I had a nice little trip to Dollar General this week. I couldn’t resist picking up the free Bic pens. I found these in the back-to-school section, not with the other school/office supplies, and they were not tagged. I was happy to see the Clearasil Hydra Blast product line at my store. It’s been a hard item to find in my area! Lastly, I grabbed some food for my furry friend. The BOGO Purina Beneful coupon deducted the $5.50 on its own with no beeps!
Bought 2 Bic Pens, 10 ct $0.50, sale price through 8/30
Used one $1.00/2 – Bic Stationery Products from SS 8/3
Final Price: Free
Bought 1 Clearasil Hydra Blast Oil Free Face Wash, 6.78 oz $5.00, regular price
Buy 1, Submit for Try Me Free Rebate (up to $5.00) from SS 8/17
Paid $5.00, Submitted for Mail-In Rebate
Final Price: Free
Bought 2 Cesar Canine Cuisine Trays, 3.5 oz $0.75, regular price
Used one $1.00/2 – Cesar Canine Cuisine Trays from RP 8/24
Final Price: $0.50
Bought 2 Purina Beneful Dog Food, 3.5 lb $5.50, sale price through 8/30
Used one B1G1 Free – Purina Beneful Dog Food, 3.5 lb or smaller from SS 8/10
Final Price: $5.50
TOTAL COST: $6.00 for two packs of pens, one face wash, two dog food trays and two bags of dog food!
What a great week at CVS! I spent more than I usually do, but I got a lot of pricey items. For my first transaction, I grabbed some of these fantastic deals: free Colgate toothpaste and cheap Nature Made, Stayfree, Renu and Tide. The CVS Coupon Center printed two great coupons this week for Band-Aids and Benadryl, so I added the first aid promotion to my shopping list. I had a $5.00/3 coupon for any Johnson & Johnson product from one of the free first aid bags I bought a few weeks ago. Make sure to look inside the bags, as there is a coupon booklet inside!
There were a lot of options for the CVS gift card promotion this week. I did two separate transactions for the gift card promotion alone since anything over $30.00 does not carry over.
Bought 1 Tide Liquid Detergent, 32 loads $4.94, sale price through 8/30
Buy 1, Receive $1.00 ExtraBucks through 8/30, Limit 1
Bought 2 Colgate Optic White Toothpaste, 3.5 oz $3.00, sale price through 8/30
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 ExtraBucks through 8/30, Limit 2
Bought 1 Stayfree Pads, 18 ct $2.99, sale price through 8/30
Buy 1, Receive $1.00 ExtraBucks through 8/30, Limit 1
Bought 1 Bausch & Lomb Renu Sensitive Multi-Purpose Solution, 12 oz $7.99, sale price through 8/30
Buy 1, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks through 8/30, Limit 1
Bought 1 Nature Made Multi-Vitamin Adult Gummies, 90 ct $8.29, sale price through 8/30
Buy 1, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks through 8/30, Limit 1
Bought 2 Band-Aid Comfort Sheer, 40 ct $3.50 each,when you buy 2 or more, regular price
Bought 1 Benadryl Anti-Itch Stick, 0.47 oz $3.69, regular price
Spend $10.00, Receive $4.00 ExtraBucks through 8/30, Limit 1
Used one $2.00/1 – Tide Detergent from PG 7/27
And used two $1.00/1 – Colgate Enamel Health, Total, Optic White, Max Fresh or Sensitive Toothpaste, 3.4 oz or larger from SS 8/24 And used one $1.00/1 – Stayfree Product from SS 8/24
And used one $3.00/1 – Nature Made Adult Gummies, 31 ct or higher from SS 727
And used one $5.00/3 – Band-Aid Brand, Neosporin, Benadryl Topical or Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Brand Product, Product Insert
And used one $1.00/2 Band-Aid or CVS Brand Adhesive Bandages, 30 ct or larger, CVS Coupon Center Week of 8/24
And used one $3.00/1 Benadryl or Aveeno Topical Anti-Itch or Neosporin, CVS Coupon Center Week of 8/24
Paid $21.90, Received $1.00, $4.00, $1.00, $5.00, $5.00 and $4.00 ExtraBucks
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I just got a few items this week. I got 2 Colgate toothpaste (2--$1 M), 1 Crest Pro-Health ($1 MQ --found it in one of my RP or SS inserts that expires Sunday), 1 Ptex Tampons ($1 MQ). Used a 20% MCM coupon that printed out this week for Tampons/Pads/Liners and 1 $2 off $10 Toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash MCM coupon = $9.02 before tax. Used $9 worth ECBs from previous purchases and got $9 worth ECBs back. Ended up paying $0.37 for everything--including tax. I am trying to keep my purchases low these days. :)
There is a new printable coupon for Post cereal! Target has a promotion on select cereals: buy five and receive a $5.00 Target gift card. Stack manufacturer coupons with a Target coupon and a Cartwheel offer to score two boxes of Post Fruity Pebbles and three boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch for only $0.70 each!
Buy 4 Post Fruity Pebbles Cereal, 15 oz $2.50, sale price through 8/30
Buy 1 Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal, 12.2 oz $2.50, sale price through 8/30
Buy 5, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Card through 8/30
Disappointed that my local Target didn't include the Fruity Pebbles in the $5 gift card offer so we had to get some other cereal instead. My daughter's favorite is Fruity Pebbles so I was planning on stocking up. I didn't realize that different Targets might include different varieties of cereal in this offer. Hope you got to use your coupons Jazz!
Yaaaay i have several $1/1 post cereal, that i have been saving.
I really, really, really like to recycle. I look at our city’s recycling guidelines as just that—guidelines. If it looks like it could be recycled but isn’t on the list, I often throw it in anyway (not the subtlest hint, but hey—I could be onto something!). So when I discover that some of the most common inhabitants of my fridge and pantry have multiple uses, it just makes me happy. I really can use those, er, elderly bananas or browning onions. Really! They can have a second life as great cheap, natural cleaners—yay! Read on for great ways to recycle perishable items you already own—and clean your casa for just pennies while you’re at it.
I feel guilty when I separate bunches of bananas at the grocery store. So often I end up buying more than I can eat before they turn from yellow to brown. But now I can use the brown ones to clean!
What to do: Just as bananas are great to eat (fresh or baked), banana peels make great natural cleaners. Use the insides of banana peels to dust houseplant leaves, wipe away CD or DVD scratches, remove ink stains from skin or clothing, bring dull wood back to a shine, and even polish tarnished silver.
If you don’t have one of those pricey bottle neck scrubbies, not to worry. Raw rice grains work just as well at a fraction of the price.
What to do: Rice works well as a cleaner in several ways. You can grind some raw rice up in your coffee maker to cut down on bean residue. You can also pour in some raw rice grains with warm water and vinegar and shake to create a mild abrasive cleansing effect.
Vinegar has the same antiseptic properties as bleach without the dire warnings attached. Whether you soak a sponge with vinegar for tough stains or dilute it with water for an overall wipe-down, it will do the trick—and safely when you have kids and pets around.
What to do: Neutralize odors, bacteria, germs, mold, and other unwelcome visitors by giving surfaces and fixtures a thorough wipe-down with straight vinegar or a half-and-half vinegar/water mix.
Salt sometimes seems like the cure-all to me. It can ease sore throats, make bland dishes taste divine, and clean like a banshee too!
What to do: Sprinkle salt on any spills or stains. Wait until the salt absorbs the excess, then wipe the whole mess away with a soft, clean cloth.
5. Aluminum foil
Aluminum foil can not only keep your oven from ending up as a graveyard for cooking spills, but can also clean those up quite handily.
What to do: You can ball up used aluminum foil (save the new for storing leftovers) and scrub, scrub, scrub to remove debris on cooking sheets, oven trays, and oven surfaces.
Onions have never been my favorite. But my mom loves them, and so does my husband and most of my friends. So I typically have a couple in-house. When no one eats them, this is how I use them!
What to do: You can expect a mess when grilling (stove-top or standalone). But surprisingly, onion is not just a common ingredient in grilled dishes, but is great at cleaning up after them too! Rub the raw side of a peeled onion over the grill bars to remove stuck-on debris.
Mayonnaise is delicious—eggs, tuna fish, sandwiches of any kind–all can be enhanced by a dab or a dollop. But mayonnaise can perform other miracles too—including the removal of water rings.
What to do: Dab some mayo over the surface of the water ring. Rub very gently with a soft cloth (microfiber is great here). Then just let the excess remain for 2-3 minutes before you wipe it away.
Lemons are awesome smelling and great tasting, and they are natural disinfectants too.
What to do: Cut a fresh lemon in half (or use the inside of the rind after squeezing out the juice for lemonade—this is my favorite!). Rub the half over any surface that needs sanitizing—such as surfaces where you have prepared fish or meat. Then just wipe with a soft cloth and warm water if desired.
9. Cream of tartar
Until recently, cream of tartar has always been the mystery ingredient in one of my favorite desserts—meringue. But recently my mom told me it’s a great natural cleaner too!
What to do: If you have a tablecloth or napkin set that has become stained, mix some cream of tartar and water into a paste, then rub it into the stained areas. Let it dry, then rinse.
10. Baking soda
Baking soda holds a special place in my heart as the ingredient that makes cake, cookies, and bread rise. I do love my baked goods. But it is also a powerhouse of a natural cleaner!
What to do: You can sprinkle baking soda in toilets, sink basins, and tubs in place of harsher commercial chemicals. Mix with vinegar, lemon juice, and water to make a great natural surface-scrubbing agent. You can also use baking soda paste (just mix with water) to restore grout to its white origins. Finally, baking soda can freshen the air—just add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil and shake in a mason jar, then place in any area where there are odors, and soon they will be gone.
It’s always fun stumbling upon new ways to save. In fact, we love it when we find new sites that give us the capability of dreaming big. Here’s one you may or may not know of. But we thought we’d introduce you anyway.
So without further ado. Gilt City, meet KCL. KCL, meet Gilt City.
What Is Gilt City?
Gilt City is the local lifestyle site from Gilt. They offer everyday adventures and exclusive offers at insider prices. They comb hundreds of neighborhoods and local businesses for the most compelling offers. In fact, you’ll save up to 55%.
So what exactly can you find on Gilt City? For a better idea, here’s a look:
Restaurants – from neighborhood newcomers to award-winning five-star bistros
Spas – from massages to the best manicure in the city
Fitness Classes – from traditional, Pilates and boot camps, to newer favorites, FlyWheel and Barre
Local food and spirit events, complete with local chefs, brew masters and winemakers
You can browse by city to discover a new restaurant or spa. In fact, this is a great site to check before you travel. Or you can choose “National” to see what’s available to everyone. For example, they currently have an offer for Oyster Books where you can get 2 months of free eBooks. Check it out!
Sign Up & Save
Plus, sign up now to get 25% off your first purchase. The discount is only available to new members, and it automatically deducts at checkout!
Earlier this month, Walmart launched a new program called Savings Catcher that shoppers are using to save big!
It’s similar to the existing price matching program but even better. In fact, Savings Catcher does all of the comparing for you! If a price for an item is lower at a local competitor’s store than what is offered at Walmart, Walmart will give you the difference in the form of an eGift card.
Here’s how it works:
Make purchases at Walmart. Scan your receipt with the app or enter the receipt number onto the Savings Catcher section of the walmart.com site: Walmart.com/savingscatcher. You will need to sign in using your Walmart account information or sign up for a walmart.com account. The receipt number (TC number) is located near the bottom of your Walmart store receipt.
Walmart will then compare ad prices for competitors’ stores in your area. The ads must be valid at the time you made your Walmart purchase. If a difference in price is found, receive the difference on an eGift card. Get your price match results within 72 hours of submitting your receipt via email or through the Walmart app. For more information, click here.
Submit up to seven receipts per week to Savings Catcher.
Save up to $599.99 per year with this program.
Use coupons at the register and still get the price match.
The ads must be valid at the time you made your Walmart purchase and include a specific item price.
This only applies to in-store purchases.
Savings Catcher is supported in the Walmart app for both iPhone and Android. Just click on the Savings Catcher button from the home screen to submit receipts or see your results.
Leigh Ann Harbin
I've been using it since it was in the beta form, and so far I have a little over $10. I still do my price matching though since it won't catch some things, like BOGOs. But I'm getting a few cents here and there, and every little bit adds up!
I have gotten over $19 back just on two receipts. It doesn't always catch everything though. (Example: one receipt had 20 of the same item, but it doesn't do all of them, only some. Idk why. It's handy though. Using it for my shopping trip tomorrow! :-)
Hurry! Print a new $0.55 coupon, valid on Frigo Cheese Heads snack cheese. I used the coupon at Walmart on a 12-count package of Frigo Cheese Heads cheese sticks. The regular price was $2.50, but I paid just $1.95!
I always recommend printing coupons twice and buying two products. That way, the savings add up faster!
Did you scan your ExtraCare card at the CVS Coupon Center this week? There are a lot of different coupons printing, so we’ve put together a few scenarios for some of them. Grab a free Benadryl Anti-Itch Stick, cheap Nexium 24HR (this was not tagged at my store) and Nature’s Bounty vitamins!
Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Relief Stick, 0.47 oz $3.69, regular price
Use $1.00/1 – Benadryl Adult’s or Children’s Product from SS 7/27 coupon will be adjusted down