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Super Savings Saturday: CVS and freebies

We have yet to go grocery shopping this week so I haven’t much to report here. We’ve been well-stocked here so I was able to extend last week’s groceries for a few extra days–I love it when that happens!

We’re out of milk now, though, so I’m planning to make my weekly trip tomorrow. I’ll post about tomorrow’s shopping trip early next week and also share our menu for the week since so many of you have requested I continue to post our menus. Stay tuned!

We didn’t do our major grocery trip of the week yet, however, we did make two trips to CVS on various errand outings and I
also quickly stopped by Price Chopper for some $1.88 Blue Bunny ice
cream (!).

You can see one of our CVS shopping trips here and just for fun you can also see some of the freebies we got in our mailbox this week here.

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How’d you do this week? Post
about the deals and bargains you were able to snag this week on your
blog (with pictures, if possible!) and then come back here and leave
your link below.

Keeping it simple!

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It’s Frugal Friday over on my other blog and I’m talking about ways we save money by keeping it simple. Here’s a snippet:

Here are just a few ways we keep things simple at our home and save time, energy, and money:

::We drink primarily water. Aside from my daily pot of tea and our occasional splurge on soda, coffee, or juice, we keep it simple by drinking water. Hey, it might be boring, but it’s good for you!

::We stick to simple meals. Our meals are usually two to four simple items (and most recipes have six ingredients or less) and most of our dinners can be made in 30 minutes or 

crockpot and bread machine, and am constantly on the lookout for new ways to streamline and be more efficient in the kitchen.


::We try to only have what we need and use.

A few examples:

   

Clothes/Accessories – We each only have around 6-8 outfits and 2-3 pair of shoes per season. I only have two pair of earrings and wear pretty much the same make up and hair style for every occasion.

Go here to read the full post and tell us about some things you do to save money by keeping it simple.

I’d love to have you leave a link to your frugal tip, too!

CVS: Trip #2

Our first CVS trip of this week (on Memorial Day) was a near-disaster and since I like to keep things positive here, I’ll spare you the details of the difficult cashier. Needless to say, we have moved on to greener CVS pastures and will not be returning to that store. 🙂

(For all you newbies, let me reassure you that this has only happened to us twice in our history of hundreds of CVS transactions, so please know that it is a rare thing. And both times it has been the case of a cashier/manager completely misunderstanding the ECB program.)

We went over to a friend’s house for lunch on Tuesday, so we did CVS trip #2 on our way home. It was a much better trip and it helped re-energize me regarding the wonderful CVS deals. (I was almost considering quitting there for all of two seconds after the trying ordeal we went through on Monday so a great CVS run was exactly the antidote needed!)

Here’s what we got:

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(Just overlook the fact that one of the waters is almost empty; I was thirsty after all that shopping! And the waters are surprisingly good!)

1 package of Playskool diapers – 10.99
1 3-pack of rolaids -$2.19
4 Sobe Life Waters  -$1 each
2 double-packs of Excedrin – $1.99 each

Used $3/15
1 $2/1 Playskool coupon
2 B1G1 Sobe coupons
2 $2/1 Excedrin coupons
Paid with the remainder in ECBs
Spent $0.95 out of pocket
Got $2 and $2 ECBs back

You can find more info on these deals and coupons here.

I’m making at least one more trip this week to finish out the May ECB deals and the Playskool deal and then it’s on to June!

CVS: Check your inbox for coupons

CVS just released some more coupons so go check your inboxes!

Heidi got two coupons, one for $4/1 Viactiv Flavor Glides and one for $5/2 Ellin Lavar hair care products. Here are the deals she came up with for those who also got these coupons:

Buy 1 Viactiv Flavor Guide at $8.99
Use $4/1 off Viactiv Flavor Glides Calcium CVS coupon (expires 6/1/08)
Stack with $2/1 coupon from 5/11 Redplum insert.
Get $3 ECBs (May monthly deal)
Free after coupons and ECBs!

Buy 2 Ellin Lavar hair care products on sale 2/$10
Use $5/2 Ellin Lavar coupon (expires 6/1/08)
Get $4 ECBs (May monthly deal)
$0.50 each after coupons and ECBs!

See all CVS deals for this week here.   

Many people are also reporting lots of markdowns at their store on Essence of Beauty items, hair care products, and make up. Be sure to check for clearance tags!

Reader Tips: GroceryGuide.com, Publix, Target Gift Registry, Angel Food Ministries

GroceryGuide.com: Helpful Site for Matching Coupons and Sales – From Tim:

I found this website this morning that is perfect for helping with grocery trips especially when couponing and comparing and wondered if you had heard about it. GroceryGuide.com. It lets you choose multiple grocery stores to compare all the current deals running at all of them and then beside each search result it has a "Coupon" button that will pull up all coupons that have been issued for that item, which book they were printed in (Smartsource, Redplum, etc) and what date they were printed. And it only shows you coupons that have not expired yet! It also tells you when the sale on that item ends and you can add individual items to shopping lists and then print out those lists at the end.

Publix: Bloom; Bloom Coupons Accepted – From Jennifer:

I am in Greenville, SC where we have a grocery store by the name
of Bloom; Bloom has been sending out a month’s worth of $10 off of a
$35 dollar grocery purchase. Publix accepts these coupons, and I take
them there because Publix doubles manufacturer coupons and Bloom does
not. I have made out like a bandit by combining the manufacturer
coupons with Publix sales and using my coupon from Bloom! I think last
week I got about $60 of groceries for $27.

Target: Free Gifts For Setting Up a Gift Registry – From Megan:

I’m engaged and my fiance and I signed up at Target online for our
gift registry. Target sent us a cute tote bag and a great book of
coupons–including a coupon for two free sodas and two free popcorns at
their cafe, a free chocolate bar, even a free 6" wedding cake at
SuperTarget!

Angel Food Ministries – From Beth:

I thought I’d share a tip that saves the moms in this area money.  Local churches are partnering with a ministry called Angel Food Ministries.  At first glance, it looks like a site to help the poor, but if you contact them, it’s not.  It’s for everyone and everyone is encouraged to take advantage.  In fact, the majority of the people who take advantage of the program are middle class families. 

Each month, they offer approximately $60-80 in groceries for $30.  The food is very good quality (restaurant-grade), though not always name brand.  In addition, you can purchase special offers, like last month they had a grill box and steak box.  I use this to stock my freezer full of meat.  You can go to the site to see next month’s menu.  In December, they always have a wonderful Christmas menu and a special fruit box that is delicious (and makes a good gift)! 

Just call your host site (find it on the website) and find out how you can sign up.  Boxes feed a family for a week or a single adult for a month.  You can buy as many boxes as you want, but you have to buy the main box to take advantage of special offers.  On pick up day, bring a clothes basket or something to put your food in.  At my host site, they put everything in my box and put it in my van, so I’m in and out in under 5 minutes with all three of my kids in tow.  It’s the fastest shopping trip ever!

Some churches encourage you to donate the money you save to help a family in need or to buy an extra box to help a family in need, but you don’t have to.  I donate items in the boxes I won’t use to my church’s program to help feed the hungry.

In my mailbox: A whole load of freebies!

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Ever since I started signing up for freebies, I just love getting the mail! Above is pictured what came in the mail on Tuesday:

Free Playtex bottle (get yours here)

Free American Baby magazine

Free book from PaperBackSwap (oh, how I need that book!) (Sign up here for this fun book swapping program. You pay only postage to swap and can also earn free books by referring others!)

Free Emergen-C samples (get yours here–click on "Share the Good")

Free On-The-Go Drink samples with a coupon (freebie no longer available)

Free Colgate toothpaste with a coupon (freebie no longer available)

And four free full-size bottles of Wish-Bone’s new Bountifuls dressing, courtesy of Wish-Bone as a special sneak preview of this brand-new dressing–it’s really good, by the way, and you’ll definitely want to consider getting your own bottle with their free-after-rebate offer here.

Here are two new freebie offers:


Free NatureMade vitamins


Free Folgers Gourmet coffee samples (for those who have a business)

What freebies have you received recently?