It’s A Great Week To Coupon!

Hello followers and fellow couponers! I’ve got a couple of great deals for this week that I just had to share. Remember, these end on Saturday, so go get you shop on!

First was my trip to Target (and you all know how much I love Target)! Purina Beneful dog food is on sale again. The 15.5lb bag is $13.99 and when you buy 2 bags, you get a $5 gift card. Already a great deal, right? Let’s make this deal better:

(2) Beneful dry dog food – $13.99 each (Buy 2 bags, get $5 gift card)

  • (2) $3 mfq (this was printed from coupons.com but I don’t think it is available anymore)
  • (2) $3 Target coupons (printed from Target.com)
  • Free $10 gift card w/ purchase of 2 Purina dry dog foods (this coupon is a Target coupon from Sunday coupon insert RP 7/26)

T = $15.98, get back $15 in gift cards

This is a great example of why you should print coupons for products you use as soon as they are available. You may not need them right now but chances are, if you wait, when you do need them, they will already be gone. (Remember, you get 2 prints per device!)  

These are my absolute favorite razors and they are frequently on sale at CVS. What makes them better are CVS coupons to stack!

(2) Schick Hydro Silk Disposable Razors – $13.99 each  (Buy $25 Schick, get $10 ECB)

(2) Skintimate Shaving Cream $3.29

  • BOGO free razor coupon (this was printed from coupons.com, should still be available)
  • (2) Buy one Schick razor, get one shaving cream free (printed from coupons.com)
  • $4/$10 razors CVS q
  • $2/$10 Schick CVS q
  • $5 ECB (from previous trip)

T = $2.99, got back $10 ECB

(I will make one note about this. It was brought to my attention when I posted this on Facebook that using more than one BOGO coupon at the same time could be considered misuse. The rules are a little unclear on this subject and even having done research, I’m a little confused. So do you own searches and use your best judgment. I didn’t even think about it being a problem because the coupons all scanned into the system without any problem.)

My last deal was for diapers. I always jump on a Pampers deal because they are my favorite and tend to be quite expensive. This was as simple as it gets.

(3) Pampers diapers $9.99 (Buy $30, get $10 ECB)

  • (3) $2 mfq (printed from coupons.com under zipcode 77477)
  • $10 ECB (from previous trip)

T = $13.97, got back $10 ECB

As a general rule at CVS, if you spend at least 98% of the required amount, it will trigger the Extra Care Bucks savings. So, for 3 packs of diapers, I spent $29.97 which qualified for the $30/ $10 deal.

Happy couponing and have a great week!

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Target Baby Deal: Baby Food!

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We are currently transitioning Little Man from baby food to table food, which has proven to be quite a challenge. I jump on every baby food deal I can find, since he is loving baby food pouches right now and boy, are they expensive! Target’s got a great deal on Happy Baby pouches this week, so if you’re needing to stock up, you still have one more day. I’ll show you what I did for this deal but check a coupon database (like this one at Southern Savers) for your own coupons. Some were not available to me because I had already printed them. 

(15) Happy Baby (or Tot) pouches (Buy 15, get $5 gift card)

(They were all around $1.59-$1.79 per pouch)

Total before coupons $24.65

Used

(2) $1/2 Happy baby coupons

(2) Buy one, get one free 

$1/3 Target mobile coupon (text Baby4 to 827438)

T = $18.94 (w/ tax), got $5 gift card

That’s $.93 per pouch….not to shabby!

Happy couponing!

Happy couponing!

Target Summer Deal: Banana Boat Sunscreen

I can’t get enough of these sunscreen deals at Target! It definitely gets you into the summer spirit!! Last week, I stocked up on new Banana Boat Sunscreen for me (yeah, for me…it smells manly haha!) and Banana Boat Sun Comfort, which is apparently supposed to keep sand from sticking to you. I’ll keep you posted on our success with that one!

Anyway, back to the deal this week. You still have tomorrow to take advantage of this deal:

(2) Banana Boat Sport Performance $6.69 ea. (Buy 2, get $5 gift card)

Used:

$3/2 Banana Boat coupon from RP 5/17

$1 Target coupon (from Target.com)

T = 9.38, get back $5 gift card 

You can also submit for a $1 Ibotta Rebate!

Happy Couponing!

CVS Diaper Deal

I have an overabundance of diapers from my recent Target hauls (I know, can you really have too many diapers?) but I wanted to share a deal that everyone seems to be jumping on this week. The CVS weekly ad is offering Huggies diapers for $8.99 each, buy $30, get back $10 Extra Care Bucks. Also, the Coupon Center is giving out diaper coupons this week to pair with manufacturer coupons. Check your app or online at CVS.com and go to the Coupon Center in CVS and scan your card for more coupons. Here’s a senario you can use. There have been a lot of Huggies coupons available lately, so check a coupon database (like this one at Southern Savers) to find enough for this deal.

(4) Huggies Diapers $8.99 = $35.96

– (4) $2 Huggies coupons 

– $5/$30 Diapers or Wipes (you may or may not have this one)

– $2/$10 CVS Huggies coupon (this can be used with the one above, found at CVS.com)

Total = $20.96, get back $10 Extra Care Bucks

That’s $2.74 per pack after the ECB. Your deal may vary depending on the coupons available to you. 

Happy couponing!

Target Haul: Personal Care Jackpot!

Found an incredible, cannot-pass-up, clear-the-shelf deal at Target this week! Crest 3D White Strips on sale for $5.99, reg. price $59.99!!!!!! Now, I was told at the store that this was apparently a mistake but I have been following this deal since Sunday and it has been country-wide. Also, in this Sunday’s paper, there was a $5 Crest Whitestrips coupon, making my total $.99 per box! I saved a total of $354Unbelievable! This is definitely my best haul yet!

For the weekly ad sales, I purchased shampoo for my husband and myself. Here’s the deal:

(2) Dove Men + Care Shampoo $3.99

– $1.50 coupon from RedPlum 5/17

– 5% Cartwheel

(2) Dove Shampoo & Conditioner $4.89

– $2 coupon from RedPlum 5/17

Total $10.36, Got back $5 gift card (for purchasing 4 participating items)

That makes it $1.34 per bottle after gift card! 

Happy couponing!

Deal of the Day: Beneful Dog Food

Oh, Target! I admit I have an addiction, so let’s move on…

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Found a great deal today on Beneful Dog Food. I usually buy Purina Dog Chow but this is also a Purina brand and my dogs seem to love it! This week at Target, you can buy 2 bags of Beneful dog food and get a $5 gift card. But of course, that isn’t all!

My transaction today:

(2) Beneful Healthy Weight Dog Food 15.5 lb bag $12.79 

– (2) $5 Beneful coupon (here’s the link)

– 15% Cartwheel

Total $11.74 (that’s $5.87 a bag!!!), get back $5 gift card

Don’t forget to use your REDcard for another 5% and if you don’t have one…WHY NOT?!? They offer both debit and credit cards and they have the same benefits! This deal also includes the larger bags (I believe the 31.1 lb bags were $24.99) but you really get a better deal with the smaller bags. And there’s no limit, so if you have access to extra coupons, you can really stock up on this deal!

Happy couponing!

Target Steal: Chicco Echo Stroller

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Hello fellow couponers! I apologize in advance that I wasn’t able to post this awesome deal last week but my little guy has been sick. Target had another great baby deal last week, buy $125 in baby items, get back $20 gift card. However, with all the diapers I bought the week before, I was going to skip this week. That is, until I came across a post on my Target couponing group on Facebook. So, here’s the scoop and further evidence that Facebook is your friend! 

The Chicco Echo Stroller was, of course, included in the weekly ad special but as it turns out, this stroller was offering it’s own gift card deal as well. And if you got the red one shown above (it’s actually called “garnet” but “potato” “potato”….hmmm, that doesn’t have the same effect when it’s written.), it included a $40 gift card back.

So, I got… 

  • Chicco Echo Stroller (in garnet) $99
    • Get $40 gift card
  • (2) Diaper Genie refills $13.19 each

Buy $125, get back $20 gift card

Use REDcard, get extra 5% off and free shipping!!!

My total ended up being $123.24, got back $60 in gift cards. To be honest, we were in the market for a smaller stroller but I considered selling the stroller for make a little money. If only I hadn’t gotten it out of the box. BIG MISTAKE! I LOVE IT!!!! So, this can serve as a review for the stroller too – IT IS AWESOME! As far as the diaper genie refills, there was no special deal but I needed them and they got me the closest to $125 without going over. 

I will do my best to keep you guys informed of the awesome deals I encounter, because saving money is an awesome feeling and I want to share that with everyone! Stay tuned! Happy couponing!

Diapers Galore: My Recent Diaper Hauls!

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I thought I would follow my diaper stockpiling blog with some recent diaper deals to help you get a feel for what to expect in your future endeavors. (Plus, I want to brag about my awesome hauls!) 

My first haul is from the week of April 26, where CVS was offering $5 Extra Care Bucks when you spend $20 on Huggies diapers. I try to never buy diapers unless there are reward bucks or gift cards involved. You always want to be able to roll your rewards when possible! Here’s my breakdown:

  • (2) Huggies Lil’ Movers Diapers $8.99 each
  • (1) Huggies Lil’ Swimmers $8.99 each

Subtotal = $26.97

Coupons Used: 

  • (2) $3 Huggies coupons
  • $1 Huggies CVS coupon
  • $2 Huggies Lil’ Swimmers coupon
  • $1.50 Huggies Lil’ Swimmers CVS coupon
  • $10 ECB (Extra Care Bucks from previous purchase)

Total = $6.47, Get Back $5 ECB

Unfortunately, this transaction did not go as smoothly as I would have hoped but I ended up getting the deal anyway. Sometimes in couponing, you have to be prepared for the unexpected problem (or problematic cashier…).

Next haul was the following week, not quite as good of a sale (Huggies always has better deals) but I love Pampers and prefer them to Huggies when possible. Again at CVS, Pampers were 2/$18, Get Back $3 ECB when you purchase 2. (This deal was limit one, so even though I purchased 4 packs of diapers, I only got back $3 ECB.) I had also been saving one of my CVS coupons for such an occasion, a $6/$30 diaper purchase. Breakdown was as follows…very simple!

  • (3) Pampers Swaddlers diapers $9 each
  • (1) Pampers Baby Dry diapers $9 each

Subtotal = $36

Coupons Used:

  • (3) $1.50 Pampers coupons
  • (1) $1.75 Pampers coupon
  • $6/$30 diaper purchase CVS coupon
  • $5/$15 just for you CVS coupon 
  • $10 ECB from previous purchase

Total = $8.75, Get Back $3 ECB

Ok, these next two are from Target – *insert heavenly singing* – my favorite place to shop! Now, this is probably the most complicated haul I’ve had, so try to stay with me. I’ll put the breakdowns back to back because I rolled gift cards and catalina’s (you know, those paper coupons you receive with your receipt after a purchase) from one transaction to the other. Here goes…

1st Transaction

From the weekly ad – buy 2 boxed diapers, get $10 gift card back. 

Also, from following a Target couponing group on Facebook, I discovered that if you printed a baby registry at the store, it was printing a coupon for $10 gift card when you purchase $50 or more baby items. That is why I also purchased wipes to get my total over $50.

One more promotion – when you buy 2 Huggies boxed diapers, a $10 catalina coupon would print with your receipt. 

  • (2) Huggies boxed diapers $24.99 each
  • (1) Huggies wipes $5.69 (the small wipes were all sold out, so I had to purchase a 3-pack of wipes)

Total = $55.67

Coupons used:

  • (2) $4.50 Huggies coupons
  • $.50 Huggies wipes coupon
  • $2.50/2 Huggies Target mobile coupon 
  • (2) $1 Huggies Target coupon
  • $10 gift card with $50 baby purchase
  • 5% Huggies diapers Cartwheel
  • 5% Huggies wipes Cartwheel
  • 5% REDcard savings

Total = $37.51, got back (2) $10 gift cards and a $10 catalina coupon

***Note: There was also an Ibotta rebate for $3 when you purchased 3 Huggies products.***

2nd Transaction

  • (2) Pampers boxed diapers $24.99

Subtotal = $49.98

Coupons used:

  • (2) $3 Pampers coupons 
  • $10 gift card with $50 baby purchase
  • (2) $10 gift cards from previous purchase
  • $10 catalina from previous purchase
  • 5% REDcard savings

Total = $13.28, get back (2) $10 gift cards (no catalina with Pampers)

I will have to say I’m awfully proud of myself for getting those transactions to work out correctly. And yes, I was that woman holding up the line because of my coupons!!

This should give you a good look into preparing for a diaper haul (or any haul, for that matter). I took a list with me and had my coupons in order before I got to the register. All of these transactions could have been disasters had I not been organized! And remember, BE NICE TO YOUR CASHIER!!! 🙂

Happy couponing!

Secrets To a Diaper Stockpile

As a mommy-to-be, there is no way for you to fathom the amount of diapers you are actually going to need, just in the first year of your child’s life. However, as any seasoned mommy veteran can tell you, diapers are, by far, the most essential must-have on your baby registry. When we were expecting little man, we were very blessed to receive diapers in such a great quantity. I don’t think I actually needed to buy any until he was about 6 months old. That, in fact, was when I discovered the joys of couponing and just how much it can save your budget when it comes to diapers.

 

Here are a few tips to get you started and help you save a bundle on your little bundle!

  1. Join a Facebook group.  There are tons of Facebook groups devoted to couponing and you can usually find a group dedicated to one particular store. I have found that CVS is the BEST place to find diaper deals, followed by Target and Walgreens. It can be quite challenging, especially in the beginning, to research the weekly ad and coupons that go with it to find the best deal. That’s why these groups are so helpful. You can see what deals everyone else have been getting and any problems they may have run into. Usually, your fellow couponers are willing to help you if you might have questions or problems. WARNING: Since most couponers are women, these groups are full of DRAMA! Not much can be done about that, so just stick to the facts and avoid the conflict. Another great thing about these groups is that you can post your own deals, which will definitely boost your ego as a couponer. 
  2. Start printing and clipping coupons. Find a good coupon database (My favorite is here at Southern Savers.) and start searching for your favorite brand. I am a loyal Pampers mom but I will tell you, Huggies does have the best deals and usually has better coupons. The general rule is that every IP, or Internet Printable, coupon can be printed twice per device. My advice is to print every Huggies and Pampers coupon (or your favorite brand) that you come across. You might not need it today but you will probably need it soon. Huggies usually has a pretty great deal somewhere every few weeks. If you buy the Sunday paper, check the coupon inserts for diaper coupons as well. Let your friends and family know you are in need of diaper coupons if they come across any. Get a good coupon organizer for your purse (I got mine at Target. Here’s a link.) to keep yourself organized. I always have mine with me, just in case! 🙂 Trust me, this will help your sanity! 
  3. Know Your Store. It is very important to know the coupon policy at each store where you coupon. Also, become familiar with their rewards programs, so you can use them to their fullest benefit. For example, CVS has an Extra Care Card that keeps track of your purchases and will give your coupons based on your shopping habits. Every Sunday (the beginning of the weekly ads), you can go to your local CVS, scan your Extra Care Card at their Coupon Center (also known as the redbox) and in store coupons will automatically print. Next, you can download the CVS app and link your Extra Care Card and on Monday mornings, new coupons will be added to your card (you can also see these on their website). Both of these are CVS coupons that can be combined with manufacturer coupons. It will be slow going but after a few shopping trips for diapers, you will start to get coupons just for a diaper purchase.
  4. Be Prepared. Make a list before you go shopping. Write down what items you will be purchasing, the coupons you will be using and any rewards you should be getting back from your purchase. That way, if you know what to expect and how much to expect. It may seem like a lot of work, but this will keep you organized and make the trip quick and painless.
  5. Be Organized. You have to understand what goes through the cashier’s mind as you walk towards her with your coupons. Let’s face it, people are rude! And couponers are the worst! So, number one rule is to be nice to your cashier because she can make or break your deal. Before you enter the checkout line, make sure you have all the products you came for, get your rewards card ready (if applicable), get your coupons together and have your phone ready for any mobile coupons you may have.
  6. Pay Attention. Watch as your cashier rings up your products and scans your coupons. Make sure everything come up for the correct price and that your coupons all scan correctly. And because you are organized, you will know if something is wrong if the total is not what you expected. Remember, if you see something wrong with your receipt after the fact, you can always go to customer service or back to the cashier and try to figure out what happened.

Anyone can do this with a little work, so don’t be intimidated, be determined. You don’t know just how good you will feel to save money on something so necessary. I posted a few of my most recent diaper hauls in another post here, so go check them out to get a feel for how this work. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help! Happy Couponing!

6 Must-Have Cash Back Apps

Technology. Where would we be without it? I can’t tell you a moment in time that I am not using it for some reason or another. I wake up to the alarm clock on my smartphone, turn my husband’s Xbox on to watch T.V. in the morning and turn on Pandora on my iPad when I’m cleaning the house. I set my little man up in his playpen to watch VeggieTales while I exercise and watch Netflix on my iPad while I run. Even my fitness comes from my iPhone. So, it’s not a surprise that the world of couponing as moved into the age of technology. The newest improvement on saving and making money – cash back applications for your smartphone.

I’m going to share with you 6 of my favorite money saving apps that even a beginner can use. I promise these are so easy, you would be crazy not to use them. Among the 6 of them, I have made $243.33 since August. Exciting, huh? And this is no get-rich-quick scheme obviously. Now, $243 is a lot for me but not exactly enough to quit my day job…oh, wait…nevermind, back to the point.

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ShopKick. Now usually, we always save the best for last but who’s to say you won’t get bored half way through the post and move on to something else? So, I will start with my favorite. This has got to be the most fun I have had making money. This app will bring up a list of stores in your location (if you have Location Services turned on or you can use your zip code) and will let you know if there are any kicks available for you. Target is my favorite because, well, who doesn’t like shopping at Target and if I’m going to get rewarded for it, all the more reason to go.

Start by clicking on Target (or whichever store is available). On the left you will see Walk-In Kicks available. Yes, easy as that. All you have to do is walk in the store with your app turned on (also, make sure your WIFI and Bluetooth are turned on when you are doing this) and you are given “kicks” or points.

In the middle, you will see any scans available. This one can be a little harder because you do have to find a certain product in the store and scan the barcode. Not necessarily a difficult task but sometimes it can be time consuming. You will be asked to answer a few questions when you scan regarding whether or not you purchased the item you scanned. Feel free to answer them but it is not necessary to get your kicks. You can simply “x” out of them if you prefer.

On the right side, you will see Kicks for Purchases. This means you will be rewarded for any purchases made at this particular store. This is done by linking your MasterCard or Visa to your account and using that card when making purchases. Unfortunately, this is not available at every store but I have gotten a lot of kicks from stores like Best Buy, Carter’s and Old Navy.

You can then exchange you rewards for gift cards but only in certain increments. My advice is to view your rewards and decide on a goal so you can have something to work for. With this app, I have gotten $68 in gift cards, mostly to Target, of course. Now, use this link (you get points for referring with your link) and go download the app. It’s FREE! Why not??

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Checkout 51 is super easy. You get a new list of offers every week, running Thursday to Wednesday. Just use the app to take a picture of your grocery receipt and select the offers you purchased. Bam! Money back! Usually there are limits to the number of items you get credit for but there are no store limits, so you can download a receipt from anywhere! So far, $29 from this app.

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Saving Star is also a grocery app. This one is sometimes a slow earner. The thing to do is to make sure you add any items to your list that you might purchase, so they don’t disappear before you redeem them. With this app, you can link your store loyalty cards or download your receipt. This app does have store limits, so make sure the store your buying from is on this list. I’ve earned $46.27 since I started.

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Ibotta. My second favorite. This one is slightly more complicated but also has a higher earning potential. With this app, you can view rebates based on which store you’re shopping at. Same as the Saving Star app, you must unlock these rebates to save them to your list before they disappear. When you make your purchase, you must scan your product and then download your receipt. You also get bonuses if you and your team (linked from your Facebook friends) meet the monthly bonus requirements. My total earnings from this app are currently at $59 and still growing. If you’d like to sign up, my referral code is 2hdzg.

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Snap by Groupon is rather new but it’s simple. You have a list of offers and you must download your receipt. Pay close attention. This one sometimes offers great rebates on diapers. I’ve made $23.50 with this one.

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Jingit can be a great app but it does take time for you to earn because its doesn’t update its offers as often. The cool thing about this app is not only does it offer apps on items you purchase but you can watch videos for cash back and you can check-in an item at a particular store (just like ShopKick). Just like always, snatch up a rebate while it’s available. These offers disappear fast and when you add an item to your list, you only have 1-2 days to redeem it. I’m still waiting to cash my first check from this app. I’m currently at $17.56. 

I know all that information was a bit overwhelming. Just try these out and I’m sure you will love them. Besides, who doesn’t like free money for things you are already buying? Happy Shopping!