Walgreens Archives

Drug Store Updates: Money-Making Alka-Seltzer, Possible Free Tuna, Cheap Diapers

I wrote up the highlights of the CVS and Walgreens deals as part of the Sunday Chicago Tribune ads post, but here are a couple of updates:

  • Make $2 buying Alka-Seltzer at Walgreens. Mashup Mom explains how.
  • Four-day sale coming Wednesday will get you a free Fullbar and a free Balance Bar after Register Rewards, according to I Heart Wags.
  • Cheap Huggies diapers at Walgreens. They're on sale for $7.99, paying $1 ECB, and there is a coupon for $3/1 the Pure & Natural variety in the 9/26 SmartSource, or a $2/1 printable for Little Snugglers. (I think the diaper deals on Amazon lately are even better than this, but if you can't wait, go to Wag's.)
  • Possible free tuna. Money Saving Mom points out that there was a coupon for $1/2 cans Bumble Bee tuna in the 9/12 SmartSource, and it's on sale for 49 cents a can at CVS this week.

Caveat: I do not know if the specific varieties of some of these products listed on the coupons are included in the sales, but in my experience it often doesn't matter. The coupon might show one flavor of Huggies, but it will probably work on any old kind.

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Sunday Newspaper Ads and Coupons: Free Eos Lip Balm, Free Schick Razors, Cheap Apple Juice

Lots of freebies in the Sunday paper today! Free Nivea lip balm, free Schick Hydro razors, free Renu contact solution, all kinds of free after Office Depot Rewards stuff, free utility blades, shelf linter and book light at Menards. Scroll down for the deets.

I'm in Milwaukee today, and the Journal Sentinel (home of my first journalism internship) I picked up had only SmartSource and a General Mills insert. But the SS is a nice fat one, with $1/1 GE light bulb which usually results in free bulbs, $1/1 Energizer batteries, $1/1 Tom's of Maine toothpaste and deodorant, $1/1 Frigo string cheese, $1/1 Bush's beans (these usually go on sale for about $1.67) a Walgreen's store coupon for $.50/1 Kleenex 4-pack as well as a $.50/1 manufacturer's coupon for same, and two $4/1 Schick Hydro coupons which make them free at either CVS or Walgreens this week.

There should also be a RedPlum in your Tribune; the JS does not get RP for some reason.

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Free Photo Collage at Walgreens



Walgreens is giving out free 8x10 photo collages today (Sept. 30) and tomorrow (Oct. 1). These make nice little gifts. Order here, use the coupon code FBCOLL, and then select in-store pickup so you don't have to pay shipping.

Thanks, Mashup Mom! And get well soon.

Sunday Tribunbe Ads and Coupons 9/26 -- Free Shampoo at Menards, Money Making Natural Cough Stuff at Walgreen's, Hasbro Coupons

This has to be quick this a.m. because I am off to my first Wrigley rooftops experience. On a Groupon, of course. Between the chilly weather and the crappy team, we may have the place to ourselves. Here are the best deals and coupon matchups I see in the Sunday paper for Walgreens, CVS, Target, Toys R Us, Jewel-Osco, Dominick's and more, plus the four coupon inserts -- a SmartSource, a RedPlum, a P&G Saver and a special Hasbro insert.

RedPlum Coupon Insert: $1/3 bags various candy which matches up with the CVS ExtraBucks deal (see below), BOGO full-sized candy bars, Einsteins's Bagels Qs including one for a 50-cent pumpkin bagel.

P&G Brand Saver Coupon Insert: The usual, + Buy a Swiffer Starter Kit, get a refill free and Buy a can of Swiffer Dust and Shine, get one free; BOGO Old Spice products, and of course plenty of coupons that match up with Jewel-Osco's P&G Catalina deal (see below).

SmartSource Coupon Insert: $2/1 Huggies or $3/1 Huggies Pure & Natural, $.55/1 Hershey's Bliss Bar, $.55/1 TomCat mousetrap, $.75/1 Reynold's Wrap, $1/3 Reese's, Hershey or Kit Kat bags which also matches up with the CVS candy deal (see below), $1/1 Krunchers Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, two $1/1 Mountain High 32 oz. yogurt.

Hasbro PlaySaver Coupon Insert: (If you don't get the paper you can get the same coupons online, plus a bunch more like $2/1 Mr. Potato Head.)


Free Fullbar Fit appetite control bar after $1.99 Register Rewards

Free Emergen-C after $3.49 RR

Free Hyland's Cold n Cough 4 Kids after $4.99 RR -- moneymaker if you use the $1.50/1 printable coupon (thanks Common Sense With Money!)

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion 99 cents after $5.99 RR

Pampers jumbo packs are $6.99 after RR, and you might have gotten a $3/1 coupon in a mailer If not, use the $1/1 from today's P&G Saver.

For the full Walgreen's deals, see Common Sense With Money.


Welch's grape juice is 2/$5 after $1 ECB. Use two $1/1 from the 9/12 Smart Source to get them for $1.30 each.

I have a $3/$15 coupon from the in-store coupon printer, and I think I'll use it to get my Halloween candy early and stash it in the basement freezer:

Buy 4 bags Reese's or Kit Kat for $10. Buy 5 bottles Dawn dish soap for 96 cents each. Use one $1/3 from SmartSource. Use five $1/1 Dawn (I got these in a special booklet at BlogHer.) Total should be $15 before coupons, $9 plus tax after coupons. Use the $3/$15 store coupon, and I'll pay $6 plus tax, and get back $3 for a final cost to me of $3 for a big bowl of Halloween candy and a year's worth of dish soap.

For a full list of CVS deals, including a free Oral-B rechargeable toothbrush, see Money Saving Mom.


I actually don't see any deals worth reporting in the Target ad. Am I missing something?

Menards -- mail in rebates require a $10 non-rebate purchase

free Physique shampoo or conditioner after $6 mail-in rebate

Super Hook 20-piece set 29 cents after $3 MIR

Eyewear repair kit 19 cents after $3 MIR

folding utility knife 99 cents after $3 MIR

Toys R Us

They put Hasbro stuff on sale to coordinate with the PlaySaver Hasbro insert. Cheapest thing I see is the Strawberry Shortcake Berry Cruiser RC, $4.99 after the $10/1 coupon.

Lots of gift card deals:

$25 gift card with any Mario purchase of $100 or more

$10 GC with Star Wars purchase of $50 or more

$5 GC with SW purchase of $30 or more

$15 GC when you buy 2 Pampers value boxes (see coupons above)

and then, if I'm reading this right, if you buy any of these things in addition ot the Pampers, you can get more $5 GCs: Tide detergent 150 oz. or larger, Dreft 100 oz. or larger, Pampers value box wipes, Pampers Extra Protection diapers mega pack, Pampers Easy Ups 60-68-ct., Charmin toilet paper 30-ct., Bounty giant paper towels 12 ct. With no prices listed it's hard to see how this compares to Jewel-Osco's P&G Catalina deal.

Speaking of which ...


The Proctor and Gamble Catalina deal is this: Spend $30 on select products in a single transaction, get a $10 coupon to spend on your next order. See my intro to Catalina deals to learn how these special deals work, but keep in mind that if you are calculating the amount you spent on pre-Preferred price, Osco items don't have Preferred prices so they don't work that way.

Promising-looking items in this deal are the 100 oz. Tide liquid at $9.99 (use $2/1 coupons from various magazines), 12-ct. Charmin for $6.99, 3-pack Puffs for $4.99, and Big Pack Pampers for $19.99. A good filler to make sure you spend $30 is the $1.50 can of Pringles. Match with coupons from today's P&G Brand Saver.

Please let me know if you try this deal. I do notice that the Tide, Bounty paper towels ($9.99 for 8 giant rolls), Charmin and Puffs have little badges saying "Preferred Price," so you might be able to get a spread on those.

The Sunday Jewel ad also has that $2/1 Bacardi coupon -- but not the $3/1 Sauza tequila. 

Dominick's weekend update has Super Coupons for Huggies jumbo packs diapers at $7.99 -- so break out your expired $3/1 coupons. There's also a SC for Tide 50 oz. @ $5.99 -- but the P&G deal should get you a better price even before you get your $10 coupon back; at Jewel it's $10 for 100 oz., so even before the deal that's $5 per 50 oz.

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores has a coupon for 50% off any regular price item, good all week.

Michael's has the usual 40% off one item coupon, and they're having a "Duk Tape Costume Demo" on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Intriguing. 

Carson Pirie Scott has a coupon for 20% off sale price shoes and bags.

Office Max has two-day deals good Sunday and Monday only, including $50 off a cross-cut shredder, making it $49.99. I need that. Too bad I don't have those MaxPerks available yet.

Sunday Tribune Ads and Coupons - Make Money Buying Deodorant

Parade has a coupon for $2/2 Glade 9.7 oz. Premium Room Sprays

Sears has a coupon for an extra 15% off regular and sale priced apparel, footwear and accessories, good 9/10-9/26. According to the ad, you could also get the same 15% off coupon by texting "fall" (3255) to 50101.

Jewel-Osco's weekend update has buy one, get one free Jenni-O turkey breast. Also a $2/1 manufacturer's coupon for Bacardi rum, which expires 9/26. I love turkey and rum, don't you?

The Dominick's update has new Super Price Coupons (require $10 purchase, can be stacked with manufacturer's coupons): Smuckers Preserves or Jam 18 oz. for $1.99, Jif peanut butter 18 oz. $1.49. Happily, there's a coupon in the 8/8 Redplum for $1 off if you buy 1 Smuckers and 1 Jif, so for $2.50 you're in happy school lunch land. Just add bread.

CVS has a moneymaker this week, and may I say it's about time? Make $1 buying Right Guard deodorant thusly: Buy 2 @ $2.99 each, use the $3/2 coupon from, and get $2 ExtraBucks back per stick. So after the coupon you're paying $3, then getting $4 back. CVS also has Revlon lipstick for $1: Buy one for $6, use $1/1 from the 8/15 or 9/12 SmartSource, pay $5 and get $5 Extra Bucks back. (Ooh, Mashup Mom just reminded me that there's a $2/1 Facebook coupon that makes the lipstick free.)

 Aaand, pretty good deal on Huggies diapers: 2/$14.98 after $3 ECB. If you get home mailers, you may have two $1.50/1 coupons on hand, whcih would bring them down to $6 a jumbo pack.

For a full list of this week's CVS deals, see Money Saving Mom.

Walgreens has Quaker Oats for 50 cents after coupon -- it's $1.50 for the 18 oz. cannister of quick oats; use the $1/1 from the 9/12 SmartSource to get it for 50 cents. Reach floss or toothbrushes are 99 cents with in-ad coupon. Have you ever looked for coupons for Reach at your dentist? I got a bunch for $2/1 coupons there, lucky me.

Target has an adorable owl shirt for infant and toddlers for just $5. And KitchenAid appliances and cookware are all 20% off, included -- you know it -- the stand mixer. Other than that, I don't see any deals of note.

Coupon matchups from Hot Coupon World's database.

Sunday Ads: No Coupons and Few Deals

There are no coupon inserts on holiday weekends, but here are the deals from CVS, Walgreens and Toys R Us in the Sunday paper, for what it's worth. (Deals are slim.) And see the other post for the school supplies deals from Office Max and Office Depot.


Free Schick Hydro razor after ECBs and coupon: The razor or cartridge is $8.97 with $4 ECB back, and there is a $5/1 coupon for the razor in the 8/8 SmartSource.

Dove deal: spend $15, get $5 ECB. soap 6-packs are $7, deodorant is $3.50. But the coupons aren't there. Or am I just not seeing any? Hmph.

For (a few) more CVS deals, like free gum, see Money Saving Mom.


Quaker instant oatmeal is 1/$3 after Register Rewards. Use two $1/1 from the 8/29 RedPlum, and you're getting them for 50 cents a box.

Wisk detergent, 48 loads, is $4.99 after RR, so use the $3/1 from the 8/29 RedPlum to get it for $1.99

Comet cleanser is 50 cents a can with in-ad coupon

John Frieda hair products including Root Awakening are 3/$10 after RR, so if you have three $3/1 coupons from the 8/22 SmartSource, you can get three for $1.

Try new Carmex skin cream for 99 cents after $4 RR. Hmm ... that sounds ... odd. Yet intriguing.

For the full list of Wag's deals, see Common Sense With Money.

Toys R Us

There is a sheet of coupons in the flyer including $10 gift card when you buy any 2 Pampers value boxes diapers, $10 off any bath purchase of $50 or more, $4 off any 2 Similac, Gerber Good Start or Babies R Us powder formula, and $5 off Dreft, Tide, Seventh Generation or Babies R Us detergent 150 oz. or larger.

Those are all store coupons, so pair them with a manufacturer's coupon for more savings. If you have a baby, chances are you're getting Pampers mailers and they have recently sent out a $2/1 coupon. The formula coupon can be paired with a manufacturer's coupon and a formula check if you have both.

Sunday Ads Deals and Coupons: Free House Wash, Free Tampons, $1 Off Nutella

Well, it's late Sunday afternoon, but if you still haven't decided whether to pick up a Sunday Tribune, here's what's in that plastic bag of ads.

Parade has coupons for $1/2 Libby's fruit products and $1/3 canned vegetables, and another for 60 cents off 1 Kellogg's Raisin Bran.

There's a P&G BrandSaver that includes several BOGO coupons as well as a mail-in form for that P&G Everyday Solutions coupon book -- but you have to spend $50 on P&G products first. The total is before coupons, so if you have any amazing P&G deals planned, it could be worth it. Personally, I am too busy these days to jump through all those hoops.

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Sunday Ads and Coupons for August 22

First off, a gripe: I hear a lot of people talking about picking up early Sunday Tribunes on Saturday at various stores for extra coupons. But whenever I buy one, the plastic bag in the middle is always missing lots of inserts, namely the coupons! I have vowed time and again to never waste $2 on an early paper, and yet today I did it again since I'll be too busy tomorrow to summarize the ads for you. Bought it at Walgreen's on Harlem and Lake in River Forest, and, you guessed it. No coupons.

(According to Couponing for 4, this week's Sunday paper should have just one Smart Source in it.)

Here are the only interesting ads I go in my early Sunday Tribune:

Target has a diaper gift card deal. Buy 2 value packs of Huggies or Pampers, get a $10 gift card. Use $2/1 Huggies printable from, $1.50/1 Pampers from the 8/1 P&G, or check your mail -- I got a $3/1 Pampers this week.

Jewel-Osco has added a sale on Italian sausage or bratwurst @ $1.99 a pound. (Jewel shoppers, I have a big treat in store for you later this week with the grocery shopping installment of the Frugalista Challenge. Stay tuned!)

Walgreens is still low on Register Rewards deals. Instead they're having "coupon days," with lots of in-ad coupons. If you still need school supplies, there's one for BOGO backpacks at $9.99. There are RR deals on Pampers and Crest dental care stuff, if you're into that, but no money makers. Blah.

Carson Pirie Scott has a coupon for 10-20% off, depending on the merchendise, that's good Sunday through Tuesday. To use it online, enter coupon code BTSWK4AG810.

Michaels has the usual 40% off one regular-price item product, plus a bonus coupon good all week for 40% off regular price artist paints, pencils, pastels and markers.

Jo-Ann has the usual 40% off one regular-price item coupon.

I will try to add more tomorrow but it may be tough as we are driving to Milwaukee to drop the kids off with their grandparents, and then coming all the way back to Ravinia. La vida mama.

Sunday Tribune Ads and Coupons: Free School Supplies at CVS

This week's Sunday paper ads' best deals are a bunch of freebies at CVS, including free school supplies. School supplies deals are hot all over, and there are a couple good shoe coupons too. Happy back-to-school shopping!

Back to School Deals

CVS free after $1/2 Caliber coupon printing daily from the in-store printer: 70-sheet spiral notebook, 10-count pens, 5-oz. glue. They're also advertising Caliber pink eraser, sharpener, ruler, 10-count pencils, index dividers and school box as BOGO, but I don't know the prices. Will report back!

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Sunday Tribune Ads and Coupons: Free Crayons, 99-Cent Pistachios

My favorite deal this week is a school supplies deal (that 24-pack of crayons on every elementary supply list for free), so let's start with the back to school:

Walgreens is giving away free Crayola crayons this week: buy a 24-pack for $1, get $1 Register Rewards. Also free after RR: Alive! multivitamins at $10. And Crayola washable markers, the 8-pack classic or the 20 pack "Super Tips," are free after mail-in rebate.

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Sunday Ads: Here Come the School Supplies Deals

On the second Sunday in July 2009, I wrote up the Sunday ads from the alternative birthing center at the hospital, the morning after our little boy joined the family. Today I'm going to dash this out because friends and family are descending on the house and yard at 3 p.m. for a first birthday barbecue.

But guess what? Fourth of July is in the rearview mirror, which means It's time for back-to-school deals. (Insert lament here about how the retailers rush everything these days.) Actually, the fact that they start early is a good thing for bargain hunters, because it gives us six weeks to stalk the loss-leader offers to fill out our kids' supply lists.

The School Supply Deals

Walgreens: 10 Crayola markers 99 cents, Fiskars kids scissors 99 cents, and with in-ad coupon, erasers and novelty pencils 9 cents, legal pads 29 cents, Mead envelopes 69 cents, pocket folders 8/$1.

CVS: Sun-Tues only, get free Paper Mate pens and kids scissors after 99 cents ExtraBucks. Limit 1 each.

Staples: Thru Wed only: 1 cent each with $5 purchase: folders (limit 10) and 8-pack pencils (limit 2). a ream of mulitpurpose white paper is 1 cent after $4.98 easy rebate, limit 2. There's a coupon in the ad for $5 off a $30 purchase, good all week.

Office Depot: Buy Mr. Sketch Markers at $7.99, get a $7.99 prepaid Visa card by mail. Buy a Singline stapler for $15.99, free after $2 instant rebate and $13.99 mail-in rebate. $1 each after sending away for Visa cards: ream of multipurpose paper, 25-pack sheet protectors, Pentel mechanical pencils.

Toys R Us: Free lunch kit up to $9.99 when you buy any backpack at $12.99 or more. Buy one, get one free Crayola crayons and markers

Kmart has a free lunch kit with backpack purchase.

World Market has a cute little food thermos there for $5.99 this week.

Other Deals

Parade has a coupon for $.75/1 pound cake or cream pie

For the rest of the Walgreen's deals, see Money Saving Mom.

CVS: Complete multipurpose contact solution is free after $7.99 ECBs, and a moneymaker if you use the $2/1 from the 5/16 RedPlum. has Campbell's tomato or chicken noodle soup for 50 cents, milk is still $1.69 after ExtraBuck (limit 2, and don't forget you get a free gallon for every five you buy). For the full CVS deals, see Mashup Mom.

World Market will give you a free tote bag with purchase of $10 or more.

Jo-Ann has a coupon for 50% off one regular priced item. And their patriotic stuff is down to 70% off. 

Michael's has the usual 40% off one regular priced item coupon.

Toys R Us/Babies R Us has a coupon for 20% off any regular priced baby item. And a free gift card offer when you buy 3 Enfamil Premium 6-can cases of formula. (Use formula checks plus any coupons you might have.) Plum Organics baby food pouches are on sale 10/$10, use the printable coupon for $.50/2.

At Jewel-Osco the only new thing I see is watermelons for $3.99, limit 2, which is awesome because I'm about to run over there to get balloons and asparagus for the party. And, now, watermelon.

Target gift card offers: Buy 3 Starbucks coffee @ $6.99, get a $5 GC.

Coupons: The SmartSource insert has a BOGO coupon for Earth Options Raid bug spray, a BOGO for Olay cleansers, BOGO for Head and Shoulders shampoo or conditioner, $3/1 Bic Disposable shavers. Redplum has $1/2 Pop-Tarts in case you need coupons for the Jewel-Osco deal this week.

Father's Day Freebie: Free 8x10 Collage Print @ Walgreen's

It's so nice how Walgreen's gives away a free photo collage every holiday. This time, the coupon code to get your free 8x10 photo collage print is GOBIG8X10, and it's good through Saturday.

More last-minute Father's Day deals coming later this morning.

Speaking of Wag's, I managed to get out of the house to run the Neutrogena deal one time last night: I got three lip balms for $2.99 each, used one $1.50/1 Neutrogena coupon from the Dominick's May booklet, paid $7.47 + tax, and got the $10 Register Rewards for a $2+ moneymaker.

The chapsticks did not ring up 25% off, unlike other Neutrogena items this week. I tried to use three $2/1 Neutrogena sun care coupons that I got a long time ago at CVS, but 1) they beeped and 2) the manager insisted that even though the lip stuff is SPF 15, it's not "sun care." I've heard reports of other people using the $2/1 sun care coupons in the June Dominick's booklet on these lip products, so maybe that coupon is coded differently.

Oh, and p.s.: Wag's will also give you a $10 credit for if you fill your prescription online.

Sunday Ads: Cheap Organic Strawberries, Free Razor, Moneymaking Body Wash

Hey, wow -- Target is selling Kindle now. This is not a deal at $259 -- the same price as Amazon sells it for -- but I love my Kindle. And for those who've never had the chance to see and handle one, it's nice that you can now check one out at Tar-zhay. Just sayin'.

And here are the best deals I see advertised in the Sunday paper this week:

Target gift card deals: $30 if you buy an Xbox 350 system @ $199.99, $10 if you buy a Cisco wireless router @ $49.99, $20 for buying an iPod touch @ $195, $25 if you buy a Braun Series 5 shaver @ $149.99, $5 when you buy Pedigree 40 lb. dog food and one selected dog treat.

Target freebies: free dozen eggs if you buy two 59oz+ Tropicana OJs, free 16 oz. Archer Farms salsa when you buy 2 Archer Farms chips, free 2L Coke when yo ubuy two 9-12" AF pizzas.

And a Target coupon for a $10 gift card when you sign up for auto refill and purchase a prescription. 

Redplum has a coupon for a free Visine after mail-in rebate (up to $7.99), BOGO soft scrub product, $5/2 Diageo liquors, $1/2 Pop-Tarts (use at Jewel this week)

SmartSource has a free Marcal toilet paper OR paper towel OR facial tissue. Also Neutrogena coupons that could be good for the ongoing Walgreens (buy 3 select prodcuts, get $10 Register Rewards). In fact, one is for $1/1 facial cleanser -- it doesn't show a picture of the $2.99 facial bars (or since Neutrogena is 25% off this week, these should be $2.25) but I will sure try to see if it works on them. $1/1 Tom's of Maine toothpaste, mouthwash or deodorant, which I have not seen coupons for before. $1/1 Energizer.

Dominick's has organic strawberries or raspberries for $3 -- I'm glad to hear that since not a single vendor I could find at the Oak Park farmer's market this week had strawberries that had not been sprayed. Also Lucerne whipped cream BOGO @ $4.99. (Mashup Mom, who always remembers about these things, says to load the strawberries $.50 e-coupon onto your Dom's card).

CVS will give you a Schick Hydro razor and a free Gillette (with $5 coupon from 6/13 SmartSource) or Old Spice body wash (no coupon needed) this week. For the rest of the CVS deals, see Mommy Snacks. Oh, and if you buy a $50 gift card to Sears, Sony Style or Golfsmith, get $10 Extra Bucks. But I hear you can't use a gift card for the $50 Sears rebate.

Walgreens also has a free Schick Hydro with that 6/13 coupon, or with the $4/1 coupon in this week's SmartSource, since the cost after Register Rewards is $3.99. Bags of Hershey candy are $1.25 after RR if you buy 4, honey is $3.99 for a 32 oz. bottle with in-ad coupon. For all the Wag's deals including moneymaking Nivea body wash, see Mommy Snacks.

Old Navy has a $10/$50 coupon.

Macy's has a coupon for an extra 20% off select sale and clearance apparel or 10-15% off other stuff.

Sports Authority hs a coupon for a $100 cash card when you spend $300.

Parade has coupons for Pravacid (up to $7), $10/1 Oral B electric toothbrush 

Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

In the wake of that Walgreens/CVS spat, the Tribune today had an article on saving money on prescription drugs with some pretty good tips. Here's what I would add:

1) Use those coupons for gift cards with new or transferred prescriptions. When a coupon comes out, especially if it's for a $30 Dominick's gift card, I will transfer every scrip I have available, even if I am not out of the medicine yet, so I can collect multiple gift cards. And yes, I've even been known to put off filling my scips until a new coupon comes out. (It's just allergy meds, don't worry.) And remember that some CVS stores will take the coupons from other stores, so save the Target and Kmart $10 ones too.

2) Use drug company coupons. Do you ever hear that little extra tag at the end of a drug commercial where it says, "If you can't afford your prescription, so-and-so can help?" If you truly can't get your medication in generic form, it is worth looking around or contacting the manufacturer to find out if there is any kind of coupon or rebate program. I don't really like the idea of such programs, since they encourage patients to use medicines that may be more expensive for their insurance companies, raising costs for everyone. But you do what you have to.

3) Revisit the topic with your doctor. I mentioned to my allergist the high cost of my Rhinocort prescription once, and he said it was not available in generic. But when I raised the issue again at my next visit, he offered up a scrip for the generic of Flonase, with the caveat that he did not like this drug because it had fragrance and other additives. After trying the Flonase, I agree that the produce is less desirable, but since it costs 1/6 as much for me I will use it for now.

4) Change doctors. My allergist has on display a No Free Lunch pledge, meaning that he will not accept anything from drug companies. If you wonder if your doctor is prescribing drugs that are more expensive than necessary, you might want to look for a doctor who has also taken this pledge. Also, some doctors seem to be more familiar with which drugs are expensive on which insurance plans.

Our $80 Shopping Budget: 9 Weeks' Worth of Diapers + Food

I'm sure you were all really bummed that I didn't post our spending last week. But, moving on, here's our over-budget spending for this week. We spent $129! Course, that includes nine weeks' worth of disposable diapers, but still, it's a lot. Especially since now that the week is over I feel like I need to shop again soon. First I'll break down our spending; then I'll dither on whether we really need to adjust our weekly budget.


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Deals from the Sunday Ads: Holiday Coupons for Michael's, Diapers, Deck Box



It's a GORGEOUS holiday weekend, so don't waste time poring over those Sunday ads. In fact, don't even read this post until it's raining tomorrow and you're lying around the house bored. Here are the best deals from this week's Sunday newspaper:


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Sunday Ads and Coupons: Cheap Diapers, Cheap Thermacare, Moneymaking Contact Solution

Here are the best deals and coupons I see in this week's Sunday newspaper inserts. Let's make this quick and dirty so I can go outside and enjoy the weather! This week I'm interested in Huggies and moneymaking Complete contact solution at Walgreens, ThermaCare wraps for 50 cents a box at CVS, and the ConAgra deal at Jewel-Osco.


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$80 shopping: Got Three Packs of Diapers, $50 in ExtraBucks and Register Rewards

I spent $84.42 this week, which is pretty darn close to my $80 budget goal. That's particularly good considering that besides getting our regular groceries, I generated around $50 worth of ExtraBucks and Register Rewards that I can spend on future trips, and that I got three packs of diapers.

CVS: $14.57 over seven trips?? on three packs diapers, three gallons milk and a bunch of freebies, two DiGiorno pizzas and more freebies and moneymakers. (Wow, I haven't been to CVS that many times in many weeks.)

Walgreens: $4.85. That was $3.35 on ice cream bars for the kids and money-making Schick razor. $1.50 on just a razor.

Trader Joe's: I spent $48 at TJ's on organic produce, peanut butter, bread, wine -- my normal TJs staples. Then @Epu stopped in the next day and spent $29 on one small bag of groceries. Sigh. This would decimated nearly half of our weekly grocery budget on just six items. But then I remembered that we have a $50 per month "entertaining budget" that we use for serving guests or bringing foods to gatherings. I haven't been making use of it lately, mainly because between Xmas and summer there ain't much entertaining. But Epu's $8.99 six-pack of beer (grr), his $3.99 fancy sausages, his $3.99 organic asparagus, $5.29 bag of pistachios and $2.49 white baguette were all brought to his friend's house with him, so onto the entertainment budget they go, leaving only the $2.69 he spent on "juice" for the kids. (He didn't realize that it was really limeade until I pointed out where the bottle said "15% juice." I am such a bitch if you mess with my shopping budget.)

Bottom line: $51 at Trader Joe's.

Whole Foods: $14 on bulk pearled barley, whole wheat flour, cage-free eggs and a few other things. And get this, I got overage on one item. Overage at Whole Paycheck! It's not something you can replicate, probably, because I had a free item coupon for Oikos Greek Yogurt. But the Whole Foods in-store booklet currently has a $1/1 store coupon for the same product, so I was allowed to get a buck overage put put towards my other stuff. Hooray!

What we ate on that:

Wednesday: leftover chili

Thursday: something with ground beef

Friday: brought a large pan of mashed potatoes with (free) cream cheese to a potluck

Saturday: pizza and salad

Sunday: swiss steak with barley, carrots, celery and garlic, slow cooked in beef froth 

Monday: leftovers

Tuesday: salmon marinated in curry over couscous, with carrots

Sunday Ads: Take a Week Off or Grab a Few CVS Freebies

I'm pretty busy this week (when am I not?) so I felt a sense of relief as I paged through the ads in today's Sunday Tribune. I'll be making one CVS run, but maybe I can get through the rest of the week with only a couple grocery runs.


Free after ExtraBucks and coupon are Herbal Essences or Aussie (limit 2), Speed Stick (if you have the $1/1 Q from Reinventing Beauty) and CVS brand Blade 5 Razor System. For the full CVS deals, see Money Saving Mom. Also see my planned moneymaking transaction.


Free after Register Rewards is just Gilette or Old Spice  body wash @ $4.99. Oh, but here are a couple items you could get free with coupon: Reese's peanut butter cups are 49 cents with in-ad coupon and there's that $.55/1 from the 3/14 SmartSource. For the full Wag's deals, see Mashup Mom's posts here and here.


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Walgreens Plan for Week of 5/16: Skip it!

After running into Walgreens multiple times over the past two weeks or more to pick up moneymakers, I'm happy to say I'll be skipping it this week. I've got a few $5 RRs in my wallet, but they'll keep till next week. Or I could always use them at Dominick's.

I just checked Money Saving Mom's summary, and the only thing free is Old Spice bodywash. As much as I like that backwards-riding-horse-guy commercial, I ain't buying that.



Update on Moneymaking Razor Deals This Week

At Walgreens, I had the Schick Hydro razor deal wrong in my Sunday update: You get the $5 Register Rewards just for buying the razor at $7.99 (you don't have to also buy a cartridge), so it is a $2 moneymaker with the $5 coupon from today's 5/9 SmartSource.

At Target, there is a $1/1 store printable coupon. So if you buy 2 razors $7.99 each and use two prints of the store coupon plus two $5/1 from today's paper, you pay $4 and get the $5 gift card back, for a profit of $1. (Thanks for pointing out the Target printabler, Mashup Mom.)

Sunday Ads and Coupons May 9 - Mother's Day Edition

Here are the best deals and coupons I see in the Mother's Day May 9 Sunday newspaper.

This morning I picked up a copy of the coupon inserts right at WGN radio at the Tribune Tower. At first I thought I had a bum early paper, since there was only one coupon insert in it -- SmartSource. But then I found out that everybody only gets SmartSource this week. It's got  $1/1 Ken's salad dressing or Lite Accents, and you may well get one free with a good sale. $1/1 Werther's Original Caramel Chocolates. $3/1 Infusium 23 shampoo or conditioner, which should lead to a freebie on sale.$5 off Schick Hydro razor, which would come in handy at CVS, Walgreens or Target this week (see below).


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Did You Get This Week's Newsletter About Free Stuff at CVS? Here's an Update.

This week, the Deals & Steals e-mail newsletter covered the basics of getting stuff free at Chicago drugstores through the CVS ExtraBucks and Walgreens Register Rewards programs. Old news to a lot of you, but if you're just getting started on that, you'll want to read the newsletter, below.

And, if you're here from the newsletter, you should know that more than just Depends is free at CVS this week! Read how I actually profited more than 11 bucks at CVS this week buying Depends, Nivea body wash and Reach toothbrushes.

Here's the newsletter:

Get Free Household Items

Last week we talked about getting free food using money-back programs at grocery stores. I ended up getting nine cans of soup at a profit, which will go to the Letter Carriers' food drive Saturday, May 8. Keep watching for freebies this week (I'll post the grocery deals here tomorrow with freebie alerts) and you can put together a big bag for your carrier to pick up.

This week, let's get some free or better household items. Both Walgreens and CVS offer money-back programs that routinely result in a profit for the shopper when combined with coupons. Because of these programs, I have not paid for shampoo, toothpaste or deodorant for two years.

This week, CVS will pay you $2 to buy Depends. OK, you might not need those! But I'll bet a local charity does. If you buy and donate them, you can use the CVS ExtraBucks you earn on another money-making item next week and slowly grow your ExtraBucks wealth.

Step by step:

1.  Print this coupon for $2 off Depends.

2.  Take the coupon to CVS and get a store card if you don't have one.

3.  Check the weekly ad to find the exact packs of Depends that are paying ExtraBucks.

4.  Buy Depends for $6.99, and pay $4.99 plus tax after coupon. Make sure the cashier scans your card.

5.  Check the receipt: You should have $6.99 ExtraBucks, which you can spend on nearly
     anything in the store.

6.  Make sure to use those ExtraBucks before they expire, preferably on something that generates more ExtraBucks.

Don't want to buy Depends? Every week the offers change, and if you glance through the flyer each Sunday before long you will find an offer that works for you. Walgreens' Register Rewards program works in a similar way. Each Sunday I highlight the week's best drugstore deals on the Frugalista blog.

Sunday Newspaper Coupons and Deals May 2

This week multiple stores -- Kmart, Jewel-Osco, Toys R Us, Walgreens -- are offering P&G money-back offers. And, as luck would have it, there's a P&G coupon insert today. So, you know, put those things together and maybe they'll breed. But my favorite store of the week is CVS, Where I'm hoping to make a tidy profit this morning.

Bah! My Tribune has no SmartSource this morning. I went online and reported an incomplete paper. RedPlum has a coupon for $5/2 various boozes, buy 2, get 1 M&M bags (12.6 oz. or larger), and yes, those Nivea coupons for the big CVS deal (see below).

Kmart has a P&G deal: spend $35, get $10 off your next order. Sure, it's a slightly better payoff than the P&G Catalina at Jewel-Osco, but you have to go to Kmart. Next!

Target is surprisingly low on gift card deals. Market Pantry cheese is $1.89 for 8 oz., though.

CVS has that awesome Nivea deal. (That  link also has info about the free Depends and Reach floss.) If you get All You magazine, check out Mashup Mom's scenario instead of mine. That's actually what I'll be doing this morning. Also, Dawn dish soap is 97 cents, and there is a $.50/1 for a certain variety in today's P&G.

Walgreen's has a similar Nivea deal as CVS, with slightly different prices. Same price on the Dawn dish soap too. Also free Stouffer's meals with online coupon, and 3 hydrogen peroxide for $1. See Money Saving Mom for the full details.

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Terrible, Wonderful, Crazy Dominick's

Don't EVEN ask me why I have no photo of my groceries tongiht. You're lucky I made it home alive to tell the tale.

After the kids were in bed tonight I thought I'd slip out for a little shoppy shop. I gathered my coupons, looked around for my cell phone, didn't find it, thought, Oh, what the hell, and left.

First stop: Jewel-Osco, where I needed to hit the service desk to take off a few coupons I'd forgotten on my last trip and pick up an extra flyer for $2/2 CheezIt coupons. Also grabbed free 7Up with coupon, three bunches of cheap bananas and a pot of mums on clearance for $2.50. Spent a Catalina and about $5, went swimmingly.

Second Stop: Walgreens, where I spent the $3 RR I'd gotten yesterday plus a buck and change for the razor on a pack of Stayfree (99 cents after $2 coupon) and Plackers ($2). I also got three rolls of Scotch packing tape with the $1/1 coupons and a caramel as a filler. The cashier was a young dude who was having a serious conversation with a friend about needing to intercept the mail before his parents got to it and needing to hire an attorney. They conversation went on even as the cashier had trouble scanning my Scotch coupons and punched in the number. This was delightful to me not only because their conversation was intriguing -- was someone mailing him drugs, or what? -- but because far from scrutinizing me and my coupon use, the cashier seemed barely aware I was there. So I felt not at all self conscious about taking the $3 RRs from the Stayfree and immediately buying a 3-pack of Schick razors ($2.99 after $3/1 coupon) and another caramel. (Also paid 97 cents cash.) If I had not by then figured out what they were talking about -- drunk driving arrest -- I probably would have gone back for more transactions.

Instead, I took my $6 in RR (plus the $1 still unspent from yesterday -- not bad for my cash investment of about $4) over to Dominick's, where I started off at the service desk getting $4.49 taken off a past receipt because I had failed to use my free item raincheck. That should have gone smoothly because a great service desk guy was there, but instead it went slowly because he was trying to get one of the cashiers to do it since his drawer was apparently already closed out, and the cashier was not too into learning how to do the refund.

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Walgreens Shop: Moneymaking Razor, Free Tape



This afternoon I found out three things about Walgreens:

1) You can make a $2 profit this week buying the Schick Quattro Titanium 3-pack of disposable razors. After reading the instructions on Money Saving Mom, I tried it today and indeed, paid $2 and got back a $3 Register Reward and a $1 Register Reward. The package also comes with "10 free songs," if you care about that.

2) Although the first Wag's I tried was not able to process the $1/1 Scotch Packaging Tape coupon with the 99 cents store coupon, it really can work because it did today. I thought you had to have them scan the manufacturer's coupon first and then the store coupon, but this guy ended up doing it in the opposite order and it worked.

3) You can fit a double jogging stroller in through the automatic door, but just barely.

Happy shopping! I am really busy this week but would love to get time to roll my $3 RR into one pack of Stayfree ($1 after $2/1 coupon from 3/28 RedPlum) and one pack Plackers flossers (there is supposed to be a $.50/1 coupon in 3/28 RedPlum but I can't find it). And then roll that back into more disposable razors!

Free Coasters, Cheap Pampers at Jewel-Osco and Other Quick Deals

Oh, readers, I had hoped today was the day we'd get to sit down over a steaming mug of coffee and really talk. The middle child is up in Wisconsin for a few days.* The bathroom remodel was supposed to be finished.

But then ... oh, never mind. Point is, the day is slipping away and I don't want you guys to miss these deals while I cater to a sick kid and a baby who apparently can't sleep when mom mixes Sudafed with caffeine** while breastfeeding:

  • Two free photo coasters, shipped, first 3,000 only so skedaddle. You have to shill the Web site to three friends, but you can placate two of them by giving them each a free coaster, right? (Thanks Hip 2 Save, who also notes that the Rayovac printable coupon has reset, and that gets you free batteries if your Target has them in the Dollar Spot. UPDATED TO ADD: AND I just followe4d Hip 2 Save's advice and used a $20/$20 coupon code at Springhill nursery. H2S, please stop posting such good deals so I can get something done around here!)
  • Cheap Pampers with a double-dip Catalina deal at Jewel-Osco, today only. And free Scrubbing Bubbles at Dominick's. Thanks, Mashup Mom, you're a monument to American Catalinahood.
  • Walgreens actually has two moneymakers going on right now if you gots the coups, reports Money Saving Mom. But hurry lest the vitamins and aspirin involved in the deals be sold out.

* What? If 3 is old enough to walk a tightrope over a tiger pit, it's old enough for co-ed camping trips, right? Americans, so prosaic.

** See *. 



Sunday Ads: Free Kotex, Free ThermaCare, Free Jig-a-Loo Lubricant. Not That You Need That Combination of Stuff.

Target is having a TV clearance, with a 47" Philips LCD HDTV for $799.98 (from $979.99 and a 19" one at $179.98. Also Thomas' English Muffins in assorted varieties for $1.89. Storage bins and shelving are on sale, which I'm psyched about because Money Saving Mom's big clutter clean-up and garage sale has inspired me to really get going on some decluttering of my own.

Kmart has an offer through its new rewards card program: Buy 5 items on the page, get $5 Rewards. Seems like you can spend these rewards like cash when you scan your card at the register. If you are like me and shop at a store that accepts the $10/$20 coupon (no longer available), here is a deal idea for getting paper towels at 30 cents each:

1. Buy 5 two-roll packs of Bounty extra-soft paper towels @ $3.99 each.

2. Add a 5-cent or more filler if necessary.

3. Use the $10/$20 coupon to bring your total down to $10.

4. Use two $1/2 from the 3/7 P&G insert to bring your out-of-pocket cost to $8.

5. Get your $5 Rewards, making your final cost $3 for 10 rolls paper towels, ro 30 cents each. 

Kmart's ad also has a $10 gift card coupon for a new or transferred prescription, save this to use at CVS if your location takes competitor Rx coupons. And, if you have a scrip for foilic acid (i.e. if you're pregnant), you can get a free one-month supply of supplements through 5/1. And the ad has a coupon for $30 off a $100 housewares purchase.


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Sunday Ads and Coupons: CVS Freebies, Toys R Us Gift Card Offers

Last night I only managed to write about the Target deals before crashing, which turned out to be a good thing since the baby had me up from 3:30 to 4:30 in the morning. This week I'm kind of excited about CVS for the first time in a few weeks; at the end of the week I'll be over there looking for Easter stuff at 90% off as well.

Coupon Inserts: RedPlum has two coupons for $1/1 32-oz. Mountain High yogurt, which I love. Also $3.75 off Vaseline Sheer Infusion lotion. Buy one, get one Cover Girl face product, which often combines real nice with a CVS or Walgreens deal. SmartSource has $1/2 Scotch-Brite Greener Clean products, $.75/1 Tribe Hummus, buy one, get one free Ziploc, $2/1 Boudreaux's Butt Paste or other product

CVS Free After ExtraBucks: Dove shampoo or conditioner at $4.49, a moneymaker with the $1.50/1 in the 3/28 RedPlum. Free after ECBs and coupon: Dial bodywash @ $5.49 with the $1/1 printable coupon, Schick Hydro razor with the $3/1 from the 3/21 SmartSource. Free after coupon: CVS Earth Essentials single roll toilet paper is 50 cents, so if you printed any $1/1 CVS paper product from the machine in the past week, you can get two rolls free. Cheap after coupon: Fillippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil 17 oz. is just $2.99 after the $1/1 printable coupon, Simply Asia bowl or entree buy one, get one free @ $1.99, use two $.50/1 from the 2/7 RedPlum to get them for 50 cents each. For the full CVS deals, see Money Saving Mom.

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Sunday Ads: Free Sobe and $2 Monopoly at Target



There's an extra coupon insert today that could be really handy if you like to stock up on kids' gifts: HASBRO! $5/1 Monopoly, $4/1 Busy Ball Popper (we have that one, it's great), $4/1 Connect Four., and more.

But it gets better: Target has Monopoly and Connect 4 on sale for $7 each. I really hope I have time to get over there this week and restock my gift stockpile.

And as long as you're going to Target, here's how you can get free Sobe at there this week: Buy 10 bottles @ $10, get a $5 gift card, making them 50 cents a bottle. Target has a $.50/1 printable store coupon here, There's a buy one, get one manufacturer's coupon here. I also have some $.50/1 tearpad manufacturer's coupons from CVS. If you can print five of those bogos (hit the Back button to print two per computer), you'll pay $5 and get it back as a gift card, making the Sobes free. As many store coupons as you can print will just be overage.

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Sunday Ads - Even More Cereal Deals



This might be a good week to hit Target. Other than that, not much about the Sunday ads say must-shop to me. Of course there are continuing cereal deals at Dominick's, and a freebie has popped up at Jewel-Osco for frozen chimichangas (don't get the jalepeno variety).

Target has a Kellogg's gift card offer that will get your four boxes of cereal or 12-count Pop-Tarts for $2-$3 -- 50 cents a box for cereal or 75 cents a box for Pop-Tarts. Buy four @ $2.50 each and get a $5 gift card for a cost of $1.25 a box. To sweeten it, print any of these manufacturer's coupons: $1.50/2 cereal$1/2 Pop-Tarts coupons and $1.50/3 Kellogg's cereal.

Another good deal at Target is Starbucks coffee -- it's on sale $7 for a 12 oz. bag, and there's a $1.50/1 Target store printable coupon. There are $1/1 out there on tearpads, or in the March All You magazine. Combining the two coupons would get you down to $5.50 for the bag, and remember that an empty bag of Starbucks beans can be redeemed for a frew cup of brewed coffee at a Starbucks cafe.

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Sunday Coupons and Ads, March 7

Some nice coupons this week -- I will pick up extra papers if we hit Menards to shop the kitchen and bath sale going on there. The rest of the ads are kind of a yawner, but nice coupons.

Target has a coupon for  $10 gift card with a new or transferred prescription, which you can use at CVS if your location takes competitors' RX coupons. That's nice because the normal CVS coupons are only for transfers.

Other Target gift card offer: $5 with purchas of 2 All or Snuggie @ $7.99.

Apples and grapes are on sale for 99 cents/lb. (Those are both items that are high on the pesticide list, so I buy organic, but if you don't, it's a good deal.) And if you buy 3 boxes General Mills cereal @ $3, you'll get one box free (lowest price item free). (Use $1/2 from the 2/21 SmartSource or the 3/7)

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Sunday Newspaper Ads - Sudafed Moneymaker, Free Saw

This morning we loaded all the kids into shopping carts at Fry's and bought me an MSI Wind netbook. My husband's computer abruptly stopped working about 10 days ago, and then Friday my laptop finally succumbed to a longstanding charging difficulty, and we found ourselves without a computer in the house. That wouldn't do.

So what I'm saying is, please forgive any typos in this post as I get accustomed to this new, smaller keyboard. To make it extra challenging for myself, I'm typing in the dark while watching Saturday Night Live.

Hey, let's get crazy and start with Menards this week! Free saw after $10 mail-in rebate. That would really come in handy if you are a magician and need to saw a lady in half. Or preferably, if you need to present the illusion of sawing a lady in half. Because, why waste money on a really expensive saw when it's all a trick anyway, right?

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Sunday Ads: Yawn, Pass the Candy Hearts

Kind of a slow day in the Sunday ads on Valentine's Day, maybe so you can better concentrate on exchanging doily-and-paper hearts with your one true love. Or whatever.

There's only one lousy coupon insert this week: RedPlum. It has a few buy-one-get-one-free Renuzit coupons, $1/1 Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal and not much else exciting.

Target has a coupon for a $10 gift card with new or transferred prescription; I'm glad to see it because I have a couple of new scrips to bring to CVS. My CVS takes competitor RX coupons, and the RX coupons CVS puts out are generally for transferred prescriptions only, so I can use these to get a $10 CVS gift card on new scrips.

Target also has some free item offers: Buy Prevacid for $23.99 and get a free 160-count Up & Up antacid; Buy Tylenol Cold for $5.49 and get free cough drops; Buy Band-Aids at $2.59 and get free .5-oz Neosporin; Buy a 6-pack Clif or Luna bars and get a free single bar; Buy 200-ct. Origin fish oil soft gels for $8 and get a 100-ct. B12 tablets. Oh, also some $10 and $20 gift card offers when you buy Duracell batteries, USB thumb drives, Lexmark ink cartridges, Linksys Wireless-N router, Sony Handcam and a few other techy items.

Jewel-Osco has Kraft Mac & Cheese or Campbell's chicken noodle or tomato soup for 69 cents (use $1/4 printable for the soup), Chobani Greek Yogurt is $1 (in case you still have the $1/1 from the 12/13 SmartSource, if not there's a buy 2, get 1 printable), Frigo String or Snack Cheese is $2.49 for 10-12 oz. and there's a $1/1 printable).

CVS: Buy 3 12-packs Coke and get a 12-pack of diet for free. This works out to bge 4/$10 which is the best deal I've seen so far this year. DiGiorno pizzas are bogo and there is a $1/1 in the 1/24 SmartSource. You can get free Crest after coupons and Extra Bucks and a few other freebies -- check them all out at Money Saving Mom.

Walgreens, like Jewel, has Campbell's soup for 69 cents (you need the store coupon). Not much for free, but see the full deal list at Money Saving Mom.

Michael's has a coupon for 50% off one regular price item Sunday and Monday only, in addition to the normal 40% off one item. Also there's a coupon for Monday only that's for 20% off entire purchase including sale items.

Walgreens: 3 Jumbo Packs Huggies for $6.92 Total


Today I strapped my 3-year-old and the baby into the Old Subaru and headed to the Old Navy and Walgreens for some bargain fun. I won't talk about Old Navy cause I sort of spent $85 there (Jeez, buying clothes at retail, even at a discount chain on sale, is shocking when you usually shop resale!). But Walgreens, oh Walgreens!

With the 15% discount coupon, which is good today only, an $8.99 jumbo pack of Huggies went down to $7.64. I had one $3/1 coupon from a mailer and a bunch of $2/1 printables (no longer available) and other mailer coupons. And the Register Rewards deal gives you $3 RR when you purchase the one pack of Huggies.

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Free Shipping at Snapfish and President's Day Deals

Happy Birthday Abe Lincoln! Maybe I'll send you some prints: Through Monday (President's Day), get free shipping from Snapfish with the code PRESDAY.

Also remember you can pick up a free 8x10 print at Walgreen's with code VDAY. You have to select a collage print for the code to work. Not sure if there's still time to order that in time if you're heading over there today to get super cheap Huggies (as low as $1.64 a pack!) with the 15% off coupon.

Get $25 off an order of $100 or more, plus free shipping, at Coldwater Creek with code WHH4484. (I'm not ordering again; I ordered a cute cardigan during their last sale and the button fell off after one wash.)

I'm off to Wag's today and hopefully Old Navy if the tot isn't behaving too badly. Then the children's library. Would love to hear if any of you score major Walgreen's deals today!

Walgreen's 15% Off Friday

Don't you love it when you put off shopping and then you're so glad you waited because the deals got sweeter? That's the case this week: Walgreen's has a printable coupon for 15% off your purchase, good tomorrow, Friday, only. If you're doing the Huggies diaper deal, this makes it even better! (Thanks I Heart Wags!)

While you're there, pick up a free photo collage! Go to Walgreen's photo and use the code VDAY, choose in-store pickup so it will be totally free. (Thanks Mashup Mom)

CVS got better for me this week too -- I got a $4/$20 in my email this morning so I'm glad I haven't done the Triscuits deal over there yet.

Hurray for proscrastination!

Sunday Ad Flyers 2/7 - Cheap Triscuits, Cheap Camisoles

Today is not just the Superbowl, it's also the third anniversary of the day I had a six-hour labor and barely made it to the hospital in time to give birth to Pebbles. So here's a gratuitous picture of Pebbles making her red velvet birthday cake (you know the mix was bought on sale and with a coupon) and looking disturbingly like the clown in It:



I already posted about the one-day only deals at Dominick's, which are pretty sweet and soon to be tapped by me. Here's the rest of the action in this Superbowl Sunday's ad flyers:

Jewel is offering its annual freezer deal today 2/7 and tomorrow 2/8 only, where you buy a $149.99 freezer from them and they give you $150 worth of frozen food coupons. I thought about doing this last year but read some online reviews that the freezer failed for some people after a short time. However people on Couponers Wanted who have done the deal before seem quite excited about it, so I guess some folks are quite satisfied. Today's also the last day to get Pepsi 12-packs and some 6-packs of bottles 4/$9. But to my frustration I don't see Sierra Mist listed in the choices -- what the what, retailers? I am almost out of Sierra Mist and I'm gonna have to go out and pay money for it before my parents visit next, and that's just not cool.


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Free Blood Glucose Test at Walgreens Friday

I got the chance to spend some time with Oprah this morning while cleaning my kitchen. Don't get too jealous over the glamour of my life, people, but I have one of those little flip down TV screens so it's like Oprah and I are practically nose to nose as I wash dishes.

So Oprah says we can all get our blood sugar tested free at any 24-hour Walgreen's or a Walgreen's with a clinic, Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., no appointment necessary.

She also offered us a free one-month trial on the BestLife diet site, created by Oprah's personal trainer, or the diabetes plan by same.

How ironic if any of us couponers turned out to be diabetic without realizing it, after buying and giving away all those blood glucose meters, eh?

Sunday Ads: Free Dog Food or Cat Food! Free Toblerone, Free Toilet Paper


It's a pretty good week for freebies, mainly at PetSmart and Walgreen's. By using coupons and other offers this week, you can get a free bag of dog food or cat food, free men's body wash, a free box of chocolates, free lip balm, free eye drops, free Joint Juice and free toilet paper.

Wrapped around the front of the Tribune is a Dominick's ad with four freebie coupons: 1 free pound of 80% lean ground beef, 1 free Fresh Express salad, 1 free 14-16 oz. Kraft salad dressing and 1 free 12-16 oz. Prince Pasta. That's supposed to be a free pasta meal, and, no offense, Dominick's, but fatty ground beef over white flour spaghetti and an iceburg lettuce salad (that's the variety they show in the picture) with Ranch is, well, the less said the better here, I guess. I don't worry about offending Dominick's, which is a big grown up grocery chain and can take it, but want to offend any readers who might consider that meal the height of culinary fanciness. Anyhoo, the same coupons are also in the flyer inside the paper, and you have to spend $50 to use them and it's good Sunday through Wednesday.

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Sunday Flyers Coupons and Deals: Diapers and Kraft Products

In this week's coupons, RedPlum has a bunch of L'Oreal coupons, and the SmartSource has a $5 off Science Diet Nature's Best pet food, $1/1 Nabisco crackers, and a bunch of ConAgra coupons. Do I smell a ConAgra Catalina deal coming? There's also a $.55/1 Breakstone sour cream and $1/2 Kraft for using on the last day of the Kraft Catalina today (along with the printable cheese and sour cream).

Very little new in the Jewel flyer, except that Beech-Nut baby food jars are 39 cents for the 4 oz. or 59 cents for the 6 oz. Use the $1/6 from the 1/3 SmartSource.

Ultra Foods has Kraft Macaroni & Cheese for 38 cents and a gallon of milk for $1.88 (limit 2). Banquet dinners are 68 cents, and there's a $1/10 in the 1/10 SmartSource.

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Free Milk and Other Coupons


Lots of hot printable coupons out there right now:

Enter a contest to win milk for a year, or just print two coupons for a free gallon with $100 grocery purchase (hit the Back button on your browser to print. Since the coupon is good for up to $4 and milk these days often only costs $1.99 a gallon, I like to use these coupons to encourage myself to buy organic milk. (Thanks Krazy Coupon Lady and pretty much everyone else.) has new Huggies coupons including $2.50 off the Pure & Natural variety (by the way I bought a few packs of these with coupons and they work fine), $2/1 overnights and 75 cents off wipes.

Print $1/1 Quaker oats (instant or regular) here and here. I'll let you know if I see any oatmeal on sale for a buck or close to it, which would make for free oatmeal with this coupon. (Thanks Common Sense With Money.)

Mommy Snacks lists a bunch of new printable coupons including $2/2 Nabisco crackers.

Mashup Mom has links to coupons for Edy's ice cream and Coke. The Edy's is $1/1 and the Coke is $2/4 -- and there is no print limit! That Edy's coupon is sure to come in handy for the next big Jewel-Osco Catalina deal.

This $3/1 Neosporin Lip Health coupon must have been reset because I was able to print two more, which will make for a $1 moneymaker at Walgreens. (Thanks Surviving the Stores.)

Finally, a warning: If you were planning to buy $30 worth of Johnson & Johnson products and submit for a $10 rebate, My Brain Is Inside Out reports that people are only getting the check if their total was $30 after coupons. Bah.

Photo by Joe Shlabotnik, used via Creative Commons license. 

Sunday Ads: Pepsi 12-packs for Under $2

Nothing too exciting in this weekend's ads unless you need to stock up on Pepsi products, then it's an AWESOME week with 12-packs below $2 each at both CVS and Walgreens (after instant rebates).

Coupon inserts: There is a SmartSource, a RedPlum and a P&G. SmartSource has a $1/1 Colgate which often results in free toothpaste at CVS. $1/1 Dreamfields pasta which is somehow high-fiber without being whole wheat. BOGO Weight Watchers yogurt. $.55/2 -- one Tostitos and one Tostitos brand dip (use at CVS or Wag's on Pepsi deals).

The P&G insert has a NyQuil coupon that would come in handy at Walgreen's this week, a buy one, get one free Febreeze coupon and Duracell coupons.

Walgreens and CVS both have Pepsi offers, like they always do when the Super Bowl approacheth. At Wag's, Pepsi 12-packs are 5/$15 and you get $10 Register Rewards when you spend $20. At CVS, it's 6/$20 with $10 ExtraBucks back. So, let's see, at Wag's you'd have to buy 7 12-packs to hit the threshhold, then after the RR you'd have paid $11, or $1.57 each. At CVS, you'd pay $10 for 6, making them $1.67 each. So Wag's wins if you're just planning to buy pop. At Wag's you can also combine in Tostitos chips and dip if you want and use the $.55/2 coupon from today's SmartSource to do a hair better. At CVS, the other Pepsi products like chips and nuts are a separate "spend $20, get $10" deal.

For all the details and some more deal ideas, see Money Saving Mom's CVS and Walgreens summaries.

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