Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Where to find coupons

If you want to find if there is a coupon for something, this is the best place to look:

Just type in what you are looking for, and if there are coupons out there for it, they will probably come up.

Not every coupon is there, because people enter them so some might get missed. I usually find what I want, though!

New Budget! Plus Safeway and Walmart

Well, it is a new month, so my budget is re-set. Maybe now that I am writing it down, I will actually stick to it.....

So, it is $160 for the month.

Tonight, I went to Walgreens, finally got a cashier to use my Theraflu coupon from the Walgreens coupon book. I bought 3 for $12, had $6 in Walgreens coupons and $6 in Theraflu coupons (not available anymore) and paid $1 and some change. I got back $8 in RR.

got Vaseline lotion using the $1.50 off printable (here),

a few clearanced school supplies, and three candy bars (I didn't have enough for my RR)

it was $8 and some change and I got back $7 in RR.

Last, I bought what I actually needed which was a big old package of TP. It was also $1 and some change.

So I still have $6.50 in RR to use!

At Safeway (my second attempt there today as I was there earlier, but locked my keys in the car. Typical)

I bought 6 2 Liters of Diet Coke, which were buy 3 get three free. I used two $1 off 3 coupons Jenn and I found at Walmart, $3.96

an 8 pound ham for $7.68

2 pounds Tillamook cheese for $3.99 (used coupon from Safeway ad)

1 Chef Michael's dog food (for until I can make it to the pet food store) I used a $2.50 coupon from $1.49

3 boxes Kleenex $2.97 minus a .50 off 3 coupon from in front of the Kleenex. I also got a $3 catalina (Safeway store Register Rewards)

I spent $21

Note: the Kleenex is a really good deal because after the catalina it is free...better if you have the coupon. I need Kleenex all the time for school, so I will probably get more. It works until Saturday.
Um, what a horrible picture.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The best deals at Albertsons this week...

Albertson's ads run from Wednesday to Tuesday, so this one starts Wednesday-

Propel .47 (no coupon, but really good price if you like it)

Wonder bread $1.67
use the .55 off from the 8/30 coupons
or .55 off from

Totino's pizza rolls $1.00
use the .35 off coupon from the 9/13 paper

General Mills Promotion- Save $3 when you buy 4 items:
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks - $2.50
use .40 off from
or .50/2 or .40 off from 9/13 coupons

Fiber One Bars $2.50
use .40 off from 9/13 coupons

General Mills Cereal $2.50
use $1/3 from 9/13 coupons

Nature Valley Granola Bars $2.50
use .40/1 from 9/13 coupons

there is also .55 off Trix and .40 off Nature Valley here

If you buy 4, each tem will be $1.75 minus whatever coupons you have.

Nabisco/Planters Promo. Also save $3 when you buy 4 items (minus .75 a piece):
Crackerfuls $2.50
$1 off from 7/12 coupons
or Free Crackerfuls when you buy Ritz from 8/23 coupons

Ritz Crackers $2.50
.75/2 from 8/23 coupons

Wheat Thins $2.50
.75/2 from 8/23 coupons
or $1 off here

Triscuits $2.50
.75/2 from 8/23 coupons

Planters Peanuts $2.50

These are the best deals. You can see ALL of the deals at Pinching your Pennies here

Super Cheap Artisan Bread at Safeway

If you become a fan of Safeway on Facebook, you can go here to get a coupon for .25 Artisan bread that is good until Friday....

You have to do it with a $10 purchase (the $10 is before coupons though, so you can still spend very little)

Also, I figured out how to hyperlink!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

How to shop at Walgreens and what I bought today:

Walgreens is a complicated beast. But, you can get some really good deals on toiletries, medicine, and some food if you do it right.

Here are the rules (they might not always work, and Walgreens employees are not always nice)

1. You can use a manufacturer coupon (like from the newspaper) and a store coupon together

2. If you use both, then you have to buy another item. You have to have as many items as you have coupons. Usually if you trying to pay the least in cash, you buy something super cheap. They always have things in their ad that are around .50 or less.

3. Register Rewards are Walgreens coupons that are like cash that you get for buying certain things. Example: if you buy a chapstick for $2.99, the machine gives you a $3 register reward you can use on almost anything. Sometimes it is the full price of the item (so you basically get it for free), and sometimes it is just part of the price...

4. If you get a Register Reward for something, you can use it to buy the same thing again, BUT you won't get another one. So, you should find something else that will give you a register reward instead so you can get another one. If you keep doing this, you can repeatedly get free items.

5. Your Register Reward won't cover tax. It also can't be reduced down. If you are trying to buy something for $2.99 with a $3 Register Reward, it won't work so you have to buy something to make your cost above $3.

So here is what I did today:

First, I bought 2 Thereaflu, and 1 Hall's throat losenge. The Theraflu was 2/$8, and I had 2 $2 coupons from the internet ( you can't print them any more) and I used a $2 coupon from the Walgreens book by the pharmacy (which should have taken off $4 but only took off $2) and I the Hall's was $1 and there was a $1 off coupon in todays paper. So I paid about $3.50 and got $5 dollars in Register Rewards (here after abbreviated to RR) ($1 for the Hall's and $4 for the Thereflu). Oh, and I bought a .50 can of chicken broth because I had too many coupons.

Then, I bought 1 Gillette Power razor ($8.99 minus $4 from today's paper), 1 Robutussin to Go ($2.49 minus $2 from the internet-not there any more) and 2 Reeces bars (again too many coupons - I used the 2 RR, which count as coupons). I paid $1.50 ish and I got $6 RR for the razor, and $2.50 for the Robutussin
Last, I bought 3 2Liters of Diet Coke ($4 minus $1 sitting by the pop), a $2 dog toy, another Robutussin to Go ($2.49 minus $2), Hall's ($1 minus $1), Dentek Flossers ($2 minus $1 from It cost around $1.50, I used the $6 RR and got $1 RR for the Hall's, $2 RR for the floss, and $2.50 for the Robutussin.
So I spent $6.50 at Walgreens today and have $8 in RR

A few quick notes....or long ones

Yesterday I stopped by Top Foods. The deal is over now, but they had Special K products on sale, buy 6 save $10 instantly. So I bought some crackers. It was buy 2 for $5, or 6 for $5, so kind of a no brainer if you are paying attention. I had 5 $1 off coupons ( so the 6 boxes were free.

And then today. Oh Sunday. Everyone I know loves football season, but Sundays in the fall happen to be the bane of my existance. The good tv? taken. The computer? taken. So luckily I have my new hobby, and I also get a lot of books read.

So today, I went to Albertsons and Walgreens. The deals I did at Albertsons are good until Tuesday, and Walgreens is good until next Saturday.


First I bought 2 MORE boxes of Special K crackers (which I'm sure I will take to my mom later), I used 2 more Special K coupons (I generally cheat when there is a coupon I want - I go print them at my dad's shop where there are three computers, plus mine, so I can get lots of copies)

1 box of Rice Krispies (I used a free coupon from the mail)

5 boxes of Keebler cookies ($1 off of each using the link below)

I also had a coupon for free milk when you buy 2 Keebler cookies

It was $1.84

2nd at Albertsons:

2 More cookies

2 Keebler Crackers (minus 2 $.75 off coupons from

3 Nutri Grain bars (minus $1.00 off from and $1.00 off 2 from the newspaper)

3 Rice Krispie Treats (minus $1.00 off 2 from the newspaper)

I had $2.00 off bread when you buy (wyb) 2 Rice Krispie Treats and $2.00 off fruit wyb 2 Crackers

It was $4.90

Dear Juli: please help me. I have no idea how to move pictures around.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Safeway $10.30

I was really excited to go get Joint Juice at Safeway because a week or two ago I got an ad saying that Joint Juice was going to give a catalina (store coupon). So I went to the store in Milton last night and they were out! Today I went to the one in Auburn and they had 8, which was perfect. I printed some Buy one get one coupons at my dad's shop, and you had to buy at least 7 to get the $10 catalina. So I bought all 8, they were 1.49 a piece. I paid $7.09 and got back the $10 catalina and a coupon for $5 off 7 more.

I have bought Joint Juice before and really like it. It tastes like Propel. Too bad it looks like Safeway didn't stock up! Oh well, this is going for another month or so. You can get the $10 and then buy 7 more plus something else you need and keep getting the $10 (if you can find enough, and if you keep getting the coupon).

After I did this, I bought 2 bags of Hefty bags which were Buy one Get one Free, $7.99

There were stickers on them for .55 off so I used two.

I also bought two boxes of glade plug in because all mine are empty! These were also Buy one get one free for $5.99. I had a $1.00 coupon from two weeks ago.

We really struggle with air freshener because I like it and Randy hates it, so I can only use something that is fairly subtle (not the sense and sprays I just bought. Spraying when you walk by is definately not subtle). Anyways, I always buy lavender vanilla because it smells the best and isn't overpowering!
So I spent $10.30, but if I hadn't used coupons or sales this stuff would have been almost $40.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fred Meyer and Walmart $4.62

After laying on the couch all day, I needed to get out of the house! I also had a mission to complete (which I did) so it was very productive :)

At Walmart, I got 3 Healthy Choice meals (again $2 off coupon from

And a box of frozen waffles (my favorite!)

It was .49

At Fred Meyer I did a bunch of transactions, but it wasn't busy and I went through the self check-out.

I bought 4 of the Glade sense and spray. I wasn't sure if I would get the same amount of catalinas buying them together, so I did it seperately. I used 4 coupons from (I posted the link below) and 4 store coupons. They were .91 a peice and I got $8 in Fred Meyer coupons which I used to buy:

2 Fresh Express salad kits $2 (store coupon)

2 1 lb packages of Land o Frost deli ham $4 (I used a newspaper coupon)

2 Fred Meyer pops $1

10 lbs. potatoes $1.38

I paid $4.13

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Shopping I will do this week....

I plan to go to Fred Meyer soon to get three or four more Glade Sense and Spray (and get some $2 off coupons with them) and with those, get some $1 salad kits and $1.40 10 pound bag of potatoes.

Safeway is having a buy one get one free sale on cleaning products, so I will be gathering my coupons and will go next Tuesday probably because thats when my weekly budget will reset! (more on that later....) Glade refills are part of it and I need some so I will for sure grab some of those.

Albertsons has double coupons all week (they are in the weekly ad. You can use three at a time and double up to a dollar per coupon. Lots of free stuff!) This is how I got the soup. They also have progresso vegetable soup for $1. I might get some but soup should be on really good sale for the next couple of months. Also, I am going to get some stuff from the promotion this week. Buy 10 keebler or kelloggs items and save
$10, so they are $1.50 a piece. It includes Special K crackers, Nutri Grain bars, Keebler cookies and crackers and various cereal. Here are some links for coupons:

$1 off Special K crackers (my mom's favorite)

Nutri Grain bars, Cinnabon bars and Keebler crackers:

and of course the cookie link......

A coupon for Juli

Here is a link to $1.00 off of Keebler cookies. I still can't figure out how to hyperlink.

Safeway and Albertsons $2.16

I went to Safeway and Albertsons tonight.....

At Safeway I bought

1 Warm Delights - $1.76 but I had a .50 coupon and $2.00 in e-coupons came off
2 Bisquick biscuits (the right kind this time!) $4.58 I had a $1.00 coupons and $2.00 in e-coupons came off
2 Ultimate brownie mix $4.00 I had a .75 coupon and 1.50 in e-coupons came off

It was $1.62 (all the coupons I used were from

At Albertsons I bought

1 2 Liter of pop $1
1 bag of popsicles for my sore throat $1.76
1 gallon of milk $1.99
4 Soup at hand $4.00 with 2 $1.00 coupons and two double coupons, so free
1 Healthy Choice meal $2.00 with a $2.00 off coupon from
8 pack of Soap for Randy....apparently the pomagranite body wash was doing nothing for him. Anyway, it was on clearance for $3.76

I used $8.00 in Albertson's catalinas (store coupons) and paid $.54

On another note if you shop at Safeway, you should definately be using e-coupons because you can use them with a paper coupon together, and also because if you have more than one on there for the same thing, they all work, so you can get free stuff!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Safeway Trip $5.66

So I stopped by Safeway on my way is what I got:

2 Nature Valley Granola clusters $5.00 used 2 $1.60 off printables and 1.40 in e-coupons

2 boxes Fruit Roll-Ups $5.00 used $.50 in e-coupons

1 Yo-Plus yogurt $2.50 used $1.00 printable and $2.00 e-coupons

2 Grands Junior biscuits $3.00 used $1.00 printable

1 Safeway 2 Liter pop $.83

1 really big pork chop $2.65

So was a little dissappointed. I realized after that she didn't give me the 50% meat discout which would have been about $1.35, I forgot a coupon, and I bought the wrong biscuits. So this all should have been under $1.00. Whoops.

Monday, September 21, 2009

My first shopping post

One thing I enjoy when reading others' blogs is posts about purchases. With pictures. I am very visual. Here is the first one I can show you!

I went to Fred Meyer. I did two transactions. First I bought a Glade Sense and Spray. It was $7.49. I used the $3 coupon in the Fred Meyer extra savings book a the front of the store, and a $4 coupon from here: that all made it $.49 (regular price $8.99).

THEN, a coupon for $2 off my next purchase printed out, so I went and bought the two salad kits for $1 a piece with a Fred Meyer coupon from this weeks ad. That was nothing. The total for it all with tax is $.92
My pictures are horrible because we can't find our camera, so they will all be from my phone. Oops. Also, note to self: learn how to hyperlink.

Heather's history of couponing here goes, I am going to start my own coupon blog! This is for all of my friends and family who need me to stop talking about coupons and good deals. I will write it all here. If you are interested, you can come read it.

This is how it all started.....

Last April, I was laid up for a week in bed (actually the couch to be accurate - I wasn't exactly in a desireable postion to be wanted by others). I completely ran out of things to do on the internet, and had exhausted the DVR and somehow I came across a couponing blog. It wasn't a very good one, but it had a link to one of the blogs that is now one of my favorites ( . She only spends $800 a year on groceries. And pet food. And eating out. And toiletries. My mind was completely blown. Anyone who knows me knows I am one of the cheapest biatches you will ever meet and $800 might have lasted me 2 months. I used to always shop at Grocery Outlet (or as Randy lovingly called it, expired food store) and only went to the grocery store for produce, meat and dairy.
Now I had all of this crazy coupon stuff to read about. And I did....for days. I didn't have much else going on!!

So I started, and haven't looked back....I have saved a bundle and the real miracle of it is that I have enough food on hand here to last weeks. Before I could barely stock enough for a few days.

I have read the coupon blogs diligently over the past few months, and I have to tell you. There are some major differences between me and the other nice ladies who write coupon blogs. I am nat a stay at home mom. I neither stay home, or am a mom. So, I work my full time job (9 months a year) and get the good deals after work and on the weekends.

Since I do have a full time job, I won't be posting things that are interesting to everyone, probably just the really good stuff. Or the stuff that is interesting to me. I know, narcissism. But whatever.