Decoding Target Price Tags and Markdowns


I love Target for their great clearance sales, but I used to drive myself crazy trying to figure out when to buy something on sale. Would it go lower? Would it be sold out if I waited? There's no exact science to this, but there *is* some insider info that you can arm yourself with that might make the decision easier.

  1. Most clearance items are on the perimeter of the store (check those endcaps!) but they can also be hidden by employees or other customers who are waiting for the discount to go deeper. Keep your eyes peeled to find these treasures hidden behind other items.
  2. Target's discount schedule is usually 15% off, then 30%, then 75% and finally 90%.
  3. If the price ends in "9", it is full price (e.g., $14.99 or $3.99).
  4. Each time the item is discounted, the last digit is dropped again. For example, if the price is $3.98, it has been discounted once. That probably indicates a 10% or 15% drop, but you can also determine the percentage discount by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the price tag. If you see a "30", it's been discounted by 30%.
  5. Price discounts are determined by how much of the product that particular store has. If they have a small amount, the discount schedule will be slower. If there's a large amount, the product will be discounted faster because they want to get rid of it.
  6. Of course, don't forget the seasonal effect. The best time to buy Christmas items is after Christmas, etc.

For even more info, download the freebie book "The Ultimate Guide to Target Clearance" over at Clearance-Portal for more information on how to take advantage of Target sales.

I guess I have to shave my legs now


There are lot of blogs out there that have all the Walgreens deals for this week listed, so I'm not going to rehash those (see my blog list to the right for the best!) We're in the sweet spot right now, though, with March RR and EasySaver deals still active and all the April deals work also.

I have a ton of $1 RRs from buying all that Crest Pro-Health last week that I need to get rid of and the Skintimate deal at Walgreens is just the thing. If you buy a Skintimate Shave Gel or Edge Infused\Energy Shave Gel, you'll get back a $3 RR. These are normally $2.99 each, which would make them free, but I found them at one store for $2.49 so they are a small MM!

There's been some question about which Skintimate gels work, so here's the list I came across at iheartwags.com (thank you!)

  • Dry Skin, 6 oz (UPC 046500432117) <---- new type in a weird bottle
  • Extra Gentle, 6 oz (UPC 046500700330) <---- new type on display
  • Raspberry Rain, 7 oz (UPC 046500025433)
  • Strawberry Tangerine Twist, 7 oz (UPC 046500167997)
  • Lotionized Skin Therapy Vitamin E Dry Skin (UPC 046500025341)
  • Melon Burst (UPC 046500425554)
So here's what I dug up today:

Transaction 1 (Walgreens)
  • 2 Mentos gum packs, on sale 2 for $2.00, used (2) $1.00 off Mentos from 3/1 SS = FREE
  • Skintimate Strawberry Tangerine Twist, $2.99
  • Chapstick lip butter, $1.99
  • Dawn dish soap, $1.99 on sale for $.99 with in-ad coupon
  • Walitin 30-count, $6.99
  • 2 Glade soy candles, $5.99 each, used (2) $4 Glade soy candle printable (no longer available) and $2 Easysaver coupon
  • - $12 RR
Total: $.47 OOP on gift card, received $3 RR for Skintimate and $2 for Chapstick and will submit for $6.99 April EasySaver rebate on Walitin

Transactions 2 and 3 were identical
  • Skintimate Dry Skin, $2.49
  • - $1 RR from last week's Crest Pro-Health deal
Total: $1.49 + $.19 tax = $1.68 on gift card, received $3 RR for Skintimate

Transaction 4
  • 2 Mentos gum packs, on sale 2 for $2.00, used (2) $1.00 off Mentos from 3/1 SS = FREE
  • Skintimate Dry Skin, $2.49
  • Dove Raspberry Dark Chocolate, on clearance for $1.09
  • One-A-Day Vitamin Drink Powder, $1.49, used $1 coupon from 1/18 SS = $.49
  • Walgreens Exfoliating Foot Cream, clearanced for $1.09
  • Carrot cake, $.99
  • - $3 RR from Transaction 1
Total: $.66 + .51 tax = $1.17 OOP on gift card, received $3 RR for Skintimate and will submit for $1.49 April EasySaver rebate on One-A-Day

So if I do the math right, I got all of this for $2.53 after RRs and rebates!

New Target Coupons expire 4/25/09

Target just updated their site with new printable coupons. Don't forget that their policy is that you can combine 1 Target coupon with 1 manufacturer coupon. This can get you some great deals if you watch for sales. Of course, I'll post them here for you!

Archer Farms deli cheese, 1-lb. or more - $1/1
Archer Farms pork fillets: Herb, Teriyaki or Chipotle - $1/1
Betty Crocker Warm Delights - $1/2
Dole bagged salad - $1/1
Dunkin' Donuts coffee, 11- or 12-oz. - $0.75/1
Gatorade, 6-pk - $0.75/1
Gerber Graduates - $0.50/2
Johnson's baby toiletry, excludes trial size - $0.75/1
Kellogg's Nutri-grain bars, 8-pk - $1/2
Splenda sweetener - $0.55/1
Market Pantry fruit snacks - $1/1
**** these are on sale for $1.50 - get them for $.50 each with this coupon!

REMINDER: If you'd like to print multiple copies of the same coupon on one page, check out A Full Cup or HotCouponWorld's Target Coupon Generators.

Cheap Junk Food and Rollin' ECBs


I'm not seeing any stellar deals that would normally get me up at the crack of dawn to head to CVS or Walgreens, but I had an expired $5 off $15 that I wanted to use and a $5 off $30 that was expiring today. I nearly wiped out trying to clean all the snow and sleet off my Jeep so that I could get in it. Hey, Mother Nature, it's SPRING!!! Get with the program.

So here's what I dug up today:

Transaction 1 (Walgreens)

  • 2 20-oz Cokes, $1.49 each, used printable coupon for buy 1 Coke, get 1 free
  • 2 Hershey's candy bars = FREE (this week's sale, free candy bar when you buy a Coke)
  • Walgreens soup spoons, clearanced for $.29
  • Wrigley's Winterfresh gum slim pack, $1.29, used "buy me free" coupon from 3/15 SS (up to $1.19)
  • - $1 RR from last week's Crest Pro-Health deal

Total: $.88 + .05 tax = $.93 on gift card

Transaction 2 (CVS on my card, had an expired $5 off $15 to use)

  • Accu-check compact testing kit, $9.99
  • 2 Paas egg dye kits, $1.99 each
  • Absolutely Divine Chocolate bar, $1.99
  • - $5 off $15 CVS coupon
  • - $4.99 and $5.00 ECB's

Total: $.97 + .09 tax = $1.06 on gift card, got back $14.97 in ECBs ($3.98 for Paas, $9.99 for Accu-check and $1 for the chocolate)

Transaction 3 (CVS, my card again)

  • 2 Glade Lasting Impressions Plug-In, $5.99 each, used $1.00 Glade Lasting Impressions CVS CRT from last week, $4.00 coupon from 3/29 SS and BOGO Lasting Impressions (internet printable no longer available)
Total: $.99 + .08 tax = $1.07 on gift card, got back $1 RR

Transaction 4 (CVS, on DBF's card)
  • Accu-check compact testing kit, $9.992 Paas egg dye kits, $1.99 each
  • 2 Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubbers, $2.99, used (2) $2.75 internet printables = $.24 each
  • 2 Glade Sense and Spray, $5.99 each, used $1.00 Glade Sense and Spray CVS CRT from last week, $4.00 coupon from 3/29 SS and BOGO Sense and Spray (internet printable no longer available) = $.99 for both
  • 2 Gold Emblem pretzel sticks, $.79 each, used $1/2 CVS CRT coupon = $.29 each
  • 1 Kansas City Star newspaper (needed to get the 3/29 coupons for the Glade), $1.25
  • 1 Belfonte chocolate milk pint, $1.29 (I was thirsty!)
  • - used $17.97 in ECBs
Total: $.59 + .13 tax = $.72 on gift card, got back $14.97 in ECBS ($9.99 for Accu-check, $1 for Glade, and $3.98 for Paas)

Not a bad trip for rolling some of those ECBs and converting some coupons into ECB "cash"!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!



Baskin-Robbins® is really showing us the love lately. First, they gave us a BOGO sundae coupon (expires today!) And now they're giving us 31 Cent Scoop Night on April 29th from 5 to 10 p.m.

Let's all support them as part of their effort to honor America’s firefighters with a $100,000 donation to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)National Junior Firefighter Program. You may even have the opportunity to make your own donation to local fire charities as well when you pick up your ice cream.

I hope to see you there, as this is a great cause! And, if you don't want yours, you can give it to me.

Free Ziploc Bags at Hyvee


Have you ever been shopping and been sure that it was Fate that led you down a certain aisle? I was doing some "commando shopping" last night because we had a major snowstorm bearing down on KC. I had a list for Price Chopper, Hyvee, CVS and Walgreens ($7 RR expiring yesterday!)

If you're local, you know that all those stores are lined up on Noland Road in Independence, so I headed there. I'm in Hyvee and just picked up my last item. The aisle was crowded with pre-storm shoppers, so I jumped to the next aisle over and guess what I saw! Gallon-size Ziploc freezer and quart-size storage bags clearanced at 2 for $1.00!!!!

The limit on these is three, so you have to use some creative couponing. I used the "$1.00/2 and Ziploc brand bag" from the 2/8 or 3/15 SS AND the "$.55/1 any Ziploc OneZip with expandable bottom" Q's from the 1/25 RP. The cash register auto-adjusted the $.55 down and that made them all free. If you don't have the $.55, you could also use the $.40/1 any Ziploc brand bags" from 3/15 SS and get all three for 10 cents. Again, the limit is 3 so you'll have to do separate transactions if you want more.
I had a friendly cashier who didn't mind doing 5 transactions, so I got 15.

There's a Party Going on in Here!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009
It's always fashionable to be late to a party, right? If you haven't heard about the Ultimate Blog Party that's going on right now, then check out the info here.

If you found my blog through the party, then welcome! I'm so glad that you're here. If you are interested in learning how to save tons of money by learning about store sales cycles and maximizing savings by combining sales with coupons, then you are in the right place.

I had always been a "coupon person" but I only clipped the coupons that were for products that we normally bought and used. Sometimes I would forget that I had them or they would expire before I used them. I certainly had no idea that grocery stores and other retail stores had 8 to 12 week sales cycles - if it said it was "on sale" in the ad, then we bought it!

But, like alot of people nowadays, I was hearing bad news at work about possibly layoffs or unpaid furloughs. I've always lived within my means and I save as much as possible. But that scared me. So I made my resolution for the new year to see just how much I could save if I really tried and it has been AMAZING! So far, I've saved over $2500 in 3 months.

So please make yourself at home, check out my posts for some of the deals that I have been finding, and also please check the great sites under "My Favorite Blogs" to the right. I owe them all immensely for all the great information that they share every day.

And, remember, YOU can do this too!
Woof! --Thrifty Puppy
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p.s. If I happen to be a lucky winner at the Ultimate Blog Party, here are my top 3 prize picks:

58 – Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer by Moms Who Think
19 - Target $50 gift card from Shoot-Me-Now
21 - Target $50 gift card from Agoosa

but the following are great prizes also and I'd be happy to win anything!

26 - Target $30 Gift Certificate from Little Miss Hannah
INTL61 - Amazon $30 Gift Certificate from Robynn's Ravings
89 - $100 HomeGoods Gift Certificate from HomeGoods
USC56 - Target $25 Gift Certificate from Full Circle
91 - Target $25 Gift Certificate from Mummy Deals
INTL23 - Blog Makeover from Busy Mama Blog Design
INTL1 - Blog Design from Sweet 'n Simple Design
USC15 - $20 Amazon from Want to Know What I Think?
INTL3 - Amazon $15 Gift Certificate from Mommy Bytes
INTL30 - Amazon $15 Gift Certificate from Tree, Root and Twig
121 - CVS $10 Gift Certificate from TiaSavingCents

WAGgin today


I had to stop by Home Depot after work today and there just happened to be a Walgreens across the street. (Who put that there!?) Since I still have some RRs from the Huggies and Dove deals that are expiring this week, I thought I would stop in and see what I could do with those. I also happened to know that they had some of that Crest Pro-Health left (the ones that are the MMs). Several transactions later, here's what I got:

Transaction 1
Crest Pro-Health Clean Mint 4.2 oz on clearance for $.95
Diet Dr. Pepper 2-liter, used "get me free" coupon
4 Hunts tomato sauce 8 oz, regularly $.99 each, on sale for $.39 each with in-ad coupon
- $1.00 off Crest Pro-Health (from 2/8 P&G)
- $8.00 RR from last week's Dove deal
Total: $.56 + .73 tax = $1.29 on gift card, got back $1 RR for Crest and will submit for ConAgra EasySaver rebate (see below)

Transaction 2
Crest Pro-Health Clean Mint 4.2 oz on clearance for $.95
4 Hunts tomato sauce 8 oz, regularly $.99 each, on sale for $.39 each with in-ad coupon
- $1.00 off Crest Pro-Health (from 2/8 P&G)
2 Tuff 30-count kitchen bags, $3.50 each
Total: 1.56 + .19 tax = $1.75 on gift card, got back $1 RR for Crest and will submit for Tuff rebate (get back $3 on 2) and ConAgra EasySaver rebate (see below)

Transaction 3
Crest Pro-Health Clean Mint 4.2 oz on clearance for $.95
3 Hunts tomato sauce 8 oz, regularly $.99 each, on sale for $.39 each with in-ad coupon
- $1.00 off Crest Pro-Health (from 2/8 P&G)
Total: 1.17 + .16 tax on gift card, got back $1 RR for Crest and will submit for ConAgra EasySaver rebate (see below)

Believe it or not, there is a method to my madness. The EasySaver rebate that Walgreens has is "buy $10 of Con Agra products and get $5 back". Hunts is a Con Agra product and it happens to be on sale for less than half price ($.99 regular vs. $.39 on sale this week). The $10 total is pre-coupon price, so it's the $.99 that counts and not the sales price. So, to make it to $10, I had to buy 11 total.

So why not just buy all 11 in the same transaction? Ah, Grasshopper.....because Wags has a volume discount. If you buy 5, you would get them for $.80 each. I could have done that, but it would mean I would have to buy more than 11. As it were, I took the rest that were on the shelf and this is more than plenty for our household!

When all is said and done, I made $3 on the Crest and about $.70 on the Hunts, so that pays for the rest of the price of the Tuff bags that isn't covered by the rebate. In other words, it was all FREE!

More yummy Arby's coupons

They got us hooked with all those free Roastburger coupons, so I'm glad to see that they're still going to keep us fed with this new set of Arby's coupons.

FREE Roastburger with Purchase of Fries & Drink
FREE Roast Chicken Club with Purchase of Fries & Drink
FREE Fruitea with Purchase of Any Sandwich
FREE Chocolate Milk Shake with Roastburger Purchase

Thanks, Discount Heroes!

Head over to Target for some FREEbies

There are several freebies at Target this week (thanks to both Tara at Deal Seeking Mom and Erin at Coupon Cravings for posting some of these!)

Archer Farms Artisan breads, $.99
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price = FREE

Cheetos individual size, $1.29
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price = $.29 (of FREE depending on price in your area)

Renu MultiPlus Contact Lens Solution (trial size): $.99
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price = FREE

Shout Wipes (trial size): $0.97
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price = FREE

GE Energy Smart Light Bulbs: $1
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price = FREE
* My Target was out of these, so they had substituted a regular 40 watt bulb at that price, but also gave me a raincheck!

Pledge Furniture Wipes: Up to $3.00
Use $1/1 Target web coupon
Use $2/1 printable coupon

Buy 1 Schick Intuition Plus or Schick Quattro for Women at $6.99
Use $4/1 Schick Intuition or Schick Quattro coupons from 3/22 Smart Source insert
Receive $5 Target gift card
Final Price = $.98 for 2 Razors

Gillette Face & Body Wash 8.4 oz $2
Use $2/1 Q (3/1 P&G)
Final Price = Free

Market Pantry Soup 54¢
Use 50¢/2 Target Printable Q
Final Price = 29¢ ea

Sutton & Dodge Steak or Roast (Buy as close to 1lb as possible to get the best deal!)
Use $2/1 Target Printable Q
Final Price = Prices will vary by package size

Motts Single Serve Applesauce 4-6 pk $1.77
Use $1/1 Target Printable Q and 55¢/1 Mott’s IP
Final Price = 22¢

The mailman loves me

Lots of goodies in the mail today. I finally got my $3.79 rebate from Windex and the 2 rebates from the "Try Me Free" for Vitamin and Organix shampoo ($6.99 each). Now I have lots of cash to spend on all the Crest Pro-Health that's a money maker at Walgreens right now.

If you haven't heard about this, here it is: Crest Pro-Health Clean Mint 4.2 oz toothpaste is clearanced at Wags for somewhere between $.95 and $1.09. Here in KC, I've only found it for $.95 so this is a freebie after you use the $1 coupon from the 2/8 Red Plum. Plus you get a $1 RR, so you've got free toothpaste and you made $1. There are some other coupons ($.50) out there from the 2/22 RP, 3/1 PG or 3/15 PG that would also work, but give you a smaller profit.

Hen House Deals March 18 - 25


I love Hen House because they post the upcoming sales circular early on Tuesday afternoon for the sales that start on Wednesday. You can find those here. Looks like there are some good deals coming up this week:

Best Choice canned veggies, $.39
Pepsi 2-liters, $.88 **there are lots of coupons out there for Pepsi
Fuji apples, $.99 per lb.
Hen House wheat bread, $.97
Top Ramen noodles, 6 for $1.00

Glade candles, $1.96
Use $1.50/2 coupon from 3/15 SS
Final price: $1.21 each (buy 2)

Lipton instant tea, $1.50
Use $.75 coupon from 3/15 RP)
Final price: $.75

Campbells tomato soup, $.66
Use $.40/3 coupon from 1/11/SS (coupon doubles)
Final price: $.39 each (buy 3)

Yoplait yogurt, buy 10 for $4.00 and save an additional $1 with your Hen House card
Use $1.00/8 (unsure of source for this) OR
Use $.40/6 from 2/8 SS (coupon doubles to $.80)
Final price = $.20 to $.22 each, depending on coupons

Imperial Margaraine sticks, $.46
Anderson-Erickson sour cream, 16 oz, $.99

Hormel pork loin fillets, $5.99
Use $1/1 from 2/8 SS
Final price: $4.99

Marie Callenders pot pies, $1.98

Birds Eye frozen or Steam Fresh veggies, $.86
Use $1/3 from 3/1 RP
Final price: $.53 each (buy 3)

Hot, Lean or Croissant Pockets, 6 for $10.00

3-day Sale (March 20 - 22)

Red seedless grapes, $.99 per lb.

General Mills cereals, $1.49
Use $1/3 from 2/8 or 3/8 RP (other coupons are available)
Final price: $1.15 each (buy 3)

Kraft macaroni and cheese, $.49
Use $1.00 printable (no longer available)
Final price: FREE + .51 overage!

Hen House 1/2 gallon milk, $1.19
Blue Bell ice cream pint, $.88
Van Camp's pork and beans, $.28

You'll need a Hen House card to get these prices, so be sure to stop by Customer Service to get one if you don't. It only takes a minute to save!

Price Chopper Deals March 18 - 25


And don't forget about the Entertainment books with their $5 off $50 and $5 off $75 coupons. Click here to view the entire Price Chopper ad for this week. Here are what I think are the best deals:

Armour meatballs, $2.99
Use $.55 coupon from 1/11 SS
Get free pasta as well if you use the "get free pasta with Armour meatball purchase" coupon from 3/1 SS
Final price: $2.44 + FREE pasta

Visine eye drops, $3.49
Use $2/1 from 1/4 RP OR
Use $3/1 or $1/1 from 3/15 RP
Final price: $.49 to $2.49, depending on coupons

Johnson and Johnson Band-aids, $2.50
Use $3/2 blinkie coupons (from Walgreens) OR
Use $1/2 coupon from 2/8 or 3/14 SS
Final price: $2.00 to $3.00, depending on coupons

Energizer Max batteries, $2.89
Price Chopper hamburger\hot dog buns, $.99
Prego pasta sauce select varieties, $2.19
Dole 100% juice blends, 64 oz select varieties, $2.50

Nature's Pride whole wheat or honey wheat bread, $2.00
Use $.55 coupon from 2/22 RP
Final price: $1.45

3-day sale (March 19 - 21)

Lay's potato chips, $1.79

Nabisco Triscuits or Wheat Thins, $1.59
Use $2/2 coupon from 1/25 SS OR
Use $1/2 coupon from Nabisco coupon booklet (from late January) OR
Use $1/2 coupon from 3/15 SS
Final price: $.59 to $1.09, depending on coupons

Hyvee Deals for March 18 - 25

Here are the best deals at Hyvee this week. You don't need a loyalty card to get these prices! To see the print and online ads, click here.


85% ground beef, $1.99
Final price: $1.68

Kraft shredded,cubed, chunk or cracker cuts, $1.79
Use tearpad $1.00 coupon (save $1 when you buy cheese and 1 Nabisco cracker, 5 oz or larger), exp. 3/31
Final price: $.79 each

Nabisco 100 calorie pack cookies or crackers, $2
Use printable $1.00/2 coupon, exp. 4/30 (no longer available) OR
Use printable $1.00/2 Oreo Cakesters from here if they're included in sale
Final price: $1.50 each

Hyvee potato chips, $1.48
Hyvee garden supreme bagged salad, $.99
Hyvee american cheese singles, $.99 (if you missed last week's $.88 sale)
Hyvee soup, $.88
Hyvee chocolate milk, $2.28
Hyvee dozen large eggs, $.99
Hyvee soft white lightbulbs, assorted wattage, $.96

Ziploc storage or freezer bags, 10 - 20 ct, $1.88
Use $1.50 coupon from Feb. All You magazine OR use $1.00/2 coupon from 3/15 SS
Final Price: $.38 - $1.38 each, depending on coupon

Laughing Cow cheese wedges, $2.99
Use $.55 coupon from 1/4 SS (expires 3/31)
Final Price: $2.44

Jolly time popcorn, 4.8 - 10.5 oz, $1
Old Orchard 100% apple juice, 64 oz, $1.76

Sara Lee Soft and Smooth white bread, $1.96
Lay's potato chips, $2.50

FREE Listerine, toothbrushes and floss


Nobody wants bad breath and Walgreens wants to make sure you don't have to pay for a clean mouth this week. Buy 3 of the following at $9 and get back $3 in RR:


• Ultraclean Toothbrush or Floss, 30 yds.
• 2 pack Advanced Design ToothbrushesListerine:
• Original, Fresh Burst, Cool or Vanilla Mint Mouthwash, 500 ml

Of course, there have to be coupons involved to make the deal even better (a.k.a. FREE). Check out the $1200 Frugal Challenge 2009 for a great post that outlines how to take advantage of this deal. Thanks, Tracey!

Negative total at WAGS!


All I have to say is "wow!" I somehow did what we all thought wasn't possible - getting the total at Wags down to zero. Look closely at the pic above. I actual got it to go negative and the assistant manager freaked out. She had to give me a W card with a penny balance on it. Ha!

UPDATE: I've gotten alot of questions about what I bought, what coupons I used, etc. I'm sorry that I didn't post this initially, but I was exhausted after shopping til 3 a.m. (Shout out to my new coupon buddy, Meredith - I hope you survived better than I did!)

So here's the trip:
  • Silly fiesta pen, $1.79 (I just *had* to have this for our Thurs. morning mgmt meetings)
  • Deerfield Farms corn dogs 6-pack (clearance) = $.50
  • Deerfield Farms corn dogs 6-pack (clearance) = $.50
  • Deerfield Farms corn dogs 6-pack (clearance) = $.50
  • Tyson Chicken Appetizers Anywhere (clearance), $.87 - $.75 MQ = $.12
  • Tyson Chicken Appetizers Anywhere (clearance), $.87 - $.75 MQ = $.12
  • Deerfield Farms pizza bites (clearance) = $.25
  • Deerfield Farms pizza bites (clearance) = $.25
  • Deerfield Farms pizza bites (clearance) = $.25
  • Deerfield Farms pizza bites (clearance) = $.25
  • Deerfield Farms pizza bites (clearance) = $.25
  • Garnier hairspray, $2.99 - $2.00 EasySaver Q - $1 = FREE
  • Garnier hairspray, $2.99 - $2.00 EasySaver Q - $1 = FREE
  • Garnier hairspray, $2.99 - $2.00 EasySaver Q - $1 = FREE
  • Garnier hairspray, $2.99 - $2.00 EasySaver Q - $1 = FREE
  • Garnier hairspray, $2.99 - $2.00 EasySaver Q - $1 = FREE
  • Garnier hairspray, $2.99 - $2.00 EasySaver Q - $1 = FREE
  • Garnier hairspray, $2.99 - $2.00 EasySaver Q - $1 = FREE
  • Garnier hairspray, $2.99 - $2.00 EasySaver Q - $1 = FREE
  • Garnier hairspray, $2.99 - $2.00 EasySaver Q - $1 = FREE

Tax was $1.15 and total was $9.14. I then handed the cashier an $8 RR, which we all thought wouldn't work because of the tax. None of us, including the asst. mgr thought it would take it but it worked! Apparently, it took off all of the tax and left a -.01 balance. I still can't believe it....

$1 off Mission tortillas

What a great coupon! This is pretty much a staple at our house.



Hyvee Deals for March 11 - 18

And, last but not least....here are the best deals at Hyvee this week. You don't need a loyalty card to get these prices!


Cheerios, Golden Grahams, Cocoa Puffs, Kix, $1.68
Final price: $1.68

Knorr sides, $.88 each
Use $.60/2 coupon from 1/18 RP
Final price: $.58 each

Hyvee white or wheat cottage bread, $.99

Lynden farms potatoes, 2 lb, $.98
Oscar Meyer sliced bacon, $1.99 (limit 1 with in-ad coupon)
Hyvee american cheese singles, $.88 with in-ad coupon

Natures Pride bread, BOGO at $3.29
Use $.55 coupon from 2/22 RP
Final price: $1.37 each when you buy 2

Ziploc storage or freezer bags, 10 - 20 ct, $1.88
use $1.00/2 coupon from 2/8 SS or $1.50/2 from Feb. All You magazine
Final Price: $2.38 - $2.88 for 2

Hyvee half-gallon milk, $1.18 (Friday only)

Hyvee 100% apple juice, 64 oz, $.99 (Friday only, limit 4)
Hyvee russet potatoes, 5 lb bag, $.99 (Friday only)

Price Chopper Deals March 11 - 18


Price Chopper is my favorite store to shop at here in KC because they always seem to have the lowest overall prices. And don't forget about the Entertainment books with over $25 in savings at PC. Click here to view the entire Price Chopper ad for this week. The deals at PC have been pretty limited the past couple of weeks, but this week looks a little better. Here are what I think are the best deals:

Keebler or Sunshine crackers, 50% off

Arm and Hammer detergent, 26-32 use, $1.99 (limit 2)
Use $1 coupon available here
Final price: $.99

Starkist chunk light tuna, 2.6 oz pouches, $.99
Use "buy 2 get 1 free" coupon from 2/22 RP
Final price: $1.98 for 3

Granny Smith apples, $.99 per lb.

3-day sale (March 13 - 15)

Keebler fudge shop cookies, $1.49 (limit 2)

Wonder classic white bread, $.99 (limit 2)

Maxwell House coffee, 34 oz, $4.

Charmin Ultra toilet paper, 9-pack, $3.99
Use $.25 coupon from 2.8 or 3/1 PG
Final price: $3.74

Hen House Deals March 11 - 18


I love Hen House because they post the upcoming sales circular early on Tuesday afternoon for the sales that start on Wednesday. You can find those here. Looks like there are some good deals coming up this week:

5 lb, Russet baking potatoes
Final price: $3/2 (remember, you don't have to buy 2!)

Ocean Spray Cranberry, Ruby Red Grapefruit or %100 Grapefruit juice, $1.98
Use $1 coupon from 1/11/RP
Final price: $.98

Energizer batteries, 4 ct AA or AAA, $2.89

Marzetti assorted dips, $2.50

Coke 12-pack cans, 8-pack cans or 6-pack bottles
Final price: $10.00 (buy 3 and get an additional $1 off)
**there are lots of coupons out there for Coke

Kraft Velveeta, 32 oz, $3.98
Use $1 printable coupon (no longer available)
Final price: $2.98

Lays potato chips or Tostitos, $2.88

Crisco Puritan Canola oil or vegetable oil, $2.98
Use $.75 coupon for puritan canola from 1/4 RP
Final price: $2.23

KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce, $.96

Colgate toothpaste, 25% bonus size, $1.18
Use $.75 coupon from 2/22 SS
Final price: $.43

Dole bananas, $.39 per lb.
Hen house milk, $2.39

Wonder classic bread, $.99

Anderson-Erickson orange juice (half gallon), $.97

Kraft american singles, 12 oz, $1.96

Kraft shreddded cheese, $1.36 <--- that's a stock-up price for Kraft!

Nabisco premium crackers, $1.16

You'll need a Hen House card to get these prices, so be sure to stop by Customer Service to get one if you don't. It only takes a minute to save!

Today's free Redbox movie code



Good for a free movie rental through midnight tonight (March 9)! Select "Rent a DVD with a promo code" and use the code F3T9L6 at any Redbox location today to get a free 1 night movie rental.

You can also try the following codes (usable one time only per credit\debit card:

REDBOX (first time customers)
DVDONME
BREAKROOM
DVDATWAG (Walgreens only)
31HyVee (Hyvee only)

Check back EVERY MONDAY for a new RedBox code!

Post cereal surprise


Today got me thinkin' fondly about my days as a puppy when you used to get a surprise toy or game in the cereal box. We used to pick our cereals by which one had the best. But, alas, those days are long gone. Or are they...?

The magic Catalina machine at Walgreens spit out a $4 RR today after we bought the Post cereal that was on sale!!!

Here's our haul:

  • 2 Smart Balance butter spread (BOGO @ $2.99, used $1.00 MQ from 2/1 RP) = $1.99 for 2

  • 2 Colgate Total Whitening 4.0 oz ($3.49, used $2.50 March Easysaver Q and (2) $1.50 printable Qs) = 1.02 profit for 2

  • 4 Post Grape Nuts (normally $4.79, on sale for 2/$5, used $1.00/2 MQ from 1/25 or 3/1 SS) = $$8.00

  • Glade Sense and Spray ($7.99, marked down to 1/2 price because I had a BOGO coupon and they only had one in stock = $3.99, used $4.00 March Easysaver Q) = FREE

  • Wrigley doublemint single pack ($1.29, used "buy me free" coupon from 2/22 SS?) = FREE

  • Trident cool rush gum (clearanced at $.65, used $.75 MQ from 1/18 SS) = $.10 profit

  • Fructis color shield shampoo ($2.99, used $2 March Easysaver Q and $1 MQ from 2/8 SS) = FREE

  • Fructis color shield conditioner ($2.99, used $2 March Easysaver Q and $1 MQ from 2/8 SS) = FREE

  • Fructis hairspray ($2.99, used $2 March Easysaver Q and $1 MQ from 2/8 SS) = FREE

  • Skintimate shave gel ($1.99, used $1 EasySaver Q) = $.99

  • Socket splitter contraption ($5.99, this is why I don't let DBF shop with me!) = $5.99

  • Hershey's Kissables, clearanced for $.45 (filler)

  • Cadbury Egg (filler) = $.59

  • Hershey's chocolate bar (filler) = $.89
Total = $19.31, used $8 and $10 RR and $1.31 on GC = $0 OOP

Got $4 RR that read "from Post", $1 RR for Skintimate and 2 register coupons: $1.50 off 2 more Grape Nuts and $.50 off any Dentyne single pack of gum.

Making the Dove deal even sweeter!

If you canvassed your neighborhood Wags and all the Dove bars are gone, you can still get a sweet deal thanks to Thrifty Mama. The deal also works on the .99 trial-size Dove Bars and trial-size Dove deodorant! This is normal pricing, so no coupon is needed. Since this deal is good all month, you have plenty of time to take advantage of it.

If you have the $1.50/2 Dove Deodorant coupon (1/18 RP), then you could increase your profit from $2.00 to $8!

Squeaky clean


Please note YMMV if you try the Dove deal at Wags, the in-ad coupon states a limit of 3. I asked the cashier to scan the coupon after the first Dove bar and she didn't bat an eye at the other 7 that I pulled out of my cart. It also probably helped that it was really busy and the line was long and I had a ton of other stuff. Still, a cashier may question it and be perfectly legit about not letting you buy all eight at the $.99 price.


Walgreens

  • 8 Dove bars $0.99 with in-circular coupon and got back $10 RR = $2.08 profit

  • Vaseline Intensive Rescue lotion (10 oz.) $2.69, used $1.50 coupon (1/18 RP) and got back $2 RR = $0.81 profit

  • Sambucol $12.99, used $4 printable and $10 Walgreens coupon (give second, in March Easy Saver book) = $1.01 profit (price on your store may vary, if it's $11.99 you make even more)

  • Blink Tears Eye Drops $7.99, used $2 coupon (3/1 SS) and got back $8 RR = $2.01 profit
Total was $15.18 on GC, got back $20 in RR = overall profit $4.82

I'm tired!


Walgreens just reloaded my gift card with February's rebates and the deals are crazy this week at both Wags and CVS. I've been running my little legs off trying to get that darn $5 Lumene ECB. Plus I decided to pick up some other MM's that I had originally written off (Dove, Sambucol).

I need 7 transactions at $2.99 of the Lumene to get to the $20 needed to get the $5 ECB. Each one is a MM because the coupon is for $4 off, so I need a filler item as well. It's been entertaining trying to think of scenarios for these and keep my OOP low. Once again, YMMV. I had a cashier at Store 2 earlier in the day tell me I couldn't use the coupon. I went back in the evening to the same store and did 2 of the exact transaction and they didn't say anything.

Make sure you use the CVS coupon because it should go through without beeping. The Ulta coupon beeps!

CVS - Store 1
  • Lumene facial cleanser wipes, $2.99, used $4.00 printable coupon = $1.01 profit
  • CVS Vitamin D, 100 ct, $2.99, get back $2.99 = FREE
Total was $1.98 OOP, used $.99 ECB, and I got back $2 ECB = $.22 overall profit

CVS - Store 2
(Transaction 1)
  • Lumene facial cleanser wipes, $2.99, used $4.00 printable coupon = $1.01 profit
  • Aveeno shave gel, $4.79 - $2.00 printable, get $2 ECB back = $.99
Total was $1.78 OOP and I got back $2 ECB = $.22 overall profit

(Transaction 2)
  • Lumene facial cleanser wipes, $2.99, used $4.00 printable coupon = $1.01 profit
  • Aveeno shave gel, $4.79 - $2.00 printable, get $2 ECB back = $.99
Total was $1.78, used $.99 ECB, and I got back $2 ECB = $.79 OOP and $.22 overall profit

CVS - Store 3
(Transaction 1)
  • Lumene facial cleanser wipes, $2.99, used $4.00 printable coupon = $1.01 profit
  • SlimQuick energy shots, $4.99, get $4.99 ECB back = FREE

    Total was $3.98, used $2.99 ECB(from store 1), $.99 OOP and I got back $2 ECB = $1.01 overall profit

    (Transaction 2)
    • Lumene facial cleanser wipes, $2.99, used $4.00 printable coupon = $1.01 profit
    • Tide Free 2x, on sale for $5.97

      Total was $4.96, used $2 ECB from Store 2 = $2.96 OOP Not bad for Tide detergent that normally costs $8.99 per bottle!/div>

      Now I just need 2 more transactions to get that $5 ECB for the Lumene.

      Today's free Redbox movie code



      Good for a free movie rental through midnight tonight (March 2)! Select "Rent a DVD with a promo code" and use the code MS72K3 at any Redbox location today to get a free 1 night movie rental.


      You can also try the following codes (usable one time only per credit\debit card:

      REDBOX (first time customers)
      DVDONME
      BREAKROOM

      Check back EVERY MONDAY for a new RedBox code!

      CVS and Wags trippin' 3/1


      It's the first of the month and that means it's time for new EasySaver deals at Walgreens and ECB deals at CVS. And it's on Sunday, so it couldn't be any better. Here's what ThriftyPuppy dug up today:

      Walgreens
      NOTE: Walgreens has a great deal on free toothpaste + overage, but I am up to *here* in toothpaste. In fact, I'm getting ready to donate 12 tubes to a church pantry, so there is no way I'm going anywhere near the toothpaste aisle for awhile.

      (Transaction 1)
      Act Total Care mouthwash, normally $5.49, on sale for $2.99
      Whatchmacallit candy bar (filler) - $.69

      - $1 off EasySaver coupon for mouthwash
      - $1 man. coupon (from 1/4 SS) for mouthwash
      = $1.68, used $1 RR, $.68 OOP

      (Transaction 2)
      Act Total Care mouthwash ($5.49) on sale for $2.99
      3 42-count Cottonelle Wipes, $1.99 with in-ad coupon
      Whatchmacallit candy bar (filler) - $.69

      - $1 off EasySaver coupon for mouthwash
      - $1 man. coupon (from 1/4 SS) for mouthwash
      - (3) $.50 off Cottonelle
      = $6.15, used $6 RR, $.15 OOP

      CVS
      (Transaction 1 - my better half bought:)
      Slimquick Energy Shots, $4.99
      Carnation Instant Breakfast, $4.99, used $1.00 MQ from blinkie at Hen House
      Tide, 50 oz (normally $8.99), on sale for $5.97, used $.35 MQ from 2/8 or 3/1 PG
      Act mouthwash trial size, $.99
      Crest Pro-Health nighttime rinse, (normally $6.89), on sale for $2.50
      Posterboard, $.99

      =$19.08, used $4 off $20, $8.00 and $5.98 ECBs = $1.10 OOP and got 10.97 in ECBs (.99 for Act, $4.99 for Slimquick and $4.99 for Carnation)

      (Transaction 2 - I bought)
      Carnation Instant Breakfast, $4.99, used $1.00 MQ from blinkie at Hen House
      Act mouthwash trial size, $.99

      =$4.98 OOP and got back $5.98 in ECB's (.99 for Act and $4.99 for Carnation) = $1.00 PROFIT

      Midnight shopping at WAGS


      So my DBF and I were so busy finishing up some work on the house yesterday and then we headed to Nebraska Furniture Mart to check out their mega-clearance sale. I was trying to find a new monitor for my computer, and LCD TVs have come down so much in price that I thought they might have a decent 32" under $500. No, that's not a typo - do you know how many frugal blogs I could display all at once on on a 32"? Woohoo... But alas, they had them but they were all 768 resolution.

      After we got back, we sat down to watch Righteous Kill (a bad movie) that we had gotten for free with a Redbox code. It was only after the movie ended that I realized I hadn't made my Saturday mecca to Independence to pick up the cheap early editions with the coupons. Oops! The timing led to an unbelievable deal, though...

      Walgreens
      Blink Tears Eye Drops $7.99
      - $4.00/1 man. coupon (from 1/4 RP)
      = $3.99, Earn $8.00 Register Rewards
      = FREE + $4.01 profit!

      That $4 coupon expired on 2/28/09 but the cashier said I could go ahead and use it since I walked in the door exactly at midnight. (Thank you, you wonderful, sweet cashier, whoever you are!!) You can do this deal as well with a small moneymaker by using the $1.50 coupon available here.

      WAGS didn't have any papers, so I had to head over to Price Chopper. I can always count on them having tons of Examiners at $.75 and I always buy 5 copies. There are 3 inserts this weekend, so be sure to stock up.

      Total for the night = 5 weekend papers with inserts + Blink tear drops + $1.01 overage

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