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Disappearance noted

I had a fairly disappointing couponing week last week and just didn’t feel like writing about it. Now I’m back with a vengeance. First up, Target:

The sales didn’t thrill me too much, except for a good Arm and Hammer Cat Litter deal. I got two 40-pound boxes for $22.53 after using a $3 coupon from All You Magazine and a $1.50 off coupon from  SmartSource.  That deal got me a $5 gift card, which I used after dropping the litter off in my trunk (where it resides at this moment, 40 pounds is heavy!). I was able to use a 75 cent coupon for the face wash and a $1 off coupon on the pizza, which was on sale. My boyfriend is coming to visit this week, so I needed extra beverages, hence the tea. The exercise mat was on clearance — marked down to $9.44 from $18.89. That was an impulse but necessary purchase. I got rid of my rug a few months ago and recently realized that I had stopped doing a lot of floor work because my floor is too hard to sit on for long.

Then I visited Kroger:

As I previously mentioned, my boyfriend is coming this weekend, causing me to buy some things I wouldn’t normally buy for myself, such as orange juice. The Pringles were free from the Kroger CartBusters game and the Sobe came from a free coupon I won from the Heads or Tails game. I walked away with three Campbell’s soups for 50 cents each using a Kroger eCoupon and a printable coupon.

I’ve started buying more expensive produce because I am getting repaid for up to $30 of produce a month from Taste Radar. After consuming the produce you eat, you fill out a rating form online and write the code on your receipt. At the end of the month, you mail the receipts to a US address. I chose to be repaid through PayPal. They not only pay for your produce, but they also pay for your postage. However, you must buy produce from a supermarket to take advantage of this deal.

Ultimately, I spent $30.92 at Kroger and saved $20.05 on the spot. However, I will be repaid $8.23 from this order at the end of the month.

Finally, I dropped by CVS:

I had two $1.50 off coupons for the Right Guard and one $1 off for the Dry Idea from the Red Plum 8/15 booklet. After $3 ExtraCare Bucks, I only paid 21 cents. Before tax, my total was -13 cents! I got $6 ECBs back, which will come in handy next week.

And finally, I dropped by Old Navy with a 30 percent off coupon that will expire on Thursday. Technically it says Baby Sale, but it will ring up even if you don’t buy a baby item. I got a great green long-sleeved shirt for fall that was on clearance for $3.99 for only $2.79.

Another successful couponing week. Now it’s time to eat all of that food. 🙂

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Holiday weekend

I actually expected many more shoppers out this morning, but apparently everyone already did their BBQ shopping yesterday. I started my day at Target:

What you can’t see is the new pink Merona dress that I plucked from the clearance section. I got it for $7 by using a $3 off coupon that Target posted this morning. The dress messed with my total a little, but I’m still happy with what I bought. The Zone bar was on clearance for 46 cents, the blackberries were only $1.47 and the Uncle Ben’s rice cost me 59 cents each. Today was the last day I could use my UB coupons, and lo and behold the rice was 75 cents cheaper at Target than at Kroger! I spent $14.85 and saved at least $7.

I took two CVS trips, but I’m going to talk about them at once:

Sobe in my purchases means that it’s BOGO time at CVS! The gum is part of an Extracare Bucks deal, so it was free. The Pops were part of a three-day deal that almost didn’t work. It pays to read the size restrictions on your coupons before using them for pre-shopping deal match-ups. I also picked up a CVS Green Bag Tag that I’ve lashed to a reusable shopping bag. Now every time I go, I’ll have them scan the tag. I get $1 ECB for every four scans! I spent $3.27 at CVS and saved $15.39.

Onwards to Kroger:

Kroger has been kind of dead with deals for the last few weeks. I was able to get two Sobes for 25 cents using the printable coupon and an ecoupon. The Mission Tortillas were on sale for $2.39, and I combined a paper $1 coupon with a 55-cent ecoupon. I figured it wouldn’t get any cheaper than that. I did use the famed buy 5, get $5 off Kraft promo even though there weren’t any sales going on. It turns out the little cream cheese tubs aren’t part of the promotion. I’m going to print out one more coupon if I can and save it in case there is a good sale on Kraft shredded cheese. I’ve started freezing it for later use, which has worked out well. My Kroger trip was $20.76 and I saved $20.37. Not bad.

Mid-week CVS jaunts

After weeks of drinking Sobe, I’m officially addicted. Thankfully Sobes are BOGO this week and free with the BOGO coupon on Sobe’s site, so I made a couple of trips to two area CVSs today to keep my stockpile high.

The first trip:

The store restocked the Crest Pro Health toothpaste, so I took advantage of the deal for a second and final time. After ExtraCare bucks and coupons, this order cost 20 cents.

My second trip:

The Emerald nuts are BOGO this week, but if you take advantage of that and use two $1 coupons from Sunday’s coupon books, it will be much cheaper. This transaction was $1.40.

My mom is coming to visit this weekend, so I don’t anticipate looking at another coupon until Monday. That is, unless I think I need more Sobe. We all need more Sobe, don’t you think?

Mega haul

I made up for going out of town and not using coupons by spending my socks off today.

I began the day at Target:

I ran to Target during lunch, so I didn’t peruse the frozen food section. The pillow was on sale for $3, but I got it for $2 with a Target coupon. I got the soup for free by combining two coupons. Everything normally would have cost $7.40; I paid $3.12. I can’t link to individual Target coupons, so follow your nose.

There are some great CVS deals this week, but my attempts to take advantage of the nearly free toothpaste didn’t work out at two stores. I ended up making two CVS runs and picking up some great stuff, though. My first run:

Sobe Lifewater is a BOGO again this week, which means they are free if you have a BOGO coupon from the Sobe game. I had a BOGO coupon for the BOGO Right Guard deodorants from the 7/25 Red Plum insert, so they were free, too. If you need Right Guard coupon, the Krazy Coupon Lady’s CVS post linked above has lots of suggestions in case you don’t have the BOGO. The sparkling water, normally 99 cents each, were BOGO, too. I ended up paying $1.30 on a $15.45 order.

My second CVS run:

I planned this one out so I could use one of my $3 off $15 CVS coupons. I used another BOGO coupon for the deodorants. Although this CVS didn’t have the Crest toothpaste that is on sale, I got the floss. Using a $1 coupon and factoring in the $2.50 in Extra Bucks that I got back, the floss was free. I had a $1 coupon for the Bounty and another BOGO coupon for the Sobes. The olive oil was a good deal when I used a $1 off coupon, plus there is a hangtag for $1 off on a box of pasta.  I paid $9.18 for this $35.66 order.

My final stop of the night was Kroger, where I had planned to take advantage of the Mega Event. Although I only planned to buy 8 items for $4, I ended up finding some good coupon deals and bought 16 items for $8 off instead!

I got all of those Chex Mixes for free, thanks to some great coupons. I got the Country Crock for 20 cents. The Raisin Bran, which I won last week, didn’t come off my receipt. I’m on hold right now to ask Kroger what’s up.  But really, I saved a lot during this run. I spent $17.83 on this $54.29 order.

ETA: I just got a $4 credit put on my card for my next purchase! The Kroger representative said that they know they are having trouble with their ecoupons and are working to get them working consistently again. If you have a high-value ecoupon that doesn’t come off, give Kroger a call. They’ll sort it out for you.

As I was looking at my shopping cart today, I realized that it must look like I only eat junk! Don’t worry, this week’s dinners are a mushroom-bean-rice dish and a tomato chickpea curry. Some of the snacks are likely bound for a reunion I’m having next month, but the rest will live on the top of my fridge to be opened occasionally.

Lazy Saturday

In an unusual turn of events for this generally antisocial butterfly, I spent the last two weekends partying. Since I don’t have to work this weekend and my presence wasn’t requested at a party, I was able to revert to my usual Saturday habit of running errands.

I started the day at Walmart, where I normally don’t go anymore. However, they’re the only place that has All You magazine, this amazing $2.49 publication with more coupons that you can shake another coupon at. Once I get paid, I’m definitely buying a subscription. I also picked up a 20-ounce Diet Coke with a free coupon that I earned from the My Coke Rewards program.

I took my soda and magazine to Chick-fil-a, where I redeemed a free chicken sandwich coupon that I got in the mail earlier this year. I had planned to eat in the car, but it was so hot, and all of the outdoor tables were taken. I ended up sitting in a little alcove away from others. I know you’re technically not supposed to consume outside food in a restaurant, but I was able to get away with drinking my Diet Coke until the too-friendly Chick-fil-a employee came in to check on me.

After lunch, I rolled on over to  CVS to use one of the BOGO coupons I won from the Sobe game. Combined with the CVS BOGO sale already in progress, the drinks were free.  I also bought a tin of Altoids for $1.49 and got $1 Extra Care Buck back. I commandeered the end of a bench in the shopping center and read the rest of All You before heading into Barnes and Noble to window shop. At this point, I only buy books there when they’re in the discount section. I wrote down a few new titles that I’d like to read at some point and sat down to look at a book I’ve heard about recently but am too embarrassed to admit that I want to read. I skimmed a few pages, and it wouldn’t have been worth buying, so I put it back.

Then I strolled over to McDonald’s, where I got a free wild berry smoothie using a coupon that was in the USA Weekend magazine a few weeks ago. I was planning to window shop on my way back, but I decided to stop in at Bed Bath and Beyond to check out the clearance rack. I scored 3 plastic plates for 48 cents each because they had been removed from a package. I also got a new travel toothbrush for my purse for $1 and 3 Johnson-and-Johnson travel first aid kits for free with a $3/3 coupon. I didn’t realize that the local BB&B had a personal products section, but it’s great. There are lots of travel items there for relatively cheap. There are also lots of signs up encouraging people to use coupons!

I ended the afternoon at  CVS, where I scored two more free drinks and two packs of M&M Pretzel. With the $1 ECB I earned earlier in the day, I only had to pay 6  cents. Not bad.

The take-home haul: