Walgreens week of 2/22/09-no Sunday paper needed edition

I’m trying something new this week. This is after all a blog for someone that is busy.

This post is all deals you can get just by printing coupons from home and using the coupons in store...no Sunday paper needed! Below each total cost I show how you can lower your cost by using Sunday paper coupons in red. But if you don’t get the Sunday paper or clip coupons don’t worry look at all the great deals to be had!

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Be sure to check their clearance section all their valentines day stock is 75% off. Stock up for next years valentines or surprise your honey with a box of gourmet chocolates for 99 cents 🙂

If you need help shopping at Walgreens click here

Here are the deals I am going to take advantage of at Walgreens this week.


Gillette Fusion Gamer razor $8.99

$6.00 coupon called a register reward prints out of the register after you finish your purchase. It can be used at Walgreens for your next purchase.

Total Cost = $2.99
IF YOU HAVE A COUPON FROM Feb 8th Sunday Paper for $4.00 off you get paid $1.01 to buy this product!!!

Theraflu 2 for $10 – buy 2
$6 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online by entering your receipt here)
Use two $2/1 coupons from here

Total Cost after rebate: FREE

Robitussin or Dimetapp $3.99

-$2.00 coupon you print from the internet HERE or HERE

Total Cost = $1.99

Reynold’s Wrap Aluminum Foil 20ft

.89 cents with the coupon found in the weekly sale add at the front of the store

Total Cost: .89 cents

IF YOU HAVE A COUPON FROM Feb 8th Sunday Paper for $1/1 off you get paid $.11 cents to buy this product!!!

Excedrin 20-24 count $1.99
$1.00  coupon called a register reward prints out of the register after you finish your purchase. It can be used at Walgreens for your next purchase.

Total Cost: $1.01

IF YOU HAVE A COUPON FROM January  Sunday Paper for $1/1 Total Cost= THEY PAY YOU .01 cents to buy!

Q-Tips 300 pack

$1.99 with the coupon found in the weekly sale add at the front of the store

Total Cost= $1.99

IF YOU HAVE A COUPON FROM January 18th  Sunday Paper for .34/1 Total Cost= $1.64

Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers $9.99

IF YOU HAVE A COUPON FROM Sunday Paper for $1.50/1 Total Cost= $8.49

Revlon Creme Lip Gloss $9.99
$9.99 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online by entering your receipt here)

Total Cost after rebate: FREE

IF YOU HAVE A COUPON FROM January 11th Sunday Paper  for $2/1 Total Cost= They Pay you $2 to buy this product!!!


Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer or Foundation $9.99
$9.99 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online by entering your receipt here)
Total Cost after rebate: FREE

IF YOU HAVE A COUPON FROM January 11th Sunday Paper  for $2/1 Total Cost= They Pay you $2 to buy this product!!!

Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Hair Care $3.99
$3.99 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online by entering your receipt here)
Total Cost after rebate: FREE

IF YOU HAVE A COUPON FROM January 4th  Sunday Paper  for $1/1 Total Cost= They Pay you $1 to buy this product!!!

Zucol ColdCare $7.99
$7.99 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online by entering your receipt here)
$2 coupon you print from here
Total Cost after rebate: They pay you $2 to buy this product

ThermaCare Heat Wrap $2.49
$2.49 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online by entering your receipt here)
Total Cost after rebate: FREE

IF YOU HAVE A COUPON FROM January 4th Sunday Paper  for $1/1 Total Cost= They Pay you $1 to buy this product!!!

Walgreen’s Multi-Purpose Solution $1.99
$1.99 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online by entering your receipt here)

Total Cost after rebate: FREE!

Other deals you may want to take advantage of if you have Sunday Coupons!


Oust Air Sanitizer $2.99
B1G1 free from February 8th Sunday paper
$1.00 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online by entering your receipt here)
Total Cost 2/.99cents

Glade Fabric & Air Deodorizer $2.99
B1G1 free from February Sunday coupon inserts
$1.25 from February Sunday coupon inserts

$1.00 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online by entering your receipt here)

Total Cost: They pay you .26 cents to buy two of these

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If your confused about using two coupons look here

Tell me what great deals I missed in the comment section

FOR WALGREENS DO NOT REQUEST YOUR REBATE CHECK UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH YOU CAN ONLY REQUEST ONE CHECK PER MONTH AND YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON ANY GREAT DEALS!

What to do with all that chocolate…

If you went up to Walgreens (there is still time!) to snag your 17 bags of hersheys kisses for .03 cents each you may be sitting at home surrounded by hersheys kisses thinking…now what?!?

Here is our plan to get the most out of our finds:

1-saving 1 bag for the kiddos easter baskets

2-giving several bags to our favorite charity

3-Baking cookies!(see below!)

4-storing the remainder in our outdoor freezer to prevent against snacking and use them for cookies throughout the year!)

5-Using them to create cookie gift jars to friends, neighbors and as “just because I love you” gifts. (great recipes for that here…)

My husband (the best cookie maker) made a delicious batch of cookies using 1/2 a bag of the caramel filled kisses. The combination of Caramel and chocolate was AMAZING and so delicious! Here is how he did it. He took our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and added half a bag of the unwrapped kisses to the dough. He mixed it in our kitchenaid (which broke up the kisses into smaller pieces) then baked them following the directions for Choc. Chip cookies. The result? AMAZING! I’d show you a picture but they have already been eaten 🙂

What are you going to do with your find?

Money Saving Monday- MEAL PLANNING 101

Money Saving Monday-Meal planning saves you money

Be sure and check back every Monday for money saving tips for your family

Now don’t get overwhelmed. You don’t have to plan out your meals for a whole year, month or even week. But coming up with some type of meal plan will save you lots of money I promise. I started meal planning several months after we were married, and even though we were not eating out meal planning just 3 days in advance saved us an average of $20/ month in grocery’s. That is $240 a year!

I have found that the farther out I meal plan the more money I save. It also relieves alot of stress to not always be thinking, what’s for dinner?

Here are my top 5 reasons for meal planning

1-cutting down shopping trips saves gas, time and money (less likely to make last minute purchases

2-relieves day to day stress

3- less likely to go out or get take out if you know what’s for dinner at home

4- you eat healthier when you can plan in advance

5-can save up to $80 + dollars a month!

Here are some great tips for meal planning:

1- Start keeping your favorite recipes on your computer.

You can keep them just in a WORD document, or you can download recipe software (I have been very pleased with this free software). The advantage to having your recipes on your computer is you can easily print out a shopping list. With Recipe Center 5.0 (the free software I use) I can load as many recipes as I want and it will print me out a shopping list. This makes shopping very easy and I don’t have to sit down and think, what should we have? I just pull from our favorite recipes, and then try a few new ones. If I like a new recipe I add it to our database. You can do the same thing with a WORD document, just cut and paste the ingredients from your favorite recipes for an instant shopping list. I have found it to be very helpful.

2. Be flexible

Meal planning is great because it means you have on hand what you need to create a certain number of recipes, but if you don’t feel like Spagetti on Monday, no problem, take something else from further down the week and eat that instead. It gives you more freedom, not less.

3. Start Small

If you have never meal planned before start small. Try planning just one week at a time. You want to be successful! If that is going well and you feel like a challenge try planning two weeks at a time (I have found on average for every week I plan in advance I save about $20…plus added time…this means if I plan 2 weeks in advance I save on average $40/month on groceries, 3 week $60 and I save almost $80/ month if I plan the whole month in advance)

4. Get organized

On your calender don’t just write what you are eating that day, write any prep that needs to be done the day before (for example defrost this meet, or pre-soak beans, or if you know it will be a busy day, pre-cook ground beef) then you can antipate the time you will need to complete the recipe

If you want to try monthly meal planning…

Create a calender in a word document (email me if you want my copy, or leave a comment below)

On the calender for each day write down what you are having and what you need to do for the next day. Be sure and have a few “leftover days” to challenge your creativity! If you cannot fill in the whole calender because you run out of ideas don’t worry, start small and as you think of things add them in. I find it helpful to fill it out throughout the month. If we eat something I really like I add it to next months calender, or if I hear of a good recipe I want to try etc..

Create a shopping list

I find it helpful to create a list of non-perishable items that I need, and then seperate lists for each week for produce (things that won’t save). This allows me to do one big grocery run at the beginning of the month to our cheapest grocery store (WINCO) for bulk and perishable items I don’t have stockpiled or on hand. Then each weak I run to the local produce store which has amazing deals to get my fresh produce and perishables. I find it helpful to do it this way because I can literally on the whim re-arrange the entire month if I need to because I basically have everything on hand all month to cook 30 meals.

Inventory your kitchen / pantries

Before your run to the store go through and make sure you don’t already have the items. If you do, just cross them off the list (good stockpiling!)

Below you can see a very small version of my meal plan for february (click to see it larger) , if you need to see a bigger version just email me. Happy planning and please share your tips below!

If you can freeze some meals

Making double of a meal takes only about 10 minutes longer (on average) and then you have an “instant meal” for later on, if you have the freezer space!

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Rite Aid week of 2/1-2/7

Updated 2/8/09: These offers have expired

Here are some of my favorite Rite Aid deals for the week. Its not a great week at Rite Aid’s hopefully next week will be better…

If your confused about shopping at Rite Aid click here

Deals using Rite Aid’s rebate program. Request your rebates online by entering receipt information

Almay Eye Cosmetics $5.99
$3 rebate (number 62) will be mailed to you at the end of the month with other rebates
$1/1 coupon from the 1/11 Sunday newspaper ads
Total Cost: $1.99

Deals using Coupons only

KY products are Buy 1 Get 1 50% off
Buy KY 2 oz products for $3.99 each
Use two $3 coupons from the 1/4 Sunday paper (if you bought two 🙂
Total Cost: 2/FREE

Hershey’s Valentine Bagged Candy $1.99

$1/1 coupons from the 11/9 sunday paper

or

$2/2 coupon from the 1/25 sunday paper (for kisses)
Total Cost: .99/bag
Bounty Basic Paper Towels $1.29 then get one free!
$1/2 coupon from the 1/18 sunday Paper
Total Cost: 2/.29 cents

FOR RITE AID DO NOT REQUEST YOUR REBATE CHECK UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH YOU CAN ONLY REQUEST ONE CHECK PER MONTH AND YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON ANY GREAT DEALS!

Half off clearence items at Old Navy

Update 2/19/09 This offer is no longer valid

On clearance items only Old Navy.com is offering an additional 50% back (thanks for the email tip Jess!) Just use the promo code: HALFOFF.

I’m seeing baby pants and shirts for under $2, and even some women’s clothes at under $2 as well.

Shipping is $7 But if you use ebates you reduce your shipping after your sign up rebate to only $2 what a deal!

Another option is to go in with several people that live nearby 🙂

To get $5 cash and 3% cashback use  ebates. to make your purchase

Ebates is totally free. And much like cashbaq they give you a percentage back on whatever you purchase.

Right now Ebates is offering a $10 gift card or $5 cash for signing up for a new account (totally free)

Here is what you do. Go to ebates and create an account. Then under the “stores” click Old Navy. Click go to site and your ebates account will be credited. They will be mailing out your check for $5 plus 3% of whatever you spend at Old Navy on February 15th. (yeah!)

Safeway Deals 1/30-1/31

Updated: These offers are no longer valid

I don’t normally shop at Safeway but this Friday I cannot resist these doorbuster deals 🙂

I may frequent them more often as they just started an e-coupon program with P & G. More details here.

Johnsonville Sausage $2.50 -buy 2

This is good for Friday and Saturday only-check your local Safeway for participation $2.50 each

Use $1/2 coupon from 1/11 paper

Mail in for the $5 off your next purchase rebate (see below)

Total Price: $2 each but with rebate (if you saved your recipts from last week) you will get free sausage 🙂

Tillamook Chedder Cheese $4.99

This is good for Friday and Saturday only – check your local Safeway for participation $2.50 each

There are some good deals on some pre-packaged food but since we don’t buy those I am not going to list them here…but if you do the work to figure it out let me know in the comment sections so other readers can utilize it!

Tell me what deals I missed!
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Johnsonville Rebate:
I was at Winco and they had a rebate offer near the freezer case for Johnsonville Sausage (did you save your recipt from last week’s deal?). ANYWAY it says that you don’t have to have the orignal form to get the rebate. Here is the info just mail in a 3×5 card with all the info…How to Qualify
Between 1/5/09 and 2/01/09 buy $10 in Johnsonville products. Get a $5 giftcard for any products.

How to get the rebate:

  • Submit a 3×5 Card with the following information (or look for the forms at your store):
  • Your name, address, city, state, zip, e-mail (optional)
  • Date of Birth, daytime phone number
  • The receipt(s) with the  purchase of Johnsonville Brand Products in an amount of $10 or more circled. (this is before coupons)
  • The UPCs from the productsMail to:
    Johnsonville Gift Card Program
    Wild Impact Marketing
    10001 Inovation Drive,Ste 101
    Wauwatosa, WI 53226
    (Postmark by 02/15/09, Gift Card to ship by 03/01/09)

A beginners guide to Rite Aid

Shopping at Rite Aid

For the pacific northwest Rite Aid is another great store for getting amazing bargains by taking advantage of some of their programs.

Note: Rite Aid is generally more expensive then your local grocery store unless you shop sales. In addition to their sale prices Rite Aid’s has thier SCR (single check rebate) program which can be used for some great deals. Occasionally they also run promotions for money back at Rite Aid.

1) Rite Aid’s SCR rebates
SCR is Rite Aid’s rebate program. It stands for Single Check Rebate. It is named such becuase you can only request a rebate once during the month. Smart shoppers wait until the end of the month to request their check so they don’t miss you on any great deals.  SCR deals can be found in your local Rite Aid ad (often they are highlighted) as well as in a paper flier at the front of your local store. I will highlight what I think are the best SCR’s here on this blog for you as well. Often the rebate is only good for one item, and it is only good during  specific time frame (ie only one or two weeks out of the month rebate period). This is different then Walgreen’s which run all month long. So if you see a deal you want be sure and pick it up that week!.
To participate in these deals you must go into Rite Aid, purchase the item listed and then turn in or input your receipt for your rebate. You can only request one rebate check per month so you want to wait until the end of the month to request this. The easiest way to request the rebates is to go here and sign up for their program online. Then you enter the recipt information into their website and at the end of the month just “request” your check (it will calculate your rebates from your recipt). It takes me almost three weeks to get the check from the date of request but I always get it!
Special Promotions-Rite Aid often runs special promotions where if you spend a certain amount by a certain date then you can get a Rite Aid gift card. Other promotions are that if you spend a certain amount on any breand (for example Proctor and Gambil) then you get a gift card for a certain amount of money. You don’t have to enroll in a seperate program for any of these. Rite Aid keeps track when you enter your recipts for the rebates. If you qualify your gift card will come in the mail as well as your check (I LOVE LOVE THIS ABOUT THIS COMPANY!).
A few Rite Aid “rules”

1-Sometimes at Rite Aid the order of your coupons is important. If this is true I’ll be sure to tell you!

2-There is no corporate policy on internet printable coupons. Each store is allowed to set its own policy. I have never had any problems (and Rite Aid gives you internet coupons when you sign up for their rebat program) but each store does have a right to decide so if your store won’t accept them there is nothing you can do (again I have been to 5 different stores in 3 different states and never had a problem)