Free Dog treats at Walmart

Updated 2/3/09: This is no longer available!

Free beggin strips at Walmart this week if you have a dog that could use them. Find out how here.

I don’t really shop at Walmart because I always have trouble with the cashiers not knowing the corporate coupon policy and it is not worth it for me. Let me know if you have more luck 🙂

I recommend printing the coupon policy and taking it with you. I may try again this week in honor of Samson. Remember if you do run into trouble to be polite! The clerks are just trying to do their job so affirm them for doing the right thing and then politely ask if you can see a manager.

Side note: I’ve made “friends” this way before. Once I walked through a similar instance at Rite Aid where the gals was confused about coupons. I was very polite and explained it to her and told her to get a manager because I wanted to make sure she wasn’t going to get in trouble for doing her job. When the manager came I affirmed my cashier for her due diligence and wonderful service. Now that same gal at Rite Aid sees me walk through the door drops what she is doing and helps me find all the items on my list chatting the whole time. The best part, when her Mom died this past week she asked me if I was “religious” and could pray for her. We connected on a deep level in aisle 3 and it all started by being friendly and intentional about shopping at the same places.

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Albertsons week of 1/28/09

Updated 2/13: THESE DEALS HAVE EXPIRED

Here are my favorite deals at Albertsons this week. Remember you can use up to 10 competitors coupons and unlimited manufactures coupons. So if you see a coupon at another store, save yourself a trip and shop at one place. :-). Albertsons is so wonderful about this (you can use competitor coupons with manufactures coupons but you cannot stack a competitor coupon and an Albertsons coupon. )

Make sure your  upromise account is fully loaded before you go as Albertsons participates. Not sure how E-coupons work check out this post for more details.

Stock up opportunities!

Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken $1.77/lb

Fresh extra lean ground beef $1.99/lb

Orville Redenbaucher Popcorn: $2.99

Buy 1 get three free (with in store manufactures coupon wow!) -your cashier should have one)

Use 1 coupon from 1/18 Sunday ads .50/1

Use two of these printable coupons $1/1

Total Price for four: .50 cents or  .16cents per box!

*Note you can use so many coupons because you are combining the store coupon with a manufactures coupon 🙂

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!

A beginners guide to Walgreens

Shopping at Walgreens

For the pacific northwest Walgreens can give you some of the best deals for grocery’s and toiletries when you take advantage of their programs. It may seem a bit daunting at first but is quite simple one you get inot the swing of things.

Note: Walgreens is generally more expensive then your local grocery store unless you shop sales. In addition to their sale prices Walgreen’s has three other programs you can combine the sales with for some great deals.

1) Walgreen’s rebate booklet Easy Saver Catalog
This catalog is found in your local Walgreens. It is usually next to the weekly store ads. There is one for each month. I recommend grabbing several at the beginning of the month and keeping them at home.  There are two ways to save money with this catalog, rebates and coupons:
Rebates-In the back of the catalog it lists “free after rebate” offers for the month in addition to other rebates they are offerng for the month (for example $2 off of shampoo).  To participate in these deals you must go into Walgreens, purchase the item listed and then turn in or input your recipt 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 your thier website and at the end of the month just “request” your check (it will calculate your rebates from your recipt).
You can choose to have the rebate sent to you in the form of a check or gift card. I recommend putting it on a gift card, you can reload your gift card each month (making the rebate arrive swifter and Walgreens gives you 10% additional money for putting it on your gift card. That ads up fast!)
Coupons-The easy Saver Catalog also includes a number of coupons that are good in the store all month long (for most of them). You can use these coupons with manufactuers coupons (from your newspaper or online) to get a great deal.   You can often times wait for an item to go on sale, use an easy saver coupon and manufactuers coupon and get the item for a really great deal.
2) Weekly Coupons- In the Walgreens weekly ad they often have a number of coupons that you can use to get great deals on your purcahses. These can be combined with manufactuers coupons for an even better deal.
3) Register Rewards (or Catalina Coupons)-These are coupons that print out of a machine after your purchase is complete. They are good for use on your next Walgreens purchase and function similar to cash. They have an experation date (usually 1-2 weeks after purchase) and have some exclusions (no pharmacy or alcohol purchases).
There are some things you can and cannot do with these coupons. You cannot use these coupons to purchase the same deal again. For example if I buy 3 shampoos and get $5 in register rewards I cannot use those $5 in register rewards to buy more shampoo and get another $5 in register rewards. I can use them to buy more shampoo but I will not be rewarded with more register rewards for donig so.
A few Walgreen “rules”

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

2-If you are shopping at walgreens you must have as many items as you have coupons. The register rewards count as a coupon, the weekly ad coupons, and manufactuers coupons all count. What does not count is any Easy Saver Coupons. If I have more coupons then items I will often through in a .25 cent item so the computer will let me use my coupons.

Reader Tip: .67/box triscut/wheat thin crackers

Updated 2/13: THESE DEALS HAVE EXPIRED

Thanks to Kelsey for this great tip! What a great item to bring to Superbowl parties 🙂

“Well I found a good deal this week. If you are a fan of triscuts and wheat thins they are on sale this week for 3/$5 at Fred Meyer, and in this Sunday’s ads there is a $2/2 off coupon for these crackers. That comes out to $.67/box. not bad.”

Be sure and share with me your bargains so I can pass them on. You can leave them in a comment or email me frugal4abusylife@gmail.com

Clearance 90% off!

JoAnne Fabrics is running a clearance on all their christmas merchandise, 90% off. I was in there yesterday and was shocked to see this in the christmas clearance section. I guess it was an item they had ordered for the holidays so they deemed it holiday merchandise. For $7.95 I got:

8 anti-roll crayons

8 color wave markers

a crayon pad

12 colored pencis

5 glitter squeezables

3-D Washable paint

Color wonder paint

3 mega sheets of color wonder paper.

I am thrilled to find such a great birthday gift for our special two year old. If you head into your local store let me know what treasures you can find!

Free custom stamp at Staples

Updated 2/3/09: This offer is no longer available…

Head on in to your nearest Staples store and print off this coupon for $20 off a custom stamp purchase. Staples has lots of custom stamps to choose from priced around 19.99 so you can walk away with a free stamp! Or order online and have it shipped to for $4. If you order online be sure and do it through Cashbaq for 2% back on your purchase.

Riteaid week of 1/25/09

Updated 2/13: THESE DEALS HAVE EXPIRED

Here are some of my favorite Rite Aid deals for the week.

If your confused about shopping at Rite Aid click here

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

Veet Bladeless Razor Kit $3.99

Rite Aid Rebate #61 $3

Use this printable coupon for $2/1

Total after rebate: You make $1 for buying this product

Garnier Fructis Body and Volume Shampoo or Conditioner, 13oz $2.99

$2.99 Rite aid rebate #71

Use $1/1 coupon from 11/9 or 1/4 Sunday ads

Final Cost after rebate: You get paid $1 to buy this product

Deals using Coupons only

Stayfree Maxi Pads 2/$5

Use buy 1 get one free from 1/4 Sunday paper ads

Use $2/2 coupon for the 11/9 Sunday paper ads

Final Price: .25 cents each

Kashi Cereal Bars 2/$5

Print this coupon for $2/1 (click the save now button on lower left hand corner…you can print up to two)

Total Price: $.50 cents each!

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!