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The Sunday Flyers -- Free Ice Cream, Kmart Super Doubles

Oh MAN I am tired what a weekend. My father and brother came to see us yesterday to help watch the kids so Epu and I could spend some time cleaning out all the half-unpacked boxes and piles of junk in our basement. So now it's 7 p.m. Sunday and I'm just now sitting down to tell you about the deals in the Sunday newspaper. I can already tell you the highlights, though: Free ice cream at Target and another week of double coupons at Kmart.

Before we begin, help for the newbies: Glossary of terms; How to CVS; What's a Catalina; Overview of the Frugalista's Methods.

Coupon Inserts

It's a good week to pick up extra papers (or do a little Dumpster diving) if you are doing CVS deals, because there are lots of coupons tying into ExtraBucks deals this week.

First of all, the September P&G Brand Saver is in today's paper. There's a $1/1 Bounce dryer bar Q and a $.75/1 Tide Stain Release Q that work w/ an ExtraBucks deal at CVS to get you the dryer bar for $2 or the Tide for $2.25, and Duracell Qs that work with an ECB deal too. (CVS's rewards are called either Extra Bucks or Extra Care Bucks. For some reason the deal-hunters online have chosen to call them ECBs, not EBs. Fascinating, the etymology of the deal-hunter tribe.)

In the SmartSource, there's a coupon for a free roll of Marcal Small Steps bath tissue, paper towel or tissues, or $1 off a pack. There's a coupon for $5 off a Build-A-Bear animal $10 or more, make-your-own animals only. (Do they really have any for only $10?)

In the RedPlum, there's a $2/2 Kellogg's cereal coupon which plays into the "spend $25, get $10" Catalina deal at Jewel through next Sunday. Also there are Nivea coupons to improve the Nivea CVS deal.

Grocery Flyers

Dominick's Super Coupons are nothing to write home about -- in fact they have one for a big box of Huggies at $18.99 while that is the new regular price at Jewel. They are advertising Angel Soft toilet paper (4 rolls) for 99 cents, pork chops for 99 cents, and grapes for 79 cents.

Jewel has a 4-day sale through Sunday with 3-lb. Butterball turkey breasts buy one, get one at $14.99, and apples for 88 cents a pound. Jewel is also advertising a "spend $15, get $5" Catalina deal on Johnson & Johnson medicines -- Tylenol, Benadryl, Sudafed, Zyrtec and Motrin. And, they have a couple manufacturer's coupons in the flyer -- $1/1 ANY Neutrogena and $1/1 Clean & Clear. (By the way, although it's not advertised in this week's flyer, it appears that the "spend $15, get $5ECBs deal is still going on at CVS this week, so those coupons could be very valuable for that deal.)

The CVS flyer is unusually fat this week. First, there's another $25 gift card coupon for transferred prescription in the wrap-around. Inside, there are a few food deals I'm excited about 1) Absolutely Divine cookies (the store brand) are 2/$3 after ExtraBucks. If you've been scanning your card at the coupon printer every time you visit like I do, you have a ton of $1/1 coupons for those cookies. So you can use two coupons to get two boxes for a buck. 2) Progresso soup is 3/$4 after ExtraBucks. Use three $1/1 coupons from here and here to get 3/$1. 3) Sleeves of Lorna Doone and Fig Newton cookies are 5/$4 after ECBs. Use two $1/2 or $.75/2 from the 8/23 SmartSource to juice it up. Also, if these little packages count toward the Fuel for School rebate, you could buy 10, but you'll only get the $1ECB once. (So you'd pay $9 for 10 packs before Qs and get a $10 rebate back.)

For all the CVS deals this week, see Money Saving Mom.

Walgreens has a few free-after-Register Rewards deals on toothpaste, floss and toothbrushes. I have $5 RRs to spend by tomorrow, so I'll have to go over there. Maybe I'll do the RR deals, but most likely I'll just get more cheap baby wipes. For all the Wag's deals, see Common Sense With Money

Now that I went crazy on Target this past week, naturally Target is unveiling today a couple new $5 gift card deals that are right up my alley: moneymaking or free ice cream* and very cheap cereal bars. The ice cream deal is, buy 5 Haagen-Dazs, Edy's or Nestel Drumsticks @ $2.50, get the $5 GC. That's already an amazing deal considering that until recently you could pay $6.99 for a carton of Edy's. But factor in $1/1 manufacturer's coupons AND a $1/1 Target printable on the Edy's, and you're looking at an up to $2.50 moneymaker. More Than Cents has the details on where to get the coupons.

* OK, I still have SEVEN 1.5-quart cartons + 1 pint of ice cream in my fridge, plus various novelties. But we WERE talking about getting that basement freezer for when our cute little calf gets slaughtered.

Target's other $5 GC deal is for Special K cereal or 6-count bars: Buy 4, get a $5 GC. Again, use coupons to reduce your final cost to 14 cents a box. See For the Mommas for the coupon details. Speaking of Kellogg's, there's also an offer where you get a free carton of orange juice if you buy 2 12-ct. boxes of Pop-Tarts or 8-ct. of Nutri-Grain Bars at $2.39. (Use $1/2 Qs from the Fuel for School booklet for either product.) And don't forget: If you end up purchasing 10 Kellogg's items in one transaction, send in for the $10 rebate.

Finally, for you stockpilers, Target has a ClosetMaid laminate pantry on sale for $49.99.

So, hypothetically, let's say I WAS tempted to go to Target this week for free ice cream and cheap cereal bars and a second basement pantry. It would ONLY be because I was right across the parking lot at Michaels, using my coupon for 50% off entire purchase of regular AND SALE PRICED frames. Oh, man, I so do not have time to do this at this point in my life, but I have a really nice poster, not to mention plenty of portraits of my kids, sitting around undisplayed for lack of frames and time to insert picture into frame. This coupon should be a kick in the butt for me. And of course, they have the usual 40% off one item coupon in the flyer today too.

Kmart. Yep. Super Doubles again. They're doubling coupons up to $2, including printables, and as always call your local store before trekking over to make sure they're into it. Just glancing through my flyer, I can see you could get a free bottle of Vaseline lotion using the $1.25/1 Q from the 8/2 RedPlum; free 8-packs of Reese's with the $.55/1 coupon from the 8/23 insert and 2 free bottles of Hunt's ketchup with the $1/2 coupon from the Sept. 25 issue of All You magazine. For a full list of freebie and cheapie deals, as well as the official and "unofficial" rules, see Abundant Food Savings. Also, clip the $5/$50 coupon from the flyer for food, consumables, health or beauty products -- those double coupons should help your total reach $50 pretty quickly.

Office Depot and Office Max are still in that back-to-school groove; the Depot has free rulers and erasers if you spend $5, 10-cent compasses, 20-cent 4-packs of glue sticks, 25-cent two-packs highlighters, 30-cent 10-packs of Paper Mate pens. The Max has 24-packs of crayons for a penny, protractors for a penny, and 70-page spirals for 20 cents.

Menards is having a storewide clearance sale on items as diverse as Crayola products (50% off), pools, discontinued faucets, 50% off school supplies, and lots of summer stuff. Plus, you get to listen to their catchy theme song over and over and over, for FREE.

Carson Pirie Scott has a sheet of coupons good through Tuesday for 20% off a sale priced apparel item, or 15% off some other clothing stuff, or 10% off a toy, home store or luggage item. Furthermore, they say some of their summer stuff is now marked down to 85% off. 

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JenK said:

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I did the Target ice cream today. I printed out the Target edy's coupons (from your link) -- they were marked "one per transaction" but I handed 5 to the cashier & they all scanned just fine! What a deal! I split them with a friend because, really, I don't think I could explain this to my husband. Also used the Kellogg's "cereal and grain" coupons for 2 Nutri-grains and got the free juice. Awesome!

Carrie Kirby said:

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Jen -- Are you in the Chicago area? I searched my 8/23 flyers and was sad to see that the papers I got in this region did not contain the Edy's coupon. Yours did though?

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