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Rite Aid: Deals for the week of December 30, 2012-January 3, 2013

Here are the best Rite Aid deals this week, with thanks to Shannon for her help in compiling them. If you are new to shopping at Rite Aid or have questions about their coupon policy, click here.

Blistex Lip Ointment – $1.50
Get $1.50 UPR
Free after UPR

Listerine Mouthwash 1 Liter – $5.49
Use $1.25/1 Ibotta eCoupon
And use $2/1 printable
$2.24 each after coupon and IBotta coupon

Zantac – $8.99
Buy 1 – Get $2 UPR
Use $3/1 printable
$3.99 after coupon and UPR

Ziploc Bags – $2
Buy 2 – Get $1 UPR
Use $1/2 coupon from the 12/2 SmartSource insert or printable
$1 each after coupon and UPR

See the full list of deals at Rite Aid this week here.

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Walgreens: Deals for the week of December 30, 2012-January 5, 2013

Here are the best deals at Walgreens this week, with thanks to Mercedes for her help with compiling these:

COUPON DEALS

Glad Trash Bags – $7.49
Buy 2 and use $2/2 printable
Stack with $1.50/1 Walgreens IVC
$4.99 each after coupons

Tylenol, Sudafed and Sudafed PE – $4.99
Buy 3, Get 3,000 Bonus Rewards
Use $1/1 printable
Or use $2/1 printable
As low as $1.99 after coupon and Bonus Rewards

Buy 3 Participating Products, Get 4,000 Bonus Rewards
Thermacare Wraps, Advil, Advil PM, Children or Infant Drops – $4.99
Use $3/1 printable
Or buy 2 and use Buy One Get One Free printable
As low as $0.66 each after coupon and Bonus Rewards

Aussie or Herbal Essence Hair Care – $2.50
Buy 2, Get 1,000 Bonus Rewards
Use $1/1 coupon from the 12/30 P&G insert
$1 each after coupon and Bonus Rewards

REGISTER REWARD DEALS

Buy 1 VPX Redline Xtreme Energy Shot: Watermelon or Triple Berry at $2.99, Get $3 Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

Buy 1 Brain Strong Prenatal multivitamins and DHA Supplements at $10, Get $10 Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

Buy 1 Fit Smart Simply Slim Weight Loss Supplements at $10, Get $10 Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

Buy 1 Brut or Sure Deodorant at $1.99, Get $1 Register Rewards
$0.99 each after Register Rewards

Buy 2 Pampers Jumbo Diapers at $10 each, Get $2 Register Rewards
Use $2/1 printable
$7 after coupon and Register Rewards

New to shopping at Walgreens? Be sure to head over and check out Walgreens 101 where I explain in detail how to maximize the mileage of your money at Walgreens. See the full list of deals at Walgreens this week over at Common Sense with Money.

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CVS: Deals for the week of December 30, 2012-January 5, 2013

Here are the best deals at CVS this week, with a big thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help in compiling them:

ECB Deals

Buy 1 Sudden Sleep Aid For Women (4 ct) at $2.87, Get $2.87 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 Mars Single Chocolate at $0.75, Get $0.75 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use Buy 2 Get 1 Free printable
Free after ECBs, $0.25 each if you buy 3 after coupon

Buy 2 Dr. Scholl’s for Her Product or Fast Flats at $6.49, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use 2 $2/1 printable here or here
As low as $1.99 after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 Aveeno Lotions, Get $6 ECBs (Limit 1 ~ prices start at $4.99)
Use $3/2 printable
$0.49 each after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 Huggies, Good Nites or Pull Ups at $9.49, Get $1 ECB (Limit 1)
Use $3/1 printable
$5.49 after coupons and ECBs

Spend $30 on participating P&G products, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1):

*Deal Idea*
Buy 4 Tide Detergents – $5.94
Buy 2 Pantene Products – $3.50
Use 4 $1.50/1 coupon from the 12/30 P&G insert
And use $3/2 coupon from the 12/30 P&G insert
Pay $21.76 out of pocket, Get $10 ECBs

Other Deals

Buy 1 Visine Product (online prices start at $2.43), Get a free pack of Visine Eye Wipes (30 ct)
Use $2/1 printable 
$0.43 after coupons, depending on which Visine product you purchase

Xtra Laundry Detergent – $1.99

New to shopping at CVS? Be sure to check out my CVS 101 post that gives you the full scoop on how to get the best bargains at CVS. See the full list of deals at CVS this week here.

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31 Days of Giving on a Budget: Why We “Gave Christmas Away”

Welcome to December’s series on 31 Days of Giving on a Budget. In this series, I’ll be sharing inspiring stories from my readers and posts with practical ways to give — even on a limited income.

If you have a Giving on a Budget story to share of a way you or your family has given to others this year or this holiday season, please email me your story and a picture to go along with it, if possible. I’d love to hear it and possibly share it during this series!

Guest post from Lisa of PanaMOM.

In March of 2011, my family of 6 moved to Panama City, Panama. About 6 weeks later, we received our shipment of household goods. As I was unpacking it, I began to realize how much STUFF we had… and that we had easily lived without it for 6 weeks.

Did we really need it all?

Those thoughts took a backseat while we got adjusted to our new home. But in October of 2011, I began to clean up the house for my friend who was coming for a visit. Again, I realized we had too much stuff, so I began to purge.

Too many bags later, I had gotten rid of almost all of our excess. I realized that we simply had more than we’d ever use, and I did not want more coming in at Christmas.

After talking to my husband, the decision was made that we were truly going to give Christmas away. I posted a note on my blog asking anyone who was planning to give any of us a present to please donate the gift or the money to a charity of their choosing.

We sat the kids down and explained the situation. After MANY conversations, they understood and got behind the plan.

On Christmas morning, they each had one present to open. (What can I say, Grandmas can’t be stopped.) Then, we began talking about all the kids who would be receiving presents in their names. Operation Christmas Child, Salvation Army, local church groups, and more!

By the end of the conversation, we were all overwhelmed with the truth of just how much more blessed it is to give than to receive. So much so, that this year, we will be continuing to “give Christmas away”.

Have you ever “given Christmas away”?

Lisa is a wife and mom of 4 living in Panama City. She blogs at PanaMOM.com.

31 Days of Giving on a Budget: 4 Ways to Give on a Limited Income

Welcome to December’s series on 31 Days of Giving on a Budget. In this series, I’ll be sharing inspiring stories from my readers and posts with practical ways to give — even on a limited income.

If you have a Giving on a Budget story to share of a way you or your family has given to others this year or this holiday season, please email me your story and a picture to go along with it, if possible. I’d love to hear it and possibly share it during this series!

Guest post from Giovanna

I am a firm believer that you should always help with a need when you can, but when my husband was in his last year of school, we hardly had enough of anything to “help” ourselves, let alone anyone else. I knew there had to be some way I could still touch someone else, make their life a little easier, show them that they are not forgotten… I just had to get creative about it!

For some reason seeing homeless/needy people on the side of the road has always pulled on my hearts strings, hard. It is difficult for me to imagine falling to that level, to have nothing at all and, it seems, no one at all. My children must have inherited that same compassion, as they are constantly willing to try and give out money to the needy. This seemed like a “good enough idea” until, well, we didn’t have any extra money… and by that, I mean none.

This is where that “creativity” comes in to play…

For the most part of that last year of school we had to survive somehow, and cutting money from our grocery bills seemed like it could make the biggest impact, so I taught myself to coupon. I would request samples from companies just for the coupons that came with them. After a while I had more toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, floss, soap, cleansers, lotions, etc. than I would ever use or care to have lying around. My daughter and I decided to put those samples to good use and make little “care packs” to pass out to the needy people we saw on the sides of the road.

We decided we would make a goal to fill ten care packs, once we had given them all away we would make more. We used brown paper bag lunch sacks, which my daughter colored with bible verses and pictures, and filled them with all the samples we accumulated along with some water bottles, cans of soup and plastic spoons we found on sale. Due to the samples, some of the care packs were geared more toward one gender and in that case we would mark the bottom of the sacks “male” or “female”. Once we met our goal, I told my daughter to put two in the car as we set out to run errands.

I didn’t know until we were way down the road, but my daughter had chosen to bring one female and one male pack instead of the many other gender neutral ones. I said a silent prayer as we drove around that we would be able to find “a male and female” to pass them out to (seemed a little strange praying for homeless couple to appear!). Soon after as we pulled up to a red light, we saw them… two needy people, one male and one female! My daughter was ecstatic, and after we handed over the packs, the smiled on her face was priceless!

This small act may not seem like much to anyone else, but by performing it I was able to look and reach beyond my own financial situation, make the day of a stranger in need, and teach my daughter (and myself) that we can always help others in need… no matter what our circumstances may be.

If you too are wondering how you can help those around you in creative, low cost ways, I have four ideas below.

1. My Coke Rewards:

You can enter online the codes found on the caps and boxes of Coke product to redeem them for prizes. If you already drink Coke products, this costs nothing extra to you. Consider giving prizes like a McDonald’s gift card, a coupon for a free 20 oz. Coke product, or other gifts to those standing out in the elements.

2. Free Hair Cut Referral Cards:

Many stylists will give you a referral card for a free haircut if you simply ask. Think about asking for one of these the next time you are in a salon. You could pass it out to someone who might be unemployed and need a hair cut for an upcoming job interview.

3. Pampers & Huggies Rewards:

Many diaper companies enclose codes in their products that you can enter online in exchange for prizes. Many of the prizes are toys for babies and toddlers. Collect points all year and consider redeeming your points for toys that you can donate to needy kids or Toys for Tots at Christmas time. This takes no more than entering the codes — and shipping is even free!

4. Candy for the Troops:

Many organizations are more than happy to take your extra Christmas candy and send it to troops overseas. It’s a great way to bless someone else — and save yourself some extra calories!

These are just a few of my ideas. What would you add to my list?

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Winter Sports magazine sale, subscriptions starting at only $3.99

Here’s a fun sale of winter sports related magazines at great prices!

You can see all of the titles here, magazines include:

Freeskier (1yrs: $3.99, 2yrs: $7.98, 3yrs: $11.97)
Snow Goer (1yrs: $5.49, 2yrs: $10.98)
Powder (1yrs: $4.99, 2yrs: $9.98, 3yrs: $32.91)
Snowboarder (1yrs: $4.99, 2yrs: $9.98, 3yrs: $14.97, 4yrs: $19.96)
Transworld Snowboarding (1yrs: $4.99, 2yrs: $9.98, 3yrs: $14.97)
Snowboard (1yrs: $4.99, 2yrs: $9.98, 3yrs: $14.97)
American Snowmobiler (1yrs: $4.99, 2yrs: $9.98, 3yrs: $14.97)

No coupon codes needed. You can purchase these magazine subscriptions for yourself, as gifts or to renew an existing subscription.

This offer expires Sunday, December 30th, 2012 at midnight (est).

Are you looking for other magazine titles? You can use coupon code MONEYSAVING to save 20% off of most titles at DiscountMags!

(Note: The link in this post is my referral link. Read my disclosure policy here.)