produce to use it. So there is a little, teeny catch it appears.

I learned about this from: Surviving the Stores

You can get the coupon here. See the second page.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Get Dominick's $5.99 pizzas anytime

Dominick's has an ongoing promo where you can get a large pizza for $5.99 on Friday's. Did you know that you can go in on Friday, order and pay for the pizzas, and pick them up on another day? We did this for my son's party. Ordered 6 pizzas on Friday (and paid for them) with pick up for Saturday night. Saved a fortune! These aren't gourmet pizzas by any means, but they are far from lousy and a lot better than frozen.

You may be able to do the same deal with their ongoing fried chicken specials (order and pay early, pick up later in the week). Let us know.

Mobile phone couponing

What do you think ladies? Can you see yourself doing it?

Press Release: Money Saving Coupons Issued Via Mobile Phones to Increase by 30% During the Next Two Years says Juniper Research

Hampshire, UK – March, 17th 2009: Mobile Coupons are expected to be one of the biggest winners of the current global recession. Juniper Research forecasts that the redemption value of mobile coupons will increase by over 30% by 2010.

Juniper Research found that the twin effects of shoppers needing to make economies in their spending and merchants ever keen to make sales will combine to have a very positive impact on the overall demand for mobile coupons.

Mobile coupons are attractive to both consumers and vendors as they can be targeted at specific groups of customers and can be matched against particular interests and purchasing patterns, as opposed to the vanilla approach where “everybody gets every coupon” as in the traditional model.

Mobile Coupons Report author Howard Wilcox explained: "We believe that merchants will see targeted, quick one-to-one marketing campaigns via mobile coupons as a valuable marketing weapon. Considering that mobile coupons offer much better redemption rates and are more cost effective, they represent a win-win approach for innovative retailers.”

Peter Johnson, VP, Market Intelligence and Strategy from the MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) says; “Juniper’s research confirms the MMA’s own findings that consumers are most likely to respond to mobile marketing offers that result in clear personal benefits. Mobile coupons are a prime example of how mobile can be used in this way, combining relevance with immediate, tangible value for the consumer. We welcome further research such as this report from Juniper which helps to build a clearer picture of the way in which mobile marketing will develop over the next few years.”

Other findings from the Juniper Research report:
  • With in excess of 100m mobile phone users globally forecast to use mobile coupons in 2010, Juniper Research sees significant growth across the developed markets of North America, Western Europe, the Far East and China.
  • As well as the key drivers, however, there are some significant hurdles, including the lack of suitable point of sale (POS) infrastructure at the supermarket checkout allowing for the quick and easy redemption of coupons, which is critical to the consumer shopping experience.

Please Dominicks come through today

I want to unload these $30 in coupons at Dominick's this week and have my fingers crossed that today's mid week sales will pay off. The Sunday Mother's day stuff was just lame. It was totally aimed at clueless dad (quick, buy her some chocolate and some flowers for a buck off).

I want to stock up on meat for the grill.

If you have seen today's sales, let me know. I won't see the paper till late tonight.

Oh wait. The Internet. I keep forgetting!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Need a free Bible?

Why you're in luck! These folks at Bibles for America are happy to send you one. Just click here.

Updated: I ordered one last night.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A nice surprise

In 2007, yes 2007, we received letter saying some stock we'd bought was part of a class action lawsuit. I don't remember the particulars of it, except we were to send in something to the lawyers about it to be included in the class.

Well, for two years now I've had those two postcards on my bulletin board, postcards sent back to us to confirm the lawyers for whatever the issue was had received our bona fides.

So what do my wondering eyes should appear yesterday but a nice set of checks for several $$$ as part of the class settlement.

Only goes to show you that something that you think aren't worth your time actually pay off in the end!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Moving to a binder for coupons

I tried, tried, tried to make the whole "don't cut anything out and just date the inserts" method a go, but alas, the crazy organizer in me could not stand it.






I wanted to see what coupons I had, not just refer to them when a sale came along. I always seemed to find something for sale that wasn't planned on my trips to the store and my stack of coupons was at home. You know, sometimes in life we have to buy something when it isn't actually on sale. I didn't have any quick, real time access to places like (my cell is a smartphone but not that fast).

So last night I went a-clipping. I know, I have gone over to the Dark Side of the Coupon Force, but I couldn't help it. It is SEDUCING ;-) And I had a new pair of REALLY sharp scissors.

Lo and behold! I found that in any given insert only about 10-12 coupons were anything I wanted (I don't have a pet, children in diapers, or that into makeup). So I'd been saving these stacks of inserts for no real reason. And I did ask myself, what if we got this for FREE? And some items, even free, I know I won't use and don't want to store.

And I tell you, I kind of LIKE the attention that massive binder brings me in the grocery store. I have a pretty mundane life. Take it when you can get it!

So here it is, in all its soon to be tab-divided glory (need to go to Wal-Mart today to get dividers).

Oh wait, my husband took the camera to cub scout Olympics. Okay, I promise when he gets back.

PS: I did the Living Well Promo Catalina at Dominicks yesterday and walked out with $200 worth of groceries for $90 AND $30 in coupons towards my next purchase. But NEVER AGAIN at Dominicks. Sorry Safeway fans, but there is no accurate Dominicks coupon deal watcher I've found in the Chicago suburbas that accurately reflects my particular store. Safeway bargains in another state or even another part of Chicagoland are nothing like what my Dominicks (Safeway chain) has here, and they often OFTEN switch the sale items around so when I look online I see one deal and in the store another. Don't get me started on the catalina for Living Well. The ENTIRE brand of a listed product was labelled as part of the deal on the shelf when we ALL know it is only some varieties. It made me nuts and I had to go the the CS desk and get one of my $10 coupons because they were so screwed up.

But the checkout man liked my binder. He said I was a "smart shopper." So all wasn't lost!


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