Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What would you do for 12 free Klondike bars?

Made out with a $5.55 on a quick trip to Shaw's
Spent $9.45 out of pocket and gained $15 in Shaw's credit.

Brought home FREE:
1 Progresso Broth
2 cookie mix pouches
3 boxed sweet potato
4 boxes of Cheerios
4 packages of Klondike Bars
3 boxes Pilsbury Savorings
4 boxes brownie mix
1 jar of cake frosting
1 sack flour

All the coupons I used today were PRINTABLE from the internet. Thursday is the last day of the sale - print out your own coupons and get yourself some deals! Details at Wicked Cool Deals: There are links to a bunch of coupons right on the page.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Shaws pays me to take groceries, again!

Finished round 1 of the Shaws catalina deals this week. Buy $30 worth (pre-sale price) and get $15 back in Shaws credit. Even better- they break it into three $5 coupons for you!

I made six catalina transactions of just over $30 each, spending a total of $25.22 out of pocket and walking out with $40.00 in left-over coupons.
That's a $14.78 PROFIT, plus around $190 in free groceries. I probably could have switched items between orders to bring the pre-sale totals a little closer to $30 and also put the lowest out-of pocket order first, since I had no reward coupons to use on that one and had to pay cash. But frankly, that would be too much math and I still made a profit. As long as the sale price minus coupons brought the total below $15 for each transaction and still hit the $30 pre-sale total, I knew I made a profit on each one.

No photo of this one, but here's what I got:

6 Breyers Ice Cream
5 Yoplait delights yogurt packs
13 Progresso broth
2 Betty Crocker frosting
8 Cookie mix pouches
14 Boxes of cereal (Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Golden Grahams)
6 Boxes Kleenex
10 Toaster Streudel
1 Pillsbury Savorings

Not a bad trip. Will make at least one more haul to get crescent rolls, more Savorings, Flour, and some other good stuff.

They were out of stock on the best deal - single rolls of Scott paper towel were marked down more than 50% in the sale. Sale price is 99 cents. Regular price was like $2.29, maybe. Even without a coupon, this would be a money maker. Buy 13 or 14 rolls (however many it takes to get over $30 - bring a calculator or be a math nerd) - spend under $15 before coupons and get $15 back. Hopefully they will replenish stock at one of the two stores near me before Thursday!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Profit @ Walgreens, Shaws Catalina starts Friday

This week, there are two EASY moneymakers on Almay cosmetics at Walgreens.

All Almay cosmetics are ringing up Buy 1 Get 1 FREE, even though the sale tags say buy one get one 50% off.
DEAL #1: ON TOP of this sale, you can get a store coupon in the NOVEMBER SAVINGS COUPON BOOKLET right in the store for $4 off Almay One Coat Mascara. It sells for $7.49, so you buy 2 for $7.49 and use the coupon to get $4 off EACH ONE, making it free plus overage. They won't give you cash back, so you have to buy another item to suck up the overage. I bought a dozen eggs for $1.39. Best thing is that this deal doesn't use register rewards, so you can get a bunch all in one transaction and you don't have to pay out of pocket and then send your register rewards later.
DEAL #2:Buy one Almay Pure Blends Foundations at $9.99 AND an Almay Pure Blends Shadow, Lip Gloss, or Mascara that costs less than $9.99 (you get that one free.)- no coupons needed.
You Pay $9.99 out of pocket, but it spits out a $10 and a $5 register reward... so you are making $5 on the deal. It's a nice deal, and the products are handy.
**REMEMBER: you can't roll the register rewards from this deal into another transaction for the dame deal. If you do, the $15 in rewards will not print out. You have to buy something else with it. But don't forget to use them before they expire!
Check out other Walgreens deals you can get with those rewards at Deal Seeking Mom's Post.


If you live near a SHAWS, there's a great catalina deal starting Friday very similar to the one from last week. I got close to $800 in free groceries last time, and I think this deal is EVEN BETTER. This time, you buy $30 (regular price) worth of select groceries and get $15 back - basically 50% value back. Last time it was $25/10, or 40% back. Shame I used so many of the good coupons last time...

Rather than list the details here, I'll direct you to the Wicked Cool Deals Post on the sale that has them with printable coupon matchups. Print those coupons, remember to bring your calculator to the store and count just over $30 of REGULAR prices, even if it's on sale. That's the value that generates the $15 coupon. You will have some serious moneymaking opportunities on this one for SURE.
Best deal I see is Old El Paso shells or refried beans for $0.99, with $1 coupons available. Not sure of the regular price, but if you print enough coupons you can get $30 worth of shells/beans FREE before the coupons and then still get the $15 voucher back. You can often only print 2 coupons per computer, though.

And remember that Thanksgiving is coming up - lots of churches and food pantries are collecting for the holidays, so even if you don't NEED $30 worth of cookie mix or froze veggies... if you can get them for free or better and then donate them, it could make a huge difference for families in your area.